Friday, August 27, 2010

Crazy Cheap Makeup Haul at Downtown L.A.

Who doesn't like a great bargain? I'm a cheapskate and I like to save money whenever I can. I happen to live in a city where anything can either be ridiculously expensive or insanely cheap. And I happen to know where those cheap places are lol. They are not the cleanest and you might walk next to a bum but I don't care as long as I save money. Here are some of the spots I go for inexpensive makeup.

I start walking on Los Angles st. and 7th street going down 3rd st and these places are really close to each other.

 Misty Perfumes and Cosmetics. They sell everything NYX cosmetics in wholesale or by the piece for really cheap. It's cheaper than online prices and way cheaper than Imats. I used to get all my NYX lipglosses and round lipsticks here for $9 for a dozen. I was really disappointed because the sales man told me that they stopped selling them for that price unless I buy $200 worth of makeup. I'm not sure if he's telling the truth because in my experience these wholesale retailers are sometimes inconsistent with their prices. I'll go back and try again ^_^



It's like NYX heaven inside.



530 S Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013           
   (213) 627-4989     

Downtown Beauty and Cosmetic. This is the very first makeup wholesale retailer I discovered a long time ago.  It's a pretty small place but they have everything from NYX makeup and other unknown makeup brands, makeup tools, brushes, nail design/tools and etc. The sales people are really nice but they watch you like a hawk to make sure you don't steal anything lol. I even got yelled at for taking this picture inside O_o

519 South Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013-1419  
            (213) 892-0620     



This is a random whole sale retail store that I've been to several times. I'm not sure what the name is. They sell a lot of girlie things from makeup (a lot of drugstore makeup), skin care, accessories and other random things. Don't expect anything fancy because a lot of their things are all over the place and the stuff are dusty and old. This time that I went, they were surprisingly pretty organized and everything was easy to find and the sales people were very attentive and helpful.



I found this big tub of nothing but Milani Eye Shadow singles being sold for 5 for $5. OMG. It's funny because last time I came to this place, they were selling them for 3 for $5. Of course, I was all over this. The only problem was the makeup was eating so much dust and some are broken. I had to ask for a paper towel because I had to clean each eye shadow that I picked. But I didn't care at all because the eye shadows were all sealed and unused.



Here are the stuff that I got. They are so gorgeous. Milani eye shadows are the best drugstore eye shadows! Heck, they're the best period!



430 South Los Angeles st
Los Angeles Ca 90013

The last place I went to is Hannah Beauty Supply Co. Like the others they sell all kinds of makeup from NYX, Cleancolor, LA colors, Jordana and other unknown brands for wholesale. It looks small from the outside but its pretty big inside. It took me a long time to look around. There were 2 Asian guys who were really nice and helpful and answered all my questions. I saw some Red Cherry lashes too but they were a bit pricey so I skipped it.



I got these NYX Mega Shine lip glosses for a $1 each. Sweeeeet! I found it in a random box near the entrance. They also sell NYX makeup by the piece for a really cheap price if you're looking into other stuff.




Sunshine, Silver, Cosmo, Purple Rain

261 Winston Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013-1413  
(213) 892-0766

If you are in the Los Angeles area or if you're planning to visit here soon. I highly suggest that you visit the Downtown area. It's not the cleanest place on earth but you won't be complaining once you start saving.

Things you need to know before you go:
  • Parking is a beeeooootch and you will find yourself circling around and you'll just get frustrated. You can find guys flagging people where to park. It's usually around $5 to park the whole day so you should be okay.
  • You will find more bums than your usual park (we have a lot of bums at our parks). They don't bother me so I don't care.
  • There's lots of trash. I seriously don't understand why the city won't take care of this problem. Shame on you Los Angeles!
  • If you are a tourist, please don't act like one. I see them walking here all the time looking either lost, clueless or amazed. Sales people will eat you alive and will rip you off left and right and will raise prices on you, so act cool.
  • ...with that being said, I did notice that sales people can be shady at times. Some places that I've been to has changed their prices many times up and down. If you're not happy with the price they give you then just move on to another store.
  • Don't be shy to bargain. Always ask if you can get discount. especially if you're buying a lot. You can even save more money just by asking.
  • Good luck! Whatever happens, you will leave this places very satisfied ^_^.
That's about it. My next haul post will be a fashion haul at Downtown L.A. It's better and cheaper than the famous L.A. Alleys. ( they rip people off all the time at the Alleys)

Here is youtube video I did if you want to see/hear me talk about my haul ^_^




"Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping."  ~Bo Derek


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

OMG 50% off on all ELF Studio Line products!!!




Just wanna share the love to all of you guys. ELF is having their fabulous 50% off on all of their Studio line makeup. Go check it out!'

CODE: ESTUDHA with orders of $20 or more. 
ENDS: 8/30/10

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Winner of My Mini NYX GIveaway!

I had a random giveaway 3 weeks ago thank you so much for all my lovely friends and readers who joined. I didn't really announced it because I wanted my loyal readers to join the giveaway. It was my way of saying thank you for all the support and love. I've already contacted the winner and the mini package is on its way.

congratulations to Really Petite!!!!!!

Laura Mercier kits at Apothica.com + GIVEAWAY!!!

So I have been lemming on Laura Geller cosmetics. I’ve heard so many great things about her makeup line. For example, I heard she makes really awesome eye and lip spackle which are primers for the eyes and lips and, I heard her bronzers are amazing and won’t make you look orange. I’ve seen her talk about her products on television so many times and geeeeesh, I seriously wonder why I’ve never tried any of her makeup?

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you all some Laura Geller cosmetic kits that I’m interested in. I found them at  Apothica.com. This website is seriously amazing. They carry so many popular cosmetics and skincare that we all love. I spent hours browsing the site because they have so much to offer. But I do have my eyes on these Laura Geller kits ^_^


The Spackettes Kit 



Show Stopper kit 



Baked Basic kit 
You can't go wrong with a kit because you can get so many products that you can try for a smaller price.


With that being said Apothica.com contacted me if I was willing to do a giveaway for all my lovely blog followers. How cool is that? You guys will get to win $25.00 gift card that you can use at the website.

Rules:

-Must be a follower of this blog and I will track and validate all entries.
-Must visit the Apothica.com and let me know in the comment section what makeup brands you’re interested in and must include email address in the comment (1 point)

If you want more chances of winning you can :
-Become a fan of SkincareRx on Facebook (1 point)
-Follow them on Twitter (1 point)

-Make a blog post about this giveaway with a link directed to the specific website or brand that you like. (5 extra points)

This contest starts April 24, 2010 and will end September 6th, 2010 
This is open only to U.S. Residents

So what are you guys waiting for?

Monday, August 16, 2010

NYX e/s in Red Head

NYX is one of my favorite makeup brands and I love their line of eye shadows. There are so much colors to choose from, they are pigmented, easy to blend and they are very affordable. I would like to introduce you to an NYX eye shadow single in Red Head.

Oh man the word Red Head reminds me of Pippi Longstockings with her braids and freckled face lol, super cute! Yeah I'm weird but that's just me. Well in this case, Red Head is an eye shadow and its a bright reddish pink color. Its really pretty and it looks more like a blush shade than an eye shadow right? I showed it to my friend who knows nothing about makeup and she thought it was a blush color. She was like,"that's the smallest blush I've ever seen" lol.









The texture is very soft and smooth and non powdery at all. This swatch is one swipe on my finger. It's pigmented right?




Hope this swatch helps ^_^. Thank you so much for reading my blog and welcome to my new followers!


"I don't want to be known as the Aerosmith chick, but it's fun to put on the boots and makeup and act like a tough girl."-Alicia Silverstone

ELF Beauty Encyclopedia Sparkle Eye Edition is a YAY!

It's time for me to do a formal review on this eye shadow palette. I was able to play with it and create different makeup looks and I can  now tell you the thing I love and hate about it. I purchased this on the ELF website during their anniversary sale for 60% off. Everything in the ELF website are very affordable to begin with but adding a huge discount on top of it is suuuper cool! I didn't know what to expect from this palette but after playing with it, I have to say that its a pretty good eye shadow palette to have. It's not the best but its pretty awesome! I definitely recommend this to all beauty junkee like me ^_^



WHAT: This is the perfect gift for yourself or for a friend. Add this trendy Little Black Book of Beauty as a reference guide to your collection.The step-by-step instructions guide you on how to apply makeup like an expert! A $16 Value for only $5!
This all-in-one compact includes the must-have makeup essentials:  
12 eye shadow shades
2 cream eye shadow shades
1 eyeliner
1 eye shadow brush
(Source: www.eyeslipsface.com)
WHERE: Can be purchased at the elf website. www.eyeslipsface.com
                          or you can spot this at your local Target. 

EYESHADOW INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Paraffinium Liquidu(Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, MethylParaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035), Ultramarine Violet (CI 77077), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090)

CREAM EYE SHADOW INGREDIENTS: Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Ceresin Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Mica, Synthetic Beeswax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035) Ultramarine Violet (CI 77077), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090)

BRIGHTENING EYE LINER INGREDIENTS: Paraffinum Liquidum, Ceresine Wax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Rhus Succedanea Cera, Stearic Acid, Petrolatum, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Isopropyl, Myristate, Butylene/Ethylene Copolymer, Iron Oxides(CI 77491, CI77492, CI77499), Manganese Violet (CI77742), Mica (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Yellow No. 5 Lake (CI19140), Red No. 40 Lake (CI16035), Ultramarine Violet (CI77077), Blue No. 1 Lake (CI42090)

PRICE: $5 but you can get it for a cheaper price if you have a coupon code.
SHADE: There's 4 kinds of Beauty Encyclopedia but this palette is the Sparkle Eye Edition.
TEXTURE: All of the shadow are shimmery and some has chunks of glitters. For the price, don't expect a super smooth texture but I have to say that most of the eye shadows in the palette are pretty soft and surprisingly easy to blend. But you have to be careful in applying it because some of the shadows kind of crumbles and you will get a lot of fall out. My tip is make sure you have a really good base underneath and apply the shadows in a patting motion. The 2 cream shadows has a thin consistency and non sticky.
ODOR: Theres no funky odor to them.





Swatches starting from the top with no base underneath #1
Shimmery White (this one crumbles and chalky), Light Taupe with glitters, Pale Purple with Glitters, Shimmery Taupe



#2
Shimmery Sand, Shimmery Metallic Green, Shimmery Aquamarine, Shimmery Brown.



#3
 Grayish Silver with Glitters (this was very difficult to swatch), Shimmery Purple, Shimmery Plummy Purple, Black with glitters



#4 Cream Shadows 
baby pink and white





Here are some eye makeup I've done with this palette.

 Defined Neutral eyes 
Click HERE to see how I did this look

Smokey Black eyes
Click HERE to see the whole look.


Purple-y Burgundy eyes
Click HERE to see the look

Ratings: 3.5 out of 5
PROS:
  • Very affordable
  • Great for beginners in makeup because you have all the shimmery shades you need to create so many different looks.
  • Most of the eye shadows are easy to blend.
  • It has the prettiest shimmery and glittery black eye shadow. I love this color.
  • A lot of the colors are very similar to Urban Decay eye shadows.
CONS:
  • There is not a single matte shade in the palette. In my opinion you need at least one matte shade when doing eye makeup to balance out the colors. All shimmery eye makeup sometimes can look funny and washed out.
  • 3 eye shadows are very chalky, it crumbles and its unblendable.
  • The fall out can be crazy and can get all over. It even stained the 2 cream eye shadows.
  • The Brightening eye liner and mini eye shadow brush is useless. I just toss them out.
OVERALL THOUGHTS:  This is not the perfect makeup palette. Don't expect a wow quality. But I do have to say that its a pretty good palette for its price. I've done several makeup looks using this palette and they were all successful. I was able to create beautiful eye makeup that surprisingly lasted for a long time as long as you have a good base underneath. I definitely recommend this palette to a friend.

Go to the ELF Website to check out this Beauty Encyclopedia www.eyeslipsface.com




"I'm really an outdoorsy girl. People think I can't go anywhere without getting all primped up, but I love to go camping, and I'm totally fine with not doing my hair or makeup, not taking a shower and just hiking." -Vanessa Hudgens

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Makeup Storage Ideas from Home Goods ^_^

Hmmm...how do I put this? To me, Home Goods is like an upscale version of Ross or Marshalls except that they don't sell clothes lol. It's super clean and organized and you can find a lot of thing for your home at a discounted price. Kiko and I went not too long ago because he was looking for something to organize all his mail and I found so many cool things that can be used for makeup storage at the office and kitchen section ^_^. I'm excited to share everything that I found and I hope this can be helpful to many of you.

These drawer organizers are perfect to store your makeup brushes, eye shadows and blushes.






This pencil holder can be a holder for your eyeliners, lip liners, brushes, mascaras and etc.







You can put your makeup palette in this folder holder



...and this is how I store my brushes. I used to have the famous Sephora inspired brush holder that everyone has. It was super cute but geeesh, my brushes was eating so much dust and I couldn't stand it anymore so I switched to this Utencil Tray. Everyone has this in their kitchen right? It fits perfectly in my makeup drawer and it stores my brushes nicely and its dust free!!!



How about you, how do your store your brushes?

"That's why I began doing makeup in the first place: I was hoping that through helping people see the beauty in themselves, I could try and find it in me. " - Kevin Aucoin




Please visit www.homegoods.com  for more storage ideas.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

LOOK: Sunshine Makeup

I went to my friend's wedding not too long ago and I wore this bright yellow dress and my bf kept calling me Sunshine lol. He said I looked like a sunball  walking down the street because my dress was super glowy and bright and it was kind of blinding him  lol. I guess its his way of saying I'm beautiful ^_^.

I re-created this makeup look that I wore at the wedding that matched perfectly with my yellow dress. I did a defined neutral eyes and yellow/gold on the lids with pinky nude lips :). This look is a great bridesmaid makeup if your dress is yellow or just a pretty everyday neutral look for day time. I hope you guys like it!












Physicianas Formula Organic Wear lipgloss in  Super Ginger. It's a shimmery Pinky nude lip gloss witj NYX e/s in Marigold on the center of the lip.


NYX Doll Eye mascara is my favorite mascara at the moment. It's amazing!
http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/



28 Neutral Eye Shadow palette

NYX e/s in Blondie and Yellow Marigold

Swatches of Yellow Marigold and Blondie


face:
-The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisturizer
-Smashbox oil free foundation primer
-Revlon Photo Ready foundation
-Revlon Color Stay foundation
-Ben Nye Translucent setting powder

eyes:
-Almay Line Smoothing concealer
-Mark's Powder Buff foundation
-NYX e/s in Blondie
-NYX e/s in Yellow Marigold
-28 Neutral palette
-NYX doll eye mascara
-Mark's Keep it going lone wear liner/shadow in Entourage

cheeks:
-Milani Mineral blush in MaiTai
-Milani Powder Mosaics in Afterglow

lips:
-Carmex lip balm
-Wet and Wild nude lip liner in Willow
-Physicians Formula Organic Wear lipgloss in Super Ginger




Cool Tips mentioned in the video:
  • Wetting the eye shadows will intensify the colors.
  • Try layering blush colors on the cheeks instead of one.


"I love the confidence that makeup gives me." -Tyra Banks



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Wedding photos
Esmi and Rey Angeles






The singles run/dance

Baby kos and I

Kiko called this pic "Welcome to Hawaii" lol




Fried Chicken Breast with yummy Mushroom sauce for the main course


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