Sunday, October 31, 2010

...kind of a Greek Goddess Inspired look

I'm calling this my " kind of a Greek Goddess Inspired look". I wore this look to a kind of a Halloween thing that I went to with my friends on Friday. Half of the people wore costumes and the rest didn't lol. As you can see in the photos below, it doesn't exactly look like a Greek Goddess with the gold leaf crown, white toga and all that jazz but I promise I did my  makeup with a Greek Goddess in mind. I think of a Greek Goddess with a flawless and bronzey face, light gold, silver eyes and nude lips with a hint on gold. There are so many variations on how do it but this is just my own take. I hope you like it.



I wore a loose and off the shoulder white shirt instead of a toga. For accessories, I wore chunky and layered matching necklace and bracelet instead of a gold leaf crown and a the messy and wavy hair of course for sexy look.

 Makeup
eyes:
-Almay Line Smoothing concealer (as a base on the eyes)
-Mac Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in medium deep (so set the concealer)
-Urban Decay Primer potion (as a primer to saturate the colors)
-Urban Decay Book of Shadows Alice in Wonderland 
  • Oraculum e/s (brushed above the crease with the blending brush and inner half of the lower lash line)
  • Vorpal e/s (applied all over the lids)
-Mac e/s in Spiced Chocolate (applied on the outer V with a crease brush)
-Miliani e/s in Almondine (applied on the brow bone as high light)
-Sonia Kashuk gel liner in Ebony (to line the upper lash line and water line)
-The Select false eye lashes

face:
-Dermalogica oil control face lotion (to mattify the face)
-Maybelline Instant Age Rewind face primer (applied next to help the foundation apply smoother)
-Revlon Color stay liquid foundation in Golden Caramel (applied with a foundation brush to even out the skintone)
-Almay Line Smoothing concealer in light/med (applied under the eyes as a highlight)

cheeks:
-Mac blush in Gingerly (applied on the apples of the cheeks)
-Milani Mosaic blush in Afterglow (applied on the temples and under the cheekbones for a bronze look)

lips:
-Say Yes to Carrots lip butter in Melon (to moisturize the lips)
-Wet and Wild lip liner in Willow (applied on the lip line and blend on the entire lips)
-Rimmel London Moisture Renew lipstick in Spotlight Beige (applied on the lips as the lip color)
-Urband Decay e/s in Oraculum (applied in the center of the upper and bottom lips for high light)




                                                                                          












...just a little cam whoring I did as I played with the different settings of my camera. The makeup changes depending on the lighting. I like the photos without the flash because it doesn't wash out the colors.




I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween!!!



"Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"- Dexter Kozen



 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A $17 dollar nail polish..what? (Rococo Nail Apparel)

Before I ramble, this is not going to be a nail art tutorial or nail polish review. I'm clueless when it comes to nail polish, nail art and everything nails and the closest thing to nail art that I've done is when I painted my nails with those crayola markers when I got bored at work O_o. So for sure you won't be getting any nail tips from me lol. However, I just wanted to share this nail polish by Rococo Nail Apparel that my niece got herself for her birthday. She's only 11 and she's into girly things like nail polish and lip gloss. Every time she comes over she always shows off a new nail color or some type of nail art lol.



One time she came over and she was showing off her new nail polish that she got for her birthday. The packaging/case is very pretty and girly with the pink leafy, flower-y print. It's made out of  hard cardboard and it reminded me of a lipstick case. I even thought it was a lipstick case when I first saw it. The bottle is pretty standard...I think. Heck, I don't know these things but it looks like a regular nail polish bottle to me lol. The shade is called Funboy which is a matte neon pink color. I thought it looked more of a hot pink in the bottle but once applied on the nails, it looked more like a bright pink with a hint of purple, if that makes any sense. I'm not even 100% sure lol.



 My niece and I played with it and the coverage was opaque. It only took my niece one coat to make the color show up on my nails and it was really vibrant and pretty. If I was a nail polish enthusiast then I would say that this was an awesome nail polish right? But the thing that threw me off was the price. My niece told me she got it at Bloomingdales for $17. OMG, I almost fell out of my seat. Are you serious? That's almost 20 bucks lol. But then I had to re-think to myself and I guess it's not that bad since in the past, I've shed almost 30 bucks for a dang NARS blush. But geesh $17 for a nailpolish?? Wow!






5 Stars for my nail art haha! I did it on my niece's nails ^_^



My niece didn't realize how expensive this nail polish was but she sure does have good taste in picking out a beautiful color ^_^. What do you think guys? I need to be educated. Is this too expensive for a nail polish?



Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sephora App for Iphone!

This is for all of you beauty and tech-y junkies out there! Sephora app is now available for your iphone. It's called SephoraToGo. You can stay updated on the latest beauty trend, watch and learn makeup tips, keep track of your Beauty Insider points, read reviews on your favorite beauty products and shop, all in your finger tips. This is pretty awesome!



Don't have an iphone? Don't worry, you can still download this app on other smart phones . Go to sephora.com to find out more info.

Start Your Week right with Free Samples!!!

This is for all skincare/beauty junkies out there. You can get a free sample of Jergen's Overnight Repair lotion. All you have to do is go to totalbeauty.com and answer a short survey on skincare and fill in your information and you're done!


TotalBeauty.com is a great beauty website. You can find honest reviews on your favorite products, beauty tips, celebrity tips and many more. You will love it ^_^

*Offer is good until December 31, 2010 or while supplies last*

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rock That Pink

Rock That Pink!!! Pink all the way for this month of October to spread awareness of breast cancer. I created another look (Click HERE to see the first look) using different shades of pink on the eyes, cheeks and lips. I know it's way too much pink, but please let me get away with it just for the sake of this month...is that cool?



                                          Before and After








face:
-The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream
-Revlon Color Stay liquid foundation in Golden Caramel
-Almay Line Smoothing concealer in light/med
-Dermablend Professional Setting powder

eyes:
-Almay line smoothing concealer in light/med as a base
-Mac Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Deep
-BH cosmetics 88 Matte eyeshadow palette
-NYX Chrome pigment in Sunnyday
-NYX Chrome pigment in Geisha
-Milani e/s in Almondine

cheeks:
-NYX cream blush in Glow
-Milani Mosiac Powder blush in Afterglow

lips:
-Wet and Wild nude lip liner in Willow
-Revlon Matte lipstick in PinkPout

Here is the video tutorial if you want to learn how I did this look.


This is my photo entry to makeupandbeautyblog Sign Project and Giveaway. It's a super cool giveaway and I encourage everyone to join. You will get a chance to win $400 worth of makeup and you'll spread awareness of breast cancer at the same time so it's a win-win situation. It's super fun! Go to her blog for more info.



I wrote my sign with NYX round lipsticks in Penelope and Flower. You gotta use what you have right?



"I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains." -Anne Frank

Soft Pink and Brown for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Makeup look

October is the Pink month or Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I personally do not know anyone who had or has breast cancer but I am fully aware that it is a battle many women are fighting everyday. It is a tumor that grows in the breast that happens almost entirely in women. It has taken many people's lives and it is something we should all take seriously. There is no cure yet but we can all show our support by making a donation for the breast cancer research foundation dedicated to breast cancer prevention and finding a cure.

Here are some companies that supports the fight against Breast Cancer.

Ann Taylor offers the Ann Cares card where you can purchase it for $25 and get 20 to 25% off on your entire purcase of $100 or more. 90% off the card purchase will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research. You can donate and save money at the same time. It's a win-win situation. Visit anntaylor.com for more info


Estee Lauder created a Pink Ribbon Collection 2010. $500,000 will be donated to the breast cancer research foundation. You will surely feel good when you purchase one of their collection. You will look fab in your new pink lipstick or lipgloss and you are helping a good cause at the same time.

                           Jeweled Pink Ribbin pin $12.00


                  Elizabeth Hurley Lip Design Collection $25.00


                    Evelyn Lauder Lip Design Collection $25.00

...and here is a Soft Pink and Brown makeup look that I created dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's a soft and neutral look with hints of pink in the eyes, cheeks and lips. It's a pretty and easy look to achieve. You can watch the makeup tutorial at the end of this post to learn how I did this look.



                                     Before and After
  

face:
-The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture cream. Click HERE for my review.
-Revlon Color Stay liquid foundation in Golden Caramel
-Stila Perfecting concealer in shade f

eyes:
-Stila Perfecting concealer in shade f as a base
-Mac Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Med Deep. HERE is my review.
-BH cosmetics 88 matte palette
-Benefit Eye Bright pencil
-Sonia Kashuk gel liner in Ebony
-Maybelline Falsies mascara

cheeks:
-Smashbox Double Exposure lip/cheek color in Irresistible
-Milani Minerals blush in MaiTai

lips:
-Wet and Wild nude lip liner in Willow
Once again, I used my current fav nude lipstick Rimmel London Moisture Renew lipstick in Spotlight Beige





Thank you so much for stopping by and stay tuned for my another pink makeup look I'm going to do dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.


"My cancer scare changed my life.  I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life." -Olivia Newton-John

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Spotlight Beige is my new fav nude....Rimmel London Moisture Renew lipstick

Can a girl ever have enough nude lipsticks? I don't think so lol. I just love a good nude lipstick that looks natural. My new Rimmel London Moisture Renew lipstick in Spotlight Beige is my current favorite nude lipstick. It's creamy, moisturizing and it gives the most beautiful and natural shade on my lips.


WHAT: The website  says "Ultimate Colour Indulgence with SPF 15 Protection: Now infuse lips with perfectly luscious, luminous and richer colour: a wide and fine selection of perfectly blended, sumptuous shades. Caring color complex of vitamin A, C, E and anti-oxidants and SPF15 protects lips from everyday damage". (source: http://www.rimmellondon.com/)

WHERE: You can easily get this at your local drugstores.

PRICE: $7 or less.

SCENT: To me, it has a weird smell to it. It smells like like an old lipstick  O_o. But honestly, it doesn't really bother me. I just won't smell it.

FINISH: It has a creamy satin finish which gives a  nice shine and glossy finish on your lips. No need for lip gloss.

COVERAGE: sheer to medium but buildable.

TEXTURE: creamy and moisturizing

The website says it has spf 15 but the packaging says spf 18. Not that it matters but I just noticed it lol











PROS:
-Very affordable
-It suits many skin tones especially medium skin tones.
-It looks very natural on me so its great for everyday use.
- The coverage can be from sheer to medium.
-Non-drying and very moisturizing
-Applies very smooth and creamy. It's really nice.
-It has spf 18 to protect your lips.

CONS:
-The scent may be bothersome.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I really love this lipstick/shade. It looks really nice and natural which makes it very wearable and awesome for everyday use. Also, it never dries my lips which is amazing! I recommend it to all skin tones especially with medium skin tones like me ^_^.

Everyday Makeup blog verdict: This product is a YAY!


"A husband is a guy who tells you if you've got on too much lipstick and helps you with your girdle when your hips stick" - Ogden Nash

Crazy Cheap Clothing Haul (San Pedro Wholesale Mart/L.A.) Pt.2

This is going to be Part 2 of my L.A. Bargain Clothing haul where I'm going to show you guys where I love to shop in L.A. specifically in the Downtown/Fashion District area. Click HERE to check my previous bargain haul. Anyway, I'm excited to share this information with you guys because this place is an absolute bargain shopping heaven for me. I've been coming to this place for years since high school. My friend Esmeralda took me to this place and ever since, I pretty much stopped buying clothes at the mall. Well not really lol, I still go to the mall but I just go straight to the sale section ^_^

San Pedro Wholesale Mart
Located in the Fashion District on 11th and San Pedro st not too far from the Flower district and famous Santee Alley.  This mall consists of hundreds of wholesale retailers who sells clothes in bulks or by the dozen. It's open to the public only on Saturdays from 7am-11am or a little later. It's so cool how you can buy new clothes for a really crazy cheap price. I'm talking about deals like 3 for $10, 4 for $10, $5 on dresses, $10 on jeans, denim jackets, prom dresses and etc. It's really amazing and, your $50 will take you  along way and it's TAX FREE!

People come here every Saturday from all over L.A. county with their huge luggage, yes a huge luggage ready to be filled with clothes and stuff. I get anxious and I get this rush when I start shopping. There's so many cute clothes and they always in trend, no joke! Also, a lot of familiar brand names like Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal and many more can be found here.


I always come home with several huge and heavy black plastic bags. I know they're ugly for shopping bags but I don't care!!!


All of these clothes are worth $80-90 bucks. Every time I go, I spent about $60-90 bucks. I can go whenever I want because I live 10 minutes away.

This is kind of the overview of the mall but this is not the whole thing because there are more in the back. Also, newly opened wholesale mall behind and next to this one just opened. It will be in my next clothing haul post^_^

There are 2 levels filled with nothing but racks of clothes everywhere OMG!

This photo is an example of a typical sign for pricing that you will see everywhere

This photo is pretty cool!. This is just 1/3 of the back of the mall. There's more on the other end. It feels like its never ending, no joke! This is around 7am.

I can only show you guys photos but you seriously have to be at this place to fully understand my excitement. I love it!

...so onto my haul, I always start at the back of the mall because I noticed that the prices are even more cheaper in the back.Then I work my way to the middle I save the front for last.

I got these 4 jackets for $10 in a store called EBE. These are sample jackets. The 2 denim jackets are new, undamaged and they fit perfectly.

On the other hand, these light blue and black jacket has holes in them and a sign that says SAMPLE are written inside with a marker. Even though, they're kind of damage, I don't really care since they can be fixed.



Next to the EBE is a store called 03EVERLY where they sell dresses for $5. All these cute dresses are $5 each






I especially love this metallic silver grayish dress. It's so flirty and girly and it's only $5!

They were also selling 3 for $10 tops and cardigans so I got these.
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This long sleeves shirt reminds me of something you would see at Forever21 or H&M.

I got these super cute Jeggings somewhere in the middle of the mall for $7 each. Jeggings are in between tights and jeans. So they are super tight and stretchy jeans. These are actually my first Jeggings and I'm glad I didn't pay a lot for them ^_^

I got this dark gray cardigan by Fredericks of Hollywood for $5.



Aubergine cardigan for $5

This jacket with a furry hood is only $10

Cute striped hot pink and black hoodie by Wetseal was only $5. The tag is still on it.

I got this silk cardigan by George Me, a walmart brand for $8 bucks. One of my subbie friends told me this was a UK brand. Its the cutest grandma cardigan and fits nice and comfortable. I love it!



Black lacey and ruffly top and striped blue and white dress for $4 each!


Things you must know:
-This place is only open to the public on Saturdays from 7-11am or a little later. Yes, people do get up super early on a Saturday to shop and, I suggest to go early because so you can find good a good parking spot.

-There is parking on top of the building. It's $5 bucks for 4 hours.

-All the clothes being sold are brand new and most still have tags on them.

-I don't recommend bringing your kids. It gets really crowded.

-There are slight damages in some of the clothes. Inspect before you buy. The clothes with holes will be in a specific rack.

-There is no dressing room. You just have to know your size.

-Cash only. They don't accept credit cards. However, an ATM machine can be found on the second level.

-Tax free and no receipt so all sales are final.

-It's 50cents to use the bathroom and it's pretty clean.

-There's an on site Food Court on the second level. Yummy Korean food!


I know this is way to long already but thank you for reading and for being patient. Hopefully this was helpful to some of you and do check this place out if you're in the L.A. area. Hey, you might even bump into me lol.