Monday, February 28, 2011

FOTN: Fresh, Defined and Natural

I wore this makeup look last week at Lupe's birthday dinner. It's a fresh, defined and natural makeup that looks like I don't have a lot of makeup on. But I do. It actually takes a lot of makeup to create such look, and I will show you how to do it.















GET THE LOOK

face:
For a fresh and natural looking face, use a wet sponge to apply Revlon Color Stay foundation all over the face. I like this application because it feels light on the skin. Apply Almay Line Smoothing concealer in medium under the eyes and blend it with the same wet sponge. This will lightly conceal dark circles, making the eyes look bright and awake. Then, dust Mac Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Deep all over the face to set the makeup. This will make the face makeup last for a long time.

brows:
For a natural looking eye brows, fill them in lightly with Wet n Wild brow pencil in taupe and Chattecaille Eye Pencil in Bark (dark brown) and use a spooly to blend the colors by brushing the brows following the natural hair growth. Using a spooly to blend will give the brows a more natural look.


eyes:
To create a slight definition on the eyes, contour them by applying Milani Powder Mosaics in AfterGlow (bronzer) on the crease with Sigma SS224 (a fluffy blending brush). If you don't know where your crease is located, tilt your head back a little and feel where your eye socket sinks in. That's your crease! Then, with an angled liner brush, line the upper lash line with Stila Smudge Pot in black. Curl the lashes and apply a generous coat of NYX Doll Eye Long Lash mascara.


cheeks: 
Apply Nars blush in Orgasm (peachy pink with gold specs) on the apple of the cheeks with Essence of Beauty blush/powder brush duo, using the angled brush. Dab and blend, and make sure you apply with a light hand because this blush is so pigmented, it's very easy to go overboard. You don't wanna look like a clown right? Then, contour the face with Milani Powder Mosaics in AfterGlow with the same Essence of Beauty blush brush/powder brush duo, using the other end (medium fluffy round brush), and apply it under the cheekbones sweeping it upwards towards above the ear. This will create an illusion of a defined cheek bones and a slimmer face.

nose:
This is optional, but lightly define and high light the nose. First, apply Milani Powder Mosaics in AfterGlow (the same bronzer used to contour the eyes and cheeks) on the side of the nose using a small angled shadow brush. Make sure you apply with a light hand. You don't want the shadow to be too obvious. Then, apply a small amount of  Almay Line Smoothing concealer in light/medium on the bridge of the nose all the way down to the tip using your ring finger. Dab and blend. 



lips: 
Apply EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit and let it soak into your lips. Lip balm will keep your lips moisturized. Using a wet sponge, dab Revlon Color Stay liquid foundation on the lips to create a pale nude color. Top it off with ELF Minty lip gloss in Los Angeles, and dab Milani single eye shadow in Peach Peach on the cupid's bow and the bottom center of the lip. This will make the lips appear fuller.


Revlon Color Stay liquid foundation on my lips with E



It may look like a lot of steps, but it's really easy and quick to do. It look me about 10 minutes and I was out the door.


A photo with my friends wearing this makeup. 



And if you're interested, click here to see the outfit I wore that night ^_^




XOXO,
Becky

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Outfit: "I have nothing to wear"

This is the outfit I wore on Friday for the potluck and karaoke party I organized for my best friend Monica's birthday. I looked at my closet and said to myself "dang, I have nothing to wear!" I say that all the time, and it gets my mom annoyed because in reality, I do have a lot of clothes. Most of them are still in shopping bags, with tags or they just don't fit anymore lol. My problem is, I don't know how to wear them or make a nice outfit out of them. I told you I suck at fashion lol.

So I challenged myself to come up with an outfit using clothes I've never worn. It took me awhile to put it together, but I did it. I dug deep in my closet, and found a button up long sleeve shirt that I bought a looooong time ago at Downtown L.A. Fashion Distritct for only a buck (no tax!). I put a belt around it because I have a thing for belts at the moment ( It's the same belt I wore here), then I wore a black crochet vest that I also bought a loooong time ago at the Fashion District to add a nice layer (huh? don't listen to me. I don't have a clue what I'm talking about). Then, I just wore my jeggings because they're so comfortable and grey boots because I can't find my black ones O_o.





Sorry guys, the only decent pose I can do is to put my hand on my waist and smile real big ^_^









What do you think? 


shirt- Maurices (Downtown L.A. Fashion District) $1
jeggings- Cello (Downtown L.A. Fashion District) $7
black crochet vest- SugarLips (San Pedro Wholesale Mart) $5
faded black belt- Mom's
grey boots- Cathy Jean $60
stretch gold bangle bracelet- Ann Taylor $68
necklace- Ann Taylor



A few photos from the fiesta!



 Grace, Me, Aracely and Mon


Mon got a little shy...assuuus!!



...with my Kiko



My favorite karaoke song is "I'm Crazy for You" by Madonna. I always score a 98!



Thank you so much for stopping  by and I appreciate all your comments.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Review/Swatch: Physicians Formula Needle-Free Plumping Lipstick


I got this Physician Formula Needle-Free plumping lipstick in the beginning of January, and I barely got to try it out this week. It took me this long to give it a try because I was a bit scared. I mean, a lipstick that promise to re-shape and plump the lips in 60 seconds sounds pretty dang scary to me.

So why did I buy it? Because it was cheap. I got it at my local CVS during their end of the year clearance sale for only $2.75. Click here to see my haul. I'm a sucker for cheap makeup, so I bought it and hoped for the best.



SHADE
The shade I got is in Mauveberry Potion. It's a gorgeous berry purple-y mauve-y shade. It's not too dark nor light on my lips, and is very wearable for day time. 

TEXTURE, COVERAGE
 The texture is so smooth and creamy and glides on the lips like a lip balm. I didn't want to stop applying because it felt so nice. The coverage is from sheer to full. One layer is sheer, while layering more will give a full coverage. Also, it is very moisturizing. I had it on the whole day, and I didn't feel my lips get dry at all.

INGREDIENTS
INGREDIENTS: BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, HYDROGENATED PALM KERNAL GLYCERIDES, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DIBENZOATE, OLEIC/LINOLEIC/LINOLENIC POLYGLYCERIDES, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, OCTYLDODECANOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ADIPIC ACID/DIETHYLENE GLYCOL/GLYCERINE CROSSPOLYMER, JOJOBA ESTERS, STEAROXY DIMETHICONE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL RICINOLEATE, SILICA, QUATERNIUM-90 BENTONITE, POLYESTER-4, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CAFFEINE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, ETHYL CELLULOSE, ETHYL MENTHANE CARBOXAMIDE, HEXYL LAURATE, HYDROGENATED DILINOLEYL ALCOHOL, HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, ISOSTEARYL ALCOHOL, MENTHOL, METHYL NICOTINATE, NIACIN, PALMITIC ACID, PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, TRIBEHENIN, ZEA MAYS (CORN) OIL, BHT, BUTYLPARABEN, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, MAY CONTAIN: MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE, CARMINE, IRON OXIDE, RED 6 LAKE, RED 7 LAKE, TIN OXIDE, YELLOW 6 LAKE.
Wow, that's a lot of stuff in one lipstick.


EFFECTIVENESS
 I felt a strong tingling and burning sensation right after applying it. It was tolerable, so I didn't freak out. Then, I pretty much stared at the mirror the whole time to see if my lips will get plump.The product promised dramatic results in 60 seconds, so I snapped a lot of photos to catch any difference. But unfortunately, it didn't work. My lips stayed the same, even after the tingling sensation went away about 8-10 minutes.
  
  This is the back of the box with before and after photos showing dramatic results in 60 seconds. Pretty scary right? Too bad it wasn't true.












2 swipe on my arm




 After 60 seconds, my lips still looked the same. It would have been crazy to see a fuller and plumper lips similar to the before and after photos at the back of the box.


PROS:
-The shade Mauveberry Potion is beautiful
-I love the creamy and smooth texture
-It has great coverage
-It is very moisturizing that last the whole day.

CONS:
-It didn't work. No plumping effect at all.


FINAL THOUGHTS:
Even though I was a bit scared to try it, I kind of wanted to see dramatic results. I know, I will probably get freaked out if it did work, but too bad it didn't. On the other hand, I can still see myself using this lipstick because of it's pretty shade and great moisturizing effect. Would I recommend it to a friend? No!



price: $9.99 but I got it for $2.75
availability: CVS



Monday, February 21, 2011

OOTN: Black for Valentine's Date

Black dress, black sheer stockings, black boots and black smoky eyes is what I wore for my late Valentine's date with Kiko. Don't I like slimmer?

By the way, if you like my makeup, make sure you click here to see more photos and learn how to get the look ^_^









black dress- Everly (San Pedro Wholesale Mart) $5
stretch bracelet- Forever 21 $9
hoop earrings- Downtown L.A. Fashion District $1
sheer black stocking- ???
faux leather black boots- Moda (Downtown L.A. Fashion District) $18


FOTN: Smoky Eyes and Pale Nude Lips...late Valentine's day look.

Smoky eyes is probably my favorite eye makeup look to do. I've done it so many times, and I love how it can dramatically change the way I look in a matter of minutes, making me look sultry and sexy... yah know?!! It's also Kiko's favorite look on me because he says, it makes may eyes look mysterious lol.

So for my late Valentine's date with Kiko, I wore black smoky eyes with nude pale lips. Usually, I prefer a more natural nude lips, but I went for a pale nude since I haven't done it in awhile. Pale nude is okay, but just make sure your lips is not lighter than your skin tone. You don't wanna look like you just ate powdered donuts right? O_o











Oh wow, one is darker than the other *shakes head*.



GET THE LOOK


eyes:
Prime your eye lids with NYX shadow base in skin tone. This will keep the shadows from creasing and fading. Apply Stila Smuge Pot in black starting from the top lash line, blending it upwards using your finger or a concealer brush. This will keep the the shadow more intense. Using an eye shadow brush, pat Milani single eye shadow in Storm (black shadow with silver glitters) on top of the black base. Then with a fluffy blending brush, apply MAC shadow in Cork (muted golden brown)  on the crease or the edge of the black shadow. Blend it wind shield wiper motion until the shadow fade upwards and the harsh line disappears. Blending is key to achieve the perfect smoky eyes, so take your time. 


face:
Use a wet sponge to apply Revlon Color Stay foundation all over the face. This will give your face a sheer coverage, enough to even out the skin tone. Apply Almay Line Smoothing concealer in medium under the eyes and blend it with the same wet sponge. This will lightly conceal dark circles, making the eyes look bright and awake. Then, dust Mac Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Deep all over the face to set the makeup. This will make the face makeup last for a long time.

cheeks:
Lightly dip a blush brush on Nars blush in Orgasm (peachy pink with gold specs) and apply it on the apple of your cheeks. Nars blushes are so pigmented, so make sure you don't put too much.

lips:
Apply EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit and let it soak into your lips. Lip balm will keep your lips moisturized. Using a wet sponge, dab Revlon Color Stay liquid foundation on the lips to create the pale nude color, then top it off with ELF Minty lip gloss in Los Angeles.


Revlon Color Stay liquid foundation and ELF Minty lip gloss in Los Angeles on my lips.





Kiko and I went to The Melting Pot fondue restaurant and had the longest dinner we've ever had. It was almost 3 hours lol. Visit my food blog to red more about it ^_^




Thank you so much for stopping by.





Sunday, February 20, 2011

Britney is Back!

I love Britney! I don't care what other people say about her. I love her then, now and forever. Yeah she had a long period of koo-koo stage, but who didn't? Now she's back doing her thing, and she looks better than ever. I actually just watched her new music video "Hold it Against me" on youtube and it's awesome! I watched it a bunch of times, and now the song is stuck in my head haha.



I also love her makeup. She wore several makeup looks in the video, and she looks amazing in all them.


photo source: google





EyesLipsface One Day Free Shipping code

Here is an exciting news to all ELF fans out there. EyesLipsFace.com is having FREE SHIPPING on Presidents day. It's only one day, so take advantage. Just use code PRESHIP on orders $15 or more at check out.





































Becky's ELF picks:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

OOTN: Old Sweater dress and Hoop Earrings

This is what I wore last night for my friend's birthday dinner. I wore a really old sweater dress that I've had since college, which was ancient years ago, and dressed it up with a belt. I've worn this dress too many times, but never with a belt. It actually looked pretty cool, and it gave the illusion that I have a small waist ^_^.

I wanted to wear a long necklace for my accessories, but I couldn't decide what I wanted, so I ended up wearing my huge Chola hoop earrings and a stretch bangle bracelet. Can't go wrong with hoops!



I'm going to do a post on my makeup here soon! It may look like I don't have a lot of makeup on, but trust me I do lol.




sweater dress- Tricot Joli (Downtown L.A. Fashion District) $10
faded black leather belt- mom's ^_^
skinny jeans- Tyte (My best friend gave it to me, and she got it at Macy's) $10
hoop earrings- Downtown L.A. Fashion District $1
stretch bangle bracelet- Forever 21 $10
grey boots- Cathy Jean $60





Have a great weekend!



Thursday, February 17, 2011

OOTD: Not So Skinny Belt

This is what I wore to work on Sunday. I wore a not so skinny black belt with a striped bronze and black cardigan. I wanted to wear my new patent leather skinny black belt that I bought from Ann Taylor, but I couldn't find it...ugh! O_o. It would've looked much better, but eh...this one was okay.

I still suck at posing haha...but I'm trying ^_^


I also did a post on the makeup I wore here. It was a simple black liner and reddish purple lips. You probably can't see it that well, but if you're interested, click here to see what it looks like.





cardigan - Everyl (San Pedro Wholesale Mart) $5
black camisole -Downtown L.A. Fashion District $2.50
black leather belt- grandma's belt ^_^
jeggings- Cielo (San Pedro Wholesale Mart) $7 
necklace- Forever Love $7
leather purse: Ann Taylor $148
black faux leather boots- Downtown L.A. Fashion District $18


Thank you so much for stopping by! 



Birchbox#4: Be Fine, Nars, Bare Escentuals and etc...

It's that time of the month again...Birchbox ^_^ This is my 4th Birchbox, and it's still makes me excited whenever I get it in the mail. I just love seeing the hot pink box because I know it's gonna be beauty goodies just for me! ^_^ By the way, if you don't know what Birchbox is, it's a monthly subscription service where you get 4-5 deluxe samples from different high end beauty brands hand picked by the Birchbox team. To learn more about them just click here. Or if you want to see my previous Birchbox packages, then click herehere and here!








As always, the packaging is super cute with the colored paper and ribbons. It's these little things that makes the package special.



Bare Minerals, Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara. I've never tried anything from this line, so I'm pretty excited to try this out. It's supposed to give your lashes serious volume and intensity. We will see...



Befine, Exfoliating Brown Sugar Cleanser. I've never heard of this brand before, but I love exfoliating products, so I'm excited to try this out too. Since I don't have sensitive skin, I don't think I'll have a problem with it.







Nars, Orgasm Illuminator. OMG, no freakin' way! I'm so happy they included a product sample of this cult favorite brand that I can never afford haha. It's a peachy pink highlighter or illuminator that supposed to add a nice glow to your face.



Pomega5, Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer. Once again, a brand that I've never heard of, but I'm already liking the fact that it's mattifying and it has anti-oxidants. I kind'a wished the sample was a little bigger though.



Sweetriot Chocolate-Covered Cacao Nibs. This is the Birchbox treat. I know it's not a beauty product but it's pretty neat that included this in the package. Anything chocolate is cool with me ^_^






I'm happy with this month's Birchbox, and I can't wait to try these all out.

Go to www.birchbox.com to subscribe and get your own Birchbox too!