Saturday, April 30, 2011

Favorite Lip Combo...Soft Orchid and Fashion Diva

I haven't been wearing a lot of makeup, specifically eye shadows. I haven't been in the mood playing with them, which is super weird because I love eye shadows. I was even excited when I got my new Double Stack eye shadow by KKcenterHk with all the bright and fun colors. But I guess I'm in one of those lazy makeup phase where I just don't wanna put anything on my eyes O_o.

So my lazy makeup routine at the moment consist of:
-A sheer application of MAC Studio Fix fluid all over the face,
-Conceal under eye circles with Almay Line Smoothing concealer
-Set it with MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural
-Blush. Any blush.
-Sally Hansen Color Comfort Lip Color in Soft Orchid with Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour gloss in Fashion Diva on my lips.
-And no eye makeup at all.



I've been wearing this lip combo for awhile now. Soft Orchid lipstick is a gorgeous mauvey purple with a luster finish ,while Fashion Diva lipgloss is a purple magenta packed with multi-colored shimmers! I've done a review on this lipgloss here. I wasn't too crazy about the outdated look of the packaging, but the shimmers with purple, pink and silver was absolutely gorgeous! 


Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Color Comfort Lip Color in Soft Orchid. I'm not sure if this lipstick is still available at drugstores. I bought it last year for $7 and forgot I had it. I know, I'm bad! It applies smooth like a lip balm with a creamy consistency of a lipstick and it's non-drying at all. Love it!





As soon as this lazy makeup phase goes away, I'm gonna get back into eye shadow looks again! 

Thanks for reading my blog and welcome to all my new followers.
Love you guys! 

Almond Oil and Aloe Vera Gel

Thank you for everyone who commented and shared their own experiences and opinions on my glossy eye lids post. You guys are awesome!

One of my readers, of rainy days of Indulging Myself blog gave me a tip on how to achieve the glossy eye look without the sticky feeling. She said...

"the problem with gloss is it is sticky and that it also attract a lot of dirt, not to forget it is a pain to get off. i have recently started using almond oil and aloe vera gel mixture on my eyes, largely due to under eye issues. i notice that this gives me a great glossy eye look. so i guess just dab some concealer and apply almond oil and some gel so that your lids shine without needing too much oil. let me know how it goes."





Pretty cool right? You can get the glossy eye effect without the yucky sticky feel and it will also help with under eye problems ^_^. Once I get my hands on almond oil and aloe vera gel, I will surely try this trick.

Don't forget to check out her blog.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Glossy Eyelids = Fail?

I've always been curious with the glossy eye makeup seen in beauty and high fashion magazines. The glossy effect is so beautiful. I even remember seeing glossy eye lids for the first time in Natalie Imbruglia's music video "Torn" back in the 90's (that song is SICK!). I had no clue what it was, but I was very much drawn into her shiny/wet look eyes.

What about in real life, can anyone pull off the glossy eye lids? I think it is possible, but I bet it would be annoying. I mean, having a sticky substance on your eyes would be so uncomfortable and it will just sink into the crease of the eyes making it look gross.

 Here are some photos I found on the internet showing what gloss eye makeup looks like.

Source: MakeupTalk.com

I bet they must have done these photo shoots really fast before the eye makeup creased O_o.

photos from google



So I tried it the other day to see how it would look on me. I didn't go anywhere because I'm afraid people would look at me weird lol.

 I primed my eyes with a matte concealer, then I dabbed a clear lip gloss on the lids (NYX round lip gloss in clear or you can use Vaseline too). I curled my lashes, applied a black mascara (Maybelline Volum Express Falsies) and voila! Glossy eye lids!





Sorry for the terrible photos. You can't even see the gloss that much. It was more glossy in person I promise.



Eh...I didn't like it. It looks okay, but it's not for me. I didn't like the uncomfortable sticky feeling that made my eyes blink non stop O_o. I'll just leave the "glossy eye lids" look to high fashion models lol.



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Win Skindinavia Finishing Spray!

No, I'm not holding a giveaway, but one of my favorite youtube guru Ren of MakeupbyRenRen is! In celebration of hitting 9,000 followers on her twitter, she's going to giveaway 3 of Skindinavia Finishing Spray to all her readers, viewers and followers!

Skindinavia specializes in makeup finishing spray. It will extend the wear of makeup, soak up all the oils on the face all day and will even make you look younger. I know I haven't tried it and I've only watched youtube videos of girls raving about them, but I really want to try it for myself to see if it works!



Go to RenRen's blog to find how to enter this contest.




Seak Peek: ES Brand Color Double Eye Shadow

Before I go to sleep, I want to show you my new eye shadow palette from KKCenterhk. If you guys don't know, KKCenterhk is an online company that sells wigs, hair extensions, false nails, false lashes (LOVE them!), makeup, makeup palettes, accessories, clothing, shoes, gloves, sleeves and many more. They have so many great things to offer, and they are all very affordable. 

They were generous enough to send me their ES Brand 20 Color Double Stack Eye Shadow Palette. I'm so excited! You guys should know by now that I am a sucker of eye shadows, whether the comes in trios, palettes, singles, I love them all! And this palette is just soooo pretty. Just look at the colors. They are so bright and vivid. Oh man, I can already imagine all kinds of makeup look I can do with it.  So fridgin' excited.






The eye shadow palette is protected by layers and layers of bubble wrap.




Watch out for all the makeup looks I will be doing using ES Brand Color double Eye Shadow palette. And thank you KKCenterhk for sending me this palette to try out.


Go to KKCenterhk.com to see more of their products.


Good night everyone! XOXO




Monday, April 25, 2011

It's $58....Pomega5 Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer

I got a sample of this Pomega5 Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer in my February Birchbox. I gave my Yes To Tomatoes and Yes to Carrots moisturizer a little break (which I'm going to review soon), so I could try it out. I'm lucky to have non-senstive skin because I'm able to use different moisturizers everyday without breaking out. I've been using it for a couple of days, and OMG it's amazing. It instantly made my face matte right after application, it did a great job in controlling the oils on my face under liquid foundation, and it made my face look dewy, giving me a healthy glow. It's really difficult to find a good mattifying moisturizer and this one is awesome. 

As soon as my sample ran out, I went to Birchbox.com to purchase the full size. But there's only one problem. A full size 1.7 fl.oz is $58!!! Yikes, that's too much for my poor self lol. I stared at my laptop for awhile, thinking if I should buy it or not. It's great...it's amazing...it's awesome and ahhh. I shouldn't be cheap on skin care that works right? But I can't afford it. Not right now *womp, womp, womp* 


The main ingredients are Jojoba Oil, Green Tea Extract, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Verbena Oil and Vanilla Extract.



It's so creamy and I love the citrus scent.

photo credit: Birchbox.com



full size: $58
availability: Birchbox.com. They have free shipping on this product.



What I love about Birchbox is they include the best products in the market for us to try. Thank you Birchbox for introducing me to this amazing mattifying moisturizer. I will buy the full size in the future...after I get my income tax return haha.





It's a $10 Toothpaste

Thanks to my March (Upgarde Your Essentials) Birchbox, I was able to try the most expensive toothpaste I've ever used in my life lol. I've never heard of the brand Marvis before, so I went back to the Birchbox website to learn more about it.


According to the Birchbox website:
"Imported from Italy, this stylish toothpaste makes brushing your teeth anything but routine. The invigorating peppermint flavor is extra zippy and keeps your breath fresh all day. Plus, the apothecary-chic tube dresses up the bathroom sink."


I honestly don't pay attention to what kind of toothpaste I use. We use Aquafresh or Colgate in my house because it's what my mother buys. As long as it cleans my teeth, makes my breath fresh, has a minty flavor and affordable, then I'm okay. I tried a sample Marvis Classic Minty toothpaste, and I didn't really see or feel anything special that will make me go crazy and rave about it. The minty flavor was not as strong as described. I was expecting an invigorating minty freshness, but it was just okay. 

On the other hand, I don't hate this toothpaste. In fact, I appreciate it's simplicity. It's a classic white toothpaste that cleans the teeth and helps prevents cavities, tooth decay, tartar and plaque. I like how it doesn't leave my teeth feeling gritty and the design on the tube is pretty cool. But is that enough to make me purchase the full size for $10? Maybe not.






LOL at this pic. It lathers nicely with a small amount ^_^



full size price: $10.50
availabity: Birchbox.com


What toothpaste are you currently using? 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mini Easter Basket: Skittles and EOS lipbalm

For those who celebrated Easter, I hope you all had a great one. My Easter was really nice. I spent it with my family, and it was very relaxing. My aunt made a huge batch of Kare-kare (a peanut beef stew) and it was sooo delicious and very comforting. We ate it for lunch and dinner, and I think I'm gonna eat it again for breakfast tomorrow lol. I also took a long nap, which was sooo nice lol. We were supposed to go to church today, but we had to watch over my grandma. I never mentioned it, but my 86 yr old grandma fell and almost broke her hip. It left her with a swollen leg which disabled her to walk and do basic things. We had to put her on a wheel chair and my aunt, mom and I help each other to take care of her. It's been tough and we haven't been sleeping (especially my aunt), but we are still thankful to Heavenly Father that she's still alive. It's still a blessing.

Anyway, I want to show you guys the "Mini Easter Basket" I put together for some of my special friends. If you didn't get one, then you're not special haha. I bought these super cute pink plastic basket at CVS and stuffed them with Skittles Easter filled eggs and my favorite EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit! Isn't it cute? I thought it was the perfect gift for girlfriends. Girls love candy and I'm sure anyone would appreciate a good lip balm ^_^




I hope everyone had a great Easter!!!

Eco Friendly Products

It makes me so mad when I lose my photos! I took a lot of photos of my April Birchbox package.  I remember editing and storing them in my Picasa, but now I can't find them anywhere O_o Anyway, I took new photos and here they are.

This month's Birchbox is honoring Earth Day which was last Friday (I know I'm so late). To celebrate, they included Eco friendly products that helps the environment and will make us look good at the same time. This is pretty exciting because I will get to try a lot of organic, eco-friendly products that I've never heard before.





1. Extra: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment- I was happy to see Juice Beauty included in this month's Birchbox. I tried one of their face wash a long time ago and I remember loving it. Hopefully, this eye repair will be a good one.

2. Zoya nail polish in Caitlin- I'm not a nail polish person at all, but this shade is soo pretty. It's a purple gray with a glossy finish.

3. LIV GRN-Earth Eau de Parfum- According to Birchbox, it has hints of Jasmine and Sandalwood. I'm so bad at describing scents, but I can say that it smells really nice (sorry I suck!). 

4.Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial lotion- Organic lotion rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin A and E, which soften and protect the skin.

5. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel- An organic peel consist of natural fruit acids which gives a brighter and smoother complexion. 

6. Extra: Bloomin Seed Paper- I've never seen a seed paper before. I didn't even know it existed lol. Plant this paper in soil, give it a little bit of water and watch it grows into wildflowers. Now that's cool!








Zoya nail polish in Caitlyn. I tired it on my niece's nails and it's sooo pretty! I think I'm just gonna give it to her lol.



I'm so happy with all the products I got. I'm not big on the whole organic and Eco-friendly products, but I'm sure glad I was able to help the environment even just a little bit by purchasing this month's Birchbox.

Get your own Birchbox HERE.

Check out my past Birchbox packages:
March 2011- Dr. Denis Gross, Pangea Organics, Alchimie Forever and Marvis,
February 2011 Be Fine, Bare Minerals, Nars, Pomega5 and Sweetriot Chocolate
January 2011- Ahava, Oscar Blandi, Ernie Laszio, MyFaceWorks and Coconut Chai
December 2011-Stila, Serge Lutens, Jouer and Blow
November 2011- Cargo, Too Faced, Perricone MD, Laura Mercier andThe Face Shop


How I Groom My Eyebrows

I go to the salon once a month to get my eyebrows reshaped. Then I just maintain the shape by grooming it. They grow really fast, so I have to trim and tweeze at least twice a week O_o. It's not my favorite thing to do, but I have to do it. I don't want to have to keep going to the salon and waste money if I can do it myself.

So here is how I groom my brows. Keep in mind this method may or may not work for you. We all have different brows. I just want to show you how I do mine ^_^


What I use:
-brow comb
-manicure scissors
-a good tweezer

1. Here is my brow looking a little funky. I know it doesn't look that bad, but I don't like to wait til it gets bushy and crazy before I fix it lol.

2&3. Using brow brush or mascara wand, brush the hair down on the outer half and trim the the longer hairs until it's all even with the rest.

4. Brush the hair up on the first half and trim the excess hair that sticks up. 

5. Pluck any stray hairs.

6. Brush it one more time and you're done. It's now ready to be filled with either a brow pencil or eyeshadow powder.




Hope this was helpful ^_^

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Purple Flower Patch






















Kiko and I hungout yesterday after work. While driving, we saw a huge bed of purple flowers on a slope by the park. It was breathtaking. I immediately asked kiko if we could stop for a quick photo opp lol. He said he already knew I was going to ask him that ^_^.


Does anybody know what these flowers are called? It's some type of ground huggers. I should google it ^_^.


denim jacket- Everly (San Pedro Wholesale Mart) $2.50. Buy similar HERE.
dress- Forever21 $5. Buy similar HERE.
white cotton cami- Downtown L.A. Fashion District $2.50
headband- $1 (Downtown L.A. Fashion District). Buy similar HERE.
leather chain purse- Ann Taylor. Buy similar HERE.
floral flats- Payless $10.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Nutty and Good To Go

I did a makeup look featuring Wet n Wild ColorIcon single eye shadow in Nutty and MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good To Go. I wore this makeup to work yesterday and got a lot of compliments from clients and co-workers. I've had Nutty for awhile now and I can't believe I waited this long to try it. It's so velvety and smooth and applies like a dream. Good To Go is one of the lipstick my cousin gave me. It's a loud bright orange shade. I never thought I would wear orange lips, but once I did, I loved it!

Nutty is a gorgeous shimmery taupe eyeshadow. Velvety and smooth.
Good To Go is a bright orange lipstick. Shockingly gorgeous!












GET THE LOOK
Wet n Wild ColorIcon single eye shadow in Nutty is the main shadow I used.  








eyes:
-Prime the eye lids with NYX eye base in white. Make sure you use a little and you blend well.
-Apply MAC eye shadow in Cork (muted brown) above the crease with a fluffy blending brush. 
-Apply Wet n Wild ColorIcon single eye shadow in Nutty (shimmery taupe) all over the lids with a shader brush.
-Apply Mark eye shadow in Espresso (matte brown) on the outer corner blending it to the crease with a small blending brush. 
-Add definition to the eyes by adding Milani single eye shadow in Storm (shimmery black) on the crease with a pencil brush. Don't put too much. 
-Blend the colors together with a clean blending brush.
-Apply Wet n Wild ColorIcon single eye shadow in Brulee ( matte beige) on the inner corners and brow bone.
-Line the upper lash line with Physicians Formula felt tip liner in brown.
-Line the water line with Stila Smudge Pot in black and smudge it on the outer half of lower lash line.

face:
-Take off the shadow fall out on the face with a baby wipe. You want a clean face before applying face makeup.
-Apply MAC Studio fix fluid (NC42) all over the face with a wet sponge. Using a wet sponge will give a sheer coverage.
-Conceal slight dark circles with Almay Line Smoothing concealer in medium under the eyes. 
-Set the makeup with MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in medium deep. This will help the makeup last long.

cheeks:
-Dust MAC powder blush in Melba (matte peachy pink) on the apple of the cheeks with a blush brush.
-Apply Milani Mosaic Powder blush in Afterglow (bronzer) under the cheekbones with an angled blush brush. This will contour the face, giving it a slimmer appearance.

lips:
-Apply EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit to moisturize the lips. 
-Apply MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good To Go  (bright orange) on the lips.
-Highlight the center of the lips with Wet n Wild ColorIcon single shadow in Brulee (matte beige). This will make the lips looks fuller, almost cartoon like.


MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good To Go



I'm wearing MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good To Go and Wet n Wild ColorIcon single shadow in Brulee in the center of the top and bottom of the lips. This gives a 3D effect for a pouter lips. It's almost cartoon like. ^_^