Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Most Important Makeup of my Life... The "Perfect" Wedding Makeup

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My wedding makeup is probably the most important makeup I've done on myself. All eyes were on me (and El Hubby Cakes too, of course lol), so I had to look flawless and almost "perfect". I was actually nervous because a week before my wedding, I had a dream that during the ceremony, my makeup was literally melting off my face like pouring caramel. So gross. It became more gooey and muddy when I tried to wipe it off with my hands O_o. OMG, as soon as I woke up, I text messaged my best friend Mon to tell her. I was so worried and scared out of my mind, I almost cried. LOL. That's why I wanted to make sure that my wedding makeup was on point. But is it possible? Is it possible to create the "perfect" makeup? Well, with the right products, tools and technique, it is!!! I can honestly say that my wedding day was the most beautiful I've ever felt. Oh and yes, I did my own makeup. Why hire a makeup artist when I can do it myself and do it best.


I will do a video tutorial on it when I get a chance, but for now, here's what I did...


SKINCARE
Skincare is just as important as the makeup. Having great skin is the first step in looking "perfect". A month before the wedding, I stopped eating junk food and drank lots of water. From my experience, what I eat reflects on my skin so I had to really make some changes with my diet. It was quite difficult for me because I love food! We're always eating at work and I always cook the most yummy and not so healthy food. My Instagram is proof of my love for food since 60% off all the photos I post are FOOD! So, I cooked healthier and completely change my diet. (Atleast for a little while haha) I ate lots protein, less carbs and devoured lots of greens and colorful vegetables and fruits.

Also, the skincare regimen I was using really helped to keep my oily/combination skin under control. I used The Body Shop Seaweed skin care line.

  • The Body Shop Seaweed facial wash- a gentle facial wash that washes away dirt and impurities.
  • The Body Shop Seaweed toner- I love this stuff!!! It removes traces of dirt and makeup that the face wash was unable to remove and it preps the face for the moisturizer.
  • The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture lotion with SPF 15- A light weight and non-greasy day time moisturizer. It helps control the oil on my face. 
  • The Body Shop Seaweed Night Treatment- A light moisturizer for night time. Love this too!!! 

MAKEUP

FACE:
I bought new HD foundation and concealer at Sephora. My everyday foundation and concealer at the moment was okay, but I wanted something that will make my face look great in photographs and HD or high definition makeup was the way to go.
  • Make Up For Ever HD liquid foundation in N128- Amazing foundation I've ever tried. This stuff magically cover imperfections. I applied it using a buffer brush and blended it in circular motion until it's evenly distributed through out my face.
  • Makep Up For Ever HD concealer in 335- Luckily, I didn't have any blemishes or pimples to cover up, so I used it mainly for my light under eye circles. It's liquid, so it's very lightweight and didn't cake.
  • PUR Minerals powder mineral foundation in Tan- I used a fluffy face brush to dust a little bit on my face just to set the makeup in place. 
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BROWS:
Eyebrows frame the entire face and has the ability to change how one look. Thin brows makes me look older while thick brows makes me look young. I wanted my brows to look just right. Not too thin, thick or too dark.
  • Wet n Wild Brow Trio in Brunette- My favorite brow trio. Love how it comes with 2 shades of brow powder, one light and one dark and a wax to keep the hair in place. Using an angled brush, I applied the lighter shade on the inner half of my brows and the darker shade on the outer half. Then, I used a spooly to blend the colors for a natural look.
EYES:
Wedding eye makeup to me should look natural. I used earth tone and neutral eye shadow colors to enhance the eyes.
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion- The best eye primer ever. I applied a little bit on my lids to prevent the eye shadows from creasing and fading.
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 palette- This palette has everything I needed to create a simple neutral look. I used foxy (matte beige) all over the lids and brow bone, tease (brownish taupe) on the crease, a mix of busted and blackout (shimmery dark brown and matte black) on the outer corner to add more definition and bootycall (shimmery champagne) on the inner corner of the eyes to add brightness. Click HERE for my complete review and swatches.
  • Sonia Kashuk gel eye liner in Ebony- I find gel liners last more than waterproof eye pencil. Using a small angled brush, I applied it on the upper lash line and water line. 
CHEEKS:
I wanted a subtle peach color on my cheeks to add warmth and a healthy glow to my face.  I bought 2 Illamasqua peach blushes at Sephora. They are so gorgeous, I couldn't resist!
  • Illamasqua cream blusher in Rude- Is a warm coral pink cream blush. I dabbed a little it on the apple of my cheeks as a base. 
  • Illamasqua powder blusher in Lover- A true peach blush. I applied it on top of Rude. It was such a pretty combo. This technique allowed the blush to stay on longer.
LIPS:
I kept it natural just like the eye makeup. Kiko and I kissed a lot. I didn't want a bright lip color to stain his lips.
  • Aquaphor lip treatment- My new favorite lip moisturizer. I applied it on my lips to prevent it from drying. 
  • Wet n Wild Lip Liner in Willow- My favorite natural nude lip liner. I applied it all over my lips as a base.
  • L'Oreal lipstick in in Pink Tranquilo- A pretty nude pink color applied on top of the lip liner. 


And that's my "perfect" wedding makeup. Gosh, I didn't realize how long this post is until I finished writing lol. Thank you for reading. 


Oh and if you want to see more pictures of my wedding, click HERE.



Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ipsy December 2012...Good Stuff!!!

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I love, love, love this month's Ipsy bag. It looks like they have figured out to please their subscribers. So far they have been consistent in giving us awesome bags with more makeup. I hope they keep up the great work.

This month's Ipsy bag inspired by the Holidays. Included are products that would be great to wear for the Holidays.


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A sample of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in Zero. They've included it before in a previous bag. I don't mind because I swear by this eye liner pencil and it's one of the best one I've tried. It's a rich and solid black that last a long time.


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A full size NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Charcoal Grey. It's such a gorgeous shimmery grey color. I usually don't play with grey eye shadows. Maybe I should!

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Mirabella Prime for face and eyes. You can't go wrong with a primer for face and eyes in 1. I'm a sucker for primers and I'm glad to add this in my collection. I tried it on my hand and it's silicone base primer that's so smooth and silky. It reminded me of the famous Smashbox Photofinish face primer.

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Full size Be A...Bombshell lip gloss in Hot Mess. It's a red hot lipgloss. Super pigmented! It's gorgeous on it's own or add on top of any red lipstick for a gorgeous shine. It's very sticky though, so you will hate it of you don't like sticky lip glosses. 

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Full size Mai Couture Highlighter Paper. They included a blush paper from the same brand before in a previous MyGlam bag, and I loved it. I'm quite excited to see one in a highlighter form. 




You can get your own Ipsy bag too. It's only $10 a month. Click HERE to find out how.




Wet n Wild Fergie Perfect Pout Lipstick Collection...Review, Swatches and Photos.

Listen up Wet n Wild lipstick lovers!!! Here is a new lipstick collection from Wet n Wild that you will surely love. Wet n Wild recently released the Fergie Centerstage Collection at Walgreens. This collaboration is so exciting. I love Wet n Wild and I'm a huge Fergie fan. I'm so happy they chose Fergie to be their Global Beauty Ambassador.

In the collection are new eye shadow palettes, highlighters/bronzers, eye primer, gel liners, mascara and lipsticks. The Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout lip colors were the first ones I played with. They are just to die for. The colors are gorgeous with "Fergalicious" names that are fun and cool. They are very similar to the Mega Last lip colors at first glance, but they are completely different. Read on for my review.

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"F" on the cap for Fffff..Fergalicious...Fergie!

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It's bigger than the Mega Last and Mega Shield.


TEXTURE and FINISH
These lipsticks apply like a dream. The new non-drying and creamy formula is so impressive. In comparison to the Mega Last, they are much creamier and smoother in texture, almost like a lip balm. They have a glossy finish with the exception of D-Vinely Chilled (frosty finish) and are quite sheer and translucent. One application will give you a wash of color. It takes about 2-3 application for the color to completely show. I don't mind at all because I love how they feel on my lips.

PACKAGING
I'm not too keen on the packaging. The bullet look nice and sleek, but they are very similar to the Mega Last where the product doesn't retract all the way down. You have to be careful when taking on and off the cap or else you will nick the product.

LONGEVITY
Since they are creamy, they don't last very long. I've tested all the lipsticks and I find the lighter colors fade faster than the darker ones. They last about 2-3 hours. The dark lipsticks leaves a stain on my lips after awhile of eating and drinking. I like it! I don't feel the need to reapply.

PRICE
Just like the rest of the Wet n Wild collection, these are very affordable. They retail for $2.99 and are available at your local Walgreens drugstore.



Photos and Swatches

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A033 Fergie Daily is a pale nude color, very similar to Mega Last lip color in Pink Suga. I can totally see Fergie in this color. It's a great nude color pair with dark smoky eyes. It's a bit too pale against my medium/tan skin tone but a little pink gloss will give it some dimension.

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A034 Bebot Love. This is my absolute favorite from the collection. I love the color and name. It's the perfect natural nude color for my medium/tan skin tone. Great for everyday wear and will match any eye look. And just so you know, the word Bebot is a slang that means babe in Tagalog/Filipino. 

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A035 V.I. Pink is a soft candy pink color. It has a slight frosty sheen to it but still glossy. It's such a fun color to pair with green eye or neutral eye makeup.

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A036 Penthouse Sweet is a medium cool pink color. It looks bright and quite scary in the tube, but it's actually soft on the lips. It's a wearable pink that is safe to wear everyday.

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A037 Old School Glam is a red with pink undertone color. It appears to be red in the tube but you can see a little pink on my lips. It's also one of my favorites because it compliments my medium/tan skin tone very well.

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A038 Saraghina is a true cool red color. It's luscious, rich and very classy. Great paired with neutral or cat eyes. 

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A039 Fuchsianista is a bright fuchsia with bluish-purple sheen (duochrome). I'm glad it's visible in the photo and swatch. It's such a gorgeous color. It's a nice color to wear during the Holidays.

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 A040 D-Vinely Chilled is a frosty burgundy/plum color. I usually don't like frosty lipsticks but this one is a pretty color and looks great on my medium/tan skin tone. This would be a great color to wear during the Holidays too.

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A041 Ferguson Crest Cabernet looks deep red wine on the tube just like the name, but it appears to be more of a berry color on my lips. 

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A042 Pagan Angel is a black color. It appears to be translucent black on the swatch and brownish on my lips.  It's my least favorite in the collection. I'm surprised to see it in the collection because I have no idea when I can wear it besides Halloween. But I'm sure Fergie can rock it better than I do!




OVERALL THOUGHTS
Overall, these are awesome lipsticks and I highly recommend it to everyone. The quality, texture and finish totally makes up for the packaging. They are super smooth, glossy and non drying. You will surely love them.



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Stay tune for more of the Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection



DISCLOSURE: Products are given to Everyday Makeup blog for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on Everyday Makeup blog are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews 

Friday, December 28, 2012

My Kind of Chirstmas

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For some reason I felt like this Christmas was far by the best Christmas I've ever had. Of course, past Christmases were great but this year I feel extra good and fluffy inside. I told El Hubby Cakes how thankful I am for everything in my life. My life is not perfect. It never will be. But I have so many things to be thankful for...big and little things. And I'm so happy...happy than ever before!

Here's a recap of my kind of Christmas.

It consist of fun times with my 2 families, friends and amazing home-cooked food!

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This is our Christmas tree. A 6 ft Fraser Fir tree. I initially wanted a small tree, but we ended up getting a big one. It was perfect!

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The pizza was made by one of my bosses at work. She made homemade gourmet pizza for us as a way of saying thank you for all our hard work. We appreciate her! The Christmas Red Velvet cupcakes were made by a coworker's wife. It was so sweet of her!

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The cute Christmas card is from my friend Grace. It's the little things that makes me feel mushy and fluffy inside. I love it. The Gingerbread cookies and Pistachio muffins are from coworkers at my other job at The Body Shop. My last day was the day before Christmas. I will miss all my coworkers. They are good people.

Spent Christmas Eve with my moms, grandma, aunt, cousins and nieces. As always my aunt and mom cooked the food and everything was delicious!

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Beef Rib Roast with corn on the cob and asparagus cooked by my aunt. It was perfect! She's an amazing cook so I wasn't surprised lol. The meat was so tender and soft. She also made homemade gravy to go with it too.

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Honey Baked Ham. I'm not a big fan of ham, but it's a staple every Holiday.

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My aunt's special Macaroni Salad. It's the most simple dish to make but for some reason I can never get it right. I tried making it before, but it never turn out the same. She just makes it delicious. Creamy with big chicken flavor! Ate so much and took some to go!

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Scalloped Potatoes. It's drowned in cheese.

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My mom's homemade Leche Flan. Sigh...I didn't get to taste it. I was too full. I'm sure it was yummy!


We opened gifts at 12am. It's tradition.


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Momocito was firts. Seeing his reaction as he opened all his gifts brought us so much joy!

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My niece Elizabeth crying over her new Dr. Marten boots. LMAO too funny!

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My niece Alexandra is so excited with her new Hello Kitty hat/hood with paws.

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Love the reaction of my cousin as she opened her gift. She cried as soon as she saw the UGGS logo on the box haha. She always put her kids first. It's her turn for a treat!

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My Lola likes her new hat! It's so cute on her.



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At Christmas morning, El Hubby Cakes surprised me with Walking Dead goodies...calendar, board game and Rick Grimes action figure. He didn't want to get me Shane because he said I have a little crush on him haha. El Hubby is so silly and thoughtful. I told him not to get me anything but he still did lol. I was so surprised and I couldn't stop laughing lol.


Spent the rest of our Christmas Day with El Hubby's family.

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El hubby's sister in made beef Pozole. Pozole is a  hearty Mexican soup with meat and hominy. Then you add things like onions, cabbage and lime juice to add more flavor.

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We also had homemade Tamales (chicken and beef).



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Cabbage slaw with jalapenos as a topping to the tamales.

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Spent the rest of the night with my brother in law and his girlfriend. We went to go see Django. I highly recommend it if you're a Tarantino fan. Then we dined at Open Sesame restaurant in Long Beach. First time trying it and it was delicious!

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That's my Christmas! Simple yet fun with lots of laughter and food. Couldn't have asked for a better one.




I hope you all had an amazing Holiday!