Monday, August 29, 2011

August & Back-to-School Collective Haul

Got two new polishes at the beginning of the month but never mentioned them here until now :P i got a lot of compliments on them so i see why they are so popular hehe they are really pretty! Some random stranger actually thought I got my nails done professionally :3

Essie - Lilacism
Essie - Van d' Go
I went shopping at metro with my 2 besties, but only bought 2 things - we talked more than we shopped haha :P And my lucky rainy day I found $5 lol XD which is the price of my two piece asymmetrical crop top making it "free" hehehe


lace detailing on the shoulders - love! (Sirens $5 sale rack)
light wash cuffed denim shorts (Urban Planet 3 for $20)
Most recent - went shopping at richmond centre with my fam :) it seems like I'm a shoeaholic or something lol 4 pairs in one day! (and one more coming soon from aldo! *crossfingers* i hope the size 9 fits me...) and i wasn't even looking for shoes in particular. but I really love these babies XD sad thing is that I have to return the sparkly flats cus they are too tight & will actually cut into the skin :( and a size up is probably too big T^T sigh~~~ not meant to be i guess but they are sooo pretty!!!! :'(


SOOOO PRETTY I WISHED THEY'D FIT BETTER :'( 
they cut into the skin/bone by the big toe :S sigh~~
Nude heels! (Payless - $23 plus additional 15% off since i bought 2 pairs of shoes!)
comfy sneakers (Payless - $23)
cute rubber boots! I'm prepared for nasty weather :P (Joe - $20)
Boyfriend coat (Zara - $99.90)
photo credit to www.zara.com; cause my camera quality sucks lol ><"

boyfriend coat close up (photo credit to www.zara.com)

casual sporty trousers/capris (Joe - $12.94 sale)
sorry for the bad photo quality =.= i seriously need a better camera!

super comfy :)
I know I got quite a few things here but I still need to do some actual "back-to-school" shopping - hoodies, sweaters, scarfs, boots, notebooks, textbooks, stationary etc... hopefully find some cute stuff so even though my upcoming semester is quite brutal i'll still look cute and warm.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Makeup For Beginners



I've only gotten into makeup 2 years ago (ever since I've started university), although I'm no professional nor have I taken any classes I would say that I've gotten pretty good at it. Makeup is a creative thing, something to enjoy doing - like a hobby. To me, it's a form of art. It's not something you do for other people and I guarantee you'll have more fun with it if you try to express, not impress ;) The more you play/practice with it the better you get, and there isn't really a right or wrong way...just do what's most suitable for you.

Recently I've been asked for some recommendations for beginner makeup so.... here I am making this post on anything that comes to mind. I've listed a few items in each section to give some variety so that you can go pick and choose at the drugstore. (I'm not telling you to get everything hehehe although when you get addicted like me....oh dear XD bwahahaha)

*** For a beginner kit I'll just recommend getting an eyeliner, mascara, a lash curler, a pink/natural colored blush, a concealer, and one or two eyeshadow trios/quads. This should be sufficient especially if you're starting out in high school - keep everything easy and natural :)

My Recommendations & Tips....

Part 1: Eyes

>> Eyeliner 

If you have oily lids or a fold/crease on your lids i do not recommend pencil liners as they will just crease/smear and fade on you even though it's the most user friendly out of all the different types. 

*** Tip: For easy eyeliner application and if you still want to get a pencil liner - use the pencil liner as a base, so that you have a line already to your liking and then go over it with a liquid or gel eyeliner to make it last throughout the day. Although it is a 2 step process, I personally don't find it that time consuming b/c you don't have to worry about screwing up and fixing it or having to do it slowly so....actually taking an extra step might be faster :O


  • Pencil liners: Annabelle Smoothliner, Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner, Rimmel Exaggerate Auto Waterproof Eye definer
  • Liquid Liners: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner, Maybelline Line Stiletto, L'oreal Linear Intense? (I personally haven't tried this but it's been highly raved about by bloggers & youtubers so I guess you can give it a try ^^)
  • Gel Liners: Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner and Wet n' Wild Mega Eyes Cream Liner (I prefer the Maybelline one because it comes in a glass jar - the product is sealed better so it doesn't dry out so fast like the wet n' wild =.=)

Note: For everyday/school appropriate purposes use brown or black for a more natural look (if this is not apparent to you already lol...)

>> Lashes & Mascara

No matter how good of a mascara you have, you must first have a good lash curler. I have the typical asian eye shape and lashes - flat eye shape and worse - I'm a monolid :( with short lashes that points straight down... so curling them is a necessity. 

A good curler will probably last you a really long time so this is where I think an investment is needed. 


  • If you have the same eye qualities as me I highly recommend: Shu Uemura ($22) or Shiseido's lash curler (these fit my eye shape perfectly and curls my lashes really well! I prefer the Shu Uemura more though, I don't know what it is....maybe the band? it just makes nicer/better curls than the Shiseido one imo but shiseido is still pretty good)
  • If you have a more defined eye shape....well honestly I don't know as this is all just from experience...and i don't have defined caucasian eyes - sorries! But you can always go ask the representatives at the makeup stores/counters. Or maybe even try the ELF $1 lash curler? I've heard good things about it and obviously you have nothing to lose here since it's so cheap! :)
On to mascaras....when I go pick out mascaras the first and utmost important criteria is that it needs to hold my curl so usually I go for waterproof formulas (for holding the curl and also lasting effect too). Since everyone have different needs, mascaras can be quite controversial. But I'll still recommend the ones I liked the most and probably worth your try :)


  • Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof (original formula - fat purple tube w/ aqua labeling)
  • Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama Waterproof (fat purple tube w/ black labeling)
  • Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Waterproof (fat yellow tube)
  • Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof  (fat orange tube)
  • Cover Girl Lash Exact mascara (skinny purple tube)
  • Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Waterproof (skinny black tube)

Right now I'm loving The Falsies line I like both the original and the black drama one. But I would recommend this if you like/need more dramatic looking lashes (volume & length). For a beginner I'll recommend the Cover Girl ones or the Maybelline Define-A-Lash mascara because they are more natural and less dramatic.

*** Tip: Whether you are a beginner or not I don't think mascaras should be something to splurge on as it is something that you will use up very quickly compared to any other makeup product (unless you have that kind of mula to spend). 

>> Eyeshadow

For beginners get palettes or quads and trios because you can do different combinations and get different outcomes depending on how you style the colors. And of course....stick with neutral eyeshadows, get used to the techniques of applying eyeshadows, get good at it and then gradually go into experimenting with colors :)

  • Wet n' Wild: Color Icon Palette (Vanity), Color Icon Trios, Color Icon Collection palette
  • Maybelline: Expertwear Eyeshadow Quads (Chai Latte, Natural Smokes)
  • Cover Girl: trios and quads (Shimmering Sands trio, Golden Sunset trio, Country Woods quad, Drama Eyes quad, Tropical fusion quad) 
  • NYX: 10-Color Eyeshadow Palette, the eyeshadow Trios
  • Coastal Scents: (order online) 88 Warm Palette, 88 Original/Shimmer Palette 
  • Sephora Collection: the big palettes that come with eyeshadows, lipglosses and blushers ~$36 seems pricey at first but think about it and do the math...you are getting soooo many things in one palette, it is actually pretty reasonable and cheap. And now they've made it so that you can pop out eyeshadows and separate them into a smaller palette for on-the-go now THAT is awesome. So it is definitely something to consider getting :)

And if you are getting serious business with eyeshadows I would highly recommend you getting an eyeshadow primer, not only will it make your eyeshadows last longer but also enhance the color intensity as well. 

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion ($23 Sephora)
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($24 Sephora)

*** Tip: you only need very minimal amount so a primer would last you a very very verrrryyyy long time (even if it is used every day) 








Part 2: Face



>> Foundation

In this section I don't have much to recommend, since I rarely use foundation myself because I don't need a full face coverage so I can skip it - same goes for you newbie! :P And I honestly don't think you need foundation unless you actually have really REALLY bad skin (red blotchyness, noticeable uneven skintone and severe acne etc). 

  • Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Foundation - long lasting & medium to full coverage but not too heavy, easy to blend and work with. (~$8-10 drugstore)

>> Concealer

  • Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Concealer (for dark circles/under eye area only)
  • Almay Clear Complexion Concealer 
  • Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer (I know this isn't drugstore, but it works really well and the amount of product you get for the price evens out - this will last you a very long while)

>> Powder

To make your foundation/concealer stay put and last longer apply powder to set it in place 
  • Maybelline Dream Matte Powder (~$7-8 drugstore)
  • E.L.F High Definition Powder ($6 ELF website)
  • L'oreal True Match Face Powder (~$10+)

>> Blusher


It's always nice to get that healthy glowing look, and blush definitely does the job well. (~$4-7 drugstores)

  • ELF Studio Blush ($3 ELF website)
  • NYC Blushable Creme Stick 
  • NYX Powder Blush 
  • Wet n' Wild Color Icon Blusher
  • Cover Girl Cheekers Blush
  • Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush







>> Bronzer/Contour


Get that nice summery tan look or slim down your face and give it some definition with a bronzer or contouring powder. (~$4-7 drugstore)

*** Tip: remember to use matte bronzers if you're using it for contouring purposes or if you're planning to put on a shimmery blush

  • NYX Powder Blush in Taupe 
  • NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny 
  • Rimmel Natural Bronzer 



Part 3: Brushes


  • Ecotools brushes: Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set and/or the Bamboo 5 Piece Brush set (cheap yet super good quality, very soft & doesn't shed a single hair! highly recommended!! ~$10-12 Superstore & Walmart)
  • Annabelle brushes: A-10 Medium Shader brush, A-21 Large Shader brush, A-14 Angled brush (brushes are soft & good quality! ~$7-8 Superstore, Walmart, Shoppers)
  • ELF brushes: regular line and studio line of brushes are great :) (~$1-5 ELF website)
  • Essence of Beauty Brush Set (this isn't available in Canada, so I got mine online ~$20) 

Part 4: Lips



Keep it simple - especially if you're starting out makeup in high school :)
  • Chapstick/Lip Balm of your preference
  • ELF Conditioning Lip Balm (Peaceful Pink)

If you really want to get into lip stuff & you still have extra mula after getting all the shit I've talked about in parts 1, 2 and 3 lol feel free to look at some of these babiessss :3

  • NYX Round Lipsticks
  • NYX Mega Shine Lipglosses
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks
  • Revlon Colorburst Lipsticks
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipglosses

And that's all I can think of....sorry about the long post ><" but I thought it'd be more helpful if I talked in detail about stuff......and I didn't want to separate the post sooo yeah...I hope this helped out!! Good luck! If you have any questions feel free to ask, I'll be happy to answer them! ^_^ 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bold Lips Series: Inspired Fuschia Lip #2

This particular look was inspired by Kim Kardashian's "Naughty Look" - an 80's smokey eye paired with bold fuschia lips by Troy Jensen. Although the eye makeup is more dramatic, it is not by any means over done or drag queen like etc. I think this look is absolutely stunning, gorgeous and unique because most people play it safe and just do a neutral or minimal eye makeup for bold lips but this is not the case here.


Step 1: prime the lids as always with an eyeshadow primer and then apply a reddish-coppery creme base to enhance the eyeshadow colors and also to make them stick on the lids even more.


Step 2: take a light silver-purple shimmery eyeshadow and pack it all over the lid area (use patting motion to avoid fall-outs)


Step 3: using a smaller shader brush, take a shimmery silver-black color and work it onto the outer-v area, for monolids you want to start for the outside to the inside bringing the color inwards to blend it with the lid color



Step 4: dip your blending brush into a light matte beige color to blend out any harsh edges and also use it as a browbone highlight


Step 5: to further blend in the black and lid color, take a medium tone shimmery purple/burgundy color and layer it between the light and dark color as a transition color and blend it in; if you didn't do a decent job of blending in the light purple and black together before, this will help you out :)


Step 6: take a little bit of sparkly/glittery white eyeshadow or pigment and gently top it over the light purple to make the eyes stand out and make them sexxxxyyyyy! ^^ hehe


Step 7:  take a black liquid liner to line the upper lash line and wing the end; then line the outer and inner 3rd of the lower lash line (this part must be very thin and precise); then take a black gel liner OR pencil and line the waterline and go over the outer and inner parts of the lower lash line to make them less harsh to slightly create bit of a smudge/softer effect.

- curl your lashes, apply your favorite mascara and put some falsies on if you need to then.....you're done with the eyes :D

Step 8: line and fill in your lips with a matching lip liner and then go over it with your fuschia lipstick to finish off the look; feel free to top your lips with a bit of lipgloss to make them shiny and plumped like Kim's lips (i forgot about it ahaha)


Finished Outcome :D very sexy and glamorous! And probably my favorite look out of the 3 that I'll be re-creating. I love this and had a lot of fun doing it - I hope you guys likey it too! hehehe :)


The hot weather makes me kinda miss my bob hair!?!?!?! >o<"

Products used: 

Eyes
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance (primer)
  • Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Precious Metals
  • Eyeshadow: 88 Warm Palette 
  • Loose sparkly white pigment - unknown brand (use what you have, you can even take a shimmery white color from the warm palette as a dupe)
  • Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama Mascara
  • Dior black pencil liner in black
  • Maybelline Lineworks Liquid Liner in black
  • AK falsies in style #601
Face
  • Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer #7
  • Make Up For Ever HD primer 
  • Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Concealer 
  • Maybelline Dream Matte Powder 
  • NYX Powder Blush - Taupe (contouring)
  • E.L.F Studio Blush - Pink Passion
Lips
  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil - Fuschia
  • NYX Matte Lipstick - Shocking Pink
I've circled/labeled the colors that I've used so it's much clearer and easier to follow
*Click on the picture for a closer look! have fun~ :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bold Lip Series: Inspired Fuschia Lip #1

So after I got those two bold lippies from imats I've been looking for different ways to wear them. And I guess here's my first tutorial lol. I decided to do start with something fun and easy. This particular look was inspired by Rihanna's 2009 picture that I've found. :)


I apologize for a bit of pre-done makeup, as I was already out and about the day before I did the look (the only thing I already have on my eyes are a bit of black liner & mascara) and was too lazy to take it off as it has no effect on the outcome. Anyways....let's start shall we? :P

Step 1: apply a primer and spread it out evenly top & bottom of lid with your finger to make your makeup last longer.

Step 2: use any blue eyeliner to line your upper lash line and wing it out; a liquid or pencil eyeliner doesn't matter, it is up to your preference or what you have; and for me...i only have this one...with glitter in it :D 

Step 3: since i have monolids and eyeliner on my upper lashline aren't that noticeable i've decided to go over it with a brighter blue eyeshadow to make my eyes pop even more (this step is optional ^^;)

Step 4: using a black gel eyeliner line the entire lower lash line and waterline (make sure your line is thicker at the outer end and gradually thins into the inner corner of the eyes); then extend your liner a little bit to join your lower lash line with your wing so there won't be an awkward gap at the outer corner of the eyes.
random allergy rash on my eyebrow lol =.= please ignore...

Step 5: take a soft matte brown shade and slightly contour your crease with a blending brush - for my monolids I've contoured the eye socket area to give the eyes more depth. Then using the same brush take a matte white color to highlight your brow bone and blend it down with the brown shadow.

Step 6: curl your lashes, apply mascara to top and bottom lashes and put on some falsies to finish off the eyes (false lashes are optional - if you have naturally long and thick lashes you lucky ass won't need them to enhance your eyes ==; lol)

Step 7: time for the lips! Since we are using a bold lippie, it is best to hold it in place with a lip liner; line your lips carefully and color in your lips with it.

Step 8: Apply your bold lippie over top 

Go ahead and conceal whatever trouble spots you have, contour your face, apply some blush whatever you need to do etc. etc. etc. annnndddddd......WOOoooOOoOoOoT you're done! :D  hehe

My lips and shirt kinda matches ;D kekeke.


Products used:

Eyes:
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • unknown brand blue eyeliner pencil
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black
  • Cover Girl Tropical Fusion eyeshadow quad - bright blue e/s
  • NYX 10-Color Eyeshadow Palette - Champagne & Caviar (white, matte brown - top row 3rd e/s)
  • Maybelline Falsies Black Drama mascara
Lips:
  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil - Fuschia
  • NYX Matte Lipstick - Shocking Pink
Face: 
  • NYX Powder Blush - Taupe
  • ELF Studio Blush - Candid Coral
frustration with camera not focusing while trying to do the tutorial! errrrghhh ><"

Hope you guys enjoyed this! <3