Sunday, December 23, 2012

Dearest Ice Princess

Christmas is only a few days away so glitter polish definitely collaborates with the festive season really well. If you`re seeking for glamour attention at your Christmas parties, Revlon Radiant is something you should consider. It is compacted with micro blue sparkles and large hexagonal silver, blue and green glitter. I only needed two coats to achieve complete opacity - super impressive! Who cares if it`s going to be a pain in the butt to remove - I am in love with this.   

Photo Credit (for last photo): A.L

P.S If you`re reading this Wendelin, I hope you recall ice princess, blue ice and green ice hahaha. I thought about you when I painted my nails with this. Love ya :)

P.S.S I`m sorry, I`ve been mia again. I`ll be catching up with all of you lovely ladies' blog posts that I`ve subscribed to soon and definitely going to be blogging more. I have several reviews coming up so stay tuned. I hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday so far!

Monday, December 10, 2012


Just a quick haul here! My sister had the 20% discount from Sephora a few weeks back and she asked me if I wanted to get anything along with her purchases. Although I am a Beauty Insider, surprisingly enough, I have not spent enough a fortune in the store to get the VIB status haha - so my account only has the 15% off instead of 20%. Anywho, I've been eyeing the YSL lip products for the longest time and I decided that the lipstain range was something worth while for me to splurge in. I'm not a fan of lip glosses in general, but I wanted to give it a go since it was a stain and I love the colour of this particular shade. The Too Faced bronzer was a purchase by mistake....sort of. I told her I've been eyeing the bronzer but I know I have wayyy too many in my collection already (here) to justify another purchase. She ended up buying it for me anyways and said it was a gift from her to me. I was in awe. The rest of the products shown in the post are gift with purchases.

YSL Glossy Stain in 1 Violet Edition (look out for a review soon!) and if you're wondering the red pouch
is a YSL phone case. Super cute! But the flap needs to wear in, in order to fit my phone. 

This bronzer smells absolutely amazing! I love it. I should've bought this sooner haha.

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, Orgasm blush, Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer
So excited to try these babies out! :D

L-R: YSL Glossy Stain in 1 Violet Edition, NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, NARS Blush
in Orgasm, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Milk Chocolate 

Have yet to try these scents. Which is/are your favourite(s)??

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Till The Skyfalls 007

Happy December everyone! I thought I would have more time in November to blog but I was wrong. The hectic-ness did not stop as hoped. It feels like forever since I've last posted but I'm back now. I also have some exciting things to share - I have officially caught up with technology and have a smart phone now. Le ghetto no more!! HUUURRAYYY! Which means, you can now find me on instagram and you'll definitely see more updates from me on there when you notice I'm mia on blogger. :)

Anyways, with all that random stuff many of you guys watched Skyfall? The moment I saw Berenice Marlohe's makeup when they were in the casino I instantly fell in love. I love the dark lips and extremely dramatic smokey eyes paired together! By far, I think this is the heaviest makeup look I've ever done. When I finished and looked at myself in the mirror, it felt weird cause I looked so different - I felt like a stranger to myself hahaha. I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I do - now, let's get started with the tutorial!


Step 1: Prime your eyelids with an eye primer and then apply a thin layer of creamy black base all over the lids and spread evenly

Step 2: Using a crease brush, pack on matte black eyeshadow over the lids while slightly blending the colour upwards towards but just right beneath the crease or eye socket area.

Step 3: Dip a flat smudger brush into the black eyeshadow and apply it to the inner corner of the eyes for a defined look. Then use it to create a dramatic wing on the outer corner of the eyes.

Step 4: With a fluffy blending brush, slightly blend out the harsh edges of the black eyeshadow with a medium dark brown eyeshadow for a gradient effect.

Step 5: Line your water line with a black pencil eyeliner as well as the lower lashline (not shown) and then set the lower lash line with the black eyeshadow for longevity as well as softening the harsh pencil for a smokey effect.

Step 6: Next, take a shimmery dark charcoal or (in my case) shimmery dark brown and apply it to the inner third of the lids, tear duct and inner third of the lower lash line for a subtle brightening effect.

Step 7: Highlight the browbone with a matte white eyeshadow

Step 8: Curl your lashes, apply mascara and pop on some dramatic false lashes. Eyeliner is not necessary for this look since your eyeshadow is already black and no one would be able to tell anyways. ;)

And viola! C'est fini! Well....not quite because we still have the lips. If you're like me and don't have the perfect dark plum wine lipstick you can simply mix the colour of two different lipsticks like I have done to complete the look. I first lined my lips with a nude lip pencil liner (NYX Lip Pencil in Nude Pink) because any bold lip colour requires a nice clean finishing edge. Then I applied Revlon's Va Va Violet and using a lip brush, I topped it with a red lipstick (NYX Round Lipstick in Eros) until I got the desired colour. The other night, I finally had the chance to pick up my new toy - YSL Glossy Stain in Violet Edition. So in the photo below I have placed the mixed lip color beside the YSL one for comparison. (And yes, expect a haul and several reviews soon!)

Classy look turned gangster with my beanie and sweater haha

Mixed Lip Colour vs. YSL Lipstain

** By the way, please excuse the inconsistency in the quality of the photos. Long story short: the current winter weather in raincouver does not provide the best natural/day lighting. So I had to use two different cameras - one good, one bad. So yeah....overall this tutorial was a pain in the butt!

Products Used

  • NYX Eyeshadow Trio in TS01 (Black/Gray/White)
  • NYX 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Champagne & Caviar
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • ELF Mineral Eyeshadow in Socialite
  • Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
  • Daiso Cross Long + Red Cherry #43 Falsies
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector 
  • Make Up For Ever Duo Matte Powder
  • NYX Powder Blush in Angel
  • NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • NYX Lip Pencil in Nude Pink
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Va Va Violet
  • NYX Round Lipstick in Eros
  • YSL Glossy Stain in No.1 Violet Edition 

Friday, November 16, 2012

How Much Is My Face Worth?

This tag has been circulating around for a some time now and I decided that it'd be something interesting to find out about myself lol. Surprisingly, I'm not particularly shocked or dumb-founded at the tallied up price even though it is quite a big amount because I feel like there is a decent amount of products that I use regularly. For my usual everyday (school) routine, I only use the products shown in the first photo. On good days (when I'm going out with friends and have more time in my hands to spare) I practically use all the products shown in both pictures (the exception would be the choice in blush colour). The only/main difference between my good days and lazy days are 1) I wear liquid eyeliner + falsies and line my lower lash line with a brown pencil liner instead of just lining my eyes with a gel eyeliner on my upper lash line; 2) I wear contacts instead of my nerdy glasses.

Some weird things that you may find in my routine(s):

1) Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you, yes, I use two eyebrow mascaras/gels. The purpose of eyebrow gels/mascaras are suppose to colour in your hairs so it blends in with the colour you have filled in. For me, Lavshuca is too brown and ELF doesn't always lighten my eyebrows enough depending if I was more heavy handed that day. Using the Lavshuca over the ELF one gives me the colour I want after I filling in my eyebrows. :)

2) I use a pencil eyeliner underneath a gel eyeliner or liquid eyeliner. Being a monolid, it speeds up the process of lining my eyes because I get the thickness I want and then I seal it with gel or liquid eyeliner for longevity.

3) The NYX eyeshadow palette isn't actually used to its full potential. I don't wear eyeshadow on a regular basis....I only use the darkest shade in the palette to fill in my eyebrows.

4) I don't use the foundation brush to apply foundation - I dip it into powder to set my under eye concealer. I find that the shape of the foundation brush fits perfectly underneath the eyes. Tap, tap and you're done!

5) No lip products shown cause I'm too darn lazy to reapply any makeup throughout the day. I do use chapstick, but that's usually part of my night time routine so I wake up with nice moisturized soft lips and don't need it during the day (unless my lips are really dehydrated and flakey).

Make Up For Ever Duo Matte Powder in 203 - $38
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach- $30
NYC Matte Bronzer in Sunny - $4.99
ELF Studio Blush in Pink Passion - $3.75
NYX 10 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Champagne & Caviar - $12
Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black- $11.99
Annabelle Smoothliner in Black - $3.99
ELF Eyebrow Treat & Tame in Dark/Clear - $3.75
Lavshuca Eyebrow Mascara in BR-1 - ~$22 (gifted)
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara Waterproof - $8.99
Shu Uemura Lash Curler - $25
Essence of Beauty Brushes - $20 (sold in a pack of 3)
Royal & Langnickel SILK Pro Baby Dome Brush - $5

Subtotal: $151.46 

Canmake Cream Cheek Blush in 11 Heavenly Heart - ~$7
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Black - ~$19 (gifted)
Physicians Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for Hazel Eyes - $10
Lash Grip Lash Glue $4.29
NYX Powder Blush in Angel - $5
Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner in 05 Everlast - $6.99
Daiso false eyelashes - $6.50 (pack of 5 pairs)

Grand Total: $210.24 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Once You Start Touching, You Can't Go Back

One of the worst ideas that I come up with when I need to kill a bit of time is walking into the drugstore thinking that I'll only browse for 10 minutes, and then walk out and be on my way to wherever I need to go, emptied handed. Uhmm...yea no. lol. And of course, when you spot those flashy red sale tags on products you've been eyeing for the longest time, you know things are settled and no explanations are needed. Every purchase is now justified.

Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama mascara (waterproof) - $4.93 (original price ~$8.99). Honestly I don't even know how many tubes of The Falsies I've gone through. I know mascaras are a controversial product but this one works well for the necessities of my pathetic short stick straight asian lashes. The new mascaras that have come out on the market recently haven't really sparked my interest to make a change  from my usual to try it out.

Revlon Lip Butters - $6.97 (original price ~$9.99+). The two other shades that I've been eyeing for a while from the Lip Butters line is Tutti Frutti and Peach Parfait. From swatches, I really envy other girls with less pigmented lips....I really wanted to like Peach Parfait but unfortunately it just appears to be a splash of glitter particles on my lips that aren't something I'm too fond of for lipsticks. It's not too bad because from afar it looks like gloss but it's an paranoia and annoyance if I know lol. As for Tutti Frutti, it's all within good expectations - a cute pigmented and bright coral/orange shade. I also considered getting Lollipop or a red one but I didn't know which one to pick (Red Velvet, Cherry Tart or Candy Apple) - suggestions anyone? :P

Wet n' Wild Color Icon Palette in Comfort Zone - $3.99. This is not on sale but why would you need one? The original price is already a bargain! Initially, when this first came out I decided not to get it because I thought I didn't *need* it. But being a total sucker to reading a lot of your guys's beauty blogs and the incredibly convincing posts from Sleepandwater and Cherie I caved in when I saw it on the shelf. The shade that I find most unique and eye catching is the definer shade in the bottom right column; the duochrome effect is something I just drool all over for since it's not commonly seen. The eyeshadows are pigmented, soft and buttery as expected since I own two other (older) color icon palettes.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hi Kitten, it's Creme Puff

First off, I want to apologize for the lack of updates and posts but I'll try to get back on track this month since everything is starting to settle down. This semester has been one of those small yet progressive stages in life for me. It's tough and I'm only half way through, but I feel extremely grateful for all the wonderful people and new things that have walked into my life and changing it for the better. 

Anyways, yes, it's another photoshoot! Out of all things that happened in October, this was something more exciting and I looked forward to it the most because it was my first time being a stylist and set assistant in addition to being a filler model. YAY! Unfortunately, I, derpina was being derpy at it's best - the Halloween house party that I attended the night before was not one of the best choices I've made in terms of being responsible for the following events. sigh. I promise to be 120% awesome next time instead of 40% lol. 

So yeahhh, as a stylist for the shoot my responsibilities involved playing Nyan Cat and Checkers on the Ipad! LOL.....not. I had a massive headache that day and I cannot apologize enough for slacking! If you're reading this, I'm going to apologize again. I'm so sorry Jason! I promise to make it up to you lol. :S

An inspiration photo that I used to do my own makeup for the shoot! If you guys are 
interested in this look, let me know and I'll do a tutorial on it? (I used the Naked2 Palette)

Natalie is amazingly gorgeous! *_* 
(i'm having a small fan girl moment right here lol)

This is my favourite! <3

I know this is a really awkward transition from Natalie's amazingly gorgeousness to my random pikachu derpyness but we have to switch somewhere right? hahaha. Did you guys dress up for Halloween this year? I want to know!

[Outfit details: Fans-house jacket; Forever 21 tank top; Garage bodycon skirt; American Apparel belt; no name patterned tights]  

Photographer: Jason Mordeno
Model: Natalie Rehberg
Fashion Design: Ellebay
MUA/Hair: Jenny Choi
Photo-Assist: Douglas Hsieh

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Clutter No More!

Changing up my storage system has been something I've wanted to do for a really long time, but I could never find anything that sparked my decisiveness as an immediate must-buy until seeing this Muji 5-drawer acrylic storage online. Yes, it's plastic but it's made out of acrylic - so the case is heavily weighted and not cheap looking. I also like how the transparency makes your collection look sleek and classy. At first I couldn't get used to only being able to store products individually without stacking them to increase the amount of storage, but now I love how I can just see and grab everything all at once. The only problem left, is figuring out how I should store the remaining products that can't fit into the Muji drawer.  

Top to Bottom: false lashes, high end eyeshadows and eye primers, drugstore eyeshadows, blushes and lip products.

If you're wondering, this is how my vanity metamorphosized

I need a nicer cup holder for my pencil and tube formed products, my red Hello Kitty cup doesn't really fit in with the rest of the crew anymore haha. I really want to keep my vanity simple and clean like the very first picture, but stuff some how just always find it's way to make themselves comfortable on top of the Muji. Oh well, I guess a small bit of clutter for convenience can never be changed.

P.S although the makeup shown in the photos above is the majority of my collection it does not include everything I have, the rest of my stuff are in the drawers of my desk. I admit, I have a unhealthy appetite for makeup LOL :$