Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Confessions of a Concealaholic


L-R: Bobbi Brown Corrector, Maybelline Dream Mousse, Make Up Forever Full Cover,
Rimmel Recover, Maybelline Double Face Perfector (Highlighter - top, Concealer - bottom), 

Almay Clear Complexion, NYC Cover Stick
I know that the concealers look a little crazy against my hand and it seems like they don't match my skin tone at all, but keep in mind that I swatched these quite heavily and this is my hand not my face - I'll go into details about how well they match my skin tone below :)

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach
If you remember, I bought this from Sephora about a month ago and I'm still loving it. This is one of those products that lives up to the hype for me and I'm ecstatic about it cause this means that all the money in exchange for this product was well worth it! Since this is not a typical concealer where you match it to your skin tone it's a bit overwhelming to find the right colour by yourself, so I recommend getting a MUA/SA to match it on you (which I did at Sephora).

The Pros:
- brightens up your under eye area & covers dark circles very well (full coverage)
- has a wide range of colours to choose from
- sleek packaging, comes with a mirror; good for on-the-go or travelling
- a little goes a long way
- doesn't settle into your fine lines
- set with powder and it will last 8hrs (maybe more if you don't have combo/oily skin)
- can also be used to cover up redness around the nostrils and minor blemishes or spots

The Cons:
- very little product for the price (1.4g for $30 CDN)
- hard to blend with a brush (use your fingers to apply this or blend it out with your fingers, i usually swirl my ring finger once around the surface to warm up the product and then pat it underneath the eyes)
- over use will result in fast creasing
- if you don't set it with powder, it will crease & settle into your fine lines within a few hours (but as with all concealers, it's usually best to set with powder regardless)

Overall Rating: 9/10

Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Cream Light 4-5
Before buying the Bobbi Brown Corrector, I used this to cover up my dark circles. It has a smooth creamy mousse texture and conceals dark circles quite well - much better than the any other drugstore concealer I've tried. I'm very close to hitting pan on this because I've used this everyday since I got it (I've had this for ~1.5 to 2 yrs). 

The Pros: 
- covers dark circles relatively well (medium to full coverage - depending on severity)
- smooth creamy mousse texture, easy to blend
- a little goes a long way
- affordable and good amount of product (3g for ~$8-10 CDN)
- has a decent color range 
- Glass container

The Cons:
- Can be a little dry and flakey at times
- doesn't cover up medium to heavy acne well
- doesn't apply well with a brush (fingers only)

Overall Rating: 8/10

Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer in Sand 7
This was my favourite purchase from IMATS last year at the Make Up Forever booth. I can't wait to go again this year and buy another one cause my brother keeps borrowing mine lol. He even had it for 5 months =o=; because he had "accidentally" forgot about it and left it in his bag. Uh-huh, sureee. It drove me crazy looking for it and i don't recall lending it to him what-so-ever! >:( Anywayyyys, it definitely lives up to it's name of "Full Cover"; perfect for blemishes and acne or any other imperfections that you may have (except dark circles - as it is not made for that).

The Pros:
- Full coverage
- Oil-Free
- smooth and easy to blend
- wide range of colour selection
- A lot of Product (15 mL for $36 CDN; ~$22 when I got it at IMATS)
- a little bit goes a long way
- Squeeze tube packaging - sanitary & non-wasteful!
- covers acne, acne scars, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, redness, imperfections

The Cons:
- Doesn't last that long even when set with powder (maybe only ~5-6hrs) and it claims to be waterproof.... :T I haven't even put my face in water to test it yet!

Overall Rating: 9/10

Rimmel Recover Anti-Fatigue Concealer in Soft Beige
I bought this on a whim when I was strolling through Shoppers a while back and recalled seeing a youtuber rave about how well it covered her dark circles, so I gave it a go and bought it right away cause it was so cheap. However, it didn't work for my dark circles because the colour matched my skin a little too well and didn't brighten up my eyes as I had hoped so I used it to cover up my imperfections instead. Except....this doesn't have very good coverage either because of the thin consistency. The only purpose I have for this concealer now, is to blend it on top of my Almay concealer to match my skin tone.

The Pros:
- smooth and easy to blend
- small in size, so it's good for travelling
- cheap ($5-6 CDN)
- good colour match (for me)

The Cons:
- small range of colour selection (only 3 shades to choose from)
- bad packaging, it's hard to get the product out once you start to run low
- runs out of product very fast (it says it has 5 mL but...feels like there's very little)
- doesn't cover acne or pimples
- light/sheer coverage
- does not last long and rubs off easily

Overall Rating: 4/10


Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector in Medium
This was a highly raved about drugstore concealer a few years back when I first step foot into the makeup world. Upon all the recommendations of the youtube gurus that I've watched, I decided to go out and buy it. It's not a bad concealer, but not an amazing one like I had hoped, it's just...okay. The concealer side isn't bad, but definitely doesn't take care of those bad ass acne and pimples wonderfully. The highlighter portion of the other end does nothing at all, so it's just crap.

The Pros:
- smooth and easy to blend
- light to medium coverage; buildable
- on-the-go and travel friendly
- can cover minor dark circles, blemishes, redness and the not-so-severe acne/pimples

The Cons:
- not a lot of product (only 2 mL on each side, so 4 mL in total for ~$8-10 CDN) 
- low range of colour selection (only 3 shades to choose from)
- highlighting side is useless (doesn't highlight anything at all)
- highlighter has a watery consistency
- bad packaging (hard to get product out when you run low and the highlighting side had an over flow at the rim of the cap, so it got really messy and wasted a lot of product)

Overall Rating: 5/10

Almay Clear Complexion Concealer in Light Medium
This is by far, the only Almay product I own - probably because no one ever seems to mention about the brand a lot so I never gravitate towards their section at the drugstore. So what made me buy this? I googled something along the lines of "best (drugstore) concealers" and I came across a not so popular yt guru talking about it. Skeptical and careful as I usually am, I looked it up on MakeupAlley and surprisingly, it had pretty good reviews. So I gave it a try and I was not disappointed! It contains 1.0% of Salicylic Acid, which means not only will it cover your acne/pimple spots but also treat it at the same time! Although I don't depend on it and think that it helped my acne, the concealer is pretty pigmented and has a relatively heavy and thick consistency so it covers quite good! Don't use this for your under eyes though, it will look cakey since it has a heavy formula and it's not made for dark circles.

The Pros:
- easy to blend
- medium to full coverage
- covers blemishes, acne, pimples, redness, acne scars, hyperpigmentation
- sleek packaging; good for on-the-go or travelling
- heavy & thick consistency but doesn't clog pores
- affordable (5.3 mL for ~$7-8 CDN)

The Cons:
- small range of color selection (Light medium is a tad light for me so I go over this with the Rimmel Recover Concealer as mentioned before)
- salicylic acid medication doesn't really work as it claims
- the thickness of the concealer may result in cakeyness if you're not careful

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

NYC Cover Stick in Green 785C
I had always wanted a green concealer, just to try it out. So I bought this upon a friend's recommendation one time when we were at the Walmart together. Not a bad product, but wouldn't repurchase just because I personally do not have a lot of redness to battle with and judging by the pictures I have shown, you can see that I rarely used up any cause I'm lazy and don't have time in the morning to cover up the same spot twice. I like things quick and easy.

The Pros:
- easy to blend with the warmness of your finger
- dirt cheap for a lot of product (3.6g for ~$3-4 CDN)
- covers and counter acts redness
- the shape of the concealer makes it easy to use and get into places where you need

The Cons:
- can be drying and accentuate dry spots
- some greenness may still be present if you don't blend it out well or if the concealer you top it off with isn't full coverage enough
- bad packaging; part of the product sticks out at the top of rim, making it very easy to nick when you pull out the cover or recap the concealer (see picture below), not good if you're in a hurry

Overall Rating: 6.5/10



I hope you guys found this review marathon helpful. What are your favourite concealers and/or concealers you hate? Thanks for reading!!! <3

Monday, March 26, 2012

Midnight Skies in Vegas


This is one of my favourite night time partying looks that I've created a while back but didn't do a tutorial on it until now. I know we're far from summer nights at the moment, but this was where I got my inspiration from. I'm longing for those clear, warm summer nights where you can lift your head and gaze at the stars shining down on you. Hopeless romantic? yes, I am haha :P

Anyways, for this particular look I don't recommend applying any foundation or concealer beforehand. Since we're dealing with glitter, you'll definitely have a lot of fall out under the eyes and it will stick to your face if you have any on. So just have a non-oil based makeup remover handy and wipe off the fall outs after doing your eye make up and then apply your foundation & concealer. There is another way....which is applying a ton of loose powder under the eyes to catch the fall outs and then sweeping it off with a brush. But personally speaking (and by experience), powdery eyeshadow just likes to dance under the eyes whereas glitter likes to party all over your face lol so loose powder may not always effectively sweep off all your fall outs. Now with that note aside.....Let's get started!

Step 1: As usual, start off with an eyeshadow primer of your choice and then proceed to applying a black cream colour base all over the lids to enhance the intensity of your eyeshadow colours. Blend it out evenly with your finger and don't fret if it's not perfect, because you're gonna go over it with eyeshadow.


Step 2: Gently pack on an aqua blue eyeshadow about two-thirds of the way - packing it on will give you a more intense and concentrated color.


Step 3: Flip your shader brush to the other side and dip it into a black eyeshadow - apply it on the outer corner (the remaining one-third of the eye that you left out). Start from the out to in, so that the outer most corner is the darkest and gradually blends and fades in with the aqua blue.


Step 4: Using a clean crease/blending brush, blend out the black eyeshadow so you have a smooth transition from black to blue (or vice versa).


Step 5: Use a fluffier blending brush and apply a pink magenta color to the crease/eye socket. Blending it in with the blue and black eyeshadow will also remove any harsh edges that the eyeshadows may have previously on the top edge.


Step 6: Dip your smudger brush into the aqua blue and apply it to the inner third of the lower lash line and tear ducts. Because the aqua blue is a bright enough color already, you don't need to apply a separate/different highlighting colour to your tear ducts to brighten up the eyes (unless you really want to...then that's fine as well haha :P)


Step 6: Dip your smudger brush into the black eyeshadow and apply it to the remaining two-thirds of the lower lash line and blending it into the blue. Remember to connect it up to your outer corner so you don't have a funny gap between your upper and lower lash line :)


Step 7: apply a matte white shadow to highlight your browbone (you don't want a shimmery one because we want the glitter to be the main focus of the light) and blend it down with the magenta colour.


Step 8: Squeeze a small amount of glitter base/glue onto the eyes so that the glitter will adhere to your lids. Concentrate and smooth it out with your finger only on the aqua blue portion of the lids.


Step 9: Dab the tip of your brush lightly into the glitter and pack it on the lids - do not sweep because you don't want a lot of fall out under your eyes and make your face look like a disco ball!


Step 10: Line your eyes with a black liquid liner, curl your lashes, put on mascara and apply falsies. For this look you definitely need false lashes to complete the drama hehe. And then you're finished!



I hope you guys enjoyed this look as much as I did! I love glitter and I hope you do too hehe have fun if you decide to try it out! Be sure to let me know how it goes :D

This picture isn't really doing the glitter justice because of the light, it's much more sparkly
and eye catching in real life! Just believe me & take my word for it hahaha
Urban Decay Deluxe Box - the only colours I've used for this tutorial (with the exception
of the matte white highlight color)
I love, Love, LOVE this glitter!! it's so pretty *_* Not only is this a gorgeous colour, but it's 
also very versatile - it's perfect for almost any smokey eye that you want to glam up! 

Products Used
Eyes
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion 
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean
  • Urban Decay Deluxe Box palette
  • NYX Eyeshadow Trio in TS01 (matte white)
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue
  • NYX Sparkling Glitter Powder in Las Vegas
  • Dolly Wink Black Liquid Eyeliner
  • Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
  • Daiso Glitter False Lashes (as seen from here)
Face
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach
  • Make Up Forever Concealer 
  • NYC Translucent Powder
  • ELF Studio Bronzer in Warm
  • NYX Powder Blush in Angel
Lips
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Polka-dots!


Polka-dot Sweater - gift from Hong Kong
Black Razor Back Tank - Forever 21
Trousers and Belt - H&M
Bag - Louis Vuitton (Odeon MM)
Ring & Bracelet - Forever 21 & gift from HK


Polka-dots are a pretty big trend this spring and this is my first and only polka-dot garment hehe it's pretty comfy and fuzzy but doesn't really keep you as warm as it looks. This sweater is probably one of the brightest things I own in my closet since I was never really a bold statement person before, but I think I've started to appreciate and incorporate eye catchy things to spice up my outfits within the last half a year or so. :) Oh, it was also my first time wearing my H&M trousers (which I've bought like...2 months ago lol) because it's finally nice and sunny! yay!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Subtle Soft Lavender



Even though this isn't one of those glamourous smokey eyes or bright bold catchy looks, I find that the subtlety of this makeup just as mesmerizing (or maybe it's because the model has beautiful blue eyes haha). I think this is a perfect look for the spring and summer; especially since colours and pastels are such a big trend in fashion this season, you can bring it to your eyes as well! I actually know what outfit I'd wear with this look and how i'd do my hair already.....if only Vancouver weather would stop being so nasty and bipolar! lol Anyways, let's get started shall we? :)


Step 1: Apply an eyeshadow primer and then top it with a white cream base to enhance the eyeshadow colours.


Step 2: Taking a shader brush, apply a shimmery silver white eyeshadow to the inner corner to brighten up the eyes.


Step 3: Flip your shader brush onto it's side and apply a silver gray blue color to the outer corner and blend it in towards the center of the lid.


Step 4: Apply a dusty pastel blue color to the center of the lids and blend it in with outer and inner corner colours


Step 5: If you have a subtle lavender shade go right ahead and blend it into the crease with a crease brush, start at the outer most corner of the eyes (where the silver blue shade ends) and blend it up to the crease. Since I personally don't have a lavender shade I mixed 3 different colors to get the color I want.


Step 6: take a medium gunmetal shade and apply it to your lower lash line, start at the outer corner and gradually fade it in towards the tear ducts but only going 2/3 of the way in.


Step 7: To get that pop of purple color, again - since I'm lacking in the purple eyeshadow department, I dabbed my flat shader brush in 2 different colors (from my Urban Decay Deluxe Box palette) and applied it on top of the shimmery white shade as well as the inner tear ducts but not connecting them together because you want the shimmery white to still be present but have that pop of color at the same time.

gradually fade into the crease but the color should 
not extend too much into the center of the eye
gradually blend the purple into the gunmetal shade

Step 8: I then applied a thin line of black eyeliner and tight lined my upper waterline to give definition to the eyes. Preferably you just tight line but since I have monolids I needed the extra "oomph" of definition lol. I also curled my lashes and applied mascara.


Step 9: Highlight your browbone with a matte white color and bring the colour down to blend out any harsh edges you have (there shouldn't be much since the colors are so soft but, just in case you do :) )


Step 10: Apply white eyeliner to your waterline and gently set it with a white eyeshadow using the small flat shader brush.


Step 11: If you have pathetic lashes like I do haahaha, you can apply a pair of natural looking falsies - nothing dramatic because this is suppose to be a subtle look. And voila! You're finished! :D





Dusty Pastel Blue for the center of the lid
I've circled the shadows that i've used for this look, if you want a better look at the 
shadows or labels click on the picture to enlarge it :) For the "crease mix" I basically dabbed 
my brush gently in 3 different colours (as labelled a, b, c) and applied it to the crease for the 
soft lavender.
Mix Fishnet and Ransom together for the pop of purple

Products Used
Eyes
  • ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
  • Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette
  • Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box
  • Pastel Blue and Purple Eyeshadow Duo - no name/brand
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach
  • NYC Translucent Setting Powder
  • Maybelline The Falsies Mascara (Original)
  • Daiso Natural False Lashes (as seen from here)
Face
  • NYX Powder Blush in Taupe (Contour)
  • Maybelline Mineral Power Blush in Original Rose
  • Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer 
Lips
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Just Enough Buff (all over lips) and Primrose (center of lips)
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Life's A Peach

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring Fresh



I was trying to decide what color I should put on my nails the other day and I think this is my favourite newly discovered nail polish combo. I was thinking why I haven't put on Turquoise and Caicos for such a long while since I love greens and turquoises so much and then I remembered why.......

1 coat
It's super streaky!!! =o=; I don't know if it's only my bottle but my other Essie polishes never had such severe uneven streakyness. If you have Turquoise and Caicos let me know if yours is streaky like this as well! I know this is only 1 coat but there is a difference between sheer and streaky. I've already tried my best to apply it as evenly as I could, but this was the best I could do. :(

2nd Coat - more opaque and better but u can still see some
uneven streakyness on my thumb. After applying the 3rd layer, the
unevenness is gone but I hate putting on so many layers because it takes
 so much longer to dry completely

I then decided to add an accent color after putting on a third coat of the Essie polish. Jill Stuart's Shiny Prism contains fine multi-colored sparkly glitters that looks like what you would see when you shine a clear prism under the sunlight - absolutely beautiful. In this picture it looks more silver-ish but in the one below you can see the colours better. 




Essie - Turquoise and Caicos
Jill Stuart - 46 Shiny Prism