Thursday, August 30, 2012

Simple Everyday Makeup

Since there's only a couple of days left before school starts again, I thought this should come in handy for a whole lot of us. Of course, a natural/neutral eye makeup look is not only good for back to school but also work appropriate as well. I don't know why it took me forever to post this because it's what I've been wearing for like.... 95% of the time when I go out now - fast & easy yet polished. So let's get started shall we? :D

I love my beanie! :P

Step 1: Prime your eyes with Urban Decay's Primer Potion, if you want your eyeshadow to adhere even better you can also apply a light champagne cream shadow over top. Next, gently pack on Bootycall (light champagne pink) all over your lids and remember to reach the inner corner of the eyes for a brightening effect (early mornings suck!).

Step 2: Take a blending brush and apply Tease (dusty purple) to the crease (or eye socket for those who are monolids like me) for some definition

Step 3: Personal preference - I like using a matte highlight color for my brow bone so I used Foxy (matte yellow-white), an alternative would be taking Bootycall all the way up to the lids which makes this look even simpler.

Step 4: You guys know the routine right? - line your eyes (ending it with a slight wing), curl your lashes, apply your favourite mascara and (if you want to take the extra step) pop on some false lashes ;)

Step 5: Line two-thirds of your lower lash line with Busted (dark brownish purple) with a smudger brush or using the fine tip of the Urban Decay shader brush.

And viola! You're finished! Btw, I hope my huge ass green circle lenses didn't freak you out haha :P

Here's the comparison of my toned down re-creation of the original makeup look done by the makeup artist from the photoshoot. My camera didn't capture the original look very well though because I took the picture under artificial lighting at like 1:30am lol. If you want a better idea, the makeup is actually inspired by this photo here. So yes, I had really glowy red cheeks that day and super dramatic winged eyeliner :P

Products Used

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Naked2 Palette
  • Wet n' Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in 130 Pixie
  • Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner
  • Daiso Cross-hair False Lashes
  • Maybelline The Falsies (Original) Mascara
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach
  • NYC Matte Bronzer in Sunny
  • Canmake Cream Cheek Blush in 11 Heavenly Heart
  • L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipstick in Cotton Pink

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Camera, Lights, Pose.

Just wanted to share something new and exciting with you guys! It's my third time modeling and doing a photoshoot with some new friends I've made. I realized it's not as easy as it looks to pose naturally and gorgeously in front of the camera without feeling self-conscious and awkward....or maybe that's just me being camera shy lol. If it's something I'm getting out of this, I'm definitely learning how to be photogenic haha. There should be another set of photos coming in for me soon, but I'm not sure how those turned out. There's no particular reason for doing these photoshoots but just for fun (so no, I'm not trying to be an aspiring model)! :P

Also, the tutorial that I'm planning to do came from this photoshoot. The makeup artist used the Naked2 palette on us and told me exactly what colours and where she used it so that I can recreate the look. The makeup from here though, is fairly exaggerated to compensate for the bright lighting and camera but it's still a really pretty neutral daytime look. So stay tuned! :)

[Outfit Details: Old Navy Maxi Dress, Vintage Crochet Top, Forever 21 Floral Cuff, Zara Sandals]

Theme: Ethereal
Photographer: Sukhraj Bhattal & Tiana He
MUA: Charlene Olsem
MUA Assistant: Ingrid Young
Other Model: Lucy Xie

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Happy Hauling

I did quite a bit of shopping within the last two weeks because my exam syndrome was kicking in. Retail therapy always make things feel so much better - if I did horrendously bad, at least I have materialistic objects to sooth my sorrowful mentality OR if I did satisfyingly well, I deserve all the goodies I treated myself with and I should continue to buy more LOL. It's a win-win situation right? And to conclude, I'm happy to say that I ended up with the latter this semester. YAY! 

Abercrombie's shopping bag just makes me go UMPH *_* <3 HAHA

Believe it or not, it's my first Abercrombie & Fitch purchase and I can't wait to bum around at school with it on all day cause it's SO soft and comfortable (I really do understand the hype about these hoodies now) lol. I'm hoping maybe I'll be able to go to the States sometime soon again to catch the back-to-school sales and buy another hoodie or sweater. This was 50% off, so I got it for $36 - not bad, but I want more options (this was the second last one in a small). Pac Sun was having a buy-one-get-one-free denim sale ($36.99), so mom and I each got a pair of  skinnies...they fit really nice! As for the look alike Toms, I never actually planned on buying one but they were only $16.50, so I couldn't say no hehe.

Bought the beenie last week from Forever 21, I'm feeling quite inspired by Jenn from Clothesencounters and have been on the hunt for a perfect beenie to fit my head. This was only $9.90, I love how it's a bit scrunched and wrinkly to give the hat some texture and dimension. The cute striped shorts are from H&M and they were a steal - $10 from the kid's section!!! :D

I'm trying to reorganize my makeup vanity at the moment but very slowly because I'm not sure what kind of organizers I should get to work with my little station. I've been looking at some pictures online for ideas but I'm so indecisive because I don't want to have the need to return things or be stuck with unnecessary crap. For now, I just bought a candle holder from Walmart and conveniently filled it up with rice because I'm asian LOL. I wish I could do the same with my face brushes, but I don't know if I should because I have 3 double ended brushes....suggestions anyone? What should I do with the odd ones out if I get another holder? Or should I just stick to a tray to store them all sideways?

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold, Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in 40 Pink Plum,
L'Oreal Color Riche Caresse Lipstick in 170 Cotton Pink

I haven't had the chance to try out these products well enough yet, so I will do reviews soon. But so far in terms of first impressions, I absolutely LOVE the lipstick, the blush is super fun to play with and the cream shadow seems awesome as expected!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bare Naked Side by Side

Yes, yes...surprise, surprise, you all saw this coming didn't you? haha. Before I got this palette, I have continuously tried to convince myself that I don't need this because I already have the first one and I'm not sure if I'll get that much use out of the cooler toned browns. But I have officially changed my mind now and although I didn't personally spend my pretty pennies on this thing, I still want to say that it is worth the splurge and I do not regret it one bit.

The lipgloss gives a minty tingly feeling to the lips and goes on a tad too sticky for my liking - but please note that I am not a lipgloss girl so it takes quite a bit in order to satisfy me with any gloss product. I guess, I'll just say this is average and although it does appear to have a nice tint when swatched on my hand...the color does not show up on my pigmented lips.

The Comparison

Warm tones vs Cool tones:  I don't have a preference for one over the other because they both give you completely different looks. Having both palettes expand my collection of neutrals that are amazing in quality as well

Soft fuzzy velvet cardboard vs Heavy metal packaging: Love the light weight and easy magnetic closure of the first naked palette, I'm also a sucker for soft fuzzy things - so I do like the first packaging better (aside from the fact that it collects dust way too easily). But the second one is very sturdy and great for travelling.

Primer Potion vs Lip Gloss: given a choice, I'd take the primer potion any day...I'm not a lip gloss girl as mentioned before so I really don't care for it (plus it doesn't show up on my lips) but it's good to be able to try more urban decay products without spending full price

The Brushes: I personally prefer softer and fuller brushes so I don't really adore the brushes included in the palettes, but they are nice to have. Naked2 will obviously win here with the duo ended brush - more bang for your buck.

My Personal Favourites:
- Naked Palette: Sin, Buck, Dark Horse, Toasted, Gunmetal
- Naked2 Palette: Chopper, Tease, Pistol, YDK, Busted

Naked Palette Swatches 
 the shade "Naked" from the original palette seems to be a defect for me, no color/pigmentation or 
powder comes off the pan no matter how hard I try (this explains for the weird and awkward 
space between the 2nd and 4th swatch lol)

Naked2 Palette Swatches

P.S Expect a tutorial coming because it's a makeup artist recommended everyday/daytime look! <3 And sorry for the slower updates because I just finished my finals and I'm trying to get the most out of my short summer holidays lol. I hope you guys are all having a good one and I'll see you in the next post! :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Thanks Boo

Princess T-Shirt: this shirt is suppose to light up and flash according to the beats of sound waves but unfortunately it doesn't work properly lol. It only flashes when you physically tap on the battery box LOL oh well, it's a fun shirt to have though :P (see pictures down below)

Skeleton Doll: His legs are bendable and his little arms can move up and down vertically! So cuteeee :D He has found a place next to my pillow (I can't remember when was the last time I had slept with a plush next to me haha this makes me feel like a little girl again)

Lady Speed Stick: it's a little inside joke of ours XD

Bath & Body Works Paris Amour Body Lotion: this stuff smells really good and it'll subtly last for a day (nothing overwhelming). I actually have another tube of the same thing that a friend gave to me for Christmas last year. I mainly use body lotion on my legs, specifically the calves because they tend to get dry easily.

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette: you all know what's coming up next right?! ;) Initially, I was going to buy this for myself after finals but the night before he left, he decided he wanted to buy me something because I bought him a jacket as his birthday present. He asked me if I had anything in mind and you all know...I've been lusting over this palette for a long time so I told him about it. I am still in awe because this bloody thing is $60, but apparently he expected more - he wanted to buy me at least $150+ worth of stuff (which i did not let him lol) O_O.....So yes, I am quite touched :')

I took this picture during the day, so the blue lights aren't showing up nicely, but
it's still a pretty cool shirt. Not sure when I'll get to wear this though haha :P

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Poison Apple Candy

I decided to have a bit of fun and be a little creative with this particular nails of the day post. Like I have mentioned in my haul from before, red nails remind me of witches from the fairytales and with a little pose like this...I think I've proven my point - you can't get the same effect with other colors hahaha :P Anyway, jokes aside...The Color of Minnie is a true red colour that reminds of a jolly rancher candies or red lollipops. When I first put it on, it took me a while to get used to the bright red color because I even shy away from hot pink nail polishes on a regular basis but I'm actually enjoying the glossy apple red color on my nails right now, they look quite classy don't ya think? :3 

OPI - The Color of Minnie (from the Minnie Mouse Collection)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Top 3 Must Have's

It hasn't been until recently that I noticed I haven't done any must-have's or favourites post on my blog! Don't ask me how that's even possible because it's one of my favourite posts/videos to read/watch of all-time! Recently, a friend of mine has introduced me to Topbox's contest and I figured, why not hit three birds with one stone? - Share my all time favourites, an idea for a blog post and enter a contest for a chance to win Deborah Lippmann's Call Me Irresponsible nail polish!! :D You girls should definitely enter this contest as well! Deadline is on Wednesday August 8, sorry for the short notice so hurry up and GO GO GO!!! :P

Urban Decay Naked Palette - why is this even a surprise to anyone? Neutrals are a classic and goes with literally any and every occasion. The colors are gorgeous, the quality is fantastic, it comes with an eyeshadow primer potion and a brush - it has everything you need here. Currently, I do not own the Naked2 Palette, but I think I will be rewarding myself after finals haha it's about time ;)

Bobbi Brown Corrector - full coverage for under eye dark circles, need I say more? Yes, it's pricey but I would repurchase this over and over again. You only need the tiniest amount of product and you're good to go. I bought this all the way back in the beginning of the year and used it every day since then - i have not hit pan, there's only a little stoop in the middle. (Review here)

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil - Absolutely love this makeup remover! All the waterproof products that you love but hate taking off will not be a problem anymore, this takes care of everything! What makes this product different is that you apply it to your face dry and you need to take your time massaging it over your face to remove your makeup. So be patient, because the good stuff is always worth the wait and time haha. (featured in my skincare routine post here - I can do an updated skincare routine and a full in depth review on this product later if you guys wish, just let me know. I'm having a blogging brain fart here so comment/send in your requests!!)

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and let me know what are your top 3 must have's! Most importantly, let me know what upcoming posts you want to see or any specific requests you may have - tutorials, reviews, favourites etc...

P.S Happy BC Day to those of you who live in beautiful British Columbia! Hope you're all having a wonderful long weekend! <3

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Strawberry Milkshake

So obviously, this is definitely not a my-nails-but-better colour as I had thought but it's a very cute milky strawberry pink color nonetheless. It's also a good break from my usual glitter nails or accent coloured nail manicures. However, Sweet Heart has a streaky application, if you look closely at my middle finger you can see that there's still some noticeable streaking after two coats of application. There are also some bubbling here and there which is not captured by my camera. It's not too bad, I can live with it but it's another one of those polishes that aren't going to get fully loved due to it's application difficulties. 

OPI - Sweet Heart