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20 Jun

Another post from moi? Why, yes! πŸ™‚ I did this look tonight from sheer boredom… and I don’t have a name for it. I was inspired by vampires…. not the sparkly kind. I tried to make it look gothy and dark, but meh, it is what it is.


So much for vampiric… I had my fangs clipped. πŸ˜›

For the eyes, I smudged a light spackle of black eyeliner all over my main lid and used a dark burgundy purple shadow over it. I blended out the edges with Β a red color, and for highlight, a shimmery light taupey gray. These colors were all from the ELF 100-shadow palette. I don’t looove this palette; colors are a hit or miss, but I dug my brush in there quite well and managed to get some decent color. Eyeliner was Bobbi Brown gel liner in Black Ink. I also smudged the red and burgundy colors very low on my lower lash line to make my eyes appear more tired and “dead”.

I contoured my cheeks with the lighter shade in the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow kit. It’s supppeerrrr pigmented, so I had to dust it off on my back of my hand a lot.

Lips, I used Kat Von D’s Hellbent as the main color and outlined with Bare Escentuals’ Black Currant and a little bit of black eyeliner because it wasn’t coming out dark enough in photos. I purposely kept the middle of the bottom lip untouched by Black Currant. It gives the lips a fuller look. πŸ™‚

I know this look isn’t summery, but my favorite looks to try are the ones that are not in season. xD

What do you think? Do you like trying “off-season” looks? πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!

Oh, before you go, a friend of mine introduced her videos to me tonight and I am so thrilled!

Isn’t she so adorable?! πŸ™‚

A subtle way to wear color :)

24 Oct

I’ve been posting very basic looks for my readers who aren’t a whole lot invested in make-up. I’m purposely keeping looks simple for their sake, as well as my time crunches in the morning. I don’t want to spend 15 minutes blending in 5 shadows. I wish I did. :X

TODAY’S FACE:

I wore some teal pigment on my lower lashline. It’s a perfectly safe and subtle way to wear a pop of color to have a little bit of fun or even enhance your eye color. I kept the top lid relatively neutral, using a pale shimmery beige/gold on my entire lid, and a milk-chocolate matte brown in my crease to contour. For my base, I didn’t go my usual route and use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, but I went with an eye crayon from Victoria’s Secret PINK.

I’m also wearing GEO Angel lenses in Green. πŸ™‚ Lashes are once again from F21.

Foundation-wise, I’ve ditched my summer full-coverage foundations because my skin has been getting very dry. Lately, I’ve been favoring Revlon’s PhotoReady. I wear shade 008 Golden Beige, but it’s a shy too pink for my very yellowy/olivey complexion. 😦 I do notice a lot of shimmer on my hand when I apply, but not so obvious on my face. It leaves a dewy/shimmery finish that I actually don’t mind a whole lot, despite my obsession with staying matte.

For cheeks, I originally went with a rosy color, but needed a little bit more warmth so I used the NYX Orange cream blush as an afterthought. Laura Mercier Bronzing Duo in Pink Bronze was my contour for my cheeks. (o^_^o) ‘Cause I’m all chubby cheeked like that.

Lips were very simple. NYX Orange Soda lipstick (again!) and NYC Β Lip Sliders in Sugar Coated as gloss.

PRODUCTS USED:
FACE

  • Clarins Hydra-Matte Lotion
  • Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion SPF 38
  • Revlon PhotoReady in 008 Golden Beige
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC35
  • Sam Fung Hoi Tong Face Powder

EYES

  • ο»ΏVS Pink Me Up Chubby Eye Crayon in Beatbox
  • F21 eyeshadow palette in Brown (I used a mix of the first two colors only)
  • The Body Shop Eye Color Matte in 09
  • ELF Cream Eyeliner in Black
  • NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Turquoise Pearl
  • Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof in Very Black
  • LashGrip Lash Adhesive in Clear
  • L’Oreal Lineur Intense in Black
  • [not shown] F21 false eyelashes

CHEEKS

  • ELF Studio Blush in Blushing Rose
  • NYX Cream Rouge in Orange
  • Laura Mercier Bronzing Duo in Pink Bronze (the brown shade)

LIPS

  • NYX round lipstick in Orange Soda
  • NYC Lip Sliders in Sugar Coated (MAC Boy Bait dupe!)

Onto the clothes!

Yay comfy outfit! πŸ™‚ The giant sweater/cardigan is from Hong Kong; my grandmother sent it over a few years ago. I actually wear it around the house. :X It’s not exactly the most flattering sweater in the world, but it’s superrrrr comfortable. Plus, I wasn’t out to impress any boys. πŸ˜› I did, however, look naked from behind because my skirt was shorter that the sweater, haha.

The bag is a present from my dad to my mom when they were still dating, circa 1985. Adorable, eh? ❀ I love it.

The rest of my outfit is a plain v-neck t-shirt from American Eagle and a teal skirt and a brown belt with weave details, both from F21. I love the skirt because of the pockets and weave detail as well. Bracelet is from a small jewelery store along 14th St. Shoes are from Bakers.

This feather cape is so awesome, LOL. From F21 (34th Street), and there was only one, in a XS. Barely fit my neck, but I thought this was fun to try on anyways. πŸ˜›

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

A new take on a classic Fall smokey eye…

23 Oct

Came up with this look using colors from my ELF Beauty Encyclopedia (basic eye edition). The colors are extremely soft and easy to blend and are simply amaaaaaaazing! Looooving it! πŸ˜€

I used my ELF cream liner in black as a base, then pat on the bronze color and blending the edges out. Using a pointed fluffy crease brush (Studio Tools), I added a dark Β purple into my crease and lower lash line. Used the shimmery beige in the palette on my browbone and inner corners as highlight. Finished it with some false lashes from Forever 21. πŸ™‚

For blush, I decided to go with a baby pink. I started using MAC Well Dressed, but it wasn’t showing up (I’m not pale enough yet), and I went with my Victoria’s Secret Runway blush instead.

My lips, I dabbed on a little bit of NYX Orange Soda lipstick, and I didn’t have lipgloss on when I took this pic. But I realized it looked kinda dry >_> so I added some nude lipgloss (NYX Whipped) for moisture/shine.

I love this look, I think it is very appropriate for Fall, super simple, and it is unique too. Who would’ve thunk bronze and purple could blend so beautifully together? In truth, all colors can work well with each other (I believe it’s okay to mix silver with gold), you just have to know how to blend it. πŸ˜‰

Products mentioned:
ELF Beauty Encyclopedia (basic eye edition) ($5.00, eyeslipsface.com)

Studio Tools fluffy crease brush ($1.99, Target)

ELF cream eyeliner in black ($3.00, eyeslipsface.com)

Forever 21 lashes (set of two, $2.80)

MAC Well Dressed ($18.50) / Victoria’s Secret Runway (discontinued)

NYX Orange Soda round lipstick ($4.00, nyxcosmetics.com)

Swatches of the ELF palettes are still to come… Sorry, I’ve been exhausted from work and the last thing I want to do is play with 24 different eyeshadows. >_>

Collective FOTD and ELF mini-haul.

18 Oct

SURPRISINGLY, I’VE BEEN TOO DANG LAZY TO PHOTOSHOP.

So I’m trying to catalog my FOTD (Face Of The Day) looks through pictures everyday and hopefully it will give you some idea what I’ve been doing.

necklace: f21
dress: f21
sweater: AE

Smokey eyes

My usual thick liner but not as heavy—I wanted to showcase my bangs.

the outfit. a black merino turtle neck and a pencil skirt from h&m. necklace from agaci.

Skimped on shadow. Wore MAC Bite of An Apple. ❀
Top: f21
Necklace: f21


Vertical Spirals using a 3/4″ curling iron. This was taken at the end of the day, after it’s loosened a bit. Still looks nice, IMO. Very bouncy. Hehe.

Too lazy to post all products used, but if you ask, I will reply.

I also have a mosquito bite on my left eyelid, so I am holding off on putting too much eyeshadow and recording videos. I have had to wear false lashes for the past few days and it is not especially fun/easy when you’re in a rush every morning.

Of course, I will continue to try to gather video ideas and churn them out whenever I can.

I placed an ELF order last week, where they had a treasure hunt sale (60% off certain items and an extra 50% off entire order). I came home to this tonight:

Left to Right:
ELF Studio blushes in Gotta Glow, Berry Merry, and Blushing Rose
ELF Beauty Encyclopedia Eyes in Basic Eye and Natural Eye

My entire order was just under $15, plus shipping.

ELF Studio Blush – They are powdery and soft and heavenly. I approve. I shall acquire more when the time is right.
Gotta Glow – NARS Albatross dupe! – cream highlight with gold sheen
Berry Merry – A deep rosy pink with a gold sheen to it. Not ‘berry’ (i.e. purply) to me, but still pretty for fall/winter.
Blushing Rose – Β A peachy rose color, slight gold sheen to it, and not quite as pigmented as the other ones. Had to swatch a few times before getting the color on my hand.

On to the palettes!

I LOOOVE the colors but hopefully I will not have to settle for damaged goods. I reckon the colors will be gorgeous. Not a huge fan of the cream shadow but meh. Also the sponge-tip applicator for eyeshadow is a dud. The brush on the other hand… is a nice surprise.

I am really disappointed with the palettes because an eyeshadow was cracked, and one of the cream shadows was dipped/swiped. Gross. I e-mailed customer service, and will await their news.

I’m pooped.

[[[[[UPDATE]]]]

ELF is sending new palettes to me, free of charge. Hurray!!! I’m assuming I get to keep my old ones, lol.