Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bridal Trial - Soft & Natural

I had the pleasure of doing my first ever bridal trial with a friend of mine. I'd like to thank Kelli for letting me take part in her special day! She is absolutely gorgeous without makeup, so her specific instructions were to look as natural as possible. Thankfully, my best friend is a photographer so she was able to take a lot of pictures! :D

Before picture
We approached the bridal trial by putting two different eye looks before the face. The right eye (shown in the picture) is partially made up - and is the more dramatic eye look.
After picture ( w/ complete face; showcasing the other side of the eye w/ a more natural look)
Final Look
Ultimately, Kelli decided to go towards the most natural route, with soft browns & bronze as her pop of color. Towards the end which we did not photograph, we added a little gloss to the middle of her lower lip to add extra plump. Here are the products used:

Nivea Moisturizer
ELF eyebrow set Medium
MAC Strobe Cream 
Graftobian Corrector Palette in Muted Green (cancel out the rosacea)
Graftobian Soft Orange (conceal undereye)
 Graftobian Hi Def Creme Foundation in Bombshell & Prima Donna
Graftobian Pro Setting Powder in Light
MAC Fix+ (applied to whole face to set makeup)
MAC Brule & All that Glitters (lid)
MAC Soft Brown & MAC Cork (crease & outer-v)
MAC Jest (browbone)
MAC Embark & Espresso (line upper and lower lid)
MAC Vanilla Pigment (inner tear duct)
Diorshow Mascara
Ardell Demi Wispies (applied w/ DUO lash glue)
MAC Blush Melba
Dior Amber Diamond
OCC Lip Tar in Hush
Revlon Pink in the Afternoon

Until Next Time! :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Weekend in Makeup: 9/23/11-9/25/11

This post is seriously overdue. It's hump day already & I just failed in blogging! :p I've been really addicted watching Fringe lately and it has completely taken over my nights! Unto the post... some of the things/products I used this weekend:

Trying out Chanel Vitalumiere at the LA County fair on Friday,

 Bought a wonderful lavender color from Ulta called "Tutu Cute" for $2.50 on Saturday,

& had my first Bridal Trial with my friend Kelli for her wedding in October (pics coming soon) on Sunday.

Until Next Time! :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

6 Hours Later...| Makeup Play

Wore this look out to the LA County Fair with a few friends this past Friday. This was the makeup that I put on at 6PM & took off at 12AM with NO touch-ups. I'm actually pretty happy with the amount of makeup still intact after countless hours of being a heifer & sweat from walking around and yelling at the games (I'm still convinced that they're rigged).

I recently purchased a sample of Chanel Vita Lumiere... and I am seriously in love. It feels so lightweight and my face looks refreshed. The only thing bad about this baby is that it's $55 w/o tax. So expensive :(

Brief description of my makeup:

ELF eyebrow set Medium
Chanel Vita Lumiere
Hard Candy Glamouflage Medium (concealer)
MAC Prolong Wear Concealer NW25
MAC Fix+ to set make up
MAC Painterly Paint Pot (all over eye)
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (eyeshadow glue/primer - on lid)
TKB Artisan Coral (lid)
MAC Soft Brown & Cork (crease)
MAC Espresso (outer v)
Clinique Gel Eyeliner in Black
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara Black
Covergirl Lash Blast
MAC Equilibrium
 Benefit Hoola (contour)
Jemma Kidd Rose Gold (highlight)
MAC Prolong Wear Concealer NW25 (cancel out color of lips)
MAC lipstick Modesty

The Clinique gel eyeliner seemed to fade a little bit in my upper lid as the hours went by, but at least it was still visibly intact. Coincidentally since my last 6 hours later post, I added the Clinique gel eyeliner to my inner rim on TOP of my MAC smolder eyeliner (since it fades a lot on its own) - and that seemed to stay still. Artisan Coral stuck the whole entire night thanks to Fyrinnae's pixie epoxy, which is definitely the answer to all of my makeup life's questions. Equilibrium blush seemed to hold well since I do have a tendency to rub my face but the biggest surprise is how the Chanel foundation made my face still looking fresh after 6 hours... which is a winner in my book even though it is $55. :(

Until Next Time! :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Must Have: MAC Strobe Cream

I can't even fathom how wonderful this bottle of joy has been in my life and now I wonder why I haven't found this sooner. At first I started out with a sample and after ONE application of this on my skin, I was hooked. From the MAC website Strobe Cream is described as:
"The ultimate quick fix for the skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals; de-snoozes, de-stresses, moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Enhances the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight."
My skin right now is dry/normal and I'm always needing products that gives my face more moisture & iridescence. This does not completely replace my moisturizer so I use equal parts moisturizer and Strobe Cream. Since using this, it has given my face the most gorgeous glow... It's what I wish my skin would always look like.
Strobe Cream is a thin, white moisturizer with a lotion like consistency and there are different ways to put this on. Some use this as a moisturizer, others use it to highlight certain areas for a sheer glow & others mix this with equal parts their foundation. I can see how some combination/oily/oily types would want to stray away from this.. but for those skin types the trick is to apply it sparingly and in certain areas such as the cheek bones, brow arch and middle of the forehead.
BEFORE (NO MAKEUP) - I KNOW! DON'T JUDGE ME! (Check out my cute little teddy bear! he likes to play with makeup too)
 AFTER (w/ Strobe Cream - buffed in my skin with MAC brush 188)
Hopefully you can tell the difference between the two, the after picture added some moisture and glow to my dull skin. Strobe Cream isn't at all "in-your-face," it's very subtle and beautiful.
strobe cream with minimal foundation
 BTW, I looked at this picture and I realized it wasn't blended to the best of my abilities so please don't judge me for that! haha! But as you can tell, it has completely brightened up my skin and added a very luminous look. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!

If you are semi-interested in this product, get a tester! I'm sure you'll be hooked after the first application. :)
Until Next Time! :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Tell Me About Yourself Award!

This blog is fairly new, but I can't believe how awesome the blogging community is! Everyone is just so helpful, supportive & inspiring and I'm thankful for everyone however small or large that has been reading this blog. I recently received 2 blog awards and have been tagged by two awesome beauty bloggers... so I wanted to return the favor & answer some tags! :)

I received the Tell Me About Yourself Award from the beautiful Celeb Inspired Clothes! :) Thank you so much babe!

* Thank and link back to the person that awarded you
* Write 7 random facts about yourself
* Pass on the award to other bloggers

7 Facts About Me:
1. I am completely in love with makeup but as a full-time job I work as a Financial Analyst.
2. I have a very cute, teddy bear/small lion looking pomeranian named Jedi.
3. I always have to have dessert after every meal or else I get really cranky.
4. I don't know how to ride a bike.
5. I am 6 classes away from getting my makeup certification.
6. I HATE fruity drinks. My current drink choices are scotch & whiskey... on the rocks :)
7. I am a self professed book nerd. Aside from makeup, literature & books are also my obsession.

Passing this award to these beautiful bloggers! 

Enjoy Ladies!

Until Next Time :)

Weekend in Makeup: 9/16/11-9/18/11

I thought it might be fun to write posts that don't contain TOO much information, sometimes photos and a small description can produce an infinite amount of inspiration. Every time I look at beauty blogs, I'm most interested in photos as they are pleasing to the eye and can prove how well a product looks on real skin. Some of the products/makeup I used this past weekend:

Blue Rainbow to celebrate my best gay friend's birthday in West Hollywood,

Brought (OCC liptar in) Grandma with me to Greek Fest with my soul sisters on Saturday,

& became one step closer to attaining my makeup certification on Sunday.

Until Next Time! :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Prince Noir | Makeup Play

Even though the So(ul) Cal weather is begging for a bathing suit to be worn, I still can't help getting enamored by fall colors. Dark red's, burgundy's, burnt orange, dark green...such beautiful beautiful colors! Anyway, my most favorite product from MAC Me Over was a lipstick called Prince Noir, A very dark burgundy brick red. Putting this lipstick on makes me feel more sophisticated than I actually am. :p
BTW, I went to Sephora today to get samples of new goodies that have been getting great reviews. The two items I picked up which I'm wearing in this picture is Philosophy's The Present (primer) & MUFE HD in 127 (foundation). I can't believe how great this foundation looks in pictures! Here's a breakdown of my look:

ELF eyebrow set Medium
MAC Strobe Cream
Philosophy The Present (primer)
MAC Studio Careblend Medium Plus
MAC Prolong Wear Concealer NW25
MAC Fix+ (applied to whole face to set makeup)
MAC Painterly Paint Pot (all over eye)
Clinique Gel Eyeliner Black
CoverGirl Lash Blast Black
Clinique Lower Lash Mascara Black
MAC Blush Equilibrium
MAC Blush Trace Gold
 Benefit HOOLA (contour)
MAC Hush (creme highlight)
Dior Amber Diamond (powder highlight on top of MAC Hush)
MAC Prolong Wear Concealer NW25 (cancel out color of lips)
MAC lipliner Burgundy
MAC Prince Noir

Doesn't this burger look so effing good?! I went to Slaters 50/50 with the best friend. The patty is 1/2 ground beef & half bacon. YUM!!! :)

Until Next Time! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pigment Haul Part II: TKB Trading (ll)

I love getting new packages! It always feels like Christmas :) I received my second TKB Trading package yesterday and I just wanted to show all of you all the beautiful colors. To check out my first TKB haul, click HERE.
L-R Chameleon Fine | Grape Parfait | Athena | Australian Amber
Chameleon Fine: Dark brown pigment with blue sparkles. This color seriously reminds me of MAC Blue Brown. 
Grape Parfait: Blue based purple
Athena:  A mix colors of beige and champagne - such a gorgeous color. I imagine this being really beautiful for a wedding. Also, for darker skinned tones this would be a gorgeous highlight.
Australian Amber: Mix of caramel & bronze.
L-R: Patagonia Purple | Artisan Coral | Umber | Blackstar Red
Patagonia Purple: Medium toned blue based purple
Artisan Coral: mix of champagne and coral - So beautiful for a highlight as well
Umber: Orange, red & bronze mix
Blackstar Red: Mix of black, purple & dark silver
L-R: Forged Gold | Capricorn Sea
Forged Gold: Bright Gold
Capricorn Sea: SUCH A GORGEOUS COLOR! looks just like the ocean accompanied with white sandy beaches. LOVE!!!

It isn't as much as the first haul but nonetheless these colors are gorgeous! I'm thinking of making my 3rd purchase in the near future :p I'm so addicted to these babies! To purchase these pigments go here:


Until Next Time! :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Capricorn Sea | Makeup Play

Developed an eye look from my most favorite pigments that I bought from TKB: Capricorn Sea, Blackstar Blue & Crucible Khaki. Here's a breakdown of my look:

ELF eyebrow set Medium
Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel (primer)
NARS Sheer Glow Stromboli
MAC Prolong Wear Concealer NW25
MAC Fix+ (applied to whole face to set makeup)
MAC Painterly Paint Pot (all over eye)
TKB Pigment Capricorn Sea (all over lid & lower lash line - blended out)
TKB Pigment Blackstar Blue (crease, outer v & lower lash line - blended out)
TKB Crucible Khaki (middle lid on top of Capricorn Sea)
Clinique Gel Eyeliner in Black (inner rim)
CoverGirl Lash Blast Black
Clinique Lower Lash Mascara Black
La Femme Blush Coral Spice
MAC Blush Trace Gold
 Benefit HOOLA (contour)
Dior Amber Diamond 
MAC Prolong Wear Concealer NW25 (cancel out color of lips)
MAC Kinda Sexy

Sorry, Another DIPTIC picture collaboration! :p I love this app so much! Thanks for reading!
Until Next Time! :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

MAKEUP 101: Tips & Techniques in Eyeshadow Application

I've had many years in eyeshadow application and more often than not it ended badly. I remember back in the day when neon orange and aqua was my thing...together. Anyway, through my makeup journey here are a handful of tips that may be useful for eyeshadow application:

HOW TO: Make your eyeshadow color more vibrant:
The reason why many people love a certain brand of eyeshadow is because of how well and vibrant it looks when applied. pigmentation = happiness. There are some eyeshadow's that don't have the biggest color payoff but hopefully this next trick/technique can help you out with that problem.
  • Applying eyeshadow wet: Also known as foiling, your eyeshadows become more vibrant when applied with a liquid medium. Examples for a liquid medium are water, Visine eyedrops, MAC Fix + & MAC mixing medium (water based) - among many others.
MAC FIX + | MAC Mixing Medium (water based)
MAC Midnight Night applied: DRY | w/ MAC FIX +

HOW TO: Make your eyeshadow color MORE vibrant & LAST long:
Just like painting a house, you add a primer first to the wall before the actual color. Same goes for makeup, especially for eyeshadows. There are many different primers in the market that many people swear by, and it is a MUST HAVE in your makeup stash.
  • Applying eyeshadow w/ a primer: A primer is a must in a makeup arsenal because it allows your eyeshadows & pigments have a base to stick on to. Having a primer(base) allows your eyeshadows to stay put and not crease for an extended amount of time. Some examples of primers that I SWEAR by are MAC paint pots & Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP). There are many other primers in the market such as Too Faced Shadow Insurance, ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer, & Vaseline (a really small amount) among many others. MAC Painterly Paint Pot is a favorite of mine just because it matches my skin tone PERFECTLY and gives my eyes a nude base.
Clockwise from top : MAC Painterly Paint Pot (LOVE!!!) | MAC Blackground Paint Pot | UDPP
MAC Push the Edge applied: DRY | MAC Painterly | Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP)

HOW TO: Make your eyeshadow color MORE vibrant, LAST long & STRONGER.
To define STRONGER, it means that the color becomes more prominent & all the minerals infused with that certain eyeshadow completely shows up. 
  • Applying eyeshadow with different colored primers: UDPP & MAC painterly paint pot make the eyeshadows more vibrant and long wearing, but when primers are combined with a creme eyeshadow, colored eyeshadow pencil or ANOTHER colored primer,(on TOP of your UDPP or paint pot) the eyeshadow color becomes more stronger. For example, if you have an aqua eyeshadow & you put a creme eyeshadow/colored pencil/colored primer that is BLUE, the color becomes stronger & more vibrant.
Creme liners/eyeshadows: NYX JUMBO PENCILS
Ben Nye Peacock Applied Over: Dry | MAC Painterly Paint Pot | NYX Jumbo Pencil Blue

ROUND UP:  Hopefully what I wrote today was helpful in your next eyeshadow application. Last but not least, here are swatches side by side & their respective staying power:
TKB Smokey XXX Applied over: DRY | MAC Fix + | MAC Painterly Paint Pot | NYX Purple
Same color & order heavily swiped off w/ my finger
Same color & order washed off with water

Yay! Sorry this post was long! I just wanted to give you guys some tips & tricks I've learned along the way. Obviously there are more than what I have posted here... so if you have any suggestions, please let me know! I hope you found this beneficial! :)

Till Next Time! :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pigment Haul Part 1: TKB Trading (picture heavy)

I recently came across a website called TKB Trading, where they sale pigments, micas & accessories that contribute to make a mineral eyeshadow. Many companies have been known to buy TKB micas then repackaging them as a unique finished eyeshadow. I went a little crazy for these pigments because of how cheap the samples are. Each TKB sample is usually a tablespoon unless stated otherwise and only goes for $1.50. I KNOW RIGHT?!

Just to preface before I post pictures, these are MICA's and ARE an unfinished product. Mica's provide the color & pigment, and adding different ingredients make these powders stick like regular eyeshadows. Fortunately, there are many different eyeshadow primers & application techniques in the market that makes these babies adhere easily by itself. (I will show different tips & techniques in the next blog post :])
This is the packaging that it came in. They are given in baggies, depending on the size that you get. I ordered 15 pigment samples, 1 pigment ounce & 2 free samples for less than $40. On the baggies the labels are very clear & informative, displaying if the pigment is eye/lip/nail safe.
SIZES: Sample size | Sample Size in my container (w/ A LOT left over) | 1 ounce ($4.00)

Let's get on with the colors I purchased! :D
L-R: Swiss Chocolate | Antique Gold | Blackstar Gold | Cyprus Green
Swiss Chocolate: Beautiful dark brown/maroon color with barely there flecks of gold
Antique Gold: Mix of gold and olive green
Blackstar Gold: Mix of gold and black that turns into a caramel like brown
Cyprus Green: Does this remind you of the movie Ferngully? I don't even know how to describe this... so gorgeous!
L-R: Saggitaire | Taurus Orion | Crucible Khaki | Antique Silver
Saggitaire: blue based purple that reminds me of MAC Parfait Amour
Taurus Orion: Yellow-based green that looks so great with brown eyes
Crucible Khaki: One of the brighter golds and definitely my favorite one
Antique Silver: Cool grey with blue undertones
L-R: Black | Smokey XXX | Breath of Spring | Chamoisee
Black: Matte Dark Black
Smokey XXX: It doesn't show in the picture too well, but it contains various colors of purple, plum, silver, cranberry & brown - weird right? but this picture does NOT do this wonderful color justice.
Breath of Spring: Mint green color - reminds me of Easter... and now I really want my favorite mint ice cream. :(
Chamoisee: Dark silver with hints of brown
L-R: Black Amethyst | Blackstar Blue | Blackstar Green
Black Amethyst: Dark purple with hints of brown & nearly invisible gold flecks
Blackstar Blue: I shit you not, I was drinking water and I nearly spilled it when I swatched this color. IT IS SO DAMN GORGEOUS. I even ran out of the room calling my MF (manfriend) and telling him how beautiful this color is. LE SIGH!
Blackstar Green: Also so beautiful, Dark forest green with hints of teal, gunmetal & black.
L-R: Passion Orange* | Angel Wings* | Verdigris Gold
*Samples given to me for free :D
Passion Orange: Yellow/Caramel/Orange. Cactus Cooler anyone?
Angel Wings: the camera washed it out because this is actually a light baby pink. The kind that parents paint their wall when a new baby girl is born. :p
Verdigris Gold: this is similar to antique gold, but instead the green is more prominent. I actually bought 1oz of this one for God knows what reason, so I doubt I will ever run out of this color :p

WOO! Are you tired of scrolling and reading yet? This post was so long BUT it has so many gorgeous colors! I don't regret buying any of these and I actually put a new order in just a few hours ago =x. It's very hard to hate any of these because it is so cheap. Even if you hate a color, you can mix with the other ones and make your own! There are so many possibilities. In the end, the colors are just as beautiful, or maybe even more than pigments from high end brands. Lastly, here's a picture of the container where I put my pigments! The organized obsessed and neat freaks are going to love this one! :)
I bought this baby at Michael's in the bead section for $9.99. It holds 24 different pigments, and it can be stacked nicely in your makeup drawer (in my case, closet).

Here are a couple links that you might want because of this post:

Till Next Time! :)