Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My 5 minute face! | Makeup Play

Whenever I go out I never have any qualms taking my sweet ass time to get ready. If I can intricately work on my face for two hours, I wouldn't mind it. Not to say there are random moments when I have no time for anything and I need to look polished. The products I use for my 5 minute face are tried and tested, giving me the best results with the least amount of time and work. It's really simple and fresh-faced and I think very pretty and girly!


FACE
 Garnier BB Cream in Light/Medium
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)

EYEBROWS
Flirt! Eyeshadow in Coconutty

EYES
Benefit They're Real Mascara

CHEEKS
NARS Blush in Dolce Vita

LIPS
Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait

Garnier BB Cream gives such a glowy beautiful finish and completely evens out my skin tone. I apply it with my fingers to get the most coverage - and of course because it's extremely fast. My Benefit Erase Paste is my darling and my savior because of its peachy/pink tones. I have very dark under-eye circles and this baby makes my eyes a little bit more bearable to look at. The one thing I will never forget to do is neglect my eyebrows because the eyebrows really shape the face... my Flirt! eyeshadow in Coconutty does the trick every time (Flirt! cosmetics is exclusive to Kohl's.) I just recently purchased Benefit They're Real Mascara and I'm so so so in love. I only got the trial version because it was only $10. The original is $22 and I just couldn't get myself to pay that much but it really lengthens my eyelashes making them more doll-like. NARS blush in Dolce Vita is the perfect "I just got out of the cold and my face is trying to get back its color" blush. It is so so so beautiful. Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait is my favorite lip butter and probably favorite lip product EVER. It is so natural on my lips and has the hydrating factor of a lip balm and the glosiness of a lip gloss. I actually have about 5 of these lying around everywhere. You can check out my review of Revlon lip butters here.

w/ flash

I hope this post was helpful! Please let me know if you have any suggestion of products that help with time constraint! haha!
Until Next Time! :)

Skyfall James Bond 007 - Severine Makeup Inspiration

I went to watch to watch the new James Bond movie last Friday with a few of my friends. Can you believe it was the first Bond movie I've ever seen? The Bond girl in the movie is named Severine, and I was enamored by how beautiful her makeup was in one of the scenes. I was inspired to try out the look and surprisingly this is also one of the fall/winter trends. Just to preface like any previous makeup inspiration, I'm not saying that I look like her (though I would love to be) or copying her makeup right down to the very last bit.


Severine's makeup is very bold with a black cat-like smokey eye and a dark burgundy/purple lip. The rest of her makeup is matte with some contour on the cheeks and a natural looking blush. I personally love this makeup look and anyone can rock this just as long as they have the confidence to wear it.

FACE
Embryolisse Lait Creme - Moisturizer
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX08
Guerlain Meteorites Tient Dore (setting powder) 
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette - under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)
Ben Nye Banana Powder (set the undereye)

EYEBROWS
  MAC Brow Pencil - Spiked
Flirt! Eyeshadow in Coconutty

EYES
Black- Lorac Pro Palette (dark gray/black eyeshadow all over lid)
Blackout - Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (to form the cat eye, winged line, line the undereye)
L'Oreal Lineur Intense Black Liquid Liner
L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black (tightline, waterline)
Covergirl Lash Blast (orange tube) & L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

CHEEKS
MAC Dark Careblend Powder (to contour and bronze outside of my face)
Tarte Blush in Exposed/ NARS Blush in Deep Throat


LIPS
Vaseline Lip Therapy
MAC Burgundy Lip Liner (lined all over lips and filled out)
MAC Prince Noir (bottom layer of lips)
Mac Diva (top layer of lips mixed with Prince Noir)

Tips for the cat-like black smokey eye:
- pack the lid on with dark grey/black eyeshadow and make sure not to go past your socket bone.
- grab a slanted brush w/ black eyeshadow and carve out the half moon crescent shape on your lid and socket bone. (Since my eye is hooded, for it to become visible I had to go PAST my socket bone so when my eyes are open the shape is seen.)
- take the slanted brush with black eyeshadow and form a line from the end of your eye and connect it with the half-moon crescent shape that you formed on your lid.
- line your lowerlid with black eyeshadow and connect it to the line formed at the end of the eye.
- blend the black eyeshadow on your lid very lightly, making sure the cat eye in the end is still sharp.

Hope these tips help!
Until Next Time! :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Weekend in Makeup: 11/16/12-11/18/12

I haven't done one of these in a while! This past weekend I just hung out with great friends over a movie, dinner, music and some night caps. Some of the makeup/products I used this weekend:

Took out my MAC Diva lipstick for a movie night and dinner with some friends on Friday,

Went to my best friends going away party wearing NARS Luster Blush on Saturday,

Instantly felt pulled together doing errands while only wearing MAC Red Russian lipstick on Sunday.


I hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving!

Until Next Time! :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Small MAC & Ulta Haul

I purchased a few things this past week just because. I have a lot of just because moments and I admit, it is not at all healthy given my state of makeup obsession. To my credit I've been meaning to get these lipsticks for a while... the brushes I did need back up's for miscellaneous gigs, I had a MAC gift card AND the brushes were BOGO :p Whatever makes me sleep at night, right?

MAC Russian Red, NYX Alabama, MAC Diva

Swatches: MAC Russian Red, NYX Alabama, MAC Diva

Obviously I've been having an affinity for reds, given that I just reviewed Revlon Black Cherry and earlier I had an FOTD w/ MAC Prince Noir & MAC Media. I wanted a bright statement red such as MAC Russian Red. I already have MAC Ruby Woo which many people compare to each other, but Ruby Woo is so so so drying on the lips (albeit, beautiful), while Russian Red seems to glide a little bit better and leans more neutral. NYX Alabama was a color I just found on a whim at Ulta and I was drawn to it's wine/brown undertones a'la Revlon Black Cherry...maybe I should compare these two? MAC Diva is such a statement color with it's dark red and plum colors I couldn't resist...I wonder if this will become my new "power" lip? Hopefully I'll be having FOTD's and swatches for these beautiful colors soon... There's no such thing as too many red lipsticks! ;)


I looooove Real Techniques brushes. They are currently BOGO 50% off (Buy One Get One 50%) at Ulta until Saturday. They are extremely soft and great brushes for a very affordable price(both $8.99). The brush on the left is the Blush Brush and I have two other backups currently in my stash. I wouldn't consider it as a very dense brush, so it deposits just the right amount of color for the cheeks. I also use it as an all over face brush w/ my setting powder...It's very versatile. The brush on the right is their Expert Face Brush and this is my first time buying it. I believe its main task is for foundation but since it's very densely packed and rounded, I could see this brush working beautifully for contour on the cheekbones as well. I'm a big believer in highlighting and contouring or what I like to call "temporary surgery" so hopefully this holds up well... I'll try and review these two as soon as I can.

Until Next Time! :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry



Black Cherry w/ flash (Check out those thumbprints! yuck! :p)

Revlon Black Cherry is one of my favorite fall color shades. It is a very sophisticated dark wine burgundy w/ a hint of brown and plum undertones. This can be easily used in the daytime as a stain or brushed on the lips straight from the tube for a more vampy effect. Wearing this instantly makes me feel pulled together. If you're going to describe this sort of lip color as a person, it's the very put together, go-getter, take on any challenge type of woman. It seems funny that I'm describing it that way but it really is true! Try it out! haha!


Black Cherry w/o flash (ahh! fingerprints again!)


swatch w/o flash

Black Cherry is considered a lustrous lipstick - just w/ that title alone it entails that it's creamy and non-drying. However, since it is creamy it may tend to slip and slide ( makeup term: bleed) which is why a lip pencil is recommended. It has worn about 3 hours on me w/o eating, but I imagine having to reapply again if you do so. The great thing about it is that when it does fade, it blends into a nice berry stain.



Do you own Black Cherry? Are there any other burgundy-wine lip colors I should be obsessing over? Suggestions are welcome! :)

Until Next Time! :)

Makeup Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn Dramatic Cut Crease

 I was inspired by a really beautiful picture I saw online of Audrey Hepburn and wanted to slightly recreate it w/ products I have at home. Just to preface before anything, I am not saying that I look like her, nor saying I am wearing the exact same makeup she is wearing...inspiration more like it is the word.

The makeup she has here is a very dramatic cut crease w/ silver glitter, pink cheeks and pink nude lips. As I have hooded eyes, the cut crease won't look as dramatic as hers, but I tried my best so that it caters to my eye type.




Products Used: 
FACE
Embryolisse Lait Creme - Moisturizer
 L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation W4
Guerlain Meteorites Tient Dore (setting powder) 
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette - under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)

EYEBROWS
  MAC Brow Pencil - Spiked
Flirt! Eyeshadow Coconutty

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
2nd Color in Sonia Kashuk Matte Eyeshadow Palette (to even out eyelid color)
Urban Decay Blackout Matte Eyeshadow (Naked 2 Palette - to etch out black cut crease)
Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner in Black (darken the cut crease, upper lash line)
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Fantasme (white glitter all over lid)
Covergirl Lash Blast

CHEEKS
MAC Dark Careblend Powder (to bronze outside of my face)
Wet N' Wild Blush in Heather Silk
  Dior Amber Diamond (highlight- cheekbones, down the center of nose)

LIPS
Vaseline Lip Therapy
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon

Tips for the cut crease:
- whether you have hooded eyes, monolids, or deep set eyes, always follow the outline of your socket bone which should shape to somewhat of a half moon. (to find out where your socket bone is, press on your eyes and wherever the hollow part is, that's the socket bone.)
- outline with an eyeshadow first so if you make any mistakes, it can easily be erased
- use small brushes for precision
- keep practicing! and have fun! :)

...If you're feeling adventurous & extra bold, replace pink lip w/ a dark burdundy:


Until Next Time! :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Quick Tip: How to make your lashes appear fuller w/ tightlining

This is a very simple trick to make your lashes appear fuller and thicker. As you can see I have VERY sparse & thin lashes. Some of the ways I use for an appearance of thicker lashes are loading them with mascara, adding false lashes and/or this simple and quick technique.


 
Tools you need: 
1.) Angled Brush (or any brush you're comfortable lining the inner lid with) 
2.) Matte black eyeshadow (or dark brown if you prefer your mascara to be brown), black/brown gel eyeliner or black/brown eye kohl pencil.


How To:
Step 1: Grab some of your matte eyeshadow, kohl pencil or gel eyeliner. (I'm using UD Blackout matte black eyeshadow in the Naked 2 Palette.)
Step 2: PUSH it on the top inside of your lash line (shown above).

I realize that this picture looks freaky because of my green contacts not being aligned w/ my real eyes but this is the only good picture I had! haha! sorry! Don't worry! it doesn't hurt at all! For beginners/individuals with sensitive eyes use small strokes to line the inner lids.

One eye tightlined: notice the right side appearing to be a bit more fuller than the left side.

w/ both eyes tightlined

I hope this technique is useful to you! Do you have any tips/tricks in tightlining? Let me know! :)

Until Next Time!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MAC Lipstick in Violetta

MAC Violetta (w/ flash)


MAC Violetta is one of the MAC lipsticks I've recently purchased and fell completely in love with. As I grow older, my love for bright eyeshadows are diminishing - not because I feel like I can't pull it off, but because I find it jarring, personally, for myself if I'm wearing too many bright colors. Lipsticks will always be an exception and I will always try to rock any color not matter the time, season or place.

(w/o flash)
swatch (w/o flash)

Violetta is a bright violet-purple with tiny flecks of blue shimmer and a hint of a red undertone. It isn't for the faint-hearted and I love to wear this lipstick w/ a barely there face so it stays the main focus. It also has an amplified finish meaning it is very opaque with one swipe. This lipstick for me was not at all drying (in comparison to Ruby Woo - the DRIEST lipstick you can get) and it wore on me for 3-4 hours w/ drinking and eating.

(w/o flash)
 (w/flash)

In this picture I lightly added a brown cream eyeshadow, but it's faint enough to keep the focus on the lips. Bear in mind, you might not have heard of Violetta because it WAS a PRO only (available ONLY to individuals who have the PRO card) color, but recently MAC started selling them on their website to the general public. MAC, if I'm not mistaken has three different levels of stores: MAC at the Macy's counter, free standing stores, and PRO stores. You still can't buy this lipstick at MAC at Macy's or any free standing stores, but it is available for grabs at MAC PRO Stores & the MAC Cosmetics website.

Do you have this lipstick? Suggestions on how to wear this beauty is always welcome!

Until Next Time! :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Simple Brown/Antique Gold Smokey Eye | Makeup Play



Here's a simple brown/antique gold smokey eye. I went to Ulta a couple months ago and purchased a limited edition Maybelline Color Tattoo called "Gold Shimmer" - and it is so so so beautiful. I usually top my cream eyeshadow products with a coinciding powder eyeshadow color but I didn't want to take away from this beauty. I'll have a seperate post with the color more in depth soon. So many things to do, so little time!

(look w/ flash)

FACE
Embryolisse Lait Creme - Moisturizer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pearl
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX08
Guerlain Meteorites Tient Dore (setting powder) 
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette - under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)
Bare Minerals Well-Rested (setting powder) - under eyes

EYEBROWS
  MAC Brow Pencil - Spiked
Laura Mercier Eyebrow Gel - Warm

EYES
Maybelline Color Tattoo Gold Shimmer (lid)
Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette - Buck (socket bone, to blend out Gold Shimmer, lower lashline)
Lorac Pro Palette - Espresso (outer-v) 
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - Booty Call (brow highlight)
MAC Nylon Eyeshadow (inner corner highlight)
Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner in Black (tightline & waterline)
Covergirl Lash Blast (orange tube) & L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

CHEEKS
MAC Sculpt Powder - contour
MAC Dark Careblend Powder (to bronze outside of my face)
Tarte Blush in Exposed
  Dior Amber Diamond (highlight- cheekbones, down the center of nose, cupids bow)

LIPS
Vaseline Lip Therapy 

 Until Next Time! 

Dew(y) Me | Makeup Play




When it comes to my base, I prefer the glowier or "dewier" the better. I'm not a fan of a matte face, mostly because I have dry-normal skin so I tend to reach for face products that make me look "lit from within." Some people have a problem with having a dewier look just because it can translate to a look of oiliness to the face. Not going to lie, I am a culprit of over-doing it sometimes, but I really do love this look! This is more of an FOTD, I will do a separate post on my all time favorite highlighters so I can give a more in depth description. The products that I DO use in these pictures are some of my all time favorites - HG (Holy Grail) even... and nothing is better than finding something that you could never live without.


FACE
Embryolisse Lait Creme - Moisturizer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pearl
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX08
Guerlain Meteorites Tient Dore (setting powder) 
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette - under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)
Bare Minerals Well-Rested (setting powder) - under eyes

EYEBROWS
  MAC Brow Pencil - Spiked
Laura Mercier Eyebrow Gel - Warm

EYES
Wet N' Wild Brule Eyeshadow (lid)
Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette - Buck (socket bone)
Covergirl Lash Blast (orange tube) & L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

CHEEKS
MAC Sculpt Powder - contour
MAC Dark Careblend Powder (to bronze outside of my face)
theBalm Hot Mama Blush & NARS Orgasm
MAC Cream Colour Base - Pearl (cream highlight - top of cheekbones, down the nose)
theBalm Mary-Loumanizer (powder highlight - top of cheekbones, down the nose, cupids bow)

LIPS
Vaseline Lip Therapy 


Until Next Time!

Recent Work - Still Images

Hi everyone! Just wanted to post some recent still shots from various photo shoots:


Photographer: Judy Wang



Photographer: Judy Wang (sorry for the blurry pic! Still trying to find the RAW image)

Photographer: Judy Wang


Photographer: Judy Wang

Photographer: Tom Trinh

Photographer: Dorelyn Carreon 

Until Next Time!

She's Alive! | Makeup Play

She's Alive! I'm Alive! It seriously has been over 10 months since my last blog post and not sure what explanation I could say for my absence? Well, it wasn't really an absence because I hadn't blogged much in the first place... but anyway! I'm back! hopefully for good!

I've recently moved in to a new place and I'm having trouble finding the perfect lighting. You can imagine how weird I look trying to take pictures everywhere. My neighbors are probably judging me. Anyway, to kick start my comeback I've got a couple FOTD's (Face of the Day) or is it FOTN's (Face of the Night)? 

P.S: Please excuse the lighting if it looks awful... Still trying to perfect it!




Since I have hooded eyes, the cut crease is much more subdued than if it was put on a deep set gal. Nonetheless, any makeup/eyeshadow look can be achieved just as long as it caters to the eye type you have. I didn't line my lids with an eyeliner because it would take away from the small lid space I already have.

SOFT CUT CREASE

FACE
Embryolisse Lait Creme - Moisturizer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pearl
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX08
Guerlain Meteorites Tient Dore (setting powder) 
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette - under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)
Bare Minerals Well-Rested (setting powder) - under eyes

EYEBROWS
  MAC Brow Pencil - Spiked
Laura Mercier Eyebrow Gel - Warm

EYES
Wet N' Wild Brule Eyeshadow (lid)
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - Blackout (crease, lower lashline)
Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette - Buck (socket bone, to blend out blackout, lower lashline)
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - Booty Call (brow highlight)
Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner in Black (tightline & waterline)
Covergirl Lash Blast (orange tube) & L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

CHEEKS
MAC Sculpt Powder - contour
MAC Dark Careblend Powder (to bronze outside of my face)
theBalm Hot Mama Blush
theBalm Mary-Loumanizer (highlight)

LIPS
Vaseline Lip Therapy 


Fall is here! Even though it is STILL 80-90 degrees here in SoCal, I still can't help but bust out my beautiful dark lipsticks! (btw, the lighting in these pictures are much brighter because I had the flash on.)

VAMPY LIPS

FACE
Embryolisse Lait Creme - Moisturizer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pearl
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX08
Guerlain Meteorites Tient Dore (setting powder) 
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette - under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste - Salmon Concealer (under eyes, salmon corrector)
Bare Minerals Well-Rested (setting powder) - under eyes

EYEBROWS
  MAC Brow Pencil - Spiked
Laura Mercia Eyebrow Gel - Warm

 EYES
Wet N' Wild Brule Eyeshadow (lid)
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - Booty Call (brow highlight)
Covergirl Lash Blast (orange tube) & L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

CHEEKS
MAC Sculpt Powder - contour
MAC Dark Careblend Powder (to bronze outside of my face)
Tarte Blush in Exposed
theBalm Mary-Loumanizer (highlight)

LIPS
Vaseline Lip Therapy
MAC Burgundy Lip Liner
MAC Media Lipstick & MAC Prince Noir Lipstick 

To whoever is still reading/catching up on my blog, Thank You! I've got so many blog posts and makeup inspirations that I want to show you soon! 

Until Next Time!