October 29, 2010

Chic Shopaholic: Sephora Friends & Family 20% Off

So I should be doing a million other things before my trip to Japan but I just wanted to share my Sephora Friends & Family haul that I did recently. At the end of every year, Sephora has a 20% sale on all the products. The discount is supposed to be for employees only but as long as you know the promo code, anyone can use it. It started on Oct. 21st and ends Nov. 3, the code is FF2010. You can read more info about it on Temptalia.com.

Lately I have been getting into NARS again, even though I hate their packaging (sticky rubbery plastic) their products are really good. I bought the Beauty in a Box: NARS Junkie set which consists of:

  • 9952 Essential Eyeshadow palette -
    • Unconditional Love Cream Shadow: pale shimmery peachy beige
    • Night Star: pale peach with gold sparkles
    • Galapagos: dark shimmery bronze with gold flecks
    • Nepal: shimmery light rose
    • Ondine: medium plum with gold shimmer
    • Thunderball: matte dark tealish gray
  • Mini Laguna Bronzer: light shimmery golden bronze. Size of their single eyeshadows
  • Mini Orgasm Multiple: shimmery pinky peach. Forgot to twist up the product for the photo but there's at least an inch of it when completely twisted up
  • Full size Ophelia Ligloss: sheer medium pinky red

I wanted to bring a bronzer on my trip but the Benefit Hoola was too bulky to pack and so I've heard Guerlain was good and thought I'd give it a try. There are many shades with matte or shimmery finishes to compliment any skin tone. I wanted a matte rich bronze that could double as a contour so I got it in Terracotta 3 and so far really like it. It's pigmented, doesn't turn orange, and lasts well on my cheeks.

I've heard great things about Clarisonic skincare brush and really wanted to try it out. I got the Mia in Pink which is the travel size version and portion of the proceeds goes to Breast Cancer Awareness. I have normal to dry skin under my eyes near my nose cheeks, there is a bit of a rough texture that doesn't seem to go away no matter what kind of exfoliator I use. I also get some occasional clogged pores probably from not removing all the products that I use on my face. I used it tonight and it felt really nice, like giving myself  a little massage. I'll give an update later on how well it improves my skin.

I've used a deluxe size sample of AmorePacific Moisture Bound Vitalizing Complex and loved it so much (I mentioned and gave a mini review on it in one of my videos) and waited until the Sephora F&F sale to buy it. It's the most expensive skincare product I've ever bought but I just love how it smells and feels on my skin.

I bought another moisturizer but it's actually a multi-purpose type product. It's Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Oil and you can use it as a day & night moisturizer, help heal and treat acne and scars, condition your nails and split ends, and you can create a dewy look on your face and body. I liked that it was 100% natural and you only needed a tiny amount to moisturize your face and didn't feel heavy.

My last purchase was a free one using my V.I.B 500 points. It was Bare Escentuals Mighty Fine Collection. I have to be honest, I'm not a huge Bare Escentuals fan. I've tried the mineral foundation and didn't like it and I thought the brushes were rather rough. But I've read the Buxom line was pretty good so I thought I'd give it try and was happily surprised that I liked these products. It comes with:

  • Mini Flawless Face Brush: really cute size, not the greatest quality but usable for touch-ups.
  • Mini Pure Radiance All-Over Face Color: shimmery light golden peach
  • Mini Buxom Zena Lips: exclusive shade in the kit, a light pink color. I really like how minty and tingly it feels on my lips that lasts for quite some time (at least 30 min.) and I think they're supposed to plump up your lips but I didn't notice anything.
  • Full size Buxom Blackest Black Lash Mascara

That's it for my Sephora F&F! Make sure you place an order before the sale ends and all the products are sold out. I always look forward to this sale as it's the perfect time to buy all your wishlist items that you've wanting throughout the year and you get a nice little discount on them. Anyway, chat with you all later when I get back! :)

Glamour Girl

October 21, 2010

Chic Shopaholic: Birthday Gifts, MAC Venomous Villains

This is a special "Chic Shopaholic" post, sharing some of the beauty gifts that I received for my birthday. Some of it I have been wanting, some were from exchanges, and some were surprise gift. :)

I have been wanting to get a CHANEL eyeshadow quad for forever but couldn't decide on which one. Well, my sister got me the Smokey Eye quad and although it was very pretty and just a basic black-grey-white palette, I don't really do smokey eyes that often. I also tend to like warmer colors more as I think they're more flattering on most people. So when the Winter collection came out with the new limited edition Tentation Cuivree quad, I exchanged the Smokey Eye palette for it.
As you can see in the photo, the colors consists of  a warm medium bronze-brown, light ivory-cream, pale pink, and a dark chocolate brown, all shimmery but not in an overly glittery or frosty way. They're nicely pigmented but you dampen your brush to saturate your product more and have it appear more vibrant on skin. You can do a variety of looks with it from a simple daytime look to dramatic for night.

The same day I exchanged for the palette, I also picked up Rouge Allure Laque in Ming 76. They have the pigmentation  of a lipstick, with the shine of gloss and they are very comfortable to wear, not sticky at all. The shade is a pretty neutral pink that I think can flatter most skin tones. It's pink enough that it adds color and brightens your face but light enough to go with a dramatic eye.

A beauty product that I have been wanting for a while, although kind of boring, is the Trish McEvoy Large Planner that my mom bought for me. :D I have the older version for at least 4-5 years now, but wanted the newer design as it has two zippered sections so I can fit more products. The size I got was Large and it's actually being discontinued but you may still find it at your local Trish McEvoy counter. I'm in the middle of deciding what makeup to bring to my Japan trip but as you can see in the photo, it can hold quite a bit of stuff. I mainly keep my necessities like current face products in the pouch, eyeshadows in a Large Planner Page (not included in the Planner), and eyeshadow brushes.

One of my best friends lives in Japan and she sent me a birthday package with some Japanese makeup!

The Coffret D'or palette has a shimmery white, glittery pale silver, shimmery lavender, and a shimmery dark purple. The pigment is more on the sheer side compared to the Shiseido Maquaillage 3D Eye Creator palettes but the silver glitter is sparkly but subtle.
I also got two Jeweling Eyeliner Pencils in a dark brown with gold glitter and a dark blue with silver glitter, as well as a liquid eyeliner in a dark navy blue, both by Majolica Majorca. I have the liquid liner in a burgundy color and I really like the brush applicator as they are firm but come to a nice point, perfect for winging out the liner.

Last but not least and not birthday related but MAC came out with Venomous Villains Collection which features the evil characters in various animated Disney movies. I only got a few things but am happy with my purchases:
  • Her Own Devices Beauty Powder: matte pinky-nude
  • Bite of an Apple Powder Blush: really pretty bright but sheer matte coral.
  • My Dark Magic Mineralize Eyeshadow: shimmery black-base pink and shimmery black-base purple, can be applied with a damp brush for a more vibrant look.
  • Mean & Green Nail Laquer: greenish-pink duochrome, so pretty and unique and got many compliments on it.

Well, that's it for the birthday gifts I got this year! I'll be away during my Japan trip but when I come back, I'll definitely share all the cute Japanese makeup, clothes, jewelry, etc. that I bought plus a little video diary of my trip. I'll be missing Halloween but hope everyone has a safe, fun, and Happy Halloween! ;)

Glamour Girl

October 11, 2010

22nd Birthday Look/NARS Only You Eye & Cheek Palette

Last month was my birthday and I wanted to use the NARS Only You Eye & Cheek palette at my birthday dinner. I did a dark smokey brown-purple eye but you can do many different variations with it. I paired it with a light pinky-peach cheek and lip, so to not overpower the whole look.

October 06, 2010

F/W Glittery Taupe-Gold Eyes, Deep Brown-Red Lips

Here's the first makeup look for the Fall/Winter season!

Update: Japan, Fall/Winter Tutorials, Chic Shopaholic

Just a quick update on what's coming up!

Some of my favorite YouTube Channels for Halloween or just out-of-the-box makeup looks:

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