January 29, 2011

Today's Client: Mom's Mini Makeover

Today I did a mini makeup lesson on my mom! I didn't actually apply the makeup, instead I just chose the colors and directed her on where to place it. She wanted a new look, something clean and simple for everyday. She used light cool browns and cream colors on the eyes with a bit of a matte deep purple for definition, rosey-brown blush on the cheeks, and fuchsia pink on the lips.

I also styled her hair a bit using Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Oil, which is a great multi-purpose product that you can use on your face, body, and hair. I just rubbed a couple drops in my hands and then combed my fingers through her hair to smooth the fly-aways and frizz, and add shine.

  • NARS Fiji/Light 5 Sheer Matte Foundation
  • mark. Nude Skin Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation
  • Josie Maran Passion Blush
  • M.A.C Medium Natural and Shimmer Mineralize Skinfinish
  • M.A.C Soft Ochre Paint Pot
  • Yaby es330 Smoked Maple Eyeshadow
  • Trish McEvoy Cafe Latte Glaze Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Vanilla Eyeshadow
  • Trish McEvoy White Peach Glaze Eyeshadow
  • Yaby pp080 First Snow Pearl Paint
  • M.A.C Graphblack Technakohl Liner
  • M.A.C Signed, Sealed Eyeshadow
  • Anastasia Universal Deep Brow Pen - Long Wearing Brow Tint
  • Maybelline Black Volum' Express the Falsies Waterproof Mascara
  • M.A.C #4 & 41 False Lashes
  • M.A.C Beet Lip Pencil
  • Sephora 03 Vinyl Raspberry Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil

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Chic Shopaholic: Japan Bag, Clothes and Jewelry

Part 2 of my Japan hauls! It's a mix of clothing, accessories and other random stuff. I don't remember where I bought some of it or how much it was, but I'll try give as much information about it as I can. Also, please excuse my mom for being in some of the photos, she was helping me hold up the clothes. :P

Since I live in Hawaii, it wasn't really practical to buy Winter clothes but I was able to find a couple pieces for my wardrobe. Fur was very popular in Japan, in so many different colors and ways to wear it: on jackets, shoes, bags, accessories, you get the idea. I bought this jacket in Shibuya 109 but can't remember the specific store or how much it was but it was on sale and wasn't too pricey. It keeps you warm but isn't overly hot and it has one button at the top.

We went to another popular store called Uniqlo, which is similar to GAP but a lot cheaper. They have lots of leggings, socks, tank tops, and just simple basic clothing. I picked up a polka-dot with black lace trimming camisole that you can wear underneath something or on its own.

The next two items are from a brand called Samantha Vega which is under the brand Samantha Thavasa and seems to be sold in a lot of department stores. I got a cute pale pink bag (that my Grandma thought it was Chanel lol) with a pink leopard scarf attached to it.

I also bought a lipstick key chain which seems to be popular in Japan to hang charms or scarfs on a bags as an accessory.

This doesn't really go with the bag but I found this really cute grey wallet by Lulu Guinness, that has a makeup boutique store front on it! It even has a little mirror attached to it. Definitely a wallet that's my style. ;)

Next is the jewelry. I love the jewelry in Japan because there are so many designs and the sizes run a little smaller so I have an easier time to find something that fits my small fingers.

The first ring is by Abistesold in a a little store at the Keio Plaza Hotel.  I love their designs and have bought a couple watches before. There's actually a store in Hawaii but they don't sell the same designs as the ones in Japan.

I can't remember where I bought these two rings but you can wear them individually, layer all together, or  mix-match them.

This jewelry box is from Afternoon Tea and I bought it on our last day of the trip. It can hold quite a lot, especially bigger pieces in the bottom layer, and there's even a key in the heart-tag so you can lock it.

Now for the random stuff...These are obviously not beauty related, but thought I'd post it anyway. :P

Humidifiers seem to be used a lot in Japan as I found quite a few in various shops. Most humidifiers are big but there were a lot of small ones in different styles and colors. Humidifiers are great in air-conditioned spaces  to help warm up the dry air. It's also good for when you're sick or when your skin is feeling dry.

A handmade keyboard cleaner that I bought from the "old man" in Odakyu Department store lol. You can see all the other things he made in my video.

Dual-ended highlighting pen set (one has a thicker side, the other a point tip), a ball-point pen, and a mini pen.

That's it for my Japan posts! I really miss it there and hope that I can go back soon. :)

Glamour Girl

January 24, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Japan Makeup

So I finally got around to posting my Japan hauls but better late than never. I thought it would be best to break them up into separate posts since I bought so many things. Alot of photos were just quickly taken in Japan and I haven't used everything yet to give a full review but I'll try use them in upcoming tutorials so you'll get a better idea of the products.

I checked out a couple blogs and YouTube videos to familiarize myself with Japanese cosmetics and see what's worth buying. Two blogs I really like for Japanese makeup are:
The first two brands are from department stores. On YouTube, professional Makeup Artist Lisa Eldridge has used several Suqqu products but the brushes was what I was mostly interested in. They are handcrafted made of 100% fine grey squirrel hair and the way Lisa described the softness of them (compared them to a kitten's paw!), they really are. But that luxuriousness doesn't come without a hefty price:
  • Face Brush: 30,000 Yen
  • Cheek Brush: 15,000 Yen
  • L Eyeshadow Brush: 8,000 Yen
Yes I know, it's a ridiculous amount to pay for brushes, or for any beauty product really, but if you felt the quality of them and took care of them, you'd see that they're worth it and would last you for a really long time.

I also bought the Nuancing Glow Loose Powder for 6,000 Yen that's supposed to give a subtle glow to the skin. There isn't any glitter in the powder but there is a pearlescent sheen that's really pretty. I think the loose powder is being discontinued (I think that's what the SA said anyway) but there is a pressed compact version that's still available.

The second department store brand I shopped from was Jill Stuart and I bought the Jelly Eye Color N, which are 2200 Yen, and chose 2 colors (although all were really pretty):
  • 13 Antique Chiffon: metallic light purple-taupe with silver glitter
  • 03 Platinum Satin: metallic pinky-champagne with pink glitter
These are unique eyeshadows to me because the textures are sort of squishy, gel, mousse-like. They are easy to apply with your fingers or a brush (which I prefer) but do set quickly so make sure you blend before it dries. Both colors can be worn sheer for an iridescent effect or layered for more intensity. The glitter isn't super chunky, more like sparkles, but they do migrate all over the eye after several hours.

The next several products are by Canmake and one by Lavshuca, both considered inexpensive brands but with good products. I bought:
  • Gokunobi Mascara: 600 Yen; Waterproof, with fiber-rich film (similar to Fiberwig Mascara) to lengthen lashes. Decent mascara that holds the curl, separates my lashes, and doesn't smudge but I don't notice that much lengthening.
  • Gokubuto Mascara: 600 Yen; Waterproof, with fiber-rich film to add volume to lashes. Honestly, this looked the same as the Gokunobi mascara except that it looked a little darker.
  • 01 Strong Black Gel Eyeliner: 880 Yen; Waterproof, tear-proof, smudge proof. I bought this because I thought it was neat that the cap had a brush attached to it so you can take it on the go. But the size of the pot is really small and is actually difficult to pick up the product.
  • 01 Natural Brown Eyebrow Liquid: 500 Yen; Long-wearing eyebrow pen, similar to a felt-tip liquid eyeliner. The shade 01 is a medium taupe brown (02 was more of a red-tone brown). I noticed alot of Japanese brands make eyebrow pens like this, including Suqqu which is actually waterproof. This one does stay on well and it has a nice fine pointed tip to draw thin "hairs".
  • 06 Candy Stripe Cheek Gradation: 800 Yen; This was my first Canmake product that I've tried and have almost all the colors. I like these because each set has 3 different shades plus a highlight shade. I like to apply the blush shades, mixed all together or with just certain colors, on the apples of my cheeks and the highlight on the cheekbones. It is a shimmery blush product but is not overly glittery and the pigmentation is nice.
  • Lavshuca BR-2 Star Decorations Eyes: Don't know the price, sorry! A quad that contains a pale frosty pink, medium frosty cool brown, pale frosty champagne, and a frosty dark cool brown. All the shades are pigmented and have a smooth texture that makes it easy to blend.

These last 2 Canmake products I bought a little later:
  • Quick Lash Curler: 680 Yen; A clear mascara that is meant to do 3 things - freshen up and revive the curl of your lashes, as a top coat over your mascara to help keep the curl, and on it's own for a natural look.
  • 07 Coral Orange Cream Cheek: 580 Yen; A gel-cream blush that can be used even on top of powder foundations. This product is easy to blend, has a subtle hint of shimmer that doesn't look too dewy but just looks very natural on the skin.
If you've watched my Japan trip video, you'll know I went to a pharmacy that had a whole wall just for beauty stuff. I just picked up some random drugstore items: eyeshadow quad, cheek highlighter, 5-pair false lash set, and lash glue.

Also in the video you'll see that we stoppd at Topshop and while this isn't a Japanese brand and I didn't buy any clothes, I bought a bunch of their makeup. I didn't know that they carried a cosmetics line but from what I tested at the store, the quality seemed nice so I thought I'd take a chance on it. I bought 3 Lip Sticks which are lipsticks in a giant pencil form. They are very creamy and pigmented with a nice glossy finish. The shades I bought were:
  • Blush: medium crimson-rose
  • Rosa: bright fuchsia-pink
  • Vintage: light cool pink
I also bought 3 Cream Eyeshadows which are a cream-to-powder shadows in a squeeze tube packaging, similar to Laura Mercier Metallic Cream Eyeshadows and M.A.C Paints. They 're very pigmented but can be blended out for a sheer coverage, and have a shimmery-metallic finish to them. The colors I bought were:
  • Snow Storm: metallic silver-white with white shimmer
  • Darkness: metallic gunmetal-black with silver shimmer
  • Velvet: metallic medium purple with purple shimmer
In the US you can buy Topshop in NY or online at http://us.topshop.com/. The Cream Eyeshadows retail for $14 US but I think the Lip Sticks are discontinued or were limited edition because they're not on the website anymore. I've noticed other brands have lipstick pencils like this though, such as Buxom, Clinique, and Sephora, so you may want to check those out.

These last few items are miscellaneous beauty and accessory items.
  • Small 2-zippered makeup bag to put in my purse.
  • Banila Co. Primer: 2,500 Yen; silicone-based primer. I normally don't like silicone primers but this has a really nice smooth texture.
  • Rose phone charm with a mirror on the other side.
  • Mini Bourjois 1 Black Colour Exciting Eyeliner: It's just a basic matte black color but I bought it because I just thought it was so cute and good for on-the-go touch-ups.
  • Roman-numbered ring
  • Not pictured but I also stocked up on Shu Uemura Lash Glue since Shu Uemura can only be bought online in the US. 

Whew! That was a lot to post just on the beauty items. Up next will be accessories, clothing, and other miscellaneous items.  :)

♥ Glamour Girl

January 23, 2011

Bloggywood: Stylish Blogger Award

Apparently it's award season in the blogging world and The Unknown Beauty Blog was kind to give me a "Stylish Blogger Award"! To be honest, I'm not as dedicated and detailed as some other bloggers and I just do this for fun but the fact that I received some recognition is kind of cool and makes me want to work harder at blogging. Now that I received an award, I'm supposed to:
  • Thank and link the person that gave it to you (thank you Olivia!).
  • Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  • Give the award to up to 15 bloggers and let them know about it.
I don't really like sharing about myself too much (like to keep my privacy and am pretty boring anyway) but here it goes:
  1. I'm half Chinese, quarter Japanese, and quarter Korean. I don't speak any of those languages but am currently learning Japanese.
  2. Can apply makeup but can't draw.
  3. Love listening to music but can't sing or play any instrument.
  4. Semi-anti Hello Kitty (overrated) but my other favorite Sanrio characters are Chococat, Spotti Dotti, Kuromi and Badtz-Maru.
  5. One of my favorite people to get quotes from is German poet and writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
    "Hold fast by the present. Every situation - nay, every moment - is of infinite worth."
  6. Fascinated with the country India, love watching Bollywood films for their costumes and makeup, and would love to visit there one day.
  7. Can't really stand reality shows but occasionally watch The Matchmaker Millionaire, The Rachael Zoe Project, and RuPaul's Drag Race.
My favorite blogs at the moment:
I hope the 7 random facts about me were kind of interesting and I hope you check out these great blogs! Feel free to let me know some of your favorite blogs in the comments below!

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January 16, 2011

Today's Client: Vicki's 25th Birthday

It was my sister's 25th birthday today and she asked me to do her makeup for her party. She wanted a "Kim Kardashian cat-eye" but still a clean and simple look. I decided to use champagne nude colors with a touch of warm browns.

P.S. Please excuse the lash glue, she took the photos before it dried. ;)

  • Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
  • YSL Touch Eclat
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • M.A.C Blunt Blush 
  • M.A.C Definitive Sculpting Powder
  • Dior Amber Diamond Diorskin Shimmer Star
  • Korres 15 Natural Blush
  • NYX Peach Blush
  • M.A.C Painterly Paint Pot
  • M.A.C Texture Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Definitive Sculpting Powder
  • M.A.C Retrospeck Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Dazzlelight Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Nylon Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Blacktrack Fluidline
  • Maybelline Dark Brown Define-A-Brow Pencil
  • M.A.C Cork Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Clear Brow Gel
  • Japanese False Lashes (don't know the name!)
  • Josie Maran Natural Lip Liner
  • Josie Maran Birthday Suit Lipstick
  • Josie Maran Optimism Natural Volume Lip Gloss

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January 10, 2011

Today's Client: Friends in Japan

During my trip, I got to meet up with my friends and did mini-makeovers on them in my hotel room. It was pretty late and they all had their base on so I just did their eyes, cheeks and lips. Please excuse my face, it was a long day and I didn't have time to freshen up my makeup. :P

First was Takako and she wanted a soft romantic look. I did a subtle smokey eye, nothing too dramatic but it was a look that I think would be great for a first date.

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • M.A.C Texture Eyeshadow
  • Trish McEvoy Praline Definer
  • M.A.C Vapour Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Dazzlelight Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Beauty Marked Eyeshadow
  • Smashbox Dark Brown Brow Tech
  • NYX Lashes (forget the number!)
  • Guerlain Terracotta 3 Terracotta Bronzing Powder
  • M.A.C Melba Blush
  • Topshop Blush Lip Stick

Next was Seiko and unfortunately she had a sty so I couldn't put any eye makeup on her but I did fill in her brows to frame her eyes and gave her cheeks and lips some color to brighten up her face.

  • Smashbox Dark Brown Brow Tech
  • Guerlain Terracotta 3 Terracotta Bronzing Powder
  • NARS Only You Eye & Cheek Palette
    • Orgasm Blush
    • Hungry Heart Highligher
  • M.A.C Seductions Warm Lip Palette
    • Lovely Like You Lipstick

Seiko loves doing nails so she did mine since I did her makeup. Pretty sequins! :D

Last but not least was Akiko and she wanted a pink girl-y look. She has a sweet looking face so I thought I'd do a doll-like look with bright pink cheeks and lips.

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • M.A.C Tete-A-Tint Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Cork Eyeshadow
  • M.A.C Vapour Eyeshadow
  • NYX Smokey Eyes For Your Eyes Only
  • M.A.C Point Black Liquidlast Liner
  • Smashbox Dark Brown Brow Tech
  • NYX Lashes (forget the number!)
  • Guerlain Terracotta 3 Terracotta Bronzing Powder
  • LORAC Good Lov'n Tickled Pink Portable Paints

  • Topshop Rosa Lip Stick

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