March 31, 2012

Today's Client: Vicki, Bridesmaid

Vicki was one of the bridesmaids at her friend Sascha's wedding and even though there was a Makeup Artist there, she asked me to do her makeup. Her dress was pale pink-nude colored and so I did a neutral eye look with black-winged liner, berry blush and pink-y nude lips. The overall look was classic, natural and polished.

March 27, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj for M.A.C Viva Glam

Latin pop-star Ricky Martin and rapper Nicki Minaj are the new spokespersons for the M.A.C Viva Glam campaign and so I bought both new products to review.
  • Viva Glam Ricky Lip Conditioner (Tube): M.A.C's Lip Conditioner Tube is a permanent product but the Viva Glam version is limited edition with Ricky Martin's signature printed on it in red. I'm a fan of the Lip Conditioner Stick SPF 15 but wanted to try this one, especially on my clients. It has Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Extract, Wheat Germ Oil, and Vitamins A and E. This has a petroleum-jelly texture but doesn't feel thick or goopy and goes on clear with a glossy sheen on the lips. The tube doesn't have SPF but I find it's a little more moisturizing than the stick. The squeeze tube packaging is easy to travel with and the slanted tip makes easy to apply.
  • Viva Glam Nicki: Satin finish, limited edition; vivid medium warm pink. Viva Glam lipsticks have a special black and red packaging instead of their usual black and silver, with Nicki's signature printed on the  inside. This color is kind of a color-changer -  depending on your skin-tone and natural lip tone, depends on how the color will look on you. On my neutral fair skin-tone and light pink lips, it looks like a bright pink. On darker skin-tones, it can look more like a coral-y pink. The color is so bright and may not be for everyone but it is a fun color especially for Spring/Summer. It has a semi-matte finish and opaque pigmentation. I actually like how it looks after the color has worn off a bit, it leaves light pink stain which I think looks more wearable.

If you want to help a cause while buying makeup, check out M.A.C's Viva Glam products. 100% of the profit goes to helping woman, men and children living with and affected with HIV and AIDS. Who would you look to see as the spokesperson for the Viva Glam campaign?

Glamour Girl

March 22, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Neiman Marcus Beauty Event, Giorgio Armani Beauty

Neiman Marcus had their Spring/Summer Beauty Event back in February early March and I bought a couple of products from Armani's Spring 2012 Collection.
  • Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil: I heard great things about their Waterproof Eye Liner Pencils but they only seem to be available for a limited time in their collections. These were no exceptions and so I bought both shades to try them out. The textures are super creamy, soft and glide on so effortlessly. I use these eyeliners on my waterline to brighten and open up my eyes but you can also use them as a cream eyeshadow on the lid or on the inner corner as a highlight. The colors I bought were:
    • 4 - Antique: metallic warm light gold
    • 5 - Copper: metallic warm light peach

I also bought a Rouge d'Armani Lipstick in 403 Red because I was looking for a similar shade to the Revlon Red Velvet Lip Butter I bought a while back. I love these formula of lipsticks and so the SA suggested this shade to be similar to what I was looking for. It's bit more of a deeper brown-based red than Red Velvet but I love wearing it for a vamp-y look. I keep the rest of the makeup minimal, neutral eye with black winged-liner and a light application of blush. 

Now I didn't spend the required $150 to get the gift from Armani or even reach the $100 minimum to receive Neiman Marcus's gift but the SA at the Armani counter said since I shop at NM often, he was kind enough to let me have the NM gift anyway. I picked the metallic gold tote bag and the samples didn't seem so great to me but I'm glad I didn't spend the $100 to get it. Here's a quick photo of the samples you get and the bag:

Did you participate in the event? Which brand did shop from? Was the gift worth it to splurge?

Glamour Girl

March 20, 2012

Urban Decay Naked: Smokey Gunmetal, Bronze-Peachy Look

Completing my UD Naked series, I did a dark gunmetal smokey eye. I had fun creating these looks and hope you try them out. I even made a little playlist for all the looks I did which you can view here.

March 18, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Dorothy Perkins

Lately I haven't seem to find anything I like for clothes and accessories at my usual stores and so I've been dependent on online shopping. I like the ease of just clicking through what I'm looking for, especially in narrowing it down by size and style.

I found a new favorite retailer called Dorothy Perkins that is based in the UK but have many outlets in the US and ships internationally from their website. They have a variety of on-trend styles at reasonable prices and in a wide range of sizes from 2-18. There's also clothing for tall, petite and maternity wear as well as lingerie, shoes and accessories. 

DP offers a lot of sales and specials so I bought two shirts for $45 (each $25). Both are button-up work shirts with short sleeves and pintuck details. The left is in white with tiny grey hearts printed all over, the right is in bright red. It's definitely perfect for an office outfit but would also be cute for casual looks with a cardigan over it and jeans.

I've been looking for the right size purse that is small  and easy enough for me to carry but can still hold a few things. DP has quite a few wristlet bags and so I bought one in Champagne panel. It has a slight metallic sheen with a gold flip-latch. The material is soft but the quality is nice and durable. There's enough room to fit a few small things like your phone, keys, cash/cards and a couple makeup products like your powder and lipstick/gloss. I like that this can be used out during the day but can carry on for the evening or clubbing.

After being completely satisfied with my first order, I made a second one soon after when they sent me an e-mail for their Friends & Family 25% off sale.

I bought two dresses, the one on the left is a Gold/silver glitter tunic. I wouldn't call this dress gold,  to me it's more like a light grey. It's a cute outfit paired with black leggings  for a casual-girly outfit.

The one on the right is a Beige pleat weave waist dress but is more like a light cream-color in real life. There are long fringes on the lower half that makes the dress really feminine. I wore this with my Topshop cropped blazer and it matched perfectly for a sophisticated evening look.

I loved the wristlet bag so much that I bought two more. One is in the exact same style as the champagne panel but in Pink. The online photo looked more magenta but in real life, it's more of a fuchsia-pink. It's still a cute bag, the pink adding just a pop of color to any neutral, black and white or color-blocking outfit.

The other wristlet bag I bought was a Black ruched flap. The closure is a silver twist lock and the strap is actually detachable. It's a nice option to either carry it as a casual wristlet purse or to remove it and transform into a clutch for a night out.

The last accessories I bought were the Gold Look Woven Tube Head Band and Snake Chain Hair Band. I've been inspired by this short hair chignon 'do from via (my new obsession!). A great way to change up your hairstyle is by adding accessories like a simple head band. Both stay well on my head but are still comfortable to wear.

As you can probably tell I just love this site, I check back often for new stuff to come in. They care so many different brands, most at reasonable prices although some can be a little expensive but are nice quality. I definitely suggest  to sign up on their e-mailing list for free shipping or discount promotion codes - you even get 15% off your first order. What are your favorite sites to shop online?

Glamour Girl

March 13, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Drugstore Products

I had some dollars that I need to use up and so I bought a few drugstore products that I've heard great things about and wanted to try.
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters: Although I don't usually shop from drugstore brands, these lipsticks have created such a buzz that I needed to try them. People have been saying the product name is misleading because it sounds like it would be a tinted lip balm. In my opinion, it's more like a sheer glossy lipstick, similar to M.A.C Lipsticks in the Lustre finishes. It has a "buttery" texture that's smooth to apply but slightly waxy that settles in the fine lines. Depending on the color, depends on the pigmentation, i.e. the lighter the color, the sheerer the coverage. I chose more vibrant colors and all the shades I picked have light-to-medium pigmentation. The shades I bought were:
    • Tutti Frutti: medium tangerine-orange
    • Cherry Tart: medium pink-red with subtle shimmer
    • Red Velvet: deep brown-red
I really like how the cap of the packaging matches the lipstick so it makes it easier to find the color you're looking for. There's also a see-through window at the top of the cap to see the actual product. I also like that it doesn't have scent or weird taste to it. Although I don't plan on buying more colors, my favorite of the three that I bought is Red Velvet. I think these are nice lipsticks for a drugstore brand and there are a variety of shades that anyone is bound to find something they like. At their affordable price, it's also a great way to experiment with colors. In the end, I would recommend this product to someone who doesn't like heavy or bold lipsticks but still wants a bit of color and shine to their lips.

One last drugstore product I picked up was Physicians Formula Eye Definer Felt-Tip Eye Marker in Ultra Black. It doesn't claim to be waterproof but it does say it wears for 24-hours and is smudge-proof and fade-proof. It's also hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. The color is a dark black but does take a few strokes for opaque coverage and dries down to a satin-sheen finish. Application is easy, the felt-tip is firm and the point is fine enough to draw a winged-liner. It does last long on my eyes but if my eye gets a little watery, it starts to flake off. I probably wouldn't repurchase this but for the price, it's a descent liquid eyeliner.

What are your favorite drugstore products?

Glamour Girl

March 09, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: M.A.C Vera Collection

The other collection that came out on the same day as Shop M.A.C, Cook M.A.C was Vera. This was quite a large collection as well and very colorful.

As you may know, I love the Crushed Metallic Pigment sets and bought all three of them. They are loose powders with high metallic-frost finish that can be used in multiple ways (eyes, body, etc.). Each set comes with four shades, stacked in two containers. The textures of the pigments are a little clumpy and sometimes can even be a little gritty, but if you break them up with a brush they apply just fine. You can use them dry or with a damp brush for a wet, metallic high-shine finish. All sets are limited edition.
  • Aloha:
    • Shifting Sands: metallic pale champagne
    • Aloha: frosty medium cool-bronze brown
    • Lantern Light: frosty light peachy-gold copper
    • Campfire: frosty light warm copper

  • Butterfly Party:
    • Rain Drop: metallic medium blue-teal
    • Moss Garden: metallic light silvery-green
    • Butterfly Party: metallic medium violet
    • Desert Cloud: metallic medium blue-purple

  • Strawberry Patch:
    • Star Crystal: metallic pale pink-champagne
    • Rose Light: frosty light rose-pink
    • Strawberry Patch: metallic cool lilac-pink
    • Moon Rose: frosty medium bright rose

One of my favorite shades out of all the stacks is Moon Rose, it looks gorgeous over a bright fuchsia, red or rose colored lipstick to add a sheen to the lips. I also really like Lantern Light on the cheekbones as a highlight.

I also bought four Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners which have been released before and have heard great things about them but have never tried them. The textures are super creamy to apply and smudge for a softer look but are still long-wearing for a non-waterproof liner. Because the liners are so soft, they do get a little dull quickly and I have to sharpen them more often. All the ones I bought are rich in pigment with hints of shimmer and sparkle but no chunky glitter. These pencils are permanent in the line and so you can always go back and purchase them. The colors I bought are:
  • Black Swan: blue-black with silver shimmer
  • Black Line: black with green-gold shimmer
  • Industrial: medium grey-blue
  • Designer Purple: medium bright purple with silver shimmer

I really like this collection, the colors were vibrant but still wearable. I also especially liked trying out the Pearlglide liners and would check out the other shades. What were your favorite products?

Glamour Girl

March 06, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: M.A.C Shop M.A.C, Cook M.A.C Collection

M.A.C had 2 big collections back in February, Shop M.A.C, Cook M.A.C. and Vera. They came out on the same day but I'm going to split the posts up since I bought quite a lot.

From Shop M.A.C, Cook M.A.C, I bought two Fluidlines which are gel eyeliners that come in little glass pots. They have the look of a liquid liner with the ease of a cream liner by using any liner brush (angled, fine point, etc.) to apply. You can also use them as a cream shadow on its own or as a base for powder eyeshadows. They don't claim to be waterproof but are long-wearing and smudge-proof. The shades I bought were:
  • Added Goodness: dark blackened-mauve with a hint of shimmer and sheen in it but not glittery. It's somewhat of a unique liner shade, a mix of plum, brown and black, that adds a soft definition to the eyes.
  • Wholesome: matte dark blackened-brown. This is a nice alternative to black but a little darker than a brown liner.

I also bought four Lipsticks, ranging from soft, wearable colors to bold, brights. Shades I bought were:
  • Innocence, Beware!: Cremesheen finish, limited edition; pale beige-y pink nude. Slight glossy finish, with medium-to-full pigmentation.
  • Watch Me Simmer: Amplified finish, limited edition; bright warm pink-y coral. Creamy, opaque pigmentation.
  • Naughty Saute: Cremesheen, limited edition; bright light-medium pink.  Slight glossy finish, with medium-to-full pigmentation. 
  • Quick Sizzle: Matte finish, limited edition; bright medium fuchsia-pink. Opaque pigmentation, is comfortable to wear and not drying.

There were so much that I didn't buy from this collection but I'm happy with what I got. What were your favorite products?

Glamour Girl

March 03, 2012

Urban Decay Naked: Earthy-tones, Nude Look

3/4 of the way of my Urban Decay Naked tutorial series! If you're bored of your usual everyday neutral look, try this one out! It has a bit of sparkle and smokey-ness to the eyes, paired with pink-y nude cheeks and beige-y nude lips.

My previous tutorials:

March 01, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Japanese and Korean Beauty Products

Recently I've gotten a bunch of Asian brand beauty products from my friends, my mom and one that I bought myself.

Seiko, Akiko and I swap things that we can't get from where we live, i.e. American snacks for them and Japanese makeup for me. I've been wanting to try more drugstore/inexpensive brand cosmetics and so this is what they got me:
  • KATE BR-2 Wide Edge Eyes: An eyeshadow palette that contains 5 shades that has light diffusing shimmer to "create bigger eyes". I normally don't like palettes that are all shimmery but the shimmers varies and there are darker colors to create depth the eyes. BR-2 is supposed to be in the brown color-family but has some gold-green tones to it which I really like. On the cover, each shadow is labeled for what's used for but you can wear the colors however you want. The quality is smooth, pigmented and easy to blend.
    • Highlight: shimmery pale golden-cream
    • Wide contour pearl: metallic light greenish-gold with gold sparkles
    • Medium: satin medium muted brown
    • Deep: satin dark cool brown
    • Eye base: satin vanilla
  • KATE PK-1 Crystallise Quarts Eyeshadow: A palette containing 4 eyeshadows, one of which has "crystallized pearls" or glittery sparkles, to be layered over the other colors. The "crystallized pearls" is a silvery-white, then the 3 other shades have a gradient from shimmery white, light pink and medium pink. The quality is so-so: pigmentation is more on the sheer side and I don't really care for the glittery eyeshadow.
I really like the KATE Wide Edge Eyes palette and would love to check out the other products in the line.

My friend Hikari went back home to Japan for vacation and when she came back, she got me a little gift! She knows I love false lashes and so she got me from 3 different brands:
  • Fairy Lash Celeb Eye: These are very long and curled with alternating big and small clusters of hair. It comes with 2 pairs, one carried in a cute heart case! They add a lot of length with not much volume but if layer the two pairs together, then it'll thicken them up a bit.
  • BN inc. Mori Girl Straight Type: These are  long and spike-y, similar to M.A.C's #7 Lashes. With one pair they look natural but I like the 2 pairs for extra volume.
  • Bi Joie Black Lash (Ultra Glamorous Eye): These look like it would look dramatic on the eyes but they actually look pretty natural on me. It's a little fuller than the other 2 lashes but aren't as long.

Hikari also got me a few facial sheet masks from Shin-Okubo, a.k.a "Korea town", an area in Shinjuku. Sheet masks are a great way to add extra hydration to the skin. There are so many kinds from Japan and Korea in all price range, each varying in ingredients, i.e hyaluronic acid, whitening properties, etc. The masks are saturated in liquid or gel-like substance which can get a little messy and start to drip all over my hands. To use, I simply unfold it, place it on my face and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes. I throw away the mask but leave the serum/essence residue on my face so my skin can absorb it. I try to use these masks at least once a month because I think it helps my normal-dry skin and it's just fun to pamper myself at home.

There's a little store here called THEFACESHOP, that sells Korean skincare and makeup products. I actually haven't been there yet but my mom stopped by to check it out and bought me a couple of things!
  • Blackhead EX Pore Strip: These are blackhead-removal strips for the nose, similar to the ones made by Biore. One has aloe and the other has charcoal in it, I don't what's the difference between the two as both claim it tightens pores to leave your skin feeling smooth. I tried the one with aloe, just dampening my nose with water, leaving the strip on for 10-15 minutes or until it becomes stiff and then peel it off. Although I don't have a big problem with blackheads, I did notice a few on the strip.
  • Clean Face White Acne Solution Concealer: A concealer for blemishes that help treat the area and brighten post acne marks. It has a creamy liquid texture that's easy to blend, medium-to-full coverage and dries to a matte finish. It says it's a shade 01 but this is actually the only shade they make. It works for me but unfortunately it won't work on anyone darker than an NC30 shade as it would just highlight the blemish.

One last Asian product I'm reviewing is the Dolly Wink Volume Mascara I bought. I actually tried this several months ago when a friend of mom's gave it to me as a present. I really liked it and was able to find it at Don Quoite which is a super market but there is an aisle where they sell some Japanese beauty products. It's a waterproof, sweat-proof mascara with a wax formula. It doesn't smudge or flake on me, holds the curl well and doesn't feel too stiff on my lashes. My favorite part of the mascara though is the brush. It has natural bristles and the tip has shorter bristles so it comes to a small point. It makes it easier to get the inner and outer corners, as well as the bottom lashes. I don't notice that much volume, instead it seems to lengthen my lashes a bit. I usually use false lashes 99% of the time but on days I just want to wear mascara, this works well enough that you can see my lashes. The only downside to it is that you can't really apply multiple coats as it will start to clump.

What are your favorite Asian brands for skincare and makeup products?

Glamour Girl
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