May 30, 2012

Today's Client: Yubee's Wedding Reception

Yu Bee asked me to make-up a few other people in her bridal party: her mom, aunt, and two friends Jesslyn and Jennifer. As this was my first wedding party, I didn't know what to expect. She was only having the reception but there was a full day of getting everyone's hair and make-up ready, playing traditional Chinese/Malaysian games and a photographer coming plus lunch being served so there was a very hectic schedule.

The four beautiful ladies (aunt, Jesslyn, mom and Jennifer):

May 28, 2012

Today's Client: Yu Bee's Wedding Reception, Bride

This past Sunday I did my first wedding party for my sister's friend Yu Bee wedding. I had a trial-run about a month prior with Yu Bee to test what look she wanted. The result was a smokey eye but nothing too dramatic, with nude cheeks and matte nude lips. She was really happy with the look and I was honored to be a part of her special day.

May 26, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: M.A.C Fashion Sets

M.A.C released a big Summer collection called Fashion Sets that consisted of 7 of the most popular Lipstick shades per region (North America; Asia Pacific; Europe and Africa; Latin America and Middle East). Each lipstick has its own 3-piece set that includes a matching Lipglass and Nail Lacquer in which you can purchase as a set or separately. Depending on where you live, depends on the colors that will be in the collection. Here's what I bought:
  • Lipsticks:
    • Please Me: Matte finish, permanent. Light-medium muted rose-pink. It has opaque pigmentation and a smooth texture but it's best to apply lip balm underneath so that it doesn't dry out your lips.
    • Spice: Satin finish, limited edition. M.A.C created this lipstick inspired by their popular lip pencil in the same name.  The lipstick a medium neutral rose-y brown, with opaque pigmentation and a creamy texture. The lip pencil is slightly warmer than the lipstick but still pairs well together.

  • Lipglass:
    • Spice: Limited edition. This is very similar to the lipstick but a touch browner. It has nice pigmentation, high shine with no shimmer. Lipglasses have a sticky texture which can be uncomfortable to wear but that's what helps keep the the gloss wearing long on the lips. The pencil, lipstick and gloss goes perfectly together.
    • Rebel: Limited edition. Rebel Lipstick is one of my favorites from M.A.C and I had to get the Lipglass version. The shade is very close to the lipstick which is a deep purple-burgundy. Wearing it over the lipstick gives it a richer color with a glossy shine.

Even though I only bought a few products from this collection, I really love the coordinating sets concept. You can wear them all together for a "match-y match-y" lip look, or layer different colors to create your own shade. I also thinks it's interesting as to what's popular in each region, I think each culture effects what colors woman are drawn to. What products did you buy from this collection? Does the shades chosen for each region reflect your style or would you have chosen something differently?

Glamour Girl

May 20, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Sephora Chic Week 15% Off

Sephora had 15% off everything for V.I.Bs and B.Is during Chic Week last month. I placed two orders online, here's what I bought in the first shipment:

I repurchased a few products from Bumble and bumble (Thickening Hairspray and Tonic Lotion) but  also bought the Styling Creme which I wanted to try. The texture is a combination of a gel and a mousse that is supposed to add body and hold to the hair. I start with a quarter-size amount in the palm of my hands, rub them together so the product is spread evenly throughout my fingers, then apply it on damp hair. The product says the more you use it, the more it will hold so I add more if needed. I like this product better than a traditional gel because my hair doesn't feel crunchy and weigh down my hair but still holds the style well.

I also repurchased Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream in the 10 oz. size which is a better value to keep at home, as well as bought a couple of other products that I wanted to try. I wanted to get a lighter body moisturizer for the Summer so I picked up The Daily Smooth Body Butter. It has Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter and Rosehip Seed Oil. It's scented with S&G Mist You Madly fragrance which has bergamot, black currant, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk. I chose this over The Righteous Body Butter which I've tried and The Righteous Butter Body Lotion that I tried at the store because I felt that the texture was a nice combination of the two products. It's easy to apply like a lotion but has the richness of a body butter. My skin feels soft and hydrated but without any greasy residue.

I needed a new acne-spot treatment so I bought S&G Dr. Spot Invisible Spot-Fighting Gel. It has salicylic and lactic acids to clear clogged pores and ingredients that claim to balance pH, control oil and help relieve irritation and inflammation. The gel texture is a bit sticky at first but dries down quickly. I like that it's clear because I can wear it under makeup and it will treat the blemish. It does seem to clear my blemishes without over-drying my skin.

I've been looking for a good sunscreen to wear under makeup and haven't liked any from drugstore brands so I thought I'd give high-end brands a try. I've heard good things about Clarins skincare so I bought the UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protectection SPF 40. It protects UVA and UVB rays, as well as environmental pollution and free radicals. I really like the formula which is unlike other sunscreens. It has a thin, fluid texture that makes it easy to apply and spread onto the face. It also feels moisturizing and lightweight on the skin and is oil-free. It leaves a matte finish that  that doesn't leave a white cast on my face and so it even work well as makeup primer and I have no problems photographing it with it on. I also like that it doesn't irritate my eyes and make them watery when I apply it around my eye area.

After loving the Brow Wiz and Tinted Brow Gel from Anastasia Beverly Hills, I wanted to get their Brow Powder Duo. I have black hair and the brand recommends Ebony for dark brown to black hair. On the left side, it's a dark cool-brown and on the right it's a dark blackened-brown. You can wear each shade on it's own or mix the two for a custom shade. I like that the colors aren't warm toned and are dark enough to define my brows but doesn't make them look harsh. The quality is pigmented, powdery and smooth to apply but not flaky. Regular powder eyeshadows work just fine for me to fill in my brows but sometimes products specifically made for for brows have binders that lasts longer on the skin.

I wanted to give nails inc. regular nail polishes a try after getting their Magnetic Polish for Christmas. I bought the Neon & Nudes Collection which consists of three bright and three "nude" color polishes. They are about half the sizes of their full-sizes polishes which makes it a great to try a bunch of colors without wasting it. I really like the formula of the nude shades. They are pigmented, apply smoothly, have a shiny finish and lasts long on the nails. The neons however, take a few coats for it to to be opaque and apply a bit streaky. It also chips and cracks quicker on the nails and has a semi-matte finish. I still think this is a great set to have because it has both neutral shades and pops of color that is perfect for Spring and Summer. Colors in the set include:
  • Porchester Square: light-medium grey
  • Cadogan Square: medium 
  • Jermyn Street: medium rose-y bown
  • Portobello: bright coral
  • Notting Hill Gate: bright hot-pink
  • Westbourne Grove: bright yellow-orange

I also picked up nails inc.'s Westminster Bridge Matte Effect Top Coat. I wanted to get a mate top coat because it's an easy way to change up the finish of any nail polish. You can also just apply to the tips for a subtle matte french-manicure. This polish isn't completely matte though, more like a semi-matte satin finish. In the photo, the first nail is with a regular top coat and the second nail is with the matte top coat. As you can see, it leaves a dull finish that still has a subtle sheen.

These last two things were on the sale rack and I thought I'd just throw it in my order. They are bags carried in Sephora's line, designed by Yuma Bella. I bought a Rose Gold Clutch and a Turquoise Wristlet. Both have a metallic sheen, a small zipper pouch on the back  and straps that can be worn as a wristlet. The Rose Gold is twice as large as the Turquoise bag and so it can work as a small makeup travel bag, whereas the Turquoise can only fit a few small things for a night out. Both bags are fun colors for the Summer and can be paired with a day time or night time outfit.

For my second order, I picked up a couple of little things for myself and for my mom which she let me swatch and photograph for my blog.

I bought a YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in 12 Coril Fauve. It's a medium red-coral that's perfect for the Summer. This one seems to be a little sheerer in pigmentation compared to 11 Rouge Gouache. I'm still able to build up the layers for the intensity but it has a transparency to it that makes it look more like a regular gloss than a glossy lipstick.

I also picked up Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Professional Size to use in my kit. I use the regular size for personal use but the pro size is a better value. In the photo, I included the regular size to show the comparison. The pro size only comes in the Original shade, is a pale cream-nude color, which I like because it doesn't alter the eyeshadows that I use on top of it.

For my mom, I bought her TARINA TARANTINO Eye Dream Highlight Duo in Jasper/Agate. She likes light, neutral eyeshadows and so I thought this was perfect for her. Jasper is a pale golden-beige and Agate is a light muted taupe-brown. Both have quite a metallic-frosty finish to them but no visible shimmer or glitter. The texture is slightly powdery but still velvety smooth to apply and blend.

My mom has been looking for a liner that is a little softer than black but will still give definition. I thought Bobbi Brown Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner was perfect for her because it's a matte blackened brown, a color that is dark enough to define the eyes but won't look too harsh. Caviar is nicely pigmented and easy to apply. Bobbi Brown gel liners are water-resistant but still give enough time before it sets to smudge with a brush if you want to soften the look.

My mom was really happy with both products. They have been added to everyday makeup routine, giving her a simple and clean look.

That's everything! What did you buy during Chic Week?

Glamour Girl

May 05, 2012

Today's Client: Hidemi's Banquet/Prom

Hidemi asked me to do her makeup for the end of the banquet/prom at her school. She wanted her makeup to be natural and the colors to compliment her indigo dress. For the eyes, I used taupes with a smoked-out purple-navy liner on the bottom. Then I used peachy-pink for the cheeks with a touch of bronzer to warm up her skin, and peachy-pink on the lips. I also styled her hair, creating soft curls using Hot Tools 1-1/4 in. Curling Iron. I think the hair and makeup together was perfect for a teen on a fun night out.

May 03, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Dorothy Perkins Deals

I've been getting a bunch of emails from Dorothy Perkins about special deals going on and so I took up on a couple offers.

First, there was a Fashion Pop Up Event that had everything on sale for up to 30% off. I bought two more wristlet bags that I love so much, one in coral and the other in leopard print. Shades of corals are the hit colors this year and is perfect for Spring/Summer. In real life, the color is much brighter and more of a red coral than on the website. It's still a fun color to accessorize with an all-white outfit or to color-block with contrasting shades like fuchsias or purples.

Leopard-spots is always a classic print to pair with any simple outfit. If you're not comfortable wearing this print so boldly, then you can accent it subtly to an outfit using accessories  such as a bag or a pair of shoes. This bag has a fabric material instead of leather and a brass-gold twist lock.

I also bought a couple of hair accessories. The first one, two Metal Look Snap Ponios in gold and silver. The material is plastic that has a slight bend to it so you can open it but if opened to far, I would worry that it might snap and break. To use, just gather your hair into a pony-tail, tie it with a hair elastic, then cover it with the ponio. It's an easy way to make a simple pony-tail more chic and elegant.

Secondly, I bought a Silver Geometric Link Head Band. Simple but still an interesting design.

The second special offer was the Friends & Family 25% off sale. I don't know how often they have the F&F sale but this was my second one already after ordering back in February-March.

DP carries some higher-end lines and so I bought this Ivory Crepe Cropped Tuxedo jacket by Luxe. I have a black blazer by Topshop that I love but was looking for one in white for Spring/Summer. I like white jackets because it's not as severe as black but still looks sophisticated with any outfit. Even though this was still a little pricey after the discount, I know I can keep this for a long time as it will go with almost any outfit. It's perfect for an evening look but I can still dress it down with jeans.

I also bought a Petite Mink Shimmer Vest (a.k.a a tank-top in the US). This also came in "regular" sizes but I bought it in petite and the length is still long enough to reach the waist. I really love the color because it's a light grey-taupe but with silver shimmer that makes it a little more fun to wear than a plain tank-top. I actually think it goes well with the tuxedo jacket for a casual-sophisticated look.

Although I love the wristlets I've bought, I wanted to check out their other style of bags. I bought a  Gold Side Bar Clutch which is a large envelope style clutch in a metallic pale champagne-gold color. There is a small pocket inside but the bag itself is quite flat and so there isn't much room to put anything in it.

That's everything! Have you taken up on any DP's offers?

Glamour Girl
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