January 31, 2013

Jouer Cosmetics Day to Night Look

A tutorial showing how easy it is to go from a natural makeup look for the day time to a glam look for the night. I'm using Jouer which have the perfect products to take with you to change up your look on the go.

January 24, 2013

Chic Shopaholic: butter LONDON Friends & Family 30% Off

butter London is a British brand known for its fashion-inspired colors and their 3-free nails: free of Formaldehyde, Toluene and Parabens. I've always wanted to try their Nail Lacquers but many sites don't ship to Hawaii. Fortunately for me, there was a 30% off Friends & Family sale at the end of last year on their website and ship to the US.

Their polishes come in rectangular packaging with a removable cap. The cap that holds the brush has a print of the Queen's crown in white at the top. With many other nail polishes I've tried, they either look streaky or bubble up and look bumpy, even with proper waiting time in between each coat, but these apply smoothly and the brush fits the nail perfectly. They last for about 4-5 days with a base and top coat and I'm sure longer with daily reapplication of the top coat. The consistency are generally light and smooth, no thick goopy texture and is easy to apply.

 Onto the colors...
  • Top & Tails Set: A set that comes with a base and top coat. As you can see, they are much larger than their Nail Lacquers which I think is a good idea since I would use them more than the nail color.
    • Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat: Stain resistant, non-toxic base coat in a sheer nude, matte finish. Not only can you use it under color polishes but you can wear it alone to smooth and hide ridges in the nail. I like that it has a little color to it to even out any discoloration and just makes the nails look polished and natural looking when wearing it on its own.
    • Hardware P.D. Quick Topcoat: P.D. Quick, or Pretty Darn Quick top coat, protects the nail color and adds a shiny finish.
  • The Heavy Medal Collection: I've been wanting metallic nail polishes and this is the perfect set that is influenced by Olympic medals. I like that it has the metallic finish without the chunky glitter. It's a great as a set but the shades can be bought individually.
    • The Full Monty: light metallic gold, US only
    • Diamond Geezer: platinum silver
    • The Old Bill: light metallic burnished copper, US only

I bought 3 more metallic lacquers individually:
  • Chimney Sweep: dark charcoal grey with metallic silver. Great for the Winter color or for edgy nails.
  • Wallis: dark metallic olive with metallic gold. A Fall/Autumn color or something different for dark nails.
  • Fairy Lights: light rose-pink with metallic silver, US only. Girly, dazzling nails.

For neutral colors, I bought:
  • Yummy Mummy: light-medium grey-beige with silver shimmer. bL calls it their "magic" lacquer, as it's supposed to work on every skin tone. On my light skin, it brings out the beige tone. A unique shade to add to your collections of nudes.
  • Muggins: pale creamy opaque grey-lilac. A soft muted shade for Spring or an alternative to nude nails.

Then I picked one bright and one dark shade to round it off.
  • Macbeth: bright creamy warm-red coral. Beautiful color for the Summer or a nice alternative to a traditional red.
  • Tramp Stamp: dark creamy chocolate red-brown, US only. A rich color for  vampy nails.

I was really happy with what I bought that I made another order. I chose the colors keeping my mom in mind since she loves bright shades for her toes. 
  • Knees Up: metallic neutral red. A classic shade for retro-glam nails.
  • Slapper: electric creamy blue-teal. Perfect pop of color for the Summer.
  • Jaffa: vibrant creamy orange. A fun, punchy color.
  • Snog: creamy rose-pink. Feminine yet striking color.
  • Disco Biscuit: hot-pink with blue iridescent shimmer. Flashy and loud.

I'm really impressed with the quality and shade selection from butter London. I especially like the sets as they're obviously a better deal than buying individually. You can wear one color on all your nails or for a trendier look, mix and match or design fun patterns on each nail. What are your favorite shades from butter London?

Glamour Girl

January 15, 2013

Chic Shopaholic: Urban Decay Friends & Family 20% Sale

Urban Decay had their end of the year Friends and Family 20% sale last year so I bought a few staple products plus a couple of new things I've wanted to try.

  • Naked 2 Palette: After the success of the first Naked palette, UD came out with a second one. The 12 shades are geared towards cooler tones whereas the first palette had mostly warmer tones. Most have a shimmery or frosty finish, with a couple of mattes thrown in. The textures are smooth, easy to blend and pigmented. The metal-tin case packaging doesn't get dusty like the velvet packaging on the original and just feels more study. Even though the palette has "taupes + greige neutrals", there are still a few warm tones to balance out the collection. Shades in the palette:
    • Foxy: matte vanilla
    • Half Baked: metallic warm gold
    • Bootycall: shimmery pale peach-beige, exclusive to the palette
    • Chopper: shimmery light copper with silver glitter flecks
    • Tease: matte medium mauve brown
    • Snakebite: frosty medium golden bronze
    • Suspect: frosty medium golden-taupe
    • Pistol: dark green-grey brown
    • Verve: frosty pale silvery-grey
    • YDK: frosty medium cool-taupe
    • Busted: shimmery dark brown
    • Blackout: matte black

  • Good Karma Brush: The palette includes dual-ended brushes that are vegan friendly. I like that the brushes are synthetic because you can use with cream shadows or dampen them to intensify powder shadows.
    • Crease Brush: Long bristles with a rounded-domed tip that fits well in the socket of crease. It's firm enough to define the eyes and has enough bend to help blend the harsh edges.
    • Shadow Brush: Flat sides with a rounded edge. The flat sides can be used to pack on or sweep colors all-over as a base or for concentrated detail areas such as on the lid, brow-bone and inner corner. The tip of the brush could also be used to soften liner on the lash line. 
  • Naked Lip Junkie: A mini size of their "cool & plumping" lipgloss that comes with the palette, Naked is a shimmery neutral pink. It has a minty, cooling sensation that isn't irritating but feels refreshing. It has sheer opaqueness with slight tackiness that feels comfortable on the lips and helps wear for a couple hours. I don't notice the look of my lips looking more plump but it does have a high shine finish which I think helps gives the illusion of fuller looking lips.
Overall, I really like second edition of the "Naked" series. With the built-in mirror and dual ended brushes, you can take the palette anywhere to create a variety of looks from day to night. Many debate which Naked should they get and if it's necessary to own both. My take is that it's more of a preference thing, the shade of colors you like to wear. Either way, you can't really go wrong with whatever you choose and can never have enough neutral colors.

I also wanted to get some new eyeliner and lip colors, a mix of neutrals and brights. 
  • 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils: Waterproof eyeliners with a smooth, creamy texture and no tugging on the skin. You have about 30 seconds to smudge the liner for a softer look before it sets, then it's supposed to last all day. It stays put on my top lash line but starts to fade a bit after a few hours on my bottom lash line and waterline. The colors I bought:
    • Perversion: matte black. This is a richer, darker black than Zero and a favorite among many. 
    • Deviant: shimmery medium vivid blue with silver shimmer. A beautiful shade to add a pop of color to a neutral eye look.
    • Demolition: matte dark brown. A softer color than black but still defiines the eyes.
    • Underground: metallic light taupe. A subtle way to line the eyes with a bit of shimmer.
  • Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colors: A lipstick and gloss in a jumbo lip pencil form. They have a creamy texture with medium-full coverage and a glossy sheen. that has a slightly tacky feeling to it. The pencil defines, adds color and shine to the lips without having to use a lip pencil, lipstick and gloss. It's also much more portable to take on the go. The only downside to this product is that you have to sharpen it when it becomes dull and that can waste a lot of product. The colors I bought:
    • Naked: light beige-pink with subtle shimmer
    • Punch Drunk: bright medium orange with a cream finish
  • Naked 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil: Like the 24/7 eyeliners, these are waterproof pencils but for the lips. Naked, a matte pink-beige brown, would work with any neutral shade like pinks and nudes. It has a smooth consistency that doesn't feel dry, even though it's waterproof, and doesn't budge once it sets. Lip pencils, especially in a long-wearing formula, can help keep lipsticks and glosses lasting longer and stop it from feathering outside the lip line.

Last but not least, I repurchased the Grind House Double Barrel Sharpener because mine was getting busted up from continuous use. The signature purple colored sharpener can fit the standard slim pencils as well as larger sizes like the Super Saturated pencils. It comes with a plastic pick to clean the shavings and residue in between the blade. You would think a sharpener is just a sharpener but you may be surprised that many don't actually give a sharp and define point. A bad sharpener can break off the pencil and waste a lot of product but this one takes just a few twists for the pencil to come to a nice point. The steel blade has 1% carbon to prevent rust and the lid has enough room to hold the shavings until you need to dump it out.

What are your favorite Urban Decay products?

Glamour Girl

January 12, 2013

Today's Client: Hidemi's Arabian Night

Tonight was Hidemi's Winter Ball at her school and the theme was Arabian Nights. She was wearing a metallic black dress and wanted the makeup to compliment it with a smokey eye look. Since she is still a teen, I kept the eyes a little bit toned down by using grey tones, adding iridescent shimmer on the center of the lids to add dimension and metallic silver in the inner corners to open up the eyes. The cheeks were light and glowy using a touch of matte bronzer, matte peach blush and a shimmery golden highlight on the cheekbones. I finished the look with a soft, light peachy nude gloss for the lips. She wanted loose curls for her hair so I used the Cortex 4 in 1 Curling Iron Set in the 1.5 inch size. The total look has the sparkle and sultriness, that is still age appropriate for a school dance.

January 06, 2013

Chic Shopaholic: Notorious for CHANEL

Inspired by the Autumn/Winter 2012 fashion show, CHANEL released a small makeup collection called Contrastes Essentielles de CHANEL. It consisted a sought after product, Ombre Contraste Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheeks and as I love to contour and highlight, I had to get this before it was sold out it since it's a limited edition product.

The color is named Notorious, a medium taupe-grey with mauve undertones. It's a great color for contouring as it mimics the natural shading we find in our facial bone structure. You can use it on the hollows of your cheeks and along your jaw line to make your face more chiseled, as well as in the socket of the crease of the eyes as an eyeshadow to define the eyes. It has a satin finish that is velvety smooth and easy to blend, it's not quite matte but there's no noticeable shimmer. I actually like the finish as it doesn't make the skin look completely flat and just blends in seamlessly. Little goes a long way, too much of it especially under the cheekbones can make you look like a corpse. Even though it's very pigmented, it works best on fair to light medium skin tones. On tan to darker complexions, it may not show up much on the cheeks but it would probably work on the eyes.

Like all CHANEL compacts, it comes in a black velvet slip cover which I like to still keep for when I want to travel with it and protect it from breaking or getting dirty. The compact includes a small flat rectangular brush which would probably work just fine in a pinch but I prefer to use M.A.C 168 Large Angle Contour Brush for the cheeks and either M.A.C 217 Blending Brush or 224 Tapered Blending Brush for the eyes.

At the CHANEL boutique, the SA threw in a sample of the new Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in 10 Noir. It has natural bristles with a flexible neck, the size of the brush not being too wide and fits the eye comfortably. I've noticed thickness to my lashes but not much length. It didn't smudge or flake but unfortunately it didn't hold a curl which is important for my straight Asian lashes.

Overall, I think Notorious is a nice product. Contouring should be natural looking, giving depth and definition but in a subtle way. It shouldn't deposit too much color, unlike bronzer, which some people like to use to contour, is actually meant to add warmth to the skin. There are so many other brands that make contouring products now days for a lot cheaper (M.A.C recently coming out with them), that this one is more of a luxury item for the brand name. If you were able to grab a hold of Notorious, what are your thoughts on it? What is your favorite product to contour?

Glamour Girl
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