Sunday, June 26, 2011

Review : MAC Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation

     I was looking for a foundation that I can use in Asia.  I wanted a product that would last a long time and that I could use in hot and humid conditions.  I came across the MAC Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation when I was shopping at the mall and was sold after trying it on.  
*My Review

Company Description:
     A long-wear foundation that gives up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition. Lightweight and creamy, applies smoothly to provide sheer to medium coverage. Even in hot and humid conditions, controls oil to keep skin fresh, natural and flawless. Provides everyday SPF protection. 

*My Review:
     I've used this for about two weeks and was in love with it until recently.  This foundation does stay on for a long time (I usually apply makeup at around 10am and take off makeup around 10pm).  I love how the foundation gives a good coverage.  When I use this foundation, I don't need to apply a different concealer.  I double this foundation as a concealer.  I would pump two pumps onto the back of my hand and apply it to my face with the 130 brush and whatever is left over on my hand, I would then use it as a concealer.  With this foundation, I didn't used a translucent powder to set it (I've tried to set it with the skinfinish, it makes the makeup look too thick).  Therefore, I only recommend using a translucent powder to set this foundation.  

     The reason why I stopped using this foundation is that my skin started to develop dry itchy patches ): (I have dry sensitive skin).  I would not recommend this product to people that have dry sensitive skin or even just dry skin because any Pro Long product can be drying to the skin.  I really love this foundation but unfortunately I can no longer use it due to my retarded skin ): I do recommend this to people with oil skin.  It controls oil well (: 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Old Hollywood Glamour Look

Products Used:

(Benefit) The POREfessional
(MAC) Pro Longwear Foundation in "NC15"
(Skin Alison Raffafle) Transparent Finish Invisible Face Powder
(MAC) Sheertone Blush in "Pink Swoon"
(Tarte) Mineral Powder Bronzer

(Urban Decay) Primer Potion
(MAC) Eye Kohl in "Smolder"
(Bobbi Brown) Cream Eye Shadow in "Galaxy"
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Shale"
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Gesso" 
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Vanilla"
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Show Stopper"
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Crystal Avalanche"
(BareMinerals) Buxom Black Gel Liner
*False lashes are applied on top and bottom. (no brand purchased from Taiwan)

(MAC) Viva Glam I
(MAC) Viva Glam Lipglass in "Cyndi"
FYI: You can use any similar colors I mentioned, you don't need to use the same ones as me.

Friday, June 17, 2011

June 2011 MAC Haul

FYI: My photos totally sucked today, something wrong with my camera...SORRY!    

     Just got these a couple of days ago (:  I am in love with the brushes and lip color!  I bought the 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush. This totally helped with my foundation application and gave my face a more natural look.  I prefer this over the flat foundation brush because sometimes it leaves my face looking kinda streaky.  This is a very small brush compared to the 187 brush, but I find that I like this better because it's more dense for foundation application ( I use the 187 for blush).  I've only tried using this brush with the MAC prolong foundation, but should be the same for any other foundation.  I would totally recommend this brush, I don't think any brand sells a similar one "yet".  The second brush I got was the 219 pencil brush.  Prior to getting this brush I just used a flat eyeshadow brush for my crease, but the result is not as neat as I wanted it.  This is the first pencil brush I own and am in love with it.  I use it for my crease and lower lid because it picks up more color.  

MAC : 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush
Company Description:  A short, round, flat-topped brush ideal for the smooth, easy application of foundations, creams, emulsions, and select powder products.  Features a blend of natural bristles and synthetic fibres. (16cm)

MAC : 219 Pencil Brush
Company Description: For precision shading on lid, in eye crease or along lash line.  The soft, smooth fibers of this brush are gathered into a pencil-shaped tip.  It is ideal for blending eyeliner into eye shadow to create a smoky looking eye.  MAC professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials.  They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules. (17cm)

     I also got 3 lipsticks and 1 lipglass. I got the lipglass because the lipstick was out of stock ): I hope it comes back!  I got Morange, Angel, and Lickable.  Angel and Lickable is more wearable but I gotta have Morange because orange it so in lol.  Morange is a very bright orange so I usually use a pale pink lipgloss to soften the look.  I will be using it in my next tutorial (Natural Korean Actress Look).  I must say that the Cyndi lipglass is my favorite!!!

MAC : Viva Glam Cyndi Lipglass

MAC : Angel

MAC : Lickable

MAC : Morange
 Now I'm ready for Summer (:

Monday, June 13, 2011

Japanese Inspired Dolly Look

This is a Japanese Inspired look that is very popular, it is featured in many magazines. This is my version of the look (: Hope this tutorial is helpful for girls that want to achieve this look.

Products Used:

(Benefit) The POREfessional
(Maybelline) Pure.BB Mineral BB base
(BareMinerals) Matte SPF 15 Foundation in "fair c10"
(MAC) Sheertone Blush in "Pink Swoon"
(NYC) Color Wheel "Translucent Highlighter Glow"
(NYC) Color Wheel "All-Over Bronze Glow"

(MAC) Paint Pot in "Rubenesque"
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Omega"
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Cork" 
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Brown Down
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Crystal Avalanche"
(BareMinerals) Buxom Black Gel Liner
*False lashes are applied on top and bottom. (no brand purchased from Taiwan)
*Similar versions can be purchased at Sephora

(Smith's) Rosebud Salve 
(Candy Doll) Light Pink Lipgloss

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My Lipstick Lip swatches Part I

     I just started using lipsticks about couple of month ago.  I use to dislike using them, so I use to just use either lip gloss or lip balm.  I don't know what happened...I'm so in love with lipsticks now.  This is the small collection that I own at the moment.  Most of these are nudes...I want more pinks lol (:
*Top photo is my bare lips, photos taken in natural day light

MAC : Bare Again
 MAC : Ever Hip
MAC : Hue
 Bobbi Brown : Pale Mauve
 MAC : Peach Stock
MAC : Playing Koi

 MAC : Vanity's Child
 MAC : Viva Glam 1
 MAC : Viva Glam GaGa 2
 YSL : 1
YSL : 30

*So far my favorites are both of the YSLs, Pale Mauve (has a weird taste/scent tho), Hue, and Ever Hip.  I dislike Peach Stock ): it does not compliment my skin tone.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pink Bronzey Summer Look using BH palettes

Products Used:

(Benefit) The POREfessional
(Mdskincare) All-in-one Tinted Moisturizer
(MAC) Blot Powder in "Light" --To set foundation
(BH) Light Pink Blush

(MAC) Paint Pot in "Indianwood"
(BH) Eye Shadows
(Bobbi Brown) Eye Shadow in "Sunlight" 
(Maybelline) Eyestudio Gel Liner in "Brown" 
(Bare Escentuals) Buxom Lash
*False lashes are applied on top and bottom. (no brand purchased from Taiwan)

(Smith's) Rosebud Salve 
(MAC) Lipstick in "Hue"

My First BH Cosmetics Haul & Review

       I've seen many good reviews on this company and decided to give them a try.  I bought these palettes on memorial weekend (they were having a 30% sale--good time to snatch them).  I think they are having a summer sale right now too!  I decided to get the 120 palette 3rd edition, the neutral palette, and the contour and blush palette.  I chose these three palettes because I can easily travel with them, which I will be doing a lot in the future (:  Also I wanted to experiment with colors, and these are definitely within my budget.  Instead of buying all my eye shadows at MAC for experimenting, the 120 color palette is a better and more reasonable choice.  Enough said, here are the palettes (:

Disclaimer:  These are bought with my own money and the reviews are my honest opinions.  I am not affiliated with the company.
*my reviews

120 Colors Palette (3rd edition)

* This palette contains a good selection of both matte and shimmery colors.  You have your warm colors on top and cool colors on the bottom.  Both palettes can be taken out of the main case.  The quality is pretty good but not as pigmented as the MAC eye shadows and have fallout problems.  Some colors also may not be consistent, and the matte colors are a little hard to blend.  I prefer the shimmery colors in this palette.  Overall the colors are pretty easy to work with and I recommend this to beginners that want to experiment with colors.  But honestly, I still prefer my MAC eye shadows. But this palette is good to play with.

28 Neutral Colors Palette
* This palette contains more matte colors than shimmery colors.  Some colors are very similar to the ones MAC carry (Mulch, Beauty marked, Crystal Avalanche, Soba, Brown Down...) but unlike the 120 palette, it is more pigmented.  This palette is easier to blend than the 120 palette and I do like this one more.  I would definitely take this palette when I'm traveling (for day and night looks).  I would rather take this palette while traveling than my MAC palette because I wouldn't want to risk my MAC ones breaking lol.  Overall, this is a very good palette to have and I would recommend this palette to anyone.  It has a good price and good selection of neutral colors.  I love my MAC ones, but this palette is just a must and I would purchase again!!! My second favorite palette and it's like1/4 of the price of my MAC one. (: oh yah, this one doesn't have as much fallouts as the 120 palette.  This is a must for beginners and frequent travelers!

6 Color Palette Contour & Blush

* This is also a good palette to have.  Only problem again is the fallout problem.  I wish the blush had a peachy shade instead of all pinks.  But it's still a good palette for traveling.  The only shade I don't really use is the brown contour color (I use it for eye shadow because it's way to dark for my skin).  I use the white for highlighting, and the light peach for my brow bone and blending.  Is this a must?  NO! Would I buy again? probably not.

-Good selection of colors
-Nice packaging
-Good price
-Pretty good quality

Sunday, June 5, 2011

1st YouTube Tutorial: Everyday Smokey Eye Look

My First Makeup Tutorial :)

Products Used:

(Benefit) The POREfessional
(Tarte) Peaches & Cream powder foundation in "Fair"
(MAC) Blot Powder in "Light" --To set foundation
(MAC) Sheertone Blush in "Pinch O' Peach"

(MAC) Paint Pot in "Rubenesque"
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Soba"
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Brown Down" 
(MAC) Eye Shadow in "Amber Lights" 
(Pop Beauty) Naked Smolder Palette "no name" tearducts
(Maybelline) Eyestudio Gel Liner in "Brown"
*False lashes are applied on top and bottom. (no brand purchased from Taiwan)

(Smith's) Rosebud Salve 
(YSL) Rouge Volupte in "1" --A nude pink color