Archive for June, 2009

Falsie Fun!

June 30, 2009

I know I’ve been terribly naughty, neglecting the blog the way that I have been, but I promise to be better! It’s not that I don’t love you ~ I literally just got home from the office a few minutes about and it’s almost 11 pm =X.

Is anyone watching the QVC beauty special that’s on tonight starting at 10pm? I heard that they’re going to have some amazing deals on some fabulous products. So sad I missed out on most of it already!

But back on topic, this is a quick and dirty look I did on Friday for a night out with friends. It’s a bit on the sloppy side, but I swear it looked pretty hot in person!

I was dying to try out the new falsies that my gorgeous friend Cathy had given me, so I picked up some DUO glue (my previous tube went bad and smelled like rotting fish) from Walgreens and went at it. I decided to try out the tinted/dark kind as I always end up making a mess with the clear kind, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I really love the tinted DUO glue.

The falsies are demis (a half strip) which I love since they don’t overwhelm the shape/size of my Asian eyes. I decided to keep everything else simple with some liner and silver shadow to really make the lashes pop, and I paired the eyes with my MAC lipstick in Calironia Dreamin’, which really can’t be beat when it comes to the perfect pale pink lippy to pair with a smokey eye.

And since tonight seems to be all about rambling incoherently (sorry for the terrible writing!) and bouncing from topic to topic, here’s a bottle of Mountain’s Dew’s World of Warcraft soda–it’s fruit punch flavored I believe! I’ll proudly to admit that I’ll drink pretty much anything blue, and the whole WoW aspect of it kinda appeals to me. I blame the SO who was obsessed with this game for the longest time!

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 Review & Swatches

June 29, 2009
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in #1 Warm Ivory ($45)
A truly modern foundation: Skin Foundation SPF 15 offers invisible, weightless coverage that looks like skin, not makeup. This long-wearing formula evens tone, minimizes the appearance of pores, conceals imperfections, and offers broad spectrum UV protection. Its hydrating technology leaves skin feeling cushioned, comfortable, and clean.

I know that Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation is recommended for normal to dry skin, but I couln’t resist purchasing this for my dry yet oily complexion as I’d been hearing such good things about it. BB’s Skin Foundation is an ultra-light water-based formula that hydrates our complexion, providing buildable coverage while leaving behind a nice dewy glow.

As the name indicates, Skin Foundation is supposed to mimic the appearance of healthy, radiant skin, but I was understandably skeptical since it’s pretty rare that a foundation can really mimic the look of natural, bare skin. And is Bobbi Brown successful?

I’d have to say yes. The first time I applied this stuff I was amazed by how well it blended and how the formula just disappeared into my skin while still providing coverage. After hearing some griping about Skin Foundation’s lack of coverage I was expecting super super sheer coverage, but in actuality you can build anywhere from light to medium coverage and that’s enough for me on most days.

A blob of Skin Foundation in shade #1 Warm Ivory.

The somewhat runny formula slides on really easily, feeling really comfortable against my skin, and I’d have to say it looks pretty great on too. Immediately following application my complexion looks naturally dewy and polished while still looking like my skin (not some cakey, scary mess)–it just looks like I’ve naturally got nice skin! Skin Foundation skims over pores, tones down redness, and just gives skin an overall freshened appearance.


Shade #1 Warm Ivory blends beautifully into my MAC NW 15-20ish complexion, but sadly this foundation isn’t perfect. I love so many things about it, but the lasting power really just doesn’t cut it for me, although I can’t blame the foundation since this is meant to be hydrating and I have oily skin. After 2-3 hours, Bobbi Brown’s foundation will start sliding around on m T-zone and it’s all downhill from there. I can salvage my makeup by blotting with powder ever 2 hours or so, but honestly who has the time!

All blended and dewy!

Don’t get me wrong though–while I’m having a little trouble dealing with Skin Foundation’s lack of staying power, I happen to love this stuff! I fully intend to get through my bottle, although I just might save some of it for winter when my skin is dryer and definitely could use the additional moisture. If you veer towards the normal/dry end of the skin spectrum, this might be a really nice option for you since other than the sliding-off-my-face aspect of it, I really couldn’t find much else wrong with Skin Foundation. The color stays true all day and it makes my skin look naturally beautiful–it’s not necessarily perfect for me but it could be for you!

List of ingredients in case you’re curious 馃檪

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives: What’s On Your Wishlist?

June 25, 2009

Every spring I eagerly anticipate the launch of Nordstom’s Beauty Exclusives, and they never fail to impress. I happen to think this year’s eclectic selection of products is especially nice, and I’m having a tough time narrowing down my wishlist. Here’s what I’m wanting so far:

Lanc么me ‘Declaring Indigo’ Brush Set ($52)
During Elizabethan times indigo was the color of royalty and nobility as the dye produced from indigo plants was extremely expensive. I think I’d feel rather regal getting all prettied up using these alluring indigo-hued brushes from Lancome.

Clarins UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40 (2 for $56)
I think I’ve raved enough about Clarins’ SPF in my post HERE so I’ll spare you more of my crazed babblings, but I just had to point out that this price is pretty great! Definitely on my must-buy list.

M路A路C ‘Eyeshadow x 6’ Palette Graphic Garden ($35)
This is less a need item and more of an “I wouldn’t mind owning this” type of thing. What can I say, I like pretty!

Dior ‘Jazz Club’ Eye Palette ($65)
Dior’s Jazz Club eye palette, featuring pinks and greys, berries and plums includings everything you need for a polished eye other than macara. This chic palette packs shadows, a topcoat, liner, and eyebrow powder. Pop this in your purse and you’ve got an easy transition from day to evening.

Chanel Regards et Brillances de Chanel/Radiant Eye and Lip Palette ($45)
Am I crazy for thinking this is actually pretty cheap for a Chanel palette that includes two shadows, two satin lip creams and two glosses? While I’m not entirely crazy about the seafoam green eyeshadow shade at the bottom left, knowing Chanel this palette is probably gorgeous in person.

M路A路C Look in a Box Sweet Tease ($59.50)
I happen to think that this would make such a great starter set for all those makeup novices/budding young women in our lives. Throw in a little foundation and you’ve pretty much got everything you could possibly need to look polished and feel gorgeous.

Rock & Republic ‘Drama Queen’ Collection ($69.50)
I’ve been dying to test out the still relatively new Rock & Republic collection, and this seems like a nice, semi-affordable way to get my hands on a few products at once.

Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Anniversary Set ($115)
I’ve professed my love for all things Flowerbomb related on numerous occasions, and I happen to think this set is a pretty good deal. I love the hair mist which Nicole gifted to me right around bar time–it’s a treasured part of my tiny perfume collection!

Laura Mercier ‘Renaissance’ Collection ($65)
The Renaissance is one of my favorite periods of English literature, and Laura Mercier’s Renaissance Collection definitely appeals to my inner romantic. This set includes a deluxe Flawless Skin Day Creme SPF 15 (0.17 oz.), full-size Undercover Pot UC-3 (0.2 oz.), full-size Pink Champagne Lip Glac茅 (0.16 oz.), Renaissance Eye Color Duo (0.09 oz.), mini Black Thickening and Building Mascara (0.03 oz.), double-ended Secret Camouflage Powder Brush and a mini velour puff. Not bad for $65.

Hanae Mori ‘Paris Butterfly’ Gift Set ($45)
This gift set includes a one ounce fragrance and matching deoderant for only $45. If you love Flowerbomb I’m pretty sure you’ll love this fragrance too–it’s been on my wishlist for years now!

So now that I’ve shared my ridiclously long wishlist with you, tell me what’s on your Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives wishlist! 馃檪

MAC Euristocrats 2: Have You Indulged?

June 25, 2009

Believe it or not I haven’t been to a MAC counter in a month or two ~ crazy I know! This is partially because I haven’t really been able to find the time to shop, but moreso because I’m still feeling a little MACed out following my Hello Kitty frenzy. It’s a little exhausting trying to stay on top of all of their releases, and honestly the new collections haven’t been wowing me.

I am a fan of the pink on the lips of the model in the promo image for MAC’s Euristocrats 2 collection though. Have you purchased anything from this release?

Chanel White Essentiel Light Reflecting Whitening Compact Foundation Review

June 24, 2009

I know I’m a little late in adding the text for this post, but I’ve had the worst morning! My subway caught on fire halfway through my commute and idiot that I am I decided to stay in the station which was filling up with smoke to wait for my connecting train =X. Needless to say we were evacuated a few minutes into my wait and the station was floodeed with police and firemen. But onto our review!

I picked up Chanel’s White Essentiel Light Reflecting Whitening Compact SPF 25 in #30 Beige Cendre while I was in Korea (full haul photos HERE) for two reasons: (1) it’s not available here in the US, and (2) I loved the sleek white compact. It’s refreshing to have a non-black compact from Chanel, as fingerprints on a shiny black surface drive me a little nuts.

Like the Guerlain Parure Pearly White foundation I reviewed HERE, Chanel’s White Esesentiel Compact Foundation claims to be designed specifically for Asian skin, whatever that means. I’ve been using this on and off for over a month now, and as expected, I haven’t really noticed any whitening benefits, but then again I wasn’t expecting them. The foundation is enriched with a Vitamin C derivative which Chanel states is an active whitening ingredient, but really how well can a powder foundation whiten your complexion? Don’t get me wrong, that’s not to say that I don’t really like this!

Chanel’s White Essentiel Compact doesn’t offer much at all in the way of coverage as I really have to pack it on to get anywhere close to medium coverage, but it does really brighten the look of your complexion while smoothing out the surface texture. The foundation contains light-reflecting pigments which help to capture and diffuse light, creating the illusion of smooth skin.

And my favorite thing about the White Essentiel compact? The way it leaves my face feeling silky smooth post-application. White Essentiel has a micronized airy texture that really leaves your skin looking and feeling exceptionally smooth and almost airbrushed.

Silica microbeads in the foundation help to absorb any shininess without leaving you looking too matte, making this a pretty fabulous touch-up powder. This powder foundation has become an indispensable part of my makeup arsenal, and I always carry it in my purse for touch-ups throughout the day–it eradicates shine while leaving your skin looking smooth and radiant, all without disturbing your underlying foundation.

Unfortunately the color I picked up, #30, is a little on the dark/yellowy side for me, but this powder is so sheer that it doesn’t really me much. If you’re in Asian and have access to this, definitely check it out and let me know what you think!

The White Essentiel line also had these fabulous color-correcting, radiance-boosting primers that I LOVED but that I couldn’t purchase due to customs issues, and I’m also dying to try the whitening foundation, but those will have to wait until another trip.

Note To Self: No Threading During Lunch

June 23, 2009

I decided to take my lunch break a little early today; I needed to stop by the post office and had a bunch of errands to run. On the way back I passed a threading salon that a friend of mine frequents, and for some strange reason I made the spontaneous decision to get my eyebrows threaded.

Now keep in mind that my eyebrows have never been touched by anyone other than yours truly (well and the SO who’ll occasionally pluck them for me LOL)–I’ve never been waxed or threaded, primarily because I’m a huge wuss when it comes to pain.

So the result? Well, I’ll definitely remember not to get threaded towards the end of mylunch break when I’ll be seeing clients immediately afterwards. My eyebrows do look nicely groomed and I’m rather pleased with the results of my $6 threading foray, but the resulting redness just isn’t all that flattering.

On a happy note, the procedure wasn’t nearly as bad I’d been led to expect! I actually think it hurt a good deal less than plucking, plus it was nice to just sit back while someone else took care of my brows for once.

ABS’ Five: New Product Lemmings

June 23, 2009
Benefit One Hot Minute ($30)
This loose, rose-gold finishing powder is the final touch for a “gaze at me” glow. It contains a sheer tint that works on all skintones鈥攁nytime, anywhere. Get radiant skin in one hot minute!

Benefit Lip Gloss ($18)
Sexify your lips with these seductive new lip glosses. The glimmering, color-drenched formulas load lips with beautiful shine and the flirty shades are so flattering, you’ll want a different gloss for each purse.

Yves Saint Laurent Fard Lumiere Aquaresistant Water-Resistant Eyeshadow ($28.50)
Yves Saint Laurent FARD LUMI脠RE AQUAR脡SISTANT Water-Resistant Eye Shadow dresses the eyelids with long-lasting, luminous, and water-resistant color. The aqueous-gel texture feels fresh upon application and dries down to a shimmering veil of color that can be layered for a look that’s as intense as you desire. The air-tight pot keeps the formula moist so that every application looks fresh and luminous.

Urban Decay Skycraper Multi-Benefit Mascara ($22)
Reach new heights with Urban Decay’s all new Skyscraper Mascara. This monumental breakthrough will lengthen, strengthen, separate, curl, brighten, and thicken your lashes sans clumping or flaking. The state-of-the-art brush features a flexible shaft and multiple rows of tapered bristles to comb through lashes from root to tip. Achieve that “come hither” look that gets ’em every time.

Sephora Retractable Angled Eyeliner Brush #18 ($18)
Sephora Brand Retractable Angled Eyeliner Brush #18 is the ideal tool for applying liquid, cream, and powder liners鈥攚et or dry鈥攚ith total control. Its tapered point fits perfectly along the lash line. The nylon bristles retract easily for sleek, safe keeping and packing.

EOTD’s Using Stila’s Charmed Eye Shadow Palette

June 22, 2009

Remember that rich, velvety looking Stila Charmed Eye Shadow Palette (see review & swatches HERE) I picked up the other night for only $10? Here are a few EOTD’s using it, as promised!

While I knew that it was pigmented, I didn’t really quite how pigmented it was until I attempted to use it. These shadows are intense! Up first is the somewhat boring subtle look I did for the office using the pinky bronze shade on the inner third of my eye and the turquoise shade along the outer 2/3. I used a very very light touch and this is what I got:

Of course I felt the need to try something a little more colorful today to take full advantage of both the palette and the fact that I had nothing to do on this dreary, rainy Sunday. I again used the pinky bronze on the inner third of my eye, the turquoise shade on the center third, and then I used my MAC Pink Pearl pigment (swatch HERE) on the outer V for a fun pop of color. Have I mentioned how much I love my Pink Pearl pigment? It’s one of those things I dread running out of!

I topped the look off by layering Fresh’s Firebird and Supernova mascaras and lining my waterline with Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Zero. I kept the rest of my face simple with some Bobbi Brown Skin foundation topped with my La Mer loose powder in translucent and some shimmery Chapstick.

L’Oreal HIP Kohl Eyeliner Review & EOTD

June 22, 2009
L’Oreal High Intensity Pigment Kohl Eyeliners in Navy & Gold (approximately $13)

L’Oreal HIP’s Kohl Eyeliners are richly pigmented loose-powder kohl liners that come packaged in chic, portable little tubes.

I was intrigued by the launch of HIP’s Kohl Eyeliners, as I’d been dying to try the Guerlain Kohls but just couldn’t bring myself to fork over that kinda cash for something I might or might nor use. These are the first powder liners I’ve tried, and I must admit that I’m very impressed by the quality of these.

Hip’s Kohl Eyeliners are very very pigmented, and contrary to the lumpy appearance of the loose powder on the applicator, apply smoothly. Well what about lasting power? Thanks to the rich pigmentation these actually stay put really well, but I did have some trouble with smudging on my upper lash line which isn’t surprising since I have very oily eyelids. I do love these for the waterline though–they makes for a great pop of color that lasts for hours on end.

The bad? Well the applicator leaves a little something to be desired. It’s rather rigidly constructed, and the stiffness makes for difficult application (at least for uncoordinated lil’ old me) and tons of fallout.

The Navy shade is a great, softer alternative to black liner. But the shade I’m really loving is the Gold–the metallic shade really pops against my skin and creates a great gilded summer eye.

Please excuse these terrible EOTD shots. Lack of time + terrible lighting = crappy makeup job =X. But I decided to go ahead and post so that you can see what the kohls look like on. Now that’s love!

I’m wearing the Navy Kohl on my upper eyelid and the Gold Kohl along my waterliner. As you can see, the Navy started smudging a bit pretty much immediately post-application, but the gold stayed true almost all day.

If you’ve been wanting to try Kohl Eyeliners L’Oreal HIP’s are definitely a nice way to start. They’re relatively affordable, come in a nice range of eye-popping hues and the packaging is pretty hard to beat. Now if HIP would only package these so that you could tell if they’d been opened or not (a little pastic wrap never hurt anbody) they’d be set!

L’Oreal HIP Color Presso Gloss Review & Swatches

June 22, 2009
L’Oreal High Intensity Pigments Color Presso Lip Gloss in Trendy & Swanky

L’Oreal HIP’s Color Presso glosses give you a fun, innovative way to create our own customized gloss shade. Just squeeze each compartment to release as much of each particular shade as you want and apply to your lips–instant fun!

The Color Presso glosses are are relatively light and non-sticky and have a delicious birthday cake scent to them that I realy enjoy, but unfortunately they’re rather lacking in the pigment department. Both Swanky (which consists of a bright pink with golden shimmer on one side and golden beigey shade on the other) and Trendy (shimmer mauve and a pale baby pink) are pretty much invisible on my lips, leaving behind only a trace of shimmer and essentially no color.

I really loved the packaging and concept behind these glosses, but sadly the reality wasn’t so great for me, especially for $13. Since I’m generally not a lipstick/lipgloss layerer, I need for my glosses to have decent pigmenation so that they can hold their own against whatever eye makeup I’m wearing on any given day, and these just didn’t deliver.

Lip Swatch of Swanky

If you’re looking for a light gloss with nice shimmer and a comfortable formula, L’oreal’s HIP Color Presso glosses might be worth a shot, but if you’re looking for the rich pigmentation you’d normally expect from a HIP product, these are definitely a pass.