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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick Feel The Love - Swatch and Review




Packaging
  • Rose gold metallic case. I find the packaging neat, simple, with a high end touch to it. The cover slides all the way down to the base. 


Product
  • Feel the Love is a medium rosy brown nude with a shiny cream finish.
  • The formula feels a bit thick but it's very creamy, pigmented, and applies smoothly and flawlessly. 
  • It's very hydrating and the color last for up to 5 hours before I notice signs of fading.
  • It has a delicious cup cake scent. 


Final Thought

I'm not sure if this is a limited edition shade but I found it at the Bare Minerals outlet store. I wished the formula was a bit lighter but otherwise, it is an outstanding formula. The fact that it is thicker also helps with keeping the lips hydrated for hours and prolong the wear of the color. 

Rating: 9.5/10








Prom Makeup & Quick Life Update



I'm still alive...in case anyone is wondering. There are a few reasons why I haven't been around much on my blog lately. 

1. My computer is extremely slow. Yes, it's time for an upgrade and I'm hoping to get a new one in the next couple months. Because of that, it makes my time on the computer not very enjoyable since I don't have the patience to wait around, I've lost the desire to be on it.
2. Most importantly, I've hit a huge lack of motivation. I don't feel like anyone cares much my posts so I figure it wouldn't matter much if I don't stick to a routine schedule. 
3. Prom, graduation...wow, this is happening too fast for me. I can't believe my second kid is done with high school already. I feel like I blinked and a decade has gone by already. I'm at a point in my life where I feel something is still missing. Not quite sure what I should do with myself.


Prom week was pretty hectic for me. I wore many hats: seamstress, hair stylist, makeup artist, and photographer. First, we received my daughter's dress just 2 weeks before prom even though we ordered it like a month ago. I was gonna have it altered by a tailor but was too busy with work to find one so eventually I decided to save some money and do it myself at the last minute, smh....
Also at the last minute, I discovered that my daughter's dress was too small. At that point I was seriously freaking out. I'm not sure what happened because the size that we tried in store fitted her perfectly. The one she got even though the size was supposedly the same, it was a couple inches too small! I had to think fast and had the genius idea of creating a corset-like deal on the back of the dress. I purchased a few round jewelry hardware from the craft store and sew them along the zipper line and then used a medium size ribbon and weaved through the loops, which made the top of the dress totally adjustable. One problem solved, one more to go. The dress was way too long for her and had too many layers of tulle I needed to cut out. This project literally took me 8 hours to complete.

I curled her hair but hair styling is not my strong suit and by the time we were ready to take pictures, the curls went flat. Sorry for the lack of detailed pictures on the makeup. I was rushed rushed and forgot.

For Vanessa's makeup I did a smoky teal/purple:


For Mandy's makeup, I did a gold/black cut crease smokey look:
  • MAC Paint Pot Treasure Hunt on lid
  • MAC Pigment Old Gold and MAC Glitter Reflects Gold on lid
  • On the crease, Kat Von D Shade + Light palette (Samael and Shax)
  • Anastasia Dipbrow pomade Dark Brown on brows
  • NARS Laguna bronzer for contour
  • Milani Baked Blush Rose D'Oro for cheeks
  • Revlon lip butter Tutti Fruitti





Mandy's dress is by Charlotte Russe --> HERE
Vanessa's dress is from Peaches Boutique --> HERE

To view the rest of the prom photo session, you can hop over to my photo blog HERE.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Urban Decay Electric Palette - Swatches, Review, and Makeup Looks



Hey yall...I'm very tired at the moment. My sleep pattern has been out of wack these past couple days but fortunately, I have this review ready for you before I pass out.

Packaging
  • Made of sturdy plastic with colorful clouds/smoke design that suit the colorful theme of this palette
  • 10 eyeshadow pans, .04 oz or 1.2 g each. They are about the size of a quarter.
  • wide mirror
  • 2 sided eyeshadow brush with synthetic bristles. One side is ideal for applying eyeshadow on the lid and the other is ideal for lining the eyeshadow. I'm actually liking this brush. 

Product
  • There is a warning that Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not for use around the eye. I personally didn't get any allergic reaction when I used them on the eye area but still a little bummed that Urban Decay would put out a gorgeous palette like this and have half of the colors with such a warning.
  • Scroll down to the swatches for the description of each shade.
  • Most of the shades have a pretty good pigmentation and are easy to work with. The texture and finish vary a bit between shades but most of them feel velvety and smooth.
  • You can use a few of them together to create fun and bold makeup looks or use a wash of color for something more simple. 
  • It's hard to pick a favorite shade because they are so beautiful in their own way but I'm super excited to have Chaos on hand. It's a truly stunning royal matte blue. My least favorite shade is Revolt since it's less pigmented and very frosty. I wished it looked more like liquid metal. 
  • They last all day with a primer.

Final Thought

Overall, this is one of the best colorful eyeshadow palette I have in my collection. I love the bright packaging, large mirror, and handy dandy brush. Although I wouldn't call this a compact palette, it's a fairly good size and not too bulky. The quality of the eyeshadows are excellent. If you have sensitive skin you may experience an allergic reaction to some of the shades that they don't recommend to use on the eye area but I didn't have any issues with them personally. If you love to play with bright and bold colors, I would highly recommend this palette.

Rating: 9.5/10

Price: $49.00
Availability: Urban Decay, Sephora, Ulta







Revolt - shimmery light silvery. It's no doubt my least favorite shade of the palette. It's more of a frosty finish so the pigmentation is less intense. You can make it more intense by applying it wet though.
Gonzo - cerulean blue with slight shimmers
Slowburn - slight shimmery bright medium orange with red undertone
Savage - matte neon pink
Fringe - shimmery teal



Chaos - matte royal blue. One of the most stunning blue eyeshadow I've seen.
Jilted - fuchsia with blue shimmers
Urban - shimmery purple with blue shimmers
Freak - light warm toned shimmery green
Thrash - medium chartreuse with slight shimmers

Lastly, you probably remember these makeup looks if you have been following me for a while. Click on the link to view more pictures and detail of product used.

Look#1

Look#2

Look#3


Look#4

Monday, May 18, 2015

NYX Glam Liner Aqua Luxe Swatches - Glam Nude, Glam Platinum, Glam Pink



I've previously done a review on these NYX Glam Liners liners in different shades if you are interested in reading the review you can head over this post HERE, which includes swatches for the shades: Glam Azure, Glam Golden, Glam Lagoon, and Glam 24 Karat.

The only differences I noticed between these shades and the ones I previously purchased is that these were not thin and are pretty pigmented on the first pass. The other shades started out with a thin formula but eventually thickened over time.

Another thing I've noticed and thought was really weird is that the brush size and length is very inconsistent across the shades. The brush size on Glam Nude is almost twice the length of the others, it's a bit ridiculous.




Swatches from left to right:
  • Glam Nude - sparkling shimmery light nude
  • Glam Platinum - sparkling shimmery light silver
  • Glam Pink - sparkling shimmery light pink
As you can see they are very shinny and sparkly. Definitely more appropriate for a glam or evening look but I think you can still rock these for a daytime look if you like that extra sparkle on your lash line.


Klenspop Contact Review - Bunny Brown and Ruby Queen Gray



Hey everyone,

Today, I have a contact lens review for you. These lenses were sponsored by Klenspop who kindly sent these two pairs for me to review.
The package arrived in a small cardboard box with bubble wrap for extra cushion. The products were in pristine condition. I received it within a week, which was a lot faster than I expected for a package coming from Korea.  
  



Each pair of contact is enclosed in a small box with cute cartoon design and instructions in the back. Inside the box, they also include a plastic looking tweezer to pick up the lenses from the vial and a contact case to store the lenses. I like how the case is transparent and allows you to see the color of the contact inside. I find the tweezers difficult to hold but what I do is pour half of the solution out of the vial and then gently drag them out with the tweezer rather than trying to pick them out.





If you've used circle lenses before then you must already be familiar how to open the vials but for someone new, here's what you should know that might help:

1. There is a notch marking on the vial to indicate where you should start.
2.  Lifting carefully lift the cover
3.  Pull it back
4.  At this point you can either go clockwise or counterclockwise and remove the aluminum seal.
5.  There will be time you may break off the plastic cover before you can break the aluminum seal. 
6.  If that happens, use a pair of tweezers or plier to remove the aluminum seal. Do not attempt to remove it with your bare fingers because you will likely cut yourself.
7.  Remove the rubber cap. \
8.  Prior to using the case, I always wash it with soap and water. Then I dip a Q-Tip in alcohol.
9.  I rub the Q-Tip on case to sanitize and disinfect any possible germs around it.



Here I have the Bunny Brown contacts. It's sold for $15 a pair, which is pretty affordable. It's 14 mm in diameter and has 38% water content. The contact is good for 1 year.



Bunny Brown is a warm dark brown that slightly lighten and add warmth to my natural eyes. They look quite natural and lovely. They offer a noticeable enlargement without looking huge and lastly, they are super comfortable. I can wear them all day without any irritation or dryness. 



On the left is my natural eye and on the right is Bunny Brown

Bunny Brown in natural light

Bunny Brown in natural light

Bunny Brown in natural light

Bunny Brown in flash light

Bunny Brown in flash light

Bunny Brown in flash light



Here I have Ruby Queen Gray. The pair is sold for $21.00. It is also 14 mm in diameter and contains 38% water content. It is also good for 1 year.



The Ruby Queen Gray is a rather unusual pick for me but because I wear a stronger prescription my choices were a bit limited. I decided to go with it anyways and I'm glad that I did. The enlargement is just right and perfect for me. Makes my eyes look bigger but not creepy. The design is really cute. Well at least in my opinion, they are really cute and fun because they have a diamond cut pattern. It's like wearing jewels on your eyes, hehe. I know it sounds weird but it looked better than I thought. I was a bit weary at first cause I wasn't sure about them but after trying them on, I love them. I noticed that they are also super thin. These are like the thinnest and most comfortable contacts I have ever tried. I seriously can't feel them at all. Now, the only thing that I'm not really loving about these is that I find that the power is a slightly off and not as sharp as they should be. It's not too bad. I can still see things just fine but I just can't read certain signs from a distance when I drive.



Ruby Queen Gray on the left and my natural eye on the right

Ruby Queen Gray in natural light

Ruby Queen Gray in natural light

Ruby Queen Gray in natural light

Ruby Queen Gray in flash light

Ruby Queen Gray in flash light

Ruby Queen Gray in flash light

There you have it. I love and appreciate the packaging and the way it was delivered. I've been wearing them for a couple weeks and both contacts are really comfortable and lovely. When I was taking pictures of the contact on one eye and leaving one eye bare, was like OMG my bare eyes are so little! Thank goodness for circle lenses for bigger dolly eyes. If you find the design appealing, they are totally worth a try. 

Feel free to check out Klenspop website HERE for more info and for other lenses they have available.


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