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JLPT 2009 :)

I finally safely registered after failing to do so for two consecutive years :p

I was super busy during the 2007 registration period, missed it, got super pissed at myself, and then forgot to register again in 2008. -_-;

Anyway, I finally registered for this year's exam ^^
For those of you that are planning to take the test hurry~ time flies and before you know, the period is going to end!

I should start studying tmr :p I feel super motivated!!

- Catalina -
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A Mariah Carey Nudy look :)

So I was watching MC's "O holy Night" video this morning, and it just reminded me of how much I love MC. And by love I mean serious LOVING <3
I don't know why people always talk bad about her, call her names and try to bring her down :(
So what if she has a diva-ish attitude, she's not like some joe schmo who gained fame because she had a famous daddy or because of her weight gain and weight loss.
Anyway, aside of that, I have always adored MC's hair and makeup (esp. after she went blonde). She always seems to wear makeup, clothes, shoes and her hair that flatters her in the best way!

here's a capture of her look in the video

so let's start :)
First apply any type of face stuff you want.
Since Mariah has flawless skin, try to imitate her skin as much as possible
(primer, foundation, concealer, powder..etc, whatever you want to use ^^)
I used Revlon's Colorstay foundation in 220 Natural Beige

Now with the brows..
MC has a somewhat defined brows and they aren't too thick nor too thin
so we'll define our brows in that manner.
I drew them a bit darker than usual
(Sephora Colorful mono matte. no.1)

Prime your eyelids before you apply shadow
Something that has a gold base is preferably better since we are aiming for shiny, nudy lids
- I already applied mine -
(Mac Paint Pot in "Rubenesque")

Apply a nude-toned shadow all over your lids
try to feather is out so the harsh lines aren't visible
- Left eye (on the picture) is a completed look, right eye is in progress -
(MUFE Star Powder in # 947)

Tightline your lashline.
Try to minimize the thickness so the edge of your lids won't look heavy when you close your eyes
- Left is completed, right is in progress -
(Lancome Le Crayon Kohl in Chataigne)

Bring down the eyeliner to where the red X mark is.
As you can see, the outer corner is thicker than where the under lashline liner ends.
Try to gradually slim down the line so it could look natural.
- left eye (on the picture) is an completed look, the right one is in progress -
(Lancome Le Crayon Kohl in "Chataigne")

Using a small angled brush, pat on a dark shade ON your eyeliner so it won't smudge or blend out. That's a big no no for this look.
Don't drag out the shadow or anything.. just firmly pat it exactly on top of the eyeliner
(Sephora colorful mono matte no.1)

Curl your lashes :)
but not so close to your roots. that will make your lashes jump and stand up, which won't go well with this uber natural look. just a slight curl is good.
(Shiseido Eyelash curler)

Coat both your upper and lower lashes
If you have short stubborn lashes like me, it's okay to apply several coats on the upper lashes
but be careful with the lower lashes. Especially if you have long lower lashes..
Since there isn't that much eyeliner on your lower lashline, you don't want your lower lashes to stick out because it will create a messy look on your eyes.
Moderation is the way to go. don't get excited and over coat your lower lashes
(Giorgio Armani Maestro Intense Mascara in black)

Alrighty.. this is the half-way done look.
It doesn't seem like much since everything is so subtle, but if you compare it with the first picture, there is some difference :D

So, back to the look.
Now we're going to do the cheeks. If you look closely at MC's makeup she has a peachy blush
swept heavily on her cheeks.
To create that look, smile as much as you can and try to apply an coral or orangy toned blush all over the dotted area with the tip of your brush.
after that, don't forget to blend out any harsh edges
(Mac Mineralized Blush in "Nuance")

Use a nude-toned lipstick for your lips.
I chose the wrong one, and it had pink undertones to it...
but try to stick with nude shades that have more of a brown undertone to it
(Mac lipstick in "Myth")

If you want some glossiness, also use a nude-toned gloss or a colorless one.
I used one that has brown undertones to it
(Dior Addict Ultra Shine Reflect in 127)

And here's the finished look.
Sorry, I just failed to take the finished look in better lighting.. =/
but I'm sure you guys get the idea :D

Hope this helped!

* Don't forget!! I have BLOGTV at 10:30 PM (EST) today :D
come join me!! :)

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MUFE news + haul

Hey guys! :)

Sorry I was a bit MIA
Anyway, I wouldn't have thought to post another haul post (since I don't have the swatches yet!) but just in case you guys didn't know about the steal of the day --> (I'm not sure about all the sephora's but, the one on 42nd street& 7th ave. in NYC is giving away a free shadow palette -$20.00 value- if you buy three eyeshadow (or glitters, cream shadows, star powder, diamond powder etc.) products :) - call and ask a Sephora near you ^__^
* update: If you are going to buy things at, the code is MUFE at checkout :D I guess it is an ongoing thing at every Sephora

so, I was originally there to buy the diamond powder #1 and star powder #947, but wanted the free palette so ended up buying other stuff too. ugh.. I really shouldn't let the sales people come near me.. I always get carried away and buy more than what I need..

So, here's a shot from what I got today (I didn't buy the lancome palette =/ I thought I had long lost it and found it in my other bag so I included it because I feel like I've scored a palette :p)

* A Make Up For Ever (MUFE) HD Kabuki Brush - The case just makes you want to buy it...
* MUFE Star Powder in 947 (peachy pink with gold glitters) & 950 (black with gold glitters)
* MUFE glitters in #4 (White Violet)
* Lancome Color Design in Designer (Khaki with gold glitters)
* Lancome Color Design Lipsticks in Debut (Indian pinkish) and "IT" Girl (Salmon color)
* Free stuff : MUFE shadow palette, Masaki/Masaki eau de parfum sample, Too Faced lash injection mascara sample

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Grabs of the day

Hi everyone :)
The weather here is was piping hot when I went out, and pouring like madness when I was walking back home, and the rain stopped the moment I stepped into my building.. =/
Anyway, here's some new goodies I got today :) Some are for myself, and some are for the sub-gifts of the giveaway I recently had on YT.

Family shot :)

Bunch of Lancomes :) They all smell soooo good

An Armani Set :) the mascara and eyeshadow is just what I wanted!
the eye pencil is like the bummer =/ but oh well, I'll try to make use of it

*Typo: intesne (x) intense (o) :p

Nina Ricci's primer-ish stuff.
not very impressed on the first use..

Benefit Powder pop! palette :D

Lancome pencils

Eyeshadow :D whoo hoo~

Nameless brand's shadows. They were $1.99.. can't go wrong with that :p

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Hublot Geneve Big Bang St. Valentin watch


I'm not usually drawn into watches, but the moment I saw this baby, I was like "I want.."

This one, and the Big Bang Apple (a bright green version of this) are my two favorites <3

Too bad it's not like anywhere near a couple grands.. It's like 30K *jaw drops*
But it looks totally worth every penny of its price.

what do you guys think?
over priced or totally worth it?
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Purple Look

Just an easy purple look using the CS 88 shimmer palette :)

* 9. bexactly? I meant "exactly" :p

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New stuff

Hmm.. I noticed that I haven't been persistent with haul or reviews. I should be more informative and keep you guys updated with the stuff I get.

So, two products that I am looking forward to are..

1. The body shop camomile waterproof eye make-up remover.
It was on a promotional price (9.00 dollars, and 9.80 dollars with tax included at the body shop). I think the original retail is around 14.99 but they are having a promotion on it, so if you guys want to grab it, now is your chance :)

2. Jojoba Oil
I heard that jojoba oil is good for your hair. They sell various brands at Whole Foods and other places (this one is from whole foods, "whole body" section)

anyway, I will update you guys with how I like the products :D

- Catalina -

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Blogtv EVERY WEEK :)

Hi gals,
my blogtv schedule is every saturday night 10:30 ~ (prob. 1 or 2 hours)
I was going to start today, but I am a bit sick so we are going to start next week (August, 22 2009) I might have some guerilla sessions before next Saturday, but for now the "official" regular schedule is


hope to see you guys starting from next week :D
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Doodling on pictures

does anyone else do this? LOL

(LOL.. the background stuff is when I was a neuroscience major :p)
* Careful with plastic bottle tops ladies..~ I broke my benetint because I twisted it too hard (same damage done to my MAC fix+ T-T) Look at all the formula that was lost while trying to fix it

hehe, it's fun :p


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FOTD 081309 - Brown colored lenses

Hi! :)

Just a reminder!
BlogTV Trial week is ending tomorrow!! (come Join me at 2:00 - 4:00 pm tmr)

I will be doing one more BlogTV during the daytime (2-4 pm) tomorrow (Aug. 14th, Friday) and decide on what day/time I will hold blogTV regularly
Currently, the most asked is every Saturday 9 or 10 PMish.
If you want to suggest any dates or time slots, please let me know!

---------- [ FOTD ] ----------

Just for those that are new, I'm trying on 5 different colors/kinds of new lenses that I've got.
Today was the Brown ones :D (CM902) <-- If you want to see how the lenses look like click here

err.. I look spaced out, but I was trying my best to show the lenses :p

Sorry :p no natural lighting, :( The weather was mad cloudy today and everything came out as a black blur..

For those of you that are curious, these lenses are from Mesmerized Eyes


Check out the back of the t-shirt I'm wearing in the picture LOL

oops.. it came out backwards! LOL here's the link

It was actually in the kids' section, but I think most Asians can relate to me on American clothing sizes :p
sizes are sized too big and junior wear or kids clothes fit perfectly fine.

anyway, I was at the penguin store and I was just excited about the penguin mark, I became so delusional I misread "lifeguard on Duty" as "Penguin on Duty"
... It is probably because the e, g, u were close to each other on "Lifeguard" -_-;;;

well.. it was on sale, so I have no problems :/
I just wanted to show you guys the penguin mark ^__^
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FOTD 081209 + gray lenses

I'm trying out one set of my new lenses everyday :)
Today I tried the gray ones (CM901) and they look really natural!

close up of CM901 (gray lenses)

with natural lighting coming through the window.

Facing direct sunlight (although it is a very cloudy day today)

Indoors (there's barely any sunlight coming through, and one lamp is on)

I'm just happy with the lenses!

and here's a pic from last night..
I accidently snapped while I was setting the camera up for something

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FOTD 081109 + new colored lenses

wearing Ch622 in natural lighting

one close up, one mug shot.
they don't look that artificial :p (i think) but if the flash goes off, the colored part is def. going to stand out!

* A note on these new lenses.
I've only tried on two pairs, and maybe I need some time to get used to them. Compared to freshlooks lenses, I feel like these geo lenses are a bit thicker, thus rolls around on the surface of my eye a bit more than the freshlooks.
Also, when I blink, the lens just stays where it is so my eyes roll back and not the lens, and when I open my eye, it is a split second, but you could kind of see the syndication get out of wack. I feel a bit of pressure on my eyes, but please keep in mind that my eyes are very very sensitive and have had many problems in the past, so it could just be my problem. :)
Other than that, I like these since they don't look too obvious in real life, especially in indoor settings

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New Color Lenses (A LOT ^_^)

Yay~ My new lenses finally came <3
I've always wanted to try the Geo Angle Lenses, and I got five pairs of them in the mail today!

Click to enlarge~! The original images are HUGE

Here's CM832 (a blue circle lens)

This one is CH622 (Blue two-toned color lenses)

This one is CM901 (A three-toned Soft Bluish Gray color lens)
* Looks almost identical to my Freshcolors gray lenses

CM902 (Soft Two Toned Brown colored lenses)

CM834 (Honey colored circle lenses)

I couldn't get swatches on my eyes since the indoor lighting at my place is so poor (everything comes out yellow when I don't have natural lighting). But I will be wearing these more frequently in my tuts and videos :)
Oh, I got mine from Mesmerized Eyes :)

* Side note on opening..
I cut my hands and ripped my nails while trying to force the bottle open. See that arrow? that's where you lift the top and open the bottle. Be careful since the foil part is rigid and sharp!

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