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Shin Min Ah Inspired Soft Smokey Look



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Hi Everyone,

Another inspired look! I loved Shin Min Ah's commercial so I decided to film an inspired look on it. The lighting settings (dark v. light) and everything is different (especially her face shape and mine T_T), but the key to this look is "subtleness". If you watch the commercial linked below, you can tell that she has makeup on, but not in a noticeable way. Also, her younger looking appearance is helped by NOT elongating or manipulating her eyeliner and flawless skin. Her makeup is overall very minimal and clean. I think this soft smokey look can be used either during the day or at night for those that don't like piling up too much makeup. :)










Products used

Nina Ricci Flash Beauty Enhancer
Benefit Boi-ing concealer
Nars Sheer Glow + Beauty Blender
Urban Decay Brow box in Brown sugar
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit
3 Concept Eyes #Shoo black
MAC stylesnob eyeshadow
Tony Moly party liner + Dior 066 Trendy Taupe
N.Y.C. eyelash curler
Dior Black Out Mascara
Bourjois blush in 35 Lune D'or
MAC angel lipstick
(added - powder sponge and powder from Beauty credit)









My nail polish in the video is this

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American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Dynasty




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Hey everyone,
I was in the mood for purple, but I didn't want a dark purple. I decided to rummage through my nail polishes and I stumbled upon this! Oh how I love how the mauve-purple color suits my skin tone!

This is actually my first nail polish from American Apparel, and I absolutely love it!
Here are some pros and cons about this product.


Pros
Beautiful color.
Dries fairly quickly.
Pretty bottle.

Cons
Long brush stem makes it difficult to maneuver the brush.
Doesn't spread out evenly on the nail.
Needs at least 2-3 coats for opaqueness.
Doesn't last long and chips easily.


I've applied 2 coats with a top coat on my nails and it took exactly two and a half days for the chipping to start. Despite the chipping, I love love love the color!!

Do you guys have a favorite AA color? Any thoughts? :)


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February Favorites! :)



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Hi Everyone,
Time flies! I'm late on my favorites again, but nonetheless here it is! :)



Most of my Feb favs were more of my oldies. I haven't had access to my makeup for the longest time and I think I'm going through a phase of re-connecting with the ones that I had totally forgotten about.


Many of the products were reviewed on this blog before. For convenience I've scraped up some of the pictures related to some products introduced.

You can read about Butter London's Queen Vic here

Missha eyeliner
You can read about the eyeliner here



Here are some swatches of the products mentioned in the video :)

As you can see, the brow box shades (on the lower right side of each picture) aren't as dark as they appear in the box.

Here are the blushes on their own.
Tipsy is a crazy neon coral color, so one should be careful to subtly build it up when applying it. Out of the three, I am more inclined towards adored and peach perfection (first impression-wise).

Here's how they look in their cases. You can read more about the blushes here

And here's the dress I was wearing ^_^
It is from prettyDNA.com - the trendsetting Bling dress. Super stretchy and comfy (easily fits up to US size 6 or skinny 8) with accent pockets on the side to add some functionality. Love the dress! You can buy it here


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Collective Haul Intro



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Hi everyone,

I feel like I've been good with the 'no makeup shopping' ban for a while, so as a reward to myself, I hauled a bit /insert guilty face here/. Today's post is going to be more of an "introductory" post and I'll try to break down the products and go into detailed reviews after I've tried them a bit

Some are from sasa.com and some are from Sephora.

Let's start with the Nars foundation.
I'm usually more of a foundation person (not so much a BB cream person), and since the weather in LA is heating up really quickly, I decided to go for more wearable and sheer/light foundations. I love my Bobbi Brown skin foundation, but couldn't resist buying another light weight foundation.


It's the Nars Sheer Glow foundation, and I'm in shade Light 2, Mont Blanc.
I compared it with light 1 and light 3, and light 1 is too light for my skin tone and light 3 is too pink for me. Light 2 has more yellow undertone to it, and I think for my fare Asian skin it's a perfect match. I usually fit the second lightest shade of most foundations (MAC NC20, bobbi brown 2 sand, Revlon colorstay 150 buff, etc..).
I have it on right now and it's extremely light weight and sheer. The coverage isn't comparable to other heavy duty foundations, but it's perfect for light, everyday makeup.




Next, Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes.


I've been dying to get my hands on these blushes! They are actually my first Tarte products, and so far, I only have good things to say about this brand. I love that they are a cruelty free company and for some reason I'm already fond of the products they put out.
I know doll face is the famous one, but I wasn't impressed with the powdery formula. I got Tipsy (a bright, almost neon, coral - with a hint of pink in it), which seems to be in the permanent line and Adored, which was in a separate collection. Adored is a vivid pink blush with tons of silvery shimmers in it. Even one swatch shows how this blush makes your skin glow with the subtle shimmers.


Next, I have two Japanese brand eyebrow products.



Kiss Me (the brand famous for their heroine mascaras), heavy rotation eyebrow coloring formula in its lightest color - Light Ash. It's actually a eyebrow color for people with bleached hair, but I decided to give it a go since there are some makeup looks I would like to create with lighter brows. It's such a convenient concept since you don't have to bleach out your eyebrows to match whatever hair color you have. Purchased from sasa.com




Next is from Kose, cosmagic: Visual Up Brow.
It's a coppery shimmer formula, and does the same trick as the Kiss Me Heavy Rotation. It's a tad bit darker than Kiss Me, so it's more for girls with chocolate brown hair or medium light brown hair. Also useful when you want to change up your brow color without having to use drastic measures. This was purchased from sasa.com



I also bought some sunscreen. Inevitably, I'm out in the sun a lot more than I want nowadays and I'm rapidly depleting my CNP sunscreen. I wanted a powerful and effective sunscreen, and out of the ones in the market, Anessa is notorious(?) for doing the best job.


Seems promising, so I will try to do a review after I use up CNP sunscreen and start using this. I'm also interested in the foundation, but I'll decide on the purchase after I have a good experience with this sunscreen.


Next is a face illuminator from Milani.
I believe this is from their spring 2012 collection.

The targets I go to are extremely slow to put in new stock, so I'm a bit late on Milani's spring collection. I grabbed 01 Amber Nectar. I actually wanted 03 Beauty's Touch, but there were none in stock. Swatches and review will be up very soon! :)


Last but not least is Lower Lashes from Eyelash Extension.

They are a bit longer and sparser than what I wanted them to be. I'm not going to open it until I need it for a tutorial. I'm always on the look out for good lower lashes, so we'll see how I like it. :)


That was about it with my recent hauls.
I'm excited to try them out and share them in my upcoming videos.
Swatches reviews will be up individually once I use the products and have a concrete opinion about how the product works.


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