Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sigma 20% Off

I know it's been a while, but I want to do this quick post to let you know Sigma Beauty has a 20$ of code next week. Hopefully I can share with you some new treasures I recently picked up. This would also be a good opportunity for anyone new to the brand to pick up some brushes. Overall, I like Sigma brushes, but I did notice in my recent order, some of the brushes had a makeover over time.

Anyway, the code is SBAP20 Go to SigmaBeauty.com to check it out!! They also recently launched a new eyliner line, which I have yet to try...maybe I'll also purchase next week too :)

Here are some of my favorite products:

E25 - Blending Brush:  This is like the MAC 217. It's a good size for small eyes (like me) that you can use clean to blend any harsh lines out, or to add some kind of blending/transition color. I know people who even use this with concealers.

F10 - Blush Brush: This is a nice, flat blush brush that I find really a good size and shape for any type of powder blush application.

Performance Eyes Kit: This is a nice kit for smaller eyes, or for those who have their basic brushes already. The brushes are on the smaller side, making them good for more precise application. If there's one brush in this set I use all the time, it's the E46 - Inner Corner Brush, which I use on the inner corners, or even on the browbone.

New Synthetic Essential Kit 10 Brushes: I like the Sigmax fibers, and this kit is nice to have, especially if you use a lot of cream and liquid products. I prefer these brushes to the Bunny kit brushes because they're a lot more dense.

Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove: This thing is pretty neat. Use it to deep cleanse your brushes, and keep your hands dry! Another plus is that it feels really soft on the insides, so when your hand starts to get hot because you have a million brushes to wash, it won't be sweaty and gross :) If you make a purchase of $30 (I'm assuming post-discount, pre-tax/shipping), you get a "mini" glove, which is actually a really shrunken down one, that's not a glove, it's just like one sided, with most of the surfaces that the big one has.

All the brushes in the kits I named above are available separately, so don't have to commit to such a big purchase. However, if you do want to splurge, this would be the time, since it will be 20% off :)

Talk to you soon! 

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Monday, November 12, 2012

OMBRE Much? The Trend

So, ombre is no news right now, but I wanted to give a few thoughts on it...what makes it work, what doesn't. Anyway, for those of you living in a cave, ombre is the term for hair color that goes from a dark color (usually at the roots) to a light color (usually at the tips).

So in my eyes and experiences, I think there's two ways to go about the trend. There's either dark roots or light tips. Now, I know, that may confuse a few, but here's what I mean.

Dark Roots:
courtesy of funmiogunja.com
courtesy of allthingsjenni.com
Light Tips:

courtesy of paperyandcakery.com

courtesy of glamour.com

Don't really know if that makes sense, but I just see it as different placement of the fade. I personally think that this works best by using your natural color at your roots. I think there are people who actually place their color on their roots, but it kinda defeats the lazy element of this technique, by making it more maintenance---either way it's up to you. I think that people with naturally lighter hair, pull off the dark roots better, and those with naturally darker hair pull off the light tips better. This is all my opinion, though.

Of course, with trends, we always have trends gone wrong:
Courtesy of http://afroboudoir.com

  
Courtesy of Getty Images
Both of these ladies have fallen victim to a colorist that didn't catch the concept of FADE! Making the colors blend together is the key to make it look "natural"

There's different ways to achieve the look. If your hair is naturally on the lighter side, you can probably get away with playing with permanent and/or semi-permanent color. If you have darker hair like me, you probably have to go the bleach route. Bleach isn't as scary as it seems, to me. it's just a lot of conditioning, and your hair will be ok (kinda).

Do you like the ombre trend? Is it over already, or did you never like it in the first place. I think it's a great way to change up your look without the commitment of a full head of color :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Holiday Glitterey Eyes

So I just bought Lorac 3D Liquid Lusture, which I saw xSparkage use a million times, and I felt like I had to get it. Just so you know, till November 12 (Monday), Sephora has their annual holiday VIB sale...20% off to qualifying customers. Check it out :D

This look is really simple (and can be even simpler), and you pair it with any lip...I like it with a darker lip, for the holiday/winter season :) Hope you like!!


This is it...the "Holiday Version"


This is with a more.. "me" lip color...I'll list both versions below ;)

EYES

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • theBalm Matt Ramirez and Matt Smith (from Meet Matt(e) palette) eyeshadows
  • theBalm Sassy and Sleek (from Nude Tude palette) eyeshadows-kinda optional
  • LORAC 3D Liquid Lusture in Diamond
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion
  • Maybelline Volum Express the Colossal Mascara
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Virgin
  • MAC Prolongwear Lip Pencil in Saunter


First I primed...a must for an oily skinned girl like me. Then, all I did was a cut-crease type shape with Matt Ramirez, and blended it a bit with Matt Smith. Then used the liquid luster on the lid. Apply a winged eyeliner, and mascara. The optional part is what I did on the bottom to brighten the eyes. I used Sassy right under the lashes, and Sleek to outline that. You can use a nude pencil (like Saunter) to brighten some more on the waterline.

FACE

  • MAC Matchmaster Foundation in 4.0
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer in Honey (under eyes)
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (contour)
  • MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Medium Dark


LIPS

Light:

  • MAC Prolongwear Lip Pencil in Saunter
  • MAC Lipstick in Syrup


Dark:

  • Studio Gear Cosmetics Lipstick in Winter Red (how appropriate!)
FYI I applied the dark color over the light stuff because I was too lazy to take it off


I totally recommend getting the LORAC 3D Liquid Luster like NOW! It's a cool product that can make your holiday make up fun, but totally easy. Just put it on a flat concealer/paddle brush (like the tiniest of beads) and that can cover your whole lid!!!

Have fun!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Christina Aguilera on The Voice Season 3 Blind Auditions

from aguileraonline.com

Now I'm not crazy obsessed with The Voice on NBC, but I'm always interested to see Christina Aguilera's makeup on the show. She always has some craziness going on, and I liked her look for the blind auditions.

Here's my rendition of the look:

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Eyes:

I really tried to make it a "contrasting smokey" with a bit of sparkle. Does that even make sense? My eyes are too small/short to wear crazy lashes like Christina, but here's a rundown of what I used:

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance (original) to prime
  • Maybelline Master Shape in Deep Brown to fill in brows
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow pencil in Juju (limited edition, any brown-ish/frosted color works)
  • TheBalm Nude Tude pallete: Selfish on the lids, Sleek in the crease and slightly blended, Serious to further define the crease, Sassy on the browbone, in between the "flick" of the crease color and liner, and to lighten the lid
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Naked to blend out the harshness of the crease definition
  • MAC Pressed Pigment in Warming Heart (Face & Body collection) pressed (don't swipe it...it's finicky like that) onto lids to give the iridescence and sparkle.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Preversion
  • Maybelline Volum Express Mega Plush Waterproof mascara in Blackest Black
If you have a taller lid space, false lashes would totally work, and I recommend!


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Face

I tried to keep the face pretty clean and flawless

  • Eve Pearl High Definition Dual Foundation in Tan (the light side) allover the face
  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Medium under the eyes
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer in Beige under the eyes (ontop salmon concealer), around nose and mouth, down bridge of nose
  • Tarte Smooth Operator to set face


Cheeks

I kept it slightly contoured, and peachy

  • Eve Pearl High Definition Dual Foundation in Tan (the dark side) to slightly define the cheekbone
  • MAC Blush in Blunt to set the contour color
  • NARS Blush in Orgasm on apples of cheeks


Lips

Christina's lip is kind of a bright orange toned pink, something watermelon-like. I used a lip color that was too blue based, so I tried to balance it with the gloss. Make sure you hydrate the lips while you do the rest of the look (I like Lush Honey Trap)

  • MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture to line and fill lips
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie
  • My Glam Glam Gloss


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Sorry, still can't get too close, but here you can see the definition and the liner :) Let me know what you think, and hopefully I can do more regular posting soon!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dianna Agron at the Met Gala 2012

I always adore Dianna Agron's red carpet looks. This was no exception. I just really like the color of the dress and how the makeup really compliments it.


from dianna-agron.com

Here's my rendition:
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I used a warmer brown on the lid and a slightly cooler brown under the eyes. I also did a little bit of layering things I have to reach something I thought fit the look. Hope you like it!

Here's the products I used:

Eyes
 
  • Maybeline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Soft Brown
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Inglot eyeshadows in 457, 402, 365
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Yeyo (original formula)
  • MAC Crushed Metallic Pigment in Aloha
  • MAC Shadestick in Street Cool (optional)
  • Stila Convertible Mascara
BROWS: I do my brows first. Because the look is so bold, you want your brows to be defined, but not crazy bold.

PRIME: Prime your lids to get the most out of your eyeshadows.

COLOR: First, I used Inglot 457 all over the lid, a little beyond the crease. Then I took the pigment and applied it wet over that shadow, leaving a little space with just the shadow. Then, packed a little more of the 457 on top to get the sparkle.  I took the shadestick under the eye, and layered 402 ontop, I know the shadestick is old, but I thought it made the eyeshadow more intense, use it if you have it, is what I say :) I used 365 on the inner corners, although she didn't look like she had much shimmer in the mix besides the lid. You can use a skin toned color there, but I would use something to brighten up. To finish the eyes, use your favorite mascara

Face
  • MAC Matchmaster Foundation in 4.0
  • Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer
  • Stila Coverup Stick in d
  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Medium
  • Maybeline Age Rewind Double Face Perfector in Medium Beige (the highlight side)
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Finishing Powder
  • Korres Blush in Orange 
FOUNDATION: I applied a light layer of foundation with a wet brush, then mixed the primer with the foundation and applied it on top.

CONCEAL: I then used the Stila concealer to spot cover my crazy breakouts and the Eve Pearl to cover the dark circles and to difuse the edges of the makeup under the eyes.

HIGHLIGHT: I used a highlight concealer to brighten up my nose and forehead, as well as under the eyes.

CHEEKS: I then set everything before I applied the blush to the apples of my cheeks and I set again...I'm sooooo oily! If you're drier, just set after everything.

Lips
  • Dior Ultra Gloss in Beige Tweed
  • MAC Lipstick in I Love Winter
Make sure your lips are moisturized :) I think Dianna used a more matte/satin lipstick, but I just picked something in the same tone, and then layered the lipstick on top. I thin any pink-nude would make the look great!

Overall, I really liked doing this look. I still have yet to figure out my lighting so that the colors in my pictures come out more accurate. Hope if you try this  you can see that it does resemble the look, on me: the Asian version.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day Sales

Ok, I know this is last minute, but since my inbox has been bombarded with these emails, thought I'd share. Most of these are Mother's Day specials, but some I threw in too so that you have a variety to look at :) Some interesting things in case your last minute gift ain't as great as you think either :)

LAMCOME  Coupon code: FRIENDS

Friends & Family Sale: 20% off site wide, and if you use ebates, you get 7% (of the total you paid) cash back! I like Definicils mascara (waterproof of course), and their Bi Facial eye makeup remover is one of the best! Also, Jucy Tubes is always a favorite amongst beauty enthusiasts :) Just giving some ideas.

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE  Coupon Code: MOMSDAY

No minimum for free shipping and you get samples. I liked Seaweed Shampoo because you could use it daily, but I noticed my hair was falling out a lot more rapidly than usual, so I use it like once in a while when I want a change in scents :) their tonic spray and texturizing stuff is nice though.

BORN PRETTY STORE   Coupon Code: LOVEMOM

12% off site wide. For those of you unfamiliar, this is a nail art store, they also sell makeup and other "pretty" things. I personally have never bought anything from them yet, but they seem pretty legit if you're wondering. They have the knock-off Konad nail stamps, and claim to be better, but in the demo it actually looked the same. This is a cheaper alternative, if you don't like the high price of Konad.

MAC COSMETICS   No Coupon Code

Free shipping on any order till 11:59pm EST (why don't they ever go according to Hawaii time?). Anyway, this would be a good chance to check out their new collections that just released last week I believe? Or stock up on your favorites.

RESTAURANT.COM   No Coupon Code

Many deals going on now. If you haven't checked this site out, you should! You get extremely discounted gift certificates on restaurants in your area. Just remember that they're usually for dine-in only and not take out.

STILA   Coupon Code: STILALUVSU

Free shipping on any purchase...may not work to HI/AK though, so beware! Ebates does 3% on the Stila website

MAGAZINES.COM   No Coupon Code

They have a ton of deals for $5 or less! Check it out. This is the only way I subscribe :) You just have to remember that these subscriptions auto-renew, and to totally cancel, you have to call customer service, but they're really easy to talk to.

Wong Fu Store  Coupon Code: congrats2012

Code is for 10% off your entire purchase. Ok, not really "Mom" stuff, but if you want to do a little shopping on the side, look here. These guys are awesome, they make videos, talk at colleges, have awesome YouTube friends, and make shirts, and awkward animals :) Hey, you could get your mom a coffee cup?

BIRCHBOX   No Coupon Code

If you're indecisive, you could give the gift of samples! This is like 4-6 deluxe samples a month, and I get good stuff all the time. Gift it to your mom and she'll have a ton of stuff to get to try out!

That pretty much rounds it up. I hope you get to take advantage of these deals whether for your momma or not!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Sigma Brushes!!!

I am SUPER excited to find out that Sigma is coming out with two new brushes. Well, I'm more excited about one more than the other. These are the two brushes, from Sigma's Affiliate blog:


These are the E80 and E75 (top and bottom). They both launch, and will be in their permanent line on Monday, April 16, 2012 and are $9 and $11 respectively.

The E80 is basically a non-disposable spoolie, which I'm like, eh about, mostly because I don't use these...I know they can be super useful for taking clumps out of your lashes when you use mascara, but I am usually rushing by the time mascara comes around that I don't have time for that, plush if you use the right mascara, it's not that useful...They also make good eyebrow groomers for those who have longer hairs that you want to brush out of the way either when filling or shaping, and then when trying to put back into place, again after filling or shaping.

BUUUUUT...I AM pretty dang hyped up about the E75, which is an angled brow brush. This is one brush type that I had been hoping for a while that Sigma would do because that is like the one brush I haven't seen in their line that I felt was a necessity. The E65 is actually not a very good brush in general (in my opinion) because I feel it's not stiff enough to fill brows, but not precise enough to do liner. However, I have been using that brush lately to kinda smudge my gel liner, so I guess I have found some purpose for that one :)

FYI, I have been using two other brow brushes to fill brows: Bare Escentuals brow brush, which was included with their (bad) brow powder (but can be bought separately), and the Kat Von D brow brush, which you can only get in a set at Sephora. Both are actually quite similar in performance, but the type of fibers used in them are different. Check them out if you dare...The reason I don't like the Bare Escentuals brow powder is that I have "Brunette," and that color was waaaaayyyyyy too dark for me, and I have jet black hair! I have no clue who could fit this color. Perhaps if your skin is on the darker side, maybe? I wouldn't know, I'm too light to test that theory!

So mark your calendars and grab these brushes (or at least the E75) on Monday before they run out like most of their new launches do!!! I will totally be on that bandwagon, and also probably gonna pick up the precision kit (the small Sigmax brushes), which has been on my list for a while :)

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