Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Thunderstorm Makeup

Products used:
MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
Maybelline Eyeshadow in Velvet Crush (Crease Shade)
Crease Dome Brush
Wet n' Wild Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Flat Shader Eye Brush
ELF Translucent Mattifying Powder
MAC 222 Brush
MAC 217 Brush
Too Faced Eyeshadow in Totally Toasted Beige
Pencil Brush
L'oreal Pigment in Visionary
Milani Liquif'eye Eyeliner in Black
Almay Liquid Liner in Black
Trim Eyelash Curler
Covergirl Natureluxe Mascara in Brown/Black
Almay Mascara in Volumizing in Black
Covergirl Invisible Concealer in Light
MAC Mineralize Blush in Giggly
Wet n' Wild Lipstick in Just Peachy (Matte)
Jaguar Luxury Cosmetics Lipgloss

Images of Ourselves

Glance at yourself in the mirror. Just once, take a look. What do you see? What runs through your mind? It's a little different for everyone yet, it is always so similar. At first it's just a general rating of what you look like that day. Your feelings and mood are taken into account in your own critical rating of yourself. Slowly, it grows more critical and nit picky. You realize your imperfections and pick them out one by one. Pimple below the left cheek bone. Spider Veins. Flabby Stomach. Frizzy Hair. These faults seem to call out your name, screaming for you to notice them. and you do. You see them; they are glaring at you. The last thoughts that run through your brain before you turn away is.. "Why am I not as pretty as... (fill in the blank of the prettiest person you know/have seen)?" or "Why don't I have (so and so)'s legs?" Finally, you give up. And in a desperate attempt to regain your sanity and pride, you turn away from the mirror. Your confidence is shattered. Yet, no one has said a word to you. This is all because of you.

A constant comparison to the those around you simply brings you down. You must have a change in your mindset. Who you are is something so extraordinary, even if you believe you are simply ordinary. If someone were to ask me, How are you different from the rest? How are you special? What makes you noteworthy?
I'd respond with
That's a tricky question. But quite honestly, I don't think I'm any different from the rest. I don't even try to compare myself. Because if I did, I'd know I'd feel like I've done nothing compared to all those other people out there. But, am I special? That's for you to determine. You can compare me in your head to hundreds, thousands of other girls my age. Am I prettier? Am I smarter? Wittier? But, I know what I am. I'm just me. I've done what I've done. I am what I am. Constant improvements come with life. But, even if I never changed a thing about me from now, I'd deem it satisfactory. 
Believe that you are yourself. Isn't that special? There is no one out there who is exactly like you. Aren't we all just so extraordinary?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June Favorites + OOTD + Something Special!

I didn't think this was worth making a video about, but I have quite a few June Favorites. I definitely will include these in my June/July Loves video (which I make every two months about the products I have been using consistently and enjoy for those two months). Well, this month has certainly been somewhat of a drastic change. All of a sudden, by mid-June, school was over. There are no more tests, papers, or grades. Yet, my report card has yet to be delivered to my house (thank goodness) and I will be having constant anxiety over it until it comes (not that I want it to). Besides those grades, and my AP scores (this is not okay..), school is over. I guess. I've been working an internship doing science research, being the smart Asian that I am (that would be a joke). Anyways, besides a bunch of summer assignments for my senior year and a large slew of research homework and essays, I have no work! This makes me realize I have a lot of work. Oh! I just remembered - I have to work on those college applications too. Oh darn. But, I like to pretend I have a carefree summer.

This month, I have really been enjoying a certain "look" I guess. I've been turning to one of two looks - either the darker "smokey eye" makeup look or the super bright, dewy makeup look. My darker smokey eye (with a lot of eyeliner.. which i never do) has really been showing through with my makeup tutorials and when I play with makeup. I've currently filmed, and edited two very intense makeup looks. They will be put up on my youtube channel soon (go here if you would like to see my channel). So, with this sort of theme, I guess, I've really been liking the following...

Milani liquf'eye eyeliner in black - great for lining the waterline to add extra intensity
Wet n' Wild 6-shadow Color Icon Palette in Lust- has a great variety of darker and lighter shades of purple 
Billion Dollar Brows Brow Shadow in Taupe- I use this to define my eyebrows which is extremely important in darker looks
MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch- a beautiful dark brown which I use on the outer half of my lid almost all the time 
Rimmel Lipstick in Spotlight Beige- the perfect nude to pair with dark, smokey eyes 

(more after the jump)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Overall Reviews and Comparisons: Makeup Removing Towelettes

I first discovered and wanted to start using makeup wipes after watching an extremely in depth (to the point where there was a lot of extraneous information) about removing makeup. She had oils, liquid removers, lotions, creams and wipes. I had never experienced anything beyond the generic eye makeup remover in the bottle from CVS. This girl I had watched claimed that wipes were easy and simple. They took off makeup and cleansed your face in one simple step. So, with this in mind, I set out to buy my first few towlettes. I believe the first ones I ever purchased were the ones from CVS – the generic store brand. They were called –

CVS Cleansing and Makeup Removing Towlettes (Retail price: $2.99)
-They come in a super crinkly baby blue and white package with a white plastic top to keep the moisture locked inside. The sheets are 6.0 x 7.3 in and are “now textured”.  There are 25 wipes in the package.
-TIP: These claim to be pre-moistened but, like any other wipes out there, they are not as moist as we want them to be. The result of using dry towlettes is feeling a dry, scratchy and not so effective piece of cloth clean your face. So, to solve this problem, run a few drops of tap water through the package to wet the wipes thoroughly. Also, make sure to keep the package upside down so the first wipe you get is the moistest.
-Overall Review: The “now textured” meant a sort of quilted, bumpy texture. I do find that a slightly textured wipe is the most effective in terms of removing your makeup. If your wipes have little bumps all over, it will feel scratchy. Yet, if it is smooth in some place and has slight indentations etc. it will feel smooth yet, will effectively take off your makeup without damaging your skin. I felt that these were on the less scratchy side of all the wipes I’ve tried yet, they are still scratchy. I don’t think any wipes are extremely smooth and gentle on your skin. Any wipes that claim to be “exfoliating” are truly “exfoliating”. I am not a fan of rough , sandpaper like wipes but, some are. I did find that these wipes were one of the more effective of the few in terms of cleaning off my makeup effectively.
-Rating on a scale of 10: 7/10

Up and Up Deep Pore Cleansing Cloths (Retail Price: ~$7)
               -These come in a dark pink and white packaging and have 60 wipes that are 5.0x8.0 inches.
- Overall Review: These wipes claim to “deep clean” and exfoliate while removing both makeup and dirt. These types of wipes seem ideal at first. But, think about how many times you exfoliate your face a week. Three at most? So why would you want to remove your makeup with these wipes every day if they exfoliate your face? These are super scratchy honestly. I also remember that they were not as effective as I had wanted them to be. They didn’t remove my makeup thoroughly and I had streaks of mascara left on my face by the time I had used one wipe. Although these are a good price for 60 wipes, the wipes are significantly smaller. They have little bumps all over them that are really scratchy. My eye are and face were often left red after using these wipes with no pressure at all.
-Rating on a scale of 10: 3/10

Up and Up Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes (Retail Price: ~$4)
-They are in a darker blue and white package with a “lid” of the same material as the rest of the packaging. There are 30 wipes in this pack and they are 6 x 7 5/16 inches (same size as the CVS).
- Overall Review: These are the wipes that I’ve repurchased the most. I find that they are the most effective and least scratchy of the bunch. They excel in terms of makeup removal power where I find that my makeup comes off quite easily –even false eyelashes and waterproof mascara. Also, I find that these are not as scratchy as the rest of the ones I had tried. It has slight quilting and does claim to deep clean. Yet, they are not terrible. I also find that these do dry out quite easily so add in some extra generic makeup remover or tap water and shake the wipes around for extra moisture.
                -Rating on a scale of 10: 8/10
I'm still trying out a few more brands of makeup remover wipes (I will edit this post when I have a full opinion). I did repurchase the ones I like best recently. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Makeup For Glasses

I just filmed an upcoming tutorial today. I have about 4 or so videos that I have to edit - including,
-How to get out of a makeup rut
-Makeup for Glasses
-A Beauty Haul
- Covergirl Natureluxe Mascara Review

So, anyways, I think we all have this weird preconception that glasses are for nerds. I'm not trying to say I'm not a little nerd but, I think anyone can pull them off. Anyone can look just as good with glasses as they do without (or with contacts) them. So, I filmed a tutorial on a few tips and tricks that I use when I wear my glasses out. This is just a little preview (I have yet to upload it it). 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer Sunset Beach Makeup - Pictures

These are just some extra pictures for you guys to look at! :)
Makeup used:
ELF Eyeshadow Primer
MAC Bare Study Paintpot
Nicca K Eyeshadow Trio (L Pink, Orange, Red)
Flat Shader Brush (
L'oreal HIP Duo in Roaring
Dome Crease Brush (
Too Faced E/s in..
Mess in a Dress (Fuchsia)
Ooh ah Black (Glitter Black)
Totally Toasted Brown
Revlon Contour Crease Brush
Angled Liner Brush (
Give me Gold - Maybelline Palette
Milani Liquif'eye Eyeliner in Black
Almay Mascara in Black
NYC Sunny Bronzer
Aerie Cosmo Lipgloss


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