Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Birthday dinner - EOTD #8

So this look is very similar or closely similar to EOTD #7 Golden Chocolate which I posted 2 weeks ago. Last Saturday my best friend organised a birthday dinner for me so I wanted to look extra special for this special occasion. Because I worked on that day and I had a very busy day I couldn't think of what to do for my eye makeup. At the end I decided to do something similar to EOTD #7 and do a golden smokey eye look.

For this look I used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bold Gold all over the lid and blended it slightly above the crease. I also applied this on the inner corner of the eyes.
I then applied MAC Cross cultural on the crease and blended this out. I used L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Endless Chocolate on the outer V to intensify and smoke out the brown. I also applied this colour on the bottom lash line.
To line the eyes I used Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Eyeliner. I love this eyeliner as the tip is so pointy and it can create the most precise and thinnest line.
Because it was a special occasion for me I used false lashes and the lashes I used were the Manicare Glam Alicia lashes. I don't usually use falsies since I always have trouble applying them but the Alicia falsies were so easy to apply and they looked natural. I also applied MAC Haute & Naughty mascara to just blend my lashes with the falsies so they look natural.

For the face I used L'Oreal Nude Magique BB cream in Medium and then applied MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural in Medium Plus to set it. I contoured my face using Makeup Academy (MUA) Bronzed Perfection Bronzer. For the blush I used MAC Peachtwist and then I finished off by highlighting the top of the cheeks using MAC eyeshadow in Naked Lunch.

And I want to add that I had a great night! We had dinner at a Thai restaurant called Zen Yai and the food there was delicious! I just want to shout out a thank you to all my friends who came and also a BIG THANK YOU to my best friend for organising this dinner.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Makeup Forever Aqua Cream #16 Pink Beige - Swatches & Review

I bought this Makeup Forever (MUFE) Aqua Cream in the colour #16 pink beige around 1 month ago from US and I forgot all about it until I received it in the mail.

I was so excited since I have tried my sister's MUFE Aqua Cream in #13 and the consistency and texture of the cream is so nice!

I really love MUFE Aqua cream and after trying this one in Pink Beige, I want to buy more!!!! I think I will hold off though on buying more until my trip to LA in October.

The MUFE Aqua cream is very pigmented and it lasts long. It doesn't budge once you applied it, stays put all day and it also doesn't crease. I love using it on its own as an eyeshadow or as an eyeshadow base. As a base it intensifies the eyeshadow you apply over it.  

So overall, I think I just can't say enough how I love this cream eyeshadow. I think that because it's a light colour you might be able to get away with using this as a highlighter. Also, one thing that I found when applying this cream eyeshadow, it's better to apply it using your fingers rather than a brush. I tried applying it with a brush and it doesn't apply evenly. I think it's better to use your fingers since it warms up the product and it just glides smoothly.

Have you tried the MUFE Aqua Creams before? If so what do you think of it?  Now I just have to decide what colour to get next.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Wellington, New Zealand Skincare Haul

So I mentioned in my last post that I was in New Zealand for a long weekend last weekend. I went for 3 days and 3 nights to Wellington. My main purpose of visiting Wellington was to visit my younger sister who just moved there last month to study. However, the other purpose was just to have a nice weekend away and the return flight was a birthday present for me from my mum.

Because I only spent 2 days and a half day I didn't get to do much. The places I did visit were Zealandia Sanctuary, Te Papa Museum, Wellington waterfront, Wellington city and Botanic Garden. Wellington is such a beautiful city. I loved it there and I definitely would love to visit again.

Anyway, during my visit I did a bit of shopping (even though my intention was not to go shopping). On my last day, since I spend a few hours waiting at the airport I bought a few skincare products. I bought a Rotorua Mud face pack with Manuka Honey (NZ$18) and I bought a few Antipodes organic skincare products.

The Rotorua Mud Face Pack is basically a mud face mask which you apply, leave on until just dry and then rinse off. The product claims to deep cleanse the skin and restores skin tone and vitality resulting in a refreshed and revived complexion. I've only used this mask once so I still can't give any opinion whether the product is true to its claim. I will be using this mask 1-2 times a week for the next month. After this I will post a review on the product and the results, if any.

The other skincare products I purchased was from a brand called Antipodes. It's an organic brand from New Zealand. I discovered this while I was waiting for my flight at Wellington Airport. I was not going to purchase anything at first but my temptations could not be resisted so I purchased 2 products. A cleanser and a face oil. 

The cleanser I purchased was the Grapeseed Butter Cleanser. This cleanser is yellow in colour and looked very buttery. The instructions that was on the package was to massage the cleanser onto dampened skin and then use a wet warm face cloth to rinse off. The cleanser comes in a jar and I sometimes do not like these kind of packaging since you have to use your hands to get the product out but this cleanser came with a spatula. 

The Antipodes Divine Face Oil is an organic avocado oil and rosehip. The oil claims that "it has been scientifically shown to stimulate Type I collagen in human skin fibroblast cells by up to 51%". I don't really understand what this means other than the oil helps to stimulate collagen in the skin. The sales assistant advised me that I can use this oil twice a day before applying moisturiser or if I use a serum, before applying the serum and moisturiser.

In addition to the 2 products above, they had a promotion going on at the time where if I bought 2 products I get a hand cream for free. So the hand cream that I received in the promotion was the Deliverance kowhai flower hand cream. It was a decent size so I'm very happy with the purchase. 

I am really looking forward to trying out these organic skincare products from Antipodes. I will post reviews on all these products once I have used them for at least a month.

Have you used any of the above products before? If so, what do you think of them?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

iHerb Haul

So I didn't have time to upload any post last weekend since I was away. I went for a long weekend trip to Wellington, New Zealand. This was my second time visiting Wellington. The first time I went there was over 12 years ago when I went there on a high school band trip and all I remembered then was going to a museum and that it was cold and wet the whole 2 days we were there. Anyway it was nice and beautiful on the weekend I visited this time. I had a great time. And after I came back I finally receive my iHerb package I ordered a couple of weeks ago.

This was my very first order from iHerb and since I spent over $40 I received $10 off the total.

So here's my haul:

So here is a list of all the products pictured above:
  • Ecotools Ecopouf bath sponge
  • Ecotools Sustainable Moisture Gloves
  • Ecotools Sustainable Moisture Socks
  • Acure 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil
  • Energizer Hair Follicle Stimulator
  • Real Techniques Your Base/Flawless Core Collection Face Brushes
I know I already have way too many makeup brushes but I have been wanting to try the Real Techniques face brushes, particularly the buffing brush for liquid foundation and iHerb sold the core collection for only US$17.99, so I had to get it. I will be posting a review on this collection once I have use them a few times. One thing that I do want to say though, is that they are smaller than I expected.

I wanted to buy the Argan oil because I've heard so much rave about Moroccanoil argan oil but it is too expensive so I decided to find an alternative and I came across Acure 100% certified organic argan oil on iHerb. It says on the bottle that it can be used for the hair, skin care, hands and nails, and the cuticles. 

Anyway, since I just received this iHerb haul today, I won't be able to give much opinion on them but as I get to use them, I will be posting reviews on them as I go.

I am very happy with all the purchases I got from iHerb and will definitely purchase from them again. There's a big range of health products including skincare and makeup. If you do want to purchase from, you can use the code HJP750. This code will take off $10 for purchases over $40 or $5 off for purchases under $40. The shipping rate to Australia is quite cheap too so it's worth buying products from iHerb.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

EOTD #7 - Golden chocolate

This morning I wanted to try something different to my everyday look. My everyday look is usually neutral lid and matte brown on the crease using the Naked Palette.

For this look I used 2 eyeshadows. I used Maybelline 24 Colour Tattoo eyeshadow in Bold Gold all over the lid and blend it up slightly just above the crease. Then I used L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Endless chocolate on the crease. I also applied the chocolate brown along the upper lash line and lower lash line. And lastly I finished off with MAC Haute & Naughty mascara.

This was a pretty quick and easy look to do.

Hope you like it!  

Friday, 8 February 2013

EOTD #6 - Purple and Burgundy

Today's EOTD is a purple eyeshadow look. I think this look is really good if you want to have a bright pop of colour. This look is also good for those with monolid and hooded eyes.

The products I used for this EOTD are:
  • MAC Fluidline in Macroviolet - this was applied thickly on the lash line up to the visible lid (for hooded eyes when you open your eyes). Then whatever was left on the brush, apply this to the lower lash line and blend softly with MAC Outspoken bright purple eyeshadow.
  • MAC Outspoken Mineralize Eyeshadow - blend the bright purple colour on the lid over the Fluidline then apply the deep burgundy colour on the crease. 
  • MAC Beauty Marked Eyeshadow - applied on the outer lash line and the outer corner of the eyes blended with the deep burgundy colour.
  • MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow - applied on the inner corner of the eyes and on the brow bone as highlight colour
  • MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara
Purple is my favourite colour so I really love this look and although it is quite out there I think it's a nice summer/spring daytime look.

Friday, 1 February 2013

EOTD #5 - Glamorous day/night look

So, I'm sorry that I haven't been posting much. I have been really busy and just after the new year my computer died so I had to wait to get it fixed. And then after I got it bad, I got sick with food poisoning. It hasn't been a very good start to the year. Anyway, after all that I am now back and I hope that I can post more often this year.

Today I did an EOTD look that can be worn for day or night time. You can always intensify this look using false lashes and by adding eyeliner. For this look I used the Savoir Faire Winter Kit eyeshadows and one MAC eyeshadow.

Here are the products used for the Eyes:
  • MAC eyeshadow in Naked Lunch - this was applied all over the lid and blended slightly up to the crease
  • Savoir Faire Spice (burnt orange) - this was blended all over the crease
  • Savoir Faire Kinetic (dark burgundy/purple) - blended on the outer third of the crease
  • Savoir Faire Liberating (deep blue) - applied on the outer v and blended with the crease colour Kinetic. I also smudged this colour along the upper lash line and the lower lash line.
  • Savoir Faire Onyx Eyeliner - tightlined and applied very closely to the upper lash line and on the outer third of the bottom lash line
  • Savoir Faire Devout on the inner corner of the eyes and on the brow bone
  • Maybelline One by One mascara.
Although this was an Eye of the day look I will also list the products I used for my face:
  • MAC Face & Body foundation
  • Inglot Translucent powder
  • Savoir Faire Blush - Devoted
  • Makeup Academy Bronzed Perfection Bronzer 
And lastly for the lips I used Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle.

Hope you like this look!