Jun 20, 2013

Summer, Sea & Sand Makeup Look

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Summer is my favourite season: long days, balmy nights, frosty drinks, lounging by the sea...

Huntington Beach, CA
I am desperately in need of some lounging by the ocean, possibly with a frozen piƱa colada; unfortunately, since we moved inland I don't live very close to the beach. I have been missing the sea and sand so much that I decided to do a beachy makeup look using my Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV. I got the Book of Shadows IV(4) palette on Hautelook a while ago and I absolutely love all the sparkly, shimmery beauteousness. Honestly I could just use Urban Decay shadows for the rest of my life and die happy☺♥ The shades in this Book of Shadows really remind me of the beach and the ocean, so it was the perfect palette for the look I was going for.


  • Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, No 31
  • Smashbox Softlights & Blush Duo in Undercover: the Softlights to highlight my nose bridge and cheekbones and the blush on the apples of my cheeks
  • ELF Studio Concealer Pencil & Brush in Light under my eyes
  • NYX Auto Eyebrow pencil in Medium Brown
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
  • Urban Decay Hijack on the outer lower lashline
  • Urban Decay Skimp on the inner lower lashline
  • Urban Decay Zephyr on the inner eye/tear duct area
  • Urban Decay Baked on the outer lid
  • Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl on the inner part of the lid
  • Urban Decay Zephyr used to blend out to the browbone
  • Dolly Wink Long Mascara
  • GEO Angel Blue Circle Lenses
  • OCC Lip Tar in Yaoi, blended with a clear gloss
Can I just say that I am so addicted to OCC lip tars............. they are like magic in a little tube! I also have Anime and Hoochie and I want ALL the lip tars! I love that you can mix them with different things to get different looks, like this pink glossy look I have in this FOTD. 

Since the Generation Beauty event, I've been inspired to play a bit more with colour instead of just my usual neutral makeup. Granted, this is still pretty tame, but I'm trying! I follow so many amazing MUAs on instagram and I'm always awed by their perfect application of highly saturated shades; I need to work on my technique more so I can step my colour game up! Incidentally I wasn't even going anywhere the day I did this look, I ended up going.... grocery shopping. My husband came home just as I was about to go to the grocery store and was all "Where are you going? Are you meeting someone? Why are you so made up?"... I told him I was meeting my boyfriend on the side :p lol.

Jun 19, 2013

ORLY Mash Up Collection Summer 2013 Swatches and Nail Art

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Soft lavender creme, shimmery pink, holographic glitter, neon orange, shimmery robin's egg blue and a vampy glowing purple. What's not to love about the ORLY Mash Up Collection?? I did some quick swatches.

Thumb: Beautiful Disaster, Index: Pretty-Ugly, Middle: Mayhem Mentality, Ring: Harmonious Mess, Pinky: Choreographed Chaos.

Beautiful Disaster is a red toned purple shimmer, which seems to glow from within. I used 2 coats and it went on nicely.
Pretty-Ugly is a Tiffany blue with blue shimmer which was also had a smooth formula. It was on the sheerer side and I did have to be careful not to put it on too thick though, because I noticed a couple of bubbles. I did 3 coats for full opacity.
Mayhem Mentality is a super intense neon orange, blindingly bright! A bit streaky at first, but it evened out after 3 coats.
Harmonious Mess is a slightly grey toned lavender creme that seems more like a Spring colour, but it refreshes the palate. It got a bit gloopy when applied too thickly, so I did 3 thinner coats.
Choreographed Chaos is a candy pink with a very slight blue shimmer. It's definitely more noticable in the bottle than on the nail. Slightly sheerer as well, I did 3 coats.

Last, but not least, Sparkling Garbage: a holographic glitter with a transluscent greenish jelly base. I didn't like it on its own, but it looks beautiful layered.

One coat of Sparkling Garbage over the other Mash Up shades.

I really love all these colours and I'm looking forward to doing nail art with them. I decided to try out the cloud mani, which is something I've been wanting to attempt for a while. These colours are bright and pretty opaque, so they are perfect for this type of nail art :)

I used everything except Sparkling Garbage and Beautiful Disaster.

My technique isn't perfect, but it was such a fun and colourful manicure, I'm definitely going to try it again! I'm really happy I picked up this collection, I think there are some great Summery shades that I'll be using often. I do wish the formula was better on some of the shades, but they weren't so bad that I wouldn't use them. Maybe some polish thinner would help.

Are you a fan of bright shades for Summer, or do you prefer more neutral shades?

Jun 17, 2013

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Jun 11, 2013

Galaxy Nails for Polish Days: To Boldly Go.

I'm running a bit behind today, so this post is a bit late! I know a lot of people probably used this Polish Days theme to do Galaxy Nails (or maybe you all are a lot more creative than me =_=), but I wanted something quick and easy since I forgot about the post until this morning! I do read a lot of Sci-Fi books, including Anne McCaffrey, Michael Moorcock and Isaac Asimov, but I just didn't have time to think of something cool :( So here you are, my V2.0 Galaxy Nails! You can see my original Galaxy Nails Post here.

Galaxy Mani

Galaxy Manicure

Galaxy Nails

Galaxy Nail Art

I really love how these turned out, the pink and yellow gave it an 'inside the nebula' kind of feel. I used a bunch of different polishes:

First I did one coat of Gap Peacock Blue as a base, then sponged on Spoiled by WnW Are Mermaids Real?, Revlon Royal, Color Club Port-Folio, Color Club Model Behavior, Wet n Wild Tropicalia and Spoiled by WnW Designated Driver. Then I did spots of white using Milani White Canvas Nail Art polish and topped it off with a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust for some sparkle.

I used a crystal my mother sent me as a prop, I think it complements the mani perfectly!

Jun 8, 2013

@Ipsy Generation Beauty event, hosted by @MichellePhan *PIC HEAVY*

So last weekend I was lucky enough to go to the Ipsy Generation Beauty event!

I don't follow a huge amount of Youtubers, but the two main ones I do are Michelle and Promise Phan. I am a huge fan of Promise in particular, her transformations are absolutely AMAZING! She even has memes made about her :D To have the opportunity to meet them in person and participate in the Stylist meetups and  workshops was super exciting!

I went down to LA Live with my BFF Mai and we trekked up to the top of the parking garage where the huge-ass event tent was.

We got there pretty early, but there were already a good amount of beauty enthusiasts there. The brands that had booths were:

As soon as we walked in, we saw ThatsHeart!

She was doing a meet and greet, but I didn't want to get a photo with her because I was afraid I'd look HUGE next to her, since she's so tiny! So I just took a creeper photo like a stalker O_O

Next we headed to the Anastasia Beverly Hills booth for an eyebrow makeover. Apparently it's pronounced AH-NAH-STAH-SEE-AH and not ANN-AH-STAY-SHAH or whatever. I'm not a linguist dammit.


Mai kept asking me if I thought she looked like this Japanese comedian that has really thick eyebrows.....

No, I don't know what she's on.

We met up with my friend Jazz who was working at the Toni & Guy braid bar. The Toni & Guy stylists were giving everyone beautiful braids, they even did Promise's hair!

So we got our braids did!

Michelle Phan gave some opening remarks and they showed a video which hinted at some big things coming from Michelle very soon. She seemed excited to be there, but she must have been super busy leading up to the event since she said she wrote her speech that morning and read it from a piece of paper.

She is also tiny....  I loved her gorgeous blue maxi-dress! So perfectly Summery.

Then we stuck around at the main stage and watched the Stylist Talk with Promise.... and four other girls. Sorry, I don't know them!! I'm really not an avid Youtube watcher, preferring to read blog posts =_=;; I really didn't know who any of the other girls were. I now know that one of them is Kandee Johnson and one of them is Andrea...... and that's all I know. Please feel free to berate me for my ignorance.

They were all really interesting, informative and funny! I took a video, so I'll be posting it on my Youtube channel sometime in the next couple of days. It will mostly be of Promise, but if you want me to do another one on the other girls' responses, let me know!

After schlepping around for a bit, we watched Michelle give a seminar on video editing and techniques:

It was mostly stuff I've read up on, like what to use for lighting and etc, but I picked up a few good tips. Then we went to the Bare Minerals booth to watch Promise give a workshop on transformations and contouring. Since we got there early and waited at the front, we managed to get right in front of the stage! I'm such a fangirl. There was a girl who made her way right to the front and even pulled up a chair and got comfortable LOL. Afterwards she basically strong armed onto the stage and I won't say she *made* Promise take a picture with her, but pretty much. Anyway, Promise talked about the proper way to contour and how to get certain results, like a taller looking nose or hiding your double-chin. I kicked off the Q&A session with a question about hiding under-eye circles since everyone seemed to be hesitant to speak. Here's a dandy lil gif of Promise in action..

And we got to meet her! She is REALLY sweet and friendly and took time to talk to everyone individually. We talked about how she used to be nervous about speaking in public, how she has family in Australia and our nail polish :D She also thanked me for being the first one to ask a question lol.

The Benefit lounge had a photobooth!! If you know me, you know I love photobooths and purikura :) I wish I had taken the giant glasses off for a couple of frames.. eh well..

When you tagged your photos #GenBeauty they showed the feed on the big screen! You can see our photobooth pic on there :D

We went and entered the SOHO giveaway, they were giving away a bag of your choice that you design! The cool thing is you can pick the pattern, the liner pattern and the colour of the zipper too. I thought their bags were super cute!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand look at all the goodies I took home! They had a 'happy hour' where all the brands were giving out free products. I completely made out! Full size Benetint, NYX makeup palette, a SOHO mini cosmetics bag, full size pixi products, a smashbox goodie bag, light up tweezers, a NOPI nail polish and soooo much more. I'll be doing a haul video too if I can get some quiet time.

It was such a great experience! I had lots of fun and it was great to meet my favourite Youtuber and get tips from all the Ipsy girls. I'm going to try and plan to go next year as well, hopefully for the full 2 days. This year I could only go on one day, since I didn't want to leave the baby two days in a row.

Did you go to the Generation Beauty event? Are you planning to next year? If you are, we should plan a meetup!

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