Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Years Eve makeup tutorial (picture heavy)

Since it's almost New Years Eve, I wanted to create an eye makeup look that is suitable for a night out of celebrating. This makeup look could be worn with a sequin or metallic dress, or even a lbd with beautiful accessories.
Products used:
Eyeshadow base+primer: Covergirl Intense ShadowBlast
Eyeshadow: Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette
Eyeliner: Maybelline 2-in-1 Impact Shadow Liner (discontinued in Hong Kong, could also try the Crayon Liner by Maybelline)
Mascara: Maybelline the Magnum (Waterproof)

PS: I apologize for the inconsistency in lighting in these photos as I am not a professional photographer

1) After applying foundation all over face, conceal your dark circles and add primer to eyelid

2) Draw an upper lash line using a black eyeliner (doesn't matter if it isn't perfect), afterwards smudge it out using a q-tip to give a fading effect.

3) Using a gunmetal/shimmery grey color, apply it to the outer half of the eyelid

4) Using a shading brush, starting on the outer corner, apply a light wash of shimmery black to the crease

5) Choosing a nude/soft brown color, apply it throughout the crease to blend out the shimmery black using a blending brush

6) Using the previous shimmer black shade, apply it over the outer corner to add drama

7) Using a  champagne color, highlight the brow bone, also apply it to the inner half of the eyelid to bring out the contrast as well as adding dimension to the eye

8) Pick a gold shade with more shimmer to it, dab it onto the inner half of the eyelid and blend it towards the black on the outer half.
9) Draw an upper lash line using a black pencil liner. Keep it thin to avoid it covering up the eyeshadow. Extend the upper lash line slightly and connect it with the lower lash line (only line the outer half and a tiny bit on the inner half of the lower lash line, the same gold shade could be added to the middle part of the lower lash line to reflect back to the eyeshadow on the eyelid)

10) Pick a brownish gold shade to highlight the inner corner of the eyes. Curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara

In this look I have avoided using false lashes so the colors on the eyelid could be clearly seen, and to create a more different look to what is usually seen in Hong Kong (thick eyeliner and dramatic eyelashes, covering up any eyeshadow that is on the eye)

To finish the look, some highlights on the cheek bones, contourig on the face, a light wash of rose colored blush with a nude lip color. The rest of the drama could be on the outfit or accessories you're wearing for the night out.

I hope you like this look, and have a fantastic New Years Eve


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Recent favorites

Aveda moisturizing treatment masque

I think for quite some time my hair has been getting very dry, but it never really annoyed me THAT much that I bothered to deal with it. Until very recently every time I wash my hair it occured to me that I should really face this problem. So I went to Aveda to look for some moisturizing treatment and I bought this moisturizing treatment masque from the dry remedy series. Let me just say I didn't really expect the price. I thought it would be around 300hkd for a large one but actually it was $450 while the $300 was only half this size.
Actually it's just that one day I ran out of hair conditioner and I never went out to buy any back. Probably one of the reasons why I felt my hair was getting more dry? When I rinse this hair mask off after around 2-5 minutes, my hair was SO smooth, much similar to using a hair conditioner I guess, but normally for conditioners because I really hate having this coat of i don't know, oil? conditioner? on top of my hair, I usually rinse it very thoroughly so I don't have any left on my hair, but after I rinse it, usually you can feel how your hair is less smooth already, since you rinsed off all the product. For this treatment mask, after I rinsed it off very thoroughtly my hair is still very smooth, I actually feel like its very moisturized for the rest of the week (even when I wash my hair daily)

I use this once a week now and so far my hair, looks better? I don't really know how to describe the difference, but it definitely looks more healthy than before. Whether this product is worth the price? I think yes. Only a small portion is needed every time and since it's suggested to be used weekly, this bottle is actually going to last pretty long. So, if you are looking for some moisturizing hair treatment, definitely check this out, I mean, you could always buy the smaller bottle just to try it out first.

Giorgio Armani Designer Lift foundation

One of my ALL TIME favorite foundations is the Lasting Silk UV from Armani, and I know that grace uses the luminous one, and we are both totally in love with Armani foundations because it is so smooth and thin while still having enough coverage, I have literally repurchased the same foundation for over 4 times. But for summer, in Hong Kong it can get really humid and very sweaty, so last summer I changed to using Estee Lauder's double wear, which is perfect for summer since it is so long lasting.

When I found out Armani was lauching a new foundation, I was so excited.

"Young, vibrant skin has a higher blue light retrodiffusion. Yet as we age, the blue light component decreases and a yellow tinge takes over, causing the skin to loose its natural radiance. Designer lift pioneers a bold movement towards including a precise dose of the magical Prussian blue pigment to diminish dullness, maintain flawless coverage, and “backscatter” radiance on the face."

Firstly, of course the price. I remember the other Armani foundations are about $420 which is not cheap. BUT I am definitely willing to pay that price for Armani foundations, they are absolutely totally worth it. This designer lift one, is actually $510, but I honestly could not resist in buying it, as I figured Armani works better than Estee Lauder in winter.
I can actually see the difference between the two. I think this designer lift is slightly thicker than the other foundations, but it's still very smooth and thin. Coverage is similar to lasting silk. But in comparision I think this new foundation is less yellow on my face, it has a slightly more pinkish tone, but very natural. I have also noticed that this foundation doesn't cause my t-zone to oil as much. So overall I think I will repurchase this instead of the lasting silk from now on.

Along with the foundation, I also bought the UV master primer. I used to use the pink bottle on the left, which is another primer from Armani. I like the one on the right better because its much thinner, and I honestly don't know why I bought the one on the left before instead? It's not bad, but it feels a little greasy and thick.

Daily eyeshadow

My beloved grace mailed me a Covergirl intense shadowblast a month ago, and since then I have been using it every single day. When I go to school, I usually only put on eyeliner and mascara for a very clean look. But ever since she mailed me this primer + shadow, I am in love with it. Also last week I purchased the L'oreal color infaillible in endless chocolat which is a very fine and intense metallic eyeshadow. It was $89 and with an addition of $5 you get a mini eyeshadow brush, so I thought I might as well give it a try (was originally looking for a stick shadow for some super quick makeup). But somehow in the end I even got a 25% off the L'oreal shadow itself, so that was a really good deal.
I think these two are both very nice shades, normally I only like matte eyeshadow, but the shadowblast has a pearl finish and the L'oreal one is very metallic, and it turns out that I love both of them very much. They both can be blended really easily whether it's with fingers or a brush, but I tend to like blending and padding it on my eyelid with fingers first and then work on my crease with the brush that came along. To my surprise this brush is really really soft, size is definitely great for travelling, not to mention it was on promotion for $5 only. Here's a swatch of the two products below.

The combination of these two give a really nice look, and most importantly it is super quick. Especially when you are in a rush but you still want to look nice, so I think this might turn into my daily makeup look because it's so simple and fast and I can choose whether I want it more dramatic or not.

OPI designer...de better!

This nail polish is SO beautiful. The glitter in it is so finely milled that all you see is sparkle on your nails. I was kind of thinking whether I wanted a silver nail polish instead, but in the end I felt this colour is just so different. It has kind of a silver base with a slight pinkish tone, it's just really really pretty, and sparkly, and the perfect nail colour for winter.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Coming up...

another semester almost over

coming up...

reviews on:
Armani Designer Lift foundation
Aveda moisturizing treatment masque for hair
Covergirl intense shadowblast