Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tom Ford Blush in Flush Review

TF blush flush
Tom Ford Blush in Flush

Ayyy. Tom Ford. This is the most expensive blush I have ever purchased. It's whopping $55. I was so taken by the crazy vibrant color and the glowing reviews regarding its texture. Hmm...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in No.22 Pale Barley and Comparison with Pink Taupe Palette

Burberry pale barley single pink taupe quad dupe
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in No. 22 Pale Barley on the left. Burberry Complete Eye Palette No. 7 Pink Taupe
I absolutely love few Burberry eyeshadows that I have, and Pale Barley is the star. Unfortunately, Pale Barley has been missing everywhere. No worries though. I hear from here and there that it's coming back soon. :) Also if you can't wait, I have something similar in the Burberry line to show you. :) Not exactly a dupe but it looks very similar on the lids.

Paula Dorf Sheer Crease Brush Review

PD sheer crease blending brush
Paula Dorf Sheer Crease Brush
I have wanted this brush for a while but I resisted because I thought it might be too big for my Asian eyes and frankly my other blending brushes worked nicely. But I kept seeing a couple of awesome makeup artists on Youtube using this brush, so I caved.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler versus Lancome Le Curler

shu lancome lash curler
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and Lancome Eyelash Curler
Shu Uemura is one of the most well loved eyelash curlers. But it is not readily available in the U.S. Of course you can get it online but you can't walk into a store and get it. Lancome is relatively recent product, and many have said Lancome is just like the Shu. Well, I can tell you it's not exactly the same. It's very very similar though.

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Light Review

revlon nearly naked setting powder
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Light
Hi! I reviewed Revlon Nearly Naked a bit ago, and I have the pressed powder review.

Monday, January 28, 2013

EOTD: Colorful Smokey Eye

Hi! Another EOTD. This is fun. Lol. I'm sure I'll slow down with these soon. This was my attempt at the beautiful tutorial Lisa Eldridge did. This is the proof that just because I watched that video gazillion times, doesn't mean I can do it. Lol. But I do like the way it turned out. :)

A couple more pics. :)

Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express Waterproof Mascara Review

maybelline the rocket volume express waterproof mascara
Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express Mascara in Waterproof Formula
Hey, peeps. I have another Maybelline mascara review for you. Probably 75% of my mascara tries are Maybelline. The Volume Express line usually doesn't fail me. :) So The Rocket is the newest addition to the line.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

First Impressions: Fine Kalla Cheek Brush (Suqqu Cheek Alternative?! IDK)

Fine Kalla Brush
Fine Kalla Cheek Brush K-002 by Kyureido
This is not a review. More of a first impressions type thing. I've only used the brush twice but I was way to excited to keep myself from sharing. :)

Ever since I've learned about existence of this brush aka possibly Suqqu Cheek Brush dupe, my need for Suqqu Cheek Brush just transferred on to this one because Fine Kalla is more attainable. And cheaper. And sparkly handles! :D I ordered mine from Rakuten, and received it in three days. I believe Rakuten has bunch of individual sellers like so the shipping and customer service would largely depend on the particular seller you are dealing with. This brush retailer was pretty quick!

Friday, January 25, 2013

EOTD from the past: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Quad in Parma


A little EOTD I did a while ago. With a little wonky eye lining. Lol. I reviewed the quad here. I went with the "obvious" placement of shades. :) Hope you can get the idea of how it looks on the eye. I think it's a great work appropriate quad aside from brown shadows. :)

Edit: I definitely think matte shade changed texture over time. It's much more difficult to work with. :(

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Comparison Swatch: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed vs. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 5

GA blush 5 Tarte AC exposed
On the left: Giorgio Armani Blush #5. On the right: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Comparison pics! I like these because it prevents me from buying dupey things. :) 
I'm comparing two good everyday blushes. :) GA 5 and Tarte Exposed.
In natural light
As you can see, exposed is more red. And it pulls even more red on my cheeks. I know it doesn't do this for everyone so as with anything ymmv. :)
I recall a blogger calling GA 5 "violet beige" and I agree with that description. On me, it doesn't swatch or wear as brown as it looks in the pan. :) Super wearable nude blush, and it's one of my favorites.
On the left: Giorgio Armani Blush #5. On the right: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed Swatches
 GA texture is far superior, the color (without red) is more flattering on me, so I recommend GA 5 between the two. GA 5 is especially good because you don't have to be particularly careful with the application. Nicely sheer. :) But if you prefer a more obvious block of color and don't mind the reddish tinge, Exposed is good too. It was well used when it was one of the two blushes I had (oh gosh...) but I don't have it anymore. I was just not reaching for it over other blushes like GA 5. Hope this helps. :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

RMK Cheek Brush Review

rmk blush brush
RMK Cheek Brush
Let me introduce my favorite cheek brush at the moment. :) I showed it in this post. I was planning on writing a different review but this saved me from a disaster today. I just swiped the brush on NARS Mata Hari blush way too much, and I just slapped the blush on my cheeks without tapping the excess off. I gave me an oval pinkness with very clear edges. Lol. But this thing buffed it out and off so easily. LOVE!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Best 12 Products of 2012

My 12 faves of 2012. :D I realized I haven't reviews all of these. I will link reviews if I have done them and get on to ones I haven't reviewed. I apologize these pics are crappy even for my low standards. Heh.

2. RMK Cheek Brush
3. Hakuhodo J5523 - Reviewed here
Top two brushes. I took pictures I'll come up with the reviews. :D

4. Fyrinnae Loose Pigments. I pressed mine. :) - Not a full review but more details here
5. Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Pink Taupe - Review here
6. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige
7. NARS Pro Prime Eye Base - Review here

8. NARS blush in Sex Appeal - Review
9. Giorgio Armani Blush No. 6
10. Burberry Sheer Glow Blush in Earthy - Not a full review but mentioned here
11. Maybelline Dream Matte Powder - My friend on concealer heavy days
12. Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in WT905 High Beam White

So those are my twelve. There were certainly more loved products but these were my top 12. Did you see anything you love on my list? :D

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup Foundation in 130 Shell

New Foundation from Revlon!! And it's not from the Colorstay line. I have two that I happily use but Revlon is my friend, so I tried.

YSL Spring 2013 Glossy Stains Swatches and 27 Review

YSL Glossy Stain 27 Peche Cerra-Cola is one of the four new shades in the Glossy Stain line. But first off. I didn't see whole a lot of swatches the new shades online so I will get to that first. I apologize for out of focus camera picture!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hakuhodo J5523 Eye Brush Review

 Hi, brush review. :)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Preliminary Results: Pressing Loose Eyeshadow (Fyrinnae in particular)

Pressed Fyrinnaes

I pressed. :)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: Burberry Complete Eye Palette No. 7 Pink Taupe

burberry eyeshadow quad pink taupe
Burberry Complete Eye Palette No. 7 Pink Taupe

Let me introduce my favorite eyeshadow palette. This one trumped Guerlain Les Fumes. :) I showed this in a Burberry haul before and promised a review. Here it is!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Review: Physicians Formula Beauty Balm Powder from Super BB Line

PF BB powder
Phyisicans Formula Beauty Balm BB Powder
One of the newly released drugstore face products! I was in need of a powder foundation so I picked this up. At a good deal too. Otherwise I probably would have gone for Revlon Nearly Naked Powder. Lol

Fyrinnae Numero Uno

From left to right. Top Row: Immortality, Velvet Vampire, Bonfire Spirits, Witchy Woodland Creatures, Polar Bear, Pixie Epoxy
Bottom Row: Are You My Mummy? Shenanigans, Shinigami, Purgatory, Serendipity, Rapunzel had Extensions

So My picks were Arcane Magic: Velvet Vampire, Bonfire Spirits, Immortality, Witchy Woodland Creatures, Polar Bear, Shenanigans, Shinigami, Purgatory, Serendipity, and Rapunzel had Extensions all in mini sizes. They generously threw in Are You My Mummy? and Pixie Epoxy minis. Everything was packed fabulously. It seems like they have great customer service! 

I desperately need sun for the swatches so they will come at a later date. The loose shadows are not my thing, and these need to be pressed for me but pigmentation and powder quality is great! When I used a patting motions instead of swiping, there was minimal fall out. They do need to be on top of a sticky base for the full out color in my opinion. If you are used to and can use loose eyeshadows, I can't see any problems with these. 

Colors are very complex and they are very affordable so I highly recommend you check them out. :) And they have pressed shadows too!

Lastly, I will come back with how my pressing frenzy worked out once my binder and pans come to me. 

Bronzer/Contour Powder Comparison Swatches

There's no denying that I am a fan of contouring, so I ended up with more bronzer/contour powder than I should. Taking advantage of that I took a comparison pic. I left out my beloved Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel but I can assure you it's more orange than any of these. Lol

List of products:
Benefit Hoola
theBalm Bahama Mama
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium
Burberry Earthy
Nars Laguna

bronzer swatches
From left to right: Benefit Hoola, theBalm Bahama Mama, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, KA Sculpting, Burberry Earthy, NARS Laguna

Out of these, I contour my cheeks with Burberry Earthy and KA Sculpting Powder the most. When I am using a "cute" blush color, KA doesn't fly. It's too gray. Burberry pretty much goes with every blush color but it won't give me strong contoured look though. Those two have the best quality in terms of how finely milled, blendibility, etc.

When it comes to contouring my forehead, I randomly use the other ones. That partly due to me trying to use stuff up and the fact that forehead contour colors are easier than hollows of the cheeks. 

I like to use Hakuhodo G5521BkSL for contouring my cheeks and it works beautifully. :)

Let me know if you have any questions and hope this helps. :)