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Monday, August 15, 2011

Fighting against PMS

You wouldn't want to listen to a crazy b**ch rambles on how she suffered from terrible PMS, so let's get right down to business.

How I fight against PMS - "Medicated" sanitary pad, black sugar ginger tea, pain killer and chocolate

Friday, August 12, 2011

NOTD - OPI Samoan Sand + Essie Vanity Fairest

NOTD OPI Samoan Sand Essie Vanity Fairest
A clean, nude NOTD, it's actually more pinkish in real life

Base coat - Poshe fast drying base coat
2 coats of OPI Samoan Sand
1 coat of Essie Vanity Fairest
Top coat - Seche Vite dry fast top coat

Last week I wore a dark polish to my first makeup class, I saw my hands in the mirror when I was doing a face massage on the partner, I made a mental note of "don't ever wear dark polish to class again, that look scary on other people's face!" Though we don't have any class this week, I'm going to practice with a classmate on Sunday, so there you go, a nude NOTD.

OPI Samoan Sand is a neutral color with a red undertone. Having that said, it's not a foundation color (well, at least not my foundation color) but is pretty close to my skin tone all the same. It's a nude color that make me feel safe enough wear alone, but today I want it to be more pinkish, so I top it with a thin layer of Essie Vanity Fairest.

Vanity Fairest is a sheer light pink with very subtle silver shimmers. It's a polish that I would not wear it alone usually, it takes forever to build up the color.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

What I've been up to lately

Hey guys! It's been a while, I hope you all are doing well. Here's are some reasons (or excuses?) why I haven't been posting in the past week:

1. Setting up my mini home studio

home studio

One thing that I don't like my apartment most (besides it doesn't have 4 bedrooms, 3 washrooms and a garden haha) is that there is not much sunlight. It is well lit for daily living but not enough if you are a blogger who like to take pictures or if you have lots of plants. 

FOTD and makeup tutorials take a large part in my planning for this blog, so I have finally (after much struggle) decided to invest in a few equipments in the hope of taking better photos.  Each of these lights can hold up to 4 light bulbs, that means I can take super bright photo in the middle of the night. BUT I don't know when I can start using these light because I don't have the light bulbs yet! And this leads to the second thing that I've been occupied with.

2. Dealing with problematic online purchases

I LOVE shopping online, 70% of my shoppings (save for groceries and stuff) are done sitting in front of my trusty iMac and wearing my comfy pajamas. I've been very lucky that I didn't have a lot of problems in the past for damaged products or lost packages. Seems like I've used up all my luck and things are changing in a bad way. 8 light bulbs purchased with the lighting were gone missing in the package, had to ask seller to send those again. Received damaged makeup from another store, had to ask them for a replacement. 

I am not particular fond of ranting but I have to warn you: DON'T EVER BUY FROM makeupmania.com !! Yes, I'm that angry I have to make it all cap and in red. 

They are extremely unprofessional - to make a long story short, I placed an order, waited for almost 3 weeks and took me many efforts to contact them for an update on shipping status, they were simply unresponsive. And then I stepped things up to opening a dispute case on Paypal, finally I got a response from them. Their reason for not contacting me sooner was that the person in charge of customer service had left and they were short of personnel in doing so. While that might sound very convincing, they were regularly updating their website and facebook! I wanted to proceed with my order anyway, but then they made some unreasonable requests that made me decided to cancel it and have my money back in the end. 

To conclude, I am very very disappointed with their services and would not recommend this store if you have never ordered from them before. Maybe it was just my luck and there are many happy customers ordered from them and don't have a problem. But if you are planning to order from them for the first time, I would say stay away from them, stay away from the possible hassle. 

3. Reorganizing my kits

makeup palette

Trying to get more room for new stuff, I started to depot eyeshadows, blushes and lip sticks into palette. I was also trying to pressed pigments and mineral eyeshadows, but that is more difficult than I expected. The proportion of alcohol and binding agent (glycerine in my case) was completely wrong that I ended up with a dozen pans of eyeshadow pigments that would never dry!

I'll keep experimenting until I get it right, in the mean time, I would really appreciate if you could share with me your experience.

4. Makeup lessons

If you have read my first post, you may probably know that I am enrolled in a professional makeup class taught by a well known (locally at least) makeup artist. I've been waiting for almost 2 months and the class started last week (about time!).

As expected, there's nothing much going on in the first lesson. Most of the lesson was on the basics - something about the industry, what your kit should include, introduction to different types of makeup products.

Highlight was the last hour of the lesson - we practiced prepping the skin and applying liquid foundation on each other. I have never worked on other people before and I felt like I have never used a cotton pad, sponge nor brush before. The experience was completely different from working on my own face! I'm so looking forward to next lesson.

That's pretty much it, and I'll come back with a "real" post soon,

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Make Up For Ever Smoky Palette

When it's still like 100 degrees outside, let's talk about fall/winter beauty! How about the limited edition Smoky Palette from Make Up For Ever?

Make Up For Ever Smoky Palette
MUFE Smoky palette contains 8 shades from matte black to shimmery white. According to the advertisement, it can be used to create 5 different smoky looks.

Wanna see some swatches? Keep reading!

Monday, August 1, 2011

My first Inglot freedom system

Yay! I finally get my hands on these famous Inglot eyeshadows! These babies came straight from where they were born - Poland. 

Inglot freedom system
Freedom system 10 eyeshadow round

Sunday, July 31, 2011

July favorite - Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector SPF 30

July is coming to an end and I can't wait to show you my favorite of the month - Invisible Zinc ESP Environmental Skin Protector SPF 30 (quite a mouthful, isn't it?)

It was completely unexpected - I bought this for my boyfriend who never wears a sunscreen. But as a beauty junkie who is still searching for her HG sunscreen, it's downright unforgivable not trying it out. So I gave it "a try", like everyday for two weeks, and I can now officially announce that I have finally found my HG sunscreen.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Stash - Kate eyeshadows

As I am dangerously running out of storage space for my cosmetics, it's time to depot those bulky eyeshadow quads into palettes. To no one's surprise, there are so many products I couldn't remember buying. Here are some of those:

Kate Gradical Eyes S 

Keep reading for swatches and reviews

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My nail care routine Part 1

In my book of "History of Beauty Obsession", nail polish is the latest addition yet it is by far the most fast-growing one. I couldn't remember exactly what sparked off the addiction, all I could remember is my collection grew exponentially from less than 5 to a fully occupied Ikea Helmer cabinet. At the beginning, I found applying polish to be very frustrating - I could never get it dried evenly and shiny. With tons of practice and some very useful advices from the blogging world, I don't afraid to show my painted nails anymore.

nail care routine

In this post, I will show you how I shape my nail and how to apply nail polish. You will see some of my essential tools, favorite products and tips & tricks. If you are just starting to like nail polish and as lost as I was, I hope this post would help you out.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How to choose a quality eyeshadow? Rae Morris' 'one wipe trick'

Here's a quick tip I read from Rae Morris' Makeup: The Ultimate Guide on how to test an eyeshadow at makeup counter.

how to choose eyeshadow

1. Wipe over the eyeshadow once with a clean fingertip

2. Look at the intensity, if it is not as intense as it looks in the package, then don't waste your money on it. It will take you forever to build up that color on your eyes.

To test a deep metallic shadow, it takes one extra step. After the 'one wipe test', lightly dust your fingertip with a cotton bud to see what color your are left with. An inferior shadow will left you with the black only while all the rich color is on the cotton bud.

Have you ever bought any eyeshadow you regret buying simply because of its poor quality?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Makeup brush cleaning for less

Once or twice in a month, I always find myself starring at my makeup brushes, trying to make up some lame excuses so that I don't have to do the tedious work - cleaning some 20 makeup brushes. This is alway proved to be a waste of time, however, as I would just end up standing in front of the sink playing with water, bubble and brushes for an hour or so. How fun is that.

Cleaning brushes is something I care about a lot for 2 reasons. For one, I don't want to put germs on my face - my skin condition can get unstable at times, germ is the last thing I want to break me out. Another reason is that those brushes cost me a fortune, I would love them to last as long as they can. Some people may suggest using those fancy brush cleaners which also have a fancy price tag, with little research I found some cheap and convenient alternatives to brush cleaners. They work miracle - I have been using them on some of my brushes for several years now and they are still as good as new.

cleaning makeup brush

Let's get our hands wet and dirty after the jump

Friday, July 15, 2011

My beauty library

This is going to be a very short post - I am super excited as my Amazon order has just arrived! I've been waiting forever, it took a whole month! The packaging was so crappy, my boyfriend even said the books looked like some second-handed ones.

Books I bought:
1. Style Eyes by Taylor Chang-Babaian
2. Asian Faces: The Essential Beauty and Makeup Guide for Asian Women by Taylor Chang-Babaian
3. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro by Bobbi Brown
4. Makeup: The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris
5. Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass: Beauty Bible of Professional Techniques and Wearable Looks by Jemma Kidd
6. About Face: Amazing Transformations Using the Secrets of the Top Celebrity Makeup Artist by Scott Barnes
7. Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself by Francois Nars

I've been looking for these books in quite a few local bookstores but to no avail - most of these books are simply not available locally. A couple of them like the Bobbi Brown ones are easily found, if you are willing to pay 50% more than the price offered by Amazon, you can take them home right away. 

Anyway I'm just so glad they are finally mine and rest assure I will study them religiously. Check back soon and I will share with you guys whatever I find useful or interesting in these book. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's all started with ... ...

In case you stumble across this blog (poor you!), you may probably think "Well, this is just another beauty blog" and yes it is indeed. I don't know about you, but I have subscribed to tons of these beauty blogs out there to a point that I can just skim through the headings in my reader, pick one or two that interested me and read on.

But to me, this is about a huge transition in my life - I am working my way into the makeup artist world. I have enrolled in an intensive professional makeup class starting next month, feeling both excited and nervous. I really want to pull it off and I am prepared to work my ass off for that. It is going to be a challenging journey probably, and this blog will document every bit of it, both the goods and the bads. Let's get started.

The makeup school that I enrolled in provides all the cosmetics we need for class except we have to bring our own brushes. Despite the fact that I am a bit slack on my daily makeup routine, I am quite selective on makeup brushes. At the same time, I feel like I know nothing about what makes a good makeup brush. The brush I use everyday is a Hakuhodo powder brush - it is super soft and not scratchy at all! Soft or stiff, scratchy or not are the only qualities I can tell (well, maybe also whether it picks up a lot of product) from a brush. As ignorant as that, I think it is safer to get some affordable brushes to start with. With little research, Sigma seems to be my choice.

Sigma Brushes
I bought 2 of their brush sets, the Complete Kit without brush roll ($79) and the Synthetic Face Kit ($42).

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