February 8, 2012

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Antigua

I have a very pale complexion for Asians with pink undertone, it’s around NW 15 to be exact. So usually I look better without makeup, as most of the time, the color of my foundation doesn’t match with my natural skin tone.

Equally difficult is to find a suitable bronzer for myself without the need to use a foundation 1-2 shade darker.

And after learning the different shades of bronzer, I started searching for a bronzer with pink/ coral undertone. Why pink/ coral ? because my skin turns red after sun exposure naturally. It won’t turn brown. If I choose something golden/ brown, it will look fake/ dirty on my natural skin tone, unless I darken my skin with foundation 1-2 shade darker.

And here I got it – Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in “Anigua” (shade no 2).

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It looks pink on the pot, but when you apply it lightly with a bronzer brush, you skin will be left with a veil of pinkish tan – overall, you skin looks less pale, yet, it didn’t darken your skin tone – just like how my skin looks naturally after sun exposure. So natural!

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If you apply it with a blusher brush, the color become denser. This give you a nice and natural warm pink blush.

I can’t tell the differences in finish when compare with other Bobbi Brown bronzer shades with red/pink/coral-tone e.g. Natural and Maui, as I have’t try them yet.

Will keep you updated.

This shade is definitely suitable for those who wants to keep skin pale with a bit of sun-kissed color.

February 7, 2012

Clippings – where to apply bronzers

Don’t laugh at me… I always to look as hot as an angel with nice and healthy tan.

Like Gisele Bundchen …

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However, I will never go out for sunbathing, as I never want my skin to get aged. Applying makeup with bronzers is an good alternative.

Just went through an website teaching you how and wear to apply bronzers for a nice and authentic sun-kissed look.

Enjoy.

Ps this page got the nicest explanations I encountered so far

http://www.beauty-and-makeup-tips.com/how-to-apply-bronzer.html

February 4, 2012

Victoria’s Secret Inspired Makeup

I cannot embed the video here, but this is good and got what I want

enjoy

Victoria’s Secret Inspired Makeup 

 

February 2, 2012

Dewy Bare Face – the magic of vaseline

This is something I would love to share – new discovery about vaseline !

I walked by MAC yesterday with makeup on – I was wearing their Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light . Obviously, I was not yet used to this foundation, so I overdone it, and looks a little bit dry/chalky. It’s actually a “common” look, a usual look which you will see on almost everyone’s face on the street ( as most people overdone their makeup ) . I found this not acceptable, as my bare skin is moisturized instead, so I think something is wrong/ missing.

I went there as I wanted to look at their new collection. I ended up buying their Mineralized Foundation/Loose ( my first trial ) and their Charged Water Cleanser .
Later in the afternoon, I removed my makeup with Charged Water Cleanser, which I am pretty impressed, as it leaves my skin dewy and moisturized ! I don’t need to rinse my face with water, so it is good for changing makeup/ switching looks. (But it’s just 2 days ! it’s too early for me to make a definite statement )

I reapplied my makeup, but in a different way, putting vaseline beneath my primer sunscreen (which is the same skinceuticals sunscreen) and trying the newly brought Mineralized Foundation/Loose – going for a “natural but dewy look “.

I went back to the same MAC store and looking for the same MUA for some more Charged Water Cleanser. My MUA was stunned, she asked if I have removed my makeup , so I said yes. And she commented on my “bare face” in a extremely positive way – she said my skin is so good and I really don’t need any foundation actually! I was so delighted.

This is how, what and why I did it.

Having history of facial eczema, my dermatologist strongly advice me to put a layer of vaseline on top of my moisturizers to retain moisture when my facial skin is dry and eczematous. I watched Lisa Eldridge’s video on Marilyn Monroe’s make up, I was inspired – Marilyn used vaseline / Nivea underneath her make up for a dewy grow in the 50s.

http://www.lisaeldridge.com/video/21757/marilyn-monroe-iconic-make-up-look/

I was also inspired by another Lisa’s video – “no makeup” make up – http://www.lisaeldridge.com/video/17770/no-make-up-make-up/

What “Bare face” means is different for different people. For me, my bare skin is dewy when I am in my usual moisturizer / sunscreen. So, I can’t stand a makeup that can’t give me a drewy soft skin. So I modified what I was using that morning.

 

What I look for in a “Bare-face” look for it to look “real” on me

– dewy glow (not shimmery/ oily)

– never powdery / a trace of powder

– natural color on cheek

– nice feeling on skin

– sunscreen included

– clear lashes that won’t smudge

– natural, but colored lips

 

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So, that’s it

– I cleansed my face (with Charged Water Cleanser at office

– I put on moisturizer (which is Skinceauticals’ Emoillience )

– I put on a thin layer of vasseline

– I put on a layer of Physical Fusion UV Defensed (i.e. the nude colored-sunscreen I have)

– before everything dries up, I put a layer of Mineralized Foundation/ Loose with Bare Escentual’s Full Flawless Application Face Brush ( or MAC 188 brush if you put less moisturizer on or want it to be sheerer)

– then followed by Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Cabo Coral on my cheek with a fluid foundation brush

– Lip: Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait

– Mascara : Clinique Lash Power Masacara in Black Oynx

Vaseline is shinny on my skin, with some powder mixed in 8, the finish become dewy rather than shinny – also by having vaseline beneath, my makeup powder dissolved a bit, making it less chalky/ dry

My skin feels incredible (and looks incredible) in this.

 

For touchups – if the colors are still intact / I don’t have the need to redo my makeup. This touch-up routine is not perfect, as I am searching for a way to touch up my skin, such that I can have that dewy feeling and color back.

– blot with blotting paper

– spray water/ any kind of facial mist

– while the face is still a bit wet, apply a little bit of my touch up powder of choice in a light way with MAC 188 brush.

If I suspect everything has melt down (rare occasion) , I would just used Charged Water Cleanser to remove everything ( this one is good because i don’t need to rinse my face with water ), and reapply again, as I need to reapply my sunscreen !

January 31, 2012

Revlon Lip Butter

I first encoutered this on Beauty Broadcast , it happened that I saw an TV ad about this lip butter on my bus while watching this video on my ipad. Knowing that I can find it  in Hong Kong, I can’t resist getting one for myself.

The color is vibrant, and the texture is INCREDIBLE !

It is difficult to describe the texture, its soft, cream-like, very moisturizing.. and my lips feels soft, moisturized and bouncy! And I love that the color looks soft and natural but yummy, kind of like my own lips – but have better color and more boucy …. so soft and baby-like.  I got one in Peach Parfait.

It’s $99HKD, with loads of different color, you have to got your own to understand. Highly recommended !

http://www.revlon.com/Revlon-Home/Products/Lips/Lipcolor/Revlon-ColorBurst-Lip-Butter.aspx#

Revlon Lip Butter

January 31, 2012

(Malin+Goetz) Lip Moisturizer.

I tried many lip balm – Chanel, Fresh, Bobbi Brown, Dior etc.. so many !

By far, this (Malin+Goetz) Lip Moisturizer is my favorite, I keep coming back for it in the past two years.

This is what I want from my lip balm – something that keep my lips soft, long-lasting, not super sticky, not waxy, not drying up my lips, keep it moisturized, glossy and smooth….

Many lip balm feels good on lips at the first moment, however, with time, they feel waxy, and they just sit on top of the lips, do nothing to the skin beneath.

What makes this one outstanding is that, it penetrates the skin and keep your lip smooth and moisturized.

So, this is a true MOISTURIZER of lips.

They used to have it in Joyce Beauty (I reside in Hong Kong). Now Malin+Goetz have their online shop and they are also available in some cosmetic shops in Central ( at along Lynhust Terrace, Central)

good luck.

their online shop
http://www.malinandgoetz.com.hk/

ps this is the official description of the lip moisturizer

lip moisturizer.

HK$99.00
1/3 oz./8.5g.

Daily Protection. Soothing Treatment.
Fatty Acid Hydration Technology – FM-102-1/3.

description.
Scientifically synthesized to instantly restore and replenish, our hydrating lip gel is easily integrated for daily maintenance, prevention, and treatment of dry, irritated lips. Absorbent fatty acids, unlike traditional oils and drying waxes and silicones that are often licked off or wiped away, nourish upon impact while offering a continual layer of hydrating protection throughout the day and night. Fragrance, flavor and color free.

select ingredients (+).
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene Fatty Acids.

directions.
Apply to lips as needed. A tiny bit offers immediate relief with little shine. More generous application creates a gloss for use with or without lipstick.

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January 29, 2012

Busy days

The weather become more spring-like, I hope it won’t get cold again – I absolutely hate that. I love this ‘season of Burberry’.

Someone said life would be too boring if without a job. I don’t agree.

My imagination is too rich that I hardly have time to process them all.
Setting your hair need an hour
Doing your makeup may need an hour
I need 6-10 hours of sleep
I need 3 hours per day, at least, to eat
Picking your outfit may need an hour
Tidying the house may need at least an hour
Searching on Internet may need few hours
Catching up with friends may need at least 1-2 hours
Meditation need at least 1-2 hours
Watching YouTube may need few hours
Going gym need 1-2 hours
family time need to be hours
Grooming time to be at least 1 hour

Researching ways to implement your imagination needs hours !

Without limitations, imaginations can run even wilder.

Argh…. We are too short of time!

What’s matter is whether you can afford to have more personal time

January 28, 2012

Makeover by a MUA of MAC

I passed by MAC this morning and wants to try on their new metal – X cream shadow.

I am pretty impressed, as the cream shadow is very soft and silky. the color in the case looks intense, but they and soft and buildable after application.

I kinda love the look, and I wouldn’t done it on myself, because I afraid that I might need to start over again and wash my face if I messed up with the application! In general, it is a look for dinner and cocktail, but not for everyday natural look.

Of the product used, the most loved are the Beauty Powder in Too Chic, which give my skin a kind of soft and nice glow, yet it is not shimmery at all after applied on skin; I also love mineralized blush, which have a nice texture and color ; the eye brown pencil and the brushes 219 and 217.

I also used the (Malin+Goetz) Lip Moisturizer, which is so moisturizing and it leave a nice feel on the lips, my all time favorite for years

 

Breakdown :

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face :
skinceuticals fusion physical UV defense ( a very light , tinted sunblock )

concealer : Victoria’s Secret Pro Camouflage FX concealer palette
MAC Beauty Powder in Too Chic – under eye, noise and to of cheek bone highlights using

MAC 130 Duo Fibre brush

blush :
MAC mineralize blush in dainty

eyes
base: MAC metal-X cream shadow in Gold Carbon with MAC 242 Shader Brush

crease: MAC eye shadow in Cork to crease for contour with MAC 217 Blender Brush

highlight: MAC eye shadow in vanilla to brow bone with MAC 217 Blender Brush

eyeliner (upper and lower 1/3): MAC power point eye pencil in engraved
MAC eye shadow in carbon with MAC 212 Flat definer brush and MAC 219 Brush Pencil Brush

eyebrow : MAC eye brows in fling with MAC208 Angled Brow Brush

Lip : (Malin+Goetz) Lip Moisturizer

 

January 26, 2012

Ysl pink tribute sandals (high heeled)

omg….
My imagination comes true again..

Lately, I have been thinking about this sandal, and I said to myself, if they have this in candy pink color, I would consider buying one more pair… something I consider impossible.

And they are havong this color for spring 2012… !

Luckily not in the low-heeled version .. Yet.

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January 26, 2012

Sunscreen makeup

I love my sunscreen. My skin improve a lot since I started to use a sunscreen seriously. And a major issue with makeup is that…. Will it affect my sunscreen underneath ?

I have no idea of that nor do I able to find much information on the Internet .

I tested my makeup and at the end of the day, my foundation and blushes were still there. So I assumed the sunscreen was still there.

Anyway, this is how I apply blush when I just use sunscreen alone, I mixed my bare minerals blush with my sunscreen, such that it becomes liquid blush. In this way, when I layer the blush on top, it won’t affect me from reapply my sunscreen later on as they are of the same texture.

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