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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

MIA FOTD

YAY for a long awaited FOTD!!! All my looks have been stupid easy lately since I have like 10 mins max to get ready before school.

I used Maybelline Emerald Smokes quad yet again for this look. For the bottom liner I used UD Graffiti though. I love pre-made quads for time crunchin' phase. S'cuse the skin, I've put them through a lot of stress lately.




What I used:

Face:
--MAC F&B foundation in C300
--Coverblend concealer in Beige
--Maybelline dream matte powder in sand

Cheeks:
--MAC Emote to contour
--Hard Candy MSF in Honeymoon (review coming up soon)
--MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle

Eyes:
--Maybelline Stylish Smokes e/s quad in Emerald Smokes
--UD Deluxe e/s in Graffiti as bottom liner
--Stila Smudgepot in Black
--L'oreal Extra collagen mascara

Lips:
--MAC Lipgelee in Valentines (just looks clear on me, poo)

Close ups:






Smiley faces!



Gotta wash the day away, y'all.


Good night & Peace out!


Tao

Review: Maybelline Stylish Smokes Quads

Hi guys!! I'm so sorry that I've been MIA. School is getting in the way of my social/internet life. I know that excuse is getting old quick, but sadly that's the truth.

Now without further adieu, let's move on to the review.

Today I'm reviewing/swatching the Stylish Smokes collection from Maybelline. I gotta admit that I've never been a fan of Maybelline. Other than the Dream Matte Powder they have, which is totally HG material, I've never liked anything else. However, the new e/s quads caught my eyes the other day while I was browsing at Walgreens, and I totally took the advantage of their BOGO sale and bought some.

Please meet my new toys:


Natural Smokes and Emerald Smokes


Plum Smokes and Chai Latte (regular)


Sunlit Bronze (regular) and Sapphire Smokes


Now there are some hits and misses. Not everything is worth the $6 in my opinion.

HITS:
--Natural Smokes (similar to MAC Smoky Eyes quad, perfect for people who are looking for premade quad to do smoky eyes. Very beginner friendly)
--Emerald Smokes (The olive color is off the CHAIN! I personally don't love greens usually, but this quad is gorgeous! Pleas refer to my last FOTD)
--Sunlit Bronze (Shimmer city! This is BY FAR THE most shimmery e/s I've ever used!! I love the colors, but you have to be careful, otherwise you'd look like a shimmer bomb.)

MISSES:
--Sapphire Smokes (the colors looked great in the pan, but the most gorgeous color, sapphire, looks chalky and blah on skin. Hard to blend too.)

NEUTRALS:
--Plum Smokes (gorgeous colors, but the crease color is disappointing. The color payoff isn't that great.)
--Chai Latte (I like how there's a mix of mattes and shimmers, but overall this quad very dupe-able. While the bronzey amber color is pretty, there's nothing to write home about)

SWATCH GALORE!! Click pics to enlarge.

Emerald Smokes:





Sunlit Bronze:



Chai Latte:




Sapphire Smokes:




Plum Smokes:



Natural Smokes:




Whew! That was HARD work! I'm pooped! Stay toned for my recent FOTD! Thanks y'all!


Peace out,
Tao

Friday, September 18, 2009

School blows to the extreme..

I haven't slept from Tuesday morning til Friday morning because all the stupid assignments are due at the same time. I went to sleep today at 5 am and slept til 7pm. I feel woozy.

update more later. I really need to hydrate.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Friends...

Can't live with them, can't live without them.

Honestly, after dealing with people day after day, I've seriously given up hope on finding friends like the ones on Sex and the City. All I want is someone who won't judge me; someone who will be there when I need a shoulder to cry on; someone who will call me up and drag me out when I'm being anti-social; someone who, after years and thousands of miles apart, will still say "Hey Tao! I miss you!" and mean it. I don't know if I'm asking for too much.

I miss the good o' days when friends are just friends. I miss the times when making friends are purely for entertainment purposes without the worry of "networking" and job searches. I want to be free from the whole "What does he/she want from me?" mentality. I don't want to be friendly to people just to be hurt in the end. I don't want to be in that "Shoulda Coulda Woulda" stage again...

Last but definitely not least, I don't want my real friends to leave and move on with their lives without remembering they still have me. My dear friend Sandy is going to New York this Saturday to job search, and I'm dreading the moment of separation. I've know her since my Freshman ('06) year in college. Over the years we've had the good, the bad, and the ugly, but in the end we still remained close friends, TRUE friends. I don't want time and distance to break that bond. People always promise to stay in touch when they leave, yet very very few of them actually do. I know it's not easy to make real friends now, so I don't want to lose the few that I have.

I guess the point of this depressing entry is this: Please treasure your good friends. Be patient, be nice, don't take them for granted. There will come a day when you realize that you are not ready to let go. All I can do right now is wish her the best. She is a great person and deserves the best things in life plus more. I want to be able to see her years later and say: "Hey Sandy! I missed you!" and continue the conversation like we've never been apart.

To my beloved friend Sandy,


GOOD LUCK!

There will come a day when we could gather again and light up fireworks together. I sincerely wish that day would come sooner.


As always, I leave you with love and blessings.

Tao

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sorry, sorry....(pic HEAVY)

I know I said FOTD was coming up shortly in my last post, but you know ....skittles happen.

However, today I had a little free time, so I decided to do a FOTD using the newly acquired Maybelline Stylish Smokes quad in Emerald Smokes (review/swatches by this weekend).






What I used:
Face:
--Revlon Colorstay Active foundation in Buff
--MAC MSF in Medium as a setting powder

Cheeks:
--MAC Emote blush to contour
--MARK blush in Afterglo
--MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle

Eyes:
--Maybelline e/s quad in Emerald smokes

--Stila smudgepot in black (top liner)
--MAC Teddy eye kohl (waterline)
--L'oreal Extra Collagen mascara

Lips:
--VS Beautyrush l/g in Sublime


Swatches:




Close-up indoor w/o flash


Close-ups (in sunlight)





Close-ups (flash)




Goofy faces for the win!!!



I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for reading my blog. Although I kinda suck at keeping up with commenting back to everyone, I want you all to know that I read every single one of the comments. I really appreciate all your support and constructive criticisms. I love all of you and I will do my best to keep this blog worth your while.


Anyways, love and blessings y'all. Peace out.

Tao