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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

So Fresh So Clean

Recently I've been ADDICTED to fast and simple looks, especially when I just running errands in Boulder. People here are so down to earth that it always makes me feel weird when I go out with a full face of makeup.

This is been my go-to errand look:

What I used:

--Garnier Skin Renew anti-dark circle roller under my eyes
--Maybelline FIT concealer in Sand on pimples/on top of the eye roller under eyes
--MAC Studio Careblend in Medium <--amazing powder for people with dry skin. Review HERE

--Physician's Formula Glow Boosting Pressed Shimmer Bronzer Light-medium
--MAC Harmony to contour
--NARS Dolce Vita <--I recently discovered that ELF studio blush in Blushing Rose is a DEAD RINGER for this.
--Fyrinnae highlighter In The Spotlight <--*gasp* this could potentially replace MAC Soft&Gentle as my HG highlighter

--Ben Nye Essential Eye palette in Cork (lid), Vanilla (highlight), and Mink Stole (bottom liner)
--Maybelline Colossal Volume Waterproof in extreme black
--L'oreal Voluminous on top
--Stila e/s in Nanda Devi on brows

--a wee bit of left over NARS Dolce Vita l/s <--Got it a couple days ago and have been wearing it nonstop.

More pics:

Close up:

Over-exposed cheesy smile:

I know this look is boring, but it's so nice to be able to bust this out in 10 minutes after wearing a ton of makeup on a daily basis.

Blog sale coming up. :)


Monday, September 26, 2011

This is why I don't cook. (GRUESOME PICS)

I've had my fair share of kitchen disasters as a child who had spent way too much time in the kitchen with her nanny.

You would've guessed that I'd be an expert chef from all the injuries I've obtained from being in the kitchen.   Yet unfortunately...I'm not. 

Nathan and I often choose to go out to eat because:
1. It sucks to cook for two people--There's no quite the ideal amount of food to prepare. It's always too little or too much. 
2. It takes WAY longer to prepare/clean up than the actual cooking.
3. Economy of Scale. It's actually cheaper for us to go out to eat than to cook. 

Over the weekend I was feeling particularly adventurous (mainly because we got this AWESOME Japanese cooking sauce), so I decided to make chicken w/ potatoes. 

Sounds harmless right?  

Well...I guess there were some water on chicken when I put it in the hot oil, because the oil splatter on my hand in big globs. 

Before you know it...

This is immediately after the incident

 Two hours later..

The next morning...

So it's safe to say that Nathan and I will continue to eat out and there won't be any new product swatches for a while. 

Don't fret though, I've got some pre-shot swatches on my files. :) 

Also, I'm in the process of doing another blog sale soon, so stay tuned! 



Friday, September 23, 2011

The Fun in Life

Not gonna lie, this gif made me giggle for hours.

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Ah I love animals. :)

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette

Most of you already know about my addition with makeup palettes (what makeup category aren't I addicted to?!), but for those who didn't know, I LOVE MAKEUP PALETTES!

Why do I love palettes?

Well, you get to try out many colors without breaking the bank AND can easily travel with a palette without having to carry 10 different products.

My most recent acquisition is the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette. 

I told myself that I wasn't going to get it because I already have so many e/s, but it's limited edition (almost full-sized)15 e/s for $59 that comes in a super cute packaging....How can I NOT get it?!! Yes, I know, my will is very weak.

I did suffer from buyer's remorse right after I bought it because, again, I already have so much. That is, until I swatched the colors....

--The variety of colors is great. You get your bronzey/charcoal neutrals, but you also get insanely pigmented brights.
--The texture of the shadows is so smooth and creamy.
--The pigmentation of the shadow is off the hook!! They are one of the most pigmented e/s I've ever used. Literally a light swipe w/ brush/finger will give you A LOT of color.
--Cute packaging. Need I say more?
--Affordability. You get 15 eye shadows are 1.3 grams each for $59. That's almost $4 each. MAC e/s are 1.5 grams/$14.5 each. You do the math.

--There is some fall out due to the smooth texture of the e/s. Be careful when you apply them.
--It's kind of heavy because of the metal casing.
--All but one (blackout) shadows are shimmery/frosty.

Close-up and swatches: All the swatches are from ONE light swipe. Impressive huh?

Overall, I LOVE this palette. I would strongly recommend it if you are in the market looking for affordable pigmented e/s.

Thank for reading this. I hope this was helpful for some of you.




Saturday, September 17, 2011

Make 'em say WOW

Here'e a little quick FOTD for you today. It's a really light smudgy eye w/ a BRIGHT red/fuchsia lip look.

It was very simple to do, and I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. It's simple, face-brightening, and screams "LOOK AT ME".

What I used:

--Estee Lauder Max Coverage on selected areas
--MAC Studio Sculpt concealer in NW20 under the eyes
--Maybelline Dream Matte powder in Sand to set fdtn
--ELF Blush/bronzer duo (just the bronzer side)

--MAC Harmony to contour
--Ben Nye blush in Fresh Coral from the Fashion Rouge palette<--I would marry this palette if I could.
--ELF Facial Whip in Lilac something. The writing was rubbed off. <--surprisingly AWESOME and only $1? Yes please.

--Ben Nye Essential Eye palette in Mink Stole, Dark Brown, Cork, and Vanilla
--L'oreal Voluminous mascara <--STILL not a fan

--Prestige lipliner in cameo
--Maybelline Colorsensational lipstick in Red Haute <--possibly one of the hottest red lipstick I've ever used
--Urban Decay Pocket Rocket in Julio just on the center of lips

I have filmed a tutorial on how to create this look. It will be up and running in a few days.

For those of you who wanted to see my updated foundation routine, here it is. Enjoy.

Have a great weekend guys!


Friday, September 16, 2011


I don't know why I made this post, but I just want to say that I must have done something AMAZING in my previous life to deserve my mom and Nathan.

I've been pretty stressed out lately due to work and couldn't get off of the emotional roller-coaster. 

It was Nathan who's always by my side comforting me. It was my mom who's always just a phone call away no matter what time of day it is. They were there to break down my shield and take care of the real me; they were there to analyze all the things I've been dealing with and try to come up with solutions; and most important of all, they were there for me unconditionally.

As a lot of you might know, I'm a greedy person. Good is NEVER good enough for me. I'm always trying to be better, to be the best. I would often feel so burnt out that I just want to quit life. 

Both my mom and Nathan offered to take care of me if I ever wanted to take a break from work. They were worried sick about me. I know it's horrible to say, but the selfish part of me was so happy that the people I cared about the most about didn't think I'm crazy. 

I know my mom and Nathan don't read my blog, but still, I want to tell them this:

I now must face life and all of its challenges with a brave smile because I've got the best support team in the entire world. 

Have you found your support team yet? 

XO Tao

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Why a lack of FOTDs?

This is why...


See, I'm VERY not photogenic. There's probably only one picture I can use out of 100 pics I take. Then I get frustrated and feel all ugly.

Also...I'm dumb and put all my pics in one folder named BLOG so I forgot which ones I posted and which ones I didn't.

Yeah, that's how I roll.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I'm back~

Ah, a short trip to a place full of authentic Chinese food and quality family really did me some good. I'm and now refreshed and re-energized for the road ahead.

After this trip, one thing is for certain. If I had the money, I'd move to Irvine, Ca.

Don't get me wrong, I love Boulder, but with similar real estate prices, you get more bang for your buck at Irvine. I mean, LOOK AT ALL THE GREAT FOODS! I literally ate myself into oblivion. I gained 5 lbs in 3 days and had some of the best foods I've had in a LONG time.

While the trip was rather rushed, my mom planned it so well that we accomplished a lot.
--Went to Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Irvine, and LA.
--Went to Universal Studios
--Ate at 7 different restaurants and reduced my craving for Chinese food.

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.

We were at some random restaurant because my mom was craving some stir-fried beef noodles... I think I will never be a great blogger because I ALWAYS forget to take pics of the most important thing: FOOD!! We just devour everything the second they were brought out. They were soooooo delicious.

Next up, my mom's friend who's a Californian (is that even a word?) took us on a real estate tour. While he and my mom talked about different investment possibilities, I got dibs on all the fancy houses in Newport Beach.

If I remembered correctly, I was shocked to find out the price of the house I liked in this pic.

I think this was Laguna Beach? Beautiful houses and a great beach. 

Universal Studios. I've been to the one in Orlando numerous times, but it's always fun to go to amusement parks. We took the Studio Tour to see the sets/stages where the stars work. It must be fun to act for a great-paying job. I for one think that everyone acts on a daily basis for free. LOL. 

Look ma! I'm in Hollywood!

LOL! All in all that was a great trip. We all need to get away from real life once in order to recharge our batteries.

Oh, and I'll be hosting a huge blog sale sometime this week. Please stay tuned! :)



Friday, September 2, 2011

What's in my Travel Makeup Bag?

Hi guys!

I got a few days of vacation from work, so I decided to pack my bags and do a little quick visit to see my mom.

As we all know, it's better to travel light. Airport security can be a BIATCH. My advice is don't take anything that will make you cry if then threw it away. Also, make sure that all the liquid products are under 3 fl oz and in a separate bag.

This is what I brought with me:

My skincare:
--Neutrogena Makeup Remover towelettes to take off all my makeup.
--Dr. Haushka (sp?) Rose Day cream <--I use this as a night cream because it's so emollient. Also it has no SPF.
--Shiseido Sunscreen for face/body SPF38 <--My mom already told me that there will be a lot of outdoor activities, so I brought reinforcement.
--Neutrogena Ageless Essentials face lotion SPF25 <--Not a huge fan, but I don't have any other day cream smaller.

My Makeup:
--Milani Glow Natural foundation: I would've brought MAC F&B, but that's too big. This is more convenience and has less risk of spilling.
--Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark circle roller <--eyecream/concealer in one
--Dior Long-wearing moisturizing concealer <--need it b/c of my DARK DARK circles
--Coverblend concealer<--for brightening up my under eye area
--Estee Lauder Doublewear Max Coverage foundation in Creamy Vanilla <--I made a little sample of this for ease of carrying. I use this strictly for pimples, scars, etc.

--MAC Gold Go Lightly bronzer to give my face a sunkissed look.
--MAC blush in Harmony to contour
--MAC Soft & Gentle MSF to highlight

I brought all my Ben Nye palettes with me.

This has some bright colors just in case I'm in a bright-eye kinda mood.

This is all the essential colors for my smokey/basic kinda mood.
My favorite blush palette. There's a color for every mood/occasion.

--Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara in Waterproof <--I'm out of my Shiseido Lasting Lift. :(
--Lancome Hypnose drama <--to add volume
--Dior Diorshow Maximizer mascara primer<--to fake length and volume

--WnW gel liner
--Prestige Total Intensity in black <--LOOOOOOOOVE this liner
--Duo glue

I didn't pack any lip products because my mom will have a ton. I don't do lips anyway.

Hope that was helpful enough. I know that "what's in your bags" tag are always fun to watch/read. Enjoy!