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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lessons Learned

Whew! Finally I have two days off from work. I love working, but it can get very overwhelming (wedding season, anyone?)

Now we all learn something new everyday. Here are some of the things I've learned. 

--You cannot count on anyone but yourself. Really, just because someone is your friend does not mean they will stand up for you. 
--You need to be THE best at whatever you do. You have to make yourself indispensable. 
-- It's better to invest your time and energy on something that no one can take away. 
-- If all three of your payment cards get rejected, it's probably not the best idea to use your BILL MONEY to buy lip sticks. 
-- DO NOT complain about being broke and then go spend money on useless stuff like alcohol, cigarettes, and jewelry. Yes, I just called jewelry useless. Sue me. 
-- When people ask for your honest opinion, they really DO NOT care that much for the truth. 
-- Greek yogurt with honey, blueberries, and oats is orgasmic. 
-- I probably should have listened to my mom and gone to medical school. 

I'm going to enjoy my days off. Ah...bliss.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: NEW Maybelline Shinesational Lipsticks

Confession time: I HATE the regular Maybelline Colorsensational lipsticks that everyone seems to love. I hate them due to the rancid smell and the fact that they seem to accentuate EVERY dry flake I have. 

However I've bought several Shinesational lipsticks and I love them. They smell great, feel moisturizing, and look fantastic. So, it's no surprise that when I came across the new Maybelline Shinesational lipsticks at Rite Aid a week ago (I was trying to find the new Wet n' Wild trios and yep, I found them.), I had to buy them. 

These are different from the original Shinesational lipsticks due to the fact that they are actually more of a jelly consistency. They look transparent with a bright tint if that makes sense. I think the pictures will speak for themselves.

The Packaging:

They are very attention grabbing with the cute little bright coral-pink tubes. In fact, that's what made me distracted in the first place (I swear I was VERY focused on my wnw hunt). 

The Scent
They smell sooo good. Very fruity and sweet, but no cloying. The scent lingers for about 15 minutes, which makes me sad because I love it so much.

The Colors

I got (from L-R) Fruit Punch, Citrus Slice, Raspberry Ice, and Pink Lollipop. As you can see, they are very transparently colored (?). They are also the PERFECT example of summery colors.

The Pigmentation


 Now this is what I'm sorely disappointed with. I know they are supposed to be sheer, but I honestly couldn't tell them apart when swatching. They have absolutely NO pigmentation (well, I lied, maybe a weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee bit, if you look closely).

I've noticed that they get a LITTLE bit more pigmented after being on my skin for about 10 minutes or so.



Now I'm not gonna lie: they will feel AMAZING on your lips. Very moisturizing but not oily. Its texture has some substance to it, not just a thin greasy feel. But still, at $6-7 a pop, I expected a little bit more.

Overall I would give these a rating of 3 out of 5 stars. They are great for people who are looking for a LIGHTLY tinted lip conditioner (yes, they are that moisturizing), but the search continues on for someone like me who wants best of both worlds in terms of pigmentation and comfort.

Hope that helped!

<3

Tao

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Go-To FOTD for the month

Hi guys! I'm back with a FOTD!

Now working for a cosmetic company that's known for its creativity is incredibly fun but challenging. You are constantly updating your looks, despite how uncomfortable it might make you feel.

For instance, it's decided that black winged liner is not "in trend" this season, so we can't wear black liner to work. Let's take a second and reflect on my previous looks. It's safe to assume that my heart stopped briefly when I heard the news. HOW CAN YOU SAY MY SIGNATURE LOOK IS NOT IN TREND!!!!!

Nonetheless, I had to change my looks. So this is what I came up with.

I've been wearing this look on at least 2x out of the week, especially when I'm rushed for time.

What I used:

FACE:
--MAC F&B fdtn in C2
--MAC Studio Sculpt concealer in NW20
--NARS Laguna bronzer
--MAC mineralized blush in Dainty
--MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle

EYES:
--MAC Soft ochre paintpot
--MAC e/s in Star Violet on lid
--MAC e/s in Woodwinked in crease
--MAC e/s in Dazzlelight as highlight
--false lashes
--Stila e/s in Nanda Devi on brows

Lips:
--MAC Fabby l/s with a bit of Oyster Girl lipglass on top

More pics:

Close up:

Thanks for reading guys! I will do a tutorial for this look soon! :)

Have a great one!

P.S. I've decided to make a little To-Do-List for today (my only day off for this week).

--Take out trash (trust me...you don't want to see)
--Do dishes/clean kitchen
--Clean clothes pile <---work clothes. It's a WHOLE lotta black.
--Clean out product pile in bathroom <--it's getting a little too overwhelming. Not to mention the fact that I bought TWO professional sized moisturizer in Hautelook today.
--Clean out Nathan's drawer (technically my blog sale postage receipt drawer)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I'm going to hell for this...

but I don't care! I'm still ROFLMAO!!!



Sorry for lack to beauty-related updates recently guys. I find it difficult to talk makeup after staring at them for 9 hrs straight everyday. I also forget to take pics of my makeup everytime. I will try to be better at it though. PROMISE!!

Have a great one!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

In case you are having a bad day....

image from http://files.sharenator.com/funny_pictures_mythbuster_cat_RE_HEY-s500x375-61784.jpg

This is the real deal:


SPOT ON I TELL YA!!

I've been LOLing for days.

Hope you are having a great day!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Review: L'oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss

Is it me or are there A LOT of new drugstore stuff coming out? My wallet was burning when I left Walmart with a huge bag of new drugstore makeup I wanted to try.

First up are these new L'oreal glosses called Colour Riche le Gloss.

What attracted me first was the packaging. They come in a slim squeezy tube with shiny letters that look all high-end. It reminds me to something that Estee Lauder might come up with.

There are a HUGE variety of colors (I think 16?). The claim is that these glosses are light weight, high shine, long-lasting, and super moisturizing with Omega-3, Argan oil, and vitamin E.

I picked up 4 colors because at $7 a pop, you can afford to try more colors.

From L-R: Saucy Mauve, Golden Splash, Nude Touch, and Blushing Berry

Swatches: Same order as above


Now onto the review:

PROs:
--Very moisturizing.
--AMAZING texture. They feel like a slightly thicker version of MAC Lipgelees.
--Smells DIVINE!! They smell like creme brule and vanilla cupcake.
--Lot of bang for your buck. You get 0.4 oz of products for $7, that's a lot of glosses!
--Sleek design and ease of application.
--Decent pigmentation for a gloss.

CONs:
--Not "super glossy" as they claim. It's only semi glossy at best. At times I feel as if I were only wearing lipstick.
--Poor lasting power. They last for 45 mins to an hour on me at the most.

Overall I think they are great basic good smelling lipglosses. I wouldn't buy them full priced again. $7 is a bloody rip-off for what they are. I've give them 3.5 stars out of 5. If you were on the market for something cute/good smelling to try, go ahead and get these. :)

Hope that helped!

I'm in the process of doing another blog sale. Stay tuned!

Tao

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I'm a Classy Broad

...so much so that I went in to Hot Topic.

Well, let's back track. I did not, repeat, did NOT go in there with the intention of buying anything. I went down to the Park Meadows Mall in Denver with my friend BJ to get MAC application certified (which I did, thanks for asking). We were 40 minutes early (I overestimated the amount the traffic we'd hit on a Monday), so we were just walking around the mall to kill time.

We basically went into EVERY store in the mall, so Hot Topic was no exception. I know, I regretted it immediately when I got hit by MASSIVE amounts of Twilight & Emo merchandise. Nonetheless, BJ and I kept walking around (killing time really isn't that much fun, FYI).

We went to the clearance section in the back with the intention of making fun of everything, but then I saw some makeup. So this is what I ended up with...

Guess how much these costed me? Go ahead, guess....

They costed me $4 with tax!! They were only $0.98 each! Deal of the Day? I think so!

Swatches: I THINK the colors are Pink, Hot Pink, Orange, and Red.

Pink & Orange
Hot Pink & Red

Two things I hate about these blushes:
1. Once you get rid of the packaging, you no longer know the names of the blushes for sure.
2. The containers are hard to open at times.

What I LOOOOOOVE about these blushes are the pigmentation, longevity, and their ability to reduce the appearance of my pores. Oh my gosh they are some of the MOST pigmented blushes I've ever seen!!! My favorite is definitely Orange.

Description of the colors:

PINK: It is a very pale cool toned pink; great dupe of NARS Desire blush. It might look ashy on very dark skin. However, on fair skin, it would make you look like Snow White.

HOT PINK: The name says it all. It's a SHOCKINGLY bright pink. It reminds me of the limited edition MAC blush (Her Blooming Cheek) that came out with the 2010 Christmas collection (Tartan Tale). Very very pigmented, so make sure to use a light hand and a very soft brush.

ORANGE: It's not very orange, it's more like a bright peach. It looks GORGEOUS on tan/dark complexion. It just emphasizes the tan so well. Since I'm a bronzer fiend nowadays, I wear this blush whenever I'm NOT working (can't use things that's not MAC, just in case customers want to know what you're wearing).

RED: Not red, but more of a bright coral. It's very similar to Rock & Republic blush in X-Rated. It's gorgeous, but since I have a lot of acne scars on my cheeks, this tends to emphasize it a wee bit. Hence I don't wear it often.

So what's the lesson of the day?

Give unassuming places/products a try. Sometimes they'll pleasantly surprise you. If not, then you've got a great story to tell other. :)

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!! Guess who's working? *raises hand*

xoxo

Tao