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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Collab: Makeup Pan-Killing Round 1 (PvP)

Hi guys! Today I am doing a very special post, one that I think many of you would consider fun.

My friend Jacq (blog here) had suggested that we have a little friendly competition called Pan vs. Pan(PvP).

Basically we each choose 10 "contestants". These have to be products that you can visually measure the degree of usage (i.e. mascaras don't count b/c you can see the product/how much is left). We use them for a month, posting reviews/action pics in the time being, and do a comparison post at the end of the month. This way we can see how well we actually stuck to the plan and measure how fast it takes to use the products up.

Of course you can also use other products in the time being, but I'll try really hard to stick with the things I chose.

Here are the contestants:

1. Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in #21 1 oz <--I recently started using this for around a week. I REALLY like it so far. This is NOT the full size version, but I've rarely used up any foundation. We shall see how much I'll use up by the end of December.




2. Laura Mercier Undercover-3 <--Contains both Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer. I kinda don't know the difference b/t the two, but I LOVE the concealer. I foresee that this will be easy to hit pan.


3. Physician'f Formula Healthy Wear SPF50 Bronzer in Light <--Very natural/light, great for my paler skin. This will take FOREVER to hit pan, but I'm hopeful. *fingers crossed*


4. MAC Blush in Harmony <--I use this everyday as a subtle contour, so it already has a slight dip. I hope to further deepen the dip.


5. Black Radiance Velvet & Glow in Modern Glamour <--I forgot how much I loved this product. It's like MAC CCB but better! I love using this in the colder weather because it's moisturizing and glowy.


6. Stila Blush duo in Quaint & Coral <--I LOOVE the Quaint (lighter) side. So natural and yet so pigmented.


7. Physician's Formula Matte Wet/Dry e/s in Baked Butter <--My goal is to flatted the dome. This is an AMAZING trio. Great for everyday office wear.




8. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie <-- Just got this recently, hoping this face brightening color can save me some get-ready time in the blistering cold morning. This also doubles as a lip balm because it's so moisturizing.
Twist all the way down

Twist all the way up

9. Tarte Pure Optics l/g in Pink Grapefruit <--Pretty generic, but the twisty-uppy lipgloss tend to be easier to use up b/c it contains less product. :)
The gloss stops right at the blue line
10. Burt's Bees Citru Face Scrub <--Bought this b/c Kandee Johnson recommended it and she has AMAZING skin. It's at 70% right now.

I keep all the makeup in a nice little pouch on my desk. It reminds me that I need to use those products first. I got this along with the order from Meow Cosmetics. 
                                   

Hope you guys enjoyed it! Go check out Jacq's post too! 

Tao

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Review: LORAC Bejeweled Day to Night Jewelry Box

In my last post I showed a FOTD featuring the LORAC Bejeweled Day to Night Jewelry Box, so today I will do a more detailed review on it.

This is a limited edition set that is sold at Sephora exclusively. It is valued at $415 but priced at only $56.

It comes with a GIANT bronzer, a peach and a rose lip gloss, a light peachy-pink and a med-tone rose blush, a brown and a black eye liner, and two palettes that contain 16 e/s each-one for day, one for night.

Here they are:

Bronzer: A little too red for my liking, but I tried it on top of a really light blush and it looked really good. It adds a subtle boost to the face. There's a slight slight sheen to it, nothing major but worth noting. The texture is very fine, but I foresee it being a wee bit powdery if you don't use a light hand.


Lip glosses: I actually quite like them. Unlike most lip glosses that come with sets, these are actually moisturizing and balmy. They are not super pigmented, but you can build it up to a semi-opaque level. Peach is a light peachy beige, great with a smoky eye or if you want something that you can apply without looking at a mirror. Rose is a deeper mauve-y rose color that can slightly brighten your face without looking garish. My favorite of the two is Rose, but then again, I like more of a bright lip look.


Eye liners: Nothing to write home about. I don't use them, but from swatching, I feel that the texture is quite hard. They are pigmented though.

Blushes: Great pigmentation, satiny finish. All around winners. I LOVE LORAC blushes, so this came as no surprise.

Eyeshadow palettes: Now THESE are the stars of the show in my opinion. You get a total of 32 e/s in a wide range of colors. They are super pigmented, very blendable, and the textures are almost creamy. I LOOOOOOOOOVE theses eyeshadows. Day palette consists of mostly warm colors while the Night palette contains a lot of cooler tones. I definitely mix them up and create a huge variety of different looks.
Night Palette
Day Palette
Anyways, here's the video of the review:
I HIGHLY recommend this if you are looking to add more variety to your collection or if you are trying buy a picky person a great gift (LOL).


Have a great day guys!

Tao

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving FOTD with Tutorial! YAY!

Hi guys! Happy belated Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a great and full Thanksgiving. I certainly did. :) I almost had to pop a button after dinner! LOL!

Anyway, this is my FOTD for Thanksgiving dinner over at Nathan's aunt's house. Since she's very au-naturale, I didn't want to put her off with massive amount of makeup. I went with a very simplistic and natural approach. This is pretty much what I wear everyday now, mainly because it's SOOO easy and fast. I actually get surprisingly lots of compliment whenever I wear this, so go figure.

All the color products in this look came in the LORAC Bejeweled Set. It's limited edition and available at Sephora right now for $54.

This is the look:

Close up:


What I used:

Face:
--Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in #21<--goes on pink/grey like woah, but it does oxidize to match my natural skin color. Detailed review coming up.
--Dior Long wearing moisturizing concealer in 520 to color correct under the eye
--Diorskin Nude concealer in 001 to brighten under the eye
--Physician's Formula Glow Boosting Pressed Bronzer in Light-Medium

Cheeks:
--MAC Harmony to contour
--Light peachy-pink blush from the Day Palette in LORAC Bejeweled Set
--MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle
--A tiny bit of the bronzer that came in the LORAC Bejeweled Set

Eyes:
--Day Platte in LORAC Bejeweled Set in bronze, shimmery apricot, and matte light ivory (all shown in vid)
--Maybelline Collosal Volume waterproof mascara
--Dior Diorshow Maximizer mascara primer<--LOVE LOVE LOVE!!
--Diorshow Blackout <--AMAZING!

Lips:
--Peach l/g that LORAC Bejeweled Set

Here's how I achieve the look:


Anyway, gotta get ready to do some Black Friday shopping. I don't even know what I want, just wanted to be a part of the chaos I guess, LOL!

Have a great day!

Tao

P.S. Nathan makes a rare appearance. And yes, that IS The Hunger Game Trilogy on the couch. I got that from Nathan's parents for my birthday. Heard LOTS of good things about this, so you bet your leftover turkey that I'd be reading away over the break. :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Collective Birthday Haul

Guess who turned 24 over the weekend? Moi.

I think I passed the age where I'd get excited over birthdays. The gifts are always nice, but I think I'm mentally too old for all night partying (not that I was EVER into that anyway).

My birthday this year was quiet. Nathan and I just spent some quality time together. We went grocery shopping for Thanksgiving at Costco on Saturday because I wanted to sample all the foods. It was a BAD IDEA. There were sooooooooooooooooo many people, good GOD! I got annoyed and went next door to Ross where I found some awesome clothes and unexpected makeup.

Since I forgot to take pics of the clothes, I'll just show you the makeup.

My wonderful friend Sue Lynn sent me some Japanese makeup goodies:


Jill Stuart blush quad in Milky Strawberry


Esprique Precious e/s palette in D-2

They are GORGEOUS! I've been wearing that blush on a daily basis recently. A FOTD will be up soon, I promise!! I've been VERY uninspired lately. I think all the new goodies will change that.

I recently placed an online order at Cherry Culture because I've been dying to try out some of the new NYX blushes.

The new colors: Amber (Great Fall blush) & Bourgeois Pig <---LOOOOOOOOOOVE

 Cream Blush in Tickled (NARS Orgasm but 100x better!) and Cafe<--Great contour shade

Swatches: Amber, Bourgeois Pig, Cafe, and Tickled

Finally, I got some Meow Cosmetics mineral foundations/highlighters. I've been loving using foundation powders to set the tinted moisturizer. I will do a more detailed review on these, but it's suffice to say that I've finally found my perfect color match.

The powders are HUUUUUUUUUGE. You get 30 grams of product! :)

To be honest, I'm kinda over celebrating stuff now. Nathan and I just celebrated our 7-year anniversary (Is the 7-year Itch coming up? LOL) and my birthday. Thanksgiving is up next, then followed by my mom's birthday, then Xmas.....*drops dead*

Anyways, I need to get ready for work. :) Ah...3 more days! 

Tao

P.S. Another reason why I haven't updated is because I've been addicted to reading. Currently in rotation are the Dexter series and The Hunger Game Trilogy (I got that for my B-day from Nathan's parents. They know me so well! Can't wait for the movie!!!).

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Review: Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser


Thank you so much for everyone's support in my last blog sale. It was a huge success! As of 11/9/11, all paid parcels were shipped out. 


Now many of you know that I purchased Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser during Sephora FF sale. I desperated wanted to try it because it is a supposedly a dupe for the famous Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish face cleanser. It retails for $20 and you get 3.3oz of product, so not bad price wise. Since Liz Earle isn't readily accessible to me, I bit the bullet and tried out the Soap & Glory version.

Like Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, Soap & Glory (S&G) Hot Cloth Cleanser is a white cream that you rub on your dry face with all the makeup on. It's supposed to "melt away the makeup" and deep cleanses the skin. It also comes with a muslin cloth for gentle exfoliation and complete removal of the face wash.

Here's the product:
Fab Pore™ Hot Cloth Cleanser
This is the muslin cloth:

You are supposed to apply this to dry skin, massage it in for 1 minute, let it sit for 1 minute, then remove it with a wet warm muslin cloth. It is formulated to "cleans, smooths, and melts away makeup".

Despite its claims, it does NOT remove waterproof products. My mascara (Maybelline Colossal Volume Express in waterproof) still looked perfect after I rubbed the cream on it for 2 minutes.

Testing:

Result: 

While my skin felt very soft and smooth right after I washed the cleanser off, within 30 seconds I saw massive clogged pores all of my face. Many turned into cystic acne (those deep under the skin owie ones) that hurt and can't be popped. My skin is now scarred and rought (even more so than before). I'm so mad and sad at the same time.

I returned this product promptly and have been battling with the residual effects ever since. This would explain why there weren't a lot of FOTDs recently. :(

Anyways, as with all products, everyone has different experiences. Please do your search before making a purchase (but apparently that didn't help me, just created such a high standard for the product performance).

Hope that was helpful for some of you. :)

<3

Tao