Thursday, April 29, 2010

More Lioele Reviews & Swatches: Pact, Lipstick, Brow, Base

Woohoo! More Lioele to share with you guys. As last time, Janie from www.prettyandcute.com sent these to me for review and once again, I freakin' love it!

The video sums everything up better than I can do right now, so here it is:


I apologize for chopping it up pretty badly with a lot of edits but I was having a mind-blitz and was rambling on and on a lot. :3

The headings for each item is a direct link to the product on Pretty and Cute so you can find it easily.

Blooming Sebum Catch Pact

I'll be honest, pearlized pink just kills me. Yes, I'm talking about YOU Sebum Catch Pact! I know it's childish but it's really cute, isn't it? The packaging... I just stare at it sometimes because the pink pearl glows depending on the angle the light hits it. The smell could be less powdery but it does its job and I like the hygienic cover flap.


Essential Donut Glow Stick in Milky Pink

This one is LOVE. I've been keeping it in my purse because it's a failproof color. Really cute pink that flatters yellow undertones nicely since it's not too blue-based, plus it feels like lipbalm on.


Artist Auto Eyebrow in 03 Gray Black

Since this video was recorded I've fallen even more in love with this. It's my go-to daily brow filler since I don't need to mess with any brushes and the color is so perfect for me and not too heavy.


Blooming Shimmer Pearl Base in Pink


The pearl, seriously! <3 It's sooo eye candy and doesn't look crazy when it's on your face. It has teeny little pinky pearl shimmers that you can only see once it's spread out. A cute foundation base and an even better highlighter. It sinks more into your skin and looks lit-from-within compared to using a powder highlighter.


Don't forget that the promotion code lovelioele is working at prettyandcute.com to get 10% off your order of Lioele items, and orders over $75 have free shipping within the US. Just write in the comments box which color you'd like when you check out.

I'm looooooving my new Hot Pink Lioele Princess Mirror!! I think I even like it better than the Baby Pink. More sexy-cute.


Hope this review is helpful if you want to purchase Lioele products. To see my past reviews on Lioele click here.

Let me know if you have any product questions in the comments. Also let me know if there is a specific Lioele product you'd like me to review in the future. :)

Disclaimer: I was sent these products from Pretty and Cute for review. All my reviews are, as always, my 100% honest opinion.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils Collection

If you are a frequenter of my blog and watch my youtube videos, you'll know that I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. They are smooth, glide on lids without tugging, have wonderful color payoff, and are waterproof once set so they are perfect for using on the waterline. I seem to have gathered quite the collection, most of which I've gotten through sales here and there. At $17.00 apiece they are rather pricey but the quality of these liners is much better compared to most drugstore (and even non-drugstore) pencils. Recently, a couple drugstore brands have come up with improved offerings, but I'll talk about that in a moment.

What stands out the most about Urban Decay's pencils is the color selection. They currently have 23 permanent shades which you can find at Sephora, Ulta, or online at urbandecay.com and they are just dreamy. There are super bright blues, iridescent purples, and of course more wearable colors like brown, black, copper, plum, and olive. Just look at the prettiness!


But don't be fooled by just good looks, these pencils mean serious business! If you let the pencil set for a minute after applying, it will not budge. I'm talking, if you rub your finger on these once it's set it won't rub off (which I did with these swatches, and they did. not. move.) I also scrubbed these with soap and water and it still wouldn't come off completely. To get these off easily, I needed an oil-based eye makeup remover. Holy grail stuff for those with oily lids, or for anyone with monolids or sok ssangkapul if you hate panda eyes!

So here are my swatches. I also included a few other liners I've gotten recently that are actually very similar in terms of quality and texture. The L'Oreal HIP Chrome liners have really been impressing me since they feel pretty much identical to my UD 24/7s and seem to wear as well. There is also one Styli-Style pencil that is also really nice although I haven't used it much (probably because I'm so enamored by my other 23/7s!) By the way, is it really obvious I like putting things in color-order? lol.

Click the image to see it larger. In natural light.


With flash.


My all-time favorites are Lucky (bright copper), Ransom (purple with blue iridescence), Zero (matte black), and Yeyo (shimmery white). They are actually the only ones I have full-sized versions of since I use them so often. I do think I need a full-sized Binge but I'll wait until my mini is gone first.

Can you see how my sweet tooth is makeup and 24/7's are my candy? Definitely eye candy for sure. Love, love, love. I really felt like a crazy rainbow zebra with all these multi-colored stripes on my arm. XD

I did notice as I was labeling them that I was missing the swatch of 1999, so here is a previous swatch that includes it. Honestly, this color is one of my least favorites anyway since it's not as opaque and nice as the others. :P


I do want to mention, for the record, that not all pencils are created equal. MOST pencil liners both high and low end are either too hard, don't draw an opaque line, or smudge everywhere like crazy! I avoid "kohl" pencils with all my might since they always migrate like crazy within 10 minutes on me. I understand they are meant to be smokey but you can smudge out these pencils just as easily right after it's applied, then the smokiness will last all day.

Basically I back UD 24/7 and L'Oreal HIP Chrome pencils. (Styli-style is just this one, since I've tried others and I didn't think they were as soft or opaque.) In fact, I wish the HIP line had more colors since they are so comparable and are almost half the price of Urban Decay's pencils and go on sale often. I only saw black, gold, silver, and purple in stores. I bought my blue one on ebay and saw others in green on ebay as well. I might pick up the black and gold during a future BOGO sale just to see if the quality lives up to the rest but so far they've been excellent.

I've heard that Make Up For Ever's Aqua Eyes (tons of beautiful colors!) and Smashbox Limitless Eye Liners are just as good as well, but I don't personally own any. If you do love those brands though you shouldn't be afraid to try them out. Just avoid Covergirl and Maybelline pencils unless you like the raccoon look. ;)

Hope these swatches were helpful if you are in the market for some new or better pencil liners! They aren't as failproof with smudging as MAC fluidline but for the ease of use and being head and shoulders above other pencils on the market, I 100% recommend them especially for the lower lash line + waterline. Let me know in the comments what your favorite pencil eyeliner is.

PS- I noticed a lot of you in the comments said the liner smudged for you and I will say that I nearly always use a primer on my lids, every single time I wear makeup. I can't speak for how long any liner lasts with no primer but these last well with primer. I make sure to have it especially on the lower lash line and those pesky outer corners. ;)


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Purple Copper Tutorial Video with Hannah

Hello lova-lovers! I've gotten a few requests in the past to do a tutorial doing makeup on someone else. Frequenters of my blog know that I love doing makeup on all different types of eye shapes and skintones so I wanted to share this tutorial featuring one of my best friends, Hannah. (If you remember, Hannah is the amazing hair artist from this post and my zipper rose pin from this post. Mind you, the pin was back before anyone was doing it, before it was everywhere at Forever 21. She graduated with me in Industrial Design so we share a passion and value for intellect, design, creativity, and making things with our hands.

I've been URGING her to make a blog and I think she'll be putting that into action soon. She's a huge jewelry-maker and we are basically twins, aka she is 8" taller, blonde, blue-eyed and awesome. Well, at least we are the same at heart! ;D

Background to this look is that Hannah was convinced that both purple and copper don't look good on her and won't go with her skintone. I love a good challenge and vehemently disputed her claims and she, being a wonderful sport, let me play.

Here is what we came up with.



Products used:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Taiwanese Shimmer Stick in Pink (from www.prettyandcute.com)
NYX Single Eyeshadow in Purple
NYX Ultimate Pearl Eyeshadow in Gold Pearl
NYX Ultimate Pearl Eyeshadow in White Pearl
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Random Pink Eyeliner
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus Mascara
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Ransom
Anastasia Brows in Bloom in Brunette
Panasonic Heated Eyelash Curler
Sigma Blushes
C.O. Bigelow Lip Cream
Rimmel Kiss Off Lipgloss in Fever

The key points to this tutorial are:

1. The importance of a long-wear cream eyeshadow base
Taiwanese shimmer sticks are WONDERFUL! You can find them here at prettyandcute.com for a ridiculously cheap price. $3.50. Just mind-boggling.

2. Eyeliner tricks
Tightline upper waterline and between lashes to fill in gaps and line the lower lashline with a blank space in the middle to lessen the severity of the line.

3. Contour color application on small lid space
Use a small eyeshadow brush such as a pencil brush so the crease color shows above the crease, but not so high it overwhelms the brow bone color.

And here are pics of hottie Hannah!





If you need more help with "undertones" and figuring out which shades would be most flattering on you, please refer to my Beauty and the Color Wheel Theory post Generally, it's safe to say that warmer colors flatter warmer skintones while cooler shades flatter cool-toned girls. "Cool" usually means pink and "warm" usually means yellow-undertoned with an exception being MAC (mac cool = yellow and warm = pink. NC30 = neutral cool or yellow undertoned in shade 30).

Hannah's blessed because she falls pretty neutral and slightly warm so most shades will work for her except bruised colors like plum and pink. She wears a lot of greys and blues but I personally love bright colors on her like teal and green. ;)

Anyway, if people like this I might do more of these with a variety of different people. ^.^ What do you think? Diversity for the win!


Happy Earth Day y'all!

Disclaimer: Taiwanese Shimmer stick provied by PrettyandCute.com. Sigma Blushes provided by Sigmamakeup.com. All other items were bought by me or are Hannah's own.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Epilators: Friend or Foe? ;)

As women, we all deal with a little something called hair. From styling the hair on our heads, to tweezing our eyebrows, to shaving, waxing, threading, springing, ripping, and sanding, we are in a constant struggle to define how the hair on our bodies look.

Now I'm going to be honest. I probably have less body hair than the average person. I don't need to shave my legs since the hair there is basically very fine and nonexistent. I likewise don't have a ton of underarm hair (I know, gross, TMI right?) but since my skin is so sensitive if I tried to shave the few hairs I did have I would get razor burn and ingrown hairs. Anyone who has done this to their armpits knows what I am talking about! Very unpleasant in an already sensitive area! Maybe I just don't have those mad shaving skills that girls who shave their legs everyday honed, but I was reduced to tweezing the hairs with tweezers which gave me headaches from trying to stare at my own armpit. Yeah, just picture that. O_O

So this comes to the topic of discussion: Epilators. I had first heard about epilators from the ever-savvy Soompi Forums crowd. An epilator is an electronic device much like an electric razor except that instead of cutting your hair, it has little tweezers that pull your hair out. It sounds really scary, right? But I figured, I'm already tweezing my 'pit hairs so might as well let a machine do it for me.

The two epilator brands that kept popping up in terms of quality and popularity were Emjoi and Braun.


Both of these epilators run for around $65 on Amazon.com.

Being that I didn't want to slam such a large amount of money down on a glorified tweezer before trying it, I decided to first buy a cheapo epilator from Big Lots. This is the Panasonic Wet/Dry epilator that runs on AAA batteries and was under $20.


Do I recommend this epilator? Not really. I never wanted to get it wet since I was worried that the batteries inside would get wet. Also, wouldn't it be harder to catch the hairs if it was wet? I don't know, maybe that's just in my head. I would store this in a basket on my bathroom counter and sometimes I'd find that the batteries had popped themselves out, as if they were that scared of the epilator itself too. It did remove hairs though, no complaints about that, but it drained batteries, was quite loud, and I didn't even use it very often. The metal guard also wasn't much protection for my skin since I did experience a pinch or two.

I did like how quickly the hairs would be removed though and I didn't have problems with the pain tolerance so at this point I decided that an upgrade would be well worth the money. I'd already been researching the aforementioned Braun Silk-Epil and the various Emjoi epilators when *trumpets sound* my new BFF Hautelook decided to feature Emjoi in one of their sales. 

After some research I decided that the Emjoi Optimini (List price: $59.99, Amazon price: $49.99) would be just what I needed. It's smaller than the full-sized counterparts so it would fit in my underarm area without a problem, PLUS it's corded so I don't have those annoying weakening battery problems. (Weak batteries make for not the happiest tweezing experience, FYI.) It actually fits right in the palm of my hand.



The two sides spin in opposite directions so the skin is pulled taught and isn't punched from bunching, plus there is a metal bar in the middle for the same reason. The ends of the tweezers are actually rounded, not sharp like eyebrow tweezers. The best part? This thing is FAST! It only takes about 20 seconds to have totally smooth underarms with no razor burn, no shaving cream, and no ingrown hairs. There are two speeds but I've found that the fast speed is actually less painful for me, and the pain in general is an amount that is quite tolerable. Loud little thing, but it's sooo nice to have. I do recommend exfoliating your underarms beforehand (I use a bath brush while in the shower) to assure no ingrowns, and I've had no problems.

The reason I decided to bring this all up is because I bought this epilator last time and I've been looooving it! I checked Hautelook today and Emjoi is actually up on there right now so I hurried to make a post recommending it before it's too late! The Optimini that I have is on sale for $41.97 and they have a lot of the beefier epilators for those who want to use it on their legs as well. As of my post, there are 36 hours left in the sale.

If you aren't already signed up with Hautelook you can sign up with my link here:
The inviter does get a hautelook credit after the invitee's first purchase but I do only post about products I bought myself and recommend. I'm not compensated or affiliated with Hautelook in any way, but I do love their sales. ;)

Oh, and I didn't want to forget to mention that Urban Decay is also having another sale on Hautelook starting tomorrow, Tuesday April 20th at 8AM PT (10AM for me here in Central Time). I really don't even need to say how much I love this brand, right? Pretty sure there's something Urban Decay in all of my videos. XD


So anyway, whether you decide to jump on these Emjois or invest in the Braun Silk-Epil or any other number of epilators, I do hope you can try one sometime and be happy and hair-free. They aren't as scary as they seem! Let me know in the comments, have you tried an epilator and if so, which one? Have you tried tweezing unconventional areas? I want to hear some hair-horror stories. ;D

Hehehe.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Youtube 10K Subscribers Giveaway!

I have an exciting announcement to make! If you are following my twitter you will already know this was coming but I now officially have more than 10,000 youtube subscribers! I feel like this is such a milestone because blogging was always my main thing, and when I decided to make youtube vids I really was welcomed with open arms. Many of you know that youtube is a bit of a scarier world than blog because there are so many people who come across your videos without bothering to get to know you (or your blog) and leave nasty comments.

All in all, I feel that I have been overwhelmed by all of the positivity in the comments on youtube and when I post videos here. I can feel the outpouring of love when hater comments are quickly given thumbs downs by my loyal readers and I am really grateful for you, whom I consider my friends, for supporting me even when I am not there beside you.

Because of you all being so amazing, I wanted to give back. This is a youtube giveaway so you will have to comment in the YOUTUBE VIDEO not in this blog entry. You can visit my youtube channel by clicking here:


Click twice on this video to go to the video's page to leave a comment:


Here are pics of the prizes in the giveaway:
-Dariya Hair Pad
-My Beauty Diary Mask in Mixed Berry
-Pink by Kiss Artificial Nails


The Konad items, my hand-picked favorites provided by www.wowsocool.com!
-double side stamp set
-white Konad special polish
-plate M57


Brand new Lioele Blooming Gloss in Vanilla Pink provided by www.prettyandcute.com. Also forgot to mention this in the video, but Pretty and Cute is additionally providing a $10 gift certificate to anything in their store!


The contest will run for just 1 week and ends April 25, 2010 at 11:59PM Central Time and there will be 1 winner. It is open to everyone domestically and internationally. Just be a youtube subscriber and comment on the comments section of the youtube video I posted.

Again, I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for following, subscribing, and reading. I feel truly blessed and humbled that anyone would read or watch and I want you all to know that I'm not one to do giveaways for the sake of getting more subbies, which is why I don't do them very often. I really genuinely want to do this as my way of saying thank you for all of the love and support. I couldn't be doing this giveaway in the first place without you. I only started blogging and youtubing because I wanted to help people and you remind me every single day that I can fulfull that goal. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Just for kicks, I know this won't go toward any giveaway chances but I always feel so moved by your words, so please tell me in the comments: What is one thing you are thankful for when it comes to blogs and youtube?

xoxo,
Jen


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Customizing My Cute Pink Computer Tower ^.^

As a graduate of industrial design, I have a huge appreciation for the design of products. I'm someone who likes to surround herself with things that are visually pleasing and not just eye-catching, but things that make me smile. My kitchen is filled with shark-shaped oven mitts, tea towels with surfing dinosaurs embroidered on them, and a toothpick holder that looks like a rabbit coming out of a hat. You could say whimsy and cuteness are the themes of my style.

After years of working in the shop cutting, sanding, painting, sawing, and gluing, I've really come to appreciate things that are handmade and personally customized. This is why I decided (against the better judgement of my husband--oh you of little faith!) to customize my freakin' amazing computer tower. I spent so much time nerding it up on the computer that it made perfect sense to me to make it pink and girly! Mind you, it's not finished yet but I wanted to show you a little peek at my process and where it's at now. :D

This is what I started with, the Antec Skeleton computer tower. Pretty cool design but very masculine, don't you think?


This was the most meticulous part of the process, taping off everything that can't get paint on it. I double-wrapped all wires and important hardware inside with plastic, then sealed off the inside with more tape and plastic. Pretty sure hubby was rolling his eyes at me during this section. ;)


Next, I borrowed my parents garage to spray paint. We placed the computer on top of a few crates with plastic so that the garage wasn't sprayed pink and also so I could get low around all of the undersides and crevices. It took 2 cans of baby pink spray paint and 4-5 good coats. I also went back over it with a few coats of a sparkle top coat that I bought at the auto supply shop!



I wore a pink hoodie so that any flyaway spray paint wouldn't look so obvious. Hehe. The SARS mask was so that I wouldn't get even more sick than I already was. (Bad Jen!)


After I let my baby dry overnight I carefully peeled off all of the tape and here was the result! Baby pink goodness.


Hubby was darn impressed, if I do say so myself. Thank you, thank you. -brushes shoulder-
In return for my hard effort, he may have actually put the guts of the computer together for me. :p


I know this isn't the best shot but I wanted to show a close-up of the holographic goodness of the top coat. The sparkles are so fine, it's hard to get it on camera but if you look in the middle of the photo here you can see a bit of the rainbow effect.


I decided to record a video showing the SUPER AWESOME EFFECTS of the color-changing fan and the sparkly rainbowy goodness of the finish. Please do watch as the photos themselves do no justice to all of the crazy lights playing around the real thing. :D


Wahahaha, I am a crafty one but what can I say? I love my pink.

:3


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Look from 1 year ago! Shimmer & Smoke FOTD and OOTD

I was looking through my blog pics on my computer and I came across a FOTD that I never got around to posting. I feel like what I post has a lot to do with how I am feeling that day. The review, FOTD, swatches, whatever have to fit my mood and for some reason this FOTD just fell between the cracks even though I really loved this look! When I checked the date of when I edited the pics, it was almost exactly 1 year ago, April 18, 2009!

Just because it's fun to see what was going on a year ago, here's the FOTD. I really like the look! I should re-do it for a video sometime. ^_^


Extra winged eyeliner, using Eye Charm eyelid tape, my old-school favorite. ;)


My outfit for the day: Black leather jacket from Express, babydoll top from Forever 21, yellow tanktop and beige lightweight hoodie from Abercrombie, dark jeans (I can't tell which ones. Maybe Sirens?) and black over-the-knee Sephane Kelian boots from ebay.


Omg, I loved those earrings. Where did they go?! And I got that bracelet for suuuper cheap from Forever 21 which I was stoked about since it actually fit my tiny wrists. Wonder where that went too. Haha...


Sorry I can't be more specific about the look since it was from so long ago but I thought it was a bit funny to see what I was wearing a year ago. Biggest change? Now I wear Wonder Eyelid Tape more or lately, just false lashes and no tape since it's been flipping my lids to double itself. Eye Charm had a nice eye-opening look though! And for some reason I feel like my skin was darker a year ago but that might be all in my head. Hehe.

Hope you enjoyed my little time capsule. My has this last year flown by so fast...

xoxo



Wednesday, April 7, 2010

G&G Max Pure Pink Circle Lens Video Review

Today I have another lens that was graciously sponsored by Pinky Paradise. As I mentioned in my Twitter (follow me here) I thought they were really cute and exciting! The reason? They are PINK! :D

As you probably already know I am a huge fan of anything pink, cute, princessy, etc, etc so I jumped all over this review. And let me tell you, I'm not disappointed.


Here is the lens and animal case. I had a pink bear in the video, but I wanted to show this elephant too cause it's super cute. ^^


You can see the pattern of the actual lenses here and as you can see, the color printed on the lens itself is a pale, salmon pink with a bit of a rippled sunburst pattern fading into a black limbal ring.


Here are close-ups of the lens in dimmer and more direct indoor light. In dimmer light, it blends nicely into my natural brown iris color and in the brighter light, the pale pinky-lavender shade really pops. I'm almost certain the pink color would be even brighter in natural light but it was late when I tried these out after work. ;)


And how it looks on my face


All in all, I really really love these lenses! Even with the first wear, they were very comfortable to me and I wore them for around 4 hours with no problems. I have pretty sensitive eyes and often feel discomfort with lenses after as little as an hour but these didn't dry my eyes out and didn't make me dizzy either. Even plano lenses can be slightly... I don't want to say blurry, but a little wonky sometimes but these didn't have that problem. The only issue I had was since they were 14.5mm, the actual lens is quite large and I had troubles getting it into my left eye at first. Once it was on, it felt pretty good and didn't slide around my eyeball like some lenses do.

Now, you'll have to forgive me because I got a little snap happy since these lenses are so cute! I'm just loving how they come out in pictures. They are probably one of the most flattering lenses in my collection! Barely purple-toned but not unnaturally so like my Adult Violets. More like a softer and cuter lens that I could wear on any ordinary day. So with no further ado, onward commencing with le pic spam!

Smile with teeth, since it seems to always be requested.


I know I look like I'm 12 here. Better that than looking old, M I RITE??


Obligatory Asian Victory sign! -_-V


I did want to mention that I'm wearing Skin 79 Super BB Triple Functions (Hot Pink) bb cream that I also received from Pinky Paradise which so far I'm loving! Really makes skin look smooth and flawless. Will do a review once I test it out for a while longer.


I also used Lioele Blooming Pearl Shimmer Base (pink) from Pretty and Cute which I failed at swatching on my hand here but I think you can pick up on the slight glow in my complexion in these pics. I'll review this also once I've tested it out a bit longer! (Just realized I'm doing an Asian "punch in the face" pose as per Asian Poses. You guys should visit this site. It's hilarious!)


These were my attempts at looking really fobby


Nomming on a red bean paste bun? J/K it's really a cell charm from my friend Janie who runs Pretty and Cute. ;) You guys should visit and follow her personal blog here!


Ok, I'm sure you're all very sick of my face now so I'll just leave you with one last Myspace-angled shot. XD


I LOVE THESE LENSES!!! :D

<3


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