Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Revlon Lip Butters Review & Swatches

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share a product with you that has become my go-to lip product: Revlon's new Colorburst Lip Butters.

This is a balm-like lipstick that has a medium-to-high amount of pigment but still retains a lot of smoothness and moisture like tinted lip balms. It's seriously my new holy grail so I thought I'd do a full review of them with swatches and a comparison to my previous lipstick love, the Dior Addict High Shine lipstick.

Check out the video below:

Here are the Lip Butters that I own: 
Cherry Tart, Berry Smoothie, Lollipop, Tutti Frutti, Sweet Tart, Cotton Candy, and Peach Parfait.

070 Cherry Tart
Sheer jelly red

I took screencaps for each lipstick from my video. In real life this lipstick is much less orange and more neutral red.

015 Tutti Frutti
Bright orange

This color is easier to wear than true opaque oranges and looks flattering on warmer skintones.

075 Lollipop
Bright raspberry pink

This one is pretty bright and I'd wear it as a statement lipstick with neutral eyes. It's darker and more fuchsia in real life than in this photo.

050 Berry Smoothie
Medium, natural pink

Again, this color seems to be darker in real life than my screencap, but you can tell it's a very wearable shade and it's darker than my natural lip color. It's a more "mature" color in my opinion.

090 Sweet Tart
Warm, bright girly pink

I love this color but it's definitely a bright one. It's more barbie pink compared to the fuchsia look of lollipop so I'd consider it a statement lippy.

045 Cotton Candy
Pale pink with a golden sheen

I love this as a wearable nude lip on me. This would pair really well with any smoky eye but I find myself grabbing for it to wear sheerly on an everyday basis as well.

025 Peach Parfait
Pinky-peach with golden sheen

This lipstick is my favorite of the bunch since it's the perfect everyday lipstick for my skintone. It's very wearable and looks good with any makeup. It is slightly more saturated in real life than in this photo.

Here are my arm swatches so you can see the colors side-by-side:

Cherry Tart / Berry Smoothie / Lollipop / Tutti Frutti / Sweet Tart / Cotton Candy / Peach Parfait

And here's slightly closer and blurred so you can see the shimmers in the last two, Cotton Candy and Peach Parfait. The shimmer particles are so delicate, they feel totally smooth and undetectable on the lips.

As far as wear goes, these last about 3 hours on me and the darker shades leave a slight stain of color on the lips after they wear off. They are very moisturizing, although I will say that if your lips were very chapped to begin with, the lighter colors can accentuate that since they tend to slip into the cracks of dry lips. Otherwise, I am overall very impressed with the quality and pigmentation of these and will definitely be picking up more!

I found mine at CVS for around $7.50 during a buy 1 get 1 50% off sale but I've heard people finding them for cheaper at Target as well. If you have trouble finding them, I do want to mention that it wasn't in the regular Revlon section but instead on its own promotional display.

I hope this was helpful for those of you who were interested in picking up this lipstick! I know other raved-about colors are Creme Brule (looked too brown for my taste) and Red Velvet (more vampy than what I usually wear) but I think the next one I want to pick up is Strawberry Shortcake! 

How about you? What colors are you planning on snagging?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

OOTD: Bright Winter Layers

It's been a seriously long time since I posted an outfit last! For some reason I just didn't grab for the camera much this Summer and all of a sudden it was already Winter.

Honestly, I think Winter looks are more fun to post anyhow since the layers and textures are more interesting to boot! I don't love the chill but I do love me some collared-shirts-under-cardigans and a warm cup of hot cocoa. In rebelling against the Winter gloom, here is how I do bright Winter layers.

Items Mentioned:
Target flannel shirt (similar here / here)
Ann Taylor Factory ruffled top (similar here / here / here)
Ann Taylor LOFT cardigan (similar here / here)
Frankie B Jeans (similar here / 7FAMK here / Paige petites)
Accessories from Hautelook, Ebay, and gifts from friends
(more statement rings I love Pamela Love / Erica Anenberg twosome ring (I own this & love it) / YSL Arty)

One thing I love to do with layers is to wear something in a way that I never have before, like this ruffled top. I wanted to do some sort of additional layer with my flannel shirt but I got bored of wearing my tank under the collared top all the time and thought I'd try switching it up. Layering it like a vest allows the ruffles to be really vibrant and adds a contrast of texture.

I love to really layer accessories as well, especially delicate necklaces which I've been doing since junior high. Since I'm petite, big chunky jewelry can overwhelm me at times so I like to add 2 or 3 thin-chained necklaces that are different lengths to add interest to the neckline.

I never used to be a bracelet person since I can never find bangles that will fit my thin wrists, but I lucked out with a Hautelook sale for Isharya jewelry which comes in size XS which I believe have a diameter of 2.3". They were pricey even at a steep discount but I was very happy with the quality in person and will definitely splurge on them again at the next sale! (If you don't already have a Hautelook invite and would like to join you can use my code here but you can also sign up on the site if you want as well.)

As for the big silver artichoke ring here, it is a newly acquired purchase from eBay which I was so, so excited about! I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but I actually collect sterling silver and vintage gemstone rings and this is one of my most prized acquisitions. The ring is signed Napier and is a size 3.5 which fits my ring finger perfectly! I often pile on tons of rings all at once like a magpie (oooh, shiny distractions on my hands) but this baby deserves to have more of a spotlight. :)

This close-up photo is one I took on Instagram and posted on my Twitter. The nail polish is my mother-in-law's in Sally Hansen Slick Slate which is super classy and perfect for Fall/Winter.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

I will be doing another post/video on Revlon's Lip Butters lipstick very soon (maybe layer today?) which will go more in-depth with the lipstick I'm wearing in this post so check back again later! Just a little hint: I absolutely love this lipstick. ;)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

TAG: Get Your Freak On! 15 Weird Facts

Today's post has nothing to do with beauty and fashion but it's a tag that has been going around youtube that is one of my favorites to date! The "Get Your Freak On" tag is a fun group of 15 questions that give us a bit of insight on the weird inside all of us. ;)

#1. What's a nickname only your family calls you?
#2. What's a weird habit of yours?
#3. Do you have any weird phobias?
#4. What's a song you secretly LOVE to blast & belt out when you're alone?
#5. What's one of your biggest pet peeves?
#6. What's one of your nervous habits?
#7. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
#8. What was your first stuffed animal && it's name?
#9. What's the drink you ALWAYS order at starbucks?
#10. What's the beauty rule you preach.. but never ACTUALLY practice?
#11. Which way do you face in the shower?
#12. Do you have any 'weird' body 'skills'?
#13. What's your favorite 'comfort food'/food thats 'bad' but you love to eat it anyways?
#14. What's a phrase or exclamation you always say?
#15. Time to sleep- what are you ACTUALLY wearing?

I hope you enjoyed watching me being silly (as usual)! I'd love for you blogger ladies to do the tag as well so please feel free to post a blog on your answers as well and share your link in the comments.

I know I'm not the only one who listens to Powerline and wears the best PJs in the world the bed, right?

Have a super wonderful, amazing, thankful Thanksgiving holiday everyone! I feel truly honored and blessed that I have you guys to watch me share makeup tips, or even when I'm just being silly, or times when I'm being serious as well. I realize very much that it's a give and take relationship and you've given me such a warm boost of hope, inspiration, and love everyday. I'm thankful for this always but today, especially, I want to say THANK YOU. I'm humbled by your support and I will try my hardest to continue to work hard alongside you, my online family. :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

SNSD 소녀시대 "The Boys" Tiffany Makeup Tutorial

Happy weekend everyone! Today's look is on another Kpop music video, SNSD aka Girls Generation's "The Boys". When I first saw this video, I was instantly drawn toward Tiffany's gold glittery eye makeup with milky pink lips and fun lower lashes. I haven't worked with glitters in a long time so it seemed really appropriate with the upcoming holidays. I hope you guys enjoy watching!

Here is my tutorial for Tiffany's look:

And here is the original Girls' Generation music video for The Boys:

I also took some screencaps/reference photos for the makeup here:

And here is my version of the look:

Products Mentioned:

Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+ in 40
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer in NC30
Tarte Smooth Operator Powder
Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Smokey Eyes Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in El Dorado
Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette (Vanilla)
NYX Glitterati Cream Palette
K Palette Real Lasting Tattoo Eyeliner
Lioele Waterproof Pencil Liner
Urban Decay Naked Palette (Buck for eyebrows)
Shu Uemura eyelash curler
Covergirl Lashblast Volume Waterproof mascara
Pretty & Cute false eyelashes in #S4
Individual false lashes
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
NYX Round Lipstick in Circe
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in 6 Istanbul
Lioele Blooming Gloss in Vanilla Pink

And my own photos:

So I'm actually a bit surprised at how well the brown eyebrows worked for this look because I normally would only fill my brows in with an ash grey! It seems to warm up the whole face and plays off of the gold glitter nicely. Also, if the lower false lashes are too long for you, then you should try cutting them a bit shorter and only wearing them near the outer corners of your eyes. I snipped the inner 2 slightly shorter to look more natural as well. 

In the end, I was really happy with how the look turned out and I hope you guys enjoyed watching too! It was nice to have fun with a thinner double-winged eyeliner which is pretty opposite of most kpop looks nowdays. If you end up trying this look, feel free to share it on my facebook gallery and let me know on Twitter as well so I can go and check it out. :D

Thanks so much for watching/reading and let me know in the comments the next look you'd like to see! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TAG: Top 5 Perfumes

Hey guys! It's officially mid-November and I can't help but think to myself that time is traveling by extra-fast this month. Maybe it's because I've started preparing gifts for Christmas and, like last year, I am preparing to donate an item to the charity auction. I'll give more information about this year's auction closer to the starting date (Nov 28th) but as a little teaser, I am donating a very special lipstick this year. ;) 

For today's video I wanted to share some of my very favorite perfumes in a fun tag:

As I mentioned in the video, my favorite types of perfumes are fruity-florals and I try to avoid perfumes that have baby powdery scents and "old lady" classic perfume scents like the plague. They just don't work with my personal body chemistry and end up smelling very flat and unflattering.

I also appreciate adorable packaging like this cute DKNY Be Delicious apple! ^_^

Here are my top 5 altogether in their cute glass bottles.

Paris Hilton (2005)
Fragrance Notes: Frozen Apple, Peach Nectar, Wet Ozone, Sparkling Muguet, Freesia, Mimosa, Jasmine, Tuberose, Skin Musk, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Oakmoss, Pheromone.

I'd describe this one as being "cute and sexy" on me. It's on the sweeter end of perfumes I like but it's great for a night out. It's purported secret ingredient is pheromone in case you want to bring all the boys to the yard.

Marc Jacobs Daisy (2007)
Fragrance Notes: Violet Leaves, White Woods, Strawberry, Gardenia, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Jasmine Petals, Violet Petals, Vanilla, Musk

This perfume is a lighter floral that is a bit preppy and appropriate for everyday. It's not too strong that it's distracting but it's still nice and put-together. I also find that this one doesn't seem to change on different people's skin as much as other perfumes, or maybe it just smells good on most people. The clean wearability reminds me of Clinique's Happy perfume and it's a good "starter" perfume for those new to fragrances.

L L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani (2007)
Fragrance Notes: Water Hyacinth, Violet, Fresh Pear, White Freesia, Jasmine, Muguet, Sweet Pea, Rose, Orange Blossom, Heliotrope, Peach

This perfume is one of my more sophisticated and heavier perfumes and has fresh, floral top notes but definitely has a cooler, muskier base to it that is more masculine than my other perfume picks. I like it for an elegant date night since it's very classy.

DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom (2009)
Fragrance Notes: Apricot, Cassis, Grapefruit, Smooth Skin Accord, Blond Woods, Jasmine, Rose, Apple, Muguet

I really love this perfume as an everyday daytime fragrance. It's a bit sweet, floral, and feminine. The "Fresh Blossom" name originally scared me since I usually stay away from heavy florals but it's actually quite light and I absolutely love undertones of apple in it. It's a really nice balance of florals without trying too hard.

Fragrance Notes: kiwi, watermelon, musk, pink cyclamen
From Sephora, "3 L'Imperatrice is a confident, charismatic, boundary-shattering blend with a top of rhubarb, kiwi accord, and red currant; a heart of pink cyclamen, watermelon, and jasmine; and a base of musk, sandalwood, and grapefruit wood."

I don't know if I would call this boundary-shattering but it's certainly the first scent I've ever felt wholeheartedly connected with, like we stared each other down and we knew it was meant to be. From the first application through the dry-down, I absolutely adore this perfume. On me, the rhubarb-watermelon notes really come through and smells to my nose like sparkling strawberry mixed with cherry blossom. It's sweet and sophisticated at the same time and I never feel like its wearing me. On the contrary, when I wear this I find myself constantly smelling my wrists and thinking I wish I could smell like this all the time! Although this line of D&G perfumes claim to be unisex, this one is definitely NOT for guys. Come on, it's pink for goodness's sake!

The one downfall is that the scent disappears pretty quickly (3 hours max on me) so it takes reapplication throughout the day to keep the scent lingering. It also doesn't have as much depth on my friends or sister, so it really has to work with the chemistry of the wearer. For me, 3 is my #1 perfume love!

Some honorable mentions I wanted to include are:

Burberry Brit Sheer
A fresh, fruity floral that I don't own yet but want! I recall it being slightly more citrusy than my other loves, which I enjoy.

Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Shine
This one reminds me a bit of the Paris Hilton perfume. It's on the sweeter side but it's very fresh and lovely. It doesn't last too long on me though, unfortunately.

J'adore Dior
I love the sample of this I have but won't buy the full size until I run out. It's a fresh floral that is sexy, sophisticated, and very lady-like. This is another date night at a nice restaurant kind of perfume for me.

Lacoste Essential
Clean, fresh, long-lasting, and sliiiightly citrusy without losing any masculinity in the process. Ugh, so sexy. I die. This is my current favorite cologne.

Victoria's Secret Very Sexy For Him 2
Both Very Sexy For Him and Very Sexy For Him 2 are very sexy but 2 is a bit cleaner and lighter for day-wear. It's my original fav scent on hubby and I can't imagine this would smell bad on any guy, it's that good.

This is another scent that I think would smell good on every male. Very clean, very sexy, very I-smell-hot-but-I-don't-try-too-hard. Hubby also has the deodorant of this and I swear to you, his t-shirt pits smell fantastic.

I hope this was informative if you have a similar nose to myself or if you are in the market for a new scent! Let me know in the comments what your favorite perfume is (and why, if you can describe it) as well as your favorite cologne... Who knows, maybe hubby can find something new too! 


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fall Drugstore Makeup Tutorial

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you a makeup tutorial that I have been wearing SO often for the last month. It has seriously been a go-to look that I haven't felt this strongly about since I first got my Naked Palette. Not only have I gotten tons of requests for this eye look specifically, but I've always gotten requests to do an all-drugstore look for those of you on a budget so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. I know it's silly since this eyeshadow has been out for a while now, but I absolutely adore the L'Oreal HIP Eyeshadow duo in 510 Electrified (see swatches here).

I don't know what it is but I feel like lately drugstore makeup has really stepped up its game! To see my everyday Fall drugstore look, watch below:

Products mentioned:
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation in 60 Natural Beige
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear powder in Beige
NYX HD Eye Shadow Base
L'Oreal HIP Eyeshadow Duo in 510 Electrified
NYX Single Eyeshadow in Vanilla Sky (now also available at Nordstrom!)
Wet & Wild Gel Liner
Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof mascara
Model 21 #63 lashes
Milani blush in Luminous (baked version here)
NYX Black Label lipstick in Diva
Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Gloss in 43

My nailpolish is China Glaze Ruby Pumps
Top is from Wildfox Couture which I wore in this post (cream version here)

Sigma Brushes used in this video are from the Make Me Cool kit which you can browse here.

So I know in my video I said that I would have more pics in this blog post but I completely blanked out after recording and forgot to take nice pics. Oops! I did take some screencaps from the video for my blog readers though, so you can at least get an idea of the look. :)

Full face: Metallic taupe w/ deep purple contour, golden pink cheeks, peachy lips

Close-up of the eyes so you can see the shading

And at an angle so you can see how the contour color wraps around the metallic shade.
This gives the eyes a deeper, more dramatic look.

As an aside, I hope you had a happy Pepero day (11.11.11) or maybe 가래떡데이? Hehehe~

I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and let me know if there's another look you'd like to see. If it's a request for SNSD's The Boys look, then you can go ahead and do a little happy dance because I've already recorded it! ;) Also, if you know any fun tags let me know too! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sept Oct 2011 Hits & Misses!

Hello everyone! Today I have another Hits & Misses video to share with you guys. I had missed last month due to being very busy traveling around, so I have some products this month that I'm extra excited to tell you about. Just to give a hint, those of you who are skincare junkies are in luck!

Products mentioned:
Philosophy Purity Made Simple
Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
Philosophy The Microdelivery Purifying Peel
Aveda Intensive Hydrating Mask
Pore Peeling Tsururi
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (MAC version / NARS version / Lancome version)
Koji Black Fix for Eyelash eyelash glue
K Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner 24 hour waterproof tattoo eyeliner
Tarte Smooth Operator micronized clay finishing powder
Stila Hair Refresher in Jade Blossom

feeling squinty?

My nailpolish is China Glaze Ruby Pumps

(My next video will be a tutorial of this look!)
Lipstick is NYX Black Label lipstick in Diva
Lipgloss is Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Gloss in 43 
Eyeshadow is L'Oreal HIP Shadow duo in 510 Electrified

As I mentioned in the video I am on the lookout for a more moisturizing eye cream than what I currently use (StriVectin for the orbital eye area...maybe the exact type was discontinued?) so if you have any good suggestions, I would really appreciate if you let me know in the comments! My eyes have been feeling super dry and suffering in this cold weather and it's definitely contributing to my wonk-eye prevalence! O_o

Anyway, I hope you guys had a wonderful October and first part of November. I'm going to keep downing these matcha lattes to keep warm and hope that my skin, which is currently broken out like woah, will calm down once it gets used to the rapid weather change. :)

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