Friday, March 30, 2012

March 2012 Beauty Favorites!

I'm so glad it's almost April! This month has marked a clear change from Winter to Spring and some of my favorites have followed accordingly. For one, my skin has gone a little crazy (for reasons I talked more about in the video) but I've also transitioned some of my favorites into brighter, Spring-appropriate shades.

In the video I also talked a bit about my personalized Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette which I received on my trip to Urban Decay's Headquarters. I swatched each shade for you for those who wanted to see each color life-action style. What can I say, I only bring exciting things for you here at From Head To Toe. Haha. 

Check out the video and products mentioned below!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Trip to Urban Decay & Build Your Own Palette!

Hey lovelies! Today I am SO excited to share with you a project that I've been keeping quiet for a while now. A couple of months ago I had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with Urban Decay for their Build Your Own Palette launch and I cannot even tell you... It was seriously one of the coolest things I have ever gotten to be a part of as a blogger.

Urban Decay is relaunching their entire eyeshadow range with a brand new updated formula and some very thoughtfully-designed packaging as well. For this project, they invited myself along with Kandee Johnson, xsparkage, Temptalia, and Megan the beauty editor of Refinery29 to visit the notoriously rad Urban Decay headquarters in SoCal to each put together our own 6-pan palette!

The new shadow formula has a "pigment infusion" system in which the pigments have a new carrier agent that makes the shadows even butterier, more pigmented, and longer lasting. This updated formula was first launched in the Anniversary palette (no wonder I loved it so much) and is also in the Naked 2 palette but now you can buy them individually in a range of 68 shades!

UD recorded our process so I want to share my interview and my palette with you guys here:

An in-depth look at the shadows, palette, and behind the scenes after the jump!

Monday, March 26, 2012

My Favorite Makeup Brushes! Part 2: Favorite Eye Brushes

As a continuation of my last post about my Favorite Face Brushes, I wanted to also talk about a few of my favorite eye brushes as well. With so many shapes and sizes of eye brushes out there, it can be a little tricky to navigate which shapes, textures, and densities will be most handy in your beauty kit. You can use this as a good basic guideline to figure out what you are missing in your eye brush arsenal!

Here is a recap of some of my favorite eye brushes, starting with the necessary basics and moving onto the more advanced set.


This is my very favorite crease brush in the whole wide world. I swear I recorded this brush but the video footage magically disappeared so I want to extol how beloved this brush is here. I found out about this from a makeup artist friend and have been hooked ever since. The perfect blending brush for those with small lid space! And it's from Target! 

This is your basic flat shading brush which you can use to pack color on the lid, twice even (one color per side)! It's not astounding in any way, but definitely a go-to necessity.

Pencil brushes are an Asian girl's best friend. This little guy can help to define the tiny outer crease area that larger brushes make muddy and in a pinch, I can get away with using only this brush for an entire eye look. When looking at pencil brushes just make sure you get a dense one. Floppy brushes can't pack on color as well, which is an important factor for crease definition.

Now I wanted to move onto a few more advanced brushes that I love. The following brushes aren't necessary for the most basic of brush collections, but are definitely also in my daily go-to list. Having the best fitting tools always makes the job quicker and easier and makeup brushes are no exception! Check out my favorite "intermediate" brushes below!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

My Favorite Makeup Brushes! Part 1: Face Brushes

See how excited I look at sharing with you my favorite makeup brushes? SO HAPPY! I'm sure it's maybe sorta kinda possible somehow that you might know that I have an inordinate number of makeup brushes. When my female family members visit they literally leave with goody bags filled with makeup brushes and makeup because seriously, there is no reason for any sane human to need as many brushes as I have. Seriously.

Very bad for my hoarding tendencies. Very good for you as I've tested several brushes over the last decade or so and have come up with a few that I think are actually share-worthy and generally budget friendly as well. :)

I've categorized them into 2 basic categories: Face and Eyes. Check out the video and short reviews below.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

7 Deadly Sins of Beauty!

Hello everyone! Lately there has been a tag that I've seen a lot of other beauty gurus doing that I thought was really cute. It's called the "7 Deadly Sins of Beauty" which are questions that relate to each of the 7 deadly sins, such as Greed, Sloth, Lust, and so on.

As much as we all try to be good about keeping those vices in check, come on, we are talking about beauty products here! Surely everyone has a few deadly sins hidden in their closet, am I right?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Easy Fishtail Braid - 2 Ways

I don't know how the weather has been for everyone but in my neighborhood, the sun has been out and shining in full force! It seems that Spring has sprung early and in lieu of that, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite Spring and Summer hairstyles: the fishtail braid.

Braids have been a huge trend for the last couple of years and I know it's going to be seen all over the place this year as well. I've been sporting the fishtail braid quite frequently lately since it's so easy to do yet looks very complicated as a finished product. Many people must've thought the same as well since I got so many requests for a tutorial after wearing this hairstyle in my Sister Tag video.

Since I'm not one to turn down a good request, here are 2 easy techniques to do this look yourself...

Friday, March 9, 2012

St. Patrick's Day: Green Winged Eyeshadow Tutorial

Hi guys! St. Patrick's Day is only a week away and the last few years I've been wanting to do a green St. Patty's Day tutorial. I've always said that green and purple are the easiest colors to introduce into your daily eyeshadow routine but somehow the day slipped by in the past. Not this year!

Since I already did a very vibrant look using green in my Turquatic Inspired Look, I decided to do something a little bit different. One of my favorite ways to wear eyeshadow lately has been to do a smudgey winged line so I thought I would translate that into a vibrant kelly green befitting the holiday.

See the video (with a cameo by Cherry, my chihuahua) and more photos below!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sister Tag!!

Hi everyone! Today's post is another one taking a bit of a look into my life and introducing you my one and only sibling: my sister Linda! You may remember seeing her in my Cali visit posts here and here but this time she came home to visit my parents and me instead. :)

I know many of you have sisters and would probably relate to some of the answers we gave in the sister tag, so while she was visiting I had her sit down and do a video with me. Without further ado, please warmly welcome my unnie.

Video and tag questions, plus more pics of my sister after the jump!

Friday, March 2, 2012

February 2012 Beauty Favorites!

Hey guys! March is upon us again and it's time to share my monthly favorites from the past 4 weeks. This month, I found a new favorite lip product and rediscovered a few older items that I used nearly everyday!

Check out the video and product list below...

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