Friday, August 29, 2008

Makeup Garage Sale

Visit my blujay store:

** I fixed the link. So that should directly take you to my blujay store. Thanks for informing me about it tkafey :)

I decided to make a blujay account instead of posting my to sell stuff here on blogger in the hopes that it'll be much easier to manage and update. But anyway, it's not really all of them. I still have a few items that I want to sell but just haven't had the chance to update the store. I'll be including a few brushes later on and some more makeup. I just haven't had the time to get through all of them yet.

So most of the makeup being sold there are USED or SWATCHED. Hence why the prices are low. Also, please make sure to read the Seller's policy section which also includes shipping rates.

Sorry, but I only ship domestically, although if you are from blogger and I pretty much "know" of you, e-mail me and maybe we can arrange something.

P.S. You don't need to sign-up for a blujay account to buy from my store. so Yay!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tutorial: POW WOW look + Reader's Question

Here's the look that I wore to the Pow Wow in case any of you are curious.

So I was going through my subscriptions on YouTube and watching random videos, and I realized I used the same song on a similar look on a tutorial that itsjudytime did!!!!! I was trying to think the whole time as I was adding the song that this is too familiar -_____-*. Well it was a coinkidink. Sorryyy... didn't mean to. But yea it's there.

Back to the video, I was suppose to have had this posted two days ago, but Movie Maker was acting funny. And when I saved the edited video to be uploaded on to YouTube, the sound on the last half was not there! So I had to add that back in, so that took forever.

Ahhhh, I didn't get the video stil right again!!!! Ok I give up on that!

I still need to do my tutorial on the stuff I got from the Pow Wow. And the reviews I have to do for the stuff I have piled up here! And to finalize my makeup garage sale. Well, I already have the 'store' up, it's just a matter of getting a few more stuff in it that I'm trying to just part with. Oh and did I mention I have soo many brushes?? I might either sell that or give it away. Maybe have a contest of some sort. I dunno.

Reader's Question:

Anne! Again, it was nice meeting u! I tried looking to see if u had a blog on this, but do you think you could do a tutorial on your glowy face at the powow? U glowed the whole nite. -- Mimi

Hi Mimi, I didn't even realize that my skin was glowing that night! I'm not exactly sure how to do a tutorial on my glowy face since I didn't really put anything on my face except on what you see in this FOTN tutorial which is the highlight color (MAC Your Ladyship pigment), and the blush (MAC Plumfoolery). Other than that, I didn't really have any foundation or powders or mineral makeup at all. I think my glow is pretty much coming from the new skincare set that I recently received to review from the beauty event that I went to (ZO Skin Health, which I'm currently loving by the way). I'm noticing improvements on how my skin has looked and felt since I started using it. Anyway, if you can recall, the set actually came with a tinted sunscreen + primer. But I applied that early in the morning, so I don't think it really factors to my glowing skin. My best bet for the the culprit of the glow might be the highlight color using Your Ladyship pigment.

And it was definitely nice metting and chatting with you at the Pow Wow!


Now, on to the FOTN that I did for the Pow Wow...

What I used

EYES
MAC Rubenesque p/p
MAC Knight Divine e/s
NYX Copper e/s
MAC Typographic e/s
MAC Shroom e/s
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
MAC Engraved pencil
Stila Major Lash mascara

CHEEKS
MAC Plumfoolery

LIPS
Kiehl's Lip Balm
MAC Major Minor l/g


















I should've used another falsies. Yes, I'm pretty much aware that they look to janky and long! That's all I could get my hands on especially since I couldn't find anything in my makeup stash.

On a good note... I'm making improvements on cleaning up my makeup area. I swear this is taking a whole month to do, and I don't even have that much compared to other people. Oh, and YAY, I think I'm actually sleeping early tonight.

I'm drawing blank on looks people. Any suggestions or requests?? Let's keep the fire going and put my makeup to good use.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Swatches: MAC Overrich Pigments

And as if one collection is not enough, here's another one. MAC Overrich pigments also released yesterday along with the Cult of Cherry collection.

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Vintage Gold Tarnished green with gold pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)
Blonde’s Gold Light tan with gold and white pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)Copperbeam Rusted brown with red pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)
Mauvement Cool taupe with gold pearlized pigments (Frost) (Reintroduction, LE)




*** Sorry, Antique Gold is Antique Green

Heritage Rouge Deep burgundy with red and brown pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)
Museum Bronze Rich taupe with gold pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)
Mega-rich Frosty burnt orange with gold pearlized pigments (Frost) (LE)
Antique Green Turquoise green with green pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)


Luckily, most of these pigments will be permanent at PRO stores. So, if you have a PRO store near you, there's no need to rush into buying them, you have some leeway to save up for these piggies.

Overrich pigments, I think, is the better collection between the two releases. The pigment colors available has something for everyone. If you missed out on the Femme-Fi eyeshadow from the Neo-Sci Fi collection, Blonde's Gold is a pretty close dupe to it. Mega-rich is also very pretty which is a perfect color for fall. I also like Antique Green because it's a nice turquiose color without it being too loud on the eyes and will probably look good in a smokey look. These pigments are just really, very pretty in person. The pictures really doesn't do justice to how strikingly beautiful most of them are.


But what do you think?

Swatches: MAC Cult of Cherry Collection

MAC Cult of Cherry released yesterday, August 21, at your local MAC freestanding store and counters.

Here are the swatches along with the color story for the MAC Cult of Cherry Collection.



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LIPSTICK
Lightly Ripe Sheer mid-tone pink (Lustre)
Russian Red Intense bluish red (Matte)
So Scarlet Grape burgundy (Amplified Creme)
Crème Cerise Sheer yellow taupe (Lustre)
“O” Intense purplish red with metallic gold shimmer (Frost)



MATTENE LIPSTICK
Chock-ful Blackened brown
Kirsch Blackened cranberry
Rapturous Deep berry red
Bing Blackened eggplant




LIPGLASS
Cherry Blossom Sheep light pink with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)
Cult of Cherry Red with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)
Jampacked Sheer grape with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)
Liqueur Neutral brownish mauve with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)
Rich & Ripe Mid-tone pinkish red with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)


EYESHADOW QUADS



Spiced chocolate Eye Shadow Quad
Nanogold
Sheer yellow pink with pink pearlized pigments (Satin) (repromote - N Collection)
Brash Frosty reddish copper (Veluxe Pearl)
Spiced Chocolate Deep reddish brown (Matte)
Sweet Chestnut Frosted cranberry (Frost)


Shadowy Lady Eye Shadow Quad
Lightfall
Light pink (Satin)
Smudged Violet Frosty blackened lavender with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)
Deep Truth Very dark blue (Frost) (permanent)
Shadowy Lady Darkly veiled plum (Matte)


Tempting Eye Shadow Quad
Next to Nothing
Sheer yellow beige with pink pearlized pigments (Frost)
Sharp Frosty bright yellow green (Satin)
Dark Edge Chocolate brown (Satin)
Tempting Rich cocoa (permanent)



POWDER BLUSH
Plum du Bois Frosted deep pink bronze with gold pearlized pigments (Frost)
Blooming Frosted deep peach


Product information courtesy of temptalia.com


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I haven't picked anything up from this collection although I'm eyeing on two lipsticks (Creme Cerise and "O") and a lipglass (Cult of Cherry). Other than that, I think I'm willing to skip on the quads (even though I've been waiting for MAC to come out with quads since I knew about the Smoke Signals collection that I missed). They just didn't strike my liking.

I'm not sure if was the display that I swatched, but most of them came out very sheer or chalky. However, I am quite tempted to get the Tempting Quad at least but I'm not too sure how often I'm going to use bright yellow green eyeshadow, and I'm afriad that Dark Edge might be too close of a color compared to Brun eyeshadow, which I already have.

As much as I wanted to haul more lipstick, I don't think the super dark lipstick will work on me. As RenRen have mentioned it on her haul video for this collection, it's probably more approriate if you're doing runway or fashion makeup. I would have a hard time pulling this off just for everyday use, or I'm probably just not use to it. But the Mattene lipsticks were very rich and creamy, and if you're digging this season's colors then they're worth checking out!

When it came to the blush, I had to dig through the pan just to get some swatches on my finger. Blooming is a pretty sheer and neither of the blush apply like butter on your cheeks. You probably will need to build up on the color a lot just for the blush to show.

Overall, I think most of the colors in this release are dupeable. Unless you're a hardcore MAC addict collector, then you can probably skip most of the items in here. The quads do have nice combinations for fall, if you don't own any of the colors yet. If you were to buy these eyeshadows (or dupes) seperately, the quads in this collection are still slightly cheaper ($36) considering refill palettes are going for $11 now, and if you want a quad then add $3.50 to the calculation.


Now that you've seen the swatches... feelings toward this collection? Did anything tickle your cherry enough to make you run out and buy it now? Which one do you think would be the most likely to sell out in your MAC counters?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

MAC Cult of Cherry and Overrich Pigments Release Today!

MAC is releasing their Fall collection (yet another one), Cult of Cherry, today at your MAC freestanding stores and counters.

The new Cult of Cherry collection comprises of mostly deep, dark colors which is seemingly the trend this fall. The quads are put together to make a killer combination for a dark and sultry look. However, these quads has at least one eyeshadow with either a repromote or a permanent color, and some are possibly dupable, so some people might be hesitant to reach out for one (we'll see when we get the swatches). The Tempting Quad seems to be the popular quad out of the three probably because of Sharp, a bright yellow-green eyeshadow which might be screaming neon in the pan but looks gorgeous when paired with the right eyeshadows. The lipsticks are definitely a lot more goth like for this fall season, and bein able to pull it off might take some time getting used to, but these colors are definitely lusciously rich in color.

Swatches will be available tonight! since I have to work to support my habit :)

CULT OF CHERRY

Photo Credit: Temptalia.com


Cherry on top. Pity poor Eve, there’s a new forbidden fruit. With a smoldering eye and a plush, purple-red mouth, she’s a living, sensual pleasure. The Cult of Cherry is luscious, dramatic, undeniable eroticized. Ripened lips, Spiced Hot Chocolate eyes, or Illegal Purple nails, combine to seduce with a sweet-and-shock, way-to go dark. Separates the bitter from the sweet. This drama just gets more delicious.

LIPSTICK


  • Crème Cerise Sheer yellow taupe (Lustre)
  • Lightly Ripe Sheer mid-tone pink (Lustre)
  • So Scarlet Grape burgundy (Amplified Creme)
  • “O” Intense purplish red with metallic gold shimmer (Frost)
  • Russian Red Intense bluish red (Matte)


  • MATTENE LIPSTICK

  • Kirsch Blackened cranberry
  • Bing Blackened eggplant
  • Chock-ful Blackened brown
  • Rapturous Deep berry red


  • LIPGLASS

  • Liqueur Neutral brownish mauve with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)
  • Cherry Blossom Sheep light pink with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)
  • Rich & Ripe Mid-tone pinkish red with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)
  • Jampacked Sheer grape with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)
  • Cult of Cherry Red with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)


  • QUADS

    Shadowy Lady Eye Shadow Quad
  • Lightfall Light pink (Satin)
  • Smudged Violet Frosty blackened lavender with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)
  • Deep Truth Very dark blue (Frost) (permanent)
  • Shadowy Lady Darkly veiled plum (Matte)
  • Spiced chocolate Eye Shadow Quad

  • Nanogold Sheer yellow pink with pink pearlized pigments (Satin) (repromote - N Collection)
  • Brash Frosty reddish copper (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Spiced Chocolate Deep reddish brown (Matte)
  • Sweet Chestnut Frosted cranberry (Frost)

    Tempting Eye Shadow Quad
  • Next to Nothing Sheer yellow beige with pink pearlized pigments (Frost)
  • Sharp Frosty bright yellow green (Satin)
  • Dark Edge Chocolate brown (Satin)
  • Tempting Rich cocoa (permanent)

  • ZOOM LASH
    Zoomblack Rich black


    POWDER BLUSH

  • Plum du Bois Frosted deep pink bronze with gold pearlized pigments (Frost)
  • Blooming Frosted deep peach


  • NAIL LAQUER

  • Illegal Purple Creamy blackened eggplant (Cream)
  • Silverstruck Frosted greyed taupe with multidimensional pearlized pigments (Frost)

  • OVERRICH PIGMENTS

    PIGMENTS
    Mauvement
    Cool taupe with gold pearlized pigments (Frost) (Reintroduction, LE)
    Mega-rich Frosty burnt orange with gold pearlized pigments (Frost) (LE)
    Museum Bronze Rich taupe with gold pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)
    Antique Green Turquoise green with green pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)
    Vintage Gold Tarnished green with gold pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)
    Copperbeam Rusted brown with red pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)
    Heritage Rouge Deep burgundy with red and brown pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)
    Blonde’s Gold Light tan with gold and white pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent at PRO)


    Product information courtesy of Temptalia.com

    Are the quads and lippies tempting enough for you? Any new piggies? What will you be picking up today?

    Tutorial: Nothing But Green

    So what do you do when you can't sleep for the night? Make another tutorial :)!

    Here is another green look for ya'll. For some reason, some where along the video, the highlighting part got lost in the mix. I probably accidentally deleted it while I was in the midst of editing it.

    This video was shot before my Bay Area trip. I didn't have any sleep the night before, so I'm not sure if you can tell the blood shot eyes in the video. Oddly enough, I actually had more energy and was more awake than having enough sleep. Didn't even need my cup of Joe for the day.

    I'll try to do a more creative look next time. It's just that my brain isn't fully functioning yet when I wake up to go to work. Speaking of work, today is my Friday!! Woot woot. Friday-off tomorrow. Can't wait to hang out with the bodacious Pink and Mimi. Plans are still up in the air, but for those of you who are going to the Pow Wow and has their Friday lunch/afternoon open, let me know if ya'll wanna meet up and do some bonding over retail.

    Oh, and YAY, for finally getting the still image on the right spot for YouTube.

    What I used:

    EYES
    MAC Velvet Moss e/s
    Milani Antique Gold e/s
    La Femme Golden Bronze e/s
    Milani Garden Mist e/s
    MAC Humid
    MAC Engraved Power Point Pencil

    CHEEKS
    MAC Coppertone

    LIPS
    MAC Inner Hue (Colour Forms collection-Nordstrom exclusive)











    OMG... not being into of myself or anything... but holy crap my skin look pretty darn good in these pictures ^___^***

    Sorryyyyyyy... I know I was suppose to have my for sale stuff up by now, but there has just been soo many things going on lately with life. I think things have settled down now though, so I might get started on posting things up. I mean I already have gone through my stash, but I think I'm going to need to do another round and see which ones can go.

    Tuesday, August 19, 2008

    DIY: Facial Scrubs

    Here are some of my favorite homemade facial scrubs. Facial scrubs are probably the only skincare product that I've been refusing to buy even if they're drugstore brand. I just don't believe in buying scrubs for your face that contains ingredients in which half of them you can't pronounce, and that you can also easily make with ingredients found in your kitchen cupboard. With everything that's going on my face already, whether it be cleansers, moisturizers, or even makeup, I just want something more natural when I'm sloughing off dead skins. When you think about it, do you really need all the preservatives that goes into scrubs to rid of dead skin?

    Here are a couple of suggestions for facial scrubs that I normally use. I'm sure none of this new to some of you since these scrubs have been around for a long period of time.

    For the following concoctions, I basically use the same rations for each mixture: mix 1/2 part sugar and 2 parts honey and/ or extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) together (shoot, why not mix all three together as well). I usually just 'eyeball' the ingredients just to make sure I don't have too much sugar in the mix because doing so can make the scrub too rough on my face. I just make sure that there's enough sugar to scrub the dead skin cells off without butchering my face with it. Remember, be gentle with your skins!

    Please, please, please, don't use the following ingredients if you're allergic to it. Although these products are natural and has its benefits, if you're just simply allergic to it, it really won't do you any good. So please before you put this on your face make sure you're not allergic to any of the ingredients.


    Prior to using the scrubs, I clean my face and remove any traces of makeup first, and then apply the scrub on my clean and bare face.

    SUGAR AND HONEY SCRUB

    I love this scrub. Sometimes it doubles as a mask for me. After I apply the honey and sugar on my face, I just keep it on for a few minutes before completely washing it off. This scrub might get a bit sticky and hard to apply, to prevent tugging on your skin too hard, wet your fingers with water as you spread the mixture to your face evenly. This should help make the application process easier and a gentler especially when you're scrubbing. Make sure you get all the honey and sugar out of your face and hairline especially if you're doing this before bed. You don't want ants and roaches lingering in your room because of this.

    SOME BENEFITS OF HONEY:

  • helps absorb and retain moisture
  • contains antioxidant and anti-microbial properties
  • absorbs impurities in the pores (helps with mild acne)

  • Source (1, 2, 3)



    EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (EVOO) AND SUGAR



    For the EVOO scrub, the EVOO will be a bit slimy when you're putting it on and washing it off. So again just pointing out the obvious, make sure you completely wash off your face. What I like about this scrub, my skin just feel so smooth and moisturized after use. It's also not as sticky to apply compared to the honey scrub.


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    I used to use St. Ives Apricot Scrub, but I found it a bit too rough on my skin. It was good in the beginning but later on down the line it made my face dry and I started breaking out from it.

    Ever since then, I used the natural approach with either using honey or EVOO and sugar. For people who have acne problems, I definitely suggest to try out the honey and sugar scrub. I only exfoliate my skin once a week at night since you really don't want to overdo this one and strip your skin with natural oils.

    Friday, August 15, 2008

    Beauty Event: ZO Skin Health Launch

    So, my iPhone was a total FAIL. The store didn't get the shipment yesterday (although the FedEx website says that it shipped it to the store already) which means I'll end up picking it up today (and I better be able to pick it up today!). What a bummer though since I really wanted to get the thing started and set up before I have to leave town later on tonight.

    Anyway, I had the pleasure to attend an exclusive beauty event in Beverly Hills. It was definitely worth the drive for me (traffic and all). Dr. Zein Obagi talked about the different preconceive notions of what the skincare industry has been telling us. I jot down some notes during his presentation that I found really interesting:

    1.
    Skin exists in two states:
    1) active: when all cells are working
    2) inactive: when cells are there but not working; usually happens when you hit your 30s where your stops collagen production.

    2.
    Skin cells must be active for a product to work. Most of the skincare product sold to the masses are used when the cells are "asleep". Dr. Obagi used the analogy, "like painting a crumbling wall." We're putting moisturizers or creams on our face as instant gratification when it's not targeting the cells responsible for the dullness, wrinkles, or other problems in our skin. Thus, the results may be temporary or none at all. In order to wake up our skin cells, we must have Vitamin A in our system which is essential for a healthy skin and for skincare products to be effective.

    3.
    Problems with retinol:
    1. unstable
    2. difficult to formulate
    3. high percentage of retinol can be irritating to skin

    *(highest retinol available on beauty counters is 0.4% by Roc, anything higher needs a prescription from a doctor. Skin needs at least 1% retinol to actually have an effect).

    *Apparently, Dr. Obagi has formulated a product that contains a high retinol percentage than usual which will not require prescriptions or irritate the skin.

    4.
    Excessive microdermabrasion can cause damage if done too often and may lead to (some sort) of skin cancer. Visit your dermatologist at least once a week for skin check ups to maintain a healthy skin.

    5.
    Anything higher than SPF 30 doesn't necessarily means you're getting better protection against the sun. Higher SPF count usually means more chemicals going into your skin which can be bad for you. SPF 30 is usually enough in sunscreens or moisturizers.

    6.
    Organic and Natural products are only effective if you don't have medical problems (i.e. acne, melasma, skin cancer). And not everything natural is good.

    Anyway, those are only some tidbits of the presentation. I must say that the derm office is really nice and quite relaxing. The staff are really friendly and were more than helpful in answering questions. And while I was chatting it up with some of them, I couldn't not believe how PERFECT their skin was! I'm serious... it was seriously FLAWLESS. I couldn't help but stare the whole time. I never would've thought it was possible. And you can tell it's not makeup (unless they used some really, really good makeup haha). All his staff, his wife, and Dr. Obagi himself had amazing and glowy faces. Like the kind of face you see airbrushed in a magazine. It was just really smooth and even-toned!! And I kept staring and staring, and they didn't even look like they had any pores!! I want their skin!!! HAHA. So that really makes me want to even try his products even more. I'm really excited about trying out the stuff in our goodie bags!!

    I didn't get the chance to take a picture of the event or the place. But here are some pictures of what I walked away with after the event.



    Goodie bag!!

    Some informational brochures and literatures and the skincare set for us to try out.

    The esthetician said that this exfoliating cleanser is safe for everyday use since the exfoliator are gel beads which shouldn't be rough or drying on the skin.

    What will "wake" the cells up. I like how this serum has a pump bottle which avoids dipping your hand into the product. I tested this out on my hand and my skin just quickly absorbed it and it felt pretty awesome!


    I like this one as well. It's sunscreen and a primer. Talk about dual use! The cream also has a slight tint to it which blends really well on your skin.


    He mentioned that this product is not meant to treat acne. It's a regimen to keep a healthy looking skin and as a preventative measure in aging. He suggests to see a dermatologist first for any acne or problematic skin. He does offer other products which requires special needs.

    My only concern about his products are the price. Since his location is in Beverly Hills, you KNOW that a small jar or bottle of his product might cost at least an arm. I haven't really checked on the pricing of his products since I kinda refuse too (probably a bad idea). But I wanna try out my sample goodies first and see if it works. And if does, maybe I should see it as an investment for my skin. If it's pretty affordable... then even better!


    EVENT ALERT!
    For those who live in the valley or close by Topanga Mall in Canoga Park, there will be an event today at the cosmetic counter at Nordstroms where Dr. Obagi will be offerring consultations and answer questions that you may have. Make sure to book your appointment as fast as you can as time slots are expected to quickly book-up!


    When: Friday, August 15 at 10 am -5 pm AND Saturday, August 16 at 11 am - 3 pm
    Where: Nordstrom Topanga Cosmetic One (6602 Topanga Cyn Blvd. Canoga Park, CA 91303)
    RSVP: 858.794.9601

    I'm going to try to book an appointment during my lunch time since I literally work down a block from that mall :).


    So I definitely learned a lot yesterday. Not to mention I met a fellow beauty blogger, Audrey aka Fabu-less Beauty, and Erika from TotalBeauty.com who were both sweethearts! It was such a pleasure meeting both of them.

    Although I've already found some products that have worked for me, I can't help but be curious about his skincare line just after seeing his staff and his wife with the most amazing skin I've seen. It can seriously make my skin look10 times better!! I will be testing these products out in due time, but not at the moment because I'm still loving the moisturizer I'm currently using and I want to finish that one up first. But I will definitely let you know how it goes once I get on it.

    Thursday, August 14, 2008

    It's decided. The winner is...

    It all comes down to the final say. The winning choice of Skincare v. Beckham is....


    Skincare.


    And here's why...

    I know most you would choose Beckham over skincare any day. And I would too, especially after I heard on the radio that Davey will be there *siigh*. But then something came up.. my iPhone is expected to come in today based on the tracking number that they've provided me. It should be in the FedEx facility about 3 miles from my AT&T store. I wasn't really expecting it to come in this early, but it did. So that means... I have to pick up my phone after work! I worked overtime yesterday already for my make up hours for today after finding out about it around lunchtime, so I should be able to leave earlier than usual.

    So what does this route look like? I'm looking at leaving around 4-4:30 pm. So it'll take me about 20-30 mins to get to where the AT&T store is at depending on side street traffic. Factor in the line to get to a representative and the amount of time they get your phone set up, probably about another 30-45 mins. Then... I have to take the freeway which by that time it's rush hour traffic. And if you live anywhere near the 101 freeway or have been on the 101 freeway around 4-6 pm... traffic is ridiculous!! It's even worse at the 405 freeway once you get closer to LAX and the 10 freeway. And the game is all the way in Carson!!! Carson is about 50 mins from where I live...WITHOUT traffic. Then I might get lost on the way since I'm unfamiliar with the area, then I have to find parking. By that time, the game will be over LOL (or close). Also, the bf doesn't get out until later on as well.

    *whew* ... So the game is a no go for me :(. You're probably thinking... "your iPhone can wait!... Hello?? David Beckham!!" Well probably... but it's been a week and I've been antsy about it. Besides, I need to get it setup in time (not to mention pack my stuff) before I leave for SF on Friday night. It will be heaven sent! I actually have something to do on my way up there.

    Anyway, back to the tickets, this is probably the second time that my director asked if anyone wanted to watch the Galaxy game. So most likely he'll have them again. I'll just go next time he offers. I just don't know when.

    Hence, why I chose the skincare instead. I'll be able to go to the skincare preview since the venue is a bit closer to me and traffic going there shouldn't be too bad since I'll be going the opposite side.

    If it wasn't for the fact that my phone comes in today, I probably would've gone to the game as what everyone had mentioned. But the second choice isn't too shabby either since we'll be getting goodie bags at the end and it's a chance for me to meet other bloggers especially Fabu-less Beauty ^__^.

    So this ends my essay :)

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008

    Tutorial: MAC Starflash - Gold and Brown

    Another sleepless night, but I've finally edited my Starflash tutorial ^__^!! Pretty exciting since I'm getting used to making these videos. Anyway, the reason it took so long was because I was trying to learn how to watermark my videos. Sorry, but please don't ask how I did the watermarking because I won't be able to answer or explain it to you since I didn't even know what I did. I had to keep tinkering with it to get it like that. But Google is your friend, and so is YouTube if you want to know how since that's how I pretty much did it, and asking around. I'm not a video editing whiz as you can tell since it's taking me days to get one video done. Hopefully it'll change as time progress though. Anyways, the whole watermarking difficulty has been taken care of, so I hope you guys will enjoy the tutorial cuz seriously tears and sweat went into the making of this video (ok maybe not, but might as well be) LOL.

    What I used (all MAC unless otherwise stated):

    EYES
    Beige-ing shadestick
    Goldmine e/s
    Seedling e/s
    Go e/s (MAC Starflash-LE)
    Glamour Check e/s (MAC Starflash-LE)
    Rose Blanc e/s [[ pretty good dupe for Dreammaker e/s (MAC Starflash-LE) ]]
    Blacktrack fluidline
    Laura Mercier mascara

    CHEEKS
    Nuance Mineralized Blush

    LIPS
    Kiehl's Lip Balm Tinted
    Smashbox Dolcissima










    Feel free to put in a request for looks since I think got this whole editing down :).

    Anyway, for the next tutorial, I'll be doing a look using my new Stila set from Costco which was requested by Stephanie (aka Cuttibebe).

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    Choose Between the Two: Skincare v. Beckham

    I'm a bit torn between the two. I have two events that I can go to this Thursday but they start and end around the same time, so...


    Which one should I go to:
    1. Exclusive sneak peek preview of a new skincare line
    OR
    2. Watch the Galaxy soccer game?


    Why I should go to the first one: New skincare line hello?? It's be my first time to be invited in an event like this. Can you imagine all the good stuff I can learn and share ya'll? Just oodles of information about skin!!

    Why I should go to the second one: Umm duuuH? hello? David Beckham? Need I say more (heehee what a groupie). He's the epitome of hotness in a man! I mean I don't really watch or know anything about soccer except getting the ball in the goal post (haha), but again... David Beckham in flesh!! Oh and the game is free! A co-worker asked me if my bf and I would be interested to come cuz she had a few tickets for the game.


    Why do they both have to be on the same day?? :( I want to go to both!!!


    What do you think? If you had to choose, which one will you pick? Help me decide. I need justifications why.

    Monday, August 11, 2008

    How To: Depotting La Femme Eyeshadows

    Yet another depotting tutorial. I just decided to make it anyway since I was already in the process of depotting my La Femme eyeshadows. I've finally depotted most of my potted eyeshadows yesterday including my MAC ones and other eyeshadows except for the LE MAC eyeshadows, so now they're all stored in my MAC palettes. Anyway, I'll try my luck with B2M today and see if they'll take my depotted eyeshadows regardless of the new policy *crosses fingers*. I just don't know what color to trade it in for.

    About the tutorial, it's pretty much the same concept, just different pot. I was going to do a picture tutorial again, but I figured this will be way easier to follow.

    Of all the videos I have to edit, it ended up being this when I have two other videos pending for weeks now. I'm kinda getting a hang of this editing business. I just have to keep doing it so it'll get easier along the way. More to follow!




    What you will need:
    1. Straigtening Iron
    2. Wax Paper
    3. La Femme eyeshadow
    4. Pre-cut magnets
    5. Paring knife
    6. Rubbing Alcohol
    7. Cotton Balls
    8. Clean papertowel
    9. 1 in round labels
    10. MAC Palette

    Sunday, August 10, 2008

    Tutorial: Grey Look using MAC Starflash in Smoke & Diamonds

    As promised... here is a look that I did using one of the eyeshadows from the recent MAC Starflash collection.

    Pardon a few things once again: ungroomed eyebrows and the bloodshot eyes from the full face shot at the end of the post.


    What I used (all MAC unless otherwise stated):

    EYES
    Soft Ochre p/p
    Rose Blanc e/s
    Knight Divine e/s
    Smoke & Diamonds e/s
    Blacktrack fluidline
    L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

    CHEEKS
    True Romantic Blush

    LIPS
    Smashbox Dolcissima (♥ ♥ ♥)



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