Friday, December 31, 2010

A Year-Ender Post: Closing Time and Hello to a New Year! (Longest Post of the Year)

Oh, how time truly flies. I can't believe this it the last day of 2010. As this year comes to a close and with a few hours into the new year, I can't help but reminisce the great moments of my life, whether it'd be good or bad. The year 2010 might have been my year as this year is when things started happening for me. It was a start of something great and it gave me a clearer vision of where I want to be in life.

As you may have known, I took a break from blogging for some time. I decided to finally pick it up again this year. Although it has been challenge balancing a full-time job, being a "mommy" to the cutest little puppy in the world, and my social life, it has been a rewarding journey as I've formed friendship with amazing ladies and I have learned something in the process not just about makeup and beauty, but about myself.

First of all, I'm really grateful for all the ladies I've met and who has inspired me to keep this blog alive. First and foremost, I'd like to thank Vanessa (NessasaryMakeup) for even getting me into blogging three years ago. She was the older sister that I never had but wanted. Whether it'd be a trip to the MAC store or taking a trip to Vegas for makeup trade show, it was always good times with her. I'm really glad that she's back into the swing of things again!

And here are some other beauty babes I'd like extend my gratitude to for being a major part of my life this year. Also, don't forget to check them out!:

- Jill (JillianDanica) - Love all our GTalk chats about beauty stuff and everything else in between. Not to mention for keeping me sane and helping me get through the day almost everyday. She knows her ish and she recommends the best stuff whether it'd be makeup or places to eat.

- Yumeko (BittenBefore) - I always miss you and Twitter, but thank you for always being a sweetheart! I live through her blog vicariously when it comes to Japanese goodies. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with the rest of us. Hopefully, I can visit you in Japan one day or you can visit us down here in California. Whatever works :).

- Jarmaine (JLovesMAC1) -Thank you for convincing me to get into YouTube more and thank you for everything that you've done. You've inspired me a millions ways and keep on going with what I love doing the most. I wish I had met you sooner especially when we were still living in the same teeny town. More adventures awaits us in 2011, especially three months from now ;).

- Heart (ThatsHeart) - Thank you for always being positive and inspiring! I love how your energy is so contagious! I'm glad you've finally joined the beauty community on YouTube. I'm so glad to really have met you this year at the Beautylish event. You walked in my life at the right time and you've really helped me change my outlook on life and other people. Anyway, more double dates in 2011 :D.

- Elle (elleandish) - My fellow homeowner and personal finance/beauty/fashion blogger all-in-one. I'd have Stephie to thank for stumbling upon your blog! I can't wait to see more home decor posts from you, not to mention talking about the joys of finding bargain stuff for your home... as well as the trials and tribulations of home ownership.

- Jackie (JackJaaack) - You're the sweetest girl in the world, like ever! I'm glad to have met you at the Beautylish event as well. Great things are ahead of you, and congratulations for becoming partner this year! Anyway, visit us down here more! I wish you lived closer, but tell your mom I said 'Hi!'

And, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has supported this blog. I can't thank everyone enough for always coming back to read what I have to say, especially the ones who takes the time to leave me comments.You guys are super awesome!

Blogging is definitely consists hard-work, sometimes sleepless nights, and breaking out of your shell. I've had this blog since 2007, but it's always been a learning process for me. It has also been a great tool for me to document my progress as well as share it to everyone all around the world (city to city... get it?... ???). Blogging and now joining the Youtube community more actively, I'm pursuing of the dream of one day working in the beauty industry one day. Since attending school at the moment is not an option, I'm putting in the effort to learn on my own and from others. This year, 2010, have taught me great things, both good and bad that I'm going to take with me in order to better myself. Better time management, more hardwork, not taking things for granted, and to strive to achieve what you love doing the most... regardless of what other people have to say about it.

As I reflect back to this year, the one thing that I truly learned out of this is people will always try to bring you down to the ground. Sticks and stones. It's up to you how you'd take that negative feedback. You can either have it affect and break you to pieces or use it to fuel your passion to do better at what you do. I've really learned not to be overly sensitive, but take what they say into consideration (who knows, maybe they're just not the best at wording things nicely). Yes, it took me awhile to learn this concept because it's easier said than done. But I've realized that it's the price you pay for exposing yourself out in the public. There will always some sort of scrutiny with what you do. You really just have to learn how to take the heat and not let it phase you. However, 90 percent of the time, you get more love than hate from other people which makes all the bad things almost minute. This really might come off as a big bag of cheese balls and fluff, but this is the best thing I've learned this whole year. Your self-esteem plays a great role, and nothing is sexier than having confidence.

Few more hours and we'll be ringing into the new year and another new beginning. I'm not going to list my resolutions for 2011. Writing them down is almost pointless. For next year, I'll just do, do, do and ease up on the say, say, say. I'd rather have it show it in my actions than say I'm going to do one thing and it's nothing but an empty promise. One thing for sure is I'm going to strive better and just work towards my goals and become better as a person.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year. Cheers to us and to the great things that lies ahead.

And since this is a beauty blog, I'm going to leave you with some videos that I've posted on YouTube for the past week in case you haven't checked them out in case you're still deciding your look for tonight. Don't forget to subscribe to my channel if you haven't for more videos.




Saturday, December 25, 2010

Season Greetings!


Merry Christmas to you and and your loved ones! I hope everyone is having a great time spending it with your loved ones.

I'm currently spending Christmas at my parents' house with my cute little reindeer. Great company and great food... life is good.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Makeup Tutorial: Nicki Minaj Music Video (Check It Out) Inspired Look

Nicki Minaj is pretty much the Lady Gaga of the Hip Hop and Rap world. Bold, wild, and eccentric. Their quirky styles sets them apart from their cookie cutter competition and it makes them that much more interesting. And did I mention how much I'm a big fan of both of them. I love the confidence that they exude and their IDGAF attitude. It's really empowering!

As I was watching one of Nicki Minaj's latest video with will.i.am called "Check It Out", her Barbie-esque makeup look became a reason for me to reach out for my hot pink eyeshadow. I never thought I'd wear something so bold and so bright in public (I really did). And finally, a look that goes beyond my comfort zone.

So thank you, Nicki Minaj, for inspiring me to wear hot pink eyeshadow on my eyes.






Watch the video:



Eyes:
  • MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot 
  • 88 eyeshadow palette (hot pink, matte cream, and golden yellow eyeshadows)
  • MAC Folie eyeshadow (from Novel Twist Collection)
  • MAC Blacktrack gel liner
  • Stila Lash Visor Mascara
  • Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Brunette
Face
  • MAC True Romantic Beauty Powder blush
Lips
  • Kiehl's Lip Balm with SPF 15
  • NYX Cosmetics lipliner in Raven
  • Dior High Shine Lipstick in Pink Lust








LOLZ mean muggin'



Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial :D.

FTC: Products used on this video were purchased on my own. I am not affiliated or sponsored by any brand companies mentioned on this video. All opinions expressed on this video are my own honest opinions. This post contains an affiliate link to Sephora.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Steal the Deal: Two Rock & Republic Blushes for $15

Yes, you read it right, I bought two R&R blushes for only $15 for BOTH!

Some of you may know that Rock & Republic blushes do go on sale for $20 each (retail $40) at Hautelook ever so often (click here for an invite). With it's luxe yet heavy packaging, I understand where the original price tag of $40 comes from. I've always wanted Rock & Republic Blushes, but I'd always miss out on the sales when they do have it. But things happen for a reason, because now I was able to snag two R&R blushes for only $15 (+shipping & tax). Way better deal if you ask me.

Here's how you can get in with the deal:

1. Sign up for an account on Rock & Republic using a referral link. So how this works, is if you sign up using a referral link, we'll both receive a $25 credit to use at shop.rockandrepublic.com. *Limited to one credit per order. (You'll only get the $25 credit if you use the referral code. I tried just signing-up [using a different e-mail address] directly from the website and I didn't get the $25 credit). Your $25 credit will appear automatically at check-out.

2. Enter promo code "ROCKCOSMETICS" at check-out and receive a discount of 50% off. The code only applies to a minimum purchase of $75+ (retail) worth of cosmetics into your cart.

Extra deets:
* Shipping is $0.99.
* $25 credit applies on first purchase when you sign-up.


And here's some proof just in case you're skeptical:

* I had to pay for sales tax for living in CA.


If you've been wanting to try R&R cosmetics for awhile now but have been hesitant because of the price tag (even if it were on sale already), here's your chance to mix and match with whatever R&R cosmetic items you want to buy, as long as the total retail price comes out to $75 at check-out for the promo code of 50% off to kick in. Enjoy your purchases even more with your $25 credit. Savings!



Thank you Jean of ExtraPetite.com for sharing this info!



Happy Friday! On the comments down below, let me know what you got!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hair Tutorial: Katy Perry's Fireworks Music Video Inspired Hair

First off, I just like to thank everyone who has entered my Thanksgiving Giveaway so far! I read every single one of your responses. And to all who has spread the word out, thank you as well! For those who haven't entered the giveaway, you still have time to do so. You'll have until November 28 to get your entries in. Good luck to everyone who's participating.

I have been meaning to do a hair tutorial for awhile. As most of you may know by now, I went as Katy Perry (in California Gurls) for Halloween. And that actually kind of fueled my slight obsession with her style. I love how she can switch from funky to glamour. Not to mention her songs are catchy too. 

About a few weeks ago, I came across her music video "Fireworks". Aside from loving the message that the video is trying to deliver, I actually wanted to try they hair style that she was rocking in that video. It's actually quite perfect since I am currently in the process of growing out my bangs and this hairstyle definitely keeps my bangs off my face.




So, here's my take:








My curls are a little bit tighter than the one that Mrs. Perry-Brand has because of the curling iron that I used. For a bigger and looser curl or wave, use a thicker curling iron barrel.

Watch the video:




Products mentioned on this video:
- Nexxus Heat Protexx Spray
- Tressemme Extra Firm Control Hair Spray

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Youtube Giveaway: Win a NYX Cosmetics Make-up Artist Kit Palette ***CLOSED***

With Thanksgiving being a few days away, I thought it was only appropriate to have a mini giveaway to show my appreciation to you. So I'm having a quick giveaway featuring the NYX Cosmetics Make-up Kit Palette!

Watch the video:





RULES:
  1. MUST be a Youtube subscriber!
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post to answer this question: Why do you want to win this NYX Make-Up Kit Palette?
  3. In the same comment of your answer to the question, make sure to leave your Youtube channel username.

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SAMPLE ENTRY:

I want to win this NYX Make-Up kit because it will make me believe again that unicorns exists.

Youtube channel: yummiebitez

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And that's it! Easy right?



* Limit ONE blog comment entry PER PERSON. Your comments will NOT count if you leave them on the comment section of the video on YouTube.
* Giveaway is only open to US and Canadian residents.
* If you're under the age 13, please make sure to have your parent's permission to enter this giveaway.
* Giveaway ends on Sunday, November 28 11:59 pm PST. And the winner will be announced and contacted Monday, November 29.


Winner will be selected randomly from the pool of entries. The winner of the giveaway will be contacted through YouTube and will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. If the winner fails to respond within the alloted time, a new winner will be chosen.



FTC: The item in this giveaway was purchased with my own funds. I am not affiliated or sponsored by the brand company mentioned on this video.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Small Gift LA Event at Barker Hanger, Santa Monica (Picture Heavy!)

This past weekend, Heart and I made plans to double date (with our boyfriends) and check out the Sanrio event. Small Gift Los Angeles held a free event at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica to commemorate Sanrio's 50th anniversary which ran from November 12 to 21. It was definitely a playground for Hello Kitty and Sanrio Lovers. They had games, miniature golfing, art show, food trucks, and more.

I previously met Heart at the Beautylish event and ever since then we've kept in touch. We had so much fun, and our boyfriends just got along just fine. And might I add that they're the sweetest couple I've ever met. They're so cute together that I was seriously gushing over them.

After checking out the event, we all ended up hanging out and grabbing dessert and played board games at Syrup in Downtown LA. I can't wait to double date with them again!















Hello Kitty Collection Exclusively for Sephora (Available January 2011)










Hello Kitty/Sanrio Artwork










I don't know why but this My Melody painting really creeps me out.


Game Time!










Proof that I spun 1st prize in one try.


Prizes from the games we played. How cute is the Hello Kitty notebook!


At Syrup Desserts in Downtown Los Angeles



We were beating the guys when I took this photo.


We totally posed for the camera.






Group photo


How was everyone's weekend? Did anyone else from the LA area check out this event? Share them on the comments below!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Beauty Review and Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette (in Vanity and Greed)





Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette

Drugstore brands can be a hit or miss, but sometimes you'd just be amazed on the gems that you do find. On a previous and random trip to Rite Aid, I came across these Wet n Wild Color Icon palette that I've also been hearing a lot of buzz around it. At the time of my purchase, the palettes were buy one get one free, so I took that as a sign that I should grab them and give it a whirl. For about $5 for both palettes, it's almost hard to pass them up.

Prior to this trip, the only product that I've tried from Wet n Wild were their nail polish... back in high school. I mean c'mon, they're only a dollar each! I haven't really tried their eyeshadows before, so the Color Icon palette would be the first one.








Packaging:
The Color Icon Palette contains six coordinated shades. It is encased in a black plastic glossy case with clear cover. The palette doesn't come with the mirror, but I like how the cover itself is clear. There is no guessing here with which eyeshadow colors are in a palette. When you have a massive collection of makeup (not that I'm anywhere near that), it's the small things (like having a clear cover to determine which eyeshadows are in that palette) can be a pretty big deal. Although they way the eyeshadows are laid out kinda reminds me of the old MAC Holiday sets minus the fancy packaging.

The palettes are also compact enough to stow in your makeup purse for those last minute touch ups or even when you're in a hurry and you need a little pick me up. Like most drugstore makeup, these palettes come with tiny sponge tip applicators (that you'll probably not use). The packaging is not much on the cute side, but it's is more on a more practical side.







Quality:
The quality of the eyeshadows in the palette is decent to great. Wet n Wild's Color Icon palettes has three matte shades and three shimmery eyeshadows. These eyeshadows have great color payoff especially with a good base. Although the matte eyeshadows are slightly chalky, it didn't cause too many fall outs. I really liked their darker matte eyeshadows as my crease color as they blended pretty well on my lids. However, I did find some of the shimmery eyeshadows a little difficult to work with since they were a little bit on the sheer side and they can get a bit blotchy. These were also the ones that easily faded when colors are blended. The eyeshadow with glitter (found in the Greed palette) surprisingly didn't cause major fallouts when I tried it. Glitters can be annoying sometimes because they're a pain to take out when it ends up on your face. All-in-all, I was pretty happy with what the Color Icon palettes has to offer.

Value:
No doubt about it that this palette is almost a steal for six eyeshadows with decent pigmentation. It is even better when there's a promotional sale going on at your local drugstore. It's a good palette to have whether you are a beginner with makeup or already way ahead of the game. And with the holiday seasons quickly approaching, these palettes will make a great stocking stuffer.

Swatches:






Wet n Wild's Color Icon palettes are one of my favorite drugstore finds. They're stepping their makeup game up by improving the quality of their products yet still offering them at an affordable price. When I'm in a rush in the morning for work, I find myself reaching out for the Vanity palette when I need a no-brainer look. It's a great everyday and natural palette for the working gals who are limited to wear a more neutral look. And if you want to transition your look to a night time look, just grab your Greed palette and smoke those eyes out.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shameless Plug: Please Vote for Mr. Lionel Bean!

Super favor to ask all of you guys.

I'd really appreciate it you guys can vote for my puppy, Lionel Bean, as Most Lovable. All you have to do is follow the link down below and click for the vote button you are done! No need to sign up. Every vote counts! 



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Thank you for taking the time to vote! Please help me try to spread the word.

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Anne and Mr. Bean

Beauty Review: e.l.f Waterproof Eyeliner Pen










e.l.f Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

From the most recent event that I attended, hosted by Beautylish, they were handing out all sorts of makeup swag for us to try. One of them happens to be this e.l.f Waterproof eyeliner. I was actually interested in trying this out since I was on a hunt for a good inexpensive eyeliner. For a dollar, you can't get anymore inexpensive than that.

I haven't had the chance to try any e.l.f products up until now. I've always been a bit wary due to the negative feedback I've been reading or hearing about their brand. Regardless of what I knew or heard, I kept an open mind that maybe this one will work out for me.






Day one of my trial run, the bf and I planned on a trip to a flea market in LA on a Sunday afternoon. It was a bit of a gloomy day, but the weather was pretty warm, around the mid-70s, and it was perfect. I didn't want to put too much effort in getting ready that day, so I just lined my eyes using e.l.f Waterproof eyeliner pen and put some mascara on.

Because the eyeliner was in a pen form with a felt tip application, lining my lashes with liquid eyeliner was a cinch. I was pretty impressed on how precise the eyeliner pen lined my eyes. It was easy to control how thin or thick you want your line to be. I also didn't have to go back and draw the line again. I did it all in one swipe. I just achieved a cat-eye look in less than 2-minutes. Not bad.

I also swatched the eyeliner on the back of my hand. I tried rubbing it off, and it barely budged. At this point, I was pretty excited already. But little did I know at the time, its staying power would not be applicable on my lids.

After being out and about for maybe two hours, driving, looking for parking, and walking around perusing the local flea market, my bf taps my shoulder and says, "Umm... you might want to check your makeup." I look at him and thought he was crazy since I barely had anything on my face. I checked the mirror anyway. And to my horror, my eyeliner has crept up to my crease!! The line has faded and went north. It was a mess. I almost felt embarrassed since I've probably been walking around like that for awhile. Well, I guess the staying power of that was a fail. For the rest of the day, I found myself trying to clean off mess that my oily lids have created. Not to mention, my eyelids were getting a little itchy. It wasn't stinging, but it was itchy. It wasn't anything unbearable, but it was still itchy.

Day two of my trial run, this time I primed my eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion. The eyeliner still creased but it lasted a few more hours longer compared to sans primer. I still found myself checking the mirror and trying to clean up my eyeliner.

As far as removing the eyeliner, it really is waterproof. Although it created all sorts of mess on my eyelids, taking off the rest of the eyeliner will budge with water not unless you use a good makeup remover.

Overall: This eyeliner just didn't cut it for me on warmer days when my eyelids decided to secrete more oil than ever. I probably would only recommend this to people with non-oily lids (as the swatch on the back of my hand didn't really budge) who are looking for an inexpensive liquid eyeliner. This might also be a great practice tool if you want to transition into using liquid eyeliner. Although keep in mind, that it did make my eyelids itch a little. I'd probably only just use this again if ever I need black eyeliner to draw something on my face.

Watch the Video:



Rating: 2.5 out of 5


FTC: The product mentioned was a gift from a previous beauty event that I attended. I am not affiliated or sponsored by the brand company mentioned to write this review. These are my honest thoughts.