Thursday, September 30, 2010

NOTW: O.P.I My Private Jet Swatch is Fly Like a G6

It can be a pain sometimes trying to decide whether a nail polish suits you. When you're shopping for nail polishes, you really only have ten fingernails where you can swatch a kajillion nail polishes on your hands just to see if you can see yourself wearing it ever.

So thank goodness for beauty blogs that provides swatches and recommendations from beauty blogger babes (thank you Jill), that nail polish shopping can be a breeze.

This particular nail polish has been getting a lot of buzz on the blogger realm. I mean I don't see why not because this nail polish is gorgeous.






Nail polish with glitter can sometimes be tricky. Just as a personal preference, I really don't dig chunky or decorative glitter on my nails (except for China Glaze Ruby Pumps). It can come out as a little teeny bopper-ish sometimes, and you just don't want to be rocking that if you want to be taken seriously in the corporate world. You don't want your fingers to look like you've been  playing with craft glitter the whole day.

O.P.I My Private Jet has plenty of glitter... but in a good way. My Private Jet has micro-glitters that it's not blinding or tacky in the daylight. If anything it adds that extra oomph to it. It's your vampy nail polish with a little spin to it.






In low lighting, your nails almost look like they're granite-looking. It's still "so pritty".






In certain lighting and angles, you can kinda see some reddish brown undertones but sometimes it look as it's a gunmetal grey nail polish.

The formula for this nail polish is pretty good. One coat gave me an almost opaque color, and the second coat pretty much sealed the deal for me. Top it off with a clear top coat, and your nails are money.

I think I couldn't have picked a better color for this weekend's festivities :).


FTC: I was not paid nor sponsored to write this post and the product mentioned was purchased by me. These are my honest opinions.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Beauty Review and Swatch: Essie Fall Collection 2010 Nail Polish Mini Series

Out of the four seasons, I'd have to say fall is my favorite. One, because my birthday is around fall. Two, fall has the perfect weather in LA (although I wouldn't say the weather was perfect today in LA as we hit another triple digit weather) . And three, you get to wear your scarves and coats without being too cold or too hot. Not to mention the nail polishes in style are prettier.

One set that I was really impressed on that I recently picked up is the Essie Fall Collection mini series. On my recent trip for nail polish shopping, this is probably the set you'll need for the season. It has your staple red, purple and green with a grey base, and your chocolate brown.

I always find the nail polish sets a smarter buy for the obvious reasons: you're able to sample multiple colors; less products go to waste (when was the last time you've used up all your nail polish before it dried out?); and they're more cost effective. It's enough for you to test out a color to find out whether you love it or not. When you do, buy a full back up bottle! Since these are limited editions, they might be difficult to come by again. And well if you hate it, the pain isn't as bad as buying a full size polish and being stuck with it.








Size compared to a regular Essie nail polish. Each mini bottle is about 0.16 oz while your regular Essie nail polish is about 0.5 oz. So just mathematically speaking, you get a little over the amount of the regular size with the four mini bottles combined (0.16 x 4 = 0.64). But how cute does the small one look?


Size comparison to an OPI mini nail polish. OPI bottles are about 0.12 oz each. OPIs are definitely smaller in size. Perfect for those who are really afraid of commitment when it comes to nail polish. I've had the bottle in the picture for about two years now. And I'm barely finished with it. I mean with other nail polishes I have, it's just difficult to go through them all.

But I still find that the Essie mini nail polish is a perfect size that it will last you awhile yet it's not that small that makes you wonder if it'll be enough for your finger nails and toe nails.

For this collection, there are actually two more shades not included in mini pack.





On to the swatches!


Limited Addiction: Your classic red nail polish. When it comes to the color of your nails, red will never go out of style. Limited Addiction is your basic nail polish that you can always reach for when you're not feeling adventurous with your nails.


Little Brown Dress: A deep chocolate brown color. This polish came a surprise to me. I didn't know how I felt about brown nail polish until I swatched this. I always thought that brown made my nails look old, but this has definitely changed my mind. This is a really dark brown color that it's almost black yet it's a perfect dark color for fall. It's a great alternative to your gothic black polish for this season.


Sew Psyched: Just as the name implies, I was pretty psyched about this color. It's a nice green with a hint of gray. It's a nice sage color if you want to play up your nails a bit. I've always thought green was a tough nail color for me to pull off since it gives me that leprechaun feeling no matter what shade of green it is. But this green is a winner to me. It's also a very work friendly color.


Merino Cool: I love this color. This has to be my favorite out of the four. It's a grey nail polish with a tinge of purple. Not quite your grey nail polish and not your purple either. I love it because it's almost two colors in one. In a well-lit or daylight, this nail polish will show more of its purple side while in low light it almost looks greyish taupe. Sometimes I'd think it's OPI You Don't Know Jacques at night.

Although the formula of these nail polishes were a bit thick and goopy, I'd put up with it just because of how perfect these colors are for fall or for the corporate world for that matter. It has that grown up appeal with a bit of an edge to it. These are definitely winners in my book.

FTC: Items on this post were purchased by me. I am not affiliated with the company nor paid to write this post. These are my honest opinions.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tutorial: Ciara Ride Music Video Inspired Look (Step by Step pictures)

So one day, I had my Trey Songz channel up on Pandora (by the way, Pandora is the shiiiit!) and Ciara's song Ride came up. Besides it being a catchy and bump and grinding song, I remembered really loving one of Ciara's look in the video. She just look extremely ferosh with her smokey brown eyes, not to mention her super sexy one-piece number with her fur coat (makes me want to strut my stuff in the club with that if I had the body). Oh, and if only I can move half as good as she can, my life might just improve 100 times better. I just wish I can say the same good things about her singing. But, her killer moves makes up for the lack of the latter I suppose. That's another story though.

You might have also seen me this look on my giveaway video.







Here is my interpretation of Ciara's glam look in the video. I've included step-by-step picture tutorial (doing it old school) after the jump and more pictures of the look.







Products Used:
Eyes:
Face
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation in 203
  • MAC Redhead Mineralized Skin Finish Blush
Lips
  • Kiehl's Lip Balm with SPF 15
  • NARS Sandpiper Lipgloss

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Food Blog Updated: Chego on my Mind

I just updated my food blog at AnneAppetite.

Check out my recent food adventure featuring Chego in Culver City.


Get in my belly!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Drugstore Sales: Rite Aid, CVS, and Walgreens (Ends 9/23 or 9/25)

Here are some beauty promotions or sale at your local drugstores for this week. Check their weekly circular ads for more.

Rite Aid
Sale valid until Thursday, September 23

Covergirl Face and Lip Cosmetics (excludes Clean Make-Up and Simply Ageless Make-Up) - BOGO (with wellness+ card)

L'oreal All Cosmetics - BOGO at 50% Off Regular Retail price (with wellness+ card)
**Buy $20 and get a $5 +UP Reward on L'oreal skin care, cosmetics, hair color and hair care (with wellness+ card)

Neutrogena Face and Eye Cosmetics and Bath and Skin Care (Excludes Suncare) Selections - 40% Off (with wellness+ card)
**Buy $15 of Neutrogena skin, bath, haircare, or cosmetics and get a $5 +Up Reward

Sally Hansen and Borghese Nail Enamel - BOGO (with wellness+ card)

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Cosmetics- BOGO at 50% Off Regular Retail price (with wellness+ card)

New York Color (NYC) Cosmetics - BOGO (with wellness+ card)

CVS
Sale valid until Saturday, September 25

**Free charm with $15 Beauty Purchase (value $15, collect all 4!)

All L’Oreal Cosmetics - BOGO at 50% Off (with CVS card)

All Maybelline Foundation, Powder, Blush or Concealer - 30% Off regular retail (with CVS card)

All Milani Cosmetics - BOGO at 50% Off (with CVS card)

Bio-Oil - save $2 (with CVS card)


Walgreens
Sale valid until Saturday, September 25

Revlon Cosmetics - 40% Off
**Buy $10 or more of participating Revlon Cosmetics, receive $3 in Register Rewards at checkout* (Good on your NEXT in-store purchase)

Sally Hansen Nail Treatment or Color - BOGO at 50% Off

Cover Girl Cosmetics - BOGO at 50% Off

L’OrĂ©al Cosmetics - BOGO at 50% Off

Maybelline Cosmetics- 40% Off


****Note:
BOGO - Buy One, Get One Free
BOGO at 50% Off - Buy One, Get One at 50% off

Friday, September 17, 2010

Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box Look #2: Neutral Pops Blue Version 2.0

Here's the second install for the Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box. This look might seem familiar already since I've done something similar two years ago (oh, how time flies).

I've always like neutral eyeshadow with a pop of blue (or any other vibrant color of eyeliner) on my lower lashline. It's a simple yet playful look that's perfect for a casual day out. Since I was only going to my parents' place to have lunch, I wanted to keep it simple but step it up a notch with the blue eyeliner. And I guess the weather outside also inspired me as it was a nice and sunny day in LA. For some reason, this look reminds me of being out in the beach, basking under the sun. The blue eyeliner might have something to do with that image.






Compared to the first look I created with the same Urban Decay palette, this is look is more wearable for your work place. Just ditch the blue eyeliner.




Products Used:
Eyes:
Face
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation in 203
  • MAC Redhead Mineralized Skin Finish Blush
Lips
  • Kiehl's Lip Balm with SPF 15
  • NARS Rose Gitane Lipgloss
Application:
  1. Prime your lids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and apply a cream colored base all over the lid (MAC Soft Ochre)
  2. Apply Urban Decay Half Baked eyeshadow on your inner half of your eyelid using a shading brush. 
  3. Apply Urban Decay Twice Baked eyeshadow on your outer V using a shader brush and bring up the color to the crease with a blending brush. Blend any harsh lines.
  4. Apply the highlight color on your browbone (MAC Shroom eyeshadow).
  5. Line your eyes with a black eyeliner (MAC Blacktrack gel liner), curl lashes, and apply mascara.
  6. Apply blue eyeliner on your lower lashline (NYX Electric Blue eyeliner)
  7. Using a blush brush, sweep a light bronze blush (MAC Redhead MSF) on the apples of your cheeks.
  8. Apply a bronze colored gloss (NARS Rose Gitane lipgloss).









puppy face? fail


Speaking of puppyface, here's a video exclusive of the master of puppy faces... another special appearance from Lionel Bean. Oh my gaah, my puppy is soo cute. He's too adorable for words.





It's finally Friday! What are your plans for this weekend? I can't wait for dinner tonight with some lovely blogger babes as I've been waiting for it ever since we were tweeting about it. What a better way to spend Friday night with some new friends, good food, and some makeup talk <3.







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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Aveda Fashion Week Report: Backstage at Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2011

September 10, 2:00pm EST, New York, NY—Aveda lead stylist Odile Gilbert created looping braids and twists finished with a chiffon ‘flower’ using Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep™ Smoother,™ Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray, and Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray at the Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Week show in New York.
“The Jason Wu hair look for this season is simple yet sophisticated, with 1970’s inspiration. We’re braiding chiffon—scraps from the collection—into the hair and twisting the ends into a flower. This look captures the happiness and excitement of spring and summer.” –Odile Gilbert for Aveda–Odile Gilbert for Aveda



HOW TO GET THE LOOK:

1. Prep damp hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Style-Prep Smoother™ for smoothness and to tame flyaways. Use a fine-tooth comb to create a strong, clean part on the right side of the head and then blow dry straight using a Mason Pearson brush.
2. Pull hair tightly back and separate into four sections along the nape of the neck. Spray each with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray for shine and flexible hold.
3. Tie a long ribbon or piece of fabric—in a shade close to the hair color—around the top of each section of hair.
4. One section at a time, braid the fabric through the hair and secure at the bottom with an elastic. Leave excess fabric out at the bottom of each braid. Spray each braid liberally with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray for ultra-strong hold.
5. Collect all four braids and tie the fabric into one large bow at the end to create a ‘flower.’
6. Pull the fabric ‘flower’ upwards and secure at the nape of the neck with hair pins, creating beautiful braided loops stemming from the flower. Finish the look with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.

AVEDA PRODUCTS USED

Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother™
Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray
Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray


I just love how delicate and feminine this hairstyle looks and easy to do!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sephora Harajuku Giveaway Winner!!!!!

Yessss, I'm finally announcing the winner. Sorry for the lagged. This past week was just back to back of things coming up. Anyway, if you were following my Twitter, you may have known by now that there's a new member of the family. His name is Lionel Bean, and he's my one and only baby. So he's taking up most of my time at the moment from playtime to getting him up to speed with potty training. So far he's completely failing the peeing department, but he's got the potty thing down haha. But he's a cutie and such a character although he can drive me insane sometimes (I still love him). But I digress.


Anyway, the winner of the giveaway is (drum roll please)...

PEEWEE

Congratulations PeeWee! Please e-mail me your shipping address within 48 hours so I can mail your prize your way.

If ever the winner failed to claim her prize, a new winner will be drawn.

And for those who are curious how Lionel Bean looks like here are a few pictures. He's a tiny, fluffy little thing who likes to be in weird positions when he's sleeping. He's my little baby.




No, he's not a toy.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box Look #1: YDK and Flipside

I've finally cracked my Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box the other day after months of owning it and keeping it in its pristine packaging. I have this habit sometimes of having my makeup in its original packaging and just looking at it like that. Yes, that defeats the whole purpose of the eyeshadow, but sometimes I just don't want a brush dent on it.

Here's the very first look that I did as I 'bless' my eyeshadow. I used two out of the ten eyeshadows in the palette.





What I Used:
Eyes:
Face
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation
  • MAC True Romantic Beauty Powder Blush
Lips
  • Kiehl's Lip Balm with SPF 15
  • Paul & Joe lipgloss

Application:
  1. Prime your lids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and apply a cream colored base all over the lid (MAC Soft Ochre)
  2. Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow YDK eyeshadow on your inner half of your eyelid using a shading brush. 
  3. Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow Flipside eyeshadow on your outer V using a shader brush and bring up the color to the crease with a blending brush. Blend any harsh lines.
  4. Apply the highlight color on your browbone (MAC Shroom eyeshadow).
  5. Line your eyes with a brown gel cream liner (Physicians Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Gel Cream Liner in Brown), curl lashes, and apply mascara.
  6. Using a blush brush, sweep a pink blush (MAC True Romantic Beauty Powder) on the apples of your cheeks.
  7. Apply a nude or clear gloss.








I'll be featuring a look using the palette maybe once a week. I'm doing this experimenting thing where I actually use it multiple times and create multiple looks by using majority of the eye shadows in the palette. The possibilities are endless! We'll see how much I can exhaust out of it.

Don't forget to enter my contest if you haven't done so!




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