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! 



Please vote for him by following this link.

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

<3

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.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sephora F&F 2010 Haul And Maybe Some Ideas For This Weekend's VIB

(Sephora F&F 2010 haul video is posted down below!)

I finally got my Sephora Friends and Family Sale haul about two days ago. I was one of those people who decided to wait the last minute to purchase my stuff. It literally took me days and days to figure out what I was going to get so I'm not impulsively buying anything. But because I love NARS products, I knew I had to get something from NARS.

Luckily, Sephora had a NARS Beauty in a Box for the holiday season. This is definitely a great buy and perfect for gift-giving this holiday season for the NARS junkies. Also, the week that I had decided to finalize my purchase, I previously had mentioned on my tweet that Sephora had a weekly special on two NARS duo-eyeshadows for only $10 (retail value $32, only Cheyenne and Wicked were on sale)!

As if that wasn't enough, I checked out their sale section as well just to see which items were marked down. Lo' and behold, Urban Decay eyeshadows were also only $10 for two single eyeshadows. Definitely another steal! Granted two of the four choices for the double set were bombarded with glitters, two of them were actually not bad choices. So I got two of them (Sin & Chronic and Toasted & Narcotic). I also mentioned this on my previous tweet, and I hope some of you at least were able to get Sin & Chronic as those are no longer in stock on the Sephora website. 

So here is my final Sephora Friends and Family sale haul...





NARS Beauty in a Box (NARS Junkie) (buy it here)



NARS palette from NARS Beauty in a Box set



NARS duo-eyeshadow in Wicked and Cheyenne



NARS duo eyeshadow in Wicked



NARS duo-eyeshadow in Cheyenne



Urban Decay single eyeshadows: (L to R; U & D): Chronic, Narcotic, Sin, and Toasted (on sale here and here)


And since they have another promotional exclusively for VIB members for another chance to take 20% off your purchase, make sure to check out the NARS Beauty in a Box set! They're also now available at your nearest Sephora stores for you to play with. As far as the deal goes for the other eyeshadows, those are only available online. But also, don't forget that there's a free Sephora to go Clutch with 12 samples inside! when you enter code ONTHEGO at online checkout!






Free Sephora to go Clutch with 12 samples inside! Enter code ONTHEGO at online checkout.





What were your most recent Sephora haul? Share them in my comment section!


Happy shopping!


FTC: The products mentioned on this post were purchase with my own funds. This post contains Sephora affiliate links.