Thursday, February 25, 2010

Maybelline Stylish Smokes in Charcoal Smokes Tutorial

By the time this is posted, I'll be at the vet. Please pray for Tobey that he will be okay!!! I've been worried the last couple of days *sigh*.


Anyways when I posted my look from the Maybelline Stylish Smokes in Charcoal Smokes (click here for the post), I didn't expect people would like it... hehe~ I'm actually really flattered that I was requested for a tutorial! :) Here goes my tutorial and I hope you guys like it... hehe!

What I used:
* UDPP
* MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
* Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black
* Maybelline eyeshadow palette in Charcoal Smokes
* Cover Girl eyeshadow palette (I can't find the name of the palette)
* some Asian cream eyeliner
* Kate Mascara Finish in BK-1
* L'oreal Volume Shocking Mascara in Blackest Black

Tutorial:
With one of the finished looks, I drew colorful circles to make things easier or at least I hope it will be easier this way!... hehe~ :X
(clockwise from top left: lid, crease, outer corner, and brow bone)

* Cream circle from the instruction: used lid color from the palette
* Blue circle from the instruction: used crease color from the palette
* Pink circle from the instruction: used the brow bone color from the palette
* Orange circle from the instruction: used crease color from the palette
* Green circle from the instruction: used the Asian cream eyeliner

* Cream circle from the instruction: used lid color from the palette

Start out with UDPP which helps my lid from creasing. Then I add a cream base on top, I did with MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, because it is hard to blend with UDPP and it's also a sticky base for the eyeshadow to stick on. With an eyeshadow brush, I pat the lid color on my lids.
* Blue circle from the instruction: used crease color from the palette

With a crease brush, tap the tip into the crease color. Then start from the outer V and bring it 2/3 into the crease. Tap some more into the crease color and color 1/3 outer lid.
* Pink circle from the instruction: used the brow bone color from the palette

With the other side of the eyeshadow brush, I tap it into the brow bone color. I tap the color onto the middle of the lid. I like the added shine on the lid compared to the dark colors everywhere else.
* Orange circle from the instruction: used crease color from the palette
* Green circle from the instruction: used the Asian cream eyeliner

When I applied my UDPP on my lid, I put some on the bottom as well. With an eyeliner brush, I tap it into the crease color. I draw a line 2/3 in from the outer. I use another eyeliner brush and tap it into the Asian cream eyeliner and apply it into the inner corner and bottom, 1/3 from the inner.
Line your top and bottom. I used the Maybelline EyeStudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black. I still need to play around with this liner before I do a review.
Curl your eyelashes and put on mascara.

I hope this tutorial was helpful, and you guys liked it!!! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Perricone MD Giveaway Winner

Thank you Perricone MD for sponsoring this giveaway! I think it went well... hehe~ :) I am very blessed to give this chance to one of my readers.

Thank you again Perricone MD!!! :)

Now for what you have been waiting for *drum rolls*... hehe~ The winner of the Perricone MD Concentrated Restorative Treatment is....

rasilla

Congrats rasilla and you have 48 hours to contact me with your e-mail address and home address. E-mail me at aly_4realz (at) hotmail (dot) com. If you don't contact me within 48 hours, I will draw a new winner.

For the people who didn't win, thank you for entering! I will have a giveaway when I reach 250 followers. I wanted to do a giveaway when I reached 200, but I was too lazy to get things for the giveaway... lol~ :X I will do one when I reach 250. It also gives me time to pick things up... hehe~ :D


This past week I picked up some nail polishes. It seems like I'm really into nail polishes, but I wasn't until last year *sigh*... lol~ :X Anyways, now for my haul... hehe~
I had to renew my Sally's Beauty membership last month (click here to read about the membership and the deals at Sally's Beauty). The membership is $5 but you get a $5 coupon for the following month to use on anything at Sally's Beauty. So basically, the membership is free... hehe~

I'm not a big fan of China Glaze nail polishes. I think they don't last long on me, therefore, I haven't really been big into them. Since I had $5 to spend, I decided to get this color from China Glaze. By the way, they have a $1 coupon off any China Glaze nail polishes this month... hehe~ ;) I've been wanting this color for months. It's a very unique color, as well as, my favorite color (I love blue of any colors especially blue-ish purple). I have always loved periwinkle since high school! :X I had to get this. This is #683 Secret Peri-wink-le. The color is love!!! :)

If you want to see the swatches of my collection of China Glazes, click here to see it.

I also visited CVS this past week to pick up some nail polishes from Milani's new line, 3D Holographic.
This one is #511 H-Tech. It's such a gorgeous light green color!
This is #512 Cyberspace. It's a gorgeous light blue! I am very happy with these two colors... wheee~ I can't wait to wear these during the spring/summer weather. I don't think it fits for winter weather... hehe~

Speaking of Milani nail polishes, I picked two out this past year that I never posted about. My bad!!! :X I debated to post these or not since they don't carry these nail polishes anymore. If they do carry them, I haven't seen them... hehe~ :/
This is #132 Fairy Tale. It's a black nail polish with light blue glitters.
It's such a hot color!... wheee~
This one is #133 Whimsical. It's a black nail polish with purple glitters.
These colors are perfect during these winter months... wheee~ :)

I also want to post a picture of the OPI nail polish from their Alice in Wonderland collection in Mad as a Hatter (click here to read my haul and swatch).
It has such beautiful, colorful glitters... wheee~ It looks nice on the nails. You definitely need base and top coat for it not to chip off. ;)


I'm going to end this post which my freebie from Victoria's Secret. If you sign up for Pink Nation (click here for the link), once in awhile they have a print out for you to take and get something for free... wheee~ It's not too late to get this... hehe~ ;)
It's from their new line of fragrance called Life is Pink. It's such a cute packaging. It's a book of fragrance... hehe~
When you open to the first page, you have the blue fragrance "Hope Pink."
The second page is "Wish Pink."
The last page is "Live Pink." It's such a cute book! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Maybelline Stylish Smokes in Charcoal Smokes

Please don't forget to enter the Perricone MD giveaway (click here to enter)! It ends February 20th at 11:59 PST. :)


Several months ago I did a review on the Maybelline Stylish Smokes in Natural Smokes (click here to see the review and a look I came up with). I liked the palette so much I ended up buying another Stylish Smokes... hehe~ This time I got it in Charcoal Smokes.
(clockwise from top left: lid color, crease, outer corner, and brow bone)

I also swatched the palette on my hand.
(l-r: lid, crease, brow bone, and outer corner)

The top two colors are more towards grayish-brown colors (lid and crease color), the silver is very shimmery (brow bone), and the black color has silver specks (outer corner).

Here's what I came up with.
I only used three out of the four colors from the palette. If you want to know what I used, please feel free to ask. I usually don't post what I used since no one seems interested... lol~ :X In all honestly, I like these palettes a lot!!! I think I like them better than the EyeStudio from Maybelline (click here to see my post on these palettes)... hehe~ :X These make great day to night smokey look!... wheee~ :)


I'm going to end this post with my Sasa haul I did end of last year... lol~ I know I'm really behind but it's better later than never... hehe~ :D End of last year when PayPal was giving a free $20 and shipping promotion, I couldn't refuse so I gave in and bought some stuff... hehe~ I wanted to buy some My Beauty Diary masks but unfortunately most of them were sold out. :/ It's all good though because I got three of them... wheee~ :)
I bought Beauty Mate Nano Mask in Moisturizing and Revitalizing (blue box), three My Beauty Diary Masks in Japanese Cherry Blossom and Mixed Berry, a blush, and I got a free mirror... wheee~

I will review the masks later on when I feel confident to talk about them... hehe~ For that reason, I won't put an individual pictures of them. ;)

I kept seeing this blush in the beauty blogging world (you enablers... hehe~ :P) and I couldn't refuse the cute packaging! With this opportunity, I had to get it!... hehe~
This is Beauty Maker Love Pu Pu blush in pink. When I first opened this package, it scared me because it looked pretty pink in the container... hehe~ Thankfully, it isn't on me... wheee~ Isn't the puff so cute and the bow on the top container? So cute!!! :D
I swatched the blush on my hand. The first thing that went through my head is it isn't as bright as it is in the container and it looks like a typical color a lot of Korean actresses wear on drama shows... yippie~ Maybe I can have skin like the Korean actresses... lol~ :P

Here's how the blush looks on me. I look nothing like the Korean actresses!... lol~ Them and their perfect skin! I hate my freckles!!!... eek~ :X
They also gave me a free cookie mirror. It's chocolate flavored with a comb inside... wheee~

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Noodles with Kim-chi(Kim-chi guk-su)

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Happy belated Valentine's Day! I hope you had a great day. Even if you're single, you could have celebrated with love ones... hehe~ ;) Also Happy belated Chinese/Lunar New Year!!! I hope you had rice soup (click here for the recipe). It's a Korean tradition to eat this. :D


Speaking of recipe, this is a long waited post... lol~ I haven't made this in awhile, but it's been in my folder for months. :X I think it's time I post this... hehe~ :D

If you need some guidance with the ingredients, you can check my Korean Cooking 101. ;)

Ingredients:
cabbage
cucumbers
kim-chi
noodle (any type that is white and thin)
red pepper paste
sesame sauce
sesame seed
sugar

Step 1:
In a big bowl, cut some cabbage and cucumbers.
It's best to cut kim-chi that is almost bad. The fresh ones doesn't taste as good... hehe~ Cut kim-chi into small pieces and add the juice that is left over on the cutting board.
Boil the noodles like you do spaghetti. It can be any Asian style noodles like udon, somen, and so on. Then drain the noodles and then add it to the big bowl. Add red pepper paste (start with one spoonful and add more when you need it), sesame sauce, sesame seeds, and sugar. Mix!
I top the dish with thin, strip of cucumbers and an egg. :)


I'm going to end this post with looks from the Maybelline EyeStudio palettes. I bought two recently, I guess not that recent more like couple of weeks ago... hehe~ The first one I bought from Target during their sale.
This is how it looks on the outside. It's also a palette I've been wanting since it first came out end of last year (click here to read my post on these palettes).
This one is called Green with Envy. It runs from light brown/tan-ish color to dark green.
Here is the swatch to the eyeshadow palette.
This is what I came up with.
This is the other palette I bought. I bought this from Rite-Aid during their 40% off deal. This one is called Give Me Gold.
Here is the swatch from left to right.
Here's what I came up with.

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream

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I don't remember where I got this, but I believe I signed up for a sample *sigh*... lol~ I guess that's part of having bad memory. :X I've been experimenting with all kinds of moisturizers especially during this winter weather. I really need hydration for my extremely and I mean EXTREMELY dry skin... hehe~
Product Review: Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream

Where can you purchase this: any department store
Price:
$55

Made in France

Information from the website:
* Powerful and targeted early wrinkle control.
* Reinforced and continuous antioxidant defense delivered directly to the skin.
* Radiance boosting action.
* Dermal-epidermal junction repair.
* Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic.


My thoughts: My initial reaction when I received this was excitement, because I know this is a high end product and a lot of people trust this brand. I have never used this brand so I was excited... hehe~ Luckily for me, it hydrated my face which is what I look for in any moisturizer especially this cold winter weather... wheee~ When it comes to targeting my wrinkles, I don't know. I have wrinkles on my forehead, I hate to admit this but it comes from squinting when I watch T.V... lol~ :X I don't think it did anything to those wrinkles... lol~ I have accepted it's a permanent thing... hehe~

Pros:
* It's from a brand people trust.
* It hydrated my face.
* Smells kind of fruity. I love fruity smells!!!
* The moisturizer is light pink or maybe it's the light from my room.
* The sample came in a tube.

Cons:
* Didn't see a difference on my wrinkles.
* The real one comes in a tub I believe.

Would I buy this again? Yes, if I had the money.
Rating: [Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg] 4/5 Tobey's Paws


I've been wanting to post my experience with the Sally Hansen Kwik Off I received from a friend in Canada (click here to read the post on my gift).
I have never seen anything like this here, United States, but who knows since I haven't been searching for it... hehe~ I'm so glad I had an opportunity to try this product. It's such a creative, great invention!... wheee~

What it says on the back is "One little dip'll do you... remove nail colour quickly! Simply insert finger into center of sponge, rotate and remove. Kwik Off's non-bleaching formula contains Vitamin E and natural moisturizers to help prevent nail drying."
When you open the top, you will see a sponge filled with nail polish remover. In the middle of the sponge, there's a "X" where you put your finger inside.
Here's how my finger looks after rotating 45 degree angle. The nail polish I was wearing at the moment was Essie in Mink Muffs (click here to see the nail polish). It removed quite a lot just for 1/4 of the rotation. I should had taken a before picture to compare... hehe~ My bad! :X
Here's how my nails look after I used the Sally Hansen Kwik Off. I say it does a pretty good job!... wheee~

Thank you again friend! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post I received as a sample or a gift. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.
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