Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Look: Sans Eye Makeup

No matter how minimal I go with eye makeup, my eyes need a rest from time to time. My already straight stubborn eyelashes became a bit sparse. That really scares me. The Bobbi Brown gel liner I use for almost every looks is hard to get off completely. And I'm diligent at removing makeup right after I get home. I rarely wear makeup for over 10 hours. Still, constant application and removal of makeup seemed to take a toll on my eyes. So for 10 days, I skipped eyeshadows, mascaras, eyeliners and eyelash curlers. Nothing on my eye lids.

The look. 
To balance the bare eyes, I opted for subtle full brown, very glowy rosy cheeks and bright lips. Time to turn to Prince Charming Edward Bess!! For effortless natural looks, no one does it more elegantly than Edward. 

Here is how.

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation in 108 all over my face in a thin layer
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Mustard under the eyes
YSL Touche Eclat to brighten dull areas under the eyes but not too close to the lash lines
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder to set the concealers
Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso to fill in gaps in the brows
Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Bronzer Daydream under the cheekbones and hairlines
Edward Bess All Over Seduction Afterglow on the high points of the cheeks

Another angle to show you the color. Nars Easy Lover really shines!

Have you tried eye makeup fast? How do you handle the heavy makeup aftermath? 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Blogazons Weekly Roundup 06/23/2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013


The past two months I've assigned myself several projects: 1) hit the bottoms of the containers whatever it is; 2) rotate between eyeshadows, the largest category in my makeup stash, and brands; 3) find a good shower gel; 4) experiment with color eyeliners; and 5) creating a natural bronzed look for everyday. I'm tired of seeing a drawer full of makeup, most of which barely got used and my makeup routine  becomes repetitive and boring. You know when we have to skimp in the morning to get ready. I just choose "safe" products that I know work well together. So I decided to resume my makeup test runs!
How have I done? Well, I emptied Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara, bunch of sample mascaras; Tom's deodorant (unscented version); Korres Rose and Vitamin C moisturizer; EOS lip balm and am on the way to finish Tocca Guilietta perfume and Clarins Ever Matte Foundation. Woo hoo! It takes forever to finish these bottles. Also, I did hit the pan of Burberry eyeshadow Pale Barley in a teeny tiny dot! I mean really tiny :D. It counts, whatever.
The magic word lately "surprisingly" has been bronze. I'm currently obsessed with bronzers. You might remember that I have a thing for bronze eyeshadows too. Hopefully in the next month or so I can create an effortless natural sun-kissed look to share with you guys.

My current favorite shower gels come from Molton Brown. I NEED a trip to Neiman and a bottle or two of this magic brand will come home with me *dreaming*. I'm just so lazy to deal with all the traffic in the mid-town.
I'm also loving The Graham Norton's show. His guests seems to feel like home on his show and hence genuinely have a lot of fun. So does his audience!! Nothing feels forced like the talk shows we have here in the US. You can check out his recent episodes with Man of Steel cast here part 1, part 2, part 3.

Any fun discoveries recently guys? I would love to hear all about your current favorites! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Dolce and Gabbana Shine Lipstick Soiree

The calssic way to wear smokey eyes is to pair them with pale nude lips. I can't do that at all. After many failed attempts to look smolderingly hot but end up looking like lifeless, I settle for one or two shades lighter than my natural lip colors. In that picture, Dolce and Gabbana Shine Lipstick Soiree ($32 for 0.12 oz) fits in my makeup collection perfectly. 

Soiree is a sheer medium rose with golden shimmer. It's lovely, indeed. And I'm not just raving about the color. It stays fresh for 5 hours, which I find pretty good for a sheer formula. My lips feel moisturized and it glides on smooth and easy. It also feels comfortable and weightless, very easy to wear. 

Under direct sunlight
The pigmentation lies between sheer to semi-opaque. I don't expect Soiree to be highly pigmented as it ain't designed to function as that. Yet I'm pleasantly surprised at the color intensity AND it stays put well despite the hydrating formula. The only minor complain I can think of is the shimmer. It could be more delicate. Although the shimmer isn't overdone to the point the it casts a wash of golden frost on the lips (which I hate!), it's a bit large and too predictable.  
A look I did with Soiree. 
Bottom line. An overall cute lipstick to have for everyday or more dramatic eye looks. Given that almost every brand on the market offers the same type of formula and ridiculously diverse color ranges and price points to choose from, Soiree isn't a must-have. I would still highly recommend the Dolce and Gabbana shine lipsticks. 

What's your favorite Dolce and Gabbana makeup products? Have you tried Soiree or any shine lipticks? Do you think they're worth the price?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup 06/16/2013

Happy Father's Day and Sunday everyone! We have a party today and of course I must share my sister bloggers' favorites of this week. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Look: Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2013 with Escapade and Pink Haze

Boo!!! You thought this look would be an interpretation of Tom Ford ad campaign. I'm no Charlotte Tilbury guys. And I want to use Tom Ford products in a wearable fashion that proves that we can all wear sexy edgy Ford's makeup. Since I'm in the full mood for bronzing cheeks, it's the focus of this look. I keep the skin matte and a subtle sheen on the lips to balance out the shimmery eyes. I did apply more cream eyeshadows Escapade and Pink Haze than usual for the sake of the photos. Hope you enjoy! Scroll down till the end for the list of makeup worn. 

 Close-up of the eye makeup. 

 With warmer lighting

Makeup breakdown
Nars Creamy Conealer in Custard
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

Tom Ford eyeshadow quad in Cognac Sable all but the copper shimmer
Bobbi Brown long wear gel liner in Espresso
Dior mascara Extase

EOS lip balm

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Favorite combo: Tom Ford Lipgloss Rose Crush and Chanel Rouge Allure Exquisite

You guys probably remember that I love pink lips. I find them the most flattering and easy to rock. But I don't want a predictable cute sweet pair of pink pouts. I want characters, versatile and shine, and of course pink. Chanel Exquisite is a bit overly sweet for my everyday while Tom Ford Rose Crush adds slightly too much earth to my lips. Since Chanel Exquite is a warm medium pink with golden shimmer, I thought it'd be the perfect base under a rosy nude brown Ford's signature. The results is understated enough for smokey eyes while adding enough oomph for a minimal eyemakeup.

I've been pairing this duo non-stop. Together they last for good 5 hours on top of a lip balm, either EOS or Fresh. Loving them!!!!
Swatched under direct sunlight

On my lips. Please pardon my hair and pimple

What's your current favorite lip combo? 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My Beauty Revolution: Bronzers As Bronzers

Another stereotype about Asians I want to put down: tanning-phobic. Americans have tanning-beds. Asians take whitening bath. But then both are aggressive for our skin. In Asia, whitening makeup and skincare sell like oil and gas and here we have spray tanner and bronzers. It sounds like no-brainer to create sun-kissed (or bronzed) complexion with bronzers. Ultimately, that's why they're called bronzers eh? I just didn't get it. Before you guys call me silly, I must confirm that I'm not afraid of being too pale nor too tan. In fact I really enjoy the tone and depth of my skin color, to the point that I didn't see any reason to warm it up or cool it down. So I used bronzers as blushes :D.

Then I found my perfect foundation match (Clarins Ever Matte, Burberry Sheer Luminous, and Tom Ford Traceless Stick) and realized that my face needed some dimension. The foundations even out my skin tone, which is awesome, yet also flatten my face. Since I'm not up to high-tech contoured cheekbones on a daily basis, faking sheen and bronzed cheeks sounds much easier. Now, I LOVE bronzers, those with satin finish in particular. 

Thanks to a shameful number of hours spent on blogs, tutorials, trials and errors, I finally figured ways to create an over all healthy looking skin. Here are how. 

Warm up my foundations especially for the forehead area. I've found peachy bronze is the most natural looking for this purpose and adding warmth to the high points of my face. Dior Aurora is my all time favorite. 

Add natural glow. I love bronzers with satin finish because my skin isn't completely matte. A matte bronzer doesn't look believable on me. Edward Bess Daydream works like a charm on my the high points of my cheeks. 

Create dimensions for my face. It doesn't necessarily sculpt my bone structures although we could use bronzers to contour the face for sure. Instead, I apply bronzers on to the areas where the sun naturally hits the face, i.e. forehead, sides of nose, apples of cheeks, and high-points of cheeks. Nars Laguna is a classic. For a total bronzed look, I love to layer Tom Ford blush in Savage on the apples of my cheeks on top of bronzers. This gorgeous red-tinted brown creates my natural redness when I got tanned.

I finally GOT IT.

Do you use bronzers at all? What are your favorites? And how do you use them? 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup 06/02/2013

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