Tuesday, February 24, 2009

upcoming blog posts

So, I have neglected my blog for a bit, due to some drama going on in my life.

But, I definetely wanna post again soon.

But can't figure out what.

Any ideas guys?

Collection posts?
Most used products?

Lemme know

Friday, February 13, 2009

Initial Review | Revlon Colorstay Foundation

I have recently bought the Revlon Colorstay foundation for oily/combination skin in 150 Buff (which is an equivalent to NC20 - NC25). I thought I'd share with you my initial thoughts.

I may post an update in a couple of weeks.

Application: 4 out of 5 - Dries fast, so you have to work fast.
Packaging: 3 out of 5 - Comes in a glass bottle. The bottle doesn't have a pump, so be careful not to waste too much product and create a huge mess.
Colour Selection: 4 out of 5 - from what I checked
Coverage: 4 out of 5 - Medium - Medium Full Coverage
Texture: 5 out of 5 - Smooth, doesn't feel cakey and you can't feel the foundation at all. A big plus!
Staying power: 4 out of 5 - around 10 hrs, t-zone needs touch up after about 3 hours, even with a primer and finishing powder
Price: 5 out of 5 - around $ 10 to $ 14 - not bad at all

Will I buy this foundation again? Probably not, as I noticed some breaking out.

So, this is the 3rd time I am using this foundation. I am using the formula for oily/comb skin and I noticed that even though I have normal skin with an oily T-zone, this foundation doesn't stay put on my nose. I get sort of "patchy" parts where the foundation wears off. I always use a finishing powder on top, but it doesn't seem to help. Also, I am using a mineral finishing powder and I am not sure if the two go together. I will have to try with a different kind of powder on top.

Another thing I noticed is that I have been getting small zits on my nose and cheeks, which I usually don't get!! I am not sure if it's got something to do with the foundation or some other factors. I will need to observe this for a few weeks and then let you know.

Bottom line: If you have sensitive skin and your skin tends to break out from liquid foundations you might have to be wary, as this foundation too could break you out.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Primer - Monistat Anti-Chafing stuffs
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20
Revlon Colorstay in 150 Buff for Oily/Comb Skin
Everyday Minerals Start to Finish Sunlight (finishing powder)
Everyday Minerals Salon Fun pressed powder

MAC Prep and Prime Eye Base
Everyday Minerals Diary eyeshadow
Urban Decay Deluxe Zero in the outer V and Crease
L'OREAL Double Extension waterproof mascara in black
MAC Fluidline Blacktrack

Swatches - loose eyeshadow

loose eyeshadows I have - No base used

Coastal Scents Mineral Eye Shadows
Barry M Dazzle Dusts
NYX Pearl eyeshadows

Everyday Minerals eye shadows - no base used

Mac Order

I finally placed my MAC Order. Even tho it'll take over a month till I get my goodies, I am hella excited!

I ordered:
- 217
- 239
- 116
- 180 (it's in stock everyone, you just have to call their number!!)
- Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC30
I was also gonna order the 109, but it was outta stock! Bummer.

For all of you who have tried the MAC Studio Sculpt foundation, how do you apply it? I have the 187, will that work? Has anyone tried applying it with the 180?
Lemme know!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

miny haul and face of the night

So, I finally got myself a decent liquid foundation.

Revlon Colorstay in 150 Buff and a light pink Nailpolish. :)

And here's my Face of the Nite

Products used:

Primer - Monistat Anti-Chafing stuffs
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20
Revlon Colorstay in 150 Buff for Oily/Comb Skin
Everyday Minerals Start to Finish Sunlight (finishing powder)
Everyday Minerals Best Friends pressed powder

MAC Prep and Prime Eye Base
Everyday Minerals In the Garden eyeshadow
Urban Decay Deluxe Zero in the outer V and Crease
L'OREAL Double Extension waterproof mascara in black

Rimmel Asia Lipstick

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

upcoming bday haul - MAC & Ben Nye

So my boyfriend will be going to the States next month and will bring back some bday goodies that I'll be getting myself and that he'll be getting me. :)
So, I won't actually be receiving any products until end of March.

• Planned MAC haul:
180 - great for liquid foundation - Kim Kardashian's favorite brush
188 - duo fiber brush for mineral and non mineral blush alike
217 - great blending brush
239 - great shader brush
Studio Sculpt SPF15 Foundation in NC30 - I heard that the foundation is running slightly lighter than the SFF, so since I am somewhere between NC25 and NC30 in SFF I thought that NC30 will be just perfect for me. This is a new gel-based MAC foundation and it's supposed to be a great lightweight foundation that provides Medium to buildable coverage. I am only using EDMs foundations for now, because they're light and don't break me out. But I am getting slightly sick and tired of all my blushes turning orangy as the day goes on. I assume, this is because of the yellow undertone in my Olive Light - Beige Neutral - Buff Linen custom foundation mix.
I did intend on buying a few eyeshadows as well, but I can't bare spending 50 USD on like 3 eyeshadows. That being said, I think I'll pass on the MAC eyeshadows and blushes. Instead I'll be getting me some:

• Ben Nye:
Ben Nye is a theatrical Make-up company that not only has Stage make-up (think clowns and crazy masks), but also offer a range of "regular" make-up products, that are highly pigmented and well priced because its main use is for actors. They have eyeshadows, blushes, foundations, eyeliners, setting powders and sealers. So, for an eyeshadow you're basically paying half the price that you would be paying for a MAC eyeshadow, but get at least the same quality, better color payoff and smooth application. From what I have heard and seen, it definetely compares to High-End make-up quality for the fraction of the price. And hell, if I can save a buck, why not. Not too hung up on just getting High-End products that deliver too little for the money I spend.

I am planning on getting quite a bit of eyeshadows and blushes. I am really looking forward to this order!!!

So my wishlist looks a little something like this:

Lumiere Grand Colour (ESP Refills) - Price $6.00/ each

• Iced Gold
• Bronze
• Jade
• Amethyst
• Indian Copper

Pearl Sheen Eye Accents - Price $6.00/ each

• Walnut
• Turquoise

Pressed Eye Shadow Refills (ESP Refills) - Price $6.00/ each

• Vanilla
• Misty Lilac
• Mauvy
• Mocha

Pro Cake Eye Liners in black - Price $8.00/ each

Eye Brow Pencils in Medium Brown or Taupe - Price $4.50/ each

Powder Cheek Rouges - Price $7.00/ each or $6.00 for the ESP Refills

• Raspberry (Refill)
• Fuchsia (Refill)
• Misty Pink (Refill)
• Cool Pink (Refill)
• Pink Blush (Refill)
• Dusty Pink
• Nectar Peach
• Golden Amber
• Contour No. 1

3.0oz - 3.5oz Shaker Bottles - Neutral Set Powder $7.00

Final Seal (Matte Makeup Sealer) 2oz Spray $7.00

Brush Cleaner 8oz Bottle $15.00

You can buy Ben Nye in theatre supply and costume stores or order the products online from various websites, most of which ship internationally as well.
I am planning on ordering from: http://www.stagemakeuponline.com/

Once I get my goodies in, I will definetely write an in depth review and post pictures of swatches. Hopefully by then, I will have mastered the art of taking pictures of swatches. ;)

Monday, February 9, 2009

edm blushes - review and swatches

After hearing about Mineral Makeup and the hype about everyday minerals, I decided to order a few Kits from them (you get to pick 12 full size items for $50, for those of you who haven't heard about everyday minerals yet).
I ordered a few brushes, foundations, concealers, eyeshadows and blushes. The great thing is you can order a free sample kit too. They basically let you choose 3 sample size foundations, 1 blush and 1 concealer.

Check out the website to see all the products and kits they offer: www.everydayminerals.com.

The blushes are super pigmented and a little bit goes a really long way. It's best to use a duo fiber stippling brush, like the MAC 188 - just to make sure you won't look like a clown. Most blushes are in powder form and only a few are in pressed powder form. One of the great things about this blush is that it will stay on all day without having to touch up.

Generally speaking they're great for sensitive skin because they don't contain any chemical ingredients, nor talc or bismuth oxychloride.

These are the blushes I have and I have to say my absolute favorite out of the bunch is best friends. It's a light rosy mauve colour.

(bottom three in pressed powder form: salon fun, corner office and best friends)

So here's the first batch of swatches as promised. I have to figure out how to get better lighting. So please excuse the quality of the pictures.

with flash on my NC25-NC30 skin: game show, cookie sheet, once & again, morning cup (, apple)

without flash:

I think i figured out a way to take better pics. Let me know how you like it:
both pics with flash

Edit: I totally forgot about Pink Ribbon! It's a pretty pretty shimmery light pink colour. I really adore this blush actually. And the profits go to breast cancer research. :)

an introduction

So, after getting way overwhelmed with my new passion for make-up and hours after hours spent on youtube, dollars spent on cosmetics and a fed-up boyfriend who just can't listen to my girly talk anymore, I decided that I need a platform to share my passion with the rest of the world. :)
So welcome to my blog. Stay tuned for reviews, hauls, swatches and FOTDs.
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