Monday, March 28, 2011

MAC WONDER WOMAN COLLECTION

I wasn't so excited about Wonder Woman Collection when I first saw it. I guess it was because I'm into eye colours, whereas this collection doesn't have any interesting eye shadows. The only eye shadows they have is the palettes, which I found the colours are too boring.



But yet, I ended up purchasing, initially, 2 items. Then I went back and got 1 more. A couple of days later I went back again to get another one. Well, that was more than enough for a collection I wasn't really interested in. As you can see, the packaging is tacky, the material looks cheap, and basically they look more a toys not high-end makeup (but I suppose that's what MAC is trying to make this collection looks like a "toy" as for Wonder Woman, the comic).


The first 2 items I bought was a Mineralize Skinfinish in Golden Lariat and a Duo Powder Blush in Mighty Aphrodite. It was Tuesday when I went to MAC counter, I was browsing around for a while but couldn't find anything I really want. A familiar face MA at the counter asked me what I was looking for & I replied "I want something colourful". She looked around a couple of times then said to me "Wonder Woman will released on Friday but I can sell them to you today if you want. But don't tell anyone, ok?". Who would say no?


She opened the whole drawer full of Wonder Woman collection, and that's what made me got all excited about this collection. I told her I wanted a Duo Blush & maybe a Mineralize Skinfinish. She was super nice & actually went back inside to the store room and got me a few testers to try on. And yeah, that's how I got my 1st two items. 

 in natural light                                                                                        with flash

I was already felt in love with the Duo Blush especially Mighty Aphrodite. It has a peachy pink colour & a bright deep pink. I haven't got anything like these colours yet. So I knew that if I'm going to buy on thing from this collection it would be this blush.  

in natural right                                                                                        with flash

Mighty Aphrodite is  a gorgeous, gorgeous peachy/coral pink blush. When I swatched it at the counter it appeared very light, but when I applied it on my cheeks. It looked very sheer, but yet buildable. I like to use just the lighter shade. When I swirl the brush around, it can give a little deeper colour for a more intense look. 

in natural light                                                                                             with flash

In the photos above: on the left is the colour is when I swirl 2 shades together, in the middle is the lighter shade & on the right is the darker shade. 


                 in natural light                               Golden Lariat                              with flash                       

I liked the super-size packaging for the Mineralize Skinfinishes in this collection. I couldn't decide which Mineralize Skinfinish I wanted. They both looked so pretty when I first saw them. But then I thought, Pink Power looked a little too light for my liking, so I chose Golden Lariat. The MA applied it on my face. It looked really nice & matched well with my skin tone. Golden Lariat has a deep golden/bronzy and a little bit of coral in it.

My face with Golden Lariat

The MA used the darkest shade to contours my face & to deepened my crease & the outer v. Then she applied the lighter one on my cheeks, and used the lightest shade as a highlighter on my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose and on my forehead. The MA told me the three colours are to used as a contour (darkest shade), as a blush (the lighter shade), and as a highlighter (the lightest shade). Not bad at all, one item as three products. 

Mineralize Skinfinish in Pink Power (with flash)

I went back a week later and bought Pink Powder. It actually looks really nice on me too :) That's a plus when you have a medium skin tone cos it goes with most shades. Pink Power has a very lovely highlight colour, a beautiful champagne with lots of shimmer. I've found myself using this colour a lot lately. The darkest shade is a tad darker than my skin tone but I would use it as an all-over face powder when I want to add more colour to my face which tends to get lighter in winter. Also, I can use this shade as a contour when applying more layers. I like to apply the the blush colour over a matte blush, it gives a little bit of light to my face.

in natural light
with flash

The last item I bought was a lipstick in Marquise d', a pinky nude with gold shimmers. It don't normally pick a pink nude lipstick as they don't match my skin very well. But Marquise d' is a very pretty nude lipstick. I tried it on and was in love with it instantly. I think the gold shimmers make it looks warmer. Also, it's not an opaque lipstick so it doesn't make me look wash out or dead. 

with flash
in natural light

A couple of days after I bought the lipstick, I went back to MAC counter to get a backup but they were sold out at both stores in my area. I called the other store (about 20 minutes drive from where I live), but sold out as well. What a shame! I could have thought about it earlier. Hopefully, MAC will relaunch Marquise d' with any of their new collections in the near future.



Friday, March 25, 2011

MISSHA GOODIES

This purchase was from my visit to Missha Takapuna a couple of weeks ago. I picked up 3 items. Actually, I wanted 4, but it was kind of a little over my weekly budget for makeup/beauty. I didn't get a moisturizer that Lauren (the therapist) recommended. I'm just into makeup more than skincare. So, it came down to these 3 things.


I bought an Under Eye Brightener, a Cover Master Foundation, and a Gel Liner. All of these, and I got a FREE full size B.B Cream. Is that amazing? I don't think this offer is on anymore. Maybe they just realized that it was too good to give away a free size item for every small purchase of NZ$50.


The Eye Brightener is the cheapest one out of the bunch. A tiny damage at NZ$13.50. They come in 2 shades. I've got a darker one. The other one was too pale for me..


It comes in a tiny little tube. As I only need a little at a time, so I think this would last me quite a while. It has an application like most of concealers have. I would prefer it with a pump or a squeezy tube. I think it's more sanitize that way. However, I don't mind the application it comes with.


Like most (I think probably all) Missha products, once you throw out the box all the descriptions are in Korean. So if you're someone who has very sensitive skin or someone who gets skin reaction/allergy easily, reading the package thoroughly or keeping the package for further reference.


I've tried using the product as a concealer, but I think the coverage isn't good enough. However, it does a really good job as a brightener. Well, that's what the product's called anyway.

with flash

I like to use it over my Bobbi Brown Corrector (in Peach), or any peachy/orangey concealer you have. The corrector will neutralize the dark under eyes, while the brightener catches the light and make my under eyes appear brighter. My idea for concealing my dark under eye circles is to make it "brighter" not "lighter". By making the under eye areas light, it will create, what they call "a reverse under eye circle". What it means is that you wil have a white circle around your eyes instead of a dark circle. Looks funny, you know it. So, remember this, "Brighter" NOT "Whiter". Got it? Great!

in natural light

I also picked up a Gel Eye Liner in Dark Gray. I like the packaging for this product. It makes the item looks more expensive than what it actually is. I got this for NZ$27.50, a really great price for the quality.


It also comes with a mini liner brush. I thought it wouldn't be any good, but it does work very well especially for creating a winged/cat eye look. It has a very dense & soft brush with a flat U shape at the tip, which makes it very easy to make a precise line when winging out. However, it can be quite sharp at certain angles. So, be careful when using this brush cos it might hurt your eyes. Yeah, it happened to me the 1st time I used it. But I've learned & now I can perfect my liner using this product :)


If compare Missha Gel Liner with MAC Fluidline, I would say MAC is wetter. While Missha has a thick & creamier texture. I like them both.


Missha Gel Eye Liner, for me, is a long wearing liner. I think it's as good as Revlon ColorStay Eye Liner. It lasts me all day without any fading or smudging. I also like that I can build up the colour on my lash lines when using this gel liner. It will look softer when I applied with a light stroke. If I applied two or more layers, it will give a darker & more intense colour.

in natural light

I think if you're new to gel liner, this would be good for you. As it's very easy to apply & comes with a brush, so you don't need to spend more bucks to get a new brush. They come in 5 colours; Black Pearl, Dark Brown, Dark Gray, Khaki Pearl & Black (which is a dollar less).

with flash

Last item is a M Covermaster Skin Cover. It's a cream foundation. I've got it in No. 23 (Chic Beige). It's the darker shade out of the two. I actually wanted a B.B Balm but they didn't have it in stock.


I don't know why Korean foundations always come in only 1 or 2 shades. What if you're darker? It would be suck living in Korea & has a skin colour that doesn't match the very limited shades of foundation.


There's nothing fancy about the packaging of this product. Just a normal round compact with a mirror inside. It also comes with a round sponge which I won't use anyway. 



I like the look of the clear inner plastic cover. However, it's a little bit of a pain that it opens to the side instead of flipping towards the mirror on the top. Every time, I have to move the sponge & place it over the mirror before I can open the clear plastic.


Other foundation compacts often design for you to flip the inner cover together with the sponge. I hope you know what I'm trying to explain here. Anyway, that was a minor downside which may not bother lots of people. But because I'm a miss picky (yes, I spell it right, "picky" not "piggy" HAHAHA) & I like to complain about things. It's not a big deal, really.


This foundation has a soft scent. I think it smells like baby products. The cream is smooth & soft. I applied it with my Sigma Round Top Kabuki Brush & I think it works perfectly well together. 

with flash

When I first put it on my face, it made my skin look very pale. But it's kind of oxidized after a few minutes, and it matches my skin nicely. (FYI: I'm a MAC NC30) The coverage is light to medium. I still have to use a concealer to cover those more noticeable imperfections. The product feels light on my skin. I set the foundation with a Australis Translucent Finishing Powder. It lasts me for a good 6 hours without any touch up. I'm not sure if it was a good setting powder or a good foundation. But all in all, it doesn't matter as long as they stay on my face.. I think they both are good products.


For the application, I dabbed the brush lightly into the product (I always make sure the brush is clear). Then, tapping the brush around the area of my face that I want to work with, section by section. Once I tap the foundation on my face, I stroke the brush downwards, then swirl the brush around in small circular motion to buff it out. I wait a while for the product to sink into my skin. Then I use my fingers & press gently on my face. I feel that by doing so, it helps warm the product and will make it look smoother on my skin.


All of these 3 items, plus a free B.B cream. I think this is a really good buy. I'm happy with all the products I bought that day. It was money well spend.

Free BB Cream

Until next time....Take care :)




Friday, March 18, 2011

DARK SHAMROCK EYES (For St. Patrick's Day)

St. Patrick's Day for me means load of people on the street, drinking (Guinness of course), shouting and basically having a good time. Well, this morning on the way to work, I saw a group of male office workers hanging around in front of an Irish Pub....having GUINNESS!! Oh Lord! Guinness at 8.30 in the morning, I have no idea how their days is going to end up like LOL!


This year I want to do something different. I put on a green eye look to be part of St. Patrick's Day celebration. Actually, I wanted to be more colourful & bright, but it wouldn't be appropriate for work. So I decided to use darker shades of green. Nothing fancy, just a simple eye look.....


FACE:
- Thlos Rice Milk Moisturizer
- Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
- e.l.f. Studio Concealer Pen & Brush in Light (I applied this concealer over the big red volcano on my forehead. As this concealer has Salicylic Acid as an active ingredient so it will help treat the acne)
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Tawny
- Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach (In case you want to know. This is what "peach" in "P PEACH" comes from)
- Missha Under Eye Brightener in Natural Beige
- MAC Pressed Powder in NC30

MAC Intriguing Scarlet: 6 Warm Eyes

Cool Eye Palette

EYES:
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- MAC Intriguing Scarlet (1) All Over my lid
- MAC Intriguing Scarlet (3) On the outer part of the lids
- Cool Eye Palette (5) At the inner corner of my eyes, about 1/4 of the lid, on top of MAC (1)
- Cool Eye Palette (6) To deepen my crease & define the Outer V
- MAC Intriguing Scarlet (2) To blend out the colours together & soften any harsh lines
- MAC Intriguing Scarlet (4) Under my brow bones, and I like to blend the brow bone colour downwards along the side of my nose and to the inner tear duct
- Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Brown Black
- Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Charcoal 
- Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Pink Power


CONTOUR & CHEEKS: 
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Pink Power (2) I used the dark shade as a contour on my cheek bones, my nose, my temples, and along my jaw lines. 
- MAC Pink Power (1) I applied this colour on the apple of my cheeks & blend out toward to temple.
- MAC Pink Power (3) I used this as a highlight over my cheeks, on the bridge of my nose, and over the brow bones.


LIPS:
- MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture
- Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Blush
- MAC Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait (This is my most favourite MAC lipglass)



Here's the finish look. Hope you like it :)



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TURORIAL: AMETHYST SMOKEY EYES

I haven't worn purple for a while so today I decided to create this smokey purple look. This look was actually inspired by one of my high school friends in Bangkok. She used her Bobbi Brown's Peony & Python Palette on her the other day. As I don't have the palette so I just used whatever I have. Hoping it would be a substitute :) This look is super easy to do. Done in 10 minutes!

with flash

Here's a list of what I used.....

FACE:
Thlos Rice Milk Moisturizer
iqqu Advance Sunscreen SPF35 UVA/UVB (It was a very sunny day so this is a MUST)
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15 (I've got this in a sample jar from Mecca Cosmetica & I'm loving it)
Missha M Cover Master Foundation No.23
- Maybelline Age Rewind Double Face Perfector in Medium (I used this to cover the dark spots
- Missha Under Eye Brightener in Natural Beige
- MAC Studio Fix NC30 (I used this to set my face & for an extra coverage)

Maybelline Stylish Smokes in Amethyst Smokes

EYES:
- e.l.f. Eye Lid Primer
- Amethyst Smokes (1) (All over my lids)
- Amethyst Smokes (2) (Outer part of my lids & deepen the colour on the outer V & in the crease. And, to smudge on my lower lash lines, about 2/3 way in from the outer corner)
- Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Malted (I used this as a transition colour)
- Amethyst Smokes (3) (As a highlight under my brow bones & the inner corner of my eyes)
- Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown
- Missha Gel Eyeliner in Dark Gray (I used this colour instead of black as I don't want my eyes to look to intense. I lined both upper & lower lash lines, and tight lined. Then smudge it out for for a softer look)
- Maybelline Full 'N Soft Waterproof Mascara in Soft Black

CONTOUR & CHEEKS:
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark (To contour my cheekbones, under my chin, on my temples and the bridge of my nose)
- MAC Power Blush in Mighty Aphrodite from Wonder Woman Collection (I swirled the colours together & apply on the apple of my cheeks)
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Pink Power also from Wonder Woman (I put the pink colour over the blush & used the highlighter shade on top of my ckeekbones & over my brow)

LIPS:
- MAC Lustre Lipstick in Marquise d' (Applied all over my lips)

in natural light

in natural light


 ~~ FIN ~~


P/S - Next tutorial will be a green look for St. Patrick's Day :)