Monday, January 30, 2012

Review + Swatches: Urban Decay Loose Pigments

Urban Decay Loose Pigments in

HauteLook tends to sell these the cheapest at around $2-5 when a Urban Decay sale ever emerges. Otherwise at Urban Decay online site, in stores (Sephora & Ulta) might still carry these at retail prices ($20), not sure if they were phased out...

In terms of product, it's similar to MAC Pigments although for price and product, MAC is much cheaper and contains more product than the UDLPs.

Shag is a champagne shade, a golden pink mixture with a metallic finish.
Smog is a golden, copper metallic shade - when blended the shade has a dirty brown undertone.
Rockstar is a very dark purple with purple reflect shimmer.
Goddess is a black shade with reflected shimmer.

Well, I got these through my friend who bought them on the HauteLook sale and said she wasn't able to work with them. I happily snatched them away, hella *yoinked*.
I love the outer packaging, I think it's really cute, my favorite thing about Urban Decay but it is very impractical. Not a fan of the small opening and the brush accompanying (photo below) it as it's a bit challenging to get pigment out w/out creating a mess. I always get a mess. The best way to use this is getting a petri-dish and tapping a small amount out.

Shag Loose Pigment

It's very pigmented and the ones I own worked well dry or wet (mixing mediums, water, etc.) Although Smog was a disappointment as it looked to be more golden in the container, blended it came out a dookie brown. Yes, dookie brown. But it maintained some of that golden copper so I'd probably advise to just pat on desired location and blend where you want darken.

Rockstar & Goddess maintained their shimmer reflects when blended so that was lovely.

RECOMMENDATIONSIf you're able to get a hold of these on a HauteLook Urban Decay sale, I'd definitely snag them up if you never tried them. My personal recommendation shade is Rockstar because of the darkened purple and maintaining it's shimmer when blended plus also Shag for those who are into neutrals shades as it's pretty to use anywhere on the lid. Otherwise for full retail price, I'd skip and opt for MAC or mineral pigment sellers.


Shag, Smog, Goddess, Rockstar - Dry

What are you thoughts on the Loose Pigments - any favorites or rants?


Friday, January 27, 2012

Haul: GoFavor, Forever21 + Charlotte Russe Jewerly

Here is my small collective haul from the past two months of jewelry. Or JOORY as I like to say.

I saw the replica of House of Harlow necklace in Rai's blog (redirected link to Glam Morena) and said HELL YEAH I'm getting that cheap knock-off, psh what I look like? (besides a cheap person). And saw that she got them off GoFavor.

Anyways, for the most part the website didn't have many selections I personally liked, otherwise I would definitely would have hoarded a lot more than what's seen. Best thing besides the jewerly being cheap is that they offer free shipping with purchase of $15 or more. Shipping took about less than 2 weeks through China Post, fairly quick. Smell was a bit questionable but soon went away after airing it out.

I loved what I got, though. Mind you the 3-finger pyramid ring is not size adjustable nor does it give different size options. I normally wear size 8 in rings and these fit fine in all 4 fingers (minus thumb). And the necklace is a bit on the flimsy side, feels plastic as oppose to the good-quality Joory from Forever21 (joke!). Anyways, can't complain much because they're hella cheap.

Geomtric Bib Necklace at $7.99 - Shop Here
Pyramid Three-Finger Ring at $3.99 - Shop Here
Pyramid Stud Earrings - $0.99/50% off - Shop Here

Charlotte always has a buy 2 for $10 jewelry sale - prices have to be between $5-6 to count.
I purchased the necklace last month (December) and it was still available at my location when I went back this past week. I really like the gunmental shade in Joory as just oppose to silver and gold, adds a bit of edge I suppose.

I actually bought a lot more Joory late last year that I never posted but it wouldn't be worth mentioning because those items are long gone and out of stock. These two I got this past week.

I'm really into chained bracelets as they're easy to throw on but looks like a lot of bling-blang is going in this pimp wrist of mine. I found the orange chain randomly scattered (oh forever, how you bring nightmares to OCD neat freaks) and the necklace on a small display. The teal necklace is simple and colorful - but can be worn with almost anything casual. The perfect spring accessory without over doing it.

Emerald Heart Necklace - $4.80 Shop Here

You guys know any other similar JOORY stores/online sites that sales items on the cheap?


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Haul + Swatches: Milani Cosmetics CVS 75% Off Sale

Milani HD Advance Concealer in #02, #03, #04
Milani Minerals Compact Makeup in #105 Honey Beige
Milani Powder Bronzer #02 Medium
Milani Mineral Blush with Brush in #201 Luminous & #203 Mai-Tai

Sale is currently ongoing for this week at your local CVS.
75% OFF only includes these items (redirect to NouveauCheap) and just an FYI, at my locations the 75% OFF wasn't displayed but when taken to the price-checker, it showed the discount.

Overall I spent $15 dollars with tax on these items. I saved around $48! Crazy!

HD Advance Concealer Click, Cover, Correct & Protect Face & Eyes
#02 works well to conceal dark undereye circles because of the pale pink shade that it is, I noticed on myself when swatched - it probably wouldn't serve a great purpose to those of fair skin to even overall skin off but definitely works to hide blemishes for up to caramel skintones.
#03 also works well to conceal dark undereye circles and hide blemishes due to it's salmon color. Reminds me of my Bobbi Brown Color Corrector concealer.
#04 is more on the yellow undertone and works well on olive, tan to medium dark skintones for blemishes and highlighting or having an effect of awakening the eyes. Looks good used to clean around the brows for definition.

Milani Minerals Compact Makeup
Yet to be reviewed.

Milani Powder Bronzer
#02 Medium is a brown with a bit reddish undertone shade (closes to MAC's Brown Script eyeshadow) with a slight shimmer but almost velvet like texture. Fairly soft and easy to work with and very pigmented. I'm excited to really use this product but be careful with heavy hand!

Milani Mineral Blush with Brush
#201 Luminous I was reading how this is a dupe for NARS Orgasm blush and I have to say it looks very similar but I can't agree as I don't own Orgasm. It has shimmery-sheen with a golden undertone, very pretty for everyday usage.
#203 Mai-Tai is like a burnt, coppery red. I have nothing like this shade in my collection which it all more appreciated. Both blushes swatched very easily and great pigmentation (about two layers applied each).

Swatches are at the bottom of the post.

So thanks to the bloggersphere beauty community whispers, there is a Milani 75% OFF sale I could not skip. I'm really excited to further try the brand without braking the bank because Milani in general is a pretty pricey drugstore brand I never really spurlged on.

I am loving the blushes, bronzers, concea--shoot, everything! I definitely want to go back and get the other 2 mineral blushes that were sold out, and in my opinion - I prefer them a lot more to the Baked Mineral blushes. Also want to get extra of HD Concealers as I feel they are everything right now.

I highly recommend any of the blushes and concealer pens. The bronzer is really nice too and very easy to work with blending-wise. The concealer pens are in my opinion more for women of color that are of olive, tan, caramel complexion. Any lighter or darker is probably not as suitable

I wanted to compare actual packaging of Milani HD Advance Concealer to YSL Touche Eclat Concealer. Similar beautiful, gold casing and both are click pens and offer the benefit as acting as a highlighting concealer.

Consistency is similar although I do not have swatches on those (sorry) - Milani is a great alternative to the pricey YSL product.


1. Medium Bronzer 2. Luminous Blush 3. Mai-Tai Blush

1. #02 2. #03 3.#04 HD Advance Concealer

Were you able to get this amazing CVS deal? Any Milani favorites or dislikes?


Monday, January 09, 2012

Your Best Face Foward - Interview Beauty Tips

Let me tell you, the process of finding a job is daunting and then you get that break - a job interview! Realization sets in... a job... interview. A. JOB. INTERVIEW! *gulps* Panic mode sends you to rehash answers to potential interview questions, brushed your teeth several times, checked your wardrobe for any unflattering creases (or that questionable stain), slap on that chapstick, grab your briefcase and then you're on your way... wait, only chapstick?

Oh yes, makeup! One thing that can be overlooked because, well, they shouldn't be judging a book by it's cover - and the only cover they should care is your Cover Letter, right? Well... yes, but remember these interviewers are going by what it is heard and seen. It is important to bring out your best qualities in all different aspects, if you're unsure what to do - I am here with a few beauty tips and tutorial on bringing out the best you, beauty wise!

I created a basic go-to look that can be made up depending on your job title you're seeking for. Follow the photo-diagram tutorial and it's corresponding text for further instructions!

First, let's start with face!

  • 1. Use a concealer a bit lighter than your skin tone to hide dark circles and make you look a bit awake! Budge resistant is best for those who have creases & lines around the eyes.
  • 2. Blend concealer down the bridge of your nose and outward.
  • 3. Apply a matte foundation of choice to even out entire complexion. Matte foundations reduces shine and oily skin. Match best to your natural skin tone.
  • 4. Buff foundation well into your hairline, towards your ears and down past your neck. You want to blend the foundation in the areas surrounding your face for a natural transition, especially if foundation is darker/lighter than your neck and ears. Buffing also reduces the "cakey" appearance of foundation creating a more natural appearance.
  • 5. Hide blemishes with a color corrector concealer. Salmon/Peach shades counteract with dark blemishes. Green shades for red bumps and pimples.
  • 6. Buff on a peach or light pink warm blush to the apple of your cheeks. This color creates a natural flush to your skin tone and appears more youthful without looking harsh.
  • 7. A highlighter blush helps create a natural glow to your skin, apply on top of the apple of your cheeks. Adding this is optional.
  • 8. Use a translucent blot powder or foundation powder, buff around your face to minimize any oily zone. This also helps sets your whole foundation and concealer and to prevent any "melt off".

Onto the eyes...

  • 9. Brows define your face! Fill in your brows with a shade closes to the natural hairs. Powder, pencil, cream - whichever preference, apply and fill in any gaps or shape the brows. Keep from going too harsh from applying a lot of product, you want to enhance your brows - not scare people away!
  • 10. Cleaning eyebrows using concealer means to define them more and help reduce the appearance of sparse hair. This is optional.
  • 11. Set with a brow gel, colored or clear. This prevents from the hairs moving out of place or adding a bit of color and definition.
  • 12. Apply a nude MATTE eyeshadow that matches your skin tone or is a bit lighter/darker all throughout your eyelid. This gives you a bit of color but without putting all the focus on your makeup! Refrain from shimmery eyeshadows as they're a bit too distracting. Remember, we want to look our best natural-self!
  • 13. Add a matte creme highlight eyeshadow right below your brow bone, blend well.
  • 14. Add a pale champagne-like eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eyes. This can be a bit shimmery or of matte texture. This helps brighten up your whole eye and opens them more.
  • 15. Add your eyeliner of choice, you may or may not wing out the outer corner - it's your preference. Keep the liner thin enough and not too dramatic.
  • 16. Funny face on! Curl your lashes and add mascara of choice. Be careful not to go overboard with mascara and create those dreaded spider lashes. A few coats and curl to open up your eyes and you're set!
Those puckers...

  • 17. Apply a nude lip liner all over your lips. This helps add a bit of color and also makes your lipstick stay put.
  • 18. Lastly, add lipstick of choice. Nude shades with a slight pink undertone is best. Or a shade closes to your natural lip color. Refrain from applying a lot of shiny gloss as it's too distracting. If you're not fan of lipstick, then yes - you can just apply your chap stick!
  • Moisturize well and make sure your lips aren't chapped. Even worse, make sure there's no lipstick stain in your teeth by blotting your lips with a tissue and adding a bit of translucent powder on top to prevent feathering or stains.

A small HAIRY tip...

Definitely no good. For hair, keep it simple!
If it's down, make sure hair is away from your face (you must show off that gorgeous mug of yours!) by pinning back bangs, adding a simple twist and/or you can slightly curl the ends or create natural waves. You can also simply tie it all back into a ponytail. A ponytail is best for most interviews as it appears more professional and clean. Unless it's MTV and you're Snooki, teasing and backcombing should be done at a minimal.


+Set your skin with moisturizing and primer prior doing makeup.Skin moisturizers keep your face from peeling or dulling out. Face primers help smooth out any skin imperfections while also help make foundation last longer.

+Remember to research the company you'll be interviewing for. There may be specifications in appearance as how the company would like to be represented. For example, I work in the healthcare field - to my knowledge, most hospitals and private offices prefer a fresh clean image (as the one I showed), less is definitely better so hold off on that red lipstick you love! While a more creative environment such as beauty or fashion careers - your makeup has more room to get bold. Colorful eyeshadows, bright lip colors - whatever your choice, make sure to keep it polished and complimentary to your facial features.

+Nail polish. Nude, beige, cream, clear, french manicures are all best options for overall options. Refrain from designs and glitter in any profession. A simple shade or none at all is best and less distracting. If wearing none at all, make sure your nails are clean and well manicured. If wearing acrylics, keep the length short.

And you're set! Time for your job interview hunt and remember - never let a job define you, let you define that job! Good luck and many wishes. Hopefully you get that great news you've been wanting to hear...

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

FOTD: Um... Happy New Year?

Haha. Yes, really late with this - apologies!
Hope all my fellow bloggers and followers had a good time into the New Year

Sorry I didn't take many photos (or good ones, actually) for I was rushing to leave and pig out on nom-nom-nominess...

I went for the typical glitter look as my NYE2012 FOTD. The lipstick layers and such was much darker in person which created a vampy look. Reminded me of all the Christmas looks I saw being shared on YT. But for my attire, it was an appropriate combo.

I shall slowly start revamping my blog -- redid my banner, not too thrill but meh, what can ya do? Otherwise excuse any broken links or different placement on my site in advance.

Pure Luxe Alloy p/m (lid)
MAC Tete-a-Tint (crease)
MAC Brown Script (deepen crease/lower lash)
Sketch (outer v/lower lash)
Urban Decay Arena Heavy Metal Glitter (lid/on top of alloy)
MAC Reflects Bronze Glitter (lid dusted)
Charlotte Russe Glitter Liner (winged)
Eyeko Pen Liner
Ardell Lashes
Stila Topaz (waterline)
Wet N Wild Brown Pencil
Coastal Scents Concealer (brows)

Rimmel Clean Finish Foundation
Revlon Colorstay Concealer
MAC Raisin Blush
MAC Lightscapade MSF

NYX Deep Plum l/l
WNW 908C l/s
MAC Rebel l/s