2/27/2010

Ulzzang Pony #7: Smokey

Credits to Soompi forums for the images, Ulzzang Pony was a makeup tutorial site by a lovely korean girl, whose site has been closed down and thanks to soompiers, took screenshots of her makeup. I am not taking credit for these images, rather sharing it to more people as possible

2/26/2010

How I Shape My Brows & Geo Magic Lenses

I used to have it done at BrowHaus but it costs 500php a pop so it's kinda pricey for simple threading. Sometimes I end up with too sparse brows or still look messy. I did a lot of research and come up with a perfect way for me, to shape my brows the way I want it to be.

All we need is a nice white eyeliner and tweezers!

*pluck* *pluck* *pluck*





As you can see the lines of both ends end in equal height and then right above the iris is the highest arch of the brow. There are a lot of brow shapes available to try so just draw em on and pluck!
For those who arent sure of the shape, you can purchase brow templates that is commonly used and use that as a stencil.
PS
I already filled my brows with wax and brow powder, will make a tutorial for that very soon


Im wearing GEO CK 107 from MyAppleEyes! They sell original Japanese and Korean contact lenses at the best prices! They ship fast and theyre very honest and kind sellers as well! CK 107 turns out to be one of my favorite ones because of how natural they look but enhance my eyes making them appear bright and happy.

Philippine Readers Only: SunSilk Give Away



I got the information from Animetric's Blog and I just have to register! No I havent received my kit yet, but Im so excited to share this with you guys!

2/25/2010

Review: Eyeliner War : Styli Style ArtDeco Prestige

So I did a test on 4 different eyeliners. I checked if they really do as they claim. All liners claim they are waterproof and smudgeproof.

Image Order L-R: 
1. Styli Style 24 Automatic Flat Liner in Brown
2. Styli Style 24 Line and Seal in Brown
3. Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner in Black
4. ArtDeco Waterproof Eyeliner in Brown
Freshly Applied


Waited for 30 seconds for liner to Set.. and then Rubbed HARD.

 

Placed Hand in Running Water
 


  

Rubbed HARD again.

 


As you all can see, after this rough eyeliner test, both prestige and artdeco "waterproof" liners definitely smudged and faded. Though they have a creamier texture than styli style's, lasting power is so-so. The obvious winner is Styli Style 24 Flat Liner.

Ranking:
  1. Styli Style 24 Flat Liner
  2. Styli Style 24 Line and Seal Liner
  3. ArtDeco Waterproof Liner
  4. Prestige Waterpoof Liner

2/24/2010

Tips and Tricks: Eyebag Quick Fixes

Eyes are the windows to the soul, and they are also where beauty resides. Every girl dreams of having a pair of shining eyes. Yet dreams are elusive. Eye bags can easily mar the beauty of eyes. What's more, lack of sleep, bad make-up removal habits and age can all give rise to the appearance of eye bags, which can never be dealt with easily. Working ladies feel annoyed with eye bags. Don't worry, help is on the way. With these small tips, eye bags are no more than a piece of cake.
Quick ways to weaken eye bags
Waking up in the morning to see eye bags under eyes is an experience familiar to most girls. How can we weaken these eye bags and show up looking great at the office? Basically, there are two ways: hot and cold packing. The former is best conducted at night before sleep and the latter in the morning.
**Hot packing
Formula I

Heat some olive oil and apply some under your lower eyelid using cotton sticks. Keep the sticks there for a minute and then pat the lower eyelid to help your face absorb the olive oil. A little massage will also help.
Formula II

Get a glass of hot water and add some salt to the water. The amount of salt required may vary depending on different people. Readers may try several times to find the best dosage. Just remember not to use exceedingly salty water the first few times.
Cut make-up cotton pads into the shape of eye masks and soak the masks in the salty water. Then wear the masks and keep them on for five to ten minutes.
**Cold packing
Formula I
Freeze two iron spoons in the refrigerator and take them out ten minutes later. Press the spoons onto the eye bags.
Formula II
First prepare your eyes by applying some olive oil to them, then lay cooled used chamomile or green tea bags on the eye bags. It will take five to ten minutes for the tea bags to effect.
Formula III
Get around half a basin (1/4 meters in diameter) of water and add a drop of rosemary oil extract a one drop of rose extract to the water. Soak a towel in the water and then dry the towel and lay it on your eyes. Keep the towel there for 15 minutes.
Small habits to prevent eye bags
Girls had better not drink water half an hour before they go to bed. Water before sleep harms blood circulation around eyes. A little massage may help drain extra water that accumulates in daytime and is left around eyes. Lie flat on your bed and close your eyes. Use your forefingers to press the dents under the heads of your eyebrows. Such massage will also help relax the eyes.
Be tender to your eyes when you remove the make up around them. Try not to pull or pluck the eyelids. If you do so too often, your eyelids will grow lax and eye bags will show up. When you wear or remove contact lenses or draw the eye lines, do so gently. Also, use special eye make-up removal liquids and soft cotton pads to remove make-up around the eyes.
Bloated eye bags don't indicate that you have too much water around the eyes. On the contrary, it means your eyes are too dry (due to lack of sebaceous glands, the skin around the eyes is normally drier than elsewhere). So if you have eye bags, opt for moisturizing eye creams.

K says: Okay so the grapeseed oil thing didnt work for me no more. I'm going to try the one using green tea bags and the salt water mask, I will probably use less salt than I usually do for my usual salt masks as they sting!

2/23/2010

Website Feature: Beauty Swatch

Featuring one of my favorite blog.. Beauty Swatch! People from all over the world contribute to the site with lipstick and lipgloss swatches to fill all your heart's content. They also feature lippie reviews of different brands. I go to this site when I want to checkout a lippie before purchasing!




It is maintained by the Gorgeous Akisa...

2/22/2010

DIY: Homemade Eyeshadow Primer (Simplest Formula!)

As my pot of my HG eyeshadow primer ran out *sob* and have no replacement because Art Deco is discontinued in our country, I  have to makeshift and search for another HG by ordering online. But since I do not have the time of day and Im trying to save more budget. I decided to experiment and try if a homemade eyeshadow primer can work.

and you know what? I think it did!



Materials Needed:
  1. A cotton bud with the tip cut off for mixing
  2. Any HD finishing powder or silica
  3. Liquid or Cream Foundation
  4. Container
Instructions:
  1. Squeeze an ample amount of foundation in your container, about half the pot
  2. Put your powder together with the foundation in the container, I used 1/8 tsp.
  3. Mix until you get a nice airy and mousse like consistency
  4. Tada!
Eyeshadow Freshly Applied

  Left Eye: With Primer
Right Eye: Without Primer

After 8 Hours


It's probably not the best primer around but it certainly works! The mixture definitely controlled the sebum on my left eye and made my shadow last longer and melt slower. But of course, when I get the chance, I would still use a commercial primer like Art Deco or UDPP (Urban Decay Primer Potion)

2/21/2010

Blog Sale: HP Mini 1000 : PRICE LOWERED

 
HP Mini 1000
  
Meetups: SM Megamall, Podium, Market Market, Serendra
Please leave your contact number or email address by posting a comment below if interested.
or text me at 09158940934

Price: 16,000 negotiable 

Description:
  • Complete with box, manual, installers, cables. Complete!
  • Comes with its very own thermal laptop bag from Xagerrate.
  • Plastic seal still intact.
  • Handled with love and care 
  • Upgraded to 2GB, will include original 1GB
  • Has built in WebCAM
  • Wi-Fi and BlueTooth
Actual Specifications:
Price 16,000 (negotiable)
Processor 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
Memory 2GB + 1GB, 533MHz DDR2
Hard drive 60GB 4,200rpm
Chipset Mobile Intel 945GM Express
Graphics Intel GMA 950 (integrated)
Operating system Windows XP Home Edition SP2
Dimensions (WDH) 6.6x10.3x0.95 inches
Screen size (diagonal) 10.2 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter 2.5/3.1 pounds
Category Netbook

Actual Pictures:
 


 


2/19/2010

The Blotting Film (or Paper)

Retouching is one thing I hate doing especially when days are uber busy. Upon retouching you have to bring the makeup you used first thing in the morning. Eyeshadow, foundation, blush, lipstick, lipgloss, liner, etc.

Now most people use pressed powder to keep their makeup looking fresh and preventing the oilies, but I abhor using them. Why? Because I hate packing more layers of makeup on my skin. It feels very clogging no? But we cannot control nature and our oils will definitely rise up from our pores after some time. For me it takes around 4 hours for oil to seep out.


The one thing that is always in my handbag are blotting films. Why? They absorb my oil and keep makeup in place. I usually blot 2-3 hours during the day to prevent my makeup from creasing and fading away.

Now the thing with blotting films is you blot. You dont wipe it all over your face like some people I see do, using the film like some face towel. Gently pat the film on oily spots and see the miracle happen.

It wont smudge your makeup if you use it properly.

I love blotting films so much because it doesnt force me to pack more powder on my face and keeps it fresh.

;)

I'm not particular with brands but I find Finesse and Gatsby really good and cheap.

2/18/2010

Foundation Matrix

 Courtesy of temptalia.com
This is a very helpful foundation matrix to those who need to find their shade. It is also updated frequently by other users.

Just wanted to share it to everyone! Cheers!




Posted By: K

Foundation Matrix

2/17/2010

Lens Review: GEO CK107



I have weird eyes..:( Even if I wear circle lenses they still look odd on me my eyes are rather elongated and big than round and big

 


I'm longing to have those circle-y round eyes like those people who had plastic surgery  but of course I wouldnt want to resort to plastic surgery. My hubby doesnt like it when I wear circle lenses, he tells me I'm already beautiful without them and wearing them makes me so beautiful that it looked odd.
T_T I love my lenses though.

The lenses did make my face look softer though.


Comfort: These are not so comfortable compared to my nudy grays, even after removal of the lenses I felt something was still there.
Enlargement: Did enlargement without making me look alien-like. 
Color: This is very natural looking which can be used daily without people noticing. I have dark brown eyes and this blends in really well. I am not sure for those who have green or blue eyes though.

Score: 7/10

2/16/2010

Myth Busters: Eye Drops for Acne Redness

I know ladies here have heard of this "tip"
Using any red eyedrops to your pimple to make the redness temporarily disappear.

I found a bottle of eyemo eyedrops and also for making my eyeshadows last longer or make it as a liquid eyeliner and decided to try it on my fresh fresh fresh acne.


Did it work? Hell no. It stayed the same. The zit is still red. Not even a shade lighter. I even gave it a chance and let it stay for more than an hour, and then applied again.

Still no change. The nifty old concealer did the job.

How about you guys? Have you tried this "beauty tip"? Did it work for you?

2/15/2010

BeautyBow's GUESS and COACH handbag giveaway

 

Win this gorgeous coach and guess bags for FREE from beautybow's blog!
Im a bagaholic but cant afford this luxury so I join giveaways instead haha.



Ulzzang Pony #6: Pink Sparkle

Credits to Soompi forums for the images, Ulzzang Pony was a makeup tutorial site by a lovely korean girl, whose site has been closed down and thanks to soompiers, took screenshots of her makeup. I am not taking credit for these images, rather sharing it to more people as possible

2/13/2010

Review: Styli Style Hipsticks

I got a tube of this as a freebie when I bought several styli style eyeliners from ebay; I love the eyeliners and brow liners so much that I hoarded. They are so worth it and one of the best liners I've tried. I would make a comparative and full review on this liners soon.
This however was a slight disappointment. I got the one in flower power which looked like a nice rosey shade basing on the tube color and swatches but lo behold, it made my lips too frosty. It is frosty. It is VERY frosty. Can I say frosty again? 

Hipstick is supposed to be a perfect combination of lipstick and lipgloss in one cute tube, but for me, it's 80% frost and 20% pigment. Boy don't let me talk about the smell. It's a mix of playdoh and chocolate and plastic, and rotting lipstick.

This has no staying power at all and once the pigment is gone, youre left with ugly silver glitter on your lips.

The only good thing I could say about this lipstick is that it didnt make it dry. Its quite moisturizing and texture is nice.

If you can stand the smell, glitter, and frost, then go ahead and buy this. Try it out. I have full lips and frosty lipstick is a big nono for me. I think this will look good on gals who have thin lips who want that extra pout.


2/12/2010

Tutorial: Gyaru Looks!

So after my Ulzzang Makeup Phase, I am now on my Gyaru Makeup Phase. Bold eyes, nude lips, bleached brows (but I cant bleach mine). Enjoy these tutorials I've gathered around. ;)












2/11/2010

Fragrance Review: Kenzo Amour

This is how I review perfumes. I find it best to describe a scent visually with images rather than words.




 

  
 





2/10/2010

Change You Can Expect : Gordon + Bayani


I'm 100% fully supporting Dick Gordon and Bayani Fernando. They are realistic about the country's situation and know that it isnt an easy task to make the "poor" "rich" just by using your own cash *ehemMannyehem*. They know it's hard work, motivation, and honesty.

They made Marikina and Olongapo one of the nicest cities around during their days. I believe the Philippines will be as great as Japan or Singapore if they get the seats. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who get carried away just because some person is the son of a country's dead hero and icon *ehemNoynoyehem* or some are filthy rich because of corruption *ehemMannyehem* or some just smart without heart *ehemGiboehem* or some as dumb as them *ehemERAP*ehem


2/09/2010

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick


 

Why You'll Love It

Fall in love with color, all over again:
  • Crisper color from pure pigments
  • Creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar
  • Lipcolor so rich, so stunning… it’s sensational
  • 48 Captivating Shades

Okay, so I've been traumatized by how Maybelline Lipsticks dry the heck out of my lips (even the ones that they say "moisturizing" ones), but I love their mascaras though.

I was hesitant to purchase their newest line of lipsticks the Color Sensational which is said to be the improved version of Moisture Stay, that's why I just used one from the tester to give it a shot. But I have to agree, they really improved this line of lippie!

What I Like
  • These lippies are highly pigmented!
  • Unline the previous moisturestay, this one has a moist semi-glossy finish
  • Lasts a fairly good amount of time
  • For the first time, a Maybelline lipstick that did not dry my lips out.
  • Love the classy aluminum like red packaging, sleek  ;)

What I don’t Like
  • It feels like, I am wearing lipstick. My lips felt really really warm while wearing this and I don't know why






Color Sensational in Coral Crush

2/08/2010

Blow Drying vs Air Drying

I do not have time to blow dry, moreso time to airdry! That is why I usually go out with damp hair :p *gross*

I would try and blow dry my hair next time and see if it makes any difference.

How about you? Do you blow or do you air? :D
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http://www.hair.becomegorgeous.com/professional_tips/blow_drying_vs_air_drying-1289.html

How many times haven't you heard that blow drying can damage your hair and you should let it air dry to avoid drying out your tresses. It is actually a thing that you should decide for yourself.

You can choose to blow dry because this is the only way you can style your hair as you wish, you can choose to air dry because you think it is less damaging for your hair and you also help the environment by reducing the electricity consumption. It should be your decision based on what works for you.

Here are the differences between blow drying and air drying, to help you make the best choice for you:

Blow drying

  • the blow dryer is powered by electricity in order to dry the hair quickly


  • it is great especially for people who are in a hurry and need to get their hair dried quickly


  • it has heat settings so it can blow cold or hot air. Hot air can damage the hairs due to the heat which strips moisture out of the hair and leaves it prone to dryness


  • the hair can be styles easier in place due to the fact that the bonds of the hairs can be closed due to the use of the heated blow drying, thus leaving the hair as styled


  • if the hair is blown dry correctly and with the right styling products the hair doesn't suffer excessive damage



  • blow drying hairair drying hair

    Air drying

  • is a natural way of drying the hair. The hair will dry on it's own


  • it takes a long period of time for the hair to dry


  • it doesn't damage the hair


  • the hair can be harder to style


  • it's perfect for people who have enough time on their hands to allow their hair to dry



  • Whatever method of drying your hair you choose make sure you do it correctly, so your tresses will look beautiful and healthy.

    Ulzzang Pony #5: Dream Like



    Credits to Soompi forums for the images, Ulzzang Pony was a makeup tutorial site by a lovely korean girl, whose site has been closed down and thanks to soompiers, took screenshots of her makeup. I am not taking credit for these images, rather sharing it to more people as possible

    2/05/2010

    DIY : Yakult Mask

    Disclaimer: I asked full permission to re-post her testimonial and pictures. Thanks Diceey! :)
     
    Testimonial by Diceey - Soompier:

    I just thought i would like to share this. hopefully this would help some people out.

    I've been suffering from acne for a while now- but it got so severe in the past year. I felt so horrible and it was disgusting to look at myself in the mirror. Acne really hurts self esteem and it just seems like nothing could ever fix my face. I've tried SO many products in hope of fixing my acne but some of them just made it worse. BUT a few months ago, my grandma introduced me to this random and weird homemade mask that was suppose to be miraculous and amazing. and it was ! trust me, when i first heard of it, it was just.. weird. So i've been using this for about 2 months, about 3 times a week and it made a huge difference in my skin. i feel a lot better and less self concious.
    Of course, i'm also using products to wash my face and such- ( that also helped a lot! ) (: I did also use the clinique three step acne kit... it wasn't that great, but it did stop my acne for a while. I have really really oily skin and that kit just basically took all the oil out of my face and made it completely dry (but i didn't break out). I sort of liked the kit but it ran out really fast and the moisturizer really stung my face. I guess I just had really sensitive skin. I just gave up on that since it was a bit too pricey for only 2 month's worth. So i've switched to neutrogena deep cleanser and been using it for a month. it is AMAZING. <3 it just cleans all the dirt and oil out of my pores and my skin never felt so clean and smooth. i dont know if this works for all skin types though because when i checked online, there were a lot of mixed reviews but i think its definitely worth a try. and i've also been using witch hazel as a toner-- it smells really bad at first though; but it's gentle and doesn't irritate my skin at all.

    but basically, the most important thing is: dont pop those pimples. dont scratch, or touch your face no matter how much you would like to, it'll leave scars and spread the bacteria. and of course, drink a lot of water (: eat healthy and lay off the chips. those things would definately make a huge difference.
    okay, im starting to ramble on and on-- so i'd like to post some pictures and show you the difference!

    OH and if anybody's interested, the ingredients to the masks are simple. I live in an Asian community so the ingredients are easily purchased. I dont know the exact amount to mix in since I just eyeball it, but basically you would want a paste-like substance.
    all you need is two ingredients: yakult and mung bean starch/flour ( sorry, i dont have a picture of the packet ): but i think it could be purchased at any asian market. )

    KC -> For those who cannot find the mung bean flour, I order mine at Sasa.com or Bobodave.com
    Or if you cannot buy online, I just drink some yakult and then the left over poured on a cotton pad.. and used as a liquid mask instead ;)

    okay, here comes the pictures! sorry if it's .. really disgusting.

    it started clearing up eventually. and now, these are the most recent pictures.
    Posted By: K

    DIY : Yakult Mask

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