Saturday, 8 September 2012

Foundation?

So I know I've done a video on foundation but here comes personal opinion/review time..
Foundation is one of the hardest things to get. Although there may be eyeshadows that don't look good on you, if they're just a 'few shades off', it's not too noticeable. But one of the biggest mistakes one can make, is to have a foundation that doesn't match their shade (when trying to look natural) and especially their neck..
Generally, you'd want to look like you have no foundation on. 

I personally don't like the MAC foundation very much. 
I got the NC20. I had asked the SA to match my skin tone and she suggested the NC20. I wasn't quite sure, but being quite new to foundations, I went along with it. After using it for a while, I realized it didn't photograph that well and wasn't very consistent with my skin tone. I personally don't like the shade because it is extremely yellow on me, and I already have quite 'yellow' toned skin, because of the Asian heritage and all. 
I'm also not a huge fan of it because it has a dewy finish, and when applying with almost anything, is a streaky mess and although I prefer light coverage, really doesn't look that great. Also makes my skin feel extremely sticky when just worn alone. 

For Max Factor's Weightless Foundation, 

This time, I was a little smarter and actually tried out the foundation in a well lit environment, covered at least half of my face with it and judged for myself if I liked the finish.
(I did.)
I really like it, not just because the tone actually matches my face, color wise, and isn't too yellow.
Rt has a nice matte finish and blends very well. It has medium coverage, and looks wonderful when applied. Also isn't streaky.
(It's a bit dark on my arm, but my face is a little darker than my arm... please excuse the blotchy arm)
The only gripe I have is the wear time of the foundation, because it's quite creamy in consistency, so it will probably fade away in around 4 hours tops.
It doesn't really bother me, and it's all up to you.

:)


Saturday, 1 September 2012

UPDATES

Hectic things recently, so updates have been slow.
I'm so so sorry for the lack of videos, but I hope this will fill up the time while I'm gone.
I did a Corpse Bride inspired look. I wasn't fully happy with how it turned out, but I was happy how the all around effect didn't look too bad. Maybe I can do this for a dress up day? :)

The crazy colorful rainbow. Done with Kryolan and topped off with classic black liner.

A mismatch of looks, a fall/autumn look on one side and a colorful decoration on the other :D the color was gorgeous, so I wanted to do a eye look that complimented it, but I didn't want to get rid of the other eye which is..

Blurred because you can see the shape of the face.
Using the 120 color palette and (finally!) NYX's jumbo eye shadow pencil in milk, with the dolly wink liquid liner. It was cute and very spontaneous. 
Lastly..

Getting really wild with NYX's milk and using the 120 color palette again and creating the aurora on my face.
it was very fun and I hope that next time, I'll get it even more detailed and better.. looking x)




Sunday, 10 June 2012

Ego // Inspired Eye Make up Tutorial

I created this look when I was on holidays, and it was a very easy, simple, convenient look. All the products are easy to carry and bring along, and it's minimal but very pretty.  

All the pictures below are unedited.
Products used: 
Naked 2 Palette- Foxy, Suspect, YDK, Busted, Blackout
Benefit Stay don't Stray Primer/Concealer
Dollywink liquid liner (any liquid liner will be fine. I recommend MUFE's liquid liner in 15 for travel, it is waterproof, matte and smudge-proof)
Bad Gal Lash from Benefit (any mascara is also great, I recommend Heroine Make's impact frame and curl mascara for travel, it's waterproof, lengthening and budge proof.)

I've also chosen to do all new looks and name them after songs that connect to the look, so feel free to express your thoughts on it :)
The video is linked down below- enjoy~







Friday, 1 June 2012

Visual Design Photoshoot

I was lucky enough to be able to get Alice in again to take some pictures with me. This is actually for a magazine lay out for an assignment we have to do, and I chose to do make up :D 
I did a vintage make up look, which really compliments Alice and also experimented with editing the pictures (curves/color filters) a bit.
She took pictures of me as well, which are after hers. I used some cooler filters on the first two and I wanted to warm up the last one even though it's currently autumn/winter, because you could always use a little bit of warmth in those times.








I hope you liked it :D and you guys have a lovely weekend. 



Thursday, 31 May 2012

Wish List


This is my wish list, things I'd love to be able to get. The main factor for why I can't get these is usually because of location (Australia tends to be a bit more undercover in how we source make up.)
Just an update to promise you I'm not dead. 

  • A glass file 
  • Anything from Sugarpill (as an original brand by a blogger, all the products have been just amazing, and I'd love to be able to try anything from them.)
  • MILK JUMBO EYESHADOW PENCIL FROM NYX. (A white base to make all your eyeshadows stand out)
  • Anything from Illamasqua. ((Although I’ve gotten some things, what I’d give to be sponsored by them..All their products have been amazing so far and I have nothing but positive feedback on the products I have so far.))
  • OCC lip tar collection. ((I'd love to start a bit of a collection on it!))
  • Tokyo Milk lip balms/elixirs ((They look so nice, with such unique scents. I saw them off Scrangie, and I'd love to get one.))

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Giveaway: Winner!

Congratulations to Aridel for winning!
:)
And thank you to everyone who entered ^^
If there are further giveaways, you guys will be the first to know :)

Besides that, I will be on holidays and won't be able to update for around two weeks.
I hope there won't be too much drama (although I really should be updating this)
But besides that, I believe I will be buying some MAC, China Glaze and maybe some Kryolan... So stay tuned for that :)

Here's some quick updates:
Dubbed the Pyssage Classic Smoky Eye. Or for the short version, Yuzism. xD
It's a classic smoky eye, using Half Wild and Imaginary paint pot from MAC and water lining.

I also was lucky enough to go to art camp these few days, and this is my (non finished) painting, which I'm hoping to translate into another look later.

So again, thank you all for entering and please congratulate Aridel :)

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Too Faced Sweet Dreams Eyeshadow Swatch and Review

After receiving the Too Faced Sweet Dreams palette as a gift, I was all too excited to go ahead and swatch and review this for you guys :D I'm sorry it isn't the best lighting, but the swatches were taken with flash, and are the most color accurate with the white light.
This is only focused on the eyeshadows, not the whole palette itself.
(top to bottom, Lovey Dovey, Teddy Bear, Copper Peony, Peach Fuzz, In The Buff)
Lovey Dovey- shimmery brown. A little gritty to the touch, but very nice pigmentation. 
Teddy Bear- a matte cool tone brown. Soft texture but a bit dry. 
Copper Peony- Sheer copper. Metallic. Very creamy texture (verses the other shimmery shades) and good pigmentation.
Peach fuzz- shimmery cream white with pink undertones. Horrible glitter fall out and lack of pigmentation, but nice texture.
In The Buff- matte white. Creamy texture and decent pigmentation. Makes a very nice highlight color.

 (top to bottom) Smolder, Nice Ash, Party Girl, Cut the Cake, Satin Sheets.
Smolder- Matte blackened navy. Misleadingly lighter in the pan, and has a creamy texture but drier payoff (as you can probably tell by the swatch). Decent pigmentation. 
Nice Ash- Shimmery grey with hints of blue. Also misleadingly lighter in the pan. Has a creamy texture and good payoff and pigmentation.
Party Girl- Metallic violet. Gritty to touch and quite crumbly. Decent payoff and pigmentation but has fall out issues as well.
Cut the Cake- Shimmery light lavender. Really creamy texture and nice payoff and pigmentation. 
Satin Sheets- 'Golden pink'. I have a personal hatred against this color, because of it's misleading color (pink in the pan) but unbelievably metallic and gold on the eyes. Creamy texture.

 (top to bottom) First Dance, Cop a Teal, Nice Stems, Label Whore, Honeymoon
First Dance- Matte blackened purple. Dry texture and dry payoff. Decent pigmentation.
Cop a Teal- Metallic blue with green undertones. Creamy texture and good pigmentation.
Nice Stems- Metallic bright spring green. Slightly crumbly and gritty but good payoff and pigmentation.
Label Whore- Sienna base with green blue shimmer with blue duochrome. Close to MAC's Club eyeshadow, but with better pigmentation, payoff and color, although I like both :D slight grittiness in texture but nice pigmentation.
Honeymoon- Metallic silver green. Nice texture and pigmentation.

Overall thoughts:
Although some of the colors are annoyingly misleading in the pan v.s. in use, most of the colors are quite wearable and useable. Although someone who has an extensive collection may not need this, it is nice for someone who may be just starting out with high end make up. It has a good variety of neutrals and colors, and a range of finishes (matte, shimmer and metallics), and a quick look can be easily done with this palette. Overall, consistency of texture and pigmentation is stable, besides the exception of Peach Fuzz (which I personally cannot stand) but some people may like the sheerness of the color. In terms of trouble, the only ones that give me trouble as the ones with fall out, which is Party Girl and Peach Fuzz.
Prior to this palette, I already had In The Buff, Satin Sheets, Cut the Cake, Honeymoon and First Dance from other palettes. The quality is the same. 
To me, the eyeshadows are good, and not too dupeable, so they're worth getting if you don't repeats or if you don't already have a whole stash of shadows somewhere.
 Or if you prefer grades: B+

Friday, 23 March 2012

Art-Landscape Eyes

In art, we were doing a topic on Landscapes, and typical me, tries to convert everything to something related to make up. In this, I painted the same scene but with make up instead of paint. Quite a challenge to get everything just right, especially with the copious amounts of green used in it. I won't lie, I was inspired by Katie Alves (http://katiealves.deviantart.com/) so you can go check that out if you were wondering about the random burst of creativity xP
Forgot to bring my nice camera back home, so no tutorials, and the upcoming exams will delay them even more. D:
Not sure when I'll be free, but I hope this is cool enough to last a while xD

(I reversed it D:)

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Poison Dreamland

Here's a few pictures of this look that I did.
I colored in my brows with purple and blue, and used pink and blue, then added the purples slightly above the crease. I used the darker one outside, and the lighter lavender shade on the brows and on the inner slightly above crease areas. I used Imaginary paint pot as a liner and Inglot 39 liquid liner (the sparkly blue) on the lower lashline, and used some of 27 as a highlighter. I used Inglot 72 (pink liner) with a cotton bud to dot the pink designs on my face, and used the same pink as blush, while using the lavender purple to contour again.
It's pretty straight forward, but takes a lot of time to get it exactly 'perfect'.
I also used OCC lip tar in anime for the lips and high def cyan as a lip liner.


I also put in one green contact for the fun of it xP


Saturday, 25 February 2012

Brown Smoky Eye/Leather Boots Tutorial





 This is the picture tutorial for a brown smoky eye, a fall/autumn kind of look, inspired by brown leather boots. (Those are Michael Kors boots) I really like this look, and I hope you like it too! It's very easy, simple, and all these products can be altered/replaced, if you are on a budget, or these colors don't work for you.

I started off with priming the lid with an urban decay 24/7 liner in Underground. Any taupe/brown base will do. If you are a warm toned person, MUFE's aqua cream in 15 is a great substitute. I used a synthetic brush as the liner is a very creamy product. You can use your fingers as well :)
 For the inner half of the lid, I used Shu Uemura's eyeshadow in Beige 822(or any light brown shadow), just to set the liner. I used a fluffy brush.
 On the outer half of the lid, I used MAC's espresso(or a dark brown shadow) to create shape and gradient effect on the lid. I also used my fluffy brush again, to mix a little bit of the beige shadow and blend the harsh edges away.
Using Shu Uemura's eyeshadow in Gold 331 (any gold will do) to apply it to the middle of the lid, and on the whole of the lower lashline. I used a stiff flat brush. 

Using a blending brush, I used a little bit of Laura Mercier's Vanilla Bean (or any kind of a little lighter than skin color) and blended away the edges of espresso, and added a tiny bit of highlight.

 Using a dark brown gel liner (any liner will do, but I've used inglot's amc matte liner in 90), I applied this on my upper and lower lashline, smudging it out slightly, to create the 'smoky look'. You can smudge with a brush or fingers, your choice.

Using Laura Mercier's Granite, I defined my brows slightly, using an eyebrow brush. You can use any eyebrow pencil or eyeshadow you desire. :)

I finished the eyes with a few coats on my top and bottom lashes with sasatinnie's mascara. 

Using an dusky pink shade, I applied this to my cheeks. I'm using Inglot's blush in 28.

 To finish off with the lips, I used a dior lip shade (no idea about the name.) and it's an earthy red.


 And here's the finished look! :) I hope you like it, and below is the video! Enjoy~