Monday, April 30, 2012

Target Spring Beauty Bag

There're many beauty bag services, but this one is free! Today I finally received my Target spring beauty bag in the mail. I was not sure if I request through Target's site here or their Facebook page as I did not pay much attention on whether they have enough supply to send... but here they are! if you're wondering what's in the beauty bag ^o^ these are just wonderful travel sizes and great way to try new things :D


And...don't forget to enter my  giveaway (ending soon!!!  *4/30/12 11:59pm Pacific Time*) for a chance to win my favorite pencil eyeliner HERE

Monday, April 23, 2012

Essie - Lady Like (Swatch and Review)

Hi lovelies  How's your weekend? I had a lazy Sunday, sleeping, eating and reading some blog posts probably filled up most of my time ha ha ha... however, I did manage to do my nails ^_^ the weather was gloomy yesterday and today, but not this nail polish! This Lady Like is my favorite shade from Essie's Got a Brand New Bag Collection for fall 2011. A soft dusty mauve with a hint of pink cream polish, very sophisticated, elegant, and chic! Depending on the lighting, something it looks like a dusty pink with a hint mauve and sometimes it looks more mauve, but either way, it's gorgeous! This goes well with pretty much anything and everything, wonderful for everyday, office, interview, etc. It compliments my medium to light skin tone very well, very elegant looking. A beautiful dusty pinky mauve shade that doesn't make your fingers looking lifeless. 

essie Lady Like 2 coats (+1 coat Seche Vite top coat)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sinful Colors - Dressed To Kill

Hell♥ another beautiful shade from Sinful Colors' "wow pop" collection. I got this Dresses To Kill together with Energetic Red (review here) last week at Rite Aid when there's a buy one get one 50% off sale. This bright fuchsia pink is so beautiful to look at and is great for spring and summer!

Dressed To Kill, 2 coats (+ 1 Coat Seche Vite Top Coat)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sinful Colors - Energetic Red

The weather is finally getting a lot warmer these days. And besides spring pastel nail colors, I'm in love with some bright polishes! Last week I saw a new Sinful Colors display at my local Rite Aid featuring 8 rich and bright shades that's perfect for spring/summer. I picked Energetic Red and Dressed to Kill, both I felt will get the most wear out of all shades! 

Energetic Red, 2 coats (+ 1 coat Seche Vite Top Coat)

Left to Right: Citrine, Dressed to Kill, Energetic Red, Outrages, Why Not, Clementine, Let's Meet, and Exotic Green.

I quickly took this display picture with my phone. Not sure how this new collection is called, let's just call it "Wow Pop Collection" XD This collection is more comic/superhero related (as shown on the display), all these shades are so bright and vibrant! I believe these are all cream polishes. I know there are a couple new superhero movies coming out, Marvel's The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-ManI know OPI will release a Spider-Man limited edition in May. If you know what comics/superhero this Sinful Colors collection is related, please let me know in the comment section! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, Swatches and Review

I have been using this MAC Paint Pot in the shade Painterly as my eyeshadow base for the past 2 months and love it since then! I got this together with Satin Taupe eyeshadow, and I was glad that I gave them a try! As described on MAC's website, this is a nude beige shade with a cream (no shimmer no glitters!) texture and finish, think of cream concealer. Since I don't have oily eye lids, I use this paint pot as a primer/base to 1) even out my eyelid skin tones; 2) make my eyeshadows stay put and last longer throughout the day; and 3) have better colors pay off so eyeshadows are more intensified and rich.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sephora Flashy Liner and GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

(Please read til the end for a giveaway^-^) This is by far my favorite eye liner pencil ♥ I already have deep black, taupe, and now I got another shade in flashy ultra brown, a gorgeous rich chocolate shade with very fine gold, bronze shimmers. These flashy eyeliner pencils from Sephora are very creamy and rich in colors and textures, yet not too soft that require sharpening before every use. I'd say this flashy liner is between Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil (which is a bit on the hard side) and NYX  Slide On eye pencils (also very creamy, but I found them too soft and require sharpening before every use!). Sephora flashy eye pencils are just perfect! Colors are very rich in pigments, super long-lasting and waterproof (you need waterproof eye makeup remover to remove!)  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wet n Wild megalast - I Need a Refresh-Mint (218A) Swatches and Review

Hello  how's all your weekend? Mine was pretty relaxing. Today I have a very cute nail polish to share with you, and it's actually on my nails right now. It's "I Need a Refresh-Mint" from Wet n Wild megalast nail polish line! This is a very cute and lovely Tiffany & Co. signature cream aqua type of shade with a glossy finish! Very fun and bright for spring and summer, yet not neon-ly bright. So it's very wearable if you think neon colors are just too bright for you. It gives your nails a pop without looking over the top! 

I Need a Refresh-Mint, 2 coats + top coat

This cream texture of this polish is just fabulous, very easy and smooth to apply! It's creamy and opaque! 2 coats will completely give you the full opacity you desired! And the consistency is pretty good as well (not too thick or thin). On MUA, people compared this to China Glaze's For Audrey. This is a great dupe with cheaper price tag. I don't own For Audrey myself, but I've seen comparison swatches and they both look very much identical!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bobbi Brown 20% Off Friends and Family Event (Possible 25%!)


Attention! Bobbi Brown lovers, Bobbi Brown will be having a 20% off Friends & Family Event starting from 4/16 through 4/19 (midnight ET) on orders at BobbiBrown.com Plus Free Standard Shipping with any $65+ order. No offer code necessary. If you have a Fatwallet account (free to join/apply),  shop through here for another 5% cash back, that's a total of 25% off! I thought it's a pretty good deal! (this is how I save on Sephora 15% off + 8% Fatwallet cash back for a total of 23% off saving!^^) Also, in celebration of this event, Bobbi Brown is donating $10,000 to Dress For Success Worldwide - an amazing non-profit organization that empowers disadvantaged women to be their best! 

Terms & Conditions: 20% discount and Free Standard Shipping with any $65+ order automatically applied at checkout. Valid only at BobbiBrown.com through April 18, 2012 (midnight ET). Offer is not applicable to the purchase of eGift Certificates, pending purchases or purchases made prior to April 16, 2012 or after April 19, 2012. All purchases are subject to bank authorization prior to processing. Only authorized purchases will be processed and shipped. We reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of offer and to modify or cancel this promotion due to system errors or unforeseen problems. Please note: Pro members are not eligible for promotional offers.

For more details, visit BobbiBrown.com
Happy Shopping!




Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sephora Haul

Hello lovelies  I finally got my Sephora orders this afternoon! So excited! And the long wait is finally over! As you all know, Sephora had 15% off event from March 30-April 5, and there're some items I've been wanting for a while...so here they are! ha ha ha ... and just so you know this post is simply about shopping, it won't get anything deeper. I will go into more details, swatches and reviews in the future posts :D 


This took me quite a long time to make up my mind since its release last year! It also took me a lot of time reading tons of reviews on the original Naked palette and Naked2 as I never own any naked palettes. This is definitely a makeup splurge to me. But I told myself if I were to buy MAC eyeshadows, with the price I can only get 3 shades from MAC, while Naked2 has 12 full-size shades, 1 double-ended brush, and a mini lip junkie lipgloss! I picked Naked2 over the first because: 1. this Naked2 has more cool tone shades to my liking, lovely taupe shade! and 2. less shimmery, since I already own a lovely shimmery neutral palette (Sephora Moonshadow Baked palette (Review here), I don't want more neutral shimmer shadows at this point!; and 3. I like Naked2 pkg way more than the first! (I ended up paying   about $42.8 after tax and fatwallet 8% cash back!)

I super super love this sunscreen! I got my first bottle last year during Sephora F&F sale, and love it since then.  This is the only sun protection I use now, very gentle for my dry and sensitive skin. I use it quite often and still have half of the bottle left! (review here)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow, Swatches and Review

This is my go-to everyday eyeshadow for the past 1.5 months, I'm in love! Satin Taupe is one of MAC's bestseller eyeshadow, and now I see why. It's simply described as "Taupe with silver shimmer" on MAC's website. For me, this color is more than that! First, it's neutral! It has some browns, some subtle purples, and very very fine silver shimmer that you can barely see, yet give enough glow to the eyes without any "shimmery feeling"! The color is not too light and not too dark, great pigmentation! It can be worn lightly for a day time look, or heavily for a night look! Since I love love love this shade so much, I usually like to wear it by itself all over the lids and blends out the color. With eyeliner and mascara and my eyes are complete :D


Packaging information and ingredients (click picture to view)

This is what the eyeshadow looks like after 1.5 month use :) I was so glad that I picked this one up after reading so many reviews! It looks brown here, but when applied on to the eyes, it's a gorgeous brownish taupe with a hint of purple and shimmer, very beautiful! It's not too warm or too cool tone, the cool tone super fine silver shimmer balances it so well! Very flattering ♥ As for the blendability, this is very easy to work with, with very very minimum fallout. Now on to swatches!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cookie Monster Nail Art (Video)

I want more cookies!!! This Cookie Monster nail art was inspired by a little sesame street book I got from Target for baby black, very fun and cute! Elmo by far is her #1 favorite, and Cookie "Mom..ter" #2! When I had Elmo on my nails, every time she saw it, she'd pulled my Elmo finger (only finger with Elmo on it) to her face and talked to him...ha ha ha how cute! So I decided to paint cookie monster on my nails as well! 






 Products Used 

essie base coat

Revlon Top Speed in First Class (blue)
Sinful Colors in Snow Me White (white)
Sinful Colors in Black On Black (black)
essie in 765 Case Study (cookie base color)
Sephora by OPI in I'm with Brad (chocolate chips color)  
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
and some different sizes of dotting tools

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Elmo Nail Art Tutorial (Video)

Hello hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Easter weekend. Today I'd like to show you a very cute Elmo nail art. Elmo is the most popular muppet character from Sesame Street. Who doesn't love furry Elmo as well as his cute funny voice? ^-^ 


Friday, April 6, 2012

Cute and Easy Panda Nail Art Tutorial (For Short Nails)

Happy Friday everyone! Today I'd like to show you how to easily create this super cute and fluffy panda nail art. I really like the finished look, these little pandas are super super adorable  If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you probably knew that I accidentally deleted most of my panda pictures (along with some previous nail art) >_< that I was going to use for picture tutorial here. Luckily I didn't delete my video files! and I think this video will do better than pictures, so let's get these pandas started!


♥ Products Used 
essie protein base coat
Sinful Colors in Snow Me White
Sinful Colors in Black on Black
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
and some different sizes of dotting tools



I hope you enjoy learning how to create this cute panda nail art. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter everyone :) 


Monday, April 2, 2012

Tutorial: Cute Easter Bunny Nail Art (Video)

Hi  Just wanted to add a quick note that I uploaded a video tutorial for Easter bunny nail art ^_^ I broke one of my nails so I'd to trim all others shorter >_< this nail art would work great and super super cute on short nails! I will not be posting picture tutorial for this look here, but if you would like to see, Click here - picture tutorial here Enjoy! 



❤ Products Used 
essie protein base coat
Revlon Colorstay in 060 Cafe Pink (pink)
Sinful Colors in Snow Me White (white)
Sinful Colors in Black on Black (black)
wet n wild megalast in 218A I Need a Refresh-Mint
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
and some different sizes of dotting tools

Let me know what you think of this nail art and what other nail art would you like to see?


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