Monday, May 31, 2010

Maybelline Dream Mouse Blush Review

I actually hauled this a while ago, but I haven't had the chance the use it yet since I don't wear makeup much these days since I'm home =P

I got the colour Pink Frosting and it's pretty natural, and gives a very pinky colour

I like to use my Kirkland brush to buff in the product, its super soft and it makes it look really natural.

In this picture, I've dipped my brush in the blush once and buffed in the product, as you can see its very subtle and natural looking.

And in this picture I've applied a few more layers and now its doesn't look as natural but a bit cakey.  So I would recommend people to get this if they want a very subtle glow, cuz if you cake on too much, it won't look so nice anymore =P.  Hope this helps =), and feel free to ask questions!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Revlon Haul + Lip Products Collection

I bought 3 new lip products this weekend when shoppers was having their sale!  Each lip product cost 3.99 CAD! =)

The colours I got are (from left to right) 619 Rose&Shine 634Sparkling Cider and the lip gloss is Pink Pursuit

And the rest of my lippies collection

The colours are both PK-1 from Lavshuca.

These four are Lancome lipsticks, the colours are (from left to right) 308, Vintage Rose (my favourite lipstick of all time), Sugared Maple, Creme de Marron.

This NYX lipstick is in 602 Sash, but I don't really like it, cuz the colour it gives off is super pale and silvery, so it looks really unnatural.

3Lipglosses I got from the sephora birthday gift, they're really good and pigmented!

These Lancome juicy tubes are in some random colour( it doesn't say) and dreamsicle, dreamsicle smells soooo good.

And lastly, this Dior lip gloss, it actually matches my lip colour pretty well, cuz I have really pigmented lips that have a bluish tint to them.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Brush Collection

So here is my makeup brush collection.

First is the Costco Kirkland Holiday set from 2009, I didn't take a picture of all the brushes in the set, only the ones I use.  Which is most of them except for the double ended one because I don't like double ended brushes(I find it hard to keep them clean, because one of the ends of the brush is always on the bottom of the stand I put my brushes on and it gets all dirty).
From left to right
The eyeshadow brush
I really love this brush for putting on eyeshadow, although sometimes it is sort of big for my small asian eyes lol.  But it is really soft and its easy to use when I'm not in a rush (because when I am in a rush, the brush deposits colour a bit outside of my crease so it looks messy, but when I'm not in a rush its easier to not go outside the crease).
The eye blending brush
I also love this brush and I use it to blend out my crease colour.  It works pretty well and its also super soft.
The flat eyeliner brush
I used to use this with my Shiseido Cream eyeliner( I hate this eyeliner, don't ever buy it, its really hard to work with and its not pigmented at all, the only good thing about it is that it doesn't smudge too badly), and it was pretty good for that, but its started to fray awhile ago so now I can't use it with cream/gel eyeliners anymore because it doesn't give a precise line.  I just mainly use it with powder eyeliners these days.
The smudger brush
I love using this brush to smudge out my eyeliner.
The flat top blush/bronzer brush
I love using this brush with my cream blushes, its super soft and its does a really good job of blending.
The powder brush
A very nice powder brush for everyday powder, its not super dense, but it is very soft.
The angled foundation brush
I do not use this brush for foundation, I sometimes use it to contour the sides of my nose because its the perfect size for it.

Next is the E.L.F. studio brushes.  I don't own all of them, but only the ones that I thought I needed.
The E.L.F. Powder Brush
I use this brush everyday to buff on my mineral powder and I love it.  Its super soft and does a good job of buffing in the powder.  When I first washed it though, the barrel came apart from the handle so I had to super glue it back on, after that it has been fine.
The E.L.F. Complexion Brush
I don't really use this brush much, but I think it would work very well with bronzer for the summer.
The E.L.F. Blush Brush
I love using this brush to highlight =).
The E.L.F. Eyeshadow C Brush
As I had said in my elf haul review, I really don't like this brush because its super hard to wash and it's still sticky after several rinses.
The E.L.F. Contour Brush
I love this brush for putting on crease colour, it is sorta hard to clean like the eyeshadow C brush, but I doesn't dry sticky like it, so I still really like this brush.
The E.L.F. Small Angled Brush
This brush is pretty good for brow powder.
The E.L.F. Small Smudge Brush
I love using this brush for cream/gel eyeliner, it makes a very precise line.

Next are The Body Shop Brushes.  These are the first makeup brushes I have ever owned and I still love them all, they are super soft and still work very well even though I've had them for 5 years.
The powder brush
I used to use this brush to put on my mineral powder, it worked ok for that since it is pretty dense, but now I prefer my elf powder brush more.
The blush brush
I still use this brush for blush, and its the perfect size for my cheeks.
The eyeshadow blender brush
I use to only have this one eye brush, and I could do a whole eye look with this one brush, its very versatile.
The eyeshadow brush
This brush isn't that fluffy, so I think its more suited for cream eyeshadows.
The lip/concealer brush
I sometimes use this brush for concealer, when I have to conceal tiny blemishes, but most of the time I use this brush to highlight the inner part of my eyes.

The next brushes are from the Sigma Face set.
The SS150
This powder brush is the biggest powder brush that I own, other than my elf kabuki, but it also sheds a lot.  Also I feel that it gets dirty really easily and that after 1 use I feel like I need to wash it, because the next time I put powder on my face with it, my face feels really dirty and itchy.  Therefore, I prefer using my Costco Kirkland powder brush to put on powder.
The SS 187
I've used this brush with liquid foundation once before and it looked soo cakey and disgusting.  But I find that all liquid foundations that I've used so far look cakey and disgusting on me so its probably not the brushes fault.  I've also used this brush with blush before but I don't think its amazing or anything.  I probably would not have purchased this brush if it didn't come with the set.
The SS 168
So I pretty much bought this brush set because I wanted the SS168, and it has lived up to my expectations.  Although I think its too big to contour with, I love using this brush for my blushes.  It applies colour where I want it and its easy to use.
The SS 190
As I have said before, I never use liquid foundation because I hate it, so I have never used this brush before.  But comparing it to the other random foundation brush I have, I feel that this one isn't as soft.
The SS 194
I LOVE this brush.  During exams when I had breakouts and such, this brush was able to cover most of my blemishes.  Its just the right amount of stiff, and its a good size for covering blemishes.  I've never used it on my undereyes though, because I prefer blending that area with my fingers.

Lastly, are my random brushes that I picked up from everywhere.
The first one is a foundation brush I bought in Hong Kong.  It's very soft, and I had bought it to use on my under eyes, but in the end I still prefer using my fingers for my undereye area.
The next brush I also bought in Hong Kong.  I'd have to say its not soft at all, and its sort of scratchy, but its the perfect size for contouring my face so I guess I have to bear with this brush until I find another brush that is the same size as this one that is softer.
The next brush is the A-21 from Annabelle cosmetics, a Canadian brand.  This brush is super soft and I use it to highlight the browbone.
The next brush is also another random angled brush I bought in Hong Kong.  I love using this brush to line my bottom lash line with powder.
The next brush is a very fine eyeliner brush I bought in Hong Kong.  It is sorta flimsy, so I don't use it that often.
Lastly, is a very cheap spooley I bought in Hong Kong.  I use it to brush my messy brows.

And that's all my brushes for now!  Feel free to ask additional questions! =)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I found the Coach outlet!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

I found the Coach outlet in Calgary today and got some AWESOME deals!!!!!!! =)
Well its not technically in Calgary, cuz its outside of city limits but I still consider it part of Calgary since it only takes me 10-15 minutes to drive there =P
Anyways on to the great deals =)

I found this in the clearance section so it was 50% off, plus today there was an additional 20% off so I got this for only 50 something dollars!!!!!!!!!

And this purse was 79 dollars  plus the 20% off so in the end I got it for about 64 dollars!!!!!!!!!
As you all can see by the amount of exclamation marks I put at the end of each sentence that I'm very happy and excited about this haul =D I love great deals =)
And sorry I can't seem to rotate the pictures, so you'll just have to look at them sideways =P

Saturday, May 8, 2010

E.L.F. Haul!!!

So a while ago, I made a elf order when they had their 50% off studio line and this is what I got.
The elf High Definition Powder

I think this powder is really moisturizing, considering how dry my skin is, but I'm not sure about how HD it is, but I do think its a wonderful setting powder for dry skin since its very mosturizing.  It's also very fine and so it doesn't look cakey at all when I have it on.  It doesn't look like I have anything extra on my skin after I put it on, but my skin feels smoother after it's on.  So all in all, I would recommend this powder to people with dry skin that needs a moisturizing powder.

The elf Complexion Perfection

I bought this powder to set the area under my eye for when I use concealer, because I had watched Makeup by Tiffany D's videos on base makeup and she always recommends the Benefit Powderflage, which is a pinkish fine powder.  Well I also watched a lot of elf reviews on the elf Complexion Perfection and a lot of people like to use the pink and yellow part to set the area under the eyes.  After trying this out for a few days, I will say that the powder is very fine and it doesn't look cakey under my eye, but I don't feel like it brightened my eye area that much.  Other than that, I'm very satisfied with this powder because its very fine and it sets my concealer pretty well.

The elf Eyebrow Kit

I got the eyebrow kit in medium because I heard some reviews very people with black hair got dark and it was too dark for them and I do think dark probably would have been too dark.  I'm quite liking the medium right now, although I only do my brows on special occasions like going out or something.  Sometimes when I have an extra minute or 2 in the morning I would try to tame my messy brows with the wax, and I think it does an okay job at it.  My brows are very messy and hard to tame and I feel that this powder isn't strong enough to "wax" it in place.  So my final verdict on this brow kit is that its okay, but I probably won't repurchase this when I finish it up.

The elf Kabuki Face Brush

This brush is soooooo soft.  When I first opened it, I kept stroking it over and over again because it was sooooo soft.  It was still super soft after I washed it, and to my surprise it didn't take that long to dry.  I washed it before I went to bed and it was dry already when I woke up the next morning.  It's not dense enough to use for mineral powder though,  I used it with my Maybelline Mineral Power and I feel that couldn't buff the powder into my skin, I still find my elf Powder Brush better for buffing in mineral powder.  It is good to use with my elf High Definition Powder though, it deposits just the right amount of powder and it feels sooo good on my face.  So I think this brush probably isn't that good for mineral powders but its good for finishing powders.

Face Brushes

The elf Blush Brush
I got this brush for highlighting the area under the eyes and I love it!  It's the perfect size and its super soft.  I use it with the Complexion Perfection and it picks up the powder really well.  All in all I love this brush.

The elf Complexion Brush
This brush is also really soft but I don't really have a use for it.  I have used it once to contour my face with bronzer, and it was okay for that.  It is really soft though.

Eye Brushes

The elf Eyeshadow "C" Brush
I don't really like this brush, its super hard to clean and I have to rinse it for a good 10 minutes until the soap suds completely disappear, and after it dried it still feels a little sticky so I don't want to use it for anything.  So I don't know if I just got a crappy brush, or that it's always that hard to clean, but I don't like it because now I can't use it at all. =(

The elf Small Angled Brush
This brush is pretty good for eyebrows, but I originally got it for gel eyeliner, but I feel its too thick for that.  I like really precise fine lines so I don't think this brush is good for gel eyeliners.

The elf Small Smudge Brush
This brush is fine enough for gel eyeliner and I'm liking it so far.  I do have to wash it everyday after I use it though, or else it turns really hard and I can't get a proper line from it.

Thats it for my elf haul! Many more hauls to come now that its summer!!! =)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Post Exam Face =P

So this is what I looked like after my crazy exams.
I wore only mascara to my exams, didn't have time to do full makeup, but still wanted to look decent =P

And after my exams I went to Daiso and picked up a few things =)

These two roller thingys is to massage the face so that it depuffs from water retention.  I will probably demonstrate how to use it later.

This brush is for foaming up cleansers and washing the face. It makes my face really smooth, I totally recommend.