My Second Attempt making Macarons

Since my first attempt making Macarons was an epic fail, I decided to remake it again.  I really want to learn and master making these adorable french cookies.  I now know why buying macarons are so expensive because these cookies takes a lot of time making it.  I decided to remake it by using the Italian Meringue way. From what I learned on some youtube videos and blogs, they stated that Italian meringue way is more easier and forgiving to make a perfect macarons which means your cookies won't break that easily when baking.

Here are some tips I could offer:
  • Know your oven really well
  • Invest in a baking mat
  • Be patience 
The patience comes in when you have to set your macarons at least 15 - 30 mins depending on the weather. I also learned that do not make macarons when it's raining cause it takes longer for the macaron to form that hard shell texture before putting it in the oven. Here are some pics that I remake my macarons. I decided to make Black Sasame Macarons with Honey Butter cream filling. I really enjoy eating this however it's pretty sweet, very crunchy on the outside and very moist and chewy in the inside. The most I can eat is just 2 cause of the sweetness and the black sesame combine really pops in my mouth when biting these little cookies. Also I want to indicate that this cookies takes a long time to make. I made 2 dozen cookies and I had only one pan on me so next time I will get two pans so this way it'll be faster if I remake this again.

My Five Essentials Makeup Items

This idea post was brought up to me after reading prettymom's post of her 5 items she uses within 10 minutes.  It never occurs to me or I never had the time to count how many makeup items I use on my daily routine when getting ready.  I know for a fact I don't use a lot as well.

The only essential items I use are:
  • Bobbi Brown BB cream 
  • Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil 
  • Prestige Eyeliner 
  • Paul and Joe Blush 
  • Bobbi Brown Concealer 

Applying Lipstick is depending on my mood.  I haven't been wearing or sporting lipstick a lot these days, probably the fact I'm really in a hurry and just don't have that extra time to applying it.

My 5 essential makeup items gives me a simple and clean look of the day.

What is your essential makeup items that you use?  

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BB Cream Review Part III

This is my third part review on finding a good/perfect BB cream.  I recently got the Bobbi Brown BB cream in Medium shade.  In my previous experience I personally couldn't find the perfect BB cream that I could stick with.  I personally just think that the SKIN 79 BB cream felt heavy and also I didn't like the greyish tone.  I'm so excited in trying on Bobbi Brown BB cream, cause I know that her line and the texture of her makeups are pretty natural and feels lightweight.  I can't emphasize how much I like using the tinted moisturizer that I'm currently using.  The tinted moisturizer gives me a full coverage and I'm hoping that this BB cream will do exactly the same.  

If you like to go back and re-read my experience on BB cream, here is the following links:
  1. New BB Cream
  2. BB Cream Review Part II
So I finally tried and test the BB cream.  I really like the coverage a lot, although I'm still debating if I should have gotten the fair shade instead of the medium shade.  I feel like the medium shade gives me a bit orange hint to my face but it's barely not noticeable cause it blends right in.

Pros to this BB cream 
  • I notice that there's no strong smell to this cream at all.  
  • The coverage to this bb cream is lightweight and gives me a very nice coverage to my face. 
  • This bb cream doesn't give you a sticky feeling at all.  

More reviews to come on this BB cream.  I will try to create a tutorial look using this BB cream.  Hope you all have a great thanksgiving holiday.  I can't believe how fast the holidays are coming so soon and so another year flew by.

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October is not the month for me

Well I have decided to resurface the blogging life again, but have decided to blog about my daily life more.  I want my readers to get to know me more and I believe I have been makeup out already.  My makeup blogging days are pretty much limited now.  I will try to post them whenever I have the time.  I'm currently working partially part time and staying on top of my daughter school it's a TOP priority.  I feel that it's still mentally and physically draining but I have no choice to stay focus on what I do.   I have to say October is not the best month for me, since the weather has change, myself and my family have gotten all sick.  We got struck by a bug the first week of October and the pain was unbearable.  Also my calendar is fill with so many events, I don't even know how I manage to do all. I'm constantly always on a run each day; however, I do take the time for myself.  I've been on top of going to gym at least once or twice a week.  Jogging has been helping me a lot and it's therapeutic just to run for half an hour.

Recently I got invited to a friend's wedding and I can't decided what my daughter to wear.  I pulled up one of her dress that I got awhile ago. This dress is too yellow and makes her look like a little sunshine.  What do you guys think?  Is this appropriate attire for her to go to a wedding dress up like little Miss Sunshine?  The dress is overlay over with a nice white flower cardigan.   I love the way she smile.  She brings me a lot of sunshine over the wonderful years of having her.


Anyway until next time I'll post more things of my daily routine if I can.   

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My first attempt on Macarons

I've been sluggish and lack of post these days.  Again for the million times I will try to come up with more beauty related post.  Recently I had the urge to try to make Macaroons or Macarons, a French type of cookies that has filling in it.  I really like these colorful and adorable cookies, it goes well with a nice cup of coffee or tea.  Here's my first attempt, not perfect and it came out cracked but it taste pretty good.  I heard that it has to do with science of the egg whites and also patience takes time in order making this cookie perfect. Here's some pics I took.  I used a red food coloring and add a little drop of it making it pastel pink. Anyway I hope to try this out again.  


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My trip to Chicago

I know summer went by a breeze and now it's time to get back to my regular schedule.  My regular schedule consist of taking care of my daughter, running errands, etc.  I know for sure I will miss my summer days.  I had a great summer with my family, we traveled a bit during our summer break.  We went on a Disney Cruise, went to a friend's place where she had a private beach and our last trip was to Chicago.   I had a pretty good time in Chicago and took a lot of pictures.  Here's some pics of me posing in from of the Cloud Gate at that Millennium Park:


This is one of my OFOTD (outfit of the day) that I got at a great bargain at modcloth.com

Anyway hope to blog more in the long run. 

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COVERGIRL + OLAY Foundation and Pressed Powder

Recently I joined Bzzagent Campaign and they sent me a COVERGIRL AND OLAY kit to try this out. COVERGIRL has joined forces with OLAY to combine a foundation and pressed powder to provide coverage for ageless and radiant looking skin.  It's like two in one package, which benefits me since I see some age spots and discoloration appearing on my face. I rarely buy drugstore foundation, because I have a hard time of finding the correct shade and drugstore doesn't provide a test sampling at all. With this foundation I hope this helps me reduce my signs of my discolorations and age spots.  I decided to put this foundation and pressed powder to the test and here's the final result of a fresh and radiant looking skin. Majority of the other products that I used for this look are from drugstore brand.  I did the less is more look and the only new thing that I tried is putting falsies on which was an epic fail.  I had a hard time making the glue stick to my eyelids.  I used one pumps to cover my face and used concealer to cover up some blemishes and used the pressed powder on top of it.  The foundation is retailing for $13.99.   Hope this new product review is informative and what do you think of these products.  Have you tried it before?





Disclaimer: I received these products to test for free through the bzzagent campaign.

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My Fashion Sense Part II

Here's the second post I will be posting some pictures of the recent purchase I got at modcloth.com I have to say I'm very please with my purchase.  Here's a pic of me wearing it at the beach and I have to say it's super comfortable.  This dress is loose fitting and it's not tight at all, but I want to indicated that the top fits me just perfectly.  There's barely any room on the top and this material of the top doesn't stretch.  Anyone with a bigger bust size will be a bit tight I think, but please read the reviews at their site.  I read some reviews with bigger bust and that it fits them perfectly.  I like the dress material it's super soft.  This dress is made to be 100% polyester and the dress hit above my knee, which is perfect for me since I'm 4'11.  Pretty casual type of dress for a nice outing or you can pair it up with a nice cardigan to a wedding reception or a special event. 

The dress that I got is called Here's Lupine At You Dress - $49.99


This is not a paid advertorial, I purchased this dress at my own expense.

I'm spreading the love and offering $10 dollars off your first order of $50 and up:
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My Fashion Sense + Big Breast Problem


Besides shopping for makeups, I personally love to shop for clothes as well but it's hard for me to shop because my bust is big.  My bust has been a problem to my shopping.  I can't find nice and pretty tops that fits perfectly for me.  I want to find something that has nice designs and also provides good materials and that it is affordable as well.  I like to try to style up myself and looking chic as well.  I know I'm not a great stylish person when it comes to fashion sense.  I have no patience when it comes to shopping because of my bust issue.  Being a 38D left me hopeless and frustrated in finding decent clothes.

Here's are some bad example experience when I shopped at some store like H&M -  I typically shop at H&M but I personally don't like their UK sizing cause some tops and dresses runs pretty small.  The only largest that I see is a size 12 and sometimes a size 12 is so hard to squeeze into.  I'm not criticizing that H&M is bad, but some prettier clothing is more harder for a big bust gal like me to fit into and I feel discouraged that there aren't many selections to try on.

Second example of another store that I tend to shop at is anthropologie.  I generally love shopping at this store, because of the their vintage style clothing they offer. Unfortunately their clothing isn't affordable and their sizing feels a bit off from my personal experience.  From my personal experience I tend to shop on sale items only and finding sale items in my size is even much harder.  I basically gave up my passion shopping at anthropologie these days. 

I recently found a new site online store called modcloth.com - no one ever told me about this site.  Just one random boring day I decided to click on an advertorial link and saw a lot of pretty vintage style dresses and the pricing was just affordable. I can't stress enough how much I love vintage stuff, because of the pretty and flowery patterns that this site offers.  My out fit experience to be continue on my next post...

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Do you generally have a hard time finding the right clothes like me having a bigger bust?  Please do share your shopping experience.  I would like to know!

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All about hair - Part III

So recently I got a hair cut, I decided to cut my hair shorter this time.  I haven't had a hair cut for almost a year after I did my digital perm a year ago.  My hair was just too long and it was getting pretty heavy and additionally there was no more style to it.  I'm glad I attempted to cut my hair, which is so much easier for me to manage now.  I also realized that my hair was very frizzy and dry and I needed to restore my hair back.  I recently got an opportunity to try this new hair products called nuNaat Brazillan Keratin.  



About NuNAAT,  NuNaat is an online company that specialize in hair care products.  Their slogan is - "All you hair can be"  I never heard of this company before until this company contacted me.  Their main key in these products provide fine and natural ingredients that isn't harsh on your hair.  Their ingredients contain of nuts, berries, fruits and plants.  I got the opportunity to try out the Brazilian Naat Keratin collection line and I have been trying this almost 3 days now after my hair cut. I remember in college when I took biology, my professor said that Keratin is really good for your hair.  Keratin is a strong type of protein that helps you restores in skins, hair and nails that regenerate new cells.

After washing my hair, I feel my hair is getting restore because keratin is the main component ingredient of having my hair looking smoother and shiner. I really enjoy using their shampoo and conditioner because of the natural ingredients that contains in this collection line.  Currently they do not sell their products on their website, their products can be found through variety of retailer which includes Walgreen, Walmart, Sally Beauty Supplies, drugstore.com and sallybeauty.com

Hope this post is informative and hope you'll try out these hair care product line.

Disclaimer:  nuNaat kindly sent me their samples for me to try and share my thoughts with my readers. 

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My Summer & Sunkissed Look

I decided to do a look and I know it's been awhile.  I was inspired by one of Xteener's Sexy Sunkissed tutorial.  I really like the summery and Sunkissed look for the summer and it makes me feel more healthier.  Typically I'm really pale, so the extra tan helps me give me a nice complexion look for the summer. The downsize is I rarely get a tan cause I don't hang out at the beach a lot.


I decided to try pulling this look off based on what I used and did a smokey effects.  I realized that this smokey shades effects helps me enlarge my eyes much more. The list of makeups that I used are totally different from what she used on her tutorial.  I realized that I didn't have a copper shade, so I decided to use a shimmery dark brown for it instead.  Here's the final look, looks like I'm ready for a nice day out for the beach.  This will be perfect look since I'm going on my vacation soon.  I look like I just came out from the water.

Healthy Black Sesame Smoothie

It's been a long time since I posted.  I've been extremely busy.  I have to check my daughter's homework.  I need to be on top of her academic studies.  It's been a stressful year but I'm glad I'm making more attempts of spending time with my little girl and doing more other things. Now that she is off school, I'll have more time to blog.

Today I wanna share with you this really good and yummy smoothie that I've been making.  It's very easy and simple to make.  It takes less than 5 mins.  I got this recipe from cookingwithdog 

Here's the following ingredients:
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 250ml Original Unfortified Soymilk (1.06 cups) or regular whole milk is fine
  • 2 tbsp Ground Black Sesame Seeds
  • Honey (about ½ tbsp)
  • 3~4 Ice Cubes
 Here's the link if you wanna try this smoothie out http://youtu.be/c59yxsr1hAk

This smoothie is healthy and nutritious.   

Hope you will enjoy!


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Minerals Mate Review

In this post I will be reviewing the Minerals Mate. I just want to let you know how easy to use this palette. It's very hygienic and easy to clean after you use this palette each time. I highly recommend for those who use minerals or loose powder a lot, this is a perfect mixing tray for you. Do you ever get tired of double dipping? Are there times there were mineral spillage? Yes I hate spilling my loose eyeshadows. There was one incident that I accidentally spilled my beloved shadow that I got from a dear friend from mine. This works well for those who are also a makeup artist, helps makeups clean from other contacts. Not only that you could use this for minerals, you can certainly use for liquids as well. In this mixing tray I received a tray with 7 mixing application that includes 7 full set of caps to store leftover.


This mixing tray helps prevent:
  • less mess and more room
  • avoid from double dipping
  • store “leftover” hygienically
  • have less makeup waste
This mixing tray is retail for $19.95 at minerals mate

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Another Naruko Review

I notice that my Naruko Review has been a top search engine through google.  So I have decided to do another review of my Naruko haul.  I have to admit I have been extremely lazy on my skin care routine and notice I have been breaking out around my chin area. Having zits around my chin area is the most excruciating pain that I went through for the past few weeks.   In one of my old post I explained what causes pimples to pop out around certain areas.

My zone area are caused by:
Zone 12
Chin
Chin breakouts are regulated by hormones and tend to freak out before and after your period. 
Zones 11 & 13
Corners of the mouth
The corners of your mouth connect to the ovaries, and often break out during menstruation.
I realized that I have finished my Acne Clay Cleanser and I wanted something to soothe that area.  I decided it was time to stock up on my skin clear regimes.  Plus I had 15% off from imomoko.com during Memorial Weekend. I decided it was worth of stocking up on some stuff to try out.  When I first saw the Acne Clay Cleanser, I realized that this cleanser got repackaged with a newer design.  The cleanser itself and the formula of is still the same. This will be my second time re-using this and I can't emphasized how much I personally like using this cleanser.

Have you ever try this line and what is your personal thoughts?

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Why I like makeups?

Image is not mine - this image is from pxleyes.com
In this post I will explain why I like makeups so much.  After a few years of blogging about makeups, I realized that I'm not an addict as I thought I would be.  My makeup addictions has died down, but have self discovered why I still like makeups.  The reasons why I like makeups is because it's form of an art by adding colors on your canvas is it to your face.  I like to enhance my looks to make myself looking fresh each day. On my typical day I go for a fresh simple look and on special occasions, I want to transform myself into a swan.


There are many levels forms of makeup looks that I notice. Makeups looks are pretty much endless.  I realized that makeups can also enhance someone's self-confidence at work, people you meet and so forth.  Also as you age your skins looks duller, your pigmentations of your skin isn't there when you were a kid with nice pinkish cheeks.

I personally do not condone that a young girl soon start wearing makeups at a very young age.  I notice a lot of young girls starting to wear makeups in middle school and high school already on a daily basis.  Generally and personally I think it's okay for a teenager to wear makeups, but on special occasion for special events.  (makeups can be an endless debate, but this is my personal opinion)  I realized that makeups can send good messages to people and also send negative messages to people as well.  There's been many and countless articles about makeups transformation from positive to negative messages but generally I still like makeups in every kind form of ways.

What's your personal input on makeups?  


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Yu-Be Heel & Elbow Moisturizing Sock


Another review and hope this will be an informative review.  In my prior post I posted about the Yu-Be moisturizer.  I stated that this moisturizer is a great moisturizer for those who stuffer from dryness.  I personally like this moisturizer and I find this moisturizer helps me during those brutal winter days.  The only con is that it smells a bit medicated.  I'm not bothered by the smell, the smell instantly evaporates once you apply it on your face or hands.

History about Yu-Be moisturizer
This moisturizer was invented in 1957, a Japanese pharmacist Yoshikiyo Nowatari who invented this glycerin based moisturizer.  This formulated moisturizer cream is enriched with Vitamins B2, C, E and Camphor - Camphor is a waxy, white or transparent solid with a strong, aromatic odor.  In the process of manufacturing this moisturizer it became popular in Japan. This moisturizer is so effective on dry skin that sets it apart from other creams.

Recently Yu-Be contacted me to try out their Yu-Be Heel & Elbow Moisturizing Sock.  I have to admit my heels are a bit chap.  I've been walking a lot and my heels are a bit dry these days.  So I put this to the test.

Instructions on how to use the Yu-Be Heel & Elbow Moisturizing Sock
  1. Soak and Wash dry cracked heels or elbows in warm water for several minutes before bedtime to allow pores to pen and maximize absorption while you sleep. 
  2. Apply a generous amount of the Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream on affected areas and then cover it with the Yu-Be Heel & Elbow Socks.  

Personal thoughts & Review:
My feet felt really hydrated after using the moisturizing socks. Seems like my tired heels are resorted after a long battle of dry heels from all that excess walking.  I'm truly amazed how this is working out.  I hope to continue to use this in the long run. However, I personally think that the medicated smell will be a bothersome to some people.  I personally like this cream. Its also a pretty good cream for those who are suffering from Eczema and Dermatitis.  I used this a few times when my daughter was having Eczema and this cream instantly cleared her Eczema in no time.

Hope you enjoy this review!

Disclaimer:  Yu-Be kindly sent me their samples for me to try and share my thoughts with my readers.   
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Starting a New Chapter on Dieting...

Sorry for the lack of post.  As for the mean time I'm going on a bit hiatus and start dedicating my post on dieting and eating healthier.  I realized my eating habits aren't going well.  Too many outside foods is causing me to gain some weights now. I decide to and try to minimize my portions and start cutting out carbs. I hope my entries is a way to help me to achieve living more healthier. Hopefully I would add in to exercising more in the long run. I hope to pop in a few makeup reviews here and there, but lately I've been swamp with a lot of things in my current life.

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Sephora 15% off haul

Few days ago I got an e-mail that Sephora is having 15% off and I can't miss that opportunity of not getting anything.  Along with my 15% off, I have a $10 egiftcard as well.  I got a few things total value of $50 dollars exactly and using my 15% off  using promotion code: CHIC and with my $10 egiftcard the total came down to $36.00.  What a steal bargain!


The few items that I got are:
Did you get anything at Sephora with your 15% off? 

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My blush


Since spring is here I normally like to focus on putting on blush.  I really like shopping for blushes more than other makeups during spring. I personally believe that it brightens up your face.  Also it gives you a fresh and a healthy glow after you apply blush to your cheeks.  I read an interesting article from Health magazine stating that Peach is a hit color blush and that it helps you wake up your cheeks.  Choosing a blush can be difficult, but here's a some rules of thumbs when finding a perfect blush shade for you.  When looking for a particular blush it's okay to have a hint of shimmer in it.  Many women believe that shimmer is too young, but it's not true.  With shimmer in it, your cheeks appear more fuller and prettier.  Another tip when looking for a blush try focusing of getting powder instead of cream blush.  Especially if you have large pores it can irritates your skin easily when applying cream blush.  I personally stay away from cream blush, from my personal experience I had a bad reaction to cream blushes.  Also I had large pores and it irritated my cheeks even more.  Here are some of my main blushes I'm currently using for spring.

I'm currently using my Jill Stuart blush that I recently won from a giveaway. So far I enjoy using my Jill Stuart blush, it gives me a nice subtle pink.  There is no a hint of peach in it, it's more on the pink side, like bubble gum pink.  The pigmentation for this is very light which is a lack in that area.  The only upside is that the packaging is so pretty it makes me feel like a princess.  It comes in a pretty silver compact and with a hooked on blush brush.

Paul and Joe - This is my personal fave, it has a hint of shimmer in this and gives me a nice dewy glow after applying this blush.  Could be in the peachy side when the two shades are mixed together. This blush for this is pretty good because it has a lot of pigmentations.

NYX Peach - love this and one of my favorite blush of all.  It has strong pigmentations it's pretty cheap for a good quality blush that holds throughout the day.


Hope you enjoy my blush reviews.  What kind of blush do you like? Please let me know by commenting below.

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Influenster - Love VoxBox

Recently I signed up this program called Influensterhttp://www.influenster.com and what you have to do is you'll fill up some surveys and unlock badges. The more badges you unlock the more chances of you getting match with a monthly VoxBox.


I just recently received mine and in the box contains

•Gillette Venus & Olay Razor
•Kiss Nail Dress - Fashion That Sticks
•Stash Tea Herbal Tea Sampler
•Ghirardelli Gourment Milk Creamy Devotion Bar
•Truvia Natural Sweetener


I have already tried the razor, Stash Tea and I have to say so far so good and I can't wait to receive more of these box in the future. If you haven't sign up for an account go and check it out, it's worth the time in receiving free goodies.

Disclaimer: I received these products to test for free through the Influenster VoxBox program.

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My Jill Stuart Prizes

My Jill Stuart Prizes that I won from Fable in Fashion via youtube.  I've been dedicated reading her blog first when she first started and then she decided to do videos on youtube as well.  I really enjoy reading her blogs and watching her videos on youtube.  She's very sweet, friendly and humble.  Her videos are pretty unique & informative, like each fairy tales unfolds a new chapters; just like a real storybook that can't be put down.  Anyway this is my first time winning something so amazing through youtube.  This is my very first time trying out Jill Stuart brand.  I've been wanting to purchase this brand but I've been always putting it off cause this brand is pretty pricey and on the high end factor.  Thank You Celina for hosting this giveaway.  Here's a pic that I shot through via on my phone.


The items that I got are: 
  • Jill Stuart - Mix Blush Compact 
  • Jill Stuart - Lip Gloss
  • Jill Stuart - Illuminance Eyes 
  • Jill Stuart - Eyeliner Brush
  • Jill Stuart - Lasting Gel Eyeliner 
  • Jill Stuart - Lipstick 
More review to come on this!  

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Fishtail Braid Hair Style

Today post isn't about makeups at all, this post is about braiding hair post.  Anyway, I wish when I was younger I had more time to play with my hair. I wish I could braid better. Most of my teenage years I had short hair because I wasn't allow to grow my hair long. I don't know why, but I missed out my long hair days when I was younger. Now being at 33; I grew my hair out and now trying to learn how to braid isn't easy to learn. So today I braid a fishtail braid after watching some youtube tutorials. At first I didn't get it but after watching it several times I got the hang of it.  Also I realize that my hair is coarse and curly it's harder in recreating this braid.  I must either damp my hair first or straighten it to get a tighter tail look. Otherwise as you can see in the pic it's loose and looks messy.  Nothing fancy and also my hair runs pretty coarse. I wish I had thinner hair.


What do you think for my first attempt?

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Paul & Joe Smokey Eye Look

It's been awhile since I did a FOTD look and because with my hectic schedule, I have just completely stopped doing it.  Also of lack of motivation, I wasn't in the mood as well.  Anyway,  I'm back and to show you my Smokey eye look that I recently did using my Paul & Joe palette that I got awhile ago.  It's been really long and I have never really used it until recently.  I kept putting things off, so here's some pics of the look.  It's really hard to tell in the pictures that you don't see any makeup on me but I packed on a lot of colors and I looked like a silly clown.  I personally think this overall look and the makeup I used wasn't really working for me.


The following makeups products that I used:

Face:
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector Concealer - Light Peach
  • Dior Nude Natural Glow
  • Nars Blush - Deep Throat 
  • Dior Forever Powder Compact - 032 
  • Bobbi Brown - Shimmer Brick Compact 
  • Eyebrow - Rimmel London Pencil Color 004 Black Eyebrow 
Eyes: 
  • Urban Decay Lid Primer
  • Paul & Joe Eyeshadow Palette 
  • NYX Black Eyeliner Pencil 
  • Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara
Lips: 
  • Paul & Joe shade Mademoiselle
Hope you enjoy this look simple smokey look. 

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Maybelline Color Tattoo - 35 Tough as Taupe

I recently heard there was a lot of hype going on and had to try this Maybelline Color Tattoo line. The one that I got is called 35 Tough as Taupe. I heard that it's a dupe of the MAC paint pots. I personally never tried MAC paint pots before so I can't compare the texture and quality together side by side. I do know that this cream shadow that I got is really pigmented and last through the day after a couple swipe on my arm. I did a test of it and didn't remove the cream shadow on my arm and it lasted about couple of hours.  Personally I find it a bit dry and hard to blend without a primer, but I will do another test with an eye primer to see if blend in easier.

Here are some pictures and the retail price for this is $6.99 at my local Rite Aide drugstore.






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What's in my makeup bag?

In this post I'll be featuring my makeup bag items that I bring with me majority of the time.  I only bring the essential items out, which consist of concealer, blush, powder, eyebrow pencil and lipsticks. I don't carry a lot of stuff with me. I tend to keep my makeup bag light as much as possible. I consider myself a minimal person. I don't need too much stuff and only the essential items that are good enough for me that last me the whole entire day. On a typical day I normally apply my makeup on the train since I have that extra time to spare during my train commute.

Here are the items that I have in my makeup bag:
  • Clinique - all about the eyes concealer
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer
  • Paul & Joe Powder Compact
  • NYX Blush - Peach
  • Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil
  • Prestige Pencil Eyeliner
  • Paul & Joe Lipstick 

Anyway what's in your makeup bag?

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Wet 'n' Wild 8-pan Palette - Blue Had Me At Hello

In this post I will be reviewing the Wet 'n' Wild 8-pan Palette - Blue Had Me At Hello.  By the way I also love the name Blue Had me at Hello, like in Jerry Maguire Movie, which sounds so romantic.  I got this 8 pan palette awhile ago, but never had the chance to review this or use this.  I played with it a few times and I have to say this 8 pan palette is very pigmented.  If you like bold look, this is a very good palette for you to try.  I had a hard time searching for these 8 pan palette and finally found this in at Walgreen in Manhattan awhile ago. Personally I notice that cool tones doesn't work well on me.  I like warmer shades and since I played with it a few times it's hard for me to pull off a decent look.  I will try to review this post more in depth with a FOTD look.

Here is a few pics of how this 8 pan palette looks, along with swatches:



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Marc Jacobs Fragrances

Here are pics of my Marc Jacobs Fragrances.  I decided to purchase the value set rather than buying each rollerball individually with my $15 dollar coupon off from Sephora. Otherwise purchasing the rollerball individually alone would cost $20 dollar.  I rarely splurge on perfumes but since I got the opportunity with my $15 dollars coupon, I decided to get this fragrances just to try it out.  I'm not an expertise in describing the sense of these perfumes that I got, but when I swiped the trios set; it's smells more on the floral side than fruity side.  Also I really like the packaging the comes with a tinned casing.

This trio fragrance set includes: 
  • Daisy Eau 
  • Lola Eau 
  • Daisy Eau so Fresh 
Retail at Sephora for $38.00 US dollars

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