Editorial FOTD - Leafy Eyelines & Purple Lips

Dec 29, 2012

I have been wanting to do this editorial look for some time now ever since my blog friend Larie did these beautiful looks inspired by this.
(And she encouraged us to do it! )

Of course, all the models look beautiful and their makeups are stunning but I was particularly attracted to this look.
Maybe I just wanted her shoulders.
(Next life, baby)

It was also a little too much for an everyday look, but I just had another holiday concert which was a perfect occasion to wear this dramatic look.
This is what I came up with.

my editorial/stage FOTD

NOTD - Essie Sexy Divide

Dec 28, 2012

This color is one of my winter staples.
Some of you already know that I love deep purple polishes, and this one gets my special love for sure.

Essie Sexy Divide

Swatch, FOTD - L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipstick Rose Tafetta

Dec 26, 2012

I must have been so out of the loop that I did not know this lipstick line was introduced in the U.S. a while back.
(I used to be a (self-acclaimed) queen of drugstore makeup..!)

Better late than never, I finally got to try this thanks to the recent drugstore.com sale.
I know I have been more attracted to the higher end lipsticks lately, but this lipstick makes me realize once again that the drugstore brands really have amped up the game.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Rose Tafetta

Swatch, FOTD - Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Glossy Stain Violet Edition

Dec 22, 2012

Unlike the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte (which I have mixed feelings about..), I love this Glossy Stain!
I think I love everything about it except for the $32 price tag.
The color of my choice, Violet Edition is a perfect dark purple red.
(I might have just found my "Movie Star" lippie! ;o)

Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain
Violet Edition (1)

Review - OMG Nail Strips Nail Foil Strips

Dec 21, 2012

I was kindly sent these from OMGNailstirps for reviews.
I have only tried polish strips from Sally Hansen and I have been feeling kinda lukewarm(?) towards these strip types of nail products since.
That is mainly because I am not very into nail arts myself (although I am a nail polish fanatic and love looking at others' creations) and most of these strips are quite expensive for one time use.

They sent me two different designs of foil strips which are supposedly more durable and shiny compared to the polish strips.
I was interested in trying these since they offer many different cute designs at very affordable price.

OMG Nail Foil Strips

Tag, FOTD - Why Do I Wear Makeup?

Dec 16, 2012

I had a small performance last night and I feel relieved that it went pretty well despite that I have been sick for the past few days.
It was an ordinary holiday concert concerning a Mozart Mass that I have sung at least twenty times so nothing exciting about the concert itself, but I did have an interesting encounter regarding my makeup and the color contacts of the night.
One of the audience came to the backstage and commented on the concert briefly, then he politely asked about my eye color.
Apparently he never saw any Asian girl with grayish blue eyes before.
He seemed very surprised when I told him it was the color contacts.
(What did he think, I wonder. That my mom is a Persian cat? ;p)

I wanted to share the look I did for the concert and talk about "why I wear makeup (and color contacts)" since I was tagged by the lovely sleep and water not too long ago. ;)

How about some Grey Imagination?

Winter Skin Rescue - Simple Does It

Dec 14, 2012

Today I like to share some of the most basic skincare items I have been loving lately.
My skin has been misbehaving due to the change of weather and the few new facial products I have bravely tried, but now it is under control much thanks to these simple goodies.

NOTD - Essie Carry On

Dec 10, 2012

I actually got mildly upset when L'Oreal bought out Essie and soon after I started seeing Essie retail bottles as well as the L'Oreal polishes with identical colors at drugstores.
I don't really have a rational explanation for my sentiments since Essie still distributes to salons.
Maybe I have seen too many great independent companies got merged into those big global brands, and lost their unique qualities in the end.

Saying all that, I was still glad to find this Essie Carry On retail bottle from a discount store.
I love anything deep and vampy, and this is a purple creme not to mention it was only $3!

Essie Carry On
(Ugh, I hate the Essie retail bottles...)

FOTD - Sweet and Sassy (with YSL Rouge Volupte Frivolous Pink)

Dec 7, 2012

This week was very hectic for me, and I feel almost proud having followed it through.
(You would think that working as a freelancer makes you the owner of your own time, but you often find yourself being a slave instead.)
I even cancelled the dinner reservation today and decided to turn in early cause I am feeling a little wobbly.
Still, I wanted to share a quick FOTD with you. It is Friday after all! :)
This is a look I tried a couple days ago wearing Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupe Frivolous Pink.
I did not include an overall look in my previous swatch post, so this would make it up. ;)

Sweet & Sassy
(or so I think...)

Swatch, FOTD - e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder St. Lucia

Dec 4, 2012

I love getting fresh ideas from my fellow bloggers.
Wendy of Blush and Barbells has introduced me to the idea of using the bronzing part of this duo as eyeshadow color, and I must say it is quite brilliant!
I have always liked this duo but now even more so, I thought it deserved a separate post. :)

St. Lucia
(It was just "Blushed/Bronzed" before but now named as St. Lucia after e.l.f. brought out two more duos, Antigua and Turks & Caicos.)

Swatch, Review - Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Frivolous Pink

Dec 3, 2012

I prematurely petted myself for not having bought anything on Black Friday but I ended up purchasing the YSL Rouge Volupte Frivolous Pink at the last minute taking (dis)advantage of the 20% off sale.
I was much enabled by the beautiful vamp swatch from Claire's blog recently, and I had wanted to try the Rouge Volupte range for some time. (For this, I blame Stacey's wonderful collection.)
I also got the Gloss Stain in Violet Edition which I will soon talk about in another post.

Initially I wanted to get the legendary Lingerie Pink but chose Frivolous Pink instead after going through tons of swatch pictures.
I do love light pink lipsticks and even think they look good on me, but I just was not sure if I could pull off that light of a pink with chock-full of pigments.
(See Temptalia's swatches HERE)

In short, I am glad I got Frivolous Pink which is also light but much easier to wear (supposedly).
However, I must say I am much torn about the Rouge Volupte range itself.

The undoubtedly gorgeous Frivolous Pink
I have flaunted this beauty a couple of times already on Instagram. :)

NOTD - Zoya Jules

Dec 2, 2012

I am visiting my old favorite nail polishes lately.
Jules is from the Intimate Collection of Zoya (2011 Spring), which I liked so much that I got the whole set.

Despite of being one of the spring colors, Jules actually seems perfect for this Advent time.

Zoya Jules

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