Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Makeup Looks using MUFE Flash Palette

I first saw this Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Flash Palette when I went to New York in August. It was in the Sephora store on Times Square. I immediately fell in love with this palette, but after seeing the price ($93) I couldn't buy it right away. I figured I would come back sometime during the week, and if I really wanted it I would buy it (I tend to do this a lot). Anyway, I came back a few days later after convincing myself that I really should spend my vacation money on this one item -- only to find that they were sold out! :(

I tried to buy this on too at some point, but they were sold out. Then, last Monday I went shopping with one of my best friends (who's back home for winter break and wanted to go to San Francisco). We stopped by Sephora in Union Square, and there it was!!!

At first, I thought $93 is too much to spend on one item from Sephora, but this palette is worth it. It comes with a good amount of product -- you would have to buy around 14 MAC Paint Pots to get the same amount ($16.50 per Paint Pot x 14 = $231!). Anyway, this post wasn't meant to be a review -- I'm just really excited that I finally picked this one up and realized that it's a pretty good deal!

Here are the first two looks I came up with using the silver and gold flash colors:

Smokey Black and Silver

MAC Paint Pot in Blackground (I just bought this so I wanted to try it -- you can use the black color in the MUFE palette instead)
MUFE Flash Color in Silver
Too Faced Smokey Eye Palette (Christmas present from my parents!)

Here's my younger sister with the gold look:
Smokey Cranberry and Gold

MUFE Flash Color in Gold
MAC Goldmine e/s
MAC Amber Lights e/s
MAC Cranberry e/s

Enzo Milano Hair Style

This review has been moved to my new website:

Sunday, December 28, 2008

After Christmas Haul

The day after Christmas I went to the mall to exchange some of the colors my boyfriend got me from MAC. As I mentioned in my previous post, I ended up getting Aquadisiac, Paradisco, Electra, and Cranberry. But of course, I couldn't just walk away without getting more items (ah!). So, I got two more paint pots in Delft and Blackground and the Wisteria e/s trio from the Dame Edna collection.

When I first learned about the Dame Edna collection from Pursebuzz, I wasn't too crazy about it (the guy sort of creeps me out). However, the Wisteria e/s (the light blue one) is just too pretty and it's not available as a single e/s. When I went to MAC and took a better look at it, the Fineshine e/s looked amazing too (the light silver one). So yeah... I ended up buying it. That pretty much takes care of the Christmas present from my grandparents. :X

Here's the makeup look I did today using Wisteria (on top of Delft Paint Pot) and Fineshine (on top of Luna Cream Colour Base):

MAC Electric Eel Makeup Look

One of the colors my boyfriend got for me was Electric Eel (see previous post to see the other colors he gave me for anniversary). I was so excited about this color, because it is sooo pretty. Here's how it turned out:

I used MAC Electric Eel e/s on the lid, MAC Mulch e/s and MAC Ground Brown e/s on the crease, and MAC Ricepaper e/s to highlight the brow bone. MAC Ground Brown is a pro color that I picked up back in August when I was in Las Vegas at the Mac Pro store in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. If you don't have this color, any dark brown color will work too. :)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

MAC Purple Makeup Look

I wanted to play with my new MAC purple colors on Christmas Eve. I used Digit, Parfait Amour, Vibrant Grape, and just a little bit of a dark purple tarte color to add depth. I was in a bit of a rush though, because it was 6:30pm and the grocery stores were closing early (7pm!).

This is when I realized that I need to buy a dark purple MAC color, so I found Poison Pen (matte2 -- deep purple with grey) at the nearest Cosmetics Store Company yesterday. :)

Anniversary Gift From My Boyfriend :)

My boyfriend and I celebrate our anniversary every month. I know, I know... it's a little kiddy, but we still like it. We just celebrated 2 1/2 years a couple days ago, so we gave each other slightly bigger presents than the usual monthly exchange. This was my main present from him -- a MAC pro palette with 15 colors! :D

I had so much fun arranging the colors in my palettes. I had one previously, which I turned into more of my neutral palette since I have a lot of browns. I ended up exchanging 3 colors and tossing one out, because I recently learned that I don't do too well with red pigment :( So I exchanged Beauty Marked, Passionate, and Plum Dressing (and threw away Post Haste which I bought in August) and got Electra, Aquadisiac, Paradisco, and Cranberry (this one was a little risky since it does have some red, but I'm hoping it will be okay -- it was just too pretty!).

Thanks Greg! <3

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Pink and Lime Makeup Tutorial

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Here's what I used for this tutorial:

Two Faced Shadow Insurance
Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette
MAC Fix+
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero

Coastal Scents Contour & Blush Palette

MAC Cream Colour Base in Crushed Bougainvillea
MAC Romancin' Lipstick

Friday, November 28, 2008

Coastal Scents Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale!

Get 25% of the entire store on Black Friday (today! 11/28/2008) and Cyber Monday (12/1/2008)! I just placed my order! Unfortunately, the True Black Gel Liner is out of stock, but everything else I wanted was there:

10 Piece Professional Blush Palette
28 Piece Eye Shadow Neutral Palette
Contour & Blush Palette
Pink Kabuki Brush
Italian Badger Angle Blush
Black on Black Taklon Angle Liner
Silk White Gel Liner (only decided to get this one since True Black wasn't available)

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! :B

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cute Slipper Socks!

These slippers are so adorable! I saw them at Bath and Body Works over the weekend, and my boyfriend bought them for me :D I bet they're wearing falsies haha :)

I also stocked up on Winter Candy Apple lotion while I was there -- aside from Sweet Pea and Japanese Cherry Blossom, this is one of my all-time favorite scents for lotion. What are your favorite scents?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

NYX Private Sale at

If you use the discount code NYX25 at, you will receive 25% on all NYX items from now until tomorrow (November 21, 2008) ! NYX is really affordable for the quality -- I think it's the drugstore version of MAC. To give you an idea of how much you'll save:

Ultra Pearl Mania (loose powder that's highly pigmented) - originally $1.25, on sale for $0.94
Round Lipstick - originally $2.00, on sale for $1.50
Trio Eyeshadow (recommended!) - originally $5.00, on sale for $3.75

I also recommend the felt tip liners. :)

Happy NYX shopping! :B

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Purple Makeup Look with Tarte Pink Lip Gloss

One of my YouTube subscribers watched my review of Tarte's The Vanity and left a comment about her favorite gloss that comes with this palette. I told her I would try it out, and she's right! It's super pretty! Thanks jamnotjelly702 for pointing that one out to me -- there's too much in this palette! :)

Here's the makeup look I did today using this pink shimmery gloss (the dark purple color is also from the Tarte palette):

I tried my Lancome Oscillating Mascara for the first time today too! What do you think of the length?

Hope you all had a great weekend! :B

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Gray and Pink Makeup Look

I had Tuesday off for Veterans Day, so I met up with my sister to eat lunch with my mom and go shopping. I found this tokidoki jacket at Macy's, and I just had to buy it (the two little birds on the collar were too cute):

I wore this jacket for the first time today. I decided to do a gray and pink look to match it. Here's how it turned out:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Phloof e/s
Urban Decay Last Call e/s
MAC Royal Assets: 6 Smokey Eyes Palette (courtly grey)

NYX Pinky Blush
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium/Natural

MAC Romancin' Lipstick from Adoring Carmine Rose Lips Set

MAC Select SPF 15 Foundation in NC30

Thursday, November 13, 2008

20% off coupon for Ulta!

Click here to get a 20% off coupon on any one item including select top brands at Ulta. You can print the coupon from that site. It expires on Saturday, November 15, 2008.

If you prefer to shop online, the coupon code is 97153.


MAC Brownish Blue Makeup Tutorial

My first look using MAC's Passions of Red holiday palette in Classic Eyes.

MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
MAC Devoted Poppy: 6 Classic Eyes palette
MAC Carbon e/s for eye liner

MAC Stark Naked Blush

MAC Select SPF 15 Foundation in NC30
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium/Natural

MAC "To Swoon For" from the Adorine Carmine Rose Lips set

Enjoy! :B

MAC Holiday Haul

Items from Little Darlings, Passions of Red, and Adoring Carmine! I also ended up doing a little review of the face brush set. Although I was not fond of the 187 brush, the others were pretty good.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 promo code for 20% off!

Hi there! I got an email with a promo code for — 20% off! Here’s what it says:

From November 12 - November 17, 2008, enter promo code XG0SF1TAIW8N at checkout and save an extra 20% on your online purchase! Extra savings are reflected at checkout and apply to sale, clearance and regular prices, with exceptions listed.
Excludes Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Lacoste, Ed Hardy, 7 for all Mankind, cosmetics & fragrances, gift cards, toys, sunglasses, watches. For her: BCBG, Impulse, Lauren. For him: Emporio Armani, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama, 7 for all Mankind. For the home: All-Clad, Henckels, Tumi, Waterford China & Crystal, Wusthof, area rugs, electrics and electronics, furniture, mattresses. Savings do not apply to Everyday Values, Jewelry Super Buys, web busters™, purchases on, purchases in Macy’s stores or prior purchases, payments on credit accounts, gift wrap or shipping charges.

Enjoy! :B

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sephora Friends & Family Discount Code!!!

From November 6 to 10, 2008, Sephora is giving 20% off online orders! It's their Friends and Family Discount Code: FF2008

This would have been useful for my tarte The Vanity palette and Urban Decay Book of Shadows... but there's always something to buy from Sephora!

Happy online shopping!


Coastal Scents Coupon Code!

For the next 3 days, you can use the following coupon code to get $10 off on your purchase of $75 and above: SAVEMONEY

The code expires on November 2, 2008 at 11:59pm EST.

They are also going to have new products next week, and there will also be a delivery of Out Of Stock Palettes.



MAC "Red" She Said Makeup Look

MAC Red She Said Makeup

Here's what I'm wearing:

MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
MAC E/S in Naked Lunch
MAC Mineralize E/S Trio in Inter-view (from "Red" She Said Collection)

MAC Blush in Enough Said (from "Red" She Said Collection)

MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry
MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in "Red" She Said (from "Red" She Said Collection)
MAC Dazzleglass in Love Alert (from "Red" She Said Collection)

MAC Haul with Red She Said and Holiday Brush Set

Just wanted to share a picture of my most recent MAC haul. For anyone looking to buy any one of the three holiday brush sets (basic brush set, eye shadow brush set, and face brush set), BUY IT AT NORDSTROM!!! They're selling it for only $35 there, compared to $50 at MAC! What a deal!!!

MAC Haul!

I also picked up some Red She Said items -- mineralize eye shadow trio in Inter-view, MAC Beauty Powder Blush in Stark Naked (LOVE IT!) and Red She Said Amplified Creme Lipstick. These are my favorites from the collection. At first, I went to the mall looking for the mineralize eye shadow trio in Threesome, but I ended up liking Inter-view better -- especially since I wanted to buy makeup for my upcoming Classic/Vintage Pinup Makeup Tutorial and Threesome doesn't look that great with red lips.

If you have any questions about any of these items, leave a comment and I'll let you know as soon as I've tried these on!


Quick Hair Trick: Updo without any hair ties, clips, & pins!

Want to get your hair away from your face quickly but don't have a hair tie? No worries! I've got a solution for those with medium to long hair. Watch my YouTube video below if you want to see how to do my trick. I came up with this trick in 8th grade, and over the years a lot of my classmates/friends/co-workers/even strangers ask me how I do it, so I figured I'd share it with you!

Remember, this is more for functionality than for looks -- but you can make it nice and neat too if you want! It only took me 20 seconds to put my hair up in the pictures below. :D

Let me know if you get it to work for you! :B




Pink, Orange, and Yellow Makeup Look

I decided to wear my flowery dress to school a few days ago, and I wanted to match my makeup with it! Here's how it turned out:

Pink, Orange, and Yellow Makeup

Pink, Orange, and Yellow Makeup Look

These are the colors I used:

MAC Cream Colour Base in Luna (all over lid)
MAC Bright Sunshine e/s (inner corner)
MAC Post Haste e/s (outer corner)
Coastal Scents orange color from 88 Shimmer Palette (center of lid)
MAC Carbon e/s (upper lash line)

MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque (primer)
MAC Blush in Nuance
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium/Natural

Lancome Lipstick in Mars


Tarte The Vanity Limited Edition Palette Review


I bought tarte's newest palette at Sephora. It's called "The Vanity", and it's a follow up to tarte's "We Wish You Well" holiday palette from last year. It comes with 16 brand-new eyeshadows, 16 brand-new lipglosses, a luminizer, a mineral powder bronzer in Park Avenue Princess, a mini "Lights, Camera, Lashes!" mascara, and 2 brushes (one eyeshadow and one eyelining)! It was $52, but for 41 items, that's only $1.27 each!!!




My swatches are below (the eyeshadows/lipglosses/blushes do not have names so I couldn't really label them here -- but the eyeshadows are in left to right order from top to bottom row. Click on the images for a better view):





I also recorded a review on YouTube. Check it out!

Overall, this palette is great! tarte makeup has Vitamin E in it too (good for preventing premature aging)! This palette would make a wonderful holiday gift for your makeup loving friend or family member (or yourself!).

Here's the pumpkin orangy bown look I did using everything from this palette (except for the eye liner):

tarte orangy-brown makeup look


Urban Decay Bronzy Green Makeup Tutorial

Here's my first look using Urban Decay's Book of Shadows.

Urban Decay Bronzy Green Makeup Look

Primer Potion (mini size included in palette)
Urban Decay Gridlock, Baked, Absinthe, and Protest E/S
MAC Carbon E/S for eyeliner

MAC Nuance Blush
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium/Natural

MAC High Tea


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Review

I picked up Urban Decay's Book of Shadows palette at Sephora. I bought it for $45, and I think it's a good deal, especially since the eyeshadows are really pigmented. It comes with 16 eyeshadows, 2 brushes, and 1 travel-size primer potion. I recorded a review on YouTube:

Here are my swatches (with and without flash):

8 Best-Selling Shades

8 Brand New Exclusive Shades

Goddess (midnight blue with lots of electric blue microglitter)
Shattered (bright green/blue shift)
Roach (deep brown with reddish sheen)
Smog (deep coppery bronze)
Baked (rich bronze)
Last Call (plum punch)
Grifter (sheer lavender with lots of silver microglitter)
Midnight Cowboy (golden beige with gold glitter)

Perversion (matte black)
Mayhem (deep purple)
Gridlock (medium brown)
Sidecar (bronze sparkle)
Shakedown (shimmering taupe)
Scandal (peachy-pink)
Absinthe (electric green)
Protest (dark green)


Peachy Pink Makeup Look

Peachy Pink Makeup

Peachy Pink Makeup 2

I used (in order):

MAC Phloof! e/s (brow bone highlight)
a light pink matte e/s from Tarte "The Vanity" L/E Palette (right under the highlight):
MAC Swish e/s (lid)
Urban Decay Last Call e/s (outer corner and crease)

MAC Cream Colour Base in Crushed Bougainvillea (LOVE IT!!! Too bad you can't use this one on your eyes though)

This was a quick look -- only took me about 10 minutes total. Hope you like it! :B


I got this message from Pursebuzz on the Crushed Bougainvillea cream colour base when I mentioned that it can't be used on the eyes due to the warning label that came with it in the packaging:
"Hey There!
I think this only applies to those who are allergic to red dyes and products. A lot of people are allergic to red pigment/dyes/shadows and that’s why the warning is there. But if you aren’t then it’s fine :)~PB"

So if you're planning to use Crushed Bougainvillea on your eyes, do so at your own discretion! Make sure you are not allergic or anything first!