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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Avril's Concert Was Freaking Awesome!

This is gonna be a long post and I'm actually rushing because I was to tired from jumping the whole night that I passed out for 15 hours. I'm just gonna leave you with some pictures and a video for the time being and I'll update the details when I'm not so in a hurry! Enjoy!

Updated with details!

Excuse my horrendous singing. :p

Read on for the pictures and details of the concert.

This was my inspiration for the night's make-up. The emphasis being on the word "inspiration" since I don't look like Avril and well, it didn't turn out exactly the same, duh! I spent the night before singing to her songs so that I'd be prepared to sing them at the show *hee hee* and while googling her pictures for inspirations I came across her Maxim pictures and they were H-A-W-T! So, go Google!
See what I mean about not looking like Avril Lavigne? Oh well, that wasn't my aim anyway. I chose this look since I looked mighty scary in the previous Avril-inspired look that I did. I had to dig out some of my old Giorgio Armani eyeshadows and since I haven't been using them for so long, I almost forgot how much they sucked. They were such a b*tch to blend and the shadow just wouldn't stick even though I had primer on. I'd use other eyeshadows but apparently I don't have any non-frosty grey eyeshadows. Something to add to the wishlist, eh? I skipped the false lashes because I didn't want to feel mega conscious about them and risk having them come off in the middle of the show.

I used mineral foundation from MAD Minerals , Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in #11, MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Origins Eyeshadow in Glistening Granite, Sweetscents Pigments in Gala and 24k Gold, GA sucky eyeshadow (I don't remember the shade), MAC Ricepaper, L.A. Girl Liquid Eyeliner and Flamingo Mascara.

Olivia and I took the train to Stadium Merdeka and we reached at 6:15p.m. Keep in mind that the concert was scheduled to start at 8:45. Look at the line!! But one of the perks of actually paying money to watch a concert is that you don't have to wait in line which made me wonder why we went so early. Since we had so much time in our hands, we scouted around for Avril wannabe -- There's one!

Getting ready to go inside and we're pumped!

More than 2 hours before the show started, already so many fans there. Look! A pretty rainbow! We got a nice little spot right at the zone barrier and we had a picnic on the grass, munching on Oreo cookies and chocolates. We needed to increase our energy level. I also experienced the mobile toilet (dubbed "Toi Toi" by Andrew) for the first time and I truly did not enjoy it.

The heavens must have been weeping for joy because it started to rain... Don't we just look adorable in orange raincoats? Thankfully, the rain stopped right before the concert started.

Can you see? Can you see? Yeah, I couldn't either. The opening act was by god-knows-who and it kinda ended how it started ie. unnoticed. Finally at 9p.m. the show started with Girlfriend and out came sweet little Avril to the stage. What happened throughout that song, you can watch in the video that I've uploaded. She sang all of her singles and I could sing all of them! Yay! But she also sang some songs from The Best Damn Thing album which I wasn't too familiar with. The show started with a bunch of upbeat songs and then she whipped out the pink piano and sang When You're Gone which *sobs* got me all worked up. Dangit! I love that song so much. She followed with Innocence -- another song that I can't help but cry to. I know, I'm a crybaby , get over it. She then did like a medley of some songs in acoustic which was really nice because it proved that she could sing live which I was really impresses with because a few years back, I honestly did not think that she sang well live. She also played the pink drums for Runaway. Quite a talented girl, isn't she? Did I mention that even her microphone was pink?

After a short intermission, Avril came back with more upbeat songs, a very cute red hoodie with "ears" and really worked the crowd by teasing them. It's hard to explain but we were like speakers blaring out the screams and she was handling the volume control knob. She was so adorable and totally spunky. A very PG concert that was tame enough for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and "some" idiots wanted to ban the concert. All the fuss for nothing. Heck, my dressing was more exposed that hers. By the way, she wore a black T-shirt with black pants in the first third of the show, changed to white at the second and finally the red hoodie. She had her hair crinkled and she looked like an absolute doll.
The show ended with a different backdrop and everybody in the crowd knew that she was gonna sing Sk8er Boi. Naturally, they went INSANE! We called for an encore but there was none. Boo.
Left: Pre- jumping and screaming.
Right: Post- jumping and screaming. Not bad. My makeup didn't melt off and I got a healthy flush.
Olivia was dying of exhaustion because she was deprived of food and sleep and Andrew was complaining that the concert was too short at only 1 and 1/2 hours. Connie was as happy as a clown and she enjoyed herself very much. Guess what? PAS protesters were at the concert too. Good for them. How about banning Dora The Explorer next?

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Simple Sunset Eyes Tutorial

Do you know how I first fell in love with yellow eyeshadow? It was because of Sunset Eyes which is one of my all-time favorite looks. It is very simple to do and the look is actually a great daytime look for anyone despite their skin tones. So, no excuses that it looks good because I'm slightly tanned! I understand that many people are just directly put off by bright colors and the thought of "yellow" and "orange" is utterly frightening but these colors are in fact, just subtly bright when combined together. I personally feel that blues and greens make more of a statement in terms of being striking and yet they're more easily accepted.

I hope this tutorial can encourage y'all to try some different, brighter colors. It's all in the mind, baby. Colors are friends, not foes. You'll never know until you get to know 'em.
I'm using the 88-Color Eyeshadow Palette for this look and I really need to label my palette...


Items Used

Bright Yellow, Light Orange, Reddish Orange and Dark Brown

Eye Products:

L'Oreal De Crease Eyeshadow Base
88-Color Palette (Bright Yellow, Light Orange, Reddish Orange, Dark Brown)
MAC Eyeshadow in Ricepaper
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Bloop Eyeliner Pencil in Black
Clinique Lash Power Mascara
Prescriptives Eyebrow Powder


Brushes Used:

Fluffy Highlight Brush
Artist Mop Brush (Shader Brush)
e.l.f. Eyeshadow Brush
Round Crease Brush
Gel Eyeliner Brush (flat, rounded, synthetic)


Face:

RMK Creamy Make Up Base
Missha BB Cream
Revlon Age Defying Light Makeup
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in #1
Giorgio Armani Loose Powder
e.l.f. Healthy Glow in Luminance
Jordana Powder Blush in Coral Sandy Beach

Lips:

MAC Lustreglass in Wonderstruck


Let's begin!

Start with a clean eye, duh! Blend the eyeshadow base all over the lids up to the brow bone. Take the mop brush (shader) and pick up a generous amount of Bright Yellow. Pat the color onto the inner third of the lid. I like to use the mop brush to pat on colors when I want them to be intense.

Next, take the eyeshadow brush and pick up some Light Orange. The e.l.f. brush that I'm using is fluffy and yet dense enough to use for blending. Apply the color vertically down the middle of the lid so that you can properly place the color where you want it and not fade the color. At this point you just wanna place the colors onto the lids.

Using the same brush, take some Reddish Orange and apply it into the outer corner of the lid. Place the color with the tip of the brush since there is little space left. Bring the color up to the top of the crease so that you'd have some sort of an arch of color.
Clean off the residues on the brush with a tissue. With a light hand, sweep the wide area of the brush back and forth on the separation line between the Yellow and the Light Orange.

Now use the tip of the brush to blend the edges of the Reddish Orange above the crease in small back and forth strokes so that there isn't any harsh lines. The color should fade into the skin.

Take the round crease brush and dip it into the Dark Brown. Place a small amount on the outer V of the lid. Clean off the residues on the brush with a tissue. Using the same brush, blend the Dark Brown within the area and into the crease. Add some Dark Brown on the lower lash line as well focusing on the outer lower lash line and lightly dragging the color inwards. Clean off brush and smudge the shadow.

Using a fluffy highlight brush, sweep on Ricepaper right under the brow and blend it together with the Reddish Orange. Apply highlight into the inner corner of the eye as well.

Apply Blacktrack with an eyeliner brush starting from the middle of the upper lash line. Create a thin solid line extending it out to the outer lash line. Draw a little wing (use the lower lash line as a guide. Imagine the lower lash line extending to the top) and join the line with the tip of the wing.

Finish off the look by tightlining the upper rim with black pencil eyeliner, apply mascara and fill in eyebrows.

Blush Blush Blush. From the apples to the temples.

Not dramatic at all, right?

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M.A.C. Swatches: Shadows, Pigments, Lip/Lustreglass, Quad, Beauty Powder


Lily from lilylovesmac.blogspot.com requested swatches for the MAC Showflower Quad(Faintly Fleur, Prize Bloom, Leaflette, Rare Specimen) from May 2007 and I'm so sorry that I didn't get this up sooner! I've also swatched some MAC Glitters (Reflects Pearl, Reflects Blackened Red) and Pigments (Revved-Up, Dark Soul) which includes 4 colors that I got from trading with Jessie (Provence, Fairylite, Off The Radar, Sweet Sienna).

Also swatched are the single eyeshadows (Ricepaper, Glare, Era, Concrete, Pretty Twisted, Zone, Laven-Dah!, Electric Eel, Electro Sky, Purple Haze). For the lippies, I have swatches for the Dress Set: 5 Warm Lustre and Lipglass (Florabundance, Wonderstruck, Instant Gold, Spring Bean, New Flame). Last but not least, is the Beauty Powder/Loose in Dancing Light.

That's a lot of swatches, eh? Not as much work as swatching the 88-Color Palette though. That was quite the hassle!

Enjoy my labour! Okay, that sounded so wrong. Just read on.


Top L-R: Faintly Fleur and Prize Bloom. Bottom L-R: Leaflette and Rare Specimen

M.A.C. Showflower Quad (LE)
*See Looks

Faintly Fleur - Soft Pink with Silver Reflects (L)
Prize Bloom - Smoky Plum (VP)
Leaflette - Light Green with Silver Reflects (VP)
Rare Specimen - Dark Plum Brown with Silver Shimmer (L)

Top L-R: Faintly Fleur and Prize Bloom. Bottom L-R: Leaflette and Rare Specimen

Top L-R: Provence, Off The Radar, Dark Soul, Reflects Blackened Red
Bottom L-R: Fairylite, Revved-Up, Sweet Sienna, Reflects Pearl


M.A.C. Glitter

Reflects Blackened Red - Sparkling Burgundy
Reflects Pearl (Pro Product) -
Very fine particle white glitter with a pearl sheen

Top L-R: Reflects Blackened Red and Reflects Pearl. Bottom L-R: Revved-Up and Dark Soul

Top L-R: Fairylite and Provence. Bottom L-R: Off The Radar and Sweet Sienna

M.A.C. Pigment

Provence -
Light neutral with reflects (Frost)
Fairylite - Very pale ivory shimmer with opalescent pearl (Pearl)
Off The Radar (LE) - A Shimmery Orange with a hint of coral
Revved-Up - Icy rose with reflects (Frost)
Dark Soul - Charcoal black smoked with gold
Sweet Sienna - Brown grey with copper sparkle

Top L-R: Ricepaper, Glare, Era, Concrete, Pretty Twisted
Bottom L-R: Zone, Laven-Dah!, Electric Eel, Electro Sky, Purple Haze


M.A.C. Eyeshadow
*See Looks

Ricepaper - Soft peachy gold with shimmer (Frost)
Glare (Disc) - Pale, bright chartreuse accented with gold shimmer (Frost)
Era - Soft muted golden beige with subtle shimmer (Satin)
Concrete - Muted taupe brown (Satin)
Pretty Twisted (LE) - True mid-toned aqua green (Matte)
Zone (Disc) - Midtone green with olive undertone & gold sparkle (Satin)
Laven-Dah! (LE) - Scanty mauve, tickled with pink (Satin)
Electric Eel - Vivid bright blue flecked with shimmer (Satin)
Electro Sky (Disc) - Powered up shocking blue (Satin)
Purple Haze - Intense purple (Matte)


Top L-R: Florabundance, Wonderstruck, New Flame
Bottom L-R: Spring Bean, Instant Gold

M.A.C. Lustreglass

Wonderstruck - Lustred-up clean pink coral
Spring Bean - New apple green with gold sparkle pearl overglaze
Instant Gold - Lustre-shined light neutral gold

L-R: Florabundance, Wonderstruck, New Flame, Spring Bean, Instant gold

M.A.C. Lipglass

Florabundance - Peachy blossom pink (Cream)
New Flame - Dark orange with reddish copper reflect

Dancing Light

M.A.C. Beauty Powder/Loose

Dancing Light - Creamy gold with white gold reflect


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Fruity Inspirations: Grapefruit and Cherry

Don't you just love fruits? They're colorful, delicious and nutritious! Both grapefruits and cherries are loaded with Vitamin C which is a powerful anti-oxidant. I despise those "artificial" cherries that you get on cakes though. Tastes awfully medicine-like.

Anyways, here are two looks that I call Grapefruit and Cherry -- first one I did for work (and took pictures in the public washroom) and the second for school. The looks were not initially inspired by the fruits though. More like the looks inspired the fruits because I don't know what to call them. Grapefruit was such an easy a pretty look to do and this time, I managed to use more RMK products (blush, lip color, mascara, brows) so you can have a gander at how they'd look. For Cherry, I've mixed the green and the red to create a purplish middle lid color which I think is one of the many advantages of blending. This combination did not show up too well in pictures though. *bummed*

Read on for more pictures and description of items used.

Grapefruit


RMK Creamy Make Up Base
RMK Creamy Foundation in 103
Missha Perfect Concealer
Giorgio Armani Loose Powder
e.l.f. Healthy Glow in Luminance
RMK Ingenious Blush in 21
88 Color Palette (Light Orange - 9th Column, 2nd Row; Orange - 9th Column, 3rd Row; Dark Purple - 8th Column, 8th Row; Lilac - 8th Column, 2nd Row)
MAC Pigments in Provence
MAC Fluidline in Non-Conformist
RMK Separate Curl Mascara in Black 01
RMK Eyebrow Pencil N in 03
RMK Irresistible Lipliner N in Silver Brown 09
RMK Irresistible Lips C in Orange Brown 14


Cherry


RMK Creamy Make Up Base
Foundation Cocktail (Revlon Age Defying Light Makeup, Loreal True Match Liquid Foundation, Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in #2)
Giorgio Armani Loose Powder
e.l.f. Healthy Glow in Luminance
Jordana Powder Blush in Tawny Beige
MAC Eyeshadow in Glare
Elianto Shimmer Eyeshadow in Autumn Green 20
Purple Glitz Shimmer Palette - Bright Red
MAC Pigments in Revved-Up
MAC Pigments in Fairylite
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
MAC Glitter in Blackened Red (lower lash line)
Clinique Lash Power Mascara
Prescriptives Eyebrow Powder
Beauty Basics Lip Gloss in Nude




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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

RMK Liquid Foundation, Creamy Foundation and Make Up Base Reviews

So, I've been using RMK's foundation, both the Liquid Foundation and the Creamy Foundation, for awhile now and finally, here's the review! I've also reviewed the Make Up Base. I'm rushing for school so the intro's gonna be short.
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Liquid Foundation (30ml, RM155)
(Shade 104)


This foundation is very easy to blend and the shade matched my skin color well. It gave a medium coverage that’s just enough to even out the skin tone. It feels very lightweight on the skin and managed to stay put the entire day without becoming patchy even without touching up. However, there were a few dry areas such as the forehead and the sides of the nose causing accentuated lines. The color became slightly ashy and dull but the luminosity remained. They have a wide array of shades (Tip: Shades starting with 1— is yellow-based and 2— is pink-based) even for those with darker skin color but those with insanely fair skin ie. Carmen, may find it a tad difficult to get a match. The foundation comes in a pour bottle which is rather inconvenient to use but it doesn’t waste as much product as pump bottles. They don’t sell a separate pump. You may have to be careful when pouring the foundation because it is quite watery and you may pour out more product than you need. This foundation is water-based so it is advisable to shake the bottle first because the foundation often separates.
In my opinion, this is a good foundation and I’d recommend it to anyone with normal to oilier complexions. Personally, I prefer Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation because it doesn’t dry up certain areas and doesn’t become ashy when oxidized. Water resistant and sweat proof.

Creamy Foundation (30g, RM170)
(Shade 103)


The smooth creamy texture is easy to blend and the coverage can be gradually built up without looking thick and heavy. The foundation gives medium to heavy coverage but not sufficient to conceal blemishes and spots. The shades are the same as the liquid foundation’s and they’re very similar so if you’re using 104 for liquid, you’d be able to use 104 for the cream. However, I’m using 103 for the cream just to test the color out since 104 is slightly darker than my skin tone but apparently 103’s too fair for me. I’m between 103 and 104. The staying power is just as good as the liquid foundation but after just 2 hours upon application, the foundation looked very dry and cakey. The color oxidized to look grey and rather dull. At the end of the day, my face looked very oily. The packaging is good in the sense that the jar enables full consumption of the product. It is also quite savvy to use as only a small amount is needed to provide ample coverage. The small sample packet lasted me for 5 applications! Also water-based but it does contain oil to moisturize the skin for those with drier complexions. But honestly, it felt even drier than the liquid. Water resistant and sweat proof.
I really wanted to root for this because I love cream foundation especially Giorgio’s Designer Shaping Foundation (but that’s a whopping RM249!) but this one just doesn’t do it for me. Great texture but lines and grey skin are just not pretty.

Make Up Base (30ml, RM135 -- I think, need to double check)


RMK has several makeup bases but I believe this is the most popular one. The peachy white fluid is rather watery and only a small amount is needed to be used for the whole face. When applied, the skin looks brighter and feels smoother. Foundation blends more easily with this incredibly lightweight base and it actually prevents the foundation from turning ashy. Skin looks glowing throughout the day but it does get quite oily at the end of the day. This make up base can be used alone just for a fresher looking complexion. I’m not sure how this base performs in helping foundation to stay on longer because the RMK foundations are already very long lasting. It comes in a pour bottle just like the liquid foundation.
I like this product and I’d recommend it but not a product that I can’t live without. I’ve also tried the Creamy Make Up Base but I didn’t like it as much. Too thick.


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Monday, August 25, 2008

Night Out With Friends at Laundry

Presenting... Hot and Hotter. Hottest would be the one behind the camera *winks*

Finally, a Friday night spent out of home and Restoran Al-Bidayah but with the same gang of loonies. Kent, Ushar, Symon, Sylas, Andrew and I went to Laundry Bar at The Curve doing what an average teenager does at the very least, once a month -- club (something that I'm not familiar with). Does playing poker count as a clubbing activity? Oh well, the most important thing is being with the ones that you love.. and dressing up! Thanks so much, Ushar, for loaning me the dress, the shoes and the foundation. If it wasn't for you, I'd have to go wearing shorts and T-shirt. Thank you, Mei Mei, for straightening my hair that eventually could not remain straight for more than an hour. I have rubber bands for hair, I tell you! Andrew and I had our first dance and I must say, we totally rocked at the ceiling-pointing routine. The night ended wonderfully with an incredibly delicious plate of Nasi Lemak at Sea Park with one of the best fried chickens I've ever tasted.

Not easy to get him to take a decent picture.

Read on for description of items used and more crazy pics from the night.

It tizz all aboute zee sex

"Me no like beer!"

The Players

Group Pic! *excuse my ginourmous-looking arms*

Items Used:

Cream foundation (forgot the brand)
Missha Perfect Concealer
La Mer Loose Powder
Estee Lauder Bronzer in Soft Shimmer Bronzer
MAC Paint in Stilife
Sweetscents Pigments in Sand (inner lid)
MAC Eyeshadow in Prize Bloom (middle lid), Rare Specimen (outer lid), Beauty Marked -- beautiful color which I do not own (crease) and Ricepaper (highlight)
Indelible Gel Eyeliner in Endangered
Flamingo Mascara
Origins Once Upon A Shine Lip Gloss in Sheer Fig



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