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Sally Hansen “Laced Up” & How-To Tutorial


Stephanie requested that I show the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips in “Laced Up”, so I thought i’d also do a quick video on how-to apply them as they can be tricky for people who aren’t used to nailstrips. I used Seche Vite as my top coat, which I noticed helps it stay on longer. I like that these nailstrips are ‘movable’ as in if you placed them wrong or it suddenly sticks to your nail, you can still carefully peel them off and start over; as some other brands I have tried (Forever 21’s version of nailstrips for example) are a waste of money even though they are only $2.80 for each one I believe, they stuck to my nail and stayed there. If I tried to carefully peel it off to start over it would rip into shreds.

So the Sally Hansen ones are good quality in comparison to other nailstrips out there; I find that the solid colors and some of the designs are great (even the solid colored glitters), while others don’t work that well (I hated “Frock Star”, it was hard to work with, it felt gritty, and it was a pain to come off!). Anyway, enjoy!

Tutorial: Teal Eye FOTD w/ “Candy Yum Yum”

It’s like 2 am and I am still awake…LOL. I have to wake up early tomorrow (err…later today) because I am going wedding dress shopping finally! If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen the dress I had in mind, so that’s what I will be trying on tomorrow along with other dresses, I hope I find one I like soon!

Also, many of you have asked for a HAIR TUTORIAL from my last post (the side bun/chignon), so I’ll try to post and do a video on it soon! I also had a wedding look request, so this hairstyle can definitely also be used for a wedding because it’s so romantic and elegant. But honestly it’s really simple to do can’t wait to show you ladies!

Anyway, here’s a teal look I did, also using “Candy Yum Yum” lipstick. I started off with MUFE’s Flash Pot in White as a base and blended it out all over the lid. I also used ALL mineral eyeshadows for this look, as I am trying to use some items that have been sitting in my drawer! Aromaleigh’s e/s in “Severina” on half of the lower lid, then used Purely Cosmetics’s eyeshadows in “Sapphire Night” and “Black Chameleon” to deepen the crease and outer corners. Then highlighted the brow bone and blended any harsh lines with MAC e/s in “Ricepaper” and “Motif”. For the lower lashline, I used UD Eyeliner in “Graffiti”.

I also included a tutorial :)

What I used:

– Mary Kay Concealer in Yellow
– Dermablend Concealer in Sand
– Mix of MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC35 and NW35
– Graftobian HD Powder in “Soft Ivory” to set
– No brand/no-name peach blush I got from a makeup show
– MUFE Flash Pot in White as a base
– Aromaleigh mineral e/s in “Severina”
– Purely Cosmetics e/s in “Sapphire Night” on outer-v and crease
– Purely Cosmetics e/s in “Black Chameleon” on outer-v only
– MAC e/s in “Ricepaper” and “Motif” on brow bone and to blend
– MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”
– L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black
– UD Eyeliner in “Graffiti” on lower lashline with black eye pencil
– MAC “Candy Yum Yum” l/s
– MAC Dazzleglass in “My Favorite Pink”

How I Conceal Dark Circles (cream products)

Cream products are so much easier to play with. You can always turn cream into a liquid, but not the other way around. I like that you can mix shades to get the perfect one, or mix it in with your moisturizer. Not only are they less messy, you only need a little bit to get the job done. So since I recently nabbed the Ben Nye Concealer, I thought i’d put the salmon color for a test drive and I am loving it so far! I actually love the entire wheel, I occasionally use the other flesh tone colors also in the wheel as a concealer on top of the salmon color and it works great; since my MAC Studio Finish can be too yellow for me sometimes. But for this demo I used my MAC concealer in NC30.

1. I first started by applying a moisturizer (you can use a primer too, but I wanted to moisturize under my eyes a bit), I used my Borghese Curaforte Moisturizer, and applied a tiny bit and patted it under my eye area. This helps smooth the under eye area for easier application and prevents dry patches. Let it dry and seep in before applying the neutralizer (salmon color) to avoid patches of color.

2. Using a brush or a warm finger (using a warm finger helps to soften solid creams like the Ben Nye Concealer Wheel), I applied the salmon color (start small and build if necessary), starting at the inner corner and angled it down a bit, as this is the darkest part for me, and then blend the edges and pat, you don’t want to apply the color immediately under the eye so it won’t be so cakey, so you wanna gently pat the color on, out, and in. **For makeup artists or for sanitary purposes, you can also use a spatula to scoop out a little bit onto your hand and dip from there.

3. Using a brush or warm finger, apply your concealer by gently patting the color into the neutralizer and blending outer edges.

4. Lastly, set it by using a finishing powder (I used Ben Nye’s Visage Powder in Banana), and used Sigma Beauty’s stippling brush and gently pat the powder on to prevent the concealer from settling into fine lines, or getting oily/shiny later on.

Again,  this is just my routine and what works best for me right now, to conceal the dark circles under my eyes. Feel free to substitute different products, techniques, brushes, etc. I will be doing a tutorial soon on using liquid concealers with my Sephora Concealer Brush.

FYI- I did my nails myself (although it was starting to chip), used the pink nailpolish I got from Naimies (forgot the name) and used a nail dotting tool and dipped it in Milani’s Nail Art Polish in Black, then finished with Seche Vite Top Coat.


FOTD & Tutorial (MAC Smokey Palette)

I was going through my makeup stash and decided to dust off my MAC holiday smokey eye palette (from 2008 ish I think?), I like that it’s not too smokey or too heavy, it’s soft enough to make a statement without overpowering your face.
I used MAC Paint Pot in “Painterly” all over my lid as a base, and then applied “Dark Devotion” and a smidge of “Carbon” on the lower half of my lid and wanted to achieve a gradient effect (light to dark, dark to light), so I applied “Satin Taupe” in my crease then used “Scant” to highlight up to the browbone. Here’s a quick tutorial, it was actually really easy to do.
What I used:

– MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer in NC20
– MAC Pro Long Wear Foundation in NC35
– MAC MSF in “Stereo Rose”
– Korres Sunglow Warm for contouring
– MAC Smokey Eye Palette (Dark devotion, Satin Taupe, and Scant)
– MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”
– UD Eyeliner in Whiskey on lower lashline
– L’Oreal Telescopic mascara in Black

– MAC lipstick in “Creme Cup”
– MAC Viva Glam Lady Gaga lipglass.

Thanksgiving FOTD & Tutorial

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Jon and I decided to cook last minute and celebrate Thanksgiving at our place. He cooked the turkey and I made a few side dishes. His mom, brother, and his gf as well as my grandparents, came over and they brought more food and pie!

Since Thanksgiving colors consist of warm orange and brown, I thought id do a look with those colors. I haven’t been faithfully using my MAC pigments, so I am trying to incorporate them more in future looks. I brought out MAC Pigment in “Mega Rich” which was the perfect toasty orange for this look. I love how vibrant it is too. I used MAC’s mixing medium to apply it on my eyelid. I also used two of my Starflash Eyeshadows , “Go” and “Glamour Check”. On the lips I used Rimmel “Spotlight Beige” lipstick which is a nice soft coral/orange color, definitely complements neutral looks. Stephie did a post and video HERE of this lipstick.

Tutorial down below!


What I used:
– MAC Studio Fix Concealer in NC30
– MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC35

– MAC Blush Powder in “Emote” to contour
– MAC Blush in “Sunbasque” on apples of cheeks

– MAC Paint Pot in “Painterly” all over lid
– MAC “Mega Rich” pigment applied on lower half of lid with mixing medium
– MAC Starflash e/s in “Go” on outer-V and crease
– MAC Starflash e/s in “Glamour Check” in crease to add depth and a bit on the outer-V
– MAC e/s in “Ricepaper” to highlight on brow bone
– MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”
– Clinique Lash Primer
– Shiseido Lifting Mascara
– MAC Technakohl in “Graphblack” on waterline
– Urban Decay eyeliner in “Bourbon” on lower lashline

– Rimmel lipstick in “Spotlight Beige”

Quick tutorial:

Then just add eyeliner and mascara and you are done!

My Makeup Application Steps

How are you ladies doing? As I mentioned on Twitter earlier today, Shane Sparks the choreographer and judge from America’s Best Dance Crew was at the Cheesecake Factory near where I work (as me and my co-workers were there on our lunch break) so we were literally next to him and I wasn’t sure if it was him until the girl behind me asked him “Are you Shane?” and he was like “Yes, how are you?” He was really nice, but he is shorter than I imagined! I thought it was just funny how living in LA you run into so many people, including celebs or “well-known” people.

I’ve had a few readers request that I post steps as to how I apply my makeup (like what order I do things), so here is a quick pic tutorial. I do my eyes first, then apply my foundation last to brush away any fallen eyeshadow that may have gone on my cheeks or nose. If I apply my foundation first, then my eye makeup, I might make a mistake and end up applying MORE foundation to cover it up which is what you DON’T wanna do. I recommend applying mineral foundation first if you wish, when it comes to simple, less intricate looks that don’t involve dark smudgy colors such as black (smokey eye), or dark greens and purples, etc. For liquid foundation, I do the reverse. I apply it first, then set it with a powder. Then proceed to apply my eye makeup just because liquid foundation is trickier and if you mess up your eye makeup with the liquid foundation you might have to start over. It’ still do-able to apply liquid AFTER application of the eye makeup, for me it’s easier to apply it before; and IF there are any mistakes or fallen eyeshadow, I just take a fan brush or a regular brush and brush it away with transparent setting powder to avoid disturbing the rest of the makeup.

Again, this is just MY way of doing my makeup, of course everyone does their makeup differently in a different order perhaps, but this just works for me, and sometimes I like to switch things up! :)

In addition to applying my makeup, I also do the following (not pictured):

– Apply moisturizer
– Apply Primer (right now I am using MAC’s Prep + Prime)
– Apply eyeshadow base (such as a paint pot, UDPP, etc)
– Contour (cheeks, nose, jawline, but I only do this sometimes, I am usually lazy M-F since I don’t wear much to work)
– Apply setting powder (again I don’t do this regularly due to time constraints in the morning, but it’s great to use a setting powder to control oil, especially during warmer weather conditions)

Let the moisturizer dry before you apply your primer, and let your primer dry before you apply your foundation, especially if you are using mineral foundation to avoid blotches of powder on your face. Anyway, hope this is somewhat helpful, I will try and do a video tutorial on it soon as well!

Some of the products used I will do a review on shortly (as I am still in testing phase for some of them) such as the Sonia Kushuk Loose Powder in “Naked”, and so far so good, it’s great at setting makeup or just for applying under the eyes to catch any fallen eyeshadow and just brush away later.

Ok go ahead and laugh, I have no makeup on at all! LOL. My co-workers say I look “less Asian” without makeup, lol.

See the big difference?

I then apply my eye makeup…also used MAC’s infamous #7 false eyelashes.

Then after, I then apply my mineral foundation over my facial primer that was applied earlier. You can also use a powder primer such as Purely Cosmetics Oil Absorb Powder.

Here you can contour your cheekbones and/or apply blush, make a fishy face! I like MAC’s “Emote” blush or MAC’s “Sculpt” Powder (PRO) for contouring the face. If you want a highlighter, NARS “albatross” is a great pick too.


What I used:

– MAC Prep + Prime
– MAC Prep + Prime Line Filler (under eye)
– MAC Skin Refined Zone Treatment
– MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30
– Sonia Kushuk Loose Powder in “Naked”
– Buff’d Mineral Foundation in “Chamois” and “Almond”

– MAC “Emote” blush for contouring
– NYX “Pinky” blush on apples of cheeks

– Anastasia Brow Whiz Pencil in “Medium Ash”

– MAC “Vex” e/s all over the lid
– MAC “Nehru” and NYX e/s in “Black” on outer-V and contour
– MAC “Femme-Fi” e/s as highlight
– MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”
– Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
– MAC #7 false eyelashes
– UD eyeliner in “Rockstar” (Sephora Exclusive) on lowerlashline
– UD eyeliner in “Zero”(black) on waterline

– MAC “Saint Germaine”
– MAC Dazzleglass in “Steppin’ Out”

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