Jul 22, 2008

Gotta Love Wal-Mart

Okay, so I hate to admit it, BUT i love Wal-Mart. Mostly because I love all the cheapy makeup they have, and some is actually really good! A couple of days ago I ran out of bronzer (I don't really use blush because of my dark skin) and bought NYC's Sun2Sun Bronzing Powder, which has a darker color to use along the hollows of your cheeks (the parts that sink in when you make a fishy face) and a highlighter color to use on the apples of your cheeks (the round parts) and upwards.

I usually go for colors that are gold-based, but this was a leap of faith for me, since it is more pink based than anything else I've owned. BUT I LOVED IT! It is highly pigmented and blends extremely well! I was inspired Eva Mendes and went with a very soft, bronzy brown look. I even got dressed up for it. :p

Eyeshadow Used:
NYX Eyeshadow in Walnut Pearl on Outer Lid
Fira Eyeshadow Brown Color in Heaven Sent Palette in Crease
NYX Eyeshadow in Oro on Inner Lid
NYX Ultra Pearl in Nude Pearl on Brown Bone

Jul 16, 2008

Pin Curl Tutorial Along with Me!

I've always been jealous of Jude Rivera's pin curls. So, I've decided to see if I can imitate the look with absolutely NO knowledge on how to do such a thing. Woo!

Now granted:

  1. I've never done this before.

  2. The instructions say you are supposed to grab small sections of hair & make even rows, but I didn't because I was lazy.

  3. Other people said to dampen your hair before you curl it. I have naturally wavy hair, so I didn't think it was necessary for me to do that.

  4. It was 4am & I was bored, so if it comes out badly, you'll be the first to see!

  5. Apparently you're not supposed to use bobby pins because they crease the curl... I have thick ass ethnic hair, so I didn't think I'd have to worry about that.

& here is the finished product:

I know it looks way crazy and disheveled, but everything was pretty much secure, so off to bed I went!

The next morning:

I shook my head a little more, sprayed some shine defrissant, and shook my head some more, and GENTLY finger combed my hair.

Now it looked a little messy, so I went ahead and took each curl with my finger and sort of twirled it to re-give it its shape. I applied some liquid eyeliner, red lipstick, mascara and neutral eyeshadow to give you this:

As you can see, I parted my hair to one side, I took a bobby pin and pinned a section of hair up on the smaller side of hair. To add some flair, I took a headscarf to see how that would look:

In retrospect:
  1. I probably would have used some type of light gel or spray to fix the curls once taken out.

  2. I figured out the way to pin a curl (for myself): running one bobby pin horizontally along the top of the curl, another one parallel but along the bottom of the curl, then finally one running vertically, pinning the other two as well. This prevents the pins from falling out or opening up in the middle of the night.

  3. It didn't take that long to do at all! Maybe 15 minutes. And it lasted into the next day.

  4. Whenever I cornrow my boyfriend's hair (He's Japanese but has curly hair, weird huh!) I make him wear a pair of pantyhose I bought for him specially to keep his nice and neat. I just took the legs and tied them together a couple of times. It really kept my curls together, and made sure no pins fell out. I'd really recommend doing this! Wrapping a head scarf would probably work as well, and look less ghetto!

If you practice this at home, let me know, I'd love to see how it turns out!

Jul 9, 2008

Blue Look

Hi guys! Not much going on, although I did by my first grill today! i'm the proud owner of a stand up charcoal grill that i can now use to cook up yummy treats.
i've been trying to eat a lil healthier, so i think this is the ticket. i had a burger and omigosh it was so juicy and had that delicious chargrilled taste. now i should try grilling up some veggies, and maybe some seafood!

a few days ago my friend jen decided to give me highlights. she's a professional hairdresser, and plus it would be at no cost to me, so i gave in and she went to work. i told her i liked how jessica alba has her hair, how it looks blended but still multifaceted. in this next look i just did a basic blue to go along with my shirt. i don't think you can really see my highlight in these pictures very well, so i'll try to post some pictures where you can see them more clearly.

I pretty must just used NYX eyeshadow in Aquatic, and Wet N Wild in Buttercream, and just blended the crap out of it. usually, when i say it's a basic look, i mean that all of the action is on the lower part of my eyelid. and when it's dramatic, i do some creaswork and/or more variety of color. i have pretty small eyelids, so i like to keep the basic looks for everyday purposes so i don't look retarded, haha.

what is an eyelid primer?

basically, it's a product that is the very first thing you apply to your eyelid, to prime it, that helps keep your eyeshadow fresh and prevents the oil from your lid from destroying it. you know, that nasty creasing that you can get sometimes.
so, i thought i'd talk about the eyelid primer from benefit called lemonaid. if you've heard about it or not, you need to. i got it from ebay a couple of weeks ago, and i cannot believe what a difference it makes! before, after a serving shift, i'd have some major caking that led to me looking like a hot mess. i haven't really played around with many primers, so i can't really compare.

BUT the pros are:
*it's super easy to apply, just rub your finger in a couple circles in the product, then rub all over your eyelid area and leave for a little bit.
*it's small, a little bigger than a pot of lip gloss.
*it's got a mirror built in
*it CORRECTS COLOR! this means if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and have some haggard red puffy eyes, LemonAid is the solution. i don't get that, but i do have dark circles under my eyes, and i'll use that sometimes for a quick fix.

the only thing i must say about it (and it's not necessarily negative) is you MUST start with a clean lid. i'm way lazy, so i've been known to go to bed with faint traces of eyeliner. color transfers very easily on this little magic compact, so when i first used it, i had black swirling in with the product and almost had a heart attack. but otherwise, it's a 4 out of 4 horsehoes!

Jul 3, 2008

Purple Look

Well, the Padres game was fun, although we lost, but at least we got to take a gorgeous picture!

Good Times with Jen.

SOOOOOO a few days ago, i was doing laundry, you know, pulling the sheets out of the machine, when i double check the bottom to make sure no socks or other small items are left behind when i see


i just about flipped. i meant, what are the chances? ugh. so i had to resort back to my first camera. as in it was bought in 2001. it's lasted really long, but it pretty much looks like a silver brick. so no more videos for me :( for now at least. i was bored last night so i played around with my NYX Ultra Pearl Eyeshadows, Lilac Pearl, Baby Pink Pearl, and Purple Pearl, & this is what resulted:

Please excuse my hairy eyebrows. I don't know what wrong with me, but I can't seem to find ANY of my tweezers right now, so just try to avert your eyes the best of your ability :D

My dad called a little while ago and asked if I wanted to go to the Del Mar Fair (I guess officially it's the "San Diego Fair, wtf)!! It's gonna be lots of fun, I'll be sure to post info on that! ♥