Monday, November 17, 2014

Ulta Haul ! ft. Makeup and Skincare

I mentioned that I bought two things from Sephora recently. Well, I just got some things from Ulta over the weekend too! I got some things I wanted and needed, but I also got some things for my sister for her early birthday and Christmas present that I do not have pictured. 

For some reason, I didn't think of taking pictures of the products out of their boxes. I will be reviewing these products anyway and will include actual product pictures in those posts! For this post, I will just touch on all of the products since I have tried them since I got them. 

For makeup - 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown - is a light neutral brown and the pencil is so incredibly thin. There is also a small and spoolie included to help blend out the pencil.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice is a dark purple lipstick. It goes on with a bit of a sheen, but then goes to a more matte finish. My sister mentioned wanting a purple lipstick and so I got two of this shade. I love it so far and it is perfect for fall.

NYX Lipliner Pencil in Mauve is exactly that - a mauve lip pencil. I heard this was a dupe for the famous Kylie Jenner signature lip color from MAC called Whirl. I've been getting into more nude-y / my lips but better colors and so I decided to try this out.

Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer is a lash primer that was released at the same time as their Perversion mascara. I have reviewed that mascara here and I did say that Perversion wasn't worth it to me since it didn't hold my curl. I don't mind spending more for primers because I find that they help so much. Since Perversion gave me so much volume, I figured Subversion would help too. I only tried it out once and so I don't have a verdict yet.

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Light / Medium is a brow gel with fibers to help the brows look more full. Since I lightened my hair, I also wanted to lighten my brows to make them match a tiny bit more. The gel does make my hairs look lighter and also more taupe-y - which is exactly what I wanted. 

Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is my standard cleanser, but I don't use it everyday. I have an oil cleanser that I already talk about all the time, but the Eucerin cleanser also doubles as a brush cleaner for me. It gets rid of all the foundation in my sponges too.

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner is a chemical exfoliation product that will help with wrinkles and even acne marks. I sometimes use a glycolic acid peel, but I get lazy. With a lower percentage toner, it's a lot easier to apply everyday to help me get into a routine. 

Which product do you want me to talk about first?
I do have some other review posts lined up, but getting some feedback will help me prioritize what products need to be focused on first. I really appreciate any comments so please tell me what you think below!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

EOTD - November 13, 2014 // Treasured Jewels

I haven't used some of the shades from my Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone Palette in awhile and so I decided to use the definer shade. It's a green and reddy brown duochrome, but it also has so many dupes if you don't have this shade. I also bought a bunch of teal / blue / green shadows lately and thought this Inglot shadow would be great with the Definer shade. 

Products used - 
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone Palette - Definer shade
  • Inglot Freedom System AMC Eye Shadow Shine Square in #32
  • LASplash Cosmetics Splashproof Sealer
  • Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette - Frisk in the brows and Skimp as a brow highlight
  • Maybelline Fit Me! Shine-Free Stick Foundation in #220 Natural Beige
  • MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer in NC35
  • Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzing Powder
The Inglot shadow sometimes has fallout even throughout the day and so I paired it up with the LASplash base to make the shade more metallic and long lasting. 

For the right picture, I also threw on Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in Brun Createur because my lips looked a big dead. My face makeup was really boring and so I didn't want this to be labeled as a FOTD post, but I did list everything I used on my face. 

Would you wear this eye look?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FOTD - November 12, 2014 // Eyes on Marc (Jacobs)

I just got my Sephora VIB sale order this morning and I had to put it on my face right away! I only got two things, but you know that Sephora will hurt the wallet no matter how many products you get. I was planning on just eyeliner and curled lashes this morning, but since my order came, I decided to add more. 

For some reason, the coloring of the photos look different after being uploaded onto Blogger. The color of the makeup does look similar to real life, but the lighting is worse and I look more yellow. 

I got Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Set and that was the thing I really wanted to get from the sale. I'm wearing O(vert) in the inner half of the lids, Midnight in Paris in the outer half, and Sunset on the lower lashline. Midnight in Paris is absolutely beautiful and I'm so sad that it's limited edition. 

The other product I got was Bite Deluxe Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Aubergine. It's more warm than I thought it would be. I was hoping it would be more purple, but I still love it!

Other products
  • It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ in Medium (review here)
  • MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer in NC35 - another new product!
  • Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara in Very Black 
  • Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Deep Brown (review here)
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder 

Here's an OOTD too! I don't wear shoes in my apartment, but I was also wearing red flats from Target. Cardigan and shirt is from Forever 21 and the leggings are from Asos. 

My glasses are from Marc Jacobs and so my eyes are totally decked out in Marc Jacobs and that made me happy.

How are you? 
I've been so busy and distracted that I haven't had a lot of time to catch up with the blogging world. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

haodoyoungo x Makeup Inspiration #1 // The Chloe Dress

I was recently going through the website and was inspired by some of their dresses! If you didn't know (like me), is like a one stop shop for those interested in weddings. They have galleries of dresses for the bride that you can view here as well as bridesmaids dresses and wedding themes. There's also information for pricing and who you can call for wedding help. It feels like a Pinterest for weddings for me!

The Chloe Dress from The Temperley London immediately popped out to me when I was viewing their gallery and I fell in love. 

You can read more information about the dress here. I usually think of long trained and strapless dresses for wedding dresses and so I was a bit surprised that I was so drawn to it. The draping is so beautiful and I love the details to it. I could see myself wearing this on wedding day and it makes me so excited!

I didn't choose any crazy products to be paired up with this dress and it might even seem a bit boring, but I don't want something that's going to overwhelm the look of the dress. Because the dress made me so excited for my own day, the products and the look are stuff are based on my own more glam-ed up look.

A neutral eye would be really nice to give the eyes definition, but a winged liner is going to make the eyes stand out. I prefer pen style eyeliners right now because they make the most precise lines for me. For the liner, I have three suggestions for three different price ranges. 

The one in the above picture is the Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner in Blacquer ($30).  I personally don't have this liner, but my roommate does. I see her struggle to take it off every night because it is so waterproof. She's also not as obsessed with beauty with me, but she said it was really easy to use this liner. This eyeliner will stay strong throughout the wedding tears and still look beautiful.

The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black ($20) is a mid-range liner that I always highly recommend. It's one of my personal favorites and I have repurchased it many times. The L'oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner (~$9) is more budget friendly and is also great. My sister uses this and she has very oily lids. It stays on all day and she can make the lines as thin or thick as she wants. 

For the cheeks, a rosy neutral blush like Benefit Cosmetic's Blush in Rockateur ($28) would be perfect. It's a great color that has a slight glow that looks very natural and beautiful both in pictures and real life. It's not shimmery and so it won't look too shiny or oily throughout the day. 

The lipstick has got to be a brick red to complete the modern classic look I'm thinking of. One of my favorite reds that anyone could wear is MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam I ($16). It has a slight blue base too which makes the teeth look more white. The matte finish keeps the lipstick more long lasting compared to other finishes to make it through the wedding. A more affordable dupe that is just as great is NYX Cosmetics Round Case Lipstick in Snow White (~$4). It has a satin finish that feels more creamy, but I found that it was just as long lasting as a matte lipstick. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and feel free to leave comments down below to tell me what you thought of it!

*I did not receive any compensation or sponsorship for this post. Everything I wrote are my own words and opinions. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Another Hiatus - kind of!

I didn't post anything this week and I won't have the chance to post anything for awhile. I'm going to say 3-4 weeks this time, but I'm not sure. I only have one post on queue right now, but I'm going to pre-write and queue more posts during my hiatus. It sounds weird, but I want to make sure my pictures and reviews are to my standards before I post them. I'd rather take my time than to just post them to make my own posting schedule right now.

As for why I'm going on another hiatus, I have two jobs now and I'm also juggling a research position and classes. I mentioned before, but most of my classes/on campus job end around 5pm and so there's no good light source for me to take swatch pictures in. I also use my Ottlight, but I like natural sunlight better. 

I'm sorry for not saying anything earlier and I hope you understand!

I'm going to post some things here and there, but not as frequent or regular as before.

I'll be back before you know it!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Review & Swatches: Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Pearl Square in #407

Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Pearl Square in #407 is a more complex color that it looks in the pan. It a warm orangey peach shade with a gold sheen and Inglot describes the finish as pearlescent. It contains 2.7 grams / 0.10 ounces of product and retails for $7.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review & Swatches: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Touch of Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Touch of Spice is a neutral mauve lipstick with a tiny bit of plum. Matte lipsticks have a reputation of being dry, but Maybelline claims that this line of matte lipsticks will slip onto the lips with its creamy formula. It contains .15 oz. / 4.2 grams of product and the price can retails between $5-$8. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Makeup Lust List #3

I have a short post and wishlist for today! Holiday Sets are being released and they're all so lovely. I've had my eye on two particular sets, but I'm still deciding if I actually really do want them. Some sales are coming up soon and so I have a bit more time to look into them.

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes - This blush palette contains 6 of their box powders and even though I already own two (Hoola and Rockateur), I want this so much. I know I'm too dark for Dandelion, but I heard that the the other three should still show up on me. Watt's Up is included with this set and I also have two deluxe samples of that. The packaging is so cute and convenient, but I'm trying to see if it's worth repurchasing products that I'm not even close to finishing. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Seven Piece Petite Highliner Collection - I also have two out of seven of the liners, but I go through eye liners faster than blushes. I tend to buy Urban Decay eye liner sets, but I'd much rather buy this Marc Jacobs set because I love their eye liners more. 

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - Eyeshadows have been creasing on me lately and I don't understand! I haven't changed anything but even my trusted products that never crease are creasing on me. I've heard that the NARS base is great for oily lids, but it does have an expensive price tag. I'm going to wait a bit longer and experiment with what I have, but this is definitely going on my lust list to remind myself to look into this even more. 

What's on your makeup lust list?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review & Swatches: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in (Luna)Tic

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in (Luna)Tic is a metallic pale lavender and I do see that, but there's also silver glitter like in Brown(Out). It is waterproof and the claims include having a smooth application and being long wearing. It contains 0.5 grams and retails for $25. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hao Are You? // Exciting and Scary Times

Please excuse the apple in the middle picture. I was wearing a top that showed my stomach and for some reason, I feel embarrassed about it now. I also love apples and thought might as well use an apple sticker to cover that area. 

What have you been up to?
School just started back up and I'm a lot busier than I thought I would be. I got a job at a makeup store (eep!) and I'm so excited about it. Weekends were supposed to be my break, but I couldn't help but apply because I love makeup. 

I'm trying to figure out how my blogging will work from here on out because most of my days (and sunlight) is spent at work or school. I prefer natural lighting for my pictures and so I'm having trouble finding time to take swatch pictures. 

If you didn't notice, I'm also lightening my hair. I can't decide if I want to go blonde or lavender / silver. Right now, it's really brassy and orange though. It's starting to grow on me and reminds me of Hayley Williams and so I'm not sure what I want to do. I do look slightly ridiculous because my roots are more yellow then the rest of my hair. 

What are you looking forward to?
I'm super nervous about working at a new place, but I'm so excited too. It's obviously something that I'm interested in, but retail is so much different from what I'm doing now. The socks on the third picture are the socks I wore to my first day and they're from one of my best friends. They make me laugh and so I wore them to have a little bit of an inside joke to keep me more calm throughout the day. 

My boyfriend also transferred to a UC and now we're 1.5 hours apart instead of 6 hours. We get to see each other a lot more and it makes me so happy. He's been my best friend for 16ish years and my boyfriend for a little over 3 years and so it's great to be able to see each other more than once every 2-3 months now.

How have you been?