FOTD - Feb 7, 2015 // Feeling 22!

My birthday was on the 7th and this was the look I wore for my fancy dinner with my boyfriend! I was aiming for a more understated but classic look. I wore a gorgeous black lace dress I got from H&M and since my hair was already so striking, I thought a lovely cool toned nude look would do. 

Here are all the products I used and I'll be naming them off to go with the below pictures.

For a primer, I used the Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender (review here) to smooth out my face and I applied Benefit High Beam on my cheek bones. I was going to use another powder highlight, but having a liquid highlighter underneath my foundation lets me have a more "lit from within" kind of glow as well. 

Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in #127 (review here) is my go to foundation for any kind of event since it looks the best in pictures. I wanted more coverage, and so I actually mixed a half pump of the MUFE foundation with a half pump of MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC35.

I contoured using Benefit Hoola and gave my cheeks some color using Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush in Mood Exposure. Mood Exposure is plummy nude color and it's definitely been my favorite blush ever since I've gotten it. For highlight, I used Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in Rose Champagne Glow (review here). Using High Beam alone could be enough for a normal day, but I wanted to look even more glowy in pictures. 

My eye look was a whole mess of a thing. The pictures don't show the eye look as dark as it actually was, but I had a more smokey look going on. The curl even dropped for some reason. I think I didn't put on enough of a waterproof "base" and so the primer and other mascara weighed and straightened out my lashes. Oh well, I did end up liking the final product!

For the base, I used Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze to give my eyes a nice shimmer. I used theBalm Eyeshadow in Sultry (matte midtone brown) in the crease as well as on the lower lashline. theBalm Eyeshadow in Sleek (matte dark brown) was used to deepen the outer corner and elongate the shape of my eyes. The last theBalm Eyeshadow I used was Selfish (shimmery taupe) and I used it on the inner half of my lids to make it even more shimmery. All of theBalm eyeshadows I used was from the Nude 'Tude palette.

For brows, I used Life's Entropy Brow Theory Pomade in Blonde (review here) to give a base to my brows. I paired it up with Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown to draw in more hairs where I needed it.

I forgot to include the pictures of the eyeliners, but I used Marc Jacobs Beauty Gel Highliner in Blacquer (review here) to tightline the upper waterline. I also lined the outer half of the upper lashline using Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Black (review here).

For my lashes, I applied L'oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara on the upper and lower lashes. I used Urban Decay Subversion Primer (review here) to thicken up my lashes and finally applied Maybelline Lash Sensational in Blackest Black. As I mentioned before, my curl straightened out and so I decided to use Urban Decay Fast Easy Sexy Partial Lashes in Instaflare to give my eyes more drama. I feel like these look the best on me when my lashes are straight. They're way too long and obvious when my lashes are more curled. 

My boyfriend treated me out to a steak dinner and so I just wanted to have a tinted lip balm on. The one I used was Korres Lip Butter in Plum and it moisturized my lips while giving my lips life.

and here's a bonus picture while I was getting ready!

The only full body shot I took last night. My dress was from H&M and I thought it was gorgeous. It has lace long sleeves, but the body has another layer that's so silky and comfortable. 

How was your weekend?

*The lashes were free from a grand opening event I went to and the Maybelline Mascara was also free, but from a beauty concierge from Target. I also won the Korres lip butter from a contest on Reddit. I paid for everything else myself. 


  1. Ahhh! Happy belated birthday Hao!!! Loving your new purple hair, you seriously can rock any hair color! I totally want to go out and buy that MUFE foundation and I'd totally steal that benefit rockateur blush from you! Your dress looks gorgeous, I love dresses that are classic but flirty. Hope you had a great day!

  2. Happy belated Birthday! I hope you had a fantastic night out! Your hair colour looks amazing, it's so bright and even! Do you find that certain makeup looks go better or worse with purple hair? I always think that I'd have to change my whole everyday makeup look if I dyed my hair a crazy colour, so I'm curious if you think the same way.

    My weekend was super quiet which is a Godsend these days. I am so busy! I'm just dying to catch a break!

  3. Thank you! (: The MUFE foundation is the only one I've ever repurchased! It's so good for all of my needs. And maybe you should steal the rockateur blush from me because I have two.... hahaha I bought the single before the palette came out :D I had a great weekend and I hope you did too!

  4. Thank you! My hair actually goes from a more lavender color to grey going from the left side of my head to the right. It looks brighter in these photos though.

    I do change some of my looks depending on my hair! For my blonder stages, I tended to go towards more warm colors and away from mauves, purples, and taupes because the yellow contrasted too much. For silver, I felt like it was oddly neutral enough to match everything. For the purple right now, I feel like there are some limitations, but totally worth it hahhha I also gives me an excuse to buy more makeup, but maybe only another eyeshadow or two.

    Aww, I hope you do get a nice relaxing break again soon! I've been treasuring my weekends after being so hectic for the last 4 months.

  5. Happy belated birthday~~ Hopefully, you had a great day with your boyfriend! 22? You look so much younger! *cough asian genes cough* :D
    Lilac hair looks great on you! :) Btw do a lot of people give you a weird look? I was just wondering haha!
    Aww you are such a cute couple~
    Love, Jenny

  6. Happy Belated Birthday!....I WOULD NOT HAVE PEGGED YOU FOR 22. I was 'bout to call you a youngin' before I realised....oh...I'm 22 too ._.
    Love the final look and you two are too cute together! :D

  7. Thank youu! WE'RE TWINSIESSS. I remember applying to a store and the manager was like.... are you even 18 yet? Excuse me, I was 21 at the time T-T

    Oh yeeee. Such bright purple. I'm going all out before dying it back to brown.

  8. I can't get over how pretty/cute you are! Wow you totally don't look 22! :) In a good way haha FOREVER YOUNG~~ I loooveee your hair! Happy birthday!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  9. Aww, thank you! You're so sweet (: The asian genes are running strong right now hahahaha

  10. So jealous of your purple hair!! When did you do it? And happy belated birthday!

  11. I keep getting surprised by it when I walk by a mirror... haha I did it last friday (: I wanted the color to be as even and vibrant as possible for my birthday weekend pictures

    and Thank you :D

  12. Your hair is amazing! Love the makeup look you did. Cute dress btw! (:
    Happy belated birthday!

  13. Thank you so much! I think this dress is my new favorite dress (:

  14. Haha an excuse to buy more makeup. Love it! I thought that would be the case, hair is such an important factor in deciding what tones to wear for makeup and clothes!