December 31, 2009

The last night of 2009

Tonight's the last night
of a year that's gone by
too quick it feels as though
I'm not even done with it yet...


But time awaits no one
And you just have to keep going
Tomorrow's a new day, a new year
Best wishes to all and to all a good night!

December 26, 2009

My YSL Everlong Waterproof


YSL Everlong Waterproof Mascara in Brown
*My first wonderful brown high end mascara*

What it claims (on the website):
Innovation dedicated to seduction. Everlong Mascara is the first mascara that offers a double lengthening effect: instant make up result and long-term lengthening action. This performance is due to the association of a new generation moulded brush with an exclusive complex – the Lash Growth Booster – which favors lash growth.

Let's just have the photos do the talking~

Here's my eye... already curled with my Shiseido eyelash curler.
On the left I'm wearing Everlong, and on the right, no mascara, just curled.
Can you see how my natural eyelashes just point straight down? While the one coated with Everlong stays up and awakens my eye? ^^

Here's another take on my eye...
And here is with Everlong...
This is just the effect of the Brown one, imagine how it would be like with the Black version!! It's in my wishlist now, in my "To get" list. hehehe...

I find that the bristles do not clump on me, and I can easily apply as many coats as I want without any clumping or stickyness. It glides on smoothly and holds my eyelashes curled throughout the day!

Have you tried any YSL mascara? Which one is your favourite?

By the way, for those in Australia, Hope you had a really nice haul from the Boxing Day Sale!!!

December 25, 2009

Everyday Minerals Flat Top VS Kabuki

EVERYDAY MINERALS


Note: This is not a paid review, whatever I write is based on my own personal experience and my own opinions.
This will be a review on the 2 famous Everyday Minerals brushes: Flat Top & Kabuki (Dome shaped). I have both in the long handle (as opposed to the short stubby ones, even though these aren't even that long, but a really good size to hold)


Pros (of both):
*I didn't experience any shedding in both when I washed it the first time, no funny smell either and no shedding while using it either. No problemo!
*Dense, packed, and super super soft! Feels really soft, I'm not kidding you!
*Handles aren't too short or too long, but just right size to have a firm hold of
*Easy to clean, the colours just come off it.
*Picks up powder easily

Cons:
*Not that I can think of right now!!

Which do I prefer?
Well it depends on what are you using it for.

What about applying the Mineral Foundation?

I'd say Flat Top to apply the Mineral Foundation. Because the flat top picks up the foundation and spread it evenly on the flatness of the hair, and I can easily buff the powder on my face and leaves me with a flawless finish. Beware of dipping in too much foundation, it may look too thick on a part of your face. Flat top tends to give you fuller coverage.

What if I don't want too much coverage?

Then I'd say go for the Kabuki, because it's dome shaped and that gives you less product on a particular area and you can use for lighter coverage for larger area. I use this for the finishing touches or when I use a base (Everyday Minerals Kaolin Powder Sunlight or MAC Transparent Powder). OR!! If in the end the blush comes out too strong, I also use this to blend in the blush more on my face so I don't end up having clown cheeks.

I hope this has helped whoever is new to Everyday Minerals and can't decide which brush to get. I personally have fallen in love with the Flat Top. Debating whether to get another one as a spare.

Have you used Everyday Minerals brushes before? If so, which one is your favourite?
Let me know by commenting ;)

Have a lovely lovely Christmas & I'll try to make another post before New Year!! How time flies, it's almost 2010 already!!!!

Signing out,
dana

December 24, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Just would like to say

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
EVERYONE!!!!!


Have an awesome one. Hope you spend it with those you love and enjoy!


Hugs & Kisses from Brisbane (it's really hot and humid over here)

Dana

December 21, 2009

2009 Beauty Favourites

Shifa @ Get Gawjus! blog did a 2009 Beauty Favourites, and I thought I'd do one here~ Thanks Shifa for the idea!

Also, this would be interesting, due to the fact that I've only started to get really into makeup just recently, just for the past few months, not even 6 months yet! I'm still a baby in the makeup world! So all of these would be my first favourites and I get to share it with all of you, YAY! I think I might do one for each categories (face, hair, lipbalm, mascara, skincare, yeah, the lot...)


Here they are~ (this will be a long list... )

Lucas' Papaw Ointment
I used to just use Bonnibell lipbalm or Chapsticks or even those Vaseline petroleum jelly, but this, this has made the difference and it lasted me for so long!! I'm not kidding! I've had this tube for more than 6 months and still going. It is multipurpose ointment, goes sort of a thick transparent cream that you can apply on anything from chapped lips to open wounds to dry skins to rashes to anything! I can't imagine running out of this now, have to at least have 1 at hand. So handy I even got my friend (a guy) to use it and he loves it too! =D

Swisspers Cotton Balls
Hahaha I know, but I've never felt cotton balls this soft!! Such softness I use it for my face now, I even prefer using this rather than the cotton pads to use with toner or makeup remover or anything! I have a massive bag of 400 and will definitely get more. Soooo sooofttt!! Love the feel of it. So fluffy and dense and just love it. =P

Lush Fresh Mask in Brazened Honey
If you're not surprised, I am. This was my first Lush mask and my first fresh mask and my first sort of mask in my skincare routine. I must say I'm impressed and I'm also surprised, because I used to not be able to stand the smelly Lush store but now I can't help but to enter everytime I walk pass it! This mask cleanses, unclogs my pores, refreshes and I find the scent quite soothing and refreshing. It leaves my skin smooth and soft and refreshed. So nice to apply especially because you have to keep it refrigerated. ;)

Lush Vanishing Cream Facial Moisturiser
I'm surprised again. This has to be my most expensive facial moisturiser but it was worth it. I'm liking my current condition on my face and it might be due to this moisturiser (among other products I use). I don't find it too oily or too greasy or too drying. It just gives the right balance of moisture and so I need not panic of looking like a disco ball or a sandpaper. ;) It leaves my face feeling soft, smooth and supple and evens out my tone. It also seems to soothe my slightly sensitive skin.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2 in 1 Cleanser / Mask
My first time using Neutrogena in, maybe about almost 10 years. I didn't know what to expect when I purchased this but I must say I'm impressed. My face has stayed clear and this is gentle enough to use everyday. What's not to like when this also removes the makeup on my face and thoroughly cleanses my pores and leaves a minty fresh feel that I like. Not drying like the previous Neutrogena products I used years ago. It doubles up as a mask since it has Kaolin in it. Very handy to have and I think I'll be happy to just carry this when I travel.

Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
I received this in a swap and for someone like me who has never had a HG concealer, this is my HG concealer!! It works wonders for me. It covers my red blotches effortlessly, covers my undereye, covers any blemishes, other concealers have not worked before, and this works! Is it because of the dark olive/green concealer? I think so! This is the only concealer palette with olive green instead of the minty apple green. Oh and for your information, it looks dry on the palette but it's very very creamy and super blendable. It goes on smoothly and just blends so flawlessly on my skin. Love it! Heard it's been discontinued, so I'm trying so hard to get backups now... =(

CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara in Waterproof formula & YSL Everlong Mascara Waterproof
Both hold my manually curled eyelashes (since they're normally dead straight facing down) and it does quite well in the volume and thickening and dramatising my eyelashes. It doesn't smudge throughout the day and my curl stays curled all day and night long!

Gorgeous Cosmetics Liquidlips Lip Gloss in Luscious
A cosmetic brand making a name for itself in the Academy of Makeup and so glad I have an access to the boutique in my city. I love this lip gloss, it's rather sticky but it lasts a long time and leaves my lips looking 'luscious' and healthy. Most other lipglosses tend to just disappear in a minute but this lasts.

Beauty Treats Facial Wipes in Green Tea
This was a cheap find of face wipes, for only AUD$4.99 this is something I purchased over and over again. It's made in Korea but the company is in the US. I've tried other face wipes but I still like to come back to this. Cheap, handy, and smells nice. It's also refreshing!

Sally Hansen Extra Strength Extra Fast Polish Remover with Vitamin E
I accidentally found this at our local Chemist Warehouse and purchased it in its massive bottle (12 oz size) and this has to be the best nail polish remover (npr) I've had. It doesn't stink like the other npr I've had, and it doesn't leave white marks on my nails. It leaves it clean and smelling fresh. I think it also cleanses and moisturises my cuticles. I like this npr, if only I can find it again anywhere.

Everyday Minerals Products
I have to say "products" instead of a specific item because I've been impressed with all their products that I've recently purchased. The flat top brush is a staple now, and their foundation powder gives me flawless and fresh finish that I like, and the blush is so pigmented you need just a tiny bit then you can simply blend and buff it in... easy! Finding the foundation shade/match hasn't been easy, but I think I've narrowed it down to about 4-5 shades that I can wear at the moment. I think I can wear those other lighter ones in Winter. But for now I'm liking Intensive, Original Glo and Semi-Matte. I like Medium Beige Neutral, Medium Beige, Olive Neutral and Golden Medium (sometimes), and waiting on Buttered Tan and Beige Neutral. See how these two match up to my skin this week and I'll update you all on that. But so far, I like EDM!

MAC Paint Pot
I only have this in Bare Study but I love this paint pot range. I want more of it. Hahaha... If only there are paint pots in this Holiday edition I probably would have got some. This is really nice to just an all over colour on the lid, or as a base it works wonders! The eyeshadow lasts all day and night long and no creasing and it just is a beautiful lovely colour on its own! Easy to apply and blendable and I want more of it.

Kose CoenRich Q10 White UV Protector in SPF50+ PA++ Smooth Touch
I wish this comes in bigger tub. I use this almost everyday and in need of a new tube soon. It has really made a difference. My face hasn't tanned too much and I feel that my face is more protected and not easily damaged by the strong sun over here in Australia. I like how my face hasn't tanned too much because I tan way too quickly, I'm not kidding. And this sunscreen has made all the difference. It smells nice, nothing like the other sunscreens, it glides on smoothly on your skin and blendable and just smooth.

Eyeshadows
I'm getting more interested in doing eye makeup and slowly finding favourites. Some being Stila eyeshadows (very pigmented and soft and just so nice to apply), and Sportsgirl loose shimmer pigments (so easy to use and quite pigmented)... waiting for Pure Luxe eyeshadows and maybe I'll try the Coastal Scents 88 Palette, but we'll see what I find along the way with the smaller palettes or singles. :)

Blushes
I find comfort in blushes. They make me look fresh, awake and not washed out or pale or sick. I just like them. I'm loving plummish shade at the moment, but slightly peach bronze would be nice too, or berry shade.

Eyeshadow Brushes & Brushes in general for makeup application
Enough said. I never used to use brushes until few months ago. I still need more eyeshadow brushes. =) I especially like the Angled Eyeliner Brush, as I love doing an inner corner colour... and I also love a fluffy dome shaped eyeshadow brush for an all over lid colour. I like a small dome shape blush brush and I love my Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush.

OMG!! I know I pretty much listed my entire new collection of makeup, but here is someone who's new to makeup... so all of these are my new finding for this year! So they deserved to be mentioned. =)

What are your beauty favs for this year? Or if you're someone like me, who's only started to get into makeup, what are your current favourites or find? Leave a comment below or do a post and link it up ;)

loves,
dana

December 19, 2009

My Current Skincare Routine

It's only recently that I decided to change over to Lush and Neutrogena skincare and the change to another skincare has never made me happier than the result of my current, new one. It's a blend of Neutrogena and Lush, would you believe it. Hahaha...

Note: What I will be reviewing briefly soon are based on my own experience of use, by no means a paid review.
Oh, and this will be very wordy...


Skin Stats:
*Combination *Normal to oily on T-zone *Redness around nose, and cheeks flush easily *Skin would redden when too much pressure is applied on it, such as rubbing too harshly *Pores on T-zone and cheeks *Blackheads on nose =( *Occasional dryness on cheeks and the bridge between my two eyebrows *Occasional blemishes/pimples/acnes (days when I eat too much peanut butter or too much deep fried food, which I eat very rarely anyway nowadays)

EDIT (02/01/10): My cheeks or nose would get super dry if I use too much 'acne products'... Oh and I can also get pimples if I get exposed to the sun too much with no protection, I've had the experience... I tan really really fast, mind you, and along with the tan, comes the blemishes... Hmm... oh and St Ives Apricot Scrub turned out to be way too harsh for my skin, I ended up with flakey cheeks and dehydrated dry skin (that every makeup artists frowned upon... they did!! they looked at me and said "your skin is dehydrated!" or "what have youuuu been using?" >_<) So it took a well one whole month or so to get it all balanced again I think...

Aaanyway, you get the idea. I used to have a lot of acne problems on my face. I would have those raised whiteheads all over my forehead and they never went away until my mum took me to a dermatologist (this was when I used to live in Singapore). Then I also used to have papules and pustules acnes on my cheeks and chin and yeah, YUCK! So anyway, over the years I always just trusted my mum on getting me whatever skincare she thinks best. Fast forward to only few months ago, I just became really BIG on skincare. I want a clear nice skin so much that it began to dawn on me that I really have to finally find the products. Skincare products routine. So I slowly bought items, one by one.

First I made the decision to give Neutrogena a second chance. I used to use Neutrogena many years ago and stopped for many years. And now that I'm back using it (a different formula, mind you) I really like it. I'm using Neutrogena RapidClear 2 in 1 Cleanser/Mask.

This mask works 2 ways. You can use it as a daily cleanser (which works great for me!) to help prevent breakouts, to remove dirt, excess oil and even makeup!!
Orrrr you can use it as a 5-minute mask to deep cleanse your skin.

Second I bought Lush Vanishing Cream Face Moisturiser. The most expensive face moisturiser I've ever purchased and I'm not regretting it! In fact, I'm going to need a 2nd tub soon. =)

Lush describes it as its "low-fat moisturiser": light, easily absorbed cream with minimal oil content. Helps acne-prone, oily skin and T-zone problems. With rose, lavender and witch hazel.
I was reluctant on purchasing this at first, one was because I'm never a fan of lavender scent, and 'cause I thought it was going to be a sticky, too gooey, too thick of texture that just sits on your face and doesn't do anything sort of moisturiser. But I decided "what the heck, I'd give it a go, I needed a moisturiser urgently" at that time. And I like it. I use it day and night and my face feels balanced (moisturised where it needs to be, and not overly moisturised where it doesn't need to be). Been using it a bit over a month now and loving it. Thought I was going to run out of it quickly, I was wrong too. You only a small swipe for your whole face! And I still have just about half the tub in there. Oh, and guess what? The Vanishing Cream hint of lavender/rose scent is growing on me and I actually quite like it now, I find it soothing.

Third, there was the Fresh Mask. I did a review on Brazened Honey and liked it, and I'm currently trying out Crash Course in Skincare, but I shall tell you more about it when I've used more of it. I've only used it once or twice. I wouldn't say it beat Brazened Honey, but anyway, leave that to another post. I'm still trying out different Lush fresh masks.

Fourth, the toner. Tea Tree Water did not work for me at all! But Eau Roma Water (which contains lavender and rose) is quite soothing and refreshing to my face. So I guess my face likes Lavender even though I don't particularly fancy the scent. But I like these two together, they compliment each other and the light scent of lavender and rose and other notes are growing on me =)

Fifth, I finally took the plunge and bought Dark Angels cleanser, and I love using it! Read my review on it "Not your average cleanser"
I alternate between the Neutrogena and this. Sometimes I use the Neutrogena first then this, the Neutrogena works better at removing makeup residue etc. And Dark Angels would be best in getting rid of my dead skins build up on my cheeks and clearing blackheads and pores on and around my nose. =)

So what I'm using now, are actually simply pictured here~
My face has never felt this good, this soft, this smooth, this refreshed and balanced. Somehow, with Vanishing Cream I need not worry that some areas might be too oily or too dehydrated. It does the balancing for me!

What's your current skincare routine? Any brand or product you swear by? Leave a comment!

Loves,
dana

December 18, 2009

Next Travel Destination: Pandora

How often do you watch a movie with blue humans-like aliens towering 10 feet tall over us and live in a world with flying mountains and reptilian-looking pterodactyl with double the eyes, double the wings, double or quadruple the size (called Ikran in Na'vi)? Or a romance between an alien and a human in an alien body? Now, that's Avatar... James Cameron's Avatar movie. Best movie I've seen in a long while. Packed with action, just enough emotions to get you into the mood, and humanity... and fascinating dreamy world that is out of this world!

Enter Jake Sully (Sam Worthington ^^), an ex-marine who reluctantly joins a mission in a world called Pandora where the native species are called the Na'vi (The People), 3 meters tall, iridecent smooth cyan skin, long tail, feline ears, massive yellow eyes that can rotate like an owl... yeah, you get the point. They're aliens... but they're civilized, human-like intelligence, but they live with bows and arrows, and are very ... I stress, very, spiritual. Their entire world is connected through a network that's channeled to the Mother Tree. Amazing!

I don't know what year it is but the scientists have managed to somehow create a Na'vi body that can be connected with the human brain, hence a human can operate the body, just like an "avatar" would be in online characters, except that this is real. The Na'vi are grown in the labs and specifically assigned to 1 particular person/human, as the making of this Na'vi requires the DNA of that person.


When Jake got lost in the woods on his first day encountering the forest, he met a Na'vi girl called Neytiri, (played wonderfully by Zoe Saldana),

who happens to be the daughter of the clan's leader. Although she was ready to kill him at first sight, she ended up saving his life and was assigned to teach him about their way of life and to learn how to speak like the native... or to ride an Ikran (bird!)

Their language is unique and melodic, sometimes it feels as though they're speaking South African or African ... with a hint of German... it's surprisingly quite enchanting... quite beautiful in its own way. The world that they live in, oh my my... if such world exists, I would definitely visit and I would not mind having a Na'vi avatar. =]

So without spoiling too much of the storyline. This is another level of Star Wars or anything I've seen before. I like how there's emotions but it's not too mushy that I get sick of it. A lot of actions and portrayal of how they live are quite beautiful and I'm impressed with how it turns out.

I give it 5 stars!! I want to watch it again or if there's a sequel, I'm so watching it! =D

Enjoy the movie!! Can't wait till more movies to come... but this... I'll always remember this movie. ^^

December 17, 2009

Not Your Average Cleanser: Lush Dark Angels

The name fascinates me. Have any of you watched the TV series Dark Angels? Hahaha... Well Lush Dark Angels Cleanser (AUD$15.95) is definitely not your typical cleanser - soft, smooth, foamy, frothy, white or off-white creamy cleanser. It's BLACK! Yes, it's charcoal black.
Lush describes it as designed for young people with oily skin, the velvety texture is sprinkled with black sugar and powdered charcoal to gently exfoliate and cleanse away excess oils. The soft black sugar and powdered charcoal would gently exfoliate your skin and removes dead layers... while an ingredient called Rhassoul Mud (originated from Morocco) acts as the natural detoxifying agent with acne-banishing properties.

Fact about Rhassoul Mud
Rhassoul Mud is known to be effective in keeping the skin smooth, clean and fresh due to its higher concentrations of trace elements like magnesium, iron, sodium, silica, potassium and calcium. The higher concentrations of these elements help in replenishing the minerals we might lack which may cause dryness. Rhassoul Mud has drying properties which acts as cleanser that can draw out impurities and toxins, which then helps in getting rid of excess oils and sebum, dirt and dead skin cells and results in more supple and smooth skin.

Back to Dark Angels, it also contains Avocado Oil to soften and moisturise the skin, and Sandalwood Oil, and Rosewood Oil to soothe.

Now what made me buy it?
Interesting looking cleanser which I seriously was considering to use to battle blackheads and deep cleanse my pores and to remove impurities and dead skin cells build up on the surface of my face especially around the cheeks areas. I also read a lot of reviews mentioning how good this cleanser is at removing blackheads and I've always dreamt of having clear, blackheads-free skin, so I thought I'd give this a go.

I've been using this for about a week and a half I think, almost twice a day everyday, I mix it with my Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2 in 1 Cleanser/Mask (contains Kaolin). I must say, I enjoy using this black cleanser. At first you think it might scratch your skin and leaves it with red blotches, as I would get if I were to use St Ives Apricot Scrub or any other harsh exfoliating scrubs. But No! I didn't get any redness after using this! Amazing! Even after I scrubbed pretty hard around particular areas, it is still gentle enough without causing my skin to react (my skin can get pretty sensitive when rubbed too harshly).

After Wash, Result is: My skin feels smooth and refreshed and no dead skins and deep cleansed and hydrated and really, it feels "soft" like that fairy floss you get in festivals. Hehehe...
It doesn't strip all the oils and leave your skin overdried, it somehow knows how much oils to strip and which areas to deep cleanse. I think I have a crush on Lush Dark Angels Cleanser now. I can even use it everyday and not feel dehydrated or having problems with dead skin cells build up. I used to have that problem with other exfoliating cleansers, but have no fear with Dark Angels Cleanser!

A little note on using this special cleanser. Squish a bit from the tub, about a small 5 cent or 10 cent size and sort of drip few drops of water over it and gently squeeze or mush the powdery charcoal, which then should end up as some sort of black paste. Which then you can apply on your face. I like to start on my nose (where most of my blackheads are) and spread to my cheeks (my pores area), and then my forehead and cheeks and chin... then scrub gently. scrub scrub scrub... now I like to leave it on for a bit as though a mask (maybe only around 5-10 minutes depending on how long it takes for me to scrub my entire body in the shower) and then wash it off. It won't harden like the other Lush masks do, but I just feel that if I let it sit on my face for a bit longer it would do its magic in deep cleansing my face. Hehehe...
Afterwards, I either use my hand to wash it with water, or I use my facial cleansing sponge to wipe it off. Then rinse with water. Towel dry your face. And TIP: USE TONER to remove any excess paste on especially hairlines, chin, neck, ear line, creases on nose anywhere!
And then get ready to MOISTURISE!! At the moment I'm using Lush Vanishing Cream Face Moisturiser, and I'm liking the result. My face is left feeling soft, fresh, clean, and smooth to touch. I think I will repurchase, however as it is my first ever Lush cleanser, I am still curious as how the other Lush cleansers would perform. So I might try different ones and if they don't amaze me, I'll come back to this for sure.

Cleansing your face should be fun with Lush Dark Angels!! ;)

Have you tried any Lush Cleanser? What do you think of it?

December 11, 2009

'Tis a Season To be Generous!

Every Girl's Little Addiction is having a massive MAC Holiday Giveaway!! Check it out!

She's giving away:
MAC MSF in Sunny By Nature
MAC Eyeshadow in Soft Force
MAC Mineralize Blush in Light Over Dark
MAC Tricolor Lipglass in Crazy Haute

Rules:
1. Must be a follower/subscriber of either my (her) youtube or my blog. (leave youtube username)
2. Leave a comment with ONE thing on your Christmas wishlist.
3. Must post about this giveaway on your blog, and link it to the comment above.
4. Leave your email adress on the post.
5. The winner must reply to my email within 24 hours of notification.
6. The giveaway will end on DECEMBER 25TH, 2009.

This giveaway is open internationally, and the winner will be posted soon after the giveaway is closed.

Good luck everyone!!

Happy Holidays!

December 9, 2009

NOTW "Chocolates"

I finally redid my fingernails and here's the result! ^^

Without flash (at night... is horrible... but...)
With flash

So I used:
*Revlon Nail Enamel in Double Truffle (entire nails)
*Missha The Style Lucid Nail Polish in BR03 (as the tips)

What do you guys think? They remind me of chocolates... chocolate lollies or something chocolatey, hehehe...

Hope you're having a better weather than me, it's too humid and hot over here in Brisbane. Feel like showering every hour.

December 8, 2009

Pieces of Me in December 2009

Was going to post this few days earlier, thought I left it till Sunday, then I didn't have time on Sunday... ah!! So here it is... sorry Shirley, it's few days late! Here we go...

So this month...

I like: the fact that when I go home after a long day of work or any other bad days, Rama (our new little puppy) is there to greet me with those sweet puppy eyes and a smile and a hug and it makes it all so much better...
I'm also liking Everyday Minerals foundation.

I don't like: watching horror or scary movies and walking home alone in the dark. Oh, and I hate it when my contact lenses go blurry or irritate my eyes and I'm left almost-blind for the day cause I don't have a spare pair of contact lenses. >_<

I want you to know: that I always strive to be better even in times that I seem not to care

I've planned: to save up for Sydney trip next month... and to slowly find my HG products. =]

I want to say to someone special: (sorta) that you suffocate me and I wish you'd understand... that you need to let me go sooner or later.


Thanks to the Toothfairy who started this game~

December 4, 2009

Coming Soon


Hi hi hi!! Hope you've all been enjoying the holiday season and gifts shopping and Thanksgiving (those overseas, Australia doesn't seem to celebrate Thanksgiving) and etc...
I've been so busy working and been so tired that I don't have much time blogging, but luckily I finished work early today and stealing some time now to update you all with what's coming. What I have in mind on what to write anyway. Hehehe... I hope I don't bore you too much, with that being said, here are some of the things I plan on talking about:

*Sportsgirl About A Face Cosmetics Range Impresses Me (Eyeshadows, Brushes, Blush...)

*Everyday Minerals Flat Top & Kabuki Brushes (so far I only have the Flat Top, so I will let you know how these two compare once I've played around with my edm Kabuki brush) DONE - CLICK HERE for REVIEW

*Everyday Minerals Foundation Match (If I finally able to find my match) - =( sadly I still haven't really found my match... I'm still uncertain if the shades I have at the moment are the right shade!! =(

*Missha Pore Minimizing Mask

*A piece of Art from Me

*Will add more...

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!!

Loves,
Dana


November 29, 2009

Super Mario Kart Love Song

I saw this awhile back, but I thought since I now have a blog, I'd share it with you all... I like this song... It's so original and so sweet... ^^


Metallic Eyes and Festive Nails

Eyes of the Night & Nails of the Week

Just a quick post, this is what I could take, at the end of the night after a friend's 21st Birthday...



Wow it looks metallic grey here, it looks more dark blue/midnight blue-black in real life... and seems darker in real life... Aah... weeellll...



And I got bored... hahaha...

Left hand

Right hand

loves,
dana

November 25, 2009

Tea Tree Toner - First Reaction


OMG!! I never knew, but I tried Lush Tea Tree Toner for the very first time yesterday and omg, I think I'm having reaction from it.

I'm seeing red bumps on my cheeks and forehead, and I'm having some break outs on the areas I applied the tea tree toner onto. My face just looks so RED!!!! AAHH!!
And tonight, I applied some on my forehead and now my forehead is itchyyyy!! Nooooooooooooooo!! Is it possible then? Am I sensitive to tea tree then? I guess I could be!! I just never knew, I've never used tea tree oil before, and this is not a good first try :'( *cries* ... and I have 21st parties in few days, no no no no no no!!! Have to get all these blemishes/break outs/redness cleared by then... Ahhhhh !!!!

So tell me, have you tried Tea Tree Oil? Does it work for you? What did you use it for?
Or, any of you has reaction to it? Are my reactions plausible... for tea tree allergy? I don't know >_<;;; I'm just scared now... hah!

=( I have to say, it was a wrong choice for me to pick the Lush Tea Tree Toner, but then, if I hadn't picked it up, I wouldn't have known that my face dislikes it... yea?

EDIT: went back to Lush and they gave me an exchange to a milder toner, Eau Roma Water... tried it for the first time last night, doesn't seem to have any reaction... More of a calming effect maybe... Let's just hope it's all good...
The Eau Roma Water has Lavender and Rose, and when she said them I went "EEKKK!! LAvenderr and Rose??" (thinking, omg, the smell!!! It's going to stink!! Both Lavender and Rose in 1 bottle!! KYAAHH!!) But.. it isn't so bad!! Can't believe Lavender is good for your skin... when the smell makes me sick... luckily, these aren't overpowering... as both of my current Lush skincare products have Lavender in them. (Vanishing Cream Face Moisturiser & Eau Roma Water Toner)


Tea Tree is NOT for ME!! (Now I know... the hard way... =( ... )


loves,
dana

November 24, 2009

Asian Eyes - We Are All Different!

I found this video on youtube, and thought I'd share it. She is right. Us Asians do have different eyes, no matter how hard you try to generalise it, you can't, we just all different. In the video, she showed us 3 different ones, and hers is the 2nd one (wide, flat lid...) mine is completely different, I think mine is actually the 1st one she showed (with the small crease...) Anyway... without further adue, here it is...


November 22, 2009

Everyday Minerals Original Glo in Light Medium

This is my 3rd day using Everyday Minerals, and today I tried the Light Medium in Original Glo formula. I used Medium Beige Neutral in Intensive yesterday and got complimented on how good my face looked - flawless... (that's a first time for me!!) ... and I must say I am impressed... I thought I would look like a disco ball, but here's what the Light Medium in Original Glo did to my face today...

Outdoor:

Slightly different lighting (outdoor):

It gives me a flawless, glowing in the right places (I didn't use any highlighter at all! I didn't have to) and ... Happy, happy!!

Surprisingly, I liked it too!! Omg, how will I choose which ones to get later when it comes to ordering a full size!? I might have to get 3 different formulas in different shades!? =S What to do... what to do... Hahaha...

Everyday Minerals has made the "flawless" look possible for me. This is the first foundation that I am truly pleased, psyched, happy about because I could really achieve the flawless look effortlessly!! Such an ease to use!! I am so ordering more from edm... =)

For now, I think I can say that EDM should be awarded the "1st HG" award.


Before I go... here are some other shots of Rama...


It was so funny, he was playing/biting the donut toy and accidentally took a "donut-head" photo.. hahahaha

Awwww... he's such a baby =]

loves,
dana

November 21, 2009

EDM, Brazened Honey, Facial Cleansing Sponge & Rama

Warning: This will be a long post, lots of words, about several things with heaps of photos!! You've been warned... ~ ^^

1) First Order from Everyday Minerals
Hahaha, Kylie (my friend who uses EDM) has always been one telling me to get this... months ago... but somehow I was still unsure whether to get it or not, as I did not think mineral makeup would suit me... But how silly was I! I mean, just because some other minerals didn't work for me on first application does not mean edm won't work, right? Anyway, so I finally decided, "that's it... I'll try this everyday minerals that everyone's been raving about"... I mean, xteener loves it, my closest friend Kylie loves it, and tons of other youtubers love it, bloggers love it... Can't hurt to give it a go, yea?

And I'm so glad, no, I'm so... speechless for words that I had not tried this sooner. Hahaha... I know Kylie would be laughing right now... I can imagine her going "I told youuuu!!! Should've got it sooner, DANA!!!" LOL!!

So I ordered: * Flat Top Long-handled Brush * Try Me Free - Base Foundation in Medium

And delivery was quick, only took around exactly 1 week to arrive. =D Happy , happy ... And they came nicely wrapped...

Anyway, so the package arrived...
Opened it...
And these babies are now all mine!! (sorry, I've just used the brush for the first time today... hence the colour of the tips are beige rather than white... lol)

And these are the colours I received in the Try Me Free - Base - Medium:
* Medium Beige Neutral - intensive
* Medium Beige - semi matte
* Multi-Tasking Neutral - matte

* Light Medium - original glo


So far, I've used the Medium Beige Neutral and Medium Beige and I must say I'm loving the finish of these two... colour wise, I think they all seem to blend in with my skin tone... with my face... without looking like different colour to my neck or my body!! Amazing!! What do I do!? I don't know which colour to choose when it, later, will come for me to purchase the full size! Hahaha...

It is easy to use, you simply tap some powder on the lid, or any other big plate/palette if you like, and using the brush you pick up the powder by swirling the brush tips all over the powder and then buff it all on your face. Easy! Just keep buffing until you obtain the desired coverage. I'm so excited to use this now... and it just makes life so much easier compared to using liquid... primer, then liquid, then powder, yeah... not with everyday minerals!! One powder does it all!

Instruction says: Shake small amount of powder into the lid. Lightly dip your foundation, Flat Top or Kabuki brush into the mineral powder. Tap excess powder from the brush prior to application. Use sweeping and circular motions with your brush lightly all over brush and neck. Moisturise skin before use. To achieve a flawless finish, apply your mineral foundation in several light layers until you reach your desired coverage.

I used the Flat top brush for the first time today, and using the Medium Beige Neutral (Intensive), I applied it early in the morning, probably around 7am. I didn't have time this morning to take any photo, as I will explain later...

Then, at maybe around 2pm ish... I took a photo...

This was after hours of exposure to the sun ... for around 7 hours... and I can tell you it stayed like that for the next 5 hours... OH MY!! ^^


2) Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

My first Lush mask and I really like it!! It soothes, it refreshes, cleanses, unclogs, it makes my face feels like baby's bottom... hahaha. Note!! This works for me, it doesn't work for everybody.

In the website... it says
Brazened Honey is detoxifying, and is made with 7 ayuverdic herbs to deep cleanse your skin and fresh chlorophyll to help repair the damage you've done.
Honey soothes and calms troubled skin and we also add a detoxifying infusion of sage, juniper and rosemary plus a squirt of organic lime juice. Parsley, ginger, coriander and cardamon help boost your circulation and restore some life to your face.

Ingredients:
Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Lime Juice (Citrus limetta), Sage, Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion (Salvia officinalis, Rosmarinus officinalis, Juniperus communis), Fresh Free Range Eggs, Honey (Mel), Glycerine, Fresh Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Ground Walnut Shells (Juglans regia), Peanut Oil (Arachis hypogaea), Bentonite Gel, Fresh Ginger Root (Zingiber officinalis), Fresh Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Fresh Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), Ground Tumeric (Curcuma longa), Ground Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinalis), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Juniperberry Oil (Juniperus communis), Perfume.


Note: The photo shown is taken merely to show the texture of the mask, please do ignore the orange lighting (it was at night) and if I took it with flash, it would all just appear white!

Texture is pastey, very natural, it feels as though someone from the village or a cottage in some countryside has just made it fresh for me. And since it is a fresh mask, you are meant to store it in the fridge, so I love how it feels against my skin when I apply it. It's refreshing!! Cooling!!

The Sales Assistant told me it'll last me 3 sessions, I've used it around 5 times and I still have tons left to do maybe another 3!!

3) Facial Cleansing Sponges


I bought this from an Ella Bache Salon I found accidentally in the shopping mall I work at. I was surprised that it even has Ella Bache at all!! So I got curious and went in, and saw this at the front counter and asked them about it, and I got curious so I bought a pack (contains 2). So far... I like it! I've used it to remove the Lush mask paste, my Neutrogena cleanser (that contains kaolin) and yeah, I really like using it now... compared to just my hands... It grabs onto the paste on my face really well and it's easy to use, really.

Alright, I'm rushing... this is such a long post, I apologise for that... but I thought I just want to put it all together.

Lastly but not least... is... Rama. (pronounced: RAH-ma)
You might be wondering, what is it? what is that? who?
He is...







this handsome guy...

Our new baby in the house!!!!Name: Rama
Born: 4th / October / 2009
Adopted: 21st / November / 2009
Current Age: 7 weeks old
Gender: Male
Breed: German Spitz

He's so adorable... so cute... and he kept going hyper then nap, then hyper then nap...

and before I go, I leave you to this photo... he was resting against the sliding door base, facing our backyard... the breeze!! the breeze!!
but that paw? o.O what's with that.. you are too cute.

loves,
dana

November 20, 2009

Everybody needs a lipbalm or two or three...

LIP GLOSSERIE

Jinny (lipglosserie) contacted me updating me on her new flavours for her handmade lipbalms. Oh, how I am so excited to try them. To list some, she has:
* Buttery Toffee Crunch * Crunchy Almond Biscotti * Chocolate Mint * Rich Pumpkin Cheesecake * Gingersnap * Summer Peach * Ripe Raspberries and Cream

The Gingersnap


And that's not all!! She told me that she will be adding White Chocolate and Butter Pecan!! Oh My!!

Now, each of them costs merely USD$3.00 and the awesome news is... she's offering:

FREE SHIPPING TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!!

Yeap, that's right!! FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the world!! Remember, she is in US, I'm in Australia...

Well, I just thought I let you all in this great offer!! Go grab some before they're sold out! ^^

No one likes cracked lips ;)

The Buttery Toffee Crunch

November 19, 2009

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

I found it in Ella Bache Salon today. I thought,
"OMG! I've heard this brand on the net! Didn't know it's here!"


It was just the next level down from where I work... Hahaha... Bad... I was on a break, and I thought I popped in to have a look at Ella Bache but I went out wondering about Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. And, I just had to, didn't I, I had to do a colour matching... it only took about 5 minutes!! She was spot on straight from the first try! At least I thought so, until 27th/11/09 (see edit below)

Here is the colour chart... Youngblood Minerals Colour Chart

This is what I tried today... The Loose Mineral Foundation in Barely Beige (a tone in the Fair-Medium range, with yellow undertone)

It comes in a tub like this

What I think of it so far...
It was quite a perfect match! Awesome! I liked how my skin looked, it appeared fresh and awake, and the coverage was awesome, my face looks flawless!

However, maybe it wasn't blended properly or she put a little too much, that if I would to look at myself in the mirror maybe about a quarter of a meter distance, I would be able to see the particles or the powders sitting on top of my face, as though they've gathered and not settled yet.

However!! Now that it's been about 8 hours long since application, my face looks flawless and smooth, and not powdery, but due to my face oil, it might look "glowy" but I'd just call it a little "greasy" or "shiney", a little refreshment with the blotting papers and another round of transparent or lucent powder would be all good.

Note to self: Awesome coverage, flawless look.
Here is the makeupalley review on it ... CLICK HERE for the Foundation and CLICK HERE for Mineral Rice Setting Powder

It looks like this


(which I would love to try next... been looking for something like this for some time now, and they have a compact (pressed) for this! Yay!)

I'm sorry there's no photo... of my face with it on. but I couldn't take a photo straight after application because I was at work and I didn't carry my camera around with me.

Alright, I can't say I love this product because I haven't really tried it for long enough period of time. But I'm interested in what you have to say, whether you have tried any Mineral products? Or if you have tried Youngblood? Let me know. I am, to be honest, new to the Mineral Cosmetics line... I'm not even sure if it works for me, but hey, who knows...

~loves,
dana

PS: My first ever Everyday Minerals order arrived today. So I will talk about that as soon as I have tried it. I got the Flat Top Brush and Try Me Free Foundation in Medium. Stay tuned!!

EDIT 27th/11/09:
I found it at a Beauty Salon called The Beauty Boudoir (Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland) and the Beautician put Neutral (Fair-Medium range, pink-undertone). Now that's interesting, isn't it? Am I really a pink undertone? Or both yellow and pink? Or am I olive? I am confused!!

But, I must say it did look alright on me... Neutral... or am I missing something I should look out for? I mean, my face matched my neck and there wasn't any obvious separation between my face and my neck with Neutral colour on me... so ... what undertone am I!?!??!