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!?!??!

November 16, 2009

First Crush Cosmetics Order & NOTW

OOhhhh after a long while of not buying anything online, I came across an Australian cosmetics online store!! And and and, the most exciting part is that they sell all kinds of NYX products that's hard to get here in Australia... and some Barry M, Urban Decay, China Glaze nail polishes even! The online store is called

CRUSH COSMETICS


So I was excited and thought I'd give it a try and omg, fast delivery! I just ordered this, seriously just last Friday the 13th, probably and I received the parcel today!! Monday! I got these: (nothing much... but I'm loving them already... hehehe)

- Black Bean Jumbo Eye Pencil (JEP) (simple, classic, all-time-use black)
- Milk JEP (have heard so many great things about this one, been lemming to try it!)
- Red Bean Pie Eyeshadow (have been wanting this colour since I first laid eyes on it)
- FREEBIE!!!! Plum Lipliner

The photo doesn't do Red Bean Pie justice on how lovely that colour is. It was Love at first sight! All these are very pigmented, and easy to apply, smooth texture... and the JEPs are indeed creammyyy.

Here's a sneakpeek on a light, first swatch (ignore the bad lighting, it's at night and I couldn't get any other lighting in my room at the moment):
I will surely do a proper review on these NYX products from Crush Cosmetics... =) Happy about them so far!

Moving on to NOTW (Nail of the week), here's the colour I have on my nails at the moment:

With flash...
Without Flash...
And just a close up of the thumb, but in the end I decided to just have it all plain blue...
Alrighty! That's all for now... A quick update~ Gooodnigghhhtt alllll

I'm a heavy drinker...

A heavy drinker of Tea. Yeap, good ol' tea. Some people would joke "Dana! You're gonna get drunk on tea!!" or "How can you drink that!" or "You're a tea drinker" ... haahhaahaa...

And I'd just like to mention one of the teas I've been drinking a lot lately. I've tried all sorts, Darjeeling, Russian Caravan, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Oolong, Pu Erh, Ti Kuan Yin, Chrysanthemum, Chamomile, Peppermint, Rose, Lemon Tea, Japanese Green Tea, Jasmine Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, Lapsang Souchong, Lady Grey, I told you... all sorts... hahaha

Anyway, the latest tea that I tried and loving it right now is this...


YAMAMOTOYAMA Brown Rice Tea Genmai cha ~

Would you believe it that Yamamotoyama was founded in 1690!

This tea has a roasted sort of scent and flavour, it would not be to everyone's taste, but I'm loving it right now... drinking it almost every night. I'm on my 2nd box now hahaha...
I like it hot, with no sugar, just as is. Refreshing!

November 14, 2009

EFOTD & mini reviews

Alright, let's get straight to it, 'cause I have a feeling this will be a long one... since I want to do a eye/face of the day and mini reviews on some of the products I just recently obtained and loving it right now!
Firstly, here's a really really simple look I did today. I just felt like it... and also because I love love loveeee the colour. I don't think the photo picks up the brightness of the colour in real life, but anyway, you get the idea...

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The eyes (indoor day light; no flash)...

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The face (lol... indoor day light; no flash)...

(Look at those eyelashes!! Thanks to CoverGirl Lash Blast Waterproof in Very Black!!)
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The face (outdoor; under the sunlight)...
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Products used...

Namely,
FACE
* The usual: Gorgeous Cosmetics Foundation Primer & Sheer Brilliance Liquid Foundation - this time I used my new stippling brush
* Blush: MAC Conjure Up - this time I used my new blush/cheek brush from Sportsgirl
* Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette 07 (used the dark green, lightest cream, and the powder)
* Top it off with: Chanel Perfecting Pressed Powder (02 Plein Jour)

EYES
* Base: MAC Paintpot in Bare Study
* Line the upper lashline & inner corner with Sportsgirl Shady Lady Eye Colour in Poison Ivy
* Curl eyelashes with Shiseido eyelash curler
* Coated my lashes with CoverGirl Lash Blast Waterproof in Very Black - omg I had a break from this for about a feww weeeks and wow, I can really tell the difference!! And no, I didn't use a mascara base... Imagine what it would be like with a mascara base.. ohohoho!)

Okay, so to continue... I'll be mentioning my new favourite eyeshadow: (of course I still love my Stila eyeshadows such as Golightly, Kitten, Wheat, ... but this one deserves a mentioning ;)... )

Sportsgirl Shady Lady Eye Colour in Poison Ivy



With base/primer:...

From left: On its own without a base, With MAC Bare Study as base, With Elizabeth Arden Eye-Fix Primer as base

I find that this eyeshadow is very pigmented, soft, easy to apply, easy to pick up with any brush (I used the ecotools eye angled brush), glides on smoothly, bottom line is I really like it! What a pleasant surprise! I'm really loving putting colour on my inner corner line... it could as well be my eye look signature!! =D

Have you tried the Sportsgirl cosmetics range? What do you think of it?
Or, have you tried CoverGirl Lash Blast?

Till next time! ~loves,
dana

Mai's 100 Followers Giveaway - "I Love Randomness!"

Dear Mai,
I love randomness too!!! hahaha...

Anyway, peeps... here's an awesome 100 Followers Giveaway hosted by a really lovely girl Mai, check out her blog here!!

This is what she has to say:

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To celebrate reaching 100 followers and because I'm such a random kind of person ;P , I'm hosting the:

Totally Randomness Giveaway!
(>_<)

# of Winners: 5

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL-FRIENDLY!

Prizes may include some of my favorite items from:

* E.L.F.
* .maitai jewelry
* skincare items
* secret stuff

...this is a random giveaway after all, can't expose what might be in your random prize packages. ;P

Winners will receive pre-packaged, totally random prizes.
Winners will be chosen randomly....of course. :P

What you have to do:
1. follow
2. post about this giveaway on your blog
3. post a comment below with: "I love randomness!" & the URL of your blog post.

Giveaway starts NOW
and ends on December 1st, 2009 (Hawaii time).

(ALL NON-ENTRY COMMENTS ON THIS POST WILL BE DELETED)

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So, go on, ENTER IT for your chance to win some "random" prizes. Good Luck!!

Have a blushfullllll day~

loves,
dana

November 13, 2009

LVMH Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy

...
A new door has been opened...

Till tonight I've never heard of LVMH, have you? So what is it? Why am I mentioning it here? Well, because it is a very powerful Group that caters major leading internationally credited brands (I will list some later).
The Group is active in a number of factors, namely Perfumes & Cosmetics - and I will talk about thsi one in particular.

So who are these prestigious brands that's under this LVMH Group Company? To name some:



  • Louis Vuitton
  • Hennessy
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Acqua Di Parma
  • Belvedere (Vodka)
  • Emilio Pucci
  • Tag Heuer
  • Sephora
  • Zenith
  • Fendi
  • Guerlain
  • Kenzo Parfums
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Parfums Christian Dior
  • Parfums Givenchy
  • Donna Karan
  • Benefit Cosmetics
Would you look at that!! And those are not even all of them!! I didn't know Guerlain, Make Up For Ever, Benefit, Fendi, Sephora, Tag Heuer, all those are in the same Group!! Awesome!!

Now just a short note on how long some of these high end brands have been around for:
  • Dior - founded in 1947
  • Guerlain - founded in 1828 ( OMG !! 1828!?!?!! )
  • Givenchy - 1957
  • Kenzo - 1988 (Oh!! It's as old as ME!! ^^)
  • Benefit - 1976 (that's pretty old... but new at the same time?)
  • Make Up For Ever - 1984
So how about that, ey? Interested more? Here's the website of LVMH

Anyway, just a short note. Thought you would like to know this little info I found out today that I find very very interesting and pleasing. Hehehe...

Good night!! Have a nice, sweet, dreamy dream~

Ramblings & My First Makeup Remover

Just a quick post before I go to bed... =]
Went to the city with a friend, she's looking for a dress... and I ended up finding myself a new dress too! She got one too, don't worry.. lol Anyway, I was playing around with some products this morning but even though the photo won't do it justice, thought I'd post it up anyway... and let you in my thoughts...

But first, here are some shots of the display at the Brisbane City Myer~ Theme is
Olivia... the piglet


And here is today's look~
Outdoor sunlight, no flash
Indoor with flash
I know it's not much, but I tried to do the "natural; no makeup" makeup... lol, well, maybe with a tad of eye highlighting... and curled lashes... and a touch of blush...

And sadly I didn't have time to take a close up photo of the eye, but it was another warm/neutral look... with YSL Mascara Everlong in Waterproof Formula (Brown) - I love! for natural curled visible lashes...

At the end of the night however, I managed to take this: (Note: this would've been taken at night, after the whole day outside...) plus, I had to use the flash ...
Can you see my eyelashes? They're not as harsh or dramatic, right? But visible? Yeah, I kind am liking those eyelashes especially to uni or to work. And my HG mascara for this right now is the highly mentioned YSL Everlong Waterproof in Number 2 (Brown)
I'd definitely go for more drama for going out at night ;) Very black for at night!! That can be achieved by using either Gorgeous Cosmetics Formula Five Mascara, CoverGirl Lash Blast Waterproof in Very Black, Stila Major Lash Mascara... etc.

Oh, and lastly before I go to bed... I finished my first (eye) makeup remover, I used one from Missha, a Korean brand. Look! It's done! It's empty! Finished! GG!
Hehehe... what's your favourite eye makeup remover? What beauty product you recently finished? Do leave me a comment, I love reading them, and I tend to reply here in the comment box.

Muwahhh!
~dana