Monthly Archives: February 2012

Everyday Tips: HAIR

Hair Tips

When cutting bangs, first snip to your eyes. Then slowly cut the length so it doesn’t seem too short.

Hair’s Golden Rule: if it’s too long, you can snip it off straight away, but if it’s too short, it’ll need to grow.

Guess what? Bangs are the cutest at about eyebrow length, just barely skimming your eyes.

If you’re flaunting second or (gasp!) third day hair, try a headband.

For weak and or damaged hair, condition every time you wash your hair, not just a few times a month.

If you use a heated curling iron and or a straightening one PLUS blowdry your hair, make sure you smooth conditioner and or a heat protectant gel or mist before styling to avoid frying your hair.

Got a *lot* of tangles and knots in your hair? Wash your hair first, then apply conditioner all over, then wait for ten seconds to let it seep in. Then apply conditioner on your fingers, and start combing.

Want a sexy style for tomorrow but know you won’t have enough time? The night before, braid your hair into tight braids and sleep in them. The next day, loosen them for pretty, loose waves!

When tying your hair into a ponytail and or braid, use professional elastics: Rubber bands can stick to your hair (especially during the summer) and damage them.

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All Over Color in Tan Orange

Another All Over Color post!

This time, in TAN ORANGE!

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In its full glory.

I think I’m getting here 🙂

More pix:

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To get this look, simply brush a soft, orange-bronze color all over cheeks, and apply on lips with fingers for a natural look. Apply all over lids with brush, and concentrate the color in the middle, slowly fading the color out for a pretty look.

That’s it (I know, a really short post in four days – sorry!!) but I’m preparing to go on a trip, and I don’t have much time for anything else . . .

And I might not have Wi-Fi for the next week, till next Sunday.

So.
I’ll try to post more next next week, to make up for lost time and posts . . .

Don’t hate me, okay?

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Maybelline™ Baby Lips SPF20 Lip Balm in Energizing Orange review

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Maybelline Baby Lips SPF20 Lip Balm in Energizing Orange

In my first post about Maybelline’s new Baby Lips lip balms, I thought that they were rather greasy + oily. But here’s a more detailed review:

  • Quality:
    Maybelline’s advertised these new lippies with ‘8-hr moisturizing treatment, with visibly renewed lips in 4 weeks.’ Some reviewers online swear they see a difference within seconds of slicking it on, but in my case, I think it has no visible difference. I’ll check again in 4 weeks 😉
  • Flavor + Scent:
    I bought my lip balm in Energizing Orange, and I think I can honestly say that these lippies are beautifully scented and flavored. Energizing Orange gives off a slight, heavenly scent of freshly peeled oranges, and I think there’s a slight orange flavor, too.
  • Price + Availability:
    Around US$3.99
    Available at U.S mass retailers (Walmart, CVS)
    In other countries, try drugstores or convenience stores (7-Eleven, Watsons)
  • Texture + Feel:
    It’s probably just me, but I think that as far as lip balms go, this one is more oily and slick than others. It also dries out very fast, and I have to reapply about every 30 minutes or so, and after eating.
  • Overall Rating: B (8.5 out of 10)
  • This review is based on my own opinion and experiences, and does not mean to be offensive for whatever reasons.

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    Maybelline™ Baby Lips SPF20 Lip Balm in Energizing Orange Photo

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    Maybelline Baby Lips SPF20 Lip Balm in Energizing Orange
    Maybelline has long been hailed as a cosmetic brand revered for its low prices, and when it released a new series of lip balms that claimed to moisturize lips for a full 8 hours, it was quickly follwed by other brands.

    Well, today my faithful Softlips lip balm ran out, and as I passed FamilyMart, a 7-Eleven knockoff, I thought of buying not lip balm, but some Maltesers.
    But there, in its full glory, was Maybelline’s Baby Lips SPF20 Lip Balm in Energizing Orange, and I though Oh what the hell, anyway my lip balm’s out and so I went ahead and bought it.

    I’ve just put some on, too, and I think as far as lip balms go, this one is a bit oily, but then I’d just finished eating dinner, and so maybe it was just my food, and not the balm. I’ll swipe it on again tomorrow, just before my lip color goes on, and see if it’s still greasy.

    Based on what I’ve read online, these new lippies are quite popular and the average rating is 4.5 out of five. Lots of other bloggers and users say that these do seem to work, and they’re pretty smooth and all.

    🙂

    So, happy weekend everybody (it’s Friday where I live), and keep your lips fresh and dewy, not chapped!

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    Introducing the All Over Color series – BABY PINK

    Ever been stuck with one color to use on your face (aka a road trip where you lost your makeup bag??!! Not something you would wish on anybody)? But fear no more, because here’s a series of makeup looks, all created with just 1 color!

    Today’s All Over Color? Baby Pink!

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    You can buy an all-over shadow or stain, or mix your your own, using your own powder eyeshadows or cream ones. (DIY recipe below!)

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    All Over Color: Baby Pink

    For a soft look that doesn’t look like eye disease, sweep the shadow on your browbones, and in the inner corners of your eyes. Then slowly brush the color out for a faded look. (Treś pretty!)

    DIY Recipe for Using Eyeshadow On Your Entire Face

    LIP GLOSS

    Choose the shade you want or have, and brush it on the back of your hand.
    Add a dollop of Vaseline;
    then mix.
    See if the color is the desired shade.
    If not, continue mixing until you get the right percentage!
    If yes, continue mixing, then apply onto lips.

    Eyeshadow as cheek blush doesn’t require anything else: Simply fan the color onto your cheeks, and voíla! (Tip: But use a bigger brush to deposit more color and give more even and smooth coverage.

    That’s it for today, and I hope you’ll have a good & nice day! (Or, well, midnight. 🙂 Can’t sleep . . . Am a bit hungry. Maybe I should just hop out of bed and eat some crackers?!)

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    For Valentine’s Day, I recommend Rose Sophisticate

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    Rose Sophisticate

    There’s always a time when we need something sweet, delicate, and yet mature. Whether for a wedding, interview, or a first date, I think this look will cut it, especially for . . .

    VALENTINE’S DAY!!

    So go out and buy a big box of chocolate truffles, some wine, and curl up to watch your favorite movie alone or with your BF. Happy Valentine’s Day to all the happy couples! And if you’re single, cross your fingers for some love!

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    Soft rose colors are like a grown-up pink, and work on every skin tone. Whether in matte or simply colored, a soft red tinted pink will always be prettily mature.

    Get the Look:

    Brush a soft rose color all over lids, from lashlines to browbones. Focus the color on your lids, though: slightly fade the color out as you apply outerwards.

    Try: Lancome Roseraie des Delices Spring 2012 Collection, or Rimmel London Glam Eyes HD Eyeshadow in English Rose

    Using a cream shadow in white, lightly brush around your eyes in a C shape, from browbone to just on your cheekbones. Try using a big, fluffy brush reserved for blush; it fans the color out so you look dewy, not white as you may do when you over-apply.

    Apply a pinkish blush in your apples, blending with the white colors.

    Try using a rose-colored or soft pink lip liner; lip liners not only look more pigmented and colored, they’re also handy to create that perfect Cupid’s bow, and they don’t smear or fade for a long, long time. 🙂

    Dust translucent powder over your pout to create a matte look, or brush on some white eyeshadow for a lighter look and a brighter pout!

    For a flirtier look, try soft and subtle mascara, like’s CoverGirl’s NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara. For nighttime, I’d apply dark brown gel eyeliner in a soft cat-eye, and apply a more glamorous mascara, maybe Lancome Definicils, or CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe.

    Let me know what you guys think, and Happy Valentine’s Day again!

    P.S. I’ll have a post about creating perfect Cupid’s bows next time!

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    Picture Collage from Web

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    NOTE: The fat orange tabby? Mine’s. Cutie-pie Pom Pom doggy? Not mine’s. Picture of girl? Not mine’s. Triple Town? VERY addicting iPad game! Bluetooth & Wifi pic from Facebook

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    Sweet Sailor

    I can almost taste the salt in the air, hear the waves crashing against the beach and the song of the seagulls, begging for food. I can almost feel the cool breeze that is at every beach, see the never-ending line of blue, feel cold water lapping at my feet. In my mind, all this represents freedom, and the colors of the sea are the ones that brighten the flag of childhood memories.

    Okay, so basically: I love the sea. And here’s a look to honor it.

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    Sweet Sailor

    Black or charcoal shadow is always classic and just a little bit voluptous, but dark navy blue shadow is more unconventional. And makeup’s Golden Rule? If you haven’t seen or tried something before, DO IT! Because for me, makeup is simply a sort of art form, in the pretty colors and the magical way it just blends together.
    So. Today’s challenge? NAVY BLUE SHADOW

    But for those gals who love a li’l bit of party, add a streak of charcoal shadow right on your brow bone. Tres’ pretty, right??

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    Sweet Sailor

    NOTE: Add a swipe of white right beside your tear ducts, on your waterline, and your lashline to make eye whites look brighter and stronger . . . Therefore brightening your eyes!

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    Sweet Sailor: To further brighten your look and balance out the deep shadows, mix some white eyeshadow into a baby-pink blush to have a light pink. Then sweep a highlighter or white shadow on your upper apples again to have a dewy look.

    Finish your dramatic / pretty look with rose-pink lips. Don’t apply the lipstick straight on, though: Using your fingers, lightly dab on the color. You’ll get a pretty but natural looking look, and don’t worry about dotting it on perfectly: Imperfections are what make you perfect!

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    Looks to Try Now

    We often think of runway looks as intidimating and completely unwearable for ordinary days, but for those special occasions when fierce is fashion, or games of Beauty Dares, here are some looks that aren’t completely crazy.

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    Luminous eyeshadow

    Dragonfly wing makeup is pretty in a regal way, while dark green tones are as smoky and mysterious as black, but feel less plain and raccoon-ish.

    Get the Look: Have luminous eyeshadow in five seconds with eyeshadow stickers, normally available at drugstores.

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    Printed lips

    You see plaid in clothes every day, but what about plaid print lips? Rule of Makeup: If you’ve never seen something before, try it!
    Get the Look: To get these printed lips, use eyeshadow stickers directly on lips.

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    Winged Liner

    Winged eyeliner might not be new anymore, but in a bright blue and on the bottom half of your eyes, it’s still fierce and Rihanna.

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    Half-moon crescent eyeshadow

    Anybody remember my ‘Modern Runway’ post? This look is based on that one. A black crescent from lashes to brows is runway-esque thanks to the unexpected shape, intense black and the look it produces.
    Get the Look: Line the shape first with black eyeliner, then fill it in. Sharpen the edges with liquid liner.

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    Bold eyeshadow

    Another Rule of Makeup: Eyeshadow is bold in a bright color. So simple! But for a shimmery look, apply a thin streak of light shadow right at lashes.
    Get the Look: Apply eyeshadow in desired color all over lids. Then apply shadow in a thin line at lash-line, as a substitute for liner.

    Printed eyes

    Here comes eyeshadow stickers again! But in a very lacy way.
    Get the Look: Use multiple eyeshadow stickers at different angles and pressure for lacy eyes.

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    Bottom liner

    Jet-black liner along the waterline and winged out is uncommon, and therefore bold. And bold = sexy, if you do it right.
    Get the Look: Simply line black eyeliner against your waterline, and if you want, sharpen the edges with liquid eyeliner, too.

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