Thursday, August 27, 2009

E.L.F Studio Haul and Reviews

I received my E.L.F order last week and have been using them to their fullest extent so that I will be able to give you guys a review on them according to my fullest extent. haha. So here it goes..

1 Blush and Bronzer compact. 2 Studio Brushes. L to R. Powder brush, Complexion Brush, Blush Brush, Eyeshadow "C" Brush, and the Contour Brush. 3 Studio Blushes in candid coral and blushing rose. 4 Eyebrow Lifter and Filler in Ivory and Dark. Also the Wet Gloss Lash and Brow mascara. They come separate actually. 5 Lashes in natural and dramatic. 6 Studio Eyeshadows in Amethyst, Butter Cream, and Coffee Bean. 7 Shine Eraser. 8 Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths.

upon opening the package, i was quick to realize that the pictures of the eyeshadows and blushes (on the elf homepage) are very misleading.

I was very impressed with the brushes, all except the Complexion Brush. Although the blush brush is a bit small, it's good for contouring the cheeks and where the nose is. I learned to like this brush a lot. Both of the eyeshadow brushes I like as well, especially the contour brush. It's perfect when it comes to creating that outer "v" look. The Powder brush is awesome as well. It blends wonderfully and is super soft. Now the complexion brush, I didn't like as much. It's way too flimsy. But all in all, I recommend these brushes.

I don't like the studio line eyeshadows and will probably never order them again, that's if I ever even use them up. LOLz. The colors aren't very pigmented. They don't stay on for long either, even over my Urbay Decay Primer Potion.

L to R -> Blush and Bronzer Duo. Blushing Rose. Candid Coral

I really like the blush and bronzer duo. I've been using it almost everyday since I've got it. Although the two colors go great together, I sometimes like to pair the bronzer with my NARs Orgasm. Either way, they're both very pretty colors. I definitely recommend this. The blush in the duo set looks very similar to Candid Coral. LOLz. too similar actually, except with a little more sparkle. Blushing Rose is a bit too pigmented, but if you use the right amount, it's actually quite pretty. I would definitely recommend the blushes over the eyeshadows.

I don't like the brow liner and filler thingie. It's way too creamy. It's texture resembles that of the nyx eyeshadow pencils. DON'T buy this! Although the lashes were only a dollar, I probably wouldn't buy them again. I think they're bad quality. The brow mascara does what it's suppose to do. I like it =]

**and i noticed that i forgot to review the makeup wipes. I don't like them. Like all the other makeup wipes I've tried, they burn my eyes =( . I guess I won't be buying these again either. LOLz.

Before ordering from E.L.F, I was already skeptical of their products..and now I know why. But it's okay..because out of all bad things I bought, I ended up a few very good things. Soooooo I'm somewhat satisfied =]

If any questions, feel free to leave me a comment anytime..

Friday, August 21, 2009

Quick Update

Fall semester has officially started for me. I've been having a hard time trying to adjust again to school, work, Colin, and blogging. I'll try my best to keep you guys updated.

I ordered a few items from the E.L.F's studio line and am waiting patiently to receive them. I'm very excited because I've heard great reviews on their studio brushes. I also ordered a few of their studio eyeshadows so I'll swatch them as soon as I get them.
E.L.F is offering 50% off everything in their mineral line (lipstick, eyeshadow, lip-glosses, ect.) just use promo code NEWMINB50.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


About to head out to the mall. Just wanted to upload a few things b4 I go. I'm wearing a nice green top, so I figure might as well make my eyeshadow match it...

->Merlot Grape Seed Moisturizer (love this stuff)
->MAC Oil Control Lotion
->Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in Natural Beige
->Dr. Jart BB Cream (to conceal a few scars)
->Physicians' Formula Shimmer Strips
->American Beauty beloved blush in Sunlit Posy

->Urban Decay Primer Potion
->NYX jumbo pencil in Horse Raddish
->Two of the medium Greens from my Coastal Scents 88 palette
->H.I.P eyeshadow duos in Riotous
->Revlon Colorstay liquid liner
->Rimmel soft kohl eye liner (waterline)
->Jane Maxlash precise mascara in black (love this!)

->NYX round lipstick in Circe
->Milana Glitzy Glamour Gloss in glitz and glam

finish product....ME! =]

on to the mall my friends. BYE!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Got bored and decided to take a few webcam pictures...


I've got a special guest with me today ^_^....

that's all for now folks! Toodles.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

BB Cream Quick Review

What exactly is a BB Cream?

BB Cream, also known as blemish balm, is a multi-purpose treatment cream used for various things such as foundation, makeup base, sun protection, as well as facial moisturizer. They often promise to give a whitening effect (w/e that means). It's very popular amongst Korean and Japanese celebrities (who are all absolutely gorgeous btw).

I heard about the hype a few months ago and was immediately interested. All the reviews I read about bb creams seem to swear by them. I mean, who wouldn't want to find the PERFECT foundation? I know I would...and so I did. And in my honest opinion, after about my fifth bb cream, I realized that bb creams just weren't meant for me.

The weird thing is, in the midst of it all, I found myself somewhat addicted to ordering these darn things. If the first one didn't work out right for me, I'd proceed on to the next one. And if that one didn't work for me, I'd order another. I guess I wanted so badly to believe in the hype that I was completely in denial. haha. So here's my honest review on them...

My opinion on BB Creams

They suck. Okay, okay..suck is too strong of a word. Let's just say they're not that great, at least not for me. The thing that I dislike the most about my bb creams is that they all make me look dead. My face not only looks incredibly pale (maybe that's what they meant by whitening?) but also dry (some make me very oily). There's nothing healthy about looking dead, dry, or oily.

Coverage is not that great either. After each application, my acne scars are still very much visible. Although I wanted so badly to like them, I didn't. They just didn't work well for me. My mom, on the other hand, loves the Legere and the Missha Perfect Cover BB creams. I'll admit though, one good thing about these bb creams is that they do cover up redness. But sadly, coverage never last longer than 3 hours for me. If you're thinking about buying one, I suggest you just buy ONE. If the first one doesn't suit you, then non of them probably will.

If you want me to go more in depth with each one of them, just simply ask. I'll be glad to do it. But for now, I'm feeling kind of lazy. haha.

Here is a quick haul of all the bb creams I own.

and these are their swatches

The one that I do use occasionally is my Dr. Jarts BB Cream. I usually use it as a concealer because it's got the better coverage out of the five. Besides that, I hardly ever use them. I'm a little disappointed because I had high hopes for these things.

Which One Would I Recommend?

If I HAD to recommend one out of the fives, I'd probably recommend the Missha Perfect Cover (the one in the red tube). It has alright coverage, longer staying power, and doesn't make you look quite as pale as the other ones. Although the Legere looks very brown, it oxidizes to a very pale color once blended so don't be fool by that. Now remember, this is just my honest opinion on my BB Creams. I suggest you do a little bit of research before you order one because some of these things can get a little pricey. If any questions, feel free to drop a comment or two =]

Monday, August 10, 2009

Colin Jax Pham

Let me introduce you all to my little man =]

Colin Jax Pham
he's my reason to smile every day

Check out this cute little video I found of him. We took him to Virginia Beach for his 5th birthday this year and he absolutely loved it. ENJOY.

(sorry. i laugh like a cow. haha)

Daily Ramblings

I've been up since six this morning. The boyfriend woke me up as he was leaving for work, so I've been up ever since. So far I've gotten all my motherly duties taken care of (yaaay me!). I did the laundry, cleaned the room, made the rice, and cooked lunch. It feels good to actually spend some time at home, especially after 6 consecutive days of working. I've missed my pumpkin so much so today's gonna be HIS day (probably chuck-e-cheese, like always.haha). Gotta head back to the mall to return the MAC foundation I purchase the other day as well. The foundation itself I love, but the color does not suit me =/

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Tax-Free Weekend Shopping Spree + FOTD + EOTD

I love tax-free weekend! Unfortunately I'm a tad bit broke due to the beach trip last weekend buuuuut thanks to my super ubber awesome Dad who provided my shopping expenses, I had my way with the mall today ^_^. Can I get a hell yeaaah?!! =D


(please excuse the dirty mirror)

my eyeshadow for the day

Look at all the goodies I bought today.

I bought the dress and shirt from Silvina, the shorts from Papaya

Last but not least, my Mac Haul

[+] MAC Studio Sculp Foundation in NC25
[+] MAC Dual Eyeshadows in Illusionary Burning Ambition & Heat Element
[+] MAC Eyeshadow in Expensive Pink
[+] MAC Eyeshadow in Grand Entrance
[+] MAC Stylistic Lipstick in Soft Pout

I love these colors. Although the photo doesn't quite show, they're really sparkly.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Alloy Haul

Just wanted to do a quick post of the bathing suits I ordered from Alloy this past week. They had a clearance that was to diiiie for!! Actually, I think the clearance list is still existing, so ladies hurry up before all the goodies are gone. My bathing suits were $9.99 a piece. Oooh the wonders of internet shopping =D

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I'm officially a BLOGGER now. Yaaayy!!

Myrtle Beach this past weekend was awesome!


After days of consistently viewing other people's blogs, I've decided to create one of my own ^_^