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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Haircut, Tattoo & Nose Piercing

Hey lovelies, i decided to get a haircut this weekend. My hair is super damaged from the bleach I did in Taiwan ): so I have split ends everywhere! The hairstylist really helped cut that down though and gave me a really nice style.


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It looks kinda fobby.

I also changed my wings tattoo--I made them bigger and shaded them in. I love it !
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& for the nose piercing I'll show pics later. It hurt a lot but it was really quick-like a second so it was fine. The stud is a regular small size but I want a really small stud. This will do for now. :P It was so expensive! $50 for a nose piercing -__-

Hope you guys are doing good as break is coming to an end. I love semester system haha. Don't be shy to leave me some comments! (:

XOXO, MiiSZTW

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

5 Eye Brushes for Beginners, CCO Haul & FOTD

Hey lovelies, my new years resolution is to start blogging again! I'll try to update once a week (:


5 MUST-HAVE EYE BRUSHES:

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1) MAC 266 or similar angled liner brush
- I use this brush for brows and lining my eyes with MAC's blacktrack fluidline. I actually own two now; the 266 for brows and the same thing, a 263 because its supposedly better with gels.

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2) MAC 239 or similar shader brush
- I use this brush for packing on color on the lid.

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3) MAC 222 or similar blending brush
- I use this brush to blend colors. I have a smaller eyelid space so I use this one, but if you have a bigger eyelid space I recommend the 224

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4) MAC 213 or similar fluffy brush
- I use a similar fluffy brush to highlight under the brow bone.

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5) MAC 219 or similar pencil brush
- I have a similar pencil brush but its fluffier, I want to get this MAC brush though. I use this brush to put a darker color on the outer corner and use the 222 to blend it. It's also good for smudging eyeliner for a smokey effect.

Do you guys like these must-have/beginner posts?

CCO HAUL (tiny):

I got a MAC blush in "Angel." They had a fafi purse and doll too that looked cute but I decided not to get em. I like this blush because it gives that soft pink effect on your cheeks that you see on a lot of japanese models in magazines. I think it's also supposedly Kim Kardashians fave blush. Here's a swatch.

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It's a soft baby pink color.

FOTD:

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A simple smokey eye. I've been in Texas for winter break (hence the texas shirt :P), and so far I love it! I'm here for another week. I went to Houston last week but I'm back at Plano/Dallas now. I'm going back to the bay area next week. I went shopping at Allen Outlets today. Puma had a sale for 40% off (: So me and my baby got shoes and shirts. We also got "I adidas Dallas" jacket/sweatshirts that were SUPER cheap. His was only $8 and my jacket was $12. I love finding good deals!

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Yummy ice cream oreo!

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my cuz dennis

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Super huge black and white haul haha, not on purpose though.

Merry Late Christmas & Happy New Year ! (:

XOXO,
MiiSZTW

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Makeup + Sephora FF Sale

Hey ladies, I know it's been forever ! I've been neglecting this blog unfortunately -___- Hopefully I can start getting in the habit of blogging again.

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I went to Monster Massive for Halloween. It's a rave and it was awesomeee <3>

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FACE
> MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation
> Joppa Minerals Full Coverage Foundation in Medium Tan
> Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
> MAC Pretty Baby Beauty Powder
> MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

EYES
> Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume II (Ecstasy, AC/DC)
> MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
> Urban Decay Primer Potion
> Rhinestones from Michael's
> Criss Cross Lashes

LIPS
> Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
> Too Faced Sun Bunny Lip Bronzer

What did you do for Halloween?

SEPHORA SALE = 20% OFF EVERYTHING, ENDS TODAY NOV. 2 (sorry for the late notice!)
CODE = FF2009
I bought Benefit Boi-ing Concealer and the Urban Decay Book of Shdows Volume 2

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

MAC Makeup Remover Review, Herstyler Set Review + Update

Sorry I've been MIA ! College has been really exciting and busy. I'm joining an asian fraternity's (Alpha Psi Rho) little sister program called "Lady Rho." I am also planning to join the asian sorority Delta Lambda Chi later on. Here's a few pictures of everything.


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The shirt she's wearing is from FPAC - festival of philipino art and culture. It was okay, pretty fun.
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My tinyass dorm room.
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Makeup !
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Now for some Reviews, since it's what you guys voted you want most (:
MAC Gently Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover
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MAC's Description: Oil and water do mix, for twice the impact – just shake. A dual-phase, easy-does-it formula that sweeps off even tenacious waterproof mascara and lip colour. Absolutely gentle; suitable for all. Cucumber extract soothes, Damascus Rose flower water refreshes. No need to rinse.
Product: 4/5
Quality: 4/5
Packaging: 5/5
Overall: 4/5
Price: $18
Would I buy Again? Yes
Pros: This does the job that I wanted it to-remove lash glue. It is very high quality and doesn't irritate my eyes. I put it on a cotton pad and swipe it across my eye. It usually removes most the makeup in the first swipe, and if you have fluidline or waterproof mascara/liner, you'll have to swipe it about 3 times. It has a nice texture to it, and you feel clean afterwards. I don't feel oily at all. The packaging is nice, and looks pretty. The cap is a safety cap, so children can't open it. This is great for traveling, because you don't have to worry about it spilling all over your suitcase.
Cons: You do have to go in with a q-tip with the remover on it and rub on the lash line gently to get all the glue off.
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All shaken up !
Final Thoughts: Buy this if your looking for a pro makeup remover. It is a bit pricey, but will last a while.

Herstyler Zebra Pattern Set
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Product: 4/5
Quality: 5/5
Packaging: 5/5
Overall: 4/5
Price: $70 with coupon code
Would I buy Again? Yes
Pros: This is a great set if you don't already have a straightener or a curler. Everything works very well, heats up quickly, and straightens/curls your hair. I tried the curler on my roommate, and the curls come out looking like Taylor Swift curls. The straightener is very effective and quickly straightens my hair. The packaging is so cute-zebra pattern!
Cons: Instead of a cigarette lighter plug, the manufacturers changed it to a regular plug.
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Final Thoughts: Buy this set! It is so worth the money-$70. Check out my post here for more info!

XOXO, MiiSZTW

Saturday, September 5, 2009

CHEAP Herstyler Zebra Pattern Set

Hey lovely ladies,


I just ordered a set of Herstyler (the brand I currently use) straightener, mini straightener, and curler all for $70. These are super cute - zebra pattern! The mini straightener hooks up to the cigarette lighter. There is also a regular black set which is a bit cheaper. Usually ONE straightener is $50-$200 depending which booth in the mall you get it in. So this is a great deal.

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This complete hair set includes: 
Mini Hair straightener: Mini hair straightener for you last minute hair design needs. Unique for easier and more comfortable styling. Lightweight to fit your tavel needs. 100% ceramic plates generates 6x more negative ions than regular iron. Can be used on any type or texture of hair. Ready to use in 30 seconds. 
Colorful seasons hair straightener: Solid ceramic plates for fast and consistent straightening. Smooths hair quicker for less dryness, frizz and heat styling damage. The easiest way to straighten your hair. Leaves your hair with a glossy shine and preserves moisture. Can be used on any type or texture hair. 100% ceramic plates to reduce heat exposure. 

Baby curls grande: Now you can create curls, waves and incredible body to your styles with the Herstyler professional curling iron, easy and fast to use. Different from any other curling irons you saw so far. The patented instant tourmaline heat technology allows you to curl your hair almost immediately after turning your iron on.


COUPON CODE = HAIR35
for 35% off! I saved $35.

Super cute. Go get it before it runs out! Here's a youtube review/tutorial on it by sccastenada.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M3-ycu76P8


Happy Labor Day weekend ! (:
XOXO, MiiSZTW

Friday, August 28, 2009

Kit For Beginners: Makeup Must-Haves

Hi, today i'm going to share with you my makeup must-haves, the things i wish i had when i was a beginner ! I recommend mostly MAC products because everybody loves MAC, and i think it's a good starter brand. Drugstore never works out for me, and high-end is way to expensive which is why MAC is a good choice. MAC tends to be a bit cheaper than Sephora brands.


First lets start of with the face. I'll give three suggestions for foundation for different skin types. I have in-depth reviews on all these foundations on my blog.

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Primer: Monistat Chafing Gel - check out my review on my blog

Light Coverage: MAC Face & Body Foundation (liquid), or Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation (liquid) MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (pressed powder)
Who this is for: For those with good skin. This is a really good foundation, it gives a light natural looking coverage. It's also waterproof. This is the foundation they use for MAC photo shoots and models! It's $31.00 so it is pricey, but you get 4x the amount of other foundations. I believe there's 4 oz. So it's actually very worth it. The Mineralize Skinfinish is very popular and is a good powder to even out skin and make it look natural. Love both these products.

Medium Coverage: MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (gel)
Who this is for: For those with okay skin, some blemishes/redness. I currently use this foundation and love it. It's a gel-based foundation. It provides medium to buildable high coverage with a satin finish. This foundation is waterproof and makes skin look soft and smooth. It has shea butter and other moisturizing ingredients in it.

High Coverage: MAC Studio Tech (creme), MUFE HD Foundation (liquid)
Who this is for: For those with blemished/red skin or those who want high coverage. Studio Tech is a creme foundation and is a bit hard to get used to, but it's a great foundation. It makes you literally look like a doll, because your skin looks so good. It's a blend of water, emollients, and powder. It gives you a natural matte powder perfect finish. MUFE HD foundation has to be my favorite liquid foundation. It gives you perfect skin, it's lightweight, and evens out your skin with the first application. You get what you pay for, because the 1 oz bottle is $40. A drugstore alternative is Revlon Colorstay Foundation, but i find this dries too quickly and the texture seems very low quality to me. This is why I have switched back to using MAC foundations.

Now for the Cheeks !

Blush: Mineralize Blush in Dainty is one of my favorites. It's a light yellow pink with gold pearl. It is pricier though since it's mineralize. There are also lots of new mineralize blushes from the colour craft collection, so you should definately check those out and pick one that suits you. Pink Swoon, Melba, Springsheen powder blush are the more popular blushes. So just look for what looks best on you or all! Pink, peach, coral?

Blushcreme: Lilicent = love ! According to MAC it's a "full rosy fleshtone" To me it's a pinky-peach color that makes you look like your glowing ! it looks natural, make sure to blend blushcremes well though. Also you should probably stay away from this if you have bad skin ): It tends to accentuate pimples because of it's texture.

Beauty Powder: I have been loving Pretty Baby Beauty Powder from the Hello Kitty collection, but I know that it's no longer available. If they ever come out again with a baby pink beauty powder (which they probably will), get it !

Highlighters: I absolutely love Perfect Topping MSF, check your MAC stores before their sold out ! I recently got one, so they might still have it in stores. I also use Pearl Creme Colour Base, but it's an alright highlighter. Vanilla pigment is a nice highlighter but I find it too gold for me.

Contour: For contour you should use a taupe brown shade. I love NYX's Taupe blush, but sadly mine broke ): Don't drop them ! their fragilee. Other NYX products are great too, eyeshadows, blushes, lipgloss.

Eyes !

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Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion- worth it if you have oily lids or eyeshadow doesn't stay on your eyes well. review coming up.

Eyeshadows: All MAC -5 eyeshadows to start with. I recommend getting palettes because eyeshadows in pan are cheaper than with the box. I'll do a 15 fave MAC eyeshadows later (: cause palettes have 15 or 4.
Satin Taupe - I'm currently in LOVE with this as a light wash on the lid. This is really popular for a good reason (: get it.
Shroom - All time favorite highlighter. Soft beige with shimmer.
Soft Brown - great blending color for smokey or neutral eyes.
Handwritten/Espresso - dark brown
White Frost/Gesso - gesso is more pigmented

Also you should get a black eyeshadow, NYX probably has a good cheap one. The one I use is Bedhead Cyberoptics Eyeshadow in black. It's a decent black eyeshadow, when I run out I'll get MAC's carbon. I could live with these colors and their good to start out with because their all neutral. 

Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack Fluidline. I know there are cheaper alternatives out there like HIP cream liner, but I've tried it and it sucks compared to MACs. MAC's is smooth, creamy, and long lasting. HIP's is dry and hard to apply when it dries out (couple months) I'll do a in-depth review of gel liners soon too. Getting so many ideas from this post ! :P Always set your liner with black eyeshadow.
Urban Decay's 24/7 Liner - Zero & Yeyo are my two must have colors. Black and White. This black stays on your waterline better than MAC's Technakohl. Make sure to set the liner with black eyeshadow so it'll stay even longer. Yeyo has a great staying power and I always use it on the inner waterline/tear duct area, with White frost over it or just by itself. If you like a pop of color on your waterline, you could choose from their great variety of colors as well. 

Mascara: Lash Blast (i think its covergirl? i forgot) is a really good drugstore mascara. Buxom Lash Mascara is a really good high-end mascara. I heard Fiberwig is a good one too. They have a mascara booth in Sephora, so if you want a high-end mascara, try them out at Sephora and pick the one that works best for your lashes and what you want -volume, curl, or length ?

False Lashes: If your a beginner, I'd suggest not getting false lashes yet. Once you want to start though, I have a Hello Kitty Lash review on my blog and those are great starter lashes. Their cheap too. Also, there are lots of lashes on Ebay for cheap, like a pack of 10 for a dollar. You should get DUO eyelash adhesive if you get lashes. That's the best one.

Lips (:

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Lipstick: MAC's Freckletone. It's my favorite lipstick and the one I always turn to for any look. It's a pretty nude color that works with any look.

Lipgloss:  MAC's Underage lipglass is a pink nude color. MAC's Viva Glam V Lipglass is a mauvey-pink color. MAC's Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks is a beautiful pink with purple, pink, and silver shimmer. Very sparkly. I would recommend one of these three or all three.

Chapstick: Burt's Bees is my favorite chapstick. I like their regular one better than the Honey one. Carmex has a funky smell to it to me. 

& that's it for my beginners post. Soon look out for a Top 15 eyeshadows and Tools/Brushes for Beginners post. When I was a beginner, I really wanted an in-depth post like this, so hopefully this is helpful to you ladies. Did this help? (: 

XOXO, MiiSZTW

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tanning Lotions & Oils + FOTD

Holy crap it was 105 degrees today.. Sorry I've been MIA ! So I'll treat you guys with a jam packed post. haha Started college this week and moved into my dorm two weeks ago. Today I'll be reviewing four tanning lotions and oils. Two from Hawaiian Tropic and two from Banana Boat. One lotion and one oil from each brand. Got them on sale a while ago from Rite Aid- buy one get one free !

Let's start with Banana Boat:
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Banana Boat says this is: 1. Protects against sunburn with UVB protection. 2. Protects against the effects of aging and long term skin damage with UVA protection. 3. Lasts longer than ordinary sunscreens since it doesn't break down. Enriched with Green tea, a natural source of protective antioxidants for a deep, dark tan.
Product: 3/5
Quality: 3/5
Packaging: 4/5
Overall: 3/5
Would I buy again? If it's on sale.
Pros: This product feels light and glides on your skin nicely. It provides spf 8 which is higher than most tanning lotions and smells good-"original banana coconut rum fragrance". I feel like it works pretty good and I am a half shade darker everytime I use it. This leaves me with no burns or burning feeling at all which is nice. I like how it protects my skin (: There is green tea, aloe, cocoa butter and shea butter in it, so it's moisturizing.
Cons: It doesn't work as well as other tanning lotions I've tried.

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Banana boat says this: fuses the rare oils and extracts of coconut, banana, and carrot into an intoxicating moisturizing concoction that will leave skin silky smooth and deliciously dark.
Product: 4/5
Quality: 4/5
Packaging: 4/5
Overall: 4/5
Would I buy again? Yes
Pros: Oils work better than lotions, for me at least. I sat in the sun for an hour and I was probably more than half a shade darker. This oil works pretty good and smells good too. It's moisturizing but greasy of course because it's an oil. After I use this, I immediately feel like I'm tanning and soaking up the sun.
Cons: Greasy? like all oils.
Mari has a post on this too - check it out here (:
Hawaiian Tropic:
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Product: 5/5
Quality: 4/5
Packaging: 4/5
Overall: 4/5
Would I buy again? Yes
Pros: Feels and smells nice. Moisturizes skin a bit and leaves your skin with a nice glow. This really works as a tanning lotion and I notice that I get a shade darker, more than what I get out of the Banana Boat.
Cons: None!

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Product: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Packaging: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
Would I buy again? Yes
Pros: Works wonders (: love this product. It goes to work immediately giving your skin a a tan healthy glow. Every time I use this I get darker. Highly recommend this one, over all the others.
Cons: No SPF. So I usually put the Hawaiian Tropic Lotion, then this over it.
Final Thoughts: All are great products for tanning, but the best one would be the Hawaiian Tropic Oil.

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This has been my everyday look ! Just a neutral brown eye. + a lil smokey ? All MAC unless otherwise stated.FACE >> Studio Sculpt NC35, Perfect Topping MSF
CHEEKS>>Sincere Blush to contour, Hello Kitty Pretty Baby Beauty Powder
EYES>>Satin Taupe (a light wash all over lid), Handwritten on the other V, Blacktrack Fluidline and a Black eyeshadow over it. Then smudge a little bit of black eyeshadow near liner. White frost on the tear duct, and Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Yeyo on waterline.
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How were your summers? (: