Thursday, September 30, 2010

Review: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

Let's start off by saying that MAC Studio Finish Concealer changed my life.  Up until that point, I had used numerous concealers ranging from high end to drugstore.  Nothing had worked.  Ever since I found MAC Studio Finish concealer, MAC has always had a special place in my heart.  When I heard that they were releasing a new concealer, I immediately wanted to try this out and see if it would be my new "holy grail" concealer.



Mini Application and Review Video:




Note, I filmed this video on my third time of wearing this concealer.  This third time was actually the instance when I felt like the results didn't look as bad.  While the results of the concealer at the end of the day may be a bit hard to see in the video, the pictures show it all. My under-eye area never looked so bad! 


No concealer vs. concealer difference:
Figure 1:
Freshly applied concealer does cover a mediocre job
of covering dark circles,
and product already settling into fine lines.


End result after 10 hours of wear:
Figure 2:
Concealer starting to dry out on my skin and
becomes very noticeable in the inner half of lower eyelid. 

Coloring: I was able to stick to the same color in this concealer as I normally use.  My MAC Studio Finish Concealer is in NW20 and I used NW20 in my trial runs here. 

Application:  The concealer is medium-weight:  it's not nearly as heavy as the Studio Finish concealer but not as thin as the Select Moisturecover concealer.  It's right there in between.  Only a little bit of product is needed when applying as it does spread out quite a bit and doesn't layer on very nicely.  I made the mistake the first day of using this concealer and using too much.  I ended up going over my under-eye area in multiple layers and unfortunately the settling and caking of the concealer at the end of the day was much worse.  Use the concealer very sparingly as a little goes a very long way. In the picture above, I also primed first with Stila Moisturizing Primer.  Maybe a different primer would work better...


Coverage: From Figure 1 (like how I'm being all textbook-y?  ^_^), you can see that the concealer does cover my dark circles, but it's mediocre at best.  You can still see my dark circles under the concealer.  While I took extra precautions to make sure that the product was applied smoothly, there is still significant settling into the fine lines under my eye within 10 minutes of applying the product! 

Longwearing:  The product claims that it can last for 15 hours.  On me, after 10 hours the product had already bit the dust on my skin.  My eye area felt very dry and I could see the concealer almost separating itself from my skin to form little rough patches.  There was no way this concealer was lasting 15 hours on my skin. 

FINAL VERDICT: D
  • Pros:
    • medium-weight coverage - may be nice on hot summer days
    • quick to set
  •  Cons:
    • instantly settles into fine lines and creases
    • minimal coverage of dark circles
    • does not last - starts to look very cakey and dry
 This product was a failure in my book.  Just looking at the concealer on my face made me feel uncomfortable and like I had aged another 5 years.  I will definitely not be wearing this concealer again!

Hope this review helps!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blog Sale! All MAC - Fafi, McQueen, Fluidlines, Paint Pots

Hey guys!  I just added a new For Sale page to my blog and have posted items that are up for grabs.  I am letting my blog subscribers know first to get their first pick.  A YouTube video showing each item will be posted later tomorrow for broader public announcement. 

Please leave comments at the bottom of the sale post letting me know which items you would like. 

Thank you for looking and happy shopping!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Freebie: Aveda Smooth Infusion Sample Pack!

Be sure to stop by your local Aveda store and pick up a free 3-pack sample of Aveda's Smooth Infusion hair care.  (click the image below to display a printer-friendly version of the coupon to print)


I personally use this line in styling my hair and highly recommend it for those who want smooth, shiny, straight hair.

Here is how I would describe my hair:
  • Fine, thin
  • Dry
  • Some heat damage, especially at the ends
  • Naturally straight, with a slight wave
  • No split ends (trimmed every 8 weeks)

Mini Review:

Shampoo:  The shampoo cleans really well and doesn't add any build-up to your hair nor does it weight down fine hair (like I have).  Even though the product is all-natural, the lather is amazing when combined with a little bit of water.  The smell is also really fresh and isn't too "earthy" of a smell like some of their older products -- it is genuinely pleasant and relaxing. 

Conditioner:  The conditioner is very moisturizing and helps seal my hair pretty well.  It's a medium-weight conditioner as it does weigh down my hair a bit after rinsing out and drying.  The smell is again a very fresh herbal scent.  My hair is much easier to comb and style when using this conditioner and my hair feels soft and light to the touch.

Prep Smoother:  The best part of the smoother is that it tames the frizzies as well as acts as a heat protectant.  A little bit goes a long way -- I only need to use a small dime-sized amount every time.  Even though the price is a bit higher, this is a multitasking product so in the end you're definitely saving!  I use this primarily before flat-ironing my hair and my hair always ends up smooth and silky afterwards. 

Definitely go pick up this free sample and let me know how you like this line!  Offer is available while supplies last.

Stay cute, everyone!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Review: MAC Pro Longwear Foundation

Hey guys!  So I went to MAC and got a sample of their new Pro Longwear Foundation.


Comparison pics of foundation from 7am to 5:30pm.  Long-wearing test passed!


Coloring: I'm normally a NC25 in MAC's Studio Fix Fluid, but for the Pro Longwear foundation I had to go a shade lighter - NC20.  Upon initial application, the color seemed to match my skin exactly, but after about 30 minutes, I noticed that it had oxidized and turned a darker shade of orange.  While it's not noticeable on camera or in pictures, it is very noticeable in person.  It is something to keep in mind if you're looking for photography makeup only as the color does photograph nicely.  

Application:  The foundation was in the middle of the road as far as thickness.  It wasn't nearly as thick as Studio Fix Fluid but definitely thicker than the Face and Body lotions.  It's comparable to the MAC Mineralize Satinfinish foundation as far as thickness goes.  I applied the foundation with a Sonia Kashuk Foundation Brush.  The foundation applied very smoothly and wasn't very hard to blend into my skin.  I found that the foundation did set rather quickly, so I worked in small sections rather than my entire face at once. 

Finish:  The finish was amazing.  I loved how dewy it looked and it felt very light on top of my skin.  I felt like my skin could still breathe and I didn't feel like I needed to worry my pores being clogged.  The finish wasn't quite as sheer as the Mineralize Satinfinish but definitely not as matte as the Studio Fix Fluid.  However, I did notice that after an hour or so, you could see the foundation on top of my skin even though I couldn't feel it on my skin personally.  I felt like it made my skin actually look worse than it actually is as it settled into my fine lines and pores.  I primed first with Stila Hydrating Primer, but it's possible that maybe a primer focusing on minimizing pores would have worked better with this foundation.  

Longwearing:  This foundation lived up to its claim.  My foundation did not budge one bit throughout the entire day and my face did not feel greasy or oily at all.  I did not blot my face at all during the daytime as I simply didn't feel the need to.  Props to this foundation for it's excellent staying power!


FINAL VERDICT:  B-
  • Pros: 
    • excellent long-wearing power!!  
    • great dewy finish
    • good coverage
    • easy to work with and blend
    • lightweight - medium weight 
  • Cons:
    • oxidized and turned orange
    • cakey look after setting
Unfortunately I will not be buying a full-size bottle of the MAC Pro Longwear Foundation.  Close, but no cigar on this foundation!


Hope this review helps!

OOTD: The Boots Have Escaped!

One of my favorite parts of colder weather is the ability to wear boots!  I've been looking forward to being able to take mine out of storage and today was finally the perfect opportunity as the high was only supposed to be in the upper 70s (that's cold for Texas!)


 

 Rave Boatneck Top in XS
Belt by A'gaci
Charlotte Russe Refuge Pebble Jeans in 0S
 Gabriella Rocha Leesha Boots in 5.5

Shirt:  This is such an old shirt but I absolutely love the color.  It's the perfect orange for fall and it reminds me of autumn leaves.  It's cut on the bias so it gives you a very slim silhouette as well!  Since it can bunch up a bit around the middle and look a little baggy, I paired it with a simple brown belt tied around the waist.  

Jeans:  Charlotte Russe is my go-to spot for jeans in my size.  Usually the 0S will fit like a charm.  These jeans were no exception.  I have never had to hem Charlotte Russe's Refuge line of jeans before and I liked the subtle back-pocket detailing on these jeans as well. 

Boots:  The boots were the highlight of the outfit in my mind!  I bought these boots back in March on Zappos.com when they were on sale.  I knew that I wouldn't be able to wear them until next season, but I was willing to wait.  They have a hidden platform inside, making the heel much more feasible to walk in.  I also like the height of the cuff as it will work perfectly paired under boot-cut jeans, over skinny jeans, with leggings, you name it! 


Hope you guys have a great fall day!

Stay cute, everyone!


Tutorial: Taming the Brows

Hey guys!  I just uploaded a quick YouTube video on how I do my eyebrows.  Hope this is useful!



Stay cute, everyone!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

FOTD: Toasted Nakedness - Updated With Video!

I went back to my trusty Urban Decay Naked Palette today.



 


Eyes:
  • MAC Soft Ochre Paintpot
  • Lid: Urban Decay Toasted eyeshadow
  • Outer V: Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow
  • Crease: Urban Decay Hustle eyeshadow
  • Highlight: Urban Decay Sin eyeshadow
  • Lower-Lash: Sin (inner 1/3), Toasted (middle), Hustle eyeshadow (outer 1/3)
Face:
  • Missha BB Cream in #23 -- my latest love!!
  • MAC Sculpt and Shape Powder in Bone Beige/Emphasize (contour/highlight)
  • MAC Margin Blush
Lips:
 

Urban Decay's Naked palette is a must-buy palette as it  lends itself to so many looks - both neutral and smokey.  My only complaint with Urban Decay shadows is that they almost always have too much glitter and result in a lot of fallout on my eyes.  The eyeshadows in the Naked Palette are somewhat better than normal, but are still very glittery.  You do have to be careful to cleanup well after each application as the glitter does get everywhere!

Hope you guys enjoy!

Stay cute, everyone!

OOTD + FOTD: A Little Military Style

Today was yet another rainy day in Dallas and I had a bunch of errands to run around town.  I decided on a quick and simple grey dress for the day.



Aldo Flip-Flop Wedges in size 35

Dress:  I rarely go to A'gaci.  Most of the time, their styles don't really coincide with mine.  But, I was recently at the Houston Galleria and decided to hit up this store since the mall I usually shop at at home doesn't even have this store.  The dress itself fits pretty well and I like the elastic detailing in the waist as it really brings out petite figures.  The neckline is a little low-cut but it's not too bad for a weekend dress.  There are also two little pockets at the top with a zipper on one side.  I feel like the zipper pocket adds a little bit of a military vibe to the dress.  I've seen military-inspired looks everywhere this season and I wanted to get my own little piece.  :)  

Shoes:  I found these shoes in the clearance section of Aldo a couple months ago.  It was the last pair and I was amazed that it was a size 35!  I've been looking for a dressier flip-flop that I can wear on weekends when I'm going out, and this shoe fit the bill perfectly!  The only downside is that the shoes are a bit narrow, so I have to be careful about my toes not going over the edge of the shoe.  But, if you have narrow feet, these shoes would be perfect! 

FOTD: I fell back on my Fail-Safe Smokey Eye look again, but I added some false eyelashes by Darkness to glam it up a bit more!  These are a Korean brand of false eyelashes and definitely fit Asian eyes much better!  







Darkness False Eyelashes Kma2

Hair: Btw, I curled my hair today using my Conair Infiniti You Curl curling wand.  :)  Conair Cd117 Infinit Pro By Conair "You Curl" Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron, Red


Hope everyone had a great Saturday!

Stay cute!

Friday, September 24, 2010

OOTD: Soft and Feminine

http://cuteandlittleone.blogspot.com/2010/09/ootd-welcoming-fall-with-jewel-tones.htmlSince today is Friday, I wanted to wear something fun and girly.  Of course, this involves the color pink!  The challenge with wearing pink, especially when you're petite, is not to look too young.  I still want to be taken seriously by my co-workers when I'm telling them something!  Here's the look I came up with:




Charlotte Russe embellished top in S
Forever 21 Satin Tiered Skirt in XS
Guess Mary Jane silver pumps in 5.5
The Limited Hammered Metal Earrings 

Top: I found this top at the Charlotte Russe outlet several months ago.  It was exactly what I had been looking for since I wear lots of neutral-colored skirts and am always looking to pair it with a similar top.  The embellished beads at the top are a nice addition and fortunately are just enough to not be over the top for the workplace.  The top is in a size small, which is a tiny bit baggy on me, but they didn't have an XS in stock.  This is such a versatile shirt and is on the top of my faves list!

Skirt:  I love tiered skirts as I feel like they're a nice mix of a slim-fitting skit and an A-line skirt as far as shape goes.  Also, the tiers add an extra bit of femininity to the look and the grey tiers at the bottom also bring back the classy look that I'm going for with the outfit.  

Shoes: These shoes I bought 2 years ago at the Guess outlet store on Black Friday.  I absolutely LOVE these shoes and have almost completely worn them out.  Similar to yesterday's OOTD post, these Mary Jane ankle straps hit at the middle of the foot instead of the ankle, making your leg not look so short. 

Earrings: Since the shirt had so much going on at the collar already, I skipped the necklace for today.  I opted instead just for some simple earrings.  I love these hammered metal ones from The Limited.  The hammered metal adds an edgier twist to the normal drop earring style. 

Happy Friday, everyone!


Stay cute!

MAC Venomous Villains Haul and Review

(Note: there is a YouTube review embedded at the end if you'd like to skip)

My MAC Pro store released the Venomous Villains collection today so I had to stop by after work!

Here's what I came home with:

such cute packaging!

Formidable nailpolish
Bad Fairy nailpolish
Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Truth and Light
Sweet Joy eyeshadow
Innocence, Beware lipstick

The Venomous Villains collection is MAC's collaboration with Disney to celebrate the beautiful villains in their movies.  There are four beautiful villains that are showcased -- Cruella de Vil, Maleficient, Evil Queen, and Dr. Facilier (links to temptalia.com).  


My Mini Review:

Nail Polish:  
MAC released 3 new nail polish colors -- Bad Fairy (red), Mean & Green (green), and Formidable! (purple).  All three of them have lots of reflects glitters in them and are super gorgeous both in the bottle and applied.  The reflects did make the application a bit more tricky.  I had to pay a bit more attention while applying to make sure that I got the reflects applied just right so that they would reflect properly in the light.  I ended up needing 3 coats in order to make the polish fully opaque.  


Magically Cool Liquid Powder:
Be sure to try this out in person!!  It's amazing how this "powder" felt like a liquid foundation when I first felt it on my skin.  It indeed lives up to the cooling factor and has a nice shimmer to it.  The coverage is very sheer and I'm hoping to use this as an all over setting powder over my BB cream.  There are two colors that came out in this collection.  I bought Truth and Light, the lighter color powder. 


Lipstick:
I picked up the Innocence, Beware cremesheen lipstick.  This was my first time buying a cremesheen finish and I was a bit wary.  Cremesheens in the past have just not looked great with my skintone and make my lips look super chapped.  But, this one seemed different!  It actually went on extremely smoothly and the color was basically a MLBB (my lips but better) shade.  I think this is actually quickly becoming one of my favorite lipsticks!!  I'll probably go back tomorrow and buy a backup.  :)


Eyeshadow:
I hadn't planned on picking up any eyeshadows (I have so many already!), but I made the mistake of swatching Sweet Joy.  Once I swatched, I realized that this color was pretty unique.  Here's a picture of the eyeshadow and a quick comparison swatch with some other eyeshadows:

colors on NC25 skin

I personally find the Sweet Joy color very unique and see it as being an ideal highlight color for blending out eyeshadow.  It's not too frosty and has just the perfect golden hues. 


A video review (this is my first YouTube ever!)


The Venomous Villains collection isn't officially available until next Thursday, September 30,but MAC Pro stores are releasing them a week early.  Stop by and check out the collection.  I think you'll be impressed like I was!  ^_^


Stay cute!

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