Friday, May 31, 2013

Face of the Day: Work Appropriate Makeup! (5/30/13)

Yay for another Face of the Day post! Today I'm going to do a post on what makeup I wore to work! Depending on your workplace, you may have to tone it down or even tone it up! I decided not to wear any bronzer or blush today, but that of course is a personal choice :) Lasted me a good 13.5 hours (from 9AM-10:30PM). Success!!!

BareMinerals Well Rested Eye Brightener
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in Medium Beige - Review
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard - Review
Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Transparent

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
Lancome Color Design  Palette in Sunset Fling (1 was placed in all over the eyelid, 2 was blended into my crease and 3 was placed in the inner corner)
Maybelline the Falsies Volum' Express Flared Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Taupe (on my waterline)
Wet n' Wild Take the Day Eyeshadow Primer

Mac Lipstick High Tea

Why makeup do you guys wear to work? Comment and let me know! :)

Fantastic Fridays!

Hey guys! So I'm going to start a Series on my Blog called Fantastic Fridays so you I can update you on things that I have been doing this week (Beauty related and unrelated of course!).

Monday 5/27/13
Went to Clearwater Beach and did my nails! I don't know what it is about this floppy hat, but I kinda dig it...even though it doesn't even match with my bikini lol.

Tuesday 5/28/13
Posted my Memorial Weekend haul and helped pick my friend up from the airport! And then we went newborn baby shopping for her new baby cousin!

Wednesday 5/29/13
Lit and MCAT Class today! MCAT Class focused on the Verbal Section today, so it was an eye opener, wasn't as bad as I thought it would be! K-Pop Dance rehearsal, I am currently learning the dance  I Like That By Glam.

Thursday 5/30/13
Studying for MCAT and Lit Class! Also posted a review of Elf Studio Makeup Remover Pen. Officially lost my syllabus though...and it is not online.... >.> Talk about awkward...

Friday 5/31/13

Lit Class today! I also went Apartment Hunting and went to work!

Lingering thoughts:
-Look out for an Monthly Favorites posted on Saturday Morning!
-Unsure whether or not I should do Project 10 Pan.... or if I should wait til Fall Semester starts :B Cause I know then I'll have a smaller chance of not sticking to my goal!
-Shall probably try to post a video eventually, not sure using which camera though :/
-I'm thinking of things I want to review, I have a running list so far but if you guys have any suggestions let me know! <3

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review of Elf Studio Makeup Remover Pen

Elf Studio Makeup Remover Pen

Claims: Quickly remove or correct small makeup smudges, smears and mistakes without having to take off the rest of your makeup! The gentle and non-greasy formula erases even long wearing and waterproof makeup for flawless touch ups, perfect for throwing in your purse or gym bag when you're on-the-go! Infused with Vitamin E, Cucumber and Chamomile to moisturize and condition skin.Price: $3.00
Size: .07 oz/2.2 g
Where Can I Buy: Elf, Target

I bought this at Target on Memorial Day Weekend and I'm loving it! This is very convenient to throw in my makeup bag and carry around when need be!

The cap for this makeup remover pen is very secure-- I've had previous Elf products (such as their liquid eyeliner) that did not have a secure cap and it pissed me out! The spongelike tip of the makeup remover pen is neither gentle nor rough-- I did not have any irritation when I was correcting my massive eyeliner fail the other day. I have tried removing Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in Deep Blue using this Makeup Remover Pen and it worked better than I expected. While I did have to use a Q-tip to clean it up, the Makeup Remover Pen worked its magic and made it so that it only took a couple swipes of the q-tips across my eyelids and I was able to clean off the mess. I did expect to use a Q-tip or some absorbent though, how else will the rest of the makeup be removed completely off your face? The formula is non-greasy, which is something I did like a lot-- my favorite makeup remover (Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover) is extremely greasy.

However, one thing I did not expect was how easily the Pen stained from the makeup that was removed. I don't think the I don't think the makeup remover pen is moisturizing or conditioning necessarily, but it did not dry my skin out which is a plus! Overall, I highly recommend this makeup remover pen for quick and easy touch ups! Just make sure to carry around q-tips (or tissues) along for easy clean ups!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Haul!

So Memorial Day always has tons of sales, so I couldn't help resist and buy some makeup and clothes :D So I'm here to show you what I got this weekend. :)

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in Medium Beige

Elf Eyebrow Kit
Elf High Definition Powder
Elf Makeup Remover Pen

Lancome: (Raided an Outlet Makeup Store!)
Lancome Color Design Lipstick in Love It! (A favorite nude lipstick of mine!)
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara in Strass Black
Lancome La Roseraie Illuminating Smooth Powder in 001

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Deep Blue
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Silver
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe
Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Transparent

Pacsun (these were buy 1 get 1 half off!):
Roll Up Shorts in Blue
Roll Up Shorts in Black

How did you guys spend Memorial Day? Let me know in the comment section below :)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Nails of the Day: 5/27/13

Once more, I am procrastinating on studying for my MCAT class right now, so I painted my nails! I just recently bought the new Sephora by OPI - Life's a Beach Mini Kit, the color I am trying out right now is It's Hippo to Be Square. It's a beautiful lavender color that is very opaque on the nails, one coat would've sufficed except for the fact that I'm such a horrid painter that I needed two coats lol. I used Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails UV Top Coat on top of It's Hippo to Be Square

From left to right: Sephora by OPI's It's Hippo to be Square and Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails UV Top Coat

The whole Life's a Beach Kit was $36; it contains 10 nail polishes each containing .127 oz. I usually don't buy full size nail polishes cause I have a hard time finishing it. I haven't yet tried all the nail polishes in this set yet, so I can not vouch for it being a good buy, if anyone wants a review on this set please let me know and I'll be happy to do so. Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Face of the Day: Lazy Eye Makeup!

Lazy Eyemakeup Day! Didn't spend more than 2 minutes on my eyes!

BareMinerals Well Rested
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation in Medium Beige
Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzer in St. Lucia
Elf High Definition Powder in Sheer
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch in Buff

Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium
Maybelline the Falsies Flared Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips in Smokey Hazel Eyes (Silvery White Eyeshadow as Highlight and Taupey Gray Eyeshadow Across the Lids and into the Crease) 
Wet n' Wild Take the Day Primer

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Creme
Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Peony

Hope everyone is having a lovely Memorial Day Weekend! <3

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hill's Brow Wiz and Brow Gel

From left to right: Anastasia Clear Brow Gel and Brow Wiz (Brunette)

Anastasia Beverly Hill's Brow Wiz
Price: $21
Shades: Caramel, Ash Blonde, Medium Ash, Brunette, Ebony, Soft Brown
Size: .085 g
Where to Buy: AnastasiaSephora

Anastasia Beverly Hill's Clear Brow Gel
Price: $22 (full size), $10 (mini size with tweezers)
Size: .28 g
Where to Buy: AnastasiaSephora

I have to admit, I probably have been holding out on filling in my eyebrows for the longest time. I was hesitant towards it, I've had relatives that have tattooed their eyebrows and it looked absolutely horrific-- it scared me into thinking that I would do the same. Just recently I decided to give my eyebrows a try. I went with Anastasia, a brand I knew had a reputation for having really good eyebrow pencils. I then purchased the Brow Wiz in Brunette and the Clear Brow Gel to set.

Swatch of the Brow Wiz in Brunette (Left is one swipe, Right is an opaque swatch)

The Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette deposited color nicely onto my eyebrows. I have occasionally added more color then necessary, but the spoolie at the end of the Brow Wiz blended the color evenly. Due to my thick eyebrows, I went for a color that was darker to frame my eyes while filling in my sparse gap I had. The packaging of this brow pencil was very handy. I love the convenience of not having to sharpening brow pencils. However, I find that the top cap of the brow pencil has gotten loose. For the $21 that I spent on it, I expected it to be sealed tight, especially on a product that I will carry around in my makeup bag and use everyday.

The Anastasia Clear Brow Gel is sets my unruly eyebrows in place. While I do get my eyebrows threaded once a month, my eyebrows have a tendency to stay put. Using this brow gel, my eyebrows were able to stay in place for a 10 hour work day, something that is very impressive in Florida heat! The brow gel did not degrade one it. I find that the Brow Gel has a tendency to sometimes have a little too much product, but that's something that is easily fixed if one rubs of the excess gel on the side of the container.

These two products work very well as a pair. I unfortunately do not recommend using the Brow Wiz by itself, as it does not stand true to its long-lasting claim. The product for me lasted for about four hours without any brow gel. For the $21 that I spent on it, I would've liked it to last a lot longer without anything to stay in place. However, used in conjunction with the brow gel, my eyebrows stayed exactly the same for over a 10 hour workday  (haven't tested any longer than that though unfortunately). I highly recommend these two products together, I am always very satisfied using it and it seems to me that this is a product that I will probably use for a long time!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Part 2: Face of the Day: Sister's Graduation

As promised, here is the makeup seen by my sister that I put on her for graduation :) Doesn't she look pretty :D 

Elf Golden Bronzer in Golden
BareMinerals Eye Brightener in Well Rested 
Korres' Pomegrante Mattifying Primer
Lancome Blush Subtil un Sheer Amourose
Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup in Nate Nu III
Mac Fix +
Nars Radient Creamy Concealer in Custard
Victoria's Secret Luminous Touch Highlighter in Nude Shimmer

Anastasia Beverly Hill's Brow Gel
Anastasia Beverly Hill's Brow Wiz
Elf Baked Eyeshadow in Enchanted (all over the eyelid)
Elf Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick in Little Miss Thing (used as eyeshadow base, all over eyelid)
Mac Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe (lightly in the crease)
Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express Flared
Tarte multiplEYE Lash Primer
Victoria's Secret Eyeliner in Dark Chocolate
Wet n' Wild Eyeshadow Take the Day Primer 

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Creme
Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Rosepearl

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Part 1: Face of the Day: Sister's Graduation

So earlier today was my sister's graduation! So I wanted to do a blog post sharing what I used for my makeup for her graduation!

BareMinerals Eye Brightener in Well-Rested
Elf Complexion Perfection
Lancome Teint Miracle in Buff 6
Tarte Blush in Fantastic


Anastasia Beverly Hill's Brow Wiz
Anastasia Beverly Hill's Clear Brow Gel
Elf Baked Eyeshadow in Bark
Mac Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe
Maybelline the Falsies Volum' Express Flared
Urban Decay's Naked Eyeshadow Palette in Foxy, Verve, and YDK
Victoria Secret Eyeliner in Dark Chocolate
Wet n' Wild Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer 

Mac Lipstick in Brave
Revlon Lipgloss in Peony

Say in tune to Part 2's post tomorrow, where I show you what my sister wore makeup wise to her graduation along with her outfit!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadows

ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadows - Bark, Enchanted, Pixie, and Toasted 

Colors from Left to Right: Bark, Enchanted, Pixie, Toasted

Range: 6 colors
Price: $3.00
Size: .12 oz/3.5 g
Where can it be purchased?: Eyeslipsface, Target (in stores, but can't seem to find them online)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Nails of the Day!

I was totally procrastinating on studying for my summer classes that I felt like painting my nails (which is very rare, I don't tend to do my nails at all). I am using Sephora's nail polish in Gold Digger and Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails UV Top Coat. For most of my nails, it took only one coat of the nail polish for it to apply in the opacity that I want. It's a lovely color, I will certainly be using this color more often.

From Left to Right: Sephora's Gold Digger and Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails UV Top Coat

I've purchased Gold Digger (.15 oz) in a nail wand set in February and I've had the Sally Hansen Top Coat for years. The nail wand set is no longer sold in Sephora but the is still sold online at Ebay and other various online dealers. I purchased the Sally Hansen UV Top Coat (.45 fl oz/13.3 mL) with a French Manicure set which I believe is still in most drugstores. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review of Estee Lauder DayWear BB Cream

Estee Lauder- DayWear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Cream

Coverage: Light to Medium
Price: $39
Size: 1 fl oz/30 mL
Shade Range:  2 colors, Light and Medium

BB Creams are being marketed as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product. They are supposed replace your moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, and sunblock. While it would be incredibly convenient if there was a product exists, unfortunately this BB cream does not live up to the claim.

This product is too drying to be used as solely as a moisturizer (even  the ladies at the Estee Lauder makeup counter think so). I highly recommend you use a moisturizer underneath this product, because i have seen dry patches on my skin if I use this product without a moisturizer.The BB Cream does not last by itself without any makeup setting powder, spray, or primer, probably due to the hot, humid weather that we have in Florida (for those who aren't familiar with Florida weather, it is pretty much summer for 9-10 months in Florida). The wear is, however, better in Florida winter. During the summer, the product breaks down within the first hour without any setting powder or primer. With those two aforementioned products however, the wear is increased to four hours. During the winter however, the product starts breaking down after three hours without any setting powder or primer. With a primer and/or a setting powder, the product has lasted me through an eight hour workday! The BB cream was able to cover some redness and hyper pigmentation that I have.

The BB cream comes out of the tube in a thick consistency and applies smoothly. I prefer to use either my hands with this product or a sponge. The packaging of the BB cream is very travel friendly: there is no risk of breakage and the size is compact. The one major downside about this product is the lack of shade ranges, only 2 shades! Light is my best match, the medium was to dark for my skin tone.

I've had this BB cream for a significant time (a year +). Unfortunately, I have to say I do not like this BB cream and would not recommend it for people living in warm, humid climates. Due to my experience with this product in the winter, this product has the potential to suit those who live in cooler climates year round.

Swatch of Estee Lauder DayWear BB Cream without Flash

Swatch of Estee Lauder DayWear BB Cream with Flash

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Introduction to asianhomie101 - Addicted to Makeup!

My name is Pauline addicted to makeup. I am a late bloomer however, I didn't really started using makeup until my freshman year in college, and now I am seriously addicted. My makeup collection is decently evenly distributed between high-end and drugstore (haven't seriously counted though, so it could go either way really fast).

I am a Vietnamese Canadian American, born in Montreal, Canada on November 20, 1992 and immigrated to the US when I was six. I currently live in Florida. I am now about to enter my third year of college, double majoring in Biology and Chemistry. I have two younger sisters, aged 18 and 6.

I hope you guys will come to enjoy my blog. I will post as often as I can, giving insight on various beauty related topics. Until next time!

<3 Pauline

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