Sephora Pink Ballerina Lip Gloss

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I've been in love with these glosses lately -- Sephora Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss. I got a mini set from Sephora birthday gift a while ago, didn't think I would like them since I wasn't impressed with Sephora brand before. I decided to try them one day and can't stop wearing them since! After wearing MAC for so long and so used to their sticky glosses, these feel so fresh on. They're not sticky at all and taste like cherry candy.

Because they are not sticky, the staying power is not as good as mac or other stickier glosses but they're not too bad compare to the drugstore ones. I don't mind to reapply more frequent since they feel so comfortable on, plus, I think they really moisturize my lips.

Since I like the mini set so much. I pick up a full size one in Pink Ballerina. It's a very light baby pink. no shimmer. It goes well with all the baby pink lippies I have :)

I found myself leaning toward to cheaper brands when come to lip glosses, NYX mega shine, BBW's and now the Sephora ones...

What's your favorite glosses?


NARS Pleasures of Paris FOTD and some rambling...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hello everyone~ sorry for been MIA for awhile, I've been so overwhelmed with work and family... and haven't been feeling too excited about makeup. I did manage to do some damage at Saks and Sephora F&F, I didn't need anything just didn't wanna miss the annual sale... lol. I pick up some YSL lipsticks, a sephora airbrush and NARS new foundation, maybe I will do a post on my next post.

I've been doing neutral look everyday, even on the weekend. I'm really loving this NARS Pleasure of Paris palette, nothing exciting it's just very very easy to use. I can make good use of every single color in it, the kind of palette that really get your money worth :)

- Fez all over the lids
- Nepal inner corner
- Abyssinia brow bone
- Cordura outer v

On my lips I have infamous Kim Kardashian's favorite lip combo -
MAC Angel + NARS Turkish Delight
(I haven't touched them both for really long time...)

I found myself ignore my NARS duo eyeshadows for long time because of their packing. I have to go through all of them to pick the names then open each of them if I want to mix and match the colors... I love NARS sophisticated black rubber case but it's preventing me from using them now :( Do you guys have the same trouble? I found myself stick with MAC shadows most of the time when I'm hurry in the morning.

It's a pain to go through them every time...

these are much easier...

I got my contest price from Cathy.

She let me pick two VS items and I pick the eye primer and 24K silky eye shadow. I haven't tried the primer yet but I LOVE 24K. It's a true gold color, soooo pretty! She also included whole bunch of stuff in the package... thank you Cathy :)


Contest Winner

Monday, October 12, 2009

The winner is...


Congratulations KRYSTAL! I will be emailing you!

Thanks everyone to join my contest ^^


NARS Cream Shadow/Drugstore Haul and FOTD

Friday, October 9, 2009

I'm a fan of NARS but never tried their cream shadows. I've heard some people hate it coz they crease real bad even with primer underneath. Since I love most of NARS stuff and the color is gorgeous, I decided to pick it up anyway to see if it will work for me.

Madagascar cream shadow

One side is peachy skin color that works great as all over base(similar to MAC Painterly PP) and the other side is a purplish brown taupe that works well with NARS eyeshadows like Ondine, Ashes to Ashes, Cairo or MAC Satin Taupe, Style Snob... If you are a fan of those taupey colors then you will love this duo.

I'd tried it a few times, it does crease but not terribly(depends on what you put on top and underneath). The shimmery taupe color crease more than the skin color on the left. If I put TFSI underneath first and put NARS/MAC shadows on top, they will last for about 4 hours before start creasing. I did try it once with drugstore shadows and it was a complete disaster.

I think this will be my one and the only NARS cream shadow... I decided to keep it coz the colors work really well with my collection and I just can't say no to taupe... haha. But seriously, MAC Paint Pots work so much better than these on any day!

I also pick up Night Breed single eyeshadow that I've been meaning to get for long time. Just a pure black with silver glitters. The pigmentation is really good and can be used wet or dry. I like how versatile it is and I can just bring it everywhere use it as shadow and liner.

NARS Night Breed

swatches from left to right
(Night Breed, Madagascar)

I also pick up a bunch of Maybelline at Rite Aid since they had BOGO. I got a back up of Lash Stiletto(My fave mascara of all time) and the Mineral power blush in Soft Mauve(this is love). Couple of shadow quads in Chai Latte and Velvet Crush, and the new color sensation lipsticks in Pink Please and Born with it.

I'm sorry to report that these shadows really have no pigmentation, you get what you pay for. But I do like the color combinations on the 2 quads I got. Velvet Crush is pretty, it looks gorgeous after I piled it on like 5 layers :)

The Mineral power blush is a different story. It lasts on my face whole day and the color is gorgeous. Soft Mauve looks like baby pink on my skin tone. Loooove :)

The lipsticks are ok. Born with it and Pink Please are basically the same colors, one with shimmer one without. They are the nudest baby pinks in the collection but not nude enough for me... they are creamy and pigmented tho.

NARS Madagascar(base)
NARS Cairo(lid)
MAC Folie(crease)
MAC Beauty Mark(Outer Corner)
MAC Vanilla(brow)
Maybelline Mineral power blush Soft Mauve(Cheeks)
Maybelline LS Born with it

Contest ends this Sunday... I'm excited :D


VS Christian Siriano Silky Eyeshadow Sahara

Saturday, October 3, 2009

So you all know I've been in love with VS makeup lately. After the Christian Siriano Kajal liner experience, I went to check out more of his stuff and found this amazing eyeshadow Sahara.

He came out with 5 limited edition eyeshadows with mostly neutral colors. The idea of his makeup line is Egyptian inspired and the compact sort of reminds me of pyramid. It comes with a small mirror inside and I think the packaging is just gorgeous. Of course for the $12 the material is not real metal but it is still a nice design.

VS Christian Siriano Silky Eye Shadow - Sahara

The texture of all his shadows are silky and soft(not as soft and wet as VS regular shadows) and very pigmented. Sahara is a neutral light champagne color with peachy tone, a bit shimmery but not over the top. It's very similar to MAC Grand Entrance and Stila Kitten. I own Kitten but don't use it much coz I found the color too frosty on my NC35 skin. On the other hand, Sahara is almost the same color with less frost and a tad warmer, works wonderfully as all over the lid or highlight on my skin tone!

Sahara all over the lids with MAC Antiqued at the outer corners and Blacktrack...voila! My perfect everyday look for work. I enjoy this shadow very much... plus it's kinda fun to play with the compact in my hand :)

Check out this shadow while you can... I think they are almost sold out in the store.

PS. Contest ends in 1 week... join if you haven't already ;)


Lunch time swatches - Style Black

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Today during the lunch time, I went to the MAC store near job to see if they have the Style Black collection out already since they usually have the collection out early. I asked the MA and he told me it's out on Thursday but will let me take a peek. I looked at everything there, did some swatches on my hand, mainly on the items that I'm interested in.

This collection will def be loved by people who like dramatic looks. Some of the products are really amazing and have great color payoff, just in time for Halloween makeup.

I'm impressed with the Mineralized eye shadows, very pigmented and soft. They are basically all black base with blue, burgundy, silver and gold glitters. The glitters are very fine(unlike NARS night series) so it goes on really smooth. I have my eyes on the silver(Cinderfella) and the burgundy(Young Punk).

Personally I can't pull off the black lipstick but Black Knight is very creamy and pigmented, I can see it will be a popular item in the collection.

I was originally interested in the Greasepaint Stick the most. It reminds me of the more intense, creamy version of the shade stick. The color is super rich and supposed to be water/smudge proof. It can be used as liner or base. This is a true black, it's darker than Blackground p/p and Sharkskin shade stick (I have both and thinking about picking this one up).

I like both Mattene lipsticks, Midnight Media is a near-black, semi-matte creamy color. The color is even more intense than Black Knight. I personally like Night Violet, it's a very pretty burgundy.

All in all I'm in love with the Mineralized eye shadows in the collection, and will pick up a couple. Do you like this collection? What do you like? 


Weekend Recap...

Monday, September 21, 2009

So last weekend I had a chance to help a friend with her fashion show at Brooklyn Fashion Festival. The designer Jade Chiu is a talented accessory designer and her pieces are inspired by Chinese 12 animal signs with western funkiness.

I was one of the makeup artist(there are 2 of us) and we came up with the look of dark brown/black smokey eyes for the dramatic effect. We had to do the makeup at the dim light environment and since we arrived late we had to rush back to back to finish all the models. It was a bit intense but I had great time doing it :) Here are a few dolls I'd worked on...

working pic...

It was so rush I didn't get a chance to take close pictures for each model... next time I will have to snap some good shots no matter what ;)

Last weekend was all about Brooklyn. The next day, Me, hubby and Jacob went to Dim Sun for lunch in a famous restaurant in Brooklyn Chinatown (I was busy eating and forgot to take pics, haha...) After lunch we walked around the area and I found this tiny beauty shop inside of a small shopping center, here is what I found...

My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask
Got it for $15. I've heard good things about it, will let y'all know how I like it ;)

And a completely random pic. I took it at a small aquarium in Brooklyn that we walked by... the big fish just won't let go of the small one, he was swimming everywhere like this like forever... poor little fish :(

Have a great week everyone!


3 things I'm sad to hit pan on...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

First of all, I want to thank all the new followers and wish y'all good luck with the contest ;)

It's just a random post today...

I've never try to do the Project 10 pans (or 5 pans) coz I know I will never succeed... haha. I don't do impulse buy but when there is something that I really want, I can't wait.

I usually feel happy and sense of achievement when I hit pan on makeup items, like eyeshadows and blushes. I recently hit pan on some stuff I actually feel sad about ... mainly coz they are good products, fairly pricey, and they work for me.

Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizer Cream
StriVectin-SD Eye Cream
NARS Laguna Bronzer

They are definitely items I will repurchase, but my curious natural told me to look what's out there... so I'm kinda struggling now. I've been just putting on lots of serum or do leave on mask everyday, haha...

I'm actually already on my second Laguna, so that one doesn't count, just wanna show you all how big a pan I hit... lol ;)

On the other hand, a product I probably will never hit pan on...

I thought I like it when I first tried it in the store, but after bought it I'm just not too crazy about the smell. I use it very slowly, the only thing that keep me reaching for it is the SPF23, on those days when I need a little sun protection without whole face makeup.

What's the skincare product you keep repurchasing?


Join My First Giveaway (Jewelry, MAC, VS, Brushes)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hello Everyone~

I decided to host a giveaway coz I have reached 100 followers :) I've been a lazy blogger (mom of a toddler w/a full time job)... but I really enjoy blogging and I'm thankful to have you guys here, coz that's what make blogging truly wonderful :)

This Giveaway is open to worldwide. I will be giving one grand price with 4 items total, including my Sweet Remix Jewelry, a favorite MAC and some new found loves that I want to share with everyone. Here are the prices...

1. Sweet Remix Dainty Charm Necklace
Swarovski Light Siam/Fuchia flower pendant
Antiqued Gold ladybug/butterfly charm
16" 14k gold plated chain
Ladybug or Butterfly - Your choice

2. MAC Baby Sparks Dazzleglass

Baby Sparks is looooove. I have 3 backups, give one away~

3. VS Makeup Christian Siriano Kajal Eye Liner
It's my absolute favorite liner right now (blogged about it in my previous post). I've been using this Egyptian inspired kohl liner everyday, it's amazing. I went to 3 VS stores and finally was able to snatch 2 of them(1 for my back up, 1 for the price.) You got to try this fierce liner!

4. VS 5 Pieces Makeup Brush Set
Cute and great for travel~


There are 2 ways to enter

Regular Entry:
- You have to be my follower on this blog and my jewelery blog Sweet Remix (have to follow both to be qualified as an entry), then leave a comment in this post simply state "I'm following you". That's all.

Gold Star Entry:
- Be a follower on both blogs, then post a link on your blog about my Giveaway and leave a comment to let me know your blog post link. Don't have a blog? Twitter this Giveaway will do :)
(If the winner is a Gold Star Entry, the Gold Star Entry winner will receive an EXTRA PRICE on top of the giveaway prices)
and no... I'm not talking about Hello Kitty stickers kinda price ^_^

Don't forget to leave me your email so I can contact you.

Winner will be drawn by Contest ends Oct 11th at Midnight (EST).

Good Luck Everyone~


Update and NARS/VS Haul

Monday, September 7, 2009

! finally my jewelry blog is up and running. Check it out ^_^

Hope everyone is having a great holiday so far. I just came back from a week vacation with hubby and I'm just happy that we still have few days to relax before returning back to work :) We went on a road trip to VA and DC, stopped by Atlantic City for some beach time and roller coasters at Great Adventure in NJ. We had tons of fun :)

I got a package after coming back from the trip. The NARS Pleasures of Paris palette that I ordered from Saks before went on my trip. Yay! I can't wait to play with this palette. I have many of NARS duos and don't have any of the color in this palette besides Cordura on the lower right corner(well, it's a useful color, guess I can live with that, haha). This palette is so neutral and all colors compliment each other very well.


I also pick up some goodies form Victoria Secrets. I do like VS makeup, some of their eyeshadows and lippes are nice and pigmented. They had revamped their line recently and here are what I got:

I pick up the PRO Voluptuous FX Mascara which works surprisingly good. It's pretty much like L'Oreal Voluptuous, the lash stay soft and not clumping. I also pick up their new Silky Eyeshadow in Between the sheets... love the name :) The shadow is very soft, it's almost like cream to powder kind of texture, very pigmented. This color reminds me a bit of MAC Mulch.

The thing I feel the most excited about is the Christian Siriano Kajal Eye Liner. This guy is so "fierce" and fashion forward, and the makeup is not disappointing. The liner is inspired by ancient Egyptian beauty, supposed to give a smudged, smoky effect. I tried it today, the color is very rich and last all day. Thumbs up!

- VS Silky Eyeshadow in Between the sheets
-VS PRO Voluptuous FX Mascara
-VS Christian Siriano Kajal Eye Liner
-MAC Hue Lipstick
(don't mind my eyebrows... I was like a kid can't wait to smear new toy on my lids haha...)

I'm impressed wtih VS new makeup, will go back for some more :)

Autumn Love Bracelet

- A new piece from my jewelry blog :)

Happy Labor Day Everyone!


*Sweet Remix* My Handmade Jewelry :)

Monday, August 31, 2009

Hello everyone!

I'm very excited to share these handmade necklaces with you all! I've been working on these pieces for a while and really like how they turn out :) I love charms, I'm a big collector and I like to work with them very much, they are simple, dainty, and they tell stories. I hope you like them just as I do... I definitely enjoy making them very much :)

For now, I only have one for each, they are first come first serve. If you love what you see, here is how...

Email me at
- Tell me the item you are interested.
- Paypal only. Please remember to include your Paypal address in your email.
- Shipping is $3.00 in US, $5.00 Outside of the US.

My jewelry blog Sweet Remix will debut soon. I will keep you all posted so stay tune :)

The Ladybug Necklace
Swarovski Light Siam flower pendant
Antiqued Gold ladybug charm
16" 14k gold plated chain
(only 1 available)

This was my first inspiration on this series... loves it. They work so well together :)

The Butterfly Necklace
Swarovski Fuchsia flower pendant
Antiqued Gold butterfly charm
17" 14K gold plated chain
(only 1 available)

The Sailor Necklace
Swarovski Crystal Rosaline Moon Pendant
Antiqued Gold Anchor pendant
17" 14K gold plated chain
(only 1 available)

so girly... I LOVE THIS ONE!

The Lucky Koi
Swarovski Jet Octagon Pendant
Antiqued Silver Koi pendant
16" Sterling Silver chain
(only 1 available)

This is hubby's favorite, he loves the oriental spiritual essence in this piece. haha... i told him I will make him one when I find a bigger fish :)

The OM Necklace
Swarovski Amethyst Polygon Pendant
Antiqued Silver OM charm
18" sterling silver chain
(only 1 available)

Polygon Pendant is my favorite Swarovski pendant hands down! I love the asymmetrical facets, it's just so unique... works so well with OM pendant.

My Email:

Thanks for looking everyone :)


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