Wednesday, February 25, 2009

TAG: What I'm Using Right Now

I got this off of fafinettex3's blog -- I'm procrastinating from midterm studies...

Shampoo - Herbal Essences "Hello Hydration"

Conditioner - Herbal Essences "Hello Hydration"

Hair Mask - Garnier Fructis Instant Melting Masque

Styling Products - I don't like to put products in my hair.. but when i do: Joico heat protectant, Tresemme curl activator Spray and Samy Fat Hair hairspray

Body Wash - Olay Body Wash (the one with the Purple moisturizing butter)

Body Moisturizer - Vaseline Deep Conditioning Lotion in Cocoa Butter

Anti Perspirent - Soft & Dri Pulse

Fake Tan - I don't like to tan (i even try my best to stay out of the sun during the summer)

Makeup Remover - Clinique Take the Day off and rinse-off eye make up solvent

Cleanser - Garnier Gel Cleanser in "Fresh"

Exfoliator - Queen Helene's Mint Julepe Scrub

Mask - Queen Helene's Mint Julepe Mask

Primer - Quo Primer or Bare Escentuals Prime Time

Foundation - MAC Studio Sculpt NC25 (matched incorrectly!! ARGGHH hate shade hunting!)

Concealer - MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NW25 (which is matched to me incorrectly!! GGRRR)

Powder - Select Sheer Pressed NC30

Blush - I switch it up a lot... but i've been reaching for Nars Orgasm and Beauty Powder Blush in Eversun more frequently

Bronzer - MSF in So Ceylon or Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden

Highlighter - MSF in Redhead

Eyebase - UDPP

Eyeshadow - MAC Smokey AND Cool Eyes Palettes from the past holiday collection

Eyeliner - MAC fluidline in Blacktrack

Curler - Shu Uemura

Mascara - MAC dazzlelash, Covergirl's Lash Blast and L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes

Lipstick - Lavendar Whip or Viva Glam V

Gloss - Cremesheen Glass in Boybait or Lustreglass in Love Nectar

Nail Varnish - I don't really paint my nails cuz I bite them... but when i do... I only ever use OPI "Yoga-ta Get This Blue!"

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

NC30 Asian

I truly don't believe i'm an NC30, i go out of my way and visit several MAC locations to get colour-matched for the right foundation shade. When i ask an available MA, without truly looking at my complexion, they always reach for NC30. Are MAC associates just trained in a way that "if an asian asks for a colour match, the default colour is always NC30"?Two of my (asian) friends who are COMPLETELY different complexions/tone as me are also "NC30"... i find that hard to believe especially if you were to see us in a line-up... we are all clearly VERY different shades...

so... why are MAC MAs so inclined to automatically reach for NC30?!?!?!

ps: HK collection haul to be up soon (just procrastinating)

Monday, February 02, 2009

Creme Team Swatches

So I went to the MacPro store today and to my surprise and delight, the Cremeteam and Well-Defined collections are already on display and being sold... I didn't pick up anything from the Well-Definied collection YET... but I will in the near future. I did, however, get to swatch and get a feel of the foundation and concealer and i'm SUPER excited about them. Especially the concealer because the consistency is very similar to Eve Pearl's Salmon concealer... and I love that I have a place to get a "dupe" of it instead of wait for the next make-up show or *eek* have to order online...
Anyway, I picked up 3 lippies: 2 lipsticks (one from the permanent collection and one from the cremeteam colection) and one cremesheen glass. I posted a pic of my natural lip for you guys to compare... I also posted a pic of the product, me wearing the lipcolour up-close -- and because it's hard to tell what it looks like overall with bloggers usually only posting a close-up... i posted one where you can see my face too so you can get an idea of what the colour will look like in general (I hope that makes sense)... i did this especially for Lavendar Whip, because upclose, it just doesn't look like a wearable colour at all. With flash, I looked quite scary... but without flash the colour looks quite wearable so i'm pleased. Also with Lavendar whip, you have to really apply several layers to get that lavendar colour. I also picked up "O" frost lippie from the permanent collection... a colour I've been meaning to get a for a while... and finally... "Boy Bait" is very similar to my biotherm milky gloss.. in colour and consistency... so i dont' know if i'll keep it.. but i like it...

No colour (lip conditioner so you don't see the flakes =P):

First i'll start of with "O" since it's not part of the Creme Team collection but I picked it up anyway:

Next we have a Chemesheen Glass in "Boy Bait":

And finally the much anticipated "Lavender Whip":