Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Leopard Colorful Nails

I was inspired to do this rainbow leopard print design after seeing a video tutorial by YouTuber Sayanythingbr00ke's (video below). It requires using the Konad stamping kit which I absolutely LOVE! I bought my Konad kit from WowSoCool about a year ago when I first discovered it by YouTube gurus Petrilude and Sayanthingbr00ke and I have not stopped using them ever since.

When I first purchased them online from WowSoCool, I was expecting to receive my package in about 5-7 days. But the company did better than I had expected. It was shipped to me in 2 days flat. Amazing! Not only that....I was so happy with the product and the shipping that I had to personally write an email of gratitude to the company for my happiness with the product and service. However, I had expected that my email was going to be lost in the world of possible spam and never be read. But to my surprise, I received a response the next day from Jessica. She was so nice and polite and very quick to reply my email. If you follow me on YouTube, then you will know that I had hosted a Halloween Contest last year and WowSoCool sponsored some amazing prizes.

The Konad plate that I used in the design was M57 which happens to be one of my favorites. If you want to learn how to create this look, then watch Brooke's video tutorial below.

Colors I used:

Top Left:
"Domestic Goddess" - Sephora by OPI

Top Right:

"For Audrey" - China Glaze

Bottom Left:

"Party in my Cabana" - OPI

Bottom Right:

"No. 40" - HMC GO
This nail polish was sent to me from my dear friend Wendy, YouTuber SketchyArtyDoll from England. I love this color however never have seen this sold where I live in New York. If you want to order it, you can check out the website in the link here.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

FREE Bath & Body Signature Collection Item

FREE Bath & Body Signature Collection Item (up to $12) with any $10 purchase. Expires July 25, 2010. Click on image to print coupon.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

FREE Victoria's Secret Lipgloss

Free Victoria's Secret Lipgloss with any purchase. Click on coupon to enlarge. Print and bring to any store near you. Coupon expires July 21, 2010.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

IMATS is coming to NYC 2011

Can you believe it? IMATS is coming to NYC! Woohoo!! Save the date everyone...
I found out about it since I follow Make-Up Artist Magazine on Twitter. Which of course I retweeted it. =) Super exciting...considering that they are always at London, LA, Sydney, Canada...
It's nice that they're finally coming to New York.

If you're on Twitter, follow me and say hello. =)

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Organize your Medicine Cabinet

Organize your medicine cabinet with MagnaPods.

If you...
- like to do your makeup in the bathroom
- there doesn't seem to be much space to store your makeup in the bathroom
- you have a medicine cabinet that swings open

...then this would be perfect for you. It's discreet and organized. Not to mention, it prevents all that clutter on valuable counter space.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

MAC Sale! Buy 3, Get 1 Free (1 day only sale)

MAC is having a sale at Nordstroms for 1 day only.

Buy 3, Get 1 Free:
Buy 3 M•A•C Tinted Lipglasses and
receive MAC's bestselling shade (Prrr) FREE! ($14.00 value)

One day only! Offer ends February 27, 2010 at 11:59pm Pacific or while supply lasts.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

MAC Blush Ombre

What do you think of MAC's new blushes? Different, eh? It's MAC's new February Spring Color Blush Collection. Currently, there is only 4 shades and the packaging is the same as Mineralize Skinfinish and the Rose Romance collection. So if you own one of those, then you know exactly what i'm talking about. You've got your pink, coral, purple and peach going on in this color combination.

Cost: $25.00 each

From clockwise, starting with top left:

Azalea Blossom
Vintage Grape
Ripe Peach

So far, the Ripe Peach tends to be a popular one. As of today, it's already SOLD OUT on MAC's online store.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cosmetic Database

Have you ever looked at the ingredients of the cosmetics you purchase and have a hard time pronouncing them let alone have an idea what it is? Well if so, then you might want to keep reading...

There is this website that I found out through one of my beauty friends, Charmaine.
The website is called
Skin Deep. (www.cosmeticdatabase.com)

This website is a great tool to take advantage of because as scary as it sounds, companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish, and our government doesn't require companies to test products for safety before they're sold. Environmental Working Group of scientists built Skin Deep to be a one-of-a-kind resource, integrating an in-house collection of personal care product ingredient listings with more than 50 toxicity and regulatory databases.

How it works:

1.) Search for either: Cosmetic Brands, Ingredients, and/or Products (see picture for example)
2.) Once you search the item that you're looking for, you'll be provided a long list of ingredients.
3.) A definition of each ingredient is explained and any possible toxicities it may cause, such as: cancer, allergies, violations, etc.
4.) Each ingredient will be rated as score to show any level of hazardness, for example:

- Items Rated 0-2 = low hazard
- Items Rated 3-6 = moderate hazard
- Items Rated 7-10 = high hazard

I am always conscientious of the type of products that I use on my face after experience of working with my mom in her Beauty Day Spa. My mom has her esthetician license and through her I learned a lot of damages that certain products can do to your face. So I thought that this was a great website for everyone to know about. =)
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Monday, January 11, 2010

10 Skincare Tips for the Winter Season

I get compliments all the time for my skin and asked what my skincare routine is. So I thought I would share my personal skincare tips for during the Winter Season.

Do keep in mind, these are my tips that I follow and the products I mention is what works best for me and my skin type. All skin types vary. During the fall and winter season I tend to have normal to dry skin and during the spring and summer season I have normal to oily skin. So products that work for me might not work for everyone.

Also, please feel free to share your skincare tips. I'm always intrigued to hear what others have to say.

Here are my 10 Skincare tips for the Winter Season....

1.) Stay HYDRATED.
This must be the #1 tip during all seasons. You must at all times stay hydrated and drink LOTS of water! Staying hydrated keeps your skin moisturized and keeps your system clean resulting to youthful looking skin. Did you know the main reason for migraines and headaches is dehydration? Your body consists of 60% of water weight and everyday we lose that whenever we sweat and urinate. But how much water is recommended for us to drink? The formula I was taught by a trainer at the gym was to take your weight by pounds, divide that by 2, and the number you come up with is the number of ounces you are required to drink. So for example: If you weigh 140 pounds, divide that number by 2 which is 70...that means you are required to drink 70 ounces of water a day if you weigh 140 pounds. Or you can simply just stick to the normal rule of thumb, which is an average of 8 glasses of water a day.

2.) Exfoliate.
It's very important to keep your face and body exfoliated at all times removing any dead skin which then allows your skin to absorb oxgen. Did you know
that the dust accumulated in your house is partially from dead skin? Do keep in mind, when I say exfoliate, keep away from harsh products that are too abrasive for the skin. You want a light exfoliation product, not something that is going to irritate your skin. Personally, I like to use 2 different kinds of products to exfoliate which is very light and soothing to my skin. I keep the Aveeno Daily Scrub by my sink for when I wash my face every morning and I keep the Oil of Olay Regenerist Pore Scrub in the shower for when I wash my face at night when I shower. The Aveeno product that I use is a daily scrub which is very fine and light. But if you are using something else, you are only recommended to exfoliate 2-3 times a week. If you have Acne, exfoliating may cause irritation...so please check with your dermatologist to see what product is best for you.

After exfoliating, it's important to lock in the moisture with a good moisturizer. If you have dry skin, try using an oil-based moisturizer. If you have oily skin, then use a non-oily based moisturizer. For me, during the winter, I tend to have normal to dry skin so I like to use
Oil of Olay's Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Daily Moisturizer which also has SPF 15. Then, during the spring and summer when my skin feels normal to oily, I switch over to Oil of Olay's Deep Hydration Cream....I love this stuff because it goes on as cream and dries to a silky powder finish. If there is one thing that I hate about moisturizers...it's when it makes your skin feel like it's drenched in oil.

Sunscreen is so important and it's not meant to be worn ONLY for the summer, but for everyday use. It protects your skin premature aging but also from skin cancer. It's important to invest in daily moisturizers that contain SPF (such as the moisturizers I mentioned in #3), but if your moisturizer does not contain SPF, then purchase one that is suitable for your skin.

Don't Lick Your Lips.
If you don't want chapped lips, then stop licking your lips!
Certain enzymes present in saliva (normally used for digestion) irritate the lips, and the evaporation of the water in saliva saps moisture from them. Also, did you know that chapped lips is also a sign of dehydration?

6.) Lip Treatment.
If you already have chapped lips, I must recommend the Neosporin Lip Treatment. This product has worked wonders for me and you notice a tremendous difference within 20 minutes of using it. I mean, if Neosporin ointment works miracles for wounds and scars, what more for your chapped lips? I suggest using the products specified for your lips though. It's not something you need daily but only suggested for when you lips are dry and chapped. You can find this at any drug store. I found mine at CVS next to the cough drops.

Exfoliate your lips.
Want to prevent dry chapped lips? Exfoliate them daily. This is an old remedy my mom taught me when I was young which I've been doing for years. After I brush my teeth, I exfoliate my lips with my wet toothbrush. At first, I didn't think it actually worked. But I noticed that it worked once I STOPPED exfoliating my lips and noticed that they started to chap. Not only is this a cheap and easy home remedy to keeping your lips smooth, but the exfoliation process allows the blood to rush to the skin making your lips nice and pinky without the use of lipstick.

Lip Balm.
After exfoliating your lips, soothe your skin with your favorite lip balm. I like using Soft Lips Lip Balm because it really works for me because it's long lasting, it smells great, keeps my lips ultra soft and most importantly, it also has SPF 20 which is definitely a plus.

Not only are scarves a great fashion statement which is definitely a staple to your wardrobe, it keeps your neck warm and it can also help protect your skin. Just wrap the scarf around your face to shield against those sometimes brutal winds. You don't want your beautiful skin to suffer wind burn. Trust me, it's painful. If you're feeling crafty this season, learn to knit or crochet and make your own scarf. There are plenty of tutorials online that teach you how. Or, ask someone or your grandmother to teach you. Last year my best friend Joann and I spent a few hours together knitting scarves together which was so much fun and definitely a bonding moment for us as we just laughed and chatted the entire way through.

Smile more. Smiling is a gift and a health benefit to us all. It stimulates longevity, lifts your face making you appear younger, reduces stress (which causes us to look tired, worn down, develop premature wrinkles), boosts your immune system. Did you know that studies have shown (stated by Professor Christopher Peterson Ph.D of The University of Michigan) that optimistic people who smile more have a stronger immune system and fight illnesses better than those who are pessimistic? Reason being is optimistic people think positively. It also appears that people who are optimistic are more likely to take care of themselves, which may be another reason why they tend to be healthier and smile more.

Have a skincare tip during the winter season that you would like to share? Leave me a comment and share your tips. I'm always opened to trying something new.
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