Look Bright for the New Years!


HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE EVERYONE!
This is the updated look for the new years eve tutorial, I’ve added less silver, and more purple to go with the grey; turns out these two shades go really well together! So i hope you guys will like this look.

As always, prep and prime your face, moisturize, foundation, concealer, powder.

Eyes:
1. Using a light purple shimmering powder, apply it all over your eyelids, also bringing it to the inner corner of your eyes, so it looks like this:


2.  Apply a grey shimmering eyeshadow on the crease:


3. Using a purple eyeshadow, contour the hollows of your eyes, starting at the outer v:

4. Using a dark shimmering purple greyish colour, apply it on just the outer V to accentuate the darker colours.

5. Apply eyeliner using a jet black liquid eyeliner, and use a black pencil eyeliner to outline the bottom of your eyes, it should now look something like this:


For the False lashes, I’ve chosen ones that accentuate your own pair:

Apply these falsies accordingly, so one on the inner corner, one in the middle, and one at the end of the eyes.

Lips:
I’ve chosen a very pale pink lipstick for this look, because I want the emphasis to be on the eye makeup:


Apply your favourite blush, and your look is complete!!

I hope this look works out for you guys, and most importantly I hope everyone has a blast tomorrow night!

Before I go:


HAPPY NEW YEARS GUYS <3

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Sofia!

Since watching the Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette, (and yes I know I should watch Lost in Translation too), I’ve been looking forward to Sofia Coppola’s next feature film.  Her previous two films that I’ve seen have both given me a reason to love her work in very different ways.  With Virgin Suicides, it was about how well she translated the mysterious Lisbon sisters’ story from a book to a very dark but visually gratifying film.  As with Marie Antoinette, though I was displeased with the character development and the lack of historical/political aspects, Coppola did not fail once again, in the visual department,  feeding our eyes with tons and tons of lavish costumes and scenery.  So with all the build up, here is her next feature film that I am looking forward to see:

Somewhere – featuring Stephen Dorff and Ella Fanning.  For one, I’d love to see how Ella Fanning’s acting compares to her older sister, but most importantly to see if this film will redeem itself (plot wise) from the somewhat disappointing biographical film, Marie Anoinette.  Although, I have to say, everything BUT the plot was fantastic!   Anyhow, Coppola’s new film centers around a man living the Hollywood life and suddenly finds himself somewhat bewildered when his 11 year old daughter makes a surprise visit.
And for those of you who are fans of the Phoenix, their music will be featured in the film!

and for you Phoenix fans out there, here’s Love like a Sunset pt.2

Silver..for now

Recently, I’ve been trying to create a look for the new years, and I’ve come up with something like this..

It’s got lots of silver going on, maybe a bit too much, I might tone it down a little when I do the actual tutorial.
But with close up:

I’ve added shades of blue on the outside V area, as well as a dark burgundy on the crease (which you can’t really see here).
Hopefully i’ll have the tutorial ready before new years!

Meanwhile, what’s not to love about collagen eye masks after cleaning all that eye make up off?!

I bought this from SaSa (the Sephora equivalent in North America), it claims to have collagen and will soothe fine lines and stressful eyes, reduce puffiness etc.  Well, we’ll see after a few weeks..and I’ll write up a review for it, if I remember.

Until then, stay warm and be prepared to ring in the new year!!

So here it is, Merry Christmas.

This year was the first time in two years that I spent Christmas with the family, hence the excitement and the feast that I am about to blog about : )

Honey Herb Glazed Turkey Breast Slices:

For this one, I got the recipe from here
This was a great recipe, and everyone loved how different the gravy tasted because of the apple juice in it.  However, I did change the proportion for the cornstarch water just a little bit, because with the original recipe, I found that it was really liquid-y and wasn’t gravy textured enough.  So depending on what you like, you can change the cornstarch ratio accordingly.

Tomato white wine steamed clams:



This one was one of the favourites of the night, and I got the recipe from here
Some of the changes I made to the recipe were:
I didn’t add Chorizo, though i think they would bring even more flavour to the pot
I used 1/4 cup of white wine mixed with 1 cup of chicken broth for the soup base
I added fresh tomatoes on top of the canned ones.

Buttered Veggies

And who could go into a dinner without some healthy veggies?!
This one’s probably the easiest dish to make:
Boil your choice of veggies, drain them, add butter and salt!

And on Christmas Eve..

I was finally able to go out for some partying after two months of not going out.
The look I went out with was very clean and minimal:
-a bit of light eyeshadow to highlight, champagne color on the crease
-eyeliner and falsies on the lashes
-shimmer stick on the bottom liner to highlight
-and a hint of blush

so I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, whether it was spending with your significant other, your family or your friends!
Oh , and it’s boxing day today, get your shopping game face on :D

Gold!

This look is somewhat similar to Those Big Eyes, but i tweaked it just a little so it’s better suited for the winter parties, hope you guys like this look! As always, follow the right procedures to put your face on (moisturizer, make up base, foundation, concealer, loose powder).

Moving onto the eyes: 1. Highlight your brow bone with a white highlighting stick making your way to the inner corner of your eyes.
2. Apply a champagne colour on the lids.
3. Using a gold eyeshadow, go over the champagne colour you just did to bring out the colours even more. 4. Using a dark/taupe colour, go along the outer V of your eyes tracing the hollows of your eyes as shown above.  Remember to blend well on the sides!
5. Using a gold shimmering powder, dab it onto the gold eyeshadow you applied earlier to intensify the gold.
6. With a black eyeshadow, apply it on the crease of the eyes and blend.
7. With your favourite eyeliner, trace your eyes and wing it out on the ends (I used liquid eyeliner for this look)
8. Using the same eyeliner, apply it on the lower lids, going all the way for an intense look, (again I used a liquid eyeliner for the bottom lids for the intensity).
9. Curl and Mascara! (Depending on how dramatic you want your look to be, falsies are optional).

For the lips, I used a reddish-beige lip liner (very 90’s i know!), but it’s a great combination for the gold in the eyes.
1. Apply lip balm
2. With a beige lip liner, fill in your lips with the lip liner.
3. Apply clear lip gloss on the center of your lips.

Finish with filling in your brows and the blush that compliments your skin tone, and you’re done!

 

Good luck and have fun!

In my life, i love you more


Starbucks always has great music to just sit in, chill with, and maybe ponder about life.  And today, i did just that with a cover of the Beatles – In my life,  playing in the background.  I wish i could find the exact cover I listened to today because it was one of the best I’ve heard sung by a woman.  Unfortunately, youtube couldn’t generate what i wanted.  But, i’ll still post this video of the original song, by the best band in the whole entire world- The Beatles.
Enjoy : )

Theatre Wishlist

The 39th Hong Kong Arts Festival is coming up!.. well soon anyways, from Feb. 17 – March 27, 2011 there’ll be a series of theatre performances from around the world, and here’s a list of stuff that I really wanna see:


New York City Ballet performing Symphony in Three Movements, Dances at a Gathering and West Side Story Suite.


Birmingham Royal Ballet Presents: Hobson’s Choice
A ballet based on a play, uplifting performance with great costumes.


Picadilly Revisited
One of the first Chinese actresses listed in Hollywood, Anna May Wong’s Picadilly is revisited with new musical scores.


Berliner Ensemble presents: The Threepenny Opera
A musical set in London, England about a criminal, Mack the Knife.

Wish I had all the money to spend it on all these shows..
time to save up!!

Wipe it off!

For the past few years, I’ve had my fair share of experience in trying different eye make up removers.  It was always hard to find the perfect one because I always used waterproof mascara, or waterproof eyeliner and so the normal make up removers just don’t make the cut.  Well, luckily I’ve found a few, and I’m here to share with you my thoughts on them and which one I think works best.  Also, I will talk about the best way to remove your eye make up without damaging the skin around your eyes.


Neutrogena oil-free Make up Remover:
Contains two layers, and you have to shake it before using.  Has a cool sensation when you apply it on the eyes.  This one worked well with waterproof eye make up, however though it claims to be oil free, I did feel a film of oil on my eyes after using it.  And I also felt that it took a little longer to get my make up off.  I also felt that the bottle finished up very quickly as it had a large opening, so every time i poured it on the cotton pad, a lot came out.  If i remember correctly, I bought this for $12 CDN back in Toronto, so it’s around 80 something HKD.


Laneige Waterproof Eye and Lip Make Up Remover:
I’ve actually used this one for the longest time.  It has two layers, so again you have to shake it before using.  Very effective in removing waterproof eye make up as well as lip stick/gloss.   Leaves a little bit of an oily residue, but not as much as Neutrogena.  Quick in removing stubborn make up, and it lasted for awhile because the opening was really small.  It’s around $125 HKD, a little more pricier than Neutrogena, but I felt that it was worth it.


L’oreal Gentle Waterproof Eye and Lip Make up Remover
This one is actually my personal favourites.  Again, like most waterproof eye make up removers, it contains two layers, one blue and one transparent; so shake vigorously before using.  Like the Laneige one, it has a small opening, so a bottle like this can last you for awhile.  Very effective in removing all sorts of stubborn make up, doesn’t take long and most importantly, it doesn’t really leave an oily film on the eye area.  So, if I remember correctly again, I think I bought it for $12.99 in Toronto, so around 90 something HKD.


Super Off Moist Cleansing Lotion
This one is the one I’m currently using now.  It’s from Japan, and again contains two layers.  It claims to remove stubborn make up as well.  However, though it does what it says, I found that I had to wipe a few times before all the make up came off.  As well, I felt that it stung a little around the eye area as well as in my eyes.  So if you have sensitive skin, I don’t advise you to use this.  I believe I bought this for $69 HKD from SaSa, and it’s a big bottle, so it might take me awhile to finish it.

In conclusion I felt that L’oreal and Laneige are the best picks from the ones I reviewed above, as they both remove stubborn make up effectively without leaving an oily residue; it’s also really gentle around the delicate eye area.

Moving onto removing your eye make up correctly:
1. Pour the make up remover on a cotton pad and put it on your eyes for 15 seconds.  This allows the solution to dissolve the make up resulting in less tugging when you wipe it off.
2. Gently pat your eyes with the cotton pad, keeping in mind not to tug the skin around your eyes as this will cause pre mature aging/wrinkles around the eye area; even if this means repeating this process a few times.  For removing waterproof make up, put the cotton pad under the eyelashes and gently rub it upwards.
3. Once the eye make up on your upper lid is removed, use a q-tip and dip it in the make up remover and gently go along the bottom eyelid, removing any remaining make up.
4. I like to finish it off by relaxing the eyes with a cotton pad soaked with warm water and just applying it on the eyes to soothe it.  You can also do it with cold water if your eyes have the tendency of being puffy.
4. Now, finish the rest of your skin care regime, ie: washing your face, toning, moisturizing, eye cream etc.

Hope the reviews and tips worked out for you, remember what may work for me, may work differently for you.  So before you use any product, try to do more research on it and use it as a guide to pick what’s right for you!