temporary lip tattoos, say what?!

First there were eye shadow applicator strips, where you’d apply it on the eyelids, peel, and get a fabulous eye shadow gradient, and now temporary lip tattoos!  I feel that these “advancements” in make up application is creating a convenience of forgetting the importance and talent of a make up artist.  Soon enough, we might even see  foundation applicator masks being produced, and before you know it the role of a make up artist becomes history.
Anyhow, that’s just my thoughts on it, back to the product itself;  they’re created by Violent Lips, with a variety of funky and fun patterns for your lips.  Below are some of the patterns that are currently on sale now:

Personally I feel that these are really fun and fantastic, but at the same time depending on your whole outfit, hair and make up, it could either make you look super au couture or just plain ghetto.   If they surface in Hong Kong, I will definitely give them a try, just to see what it’s all about.  So wait for my update on that ;)


Be Inspired: Vintage Inspiration – early 20th C.

  Been doing a lot of research recently on vintage gowns for my upcoming show, and I can’t believe I haven’t been paying attention to how amazing some of these gowns were from the early 20th C.  Some of the most influential designers of the time include Paul Poiret and his use of exotic oriental patterns, Jacques Doucet with his soft pastel colours, and Mariano Fortuny’s heavy pleating on his long gowns.
Enjoy and pay attention to the small details on these designs:

note: I do not own any of these images, they are posted for research and inspiration purposes. 

Prom Season: Golden Burgundy

Hi all! Been awhile since my last tutorial, I’ve been trying to come up with a look for this year’s prom.  And today I’m gonna show you a really nice golden burgundy type of look, inspired from..my room.  Because it’s literally filled with purples and burgundies, and no purple isn’t my favourite colour.  So in case you’re wondering:

Anyhow back to today’s look:

As always, prep and prime your face with moisturizer, make up base, foundation, concealer, and loose powder.

1. Apply an eyeshadow base all over the lids, including the bottom of your eyes.
2.  Using a brush, dab a bit of shimmering white eyeshadow and pat it all over the lids.
3. Using a light burgundy cream eye shadow, pat this on the lower half of your lids, about 3/4’s up.  (The key is to dab little by little, so you can blend with your fingers)
It should now look like this:

4. Using an eye shadow brush, dab the dark burgundy eye shadow all over the cream eye shadow.  The burgundy will now appear to be more vibrant because of the cream eye shadow.

5.  Now, use a smaller brush and blend in a gold eyeshadow just on the ball of your eyes and into the inner corners.  You should now use a brush to blend in the edges into the burgundy so it looks less harsh.

6. Using a smaller eye shadow brush, apply a small amount of black on the outer V corner, blend well.
7. Line the bottom of your eyes using the dark burgundy eye shadow, and slowly change it to the gold eye shadow as you reach the inner corner of your eyes.

8. Using a black pencil liner, tight line the upper lids and bring it out just a bit near the end.  Remember not to make the eye liner to thick, as it will make your eyes look heavy.
9. Use a white eyeliner, and line the bottom so it’ll make your eyes pop.
10.  Use a black pencil eyeliner, and line the bottom, just under the white eyeliner.
11.  Apply your false lashes to create a more dramatic look.
12. Fill in your eye brows, make sure the arch is more accentuated than normal.

Blush and Lips:
1. For blush, use a bronze colour to contour the hollows of your cheeks, and apply it an angle.
2. Using a softer pink, apply this on the apples of your cheeks, and blend it with the bronze to lose the harsh lines.
3. Apply a soft pink cream lipstick, and add a clear lip gloss on top.

Your look is complete!… oh wait, don’t forget about the hair :)

Products worth the mention:

1.  (right) Mac’s paint pot in Painterly.  This is a must have product!  It’s basically an eye shadow base that is in a very light cream colour.  The texture of it really grabs onto the pigments in eye shadows, and therefore make it more vibrant and longer lasting.  I sometimes use it to prevent my eyeliner from smudging, and it works wonders :)
2. (left) Mac’s Big Bounce Shadow in Luxury Touch.  This is a great cream/gel eye shadow that’s very easy to blend with just your fingers, or a fiber brush.  It’s great to use under pigment pots or eye shadow to bring out the colours even more.

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial, so have fun and stay safe for prom 2011!
Because it’s almost the end of a school year for some people, here’s to happy beginnings, because there ain’t no mountain high enough ♥ 

hot, humid, summer days

Hello summer, you’ve finally arrived in Hong Kong and it’s unbearable with a temperature of 31 degrees and humidity up to 85%, you’re making summer a bit less enjoyable than it should be.  But summer, i still love you nonetheless; I just wish I was at the beach now, rather than working.  So to create a fantasy for myself, I’ve brought to you today Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap, an Australian indie rock band.   It was featured in the film 500 Days of Summer, and if ya’ll haven’t seen that movie yet, you better.  Fantastic film, one of my favourites of all time.

Something about this song makes me want to  lie on a beach, do nothing and stare out into the sun with a significant other and just enjoy the moment of heat.  So here you go, and let the summer days begin :)

Tuesdays with Morrie

So..recently I have been quite stressed with work and haven’t got time to even blog about anything, but I have to, have to, have to blog about this one before I forget, because this play was simply FANTASTIC.

Last weekend I went to see the Cantonese adaptation of Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.  For those of you who don’t know, Tuesdays with Morrie is a non fiction novel that tells the story of the relationship between the author and his well respected professor.  It’s a moving story that reveals the values of life, death, love, and forgiveness.

Having NOT read the book before hand, I didn’t know what to expect to see it as a play, especially when it was done in Cantonese.  I suppose, it shouldn’t matter any way, because I wouldn’t have had anything to compare against;  but it turned out to be one of the greatest plays I’ve seen in my entire. life.   To put it in perspective, I was never the type to cry in movies or books no matter how touching others claimed the film/book to be.. but I cried while watching this play.
Quite simply done, the whole play only consisted of two actors and on top of that, the whole play was JUST dialogue and not much else.  However, it was not at all dry, or boring; in fact, there wasn’t a single minute in the play where I didn’t pay attention and zoned out.  The dialogue itself was just so strong that I could’ve just closed my eyes and listened to the two of them interacting, and still have felt that strong bond and meaning behind every single word.
So if you ever feel that your life’s awful, your job’s not satisfying you, your significant other isn’t being appreciative enough, or that your family just simply sucks – watch Tuesdays with Morrie, because it will shut your complains..well, at least temporarily.
They will be coming back in December for its 8th run, so get your tickets soon!

And a quote from the book before I go:
“Age is not a bad thing. When you age you grow. When you grow you learn. A leaf burns its brightest colours, just before it falls”.