Archive | October 2013

My pet peeves on YouTube.

Okay, so this morning was just the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Call me a cattish person, but I really can’t stand ‘fake’ beauty:

I was browsing through YouTube and there’s this one girl that I subscribed to long ago that really gets on my nerves lately. She says: “do you want to know how to get THIS hair.” While striking a ‘I’m hot and I know it pose’ and then she rips out a 24 piece hair extension kit. I mean REALLY!?

1.) Beauty isn’t fake hair, fake lashes, fake boobs, colour contacts and certainly not cake face foundation.

Maybe if you laid off on the hair dye years ago, you wouldn’t need the extensions now. Just a thought…

It seems to be the new YouTube bloggers trend to be as fake as possible, to cover up every inch of your face and make yourself look unrecognizable even to your dogs. Make up is supposed to enhance the beauty that you already have, not cover up you whole face.
If you scare your husband after you wash your makeup off, you’re doing it wrong. Halloween comes once a year.

I’ve tried the fake lashes for a model shoot and it gave me red, itchy eyes. Why would I want to wear them at all, never mind every single day.

I live in Asia and I can honestly say colour contacts make you look demon possessed and nothing else.

2.) And there’s this signature greet: “Hey gorgeous.” My husband calls me that and NO ONE else. So it doesn’t earn you browny points.

3.) don’t ask me to like or subscribe. If I like it, I’ll subscribe. If I don’t, I won’t. It’s called freedom of choice. Am I wrong?

5 Mac Purple Eyeshadows

 

I’ve recently directed my Mac wishlist to purples and pinks. I’ve only started collecting Mac singles in January and at first I just bought whichever colour appealed to me the most on Pinterest and YouTube, but since I got my pro palettes, I want to create order of some sort at least. So my 3 most recent purchases are all leaning towards purple.

Here are they so far:

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Top row: Parfait Amour (Frost) It’s a shiny violet purple with undertones of red and pink in the shimmer. It’s almost like a duo chrome, but it’s subtle. The shimmer particles are very small and there isn’t fall out. Upon application this colour can be a bit blotchy like a matte colour, but it only requires another layer to fix that. It’s definitely one of my favorites.

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Next is Purple Haze. (Matte) I’m not usually a fan of matte eye shadows, but this one is an exception. It’s great in the crease for a smokey eye. It has zero shimmer witch is perfect for women who don’t like to look like glitter fairies. It’s also a perfect blending colour.

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Next is Crème De Violet (Frost) it’s a pinky toned violet with gold shimmer particles. Of all my purples, this is my least favourite. It’s gorgeous in the pan but the colour payoff is really bad and needs a lot of layering and packing on. I find it works the best with a wet primer. I wouldn’t totally discourage you from buying this. It’s not a colour that easily replaced with others. It’s such a unique colour so I’d say it’s worth the effort.

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Second row: Beautiful Iris (veluxe pearl) I love veluxe pearl eye shadows. This one is a lilac purple with a pink and darker purple duo chrome. It’s got a holographic look. From different angles the colour looks different. The colour pay off is amazing and it’s just a timeless colour to have. I’d be really upset if they’d ever discontinue it.

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The last colour is Trax (Velvet) It’s a burgundy purple shade with larger gold flecks in it. I fell hopelessly in love with the colour when I saw it. This is the only eyeshadow I’ve ever bought without studying it before hand. I saw it, loved it and bought it. It’s also one,similar to Parfait Amour, that needs a little more layering, but only 2 or 3 layers will do. It’s a very versatile colour and can be worn with purples, golds, reds, pinks and browns.

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Here are the swatches:

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From left to right: Trax, Beautiful Iris, Crème De Violet, Purple Haze and Parfait Amour

If there are any great purples you’d recommend, please let me know. I’d love to get as many purples as I can get.

Have a lovely week!

Amanda

Mac Riri Woo. Are you caught in the hype?

I got some spending money on Friday and I was strongly considering purchasing Riri Woo by Mac.

The singer Rihanna has recently collaborated with Mac again and brought out a bunch of lovely products all packaged in a rose gold coloured packaging with her signature on it. Her famous red lipstick, Riri Woo, has been brought out again along with 3 other lipsticks and a bunch of other products like eyeshadow quads, lip glossed, blushes.. You get the idea.

I almost fell into the hype and got the Riri Woo lipstick, but luckily I asked the consultant to swatch Russian Red, Ruby Woo and Riri Woo next to each other. I already own Russian Red and I can honestly say THEY ARE TOO SIMILAR and I mean all three of them. They are all very similar shades of red in a matte finish. Riri Woo and Ruby Woo are identical looking. Riri Woo feels a teeny tiny bit more creamy when applying but they LOOK exactly the same. Russian red is ever so slightly darker in colour, but also very similar.

My point is this. I only have 6 Mac lipsticks and my wishlist is very long. It would be a shame to spend w27 (about $25) on just another classic red when I already have one. Yes, they’re only $16 in the States, but even then, I don’t see the sense in owning two, let alone all three of these.

Here’s a swatch image I got off the net:

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Okay, so I won’t be sad if I got it as a gift, but there are many pinks, oranges and purples I’d much rather want to invest in.

What’s your take?
Do you want them all?
Do you have them all?
Is it worth it?

Sanitizing your eye shadows

Some may ask: “is it really necessary?”

Why yes, it is. Here’s why:

Most of my eyeshadows from Mac and Urban Decay are depotted and stashed into a magnetic palette. (Mac Pro large duo). Yesterday I decided to replace the magnets at the back of my Mac shadows, because in time they lose their magnetic strength and if you don’t have inserts in your palette, they can start falling around. This is a very lengthy project and requires a lot of work with the hands. I ended up touching my shadows a lot. It’s inevitable really. The problem is, hands have germs. Even the cleanest hands. And germs spread. And if you touch things that will be used on the eyes, those germs could go into the eyes and cause an infection.

Well, I woke up this morning with very sore eyes. Needless to say why…

So I went straight to the chemist and got a small bottle of rubbing alcohol.

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All you do is add 2-3 drops of the alcohol into the each eye shadow and leave it overnight to evaporate. Do this at least once every 3 months.

Some extra tips:

• don’t apply shadows with your fingers. It’s unhygienic and it’s a serious waste of product.

• don’t lend your shadows to your friends.

• don’t try testers in a shop. Think about it. Hundreds of people have put their fingers into it. It’s gross.

• keep your brushes clean. Yes, over time they can start harbouring germs which is why you should wash them at least once a week.

I hope this was helpful.

🙂 sore eyes dot com

Orange and Red Ombré Lips

I decided to try an ombré look with lipsticks today.

I used:

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From left to right:
1.)Mac Sounds Like Noise (May 2013 Hayley Williams Colab)
2.)Etude House Color Pop lips-talk OR221
3.)Mac Russian Red

I applied the lipsticks starting from light to dark.

And here’s what it looks like:

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And a close up:

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I hope you enjoyed this. The Etude house lipstick can be replaced by Mac’s Lady Danger.

Have fun 🙂

Amanda

Would you depot your Mac lippies?

I’m pretty OCD and I travel a lot. In fact, I haven’t been home in the last 4years. Carrying a huge heavy stash of make up around can get a bit annoying so getting rid of extra weight is a must. At least for me. I’ve recently seen a YouTube clip by the lovely Dustin Hunter. He depots all of his Mac lipsticks and squeezes or melts them into stackable jars. My question for you is: would you turn this:

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Into this…

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I recently asked my best friend about this and she says that it takes the fun out of the Mac lipstick. It is true. My problem is that I don’t have a very distinctive lip line, so either way I don’t apply lipstick straight from the tube very well. I need a liner or a brush, no matter what. I do however like the shape of Mac lipsticks and if I were to buy a Riri loves Mac version or a Viva Glam, they are specially packaged and so pretty. I admit that it could get annoying if you have say 30 lippies that all look the same, because it’s so hard to find the colour you want and it’s very time consuming. So that’s one upside to putting them in stackable jars: you can see all to colours through the clear plastic and you can colour coordinate them. Another upside is that you can exchange 6 empty Mac lipstick containers ( or any Mac empty containers) for a free lipstick or eyeshadow, so you can grow your lipstick stash much faster.

Mac also sells good quality stackable containers for $6 for a set of 4 and they have the Mac logo on and everything.

What is your take in this? Would you depot or would you keep your lippies in their cute little bullets?

I’m on the fence with this, so I’d like to hear your views on this.

Korea Spring Clinique Glossybox

I’ve always wanted to get a subscription box, but I always felt like they were too expensive and I’m not a fan of surprises. I’m also not a fan of trying brands of makeup that I’ve never heard of before. I have however been keeping my eyes on the Korea Glossybox site, to see if there’s anything I would be interested in. I saw this Clinique box in spring, but didn’t want to spend $27 on it, so I gave it a pass, but then I noticed them on sale this month for only $10, so I decided to get one. I am in ecstasy that I did.

Here is what it looks like:

 

It’s a very sturdy little box. I’ve heard other bloggers say they use it to organize their makeup. I will be putting my lipsticks in this one.

Inside you get 5 Clinique minis and a little makeup pouch with the Glossybox emblems on them.

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Here are the items.
1. X2 Clinique anti-blemish solutions clarifying lotion. (It’s really a toner)

 

2.) Clinique anti-blemish solutions cleansing bar for face and body. 15g/ 5oz

 

3.) Clinique turnaround concentrate extra radiance renewer.

 

4.) Clinique anti-blemish solutions clearing moisturizer.

 

5.) Glossybox makeup pouch.

 

There it is guys. I’ll be trying the toner and one of the lotions today. I’m saving the soap for later because I have a Clinique soap already. I think I might actually buy another box just because it’s value for money and I was going to spend money on Clinique this month anyway.

I will keep you all updated on how the products are, but knowing Clinique and their 5 star reputation, I’m sure these will be very good.

Till next time. Have a lovely weekend!

Xox Amanda