Happy 4th of July!

Hi all! How is everyone’s weekend going so far? Mine has been great! I wish I could share more pictures from this weekend with you guys but due to time I am going to only post some from a quick photo shoot I did with http://matthewmwong.com/photography today. The first and last picture in this post were taken by me. So here’s a FOTD (face of the day) and OOTD (outfit of the day) for you. :)

I decided to go for a softer pin-up type of look just to keep it more youthful and summery.

Few key products that i’m wearing: Missha BB Cream No. 23, MAC Dolly Mix blush on cheeks, Maybelline Ultra Liner winged out on upper lid, MAC lipstick in Viva Glam Cyndi with Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Carnation on top

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Outfit Challenge 1

Do you have clothing items and accessories in your wardrobe that go unworn? I sometimes pull these pieces out and challenge myself to incorporate them into an outfit. After all, something about those pieces compelled us to buy them in the first place right? My entire outfit in this post consists of items that haven’t been getting much love.

This necklace can look too loud or gaudy at times because the gold in it is quite bright. I decided to pair it with pale understated colors that needed something to warm it up and bring it to life. This way the necklace isn’t competing with anything, but rather bringing some balance to the outfit.

 

Maxi dresses used to not appeal to me much but they have really been growing on me, especially maxi skirts! The jersey material of this skirt gives it a more casual feel which I like.

I tucked the shirt into the skirt in the front and tied a knot in the back for a more flattering silhouette.

I am no fashionista by any means. If anything, I just appreciate the art of fashion and how expressive it is. Luckily now I can share with you all my experimental outfits in this blog! :)

Do you think this outfit works? Love it? Hate it? Let me know!

necklace from Hautelook.com, shirt from TJ Maxx, skirt from H&M, shoes from Marshalls

Pictures taken by my sister Tina and color corrected by yours truly, Christine :)

Glee!

I have officially become a Gleek and I know i’m late but now I get to look forward to the next season! I started watching season 2 first and fell in love. I am now finishing up season 1! Things are making more sense now that i’m catching up on the first season haha

I have been enjoying this show so much that I felt inspired to do some kind of Glee themed video. As far as makeup goes, I think we can all agree that Tina Cohen-Chang’s makeup look varies the most from episode to episode. I especially love it when she wears really bright bold colors on her lids! Who said those with monolids can’t rock the bright colors? I completely disagree.

In some episodes I saw her with a really bright pink eye shadow look that really caught my eye!  So I present to you..

a promo ad of my next tutorial! lol I decided to do this look on my younger sister for a couple different reasons that you will find out in the upcoming video :)

After the video shoot in which I did her makeup, we then had a mini photo shoot to create the promo ad above. I took the picture with the Canon T2i that i’ve been using to film some of my videos and the true photographer from http://matthewmwong.com/photography did all of the editing.

We were trying to recreate a similar image to this poster:

not too shabby huh? :)

Stay tuned for the upcoming tutorial!

Update: The video is up! Check it out :)

and p.s. also 2 upcoming giveaways that will most likely be hosted on this blog! (Here’s an early heads up for you) 😉

Don’t Have a Certain Lip Color?

Create it!

The coral/orange lip look has been such a hit this spring and summer of 2011 that I couldn’t help but have the urge to find the perfect shade for myself.

The few coral lippies that I have in my stash are either not orange enough or are too shimmery for my liking. I recalled that I had a yellow OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) Lip Tar amongst other shades so a light bulb flashed above my head!

Why not just custom mix my own coral/orange lip shade! These OCC Lip Tars are serious business. While they appear to look and function as a gloss, I would better describe these as a gel-like paint for the lips. I find most lip glosses to be too sheer or too sticky but these however, have incredible color payoff and feel smooth on the lips. What you see is what you get and you literally only need a tiny amount. The glossy shine wears off after some time and leaves more of a matte finish on the lips.

These are so potent that they can slightly stain your skin. I would suggest using a lip brush and a mixing palette if you plan to mix your own shades. Don’t have a stainless steel makeup palette to do your artsy color mixing on? Use the back of a (spoiled or unused) CD as your mixing palette!

I’ve acquired several different shades from IMATS and The Makeup Show but they are available online at $13 USD each here: http://www.occmakeup.com/lips.html.

The three lip tar shades I used (top to bottom in image) are Traffic, Vintage, and Pageant.

It’s little experiments like this that caused me to love the art of makeup in the first place. When you play around with different textures and create your own colors, it’s as if you’ve become this mad scientist makeup artist of your own. :)

 

Thanks for reading! Kisses 😉

<3 Christine

(Yes that’s my actual lip print using the lip color I created!)

 

A Simple Beginning

Welcome everyone! I’ve decided to finally create a blog in which I can share my experiences and random ideas/thoughts, beauty related or not, with you. I believe that it may be easier to conduct certain giveaways and contests on here as well. We are going to start off simple with these posts but perhaps one day this casual blog can blossom into something more. Feel free to suggest and request what you would like to see on here. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my viewers and supporters after all =) Hope you enjoy!

Yours truly,
xteeener aka Christine