Monday, November 29, 2010

Better Late Than Never

I was gonna do this during my Thanksgiving break but I was either too full or too lazy to do it! But here goes:

These are the make up items that I'm most thankful for! I either reach for this everyday or they enhance my features well or they just prevent my make up from melting off.

Eyes stuff!

My tiny Wet n Wild brow pencil in Taupe helps define my brows and works well on everyone - like my mom!

Mascaras are a MUST for me! I have come across some really good ones and the L'Oreal Bare Natural is a really good one for everyday looks.

Eyelash curlers are also a MUST! I will never apply mascara without curling my lashes first. I have a Revlon one but I'm hoping to upgrade to a better one soon.


Bronzers are fantastic to warm up my complexion. In the picture, I have the Milani Sunset Duos in Sunset City but I have a Rimmel Natural Bronzer one that I enjoy too in Sun Light.

Blush is amazing! It helps me look alive since I am pale - as in I have no natural flush - the ones in the pictures are the two that I have been using quite a bit: Jane's Blushing Plum and CoverGirl's Pretty Peach.

Eye lid primers

I cannot cannot and I must repeat cannot wear eyeshadows without it creasing on me. Now that I have eye shadow primers - oh man, those babies will stay on all day!!! I cannot believe I didn't own any before. I think both the $1 ELF or the $18 UDPP will at least enhance the staying power so everyone shouldn't have an excuse of not owning any primers.

Moisturizing lip products

I am not exactly the biggest lip product person but if the product is moisturizing - it'll be the first to go in my entire make up collection. The Burt's Bees lip balm in the pic is GONE. The CoverGirl's Amazemint Lipgloss in Slap Happy has about 30% left. Also, honorable mention but not in the pic, my C.O. Bigelow mentha lip tint.

Imperfection Fixers

My skin has been driving me insane - some days it will be good and then BAM! it gets bad! I mean, what the heck! So in those emergency moments, I desperately reach for my Maybelline Dream Mousse concealer in Beige to cover my acne scars or redness around my nose or dark circles... It's nice to have a concealer because it looks more natural than covering my entire face with foundation. However, lately I've found that the Revlon Colorstay Active Light Make up in Natural Beige is really good with evening out my complexion without being too cakey. It also doesn't exemplify my pores or dry patches as much as a lot of other foundations - which is just fantastic!

Nice Finishing Touch

For some reason, when I put on fragrance of some sort, I always feel like that is the last step of the day and it is the step that sends me off to school. It's very much like a finishing touch that really make a difference. Smelling nice is important in a subtle way. I love Bath and Body Works fragrances - my scent right now is Twilight Woods. I frickin love it!

So, what are some products you are thankful for?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Different Kind of Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I

So I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I with some friends this morning/afternoon and had a great time! However I do wish that they were a bit more knowledgeable about the 7th book or the series in general just so I can have a long discussion about the movie and the series and everything POTTER in general! So I guess that is one reason I'm doing this review - I really need to just let all my thoughts and emotions out there!

YES, I'm a hardcore fan! And I've read all the books - some more than once - and my favorite is definitely the 6th... however, I reread the 7th one this summer... and WOW WOW - it was AMAZING! I couldn't put it down - it was suspenseful, intense, and emotional. This book ties everything together and just overall, just a perfect ending to my beloved series.

So yes - I expect a lot from this movie!! Ha ha! However, I know that the last 6th movies have not, in any way, compare to the books, so I didn't think the 7th would be any different. I find that sometimes, extremely dramatic scenes in the movie are not at all how I imagined them and so I don't get the same emotions watching the movie as I did reading the book.

So let's just get to the point shall we:

For the people who are being dragged to see this movie: I'm talking about the people who don't really have an interest in Harry Potter or people who don't really keep up with the series, books or movies.

I think you will be kinda lost. I suggest you ask whoever is taking you to define some terms for you, e.g. horcrux. I also suggest learning a little about Tom Riddle's past and what happened in the cave. Most importantly, ask about what Snape did in the last movie.

These are all important key concepts that you will need to know before entering the realm of HP and the Deathly Hallows. I still think it is an enjoyable movie for you who don't really pay much attention to this story because it does have action/comedy/romance and most of all - MAGIC!

** The most important thing to know is that this movie is a setup for the second part! I will tell you now that the story will not be completely finished now - wait til July 2011!!


For those of you who have not read the book but enjoy the Harry Potter franchise: Again, you will very much enjoy this movie! You get to see our heroes become more mature. You will see the beginning of how story come to a close and you will get to be more amazed by the fight scenes, special effects, and even the cinematography. This movie has some amazing sceneries and fantastic costumes.

Since you already love the characters, you will certainly love them more and more! Like I said before, there will be some scenes where you are HOlDING YOUR BREATHS!

Man, some scenes are just creepy and then some scenes are very cute. As the characters develop, you also get to see their relationships grow! If you already like the other movies, the stories, and the characters - you will be in for a treat!


For those of you who are major fans, like me, this is where I get in depth: SPOILER ALERT!! But if you've already read the books... you should already know what will happen anyways...

And I guess that's where I was mostly disappointed with: I already knew what was gonna happen! I just don't get the same excitement as I would if I didn't know what was coming.

However, my connections to the characters are still very strong and the things that the characters do really moved me - Dobby, Hermione & her parents, Hermione & Ron, Ron & Harry & the forrest scene!

I was talking with some friends and we did pick at the very little details - why? Because overall the movie was great at depicting the book. It didn't stray very far from the plot and sometimes I felt like I was rereading the book all over again.

Best Harry Potter movie by far! I can see the actors are more mature and their relationships are more developed. I was very impressed, especially with Emma Watson! I gotta say, she used to annoy me so much as Hermione but she definitely grew into her character.

So as you can see - I totally recommend it!! I can go on and on and on - but overall, I really want you guys to go and see it and hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Golden Leaves and Fall Weather

Okay, so it has been Fall for awhile... no? But it only had started to feel like Fall here in the lovely Southwest! It's been nice - 40s F in the morning and then 70s F throughout the day. Yeah, very nice!

But in the spirit of Fall, here are some items that I think of as "Fall items". They just represent the season very well and they are items that I tend to reach for these days.

Revlon quad in Coffee Bean

You can't really see the colors really well here but that 3rd shade down - it's like this rusty-coppery color! It reminds me so much of the colors of Fall - earth tone that is warm and sultry. I wear that all over my lids and use the rest of the color to help out with the blending and such. I also line my eyes w/ the dark brown. That color is definitely the star shade of that quad - easy to blend, pigmented, really pretty - and I get compliments when I wear it... love love love!!

Maybelline quad in Natural Smokes

Speaking of earth tones - this quad has all of that loveliness for you! It's got a nice taupey shade and then got a nice warm rustic color again! This is such a lovely quad to use for everyday and then for a more glamorous look for going out or something. Very very pretty!

PS. I've done better reviews on these quads - feel free to check them out!

Other things that I like using for this weather are:

L'Oreal Juice Stick in Chai Love You // Lancome's Lipstick in Ecran Square // Victoria's Secret's Very Sexy lipstick in Sweet Nothing

Very nice neutrals - they don't wash me out; they give me color but they are also not BRIGHT IN YO FACE - you know what I mean. I like wearing them to give me more warmth to the face but very natural as well. These are definitely "my lips but better".

Milani's Brown-alicious // Essie's Tomboy No More // Zoya's KI // Revlon's Midnight Affair

Again with the warmer and darker, vampy, colors! I mostly wear the dark colors on my toes but that Revlon one is GORGEOUS in the light. It looks dark but you can tell it is navy... however, those sparkles within it are just amazing!!! Very distracting - for me. I couldn't stop looking at it. The first two are your typical warm and, again, sultry, earthy colors!

So what are some of your favorites????

Let me know! I might stop by and pick some up.

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Have a great day!! Off to study for my BIOCHEM exam! Wish me luck... I need it!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Smokey Halloween

HOW was everybody's Halloween??? Mine was pretty uneventful but I did get to dress up for a conference I went to on Friday. It was a rock n roll theme so I went as a punk rocker type person. I painted my nails dark, got a fake tattoo on my neck, sprayed pink color in my hair, wore this extremely sequined top and jeggings. If only I had black boots - that would've been awesome.

And of course, I went with the SMOKEY EYE!!!! Now I used my ELF's drama quad but it is lost b/c we took it to the guys' room to change and of course they probably lost it somewhere. MAN! I'm sad. But here are pictures of me playing with the make up the night before. The only thing I didn't wear was the fake piercings... ha ha.

I also skipped out on wearing nude lips and stuff... we were in a hurry. But yeah, what did you guys do for Halloween?

Did you dress up at all??
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