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Saturday, January 23, 2010

I'm Back! [+Tutorial]

WOW. It's been so long since I last posted (in October!), and I feel so out of it. I've just been so busy with school, and couldn't find the time or inspiration to play with makeup. For a few months I barely even touched my stash, except for my daily face powder+lippie combination. Haha. But now that I'm back I realize just how much I miss blogging and makeup in general. I also miss reading blogs, which I now have promised myself to devote at least half an hour to every night.

Many things have changed since I last posted in October. For one, I've gotten a lot more health conscious and I've been exercising more, and because of this I've gotten rid of, or am in the process of getting rid of several health problems I've been having for a while now. Not only that, I feel much more energetic, and my change in diet (aka change in lifestyle) has allowed me to keep my skin a lot less oily and almost completely blemish free! Of course, this was with the help of a dermatologist, but at the same time I know that my current eating habits are very helpful to maintaining the smooth skin I've managed to achieve.

I've changed my bedroom around, moved furniture and whatnot, and I now have a desk by the window which would be perfect to do my makeup on (finally, even light!).

My friend Sam and I are working on something that we hope to finish soon. I'll give you more details on that later.

But for now, how about an FOTD and a tutorial for it? I've completely missed doing this, it's crazy! Haha. For today, I wanted to try using L'oreal's British Red lipstick, so I decided to do a pin up look.

I started with a cleansed and moisturized face. I concealed my undereye circles and put on Maybelline's Clear Smooth face powder (yes, no foundation) for light coverage. I moisturized my lips with Nivea (3-in-1) Pinkish Boost lip care

Items used:
FACE Celeteque Moisturizer, ELF Studio undereye concealer/highlighter, Ellana Minerals concealer in Smile
CHEEKS Shawill blush in #01 (used very sparingly), Physician's Formula pears of perfection bronzer
EYES ELF Studio eye primer, NYX ultra pearl mania in Mink, Jesse's Girl quads 432A-2 and 432A-3, ELF eyeliner in coffee, MAC Zoomlash, Jordana kohl eyeliner in silver
LIPS Nivea Lip Care 3-in-1 pinkish boost, L'oreal lipstick in British Red

It's optional that you use eye primer, but I prefer to use it so I primed my eyes first. Then, with the a fluffy angled eyeshadow brush (pictured above), pick up NYX ultra pearl mania in Mink (color 1) and pat onto eyelids going just above the crease. Build to desired intensity like in the picture below.

Use a small fluffy domed brush (pictured above) to deposit color 2 (a matte brown) onto crease, buffing and blending carefully in order to achieve an effect like pictured below. Don't forget to bring the color lightly toward the inner corner of the eye.

Above: Use a fluffy eyeshadow brush (I used ELF's eyeshadow brush, the one that sells for $1 each) and pick up your highlight color (color 3). I used a soft/pale gold. Sweep the highlight color generously under the brow bone and apply to the inner corner of the eyes to achieve an 'awake' look. Blend into dark brown color on crease.

Line your eyes with your choice of eyeliner. I used ELF's eyeliner in Coffee--it's hardly visible in this picture so using EcoTool's angled brush I picked up some of color 4 (a shimmery brown)

and I went over the line I made with ELF's eyeliner in Coffee, so now it will stay put better, not to mention look more prominent. I did the same thing (ELF's eyeliner in Coffee + Color 4) on my lower lid.

Fill in your eyebrows and apply mascara to your upper and lower lashes, and we're done!

If you feel like looking more fresh-faced, leave it at this. But because I wanted to try the L'oreal lipstick in British Red, I just put some on. And that's the finished look!

More pictures:

I think L'oreal's British Red is gorgeous. I'm not so sure about how it looks on me, but for those who are a fan of red lippies, I think this is a definite must-have! I might review it sometime soon.

I guess that's all for today. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. :)

So how is everyone? I miss you all!


~tHiAmErE~ said...

you look blooming!
i can really see the effect of the lifestyle change a.
thanks for the tut!
so pretty!

how are you na,sis?
how's school?

hope to see more posts from you

have a great weekend!

Chrissy said...

Thanks sis! It's really hard work, but it's SO worth it!!

I'm okay naman. School keeps me busy still but not as bad as before.

Have a great weekend too and I'll try to post more! <3 *hugs*

~tHiAmErE~ said...

yeah...you look flawless na & it seems like the blemishes just magically disappeared!

im so inggit naman!

btw, the Etude House nail art pens retail for 138 ata e...bsta less than 150 each.

that red lipstick looks divine!

Chrissy said...

Sis, try the vitamin ConZACE. If hiyang ka don, it should help! Vitamin A really does wonders for the skin!

Thanks sis, I'm really happy I've made progress. Hehe.

Thanks for the info on the Etude House nail art pens!! I might check them out. :)

Blair said...

Hi dearie! I'm so glad to see that you're back! =D

As usual, you produced a fabulous FOTD!!! ;D

Fifi said...

Hey Chrissy!
I understand that sometimes it's just too hard to keep up with blogging when you're also a full time student. I was MIA for about 2 months too last year due to the same reason (and some personal stuff as well). But I'm glad you're back and that you're all well. :)

Yep the L'oreal shampoo looked tempting so I tried it. After 1-2 weeks my hair started to feel so greasy and my scalp was darn itchy! Yuck. I usually use Pantene Hair Fall and it is cheaper than the L'oreal one so I really bummed out about it. Lol

Chrissy said...

Blair - Thank you!! I'm glad to be back. :)

Fifi - I'm glad you understand...it is very hard sometimes but I'm going to try to be around a lot more now. I would be bummed too if I tried something more expensive only to find out that it's not very good. I think I'm gonna skip that shampoo. XD

imlee said...

you're back!!! hi chrissy!!! :D
i thought you're gone for good.. :(

i missed your posts.

back ka na for good ha! :) nice to see you again

Soapaholic said...

You look gorgeous!!! You've completely blossomed!:)

Chrissy said...

Imlee - Yes sis I'm back for good! I don't ever want to go away again. Hehe I miss blogging too much!

Soapaholic - Aw, thank you. :D

abby said...

Girl, the red lipstcik do looks sultry on you. Nice post! you're very pretty =)

Btw,I've got a fun photo tag waiting for you:


love lots, abby

Chrissy said...

Abby - Thank you! Maybe I'll wear it out sometime. Maybe on a night out so it's not too shocking. Hehe.

- - aika - - said...

welcome back dear :D

Chrissy said...

Thanks Aika! <3

Askmewhats said...

both lipstick shades look great, the simpler lip color makes you look sweet and innocent while the red lips makes you look vavavoom

Mz. More said...

great tutorial and very pretty look. that lipstick looks gorgeous on you!

*Nehs* said...

welcome back! :)

aww.. no foundie? your skin looks great!! can you share some tips for making our skin like yours? :))

Catherine said...

Heyyyy! It's so good to hear from you again! I love the look you did today - the eyeshadow is impeccable and I love the lips!! Beautiful job! :D

Chrissy said...

Askmewhats - Thanks!! I'll have to use the red lipstick more often from now on. It's growing on me XD

Mz. More - Thank you. :)

Nehs - Sis, thanks! I'll definitely share some tips on my next post. :)

Catherine - I know, I've been gone for so long! Thank you very much. I'll definitely stay around this time.

Pammy said...

It's nice to finally read a post from you again. :P Welcome back, dearie. :)

Chrissy said...

Sis Pammy, thanks! I'll try to keep it up from now on. :D

Khymm said...

very pretty sis! what brushes gamit mo?

Khymm said...

its ELF pala! hehe.. want to buy this! im looking for a cheap crease brush..

Care G. said...

Super love!! British Red is on my shopping list! look really good on you sis, and your skin looks so flawless. (I read your recent post, I'm an Avene addict! haha. That's the only skin care line that I dont get the itchies. :p) 5 stars!!

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