Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Holiday Glam Makeup Collaboration with Fenny of Ladies Journal

December is almost over and as we're rounding up the last of the holiday season, I decided to do a Holiday Makeup Collaboration with one of the first blogger friends I've ever had, Fenny of Ladies Journal. I am also currently celebrating my 5th Blog Anniversary and if you guys don't know, I'm having a giveaway for this event - you can head over to my Instagram, @urhappybunnie, to join and see this blog post for more details. 

Anyway, as I said, Fenny is one of my first blogger friends and when she asked me to do a collab with her, I immediately said yes! I used to have this series in my blog called Ur Made Up Face, which features bloggers and their Face of the Day and Fenny was kind enough to join me in that endeavor (Fenny UMUF). Over the years, we have kept in contact through Instagram and Facebook. She has done so well with blogging, being a beauty ambassador and a pole enthusiast, that she has made quite a name for herself in those fields in both Indonesia and Singapore. She's one of the ultimate beauty influencers that I know of and look up to. She's a lady in a complete package: beautiful, smart, and very humble. 


Today's holiday glam look is a vibrant, pretty in pink look inspired by this crushed velvet pink top that I'm wearing. Reds and pinks have been quite hot for the beauty community towards the latter half of 2016 so what better way than to pay homage to these shades than to use them for the end-of-the-year makeup look. 
 

I used quite a lot of products for this makeup look so here it goes.





Face/Cheeks:


  • J.One Jelly Pack - I have yet to do a full review on this product but as much as it is a skin care item, it is also great to use as a primer for it's pore-smoothing properties. It minimizes the look of pores on your skin and it grips foundation really well for longevity. Just apply it to clean and moisturized face and concentrate on areas where you have more pores. 
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation in Shade 2.25 - This is a recent foundation purchase but I can attest to it's long wearing claims. Also, despite being hydrating, it also has a matte finish. It is also lightweight but very buildable. The Studio Skin Foundation is formulated to make the skin look great in any lighting so it is perfect for the endless photo ops on your holiday parties.
  • Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Medium and Sand - These concealers have been my go to concealers for the longest time and have been used in a lot of my makeup looks in this blog. Medium is the closest shade to my skin and I apply it first to cancel out the darkness underneath my eyes. After blending, I apply Sand on top for a brighter under eye.
  • Laura Mercier Transluscent Setting Powder - I'm not huge on the baking technique although I use it from time to time. I actually didn't do any baking in this look but you are welcome to do so if it tickles your fancy. I just dusted my whole face using a large powder brush with the setting powder.
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette - Using the shade Shadowplay which is the middle contour color, I used it to contour my cheeks, jaw and temples. Using a small blending brush, I used the shade Sombre, which is the contour shade to the left as my nose contour. 
  • Hikari Blush in Tango - This is the brightest and most pigmented bright pink blush I own. This shade perfectly mimics that "out in the cold" flushed look, which you probably don't need if you live in areas where the temperature has been quite frigid. Apply on the apples of your cheeks and blend it towards the back of your cheek.
  • Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop Higlighter - Using the famous highlighter from Becca and Jaclyn Hill to top off the festive mood, apply it on the tops of your cheeks, on the bridge of your nose and Cupid's bow. 

Brows:
Ardell Brow Pomade in Medium Brown - I really haven't done any changes in my brow routine. I am still using this brow pomade since I discovered it's wonders early this year. I used Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand to clean up the brows for a more defined look. This is he only step I added in my brow routine. 



Eyes:
The techniques I used for this eye look is very basic although it contains a lot of blending. Always remember that we all have different eye shapes so even if you follow step by step procedure in any makeup tutorial, you wouldn't be able to achieve the exact same feel and look. Being Asian, I have small, slightly hooded eyes. I do have double eyelids but it is very small unlike most people thus, I also have smaller lid space. I used shadows from three palettes, The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, Juvia's Place Nubian Palette and the Urban Decay Urban Addictions Palette.





  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden - Apply all over the lids and blend out. Set this with a transluscent powder or a bone colored eyeshadow. I usually use Lucid or Lyric from the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette just to set this area. You may, of course, skip this step, but it makes blending easier and if you are not the best with blending this is really helpful.




  • ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Burnt Orange and Raw Sienna -  Using a fluffy blending brush and mixing both shades, apply above the crease as a transition and blending color. Blend well.
  • Juvia's Place Palette - Using the bottom third shade from the palette, deepen up the crease with a precise contour or dome brush. Blend well with a blending brush. Use the third shadow from the second row and the second shade from the bottom row to warm up and deepen the crease even more. Use a smaller blending brush to blend everything out.
  • ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Primavera - Use a flat shadow brush and apply this on the blank area of your lid. Pack in the color and use the blending brush you used for the crease to blend Primavera and the crease color seamlessly.
  • Juvia's Place Palette (bottom third shadow) and ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Venetian Red - Apply these two shades on the bottom lash line, leaving the inner third clean. Take a blending brush and blend out the colors to soften it up.



  • Urban Decay Urban Addictions Palette Fireball - This iridescent, peach-pink shift shadow is applied on the inner corner of the eyes with a pencil brush.
  • Sephora Waterproof Eyeliner in Black - Tightline and apply on the waterline
  • Kanebo Kate Spider Liner - Line your eyes  (do your favorite flick!)
  • Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Waterproof Mascara - Curl the lashes and apply a coat of mascara to prep for false lashes!
  • Red Cherry Lashes in Harley

Lips:
MAC Lipstick in Riri Woo - This is my perfect red holiday lipstick! 





















I hope you like this look holiday glam look.  Don't forget to visit Fenny at Ladies-Journal and see how she created her look! 

You still have time to join my 5th Anniversary Giveaway so hurry on to Instagram @urhappybunnie to join! It ends December 31st and open internationally.

This is my last post for 2016 and I'll see you in 2017 for more blog posts! Happy New Year my loves!


















Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bomibox November 2016

What is better than receiving Korean beauty product? It's receiving 8 full and deluxe sizes of products monthly! Of course I fully understand how it can be costly to keep paying for a subscription box so Bomibox made it easy for you to choose a plan.


Before we go into all the nitty gritty of subscribing to Bomibox, let me first show you what I received in my November 2016 Bomibox.


Son & Park Beauty Water $30
COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask $15
Benton Honest TT Mist $15
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder $7
Leaders Mela-Tox Skin Clinic Mask $5
Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask Rose $1.20
Etude House Collagen Eye Patch $1.25
Etude House My Beauty Tool Lovely Etti Hair Band $7
COSRX Samples


I believe all products that I received in my November Bomibox are all full sized items. Adding up all items, the box's value is about $80 considering you're paying half price for the box. So how does Bomibox work and how much do you pay for it?

So Bomibox works as a subscription in which you can choose your plan. You can do 1, 3, 6 or 12 months subscription. For a monthly subscription which you pay whenever you want to subscribe to a box, you pay $37. For a 3 month prepaid subscription it will cost $108 ($36/month), a 6 month is $210 ($35/month) and $408 for a 12 month prepaid subscription ($34/month). 

I know, I know, just looking at the dollar signs, it's expensive but it is so totally worth it once you get your box and products. I, myself, am only doing a month to month subscription because it is pricey for me too. Also, I have enough Asian skin care products to last me a couple of years and I am still trying to get through a lot of items. Getting a Bomibox is a good investment especially when it comes to getting really good skin care items. Remember, you're paying half price for everything you receive and you are getting full sized to deluxe size items. Also, most of these items are very hard to find in the US market and you either have to pay double the price or pay expensive shipping to just get your hands on these coveted Kbeauty items. 

Whether you're a Korean beauty afficionado, a beauty newbie, a subscription box enthusiast or just a curious Jane on what the hype is all about, I think Bomibox is definitely a good try. 

Bomibox offers free shipping in the US with tracking and international shipping at affordable rates. They have a 100% guarantee on their boxes so if you're not down with your box, you can send it back for another box or get a full refund! Bomibox also has monthly contests and giveaways on their social media particularly on Instagram! Follow @mybomibox on Instagram and on Facebook!

Give Bomibox a try and show some love. ^^ Let's all enjoy KBeauty together! 




*This product is not sponsored. As always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experiences.*




Monday, December 12, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Review and Swatches

I am definitely late in the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette game. This came out a couple of months ago and everybody was raving about this palette but I hesitated quite a bit about purchasing this palette. During the time this palette came out, I have bought three other palettes, the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics, the LORAC Unzipped Gold (which was an extreme fail), and the Juvia's Place Nubian Palette and I honestly couldn't justify buying another palette. As much as I love buying makeup, I buy makeup with a purpose. I only buy products, especially makeup palettes that I would end up using frequently. I don't like my products to just stay in the drawers and have only one or two uses. Although I still am guilty of having impulse buys, I always try to make sure that I get my money's worth when it comes to these expensive makeup. 


I finally caved in and bought the Modern Renaissance palette during the Sephora VIB sale which allowed me to get 20% off in my purchases. Along with my purchase of the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette were other makeup products that are in my 5th Blog Anniversary Giveaway! If you guys haven't seen it yet, it is running until the 31st of December so head on to this post - Urhappybunnie 5th Blog Anniversary Giveaway for more details. 


Going back to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, this palette is a warm palette which focuses on pinks, reds and oranges. The palette has a good mix of mattes and metallics. Actually the palette is made up of all matte shades except for two metallic shades that are great highlight and all over lid colors and one satin shade. 



Tempera is described as a beige with an ultra-matte finish. This shade is very pale on my skin tone and comes out with a pinkish undertone.

Golden Ochre is described as an earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish. Perfect description that reminds me of golden clay pots. 

Vermeer is described as an iridescent shell with a metallic finish. It is a peachy-pink metallic shade that I like putting in my inner corners since it is definitely brightening.

Buon Fresco is described as an antique lavender with an ultra matte finish. This shade is a very pale purply taupe that has a grey undertone. 

Antique Bronze is a metallic sable with a satin finish. This particular shade is a beautiful dark bronze shade however it isn't metallic nor satin in my opinion. It definitely seems more matte to me.

Love Letter is a raspberry with an ultra matte finish. Definitely a bright pop of color that a lot of people stay away from but this is such a pretty shade.

Cyprus Umber is a dark coffee shade with an ultra matte finish. This is the darkest shade in the palette that is great for defining and deepening the looks that you create with all the other shadows. I am not a huge fan of black shadows in a palette and I personally go for deep browns for creating definition on my eyes so this is a perfect shade.


Raw Sienna is a neutral amber with an ultra matte finish. This shade together with Burnt Orange are great transition shades that suits all skin tones.

Burnt Orange is a deep orange with an ultra matte finish. Love this color as my main transition shade.

Primavera is a shimmery gold with a metallic finish. This is exactly as described. It is a great all over lid shade and compliments all the other shades in this palette whether you want to go taupey-neutral, warm pink or orange.

Red Ochre is a sienna with an ultra matte finish. Going for the red eyeshadow color scheme can be tricky but you're good to go with Red Ochre either as a primary lid shade, a transition shade or a defining color. 

Venetian Red is a crimson with an ultra matte finish. A reddish pink shade that pair quite nicely either with Red Ochre or Love Letter. 

Warm Taupe is an earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish. A brown-grey if I should describe it. A good neutral to cool transition shade if you want to go the cooler route if you're tire of all the warm shades.

Realgar is a brick shade with an ultra matte finish. As much as I love this shade I don't think I've given this as much love as the other shades. This is a great transition shade as well if you're doing a warm orangey-red look.


The palette also comes with a dual ended blending brush but I honestly think this is not an exceptional brush. It does okay with blending shadows but it is too scratchy for my eyes that I don't even use it. I wish they would have placed a different kind of brush with this palette or even a dual ended eyeliner instead. I'm not a fan of the brush and that's my personal take on it. 

The palette is so beautiful and I really don't know why I hesitated so much on purchasing this one when I totally don't have any palette like this in my collection. I shouldn't even have bought that LORAC Unzipped Gold to begin with and just bought this instead. 

The shadows are very soft, buttery and very blendable. They are very pigmented so you might want to be very careful with shades that you are not familiar with using like the bright reds and pinks. Always tap off your brush before application to make sure you don't apply too much and if you do apply too much, grab a clean blending brush and blend away. If you don't have a lot of blending brushes, you can definitely use the dual ended blending brush that comes with the palette since it does a good job with blending although I have to warn you, it can be a pain to use for blending because it can be a bit scratchy.

I really don't have anything bad to say about the quality and the amazing array of shades in this palette. Except for the dual ended brush that I really don't care about, this palette is fantastic. It quickly became one of my favorite palettes and I have been switching between Modern Renaissance and the Nubian Palette for my daily use.

Below is one of my go to makeup looks using the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette.



Tempera for my brow bone highlight, Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange for my transition shade, a little bit of Red Ochre mixed with Cyprus Umber for my crease for definition and Primavera all over the lid.


Primavera for my inner corners and inner third of the lower lash line. Cyprus Umber and Red Ochre on the outer part of the lower lash line. 



Makeup:
MAC Pro Long Wear Foundation in NC30
Laura Mercier Transluscent Setting Powder
Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette - Shadowplay (contour)
Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits - Flowerchild (Blush), Champagne Pop (highlight)
 Ardell Brow Pomade in Medium Brown
Kanebo Kate Spider Liner in Black
Red Cherry Lashes - #415
Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color - Juju






Friday, December 9, 2016

Urhappybunnie 5th Blog Anniversary Giveaway!



Hey guys! I know I've been MIA this past month on the blog but I actually have an Instagram giveaway going on for the 5th Anniversary of Urhappybunnie blog! It has been up since December 1 and will go on until the 31st so there's still plenty of time to join.

The rules are easy. Simply go to my Instagram account, @urhappybunnie, follow, like and tag 5 friends. As an added entry, you can repost the picture and tag me and add the hashtag #bunniegiveaway. Open INTERNATIONALLY. Winner will be chosen in random.



This blog, Urhappybunnie, has been around since May of 2011 and started off at Tumblr. Moved to Blogger late October 2011. Urhappybunnie got it's own domain name 2 years ago. It has been a long time since I've done a giveaway and I thought it's high time that I do it since it's the holidays as well and what better way to give back and celebrate this blogging milestone than do a giveaway. It is actually way past 5 years since I've started blogging and in May 2017 it will be already 6 years but I'm counting Urhappybunnie blog's anniversary as October since it was when I moved to Blogger and started pursuing this passion which started as a hobby.




Here's a full list of items that you'll be receiving in the giveaway if you win:


Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette
Juvia's Place Nubian Palette
Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Split (Flowerchild & Champagne Pop)
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Beauty Blender
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Naked Ladies
Kanebo Kate Spider Liner
Ardell Wispies
Red Cherry Lashes
11 Korean Sheet Masks (SNP, Leaders)
Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream


All of these items are tried, tested and approved by me! These are my favorites in both makeup and skincare.


There's so many things in store for Urhappybunnie but please be patient since life does get in the way. I have so many reviews to put up that I'm sure you guys will be excited to hear about. ^^



See you in Instagram for the giveaway!
@urhappybunnie
#bunniegiveaway








Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Mask Bar SoHo New York

You know that one K-beauty store in Koreatown that I raved about a long time ago? If you don't know about it, it's called The Mask Bar. It has been more than a year since I've written that blog post and I am ecstatic to tell you that they opened a new shop in SoHo!

The new store is located at 443 Broadway, NY, NY 10013. It is a block away from the N, Q, R, MTA Canal train station and near stores like American Apparel, CB2, MUJI and Footlocker. 

This is honestly a small shop, definitely much smaller than the one in Ktown but it is nicely packed with Korean beauty goodness! 

The reason for this visit to The Mask Bar in SoHo was because of Jennifer, which I also mentioned in my post on The Mask Bar. She reached out to me on Instagram and she actually told me that she remembered my visit a year ago and quite a number of their customers said they found The Mask Bar through my blog! ^^ I was really surprised when Jen told me that since I didn't really know how much of an impact that post had. I put up the same review on Yelp and on my Instagram and I'm just really happy that people actually did decide to stop by and check out the store! 

So when Jen messaged me, she asked me to drop by the new store they have and told me she have some Korean skin care items set aside for me. I am beyond happy when she told me that and I though it was perfect timing as well since I needed to grab a couple of Korean beauty items for my giveaway in December. 

 

This quaint little shop is The Mask Bar in SoHo.



Jennifer is so cute and bubbly and her laughter is so contagious! She will answer every Korean skin care queries that you might have.




Although the store might be small, it is a bit overwhelming to go in there since it is packed from top to bottom with sheet masks from a lot of brands. All over New York, you would find Korean beauty shops like Tony Moly, Face Shop and Nature Republic but the difference with the Mask Bar is that they carry skin care and a few Korean makeup items from brands that are not widely available in the US market. Brands like Etude House, Innisfree, iSOi, It's Skin, Leaders, MediHeal, SNP, Skinfood, IOPE, Hera and others. They also carry Too Cool for School and Dr. Jart which is also available in Sephora. 


So lovely and homey. The store is very rustic chic.


Arent't these cute? Kbeauty packaging always gets me.




They have an ongoing deal with pre-packaged masks which is $10 for 10 masks. They also have a promo for Leaders masks which is BOGO and the box set of 10, which originally retails for $29 but is only $35 for 2 boxes. I personally bought 2 boxes of the Leaders sheet masks since it is one of my brands,





Jenn in her natural element. Her knowledge and outgoing personality is truly amazing!






I went to visit The Mask Bar SoHo with my godsister, Abby, and we took some polaroid shots! Abby got to keep our picture together but Jenn and The Mask Bar gets to keep the one of me and Jenn. 

Jenn has also informed me that The Mask Bar in Ktown is closing down soon since that building where they're at is going to be turned into a hotel. The Mask Bar will be opening up a new place in Chinatown some time next year and I'm excited to see that one come into fruition. 

The warmth and friendliness of Jenn and The Mask Bar is something that I truly cherish. Please visit the new Mask Bar in SoHo and tell her Joanne sent you! ^^ You can follow The Mask Bar SoHo on Instagram @themaskbar.soho. They also have a website for your online orders so you can also check out themaskbar.com.


The Mask Bar also gave me some goodies but I will share that in another post as I will slowly review each of them.