Thursday, November 23, 2017

[Thanksgiving Collab] Upscale Natural Makeup with Xharpism

It's Thanksgiving Day and I thought it would be great to do a blog post featuring this lady which I'm very grateful for having met this year. For this collab, we wanted to feature our strengths and for me, that is doing makeup and for her, it's styling. I'm going to take you through the process and the products that I've used in doing her makeup. 

Before I head on to the makeup, let me introduce this lovely lady I'm collaborating with. Her name is Sharmaine and she blogs over at Xharpism which features fashion, beauty lifestyle and photography. She might be familiar to you if you've read my East Coast Blogger Date post, since she's one of the bloggers who was part of the meet. Also, if you have kept up with me on my social media (@urhappybunnie), I often feature her. It is such an honor to collab with her especially for Thanksgiving because I'm really grateful for her friendship. Even though we've only known each other for less than half a year, we practically are like sisters and rely on each other so much. It's so easy to get close to this gal because she's one of the sweetest, honest and down to earth person you'll meet. She's a smart one too - taking up Engineering at NYIT.



Let's get to know her more shall we. I've asked her a few random questions and here's what she has to say:


  • You're both into fashion and photography, which one are you more comfortable in, in front or behind the camera?
    • As a child, I always loved being the center of attention. But don't judge. I was always a silly and goofy child. I still am. I'd say I am comfortable in front of the camera but there was one point in time that I was not. It was at the beginning of my high school career. That's when I decided to really focus just on photography and only being in front of the camera because being in front of the camera was like a default to me. I used to love taking tons of selfies. Though right now, I can say I have gained back my confidence in being in front of the camera and at the same time still be comfortable behind it. I just know I love being in both positions.
  • Who and/or what is your style inspiration?
    • I would say a lot of Asian artists and bloggers such as Irene of @ireneisgood, Yoyo of @yoyokulala and Krystal of @vousmevoyez. I also read and look at different digital magazines. Also, a lot of it comes from curating looks from different Korean music videos. But who really inspires my style is my sister. She is an artist and she dresses well. Though her style is so much different from mine, I think that's how I really discovered the style that truly reflects my personality because I see different looks from my sister. 
  • How do you get dressed in the morning?
    • How I get dressed in the mornings really depends on my mood. Sometimes, the night before I would already have an idea of what to wear but even then if my mood changes in the morning, the outfit alters as well. Most of the time though, I just pick out whatever is the easiest to wear because I am always rushing to get out of the house. However, I always make sure I am comfortable and presentable in that look, you never know who you're gonna bump into during the day.
  • What would you wear on the first date?
    • To a first date? To be honest, I don't like "dressing up" when I hang out with guys but I would probably throw on signature jeans (preferably black or dark navy blue during the fall and winter, light in the summer) pair it whit a dressy top an put on simple jewelries (watch and a necklace). Remember, less is more. Then, I'll finish the look with a flashy or funky oxfords or flats and a handbag. Oh and of course, my self confidence and smile!




Now that we somehow know this spirited girl, it's time to get to the fun part, her makeup! Here's a complete product list of the makeup and the process that went with it. 

Face/Cheeks:


  • Catalina Geo Color Capsule Makeup Base in Purple - Sharmaine has been suffering with stress break outs recently so I decided that more than anything, she needs a color correcting base in order to eliminate the redness and brighten the skin tone. Purple eliminates yellow undertones and is good for those with dull and pasty complexion. Although she has redness because of her break outs, the other parts of her skin which aren't affected are dull. This product will brighten up her face and will provide longevity to her base makeup.
  • e.l.f Corrective Concealer Palette (Green) - Now that we've brighten up the skin, it is time to do some color correcting. If you have extreme redness, chances are, this will peek through your foundation. To correct redness, we apply the green shade on these blemishes. Applied with a brush and blended out with a Beauty Blender. 
  • Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Concealer in Medium - Since I'm going to use a light coverage foundation, I'm applying a full coverage concealer on the blemishes to completely hide them. 
  • First Aid Beauty Triple Protection Skin Tint w/ Goji Berry in Medium - One of my latest discoveries through another friend of mine. This is a lightweight foundation, that has a light to medium, buildable coverage. I applied this on the rest of the areas I didn't apply a concealer on and just used the Beauty Blender to disperse the product, making sure that I blend down the neck and on her hairline and also by the ears.
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand - If you've been with me for awhile, you know that this is one of my go to concealers. This one in particular I use to highlight the face. Because She doesn't really have dark under eye circles like I do, most of it was covered by the foundation already, I applied this underneath her eyes and blended it out just for brightening.
  • Laura Mercier Transluscent Powder - Since it's getting colder I've been avoiding too much baking and powdering on myself but Sharmaine voice out that she has on oily skin thus, I decided only to half bake her face. Ok, so you know what baking is right? For those who don't, baking is this makeup step where you use loose (highlighting/transluscent) powders to highlight and set areas of your face. You use a damp makeup sponge, press in loose powder to areas of your face, leave it to set for about 10 minutes before brushing it off. So for half baking, I applied a lesser amount of powder on her under eyes, forehead, nose and chin and buffed the powders onto her skin after only two minutes. The First Aid Beauty Skin Tint already has a satin to matte natural finish so I don't want her face to get cakey as her oils come up her skin throughout the day if I full on baked her face. 
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette in Shadowplay - This contour shade is the best for medium skin tones and definitely a favorite of mine too. I didn't contour Sharmaine's face heavily as I like to do on myself. I kept it fairly light, applying it on the hollows of her cheeks, temples, jaw and neck.
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette in Subconscious - This is the lightest contour shade in the palette and I find that this really good for nose contour. I also lightly contoured her nose.
  • NARS Orgasm Blush - Natural pink flush on her cheeks by this cult-favorite blush, applied on her cheeks and blended toward the back of her cheeks.
Brows:



  • Ardell Brow Pomade in Medium - Another one of my go to, affordable, brow products is the Ardell Brow Pomade. I have gone through so many of this that it is only fitting that I use this on Sharmaine. She has a very nice arched brows and I just filled it in with this brow pomade.
  • NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Brunette - The pomade is a little bit dark on her so with this brow mascara it lightened it a little bit to make it seem more natural. In all honesty I'm not a huge fan of this brow mascara because it has the most awful smell for a beauty product. However I could get past that as long as I don't smell it. I have yet to find a great and affordable alternative for this one so if you have a recommendation, please let me know! 


Eyes:


  • Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette
    • Pre-Game - Applied all over the lid with a flat shader brush. This is just a base shadow, just to make sure that the lids are smooth and even in color.
    • Faith - Using a fluffy blending brush, apply this shade on the outer corner of the lid, dragging it into the crease. Continue blending with a windshield wiper motion. 
    • Lockout - With the same blending brush, apply on top of Faith for more depth. Use a clean blending brush to buff out the shadows on top of your crease and brow bone area.
    • Extra Bitter and Lockout - mixing both shades, use a smudge brush and apply on the outer half of the lower lash line. Make sure to blend shadows on the lower lash line with a blending brush.
  • Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner in 02 Brown - Line the upper lash line and tightlined. I added a small wing as requested because Sharmaine said she never had them before and would want to see how she looks with it. Whatever product that was left on my brush, I dragged it to the lower lash line to smoke it out a little bit. 
  • Juvia's Place Nubia Palette - Rose Gold - This shadow in the top right of the Nubian Palette is one of my favorites and I have hit pan on it (This is my back up palette). I applied this to the inner corner of Sharmaine's eyes and the inner third of lower lash line to brighten up her eyes.
  • Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara  - I would have loved to put lashes on this girl but she said she's more comfortable with masacara so I went with a fave for lengthening and defining.

Lips:



  • Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Matte Liquid Lip Color in Juju - This mauve-pink shade is a neutral shade that flatters all skin tones. It looks so natural and is low maintenance when worn so you don't need to worry about lips cracking after wearing it for a long time or the struggle of re-applying precisely like you do for other liquid lipsticks.






Beautiful isn't she? Please head over to her blog, Xharpism, as she writes on how she styled me for this collab!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope you get to spend it with your loved ones.





Thursday, October 19, 2017

[Pinky Paradise] Princess Pinky Sensual Green Review


Whether it's for Halloween, cosplay or daily contact lens, you can always count on Pinky Paradise to have the biggest selection of circle lenses to choose from! Pinky Paradise has been around since 2006 and continues to be the biggest online retailer of circle lens. Free shipping on orders over $49, worldwide. Yes, worldwide. If you're from the US, make sure you upload your eye prescription slip before purchasing. Pinky Paradise currently offers 40% for their Halloween Final Sale with the code HALLOWEEN40, but, Pinky Paradise offered me a 50% off code 50URHAPPYBUNNIE. This code is valid for all yearly lenses except Phantasee, Sclera and Toric lenses. 



Today's circle lens review is on the Princess Pinky Sensual Circle Lens in Green. The Princess Pinky Sensual Series is that one circle lens that will give you that sexy eye look. 






Diameter: 14.5mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Life Span: 30 days (monthly)
Prescription / -0.00 ~ -10.00


The first time I saw this lens, I was instantly reminded of Princess Pinky Gemini Day in Green that I previously reviewed. The color is very similar - a translucent green, with a dotted design around the pupil area to give you a natural eye look. One major difference is the limbal ring that is present in the Sensual Series and is non-existent on the Gemini Day Series. The limbal ring is this dark pigment on the outer circle which gives the dolly, or big eye effect. With the presence of a limbal ring, the Sensual Series gives you the eye enlargement that is sought after in circle lens. 




What I really like about this lens, is that it gives a very natural, yet sexy vibe to the eyes at the same time. The presence of the limbal ring actually makes it more natural than the Gemini Day which doesn't have a limbal ring. This lenses give your eyes more depth and character. 

The Sensual Series only has 38% water content while Gemini Day has 42%. This doesn't make it any less comfortable than the other, if anything, it is more comfortable to wear than the Gemini Day. Just keep in mind that the higher percentage of water content there is, the more moisture your eyes have and is more suitable for a longer wear time. Just the same, I don't recommend wearing contact lens for more than 12 hours. 







Sensual is really the appropriate description for this circle lenses. They are very comfortable to wear and I have no problems with them on. Nobody ever really notices a change in my eye color when I wear them except when they stare at it so it is good for day time wear as well. The Princess Pinky Sensual Green has actually been one of the best lenses I've tried in a really long time. Although I would say that I want a little more of a bigger eye effect, but I think, any more for this particular lens would be overkill and it would look too unnatural.


Verdict
Comfort: ♥♥♥/5
Design:♥♥♥/5
Enlargement:♥♥/5





Don't forget to use the code "50URHAPPYBUNNIE" at check out to get 50% off at Pinky Paradise


*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
















Monday, September 4, 2017

The Mask SoHo - Bleecker Street


You know there's only one place in the city I frequent to get my K-beauty fix and that is The Mask Bar. I've practically followed them since they first opened in K-town, the Broadway store at SoHo, moved to Howard Street, and finally now, in their new location at Bleecker Street.

The Mask Bar is the best place to go if you love Korean skin care. Of course there are other competing stores littered around New York that sells K-Beauty products as well but I feel like The Mask Bar has more brands and is more decently priced in comparison to those shops. Believe me, I've gone to those places too and I still go back to The Mask Bar over and over again.

Their newly opened store is located at 259 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014. If you have been to the one in Koreatown, this has a very similar feel to it, although the theme of the store is white and mint green (which I totally dig - me and mint green have a love affair), and the previous store was white and blue. 




The store is pretty easy to find and is a block away from the A-B-C-D-E-F-M on West 4th Street, a couple blocks away from the Christopher St,. and 9th St. PATH and is part of the West Village - which means, close to NYU and all the restaurants around the area.

The Mask Bar, as the name implies, carries different kinds of masks, from your typical sheet masks, to the modeling clay masks, jelly mask, gold masks, mesh masks, bubble masks and more! My favorite brands are in here too: Leaders, Mediheal and SNP! On that note, both Leaders and Mediheal boxes are BOGO for $35. That is a steal since a single mask retails for $3.99 and a box has 10 masks. You're already paying for one box if you buy 10 individual sheet masks. 



Raved about these cute animal masks two years ago: SNP Animal Sheet Mask Review


If you're into Pokemon, they got 'em too, coz you know, gotta catch 'em all! This entire line is by Tony Moly and if you're lucky, you'd find a Squirtly makeup bag in the store too!





Tony Moly has a cute Panda theme going on too on their makeup department. Panda mirrors, contour sticks, lip crayons and hand creams are available.




They carry Innisfree too from skin care to make up. You know the No-Sebum Mineral Powder that has been highly raved about? They have it and in cute Emoji packaging too!



You can find some Club Clio and PeriPera in the store too. Of course, they don't have the complete line in comparison to the ones that you'll find in Club Clio stores but hey, if you're at The Mask Bar and you want to try on the Peri's Ink and Ink Velvet, feel free to do so!


Amidst all the other brands they carry, I'm excited the most about the sheet masks which I've mentioned above and It's Skin. It's Skin is a brand that I have talked about previously (It's Skin Prestige BN Cream Ex) and looking back on old posts, I'm quite surprised I haven't talked about it more. It's one of my favorite brands when it comes to Korean skin care and their Prestige line is slightly pricy. But, don't be too sad, their Power 10 Formula line is affordable and will really help boost your skin. The Power 10 Formula is a serum that enhances skin condition based on skin type and skin problem. There's 13 serums in this line and I have yet to try them all out but I am trying to make my way through it. Photographed below are 10 of the 13 and if I'm not mistaken, the store has the complete set. 




The Mask Bar also carries the slightly pricier It's Skin line, the Prestige D'escargot (snail line). They also have some it's skin Babyface color correctors in this cute angel packaging.


Who can forget the viral bubble masks from Elizavecca and the highly feared about Hell-Pore Mask? If you want to try those, The Mask Bar have them in store too! My favorite is actually the Milky Piggy Gold Kansi Mask (not photographed) but they are available at The Mask Bar as well.



Etude House is probably one of the most well known Korean beauty brand and it comes to no surprise that they are in the store as well albeit fewer than I would like.


Let's not forget the men because they need skin care too! The Mask Bar has a small section on men's skin care products which, just by the packaging, looks cool and fresh and I personally want to try out. It wouldn't be the first time for me using a male marketed skin care product. The last one I tried I actually really loved!


Here's a slightly incomplete list of the brands that The Mask Bar carries: 

Mediheal
Leaders
Holika Holika
Too Cool for School
On The Body
Faceshop
Tony Moly
Innisfree
Dr. Jart+
Club Clio
Peri Pera
Etude House
Nature Republic
Issaknox
JMSolution
AHC
It's Skin
JayJun Cosmetics
Banila Co.
Missha
Skinfood
Elizavecca
Naisture
SNP 
Mimiang
Papa Recipe


Before I end this slightly lengthy and a bit picture heavy post, here are the ongoing promotions at The Mask Bar:

BOGO on Mediheal and Leaders Masks for $35
$10 for 10 (select) sheet masks
$10 for 6 sheet masks on Innisfree
$10 for 6 sheet masks on Tony Moly
BOGO on Tony Moly Aloe Gel for $10




Take a peek inside The Mask Bar on Bleecker Street and find some lovely skin care goodies. I'm sure your skin would love you! Follow The Mask Bar on Instagram @themaskbar.bleecker. If you ever drop by the store, look for Jen (@jaeyoonvoice) and tell her I sent you. Jen is very sweet and informative so if you have any questions about the products or skin care needs you can ask her. 

Take a peek at The Mask Bar official website too for more info!

Lastly, I would like to thank fellow bloggers who came to the store on the soft opening and grand opening days of The Mask Bar Emily of @followthejung, Sharmaine of @xharpism, Crysta @colorsofcrysta and Zoe of @zoebernstein.



Thursday, August 31, 2017

LUSH-ious Love

What's vegan, cruelty-free, gives back to the community and is in love with the shape of you? LUSH! Roughly a month ago, my blogger friend, Sharmaine (@xharpism) and I went by LUSH in our local mall to return some of our old LUSH pots. If you don't know the scoop yet, bringing back 5 empty LUSH pots entitles you to get a free fresh face mask.

There I was minding my own business and getting my fresh face mask and low, and behold, Sharmaine has dragged me into a blogger and influencer adventure. LUSH of Newport Mall, Jersey was kind enough to let us freely browse into the shop and take photos. Sharmaine even went home with a lot of skin care samples to blog about. 

So let's talk a little about my LUSH favorites. There's three things I keep repurchasing at LUSH and that is the Roots Hair Treatment, Breath of Fresh Air Toner and Bubblegum Lip Scrub. Of course I have tried the other LUSH products as well but these are my absolute faves. You know, there are just some things you can't let go and replace.


LUSH believes that healthy hair starts at the Roots and it's true. If you have healthy and well nourished scalp, hair grows healthily, stronger and faster. Of course, if you have dead ends, there is no other way than to snip those off. I have blogged about Roots a couple of times the first one dated back 2014 when I had really long hair, and again in 2015 when I drastically cut my hair short (Summer 2014: Hair Care Routine, 2015 Hair Update). 

I have a been a big fan of this product hence the constant repurchasing. It has saved my scalp from sebaceous dermatitis (dandruff) whenever they get really dry and itchy. 


Since we are on the topic of hair care, let me just quickly give a shout out to another LUSH love of mine, the Rehab shampoo. Rehab is a clarifying shampoo that deeply removes dirt and oil on your scalp. When Roots and Rehab are used together they are a perfect combination! Put your hair into rehab and nurse it back into health as what the bottle says!




Here's a photo of Sharmaine and I with our Lush faves.


My other fave is the Breath of Fresh Air Toner. There's a few ways you can go about with this toner because it's multi use. After skin cleaning, you can spritz this directly on your face to balance the skin, or you can use it with a cotton pad to remove left over dirt and makeup. Another way I like to use this toner is spritzing it on my face during an extremely hot day. And yes, you can spray it even on top of your makeup! Just don't drench your entire face with too much. Breath of Fresh Air calms, cools, soothes and rehydrates skin and is formulated with sea water, aloe vera gel, rosemary oil, patchouli oil and other natural ingredients. 




And my last favorite is the Bubblegum Lip Scrub which I have mentioned in my Summer 2017: Night Time Beauty Routine. We obviously don't like dry and chapped lips so a lip scrub is the way to go to remove those dead skin. The LUSH Bubblegum lip scrub smells so good and since it's vegan and organic feel free to give it a lick while you're scrubbing and no harm will be done. 


Having featured our favorite products in the photos, LUSH Newport Mall also allowed us to try on the Knot Wrap. The Knot Wrap is made from either organic cotton or recycled plastic bottles. If you're buying LUSH products as gifts, I highly recommend purchasing and using Knot Wrap to wrap your gifts. It does not only make your gift pretty and unique, the Knot Wraps are also reusable. You can use it as a scarf, a headband, turban, a tote, a towel, to wrap another gift, and all sorts of stuff! It's not only eco-friendly, it also gives back to the community as I was informed, these wraps are made by women in Africa.

Being stylish with our Knot Wraps



Being a makeup enthusiast as well, I couldn't help but take a photo of their makeup display. Again, all LUSH products are vegan and cruelty free.


And I also couldn't resist a selfie at the store. ^^ The mirror lighting is awesome!

I had fun at the store and it's awesome going with blogger friends shopping because you do extremely atypical things that you wouldn't do with your slightly normal friends. ^

Drop by your local LUSH store and try on my faves. If you reside in Jersey City, head over to Newport Mall (30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ 07310).