Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas holly leaves are on your eyelids!

Hi! I hope you are having great holidays!

Today I am doing this cutesy Christmas holly look! I hope you enjoy. :)


This is a wearable yet festive enough for Christmas and I will be wearing this on Christmas day!

Happy Christmas!!

Yui

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Coastal Scents Palette Color Number

I know a lot of people own Coastal Scents eyeshadow palette.
I have 88 Original and ULTRA SHIMMER Palette and 78 eyeshadow&blush combo palette.

These palettes have so many eyedshadows and some of them are amazingly beautiful and very pigmented.
However each color does not come with color names or numbers so it is very hard to identify the color.
I see a lot of people use CS palette in their tutorials on YouTube and they just say "I'm going to use this pretty blue color on my crease.." Well, "Pretty" is very subjective and there are so many blue colors in the palette!
Then I had to pause the video and count the rows to identify the color.

This might be useless to people who doesn't have the same palette, but if you do have the palette and want to use exactly the same color, it is nice to have the ways to figure out the color without pausing video every single time they mention and hold up the palette awkwardly in front of the camera.

So I just numbered.

That simple. I did almost nothing.

But if you watch my videos, this is how I refer to the color from CS palettes from now on, so please use this as reference.


CS 88 Original Palette

CS 88 ULTRA SHIMMER Palette

Yup, that is it. I know it is nothing to really blog about this: I just number them.

This is NOT a universal thing. This is just how I do it.

So, here is my recent makeup tutorial video using this numbering system.



Hope you enjoy! Have a happy holiday!

Yui



Wednesday, December 12, 2012

007 Bond Girl Makeup Tutorial

When I watched 007 Skyfall the other day, I knew I was doing this tutorial.
Darn, she looks so GOOD! I loved her makeup, dress and everything.
She is super mysterious and sexy. Well, just like all the other Bond Girls. Ha!
I was happy to see more of Oriental looking female in this movie.
She is from France but one of her ethnicity is Chinese, I read somewhere.
Anyway, I think she is super sexy, especially with dark eyes and lips. She rocks the smokey eyes!


http://youtu.be/VMvyjx_85RU


The Products I used in this video:


Banila Co Prime Primer
Rimmel BB Cream in Medium
essence coverstick in MATT SAND
Ben Nye Eyeshadow in SHELL
NYC Bronzer Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny
NYX Blush in Cinammon
NYX HD Eyeshadow Primer
Petit Lasara Eyebrow Palette (gray and brown)
Coastal Scents 88 Original palette (matte black)
Revlon colorstay eyeliner in black
NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Hazelnut
Loreal HIP Lipstick in Daring

Optional item:
Maybelline colortattoo in Bold Gold




This is a new type of video, doing both language in one video.
I didn't want to make two separate videos because it is just the same thing, explained in two different languages. I feel that this is better than making subtitles. Because you don't have to be reading anything. I know subtitles help some people, but this is easier to watch because you don't have to follow and read carefully.
Please let me know what you think. Have a good day!

Yui

Saturday, December 8, 2012

HOGLY MOGLY essence stick concealer!


Ok, if you watch my videos on YouTube, you might have seen essence concealers in my video.
I said that they SUCKED, big time. Because they turn orange and it is not true to the colors at all. I honestly did not understand why there are so many products out there (especially recently) and they turn darker/orangey after the application.

This new guy does not do that!
WOOT! WOOT!
Not only that, it is very smooth and covers well, I mean, REALLY REALLY WELL.

I had a red scrach-looking-but-not-scratch thing on my cheek the other day and I put on some concealer and powder and went out.
I knew that my concealer did not cover well, but by the mid day, it was very visible.
I was in Target so I went to the makeup section and was browsing.

Then I saw the essence corner.......

"Damn, essence! Your concealers suck! ..... But hey, this concealer I haven't tried..."
And I picked up this lipstick-looking concealer.

Why did I try essence concealer again?
It is easy, you can't beat the price!

I put the tester on my red bits and it just disappeared. Like it did not exist at all.

WOW!

Then I applied it to my under eye area. WOW!

I went home with this guy and I have been trying out for 2 days.
So far, so good. It is very smooth, nice coverage, not dry, no crease.

I will give it another week, but I see this product creeping into my monthly favorite video... :)


Have a great weekend!

Yui

Saturday, December 1, 2012

November Favorite Videos!

It is the time of the month again, and by that, I do not mean girl's week.


Products mentioned in this video are in the description of the video on YouTube. :)

Soon it will be Christmas! Oh my!


Have great holidays and keep warm! (or cool in southern hemisphere!)


Yui ;)

Monday, November 19, 2012

DIY Fringe Cut

For people who thought that this was another tutorial, sorry to disappoint you but this is NOT a tutorial.

I just cut my fringe shorter, and that is about all.. 


It is not really that hard to do it yourself. You just need to have sturdy hands and a pair of scissors.. and possibly a bucket or bin to cut your hairs over.

Everyone says that I look younger and younger every time I cut my fringe. I think I have to agree, especially without makeup I look like a teenager.

I don't try to look older or younger. I just want to look the way I want to look. Sometimes I do makeup that makes me look older or younger but it is not really the goal for me to look like a certain age. I do whatever I want to look like what I want. Isn't it the whole point of makeup though??

Eyebrow Madness!! All about Eyebrow!

Another video is up! English audio and Japanese subtitle(coming soon)!

Today, we are talking about eyebrows.


Now I don't think I am the expert of the eyebrows but I think eyebrows are very important.
They are the frames of your face!!!!

And this was requested a lot on YouTube and in the real life.
It is kinda funny that you walk into a department store or something and browsing (yup, ONLY browsing) all shiny pretty makeup stuff and the sales person comes to you and say "Hi, how are you today? Wow, you have a really nice eyebrow!"

Um, is this a conversation starter?? I do not know.
But hey, no body feels bad when they have compliments! (Might feel a bit awkward.)

Products mentioned: (they are just examples, they don't have to be the same products, of course. If you want reviews on certain products, please let me know in the comment, I will definitely consider reviewing it either here or on YouTube.. or both.)

Eyebrow pencil :SAVVY by DB Eyebrow pencil in Light Brown
Eyebrow powder: Petit LASARA Powder Eyebrow (From Japan/Discontinued)
Eyebrow gel/wax: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Brow in Cocoa Brown (Limited Edition) 
Eyebrow liquid: CANMAKE Eyebrow Liquid in Natural Brown and Light Brown
Clear Brow Gel: DAISO clear mascara
Eyebrow mascara: Heavy Rotation Coloring Eyebrow in Orange Brown

Questions people ask me about my eyebrows.

{How often do you pluck or wax?}
I usually pluck them with tweezers every 3-4 days. Sometimes I am lazy and leave it for a week or so and wax them. So waxing happens less often, whenever I feel like it but probably once a month.

{What was the worst experience you had with eyebrows?}
Oh, this is the DISASTER I am referring to in this video. One time I shaved the top side of my eyebrows, shaved the bits I needed and got scarred from it. Even professionals could not help. I still have the scar from this incident and I have to fill it in everyday.

{What shade/color do you use to fill your eyebrows?}
I change the product shades depending on my hair color. I generally use slightly lighter color than my hair so when I dye it, it is usually lighter color.


Thank you for your time and see you around!
Have a great Sunday!

Yui

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Khaki & Brown Eyes

Oh my, long time no see! I have been editing and filming a lot of videos recently.
Some of them in English and others in Japanese and there are quite different kinds of demand for both of them so I am pleasantly surprised.
Thank you very much for all your support and I will do my best to keep this blog updated, but my main concern would be YouTube. I feel like that I can connect with people more on YouTube and this is just a supportive role to that (like posting photos of the swatches and a place for detailed review).


Here is a video on Khaki & Brown Eyes. (Japanese Audio & English subtitles)



So this is a video that I made for my Japanese viewers BUT I am sure that all the other Asian or heavily hooded-eye people can definitely benefit from this too!

I love the khaki color on eyelid. This is a bit wintery look (so if you are from southern hemisphere, try this in 6 months time!) and I truly believe that khaki is the color that most Asian people or people with yellow/olive skin look great with. Don't know what is khaki? Well, think of an old time soldier's felt uniform.

This is easy to do and covers the major eyeshadow application for monolids/heavy folds.

I hope you enjoy and have a good weekend!

Yui

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

September and October favorite video is up!

As you can see, I am not really good with keeping up my blog. I hate that about myself. But I really try to keep it up from now.

I had been sick for 2 weeks in October, which is weird. I had this sick feeling for such a long time but I didn't have proper symptoms to determine what it is... I guess the season change has a big effect on me. OH WELL.

Let's get into our Favorite video! There are several Hate products as well.
It was 2 months of trial and error, really. I had a high hope of things and got swept away into disappointment. And some other times I found an amazing product from something that I didn't even like to start with.


I am surprised by the quality of the Hakuhodo brushes. I love them and think that they are worth the money. I know that they are quite expensive, but everything is expensive in Australia so they don't seem too bad, compared to the price in America.

I hope you enjoy this video and have a great week!

Yui

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Oh, Loreal, why do you suck? ~Confusing Infallible eyeshadow color names~

I have been eyeing on Loreal Infallible eyeshadows, ever since I have seen many people talking about it on YouTube and I tried to get some of the colors but then, I DID NOT SEE ANY COLOR THAT THEY MENTIONED in the store here.

WHAT???!?!?!?!

So I just googled and apparently the color is still available. Then why it is not at the store?

I mean I do see the products but I could not find the color name I was after.

Then I realised that they are pretty much the same products sold by different names. Not only the names are different, even color numbers are different. Very confusing.

Apparently there are American versions and UK(Australian) versions of the names of colors and products. Like Lineur Intense is known here as Super Liner (but I am not sure if they are exactly the same).
There are so many products that is not available in Australia, like Voluminous mascara. The legendary mascara!! SAD FACE!

I was not completely sure if those eyeshadows with different names are really the same products as they might show up slightly different on the skin or some ingredients might be different.. But hey, the packaging and colors looked really similar.
How can I tell if they are the same? Ask the company!

I contacted Loreal Australia about the color names and products names.
I found a table of colors like a cross reference table on Nunu's blog (link is below) and it looked like she tried so hard to find which color is which in what countries...
Does it have to be that hard to figure our the colors from one brand??? I believe not.

So I put the link to the table in the email to Loreal, and I said "Can I obtain the products/color list that has all the products like this table?"
Yes, I asked if they have the similar table on their hand available for consumers.

Their response was very disappointing.

Their response was something like "We carry different products for different countries"  "Unfortunately we cannot provide the full products list via email but you can look that up on our website or in-store."

This is ridiculous. I am not even talking about things that are not available in Australia! And I do not want a full product list. I want a product list that cross-refers all the products sold in different countries. Simply put, I just want to know what color is equivalent to American version of Iced Latte!! (apparently it is Hourglass Beige)

I was very unhappy with this response.
I mean this is not even a small local cosmetic brand, this is a big international brand, we are talking about!!


Most of the international brands, like high-end brands clearly states somewhere on the package if they are similar but not quite the same.
I know that some skin care products have the same packaging in Japan and elsewhere but the ingredients are not the same due to the health-related laws, then they would say "Especially formulated for Japan" or something like that. Or at least the counter person or company would know, right?

So I expect the same for Loreal. Just because they are drugstore brands, it does not mean that they can mislead customers like this.

I would like to thank Nunu for trying to figure out this mess. She and her friends are so cool for doing this.
Link to the table: http://macnunu.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/loreal-color-infallible-eyeshadow.html

However, I am very precise when it comes to colors. Some people say that two eyeshadows from different brands are identical but I always find slightest difference in hue, texture and other things.
So until I see them with my own eyes, side by side, swatched in natural light and fluorescent light, I would not like to say that they are the same. I really would like to do that if I have some cash to blow. I seriously would. But until then, we have to stick to the list that Nunu made.

As I said, it should not be that hard to figure out color names in different countries and stuff.
Damn you, Loreal. This is very sad!

As for my response, I emailed them again and said that I was disappointed with their response, and said to process this as a complaint. I also told them to contact me if they have the solution for this problem.
I hope someone, not a part-time customer service chick, reads it and feels bad enough to make a difference. I really hope so.
Sorry, Loreal. But you sucked big time here.


Yui :(

Monday, September 24, 2012

Boyfriend Makeup Challenge!

Another video is up!!




I thought that this would be fun and I liked other guys struggling with their girlfriends' makeup stuff so I made one with my partner, Chris.

To my surprise, he agreed to film this without hesitation. I thought he would say no and I would have to convince him.
The filming was fun and it actually went quickly and nicely, much faster than when I make videos alone.

The finished look close up photo is at the end and you can see how bad/good it is.
Hope you enjoy and have a great start of the week!

Yui


Monday, September 17, 2012

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Show Off Mascara first impression and review

~EDITED~
This product appears in Sep & Oct Favorite video, 2012. I have a small review on this so check the video if you are interested!


Rimmel Scandal Eyes Show Off mascara


I found this new-looking mascara selling all over the place.
The brush on the package cardboard looks interesting. It reminded me of Benefit's They're Real mascara because it had a spiky ball at the end of the brush.

I do not own the Benefit mascara but the idea is that you get the spiky end on the brush so you can really use your mascara vertically.
I know it does not look like Benefit's mascara but the idea is kinda similar. So I decided to give it a go. Plus I needed a new mascara.

So the point of being able to use your mascara vertically is quite practical.
Holding your mascara wand vertically lets you get more product on hard-to-reach or teeny-tiny eyelashes. I use this technique on my lower lashes and once you get the hang of it, it is much easier to hold the brush horizontally.
This is  the technique that makeup artists use, so you can give it a try if you want to put some mascara on lower lashes or give extra volume on each eyelash.

For this reason, I thought having a spiky ball at the end, as well as the normal brush would be great.
(Loreal and Givenchy have "ball brush" mascara but I don't honestly see it nice and practical because it would take a lot of time to coat all the lashes.)


So here is the look of the brush.


Looks interesting...
This promises to lengthen, volumize and curl your eyelashes, according to the package.
Ooo, it sounds like what I need, although my eyelashes are naturally curled.
But they definitely need lengthening and volumizing!!

Now I tried applying the mascara to my eyelashes and I noticed something...

What is this?!

I found some hairs in my mascara bottle!!!! Just kidding but I seriously thought so when I found this around the tip of my wand.
Apparently this mascara has some fibers in there, which really looks like someone else's eyelashes. I freaked out for a second from this.
It says in the corner of the package that this mascara is fiber enriched.
Okay, it looks creepy but it is fiber enriched....

So this is my bare eyelashes... Looks like I have no eyelashes... :(

My naked eyelashes.

Eye closed.

Picture taken from above.
This is my eyelashes with this mascara (one coat).

Definitely Volumizing.

It looks a bit bushy.

From above.
I notice an instant volume and lengthening. It feels like Maybelline's Colossal mascara. I loved that mascara by the way. Even though it feels a bit too dry formula, it is not too bad.

So I tried a second coat.

It is a bit hard but I noticed the difference in volume in person.
It is a bit dry so it got clumpy, only a little though.

From above.

I would say that the formula is on dry side because after the second application, it was flaking a bit. I was not impressed that it happened on the initial application. I would expect this to happen around a while after I start using mascara.

I don't think that the ball-brush was extra easy to apply mascara on bottom lashes.
It was kinda gimmicky.
The brush was not catching the mascara liquid as much as I would want it to.
So it failed to put some mascara on some of my very small lashes.

Honestly, I think I should stick to the normal (squirrel tail) brush mascara, maybe except for Covergirl Lash Blast.
It is a bit sad that this was my first Rimmel mascara and I did not have much good impression. 
I mean, after all, it is not a baaad mascara, but it just did not impress me.

Volume: 8/10
Length: 6/10
Curl: 5/10 (I can't tell because my lashes are naturally bit curled)
Texture: 4/10
Brush: 4/10
Over all: 6/10

Hope this helped! YouTube video review will be up sometime soon!

Have a good Monday night!

Yui



Thursday, September 13, 2012

July and August Favorite Video is up!

Hi, it is Yui. I hope you are all well.



Finally the favorite video is back! Woot!
This time I had a lot of favorites and empties to talk about so I had to cut them down and down and down... Now it is ONLY 23 minutes long! :P
You can skip the first 5 minutes of the video if you want to skip the empties.
Now I look back and I think I could have done a separate video. Possibly next time.

The products mentioned are basically ALL drugstore brands. If you know me from my YouTube channel, you probably can tell that I never buy Dior or Chanel.
I rarely go to department store in general, just because things are pricey and I KNOW I will want all the stuff they have there so I sort of avoid going there.
I am kinda person who sees stuff and can't help buying it, so to prevent being broke all the time and save some money for coming IMATS (woohoo!), I try not to look at stuff. How clever!! Har har!

But I truly think that there are some amazing products from drugstore brands. Of course, the stuff from high end brands are going to feel so good and smell better too. But for me, for now, I don't need all those stuff. I am happy with the prettiness I can afford. Still, my boyfriend thinks I spend too much money on makeup. But hey, this is my passion. This is our passion!!!

I hope you enjoy the favorite and empty video.

See you soon!

Yui

HUGE Regret video

Video time!

This is all about bad products I have got!
As stated in the video, I believe that negative reviews are as beneficial as positive reviews, so here we go.
I usually find some ways to make products work, even though they might not be the best things, so I consider that the products mentioned in this video are SERIOUSLY bad.
This is, after all, my experience and I am aware that not everyone is going to have the same opinion as me. Every time I do the review, I keep that in mind.
But there are some horrible products out there and some people (like me!) would waste money on it, and I hope that this will help you to avoid wasting your precious money!



Hope you enjoy!

Have a good day, everyone!

Yui

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sigma's Dry 'n Shape

I have been using Sigma's Dry 'n Shape now for some time and I think I can give you some opinion about it.

Sigma's Dry 'n Shape


1st, I think it is false advertising that it dries any dense brushes in 4-6 hours.
My brushes are in the Dry 'n Shape, for more than 6 hours now to dry. It is not even close to dry at all. Am I going to get a refund or something because it is "guaranteed" to dry all brushes in 4-6 hours.

2nd, the elastic which holds brushes and is supposed to do the magical job of drying super fast (even though I said that it does not, but this is what they claim to do) came a bit loose after first time of use. It was not completely loose, but some parts of the big elastic became stretched out and it never came in back to shape. I think it does not interfere the function of the elastic of drying (again, even though it does not dry faster) or shaping brushes, but it is still annoying.

All this does is just to keep the brushes in good shape. Which is still good, but I did not pay $26 to  just keep my brushes in good shape! I want it to do what it promises to do!! PLEASE!

I emailed Sigma today to see if was faulty one or all come like this. I have not got the reply yet, but I would be very disappointed if they sell this kind of low quality brush dryer for $26 and say "this will dry brushes super quickly!"

I love their brushes so far though. But for now, I am very upset with this product.

I hope yours work better than mine, if you have one. I will post the Sigma's response here when I get it.

Have a lovely day.

Yui

Friday, August 24, 2012

"A Date with Heartbreak" lip balm review

The first post in a while is the review of this lip balm.

What a catchy name? A date with heartbreak! Love the package too.

I bought this at Priceline ages ago and it was on sale.
The tin can was so retro-looking and very attractive. Also it was SPF 15 so I thought I would definitely love it.
Unfortunately there was no tester for this product so someone must have opened this and it looked like it was touched. I usually do not buy stuff that other people might have touched but this tin can was cool and I thought it would be ok if I scrape off the top layer and spray alcohol.

But this had a very strong fake fruity smell to it and it is quite unpleasant. I mean it is not even fruity scent. It is just a plastic smell which makes me sick. When I sniff it put of the tin, it is not that bad, but when you put it on your lips it is exaggerated and lingers all day long.
What I hated the most is that the smell even interferes my sense of taste. Anything I eat smells/tastes like this lip balm. I would not want that even with most delicious lip balm or lipgloss.

I hate to say it but I do not like this product at all. What I am going to do is to scoop out all the lip balm out of this tin can and wash it and make it my bobby pin storage or little pill case. I still love the package, this slide-open tin can is practical and too cute to chick in the bin. But the lip balm has to go. Sorry.


Negative reviews can be as helpful as positive ones, I hope.

Yui

First Impression on Sigma Brushes and Shape n' Dry

*NOTE* This was supposed to be public and I updated to make it public ages ago, but I realized that it never got published only today. So this is a little bit out of date, but it is still the first impression review, so I hope you can forgive and enjoy this.



I ordered from foundation brushes and famous(?) shape n' dry from Sigma a while ago.




And there is a bit of a history to it so. It was a long story so I put it last.

So when I opened up my package, I was happy to see blue & black sigma boxes. They were individually packaged nicely and they came with instructions. It also had a "free gift" from Sigma because the order was over $30.

I bought F84 and F82.
The one on the top is F82.
Size comparison:
Top: elf complexion brush
Bottom: Shiseido foundation brush




F84 is Angled Top Kabuki and F82 is Round Top Kabuki.
Why I picked these up??
One: Because it was a bundle and cheaper to get these two than getting individually.
Two: I already had synthetic flat kabuki brush (elf black powder brush) and Shiseido foundation brush so I wanted something different.

When I touched the bristles of the brush, I was amazed. It was super dense, yet super soft and had nice thick texture. It was not sparse or too flimsy. I instantly understood why all YouTube beauty gurus swears by these Sigma brushes.
Brush close up.
Now it is about Dry 'n Shape.



When I opened up this box and had this brushroll kinda product in my hand, I thought it was a real leather. It really felt like that. Sigma website does not say what it is made from, but it felt and smelled like real leather.

Anyway the claim is that this dries even most dense brushes in 4-6 hours.
That would be cool if this is really true. So I tried it out. 




Dry 'n Shape would hold 2 extra large brushes, 3 large brushes (like face brush), 3 medium brushes (like contour or blush brush), 2 small and 2 extra small brushes (like eyeshadow brush). 

Magnetic snap button closure.

Rolled out.

Seems like it is making the drying time so much shorter. But I am not quite sure about 4-6 hour drying time that they are "guaranteeing" because some of my biggest brush did not dry completely. But it did dry Sigma foundation brushes that I mentioned earlier in this post was completely dry even though they were both quite dense. So I was half impressed, half disappointed. I will give it a go couple more times and figure out why it did not dry or how to make it better. This product is still good for keeping the brushes in good shape. I notice more of fluffing up and getting kinda scratchy on natural hair brushes if they are not shaped and dried properly. So I still like this Dry 'n Shape but I have to wait and see to find out more about the drying power of this product. It will be reviewed properly hopefully soon.

I wish Sigma makes smaller ones for eye brushes. I know they dry fast anyway but it is nice that you keep the brushes in good shape.I tend to use more natural bristle brushes for eyes than faces and to make your brushes last longer, you need to shape and dry them properly. So it would be nice if they made smaller version of this, hopefully a bit cheaper as well, because they don't really need super-fast drying power for smaller brushes. I just want my brushes to dry properly and keep their original shape. (plus 4-6 hour drying time is not true anyway.)




So here is the history of getting these stuff from Sigma to here in Australia.
This may not be beneficial to some of you, but it might help you have better idea of getting stuff shipped from Sigma (or the U.S.) to your home if you live in Australia.
OK, it took more than a month to get to my house. 
I was very nervous and worried 2 weeks after my order because most of my stuff that I order from U.S. comes within 2 weeks. I emailed Sigma and they said that it can take up to 31 days for normal shipping (aka non-express or no fancy shipping options).
I emailed them again after 31 days in total from the date I placed my order and all they said was just "Please be patient as it is getting to you."
I was very frustrated with this response.

Then I contacted Australian Post just in case. I asked if there was any delay on delivery or clearing customs then. They said no but offered to help me find where my stuff is.
I emailed them again with more details and it happened to be at my local post office, waiting for me to pick up. Apparently they tried to deliver it to my house but no one was home.
Normally, we would get delivery notice but there were a few times that I did not get notice at all, but the package was waiting. This was another case.

I am so sorry, Sigma. You had done nothing wrong.
I emailed them, saying that I got the package. They were nice enough to email me back and said
"Glad to hear that you got your package!"
Seriously, you are good people...



Have a good day, everyone!
Yui

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

100 YouTube Subscribers Giveaway!

It is a giveaway tiiiime!

I hadn't done this before and I am still new to the whole YouTube Beauty Guru things, but let's celebrate my little mile stone with me!


So, the rules are quite simple.
You need to be my subscriber of ChewyMakeup on YouTube.
Then, please comment on the video page about what beauty tutorials you want to see in the future.

Nothing more.

Please read the description of the video here before the entry, thanks.

The list of the things you are going to win is...(not in any particular order..)

1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer
2. Covergirl lashblast 24 hr in very black
3. Australis brush on eyeshadow in avant-garde
4. Australis brush on lip & cheek tint in renaissance red
5. BYS Metalic Eyeshadow Palette
6. Sportsgirl Lip Jam in peach
7. Biore gentle make-up removing wipes
8. LUSH Toothy Tabs in ULTRABLAST
(If the winner is an international subscriber)
9. Australian LUSH TIMES (EMOTIONAL BRILLIANCE issue)

It is closing at 0:00 (midnight) on September 8th, 2012. (EST)

Good luck to everyone!!

Winner will be announced here and on YouTube!

Comments posted on the blog post does NOT count towards the giveaway entry, but all the comments are welcome any time. <3

Have a good day!

Yui

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Flu and recovery!

I had a horrible cold/flu last week and I was sick in bed for 5 days and I had to stay home to avoid people for 2 more days. So all week I was sick, which was not fun at all.

Now with all the medications and good rest and TLC from my partner, I am well enough to go back to work and get a real life again.

Now I am making a new YouTube video but all the production is not catching up at all!! I have so many video ideas!

But the first video after getting well should be the one about giveaway, because I really want to give back to my loyal subscribers to say THANK YOU!!! Unfortunately this giveaway is not so big, but I hope I will see more to come and will be able to have bigger giveaways some time. :)

Today was the day I got back to work. There was a mistake about my shift, and I was supposed to work tomorrow instead of today, but I found about that only after I came in. My boss was nice enough to let me work anyway. So I worked my normal shift today and I will work again tomorrow as well.
I work only 2 days a week now, so more shifts is better. :) It basically means that I get more spending money, which means I can spend more money on makeup. Who doesn't love that??

There will be a blog post about Sigma brush review because I bought my first sigma brushes and I have something to say about it. Good or bad? You will see. :)

Have a good day/night, everyone!

Yui

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Upcoming 100 Subscriber GIVEAWAY

WOOHOO! I hit 100 subscribers today and I am so grateful to all of you who are supporting me. Thank you very very much.

So, as a way of saying thank you in a nonverbal way, I am planning a giveaway.
At first I did not like the idea of the "subscribe and comment to win", but I know that there are people there who needs a little push to press "subscribe" button and I hope that they are determined to do that now.
However the most important thing is that I am so thankful to the people who already subscribed. Without you guys, I would not have made this far. I mean, it is nothing compare to Michelle Phan but this means a lot to me and I just want you to know how individual subscribers mean to me. I thank you for your support and nice messages you had sent to me.

Now, I will mention how to enter and what you are going to win in the upcoming video, so please keep an eye on my channel. :)

THANK YOU! LOTS OF LOVE, YUI.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Instagram!

Please follow me on instagram for quick and haul, makeup of the day, outfit of the day and random stuff!

Instagram is Yuiph. :)


I have been getting requests on more frequent hauls, reviews and OOTDs and stuff like that on instagram so here I go!

I'll post random beauty stuff, fashion stuff and everyday discoveries that I want to share.

See you there too! :)

Yui

Saturday, July 21, 2012

EMOTIONAL BRILLIANCE! Revealed!!

I got up 8:45 this morning even though I was supposed to get up much earlier to get ready and see the new LUSH range, and VERY quickly slapped on tinted moisturizer and mascara and got out of the house to go to my local (now I finally have my LOCAL, booyah) LUSH.

This is released on the same day all over the world but Australia is the first country to open to public(as I said in the last post) so I am sooo excited!!


When I came down to LUSH store, I saw Sarah putting on a beautiful beautiful blue eyeshadow. And right in front of her, there was this funny looking thingie.

What is this?!
Look at me listening with some serious attitude
as she explains!

So this is a whole new Makeup range from LUSH and you spin the color wheel to figure out TRUE YOURSELF at that time by picking up colors on the wheel.

How I did was:

1. Close your eyes, imagine yourself in a light room with nothing in it, but yourself and the person who is taking you through this< of course.

2. Take your time to be able to completely imagine that.

3. Open your eyes and look at the color wheel. Pick first 3 colors that your eyes. NO THINKING! It has to be spontaneous. 

4. And that is the colors that represents you now.

All the orders and colors have meaning based on the real color therapy.

First color you pick is your strength.

Second one is your subconscious need.
Third color is your talent, something that you need to achieve your first two things.

Me trying the color wheel.
 I was excited but scared a bit too.


I picked some beautiful beautiful colors (but they were all really pretty colors!) here.

My colors were:

First - Vibrant. I think it is true. I think the best feature in me is that I am upbeat and friendly. 

Second - Control. OMG this is soooo true. I need to take control, I do... My boyfriend was taking photos of me trying the wheel and when we found about this, he just laughed.

Third - Passion. Looks like with my passion, I will be able to achieve to be more vibrant and have more control in my life.


Holding up my subconscious need: CONTROL.

















The colors of the day.


















So I tried the colors I picked!!
Looking a bit nervous to try.

Trying part it always fun!
You have to try on your face, not only on your hands.




















The swatches of the colors I picked.
From left to right, Control, Passion and Vibrant.

Tip of Eyeliner, Control. 
Sadly tip of Passion was missing.
Doe-foot applicator
for liquid face colors.

Passion Liquid Lip Stick on the actual lips!   

The application was a bit awkward at the store because we had to use Q-tips instead of the applicator provided, but I managed.

The texture of lip color and eyeshadow was creamy, I was surprised to find out how creamy and smooth the lip color was.
Eyeliner was a bit funny: I could see the liquid and gooey part was separate in the bottle, especially this eyeliner color I picked, although the color was soooo pretty! This was definitely my color.

Applying eyeliner without the brush but with Q-tip and my finger was the hardest thing I have ever done!!

In a different light, Vibrant on my eye.























I think it is kinda hard to see because it was very sheer and Q-tip application was, again, not ideal to really see the color. But it felt soft and buildable.

Please excuse my awkward eyeliner.
I had only 5 minutes
 for makeup this morning.


Passion, closer look.



The most fun part of this Emotional Brilliance is that it is very spontaneous and you don't get to pick on your own. Your inner self would pick it for you depending on how you are feeling.
Also you get to try the colors that you thought you would never try.
For me, it would be the lip color. I would not go for fuchsia color, ever, because I never thought I would look good with it.
But now I have tried and I am like "Heyy, this is not bad!! *grins*"

I am pretty sure that this can be really fun to you, if you like colors, like me. :)
Also even if you do not buy stuff at LUSH, getting an easy, quick color therapy is so fun.

Recently I have been writing about LUSH so much because they bring out so much fun stuff and people there are so adorable, but trust me, I am not paid, sponsored or getting products for free or anything for this!!! This is just my honest thoughts on LUSH.

So, today, I got the eyeliner, which was $24.95. Pretty pricy for eyeliner, huh? I blew all my spending money of the week on this, but the color was lovely and unlike normal LUSH products, it should last 18 months so I thought, WHY NOT??? It is about the same kind of price range with other normal drugstore cosmetic brands' eyeliner, like Loreal and Revlon, so it is not toooo bad, but I  personally would love it if it was 5-6 dollars cheaper. I mean I know it is LUSH, everything is more expensive there. I think some of the products are totally worth it, but I cannot have ALL the things from LUSH (although I would really like to have all the stuff) because I would have to rob the bank to do that.

So I will see how my CONTROL eyeliner works and update it here with photos and more of the detailed review. So keep coming back for that!

Take care! Have a good Saturday afternoon!

Yui


Friday, July 20, 2012

Can't wait for the secret reveal!!

Tomorrow is the big day for LUSH because they are launching EMOTIONAL BRILLIANCE!!
I heard about this from Amber and Sarah when I visited them in store the other day. (there is a post about that from a few days ago if you want to read about it.)

What is EMOTIONAL BRILLIANCE?? What is so secret about it??

Apparently it is a whole new range of products from LUSH that is so different from the products they had.

I just got this invitation card for Saturday and I had to ask what it was about but they wouldn't tell! Of course, it is a secret.

It seems like it has a concept of tailor-made just for you. And there would be 30 new products!

WHAT IS ITTT!!!????

So when I came home I did a bit of research online and found out some amazing photos and reviews about it.
But I am not telling here! Because it will be revealed I public tomorrow anyway!!!

It will be released on 21st July all over the world. That means Australia and New Zealand Gets the product first!! How cool is that?! Now finally everyone is jealous of us, down under.

So I am going to go to my local LISH tomorrow I see the release of the new line on a special display and to experience all the fun!

Stay informed here to find out more about it!!

Good night! Have a lovely weekend!

Yui

Thursday, July 19, 2012

June favorite time!!

FINALLY the video is uploaded and available on YouTube. Phew!
It went after 5 attemps of uploading and, boy, it was a loooong day. (Actually it took 2 days.)


I apologize for the late June video. I really feel bad about this so I am so glad that it is finally there.
When I make the favorite videos, they tend to be long because I kidna review them at the same time, but not too much in details.
If the products deserve a full attention, like it is an amazing or very poor products, I would make a video dedicated more to the products.

Now, it is July and I am excited about so many things!
A lot of new products are coming out in July. And there are some stuff I have been trying out and I think there will be a BIG July fav. video!

Oh, oh, I got a package from Sigma today.
Sigma sent out my order and it got to my home (apparently) a while ago but it was sent back to my local post office and someone left the note (again apparently). But I seriously got nothing and have been emailing Sigma asking what is taking so long.
Well, turned out to be that they had it since 20th June. So more than 6 weeks, it had been sitting for 5 weeks waiting for me to pick up while I had no idea where it was .

So! Sorry, Sigma! It was not your fault all along!
And I got my package and photos and reviews are going to be posted separately on this blog as I try them out.

Hope you enjoy the video. Good night!

Love,

Yui

Lushy girls

Hi, long time no post! I knowwww. I have been making my June fav. video and a video about soap but my hard drive failed and I lost my data! I am so sad. :( you cannot trust your machines.

But there was something to smile about!! Today I met two awesome girls at LUSH!!

A new kiosk opened at my local shopping center and I am so happy! Now the shopping center smells good when I come in. :)

I have been loving my toothy tabs from LUSH because they are delicious!
Well, they are not yummy to be honest with you. They taste kinda funny on the tongue but if leaves my mouth and tongue so fresh and so sweet! I know it is not really making sense but it uses essential oils and you know these oils aren't going to taste good, right? But they smell so GOOD! So it makes a funny sensation while/after using them. It feels a bit uncomfortable to chew and break the tablets that taste weird but after the torture of the essential oils, my mouth is lovely and it smells like a rosy Turkish delight! And I think I do not have the gross morning breath either. I have used it a few times only but I never noticed the usual yucky feeling in the morning. (I am pretty sure you all know what it is like. )
This innovative, interesting product cost only $4. Yay, inexpensive LUSH!

They have DIRTY, which is a typical minty scent, Breath of God,which is sandal wood and vanilla, Ultrablast, which contains wasabi, even though you won't taste it, CHOO CHOO I love you, which is rosy one that I have.
They had some other flavors but I forgot. :P

Also I looooove Ro's argan body conditioner! It also smells kinda rosy and yummy. This is not a super sweet smell but kinda sweet like your mom is in your memory. When you were a kid, didn't you wonder why your mom smelled so sweet? I did.
So it smells gentle and sweet with a bit of rose in it.
How to use it is also interesting because you are supposed to put this on and leave it for a while and wash off, just like your hair conditioner. You can leave it on if you want to. I tried to leave it on today and I think the scent lingers a lit longer.

What I like about this is simply the smell and how gentle it is!!! This conditioner is a bit oily when you put it on your hands but the moisturizing effect does not last super long either. It is probably because I am used to what the hand creams and body moisturizers which contains silicone feel like.
Silicone are great sealant, so it does not let the moisture go, and safe to use on human skin, but LUSH is trying to make it all natural if possible, so they use the minimum amount of synthetic stuff. So when I look at the ingredients, this skin conditioner does not have silicone. I don't think it is super necessary but it is nice to have silicone free moisturizer, of course.

My favorite at the moment, even though I do not own it... I just go into LUSH store and get this all over my hands!!
Texture is very rich and it is very very VERY moisturizing. It leaves some kind of residue, but it is not too slimy.
It is a very pale pinkish nude colored cream. Kinda feels like jelly feeling. It is not runny.
I wish this came in a smaller half-sized jar or something because it is a bit pricey and all the LUSH stuff is fresh so I am not sure if I can use the whole jar within USE-BY date.


Pretty girls at LUSH!
Sarah, me and Amber.
Thanks to their friend for taking our photo. :)

We, girls know that black makes women look sexy. :P

Have a good night!

Love,
Yui

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Accessory haul time!

Accessory haul!!

So here I was at Diva store, and I picked up these awesome items for amazing prices!!


All of them for $16. I love a big bargain, who doesn't??
My fave fave favorite thing is my accessory organizer. This thing is really neat!
I will upload a photo of it with all the jewelry in it tomorrow.
My jewelry and accessories are looking like crammed food in ziploc bags now.
Yikes!
Finally they found a better place to rest. :)

I am working on this project to compare drugstore makeup wipes. Hopefully I will make some videos when I have some time. What do you think?
Let me know which is your favorite makeup wipes!