Saturday, December 28, 2013

Foundation Tutorial for Full Coverage Foundation

Yay, there is another tutorial here! It's been a while since I did my last tutorial, so I am relieved to be back on track.

This video is about how to apply a full coverage liquid foundation for natural finish.
And by natural, I mean "you can't detect where it starts and where it begins and you can believe that it is your REAL skin".
Recently, natural started to mean minimum and bare. It is true in a sense, but in makeup world, natural look does not necessarily mean that you are not wearing makeup at all.

I believe that natural look is supposed to be somewhat made up but no dramatic colors or lines on the face. You might be able to see makeup on the person but it contributes her (or him) looking pretty, not MAKEUP looking pretty, I think.
I think it is kinda hard to explain. But I hope you get the idea.

A lot of full coverage foundations I tired have cakey, thick-looking finish. It is due to the thick consistency in the formula and I do not like it.
When I put it on, it looks fake and obvious that I am wearing a foundation. Plus, if they come off for all different reasons like rain, sweat and rubbing/scratching, it is so obvious to the world that my foundation came off patchy.

I realized the most effective way to apply foundation to make it look natural like you are not wearing anything, but still covering things and making your skin look more even is applying your foundation thinly in many layers, rather than applying one thick coat of it.

When you have a closer look at your face, most of the people, including myself, don't need full coverage EVERYWHERE. There are bits like cheek and around nose that needs more coverage and there are other bits like forehead and outer parts of thee face that doesn't need much coverage.
So why apply foundation like crazy everywhere and make it look like you have a full face mask?
Of course, to make it look even, you need to apply foundation everywhere, even your neck, but how much of it you need to apply really depends on the places of your face.

So how do you achieve such a thing without a fuss with only one full coverage foundation?
Well, that's what this video is about.

Like I said in the description of the video as well, I like using my (fake) beautyblender sponge.
But you can get the very similar effect with cheap disposable latex sponge too!
With this, you can either chuck the sponge after use to keep it easy or you can wash it and dry to use it a few times to save some money. Either way, I think it is a cool method.

Also even in summer, just a dust of face powder with this method would keep your foundation in place much longer too. What a bonus!

Hope you enjoy!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Summer Skincare Favorites 2013

Yay! Finally things are up and running!
I had terrible luck with YouTube after I came back from Japan and my computer had to be restored. It took like more than 7000 minutes to upload a 5 min. video. I had to figure out why but it just took so long. Video editing and uploading DOES take a lot of time, in case you don't know, so I had a lot of misses and now I hit it right and it is all good, I think.

So here is the Skincare fav. and I still have to edit makeup video and film one of those What's my favorite of hair care. Phew, I seems like I never catch up to my list of videos I have to make.

I think the skincare is a very subjective field, to be honest.
You like something because, well, your skin behave better to it. And everyone's skin is so different.
It is not just about preference, it is about your skin's tolerance too.
Unfortunately, I have sensitive skin, especially for face, so I have narrower choice of skincare. But if you suffer from it like I do, you might see the light of hope with this video.

As I keep saying, all the reviews are 100% honest opinion of mine, but it doesn't mean that it is true and same for everyone and my opinion might change with time. But I can guarantee that it was very true and honest at the time of filming.

I am so happy that I can share my favorites and non-favorites with you and I will keep doing it. :)

Hope everyone is getting ready for this festive season!



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hi there! I am back!

Aaand I honestly don't know where to start to explain.

Long story short, I was back in Japan again in October/November as my much-loved cat and grandfather had passed away.
Even though my parents suggested that I didn't have to fly back to Japan just to attend the wake and funeral, I really wanted to come back and say goodbye properly to my grandfather. Also as I didn't come back when my cat Moizy died, so it was a good timing for me to come back and help my family get through hard times.

I went back to Japan from March to June this year to take care of my cat as he was very sick and everyone, including his vet, thought he was dying. My parents called me and said that it might be the only chance to say goodbye to him so I took the next plane available back home.
Surprisingly he got so much better after I got there as if he was showing me how strong he can be and that is why I didn't know when to leave him and come back to Sydney. After three months, I decided that he should be fine without me because he got so much better and it was time for me to come home where my partner, now my fiance was waiting.

Then on 15th Oct., he went to a kitty heaven. I heard that it was a peaceful moment and he didn't suffer. As there was not much I could do, I decided to stay in Sydney.
My family told me that I had done enough already in March and Moizy should know it and he shouldn't mind that I wasn't coming home to say hi to his remains.
Then 2 weeks after that, my grandfather had passed away and I flew back this time. The reason was, it was very hard when Moizy passed away and I never got a chance to say goodbye properly as I was here all the time, so the grief lingered too. So this time I wanted to say it so that I can cope with it better.
The wake and funeral of my grandfather was very good and peaceful. We talked about him and we really celebrated his life with a bit of tears here and there. It was a good one, a little odd to say but it is true.
It is always hard to say goodbye to people, alive or dead. You should't be sad for too long but you should never forget, I think this is what is the best. It can only imagine how hard it is to lose someone and there are reminders of your life with that person everywhere and everyday. I will know it when I lose someone very close to me. So far my fiance and my parents are alive so I will not know in a near future, hopefully.
Although some moments were very sad, I am not too depressed. Of course, I miss my kitty and grandpa, but it is not like I am super depressed and I wouldn't go out or anything. I am okay. :)

After that, I came back to Sydney, I started a new business of my own, computer crash (second time this year, ugh!) and YouTube errors... So many things were driving me crazy.
So today I finally have some time to sit down at the completely restored computer and write all about it. Phew! Most of the things here are a bit sad and deep...
I apologize for not being so active on youtube and here this year.
As you can tell, I was going back and forth between Sydney and Tokyo pretty much all the time and it was very a challenging year for me in many ways.
I am keeping it positive though. You can go on a boring flat road and see only the same horizon everyday or you can go on a steep rocky road to find a better view. Harder it is, more rewarding. I think it is true somewhat.

So many things had happened after the last post, so I honestly don't know where to begin telling you about but I will make post about them one by one.
And there is a new makeup video coming up. YAAAAYYY! and FINALLY!!! Sorry that I had you all waiting. But here I go again!

So it was a little update and I hope you have better idea what was going on in my life and why I was so quiet. :P
Now I am going to roam around and make videos and have my business up and running! Gosh, too many things but it must be fun!

Hope you have a good day today.