Tuesday, June 29, 2010

4th of July Makeup Inspired Look

It's almost July 4 ^_~ So I came up with a look inspired by the coming holiday. It's an everyday look so to those who are not that adventurous when it comes to makeup, this is pretty safe to wear.

How to achieve the look (eye makeup):
1. Using an eyeshadow brush, apply white shadow over your lids and under your brows.
2. Using a blending brush, take a deep red shadow and apply it along your crease moving towards the inner corner. Blend down the color towards the white eyeshadow applied to your lid to create a gradient effect.
3. Using the same brush, take a light brown shadow and apply to the outer corner moving above the edge of the red shadow on your crease area to soften the look. Blend until harsh edges are gone.
3. Re-apply white shadow under your brows to intensify the highlight.
4. With a wet liner brush, take a blue shadow and use it to line your lash line. Extend it over a bit to your lids. Apply the same to your lower lash line.
5. Intensify the look with a black liner. Do not put too thick line so the blue would still stand out.
6. Tight line your upper lash line to make your eye lashes look thicker.
7. Apply mascara.

Finish of your look with a peach blush and your favorite lipstick or gloss. ♥

Products used:
- Sigma Makeup brushes: duo fiber brush, small angle brush, tapered blending brush, eye shading brush, eyeliner brush, blending brush
- MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC42
- Coastal Scents 88 matte palette
- Chanel Powder Brush 13 Candy
- MAC Fluidline Blacktrack
- MAC Brow Set Beguile
- Paul & Joe Eyebrow Powder 01
- Paul & Joe Lipstick C 064
- Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect 257

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Beauty Bar Philippines Giveaway

I just "liked" the Beauty Bar Philippines Facebook page today and saw that they are giving away makeup products every week until July 15, 2010 :)

Quick Mechanics:
1. Pick the top 3 items you'd love to have in your "dream kikay kit" in their Dream Kikay Kit album.
2. Post your answer on their WALL, then tag three of your friends (type the "@" sign then type their name).
3. Wait for the draw results!

You can post as much as 3 entries per week.

Draw dates: (June 23 is over)
June 30, 2010: Entries for June 22-June 28
July 6, 2010: Entries for June 29-July 4
July 17, 2010: Entries for July 5 - 15, 2010

Beauty Bar Promos

If you love to shop at the Beauty Bar in the Philippines, then here's another reason why you would love it more! :) They are giving away 3 ModelCo Lip Duo and Lip Gloss and 1 ModelCo Mascara for every single receipt purchase worth Php3,500.00 of ModelCo products. :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Makeup Raffle: Sigma Makeup Sweepstakes

I know a lot of you wanted to win Sigma Makeup brushes so I just want to share with you guys that Sigma Makeup opened another contest on their FB page and right now opened it to twitter as well :) So if you have twitter, you can enter the Sigma Makeup sweepstakes to win a Complete Brush Kit and Hollywood Glamour kabuki brush through this link http://wfi.re/1c0jq. Also, if you are a fan in their facebook page, you can also submit an entry through the Sweepstakes tab.

They also have daily twitter contest so make sure you follow them. The twitter account is SigmaMakeup. :)

I haven't won anything as I am not lucky with raffle and random selection but I find it fun trying ^_~

Makeup Finds: Eyeko Makeup Products

Eyeko Beauty - London's Cutest Cosmetics!I found this new makeup product with really cute packaging. So if you are into collecting cute makeup items, you better check Eyeko. The company is based in London and yet the price is decent for a makeup product.

Offer of the WeekI am interested with their Tinted Cream specially this is good for summer and you want to keep your skin hydrated and at the same time achieve the bronzed look. Great when outdoors, specially the beach! :) The retail price is only £7.00 but you can get it free when you purchase $15/£10 worth of products this week.

If you are interested in buying, you can get a free gift by just typing in the promo code E9966. They offer free shipping to UK and Europe addresses and for orders above $55/£35 worldwide.

If any of you have purchased any of their products feel free to post your comments and reviews on the products!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

June Giveaway Winner Announcement!!

The lucky winner who gets the Sigma Makeup Travel Kit is.....

8 Pretty

You have 24 hours to email me and submit your complete name, phone number, address and your choice between Naughty in Black or Nice in Pink travel kit. Note that your email address should match the email you have posted in your entry. Once I verify your email via your winning account, I will be sending Sigma Makeup your details so they can ship you the prize. :) Delivery of goods would depend on Sigma's shipping standards. Please do not forget to LIKE Sigma Makeup Official Fan Page if you haven't yet and let us know when you get the items. ^_^

*If the winner did not contact me after 24 hours, I will pick a random number again to determine the new winner.

Thanks everyone for joining! I will be posting details of my next giveaway soon so watch out for it!

IQQU Beauty Products

To all Michelle Phan fans out there, she has her own line of beauty products IQQU. I got interested with her sunscreen since it can be worn over makeup ^_~ Sunscreens require to be re-applied after every 2 hours if you are under the sun so this could be very great to use. Saves time since I don't have to remove makeup, re-apply sunscreen and redo makeup once again.

I am using the same type of sunscreen from Obagi, which has a whipped consistency and powdery finish but comparing the prize of the IQQU with Obagi, I get more for less. So once my sunscreen is used up, I will give this a try and let you know what I think about it :)

Cute Jewelries and Accessories


Another non makeup related post but I am sooo addicted to earrings. Of course the best way to draw attention to the cute makeup is to add cute earrings.

I found this site and they are selling really nice earrings for cheap! http://www.hottrendzearrings.com/

I am planning on a haul from this site and let you know about it :)

Makeup Finds: Sedona Lace Makeup Palettes

I just recently got a new makeup palette :) It is an 88 color eyeshadow palette from Sedona Lace. I have a similar palette from Coastal Scents which I also love. ^_~

I also noticed that they are selling a 12 pc pink makeup brush kit which looks exactly like Sigma Makeup brushes but almost half its price. I haven't tried their brushes yet and I am a bit hesitant to try. I am not saying their brushes is not of good quality but I already have 3 sets of brushes of different brands that I am already using. If you are starting with makeup then I think this set is really good and affordable for starters. I've seen some other bloggers who gave good reviews to it so it might be worth a try.

If you are interested to buy their products you can visit their site. They usually do garage sales on Facebook and give discounts. They also host giveaways to their Facebook friends and twitter followers so if you haven't added them yet, then do so. :)

I will try post a review on the palette once I am able to test and try it for few weeks. If any of you have tried their products, then feel free to share your experiences with them to other viewers. :)

Friday, June 18, 2010

June Giveaway Finalists

This officially ends posting of entries for the June Giveaway. I have selected the 15 lucky finalists who still have a chance to win a Sigma Makeup Travel Kit of their choice. ^_~

2 LaJune Willis
3 Stavroula
4 isabelgonzalez1234
5 electrofied
6 ampanuto
7 Wynafer
8 Pretty
9 kookz' klai
10 Valentina
11 hanh
12 caramelogirl010
13 Ana Lu
14 MJ
15 Anonymous

Take note of the numbers assigned to you. This will determine the lucky number who will win the brush kit which I will randomly select via Random.org and will post tomorrow, June 20, 2010 at 12am CST.

To those who were not selected, thank you for joining! Don't give up for I will be hosting more giveaways in the future (hopefully we get to do this monthly) :).  Also if you have giveaway requests, let me know and post it in the Suggestion Box :)

To those interested, the brushes are available at http://www.sigmamakeup.com.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Weddings - June 2010

I did makeup for my friend's sister on her wedding day this June and I'd want to share some of the pics :)
The bride, night before the big day!

at work

final look

did makeup for my friend and her daughter too :)

I'll be posting more photos as I get them :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Asian Fashion Store

I know this is not about makeup but I want to share with you guys this very cool online fashion store :) Most of the designs are very Asian so expect that the sizes are kind of small. They also sell very pretty accessories ^_~


Friday, June 4, 2010

Makeup 101 - Color Basics

Knowing fundamentals of color and the color wheel is very important with makeup. Same with painting or any form of art, color plays a major role in makeup application. So how does the color theory comes in with makeup?

First, this is important to know what colors go well together - what accentuates another and what neutralizes it. Second, this is important in knowing what eye makeup would go best with your eye color. With different colors to choose from, you can either accentuate the color of your eyes or make it less obvious. Third, this is important to be able to correct flaws in the skin by knowing what colors mix together to cover up blemishes. Lastly, this is important for photography to know how different light colors affect the color you used for makeup.

The Color Wheel

The color wheel shows how colors relate to each other. Primary colors are the most basic of all colors. These are colors that cannot be made by combining any color. These are red, yellow and blue. When two primary colors mix, they form the Secondary colors - green, orange and violet. Lastly, tertiary colors are created by mixing a Primary and its adjacent Secondary color.

Notice that as you go in the circle, the color turns lighter until it gets white and as you get out of the circle the color darkens. These are what you call tint and shade of the color. The tint is a result of mixing one color with white while a shade is a result of mixing one color with black.

Also in the color wheel, the colors are grouped by tone - warm and cool. Yellow and violet are considered neutral tones since these two colors fall between the warm and cool tones. These colors are what we call a balance between the warm and cool tones.

Another concept that we need to remember about the color wheel is complimentary colors. These are the colors that are opposite each other in the color wheel. Using complimentary colors have different effects depending on how you use them. When you layer two complimentary colors, meaning you put one color on top of the other, these two neutralizes each other forming the color brown. This means, when you put two complimentary colors on top of each other, they neutralize each other. On the other hand, placing two complimentary colors beside each other intensifies each other's color. So to accentuate one color, we use its complimentary color by putting these colors beside each other.

Practical applications of color concepts to makeup:

1. Correcting blemishes. By knowing that complimentary colors neutralize each other when layered, we can easily choose what concealer color to use over blemishes depending on its color. For example, pimples or pimple scars are usually red. So in order to neutralize the redness, we use a green corrector concealer to neutralize the color before we apply foundation or a regular concealer over it. To know more details on how to use corrector concealers to remove blemishes, refer to my entry using MAKE UP FOR EVER 5 camouflage cream palette no 5

2. Accentuating your eye color. Most of us tend to neglect how the colors of our eyes add to the overall look when applying makeup. If you want to accentuate your blue eyes, choosing a shadow with an orange touch, like coral or peach, to your eyes could make your eyes bluer. Green eyes would look best in pink, red, burgundy colors. Brown eyes are tricky though. They usually fall under yellow category, so best colors could be shades of blue and violet like plum or baby blue. Also the good thing about brown eyes is they are somewhat neutral (remember yellow and violet falls under neutral line) so different colors go well with them.

So when choosing an eyeshadow, depending on how you want the color of your eyes to look or even the shadow would look on you, you need to consider what color to use. Like if you have blue eyes and you want to wear a blue or green eyeshadow, you can just either mix some orange shadow with it or line your under eyes with copper liner to accentuate your eyes as well as the eyeshadow more.

3. Makeup and photography. Lighting plays an important role in photography and knowing the color of lights being used when applying makeup for photography is very important. As a rule of thumb, the lighting color will fade out the same makeup color.
   a. Red or Yellow Light - darkens green, turns blue and violet to almost black and lightens red, orange and yellow to almost white.
   b. Green Light - darkens red, orange and yellow, turns blue and violet to dark green or black.
   c. Blue Light - darkens red and orange, lightens green and blue and turns yellow and violet to pale violet.
   d. Violet Light - darkens blue, lightens red, orange, green and violet and turns yellow to pink.

This concept does not mean you cannot experiment and you should restrict yourself from using other colors. Knowing this only provides you reference and help you understand why there are times some color make a very drastic or minimal change in your looks. This also help you experiment with colors and not limit possibilities that you can wear.

June Giveaway - CLOSED

We're up for another giveaway! I am very excited for this June because Sigma Makeup is sponsoring the prize. Sounds great right? The winner will get to pick between the Naughty in Black OR Nice in Pink Travel Kit from Sigma Makeup. :)
photo taken from Sigma Makeup

Contest Mechanics:
1. Post a comment answering the following questions:
    a. Which beauty topic discussed in this blog is your favorite and why?
    b. What makeup product you can’t live without?
    c. What Sigma Makeup product is your favorite to use or have been wanting to have?
2. Include your email address with your post for validation purposes. No email address in the comment automatically disqualifies your entry.
3. The 15 best answers will be chosen and announced on June 19 12AM CST. 
4. Out of the 15 chosen finalists, only ONE winner will be chosen via Random.org.
5. The Contest winner will be announced June 20 12AM CST. Once chosen you must email me at miyosia@gmail.com using your entry email your complete name, address, contact number and your chosen Sigma Makeup Travel Kit. I will then send these information to Sigma Makeup to ship the prize. Note that if your email does not match with the email you have provided in the contest, I will disqualify you and choose another winner.

Contest is open internationally.
*You can post as many entries as you like but quantity will not be my basis for choosing the finalists :)

Important Contest Requirements:
You need to be a subscriber or follower to my blog to be eligible to win. 
You must provide your email upon submission of entry. 
You must be willing to provide me and Sigma Makeup your complete name, home address, and contact number for shipping the prize.
You must really love makeup :)

Good luck everyone! :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

May Giveaway Winner Announcement!!

The lucky winner who gets the Limited Edition** Sigma Makeup SS187 Duo Fiber Brush is.....

7 groggyfrogs

You have 24 hours to email me and submit your complete name and address*. I will send you a secret code which you would need to post as a comment on this entry for verification. Once I verify your email via your winning account, I will be shipping the product to you. :) Please post a comment once you receive the product so I know. Delivery may take 2-3 working days for winners from Philippines, 5-7 working days for winners in Asia & Pacific and 10-14 working days for other countries in America, Africa and Europe.

*If the winner did not contact me after 24 hours, I will pick a random number again to determine the new winner.
**The brush is in old numbering which is now limited edition :)

Thanks everyone for joining! I will be posting details of my next giveaway soon so watch out for it!

My Sigma Makeup Complete Kits - Pink and Black

I just got the black brush kit I won from the Before and After contest hosted by Sigma Makeup :) I am excited because my pink kit found its twin!

Here are the photos of my 2 brush kits:

I am using the pink one for personal use and will now use the black kit for professional use in addition to my Suesh brush kit and my Sigma eye kit I am using for my clients.

For those interested, you may purchase these brushes by visiting the Sigma Beauty website.
Have fun and stay beautiful everyone!

♥ Miyo