Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What I've Been Up To

Hi peeps! Sorry if I've been on hiatus for sometime and haven't been posting tutorials lately. Something came up with my personal life which is giving me so much stress and dreadfully causing my skin to breakout :( I haven't had skin problems before aside from having some dry areas under my eyes and around my nose but lately I am starting to have pimples. (I need a week in the spa to relax maybe)

I know this is way too late to announce but I finally got my Limited Edition Urban Decay Book of Shadows III UD♥NYC and Eye Primer :) I ordered it from US so it took a long route to Singapore then finally to Philippines! yay! I will be working on different looks out of this palette so watch out for it. Also, I finally was able to order the NAKED palette! After almost 2 months of wait can you believe that? :) It's on its way so I would most likely get it by mid or end of November. I hate how I have to order it from US, have it ship to Singapore and finally to Philippines but for the love of makeup.. I guess it's worth the wait :)

Last weekend, I stayed at Edsa Shangri-La hotel to give myself personal time off, unwind and allow myself to relax a bit. Do I sound problematic? haha! Oh well, I booked an executive suite at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel, invited my cousin and her cute little niece over, did some shopping and tried to divert my mind from depressing thoughts. I am also happy to announce that I am back to taking photos again! Here are some shots that I took of the place and my niece.










Thanks to my super cute model, Stefanie Ang.


Miyo

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I made a Tumblr!

OK I really didn't plan to add another reason to remember a new username and password, but my niece has been requesting me to make one and I have to give in. Apparently, I kind of figured out the site finally and realize that this is actually very convenient if you are into document just everything about yourself. LOL

Anyway, if you guys want to know things about me on a more personal level then you can follow me http://miyosia.tumblr.com/ :) I usually post not make-up stuff there also I have set this blog to auto update my tumblr as well. The only difference is that I would be posting personal stuff - photos, status and videos not related to makeup.

If you have tumblr let me know ^_~

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Favorite Jewelry Picks from Fantasy Jewelry Box

I found this cool jewelry store that offers silver and gold jewelries for very cheap price. I love jewelries (more than I love clothes) so I want to share with you my favorite pieces from their shop. This also serves my wishlist for future jewelry purchases ^_~ For more desings, visit http://www.fantasyjewelrybox.com

Rings:
Earrings:

Monday, October 11, 2010

What is Your Favorite Nail Polish Color?

I remember when I was in college that I got addicted to nail polish and I kind of changed colors every week. I like to experiment with different shades and hues, and I go from safe neutral polishes to wild colorful dark ones. I've seen a lot of girls in twitter who talk about Eyeko polishes so I checked and saw that they offer really cool colors to choose from.

I wasn't sure about its quality but when I sent the polish as prize to some of the random winners drawn from last month's giveaway, one winner, Thifa, sent me a photo and I was amazed. ^_~ This week they are giving free Vampira Polish if you purchase at least $15 dollars from their site. So if you are wondering what colors they have, here are the complete list of colors available in the www.eyeko.com

photo from www.eyeko.com

If you were to ask me, I would go for Vintage, Tea Rose, Petite, Chi Chi, Posh, Nude and Lilac polishes. How about you? What is your favorite polish color?

If you have tried any of these nail polishes, please post a photo of you wearing the polish on my facebook page, Makeup by Miyo, I would definitely love to see how beautiful they look like ^_~

Limited Edition Eyeko Fat Balms Available for Pre-order

Eyeko brings back the Fat Balm! It is in its limited edition packaging and available for pre-order which is estimated to be available for shipping in 2-3 weeks. The balm is bigger than the usual lip balm and is designed to use for lips and cheeks. It is infused with light reflecting particles, moisturizing Jojoba oil and SPF 15. It is also mineral oil and lanolin free. This product retails for only $10.

The shades and hues available are the following:

BEST SELLER! Eyeko Strawberry Fat Balm
Create the perfect pink pout to enhance your natural lip colour and dab on to cheeks too for a fruity flush.

Eyeko Raspberry Fat Balm
Just-bitten lip-look! Keeps lips satin smooth and adds a warm glow to cheeks.

Eyeko Minty Fat Balm
Sweeten lips and freshen breath with this sheer, iridescent pink, menthol balm.

NEW! Eyeko Cherry Fat Balm
Red lips are a classic trend revisited each season and one slick of Eyeko Cherry Fat Balm is perfect for lipstick virgins.  Flatters all skin tones!

NEW! Eyeko Frosting Fat Balm
For lip-smacking deliciousness, pick this frosted sugar-pink with a hit of cup cake fragrance.

NEW! Eyeko Toffee Fat Balm
Creamy caramel for a polished nude lip look and incr-edible toffee scent-sation!

You may purchase this product in www.eyeko.com and use my ambassador code E9966 for a free gift. Also do not forget to enter the code for their offer of the week VAMPIRA in the special comments box during checkout to get a free Vampira Polish for orders above $15. Shipping is free worldwide for orders above $55 ^_~

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sigma Hollywood Glamour Review - Mirror and Kabuki

Hi everyone :) I know I have been MIA for a while and I haven't posted so much lately. This has already been long overdue so I would like to make a short review of 2 cute items I got from Sigma Makeup - these are the Heart Shaped Mirror in Blue Lagoon and the Flat Top Retractable Kabuki in Purple.

Erin from Sigma sent me the mirror last month so I can review the product and help me with the affiliate program. How sweet is that? As for the kabuki, I am a purple freak so that didn't escape from me and I really had to buy it ^_~.

Hollywood Glamour Flat Top Retractable Kabuki - Purple

I remember myself posting in twitter how I wish Sigma Makeup would release purple brushes since I am so in love with the color. I got a DM from Sigma Makeup telling me that my wish might come true and 4 months after that they introduced the Hollywood Glamour Flat Top Retractable Kabuki in purple :)

The kabuki came in the same packaging as that of the first 3 retractable kabukis that they introduced. The only difference is that its top is flat, while the other three are round.

The kabuki is made of synthetic bristles, which Sigma just recently released as what they call the Synthetic Sigmax HD filament, designed for high definition, flawless makeup application. The site says that the "shape, density and height of the filaments were carefully engineered to perfectly buff products onto the skin, resulting in a high definition effect." Also, its fibers were claimed not to absorb product as much as other brushes do.

My Verdict: First, if you love the color then it will definitely be a plus since they chose a really posh purple shade which I think is the elegant purple shade. Second, if you already have purchased the F80 and loved it then you will fall in love all over again with the flat top kabuki when you see this one.

Even if this is made of synthetic bristles, honestly without knowing it is synthetic, I would have mistaken it for natural one. The brush is really soft, maybe even softer than one made of natural bristles. The first time it touched my face, I thought if it as a powder puff in a brush form. It is so soft that I developed this addiction of needing to brush it against my face even if I don't have to apply powder or any product on. Crazy, I know! ^_~

How the size of the brush was designed is alright- not too big and not too small. When I used to look at the brush in photos, I thought it was about a bit bigger than a lipstick and felt that the brush would be a miniature size of F80. So I have assumed that it would take longer for me to apply foundation or powder with this since the area it can cover will not be as much as the full size one. I was surprised to see that the amount of bristles on this is the same as the full size one.

The only difference that I noticed is that the full size is more compact than this. The bristles of the retractable kabuki are loosely bound than that of the full size one. I am not sure if this is something good or bad, but it depends on how you want to use it. I prefer density of the full size one when buffing and blending foundation, but I like the density of the retractable one when I am applying contours and blush. Even so, you can still achieve the same density as that of the full size with this small one, you just lift the retractable part to make the bristles compact and presto you have your full size kabuki brush to buff and blend :)

The only thing that I worry about this is if it would be rusty after some period of time. Also, I am particular with dents and since its case is made of aluminum (I think) metal, it is prone to scratches. So if you are very particular about that, I don't suggest throwing it in with the rest of the products that you have in your makeup kit. Put it somewhere in your purse where there are no hard or sharp objects.

Improvement ideas: It would be cool if its base can be something you can put a loose powder or blush pearls in. Then you only need to bring this and a lipstick with you. :)

Heart Shaped Mirror - Blue Lagoon

As I have mentioned, Erin sent me this product so I can review and use it as a sample for being a Sigma Affiliate. I have no idea what color she will be sending when I got the email but I was wishing hard that it would be the Pink Fire or the Blue Lagoon. I was so happy that she sent me the color that I want :D

Impression: OK when I first opened the box and took the mirror out, all I can say was this is jaw dropping! I mean literally! I don't know but maybe I am just easily amazed by anything that sparkle LOL. Anyway, I brought this as work to show to some girls and it was funny that guys also had to look at it too.

The mirror has rhinestones which is individually perfectly placed on the surface of its lid. The base has a Sigma engraving with a removable plastic protector to prevent it from scratches. I suggest you not remove the plastic if you want your mirror to look new and scratch free. Inside it has 2 mirrors, one with normal magnification and another with x5 magnification.

My Verdic: I find this mirror handy when you need to go on a formal event because it is like a jewelry and is available in different colors which can compliment your dress. It includes a black velvet pouch so you really don't have to worry about damaging it when you throw it in your purse with your other stuff.

Although, I think this mirror is only good as something you can use to check yourself and ensure that you still look OK during the day. If you are looking for something you can bring along so you can apply makeup on the go then this is too small to use. I definitely would love to bring this with me on a date :D

I think this is something that one color won't be enough. If you are into accessories, then I am sure you would won't be satisfied with just one color and you would have the need to buy at least 2-3 colors, or maybe all, to match your outfit. ^_~


*photos are taken from www.sigmabeauty.com
**This review is solely  my own and not in any way influenced by the company. The mirror is provided by Sigma Makeup for review and the kabuki brush is purchased by me.

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Sigma Product Alert: New Synthetic Brushes for High Definition Makeup Application

Sigma launched another line of brushes called Sigmax. It's cool to know that Simone actually took effort to perfect a brush line and develop an innovation never before seen in any makeup product.

As described in the sigmabeauty.com, "The brushes in this collection feature exclusive Sigmax filament, specially designed to apply powder and liquid products without absorption into the fibers. The shape, density and height of the filaments were carefully engineered to perfectly buff products onto the skin, resulting in a high definition effect."

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Quick Hair Tip for Luxy Hair

I was thinking about getting another set of hair extensions, this time from Luxy Hair. Since I am subscribed to their Youtube account, I was so excited to share with you that they are giving away 3 Luxy Hair sets (1 160g set and 2 120g sets) to their subscribers. ^_~ How cool is that?

2 winners will be coming from those submitting them a video response and 1 winner will be drawn via random.org from the text comments. :)

Here's my entry and some quick tips on how to care for your hair :)

Have fun and stay beautiful everyone!

♥ Miyo