Thursday, January 5, 2012

Urban Decay Hautelook Haul and Look

I finally caved and ordered from Hautelook (invite link) when Urban Decay was on. 

UD was one of the first major makeup purchases I made.  I remember my friend Diane (who was going to beauty school at the time) came out to visit me and she had an UD pallet and some Bare Minerals.  I was in love.  Before, I was using regular drug store stuff and wasn't really thrilled with what it was doing for/to me.  Diane also was a miracle worker and made me look gorgeous! My next paycheck was spent at Ulta on BE and UD.  I love the vibrancy of UD colors and the pigmentation is amazing.  I learned to mix colors I wouldn't normally mix together... you don't always have to play it safe with using colors all in the same family.

Its been a few years and I've branched out and bought many other brands since.  I do love me some UD, but I've since gone more indie.  I decided it was time to purchase form UD again.  The prices were so freaking amazing, how could I not?!

Here is what I got:

Tinted Moisturizer in Bodyguard ($3)
Liquid Liner in Ecstasy ($2)
24/7 Liners in Dime and Baked ($2/each)

I spent $9+shipping.  One UD eyeliner retails at $18.  My guess is that they are changing packaging and/or discontinuing these items, but still... its a steal!

I love the 24/7 pencils and the liquid liner.  I did not like the tinted moisturizer.  The moisturizer made me break out terribly and it was too dark.  I thought medium/light would work for me since I'm not completely pale.  I'll be seeing if my niece would like to try it since she is a bit darker than me and her skin might agree with the formula.

Here is a very quick look I did using most of the products.
Please excuse those eyebrows.  :(

obviously Bodyguard it too dark on me.

What I used:
UD Bodyguard Tinted Moisturizer all over face
CS Neutral pallet all over eye (1 color)
UD Ecstasy eyeliner on upper lid
UD Dime eyeliner on lower waterline
CG Lash Blast mascara

What has been your favorite Hautelook purchase?  How about your favorite Urban Decay product?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Clarisonic... I love you!

For months I've been saying how I would love to get a Clarisonic... but seeing as they start at over $100... I couldn't get myself to buy one.  Apparently, Ling does listen to me when I talk about these things because while we were out running errands the other day, he drove me over to Ulta and told me to go in there and get it.  So what'd I do?... I went in and got myself a Mia 2!!

Unfortunately, it came with Philosophy's Purity, which drys me out like crazy.

Before I could open it up, I made myself finally create a lightbox (which I've been wanting to do for some time, really).  So, all the pics were taking in my new contraption.

I need to play around with the lighting and settings on my camera, but I thought it looked better than my old back drop.

Anyway, back to the Clarisonic...

It's AMAZING!  Totally worth every penny already.  My face is so soft and smooth and even the redness on my cheeks has calmed down.  I've used it 5 times (AM and PM) since getting it and I'm amazed that I'm seeing results already.  Yesterday, I didn't have to put a liquid foundation on before putting on my airbrush makeup... it really has reduced the redness.  I've also noticed that I haven't gotten any wonky acnes either.  I usually have at least one.

Overall... BEST beauty purchase I've ever made!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Chinovi and alien hair!

Hey guys!  First and foremost... HAPPY NEW YEARS!  I hope everyone had a great time celebrating this last month with all the holidays!

This is going to just be a quick post. 

I know I had mentioned previously, that I am creating my own makeup company.  I decided to let Chinovi has it's own blog so this could remain my personal one.  If you are interested in follow my other blog for updates regarding my company, specials and opening, please follow me on Chinovi's blog.

Now, on to fun things!!

I do have a few looks to post... I just haven't had time to edit down all the photos.  But here is a funny one for you.  My friend Jeremy loves watching Ancient Aliens(as do we), and we all love Giorgio Tsoukalos' insane hair (it gets bigger every season and his face gets oranger).
Dreamy, right?

Anyway... I told Jeremy a few weeks ago that I would totally do his hair on NYE to mimic Giorgio's... and here is what we came up with...

I don't know why Ling took photos from this most unflattering angle.
I had fun and he had great hair... it was easy peasy... and VERY flammable. 

Does anyone else her watch Ancient Aliens?  I'm not sure I really believe most of the stuff they say on there... but it is always entertaining!