Yearly Archives: 2006

Have you ever wondered how models in magazines score that bright eye makeup or what celebrities use to make their eyeshadow stay on even after hours and hours of partying? The answer is simple. With MAC Water Base Mixing Medium, we can all get eye makeup that stays vibrate for hours.

The Water Base Mixing Medium is a transparent liquid made to dilute or mix with powder or liquid makeup. One tiny drop of this gem and your eyeshadow will stay on all day. The Mixing Medium can also be mixed with powder to create sheer to full, opaque coverage. Plus you can use to it to help make glitter adhere onto your skin.

To use the Mixing Medium, just squeeze one drop directly onto your eyeshadow brush. Dip the brush into your eyeshadow and do your eyes as usual.

One note on purchasing the Mixing Medium though. Make sure you get the water-based one if you are going to use it around your eyes. MAC also sells one that is alcohol-based, which can only be used for the body.

Finally saw Japanese manga-based movie Nana and needless to say, I really liked it. Although I was never into the punk look, I have to say Mika Nakashima looks *really* good in it. Everything about her just looks so awesome – her hair, her clothes and of course, her makeup! And since one of Nana’s major looks is smoky eyes (my favorite), I am going to write about it today.

Eyecon, Benefit’s newest eye treatment, contains extracts of sweet almond and apple fruit and claims to nourish, smooth, depuff, and fade dark circles. Since I was running low on my Juvena Ulti-max Eye, I picked up this cute little gem from Sephora and decided to give it a shot.

I have been using it day and night religiously for two weeks. The texture is just like most eye creams – not too thick nor too watery – and sinks right in. Although it didn’t do much fading my dark circles, it is definitely moisturizing and soothing.

My biggest complaint is the packaging. I hate eye creams that come in a jar – it just feels so insanitary to scoop the product out using your fingers! But other than that, this eye cream did what a basic eye cream should do. Plus at $26, it is definitely affordable.

Bottom line, I probably would not repurchase when I run out and I recommend this only if you’re not looking for something heavy-duty.

Besides the nude look, one of the hottest makeup trend this year is gold eyeshadow. Designers like Celine, Anna Sui and Michael Kors all sent their models on the runway with eyes rimmed in gold as shown in the pictures below. But unlike the cool-toned gold with glitter look from before (think Foxy Cleopatra from Austin Powers), the gold eyeshadow we see this year is a lot softer and more towards the warm side.