Here are a couple of ways to reduce your excess baggage without going under the knife:

*Put something cold over your eyes. Ice, cold compresses, tea bags or even a cold spoon all work great.

* Put two slices of potatoes, one over each eye for 10-15 minutes.

* Use the right kind of makeup. To make bags look less visible, first use concealer to camouflage your undereye circles. Then apply a lighter concealer or a highlighting powder right below your bags. This will create the illusion that the area right under your bags is jutting out and in turn makes your bags appear less prominent.

* Use an eye cream with caffeine. Try MAC’s Fast Response Eye Cream – it really works!

* Cut down on salt and alcohol.

* Although this sounds gross but Preparation H have been used by makeup artists on models forever. The yeast extract and shark oil that it contains are thought to be the active ingredients for reducing puffiness.

* Treat allergies if you have them.

Jane Blushing CheeksWhile I love my NARS Orgasm Blush, Jane Blushing Cheeks in Blushing Plum is a great and affordable alternative. Despite the word “plum”, there is nothing plummy about it. Instead, the color is a gorgeous peach with fine shimmer that applies smoothly and with good pigmentation. The little black pot it comes in does look a little tacky but hey, at $3 a pop, I really can’t complain.

I will be starting off a list of blush reviews as requested by some of you. I personally prefer powder blushes over cream because they last longer and are easier to apply. Plus when you use a cream blush and blend too much, you might end up rubbing the color off.

Bourjois Little Round Pot BlushTo start off, let’s look at Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush, the the product that got Bourjois its fame.

The blush comes in a cute round pot with a built-in mirror and brush so you can apply on the go. It also has a baked texture that transforms into an ultra-fine pressed powder. I have Rose D’or 34, a shimmery rose petal pink color that is too too gorgeous to resist. The powder goes on super pigmented with a sweet rosy smell and when I apply this on my apples, it makes me look like a doll. I’m definitely going to start collecting these.

Below is a picture of me wearing the Rose D’or 34:

Wearing Bourjois Rose D'or 34 Blush

I have been getting quite a number of messages from people asking me what hair dye I use so here are a couple of reviews:

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & BandwidthClairol Hydrience Hair Color ($7)
I got this in Ruby Twilight, a dark burgundy. The color barely showed up (you can only see it under the sun) and it made my hair a little dry. So despite how pretty it looked on the box, I don’t think I would buy this again.

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & BandwidthL’oreal Preference Shine Extending Hair Color ($8)
I bought this in Medium Brown hoping to cover up my roots (I have bleached medium brown hair at the time). At first, it made my hair a lot darker, almost like a light black. But after a week, the color somehow faded to a dark brown. Unlike other hair dye, it also made my hair very smooth and soft. I will definitely repurchase this.

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & BandwidthRevlon Frost & Glow Highlighting Kit ($7)
Do not let the cheesy packaging fool you, this is probably the best highlighting kit out there. I used it on my medium brown hair and I actually got caramel blonde highlights that is oh-so-pretty. The kit also comes with a cap and a plastic needle. They were a little difficult to use but once I got the hang of it, it was not that bad. Plus the color turned out beautifully with no brassiness. Highly recommended!

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & BandwidthRevlon Colorsilk Hair Color ($3)
I have this in Medium Ash Brown. I have used this twice and the color turned out pretty good both times. My hair experienced some dryness but after I did some deep conditioning, it was not a big problem. Plus at $3 a box, you really cannot beat the price.

Since it is St. Patty’s day, I would like to write about one of my favorite eyeshadow colors – green. As we all know, green is notorious for making brown eyes pop. It is also an uber versatile color – you can pair it with blue, purple, gold, black and brown plus you can create different looks with different greens. For a sultry look, do a smoky eye with a darker, mossy green. If you just want a hint of color to brighten up your eyes, pick a pastel green. Go with a bright green when you’re in a fun mood. Below are some of my picks that would look *hot* on Asian eyes: