I have gotten quite a number of questions about what brushes so today I will go over some of the brushes and tools I use for my face.
||MAC #190 Foundation Brush ($32)
I absolutely *love* this brush for applying liquid and cream foundations. It gives me that airbrushed look and never looks streaky. A great thing about using a foundation brush is that it makes application less messy – no more dirty hands yay! – and it makes your foundation last longer. Plus you end up using less foundation when you use a brush. If you don’t own a foundation brush, please go get one.
For those are you who are considering getting a bikini wax for the summer, I say go all the way and get a Brazilian instead! I had my first Brazilian a few months ago and now I am totally hooked!
So how does a Brazilian wax differ from a regular bikini wax? Basically, a Brazilian wax involves removing all the hair down there or all except a landing strip. This form of hair removal was founded by a group of Brazilian women in New York in the 80s but did not gain its popularity until the 90s. Brazilian waxes normally run from $60 to over $100. The first time I got it done, I paid $90 for it. Expensive? Yes but totally worth it. The area was so smooth and the hair did grow back finer and a lot less. As for the pain, it did hurt but was totally bearable. I could walk perfectly fine afterwards and there was no swelling or breaking out either.
Here’s the real deal to the sale of Stila. I used to really like their eyeshadows and palettes – this is *so* sad =(*****************************************************************
Stila, formerly owned by Estee Lauder, is officially sold to an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc. in April. A new management team, operating under the name Stila Corp., will lead the brand.
Stila is currently being pulled from all counters. The brand will still be carried at Sephora, Sephora.com, select Bloomingdales, Barneys NY, Fred Segal, select Anthropolgie stores, select Bloomingdales and most likely online at Stilacosmetics.com. Sephora will only be carrying 50% of the line. Bloomingdales will carry 100%.
The Pro stores located at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA and Valley Fair in Santa Clara, CA will close in July. They will not get any new stock or new collections. The Pro Store at Beverly Center in Los Angeles, CA will stay open.
There is no information about Stila’s availability outside the US.
A lot of people have asked me what’s the correct order to put makeup on but to be honest, I do not think such a thing exists. Different people have different ways of doing things. It is true that there are certain rules you should stick to but I personally think you should just do whatever works best for you. Here is how I do my makeup everyday in 6 simple steps:
Step 1: Prep my skin
Wash my face with water –> Apply eye cream, lotion and sunscreen
Step 2: Base
Apply primer (if necessary) –> Apply concealer under eyes, around the nose or any areas that needs coverage –> Apply a thin layer of powder all over to set the makeup
Step 3: Eyes
Fill in my eyebrows –> Prep my eyelid with a primer (if necessary) –> Apply eyeshadow and blend –> Line my upper eyelid –> Curl lashes –> Apply mascara –> Comb through lashes to make sure there are no clumps –> Curl lashes again
Step 4: Cheeks
Apply blush onto my apples/cheekbones –> Highlight the bridge of my nose
Step 5: Lips
Apply lip balm –> Apply lipstick/lip gloss
Step 6: Check everything
Look into the mirror under natural sunlight to make sure everything is well-blended –> Spray my face with a finishing spray or water
NOTE: If you are doing dark eye makeup, it would be wise to do your eyes before the rest of your face. This way, if you make a mess, you can just clean it up and not have to redo your foundation/concealer/powder.
To make things easier for you guys, I have categorized my past entries and listed them under the archives. Now all you gotta do is put your mouse over a certain topic and a list of related entries will appear. You can then click on a certain entry to view it. Let me know if you guys are having problems with this.
When it comes to makeup, I think Japan has definitely got some of the best products! I used to have easy access to all these wonderful Japanese brands when I was living in Hong Kong but now that I am living in the US, I can only drool over them online *sigh* Anyway, here are some links to a few brands that I really like. These sites have a lot of info on them – clips, makeup breakdowns, product info etc. Check them out!
Maquillage (formerly known as Pied Nus)
S & Co.
Base Products: RMK, Kesalan Patharan, Inoui ID
Lipglosses: Baby Pink, Parado
Eyeshadows: T’estimo, Majolica Majorca, Kate, Maquillage
Mascara: Fasio, Dramatical, Visee
Eyeliner: Majolica Majorca, Inoui ID