Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Boyfriend (Guy) Beauty Test by Shaaanxo




Shannon Harris, above, one of my favorite beauty bloggers of all time, posted this video on Youtube on testing a guy's beauty knowledge. She is from New Zealand, has her own beauty brushes line, XO Beauty, and has been a video guru for such a long time! Check her out! Anyways, I decided to try out her Beauty Test on a poor unsuspecting guinea pig below.

How my guy friend scored:

1) 8
2) 0
3) 0
4) 0 and 0 – foundation brush, eyeliner brush
5) 0
6) 1
7) 1
8) 0
9) 1
10) 0
11) "You put this on your cheeks?" 0 elf HD setting powder
"Well it says here you put it on before you makeup, so is this eyelid primer?" 0 Clinique redness solutions primer 
HE GOT TO READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS
12) 9


20 points

I have been doing makeup for about 2 years seriously, and I think he did a good job, though I did sneak him a point when he mentioned "Naked", which is not technically a brand, but it is a line within Urban Decay. Surprisingly he also named "Victoria's Secret" and "Forever21" as makeup lines, which as a store, they do carry. 

For the outer v, he ran his fingers along an upside down V on the sides of his nose.

That's not even a V, more like a Lambda or an A?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Whirlwind Day in the Big Apple


Yesterday I was able to meet the wonderful and (even more glamorous-in-person) Jessica Ricks of Hapa Time! I was so excited, I could barely contain my enthusiasm. Seriously, what better way can you cap off a day trip into the city? The bebe X GLAMOUR event was very fancy, the whole store alight with color and shimmer, making me miss summer. Come quicker spring! Dreaming about a little sun these days for sure.

Dinner consisted of an amazing meal at Miss Korea. Guys, I'm not kidding, K-Town is where my stomach wants to LIVE. After logging it back to the dorms, I ended the night eating about a fourth of a full sized Korean creme cake from Tous Les Jours, a chain bakery with the best angel-fluffed frosting you've ever had melt in your mouth. (Get the Strawberry one.)

Had I woken up earlier I definitely would have tried Aburiya Kinosuke again for lunch. If anyone has a craving for traditional Japanese food (no California rolls here, sorry) go to 213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017! Is it bad that I sort of live for their Miso Cod? Maybe this fall, when I start my job, I can come here for a once a month treat to myself. 

My outfit is a white scarf (Divided by H&M), denim jacket (Levi's), beige and black dress (SheInside). I ran into the bebe store right as I was leaving the Columbus Circle Shopping Center, to look for the dress Jessica was wearing and I was right -- it definitely is bebe. Does Jessica have impeccable taste, or what?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Brown Smokey Eyes and Bold Brows Look

I like to play up just 2 features on my face per day.

I just got a bunch of new ELF products and so today's look is a high and low end look. My lips are horribly chapped so I cropped that out!

1) Brows - ELF Eyebrow Kit in Dark, used the tinted wax and the setting powder, with an angled eyeliner brush.

2) First layer, NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Dark Brown smudged with ring finger all over the lid. Next, I layered a shimmering light metallic brown Urban Decay eye shadow over that with a Sephora eyeshadow brush (got them on sale, $7 for two). Seems like the shimmer UD eye shadows have a lot of fall out so the sticky cream base of the NYX eye pencil helped it hold.

3) Finally, I used the Almay automatic eyeliner in black shimmer on the lower lash line, and a few coats of Maybelline's the Falsies Flared mascara in non-waterproof on my short, but naturally curled eyelashes.

Photos taken by my lovely suitemate, Joanna Zheng on a borrowed DSLR Canon T3i.

I apologize for the lag between posts! I just haven't gotten enough free time to blog or post lately due to school work, but graduation is soon so maybe this summer I'll really revamp this site!