Is makeup really necessary? A beauty beginner’s guide to your 1st basic makeup look.

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What is the purpose of make-up?

I recently have this discussion with different groups of friends that includes both guys and girls. The first answer that most people will say is that makeup is to enhance beauty. Although contrarily when you ask most guys if they like girls with makeup, almost more than half of them will automatically say no.

I have a feeling that the reason behind this is because whenever we mention makeup; most people automatically picture CAKE FACE!

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The cakey foundation, heavy bronzer/highlighter (aka contouring) , crazy eyebrows, electric eye shadow and droopy lipstick/gloss.

Not only is this a turn-off for guys, it is a turn-off for girls who are curious and want to learn more about make-up as well. The argument I get from girls who don’t wear makeup is that makeup is ‘fake’ and unnatural. Or the simple fact that they are lazy and makeup is expensive.

Now I understand that just because you are a girl it doesn’t mean you are born “girly”.

Take me for example. What I learned from mom from an early age is that comfort and price is the most important. Whenever I go shopping with mom we always look for the cheapest and most comfortable clothes. That plus the fact that I was majorly active with sports and martial arts? Yea I was one hell of a tom boy.

The very topic of ‘beauty’ can be very intimidating. From the inside we have eating healthy, exercising regularly, sleeping well and handling mental stress. On the outside we have fashion, accessories, jewelry, shoes, handbag, perfume, makeup, skin care, hair maintenance, nails, etc.

Now there are different levels of involvement in ‘beauty’. It can be very overwhelming and exhausting just to read that list above. But it really doesn’t have to be all that complicated. Back to the topic of makeup, let’s have a look at this Reddit post I came across the other day:

A brief sociological experiment

In case you couldn’t read the captions:

No Make-up:
– “You look different.”
– “You look so tired!”
– “Are you sick?”

No Make-up Make-up:
– “You look so lovely without makeup!”

Everyday Make-up:
– No comments.

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– “I love your lipstick!”
– “Why are you wearing so much make-up?”

One of the top comment from this post nails the idea:
“Well it’s kind of how society is today. Everyone sees most women with flawless skin and assumes that’s how they naturally look because they don’t see the make up on.”


As you can see, makeup does not equal cake-face. One simple comparison my boyfriend came up with is that girls wearing basic makeup is like a guys combing their hair. Basic makeup is meant to show that you look ‘put together’. It’s a kind of social-respect you have for meeting clients, meeting new friends or giving a presentation. It is meant to give a confident first-impression, to look presentable and polished.

Beauty doesn’t have to be expensive.  Like everything else good monthly budgeting is the key. Simply cutting back on the eating out budget or a couple cups of Starbucks would be enough to get you started with a basic makeup kit. Over time you will find that pampering yourself inside out with the combination of some quality ‘ME’ time can be the best stress-relief activity.

 

So what is basic makeup and how do you get started? 

Flawless skin, eye brow, eye liner and blush.

You would be surprised the difference it makes by simply lightly covering blemishes and evening out your skin tone.
Here is another great before and after example from Reddit:

Before and After

Quote from the original poster: 
“Everyday work appropriate makeup. Meant to make me look awake, polished and closer to my age.”

What you will need:

1. Good basic skin care.
(See my YouTube tutorial Basic 3-steps Skin Care Routine)
Remember the better your skin the less makeup you need to use! =)

2. Basic makeup brushes.
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1. Foundation/Blush Brush

2. Concealer Brush
3. Eyeshadow Brush
4. Angled eye-liner Brush
5. Brow and eyelashes Comb

This EcoTools 6 Piece Brush Set is the perfect beginner set that cost about $11-14 from your local drug store. Makeup brushes are essential but you definitely don’t need to invest too much into them at the beginning. Once you master your basic look you will discover and understand the advantage of more expensive brushes.

3 Concealer.

NYX Concealer in a Jar

I highly recommend the NYX Concealer in a jar because it is cheap, easy to apply and high effective. It is available at London Drugs or most popular drug store in your area. It comes it 3 different shades: Porcelain, Light and Medium. Never choose a concealer that is a lighter shade than your skin. It will highlight problem areas which you were trying to conceal. Avoid using your fingers to apply concealer because not only will in contaminate your product, it will transfer bacteria to problem areas on your skin as well.

4. Matte powder foundation.
Lancome Powder Foundation

This one I would invest a little more in. The foundation covers your entire face so a cheap product with cheap ingredients can cause break outs . I’ve used the Lancome Dual Finish Powder Makeup for years and it is part of my basic makeup stable especially for work days. I usually apply it dry with a big fluffy brush to buff out the concealer and lightly evenly out the skin tone of the entire face. 

5. Black or brown pencil eye-liner.
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A basic as-thin-as-you-can-draw-it liner on the top of your eyelid is all you need. Eyeliner opens up your eyes and make you appear more awake and sharpens your eyes. Shown here is a typical drug store liner that normally cost around $5-6. Look for one with a twisty packing as shown so you don’t have to bother with a makeup sharpener. Simply twist the front part of the pencil to get more product out.

5. Eyebrow kit.
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Eyebrows, eyebrows, eyebrows. I cannot stress enough how important it is to shape and define your eyebrows. Even if you don’t conceal or put foundation, the very minimum is eyeliner and fill in your brows. That alone will sharpen your features and define the whole shape of your face.

If you have never done anything to your eyebrows, I would recommend going to your closest neighborhood spa or salon with brow service and have a professional shape it for you for the first time. Tell them you just want a clean eyebrow shape and please  pluck/wax/thread the least amount of hair they can to give you a basic shape.

After that all you need is regular maintenance by plucking away hair and filling in you brow according to the shape already defined by the professional.

6. Lip balm.
Any basic lip balm will complete the look and make your lips look moisturized. 

7. Optional: BB Creme, Blush, Mascara, lip gloss.

I will do a more in-depth video tutorial soon on the basic makeup look.
In the mean time thank you for reading and let me know what’s your take on makeup and beauty! =)

XoXo~
@mini604

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Beauty Beginner : Basic 3-steps Skin Care and product review (Neutrogena, Marcelle, Shisedio, No.7)

Are you a beauty beginner who is curious about skin care and makeup but not sure where to begin?

The most important steps is to first establish a good skin-care routine.

In this video I will share with you how to find out what type of skin you have, a basic 3-step skin care routine and a general product review of some basic skin-care products you can try to use.

Products used in this video:

Step 1 – Cleansing
– Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser (Fragrance-free)
– Rosette Hello Kitty Collagen Wash

Step 2 – Applying Toner
– Shisedio Pureness balancing softener alcohol-free lotion
– Daiso Japan Cotton Puff

Step 3 – Moisturizing
– Marcelle Hydra-C 24H + SPF 15 FPS Moisturizing Cream for dry skin
– No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream for Dry/Very Dry skin

Thank you for watching. Please subscribe and comment if you enjoyed the video! =)

How to Apply False Lashes for Dummies (Part 2: Application)

Items you need to apply your false lashes:

1. False Eyelashes Glue
2. False Lashes
3. Mascara
4. A pair of old/dull flat-end tweezers

   

1. False Eyelashes Glue
My favourite glue is the  DUO Striplash Adhesive in white/clear. This glue goes on white and dries invisibly. The consistence is even and easy to apply to the lashes. The tackiness is just right so the lashes stays on for the whole day and it’s also easy to peel off at the end of the day.

2. False Eyelashes
Here I am using Ardell Bat Those Lashes #117. This set includes a small pack of glue which I like to put in my wallet for “In-case-of-emergency-eyelash-rescue”. Don’t throw away the plastic box! It is the perfect container to put away your lashes so you can reuse them again.

3. Mascara
Always curl your lashes and apply mascara BEFORE actually putting on the false lashes. I recommend to not put any or as little as little mascara as possible after putting on the lashes for touching up purpose only. This will extend the life span of your false lashes and help it retain its shape for future use.

4. A pair of old/dull eyebrow pliers
The narrow and slanted head of pliers can help tuck the ends of your false lashes closer to your lash line after you put them on.

To put on your lashes:

Step 1: Prep your eyes.

Start by applying a good eye shadow primer.
My favourite is the  Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Eye shadow primer not only helps your eye shadow to have more vibrant colours and stay all day without creasing; it also makes removing eye make up and false lashes easier at the end of the day.


Here I am wearing Geo Xtra WT-B41 Violet circle lenses.

After applying primer, apply your favourite eye shadow. Here I used a shimmering  champagne colour as base and a little light grey colour  in the corner.

Next, line your upper lash line first using a liquid eye liner. Apply the liner a little thicker than you would normally and extend the ends to ensure there is enough room to apply your false lashes.


Now line your lower lash line using the same liquid eye liner. I like to line half-way so I won’t look like a panda.


Now tightline your upper and lower water line with a pencil eye liner. Gently pull  your eye lid to apply the liner right on the water line. You can also sharpen your pencil liner into a fine tip so it will be easier to go into the water line.

Tight lining definitely takes practice and experience to master. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right the first time. Dip a Q-tip into some eye makeup remover to correct your errors.

Curl your lashes and apply a generous amount of mascara.
**NOTE: Always curl your lashes and apply mascara BEFORE putting on false lashes!**

Step 2: Prep your false lashes
     
Gently pull the lashes out from the container. There should be a little bit of glue stuck to the lash. Use the existing glue to stick the lash approximately on your eyelid to measure if the length of the lashes is the same as your eyelid. Always put shorter end of the lashes towards the inside of your eye.

Trim the excess off the false lashes if necessary. Always trim the longer end of the lashes off and cut right at the lash band. Here the Ardell lashes fits perfectly to my eye lids so I did not need to trim any off.


Now hold your lashes as close to the lash band as possible and peel off any excess bits of glue that was used to stick the lashes to the packaging.

Step 3: Apply False Lashes Glue

Apply a small strip of glue to the lashes and set it down to dry for a bit. Leave it for about 1 minute or until you see the glue about half-way dried.

Step 4: Applying the Lashes to your eyes
   

Grab the centre of your lashes close to the lash band and gently place it in the middle of your eyelid as close to your own lash line as possible. Position the lashes towards the outer end of your eyes.

Use your finger to hold in inner corner for a couple seconds then hold the outer corner for another couple seconds. You can also use your fingers to squeeze out some of the excess glue.

   
Now grab your old/dull flat-end tweezers and push the ends of the false lashes closer to your lash line and hold it in place. You can also use the pliers to grab the lashes close to the lash band to place it closer to your lash line.

After you feel that the lashes are secured; slowly open your eyes and use your fingers to pinch the false lashes in place.

FINISHED!

And there you have it. Long and pretty lashes!
Finish by touching up with your eye liner if there is any gap between the false lashes and your lash band. Add a little mascara if necessary to blend your real lashes with the false lashes.

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments or add any tips you have for people who are learning to put on lashes.

How to put on False Lashes for Dummies (Part 1: Before you begin)
How to put on False Lashes for Dummies(Part 3: Removal and Care)
Coming Soon!~

How to Apply False Lashes for Dummies (Part 1: Before you begin)

Before you begin….
If you have never worn false lashes before or are struggling to put them on properly, here are some tips to help you before you start.

1. Eye-liner

Choosing a good eye liner is essential to perfect the finishing look of your false lashes. With the experience of using both liquid and pencil eye liner, it will be easier  to put the false lashes closest to your eye lid and avoiding a big gap between the false lashes and your real lashes.

If you have never put on eye liner before or if you are only used to putting eye liner on certain parts of your eye, I would highly recommend you to start applying eye liner on all 4 parts including the upper lash line, tight line, lower lash line and the water line.

The more familiar you are with touching your eye lids, the easier it will be to apply false lashes. That being said, if you use prescription contact lenses or Korean colour contacts, that will definitely help when applying false lashes as well.

Liquid/Gel Eye-Liner

I recommend using a liquid or gel eye liner for your upper and lower lash line. (the skin part of your eyes away from your real lashes)

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner  is very easy to maneuver and gives a dark, dramatic and straight line finish. The Bobbi Brown Gel Liner glides on beautifully and gives a soft finish with the option for additional blending. Both products can be found in Sephora.

Pencil Eye Liner
   
Pencil liner is perfect for the tight line and water line.
( The watery part on the inside of your lashes)

It is best to use a pencil liner for your water line or the inner part of your eyes. Liquid eye liner doesn’t go on as smoothly and waterproof liquid eye liner is very hard to wash off in the inner water lines.

The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner is my favourite because it glides on like butter and delivers a strong matt black finish. Just make sure you set your eyes with translucent power after to prevent smudging.

The trickiest part is probably tight-lining the upper water line your eyes. Referring to the diagram above, the tight line is the watery part on your upper eye lid right under your lashes. Gently lift your eye lid in order to see the line and draw on it. You might get teary eyes at first but practice makes perfect!

Remember, the more familiar you are with your eyelids, the easier it will be to apply false lashes….^^~

2. Choosing False Lashes

So you have perfected your eye liner technique and are ready to take on some false lashes. Which one should you buy out of all the different options available?

Synthetic Lashes

Advantages:
– Affordable
– Comes in larger packs
– Reusable

Disadvantages:
– Stuck with a certain style if you don’t like it
– The material is very stiff and hard to bend to the shape of your eyes
– Uncomfortable
– Some styles looks very plastic/fake

Natural Lashes made with real hair
(Example: Red Cherry, Ardell and Katy Perry Lashes by Eyelure)
Available at Minique Shop in Metropolis at Metrotown.
         
Advantages:
– lash band is soft and easy to bend
– easy to apply
– soft and comfortable
– looks natural and realistic
– more styles to choose from
– reusable

Disadvantage:
– more expensive depending on the brand
– only 1 pair per package

Different Styles of Lashes
Do you want to wear lashes on a daily-bases, going out/partying, dressing up for Halloween or a fancy model shoot? There are different lashes for different occasions so make sure you choose the right ones! I will be doing reviews on individual brands and styles of lashes in the future so stay tuned!

How to Apply False Lashes for Dummies (Part 2) – Coming Soon!

Mini Review: Haroo Home-style Korean Restaurant

When my friend told me a new Korean restaurant opened in Richmond, my first thought was “Wow another one?”. It is true that Korean cuisine, pop stars, boy bands, drama, fashion and the entire culture is taking the world by storm.

I was a little hesitant at first but my friend insist that Haroo is an authentic homestyle restaurant with MSG-free cooking. Since I’ve been craving Korean tofu pot, I decided to give it a try.

The location is all too familiar for those of us who resides in Richmond. It is right on Alexandra Rd. (aka Food Street) on the second floor next to Deer Garden.

   
   

[Interior]
Home sweet home. Although there are still hints of the layout which reminds me of the previous bubble tea cafe, the new owners have definitely transformed this space into a homestyle restaurant. From the wooden tables and chairs to the cupboards and decorations, every detail is warm and inviting. The white curtains is a nice touch. It is a rather small space with sitting for about 30. There is 1 large table for a party of 8 or more.

   

[Setting]
The little wooden box was a nice touch for the stainless steel chopsticks and spoons. Each dish was small and one of a kind. Like most Korean restaurants, any meal you order comes with cold side dishes which are called “banchan”. We were never short of side dishes throughout the night. The sweet potato and broccoli with sesame sauce were probably my favourites.

  

[The Food]
Another unique touch at Haroo is that each meal comes with a small bowl of congee as  appetizer.  It was literally 5 teaspoonful. It was a nice pallet cleanser and kept my hungry tummy occupied while we wait for the main dish.

I ordered the seafood tofu pot as my main dish. The portion looks small from a first glance but by the end of it I couldn’t even finish the rice.

There were big chucks of tofu and seafood bits like octopus, shrimp,  mussels and a raw egg on the top. The soup was absolutely amazing. It might be a little on the unflavorful side for some but I have always been used to light home-style cooking. Unlike Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot in Crystal Mall, there was definitely no MSG in this soup. I think I’ve just found my new favourite Vancouver comfort food on a cold rainy day.

[The Price]
My meal was $9.95+ tax & tips which includes all the side dishes, the appetizer congee, the personal size seafood tofu pot and a generous bowl of rice. Not a bad deal at all for a happy tummy!

Highly recommended. =)

-Mini604

Source:
Haroo Korean Homestyle Cuisine
8580 Alexandra Rd
Richmond, BC
Tel: (604) 284-5596

People of Vancouver – Miss Baby Kaylie


Vancouver has always been an amazing place with many creative minds. I met Carmen recently who is a friend and co-worker of my mom. She got the inspiration to create hand-made baby clothes and accessories for her niece Kaylie when she was still in her mommy’s tummy. With the encouragement of family and friends, she recently launched her own line of baby hair accessories Miss Baby Kaylie.

I fell in love with her creations the first time I saw it. They are so adorable! Her attention to details and strive for perfection is un-questionable. Everything from making hair accessories to designing the logo and the hand-made packaging is done by Carmen herself.

Cute Ribbon Clips


Every clip is lined with non-slip grip!

Fancy Baby Clips/Headbands


Miss Baby Kaylie hair clips are now featured at the Juicy Apple Charms kiosk in Richmond Centre. Other fancy baby hair clips and headbands are made to special order and can be ordered from the Miss Baby Kaylie Facebook Page .

Mini604 + Miss Baby Kaylie Giveaway!
To celebrate the launch of Miss Baby Kaylie Baby Hair Accessories, we will be giving away 2 Cute Ribbon hair clips!

To enter:
1. Follow @mini604 on Twitter.
2. “Like” Miss Baby Kaylie’s Facebook Page.
3. RT the following:
“I entered to win a free hand-made baby hair clip by Miss Baby Kaylie! Follow @mini604 and RT to enter! http://ow.ly/75Td4 #Vancouver”

It’s that simple! Contest ends on Nov 5, 2011. Winner will be picked randomly. Contest is open to Vancouver Lower Mainland residents only. Pick-up at Richmond Centre.

Thank you for supporting local Vancouver designers and entrepreneurs.
Good luck!! ^^~

-Mini604