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Friday, August 22, 2014

Hyuna 빨개요 (RED) Inspired Makeup

Hello there!

So... I've been debating whether or not if I should post this entry, cuz the more I look at it, the less I like my work -_- And most ppl are probably more interested in reading reviews rather than looking at makeup looks XD Then I thought... oh well I already took the time to recreate it. I had fun while I was doing it anyway X)

I didn't even know about this song until Bubz posted her recreation of this look on her channel.When I first heard the song I was like it sounded so stupid -_- but as soon as I closed the window, the song was stuck in my head LOL. Trust Hyuna to always come up with super catchy songs. I had the same experience with "Bubble Pop" hahaha. Like "wtf?" at first, then "mmmmhmmm actually, I really like it ❤_❤" *puts on repeat and shamelessly blast it around the house* LOL. I wonder if this music video is censored at all in Korea... it's kind of border-lining... you know.

Here are some screen shots of Hyuna's makeup. She also wore nude lips with the same eye look in some scenes, which is really pretty as well.
To be honest, when I first saw this look I was immediately reminded of Rania's Dr. Feel Good makeup look. Like a watered-down version of the eyes. Anyone else agree? hehe.





It really doesn't look like her makeup was too heavy but I bet it's because the lighting is super super bright... her makeup is probably mega washed out.


I don't know if it's only the lighting, but her makeup does look a bit more heavy here. Like bottom heavy. Maybe it's just the lighting *shrugs*

Here's the makeup I used!
Base makeup: Laneige BB Cushion. I feel bad cuz I kind of bad-mouthed it the last time I talked about it, saying that it's exactly like IOPE and I was disappointed O_O I gave it a few more tries and ended up having different experiences O_O I'm still trying to make up my mind about it lol.

Used an individual yellow gold eye shadow... Half baked from the NAKED palette is too copper toned.

Then I used "Suspect" and smother that all other the gold eye shadow to tone down the gold cuz as you can see, Hyuna's eye shadow isn't excessively gold.

Then I used a mix of this random grey eye shadow, Copperplate by MAC, and Milani Liquid Eye to add the darkness to the makeup. By the way I would never use the Milani Liquid Eye pencil eyeliner if I was wearing this look out. I only used it cuz it's easy to smudge and I wasn't planning for the makeup to stay.

For lipstick, I have Lancome L'absolu Rouge in "Spice Pink", which I've got for quite a while now.

Don't know why the music video is called "Red"??? Her lip color looks more like a fuchsia red to me. Anyway I thought this lipstick was perfect :) if I want to make it a little more red than this then I just simply layer my Tanya Burr lipgloss "Heart skipped a Beat" over it.  

Girlfriend has not used falsies in YEARS. And oh man did I struggle XD These are from D.U.P. I believe I've featured them years ago.


Now I look at my work I feel like I did a really bad job recreating it XD oh well
This was when I only used the gold eye shadow... before I washed it down with the silvery taupe.


The eye makeup
HAHAHAHAHA Told you I struggled! I did really try to get the lashes as close to the lash line as possible... did NOT happen LOL. oh wells.

And excuse my pathetic lower lashes. Actually I was quite proud that I was able to get a few to even stick out at all XD

Eh the more I look at it, it really looks kind of messy. Meh -_-


Gotta post a lie-down pic just like what Hyuna did in the MV! Har har.

I have to admit... when I took these pics... it did cross my mind "aren't you a bit too old to be posing like this??!"

AHAHAHAHA gotta do it now or it's never XD  



So I was playing with my other camera, cuz my current blogging camera is actually a little malfunctioning -_- but I'm gonna put off buying a new camera for as long as I can. I was trying to see if I can transition into using this camera for blog photos. Turns out the exposure was too high but I kind of like the effect XD

Yep, it was so bright that you almost can't see ma nose. LOL. Mmmm didn't bother to contour cuz I don't know how to do it without it looking super unnatural on me.


Anyone remember the Rania Dr. Feel Good makeup look, which I tried recreating before here years and years ago??
What's up with all the lie-down poses XD I swear it's a coincidence! But the makeup is quite similar right? See what I mean about Hyuna's look being the watered-down version? lol. Aka minus all the black/sharp eyeliner, but use deep eye shadows instead for a more diffused yet defined look.

Alrighty! Sorry you guys had to put up with my selfies. Actually, on second thought, I'm not sorry XD Hahaha why should I lololllll. Okay I'm getting delirious. Need to sleep.

Hope you guys have a wonderful wonderful weekend! I'm so excited to just chill and relax X_x

Thinking about reviewing The Face Shop cushion next... or swatches for Rimmel lip lacquer. Anyone has a preference? Or other suggestions?

Good night everyone and thanks for reading ♡

<3 Frances

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream Review [Completed]

Hi guys!

Update (7/27/2015): So I stopped using this BB cream for a while, and started using it again recently, and discovered that this BB cream now causes me to break out O_O I got little red bumps and whiteheads from it. Not sure if it's because the BB cream is "old" but it still smells fine to me. Or maybe my skin changed.

Here's the completed/updated review (8/19/14). Enjoy ^_^ =========================================================================================================== Currently rushing this post :P Will come back and finish it when I have more time. Just general pictures and some swatch photos as well as my overall thoughts.

Eugenia, this is for you ^_~ Thanks for always being such a supportive reader :') SAM_1252






My first impression of the glass bottle is actually that this looks like a toy makeup O_O lol

I agree with what other ppl say about the sponge that was supplied-- it is absolute crap. Worst sponge I've ever used.

I got it in shade 2. I heard shade 2 leans yellow and shade 1 leans pink.









Freshly applied next to the oxidized one... you can see it doesn't oxidize that much, if at all. I "think" it does oxidize just a little bit though.


Swatches in comparison to Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+ foundation and YSL Touche Eclat foundation:






You can see, Holika Holika Aqau Petit Jelly BB cream shade 2 is a bit darker than MUFE Mat Velvet+ #30. It's more similar to YSL B40, but pinker/more red.

Face without BB cream

With BB cream
HAHAHA what a difference. I'm alive!!! XD

Decided to post this and the pic below to show the gorgeous glow it gives even though it's a semi matte finish.

Applied with DRY BeautyBlend. Even with a BeautyBlender, I recommend using small amounts and work fast!

Below application look a lot more matte for some reason lol
Applied with DRY BeautyBlender







Overall effect
As you can see, even though it looks a bit darker on my hand, by no means it looks dark on my face at all! It matches me pretty well at the moment, I'm between NC20 and 25 now. Maybe just a little bit closer to NC25.



So this day I wore the BB cream from 5:30am to 4:00pm... you do the math XD I lazy. Suffice to say it's almost 12 hours.
As usual, oiliness on the nose, which is expected. But what I really like about this BB cream is that despite the oiliness, it didn't get patchy at all! The rest of my face the BB cream held up beautifully.

Shiny nose XD oi...



I don't usually ever blot (laziness is palpable XD) but I blotted today just to see what it looks like after

Almost as good as new XD The coverage did fade just a teeny bit but still really good in my books!



Overall thoughts:

Initially, this BB cream was quite tricky for me to work with. I read from other reviews that this BB cream applies best with fingers. I really have to disagree on that O_O This BB cream is REALLY thick. And dries EXTREMELY fast. The first time I tried it, I dotted the BB cream on my face, and by the time I went to blend it out, it already kind of dried O_o it was very thick and hard to spread. Like the MUFE Mat Velvet+, I do NOT recommend applying with fingers! If you really want to, I suggest using very small amounts at a time, and work in small areas!

I also tried applying with wet BeautyBlender... I'm not sure if this BB cream is waterproof or what, but it kind of repels water and just does not apply with wet sponge O_O (well it applies kind of patchy, and doesn't last as well throughout the day when I use a wet sponge).

Then I tried applying it with my Sigma synthetic flat kabuki brush-- it's much better. But my favorite way is applying with a DRY BeautyBlender, the finish is just much much smoother that way :P pretty much the finish you see in the pics... I like!  

One thing I don't like about this BB cream is that it has really strong fragrance! I felt like I was applying face wash to my face the first time I used it, and I was kind of revolted by the smell LOL. But now I'm used to it, haha. The smell doesn't really linger. Luckily it hasn't broken me out, I was kind of worried about that. And it also has a cooling sensation, which I do like!

The finish of this BB cream is matte, but also has a glow to it, like the MUFE Mat Velvet+ (so I guess like everyone else said, semi-matte XD) Does it keep my face matte? Nope not at all lol! There's really NO oil control to this BB cream at all, but I like how it wears throughout the day ^_^ the initial finish of this BB cream leans on the more powdery side, but as the day goes on, it just starts to blend into the skin and look so natural. I like! At this point I still think MUFE Mat Velvet+ is more long-lasting (I might perhaps get a bit less greasy with MUFE). 

My conclusion is that for this BB cream, as long as you can find the right application for you, it's really nice! I recommend ^__^ I LOVE the semi-matte glow it gives! I think I like this about Holika more than MUFE, but MUFE I think still wears better than Holika, although Holika is pretty damn good for what it is. I mean, MUFE is $36 without tax, and Holika is $14....    

Have you tried Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream? Was it hit or miss? Did anyone try the shade #1? Does it really lean pink as everyone else says?

Hope some of you found this helpful! Thanks for reading! xo

<3 Frances