Beauty Thoughts: Make Up Forever HD foundation first thoughts

Hello my wonderful readers,

So, I wanted to get right into it. I finally jumped on the Make Up Forever HD bandwagon and bought it. I bought the color 127, which was a lucky guess and a perfect match for my skin tone. I ordered the foundation online from Sephora since I didn’t want to make the drive to the mall to look at it in person. I was pleasantly surprised that it was the right color. I usually guess either too light or too dark on concealers and foundations. I must be learning!!

I decided to try this particular foundation because it didn’t have any SPF in it. I went to a big family wedding in May where there will be a lot of pictures. So I didn’t want a white cast in those pictures. This pushed me to find a foundation that would give me good coverage without the light reflection. I wanted to try it early because I can always buy it in a darker color for summer; but I need time to try different application techniques to see which one gives me the best finish.

My initial thoughts when I applied it with a stippling brush was “amazing!!” I really liked the finish and the coverage it gave me. I felt it gave me medium coverage. The perfect amount for my skin. I applied it at 9 am and checked how it looked again at 6 PM and it looked almost the same. It faded a bit around my nose but all foundations do that to me. I set it with MAC mineralized skinfinish natural in medium dark. I really love the overall finish of these two products combined.

But the true test of how the foundation would hold up came when I had to wear it in NY. The difference is in CO, it is DRY. Here when we reach 20% humidity it’s humid to us. So when I went to NY, I wanted to see how it would hold up without touch ups, in humidity, with me walking my butt all over NYC. The end result was that-it held up pretty well. I put on a very light application of the foundation. Set it and literally just forgot about it until the end of the day. I didn’t take to many pictures around NY, but I will include the few I did.

Also for the wedding, there were 2 professional photographers that were snapping shots left and right. I included one of those pictures (that came back early) to show how well this foundation looked in pictures. I really liked it because it looked very natural on me. In the last picture, I am the one in the red dress. The beautiful lady in the gold dress is my cousin (who is lucky enough not to need to make up!)

With Lee on the Ferris Wheel in Toys ‘R Us in Times Square
Being Traumatized by Elmo! At least my make up is perfect.
At my Uncle’s Wedding with my cousin (in the gold), my other cousin (the best man), Me, and my brother

If you’ve had any experience with this foundation please let me know. Did you like it? Hate it? In between?

Until then, thank you for stopping by.
Binny

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Beauty Thoughts: My Nail Polish collection

Hello my lovely readers,

So I wanted to share with you guys a little bit more of my beauty life. As you all may know, I am new to make up but I am slowly starting to get into it. One of the last things I started getting into was nail polishes. I only recently started buying nail polishes and trying out new colors. I use to be all about the nude and french manicure looks, which usually only look good on slightly longer nails.

But I really like my nails short so they don’t dig into my palm when I start writing and have to grip things (cause I hold my pencil really weird I’ve been told.) So I started cutting my nails quite short so I started experimenting with different colors. I will admit that my toes get more variety and love than my fingernails. It’s probably because when I paint my toes, they last for freaking ever. But with my fingers, since I’m using my hands for a lot of stuff they begin chipping quite fast. I consider it a victory if my nail polish lasts for a week without too much chipping.

So besides the rambling, I wanted to share with you guys my small nail polish collection.

I will do it by collections. The first is one of the most well-known: OPI.

OPI

So, starting from left to right the polishes are: The Alice in Wonderland Mini Polishes (which contains Absolutely Alice, Thanks so Muchness, Off With Her Red, and Mad as a Hatter), Absolutely Alice, 2x-Jade is the New Black, Dim Sum Plum, Give me Moore, and Top Coat.

The Alice in Wonderland Polishes are wonderful. I really loved the concept of making polishes based on the movie Alice in Wonderland. The first one is Absolutely Alice. I’ll talk about that in a bit. The second one, Thanks so Muchness, is a nice cool shimmery red. It looks classy and polished on my toes. I don’t like reds, but this one is actually really pretty and toned down enough that I’d put it on my toes. (You will soon notice I don’t often wear polish on my fingernails.) The next one, Off With Her Red, is a bright red. It really is like fire engine red that reminds you of the Queen of Hearts from the movie. I haven’t actually worn this one yet simply because I don’t know how to wear red. The last one is my favorite in this collection. It’s called Mad as A Hatter. So, in bottle it looks like black polish with colorful glitter. But ones you put it on your nails it is more clear polish with silver glitter (and some color.) It’s not what I expected and because of that I’m a bit disappointed. But it’s still a fun and unique polish to me. I enjoy wearing it.

Absolutely Alice is a beautiful blue glitter polish. If you adore blue and glitter, this is the perfect polish for you. It will take multiple coats to get the polish on your nails to look like the bottle, but it’s worth it because it’s gorgeous. The only thing I hate about this polish is that it takes awhile to get off. Maybe it’s because I stink at removing polish, but to me this polish is difficult to remove. That’s the only downside to this polish.

My favorite of this collection is the Jade is the New Black. Jade is the New Black is the perfect green for me. It’s not too bright but it’s not too dark either. It’s a nice cool green. I don’t really like it on my fingernails, but on my toes it looks amazing. It’s my go-to color when I can’t decide what to wear.

Next, Dim Sum Plum, is one of the few polishes I do wear on my nails. It looks quite bright in the bottle, but on nails it comes off as a nice pink/fushia shade. It looks cute on the nails and is perfect for spring and summer. This one takes about two coats (or two of my coats, since I apply very thin coats to my nails.)

Next is Give Me Moore. This is a dark purple that almost looks black from a distance. I also wear this on my fingernails. This is good for when I am not feeling up to really doing my nails. I just cut them short, throw on a couple of coats of this and I am set. I use to be really against dark nails until I saw this color. It’s a nice deep purple that really got me into darker colors.

Finally, the OPI top coat. This is the only top coat I’ve ever really used so I can’t tell you if it’s glorious or not. It does take a while to dry; so if you’re really anti-waiting this might not be the top coat for you.

Next: China Glaze

 

China Glaze

Starting from left to right: Re-Fresh Mint, Princess Grace, Liquid Leather, Flyin’ High, Jolly Holly, and Party Hearty.

Re0Fresh Mint is a pastel green. I like this color because it’s a light green color. China Glaze, like OPI, requires me to put on two coats before I achieve the color in the bottle. But I think this is an easy color to wear simply because it’s such a pretty color. (I’m a big fan of greens…)

Next is Princess Grace. Surprisingly, I do like this color. It’s surprising mostly because I normally don’t like wearing shimmery colors. Since I’m pretty new at wearing nail polish, I tend to go for more basic cream colors rather than shimmer or glitter.ut, Princess Grace isn’t so shimmery it’s bothersome. It’s semi-pearly and is a light pink. As anyone who paints their nails know, pink is pretty universal and can pretty much be worn at any time and look appropriate.

Ok, so I caved and bought a black nail polish. Liquid Leather is a great black from China Glaze. I have only worn it once and for less than a day. It’s because when I was wearing it, my mom was joking that I’d turn emo (or goth) because I had black nail polish and black hair (my black hair is natural) and so I changed it because she asked me to. But I do like it a lot. It goes on really smoothly and looks really pretty on nail. I now use it as a different color if I am doing french tips.

Flyin’ High was the first China Glaze I ever bought. I bought it because it was a light teal/green/blue color. It was bright enough that when on my toes it would pop but it was toned down enough that I wasn’t always staring at my toes while I walked. Like all China Glazes, I had to put on two coats. But overall, I thought the color was so pretty! (It looks more blue in the picture than it really is)

The next two my mom bought for me at a sale on christmas colors. The first one is Jolly Holly and the second one is Party Hearty. The Jolly Holly green really is the perfect holiday green. I wore it on my fingernails and toes and it looked amazing. It was festive yet wasn’t obnoxious. I put Party Hearty over Jolly Holly on my toes for more christmas fun. The Party Hearty were red and green and silver glitter in clear polish. It went over the green wonderfully and looked great. The only downside was it was really really really hard to take off. So hard that I gave up and just waited for my nails to grow out. It’s 1 part difficulty two parts lazy right there.

Next: Random Sephora and Department store polishes

 

Sephora and Department Store polishes

So these polishes are polishes that came from various department stores. Left to right: Sephora-Oceanic Love Potion and Nail Strengthener, Nars- Jungle Red, Dovima, Schiap, Hello Kitty- Banana Cream, Bubble Gum.

Starting with the Sephora polishes, the Oceanic Love Potion is a teal with strong green tones in it (compared to the Flyin’ High which was a teal with stronger blue tones.) I also think the Oceanic Love Potion isn’t as bright as the Flyin’ High. This is a positive for me because I didn’t really like wearing bright colors at the time. But it’s still one of my favorites because it’s such a nice teal color. It looks cute on my toes (I’ve never tried it on my fingers.)

The nail strengthener works as a nail treatment as well as a base coat. I have noticed that my nails do not break as often and the nail bed had become smoother after using the nail strengthener. I think I bought it mostly because it was a treatment as well as a base coat (two for one I thought.) While it does work well as a base coat, I do sometimes wear it alone as a treatment. Either way, it’s really good. One coat is enough to evenly cover the entire nail and it dries pretty quickly.

The NARS polishes I got from a friend. She got it as a free gift with her purchase and gave me the polishes because she didn’t really paint her nails. I think the colors are really pretty and I don’t wear them all that often. The deep red (Jungle Red) is a GORGEOUS red. When I put it on my toes it looked just perfect. The bright red (Dovima) I haven’t worn yet. I’m actually scared of the bright red..so maybe one day in the near future I will be able to try it. But until then I can’t really say much about it. The bright Barbie pink (Schiap) is fun to wear on my toes during the summer. It’s the only time I think I am daring enough to wear a pink that bright.

Finally…the Hello Kitty Polishes. Ok, first off, they LOOK adorable!! They look so cute and I wanted to buy them all. But the problem was with the formula for the polishes. They take a long time to dry and even “dry” they still felt almost sticky to me. Like normally with OPI, China Glaze, Any other nail polish, after it dries and I rub my nails together they just kinda slide off. (Yes, I rub my nails together cause I’m odd.) But with both Hello Kitty polishes, they stuck. It annoyed the crap out of me. The colors themselves are true to bottle and one coat (Or two) will give you the color in bottle. But unfortunately, that one little snip makes this one difficult for me to wear. But they’re cute…so so so cute….

Drugstore!

 

Drugstore Nail Polishes

Left to Right: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear-Mellow Yellow; Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro-Purple Rain, Steele Gray; Rimmel French Tip Pro-French White Nail Tip Liner, French Lingerie; Ulta-Something Blue, Sunny Romance of St. Tropez; Nicole by OPI-My Lifesaver, Savina-Paradise

The Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear was a recent purchase. I wore it once for a short while before deciding a yellow that bright looked better on short nails (my nails were slightly longer then.) But I liked the formula from what I’ve seen so far. I’ll probably elaborate once I’ve had a chance to wear it more.

The Rimmel products I absolutely adore. I love the flat wider brushes that come in the polish. I love the formulation of the produce. I just adore these polishes. I really enjoyed the white tip liner. This is because the brush is very fine and makes it so much easier to create a white tip for the french manicure. It’s a genius idea (and the first time I’ve encountered it and I love it.)

The two Ulta polishes are mini and adorable. The only downside about these polishes are that they do take a while to dry and they need multiple layers to achieve the color in the bottle. But the color is really pretty, so I think it’s worth it to wait the long time to achieve the color. I don’t know if I would buy the larger bottle though (I got these two free in a sample bag ULTA was giving away with a 15 dollar purchase.)

The next one is My Lifesaver by Nicole by OPI. This is from the Justin Beiber collection. I told myself I wouldn’t buy anything from this collection, but then I saw this mint green and fell in love. It was the ONLY color in the collection that I liked. I haven’t tried it on my nails yet…but I will. It kind of reminds me of a lighter Oceanic Love Potion by Sephora/OPI.

The last one, Paradise by Savina. I haven’t actually tried this one yet. My mom bought it for me in a christmas collection of “China Glaze.” This is obviously not China Glaze so I’m a little disappointed but at the same time, it’s not an ugly color. I just don’t normally wear reds, but come the holidays I might have to try this one out!

Thank you for reading this ridiculously long post. I apologize if I rambled too much.
Binny

So stereotypical

Hello webloggers and readers,

Lately, I have re-discovered a new love….dramas. Such as korean, japanese, chinese, taiwanese (some categorize these separate from the chinese dramas.) A few years back I was very into watching asian dramas, I started a new one right after I finished watching one. I followed a few of my favorite actors and actresses, simply to be able to watch the latest drama they were starring in. Well after awhile I started to get into other interests and dropped watching dramas.

Recently, I encountered an ending theme song for a drama that I really liked. Intrigued by the song, I followed the link to watch the drama called Personal Taste (or Personal Preference depending on the translator.) Surprisingly enough, it starred one of my recent favorite actors Lee Min Ho (who played the lead actor in Boys Over Flowers Korean Version.) Seeing this, I started watching the first episode. I was almost instantly hooked. The storyline was light and funny. While at times it was awkward, but it wasn’t cringe and turn away awkward. It was giggle and shift awkward. It had the usual touches of drama and hints towards something bigger.

Unlike other dramas, this one doesn’t get too heavy on the crying, overly hurt moments. I found myself crying only at the end of one episode. While the actors do cry a bit more in the drama, I didn’t find myself crying with them. There are a few characters I thought could have been better, but then again if I wrote a drama it would never fly. Simply because it would be pretty plain.

After finishing Personal Taste, I moved on to the Coffee Prince or the 1st Coffee shop Prince. I started this one awhile back, but never quite got around to finishing it. I find myself still enjoying myself as much this time around. I’ll post another update once  I finish the series to express my…feelings about what happened.

Until then,
Binny

A new mini series in my blog.

Hello lovely readers,

So, this semester I am taking an interesting class called Introduction to Film. I needed it for elective credit and I decided it might be more interesting to see a different aspect of film than just the storyline. I really like the class because many of the movies the professor has selected for class are classic movies that I haven’t seen yet. We have watched two films already  Citizen Kane and Raging Bull. Both movies were AMAZING. It makes me want to get into film a bit more, but I thought I would start posting weekly on here what I thought about the most recent film we had to write for class in a broader sense that the specific details we have to look for in the class. I thought it would be fun to write about something new I’m learning about as I learn about it (that isn’t related to daily life blogging and make up reviews.)

So this week: I start I would start with Citizen Kane

As many people know, this movie is quite classic. It’s about a young man given away in childhood by his parents (practically sold) to be raised in “the right way.” He grows up to be a rambunctious young man, being kicked out of as many colleges as he could get into and had only one “true friend.” He uses his wealth to buy out a newspaper and there beings to lay down a name for himself. He vows to be a man who writes for the public and slowly begins to climb up the success ladder. He creates a good selling nationwide newspaper and marries the niece of the president. HIs first marriage falls to shambles as he begins to run for mayor. He has an affair with a younger woman who essentially destroys his campaign as mayor. He ends up marrying his mistress as he falls further out of touch with his friends and those around him. He forces his second wife to become an opera singer when she obviously has no talent for singing. After failing to make her a successful singer, he builds an isolated “wonderland” for them called Xanadu, a 47,000 acre piece of land so large they have to scream to hold a conversation. In the end he dies muttering one word (which was how the movie opened), “Rosebud.” THe film is shot spending the entire span trying to find out what “rosebud” meant.

I really liked how while it was supposed to be out of chronological order it was actually showing the ending first and then starting back at the beginning with gaps in the story missing but slowly filling in as the film continued. It was a black and white film, but that did not take away anything from the story or film at all. Instead of using vivid colors to portray meaning, the film greatly utilized shadows and lighting to create the mood. I thought it was amazing how the movie told me so much without words. I have a secret love for all things black and white so I was super excited to watch this film.

The film was more intense and dealt quite well with Kane as a character. I liked watching how Kane’s life unfolded in almost disarray as people told different aspects of his life as the audience slowly watched his downfall. But the best part how the film wrapped up with how it began, with Charles Kane’s death.

One scene in particular that I loved was the scene at the beginning with the faceless reporters trying to figure out what “rosebud” meant. The scene was dark, the outline of the figures were visible due to the lighting and sometimes the outlines were blurred with smoke.  The reporters were in disarray without any real definite structure. The scene constantly switched from many to only a couple people. The only real detail of the reporters that you got was one reporter, he had glasses. You never see his face throughout the entire movie; but out of all the faceless reporters, he is the only one with enough detail that the audience almost feels like they are watching the interviews from his perspective. It’s a nice addition to the film. To see another man’s life unfold as a series of stories through someone else’s eyes.

Overall, I’m glad I got to see Citizen Kane even if it was for a class. Next time: Raging Bull

Thanks for reading!
Binny

Trying to keep up

Hi my lovely readers,

So recently…I have found a new love…Call of Duty: Black Ops. Now every girl who reads this will think I have gone crazy. I use to watch my brother and cousin play this game for hours. I always wanted to try but it was a bit complicated for me. So finally after they were playing for hours, they invited me to join them. As soon as I played my first round…I was in love.

The game play is difficult for me to grasp since I had no first person shooter experience prior to this round. But from what I’ve heard from reliable sources (AKA my brother and cousin) the controls are pretty much the same to most FPS. But I was having a difficult time trying to learn how to walk, run, and turn corners at the same time LOL. My cousin was getting annoyed with my lack of ability to aim while shooting while my brother guffawed at my poor reflexes. While they were laughing I was having the time of my life dying! I mean it sucks dying, but it was so fun trying to shoot people. I never thought I would say that…ever. But it was actually fun! I mean I was playing against the computer on the easiest setting, but it was still fun. I can see how the game is addicting. It’s probably more fun online against other people. But I’m not quite at that level…yet. Haha.

I’m sure my boyfriend is excited about my new love for FPS. Perhaps he is dreaming that one day we will be playing together. That day is a long way off, but I guess some day is enough for him. (Although he doesn’t even own black ops, he must be the only guy who doesn’t.) I keep watching my brother with a better appreciation for some kills that he gets since I have trouble aiming or even shooting while I run. It gives me a while new perspective on the game once I’ve played it. Perhaps I will keep it up so that I can one day play online. =D

Here’s to hoping! I hope you all had a wonderful new years!

Binny

A Book Review: The Lost Hero

Hello blog readers,

Today, I am going to write a small review on the book The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. For those of you who don’t know, he is also the author of the Percy Jackson series that was made into a movie recently. (I could review the movie…but I’ll do that in another post…if I feel like watching the movie again.) Anyways, back on topic.

The Lost Hero is branch off of the Percy Jackson series. The cast changed from the Percy Jackson books. The book focuses on a trio like before. But instead of Percy, Annabeth, and Grover- it is now Jason, Piper, and Leo. Jason the main boy has lost his memory. Piper is misted (or confused) to think that she had been dating Jason when she had only just met him. Leo has known them both for a long time and has magical fingers to build almost anything. They are, as you probably suspected, demigods. The godly parent of Leo is pretty obvious from the beginning. Piper’s isn’t as obvious but after hearing about her father you have a strong inclination. The last one, Jason, well you don’t really find out directly who his godly parent is but it becomes obvious.

As for characters, I kind of like Annabeth more than I like Piper. But I have to admit that Piper is also a great heroine. She was spunky and head strong. Although I kind of disliked that she was all into Jason…I figured that she would at least be like “Oh it was all a lie…cool.” instead she becomes partially obsessed with him. It’s a little annoying but her bravery makes up for it.

By far my favorite character in the book is Leo. He’s actually brave even though he struggles to be it. He really  is cunning and the things he are able to do is kind of amazing. I really like his character. He definitely is the comedic relief in the book. While struggling with his own troubles, Leo is still able to make every dramatic situation funny at least.

The storyline is true to the style of Rick Riordan. It has a nice balance of comedy and action as well as background information. It’s really easy to read without feeling overwhelmed or that it is too easy. It’s a nice book to read on a weekend when you just want to relax without thinking too much.

Manga: Loveless

Hey everyone!

I wanted to share another part of me that you all may not know. I know it’s a little late for a post, but I figured I could post it since I am currently in the middle of reading it!

I am currently reading (and for some parts re-reading) Loveless by Kouga Yun. It is currently ongoing, on hiatus. The reason for the hiatus? I’m not quite sure. If I ever find out I will definitely post on here. Although, considering MU states that it’s on hiatus on VOL 9 and a chapter from VOL 10 just came out, I’ll assume hiatus is over? Maybe…we’ll see. It might be like D. Gray Man where it will become a monthly release rather than the biweekly it was before.

Synopsis: The main character is Aoyagi Ritsuka, a 6th grader. His life is full of facades, masks, and pain but he endures. He meets a rather mysterious, charming, and a little weird man by the name of Soubi. Soubi claims to have known Ritsuka’s brother, who has already died. With the appearance of Soubi, it seems many other are looking for Ritsuka. A fighter and a sacrifice, a bond deeper than love. Ritsuka must learn to control his emotions, his doubts, and Soubi.

Story: For the storyline I would give it a 8.5/10

I think in a way the story is unique. The concept of a battle manga with drama and family ties. The main story is tied into the battles that occur ever few chapters. Unlike other fighting mangas, this one is not pepper and over saturated with fights. While there are battles, they are also not physical fights but rather a magic fight. It sounds corny I know, but the mangaka does a good job skirting the cliche-ness of magic powered fights. While they do speak spells, the spell are sometimes like riddles playing off each other. It’s interesting to read since much of the battles are 4 people standing around. So visually, the fights aren’t engaging. Luckily, the words spoken by the fighters intriguing to say the least.

But the overarching story is about a 6th grader trying to find out who killed his older brother. Being abused, he grew abnormally attached to his older brother. There is a slight hero-worship in the way Ritsuka thinks of his brother. It is because of his brother that he even comes to trust Soubi (and resent him as well.) Most of the manga is focused on how Ritsuka is searching for the people who killed his brother. I am only on volume 5 though so I will write more when I get caught up.

Art: 9/10

I love Kouga-sensei’s drawings. Each character is intricately drawn with a beauty that is unique to each character. The people in the manga are all cute and beautiful (yes even the men, especially Soubi.) The art is very detailed, which is why I think the fighting scenes aren’t all BAM BOOM SLAP! Kouga-sensei focuses more on each character during the fight. From subtle facial expressions to the back drop of each scene, there is not part that is lacking in the art.

The style of art is also quite different. I am hard pressed to think of another manga that has the same style of drawing. It is a mixture between reality and cartoon. It looks almost like a comic but at the same time it has the realisitic touches that one usually sees in a manga.

Other thoughts:

The story is never boring. There are enough twists and turn that you will want to keep reading, but at the same time it is well paced. You don’t feel overwhelmed by the information being discovered. Also, the pace allows you time to discover each character. You begin to understand the characters more and feel connected to each of them. The manga focuses a lot of its effort into character development with a mixture of fighting and drama. If you don’t like mangas that focus a lot on dialogue and simple scenes where you see a character begin to change in a small slow way then this is definitely not for you.

I think it has the perfect balance of drama and action, but it is lacking in much of the humor department. The main comedic relief is a side character, soubi’s roommate. Since the roommate hardly makes an appearance in the manga, the comedy is few and far inbetween. But Loveless does a good job of making up for it by keeping you interested in the characters. I find myself reading more and more to find out how Ritsuka is going to change, how he is going to grow up to, to face the obstacles he is bound to face. Plus, I want to see how his relationship with Soubi develop. If you aren’t a fan of shounen ai, again this is not for you. There are heavy hints and innuendos towards shounen ai, and shoujo ai a little bit. I think the story does a good job of taking the focus away from “This is between two guy” and places it more on just the feelings not who it is between. You see that although the relationship between Soubi and Ritsuka is special, it is only unique for one reason and one reason alone. Without that reason, it is like everyone else in their situation regardless if it’s a guy and girl, a girl and girl, or a guy and guy. I think I appreciate that the most about this manga. It doesn’t emphasize the shounen ai. It is apparent and I am sure fangirls everywhere squeel while reading it, but I found myself more absorbed in how the relationship was going to develop and not between who the relationship is developing.

Overall, I think this manga is amazing. It is one of the few that has drawn me in this much and makes me read it. It is also one of the few mangas that make me forget I’m reading a shounen ai. I think if you are planning on reading it but are unsure give it a 3 chapter test. Read the first three chapters, if you don’t like it you only read three chapters. By saying three you give it enough of a chance to get interesting to you without writing it off too quickly but also without getting into too much either.

Thanks for reading,
Binny

PS- Next time: A book review…so many reviews.