12.17.2007

An Early Holiday Present For Y'all

Last week, I got an email from Koren from Enkoremakeup on Youtube. He came up with an exciting idea to create a video of all the YT beauty gurus as a special holiday tribute to the viewers and supporters :) I had a lot of fun doing this, although I was freaking out since it was during finals. I hope y'all enjoy this! I have more holiday videos (makeup tuts) to come, I am just celebrating the end of finals right now. A big update is coming, I swear, with lots of pics and juicy gossip :)

For now here is the video. Happy Holidays Y'all!



P.S. I'm really nervous about tonight!!!! Why you ask... you'll just have to wait and see :)

12.08.2007

Reader Submitted Looks Week #2

For those whose emails I haven't replied to... I'm really sorry! I will get to them all (all 100+ YIKES) after finals, if I have to stay up all night to reply. I hate being behind in anything, but I just haven't had the time to reply to each question/request... but I will, I'm not ignoring y'all! Loves y'all to pieces ;) Hello Y'all! Here's me procrastinating.... well that's not really the truth since I was in the library since this morning until 6 PM studying for my finals. I have my Business Law final at 8AM Monday, then Marketing at 11AM. My next two exams are on Thursday. Finance at 8AM, and Accounting at 11AM. I got someone to cover for me tomorrow night so I only have to work until 3PM... I can't wait to get this semester over and done with. I think I have "settled into" my new university pretty well now. Anyways, onto the main reason for this post. I was thinking to myself that I was forgetting something today.... and I realized I need to do another reader submitted looks! Mainly as a way to give back to all of y'all who read my blog and support me :) Lovesss y'all! And there are so many amazing ladies/gents out there, y'all inspire me. So here we go... ********************************************* Trammie sent me her look using the Pandamonium Quad. I love her brows, and the application of the colors is just HOT! I tend to make my looks with the Pandamonium Quad smokey, but now I'm inspired to try this out! Thanks for the inspiration Trammie love :) Oh and I LOVE how your cheeks glow! What She Used FACE: Select Tint SPF 15 New Vegas MSF Gold Spill MSF EYES: MAC Pandamonium Quad MAC Boot Black Liquid Liner Estee Lauder Primer & Mascara LIPS: concealer MAC Masque Lipstick ********************************************* Emily sent in her Stars N Rockets look. I love it! I actually don't own Stars N Rockets. I want to get it just because of this! Gosh Emily, my budget is angry with you now ;) JK love :D I like the way you winged the shadow out as well. This look definitely will catch a person's attention, so you go girl! Don't break too many hearts out there ^_^ What She Used EYES: MAC Thunder e/s - all over lid MAC Cloudburst e/s - outer lid MAC Stars N Rockets e/s - crease MAC Retrospeck e/s - highlight ********************************************* Aiman sent me her take on the Smokey Green look. And I do think it came out superb as well ;) Good luck to you on exams as well girlie! Damn bio/pre-med?!?!?! And I'm whining why? I hear y'all have it a bit harder, just because there are so many labs as well as lecture stuff to study. So good luck, I'm glad you understand the stress :P Oh and happy holidays to you :D What She Used FACE: MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC35 - under the eyes MAC Peachtwist Blush - on cheeks Covergirl bronzer - as contour EYES: UDPP Too Faced Eyeshadow in Steel Magnolias - the green part on inner eyelid MAC Humid e/s - on outer eyelid and into the crease MAC Carbon e/s - on outer most eyelid and into crease MAC Naked Lunch e/s - as highlight Loreal HIP cream eyeliner black - on upper lashline MAC Engraved Powerpoint Eyeliner - on waterline Covergirl Lashblast Mascara-black ********************************************* I just have to say, Xiong is a genius at hair! You MUST do mine one day alright :D We can trade, I'll do your makeup, you do my hair :) Anywho, she did the Femme Gold/Black look with the wavy hair... all-in-one romantic date night look >.< I like how subtle and sweet in looks, even though in the corn row pic it's all "I'm a badass girl, don't mess with me" type look :D Those corn rows are so hot... but they look ouchie!!! lol... oh and the MAC person did a great job on your makeup! ********************************************* Annie also did the Smokey Green look. I LOVE your brows woman. I seriously need to fly one of y'all out to Texas just to get my brows done :D LOL like I have the money for that >_< Are you related to Rose from Asian Beauty Blog at all? Y'all look a lot alike :) ********************************************* Cindy used Off the Radar, and you look STUNNING with it on! But I have to say, you are gorgeous. You remind me of Kristin Kreuk from Smallville and a little like Tila Tequila. I think she's pretty so I don't mean to be offensive lol. What She Used EYES: MAC Painterly Paint Pot - Applied with Sephora brush as a base MAC Off the Radar Pigment - Used 239 brush to apply to entire lid MAC Smut e/s - Used 224 brush to apply to outer V and blended into crease MAC Brule e/s - Used Sephora brush to apply to brow bone as a highlighter and to blend any harsh lines. Vincent Longo Jet Black liner - on top and bottom lashlines MAC Beige-ing Shadestick - As a base for lower lashline MAC Smut e/s - Smudged on lower lashline with 219 brush Dior Show mascara - On top and bottom lashes ********************************************* Aloha Eileen :) She did the Vintage Glam look, pulling it off like a charm. Your hair is luscious and beautiful, I think your makeup and hair compliments each other so well! And you're so lucky to have a bf who supports your obsession for makeup :) Wanna trade? LOL I joke I joke! Great job, you look amazing! ********************************************* Thank you so much ladies for sending these into me! Y'all did fantastic. I love seeing different interpretations of looks, y'all inspire me to try some new things :) Anyways, going to bed now. Thanks everyone!

12.01.2007

Reader Submitted Looks Week #1

Like y'all know, I love getting feedback, whether it be emails, ims, or comments. I want to share the abundance of talent that is out there, all you have to do is TRY! Ever since I started doing makeup and writing for makeup blogs (which hasn't been long as y'all know), I've only had two goals in mind. 1) To learn more about the application of makeup and better myself in that regard. 2) To help others with makeup ideas and tricks. If the only thing anyone gains from reading my blog and looking at my videos is the inspiration to try something new, I think I could go to sleep each night content. I know I had my inspirations to start wearing bolder makeup. People like Pursebuzz, May, and Ricebunny sparked my interest in makeup. Then Snowkei and Mistella inspired me to try bolder makeup looks. It's all about inspiration. The point of this entry is that I want to start a "Reader Submitted Looks" thing. I don't know what else to call it ;) Anyways, if you are inspired by any of the looks I share and decide to try it out, (and you're not too shy to at least show a picture of your eyes, if not the whole face) and decide to send pics to me like the ladies who will be showcased, I would like to share it with everyone. Of course, only if y'all allow me. The three ladies I'm going to show today sent in their looks, and I think they should be acknowledged for their great work. I contacted (or tried to) them to make sure it was fine. I don't remember which, but I didn't get a response back yet... but I just want to make sure I don't leave one of them out when all three were the ones who inspired me to do this. So to my starting ladies, if one of y'all didn't want me to share, let me know and I'll take it off for you! To start off here are some rules just to keep things organized. All of this info will be posted in a box to the right where all the links are so you can refer to it easily. I'll also link to that area all the Reader Submitted looks. 1. Please try to take a full face pic and a close eye picture. If you can't take a close picture of your eye, try to take one close to your face and I'll crop it for you. 2. You can do this, or I can, it doesn't matter to me. Put your name on the picture with the look you recreated. For example, if you recreated the Peppermint Eyes, put "Julie - Peppermint Eyes". Like I said, if you don't, I will just so no one can jack your pics since they most likely will be amazing ;) 3. Please email them to me at stephienese@yahoo.com 4. Also email me the list of items you used, so others can try to recreate it! And please specify if you want me to post it or if you're just sending it for me to see. 5. I will post them on every Saturday (if I get any LOL). So if I don't post one each Saturday, don't laugh :D Alright if y'all have anymore questions, just let me know, k? ********************************************** Ladies, if y'all can please email or comment me what you used... if you remember :) The first lady to send me her pics was Mandi :) I think another Filipina, but if I'm wrong, do correct me :D Super sweet girl who I talk to on Youtube with quite frequently. She sent me her take on the Asian Barbie Look and McQueen Look. I LOVE her take on the Asian Barbie look. I love the shape of the shadows, and the white liner looks HOT! I can't wait to try this one out :) ********************************************** Sohyon did the Smokey Green Look. I love how subtle you made it, but it still looks smokey and sultry. Your skin is beautiful, and I automatically <3 you :) Chunk up the deuces girl :D Oh and I'm in love with the nail polish you have on. ********************************************** My girl Diana, fellow Filipina! I love how your skin glows, and I LOVE how purple looks on you. She did the Plum Electric look. ********************************************** Thanks so much ladies for sending it in to me. Mwahs! Y'all are

11.24.2007

Black Friday....

..... is overrated. My Honie & I planned on waking up around 4:30 AM to drive over to the local Fry's Electronics, but we ended up sleeping in until 6 AM. We got to Fry's and the sales weren't worth the effort of getting up early. Later, my friends told me Best Buy would have been better, but oh well. We ended up buying an external hard drive and a couple of DVDs. I wanted to find a GPS, but I didn't really find one that I thought was worth the money.

We then went to the mall, searching around for some good deals, but again, nothing. Empty handed, we were about to leave when I remembered that MAC had a new collection. Considering that I had saved some money to shop majorly on Black Friday (and none of it had been spent), my Honie and I went over to the MAC Store :)

I really like the Metal-X Collection. I'm into shimmery and glittery things so of course I was in love. I wanted all the shadows, but I only picked 5. I don't own any glitter liners, so I decided to try them out.... they are my fave items from the collection! I plan on getting more later.

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Metal-X Shadows

I was expecting the shadows to be more on the cream side, but in reality they are a lot drier. If you've ever felt the cream blushes from MAC, I thought they would be like that, or like Studio Tech. Instead I'd describe them as a hybrid, in the middle of a powder and cream form. The reason I say this is because when I was applying the eye shadow with my 242 brush, some parts would come off like powder residue. However, they smoothly went on like a cream. They are shimmery and jewel-like, which I'm loving right now. Overall, I really like them. They are unlike any other eye shadow I have from MAC. They don't crease and are long wearing. I wear a base under them... just don't confuse these with paint pots. The Metal-X Shadows are more opaque than paint pots... I recommend them!

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Glitter Eye Liners

I don't have any glitter eye liners, so I decided it was okay if I bought a couple to try them out. These are the pick of the collection in my opinion. They are so easy to apply, and they last so long! It comes off fairly easily with my MAC Wipes. I can't say enough about them, I'm definitely buying more if that's an indication of how much I love them :) I like wearing them over my liner on the upper lashline.

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I was back in bed at 8:30 AM, and got up around 1 PM. I had to work that afternoon, so I had to sleep! I was so excited to try out my new goodies, so I came up with this next look. It reminds me of emeralds.

Oh, and someone requested that I take pics of the products I use. It looks like a lot LOL, so don't hate ;)







What I Used

FACE
Renewal Defense Charged Water
Studio Moisture Fix
Fast Response Eye Cream
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Studio Tech NC35 - all over face with 190se (not shown)
Armani Micro-fil Powder 2
Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader - fill in brows with Shiseido #6 brush
Emote Blush - contour with 168 brush
Sunbasque Blush - apples of cheeks blended up and out with 136

EYES
Studio Finish Concealer - under eyes with 252 (not shown)
UDPP - base for lid to brow
Beige-ing Shadestick - base for lower lashline
6th Sin Metal-X Shadow - all over lid with 242
Stormwatch e/s - crease with 224
Newly Minted Matte2 e/s - lower lashline with 219
Shroom e/s - highlight with 227 (not shown)
Graphblack Technakohl Liner - waterline
Blacktrack Fluidline - upper lashline with 266
Lime Dandy Glitter Eye Liner - over Blacktrack
Shiseido Mascara Base
Shiseido Lifting Mascara

LIPS
Smith's Strawberry Lip Balm
Flattering Mattene Lipstick















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Today I took another crack at shopping. I went over to Macy's because my boss told me about some good deals going on over there. I've been in dire need of new fragrances, I've only had my Vera Wang Princess for over a year. I went with two of my co-workers, one of them my awesome guy-loving guy friend... he's the best to shop with :) Anyways, Hung (my friend) knew one of the ladies at the Estee Laudere perfume counter since she's a regular at the restaurant. She helped us with some gift with purchases. I was so happy with the one she hooked me up with. This Baby Phat bag is supposed to be given only to purchases of Baby Phat perfumes, but she got the lady at the Baby Phat counter to give me and my friend a bag. We even got our bags monogramed for free! I was uber happy, especially since the bag is leopard print.... and y'all know I'm a leopard whore :)







My friends helped me pick out two (actually three) fragrances. I got LAMB and DKNY Be Delicious (red & green in one pack). I like the Red DKNY perfume better than the green one. The LAMB perfume came with a lotion and full-size fragrance. I like them both... I love sweet smelling perfumes so I'm really happy :) My fave smell ever is Moonlight Path from Bath and Body Works, but their smells usually don't last all day.





Anyways, I have to finish up a presentation I'm giving on Monday. It's over the leadership style of Attila the Hun. I'm not even done yet... oh well! I think I can make it work though. Night y'all!

9.20.2007

My Disclaimer

In advance, I wanted to give out a disclaimer on my makeup posts. I love MAC makeup. The looks that I create are on me, so obviously I adjust the shadows and makeup to my face. I'm writing my opinions in my posts just as they are, opinions. Not all the looks I create will fit for everyone, and if I post something that you don't like, please feel free to tell me. I've learned what I've learned so far from posting in makeup blogs and groups and getting feedback from others. I love constructive criticism and if you see something I could improve, then I'll try for sure. However, please don't just leave me comments that are outright rude. I'm not trying to post here just to "show off". I actually want to give my knowledge to others and learn more on the way.

I'll start posting my stuff soon, and I hope I can help anyone out there (and that y'all will help me!).

9.17.2007

Introduction to Stephienese


I haven't had my own blog ... ever I think. Anyways, this is weird typing an intro when I don't even know if anyone will see it. Oh wellio :) As you can tell, I ramble quite easily.

I wanted to start a blog to keep track of my progress as far as applying makeup goes. I've only started using eyeshadows, bases, etc. (aside from mascara, eyeliner, lipgloss) this past May 2007. I feel like I've progressed since I first started and I thought it would be nice to keep it all in one collection, as well as my present and future looks/ tutorials.

Also, I'll be writing about my life, and probably complain every now and again... y'all can ignore those entries if you want.

What else.... I really should be studying for my marketing exam right now. It's on Wednsday and I've only studied the first two chapters out of the four. I'm sure I can catch up, but it's just been a little hard doing it lately. I just transferred to my new university after getting my Associate's Degree over the summer. I have a 4.0 at my old college, but I'm sure I'll have to work twice as hard to keep up in my current university. I'm a part of the Honors College, which just adds a little more stress. And I'm part of a leadership program in my business school. It's really hard getting to know people out here in the university since I'm already a junior and most of the friendships have been made since many have attended here since their freshman year. I have my honie with me so that makes life easier <3>I've been with my honie for almost two years & it has been the longest relationship I've ever been in. I love him.

THE PICS: These are a couple of FOTDs that I wore these past few days. It's my "Mod Doll Look". They are basically the same besides different falsies and different colors of lipstick. I'll make another entry on them soon.

I think that's pretty much all about me that I'm going to write for now. I'm thinking it's not that great and I'll end up re-writing it.
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