Saturday, December 31, 2011

(Last) Shot of the Day for 2011

Here's the last tokki photograph for the year. I hope you bring in 2012 safely, in good health, and with lots of fun. I'll see you all next year! ╮(─▽─)╭ ☆彡

Friday, December 30, 2011

Jesse's Girl Baked Powder Eye Shadow Collection

Back in October, I bought this palette for less than 4$ from Rite Aid, and was so impressed with it that I went back a couple days later to buy three more. I'll probably put two of them up to give away on either facebook or twitter, so look out for that soon. Now, click the jump for the review and lots of photos!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Zoya Holiday Nails with Posh & Veruschuka

Despite my bad experience with a different matte nail polish from Zoya, these two colors had surprisingly great wear on my nails. I wanted to post something on time for once and tried a holiday manicure last week with Posh and Veruschka. It's nothing too fancy (and rather boring in my opinion), but I wanted to put up a post in the spirit of Christmas, so here it is! I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday weekend staying cozy and warm with loved ones.

Too Faced Exotic Color Intense Shadow Single in Midnight Mist

If you remember this video from a previous Too Faced review, you might remember seeing this pan of eyeshadow. Similar in size to a single MAC eyeshadow, this Too Faced color is priced at 18$ for 0.06 oz of product and is a lovely purple-blue duochrome.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Phoebe by Zoya

I wore Zoya Phoebe back in October to test it for wear and was so disappointed with the results that I considered not publishing this review for a while. Prior to this color, I had such favorable experiences with Zoya polishes and was honestly kind of surprised. Phoebe was a summer release as part of the Mod Mattes collection, and it is a gorgeous bright matte blue.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder and Blush

I bought this compact back in September from AHAlife and it was my very first Guerlain purchase. Although it wasn't my first luxury beauty item, it was the first time I was getting such a high end product without any discounts--full price plus shipping. I remember getting body chills in anticipation right after I ordered from being so excited. It was a fresh kind of rush only beauty addicts will understand.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My Glam Bag: December Edition

MyGlam is the first makeup-related subscription I've signed up for and it just started up this month. I'm not too sure how other subscription boxes work, but MyGlam bags are 10$ a month (with free shipping) and sent out to subscribers towards the end of a given month. I received mine on Tuesday, the 13th, but I did hear about people getting theirs the day before.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Looking Back Over a Year { from September 2010 to December 2011 }

pose of ponder

The other day, I was sent this photo and it got me thinking about how long I've been blogging on here. I actually started out on tumblr because it had been a familiar platform for a few years already. Then the tumblr 'blackout' happened and I deemed it unreliable to store my documenting. I also wanted my own domain since I was progressively getting more into makeup and thought that maintaining a blog would encourage me to be more organized. I have the memory of a goldfish, so the cataloging on here has really helped me at times.

Also, I admit, I used to hate on twitter, and avoided making an account for so long. But now it's my go-to for social networking and keeping up with new friends and brands. It's an avenue where I've met lovely people who I bond with though I've never even met most of them in person. I understand that a year is not much, but I think I've improved in ways that I hoped I would compared to the initial start of this blog.

What I've improved on in the last year:
  • my photography -- something I aim to continuously better as I get older.
  • my makeup application -- some of my previous posts are soooo embarrassing to look at now.
  • phasing out watermarks -- I've always hated them, but they made me feel more secure about "sharing." It will still bother me a whole lot if I find people stealing my photos (it remains a constant fear), but I try not to think about it because it hinders me.
  • being more confident in my work and considering it good quality
  • readership -- as much as I'd like to say that it doesn't matter how many people read my blog, it really does affect me sometimes. I just don't seem to have that allure~* of getting more people to stick around constantly, so I really appreciate the readers who take the time to comment every once in a while and interact with me. Thank you for your continued support.

Goals and what I want to improve:
  • consistency, both with posts and videos -- I wish I could just work as a full-time blogger, wouldn't that be a dream? Although I can't fully focus on this blog until sometime next year, I do hope to have some sort of regularity in the future.
  • editing videos -- I have no idea how to edit videos. I just sort of do them in one go which can be quite strenuous if I have to do multiple takes, haha.
  • taking selcas and more FOTDs -- I need to be less camera shy even if my look is a disaster. I definitely want to take 'live and learn' to heart, because at the end of the day, it's just makeup.
  • makeup application on others -- not worry so much about messing up
  • meet new people (in person) -- I'd really love to meet any of the friends I've made through twitter, attend IMATS in California, and Beautylish events next year.
  • up my self-esteem to a healthy level
  • self promotion -- I don't want to come off annoying, so I try not to, but I haven't quite learned the art of confidently promoting oneself.
  • I'd really like to be sponsored for a product (or two) by a brand I love and in general, feel more appreciated by brands I support.
  • side project: slowly build a wardrobe by finding clothes that fit me properly and dress more ladylike!

These are just a few things I could think of and wanted to share with you all. I hope to keep improving for not only myself, but for the readers who have stayed by me since finding this modest beauty blog. I am truly grateful to everyone who has stuck around beyond the giveaways, and have even become my friends through the portal of the internet. If you have any suggestions for me to work on or feedback you'd like to give me, please feel free to leave them in the comments or shoot me an email!

Here's to another year on makeup tokki! ★ミ(。●ヮ●)っ旦~

OPI DS Reserve

A while back, Lyn from Beauty Cabby showed a photo of this color on her nails on twitter and I immediately wanted a bottle for myself. I later found it on Amazon for 7$ plus 2$ shipping.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Shot of the Day featuring tokidoki Donutella Rollerball

I am completely untalented at describing scents and deem myself rather useless when it comes to that kind of thing. I can, however, show you product shots! Plus, I really only got this rollerball perfume because of its packaging and for the sake of collecting as many Donutella things as I possibly can. It is 18$ at Sephora.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Urban Decay Mini Bundle Giveaway

This mini giveaway will probably be the last for 2011. I promise there'll be bigger ones in the coming year! Remember, there's always a giveaway page for future ones you may be interested that is updated periodically.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Urban Decay Beauty Bundle from Beautylish

+ note from Jasmine (aka Jazziebabycakes!)

Last month, I won an Urban Decay beauty bundle from Beautylish. Please check out their site if you haven't already. It is a wonderful beauty community filled with reviews, photos, and videos all in one place. The team themselves post helpful tips and inspiration everyday and are very friendly on twitter. I hope someday to finally meet them in person at one of their awesome events! Anyway, I wanted to show you swatches of the goodies I received as I've been wanting to try most of it myself! Hit the jump for a mega photo post.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette

Talk about late--I've had this palette for nearly a year, and I'm now finally reviewing it. I don't love it as much as the Sweet Heart one, but it's a great palette nonetheless. After all this time of trying out a lot different brands, Sugarpill remains as one of my constant favorites. I reach for these colors whether it's for an everyday smokey eye, feeling creative, or for when I'm traveling. The Burning Heart quad has four rainbow-friendly colors that are wonderfully vibrant in their (mostly) matte application.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nails of the Day -- the Old Vic

I swatched a few different colors using a new top coat I got from the Old Vic Collection by Nails Inc today! These photos however, are of the manicure I gave myself for the week while I test out the wear. I messed up my ring finger several times before I painted something that didn't look terrible, so I hope you like it~ Look out for the duo polish review early next month!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

tokidoki Cromatico Eyeshadow Palette in Polpettina

These Cromatico palettes have been out for quite a while now, but before Sephora's Black Friday discount coming up tomorrow where they're 10$ each (limit 2), they were discounted to 19$ down from the original 25$. Unfortunately, as cute as these palettes are, I'm not even sure that they're worth 10$ each. On a side note, I also have one in Bastardino, and really only got these mini palettes because I liked the charms and never bought the respective tokidoki Cactus Pup vinyl figurines.

#2 -- Lust Red Eyes to Kill Intense by Giorgio Armani

Lust Red is the second Eyes to Kill eyeshadow I have, and it is also my favorite. For a more complete review, please check out my first post on Blast of Blue.

Monday, November 21, 2011

IPKN My It Gloss in T2 Peach

IPKN lip glosses can be found for 19$ at Pretty & Cute. I tried the one in Peach, and it is a generous tube of pink tinted gloss. As always, there are more photos and swatches after the cut, but check out the video for an overview and size comparisons!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Coquette

Coquette (29$) is a dusty rose colored lipstick that comes in luxe Lancome packaging. The shiny golden tube goes inside a sleek black lid that's magnetic and the general weight of the lippy does not feel cheap.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Halloween { Part 1 } -- Referee

Halloween in Chicago--I didn't write down everything I used that night, but here's a partial list of what I can remember to the best of my ability.

Products used:

Filthy Magic camera ring

Related posts:

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Urban Decay Rollergirl Palette

This cute palette from Urban Decay offers three neutral shades with a pop of bright pink. You can get it for as low as 15$ (down from 32$) right now as their Friends & Family sale ends today.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hard Candy Meteor-Eyes Baked Eyeshadow in Supernova

I went to Walmart a while back and got excited since it was the first time seeing Hard Candy anywhere. I picked up Supernova (274) to try something from the brand and mildly regret it now. It's unfortunate that it's rather worthless if you'd like to use it dry because it looks so pretty in the pan.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Shot of the Day

ManGlaze Mink Mitten

Mink Mitten is a color from the new FAiL Collection ManGlaze released about a month ago. It's become my favorite matte nail polish ever, and I don't proclaim that lightly. The label art will be changing from this plastic stickered version I have, so you probably won't be seeing this exact one if you decide to pick it up. And if you're going to shop, don't forget to do it through their facebook for 10% off.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Little Wing False Lashes from Urban Decay

Urban Lash falsies from Urban Decay go for 15$ a pair. It's a little pricey, but their lashes are well-made, durable, and come with great lash glue. Other lashes I have include Instaglam Technicolor and HBIC, but I've only tried the latter of those two as of yet.

Featured Photo at Beautylish

A photograph of my nails wearing OPI colors is featured on the homepage of Beautylish today! Here's is my original post with lots more bokeh goodness. Please check out the other ladies who are featured as well.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Swap with Lippi!

so many!

I recently did a swap with Lippi where I asked for blank Make-Up Studio face charts, but she sent along extra goodies with it! If you'd like to see what I sent her, do check out her post here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Urban Decay Show Pony Shadow Box

This palette is an older release and I haven't seen it around other than on eBay. It comes with six lovely eyeshadow shades from Urban Decay along with a mini eyeliner in Zero and a mini genie bottle of primer.

CZ Crown & Swarovski Pearl Studs from He Qi Crystal Designs

I'm not particularly big on pearl jewelry, but these studs from HQCD have changed my mind. They're simple enough to be worn everyday yet adds a nice, elegant touch if you're dressed up.