Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Burlesque Makeup: Poster

This wasn't planned, but for Black Wednesday I went out for drinks and I realized my makeup was looking like the poster for Burlesque. Coincidence?  hmmm...who knows! 

Kinda lame but I don't have more pictures or a list of what I used, but I figured why not post this anyways.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Burlesque Makeup: Kristen Bell as Nikki

I saw Burlesque last night and I fell in love with it! I was afraid it was going to be some cliche dance movie, but it was so much more than that. The music, the costumes, the makeup, the art and did I mention the makeup? Such a great time!!! 

Kristen Bell plays Nikki, who is the diva of the performers. She is quite a bitch as well. But when they hear Ali's voice, Nikki gets booted fast and becomes the jealous backup dancer. 

Nikki's makeup stayed at a steady pace. She had a dark brown cat eye with white in the inner corner, which matched her dark hair. She kept the same makeup throughout the film.

I like how it turned out. I don't ever seem to do cat eyes, and I'm not quite sure why. ha. I never wear brown eye shadow because I'm so against neutral colors, but this is anything but good girl eyes!


What I Used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
Lancome e/s in Lezard
Lancome e/s in Honeymoon
Urban Decay e/s in Polyester Bride
Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Crash
Calypso Minerals' e/s in Twilight
Ardell lashes in Enchanted 
Loreal Anti Redness Primer
Covergirl Tru Blend Minerals in 410
Urban Decay concealer in FBI
Urban Decay blush in Quickie
Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar
Sephora pencil in Real Red
Prestige l/s in Heartbreak

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

So like me to write this and not actually post it on Thanksgiving. 

I starting thinking, what am I thankful for? It's been an exhausting year so far. Many highs and many lows. 

I'm incredible lucky to have such an amazing family. A brother who I'm super duper proud of and who has come very far recently. A mother who always has my back and a pillar of support in whatever endeavor I'm into at the moment. And the best aunts I could ask for.

A best friend (who has earned the title of family) and who has stuck with me for years and made me laugh at the most important moments.

Friends whom I've known since I was a kid and although I don't see them much in our busy lives I'm glad they are still in mine. 

And Peyton who is the love of my life!

What is everybody thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope ya'll have a great holiday and enjoy the massive amounts of food.

Beauty Blogs Backstage: An Interview with Of Face and Fingers

This is my second month participating in Beauty Blog Backstage, and its something that I find completely brilliant. This month I interviewed  Of Face and Fingers. Check out her blog she does some amazing swatching!

You can see her interview of me HERE.

1. I like your site. What made you get into blogging?
I started blogging after I moved from Chicago to London. A lot of my US-based fellow beauty fanatics wanted to see swatches of UK brands they couldn't get in the US, so I started swatching UK makeup for them and posting the pictures on my blog. Other people started reading the posts, too, and my blog was born.

2. I read you lived in Chicago for awhile. I live in Chicago! What was your favorite thing about the city?
I lived there for 3 years. I love Chicago, and I still miss it sometimes, because I had many fond memories there. I lived in the South Side, Hyde Park (near where Obama lived, by the way!). I loved the awesome sales and wide range of products available, the general beauty of the city, especially Lake Michigan and Millenium Park, and the fact that the city actually has seasons - here in Singapore, it's summer all-year round, which isn't as great as it sounds once you live there for awhile. Singapore is pretty small, so living in such an expansive area like Chicago was really a big thing for me - I loved how you could go to the South Side, and you'd get one experience, and you could go downtown, and get a totally difference experience of the city, and if you went up north, then the feel of the area would be totally different. No part of Chicago is quite like any other part.

3. What made you choose “Of Faces and Fingers” for your blog name?
I've had someone comment that the name is weird, but my blog primarily focuses on makeup - hence faces - and nail polish - hence fingers.

4. I also read you lived in London. I’m going to London this Christmas. Any suggestions where to buy makeup? Any secret finds?
Yes! Do some makeup shopping in London! Go to Superdrug (the UK equivalent of Walgreens) and browse the shelves! In particular you'll want to look out for Sleek, Barry M, GOSH and Bourjois. Also if you are hunting down the elusive Lancome Erika F eyeshadow, the UK has it - check the upscale department stores, or larger Boots stores. For more upscale shopping, head to Debenhams, John Lewis, and House of Fraser - they're all right by each other along Oxford Street, which is right in the heart of London, and I think they carry brands like Nails Inc and Illamasqua. You could also head to Harrods at Knightsbridge - the decor of the place is very pretty and worth taking a look at.

5. What about makeup do you like the most?
 I especially like how it can make me look like a better, more awake version of myself - very useful when I wake up in the morning for work!

6.    When your not blogging what do you do?
Work. I spend long hours at my work, and that takes up most of my time. Otherwise, I hang out with friends and family. I lead a very tame lifestyle right now - after starting work I just don't have the time and energy for clubbing or other activities I used to do, although I do go out for drinks every now and then.

7.    How do you ensure a good quality picture of your swatches?
It's a painful process - I'm not going to kid you. But first, contrary to popular belief, you don't need a fancy SLR camera. Of course an SLR camera will help a lot, but I use an old Panasonic Lumix and I still get decent pictures.

 First of all, lighting is important. I always take my pictures under natural light, and I'm really picky about this. If I don't have natural light (it's night/too dark/cloudy), I don't take my photos. Sometimes I do attempt to take photos under lamp light if I have no choice, but it's much harder to get a good photo that way.

 Secondly, you have to be really nitpicky about details. Is the product placed just right? Are there any weird, harsh shadows? Most people don't bother to look at such details, but it really helps. 

Thirdly, I use the Macro mode on my camera to take close-up shots (which is most of my photos on the blog). This should be a no-brainer, since the macro setting is built into almost every camera on the market nowadays, but I'm always surprised by the number of people who don't know that it exists on their cameras. 

Lastly, patience is key. People just look at a blog and take the pretty pictures for granted, but it all is very time-consuming. For each photo that goes on my blog, there are 20 photos that didn't make the cut (yes I counted). So you really have to keep taking photos, and keep trying to get the perfect shot.

With these tips, I get pretty good photos. Sometimes I edit them a little for colour accuracy (e.g. the photos turn out too yellow, too dark etc despite my best efforts), but usually if the shot is good, I don't have to. I'm always very happy when I don't have to edit a photo, because I take it as a sign that my photography skills are improving.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Burlesque Makeup: Ali, small town girl

I'm so beyond excited to see Burlesque. I've watched every trailer numerous times and watched the cast members on TV talking about the movie, not to mention been listening to the soundtrack everyday for the last week nonstop. It's absolutely delicious. 

Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounges troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman's quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by new found friends amongst the theater's crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. .

I decided the other day to do a mini series this week after getting inspired from the makeup. I started with Ali. Ali was fairly simple and only had to use a few products. Her look in the picture below is basic and cream neutral shadow, a light brown in her crease. She also has slight pink to her lips. I didn't use lashes, but just mascara to blend with her look. 

What I Used:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • NYX jumbo pencil in Milk
  • High Voltage Cosmetics e/s in Champagne Supernova
  • Fenzza e/s in Marble Bronze
  • Fenzza e/l in Brown
  • Lancome e/s in Madame Muse
  • Benefit's Bad Gal mascara 
  • NYX lip stick in Orange Soda
  • Maybelline Dream Mousse

Friday, November 19, 2010

Halloween 2010

Wow, am I late on this or what! Halloween was three weeks ago now. I love love love Halloween. It's such an amazingly good times holiday. It's hard to imagine many adults don't celebrate it and believe its only for children. MADNESS! The gays do Halloween better than anyone else. Disagree? Get lost! :P 

I decided to go as Kylie Minogue, the international singer. I cant stand buying $65 costumes from Spirit that you only wear once. So when I made/bought my costume and I kept in mind that I'd be using it all again.

Corset: Torrid
Tutu: Handmade
Tights: We Love Colors
Shoes: Payless
Wig: Halloween Hallway
Headband: Forever
Necklace: a gift

 The 3 day bender I was on, you think I was Kesha or something...but it really left no time to take photos of my makeup or remember what I used each night. Because it was different every night.

 Thank you Effen Black Cherry Vodka.

 Closeup of my eye, after I ripped off my lashes.

I won the best creative costume for the night.

This is my lovely bestie. Yes, I did his makeup! It was fun, and interesting. I'm so used to mine and other women's. But overall it came out good. In case your wondering, he was a white Foxy Brown. haha.

Shot taken on the red line of my makeup. I love those lashes! 

 Peyton as a shark for Halloween. He hated it. 

Totally spent after tugging his costume off.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

OOTD: Margarita Night

I don't really do an outfit of the day, do I? I think it's because this blog focuses on makeup. Lately I've been getting into fashion more. I started watching runway show and photo shoots looking at the makeup being done. Well, now I'm evolving...

Over the last weekend I celebrated my friend, Emily's 25th birthday, who've I know for ages. I pulled together a few things from my closet for my outfit of the day. I was in a bit of a hurry after my nap went too long haha. But because we were drinking at Blue Agave I choose to go with green eyes.

Dress: Torrid
Shawl: Torrid
Tights: We Love Colors 
Shoes: Payless 
Necklace: Forever 21
Headband: Forever 21
Belt: Dots

The pictures don't show color to scale, but I'm hoping Black Friday I find a good deal on a camera. What kind of camera do you guys use?