Friday, May 13

photos; RANIA style

It's Friday! It's been a long time since I played with my makeup -- I can see that my no-buy will last me forever -- so since it's the weekend, I thought I'd grab the treasure box and see what I could do to myself. I asked my friends on Twitter for some inspiration but ended up finding one on my own; I just based my makeup therapy off of Di from a Korean music group called Rania (RaNia?).

Rania is a relatively new Korean music group who just debuted with a song called 「DR FEEL GOOD」 -- it sounds a lot like Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" in the chorus if you listen; the music video can be found here but just as a warning: they're pretty risque in terms of how Korea views their girl groups. They're not like SNSD or even miss A. They're probably on the level of Brown Eyed Girls in terms of sex appeal, or even higher. But I really liked the smoky golden eyes all the girls wore in the MV, so I thought I'd try and get a toned-down, daytime version out of it. I'm not sure how successful I was.

Products Used:
Wet 'n Wild Ultimate Sheer SPF15 tinted moisturizer in Sun-Kissed
E.L.F. Studio Line under-eye liquid concealer in Medium
E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip in Golden Peach
E.L.F. Studio Line Blush in Peachy Keen
Wet 'n Wild Coloricon eye/brow pencil in Taupe
E.L.F. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer in Sheer
Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips in Sunset Strip
Wet 'n Wild creme eyeliner in 866 Black
Wet 'n Wild MegaLiner liquid liner in 868 Dark Brown
Wet 'n Wild Megalast retractable eyeliner in Black
NYC Sky High mascara in Black
L'Oreal Voluminous WP mascara in Black
Wet 'n Wild MegaLast lip color in 900B Pink Sugar
NYC Ultra Moist Lip Wear in Retro Red
Claire's lip gloss in Pink Lady

Of course I had to combine three different lip products to get a nude-ish, baby pink lip, lol. My life never goes smoothly!

I really love the Wet 'n Wild tinted moisturizer since it evens out my skin without covering it up completely. The Shimmering Facial Whip in Golden Peach helps with the glow I've got going on in photos, lol.

To emulate the Rania look, I used liner even in the inner corners of my eye for a really catlike shape, but I don't really like it much myself. I used liquid liner to sharpen those corners, too, and I don't think I want to do that again. My eyes started watering like nobody's business.

I'm in love with the Olay Pro-X cleansing tool. That thing keeps my skin so happy. I haven't had much problems with my face ever since it became a regular in my skincare routine. Love!

Saturday, May 7

blog; DARPIN Paris Emulsion Aromatique

DARPHIN Paris is a French skincare line that likes to use plant extracts and aromatherapy in conjunction with their skincare, a practice they call the "Darphin Pleasure Principle." To me, this basically means that all of their products probably smell really good, come in sleek packaging that looks pretty and makes anyone using their products feel really good about using them, and their ingredients will sound like a vegetarian recipe. And you know what, that's fine by me.

I also like the fact that they are French, because French skincare seems to be a ~big deal~ nowadays, and you know, I feel trendy.

Darphin's Cleansing Aromatic Emulsion is an old product that seems to have been discontinued (as I don't see it on their website now) and is a makeup remover cleanser that fits "all skin types." Like all products from the skincare brand, a bottle of this is probably tres expensive; I wouldn't know since I got this as a birthday present. I'm assuming it's around $40USD and up, since that seems to be the lowest price a product can be sold, from what I see on the Darphin Paris website.

The ingredients list is in French. Tres chic.

Directions: Apply on wet skin, massage lightly with your fingertips. Rinse well with lukewarm water.

● my French is a little rusty/nonexistent, but from what I gather, the ingredients are all-/mostly natural
● the smell is divine; very clean and fresh and soft, not the slightest bit overpowering
● comes in a squeeze tube so it's easy dispensing
● feels really good and light on the skin
● rinses off cleanly, without leaving a filmy feeling on the skin

● hella expensive
● I didn't feel like it removed all of my foundation (Revlon ColorStay)
● mostly to completely useless against waterproof mascaras

● I don't know if it's just this single tube of cleanser, but it leaks into the cap. Whenever I unscrew the cap to dispense some cleanser, I always find that a lot of it has gobbed up onto the cap, and no matter how much I wash it out and screw the cap on firmly but not too tightly, it still leaks anyway. I do not get it. It wastes so much product!

 The cleanser. It's very light in texture and scent.
It becomes a milky, smooth texture on the face when applied.

Would I repurchase? No. As nice as it smells, it's just too expensive for a product that doesn't remove all my makeup. It's a lovely experience, though, when acquired for free.

I still have a bunch of other Darphin products to test and finish, but I actually really like this brand -- their eye creams and serums are fantastic. I also really love their day cream with SPF15, so expect some reviews on those sometime soon. :)

Current Desire: MAC Surf Baby Cheek Power in My Paradise, as reviewed by Karen from MBB [ here ].

Wednesday, May 4

photos; A walk around.

I decided to go for a walk, and when I announced it on Twitter, a friend of mine who lives in Canada requested I take some pictures because she'd "forgotten what warm weather looks like." I love her, so I agreed. Here's the picture walk of today for anyone's viewing pleasure; it's been really warm in LA lately so the plants are all vibrant!


Monday, May 2

photo; The Battle of Hogwarts

I'm with you 'til the very end, Harry.
photo source: griffoendor

blog; Oooh, scandalous!

At least, that's what I think the Ashleys would be squealing right now.

Lately I've been getting a couple of new comments on a ranty sort of blog I wrote practically two months ago, written out of annoyance and disappointment -- to this day I'm not sure which emotion was more prevalent, but it doesn't matter now, does it?  -- and I was wondering what was bringing these new comments in. I clicked the "Stats" link on my Dashboard and saw that michelle phan blog was the most used search keywords that lead to my blog.

So of course, I wanted to check it out. And sure enough...

Curiosity, you have been sated.