Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Blog!!!!

Hey Everyone!!

Sorry I havent been posting recently... but I just started a new business venture and I will soon be coming out with an online clothing boutique!! yay!! So I have a new blog called August Wrinkle which is also the name of my company.

I will still be doing posts on makeup, but its more of a general blog about things that represent the company or that I just find interesting to talk about =)

Please check it out! If you like it, please follow, it would make me sooooo happy! And I thank you for all your support at Makeup by Janalyn.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Favorites of the Month: September

It was the last month of Summer =( but now its Fall! Majority of my favorites for the month of September are actually more appropriate for Fall, but I guess I jumped the gun and started using my favorite Fall products early =) Since I went to Disneyland last month, I also have a couple of Disney stuff that have been my favorites!

Face Products
  • Urban Decay Baked Bronzer 'Baked'
  • Nars Blush 'Dolce Vita'
  • Diorskin Nude Concealer 02 Beige

Top to Bottom: Nars Dolce Vita Blended Out, Dolce Vita Swatch, Baked Bronzer Blended Out, Baked Bronzer Swatch

These 3 products I wore maybe 70% of the time last month. The baked bronzer I looove because it adds a really nice glow! You can even see the highlight effect from the photo! I also have 'Gilded' which is even more shimmery! The Nars Dolce Vita blush I got a while ago because I loved the Dolce Vita lipstick so much, I thought I had to get the blush too right?! Looks dark when swatched but it actually gives a nice deep rosy color, its great for any skintone really. And finally my concealer that I have pulled outta the cobwebs because I needed something to hide all my blemishes! blah!

Lip Products
  • Nars Sheer Lipstick 'Dolce Vita'
  • Korres Lip Butter 'Wild Rose'

L to R: Dolce Vita and Wild Rose
These two products actually look almost exactly the same in the photo, but when worn, they look completely different! Dolce Vita of course is a Nars best seller and I think its a great lipcolor to wear for Fall! The Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose is a reddish tinted lip balm which is also great for the Fall season!

  • Bath and Body Works Body Scrub 'Into the Wild'
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15

I normally dont have a favorite skincare just because I breakout so easily and it seems like no product in the entire universe can help me! But I did find a great moisturizer that hasnt made me breakout... yet. It also has SPF 15! And, if you havent smelled the Bath and Body Works 'Into the Wild' scent yet.. I highly recommend this if you like tropical and fruity body scrubs and washes. It smells soooo fantastic! And it scrubs away your dead skin =)

  • Minnie Mouse Insulated Cup
  • Mickey Mouse Mug

I thought I would bring a piece of Disneyland back home with me =)

I use the Minnie Mouse cup to take to work everyday for Lunch and the Mickey Mouse mug I also use everyday for Breakfast and Dinner! The Mickey Mouse mug also says 'Oh Boy!' oh the other side =))

Got any favorites from September you would like to share?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

First Impression: Incoco Nail Polish Applique

Since I was starting to get back into doing my nails... I decided I would try these nail polish sticker thingys I got as a sample from Septembers Birchbox. I have seen so many people using the Sally Hansen ones and say that they love it so I figured, why not give it a go!

Incoco Nail Polish Applique in 'Femme Fatale' $8.99

Real nail polish stickies that are pre-made and pre-designed with a base coat, color and top coat in each nail sticky. You can shape them to your nail and file off the excess with a nail file. No need to wait for drying and you can do your nails in minutes! Anywhere, anytime!

First Impression
I know I suck badly at painting my nails with real nail polish, so I thought these stickers would be a lot easier... but apparently... I also suck at putting stickers on my nails too! They didnt take nearly as long as if you had to paint your nails, it took me about 10-15 minutes to apply all of them. However, they claim that you can stretch them, shape them, and reapply them, but I dont think they quite lived up to that claim =( When I did them, once I put them on my nail, it was STUCK there. If I tried to take it off and reapply, it would stretch and get wrinkled.. not so pretty.. Also, I tried to file off the excess on the sides of the nail since the stickers were too big, and they wouldnt file off nicely, so I just ended up pushing it in. I also felt like you can tell they are stickers and not actual nail polish, but it might have been the leopard print design that threw me off.

Overall Thoughts
Would I purchase it again and give it another try? Probably, since it only took me 10-15 minutes. I saw some really cute designs on their website which might suit me a little better than the leopard print. They also have solid colors and french tips in various colors and glitters. Im unsure about how long these things will last on my nail, or if they chip like regular nail polish.. I guess only time will tell!

Whats your take on nail polish stickers? Have you tried any?

Until next time! Over and Out!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Favorite Fall Lip Balm: Korres Lip Butter 'Wild Rose'

Ive had this lip balm for about a year and half now, its the Korres Lip Butter in 'Wild Rose' and I used it a lot at first and then I kind of forgot about it. But, since I was experimenting with Fall lip colors recently, I rediscovered this little gem that works perfectly for the Fall season! Especially if you're a little hesitant when it comes to darker lip colors or even reds, this is the product to try.

It works well just on its own, because it gives your lips a flushed plummy red color which is not bold at all, more like a tint. It looks really dark in the jar, but it goes on very lightly and sheer. It moisturizes amazingly well with Shea Butter and Rice Wax. Plus, Korres is an "all natural" brand, so you know its good for your lips! The texture feels literally like butter and it goes on so smoothly. It also has a shiny finish so its almost like a lip balm and gloss in one!

These lipbalms are so worth it. They condition your lips very well and they arent greasy or feel cakey. They are great to use on their own, but they could also be paired with a gloss if you want that added "oomph!". However, I would not recommend using these under a lipstick. The texture is sooo creamy that it creates too much movement if you put a lipstick over it. Your lipstick will just slip all over the place and it will be a big mess! Awesome to wear for the Fall Season or if you want a little extra tint to your lips =)

Price: $12 @ Sephora

Friday, September 23, 2011

Nail Polish Obsessed: Essie

I dont know why Ive been so nail polish obsessed recently!! I hardly ever do my nails because all my previous jobs had a "no nail polish rule" so I got used to having my nails bare. But recently I just started getting back into painting them, and I am currently obsessed with Essie Nail Polish!! I love the bottle it comes in, I think its a lot cuter than other nail polish bottles and they have really unique colors!

I went to CVS and Target this past week because I wanted to get a few of the Fall Collection Nail Polishes from Essie. I got 3 out of 4 that I wanted which were Carry On, Very Structured, and Case Study. I was sad that Power Clutch was sold out at both locations, but oh wells, I can always find a dupe for it right?! I also picked up some other colors that caught my eye and the Beauty Secrets Base Coat and Top Coat from Sally's Beauty Supply when I was in San Diego!

Here are the colors I snagged!

L to R: Carry On, Very Structured, and Case Study

L to R: Carry On, Very Structured and Case Study

L to R: Carry On, Very Structured, and Case Study

Carry On - deep burgundy
Very Structured - rusty burnt sienna
Case Study - soft camel beige

These polishes are very opaque, so one coat on your nail and you really get the basic jist of the color. I always do two coats though just to make sure, I feel like they dont chip as fast if you layer the nail polish. They come out really shiny too, I think they are all a cream texture.. (is that a term for nail polish?) they dont have any sparkles in them either, which I kind of like with nail polish. Keep it classic and simple I guess. I currently have on Carry On which is sooo perfect for the Fall Season! Im actually horrible at painting nails so I didnt post a photo of it, but as I get better, Ill include photos =)

Chinchilly and Turquoise & Caicos were impulsive purchases! But look how pretty they are! How could I not get them! I also thought Chinchilly would be a nice Fall color =)

L to R: Chinchilly and Turquoise & Caicos

L to R: Chinchilly and Turquoise & Caicos

L to R: Chinchilly and Turquoise & Caicos

Chinchilly - granite gray
Turquoise & Caicos - tropical aqua

I had to had to had to get Turquoise & Caicos it was just screaming my name when I went to Target! I basically love anything thats aqua, turquoise, sea foam, mint green, or just anything in that color hue, so this one was right up my alley! Its more of a Summer/Spring color, but I thought I should get it now because these Essie Nail Polishes sell out soooo fast where Im from, its riDONKulous! Chinchilly I bought partly for the name =) Its so fun to say, "Chinchilly!" Ok I might have had too much caffeine today.. just putting it out there!

And these are the Base and Top Coats I had to pick up from Sally's Beauty Supply in San Diego, since we dont have a Sally's in Hawaii, I figured I might as well get it now while I can! These are from Beauty Secrets and the bottles are GARGANTUAN! (is that how you spell it?! Gar-gan-chu-an?! idk! you get what Im trying to say, they're HUGE! last me a lifetime!)

The Essie Polishes were $7.79 each at Target and I believe $7.99 at CVS. I totally forgot how much the Beauty Secrets Base Coat and Top Coat were, but I think they were around $6-$7... Wow! I spent close to $60 on nail stuff! WTH! Yes, being a girl can be very expensive my friends...

Until next time... TaTa!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Review: Eyeko Line and Shine Duo Color Pencil for Eyes

Hey! Im back again! Early this month I went on our honeymoon trip to California and then it was my birthday this past Thursday so I didnt really have much time to blog, but Im back now! I just received my Eyeko Ambassador Gift recently so I decided to give you guys a short review on it. I think they are in the process of revamping their website and launching new products so this particular product isnt on their website anymore =( but hopefully it will be available again soon because Im really liking this product.

Description & Review
Its an eye pencil that works like an eyeliner and eyeshadow in one. You can either use it as a base for eyeshadow or you can line your eyes with them. The duo that I received contained 'Electric Blue' which has a matte finish, and 'Teal' which has a more metallic sparkly finish. Both colors are amazing and highly pigmented. Only thing about this is that you need to set it after application otherwise it will smear. The wierd thing though, is that its really hard to take off, you have to use a waterproof makeup remover in order to get all the product off your eyes. Its a great product for Summer, but since its Fall, I probably wont be using this very much.

Thanks it for this short review! See you all laters!

Eyeko London, Tube Mascara Wardrobe and Eye Make Up

Monday, August 22, 2011

Weekend Look: My Friends Bdays!

Hi Guys!

This weekend my friends and I went out to celebrate two of their birthdays and to watch one of their boyfriends band play. Its been a loooong time since we all got together and just hung out and have a few drinks, and it was sooooo fun! I paid the price the next morning.. eeks! still feeling a little drabby =( But anyways, I took a quick photo right before I left for the night. It wasnt an all out makeup look, just a light grayish smoky eye with glitter and blue liner =)

Oops! I got one of the glitters on my lid!

Dior Airflash Foundation
Dior Nude Concealer
Dior Nude Powder
Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush 'Tipsy'

UD Primer Potion
UD 15 Yr Anniversary Shadow 'Ace' (lashline up to crease)
UD 24/7 Eyeliner 'Zero' (upper waterline)
UD 24/7 Eyeliner 'Binge' (lower lashline and waterline)
UD 15 Yr Anniversary Shadow 'Evidence' (lower lashline)
NYX Candy Glitter Eyeliner 'Lavendar' (upper lashline)
Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Blasting Mascara 'Black'

VS Pro FX Lip Scrub Lip Balm
MAC Plushglass 'Bubble Tea'

Sorry the lighting kind of sucks, but since it was at night anyways, its probably really close to what it actually looked like. My hair, I had two braids, one on each side of my head, and I tied them together in the back. Kind of bohemian like.. I just wore my favorite black and white feather earrings, a loose grey slub top with a pocket, and some black skinny jeans with silver flats =) Didnt remember to take a photo of the entire outfit and look, but hopefully next time I wont be in such a rush =))

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: July's Birchbox

Since I didnt do a reveal about what I got in July's Birchbox, I thought I would do a review of all the products I got since I actually used all of them this past month. The results were very good actually and it will probably help me in making future decisions about certain beauty products =)

Zoya Touch Collection in 'Shay' $8 0.5ml

"Zoyas new Touch Collection has three spot-on taupe shades for your minimalist pleasure...extremely opaque with just a touch of shimmer...they also last about 50% longer than other brands - after a full week of wear, you will still be chip-free."

Ive never owned any Zoya nail polishes before this, and now I think to myself.. "Why the heck not?!" these polishes are so awesome! They are super opaque, one coat covered majority of my nail, and with hardly any streaks! It has a slightly glossy finish which is also really great, I didnt even use a topcoat in the photo! Just used two coats. The color 'Shay' that I got is a beautiful pinky nude with warm taupy undertone, very chic and elegant, it would be a great color to use for a wedding! They dry fully in about 10 minutes and they do live up to claim that they last long! I fool around on my guitar a lot (trust me, I am no Jimi Hendrix), and the nails on my right hand always chip because of the contact my nails get with the strings... and the polish didnt come off one bit! Amazing! I will definetly be buying other colors in the future =P

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One Step Facial Cleanser $32 16oz

"The award winning , one step daily facial cleanser removes makeup, cleanses, tones, and lightly hydrates the skin. Quickly dissolves dirt, oil and makeup to deep clean pores while maintaining the skins proper moisture levels. Gentle enough for the eye area and even for the most sensitive skin."

Ive seen this product so many times at department stores and of course Sephora... but since I break out easily, I was a little weary about trying it. But miraculously, this facial cleanser didnt make me breakout, and it really helped to hydrate my skin a bit. Its kind of watery, which I didnt really like, but it does help to take off my makeup well. The great thing about this product is that its gentle enough to use around the eye area! Most cleansers always say to avoid the eye area, but this stuff doesnt sting or irritate your eyes, it just takes away the makeup! Im really looking into buying the full sized product, but since I got another facial cleanser sample in August's Birchbox, Im going to test that one out first =)

AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream $20 3.4oz

"Loaded with soothing minerals, this healing cream also helps with irritated skin and eczema. Made with pure Dead Sea minerals, this smooth, quick-absorbing lotion deeply hydrates dry skin and rough fingers. The key to this light but nourishing cream is AHAVA’s Mineral Skin Osmoter™, which is a potent compound of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and zinc that is designed to create the optimal balance in your skin. It helps to draw the moisture from the lower levels of skin to the surface to keep hands soft and healthy. Witch hazel helps and allantoin repairs cracked skin."

This was an 'ok' product for me.. It has a powdery smell which some people might like, I didnt really mind the smell... but it kind of made my hands feel a little greasy... It soaked it really quickly though, which is a plus, and it did make my hands feel softer since it hydrated fairly well. It left a little sheen on my hands which I didnt quite care for. I still like the Seed Bodycare Hand Cream better =)
Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist (only available at Redken Salons)

"Redkens signature Shine-On Complex as antioxidant-rich camelina oil and vitamin B5 to condition strands. It smoothes the surface of hair to give you a mirror-like finish. Use on dry hair to tame flyaways and add a shiny finish to hair. Appropriate for all hair types."

I instantly loved this product the first time I tried it, and it was also the product I was most excited to test out =) It really does give your hair a nice and healthy shine. I like to lightly mist this all over my hair and then comb it out so it spreads evenly. If I have any strays or flyaways, I will spray it directly onto my palms and smooth it over my hair. It gives your hair a healthy and glossy appearance. It smells really good too! Be careful not to use too much of this product, if you do, it will make your hair feel greasy! Less is more with this stuff! Oh and use it only on dry hair =)


UD 15 Year Anniversary Shadows: Bronze Beauty Recreate

Every Monday, my friends and I get together at our place for dinner, and this past Monday we decided to have a poolside BBQ! Sooo... I was watching Michelle Phan's Bronze Beauty Video and thought... Hey! I can recreate this look using the UD 15 Year Anniversary shadows! It took me less than 10 minutes! I tried it out and heres the result!

What did I use?
  • UD 15 Year - 'Flow' (entire lid)
  • UD 15 Year - 'Chase' (outer corner/lower lashline)
  • UD 15 Year - 'Deeper' (crease)
  • UD 15 Year - 'Midnight 15' (brow bone/inner corner)
  • UD 15 Year - 'M.I.A.' (outer lower lashline/outer upper lashline)
  • UD 24/7 Eyeliner - 'Baked' (lower waterline)
  • UD 24/7 Eyeliner - 'Perversion' (upper waterline)
  • Covergirl Lashblast Volume Mascara

Monday, August 15, 2011

Music of the Moment: Blackbird Blackbird 'Summer Heart LP'

Just wanted to share!

Dont really know how I discovered this electro band... but I downloaded their entire album 'Summer Heart' a couple weeks ago, and I cant stop listening to it! So catchy! Im sad I never heard of them before this!

Heres a listen!

Ever heard of this band before? Whats your music of the moment?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

August Birchbox!

Another little surprise in the mail! August Birchbox! Sorry I skipped last months Birchbox... got a little busy =( Im doing a review on July's Birchbox, so stay tuned! But I didnt forget this month! Here are the samples I got:

Pangea Organics Cleanser for Combination to Oily Skin $28 4oz.

"Formulated with a blend of fruit, herbs and honey... this refreshing cleanser uses natural ingredients to restore your skins pH level... Contains Australian Wild Plum with calming Native American Willow Herb and Yucca Extracts to balance, soothe and refresh skin."

Carols Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask $29 7oz.

"Proven to reduce hair breakage by up to 96% after only one use when paired with Carols Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo... Tahitian Monoi Oil is designed to repair hair health for stronger, glossier strands and fortify them against future damage."

blinc Liquid Eyeliner in Black $24 0.21oz

"This formula delivers a seamless line of inky color. use it when you want a crisp, defined look. Instead of painting on a line, it actually forms a water-resistant layer that wont run or smudge. Peels right off with gentle pressure and warm water."

WEI Tibetan Chrysanthemum Correcting Eye Treatment Pads $60 10 packs of 2 pads each // Twistband Hair Ties $5 set of 3

"Each pouch comes with 2 pads pre-soaked in herbal ingredients that reduce puffiness and eliminate dark circles in just ten minutes. Tibetan Chrysanthemum soothes the delicate eye area and minimizes puffiness, while soy, raspberry, and green tea leaf extracts lighten dark circles. Seaweed and peppermint add a little kick for a refreshing, zesty feeling."

"These chic hair ties keep hair secure without snagging strands or leaving ugly creases. Best of all, they look as good on our wrists as they do in our ponytail. Each Twistband is made of soft elastic that keeps braids, buns, and ponytails secure. Because they're thicker than regular hair ties, they dont leave crimps in hair."

What did you get in your August Birchbox? Was it different from mines? I would love to know!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review: Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! I got to start mines with a little surprise in the mail =) The Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection! Yay!!! I finally decided I had to order this darn thing because I was so intrigued with all the pretty colors! Plus the oober cute case in came in =)

Bought from:
Price: $55

Here are the swatches!

First column of shadows, these are all shimmery golds and neutrals:

Midnight Rodeo: bronzy brown
Midnight 15: silvery taupe
Vanilla: lemony white
Flow: peachy white
Chase: light gold brown

Middle column, you got your color, these are more iridescent accept 'Tainted':

Tainted: light baby pink (shimmer)
Junkshow: bright hot pink (iridescent)
Omen: bluish purple (iridescent)
Evidence: deep blue (iridescent)
Deep End: aqua blue (iridescent)

In this last column, you have your darker neutrals:

Deeper: dark bronze (shimmer)
M.I.A.: reddish brown (shimmer)
Ace: charcoal grey (shimmer)
Blackout: true black (matte)
Half Truth: charcoal purple (iridescent)

And heres a little look at my playing around with the colors =)

Eyes (from UD 15 Year Palette):
  • Deep End (lid and bottom lashline)
  • Ace (outer corner)
  • M.I.A (crease)
  • Evidence (bottom lashline)
  • Vanilla (brow bone and inner corner)
Other Products:
  • Blinc Liquid Eyeliner (upper lashline)
  • UD Primer Potion
  • UD 24/7 Eyeliner in 'Zero' (top and bottom waterline)
  • Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara

Overall Thoughts

These shadows are all new to the UD line and they apply sooooo well! They are super duper pigmented and go on very smoothly. A little really goes a long way with these shadows, I was really impressed! I love all the iridescent and vibrant colors, they show up almost exactly how they look in the palette. If you dont own a lot of UD eyeshadows, I really recommend this palette. Its really diverse and you can create a million different looks with it =) The case gets a little annoying because finger prints show up every single time you touch the darn thing!

Did you get the new UD 15 Year Anniversary Collection? What were your thoughts?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Novalee Photo and Chelsea

Hi Hi!

Its me again! Last month I had the chance to work with Novalee Photo, used to be called Kolohe Photo, and he never disappoints in his images. Model Chelsea was so sweet and energetic, especially at 6:30AM!

We went for a real beachy look, perfect for summer, to go with the tropical background. Heres are some sneak peeks at how it turned out =)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Eyeko Graffiti Eyeliner Pen, Fat Balm, and Liptastik

Eyeko means 'Love' in Japanese, but it is also a cosmetics brand from London! Ive seen and heard about their products before, but never actually tried it until about a month ago, and I was sooo happy I was able to try them =) They have great great products that are sooooo affordable, and they are all so cute and fun! Hope you enjoy!

 Graffiti Eyeliner Pen $8

This product was my FAVORITE out of the bunch! It is the most EASIEST liquid liner that I have used EVER! It looks just like a pen, so it can give you the straightest lines and perfect cat eyes! Sometimes with liquid liners, the lines are hard to get even because the liquid will come out in clumps, but this doesnt at all, it stays moist throughout application!

Another great thing, it lasts allllll dayyyyyy looooong and will not flake like other liquid liners! The quality of this product is top notch, and with a price of $8, you really cant go wrong. I would buy this even if it was $20!

Fat Balm Strawberry with SPF 15 $10

If you are shy about bold lips, this is the best product to test the waters with! Its a lip balm, but it has a stronger tint than most lip balms I have tried. The Strawberry one that I got has a slightly red tint to it which is not too bold, but you can still tell that there's color on your lips! The finish of this product is awesome! It has little flecks in it and it makes your lips look slightly glossy! You wouldnt need lipstick or lipgloss with this product, it looks amazing all on its own! I am dying to try the other colors and flavors they have available! Also, it smells great too!

Liptastik in 'Hot Lips' and Lip Lover' $10

These glossy lip pencils are soooo convenient! They are a lipstick, lip pencil and lip gloss all wrapped up to make one fabulous product! The color on these pencils are so intense and soooo gorgeous! Although I love wearing bold lips, my day job doesnt allow me to wear these, but they are so perfect for a night out with the girls or a date night with my husband =) They are easy to apply and so pretty! 'Hot Lips' is a bright fuschia color, and 'Lip Lover' looks more like an orange based red when worn. Both gorgeous colors! Oh, and they last long too considering their glossiness =) I found these are best worn alone without lipbalm because it tends to give too much slip.

Hot Lips
Lip Lover
Overall Thoughts

These are definetly products where you dont really need to think to buy. The packaging is cute, the price is right, and their products are just amazing! I think most of their products are made for functionality purposes, where its easy to use and you can use them on the go. Perfect for those of you who have busy lifestyles and are on-the-go a lot.. like ME!

Have you tried any Eyeko products? If you have, what did you think? If you havent, TRY IT! lol

*This review contains products that were sent to the blogger by Eyeko. However, all photos, thoughts and opinions are totally my own and I was not paid in anyway to do this review or say any particular thing about the products shown. Thank you!

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