2012 Beauty List

In 2011, I think I was pretty good with my beauty product purchases β€” my make-up envelope of receipts were not as THICK as previous years, which means I did good! Plus, I believe almost all my purchases were on sale or discounted meaning the total amount spent must be way less in comparison to the past.  (Must pat myself on theee back.)

Now that it’s a new year, I’m looking to stay on track with budgeting and hopefully do even  better than last year. To help me with that, I figured I should make a 2012 Beauty Purchase List so I don’t go off the tracks with my buys.

I’m not the beauty lover who needs (aka wants) to buy or try everything and anything new on the market. I’m very selective on my purchases and am willing to spend more money on certain items, such as on foundation than on lipsticks, etc. I also love a great deal, so if I’m willing to wait until products go on sale.

Here are a few products I’ve been wanting to try for a while now, which I may purchase this year: 

1. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Photo credit: www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com

I am definitely a cat-eye kinda gal! For years I’ve been going back and forth with MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline and MUFE’s Aquablack Cream Shadow. Love these two products, but one liner that also tops the charts is the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. I’ve been meaning to try this water-resistant, smudge-proof liner for years now, so if Sephora has any of their deals (20% off or $15-$20 off deal) or if I go to the U.S., I think I may cross this off the must-purchase list! 

2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Photo credit: http://www.dermalogica.com

 I’ve been using the St. Yves Gentle exfoliator, which I’ve heard mixed reviews about. I’ve used their new formulation which now have tinier granules that make it more gentle on the skin, so I don’t have much to complain about. But I’ve heard great things about this Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. It’s different than the typical exfoliator β€” it’s powder. Apparently, you are supposed to mix it with your wet hands to create a creamy paste and apply it onto your skin resulting in a smooth, bright, soft layer. I still have to look into the price, but all I know is that it’s waaaaaay more than the St. Yves exfoliator! (This means, I’ll have to cut down on my bubble tea consumption haha)

3. INGLOT Eye Shadows

10 Square Eye Shadow

Rainbow Eye Shadows (in many colours)
Photo credit: http://inglotcosmetics.com

I’ve seen these eye shadows on so many blogs and YouTube make-up tutorials.  They seem to be very pigmented and have a good range of colours!  There is no Inglot in my city and I’m not one to buy items online so the next time I go to Montreal or the U.S., I’m going straight to INGLOT!

That’s pretty much it for my 2012 list! Short, I know!! πŸ˜€

Okaay…there is one last product.

The product below, I’m a little iffy on purchasing (I know most of you might think I’m crazy because this product is like the ‘talk of the town’ right now!)

4. Urban Decay’s Naked2 Palette

Photo credit: www.urbandecay.com

I love Urban Decay’s eye shadows. They are very pigmented! As much as I’d like to jump on the Naked or Naked2 bandwagon, I’m a little hesitant on this purchase because of the price and the amount of matte shadows there are β€” only three in the Naked2 palette (even less in the Naked palette). Plus, I already have a few of those eye shadow colours from another palette. So to be quite honest, I would rather purchase the INGLOT eye shadows if I had to choose.

The products above are the first to pop up in my mind when I quickly think of products I would like to try. So I think my 2012 list is pretty good because it’s limited! But who knows, it’ll probably grow throughout the year. :S

My list is to be continued …

So, what’s on your list?

How was your holidays? 
Mine was filled with family, friends, and lots of food … which you could probably tell with my tired eyes and chubby cheeks! HAHA
This is “tired” me with only 3 hrs of sleep …
 Wishing you a year of good health, happiness, inspiration & love! πŸ™‚
It’s a new year … so let’s do the things we love, try things we’ve never tried before, and surround yourself with with positive & motivating people!

xoxo TESS

“I told myself I wasn’t going to buy any make-up”

So my best friend (aka JB) asked me to go make-up shopping with her. I told myself that I was going to stop buying make-up for a while….so to fight temptation I quickly said “No, I can’t”!! But after giving it some thought and wanting to ‘help a good friend out’, I just couldn’t resist to tag along!! ;P

First we went to Sephora to return an item that just wasn’t doing the job for JB (5 Camouflage Cream Palette). It was too thick and cakey to wear as an everyday concealer/corrector so she wanted to return it.


Did you know that as long as you have a receipt you can return your make-up any time at SEPHORA?! It doesn’t matter how long ago it was purchased?! So keep your reciepts ladies & gentlemen just in case you are not satisfied with a product!

Fortunately JB was still able to return this product! So to replace this product, she wanted to try using a corrector and concealer from Bobbi Brown. A few nights ago she tried a Bobbi Brown corrector which I use and she fell in love with the coverage and the texture. So we headed our way to Holt Renfrew where they sell Bobbi Brown.

Boy, was it an experience! LOL Although I told myself I was not going to buy any make-up today, I already had in mind what I wanted to purchase (life of a make-up addict?) . . . a Bobbi Brown concealer to go with my Bobbi Brown corrector. But to resist my purchase, I let the make-up artist help JB first, since that’s really why we were here. She said JB didn’t need a corrector (LUCKY girl! lol) but found a concealer that matched well with her current foundation.

Once JB was done with her purchases, it was my turn . . . DUN DUN DUN

I told the MUA I was looking for a concealer to go with my Bisque corrector so she helped me find a colour. She then looked at my skin and said my foundation coverage was too heavy and that it was not even the correct colour! She said this to JB as well!! She said that we both have great skin and that we don’t need to cover it up this much. So she suggested to give me a mini make-over to try a new foundation.

Side note:

As mentioned in past blog posts, I’m on a search for a new foundation. I bought one at MAC weeks ago – Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 (NC42). When I first tried it on, I thought it was too BRIGHT and too yellow compared to my actual skin colour and past foundation colours. But I thought, maybe the MAC MUA suggested this to me to maybe brighten up my skin. I’ve never worn MAC foundation, so I thought I’d give it a try. I got many compliments on the coverage and colour throughout the past few weeks…..so I was convinced that this colour was right. Being a make-up artist myself, I am more critical and indecisive of myself (but I guess everyone else feels that way about themselves too).

So back to my story, the Bobbi Brown MUA tried the Skin Foundation SPF 15 in
Honey and it looked sooo good on me! She also put on the Honey concealer over the Bisque corrector. The entire coverage was great and because my skin has been a little oily than usual I liked that this foundation wasn’t dewy and it had a lightweight matte coverage.

After she finished with my mini make-over she looked at my skin and said that she was thinking of trying a foundation a tad bit lighter because as time went by the Honey foundation got darker on my skin (due to oxidization which I’ve mentioned in a past blot post). So she tested the Warm Natural which is half a shade lighter on my neck and to me either one looked good and there wasn’t a big difference in colour. So I told her I liked the one she originally applied on me – Honey. She then laid out on the table all the products she used on me (including the bronzer and blush) and as she was going through them one by one, I started GUESStimating how much this was going to cost me . . . even if I were to just get the foundation and concealer . . . I thought to myself, “I told myself I was not going to buy make-up today and here I am spending over $100!!”. So I kindly told the MUA that I was going to walk around the mall and let this foundation sit. I had to think about it and I had to ensure that this was the perfect colour for me as I wanted to see if the colour would get any more darker due to oxidization…..so she was nice enough to write the colours on her business card and I said I’d come back after we were done shopping……….


I didn’t! :S


On SALE $30!!

On SALE $50!!!

Aren’t they cute?! I love ’em!

I told myself I wasn’t going to buy make-up and I didn’t! Aren’t you proud of me?! I sure am! haha LOL Instead I bought two pairs of shoes which still added up to be cheaper than if I were to buy my Bobbi Brown stuff! πŸ˜€ (Did I mention, I’m also addicted to buying shoes? First shoe purchase of 2010 and probably many more to come! yiiikes)

What am I going to do with my MAC foundation?? RETURN IT! I found the receipt and I called the store to ensure I can still return it! I even kept the packaging and I’ll be returning it on Tuesday when I attend their “Spring Colour Forecast Collection” event.

I feel bad that I never returned to the Bobbi Brown counter as I’ve worked at a cosmetics counter before and know how it feels. But I just couldn’t afford to spend a load of money on more make-up when I still have some at home and/or in my make-up kit! So in the meantime, I will use my Make-up Forever HD foundation that I still have left and either (1) try a better colour at MAC because I get their discount or (2) cross my fingers and hope that the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Honey will be at the Estee Lauder warehouse sale in March!

I am so cheap, aren’t I? I can’t help it!! I love sales!!

Also just to mention, I enjoyed getting that mini make-over by another MUA, there are times I don’t mention that I am also a make-up artist so I can learn from them and see their ways of applying things. The Bobbi Brown MUA was very knowledgeable…she used to work for MAC in EUROPE! When I told her about my MAC foundation she mentioned that it’s hard for ASIAN women to find their colour especially when recommended by a non-asian person…which to be honest, I find somewhat true (not to be racist at all). I’ve had make-up artists in the past match my colour incorrectly and would give me foundations that had pink undertones when clearly I’m yellow! That was one reason that inspired me to go to make-up school –> to learn how to apply make-up on myself and on all skin colours!!!!

Btw, hours have passed now and my foundation colour on my face is still in tact and did not get any darker. So I will definitely keep this foundation in mind!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little personal blog post of mine….I’m just babbling away, I hope it all made sense!! LOL ….

Thanks for reading!

xoxox tesstheshoe-aholic…I mean, makeupbytess ;p

On A Hunt . . .

I’m so sad Prescripvites has annouced that they will be closing all their make-up counters world wide on January 31, 2010. The company will still exist, but you can only make purchases online. They only ship to U.S. residents. (Lucky Americans! Sometimes I wish I lived in the States because it would make online shopping so much easier! πŸ˜› But then I guess I’d be broke! ahaha)

Anyway, it will be difficult for me to part with my all time favourite foundation – Flawless Skin Total Protection Makeup SPF 15

My skin colour got darker after I came back from my trip to the Caribbean so my current Prescriptive foundation in “Beige 09” isn’t a perfect match for me. I currently use Make-up Forever HD Foundation in “155”.

The coverage for this foundation is a medium coverage which I like. It’s also not too dewy and not too matte. I think it’s just right. It makes your skin look natural not cakey. I have a range of colours in my make-up kit which I love to use for weddings. But for personal everyday use, I’d like to find something else. The reason is because there is no SPF in their products. Ladies (and gentlemen) even though it’s winter, you still need to wear SPF on your skin! Shocking right?!

Here’s a little lesson on UVA/UVB rays:

Most people associate wearing SPF only in the hot summer months because it’s sunny…blah blah blah and they want to protect their skin from UVA and UVB rays. But believe it or not, UVA is presesnt all year round. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like and how sunny it is outside. UVA does more damage to your skin than UVB. UVA is responsible for the aging process of your skin. It’s responsible for the elasticity and strength of the skin and its youthful look. While UVB is responsible for giving you that “tanned” look and for creating age spots!! UVB is strongest during the summer as the earth rotates closer to the sun resulting in our skin getting darker if we’re out for a certain amount of time.

Soo…with that said, please wear SPF all year round! πŸ™‚ It’ll keep your skin looking youthful and prevent your skin from aging faster than it should.

I apologize if you didn’t want to read my little lesson! LOL But that is the reason why I don’t like any of the Make-up Forever foundations as an EVERYDAY WEAR as none of them contain any SPF. Their foundations, in my opinion, are more for photoshoots and theatre.

FYI – Foundations with SPF with them create a lighter/whiter film on your face in photographs (white cast). That could be the reason why Make-up Forever does not contain any SPF in it. Well that’s my assumption anyway.

So I’m on the hunt for my new favourite “everyday” foundation. I still have to try Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing in “Natural Tan”. I bought it at a cosmetics warehouse sale for an awesome price! But I’m just waiting for my skin to get a tad bit lighter. What sucks is that this foundation doesn’t contain SPF either! SIGH!
If you guys have a favourite foundation let me know. I’m on a hunt…

(I suppose I can stock up on my Prescriptives foundation before January 31st!! :P)

Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚