[The Return] – Certified Makeup Artist!

IMG_20170916_170203_694Hello peeps! yeah yeah I know, it’s been a looooooooooooooooooooong while. I have no excuses other than: life happened.

I’ve been busy dealing with the stresses of work and trying to complete my makeup artist diploma program. Guess what?! I finally completed it! after 9 whole months! I am pretty proud of myself. There were days I wanted to give up, but I hung in there and got through it all. I know it’s not a fancy diploma from Blanche Macdonald or anything, but with art (and this is art) it doesn’t really matter how expensive the school you go to is, it matters what you can learn and whether you are welling to develop on your techniques.

I chose to attend a continue education course because 1. it was the only part-time, late night class I could get to on time after work 2. the price and 3. the instructor taught at Blanche. I am getting the same instructor at 1/3 of the price, why not!

so here I am a certified makeup artist!

If you require the service of a makeup artist in the GVRD: 🙂

more posts upcoming. I am going to try really hard to keep this blog going.

That’s all for now 🙂



Posted by on September 16, 2017 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic


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[Hera] – UV Mist Cushion – Nude

imag0254So after my first try with cushion foundation, I was hooked. (see [Missha] – M Magic Cushion Moisture). I mentioned previously I wanted to try other brands, unfortunately the brands I wanted to try were among the higher end ones, and I just didn’t want to spend $50 just for it. So I did some research to see if I can just get the refill and put it into the case I already have. Most of the blogs I’ve found said that if they are under the same umbrella company, the refills will fit into each other. Meaning you can buy a cheaper compact, and stick in a more expensive refill. I can’t really remember what goes in what anymore, after reading so many blogs on it, but I wanted to buy the Hera refill, so I specifically was looking for a brand that would fit the Hera refill. Missha fell under a different umbrella company, and hence would not fit with Hera refills. I found out that the Etude house ones would fit Hera, but I didn’t want to buy an Etude house cushion, mainly because I’ve never loved their makeup line, so instead I opted for a cushion sunscreen, because I’ve also ran out of my sunscreen, so I thought I’d kill 2 birds with one stone. When my package finally came in the mail, I opened it up to see if it actually fits, it did not. I had suspected this before I made the purchase, I thought the cushion sunscreen would probably have a different packaging than the regular cushion BB.

BUT! it doesn’t really matter, because I can just keep the refill in the box and still use it, and that’s what I’ve been doing. So I have no cute packaging to share with you this time. It’s literally just the refill. But after using the refill, I will for sure be purchasing the full compact, because I love the formula of Hera. (Well, that or I may purchase another brand, haha). The formula creates a dewy look, what’s better than the Missha is that even with layering, the dewiness never turns into oiliness.

I’ve heard good things about the UV Mist from Hera, but apparently the one I got was a new formula, it stresses “Nude” (as in the no makeup, makeup look) , there’s a “cover” version, which I suspect has more coverage than the nude. I purchased mine from the ebay seller iamlove-shop for just a little over $26 (remember this is just the refill). Image result for hera uv mist cushion shades

Hera has more colour choices compared to Missha, however, still on the lighter side of the skin tone. The one I purchased is No.23. This seems to be typical for me when it comes to Korean makeup (slight hint of yellow with a pinky touch to it)

Here are the two cushions I currently own. In this picture, the Missha one appears to be darker, but I find when I actually put it on my face, Missha is a lot lighter than the Hera, it may have something to do with the amount of coverage they give, but as you will see later on, there doesn’t seem to be much difference with coverage between the two.


Here it is swatched, from top left to bottom: tap, drag and pat


With flash: I attempted to compare the coverage of the two. Again here the swatch from Hera (labeled “H”) appears to be lighter than Missha’s (labeled “M”). But again it’s a different story on the face. Odd huh? I put the liner there to show coverage, they both appear to have the same amount of coverage, neither fully covered up the liner.

Without flash. imag0260

To conclude…

Colour: more choices, 5 to be exact, although certain colours are only available in certain formulas

Texture: not much difference from the Missha. Very light weight, I would say Hera feels even lighter than Missha. Consistency is very liquidy

Coverage: minimal. I’d say less coverage than Missha, although my swatches show similar coverage. It just looks different on the face.

Scent: very light floral scent (I want to say roses)

Sun Protection: SPF 34 /PA++. This is where Missha wins out. That being said, I doubt you’d get the full SPF protection with a thin layer of BB. That’s why I always use a separate sunscreen.

Properties: 5 in 1 product. Whitening (obvy), coverage, moisturizing, sunscreen, and cooling

Price: The refill was ~$26 CND The full compact is about $53 CND (Hera UV Mist Cushion)

Made in Korea.

Overall rating: 5/5 I absolutely love this formula. The colour matches almost perfectly to my skin, it’s not too pale like the Missha one. I can layer 3+ layers and it still stays a dewy look and not greasy looking. I just wish the price tag was much friendlier on the wallet.

I don’t know if I will buy the full compact, because of the price, and also because I want to try other brands (IOPE and Sulwhaso0 to be particular). Why must I like the expensive brands???? Although, I believe Sulwhasoo is the same umbrella company as Hera, and so in theory the compact should fit the refills, that being said, Sulwhasoo is also the most expensive brand under that umbrella company…sigh, maybe I’ll continue to just purchase the refills and never have the compact LOL.

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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Randoms


[Daiso] – Detergent for Puff and Sponge

IMAG3869Been wanting to write about this amazing puff/sponge/brush cleaner for a while. But you know me procrastination and laziness always gets me!

In any case, a number of years back I bought this from Daiso out of curiosity. Also because it’s made in Japan, and I have yet to be disappointed by anything made in Japan. Even though the name says it’s for puff and sponge, I also use it on my brushes, and it works amazing on all the tools.

I’ve used up maybe 5 bottles of this stuff already(?) and I will never switch to anything else. Before I found this product I was using baby shampoo as recommended by some beauty bloggers because I refused to pay $$$ for cleansers for my brushes/sponges/puffs. But this bottle of 80ml cleanser lasts me quit a long period of time (never really counted how long it lasts), and costs $2 from Daiso. I usually hoard them when I get a chance to go.

When I was using baby shampoo, normally I would need to wash a brush 2 maybe 3 times to actually see that it’s cleaner (not completely clean, just cleaner). But with this little bottle, once is enough to clean the brush/sponge/puff. It not only saves money, it also affects the longevity of your make-up tools.

Here are some amazing pictures of before and after:

This is a brush I use for my bronzer, this has about 3 or 4 months of product in it. You can see the brozner on the bristles, the top of the brush is suppose to be white.


Normally I would wet the brush first, put some of the detergent on my hand, and work it into the brush. Here is the brush after about a min. You can see the brush is already cleaner than the picture before.


And here it is after the soap is rinsed off. I only went through it once, no other tools other than the detergent and my hand.


A couple of days of air drying, and voila! As good as new!


Here is a sponge for press foundation. I don’t use press foundation much, but sponges should be clean after each use (not that I do that…). Anyways, there is still quite a bit of product on the sponge. You can see the obvious colour difference between the top of the sponge and bottom of the sponge.


This is how much of the product I use on the sponge. Initially it doesn’t absorb into the sponge.


You have to work it in a bit. This is only a few seconds of working the soap into the sponge and you can already notice the difference between this and before it was clean.


And here it is all clean. Not even a trace of the foundation. Just let it air dry over night and you have a nice clean sponge to use again in the morning.


For $2 I think this product is amazing. I personally have not tried any of the other products out there that are made especially for cleaning make-up tools, but if the result is the same as this one, why would  I want to spend $20 more for the same product?

This product has no scent, and really nothing special about it, other than it’s amazing cleaning ability. It gets a 5/5 from me. 🙂

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Posted by on August 21, 2016 in Make-up-holic


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[Missha] – M Magic Cushion Moisture

IMAG3701Permission granted to squeal about how CUTE these things are!

Hi all, sorry for the long absence (seems like I am always apologizing about that). Life stresses has gotten to me, I am not going into much details other than that. But with stress, I shop, and when I come across something worth blogging about, I will certainly share.

If you don’t know these characters, they are from a phone app call “LINE.” The phone app allows for international free text messages, phone calls, and video chats. The app has a whole set of characters call “Line Friends.” They are a pretty big deal in Asia.

Recently I found out that Missha has a whole line based on these characters, and I just couldn’t resist. Though I would have liked to have purchased everything in that line (mostly make up with some skin care items), I controlled myself and only got these two. The Brown bottle (the bear’s name is Brown) is the Missah Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence – Intensive. This has been compared to the SK II Facial Treatment Essence, and according to the reviews I’ve found, to be comparable at a less expensive price tag.

The main focus of today’s post is not the essence though, its the yellow/orange Sally compact (the duck/chick’s name is Sally).

The whole cushion foundation thing is big in Korea, and I have noticed it has crossed over to the North American side as well. With Korean make up becoming more of a big deal in North America, it seems the Korean make up trends are crossing over quicker than it ever did. Anyways, I purchased both of these items off of Ebay. My seller was Korean, but they still jacked up the price to about double. The compact was about $20 CND and the essence $48 CND. On a side note, both of these also come in the other character’s packaging. I am not sure if there is a difference with the essence, but the Brown version of the compact is not “moisture.” According to the description Brown has more  of a matte finish then the dewy finish of the Sally version. I opted for the Sally version because I am not a big fan of matte make up. (Ebay seller: 7market)

So I’ve used this for about a month now, and I absolutely LOVE it. I am pretty much obsessed with cushion foundation now and want to try all the different brands. From my research HERA and IOPE seems to be the brands people really like. That being said they are the higher end make up brands and as such the price tag is not as appealing. From a quick Ebay search, the HERA UV Mist Cushion ranges from $45 to $50 CND, and IOPE $37 to $47 CND. If you ever see one under $20, just be aware that’s probably just the refill. Why I chose Missha over HERA and IOPE? It’s not just the price tag, it’s the packaging!!

I mean look at it!! Isn’t it just the cutest thing ever???


I was pretty surprised when I opened the package and it had a refill and an extra puff. I had originally thought it’d be just the one compact. $20 was a STEAL!
IMAG3730 Here’s the actual compact opened up. I purchased no.23 for the colour, the other option was no. 21 and it was the lighter of the 2.

I think colour choice is the only downfall of Korean make up, though I understand why they do that. In Korea, girls generally have pale skin and not much of a colour range is needed. I’d say about 80% of the girls in Korea have similar skin tone. With no. 23 being the darker of the two, it’s still a bit light for my skin tone (but I am not Korean). That being said not much colour difference can be noted after I put it on. Koreans are really into the no make-up, make-up look, and so am I , especially when it comes to foundation. Who wants to look all made-up with a cake layer of foundation on your face?? For me, a good foundation is one that covers major flaws but not necessarily covers all flaws. I think that’s the key to the no make-up, make-up look, having minor flaws show through to give the illusion of no make-up. I have some sun spots on my cheeks that nothing but a thick layer of concealer + foundation would cover, so I don’t try to cover it.

So the whole idea of these cushion foundation is that they have all these beneficial ingredients in there, and you pick it up with the special puff and pat it onto your skin. Simply put, it’s a light BB cream in a different packaging. Now, you all know (if you’ve read my previous blogs) I was obsessed with BB cream, that was the only thing I have been using since the discovery of it, I have tried multiple brands and reviewed them all ([BB Cream] – MOAR BB Creams! [BB Cream] – Innisfree Eco Natural Green Tea BB Cream [BB Cream] – Skinfood Red Bean BB Cream…many many more).

I am stressing light, because the product is definitely not a cream. It is more fluid which allows for layering. If you like to cover all your flaws, there’s no issues with this foundation to keep layering it on. It keeps the dewy look and doesn’t look cakey. After all the good things I’ve said about this, my first impression of this product was actually negative, but it was because I had used it wrong. The first time I used it, I pressed the puff into the cushion too hard and it picked up too much product and was just a big glob on my face. It felt greasy, and the “dewy look” was looking more like the “oily look.” So I will still warn against layering too much of this stuff on your face. I’d imagine the Brown version (the non-moisture version) would look better if you are wanting to layer, without the oily look.

IMAG3733So what is too much product? Take a look at the picture of the puff, that’s how much you want on your puff, where you can barely see anything. If you press hard enough, the product will soak through the puff and you will be able to see it, you DO NOT want to do that. Press into the cushion, pick up product, pat onto face, and repeat as needed. You’ll find even with the little amount of product on the puff, coverage is still there. It was able to cover most of the red on my face (around the nose), and lighten up the darker areas (around the mouth and under my eyes). It wasn’t able to cover my sun spots completely, though did fade it out. With a few more layers my sun spots would not be noticeable, but like I said, I don’t like layering that much.

The other thing that surprised me with this product was the scent, or the lack there of. Korean brands tend to be heavily scented. But this product had just the normal foundation scent to it, I mean it’s not the best scent, but it’s not the most horrifying either.
IMAG3734 I will also note, with my vast experience with Korean brand (drugstore), I’ve never tried any Missha products. I am not sure why, but I’ve never been swayed that way, probably because their packaging is never as cute as Etude House/Holika Holika or as sophisticated as Innis Free/The Face Shop. Missha packaging tends to have a very princessy feel to it, and I am not big on the princess thing.

Anyways, here are some swatches of the product. No. 23 is on the more yellow side, no. 21 is just super light pink. I had actually patted on the product on the bottom of the swatch, but as you can see, you can’t really tell there’s anything there.

To conclude…

Colour: not much of a choice. No. 23 the darker of the 2 is a yellowy/pinkish beige. No. 21 (by picture) looks to be a very light pink beige. Edit: after looking it up on Missha USA website, they have a 3rd choice of colour in no. 27, which seems to be darker than the no. 23.

Texture: super light weight, almost water like with a bit of a gel like consistency. I’d say comparable to the Makeup Forever Face & Body.

Coverage: decent. Covers most major flaws in a layer or 2, more coverage can be obtained with more layering, but watch for the “dewiness”

Scent: nothing overwhelmingly bad or good, just normal foundation scent

Sun Protection: SPF 50+/PA+++ Probably won’t be able to get the SPF 50 protection with one layer of the product though

Properties: as most Korean make-up would claim, this is also a multiple product in one type of deal. UV protection, moisturizing, and anti-wrinkle are among the functions it claims to have.

Price: With the actual compact plus a refill and additional puff, I’d say $20 is a pretty good deal.

Made in Korea.

Overall rating: 4.5/5 It’s pretty much my go to foundation nowadays, even though I still have like a million tubes of BB cream to use up…If it didn’t become greasy looking after more than 3 layers, I’d give it a 5/5. I may or may not try the non-moisture version. But I am more incline to try the HERA or IOPE brand, wonder if the refill might fit in my Missha compact…



Posted by on June 18, 2016 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic


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[Epic Travel] Kenting, Taiwan



Hi peeps! Sorry for being MIA for a few months. It’s been a bit insane at work, and I started a class for work, on top of all that I just moved to our new home too! It’s just been a crazy few months… I think I need a vacation!! Since I can’t really go on any vacations at the moment, I’ll have to settle for reminiscing my past vacations…the destination this time is Kenting.

Kenting is a national park in the county of Pingtung, at the edge of Southern Taiwan. It is known for it’s beautiful beaches, and crazy hot weather! (though Taiwan as a whole is pretty hot anyways).

Due to our big boo boo in planning the begin of this trip (see Hualien, Taiwan) we had to back track from Chayi back to Kaohsiung then take a bus down to Kenting, as our hotels and hostels were all booked. With some connections, I was able to book a resort hotel for Kenting (way to be backpackers!) for cheap. It was the cheapest place we booked for our entire trip, the two nights only cost us $2500NT (around $83CND). Yes for the TWO of us and for TWO nights! And look at the size of that bed!!


I wasn’t the one that made the actual reservations, so I guess they thought there was going to be 4 of us, but it was just the two of us, so we got, what I can only assume, a king size bed each. The trip to go from Chayi all the way down to Kenting took pretty much the entire day. Plus we woke up at 3am for the Alisan sun rise, we were pooped when we got there. We filled out stomach with mediocre food, showered and went straight to rolling in the king size bed.

Mediocre food from the resort’s restaurant.


The hotel itself was a bit far off from all the tourist attractions, including the Eluanbi lighthouse and Baishawan beach (literally translated as White Sand Beach). I remember going to both and they were a beaut! But since we were travelling via rail and bus, it wasn’t exactly easy for us to get to these places. We decided when in Rome (resort) do what Romans (resort guests) do! VEG!

The resort itself was quite beautiful, it had a few water pool areas…

But I think the best part was it’s back yard.

That’s right! A beach of their own. Except no sand was involved in this one, just full of rocks. I climbed my way up to where the water was and pretty much ruined my flip-flops, but totally worth it!

Just hanging around on a hammock no big deal
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The water was clear, the smell of the ocean was salty and fresh, I had a hell of a time just sitting in the sun doing absolutely nothing!

My travel buddy however, couldn’t just do nothing, so she went venturing outside the resort and found this little gem. It’s a little organic farm just across from the resort.

They had a little coffee shop. She came back and got me off the king size bed, saying there’s a great view of the beach from the cafe. I followed her suit. The little coffee shop had the friendliest people. Their drinks were quite pricey, but they explained the money was basically used to sustain the operation of the farm. I ordered a lemon green tea, and was told there were no lemons left by the girl taking my order. The other guy quickly popped his head in and said “I’ll go get some!” before I could say “that’s ok” he shot off towards their lemon tree, and came back with a lemon in hand. 20130312_174758


The cafe closed at 6pm, but they let us sat around and waited for the sun set. So in a single day, we saw the sun rise in the mountains, and then saw it set by the beaches. It turned out to be a great day.

Our next stop…Nantou!

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Posted by on June 8, 2014 in Epic Travel, Out of the house


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