Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lipstick Rack Second Version

My lipsticks got a new room, yeay ! Been waiting for this new lipstick holder to be finished up by my other half for monthss !! .. but this thing was quite complicated to do since it has many compartments to fit just the accurate size of a lipstick. The body of this rack as well as the drawer are made of  very thick plywood. Its been painted with very light kinda greyish blue to match with my powder organizer, click here if you missed the entry. As usual, its been distressed coz I loveee Shabby Chic Style deco.

The sectionals (since its mini square holes) are made up using chip boards. The board is cut into small square pieces and wrapped up using the regular one that you can get at most stationaries. Don't forget to glue up the wrapper using UHU glue. This glue holds up the two pieces strongly, and it gives very smooth finish to the surface .. always use brush to apply the glue evenly to avoid any bubbles from appear.I love getting beautiful wrapers at any Love Lace stores.. The same patterns , selling at the Kinokuniya are doubled price than anywhere else !

One drawer can fit up to 50 lipsticks max. So, one rack can store not more than 100 lipsticks altogether. I dont have that huge amount, yet ... No, I dont ! Its a long term planning so I dont have to rebuilt again in the future.
Since, this organizer is purposely for my lipsticks.. so the lipglasses dont fit the drawer well. Lip glasses are longer in length .. so I have to ask my dear hubby to build another drawer, especially to store the lip glasses separately ! :p

p/s: My previous lipstick rack is kinda small ... click here to jump to the entry. Im currently using this as my pencil organiser.

Hope you enjoyed reading :)

The Shu Uemura Eye Brow Pencil & Curler

This eye brow pencil, doesnt show up if you try to swatch on your dry palm/wrist, but it shows beautifully natural on your eyebrow. Brilliant ! I've been told that, this pencil only works when it is in contact with the oil produced by your brows. Does that make sense to you ? Im not sure about the truth behind it, or its just their marketing gimmick. I've never heard of this kind of product till I purchased one, yess it doesnt show up on ur skin but the colour appears on the eyebrows... and I love how this applies, besides the colour would last for longer hours which is better than using powder eye shadows.

I've heard many good reviews of this pencil before, hence I bought this to give it a try. Its been voted by many make up addicts and the pros as the best eye brow pencil so far ! Better than the MAC one.. yess I agree with that. If you dont like your eyebrows to be so natural looking, than this is not the one for you. The MUA suggested me to take the hard formula pencil in "hard 9 ", in the colour of very dark brown suitable for my dark black brow.

The uniqueness of this pencil is .. the way it is sharpened where it affects the way of application. The thin edges on either side is meant to outline the eyebrows and the slightly slanted point is used to fill in the brows. The reason why its been sharpened quite slanted instead of very pointy one is, to avoid from harsh application which will make the eyebrows look fake. Wow, I was amazed with this.. but feels that its quite complicated to sharpen like the way they do with a cutter. So, the solution is ... just bring the blunt pencil to the counter and the staff there will sharpen it , free of charge. Quite a hassle, but absolutely this is a great pencil, selling at RM65/per piece.

Another stuff adored by many pros is their eyelash curler. This one is great for Asian eyes coz this iconic tools is designed so small to give you the ultimate precision to accentuate the smallest lash. If you find the larger ones is too wide for your eyes.. try the mini eyelash curler. I bought the mini one.. coz sometimes the bigger version always doesnt grab the small lashes.. so this one is particularly to curl the eyelashes on the inner and outer corners. This curler comes with an extra silicone pad at the price of RM50.

Don't you know that, the silicone pad should be replaced with a new one after 3 months of use and the lash curler itself is believed to give lower performance after long period of use, therefore, it should be discard after 6 months. How to clean this tools: Just clean off any dirts after each use with a wet tissue followed with the dry one to avoid the growth of bacteria. I always sanitize my tools, with alcohol to kill any germs once in a while. A few spritzz will do.

Hope you gain something from this ! xoxo

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Lazy Ribbon...

Its been a while now since the last update ! Recently I dont have much time to write something ... or at least post some pictures regarding my activities ( for those who care...) hehe. I was soo busy babysitting my 5 months old niece (missing her already*sobs*) and finished up my embroidery works ! So, Im here to update my latest work .. yeehaw :) Nothing much .. just two simple embroidered hijabs that I made for my dearest sis in law whose currently staying in Beijing. Before I get started .. I knew the hijabs should be simple and sweet, coz she loves anything simple, sweet, pastel colours and she hearts PINK colour so much ! So, I decided to design 1 hijab with the lazy ribbon pattern on a soft pink voile  ... Isn't the lazy ribbon cute ? This is one of my most fav embroidery design so far.

Back View

My Handmade Hijab :) In grey version

The second one ... I made her a baby blue voile with pink + cream + light yellow roses
 The completed hijab and it has been embellished with swarovski crystals; back view

Ok thats all ! Till then :) Have a great day ahead. xoxo

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

To The Beach Look

Ahaha look at my shiny face ! Its the make up look for summer. Summer makeup is about dewy look with a bit of translucent powder. The key point is to look fresh and not too overdone.I did a makeup look yesterday using the new stuffs ! tired of very black eye liner ... ?? try it with other colours .Im sure it would be so much fun and not that boring common look!

Eye Make Up: I used Sweet & Punchy on the lid,  blend Humid at the outer V and crease towards the inner corner of the eyes. Blend Humid upward towards below the brow bone with Firecracker eyeshadows. Higlight the browbone with Nanogold (from Mac spring colour forecast col.) and on the inner corner to open up the eyes. I love nanogold coz its a frosty creamy colour that has pink and gold reflects. It appears as pretty pink sheen, very great for highlighters ! It gives a 3D effect. It would turn out differently if different colour of eyeshadows is mixed with it.  As for eyeliners and waterline, I used the teal eye kohls from to the beach summer collections which is called Float On By. Blend a lil bit of shimmermose on the lower lashline.To complete the eye make up, I used the Loreal Ultra-Volume Collagene Mascara in Black. No False lashes. Put on the falsies for more dramatic effect.

Its a very close up image. I set the camera to extreme close up.. u can even see my pores + not so great skin texture *blush*  just ignore that :p

The complete look. For this kind of effect. I used strobe creame by MAC before applying the face primer. Set it for 15-20mins. Let the creame absorbed to the face. After applying face primer, I mixed 2 pumps of Mineralized Satin Finish Foundation with just a tiny drop of Lustre Drops ( Pink Rebel) on the back of hands first and swirl the brush onto the face until it covers the whole face. Conceal any blemishes or scars. Set up with loose powder. I used the Bobbi Brown loose powder in Soft Sand.  I didnt powder up my face with any compact powder to avoid the matte look ! I contoured the cheek with refined golden bronzer, and just applied the Marine Life highlight powder on the apples of cheeks and blend it with the bronzer. I decided to add more shine on the cheek bone, so I put on a lil bit of By Candlelight MSFs on the bridge of nose and on the cheek bone.

On lips:  I coloured my lips with the Life's A breeze lip liner, and applied the Flurry of Fun Lip glass onto it. so its kind a mixture of pink + orange = turned out very soft peach colour.

Give it a try ! :) Have a great day ahead. xoxo

MAC To The Beach Collections n Swatches

Sorry, the pictures r snapped using my cheap camera phone .. lol . so the quality is really bad !! damn it

Tadaa ... Its been a week since I bought these items .. but got no time to post the pictures in my blog ! :(
aahh .. Im always being lazy about this !! But still, I really wanna share with you guys especially the MAC lovers out there,  of what I hauled from this collections ! :) Have you take a look at the stuffs urself ? Arent they adorable ?Like I said, Im a suckerrr of beautiful packaging , and this time MAC is making me crazy again with the ocean themes in orange and green colour packaging ! Beautiful tropical colour, isn't it. Perfect for summer .. yeah great for us coz we can always create the looks using these kind of colours the whole year .. ermm.. except during raining seasons :p

Since these are limited editionss .. I think everyone was rushing to get this before they are sold out ! Thats the tricky part y'know... even some of the stuffs are the re-promote ones... some are in the permanent range .. still people wanna buy extras because of the packaging ! grrrr .. like myself :p

Are you into greens and corals and pinkss ? If you do.. better grab them fast coz I heard that this new collections are almost sold out at most stores !

I didnt buy all of the items ... Im a poor girl *sobs* .. I just picked up something that I think I really need them !

The black boxes are not part of the collection. Those are the superglasses. I think im gonna frame all of the unique boxes ... I can be happy just by looking at the beautiful packaging .. aaaahhhh.. hehe

Three of 6 new eyeshadows. Two are from the permanent range which are Humid and Shimmermose. Luckily I already have the shimmermoss ... and lucky again coz I never bought Humid before. So I got humid in this cute packaging ! Its got seashells pattern on it :)

From L-R:  Firecracker (Veluxe Pearl), Sweet & Punchy (Veluxe Pearl), Humid (Frost)

For me, Sweet & Punchy is a must have ! The colour is very rare ... but Its kind of of similar to Bitter e/s from the permanent line .. Its great combo with Humid ! love it

The swatches under natural lights: L-R: Firecracker, Sweet & Punchy and Humid

I dont really like the colour of Firecracker... its kinda hard to play around with the other colours. Orange + Green is a funky combination !! I dont like to be too fancy in front of people, lol. So Im gonna try  brown + orangey combo for more natural look :) There's one very light peachy eyeshadows (Sand and Sun) that came out with this collection which I skipped coz its just , nothing special about that colour but its great combination with Firecracker though. Its a nudey peachy pink colour that barely shows up on my NC35 skin !!

L-R: Eye Kohls in shimmer golden live colour (Rose & Thyme), Shimmery dark Teal ( Float On By), and a super pretty baby pink lip liner ( Life's A Breeze).

These eye kohls and lip liners come in a new cutey white pearl  packaging with seeweed pattern! Theres another lip liner pencil in very bright Orange colour .. I dont think Im gonna wear a bright orange lipstick .. so I skipped that as well.
Top-bot, L-R: Life's a breeze and Temperature Raising Lip pencil.
Rose and Thyme and Float On By Eye Kohl

Rose and Thyme is a golden olive green colour... and Float On By is something that is so outstanding ! I have returned the Rose and Thyme coz I got quite a similar colour eye kohl. I didnt get any of the lippies though Thrills Lipcolour is something unique and to die for ! So I got that lippe for an exchange :)

L-R: Splashing, Flurry Of Fun

Pretty cute packaging.. I love the sea horse thingy :) There's one more lip glasses which is Easy Lounger, but I skipped that coz its just very sheer pink colour almost clear with silver shimmers in it. Its not really to die for if you already have tones of other lip glasses. Doesn't affect much on top of any lip colours.

Flurry of Fun .. is a FUN colour ! Its a sheer orange when apply on lips with teal + silvery reflects in it. Very unique colour and the most gorgeous one out of the bunch !  Splashing is a pretty cool tone pink that can go with any make up looks .. I think so ! It has really great colour pay-off .. I can even apply it on its own ! Its got very subtle shimmer to it. What I dont like about these two glosses is that its sticky and a bit heavy.. which I dont like that kind of feel .. the colours are absolutely gorgeous though so thats why I think I must have 'em.

The swatches: L-R: Flurry Of Fun , Splashing

Lipglass swatches: L-R: Flurry of Fun, Splashing and Easy Lounger

Bronzers: L-R: Weekend (Cream Bronzers), Refined Golden (Bronzing Powder)

Love the cute packaging !! One in green seashells and the other in orange seeweed :) I've never tried the cream bronzers yet .. so I cant tell much about this one. Cream bronzer is great if you dont like to powder ur face much. Apply creame bronzer on top of foundation. Coz creame can mix with creame. Then just apply a lil bit of loose powder all over face to set up the foundation , 1 way to have that flawless make up. There are two bronzers, I picked Weekend coz the other one doesnt turn out very well on my skin .. its too light. I think this one suits every skin tone.

Refined Golden is a Repromote from Style Warriors collection, last year ! I really loveeee this bronzing powder. Its got very subtle gold shimmer in it and  the colour is just great for every skin tone. I had to re-purchase coz mine is getting low ! Definitely, a must have in your makeup collections !

Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel. I got this from the Style Warrior collections and it is repromote in To The Beach Col. A great product to mix a few tiny drops into your foundation for fresh dewy skin from within. It best suits those with pale and dry skin .. it gives ur face glowing effect and add up some colours. Pink Rebel will give pinky reflects while the other one in Sun Rush is a golden colour which I don like the effect on the skin. My face doesnt need tanning ... Its already tanned ! lol

The swatches of Lustre Drops: L-R: Sun Rush, Pink Rebel

Marine LIfe, highlighter powder which is super cute with the sea horse embossed on it. I couldnt resist with this one ... eventhough the golden shimmer would b washed out after 2-3 swipes !

The #130 duo fibre brush ! and its limited edition. Lucky coz I already have the other one which is #131 brush, I cant afford to buy two brushes at a time ok :p .. these two brushes are worth of investment for great foundation application. Its almost give the air brush effect . Its already SOLD out from the first day it was released ! fiuuhh. Its just similar type with the #187 from the permanent line .. but this one is a smaller version which is good for smaller areas on ur face.. thats all ! :)

The rest of Things which I skipped ! The Oil Bronzer.. we dont need it unless u r a celebrity make up artist which sometimes might want to use for photo shoots :) .. two blushes, Hipness and Get Away Bronze Blush. Hipness is somewhat similar to Instant Chic but more on the pinkier side and more pigmented and pretty the same with Marine Life highlight powder but less pigmented ... in between those two ? I better not spend my money on this even though its limited edition. I believe theres more blush from the permanent line which is a must have for me :) Get Away Bronze blush ? better get away from brown blush unless u r very2 fair ! :)

Swatches of Blushers: L-R: Hipness, Get Away Bronze

All of the swatches. Lippie swatches on  Top: L-R;  Lazy Day, Thrills, Fun Bathing, Beach Bound (very sheer u cant see it in the picture)

Out of these ... I love thrills. Its the most fast selling lipstick.. I didnt take it at first but already reserved it ! Its a combination of rosy red with gold bronze shimmer.. pretty unique. Lazy Day reminds me of Viva Glam Gaga and Angel which I already have those ! pink with blue undertone, the only difference is the finishing. gaga is prettier though. Fun Bathing is quite dark for me .. and Beach Bound is pretty sheer. Its just like you are applying lip gloss .

So Thats all for now guys .. hope its been useful :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Wedding Hantaran from "him to her"

as usual .. the sweetmaniac design trademark :)

Hi dear readers ... last night, I was so busy preparing this hantaran ... I recently slept at 2-3 am these few days due to workloads, it was such a tiring moment .. but I really enjoyed doing these things.

All of the boxes, trays and pail are custom made ; the "wedding gifts" from groom side to the bride, and were decorated using all fresh flowers ,ordered from a friend of mine .. the solemnization ceremony was held today on 5.06.10. Congrats to the bride and groom .. and thanx a million to my friend ..for putting ur trust in me to do the gifts decoration for ur side :)

Enjoy some of the photos !

7 of 8 gift trays

Handbag + Purse

Cheque Holder

Mas Kahwin / Dowry

Ring holder

Ring Holder ~ Top View

Tray for cake

Pillow for bracelet


My exclusive pail ... for romantic n adorable look for the toileteries !


Last but not least ....

my first touch of Sireh Junjung !

... just a simple design though.. but lucky it just happened to turn out fine :P

anything on your mind ? Let me know !

ok, thats all regarding my latest work ! Im gonna be busy with my embroidery work again ...*sigh*  sure ill post something regarding that .. okie. Have a great day guys :)