Monday, July 25, 2011

Nicki Minaj and Rick Martin for MAC Viva Glam 2012

Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj have just been announced as the new 2012 faces for MAC's Viva Glam. If you don't know by now, Viva Glam was "Established in 1994 to support men, women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS globally, VIVA GLAM I, II, III, IV, V and VI, were launched as continuous shades that have achieved remarkable success."

100 percent of the proceeds from Viva Glam lip products sales go straight to help the fight against HIV/AIDS. I wonder what colors they'll be rockin?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Crown Brushes on HauteLook!

Events ends MONDAY! They have brushes AND palettes on sale! CLICK HERE TO START SHOPPING!

IMATS LA 2012 Dates announced and tickets are now on sale!

If you missed out on this year's IMATS, don't worry because now you can start planning for next year's IMATS! They released the dates recently and have also started selling tickets. I noticed, unfortunately, they've raised the prices... bummer. I guess that gives you more of a push to buy NOW!

FAQs from IMATS' website:

Q: What are the presale ticket prices?
A: Prices until May 21, 2012 (5 p.m. PDT)
Regular tickets: 1 day/ $40 USD
2 day/ $70 USD
Exhibit Floor Only: $30 USD

Prices from May 22 to June 21, 2012 (5:00 p.m. PDT)
Regular tickets: 1 day/ $45 USD
2 day/ $75 USD
Exhibit Floor Only: $35 USD

Q: May I purchase tickets at the door?
A: Yes, tickets are available at the door unless they sell out prior to event. Door ticket prices are:
1-day ticket: $50 USD
2-day ticket: $80 USD
Exhibit Floor Only: $40 USD
Child ticket (under 12): $20 USD

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Yogurtland x Sanrio COMING JULY 21st!

Yogurtland and Sanrio have a collaboration beginning July 21, 2011. Limited edition merchandise featuring Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters will be available at all Yogurtland locations for six weeks.

Hello Kitty and Sanrio friends will make an appearance at Yogurtland's Beverly Connection location in Los Angeles on July 20. Free frozen yogurt will be given away at the store from 12 PM to 2 PM.

A Hello Kitty pluse dress in a Yogurtland uniform and other items like key chains and t-shirts featuring all four characters will be sold at prices ranging from $3.50 for a key chain to $19.99 for a t-shirt. Yogurtland x Sanrio cup and biodegradable spoons will also be featured.

This collabo reminds of the 2009 Yogurtland x Toki Doki collabo. I simply CANNOT WAIT!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

E.l.f. x Mac x Parian Spirit Brush cleaner Comparison and Review

I've been using the MAC Brush Cleanser for quite a while now as an on the spot brush cleaner and a deep cleaner at the end of every week. I've been very satisfied so far but after purchasing a bottle of Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner from IMATS LA 2011 and a bottle of E.l.f.'s Brush Shampoo online I felt like doing a comparison between the three anti-bacterial cleaners.

Keep in mind I used three different duo fiber brushes:
  • MAC 187 (goat and synthetic fibres)
  • Ecotools Finishing Brush from the Alicia Silverstone Collection (synthetic taklon bristles)
  • MUFE 55N (goat and nylon bristles)

All three brushes are of similar size, length and density. I used each brush one time to apply MUFE HD Foundation to my face. Then I washed each brush with a different cleaner for a minute each to compare how clean they would get.

1. E.l.f. brush shampoo ($3 US for 4.1 oz) and the MAC 187 brush. I only used about a dime sized amount of the shampoo. Dampened the brush and swirled away! I typically like to clean my brush against my palm.

Directions from E.l.f:
  • Cleanse brush regularly by massaging a small amount of the shampoo with water and working it through the bristle from the base of the brush outward.
  • Rinse thoroughly and gently squeeze out excess water.
  • Reshape the bristles and lay flat on a clean cloth to fully dry before next use.
2. MAC Brush Cleanser ($12 US for 7.9 oz) and the Ecotools Brush. I filled my palm with about an ounce of cleaner and swirled away. I actually like the subtle alcohol/"cleaner" scent that this cleanser has. I did need a lot more cleaner to clean this brush as the brush absorbed all the cleaner I had in the palm of my hand and even after cleaning the brush for a minute there was still some residue left.

Directions from MAC:
Brush Cleanser leaves your brushes smelling fresh and clean, and helps shorten their drying time. Apply to damp brushes and work through. Rince well, reshape and lay flat to dry.

3. Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner ($11.99 US for 8 oz.) and the MUFE 55N brush. Again, I filled my palm with an ounce of cleaner and swirled away. The citrus scent was definitely overwhelming for me. Just like the MAC brush cleanser I had to use a good amount of product to get the brush clean.

Directions from Parian Spirit:
Pour just enough into a glass jar to cover the bristles of the brush. Swirl brush til clean. Dry with paper towel or terry cloth. (*For this review I did NOT put in in a glass jar)

After I cleaned and washed out each brush I swept each brush on a paper towel and here are the results:

(L-R) E.l.f Brush Shampoo left no residue, MAC Brush Cleanser left an obvious amount, Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner left some residue but left a citrus scent.

Overall I think the E.l.f. Brush Shampoo does a better job and removing product off of a brush. Considering the tiny amount of product I used and its price I will probably use it again for deep cleaning. You really have to rinse it out well but it does clean your brush. The MAC Brush Cleanser is still my fave. It get's the job done but I go through it like crazy since you need a lot of the cleaner to fully clean a brush. The Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner is just as great but the citrus scent is a turn off for me. My MUFE 55N brush STILL SMELLS LIKE CITRUS. The E.l.f. Brush Shampoo left no scent and I can say the same for the MAC Brush Cleanser even though there's a hint of alcohol while cleaning.

Hope you guys found this helpful! Feel free to ask questions, comment, etc. and don't forget to check out my YouTube channel: The Sake of Vanity.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What 365 days worth of makeup looks like when applied in one day.

Dutch artists Lenert Engelberts and Sander Plug painted model Hannelore Knuts, the new face of Swiss fashion house Akris, one layer at a time. It took nine long, straight hours, seven bottles of foundation, two bottles of "Creamy Eyes," three "Milky Lips" pens and two bottles of blush were used up... a total of 228.40ml of makeup to finish this grotesque look. I DON'T recommend this at all!

You can watch the video of the entire stunt here.

Luke, I.... am.... your.... HAIRDRESSER.

I stumbled upon this on, a site where creative minds can connect and share their fab ideas. This is a concept by Tembolat Gugkaev, an Industrial Designer from Saint Petersburg, Russia.

This hairdryer was obviously inspired by Star Wars. I'm actually not a big fan of Star Wars or Star Trek buuut I must say this hairdryer is pretty bad ass.