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Bun Bun’s First Birthday + Giveaway: You Deserve Part II

Hola! Thanks to all who participated in Part I of Bun Bun’s 1st birthday giveaway! She told me she’s very happy that more people know about her now. 😀

And according to Part I’s requirement where at least 200 entries must be received, Part 2 giveaway has been unlocked!

Here’s what I think 97.28% of you are lemming for:

Seriously, I think I can just leave the prize as the much-loved L’Oreal Color Infallible Emerald Lame and this giveaway will receive just as many responses as this set of prize. Lol. But Bun Bun told me birthdays are special and our readers must be rewarded for their loyal readership, and so that they know how much we love them!

The Brush Guard is one of my favorite items too. I started off with this Variety Pack (read: The Brush Guard review), and subsequently bought the Blush Pack and Eyeshadow Pack. They keep my brushes well-shaped! And you can’t go wrong with Kate and elf.

Commenting how BBMT has impacted your life will earn you 2 points, and blogging about this giveaway (and how awesome BBMT is at the same time lol) will earn you 3.

Well, go on! Fight for Emerald Lame! Get your claws out sista!!!

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Back To M.A.C Program: 1 Lipstick Of Your Choice In Exchange For 6 Items

I’m glad I had only thrown away a couple of panned out MAC blushes – all Pink Swoon – before I got to know about the Back To M.A.C Program. Haha, I wasn’t too adventurous in the past when it came to blushes. I still have another Pink Swoon in my stash, but the most often used blush now is Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso.

2 Pink Swoons saying goodbye.

Back To M.A.C is the company’s recycling program, and is one of its five social initiative programs.

The program is pretty clear-cut – return six M.A.C primary packaging containers in exchange for a free MAC lipstick of your choice. The lipstick cannot be from the M.A.C Viva Glam program as 100% of the purchase price of any item from that program contributes to the M.A.C AIDS Fund. I think they used to offer lipglass and eye shadow too, but now it’s only lipstick.

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Eyeshadow Tutorial for Asian Eyes Part 5 – Horizontal Gradient Method

At long last, we have come to the fifth installment of the Eyeshadow Tutorial for Asian Eyes series. Here, we will discuss the Horizontal Gradient Method of eyeshadow application.

(Ah yes, if you’re confused why this is the ‘Horizontal Method’, especially since this term was already used in Part 2, then you ought to read this post!)

Lest you get lost in the sea of information in this tutorial, you might want to first check out the other episodes in this series:

Part 1: Where to Apply Eyeshadow

Part 2: Vertical Gradient Method

Part 3: Defining the Outer V

Part 4: Defining the Contour Area

Part 5: Horizontal Gradient Method

The difference between the Horizontal Gradient Method and Vertical Gradient Method is, quite obviously, the way in which the gradient flows.

From my observations and research, the Horizontal Gradient Method is more well-known and commonly practised in the Caucasian makeup world because their larger lid space allows for more colors to be placed and, unlike many Asians, do not have as heavily hooded eyelids. Most Caucasians only experience hooded lids when they age.

Half of the world’s Asians do not have a Fold in the Lid at all; they have monolids and can be referred to as Mongoloids (Wikipedia). (It has been brought to my attention by some concerned readers that this term has negative connotations. I used the term in an anthropological context and hope no offense is taken.)

The Horizontal Gradient Method of eyeshadow application is also one of the ways to shape the eye and adjust the distance between eyes.

In my post on the types of eye makeup for different types of eyes, I wrote about manipulating the Outer 1/3 of the Lid to create the illusion of a wider or narrower gap between the eyes. You can also manipulate the Outer-V (Where is the Outer V?) to widen or bridge the gap.

Having horizontal gradients on the Lid requires blending – you really have to blend well – otherwise the eye makeup look will look block-ish. What we want is a smooth transition of one color to the next – left to right to left.

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Beauty Blog Link Love 13/02/12

Shivani at Adorable On Your Vanity thinks MAC Lady Danger is the baddest lipstick ever.

Checking out a new MAC Collection? FabDiva20 has a MAC Chenman Haul/Swatches that she wants to share including the infamous Force Of Love Lipstick!

Want red carpet ready hair? Madame B Fatale shows you how to recreate a messy french twist!

Beautifully Addicted To get themselves into a right colourful mess with their NOTD.

Shannon from Lipstick Musings has found yet another red to love in Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet #38, La Fascinante! She’s thinking it’s one of those rare reds that’s perfect for day or night. See if you agree!

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Vertical Gradient VS Horizontal Gradient – I Made A Mistake!

You see, I was confused by information.

I was sure I knew the difference between ‘horizontal’ and ‘vertical.

I was also pretty sure I could tell how ‘horizontal gradient’ and ‘vertical gradient’ look like.

Just as I was about to write Part 2 of the Asian Eyeshadow Tutorial series, I enquired ‘horizontal gradient’ and ‘vertical gradient’ in Mr Google’s search bar.

Mr Google churned out search images that got me woozy and self-doubt crept in. Against my better judgment, I named Part 2 of the Asian Eyeshadow Tutorial series ‘Horizontal Gradient Method’.

And I’m sorry to tell you that I NAMED IT WRONG!

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Story of Bun Bun: This Is As Real As Bun Bun Is Gonna Get

Story of Bun Bun

While I stood by my window one day admiring my kite-filled neighborhood evening sky, I thought I heard a tiny “Hi!”.

“I must be hearing things! Too hungry, need to go have dinner”, and made to turn away from the window.

An unmistakable “PSSST! Juli!” made me turn to face the window once more and this time found myself face to face with a cute little creature dressed in a black and white striped dress, and matching slippers and hat.

She had the prettiest twinkling eyes that melted my heart, eyeliner drawn to perfection, and a sweet smile that came from the purest of hearts.

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