Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I ❤ Drugstore Makeup Tag!

Hi everyone!
I ❤ Drugstore Makeup Tag videos are around in the Youtube world. 
I don't do videos, not yet at least, but I think blogging about it would be as fun. 
So let's start!

Revlon Lip Buttes
1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand?
I love NYX for its rich variety of products and colors. I love Revlon for its great quality of products. I also love Rimmel. It's hard to pick just one. Arrghh..I guess I have to go with Revlon. 

2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products?
Face: Revlon Whipped Foundation stole my heart. Its thick consistency and great coverage would never go wrong on me. 
Cheek: I love CoverGirl Cheekers and Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush. I also love Rimmel Bronzer in Sun Light. 
Lips: Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait and Rimmel Moisture Renew in Nude Delight 

3. Least favorite product?
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. It makes my face greasy just few hours after I apply it on my face.

Wet 'N Wild Eyeshadows
4. What is the best makeup bargain?
Wet 'N Wild eyeshadows palletes. They are really pigmented, and they last a really long time!

5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)
I have a couple of products under this category. First, CoverGirl Cheekers. I know it was once people's favorite, but I don't really hear them anymore nowadays on Youtubeland. I love the color selections as well as the color payoff. They're good stuff. I also love NYX stay matte but not flat powder foundation. I don't hear about this product much. I like the coverage it gives. You can wear it on top of your liquid foundation to set the makeup but don't use it as you would alone because it can make your face look powdery.

Revlon ColorStay
Whipped Foundation

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?
I really think some of the foundations are overpriced. I wouldn't have bought Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation which is $14 at Ulta if it weren't for Beauty Broadcast's recommendation. As much as I love this foundation, the price is still quite high for me. 

7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!
Please don't hate me for this, but I don't really have any drugstore dupes that I own. system is to purchase the dupe directly based on the swatches I saw on youtube and blogs. Call me cheap, but I call it saving. Haha. =P

8. Drugstore product that isn't worth the hype?
BB Cream, for sure. It's just ridiculous for me personally how companies advertise their BB Cream products as "Asian sensation". They just don't last as well as foundation. The coverage is pretty much like tinted moisturizer. The idea of BB cream as a middle ground between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation is really just marketing gimmick. It is also sometimes more expensive than a foundation. 

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Have a fabulous week =)


❤ My black friday shopping consisted of me in my jammies in fron of my laptop. How was yours? ;)
❤ I am currently loving Once Upon A Time. Love this TV series. 
❤ I watched the new 007 movie, Skyfall, and it was so good! I can't wait to watch Breaking Dawn Part 2 this coming Friday. 
❤  My anniversary is coming up soon, and I still haven't found the right present. Any idea?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Travel: OOTD in Washington, D.C.

Fall in east coast is like winter in west coast. When I first landed in Washington, I felt like I was freezing. My body adjusted after a few days. With my thermal, boots, gloves and a warm jacket, I am good to go. 

My boots kept me warm and cozy throughout the long and cold walk in DC. 
Sketchers (old)
This picture is taken in front of the white house. It is crazy how far the actual building is from the gate. I was told that you will get shot if you try climbing the fence. 
Jacket - Northface
Colorblock Sweater - Loft
Jeans - Giordano
Bag - The Limited
 This picture is taken just outside the Smithsonian Museum. Behind me is the U.S. Capitol, the meeting place for U.S. congress. 
Sunglasses - Van Heusen
Open Cardigan - Loft
Mint Tank - Forever 21
Scarf - Unbranded
Belt - G2000 (comes with pants I bought)
Jeans - Giordano

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Beauty Deals/Shopping Tips! (2012)

Hi everyone! 
Thanksgiving is just 2 days away, and if you are like me, you'd be excited as I am to hunt for great deals.
This is my first time really to want to participate in the hype of Thanksgiving shopping. I guess it's partly because I might not be in the U.S. next year so I want to do it just for the sake of experience and of course, great deals. 

I notice that many stores don't post their Black Friday Deals on their website, so you might have to work extra to find their deals. I find one of the best ways to find deals is through their Facebook pages. I'm not really an expert in marketing, but posting deals 'exclusively' for their Facebook fans or other social media followers will encourage people to support their pages and hence more brand awareness.

Make sure to also sign up for their email subscription to be updated on special sale.

Anyway, here are the beauty deals I find for my favorite stores:

American Eagle 
You can find deals here

You can find deals here

Forever 21
You can find deals here
40% off selected items

You can find deals here

40% OFF Everything with code ENJOY

You can find deals here

You can find deals here

You can find the deals here

Another shopping tips I got from my friend Vero from hengkyvero.blogspot.com  to use Ebates when you shop online. You'll get paid to shop! Or at least that's what they tell you, for me it's just an extra discount =)

How it works it you sign up to create an account and you can just click what store you want and you will be redirected to the store website. Ebates tracks every purchase you make from the their link. Every period you will get a check in your mail.  

Thank you for reading.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
Have fun shopping and be safe! =)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Giveaway: Maybelline, Revlon, Rimmel London and more!

Hi everyone! 
In the spirit of thanksgiving, I have a giveaway for those who follow my blog and social media sites. I am giving away a beauty bag filled with my favorites. 
Here are the what the winner will get:
 ♥ Leopard-print Beauty Bag
 ♥ 1 Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara
 ♥ 1 Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner - Jet Black
 ♥ 1 Rimmel eyeshadow quad - Smokey Brun
 ♥ 1 Rimmel eyeshadow quad - Smokey Purple
 ♥ 1 Revlon Lip Butter - Peach Parfait
 ♥ 1 Rimmel Lipgloss - Nonstop Glamour
 ♥ 1 Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer
 ♥ 1 ecotools Face Brush

I've featured these two eyeshadows here and here

Oh, I am also throwing an eyelash curler from e.l.f as an added bonus!

These products are all the things that I use on day-to-day basis. They are my favorites, and I hope that can be yours too, at least the winner's. =)

For a chance to win:
-SUBSCRIBE to my blog by clicking on "Join This Site" on the right hand side of this blog
-LIKE Miss Kristani on Facebook
-FOLLOW me on Twitter
-COMMENT below telling me what is your plan for the Thanksgiving holiday
Please also leave a way for me to connect with you - twitter/email would be best.

This giveaway is open for U.S. only and will wrap up in one week, which is November 22, 2012 - at 7 PM PST.  The winner will be contacted on the same day and will have to get back to me by November 24, 2012..otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, and all the best! 
Or following The Hunger Games, May the odds be ever in your favor!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

LOTD: Purple Shadows and Winged Eyeliner

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great week so far. It's almost weekend, so hang in there!
Thanksgiving is next week. Can you believe it? It's way way to soon.                                                                                                                                

I don't have special plan for thanksgiving. At least not yet. For now, I am just looking forward for the Black Friday even though I never really shop during the crazy sale, but I just like participating in the shopping madness by hanging out or something like that.

Currently watching The X Factor while writing this post. The singers are crazy good! I can't decide who's my favorite.

Anyway, today I have an LOTD for you guys. I was feeling a little groomed up today, so I thought to do a simple look which turned out to be quite a heavy makeup. I put way too much bronzer. It wouldn't be my typical day-to-day look, but I love bronzer so much that it is hard for me not to use it 'generously'. 
Rimmel Glam'Eyes Quad - Smokey Purple
I am not yet an expert in winging my eyeliner, so when I do so, I use a matte black eyeshadow with an angled brush instead of using a liquid eyeliner directly. Black  eyeshadow is easier to work with and using angled brush helps for shaky hand like mine. Here I am using the black shade from theBalm 'Nude Tude Palette and I topped it off with Maybelline Master Drama in Jet Black
My favorite Almay Get Up and Grow! 

Maybellien Fit Me Foundation - 125
(I have to say I don't like this foundation. It makes my face greasy throughout the day. The only reason I use this is because I have it, and I hate put it into waste)
Physicians Formula HappyBooster Powder - Beige
Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer
Rimmel Blush - Santa Rose
Physicians Formula HappyBooster Powder - Translucent (highlight)

What's your plan for Thanksgiving? 
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Travel: National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.

Hey people. When I visited Washington, D.C. I went to the National Air and Space Museum. Personally, I didn't find airplanes fascinating, but I did find some interesting stuff.

Did you know that Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen was shot in this location? And did you know that female astronauts also use makeup in space?! Haha, I know it sounds silly, but I just find it interesting that they have time to groom in space. Lol.

Have Faith

Hi everyone. It's been quite a while since my last post. I'm just back from a one week vacation, yet I feel exhausted and stressed. I had the most amazing weekend, and that makes it more difficult for me to leave the country once the certainty hits me. Two months until I have to go back to my hometown. On one hand I feel like it is the right thing to do. I feel like it is time to stop being desperate and actually start my career. It is time for a new beginning. But on the other hand it is hard for me to leave the people I have become really close with and the place where I have grown to be a more mature and independent person for the last 4 years.

I feel tired of coming through rejection after rejection in my job hunting. Being unemployed is not fun nor is doing a job without getting paid. My friend tweeted me that my rejection is my direction. It is a really powerful revelation for me even though I can't help but feeling sad every time I think of what might or might not happen.

I just want to share with you guys who might be in the same situation as I am or maybe in a more difficult situation. Don't give up. The best is yet to come. It is okay to feel sad. It is okay to feel down. But you just gotta remember to pick yourself up because nobody else can. And most importantly, have faith. When all things fail, faith is all you've got and the closest thing you have to keep you sane.

Have blessed week everyone.


Miss Kristani

Thursday, November 01, 2012

October Favorites (2012)

Hi everyone! I can't believe October has passed already. It's time my October favorites, basically all my favorites during the month of October.

Urban Decay Naked Foundation
I've written a whole blog post on this product. It's weightless. It's amazing. The finish is not just straight matte. It gives you a velvety dewy finish which I love. 

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Foundation
The formulation is so thick that I don't really need concealer when I use it. The coverage is just flawless. It's perfect especially when you have to be in front of HD cameras. 
It's easy to blend, too. 

Sigma E25 Brush
I love this brush which is supposed to be very similar with MAC 217. The MAC 217 brush is so popular yet so expensive. I was so happy that I Sigma has one. The bristle is tapered which is perfect to apply shadows all over the lids and crease, yet it's fluffy enough to perform some blending. Two of my friends agree, and they bought it after using mine. 

theBalm 'Nude Tude Palette
I love how this nude palette doesn't just offer one variety brown color like the Urban Decay Naked palette does. It has matte colors as well as shimmery colors. It also provides a nice range of colors from shimmery peach to matte plum. I can create so many different looks using this palette. The shadows are pigmented and they don't flake off which is a major thing for me. 

Revlon Lip Butter - Peach Parfait
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick - Nude Delight

I've been using these two color interchangeably. I love how versatile Peach Parfait is. It's just the perfect pinkish color. Rimmel Nude Delight is not just a basic nude. It has a hint of coral in there that makes it really pretty. They are great for cooler weather like now because they don't only give your lips colors but also moisture.

Bath & Body Works - Country Chic

I must admit it was love at first sight when I saw the packaging. Sky blue with colorful flowers. The scents are really refreshing. I think it was originally for the spring collection, but I still use them.

OPI Dulce de Leche

First saw this color on instagram, and I immediately fell in love. Everytime I use this color on my nails, I feel like a lady. Haha, i don't know why.


I have been addicted with thing for the whole month.
It's a must try! Try finding it at your asian grocery store. 

Thank you for reading!
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