Thursday, July 29, 2010

FOTD: Summer Meadow (Michelle Phan-Inspired)

When I saw Michelle Phan's tutorial inspired by Summer Meadows, I thought I'd give it a try. I thought, hey since I think I have all the shades now, why not? Unfortunately, a guru is a guru and I am me. I have no idea how two people with similar eye and facial structure can end up looking so different. As my Lao Ba (a college friend) says, "First, she's like a 5. But then she puts on concealer and foundation, and BAM she's an 8!" Hahaha this is a guy speaking. Yes, MP did teach him the difference between foundation, concealer, and others. Thank you to the beautiful Kaitlyn and her generous MAC giveaway! I got to pick an item and I had to get my hands on something from the To the Beach Collection before it disappeared forever. I really wanted the bright green one but it sold out ages ago, but I don't have a single blue eyeshadow at all! I'm always afraid I'd end up looking like Mimi from The Drew Carey Show, so I never took the dive. MAC Shimmermoss is so pretty : ) I'm going to picspam like crazy in my next post. My camera setting simply doesn't do it justice because there is a hint of green in this blue-teal.

Emulating MP is no easy feat. She used some awesome fancy white eyeliner as a base and to "paint clouds." I used a cheapo NYC one to scratch my eyeball out and "paint pain" ... that thing is a banana to sharpen too. You know how as a kid you'd be really pissed if your coloured pencils keep breaking in the sharpener and you watch as that hungry monster chomps your beautiful pencils up and you didn't even get to colour? Well that's how I felt using this - the lead kept break off and it wouldn't melt onto my eye. This thing barely even melted on the back of my hand. Worst. Ever. After much scratching, I gave up and used ELF Studio Concealer and Highlighter Duo (highlighter side) for the white. I had to keep patting it on. Frustration! I really wished I had a NYC Jumbo Pen in Milk at this point.

I really love the contacts she used in her vid. I tried on my Geo Ash Wings but they looked weird and not mysterious and pale like the Solotica contacts she wore. I think those are Brazilian though and quite expensive. What with the recent NYT article (and all other news sources in the world to follow) nonsense about circle lenses making everyone blind (just wash your hands and be smart - circle lenses are just like other contacts, you might have to wear them for less hours but don't have a cow in exaggerating this blindness myth). Lady Gaga did NOT start the circle lenses trend. Has anyone heard of doing research and finding sources before you write something? I guess NYT forgot to go to primary school and write up those flashcards with the MLA sources. Unprofessional.

So here's my attempt! I also tried to do something new by taking flash pictures like everyone else. The bright sunlight is cool for sparkles but completely washes out the pigmentation. I wanted my eyes to seem more round and 3D so I made the blue into a crescent moon shape sitting horizontally. I'm no Michelle Phan but I tried!

{Blue = sky} {White = clouds} {Green = grass}

Products Used:
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash
NYC White Eyeliner as base, highlight browbone
ELF Studio Concealer and Highlight Duo - Highlighting end on browbone, all over upper lid 
MAC Shimmermoss all over lid, swept up 
Wet n Wild Creme Shadow Stick in Pixie for tear ducts, on middle of eye to make it appear more round
Wet n Wild Creme Shadow Stick in Envy on lower lashline
L'Oreal Double Extend Mascara + Primer
ELF E/S Duo Black out of Berry/Black pan as eyeliner, applied with angled brush
ELF Studio Complexion Perfection
ELF Studio Concealer Pencil in Light
ELF Studio Blushing and Bronzing Powder - both mixed to hollow of cheeks, the blush applied to apples of cheeks
ELF Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Luminance for cheekbone and nose highlight
Burts Bees Replenishing Lip Balm

The Flash!
My forehead is freaking huge. I like to hide it behind my bangs, which I lopped off too short grrr
Pose inspired by Liana! She's probably thinking "wth looks nothing like my signature pose"
Lamp lighting with my Samsung Intercept. After many, many years with my Motorola Razr my family finally hopped on the cool kids train and got smartphones. Yeah baby! (3.2 megapixel camera - not bad quality) I really like how the chapstick shows up. Now why can't I find something that is actually this shade on my lips?
L'Oreal Double Extend is a very good mascara for clean volumizing/lengthening/separating. I was surprised : ) Been using this with the L'Oreal Lash Serum and I've been getting results that I will share soon :D I'm totally getting fine wrinkles underneath my eyes. MCAT is unfriendly to my body and my St. Ives scrubs need to be toned down. For once in my life my skin is too dry! It's normally super oily and now I'm getting wrinkles T__T What is this madness?

Outside in sunlight (see how the colours are washed out : / ?)
My hair is getting out of control. My roots are inches long and I need to re-dye the whole thing with a bottle of Palty if I can find one at 99 Ranch
Awkward turtle face just for you guys : ) Shows the bronzing/highlight better
 Someeeewhere over the rainbow is the beach. After this week of cramming, I'll squash the MCAT leech. Give me my summer back now, hear my plea. In just seven days I'll head out to sea 
I've been taking practice exams like crazy and each 5-hour run yields ... very little increase in points but at least it's going up! x_x I really don't want to retake this. Physics is the bane of my existence. Curse you, nonexistent/fail AP class for not preparing me for O Frabjous Day! That's why I've been gone loves, so in no time at all, I'll be back sending love on your posts, replying to your sweet comments, and blogging my face off! So when they said the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, they really weren't exaggerating. I'm .. halfway. I have to be on step infinity in 7 days, 9 hours, 52 minutes, and 36 seconds. Yes, I have multiple countdowns ticking my blood pressure into a frenzy. Halfway infinity doesn't feel so good. Life lesson #1. DIESEL! (And thank you so much sweethearts for telling me good luck and giving all your support! For the "you'll do great" part ... I need to make sure that happens hahaha). Leave some love for this poor girl!


Anonymous July 29, 2010 at 7:24 AM   said...


TINA July 29, 2010 at 7:25 AM   said...

i think it looks good! just missing some green?

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Anonymous July 29, 2010 at 8:33 AM   said...

A lovely job :) i love shimmermoss, its prob one of the brighter I have in my MAC palette. I think it`s tough pulling off the exact blue in MP`s video, shimmermoss is a much nicer alternative.

Thanh Thao July 29, 2010 at 9:38 AM   said...

Really lovely and kind of summer refreshing make-up and hairstyle! :-)

☆RabbitoBonbon☆ July 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM   said...

the makeup looks good! o(^-^)o
and i love the hair bun!! ♥

PS. good luck for the exam!!!! (*^-^)/
jia you panda girl!!! o(> <o )

noone July 29, 2010 at 10:01 AM   said...

the pics with your hair down with the eyeshadow are so pretty! I think this shimmering look works really well on you, it makes your eyes pop!

♥Bunny♥ July 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM   said...

Bunny Love Love Love Love Love Love!!

Hope you have received my bunny love!!!

Love the look and I saw the MP tutorial as well! Yeah, I agree it looks different but you look really lovely in it! In a way you've added 'you' into the make up!

You're so funny wit the crayon...

Good luck with MCAT! Just a bit more and you're freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Libby July 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM   said...

I think it's a lot different from MP's, but in a good way. This is way more wearable and practical than hers! Haha the first parts about the white eyeliner made me lol. ^_^

Study hard! Good luck! You'll do great :)

s July 29, 2010 at 12:53 PM   said...

I've never tried her makeup tutorials, but I thought about making that sugar scrub mixture.. one of these days haha. My kitchen is so bare I'd have to go out and buy all the ingredients she used!

I like the turquoise! It's my fav color this year :)

Marilyn July 29, 2010 at 3:18 PM   said...

thats so pretty...its look good ...wiz ur eyes..

Anonymous July 29, 2010 at 4:24 PM   said...

Angie you look great =D
Call me on my stupidity... But I stared hard on the closeup of your eyes and don't really see clouds/white XD sorryyyy~
And your skin looks sooo nice
Goodluck on MCAT, it'll be over in no time

Oreleona July 29, 2010 at 6:56 PM   said...

Angie!!!! i love reading your posts they make me laugh

"She used some awesome fancy white eyeliner as a base and to "paint clouds." I used a cheapo NYC one to scratch my eyeball out and "paint pain"<----------LOL hilarious!

You look great!! i love the eyeshadow colors on u. Been seeing your tweets about ur exam dont worry youll do exceptionally great :D

Jade Purple Brown July 29, 2010 at 7:40 PM   said...

pretty blue eyshadow :)

PinkOrchids July 29, 2010 at 8:04 PM   said...

Looks great! I think you could have gone a tiny bit darker on the green, the look is very summery in deed!! I like your bun, its very cute =) .x.

Unknown July 29, 2010 at 9:24 PM   said...

Makeup looks great!! :D Definitely meadowy! :)

Unknown July 30, 2010 at 12:06 AM   said...

i watch MP's videos religiously! i've watched this one and you did such a great job!! :) love the bun bun hair! hehehe gl on your MCAT! *ganbatte*!

Jean July 30, 2010 at 1:02 AM   said...

I just watched this video last week, lol! Totally impractical for me but I enjoyed seeing your rendition on it. I can imagine that doing most of her looks is no easy feat...the video itself was like 10 minutes long or something! And oh god, cringe at the though of poor you scratching your eyeballs out with the pen.

PetiteXXS July 30, 2010 at 1:17 AM   said...

Looking good! And lol about the big forehead... you should see mine! I could probably rival Tyra Banks haha. Hubby says "mmmmm braaaaaains" every time I complain about it though lol :)

hevn July 30, 2010 at 3:51 AM   said...

I admit I didn't see the MP version but I definitely like this EOTD! Makes me wanna try some light blue on myself tooo! Likey likey!!

It probably sounds weird but I like the way you knotted your hair too, it's been years since my hair could even be knotted or tied up. LOL!

I'm not sure if contact lenses can make you blind *snort* but they are definitely dirty. So like you said just wash your hands clean. I wore mine for 11 years without much problem. Perhaps they mean that you might get infection from contact lenses and go blind rather go blind from contact lenses? How confusing..

p.s: At -6.00 you call yourself blind?!?! I was at -12.00 what am I then?!?! LMAO!

-elle♡ July 30, 2010 at 1:12 PM   said...

last few pics are taken in natural sunlight? :3 looks really pretty when the colours are washed out like that !

Sarah July 30, 2010 at 6:29 PM   said...

I did happen to watch that video by Michelle Phan, although I doubt I'll ever try this look out for myself. I think with my eye color it'll look like I have zombie eyes! That eyeliner thing you wrote is like the story of my L I F E. It got so bad that I had to switch to using liquid eyeliner because my lashline was getting inflamed. Don't worry about having a big forehead, it just means you have a bigger brain than most people! Congratulations with ALMOST being done with the MCAT!

StuddedLilly July 30, 2010 at 8:47 PM   said...

i love a light seafoam-ish eyeshadow! looks lovely, brava!

Sydney's Fashion Diary July 30, 2010 at 10:43 PM   said...

I think you did a great job! I am a sucker when it comes to make up. Like everyone said, you might need a little more green for your eyes shadow. Anyway, great summer look!

☆RabbitoBonbon☆ July 30, 2010 at 10:45 PM   said...

Haha yeah I know~~ (^_~)
But after seeing that cute lens
I couldn't help myself from
borrowing it XDXD *laughs*

cocoabee July 30, 2010 at 11:02 PM   said...

yay! our lives both started in beijing ;D

& lol! my mom used to pinch my nose all the time while i was little to make it grow >_> but i think its all in genetics. a guy i know had the flattest nose when he was a kid but now he has a huge nose but his parents didn't pinch his nose at all lol, XD.

i love your hair bun!

Tanya July 31, 2010 at 8:10 AM   said...

this is so cute, love your eye-make-up

Jessica July 31, 2010 at 10:59 AM   said...

I love your 5th and 6th photo ^^
you have pretty eyes ♥ ♥

Ken July 31, 2010 at 6:17 PM   said...

oOo sexy look in the 3rd photo~!

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