hi. i have used the 5% off at beautyjoint before and i think typing MAKEUPBOX in caps make a difference, and thanks for the discount :]
I’ve purchased stuff from beauty joint and I’m from Australia, its expensive and takes a while, but it always comes in one piece :)
Thanks for the quick responses regarding the Beautyjoint shipping and coupon code!
I’ve dropped an email to the team and will just double-check if all is in order and update you folks once I know more. If you have issues with the code currently and intend to buy quite a large number of items, maybe give them a day or so to get back to me before you click Confirm. This could save you a bit of money!
How reliable is the shipping from beautyjoint? I'm from Australia and I just don't want to lose 80+ dollars worth of makeup due to shipping. Also they won't accep your coupon for 5% off! It says the 'usage limit has been reached'. Thanks so much for your help, you've inspired my inner make up goddess :D
Wow, thanks I’ll drop a note to Beautyjoint to check on the coupon code. I was previously told the usage is not limited!
So far, I haven’t had ANY problems with their shipping to Singapore. I can’t be 100% sure if there are any differences/problems for Australia, but I think that would be very unlikely.
I’ve received shipments from them on at least about 3-4 separate occasions now; mostly lipsticks, lip pencils… some blushes, etc. Nothing was broken. I think the speed (using the cheapest shipping option) to Singapore was about 2-3 working weeks.
P.S. Glad your inner makeup goddess has risen to the fore! Rawr!! ;)
girlll whats with your fingers in that post? moisturizer!!
LOL I don’t even know why but this cracks me up. @Anon, no offense taken. I just thought it was funny too.
My hands are dry in general. I apply oils and heavy creams to them, but they peel and chap easily regardless. Even Vaseline doesn’t work sometimes.
I handle makeup on a regular basis, which means I have to wash my hands a LOT. Before I touch ANY makeup, ESPECIALLY pan shadows because any oil will ruin them. So my fingers will be dryer than usual, unfortunately. And obviously I’m not going to apply moisturizer before touching shadow!
I’m always amused something this small merits a comment or message. I swatch on my finger tips only when I really want to show texture, because it’s going to let you see EXACTLY what a product is going to look like if your lids are not baby-smooth.
If it’s big enough a deal for many of you, let me know and I’ll just stick with wrist swatches from now on!
@whosthecritic: Thanks for the suggestion! But I’m afraid if it stays on my hands it’s going to go into the shadow. LOL, so I’m stuck! No biggie.
Hi! First, I recently discovered your blog, and i love it so much! I was wondering how you touch uo your make up throughout the day, and what products you use. I have oily skin, and it's been insanely hot where I live, so i'd love to get some advice/tips from you. Thanks!
This is my (not very secretive) secret!
I don’t really touch up my powder during the day (it’s really hot where I am) but I blot with powdered blotting sheets every 2-3 hours even when I am in air-conditioned rooms This helps to keep my makeup fresh because you are regularly removing oils that will break it down.
I try not to touch up more makeup or powder unless my makeup has sweated off or faded (this seldom happens unless I’m running around outside for an event, etc). And then I just touch up with MAC Studio Perfect Powder Foundation (I use the Belightful SPF25++ version available here in Asia).
Instead of a regular MAC sponge, I use a Sephora dual-effect sponge with it because it has 2 sides; one for heavy coverage and one for light coverage. I only use the feathery ‘light”-coverage side so I don’t cake on too much product.
If I have a spot to cover and my concealer needs touching up, I always clean off any makeup on the blemish first, before touching up. I use a drop of oil-free makeup remover on a clean sheet of tissue or Q-tip (I always bring some in a tiny disposable eye drop bottle), wipe off the makeup covering the spot, apply a little benzoyl peroxide to kill acne bacteria (either Proactiv or Persagel), BEFORE reapplying concealer and powder on that spot only.
I don’t usually touch up my eyes or cheeks.
For my lips, I just reapply as needed, straight from the tube!
Usually my lip color lasts quite long because I wear lipstick mostly. I seldom wear lip gloss. If I’m feeling lazy, I’ll just blot it off and wear lip balm while I’m at work, then only reapply lipstick only when I’m leaving the office for the day.
hello, i would love to check out your instagram and bookmark it, but i can't seem to find you? can you please link your page? i don't know what to do or where to search for "@makeup_box". thank you very much
Apologies about typing the answer in the wrong answer box earlier! This is the Instagram question!
Hello! I absolutely love this tumblr - you are so fantastic! I was wondering what you think the best BB cream is? I'm very curious about it and would like to know what you think is the best one! I've never used it but I'd like to start. I have normal/oily skin if that helps. :)
Hi thank you!
Actually if you scroll down a little my post this morning already lists my fave BB cream.
“Are you tired of paying 60-300% more for the same item as someone living in the US or UK? Sign the Illamasqua Fight For a Fair Beauty Price Petition for Australia! (I signed, and I’m not even Aussie!)”—
Kudos to Illamasqua for stepping up and admitting that pricing has been very unfair for those in the Pacific. Founder Julian Kynaston explains why this has been so, and why the company is now reducing its prices in Australia by 30% across the board.
(I also selfishly hope any positive changes would spill over to other regions, especially the greater part of Asia, where average spending power is lower than the West.)
I don’t really mind price differences between brands. We LIKE having a variety of brands. That’s a fact of life, and like it or not, we do choose higher-priced brands for reasons other than quality and quantity.
What I DO NOT understand is prices being very different within the SAME brand. Even adjusting for currency fluctuations and import costs, a MAC lipstick should not cost double or more in Asia-Pacific as it does in the US.
If you are at all annoyed, frustrated, mystified by this, then take a moment to sign this petition here!
This isn’t going to solve world hunger or end terrorism but I see it simply as a step forward for consumers everywhere who may not be able to afford a ton of expensive products. If I don’t like the fact that a L’oreal lipstick here can cost more than a MAC lipstick in the US, I can always purchase online or ask a friend to help me bring it back. But not everyone has the option.
As a case in point, A BOTTLE OF REVLON COLORSTAY FOUNDATION is about S$30 (US$24) here; even more in Australia.
hi, do you think it would be possible to use benefit's bella bamba blush as an eye shadow?
Yes, you can!
Blushers and shadows are largely made from the same ingredients (unless you’re talking about a really neon-colored* blush - which this is not), and since blush has a lower concentration of color pigments than shadows, it’s the only likely problem you might run into is that the color might not show up very strong on the lids, unless you are extremely pale.
The other question is whether the shade would look nice on the eyes, which I can’t answer for you! Some people can really rock pink shadow, and some can’t. It depends on your skin tone.
I say just give it a try, and don’t forget to apply some black liner and mascara (this helps you to avoid looking like you have a swollen eye).
At the very worst-case, you don’t like how it looks and you wash it off!
*Some common neon pink or orange pigments may not be FDA-approved for eye use. This does not mean they are not safe, as many are approved for general cosmetic use in the rest of the world. A lot of times, the requirements are either more stringent in the USA, or else the tests have not been completed yet, so just bear this in mind.
Hey there , I just want to say I love your blog , it's great ! And also , I was wondering if you can show us a type of make-up that is good for a school girl ?
For school, you probably want something that:
is not too outlandish (there might be policies in certain institutes regarding what is acceptable)
is not extremely high-maintenance (because you can’t be checking your face and touching up a smudged lip line every 15 minutes)
does not take too long to put on in the morning
uses colors that you can easily find or substitute in the drugstore (not everyone is able to locate an electric pink matte lipstick easily)
Options for Eyes:
A simple colored liner along the upper lash line. This is very simple, very polished, easy to do, and still fun because you can play with different colored liners to match your outfits. You don’t need to apply (or buy) any shadow for the lid even though I wore some. Just pair with the soft pink cheeks and lips of your choice!
If you prefer shadow to liner, you can easily recreate this look. I used neutrals that would go with anything, but you can always replace the beige, brown, black combination with any eye shadow trio or quad that includes a light, medium and dark shade.
Cheeks: I always recommend keeping it light when you’re going to school. This is the easiest to get wrong if you’re starting out in makeup, and a look can go from okay to garish the MOMENT you over-apply blush. Pick a very soft shade (beige- or peach-pinks if you are light skinned, stronger shades only if you are very tan or deep-toned) like NYX Angel. If your skin is not oily, you can also use non-creamy lippies like Revlon Matte lipsticks as a cream blush, so you can save some money!
If you are using a slightly smokier eye (like above), keep your lips very soft and light. Try Jordana Matte lipstick in Pink Passion, Revlon Pink Pout or Revlon Soft Nude Lip Gloss.
If you’re only wearing simple liner on your lids, then you can go for a pop of color on the lips. This is similar to the above look, but uses simple black eye liner and a stronger lip color. Try a bright but transparent gloss like NYX Doll Pink (below) instead of lipstick. This allows you to pull of a strong shade but still look ok in the day.
“How many Uses or Applications can I get out of a jar of pigment or a pan of eye shadow?”—
This is a really hard question to answer because our lid sizes, eye shapes, application techniques, brushes, and shadow formulations differ.
I decided to do a little snooping anyway.
This is by no means scientific, but it’s a fun (and hopefully informative) FYI for you!
Micro-scale (measures down to 0.01g)
The Body Shop Eye shadow brush (found the most “medium” brush I could; medium length 1.5cm/0.6” bristles, medium-softness or -spread so it’s not extremely fluffy or packed)
0.22g of loose pigment (0.02g as buffer for “fallouts” and debris in the brush). Typically, 1.5g of pressed shadow should last you longer than 1.5g of loose pigment.
Silicone oil to prime my skin surface
Cotton pads and makeup remover
I wanted to make sure my applications were “generous”, so each “application” (covering two lids) was represented by approximately 2.5” x 0.7” strip of skin.
I had to assume this would be equal to or greater than the average person’s lid space, from lash-to-brow, of both lids combined.
The shadow is applied as a wash, over silicone-oil primed skin, in order to maximise pigment adherence from the brush. Again, this should mean I am applying equal amounts of or more pigment than the average person would typically.
I allowed fallout and drop-off of pigments because this is typical of the average application.
I did a manual count using a notepad, to see how many times I could repeat the application before depleting the 0.2g of pigment.
0.2g (0.007oz) of powder pigments would give you at least 24 full applications typically. This is not bad at all because if you are like most people and apply your shadows or pigments only to your eyes, instead of all over your face, cheekbones, shoulders, body, etc, you will get quite a lot of uses out of your product.
This means 1g of powder can give you 120 applications and a typical 1.5g pan of shadow can last you about 180 applications (6 months of once-daily use) depending on how you use it.
L’oreal Infallible Coleur Shadows should be able to give you about 420 applications because of how densely packed the 3.5g of pigments are, though it might LOOK a lot smaller compared to a MAC jar.
4.5g of pigment in a MAC’s new jars can give you about 540 applications. This means it should least you for about 1.48 years of daily use.
7.5g of pigment in the old MAC pigment jars, however, can give you around 900 applications, so that’s the reason why so few people ever seem to finish their old jars.
If you are using a very fluffy brush like a MAC 217 or 224 versus a flatter brush, you will tend to “lose” more product because the bristles are designed for blending and sheering out (i.e. pick up and dust off). If you want a lot of color intensity, instead of applying layers and layers of shadow, wear a good primer so the first coat of pigment goes on and stays on.
If you are using a very matte or very glittery shadow or pigment, you will “lose” more product to your brush bristles and to fall-out, because matte shadows don’t tend to adhere as well to the skin as metallics and pearls.
Please remember that powders vary in texture and weight. Some finer powders will settle and be packed densely, which is why some MAC pigments might look only 1/2 full when they are new. A dense pigment will still give you as many applications as a looser one, so don’t worry over-much about the container not being “full”.
This whole experiment was done in good fun, and because this is something I’ve been wondering about for years. Findings are approximate and may not be representative of everyone. Individual results will definitely vary!
For Buyers Online:
For those of you buying samples, note that most sellers sell by volume (quarter-teaspoon for example) rather than weight. If you’re getting a more sparkly, gritty pigment like MAC Rose, you WILL be getting less product by weight than a 1/4 tsp of dense pigment like Copper Metal, Rose Gold, etc.
If you are buying anything in pressed form, the difference will usually be negligible between shades and textures (as long as they are well-pressed).
Is it better to purchase pigments by weight or by volume? It’s really hard to make a call because you may not know the texture and density of a pigment until it gets to you. In general, if you are buying something very glittery and fluffy (e.g. Kitchmas, Blue Brown, Green Brown, Copper Sparkle, Rose, Naked pigments for example), go by weight or opt to buy them in pressed form. If you are buying something that is very metallic and dense (More fine-grained pigments like Silver Metal, Copper Metal, etc) go by volume (spoon sizes, jar sizes etc).
The fairest and most consistent way to buy and sell loose pigments is to go by weight because that is how the raw ingredients are costed for. Unfortunately, it’s easier and cheaper to buy a measuring spoon than it is to get a digital micro-scale, so most sellers continue to sell by volume instead of weight.
Hi I love how you update your blog frequently. That is really sweet. I wish to ask which gel liner would you recommend, esp for the low end price range and its brushes recommendation. It is hard to get my hands on gel liner that doesn't dry up fast. Thanks.
All-time favorite drugstore gel liner is Maybelline’s gel liner, which works as well as the higher-end brands and comes with a FANTASTIC brush.
The bad news is that all gel liners will tend to dry up after awhile. The good news is, you can keep it fresh longer by keeping your jar in a little zip-loc bag and closing it tight, quickly, after every use.
If yours gets a little dryer, you can also add a drop of silicone to the surface and let it sink in for a bit before using. Others also use a drop of glycerin (which is more easily purchased in drugstores) but I prefer silicone as glycerin is biodegradable and may breed bacteria after being left exposed for awhile.
Hey there! I love your blog and I've been really inspired by that tutorial you posted for a green-brown duo chrome eye look. I know you said that it was a green brown mac eyeshadow pigment, but I'm a newbie to mac and I've been googling my little heart to no avail trying to find this shadow. Any chance you could help, maybe by letting us know what the shade is called? Thanks a ton!
Hi there! Green Brown is the actual name of the pigment from MAC! It’s hard to find because it’s not sold online unless you buy from sample sellers or from ebay (as far as I know). You need to visit a MAC Pro store or order from their phone line.
If you want, there is also a pure mica (the raw color ingredient) from TKB Trading called Dragonfly, but this is being discontinued soon. If you choose to purchase the raw mica, do note that because it doesn’t contain any binders (ingredients like fats, or silicones, that make a pigment adhere to your skin and look shinier and stronger as a result), it will not look quite as pigmented as the MAC version unless you apply it wet.
@fuckyeahkittiesandmakeup: Thanks for the suggestion! The Too Faced version is similar to MAC’s Club shadow, and both are actually closer to MAC’s Blue Brown pigment, as they have that aqua sheen. If you don’t mind the difference in tone, these are great alternatives.
Green brown has orange-brown undertones, as opposed to the red-brown in Club, Lounge, and Blue Brown.
It also has a more intense golden-green highlights, vs the softer, more blue-toned aqua/teal highlights in the blue-brown versions.
Hi, I would like to purchase some coppery / bronzy / reddish shadows. I'm on a budget and can't decide between Coastal Scents Fall Festival Palette (for the Raisin Berry, Bright Copper and American Rose) and NYX trio copper/rust/bronze + red bean pie single shadow. What do you recommend ? I would like something in the spirit of MAC's Coppering, Cranberry and Antiqued. Thanks (your blog is great <3 )
Hmm that’s a tough call because both are great options in terms of cost and quality!
If you want bang for the buck, the Coastal Scents Fall Festival one would be the one to go with because you get 12 shadows, including shades like navy, browns, olive, beige, etc.
In terms of texture, I’ve also found the Coastal Scents Metallic/Shimmer hot pots to be generally very good in terms of not having as much fall-out as the NYX shadows, which can be a bit softer and more powdery.
But if you’re really not going to be wearing the other colors, and just want shades as close to the 3 MAC shades you listed as possible, the NYX one is a better option because none of the shades in the Fall Festival palette are really dupes (though I LOVE ME15; it’s gorgeous).
MAC Cranberry: NYX Rust is spot-on
MAC Coppering: NYX Copper is a pretty good match
MAC Antiqued: NYX Walnut (single) is a better match than Red Bean Pie, which is a lot more plum-toned and more like a darker Star Violet.
You can use any brand really. (Bourjois has some really good ones; NYX has an equivalent for a very good price as well) as long as it has that long, fine brush tip because that’s the only way you can get a super-fine, super-black line.
Hey, can you find a dupe for Victoria's Secret beauty rush wet/dry eyeshadow in black? Thanks :)
Victoria’s Secret Wet/Dry shadows no longer seem to be available, but from swatches and images I’ve seen, the black shade “Smokin” is a deep black with silver sparkles, very similar to alternatives such as L’oreal Infallible Shadow in Eternal Black.
From what I know of the textures (I don’t have one of the VS Wet/Dry shadows with me right now but have swatched it before), the L’oreal will be more intense and sparkly, and you will need to work faster to blend/smoke it out quickly or it will “set”.
If you want an easier-to-work with version, there is always the bottom-right shade in the Wet n Wild Greed palette, which I believe might only be available online now.