Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Contact Me Whenever You Want!

Hey everyone! I know it's been a while since I've done looks and I'm really sorry! It truly upsets me because I spend a lot of time at home and I get really motivated to do makeup looks but if you've read from a previous post, my dog chewed up my memory stick and I can't take any pictures without it. Hopefully I could get a replacement soon so I can get into my beauty blogging grind again. :)

For the meantime, I'm just getting ready for school since summer is practically over for a lot of us. I'm really excited about going back to school! I can't wait to get my degree in Hospitality Management. It's something I've been wanting to do for a long time now! I'm super anxious and I'm all giddy like a little girl going into elementary because I got my school supplies all ready in my bag! Hahah.

But anyway, because I've been neglecting my blog, I've decided that this would be a good way to interact with my readers not just on a makeup related level but on any level! So if you have a Blackberry, Droid, itouch or iPhone, then feel free to chat with me any time with pMessenger. I just heard about this and so I thought this would be fun! pMessenger is a new way to communicate with people through different phones. Don't worry, your phone number or email is NOT gonna be floating in outer space for someone to take it! It doesn't gather any personal information. It's just like using AIM or Yahoo Messenger, but it's on your phone! So if you do want to contact me then feel free to message me on pMessenger.

My ID is: D7990A9E

-Tina Marie

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sigma Brushes Review + Photos

You can find reviews for Sigma Brushes almost anywhere! Whether it's on YouTube or on someones blog, you can pretty much guarantee you'll find enough sufficient information about all of their brushes. I thought I would provide my own review for my readers about these brushes since they are highly talked about in the beauty blogging community.

Sigma Brushes are a brand of brushes that are of great quality at affordable prices that won't break the bank. Since receiving these brushes, I washed and used each one of them and I have to say that these brushes do work and perform well with great expectations. Many people believe these brushes are comparable to MAC brushes, and I couldn't agree more. The quality from the bristles to the handle are professionally made individually with great care.

I received the Sigma Essential Brush Kit (face + eyes) which included the brush roll. This kit contains 12 brushes (5 face brushes, 7 eye brushes) that sells for $99 including the brush roll or $79 without (someone correct me if I'm wrong). At this price, with such great quality, these brushes are well worth every penny.

F30 Large Powder
"Very Dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder porducts on face and body."
Made with natural bristles
No shedding when washed
Very soft bristles
How I use this brush: Setting loose and pressed powders.
Overall: 5/5
F50 Duo Fibre
"Specifically designed to generate an "airbrushed" finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, hihglight shades and loose pigments."
Made with synthetic and natural bristles
Maximum shedding of all brushes when washed (5+ bristles)
How I use this brush: Applying liquid foundation, blush, MAC MSF, and highlighting powders.
Overall: 4/5
 F40 Large Angled Contour
"This angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades."
Made with natural bristles
Hardly any shedding when washed (1 bristle)
Very soft bristles, less dense than MAC 168 brush.
How I use this brush: For contouring and highlighting.
Overall: 5/5
 F60 Foundation
"Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. It is also recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas."
Made with synthetic bristles
No shedding when washed
Very soft bristles
How I use this brush: Concealing large areas, applying foundation in tight areas such as the nose and under eye area.
Overall: 5/5
E55 Eye Shading
"Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid."
Made with natural bristles
No shedding when washed
Wider than MAC 239 but has the same use.
How I used this brush: Packing on color, applying a single color quickly and easily, applying pigment wet.
Overall: 5/5

E70 Medium Angled Shading
"Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners. Can also be used to a precise application of darker shades on the crease area."

Made with natural bristles
No shedding when washed
How I use this brush: Applying a crease color in one quick easy step.
Overall: 5/5

E30 Pencil
"Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner."
Made with natural bristles
No shedding when washed
Less dense, more give and more pointy than
MAC 219.

How I use this brush: Smudging eye shadow on lower/upper lashline, defining crease.
Overall: 5/5

E40 Tapered Blending
"Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease."
Made with natural bristles
No shedding when washed
Supposedly MAC 224 dupe but completely different brushes, less dense, longer bristles, more fluffy.
How I use this brush: Blending colors together, blending harsh lines.
Overall: 4/5

E60 Large Shader
"Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eye shadows or pigments. Can be used to apply color all over the lid or precisely on the lash line."
Made with natural bristles
No shedding when washed
How I use this brush: Applying primers, packing on eye shadow.
Overall: 5/5

F70 Concealer
"The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application in small areas."
Made with synthetic bristles
No fall out when washed
How I use this brush: Concealing under eye area and blemishes.
Overall: 5/5

E05 Eyeliner
"An extra-fine tipped synthetic fiber brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes."
Made with synthetic bristles
No shedding when washed
How I use this brush: For applying gel/cream liners.
Overall: 5/5

E65 Small Angle
"Essential for the application of gel or cream eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. This brush is also excellent for filling out the eyebrows."Made with synthetic bristles
No shedding when washed
How I use this brush: Filling in eyebrows even though I prefer my MAC 266.
Overall: 5/5

DISCLAIMER: In no way is this blog accepting any form of payment for products received by companies. The products reviewed on this blog are based on the opinions and experiences of the author. The products in this review were provided by the company.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

What Color Is My Hair?

I've gotten quite a few questions on my blog and in person about what color my hair is. If you guys didn't know, I already posted this before when I first dyed it red. You can purchase this at Sally Beauty Supply for around $7 a box I think, I can't remember. You also need to purchase developer which is only about $3 (which has many uses to it). I need about 2 boxes of hair dye because the length and thickness of my hair, it may differ for you if you decide to use this.

In the last couple of posts where people have asked me what color it is, that color is actually a faded red. It's actually much redder with the initial dye (shown in the picture to the right). So if you don't want RED hair, then I don't suggest that you get this because it will be red! I recommend getting a color in Magenta, they also have a shade in Copper. So I hope that answered a few of your guys' questions. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask in the comments!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Look Using Earth Goddes Minerals

I love mineral makeup. There's just something about their versatility that I love! I also notice that sometimes mineral makeup comes up with the most amazing colors and you're just wondering why nobody has ever come up with such a color before. That's how I felt when I received a few samples of Earth Goddess Minerals. I fell in love with so many of the colors and the possibilities are just endless because of the amazing color variations that they have.

Earth Goddess Minerals is a vegan and gluten free line of makeup, created for women who have allergies and sensitivities to mainstream makeup. All of their Multipurpose Minerals have a few uses such as:  when mixed with clear gloss can be a lip gloss, can use as blush, mixed with purified water can be liquid eyeliner, etc.

MAC Rubenesque paint pot applied as a base
EGM Electric Wysteria applied all over lid
EGM Lucky Copper applied above crease
EGM Petal applied above crease
EGM Pearl applied as highlight and inner corners
EGM Midnight Black smudged on upper and lower lash line
MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder applied on lower waterline
Lash Royalty lashes in Miss Cherie
CoverGirl LashBlast waterproof mascara

EGM Honey + Golden Sienna

EGM Harvest Peach

Vaseline + EGM Palomba Pink

DISCLAIMER: In no way is this blog accepting any form of payment for products received by companies. The products reviewed on this blog are based on the opinions and experiences of the author. The products in this review were provided by the company.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Doll Eyed Look Using Lash Royalty

My dog chewed up my memory stick for the camera that I usually use to take my makeup looks with so I had to settle for my bulky DSLR which sucks because even though it takes amazing pictures, it's not user friendly when I'm trying to take pictures of eye closeups and what not. So I did my best to take as good enough pictures I can with what I had.

Anyway, if you read my last post, you know that I received some false eyelashes from LashRoyalty and it included these short stubby lashes which looked like they were meant for your lower lash line. Today I decided to play around with it since I've NEVER tried putting lashes on my lower lash line before. For an Asian girl, my lower lashes are fairly long but I still wanted to give this a try.

I kept it totally natural. No eye makeup whatsoever except eyeliner and a highlight color on the inner corners just to make my eyes pop. Other than that, I just let the lashes do all the work. Anyway, I tried to make this as dolled up as I can. I even threw in my contact lenses to really make them pop. I'm wearing Fresh Look lenses in Sterling Grey, if anybody is curious.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

LOOK: Sultry Golden + Lash Royalty - Review, Photos and Swatches

I was kind enough to receive lashes from Lash Royalty and you guys know how crazed I am over lashes! I was inspired by the name Lash Royalty because when I think of Royalty I think of high status, major blingage, the one who wears the crown, etc. I also wanted to use my Sugarpill Goldilux loose eyeshadow so I decided to put two amazing products together into one look. I hope you like it! Products used and review on these lashes at the end. :)

UDPP as a base
Sugarpill loose eyeshadow in Goldilux applied to inner 3/4 of the lid
MAC Romp eyeshadow applied above crease
MAC Carbon eyeshadow applied to outer 1/4 of the lid
MAC Nylon eyeshadow applied to inner corners
MAC Shroom eyeshadow applied as a highlight
MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder smudged on lower and upper lash line
Lash Royalty lashes in Miss Cherie

MAC Ambering Rose

MAC 4N Lipstick

Lash Royalty

I received these lashes from and I love them! I love everything from its packaging to the lashes. These lashes are very comparable to your top of the line lashes because they are made with such great quality. The look and feel of them couldn't be any more comfortable on my eyes.

One drawback about these lashes is the variety of lashes are that are available. But then again, all the lashes are very different in their own way that there has to be one design out there for everyone! Another drawback would have to be the price. At $15 a pair, I could probably stock up on 4 pairs of lashes from a different brand. But keep in mind the quality of these lashes! The lashes aren't at all flimsy, and the band isn't too thick where it feels stiff and uncomfortable.

If you see the look I did above, you can see that I'm not wearing any obvious eyeliner on my upper lash line because I wanted to show you guys how close I was able to get to my real lash line with these lashes. While some lashes feel heavy on my eyes, these felt very light like I wasn't wearing any!

I believe these are bottom lashes.

DISCLAIMER: In no way is this blog accepting any form of payment for products received by companies. The products reviewed on this blog are based on the opinions and experiences of the author. The products in this review were provided by the company.

Monday, August 9, 2010

It's Been 2 Years

I can't believe my blog turned 2 this month. It has come a long way and I honestly could not have done any of this if it wasn't for the support of my viewers. There were times where I almost wanted to stop my makeup blog all together but after realizing the growing number of viewers I've gotten since I've started my blog, I couldn't imagine quitting and leaving you all with nothing.

Some of you might not know this but I started "beauty blogging" way before Tina Marie Online was created. Believe it or not, I actually started off on YouTube back in 2006-2007! Within a few months of just having a YouTube account, I managed to get over 900 subscribers. But things changed and I deleted my YouTube account. Since then I never really thought about making a comeback into the YouTube scene. I'm perfectly fine where I am here on Blogger.

I get a lot of questions asking why I don't make YouTube videos. The reason why is because I feel like Blogger has a more tight-knit community as far as beauty blogging goes. And YouTube is more. . . all over the place! Not that that's a bad thing. I just rather keep my talent here on Blogger where everything is just simple and more discreet than YouTube. Plus, I'm uber camera shy! But in case I do decide to make YouTube videos, I just want to say that I would focus my channel more on makeup looks and tutorials rather than hauls and monthly favorites and all that. Because that sh*t gets annoying! =X

Anyway, now that it's been 2 years, I can't ever imagine stopping what I'm doing here. There may be times where I might not update as often as I should (which is living proof right now because I'm so horrible at updating this blog) but as far as actually quitting, I don't see that happening anytime soon. Makeup is my hobby. It's what I do when I have time for myself. I'm sure all you ladies concur! Not only is it a stress-reliever, but it makes us feel good about ourselves! I learned so much on my own with my makeup blog and honestly it's been so deserving. Having a makeup blog changed my life. And whether it changed my life in a miniscule way or not, the point is it did! I never would've had opportunities to meet people, to try new things, to actually know what it feels like to be a makeup artist, or to actually have someone call me a makeup artist! It's just insane and I'm so grateful.

I still have so much to learn. And everyday I'm learning new things. I still have yet to feel like I'm even good enough to use what I know out in the real world which is why I keep doing what I doing. If it wasn't for all the positive feedback I get from all of my loyal readers, I wouldn't feel motivated to keep blogging. Even though sometimes I feel like my makeup looks aren't as good as what I had intended, there's nothing I appreciate more than people taking the time to acknowledge my ability. In short, this is just my way of thanking everyone so much for their unconditional support. xoxoxo.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

EOTD: Everyday Eyes

I found this look on my hard drive but I don't think I ever planned on posting this. But after staring at it for a while I realized it isn't too bad of an EOTD so I figured I might as well put it up for those who might appreciate it. Unfortunately, I don't remember what I used in this look. What a shame because I would've loved to share with everyone since it came out pretty decent. Well, hope you enjoy it anyway. (: