Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Feeling uninspired.

I've been feeling really uninspired makeup wise.  I'm kind of tired of watching endless music videos trying to find good makeup looks.  If a music video is three minutes, it takes me about 10 to get through the entire video.  I'm always pausing to take screen caps and rewinding so I can get that perfect screen cap.

So, I've decided to do a makeup challenge.  I found this challenge here.  It seems kind of difficult but thats the fun part right?  I'm going to make a separate page for the challenge so it doesn't interrupt my regular posts.  It will be in my Nav bar ^^  
Here it is!

Day 1. Lace Makeup Look
Day 2. Tim Burton "Evil" Character Makeup Look
Day 3. Tim Burton "Good" Character Makeup Look
Day 4. Geisha Makeup Look
Day 5. Goth/Emo Makeup Look
Day 6. Gemstone Makeup Look *Birthstone or favorite*
Day 7. Villain Makeup Look
Day 8. Mermaid Makeup Look
Day 9. Harry Potter House Colors Makeup Look
Day 10. Ganguro Makeup Look
Day 11. Lady Gaga Makeup Look
Day 12. Zombie/Gore Makeup Look
Day 13. Candy Makeup Look
Day 14. Favorite Book Cover Makeup Look
Day 15. Favorite Music Video Makeup Look
Day 16. Sunset Makeup Look
Day 17. Space Makeup Look *Google planets, star systems, nebula*
Day 18. Favorite Season Makeup Look
Day 19. 20's Makeup Look
Day 20. Wench Makeup Look *Pirate Wenches*
Day 21. Favorite Flower Makeup Look
Day 22. Animal Makeup Look
Day 23. Clashing, Ugly Makeup Look
Day 24. Pattern Makeup Look *Plaid, stripes, polka dots, ect*
Day 25. Legend of Zelda Great Fairy Makeup Look
Day 26. Favorite Holiday Makeup Look
Day 27. Katy Perry Makeup Look
Day 28. Butterfly Makeup Look
Day 29. Elemental Makeup Look *Fire, Water, Earth, Wood, Metal*
Day 30. Elvish Makeup Look

Does anyone want to do this with me? :3  If you are going to do this challenge, I would love to see your versions of the looks ^^

Monday, November 28, 2011

I Love EOS Lip Balms!

I really love EOS lip balms.  I love them so much that I decided to buy the Limited Edition winter collection.   It came with three lip balms for $9.99 at Walgreens!  There was only one left so I had to get it (:  Individual lip balms are priced at about $3.29, so buying the set saved a bit of money ^^
The scents are: Passion Fruit (purple), Strawberry Sorbet (pink), and Mint (green) (Please excuse the fact that I have been using the Mint one! Hehe)

I first heard of this lip balm by watching one of Michelle Phan's videos (I know, lame right?).  I was so interested in the shape of them!  They're like little spheres of pure joy!  I have really flaky and chapped lips (you would think my lips wouldn't be since it's really moist here).  Since it has gotten colder, my lips have been dying!  It's about 69 degrees (F) here and I'm really cold!  It's usually about high 80s to mid 90s here.  Back to the subject, these lip balms really keep my lips moisturized ^^

I don't particularly care for the Passion Fruit or the Strawberry Sorbet scents.  They're kind of sickly sweet in my opinion (thats why I haven't used them).  I really love the Mint scent though!  When I apply it, it kind of feels like a lip plumper.  You know that slightly stinging feeling?  For some reason, I really like that feeling!  (Lip Venom is going a bit too far though, that stuff hurts!)  It smells really nice.  Very minty.

I love these lip balms so much!  I really recommend them (:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

L'oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara Review

I'm going to be reviewing L'oreal's Telescopic Explosion Mascara.
In the wrapper.

Close up of the wand.

The wand with product on it.

Bare curled lashes.

With the L'oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara (EWWWW)

With Maybelline NY's Lash Discovery Mascara paired with Dolly Wink Volume Mascara
(See the difference? Haha)

I got this mascara on Black Friday for $2.  I thought, "What a steal!".  So I went home and read some reviews about it.  Everyone said this mascara was bad but I wanted to see if I could some how make it work.  As you can see from the photo above, there's nothing that will save this mascara.  It's a clumpy mess.  It doesn't hold the curl as well.  It does volumeize my lashes but it is not the kind of volume I like. I like for my lashes to look light rather than thick and heavy.  

Small brush easily gets to difficult areas
Easily come off with makeup remover
Doesn't hold the curl

But wait!
I read a good review on this mascara as I was writing my bad review.  So, I thought I would give it another try.
So here it is!  I actually wiped off all the excess mascara (which was a lot) from the entire wand.  It looks a whole lot better but I still don't really like it.  When I'm doing my bottom lashes, I keep poking myself in the eye and it hurts hahah.  The spikes are really sharp!  

I would not recommend this mascara for beginners or people without much time.  You need to apply this mascara with a really light hand.  I also think you need to wipe off all of the excess (even though it wastes a lot of product)


Would I purchase again: Definitely not.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


So it's 9:02pm right now.  Sephora's Black Friday sale has opened butttttttt, the site is down due to maintenance!  ):  I'm not sure when they're going to finish this but I'm sad!  
Here's my FOTD
I used:
Lioele Skin Fix Foundation
Amazing Cosmetics Concealer
elf pressed powder foundation
elf Eyeshadow Primer
elf Duo Eyeshadow in Black Licorice
Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner
Smash Box Cream Eyeshadow in Charcoal
elf Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Baby Lips

I hope the Sephora website comes back up soon ):
Enjoy your Black Friday everyone!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Today's NOTD is Minnie Mouse inspired.
I did a red free handed french tip with white polka dots with a black mouse silhouette ^^

Monday, November 21, 2011

In Regards To My Giveaway

Oops!  I forgot to ask for your email as well >.<  If you have already entered and you do not have a blog, I hope you read this and comment on this post with your email along with your GFC name so I can match it to your comment.  If you do have a blog I will comment on your page (:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Miko's First Giveaway CLOSED

I have 50 followers now (actually 52) ^^ I'm so happy!  Thank you all so much!  I'm going to do a giveaway so show my gratitude to you all (:
This is going to be a bit strange.  Since I'm in college away from home, there isn't many shops and such readily available.  I've bought some things online but I shipped them to my home.  I can't take actual photos of the prizes until about December 16th+ so what I'm going to do is make it a surprise giveaway.
I didn't by much so far but I have things in mind to buy when I actually go back home and can go shopping.  You can expect to receive kawaii things if you win since I'm buying everything in twos so I can have one for myself ^^
I've always loved surprise bags for some reason.  It makes it so much more exciting to visualize what that magical bag could possibly be holding.  From my experience, surprise bags usually have unappealing things in them.  If you have similar experiences, I hope this surprise bag will change your mind about things (:
Here is the bag that will hold the mysterious items:
It's a Rilakkuma bag!  Isn't it super cute <3
I found some really cute things at Sephora that I'm probably going to throw in there.
You can definitely expect at least one box of 10pr eyelashes (:

This giveaway is open internationally ^^
The rules are going to be very simple so make sure you follow them for your entry to count!

1. You need to be a follower via GCF
2. I would like to know more about you so tell me something about yourself (:

That's it for the rules!  Simple right?
Okay now for bonus entries:

If you have a blog just for the purposes of giveaways, I humbly ask of you to not attempt the first three bonus entries.  You may submit the fourth one.
1. Make a blog post dedicated to my giveaway with the photo above and a link to this post (doesn't count if you put it in a giveaways page) 2+
2. Put my giveaway in your giveaways page with the photo above and a link to this post 1+
3. Put this giveaway in your sidebar 1+
4. Tell me something you want me to put in the surprise bag 1+
(Please do not say something like "Miko, I would like you to put a 50" screen television in the surprise bag!", please be reasonable with what you ask for.  If it can't fit in the bag, please don't ask for it.  Please don't ask for something that is very expensive ex: Plane Tickets to Korea.  If you ask for something utterly ridiculous, I will not count it as a 1+ bonus entry.  Also, please do not ask for clothing/shoes.  Not everyone is the same size.  Please ask for something that anyone could use like a specific makeup product or hair product.)

Please leave a comment below saying that you're entering along with your GCF name and something about you.
Please leave the URL to your blog post, giveaway page, and/or your blog. 
Please leave your item request as well.
And your email!! (I forgot to ask for this when I originally posted this.  I'm sorry!)

Format example (this information is not serious):

I'm entering!
GCF: Miko
Email: mikopanda@gmail.com
Something about myself: I like to eat pickles dipped into Nutella
Blog post URL: http://mikoblogsit.blogspot.com/2011/11/miko's-first-giveaway_18.html
Giveaways page URL: http://mikoblogsit.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html
Blog URL: http://mikoblogsit.blogspot.com
Please put this item in the surprise bag: a hug

This giveaway will end on December 24th.  I will try my best to put as many items that you guys request as I can!  Good luck!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Park Bom (2NE1) "Follow Me" Inspired Tutorial pt. 1

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to do the nail design that Park Bom has in the "Follow Me" MV.

Park Bom (2NE1) "Follow Me" Inspired Tutorial pt. 2

This is the second part of my "Follow Me" inspired tutorial.  I'm going to show you how to do Park Bom's makeup ^^

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Revlon Beyond Natural Foundation Review

I wasn't originally going to do a review on this but I have decided to because I hate it so much.
I bought it since it had SPF in it and it was on sale for about $3.00.
Heres what it looks like right out of the tube.  When I seen it I was like, Uhhhh....
Even though it looks weird, I was thinking that my L'egere BB cream looks really dark when it comes out of the tube but it gets really light when you blend it into your skin.  It is actually supposed to match your skin color.  It only comes in three colors so I chose the lightest one.  Apparently, the more you blend it, the darker it becomes.  There seems to be these little blackish looking specks in the foundation and when you blend it, the specks pop and the color comes out.  
I blended it and the specks popped.  In reality, if you do not blend it all the way and pop all of the specks, some of them will just be streaky or they will remain specks.  From what it seems, you need to fully blend it even though it won't match your skin tone anymore.  Luckily, it's almost a perfect match to my skin.  It is just a tad darker than my skin tone.
So here is how it looks on my face.  Gross.  There's no coverage at all.  It also felt really dry on my skin! I even think it may have dried out my skin even more since it wasn't this dry before I put it on.  Even the swatch I blended into my arm feels dry.  On top of drying my skin, it really made my dry skin noticeable ):  I've read other reviews saying that this product is great and it's moisturizing.  Bella Sugar even said it would be great as a tinted moisturizer!  I'm not sure if it is just that my skin hates this foundation.

Has SPF (but there's so many foundations out there with SPF anyway)

Streaky unless blended extremely well
Made my skin dry
No coverage

Rating: 1/5

Have you ever tried this foundation?  Did it make your skin dry as well?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Miko's Transformation?

I've been looking at mag scans tonight and I came across a bunch of photos showing makeup transformations and such.  I was reminded of a photo/video I had seen before and it made me want to try it.  
They only put makeup (and lenses) on half of their face.  The difference is so dramatic!  I just had to try it.
Another one, but less dramatic change.
This is Jiyeon from T-ara ^^  She's so kawaii with or without makeup.
Now, here's my half makeup face:
My left side is totally bare and my right side is completely made up. 
I wish the difference was more dramatic but I had fun with it anyway ^^

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Wonder Girls (Be My Baby) Inspired Nails

Wonder Girl's MV spam!

I love their outfits and the whole color splash concept.  It really makes them the focus of the whole video.
So in honor of the Wonder Girls, I did a NOTD inspired by their outfits, particularly Hye Rim's outfit.


Hehe I'm happy to announce that I finally finished making my usamimi.  Usamimi comes from the words "usagi", meaning rabbit, and "mimi", meaning ears.  It's like a bunny ear headband thing.  
I followed this tutorial to make this kawaii headband! I altered it a bit but it's basically the same thing.  Btw, I looooove that girl's blog.  All of her tutorials are super kawaii and inexpensive <3  

Lioele Skin Fix Foundation in #23 (It's a tad darker than I would choose but my mom bought it for me)
Sephora Mattifying Foundation in Warm Fair
Everyday Minerals Lucent Powder
Skin 79 cream blush in the Oriental BB Cream
elf Single Eyeshadow in Butter Cream
elf Duo Eyeshadow in Butter Pecan (the darker shade)
Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner
elf Natural Lashes
Maybelline NY Lash Discovery Mascara
Dolly Wink Volume Mascara
elf Lip Primer
elf Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Nude Lips
FusionBeauty LipFusion XL

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tag, you're it?

I was tagged by Lena of Lenallure ( follow her!  She's super sweet and her blog is very informative)

1. Link back to the person who gave this award to you
2. Share 7 random things about yourself
3. Answer the "Favorites" questions
4. Award this to 7 bloggers

7 Random things about myself

1.  I fell in love with makeup only after seeing makeup gurus Bubzbeauty and Michelle Phan (Which was about 6 months ago). Prior to that, I've never worn false lashes or even did my makeup in a presentable way.  I practiced and practiced in front of the mirror everyday.  I watched videos and read blogs about how I can do my makeup better and eventually, I got better at it (:

2. I was reading Eki's blog religiously every day (even though she didn't post everyday, I would reread her posts)  I think she's super kawaii and her blog is great.  She actually even inspired me to create this blog.
(this was actually my favorite photo for a long time but now I look back and my mouth looks deformed but my hair and skin look nice.  This is back when I only lined my water lines.)
3. There was a point in time that I took selcas everyday and I actually felt like I was really good at taking pictures.  I guess I got better as I did it so often?  I eventually stopped taking selcas and now I feel like my photos aren't as nice as they were before.

4. I really want to become a makeup artist but I'm going to school to become a pharmacist.

5. I love all things Korean from makeup to women/men to television shows to movies to music and all in between.

6. I'm fairly short (5'2") and one of my favorite Korean idols said that it would be ideal for him to have a girl my height but she must weigh 44kg .  I was thinking, wow, I need to weigh 88lbs!  I even tried to diet and exercise to find out that I didn't account for the extra .2 (the conversion from kg->lb is 2.2)  so I'm actually supposed to weigh 96.8lbs!  Since I weigh about 96.2lbs, I've accomplished that ^^

7. I like to make my own things and do little crafty projects.  I'm working on making an Usamimi <3

The QuestionsFavorite color - Pink
Favorite song - Hmmm... I think I would say either Be My Baby (Wonder girls) or I Can't Live Without You (Jay Park)
Favorite dessert - Tiramisu
What is annoying you - People that think I or any of the people I think are attractive look like monkeys.
When you are upset, you - Cry hahaha!
Your favorite pet - I have a puppy named Maci <3
Your biggest fear - My loved ones going to hell.
My best features - My willpower.
Everyday Attitude - Just survive! Hehe.
What is perfection - Goo Hara.  Or a doll would maybe be an equivalent.
Guilty pleasure - Probably blogging while I'm supposed to be studying.

I tag anyone who wants to do this haha.  I'm kind of lazy to link everyone I would tag.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Wonder Girls

I'm in class right now but I'm super excited so I have to announce the release of the Wonder Girl's album "Wonder World".  It's been a long time since WG released a come back song and they definitely did not disappoint<3  I love practically all the songs on their album, especially their comeback song "Be My Baby"!  Perhaps I'll do a WG inspired look<3
Please enjoy their new comeback video.


 This is how I look when I'm at school lol.  I try to just do a simple look for the sake of time.
What I used:
L'egere BB Cream
Amazing Cosmetics concealer
Sephora Matifying Compact Foundation in Warm Fair
elf Eyeshadow Duo in Black Licorice
Milani Infinite liquid eyeliner 
elf Mascara Primer
Dolly Wink Volume Mascara
Maybelline NY Lash Discovery Mascara
NYX pencil liner in white
EOS lip balm
elf Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Baby Lips
Btw, did you guys know I wear glasses?  I wear them practically everyday.  I was using my regular contacts but I ripped one trying to take a cat hair off of it >.<  I also don't wear my circle lenses too often since I have astigmatism and I can't see well (which is really bad when I can't see the lecture notes :P)


Friday, November 4, 2011

Hello Kitty NOTD

I haven't posted an NOTD in a long while because my nails became really brittle and started to break below the skin line ):  They're better now though.  I've been using a strengthener and they seem to be a lot stronger!
They're half Hello Kitty faces with a rhinestone bow on my pinky!  The kitty on my ring finger is deformed and the two on my middle and index finger's ears are too large ):  I don't think it's too bad though.  If I keep practicing, I'll get better at it <3


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nicole (Kara) "Step" Inspired Tutorial

I was actually planning to do a tutorial on Secret's comeback song "Love is Move" but I recently watched the "Step" video and loved Nicole and Gyuri's makeup!  It was hard to choose which one I wanted to do but in the end I picked Nicole because I thought she looked beautiful with her long(ish) hair.
Click below to see!