My Makeup Story.

24 July 2014

I don't know if the My Makeup Story videos are tag videos, but I saw Judy from ItsJudyTime upload this video a few days ago and thought it was interesting.

This is a video where I talk about how I got into makeup, what it means to me, what my favourite brands for certain things are, what products I'd wear for the rest of my life, and to be just a little more controversial, my thoughts of the beauty community of YouTube as a whole.

Neutral Brown Eyes, Purple Lips Tutorial - Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows

22 July 2014

Last week, I stopped by CVS to pick up a few (6) of the new eyeshadows from Milani. Since Milani was BOGO50% and I had both $5 in ExtraBucks and a $4 off $12 makeup purchase coupon, I picked up twelve.

The next day, I decided to do a little tutorial trying the eyeshadows out. I used three out of six and even used one of my new Dose of Colors lipsticks!

Take a look at the video if you want to see the products in action!

Illamasqua Velvet Blusher - Sleek

20 July 2014

Illamasqua Velvet Blusher in Sleek - $32

The Illamasqua Velvet Blushers are a product I've had my eye on for a few months, but never made a purchase and, of course, I regretted it when Sephora stopped carrying Illamasqua. Fortunately, Bloomingdale's picked up the brand and Ashlynn was kind enough to send me this for my birthday. I chose the colour Sleek.

Velvet Blushers are supposed to be a lightweight formula that delivers a fresh, natural, and matte finish. It is a cream to powder blush.

Illamasqua (or was it Christine from Temptalia?) describes this as a dusky coral shade. To me, corals are always really nice and bright, so I'm not seeing the coral in this. To me, it's more like a dusky rose when I swatch it, but it may just be my eyeballs and my skin colour that make it  look as such.

To apply this, I really recommend using your fingers. I tried to apply it with a Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Contour Brush and the brush wouldn't pick up any product. Fingers are best to apply and blend.

I found it to be pretty easy to apply and blend with my fingers. It's much easier to blend than the MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Creams made for the cheeks. A little bit can go a long way, so I do suggest starting with a little bit of product at a time and then building up the pigmentation if you're not satisfied.

Overall, I am very happy with my choice. I do like their regular cream blushes, so I'm happy that I like this as well. There are only two colours available that I know of so I hope they will come out with more shades eventually.


17 July 2014

six piece brush set - $6

My makeup brush collection is growing and growing. It is getting to the point that my gigantic spinning wheel for makeup brush storage is overflowing, but I can't stop getting new brushes because I love trying new tools to better my makeup application. Plus, more brushes equals more new ways of doing new designs in makeup.

I'll tell you right now: if you don't like somewhat negative reviews, then skip this. If you look at my past bornprettystore reviews, which are all reviews of products I have been sent for free, you will know that I have given okay to pretty damn good reviews of the products. Unfortunately, these brushes fell short compared to everything else I've tried.

While going through the samples for review page, I decided to pick out this brush set, mostly because of the flat and thin brushes that people mostly use for eyeliner.

This is the Nose Shadow Brush. Reading the name, I'm assuming this is supposed to be used for contouring the nose. I don't contour at all, especially around the nose, so what I ended up using this for was eyeshadow application where the eye meets the nose bridge and brow bone. If you watch my tutorials, you know I love adding a highlight shade there to brighten up that area. The shape of it made it a little awkward to use, but it wasn't bad.

But this is bad! This happened right before I took pictures of the brushes this morning. When I got this, I knew it was going to happen eventually because it already felt really loose, but I didn't want to mess with it. After having it a week and feeling how much looser it got just by holding it, I finally just tugged on it just a little bit and it broke apart. Such a letdown. 

This is a smudge brush. It's actually bigger than the standard smudge brushes that I've seen. Unless you're going for a heavy smoked out look on the lower lash line (which is awesome), then it's too big. I ended up using this for matte highlight as well. 

You can tell from the name that this is supposed to be an eyeliner brush, but since I use liquid eyeliner, I use this as a lip brush for my OCC Lip Tars. It's a very good brush for that. 


This is an eyeshadow brush that is not good for basic lid application. I much prefer to use this for the lower lash line and it's actually pretty good at that. It's pretty thin and not overly fluffy and all over the place so you can get a thin-ish line on the lower lash line.

This is another nose shadow brush that is actually very similar to the eyeshadow brush above, but bigger and a lot fluffier. I'm not a fan of this brush at all. I tried using it on the lower lash line but it didn't apply very well at all.

If there's any brush in the set I will have no use for (besides the broken one for obvious reasons), it's this one. It's a dual-ended brush with a sponge applicator on one side and eyeshadow brush on the other. I do not like dual-ended brushes at all and I really don't like sponge tip applicators. I'm not sure why sponge tip applicators still exist in places that are not disposable kits anyway.

Although the set is very cheap at only six dollars, this is a set I just cannot recommend. I give bornprettysure/MAANGA/generic brand brushes good reviews for the most part, but this one is mediocre and really let me down.

But if you are interested in this set or anything else from the store (seriously, the other brushes I have reviewed in the past are pretty good), then make sure you use my code RPH10 to get 10% off your order.

Sugarpill Burning Heart Eyeshadow Palette: Makeup Tutorial

14 July 2014

I am so excited to make this blog post. Posting my makeup tutorials on a blog post isn't that exciting, but it is when you're collaborating with two really good Internet pals of yours!

Victoria (also known as BiohazardousBeauty) and Mandy and I have been Facebook friends and YouTube friends for quite a while and we all decided to do a collab together using one product that all which of us own, which is the Sugarpill Burning Heart eyeshadow palette. All three of us did very different looks with it and I really like what we came up with.

Their videos are linked in the info box so make sure you take a look at theirs after you take a look at mine!

Purple and Gold "Cut Crease" Makeup Tutorial

12 July 2014

Here is a makeup tutorial of a (hooded eyelid version of a) purple and gold cut crease. This is a collab with my good friend, Mandy, and was also supposed to be uploaded a few months ago, but because of certain events, we just weren't able to get these videos up.

These looks are based off two characters from the graphic novel called Diskordia. All the details are explained in the video above, so make sure you watch it! 


10 July 2014

Sailor Moon Crystal  aired last week! What did you think of the first episode? I like it a lot so far, although I do think Usagi's emotions are very stiff. I'm also not a huge fan of her transformation or the new theme opening. The original Miracle Romance is just something that's very sentimental, so I think that's really why. But regardless of all of that, I enjoyed the first episode and I'm excited to see Ami/Sailor Mercury this weekend!

Since all my other videos are now out of the way, it was time to start on my Sailor Moon series again and since Ami's episode is this weekend, I did a video for Sailor Mercury.

A day or so ago, I hit my goal of 2,000 subscribers before my birthday (next Wednesday) and I just want to say thank you so much to those of you that have been subscribed to me, especially those of you that were subscribed to my first makeup channel and moved to this new one I made last year. I also thank those of you that shared my videos and channel because without your help, I wouldn't have 2,000 right now.