Crazy Japanese 3D Nail Art

February 17, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Hair & Makeup

Wow this is really cool and weird and a little bit creepy, but I think I'm diggin it!  Remember when a manicure consisted only of slapping on some red paint, a top coat and calling it a day?  But then we got more creative and  started airbrushing little designs on our nails, sometimes sticking diamond decals to spice things up.  Well it has been taken to a whole other level and these nail technicians are taking their art very seriously!   

My friend recently invited me to go with her to get Japanese 3D nail art done.  I wasn't sure what she was talking about, but after doing some research on it, it has opened my eyes to a whole other dimension in the world of manicures.  This technique got big in Japan about 5 years ago and it is starting to get more popular here in the US.  In fact, it is so popular in Japan that they actually hold contests to see who can turn out the most outrageous and wildest designs.  These artists go crazy with the embellishments using feathers, diamonds, pearls, jewels -- basically everything but the kitchen sink.  The results?  Kind of insane, busy and crazy, but for a special occasion, I think it's fun to switch up the old predictable manicure.  I only have one question.....how does one go to the bathroom without....snagging...or.....things getting in the way? Hey I had to ask, you know you were wondering it too...

Where to buy Japanese 3D Nails:
If you're looking to buy some 3D nails, ebay and ioffer have some wild and unique nail sets for cheap, although I personally think ebay is more trustworthy.

Check out these wild and crazy 3D nails (click photo to enlarge):

Does Smooth Away Really Work?

February 10, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Hair & Makeup

smooth away padsIf you've read my Hair Removal Techniques post, you'll learn that with beauty comes pain. But not with the Smooth Away! Ok, I'll admit... when I first saw the commercial for Smooth Away on TV, I was a bit skeptical.  Then I was walking around at one of those expos where you can actually try the product and I was STILL skeptical.  They did a demonstration on a small area of my arm. At first I thought it was cool -- until I looked at the side of my arm and it looked like my hair was still there.  So I immediately thought, "This doesn't work, it's just another gimmick". Then I recently went to Walgreens and I stumbled upon Smooth Away once again.  For only $9.99, I thought, fine!  I'll try it again.  It says that it exfoliates your skin, so if it doesn't remove the hair, at least my skin will be silky smooth, right?  Well I took it home and tried it on one arm and the results were night and day!  The arm that I used Smooth Away on was smooth like a baby's butt and there were no signs of any hair, while the other arm was still rough, dry and hairy.  So then I went crazy and used it all over my body and now I frickin love this product!  Not only do the mini crystals file down the hair, it exfoliates away any dead or dry skin, leaving you feeling super smooth and soft.  I'm curious to see how long it takes for the hair to grow back. So far, it's been a week and nothing.  Of course results vary, but this is a super easy and painless way to remove your hair and exfoliate your skin.  You have to have to have to try this product.  I love it!!!

Note: when you go to purchase this product, do not order from their website or commercial!  It's a complete rip off when they say they'll give you 2 sets for $14.99+shipping and handling.  A lot of bad reviews came up for this product simply because people ended up paying like $50, which is way too much.  You can purchase Smooth Away for much less on eBay (do not pay more than $10 for 10 pads) or at your local Walgreens/CVS store.  Happy filing your hairs aways!

Enzo Milano Curling Iron Review

February 5, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Hair & Makeup

enzo milano curling iron

Have you ever been stopped in a shopping mall by a salesperson, wanting to curl your hair? Some people politely say "no thanks", others pretend to talk on their cell phones, and of course, some people give in. The latter most was me (although I have done the other 2 scenarios too). Yes guys, I was talked into having my hair curled by this unusually simple piece of equipment. Not only was I talked into trying it, I was talked into buying it. So let me give you my review on the Enzo Milano Curling Iron.

User Friendliness

This curling iron is a little awkward to use at first. Before, it took me about an hour to curl my hair (I have really thick hair) and now it takes me about 15-20 mins.  I definitely would advise you to wear the thermal glove until you get really pro at it.  The glove makes it easier to curl your hair because you're not scared of the heat -- so you can focus on getting the best curls.  I have also found that using clips to hold your hair back is extremely useful. It keeps things under control, organized and speeds up the process.  So, on a scale from 1-5, 5 being the most difficult, I would rate this about a 3. Especially if you're not used to it.  But it gets easier with time and practice.

Longevity of Curls

"Enzo MilanoTM Irons give every single turn of the curl, the same consistent heat, resulting in an incredible hold time with any product use." -- enzomilano.com

One thing I love about this curling iron is how well the curls hold.  It's absolutely amazing!  It can hold for days and days.  It might even hold up to weeks.  I've never experimented, since I wash my hair regularly.   I mean, I can only push it so far in the name of beauty and fashion.  But yes, these curls are fierce day after day.

Better Than a Traditional Curling Iron?

The answer is Yes!  I will say it does take practice to use, but once you get the hang of it, it's so much better for your hair.  Not only that, it's more flexible and you can do different types of curls with this device.  If you're willing to give the Enzo Milano curling iron a try, you can usually find good deals on ebay or amazon.

What Guys Think About Makeup

January 23, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Ask the Guys, Hair & Makeup

makeupThe makeup world is a multi-billion dollar industry. From the scientists and lab technicians who study all the ingredients  (to make sure you skin doesn't bubble up when you apply makeup), to the artists at the MAC counter selling you hundreds of dollars of the highest brand -- there are millions of people in between. In the old days, women would put their health at risk to make their faces pale (which was hot back then) using lead, mercury and even leeches to achieve this look. Were the guys really into this? Was the pale face trend, or the intricate ways we apply eye shadow REALLY doing anything for the guys? Let's observe and analyze the in-depth conversation I had with my fiance, who is definitely a man's man.  He's the ultimate hetero, who defines seasons of the year by the type of sports game (i.e. basketball season, football season, etc.)

Ahem...here it is....

Eric: "You're so beautiful"

Me: "Really? You never say I look beautiful when I wear makeup. I mean, do you like me with makeup?"

Eric: "Well of course you look pretty with makeup."

Me: "You seem to compliment me more when I look like a little dude." (that's just how I feel without makeup sometimes)

Eric: "No, when you're Not wearing makeup it's like, you look innocent.  I look in your eyes and see your soul. I can't see to your soul with all that clown whore makeup on."

Me: "................(blink blink)....................thanks.........."

There ya have it.  So it got me thinking, who do we put makeup on for?  And then I realized....for ourselves!  It's not always about them.   He may feel a deeper connection with me without my makeup, but I feel better and more confident with makeup on!  I think guys definitely would know the difference if the world went without makeup.  Our skin wouldn't look as smooth and, as an Asian, maybe my eyes wouldn't look as big.  My face is my resume honey.  No one likes a little dude girl with no makeup on.  So let me ask you boys this...which way do you prefer to see these girls?

Jessica Biel with and without makeup

Jessica Biel with and without makeup

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian with and without makeup

Don't kid yourselves boys, you'd much prefer us with makeup on.  So, is the billion dollar makeup industry justified?  AbsoFrickinLutely!

Watch out for many many future posts on makeup and all of the knowledge you need to know to feel confident and sexy with makeup on.  And it's just fun to apply isn't it? :-)