a little bit of bronzer never hurt anyone

Hi Friends!
Sorry it’s been awhile since I last posted – this is my first post in the new year [a little late, I know]. Hoping 2011 brings great things, in your world & mine!

Here’s a simple, yet lively look I did the other day. I put a horrible before pic up – yikes, but you won’t be able to know how well the makeup covered unless I did, right?


1) BEFORE [right after I got out of the shower, I always get red spots]


2) Moisturized with Cerave face lotion, then all over coverage with Pur Minerals in Medium & Tan mixed


3) EYES : MAC “Painterly” paint pot all over lid, Sephora brown duo eyeshadow on lash line,  “Maxigrade” black tube mascara from Japan, & Maybelline “Define a Brow” in dark brown to fill in brows


4) CHEEKS : NARS “Sin” blush, E.L.F. bronzed bronzer, & Canmake highlighter


5) LIPS : Sephora lipliner in “Native Nude” w/ MAC lipglass in “Nymphette” on top


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Caruso Steam Rollers Review

Posted in beauty products, before/after, product review by tokyostargirl on November 4, 2010

A couple weeks ago I asked for suggestions on the best hot rollers – some of my gfs suggested this:

I read up on the reviews online and majority were positive so I went for it. =)

Description taken from the Sally Beauty site

  • Includes 30 soft foam rollers in assorted sizes:
  • – 6 Petite Rollers
  • – 6 Small Rollers
  • – 6 Medium Rollers
  • – 6 Large Rollers
  • – Comb clips
  • – Styling guide
  • Exclusive Molecular Steam Haircare System – No salt required!
  • Non damaging steam conditions as it curls
  • Set curls in 5-10 minutes
  • Achieves the 30 second curl™ by blow drying hair first to evaporate moisture
  • Creates perfect spiral curls & waves

“The Caruso SalonPro 30 Molecular Steam Hairsetter uses a revolutionary steam process to deliver long lasting voluminous curls while keeping hair shiny and static-free. The SalonPro features 30 rollers in 5 assorted sizes provide complete styling versatility for creating any of today’s hair styles, and non-damaging steam conditions the hair as it locks in curls. Caruso SalonPro 30 Molecular Steam Hairsetter is great for all hair types, and will help you create healthy, strong, beautiful curls with added body and shine.

Soft foam rollers are infused with gentle steamed moisture. Hair is then wrapped on the infused roller and covered with a shield. The Patented roller and shield design creates even moisture penetration and allows airflow for quick evaporation, or speed the process with a hair dryer. Gentle moisture penetrates the hair’s molecular core allowing it to relax and bend. As moisture evaporates, hair is set in curled position. The molecular hold is so strong, it can only be released by shampooing.

Curls last for days and is great for all types of hair!”

MY REVIEW: It was fairly easy to use, although I felt that the foam part was cheaply made and could only imagine that after being used a lot, it would fall apart (you can get replacements for them, though). I bought distilled water and poured it to the line indicated and as soon as I plugged it in, the steam starting coming. I felt that it was a bit inconvenient since I had to steam one roll at a time. I only put it onto the steam for a few seconds and it was ready to go. It didn’t get THAT hot, so I never burned my fingers – thank goodness!

If I bought this for myself – I think it’s a good buy: easy enough to use and doesn’t damage your hair – creates great curls. The price is reasonable and fairly easy to purchase – either online at or any Sally Beauty Supply store. Since I bought it for my hair kit – when on set, I won’t have enough time to put each roller on the steamer and it would be troublesome to have to lug around distilled water for it. Too bad, because it is really light and could have easily fit in my hair bag.

tokyostargirl gives the Caruso Professional Pro-Set Steam Roller 4/5 stars. *


My hair BEFORE – please don’t judge my dry hair.

I started rolling at the bottom and made my way up throughout my whole head.


Hello Art, Meet Fashion

Posted in beauty, beauty products, drugstore finds, fashion, makeup, mua, runway by tokyostargirl on October 19, 2010

date.  10.09.10

location. J Lounge in DTLA

hosted by. Blended Events

mua. Jeannie Tran

sponsored by. wet ‘n’ wild cosmetics



I wanted to do something bold with my makeup for my birthday this year… celebrating my last year in my 20’s… ahhh – I can’t believe it! At least I still have enough guts to paint my face like this and go in public.. =)

Lips: mixed OCC lip tars – Anime, Feathered, & Rx together to create this beautiful purple

Lip tars are the BOMB – I LOVE them! They stay on and look so smooth on and you can play around with the colors. I have about 8 of them, mostly in the primary colors, but with those – I can create all different shades. You can purchase them here for $12.50 each. The tubs are .27 fl oz, but will last forever.

Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner Review

Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner in Bold Brown

LOVE these eyeliners! I have the black and brown one and they glide on so smooth, no tugging involved! They are a really good deal for a drugstore eyeliner. It provides a nice thick line, so if you’re looking for something thin, using a liquid eyeliner would be better. They last all day on the upper lid, but fade if you put it on your waterline (though NOTHING seems to stay on my waterline – so it could just be me). The only thing is, because it glides on so smoothly, you will have to sharpen it quite often – so that could get annoying. Other than that, the price is good & the quality is superb — what more can you ask for?

I don’t use it everyday because I don’t like the thick eyeliner look all the time, but on days that I do — this is my go to eyeliner. The “bold brown” is a dark brown that could pass as a light black, if you want something more intense, the “deepest black” one is good, too.

You can find these at Walgreen’s, Rite Aid, and other stores that carry Prestige for $5-$6.

tokyostargirl gives this 5/5*****

day to night look

Posted in beauty, beauty products, blush, fotd (face of the day), makeup, makeup looks by tokyostargirl on July 1, 2010

How to go from a Day Look to a Night Look by only adding more color to CHEEKS & LIPS


fACE: pur Minerals 4-in-1 pressed mineral foundation in “golden medium,” e.l.f. concealer pencil in “light”

eYES: e.l.f. eyebrow kit (light) – fill in brows, curl lashes, Cargo blu-ray mascara in black, Ten Beauty eyeshadow in “suede” all over lid, Smashbox double-ended eye brightener – highlight underneath brow & inner corner of eyes

cHEEKS: Val Cosmetics “O-My!” blush

LiPS: Indelible line waterproof lipliner in “natural” & CG Wetslicks Amazement in “freedom of peach”


fACE: pur Minerals 4-in-1 pressed mineral foundation in “golden medium,” e.l.f. concealer pencil in “light”

eYES: e.l.f. eyebrow kit (light) – fill in brows, curl lashes, Cargo blu-ray mascara in black, Ten Beauty eyeshadow in “suede” all over lid, Smashbox double-ended eye brightener – highlight underneath brow & inner corner of eyes

cHEEKS: NARS “Exhibit A” blush on top of Val Cosmetics “O-My!” blush

LiPS: Jordana lipliner “Raisin” all over lip w/ CO Bigelow Mentha Lip tint “Magenta Mint” on top

EL Double Wear Review

Posted in beauty, beauty products, makeup, makeup looks, product review by tokyostargirl on June 25, 2010

Before                                                                                                               After

*click on photo to get a larger view*

1. clean face with no makeup

2. with Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation only

3. face with full makeup

fACE: Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (4CL Suede)

REVIEW: LOVE this foundation! I’ve heard a lot about it, but didn’t want to dish out the $33.50 for it unless I knew it was a keeper. The other day while walking around the mall, I decided to stop by the EL counter and score me a sample. I got matched with 4CL Suede and it’s perfect — blends into my skin so nicely. It evens out my skin tone and gives me a ‘flawless’ finish. I didn’t even have to wear concealer since the foundation covered all my blemishes well enough. I love the long wear on it, at the end of the day – it still looks the same. The only problem is taking it off, you really have to clean, clean, clean. I use a makeup wipe first to get off as much as I can, then I use my daily face wash. Afterwards I use witch hazel to take off any remains. I usually do this with my other foundations as well, but I just have to scrub a little harder with this one. I haven’t used up my sample yet, but once I do – I really think I’ll have to invest in this!

eYES:  e.l.f. eyebrow kit (light) – fill in brows, curl lashes, Avon washoff mascara, MAC paint pot (Painterly) all over lid

cHEEKS: MAC “Prim & Proper” (Liberty of London collection) blush

LiPS:  Jordana lipliner in “Rust” & CO Bigelow lipgloss in “Magenta Mint”

russian red

fACE: Face Atelier “Ultra Foundation #6”
liPS: MAC “Russian Red” lipstick, MAC “Cherry” lipliner
In Houston – @ Lupe’s Tortilla (my favorite!) with some of the gang (dru. brian. bao. angie. randy. nini. neal. me)

carrie underwood inspired look

Posted in beauty, beauty products, fotd (face of the day), makeup, makeup looks, makeup tutorial by tokyostargirl on April 15, 2010

Carrie Underwood’s Version

My Version – Asian style, ha ha


1) FOUNDATION: MAC Studio Tech in N35, applied with Sonia Kashuk blusher brush all over face

2) BROWS: fill in with Sephora’s eyeshadow duo in dark brown with NYX angled eyebrow brush

3) EYESHADOW: apply NYX Mink Brown with large shadow brush all over, including tear duct, apply NYX Cedar Wood with ELF eyeshadow C brush on lid to crease, use MAC 217 brush to blend colors together so there are no harsh lines

4) LASHES: curl with Maquillage eyelash curler and apply Maybelline Colossal mascara to top and bottom lashes **wear fake lashes to get the full Carrie Underwood look**

5) LINE: eyes with HIP cream liner in black with flat top liner brush, thicker in the middle and thins out, use bent liner brush to line bottom waterline with HIP cream liner

6) HIGHLIGHT: beneath brow bone in NYX Highlight with Loew Cornell 3/8 brush

7) CONCEAL: spots with Face Atelier Camouflage concealer in Medium with small synthetic concealer brush

8 ) POWDER: lightly with PUR Minerals in Golden Medium with Sephora #50 powder brush

9) BLUSH: apply with EcoTools blush brush on apple of cheeks, CS blush palette in Peach tone

10) LIPS: gloss with Revlon Super Lustrous in Nude Lustre

hai flat iron review

Posted in beauty products, before/after, product review, tokyostargirl's take by tokyostargirl on March 24, 2010

My hair has always been naturally wavy – and although you may think that is a good thing – you have to know that it’s not the GOOD kind of wavy, it’s the kind that just does what it wants, in every direction. Even when I have long hair, I have to tie it back b/c the crazy waves bothered me so much. I’ve gotten my hair straightened 5 times, in 5 different countries and the next day it looked exactly the same as it did without the straight perm. UNBELIEVABLE! So needless to say, I gave up on that idea.

I read a lot of great reviews about this Hai Convertable Ceramic Straightener and figured I should give it a try. Though it does not make my hair stick straight, it does a good job at taking out the wave FUNK that I have going on. It heats up quickly – in about 30 seconds. It’s easy to handle and fast, given my hair is on the shorter side at the moment. It takes me about 2 minutes to get it straightened to my liking and lasts most of the day (given I put in a little product after). Once my hair gets longer, I’m trusting that it will still do a good job – that will be the true test so I’ll definitely update when the time comes.

I got it for $75 at This is what it features (taken from their website):

Product Features:

*Sapphire ceramic plates are unmatched for equal heat distribution.
*New Infra Red Heat technology seals in hair’s moisture and luster.
*Faster heat-up time than conventional coil straightening irons – It will rise to the desired temperature in less than 25 seconds from being turned on. Therefore, to save electricity and prolong lifespan, it should be turned off between uses with the Off-On switch located on the temperature control thermostat. It still saves half the time of conventional models.
*Hotter and more consistent heat at all adjustable temperature settings.
*Variable temperature settings (170oF – 390oF, 60oC – 200oC) for all hair types. For bleached, fragile, damaged and fine hair, the lower setting is advised. For normal hair and regular use, a middle range is recommended. For coarse, thick, ethnic and resistant hair in healthy condition, maximum heat on high setting is used to save time and effort.
*Ergonomic design is easier to press, hold, mold, twirl and curl hair.
*1″ width for added control, ideal for short to medium length hair.
*Voltage: 120V 60Hz for use in US/Canada.
*One-year limited warranty.


All photos were taken by me.



tokyostargirl gives this HAI FLAT IRON 5/5 stars *****

photoshoot – fotd

Posted in beauty products, blush, eyeshadow, fotd (face of the day), makeup, makeup looks by tokyostargirl on March 21, 2010

This was my fotd (face of the day) for the photoshoot below.

fACE: foundation – FACE ATELIER #6, blush – NYX ‘natural’

eYES: eyeshadow – ISADORA ‘icy khaki’, eyeliner – JORDANA ‘pecan’

lIPS: lipgloss, SMASHBOX ‘mood’

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dove frizz control review

Posted in beauty products, drugstore finds, product review, tokyostargirl's take by tokyostargirl on March 17, 2010


I’ve been using this for a few years now and love it. My hair goes all kinds of crazy if I don’t put something on to ‘tame’ it. I don’t like junk in my hair (that makes it sticky) so when I found this (by accident) I knew that it was something I’d use for years (and I’m right). It’s so smooth and doesn’t feel sticky at all. It doesn’t work magic, but it does put all my baby hairs in place – which means a lot since my baby hairs are all over the place.

Diagnosis: rebellious, unmanageable frizz prone hair (that’s me!)

Solution: Frizz Control Therapy System

– repairs and smoothes the uplifted cuticles responsible for rebellious frizz and misbehaving hair

– protects hair from frizzing in damp, humid weather

– leaves hair easy to manage, with improved texture, and resilient to frizz

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Dimethicone Copolyol, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, CMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

DIRECTIONS: Use daily on damp or dry hair. Disperse into hands and work evenly through hair.

You can buy this at most drugstores, Walmart, Target, and even grocery stores for $4-5 (totally bargain!)

tokyostargirl gives this 5/5 stars *****

makeup wipes review

Posted in beauty products, drugstore finds, product review, tokyostargirl's take by tokyostargirl on March 14, 2010


You can get these at any drugstore in Japan and also at any Japanese supermarket in LA. These are the only places that I’ve bought them, but I’m sure they have them elsewhere as well. These are perfect to travel with since the pack is so small. They don’t have a strong smell and get most of my makeup off, though most of the time – I need 2 sheets depending on how much makeup I have on. You do have to work a little harder to get waterproof mascara off since it doesn’t glide off easily. There are about 4 different types, but I’ve only use the orange and blue pack. They go for about $5-7 a pack.

tokyostargirl gives these 4.5/5 stars ****


Posted in beauty, beauty products, fotd (face of the day), makeup, makeup looks, makeup trends by tokyostargirl on March 5, 2010

At the LA Makeup Show – I was most excited to pick up some lip tars by OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) – loooove the name! I’ve had my eyes set on these for awhile, but decided to wait until the show to pick some up so I could see them live and play with the colors before I buy. I ended up getting 7 colors (they retail for $12.50 each, but was discounted for $10 at the show). I’ll be doing a review on these later, but for today, I decided to try on “anime” – the perfect hot pink for an evening out. Although it’s not a color I’d wear daily, it is a perfect color for days you want to feel fierce! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

How To:

1. Pur Minerals pressed foundation in “golden medium” all over face

2. fill in brows with Sephora duo “N 05” (dark brown)

3. all over lid – Ten beauty in “suede”

4. line eyes with Hip cream eyeliner in “black,” go over with NYX “black” powder

5. curl lashes and add mascara – maybelline colossal volum express mascara in “glam black”

5. add blush – NYX rouge cream blush in “natural” to the apple of cheeks

6. OCC lip tars in “anime” on lips with a lip brush

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LA Makeup Show

Posted in beauty, beauty products, introduction to places by tokyostargirl on March 1, 2010

Today I went to the LA MAKEUP SHOW – it was my first time to a makeup show and boy was it a makeup lover’s heaven on earth! There were over 50 booths there and we spent the day walking around and getting to know the different brands and talking to people. It’s so great being around people who all share the same passion for makeup. My friends and I gave ourselves a budget and Q & I were keeping each other accountable. We ended up buying some things and got really good deals, but man – you can spend money like water here, seriously. We’re saving the big purchases for tomorrow – so I’m scared for the damage that will be brought! Make Up For Ever, Smashbox, Korres, and much more for 40% off – crazy!

nanae. quyen. me. with Jill (Model in a Bottle founder)

The famous eve pearl doing a demo

crown brushes galore – anything and everything you could want!

the famous margaret kimura doing a demo

us with face atelier founder, debbie bondar

end of show day 1 panel