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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Video Lookbook

Posted in beauty, before/after, makeup, makeup looks, makeup trends, mua, photoshoot by tokyostargirl on November 17, 2010

Director: Marcin Teodoru

Model: Beverly Barnes

Makeup & Hair: Jeannie Tran

Location: Malibu, CA

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.


Alice in Wonderland

Posted in beauty, before/after, fashion, makeup, makeup looks, mua, runway by tokyostargirl on October 28, 2010


Makeup Artist & Photographer – Jeannie Tran

Designer – Tai Collins & Celes of Sassi Rebel

Location – Hollywood Dance Center [Hollywood, CA]

Date – 10.23.10


Jai Lauren as ALICE

Alice                                      vs                                   Malice


Alexis as a FLOWER


Sunny as STAYNE


for more photos, go here.

tsu bo mi

Posted in before/after, makeup, mua, photoshoot by tokyostargirl on October 13, 2010

Shot with a fashion line “Tsu Bo Mi” by Ayumi at the Bar Showroom in dtLA

Model: Chloe

Makeup & Hair: Jeannie





Posted in before/after, makeup, makeup looks, makeup trends, mua, photoshoot by tokyostargirl on September 21, 2010

A 1920’s inspired collaboration

Makeup Artist: Jeannie Tran

Hairstylist: Jey (Jream Styles)

Photographer: Jennifer Ilene

Location: Downtown LA


model: MELISSA

model: KAT

model: ALANA

model: MARIA


Posted in beauty, before/after, eyeshadow, makeup, makeup looks, makeup trends, mua, photoshoot by tokyostargirl on September 13, 2010

Photographer: Jean-Claude, Model: Sarah, and Makeup & Hair: Jeannie (me)

got together and did a photoshoot – these photos are just before/after photos taken by me, the photos taken by Jean-Claude will be posted as soon as I get them. Jean-Claude and I have been talking about getting together to shoot for awhile and we finally had the chance! Sarah drove almost 2 hours to get to us, but Jean-Claude is THAT good – so it’s worth it. =) We shot different looks in his home studio and was ready to head towards the beach for some outside shots, but the weather took a turn and we had to cancel that part. =( Here’s just a teaser of the different looks that we shot…




Look #1 – Makeup: Soft & Natural to bring out all features

Hair: Naturally straight

Look #2 – Makeup: Slightly darker eye, darker lip – up a notch

Hair: Naturally straight w/a lil bit of product to smoothen it out

Look #3 – Makeup: teal eyeliner to bring out her eyes, lighter lip, peach blush

Hair – Soft curls

Bollywood meets Hollywood

Posted in beauty, before/after, fashion, makeovers, makeup, makeup looks, makeup trends, mua, runway by tokyostargirl on September 10, 2010

Last night I got to be a part of a Bollywood meets Hollywood fundraising event. It was a night of fun and craziness – too bad I couldn’t stay for the whole thing. The bf’s parents are in town and we had a birthday dinner for his dad last night – so I had to jet out of the event as soon as I finished. Worked on 6 girls in 3 hours – not bad considering the details!

❤ my job.

Photos by me & Nelson Shen

jan’s wedding

Posted in beauty, before/after, makeovers, makeup, mua by tokyostargirl on August 25, 2010

Bride: Jan

Makeup Artist: Jeannie

Location: Grand Del Mar – San Diego, CA


The gorgeous bride, Jan

Bridesmaid: Sonal

Bridesmaid: Tracey

Maid of Honor: Tiffany


Posted in beauty, before/after, eyelashes, fotd (face of the day), makeovers, makeup by tokyostargirl on April 12, 2010

1) bare faced – absolutely no makeup.

2) after full faced makeup, minus lips, hair half way up.

3) change of lighting, added lip color, hair down.

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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 *****

purple & green eyeshadow

Posted in before/after, eyeshadow, fotd (face of the day), makeup tutorial by tokyostargirl on December 7, 2009

Face Of The Day



FACE: Argos BB natural cover and moisturizer cream,

EYES: eyeshadow primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance, all over lid – About Face “Acidic Reign,” crease – Ulta “Gold Leaf,” upper outer lid – About Face “Can’t Hide From Karma,” inner corners & upper inner lid – Val Cosmetics “Miranda,” browbone – Ten Beauty “Suede,” upper & lower lash line – HIP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner “Teal,” lashes – Avon Wash off Waterproof “Black”

CHEEKS: CanMake Cheek Gradation #4, MAC Accentuate Sculpt Powder

LIPS: Japanese brand lipliner, Revlon Super Lustrous “Nude Lustre”


& with a purple lippie from japan =)

Holiday Makeup Tutorial

Posted in before/after, eyeshadow, fotd (face of the day), makeup tutorial by tokyostargirl on December 2, 2009

Here is a holiday look I tried out today – I photographed what I used and all the steps I took in creating this look in as much detail as I could. I know you might think it’s hard to pull off red eyeshadow, but I did this to show that YOU CAN! =)

* click on photo for bigger image


* Apply “My UV Guard” Sunscreen (Banila Co.) all over face – with fingers

*Dab BB Cream Skin Defense Magic Balm (Beau-Temps) all over face – with fingers then blend with Beauty Blender         

* Conceal all spots left over with pro concealer 7YR (Shu Uemura) – with Stila #2 brush


* Draw in eyebrows with colorful duo N 05 (Sephora) – with NYX browb b18 brush

(shown here is eyeshadow without blending)
* Place eyeshadow (NYX: Cherry) all over lid up to the middle of eye and brow – with ELF eyeshadow brush
Blend with Stila #9 brush
* Put eyeshadow (NYX: Rust) on crease with essence of beauty crease brush
* Blend together with MAC #217 brush

* Highlight brow (Prestige: Angel) – with Loew Cornell 270 Maxines Mop


(before)                                                                                 (after)
* Hightlight inner corner of eyes with Tony Moly Multi Pencil stick in White Snow
* Put on black eyeliner on top and bottom eyelash line (NYC Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil)
* Smudge bottom eyeliner with ELF Smudge Eye Sponge
* Curl lashes with Maquillage eye curler
* Put mascara on eyelashes with Avon wash-off waterproof mascara in black


* Place Celeblous Gelina Cheek in Naked Skin on apple of cheeks with mark.blush and bronzer brush
* Line lips with Sephora Native Nude lipliner
* Add Laura Mercier lipgloss in Pink Diamond
* Even it out with HIP lip brush







Posted in before/after, makeup, makeup looks by tokyostargirl on November 11, 2009

My gorgeous friend, V, was in a fashion show and wanted me to do her makeup for it – she was to wear a beautiful Indian sari with a hint of gold. She wanted her eyes to be dramatic and smoked out – so this is what I came up with.

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before                                                                                                                 after


smokey close up

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makeovers – linda, linlin, melissa, & thuy

Posted in before/after, makeovers by tokyostargirl on October 13, 2009

before                                                                                                             after

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Luminous Linda

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Lovely Linlin

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Melodic Melissa

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Talented Thuy