Saturday, May 31, 2008

Beauty Myths Debunked

hi everyone! again soo sorry im posting a fotd soon. i got sick today (allergies plus sore throat ( i heard that for everytime you sneeze someone out there is thinking bad things about you...ha, myth debunked! who would think bad things about me? (im totally kidding) hahaa who knows =P)

andddd i did a mac haul (yeah even though i was sick hahaha), the mua was suppper nice. so the black ore pigment from neo sci fi collection is sold out evvvvverywhere i tried, so she gave me all that was left in the samplejar plus the sunpower too (pretty generous amount!)

=P gosh i love mac. plus the mua asked me if i wanted to apply to work there! so cool huh? she complimented my makeup. (i'm such a child, it's so nice when you get compliments, (even though you knowww you don't need it right? everybody is lovely in their own way)

=P love you all.

another interesting read :)

Ngoc Minh Ngo

1. Crossing your legs will give you varicose veins.
Sitting down and crossing your legs won't cause varicose or spider veins, but standing may. Pronounced veins often crop up on people who either have a genetic predisposition to them (so thank Mom or Dad) or have jobs that require them to stand a lot, says Kevin Pinski, a dermatologist in Chicago. Standing makes the vascular network work extra-hard to pump blood from the legs up to the heart. If the valves, which keep blood flowing in one direction within your vessels, aren't functioning properly, a pooling of blood can occur and result in unsightly veins. Pregnancy, which puts added pressure on the circulatory system, or a trauma — getting hit by a softball or a car door, for example — can also lead to varicose or spider veins. "But simply crossing your legs will not cause them," says Pinski.

2. You can get rid of cellulite.
Ah, if only. And for what it's worth, it's not for lack of women's trying. "This remains one of the holy grails of cosmetic dermatology," says Timothy Flynn, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. The truth is, nothing can be done to permanently eliminate it — not even liposuction. Cellulite consists of fat deposits that get trapped between the fibrous bands that connect the skin's tissues. The bands squeeze the fat under the skin, resulting in a lumpy texture. Luck of the gene pool mostly determines who will and won't get cellulite. It doesn't matter whether you're fat or thin, rich or poor, famous or just plain folks. You can, however, temporarily reduce its orange peel-like appearance. Firming creams often contain caffeine to tighten and smooth the skin. But a basic moisturizer will also work to hydrate and swell the skin, making cellulite a little less obvious. Or try using a self-tanner. "A fake tan will help camouflage it," says Elizabeth Tanzi, a dermatologist and a codirector of laser surgery at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, in Washington, D.C.

3. Shaving will make your hair grow back darker and thicker.
False. "Hair that hasn't been cut grows to a point," says Woolery-Lloyd. "It's widest at the base and narrowest at the tip." When you shave a hair, you cut it at the base. The widest part then grows out, and the hair appears thicker. But shaving doesn't change the width, density, or color of hair.

4. Putting vaseline on your face nightly will prevent wrinkles.
Marilyn Monroe allegedly slathered the thick salve on religiously to stay youthful-looking, but that doesn't mean you should. "Petroleum jelly is the strongest moisturizer there is because it forces oils into the skin and prevents them from evaporating," says Paul Jarrod Frank, a dermatologist in New York City. As the skin ages, it loses its ability to retain moisture, and skin that's dry looks older. "Petrolatum can make wrinkles less apparent because it's adding moisture to the skin, which softens lines, but it can't actually prevent aging," Pinski says. Only a cream with a proven active ingredient, such as retinol, can stave off wrinkles. Plus, petrolatum is so greasy that it can create other problems, including breakouts.

5. Wearing nail polish all the time will make your nails turn yellow.
True, but you can wear enamel all you like and still avoid discoloration. Nails are porous, and they absorb the pigment in polishes. "Darker colors, especially reds, have more pigment, so they often stain your nails," says Maria Salandra, the owner of Finger Fitness, in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. The solution: Before applying polish, paint on a clear base coat, such as Essie First Base Base Coat ($8, 800-232-1155), to prevent nails from absorbing pigment.

6. You can shrink your pores.
Sort of. It's actually impossible to change the size of pores, but you can make them look smaller — and using egg whites, a beauty trick Grandma may have tried, does work. "Egg whites tighten the skin, giving the illusion of smaller pores, but it's a temporary effect," says Elizabeth McBurney, a clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine, in New Orleans.

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7. If you use wax to remove hair, fewer hairs will grow back.
This can be true, but you'd have to spend a couple of decades waxing regularly to see results. "Wax rips the hair out at the follicles," explains Woolery-Lloyd. "And any repeated injury to the follicles over time — we're talking 20 years — could damage some follicles to the point that they don't grow back." So employ waxing for its ability to keep your legs smoother longer than shaving can, not for diminishing hair growth.

8. Preparation H deflates puffiness.
This is a secret of makeup artists everywhere, and there's a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that this hemorrhoid cream can reduce undereye baggage, but no clinical studies have been done. One of the product's ingredients, a yeast derivative that is said to reduce puffiness, is no longer found in the version that's available in the States. (The cream was reformulated in 1994. The original formula is still available in Canada.) The other ingredient that is credited with reducing inflammation is phenylephrine, which temporarily constricts blood vessels. Nevertheless, using Preparation H around the eyes can cause dry and inflamed skin, says McBurney, so use this only where it's meant to be used, south of the belt line.

9. Rubbing your eyes creates wrinkles.
You won't get crow's-feet just from kneading your eyes when you're tired, says Frank. But the tug of gravity and the repetitive movement of facial muscles, as in smiling or frowning, can break down the collagen in your skin and create wrinkles over time. So that silly taunt you heard as a child — "If you keep making that face, it will freeze that way" — has merit.

10. Applying cocoa butter or olive oil will stop stretch marks.
Sadly, this isn't true. Stretch marks occur when skin expands quickly (as in pregnancy), breaking the collagen and elastin fibers that normally support it. Or they're simply luck of the genetic draw. "Stretch marks are formed below the top layer of skin, where the cocoa butter and olive oil can't reach," says McBurney. The most either can do is quell the itching that occurs when skin expands.

11. Brushing your hair 100 strokes a day will make it shine.
Marcia Brady, it turns out, was overzealous in her beauty routine. "One hundred strokes is too much," says Christopher Mackin, a trichologist (someone who studies hair) at the Gil Ferrer Salon, in New York City. "You'll do more damage than good." Hair will break if you tug on it too much. However, gentle brushing — a few strokes here and there — will make hair shine by distributing the natural oils from the scalp down the hair shafts and flattening the cuticles to make them reflect more light. More significant, light brushing removes impurities and stimulates blood flow to the scalp, which nourishes hair follicles and keeps them healthy.

12. Tanning or dotting on toothpaste can help get rid of pimples.
True to both, but don't run for the tanning booth or apply a Colgate face mask. "A particular wavelength of light has been shown to stimulate porphyrin, a chemical that eradicates the bacteria that cause acne," says Pinski. But while some sun exposure may help pimples get better temporarily, you can experience a rebound effect. "If the skin gets dry and damaged from the sun, your body's response is to produce oil," says Frank. Plus, sun exposure can lead to bigger problems, such as premature aging and skin cancer. As for toothpaste, it often contains menthol, which can help dry out a pimple. But other common toothpaste ingredients can irritate the skin. And there are much better over-the-counter options than toothpaste, such as Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency Gel Lotion ($13.50, If, however, you're on a reality-TV survival show and all you have is a tube of the white stuff, a couple of million viewers, and a blemish, a dab on your dot will work.

13. Sleeping on your back or with a satin pillow will help your face stay wrinkle-free.
That's a big exaggeration with a little truth behind it. As you age, the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin break down, so when you burrow your face into a pillow, putting pressure on these fibers for several hours at a time, the skin is increasingly less likely to snap back. "If you have a pattern of sleeping on one side, that side of your face will typically show more wrinkling than the other," says Tanzi, who adds that the difference is very subtle. Learning to sleep on your back can help your skin a bit, but you'd fare much better wearing a good sunscreen every day than sleeping on a satin pillow, says Woolery-Lloyd.

14. Rinsing your hair with beer will make it thicker.
True, and drinking too much beer can give you a wicked headache. A final rinse of beer at the end of your shower will leave you with more voluminous strands. "The beer builds up the circumference of the shafts," says Philip Berkovitz, founder of Philip B. hair products. One caveat: You may smell like a frat house until the scent dissipates. Instead, try a thickening shampoo with hops, such as Aussie Shampoo Real Volume ($4,

15. Applying mayonnaise to your hair will make it glossier.
Confirmed. Mayo is made with an oil base, and it makes hair shine. But to avoid a mess, try this method: Apply a cup of mayonnaise mixed with a teaspoon of vanilla extract (to cut the mayonnaise scent) to dry, unwashed hair. Cover your head with a warm towel to help the mayonnaise penetrate, and leave it on for 20 minutes. Before you step into the shower, apply a heaping handful of shampoo to your hair. Don't add any water yet; just massage it in thoroughly for several minutes. That will help break down the excess oil, says Berkovitz. Rinse with cool water in the shower and your hair will come out shiny and silky. If the idea of putting a condiment in your hair makes you queasy, try a rich glossing treatment, such as Phytonectar Ultra-Nourishing Oil Treatment ($26, 800-557-4986 for store locations), which contains egg and rich oils, the basic ingredients in mayonnaise.

16. Never pluck a gray hair, because 10 more will grow in its place.
This is false. "How can you get 10 new hair follicles from plucking one?" asks Berkovitz. If anything, ripping a hair out by its root leads to regrowth that refuses to lie flat. Your best bet for conquering gray? See a colorist.

17. Hair grows faster in summer than in winter.
Although studies have shown that men's beards grow faster in summer, there is no evidence to suggest that the hair on your head does. Many women say they can tell it grows faster then, but if so, the difference is slight and barely detectable, according to McBurney. The only time women's hair has been proven to grow faster is during pregnancy, thanks to increased hormones.

18. Drinking water keeps your skin from drying out.
"This is one of the biggest myths out there," says Frank. What keeps skin moist is oil, not water. Certainly, drinking water helps vital organs operate properly, and too little water in your body can give you a wan appearance. But your skin can still look dry even if you drink eight glasses a day.

Sad Memories Please don't Drink and Drive

This post is just about my thoughts in

Moving back to my old place (with the best friend where i lived before a year ago) brings up old memories. Just stepping into that house, I am immersed in the aroma of bread and food (feels like love to me). I walk up those stairs and images from my past (ex boyfriend, old friends) appear in my mind, good times, and bad times. Of course being the crybaby i am (one of the songs my ex dedicated to me was: fergie's big girls don't cry ..haha..funny, no :)), my eyes start tearing up.

I remember sitting in my room one day over a year ago, when i received a call from a close friend at 4am. he called to tell me that my best friend of seven years (and ex boyfriend now) passed away in a car accident. I just sat there shocked. I really couldn't believe that someone so dear and sweet to me could disappear in a heartbeat like that. He was supposed to come up to visit me the week after too.

I have three best friends, him, May, and Henry, and it's really hard for me to be close to anyone on that level easily. It also hurts to go home every weekend, because his house is right on the corner next to mine. To make matters worse, he has a twin, and it was so hard to look at him at the funeral.

well i'm going on a tangent here (tearing up :)). but he died because the driver was drinking and driving. so please, please, whatever you do, please don't drink and drive. not only could you lose your life, you could also take someone else's away. I hope that this will never happen to anyone.

sorry it had to end on a sad note.

please be thankful for those people around you and let them know how much you love them, because you never know when it might be the last moment you get to have with them. please be appreciative of your parents, they've done so much for you (i realized further a parent's love for their child at my friend's funeral, his mom basically lost 20-30 pounds in just two weeks and she looked so miserable and sad it was hard not to cry for her as well). please don't live life with regrets. you'll feel much more free-er.

please just smile at a stranger everyday, you never know when your smile might save a life =) (no joke, i read on the news a couple years ago about a guy who was about to commit suicide but then he saw a stranger smile at him on the bridge and that stopped him)

just appreciate what you have, and seize the moment! =P

love you all!


p.s. love you henry and may! you guys are the best, don't know what i would've done without you two.

UPDATE Sorry for the lack of posts

picture source

I'm so sorry everyone! (I've just barely finished moving everything to my new place) you wouldn't believe how many bags and boxes i used to move. (think 30) i didn't realize i had so many shoes, or clothes, or jackets (i even have two of the same thing...go figure) ooooooh i must post pictures of my shoes, i got them all for a good deal! i got these fendi shoes for..guess....$30! wicked huh? and yes they're real. there's this place that sells the store display items (hey 30 dollars, i don't care if it's display or not hahaha)

....sorry babbling....

but i promise! i will post pictures up tomorrow when i return (i just went home to visit my parents [and yummy delicious food too hehehe])

so...yay! i get to live with the best friend again, andddddd i absolutely love waking up in the morning at the place i'm moving back to. it's very refreshing. i love waking up and feeling the cool breeze and the wonderful smell of flowers. i love waking up to the smell of baked bread, toasted bread, food...anything delicious! =P

have a wondddddddderful weekend! =P create one :)

Friday, May 30, 2008

17 foods you must eat before you die

(sorry still moving, post pictures of yesterday soon!)

anyways, interesting article i read:

17 foods to try before you die

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Jun 09, 2007 04:30 AM Amy Pataki Restaurant Critic

So many foods, so little time.
It's a challenge I face every week, deciding where and what to eat.
Recently, British food writer Anna Longmore compiled a list in Arena Magazine of the 50 foods you should try before you die.
Guess that narrows it down.
But Longmore didn't eat any of the items on her list. Not the elk heart, duck embryo or crispy pig's ear.

Deliciousness must be vouched for. Here's my list, shorter but fully endorsed.
These are must-eats: foods that will please your palate, expand your mind and gratify your soul. They are not chancy mouthfuls to gross out your friends. (Although I've eaten my share of those, from insects to fish sperm to snake.) Most are readily found in our restaurants and food shops.
So dig in, the clock is ticking.

Kobe beef sashimi If you've only had Kobe beef as a burger, then you're missing the point. The point is fat. The richly marbled flesh is more white than red – in Japan, the grading goes from 1 to 12; our top-grade Prime would rate a 5 – and cooking melts the fat away. Try it raw, shaved into paper-thin slices, and surrender to the texture.

Scallop roe Oyster bars sometimes serve scallops on the half-shell. Pounce. When raw, their briny sweetness is intensified. The fat, orange comma of coral attached – as hermaphrodites, both sexes contain roe – is even better, like caviar but more delicate.

LangósThis Hungarian snack of deep-fried dough could've resulted from a one-night stand between a beavertail and a pizza crust. At its best, it is a pebbled golden disc, both crunchy and puffed, brushed with crushed garlic and consumed with icy beer. Sadly, good langós is hard to find out of its native land; if you come across one, please let me know.

Pick-your-own produce Consider yourself lucky if you've eaten a sun-warm tomato straight from the vine. Cherries, apricots or blueberries you've plucked taste a hundred times better than their supermarket cousins.

Le Riopelle de l'IsleA triple-crème Quebec cheese with a blooming white rind like brie and a creamy paste of gentle funkiness. Like butter gone wild.

HorseSweeter, leaner and redder than beef. Eating horse is traditional in other countries and legal in ours. Don't be squeamish. Try it at La Palette, Coca and other omnivorous restaurants.

Street food Throw caution, and hygiene, to the wind.

TrufflesTrained pigs and dogs root out these astoundingly fragrant tubers in European forests. Fresh black truffle shavings elevate any dish to heaven. White truffle oil does in a pinch.

Salsify A rare root vegetable with mild flavour and an elegant, tapering form. The late Café Brussel glazed tender salsify batons with cream and lemon. Worth seeking out.
Bone marrow Wobbly, greasy and incomparably rich. A bistro staple. Scoop out the centre of boiled or roasted beef bones yield and spread the marrow on toast; sprinkle with fleur de sel. Osso bucco also yields delicious marrow.

Bitter greens Wake the taste buds with a dandelion salad or steamed rapini. Or do like the Greeks and tuck into a plate of cold horta, wilted bitter greens tricked out with lemon and garlic. Most refreshing.

Anything cooked over a wood fire.

Real balsamic vinegar Forget the $5 supermarket kind. That's just wine vinegar coloured with caramel. Real balsamic is made only in Modena and Reggio Emilia, where it is aged at least three years in wooden barrels for complexity. Treat yourself to a bottle marked "tradizionale," which pours out like dark, tangy syrup and can be eaten with a spoon.

Real whipped cream I'll always have a soft spot for Reddi-Whip, especially when squirted directly into the mouth while standing in front of the open fridge door. But real whipped cream, the soft peaks lightly sweetened and kissed by vanilla? No contest.

Sweetened condensed milk Eat a spoonful straight from the can. Betcha can't stop at one.

Afternoon tea There's something enormously civilizing about a pot of loose-leaf Darjeeling, a plate of cucumber sandwiches (crustless, of course) and a pair of warm currant scones slathered with Devon cream. Wide-brimmed hat and gloves optional.

Foie gras Mired in ethical controversy – Chicago banned it from restaurants last year owing to concerns about animal cruelty – the fattened livers of force-fed duck and geese are singularly delicious; they make an unbelievably silky terrine. Eat it here while it's still legal.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

American Idol David Cook's Always be my Baby

omg i love this song, i first heard it on nichi's blog:

by the way cooking is going good =P get it cook? hahaha (god i'm so lame) =P

Always Be My Baby (Studio) - David Cook


just a update! so i'm cooking cooking away, so i won't be able to post until later tonight =P

will post pictures later! let's just hope i won't burn down the kitchen.

I'm making:

1) shrimp (fresh from the fish grotto) scampi linguini
2) brushchetta (i managed to find italian bread at my local pasta shop!)

(store bought put together, although i can make a very yummy delicious heart attack on a plate brownie)
3) dessert: caramel flan, fresh strawberries [they're natural teeth whiteners! cool huh! so eat up!] and "adult brownie" hahaha (andronicos made this, funny huh, they make a brownie for adults....)

love you all! hope you have a wonderful week!
p.s. if you live near SF bay area/Berkeley, let me know if you wanna cook together! =P

oooh and today I went to Teance, this really nifty tea tasting buying, enjoying, whatever you may call it, really super duper cool place to buy tea, gaiwan (this little set of tea)
.........and i got a tea set! (will post pictures later). omg the process was so elaborate (at least to me) on how they made the tea. and to top it off the place had little cute koi fish inside their waterfall (inside the store!!!) that's so cool.....

i digress.

ttyl! don't want to burn down the kitchen. =P

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Warehouse sale coming to San Francisco!

If you guys don't know what the warehouse sale is, and if you love jeans, you're going to adore it =P check it out!

they have it all over the country so be sure to check out the website for more info!

more info:

Denim has been a California staple for over a century... this is one trend that is definitely here to stay! So how do you keep up with the crystalized, studded, embroidered, embellished, metallicized, leathered and weathered pockets that pop up every season?
Let us help you. The Warehouse Sale is an exclusive, invite-only denim sample sale that offers the newest and hottest styles of the season in your favorite brands for both Men & Women. Get ahead of the trends and be the first to rock up-and-coming labels. With everything priced BELOW WHOLESALE, we make it easy for you to try new styles or brands without guilt.
We'll be stopping by fashionable cities all around the nation to help you find your perfect pair of jeans for every occasion.

i'm going to:

TWS - San Francisco
Hilton San Francisco
Grand Ballroom A333 OFarrell St.San Francisco, CA 94102(O"Farrell St & Mason St)
RSVP Now for FREE admission
$5 Admission without RSVP
Sunday June 15, 200810:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Or join us a day early at our VIP Private Sale.Saturday June 14, 200810:00 AM - 04:00 PMBuy VIP Ticket now for $15 or at the door for $25Community dressing room available

lemme know if you're going! =P

Borders Coupon 25% off

I love books, so here is a coupon that I know I would definitely use. :)

25% off =P

check it out!

you knowww you want to get lessons of a lipstick queen! i loveee that book. =P
on a side note, i thought this was totally cool, on the lipstick queen website, they had a press link for all the people who wrote about them (of course no one got paid, at least i didnt =P)

International Makeup Trade Show

anyone want to go with me? or meet up? =P

Known simply as “The Show” to the make-up world, the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) is the only show of its kind in the world. Thousands of make-up artists, vendors, manufacturers and enthusiasts convene for the make-up world’s biggest gathering to discuss, display, discover and collect the best the industry has to offer. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the techniques or experiment with the products, or if you just have an interest in the art of make-up, then L.A. is where you need to be in June. The Pasadena Convention Center will host the 10th Anniversary IMATS, which is presented by Make-Up Artist magazine. On June 23 and 24, make-up pros will come together to provide the finest education and demonstrations in the world— ideas will be exchanged, products will be tried, and make-up secrets will be revealed

During the mid-’90s, there were no trade shows specifically for make-up artists, and cosmetic companies expressed a desire for such an event. Knowing just how much education could be provided, Make-Up Artist publisher Michael Key held the first International Make-Up Artist Trade Show in August 1997. The Show allowed artists to custom-tailor what they wanted to see. It offered a diverse mix of presentations, products, demonstrations, and education by some of the biggest names in the business. Like Make-Up Artist magazine, the Trade Show continues to further Key’s vision to educate and reach make-up artists around the world.

need to be more convinced? check out enkore's youtube video!

My Food Fix

will be making this tomorrow with shrimp scampi will post pictures and recipes! =P

in the meantime enjoy this instructional youtube video


note: btw i'm not eating the shrimp (remember? im a vegie-matarian) =P

Tendertones available to purchase online and out in stores!

anyone going to buy this collection? i'm not sure if i want any, now that i just bought my rosebud salve, but i shall have to check it out at least :)

source: mac

it says:

Sexier on the lips than balm. Silkier than gloss. More protective than naked. A lipcolour that combines soft shine, easy glide, and double-smooth satin finish with an everyday sun protective formula. To treat your lips...Love 'em tender.

Your favourite M·A·C tinted lip balm makes its return this summer. Combines the look of a gloss and the benefits of a balm, with the protection of everyday SPF 12 sun protection. Smoothly satin in texture, and...

Shu uemura Depsea Moisture Kit

hmmm i want i want!!! i've heard great stuff about their products:

(let me know if anyone got this!)

DEPSEA MOISTURE TRAVEL SET An online exclusive gift set! Replenish your skin with the richness of the deep sea! Using the combination of Depsea Water and 3 seaweed extracts these products help to provide essential elements and moisture to the skin.

Step 1: Depsea Moisture Lotion (50ml), an ultra-soft and lightweight toning water that smoothes and replenishes skin

Step 2: Depsea Moisture Replenishing Essence (30ml), a lightweight layering essence that provides the deepest hydration

Final Step: Depsea Moisture Replenishing Cream (13ml), an enriched, water-infused moisturizing cream that replenishes and nourishes skin.This set also includes our new Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I (20ml) and a convenient black mesh bag designed to carry all of your essential skin products.

$60 (a $90 value)
PRICE $60.00
want it? buy it!

MAC Trend Report

(a friend sent this to me) probably from mac website.
just thought you guys might be interested!

Right now I love the following combination in very sheer coats, it looks like magic to me: Fix+, Studio Moisture Fix, Face and Body Foundation applied with a 187 Brush, Select Moisturecover Concealer applied with a 222 Brush, set with Loose Blot Powder using a 136 Brush and a very sheer coat of Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. The key is to apply very little of each of those products to create flawless but natural-looking skin.Luc B, M·A·C Senior Artist, United StatesMy number one rule is to not over-prep the skin! I find if I do too much massaging and buffing and priming and prepping the skin becomes too slick. A little dab will do ya is always a good rule of thumb.Victor C, M·A·C Senior Artist, United States

Exfoliate skin at least two times per week to increase cell rejuvenation and help provide a natural glow. Wear SPF sunscreen everyday. Liberally massage and layer different moisturizers to plump up the surface cells and increase natural glow. Often, I like to add Strobe Cream to highlight the high planes of the face.Jane M, M·A·C Senior Artist, United States

When prepping your model's skin, start by touching the skin and exploring all areas of the face. Go through the skincare rolodex in your brain to determine what will give you the finish you desire. Always carry primers and Fix+ to help hydrate the skin.Caitlin C, M·A·C Senior Artist, CanadaWhen working backstage, do not spend your time taking part in idle chit chat while waiting for models; find out which models are in hair, which ones will be arriving late, or which ones may have special needs…the first assistant is always a source of information when it comes to finding out the status of “the list”. Bianca A, Directory of Makeup Artistry, New YorkBefore you apply the makeup to your model, have a conversation with the photographer about the lighting conditions for the shoot. Doing so will result in your model's makeup looking extraordinary in the photographs. By knowing the lighting, you can evaluate things like how much shine you want on the skin and what contouring should be done.Paul Innis, Makeup Artist

Creating flawless skin makes people look that healthy and so much more beautiful that the colors we put on become of secondary importance as the person looked beautiful already. To me, the skin is my main focus. With Face and Body Foundation, I always give the perfect and natural finish I want.Beatriz C, M·A·C Senior Artist, MexicoWith foundation application, less is more. Start with a transparent finish and keep layering as needed. I like to start from the center of the face and spread the foundation outwards in long strokes.Fred V, M·A·C Senior Artist, United StatesTraditional trends in beauty in other outside global cultures provide an ample source of ideas on using color and texture in body adornment.Bianca A, Directory of Makeup Artistry, New York

To me, a great artist is someone that is constantly striving to perfect their art. I have seen amazingly talented Makeup Artists and Photographers stop evolving whe they thought they found their best way of doing things. They then become stale and even what they did best becomes just a routine production. Always strive to do better and you will.Luc B, M·A·C Senior Artist, United StatesDo as many test shots as possible to build industry contact and a strong portfolio.Gina B, M·A·C Senior Artist, United StatesIt's difficult to really tell someone how to start out because it depends on where you are and what kind of work you want to do. Many of the best makeup artist I know have started their careers right at M·A·C, or try an accredited makeup school. Either way, you'll need to create a portfolio with quality professional images. Start by contacting photographers and model agencies and prepare to do some work for prints or jpg images. Wedding and special events can be a good place to make money while building your book. Remember that you will need to decide what your areas of strength are and what suits the demographic. Research agencies and see if you can meet for an introduction or post your work on a website portfolio or networking site like Model Mayhem, Myspace or Facebook. Be open to feedback and keep your images updated.Jenn K, M·A·C Senior Artist, United States

Interesting Beauty products

another interesting read!
source: ivillage

Weird, Wacky, Effective Beauty Goodies

By Ysolt Usigan

Just because something may seem a bit weird doesn't mean it's bad. In fact, what makes these products wacky is what makes them so effective. Read on for our list of offbeat goodies that will beautify, rejuvenate and shock you (in a good way)...

1) botox alternative

At $500 a jar, Doctor D. Schwab's Alphasomes RC Rejuvenate and Correct is less expensive than Botox, not to mention a lot safer (it's derived from vegetables). The cream will prevent the breakdown of your skin's elastin. Basically, RC Rejuvenate and Correct will correct skin tone, firm skin and prevent the development of new wrinkles and crow's feet, without a needle.

kimmei's thoughts: now if i had a million dollars....hmmm how about no =P

2) the best cure for chapped lips
Sometimes lip gloss just won't do the trick. You apply, but it only masks your chapped lips underneath. Jane Iredale's Sugar&Butter lip duo ($24 at is the latest chapped-lip antidote. Use the lip exfoliator (a combo of beeswax and organic brown sugar) to lift dry skin. Lick off the remains (yes, lick off the remains). Then, use the tinted plumper (it's like butter) as you normally would any gloss.

3) a curling iron...for what?
eyelash curling iron:

While the thought of using a curling iron on your fragile eyelashes sounds super-scary, the Artemis Woman's Double Curl gently heats and curls. Its two heated pads change from orange to white when it's ready. Be careful — don't keep it on for too long. When used properly, the Gentle Heat Lash Curler ($14.99 at will give you bold, beautiful lashes.

4) this body treatment is hot
fountain of youth in a jar

Don't be alarmed when you use Ole Henriksen's African Red Tea Self-Heating Body Souffle ($65 at The warming vibration is normal. This natural wonder is great for all skin types and slows down the aging process. African red tea embodies warming powers that stimulate circulation and penetrate muscle tissue, which will relax you and soften your skin in the process. Just massage onto damp skin with vigorous strokes and exaggerated tapping motions.

5) if you don't know how to apply eyeshadow
Whether you're lazy or don't have a steady hand, this Instant Eye Shadow Applicator from Color On Professional makes putting on makeup as simple as can be. Just place over a closed eyelid and peel. The variety 10-pack kit, which retails for $30 at, comes with pairs of Sunset Beach (peachy), Elle (dark violet), Ibiza (deep browns), Laguna (purple) and Noche (smoky).

6) the miracle pillow
remove wrinkles while you sleep
kimmei's thoughts: whoaaa haven't heard of this one...

It sounds outlandish, we know. Removes wrinkles while you sleep? This can't be true, but according to Cupron, manufacturer of towels, sheets, pillowcases and socks, it is. They just came out with a super pillow ($45.99 and up at that rejuvenates your skin within the first four weeks of use. The idea is that natural copper heals. This pillowcase, harnessed with that power, will prevent wrinkles and improve your skin's overall appearance while you sleep. Talk about a beauty nap!

7) tweezers with attitude
Sure, it's a painful activity. No one likes to pluck. But with these snazzy tweezers from Japonesque, you can add a hint of fun to hair removal. Choose from blue flowers, pink flowers, tiger (pictured) and moon. The Japonesque Limited Edition Artisan Flat Tip Tweezers are $20 at Ulta locations nationwide.

8) beauty goes vegan
Surya Brasil's new Amazonia Preciosa body care boasts secrets from the Amazon. The entire line is also vegan and doesn't contain sulfates, artificial dyes, and artificial fragrance that can sometimes affect sensitive skin. Even better, the pots containing these products are 100 percent biodegradable with no chemical ingredients in their composition. Once discarded, they degrade naturally after eight months. Choose from liquid hand soap, shower gel, facial toner, hands and body lotion, leg and foot balm, massage oil, facial mask with clay, facial moisturizer and clay mask at

9) rare $400 hair oil
Longhairlovers Rare Hair Oil promises unprecedented growth and conditioning. The at-home hair treatment is made out of the finest, not to mention most expensive all-natural ingredients. If your hair is thinning or dry, this offbeat beauty goody will stimulate cell growth, soothe sensitive scalps and provide radiant sheen. It'll set you back $400 for a 4 oz. bottle at, but it's worth it. This product delivers on its promises.

kimmei's thoughts: uhhhh no, 100 dollars an oz? i'll stick with la mer

10) get the princess treatment
Based on an Indonesian marriage ritual, Mande Lular's Sanctuary Spa collection combines jasmine, ylang-ylang (small flower of the cananga tree), coconut milk and exotic spices. Such things are used in the traditional pre-marriage ritual practiced on Indonesian princesses. Soak in the Mande Lular Sensuous Bath Creme ($16.99 at Target stores nationwide now and after January 20) for the first part of your beauty ritual. The honey, aloe vera, coconut milk and exotic spices will carefully nourish, soothe and moisturize your skin.

kimmei's final thoughts: wow i found a lot of interesting products i never heard about. hope you enjoyed reading it! =P

Celebrity Makeup Kim Kardashian Makeup tips

Here are makeup tips from Kim Kardashian's official blog. i found it to be an interesting read!

here is what she had to say:

Okay, this is going to be a long post because I absolutely love makeup! And I mix so many different kinds.

Here we go...

Just so everyone knows, my make up artist Stephen Moleski has pretty much taught me everything I know.

Remember that everyone's color is different so please ask someone at the store where you purchase your makeup what works for you. Even if you think we have the same skin coloring, our tones can be different and I don't want anyone to waste money on concealer or foundation colors that aren't absolutely perfect!

STEP 1: I always start with a clean face. Then I put on Intuit 'Photo Shoot.' Intuit is a great company and I love the names of their products. Photo Shoot is a make up primer. I put it on after my moisturizer, which basically is like a moisturizer that will fill the pours on your face which will help set the foundation so it will last longer.

STEP 2: I use Cle De Peau concealer stick (it's super expensive, but works for me). It comes in two colors, I use Ocre, which is the darker of the two. I also use M.A.C. concealer (which comes in a little pot) if I run out of Cle de Peau. Everyone's color is different but I use NW25. I put the concealer under my eyes because I absolutely hate dark circles! I also use concealer to cover up blemishes!

STEP 3: After I put the concealer on I put on Make Up Forever liquid foundation. I mix one pump of No. 5 and two pumps of No. 4. I also have No. 3 for the winter time when I am really pale. I mix the foundations to get the perfect color. I blend them with the coolest make up brush. Its the M.A.C. brush No. 180.

STEP 4: Since I hate dark circles, after the foundation, I put on a little more concealer just under my eyes since the foundation makes it darker under my eyes. I use a lighter concealer from M.A.C. NW30 in a little lipstick tube-looking container and I select 'moisture cover.'

STEP 5: To set the foundation I lightly brush on with a big powder brush M.A.C. Select Sheer Pressed Powder NC 30, then to make me a little tanner I lightly brush on M.A.C. Powder NW 45.

STEP 6: Now its blush time! I'm obsessed with blush! I use a color called Gingerly to warm me up and give me a little color and then add a pink color called Cheek to give me rosey cheeks. I just started getting into cream blush and find it works a lot better and lasts a lost longer.

STEP 7: Time for the eyes! My favorite part! I first put down a M.A.C. Paint pot in a light color that matches my skin called Painterly. I just use my finder and put enough onto cover the lid. This creamy shadow makes it so that the powder eye shadow does not crease. Like, if you wear make up all day you will see that the eye shadow begins to crease and get oily, but if you put this paint color down first it won't! I love cream shadow and use the color cream pots too! I love colored shadow; so it depends on the color depend of shadow I plan to wear: If it's black smokey I use Carbon by M.A.C.; if its grey smokey I use Knight Divine or Print; if it's bown smokey I use Embark by M.A.C. I love a fresh shimmery look as well and use M.A.C. Pigment called Tan. Its so pretty! I love bright colors for eye make up! I absolutely love Make Up Forever and don't think anyone does pigment colors better than them. So again, depending on what color you feel like wearing, go look at Make Up Forever's colors to choose from.

STEP 8: I always use black pencil eyeliner. My favorite is Stilla black pencil.

STEP 9: Now its mascara time! Putting on mascara completes the look, but I have it when I mess up and get it on my eye lid and mess up the eye shadow. I used to use Lancome Hypnose, and still do, but I recently started to use M.A.C. Zoom mascara -- which is amazing! I take my time and put coat after coat. I love to layer mascaras so I will probably start with the M.A.C. Zoom and then put Lancome Hypnose on top. I always use a seperator brush to seperate my lashes. I am completely clueless on how to put false lashes on, so I only wear them for photo shoots sometimes.

STEP 10: The final touch is putting on lipstick! I usually use M.A.C. Lipliner called Stripdown (I use it very lightly) and a lipstick called Angel and put Nars Turkish Delight lipgloss on top. Or for my very nude matte lip I wear Nars Belle De Jour and I line my lips first with M.A.C. Subculture lipliner.

That completes the Kim Kardashian make up lesson!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mario Badescu Free samples

Free Mario Badescu Samples once you feel out this questionnaire

His products are pretty good from what I've heard and alot, I mean alot (the man has a huge ginormous list of celebs on his site)

From his site:

For over 40 years Mario Badescu has been known for personalized skin care treatments and products. Our products and services have been proven to help not only actors and supermodels but thousands of people who realize the importance of good skin care. Those suffering from acne, teen acne, rosacea, aging and other skin problems have come to rely on Mario Badescu to keep their skin looking its best. Fill out our questionnaire and see for yourself or read what others are saying about us. Your skin will love you for it.

enjoy! (I'm going to fill mine out righttt now)

btw: I heard you simply leave when you finish the questionnaire and reach the buy page, in 3 weeks your sample should arrive.

FOTN: Smokey blue purple eye

EOTN: Eyes of the Night.

=P So here goes, my first EOTN (I didn't really do my face so i call it EOTN)

note: -I just formatted my computer so I don't have photo editing software installed yet.
-all eye products mac unless specified


1) creme de la mer
2) cheeks: sassed up blush from fafi collection
3) foundation powder: chanel
4) lips: funshine slimshine lipstick

1) UDDP on lid
2) Shroom: highlight
3) Shore leave: inner half of eyelid [from naughty nauticals collection]
4) Illegal Cargo (purple color): outer v of eye
5) poison pen(purple): crease


1) 224 blending brush
2) eyeshadow brush from sephora
3) no name eyeliner brush


in case you're wondering
[the eyeshadows on the bottom are shore leave on the left and illegal cargo, and in the palette: [far left: dark edge from fafi collection depotted, far right: schroom, bottom left: copper plate, bottom right: idol eyes]



After without flash:

After with flash:


NYX Eyeshadows for sale!!! (Just been SOLD)


EDIT: Thank you everyone who was interested! =P it has been sold =P will be shipped promptly

Hi, is anyone interested in NYX Eyeshadows? most of these have not been used, and some have only been swabbed once.

I have so many eyeshadows I just simply can't use all of them.

Here are 25 of them, I'm selling them all for $50 (so basically 2 dollars each) plus shipping which varies upon your location. let me know and i'll give you a price quote (it'll be pretty reasonable)

let me know if you're interested! or interested in swatches lemme know!=P

First Youtube video about my Makeup haul

well like i said i'm sideways for a good few seconds =P im sorry! anddd sorry for the disheveled appearance, today was just one of those days i didn't feel like dressing up or putting on much makeup, just felt grubby and lovvvved it :)

correction: the remotely grey eyeshadow is from the n collection not fafi (hahaha oh my where did my brain go?)

Milani wet dry eyeshadow Previous haul

here are the milani wet dry eyeshadows. :) i got them a couple weeks ago from cvs pharmacy and i really like them =P


with so many posts about this, i'm not even sure if anyone would want my swatches, let me know if you do :)

My Mac Makeup Haul for today!

i will post a youtube video soon, my first one! ...and I justtt had to screw it up by filming the first couple seconds of myself sideways, bear with me please =P

Just a few things I got shopping today:

1) Bunch of MAC Stuff
-neo sci fi collection, all eyeshadows except expensive pink
-dazzleglass: comet blue (sold out in many stores i heard)
-eyeshadow: swimmer (pretty shimmery green), swish (pretty shimmery green), newly minted (matte green)
2) Kiehls Abyssine Cream
3) Benefit:
-marry up (cream eyeshadow)

random: the best bud just commented on how happy i am laying on my bed blogging (she said i looked like i was writing a love letter) hahaha =P oh man...more like the face i have when i'm eating sushi.

feel free to leave any comments =P


Alternative to Creme de La Mer

So.....lately my skin has been really dying (maybe its the weather or something, but its been really dry)

which led to me looking online for alternatives to my beloved creme de la mer, learned alot of interesting things (like supposedly it costs pennies to make la mer and the ingredients in it aren't really "unique" per se, it's just the algae in it that makes it good.

sooo...people have said

1) hope in a jar (oprahs fav, but i'm not too fond of the smell [maybe it's just me])

Often referred to as makeup optional skin in a jar, our famous hope in a jar formula was originally created for the medical market and is a world-renowned skin cream. It contains beta glucan, a powerful antioxidant, which enhances skin immunology; and lactic acid, which gently exfoliates skin to reveal smoother, healthier looking skin. For years, plastic surgeons have been recommending this formula to patients in pursuit of younger, healthier skin. Results can be seen and felt within days, leaving a healthy, rosy glow to the skin that doesn't require makeup or cover up.

2)Dove essentials nutrient night cream
Product Description
Dove's Sensitive Essentials moisturizing formula,with a special complex of vitamins and nutrients, is non-irritating and leaves your sensitive skin feeling soothed and looking healthy.Light and fast absorbing,the cream adds nutrients to nourish your skin and helps the skin's natural barrier seal in moisture,resist irritants and maintain a more healthy state.Signs of skin sensitivity,such as redness or dryness,are visibly reduced.It's clinically proven to make your sensitive skin less sensitive-noticeably smoother and visibly healthier.

3) Patricia Wexler Regenerating Serum (the pink jelly) (ppl supposedly swear by this, and i have to admit i really like it [hehehe i take it from my mommy])

No in-office procedures - just noticeable results from a professional grade anti-aging solution. It visibly renews and improves skin inside and out and is clinically shown to firm skin.

  • Boosts skin's own regenerative powers to diminish the visible signs of aging
  • Visibly reverses the lines, sink and sag
  • Helps maintain a youthful complexion
buy it!

4) Aveda tourmaline charged hydrating cream
product description:
Feel energy from nature. Finely-powdered tourmalinea naturally energizing mineralmixed with marine and plant extracts and 11 powerful anti-oxidants. Hydrating. Protecting. Infusing visible life and radiance into your skinso it glows.

5) Ultra Rich Face Cream (25% shea butter) by L'Occitane

Increases skin hydration for 24 hours. Synergistic formula of plant nutrients offers immediate comfort and relief from dryness, and continues to hydrate and protect, leaving skin smooth and supple. Blend of 25% Shea Butter, chestnut extract and wheat protein helps to replenish skin's hydrolipidic film, restoring balance to the skin barrier that defends against harsh environmental conditions. Skin feels revived and looks healthier.

buy it!

6) Kiehl's Cryste Marine Firming Cream
  • Firming and Rejuvenating Treatment Cream with Algae Extracts
  • Improves elasticity and resilience
  • Helps skin reveal its natural radiance
  • Fine lines and wrinkles are visibly softened
  • Skin feels firmer and smoother
  • Not tested on animals

Our unique treatment cream is made with a naturally-derived botanical, Criste Marine. Found aside the Mediterranean Sea, this unusual flower is known to boost cell renewal for a supple skin effect. Our rejuvenating preparation, made with Padina Pavonica, derived from the protective coating of sea algae, improves elasticity and resilience. This hydrating formula, combined with Vitamin C Glucoside, helps skin reveal its natural radiance. Fine lines and wrinkles are visibly softened. Skin feels firmer and smoother, with a luminous and youthful appearance.

buy it!

kiehls was what i got! =P sooo...i'll give it a try and tell you guys what's up. :)

=P have a wonderful summer!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Sorry no posts until later today

=P been busy packing, will post soon. :)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Michaels Coupon 25% off everything

So I got an email today from Michaels, you get 25 percent off your entire regular priced purchase till May 31, 2008, so hurry!

So...what can you do with this coupon? buy brushes of course! or any other artsily crafty tools you want (i totally made up that word) =P

if you're looking to buy some cheap cheap alternative MAC brushes, check out their painter's brushes from Michaels, no joke. check out makeup guru Enkore's youtube video for comparisons.

Get 25% Off Your Entire Regular Priced Purchase
Thanks for being a valued recipient of the Michaels email newsletter. In addition to being the first to find out about exciting happenings at Michaels, you'll also receive exclusive coupons. Visit your local Michaels store anytime now through May 31, 2008, to use your coupon.

want it? click it! =P

Johnny Lavoy's Editorial Shoot

I love the way he did the model's makeup. you should definitely check it out!

from youtube:

You know about Johnny Lavoy's mad hair skills, but did you know he's a wicked makeup artist too? In this segment he styles looks for Samira on this editorial shoot by photographer Erick Basilio for On Makeup Magazine. Be sure to check out Become a member of by clicking here!

by the way, isn't that orange/bronze eyeshadow he put on the model in the end gorgeous?

Mac Tendertones Release June 2008


I don't want to sound like a piggie, but I want all, allllll of the colors! =P

The point between love and lust is this succulent, tender, and eat-me as all bon-bon-tinted lip balm. Six new, four popular bring-backs. All of them sheer, satiny, sun-protective and moisturizing. Some richly tinted to provide summer’s deepest sexiest stain. Others deliciously and lightly cotton candy. Delicately strawberry-kiwi-flavoured.

Tendertones Lip Balm SPF12

  • Tread Gently Soft lime green with yellow pearl
  • E-Z Baby Sheer milky pink
  • Honey Bare Rosy blue pink with white and gold pearl
  • Hot n’ Saucy Soft cherry red
  • Sweet & Nice Sheer red grape with red pearl
  • Take A Hint Sheer peach with white pearl
  • Hush, Hush Sheer gold with yellow gold pearl
  • Sweet Tooth Sheer coral with white pearl
  • Pucker Sheer berry with red pearl
  • Deep Sigh Sheer grape brown with red pearl

Suggested Retail Price: $14.50 US/$17.50 CDN. Available June 2008 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.387.6707 and

Check out more photos…

Mac Cool heat June 12th


btw: i'm loving the eyeshadows, i'm really drawn to these colors. oooo la la, it's gonna be a hot hot summer =P


Slimshine ($14.50)

  • Tropic Glow Blue pink with silver pearl (frost)
  • By Degrees Neutral brown pink (frost)
  • Gentle Summer Light clean yellow pink with white pearl (frost)
  • High 90’s Clean pink orange (frost)
  • Swelter Sheer clean red (frost)

Eyeshadow ($14.00)

  • Solar White Frosty muted white gold (frost)
  • Warming Trend Frosty light taupe (veluxe pearl)
  • Warm Chill Frosty seafoam green with gold pearl (frost)
  • Gulf Stream Frosty mid-tone blue green with green pearl (frost)
  • Cool Heat Frosty teal with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
  • Climate Blue Mid-tone violet blue with pink pearl (velvet)
  • Blue Flame Dirty metallic navy blue (veluxe pearl)

Creations ($22.50)

  • Hue: Tuquatic Keynotes: Lotus Leaves, Corsican Cedrat, Anemone, Orris and Blue Cedar
  • Hue: Turquatic Heat Keynotes: Cedrat saturated with the clear effervescence of Mineral Water, Lotus Flower, Opulent Orris, Jasmine and Tiare Soul.

Available June 2008.

See more photos…

Neo sci fi is out!

check it out! I have yet to check out this collection. let me know what you guys got!

ut to shock the fashion galaxy with their supersonic ray gun shades and neon orange compacts cases. Spinning glamour into another orbit: a magnetic field of alluring hot fluorescents, modern buffs, beiges flesh tones set against cyber-chromatic array Nail Lacquers destined test laws your style gravity. This is your beauty’s future.

Sci-Fi-Delity: Burnt red with gold pearl (frost)
Pleasureseeker: Creamy peach (glaze)
Astral: Midtone brown with red pearl (lustre)
Electro: Bright orange (lustre)
Sunsonic White gold (frost)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Supreme Bronzed brown with white pearl (frost)
Naked Space Creamy midtone nude peach frost)
Pink Grapefruit Orange with gold pearl (frost)
Soft & Slow Midtone creamy plum (frost)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Eye Shadow
Magnetic Fields: Black brown with silver pearl (veluxe pearl)
Femme-Fi: Frosty golden cream (veluxe pearl)
Evening Aura: Frosty golden pach (veluxe pearl)
Time & Space: Frosty copper (frost)
Expensive Pink: Pink with gold duochrome (veluxe pearl)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Cremestick Liner
80%: Deep, deep cocoa
Buerre : Dirtied plum
Summerfruit : Pale coral
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Plush Lash Mascara
Plushblack: Deep black
Suggested Retail Price: $11.00

Sheertone Shimmer Blush
Spaced Out: Shimmery peach
X-Rocks: Shimmery dirty mauve
Suggested Retail Price: $17.50

Nail Lacquer
Metalist: Neutral coppertone with white pearl (frost)
Plasma Blu: Turquoise blue with mathematic white pearl (frost)
Neon 8: Bright orange with matching pearl (frost)
Phosphor: Bumble bee yellow (frost)
Suggested Retail Price: $10.00

Neo Sci-Fi is now available now at

Chipped nail polish the new trend?

interesting read on NYtimes today :)
by Annie Tritt for The New York Times

PITY the mothers and grandmothers. Visible bra straps, glaringly obvious roots — these are but a few of the grooming no-nos that have become yes-yeses in recent years.

The hands of Chloe Arauz.

Now there is another stylistic tic that would have been unthinkable on a proper lady in your Aunt Beatrice’s day. Over the last few years — since the era of the skull print scarf, let’s say, or the (metaphorical) rise of the Olsen twins — having streaked, chipped or just plain grotty nail polish no longer suggests drug addiction, manual labor or pure laziness. Like untied high-tops, thread-worn jeans and bedhead, it’s now part of a deliberate look.

And chipped polish is not sported solely by nail-biting school students and downtown punkers. It has been spotted uptown, in professional settings and gala parties, behind department store sales counters and even (gasp!) on beauty and fashion industry insiders.

Anyone can get caught between manicures. But now women no longer have to sit on their hands when they do.

“Before, when nail polish was chipped you absolutely had to run and get it fixed,” said Ji Baek, the owner of Rescue Beauty Lounge and a manicure doyenne who has noticed the Olsens and Lindsay Lohan with less-than-impeccable polish. Now, clients like hers are “wearing perfectly-tailored clothes, they have $5,000 bags and equally fabulous shoes, but their nails are chipped and they’re saying, ‘I don’t care.’ They don’t want to be too perfect.”

But, she noted, their polish “is so perfectly chipped.”

Being otherwise exquisitely turned out may be the key to making the undone-nails look work. (“Chipping is cool, but chipping in a schleppy way when you don’t have a $5,000 handbag is not as cool,” Ms. Baek said.)

Still, it’s hard to know where to draw the line. Are chipped nails appropriate for everyone? Can they fly during a job interview? A date? A wedding?

“I was raised that a lady should always have her nails done,” Joanne Cruz, a clothing designer based in Manhattan, wrote in an e-mail message. “But there are times when I let my nails chip and I’m perfectly fine with it because I think it looks kinda cool.”

Women have so much pressure to look put together, she wrote. “Now I think sometimes if you’re busy with your day and you don’t have time to get your nails done, it can add character.”

But Ms. Cruz noted that she would never go on a date with less-than-perfect polish, even with someone she had been seeing for a few months.

Kerry Diamond, a vice president for public relations at Lancôme, has watched grungy nails move from models to mainstream in the last few years, and crop up among people in her industry in the last few months. The trend parallels the fashion for more richly colored polish; when the predominant style was nude or pale pink nails, “you could still be wearing nail polish but you just wouldn’t really notice if nails were chipped,” she said.

Recently, a 20-something woman came to her for an informational interview, “beautifully dressed, Goyard bag, Louboutin shoes” with extremely chipped fire-engine-red nails. “It looked like she had definitely been wearing nail polish for two weeks,” Ms. Diamond said, sounding distinctly unhorrified. “This younger generation, it’s not that they’re more relaxed about grooming — they still spend time at the salon — but the grooming rules are different.”

And for people like Ms. Diamond and Ms. Cruz, whose mothers would be horrified at the thought of arriving at Lancôme — or anywhere — with imperfect nails, doing so suggests a level of busyness that’s emblematic of contemporary womanhood. Instead of signifying manual labor, chipped nails may now connote professional fabulousness.

“It’s not easy on your nails when you’re BlackBerrying all the time,” Ms. Diamond said.

Sending the message that your life is much too complex, darling, to bother with maintaining a manicure is exactly the point, said Michelle Markowitz, an aspiring actress sporting artfully eroded blood-red nails.

“When I get my nails done, I like how it looks,” she said. But she also likes less-than-perfect nails “because it shows you don’t really care.”

Of course, not everyone is aware that messy nails are no longer a faux pas. Ms. Markowitz’s former agent in Los Angeles once told her to fix her manicure before an audition. (“I was completely taken aback,” Ms. Markowitz said. “I wasn’t even thinking of it.”)

And it’s really not appropriate for a job interview, said Lorri Zelman, the president of the Human Resources Association of New York. “If somebody wants to go in and nail an interview, they should have a certain level of conservatism,” she said.

But a surprising number of employers seem not to be bothered. A few weeks ago, Chloe Arauz, a clerk at Bloomingdale’s in SoHo, was showing — and selling — $2,700 watches while wearing bright orange nail polish so eroded, it almost looked as if she had just blotted it on. (It was counterbalanced by carefully applied gold eye shadow.) Eight months ago, when she got the job, she asked whether “funky” nails were O.K., she said. (They were). She has never heard a peep about letting her nails go.

Still, Ms. Arauz, a fashion merchandising management student at the Fashion Institute of Technology — where chipped nail polish is de rigueur — said she wouldn’t show up at an interview with imperfect nails.

Jessica Brand, a manager of bed-and-breakfasts in Chelsea and Greenwich Village, also lets her polish fade away. “I don’t think it’s permissible, but I don’t care,” she said. Her friend Amel Ouassel, a French-born interior decorator living in Manhattan, was even more blasé. “It’s not the end of the world,” she said, as she snuck a cigarette — with flaking black-over-dark red nails — in the garden at a party at MoMA.

Ms. Ouassel, with her Gallic chic — skinny jeans, layered black-and-white top, looped chain purse, tiny Chanel earrings — could probably pull off any manner of stylistic quirk.

“A girl with skinny jeans and a great bag looks like she did it on purpose,” said Deborah Lippman, a manicurist who has worked on the hands of Gwyneth Paltrow, Mary J. Blige and Madonna. “Those damn skinny girls can get away with murder.”

Well, almost. “Any of the really great chic girls are still not going to wear that to the Met ball,” Ms. Lippman said. “If they’re nominated for an Oscar, they’re not going to be wearing that. Would they wear it to a wedding? Maybe. But not their wedding.”

So the rules are fluid, but the pressure’s off. Ms. Diamond of Lancôme tries to keep her manicure fresh, she said. But if she misses an appointment, “I am relieved to know that you won’t be judged as harshly as maybe you would have been a few years ago.”

Does this mean that we will be seeing a wave of moms and grandmas with punk rock nails? Not likely, said Ms. Lippman, who for obvious reasons is not a fan of letting one’s nails go.

“I don’t think you can get away with if you’re a woman of a certain age,” she said. What’s a certain age?

“Anybody over 35,” she replied.

There is another caveat to consider. Chipped fingernail polish may be modern and chic in certain situations; chipped toenail polish is still, uniformly, a never-never. Ms. Baek summed it up in one word: “Gross.”

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