March Favorites

THINGS I’VE BEEN LOVING THIS MONTH

    Hey Everyone!

I first of all want to tell you all thank you for the love and support you constantly show me. As we are approaching the One Year Anniversary of Sung Eun Rose Blog, there are some exciting things happening that are all thanks to you. As you guys know, I also had my Advanced II Examination for Dance earlier this month, and you all were so incredibly kind and lovely and supportive, so thank you.

I’m going to jump into makeup and start straight off with my Custom Blend Foundation that I created. Obviously, it’s a one of a kind foundation that is made with love and care, so it’s not something anyone else can get. In the Custom Blend World, no two foundations are alike!

I wanted a foundation that would have medium to build able coverage, something that would help with my combination skin, something that would last all day, something that would minimize the appearance of my pores, and also a foundation that was lightweight and not cake-y or heavy. Well, I was able to make it! I am in love with this foundation. It melts into my skin and looks like my skin, not a layer over my skin. It’s long-lasting and gives me the desired coverage. I am so happy with this foundation and I love that a little goes a really long way.

Next I’m going to talk about the eyeshadow quad I created. Yes, I finally got around to naming them as well! That was really fun for me to do. Before I get into each individual shadow, I want to say that these are the longest-lasting shadows I have ever encountered. You also don’t need a ton of shadow—a little goes a VERY long way.

The first eyeshadow is Diamond White, which is exactly as it is. It’s a white with flecks of silver shimmer, but it’s not chunky or glittery. It’s great for lightening shadows or adding extra highlight.

The next one is Mermaid, the aqua blue-green shadow that I used in my Fresh Spring Makeup Tutorial. I love this shade so, so much, especially with Diamond White layered over the top.

Pink Diamond is really cool. It’s a pink pigment mixed with gold dust and I am loving this shade for spring as well. Again, I use this for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes and I love applying it over gold shadows. It’s so pretty and I’m in love!!!

Lastly is Copper Penny, which is a pure foiled copper shade. I love this one especially for it’s incredible pigmentation and foiled look. This one is probably my favorite. It was the first shade I tried once I created this quad and I love this shade so, so much.

The next makeup product I’ve been in love with recently is the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in the shade Peach Lights. I have been really enjoying a wet looking punchy highlight, so I have been taking my brush I use for highlighting and spraying it with water and applying the highlight this way. My lord, it is gorgeous! I wore this highlight for a photoshoot I did recently, and it makes my skin look dewy and glowing without looking greasy or oily. Plus, it is so affordable. I highly recommend this highlight if your looking for an affordable highlight.

Lastly, I wanted to mention this because it truly is one of my favorite things, and this is a painting my friend made for me. Obviously, it’s a painting of one of my most favorite things, but because I am a sentimental person, I love it because of the time and effort and love she put into every little detail, from the crinkles in the shoes to the frills on the leg warmers. I’m absolutely in love with this and I will cherish this for the rest of my life. Thank you Renée! (@dancydog on Instagram)

One more thing. A family friend (more family than friend) just released his single Tell Me If You Know on iTunes! Eric Yun is one of the most talented, genuine, kind, compassionate, loving person I know. He’s such a big inspiration and a big brother to me and I am so so so proud of this Star. Go support him, check out his website at www.yunmusic.co and follow him on Instagram at @ericyun14. You can purchase his song here. It truly is one of my favorite songs, as I’ve been listening to it every single day since its release. I love you Brother Bear, and I’m so proud of you! -Hero

That concludes my March Favorites! I hope you enjoyed this post! I’m excited for the things coming in April! I love you guys!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

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LIFE ON POINTE Episode 17

Hey guys!

So it wasn’t the easiest week when it came to my classes. My mind was so distracted this week and I could not focus. It happens. You have your off weeks. Looking back on the footage, I realized that it always feels worst than it looks, and thank God for that.

Thanks to my amazing teachers for helping me get through it. And thanks to you guys for all the support you are constantly showing me. I’m sorry I couldn’t get a post up on Wednesday! I totally read my calendar wrong and I didn’t want to throw something together last minute and it not be to my standards. Thanks for all the understanding.

I love you guys! I will see you all on Wednesday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

 

LIFE ON POINTE Episode 16

Sixteen Episodes in!

Wow guys, Life On Pointe has sixteen episodes! I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey we’ve taken on Life On Pointe. I hope you’ve seen progress, gained motivation to put the same amount of time and energy into the things you love, and hopefully, I hope I’ve inspired you in some way!

While we’re waiting to receive the score on my exam (it takes FOREVER!!!), I am going to really work on refining my technique and get consistent in my dancing. In all honesty, my off days look terrible, and they need to be wayyy better than they are now if I have any hopes of becoming a professional. That is what my teachers are helping me to do, and this is what we work on in “open class,” or my Monday classes that you guys don’t get to see.

I hope you guys enjoy this episode! I love you guys, and I’ll see you Wednesday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

Spring Makeup Tutorial

AQUA EYES & DEWY SKIN

    Hey guys!

I’d like to say happy spring, but I feel like the weather is not cooperating…

Anyways, I was super inspired by the rain this season and I wanted to create something that was fresh and dewy, using (OMG) these cream shadows I created myself through Motives Custom Blend! If you didn’t see last Wednesday’s post, I’ll link it here.

Starting with the skin, I applied first the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl after applying my serums and moisturizers. I then took the foundation that I made myself with Motives Custom Blend (email me if you are interested at sungeunrose@gmail.com) and applied this with a synthetic kabuki brush. I then felt like I wanted a little extra coverage, so I took my Motives Long-Wear Liquid Concealer and applied that on my dark spots and blemishes and dark circles. To set that, I went into my Lorac Pro Contour Palette and used the shade Beige Highlight.

I moved onto my brows while the powder sets. I used my Youngblood Eyebrow Artiste in the shade Blonde and used the wax. I also used my BareMinerals Brow Powder in Dark Blonde and filled it in. I set my brows in place with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel. 

I then went back into my Lorac Pro Contour Kit and took the Yellow Highlight and put this under my eyes and where most of my larger pores are. I then took the shade Light Contour and using a beauty blender, I carved out my cheekbones. For blush, I used my BareMinerals Blush in Morning (I linked Vintage Peach because it is the closest to Morning). For highlighter, I dampened my brush lightly with some water and used the Makeup Revolution Baked Highlighting Powder in the shade Peach Lights and applied this to the high points of my cheekbones and on the tip of my nose.

For eyes, I first went in with my custom created cream eyeshadow in what I called “Mermaid” and applied this all over my lid with a flat synthetic brush. You can use a flat brush or your fingers, and it will turn out beautiful either way. Dipping into my Motives Cosmetics Elements Color Box, I took the shade Abergine and applied that with a tapered blending brush into my crease. I took a clean blending brush and blended out the harsh lines.

I then took the shade Serene and applied that with a flat shader brush and carved out my crease slightly. I went over my lid again with Mermaid because I felt like I lost the color a little bit. I then went in with another one of my custom created cream eyeshadows in the shade Diamond White and gently applied that over the blue shade. It created this fresh, almost brightening effect with the blue that I fell in love with.

On a small brush, I took Mermaid on my lower lash line and blended that out from outer corner and faded it in to about halfway. I used Diamond White to highlight the inner corners of my eyes. I also went into my Elements Palette again and used the shade Birch as an eyeliner for the inner rims of my eyes.

For Mascara, I used both the Motives Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara and the Buxom Mascara. I love the formulation of the Motives Mascara but I love the brush of the Buxom Mascara, so I end up mixing the two to get my perfect lashes.

For lips, I used a BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in the shade Fly High (I’m sorry, I didn’t know it was discontinued). I wanted to tone done the lavender undertones and I went over that with the Motives Moisture Rich Lipstick in the shade Icon.

There you have it! One of my favorite looks for spring. I hope you all enjoyed this! I hope you all have an amazing rest of your week and I love you guys! See you guys on Sunday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

Where I Dreamed No. II

THE SEQUEL: MY ADVANCED II EXAMINATION

****Warning… this is a very long read, so go grab a snack and a drink, get cozy, and please enjoy!

P.S. If you don’t want to read this long post (because I do realize that people do have better things to do), scroll all the way down for the Vlog!

So, I took my Advanced II exam nearly a week ago. Honestly speaking, it was one of the most exciting, disappointing, fun, interesting, and aggravating experiences I’ve had in dance.

Starting from the beginning, I walked in confidently. The examiner was so kind and so sweet, and the pianist who played for me was the pianist I had from my graded exams! (Intermediate Foundation and the levels after are called vocational exams) I love my pianist… she’s one of the nicest, fiercest, determined person I know. Having her there in my exam was an honor and a gift.

Barre was good. I kept it simple and as my teachers advised, I didn’t over-decorate the movements. I added bits of personality when I felt the music speak to me.

Center Work was also very good and quite honestly went better than I expected it to go. I tried interacting with the examiner, inviting her into the world I was imagining. I also included the pianist, and when I made eye contact with her, she would smile back. I have to say that this portion was so much fun and I genuinely enjoyed it.

Pointe Work was when things began to fall to pieces. If you guys watched my Mock Exam Vlog, you would know that the shoes I’ve been wearing for the past three years were discontinued, so I had to switch to a completely different brand and a completely different shoe.

I noticed my struggle at rises. Rises! The easiest exercise in the entire exam was one of my worst struggles. My left shoe would buckle backwards, forcing me from the tips of my toes to the ball of my foot. Keep in mind, this was only on my left foot and my left shoe. Continuing to the next and last barre exercise, I again had a tremendous struggle. I chose to keep my shoulders open, stomach as tight as possible, chin up, and smiled. I straightened my legs as hard as I could, feeling like my calves and hamstrings and quads were about to snap.

After barre, the examiner graciously asked what was wrong with my shoes. I told her what had happened, and she even (so kindly and compassionately, might I add) asked if I had another pair of pointe shoes in my dance bag. Very unfortunately, I did not, but the show must go on.

It was the first enchainment that I realized going onto pointe was even dangerous, as I rolled my ankle on the first echappé. I took a deep breath, and on my right leg which had a shoe still intact, I balanced for long, having to go from pointe on my right foot to demi pointe on my left. I had to show her that I could dance on pointe. I chose to do everything I could, and doing everything on demi pointe was not an option for me.

I knew third enchainment was going to be difficult. As the examiner graciously offered me long breaks, I turned to the back wall and whispered, “should I give up? Should I just concede and do everything on demi pointe? I can’t even turn properly.” I immediately heard “don’t give up.”

I’d like to say the ghost of Mr. Pegler appeared, smiling kindly and seemed to whisper, “It’s in the past.” I took a deep breath and looked up to the uncovered window. I happened to be in the perfect position to see four words: “Always Fight. Never Settle.” I chuckle quietly and decided that I would do everything I could to keep going. Third enchainment I knew was poorly done, as I couldn’t hop on pointe, releve, or fouette.

For the turning sequence, I went from pointe on my right foot to demi pointe on my left foot and continued the turns, and closing my legs together and gripping my muscles as hard as I could, I turned on one foot, giving the illusion that I was doing the correct step.

Oh, in case you’re wondering, it wasn’t the correct step. In fact, I’m not even sure if it’s an existing step.

I played with the music, giving the movements character and making the upper body simple, elegant, and dramatic when necessary. I did my best to be in time with the music, and I included the examiner and pianist in the performance. When the exam was finished, I walked out with confidence.

Walking out of the exam, I surprisingly didn’t feel like ripping off my shoes and throwing them as hard as I could across the studio. I was calm, collected, and although very disappointed, I felt somehow optimistic. Honestly though, I’m on a tipping point— I have a 50/50 chance of failing the exam. And honestly, I’m at peace with that.

I posted this on my private FB the next morning:

“I never do this, but I want to say how proud of myself I am. Yesterday’s exam did not quite go as planned, but something great came of it. I come from a family of fighters. We don’t give up. Yesterday, I realized what it means to be strong. It’s not hiding your feelings or sweeping them under a rug. It’s embracing them and learning that you don’t have to face them on your own. I love how I can whisper the name of Jesus and he will take the burden of frustration and negativity away. Even if I flunk the exam, I know that I’m not a failure, because I believe that I passed with flying colors by not letting the things the went wrong hinder me. I’m incredibly proud of myself. And I want to thank everyone who has been beside me in this process. ❤️”

I want to say thank you to all of you who read and watch my content, for those of you who message me and call me with words of encouragement. I’m so thankful for the support I get from everyone who views my content.

I also want to say thank you to my very patient parents and siblings for being so supportive through this process as well. Thank you to my Mom & Dad for all the driving you did (and still do!) for me, for supporting me and encouraging me and pushing me to become not only a better dancer or performer, but a better person in the process. Thank you to Eric & Jess & Zoey for coming over to watch the little siblings each week and also supporting, encouraging, and pushing me to be who I am destined to be! Thank you also to my mentor for praying for me constantly and for encouraging me to be a better version of myself. I love you family with all my heart.

And of course, special thank you to my teachers Ms. Jana, Ms. Andrea and Mr. Pegler for all the time and effort you have poured into me. I am truly honored to have such amazing people as mentors and inspirations and to constantly learn something from all of you.

Thank you to my friend Renée for constantly telling me to chill out and making me laugh whenever I’m with her. You inspire me so much and I’m so blessed to have you as one of my closest friends. Thanks for looking out for me! I missed sharing a towel with you 😉

And thank you to my LABA family for supporting me as well: the teachers & my friends. I love you all.

I know this was a really long blogpost, so if you’ve read the whole thing, leave me a comment telling me you have, because that would mean a whole ton to me.

Cheers to more adventures, cheers to the future.

Always Fight. Never Settle.

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

Click here if you want to see last year’s examination Vlog!

I Made Foundation & Eyeshadow?!

I MADE FOUNDATION & EYESHADOWS?!

Motives Cosmetics Custom Blend Event Training

    Hey guys!

Today, you guys get to follow me today to Brea, California to learn about how to custom blend foundations, concealers, powders (including bronzing, blushers, and highlighters), and eye products!

I just want to give a quick shoutout to our amazing trainer and friend Lynda who was absolutely incredible! Not only is she gorgeous, but she is incredibly talented and her story is inspiring. I’m so thankful to have met her!

This event lasted all day, however it was incredibly worth it. I was so inspired by what I learned, and I’m thinking up some ideas and excited to start creating things! I got to learn how to properly match the colors for different skin tones and how to look for their undertones. I got to create my perfect foundation through this course, so I am so excited to be inviting you guys along in the journey.

I especially was excited to create my own custom cream eyeshadows! I wanted a blue-green eyeshadow to create a really fresh look for spring, and I got to create a color that was perfect for what I wanted. I created three other colors as well, all so intensely pigmented and surprisingly EXTREMELY long-wearing. Long-wearing as in, did not budge through a long 12-hour day of dance, school, traveling, etc.

There will be a video coming soon using these shadows and of course, my foundation. I can’t wait to show you guys!

I hope you guys enjoy the Vlog! Give this post a like and please share with your friends! Love you all, and I’ll see you Sunday!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

My Motives Site: www.motivescosmetics.com/sungeunrose

*If you would like a custom blend foundation/powders/eyeshadow/etc., you can email your inquiries to: sungeunrose@gmail.com

My Last Mock Exam… 02/27/17 A Life On Pointe Special

 

Hey guys!

How in the world have I made it here? That is the question I’ve been asking myself for the past month. I’ve been doing exams since I was nine years old, and I’m almost seventeen. Like… what?!

I’ve grown up. The night before my mock exam, I was looking back on footage from my Intermediate Foundation (a.k.a. years ago) on Facebook and I started crying. I was such a baby then, and now I’m a big girl… chasing hard after a childhood dream.

When I got into the LABA studio, I couldn’t hold back my joy. I was giggling and giddy and I just couldn’t believe that I was about to do this again. I have a lot of good memories in that particular room; from flashbacks of the first time I met Mr. Pegler and Ms. Andrea back in 2014, to past exams with my friend Renee, to late night and sometimes delirious partnering classes, I suddenly felt so overwhelmed with things to be thankful for.

I decided to just let go of all the doubts trying to creep into my head and I danced, feeling each and every movement. I can honestly say that I am proud of the way I performed that morning, even when I had some drama.

(haha, funny story… sort of)

My pointe shoes decided they wanted to die during my fouettes. When my mom went to order a new pair, I found out that my Russian Pointes are being discontinued. I got really frazzled and stressed out, which then effected the rest of my dancing. Once the session was over, we hopped in the car and went to the Dance Store.

Thanks to the lovely Jenny at the Dance Store and Mr. Pegler’s shoe choice, I found a brand new shoe that I love even more. I had my regular classes plus partnering class that night, so I was able to wear them and get a true feel of what dancing in them are like. They’re completely different from what I’m used to, but I love them.

I feel ready. Tomorrow, I’m taking the exam. I’ve never felt more nervous or excited for an exam in my life. I’m coming face to face with the dragon, and I know that I can take it down. Thanks to my teachers and their patience in training me, I know I am ready. Thanks to my friends, I know I am supported. Thanks to my family, I know I am loved.

And thanks to you, I know that I’m ready to kill this thing. I love you all, and thank you for all of the support you have shown to me in the last year. Keep me in your prayers and wish me good luck!

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose

Audition + Blog Photoshoot! 02/11/17

Hey guys!

Here’s a behind-the-scenes Vlog of my photoshoot I did just recently. I had so much fun and I can’t wait to show you all the incredible photos!!!

Special thanks to my teacher for letting me come so freaking early into the studio for our audition photos, and special thanks to my amazing, talented, incredible friend Michelle for taking these photos!

Go check out Michelle’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juju_jubile/

xoxo

Sung Eun Rose