Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara

July 29, 2014

When it comes to mascara, I have two main requirements: it has to be lengthening and it has to hold a curl. Not too tall of an order, right? But for the sake of a thorough review, let's go through the usual mascara checklist.

One of the first things I noticed when applying this mascara is how creamy and smooth the formula is. Because it isn't watery like some other mascaras Ive encountered in the past, I have more time to go back in with the brush and fix any lashes that have gone astray before the formula sets. The wand, which is made of natural bristles is really easy to work with and really gets into the outer corners of my eyes, which I love to accentuate.

This mascara definitely doesn't fail you in this department. It really makes each lash look two times thicker.

Lengthening / Holding a Curl
This mascara did a decent job in this department-- nothing spidery, but a very wearable, natural length which I really liked. Unfortunately, because each lash was getting completely coated, it really caused my lashes to droop and lose their curl.

Throughout the day
I've yet to have any problem with smudging! It should be noted however, that I don't usually have a problem with panda eyes when it comes to mascara.

I definitely understand the hype surrounding this product because it really is a great formula + brush combination that's easy to work with. That being said, I didn't find it holding a curl as well as I would have liked and so the search continues!

Nars Lipstick Shrinagar

July 25, 2014

Shrinigar is a sheer sophisticated berry tone that gives you that edgy feel but in a still classic way. The best way to describe what I mean is when you see someone wearing dark lipstick and you think, "Oh yeah I see where you're going with that and it looks good! But I don't think I'm quite there yet." This lipstick pokes at that vampy edge without completely devoting to it. The staying power for me is about 4 four hours which is quite impressive as I don't usually build up with this lipstick because I prefer it to be quite subtle.

Dior Rosy Tan (754) Eyeshadow Palette

July 6, 2014

The first thing that I noticed about the DIOR 5-Color Rosy Tan palette is that all of the shades in this palette are incredibly silky and easy to blend. If you're going for a smooth smokey eye, this is your one stop shop. I especially love the upper right hand shade which is a rich burgundy with gold shimmer as it easily intensifies any eye look and gives a really luxurious shimmer. And because the colors are all neutral, the look created with these shadows won't compete with whatever cheek/lip duo you plan on sporting.

Of course, spending $60 on a palette creates some pretty high expectations so before you think that this palette is or is not for you, I'd like to mention two things that I'm not too impressed with. First of all, I have absolutely no use for the pink shade. Sure, its very pretty and looks like it fits well with the overall color scheme, but Im really not a pink eyeshadow kind of girl and I haven't touched it except to swatch. Second, the bottom right shadow is relatively cool toned. If you have a tan or are on the darker/warmer side of the spectrum, you may have some trouble working with this cool, taupe. For that reason, I love blending a little bit of Naked 1's Buck around the edges of wherever I place this shadow to avoid a gray cast. Lastly, the consistency of these shadows isn't super pigmented, which makes it easier to do a even sweep across the lid but harder to shape or sculpt. An example of this would be using the darkest shadow as an eyeliner; the shade just isn't pigmented enough for you to draw a wing.

Dior Rosy Tan (754) Eyeshadow Palette

FOTD: Asia Beauty Products

July 1, 2014

Hello hello! It's about time for a FOTD featuring a handful of summer appropriate asian beauty products. Lets get into it. Hi Rona if you're seeing this <3

Canmake Eyebrow Liquid 
I'd never used a liquid brow product before but decided to branch out with an eyebrow marker. It's a felt tip so that you can draw in specific hairs here and there. Caution: you need a pretty light hand to apply this product because its pretty pigmented and difficult to blend once its had a few seconds to try.

Baby Lips Color Poppy Red
Unfortunately this product is only available in Asia and I couldn't find it online in the US. It's a pretty red tinted lip balm with a peppermint tingle which I LOVE :) This is super easy for to apply and very summer appropriate.

Lovedrops Impact Eyeliner - Black
I was probably the most surprised by this product because it doesn't look like much from the packaging, but this eyeliner has got have the darkest blackest formula I have ever tried! It doesn't have as much precision as the dolly wink eyeliner, but is definitely more opaque.

Sweets Sweets Velvet Souffle Cheeks 03
This is a super fun cream cheek stain that looks really nice on all skin tones. In the pot it's quite a dark berry shade but on the skin it just barely comes across as a subtle flush which is so perfect for summer.

Hyper Curl Volum' Express Spiky Comb Waterproof Mascara (FULL REVIEW)
Can't forget about mascara! You can click the link to read my full review :)

Mac Prolongwear Concealer
This seriously covers up EVERYTHING. It worked out because I needed to get rid of a few spots around my nose and this concealer did the job quite beautifully.

Monolid Winged Eyeliner

June 29, 2014

Monolids can make it difficult to recreate a lot of popular eye looks-- the list is pretty long, but what I'm going for today, is my version of the monolid cat eye.

If you have monolids you may know what I'm talking about when I say that eyeliner is a struggle. You draw a beautifully sleek line, but the second you look up at the mirror, poof! You can't see your work because its hidden by the fold in your eyelid. So you add a more and more until the line is insight! Except by then, you have a super thick, jet black line that looks a little bit crazy.

What I've been doing recently is the smudged out cat liner with a bit of shading and highlight on the lid and in the inner corner. I started off by drawing a precise line on my outer corner with gel eyeliner and smudged it out with a blending brush. This gives a just as thick, and therefore detectable, line without being too harsh. The reason why I make it precise is so that it retains the shape of a cat eye and acts as a guide for the next step. After smudging, I reapplied the gel on the outer corner because the eyeliner there is unaffected by my lack of a crease. This adds intensity back into the eye look without losing any of the sharp classic cat eye feel. To finish up, I added a bit of Naked 1's Buck right before the end of my winged eyeliner to give my eyelids more shape and added a little bit of shimmer to the inner corner.

Products Used
Elf Gel Eyeliner
Buck from the Naked 1 palette (lid)
Sidecar from the Naked 1 palette (inner corner) 

Seattle & Portland Adventures

June 24, 2014

How've you all been? I feel like the last time I really got on here and started pumping something out was months ago. Since then, I've found out that a few more people from my personal life have stumbled across my blog (THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW VICTOR. YES I AM BEING SARCASTIC) and have also had the opportunity to visiting the Pacific Northwest! Just so we're all on the same page, my holiday started in Seattle for my sister's graduation and ended in my home town, Portland, OR. 

My past few weeks have been filled with catching up with old friends and enjoying as much fresh air as possible. A few of my most treasured memories include a trip to Beacon Rock (a super easy walk up a huge cliff that looks over the Columbia gorge), finally getting to try out the Waffle Window, buying a bouquet of fresh flowers from the Portland Saturday Market and lastly being able to visit the much raved about Salt & Straw creamery in downtown Portland. There were some pretty interesting flavors that I'd never seen before including olive oil and honey lavender but I decided to settle for their most popular flavor, sea salt w/ caramel. It was VERY salty. In fact, all of their flavors were more salty than sweet. If you ever decide to try it out, you have been warned! 

Explanation for me sleeping on the PDX carpet: If you're from oregon/washington you may recognize the quirky carpet pattern thats been around for forever! The pattern is so well known that it even has its own instagram. It's always been on my bucket list to take a carpet selfie so I finally got to check that off my bucket list. I took a flight back home to California by myself so I actually had to ask a random stranger to take this pic... I'm so glad I did, though! 


brighten up, buttercup!

June 10, 2014

Summer. Shimmer. Summer. Shimmer....... Shimmersummer. Same thing right? I always find myself using summer as an excuse for a little extra sparkle so without further to do, heres a handful of my favorite eye-catching products!

Benefit Wat's Up
This is a super easy to blend, champagne cream highlighter. I love using this on my cheekbones, down my nose, on my brow bone, and on the inner corner of my eyes alongside a natural fresh face.

VS Pro Light FX Eye Brightener
I love dabbing this product on the high points of my cheeks and then blending into my blush with my real techniques stippling brush. Its a shear shimmer that works especially well with matte and subtle blushers.

3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes
Though its made for covering up dark circles, I've found that this concealer just isn't opaque enough for my eyes so I've started using it as a contouring highlighter. This is good for a dramatic eye look or already shimmery blush when you don't want to overwhelm your face. If you hate scented products I would NOT recommend this product as it has a pretty strong perfume scent.

Stila Eye Shimmer Pen
This is the product I go for when I want to pack a punch. Its not shimmer, its not subtle, its liquid, gritty, GLITTER. I love using this as a glitter base as its a little bit tacky on the lids and gives a really glamorous, disco ball-esque copper base.

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