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.

The secret to longer lashing brushes is a hair tie.

May 12, 2014

Storing wet brushes bristle side up or on their sides can allow for water to seep into the brush, ruining the glue. For that reason, its important that you let your brushes dry upside down after washing. The easiest, cheapest solution is to use a hair tie or rubber band! Fold a hair tie around a towel rack (or hanger) and shimmy your brush through each loop. Thank you for reading this super quick post!

Life is Short Shorts

May 3, 2014

Oh gosh it feels like it's been so long since I've posted! I'm getting into that homestretch mode with AP's and SAT so this will probably be one of my last posts until June. Yikes. I still can't believe where this year has gone! It has been one of the most taxing, hectic, and amazingly mind opening years of my life and I'm going to be a little bit sad to see it end… although my AP tests are this coming week so I can't wait for that to be over. But enough rambling.

It has been HOT in California these past few weeks. I'm talking 100+ (37 Celsius) Ofc thats hot to some of you guys reading this and not hot at all to others. But I think we can all agree that it is appropriate short shorts season and nothing no one likes dry patchy legs.

The Body Shop Body Butter Mango
I've been keeping this product in my backpack all week and it has been so helpful! Not only does it smell amazing, it keeps my legs hydrated and glossy. I'm definitely someone who likes to save my scented lotions for when the weather gets warmer. You can read my full review here.

Kiss My Face Sunscreen
It's always necessary to keep your skin protected. Especially if you're prone to burns. I'll be honest with you guys-- I get PRETTY lazy when it comes to sun protection and really only wear it when I'm going to be playing a sport. It's something I'm trying to work on (gotta get dat melanin! jk i'll stop pretending like I know what I'm talking about). Anyways, if you're looking for a nice odor free sunscreen, I recommend this one by Kiss my Face! It works really well as a moisturizer.

Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Butter
Gotta save the best for last! I have been LOVING this body butter lately for my dry skin. I was using this on places where I really needed moisture (the air has been so dry recently!) and I can confidently say that I've noticed a difference. My skin feels so much more soft and smooth! This product has a really yummy lemon scent thats not as IN YO FACE like mango body butter. Instead, it's a more subtle sent that only sticks around for as long as it takes to absorb into your skin.

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