Friday, August 29, 2014

Travel Make Up

My essentials from my last trip. I kept it simple...and all teeny tiny!
Sephora Event Entry Eyeshadow Palette, Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation in Meet Me Latte, Smashbox Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Light, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Memorable, Chantecaille Rice + Geranium Foaming Cleanser,  Tarte Lipgloss in Kam, and Caudalie Eye & Lip Serum, Cream, and Radiance Day Cream

The Smashbox foundation is now my favorite. I'm wearing it as I write this! Unlike a lot of other loose powder foundations, it doesn't dry out my face and create wrinkles. I'm serious! With some powders, I get creases where I don't naturally have them. This product is described as hydrating, and it rings true! It also blends really well.

My go-to blush for a very long time was Tarte. So you already know I give it a thumbs up. The only thing with this color is that it has a bit of a pearl, shimmery effect. And sometimes you don't want that. The lipgloss: two thumbs up.

This was the first time I tried the Buxom Weightless foundation. (Thanks, Lindy!) It felt so light going on. Weightless, indeed. It also makes me happy that there's some good stuff in there: vitamin C, tamarind seed, and marine algae extracts.

I am in love with the way the Chantecaille cleanser foams. And it's so gentle while effectively washing away makeup! Another cousin Linda gift!

When I asked the Sephora associate what was a good, natural brand for moisturizers and serums, she packed me off with samples of Caudalie. The full sized versions are pricey, but I dig the fragrance, absorption, and the effects on my skin (can we say soft?!). I don't think all of the products in the line are 100% natural, but most consist of no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

The Sephora eye shadow was just okay.  A lot of colors brushed on unevenly.  But it did come in a beautiful glittery case.

Colors close up

Essie in Peach Daquiri.  I love it!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Being a Kid Again

I just returned from a trip to my hometown.

 I was born and raised in Atlanta, and my mom still lives there.  I'm not a huge fan of Georgia, but I believe a lot of it has to do with past negative experiences and the suffocating feeling (I gave MYSELF) of not being able to grow freely in a small community.

I went along with the usual rituals of our mother-daughter bonding: shopping at Marshall's, my mom showing me the fruits of her gardening labor, watching animal videos for far too long, eating some home cooked Korean food...she also brushes my hair. I know it's weird, but it's a thing. Like a combination of her preventing my hair from shedding in clumps throughout the day and probably wanting to show physical affection but not being able to (did I mention we're Korean?).

From the garden

Usually, I submit myself to painfully long periods of time in our house while she naps, falls asleep while reading, or falls asleep watching ridiculous Korean shows.  There have been way too many instances where I am talking to her and awaiting a response, only to see that my mom has passed out on the couch. Sitting up.  Slight narcolepsy? Maybe.  

Example of a REALLY bad Korean reenactment show about Robert Downey, Jr. my mom was watching during lunch. Yes, HE is supposed to be Robert Downey, Jr. Authentic accent, right? And the other dude's Jon Favreau. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Diary

Summer ain't over yet, but I just wanted to share some of the highlights so far!

 It's always such a treat to go to California.
Laguna Beach

Road Trip to Malibu Wines

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Makeup for My Most Recent Photo Shoot

I had the pleasure of working with my photographer friend Laura Vogels on a photo shoot.  I did my own hair, but for makeup, I scooted my butt on over to my neighborhood Sephora.  If you didn't already know, you can get a complimentary makeover with a $50 purchase.  Amanda, the makeup artist, did such a great job.  The photo below was not retouched, and you can see how fabulous she made my skin look.  I don't know if you consider this shine, but I thought the makeup held up really well in the heat.


Check out the goodies Amanda used!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Double Sided Earrings

Count on Emma Watson to lead us in earring trends!  She was rocking earring cuffs in a previous post here.  More recently, she has been wearing a style that I've been seeing on ladies everywhere:  double sided earrings (also called front + back earrings)!  

Dior’s Mise En Dior Tribal Earring ($410)

Sarah Jessica Parker was also photographed wearing a pair of stylish double sided earrings.

 She was wearing Vita Fede's Double Cubo silver earrings ($750).

SJP seems to be quite the fan of Vita Fede.  She also picked up a pair of the Double Cubo pearl earrings ($775).


Jessica Alba in Wendy Nichol earrings

Even Jennifer Lawrence got in on the double sided earring action at the Dior fashion show yesterday. (And yes, people totally gave her shit about her self tanner fail. But I don't care. I love her.)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Cuticle Tattoos


Nail art has been a huge trend for a while now.  And now the art has been extended to cuticles- with temporary stick-on tattoos!

Ciate has a popular cuticle tattoo kit at Sephora. It's so popular, in fact, that it's completely sold out online.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Outfit of the Day + Makeup

Here I am being a fake fashion blogger.  Because I don't know much about fashion, and I usually shop at TJ Maxx and Forever 21.  I just love cute things.

My outfit of the day consists of a shirt from Marshall's, Uniqlo shorts, Forever 21 necklace, red leather bag from some NYC street fair, and kelly & katie shoes (which weren't so great because the entire wedge of one came off today while walking!)  Impressive labels, I know.

I sent some photos to my mom.  She replied, "Andrew looks so cute!  You, your legs look very healthy and strong."  Nice, Mom.

For makeup, I basically went for GLOWING.  My eyeshadow came from Urban Decay's Naked palette.  I used Smog, Half Baked, and Sidecar for my lids.  Then I dusted Virgin as a highlighter under my brow bone. I also added a shimmery light pink NYX eyeshadow in the center of my lid because that's what YouTube makeup gurus say to do does something good.  Oh right. It gives a more wide-eyes illusion. I guess.  And I'm trying to use up that Lancome Artliner eye liner I dislike a lot.

I used Stila One Step Illuminate under my Tarte foundation to brighten my complexion.  The times I used the Illuminate alone or over my foundation, I looked really shiny and oily. Wearing my fave mascara:  Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara  Blush: Sisley Phyto Blush Eclat 3 Duo Mango  Lipstick: Clinique in Rose Envy Shimmer