- Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation
- Butter London Cheeky Cream Blush in Pistol Pink
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup
- Ted Baker Nude Pink Oil Painting Printed Skirt
- Moschino Cheap & Chic Daisy Loafers
- Topshop Boucle Scallop Hem Skirt
- Accessorize Lemon Across Body Bag
- Current/Elliot Shredded Boyfriend Jeans
- Prada Makeup Face Printed Saffiano Tote
- NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Barrow Street
- Chiara Ferragni Spaghetti Kiss Denim Loafers
- Ted Baker Pale Green Maisa Large Bow Wash Bag
Since the beginning of 2014, I’ve been going a bit makeup-crazy. I’m not one to wear a lot of makeup, but there’s something so magical about shiny new products. It’s definitely a bad habit I have to break and something that I’ll be working on in March. But for now, I thought it would be interesting to share what I got and tell you guys about my first impressions of a few of the products.
• MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation • INNISFREE No-Sebum Mineral Powder • MAC Blue Brown Pigment • PAUL & JOE Lipstick CS Rosebud + Case 014 • YVES SAINT LAURENT Volupte Sheer Candy Succulent Pomegranate • NARS x GUY BOURDIN Day Dream Blush •
I have a really bad addiction to … base makeup – foundation, BB creams, powders … My main reason for wearing makeup is definitely to cover up scars and discoloration, so I guess it’s a given that I really like trying out new face products.
I needed a new powder foundation that I could easily use on lazy days or to touch up, and I really like Make Up Forever’s liquid foundation, so I thought I would give their Duo Mat Powder Foundation a go. So far, I’ve been really liking it. It helps keep my makeup matte and covers well without giving me cake-face. I think it’ll be really great during the summer and warmer months when I tend to get a little bit more oily. I’ve liked it a lot during the winter as well, although I do have to say that it does cling to dry patches. However, it’s rare that I have really dry skin, so this powder has been working wonderfully. The same goes to the No-Sebum Mineral Powder. My friend went Korea during winter break and I asked her if she could bring this back for me. I’ve heard so many great things about this and some people even call it a dupe for the Make Up Forever HD Powder. I haven’t tried that powder, so I can’t really comment on that, but I do have to say that the InnisFree powder is really great. It’s super lightweight and since it’s translucent, it’s perfect for setting my makeup in the morning and touching up when I just need to get rid of shine. It’s a good powder, it’s in a cute, portable container, and it’s affordable. How much better can you get?
While I love base makeup and wear it on an almost-daily basis, I never really wore eye makeup. I have extremely uneven eyes so it’s always difficult to make it look ‘right’. But recently, I’ve started to venture out and decided to buy MAC’s Blue Brown Pigment. I like putting it on a small, crease brush and just concentrating it near my eye, using it like a soft eyeliner. It’s a duo-chrome pigment that at first is more blue but blends out into a coppery-brown. It’s beautiful and looks amazing when the sun hits it. It’s an interesting color with the blue and the brown, but it’s surprisingly wearable as well.
Since I don’t really wear heavy eye makeup, I like to play around with my blush colors. I really love NARS blushes, so when I saw a few of the products from the NARS x Guy Bourdin collection at 50% off, I had to pick up a blush. Day Dream is a really pretty, peachy color that’s similar to Deep Throat. Day Dream is a bit less shimmery, but otherwise, it’s pretty much the same thing. If you already have Deep Throat, I really see no reason to buy this, but since I have it in a palette, I thought it would be nice to have another similar color that I could use on the go. Plus, how can I pass up half-priced NARS?
For some reason, I’ve been eyeing up lipsticks these past few weeks. Maybe it’s the soon-to-be spring weather, but I’ve been loving sheer, bright pink lips. It’s so refreshing and pretty without being high-maintenence.
I’ve always wanted an adorable Paul & Joe lipstick, so I finally caved in and bought one. You have to buy the case and the lipstick refill separately, which I didn’t have much of a problem with. The horse print on the case is so pretty and I love the lipstick which I got in the color Rosebud. It’s one of their sheer lipstick formulas with a slightly shimmery, rosy finish and feels ultra-moisturizing on your lips. If you’re one who likes a bold lip, they also sell opaque, full-color formulas.
My friend has also been talking nonstop about YSL’s lip products so I couldn’t help but purchase one on my last visit to Sephora. At first, I bought one of their glossy stains but the weird, jelly texture was a bit too much for me. Plus, I felt like it was drying out my lips the more I used it. I returned it and instead bought a Volupte Sheer Candy in Succulent Pomegranate. True to it’s name, it’s a pomegranate-pink color that’s sheer and moisturizing. It’s a really easy color to wear and instantly brightens your complexion. I’ve been absolutely loving this color and formula and am definitely planning to buy more. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get my hands on another one in the airport Duty-Free shop when I go back home to Korea during the summer :)
If any of you guys are Urban Decay fans, then you’ll know that they recently had a 20% off sale on all of their products. I’ve been wanting a couple items for a really long time so I took this opportunity and purchased a couple of things.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve used and finished a small bottle of the All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and loved it. I really do feel like it makes a difference and helps keep my makeup looking better for longer. Plus, it also gets rid of any cakey-ness that I might have after powdering my face. I especially like it during the warmer months when I get more oily as it’s nice and cooling and keeps me looking fresh and matte.
I’m usually not one to be interested in lip products, but lately, I’ve been on an absolute lip craze. Pinks and corals – I just gotta have them all. Even if I do buy extremely pigmented and opaque colors, I usually sheer them out and wear a really natural lip. I think there’s something just so effortless about a tinted lip. Plus, it’s so easy and simple. Also, if there’s ever a day that I feel like wearing a bold lip, I can apply it from the tube and have a whole new look.
Here are my five top lip products that I’ve been loving lately. I think they’ll be perfect for the coming spring as well.
I usually dislike the sticky feeling of lip glosses, but this one manages to feel really silky on my lips without fading away quickly. It is an extremely pigmented lip gloss that could be worn alone or over another lip product for an extra bit of shine. It’s a soft, apricot-coral color that doesn’t contain any shimmer whatsoever. I like to pair it over my Dior Lip glow for an extra hint of color on those days when I’m feeling a bit lackluster.
One of my goals right now is to stop buying unnecessary amounts of beauty products. Not only do I have way too many products to go through, but I also won’t have much room to take them back home with me when summer break comes around. So far, I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job at keeping my grubby little hands from grabbing everything in Sephora. Also, I’ve been doing a pretty amazing job (if I say so myself) at finishing up products before moving on to new ones. I have a tendency to open bottle after bottle, impatient to try out new things, but I’ve been controlling myself much better these past few weeks!
I’ve been able to accumulate a couple empty bottles and decided that it would be fun to share what I’ve been using. It’ll be like a mini review and empty bottle haul (sounds attractive, eh?) in one.
I really liked this product when I was using it during the warmer months. I have problems with keeping my makeup on as it always tends to slide around in the slightest heat and this makeup setting spray helped keep my makeup shine-free and looking great throughout the whole day. It’s not a product that I find necessary during the colder, drier months, but once spring and summer roll around, I’ll be getting a full sized bottle of this!
During the holiday season, Sephora was giving out mini gifts with purchase and this was one of the small samples that I received during that time. It’s supposed to be a prep spray that you use on clean skin before moisturizer or makeup, but I felt like it didn’t do much at all. I know a lot of people love this product, so it might just be me, but I didn’t really see or feel a difference except for the slight cooling sensation it gave when I first sprayed it on. I used it because I received a sample for free, but I personally wouldn’t spend over thirty dollars on this.
(One quick tip: If you guys receive small, refillable bottles of sample products, then keep the bottles and you’ll always have something to decant your products into when you travel! Right now, I have some MAC Brush Cleanser in this spray bottle that I used when I traveled to California.)
It’s officially 2014!
Every year, I like to start off the year by reflecting on the past year. 2013 flashed by quickly and I wanted to take a moment to look back on my favorite things, people, and moments of 2013.
favorite song – ‘Stay’ by Savina and Drones
My friend Iris introduced me to this song when we went on a snowboarding trip this past winter. Now, every time I hear this song, I feel nostalgic and think of all the fun times we had. The song is beautiful as well and I listen to it all the time.
I just realized that I missed the extra ‘A’ in Nastya’s surname. I still love her nonetheless. Her look reminds me of an ice-queen and she never fails to look immaculate in all her runways and photos.
Simone Nobili has the face of an angel and the body of a god – why wouldn’t you love him?
favorite blog – Refinery 29
I’ve been reading a lot of blogs this past year and Refinery 29 never fails to post interesting and funny articles about everything from health to fashion to beauty.
The holidays always imbue with a sense of joy and happiness, and every winter, I always put in extra effort to share this feeling with others. Sometimes, we forget how grateful we should be of what we have and forget that there are those around us who are less fortunate. So this holiday season, I encourage you to help out others in your community and spread the holiday cheer.
There are always so many ways to volunteer and give back. Programs such as Toys for Tots are all over the place and a lot of Colleges/Universities have events where you can donate programs. There are millions of ways to help out, whether it’s to help build a home, feed the hungry, or to bring joy to a child through a present.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
If you know of any such programs in your area, feel free to leave a comment down below and spread the word to others.
While I usually don’t send out many presents during the holidays, this year is definitely an exception. I’m sending christmas presents to my family back home in Korea and am also preparing gifts for my really close friends in California. I haven’t seen them in four years so I’m extremely excited about this coming winter break.
Because I’m buying so many more gifts this year, I’ve had to try and cut down the amount of money I spend on each present. I think all the presents I’ve bought are still really cute and thoughtful, so I decided to share what I’m going to be gifting to some of my friends.