Blogs I'm Currently Loving ♥ Vol.VIII

I love doing these posts because I know as a blog reader, I love finding other awesome blogs via other people's recommendations as well!

A new favorite fashion blog discovery.

She's gorgeous, and she rocks a bright red lip like no other.

Honest and thorough reviews; clear swatches; beautiful girl.

Best use of bright makeup....ever.

Soooo....have you clicked on the links yet?? Pretty amazing, right? You're welcome ;)


Lhasa, a Dirty Brush, and Ballerina Pink Lips.

I used NARS Lhasa eyeshadow from the spring 2012 collection for the first time today. I decided that I'm in love with it. Simple as that. It's a beautiful grey-taupe shade with a lavender undertone that is unlike any shadow I currently own. It has the perfect amount of shimmer without reading metallic. Here would be a good time to show a swatch, but I didn't photograph one because I am an awesome blogger like that. Ugh. I'm sorry! I will soon...

After applying Lhasa to my lid, I decided used Urban Decay Creep in the outer-v since I rarely touch either of the two shades to the right of Hustle in the original Naked palette...and by rarely, I mean roughly 3 times....ever :-/

I blended everything out with a dirty MAC 217 (when I say dirty, I mean not freshly washed, not actually dirty dirty) and loved the bit of mid-toned brown it managed to deposit into my crease unintentionally. Not sure what color that is exactly, though, since I use that brush for everything!

MUFE F&B Foundation in #20
Armani Master Corrector in #1
Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer in 002
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-3
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
Dior Matte Bronzer in 002
Tarte Blush in Exposed

NARS e/s in Lhasa
UD e/s in Creep
UD e/s in Virgin
Milani Liquif'Eye Pencil in Black
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Mauve
Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara

17 l/s in Beehive
Bourjois l/g in 48 Rose Romantic

And while in my tanner days, a shade like 17 Beehive would've been a bit too pale and nude for my personal preference, it's become one of my favorites now that I'm pale and proud! Bourjois Rose Romantic added the perfect finishing touch to Beehive by imparting the perfect pearlescent pink sheen to my lips! Win!


Currently shedding a tear over...

...this beauty being out of stock :(

If anyone sees this American Apparel Medium Leather Carry-All Pouch in Pink Ostrich in stores or back in stock online any time in the near future, PLEASE let me know!


Sunday Funday....on a Saturday.

Even though I often feel as though school takes over my life, I like to make an effort to reserve one day each weekend to have fun doing non-school related things. Some weeks this is easier to achieve than others, but I still try my best for the sake of my own sanity.

Since my friend and I decided tomorrow would be our study-all-day-long-until-you-want-to-pull-your-hair-out day, that meant that today was our day to have fun!

Things I did today:
1. Shopped. I bought a few blouses and cardigans with cute prints on them, like bunnies and hearts (not on the same piece of course ;) LOVE!
2. Ate a lollipop.
3. Had delicious fish tacos.
4. Devoured some fresh raw oysters on half shells.
5. Drank a Starbucks coffee with a dash of non-fat milk, sweetened with toffee nut syrup. Yummmm.

I also used a few new products this morning, including theBalm Shady Lady Vol.I palette, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. I definitely started my day off right because I have yet to be disappointed by any of these products!

MUFE F&B Foundation in #20
Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer in 002
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-3
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Benefit Hoola
Tarte Exposed

UDPP in Greed
theBalm e/s Luscious Lani
theBalm e/s in Shameless Shana
theBalm e/s in Caught in the Act Courtney
theBalm e/s in Jealous Jordana (lower lashline)
Milani Liquif'Eye Pencil in Black
Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara

Revlon l/s in Peach Parfait (definitely my favorite lip product of this week!)

And in case you're wondering, I'm also obsessed with my gold collar necklace! I also have it in silver, and I got both from Hautelook a little while ago :)

Did you do anything fun today?


Low-Maintenance Skincare Routine.

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I thought I'd share with you my current skincare routine since it's changed quite a bit since I last talked about it in detail.

Morning Routine
In the morning, my goal is to simply give my skin a quick rinse to remove any oil that may have developed overnight. If I use anything too strong, it'll dry out my skin, especially in the winter, so I like to use Cetaphil Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. I follow-up by adding a bit of moisture back into my skin and prime it for my foundation with The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. It's not really much of a cream at all, as it's very light and quick to absorb. 

If my skin is in dire need of extra hydration (e.g., my patchy, dry cheeks these past few weeks :-/ ), I'll top it all off with a bit of Olay Active Hydrating Cream in Original only where I need it most. It healed my dry patches within about 2 days, and I haven't seen any traces of them since. Win! I also am using up the last bit of my last pot of the Swedish Skin Anti-Aging Eye Cream (which I forgot to photograph), but I'll soon need to find a replacement for it since the company no longer exists. If you have any light and hydrating eye cream recommendations, please let me know :)

Night Routine
At night, after I remove any makeup I have on with makeup removing wipes (although those will soon be tossed aside as I just ordered a new bottle of my favorite cleanser EVER, Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil in Fresh - eeek!!), I give my skin a deeper cleanser with a nickel-sized amount of Murad Clarifying Cleanser on my trusty, berry Clarisonic Mia. The Murad cleanser can be a bit drying if used twice daily (perhaps it would be more appropriate in the summer, more oily months), but when reserved for once daily usage, it's an oily, acne-prone skin savior! It has a bit of a tingling, cooling effect when you use it too, which is refreshing. 

As for the Clarisonic? It's AMAZING. Can't live without it. I got it from Sephora when it was 20% off and it was worth every, shiny penny (<<< a lot of pennies!). While the Clarisonic itself will not get rid of all traces of acne as it's only an exfoliator after all, it has allowed me to get the most out of my cleansers by giving me the deepest, yet gentlest, and most effective cleanse ever. It has made a vast difference to the texture of my skin!

After thoroughly cleansing my skin, I apply my beloved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo to my forehead, chin, and jaw line (areas where I'm most susceptible to breakouts). I love this stuff because it really makes a difference when used routinely (I used to use it morning and night when my acne was really bad), but yet, it's gentle and non-drying. This is about my fifth tube, so that's saying something! I finish off with a generous application of the Olay cream to lock in moisture as needed. I predict I'll only really be getting use out of this cream in the colder months when my skin isn't an oil slick, because it's much too hydrating (although not oily) for my skin under normal conditions.

And if any of you were curious, yes, I stopped taking the cod liver oil. I happened to run out of my bottle around the same time I started using the Clarisonic and decided to take my chances - and it paid off! It makes me feel good that I'm saving about $20 a month by not using something my skin doesn't really need any more. However, it's worth noting that had I not started using the Clarisonic, I most likely would still be taking the cod liver oil. My skin always needs something to give it an extra little kick in the @ss, if you know what I mean!

What are some of your skincare favorites and must-haves?


When a drugstore brand gets it right.

I'm sure you guys have all heard about the new L'Oreal Infallible 24hr Eyeshadows by now, but in case you haven't, they've been compared to the Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows. At about 1/4 of the price of an Armani ETK shadow, I'm sure you can understand everyone's excitement!

They even have the protective inside lid thing like the ETK shadows.

If you've never tried the Armani ETK shadows or these new L'Oreal ones, they're basically like pressed pigments. Technically, they're more of a powder and not a cream, but they have a tendency to apply more like a cream - meaning, really smoothly and without fallout.

Amber Rush

Amber Rush is a metallic pink, slightly coppery shade. This shade is a breeze to apply. You don't need much product on your finger or brush at all; a little goes a long way! As described above, Amber Rush applies sooo smoothly, much like a cream.

Bronzed Taupe

Bronzed Taupe is exactly that - a metallic taupe with a hint of bronze. This shades applies exactly like Amber Rush, mentioned above.

Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue is a navy blue with royal blue shimmer throughout. This shade does not apply as smoothly as the other two, although it is still very pigmented. I'd say it applies more like a smooth, pigmented powder eyeshadow (which it is), rather than like a cream like the others.

L to R:
Amber Rush
Bronzed Taupe
Midnight Blue

So far, I've only worn Amber Rush and Bronzed Taupe and they were both gorgeous! I'm in love. The only time I've ever experienced fallout with either of these shades is when I've grabbed too much product on my brush. As long as you avoid doing that, I don't imagine either of these shades would cause any problems in that department. I also found that they applied just as smoothly and effortlessly to my lid as they did in the swatches. I've only ever worn them over primer, and while they didn't last as long as my Armani ETK eyeshadow does on me, it's still a solid 6-8 hours before slight creasing (remember, I have oily lids), which is more than I can say for most other drugstore eyeshadows I've tried in the past.

And while I have not yet worn Midnight Blue so I cannot comment on how it wears, I will say that it left a stain on my arm both times I swatched it. You've been warned!

Overall, I am extremely pleased with these and super surprised to find them at affordable drugstore prices! 

Big thank you to Jess for picking these up for me before I was able to find them in stores near me :)


Currently Obsessed With: Kale Chips!

I've been hearing more and more about kale and more specifically, kale chips, lately, so I thought I'd finally take the plunge and try it out for myself! I had never noticed kale at the grocery store before, let alone eaten it, so I really didn't know what to expect. Let's just say I made these kale chips for the first and second time today! When I like something, I tend to kind of be obsessed with it....anyone else crazy like this? ;)

The ingredients I used:
Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
Olive Oil (I used the spray kind)
Seasoned Salt (regular salt would be fine too)
And kale, obviously!

-First, wash the kale and tear off about 2 inch pieces from the stem. 
-Discard the stems. 
-After tearing them off, put the kale pieces in a bowl. 
-Add olive oil (I think a spray is easier so you don't accidentally pour too much and soak the kale) and sprinkle a little bit of seasoned salt and red pepper flakes on top. 
-Mix it up thoroughly with your hands to make sure each piece is coated with the oil and seasoning.

-Lay the pieces out on a baking sheet. Try not to overlap any pieces. I'm able to fit about half a head of kale on a baking sheet.

-Pop them in the oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes or until all the pieces are crispy.

-Transfer them to a bowl so that you don't look like a fat cow feverishly devouring them straight off the baking sheet like I did ;)

Mine had just the perfect amount of saltiness and spice, and I think they make the perfect snack when you're craving something bad like potato chips. Kale is high in Vitamins K and C, as well as beta carotene, so as long as you don't go to town with the salt, you have nothing to feel guilty about when stuffing your face with these!

When making these, I loosely followed Tessa's kale chip recipe :)



Happy New Year and an Update.

Happy New Year, everyone! 

I hope you all had a fun and safe New Year's Eve last night! I had to catch a flight back home last night since I was visiting my family in California for the holidays, and unfortunately, my 3 week break from school flew by way too fast :( I'm hoping to be able to find the time to blog once school starts back up again (I'll most likely be blogging less than I have been in December, but hopefully more than I had been in the months prior).

Anyway, since I'm a procrastinator, I hadn't packed up any of my things yet as of yesterday afternoon, and I found myself rushing to get ready, put makeup on, and get my stuff together so that I could make my flight. I wanted to do a fun look that was more NYE-worthy, but seeing as how I didn't really have any plans since I was getting in town so late and I was already rushing to get ready as it was, there wasn't really any point...so neutrals it was!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in #53
Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer in 002
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-3
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Sand
Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades in Blushalicious

Maybelline Color Tattoo e/s in Bad to the Bronze
theBalm e/s in Shameless Shana
theBalm e/s in Caught in the Act Courtney
Milani Liquif'Eye Pencil in Black
MAC Superslick Liquid Liner in On the Hunt
Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara

NARS l/s in Dolce Vita
MAC l/g in Boy Bait

I wore Pomegranate Punk the other day without primer in this FOTD, and it did not crease at all after 10 hours! There was very minimal fading, but it seemed to fade pretty evenly all over and since there wasn't any creasing, it wasn't noticeable at all. In comparison, I normally only get about 1-2 hours of wear with MAC Paint Pots before they crease on me.

After being extremely impressed with Pomegranate Punk's wear time, I had high hopes for Bad to the Bronze. However, when I wore it yesterday (also without primer), I experienced a lot of creasing. I'm not sure how many hours it took before the creasing began, because I only checked my makeup once that night and by then, it had been about 7 hours since I applied my makeup. Surprisingly, I felt that Bad to the Bronze performed almost exactly like a MAC Paint Pot does on me, while Pomegranate Punk outperformed Paint Pots by a long shot.

The only reason I wore either of these on their own without primer was simply to test the wear time, and based on my experiences, the lasting power differed greatly between these two particular shades, so I imagine it may differ among other shades in the range as well. Keep in mind, I have oily skin and normally always use eyeshadow primer. I definitely think that using a primer under these will help to avoid the minimal fading I experienced with Pomegranate Punk and the creasing and fading I experienced with Bad to the Bronze. All in all, I think these are definitely worth looking into, especially if you're a fan of cream eyeshadows like the MAC Paint Pots or Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows!

Happy 2012!!

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