Friday, January 31, 2014
I'm not one for wearing highlighter everyday, but I've been applying this gorgeous shimmer cube to my cheekbones nearly everyday this week! Revlon's Highlighting Palette ($8.99) comes in two shades: Rose Glow and Bronze Glow, and I've gone for the former to add a hint of color and sheen to the face. Bloggers and makeup gurus alike have been comparing this palette to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick ($42.00), but I definitely have more love for the Revlon one. Although I don't own the BB shimmer brick, I've swatched it in Sephora and the chunky glitter that have come off are not appealing to me at all (sorry Bobbi, you know I still love you!!!). The highlighting palette comes with 5 strips of color and sheen that allows the user to customize her choice of glow. I've been using the bronzy shade in the middle in my inner tearducks and I've swept all 5 strips on my cheekbones for long lasting sheen. It's not too glittery or shiny and it's definitely giving Bobbi's version a run for it's money!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Foundation is the one makeup product that I can't get enough of! I'm always on the lookout for the perfect medium-buildable formula with a smooth texture and all day lasting power on my oily skin (haven't found the holy grail one just yet). I've been using the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation religiously for the past few months but I wanted something a bit lighter on the skin. My NARS Sheer Glow foundation in the shade Punjab is a great everyday option for great coverage without any of the heaviness. It lasts a good 5 hours on my skin before I need a touch up and it covers any spots or hyperpigmentation, limiting the need for concealer (although I just bought an absolutely amazing concealer, which is Lisa Eldridge approved; review coming soon). Even though it's called 'sheer glow', it's not sheer at all. The shade range is really good and the texture is creamy and blends well. This foundation earns two (more) thumbs up and I won't be putting in down anytime soon. Oh Sheer Glow, why did I ever forget about you?
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Julep is a brand that I've heard a lot about, but I've never tried any of their products. Their nail polishes have been raved about for years from beauty bloggers and YouTubers alike. I'd seen the polishes at stores like Sephora and Nordstrom on display but I never took the time to stop and examine the gorgeous colors and textures. When I saw that Julep was having a sort of 'introductory' box for free, I knew I had to snatch up the amazing offer! I logged onto the site and took the quick beauty personality quiz (Classic with a twist, go figure), which was really fun! The box arrived extremely quickly within a couple of days. Inside the "Classic with a twist" box was two nail polishes and a cuticle serum. The polishes are so beautiful and apply like a dream. The ballet pink shade is Zora and the classic red is Myrtle. I haven't tried the nail and cuticle serum yet, but if it applies as well as the polishes then it should be great! Two more polishes go into the varnish collection...
Monday, January 27, 2014
Recently I've discovered that my favorite handbag brand Kate Spade has a sister company called Saturday. Saturday is aimed at the young, working girl who can't necessarily afford the bags at the regular Kate Spade shops. The clothing and accessories at Saturday are very colorful and fresh, perfect for the young girl who wants to dip her toes into the pool of higher end purses. Most of the merchandise at Saturday are quite affordable and they're of the same quality as Kate Spade's products. I wanted to share with all of you some of my favorite items from Saturday and I highly recommend you get cracking on looking through the amazing merchandise!
Zip Top Satchel
The A Satchel
Pleated Midi Skirt
Slim-Fit Zip Pant in Black Star Cluster
Spin-Around Pendant Necklace
Zip Top Satchel
The A Satchel
Pleated Midi Skirt
Slim-Fit Zip Pant in Black Star Cluster
Spin-Around Pendant Necklace
Sunday, January 26, 2014
It's no secret that I love a good densely packed kabuki for liquid foundation blending and when I found an amazing dupe I knew I had to share it with you all. My Sephora Professional Mineral Powder brush is extremely well loved in my collection with its soft, thin bristles and compact size. The brush although labeled as a mineral foundation kabuki, works perfectly for liquids. Leaving the skin with a flawless finish, it became my brush of choice for the past year. The only downside to the brush is the price, weighing in at $24. Even though I probably won't need to buy another one of the Sephora pro kabukis, I think it's always good to have more than one foundation blender, hence my Real Techniques purchase. The Real Techniques Buffing Brush is raved about by my favorite Anna for its dreamy blending capabilities, leaving the user with perfect skin. The brush can be purchased on its own or in the Flawless Core Collection Kit for an affordable $18. The Buffing Brush is absolutely amazing. The synthetic duo fiber bristles are the softest I've ever felt and the application is always quick and even. It also applies powder and bronzer like a dream. Comparing the two brushes, I think that the Real Techniques is my favorite. With its lightweight body, velvety bristles and dreamy application, it's hands down a winner in my book.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
In the past 3 months or so, I've gotten sick around 9-10 times. Crazy, I know. I'm not sure how or why my immune system completely crashed recently, but it has been horrible. Whether it be a sore throat, nausea, fever, or stuffy nose, I've had them all. The worst time was when I was sick on New Year's Day (aka the day of the Rose Bowl Parade that I was supposed to march in), where I spent the entire day lying in bed with a fever and the chills. When I've got a cold or the dreaded flu, there are certain bits that I always reach for to make me feel (or at least look) a hell of a lot better.
Starting off with the meds, I've got my pain relieving Advil tablets. They take away a headache quicker than you can say "can I have two more?". Next up is Aleve, which is my new favorite for the rest of my symptoms that Ibuprofen can't soothe. I usually take these for nausea, sore throats, and fevers. A great all round medication, Aleve can't be beat. Last but not least is the rarity in my favorite sick bits: Airborne. Airborne is the infamous vitamin supplement that I take on occasion, especially when I'm feeling extra groggy or full of cold.
Onto the skin and makeup, I've got a handful of products that help a great deal. Before applying any products to my face, I like to keep things clean by applying a sanitizer. I like to use my Bath & Body Works Hand Gel in 'Tis the Season so that I can feel festive even in the end of January. When I get sick, my skin usually creates dry patches on itself (is it not enough that I feel crappy, but I have to look it too? Thanks, skin.) so moisturizer is a must. My favorite Simple Hydrating Light Moisture adds just the right amount of moisture without any grease. It also hydrates for 12 hours so I don't have to worry about any dry patches reocurring. For the base, I like to keep things light and simple. I tend to reach for my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation in B30 when I absolutely have to leave the house, but still want to look decent. Applied with my new favorite Real Techniques Buffing Brush (full review to come), and I've got a pretty dang good 'no makeup' look. To occupy myself as I mope around the house, I like to paint my nails with a pretty polish. My recent favorite is the OPI Nail Lacquer in the shade Baby Please Come Home from the Mariah Carey winter collection. The varnish has a 'liquid sand' texture which feels exactly like the namesake! Polishes always make everything better, especially a cold.
Last but not least, I wanted to throw in a few reading bits. I always have a magazine at arm's length, and being sick is no exception. My favorite magazine to read is Allure, and the January 2014 issue is chock full of great beauty tips and fashion tips for the new year. My new must have book is the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, which I received for my birthday. Bobbi is one of my idols and her book is bloomin' full with amazing advice from a makeup artist who knows her stuff. My favorite chapter so far is Chapter 9: Artistry. I highly recommend Bobbi's book for everyone from teenagers to mature women!
I hope this edit has helped any of you who are or who will be feeling under the weather. Get your beauty rest, drink plenty of water and you'll be feeling better in no time!
Friday, January 24, 2014
One makeup product that every woman should own is concealer. Concealer is absolutely necessary, whether one is having a 'no makeup' makeup day or a full face of product. There are so many types of concealers from sticks to liquids so there has to be a perfect concealer for everyone. With my current spot prone skin, I've been searching the depths of the internet for the perfect concealer, which I think I've found (hopefully) in the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I'm open to all your favorite concealers for recommendations!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Okay, I know that the title is a very bold statement but I kid you not: this polish remover is the best I've ever used. I've been painting my nails around 2-3 times per week and the removal process has gotten 20 times easier! I found this little gem whilst scanning the aisles at my beloved Sephora. I had heard a lot about these 'pots of gold' as I lovingly call it, and I knew I had to pick it up. For a good $9.95, the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover is an incredible bargain. When you've got polish on your nails and would like to switch things up, just place each nail individually in the pre soaked
foam core to have your lacquer removed instantly. It's as simple as that! No more tugging at the nail bed with cotton wool or waiting for the remover to start working. Finally, an amazing product for the daily lacquer lover.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I'm a big fan of Garnier shower products so when I saw the brand's new line of skincare, I knew I had to try it out. The new line is split up into categories based upon the skin's texture and type. I gravitated toward the cute, pink bottle (of course), which was a part of the Combination skin line. The Garnier Clean+ Purifying Foam Cleanser is an all around great product. The packaging is very practical as it doesn't have a pump, so the user must squeeze the bottle to distribute the product. The ratio of amount of product to price is great with nearly 7 fl oz for $8 USD. The foam is airy and light with a delicious fruity scent, which makes it enjoyable to apply. I find that this doesn't really break me out and it makes my skin feel squeaky clean after each use. So far, I'm really loving this new cleanser and I intend on using it all up!
Have you tried the new Garnier+ skincare products?
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Butter London is a brand known for their luxury nail polishes with gorgeous colors and a smooth formulation. Although I've heard many great things about their polishes, I hadn't heard much about their Lippys until my dad brought me back one from his trip to Ireland. On the Butter London website, there are a total of 25 liquid lipstick formulas ranging from sheer glosses to black liquids for a price tag of $20. The Butter London Lippy in the shade Snog is a blue toned hot pink shade. The doe foot applicator makes applying the liquid quite easy and the liquid is quite opaque. Although I'm a fan of the color range, I don't like the product itself. The liquid lipstick is extremely sticky and has a potent smell of cucumbers. Even after removing the lip color, the texture is still stuck on the lips, making it impossible for anyone to want to snog you (get it??). The price tag is also a bit expensive for a not-so-great product. Despite the great color selection and the brand's spectacular track record, I do not think their liquid lippys are worth the price. I highly recommend the YSL Glossy Stains or the Hourglass Opaque Rouges for a similar product.
Have you tried the Butter London Lippys?
Monday, January 20, 2014
- My passions are music, makeup, and blogging
- My dream school is Baylor University in Waco, Texas!
- When I grow up, I would love to be the Editor in Chief of Glamour Magazine and a professional musician
- I have a really great relationship with my parents
- I love to eat (especially chocolate and steak)
- My favorite movie of all time is Rush Hour 2
- My favorite wardrobe items are a navy blue tweed jacket from J. Crew, black leather jacket from Michael Kors, and a black mini MAC from Rebecca Minkoff
- I really love taking pictures, especially with my new Canon Rebel T3i dslr
- My favorite beauty products to buy are eyeshadow and foundation
- I would love to learn how to play the Mandolin and Accordion
- My favorite songs of all time are "To Build a Home" by Cinematic Orchestra and "Almost Lover" by A Fine Frenzy
- Kate Spade handbags are my weakness
- I find that I hold grudges for a really long time, which isn't very good
- I tend to buy a lot of stationary (notebooks and planners) even though I really don't need it
- Even though I try really hard, I'm not very good at school
- I love to write
- Learning new instruments is hands down my favorite thing to do
- One of my dreams is to start my own band and perform all over the world
- Although I've been playing instruments for 8 years, I can't read sheet music (but I'm trying to learn!) so I tend to listen to the song first and play it by ear
- I love to play my guitar and harmonica at the same time
- I would rather stay home and hang out with my family than go out with friends
- I can't wait to go away to college and have a fresh start (but I would love to take my family with me!)
- I can be really competitive and stubborn, especially when it comes to music
- Bobbi Brown is my favorite makeup brand of all time
- My favorite couture designers are Yves Saint Laurent and Chloe
Sunday, January 19, 2014
|Maybelline Color Show in Better in Buff (2 coats)|
With my short, stubby nails growing quickly, I've added a few polishes to my (nonexistent) collection. I've really been loving my few Essie nail polishes, but I wanted a nice nude color. When I saw this vernis in Target the other week, I knew I had to have it. Maybelline Color Show Polish in Better in Buff is the perfect nude-y pink for my nails. They look classic and chic when paired against any outfit, which is a huge plus! Although the Maybelline formulation isn't the greatest, I really like the brush size and the shade selection. I'll be updating you all on the lasting power of the polish and what my final thoughts are on the product.
Have you tried any of the Maybelline Color Show nail polishes? What are your thoughts?
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Although I'm a beauty blogger and makeup addict, one missing part of my regime is a skincare routine that suits all of my needs. While searching for bits and products to add to my skincare collection, I found myself scrolling page by page through Caroline Hiron's blog. Caroline is the skincare guru and blogger of the beauty industry. With over 16 years of experience in the industry, she is definitely someone to listen to when it comes to the cleaning and treatments of the skin. Because of my new obsession with cleansers, toners, and masks, I thought that I would research through more of Caroline's blog and share her top tips and tricks with you all! I've learned so much through her skincare ideas and I hope that you learn something too!
Starting at the beginning...
- Time is the most important part of a skincare regime; you can't expect a product to work overnight!
- Cleansing the skin must be done every day and night with no excuse.
- Keep a good eye on your diet and only put clean, organic foods into your body.
- Smoking, alcohol, and sugar do nothing but damage to your clean skin.
- Sunshine is good for your skin (vitamin D), but too much can wreck havoc on the skin. Apply SPF every day religiously.
- Nothing beats luxurious, quality skincare products. Toss out that $4 cleanser and start investing in your skin.
- Taking multivitamins and eating lots of fish (especially salmon) adds nutritious oils and minerals into your body.
- Sleeping is an absolute must to ensure that your skin will be rested and rejuvenated.
- Water, water, water!!!
- Aesop Fabulous Face Oil
- Anne Semonin Mineral Mask
- Alpha H Liquid Gold
- Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturizer
- MV Organic Skincare Rose Hydrating Mist
- REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk
- Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm
- Caudalie Beauty Elixir
- Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask
- Hampton Sun Hydrating Aloe Continuous Mist Aftersun
What are some of your top skincare tips?
Friday, January 17, 2014
Bare Minerals is one of those brands that are household names among women nowadays. Their famous loose powder foundation is top rated world wide and can be found in the makeup bags of celebrities and makeup artists alike. Although I've never tried the brand's foundation, I've recently tried a bunch of products from their infamous line.
Have you tried any of the Bare Minerals makeup or tools? What was your experience with them?
Thursday, January 16, 2014
As a beauty blogger, I'm always trying out new makeup and beauty bits for posts, but not all of them turn out great. I tend to stray away from the "bad review" especially when products are given to me, but I thought I would share the truth on these literal bad boys.
*As a disclaimer, these products didn't work on me or my oily, acne prone skin, but that doesn't mean that it can't work on you! These reviews are all relative and the products shouldn't be turned down just because of one review.*
The YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat was my first real big girl purchase, and it turned out to be one of the worst. When I first started wearing a full face of makeup, say around 2 years ago, I didn't know squat about color matching and foundation types. I thought that a dewy and radiant foundation would go great with my oily skin. Bad idea, Noelle. Besides the wrong foundation type, I was also deceived on my color match! The horrible worker in Sephora matched me a completely wrong shade, which I was too naive to realize until it was too late. When I first started wearing it, this foundation slipped and slid around my face during the humid days of the fall. It's one of the worst purchases I've ever made, especially since I wanted to love it so badly. Continuing with the bases, I bought the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation from my local Target after research on the "best drugstore foundation". I had tried this one before courtesy of my mother, but the second time around I did not like it. The idea is nice, but the formulation drove me nuts. It oxidized on my skin twice, leaving me with an unpredictable final shade. It wasn't an expensive foundation, but it did leave me disappointed. NYC Bronzing Face Powder was a raved about bronzer on YouTube and on different beauty blogs, but I absolutely hated it. I'm not very pale, but the bronzer left my skin extremely orange. The formulation is extremely chalky and the packaging is cheap. Even though it was only $4, the product isn't even worth that. A Sephora brand product I don't care for is the Natural Eyes Pro Palette Lesson. The eyeshadows are soft and pigmented but they were really hard for me to blend together. Even with the lightest hand, the shadows wouldn't blend, leaving my under eyes covered in fall out. It's a shame that that the palette isn't the best, considering my love for the Sephora brand makeup as a whole. Moving on to lips, I have a Revlon stain that sent me running as far away from it as possible. The Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm was hated by many a beauty blogger and YouTuber. The color selection is quite nice, but the stain's formula is downright crappy. With a felt tip applicator, the stain goes on patchy and bleeds out around the edges of the lips. The balm included on the other side of the product leaves the lips feeling sticky and a bit waxy, which is very unpleasant. Overall, this is my least favorite product out of the bunch. Last but not least, I have a Rimmel lipstick that I thought would be my perfect berry lip color. The Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Color in 60 looks like the most beautiful berry shade in the bullet, but looks garish against my light-medium skin tone. The lipstick was a bit too creamy and hard to apply. The moisture rich product also emigrated to the outside of my lips, causing a "joker" effect. This lipstick is definitely not my go to out of all the Rimmel lipsticks.
What are some of your least favorite or disappointing beauty products?
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Bloggers and YouTubers alike have raved about makeup artists Samantha and Nic Chapman's brush line; Real Techniques. As soon as the sister duo launched the brush line, everyone and their uncle seem to use the brushes on a daily basis. RT have a total of 18 brushes and sponges including 4 ready made sets. The synthetic bristles make the brushes extremely easy to wash and apply products flawlessly. The color coded system allows the buyer to quickly find which brush works for a flawless base (orange), enhanced eyes (purple), and the perfect finish (pink). The brushes are also created to be extremely versatile, which allows the user to use less brushes while going through her makeup routine.
I don't own many RT brushes but the three I currently own are amazing! The large pink brush is the Multi Task Brush, which I like to use to apply powder, bronzer, or blush. Even though the bristles aren't very dense, I'm sure that applying liquid or powder foundation with the Multi Task brush would be a breeze! The Essential Foundation Brush is a thin, lightweight brush with very flat bristles. The small brush head is a bit small to apply liquid foundation for my taste, but it works flawlessly in applying concealer to larger portions of the face. One of my weird obsessions is using this brush to blend out any harsh eyeshadow lines. I find that the bristles are tapered enough to fit right on top of the eye, which makes blending extremely easy! The last brush from my RT collection is the Domed Shadow Brush, which I rarely use for shadow. My favorite use for this brush is applying concealer to any blemishes and under the eyes. I find dotting concealer on spots and lightly blending it out to be so much easier with this brush than my fingers! It applies the perfect amount of product and blends like a dream, while I see my spots quickly disappear! I'm really looking forward to purchasing more brushes from Real Techniques, and I completely understand what all the hype is about!
Have you used any of the Real Techniques brushes?
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
- Maintenance of keratin straightening treatments
- Increases styling and manageability
- Perfect for all hair types
- Replaces lost protein
- Protects the nautral keratin in hair
- Protects against heat
- Restores hydration balance
- Detangles, defrizzes and adds shine
- Strengthens hair structure
- Seals cuticles for extra silky hair
What is your holy grail hair product?
Sunday, January 12, 2014
We're well into January by now and I've created lists of resolutions to try and accomplish throughout the year. Although resolutions often set one up for failure, I decided to make some beauty ones anyway!
Take care of my nails
I've never been a big fan of polish or nail art, but this year something is different. I'm letting my stubby nails grow out into a decent length and adding a bit of color to them. Trying my best not to bite them, I'm hoping to take better care of them with cuticle oils, base coats, and the lot.
Go au naturale on the hair spectrum
Nearly 4 years of heat damage on my locks had created crispy and damaged ends. I've been restraining myself from straighteners and curling irons to let my hair strengthen and patch itself up. Adding heat protectants and hair oils will plump up the strands and strengthen them from roots to ends.
Learn when to splurge
It's always hard to determine whether to buy the $30 mascara or lip gloss, but I'm slowly learning when to spend and when to save. Because products like foundations and blushers have a longer life span, I'll be splurging on those and saving on nails vernises and mascaras.
Mask it up
I haven't tried many face or hair masks, but I'm definitely going to be picking some up. Hopefully I'll find a great mask for oily, spot prone skin that will eventually provide me with the flawless skin I've always yearned for!
It always starts with skin
Creating a really great skincare routine that will be gentle and effective is a goal of mine. If I find the right products that will clear up the spots and suck up the oily bits, I won't need to spend as much time (or money) on the makeup. Starting and sticking with a great skincare routine is absolutely necessary.
What are some of your beauty resolutions for 2014? How do you plan on sticking with them?
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Many a beauty blogger have raved about the infamous Shu Uemura eyelash curlers. The impressive amount of length and volume that the eye tool gives is notable in the beauty industry. I've always wanted to try the brand's curlers and when I heard about the new S Curler, I knew that I had to try it. The S Curler is a different type of curler in the fact that it's created to curl smaller sections of lashes. The smaller size allows the user to curl the inner or outer most part of the lashes to her own liking, rather than curling the whole group of lashes. It definitely sounded really interesting when I researched it, but does it really work? In my opinion, it does curl the lashes very well. It's a bit tricky to use because of the different design, but it adds a good amount of definition to lashes, especially those that are stick straight. It doesn't do a whole lot for my lashes, but that's just because they're naturally long and curly. Overall, I really like the S Curler, creative design and all. I think it's going to be a hit in 2014 and it will be found in the makeup bags of all the beauty bloggers and celebs. Favorite beauty tool for 2014? I think so.
Friday, January 10, 2014
What are some of your favorite nail polishes that I should try?
Thursday, January 9, 2014
A new year is always a fresh start, especially when it comes to beauty. This month's edition of the beauty bundle is packed with new finds and favorites. Starting with lips to nails and a beauty book, it's clear that January is sure to be a beautiful month!
Lashes are sorted with length and bold volume found in a tube of Bare Minerals Flawless Definition in Black. The skinny wand allows the brush to grab each individual lash and pack on the volume. Another BM product this month is the brand's Face Color in the shade Glee; a light mauve with no hint of sparkle or shine. The loose powder blush is the perfect amount of color on my medium skin tone that pairs gorgeously with a bold lip. Two berry favorites of mine are the Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood and Essie Berry Naughty nail vernis. Oxblood is the perfect berry shade for a 'just bitten' look without the fuss. My new found love of lacquers had inspired me to purchase Berry Naughty, which is a beautiful deep wine shade. For a hint of fragrance on the inside of the wrists, I've found a love for Fresh Life eau de parfum. The subtle scent of citrus, fresh florals, and vanilla are incredibly comforting during the colder months. To remove all that makeup, I've been loving Garnier Clean+ Purifying Foam Cleanser. The cleanser is very gentle and doesn't strip the skin of its natural oils. My switch from acne treatment cleansers to a simple cleanser has been going great and I will soon do an updated skincare routine!
A fresh start with beauty will be a nice change from my beauty rut in the past few weeks. With January's beauty bundle sorted, 2014 is sure to be a great year.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
As I've mentioned before, I recently returned home from my trip to LA for the Rose Bowl. One of the perks of being in band is frequently traveling, and this trip was no different. I love sharing pictures of my trips with you all, so I wanted to share some from Pasadena!