Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: 'Dream Pure BB Cream'

I don't have much experience with BB creams, but I have tried out a couple recently. The 'Dream Pure BB Cream' from Maybelline really caught my eye at the drugstore because it included salicylic acid, perfect for acne-prone skin. I researched the product before purchasing it and got mixed reviews. Some said they absolutely loved the product and others said it made their acne worse. So I put this product to the test for 2 weeks…

Friday, September 26, 2014

Music On Repeat (3)

* Adrian Lux - Teenage Crime
* The Suburbs - Mr Little Jeans
* MO - Say You'll Be There
* Agnes Obel - Riverside
* James Blake - Retrograde

Monday, September 22, 2014

Week in Photos (3)

 This week has been so exciting and I couldn't of asked for a better birthday week! 

1. I started off my birthday week with a little piercing! All thanks to Get My Point in Dana Point! My boyfriend and I continued our day with a walk around Laguna Beach.
2. A little outfit of the day
White top: Brandy Melville | Skirt: H&M | Platform Loafers: Forever21 | Purse: Alexander Wang 'Rocco' 
3. Friday birthday dinner! We celebrated at Javier's in Crystal Cove. I had my favorite dish there (salmon!) and for dessert, flan! 
4. Saturday brunch with my family at the Montage in Laguna Beach. I ordered some amazing mac & cheese! And I got a little birthday surprise! Happy 19th to me!
5. ootd
White Blouse: H&M | Denim Shorts: Zara | Sandals: Tori Burch | Purse: Chanel Boy

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall & Winter Excitement

Words cannot describe how excited I am for fall and winter this year. The heat has tormented Southern California for too long! Although we don't get an extremely cold fall and winter, I am still expecting 65 degree weather, but there are also other things I'm looking forward to this season...

1. Pulling out my oversized cardigans and not dying of heat
2. Wearing my favorite black beanie and consequently, not styling my hair
3. Chai tea!
4. Watching Halloween movies and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (feat. Jim Carrey!) even though I don't celebrate either holiday...
5. Pulling out my collection of fuzzy, frilly, and decorative socks
6. New Year's
7. Vampy lipsticks
8. Cinnamon pine cones and Yankee candles
9. My crazy neighbors' Christmas light spectacle
10. Continuous family time!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Recent Purchases: Beauty, Fashion, and Accessories

 I've been accumulating these purchases for a month now and they are all so exciting to me! 
I repurchased my Anastasia 'Clear Brow Gel' because I was running low and I can't live without this product. I also made my first purchase from Gerard Cosmetics and bought the 'BB+ Illumination'! I've tried this product out a couple of times, but I'm still not sure about how I feel about it.

I've been looking through some makeup accounts on Instagram and I recently fell in love with @jessjanemakeup! Every look she creates is flawless and she lists all the products she uses! I noticed that she used a couple of Essence lip liners that looked stunning on so I had to go pick them up! I purchased 'Satin Mauve' and 'Cute Pink' because of her and then, I couldn't resist picking up 'Wish Me a Rose'!

I've been obsessed with lipstick for the past couple of months so I had to include my most recent lipstick purchases! I picked up Mac's 'Brave' lipstick after seeing it on someone's Instagram account (of course!). This lipstick goes perfectly with Essence 'Satin Mauve' lip liner (my favorite lip combo of the moment)! In preparation for fall, I also picked up Wet n Wild lipsticks in 'Sugar Plum Fairy' and 'Cinnamon Spice'. 

I have been lusting after a fish eye lens for my Nikon for the longest time, but I recently picked up this iPhone lens from Amazon, which is a cheaper alternative. The seller includes a phone case, a wide angle lens and a macro lens, as well.

Lastly, I picked up these amazing Doc Marten 'Maelly' boots! These will most likely be my fall/winter boot for this year. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bring On The Vamp!

Autumn is my absolute favorite season. I love everything about it! Doc Martens, knee high socks, heavy cardigans, and vampy lips all scream autumn to me. But today, I am only focusing on the lips! I don't usually change up my makeup to match the season, but I definitely make exceptions for autumn. It is the beginning of September and I did not waste a single second to pull out my favorite lipsticks of the season!

* Revlon 'Black Cherry' Lipstick: This is the darkest lipstick I have in my collection. The formula is moisturizing, but the finish is still semi-matte. The color is exactly as the name suggests -- an intense, dark burgundy color that will definitely intensify any look!

* Mac 'Rebel' Lipstick: 'Rebel' is an all-time favorite of mine. This is a perfect mix of purple and red, almost like a raspberry color. The formula is almost matte, but it has a beautiful sheen to it. 

* Topshop 'The Damned' Lipstick: This is a sheerer version of 'Rebel' with a bit more of a pink undertone. The formula is a bit drying, but lip balm before application should help with that! You can build this lipstick up to a bold color, or sheer it down for a more natural look.  

* Topshop 'Beguiled' Lipstick: 'Beguiled' is a gorgeous burgundy/wine color. There's a reason everyone fell in love with it last fall! The finish is matte and the formula is also a bit drying. 

* Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 'Damned':  'Damned' is a wine colored pencil with a slight purple undertone to it. I use it more when I want something that will last all day, especially since it has a matte finish! 

* E.L.F Long Wear Lip Liner in 'Bitter': This doesn't really count as a lipstick, but 'Bitter' is the perfect lip liner to pair with any of the above lipsticks. It basically matches 'Beguiled' perfectly, but can be paired with any vampy lipstick. The formula is long-lasting and the price is even better!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

August Beauty Favorites!

Forever21 'Ultra Pigmented Lip Color': I've never tried out the OCC Lip Tars, but I'm sure that these lip pigments come pretty close and I would even consider them a dupe! They are so incredibly pigmented and they last all day! They dry to a semi-matte finish, but aren't drying on the lips. I picked up one of the colors and fell in love so I had to go back and buy the entire selection! The only downside is that they don't have the name printed on the bottle, only the box. But for $2.80, you can't complain!

Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Maya Mia' Palette: I'm not one to purchase a palette just because it's new and hyped up. I only own 3 palettes and I am happy with them. But, when the salesperson at Nordstrom's showed me this palette, I fell in love! It has the perfect blend of neutral matte shades and shimmery ones too. My favorites are Warm Taupe, Caramel, and Glisten!

MAC 'Whirl' lipliner and 'Velvet Teddy' lipstick: This has been my favorite lip combo of the month! I have been transitioning my makeup from summer to fall and I felt like a neutral matte lip was the way to go. The hype is real with this combo.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #15: I purchased this a little while ago, but I really fell in love with the color at the beginning of the month. It's the perfect peachy-nude color for my skin tone and the formula is divine! Although fall is approaching, I will continue to wear #15 on days where I want to look fresh!