Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HAUL: Skin Care, Sephora VIB Sale, Beijing + Duty Free Shopping

Another month, another haul.. tons of skin care, makeup, and lashes! I included updates on my hair color by Guy Tang as well as my new obsession with leather jackets. Also, I'll include clips from my trip to Beijing in my Favorites video next week for those curious about what I experienced there! Hint: scorpions.

P.S. Today (Nov 19) is the last day of Shu Uemura's best promotion of the year, the VIP Event! Score 25% OFF with code SHUXRAE ♡ My Top 10 Recommendations can be found HERE!

Products Featured:
BB Dakota Taupe Leather Jacket (XS)
Kate Somerville D-Scar Serum
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate
Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift
La Mer Cleansing Oil (Call my SA at 949.220.3366 for samples)
Christian Louboutin Nail Color in Alta Perla
Christian Louboutin Nail Color in Bianca
Christian Louboutin Nail Care Kit
Velour Lashes in Extra Oomph
Velour Lashes Au Naturale Set
Shu Uemura Farfallina Lashes
Shu Uemura Partial Lashes
Dior Holiday 2014 Highlighter in Pink 002

Makeup Worn:
Cle de Peau Foundation in O20
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Koh Gen Do Powder in OC-1
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronzer
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo in 202
Shu Uemura Warm Brown Eyeshadow Palette
*Use code SHUXRAE for 25% OFF (LAST DAY)
Burberry Effortless Liquid Eyeliner
Velour Lashes in Extra Oomph

ghd 2" Styler

Christian Louboutin Just Nothing

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Shu Uemura VIP 25% OFF Sale Details + Top 10 Recommendations

In case you haven't heard, Shu Uemura is holding their highly anticipated 25% off SALE this week. This is the absolute BEST Shu Uemura promotion of the year, even better and more discounted than the Black Friday sale! The offer technically starts on Monday, November 17th and ends on Wednesday, November 19th, but my readers get an early preview. That means you can load up your cart and SHOP NOW on Sunday, November 16th before all the popular items and colors are gone!!

Use the exclusive promo code SHUXRAE to receive 25% off + free shipping 
on orders of $50 or more in the United States and Canada ♡

As many of you know, I absolutely love Shu Uemura cosmetics and always make a beeline for their counters when traveling abroad. I was devastated when the last Shu Uemura store in California closed, but luckily, we can still shop online! My favorite two items from the latest Shupette collection — the palette and brush set — are sold out already, so do take advantage of this short-lived opportunity to save money and stock up!

EDIT :: I CAN'T BELIVE that I completely FORGOT to include Shu Uemura's legendary EYESHADOWS! I posted a quick picture on Instagram here, sharing a few of my favorite palettes. I love all the individual eyeshadow refills (some of the best glitters on the market) as well as the new Ready-to-Wear Palettes (especially the black and brown). Hope these suggestions help! xo

Rae's TOP 10 Recommendations

This is the legendary Shu Uemura product. It is the very eyelash curler I ever tried.
Since then, I have experimented and dabbled with other brands, but Shu Uemura's
is my one true love. It never pinches the skin of my delicate eyelids and provides
the most long-lasting results. I have fine, sparse lashes, which means
an eyelash curler is essential for completing any eye look!

This is my favorite Shu Uemura cleansing oil. It removes my waterproof mascaras
most effectively and without ever irritating my super sensitive eyes! The Anti/Oxi
feels more like a gel, which makes it more appealing to those new to the cleansing
oil trend. I reviewed it here in detail here, in case you're interested!

I adore all Shu Uemura eyelashes for their construction and quality,
but the Smoky Layers style is an exceptional, naturally pretty lash. 
The Farfallina (not available on the US site) are my most
worn since they are very full and dramatic, but the
Smoky Layers is universally loved.

This is one of the three brushes I use for exclusively for blush.
The application is precise and the bristles are not excessively soft,
making it possible to pick up sheer baked powders. Shu Uemura brushes
are known for quality, and this is one of my all-time favorites. 

Pictured above is 11, but I also recommend 10f. I hesitated to splurge on
these brushes before I understood the magic of Kolinsky, but the 20% off
discount makes these a steal! The bristles are firm yet soft and can work
with powders, creams, or liquids. With regular washing and gentle care,
these Kolinksy brushes can last a good ten to twenty years.

The relatively new Tint in Gelato cream lipsticks are some of the best I have ever
 tried. I especially love AT 01 Cassis, since the red is universally flattering, but
you must try CR 04 Spiced Orange if natural colors are more your style!

 I love the Vision of Beauty limited edition lipsticks. The packaging is a work of art
in its own right, so give these a try first. The colors are wearable and ideal for any
complexion. The formula is richly pigmented with a natural, semi-lustrous finish.

Of all the Shu Uemura mascaras I have tried over the years, the Petal Lash
is the most memorable. It never clumps and holds up my lashes for hours.
Though it isn't the most volumizing, the Petal Lash lifts and separates.
I highly recommend it for use alone or with false lashes.

The new Drawing Pencil line-up is impressive and versatile.
My favorite is P Black 01, which is smooth and subtly shimmery.
You can see my swatches of every single shade here!

The chilly Fall and Winter season is perfect for the Lightbulb foundation's dewy finish. 
I especially love the sponge for sheer application of the formula.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

HOW TO: Loose Voluminous Wavy Curls

Voluminous curls are likely the most coveted curl look this year. They are stylish and sophisticated. Today, I will be sharing my latest curling routine using the NuMe Lustrum 25mm wand. I had been using a different interchangeable barrel set for the last six months, but the NuMe Lustrum surprised me! It provides long-lasting, lustrous results, so I highly recommend this set. I used the 25mm wand, but for those with longer hair, give the 32mm wand a try!

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Makeup Worn:
Eve Lom Sunscreen
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer
Cle de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara
LORAC Front of the Line Pro Eyeliner
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Sweet Stiletto
Velour Lashes in The Extra Oomph 

Chanel Atmosphere

Vince (old)

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Giorgio Armani Fall 2014 Review, Photos + Tutorial feat. Eye & Brow Maestro

Giorgio Armani makes some of the best designer makeup that money can buy. So despite the fact that Holiday collections (including Armani's) are rolling out in full force, I wanted to share the beauty of the Fall 2014 Fade to Grey collection. Furthermore, I wanted to demonstrate that the new Eye & Brow Maestro can be used on both naturally full and incredibly spare, thin brows like mine!

Now, some of you may have noticed that I did not include the nail polishes or the liquid eyeliners in the video (due to time constraints). Armani's standard formula is super glossy, but these Fall 2014 nail polish shades actually have a matte finish. I loved how effortless the application of the formula was — ultra smooth and self leveling. The color lasted a few days without chipping, which is fairly impressive for matte nails. The mineral tones of the Fall 2014 Eyes to Kill liquid eyeliners provide a "no-makeup" makeup feel due to the subtlety of the colors. The color is long-lasting and semi-transparent with a gel texture that is perfect for everyday wear.

Makeup Worn:
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4 + 5.75
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Armani Eye & Brow Maestro in 02 Brown + 01 Black
Armani Fall 2014 Organica Eyeshadow Palette
Cle de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara
Ivory Lash in Smitten Kitten (10% off with code RAE2014)
Cle de Peau Highlighter in Sand Beige
Charlotte Tilbury Blush in First Love
Armani Fall 2014 Rouge d'Armani Sheer in 114



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