Friday, April 27, 2012

My First Shu Uemura Hair Ceremony Experience at the Juan Juan Salon, BH


Ever since experimenting with my first Shu Uemura Art of Hair product, the Cleansing Oil Shampoo, I have been hooked! My hair has never responded better to styling and my scalp has never felt more balanced. I can even wash my hair every day without having it look like an oily mess, which has helped my dry ends immensely. Then the Shu Uemura Art of Hair PR team generously invited me to experience the newly restructured Hair Ceremony at the Juan Juan Salon in Beverly Hills. All photos were taken by me with my Canon 7D, and the photos are copyrighted so do not use without permission!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

April 2012 Favorites/Hits&Misses [Designer + Drugstore "Dupes"] Video Details


Hello, everyone! This favorites installment has several new products, a couple I have already mentioned on my blog but previously hadn't enough time to include in a video before! Some of the products I've actually mentioned, and I included them in this video to update you on how they have been performing for me. I know not everyone enjoys long videos, so I tried to be as succinct as possible.. couldn't shorten the video further, though, sorry! I hope you'll find all the reviews helpful :)



Products Shown:
Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in 01 Platinum & 04 Spice
Tom Ford Lip Lacquer in Gold Dust
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Sticks in 03 Fawn and 04 Bisque
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Creme Compact Foundation in B30
   *[Full review with comparisons HERE!]
Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette with Walk of Shame, Vanilla, Tease, Loaded, Shattered and Mushroom Single Eyeshadows, popped out of their individual packaging and placed into the palette!
Shu Uemura Ciel Blue Nail Polish from YesStyle.com
Revlon Nail Polish in Blue Lagoon
KATE Gel Eyebrow in BR-3 from YesStyle.com
Sigma Angled Brow E75 and Brow & Lash E80
   *[Purchase HERE & take 10% off with coupon code APRIL2012 for the rest of the month!]
Laura Mercier Brow Definer in Soft with Laura Mercier double-ended brow brush
L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm in 418 Caring Coral
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Chance


Make-up Worn:
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Creme Compact Foundation in B30
Dolce & Gabanna Powder Foundation in 110 Caramel
Dior Nude Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in 002 Sunshine
KATE Gel Eyebrow in BR-3
Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in 01 Platinum
Maybelline Line Stiletto Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara in Black
Faux False Eyelashes in Roxy
L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm in 418 Caring Coral

Nails:
Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams

Lenses:
Geo Tri Color Green

Sweater:
J.Crew Linen

Monday, April 23, 2012

$50 Gift Card to Dermstore Giveaway + Skin Care Products Review Video Details


I have never held a gift card giveaway before, but I figured this was the best way for the winner to take advantage of every dollar! I only reviewed three products, but I chose them myself (with careful consideration) and I have tested them for three weeks now. Hope you find it helpful and best of luck with the giveaway!



Products Reviewed:
Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 (3fl oz.), ON SALE for $39.10 [Linked HERE]
Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo (4.5 oz), $25 [Linked HERE]
Pevonia Enzymo-Spherides Peeling Cream (1.7 oz), $42 [Linked HERE]

Make-up Worn:
Dolce & Gabbana The Powder Foundation in 110 Caramel
Dior NUDE Healthy Glow Blush in 002 Sunlight
Kanebo KATE Eyebrow Gel in BR-3
LORAC Wild for TANtalizer Eyeshadow Palette
Maybelline Line Stiletto Liner in Blackest Black
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara
Darkness False Eyelashes in XE
L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm in 418 Caring Coral
LORAC TANtalizer Lip Gloss in Raoul

Earrings:
JewelMint Plume Paradise [Purchase HERE]


Nail Polish:
Shu Uemura Ciel Blue


Lenses:
Clear prescription

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dior Croisette Summer 2012 [Tangerine Trend] + Review Video Details


What a surprise.. Dior was the first designer brand to release the summer collection. For once, it was not Chanel! I was quite pleased with the color selections as well as the varied product line-up. I hope you find the tutorial helpful! I tried several different eye looks before I decided on the one I chose to show. You can also use the ivory all over the lid and use the gold, orange, and brown to create a more dramatic cut crease look! If you have any questions about the products shown or used, please refer to my comprehensive post (lots of swatches) on the complete Dior Croisette Collection for Summer 2012 HERE!



Make-up Worn:
Dior Forever Fusion Foundation in 031
Dolce & Gabanna The Powder Foundation in 110 Caramel
Shiseido The Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Dior 5 Couleur Croisette Edition Eyeshadow Quint in Aurora with MAC 239 & Bobbi Brown Angled Eye Brush
Armani Eyes to Kill WP Mascara with False Eyelashes [not sure what brand, sorry!]
Dior Nude Healthy Glow Mineral Bronzer in 002 Sunshine with Sigma Large Powder & Duo Fiber Cheek Brushes
Dior Addict Lipstick in Casual Gold
Dior Addict Gloss in Pink Croisette


Earrings:
JewelMint Plume Paradise [Purchase HERE]


Nails:
Dior Bikini & Chanel Distraction

Lenses:
Clear Prescription

Dior Croisette Summer 2012 Make-up Collection Review, Photos, Swatches




I adore the Summer 2012 make-up by Dior. The campaign ad above only shows the gorgeous turquoises of the Croisette collection, but it is actually a beautiful mix of warm and cool tones. The products are growing on me with each use, absolutely adore my purchases! There is something for everyone, and I will go through all the products that were available at my local Nordstrom, as well as outline my top picks below.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

JewelMint & Forever21 Accessories Haul + Giveaway Video Details


Hello, everyone! I'm back with another jewelry haul, and this is quite a large one.. I've just been loving jewelry shopping these days. Make-up has, for once, taken the back seat and to be honest, I'm having fun ignoring beauty! Granted, I just filmed the Dior Summer 2012 collection video, but it was nice to take a respite for a couple weeks :) Anyway, hope you enjoy the review and the giveaway!



Jewelry Shown:
JewelMint Plume Paradise Earrings, Chain Reaction Earrings, Mod Glam Earrings
JewelMint Gehry Cuff Bracelet in Silver
Forever 21 Spike Chain Earrings [Threw out the tag, sorry!] $6.80
Forever 21 Pink/Gold Necklace [SKU 00013533011] $7.80
Forever 21 Natural Floppy Hat in Coral [SKU 00037498041] $10.80
Forever 21 Natural Floppy Hat with Hot Pink Trim [SKU 00038941021] $12.80

Make-up Worn:
Dior Forever Foundation in 031
Dolce & Gabanna The Powder Foundation in 110 Caramel
Shiseido The Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara in Black
Dior Summer 2012 Eyeshadow Quint, Bronzer, Lipstick, Lip Gloss [All details to come on Thursday!]
Ardell False Lashes [Can't recall the model number, so sorry. They're very old, though!]
Lancome Artliner Waterproof from Summer 2011 in Scorched

Nails:
Chanel Distraction
Dior Bikini [only on right index finger]

Earrings:
JewelMint Plume Paradise


Lenses:
Clear prescription only

Thursday, April 12, 2012

How to Achieve Straight Hair with Volume


I posted a poll of sorts on my Facebook several weeks ago, requesting hair tutorials you guys would like to see! Straight Hair with Volume seemed to be the winner, with the French Twist close behind, so I have for you an easy blow drying tutorial below. Hope you enjoy it :)
P.S. You can tease or backcomb the hair after brushing it smoothly once it is all dry. Use a holding hairspray like the Alterna one I showed to keep the hairs in place.. but I try to avoid backcombing as much as possible because it damages the hair :)



Products Used:
Shu Uemura DEPSEA FOUNDATION Daily Style Refresher Spray with Depsea Wear & Ceramide
Shu Uemura TASAI CREAM Versatile Styling Cream with Imperial Black Sugar
Sedu Revolution 3600i Lightweight Hair Dyer [purchase it HERE & get $40 OFF!]
Pronto 360 by Spornette Blow Dry Brush
Denman Synthetic Bristle Brush [super old, my grandfather gave it to me]
Alterna Hemp Maximum Hold Volume Lock Hairspray
Shu Uemura SHEER LACQUER Micro-Fine Finishing Spray
*The Shu Uemura hair products are available online HERE!

Make-up Worn:
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24HR Foundation in 250 Bisque
Dolce & Gabbana The Powder Foundation in 110 Caramel
D&G The Blush in Tan [used as bronzer/contour]
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans
Lancome Artliner in Black
Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara in Black
Lancome Color Fever Gloss in Paradise Peach

Lenses Worn:
Neo Extra Size Dolly in Brown [available HERE]

Nail Polish Worn:
Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Favorite Basic Tops, Tanks & Ts Video Details


I got lots of requests to go over my most-worn basics, and though not all of the exact styles are available anymore, the brands I love are still producing similar enough tops and tanks that I think most of you will find worthy! Sorry, I make sure to buy great basics to get a lot of mileage out of them, so most of my clothes are old. I hope the video is helpful nonetheless :)



Shirts Shown:
C&C California Heathered Blue Split V-Neck Shirt
Victoria's Secret Cotton Lingerie Ts (2/$28)
James Perse V Neck Shirt
Gap Body Pure Body Tank
J.Crew Linen Cowl Neck Top
StyleMint The Lenox in Black/Ivory [Get 20% off HERE with the 'rv20' code!]

Make-up Worn:
Dolce & Gabbanna Powder Foundation
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Guerlain Terracotta Mineral Bronzer in 02 Medium
Lancome Artliner in Black [at the ends, just for the flicks]
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill WP Mascara in Black
Darkness False Eyelashes in VX
Giorgio Armani Gloss D'Armani in P503

Nail Polish Worn:
Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?

Lenses:
Clear Prescription Only

Earrings:
Forever 21

Thursday, April 5, 2012

My Skincare Routine - Day & Night + Affordable Options Video Details


Hello, everyone! I finally have a solid skincare regimen now, so I decided to share it since I always get lots of skincare requests. Please remember I am not a doctor, I am not trying to dictate what skin care products you should purchase.. these are just the products that work for my sensitive combination/normal skin! I usually have a couple dry patches on my cheeks but not at the moment, my nose tends to get shiny midday. I am sharing the information about these products with you because they work for me, in case you are interested in seeing what skin care products I invest my money in. Please see a dermatologist if you have serious skin concerns! Otherwise, I hope you find it helpful :)



Skincare Shown [In order of appearance]:
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Wash [available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, etc. + Freestanding Kiehl's Stores]
SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion [available at Saks, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, etc.]
CVS Hypoallergenic Cotton Rounds
Lancome Visionnaire Skin Corrector
YSL Forever Youth Liberator SPF 15 Creme [available at Saks, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, etc.]
SUPER by Perricone Brightening Activator [available through the SUPER website HERE]
Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
Lancome Genifique Repair Creme
YSL Forever Youth Liberator Eye Creme
*Also Mentioned: Lancome Genifique Serum & DiorSnow D-NA Reverse Night Concentrate [both available at any department store with Lancome and Dior counters]

Affordable Skincare/Cosmetic Options:
Benefit POREfessional [in place of Visionnaire]
Kiehl's Acai Damage-Repairing Serum or High-Potency Skin Firming Concentrate [in place of the Clearly Corrective, depending on your skin's needs]
J'eune d'Age Organics Eye Creme (Anti-Oxidant Eye Moisturizer) and Facial Moisturizer (Anti-Oxidant Clarifying Face Creme) - Online Store HERE

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Make-up Worn [Smoky Clubbing Make-up Tutorial, see video below]:
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation in 250 Bisque with BeautyBlender
Dolce & Gabbana The Powder Foundation in 110 Caramel with MAC 187
Shisieido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
MAC Greasepaint Stick in Dirty with BrushLab Crease Brush
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Almond with MAC 226
MAC Eyeshadow in Typographic, Tempting, Blanc Type with old Chanel Crease, Sigma Synthetic Pencil, and MAC 239 Brushes
Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil in Sin
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Mirifique with MAC 239
MAC Technakohl Eyeliner in Graphblack
DUP Japanese False Lashes in 906
Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Tan with Sigma F25
Illamasqua Powder Blush in Katie with old Lancome Brush
Lancome Rouge in Love in 307
YSL Glossy Stain in 19
Chanel Extrait de Gloss in 56 Imaginaire



Nail Polish:
Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Platinum

Shirt:
J. Crew Linen Cowl Neck

Lenses:
Clear Prescription

Earrings:
Forever 21

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sultry, Sexy Clubbing Make-up with Winged Glitter Eye Liner [Kim Kardashian Inspired] Tutorial Video Details


I've received a lot of requests for a dramatic smoky nighttime/clubbing look in the Kim Kardashian vein, and I have delivered! I'm just hoping you guys like the finished look :) It's dark and quite heavy on the eyes, but well balanced, and the best thing about this look is that it's relatively easy! Just make sure to blend well. This is my take on a long-lasting special occasion smoky eye that works for any outfit or coloring. You can substitute any of the products used, go warmer or cooler, but the Chanel Mirifique is gorgeous used as liner or eyeshadow.. a very worthy investment to amp up your make-up wardrobe!



Make-up Used:
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation in 250 Bisque with BeautyBlender
Dolce & Gabbana The Powder Foundation in 110 Caramel with MAC 187
Shisieido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
MAC Greasepaint Stick in Dirty with BrushLab Crease Brush
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Almond with MAC 226
MAC Eyeshadow in Typographic, Tempting, Blanc Type with old Chanel Crease, Sigma Synthetic Pencil, and MAC 239 Brushes
Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil in Sin
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Mirifique with MAC 239
MAC Technakohl Eyeliner in Graphblack
DUP Japanese False Lashes in 906
Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Tan with Sigma F25
Illamasqua Powder Blush in Katie with old Lancome Brush
Lancome Rouge in Love in 307
YSL Glossy Stain in 19
Chanel Extrait de Gloss in 56 Imaginaire

Nail Polish:
Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Platinum

Shirt:
J. Crew Linen Cowl Neck

Lenses:
Clear Prescription

Earrings:
Forever 21

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Giorgio Armani Gloss D'Armani in Pink 503 Review, Photos, Swatches, FOTD


I have been loving the Giorgio Armani Gloss D'Armani, $28, this past month. I had passed on purchasing these Armani glosses when they first launched early last year, but that was a terrible mistake. These glosses are incredibly moisturizing and leave my dry lips healthier and softer. I know it is hard to believe, but these tend to function more as a lip balm for me. The thick, shimmery gloss effect is an added "pretty" bonus!
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