Dior Cherie Bow Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

As promised in my recently posted Spring '13 Haul video [view now], here is my take on Dior's Cherie Bow for Spring 2013 Makeup Collection. Upon seeing the press photos in December, I had placed the Cherie Bow palette at the top of my wish list. I was, however, a bit disappointed when I took a good look at the display palette at Nordstrom. Find out why & view the swatches after the jump!


Spring '13 Beauty & Accessories Haul: Burberry, Benefit, Sigma, DailyLook, Dior

Hello everyone, I'm back with another video! Thanks so much for your patience as I sort out my filming schedule.. I was sick last week with a hacking cough and was not able to film. There is a flu bug traveling 'round, so please be take precautions. I will upload my February Favorites on Thursday afternoon and will film an updated Everyday Makeup Tutorial, which has been highly requested, over the weekend. Hope you enjoy the limited edition Spring '13 beauty products in this haul!

Products Shown:
Benefit Fakeup Hydrating Corrector Concealer in 01 Light [Review HERE]
Sigma Eye Shadow Base in Bare: Persuade
Sigma Dual-Ended Brow Highlighting Pencil
DailyLook Love Spiral Ring
DailyLook Cross Duo Necklace
Burberry Ruched Silk Bow Belt in Rose Fawn
Burberry Lip Glow Lip Gloss in 19 Mallow Pink
Dior Nail Varnishes in 355 Rosy Bow & 306 Gris Trianon

Makeup Worn:
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24HR Foundation in 320W Bisque
Benefit Fakeup Hydrating Corrector Concealer in 01 Light
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess
Becca Mineral Powder Foundation in Nude
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Espiegle
Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in 04 Espresso
Sigma Eye Shadow Base in Bare: Persuade
Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 500 Les Turandot
Ardell False Lashes in 33 with MAC Blacktrack Gel Liner
Burberry Lip Glow Lip Gloss in 08

Tart from HauteLook


MAC Hangin' Loose
Chanel Illusion D'Or


My Bath & Body Must-Haves: Laura Mercier, Jurlique, Philosophy, Diptyque

There are 5 staples in my bathroom at all times. The products shown in this post are my daily use products, and I only switch out to different products when I feel like treating myself to my Jo Malone stash, usually reserved for special occasions. Click to find out more after the jump!


Benefit Fakeup Hydrating Concealers in Light and Medium Review, Photos, Swatches

Benefit released news regarding their newest concealer, the Fakeup Hydrating Concealer Coverup, a couple weeks ago. Many of you that follow me on Instagram were very intrigued by this product, so I spent an extra day testing the wear of this product to make sure it was something I would still recommend since I fell head over heels for it at first swipe. I can confirm that it does last at least 6 hours, but read on to find out more!


Soft Smoky Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial [Photogenic Makeup Look]

In the last two months, I received several inquiries about what makeup is best for flash photography purposes. And I figured Valentine's Day was the most appropriate time to share these makeup tips and produce this tutorial, since many of you will be going on romantic dates in dimly lit restaurants. If you're celebrating Single's Awareness Day, however, you can still rock this look! Add more liner and take the color higher up the lid for more fun :)

Hope you enjoy!

After the jump, the makeup worn list and other details like nail polish worn can be found!

Makeup Used:
Temptu Smooth & Matte Makeup Primer
Burberry Sheer Cover Liquid Foundation in 05 applied with BeautyBlender Sponge
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in 03 Fawn
Bobbi Brown Sheer Loose Finish Setting Powder in Pale Yellow
Chanel Sculpting Veil in Notorious [Try Kevyn Aucoin Medium or D&G's Taupe if you don't have the SC]
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Grey
By Terry Eye Primer in 002
Giorgio Armani Heat Summer '11 Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Black Velvet
MAC Eyeshadows in Beautiful Iris and Idol Eyes
Lit Cosmetics Glitter in Barbie Shops Size 3
THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil in 08
MAC Pearlglide Eyeliner in Designer Purple
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara
Red Cherry False Eyelashes in 47 & 747
Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in Rose Piquant
Burberry Spring '13 Lip Glow Lipgloss in 19

Blouse Worn:
J.Crew [old]

Essie Blanc [right hand]
Essie Mod Square [left hand]
Butter LONDON Lillibeet's Jubilee [ring fingers]

Natural, no product


FITNESS: Update on My Training + How I Stay Motivated

my tattoo is a cuff of sankofa symbols

Hello, everyone! It is high time for a fitness update, now that I am officially in love with hot yoga and have just recently discovered how to best balance my two loves. Yes, this is a departure from makeup, but many of you have been requesting basic lifting information, so I will provide you with a couple weightlifting split ideas after the jump!


THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencils in 01, 03, 08 - Reviews, Photos, Swatches

I discovered the highly exclusive, luxury Japanese brand THREE through the lovely Reika of Front Row Beauty. You can find her review of these waterproof Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencils HERE, but I am going to add my two cents and show you swatches of the three shades I own. These buttery smooth eye pencils glide on far more smoothly than Urban Decay's 24/7 liners, which I find rather overrated, and they even give my Holy Grail Giorgio Armani Waterproof Smooth Silk liners a run for their money!

Benefit's New Fake Up Hydrating Concealer First Impressions + UPDATE

Hello, everyone! I posted a picture of Benefit's newest product launch, a hydrating concealer called FakeUp, on my Instagram account today and I was flooded with questions. I generally do not rave about products after immediate use, but this product is truly phenomenal in my book thus far.. fairly priced, lovely packaging. It is intended to hide dark circles and diffuse fine lines for silky smooth coverage. I can attest to the hydrating properties, but I have the shade 02 Medium, which is a touch too dark to see if it will effectively conceal my dark circles. I will hold the release of the review until I can test the wear time and receive the shade that should better match my fairer skin, 01 Light. So please, hold all further questions until I can properly test the product!

Do keep in mind, however, that if you are interested in trying this new concealer, Benefit will be holding a 1-day FLASH SALE today, Thursday February 7, at select Benefit counters across the country. You can find the list HERE to see if FakeUp, $24 USD, will be available at a counter near you! For those who do not live nearby any of these select counters, FakeUp will be available online at www.benefitcosmetics.com beginning February 19 and in stores nationwide beginning March 4.

Thanks so much for your patience! And for those who cannot wait, happy shopping!


My Awesome January Favorites + Video Details

We are more than a month into 2013.. where has all the time drained to? I am constantly on the go, and I love the productivity, but I wish I could slow time down. Not even to relax, just to reflect! I hope the first month of this new year has treated you as kindly as it has treated me.. And FYI this is strictly a Favorites month, as I have no misses to share with you, so I hope you do not mind! 
P.S. Feel free to take a peek at the photos from my zoo tour HERE!


TRAVEL: Santa Barbara Zoo - Private Tour & More Good Eats!

Tory Burch Miller Sandals with lululemon althetica WU Leggings and Essie Splash of Grenadine Pedicure

I wanted to share with everyone my special Santa Barbara trip before I uploaded my January Favorites video tonight, so I hope you do not mind the back to back photo diaries! Here you will find the vast majority are animal stills, since my boyfriend surprised me with a private "behind-the-scenes" tour of the Santa Barbara Zoo. We learned so much from the keepers, who were kind enough to answer all our questions, guided us through the animals' sleeping quarters, and even allowed us to give treats to some of the animals. I have visited the San Diego Zoo, which is by far larger, but the Santa Barbara Zoo is well edited and immaculately maintained.


TRAVEL: My Las Vegas Getaway - Celine Dion, Gordon Ramsay, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller

Panoramic Views of the Strip from the Cosmo Balcony

As some of you may have noticed from my tweets and Instagram posts, my loving boyfriend (aka the mister) swept me away to Las Vegas a couple weeks ago for a little getaway. We stayed at the Cosmopolitan, which we were both fond of and can safely recommend. It is a rather oddly decorated hotel, a hodgepodge of themes, but our Wraparound Suite was classically furnished and the bedding was heavenly. There are crystal chandeliers all over the hotel, with pink LED lights to add some feminine flair, so it is no wonder the Cosmo is popular with the ladies.

But enough with lodging, let's talk FOOD!


New Skin Care for my Recent Acne + Hot Yoga Update

Some of you may have noticed, but I have been experiencing a bout of acne recently. There are many factors involved (hormones, lack of sleep, not removing makeup before sleeping, etc.), but the bottom line is that I have felt the pressure to resolve it. I have been using the new Clarins Double Serum, which can be found HERE, and it has been deeply hydrating and calming my skin. I demonstrate how I apply the serum to my bare face and discuss in detail the positive effects I have seen in the last week of use in the video below! I know it is working because it is the only skin care I have been using as of late. Hope you have wonderful weekend xo

Also, I will continue to discuss my hot yoga journey. I plan to write up a blog post soon discussing some of the equipment and towels I have been using! Let me know if you have any further questions :)

Makeup Worn:
Clarins Double Serum as base
Cle de Peau Powder Foundation in O20
Le Metier de Beaute PV Concealer in Medium
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Black
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in  Park Ave Princess
Stila Sparkle Liquid Liner in Electric
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara
Dior Addict Lipstick for Spring '13 in Charmante
Chanel Glossimer in Constellation

Chanel Sky Line for review
Butter London Slapper and Essie Trophy Wife for application

Forever 21 [old]

lululemon Scuba in Mint

Tank in Demo:
lululemon No Limits [old]
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