Monday, March 25, 2013

EYELINER 101: The Best Liquid, Pencil, and Gel/Cream Eye Liners [Comprehensive Shopping Guide]


This post is for anyone who has previously asked me the question, "What eyeliners are the best?"As many of you very well know, my favorite makeup products to try are foundations, eyeliners, and nail polishes. So it should come to no surprise that this comprehensive shopping guide is thorough, with lots of options! I love variety, whether it is in finish, color, or texture.. don't we all? I hope you find the reviews helpful, text breakdowns of Top 3 at the end! Enjoy :)



Eyeliners Reviewed:
Lancome Artliner in Noir
Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Liner
MUFE Aqua Liner Waterproof Liquid in Navy
Stila Sparkle Liquid Liner in Electric [and for those asking, the Stila All-Day Pen liner smudges on me]
Lancome Waterproof Artliner in Beach Bum
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Woodstock
Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Waterproof Pencils
Lancome Kohl in Love Pencils in Chocolate Affair, Deepwater Blue, and Jade Crush
Chanel Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Waterproof Pencil in Rose Platine [DCed]
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner Pencil in Undercurrent
THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil in 8
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
YSL Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils in Gold [LE]
Inglot AMC Matte Eye Liner Gels in 90 and 77

Makeup Worn:
YSL Teint Touche Eclat Foundation
Cle de Peau Powder Foundation in O20
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Grey
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess
Burberry Eye Shadow in Dark Sable
MAC Eyeshadows - Blanc Type and Era
Lancome Color Design Infinite 24H Eye Shadows - Tremendous Turquoise & Boundless Blue
Lancome Artliner in Noir and Hypnose Drama WP Mascara
Tom Ford Lip Colour Shine Lipstick in Quiver

Nails:
Zoya Pixie Dust in Vespa

Tank:
Soft Joie from HauteLook

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen Reviews, Photos, Swatches, Comparisons



Tom Ford released his new Illuminating Highlight Pens last year, but I have only just been able to experiment with these dreamy, versatile products. There are shimmery and matte shades, available at Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman, all swatched and described toward end of the post. Click below to see more photos!

From Harrods.com: Tom Ford believes in balance and symmetry. The illuminating highlight pen allows you to enhance, contour or diminish your features to create the appearance of symmetry. The range includes eight highly micronized shades: four tones that catch the light and bring focus to the cheekbones and eyes to create balance and symmetry (Citrine, Lavender Voile, Peach Blush and Liquid Bronze) and four tones that act as skin-priming concealers to diminish flaws and shadows (Naked Bisque, Dusk Bisque, Amber Éclat and Sable Intense). All eight tones work to soften and diffuse light for a smooth and undetectable finish.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

REVIEW: My Favorite Face & Cheek Brushes


This brush guide has been a long time coming, but I finally was able to film this video because I was fortunate enough to have been able to purchase a Hakuhodo brush at The Makeup Show in LA recently! I plan to add more Hakuhodo, Tom Ford, and the revamped Chanel brushes to my collection, but not much will change otherwise for years to come. The brushes reviewed in the video below are tried and true, so give them a go because they are worth your time and your money!



Brushes Reviewed [all underlined products will link out for your convenience]:
Bobbi Brown Bronzer 
MAC 187 Marcel Wanders Edition
Laura Mercier Finishing
Bobbi Brown Blush
Hakuhodo Basic, B512BkSL for cheeks
Shu Uemura 20h for cheeks
SUQQU for cheeks [Asia & UK exclusive]
Sigma Duo Fibre Powder F15
Shu Uemura 17 for cheeks [Asia exclusive]
Tom Ford 02 Cream Foundation
Sigma Tapered Face F25

Other Tools/Brushes Mentioned:
BeautyBlender sponges
Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush
Sigma Flat Top Kabuki F80


Makeup Worn:
YSL Teint Touche Eclat Liquid Foundation in B40
Tom Ford Illuminating Pens in 02 and 05
Cle de Peau Powder Foundation in O20
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Grey
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess
Guerlain Ombre Eclat Single Eyeshadow in 187
Armani Eyes to Kill Intense in 9 Rock Sand
THREE Eyeliner Pencil in 08 [Check out my review and swatches HERE]
Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Willing [Check out more photos and swatches HERE]
Chanel Glossimer in Volupte

Shirt:
Marciano [old]

Nails:
Lancome Vernis in Love in Peach Melodie & Midnight Roses

Lancome Baume in Love in 100 Rose in Love Review, Photos, Comparisons


I recently posted a photo of my favorite new on-the-go lip balm on Instagram, and I was flooded with questions so I decided to respond to them all here!

While at Nordstrom last week, I stopped by the Lancome counter to purchase one of their newest lip product offerings, the Baume in Love, $26. I have always had great luck with Lancome lipsticks, so I make it a point to try the new releases. This is a contemporary take on lip balm, since the element of surprise is the translucent neon bullet. Yes, it is bright in the tube but does not translate that way on the lips, making it ideal for daily use.

See more photos and lip balm formula comparisons after the jump!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Burberry Lip Glow Natural Lip Glosses Review, Photos, Swatches -- Tea Rose, Mallow Pink, Cameo Pink, Cameo, Nude Beige


The Burberry Lip Glow Lip Gloss is one of the best designer lip products on the market. The lightweight yet relatively longer lasting formula hugs my lips, and it reflects light to create the illusion of fuller lips. None of the 5 shades that I own, all purchased from Nordstrom, accentuate or bleed into lip lines. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

FITNESS: My Daily Food Journal + Maintaining My Weight


Hello, everyone! I received many requests after my first clean eats cooking video to do a more basic, "ease-into-it" kind of clean eating video. I am no longer in weight-cutting or competition clean eating mode anymore, so this is a much more manageable regimen. I think you guys will find this one allows more flexibility since it is easy to follow and the food is still basic. I use the baking recipes I used in my last video, but I have added dairy and fruit back into the mix! Hope you find it helpful :)



Makeup Worn:
Becca Mineral Powder Foundation in Nude
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess
Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil in Ash Blonde
Chanel Holiday 2012 Highlighter [discontinued]
Giorgio Armani ETK Intense in 9 Rock Sand
Guerlain Ombre Eclat Single Eyeshadow in 187
Lancome Waterproof Artliner in Scorched [discontinued]
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara in Black
Lancome Kohl in Love Eyeliner in Jade Crush
Velour False Lashes in T Dot Ohhh
Tom Ford Lip Color Shine Lipstick in Bare
Chanel Glossimer in Volupte

Nails:
Lancome Vernis in Love in Peach Melodie
Lancome Vernis in Love in Midnight Roses

Hoodie:
Splendid [old]

And last but not least, here is my easy Strawberry + Spinach Salad Recipe!
-- 4 medium strawberries, sliced into quarters
-- 4 ounces of baked and shredded chicken breast
-- Newman's Own Balsamic Vinaigrette [2 tablespoons]
-- Spinach [I generally use two large handfuls, you can use more]

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The Makeup Show LA Photo Diary - Recap & Haul


Hello, everyone! I did not officially announce it, but I was generously granted a Press Pass to The Makeup Show in Los Angeles last Sunday, so I had the opportunity to stop by and snap these photos for you. I attended the Show several years ago with Elessa of Pursebuzz and had a wonderful time. There were plenty of workshops and seminars as usual, and many industry insiders were out and about during the Show. Last Sunday morning was truly enjoyable, as I much preferred the more intimate environment (in comparison to IMATS) as well as the new and unexpected presence of higher-end brands. I was most excited to photograph Hakuhodo brushes and check out brands like Jouer that are not as easily accessible in stores. 

Hakuhodo Displays -- My favorite collection by Hakuhodo below is the S series, look at the lovely orange lacquer! I will purchase a couple soon, since I know many of you are curious to see if these brushes are worthy of their price tags. Hakuhodo utilizes a lot of blue squirrel, my favorite natural hair for face brushes (incredibly soft). CLICK TO SEE MORE PHOTOS!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Tom Ford Lip Shine Color Review, Photos, Swatches


I received a selection of the new Tom Ford Lip Shine Colors earlier this week, and they have quickly become some of my favorite sheer lipsticks in my arsenal. This new range of 10 shades is semi-sheer in color coverage -- perfect for regular use or swipe-and-go occasions -- and boasts a lovely hydrating formula that contains Tom Ford's now signature Brazilian murumuru butter as well as new ingredients such as soja seed extract. The bullet mimics the style and shape of the 'big sister' Private Blend Lipsticks. I adore the Lip Shine's sleeker look, as the bullets settle more easily into my pockets, but I miss photographing the TF stamp on the blade of each lipstick.



The Lip Shine Color formula glides on just as comfortably as the Private Blend formula. There is indeed a higher shimmer content in the new shades, and they only last about 3 hours on my lips as opposed to the 6 hour wear I see with the majority of my Private Blend lipsticks. The Lip Shines, however, are the ideal lip product for those who eat or drink regularly and do not mind reapplying lip color. CLICK TO SEE SWATCHES!

Friday, March 1, 2013

My February 2013 Beauty Favorites [Tom Ford Lip Shine Sneak Peek!]


Here is a quick(er) than usual Favorites episode! I wanted to include some lululemon pieces, but I figured I could save them for a Work Out Must-Haves video.. what do you think? So here you have mostly face and body favorites, which is a change up and a quick breather away from color cosmetics. I have been super acne-prone these days, which is why I have been changing up my skin care more often! I'm trying to find a new routine that works with the addition of hot yoga to my lifestyle, hope you can be patient while I sort things out :)



Products Reviewed:
Jo Malone Redcurrant and Cream Cologne [Limited Edition]
Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey Cologne
Dior DiorSnow BB Creme
Chanel Vitalumiere Liquid Foundation in B30
Michael Todd Moisture Lite Hydrating Lotion
Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal & Fruit Enzyme Scrubs
Shiseido Facial Cotton
Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads
Philosophy Love Sweet Love Body Lotion
Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bellini

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
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Mink
Red Cherry 47 & 217 Lashes with Inglot Gel Liner 77
Tom Ford Lip Shine Lip Colour in Frolic [REVIEW HERE]

Sweater:
J.Crew Linen

Nails:
Essie Tart Deco [orange]
Essie Shine of the Times glitter
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