Thursday, November 28, 2013

It Cosmetics Vitality Face Disc Review, Photos, Swatches + Jumbo Powder Brush



It Cosmetics by Jamie Kern is a pretty spectacular brand. All the It products I've tried thus far have proved impressive, but the Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Cream and this Live, Love, Laugh Anti-Aging Vitality Face Disc are my favorites. This oversized saucer of a trio (highlighter, blush, and bronzer) is well worth the money, so check out the details after the jump!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HAIR: Easy Holiday Updo Tutorial + Amika Giveaway [5 Winners!]



I am so excited to share this hairstyle with you! It is very difficult for me to film hair tutorials, but now that my hair is 5 inches shorter, it is more fun to style and experiment. This updo is straightforward yet easy to make your own, so I hope you will give it a try! I like to tread the line between sleek and tousled, but this big wavy bun is perfect for any Holiday occasion regardless of your preference. And starting today (November 27) through Cyber Monday, take 25% OFF all tools + free US Shipping on www.loveamika.com and score free travel sized styling products with your order! Promo Code: HolidayHair 


Tools Used in Tutorial:
--Amika Black 4P Interchangeable Barrel Curler feat. 18-25mm wand (Sephora Exclusive)
--Conair Bobby Pins - Black

Makeup Worn:
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Cream 
IT Cosmetics Vitality Face Disc (Bronzer, Blush, Highlighter) 

Sweater:

Nails:


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Monday, November 25, 2013

Photo Diary: My Haute Holiday in Maui, Hawaii



I recently traveled to Maui, Hawaii for a fun-filled vacation! I was only able to stay for a few days, but I miss island life already. I featured a few photos of my stay on Instagram, but I wanted to share some more of my adventures here on the blog. It was my first time in Hawaii, which was unbelievably peaceful, beautiful and lush. Check out more photos after the jump!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Shu Uemura & Takashi Murakami Holiday 2013 Heart-Full Pink Parallel Palette Review + Makeup Tutorial



Shu Uemura's Holiday 2013 collaboration with famed artist Takashi Murakami is too adorable for words. The magical graphics make for truly collectible makeup products, and the theme of Black Princess vs. Pink Princess explores duality in the most feminine way possible.


The collection is quite large, but the Heart-Full Pink Parallel Palette for Eyes and Lips is definitely the star of the show from what I have tried. I've been playing with it for two weeks now, and it still pleasantly surprises me because it is so much lovelier and more wearable than I expected. The perfectly curated colors and phenomenal textures — as well as limited edition status — convinced me to splurge on the Enchanted Black Parallel Eyes and Cheeks Palette. I ordered it this weekend, so it should arrive sometime next week (and yes, I will share the swatches). For now, let's marvel at the beauty of the darling pink palette!


Finally, the tutorial below features the Heart-Full Palette as well as other products from this covetable Holiday collection in action. It is a sweet and youthful, easy-to-wear makeup look that brightens up the whole complexion. I hope you enjoy it!


MAKEUP WORN:
Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation in 554 [gifted by the lovely Leanne from Singapore xo] I plan to purchase colors 564 and 574 when they launch in the USA!

DETAILS:
Hair: Amika 32mm Curls // Nails: Guerlain 260 Jardins de Bagatelle // Top: J. Crew [old]

BOTTOM LINE: I highly recommend the Heart-Full palette, but do check out the rest of the collection on www.shuuemura-usa.com! Happy shopping, everyone!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

em michelle phan Waterliner Eye Pencils Review, Photos, Swatches, Comparisons



I am an eyeliner addict. I have a fairly extensive collection of eyeliners — pencils, liquids, felt tips, brush tips, glitters, etc. I may use liquid liners most often, but I am partial to pencil eyeliner. I recently discovered EM Michelle Phan's Waterliner pencils, which have a unique, rich pigment that is relatively budge-proof. The dark shades were made to define while the light shades were intended to brighten. Today I will share swatches of all my favorite pencil eyeliners and provide comparisons to dozens of others, so check them out after the jump!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

TOM FORD Holiday 2013 Fragrance and Jasmin Rouge Color Collection



Tom Ford presents his new fragrance inspired by the mystery and luxury of the Middle East. Evoking the untamed beauty of the Arabian peninsula, Sahara Noir is Tom Ford's Ode to the enchanting power of one of that land's most treasured ingredients: Frankincense, a precious desert resin.
SAHARA NOIR is an Oriental woody fragrance crafted around a heart of Frankincense, an ingredient that has been used for millennia in ceremony, offered as a gift of devotion, and worn to enhance beauty. Its balsamic, resinous aroma transports the imagination to far-off lands and evokes a hypnotizing mood of mystery and reverence. Eau de Parfum 50mL $150 USD



JASMIN ROUGE 2013 COLOR COLLECTION
Introducing Tom Ford's audacious new red lip and nail pairings: two duos of classic crimson or sumptuous cherry shades inspired by the daring femininity of his Private Blend fragrance, Jasmin Rouge. They evoke the scent's decadent, spiced floral notes and iconic red bottle.

Experience the power of crimson with these new Lip Colors and Nail Lacquers:
LIP COLORS in Rouge Fatal and Vampire Kiss $49 USD each
NAIL LACQUERS in Shameless and Trophy Wife $32 USD each


EYE COLOR QUAD in ICE QUEEN $78 USD
Ice Queen is a quartet of subtle blues and icy grays that deliver a modern take on a classic statement-making color. Curated for maximum effect, this combination of transforming, yet accessible colors glide on in sleek formulas ranging from a frosty white sheen to a stunning silvered blue metallic to a daring slate blue matte.


TOM FORD BEAUTY Holiday 2013 Gift Boxes


4 PIECE LIP COLOR GIFT BOX [complimentary with the purchase of 4 Nail Lacquers] $196 USD
A personalized selection of four Tom Ford Lip Colors presented in an elegant, mahogany-colored Tom Ford box.


4 PIECE LIP AND NAIL LACQUER GIFT BOX [complimentary with the purchase of 2 Lip Colors and 2 Nail Lacquers] $162 USD
A personalized selection of two Tom Ford Lip Colors and two Tom Ford Nail Lacquers presented in an elegant, mahogany-colored Tom Ford box.


12 PIECE LIP COLOR GIFT BOX [complimentary with the purchase of 12 Lip Colors] $588 USD
A personalized selection of twelve Tom Ford Lip Colors presented in an elegant, mahogany-colored Tom Ford box.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold Review, Photos, Swatches



Today I wanted to explore rose gold, which is still very much in trend this Fall. I will focus on Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38 USD), a creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a superbly natural glow. The texture of this powder is silky and easy to blend. Becca makes some of the most coveted highlighters on the market, so check out the swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Benefit Eyebrow Wow Tutorial with Gimme Brow Review + GIVEAWAY



Benefit has always been one of the leading brow authorities, so I was honored when they offered me a complimentary makeover with brow mapping. I discovered at the session that brow tinting is all the rage these days and how natural and gentle it can be! More importantly, I learned how to use the new Gimme Brow volumizing gel, which has since changed my stance on how I fill in my eyebrows. I love using it on the weekend for a very natural but full eyebrow that is water-resistant (perfect for tropical vacations). Since I loved the products so much, I decided to recreate the look the Benefit girls gave me with the same set of products they used. I hope you enjoy the tutorial!



Makeup Used:
Benefit Benetint

Sweater:

Nails:

GIVEAWAY: All entries must be submitted through the widget below. Please leave your brow woe in the comment section of the video's YouTube page, not here on the blog. This contest is open internationally, since I wanted to show my appreciation for my viewers from all over the world. Thank you for your support over the years!

The PRIZE:
Gimme Brow
Instant Brow Pencil 
High Brow Pencil
Tweezerman Brow Shaping Brush
Tweezerman Slanted Tweezers
Raising Eyebrow Book

ENTER to WIN the BROW WOW KIT HERE!
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Monday, November 4, 2013

October 2013 Favorites [Hits & Misses] Featuring Guerlain, Chanel, 3LAB, EM Michelle Phan, etc.



October was a relatively relaxed beauty month. As some of you may have noticed, I was unable to post twice a week as I generally aim for. I experienced a few issues with my stomach and body aches the past couple weeks, but I am finally getting better! It feels good to film again, so I hope these favorites will be useful. Guerlain nail polish formulas are really giving my Chanel collection a run for the money, though I will always prefer Chanel's color selection. I am also loving Benefit, especially the new lip gloss I reviewed and the Gimme Brow Gel that I will use in a video later this week (please stay tuned)! I had to cut the Gimme Brow out of the video due to time constraints, but I know many of you are looking forward to a tutorial so I will feature it in action. 
And if you haven't read my Best of 3LAB Review, please do check it out HERE because I think I have discovered my Holy Grail skin care brand. The products are expensive, but I have never been so pleasantly surprised by anti-aging skin care in years! Many of my readers and viewers think I still look young, but I am nearly 25 and can see slight signs of aging on my forehead. I am doing what I can to prevent the wrinkling from deepening as best as I can and reduce pigmentation/scars while I am at it! Last but not least, do check out the EM Cosmetics Waterliner eye pencils, which have incredible staying power on the waterlines. I am so thrilled with how budge-proof the metallic shades like Ro's Gold and Turquoise are!

Products Reviewed:
Guerlain Nail Polishes in 463 La Petite Robe Noire and 64 Gemma 
Guerlain Gel Top Coat 
Guerlain Holiday 2013 Ultra Violet Top Coat [Limited Edition] 
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polishes in 593 Rose Moire and 677 Rouge Rubis [Limited Editions]
3LAB The Serum 
DailyLook Solitaire Textured Midi Ring (Size 3) 
DailyLook Double Band Midi Ring (Size 3.5) 


Makeup Worn:
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness
Shu Uemura Lightbulb Liquid Foundation in 554 Medium Sand [Asia Exclusive]
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 Natural Black [Holder Not Included]
Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo in Suede
Velour Lashes in Whispie Me Away [NEW]
Guerlain Maxi Shine Lip Gloss in 463 La Peitite Robe Noire

Hair:
Natural [No Product or Styling]

Nails:
Guerlain 463 and 64 [Both Reviewed in Video]

Top:
Lovers + Friends Soiree Peplum Black/Lace Top in XS 


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