Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer Lookbook 2014 | My Favorite Summer Trends + Beau



Here's another Summer look book! I have been inspired to step out of my comfort zone recently with trends like destroyed denim and crop tops, so I wanted to share with you some outfits I have been loving. Many thanks to Kassia Phoy for the videography and photos below. Hope you enjoy!


Outfit 1:
Anthropologie Morgana Pullover (XS)
Frame Le Rip Skinny in White (24) [similar HERE]
Valentino Rockstuds in Patent Rose (36)
Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses in Green Flash
Marc by Marc Jacobs Hobo Bag in Blue Depth
Hermes Clic-Clac PM Bracelet in Lagoon [similar HERE]


Outfit 2:
Zara Tux Blazer (old) [similar HERE]
Maurie & Eve Glow Jumpsuit (XS)
Anthropologie Bloomhurst Beaded Belt (S)
Dior Tribales Pearl Earrings [similar HERE]
Saint Laurent Jane Sandals in Black (Size 5.5) [Similar HERE and HERE]


Outfit 3:
Floral Print Skort (S) 
Splendid 3/4 Sleeve Shirting Top in White (XS)
Louis Vuitton Vernis Alma BB in Black [Limited Edition]
Saint Laurent Jane Sandals in Black (Size 5.5) [Similar HERE and HERE]


Outfit 4:
J.Crew Jackie Cardigan in Navy (XXS)
Keepsake 3 Dimensions Crop Top in Ivory [Dress version HERE]
ChicWish Lace Print Overlay Midi Skirt (S) [similar here and here]
Saint Laurent Jane Sandals in Black (Size 5.5) [Similar HERE and HERE]





MAKEUP WORN:
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation in 113
Koh Gen Do Triple Lighting Powders in OC-1 & OC-2
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in 14 Delicate Pink
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Innocence
Tom Ford Bronzer in 02 Terra
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara in Black
Lancôme Color Design Palette in Bronze Amour
EM Michelle Phan Scribble Eyeliner in Black Coffee
YSL Sheer Volupte Candy in 02 [peach]
Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani in 400 [red]
Ivory Lashes in Hey Lover
*Use promo code RAE0714 to receive 15% OFF! [Expires Aug 31, 2014]





Hair:

Nails:
Chanel Secret 625

Pedicure:
Dior Gel in Front Row
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet my Australian Shepherd Puppy, Beau! ♡



Many of you have requested vlogs or more casual videos featuring my Australian Shepherd puppy Beau, so here is my first attempt! I generally avoid personal content, but Beau is such a sweetie that it's impossible to avoid sharing my love for him. I will admit it has been an intense three weeks with moving into my new place and training Beau, but it's all been worth the sleep deprivation!

Beau @ 8 weeks   +   Beau @ 11 weeks
Once he is done teething in the next several months, I plan to purchase a new coffee table and other furniture. For now, I am using a couple cheap pieces that can withstand a few licks and nips. Beau is such a fast learner and for the most part, eager to please, which has made his training and behavioral corrections a breeze! If any of you are interested in more Australian Shepherd basics (like coat colors, food, etc.) and clicker training, I'd be happy to show you in the future. Just let me know! Beau will be able to walk outside and venture onto public grass in four weeks, so I will be sure to film our adventures then. He is growing up SO fast that I wanted to share his puppy moments before it's too late!
Don't forget to follow Beau on INSTAGRAM ♡



Makeup Worn:
HERA Cushion in C23
Chanel Vitalumiere Powder
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige http://bit.ly/1jHQdVf
Chanel Les Beiges Multi-Color Bronzer in 02 http://bit.ly/1mXK5vR
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 http://bit.ly/19xPS8c and Holder http://bit.ly/11mtJF5
Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in 14 Delicate Pink http://bit.ly/1lsXHCk
Chanel Ecriture Eyeliner Pen in Black http://bit.ly/1lYcAMx
Guerlain Maxi Lash Waterproof Mascara
Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer in 520
Velour Lashes in Strike A Pose http://bit.ly/1maRgUE
*Use promo code RAEVELOUR to receive 15% OFF





Shirt:
J.Crew Popover in Buffalo Blue Check in 00 http://bit.ly/UfGTTk

Nails:
Dior Vernis Gel in Ruban http://bit.ly/SSijIm

Hair:
ghd Classic 1" Styler http://bit.ly/1s9cpSH
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils Review, Photos, Swatches [All EIGHTEEN]



This summer, Shu Uemura re-released their iconic Drawing Pencil Eyeliners, which have been some of the brand's most popular products for years. The new formula glides on more smoothly than before and the vibrant and practical colors offered are irresistible. See swatches of all 18 pencils after the jump!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Luxury Beauty Guide | My Top 10 Holy Grail Makeup Must-Have Products



Since I review so much makeup on a monthly basis, I am often asked which products are my absolute must-haves, what I cannot live without. This line-up does vary somewhat every 6 months, as I'm constantly experimenting to find the latest and greatest, but many of these items have been mainstays in my collection for a year (or years) now! I highly recommend any of these products because of both their superior performance AND their lovely shade ranges, which make them suitable for anyone looking for quality luxury products that are worth the splurge. I hope you find this luxury guide helpful! xo


Products Reviewed:
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in 13
YSL Volupté Sheer Candy Tinted Lip Balm in 02 and 04
Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato in AT 03 and CR 04
Tom Ford Eye Color Quads in Cognac Sable, Seductive Rose, Golden Mink & Titanium Smoke
Kevyn Aucoin The Eyeshadow Duo in 202 (Shimmer) and 211 (Matte)
*Mentioned: KA Loose Shimmering Shadow [I recommend Sunstone, Citrine & Rose Quartz]
Chanel Les Beiges Multi-Color Bronzer in 02
Guerlain Maxi Lash Waterproof Mascara
Eyeko Visual Eyes Liquid Liner in Black
YSL Souffle D'Eclat Finishing Veil Loose Powder in 03



Makeup Worn:
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder 
Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in 13
Chanel Les Beiges Multi-Color Bronzer in 02
KA Loose Shimmering Shadow in Sunstone
Guerlain Maxi Lash WP Mascara
Eyeko Visual Eyes Liner in Black
Shu Uemura Eyeshadow in M 851
RMK Creamy Gel Foundation in 102
YSL Souffle D'Eclat Powder in 03
Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato in AT 03
Burberry Lip Glow in 08 Cameo
Velour Lashes in Oops Naughty Me
*Use promo code RAEVELOUR to receive 15% OFF

Shirt:
Rails Carmen Button Down in XS

Nails:
Dior Vernis Gel in Pandore

Hair:
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Popsicle Lips and Refinery29 x Regency Beauty Institute #ShareBeautyContest



To celebrate and kick off the first week of the #ShareBeautyContest in partnership with Refinery 29 and the Regency Beauty Institute, I created a cherry popsicle inspired lip look that is perfect for the summer season! I used Shu Uemura's Tint in Gelato in AT 01, a creamy red, with Shu Uemura's Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in M PK 335, a cool cotton candy pink, and topped off the look with Edward Bess' Lip Gloss in Endless Love for that "yes, I really did just eat a popsicle" shine!


The contest will run from 07.08.2014 to 08.13.2014, and Refinery29 will post a new beauty challenge each week. This means you have five opportunities to showcase your creativity, so get started now! Check out all the details and other contest entries HERE.

One grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 prize including:
$1000 Sephora Gift Card
Beauty Makeover - Makeup* 
Manicure/Pedicure*
Facial Treatment*
Hair Blow Out*
Spa Treatment*
(*location of services dependent on winner's home address)

HOW YOU COULD WIN:
1. Recreate your own version of the "Popsicle Look"
2. Take a cute Instagram photo snap of your look
3. Hashtag your photo entry with #ShareBeautyContest

Stay up to date on all contest news!
Refinery 29 FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | PINTEREST
Regency Beauty Institute FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | PINTEREST
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer 2014 Beauty and Fashion Haul feat. Remington, GlamGlow, Anthropologie, Moroccanoil + more!



This haul is Beau's second appearance in one of my videos! I know many of you would like to see vlogs, so I plan to start filming them once he is a couple months older and can go on outdoor adventures with me. Until then, please follow Beau on Instagram! Now, I tried to pack as much into this haul as possible, but there were several products I had to leave out. I've posted all of my recent acquisitions on my Instagram account, so if there is anything in particular that you're interested in, just let me know! I only showcased the best and most compelling products in this video and focused more on variety instead of simply highlighting new beauty products. Happy shopping! xo


Products Reviewed: 
Remington iLight
*Promo code ilightBM2 for 15% OFF
GlamGlow POWERMUD Treatment 
Keepsake Royal Blue All Through the Night Dress in S 
Moroccanoil Moroccanoil Treatment 
Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Classic Brush 
*Also mentioned: Mason Pearson Handy Mix Brush 
NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Pencil in Whisper
NUDESTIX Eye Pencil in Bronze
NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Pencil in Moon
Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion in N21 and HERA UV Mist Cushion in C23
*Comprehensive Cushion Review HERE


Makeup Worn:
Chanel PL Velvet Foundation in 20 Beige [Review HERE]
Chanel Les Beiges Multi-Color Bronzer in 02 
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige 
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder 
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 160 Innocence 
Chanel Glossimer Lip Glosses in 191 Songe & 189 Rose Reve 
Shu Uemura M 851 Eyeshadow 
Chanel Ecriture de Chanel Eyeliner Pen in Black 
Kevyn Aucoin The Eyeshadow Duo in 202 
*Use promo code EYELOVERAE for 15% OFF + free shipping
Velour Lashes in Oops Naughty Me 
*Use promo code RAEVELOUR to receive 15% OFF






Earrings:
Dior Tribal Pearls [Similar HERE + BaubleBar GIVEAWAY]

Top:
Wildfox Couture Little Huskies Baggy Beach Jumper

Nails:
Dior Vernis Gel in Pandore

Hair:
ghd Classic 1" Styler
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Chanel Fall 2014 États Poétiques Review, Photos, Swatches + Tutorial



Chanel releases its Fall collections earlier and earlier every year, it seems! The États Poétiques Collection, however, was a pleasant surprise and I'm so happy to share my thoughts with you today. I saw a few criticisms buzzing around the blogosphere, but I found that all the products I purchased apply beautifully.


The Innocence blush and Hesitation eyeshadow are perfect for everyday use, and the Songe and Rose Reve Glosimmer lip glosses are bound to please any pale pink lip addict. The sleeper that shook up this collection's game was the reformulated and re-released Ecriture de Chanel eyeliner! The performance undoubtedly bests the now discontinued Automnatic version, and the formula is no longer flaky. Well done, Chanel!


FYI: All the photos above were taken in natural lighting. My favorite products from États Poétiques are the Songe lip gloss and Ecriture eyeliner, but I also recommend Hesitation and Innocence to natural makeup lovers. And last but not least, all three nail polishes are worthy of the Chanel price tag, so of course you should try and splurge on at least one!


Products Used/Worn:
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 160 Innocence
Chanel Ecriture de Chanel Eyeliner Pen in Black
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow in 106 Hesitation
Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder
Velour Lashes in Oops Naughty Me 
*Use promo code RAEVELOUR to receive 15% OFF
*Use promo code EYELOVERAE for 15% OFF with free shipping
Shu Uemura M 851 Eyeshadow
Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara in Black 
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation in 20 Beige [Review HERE]
Chanel Les Beiges Multi-Color Bronzer in 02 
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder 
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige 



Nails:
Chanel Fall 2014 Le Vernis in Secret, Atmosphere, Orage

Top:
Anthropologie Mint Morgana Pullover in XS

Hair:
Amika Interchangeable Barrel 4P Curler Set (1.25 in)
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