Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fall 2014 Fashion, Hair + Makeup Haul



August has been the most exciting yet intense month of my life! My no-longer little Australian shepherd puppy is growing taller and longer by the day, and I have been so busy with work that I haven't been sleeping or eating well. To remedy this unfortunate health crisis, I embarked on my first official juice cleanse to clear out my digestive tract and 'reset' my body. I love juice and it has been quite effective thus far, but the second day was pretty awful. I was sluggish, cranky, and craving pizza every waking minute! This, of course, called for a bit of extra shopping. And while not all of my acquisitions made it into this video (of course my Tom Ford Fall order arrives the day after I film), I am happy to share some wonderful new goodies with you!

So many of you asked me for a Cle de Peau 201 lipstick dupe that I made it a mission to find a similar color. Koh Gen Do's new Fall Lipstick in BE04 is as close at it gets in terms of finish, texture and shade. It's also a lot more affordable, so give it a whirl and let me know what you think! I know most of you are waiting in anticipation for my Tom Ford Fall 2014 Review + Tutorial, so I promise I will have it posted late next week. I just received all my purchases from Neiman Marcus today, which means it is time to photograph and swatch NUDE DIP! If you are interested in the TF eyeshadow palette, call any Neiman Marcus store and have them ship it to you from a store since it sold out online within a day. Good luck! xo


PRODUCTS REVIEWED:
Rails Tencel Button Down in XS (Blue)
Rails Button Down in XS (Multi)
Superga Canvas Sneakers in 36 (White)
Jenny Bird Earrings in Silver
Hot Tools Curling Iron in 1.5" (White)
Cle de Peau Lipstick in 201
Koh Gen Do Lipstick in BE04
Koh Gen Do Lipglosses [launching this Fall]
NARS Nail Polish in Thasos
Dior Fall 2014 Eyeshadow Palettes [swatches HERE]
Dior Fall 2014 Rouge Dior Lipsticks [swatches HERE]
Hera UV Mist Cushion in C23
Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream





MAKEUP WORN:
By Terry Foundation in 07
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Koh Gen Do Powder in OC-2
Tom Ford Bronzer in Terra
NARS Blush in Final Cut
Dior Eyeshadow Palette in Pied de Poule
EM Michelle Phan Scribble Eyeliner in Tattoo Black
Guerlain Maxi Lash Waterproof Mascara
Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in Bar
Velour Lashes in You Complete Me
*Use promo code RAEVELOUR to receive 15% OFF

Shirt:

Nails:
NARS Nail Polish in Thasos

Hair:
Hot Tools Curling Iron in 1.5" (White)
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Dior Fall 2014 '5 Couleurs' Eyeshadow Palettes in Pied de Poule and Tutu + Vernis Gel in Pied de Poule and Carre Bleu



Dior's Fall collections never fail to impress me. Now available at Nordstrom, the newly repackaged and reformulated eyeshadow quints come in five different colorways, all reinvented to achieve multi-faceted looks. The matte, satin, iridescent, and ultra-shimmery eyeshadow formulas are intended to create varying effects to suit any occasion. 876 Tralfagar seems to be the running favorite thus far, but I will be featuring my top two picks after the jump!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shu Uemura Fall 2014 Brave Beauty Collection Review, Photos, Tutorial



I love the concept of this Brave Beauty campaign. In my opinion, brave beauty is all about assertiveness. Some colors and trends can be intimidating, but researching, practicing, and wearing any look of your choice with confidence makes all the difference! Branch out and experiment. Makeup is about reinventing yourself just as much as it is about embracing/enhancing your features, so try to relax and have fun! More photos and individual product breakdowns after the jump!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Equitance Brightening Serum & Spot Corrector Review, Photos



The Equitance Brightening Serum & Spot Corrector ($125 USD, 1.0 fl. oz.) is the brand's crown jewel. It has been clinically proven to improve the appareance of discoloration and uneven skin tone and was even named "a top 10 dark spot corrector" by Harper's Bazaar! This serum formula targets the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark discoloration to restore luminous and bright skin. Intrigued yet? More details after the jump!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Review and Photos



Marc Jacobs has released a new member of the iconic Daisy family, and it captured my imagination as soon as I laid eyes on the lovely studded bottle! Daisy Dream is a light and ethereal fragrance. It is a fruity-floral scent that is ideal for day wear since it is feminine yet airy, which is why I have been wearing it diligently this summer. The fresh elegance of the blackberry and white woods combination is utterly irresistible and truly dreamy. I also love that Marc Jacobs embodied the dream theme in all aspects, even creating a Daisy Dream microsite dedicated to encouraging the dreamer in all of us.

My Daisy Dream Capsule
While creating a dream capsule, I was reminded of my own personal goals to travel and explore the world. It rejuvenated my aspirations to visit the south of France to run through the endless rows of blooming flowers and to visit the opposite end of the world to watch a concert on the water in Sydney, Australia. Help your dreams come to life by curating your own dream capsule here, and upon creation and submission, enter the Marc Jacobs Dream Daisy sweepstakes! There are weekly prizes of Marc Jacobs fragrances, accessories and of course, the grand prize — a Marc Jacobs experience of a lifetime.


P.S. To capture the spirit of the fragrance in music, Marc Jacobs curated this Pandora play list and titled it Daisy Dream! I love to listen to it in the evenings when my work day is winding down.



Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select.
While I was compensated to write a post about Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, all opinions are my own.

Monday, August 25, 2014

My Signature Hair Styles | Effortless Loose Waves and Wrapped Bun TUTORIAL



For the past six months, I have been flooded with tutorial requests for what I like to consider my two 'signature' hair styles. I tend to wear my hair down in soft waves or up in a fluffy bun, so this how-to video will show you how to achieve both looks! I love effortless, easy hair styling so I hope you will find these quick and simple demonstrations helpful. Practice makes perfect, but a good set of products will boost your confidence as well as elevate your styling. Don't forget to gently tame flyaways with hair spray and always go for the lift... bigger is always better at the crown! Good luck xo




PRODUCTS USED:
Mason Pearson Handy Mix Hair Brush
Amika 4P Interchangeable Barrel Curler (1.25 inch)
Goody Bobby Pins (firm hold for securing base of bun)
Goody Bobby Pins (regular hold for tucking hair under bun)
XL Mesh Donut from Sally's Beauty Supply


MAKEUP WORN:
Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation in 113
Koh Gen Do Triple Lighting Powders in OC-1 and OC-2
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Lancome Grandiose Mascara in Black
Lancôme Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Amour
EM Michelle Phan Scribble Eyeliner in Navy Script
Shu Uemura Pencils in P Black 01 & G Gold 93
Giorgio Armani Lip Gloss in 519
Ivory Lashes [Use promo code RAE0714 to get 15% OFF! Expires Aug 31, '14]
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Aussie through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select.
While I was compensated to write a post about Aussie, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dior Fall 2014 Rouge Dior Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches [Rose Tutu, Rouge Massaï, Carré D'or + Bar]



I have discovered so many Holy Grail products while wandering through the Nordstrom beauty department. The Rouge Dior lipstick is one of those unexpected finds. I had been hesitant to try this updated formula, because a couple years ago, the signature Dior formula was waxy and heavy. No longer is that the case! These gorgeous lipsticks should be in every makeup lover's arsenal. Check out the swatches of the Fall collection's colors after the jump!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Get Ready With Me | Glamorous Weekend Edition feat. makeup inspired by Blake Lively



This is the first of my Get Ready with Me series, and I hope you'll be pleased by the inspiration from celebrity style icon Blake Lively! It is a slightly different take on the standard GRWM video, but I did my best to stay true to the concept by showing the complete makeup tutorial along with styled hair and an outfit. I love Blake Lively's effortless, chic perspective, so when I saw the Gucci Premiere Eau de Toilette campaign photos and videos that I had to attempt a recreation! I hope you'll enjoy the glamorous, sweeping views of Los Angeles from the famed Griffith Observatory, shot by the ever lovely and creative Kassia Phoy. xo


MAKEUP WORN:
Cle de Peau Foundation in O20 
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige 
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder 
Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in 14 [Swatches]
Cle de Peau Lipstick in 201 
NARS Bronzer in Casino 
NARS Blush in Final Cut 
NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette 
By Terry Ombre Blackstar in 03 Blond Opal 
Kevyn Aucoin Loose Shimmer Shadow in Candlelight [Swatches
EM Michelle Phan Scribble Liner in Navy Script 
Shu Uemura Eyeliner in G Gold 93 
Lancome Grandiose Mascara 
Shu Uemura Farfallina Lashes



FRAGRANCE:
Gucci Première Eau de Toilette

CARDIGAN:
J.Crew in XS

DRESS:

HEELS:
Jimmy Choo [similar here]

HAIR:
Amika 4P Interchangeable Curler Set (1.25 in)

NAILS:
Givenchy Rouge Précieux

Videography:

Music:
"Anchor"
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

TOP 3 I My Holy Grail Toners



I love toners. Some women think toner is an unnecessary step, but it has always made a world of a difference in my skin's condition. Many cleansers leave my skin feeling parched and others leave traces of makeup behind, so toners have become an essential step in my skin care routine. Toning lotions rebalance the pH levels and prep my skin for treatments. Note: Just keep in mind that toners must be applied with cotton pads to properly remove makeup residue and gently lift away dull or dead skin cells. Now check out the break down of my favorite three toners after the jump!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin The Loose Shimmer Shadow Review, Photos, Swatches [7 SHADES]




The Kevyn Aucoin Loose Shimmer Shadow ($29 USD each) is the only loose eyeshadow formula that I will use. I love the unique shade selection and how the colors glimmer as they catch light. These shadows are finely milled, so they will never look glittery or heavy on the lids. The consistency is feather-light, but the colors have so much impact because of the pearlescent pigments, which is why I am addicted to these Loose Shimmer Shadows! Check out the gorgeous swatches after the jump!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Equitance Brightening Foaming Cleanser Review + Photos



Equitance's Brightening Foaming Cleanser has quickly become a daily mainstay in my skin care routine. Now, Equitance is a new brand to the US market — though it has been quite popular in Japan for years now — so I wanted start by introducing you to their fabulous cleanser because it is one of the very best I have ever used. Check out all the details after the jump!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

FAVORITES: July 2014 + NEW Hair Cut and Color by Guy Tang!



June was all about transitions! I was busy traveling and settling into my new place, and you can see I recently went from jet black to sultry red hair. After 9 months of waiting, I finally was able to see Guy Tang to have my hair cut and colored. He is a hair magician with so much confidence and personality! I also truly appreciated how knowledgable he is about the chemistry of color, and even though it required 7 hours to accomplish this red tone, I am pleased beyond measure! I know many of you adore my low-maintenance black hair, but I wanted to branch out and try something different. This red is a mixture of permanent and semi-permanent color with a pure pigment coating, so it is truly unique and dramatic without being obnoxious. It reads darker and edgy on camera, but in white light or full sunlight, it transforms into a bright ruby red! I will be sure to update you with hair color maintenance tips and best practices as well, since I have received many requests for it after revealing this new 'do.

Also, please forgive me if I seem a little hyper in the video. I had to film at midnight and drank iced coffee prior to perk me up since I have been so sleep deprived this week, but I think it worked a little too well! That's why I try to stick to tea ♡ Please enjoy and happy shopping!


Products Reviewed:
Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancers [Review + Swatches HERE]
Ivory Lashes in Hey Lover and Smitten Kitten
*Use promo code RAE0714 to receive 15% OFF! Expires Aug 31, 2014*
TruSelf Organics Raw Body Butter
TruSelf Organics Raw Honey Lip Gloss
SK-II Cellumination Aurabright Essence
SK-II Cellumination Mask-In Lotion
SK-II Derm Revival Whitening Masks
Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani in Rouge 400
Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Syrah
EM Michelle Phan Chiaroscuro Contour and Highlight Stick
Lancome Grandiose Mascara in Black
Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo



Makeup Worn:
Cle de Peau Foundation in O20
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in Gold
Tom Ford Bronzer in Terra
NARS Blush in Final Cut
Lancome Grandiose Mascara
EM Michelle Phan Scribble Eyeliner in Tattoo Black
Shu Uemura Pencils in P Black 01 & G Gold 93
Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
Bite Beauty Pencil in Syrah
Giorgio Armani Gloss in 519
Ivory Lashes in Smitten Kitten
*Use promo code RAE0714 to receive 15% OFF! [Expires Aug 31, 2014]*

Nails:
Chanel Le Vernis 625

Hair:
Amika 4P Interchangeable Barrel Curler Set (1.25 in)
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Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil Review, Photos + Giveaway


If a celebrated makeup artist like Charlotte Tilbury keeps Sisley's Black Rose Cream Mask in her arsenal, it must live up to its legendary reputation. As much as I love the way the velvety mask revives my dehydrated skin, I have been enjoying the new Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil even more! This nourishing anti-aging formula is a magic one-step potion, which is ideal for evenings when I have absolutely no energy for my usual skin care regimen (which seems to be the norm these days). I have used this dry oil diligently for the last week and have since fallen in love!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

ON THE GO: Summer Beauty + Lifestyle Essentials



This summer has hectic with travel and shoots, so I have been enjoying any and every minute to relax and enjoy the little things. Still, I figured this would be the perfect time to take a moment to share what beauty products I have been loving as well as some new I discoveries found along the way.  

I always travel with my Tatcha Soothing Silk Hand Cream. You never know when you'll have to shake someone's hand when introducing yourself! It keeps my neglected cuticles from looking too dry, and it truly hydrates without making my hands feeling greasy. The Soothing Silk Hand Cream has a pale blue tint to it, but rest assured, it blends into the skin like any other translucent lotion and leaves no color residue.


A recent discovery is the Ivory Lashes brand. I have fallen in love with many of their styles because they come with thin and flexible lash bands, striking the perfect balance between weight and definition. I have been wearing Smitten Kitten and Hey Lover the most, which I think would suit all eye shapes beautifully. They are also just plush enough to transition from day to night seamlessly, which makes it easy to amp up your look with just a bit more eyeliner!

Since I usually wear false lashes on shoots, I've kept my D.U.P. Eyelash Glue in Black very handy recently. My lashes do not lift often, but I like to relieve my dry eyes with my Refresh Optive Advanced Preservative-Free eye drops (the best for sensitive eyes) throughout the day. Since the drops can wet my lashes and weaken the glue's hold, I carry my lash glue just in case I need a quick fix. I purchase the D.U.P. glue from Little Tokyo beauty boutiques or Japanese grocers like Mitsuwa with a beauty aisle. 


I rarely ever touch up my makeup when I am out and about, but I like to take my Cle de Peau Luminizing Powder with me — and I swear it's not just because the champagne compact is utterly, jaw-droppingly pretty. This is a magically luminous-yet-never-oily, smooth and even complexion in a compact. I swear by it! I use 13 Sand when I want a bronzy glow and 14 Delicate Pink when I want a brighter highlighted look. These Cle de Peau Luminizers are ultra finely milled, do not accentuate pores, and in short, are the best powder highlighters I have ever encountered... and that's saying a lot considering I've worked with luxury cosmetics for a decade now!


As I age, I love red lips more and more. I now fondly recall my college days when I was too self-conscious to wear red lipstick or even red lip gloss in public, but now I find that it really enhances my complexion in a manner that no other color can! It makes me feel bold and spunky and can even perk up my mood. My favorite of the summer has been Giorgio Armani's Rouge d'Armani lipstick in 400, their signature shade. I love that it is hydrating yet semi-matte, allowing my lips to look fuller without any gloss. It lasts all day, even when sipping water and tea! 


Since the sun beats down on us for most of the year, I am wholly dedicated to sunscreen. A good broad-spectrum sunscreen is the best step toward the anti-aging campaign since it will protect you from wrinkles and sun spots as well as prevent any acne scars from darkening. While traveling to Shanghai recently, I discovered some incredible sunscreens! My new obsession, however, is the Lancôme UV Expert XL-Shield SPF 50 PA+++. This sunscreen is an Asia exclusive, but it is worth tracking down because it keeps my skin comfortable yet matte — a nearly impossible combination. Lancôme knocked it out of the park with this one! If you have oily skin or you have been looking for a sunscreen that will not leave you looking oily or feeling greasy, then this is one to try. I found mine in duty-free shopping as a duo set, so gift one to your best friend as I did. I definitely wouldn't blame you if you kept both for yourself, though! 


I always carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated through the heat. When I can swing by a Starbucks, I grab an iced drink to cool off. I drink coffee when I need a pick-me-up, but I have recently been loving the new Teavana® Shaken Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade. It's unique, refreshing, and totally addicting! I've also tried the Teavana® Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade (sweet and tasty) and the Teavana® Shaken Iced Black Tea Lemonade (a classic), which I throw in the mix to shake things up.


Last but not least, I have been wearing my Ray-ban Aviator Flash Sunglasses non-stop. I have them in Green and have been contemplating the Copper version because I have become so fond of the style! I usually prefer my oversized plastic sunglasses, but these affordable Flash lenses are ultra lightweight and comfortable. They also make a statement, which goes hand in hand with my colorful lululemon athletica outfits for easy, breezy airport outfits!


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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Starbucks through their partnershipwith POPSUGAR. 
While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Starbucks, all opinions are my own.

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