TUTORIAL | Get Ready With Me, Christmas + NYE Edition! Smoky Pink Makeup and Tousled Curls

The holidays are my favorite time of year to get dressed up, but it can be hard to find time or inspiration because there's always too much to do! I tried to show you a look that can be done quickly but still look amazing in pictures without looking too dramatic in real life. Although there are a lot of concealers and prep involved because of brightening up the complexion, I thought it was necessary to demonstrate all the steps because many of us are sick and/or sleep deprived right now!

On Eyes: Strange, Limit + Nooner, Blackheart, Dust and Factory
As stated in the introduction, I used several new products that I ordered from Sephora. It's always difficult to use products for the first time on camera, but the risk paid off this time because the Surratt products I chose this round are phenomenal. His lip products I've tried in the past were average at best (too drying), but the Surratt brow pencil and highlighter really surprised me! I've already ordered a few more in different colors to see how they perform, so keep an eye out for updates soon. I hope you find the video helpful and enjoy all the beauty chit chat! xo

Beautyblender Micro Mini
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
Touch in Sol Stretch Mascara
Velour Lashes Brush-on Glue

T3 Micro Whirl Trio Wand

Louboutin Just Nothing

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Eve by Eve's Skin Care Review, Photos ♡ Cleansers, Serums, Masks

Since I have fallen in love with Eve by Eve's phenomenal lipsticks and eyeliners, I wanted to share my thoughts on their skin care products as well. The white and gold packaging is understated yet sophisticated. Even the glossy boxes and linen boxes look luxe, so they would make lovely gifts this Christmas!


HAUL | New from Urban Decay

Earlier this year when Urban Decay launched at Nordstrom, I featured my favorite products from the brand in a comprehensive review. Today I am going to show you the latest and greatest launches as well as a couple items I bought based on glowing reviews!


BEST OF | Beauty Gifts and Stocking Stuffers from Sephora

Although I mostly shop online, I walked into Sephora last week to browse and do a little research. I was happy to see items from my wishlist that were out of stock on the website — like Sunday Riley's duo! There were so many incredible deals, I couldn't resist purchasing a few items for myself. I also bought several mini-sized and deluxe-sized holiday gift sets to split up into goodie bags and to use as stocking stuffers, so I wanted to share my ideas in hopes they may help you! I tried to pick as many affordable yet worthwhile products as possible xo

First Aid Beauty Gift Set
Sunday Riley Power Couple
Hourglass Ambient Edit
Urban Decay Lipgloss Duo
First Aid Beauty Skin Care Duo

M A K E U P  W O R N
Laura Mercier Brightening Powder
Burberry Liquid Eyeliner

Louboutin Pop in Bengali

T3 Micro Curling Iron


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TOP 10 | Luxe Beauty Gift Guide

The holidays are full of so much excitement, but shopping for gifts can be stressful beyond measure. This luxe gift guide is for the girl or beauty lover in your life who has everything! These ultra exclusive and coveted products are bound to wow even the most discerning of tastes, so be prepared to add a couple to your own wish list.


ESSENTIALS | Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, Secret Brightening Powder, and Infusion de Rose Nourishing Lip Balm Review, Photos, Swatches

Laura Mercier is famed for her Flawless Face philosophy, so I wanted to focus on her cult classic powders and a brand new essential that has earned a permanent place on my vanity! Check out the details after the jump xo


Burberry Holiday 2015 Beauty Collection Review, Photos

I started working my way through Holiday makeup collections which are consistently my favorite every year. Burberry's caught my eye because of the posh limited edition gold packaging, but the product lineup is just as exciting!


Eve by Eve's Cosmetics Review, Photos + Swatches ♡ Eyeliners, Lipsticks, Lipglosses, Brow Pencils, Blushes, and Brushes

I've been testing the entire Eve by Eve's cosmetic range for the past few weeks, so I wanted to share my thoughts and some swatches with you! Eve by Eve's is a luxury boutique brand based out of Beverly Hills, California. Their makeup is made in Japan, Korea, and Italy, and almost everything I have tried has pleasantly surprised me. I especially adore their Drama Luxe Lipsticks!


SKIN CARE | Equitance Holiday Gift Sets, Promotions + Discounts

No matter how much I love eyeliner and lipstick, skin care is my utmost beauty priority. My skin is nowhere near perfect, but it has improved so much in the last year and it's thanks to healthy eating and utmost diligence when it comes to skin care.

Due to scarring from my acne episode two years ago and a few freckles from neglecting to wear sunscreen as a teenager, I largely use brightening skin care. I bounce around and try new products constantly since that's part of my job, but I rely heavily on my Equitance Foaming Cleanser, Toning Lotion, and Hydrating Cream to keep my skin clear and balanced!

The toner is my favorite product from the entire lineup, but I love the cream because it layers well (not too thick or greasy). I recommend the lightweight serum to treat your dark spots and the broad protection sunscreen to prevent wrinkles. It's all about prevention! Try to be proactive and protect your skin before the damage occurs.

Equitance is offering incredible savings and deep discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! I can't give away the percentages, but do not miss out on these huge sales to try some of the best brightening skin care in my arsenal. Shop for yourself and/or plan out gifts for family, friends, and co-workers!

3 holiday bundles will be available so that you can save money in case you miss out on the Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals. They're still a good savings if you haven't tried Equitance before and want to give their products a test run!

Giftset 1: Radiance Essentials Set $180 (incl. Cleanser, Serum + Cream, retail value of $225) 
Giftset 2: Brightening Set $220 (incl. Cleanser, Toning Lotion Serum + Cream, retail value of $275) 
Giftset 3: Glowing All-in-One Set $270 (incl. Cleanser, Toning Lotion, Serum, Cream, Sunscreen + 2 Supplement Bottles, retail value of $405) 

All holiday season purchasers from November 27th to December 31st will receive a special offer with their shipments — an exclusive code — perfect for stocking up on your favorite Equitance essentials!

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TUTORIAL | Get Ready With Me, Photogenic Holiday Edition

Eve by Eve's is a luxury lifestyle brand with a flagship store in Beverly Hills, California. I had walked past their store before, but I never noticed their makeup because I thought it was exclusively a clothing label. When Eve by Eve's reached out to me, I was very intrigued because their products are made Japan, Korea, and Italy — all the places quality makeup from designer houses are made. 

The Liquid Eyeliner, Conditioning Gel Eyeliners and Drama Luxe Lipsticks are my favorite products thus far. The Mattifying HD Loose Powder is also quite impressive, considering that I almost always prefer pressed over loose formulas. It leaves my skin feeling silky and smooth, minimizing the look of pores effectively, while keeping oil at bay. The Korean-made Conditioning Eyebrow Pencil rounds out my top five picks. 

I will share swatches of the Drama Luxe Lipsticks and Lip Lusters next week for those interested in seeing the other shades offered. There are quite a few shades, so there's a little something for everyone. Eve by Eve's products do not have flashy packaging and do not come with an haute couture logo, but I am truly impressed by the quality of the makeup. I highly recommend you give them a try while the holiday promotions are still valid!

Use code “RAE” to receive 40% OFF!
Eve by Eve's Liquid Liner
Eve by Eve's Gel Eyeliner
Eve by Eve's Eyebrow Definer
Eve by Eve's HD Loose Powder
Eve by Eve's Angled Brush

Use code “LOVEMASCARA” for 30% OFF!
Eve by Eve's Gel Mascara

My Favorite Lipsticks
Luscious Rouge // Petal Pink // French Rose // Satin Cerise // Summer Fuchsia

Drama Luxe Lipsticks
Any 2 for $39, any 3 for $49. No code needed.
Any 2 for $39, any 3 for $49. No code needed.

P.S. This video was created in partnership with Eve by Eve's! I do not make commission from use of the promo codes or links, which are not affiliated in any way. Please try the lipsticks, eyeliners, and HD powder because they truly exceeded all my expectations! Happy holidays xo
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GRATITUDE | The Meaning of Omotenashi + Shiseido's Holiday #4Thanks Campaign

I am thankful that Beau's adorable head tilt never fails to makes me smile.
Shiseido launched their #4Thanks campaign today, November 20th, which is centered around omotenashi this holiday! As I've traveled to Tokyo three times this year, the omotenashi tradition holds a special place in my heart.

Omotenashi is a noun that means to "entertain guests wholeheartedly" and it is the word that embodies the essence and spirit of Japanese hospitality. I have come to treasure the respect, sincerity, understanding, and heartfelt kindness that I have experienced in Tokyo, because omotenashi makes the traveling experience infinitely more pleasant and exciting. I've mentioned before that hosts and sales associates provide truly outstanding service without expectation, and no one expects tips unlike here in America where tipping is considered mandatory.

Although omotenashi is tied to the service industry, it is an all-encompassing concept that can relate to our everyday lives as well. I personally think of omotenashi when I visit my girl friends with beauty goodie bags, when I drive long distances to take my grandmother to church, when I go out of my way to buy organic persimmons for my parents. I do not do those things for praise or because I want or expect something in return.

I do it because I have the heart and the ability to give meaningfully.

I do it because I am thankful to have family and friends like family.

I do it because I am humbled by their loyalty, grace, and compassion.

I do it because I am grateful for their love.

Omotenashi is all about awareness, paying close attention to details and exceeding expectations. Gratitude is essential to genuine and authentic omotenashi, for both "host" and "customer" to feel warm and happy. Apply that parallel to relationships in your life, and give thanks to make this holiday your best ever!

If you'd like to get involved with the #4Thanks campaign which ends on 12/18, tag a friend who makes you feel beautiful! Follow @ShiseidoUSA on Twitter and share the moments — and people — that bring you joy, with the hashtag #4Thanks, for a chance to win Shiseido products! Check out all the details on the contest page here. Get rewarded for taking the time to celebrate who you're grateful for!
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FTC: This post has been sponsored by Shiseido, but all opinions and products shared are my own. 


STYLE | Fall 2015 Lookbook + My Fashion Tips and Tricks

It has just become "cold" in Southern California! I knew it was the perfect time to shoot a Fall lookbook, especially since I have spent the last few months carefully curating and adding one piece to my closet at a time. My beautiful friend Kassia was kind enough to take on this project, so we hope our efforts paid off. We really missed filming lookbooks!

My healthy lifestyle and weight loss journey has really inspired me to step out of my comfort zone of lululemon and dress age appropriately. I always get pegged for a college kid, so I knew it was about time to kick it in gear and revamp my wardrobe! When I buy clothes, I try to wait for sales or promo codes as much as possible since I believe wholeheartedly in purchasing only investment pieces. I shop less than I used to — despite my renewed interest in fashion — but the several pieces I purchase each season are clothes or shoes that will stand the test of time.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Lost Cherry
Burberry Blush in Earthy (contour)

Outfit one is all about length. Duster cardigans are trendy right now, but they're fabulous when paired with wedges or heels because they have a slimming effect that also helps me look much taller than I really am (5'0). The two-toned knit beanie draws the eye upward, and the extra large pom gives me a bit more height! P.S. I use this amazing stuff to protect the rim of my hats from makeup & sweat!

WEEKEND :: Casual
Chunky Knit Beanie (similar)
Ash Boots (similar)
Chanel Bag (similar)

Outfit two is about the details. A plain oversized coat is so much more interesting in a pastel tone, while a pencil skirt can look dramatically better with an unexpected side slit. The strappy yet demure heels provide visual interest and balance, making this one of my favorite kind of outfits for meetings. It shows restraint while maintaining elegance.

WEEKDAY :: Business

Outfit three is about texture. I love the way the thick wool poncho tones down the flashy shine of the silk underneath. The hint of red on the poncho compliments the red dress, while the red soles of my pumps finish off the look! It might be too matchy-matchy for some, but I have a weakness for pops of red. Oh, and I wore the pantyhose because it was so windy and chilly! It's far too cold to go bare-legged at night now.

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