Saturday, April 25, 2015

Burberry Wet & Dry 'Glow' and Wet & Dry 'Silk' Eyeshadow Reviews + Comparisons



Out with the old and in with the new! Burberry sent over their reformulated Wet & Dry Glow and Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadows, so today I will be sharing my overall thoughts and some highly requested shade comparisons. All details after the jump!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Birthday Haul | Jewelry, Skin Care, Fashion, Brushes + Reflection



I can hardly believe that my 26th birthday is tomorrow! I never thought this day would come when I was a teenager, but now I feel like I'm hurtling faster and faster toward 30. It's exciting but very scary! I can't stand the thought of wrinkles and sagging — totally inevitable, I know — but there are definitely positives to getting older, like perspective and maturity. I am more patient and empathetic than I have ever been, while unwarranted criticism and hateful comments don't bother me as much. See, once you grow comfortable with your identity and gain confidence that does not stem from your physical appearance or material things, something magical happens. 
People's opinions do not matter unless you want them to. That doesn't mean I am not a victim of body shaming and online bullying or harassment and yes, it can be offensive and painful (à la the moving Blogilates video, very powerful message). Seeing this sort of petty, damaging and negative online behavior on a daily basis, however, should inspire us all to be kinder, more thoughtful human beings. I truly believe in the power of karma, and I strive to improve my character, strengthen my resolve, maintain my values and overall, live a better life every day. Exercise your brain and heart, too! I rarely get personal, but I figured today would be an appropriate time to open up and share this message. I wish everyone a very happy birthday — regardless of where yours falls this year — and hope that you find peace, success, and meaning! xo


Products Reviewed:
Lovers & Friends Dylan Denim Shorts
Birkenstock Birko-Flor Sandals
Rae Morris Radiance Brush

Makeup Worn:
*mixed to create a tinted moisturizer
Clé de Peau Highlighter in Pink
Clé de Peau Concealer
Clé de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 202
Clé de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara
Tom Ford Pink Glow Palette Blushes (mixed)



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Monday, April 20, 2015

April 2015 Beauty Favorites feat. a Special Guest + La Mer, Chikuhodo, and more!



This Favorites episode is launching a little earlier than usual because my twin sister is making a surprise reappearance! We filmed a monolid makeup tutorial a few years ago, but she is finally back and chatting about products instead of sitting in as my model. If you'd like to order the La Mer Skin Tint — which is not widely available online yet — from her Neiman Marcus store in Newport Beach, you can have one shipped to you! It is such a phenomenal tinted sunscreen, smooth and creamy without feeling greasy. Do call her at (949.220.3366) if you'd like to get shade matched. We may film some other hair and beauty tutorials together soon, so please feel free to share any video suggestions! Now, this April lineup is fairly simple and straightforward, covering most of my daily essentials. I'm turning 26 this week, and the older I get, the more I like to keep it simple when I'm not in front of the camera. Beauty is more about grooming and enjoyment v. makeup and glamour as you age (in my experience). Still, there's nothing more exciting than sparkly Tom Ford newness! Hope you enjoy the bloopers xo


Products Reviewed:
Simplehuman 8" Sensor Mirror



Makeup on Me:
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronzer
Cle de Peau Highlighter in Sand
Velour Lashes in Oops Naughty Me
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Makeup on My Sis:
YSL Finishing Veil Loose Powder 03
Shu Uemura Brown Eye Palette

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Hair:
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Burberry Kisses Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches (8 Shades)



Burberry recently reformulated their signature lipsticks, now called the Kisses Lip Color. I will be sharing eight today, but there are a whopping 26 buildable shades available. Burberry retained the shiny magnetized packaging and classic Burberry check embossment on the bullet, but the formula is different, so do read all about it after the jump!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tom Ford Summer 2015 Soleil Collection Review, Photos, Swatches



The wait is finally over! I have tested and swatched all samples of Tom Ford's phenomenal (and mostly limited edition) Summer 2015 Soleil Collection. Product details and photos, repromoted shade information, and pricing can be found after the jump!

Monday, April 13, 2015

TOP 5 | My Spring 2015 Foundation Wardrobe Review, Photos, Swatches



I spend most of my time searching for the latest and greatest in beauty, so today I will present the best of my favorite arrivals to my base makeup wardrobe. A new class of foundation formulas has emerged this Spring season, and I have carefully curated the best five options for you to consider. I will also share which powders they pair best with. All details after the jump!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sephora Beauty Insider 15% off Sale Details and Recommendations



In case you haven't heard, Sephora's Beauty Insider sale is back! Rouge members get to shop now — in stores and online — until April 21, 2015. The popular shades and products sell out quickly, however, so the sooner you load up and check out, the better! Below are some recommendations to help you navigate through Sephora's massive inventory and whittle down your wish list. Discount code and much more after the jump!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

TOP 10 | Spring Skin Care Must-Haves feat. Sunday Riley, La Mer, Sulwhasoo, and more!



Spring is the perfect time to update your skin care wardrobe. I have never tested so many new foundations and skin care products before, ever — which is saying a lot considering how many products I test every quarter — so my complexion has been congested and dehydrated and requires more TLC than usual. I've also been suffering from breakouts on my chin, so today's video will cover all varieties of skin care treatments! Because I am getting older and now fully understand all aspects of the arduous acne struggle, I take skin care very seriously. I never recommend or even feature something that I did not personally try, use, and feel is worth recommending.
Hence, the power players that I will be sharing today are some of the very best in their respective categories. I highly recommend you give them a try! Call my sister Patricia at Neiman Marcus in Newport Beach at 949.220.3366 if you need guidance with La Mer products. She can help you pick products that are suitable for your skin type and concerns, and there is no pressure as she does not work on commission. Plus, there will be a special (non-sponsored) giveaway launching on my Instagram page tonight, so please stop by to check it out!



Products Reviewed:
Sunday Riley Good Genes
Mentioned: Chanel Le Weekend
Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50
Mentioned: Koh Gen Do Pure Cotton
Colleen Rothschild Charcoal Detox Mask
Mentioned: Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Clay Mask
Mentioned: GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Mask



Nails:
Louboutin Python Trio

Makeup Worn:
YSL Glossy Stain in 203 Corail
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Shirt:
J.Crew (old)

Earrings:
Chanel
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2015 Soleil Collection Preview, Photos, Launch Dates



"The Summer 2015 Tom Ford Soleil Collection captures the sensuality of summer. Eyes smolder in burnished tones or metallic shades while cheeks glow with luminous warmth. Completing the captivating effect, the Tom Ford Shimmer Body Oil veils the skin in golden light." I was fortunate enough to see all the products in the flesh back in January while I was in New York for Fashion Week, so I am excited to finally unveil all the specifics! More photos and details after the jump!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

GET READY WITH ME | Polished 10 Minute Sping/Summer Makeup Tutorial



When short on time, I recommend focusing on airbrushed skin, full lashes, and a bold lip. Since spring and summer are the perfect seasons for glossy lips, I went with a vibrant pink-red. You can always try something more subdued like a garnet or matte raspberry if high shine isn't your style. 


It's really easy to lose track of time and end up late when you're distracted by colorful glittery eyeshadows or perfectly carved brows, so I recommend picking 3 features to highlight. Even applying false lashes can be done on 10-minute mornings with the help of a magnifying mirror and a bit of practice! Keep things simple with 1 brush and use your clean fingertips for eyeshadow application. Plus, try curling your hair the night before to make your AM routine easier! Smooth sailing xo
P.S. The sun was setting (very quickly) while I was filming, so I do apologize for the dim light at the end of the video! Thanks for your understanding ♥


Makeup Worn:
simplehuman 8" Sensor Mirror 
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
MAC Philip Treacy High-Light Powder in Nude-Pink
Velour Lashes in Custom RCF 15mm
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Hair:

Sweater:

Nails:
Christian Louboutin Vulcano Python Coffret

Check out my CUSHION 101 REVIEW here!
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Christian Louboutin Python Vulcano Nail Colour Collection Review, Photos + Nail Art



This limited edition miniature Christian Louboutin Python Vulcano lacquer collection is my favorite nail polish release this Spring. I love how the textured keepsake box matches my beloved So Kate Python pumps (available in this Vulanco edition here), and all three polishes are top notch quality. According to Sephora, this coffret is "inspired by Jackson Pollock's drip-techniques paintings... [It] mirrors the brilliant effect of projected colors, resulting in emphasizing the scaled effect of the python surface. This trio of highly pigmented, rich formulas are influenced by the colors in this collection, each one presenting itself as a beautiful art object worthy of displaying on any vanity." Check out the individual shade details and complete nail art look after the jump!

Friday, April 3, 2015

TOP 10 | Best of Tom Ford Beauty Review



Since I rely so heavily on my favorite Tom Ford Beauty products, I wanted to share this brief brand guide to help you navigate and shop his permanent lineup! I adore the sparkly celestial eyeshadows in most of his eyeshadow quads, but if you prefer subtle shimmer/satin finishes, stick to Orchid Haze and the all-matte Cocoa Mirage! I do realize that glitter is not appropriate for the majority of office jobs and some women prefer smoother, refined eye colors. If, however, you enjoy the celestial formula — which is truly the best glitter formula on the market — do try patting them on with a clean fingertip. I do use a flat shader brush occasionally, but the fingertip trick eliminates all fall out!
Most of my readers and subscribers know how incredibly sensitive and finicky my lips are. Tom Ford's satin and matte lip colors are some of the few formulas that do not irritate my lips! No peeling whatsoever and the pigmentation is always intense. I also wear the Bronzing Powder almost daily because I'm addicted to the finely milled matte texture. Plus the color isn't too warm aka orange, which I much prefer! The Concealing Pen is a new product that some seem to be on the fence about, but I think those with oily and combination skin will love the budge-proof formula. The coverage is about medium, but it brightens up my eyes so effectively! If you have dry eyes, make sure to prep with eye cream. I've covered the other products in my Top 10 repeatedly throughout the years, so please make sure to check out the reviews if you're interested in the details. 
Before I leave you to watch the video, I just wanted to emphasize how phenomenal Tom Ford's permanent nail lacquers are. There are so many neutral and vampy colors that blow Chanel's and even Dior's reformulated gel polishes out of the water! My nail beds are extra small and a bit curved, so I tend to experience excess chipping with lackluster formulas. Tom Ford's long-lasting nail polish in Carnal Red is my new signature red (worn below), and Toasted Sugar is the perfect nude for all light to tan complexions! #need


Makeup Reviewed:
Tom Ford Eye Color Quads in Seductive Rose, Silvered Topaz, Orchid Haze
Mentioned: Cocoa Mirage, Golden Mink + Cognac Sable

Tom Ford Lip Color in Spanish Pink
Tom Ford Matte Lip Color in First Time (swatches here)

Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in Terra (swatches here)

Tom Ford Concealing Pen in Light


Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper (review here)

Tom Ford Cheek Color in Frantic Pink (swatches here)

Tom Ford Nail Lacquers in Carnal Red, Scarlet Chinois + Toasted Sugar





Makeup Worn:
First Aid Beauty Lip Balm

Hair:

Top:

Earrings:
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