Thursday, May 28, 2015

TOP 10 | Best of SS15 Beauty Review! What's In My Makeup Bag



This episode is a slightly different take on the standard What's In My Makeup Bag review! Since I change the contents of my beauty bag fairly often, I wanted to create a seasonal Spring/Summer 2015 edit to highlight both trendy and classic products that I'll be keeping on hand for the next several months. I am constantly testing and reviewing the newest releases, but these 10 phenomenal goodies featured below are the best of the best! I am enjoying them so much. I hope you will give them a try, too!


Products Reviewed:
em cosmetics Lengthening Mascara
First Aid Beauty Sunscreen Moisturizer
Mentioned: Iope Cushion in N23

Makeup Worn:
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Lancome Brow Pencil in Blonde (ON SALE)
em cosmetics Lengthening Mascara
Dollywink Lashes in No. 1 Sweet Dolly



Shirt:
Jcrew Perfect Linen (now on sale)

Hair:
T3 Micro Bodywaver

Nails:
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Monday, May 25, 2015

UPDATE | New Hair Color + Everyday Hair Styling Routine and Tips


May has been full of unexpected events and changes! I have not been able to post blog reviews and video tutorials as frequently because we are working on a special project that will launch late this summer. I also took a quick trip to New York for the launch of Sephora-exclusive YSL Black Opium fragrance, and that's where I first unveiled my new hair color by my superstar stylist Guy Tang! We decided to neutralize the cooler blue tones from the fuchsia and create a smoky redwood shade to give my hair more luster. As much as I love having bright and vibrant hair, I wanted to go back to a more natural look for the summer. Since Guy curled my locks with my go-to T3 Bodywaver above, I wanted to show you how the new color looked straightened!
It has been ages since I have felt comfortable with straight hair, since most ombrés look best with curls, but I am loving the ease of the T3 Single Pass 1.5" Iron. Curling my hair is fairly quick, but nothing beats the convenience of straightening my hair! It's so fast and requires zero effort when the proper heat settings are used. Plus straightened hair makes my ponytails and buns look sleeker, perfect for third or even fourth day hair styles! My hair is frizzier than it has ever been due to all the chemical processing, so I have been allowing my hair to air dry and then styling it the next day with the flat iron. This routine saves me the extra step of having to blow dry, and the effect lasts for a few days, so it prevents my hair from incurring too much damage from heat styling. Try to extend your hair styles with great tools and good hair care!


Products Used:
Mason Pearson Handy Mix Brush

Makeup Worn:
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronzer
Clé de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204
Clé de Peau Highlighter in Pink

Nails:
Christian Louboutin Kohl
Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity

Dress:
Splendid (old)


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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015 Makeup Collection Review + Nude Air Foundation Demo



I have recently fallen in love with Dior again. When Peter Phillips took his new post, many wondered whether he could recreate the magical work he had accomplished at Chanel. The Tie Dye collection shows a more playful take on make up that still feels haute couture, and that explains the rekindling of my love for Dior. In the video below, I will share my thoughts on the products I purchased. The collection as a whole is easy to wear. The textures are effortless to apply, and the shades coordinate well together in their respective pink and coral themes. Most of the shades are basics but redesigned and reimagined to make beauty the luxurious and exciting experience possible. The packaging, of course, is always impeccable.
In the tutorial section, I will share my bare face again! My skin is slowly but surely healing from the acne marks seen in my last Get Ready With Me, Morning Edition video. You can see some of the deeper redness and pigmentation through the Dior Nude Air Foundation, which I demonstrated how to apply. I love how it creates an airbrushed finish without the mess. You can pat some more of the foundation alone on areas you require more coverage. For all other Tie Dye makeup collection details, please refer to the video!


Makeup Worn:
Em Cosmetics Lengthening Mascara
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronzer
Clé de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204
Velour Lashes in Rich and Fluffy
*Use code RAEVELOUR to get 15% OFF





Brushes Used:
Wayne Goss Tapered Powder
Chikuhodo GSN-1 Powder
Wayne Goss 18 Eye
Wayne Goss 19 Eye
Wayne Goss 13 Face
Chikuhodo Z-4 Cheek

Cardigan:
Jcrew Tippi

Hair:

Necklace:
BaubleBar Gold Enigma

Contacts:
Acuvue Define in Shimmer
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

By Terry Eye Designer Palette in Smoky Nude Review, Photos, Swatches



Terry de Gunzburg is the genius behind the critically acclaimed and best-selling YSL Touche Eclat. Ever since I randomly stumbled across her own makeup line a few years ago, I have been hooked! This review is dedicated to one of her new and limited edition Eye Designer Palettes — finally back in stock at Beautylish — so check out all the swatches after the jump!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Holy Grail | My Must-Have Hair Care + Hair Styling Products



I've waited many years to compile this Holy Grail Hair Care + Styling Products lineup because I was always waiting for the next best thing to sweep me off my feet. Now that my hair has endured so many different types of chemical treatments and colors, I am ready to share what hair care is actually worth the money!
Let me start by telling you that I have a very laid-back approach to my hair. When I buy expensive hair care, I expect it to keep my locks looking as healthy and as vibrant as possible. I stick to these tried but true products because they work. I have used atelier salon brands Kerastase and Shu Uemura the longest — nearly 6 years — all throughout various stages of virgin hair, dyed jet black hair, blonde ombre hair, and red ombre hair. I have loved and recommended every variation of the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo, and I absolutely adore the Kerastase Cristalliste for those with dark dyed or natural, untreated hair! Other noteworthy products from Kerastase are Initialiste (if you suffer from dry scalp) and Reflection Masque Chroma Riche (a hydrating and soothing mask for colored hair).
My latest obsession for hair care has been Moroccanoil due to its more affordable pricing and phenomenal quality, but if you can splurge, I urge you to try Philip B. The White Truffle Conditioning Creme tames my hair in ways that no other conditioners from even Shu Uemura, Kerastase and Moroccanoil can. My hair feels soft yet bouncy and responds better to styling. Luxury hair care brands like Oribe make wonderful products as well. If you'd like to try something more luxurious than the Kiehl's Damage Repair Treatment, definitely look into the Oribe Split End Seal! I am still in the process of testing it, which is why it did not make it into the video below. I will release my final verdict in a few weeks. My sister is a huge fan of Oribe's Gold Lust Hair Oil and the famed Thick Dry Texturizing Spray, so we highly recommend you try them!
Last but not least, I wanted to mention that you will hear me consistently mention fragrance in the video review. I might have a very dull nose, but I love pleasantly scented hair care. It makes me feel confident and radiates a more polished aura. I hope you'll enjoy the review and give some of my favorites a try! 


Products Reviewed:
Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo
Mason Pearson Handy Mix Brush
Macademia Professional Nourishing Shampoo
Macademia Professional Nourishing Conditioner



Makeup Worn:
Charlotte Tilbury Foundation in 3
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronzer
Chantecaille Liquid Pen Eyeliner
em Michelle Phan Lengthening Mascara

Shirt:

Nails:
Tom Ford Toasted Sugar
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

TOP 5 | Holy Grail Sunscreens feat. Eve Lom, First Aid Beauty, Sunday Riley, SkinCeuticals, and MD Solar Sciences (For All Skin Types)



I love sunscreen. I would say I would worship sunscreen if it wasn't sacrilegious. A quality sunscreen is the best defense against sun spots and wrinkles. Since I rely heavily on potent treatments like glycolics, my skin has become more sensitive to sun exposure. I take sunscreen very seriously — more than ever — so that I can prevent damage instead of treating it! Unless I am filming or testing new products, I try not to wear foundation and instead, reapply my sunscreen throughout the day. There's a sunscreen for every skin type here, and all details regarding my updated Holy Grail line up can be found after the jump!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TUTORIAL | Blake Lively "The Age of Adaline" Inspired Hair + My Hair Color


Blake Lively in "The Age of Adaline" in what is now confirmed as a red velvet dress (not black)
With fabulous hair comes great confidence. That is something I've realized only in the last couple years, but as time trickles by, I have seen how hair completes an outfit just as much as shoes do. Despite my luxe beauty life, I always strive to live as low maintenance as possible. Life is complicated, so why make it harder? That's why hair has always escaped me. I felt like it was a chore, but I've changed my lazy, reluctant ways because performance tools like the T3 Micro Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand make it so easy to create beautiful hair! I have tried at least four other clipless curling iron sets, and while most of them have been very good, only T3's aesthetic truly impresses me. The build quality is unsurpassable, and the subtle rose gold details make the Whirl Trio so unique. The top of each barrel manages to stay cool while styling, and you won't have to struggle or fight with the wand to switch out the barrels! This is positively one of T3's best hair tools.

P.S. My hair color is by Guy Tang, and it's actually nearly 4 months old! It's a mixture of many different reds and violets that we have layered over the last year. 14 weeks ago, Guy gave me a deep dark purple, which has gently faded to this bright orchid red. We did lighten my hair before adding on the demi-permanent colors and glazes, but the vibrancy is ultra intense due to minimal washing and my phenomenal lineup of hair care. I will be sharing the all the products I use in my next video, so stay tuned! 


Hair Tools:
Also available at Nordstrom
Also used: T3 Micro Paddle Brush

Makeup Worn:
Charlotte Tilbury Foundation in 3
Charlotte Tilbury Powder in 2
Velour Lashes Strike A Pose
Get 15% off with code RAEVELOUR

Nails
Tom Ford Toasted Sugar
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Saturday, May 2, 2015

TOP 5 | My Must-Have Beauty Tools



As I age, I love and appreciate gadgets more. I had always invested more into makeup during my college days, but in the past couple years, I have realized how much luxurious performance tools cut down on my prep time. Styling my hair is effortless because my arms don't get tired, and applying my foundation and false lashes becomes less of a chore and more of an adventure. In general, good tools make my life a whole lot easier. Today I will be reviewing these unsung heroes because they have vastly improved the quality of my beauty life. Details after the jump!

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