Monday, December 9

The Covers: Vol. One

Bell bottom blues, you made me cry.

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Friday, October 25

Front Runners

Alas! I’m not cruising back into the blogging world as smoothly as I’d hoped. But I’m trying and hopefully now with a new camera I can actually do some interesting posts.

So I’ve been using a lot of products the past two months— what with the new job and all— but here are a few things I use pretty much everyday I wear makeup.

I’ve been contouring differently these days. I've been trying out the so-called “Kim Kardashian Contour and Highlight Method.” Honestly, it’s just a more precise and effective way to contour. I use a dark shade of foundation and a yellow toned concealer. Ruby Golani has an amazing tutorial on her Youtube channel -> HERE

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Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (Neutralizer) & Cover Girl Clean Whipped Creme (365) / Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania (Orange)

The concealer I use for highlighting is Maybelline Age Rewind Treatment Concealer in Neutralizer. It’s a few shades lighter than my natural skin tone and has a nice yellow base to it. I love the sponge applicator and the consistency of the product (it’s super creamy).  For contouring I use Cover Girl’s Clean Whipped Creme Foundation in 365 Tawny. I think it’s the darkest color they had at Ulta. I love it because it’s a cool brown without any red pigment in it (perfect for my olive-yellow skin). It’s a soufflé-like consistency and blends well with my foundation in the end. I use a similar colored matte bronzer at the end.  

I’m always looking for that perfect copper-orange eye shadow. I still have yet to find my absolute to-die-for color. I picked up this Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania in Orange. I find it’s really pigmented and lasts all day without falling or become dull. It’s really just copper with a noticeable orange tint. Might be my favorite shade so far. It’s also about $2.00— can’t beat that!

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Kat Von D Spellbinding Shadow Palette 
Ah, my Kat Von D palettes, how I adore you. I love Kat Von D eye shadows. Amazing colors. Some colors I never thought I wanted to wear. Her Ladybird palette is my go-to everyday palette (let’s just say its like my version of the Urban Decay Naked palette). But I just got this Spellbinding Shadow Book and I love it. The colors range from lavender to chartreuse. I like that they are build-able and pigmented but can be brushed lightly on the lid for a hint of color.  The ones I want to try soon? WTF—a pearl-red. Babe— lavender (‘nuff said).  

Listening to this band, Houndmouth, so-so much lately. They remind me of the Felice Brothers but with an awesome lady singer (and sometime better melodies)

Thursday, September 19

Cult of Personality: New to Niche

Autumn is my second favorite season— my loyalty is with winter 100% ( I love furs and fires and snow). But autumn is when I can finally wear scarves again (without dying of discomfort).

I’ve also decided that autumn is a great time to find a new perfume.

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I’ve never given too much thought to searching for a signature perfume. I normally wear what I’m used to. I’ve worn Stella by Stella McCartney and Chloé by Chloé for as long as I can remember. Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle has been one of my staples as well. I also wear Egyptian Goddess by Auric Blends, which is an exquisite perfume oil. Mind you- these are what I have been wearing for like five years.

It’s prime time for some new scents.

After doing some random Internet research, I decided I to try some not-so-mainstream fragrances. To my surprise I found that there is an entire world of niche fragrances and it’s delightful.

Here are a few websites I used to come to my decision of what samples to purchase from Lucky Scent (a website dealing in niche and exclusive fragrances with a store called Scent Bar in LA).

BOIS DE JASMIN: She has a bunch of really helpful reviews
GET BERGAMONT: A selection of boutique fragrances each month (founder of MCMC)

I didn't get samples from these 4 houses but I will soon just because the aesthetic and ideas are too brilliant to pass on:

Tuesday, September 10

Play Pretend

I’ve been telling myself I would start blogging again (that was in January). I’m starting again and it’s proving a little difficult, especially with a broken z key and a Band-Aid/cut on the top of my pointer finger. But I solider on! I thought I would ease myself back in with a review. I’ve been trying a few different things lately but there are three Sephora products I've been loving.

I’m a huge fan of Lily Melrose. Her style is super fresh and still grungy, which I adore.  After watching her “Evening Get Ready with Me & OOTD” video- I fell in love with the Laura Mercier eye shadow: Fire Glow. Alas, my Sephora store is nestled inside a JCPenny and it doesn’t really have many of the bigger brands.
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I scoured the store and came up with Indian Summer and Cherry On Top, which are Sephora colors. Even though they aren’t quite the coppery-chic color of Fire Glow, they worked for my look inspired by Lily. Indian Summer is pretty orange with a copper gold undertone. Cherry On Top is red. A serious red. But I use it as a base for Indian Summer and it makes for a perfectly bold nonconformist shimmery eye.

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My third find was an illuminator. I love illuminating powders. They give that little bit of dimension to your makeup AND create a nice dewy-look to the skin. I’ve always wanted NARS Albatross— I love its light gold sheen. I didn’t really want to spend the extra money this time- so I opted for a Sephora illuminator (which was only $12) in Stardust. This illuminating blush, as they call it, is a clone of Albatross.

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What I'm listening to?

The Pixiekills. Loving this band. I don't know if they are around anymore- but I do say!