January 19, 2015

Ciao

When I started my blogging foray 4 years ago, I never knew where it'd end up...several blog aliases later, I find myself here and there's one thing I've become sure of - I love blogging, connecting with readers, and offering up advice. I definitely find satisfaction in creating content and taking pictures, but there's something about this particular space that I no longer feel connected with...I'm not sure but my interests are ever-changing and as a human I'm constantly growing and I think I've outgrown this space. Thank you so much for the few who've followed and read my nonsense over the last two years. If you're still interested, you can follow me HERE - basically the same idea but just a little more personal and bit more random with a tad more variation. Ciao loves.

Le Jolie by Susan Hang

Note: Everything will remain up til the end of the year.

December 20, 2014

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, $24

Hey..hello there. Anyone still reading?

Anyway, I've been branching out to other makeup brands I normally don't use (hint, hint: Laura Mercier) and have really been enjoying the new things I've picked up. For about the last 4 years, I've been overly conscious about parabens, chemicals, etc in skincare/cosmetics to the point where I've basically ignored some of these mass department store brands, but as my skin became more finicky over the years, I've become less reluctant to try products containing these harmful chemicals. I must say that I couldn't be more pleased and I'm actually pretty happy with where my skin is at right now...more to come on the routine.

Ok, so let's talk about this concealer - it's amazing! I kept hearing about it and after not being completely pleased with Chanel, Dior, Nars, Urban Decay (whether formulation or color), I decided to give LM a go...the SA matched me in color #3, which looked scarily orange in the pot. I was freaking out in my mind, but after he applied it, I was sooo impressed. Despite seeming dark, it counteracted the darkness under my eyes perfectly. It's super hydrating which is the most important factor for me in the winter. On the regular, I like applying YSL's Touche Eclat over it although I've become super curious about Charlotte Tilbury's The Retoucher. Truly a secret concealer.

November 15, 2014

Disappointed

Benefit They're Real Liner
Benefit They're Real Liner, $24

As someone who is not new to eyeliner, I can honestly say I'm pretty disappointed in this majorly overrated push up liner from Benefit. Gel liner is no doubt my favorite medium when it comes to eyeliner for its matte look, strong staying power, and flexibility - my main issue is that it's not the most convenient to use as it requires a separate brush, which explains my natural resort to liquid liner. Well when I learned about Benefit's new innovation (gel in a pen form), you can bet I was elated....that was until I used it. I've given this product quite some time, so the learning curve should definitely be mastered by now, but nope. I find the rubber tip pretty difficult to use. The gel liner itself is also pretty dry and not particularly easy to blend out or work with. The product gets pretty clumpy so if you didn't get your wing perfect on the first swipe, forget it...might as well start over. Basically, I thought this was a genius product idea, not very well executed so as far as gel eyeliner goes, I'll be sticking to my MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack for the time being.

November 11, 2014

Ultimate Contours

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Medium
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Medium
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Medium, $44

I had been using Benefit's Hoola Bronzer, which I liked, but was always pretty certain I didn't completely love and then switched to Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer and thought that was ok too. The thing with just being ok is that I had two bronzers I needed to finish before moving on to another. I liked Hoola for its matte, neutral-seeming tone, but I wasn't in love because I had to pack on the product to look like there were actual contours in my face - basically it wasn't pigmented enough for what I wanted. Luckily, I finished that up just a few months ago after a good three years, which also meant that it was time to go through my Too Faced one. The Chocolate Soleil bronzer definitely alludes to a whiff of yumminess upon opening, but aside from that, what I thought I had loved started becoming this muddy, patchy powder. Eventually, I dropped it and the product cracked like a fault....aaand some pieces fell out. So I figured, time for a new one, leading me to this Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder (sorry for the mouthful just to introduce this lovely thing).

I really really didn't want to spend this much on a bronzer, but I had been curious for too long so I took advantage of Beauty's friends & fam sale and made the jump (it's still active by the way, so you can buy this here at a discount). The first thing that surprised me was how teeny tiny it was - I mean...it's pretty close to a single eyeshadow. The best thing, however, is that it's packed with pigment for sure. And what everyone says is true - this seriously creates shadows with its insanely neutral undertone. The dreamy smooth application makes it that much better. I use a MAC 129 to sculpt my cheek bones, bring out my nose bridge and it creates the no-make up kind of look I want everyday. While I don't know how long this product will last me, I can certainly say, I've found my dream contouring powder. Everyone should definitely buy this once, even if it's at full price.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Medium

November 7, 2014

Desolate

Novel Ave
Novel Ave

Earlier this week - basically sums up why I love fall so much!