March 29, 2014

What I did Today


Dress up and photos with my baby sister..

March 26, 2014

Moodboard II

April 2014 Moodboard by Novel
Currently Noting: Easter egg color palettes, layering white with different textures, understated designer handbags, mule sandals, selfie-time (not that kind of selfie), & dewy skin.

Feeling even more inspired to wander away from my typical black/white gravitation after seeing Jane Aldridge's well-culled pastel outfit. I even loved the surprise element of bold-colored accessories (note the grass-green sandals, canary yellow tulips, and semi-brightish pink clutch). Pastels don't have to feel so "clueless" after all. I still love my whites though so I'm definitely not giving that up...might change it up a bit through the intermix of various materials.

And finally, the introduction of a timeless designer handbag that doesn't scream "Designer Made" nor is it covered with logos and emblums. I feel like I've been waiting a while for this sort of satchel to come out and thank God ALC made it viable. Lucas, you will be mine soon! Does Alexander Wang make the best strappy simplistic heels or what - the Fabiana, Antonia, Colette, and now these Mashas? As you can see, all styles seem pretty similar with a few detailed tweaks, but his slight adjustments are modern enough to continually sell out every season. Anyways, those mules (in both black and white) quashed my heart a bit - in a good way of course.

Beauty-wise, I'm all about some good, luminous skin. I don't think I'll ever be able to get over that so a few good highlighters will be handy, i.e. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Benefit Watts Up, and I also have Nars Multiple in Luxor en route as I type.

Beyond all this materialistic stuff though, the need for some selfie has been awaited (no, not the phone to your face selfie), but just some good 'ol time to embrace and let reality sink in, maybe with the addition of real fresh flowers and the candle lights on 'coz every once in a while, I feel like I'm in need of a fresh start...I know we're barely in April, but I'm already feeling it.

Photos via my Pinterest; top left photo belongs to SeaOfShoes; bag belongs to Revolve Clothing.

March 24, 2014

Life Changing Brushes

Louise Young Cosmetics Mini Socket Brush
Louise Young Cosmetics Mini Socket Brush
Louise Young Cosmetics Mini Socket Brush, Nordstrom Buffer Brush

Louise Young Cosmetics Mini Socket Brush - A simple eyeliner/eyeshadow concept such as smudging can seem like such a no-brainer when it comes to tool selection, but flawless execution is always harder than it initially feels. Only after I purchased this Louise Young brush did I realize that the medium in hand is probably what's been preventing that perfectly smudged application all along. I try not to categorize many items as "must haves" as that's a terminology that should only be reserved for the well-deserved. This little brush is beyond well-deserved. It's small enough to get into the tiniest spaces between your lashes and into the hard-to-reach crevices around the perimeter of your eyes. It's not only ideal for smudging, but for overall makeup application that requires precision and detail. I don't think I can do without this brush ever - a million times better than the MAC 214, MAC 219, and Sigma E30 (which falls at the bottom of the list for these types of brushes). I'm persuaded to pick up a few more Louise Young brushes now.

Nordstrom Buffer Brush - I'm not exactly sure if there's a proper way to use "buffer brushes" like this one though I think people might like it for applying foundation. Anyways, I originally purchased this brush to help in removing color when I accidentally apply too much (like blush) which works like a charm. But lately I find that I've been using this brush to apply bronzer/contouring powder when I want a pretty sculpted look and I've actually been preferring it to my MAC 129. The flat-top really creates chiselled cheek bones and a jaw line that isn't overly sharp because the denseness of the brush does an excellent job blending out the color. I found this brush to be supremely soft and comparable to other high-end cosmetic brushes. If you like that sculpted look (a la Kim Kardashian), this would be the brush to use. I wasn't aware of Nordstrom's personal beauty line, but I wouldn't be apprehensive about trying out a few more things.

Nordstrom Buffer Brush

On a random note, I haven't been blogging as much because I've been spending most of my time baking...but I'm totally baked out now so I'll finally return to a normal routine.

March 19, 2014

Smooth Base

L'Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate, Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream

L'Occitane's Almond Milk Concentrate didn't prove to be the best moisturizing lotion, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. The milky, gel-like consistency was supreme like nothing I'd use before. It also didn't leave that greasy film I typically experience with body lotions even after touching water which is very ideal in all aspects. My skin did feel silky smooth upon application and awakening in the AM. But the minute I properly washed my hands with soap, it returned to its dry state. Now that we're in March, my skin isn't at its driest levels which pretty much tells me this is a no-go during the mid-winter months. The jar packaging is very lovely and quaint, but I find it quite annoying to use...not annoying enough to stop me from using it though. And the's so lightly yummy smelling - can't explain this very well, but I love it.

For my face, I finally discovered the ultimate moisturizer after all these years - Dr. Hauschka's Quince Day Cream. I'm actually disappointed I waited so long to purchase this now as it's the finest moisturizer I've tried and tested, which includes the notable Fresh Soy Moisurizer, Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, Bliss Triple Oxygen Cream, Origins GinZing Cream, among other popular ones. The citrusy, spicy scent also tops all others in fragrance department. The main reason why I love this so much is because it actually performs over a long period of time and it wears nicely under foundation (and over my flaky skin) without showing signs of dryness. I do think it's a little pricey at $36 for 1 oz, but totally worth it. This is moisturizing enough for my March skin, but seems convincingly light enough as we progress into summer.

So to summarize, the Almond Milk was a joy to use. I just wish it was a bit richer especially for such a luxurious cream. Due to the higher price tag, I probably won't just isn't enough for my needs. The Quince Day Cream was the true winner in the facial moisturizer lineup (slightly expensive for just 1 oz though). I find it perfect now, but I know it won't be enough once winter rolls back around and by that time, I might just upgrade to its counterpart, the Rose Day Cream.


March 18, 2014

This past weekend

I spent most of this past weekend baking an unnecessary amount of cakes and concocting various icings/creams/frostings so this is what I ate today: My favorite, (any) generic brand, raisin bran cereal.