Follow Me Around Washington, DC

October 19, 2014

I'm total homebody, and there's no place I'd rather be than home. And while staying where I'm comfortable may be feel great and safe, this past year I've been trying to go out and do something out of my comfort zone more frequently. One of my resolutions was to leave home whenever I have more free time, explore the places I haven't been in a while, and read books in the fresh air. So that was exactly what I did yesterday. I headed to the busiest and most beautiful part of Washington, DC- the National Mall area. Of course, I took my camera with me and a book to read called 'The Happiness Project." You know what, I had such an amazing time! Perhaps Neale D. Walsch was right, when he said " Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." That being said, I'd encourage those like me, to break out of your comfort zone. You can do it. :)

Daily Staples: Miracle in a Bottle

October 13, 2014

We all know that we should wash our face everyday. But, let's face it, after a grueling day at school/work, all you want to do is jump in your soft bed and never leave it again...well, at least until the alarm clock goes off the next day. *sigh* I mean, seriously- if I have done that, let's say, on a daily basis, then 'hello, blame yourself for your troubled skin' kind of negative self-talk would be unavoidable. For that matter, luckily, I've discovered something I call a 'miracle in a bottle,' the Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser For Face and Eyes,  which comes to rescue whenever I'm too lazy to do a proper cleansing ritual. If there was a 4-in-1 cleanser- meaning toner is included- then my life would be complete.  In the meantime, let's rejoice in the fact that I have a face wash, which gently cleanses the skin without stripping away its natural oils, plus easily removes the makeup I've carefully applied earlier in the morning, including waterproof eye-makeup.

Since I have rather sensitive, dry-ish skin, I prefer non-foaming formulas, something that doesn't make my skin feel tight and stripped after the cleansing process. This cleanser has a creamy, milky texture that helps my makeup melt right-off. It's so gentle, yet effective. In the evening, I gently massage a dime-size amount of product to damp skin, using upward, circular motions for roughly about a minute. The result is balanced, fresh and clean skin ready for further penetration of skincare products in your routine.

Product description:
Purity made simple is an emulsifier, designed to dissolve dirt, makeup and sub-surface debris, leaving the skin feeling perfectly purified and comfortably balanced. Purity made simple can be used on all skin types and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. The bestselling cleanser contains infusions of sage, chamomile, and carrot.

MAC Must-Haves

October 12, 2014

I've realized that I haven't been using Mac products as much as I'd like to simply because I have given most of them away, so I thought I should place an order of things I had wanted for the longest time. I got a few cool things worth mentioning in the post, but I wanted to dedicate this one specifically to the Face&Body foundation and the Lustre Drops highlighter.

You know when I mentioned previously that Mac foundations tend to cause breakouts on my skin, at the time I haven't yet tried the Mac Face&Body foundation which is absolutely amazing. Unlike other Mac foundations that can look rather cakey and seem to dry out my already dehydrated skin, this one is super lightweight and natural-looking. It makes the skin appear radiant and dewy which is what we all (dry skin type gals) want during the colder months. It is a light textured, water-based foundation that gives a sheer to medium coverage, but is definitely build-able; however in my perspective, it works best for those with relatively good skin who don't expect a lot of coverage from a foundation and just use it for evening out the skin-tone.

I have been using the Mac Lustre Drops for the past two years now, and was really upset to hear the news that Mac was going to discontinue this product. You can apply it in a number of ways-either accentuate the features you'd like ( forehead, cheek bones, bridge of the nose, highbrow area, etc.), or mix it up with your foundation to achieve a dewy finish. Personally,  I love applying it on top of my foundation, especially under the eyes- its light-reflective pigments help to minimize the appearance of dark circles and under eye lines which I've had ever since I was born.  It works really well with the Face & Body foundation since both of these products are water-based.

If you'd like to see how these two products work together, I'd suggest to watch the 'Get Ready With Me' video, which I filmed yesterday. Hope you enjoy watching!

Makeup Potpourri

October 4, 2014

Happy October, everybody! The year is drawing to a close rather quickly, so make sure to enjoy every moment of it. For today's post, I'd like to feature some products that were-again- rediscovered just recently; I've pulled out a few things that were laying in the back of the makeup drawer and haven't gotten the attention they deserve. So basically, I've been trying to make the most of what I have if that makes sense.

Firstly, I'm really happy to start using the Too Faced Amazing Face foundation again, which is currently my second bottle-yes, it was well worth the repurchase. About two years ago, I had my makeup done at Sephora, and the beauty adviser used this foundation on my dehydrated skin (it was in March) and I was really impressed with the results which made me buy it without a shadow of doubt. This foundation leaves a natural dewy finish that is undetectable even in close-up- even an eyebrow threading lady was asking about the foundation I was wearing, since she was looking for one with a natural-looking finish-well, it's a good sign, don't you think? It offers a medium but buildable coverage that easily covers some minor imperfections, but most importantly, it doesn't cling to dry patches like many foundations do, so I'm loving it at the moment. The only drawback is the packaging-it doesn't come with a pump.

It seems like I've really underestimated the power of liquid highlighters, it can easily change up the whole look for the better by adding dimension to the complexion. Last January, I've traded my Sephora points for a deluxe sample of the Nars Illuminator in Copacabana, but haven't tried it up till now- sample sized products get lost in the stash really easily, am I right? The Copocabana shade is described as 'glistening pearl' and I prefer to use it as a highlighter, applying it on the top of the cheekbones, down the center of the nose, forehead, and chin- it instantly adds a touch of radiance to the complexion which I prefer to matte, flat look. 

I'm almost running out of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, which I use to brighten up the under-eye area since I bought one in a shade lighter than my skin tone. It's a great  all-rounder concealer for covering blemishes, redness, and dark circles, you just need to pick the right shade. It offers a medium to full coverage, but will never end-up looking cakey, or unnatural. Also, the formula is brilliant in that it keeps the delicate under-eye area hydrated throughout the day, so it doesn't accentuate the dry patches I tend to get every now and then. 

My current favorite fragrance is the Chanel Chance Eau Tendre-a lovely fruity but fresh scent that I absolutely adore. Every time I wear it, I receive tons of compliments. It has a great lasting power according to others, but I myself don't notice the scent after a couple of minutes because my smell sensors get used to it rather quickly, unfortunately (so unfair).

Next up, I've been using the Nars Orgasm blush on a daily basis- it's a nice peachy pink blush/highlighter that adds life to the complexion, and just enhances the look in a swipe of a brush.
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette is the only thing I use to define and shape my brows. I think it's one of the best purchases of the year-it's so easy to work with, it fills in the sparse areas of my brows and sets them in place in a matter of seconds. The ashy brown color perfectly matches my brow hair really well. 
One of my absolute favorite lipsticks at the moment is the Givenchy Le Rouge in Rose Dressing, which is described as 'bright coral pink,' but looks more of a pink on my lips for some reason. Nevertheless, it's so creamy, easily-blendable, and moisturizing that it makes me want to wear it all the time. 
And finally, if there is one tool I've been using the most then it's the MAC 217- a great soft brush for applying and blending the eyeshadow. Love it! 

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer

October 3, 2014

Since I wasn't gifted with luscious lips like Angelina Jolie, I either use a good old nude lip liner which is in trend at the moment (thanks to Kylie Jenner?), or alternatively, I'll use the Dior Lip Maximizer to create an illusion of fuller, voluptuous lips. 

I was hesitant of purchasing another lip plumping product after a pretty painful experience with the Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker gloss- it stung my lips so badly that it felt as if I had smeared a pepper mixture all over my lips; I’m not sure if I got the expired product, but I knew for sure that I wasn’t going to experience the burning effect ever again (thank you very much). So although I had quite an unpleasant experience with the lip plumping glosses, I thought I’d give them a second chance so I bought the Dior Lip Maximizer & I’m SO glad I did. 

Firstly, I love how it creates an effect of wet, dewy lips which helps create an illusion of fuller lips. However, I didn't quite understand the whole plumping concept-yes, it does have a tingly, cooling effect, which in my experience didn't contribute in any way to the whole process of achieving plump pout, but it was very much appreciated on the hot summer days though (it was my makeup bag staple). Secondly, it feels light on the lips and doesn’t feel sticky at all-it’s a very important factor for me when choosing a lip gloss. It has a pleasant minty vanilla scent and leaves a sheer pink tint. Thirdly, and most importantly, you can use it as a lip treatment both day and night- it’s one of those unique products that help restore my lips when they’re extremely chapped since it is very hydrating, thanks to to the hyaluronic and marine-based fillers. All in all, I think it works best as a lip treatment, not a lip plumper. 

Also, if I remember correctly, I got this last September which means it has lasted me for about a year now; I've used it consistently as a lip gloss throughout the day and as a lip treatment every other night-it'll last your for a good while. Therefore, I highly recommend this to everyone, you definitely have to try it for yourself.

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