Moisturizer for the Colder Months

September 20, 2014

Happy Saturday! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. In today's post I wanted to write about my go-to moisturizer that I've been loving for a good few years now-the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer. I'm a huge fan of Kiehl's skincare products, and this moisturizer is no exception. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, my love for this brand started with the purchase of this creme.

I clearly remember that my skin wasn't at its best condition when I first got it- it was extremely dry and patchy. However, after incorporating the Ultra Facial Moisturizer into my regular skincare routine, my skin never looked and felt better. It's a great basic moisturizer: light-weight and non-greasy in texture, absorbs quickly, and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day. Also, it's great for both day and night time use. I highly recommend this if you're looking for an effective moisturizer yet light in texture, then this one is for you.

Kiehl's description: Inspired by our beloved Ultra Facial Moisturizer, this 24-hour,light-textured daily hydrator leaves skin comfortable and visibly well-balanced, particularly in harsh weather conditions. Our formula is made with Antarcticine- a Glycoprotein extracted from microorganisms sourced from sea glaciers and notable for an ability to protect skin from cold temperatures- as well as Imperata Cylindrica, a plant indigenous to the Australian desert which possesses superb water retention properties in dry conditions.

11 Quotes to Keep You Going

September 19, 2014

1. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. -Thomas A Edison

2. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain

4. What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. -Theodore Roosevelt

6.Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. -Napoleon Hill

7. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. -George Addair

8. A year from now you may wish you had started today. -Karen Lamb

9. Change your thoughts. And you change your world. -Norman Vincent Peale

10. What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. -Napoleon Hill

11. The purpose of our lives is to be happy. -Dalai Lama

Splurge & Save

September 17, 2014

I  get bored of my usual makeup routine, so I like to switch things up  every now and again by adding a few bits and pieces that I haven't used in a while. Since the weather is chillier now, I’ve converted 
back to using liquid foundations, and have also rediscovered an amazing lip gloss I’ve forgotten about, but am absolutely loving at the moment.
Firstly, I’ve been obsessed with the Nars Sheer Glow which I prefer to use in the colder months, simply because it tends to melt off in the warm temperature, so it's perfect for the autumn weather. This foundation gives me a healthy natural glow which is very much appreciated on days when my skin looks rather dull and dry. The amount of coverage it provides is enough to cover up any redness and unevenness without making it look cakey, heavy and unnatural- personally, I don't like to apply more than one layer of foundation anyway. All in all, it's a great foundation that is worth splurging on, hands down.

The only negative thing I noticed is that it can cling to the dry patches; so with that in mind, I make sure to moisturize my skin beforehand and try to avoid applying too much product on the dry areas of the face.

One more thing I’ve been loving is the Maybelline Color Elixir in Rose Redefined which is a gorgeous rosy pink shade. There are so many reasons why I love this lip gloss: it’s hydrating, lasts for hours, and it's so reasonably priced for what it is. It has a great color payoff and goes on evenly thanks to the applicator that helps to distribute it precisely. The lip gloss has a light-weight, non-sticky texture that is long-lasting and leaves lips ultra-shiny. I'm looking forward to getting more of other shades from the 'Color Elixir' range. Well done, Maybelline.

Chanel Coco Shine Aventure

September 13, 2014

I've completely fallen in love with sheer lipstick formulas lately, which was obviously inspired by the well-loved Nars Dolce Vita lipstick that I've been talking about constantly on this blog.
To be honest, I wasn't a fan of 'barely there' sort of finishes just about a few months ago, but it seems like tastes and views change over time. Since I've been using the Dolce Vita more frequently, I've realized that I have another sheer lipstick hiding in the stash- the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aventure #57,which I picked up at the Duty Free (can't leave it without buying something!)  

I absolutely adore the formula of the Coco Shine range--in terms of texture, it glides on smoothly like a hydrating balm, providing a beautiful natural shiny finish that is light-weight and non-sticky; however, the glossy effect fades over time (which is expected, since it's not a matte lipstick) but the pigment stays put. In terms of pigmentation, it gives a nice sheer wash of color--nothing more, nothing less--which will appear slightly different on everyone depending on the pigmentation of your lips.
Aventure is a sheer warm pink shade with golden shimmers; it is my 'go to' lipstick that I can pretty much pull off with any makeup look, or whenever I'm not completely sure what lipstick to wear. 

The packaging is slick, compact and elegant as per usual--it's the kind of lipstick that you'd always want to keep in the purse, and reapply throughout the day without the need of a mirror.
Sigrid Agren wearing 'Aventure' for the Chanel Coco Shine Ad Campaign

Beauty Products I'll Always Repurchase

September 12, 2014

While I do love experimenting with different makeup products, I still prefer to go back to ones that have proven to work well for me. That being said, if I were to run out of it, I'd definitely go back and repurchase whatever the product I'd need at the time. 

Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser is my new budget beauty find, which I absolutely love. Previously I've used the Bobbi Brown concealer, but since I don't have severe dark circles,  I thought I'd stick with a cheaper alternative that does brighten up the under eye area and minimizes the dark circles and puffiness for half the price, plus stays put throughout the day.

I also love the Origins Plantscription Concealer, which is an absolute 'life-saver' on days when I need a bit of extra coverage plus dry skin. It blends on smoothly and doesn't cling to dry patches, while offering a medium to full coverage that looks natural on the skin.

Also I needed to include the Benefit Cosmetics Eye Bright- I've been searching for an ideal waterline brightener for those days when I haven't got enough sleep and my eyes look extremely tired. While I don't like the 'milky white' pencils for the waterline, the Eye Bright offers a subtle, natural looking pale pink pencil that instantly brightens up the eyes and makes you look more awake.
I haven't used a proper primer for the longest time, so I was happy to discover the Kiehl's Micro-Blur, which not only blurs the appearance of pores and fine lines, but also offers long-term skincare benefits. This product makes my skin look flawless-no joke-it diminishes the appearance of pores and evens out the skin texture in a matter of seconds, while still offering long-term skincare benefits. Friends, I'm sold! Kiehl's advises to use it as a last step of your skin care routine- I usually apply it after my moisturizer/sunscreen. Moreover, it's paraben-free, non-comedogenic, and is suitable for all skin types.

On a day to day basis, the only eyeshadow I use on the lid is the Urban Decay Verve, which is described as 'oyster shimmer' shade- I think it brightens up the eyelid and makes the brown eyes stand out more. The eyeshadow is super soft, silky, richly pigmented, and easily blendable; when applied with the Nars Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Primer, it stays put all day.

My cult favorite lipstick is the Nars Dolce Vita- it's a gorgeous 'dusty rose' color which is great for everyday wear. The Nars lipstick formulas are absolutely amazing (much better than Mac)-they're sheer, ultra-conditioning, and long-lasting. Having only recently discovered the Nars lipsticks, I think that if I were to go back in time, I'd rather buy one Nars lipstick instead of two Mac ones- this illustrates how much I love them. The only lipstick I own at the time is Dolce Vita, so if you have any suggestions on what to try next, please let me know.

Chill Out Music Playlist

September 10, 2014


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It's been a while since I posted my last summer favorites playlist, so I compiled another list of the frequently played tunes on my computer and have put them together in one playlist.
It's mostly relaxing, chill-out music which I absolutely love listening to all the time: when walking back from school, doing my makeup, cooking etc. Hopefully you'll enjoy listening to this playlist as much as I do. By the way, the picture above was taken by my beautiful mother at the Venice beach in Los Angeles.
Also, if you have any music suggestions, please let me know in the comments below-I'd highly appreciate it.

4 Things I'm Currently Loving

September 9, 2014

I have a few favorites to share with you in today's post that I can't get enough of lately. It's mostly products that I've rediscovered after a major makeup reorganization session, and I've fallen in love with them again, basically.

First up, I've got to mention the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock--this stuff is unlike anything I've ever put on my eyelids before. This is everything what an eyeshadow stick should be like- silky smooth, easily blendable and buildable, smudge/crease-proof, long-lasting ( it stays on like a tattoo, seriously) and more. I picked one up in the shade 'Misty Rock' which is that beautiful taupy- amethyst color with a multi-reflective shimmery finish. It looks absolutely stunning once applied, and it instantly enhances the eyes. 

As for the base, I've been using the Jane Iredale Amazing Base which is a water-resistant(up to 40 minutes) loose-mineral powder that provides SPF 20 protection. It was recommended to me by my dermatologist, who informed me that it's suitable for individuals with sensitive skin types who suffer from  rosacea and eczema; it's formulated without any harsh chemicals--completely free of oil, talc, dye, and parabens. It's ultra light-weight, does a great job evening out the skin tone giving a luminous, natural finish. Moreover, it's buildable coverage but it'll never end up looking cakey. I highly recommend this to those with dry, sensitive skin who are looking for a lightweight, natural-looking powder that gives a 'lit-from-within' kind of glow to the skin.

I've also been loving the Mac Plumful lipstick- I think this shade is perfect for the upcoming chilly months coming ahead of us. It's quite moisturizing on the lips and the shade is absolutely stunning- it's described as 'blossoming rose-plum' which I think is the perfect description of the shade. It's a lustre finish lipstick, so you have to reapply it after eating or drinking. 
Along with the lipstick, I've been reaching for the MAC Dervish lip liner on a daily basis, which is a beautiful beige-rose shade. It makes your lips look fuller, and helps the lipstick stay on longer. It's a new staple in my makeup bag from now on. I highly recommend it!

Try Before You Buy

September 8, 2014

It's impossible to avoid all risks when investing in high-end beauty products, but you can minimize the risks by trying before you buy. I've learnt that it's the best way to judge whether the product is
 suitable for your needs or not.  I was going through my stash yesterday on a mission to throw away the 'empties' but thought I'd share with you the products I ended up buying in full-size after testing them out.
Nars Smudge Proof Base($25)
This eyeshadow primer is the best one I've ever tried, hands down. It's lightweight, translucent and dries pretty quickly once you apply it on the lids, creating a smooth surface for an eyeshadow application. Regardless of the weather, skin type, lid type- your eyeshadow will stay on all day long without creasing or budging. According to Nars, it is 'fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract.'
Buxom Full-On Lip Creme ($19)
I think that I would've never purchased an expensive lip gloss if I haven't tried the sample from Buxom. I redeemed my Sephora's 100 points perk for a mini-size version in the shade Katie. In contrast to drugstore lip glosses, it's extremely lightweight, not sticky, and has a gentle tingling effect-not burning like Soap&Glory Lip Plumping Gloss- and has a major lasting power. The Sephora website says 'Encapsulated hyaluronic spheres infuse lips with moisture while vitamins A and E help keep them supple, protected, and extra kissable.'  Also, the great thing about these glosses is that they are formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan. I bought one in the shade 'White Russian' which is a beautiful creamy nude pink with no shimmers-perfect for any kind of look.

I'd describe this product as a primer with long-term skincare benefits; although I haven't worn a primer for quite a while, I wanted to give this one a try since I received a deluxe sample with my purchase. It makes you skin look airbrushed and flawless once you apply makeup over it- it's suggested that you apply it over your regular moisturizer/SPF cream. It does make a noticeable difference when you apply it on your skin: the pores are visibly blurred, the texture looks more refined, and dewy. Moreover, it's paraben-free and non-comedogenic which means it'll not clog your pores. 
I love my drugstore mascaras a lot- the Maybelline Falsies in particular-but when I got a sample of They're Real mascara, I couldn't resist the urge of buying the full-size version. It does it all: volumizes, separates, lengthens your lashes and stays on all days without flaking or clumping. 
Make Up Forever 'Aqua Eyes' Eyeliner ($19)
I've been searching for a waterproof, long-lasting eyeliner for quite a while now, and I'm so glad that I've finally found the one. The Make Up Forever is well-known for it's superb line of waterproof makeup products, and their eyeliner is worth mentioning in this post. If you're looking for an eyeliner for your inner rim/waterline, the MUFE Aqua Eyes is for you. The Sephora website says: "Waterproof, highly pigmented, and smudge-proof, the Aqua collection of long-lasting lip and eye colors was created for the Parisian Aquatic Ballet. Tested under water for five hours, Make Up For Ever’s longest wearing makeup has an extensive palette of high-performance colors with non-stop results. This product is fragrance free and ophthalmologist tested." I purchased one in the shade 'Matte Black,' and couldn't be more happier with the results. 

Do you have any products that you've bought as a result of testing it out beforehand?

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