All I Want for Christmas is...

December 14, 2014

Hooray! Christmas is right around the corner, can you feel it in the air (I may or may not have squealed with excitement over this)? I'm really looking forward to spending quality time with the family; sharing love, laughter, good memories, and gifts with the loved ones. How about you? I bet you are!
So I was browsing around on Polyvore and thought I'd make a little collage of things I'd want for Christmas. Obviously, I'm not expecting to get all of these things as gifts- this is sort of a guide of what I'd want to get for myself in the nearest future. 
My Christmas Wish List

What is currently on your Christmas Wish List?

Bedside Staples

December 13, 2014

I hate the feeling of dry hands (I know hate is such a strong word, but really, I do) and especially in this cold weather conditions things can easily get out of hand if you don't take a proper care of them. And what's more, a constant hand washing throughout the day combined with spending time in the freezing cold results in painful, cracking, peeling- and heaven forbid-bleeding hands, with dry cuticles and hangnails (I know, ouch!). Obviously, I thought I should treat the skin on its own terms and got this- L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creaand Foot Cream for Dry Skin.

The Shea Butter Hand Cream is an ultra-nourishing, rich-textured cream formulated using a great blend of ingredients such as coconut oil, honey, almond extracts, and 20 % Shea butter. It sinks into the skin rather quickly and leaves skin moisturized and protected without feeling greasy or too slippery. Moreover, it's got a light, pleasant herbal scent which fades relatively quickly. I always keep a tube of this creme within arms reach right near the bed, as I like to apply a generous amount before heading to sleep. Overnight, my hands are baby smooth and soft, moisturized, and nourished.

In addition to a hand cream, I got the Shea Butter Foot Cream, which is formulated with natural soothing ingredients (arnica and lavender essential oils) and 15 % Shea butter. I absolutely love the lavender scent of this cream, it's really refreshing! It absorbs rapidly into the skin, leaving the skin soft and smooth. It's not as rich in texture like the hand cream, but still is moisturizing and soothing enough.

What is your favorite hand/foot cream?

Berry Lips (Drugstore)

December 11, 2014

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie is one of my all-time favorite lipsticks from the drugstore. It's also one of my most-worn lipsticks amongst my stash; I've lost count of how many times I've repurchased it time after time, it's just that good. This  ultimate berry fuchsia color with a glossy finish is great for amping up the look and could flatter a range of skin tones. So incredibly rich, it goes on smoothly, like butter and feels very moisturizing on the lips. Though it's quite hydrating, I can easily go 3-5 hours without having to reapply. It stays on fairly well without bleeding or smudging, too. I love this lipstick a lot because  it's my little pick-me-up color amidst all the 'bluhs' that come along with the winter season. 

What are your favorite drugstore lipstick colors?

The Beauty Bar

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you will have a truly marvelous day with your loved ones. Today's picks are my most frequently used-and loved- products of the week. I've been meaning to do a post like this for quite a while, but you know how they say better late than never, right?

Chanel Poudre Universelle Compact Pressed Powder in 30 Naturel
You know the drill, I love me some dewy complexion. Which, on a combination skin- sadly- can get a bit out of control meaning that a  setting powder is an absolute must have. You see, there is a fine line between a 'lit from within,' dewy complexion and greasy, sweaty look, so for me it's paramount to set the liquid foundation with a translucent finishing powder. A few weeks back, I picked up a lighter shade 30 Naturel of the Chanel Poudre Universelle Powder, which matches my skin tone perfectly because the one I had before 40 Dore- the one bought in the summertime- was a tad dark for my skin. It's a finely-milled sheer pressed powder with a hint of coverage, which on the skin looks very natural. A quick swoosh of this powder eliminates a greasy shine on the t-zone when used as a touch-up throughout the day and sets the makeup beautifully in the morning.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita
Ah yes, I found the perfect lip pencil for everyday wear. As I've mentioned in one of previous posts, my favorite lipstick ever is Dolce Vita. So I thought I'd explore further with other Nars lip products and got a lip pencil with the same title (boring, I know) but from the velvet matte range; it's because I wanted the exact same shade but with a better staying power than the lipstick version-and I think I got it right. The Dolce Vita lipstick is described as dusty rose, however I'd describe the velvet matte version as a subtle brick shade. Although it has a matte finish, it's not as drying on the lips. Also, I like the fact that it serves as a lip liner and a lipstick.

Nars Sheer Glow foundation in Fiji
Ah, it's a good old favorite of mine; a dewy complexion in a bottle. This foundation gives me a healthy natural glow which is very much appreciated particularly in the winter season- no more plane-dulled skin. It goes on sheer, but gives a decent amount of coverage which allows to conceal any redness and unevenness without making it look cake-y and unnatural. My favorite method to apply is with a dampened beauty blender, it gives the most natural flawless finish that looks like skin.

Benefit Brow Zings in Light
The other day I had my eyebrows waxed at the Benefit Brow Bar, and the lady there filled in my sparse, uneven brows using the Brow Zings duo set. I find that powder/wax combination works wonders to bridge the gaps than an eyeshadow alone. It looks natural and lasts all day. My only complaint is that I wish there was a wider selection of shades-especially the taupe-based colors. Nevertheless, the shade I got matches my hair color really well.

Make Up Forever Aqua Black Waterproof Eye Shadow
I'm an avid wearer of eyeliner and I'm always on the lookout for something better than I already own (typical me). So, when I saw this product at the MUFE counter, I thought I'd give this a go because I've never tried a cream eyeliner before and apparently there is as twice amount of product comparing to the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear gel eyeliner (0.24 oz/ $23 vs. 0.10 oz/ $24). I  find the formula to be very long-lasting-it stays on all day without smudging or fading. Although it takes a bit longer to dry than gel eyeliners, once it's dry it really doesn't move. For that reason, besides lining just the eyes I prefer to tight line with this, too.

wearing the Dolce Vita velvet matte lip pencil

Feel-Good Music Playlist

November 14, 2014

One of the best ways to uplift my spirits when I’m feeling down is to listen to my favorite music; upbeat, positive songs definitely have the power to boost my mood.  Today I thought I’d share my playlist with all of you- hope it will make your day a bit better. So, without a further ado, here's my 'feel-good' music playlist. Enjoy!


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