22 October 2014

Summer Favorites - Eyes

If you haven't noticed from the picture, I didn't include any eyeshadows. This summer was all about getting out of the door as quickly as possible, while using long lasting products to withstand the crazy heat that we've been blessedcursed with.

21 October 2014

Summer Favorites - Face

I haven't done a favorites list in a while so I thought I'd just combine them into one huge one for the summer. I know it's very nearly the end of the October, but over here in San Diego, we are still feeling the heat. You can call us lucky/spoiled/whatever, but personally, I'm a little tired of it. I'm so ready for the fall!

Anyway, I created a huge list of my favorites this past summer and decided to break them up because it would've been a massive post and I'm not sure I can hold your attention for that long. This first post focuses on my favorite products for the face. Depending on the weather or season, I have to adjust my skincare and make-up routines so that my skin will survive the day without looking like a hot mess. Summer is always tricky because of the heat. I already have oily skin so add hot weather to that, and well, we've got a recipe for potential disaster. Fortunately, I was able to able to avoid complete make-up catastrophe and found some new products along the way.

29 September 2014

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain

I received the Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in my June Birchbox. If you didn't already know, I ended my subscription to Birchbox back in August because I was simply no longer getting anything out of it. The boxes I've received the last 4 months have been less than impressive. Even though I had edited my profile several times so that Birchbox would stop sending me hair products and perfume, they just kept on coming. I just didn't feel like paying for a bunch of crap that I knew I wasn't going to use.

The boxes haven't been complete busts, though. There's always been the one item or product that almost makes the $10 worth it. So instead of reviewing each box as a whole, I've decided to just take individual items and review them and this is the first of those reviews!

The shade I received was Sugar, which is a sort of nude pink color. It works real nice with my skintone. At first, I didn't realize it was a lip stain. I thought it was just a plain old lipgloss. But after applying it to my lips, I noticed the difference in texture. It's not sticky and glides on quite smoothly. It's not very opaque and it tends to kind of disappear as soon as you blend it in.

The gloss itself doesn't last very long. My lips sort of absorbed it, but it left a really pretty pink stain. I didn't think it would last all night, but it did. It lasted through chips and salsa, a crab enchilada and a Thai tea boba.  It even lasted through to the next morning.

The full size retails for $20 for 0.17oz of product. I don't think this is anything special and there are so many lip stains available out there that are much cheaper. However, I'm very glad it was included in my box. I'm sure it is something that I'll reach for on those days that I want a very natural look.

21 September 2014

August/September Photo Diary

My summer has definitely been quite eventful. If you follow me on Twitter, then some of this might be old news. But for those who don't, hope you enjoy!

In the very beginning of August, I had the opportunity to see Jay-Z and Beyonce's On The Run concert at the Rose Bowl with one of my bests, Genesis.

We made a trip out of the whole day while we were out there. He took me to one of his favorite places to eat called Aroma Coffee & Tea in Studio City. We also visited Trisha at her new place and I met her for the first time after being friends on Twitter and via Gen for years. It was definitely a highlight of my day. The show was great and I really enjoyed myself, even though it was a little awkward to watch at times with all those divorce rumors going around. I likened it to watching your best friend and her husband quietly throwing shade at one another at a dinner party they've invited everyone to. 

If you didn't know, I temporarily went back to having blonde panels. And also turned into a giraffe.

But after two weeks, I quickly grew tired of it and went back to my hairdresser's and told her to dye everything to dark brown. Oddly enough, my appointment happened to be on birthday. Hair appointments are like mini Christmases to me so basically it was Christmas on my birthday. Best day ever.

Oh and did I mention I also got a fringe?...

And momentarily transformed into an Asian Daisy Lowe?

Side note: You know you're getting a little old when the most exciting thing you've done in years is get bangs.

Anyway, I went to the beach in September for the first time this summer, which was technically the second but the other time was at a bonfire at night.

My niece turned 3 this year and her parents threw her a party at the Bahia. And yup, I got on one of those stand-up paddle boards... except I didn't actually stand, haha.

We also had some visitors from Missouri ;)

My bestfriend Steffi and her fiance (YES FIANCE!) visited from Missouri for a weekend and stopped by the beach to hang out. Can you tell how happy I was??

Lots of awesome Padres fun happened too. I unintentionally attended a Seth Smith autograph signing at the Sony store at Fashion Valley.

I finally made it out to a day game to watch the one and only Bobby Cressey play the oregonorgan.

So serious.

Seriously, I love this place.

And lastly...

Tommy and I took a picture for our Save the Date. Just kidding. But this was a pretty awesome day. And yes, he's even prettier in person.

I hope you guys enjoyed this photo diary. I know September isn't over yet, so I may add more pictures to this later on. We shall see...

NOTD | essie - Bobbing for Baubles

Bobbing for Baubles a dark navy shade. I've had this in my collection for ages, but never actually used it. When I searched for a swatch on the internet, it looked very blue, but for whatever reason my one looks like it has some gray in it. I don't know. I love it either way.