26 August 2015

NOTD | My First 3D Manicure

Nails by Asako Suzuki of LC Spa

I've done many NOTD's, but this is the first one that has included any kind of nail art. I have no artistic skill nor the patience to do anything like this, so I had to go to a professional. Like I said in my lash extension post, I am going to a wedding this weekend so I thought I'd glam it up a little bit and since my dress is a little bit understated, I wanted my nails to stand out a little.

I brought in a design that I saw in a magazine and Asako (the nail artist) pretty much replicated the exact look. One minor change I made was the thumb. The thumb was supposed to be all black but I really wanted to incorporate that green color somewhere so I replaced black with it. I love that it complements the middle color so well.

It is such a weird feeling on my nails. Because she used gel nail polish, my nails feel slightly heavier. They don't even feel like my real nails; it feels like I have acrylic on even though I don't. Even though I know that the little studs won't fall off, I still feel like I have to be careful with everything. It's going to take a while for me to get used to them. Overall, I'm really happy with how they turned out. I don't think I'll be making this a regular thing, but at least now I know where to go if I ever want fancy nails again.

25 August 2015

My First Eyelash Extensions

So I've pretty much tried to stay away from eyelash extensions for the past couple of years, mainly because it was just going to become another expense for me, on top of getting my hair done, mani/pedis and facials. I'll be going to my cousin's wedding this Saturday and since I'm kind of part of the wedding (I'll be doing a reading), I thought I'd do something extra. I'm also getting my nails done, but that's for another post ;)

My apprehension with getting eyelash extensions also stems from a misconception that I had. I have always heard people say that extensions make your eyelashes fall off. Well, that is completely and totally wrong, I've learned. Your lashes fall off anyway, and although the individual hairs are attached to your actual eyelash, it doesn't pull or tug on the roots to make them fall off any quicker.

I was always under the impression that I had absolutely no eyelashes, but after seeing my before picture, I was kind of relieved. My eyelashes do exist! They're just little tiny baby hairs, that's all. Since I had never done this before, I didn't know what to expect. However, I learned that it wasn't a complicated procedure; put protective sheets under the lashes, clean the clashes, attach each individual lash extension, comb it over and you're done!

Because it was my first time getting extensions, I didn't want to go overboard so I asked my esthetician to make them as natural looking as possible. For the full set, it took about an hour and a half total. There was no discomfort, no stinging of any kind and she was really careful not to get glue on my actual lids.

They really do look natural, and look great on their own. With eyeshadow, they look even better and stand out even more. Overall, I'm very happy with my experience and I think for my refill, I'm going to go a little bit bolder.

20 August 2015

You're Invited!

Hey guys! If anyone is interested, my friend's spa is hosting its annual make-up party in October. There will be 3 make-up artists who will basically hold a little seminar for those that want to come and learn how to apply make-up. They highly recommend that you bring your own products to play around with.

There are only 8 spots available and it is $45 per person. I know that's a bit steep, but if you're willing to spend the money, I think it's definitely worth it. Anthony used to work for Giorgio Armani and YSL so he'll bring with him extensive knowledge on all things beauty. 

19 August 2015

Birthday Wishlist

Every year I do one of these and every year I have to mention that I'm not asking any of you to get this for me. It's simply just a list of things I'm considering getting for myself for my birthday :)

1. Glass Water Bottle - I've been wanting one of these for so long and I really don't know why I keep holding it off.

2. Stila Eyebrow Pen - This is the only eyebrow pen on the market (that I can afford) that doesn't have a ridiculous amount of red in it. 

3. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NC20 - I could've saved up to buy this ages ago, but again I just hold off until I finish all the concealer I keep buying.

4. MAC e/s singles (to fill my new palette!) - It's so hard picking out shades. I have 4 spots filled up in my palette right now and need suggestions on 12 more!

5. Full Body Massage - I can actually get this for free at work ;)

6. Black Sheer Ankle Socks - I prefer these over cotton socks when I wear boots.

7. Soleil Tan de Chanel  - The BEST bronzing base I've ever used in my entire life. If someone asked me what my all time favorite beauty product is, I would pick Soleil Tan de Chanel all day, everyday.

8. IKEA Raskog Cart (yes another one!) - I think I need another one for lotion/skincare products and other knick knack paddy wacks.

18 August 2015

SDCC 2015 Highlights

Here's the wrap-up of my 2015 SDCC Photo Diaries. Check out some of the highlights after the jump!