Saturday, December 27, 2014

Face of the Day: 12/27/14

Hey blog readers! Hope you're all doing well :)I'm currently in Palm Springs with my family for a short vacation, but I thought I'd put up a quick face of the day post since I did something a little bit different with my makeup today.

For my base, I used the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer. This is one of my favorite base products because it evens out my skin-tone without making me look like I'm wearing too much makeup. It's basically like an instagram filter in real life. I concealed my dark circles and spots with the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. Despite the extremely messy packaging, I think this concealer is amazing. I locked everything in with the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, an everyday essential. On my cheeks, I applied a tiny bit of the Revlon Blush in Racy Rose. Racy Rose is a beautiful medium pink shade that adds a brightness to my face without being overpowering. I used Benefit Watt's Up! to highlight the tops of my cheekbones and my cupid's bow. This is the perfect highlighter in my opinion because it creates a subtle glow and doesn't look like I straight up put glitter on my face. For my eyes, I started off by applying a sheer wash of the Purminerals Eyeshadow Pencil in Bronze. Then I added a bit of the dark brown shade from a Japonesque Eyeshadow Duo to my crease. I followed up by lining my eyes with the Loreal Carbon Black Eyeliner and applying generous lashings of the BUXOM Lash Mascara. I filled in my eyebrows with my all-time favorite pencil, the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown. I finished the look off by using Clinique's Chubby Stick Intense in Grandest Grape, a deep berry color, on my lips.

Hope you liked this post! Thanks for reading :D

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Review: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

I'm typically not very particular about my hair products. When I'm buying a shampoo or conditioner, I usually just choose the ones that smell the best. In terms of styling, I don't do much to my hair but straighten it because I just can't be bothered to fuss about with styling tools every morning. This summer, however, I found one hair product that has become a going out essential. Ladies and Gents, I'm talking about the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. This product is one that has a cult following so even though I'm not hugely into haircare, I still wanted to give it a shot. I tried this it for the first time on a day when my hair was super greasy and flat, a perfect opportunity to see if it was worth the hype. I spritzed a generous amount of this spray all throughout my hair and made sure it was evenly worked in. My hair instantly looked bigger and definitely less greasy. It works equally well as a dry shampoo and as a volumizing spray. The product also smells amazing and I'm tempted to pick up other bits from Oribe with the same scent. 

I'd love to get more into haircare so if you have any tips or product recs, leave them in a comment below!

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

REN's Speedy Skincare Offering

I recently placed an order on the Sephora website and received a deluxe sample of the Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial. I was thrilled to get this product because I've loved everything I've tried from Ren skincare so far. This treatment is supposed to make skin look energized and radiant in just one minute. I know, quite a bold claim. Basically, you apply the product on dry skin and add a little bit of water to massage it in. Then you leave it on for one minute and rinse it off. I tested this product out yesterday, the day of my last and hardest final exam. I was looking pretty rough and hoped that this facial would be the perfect pick-me-up. Did it work? Yes, very well! The texture of this product is similar to that of toothpaste and it melts into an oil when applied to the skin. After washing the paste off my face, I felt that I looked fresher and definitely more awake. I don't think the results were really dramatic, but I do feel that it is a great option for days when you don't have time to do a full-blown deep cleanse and face mask. 

Hope you enjoyed this quick review! Have you found any new skincare gems? I'd love to hear about them :D

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Red Lip Moment

This fall and winter season, I've really been embracing the bold red lip look. In my opinion, red lipstick can do wonders. Not only does it give a classic edge to any outfit, a bold lip color says,"Hey World, I'M HERE." As superficial as this is, I personally feel a lot more confident and powerful when I'm sporting a red lip. 

If you haven't already guessed, this post will be about my favorite red lip colors! Let's get started.

The first lipstick in question is the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 107. This is the first red lipstick I picked out myself and I actually hesitated quite a bit before taking the plunge. I was afraid that I wouldn't get much use out of it, but to my surprise, the dark berry tones in this lipstick have made it super easy to wear. This lipstick has a matte finish which is my favorite formula for bright colors. It feels really comfortable on the lips and it lasts for a good couple of hours before needing to be re-applied. I believe this shade would suit a range of skin tones and you can't beat the super affordable price tag!

The next one is the Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Icon. Since last year, I've been hearing a lot of hype about these long-lasting lipsticks. Hourglass claims that it "delivers 14 hours of consistent wear without smudging or dryness". I was really intrigued by this description and the rave reviews this product has been receiving from bloggers so I decided to purchase a mini to try it out. The verdict: seriously impressive! I wouldn't say that the color stayed on my lips for 14 hours, but even towards the end of the day, the fading was pretty minimal and my lips didn't feel unusually dry. If you're someone who hates re-applying your lip color throughout the day, then I think you will LOVE this product! The full size of this product is quite pricey so I'd recommend getting the mini first.

Alright, hope you found this post helpful! Whether your sitting at home watching Christmas movies or going out with fiends this holiday season, throw on some red lipstick and feel like a badass! :D