Sunday, July 31, 2011

Recent Favorites // July 2011

Some readers have mentioned that they enjoy monthly favorites and I enjoy reading and watching them as well! This month I have a video and some written reviews for those of you who prefer to read rather than watch. The written reviews and what I say in the video are pretty much the same thing but I you can get a better look at the products from the video. Enjoy!

Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint SPF 15 in Neutral - This is my go-to tinted moisturizer for the summer. I have already done a whole video review on this HERE. This has been my most used face product this month although I'm beginning to think I like the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer a bit better.

E.L.F Complexion Brush - I used to use this for highlighters on my cheekbone but it is too fluffy for me to get a precise area on my face. Now I use the soft, fluffy bristles to dust a light layer of setting powder over my makeup. This is my new favorite powder brush!

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil - I tried this out for the first time while I was on vacation and I was surprised at how little product I needed for my entire face. This mattifies well and the powder is super finely milled. I will be saving this for the winter months because the color matches me better when I'm lighter.

Maybelline Eyestudio Quads in Copper Chic and Irresistibly Ivy - I have reviewed and swatched these HERE. I swatched the amazing teal shadow in the video so check that out if you want to see how pigmented and beautiful the shadow is with only one swipe! Although the shadows are easily blended away, the silky smooth texture and great pigmentation make these drugstore winners. I've been loving the shimmery, warm shades for this month.

E.L.F Cream Eyeliner in Copper - I dug this out of my collection because it was drying out and it's actually quite good. The pigmentation is not as rich as some other cream liners but it is buildable. The shimmery bronze color is great for the summer when I prefer not to use a harsh, black liner. This can also double up as an eyeshadow base for a smokey brown eye.

Maybelline Colossal Waterproof Mascara - This a product I had in my back-up stash for a few months now and I first used it while on vacation. I LOVE THIS STUFF. Seriously, this is the best mascara I have ever used so far. It holds my curl like no other while defining and volumizing my lashes. I will definitely repurchase this mascara in the future. This is the first waterproof mascara I have ever used and I'm definitely interested in trying out more if they perform like this one.

Lancome Bi Facil Eye Makeup Remover - If this did not cost $26 for a full size bottle, I'd run out to get this in a heart beat. This removes my makeup well and although I lose a few lashes when I take off my Colossal mascara, I don't blame this remover. This does not dry out the skin around my eyes like my Up & Up remover and the Bi Facil has a subtle, delicate fragrance. I highly recommend checking this out when Lancome has a gift with purchase offer.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Interview Attire OOTD

I haven't mentioned it on my blog but the past few weeks have been tedious and stressful as I worried about finding a job or internship. I applied to at least a dozen postings and only heard back from a few. Nonetheless I kept on applying and was able to go to a few interviews. I always plan out my interview outfits in advance to make sure they look presentable before the actual day of the interview. I usually wear pencil skirts because I hate how dress pants look on me. I also keep my makeup very simple for interviews because I want to look professional but not gaudy.

Top - Zara
Tank - American Eagle
Skirt - Club Monaco
Bag - Cole Haan
Flats - Blowfish

I quite like this outfit and guess what? I got called back for the job! I'm a full time student so this will be a retail, part time job. Nonetheless, I'm excited to go to orientation, find out when I start, and what hours I will be working! I haven't hauled anything beauty related in almost two months but I expect that could soon change....

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Guest Post: 3 Blogging Myths Debunked

Someone from a website called contacted me and wished to write a guest post for this blog. I happily accepted and I think this post would be helpful for those of you who are thinking about starting a blog or have just begun one. The following post was written by Lauren of Betterfly. I am not affiliated with Betterfly in any way and I am not being compensated for publishing this post.
It’s clear that blogging is no longer just a trend—it’s here to stay. Nearly every business professional has a blog (some better than others, of course) and you’ve started wondering why you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon. Here are three common myths about blogging that might be holding you back:
1.     A personal website is better than a blog. You may already have a personal website, or maybe you think that a flashy site will grab more attention than a blog. True, you can hire a fancy designer to create a beautiful site, but who’s to say that anyone is going to find it? These days, most professionals get hired off the web; that is to say, people search on Google or other search engines for makeup artists (or whatever else) and then choose from the top results. It’s really tough to get your website ranked on Google’s first page of results (in fact, businesses actually hire specialists to try to make it happen). An easier, less expensive and more effective method is to start a blog. Blogs force you to constantly create new content, which is one big factor that helps you get noticed by Google. Fresh, new content will also keep your readers coming back for more, increasing your incoming traffic and exposure. Finally, blogging is a great way to create community and connect with likeminded bloggers. Your comments section, links to other blogs, and guest posts are all things that help keep your community engaged and ultimately make you a more popular figurehead.

2.     You don’t think you’re a good writer; therefore you can’t be a blogger. False! Perhaps the most exciting thing about blogging is that there are endless ways to share content. You can post photos, create video tutorials, link to interesting articles, write up a short product review or even ask influential people to guest blog for you! Be creative and have fun with it.

3.     Even if you do start a blog, no one will read it. Sure, if you go over to WordPress right now and start a blog, you can’t expect anyone to read it. It takes some PR and marketing work! If you haven’t already, set up a Twitter account and start tweeting about your posts. It’s also a good idea to add your blog to your email signature and/or business card so people can check it out. You can also add yourself to blog directories like where people often search for blogs on specific topics. But perhaps the most important thing to do is get involved in your industry’s online community. This means: become an avid commenter on other blogs, subscribe to big-name blogs, and give genuinely complimentary shout-outs to other bloggers from your site. People love to be followed and complimented, so play nice and you’ll find that often times they reciprocate the favor.
Lauren Margolis works for, a website that helps personal service providers to market and brand themselves. She is a contributing writer with a special interest in New York makeup artists.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer 2011 Trippin' Pt. 4: Vancouver

This is the fourth installment of my early July travels. You can read about the other places I went to HERE, HERE, and HERE. On the eve of our nation's independence day, my family ironically drove up to Canada where we spent most of July 4th.

We arrived in Vancouver late in the night and one of the only eateries open late near the border was this Chinese restaurant. I had the shrimp wonton soup which was pretty good but had a touch too much pepper. I ate a bit of my cousin's roasted pork which unfortunately, tasted quite bad. Overall, our party did not like the food here and I would not recommend this place unless you have no place else to eat. I believe this restaurant is open 24 hours.

This was my first time in Vancouver and I was shocked to find that it resembled cities that you can find in Asia. There were many people from Hong Kong and I kept forgetting I was in Canada. Although we have our fair share of Asians in New York City, the way the roads and stores looked in Vancouver reminded me a lot more of places I've been to in Asia.

We spent less than 48 hours in Vancouver and I hardly took any pictures to be honest. I snapped a quite picture of my outfit for the day which was totally not appropriate for sightseeing. I had no idea we would be going to national parks and the like. To be honest, I don't recall the name of the park we visited but one of the main attractions was a suspension bridge that hung many feet above some sort of stream. I thought it was adorable how a lady had to carry one of her dogs because it seemed to scared to cross the bridge by itself.

All in all, I don't have too much to say about Vancouver aside from their enormous Asian community. We passed by their urban shopping district in the car and it reminded me of any other city. The nearby parks and wildlife centers are convenient and I think this would be a nice city to live in. I wish we had spent some more time in the area but alas that is something I'll have to do in the future.

These were actually snapshots of my FOTD and OOTD before we embarked on our cruise from Seattle on July 5th. I dressed down in comfortable clothes that were fuss-free. The shirt is from Abercrombie&Fitch, tanktop from Hollister, jeans from American Eagle. All the typical, high school fad-driven clothing stores :) I went easy on the eye makeup and opted for a bright lip for once. The gloss is from Revlon's Colorburst line in Strawberry (reviewed and swatched HERE). This was the first time I wore the gloss outdoors and I actually really like it. Even after it faded, it sort of left a fresh stain on my lips.

The next post will be a quick summary of my experience on the cruise ship, followed by my sixth and final installment of the series regarding my time at various stops on the cruise (my favorite part of the trip by far!). Just two more posts about my travels so stay tuned!~