It’s Been A While and A Lush Review

It’s been a long time, but I’m super happy to be writing this post! As life got in the way, I lost my motivation to blog, but my love of photography, imagery, and content has always been there. As the nostalgia for the creativity and expression that comes with blogging resurfaces, I want to devote my creative energy into blogging again and truthfully conquer one of my fears…consistency. There’s no excuse for it, but to keep doing it (and find the right tools and methods to help me along the way).

The cold, rain, and feeling sick are a few of the factors that have been stirring my creative juices (and unfortunately my stomach), but it’s also got me dreaming of the warmth of Spring and Summer. This brings back memories of my first cruise vacation last year, the hours of excited research, and eager vacation prepping. In addition to discovering packing cubes (life changer~) prepping included making one of my first Lush purchases for ocean-inspired treat yourself items. Below are snippet reviews of each item. Enjoy!

Outback Mate Soap Bar

This beautiful ocean-in-a-bar is the Outback Mate Soap and is one of my favorite pieces from this haul! The combination of eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemongrass oils exude an awesome, clean, and suuuper refreshing scent. The swirls of varying blue hues mimic oceanic waves and make the soap bar a beautiful piece in the bathroom. You can even check out how it’s made here! I purchased a block of the soap and cut a bar as I need it.  It lathers well without becoming too bubbly and makes for an invigorating in-shower experience. Love it.

Hottie Massage Bar

I always thought massages were something you can only get while on a fancy vacation. The Hottie Massage Bar makes at-home massages totally possible. It has a warm, peppery scent, and is so good for sore muscles. I love using this the day after a workout. The combination of the slightly spicy scent and the molded bumps make for a warming and soothing experience. You won’t need to rub this on the body for too long since the cocoa, shea, and jojoba oils melt easily onto the skin with body heat. Sometimes, I’d rub the massage bar between my hands, onto my shoulders, or my legs for an end of day rub. Easy to use by yourself, but even better to use with a friend 😉

Veganese Hair Conditioner


I was excited for this, but the Veganese Hair Conditioner was my least favorite item from this purchase. As their lightest conditioner, I thought it’d be great for my fine hair as it wouldn’t weigh it down, but I found it wasn’t moisturizing enough. At the time of use, I had shoulder length, non-color treated hair. When first trying it, I didn’t enjoy the scent and the thin texture didn’t coat the ends of my hair well enough to feel like it had any moisturizing effect. I’ve followed up with this conditioner after using different shampoos, but still found it didn’t moisturize enough. Perhaps, it’d be more ideal for those with shorter or normal/non-dry hair.

Seanik Shampoo Bar


Last, but not least, the Seanik Shampoo Bar! I thought this innovative piece would contribute well to my carry-on only, TSA approved (ugh), minimal packing goals (still working on this). The novelty of a shampoo bar was intriguing and the fact that it meant one less liquid item to carry was appealing.

Lush carries a variety of shampoo bars, but I was most interested in the Seanik one since it promises to offer voluminous hair. It definitely brings the volume, smells like the ocean, and gives the hair a squeaky clean feeling, but I’d be sure to use a complementary conditioner to bring back the hair’s softness. The sea salt, while it brings the volume, can at times be drying. Seanik is really easy to use and lathers well with minimal effort.

Lush says it can last up to 80 washes, but it didn’t last as long for me. It can become a little tricky to use when it’s reduced to a pebble, but I enjoyed using this and would purchase again since it’s great for travel. I recommend storing it in a reusable metal tin like this one, but would put some wax paper in it to prevent the shampoo bar or soap from sticking to it. Better to let air dry before covering as well.


Of all the pieces in this haul, I’d recommend the Outback Mate Soap and Hottie Massage Bar the most! I love the nostalgia the scent of the Outback Mate Soap brings from using it during my first cruise vacation. It’s a fun way to try new products and adds to the excitement of prepping for and using during your getaway.

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and cheers to warmer weather!


Tartelette In Bloom Palette Review


Released as the sequel to the original Tartelette palette, which housed a collection of cool-toned matte eyeshadows, the Tartelette In Bloom palette features an assortment of warm neutral shimmers and mattes to get us excited for Spring.

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All 12 eyeshadows are enclosed in a metallic gold plastic case. The palette, which is also part of the Amazonian Clay line, is larger than Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palettes, but still fits in the palm of your hand. A gradient of red, pink, and purple flower petals overlay the front of the case to signal “Spring!” It’s also really cute. Though prone to fingerprints, the compact case is great for travel, comes with an upright full-sized mirror, and has all the colors and textures you need for a day to night look. Yay for all in ones! Except for 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners, I need the separate conditioner. Who’s with me?



The quality and pigmentation of the eyeshadows are great, but there are a few things to note, which I’ll go into detail about. I had never been interested in Tarte eyeshadows before, but I’ve learned that Tarte had been improving their eyeshadow formulas over the last few years and now have buttery matte shadows that are comparable to Lorac’s matte shadows.

The eyeshadows are pigmented, soft, and buttery to the touch. The lighter matte shades are amazing and I love applying them all over the lid for a wash of color. Interestingly, the darkest colors in the palette including Smokeshow, Activist, and Leader (the entire last column of shades on the right) swatch a bit patchy, be it with my fingers or with an eyeshadow brush. However, because I use the darker shadows to do small detail work such as deepening the outer thirds of my eyes for a dramatic look or as eyeliner, it doesn’t affect the outcome of the shadows as much. If you’re looking to do a Taylor Momsen smokey eye, I suggest using an eyeshadow primer or dark eyeshadow cream to bring the dark colors to full opacity.

Funny Girl, one of the three shimmery eyeshadows in the palette doesn’t apply as opaquely as the colors Rocker and Firecracker do. Funny Girl requires a bit of layering in order to achieve a more opaque saturated color over the lid. I suggest using your fingers to apply the shadow onto the lid and in general to always use an eyeshadow primer so that the shadows have something to adhere to as well as to increase its longevity. Rocker is a beautiful taupe and Firecracker is a gorgeous copper shade.

Finger swatches of the shadows from left to right: Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel, Leader, Activist, and Smokeshow. 
Layered swatches with a flat eyeshadow brush from left to right: Rebel, Leader, Activist, and Smokeshow. 
On my eyes: Rocker all over the the lid, Rebel on the outer thirds, Funny girl patted in the center of the lid and inner corners, and Activist as my winged liner.  



All in all, the Tartelette In Bloom palette has buttery, warm, neutral eyeshadows that many would find great use out of. And! Interestingly, though it’s not marketed has having this feature, the palette smells like whaa…CHOCOLATE?! YES. Putting on eyeshadow became a little more fun. Furthermore, it’s formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates (seriously can’t pronounce this one), tricolsan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and is cruelty free and gluten dermatologist tested. So if you’re looking for a warm, neutral palette, with an assortment of shimmery and matte shades that come from a brand that values natural ingredients, the Tartelette In Bloom would be a great one to consider.

Tartelette In Bloom retails for $45.




Best of 2015 – Makeup

I’m slightly cringing at how late this is going up since we’re a month into the new year, but better late than never! *Cringing continues* More importantlyit was fun to reflect on the products I’ve discovered and used during the past year, and being able to summarize it into this post, I think, speaks volumes about how much I’ve enjoyed them. Here we go!



Sunscreen is a must for everyday and I found myself using two throughout the year including the Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 50 and the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ for Face, which was so graciously gifted to me. They both wear well under makeup while giving me the sun protection I need. I love the sunscreen scent that they have, but it doesn’t linger after massaging the products into the skin.

The Laura Mercier Foundation Primer is a hydrating gel formula that’s great for normal to dry skin. It doesn’t blur or fill in the pores around my nose as well as a silicone primer would, but it’s great when you need that extra hydration. On the other hand, the Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother has that silicone texture that fills in my pores and acne scars to create a smooth canvas for foundation. Due to its slippery texture, I find myself wiping down my makeup often because of the transfer of product from my hands to other makeup, but this had been my go-to for the majority of the year and I’ve really enjoyed the finish it gives my skin.

All three of the foundations are great for normal to dry skin, though lately my skin’s become more of the normal/oily type. Before the recent transition, these were my foundation loves of the year. The Loreal True Match Lumi provides a dewy finish with medium coverage, but sheers out to a light coverage when used with a beautyblender. You can see it here! The Revlon Age Defying Firming and Lifting Makeup provides a medium to full coverage with a demi-matte finish to the skin. I wore this in my Fall Look post and it’s an amazing drugstore option for full coverage. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation isn’t brand new to my collection, but it continues to be a go-to foundation when I’m looking for full coverage that also photographs well in flash photography.

The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is a great reliable drugstore option that I’ve used for the most of the year. It blends easily with a finger and reduces the appearance of my dark circles.

To bronze and contour my face, I’ve relied on both the Loreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in Cappuccino and the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Medium/Deep. They are both amazing products and have only a few differences between them such as the chocolate scent in the Too Faced bronzer (the Loreal bronzer is non-scented) and its larger price tag. The color of each bronzer appears the same to the naked eye, but one can argue that the Loreal bronzer is slightly more orange than the Too Faced bronzer. I recommend the both of them, but if you’re looking for a great quality bronzer on a budget, I’d definitely go for the Loreal True Match Powder in Cappuccino.

The BareMinerals BareSkin Perfecting Veil is a beautiful, finely milled, pressed powder that I used to set my foundation and concealer. It comes in a magnetic compact and I liked bringing this with me when I needed to powder my face in the middle of the day.

My favorite discovery of the whole year is the Becca X Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Champagne Pop. Highlighting itself has taken the beauty world by storm and it had transitioned from something new to something that’s now a part of my everyday makeup routine. It’s that extra bit of something that makes a natural look more glam without having to go all Kim K. (though there is the option to). I’ve really enjoyed winged liner, bold brows, and a neutral lip finished off with a bit of Champagne Pop on the cheeks and under the brows.

Nothing made me look more human in the morning than a bit of blush and Urban Decay’s Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Rapture and Benefit’s Boxed Blush in Dallas did that for me. The pigmented plum shade with iridescent shimmer is compacted into a sleek square case and is the one I constantly take with me on trips. Dallas’s brownish pink tone makes it stand out, but neutral enough that it matches with any look. It’s especially great for adding color to the cheeks when you have a strong smokey eye.

Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. Solves longevity and cakiness problems. Glamorous and refreshing mist. Love it. Get it. Favorite of life.

From top to bottom: MAC’s Matte Lipstick in Mehr, Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft, Sephora Cream Lip Stains in 14 Blackberry Sorbet, and 13 Marvelous Mauve. Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anita (not pictured) is a favorite left in my bag.


Liquid Lipsticks also reigned the year of 2015 and it continues into the new year with new releases from MAC, Revlon, and Maybelline. In 2015 though, I really enjoyed the Sephora Lip Creams in 13 Marvelous Mauve and 14 Blackberry Sorbet, both of which were much loved during the Fall and Winter seasons. Easy to apply, creamy, and resilient to coffee drinking (though not to burrito eating or oily foods, like most if not all lip products), these were and are my favorite liquid lipsticks to wear. They are also on the more affordable side of the liquid lipstick spectrum as they are priced at $14. Liquid lipsticks in bold colors are amazing because it’s a low maintenance formula that you don’t have to think about reapplying after a meal (though you might have to after the burrito).

When I wanted a traditional lipstick, I turned to MAC’s Mehr and Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft. Both are beautiful, neutral, cool-toned pinks that are great for everyday wear. Lovecraft in particular has a grayish undertone that makes it especially fitting for the colder months. Nars Audacious Lipstick Lipstick in Anita (not pictured) was also a huge favorite of mine last year and was a great go to for everyday as well as for smokey eye looks.



The Lorac Pro and Urban Decay Naked 3 were my palettes of choice last year. With the Lorac Pro, a simple eye was made of up Mauve in the outer thirds and winged liner, while Garnet and Espresso made an easy killer of a smokey eye. The later half of the Naked 3 palette also made an easy-to-do romantic smokey eye. Both palettes have great quality eyeshadows, but the Lorac Pro trumps all in terms of the buttery quality and versatility of eyeshadows.

My favorite and super comparable liquid liners go-to the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and the Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eyeliner and Serum. They both have felt tip applicators that make drawing with precision easy. I’ve worn both liners at once to compare them and my girlfriends and I hardly notice a difference between them. If you’re on a budget, I’d say the Physician’s Formula Eyeliner is a great option.

After all this time, I’ve finally figured out how to do my brows. I’ve done away with eyeshadow before, but nothing lasts as long or gives me a more precise shape than the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown. My second favorite discovery of the year takes a little longer to apply than with a brow pencil, but shaping my brows and seeing them frame my face gives me satisfaction and confidence in the morning. Oh yeah~Brows on, ready for the day~. Dipbrow FTW. I use the Anastasia #12 Brush/Spooley to sculpt my brows. Before the Dipbrow, the MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Spiked made me realize how wonderfully easy it is to draw in eyebrows and is a much loved go-to for rushed mornings and is easy to travel with.

The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara gave me a nice balance of volume and length. The curved brush along with the short and long rubber bristles allowed me to comb through and easily add length and volume to my ittay bittay lashes.



The beautyblender is wonderful for applying and blending foundation. It’s great for sheering out thicker or hard to blend foundations as well as giving the skin a natural finish. Goodbye cakiness! My third favorite discovery of the year. It’s also uber satisfying to pat the face with a cold sponge in the morning.

The Ecotools small fluffy blending brush (similar here) is great for blending out eyeshadow as well as for placing highlighter onto the cheeks which is how I’ve been using it as of late. The Real Techniques Blush Brush is fluffy and great for sweeping soft color across the cheeks and the Buffing Brush, from the Real Techniques Core Collection, is my go-to for a blended, fuller coverage foundation look.


And those are my favorites of the year! It’s a hefty hefty post, but I hope you all liked the run down (or as close to a run down as I could make it) and I look forward to a new year of beauty innovations! Let me know if you’ve discovered anything amazing last year (doesn’t have to be beauty related :))! Hope everyone has a great Sunday! 🙂

Fall Look – Dark Vampy Lips

Mother nature graced San Francisco with Fall-like weather today and I love it! Though it’ll be gone by the end of the week *sigh*, I won’t fret cause Fall weather will eventually come (if global warming doesn’t come first–oh wait, drought) and with the season, dark vampy lips! I love rockin’ a dark color on the lips because it’s bold and feels especially fitting for colder weather. I centered my makeup around a dark lip and thought I’d share the look and the products I used. Enjoy! 🙂 DSC05684For my face, I used the Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup in 40 Medium Beige, which I discovered from watching Laura Vitale’s makeup channel on Youtube (check out her channel because her makeup is flawless and she does great product reviews!). I think it’s a great full coverage foundation for those with dry skin. For those with normal to combination skin like myself, set it with some powder to prevent from looking oily. After that, I follow up with Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer in 25 Medium to cover up all evidence of binge watching Criminal Minds before bed. Then, to set the foundation and concealer as well as mattify the skin, I powder my face with the BareMinerals bareSkin Perfecting Veil in Light/Medium, which feels super soft and lightweight.

DSC05689After creating a more even canvas, I use the Loreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder in n8 Cappuccino to shape and bronze the face by placing the color under my cheekbones, around the temples of my forehead, and along the jawline to mask some, not one, of the donuts I had this week. I really like Urban Decay’s Afterglow 8-hour blush in Rapture for a deep berry-toned flush. I like to dust it over my cheeks and blend it towards my ears with a big fluffy brush.

DSC05695Lately I’ve been really loving the powder-pencil combo for my eyebrows. I’ll usually begin with the combination of Factory and Darkside eyeshadows from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette for the larger part of my eyebrows and then shape the tail of my brows with a mechanical eye brow pencil from MAC in the color Spiked. Even with a dark vampy lip, the look is overall pretty simple. So for a little more pizzazz, I used the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop to add some glow around the eyes.

DSC05698Whoo! The final two steps of the look! Though the main focus of this look are the lips, I couldn’t leave my eye lashes hangin’ so I used Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara, which has an awesome plastic curved wand that combs the lashes upward really nicely. Lastly, the star of this look comes in the form of Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain in Blackberry Sorbet which is a dark, matte, berry liquid lipstick resilient to my coffee drinking habits and perfect for the Fall/Winter season. 🙂

DSC05682And this is the final look I came up with! It’s simple for daytime wear, but the dark lip adds a little bit of fun for the changing season. Thanks for reading and I hope you guys enjoy the weather and the season and I’m excited for Halloween!

Let me know what your favorite lipsticks to wear for Fall are or a television show you’ve been loving lately 🙂

A Shimmering Match Made in Heaven – Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop Review

Highlighting is used to illuminate and bring out specific features of the face. Because of my acne scars, I’ve been hesistant to use a shimmering highlight thinking it would bring forward my not-so-loved features. Then, I had dinner with a girlfriend of mine and her skin looked so luminous and beautiful, the idea of highlighting intrigued me once again. She mentioned the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors, which I’ve read were the crowning shimmering highlighters of late. So I ventured to my local Sephora where I found this beaut.


DSC05604There had been so much love shown for Becca’s Limited Edition Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop which was created in collaboration with fellow YouTuber and professional makeup artist Jaclyn Hill (who’s talented, over-the-top, and oh so hilarious <3). I was browsing over Becca’s various offerings when one of the girls working at Sephora suggested the warm peachy highlight because it would be a nice match for my warm skin tone.

DSC05606The packaging for the luminizing pressed powder is…awesome! It’s sturdy and feels substantial in the hand. It’s made of a rubberized material and the top metal portion is engraved with “Becca”.  Every time I’ve seen it in a YouTube video, I think it resembles a round shield for a tiny medieval soldier heh heh. I’m not crazy, I promise…SHIELDS!DSC05607Champagne Pop is a beautiful warm pinky-peach toned highlighter, that’s smooth, highly pigmented, and is a dream to blend. It can be worn with great intensity for that beaming strobe-like effect that’s currently all the rage or blended out for a more subtle glow. I also love that given how pigmented it is, the product doesn’t kick up from the pan.

The product leaves a really beautiful luminous sheen that’s neither glittery nor sparkly. Champagne pop illuminates the areas around my eyes and cheeks well and reflects beautifully in the light. Additionally, given its warm pinky-peach undertones, I think the color suits my skin tone well. DSC05644I used a fluffy eyeshadow brush similar to that of MAC’s 224 to pick up and apply the product around my eyes in a C-shape. The C-shape begins under the arch of my eyebrows and ends on the highest part of my cheekbones where my skin is the smoothest and where there are fewer acne scars–thanks for the tip Jennifer at MAC on Fillmore! ❤

This product is pricey at $38.00, but I can also see how amazing the quality of this highlighter is and I’ve been using it everyday for that extra something special. It’s a splurge product and it’s an amazing product.

Champagne Pop is a beautiful luminizing pressed powder that’s amazing to work with and the Becca x Jaclyn Hill collaboration is like a match made in heaven. They also just announced on instagram, a new limited edition Champagne Glow Palette that will include three of their exclusive Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed shades including Champagne Pop, Blushed Copper, and a new shade called Pearl! Champagne Pop lives on for the holiday season and is set to release exclusively at Sephora on October 27. 🙂

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop retails for $38.00.

It’s a “treat yo self” kind of product. Pawnee for life.

A Minimal Look for Everyday

Happy Monday! 🙂 Lately, I’ve simplified my makeup in the mornings for that extra 20 mins of sleep. When in a hurry or going for a minimal look, I mostly focus on my skin for a more even-looking and brighter complexion (so that I don’t look too zombie-like as I leave the house haha).

I really like this simple makeup look because it’s a get-ready quick routine and involves a simple eye, flushed cheeks, and a natural lip color. Why not go au naturale? I totally can and totally have, but sometimes you gotta see people and sometimes I don’t want to look like I woke up like dis. Additionally, it’s versatile and easy to jazz up with a bright or dark colored lipstick or gloss. I’ve been really enjoying this look and wanted to share how and with what products I’ve been using. So here goes! 🙂


Before makeup


After moisturizing and applying sunscreen to my face, I apply the Loreal True Match Lumi in N3 Natural Buff onto my skin and blend it out with a damp beautyblender. I think this foundation is great for those with normal (maybe with a bit of powder) to dry skin and especially for the winter because it is moisturizing. I love using the beautyblender because it helps give the foundation a natural finish and stippling it onto the skin helps to wake me up. I then apply the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Medium under the eyes to cover up the dark circles and use the tip of the beautyblender to blend the concealer into the skin.


After foundation

To finish off the face makeup, I lightly powder under my eyes and all over the face to set my makeup with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 005 Silky Beige. The Loreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in Cappuccino works great as a bronzer/contour for my skin tone and has been my go-to bronzer all year. Lastly, I apply a sample of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Fearless onto my cheeks and brush upwards from the apples of my cheeks to the ear to diffuse the color.

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Brows and Contour

For my brows, I use a small angled brush and in my Naked 3 Palette, mix both Factory, which is a dark brown, and Darkside, a gray, to create a neutral brow color that’s neither too warm nor too dark. Brow game usually starts out a bit strong so I brush them out with a spooley and set them with the NYX Control Freak Eye Brow Gel. 


Maybelline Falsies on Left Eye
Maybelline’s The Falsies Mascara applied to the lashes on the left side and the lashes on the right side are bare.

For my eyes, I apply a bit of Nooner from the same eyeshadow palette onto the outer thirds of my lid for a bit of depth and finished off with Maybelline’s The Falsies Mascara. 



And for lips, I’ve been happily using some of my recent purchases including MAC’s Prep and Prime Lip, followed by Mehr (Matte) lipstick.


Lastly, I set everything with the Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray to keep the makeup long lasting. It also helps to smooth out the occasional cakey finish on days when my skin or foundation isn’t having it.

Finished Makeup Look

And this is the finished look! It’s simple and I look a little more collected, a little less Walking Dead, and a little more presentable for everyday.


And for a chill weekend when I have time to play with hair!

Which parts of the face do you prioritize when applying makeup in a rush? Thanks for reading and I hope you guys have a good night 🙂

Some Flat Out Fab MAC Lipsticks!

As a makeup lover, it’s kind of weird–and shameful? haha–that I’ve never owned a MAC lipstick. Tsk tsk. I decided to visit the MAC store in downtown because my friend Erika messaged me about a collection of matte lipsticks they recently released. While there, I browsed their lipsticks–which all looked beautiful–tried a few on, and left with these beauties.



Erika is also a huge lover of lipsticks, particularly those from MAC, and she recommended that I use their Prep + Prime Lip, which functions as a lip conditioner and lip primer. We had a discussion about the much loved, but also very drying Ruby Woo and she claims that for the retro matte formulas, the lip base helps make for a smoother application and more comfortable wear.


I like that it comes in a slim tube and that the cap has modest bits of shimmer. It has a light vanilla scent, as do all MAC lip products do, and wears comfortably on the lips. The texture isn’t too waxy so it doesn’t make the lipstick applied on top slip too much. It does make the matte formula–especially the Flat Out Fabulous’s retro matte formula–easier to apply and more comfortable to wear.


All the colors

As for the lipsticks, I picked up two wearable, everyday colors, and a bright one for whenever I’m feeling more bold.

The two wearable colors include Twig (Satin), which is a muted brownish mauve, and Mehr (Matte), a muted pink mauve. LOL I didn’t realize or think about this while in the store, but at a glance both Twig and Mehr look the same in the tube. However, when worn Twig appears more brown and Mehr wears more pink. While taking photos of both lipsticks, I had to double check and label the photos accordingly haha. Lastly, I picked up the bold lipstick Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte). How awesome is the name and color?

From left to right, the colors swatched include Mehr (Matte), Twig (Satin), and Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte).
Mehr (Matte), a muted pinkish mauve. 
Mehr applied on the lips.

I see Mehr as a color I’d wear everyday because it’s pinkish mauve tone would match with any eye look. It’s also one I can grab and apply on the bus when in a rush (Monday mornings look like this). Unlike the retro matte formula, Mehr’s matte formula isn’t drying on the lips, nor does it drag across during application.

Twig (Satin)
Twig applied on the lips.

Twig’s creamy satin formula applies smoothly across the lips. It wears comfortably and is another dependable go-to lipstick for everyday wear. I think the brown tone would look especially great on cold days or the fall/winter season.

Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte)


Erika snapchatted a picture of her wearing this lipstick, which inspired me to grab one as well. Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte) is a fun, bright magenta and I like wearing it with simple eye makeup–be it just mascara, or with both mascara and winged liner. It is the most drying of all the lipsticks and can drag across the lips, but it’s lasting power is amazing. Do I feel more fabulous while wearing this? Oh yeah~ I think it’s a fun color to wear day or night! While using a makeup removing oil to take it off, I can see that the lipstick had left a bright pink stain on my lips.

All in all, I’ve enjoyed everything in this haul. 🙂  The formulas are long wearing, comfortable, and pigmented. Let me know if you have any fav products from MAC because I’d love to hear it! 😀

The MAC lipsticks retail for: $16 each

MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip retails for: $16

Touring Wine Country with Rachel

Last weekend, Rachel pulled me out of the fog and invited me to go on a wine tour! We hopped on a bus to Napa Valley and Sonoma County with other tourists at 8:30 in the morning for our wine tasting adventure. The tour took a total of 9 hours during which we visited three wineries, traveled through beautiful wine country, chatted with other tourists, and had lunch. Here’s a snippet of our day. 🙂


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For the beginning of our trip, we stopped at the Madonna Estate.

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Wine tasting at Sutter Home Winery. They also had samples of various honey mustards and olive oils I should’ve hoarded.




Lunch at La Casa in Sonoma County!
Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery. That wine barrel was massive! 





Grape crusher!

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The tour was a fun way to learn about the artistry and science of wine-making. I didn’t come out an expert, but I definitely have a greater appreciation for the craft and learned how to swirl my glass and take in the aromas ahhhh~. Lastly, the warm sun felt amazing and it was a lot of fun to photograph Rachel.

A Blue Eyeliner That Gets Rid of the Blues – A Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen Review

I saw this blue eyeliner at Target a few weeks ago. It is the Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen and though I’ve seen the brand before, I had never tried anything from them. They had a testing sample and I was amazed at how budge proof the eyeliner was after it dried and set on the back of my hand. The brand is exclusive to Target and I thought a blue eyeliner would be fun to wear. 🙂


I purchased the gel pencil, which is what Pixi describes the eyeliner as, in the color BlackBlue, which is a deep navy blue with a slight metallic finish. I thought a blue eyeliner would be a fun departure from the black or brown I usually wear. In addition to that, because it’s a deep blue that verges on black, the color is a nice wearable blue that doesn’t stand out dramatically.


The Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen after 6 hours of wear.

After applying the eyeliner, I waited a few seconds for it to set so that when I blink, the color doesn’t transfer onto my eyelids, which tends to happen with me when wearing a pencil liner. The eyeliner is also really creamy and applies smoothly onto the lid. If you’d like to smudge the liner for a smokier look, you have a few seconds to do so before it sets for the rest of all day.

After 6 hours of wear, the color stayed true to when I first applied it and didn’t smudge or transfer to the upper part of my eyelid.

The packaging also claims this to be a waterproof eyeliner. I didn’t wear this liner in the water, but I decided to test it out. I applied the liner onto the back of my hand and placed it under running water. The liner didn’t disappear or fade. After rubbing the color with my thumb while it was under running water, it still didn’t smudge. The only ways to remove the liner is with water and some soap (as well as with a bit of scrubbing action) or with makeup remover.



I love this eyeliner. It was such a pleasant surprise to have discovered it at Target and from a brand that I didn’t pay much attention to. Lately I’ve been going for a simple look that consists of eyeliner, mascara, foundation, and blush. The eyeliner is easy and quick to apply given how creamy it is, and the metallic blue color has been really fun to wear. Most importantly for me, it’s a worry-free product given its long lasting, smudge proof, and waterproof nature. Lastly, it is also hypoallergenic, has no preservatives, parabens, or mineral oils. It is also NOT tested on animals. Hoorah!

The eyeliner comes in nine colors, and the Sage Gold and Oyster Glow look really nice~ 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed and have a great Sunday!

The Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen Water Proof Eye Pencil retails for: $12.00

Udon, Dogs, and Totoro! – Cherry Blossom Festival 2015

This past weekend, my babe of a friend Rachel and I, went to the Cherry Blossom Festival.  The last time we had gone was in high school when we were doing volunteer work. Since then, we haven’t been been in the city around this time so it was nice to see all the local businesses, booths, organizations, and FOOD! There was also an insane line for a Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. Here’s a snippet of our Sunday!

Rachel and I came to the festival during it’s first weekend, but there is a parade this upcoming Sunday! 🙂



How could we not!? They’re such lovely dogs!  This one loved Rachel or Rachel loved this one haha.


This little girl kicked butt and it was hella cute. 
Contrary to her expression in the picture, she was the loveliest dog we saw that day! She was really friendly and basked in all the adoration.  ❤
That Darth Vader shirt!


Couldn’t believe they made a huge Totoro out of wool haha.
The sun was out, but it was pretty windy that day! So we decided to have some udon noodle soup from one of the vendors. 🙂 


Dessert! There was also a huge line for this, so we ate our udon noodle soup while in line. 






Going to the Cherry Blossom festival brought back memories of being around the Japantown area and the relaxed atmosphere of SF as a whole. It was fun to see people out and about, and some of the booths had really cool items including terrariums, printed t-shirts, jewelry, and other items that centered around Japanese and Bay Area culture. We walked all day and ventured up Fillmore into Cow Hollow before deciding our feet were tired. If you’re looking for something to do, this upcoming weekend is the last weekend of the festival! 🙂