Gift Guide 2015: For the Beauty Lover

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We all know one of those: the beauty lover. In my friend group this happens to be me. Since I love all things beauty, I put together a list of items that I’m sure any beauty lover would enjoy. I have a couple of these products, and they are definitely a huge hit.

1. Nars Audacious Lipstick – $32

2. Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant – $45

3. Clarisonic Mia 2 Polka Dot Duo – $199

4. Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette – $54

5. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster – $48

6. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – $80

7. Beauty Blender – $16

8. Butter London Nail Foundation Basecoat – $19

9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit – $40

10. Burberry Nail Polish – $22

11. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Body Oil – $60

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Sephora VIB Sale!

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It’s that time of year again! Sephora’s VIB sale! If you’re a Sephora VIB member than during this fabulous time of year, you get 20% off everything using the code VIB20. Here are some of the things I will be picking up this year during the VIB sale. What are your favorite items from Sephora?

1. Becca – Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal Glow on the Go – $20

2. Hourglass – Femme Nude Lip Stylo – $30

3. Giorgio Armani – Luminous Silk Foundation – $62

4. Murad – Essential-C Day Moisture – $60

5. Dr. Jart+ – Dermaclear Micro Water – $32

6. Kate Somerville – Nourish Day Moisturizer – $65

7. Dr. Dennis Gross – Alpha Beta Peel – $16

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Korean Beauty Haul: Eyes

FullSizeRender (2)[Top to Bottom, Left to Right] Etude House Eyelash Curler // Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara // Etude House Oh My Eye Lash Mascara // Etude House Lash Perm Mascara // Clio Pen Liner Kill Black //  Etude House Drawing Eye Brow // Etude House Princess Lashes 02

While I was in Korea, my friend Jenna reached out to me on Instagram saying that she was also in Korea at the time. We decided to meet up for brunch in her town. After brunch, Jenna decided to show me around the market area where we did a little shopping. I had told Jenna about all the makeup I was purchasing and she asked if I tried Lash King. I told her I hadn’t so we ran to the drugstore and I picked up the mascara. Jenna had said it was her favorite mascara that she has tried so far in Korea, and I’m excited to try it out! Unlike the other products I purchased, this was the only non-Korean makeup that I got. So far I’ve tried the Clio Pen liner and the Eye Brow pencil from Etude House and I’m OBSESSED with them both. Can’t wait to try the rest of these goodies out!

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Korean Beauty Haul: Lips

Image-1 (2)[Right to Left] Innisfree Eco Flower Tint Balm in Rose // Banila Co. Kiss Collector Lip Crayon in OR02 (Honey) // Etude House Dear Darling Tint in 02 (Real Red)

As you all know, I took a family vacation to Korea the other week. My favorite part (besides seeing family) was the shopping. I was extremely excited to take advantage of all the beauty boutiques in Korea. I did my research and made a list of different brands I wanted to check out. I ended up purchasing quite a few amount of beauty products, so I’ve decided to split the posts up.

First up: lips. Now I actually purchased another lipgloss, but I’ve seemed to have lost it somewhere along the travels…and I’m hoping it turns up soon. Out of the three above, I’m definitely loving the Innisfree lipstick the best. It has one of the creamist lip formula I have ever tried. They remind me of the Revlon Lip Butters, but creamier. The best part about Korean makeup was the price. These lip products ranged from $4-$14. For drugstore prices, I was shocked at how great the quality was.

IMG_2238 [Top to Bottom] Etude House // Banila Co. // Innisfree

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Current Skincare Routine

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I’m a huge proponent of skincare, but I try to keep it simple…mostly because I’m lazy. There are two key factors I take into account when it comes to my skincare routine; Moisture and SPF. I have normal to dry skin, so I need all the help I can get to keep my skin from flaking off. SPF is also a huge factor, I try to make sure that I put some sort of SPF on my face every morning because no one wants wrinkles. Here are the products that I use both in the morning, and at night.
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This blog post was in collaboration with Dora from The Bangs Bang (http://thebangsbang.blogspot.com/). To see her current skincare routine click here. Be sure to follow Dora on Instagram at @doratoubanaki!

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Valentine’s Day Wishlist 2015

ValentinesWishlist-012015 is flying by, I can’t believe it’s already February, which of course means Valentine’s Day! I know a lot of people dread the imposing February 14th and say it’s just a stupid, commercial holiday, but so what? In a relationship or happily single, I don’t understand how anyone could be miserable on a day all about love and all things pink! Whether you’re spending the day with your babe or catching 50 Shades of Grey with your girlfriends, enjoy the day and celebrate being surrounded by people you love! These are a few of the things I’ve been craving, plus a few things that are just fun and festive that I definitely wouldn’t mind having. Pass this wishlist onto your man for a bit of non-jewelry inspiration or treat yourself. After all, you deserve it for (sort of) sticking to your resolutions for this long (right?).
1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera
2. Forever 21 Kisses Makeup Bag
3. Wildfox Sparkle Heart Baggy Beach Jumper
4. Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub
5. Philosophy Love Sweet Love Shower Gel
6. Luxe Me Now L’Avenue Slipper [use code VDAYLUXE for 25% off!]
7. J. Crew Parker Crossbody Bag
8. For Love and Lemons Bat Your Lashes Panty
9. For Love and Lemons Bat Your Lashes Bra
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Beauty Wish List: January 2015

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It’s a new year, which means it’s time for some new beauty purchases. This is what I’m currently coveting on Sephora.com. If I could I would probably just live in the store, but since that’s a little unrealistic, I like to make my house feel as if I’m in it. A lot of these products have been on my wish list for a while now. It’s about time I take the plunge.

one// Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil – Last time I went into Sephora, the lovely sales assistant put some of this on my face before applying foundation. That was one of the only times that my foundation lasted for hours on end. I haven’t even given it another try, but I already swear by it!

two// Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream – I’m kind of addicted to eye creams. If I don’t put it on every morning and night I feel like I’ll instantly get winkles. I’ve heard a lot of really good things about this eye cream, and we could all use a little extra hydration in that area.

three// Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish – I recently just cut a foot off my hair, and with that came off a lot of the extra weight and volume. Now I’m all about texturizing sprays to give my hair an extra lift.

four//NEST Wasabi Pear Body Cream – I’ve been obsessed with NEST fragrances for a while now, especially the wasabi pear scent. It’s the perfect mixture of sweetness with a slight crisp.

five// Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream – Your hands are the first place to show signs of aging. This hand cream has SPF 40, so it’s perfect to keep those hands looking young.

six// Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation – According to all the beauty gurus on YouTube, this foundation is a must have. I haven’t worn powdered foundation in a long time so I really want to give this a try.

seven// Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed – I’ve tried the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in liquid form, and it was one of the most beautiful highlights I have ever used. However, I ended up dropping the bottle and got the liquid highlighter all over my bathroom floor. For my clumsy self, I think the pressed powder might be the go-to version.

eight// Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl – I’m always looking for that perfect red lipstick, and I’ve heard from multiple people that Nars’ Dragon Girl is that lip color. Need. It. Now.

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What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

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For someone who is a makeup hoarder like myself, it’s difficult to only choose a few items to take with you on vacation. Lucky for me, this cute bag by Pamela Barsky is big enough to hold all of my favorite essentials (and the quote basically sums up my life). Here is what is currently in my travel makeup bag:

1. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation in Beige

2. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink

3. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium

4. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle

5. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly

6. MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NW20

7. Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer 

8. Nars Blush in Desire

9. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Flush

10. e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium

11. Rimmel London ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara in Extreme Black

 

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Dry Skin Savers

FINALLY it’s getting cold in LA…and while that’s great for my fall wardrobe, it’s not so great for my skin. With the change in weather, my skin decides to go from oily to dry in zero to 100…real quick. It takes an army of products to keep my skin from flaking off. Here are some of my favorite essentials for keeping your skin flake free in the colder months.

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LIPS: Dior – Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm $27

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FACE: Cetaphil – Moisturizing Cream $11.59

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BODY: Soap and Glory – The Righteous Body Butter $22

 

What are your favorite dry skin savers?

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