July 28, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Hakuhodo

My mom's friend Tsume recently sent me an amazing gift - brushes from HAKUHODO! It's a Japanese brush line and as you may know, I love Japanese branded brushes such as Suqqu, as they're made from high quality hairs and materials for the most luxurious makeup tools.

Tsume sent me a 5-piece  set called Candy Pink Set, I'm not sure what collection it's from but I know it is limited edition. Four of the brushes are kept in a small black plastic folded case. The pink-handle brushes are carried in a small metallic pink makeup bag. Brushes include:
  • Powder/Cheek Brush: Retractable face brush that can be used for powder foundation, bronzer and blush. With its rectangular shape and flat-domed top, it has a bit of density but with enough bend to blend and buff.
  • Highlight/Cheek Brush: Flat, domed brush for applying blush or highlighting the cheeks. 
  • Eye Shadow Brush: Medium-large flat, domed shaped brush, similar to the Highlight/Cheek brush but smaller to fit the eyes. Can be used to apply all-over base color, lid color, highlight color and to blend.
  • Shadow Liner Brush: Small, flat square brush with a cap. Can be used for eye lining, smudging and small detailing (highlighting inner corners, etc.).
  • Lip Brush: Retractable flat, rectangle brush to apply lipstick or gloss. Can also be used for eyeliner and spot concealing on the face.

I'm not sure what type of hairs the brushes are made of as everything is in Japanese, but the quality is super soft. The set is great to travel with, being able to put together a simple look on the go. I would definitely check out the full-size brushes if the travel sets are just as amazing.

Do you have any favorite HAKUHODO brushes that you'd recommend?

Glamour Girl

July 20, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Summer-Fall Wardrobe

Over the past few weeks, I've been updating my Summer-to-Fall season wardrobe from various stores. Here's what I bought!

Even though I already have a black leather jacket from bebe, it has studs on the shoulders and I wanted a more simple one for everyday wear. I found this one at bebe as well, it's a plain black cropped leather jacket with a zipper on the front and on the cuffs for detail. I love the simplicity of it, it's great to just throw it over any feminine dress or just a t-shirt and jeans.

It can be a challenge to buy pants for me because of my petite height and disability, I don't like anything too long or too tight. Elastic waist-line or tights are the most comfortable and cropped pants are the perfect length for me. Recently I found two cropped "jeggings" (jean leggings) at Ross, one in black with folded cuffs at the ends and back pockets, the other one in dark blue with rhinestone back pockets. Jeggings are a great alternative to jeans because they have the comfort and stretch of leggings but looks like regular denim. They're great to have in anyone's wardrobe as you can go from a casual day outfit or dress it up with a pretty blouse and a nice blazer.

Then at Forever 21, I found three pretty dresses. For my first dress, a red strapless with hearts and polka-dots all over and a brown skinny leather belt. It's button-up at the front with a bit of ruffles at the neckline but not too much to overwhelm the dress. A denim jacket or cream cardigan would finish off the look nicely on a day out for brunch.

The second dress is a black with white polka-dots spaghetti-strapped romper. This is my first romper and I like the light weight fabric
for a Summer BBQ party.

Finally, the third one is a "little black dress". The top is h
eart-shaped strapless sequined bustier with a pleated tulle skirt. It's a fun party or club dress for a night out. I think it would look cool paired with a black leather jacket for a rock star look.

I also picked up this cute mint petal flower ring that has a little cluster of pearls in the center and rhinestones surrounding it. I've been loving the color mint for Summer, it's a fresh pop of color that's on trend this season.

A few months ago T.J.Maxx opened up in town and when I first checked it out, I didn't find anything worth buying. Even though it's supposed to be marked down designer brands, some things were still a little expensive. Anyway, recently I went there again with my mom and sister when they were shopping for wedding gifts and this time I got lucky and found three tops and two dresses.

The first top is black and white stripes in half length sleeves with a skinny red belt. It has a nautical style to it that I think it would be fun wear on a boat.

The second top is a sleeveless blouse that's bright neon pink on the outside and orange on the inside and on the pocket. Bright tops with white pants or jacket are perfect for the Summer.

Lastly, I had to get this top just for the print. It's a sheer black and polka-dotted sleeveless blouse with pink kisses and red hearts on the front. I thought it was a cute, girly top that would pair well with a black or red leather jacket.

Then for the two dresses, I bought another romper, black button-up top with light blue and red print that form tiny hearts all over. I like the "Peter Pan" style collar which is in style this season, it sort of has a Parisian look to it.

The second dress is a black heart-shaped strapless with gold stars all over. It also came in fuchsia with black stars but I thought this was more wearable and I can add colorful accessories to punch it up.

How do you transition your wardrobe from season-to-season? Do you buy completely new outfits or just change up the accessories?

Glamour Girl

July 15, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Beauty.com Friends & Family 20% Off

Beauty.com had a 20% off Friends & Family sale and it was perfect timing as I needed to buy some things for my kit as well as buying a couple of products for myself to try out.

I repurchased some Ardell lashes that I purchased previously and bought a couple of new pairs to try out. Wispies Black have a long, "wispy" effect with not much volume that looks very natural. You can see me wearing it in my Hourglass Heat-Proof Summer Look tutorial. 101 Black however, are very dense and in even lengths. I would probably like to layer them over a lengthening pair of false lashes for a dramatic eye.

Revlon has introduced false lashes into their line, called Beyond Natural. I bought Defining, which comes with four pairs of lashes. I used them on the mother of the bride that I posted a couple of months ago, for natural, lengthening lashes so they can be seen in photos. The hairs are synthetic, lightweight, and easy to apply.

I also bought the Precision Lash Adhesive by Revlon which reminded me of the Kiss Me Eyelash Fixer I bought in Japan a couple years ago. It's similar n packaging where there is a small brush applicator instead of a squeeze tube. The brush makes it much easier to apply the glue right at the band instead of making a mess all over your hand and the lashes. The consistency of the glue isn't too runny or too thick and shows up white but then sets clear. The waterproof, latex-free formula adheres to my real lashes well without irritating my eyes.

I needed to buy some empty palettes to depot my mark. Powder Buff Foundations to use them in my kit, so I bought Z Palette Large Red Customizable Makeup Palette. They now come with 20 magnetize circle stickers so can stick them on the back of a pan if it doesn't already have a magnet.

Lastly, I bought theBalm Stainiac which are a multipurpose product for the cheeks and lips. I tried Beauty Queen when I received a sample in my order from their website. I really liked the color and formula so I decided to get all three shades. They have a gel texture which makes it easy to apply and blend. The pigmentation is sheer but you can layer it to build the intensity. To use as a blush, I use the doe-foot applicator to dot it on my cheeks, then blend with my fingers. It applies smoothly on my normal-dry skin, without accentuating any flakes and leaves a very natural, flush of color on my cheeks. To use as a lip stain, I use the applicator to spread the product like a lipgloss. It leaves a satin-matte finish on the lips that can be a little drying, especially if you layer it many times, so I would recommend applying a balm or gloss for moisture and sheen. It lasts all day unless I eat or drink which then it does wear off a bit but it doesn't leave a weird ring around the mouth, it just looks lightly faded. I like cheek/lip stains because they're a great product to grab for a quick, easy makeup application if you're in a rush. This product is similar to Beaute Liqui-Gel Stains but in slightly thinner formula. If you want a more affordable cheek/lip stain than Beaute's, I would give these a try. The colors I bought were:
  • Beauty Queen: medium rose-berry
  • Prom Queen: medium warm-red
  • Homecoming Queen: medium golden-orange

Have you added any new products to your kit? Bought any products after you've loved trying a sample of it?

Glamour Girl

July 04, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Hautelook.com

It's been a while since I've bought anything from Hautelook.com but recently I did a mini haul.

theBalm had eyeshadow palettes, nail polishes and a bunch of other products on sale. I have all the palettes they were selling and unfortunately they weren't able to ship the nail polishes to where I live. The only thing I was interested in and bought was the Betty-Lou Manizer. The product is the same concept as the Mary-Lou Manizer, an eyeshadow and highlighter in one but in a bronze shade. It's quite shimmery, almost frosty finish but with its medium golden-bronze shade, it still has some depth to it. The shimmer could accentuate large pores or make your face look too shiny on oily skin so I would use sparingly as a bronzer or blush. The oil-free formula has a smooth texture with great pigmentation, especially to use as an eyeshadow. The large, slim compact is great to just grab and throw in your purse to make-up your eyes and cheeks if you're in a rush, especially because it has a large mirror in it. With its cute retro design like all the other TheBalm products, this will be added to my favorites from the line.

From Free People, I bought an Intimately Printed Lace Cami Tank. It has black lace with red floral print, in a v-neck cut. I like that the straps are adjustable but you can still see the design on the front of the strap. Even though the fabric is lace, the  coverage isn't too sheer. I've worn it with my bebe cropped red faux-leather jacket and jeans, for a girly-rocker look. It could also be worn with a denim jacket for a casual look or a black blazer for a more polished outfit.

Let me know in the comments below if you snagged any good deals on Hautelook recently!

Glamour Girl

July 02, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: JewelMint

I think jewelry is a personal thing, especially when it comes down to style and its meaning to you. That being said, I discovered JewelMint, a brand started by actress Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter. Together they design all the pieces for an eclectic collection. When you sign up, you take a little quiz to create your style profile. With the results, they recommend pieces that best matches your style. Each month, you get a new assortment of pieces to buy with each piece only costing $29.99, with free shipping. If you don't purchase anything that month, you'll be charged $29.99 which equals to one credit that can be used on your next purchase. You can always bypass the charge and earning a credit by skipping anytime the first five days of the month.

Anyway, now that you know how the site works, onto my first purchase. I bought the 4-piece Love Story Set which comes with a ring and three bracelets. The 14k gold plated ring has a row of three alternating cutout hearts with JEWELMINT engraved on the inside of the band. I'm a size 5-6 depending on the ring and so I bought a 6 which is the smallest size available and fortunately it fits me perfectly. The bracelets are made of plated rose gold, plated 14k gold and oxidized silver. Each bracelet has a heart charm placed on different parts of the chain and a toggle clasp. When worn, the hearts are placed all around the wrist instead of right on top of each other. For the price, the quality is durable and doesn't feel like it's going to break. This design suits my style because each piece is delicate, feminine and can be worn all together or individually with any other accessory.

Overall,I'm pretty happy with my first purchase. I think there's a style of jewelry to suit everyone, for yourself or for someone else to give as a gift. I also like that you can still shop from the other collections even if it's not recommended to you. The only downside is the hassle of having to skip a month if you're not going to buy anything so you don't get charged. A plus though is they offer specials deals and discounts when you sign up, I bought this set with a 20% discount.  Let me know what your style is by taking the quiz on JewelMint.com.

Glamour Girl
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