October 31, 2013

What's In My Travel Makeup Bags (Plane/Carry-On, Purse)

Before I leave for my trip to Japan, I wanted to show what beauty products I'm bringing. Majority is makeup with a few skincare products for on the plane but it doesn't include my usual routine products. I know the video is super long, but I wanted to explain why I'm bringing each product.

Everything mentioned is listed below.

October 24, 2013

25 Birthday Gifts

Last month I celebrated my 25th birthday, what a milestone! I got so many beauty and fashion gifts and if I have to be honest, most of them were on my wishlist but I'm excited to share about them on my blog.

October 18, 2013

Skincare Update with Origins

I needed to replenish my skincare supplies and wanted to try a few products from Origins so it's the perfect timing to shop when they have a deal going on.

October 08, 2013

Today's Client: Hanako

Hanako had a weeding to attend to over the weekend that was being held at the beach. She always loves a smokey eye but she wanted it to be a little softer using warm browns and pair it with a nude lip. I did a pinky-beige lip and peachy-pink blush just so there's a little bit of color to the face.

October 06, 2013

Chic Shopaholic: Skincare

Back in Spring of this year, I noticed my skin has changed. I don't know if it had to do with the weather change, my hormones changing which can effect the skin or all of the above but my skin was breaking out , pores were clogged and I just needed to try some new products to clear it up.
  • GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment: I've read a lot of buzz on GLAMGLOW masks and had originally wanted to try the Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask but the sales woman at Sephora said it was quite strong and recommended this mask instead. It's a mud mask to reveal softer, smoother, glowing skin by tightening pores and removing impurities but still keeping the natural oils. To use, you apply a thin layer on your face, as well as your neck and chest if needed, leave it on for 10 minutes, then wash it off using circular motions with your hands to exfoliate. It small pieces of dried up tea leaves which sometimes flake off as you're spreading the mask. I like that it has a cool, refreshing feeling on the skin, makes me feel very relaxed like I'm at a spa. When I wash it off, my skin does feel baby soft and looks refreshed. I only use this once every two weeks or so because it's kind of strong on my skin. The price is a bit high as well and that being said, I'm not sure if this is something I would repurchase.
I discovered skincare expert and blogger Caroline Hirons via the Body Talk Daily Channel, and went on a huge kick of trying products that she recommends.
  • Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm: Caroline says cleansing balms are the best cleansers to use because you have to use water to clean it off and it gives yourself a facial massage as you cleanse. There are some other cleansing balms that are super expensive but since I wanted to test this type of product to see if it works for me, I thought this one was the most most affordable, plus it has gotten good reviews. Cleansing balms are a quick step do-it-all product: it removes eye and face makeup as well as sunscreen. First it starts out as a solid balm but as you rub it all over your face, it melts into a an oil. The texture is creamy and doesn't irritate on the eyes but it does have a chemical scent that I don't really like.  Also, because of my disability, I can't go to the sink to wash it off so instead I use tissues to remove most of the cleanser then a damp wash cloth to wipe off the excess residue. It leaves a slight film on my skin so I have to go back with a cleansing lotion. I don't think this is the best type of product for me since it's not really a one-step cleanse.
  • Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel: The second stage of a skincare routine is toning or what Caroline likes to call exfoliating with a liquid toner. She insists that using abrasive scrubs can aggravate the skin whether it's on mature skin that are prone to broken veins and capillaries or if you have acne which can spread the infection. This product is supposed to speed skin cells turnover to fade skin discolorations such as dark spots to expose a brighter complexion. For best results, it suggests to use it twice a week using a cotton pad/ball all over the face avoiding the eye area, then following up with your usual routine. I haven't used consistently for a long time to notice any significant changes but I like that it exfoliates my skin in a gentle way and hasn't irritated it in any way.
Products can react so differently on everyone. Just because you have the same skin-type as someone, doesn't mean the products will work for both people. I'm not sure if I would repurchase them again but it does encourage me to venture out and try other products out there. What new skincare product have you tried recently that made a difference? That didn't?

Glamour Girl

October 01, 2013

Chic Shopaholic: Fashion & Hair Accessories

Accessories add a little something extra to an outfit and can completely change the look of the style. Here's a collection of jewelry and hair accessories 

My sister actually got me this Michael Kors wrap bracelet for Christmas last year. It's a black leather strap with gold buckle and clear glass pave crystals. Its edgy, chic, sporty and glam all at once and can be paired with almost any other jewelry.

Here's an Instagram photo of me wearing it:

Then I bought 5 rings, the first two are from ALDO. Midi rings or knuckle rings are the trend right now. I liked these because they're simple and delicate, with a crown and bow design.

The next three rings are from Mahina. I love wishbone designs and it's hard to find them in rings. The other two rings have a bohemian style to it, with one having a black stone and a dark burgundy stone. 

Changing up your hairstyle can easily be done with hair accessories. I bought these two bow clips from boohoo.com which I've bought one from before, in a leopard print and a mustard yellow with black polka dot print. I love wearing them when I style my hair into a topknot or a big bun at the top of my head and then placing the bow at the front for a cute girly look. You can also style your hair into a pony tail and place the bow on top for a sweet look. For more ideas with bows, check out Twist Me Pretty's blog.

I haven't worn hair claw clips since middle school but when I saw these at Ross by Zoe Zoe, I thought I'd try them out again. They came in various patterns and sizes. The medium size is good for half up-dos and the smaller ones are good for pulling back bangs or hair that's in front of your face.

What are your favorite jewelry accessories and hair accessories?

 Glamour Girl
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