Monday, February 1, 2016

Haul: iHerb - Pacifica, ELF, Weleda

Ordering from iHerb for the first time?
 Gives you $5OFF (orders less than $40), $10OFF (orders more than $40)*

New year means new products! I've been secretly stashing away the last few iHerb orders so I can put it together in this haul video. In the skincare department, it's still all about keeping dry flakes at bay while the heater is blasting and I've finally gotten around to trying out the Weleda brand. Admittedly, the cute metal tubes did play a role in this purchase but many great things have also been said about their products and there's such a wide selection of skin and body care to choose from. Makeup wise I'm still looking for the best "no makeup" makeup selection with pinky nude hues and products that I can put on with minimal mirror effort. That being said, I'm off to test out this Pacifica 7-Free nail polish...

Good night,

 * This post contains an iHerb rewards code that I was given upon my introduction as a first time customer. When used by other first time customers, I gain rewards points which can be redeemed towards my own next purchase for a limited time. This "cash back" reward comes from iHerb's own marketing budget, not from your order.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ultimate Guide to False Lashes + Monolids | Video

If there's one thing that's completely changed my makeup look since my (experimental) teenage years, it's false lashes. Yet as popular as they've become in the past few years, the overwhelming selection just makes finding the right pair more confusing. And monolids? I hear your cries of despair. Because I think lashes are oh so fabulous and by very popular request, here's my ultimate guide to choosing the right pair of lashes!

  • EBAY | Natural Lashes | See it here and here
  • DOLLYWINK | Otona Natural Dolly Style | See it
As an add on, many of you have also asked about lash glue and this really depends on the type of lashes you are working with (hard band vs. soft band). I tend to wear more of the later nowadays and my focus is on quick touch ups so the Dollywink Lash Glue with a brush wand applicator has been a favourite. For tougher lash bands, I would recommend the regular DUO or Ardell versions which have a thicker latex consistency. Now, off you go to get some fabulous lashes!

Stay fluttery,

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

TATCHA Skincare: Sleeping Beauties

TATCHA Skincare

TATCHA Skincare

TATCHA Skincare

Beauty sleep is no longer just about simply getting some shut eye. I was formally introduced to TATCHA skincare, a line based on geisha beauty traditions, last year and have been truly smitten with a few of their products. For 2016 the luxury brand has introduced a Overnight Memory Serum Concentrate* ($110) with concentrated Okinawa red algae, wild thyme and ginseng in a squalene base to provide skin luminizing benefits while you sleep. For the eyes, the Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum* ($95) uses a combination of Okinawa red algae and green tea caffeine to firm the eye contour. I'm usually not a fancy eye cream person but I seem to have developed some next level puffiness in the year or two and I'm also quite curious about the cool touch ceramic tip applicator but for bed.

Good night.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Start Sewing | Successful Project Planning

"How do I get started?" is the question I get most often when I share my love for sewing. Like any other project you tackle whether it'd be redoing the backyard or putting together your new massive Lego set... it all has to start somewhere. My theory is that most people are extra intimidated by sewing projects because there are so many elements, supplies and steps involved. You might lust after that gorgeous handmade dress on Pinterest but feel hesitant (heck, even panic) when you stare down at the pile of fabric you're holding in your hands. I hope my 5 tips on successful project planning will get you started on your sewing adventures this year!

Stay Crafty.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Chatter: Do brow pencil shapes matter?

Remember that first time you got started on filling out your eyebrows? No, not that clear mascara stuff you tried fooling your Mother so that she could let you wear real makeup. I'm talking eyebrow pencils. By far still the most popular shaping, defining, grooming brow product on the market I've come to notice that there's now a great many options in the shape of the pencil itself. How curious.

brow pencils hourglass the face shop nyx

Lets start with the more traditional style of wooden casing holding a waxy coloured lead. Case and point, The Face Shop's Style My Eyebrow. While this style offer a good range of flexibility (use it blunt for shading and sharp for defining) the down fall seems to be lead breakage if you're prone to dropping makeup and there's always that constant sharpening so good luck lugging that sharpener with you everywhere. I also find this hard to get a precise shape at the tail of my brow depending on texture of the lead and again how sharp the pencil is. Non the less I still reach for this particular one quite often for its affordability.

Popular for a few years now, we have the triangle or slanted pencil. These were designed to offer a wide range of styling capabilities. I currently have a few including the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil which was recommended to me by a reader. Because of the width of this style, I find it easier to fill in large areas like the front and middle of the brow in a few strokes and the line tends to be quite soft and natural. I can see this being a great option for those already with a good shape but just need to deepen their colour or do minor spot filling. However it gets tricky at the tail of the brow since the only way to get a precise line is to use heavier pressure and turn the pencil on its edge both of which takes practice to perfect. I still haven't quite got it yet.

Last we have the currently popular micro brow pencil with a very fine point - so fine in fact that sharpening is both unnecessary and pointless. The first of these I've used was the DIOR Brow Styler but Anastasia's Brow Wiz (reviewed) fall under the same category and drugstores have now followed suit, like this NYX Micro Brow Pencil. Function wise they are all the same and do a great job of creating fine hairlike strokes and a very precise defined shape especially at the arch and tail. It does take much longer to fill in a full brow if you're sparse to begin with but I'd much rather have control over speed when I'm working on a proper makeup look or putting on my face for photos. Sadly these do tend to be the most expensive of the bunch, having much less product for the same price as other brow pencils.

Ideally my perfect looking brows takes 2-3 products to carefully craft but I've heard that's a common routine for the brow challenged and the advanced brow lover uses anywhere from 3-6 products.

So, what type of pencils do you use on the regular?

Stay Sharp.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Fashion Haul | The New Classics

My new wardrobe selection is really coming together and I'm so thrilled about it the last few months. I've been culling slowly (goodbye frumpy sweatpants) and it's so nice not to have so many "I don't know what to wear" days. And while there's been a lot of window shopping and online browsing, it was important to me to only buy the things that will serve multiple purposes in my life and have that classic appeal at the same time without breaking the bank. Here's some of my latest finds.

  • H&M | Square Multi-Scarf | Website
  • H&M | Kitten Heel
  • H&M | Leather Belt with detail (small)
  • RW&CO. | Reversible Camisole (small) | Website
  • NINE WEST | Elicia T-Strap Low Block Heel | The Bay

My closet organization still needs some final touches but that will be helped along since I finally have a new sewing machine to work with. I'm thinking some fabric basket liners and more velvet hangers...

Stay Classy.