I went on a bit of a binge with skincare and hair products this past weekend. I feel like I’ve tired myself out with make-up products, so I’ve moved onto buying other beauty products. It’s a dangerous habit of mine to get into these categorical binges because once I start, I.can’t.stop… or at least it really takes a lot out of me to stop myself from buying more things I don’t really need. So since there’s not so much more you can explore with skin or hair products, hopefully this will be the last haul of its kind for a while…
Many of you don’t know, but I got pink eye last week and so I got rid of every eye tool I had that I couldn’t sanitize and this included my eyelash curler. It was about time I tossed mine out anyway! Also, I picked up a new eye make-up remover. My eyes are definitely sensitive, especially after my pink eye case, so I thought I’d switch it up from Neutrogena’s Eye Make-Up Remover to Make-Up Forever’s Sens’ Eye Cleanser. It’s also travel size, so I do plan to bring this around everywhere with me!
As for the cleanser, I got a sample of this a couple of weeks back and I ended up really liking it. Unlike all other cleansers, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling like it’s been stripped of all its essential oils. After use, my skin feels so clean and smooth and moisturized and overall healthy, so this was a definite buy for me this weekend.
1. Roots - $19.95
2. Rehab Shampoo - $25.95
3. Celestial Facial Moisturizer - 24.95
It’s about time I start using more organic products on my hair! Honestly, I’d probably never switch out of Lush when it comes to hair products. I’ve only used these products once and I can already see immediate results - my hair feels a lot healthier and stronger and I see less fall out. I’m very happy with these purchases and I’ll definitely be coming back for more.
1. AGRAYSSA Sunglasses
2. SCHULER Sunglasses
(2 for $20)
With the sunny weather we’ve been having lately, these sunglasses were definitely an impulse buy. Didn’t need them, but I don’t regret buying them! And I’m sure they’re the ones I’ll be wearing most often once the 50 degree weather starts rolling around. Can’t wait.
'Til next time.
Face Primer: Cover FX Mattifying Primer
Foundation: NARS sheer glow foundation in Stromboli (Medium 3)
Concealer: NARS radiant creamy concealer in Custard
Highlighter: Benefit’s Watt’s Up!
Bronzer: Too Faced medium/deep matte bronzer in Chocolate Soleil
Blush: Tarte Amazonian clay blush in Exposed
Eyeliner: Smashbox smudge pot in Deep Black
Mascara: Dior Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum & Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara
Lipstick: Sephora in Rouge
Okay, I know… Everything on the list is pretty darn pricey for makeup, but you honestly get what you pay for. This may not be the case for all of the high-end makeup, but these products are what I found to have worked out best for my skin type and personal preferences. I have extremely dry skin, so for anyone whose face is rather dry, you might want to try these products out. I always thought having dry skin was better than having an oily one if I had to choose between the two, but I just found out people with dry skin age faster, so now I really wish I had an oily face!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to put together a look for either a day out or a night out - whether it’s with that special someone, your girlfriends, or your family, you can definitely wear this look for any type of date this Valentine’s Day. The makeup isn’t too overwhelming for the daytime and it is also just enough for the night time. And of course, you can most certainly wear dark red lips any time of the day - it just reeks of sexy, especially this Valentine’s Day.
1. Cover FX Mattifying Primer w/ Anti-Acne Treatment
This was an accidental, but precious find. At some point last month, I hit 200 points with my Sephora Beauty Insider card, so I decided why not use the 100 points to get a reward? Out of the 4 or 5 products I had to pick from, I picked Cover FX’s face primer. It was a sample size, but even until now I still have it. I’ve been using it every time I put foundation on (which I don’t do often just to put it out there). However, I still went ahead and bought the actual product because it worked with my skin so well. Cover FX Mattifying Primer is recommended for people with oily and acne-prone skin, but I am exactly the opposite of that. As I had mentioned earlier, I have very dry skin. Moreover, I rarely break out - I only get at most 3 pimples at a time and even getting pimples is very rare for me, and I’m extremely grateful for that. Going back, this primer is perfect for all skin types. It leaves your skin feeling smooth (matte) after application and it sets the foundation in really well. I’ve tried Benefit’s Porefessional, Smashbox’s Photofinish Foundation Primer, and Elf’s Mineral Infused Face Primer and none gives quite a comparable satisfying finish like this one.
2. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli (Medium 3)
So for the winter, I’ve had to switch from my Mac Studio Fluid Fix Foundation in NC42 to NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli simply because I’ve gotten several shades lighter since the summer. I’ve also been wanting to switch because I find that Mac’s foundation just feels and looks so heavy on the face - and I hate to look so caked up when I put makeup on. I wanted to settle for a more natural look, and by that I mean wear foundation without looking like you’re actually wearing one. With a single application of this sheer glow foundation from NARS, your skin will look smooth, radiant, and all-natural (even though it’s not really all-natural). This foundation has become my all-time favorite and I don’t think I can ever switch from it.I would probably just have to buy a darker shade though - this one seems a little too light for my current skin tone. Furthermore, it is entirely sheer and it definitely doesn’t feel sticky and heavy. Sometimes I even forget I’m wearing it! The finish of this foundation is even more amazing.100% recommend this to anyone who would like to cover up some impurities and imperfections, but don’t want to look too much.
3. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Many of you might be able to relate to this… or not, but I personally don’t like shimmery and glittery products on my face, whether it’s eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, lipstick, lipgloss, anything you can possibly think of - I avoid it at all cost. So any chance of me using a shimmery blush in this lifetime? 0%. I used to wear this shimmery blush from NYX in high school (that’s also the one and only blush product I ever owned) and I never thought there was anything wrong with it, but that was when I thought all blush produced the same color. I’ve been using a light mocha-colored blush from Too Faced for the past few months (I don’t think they carry it anymore) and it’s worked out well. No complaints, no breakouts, but lately, I’ve been searching for a darker blush to better fit my skin color and that’s when I found Tarte’s Amazonian clay blush in Exposed. It is very pigmented so I’d only have to apply it once or twice to achieve the color I want on my cheeks. I don’t like to apply too much because again, I want it to look like a natural blush, not a circus clown. I still switch back and forth between this one and my Too Faced blush depending on my mood, but I just find this one to better fit my skin tone.
4. Smashbox Smudgepot in Deep Black
I’m a big eyeliner person and I’m sure many of you are, too. Sometimes your eyes might even feel so naked without eyeliner. With that said, I’ve gone through so many different eyeliners ever since I started wearing it sophomore year of high school. I mostly go to drug stores for my eyeliner because quite frankly, they’re all the same. High-end brand name or not, they serve the same function and get the job done. Some eyeliners, however, are not as long-lasting and some smudge more than others. I’ve been using Maybelline’s eyeliner pot for the longest time and honestly, it’s just as good as Smashbox’s smudgepot. That’s why I kind of regret purchasing Smashbox’s smudgepot for $22 when I could’ve just gotten another Maybelline eyeliner pot for $8. I guess it was worth the try for a big eyeliner fan like me. The upside to this gel pot from Smashbox, though, is that it is long-lasting and doesn’t smudge as much as the drugstore products. I’ve kept it on overnight and woke up the next day with it still completely full and intact on my lids. I also prefer gel liners better than liquid liners or pencil liners because (1) it smudges less and (2) it sets in better on the lids.
5. Sephora Lipstick in Rouge
I love, love, love. I always reach for this lipstick when I want red lips. It is so rich and creamy in color and because it’s creamy, it doesn’t form lines on your lips and it definitely doesn’t dry out your lips like matte lipsticks. I am completely enamored by this shade because the red isn’t bright and loud. It’s not completely subtle either, but it makes a damn good statement. It’s that lipstick that doesn’t hog for attention, but doesn’t leave you unnoticed. Definitely one of my best finds and my ultimate favorite red lipstick.
I know I didn’t review all of the products listed on here, but I just wanted to review all of the main products used to create this look. I’d definitely be reviewing more of these products in upcoming beauty posts. I hope you guys enjoyed my Valentine’s Day look and beauty reviews. Stay tuned for my everyday makeup routine coming to you next week! :)
Let me know if there’s more you’d like to read/hear about!
Happy Sunday! It’s finally the start of a new week again, but I definitely won’t be changing into any other type of shoes anytime soon! Lately I’ve been finding myself reaching for my Nike Roshe Run every chance I get - whether it’s to go to class, to work, to the gym, to the mall, and even to church. They’ve been my go-to footwear for the past few weeks and if I’m not wearing them, I make sure they’re in the trunk of my car just in case.
The hype is real.
These sneakers are so lightweight and comfortable, it makes lazy old me enjoy walking and running. It even makes me wonder WHY it took so long for me to start wearing sneakers. If you don’t count Vans as sneakers, then these are my first pair! (I don’t count the sneakers I used in high school P.E. ‘cause those two periods are the only time I wore those suckers). Anyway, I really gotta give this one to Nike! Well done. I’m definitely looking to buy more of these babies ‘cause they’re just that good.
H&M double chained necklace/ H&M tee/ UO denim jacket
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect chain necklace and these. are. it. They’re not obnoxiously large, but they are loud enough to make a statement. What a win-win!
Ralph Lauren baseball cap/ Casio Men’s gold watch/ HCo white jeans
Nothing says relax better than a baseball cap. I love wearing baseball hats for a laid-back look because even though I may be busy running errands all day, the hat definitely makes me feel like I have everything under control. (Is that weird?) I love the vibrant colors and rich details printed in the front of the cap - it comes in handy, especially when my outfit is looking rather plain.
Here’s a random fact:
I bought my first pair of white jeans this month! These ones pictured on today’s post are actually my second pair, but they’re the pair I wear more often. My first ones were purchased from Zara, and although they fit me nice and tight on my legs, they ran at least 6 more inches past my ankles… So if you’re petite like me, Zara definitely isn’t the place to go for pants, but Hollister is! They carry sizes that are either tagged as “small,” “regular,” or “long” which is what I love so much! I never have to worry about folding my jeans or even getting them cut and tailored - they would already fit perfectly length-wise. They also carry sizes below the “norms,” and by that I mean they even have 00 sizes for people who are just naturally thin.
If you’re looking for quality, inexpensive jeans, please check Hollister Co. out. They’re so underrated for their denim - they don’t wash out quickly and they definitely don’t feel “cheap” on the skin.
Photos by Allison Templo
Sure, I’ve been planning to do more beauty posts anyway :)
Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since my last post and I feel terrible I’ve been slacking on my blog. To be honest with you, I’ve been doing some serious soul searching and now that I think I may have finally figured things out, I’m back and ready to get things started again!
To jumpstart this blog back up, I took these photos right before I went on my little blogging break. As you may have read in my earlier posts, I absolutely hate winter and everything that has to do with the cold weather, BUT I do love layering. Hypocritical, isn’t it? But what I love even more is my green parka from H&M because it goes with virtually everything - not to mention it has a hood, too. The only downside to it is that it is pretty thin; there is no protective, inner layer underneath. That’s why you would have to double up on the layers if you do decide to wear this type of jacket in the winter time.
With that said, I’m wearing about three more layers of clothing underneath - my oversized denim shirt from Ralph Lauren, a long-sleeve baseball tee, and a tank top. Of course, I’m also well covered up from head-to-toe with my favorite beanie (one of the gifts I received from the bf!), AE jeans, and leather booties! I always try to avoid looking bulky in the winter time by accessorizing heavy and this means - scarf, beanie, gloves & boots. I know I’m not wearing gloves or a scarf in this post, but these can be easily added onto this outfit if needed. So with the proper layers and accessories, you, too, can avoid looking like a walking marshmallow in the winter.
PS. If you’re looking for a good quality hats/beanies, please check Aritizia out! Super top notch quality for a reasonable price. I’ve seen beanies at other stores priced at almost the amount and the quality doesn’t even come close. They’ll also last you a long time.
PPS. If you have any questions/suggestions, please don’t hesitate to drop one!
Sure, I’d probably do a video with this! Seems like the most practical way to go about it!
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As for the settings, there is no single setting I set my camera to. I always shoot in Manual because then I have the greatest control of the look of the photos. Depending on the light available at the time of shooting, there are three functions I mainly focus on: 1) Aperture 2) Shutter Speed 3) ISO. There is more that goes into these settings, but below is the simplest way I can explain it.
1. Aperture = a “hole” in the camera. This is a measurement of how much light your camera lens is capturing. Aperture also controls the depth of field. If there is a great depth of field in the picture (meaning there is a lot of background details) and I want to blur it out, I choose the lowest aperture. In photography, aperture is normally represented in “f” numbers, such as f/1.8, f/2.4, f/3.5, f/22, etc. The lowest aperture on my lens is f/1.8, and since I usually shoot where there is a lot of background details, I set my camera on this aperture so that the focal point of the photo is me while the everything else around me is blurred. However, if I’m just standing right in front of a wall, I set the aperture higher as there is so need to blur out anything in the back.
2. Shutter Speed = the length of time a camera’s shutter is open when taking a photograph. Shutter speeds are measured in fractions of a second (1/25, 1/60, 1/125, etc.). Slow shutter speeds allow more light into the camera and are typically used for low-light photography, while fast shutter speeds help to freeze motion. On a normal winter day (not too much sunlight, but there is enough light available), I usually shoot with a shutter speed of 1/60 as it is a nice medium.
3. ISO = the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. Higher numbers mean more sensitivity to light and of course, lower numbers mean less sensitivity to light. For low light settings (i.e. night time, indoors), I would set my camera to a high ISO, ranging from 1600 - 6400, depending on how much light is available. On the other hand, for occasions where there is plenty of light, I would use a low ISO - 100, 200, 400 - again depending on how much light is present. Another important piece of information to know about ISO is that as the ISO increases, so does the noise in the images (this is the grain-like detail in the photographs).
I hope this helps!
Thanks so much, Angeli! Hope to see you soon, too! Still anxiously waiting on that blog ;)
Thank you so much!