Friday, August 26, 2011

Colors of the Summer -- Nail Polishes (July)

All polishes are applied with 2 coats unless otherwise indicated. Left is taken with either natural light or room light, right is taken with flash.

Essie -- Chinadoll
Essie -- Heavenly Sunset

Essie -- Peach Daiquiri

Sephora by OPI -- Beauty Junkie

NuBar -- Pink Glitter

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Colors of the Summer -- Nail Polish (June)

Took a nail polish hiatus *gasp* for the most part of June (also because I was gone for vacation and did not bring any nail polishes with me), so only one polish swatch this time, but it's a good one! Love this shade with a sweet name :)

Two coats. Left is taken with either natural light or room light, right is taken with flash. 

China Glaze -- Sweet Cream

Monday, August 22, 2011

Colors of the Summer -- Nail Polishes (May)

All polishes are applied with 2 coats unless otherwise indicated. Left is taken with either natural light or room light, right is taken with flash.

OPI -- Java Mauve-A

OPI -- Hawaiian Orchid

OPI -- I'm Not Really A Waitress

OPI -- Last Friday Night (4 coats)

OPI -- Mod-ern Girl 

OPI -- You're A Doll!

China Glaze -- Glam (3 coats)

China Glaze Crackle -- Fault Line (over CG Glam)

Chine Glaze -- Swing Baby

Thursday, August 18, 2011

♥ Summer Favorites -- July ♥

I searched through my pictures folder high and low and couldn't remember if I took pictures for June favorites, then it struck to me that I must have skipped that month because I was traveling and had brought with me mostly travel sized and sample packets of skincare and makeup products so I wouldn't over-pack. That method actually worked quite well for me because as I gradually used up and tossed my skincare samples, my luggage got lighter, which means more room for souvenirs!

I did however have a few products I loved during the month of July.

♥ The Body Shop Watermelon Pasteque Body Lotion
I love watermelon, and I love watermelon flavored candy, watermelon scented body sprays, watermelon scented hand soap (Bath and Body Works makes the yummiest smelling ones!) get the idea. This The Body Shop body lotion is no exception. It is also a perfect lotion for the summer because it is not oily at all, and is very light weight -- almost a waterly consistency. So it's super easy to spread, super fast to dry, no sweating involved. The scent is sweet and yummy enough to make me go to bed a happy gal :)

♥ Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Second Skin Nude Makeup
I jumped onto the GA bandwagon last month and I am so glad I did. Even though I only purchased two things, both products were instant love, so much that both of them made it onto my Monthly Favorites. This foundation leaves a really nice finish on my face, makes my pores disappear, and helps me to stay matte. It contains silicone (thus its super smooth texture) so another silicone based primer is not needed. It has a light coverage but nothing a little dab of concealer underneath won't do. 

♥ Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #2
At first glance, this blush is very unremarkable, and definitely would not be something that I'd want to pick up and purchase right away if it weren't for its awesome reviews. It has an all black packaging with minimal writings on it. When you open up the compact, it has your standard mirror on one side, and the powder. #2 is a light peachy pink with very fine shimmers. One swipe and you will know why I fell in love with it right away -- it has the smoothest texture and is the finest milled powder ever. It is very sheer (hence the name), but a little bit of layering gives me the most beautiful glow -- a healthy flush of glow within and doesn't even look like I had blush on. This is a very flattering shade and is perfect for going to work with. I was wowed by GA blush, and #2 will definitely not be my last. (I am a MAC NC20-25, if you have darker skintones, #2 might have a hard time showing up on you, and I recommend #10 for you.)

La Mer the Lip Balm
When I came back from my Asia trip, my lips got extremely dry and peely, I suspect it was because California was a lot drier than the hot humid weather I experienced during my trip, and my skin went crazy trying to readjust. I decided to splurge myself with the La Mer lip balm, hoping for a quick lip repair. This lip balm does live up to its hype, however I do wish that it doesn't come in a jar form so it's more sanitary. Since this product doesn't contain SPF, I have decided to use this for bed time and my Jack Black (has SPF 25) for day time.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

♥ Summer Favorites -- May ♥

Hello friends! Long time no see. I am having a very lazy summer -- sorry for not updating as frequently. Even though I haven't been writing blog posts lately, I still have kept up with taking pictures of products to review, new goodies I bought, and nail polishes that I've tried on, etc etc. So hopefully I will be able to make up for all the uncovered topics I have been meaning to share with you.

I realize the last time I posted about my favorite products of the month was April. So today I will start a series of posts sharing my favorite products that I enjoyed using this summer, starting with May 2011!

♥ Benefit High Brow
This brow highlight is a life saver for days when I looked like I could use a few cups of coffee, or when I was too tired the night before to groom the tiny hairs peaking out from under my eyebrows -- because one swipe of this matte light pink shade under my brow and then blended in will instantly make me look more awake. It gives the illusion of a nicely arched, well groomed eyebrow.

♥ Conair MiniPro Crimping Iron
Having very flat and straight hair, I am always looking for ways to give my hair an extra boost of volume. Crimping the under layer sections of the hair base at the crown is an excellent trick I learned if I want an all day volume. Because I only crimp a tiny section of my hair near my scalp, a small sized crimper is perfect for crimping exactly where I wanted to. I also love how this tiny crimper is light weight, super mini-sized and comes with a cute heat protecting case to make it all so travel friendly.

♥ Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit (02 Medium)
I grabbed this convenient little compact during a random CVS run, boy aren't I glad I picked it up! This palm sized palette comes with 3 powder pans, top one for highlight (under the brow or at inner corners of eyes), a lighter shaded brow powder and a darker brow powder (both matte). It also comes with a small mirror on the side. On top of it holds three useful brow tools -- a small angled brow brush, a sponge tip applicator for applying highlight and blending, and a mini tweezer for plucking any stray hair. So tiny, yet has everything enough to take on a trip and have beautifully groomed brow during your whole vacation :) The brow powder stays on very well. I sometimes switch between the dark and the lighter shades depending on the occasion and my mood, and sometimes I mix and match both. If I am at home, I normally don't use the tools included in this compact, but when I am away, these tiny tools came in really handy. The only thing I wished it has but is missing is a spoolie to smooth over the brow for a perfectly groomed look.

♥ Jack Black Intensive Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
As soon as I picked up my first Jack Black lipbalm a few months back, I was in love. So much that I went and got every flavors that are available right now -- so I can toss one in my purse on the go, one in the car, one next to my makeup table, one on my desk...My favorite is the Black Tea and Blackberry flavor, it has a mildy sweet berry scent mixed with sweet tea scent, reminds me of those tea candy that I loved. Not only do these lip balms smell good, they keep my lips stay very moisturized for hours, but feel very light. I dislike lipbalms that gives my lip a waxy and heavy feeling, Jack Black is far from it, sometimes I don't even feel like I had anything on. It also has an insanely high SPF of 25 for a lip balm, which makes it my #1 choice when choosing products to take on trips when I'll be outdoor for most of the day.

♥ L'Occitane Hand Cream
L'Occitane makes super moisturizing, yummy smelling and travel friendly little tubes of hand creams that I just can't stop using. Even though the tubes are small (there are large sized tubes available as well but I prefer these 1Oz. sized ones for convenience), you only need a little bit of the cream to cover both hands, so they last me quite a while even with daily use.

♥ Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini-Brush Waterproof Mascara
I can't believe I didn't discover this earlier. This mascara has the tiniest brush I have ever used on a mascara (bottom-lash mascara excluded), and they are excellent for reaching every tiny lashes that I have, even the ones at the corners that are impossible to reach with my jumbo LashBlast without depositing a huge globe of black goo at the inner corners of my eyes. Because the brush head is so tiny, it's also great for putting mascara on my lower lashes -- something that I never used to do before I discovered this because it always ends up with more mascara smudged on my lower lid than the actual few lower lashes that I had hah! If you have short lashes like me, this this one a try. I recommend using your normal mascara to apply on your lashes first, then go over the ones a normal wand couldn't reach with the Lash Discovery.