Laura Mercier Pony Tail Brush

Saturday, June 28, 2014

 I bought another brush (of course you did Mimi, you needed another brush like a dog needs ticks). The Laura Mercier Pony Tail brush was not only recommended to me by you guys, dear readers but also at the counter the last time I chatted with an artist. You know me, it didn't take much convincing.

EOTD: NARS Outremer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Oh, NARS Outremer. Probably one of my favorite blue eye shadows. It's matte, it's bold, it's blue.

And yet somewhat tricky to use. 
 Here you can see it in pan form, in the NARS New Wave Palette that I bought a couple years back. Sorry the pans aren't pristine, but hey - there's proof that I use this palette.

Laquerlicious 4th of July Collection

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

America's birthday is around the corner - so I'm pretty excited. Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays; a time to reflect back on our nation's birth and to spend time with family and friends. I'm really hoping that by next year, this house business will be settled and we'll be able to have our families over for a huge barbecue with copious amounts of meat products.

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen - Mineral Protection

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
 Good afternoon!

It's taken me quite literally, years, to find sun protection that suited me. See, from the time I was 13 or so and started to take a serious approach to skincare, I always used a product containing SPF diligently. After all, that's just what you're supposed to do, right? Little did I know that I wasn't using the right kind for me; it took me almost six years to figure out that the chemical sunscreens were responsible for my super painful cystic acne.

Mundane Mondays, Vol. XX: Updates & Pretty Gardens

Sunday, June 22, 2014
I know it's not Monday quite yet, but I have non-makeup/nail related things to discuss. Today's post contains some pretty pictures, some personal updates and a few housekeeping notes. A few weeks ago, I mentioned I was in the LA area. We spent one of the mornings at Huntington Library, which simply has one of the most beautiful grounds ever. If you ever get a chance to walk their gardens or have tea at the Rose Garden, I highly recommend it. 

Rescue Beauty Lounge Anatomy Of A #KDrama Collection

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

 Good day, readers.

I love being able to unveil a new Rescue Beauty Lounge collection. It's like letting your friends in on a secret! Today I'd like to share with you the Anatomy of a #KDrama Collection, seven shades that come with their very own story. Without further ado, hear it directly from Ji.

Sonia Kashuk Tools No.07 & No.08

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

 You know, I go to Target at least once a week so I think I must glance at Sonia Kashuk brushes dozens of times each year. How is it I don't have more SK products? I think maybe it's because Target rarely ever discounts them (I think I've seen a 5% sale on core products?) and you know me. I can't stand buying things at retail pricing. Sure, I may indulge in high end products quite often but I'll be damned if I don't wait for some sort of sale or GWP offer.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Genius Will Change Your Life

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Is that title enough of a hyperbole for you? A few months ago, I bought Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Genius because everyone and their mom were showing how waterproof it was with neat little videos on Instagram. Listen, the only thing I love more than makeup brushes is a multipurpose beauty product and Beauty Genius hits the mark. You can use it to waterproof any powder product, as a brow sealer and even as a glitter adhesive! Usually I don't have a problem with my eyeliner or brows smudging but man, allergies make me tear up like crazy. As it turns out, Anastasia Beauty Genius is pretty much just that- genius.

Summer Favorites - 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Good Afternoon!

I didn't mean to go a week without blogging but I was just short on time last week! We were in LA last weekend for our wedding reception (which I uh, managed to miss by being really sick). If you remember, we were legally married last year, but since my family is so spread apart (most of my family lives in Shanghai and LA), my parents wanted to throw us a reception when more of us could get together. It was really nice to see my aunts and uncle who live in China, since I haven't been back there since 2008.

Today I just wanted to share some of the products that I've been really loving this summer. Is it hot where you live right now? It's been scorching here, with temperatures over 100F the past few days. Perfect pool weather.

A Few Recent Manicures

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I've had a few manicures lately that I haven't really shared on the blog but have gone up on Instagram.  I only managed to take one good picture of each manicure, so I'm just lumping it into one post.

Above: Bettina Grape, Zoya Cole, Essie Butler Please, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Done using nail striping tape and free hand painted.

Perfume Diary: Diptyque Philosykos Perfume Oil

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Good evening!

I hope you all had a great weekend! I've been a bit busy, going from store to store, trying to find a dress for our wedding reception next weekend and to buy last minute gifts for relatives that I haven't seen in  years. I'm unwinding now and wanted to review one of my favorite fragrances Diptyque Philosykos. Philosykos is arguably the most popular fragrance by Diptyque and comes in EdT, EdP, solid perfume and perfumed oil, as well as a body lotion. Since the EdP and EdT develop differently on me, today I'm reviewing just the Philosykos Perfumed Oil Roll On.