5.01.2016

elliatt top + axel arigato sneakers



Eck - It's been a few weeks since updating the blog here. Where does the time go? 
Anyway, I love easy going outfits - this one made effortless with this two-tiered top from Elliatt and these amazing platform sneakers from Axel Arigato. 











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4.11.2016

elliatt | rip tide top






I always love the idea of pairing something girly with boyfriend jeans for balance. In this case, this neoprene top from Elliatt. It's sweet flared out silhouette just works so well with the loose vibes of the jeans. Add on a bomber jacket and it's the perfect combo of girly, boyfriend and effortless.












3.29.2016

best beauty | t3, dermalogica + more



I've never done a beauty review before but I've been using so many amazing product that I wanted to share - plus any excuse for a mega flatlay is good enough for me! So here goes...


I've mention in a previous post how much I love my T3 curling iron but I am also crazy about the flat iron and hair dryer. The hair dryer is easy and compact but dries my hair so quickly. And it leaves my hair softer than other dryers. The Flat Iron does wonders too and does a quick job straightening my hair so it's stick straight. 

I've talked about Dermalogica as well but I really love these products. The Charcoal Masque does such wonders. I had a little dry patch on my chin recently and did this masque (made the boyfriend do one too!) and my chin was instantly better! The Cleansing Solution is a dream too does such a good job removing everything from my face. And the Eye Repair is just plain smart to use. I have different eye creams in my bathroom and makeup area just to make sure I'm staying young. I think it's working ;)

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Like I mentioned above about having eye cream handy, this is another one I like using because of the applicator. The flat top applicator easily glides across the eyes and kinda gives them a mini massage which is brilliant for your eyes. They say massage your eyes and doing little exercises will prevent wrinkles so this applicator helps me with that.  

The Savvy Heart Body Resurfacer 
I think exfoliating is so important and I love the ones from The Savvy Heart. It makes your skin super smooth, getting rid of all the dead skin cells. I like to do this at least once a week and also on my feet. 

Tula Purifying Face Cleanser and Illuminating Face Serum
I love Tula products too with their probiotic technology. The face cleanser is very refreshing and easily takes off all my makeup in a wash - though I usually do two. I also use the Illuminating Face Serum to balance out my skin and help with any dark spots.

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
This stuff really saves my skin. I used to get little patches of dry skin near my eyes or by my lips but this cream clear all that up. I've been using this for about a year and haven't finished this little tub but seriously, it works and I definitely consider it one of my essentials.  

My hair has been a bit dry lately and the ends have been breaking but this Briogeo hair mask has really really helped! After a few uses, my hair has been feeling so much better. It's soft and manageable again. You can feel the difference even after one use.

Fanola Oro Therapy & No Yellow shampoo
I've been using Fanola's shampoo lately and it's been doing a good job with my hair. I like that it doesn't seem to dry my hair and makes it nice and manageable. The No Yellow shampoo is more for lighter hair tones but I still like how it leaves my hair clean, fresh and easy to style. I don't like some shampoos that leave my hair limp and for some reason the right side of my hair will just flip outwards. None of that here.

Keratin Complex Infusion Replenisher 
This has also been a lifesaver for my hair. I love putting this in my hair after I shower and before I blowdry to give it some moisture and replenishing - especially on days that I leave my hair straight. It leaves my hair softer and it actually does feel like there is replenishment. 

I just started trying these out but so far I am liking it. I am big on using SPF and these have it. I use the Tinted Moist Cream on days that I'm not trying to get super-made up and finish it with some powder. I think with the weather being mild, it's been keeping my face moisturized and not adding to my oily skin. 

Lately everyone has been asking me if my nails are fake because they are so long but they aren't. It's the real deal. I will probably do a whole post on nails but for now the OPI Onyx polish has been helping the situation because the polish goes on very smoothly and is long lasting. 

Same as the OPI, this Essie polish goes on smoothly and lasts. To make it last longer though, I usually reapply my top coat every 2 days. And if you see my instagram, you know I have been all about the blushy nails.

A makeup prep is always a good idea. I use this before my foundation to make it last longer - and it actually really does. 

Hourglas Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying
I started using this about a month ago and I think I finally like it. I dab some on my fingers and spot it across my face and then I go in with the Real Technique Expert brush (mentioned below) and blend it all in. I finish with a little powder and setting powder and it lasts all day. The mattifying action is pretty good and works well with my oily skin. 

 I feel like this is an essential. This stuff works as an eyeliner and decently as an under eye eyeliner. With a brush, I give my under eyes a few swipes for good measure. And if done correctly, it does last most of the day for me. 

 I've been using these eyeshadows for years for my smokey eyes and they haven't failed me yet. I love the assortment of color each has. 

Primer is everything and definitely needed for smokey eyes. 

I'm in search of waterproof eyeliner without spending too much and this one has tons of good reviews. It goes on smoothly and has a matte finish. So far so good.

Rimmel Scandalous Eyes
For more control eyelining, I like this Rimmel one which is also waterproof and has a nice thin tip.

This brush is awesome and does a really good job of blending in foundation. I do recommend to wipe it after use and clean it often or it will streak your makeup.

This baby is nice and fluffy. It does a good job of distributing blush and not making you over blushy.

I love these brushes for the price. I was previously sent one to try and was quite please with its blending capabilities so I bought a bunch. Once they are broken in, they work so well. 




















3.23.2016

cooper & ella | ava cold shoulder top


I've always had a thing for cutout shoulders on tops but its rare to find a really good one. This one though with the slight sleeves and shoulder straps really nails it. It like cutouts or well-placed straps - take your pick. I love it casually with moto pants or possibly with a loose fit bottom to balance it out. 






















3.21.2016

8th story | night rider shirt





I know I say this a lot but no seriously, this is the perfect button up shirt. It's brilliantly loose and has this little hole to tuck one side of the shirt in - basically giving you the the perfect tuck minus the tuck. Trust me, you need this shirt. 













3.15.2016

dermalogica | charcoal rescue masque





With the weather in SoCal being all over the place lately - hot then cold then probably hot again - my skin has been consequently all over the place too. Luckily I discovered Dermalogica's Charcoal Rescue Masque to literally rescue my skin. 
In 10 minutes, it brightened my skin and made it feel fresh again thanks to the Binchotan Charcoal  detoxifying and absorbs the well - toxins. Niacinamide also helps with the congestion in your skin and volcanic ash, sea salt and bamboo extract contribute to brightening your skin with a dual action exfoliation. Basically, it gives your skin new life. And who doesn't need that?

I also had the pleasure of trying Dermalogica's Classic European Facial at from Lee at The David Salon in Costa Mesa.  She is a wizard! Lee went through 10 different steps including a precleanse, Dermal Clay cleanser, Multivitamin Power Exfoliant, extractions, Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, Antioxidant Hydramist (toner), Multivitamin Power Firm, Skin Smoothing Cream, Solar Defense Booster and Renewal Lip Complex.  Madness I know but my favorite part was the Multivitamin Power Exfoliant. It's like a mini peel and does wonders on dehydrated skin. The exfoliant contains a high concentration of salicylic acid and pure vitamins A, C and E.
It's packed with antioxidant vitamins, soothing skin botanicals and essential oils to revitalize the skin while improving tone and texture after just one application! 

I don't think my face has ever felt so good and so clean. I'll definitely be continuing to do the Charcoal Rescue Masque a few times a week to maintain my skin along with using the Essential Cleansing Solution,  Skin Smoothing Cream and Multi-active Toner
And as recommended by Lee and Dermalogica, I'll always be doing a double cleanse from now on since one wash just doesn't clean everything. 


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3.13.2016

cara cheung


A rather rare moment for me in a skirt and knee high boots but it just felt right for this top and jumper from Cara Cheung. I love the sporty vibes of the pieces and this Jourdan skirt is just the right kind of mini skirt. It's a stretchy ribbed vegan leather that will be perfect with a simple tee, trench coat and sneakers. More on that soon...
















victoria emerson | wrap bracelets


Perfect to match my monochrome vibes, this wrap bracelet from Victoria Emerson is just so pretty with its grey crystals and white leather.  Love the delicates vibes of it, especially when combined with a more structured piece like the quartz bangle for contrast. These pieces work well with everyday looks dressing them up a bit or even with special occasion looks like at a wedding. Which makes me think I wish I had this wrap bracelet for the recent wedding I was maid-of-honor for. It would make the perfect bridesmaid gift.


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