Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wearing My Heart On My ... Chest

While getting ready for a family party today, I realized I was wearing the perfect shirt to shoot a profile pic for this blog. I got this as a birthday present last year from my friend in this post, and it fits me in more ways than one.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

In Rotation: Lips

While I love to sport reds when going out, my 'everyday' glosses & lipsticks tend to be nude or pink-toned. I have at least eight of these colors in rotation right now:

My ABSOLUTE fave of the bunch is Stila's High Shine Lip Color in Diane. It has a buttery non-sticky texture and the color is a pretty gold champagne.

As with all the gorgeous little things I fall in love with, Stila has discontinued this (rest assured I scooped up 6 tubes when I found this out), but I think their Long Wear Lip Color in "Darling" is a pretty close match.

Another light-textured gloss is from Korres - their Cherry Lip Gloss in Light Purple 23 is a girly, fun color. Plus this stuff is SO moisturizing, I can actually use it as a substitute for lipbalm.

My go-to nude lipstick is MAC's Satin lipstick in Siss. While this definitely can NOT be a substitute for lipbalm, its sexy matte finish is unrivaled to anything I've tried (and I've tried enough nude lipsticks to open a store).

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Just Right

On some Sundays, I read at Church and am always experimenting to find a look that is just right for the occassion. I never want to overdo it, so I've tried everything from no makeup at all to my standard office look, but somehow, all those looks have felt inapproproate. I'm happy to report that today, I found a combo that's just right.

On my eyes, it's MAC Paint Pots in Quite Natural on lids, layered with Korres shadow in Grey Brown and Shu Uemura's Eye Light Pencil to highlight my brow bone. I add mascara and a little bit of liner on my bottom waterline, and also on the outside corners.

I dust a bit of bronzer to sculpt my cheekbones, jawline and forehead, pat MAC cremeblend blush in So Easy on the apples of my cheeks then top everything off with LORAC's lip polish in Delicious.

The tools for my "Church" look:

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Lil' Angel

This weekend, I scooped up my THIRD bottle of Harajuku Lover's "Lil' Angel." I love this little girl fragrance so much, it's kinda shameful. But with notes like Raspberry, Cranberry, Blackberry, Pineapple, Pear Blossom, Violet, Rose, Lollipop Accord, Hinoki Wood, and Crystal Amber and compliments like "You smell YUMMY!" and "Wow, what fragrance is THAT?" this creamy scent is pretty addicting to wear.

Since the doll on top of the bottle makes it too bulky to tote around in my purse, I bought an atomizer like this this one (hand is holding it in the picture) so I can smell good on the go. I also bought the solid perfume, but that doesn't really emit a scent, it's more useful as an aromatherapy pick-me-up.

Lots of people like to keep their scents a secret, so no one else smells like them. But I'd love it if the entire world smelled like this, so have at it gals!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Under My Trenchcoat

On Valentine's Day, I picked up my first bottle of OPI x Sephora polish in Under My Trenchcoat. It's a shame that I don't actually own a trenchcoat, because this post could've been A LOT more fun, if ya catch my drift ;) Instead you'll have to settle for these attempts to take UNDERcover pictures of my nails ...

while in a meeting.

en route to the gym.

and on the platform waiting for my train.

It's a cool khaki grey color with little bits of gold shimmer. Kinda fun, but I think I'd like it better on my toes. Given that open-toe shoe season feels months and months away, I'll have to save that for another post.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010


I am fresh from an Oxygen facial at Changes Spa, courtesy of the most awesome boyfriend ever. I felt so super clean that my face was a makeup-FREE zone the whole day and I craved nothing but greens, veggies and fruits right after the facial. I wanted to feel good from the inside out.

Raw face:

In light of my healthy cravings, I was surprised with a dinner at a restaurant we never tried before (told you the guy's awesome). Planet RAW was so unbelievably delicious. Chefs who specialize in raw foods are magicians! I had the Maki Roll Sushi ("salmon" was made of walnut pumpkin pate) and the BF had Pasta Fresco ("noodles" made of zucchini!).

We started with this Guacamole appetizer. My regular diet is so bad that I can't even ID all the veggies they sliced up for "chips":

Here is my scrumptious "salmon" roll. It's supposed to look like a fire-breathing dragon:

It's funny that I have to put everything in quotes :) just because I didn't WEAR makeup today doesn't mean that I didn't BUY any...expect a post on OPI x Sephora "Under My Trenchcoat" nail color soon.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

V-day Red

Happy V-day Eve! Last night I did some 'research' on the perfect red lip to wear for my valentine. I tested out three options: Neutrogena Pinch of Cinn, Vincent Longo Fellini Red and NARS Bloodwork. I evaluated each color against 1) its' closeness to Gwen Steffani's red (still working on that challenge), 2) the ability to stay put while I downed multiple "Sweet Leilani's" at John Collins and 3) the ability to withstand a taste test of these PASSION FRUIT dreams from Kara's Cupcakes - for the record, this was the BEST research project EVER!:

Neutrogena Pinch of Cinn:

Vincent Longo Fellini Red:

NARS Bloodwork:

Think NARS is the winner! But all three failed the cupcake test, so I let this guy eat most of them:

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super (Bowl) Nails

How can it possibly be Monday already? Weekends always fly by but this one went by even quicker with Super Bowl Sunday in the mix. I should have done my nails in black & gold in honor of the winning team (my fellow Trojan Reggie & the Saints won New Orlean's first Super Bowl ever!). But truth be told, these nails were done well before the bowl game was underway.

I thought I was pretty clever with this self-mani because I did my left hand late Saturday night, let it dry, then did my right hand when I woke up Sunday morning. This meant my left hand was completely dry before I even attempted to paint my right hand. And now that I'm saying this out loud, it doesn't seem like quite the ground-breaking technique I thought it was, but still, it made for an easier application with my weaker hand.

I got this polish as a free gift with purchase at Forever 21 a few months ago. As you can see, it looks drastically different in daylight, flourescent lights, bathroom lights, aquarium lights and barely any light.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Despite me going on & on about saving in my last post, I have completely lost my mind on this LORAC sale. I simly can't stop shopping it. (There's most definitely a reason this blog is called what it's called). This time, I picked up their 3's a Crowd Kit: 3 glosses, 3 lipsticks and 3 mettalic pigments for $19.50!! I played around with the metallic pigments for these shots. I think they're pretty paired with a nude lip color. Domino likes 'em, too.