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Naked v. Nude

I’m a sucker for drugstore makeup.  Sometimes it can be frustrating because it’s hit or miss.   It’s also annoying that you can’t try things out before you buy them.  When you are able to find a gem, it’s that much more exciting.  Oh hello, La Nude Palette 2.


There’s also La Nude 1, but #2 was calling my name.  It’s obviously a take on the Urban Decay Naked palette.  Annd, I love it. The Naked Palette is $54. La Nude 2 was $19.99,  but I had a coupon (duh), so it was $14.00.  Winning.


If I’m being honest, I do love the original Naked Palette. (There’s also Naked 2 and 3, which I don’t have. . .) The colors are so creamy, pigmented and go on like butter. You really can create any neutral/smokey eye look.  But, if you’re normal and don’t want to spend $54 on eyeshadow, La Nude 2 is a great alternative.  The colors are so pretty, and definitely not chalky or cheap feeling.  The verdict: If you’re looking for a neutral palette, this might be your new best friend.



Makeup Must Have: Eye Primer

If I had my way, I’d be wearing full glam makeup every day.  Every. Day. But that’s just not realistic.  When it comes down to it, I’d rather sleep than spend 45 minutes  putting on makeup and lashes.  Fact.  However, whether your makeup routine is 10 minutes, 10 seconds or non-existent, there is something I think everyone should have in their arsenal.  Eye Primer.


Eye primer is one of those miracle products.  It acts to control oil on the eyelids so you can avoid greasy eyes at the end of the day.  Not cute.  It helps your eyeshadow application and makes it go on smoother and brighter.  Primer can also act as a concealer, hiding any veins or imperfections on your eyelids.  It can also help you look more awake.  There are lots of brands to try, but these are a few of my favorites.  TIP: I’m no Susie homemaker, but you even make your own – click here – if you’re interested.  You should read Cara’s blog.  It’s pretty amazing.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer

Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer

Wet n’ Wild Shimmer Eyeshadow Primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

My absolute favorite is the Wet N’ Wild Primer.  It’s cheap and it works. It has a bit of shimmer – you don’t need to wear anything else.  Swipe some on in the morning with a little mascara and you’re off.  Perfect for when you want to hit the snooze button just one more time.  Done and done.

Seriously.  Try it.  It’s $5.

Happy almost Thursday!



Whirl & Soar. . .

I’m late to the party.  Again.  But for months, every time I work at MAC (literally EVERY TIME) numerous people come in and ask for the Kylie Jenner lip pencils: Whirl and/or Soar.  People are obsessed with her signature lip look.  While sometimes their popularity make me question the future of humanity – I finally gave in and got them for myself.  Obviously.  (Most MAC locations near me have been sold out for months. . .)



They’re very similar, but oh so different.  Both create the ever so popular “your lips but better” look.  Soar is more of a pinky tone, while Whirl is more on the brown/mauve side.


Whirl on the top. Soar on the bottom.

First of all, getting good pictures of your lips is a lot harder than it looks.  Also, I might have discovered that I have a mustache.   The plan was to take some full face pictures wearing the lipliners.  Taking pictures of yourself  is just so ridiculous sometimes.  I gave up on trying to take the perfect picture. Sooo, here I am on a typical weeknight – sitting on the couch with my computer, my cat and lots of lipliner. :)





Both of these can be paired with any nude lipstick.  I’ve been wearing them alone with a bit of gloss.  The verdict: I love these.  They’re perfect for everyday and you don’t need to use anything else with them which makes your life easier. You probably don’t need both.  If I had to pick one, it would be Soar.  It’s just so pretty!  If  you are looking for the perfect nude lip, (and if you can find these) definitely give them a try.



Wicked. . .

I’m not talking about the musical.  I’m talking about the NYX Wicked Lippie Lipsticks.

In January (I know, I’m a little late) I went to the NYX Unveiled party.  It was amazing. The best part of the party however was the gift bag. OMG.  It had more makeup than you could ever want.  It had EVERYTHING.  A makeup junkie’s dream come true.

Wicked 1

I can’t possibly talk about everything at once.  Bright lipstick is really popular and on trend at the moment.  I figured I’d start with that.  There are 12 colors total.

1) Betrayal 2) Scandalous 3) Trickery 4) Wrath 5) Sinful 6) Stone Cold 7) Immortal 8) Mischievous 9) Risque 10) Power 11) Cold Hearted and 12) Envy


These are not every day colors.  Obviously.  They’re SUPER bright and metallic.  They’re fun.  If you are a makeup artist these would be a good thing to have.  At $6 each, they won’t break the bank.  The most wearable color is Power – the lighter purple shade.  You could almost get away with wearing it on a normal day.  Almost.  They’re very creamy and moisturizing.  Some of the colors are not as opaque as the others (Envy is SUPER pigmented), but overall the color payoff is amazing.


If you’re looking for a bright metallic lipstick, definitely give these a try.  I personally don’t think I can pull off metallic purple. Actually, I know I can’t.  If you can – DO it.


I sent my sister some of the pictures of me wearing the lipsticks.  Her response: “Did you makeout with a smurf?” Enough said.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! It’s almost Friday!



And so it begins. . .again.

I’m baack! I took a (long) break from blogging.  There are several reasons, but mainly it’s because that I’ve been working as an artist for a company again and didn’t want any issues with regard to their social media policy.  Also, I just wanted a break.

It’s Spring and I feel like it’s time for me get back into the swing of things.  Time to come out of hibernation. Literally. Well, sorta.  I have been doing a bit of spring cleaning, this blog included.  I have gone through and kept the posts which are the most important to me – and got rid of the rest.  I wanted to start with a (somewhat) clean slate.

The following post was originally published on December 9, 2013.  I am keeping it, because it’s probably the most honest thing I’ve written.  It’s the reason why I sit at my computer and write, and pretend that people are actually interested in what  I have to say. :)

Happy Spring! xo

One of the most important people in my life once told me, “Stop resisting who you are.  Once you do that, everything else will fall into place.” So, here I am.  A lawyer who loves (I mean really LOVES) makeup.  I have worked as a lawyer and a makeup artist for years, and I love doing both.  People call me crazy, but I like to own it.  I love being in the courtroom, as much as I love applying false eyelashes.  It’s my thing.  It’s who I am. 

I have been watching makeup tutorials and reading other makeup blogs for a long time. To find out the latest makeup trends, and to see women from all over the world is just well. . . awesome.  I love to read about different ideas, cultures, and to get a glimpse into the lives of everyday women. One of the many things I’ve learned, (besides the perfect smokey eye) is that beauty isn’t just about how you look, but how you feel. Unfortunately, there are so many negative forces in the world and on the internet.  As women, we should be empowering each other, not tearing each other down.  Makeup can make us appear beautiful to the outside world,  but all the makeup in the world can’t mask who you really are in the inside.  

We should be inspired by the beauty that we see everyday, all around us and in each other.  One of my inspirations is my younger sister. She is beautiful (on the outside obviously, but more importantly on the inside) and has fun just being herself.  The quote, “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are. . .” by Ellen Degeneres (one my sister’s favorite people) reminds me of my sister’s remarkable ability to be happy with who she is (regardless of what anyone else says or thinks) and pretty much says it all.  

We all want to be beautiful, and it means something different to everyone.  So, whether it’s learning a new eyeshadow look, or about the best drugstore mascara, the idea behind each video/post on this blog will be the same.  Do what’s right for you, and what makes YOU feel beautiful, no matter what.  We’re all beautiful in our own unique way.  Don’t let anyone ever convince you otherwise.  

After years of an internal struggle, and not wanting to put myself out there, (in more ways than one), I have decided that it’s time.  I’m not sure what’s changed, but I’m ready.  It’s time to stop resisting who I am, and let everything else fall into place. . .

 <3 TKP

Time to let it go. . .

I have trouble letting things go.  And I don’t mean just makeup.  Luckily, this post isn’t about my personality flaw.  It’s about makeup.  Trust me, it’s much more interesting.

I have the first eyeshadow I owned.  It’s glittery, (CHUNKY 80’s glitter) purple and by caboodles. I know you remember that brand.  Yeah. I think I’ve had it since the 6th grade.  It has made it with me through high school, college, law school and it’s still in my drawer.  Why? I have no idea.  Now it’s just for nostalgia.  I haven’t used it in at least a decade.  Now I kinda want to. . .just cause.  But I won’t.

I get asked all the time, “how long  am I supposed to keep makeup before it goes bad?”

So here’s the general rule about keeping makeup: use your best judgement.  When in doubt, throw it out.  If something starts to smell weird, look weird or not act the way it’s supposed to, toss it.  Liquid and cream products grow bacteria much easier, so be more cautious with those.


 photo 1

If you use the same mascara everyday, toss it after a few (3-4) months.  It’s not worth risking an eye infection.   This is why I try not to buy expensive mascara.


photo 3

Like I said before, if it smells weird or looks weird, toss it.  Lipglosses kinda gross me out after while because you put the wand on your  mouth and then put it back in the tube.  A haven for bacteria.  If you use it everyday, get rid of it after a few months.  If you don’t use it all the time, just monitor it and make sure it’s not getting funky.


photo 2

If you use clean brushes, I think you can keep these a lot longer.   Again, same rule applies.  You should be able to tell if something needs to go bye bye.  Just remember, the main goal is to avoid spreading bacteria and giving yourself pimples or an infection.  Brushes hold bacteria, which can transfer from your face/eyes onto the products and vice versa.  So clean your brushes often!  I like using my Beauty So Clean to santize the products occasionally.  If you keep them clean and take care of them, you can keep them for as long as you feel comfortable.

photo 4

See, I wasn’t kidding. I’ve had this thing FOREVER.  Like I said, I have a hard time letting go.  I should probably work on that. Although, maybe I’ll keep it.  One day it might be considered vintage. :)

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

<3 TKP

Just my luck. . .

I don’t want to jinx myself or anything, but I’ve been known to have a little bit of dumb luck.  I’ve been on gameshows (and won), I’ve called into radio stations (and won), and I play slot machines (and win!).

Last week, I found out that I won a beauty blogger contest through Birchbox and I couldn’t been more excited! I was one of a handful of beauty bloggers chosen to receive, review and write about a brand new product before it launched.

Introducing. . .

The Beauty Protector Protect & Oil Argan Oil Hair Serum. 

There’s always a dilemma when you get sent products to review.  You hope that the product is good, because it just doesn’t seem nice to bash something that was given to you. (Don’t get me wrong, I’d totally do it. . .I just wouldn’t be happy about it. ;) )  Well, let me just tell you. . .this stuff is AMAZING.  Phew!


I have been using it the past few days and have really noticed a difference in my hair.  I have been following the instructions and use just a few drops in my wet hair before styling.  My hair has never been softer or shinier.  I have been wearing my hair straight, which is something I rarely do because straight enhances the dry frizz!  Even though it’s an oil, it’s not overly greasy and does not weigh my hair down.  As well as having an oily face, I have an oily scalp (go figure) so I’m always nervous about putting more oil on my skin or hair.  I use this all over (from roots to tips) and I don’t look like I need to take a shower. WOO. I’ve recently become a big fan of Beauty Protector.  Click here to read about the detangler I’ve been using.


I’m very particular when it comes to smells.  I don’t like anything overly perfumy (that’s a word, right?) or too strong smelling.  I’m terrible at describing scents, but it has a clean earthy scent that is not overpowering.  It smells good to me!  If you have color treated hair or hair that is dry or frizzy, I would definitely give it a try.  It doesn’t say it’s for a particular hair type, but I would imagine it would work for everyone.  I myself have fine, color treated hair.  If you want to give your hair some added shine without weighing it down, this might be for you. It also says it’s supposed to protect against heat and environmental damage.  BONUS!   It’s not available just yet, but keep checking the Birchbox site.

Being a beauty junkie I have used a lot of hair products including serums and oils. This is definitely one of the better ones I’ve tried.  So, if you’re looking to pamper your hair, I say. . .go for it. :)

And ps. . .I wasn’t lying about my random luck.  Fingers crossed it keeps up 2014.



Disclaimer: I was not paid or compensated in any way for this review/post.  I was sent the product to try.  All opinions are my own, and I always tell the truth. Duh.


<3 TKP

Beauty Ambassador, Esq. . .

I wasn’t planning on writing a post today.  But last night, in my hot power fusion class, I had a thought. (It might have been a hallucination, since I think I lost half my body weight in sweat. . .) Everyone knows I’m a lawyer, but I haven’t mentioned my experience working in makeup for Bare Escentuals.

It all started in 2008.  I had just finished law school and was waiting to find out if I had passed the California Bar Exam.  I was working part time as a law clerk and decided (on a whim) to apply to work for makeup various companies.  I always loved makeup, and thought it would be good to have experience of working for a cosmetics line.  In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the greatest plan.  If I didn’t pass the bar, I would have had to quit and go back to studying.  Luckily, it all worked out.  I ended up getting hired as a Beauty Ambassador (BA) in a Bare Escentuals boutique at the mall.  I didn’t tell anyone at first, for fear of seeming a little bit ridiculous.  “You passed the bar exam?! You’re working WHERE?” I got sworn in as an attorney and started working part time at the boutique.  The rest as they say, is history. . .

I worked concurrently as an attorney and a BA for 3 years.  I worked 7 days a week doing both, and I LOVED it.  I would literally have a trial during the day, and then go and work at the store at night. Everyone thought I was crazy.  “Aren’t you tired?” “You have to sweep the store at night? You know you’re a lawyer, right?” I didn’t care.  It was my thing.  I loved doing both.  Not only did I get to be around makeup (exciting!) but my coworkers were fun and interesting.  I got to meet all different kinds of women and help make them feel amazing.  Plus, at the store, no one wanted to argue . Well, sometimes they did, but it was more fun arguing about blush than $.  For me, it wasn’t work,  it was an escape.  Let’s be honest, it wasn’t always glamorous. I mean really, who wants to clean up spilled eyeshadow after wild 5 year old terrorized the store? That aside, I wouldn’t take it back for the world.   It was an important chapter in my life.



I promise, we weren’t on the clock. <3

Sadly, in 2011 I had quit my job at the boutique.  Handling a full caseload in the office and working 15+ hours a week at the store, started to become too much.  I was so upset when I put in my notice.  I felt like I was giving up a part of myself.  I could no longer could wear lime green eyeshadow and use the excuse “I’m going to work!” At the store, I felt like I could truly be myself.  I mean, it’s not like I hide my personality at the office:


Exhibit A

But, working with makeup made me happy.  Part of the point of this ramble, is that while I worked there, I learned A LOT about makeup.  I’m no expert, but I got the opportunity to apply makeup to women of all different ages, ethnicities and skin types.  We got to go to seminars and learn about different products and ingredients.  Plus, my coworkers were amazing artists and taught me a few tricks and tips along the way.  I guess the point is, I’m not JUST a lawyer who  loves and hoards makeup. (I really do have a problem. . .)


Exhibit B

Part of why I loved working at the store, was helping other women.  It’s amazing to open up a whole other world, and to teach someone the power of a little mascara. Most of all, it taught me to embrace myself and be who I am, no matter what.  Hopefully, I can take what I learned as a BA and teach someone something new via this blog.  Just don’t ask me for legal advice. . . ;)

<3 TKP



Blonde confession. . .

Just recently, I decided to go back to my roots.  Sorta.  A year ago, I dyed my hair brown.  DARK brown.  It was quite the contrast as I was blonde.  I needed a change and the hair seemed to reflect my mood.  Dark.  I wasn’t exactly unhappy, but I wasn’t thrilled.  I had just changed jobs and was not sure about my decision.  I took my angst out on my hair.  I told my friend who does my hair that I wanted to go brunette, and I did it.  A few weeks later, I decided I wanted LONG brown hair and she put in extensions.  The bonded keratin ones.  They looked amazing.  I was terrified of having crazy fake hair, but she did them perfectly.  No one even guessed that I had them until I told them.  They were great.  There was only one problem.  They weren’t me.  Instead of feeling amazing with this long goregous hair, I felt self conscious.  Did they look too fake? Could you the bonds? Are people looking at me and saying “what’s with that girl’s hair?” I’m sure they weren’t (maybe they were haha) but it just didn’t feel like me.  A lot of it had to do with how I was feeling on the inside.  A little lost.  A lot of things didn’t seem to be going my way.  I’d been in a funk and I couldn’t seem to get out of it.



My long (fake) brown hair. It’s a mini beer, not a urine sample. :)

A few months later, my old boss called me and asked if I wanted to come back.  I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, and if it was the right choice.  Ultimately, my heart told me I needed to go back to my old company.  So, I did.  I was still feeling a little unsure about my job and how I looked.  I think my insecurities about what was on the outside, were because of what I was lacking on the inside: self assurance.  We all go through it.  No matter what size you are or what you look like.  We are so much more beautiful than we give ourselves credit for.  Sometimes we let a bad relationship, a bad date or a bad day question our self worth.  One thing I’ve realized, you just gotta be true to yourself.  Whatever that means to you. Even if it means being half asian with blonde hair.  Do what you want and what makes you feel beautiful.  It’s not always easy, and everyone has setbacks and bad days.  One can only hope that with good friends and little makeup,  you can make it out of the darkness, and back into the light, or in my case. . .lighter hair. :)


Almost blonde. . .ORANGE! AHH


First night out as a blonde. The theme was “party animal.” Seems appropriate.


What’s your hair color of choice?

<3 TKP