Welcome to the family, Bobbi. . .

Bobbi Brown.  For some reason, her makeup has never really been on my radar.  Until now.  I recently picked up a few things from my local counter annnnd, cue the angels singing. . .


Art Stick in Bright Raspberry ~ It’s like a giant crayon.  Literally.  These are just so so fun.  The color is beautiful, bright and pigmented.  Every time I wear this, I get lots of compliments.  It’s not super long wearing, but I don’t particularly like long lasting lipsticks as they tend to suck all the moisture out of my lips. Bonus: it comes with a sharpener.

Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl ~ I’ve been using this as a finishing powder over my foundation.  Its gives my skin an all over healthy glow. It can be used as a highlighter and you can even use it as eyeshadow in a pinch. Greasy face = must use powder.

Creamy Concealer Kit in Warm Ivory ~ This is really helpful if you have dark under eye circles.  TIP: Peachy/salmon color concealers help cancel out the blue/purple under the eyes.  I really like this concealer.  What I really love is that it comes with a finishing powder as well.  It’s the perfect duo for traveling.

Her products are on the pricier side, (hooray for bday gift cards!) so I’m not sure I’ll be venturing over to her counter again anytime soon.  That being said, I’m extremely happy with the purchases I made.  Each one of these products has found a happy home in my (large) collection.

In other news. . .


Yay for new glasses!

What are your fave Bobbi Brown products?! I want to know!

Happy Hump Day! xo


Hapa Haole. . .

According to Urban Dictionary, hapa haole means “anything hybrid, a mixture of western and Hawaiian influence.”  Growing up, my sister and I had t-shirts that said “hapa haole brat.” Being half Japanese, I’m definitely a hapa haole.  I’m also definitely a brat.   Not sure what this has to do with makeup, but it’s a cute story.  No? Anyway. . .

I have recently become obsessed with Daiso, the local Japanese dollar store.  Actually, everything is a $1.50.  Chopsticks. Ramen bowls. Colorful pens.  You name it, Daiso has it.  They even have makeup! Woo! Normally, dollar store makeup would scare me but being that it’s Japanese, I gave it the benefit of the doubt.


This. Stuff. Is. Awesome.  I got 4 things for $6, and I love every single item.  LOVE.  The details:

-Powder Foundation (beige)

I swear, this stuff is the same exact thing as my Shiseido power that cost last least 20x’s more.  It’s creamy, smooth and beautiful.

Jewel Eyecolor Eyeshadow

Better than most drugstore eyeshadows.  They are pigmented, bendable and not chalky at all.  AHH! Awesome.

-Princess Duo Cheek Color

The perfect color for spring/summer.  Amazing quality for $1.50.

-Eyebrow Pencil (light brown)

My favorite purchase.  The color is perfect.  The texture is perfect.  For $1.50, it’s perfect.  I have been using it on my brows everyday since I bought it.

Sometimes, you get more than what you paid for.  If there’s a Daiso around you, definitely checkout the makeup aisle and see what gems you can find.  Happy shopping!

Happy almost Friday. . .almost!! xo



Bold Metals. . .

It’s no secret that I have a total girl crush on the Chapman sisters, also known as Pixiwoo.  They’re makeup artists from the UK, and they’re just amazing.  Trust me.  They’re also the nicest people ever.  Life. Complete.


Okay, I’ll stop.  Moving on to makeup brushes. The Real Techniques brushes are awesome.  They’re soft, affordable and made of synthetic hair so they’re cruelty free.  I buy them for all my friends/family.  When Sam & Nic introduced their new luxury line of brushes, Bold Metals  they went to the top of my wish list.


I saw the collection the other day at Kohl’s and had to grab them.  Not to mention, I had a coupon.  It was a no brainer.  I wanted them ALL, but finally decided on the 100 Arched Powder Brush, the 200 Oval Shadow Brush and the 201 Pointed Crease Brush. So. Excited.

These brushes are SO SO soft.  The handles are weighted so they fit perfectly in your hand and make doing your makeup a breeze. I’ve used the powder brush to apply both loose and pressed powder.  It’s great at applying both and picks up just the right amount  of product.  The eye brushes are awesome for creating any eye look and blend the shadow beautifully.  Everyone needs a fluffy eyeshadow brush in their collection.

I have accumulated a lot of brushes over the years, including some not-so-cheap ones (ahem-MAC).  These definitely compare to my more expensive, real/animal hair brushes.  They say they don’t harm animals when retrieving the hair for the brushes, but who really knows? So, if you can have brushes that are just as nice, and work just as well, why not go synthetic?  If only makeup brushes were made of cat hair – I’d be their # 1 supplier.  Gross.

If you’re a makeup artist, or just someone looking to splurge on a new set of luxury brushes, I would definitely give these a try.  If they’re a little too expensive for your taste (they range between $16 – $26 each), stick with the original Real Techniques Brushes.  They’re not quite as luxurious, but still get the job done.   Don’t forget, you can use coupons if you buy them at Kohl’s or Ulta.  I got mine for 20% off. :)

Hope the week is off to a great start! xo





Eyebrows on what?

Fleek.  Yeah, I have no idea what that means.  Pretty sure no one else does either.  Moving on.

Eyebrows are in.  Almost every makeup line has launched various brow products in multiple forms – pencils, pomades, gels, powders, and wax to name a few.  It can get a bit overwhelming.

The queen of brows is Anastasia Beverly Hills.  She has a salon in Beverly Hills (and other locations) and an entire line dedicated to perfect brows.  One of my favorite products of all time is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.  It’s a micro pencil that helps you fill in your brows without making them look like you’ve used sharpie.  It’s kinda magical.  Dramatic. I know.  There’s a reason this is a fan favorite. Trust me.  But at $21, it ain’t cheap.


I’ve been on the hunt for a “dupe” or a comparable product, at a lower price point. I think I’ve found it.  Almost.  Oh hello, NYX Micro Brow Pencil.


I’ve never been a fan of blatant knockoffs.  I mean, really?  But at half the price, I can’t really complain.  The NYX pencil is a little easier on the wallet at $9.99.  Annd, it’s essentially the same thing.  The only major difference is that it’s not as creamy as the Brow Wiz.  I have the color Taupe in both brands and they’re ALMOST identical.  Both have the pencil/color on one end, and the spooley brush on the other to brush your brows.  I wouldn’t say they’re twins, but they’re sisters. :) If $ wasn’t an issue, my pick would be Anastasia, only because it’s a bit easier to work with.  That being said, they’re very similar and I would definitely give the NYX pencil a try if you’re looking for an easy brow product, minus the hefty price tag.

Happy Tuesday! XO


Dr. Perricone. . .

I’ve always had problem skin. ALWAYS.  It’s annoying.  I have extremely oily, acne prone skin.  I have tried many (many) skin care brands and I am a big fan of Dr. Perricone and his products.  When he introduced his makeup line, I had to try it.  Yes, had to.


Perricone MD Perfectly Polished

I picked this up at Sephora using one of the gift cards I got for my birthday.  It cost $85, ($115 value) and  includes the following:

– 1 oz Face Finishing Moisturizer
– 0.3 oz No Foundation Foundation Serum
– 0.17 oz No Blush Blush
– 0.014 oz No Mascara Mascara
– 0.15 oz No Lipstick Lipstick


My thoughts:

Moisturizer: Love it.  Always have and always will.  This has been my go to moisturizer for years and years.  One warning though – if you are sensitive to certain scents,  you might find some of his products offensive.  Some of them (not all) do have a slightly fishy scent.  I’ve never  been bothered by it, but one of my friends brought this to my attention so I thought I would point it out.

No Foundation Foundation: I like this a lot.  It doesn’t provide full coverage like a typical foundation but does help in evening out the skin tone.  If you’re looking for a lightweight product, I would definitely consider trying this.  It helps with oil control and gives my skin a healthy glow.  They sell it on it’s own, so you don’t have to buy the whole kit.  The shade that comes in the kit is No. 2 light to medium, and it matches my skin tone perfectly.

No Blush Blush: If you like pink, then this is for you.  Having such a greasy face, I’m not a huge fan of creamy/liquid blushes because they just make me look shiny.  If you have dry skin, I think this would look really nice and add a dewy glow.  I can still use it, and it looks pretty, but I prefer powder blushes. :)

No Mascara Mascara: I was pleasantly surprised.  This is SUCH a good mascara! It makes your lashes full, plump and beautiful! I haver VERY sensitive eyes (oh hello, corneal ulcers – yeah – no fun) and this doesn’t make them sting or burn whatsoever.  LOVE!

No Lipstick Lipstick: Eh. I was recently given a tinted Burt’s Bees lip balm, and this reminds me of that.  It’s nice.  It’s pretty. Nothing spectacular.  It does give a shine to the lips and is moisturizing, but didn’t wow me.


This is the best picture I could get while wearing all of the products.  It’s my attempt at being artsy.  Yeah, I have no idea why my neck looks like that. Don’t judge.  Anyway, I think all of the products are great if you’re going for a super natural look. It definitely gives you the whole “your face, but better” feeling, which I can definitely appreciate. If you’re into natural looking makeup, this might just be for you.  Keep in mind. . .I love fake eyelashes and have fake hair. Really, what do I know? :)

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! We made it to the weekend! (Almost!)


Hello, Gorgeous. . .

I will always have a special place in my heart for Bare Escentuals.  It’s the first cosmetics line I worked for.  I have a lot of fun memories working at the boutique. I recently went back to my store to say hi to some friends who still work there.  Of course, I couldn’t leave empty handed.  It’s been several years since I’ve worked there and I’m always interested to see what new products are available.  They are currently having a promotion where you get 3 products + a makeup bag for $45. Exciting!


I chose a Ready Eyeshadow Du0 in The Big Debut, The Well Rested CC Eye Primer and a Marvelous Moxie Lipliner in Jazzed. I’ve  been a fan of the Ready Eyeshadows since the beginning. They’re just so pretty.  This duo has a champagne-ish pinky tone and a deep plum.  So so nice.  I wore them and loved how they look.


My favorite item has to be the primer stick.  It has caffeine in it which helps with puffiness.  I applied it all over my eyes (and under eyes) and it had an immediate cooling sensation.  It helped cancel out the redness and even out my skin tone.  It also created the perfect base for my eyeshadow.  No creasing! I have the greasiest face ever – this passed the test.

I’ve been looking for a bright pink lipliner – I love the color.  The texture is not as creamy as some of the other lipliners I have.  Not my absolute fave – but still definitely something I’ll use.  It is a perfect match for my Clinique Matte Peony Lipstick.  Not kidding. An EXACT match.

Overall, I was really happy I made the trip and picked these up.  I’m a bit sentimental when it comes to Bare Escentuals, but they really do have great products.

Happy Hump Day!



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!