September 29, 2014

Spend or Scrimp - Makeup Bags

Image Source: Spend - Anya Hindmarch Vanity Kit | Scrimp - Muji Makeup Box (reviewed here)

      I have a confession to make - I have a slight addiction to organizing. Actually I have a full blown obsession with organizing things and makeup is no exception! It's probably not all too abnormal to get excited about cosmetic bags since they're a nice luxury to indulge in. There are a lot of pricey options out there, but there are also many affordable alternatives. Whether you're on a budget or you want to splurge, click through to see some spend or scrimp options for makeup bags!

September 27, 2014

Link Love: Emma Watson's Speech, Thrifty Beauty Buys, & Fashion Week

1. CELEBRITY: Emma Watson as newly appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador gave an inspiring and personal speech about gender inequality.

2. NOVELTY: Ever wonder when the best (and worst) time is to post on your social media accounts? What posts garner the most views and why? Check out this infographic to have all those questions answered and more!

3. BEAUTY: Sometimes you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get quality beauty products. But instead of sifting through all the duds to find the winners, Refinery29 has created a slideshow of 58 beauty and makeup buys all under $25!

4. FASHION: Fashion week is over for New York, London, & Milan, but that means most of the collections for Spring 2015 RTW are available for viewing online! Some collections that caught my eye are Alberta Ferretti, Tom Ford, Erin Fetherston, Oscar de la Renta, and Monique Lhuillier.

5. RECIPES: I've been into drinking power smoothies lately to help detox my body as well as in an effort to be healthier. Here are 20 juice and smoothie recipes to get you inspired to drink up!

6. NOVELTY: Guess the rent of these Apartments in NYC! Well gosh, I live here and even I couldn't guess half of them...see if you fare better!

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September 24, 2014

The Look for Less - Celine Angular Boots

Image Sources: Celine & Zara

      Seen on the feet of Kendall Jenner while trekking all over Manhattan for NYFW this fall, these Celine Angular Boots will set you back a pretty penny. Not all of us have such a big chunk of change to spare for some new (gorgeous) boots for fall! Fear not however, you can get the same look for less Thanks to Zara (or Zeline as called by some Fashion journalists that admire how Zara can create runway looks at high affordable prices). The boots that essentially look the same as Celine's, will only cost you $120 and is available through Zara here. To put the cherry on top, these boots come in a size 5 - very rare for Zara, but that of course means I'm getting these boots for myself as well!

September 22, 2014

Product Review: Laneige BB Cushion in Light

      BB cushions are all the rage right now in Korea and have been for the past year. Since carrying BB cream in its traditional tube can be a hassle, the BB cushion compact is essentially BB cream in a travel friendly package. BB Cushions were created so that women can easily touch up their makeup on the go as well as reapply sunscreen throughout the day. The trend hasn't quite migrated over yet to the States from Korea, so for now there are very few options freely available here. Luckily, since Target has started carrying the Laneige line, I decided to try out the Laneige BB Cushion for myself!

September 20, 2014

Home Discourse: Chic Coasters

Image Source: Jonathan Adler Gold Agate Coasters
      Are you one of those people who absolutely loathes water rings left by drinks on your furniture? I definitely am! Since I haven't found (more like made a decision) on committing to a particular coaster design, I've been wiping off water rings left by drinks in my apartment. I really should commit to some coasters soon, but in the meantime, I'll be sharing a couple coaster sets that have caught my eye amongst my shopping!

September 17, 2014

Dark Moody Nail Polish Colors for Fall

Wearing Devil's Advocate by Essie

      It's finally starting to cool down here in NYC which is a big relief given that we were suffering through 90 degree weather two weeks ago. While obviously cooler fall weather means dressing accordingly, I also tend to switch my polish colors from lighter colors to darker more vamp like shades (think dark burgundys, purples, dark greens, and greys) for the fall. Click through to see some of my favorites as well as the polishes that are on my wishlist!

September 15, 2014

Latest Lemmings - Camel Coats

      I've been waiting around three weeks to finally publish this post! I'm no doubt eager to have fall quickly arrive and as such this topic has literally been in "draft mode" since the middle of August. Now that it's officially September and fall coats have finally trickled into stores, I've started shopping for the perfect camel coat for fall.

September 12, 2014

Trend Discourse: Retro Sporty Sneakers

      It started with Isabel Marant's wedge sneakers, and now the sneaker trend has moved on towards true sporty comfort sneakers. It used to be a faux-pas to wear sporty sneakers with any outfit but a gym outfit, but I'm actually happy to see that such a comfortable shoe is on trend right now! Especially considering all the walking I do in NYC. So, let's give our poor feet a break from stilettos and sky-high platforms. I for one, am going to embrace this comfy trend!

September 9, 2014

How I Deal with Acne - Mario Badescu Drying Lotion & La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

      Throughout high school and even college, I had clear skin that rarely ever broke out. If I did have a breakout it wasn't more than two at a time and several months in between. I considered myself extremely lucky. Unfortunately, my luck ran out a couple years ago when I started to suffer from adult acne - and it was the nasty cystic type that left horrible acne scars afterwards to boot. I was miserable and it brought down my self-esteem a lot. I never considered my skin to be acne prone, but in the last few years, I definitely have acne-prone skin. Fortunately right now due to two products I've been using, I feel like I finally have a handle on my skin. If you too suffer from acne, click through the jump to read about the two skin-saviors that are keeping my acne at bay!

September 6, 2014

Nature Republic The First Essence - New Package and Formulation

      Nature Republic recently came out with a new formulated and packaged version of their original The First Essence (which I reviewed here). This new formulation is meant to replace the original version  of the fermented essence. There are only a few differences between the original and new one. 

September 4, 2014

Fall Wardrobe Wishlist

      It's finally September which means Fall is right around the corner! The pieces above are just some of the items in my wardrobe that I'm looking forward to wearing, but unfortunately for NYC, the weather doesn't actually start cooling down until mid to late September (we're currently experiencing 90 degree weather here this week which is unbelievable). Nevertheless, that doesn't mean I can't start shopping for colder weather! I already have in fact - click through to see my clothing and accessory wishlists for Fall!

September 1, 2014

Trend Discourse: The Dressy Skort

Image: TopShop Lemon Print Skort

      Happy September!! Without revealing my age, I remember when skorts were first fashionable when I was in middle school. It almost feels like a fashion deja-vu, except this time the skort has definitely had a chic makeover. Although the dressy skort has been on trend now for at least a year since Zara came out with the origami skort, I've been seeing other stylish skorts from brands other than Zara. I love the new skort, and it's much more comfortable than a skirt. As the weather turns colder, I can still see the dressy skort being worn with tights, booties, and a wool jacket.