February 29, 2016

My Three Favorite Drugstore Skincare Brands For Sensitive Skin

      First off, it's February 29th! Happy Leap Year! There are some lovely amazing skincare brands that are available in drugstores. I actually don't even shop around for higher end products when it comes so some of my drugstore favorites because the products from the drugstore work so well. Especially now with Duane Reade (also a subsidiary of Walgreens) carries imported skincare brands from the French like Avene, the choices at the drugstore are better and more expansive than ever. Check out three of my favorite drugstore skincare brands and some of my favorite products from the brand that are perfect for sensitive skin after the jump!

February 24, 2016

Do This Not That - Four of My Everyday Beauty Tricks

      "A lady never reveals her secrets." - well I'm breaking that old saying by sharing four of my everyday beauty hacks. For starters and for a bit of context, I have oily skin that is prone to breakouts and I have fine hair that gets rather oily easily. If you share any of these qualities (or should I say annoyances) as me, you'll definitely want to check out these tips!

February 22, 2016

Product Review: Aromatica Rose Absolute First Serum

      I first heard of Aromatica when I stumbled upon Peach and Lily's website. It's not widely available here in the US but I was curious to try out the brand. The brand claims that it sources natural and organic ingredients from local suppliers. Their products are vegan, organic, and safe for sensitive skin. One of their most popular products is the Rose Absolute First Serum which is a hybrid between a serum and toner.

February 19, 2016

A Dupe for Diptyque's Baies Candle

     Baies - probably Diptyque's most famous candle scent that is primarily notes of black currant and Bulgarian roses. It was love at first sniff for me, but definitely not love at first price. I'll be fully frank and say I burn my black Baies candle rarely as I love the scent so much, but since I love the scent so much it's rather hard to resist. That is, until I stumbled upon what my nose recognized to be a much cheaper dupe for Baies.

February 17, 2016

The New Neutral - Current Favorite Pink Lipsticks

       Although I do love me a sultry red lip, the upkeep is sometimes tiring and annoying throughout the day. So, a perfect rosy pink natural looking neutral lip has been my go lip look recently. Because the weather and my mood (re: how much effort I want to put in ensuring my lips look proper throughout the day) affects what type of lip product I gravitate towards, I like to have an array of lip products to choose from that differ in finish.

February 15, 2016

Cold Weather Skincare Essentials

       It was beyond cold this past weekend in NYC to the point where I rarely went out of my apartment despite having a long weekend. Looks were so deceiving from my apartment window since sun poured into my apartment, but I knew it was brutally cold outside. I had to bring out the most moisturizing heavy duty skincare that I had in order to battle the needle-prickling like winds. 

February 12, 2016

A Lush Shower Lineup

      I've always had a couple Lush products here and there in my shower but I've never been a Lush addict or someone who rushes into Lush every time they release a limited edition product. After popping into one of their stores a month or two ago, I grabbed one of their shampoo bars since I was running out of shampoo. After using their shampoo bar, I fell completely in love. Maybe I'm late to the bandwagon, but I'm currently using all Lush products in the shower from my hair to my body.

February 10, 2016

A Comparison - MAC 217 versus Hakuhodo J5523

      I first mentioned last week that I recently purchased my first brushes ever from Hakuhodo (full post here). Although I already had the MAC 217, I couldn't resist purchasing the J5523 from Hakuhodo because one, it was cheaper in price, and two, from every source that I read it was touted to be much softer than the MAC 217. In fact, as I had previously mentioned in my post last week, MAC actually contracts with Hakuhodo to make the 217 brush. So how do the two compare?

February 8, 2016

Winter Beauty Product Empties

      I've recently finished a lot of beauty products and it was plenty enough to write up an empties post. Mostly skincare with a dash of makeup and body care, some products are staples of mine while others are ones that I enjoyed but may not be repurchasing. Although these products are featured during the winter time, they are not the products that I've been using to currently hydrate my skin. I would say that I used up most of these products up in early to late fall. If you are curious to see my winter skincare routine, click here! Otherwise, click through to see what I've used up!

February 5, 2016

Three Things 2.5.2016

      It's Friday and the weekend is upon us! Other than enjoying the start of the weekend, sometimes there are things that I'm enjoying at the moment but they're not quite up to par for a full blown post of their own (this will probably become a separate post category!). It won't always be about beauty or fashion related items, but just things I'm enjoying in my everyday daily life that make me happy, and might make you happy as well!

February 3, 2016

Product Review: Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser

   "Skin first, makeup second, smile always" and "skincare as makeup" are Glossier's slogans. Glossier is Emily Weiss's, former Vogue intern and author behind Into the Gloss, beauty line. I've been a fan of Into the Gloss since the launch of her website in 2010, and I remember when she first announced Glossier. Her philosophy behind the brand is "skincare as makeup" and that makeup should be natural looking, effortless, and actually good for your skin. It's definitely something I can get behind, so since the launch of Glossier I've kept a mental note to watch the brand and see what they release. Their most recent release, the Milky Jelly Cleanser, is the first product I've bought from Glossier and it's seriously an incredible cleanser.

February 1, 2016

Makeup Brush Collection Refresh With Hakuhodo

      When I first heard of Hakuhodo, I almost immediately told myself that they were a brand that was just priced way out of my league. For some reason, I thought a majority of their brushes started around $80 and that it was just an unjustifiable purchase unless you were in the professional makeup industry. But after coming across the brand during my research for reasonable yet quality brushes, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that Hakuhodo offered brushes that were as low as $18. That got me sucked into their website for a good two hours browsing all their brush lines. After a lot of research and exercising some self-control, I took the plunge and ordered three brushes from their J-Line.