Friday, March 2, 2012

February 2012 Beauty Favorites!



Hey guys! March is upon us again and it's time to share my monthly favorites from the past 4 weeks. This month, I found a new favorite lip product and rediscovered a few older items that I used nearly everyday!

Check out the video and product list below...




PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

Aquaphor ointment
Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum
Lioele Blooming Pop Cherry Tint
Wet & Wild Gel Liner
Sigma Mr. Bunny Synthetic Brush Set
Dora Addict Eyelash Glue
OPI Gel Polish in Princess Rule!

ON ME:

Forever 21 sweatshirt
Jami Rodriguez Fortune Cookie earrings via Hautelook invite
J.Crew watch strap (similar/similar)

So I mentioned this in the video a little bit but I am a really huge fan of the gradient lip using lip stains (like the Lioele one I talked about) which I've actually been doing for years (also herehere, here, here). I know it's because of influences from Korea that I think it's a completely ordinary look but I noticed youtube comments being totally put off by it.

What do you guys think? Is it a cute twist on your typical lip color or does it look like you are a vampire that just had a nice snack?

Also, I did want to talk a little more in-depth into my Gel polish'd nails. Here's how my nails are right now after 3 weeks:


You can compare that to when I first got it done here which I posted on Twitter.

Basically, gel polish is like a polish/acrylic hybrid which must be cured with a UV light. The amazing thing is that, as you can see here, the polish lasts and lasts without chipping or peeling for at least 2 weeks. I had mine done at a salon but I've heard of at-home kits that you can buy as well. Additionally, you can apply regular polish on top of gel polish if you get bored with the color with no ill effects since polish remover will only remove the regular polish on top.

I got mine done so that my peeling, thin nails could grow out a bit and I think it's worked splendidly for this. It's a little expensive (mine was around $25-$30) but I recommend it for the occasional nail-lift!

Hope you guys enjoyed reading/watching! Let me know in the comments if there's anything here you've tried as well, or if there are any products you'd like for me to try for the future. :)





40 comments:

  1. I like the idea of the gradient lip but I don't really like it when the outer area is a concealer nude. I can't believe the nail polish is 3 weeks old!! It still looks perfect!

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  2. I love gradient lip!!! whenever i feel like i don't wanna wear lipstick, i do use lip stain (I have lioele too but in different color >_<//) but what I also like to do is to get a bright lipstick and use it as a lip stain and it works really gorgeous +A+!! lately i've got Nicki Minaj lipstick from Mac and used it for the gradient and i got so many compliments!! I tend to get a lot of bright lipsticks heehee ~~
    I have a question, whenever I wear lipsticks either it's moisturizing or matte and lipglosses, a white line forms
    inside part of the lips.. if you know what I mean.. do you know how to prevent it?
    I do moisturize my lips....;_;

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    1. Have you tried exfoliating your lips beforehand? It might just be excess skin that is reacting with the lip product.

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  3. I think the gradient lip looks really neat. You could either use the nude for a more subtle look or a full color gradient for a bit more pop. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect nude, but when I do find it, I'm totally going to try the gradient look.
    The nails look great! I've been debating about doing gel nails - while I prefer doing my own nails, the gel nails may hold up and protect my nails better (my nails are a bit weak at the moment).

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  4. I have yet to try the gradient lip - but I think it's a great modern look. I need to pick up a nude lipstick to give it a try :)

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  5. how would you remove the gel polish???

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    1. I believe they recommend you to go to a salon to soak them off, but I plan on just filing them down and putting polish on top until they grow out. :)

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  6. Hey. Great blog!! I follow you & if you like follow me back! :)

    The Golden Bun | new post | follow me

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  7. Love your blog, but do you think you can do a review of masks some time?

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    1. What type of masks are you interested in?

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    2. Charcoal masks, or some sort of pore cleansing masks would be great.

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  8. Just bought my first order on prettyandcute from watching your videos. Thank you so much for sharing some great products, especially the gradient lip! I forgot I used to do that too... years ago! Nice to bring it back :) Excited to try Dora Addict Eyelash Glue... the duo glue makes my eyes gooey after a few hours and starts to irritate the eyes. Hope this is better.

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  9. I don't notice anything odd about the gradient lip, seems normal to me :) I wear that sometimes when I actually wear lipstick haha

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  10. I really like the gradient lip! I use my Revlon colourburst lip in Soft nude and Rimmel lipstick in Tell no one. It's really nice too!:)

    Can u visit my blog at http://kisstheraind.blogspot.com ? :)

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  11. Jen, you're so beautiful! :) I really like this eye make up, have you done a tutorial on this look? :) And please do a tutorial on T-ara Jiyeon's signature eye makeup from DH2! <3

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    1. that might have to be my next kpop look. I've gotten tons of requests for her makeup!

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    2. yay, i'm so excited for that! :) thank you!!

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  12. Hi Jen. Are you sure that's the same sweatshirt you're wearing in the video? They look different to me :( the one you linked to forever looks different to me :(.

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    1. I just looked at it again and realized I found the wrong one. I updated the link now so it should work! :)

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  13. Oh goodness, I didn't know OPI had gel polishes, this is beautiful! ♥

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  14. i'm so glad you brought up the lip thing. i didn't want to mention it in your last video because i thought it would be rude but i'm really not digging the lip gradient like that at all. it just looks off to me personally when the outer color has no color and then the inner is bright red.

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  15. Great blog! I hope you can blog about day time moisturizers and eye make up remover. Thanks!

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  16. Jen I love your make up on this video! could you post make up tutorial for me??

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  17. I think the the lip stain / gradient lip color is a really cool concept and can look really good if done right. The matte finish and especially the incorporation of certain nude shades just makes it look like your lips are severely chapped (sorry). Perhaps going for a pinkier nude shade or overall shinier finish would achieve the gradient effect w/o the look of painfully dry lips.

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  18. i love and use aquaphor every night for my lips ;-)

    www.cottoncandyinkbeauty.com

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  19. Hey Jen! I love your makeup in this video. I totally love the gradient lip you're using, so much that now I want to try it out! :)

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  20. Hey Jen! I love the forever 21 pullover! I was wondering what size you purchased? :)

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  21. Love the lip stain and would love to try it but can't use any lip products because they arebsuper sensitive to everything. Did you use eyelid tape on your tutorial? If you did what kind did you use? And i will definitely have to get the lioele blush too. It looks so nice .

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  22. are you wearing color contacts jenn? they look really nice!

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  23. hmm...not a huge fan of the gradient lip...kinda looks like the majority of lipstick just wore off or something, vs a purposeful look. Maybe if it were glossier?

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  24. I like the way you did the gradient lip in this video. Did you go over it with a clear gloss? And Aquaphor...... I LOVE that stuff! I got my boyfriend using it on his dry, cracked hands too!

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  25. Hi Jen, I just read somewhere about the danger of those gel nails. Thought you would want to know as a FYI!

    http://www.stylelist.com/2012/03/06/gel-manicures-can-cause-cancer_n_1325226.html?ref=stylelist

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  26. I love the Aquaphor ointment! heals basically everything.

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  27. I was wondering why you stopped using the darkness glue if it was your fave and this new one is similar to it?

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  28. hey jen,
    If Sigma isnt your fav brush set/line. Which would you recommend as your ultimate fav? Im looking for some better and to upgrade my brushes.

    Also, I was wondering how do you keep your bottom liner from smudging??

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  29. 산다라박 닮았어요!! 예뻐요 :)

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  30. Your gel polished nails look so nice and pretty! Ive heard that gel polish is a lot better for your nails than acrylics so I was thinking about doing that instead, the next time I want to get them done! :)

    xoxo
    Lexy

    http://www.promiseofinspiration.blogspot.com

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  31. Hi Jen, This is a great blog!!! ^^. You're so beautiful.

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  32. Hi Jen love your site, i learnt a lot on how to put on bb cream, eye shadows etc so thank you thank you so much

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