Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Away We Happened: Episode 2!


Hey everyone! I've had a really busy and exciting last week since I've been back here in LA, so I'll do an instagram update soon with photos of my travels (yes, we drove). As most of you know, I am taking an extended stay on the West Coast to film Away We Happened with Wong Fu Productions and AT&T. In my last post I shared with you the trailer and Episode 1 and now it's time for Episode 2!

Watch Episode 2 below:


This week's episode was extra exciting for me because my "roomie" in the series is none other than Amy Okuda, better known as "Tink" from the webseries The Guild. Are any of you also fans of that series like I am?

Don't eat the yogurt, Amy! It hasn't been refrigerated for... how many hours?

Amy and I actually did get along like BFFs and we spent our time between takes running lines in badly done accents (Southern Belle and German were my favorites) or telling each other how soft our hair/arms/clothes were during the "you're dying" scene. You guys know that is a direct response to everyone suggesting that Jean or Daniel dies, right?

Amy and my suggestion was that Daniel dies and the rest of the episodes are Lynn and Jean having a dance party. I think they'll go for it! Right, Wong Fu? Dance party???? Maybe Daniel meets Jean and teaches her how to break dance Victor Kim-style but has an unfortunate accident whilst standing on his head, so Jean and Lynn have to inevitably show the world his legacy by having a dance party. For 4 more episodes. This is why they won't let me write the script.


Anyway, I hope you enjoyed Episode 2. Let me know in the comments what you think should happen to Jean and Daniel next!

What happens to the letter? Should Jean still meet her ex-boyfriend?




Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Away We Happened: Episode 1!


Away We Happened is finally here! The very first episode of the project I have been working on with Wong Fu Productions and AT&T is finally up at AwayWeHappened.com. This has been a new adventure for me since this is the first time I've done any real acting (Does playing "Puck" in A Midsummer Night's Dream in high school theater count? lol.) and I am so anxious, nervous, and excited to share it with you!

To give a bit of insight into the concept of the project, here is the Trailer with the Wong Fu guys explaining how the series will work:


You guys watch the video, go to awaywehappened.com and submit your suggestions for what should happen in the next episode, and vote on which plot you like the most! Then our team is going to write, film, edit, and upload the next episode in just a few days. As of this moment, I have no second script in hand and have no idea what will happen next!!!

I know you are waiting to see episode 1 so... *drumroll*

Here it is!


My heart was racing so hard watching this video for the first time since it's as much of a surprise for me as it was for you. Still totally in disbelief and such an honor to be working with such talented and wonderful people.

Now I'm leaving Boulder today for a stop overnight in Vegas on my road trip, then onward to LA! I'll be looking forward to reading all of your comments as I make my way West. :D

Did you enjoy it?? What do you think should happen next?


Let me know down below and I'll see you guys very soon!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Sigma Paris Palette Tutorial & Vlog!



Hey everyone! I am writing this blog entry in Boulder, CO which is the first stop on my roadtrip out to LA. The mountains are absolutely beautiful here and this little mini-vacation reminds me of my trip to Paris last year with Sigma Beauty.

As many of you know, the Paris Palette was just released which is so exciting because I had a hand in developing it. I shared more pictures and swatches in this post but now I can share with you a makeup tutorial and vlog video as well! Today's look is a "pop of teal" which is a mostly neutral look with a bright eyeshadow that is framed on the lid. It's actually a very fun and surprisingly wearable look for Spring and Summer so I hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Click below to see the Behind the Scenes and Tutorial as well as more photos!



Monday, May 14, 2012

Heart 2 Heart: Makeup



Happy Bloggers With No Makeup Day! I'm aware that this tradition was probably a short-lived one for most, starting two years ago (see my previous Heart 2 Heart posts), but I've found that sticking with this day for the last 3 years has not only given me strength and encouragement, but also a greater hope that youtube and blogs can really make waves of positive impact. As much as I love makeup, I love encouraging women to love themselves even more.

The concept is that today, we share with the world our bare face. No eyeliner, concealer, mascara, foundation, lipstick, or whatever else it is that we hold dear to our makeup pouches. I've found that this annual "holiday" has made me grow as a person and there are few things that I've done as a blogger that have been as rewarding as being open about my imperfections.

Video and my makeup history below.



Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sigma Paris Palette: Info & Swatches


Hey guys! Today I get to reveal a project that has been several months in the making, the Sigma Paris Palette! As you may remember, I took a trip to Paris last year with the brand (here and here) but it's taken until now to perfect and finalize all the elements of the project. 

I, along with 6 other amazing gurus on Youtube (xteeener, MakeupByTiffanyD, macNC40, petrilude, xsparkage, and DulceCandy87), all got to contribute our feedback into nearly every aspect of the palette from the packaging to the brushes to the shades in the palette themselves. We each were assigned a Parisian monument and creatively developed our own shade of eyeshadow based on the location. 

It's been insane trying to keep everything a secret since I wanted to wear it so many times and create tutorials for you, but at last, I get to share my pics of the actual product inspired by the City of Lights!


Inside you can see the large mirror, 8 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, highlighter, and 2 brushes included in the palette. This is quite a large palette and there is thickness to it which is unfortunate, but it accommodates the width of the brushes included.


Here's a better look at everything included. It's amazing how all the shades work together even though we each came up with our shades independently.


Lots of eye candy close ups and swatches after the jump!



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

April 2012 Beauty Favorites



I'm very excited to say that it's time for another monthly favorites video! This past month, the weather has gone from mild to HOT so my favorites have adjusted to the change. I've been less interested in covering every last flaw up and turning more toward my skincare routine to give me a healthier canvas to work with. Because of this, I have a couple new skincare favorites and my new favorite warm-weather essentials to share with you!

Check them out below, as well as the announcement for my giveaway winner!



Sunday, May 6, 2012

New Layouts!

Hey everyone! If you haven't noticed, I put up a new blog layout, twitter layout, and youtube layout!


I've literally pulled an all-nighter so I'm feeling a bit delirious, but I just wanted to give a HUGE thank you and "best patience" gold star to my awesome graphic designer Tommy of TombeeDesigns. We've been working on this layout for months and I am so, so excited to finally reveal it for you. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into it so I hope you like it too!

Here are few new features I want to highlight:

  • First of all, I have added a new "pages" function which will help you navigate through the blog. Namely, the "search" page is something I spent hours upon hours creating to make it easier for you to find exactly what topics you are looking for. Please check it out and let me know what you think!


  • In the header I have a "polaroid" that will send you to my most recent YouTube video.


  •  Right below, I have a polaroid with a nice sticker telling you my most recent tweet.


  • At the top of the right hand bar, you have a list of all of my social media links (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, RSS feed, and BlogLovin) to make it easier for you to connect with me.


  •  Finally, I've also upgraded the translation widget on my side bar to help my international viewers read with greater ease. 


Since it's still a baby, there are bound to be hiccups and bugs so please let us know in the comments any oddities you find as you navigate through the new layout.

Again, please check out my new Twitter and Youtube layouts as well and let me know what you think. Feel free to lavish Tommy with as many compliments as possible for his mind-blowing illustrations and first-class coding skills! Tommy, thank you SO much from the bottom of my heart for being an incredibly talented and hard-working designer and most of all a truly great friend these last few months. You are my hero! Now, please get some sleep and I will too! Hahaha...



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence Inspired Prom Smoky Eye Tutorial


Hey everyone! It seems that prom season is already upon us. When I stayed in a hotel last week there was actually a prom going on that night in the banquet rooms and I'm not gonna lie, I get a big grin on my face every time I see high school kids getting dressed up for the dance. 

Each year for prom, I try to do a makeup look that will work for many types of dresses since I know each prom will have a flurry of colors and styles that'll be popular. Last year's tutorial was a two-toned shadow with voluminous lashes, a look that I am still in love with now. To bring something different but still appropriate for every dress, I turned to this basic smoky eye using a blackened dark green shadow as the focal point.


Video tutorial, pics, and a look back at my own prom below!



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