Monday, April 22, 2013

Draw My Life!

Hi everyone! While you read this I will likely be sleeping or packing in preparation for my month-long trip to South Korea with my family. As you can well imagine, things have been insane here trying to get everything ready and pre-recording videos so that you guys won't be left alone while I take my vacay, so I unfortunately don't have a Mani Monday for this week. (Two of the tell-tale gauges of being super stressed or busy for me is not keeping up with wearing lots of rings and how nice my nails look, ha!)

The GOOD news is that I have a video that I wanted to share that is really quite personal and is more open than I've ever been in the 5+ years that I've shared my life online. I shed a lot of tears and it took a lot of bravery to put my Draw My Life video together but I have to say, I feel a strange sense of relief to talk about some of the ups and downs that I've been through. Nobody's life is perfect or easy but I hope that some of you out there can relate to my story. :) You can watch the video below.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Aqualillies for Tarte Event

I hope everyone is having an amazing week! I just wanted to share with you some pics from an event that I went to recently celebrating Tarte's 2013 Summer collection in collaboration with the Aqualillies, a gorgeous group of synchronized swimmers. This fun (and waterproof) launch has a very fresh theme of coral, mint, and gold infused into a face palette, lipstick, two gel liners, waterproof mascara, and my favorite loose setting powder.

These ladies definitely had the cutest retro-bombshell look going for them and their makeup was totally on-point, even from underneath the water. I can't even begin to tell you how graceful and exciting their performance was! Definitely an experience I will never forget. Thanks to my amazing photographer friend Kassia Phoy who took these jaw-dropping photos, I can let you all have a glimpse at the magic too! :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Smokey Eye Prom Makeup Tutorial

Hey guys! I know it's nearing prom fever time for a lot of you or for high schoolers you may know, so I wanted to share a tutorial that will give a photogenic smokey eye that will match any dress. One of my personal favorite go-to smokey eyes tends to be the classic black/charcoal/silver look so I thought it would be suitable for this year's black-and-white trend. This look would also work for going out or any special events where you need your eyes to stand out.

Check out the video and additional photos below!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Maybelline Vivids Lipstick Swatches & Target Haul

Hey everyone! I recently went to Target to pick up some new Spring drugstore makeup releases which I've been so excited to try. I grabbed a few lipsticks, an eyeliner, and even a new mascara so check out my entire haul below including lip swatches of the new Maybelline Vivids lipsticks!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Manicure Monday: Covergirl Lav-endure 145

Happy Monday! Today's Manicure Monday is following with the Spring trend of pastel shades that I'm loving. Lavender is actually one of my favorite colors in general, not only just this season, because it's so feminine and delicate while not being as prissy as pink. I've always found it to be flattering on me for clothing as well but for nails it can be harder to find a warm enough shade to not neutralize my hands too much. Too dark or cool and my hands look dull. Thankfully, I think I've found the perfect warm lavender in Covergirl's Lav-endure!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mila Kunis Inspired Day-to-Night Makeup

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you a day-to-night makeup transformation which can really come in handy for those days when you want to go out after a long workday. Sometimes it's just not possible to start from scratch so I made 2 tutorials in 1 inspired by the gorgeous Mila Kunis. :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

March 2013 Beauty Favorites

It's the beginning of April which means that it's time for another round-up of last month's favorite beauty products. Included this time are a couple of newly discovered face-enhancing base makeup products that I'm obsessed with and also a few reeeeaaally favorite nail products that you may remember from Manicure Mondays recently! Check it out below!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Manicure Monday: China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint & CND Green Scene

Hey guys! Today's Manicure Monday is another Spring-appropriate pastel that I've been really into lately. Mint greens have been popular for the last couple of years and if anything, that trend has only been strengthened with Pantone choosing Emerald as its color of the year this year. Maybe it's because St. Patrick's Day wasn't too long ago, but I felt like a two-toned french tip using mint and emerald polishes would look great for the changing seasons. Enter China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint and CND Green Scene!

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