Monday, January 30, 2012

NARS Lhasa Eye Shadow Flash Review


New from NARS Spring 2011, their new single eyeshadow in Lhasa


When I first saw photos of this shadow I thought " This must be mine" I thought it looked romantically smokey. I envisioned it as a sheer wash all over the lids and under the eyes with the edges all buffed out to soft nothings.


The color itself is quite neutral, but I do think it leans slightly cool on my skin tone (warm)


It looks like a soft mix of both heather and dove grey with a slight lavender undertone and loosely added soft silver shimmer. The shadow looks to have a very soft feel in terms of the shade.
The shade, is actually one of those interesting colors where depending on how you wear it, brings out a different hue.
As a sheer wash over the lids with a semi fluffy brush it looks more grey. The shimmer is understated and very barely visible when on the skin. When applied with more pressure such as the outer corner or under the eyes, the lavender, deeper purple side of the shade seems to reflect.

I tend to wear sheer all over washes on my lids, and I don't think a sheer wash of this is very flattering on my warm skin. I am going to keep experimenting with it and maybe try to make use of it's more purple traits.

I don't think I have another shade in my collection like this! I did try to pull out dupes and I had nothing. I think for that, it's quite a unique shade!

Right: Heavy swatch, Left: Sheered out



Like most NARS eye shadows the shadow is firmly packed and pressed, I experienced no fall out, and blending was a dream.
With a primer the shadow did last most of the day. ( Please keep in the mind the primer I am currently using does not let any shadows last all day. This is not the fault of the shadow, it is the primer)

The jury is still out on how much I enjoy this shade, I don't really pull off grey very well, but I am going to experiment with this further, because I do believe it's worth the effort and quite honestly this is one of the best unique neutral eye shadows I have seen in quite a while. I do like the fact that it can become almost a varying color upon application. I think that adds to the value of it's versatility

Have you tried NARS Lhasa? Your thoughts?





Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gym Bag Necessities


If you follow me on twitter you will notice, I don't have many interesting tweets :P BUT I always seems to tweet about going to the gym! Why? Because it seems like I'm always going if I am not at work, well, I am making the effort to try to go lol.

I thought today I would share some of my gym bag necessities!

The beauty items I rely on after a sweat session to make myself presentable again to the world, and not beat up and red faced!

Skin Care


I have noticed that in some gyms women wash their face, and in some they don't depending on the branch I attend ( I think that is so strange...) especially since it has the same amount of sinks and counter space.

So...in some follower way of my brain I developed two skin care routines for the gym ( I know I know... kinda ridiculous) but so be it.

I know some women can feel self conscious about doing something different from everyone else, of if your gym lacks sinks or counter space I would recommend a cleanser that does not require water. I am currently trying the Clarins Water Purifying One Step Cleanser ( I have the travel size and refill it from the big version) This version is for combo to oily skin and is a bit too strong for my face at the moment, but the basic idea is apply it on a cotton pad and spread it all over your face, follow with moisturizer. You will feel clean and this will get the job done without the use of water.

If I do use a sink, I apply a very mild cleanser, and follow with moisturizer and sun screen if the sun is still out.

I would recommend in general to try to use as many smaller or travel sized items as your can. Your bag is probably already heavy with clothes and equipment and you don't want to bog it down with a industrial sized cleanser!

Also bare minimum items, no serums and potions, just a clean face.


If you shower at the gym I would recommend a body wash that helps with acne as your perspiration and friction of tighter clothing can cause spots in places that may be easily avoided with an acne body wash.

Make up wipes of course!!!!! Use whatever is your favorite. I don't love make up wipes, but going to the gym with make up on which some people do ( People can do whatever they want) but I feel, may be a way of just asking for spots ( at least for my skin). I just remove it all off.

I also HIGHLY recommend you carry around a deodorant. They come in travel sizes, they are usually at the $1.99 mark, and it's just cour testy


Make up

Hmmm I don't always do this. I usually don't wear make up to the gym if I am not coming from work, and I usually don't wear it after because I think skin care is more important and most of the time I am just going home, but if I do have errands to run after and will be staying out a while I will do a little to perk up and open up the face


Again, nothing crazy, and let's look for mini's and travel sizes


After the gym my face is RED, usually the classes I attend have no AC ( in humane) so I am boiling and look like I just got cooked in a steam. If it's really bad, I will wear a moisturizer with a tint release or a normal tinted moisturizer. Current favorite is Vitazing.
If I don't look like a lobster I will just stick to concealer under the eyes and around the face.
Hand sanitizer (always), cream blush because you don't need a brush, and it's more natural, if your cheeks aren't already a bit colored :) Paint pot to brighten tired eyes for early morning classes and no primers needed. Eye brow pencil ( this is optional) but I just like to have them done to look more groomed, preferably one with a spooly. Lash curlers to open up your tired eyes, natural looking mascara, and I apply brown liner on the top lashes because without it my lashes look stupid with mascara ( so much empty space!) and this is also optional but a flesh colored pencil for the waterline to further re open the eyes. I also apply a inner corner highlight, all about the eyes!!! and my Anastasia pencil comes with a brow highlight, you gotta love a good ole 2 in 1. Finish off with spf lipbalm, if you desire color, a tinted one. Recently I have been using the Revlon lip butters for moisture and color.

I think the Garnier roll on which I am going to try next, will also be an excellent and natural looking edition

I don't recommend powder because the locker room is warm, and your body temperature is still high, if you continue to sweat it would look cakey. I would go outside and touch up with powder later if needed.

Hair

After the gym my hair just needs to get off my face. I always always always just put it in a top knot, and THESE I HIGHLY recommend. They're from Goody and I prefer them over spin pins which I think are hard to remove...


They're like huge bobby pins, but adding just one of these to your hair is like adding 5 bobby pins! I usually just need 2 to 3 for my bun and it keeps it very secure!

Equipment

I don't really have too much to say about clothes and shoes for the gym. Wear something comfortable, breathable, I would avoid any grey materials...I would opt for white or black and layering on colored soft T's for after the gym.
I would recommend bringing a spare T shirt to change into for after work outs. These don't have to be expensive. Just soft. Forever 21 and Old Navy have nice soft gym T's

I would recommend if you do go to the gym often to invest in your actual gym clothes, because the higher brands material and quality do make a difference when used indoors and especially outdoors
They will also last longer, and be harder to break down even after continual and extreme use

Bring music, with a customized play lists that make you motivated and keeps you going in case the gym is playing something called crap. Bring your own mini towel if you don't like communal ones. Bring your own empty colorful BPA free water bottle you can refill at the gym to not add in extra weight, and because it is cheaper in the long run.
And if you need motivation, there are about a million health apps out there to help with calorie counts, pedometers, tips and tricks, demos, and record keepers!

I also would recommend Asics if running is something you partake in.
Change your sneakers after about 300 miles, this I don't follow. That would be so expensive...I usually wait about 3 to 4 months, but again, this depends on how much use you get out of them


Also, please remember. The hardest part about going to the gym, is getting there.

With that lovely ladies, I am done, sooo can you guess where I am going now?? :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

OOTD My Painters Shirt


Saturdays means gym, errands, and top knots!

My boyfriend is now working weekends so I feel pretty special when he makes time to see me on weekends because I know he is tired.
Unfortunately I didn't seem to dress for the occasion. I wore my over sized denim shirt. It's over sized because I purchased the wrong size at an outlet and wouldn't bother driving two hours for a return.
I figured if I wore my coat most of the day no one would notice, but I still try to jazz up my what looks like a shirt I would wear if I went to paint a house!


Gold necklace:H&M, Button down: J.Crew, Coat: Korea, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Frye, Bag: A UK website...cannot really recall the name at the moment...I actually considered returning it, but since I have used it twice, I guess I liked it enough to keep!


I have been wearing this H&M necklace so often recently! This shows:

1. You don't need a huge collection of accessories, just some versatile pieces, that can be mixed in with your wardrobe
2. I wear the same thing over and over ( I love a good ole ruts sometimes! )
3. Great pieces don't have to cost a lot of money


Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Night

On Friday, I always have dinner with my boyfriend and bring cheers to the weekend!!
One needs to enjoy one self, a little bit of hard work does earn a bit of reward!


I found this place when flipping through Google to find a nice place for dinner. Burgers were on the brain! Thanks to luck and menu pages, we tried Bill's Bar and Burger Restaurant
Juiciest turkey burger I ever had (extra jalapenos please!) and a yummy marshmallow milk shake!

I am going to the gym tomorrow, but the milk shake was well worth it! :)

What do you do on Friday nights?


Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Tale of Chanel's Illusion D'ombre in 86 Ebloui


I've wanted one of these Chanel shadows for a long time. Well, since they came out, is that considered long??

They had two beautiful shades Emerveille and Illusoire, but passed because I had Jill Stuart dupes. Then I heard of Ebloui from MissHannahG and Chanelette

I finally made up my mind. I was going to finally buy one of these babies and decided Ebloui was the goal!


After the end of a long dinner this weekend (3 hours...crazy) I went to Macy's to swatched Ebloui and thought "This is beautiful!!! It has green reflects! I love it!" and went to the register. Fast forward home 20 minutes later to a very excited me, opening my shadow to hear a noise...hmmm?? Then I looked at the cap which I could not get off because it was on crooked!! Oh no!! I opened my shadow to see it completely dried up and 100 percent separated from the jar! If I flipped it over it would have fallen out.
Close the lid to these babies tight ladies!

Stared at the clock and saw the department store closed in 9 minutes...THANK GOODNESS I GO TO THE GYM! Slapped on some random shoes and ran in the snow, yes, of course it had to be in the cold snow!! I did not want to wait until the next day in case the staff thought I may have damaged the item myself. Made it with 3 minutes to spare and an exchange.



WHEW, some intro right!!!

Sh peel over, I finally got my shadow, I am in love, and couldn't be happier.

The shadow comes with a brush which I have not tried...and really should have before this post...

I have not been posting recently and did unfortunately take these photos at night but wanted to share my newest love purchase!! Will be reviewing in much fuller depth in the future!


Until then, eye candy!



Can you see the gorgeous green fine reflects?


Randomly, other favorites this week have been: MAC Teddy Eyeliner, MAC MSF in Stereo Rose over any pink cream blush, MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle, Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel (review coming soon), Maquillage eye lash curlers, NARS Dolce Vita lipstick with MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink

Hope everyone had a greeaaat weekend!!!

And for those who celebrate, Happy Lunar New Year!!




Monday, January 16, 2012

OOTD for when Laziness Get's to You

I'm not sure about you guys, but by Friday at work ( which ironically is my busiest day) I am already EXHAUSTED and am ready for the weekend

By Friday, I have a hard time waking up on time, and usually will rush, even though I'm also trying to look my best for date night, but this past Friday was COLD. So cold I had to wear pants. By now you should all know I. HATE. WEARING. WORK. PANTS.

But here is my lazy work outfit, I guess it could have been a snazzier title like "Winter Resort Look" or something... but truth is, this is my lazy outfit. Can never go wrong with black.
Here is the outfit I wore to Hell's Kitchen

Black Tank: Old Navy, Black Sheer Button down: H&M, Pants: Express Cigarette skinnies ( I really need to invest in more work pants), Shoes: Zara, Necklace: Etsy, Blt: JCREW, Bag: Brand less Ring: YSL

My shoes, handbag, belt, and jewelry were the only forms of color on me. I needed something to not make me look like I was completely beat. So many people noticed my ring and shoes, I don't even think they noticed my outfit (whew)
Let's be honest, it's a bit drab and dreary


Do you have any lazy go to's?
Also, any favorite work pants recommendations??

Break Time

It's Monday? how is it Monday?? I usually post these on Sunday but really...nothing happened. I basically went to the gym all weekend, and am going today after I post this. Went to Barnes and Nobles twice, purchased some running books, and had a quick stop at Sephora, had mad moment, purchased Hervanna, and returned it the next day. HA.
Yup, life on the edge. That's me.

I have not even been on the Internet for days, random tweets on the cell phone, all gym related I believe.
Sometimes you just need a break from everything online

The only real thing I did this weekend was a try a new restaurant on Friday.

Hell's Kitchen, in Hell's Kitchen NY


In short, I would not go back, I thought the food was just EH

Not much of a post or weekend I'm afraid.
Last few bits:
I should be coming home from the gym with some sunlight left to take a few blog photos this afternoon, any post recommendations?
Also, do any of you ladies know of good calf slimmer exercises? I am completely failing in that dept!
Random rant: Has it been FREAKING cold or what???
OK, Off to put on 30 layers to go sweat it out on some machine that's telling me I am too slow XD we all get our own kind of high's lol

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Spottings in the Office OOTD


I used to take OOTD pictures, then I got a new camera, no tripod, and no clue how to use the timer. (This is my fault) Then I started taking random pics in any full length mirror I could find and finally just purchased my own, only to realized I now needed a lamp... Now I am going to try making collages of my outfits. Let me know which formats you guys prefer!

This is actually what I wore last Friday. We don't have casual Fridays in my office but I do take it upon myself to have a little more fun with my wardrobe


Blouse: Zara, Tank: random, Pencil Skirt: Korea, Stockings: Target, Belt: Good Will, Heels: BDG

I love this new blouse I purchased just recently in Zara. The front has a peter pan collar in contrasting shades and looks quite proper with a cute matching sleeve hems. But when you walk away, the back has the buttons down the back ( I love blouses that do that!)
A little conservative in the front and interesting in the back.
Let them know there is more to you than meets the eye initially!
The blue pencil skirt is a perpetual favorite because it is the perfect fit/material, safe work color with a lil somethin somethin, and NEVER WRINKLES, incredible. If I knew what material this was, I would buy 10 of these!
The tights add some fun! It's freaking Friday ok?? I've actually worn these tights in many past outfit pictures but they never showed up so I had to take a closer shot!
(My skirt is knee length it only looks shorter because I am sitting )

I don't remember what make up I wore last Friday T.T but to add interest I showed what make up I wore today
Chanel Bronze Universal ( Just began using this, LOVING IT), Vitazing, Taupographic shade stick (discontinued), Milani brown liner (testing this out, terrible for my contacts and will not be using again...sniff, too bad GREAT PENCIL), Paul and Joe lipstick in #20 and Dior lip gloss in #436.
Because the bronze universal is a color I bring to my cheeks, I don't wear blush with it and just added some Dior Amber Diamond (not pictured)

Hope you guys enjoy the new format!!! I would love to see what other office ladies wear to work because in the morning when I wake up, I literally have NO CLUE what to wear. Hopefully making these OOTD's reminds me to not look like a scrub!

XOXO!



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Current Favorite Cosmetics


When was the last time I did a favorites?? Eeep, I do lack these, but here is what I am currently applying on my face daily, and have been showing my love


Base Make up


Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil Free: After going through several sample tubes, and various other primers, I finally bit the bullet and purchased the full size during the Sephora FF sale. Best primer I have found thus far. I really do want to try the Radiance version next!

Origins Vitazing: My skin has been dry, I have a hard time dealing with dry skin because I really only know how to handle myself when I am more of an oil slick. After going through a few bases, and seeing a few too many flakes appear, I have been using this as my "foundation" of choice and think, THIS IS AMAZING. Gives a healthy glow, a tiny hint of tint, and feels weightless (because it is a moisturizer) I cannot wear this in the warmer months (makes me crazzzy oily) but when the air get's chilly, this is my savior! This deluxe sample tube is lasting me forever!

Eyes and Cheeks


MAC Tenderling: A recent purchase. I have to admit I was NERVOUS when I said to ring this up at the register because in the pan this looks ... BLAH. It can even look like a face powder, if you are walking by the blushes fast enough but, wow, this has been my current obsession! Put on top of a bit of a contour, Hellooo! cheekbones! and health! I have been wearing my hair up often recently, just to show off this color!

NYX Eyebrow Cake: A pencil brow fan for years, my first foray into powdered shadow led me down the road to a $5 dollar purchase which I have been litterally digging! In shade 03 Tape/Ash, I only use the Ash shade and it's perfect for my very dark brown hair color! I use the mini brush and spooley it comes with and they do the job. I apply the mini wax with my fingers. This is a keeper!

Real Lasting 1 Day Tattoo Eyeliner: Bit of a long name but the word Tattoo should get you. Though this is not as black as my favorite Koji Dollywink this is still a thumbs up product. Great felt nib, decently dark black color, and I recently sat in front of a boiling pot of hot steaming water for 2 hours and this did NOT budge, this was by the way at the end of my day. Kitten flicks in tact, I think tattoo is the appropriate description!


( I just found out this is being discontinued, WHY?)
My current "go to" palette for everyday. Soft brown all over the lid, pink or peach as a highlight and inner corner, and the gorgeous olive black as a liner. This can still be found currently at a few counters still have it in stock, so if you can find it, I would recommend it!

Nails

Essie's Topless and Barefoot: My favorite Essie shade. When I don't know what to wear this goes on. It never fails, the perfect opaque n*de that is both work approporate and weekend casual. Looks incredible against the winter dark drabs I have been reaching for in terms of my wardrobe. Bright bit of sunshine.

Powder products


Physicians Formula Happy Booster Powder in Beige: Dull skin is brightened with this slightly shimmery face powder. Since I own beige, it does have a bit of color to it, some days I just wear this with concealer as my base. I am all about the simple base now a days. This powder does have shimmer but don't worry you won't scare anyone off, it is subtle and slightly brightening.

MAC By Candlelight Highlighting Powder: Forever a favorite. Since Tenderling is matte, this adds a little glow to my cheeks.

Lips


Barry M Lip gloss in number 2 Toffee: Something I am dangerously close to finishing. Sweet scent, subtle shimmer, n*dey mauve shade with not too much stickiness, and a doe foot applicator. Probably my favorite lip gloss. Luckily I have a back up, so my heart can rest for a while, but it can be found on ASOS.

For the evening


I have been enjoying the minimal make up look, and the boy is not a fan of too much make up, so on night's out, I a bit of Tarte's Cheek Stain in Flush which adds a natural "youthful love" color, and swiping on an opague lipgloss like Revlon's Bourdeaux certainly seems to do the trick!

What are some of your current favorites?







Monday, January 9, 2012

L'Oreal Infalliable Eye Shadow Review

Let me just say right now, drugstores have been stepping up their game, and all I can say is HALLELUYAH!

High end make up is great, but when you find a drugstore gem, well you just found yourself a cheap but cheerful treasure

Latest finds: The L'Oreal Infallible Eye shadows


Launched throughout most of the world but finally reaching US drugstores are the new affordable versions of the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill at a fraction of the price!

The packaging base showcases the shade of color, and the top shows the name of the shade. I think these are quite attractive!

So why all the hype? Why are so many bloggers comparing these to the Armani counterparts, because they ARE similar

Let us count the ways

1. Very similar toppers, this not only keeps the pressed loose pigments in place, but I believe keeps them from drying out


2. Gorgeous shade range, granted Armani's range is larger, but many drugstore brands do semi limit their colors

Iced Latte 888


This shade is similar to Bare Study in my opinion with a softer texture

Bronzed Taupe 890


A gorgeous gorgeous taupe, it is not as bronzey as the name would suggest but for a quick swipe on the lid, a girl can't ask for a prettier shade with such ease
This shade reminds me of MAC Satin Taupe with MAC Sable mixed in


I compared these with my Armani shadow in Gold Blitz #5

Swatches
L to R : Iced Latte, Bare Study, Bronzed Taupe, Gold Blitz


3. Pigmentation is amazing, see it compared to the Armani (gold shade)

Indoor Lighting
L to R: Iced Latte, Bronzed Taupe, Gold Blitz


Sunlight


Umm how GORGEOUS and pigmented are these??? I am definitely buying Amber Rush next, the minute I find it!

Now on the the brief review:
These are super smooth, come in great wearable colors (along with a few fun ones), incredibly pigmented, and last 10 to 12 hours on my eyes with a primer. I apply them with my finger but they are just as gorgeous on a flat eye shadow brush. The price is great, and I would recommend any women who wanted the gorgeous Armani shadows, but could not validate the price to buy these instead as they are an excellent substitute. (Look for BOGO sales!)
L'Oreal, you did GOOD on this one!

Differences:
The only real difference I see between these drugstore shades compared to the Armani are, Armani has a better color range, some of which has multi colored shimmer in them which adds to their incredible interest, but in terms of 1 complete shade with the same shimmer running through these are very comparable in my opinion.


Though scads of reviews have now entered the blog o sphere on these babies, please check out Tiffany's post for additional swatches and reviews!









Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Sunday Post

Friday night started off with a a bottle of Sparkling wine, and a dinner with my wonderful boyfriend


We had Italian


Attempted to walk off some pasta and caramel custard while passing through Times Square


Saturday morning I went for a run, and ran into many other early birds


The boyfriend and I went to New Jersey for lunch and had beautiful scenery to go with the superb weather


A walk through the mall led me to see some interesting displays


Purchased this weekend


The food that fueled me this weekend
Spicy fried dumplings, Hoji roasted tea ice cream, Super spicy hot pot



Hope everyone had a great weekend! Hope you enjoyed a peek at mine :)



7 Deadly Sins of Beauty


This week I neglected my blog, you can call it laziness or sloth, or just not in the mood, but I have seen this tag and thought it would be fun to extend out how far my beauty sins go!



1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?


Most inexpensive:
Wet and Wild Single Eye shadows
At $1.99 each and sometimes on sale for even less, these are the most inexpensive items in my collection!

Color Icon Eye Shadow Single, Penny

Bonnibell Dr. Pepper Chapstick
Have been a loyal fan of this since I was about 12, have re purchased I don't even know how many times!

Bonne Bell Lip Smacker Lip Gloss, Dr Pepper

Most Expensive

SKII Facial Treatment Essence
I have used this all up but I remember not buying it for years for the crazy price. I believe this was about $150 dollars?? OUCH

La Mer Creme de La Mer
I believe this was over $120 dollars? It does last me years so I take some solace in that fact

La Mer by LA MER La Mer Creme de La Mer--/1OZ


2. WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?

MAC Stereo Rose
The make up community went a bit bonkers when this was re promoted...it was like winning some kind of make up lottery


MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural


L'Oreal Volumnious mascara

Voluminous Dramatic Volume Building Mascara, Carbon Black


3. GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?

Anything from Laura Mercier's Creme de Pistache Collection!



Crème de Pistache Bath & Body Collection

4. SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?

Mascara!!



5. PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?

Concealer!




6. LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite gender?



7. ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?
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