Featuring my fabulous friend Dyanne; she has impeccable style!
Dress: J Crew
Mini backpack: Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Dolce Vita
I am so incredibly broke because UCLA sucks. I am borrowing money just to eat and pay rent. Unfortunately, there has also been a flurry of cute things I waaaaaant but can’t have [right now]. So instead of retail therapy, I’m hoping to alleviate some of my frustrations via wishlist therapy. Here goes—
Teddy bear fur is back
And I’m ecstatic about it. Throw back to when I wore Skechers platform sandals covered in lavender fur in the 6th grade, and my teacher inappropriately made fun of me (betch). Next time I’m home, I’m going to DIY this clutch from Topshop:
I also neeed colorful fur jackets. YesStyle carries some pretty rad colors. I can’t pick just one color though…can I just have one of each?
I also love this plush hoodie…simple but luxe!
Alexander Wang Spring 2015 Collection
Abso-fuckin-lutely obsessed. If you know me, you know why.
^_~ Animal tights
I know I’m 25 going on 26, but can I still rock these?
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You can now customize Spiz’ikes with denim on Nike ID… I need these to pair with my Dior saddle bag…
Oversized button down: Forever 21
Shoes: Nike Air Max 90 “Hyper Pink” (via Kix-Files)
Jewelry: J Crew, family heirloom, Misaki
Photo credit: Laura Varney
So, I got it.
One of my dream purses since high school, the Dior Girly Boston Bag! (pictured here with a Kate Spade faux fur stole I purchased along with the bag on The Real Real).
With all of my recent purse purchases, I’ve made a small discovery. Sneakerheads swear by Jason Markk to gently clean their Js and the like. It is safe for almost all materials…so why not use it to clean my purses too? I’ve started using the tiniest amounts of Jason Markk to gently clean marks on my bags, with great success. Hey, if it’s good enough for Michael Jordan, it should be good enough for Christian Dior, right?
I acknowledge that I mayyyy have gone through a phase of makeup addiction during my early twenties. How else do you become Sephora VIB status (i.e. spend over $1000 at Sephora in one calendar year) without having a serious beauty shopping problem? And yes, I still watch YouTube makeup videos as if I need more colorful lip products (I don’t).
My makeup setup at my old apartment (those eyeliner stickers do not work)
But I’m older and wiser now (not really). I have tried and tested many, many products, and there’s only a handful that I actually use on a regular basis. Here are my tried-and-true beauty products that I’ve come to trust and repurchase over the years:
Dior Hydra Life BB Creme in 02 Golden Peach
I bounced around from foundation to foundation until I tried Dior’s BB Creme randomly in a Sephora store one day. The original formula, which only came in one color at the time (now the 02), magically matched my skin perfectly. Even my mom noticed how much more natural my makeup looked. When it comes to foundation, I think finding the perfect color match is of utmost importance.
The formula itself is nice and feels good on the skin; I feel like my skin can actually breathe. It is a BB creme, so it isn’t particularly mattifying or heavy-coverage, but I like the dewy, natural look. I get more coverage than a tinted moisturizer or other BB cremes that I’ve tried; imperfections are blurred and my skin tone evened. Built-in broad spectrum SPF 30 is also a plus because I am extremely lazy about sun protection.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard + Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57
This is my everyday concealer routine. I use concealer primarily to cover hyperpigmentation, but I will occasionally use it for under-eye bags if I feel I need the extra help. I love this concealer because it doesn’t dry out my skin (very important, especially when you have a breakout) and it blends very nicely to look natural - not at all cakey. I get the best results (and waste the least product) when I use my Sephora Airbrush Concealer Brush for application.
Honorable mention: NARS Concealer in Custard and Ginger, MUFE Duo Mat Powder Foundation in 207 Golden Beige, MUFE Full Cover Concealer in 07 Sand, Dior Airflash Spray Foundation in 301 Sand, and Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush Brush #56
I also love the NARS stick concealer and buy it in two colors to mix and match my skin tone depending on the season. It’s perfect for on-the-go touch ups, although I slightly prefer the coverage and look of the creamy concealer for initial application.
If I’m going out at night or want extra staying power, I will finish with MUFE Duo Mat Powder - definitely the best powder I’ve tried, as it is very finely milled. However, I generally have been trying to stay away from powders to get a more natural look, especially during the daytime.
For heavier coverage, MUFE Full Cover Concealer is unbeatable. I use this if I have a really bad breakout or am going to a special event; it does not budge or fade whatsoever (waterproof too!). Dior Airflash applied with the Sephora Airbrush Brush #56 is also perfect for nights out when I want fuller coverage and don’t need SPF (better for flash photography).
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe/Ash
Source: Cherry Culture
Oh my gosh, the discovery of eyebrow makeup was life changing for me. My best friend Christine knows what’s up. I can’t believe I didn’t start filling in my eyebrows until I turned 22. It honestly transforms your face.
I’ve played around with different mediums and found the easiest and most natural-looking is wax + a powder two shades lighter than your hair color. I apply the eyebrow wax first to fix hairs in place and to make the powder darker and last longer. Then I use the darker color to define the tails and shade in the rest with the lighter color. I like the NYX kit because it is portable and has everything you need. The color matches my face well and I can even set my eyeliner with the darker shade.
Generic Latisse (Careprost) + Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler + Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara
I used to have eyelash extensions, which I LOVED, but they were an expensive habit to keep and I wanted to let my lashes rest for a while. So for the past year, I have been using generic brand Latisse (Careprost) and just mascara, with great results. It’s really changed my makeup routine and given me a much more natural look.
Lately, I have been using my trusty Shu Uemura eyelash curler with Lancôme Hypnôse Star. It’s a nice, natural looking mascara that lengthens and volumizes without looking clumpy or requiring a primer. Easy, with noticeable results. On my most recent trip to Sephora, I was convinced to try out the Hypnôse Drama, so we will see how that compares. There is more smudging with Lancôme mascaras than with Dior (the other brand I usually buy), but I like how non-clumpy the Hypnôse Star is, even when layering coats.
Source: Sephora + Amazon
Dior makes the best mascara primer, hands down. A primer can make any mascara work better and more transfer resistant. I use this primer if I have extra time and want to put in a little more effort.
For dramatic going-out lashes, I will often use the original Diorshow, which I debated putting on here. It gives you a lot of volume, but you have to put in a lot of work to make sure it’s not clumpy; the fat brush doesn’t help either. I can achieve similar results with L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black, but at a fraction of the cost. However, I don’t love how Carbon Black is prone to smudging (the worst of all my mascaras).
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion and Venus/Crave
I have tried SO many different eyeliner brands and colors, but I consistently come back to Urban Decay 24/7. I rarely use eyeliner nowadays, except for lining my waterline and lower lash line. Usually I will use Crave to tightline my top lash line and the outer corners of my lower lash line. Venus is nice to highlight the inner corners or even your waterline to get that awake, doe-eyed effect. 24/7 pencils are perfect for the waterline because they have good staying power, don’t irritate my eyes (and I wear contacts), and glide on smoothly. I’ve tried many high and low-end alternatives, but I always come back to 24/7.
I use Perversion when I am going out and wearing more than just mascara. It’s a great pitch black for the waterline.
As far as lining the top lid, I have yet to find a product I really love. Lancôme Artliner might come close in terms of the final look, but the staying power is not the best and there is some transfer when I sweat. I enjoy true liquid eyeliners (like Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner) when wearing a lot of eye makeup, but they are so fussy to use and easy to ruin. On the flip side, the long-lasting felt liners that I’ve tried (MUFE and Marc Jacobs) last too long and have a plastic-like look that I don’t love. I like Bobbi Brown cream eyeliner, but application is quite inconvenient. If you have any suggestions, please send them my way!
MAC Eye Shadow in Mulch
I’ve bought a LOT of eye shadows over the years, but the only eye shadow I’ve ever repurchased is MAC Mulch. It’s a perfect warm brown for the lid and outer crease when you want a little extra definition. Perfect blending isn’t necessary, although I will usually pop a gold or copper into the crease. It’s a wearable color for any occasion. Even if I don’t wear eye shadow on my lids, I will use Mulch to smoke out and set my eyeliner in the outer corners of my lower lash line.
Side note: if you want to get eyelash extensions in LA, I swear by Emma at Beauty on Robertson. I used to book sessions via Lifebooker for a discount, but even her regular price touch-ups were very affordable. She works wonders!
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé, Honey, and Petal
It’s no secret that I am a lipstick junkie, but for everyday use I love the Fresh tinted lip treatments. Rosé is my go-to sheer color and I will often use it as a base for other lip colors. Honey and Petal are beautiful neutral colors for everyday use. Honey is probably my all-time favorite nude lip color. I didn’t include Coral because I don’t love it by itself (too pigmented for such a slippery texture), but it looks fantastic layered on top of Petal.
Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes + Fresh Soy Face Cleanser + Clarisonic Mia
I know the older I get, the more religious I should be with my skincare, but to be honest, I’m still in that lazy “a Neutrogena makeup wipe will be enough” phase. However, the Clarisonic used with my Fresh Soy Face Cleanser leaves my skin feeling SUPER clean and renewed. I try to exfoliate with it about twice a week.
As part of my daily skin regimen, I still use Proactive with decent results, although they keep changing the formula and making it worse. I moisturize with Aveeno Positively Radiant and Dior Diorsnow Global Transparency Day Creme, but oftentimes I find my BB creme is enough. The Dior Day Creme feels and smells great, but I’m not sure it’s really worth the $100.
One splurge I do find worthwhile is a monthly facial. Aja introduced me to Adrina at Melrose Hair Studio and I am addicted. I just love Adrina; she is so sweet and her facials have really worked wonders for my skin. Touch-up extractions are included in the price too, so you can go back if anything flares up in the following weeks. After all the makeup we wear day-in and day-out, it feels great to have a deep cleanse.
Pureology Hydrate Shampoo + Hydrate Lite Conditioner
The best shampoo and conditioner I have ever tried. Pureology Hydrate keeps my hair soft and silky, but also lightweight and non-greasy. Their products are also sulfate free, so if you dye your hair, the color won’t fade so quickly.
Large (2-inch) Velcro Rollers + Hello Kitty Velcro Bows
My best beauty secret: Velcro rollers. Section off the top layers of your hair at the crown with these Velcro rollers for no heat volume - I swear by it! I got a random picture off Amazon, but you can buy them at any drugstore. I really only need three large 2-inch rollers to do my hair. Blowouts take forever and require you to have freshly washed hair, but you can use Velcro rollers any time. Even when I do my own blowouts, I will use Velcro rollers to section off the top layers.
I discovered these Asian “fringe pads” work great to keep the rollers in place (especially with bangs). I like the cute Hello Kitty ones because, well, duh. Sephora is sold out but Sanrio sells similar ones.
I wear these while driving to set my hair. People make fun of me, but they work!
100% Acetone Nail Polish Remover + Seche Vite Top Coat
To save money, I try to do my own nails as much as possible. Both this nail polish remover and top coat save me so much time. I know 100% acetone isn’t the best thing for your nails, but I don’t change polish too frequently and nothing works faster. Glitter nail polish is not even a problem with 100% acetone. The Seche Vite top coat dries down super fast and applies smoothly with no bubbles.
Laser Hair Removal + Bic Soleil Razors
Look, I’ve tried pretty much every hair removal option out there. I’ve even done my own Brazilian waxes (if you’re interested, I used Gigi wax warmer and hard wax. Tip: get latex gloves and baby oil!!). So I feel pretty confident when I say the best hair removal “regimen” is laser hair removal and shaving.
Laser hair removal unfortunately doesn’t work for everyone (you need dark hair) BUT if it works, it really works. I think it’s a common misconception that laser hair removal gets rid of ALL your hair forever. That’s a little far-fetched to expect from one treatment, no? However, it does considerably reduce the amount of hair for quite some time and thins whatever body hair is left, making shaving super easy.
It’s so easy to find a deal for laser hair removal through websites like Lifebooker, Groupon, and Living Social. Lifebooker is by far my favorite, as I think most of the businesses advertising through them are legit. The best laser hair removal treatment I’ve had was at a medical office, but without a deal it is super expensive. However “medical spas” that specialize in laser hair removal often offer deals that make laser hair removal just as affordable as waxing. I’ve gotten the majority of my treatments at Wi-Ho in Sherman Oaks, and I’m happy with them. They don’t use IPL lasers, which are (supposedly) not as effective. You start to see results after the first few treatments, and after that it’s just maintenance.
What I love most about laser hair removal isn’t so much the results (which are pretty much the same as any other hair removal method: hairless), but the maintenance. When you wax, you have to grow your hair out, which is just a pain. With laser hair removal, you can shave in between without worrying about undoing the results. It’s much more convenient. To shave, I like Soleil triple-blade razors, which work just as well as Venus but cost a quarter of the price.
Should I buy??????
Source: The Real Real
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Finally invested in some nice everyday purses! I love the Mini M.A.C. because it is the perfect cross-body size for everyday use. There was a great sale too, so I had to get two…a basic nude and a basic “black” aka hot pink but it’s sort of like a neutral black because of the grey details? #uhhhdiorlogic
Rebecca Minkoff “Mini M.A.C.”