Monday, April 30, 2012

lily collins inspired makeup

lily collins

Don't you feel like this photo of Lily Collins from Nylon is the epitome of summer? Sun-drenched skin, beachy waves, smudged eyeliner and a nude lip are all the essentials for an easy summer beauty routine. 

I pulled this editorial image into polyvore and matched it with beach-inspired products that looked similar to Lily's beauty routine. The collection includes a few of my personal favorites (NARS bronzer & Bumble and bumble surf spray) and a few items on my wish list (Tom Ford lipstick & YSL eyeliner). What are your summer essentials?

Friday, April 27, 2012

nude, meet mint. mint, meet nude.

nude meet mint
created with polyvore

These colors scream summer to me. Blushy nudes and seafoam greens are beautiful colors — especially when they're worn together. A rosy nude lip paired with a Tiffany blue manicure is my idea of perfection. What's your ultimate color combo? Comment below!

Monday, April 23, 2012

easy access

The last time I was in NYC (it was too long ago if you ask me), I bought this vintage perfume tray at the Brooklyn flea market. It's paisley and bright and perfect! At first, I used it for the obvious: Perfume. But that felt a little boring. I recently repurposed it as a catch-all dish next to my bathroom sink. It holds a little bit of everything. My basic makeup (what I wear on the weekends), jewelry, a pair of tweezers, and an everyday face lotion. Instead of digging through my drawers for the essentials, I have them all right here!

  [all the essentials: face cream, mascara, concealer, brush, tweezers, blush/bronzer, favorite necklace]

[the tray... sans stuff]

Friday, April 20, 2012

DIY: Tinted Moisturizer

Owning a different face product for every season is convenient — but expensive. In the summer months, foundation can start to feel too heavy. Switching out for a brand-name tinted moisturizer is one option, but mixing up your own concoction is another. By combining equal parts face lotion and foundation, you can create the perfect solution: A DIY tinted moisturizer. If your face is naturally oily, cut back on the lotion. If your skin is dry or combo, this is a great option. Enjoy!

Monday, April 16, 2012

eyeshadow to eyeliner

Black eyeliner can look so harsh for everyday wear, and buying colored eyeliners can be pricey. Enter this little trick I learned a few months ago. You can take any eyeshadow and turn it into a long-lasting eyeliner in three steps. 

1. Dip an eyeliner brush (this one came in a palette) into running water. Tap any excess water droplets off the brush. 

2. Pack the brush with the desired eyeshadow. This one is a gold-flecked brown that looks soft and pretty as eyeliner.

3. Apply the packed brush right above your lashes. You may need to repeat steps one and two a few times to get the perfect look. 

I've found that this method works really well with shimmery shadows, and not so well with matte shadows. The water turns the powder into a liquid liner consistency. And don't worry about ruining your eyeshadows — they dry up quickly. Good luck!

Friday, April 13, 2012


I love using instagram to manipulate the colors and textures of my iPhone photos. These are a few of my all-time favorite shots. I keep them on hand as inspiration that can translate to so much more. The butter-yellow color of these cake stands would look amazing as a nail polish; the soft-white tone of lilies would be the perfect highlighter eyeshadow; petal-pink roses inspire summer blush colors; and bubbly balloons remind me that life should always be fun.

Happy inspiration! What photos inspire you?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

the day I got cupped

My friend Tiffany and I always have the most interesting conversations. While we were out to lunch last weekend, she brought up a New York Times article she recently read. Here's the talking point that really stuck:
"One major finding is that spending money for an experience — concert tickets, French lessons, sushi-rolling classes, a hotel room in Monaco — produces longer-lasting satisfaction than spending money on plain old stuff." 
Anyway. Long story short: I decided to have an "experience" after lunch. I logged onto Groupon Now! to find out what spa offerings were available that day. I was looking for something relaxing... like a massage or a facial. When I came across cupping, I was intrigued. I called to set up an appointment and had one question: Is it painful? "No, no. I have lots of clients coming in all the time. It's not painful," the woman responded. Hm. Okay then.

Fast forward two hours later. I was in Toluca Lake, lying on a massage table waiting for my cupping experience. When the cupper (I'm not sure what else to call her) came into the room, I got very nervous. She opened a small box of glass spheres. She smoothed the first cup onto my back and suctioned all of the air out until my skin was pulled tight into the sphere. She attached another seven cups to my back and left the room. I was instructed to relax for the next 20 minutes. It was tough to get comfortable, but once I did, It was awesome.

The photo above is the aftermath of the cupping experience. The whole point of cupping is to release toxins and relieve stress. To be honest, I felt a little loopy the rest of the day. My back definitely felt more relaxed, which made it totally worth it. I'm not sure if I would ever do this again (I think I'd just go for a massage), but I'm so happy I gave it a try!

Monday, April 9, 2012

summer scents

I love the way scents can evoke rich memories. We tie moments in time to smells, whether it be a special perfume or the smell of cookies baking in the oven. And if you close your eyes, only for a second, you might just feel like you're traveling through time. 

I decided to pick up a brand new perfume this weekend. After what seemed like hours, my nose kept coming back to Chloe, a designer scent I've always wanted to try. The notes include pink peonies, freesia, and lychee. I can't wait to make new memories with this lovely summer scent. In favor of change, I wanted to share two other perfumes I'll be wearing all summer long. Leave a comment below and tell me what your signature scent is.

a. Jil Sander Eve: My parents gave me this perfume as a gift from Paris, France. Knowing that the overseas parcel was picked with special care, I reserve this scent for special occasions. The notes include grapefruit, wild rose, cashmere, and patchouli.

b. Chloe: I've only gotten the chance to wear this new perfume once, but I love it so far. A spritz on my pulse and neck is the perfect touch.

c. Philosophy Falling In Love: This is one of those everyday perfumes that you can't help but love. It's sweet and fresh, with notes of vanilla, jasmine, and lily of the valley. I wear it to work and on the weekends for a quick pick-me-up.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

seven (beautiful) sins

1. greed: my most expensive product. One product I'll always splurge on is a good concealer. My all-time favorite is this one. At $30 for half an ounce, it's not cheap — but it will last for about six months.

2. wrath: the product I have a love-hate relationship with. This blush has been discontinued, but has a nearly identical replacement. You can use the pink pigment on lips and cheeks, but I only use as a blush. Sometimes it just feels a little too thick and finicky for everyday use.

3. gluttony: the most delicious product I own. Whenever I get the chance to duck into a Lush store, I take it. Their bath bombs are the best, most delicious products ever. My favorite is this rich Avobath bomb. Lemongrass, olive oil and avocado are the key ingredients.

4. sloth: the product that I neglect out of laziness. This Larua Mercier setting powder is a seriously wonderful product, but I don't always take (or have) the time to use it.

5. pride: the product that gives me the most confidence. This baked blush and brightener is just pretty to look at. It's even better when applied to cheeks, brow bones and eyelids.

6. lust: the product I'm lusting after. if I could go on an all-expenses-paid shopping spree at Nordstrom (yes, I think about this often) I would pick up this $1,800 face cream first. Google it to find out more — I promise you'll be lusting, too!

7. envy: the look I envy most. confession: I'm still terrified of rich red lipsticks like this one. I'm truly jealous of anyone who can pull it off.

Monday, April 2, 2012

march favorites

The last month has probably been the busiest and most awesome month I've had so far in Los Angeles. It was filled with out-of-town guests, birthday celebrations and lots of love. To wrap up the perfect 31 days, I wanted to share my most-used beauty products:

1. Moroccan Oil curl control cream: this rich, oil-infused cream is a staple in my daily hair routine. After I shower and comb through my hair, I work this into my ends. It locks down frizz and keeps my curls in line. To all my straight-haired friends, I would definitely recommend this oil treatment by the same brand.

2. Lancome's plum shimmer: I've already written about this five-tone palette here, but the purple shadows deserve their own mention. I've been mixing plum shimmer and matte taupe plum together for the perfect colored smokey eye.

3. Voluspa macaron candle: when winding down after a long day, this vanilla and powdered sugar scented candle helps me relax. The beautifully printed tin is perfect for displaying around my apartment.