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    Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets⎜402, 403

    There is a great new lip product out from Giorgio Armani. These are super matte, long-lasting, super pigmented liquid lipsticks that are absolutely non-drying. I’ve tried other liquid lipsticks from Giorgio Armani and from other luxury brands, but from all those products I’ve tried, this is my favorite. Read more


    The Best of 2014 Beauty⎪Makeup & Skincare

    It’s the end of 2014. How crazy is it that the year is almost over? I have a lot of things going on next year and I’m both nervous and excited for what’s to come. Before I introduce my 2014 beauty favorites, I wanted to wish all of my dear readers a Happy New Year! I hope great blessings will come in 2015 and that you will be filled with happiness and joy 🙂
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    My Beauty Picks #5⎪February

    February has been about missing the summer. Makeup was all about orange. It involved constant obsession with Giorgio Armani‘s lip pencil in no. 6, a hot vibrant orange. You can read more about it here. If you pair that with the Hourglass “Muse”, which is a neon coral, you’ll get that perfect summer shade. 
    As for blush, Shu Uemura blush [read here] in “Soft Orange 542” has hit home run for me. Orange has a tendency to make you look tan-n-er but because this particular shade is so light, it has the affect of brightening the face. I recommend to people who are tan, and are afraid that this might be too light. What I love about it is that the color stay power is amazing! You know how makeup gets oxidized throughout the day, and soon the color you saw when you first applied by the end of the day, looks like a different color? Well, this blush is amazing because the color you first see is the last color you’ll see before you take it off!

    MAC eyeshadows are still a bit daunting. There’s just so many to try, use, experiment with. I’m slowly getting a feel for what suits me. I find that it’s not enough to go off recommendations, but to really try them and see if they suit your skin tone. Two particular eyeshadows have been en pointe for me. First is the MAC “Soba” which is a brown-tan gold-shimmer eyeshadow. Perfect for defining the eyes without making you look like you have too much going on. It’s soft, and it’ll do the slight defining you need- and sometimes LESS IS MORE. You add mascara to your eyes, and you are set. 
    Another shade that I’ve been loving wearing on its own is MAC “Paradisco”. Such. a. pretty. shade. I would’ve never imagined picking this one out of their many colors to buy! After much research and swatches, seeing it on people with similar skin tone as me, I went for it. Although it looks like a scary pink-red, when you swatch it you’ll see how soft it is. What I do is dust this all over my lids, very lightly. What you get is the no-makeup-makeup-look. A soft eye that has a slight pink but barely there look, and somehow, it works. If you want something natural yet feminine, try this one out! I love the effects of it so much. 
    Then, for the final summer-reminsciencing product. Burberry Sheer Concealer No.2. Not only is the color highlighting, but something in it (pearls maybe?) helps the face look young, glowing, and healthy. Gotta love that, right? 

    In terms of skincare, I’ve got to give a round of applause to two particular products: IPKN “Pore Fresh Cleansing Foam”. Best detoxifying cleanser by far! I got off of foaming cleansers after the beauty world has informed the world how bad foaming cleansers can be on the skin. I went for gel cleansers, balms, oils, etc., But what I took this product out for a try, I put the rest of my mild cleansers away. Because, this did the job. I haven’t used clay masks ever since. There was no need to, because this did what cleansers are supposed to do.
    Take the guck out. 
    Another product that blew me away unexpectedly was Mario Badescu‘s “Drying Cream”. [read here] I mean, I know Mario Badescu always gets it right, but I didn’t expect it to get it this right. I don’t know how it does what it does, but it’s a miracle product. It gets all those fine oily bumps on your face. It does, I swear. This cream kind of soaks up all the nasty oil heads, and soon you are left with a clean bump less layer of skin! I usually apply this only at time, since it is a thick consistency- even when you put very little on. You take a little, rub until invisible. Your face gets a bit white because of the product. You sleep, wake up the next day with a smooth skin. Within two days, small little bumps were gone. 
    I call that a miracle. 


    Vibrant Orange Lips with Giorgio Armani

    It was love at first sight. I was wearing Hourglass liquid lipstick in “Muse” when I was walking by the Giorgio Armani‘s makeup counter. I saw the reflection of my vibrant coral lips achieved by the liquid lipstick, and also saw that my lips could help with a little precision. I’ve always entertained the idea of having fuller, or at least, more defined lips but felt too unexperienced in lip liners to give it a try. But, I was quite drawn to this orange lip liner shade. I picked it up and began drawing in a careful line on the outer edges of my lips.

    The moment the tip of the Giorgio Armani lip liner in shade no. 6 touched my lips, it felt creamy. Most lip liners I’ve tried were so waxy that they almost pulled and tugged at my lips when drawing them in. But this, this wasn’t like that at all. It glided smoothly, yet precisely, without bleeding all across my lips. When I stepped back to see what it all looked like, I was more than happy. The color was beautiful. It complemented so well with the lipstick shade I was wearing, and I know orange is going to be big (as it always is in the warmer months) come Spring and Summer.

    But I cut to the chase and now I’m walking around, wearing full-blown orange lips everywhere. This long-lasting, creamy, beautiful orange shade is marvelous both as a lip liner and as a lip color to wear on its own. After I give it a slight shading on my lips, I add a lip balm on top of it (something like the Nuxe reve de miel is perfect), and voila! It’s perfect.

    Here’s me wearing it. It’s more vibrant in person, but as it is an Instagram picture, the quality is what it is:

    I knew I was in love with this when I recently lost it, and went days on end, looking for it. Today, I found it. And, those long and empty days without this made me realize that this very well might be my favorite orange lip shade! x


    Vanity Spotlight #2 . Valentine’s Day Edition

    Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so I thought I’d bring out romantic products on the vanity spotlight. Diptyque Eau Duelle is my signature scent. It’s this sophisticated vanilla with pepper top note combination that makes it both sexy but also truly feminine and not too heavy. Then I have laid out the Essie Topless & Barefoot as a lovely ladylike shade for Valentine’s day. It is clean and feminine and it just looks really pretty! Then for lips I have two shades: one by Giorgio Armani rouge ecstasy in shade no. 103. It is a nudey pink that looks good with a lovely smokey eye. Then a really bright orange-coral shade that I’ve been loving is the Hourglass in the shade “Muse”. This is possibly drying and a bit powdery so make sure you apply it without mistake since it can smudge everywhere. But it definitely is long-lasting and the shade remains that powerful great vibrant coral-orange quite long!

    Then I have two cute rings. One is by my favorite jewelry store called Catbird NYC It is the kitten ring. Ever so cute! Then, one by an independent jeweler on Etsy saying “Oui”. Lovely aren’t they? Then the watch that turn heads all the time, Larsson and Jennings. Good for both men and women 🙂