Saturday, April 30, 2016

Makeup Look | Soft & Rosy

Primers: NARS Skin Optimal Brighening Concentrate, ELF Eyelid Primer

Friday, April 29, 2016

Nail Art | Shades of Spring

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review | Unwash Gentle Hair Care

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I have previously reviewed Unwash's Bio-Cleansing Conditioner (here), and since I recently acquired a few more of their products, I figured I would do an overall review of the line and each product I have been using. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have healthy straight hair with natural silkiness and shine, however, I suffer from very dry scalp and have found it difficult to find hair care that can keep both my scalp and hair happy. Once I started using the Unwash products, I've noticed my scalp is more hydrated, less dryness, less flaking, and no buildup. I find myself not even missing a shampoo when I'm using Unwash products :)

UPDATE 5/19/16: Unwash is now available in Ulta stores, as well as the Ulta website!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Instagram Beauty Trends & Filters

We have come to a point in the current trending beauty community, where we see tutorials every day for makeup applications and techniques - and frankly it has all gotten out of control. Personally, I am turned off by the excessive amount of makeup these influencers are layering onto their faces. They portray this "makeup routine" as if this is the way to wear makeup, and with thousands and millions of subscribers, they are setting a trend for other men and women to follow.

Majority of the online beauty community edits their makeup photos. They use apps on their phones to smooth the skin of pores and lines, tweak the levels of brightness, contrast, etc. to enhance the shadows and concentration in the photos. Some use high end cameras and photoshop to take it to a whole other editorial level. All of this is fun to play around with - but I feel that if you are an influencer putting out tutorials on makeup application and techniques, your work should not be so highly edited because essentially you are displaying something that is unattainable... sound familiar to those photoshopped models in magazines we all used to complain about?

Friday, April 01, 2016

Review | ELF Cream Blush Palettes

Ever since ELF released their powder Blush Palettes (reviewed here), I've been internally wishing for these Cream Blush Palettes ($6.00) to come out, mainly because I like to layer cream blush and powder blush for longer wearing color, but I also LOVE ELF's HD Blushes, the cream blushes in pump bottles, so I was anxious to see if these cream blushes were comparable in vibrancy and blendability. Luckily, these cream blushes do not disappoint, OMG they are so good!