Saturday, April 5, 2014

"The things you do for yourself die with you, but the things you do for others lives on forever."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products

I consider myself a beauty minimalist. I compare my makeup kit to my mother's and my sister's, and I think they're just hoarders. My mom doesn't know when to throw out things (and there are some year-old things in her kit), and my sister has a gazillion eyeshadows and lipsticks and such. I have 1-2 items per area (like foundation, eyeliner, mascara, blush), and they fit into one of these categories: 

Day vs. Night or Cheap vs. Expensive

Anyways, during the week, I like to use cheap makeup. I'm at school 4 days a week and I don't really socialize, so there's no reason for me to waste my amazing Chanel liquid foundation and such, especially if I'm not even sure I'm going to see anyone. I wear my cheap-y makeup as a kind of insurance. I want to have fresh looking skin and in a sense, to not look like I actually rolled out of bed (when I actually did). I spend no more than 10 minutes a day for my weekday makeup.

All of these products can be purchased on Amazon, Target, Walmart, or any other drugstore.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, about $7

I get this in Light/Medium. I apply my makeup in the car, and sometimes I accidentally leave the house before I get to adequately moisturize my face. This product moisturizes very well AND it has SPF 30 without the grease or sunblock smell. It blends very easily into my skin, and can be applied easily with my fingers. It applies very smoothly and dries matte. I don't even use any compact foundation to set it. (Yea, I'm that lazy). The coverage doesn't completely conceal my blemishes, but it does blur them enough in addition to giving my face a fresh glow.

Wet n Wild Bronzer in Princess, about $7

The color is very saturated, but it can be gently applied and you can build layers if you're looking for more glow. I'm really gentle with this stuff. I use enough to brighten up my face and warm up my cheeks. I'll go heavier for an evening look. It also lasts ALL day. I think this color can work on all skin types.

Rimmer Gel Eyeliner in Black, about $6

I have NEVER owned a liquid eyeliner, nor have I had much practice with them. I don't think they're very forgiving and a hassle if you make a mistake. I prefer gel as I find the color more intense and it's so much easier to apply and fix. This lasted me a full 16 hour styling workday that consisted of me running around like a maniac without fading or budging. If you set it with a black eyeshadow on top, you're good all day. Occasionally, you may have to do some maintenance when the eyeliner stamps on to your eyelid fold, but I think that's expected with any eyeliner. If you have an eyeliner that absolutely does not budge, let me know of it!!!

E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit in Light, about $3

This thing is so darn cheap and it works! I have nonexistent eyebrows and I can't pull off the heavy, dark eyebrow look because I don't have enough hair to blend. I prefer a more natural look, and this product does a great job filling in. The dark gel combined with the lighter powder gives a nice blended, fuzzy look.

Maybelline Clear Mascara, about $5

I use this to bring more definition to my eyebrows and I'll also use it on my eyelashes. I haven't found a cheap black mascara that doesn't flake, but I also don't like wearing heavy mascara on a daily basis. I try to preserve my eyelashes by not giving them too much action or wear and tear.

Hope this helps. If you have any favorite drugstore beauty products, please let me know! I love my cheap stuff!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Vapur Anti-Bottle

Yes, this is a blog post about a water bottle. Or Anti-Bottle, as the company calls it.

When I moved out of my parents' house, my bedroom became the guest bedroom/storage. I found this brand new Vapur water bag thing on my dresser and decided to use it. THANK YOU to whoever left it there because upon first use, I immediately fell in love.

Here are all the reasons why.

1.) It's a durable plastic bag, and when full, it takes up far less space that a bulky water bottle.
2.) When full, the bag just fits in my hand much better. Ergonomic I guess.
3.) Secure and click-y flip top with a rubber plug so I know the cap is sealed with no chance of leakage. It's also so much easier to drink out of this when driving since I can hold the bag with one hand and flip open the top using my thumb.
4.) It has a slanted mouth piece and in addition to the flexible nature of the bag, the water flows out. None of that air pocket bubble stuff that happens when you drink from a bottle. It's not a big deal, but I do think it makes for a more satisfying, refreshing drink.
5.) Comes with an attached CARABINER because duh, carabiners are one of the most useful inventions on the planet. Hang it on anything!!!
6.) Made in USA, California to be exact, and Vapur is an ethical company.
7.) BPA free and dishwasher safe!
8.) You can put it in the freezer and it can hold hot liquids! (I recommend you wrap a towel around the outside it if you put hot liquid in)
9.) As you drink throughout the day, you can squeeze out all the excess air so it takes up even less space! If you finish all the water, you can roll it up and tuck it through the carabiner!

I seriously love this thing. No, Vapur has not sponsored or contacted me any way. I've never felt so enthusiastic or excited about any particular product EVER so I just had to write about this thing!

I even convinced Max to get one and he already loves it.

I will provide an update in a couple months or when/if the quality of the water bag changes. It is a plastic bag, so I am curious to see how it will hold up over time.

Get yours from VapurREIAmazon Prime

Thursday, March 20, 2014

H&M Conscious EXCLUSIVE Collection

*disclaimer, it's Scandal Thursday and I've had some wine.

H&M has had a "Conscious Collection" which featured basics like tanks, tees, and underwear made of sustainable, organic fabrics, but not they've decided to take it further with a limited edition collection of exquisitely detailed pieces.

Inspired by matadors - I first heard matadors somewhere, but I would just say "Spain" as there are flamenco and other bohemian details incorporated in the collection - I want EVERYTHING.

All photos from Ecouterre

Available April 10th online and in stores.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Island Vacation Want List

I may or may not be going on a family trip to Hawaii. As of today, I just signed up for an intense summer school schedule and I'm thinking that dream vacation won't fit...but yay for furthering my career! 

I'm really not torn up about it, but before I settled on summer school, I daydreamed incessantly about the perfect summer vacation wardrobe. I've had the same mediocre (and 1 size too big) bikini for like, 6 years. To me, bikinis are like socks. They're so necessary, but I just can't justify spending money on such tiny pieces of wardrobe.

Even after having lived in LA for 3 years, my summer clothes collection is pretty much nonexistent. I usually tough it out in jeans and sneakers. I think I have 3 pairs of shorts (all given to me, not purchased by my own hand) and a pair of Rainbows (also given to me). Last Hawaii trip, I brought a black military-style sweater. Seriously. 

So embarrassing.


My style is definitely more classic with attention to quality and very fine details like fabric, country of origin, the company's corporate responsibility, and design. Here are some random things that I want! Most of the items can easily be worn during other seasons. I like having a small closet full of things with purpose, and not having to box up and store items at the end of a season.

I'm noticing lots of elaborate swimsuits with tons of straps, strange necklines, crochet, ruffles, etc. Uh, hello tan lines? And boobs popping out? I'm pretty athletic; I don't just go to the beach to lay out so I need a swimsuit that can actually handle the ocean.

Shakuhachi, $180

Mara Hoffman, Top: $144 Bottoms: $118


RVCA, Top: $34 Bottom: $37

I really like RVCA's Swim Collection. Very simple cuts, cohesive designs, and select color/print options that allow pieces to be easily mixed and matched. Also, very affordable!

New Balance, $70
It's very hard to find fashionable sneakers that are Made in USA!!!

Schutz, $220

TOMS, $54
So lightweight, comfy, the best full-footed shoe that doesn't require socks, affordable, and for a great cause!

Birkenstock, $120
Yea, this fits under the "ugly-chic" or "Jesus sandal" trend, but the thing about Birks is that they will probably outlive you. 

Marais, SALE $30
I purchased one pair of Oxfords on sale ($45, Originally $100), and the quality is impeccable. It took about 3 full days of wear to break them in and now they're perfect. I have yet to try the sandals!

Free People, $128

Brandy Melville, $19

Brandy Melville, $21
Brandy Melville makes the most perfectly drapey, lightweight, soft things. Basically, buy everything. Perfect for cramming multiples in your suitcase.

Nasty Gal, $28

Zara, $80

Nasty Gal, $48

Zara, $10

Zara, $20

Nasty Gal, $18
The perfect skimpy-but-not-skanky bralette to wear with all your low cut or low back sheer tops!

J.Crew, $55

J.Crew, $85
I like longer shorts. I think that when paired with any basic top, you get a chill tomboy look. Plus, they also protect your thighs from any sticking or imprints from chairs when you're seated for a period of time :P

Acacia Swimwear, Out of Stock
I think I'll attempt to make something like this. It's so simple!