THE CAPSULE BAG #10.

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DSC_0021The week has seen the introduction of more than a few products as the result of birthday binge-shopping (haul to come; keep your peepers peeled) so I’ve been trialling quite a few makeup bits since buying. First up, my base collection has added a new member to the family. Please welcome the oh-so-professional POREfessional primer from Benefit. This actually happens to be my first full-size product from the brand, and I have to say, I’m beyond impressed. First  of all, a non-silicon-y primer that manages to fill in pores while smoothing the skin and prepping for the rest of the day’s face paint? Sold. You had me at hello. This baby lives up to its name; pores are minimized when first applied and then do their own disappearing act as soon as foundation comes to play. While it is more expensive than many drugstore offerings, it doesn’t break the bank the way the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer does (review here). I actually stole this Dior Nude Tan Bronzer in 003 Cinnamon from my mum’s makeup collection, and we’ve had quite the love affair so far. Silky smooth formula, minimal shimmer, and the perfect amount of glow. Because I have skin on the darker side of the spectrum, I often find that my beloved Nars Laguna bronzer is a bit too light to impart the sunkissed glow I’m always after, so I love this darker shade to give a bit more of a punch. It’s also great applied with a fluffy brush like the Real Techniques blush brush just under the cheekbones and blended up to give a hint of contour. It also comes in quite a few colors if this shade is a little too dark (or light) for you. I’ve been obsessed with the Anastasia Skinny Brow Wiz in Ebony since opting for a bit of a stronger brow in last week’s post. I won’t rave on about this since I’ve reviewed it here, but let me say this: She’s a beaut. Last up, I finally picked up YSL’s Glossy Stain in the shade Corail Aquatique (no. 7). This was my first foray into their range, and I want them ALL. I kid you not, these are bloomin’ fantastic. They go on like the most buttery gloss and start to “set” to more of a balm texture that feels cushiony on the lips and moisturizes all day long. These also layer better than any gloss/liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried; as soon as the product sets, you can keep applying coats until you’re happy with the intensity. This shade, in particular, is a gorgeous peach/coral (can you tell?) that doesn’t lean so orange that it makes your teeth look white, but is a stunning spring/summer shade. Consider me obsessed. 

What have you been loving this week?

SMARTY BROWS.

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DSC_0255Anastasia (of Beverly Hills), you must be a genius, because you’re a wiz at creating good brows. I swear that sounded a whole hell of a lot better in my head than it does written here. If you didn’t pick up on my terrible joke, today’s product in question happens to be my first-ever foray into the realm of brow pencils, the Anastasia Skinny Brow Wiz in the shade Ebony. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big eyebrow lover; I love the look of a good strong brow that looks very modern and chic, I just tend not to faff around with my own brows much, mostly because I’ve never really had much experience with them. Brows have always been that area of beauty that fascinated me but I kind of never took the jump to start obsessing over. Until now. After having recently gotten my brows waxed at my local Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta, I picked up this itty bitty pencil to get to work with my face mane. I have quite bushy brows naturally, so I really wanted something to focus on just taming and defining my brows. Let me get this out now, I think I’ve found the one. Skinny Wiz and I get along quite nicely; it’s the sort of no-brainer product that’s quick and easy to use for even the most amateur eyebrow lover such as myself. The pencil is absolutely tiny, making it magic for drawing in hairs where before there were only gaps. The spoolie on the other end is one of the best I’ve tried; firm enough to disperse product but not so stiff that you feel like you’re raking through your brows. Plus, it cuts the time normally spent on scavenging around for a separate spoolie brush. Overall, it’s a great buy for quick and easy perfect brows. While it is on the expensive side of products, I think it’s well worth the price tag. Definitely a must buy for anyone looking to improve the look of their brows.

What are your favorite brow products?

14 WEEKS OF MELODIES, #7.

 

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Birdy- Without a Word

Drumroll please. Yes, this is the halfway point of the blog hop. Which is to say, I have actually successfully completed a post a week for the hop for seven weeks. Points for dedication. If you’re not familiar with this hop, you’re meant to write a post on a song you’ve been loving for the past week every Tuesday until December 31st. Interested? Have a look at the host blog, Beauties Unlocked, here.

So does anyone watch the vampire diaries? I’ve been obsessed with the show since it came out; I’m really not into the whole vampire shabang, but this show seriously has some of the BEST writers out there. Aside from the script, there’s literally not one single actor on the show that’s unattractive. I kid you not. So in summation, it doesn’t hurt that the show is basically a Dylan’s Eye Candy Bar. But I think one of the aspects of the show that drew me in the most was the soundtrack. Oh. My. Goodness. I’ve discovered so many songs from having heard them on the show (Medicine by Daughter, anyone?), and this week’s favorite is no exception. We’ve all heard the songy Skinny Love by Bird(or the original by Bon Iver), but another of her songs made its Vamp debut a few weeks ago during the scene where Bonnie’s friends gave her a memorial service. I immediately recognized her voice, but I had to google the lyrics to find the actual song. It’s called Without a Word, and I cannot stop hitting replay. Her voice is dreamy, and her lyrics are actually meaningful, contrary to most mainstream stuff these days. Set to a chilling piano score, it’s beyond beautiful. What songs have you been loving recently?

 

 

WHAT I’M WEARING: BACK TO SCHOOL

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DSC_0333School starts next week, and  of course that can only mean one thing. Well, that’s not true. It also means tests and essays and an entire assortment of other nasty, awful things. But mainly, back-to-school means shopping. Out with the old, in with the new. I’ve been rebooting my skincare and makeup recently as well, so I’ll be doing a post on it shortly. My closet, however, is a different story. The clothes stay. That is, I’ll be re-wearing all of last year’s clothing, at least until labor day sales show themselves on the horizon. To be honest, I don’t need the reboot in terms of garments, so I’d rather not waste money on unnecessary items.

The first day of school, among other things, stands out as being one of the most stressful days of the year. The others are every single day afterwards until summer. But amongst these strong contenders, day one of the year is budding with with nerve-wracking potential, both good and bad. A new year can mean a new, fresh start, or, after the first day, things can take a turn for the worse, and we can end up on a path straight into the land of no return. First impressions on this very important day, as you might expect, are essential. I’ve planned my first outfit of the year to show you all today, so I hope you like it!

The top is from one of my favorite stores in New York, the massive, four-story Uniqlo. If you’re looking for staple items for a great price, that’s the place to look. They have an amazing selection and are incredibly affordable. Check out their website here. The shoes (not pictured) are a pair of Prada loafers I picked up on my last trip to The City at Saks’ shoe sale. If you’ve been to the Saks on Fifth Ave. in NYC, you know that the eight floor is shoe paradise. A few years ago, I walked into Prada and spotted these, begging (and even crying about it in the store) my parents to buy them for me. But, being the young child that I was and the shoes being around $490, it was a no-go. Imagine my surprise when I spotted them for just $175 at Saks? It’s still a pretty high price, but the quality is fantastic and they’re incredible versatile, smart shoes. I prefer to invest in a pair than buy twelve that run down in a year. You can get them here. The bag is a Cambridge Satchel in the 15-inch, their largest offering. It’s wonderfully sturdy and fits slim books and a laptop perfectly, it’s a great option for college students, since it’s beyond stylish and incredibly functional. You can pick and personalize your own Cambridge Satchel here. Last but not least, I found the necklace at Ann Taylor one day for $10 on the sale rack, so unfortunately you can’t get it anymore, but any statement collar/necklace will do! I just went for something more subtle for school, but the shirt is merely a blank canvas; accessorize to your liking. The pants were a bargain buy for just $7.80 at Forever 21, and here I’ve just rolled them up slightly.  There you have it! Be sure to let me know what you’ll be sporting for back-to school this year :)