Beauty Go-To’s

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A year ago, I took the saying “no make up, make up” literally and just wore moisturizer on my lazy days. For the longest time I thought letting your skin breathe by not wearing anything, is enough. After an acne break out that lasted for about a year, I was forced to study how the skin works and experiment, I finally narrowed it down to a few full proof products that did wonders to my skin and my specific skin type.

What I do:

  • I wash my face with Sulfur Soap, twice a day, once a day using my clarisonic mia 2.
  • After patting my face dry, I use a toner to get rid of soap residue. I’m not very picky with the brand. I’ve used everything from eskinol (a cheap Filipino brand that old Filipino ladies swear to) to Kate Sommervilles Clarifying Toner, lately I’ve been using one from Shiseido’s Benefique collection.
  • Then I put eye cream around my eyes, in the morning as well as before I go to sleep. I dab this around my eyes before I put anything else so it absorbs better.
  • During the day, I use Peter Thomas Roth’s Max All day Moisture Defense that serves as a sun block and moisturizer
  • At night time I use Caudalie’s Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
  • Always remember that whatever you put on your face, should also be applied on your neck.

Extras

  • Once a week, I use Kate Sommerville’s ExfoliKate Acne Clearing Treatment. This thing stings a little bit but it’s worth it!
  • I apply lip scrub once in the morning before I apply lipstick and once at night before I sleep then apply lip balm. I love this edible chocolate mint flavor from Lush! You can also make your own with jojoba oil and brown sugar.
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Make Up updates:

  • On my brows I use Anastasia’s DipBrow Pomade in Chocolate
  • My go to eye make up is a glittery purple smokey eye that’s a little softer than the classic sexy black silver combo. For the base color I use Givenchy Ombre Couture Eyeshadow in Prune Taffetas, then I cover my eyelids only up to the creases with a purple eyeshadow liner. I use MAC’s Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Designer Purple, then I take a fluffy brush and blend MAC’s Satellite Dreams on top of it.
  • In the middle part where the eyelids and brow bone meet, I just blend it with a very light brown color. I use Analog from Urban Decays Naked 3 palette.
  • For the creases, I just blend MAC’s Beauty Marked to add a little bit of definition so your smokey eye doesn’t look flat.
  • I finish my eyes with a little bit of NARS’ Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Callisto on the inner corner of my eyes, and beige eyeshadow (closest color to my skin color) in the brow bone area
  • My favorite lipstick to go with this eye look is a nude rose color like Brigette from NARS’ Audacious Lipstick line, such a beautiful color (Another favorite from the same collection is Angela, a beautiful pink orchid shade).

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This post is for @misskeziah from instagram, I hope I answered your question!

If you guys want to ask me anything about…well, anything really ^_^ please feel free to do so in the comments or on twitter, or instagram or send me a message on facebook!

Review: The Powder Room

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Last Saturday, these lovely ladies at The Powder Room in Silver Lake transformed my boring hair into the perfect shade of lilac. The problem was the shade was TOO perfect, that when I washed it for the first time, it started bleeding purple. I know this is normal anytime you dye your hair but I didn’t want my hair to turn even lighter that it might bring out the yellow tones of the bleach when it fades in a few weeks. I called Sally and Jaimie, told them my concern and Sally re-dyed my hair into an even more gorgeous, brighter shade of purple (see before and after).

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I don’t usually style my hair. I just blow dry it after every wash and that’s pretty much it. Sometimes I curl the ends, but the most I do with it is put it up in a nice bun. Sally cut my hair and gave me fine layers that bring out the purple highlights while still making the overall look manageable.

My hair finally found home in Sally’s hands :) I won’t let anyone touch my hair anymore – great vibe, great people passionate about what they do. The Powder Room listens to your every concern and they won’t let you leave their chairs until you are extremely satisfied with how you look and how you feel.

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Naturally my hair needed its debut – off to West Hollywood with Michael and James!

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 Purple and blue never looked so good ;)

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Check out The Powder Room at

http://www.thepowderroomla.com
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3022 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 661-2233

Purple Haze

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I finally did it. My hair is now 50 shades of purple and I love it!!! Since I already bleached my hair, I think I will stay with light shades for now.

For the past week, Los Angeles has been stuck with this unbearable heat. This romper is pppppppeeeeeeerfect for mindless dressing during hot summer days (yes in LA, October is warmer than June or July). The print reminds me of the dresses my mom would make me wear in the 90’s to compensate for my boyish hair cut. Floral prints tend to be stuck for spring and summer only but you can make this work for fall with the right accessories. You can wear this with a pair of grey over the knee socks, boots, and a cable knit cardigan for colder weather and it still wouldn’t look out of place.

 

Romper: Urban Outiftters
Camera Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Flats: Zara

Photos by: Spencer Yanaga

Cover photo edited by: King Duque

VNCVR to LSNGLS part.2

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So part 2 of my weekend with Ericke was cool shit. Part of the anniversary celebration was a weekend at the Line hotel down at K-town.

Los Angeles givin us some K-town love.

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The next two days, we pre-gamed @ Pot for some Korean bbq then went to the Made In America festival for our 2 day date. I have to say, It was awesome since I haven’t been to music festivals since the warped tour.

I died when I saw Chance the rapper.

After two days of our date that included dancing, drinking, walking, losing wallets and loud music. We went back and kicked it in the hotel where bad jokes and farting in the blanket was the name of the game. Good times.

All in all, I think that we kicked off our first anniversary in the best way possible. Thanks to my amazing girlfriend for making everything we do so entertaining, fun and memorable. Here’s to us and more years together.

I love you.

 IMG_9005“my kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder.’ -Jeff Buckley

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Dilemma: Purple Colored Hair

Since Fall 2013 I’ve been considering dying my hair pastel purple. I thought it would be the ultimate sexy man repeller that will make any outfit I wear look edgy. Sweatpants, Nike frees and a white shirt: basic bitch. But with purple hair? Edgy-That-Doesnt-Give-A-Fuck.

Just as I waited too long to buy a pair of jogger pants, I think I procrastinated way too long to dye my hair. My coworker Greg is out sick today because of a sciatic nerve injury of some sort. As he sits on his bed with his smart phone in hand, killing time, instastalking relaxing, he has been tagging me on photos of Asian girls with multicolored hair. I realized, I have hit the end of a trend. If I dye my hair now I will look like every other surfbort Beyonced out azn’s :( The edgy look is now basic. And the Normal look is now Edgy. But is wanting to be Normal…for the sake of being edgy…edgy?

King, my boyfriend begs wants me to dye my hair purple. He says I will look very hot with it. But is he excited with how I will look? or how the purple hair makes me look. The purple hair gives out an illusion, that he is going out with a certain type of chick.

Greg points out that everyone now is basic, so we should just be us. Me being me, if I want to dye my hair candy colored I should still do it and not to compare myself to instafamous people (my friend is very supportive of my fashion choices).

Still thinking about it. I thought writing it all down would help me decide. It just made me even more confused.

Speaking of hair challenges, please help my friend Carol (model in the photo) and her hairstylist Vu Nguyen win the favorite beachy hair challenge by Salon Magazine. Candy colored hair and a wavy bob, deserves your vote ;)