Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Kiernan Shipka—my love for her grows by the minute. I adore her style on Mad Men and also her style in real life. She is such a style icon for me, and she’s only 14 years old! What was I wearing when I was 14? I believe it was bell-bottom jeans and black Nike high-tops. She’s seriously growing into such a beautiful girl. Looks like I need to pick up the May issue of Vanity Fair so I can hang these photos on my wall!
PHOTOGRAPHS BY WILLIAMS & HIRAKAWA
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
1) New job, new season, new clothes. 2) Dinner time with my boyfriend! 3) Healthy lunch break! 4) Some of my current spring essentials.
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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Looks like I’ll be reviewing this AWESOME Great Gatsby tee and Slaughterhouse-Five "So it goes" necklace on Cliché Magazine's blog very, very soon! Look out for that!
PS. All tees from Out of Print Clothing are currently only $20! But hurry—sale ends today!
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Birchbox #5: March 2014
March’s Birchbox theme was “Spring Forward”—a theme I was very much looking forward to after a very long winter. After seeing the sneak peek video a couple weeks ago, I crossed my fingers for the stila Lip Glaze (which I got!) and Harvey Prince’s new fragrance “Cherie Blossom” (which I didn’t). After sampling these products for a few days, it’s time to share my thoughts!
First up is the stila Lip Glaze in Raspberry Sorbet. This full-size product alone is $8, making my $10 Birchbox well worth the cash. Normally I’m more of a colored lip balm sort of girl, but this lip gloss is so perfect. It is smooth and creamy with just the right amount of shine and pigment. Another plus is it’s long-lasting. I didn’t have to reapply for a few hours, which I was really impressed with, and it left my lips feeling super soft. Now I definitely want to try other colors (like Clementine for a nude lip and Pink Pomegranate for summer nights)!
Next up is this Atelier Cologne in Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue, priced at a grand $185 for a 200ml bottle. This fragrance—which combines vanilla, jasmine, and lime—is a very pretty, feminine scent. Strongly recommended for vanilla fans. If you aren’t a fan of vanilla, move right along, cuz that’s pretty much all you’re getting with this one! Personally I wouldn’t jump on this because of the $185 price tag, but I do think there’s a $75 option as well somewhere.
Third is this Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, priced at $34 for a full-size tube. This scrub is like a dream—its formula breaks down dead skin cells to even out your skin tone, then fades the appearance of acne scars and fine lines for a bright and smooth complexion. I massaged a dime-size amount to my most troublesome areas every other day for about a week, and then rinsed clean before applying makeup. I noticed immediately that my skin was much brighter and prettier than before. Definitely recommend this for a “brighter” cheek if you want to splurge a bit!
Fourth is Grand Central Beauty’s S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting® Serum + Primer for $68. This botanical-rich formula is meant to hydrate skin AND act as a primer for makeup, since its finish is silky smooth. Since I’ve been obsessed with BB-like formulas since they became a “thing” a couple years ago, I liked this product’s moisturizing and prepping qualities. It’s definitely a luxury I’m not willing to add to my daily makeup routine yet, especially for its price tag, but it was fun to try it out!
Last but not least, my box also came with a box of Minteas by Tea Forté (which is perfect for a tea-lover such as myself!) and a square of Ghiradelli’s newest chocolate bar flavor, Intense Dark Cherry Tango. I love that everyone got this sweet little chocolate sample in all their March box, and this flavor is definitely a new favorite of mine since I LOVE dark chocolate, cherries, and almonds—and together? A match made in heaven.
Is anyone else a Birchbox subscriber? What did you guys get in your boxes? PS: Next month I will have $40 in points saved up! What should i buy?
Friday, March 21st, 2014
Estee Lauder makeup bag & travel size cosmetics*
Here’s a tiny peek of what’s currently in one of my many makeup bags… a bunch of Estee Lauder essentials: a travel size Pleasures body lotion and perfume, and lip gloss! Seriously though, this is one of my favorite little makeup bags. The fabric is actually cloth-like and shiny and I LOVE the black & white!
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
DIY Braids: From Crowns to Fishtails, Easy, Step-by-Step Hair Braiding Instructions by Sasha Coefield*
There’s no use denying it—braids are in this spring. And I don’t mean your boring, three-stranded braid. No—there are dozens of ways to add your own personal twist (no pun intended) to braids by experimenting with different styles. So instead of browsing the chaos that is the Pinterest “braids” category (try it—you’ll be there for days), and spending a ton of money at the salon every time you want a braided crown, YouTube’s Beauty Vlogger Sasha Coefield (or “asksasha88” to her 170,000+ subscribers) has created easy step-by-step guides to different braided styles and put them all together in a single book: DIY Braids.
Luckily I was able to receive a copy of this lovely little book for review in Cliché Magazine. If you are interested in reading my full review AND seeing an exclusive excerpt with photographs and directions on how to create a Bohemian Braid, head on over to ClicheMag.com and get readin’!
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
W Magazine has done it again—this time with the beautiful Amanda Seyfried. I am so in love with this editorial in W Magazine’s April 2014 issue. All these looks are so chic and I adore her hair and makeup!
Photographed by Craig McDean, styled by Edward Enninful.