Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Loves

Wait, what? September is over  and it's officially autumn now! Okay, I know you hear this all the time, but seriously though, this year goes by so fast! Anyway, it's time for me to ramble about the things I've been loving.

H&M denim jacket - Quite recently, I found out that I have a soft spot for denim, I want them all. I've been tempted to buy a denim jacket since last summer when my sister bought hers and wore them a few times. Denim jacket is something that will come back and it looks better with more wear and I can't wait for this H&M jacket to be more distressed and fades. The amount of pockets in this jacket makes my heart sings. Two four pockets on the outside and two on the inside, there are pockets inside, you guys! My phone and keys will be safe!

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion - to my acne prone girls (and guys) out there, this is a must have. I first about it from Claire of Hey, Claire on youtube and I don't know why it took me so long to try this drying lotion. You see, these heatwaves that we kept having in San Francisco causes my skin breaks out (one of the reason I dislike hot weather) and it frustrates me a lot. One day I bought this product and apply it to my spots, and I see result the next morning, my awful spots had disappeared or to the stage where it almost disappeared - magic!

Orly bonder - My nails are flaky and sad, no joke. I love painting my nails different shades of nudes (and now deep reds) and I tried so many base coats but they never do anything good for my nails. After reading tons and tons of blog posts and review about this base coat, I finally decide it's time for me to try it, see if it actually works for me and the answer is a big yes. I can't quite describe how it works, all I know is it's thin, dries super quick, and it protects my nails from turning red from red nail polishes.

Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black - I was so happy when I saw this at the Sephora point perk. I spritz some of this fragrance every single time I visit Sephora, this mini rollerball is a confirmation that I LOVE this scent, it's going to be a sad day when I run out of this perfume.

Smith's Rosebud Salve - A product that I use on my lips after I wash my face and before bed every single day. I'm a big fan of lip balms in general but this one smells like rose and it stays on really well.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black - Holy, guacamole. This thing stays put and does not transfer on my super hooded and oily eyelids. It works wonders for tight-lining and soft-looking wings.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso - After months and months of searching for this blusher, I finally found it and it doesn't disappoint. Blush is something that I rarely buy because I already have a bit of redness on my cheeks, but somedays, I need to put on some blush because if I don't, I'll look like a zombie. I find this blush to be subtle (or maybe it's the way I apply it?) but it adds that little bit of color and luminosity.

What have you been loving throughout September?


Monday, September 14, 2015

but first, coffee

h&m jacket // vintage sweater // zara dress // sperry sneakers // cotton on tote 
After weeks and weeks of dreaming for the weather to cool down (I don't do well in heat), I looked out the window one day to see Karl the fog (apparently people of San Francisco named the fog) had made an appearance - whoop! I threw on a dress and denim jacket but I decided to bring this vintage sweater with me, just in case the weather is cooler than I thought it would be (thank heavens I did, it was really cold).

I found this pink vintage turtle neck sweater in a vintage boutique in the Mission and all I can say is: it was love at first try. It has been quite a while since the last time I wore pink and this is probably the only pink piece I have on my rack that I called "wardrobe". Even though I love my neutrals, it's always good to have a few colors here and there.

photos: adrienne yap


Monday, September 7, 2015

match lo

Growing up, I have a thing for white shoes, they look so good with everything (skirt, cuffed jeans, shorts, dress, and basically anything in my closet) But white shoes + clumsy human is not a very ideal combination, there's no way for them to stay white for very long (for instance: my white Vans). This pair from Puma is pretty much a game changer for me. It's leather, which means it's really easy to clean. And they're obviously comfortable, I can't resist a pair of comfy shoes.

How do you feel about white shoes?


Thursday, September 3, 2015

august beauty loves

I realized that I didn't include anything beauty related on my mid-august love post, so here we go.

Let's start with a base, I bought Dr Jart+ Black Detox BB because I need a lighter base. As much as I love my Tarte foundation, sometimes I just need a light, more of everyday base. It has enough coverage, SPF, and it has a pump!

Topshop bronzer in Mohawke is very helpful when it comes to creating some cheekbones for me. My cheekbones are pretty much nonexistent so a little help won't hurt. I like the fact that it's not orange like some other bronzers and I can apply it subtly.

MAC lipstick in Plumful - something I heard the beauty gurus on the internet talk about pretty frequently and now I get it. It's such and easy everyday color for me and it smells like vanilla!

Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Blue - my eyelids are very hooded and oily, so basically any eyeliner will transfer to the top of my eyelids, not a good thing. I found this eyeliner at Nordstrom rack and I bought it because it's in navy (it sounds very appealing to me for some reason) and it did not disappoint. It didn't transfer on my top lid, I'm so happy about it!

The last one is actually a method I saw Karima McKimmie does quite often in her video. She has the best eyebrows (and skin), ever. In some of her videos, she uses Fix+ to dampen her brush and use brow shadows, and it looked so good and natural so I gave it a shot and it's basically the only way I do my brows now.

What beauty product have you been loving lately?


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

bag essentials #2

Behold, the bag that manage to fit all my stuff!

My sister got this bag in camel for her birthday a few months ago, and me being a the younger sister, copied her. *evil grin* My sister and I have very different style, she's the girly one and I'm the tomboy one, but we share most of our stuff when we were growing up because we basically have the same size. My sister is a handbag addict, she loves her handbags and I remember her coming back home from university, with a half of the suitcase filled with handbags. Anyways, she bought this bag and she whatsapp-ed me a (very blurry) picture of it. My initial reaction was "Oh, cute!" but I never really think of it until I saw it in person (and saw they have the black one). I stared for a bit and started to hold the bag and trying to figure out if it'll fit my camera in there (the struggle of finding a bag that fits my camera is real, you guys). My parents saw me  keep looking at this bag and asked if I want it as an early birthday present and there was a little firework going on in my head.

And if you're wondering, it fits my DSLR and film camera very nicely, both of them at the same time.

The stuff in it:
* The essentials: Phone, keys, wallet.
* Important stuff: Sunnies (I squint a lot), mints, hair ties (my hair is too long and it's getting out of control), lip balm, headphones.
* Handy stuff: portable charger, hand cream, hand sanitizer, tissue, USB, lipstick (I'm proud that I only have one lipstick in there right now)

What are your bag essentials?