ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park

 

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I always heard about ColourPop, but was never really intrigued with the brand until I finally tried out my best friend’s. I fell in love with Echo Park ($6.00) instantly and purchased my own. Described as a “warm peachy nude,” it’s flattering on so many skin tones.

Compared to its matte lip line, the satin lips are so moisturizing and doesn’t dry out your lips. It does transfer slightly, however longevity is incredible and stays on pretty well even after eating. I get many compliments on this color and can’t wait to try more products from ColourPop. A little goes a long way with this product, I usually put it on the center of my lips and blend it out with my lips before cleaning up the edges with my fingers. I love everything about this product but I find that the application process could be a little cleaner if the rubber stopper was tighter and wiped more product off (if that makes sense). That’s the only con about this product, but it’s perfect other than that.

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$6 for this product? You can’t beat the quality and price! 🙂

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bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Hi everyone! I wanted to review my current foundation, the bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($28.50, 0.28oz). I’ve been using it everyday since I bought it back in March and it’s become one of my favorite foundations. I heard so much about this product for years and after using one of my friend’s, I knew I had to purchase it.

This is a loose mineral powder foundation with a  dewy finish. Bare Escentuals claims it’s “clinically proven to promote clearer, healthier-looking skin” and since it has no “parabens, binders, fillers, or synthetic chemicals,” it makes this foundation perfect for those with sensitive skin like myself.

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This foundation feels lightweight and has great coverage for an everyday foundation. A lot of my redness wasn’t captured in the before photo but this foundation is really good at covering skin discoloration/unevenness/redness. I don’t consider this a full coverage foundation though so it is a good idea to double up with concealer if you have more problematic areas. I use the shade golden-medium and although it’s a tad light for me right now, I love that I finally found a foundation with an undertone that I don’t find too pink for my yellow undertone.

I’ve mentioned this in my previous blog post but I have combination skin and in the summer, my T-zone gets even more oily. I purchased this foundation back in March when my face was drier, so this foundation looked great for about 5 hours before I thought I needed to blot my face. Now that it’s summer though, this foundation doesn’t stay on for as long and it becomes very wet looking within 2-3 hours. It doesn’t look bad, but it could use a touchup. However for the price, I still love this foundation! I only own one Bare Minerals product (this foundation) but can’t wait to try more — I’ve been eyeing a lot of their products.

I use the Real Technique’s expert face brush to apply this foundation and I love this brush (it’s cheap and super soft). It’s perfect for buffing the foundation into my skin. I tap the product onto the lid, then really swirl my brush in the lid before applying. To ensure even coverage and no patchiness,  I don’t use a heavy hand when swirling the brush onto my skin. That way, the product isn’t concentrated in one area of the face.

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Is it worth it? Yes! I’ll definitely be repurchasing this foundation. I’ve been using this everyday since March and for its price, it exceeds my expectations and I have so much product left. Only downside is its lasting power on my combination skin (especially in the summer months), but perfect for the cooler months. I don’t recommend for oily skin, and for those with dry skin, this leaves your skin looking hydrated! I’ve put this on flaky, patchy areas and it didn’t make it look worse. Definitely give this foundation a try! 🙂

My Experience with Eyelash Extensions

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After months of considering eyelash extensions, I finally hopped on the bandwagon and got my first full set of lashes last month. Prior to getting extensions I used mink strip lashes from Velour Lashes. Although I absolutely loved the lashes and the flexibility of choosing different styles for different occasions, I wanted a more permanent option. Let’s just say I’m obsessed with extensions and my morning routine is so so quick now.

Procedure: On average, the procedure will take about 1-2 hours for a full set and 0.5-1 hour for fills (touch ups). Go into your appointment with no eye makeup on. Your technician will then have you lie down and put on a sticky tape or pad under your eye so your lower lashes won’t get in the way of the application process. Unlike false strip or individual lashes that are applied onto your lash line, lash extensions are individual lashes that are attached to the base of each of your natural lash with a glue.

Lashes come in all length, density, and curls giving you the option to customize your look. You can opt for a cat eye look with longer lashes on the end or a doe-eyed look with longer lashes in the middle. It’s entirely up to you!

My first set of eyelash extensions were C curls and classics. Classic lashes look more natural. I don’t remember exactly what thickness and length she used, but I think she said she varied between 9-13mm lashes. My second set were D curls and volume lashes. I felt like the C curls weren’t curled enough, but the Ds definitely fixed the issue. I really don’t need to wear any eye makeup with the volume lashes which is so nice. I love the look of the volume lashes but now that I’ve had both styles, I think I’ll be getting D curls, classic in the future.

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Aftercare: Your technician will tell you how long you need to wait before getting your lashes wet since curing time depends on the glue that’s used. Mine takes 4 hours to cure, however, I’ve heard some take as long as 48 hours (eeeekk)! My technician gave me two spoolies (lash brushes) and told me to comb through my lashes to shape and prevent clumps when needed.

Treat your lashes with some TLC if you want them to last as long as possible! A full set will probably last 6-8 weeks, but that’s assuming it’s not going to look anywhere as good as when you just got them. It’ll probably be very sparse by that point. Fills are recommended every 2-4 weeks, however these time spans are dependent on lash aftercare and growth which will vary by individuals.

I get my lashes wet when showering and washing my face, but just be sure to comb them out after. Never pinch them, just use your spooly to comb them through. Don’t wear waterproof mascara or any oil based products — that will counteract the glue and cause breakage and/or fallout. Using mascara is not recommended, but I do it every once in a while and have no problem! Also, make sure to use an oil-free makeup remover. I’ve been a fan of Neutrogena’s blue makeup remover since I started wearing makeup; I’ve lost track of how many bottles I’ve used. Anyway, although it claims to be oil-free, it does have an oil layer in the middle which is why I use Almay’s makeup remover. I use a q-tip but word of advice, be careful when using q-tips and makeup wipes cause the lint can catch on to your lashes, easily pulling your extensions out.

Two things that are not recommended but I did: When I first got the C curls, I didn’t feel like they were curled enough so I curled mine really carefully with an eyelash curler a few times. That’s recommended against, but I didn’t have a problem with it 🙂 I also wore false strip lashes about 4 times with the C curls (again because they weren’t curled enough) and with that, I experienced some lash fallout when I took them off. Now, that being said, if you feel like you need to curl your lashes or put on extra lashes, your extensions aren’t probably curled or dense enough (which is why I chose D curls the second time).

*first two photos: D curl, volume // last photo: C curl, classic

Cost and Worth: Eyelash extensions aren’t cheap!! I thought about them for months before getting them. I considered lash growth serums like Latisse since they’re around the same price and an even more permanent option, but I knew the effects weren’t going to be anywhere near as dramatic as extensions. I was conflicted because I didn’t want to feel like I was wasting money on something so expensive if I didn’t like it, but I’m so glad I got them. My suggestion to those who are considering eyelash extensions are, if you have the money and time, 100% try them out!! Now my college budget won’t be able to support this lavish beauty lifestyle for too much longer, but I will definitely be getting extensions whenever I can 😉

Hair Routine & My Experience at Habit Salon

Growing up, I hated my hair because I had the curliest baby hairs that would literally be all over the place. I was always the girl coming out of the hair salon bawling because the hairdresser cut it “too short.” I don’t cry anymore (thank God) and my hair is actually my favorite feature now.

I dyed my hair by myself since 10th grade using a box-dye. I used Revlon’s Colorsilk dye in medium ash blonde. I know it’s such a light color, but it’s the only shade that will lighten my dark asian hair. I did it every 4 months and I loved how lightening my hair made me look tanner and healthier. But over time, I got bored and decided I wanted to sombre my hair (subtle ombre) and add highlights to it instead. I found Habit Salon through Amber Fillerup’s Instagram and I booked an appointment with Becky at Habit Salon. Check out their Instagram page; their work is amazing.

Habit uses a technique called hair painting. The nice thing about hair painting is that because the color is painted on below your roots, it grows out more naturally, requiring little maintenance. Becky painted streaks throughout my hair with bleach and covered them in aluminum foils. After the bleaching process was done, she shampooed and toned my hair so it wasn’t brassy. I opted for a neutral/ash-y undertone, but I wish I went with a more caramel undertone like she suggested. I feel like the ash is a little too grey for me. So although I didn’t end up ombre-ing my hair, I definitely got gorgeous highlights. I’ll be booking another appointment soon so I’ll sombre it then. I definitely recommend Becky and you can see exactly how she hair paints in this video here!

IMG_0050 habitThe interior design at Habit is so chic! Pricing depends on the skill of the hairstylist but hair painting starts at $90 and each additional bowl used for color is $15. I believe Becky’s starting price was $115. I paid $170 for the coloring alone.

f4fc444483f415dc3e6020dfd99430d3 The pictures below are prior to dying my hair at Habit Salon. In the prom picture below (taken exactly a year ago), my hair looks lighter than it actually was, but wanted to give you an idea of how long my hair used to be.

IMG_0084 This picture was taken about a month ago. My hair looks shorter than it is but it’s at chest level right now. I cut it back in November- shortest I’ve gone in a while- but it’s grown a lot since. Short hair was so nice for a change, but I think I’m going to grow it out again. IMG_0052 The products below are ones I use daily or every time I style my hair. They all smell amazingAfter Party has a lotion-like formula to it. I use it whenever I want to smooth out any frizz out of my hair. The leave-in conditioner from healthy sexy hair has replaced my old-time favorite one from “It’s a 10.” After I wash my hair, I spritz this into my hair and comb it through. The hairspray and heat tamer spray are pretty self-explanatory and do their job very well. Now my favorite hair product in the entire world is Triple Sec by Drybar. I’ve recommended this product to so many of my friends. It does all the three things I want for my hair: it adds volume, texture, and gets rid of any oiliness. It makes my hair look super tousled and smell amazing.

I try to wash my hair less, but I wash it everyday. I use shampoo and conditioner from Orlando Pita’s Argan Hair Collection. My mom bought them at Costco two months ago and I’ve been using it since. I like the smell of them and the conditioner works well, but I won’t be repurchasing the shampoo. I feel like it dries out my hair.

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Anyway, hope ya’ll enjoyed this blog post and have a great day! I can’t believe it’s already May- 21 days till I’m outta high school and on my way to Korea! Also, I committed to a college but I’ll save that for another post 😉

Love, Cait

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation & Radiant Creamy Concealer

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Sheer Glow Foundation: $45, 1oz 

  • It leaves a glowy, satin finish. I know it says sheer but I would say it’s medium coverage and very buildable.
  • I usually apply a base layer to cover most of my redness and blemishes and then apply a second layer to any problematic areas. It feels very light on the skin.
  • It’s meant for very dry to normal skin. I have combination skin; my T-zone tends to get very oily while my cheeks are dry.
  • Doesn’t leave a scent, doesn’t break me out.

Stromboli is for medium skin tones with olive undertones. Syracuse is for medium-dark tones with brown undertones. I purchased Syracuse over a year ago when I was extremely tan from track. Stromboli’s color and undertones match me well.

On my face, the foundation looks great the first 3-4 hours; it starts out looking satin, then glowy after a couple hours. After that, my face looks oily. On me, the foundation lasts about 5 hours before it looks bad. However, on my best friend (who has dry skin), the foundation lasts all day. Her skin looks flawless whenever she wears it. Keep in mind, I don’t set it with powder and I do have combination skin.

Is it worth $45? If you have dry skin, absolutely. If you have oily skin, not so much. You’ll definitely need to set it with powder and touch up throughout the day. I do love the finish, but I will probably go back to Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation for the spring and summer. Also, there’s no pump which I find a bit of a rip-off considering the price.

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Radiant Creamy Concealer (Custard): $29, 0.22 oz 

I waited a while before buying this concealer questioning whether I needed it since I thought my foundation provided great coverage. I’m so glad I bought it. Because this concealer provides more coverage than the foundation, on most days, I will just use this for my face makeup. Although it stays on a few hours longer than the foundation, I still have the same issue where it starts to look oily. But considering that I don’t use a lot of it yet still get great coverage for at least 6 hours, I say it’s worth the money and I’d repurchase it. I use the concealer primarily for redness and blemishes, but I know others use it for under-eye brightening. I really like the applicator (similar to a lipgloss wand) and the concealer blends really well.

Beauty Favorites

Hi everyone! Hope your weekend is going very well. I wanted to share with you my beauty favorites. I use these products on a daily basis and I highly recommend purchasing them. Enjoy!

IMG_6982Mia // Clarisonic Using the Clarisonic is my favorite part of my skin care night routine. It takes off all my face makeup and I feel like my face has been extracted of all impurities. I’ve been using the Clarisonic nightly for 8 months now, and my skin has gotten much clearer and smoother. I stopped needing to rely on Epiduo (acne medication) to prevent acne. The Clarisonic does the job perfectly.

Sunright 35 Face & Body Sunscreen // Nu Skin As much as I love being in the sun, I know protecting your skin is so important. My mom recently bought this sunscreen and I must say, this is the first brand of sunscreen I’ve been impressed with. This isn’t your typical sunscreen- it’s not greasy (at all) and it doesn’t reek or break you out.

Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover // Neutrogena I’ve repurchased this over and over again- I think I’m on the fifth bottle. I use waterproof mascara and this does a great job removing my eye makeup. I just soak a cotton pad with the makeup remover and put it over my eyes, moving it in a downward direction to get the mascara off.

Ultra Repair Cream // First Aid Beauty So grateful for this moisturizer- It totally saved my skin!! Every winter, my face gets so sensitive, dry, and flakey so I go out and splurge on a high end moisturizer that’s usually around $40. (Drugstore moisturizers like Neutrogena make my skin burn). I’ve tried Ole Henriksen, Philosophy, Origins, etc. and nothing compares to this. This cream is so gentle and moisturizing. Compared to other high end brands, it’s the most affordable (in my opinion) and lasts for ages. My first tub of this lasted 8 months vs. 4 months with more expensive moisturizers.

Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Gel & Eye Makeup Remover // Philosophy This face wash goes hand in hand with my Clarisonic. It’s very gentle and dissolves all my makeup. I usually use the Purity Made Simple cleanser but my mom bought this one instead. Although I do not have any complaints about this one, I prefer the Purity Made Simple cleanser. I think it fits my skin type better.

IMG_6970Pink Sugar // Aquolina I think everyone knows this perfume. I’ve worn it since 7th grade (5 years now) and still to this day, I get many compliments. People say I smell like waffles, a bakery, candy, etc. It’s a little overpowering sometimes so if you don’t like sweet smelling perfumes, this isn’t for you. I’ve loved it since day 1, and I know I will repurchase it for a very long time.

Primer Potion // Urban Decay I can’t stress how important an eyeshadow primer is. It’s essentially a base for your eyeshadow enabling it to stay on longer and makes your eyeshadow look more vibrant. I’ve been using an eyeshadow primer for about 3 years now, and I don’t know what I’d do without it. I alternate between the Too Faced Shadow Insurance and this primer; they are equally amazing.

Eyelash Curler // Shiseido Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with long, thick, and curled eyelashes. My eyelashes are thin, brittle, short, and stick straight down (literally). An eyelash curler has been my best friend ever since I started wearing makeup. Although it doesn’t add length, the curler makes my lashes visible. I decided to splurge on Shiseido curler and I’m glad I did. It doesn’t pinch my skin and it does a great job holding the curl.

Black Drama Falsies (Waterproof) Mascara // Maybelline Again, something I’ve repurchased many times. I only use waterproof mascara because it’s the only type of mascara that holds my curl. This mascara adds so much volume and length. I usually only buy Maybelline mascaras, but in general, I think drugstore mascaras do just as good of a job as high end mascaras.

Brow Powder Duo in Ebony // Anastasia My eyebrows are very sparse, but this brow powder transforms my eyebrows. I decided to get a brow powder instead of a brow pencil because it looks more natural. So glad I bought this- it’s an essential part of my makeup routine.

Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer // Too Faced Bronzer is my second best friend. I’ve repurchased this twice and I don’t know what I’d do without it. It seriously makes a huge difference. I look healthier and tanner! Because the bronzer is matte, I love to use this to contour my face. Oh and it smells straight up like chocolate!

Miracle Leave-In Product // It’s a 10 This product is my most recent purchase and I’m so glad I bought it. I use it on wet hair and it leaves my hair so soft, smooth, and smelling amazing. In my opinion, the smell is very floral-y and although I’m not a fan of floral scents, I’m in love with this particular scent.

Carbon Black Lineur Intense // Loreal Another product I continue to repurchase. I really only use liquid eyeliner because I think it lasts the longest. The color of this liner is literally carbon black. It stays on for many hours and I love the application. The felt tip allows me to maneuver the pen nicely, leaving a perfect winged tip.

E65 (small angle) & F40 Brushes (large angled contour) // Sigma I bought a 12-set brush kit from Sigma four years ago and I still use them every single day. I remember when they first came out and every single Youtuber raved about them haha. Although I love them all, I chose these two as my favorites because I use them the most.