And the winner is….
Congrats! And thanks to all for participating!
And the winner is….
Congrats! And thanks to all for participating!
Whenever my skin is looking dull, I reach for an Asian face sheet mask. There are so many brands & types of Asian facial sheet masks. The masks are made of cloth material which are soaked in different nutrients for the skin, depending on the purpose of the mask. For example, you can find masks for hydration, whitening, anti-aging, firming, revitalizing skin, to prevent dark circles, to restore elasticity & so on. They are cut out to fit your face, although I always find them to be a little large for my face.
Recently, I was at a local Asian market and found myself in the cosmetics section. I love trying out international products so naturally I had to check out what they had. The majority of the masks included the “whitening” component. They were all so interesting: cactus mask, bird’s nest mask, early grey tea mask, broccoli mask & many more! You’ll be surprised by the selection of sheet masks.
Now that I am in my 30’s, I am all about taking care of my skin, so Love More’s Black Caviar face mask caught my eye. The purpose of this mask is to prevent wrinkles and to keep your skin firm. This one did not mention “whitening.” I’ve tried the mask out a few times and to be honest it’s hard to tell if it’s preventing wrinkles. I guess you have to use it long-term to be able to tell. However, I do notice a glow that lasts a couple of days after I use it. So that’s always nice.
Even though the mask is called Black Caviar, it had a pleasant smell to it. You can’t even tell it has caviar extract. The packaging is adorable, it looks like a postcard from France. You can use it 2-3x a week, but I have only been using it about once a week. My box only had 7 masks so it can get a bit expensive if you were to use them 3x a week. I think I remember paying about $10 for the box of 7. They also carry single packets, which were a little over $1. If you don’t want to commit to an entire box, you always have the option of just purchasing a single sheet mask.
Besides Love More in Black Caviar, I have also used My Beauty Diary in Pearl Powder. So far, I’ve had a positive experience with both brands. I just have to warn my husband before I put one on since you can look quite scary! And although your face might feel weird with the leftover serum, just make sure to pat it into your skin. You can even rub the excess onto your neck and hands. It will absorb into your skin pretty quickly.
If you have a local Asian market where you live, check out their cosmetics section for these face sheets mask. If not, there are several websites where you can find Love More, My Beauty Diary & other Asian brands.
Not only is burgundy a fashion trend this fall, but it’s also a beauty trend. Just take a look at December’s cover of InStyle (2013). It’s the girl on fire herself, Jennifer Lawrence wearing a shade of ….yes burgundy!
Can everyone rock this color? Well, that’s what a couple of my friends and I wanted to find out. So we went on a hunt for burgundy lip colors.
Meet Diana, she wanted to find the perfect burgundy lip color for women of color.
Diana doesn’t typically wear lipstick, she is more of a lip gloss type of girl. However, she was unable to find any lip glosses in a burgundy shade so she decided to buy a few inexpensive lipsticks to try out.
Diana found this lip color to be a total fail, as it was a very light color. It did not even come close to burgundy. Nice color but not what she was looking for.
This lip color was slightly better than Plum, however it had too much of a red-base to it.
This ended up being Diana’s favorite of the three as it was the closest to burgundy. It is lighter than what she expected, but nonetheless a burgundy shade. This would be a great color for those who only want a hint of burgundy.
Diana’s advice to women of color looking for a burgundy lipstick is “don’t be fooled by the store lighting & don’t be scared of the darker burgundy colors.”
So did my friend Linda and I have a better experience? Linda actually went to Sephora to try out burgundy lip colors. She tried a total of 3 but one was not photographed because it was just too red. I tried two different burgundy shades myself.
This lip color looked burgundy but on Linda’s lips it looks a bit lighter with more of a red-base. Not what we expected from just looking at the lip color.
This one was better and seemed to have more of a brown-base to it. Again, just as with Shame, the lip color was way darker than it came out. It’s a lovely color for those who are looking for a brown-based burgundy.
I actually love this color! It looks pretty good on my olive skin tone. As I told you in my Mary Kay creme lipsticks post, I was very surprised by this lip color. I had expected it to clash with my skin tone. Again, just like Saboteur, this lip color has a brown-base.
This one is a burgundy with a red-base. In this case, the lip color is slightly darker than you see in the picture. I had a hard time photographing myself in this color. It looks a bit more red than it actually is.
I was really surprised by how hard it was to even find a burgundy lip color to try. A lot of them looked too red or way too purple. And as you can see from our pictures, even those that looked like a dark burgundy came out much lighter. If you are looking for a burgundy lip color, try out a few at the makeup counter. Or if you find yourself at Wal-Mart or Target, try to pick the darkest “burgundy” ones that won’t cost you more than a few dollars.
How do you feel about this beauty trend? Do you have a go-to burgundy lip color we should try out?
Burgundy is all over the place right now. I’ve noticed a lot of characters on t.v. wearing it. It’s a fall favorite! Although, I did see a lot of this color in Paris when I was there earlier this year in May. So I say— it doesn’t have to be “fall” to wear burgundy! In spring & summer, I could see myself wearing burgundy for a dinner date or some fancy soiree. But then again, I am the girl who wears hot pink in the winter…
As sophisticated as burgundy is, there are only certain pieces I could see myself wearing in that color. Pants, skirts and dresses are easy of course. Tops can be worn with black slacks for work or with jeans for a more casual look. When I saw burgundy in Paris, a lot of it was in the tights the Parisians were wearing with their black dresses & skirts. To accessorize in this fall color, try a scarf, chandelier earrings or a bejeweled bib necklace.
If you are riskier than I, then you could also try other pieces in this color such as a pea coat or a handbag. If I had more money to spend on clothes, then I would probably go for the pea coat.
When combining burgundy with other colors, the following go best with it: black, grey & creams. For example, with a burgundy dress wear a pair of nude heels. Burgundy jeans would look great with a grey top.
Do you have any burgundy pieces in your closet? What are your burgundy favorites?
Do you have a “hot” date later on tonight? Are you having a hard time deciding what to wear? Maybe you don’t know what style to go with, there are so many after all. Are you feeling edgy, yet chic? Here is an outfit with a mix of styles & trends to inspire you.
This effortless cool look is so easy to put together. Start with a moto jacket, which can be found everywhere these days. Throw it over a minimalist dress and add some tights to keep warm in this chilly weather. To dress up your outfit, add some sparkling earrings & booties. Now, just add the “hot” date & have a great night out on the town!
You probably have most of the pieces in your closet already. If you don’t, here is where you can find them.
Doesn’t Forever 21 just seem to get better? I mean I went in the other day and noticed tons of cute things. I was instantly attracted to all of their new handbags. They were just being placed out as I was walking in. Here are a few that caught my eye (just a few). They are super trendy and affordable. Now, I am not sure how long they will last. It has been a while since I’ve bought a Forever 21 handbag.
Of course I love them all! Help me choose one. Which one is your favorite?
With the holidays coming up, I thought it would be a perfect time for a…giveaway!
As I had mentioned in an earlier post, this past weekend I attended a fashion event in Dallas where I was gifted a VIP gift bag full of goodies! These gorgeous red Kendra Scott arrow earrings came in my gift bag. I have too many earrings already, so I am giving them away instead.
With the holiday parties right around the corner, these earrings could be the perfect accessory to that little party dress. Or they could also glam up your casual look!
To enter the giveaway it’s super simple:
*Leave a comment on this blog post! (make sure to leave your e-mail address so I know where to contact you if you win) 1 entry
That’s 6 entries if you complete all !! **
Winner will be announced on the morning of Black Friday—Nov 29th! I will be e-mailing the winner so keep an eye out for it. Winner will have 3 days to claim the prize. If the winner forfeits prize, a new winner will be chosen through a random drawing. **Must reside in the U.S.A. to win.
Ok, so Carmex has glammed it up! Have you seen these “oh so trendy” lip balms! I got one in the VIP gift bag from the Simply Stylist event on Sunday. And I absolutely love it! Carmex has come out with four limited edition lip balm designs: houndstooth, leopard print, swirling in color, and a modish pattern. Now is the perfect time to pick one of these up to keep your lips from chapping this winter. And you might want to pick up a few extra to gift to your mother, daughter, sister, or best friend. Now that I think about it, they would also make a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift (all four or as an add on to your gift).
Carmex also seems to have come out with tinted lip balm, which I will tell you more about once I have tried it out.
This past Sunday, I spent all day at the Simply Stylist Fashion & Beauty conference in Dallas. I wanted to share with you a few pictures I took with my iPhone. I should have taken my “professional” camera with me but I just did not want to have to carry it around.
The Simply Stylist conference in Dallas was even more of an exciting experience than I had imagined. I got to meet a lot of awesome people! There were all kinds of women (and a few fashionable men) at this event. From bloggers, to those who want to start a blog, to those who just started a business in fashion/beauty, and some were just fashion & beauty enthusiast.
Catt Sadler from E! hosted the panel and I was even able to meet her. The panel was very informative and inspiring. Everyone was so friendly and approachable. Sarah Boyd, the founder of Simply Stylist, stopped by our table at brunch and chatted with us for a bit. The fashion bloggers giving the breakout sessions were just as friendly. I met Liliana Vazquez from Cheap Chica’s in the bathroom! She is actually trés petite. I tried not to stare at her every time I came across her, it’s just very rare for me to see other petite young women. Liliana was the speaker for one of the breakout sessions and she also had a table at the event selling her book The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style. Her book can be described as a financial advice book + Confessions of a Shopaholic–should be a fun read!
As much as I learned from the panelist, I just wish it had been a bit more diverse. They all seemed to agree on everything, which didn’t make sense to me. Just because pastel looks great on all of them, does not mean it will on everyone. Not that we talked about pastels, but you know what I mean.
At the end of the day, I was even more motivated to continue with my blogging. I started this blog after all because I had a hard time finding blogs that reviewed fashion & beauty products that would be a good fit for me. And I know I am not the only one that has this problem. I met a group of women who flew in from San Antonio, who discussed how even though they just love some blogs, realistically the products in some blogs (clothing & beauty) just does not work for them. We all come in different size, shapes, colors, and ages after all……yet the fashion & beauty industry continues to lean towards only ONE size, shape, color and age.
Yesterday, I found myself at Starbucks at just the right time. Starbuck’s current promotion is buy a holiday beverage & get a free one! It runs from Nov. 13th-17th from 2-5 p.m. So share the joy! By the way my fave is the Peppermint Mocha…coffee date anyone?
While I was at Starbucks, I couldn’t help but notice all of the lovely gifts for the holidays. Of course my favorite is the Alice+Olivia Bearista! Isn’t she just so fashionable?! I so want her outfit, such a classic look for the holidays. This Designer Alice+Olivia Bearista bear is the perfect gift for not only the coffee lover, but your stylish friend. And look at the adorable tuxedo mug! I overheard the baristas going gaga for it. You can buy both of these items as a set for $39.90, or separately ($19.95 each).
For the Starbucks fanatic, a coffee sampler or cocoa sampler would be perfect for them. Or you can always buy them the pretty jewel mug and add a gift card. The café cookbook just looked so interesting–a great gift for your foodie friends!
Are you doing any of your Christmas (or holiday) shopping at Starbucks this year?