New Biossance Line

Um, can we talk about this bomb line called Biossance???  I am obsessed with this company because of how my skin feels and all the natural ingredients.  I’ve been using biossance oil, night cream, day cream, eye cream and face wash for over 2 years now~ and I’m PSYCHED to try this new product line!! =DDDDD  Get yours at Sephora!! xoxobiossance

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Spring Shoes for Toddlers

Spring Shoes for Toddlers

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Nordstroms is having its semi-annual sale right now and although not all of these are on sale~~ these are my spring/summer shoe lusts for C’s wardrobe.  Now that she’s walking I want her to have every shoe in sight to match all her clothes.  LOL

I didn’t buy shoes for her or put her in shoes before C started walking b/c I had heard from so many people told me that C needs to build her feet/leg muscles before she starts wearing shoes.  It helped a lot that we don’t wear shoes in the house or at daycare.  =)  Anyway, I’ve never talked to a Doctor so I’m not sure how true that all is, but it just so happened to have been something we followed.  ^^

xoxo Happy Tuesday Ya’ll

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Spring lipcolor 

my favorite lip color this spring!  it’s a matte pink~~   
  

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Nail Party

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I used to be one of those ladies who painted her nails ALL THE TIME.  I didn’t even know what it felt like to have short short nails or bare ones!  But pregnancy + newborn = no time, no nail color.  =(  major sad face.  I’ve tried getting them done professionally but my problem is… I HAVE NO TIME!  EVERRRR.  so my new solution??? do them at work. =D  puhaha  So I realize this is not ideal or professional but I saw some of my coworkers on campus doing it and a freaking LIGHT BULB went off!!  doiiii i can do this during lunch while i eat and watch kdramas!!  triple-tasking at its best!  *woooot *

this is my first time trying it out above. =D  not the best or cleanest…but this nail polish is insanely small with a tiiiiny brush.  next time i’ll bring a normal size bottle.

now…if i could only do facials doing lunch that would be CLUTCH.  ^^

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Pretty Little Things…

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Target Haul: NYX, Revlon, and Maybelline

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Target is now selling NYX makeup!!  *halellujahhhh*  I absolutely LOVE NYX products.  The items are clearly great quality but for half the drug store price.  Here’s my full haul below:

NYX Highlighter and Brow Liner

NYX Butter Gloss

NYX Matte Finish Spray

Revlon Photoready Foundation

Maybelline Pumped Up

Maybelline Liner

Lipstick

 

i bought these items about 2 months ago and i seriously use them ALL regularly.  this is probably the first haul in a while where i can say that’s true.  the nyx lipglosses go on smoothly just like the revlon lip butters from last year.  the nyx eyebrow pencil is awesome (but you have to sharpen it daily…one con).  this pump up colossal mascara is AMAZING~~~ totally makes me look like i have fake eyelashes on.  i like to put on 3 coats and one cool trick is not putting the wand back in, in between the coats.  so basically it dries a little and makes the formula thicker as you put on the layers.  finally, the NYX  setting spray…I LOVE.  it totally keeps my makeup in tact for the entire day (sweaty or not).

i got all these items from target but i think you can get these from any drug store or beauty store! <3  hope you love these products as much as i do!

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Summer Makeup and Beauty Essentials

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these are my current go-to summer makeup and beauty essentials right now for day and night.

new items that i’m LOVING:

1. NYX Matte Finish

–a light spray that goes all over my face and really sets the makeup.  love it.  bought it at target, because they now carry NYX products!!  eek.  i absolutely love nyx and it’s affordable prices.

2. Maybelline Pump Up Mascara

–LOVE this line of mascaras that maybelline is coming out with.  really makes my eyelashes stand out, it keeps them curled (lots of mascaras are too heavy for me), and it doesn’t smudge!  i’m super picky about mascaras because i like mine to be curled a certain way.  since i have monolids, it’s so hard to find the right product.  with this maybelline line of mascaras, love love love them all!

3. Algenist Ultralight UV Defense Sunscreen and face lotion

–really liking this product lately.  this lotion is really like and sheer, but afterwards leaves a stickiness.  normally i would hate the sticky feeling, but for some reason i feel like it makes my makeup stick to my face better.  like a primer or something.  totally love the protection this product provides in a sheer and lightweight formula.

 

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Fourth of July Nails

happy fourth everyone!

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MAC nailpolish

I got this nail color as a gift a few birthdays ago and I still love wearing it.  It’s a dark khaki color with a gold sheen to it.  LOVE LOVE LOVE the color and it compliments so many outfits and accessories!

Color: Frost-Earthly Harmony

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New Year’s Eve Outfit Idea #2

Here’s my second option for new years eve.  This doesn’t photograph as pretty as the gold dress, but it’s still such a gorgeous/elegant option!!  I think I’d do the same makeup/hair as the gold dress for this one as with outfit #1.

Accessorized this outfit with…

Pim + Larkin Necklace, BCBG Clutch, DV Black Heels

Dress (click here)~ this is on sale too now!!  Darn it…but at least you guys can get it for less!

Can’t wait for NYE <3

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Walmart Haul

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Picked these up recently and they are all re-fills EXCEPT for the salon perfect lashes and lipstick.  The eyeliners & mascara & powder are my makeup bag staples.  LOVE the products, the colors and the way it wears all day.

The lashes have purple and black lashes that were made to compliment brown eyes (my eye color).  So I’m excited to try it out for new years!  It also comes with a purple eye liner so let’s see if it brings out the brown~ =)

Color Whisperer lipstick is my faaaaave right now.  These lipsticks go on as smooth as lip butters (which i love).  These don’t last very long so you have to keep reapplying throughout the day, but I love the color, amount of pigment it leaves, and the feel of them on my lips!

Makeup Haul Details:

Master Drama Eyeliner
425 coral commander
415 bold brown

The rocket mascara, volum’ express from maybelline
411 very black

True match super-blendable compact makeup from L’Oreal in W3

Salon perfect color enhance lashes

Color whisperer #30 in pin up peach

 

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Dead weight

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Got my hair diiiid yesterday.  I’m still in total shock…but I’m sure I’ll get used to it.  I chopped off about 8 inches.  As soon as the stylist make the first cut, I wanted to take it all back and run away.  *sigh *

I haven’t had short hair since…high school?  I can’t even REMEMBER!!  Luckily my hair grows pretty fast so I’m hoping it’ll be the length I want by Spring.

One really great part of this haircut is that ALL my bad/dead/damaged hair is gone.  My hair feels thicker, healthier and just…brand new.  I’m really grateful for that…now I just need to learn to stop coloring my hair!

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Vegas Makeup

Vegas Makeup is my favorite Kind!  I get to do some fun, funky and trendy tricks and just have FUN.  During my normal life I keep to a normal makeup routine without much variation.  Here’s a bad picture below.  The lighting came out super yellow and you don’t get to see some of the more fun colors I picked.  *sigh *  I need to learn to bring my camera more often.  *shaking head *  So try to ignore the bad yellow lighting. =(

Anyway~~ I did some shading, highlighting…and used a VERY heavy hand =P  I also curled my hair, which is a TOTAL rarity these days!

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Here’s my fake eyelash trick below!  I always wear TWO strips (different kinds) on each eye. It makes my lashes look fuller and my very small eyes bigger.

One set:

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Two Sets:

(can you see the difference??)

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I LOVE fake eyelashes and buy them in bulk in Koreatown.  I rarely have a reason to wear them now…but it’s a big treat when I do get to put em on. <3

 

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Going Out Makeup

I’m sure you can tell from this picture below but…I’ve got a LOT of makeup on.  =P  This is my “going out” routine~~ a heavier hand with everything from my day look (post here) and a nice bright lipstick to top off the look.  In this picture below, it’s a rare day that I curled my hair and attempted to style it.  Lately it doesn’t want to listen to me…>.<  This is also the hair that I dyed light brown & platinum blonde…but was stubborn enough to stay black/brown.  *shaking fist *

Markel and I went to his friend’s birthday dinner last Saturday and here’s the makeup from the night.  In my younger 20s, I used to wear fake eye lashes to EVERYTHING…but I’ve been getting lazy.  Perhaps my next big night I’ll do my signature double lashes look. =P

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xoxo, Esther

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My Work Makeup Routine

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I am fairly obsessed with makeup.  I’ve gone through eye shadow phases, lipstick phases and blush phases.  Now in my late 20s, I’ve finally figured out a makeup regime that works for me.  After watching a million youtube videos and seeing hundreds of girls applying makeup~ I find that no matter what~ I still have my own preferences and style.  One that probably doesn’t work for other girls, but what works for my face, my eye shape, and my comforts.

I have a round face, so I prefer to use a heavier hand with bronzer, blush, highlighter.  It helps me to shape my face to a round oval and give myself a jawline.  Additionally, my monolids have a more slanted almond shape, so I am really particular about my eye makeup & eyebrow shape.  Most girls use wingtip or accentuate the almond shape (like when I get my makeup done), but I try to make it a more rainbow shape.  lol  Does that make any sense?

SOMEDAY…I’ll get to a makeup tutorial about how I prefer to do my own makeup…but for now… here are the products I’m using right now:

Foundation: I am between shades right now, so I mix Revlon Photoready in 004 Nude and 005 Natural Beige

Powder: True Match Powder, W4, Natural Beige

Blush: NARS, Orgasm

Bronzer: Wet N’ Wild Coloricon, 739, Ticket to Brazil

Highlighter: Milani Powder, 02, Light Medium

Eyebrows: Croquise stick in Dark Brown

Lipgloss: Smashbox in Radiant

Mascara: Maybelline Rocket Volum Express in Blackest Black

Eye Shadows: 1. Milani, 15, Golden Touch

2. Bobbi Brown Velvet Plum Eye Palete, color Espresso

Eyeliner:  Maybelline Master Drama in Black

 

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Fall Lipstick

I finally got the chance to try out this fall’s new lipstick trend: dark red/wine lips.

THE BEST PART of this entire trial?  I found the colors in my own lipstick collection!  I had bought a few darker colors a year or two ago and found that it didn’t really compliment my skin the same way bright colors did (bright pinks/reds).  But with the help of this trend coming back, I gave it another try. =)

Colors:

NARS: Damaged (matte color)

Fresh: Sugar Plum (added on top for some shine and moisture)

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The light wasn’t on my side, so these pics are a bit dark.

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What do you think?  Love it or Hate it?

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Pinterest Outfit Ideas

Who doesn’t love to browse Pinterest for ideas on clothes, makeup, home decor, parties…etc!  Here are some of my favorite outfit ideas that have been in my feed lately. <3

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Target Haul

Picked up some oldies and some new items from Target.

Oldies:

Revlon Photofinish foundation in 004 Nude (my new fave)

Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Shade

New Products to Try:

Cover Girl chubby stick in 002.  A Sheer pink that I like for summer.  I wish it had a little more pigment, but then again…it wouldn’t be sheer right?

2 new Revlon nail colors: Dark Pink and White <3

Foundation brush for my mama who just got into using foundation.  She normally uses a foundation stick and her fingers.  But after getting her makeup done at the wedding, she’s a new believer in using a foundation brush!  It really helps create a flawless finish (I think).

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Ombre Hair

Now that the wedding is over, I’m actually ready to go back to Ombre hair!!  Especially with the summer around the corner…it would be a fun way to begin the season! =)

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DIY Smashbox Primer…do you do it?

This is pretty gross, but interesting… would you do it?

“NO WAY – Monistat anti-chafing gel ($6) has the same active ingredients as Smashbox’s Primer ($36) – it actually does a BETTER job keeping my makeup on.”

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From My Vanity Basics:

The things we do for beauty.. lol

Today, I have something a little bit different… I’m part of a few different Facebook groups and in one of them the topic of face primers came up. I’ve only tried two different ones, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer. Smashbox is my favorite.

Imagine my surprise when someone compared Smashbox’s Primer to Monistat Chafing Gel… Yes, you read that right! I did some investigating and found that they are actually really similar and lots of people actually do use the Monistat in place of the Smashbox Primer.

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel’s active ingredient is Dimethicone 1.2%, which is listed as a skin protectant. Dimethicone is also found in the Smashbox primer, along with other ingredients. Dimethicone is a silicon based polymer often found in all sorts of cosmetics and hair products. In makeup and face products, it is usually used as a temporary filler for fine lines and wrinkles. It doesn’t help fix them long term just helps temporarily fill them in, until washed off.

As far as primers in general, they help smooth the surface of the skin including fine lines, wrinkles and pores, allowing makeup to apply more evenly and leave a smoother finish. Primers also help your makeup last longer. So I guess with that said, it makes sense that the Monistat would work as a primer.

After reading all this information, I just had to give it a try.

Monistat Intimate Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
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It is in a tube like this once you take it out of the box.
Monistat Chafing Gel retails any where between $5 and $9 for a 1.5oz tube. I got mine at Walmart and I can’t remember the exact price but I’m pretty sure it was about $7.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer can be found at Sephora and is $36 for a 1oz tube.
It is a very drastic price difference. After using the Monistat Chafing Gel, I just don’t get it. It honestly feels like the same product and had the same exact results for me. Like I said before, the ingredients aren’t EXACTLY the same but it honestly did the same thing when it came down to it. Truly makes me feel like you are just paying for the name.
If you have the money to spend, go ahead and get the Smashbox Primer, if not, try the Monistat for way cheaper!
The Monistat Chafing Gel is a clear gel, once you put it on and rub it in, it dries clear and feels almost powdery. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and oh so soft! And it is also fragrance free.
The only main difference I noticed between the two is that if you rub in the Smashbox too much, it begins to flake off.
With both of them, you should let them dry before applying any makeup over them.
Honestly, Smashbox really is my favorite primer but I really can’t see paying that much for a smaller tube when I can get a bigger Monistat tube for way cheaper. And it does the same thing!!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

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