FOTD - Three Ways to Wear an Orange Lip (with Swatches)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

에뛰드하우스의 새로운 틴트 컬러팝 반짝 틴트! 써니팝

I still LOL at the fact that I'm un-ironically beauty blogging. Most of the time I feel like this guy...

because before 2014, I owned one eyeliner, one blush, and one lipstick. That's it. Finito. But times have changed and lately I've found that there's nothing quite as satisfying as watching your imperfections get buffed away with the soft bristles of a fluffy brush, caressing your face like the dulcet tones of a young Justin Bieber... And truth be told, my makeup collection has started to grow at a rapid pace, with my skills rushing to keep up.

Anywho, without further ado, today I bring to you three different ways to wear a punchy orange lip.

Korean Makeup Look Using Inexpensive American Products and Gradient Lip Tutorial

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

This post is inspired by my trip to Korea late last year. I found the look that most girls sported there to be really fresh and decided to try my hand at it. Check it out and see if any of these trends pique your interest.


(1) Straight brows - Gives a youthful look. Brows are also heftier, yet well-groomed.

(2) Light/warm toned eyelids - Popular shades are peaches, oranges, and warm neutrals

(3) Perfect Skin  - This is the land that birthed the BB cream; of course skin needs to be perfect! Skin is bright, "dewy" (makeup buzzword FTW) and pores blurred.

(4) Light blush/no contour - Popular shades include light peaches, pinks, and lilacs.

(5) Gradient Lip - This is the lip look of the moment due to its youthfulness (again). Who has perfectly manicured lip liner / lipstick in their teens? No one. Apparently the harsh edges and the loud colors age you. This lip makes you look like you've just enjoyed a strawberry lollipop. Can be recreated with red, pink, and orange tones.

Korean Makeup Tutorial
Going back to my roots - a Korean Makeup Look
Korean Makeup Tutorial With American Products Alternate View
Alternate view of eyeshadow

My Modern Mixtape: Feb 2015 Edition

Friday, February 6, 2015

Decided to post a monthly playlist, please enjoy!

These are the jams getting me through my winter doldrums.. The list has got like a muted electro indie pop feel for the most part and slows down and gets a bit more soulful towards the end.


P.S. comment down below your favorite song of the month!

Feels Like the First Time: False Lashes

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To me, wearing false lashes has always seemed like an unnecessary extravagance, best reserved for a truly special occasion, if at all. In fact, the first and only time (prior to today) I ever donned a set of flutter enhancers was for a friend's wedding back in 2010. I wasn't even the one to apply them. One of the other bridesmaids in the wedding party had brought enough for everyone that day and I was convinced to try them on. I remember after getting ready, we walked the church aisle like it was our personal catwalk, and ate a ton of food outside in perfect 70 degree weather. I promptly proceeded to completely forget I had fake lashes on until later that night, when it came time to peel them off. Luckily they peeled off easily and without any casualties from my own lashes. And I didn't think about putting on another set until today.

So what changed? I started watching some YouTubers that focus on beauty. I believe the generally accepted term is 'beauty guru'. I disproportionately follow the Asian or Asian-American women since I know that their advice would probably work best for me since we share a similar skin tone and eye shape. At first, I had no idea that they were wearing falsies in their videos and thought they were blessed with naturally lush lashes or just bigger eyes in general (lashes make your eyes look wider). Then I saw a video where they explained their lash application wizardry and I picked up a pair from Sephora to check it out for myself.

Sephora Collection Mink False Lashes
Sephora Collection - Mink. Mini Review: Cross-hatch pattern good, lash length bad. (too long)
My weapon of choice was the Sephora Collection Mink style eyelash. It's made of mink and the lashes are arranged in a cross-hatch pattern. The lashes get longer towards the outer edge of the band, which leads to a flirty and fun look.

Here are the results!