Monday, December 23, 2013

Photo Drop!


It's been a while, but I'm back! Here are some things that I've done, worn, or liked in the past few months.

Silk top from Mango
Holiday Nails!
GUESS booties
Zombie makeup I did for hubby
More Holiday nails!
Urban Decay's Vice 3 palette at Sephora. Ooooooh...
Fawn makeup
Patriotic Nails for July 4th

Another Mango top
My Cousin's gorgeous wedding! And a shameless point-out to my rainbow bandage dress.
How's my Miley impression?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

To Peplum, or Not to Peplum?

Peplums have been a trend for the last two summers, and I'm still seeing the tall and willowy among us wearing this adorable and fashionable look. But when it comes right down to it, I think body-type has the most to do with why peplums haven't risen higher in the 'fad' ranks, and also why it has not yet failed.

Peplums are short overskirts that are attached above the waist in tops, dresses, and jackets. They can be on the sides only, mimicking the petals of a tulip, or they can encompass the waist entirely:

The benefit of these folds of fabric are immediately obvious: the plums hide any belly fat while accentuating the waist. The plums can be long or short and work for occasions spanning from conference to Red Carpet.

So why do I doubt the peplum??

The downside here is that when the plum fabric ends, so does the illusion. The larger your stomach area, the more fabric you need to hide it. However, with more fabric, comes more weight and mass in the area you're trying to hide. I hardly ever see more shapely women wearing peplums, and I feel that they have it right. It's as Nina Garcia has said many, many times on Project Runway. 'Why would you want to make a woman's hips look bigger?'

As far as trends go, this is no where NEAR terrible, but Peplums are very niche in my opinion. If it works for your body, wear it! Wear it everywhere! If you're having second thoughts when you look in the mirror, it's OKAY. It's not you, it's the shirt. You're fabulous.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Birthday Bag: A Snake for A Snake

A few weeks ago, I turned 24! And my wonderful husband, who always knows what to get me, bought me this absolutely gorgeous python hobo purse from Etsy!

Kendall Genuine Python Snakeskin Leather Soft Hobo Shoulder Bag Purse Handbag in Black

I Love It! At first, since summer is Upon us, I was concerned with the bulk and color, but I've found that I like wearing a statement bag with my bright outfits. From the front it looks quite like I'm wearing a tire around my arm, which I think captures some interest. It also gives any outfit I'm wearing a slight edge. From the side the intricate detailing of the layered scales comes into play.

I can, of course, carry EVERYTHING in it. It's also very comfortable and soft. I'm Chinese, and born in the Year of the Snake (yep, it's my year!), so I've always loved the silky serpent. This bag is awesome. Go get one.

The only downside so far is my newfound fear of rain. It's been a very rainy June in nyc, and I'm always clutching the bag to my chest under my umbrella in order to preserve the beautiful scales. Once they start to flip up, it's Game Over Man, Game Over.

Here's the link if anyone has been swayed into Bag Purchase Purgatory.

Have no fear, it's romantic to be the Lady in Heels Under the Giant Umbrella.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nail Update: Rainbow Tips and FA Stencils


Just a quick photo post today. Here are my rainbow tips with a little silver, and black stenciling. I used a regular nail polish brush with the stencil, but unfortunately had to throw the stencil away afterwards. The paint just got too heavy on it, and it ripped on the last nail :/

I love the colors here though. I purchased the blue, yellow, and green on sale for 99 cents each today! XD The company is Kiss Nail Art, and these packs can be found at any drugstore.

The brushes are very thin for detailing work, and I found that after a quick wipe with a damp paper towel, I can use them in any of my polishes! You can see that here, in the silver accent line I placed above the tips.

Take home message: Use the tiny polish brushes for stenciling! 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Monolidder Makeup!

Hello my dears,

Today I would like to touch upon a topic that gave me years and years of grief and makeup-anguish. What in the world do you do with monolids? For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, having a 'monolid' means that you have absolutely no crease whatsoever in your eyelid. I would say that most east Asians fall into this category. I've heard many people also refer to it as an absence of an eyelid. It's slightly different than having hooded eyes, where there's still a small fold in the lid above the lashes.

Monolid Eye
So, when presented with a monolid, one runs into some questions when doing eyeshadow. Where is the Crease? Should I fake an Outer-v to create a Crease? Why do all the pretty colors disappear when I open my eye? HOW do I apply makeup without looking like a raccoon??

Well ladies and gents, take a deep breath. 

Your eyes are not like deep-creased eyes, so it follows that you should not use the same process to put on makeup. Can you still do a sultry smokey eye? Absolutely! You just have to do it a little differently!

In makeup for eyes with creases (the skin fold where the eyeball recedes), the darkest shadow is usually applied to the outer corner, and the color shades get lighter as they move to the inner corner of the eye. This is especially helpful when blending from the Outer-V and into the crease to create that dark, smokey look. For monolidders however, faking a crease can make it look like you're contemplating robbing the closest bank vault. Instead of applying the darkest color to the outer corner and moving in, you will apply it just above the lashes, and move the lighter shades UP.

Here's my diagram tutorial of my everyday monolid look. You can swap out the colors to create different, fun looks all using the same technique. When you're comfortable with this, just use black as your darkest shade, and spend extra time blending the outer edge of the lid and under your eyes for a Smoky Eye. Don't sweep it up to fake a V, just work with the color over the lashes of your eye. 

Have fun, and good luck! 

Let me know how it goes! Feel free to post your own pics below!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Seen in the City: Blue Satin Sneakers

I saw this guy at Starbucks and had to ask him for a shot. These blue sneakers have satin on the diamond patterned cushions, and the heel and toes are suede!

LOVE it for an edgy, stylish Spring and Fall look.
Anyways, back to work!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

What's Contouring?

Hello all,

Today I really wanted to talk about my favorite piece of makeup trickery - contouring.
By adding highligher, blush, and a bit of bronzer, you can sculpt your face. Your cheekbones will be more defined, your face will be slimmer, and when you smile, your features will pop!

There are tons of handy charts to teach you where to add what, but I think watching someone contour in real time is more helpful. So I present to you, my very first video tutorial! Please excuse some blurriness, and my adorable kittens who make a cameo appearance.

With practice, you'll be able to do the full contour in five minutes tops, so this can really be part of your daily makeup routine. If you feel that it's too much, contouring would be great to keep in your back pocket for an important night out.

In any case, explore, enjoy, and be adventurous!

Products used:
General face -
Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer Potion
Bare Minerals Matte foundation in Medium Beige
Maybelline Coverstick in Medium Beige

Contouring - 
Stiola Convertible Color in Camillia
NYC Mosaic Color Wheel Translucent Highlight
Rimmel London Bronzer in 021 Sun Light

I'd like to ask, what products do you like to use for contouring? Why do you like them? Any tips?
By the way, constructive criticism is always welcome, whether for the makeup or for the video.
Thanks for watching!

Hyper Smash