FOTD: Panda Eyes

No clever product-name-as-post-title today. A couple weeks ago, I decided to do a full-on panda smokey eye, just for fun.

I very rarely line my waterline, as it makes my already tiny eyes look extra beady. But it does make my eyes look chocolate-y brown.

Also, I blended out the black with a bit of bronzer. This is a trick I picked up from Viola of Killer Colours. It prevents the black from blending out to a weird grayish blue, and instead makes the black look extra black.

I added some faux freckles to keep the vibe casual and a little undone.

Wearing a full-blown smokey eye like this definitely makes me feel sexy, so here is a gratuitous, try-hard model pose:



The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
BECCA Dual Coverage – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
NARS Laguna/Deep Throat
Youngblood Lunar Dust – Twilight
NYX Eye and Eyebrow pencil – Taupe, Brown (for freckles)


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – Medium Brown


KIKO Long Lasting Stick – 20
Viseart Neutral Matte – 9
Benefit Hoola
Too Faced Vanilla Bean
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara


tarteist lip paint – Birthday Suit

FOTD: Potion

This is a look I did and photographed a couple weeks ago, when I was feeling more motivated and ambitious than I felt this week. Last week, I took pictures of my makeup for the blog two days in a row. In contrast, this week I’ve skipped makeup two days in a row. Sigh.

Anyway. I used a Sephora 100-point perk deluxe sample, an Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss. It is highly pigmented and therefore not advisable to apply/touch-up on the go. Dark lip colors like this are hard to work with, and I really have to put time and effort into perfecting it, lest it end up looking sloppy.

A couple quick tips: 1) Use a clear lip liner outside the natural lip line. I forgot to here, and with a dark gloss, that meant bleeding. Not cute. 2) Use a dark lip liner to define and fill in the shape of the lips first before going in with the gloss.

To balance the strong lips, I went very minimal on the eyes. Winged eyeliner and lots of lashes felt like the obvious choice, so I skipped it. Instead, I used the KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 25, which subtly brightens the area. Did a bit of tightlining, and a couple coats of mascara, then called it a day.

This look probably would look better with a fuller coverage base, but I kind of like the rock-n-roll vibe. I don’t mind some skin imperfections showing through. It makes it feel more effortless and devil-may-care.


Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
ColourPop SuperShock Cheek – Monster
Sephora Collection Midnight Magic – 03 Holographic
theBalm InStain blush – Pinstripe
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder – Medium


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown


KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow – 25
Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral Matte – 2, 3, 10
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara


ColourPop Lippie Pencil – Nevermind
Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss – Potion

January 2017 Favorites

january 2017 favorites

My very first monthly favorites post! I don’t know if this will be a regular thing. Normally, I’m all over the place when it comes to makeup, and I rarely use the same products two days in a row. However, I did find that I reached for these more consistently than others, so I thought I’d do a word dump about them.

Here we go!

Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral matte palette

This has been a firm favorite for a few years already. It has a good combination of warm and cool mattes, with enough variations of colors to complement almost any eyeshadow look you could dream up: base/brow bone color, crease/transition, brows/liner. The packaging is slim and sleek as well, perfect for traveling.

At first glance, it looks a lot like the much-lauded Viseart Neutral Matte palette. I have both, and I don’t think they’re dupes in terms of quality. HOWEVER, I would recommend the Sonia Kashuk as a much more affordable alternative. The Viseart palette is $80 which is O_O!! for the average, casual consumer (and even still for the makeup junkie/collector). In contrast, the SK retails for $19.99 at Target.

Again, I do think the Viseart is superior in quality. It blends and layers effortlessly. However, the SK palette is a true workhorse: easy to work with, reliable pigmentation, and versatile colors. It’s also one-fourth the price of the Viseart! I always reach for the SK palette when traveling. It’s much slimmer than the Viseart, and cheaper to replace if anything were to happen to it.

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves 02 Blush

This was actually rescued from my purge pile. It has a hard pan, so my brushes don’t pick up a whole lot of product in one go. However, I find this works well to build a very natural-looking glowy sheen on days I want to look effortlessly fresh. While it’s called “blush”, I find it both too frosty and light to be used as such. Instead, I use it as a highlighter.

I’m wearing it in this FOTD below. Picture goes to the blog post.

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Sephora Birthday Gift 2016

sephora birthday gift 2016

MY BIRTHDAY IS IN FEBRUARY. It’s now December. What the hell is wrong with me.

Okay, to be fair, I was still in London in February. I picked it up in May.

However, in complete honesty, this gift wasn’t very exciting to me.

sephora birthday gift 2016 2

Black eyeliner and nude pink lipstick. Yawn.

marc jacobs highliner gel crayon blacquer

I will say that I like how this eyeliner twists up instead of needing to be sharpened. Supposedly it’s good for tightlining and the waterline as well. I like to pack it when traveling, since I don’t have to sharpen it.

marc jacobs le marc lip creme kiss kiss bang bang

If you like mini things, like I do, you’ll find that the lipstick is cute too. The color is a nude pink that brightens my skin tone. I like it, but it doesn’t get my heart racing, y’know?


sephora birthday gift 2016 swatches

Overall, they’re two basic staples that the vast majority of women (or men) would appreciate. They’re safe, work-appropriate, and inoffensive. The lipstick would probably look good on a variety of skin tones, as well.

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We arrived back in Hawaii on Friday night. As usual, my plans to either schedule posts while I was gone, or work on posts while in London didn’t happen. I am probably the laziest blogger in the world. Sigh.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a quick and dirty post of the beauty things I brought back. It’s always fun to look at the stuff we can’t get easily in the States!


Stopped by KIKO and picked up a clear lip liner to replace the Urban Decay one that dried out. Also bought two more of their Long-lasting Eyeshadow sticks, in a matte black and a matte greige taupe.

My friend wanted the gorgeous TopShop Chameleon eyeshadow in Shuffle the Cards, and who can blame her? I swatched another Chameleon color called Changeling, and it had to come home with me. It’s the prettiest purple-green-pink shift!!

My mom and I both bought a Bourjois foundation. I picked up the Healthy Mix in the shade 53, to mix with the Healthy Mix Serum I have in 52, which is currently too light for me. Since we spent over £12 on Bourjois, Superdrug was having a promotion and gave me a free GWP. I don’t normally wear gray smoky shades, but I’ll give it a try anyway.

As you can see, I kept the number of items to a minimum. However, that doesn’t mean I kept the spending to a minimum, because…


Yep. I bought the unicorn Suqqu Cheek Brush. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the brush Lisa Eldridge uses in practically every single video. It’s stupid expensive and hard to get a hold of. I can’t even really afford it right now. I was content to put it on my wish list and buy it eventually, one day… But since the pound is so weak (sorry guys), and I’m still eligible to claim back the VAT, I took the plunge. I almost bought two, but told myself I was being crazy (still not entirely convinced that was the right decision).

I’ve used it a few times, unwashed, and it is so wonderfully soft. It picks up and blends color effortlessly. I washed it tonight, and put a brush guard on it, so I’m hoping it’ll fluff out a bit, but not too much. Much excite!

Last, but not least, something rather exciting happened on the plane ride back from London. I spotted one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Linda Hallberg, on the same flight! I had read on her blog and her Instagram that she was heading to Hawaii, but imagine my surprise when I saw her walk by on the plane during boarding!

I thought at most she’d post pictures of places I’d recognize in Honolulu and Oahu, but instead, at baggage claim, after two very long flights, I went up to say hi to her. She was very humble and sweet and agreed to take a quick selfie with me.

If you don’t already follow Linda, check out her blog, her YouTube channel, and her Instagram page. There is no limit to her creativity and talent; she’s so inspiring!

So anyway. Now I’m home, and it’s time to try to shuffle my life into some sort of productive order. Hello, December.

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