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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

PMS?

I don't know what it is, but this just made me bawl like an infant.
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I have two cats and once owned a puppy named Harry :(.  I always strive to do my best to offer them a comfortable life style. It makes my blood boil when I see people mistreating their pets.

I hope everyone who owns a pet to go give them a big kiss and a huge hug. Life is short, show them you love them.

*goes off to the corner and cry*

Tao

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I love my cats but...

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they are driving me kinda nuts. I'm gonna get a pure black kitty!

Find of the Year

I don't care who you are, you NEED this in your life.

Kirkland 10 Piece Deluxe Brush Collection 

 I got mine from Costco for $24.99. You get 10 AMAZING brushes AND a brush roll.

It comes with
--cheek brush (we call it flat top buffer brush)
--Powder brush (LOVE)
--Finish brush (Stippling brush)
--Contour Kabuki
--Liner brush
--Crease brush
--All over eye brush
--Angled eye brush
--Highlighting brush
--Foundation concealer brush (LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE)
--super awesome brush roll









I don't know about you, but I KNOW I'm getting a back up. I used all the brushes today and OMG SOFTNESS!! I especially like the pointed foundation/concealer brush. It applied my under eye concealer like a dream. LOOOOOOOOOOVE~

RUN TO COSTCO AND GET IT! 

Happy shopping,

Tao

Monday, October 17, 2011

Updated Skincare Routine

Here is my updated skincare routine as per popular request. Enjoy.

Here's everything I use. I know, this picture scared me too. 

This is the general routine.

Morning:
--Cleanse face with a gentle face wash 
--Prep with a serum 
--Moisturize 
--Sunscreen

Night:
--Take off makeup with a Cleansing Oil 
--Cleanse with a heavy-duty face wash
--Prep with a serum
--Moisturizer

Treatment:
--Exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week

Face Wash:
1. Acne. Org Cleanser: I use this in the morning since it is very gentle. I've been using it for a while now. It doesn't irritate my skin and it wasn't too harsh to use in the morning. 

2. Philosophy Purity Made Simple: I use this at night for a deep clean after using the cleansing oil. This supposedly can take off all the makeup by itself, but I personally feel more comfortable if I use a separate makeup remover. I got the GINORMOUS size from Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale last night, and it just would NOT go away. I'm getting close though, almost 80% gone. :) I like it, but it doesn't have the nicest scent. I personally would not repurchase because I've used some drugstore alternatives and didn't see a difference. But then again, I'm not picky with face washes. 

Serums:
1. MyChelle Apple Brigthening Serum.
2. MyChelle Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum.
3. MyChelle Perfect C serum.
4. Avon Solutions plus Maximum Moisture Hydration Booster: See full review here. 

I did a review explaining all of them. Please watch it here:

Day Moisturizer:
1. Garnier Nutrioniste Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV Lotion SPF15: I use this mainly during the warmer months because it is very light. It smells very light and pleasant, and I couldn't really detect a sunscreen smell. It moisturizes pretty well, but I wouldn't use it in the freezing Winter in Colorado. I'm almost done with it though, so :D

2. Exuberance Wild Blueberry Intensive Day and Night Cream: I use this when my skin is EXTREMELY dry. I tend to use this at night because it's so intensely hydrating. It would be perfect for the colder weather. I got mine at Hautelook when they had a blow out. I got the professional size of 8oz for $60. Pretty sweet deal huh?

3. Exuberance Indian Rose Calming Facial Lotion: I use this when my skin is irritated, mostly due to over-exfoliation, wind burn, etc. It sort of creates a barrier on your skin to protect it from the environment. I noticed a significant reduction in skin discomfort after using this. Again, I got it at Hautelook. 

Sunscreen:

1. Kiss My Face Sunscreen w/ Oat Protein Complex SPF 30+: I use this for everyday activities such as going to work or running errands. It contains oat protein complex that look like tapioca pearls, but they disappear once you emulsify the products between your hands. It has a very soothing scent, which I think is the main reason why I use it. It reminds me of that summer of Freshman year in college. Good times. I wouldn't recommend this to people w/ medium to dark complexion because it leaves a very apparent white cast. 

2. Shiseido Sun Protecting Lostion for Face and Body SPF 55: I use this when I'm doing a lot of outdoor activities. It's extremely water-resistant This also acts as a great primer since it's very mattifying and smoothing. Be warned though, this leaves a white cast too. I think this was discontinued because I don't see it sold at counters anymore. I got my from TJMaxx. However, ALL of the Shiseido sunscreens work well. Actually, you know what, all of the Japanese sunscreens work well. 

Cleansing Oil:
1. Shu Uemura Skin Purifier: I am using this currently. This is very repairing so it might not be the best choice for people with oily skin. The consistency is a little thicker and more difficult to wash away. I think this was around $80? I don't quite recall because I got 2 of this as  gratis. I like it, but I think I like MAC Cleanse Off oil more. Plus, I don't think you can get SHU in US anymore. :/

2. MAC Cleanse Off Oil: The HG of HGs. I've been using this for years. It takes off any makeup instantly and washes away quickly. It's also pretty affordable compared w/ Shu. 

Night moisturizer:
1. Avon Anew Rejuvenate Night Sapphire Emulsion: AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!! 

I filmed a detailed review for this:

Treatment:

1. Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash: This is a very gentle physical exfoliant. You can use this everyday. The granules are very fine so they won't scratch your face. I got the giant size again, and the pump broke. I don't think I will get this again. I think it's a little TOO gentle for me. 

2. Acne.Org AHA+: This is a very gentle chemical exofliant due of the low content of Alpha Hydroxy Acid. It kinda stings when you put it on your skin but I LOVE that feeling. You WILL peel when you first start using this but the result is worth it. It gently dissolve the top layer of dead skin and reveal the fresh skin underneath it. Don't go to crazy with it though and DO NOT USE IT AROUND YOUR EYES. 

Whew, that took a long time. Kudos to people who do lists frequently. 

Hope that was helpful. 

Blog sale coming up soon. :)

Have a great day!

Tao

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mother Nature

I've never been an outdoorsy kinda person. I like my TV, computer, and shopping malls. However, when the weather gets cooler, I almost feel as if I were being suffocated when I'm in door all the time.

Yes, the weather in Boulder has been PERFECT lately. It has just the right amount of warmth to keep your nose running, but it has definitely cooled off enough that you know to throw on a jacket when stepping out. Leaves are changing colors, air is becoming more crisp, and you can almost smell holiday season in the air.

I. LOVE. IT.

What do you do when the weather's perfect? You drag your SO hiking with you.

We went up to NCAR which is like 5 mins away from where we live. I couldn't help myself and took lots of pictures. It was just so breathtaking.



And just when you thought everything is easy-peasy with mother nature, you see an animal foot up in the tree. I mean WTF man! How did it get there?!!


Not gonna lie, Nathan and I stood there for like 15 minutes coming up w/ different scenarios. The most plausible one was a vulture got to it after most of the animal was eaten by some other predator.

After I told my mom the story, I got the whole "This is why you work hard and watch your back, so you don't end up like the deer leg". Yes, mother.

This is what I got from taking a hike on a perfect day. A taste of wondrous mother nature, and a life lesson from my mother.

Ah...Life.

xoxo,

Tao

P.S. Have you ever just look at your makeup/clothes stash and get so frustrated that you want to throw/burn/sell EVERYTHING?! Yes, I'm going through one of those phases right now. Expect an EPIC blog sale coming up. EPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIC. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FOTD: Glittery Winged Eye

Hi guys! I've got a quick look for you today. It's featured in a couple of my recent YT video.

This is basically my usual winged liner, except it's in a glittery purple color and way more dramatic.

The look:

What I used:

Face:
--MAC F&B in C2
--MAC Full Coverage fdtn in NW 20 under eye
--MAC Full Coverage fdtn in NC20 on acne area
--Physician's Formula Glow Booster Pressed Bronzer in Light-Medium

Cheeks:
--MAC Harmony to contour
--ELF Studio Blush in Blushing Rose
--MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle

Eyes:
--MAC Paintpot in Soft Ochre
--UD pigment in Rock Star used wet to line on top, used dry on bottom
--Born Pretty Lashes
--Bobbi Brown e/s in Mahogany on brows <--I LOOOOVE strong brows lately

Lips:
--faded ELF Glossy Gloss in Mystic Mauve

Close ups:

More pics:


Not gonna lie, have a round face makes me perfect my contouring skills:

I don't know why I look so smug here:


Anyways, thanks for taking a look.

Have a great day!

Tao

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A quick update

I have really enjoyed the weather lately. I LOVE waking up to crisp/cool weather. I already busted out my sweaters and coats. :)

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I realized that shez official got real when I came across this at my local grocery store:

It's actually AMAZING!! It sounds weird but is totally delicious.

I am wearing L'oreal Project Runway blush in Charming Cockatoo. I used a MAC 187 because this shade is so pigmented. I quite like the result though. Very fresh.


The last thing to this absolutely random post is that my Avon serums came!!

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your weekend. :)

Tao

Friday, October 7, 2011

Review: L'oreal Project Runway Super Blendable Blushes

I recently ran across a special edition display for L'oreal Project Runway collection and literally did a double-take.

The entire collection was BEAUTIFUL! There were 4 color stories that featured 4 completely different Fall trends.

While all the products seemed intriguing, the blushes were the ones that screamed my name (isn't it always the blushes?). Lucky for me because there was a promotion for 40% off L'oreal cosmetics, so I ended up getting all 4 blushes (and a lipstick).


PROS:
--Blend-ability. True to their names, these blushes are very easy to blend out and look natural.
--Pigmentation. DEFINITELY use a light hand. These blushes can get bright QUICK.
--Size. 10 grams of product? Hells yeah.
--Packaging. They look so chic in the slim and slighted decorated cases.
--Colors. The blush shades are all very wearable and versatile.

NEUTRAL:
--Price. While $10 is quite high for a drugstore blush, you have very high quality and A LOT of product.


CONS:
--Limited availability. There were only 2 of everything set out. When I asked the manager if they had more, she told me that was all the stock they received.

Watchful Owl: Slight brick-y and terracotta-ish. This is the most pigmented one. It would be a great neutral color for people with medium to dark complexion.


Charming Cockatoo: A soft rose color. It's slightly more pigmented than the rest, so use a light hand. It's very face brightening.

Audacious Amazon: a peachy-bronze. It'd look great as a bronzer for fair-complected people. It would be a great highlighter for people with darker skin. It has a frosted finish.

Sultry Raven: Light lavender pink. Very similar to MAC Coy Girl, so innocent and sweet. It has a shimmery finish.

Sultry Raven's Pout: AMAZING creamy neutral pink in the tube, but it goes on a lot nuder.

 Swatches from left to right: Charming Cocktoo, Watchful Owl, Audacious Amazon, Sultry Raven, and Sultry Raven Pout.


I will definitely do some FOTDs featuring these products, so please stay tuned!

Have a good one!

Tao