Monday, September 15, 2014

Get the Look: NYFW Diane Von Furstenberg Runway Show Makeup Look!

New York Fashion Week was last week and after looking at some of the runway designs, I didn't want anything more than to attend some of the shows! Although most of us aren't able to attend the events, it's actually easy to recreate some of the makeup looks from the runways! This look in particular is based off the look from the Diane Von Furstenberg Runway show. It features a simple gray-brown smokey eye is natural face makeup and a nude lip, making it great for not only a night look for next spring, but also for the fall!

  • BB Cream: Start the makeup with a BB cream for light coverage and a dewy finish.
  • Bronzer: Lightly sweep the bronzer in the hollows of your cheekbones, on your temples, and down the jawline for a little bit of definition.
  • Light Pink Blush: For a little bit of color, apply the blush on the apples of your cheeks, sweeping and blending it up to the sides of your face.
  • Illuminater: This is a key part of the look. For the dewy finish, apply to the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and to your cupids bow and lightly blend.

  • Light Brown Eyeshadow: Apply the light brown eyeshadow lightly in the crease as a transition color.
  • Dark Brown-Gray Eyeshadow: First apply this eyeshadow lightly all over the lid then to the crease and outer corner using a fluffy crease brush, blending the color well. Blend the eyeshadow out a little past the outer corner of the eye. Next, using a crease or pencil brush, apply more eyeshadow to the upper lash line and lower lash line and blend slightly.
  • Shimmery Light Beige Eyeshadow: Apply a little to the inner corners to brighten the eye look.

  • Glitter Gold Liner: Apply this eyeliner to the waterline and also apply a little lightly on the upper lash line. Next, go over the eyeliner that is on the upper lash line with a little bit of the dark brown gray eyeshadow.
  • Black Mascara: Finish the eye look by applying mascara to your upper and lower lashes!

  • Nude Pink Lipstick: Since the model had a simple lip look with just a lipstick, apply the lip color to finish off the look!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

My Back-To-School Fashion Must Haves!

Although I can't say that I'm entirely excited for summer to be coming to close or that the school year is already here, one thing that gets me excited about the fall is the fall fashion. Although I love summer fashion, it's always nice to have a little bit of change and transition. Fall fashion and style includes many of trends that you may see in the summer, but with some new tones, textures, and lengths. Here is a list of items that I think are fall must haves and are currently on my wishlist.

One of my first must haves and a great transition piece between summer and fall is a Light Sweater. Light sweaters are very versatile piece that can be worn with skirts when it's warmer, or with a pair of jeans and boots during the cooler months. Another versatile must-have is a Chunky Sweater, especially for those who like to be comfortable but also fashionable during the fall and school year. If you are looking for a piece that is a little more structured and loved the army jacket trend, a Moto Style Jacket is the new jacket trend that is great for the day and night. This jacket from Nordstrom is a great jacket during the cooler nights that adds a bit of edge without being too edgy.

Another great piece that transitions well between the summer and fall is a Sleeved Skater Dress. The wine color shown above looks great with a sunkissed glow, but also blends with all the colors in the fall. If you want a piece that's more casual, Dark Wash Skinny Jeans are a must for the fall, whether you don't own a pair or own maybe one too many. Not only do they go with any colored top, but also help slim your figure and elongate you legs.

As for accessories, even though florals are known as a spring and summer fabric, a Floral Scarf that involves fall colors such as brown and beige is useful accessory to have. It can dress up any casual sweater and immediately make you look more put together.

One of my favorite parts of fall fashion is that it becomes cool enough to pull out the boots from the back of our closet. Heeled Booties became popular last year, however, this trend has definitely not faded since and I don't see it fading any time soon! Another great shoe for the fall is Nude Flats, which is yet another transition piece between summer and fall. Nude flats are great for class, since they are comfortable and casual, but can also be dressed up with a nice dress and accessories.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Korea Mini Haul!

Asian skincare and makeup products have a fairly good reputation in the beauty world, so while in Korea, of course I had to go shopping for skincare or makeup products. As you could tell, I didn't go crazy in terms of shopping in Korea, even though I was tempted too. Many of the popular Korean brands are fairly affordable, so it took a lot for me to refrain from buying a blush in every shade.

For skincare, I went to The Face Shop, a popular and affordable skincare brand and store that focuses on incorporating nature into their products. I have been looking for a good moisturizer and eye cream, so I decided to pick up The Face Shop Clean Face Mild Lotion and The Face Shop Mango Seed Silk Moisturising Eye Cream. The lotion is a very nice bottle that would break if dropped and most exciting, the eye cream has a pump!

My mom and I also bought some face masks, and kind of went crazy. We ended buying more than 20 face masks, mainly because they are cheaper than the ones in the U.S., were on sale, and were going to be given as gifts for friends at home. Some of the The Face Shop Real Nature Mask Sheets we bought included Pomegranate, Mung Bean, Honey, Blueberry, and Kelp.

As for makeup, I was on the hunt for a good blush and decided to stop by the Innisfree store and buy the Innisfree Blush in the color #4, which is a slightly bright coral-pink color. Although it was (surprisingly) the only makeup product that I purchased in Korea, I'm excited to try it out before summer officially ends! I also received some samples of the Innisfree White Tone Up Lotion, which I'm excited to try!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Travels in South Korea: Part 2

If you didn't check out my previous post (here), it mentioned that I had visited South Korea with my mom for a little over a week. During the later part of our trip, we visited Busan to visit some family members. Busan is a city on the coast in the south part of Korea. The buildings that you see in the photos above are not business buildings, but actually really tall apartments, more than 70 floors high (who would ever want to live on the 70th floor?). We also visited the bridge in Busan at night, which not only lights up, but uses lights to create images on the bridge. It was pretty elaborate and awesome!

We also stayed a house in the countryside for a weekend with our whole family. It was in the valley and surrounded by these beautiful large hills and mountains. The only downside was that I was stung by these massive mosquitoes multiple times. While in the countryside, we also visited a Buddhist temple which featured a huge Buddha statue and many beautifully painted buildings.

At the end of our trip, we went back to Ansan and Seoul. During our last night in Korea, some of our family members took us out for Galbi, which is essentially delicious Korean short ribs. It was a great way to end our trip to Korea!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Travels in South Korea: Part I

As you can probably tell from the title, this post is not a beauty and fashion related post. I have been kind of absent for the past few weeks and this is because during the last few weeks, I had the amazing chance to visit Korea with my mom for about 10 days. Half of my family lives in Korea, considering that my mom is Korean (South Korea of course, I surprisingly still get questioned which one my mom is from). The main reason why we decided to go to Korea was because one of my relatives was getting married, so going to a wedding was a great excuse to travel there for over a week. (For reference, the photos above were taken at Namdaemun Market in Seoul.)

To answer another common question I am asked when I tell someone I'm Korean is that I don't speak Korean. Why? Because I was a stubborn kid who found it hard learning a language that I would never speak at home since my mom had learned English. I only speak very very basic Korean and completely regret not learning it at a young age, since now I don't have much time to learn the language. This made communicating in Korea somewhat difficult, however, a couple of my relatives, including a cousin who is about the same age as me was learning English. Although there was somewhat of a language barrier there, it was still fun talking to her. The large language between me and my other relatives made communicating difficult. (The three photos above were taken at an area in the countryside.)

I had visited Korea a few times before that were more tourist-y, and unlike past trips, this trip was more family-oriented and less tourist-y, which I enjoyed. The four photos above were taken in Ansan, a city outside of Seoul. The nightlife was so much fun and overwhelming! The delicious looking dessert is Korean shaved ice with bean powder, which was pretty much heaven in a bowl the size of my head.

I also visited Gangman, which I honestly had no idea existed before the popular song. At Gangnam, we ate pasta salad (literally pasta and salad) and an amazing bacon and garlic pizza that you actually pull apart and eat with a spoon or fork. Later, we ate this amazing brownie shaved ice that chocolate infused shaved ice with vanilla ice cream, brownie bits, oreo pieces, and whipped cream.

As you could probably tell, I was pretty much on a Michael Phelps diet.

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Look out for Part 2! It will be posted in just a few days!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Miranda Kerr Inspired Fresh Makeup Look | FOTD

Miranda Kerr always wears some of my favorite makeup looks, since they are often simple yet involve colors that really help enhance enhance certain features, such as the eyes and cheeks. This makeup look caught my attention, and even though she was wearing this makeup look earlier this year, I still think that it is a gorgeous makeup look for the summer. Granted, my take on her look isn't as nearly as flawless as hers, however, I really enjoyed putting this look together! The eyeshadow didn't show up true to color in the photos, but I promise it looks like a close match in real life!

The Makeup...
First I applied the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer under my eyes and around my nose to conceal any redness. Next, I applied the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 'Translusnet ' to set the concealer and to keep my T-zone matte throughout the day. I then applied the NYC Sunny bronzer in a '3' motion to my temples, in the hollows of cheeks, and down my jaw line for a little bit of contouring and bronzing. I then finished the face makeup by applying a light pink Covergirl Cheekers blush to the apples of my cheeks, brushing upwards towards my temples.

For my eyes, after priming, I applied MAC's eyeshadow in "All That Glitters" all over my lid, up to my crease. Using a pencil brush, I then applied the eyeshadow along my lower lashline. To thicken the lash line, I used the Sephora waterproof pencil eyeliner to line my tight line. To further define the lash line, I applied a very thin line of the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in "Caviar Ink". I then finished off the eye look with Maybelline One-by-One mascara.

To finish off the look, I applied the Revlon Lip Butter in "Juicy Papaya" for a nice sheer coral-pink lip color and the Clinique Long Last Glosswear in "Air kiss". This combination gave the perfect coral-pink combination with a sheen, similar to the finish on Miranda Kerr's lip color.

This is a look that I will definitely be wearing a lot this summer if I want a look that's a little more than basic. It's great for everyday or would be a great for a little makeup look for a nicer occasion.

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As a side note, I would like to say that I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. I was out of town and even though I had scheduled some posts throughout last week, for some reason none of them got posted. I hope you understand!
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