Writer, reader, and lifelong skincare fanatic based in Los Angeles / she/her/hers
Angel Cat Eye Nails 💅🏼
My current mani was inspired by a look from @glosshouse on Instagram a few months ago! This angel cat eye technique uses cat eye gel nail polish to give your nails a shimmery velvet look. For this manicure I applied two coats of Shade 006 from the MIZHSE Olive Green Set, followed by one coat of Meet Across Cat Eye Gel in #60. If you’re not familiar with cat eye gel nail polish, the formula contains iron particles and you use a magnet to “guide” the iron particles to form certain shapes! For the angel cat eye look, use the magnet to bring the iron particles to the edges of your nails. Adjust the cat eye gel polish until you’re happy with the “texture,” then cure it under a UV light to set it. If you love the durability of gel nail polish but you don’t want to pay to get a gel manicure every two weeks, I highly recommend buying polish from these brands! They’re high quality, affordable, and available on Amazon. Have you tried cat eye gel polish before?
My Favorite Skincare Products on Amazon 💸
After many years of trying tons of skincare products, from drugstore names to cult classics from luxury brands, I’ve learned that a lot of the time the most popular product (or the most expensive one) isn’t actually the one that works best with my skin. Here are some of my skincare favs that you can find on Amazon for really affordable prices! COSRX - Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence vs. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 I’ve tried both of these products so many times, repurchasing both and using each one over a few weeks, and I always end up coming back to the COSRX essence. Not only do you get way more bang for your buck — 3.38 fl oz for about $12 vs. 1 fl oz for about $7 for The Ordinary — but I feel like this essence absorbs more quickly than The Ordinary without leaving any tacky feeling on top. The pump bottle packaging of the COSRX essence is also a great bonus! elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 vs. Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 I first tried this Supergoop sunscreen because it was marketed to be a great primer for makeup. Although makeup does apply pretty well over this sunscreen, I didn’t like how I could feel the silicone sitting on top of my face. Sometimes it felt like my makeup didn’t “grip” onto this sunscreen as much as it should have, considering it’s meant to be a primer. I came across the EltaMD sunscreen while looking at brands loved by dermatologists, and I was immediately drawn by the fact it has niacinamide! The prices are pretty comparable — $34 for Supergoop and $36 for EltaMD — but I only use this sunscreen when I’m wearing a full face of makeup, so to me it’s worth the price. The EltaMD sunscreen applies very smoothly and doesn’t feel greasy or silicone-y, and I’m able to apply primer and foundation over it without feeling like the textures don’t mesh well. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser vs. fresh - Soy Makeup Removing Face Wash I was looking for a gentle cleanser that didn’t have a super creamy formula when I first tried the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, which is the most popular face cleanser at Sephora. I’m glad I didn’t buy the full size at first because for $38, it really feels like this cleanser does the bare minimum! It’s gentle and not overly drying, but it definitely doesn’t remove makeup as easily as I had hoped. For $38 I expected a lot more. My current cleanser is the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Face Wash Cleanser, which is a foaming cleanser meant for oily skin but is still insanely gentle and never leaves my face feeling tight or stripped of moisture! It’s also only $15 for almost three times as much product as the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, which is always a win for me. What are your favorite skincare products on Amazon?
The Ordinary-Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Interview Makeup in 15 Minutes! 💫
This is my go-to makeup routine for a job interview (in real life and via Zoom!): professional, fresh, and quick! I’m able to do this all in less than 15 minutes, while still being able to enjoy the playlist I’m listening to 💁🏻♀️ Here are all the products I used: Face Milk MAKEUP - Hydro Grip Primer FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation in #150 FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer in #170 COLOURPOP - Colourpop Blush Stix in Splash RCMA Makeup - RCMA Makeup No Color Powder applied with beauty sponge COLOURPOP - Super Shock Highlighter in On the Cusp (limited edition) Eyes, Brows, and Lips FENTY BEAUTY - Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner in Cuz I’m Black Milk MAKEUP - KUSH Fiber Brow Gel in Grind ANASTASIA Beverly Hills - Brow Wiz Mechanical Brow Pencil in Dark Brown FENTY BEAUTY - Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in FU$$Y Tools COLOURPOP - Stippling Brush for foundation REAL TECHNIQUES - Miracle Body Complexion Sponge to blend out foundation, concealer, and blush COLOURPOP - Colourpop Blush Brush for blush shu uemura - Eyelash curler What are your essentials for an interview makeup look? Music: That Day Musician: Jeff Kaale
COLOURPOP- Super Shock Highlighter
Must-Have Products from Sephora and Ulta 🌟
We all have some beauty products that become hard to go without once we’ve tried them! Some of my beauty staples include skincare products to prep my skin and a high-hold hairspray so my hairstyle lasts all day. Here are my favorite products from Sephora and Ulta! Milk MAKEUP - Hydro Grip Primer This is my go-to primer when I want my makeup to last all day long! It hydrates my skin without turning my face into an oil slick, and it has a slightly tacky feel that grips onto my foundation, just like it says. FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation I prefer the hydrating formula of the Fenty Foundation over the original formula, which I thought was too matte for me, even with my oily/combo skin. This foundation blends out really nicely to a natural-looking satin finish, and I can easily layer setting powder over it without making my base look cakey or patchy. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution This chemical exfoliant is a cult classic for a reason: It’s effective, looks cool, and costs less than $8! I love using it on Sunday nights as a weekly reset for my face. If you follow the instructions (leave on for 10 minutes and don’t use it more than twice a week), you’ll have baby soft skin without damaging your moisture barrier in no time. REDKEN - Triple Pure 32 Neutral Fragrance Hairspray It’s almost impossible for my hair to hold a curl without some kind of product. I love this hairspray because it sets my hair but doesn’t leave it feeling solid or crunchy. The mist is really fine so it disperses through my hair evenly without leaving some parts clumped with product and some parts untouched, which is one of my biggest pet peeves with hairspray. I highly recommend this to anyone who has trouble making their styled hair last more than an hour! TIGI - A Wave We Go Adjustable Deep Waver I love this hair waver because it’s incredibly easy to use. With this, I can wave my lob in literally 10 minutes! You can adjust the depth of the wave too, so you can have anything between a subtle beach wave or some really wild waves. What are your favorite products from Sephora and Ulta?
TIGI-A Wave We Go Adjustable Deep Waver
winged liner in under a minute!
winged liner is one of my favorite makeup steps ever! I know there’s some hesitation for a lot of people, so I wanted to film this simple tutorial to show that it’s really easy! anyone can master it. in the video, I’m looking down into a mirror, I often look up to make sure the liner is turning out the way I want it. when doing this at home. you can check your work by simply stepping back from your mirror. step 1. I start my liner on the outside half of my eye. I have round eyes, and I don’t want to emphasize that roundness, so I keep the liner on the outside corner to emphasize length. step 2. I draw a straight line parallel to the ground. step 3. I draw another line, from the bottom of my eye straight up, at the angle I want my wing. step 4. connect both lines. step 5. from the furthest point, bring the liner all the way back to your first point. step 6. fill in! step 7. if you want a longer wing, you simply flick your liner from the wing you’ve already created. I used CLIO - Waterproof Pen Liner Kill which I like because it’s VERY sharp, but a softer black color. if you’re just learning how to do wings this is a good option!
CLIO-Waterproof Pen Liner Kill
DOES YOUR FOUNDATION LAST 12+ HRS LIKE MINE?
Long wear foundation that actually lasts! *GASP* Yes my beauty lovers, it’s true. Uoma Beauty SLAPS! I have dry, acne prone skin, and some scars/dark spots here and there. I have found my match in foundations! UOMA BEAUTY - Say What?! Foundation A foundation with a VERY inclusive shade line that caters to undertone and skin type! This looks flawless on the skin and looks like real skin. + buildable coverage. Light to FULL coverage. + soft matte/natural finish. Not heavy, looks super natural and like skin. + LONG LASTING. I wore this for 12hrs without primer and it stayed put. + has a light scent, but it’s really nice and dissipates. + no oxidation! Doesn’t turn colors. + typical pump foundation bottle. + applies well with both brush and sponge. + I typically use 2-3 pumps for my entire face. ** t i p t i m e ** Mix in a face oil to your foundation to make your foundation look even more skin like.
UOMA BEAUTY-Say What?! Foundation
A 2-Second Trick to Find Out Would U Look Good with Short Hair！
Now that summer is here, you’ve been feeling tempted to chop off your long hair. And you’re always asking yourself everyday, “Would I look good with short hair?” Before you go to the salon in hurry. I recommend you to try this nifty trick to determine exactly how you’d look with a significantly shorter 'do. The magic method, called The 2.25" Rule, was discovered by John Frieda, the legendary English stylist and founder of his own brand of hair care products of the same name. According to him, a ruler and a pencil are all you need in order to determine whether a short haircut will flatter your unique face shape. What you need: A ruler, a pencil and a mirror. Step 1: Stand in front of the mirror with the side of your face in view. Step 2: Hold the pencil horizontally so that it’s touching your chin, and then position the ruler vertically beneath your ear so that the pencil and ruler intersect. Step 3: Next, measure the distance from the bottom of your earlobe to the top of the pencil. What you’re looking for: If it’s less than two and a quarter inches (about 5.7cm) from your ear to the pencil, green light—short hair (like a chin-length bob) will look great on you. If it’s more than two and a quarter inches (about 5.7cm) , you may want to consider keeping a bit of length (think: a shoulder-grazing lob or longer). OK, but why is this true? Apparently, it’s less about face shape and more about the angle of your jawbone. There are exceptions to the rule, of course, but this is a good test if you’re toying with the idea of shorter hair. For those who are considering to have a hair cut! Long hair vs short hair – which do you prefer?
😱Let it bring you magic!
My hair is medium-density oily, but since each of my hair is thinner, my hair does not look much when they are gathered together. Recently, because of staying up late to work, the pressure is higher and the hair looks thinner than before. Therefore, I hope there is a product that can increase the volume of hair. TOPPIK - Hair Building Fibers $10/27.5g This product is very magical. It is made of the highest grade of natural Keratin, almost the same as our own hair. At the same time, this product has nine colors to choose from. After choosing the color that suits you, you can make the product completely blend with your own hair. It can make your hair thick and full in an instant. Even better, the unique technology of this product resists wind, rain and sweat. It will not fade, so it will not leave marks on your skin and clothes. When you use this product, you pinch the airbag part of it and spray it where you need it. For example, when a girl wears a ponytail, some scalp will be exposed on both sides, or some people's hair lines will be more obvious. The operation is very simple, and you can finish it by facing the mirror yourself. However, it should be noted that this product is sprayed dispersedly, so it is not suitable for temples and other places, so it is best to use it to repair large-scale hair vacancies. At the same time, TOPPIK HAIR BUILDING FIBERS also has a usage, specifically for people with greater needs. If there is a large area to be filled, you can tear off the film of the product and apply it directly to the place where you need it, just like how to loosen the pepper. What do you think of this product?
TOPPIK-Hair Building Fibers
💅💅💅What's your nail shape? Find the best shape for your finger!
While a stylish swipe of color adds the perfect finishing touch to beautiful nails, any manicurist will tell you that shape is important. I have rounded nails and I really love them coz I think they enlongate my fingers and make them look slimmer. Considered the base of any good manicure, your nail shape is the foundation for creating fabulous fingers. Check your fingers and choose the best shaped for them! 1. Almond Shaped Nails Almond-shaped nails feature slim sides, which taper towards the end, and a rounded tip. The silhouette naturally suits long and thin nail beds thanks to its elongated shape. Almond nails are also ideal for slenderizing wide fingers to create the appearance of slim hands. On top of that, ladies with short digits will also find this nail shape beneficial thanks to its ability to create the appearance of extra length. Pic2 Credit: malgorzata_jankowska_indigo via Instagram 2. Round Shaped Nails If you want to create the appearance of longer fingers but like to keep your nails short, you should consider opting for a round shape. Round shaped nails, which feature a short length with a naturally curved edge, are perfect for subtly elongating short and wide fingers. Pic 3 Credit：ME！ 3. Square Shaped Nails Square styles are also perfect for shorter nails. Square shaped nails are particularly flattering for those with thin hands and long, slim fingers. If your nail beds are long and narrow, consider asking for a square shape during your next manicure. Pic4 Credit: tonysnail via Instagram 4. Coffin/Ballerina Shaped Nails One of the best shapes for long nail lovers and those with narrow nail beds is the coffin shape. Also known as a ballerina shape, this nail style is named after its silhouette, which resembles both a coffin and ballet slipper. Short and brittle nails may not be able to handle this shape. Alternatively, you can try the look with acrylic nails. Pic5 Credit: philglamournails via Instagram 5. Oval Shaped Nails Thanks to their elongating abilities, oval-shaped nails are ideal for both short and wide nail beds and fingers. The medium to long shape, which ends in a semi-circle, is similar to almond styles except blunter and more delicate in appearance. Pic6 Credit: nogtiinminsk via Instagram Whats your nail shape and what kind of nail style you'd like to try? Share with me!
My secret to deal with thin hair is...🤫🤫🤫
Hairstyles can have a bigger effect on how people look. Excellemt hair and the right hairstyle highly improves one's image. But it all starts, at least, with enough hair. I especially envy those girls who have thick hair, since I have too thin hair to style. I have a receding hairline and thinning hair in the center. What’s more, my scalp easily gets oily but my hair ends is always dry. I bought Klorane ShampooKLORANE - Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins because I read someone's "top 5 shampoos for thin hair" list, and they recommended this one, so I gave s shot. This product is a plant-based shampoo, enriched with Quinine(for hair Strengthening) and B-vitamins(Promotes healthy hair growth). I love the herbal scent of this shampoo, it make you feel healthy even before you use it. It's a dark red liquid, just like red wine. In the beginning, my direct experience is that the amount of hair I lost during washing has dramatically reduced ! After several weeks, my hair is thicker, appearing fuller, looks healthier, and doesn't look as greasy as it used to. You can also get fluffy hair. I use it three times a week without conditioner and it still makes my hair awesome! I also used another product named Madre labs. This shampoo is also focus on hair loss prevention, containing B-vitamins. What I surprised about it is its strong cleaning effect. After washing, the scalp feel dry and comfortable. However, my scalp become itchy the next day. And even I have dandruff, which I've never had before. So I thought it might not suitable for me, and I will not rebuy it again. In the end, I have to point out that, to better improve thin hair, we can use hair products to repair, but most important thing is less late at night and keeping a regular schedule. Have you tried either of them before?
KLORANE-Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins