Meltproof Makeup Look & Tips

Having oily skin has its pros and cons. What about when paired with wearing makeup in the scorching heat? I know, I know..con to the max. Don’t fret guys, shine and sweat are completely normal. Even actors and actresses have to get blotted very frequently on set because they’re human too. We can, however, take certain steps to keep our look from melting off of our faces faster!


In this video you will also see me use the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eye Shadow Palette (talk about a mouthful!) on my eyes. I have been wearing this palette almost everyday as of late!

 

Check out the video and information section for tips and a full list of products that I recommend to help you combat the heat!

Get the Look!

Lace Maxi Skirt and a Straw Hat

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Hey everyone! I’m back with an outfit post; let’s pretend it only feels like it has been ages  :D This embroidered lace maxi skirt, which was an awesome find at Marshalls, has been sitting in my closet waiting to be styled. I have never received so many compliments–everyone of different ages loved the skirt!

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If you’ve watched my Summer Fashion Haul this Nasty Gal necklace should look familiar :) I recently found this Chambray-like thin short sleeve top that though casual, I felt had that right amount of substance to pair well with the skirt. Normally I have little luck locating Marshalls or TJ Maxx finds online but whenever I can will most certainly link it for you guys!

TIP! If you aren’t already shopping in the Women’s section of discount stores (or really any store in general), you should! The clothing in those aisles tend to be of better quality than that of what you would find in the Junior’s section for example. It’s where I found this top at Marshalls :)

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I’m a lover of all kinds of hats but this Panama straw hat is perfect in this humidity and really needed some more lovin’ as well.  I’m also currently loving my Fjord watch that was gifted to me. Hopefully they will have shopping available on their site soon as i’m really liking the aesthetic of their pieces!

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This Cole Haan crossbody bag is a TJ Maxx find and the shoes I scored from Marshalls. You would think I was sponsored by them! Haha but I honestly have loved shopping at these stores since I was a kid (you can thank my Mom).

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Let me know what you think of the outfit! As always thanks for dropping by and I hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo~ Christine

A Hello and a Giveaway!

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been doing well. :)  I suppose I could fill you in on some life updates (nothing too too major) but as some of you know I do freelance as well as manage my social media and YouTube. It is certainly wedding season and the bulk of my freelancing work is usually bridal/bridal party makeup. You may have noticed that I don’t really advertise this much since dates get booked up quickly or other engagements fill up the time slots and I simply don’t like turning anyone down haha (such a softie). I also have a couple very close friends to me who are getting married this year (more to come soon I just know it!) They both invited me to be a bridesmaid which is exciting since I’ve never been one before!

In other news, Sigma Beauty has me featured on their site right now!  If you didn’t receive the e-mail newsletter, they did host a Giveaway on their blog of my Top Picks that has recently ended. Do check out their post to see what I had to say on the selected brushes as well as my responses to their fun questionnaire here!

If you missed out on their Giveaway, no worries because they’re letting me host one of my own! You all know I love you right? :) I am always so appreciative of your support because it not only makes me incredibly happy, it also allows me to continue doing what I love to do. <3

You absolutely can shop my Favorites or any other Sigma products here. Don’t forget to use the Discount Code for May: MAY2014 to get 10% Off your order.

OR you can try your hand at my Giveaway down below for a chance to win all 5 brushes!

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Here’s that same nifty widget I used for my last blog giveaway and all went smoothly!

Enter to WIN my Favorite Sigma Brushes!

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Good luck!

~xoxo, Christine

#tbt Teal We Meet Again

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I thought it would be fun to do a throwback for throwback Thursday. Realizing that I never shared these pictures shot by my talented friend, Hannah Gweun, it seemed appropriate. This was a fun impromptu shoot after grabbing a bite from Urthe Caffe in downtown LA last Fall. I look back and reminisce on how amazing my experience of temporarily moving to a different city was. For me it’s a great reminder to never stop dreaming and that life is too short. :)

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Speaking of fashion, check out my new Spring Haul! There is a GIVEAWAY included at the end of the video :)

 

Katy Perry ‘Dark Horse’ Inspired Makeup

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Sigma recently launched their Born to Be collection and the music video of Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ recently released so I thought let’s do an inspired look! I’ve been obsessed with this song for some time now.

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Images courtesy of Matthew Wong of mweats.com! Thanks :)

Products Used:

All brushes used are from Sigma Beauty

Get 10% OFF your Sigma order with Discount Code: MAR2014
(valid through March 31st)

face
Benefit Porefessional Primer
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 in Medium Beige mixed with CoverGirl TruBlend foundation in Sand Beige
Morphe Contour/Concealer Palette
Graftobian Dual Finish Foundation Powder Palette
Sigma Blush in Serene
Sigma Blush in Peaceful

eyes
Sigma Dark Brow Duo
Wet n’ Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer
Sigma pencil in Enlighten
Sigma pencil in Indigobird
Sigma Smoke Screen palette
Sigma eyeshadows in Vanish, Orsay, and Approach
Wet n Wild Fergie Gel Liner
Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder
Sally Girl Sparkle Effects Glitter
Salon Perfect Demi Wispie lashes

lips
Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob
Sigma Lip Gloss in Get Ready
Sigma Lose the Halo Lip Concealer

Don’t miss out on the Giveaway going on on the video tutorial here!

Milani Power Lip Gloss Stain Review and Swatches

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I first discovered these new Milani Power Lip Lasting and Moisturizing Gloss Stains at my local grocery store and had originally only picked up the shade in Mango Tango. Because i’m a fan of and was previously impressed with Milani’s Color Statement lipsticks, I just knew I had to give these a try.

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These lippies are listed as a paraben free 2-in-1 gloss and stain with a moisturizing formula AND provides color coverage that lasts. I don’t know about you but this sounds like perfection in a tube! Mango Tango was so incredibly pigmented that I later on picked up a few more in the shades Cabaret Blend, Strawberry Sugar, and Macaroon. Each one retails for $6.49 but the price can vary depending on where you buy them. At my local CVS they were $6.79 for example.

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These gloss stains feature a twist pen with a built in synthetic brush. The tricky part is it is hard to gauge how much product will come out as you twist the pen especially initially. It’s like a guessing game of how much will ooze out haha and sometimes you can end up with too much product. Seriously a little goes a long way when applying these!

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Let’s take a look at the swatches!

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Strawberry Sugar - Light Pink – Cream. Hello pale barbie pink! This one looks a bit too cool toned on my lips and against my skin tone to wear on its own. It kind of reminds me of the consistency of OCC’s Lip Tars because it is packed with so much pigment. Texture-wise it also looks chalkier on compared to the other shades below.

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Macaroon -Pink – Cream. This medium pink shade is very flattering and easy to wear. I recently sported it in this Instagram picture. It looks and feels great on and I am leaning towards it being my favorite of the four.

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Mango Tango - Coral – Cream. This rich vibrant coral shade really wowed me the first time I applied it. If you are a reddish-orange lip color lover definitely give this one a try. Doesn’t this shade just make you feel energetic and happy or is it just me? :)

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Cabaret Blend - Berry – Cream. This one may look more berry on others but it registers as a wine red shade on my bare lips. I kept trying to layer this one on since it wasn’t as rich and deep as I had anticipated but I still really like the shade.

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This is how Cabaret Blend looked on my lips after 5-6 hours of wear and after eating and drinking. I was left with a rich stain that didn’t leave my lips feeling dry.

* Images courtesy of Matthew Wong of mweats.com! Thanks :)

Final thoughts: These Milani Power Lip Gloss Stains truly pack a lot of punch for the price. The color coverage for most is impressive to the point that I would suggest being careful with globbing too much on because it can migrate and end up on your teeth. When the glossiness wears off it truly acts like a stain. Overall I am really happy with these as they perform differently from how most glosses and stains do.

What are your thoughts on Milani’s new gloss stains? Do you tend to gravitate more towards lipsticks or glosses? Let me know if you have a favorite lip stain!