Friday, April 17, 2015

4 April Beauty Favorites

Left to right: Living Proof "Blowout" styling spray, Clinique "Even Better" essence lotion,
NUDE Skincare "ProGenius Omega" treatment milkSunday Riley "Start Over" eye cream

I am always trying new hair and beauty products, hoping to find the perfect concoction for my hair (flat/thick) and skin (dry/combo) type. Here are 4 products I've been loving:

Living Proof "Blowout" styling spray - I have naturally flat hair but a lot of it. I own many voluminizing products, and what I like about this one is that it can be used in damp hair to amp up volume and dry hair for extra hold.

Clinique "Even Better" essence lotion - This is my favorite essence ever! Essence is applied after toner and before lotion, and it has a slightly thicker consistency than toner. I have dry skin so I was noticing that toner and lotion alone didn't keep my face moisturized enough. Pros: 1. No fragrance (even natural fragrance can irritate skin) 2. Affordable 3. Helps keep skin sealed with moisture.

NUDE Skincare "ProGenius Omega" treatment milk - I actually won this on Instagram when NUDE Skincare did a giveaway! This is awesome because a). I feel like I never win stuff and b). it filled in a hole in my skincare regime. I use this only at night and after I put on essence and before lotion and face oil, and I wake up with baby soft moisturized skin. Pros: 1. "Milky" texture is easy to glide over face and neck 2. Absorbs quickly. Con: I'm not a fan of its scent, but then again I don't like scent in any facial products.

Sunday Riley "Start Over" eye cream - I swear by Sunday Riley's "Juno" face oil (featured on my Mother's Day gift guide last year) for winter nights. Pros: 1. Thicker, almost sticky texture works well in keeping the delicate skin around the eye area soft (just make sure to gently pat into the skin instead of dragging) 2. No fragrance 3. Pump design keeps product stable and sanitary. Con: Pricey! I use it preciously.

What is one beauty product you're currently loving?? I'm shopping the Sephora VIB Early Access Sale (code: VIBLOVE), so I'd love to pick up more goodies!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Casual Trench

Shipley & Halmos trench coat (similar)
Zara t-shirt (similar here and here)
Common Projects  perforated leather sneakers
Rebecca Minkoff leather bag (similar)

A trench coat can be quite versatile, and I usually like to dress it up (example here) because I find the silhouette so chic with heels. With this look, however, I wanted to show a more on-the-go casual styling, by swapping out the structured tote for a slouchy crossbody bag, while still keeping it semi-luxe with leather sneakers (oxymoron?).

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Monday, April 13, 2015

'70s Trend

Madewell field jacket (on sale!)
Forever 21 wool hat and gladiator sandals
3.1 Phillip Lim round sunglasses
Margaret Elizabeth "Rimini" bangle c/o Rocksbox

For some trends, I prefer to test them out first, like these ASOS round sunglasses I bought last year and liked so much that I decided to invest in this pair from Phillip Lim. I'm now testing out these Forever 21 gladiator sandals, which I like (especially for the price), and if the trend lasts, I'll look into a more quality pair. I built this whole outfit around these '70s round sunglasses, but I wanted to keep the look modern. When dressing in the likeness of an era, I choose about 2-3 items (round sunglasses, hat though not floppy, and gladiator sandals) to avoid looking too much like Jackie from That '70s Show.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Seven Salon: Mother's Day (+ Personal Note)

In anticipation of Mother's Day, SEVEN the Salon invited me to experience their MOMents of Beauty gift package, which includes a SEVEN gift card, gift certificate for a facial at skoah, and Seattle Chocolates.

I was able to bring a +1, but since my mom and sister live in Hong Kong, I invited my best friend, Rebecca, to come with me! Hunter at the SEVEN in Bellevue (she styled my hair in the Fall Hair Trends post) gave us the most incredible blowouts. More details below!

I showed Hunter a picture from Anh Co Tran's Instagram, and she effortlessly transformed my limp locks into the perfectly tousled long bob I always knew my hair had the potential to be... (The secret: curl large sections of hair with a flat iron.)

I wish I woke up like this!

Rebecca has long, textured hair that sometimes has a mind of its own. It was amazing to see Hunter work her magic and create these gorgeously silky, luxuriously bouncy curls!

I've known Rebecca since we were 11, and she's been my other half since. From the early years of awkward middle school hair (did anyone else wear butterfly clips!?) and AIM chats about crushes, to endless sleepovers throughout high school and college of no sleep but talking/laughing/crying until 7am, to growing up into women who love and support each other's dreams and passions. I'm blessed to live life alongside Rebecca, and to be surrounded by so many strong women who have modeled love, sacrifice, and kindness to me.

What I really love about SEVEN's MOMents of Beauty campaign is that the salon is working with YWCA's GirlsFirst program, a year-long mentorship program that encourages leadership, instills confidence, and provides opportunities to girls of color. While love and confidence come from within, sometimes outward pampering can help boost that self-esteem. SEVEN will be hosting a tea party and evening of beauty for the girls and their mentors or moms on May 4. Also, for every hashtag #sevenMOMentsofbeauty used, SEVEN will donate a haircare product to the YWCA.

Though Mother's Day is a month away, we have opportunities to appreciate the women in our lives everyday. ♥

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Favorites (+ Shopbop Sale!)

Last month, Shopbop had a tiered sale where I purchased a few staple spring pieces (like these sandals that have since sold out). Currently, with the code: SPRING25, take 25% off your whole order during the Shopbop Friends & Family sale! Here are my favorite picks:

Happy shopping! (Can you guess which pieces I picked up?)