ColorfulSpringEyeshadowBrownSkin

I was feeling especially colorful over the weekend and pulled together this bright, fresh spring look.

I’ve always loved wearing bright eyeshadow colors, and I think the combination of colors in the look come together really well. The nude lip also doesn’t distract from the colorful eyeshadow.

Products used: ELF Pearls of Wisdom eyeshadow base, Revlon Brazen eyeshadow palette, Rue 21 Electric Eye Palette, Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara, ELF Matte Lip Color in Praline.

I also have some great news to announce…I decided to start a new Instagram account that will be completely dedicated to makeup, beauty, and hair! Follow along here.

BS Mall Brushes Review

When I first spotted these $10 BS-Mall brushes on Amazon a few months ago, I thought I was being punk’d. $10 for 10 makeup brushes?! Was that price adjusted for inflation?

Sure, these brushes have a 5-star review and (I learned later) are apparently one of the best-selling makeup items on Amazon, but $10 for a pack of makeup brushes couldn’t be that great. I bought them fully expecting to perhaps throw them in the trash within the week. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I was so, so wrong. 

These brushes are very soft and look much more expensive than they are. They have a nice weight and a wooden, not plastic-y feel. I’ve been using these brushes for a few months now and have experienced zero shedding or noticeable wear. Some reviews claim that the brushes have a chemical smell when you first open them, but I didn’t experience that at all. These are the best synthetic brushes on the market for the price, and you can’t live without them.

So, your priority this week is to buy BS-Mall brushes. And check out my previous post on the 5 Makeup Brushes Every Beauty Beginner Needs while you’re at it! 

The BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette was one of those rare makeup items I bought the same day I heard about it. Impulse purchases have always been my Achilles’ heel, but this impulse buy worked out because I really like this palette!

I’ve never seen a palette like this before – but let me know if you have. One side of the palette contains nine eyeshadows and the back side has nine lipsticks. Crazy, right! But oh so genius! Now you know why I had to buy it as soon as I saw it 🙂

Check out my video below to see my first impression and full swatches of this palette. And let me know in the comments section what you think of the colors and swatches. 

Hello, loves!

If you’ve been following my blog over the last few years you may have noticed some changes….changes with the layout, the header, the logo, and my hair. 

I started transitioning my hair from relaxed to natural in March 2015. I haven’t had a relaxer (the chemical treatment used to permanently straighten curly hair) in over a year, and my naturally curly hair is starting to take over!

I’ve surprised myself by how quickly I started to embrace and fall in love with my natural hair. Believe it or not, I’ve never dealt with my natural hair before. I’ve been straightening my hair ever since I was a kid and I’m finally experiencing my true hair texture for the first time in my life.

So here’s a quick update on my hair journey and what has been happening thus far. I hope you take a few minutes to watch my new video today!

And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re there 🙂

Korean Beauty Regimen

Ah, Korean skincare. The mystical 10-step Korean skincare routine has just started gain exposure in the West, and for good reason. Skincare is taken seriously in Korea. A simple splash of water at the end of the day just won’t cut it.

Over the past six months, I’ve slowly started to incorporate a more meticulous skincare routine to both prevent and treat some of my current skin troubles, and I must say my skin is looking better today than ever before. If you’re curious about the Korean skincare regimen or are just interested in new ways to improve your skincare game, here are three important rules that I swear by. 

1. Double Cleanse

Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like – using two sources of cleansing to make sure your face is squaky clean. You want to go to bed with a clean face, especially if you spend all day wearing makeup. 

I start my nighttime skincare routine with a handful of makeup wipes before moving in with some cleaning oil. I really, really like the 2 Seconds Magic Deep Cleaning Oil from On: The Body. I rub one pump of the oil into my skin and then wash it off with a face wash. This way I know for sure my face is clean before I start layering on my serums and moisturizers. 

2. Rethink your Toner

Facial toners are products that you wipe on your face to remove any leftover dirt or oil that your cleanser may have missed. In the U.S., toners tend to be alcohol-based and therefore overly drying on your skin. If your face feels tight or you think “Oh my god I need some moisturizer” after using a toner, then it is way too drying for you.

Asian toners are much less harsh and are meant to moisturize your skin instead of stripping away your natural oils. Check out Son & Park Beauty Water, it’s a cult favorite in Korea.

3. Wear Sunscreen

The most important skincare advice I could give to ladies of any age is to wear sunscreen every single day. Sunscreen is a necessary step in Asian skincare, and we in the U.S. need to jump on that bandwagon. The damaging effects of the sun can cause wrinkles, sunspots, and worse of all possibly even cancer. Don’t neglect this one, folks – you’ll thank me later.

After moisturizing in the morning, end your skincare routine with a sunscreen. with an SPF of at least 50. I really like the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essense Sunscreen. It dries on clear, doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind, and has an SPF 50, which is the minimum that is recommended for facial sunscreen.

So tell me about your current skincare routine. What products would you recommend? And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!