Layn down the law: are multisticks the new lipstick?

Stop the traffic: a new makeup brand is ready to disrupt your makeup game. As you are sitting inside the cab with no makeup on, what other way can you get ready as you’re running 20 minutes late to work?

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Kylie, What’s Good?

I may not have the time to slide in her DMs, but I love some Kylie Cosmetics shades. Although I’ve already mentioned it previously that I am not a fan of Miss Jenner personally, I can’t help the fact that I secretly dig the way she markets her makeup and the aesthetic of her line. Given that she knows what’s good, I have fallen for it. Even though I am not willing to purchase anything from Kylie Cosmetics due to the harsh reviews, sweatshop allegations, no refund policy and lack of security, I just want to play it safe by buying dupes of her line.

I know that it’s way past summer 2016, but three of my favorites from the Kylie collection are Ginger, Maliboo and Kristen. They may align themselves to the nude and red families, but they are unlike no other out there. Ginger has that warm terra-cotta tone to it that’s so 1990s whereas Maliboo is more of a grayish nude that’s SO 2010s. Kristen is described as a beautiful strawberry shade and given that I LURRRVE the fruit, I’ve always wanted the shade on my lips. In that sense, the shade’s color is more like the inside of the strawberry than the outside.

Speaking of dupes, I’ve done my homework by looking into All in the Blush and Dupe That, which are my go-to guides for Kylie dupes. If dupes are always thought to be the closest copy of the real deal, are they really accurate?

L to R: Row 1)  Lime Crime Opaque Lipstick in Chinchilla and Melt Ultra Matte Lipstick in Laced, Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Texas Toast, MAC Lip Pencil in Spice and NYX Lip Lingerie in Ruffle Trim; Row 2) NYX Lip Lingerie in Ruffle Trim, Kat von D Liquid Lipstick in Berlin and Lipstick Queen Shine in Black Shine*, Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble

Well, only one of the three dupes turned out to be accurate! In case you missed it, I had to dupe the dupes here since I wanted to see how closely it looked to the original Kylie shades. Frankly, the only Kylie Lip Kit shade that’s easy to dupe/copy is Maliboo. I guess that purplish tone is very universal; hence, its ability to be able to be read well on so many different skin tones. Given that I am slightly more golden, the Tarte lip paint and my own custom blend give off the same exact color that’s close to the real deal. (FYI, please bear in mind that these photos were done without a flash! I am basing this off on the swatches on Kylie’s hand.)

Unfortunately, the dupes for Kristen and Ginger didn’t read too well on my skin. It was very very close, but no cigar. What I had to do here was to make my own custom blend. For Ginger, I figured out that since it had a brownish base with hints of pink, I took out my Spice lip liner and it worked! I created the perfect color for myself. It was more easier to dupe Ginger compared to Kristen, which was a bit more difficult for me. Personally, it took me at least 3 tries before I got the perfect color. With Kristen, it had a brighter pink base compared to a rosy brown, which was what Bumble was based off. To offset the brightness of Berlin, I had to dab on some sheer black lip gloss, which really helped to darken the lipstick. Black lip glosses are an investment as it can make a lip color dramatically darker. Sadly, there is way too little in the market and the perfect dupe for the one I’ve used is from Etsy. Go easy on it, but it’s gonna be worth it.

Have you ever tried making your own dupes? Tell me more and feel free to share!

*The product is being discontinued as Lipstick Queen no longer produces it

Shine Bright Like a Diamond: A True Knight in Shining Armour

I can’t help myself when it comes Armour Beauty. The last time I reviewed them, it was definitely time for me to send it over to Theo, the founder of the rocking lip gloss brand. She loved it! Then, she sent me two new lip glosses, which are as equally beautiful and lovely as the others. However, don’t be fooled by the colors of the tube.

The two glosses I received are Marilyn (clear iridescent) and Kashmir (light pink). Although they may look like the typical colors you see in a drugstore or your old Lip Smackers/Bonnebell glosses, they have extremely different results when you apply in them person.

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Top: Kashmir | Bottom: Marilyn

Marilyn is a beautiful iridescent with fine micro glitters that make the lips pop. What’s cool about the glitter is that it actually changes on the skin – think of it like a mood ring! In the tube, it’s bluish, but on my lips, it made it come out as a pink. The product is extremely similar to Maybelline’s Shine Shot in Prismatic, but this is more subtle. Marilyn goes so well with practically anything thanks to its chameleonic ability to transform! Talk about being a true diamond out there!!

On the other hand, Kashmir is a bit more like a classic pink gloss. The gloss itself has some fine micro glitter, but you really cannot see it. This shade is mean to be a more everyday shade whether it be going to brunch with the ladies, meeting up the parents, going on a first date, work, etc! Man, it even works as a fun Coachella beauty accessory!! I mean, Kashmir is inspired by Led Zeppelin and you cannot go wrong with wanting to pull out that shaggy white Penny Lane coat alongside your favorite distressed vintage jeans that you’ve thrifted a weekend ago. Talk about the ultimate cute girl look without being too basic!

Verdict: 😋😋😋😋😋

The formula is an everlasting stay-put gloss. You can re-apply throughout the entire day; however, it doesn’t have to be on its own. Thanks to the sheer texture, you can actually mix it with other glosses or with each other to have a killer 3D lip look. See? Isn’t it worth part of the deal?!

Believe me, you NEED to get this. If you are a Led Zep fan, GO FREAKING GET IT!! No spin around town is complete without “Kashmir”. As for my Monroe-loving gals, just rock ’em proud with diamonds.

Prime Up Your Skin with Glossier’s Moisturizer

It’s snowing, it’s pouring, but your girl ain’t snoring. Not in the literal sense, but in the sense that I cannot afford to miss out on the newest beauty products. Given that NYC has cold and harsh winters that can either make you go happy (if you’ve never seen the snow) or insane (like you never want to get out the damn house), the one thing that never fails to brighten up my day is the new Priming Moisturizer Rich.

Frankly, this is the not the first time I’ve tried skincare from this line. When Glossier was released in the fall of 2014, I was one of the few who lined up and snagged their Priming Moisturizer at the click of the mouse. While their Priming Moisturizer was felt soft and baby smooth across the skin, this new product is purposely made to be extra thick. (More like Betty Crocker vanilla frosting thick than Kylie Jenner thick)

With thick moisturizers, they are great at nourishing my thirsty and parched skin. However, I also have oily and sensitive skin (as diagnosed by my dermatologist) that’s prone to breaking out. For me, breakouts are always caused by eating A) gluten, B) dairy, C) stress and unfortunately, D) super rich moisturizers with ingredients that unintentionally clog my pores. As much as I wanted to bring this bad girl home, the pangs of apprehension hit my stomach before I even thought of pulling out $25 for a tub.

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Verdict: 😋😋😋😋

The thing about products with a ton of hype is that I am expected to believe in it. This time, I have to admit that it really does the job of keeping my skin in tip-top condition. It makes my neck SO SOFT like baby’s skin and my cheeks feel like velvet. Apart from that, the one con is that too much richness in the moisturizer leaves my face feeling a little sticky. Considering that not everyone’s skin is the same, it tends to be a little sticker on oilier complexions like mine. Despite that one flaw, it does a phenomenal job at keeping my face fresh and dewy!

What are your favorite moisturizers? Will you go out and buy Glossier’s moisturizer?

UPDATE: I have returned this product as it made me break out after a few days of using it. I didn’t realize that my skin was not able to take it in as I had hoped. If you have not tried it yet and would like to try it, I hope you have better luck than I did!

#HERssentials: the new professional

You’re fresh out of college, hunting for a job and being all armed and fabulous with a freshly printed resume in your hand. You have at least one hour to get ready for the big interview, but you’re running out of ideas.

Fear not! Who needs a lean mean contour, countless tools and sharpeners? Take a look here:

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Hourglass Foundation | Glossier Boy Brow | Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow | Maquillage Blush | Huda Beauty liquid lipstick

It might’ve looked like I did this with a whole lotta help, but I didn’t. Instead, I just used my fingers. Simple and easy as 1-2-3! Using your fingers might be a bit more riskier, but it saved a LOT of time. Another thing I love to use about my  fingers is that it feels like you’ve put an airbrush on your face. Talk about Photoshop without the NEED to sit down all day long!

For the look itself, this is an everyday casual look with a bit more spunk. While you and I know that glitter eyeshadows belong in a Kesha music video, surprisingly, it’s very office-friendly! If you are going in for a magazine interview or anything that’s a bit more on the artsy side, a little glitter never hurt nobody. In this case, I mixed Diamond Dog (metallic brown with white gold flecks) and Space Cowboy (pale champagne with hints of silver) for the perfect brown-based smoky eye. It’s not entirely sooty as a smoky eye, but edgy enough to have that vibe. Office lighting is harsh and it’s not nice. Thankfully, the sparkles catch the light beautifully and give you filter-friendly skin! To cap it off, go for a Max Factor mascara. Trust me, it gives my short lashes the PERFECT lift without any visit to the surgeon. It’s literally like lash extensions, but at a small fraction! Smize it, girl!! 😉

Another thing about the whole “job interview” look is that when it comes to lipstick, you are better off having color than to have no color at all. Every single magazine will sit there and tell you to rock a nude lip that’s so close to your skin tone, but trust me, DON’T do it. A nude lip + no eye makeup = THE MUMMY. It’s not sexy and unfortunately, it ain’t gonna pop. Even though you are instructed to go for a natural look, my best bet is to go for a rose-based nude. The lipstick I’m wearing is what I’d call “cocoa rose” – 1/3 red and 2/3 brown. To cop this look, mix Huda Beauty in Venus and Icon. The brown-taupe base of Venus perfectly complements Icon’s pinkish-red base for that “kissed by a rose” look. If you try this, you are seriously gonna look SO good in it. Believe me, your interviewer will go JELLY over this lip color! 💁💅

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Me doing my best Steve Buscemi face

Last but not least, let’s not overlook the hair department. Hair is extremely CRUCIAL and speaking of the obvious, you NEED to let yourself stand out. As someone who has short hair, my go-to is a metallic bobby pin. It’s more dressier than your average black bobby pin, but you can work it! Part your hair to the side and let the pins frame your face like Rihanna. It’s very ’40s meets ’80s with a hint of today – kinda like a helmet, but on the side of your face.

If you have metallic ones in more than one color, don’t be afraid to mix and match!! Gold and silver have never looked so good together. If you’re the kind that likes to get a ‘lil crafty, just buy some spray paint. If you are too lazy to hit up the nearest Michael’s, just go to Violet Grey and add that Y.S. Park into your cart! 💸💸💸

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What is your favorite job interview makeup look? Have you ever thought of experimenting with a different look for each interview?

#HERssentials: the city edition

New York, I’ve missed you terribly.

It’s been a month and a half since I left you. While I wanna sleep all day long and complain about the cold weather (ugh, I hate it!), there are few things that make me happy all day long. (I secretly wanna sing like Julie Andrews while trying to battle this nasty jet lag!)

IMG_0393.JPG Giant Vintage cat eye sunnies | Pop & Suki camera bag | Milani liquid lipstick | LMU Iggy the Lion keychain

Everyone always swears by the “one” thing they can’t live without, but there are a few that I need to start my day with. Since childhood, I’ve been collecting sunglasses and if there’s one that I legibly cannot live without, it’d be my vintage ’90s cat eye shades from Giant Vintage. From the pearly white frames to the elliptical oval lenses, these bad girls are alien chic at its finest. Although alien shades have a bad rap for being a ‘lil too cheesy, it’s always done right when you have ’em in a cat eye silhouette. If you wanna cop the exact look, you can get something similar to this.

If I need to have a purse, I’ll always grab my Pop & Suki bag. Honestly, it is THE best (bag) I’ve ever had! Although it’s small, it can stuff EVERYTHING: keys, Metrocard, phone, small wallet, lipsticks, etc! Unlike most bags in the game, you can sling it on your shoulder or let it go as a clutch. Price-wise, I have to admit that it was worth spending on. It’s so easy to find it in case I ever store it. 😉

Speaking of lipsticks, you seriously NEED to buy this. I’m being 100% dead serious. Milani liquid metallic lipsticks are HEAVENLY and freakishly regal! Among all the shades there, the one I swear by is Matterialistic, a brownish coppery red. Although metallic shades are always perceived to be “trendy”, it’s something to invest in since you never know when you need to add that “oomph”. WARNING: you will get TONS of compliments wearing this beauty! ✨✨

Last but not least, no purse is EVER complete without a cute stuffed toy. Every adult in your life older than your sister may say that it’s “too kiddy” to rock a plush, but screw it! As a firm believer that there’s no limit in age, this cute ‘lil lion is here to make me smile. Before I can go on, it’s the official mascot of Loyola Marymount University, where I went to college, and his name is Iggy the Lion. Any time I put ‘lil Iggy on, I just wanna pet him! I mean, don’t you wanna feel that mane?!

What are your essentials?

Huda Beauty: the BEST beauty brand you seriously need to know

It’s the new year and there is no other excuse to contain yourself. Except when it comes to makeup.

Last year, I’ve gone on a beauty binge by snapping up Nyx lip glosses on the sole purpose of having Kylie Jenner‘s lip gloss dupes. I even went this far to buy Kat Von D liquid lipsticks just to have the “most coveted” shades – Lolita and Lolita II – in my freaking drawer. Not to mention, I’ve snapped up tubes of Milani just to cop that Kylie metallic liquid lip look. (Even though I’m not a fan of Kylie personally, I really do like her makeup shades, which is something I probably shouldn’t admit!) From then on, I tried to make myself pinky swear that I wouldn’t buy any makeup this year. Until now.

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