Orange Morange!

New York Fashion Week may be over, but trying out a new look past Fashion Week never gets old. Last week, I was so bored of sporting my traditional blackish brown hair. While rocking my natural hair looks great, it didn’t seem to satisfy well me well since everyone and their mother had to stand out in a concrete zoo. Like a call for a mate, I decided to head out to my local Ricky’s and grab a bottle of orange spray dye along with some Manic Panic Dye Hard gel.

The moment I opened it, I was purely in love. I wanted to channel my inner Gwen Stefani meets Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element, which I did for Lyz Olko’s fashion show and afterparty.

Me at the Lyz Olko afterparty | Photo by Nicky Digital

Why orange, you ask? Lately, it’s becoming the go-to shade for everyone: Georgia May Jagger, Teyana Taylor (FYI: I stood by her 2x once at a magazine party in September and she was really really tall!! I kinda regret not saying “Hi”.) and Kylie Jenner. Although it’s been two years since we last saw Rihanna and Miley Cyrus with orange hair, their go-to color feels so oh-so-fresh. Thanks to the warm undertones, orange is easy to pull off for almost anyone – including myself. But, how exactly can we pull it off IRL?

  1. The Edie

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Glossier Boy Brow | Milk Makeup Eye Pigment in Rager | Pat McGrath Dual Ended Marker |  NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Peanut Brittle | Huda Beauty Lip Contour in Bombshell | Glossier Haloscope | Glossier Stretch Concealer | NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 

The late Miss Sedgwick may be a bleached blonde, but had she dyed her hair orange, it would’ve been equally fantastic. As my favorite go-to hairstyle, it can make any outfit look classy. Since orange is a VERY strong color, you can never go wrong with adding a bit of spice. Try this with cute cat eye, metallic eyeshadow (more within the silver range) and nude gloss for the classic Factory girl look.

2. The Riri

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Y.S. Park Barettes | Glossier Boy Brow | Milk Makeup Eye Vinyl in Bridge | Max Factor Mascara | Maquillage Blush | MAC x Rihanna Riri Woo | Lipstick Queen Shine in Black | Glossier Stretch Concealer | NARS Radient Creamy Concealer

I love myself some Bad Gal Riri. As THE style icon of our generation, Riri ain’t afraid to take the bobby pin out and show it off. Whether it be an accent piece around the face or for a pair of cute baby half buns, she can never do any wrong. The overall look is funky fresh! For the full Riri effect, do it with a darker or frosted red lip, a nice nude eyeshadow (or bare lids) and killer brows. If you wanna do it my way, dab on some eye gloss!

3. The Miley

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Glossier Boy Brow | Glossier Stretch Concealer | Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter in Amp | Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in LSD | Max Factor Mascara | MAC x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam 2 | Wicked Hippie Face Jewels

Oh, Miley! Why can’t I get enough of you?! Since that twerkathon, those two little buns were forever stuck on my head. Although Miss Cyrus isn’t perceived as a style icon in the same eyes as Miss Fenty, she is equally influential. In that sense, she’s inspired me to play around with my growing out pixie. Like, who can forget about that pixie bun? Smiley Miley may rock this with a “my lips, but better” color on the regular, don’t stop trying out a new look without an orange-red lip and blue eyeliner.

Which look do you wanna try out? Can’t wait to see you run this town in orange hair!!!

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.

FullSizeRender-8.jpgThis is me at the Glossier Showroom rocking my new glow

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?

Glossier’s Boy Brow: A True Story on How I Lost and Found My Brows

The struggle to get eyebrows is real.

And if you think I’m joking, I’m really not. Sparse, but straight, my eyebrows are both a blessing and a curse. Shape-wise, I’ve never had too much trouble being able to define, tweeze and shape ’em. Frankly, that’s not too terrible to deal with. On the other hand, the lack of thickness is an unfortunate inheritance from my mom’s side of the family. (FYI, my mom says that she got it from her father, whose eyebrows are practically non-existent!)

When I was a baby, my mom applied candlenut oil on my brows for the sake of making them grow. Unfortunately, that was the ultimate #browfail.

This was me rocking the earliest incarnation of the Instagram brow

From there, I really didn’t do anything too drastic other than tweezing them until I got to the second semester of junior year in college. At that time, I was a little too lazy to grab a pencil and fill in my damn brows. The only thing I could grab was a Clio brow gel that contained some color to fill them in. That kinda sealed the deal, right?! Um….not so. 😞 It was a little too light as the gel was brown and my hair was darker than the shade of my eyebrows. Then, a brow savior from heaven dropped by and answered my prayers.

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