Dress me, Jessie Randall!: Loeffler Randall Fall-Winter 2013 Collection
Manicure Monday: Chanel Le Vernis Alchimie & Fracas
There’s only one way to perk up your Monday blues: A manicure with Chanel, honey.
I recently discovered the cult-like statuses of Chanel polishes, and they come with a huge following. And there’s good reason because the formula and the colors are unlike any other company. Plus, the glass and double interlocking C-emblem packaging always looks and feels luxurious. For $27 a pop, it is everything you would hope for in a nail polish, minus a manicurist who applies the color on you.
Fracas (the bright pink with micro shimmers) and Alchimie (a metallic khaki, most similar to the elusive Peridot shade) are both limited edition from Chanel’s Le Vernis line. I applied Fracas onto my toes for a melon pink punch and Alchimie on my fingers for a shiny olive finish. They apply smoothly and beautifully every time without streaks over my Butter London Nail Foundation and underneath Butter’s Hardwear Top Coat (review here). Chipping is inevitable, but who doesn’t work with their hands on a daily basis? So don’t hold back and buy these because Chanel regret can get very expensive. Between you and me, Karl and company definitely nailed it with these two.
Sunday love: Vogue Girl Korea Cover August 2013
Sun Daze: Iope Brightgen Sun Cream SPF 50+
When it comes to summer beauty, you’re probably trying to edit the amount of products you pile onto your face. I get it. We don’t need to talk about the sliding makeup phenomenon that occurs the moment you step out into heat wave apocalypse.
There’s one step that we shouldn’t avoid (or forget!): Sunscreen. Yes, the one product that dermatologists, beauty editors, and mothers insist us to use on a daily basis. Those who have been scarred from childhood memories of goopy Coppertone lotion, there’s no need to fret. Nowadays, brands have come up with the wonderful alternatives to get you hooked on sun care. I’m currently loving this one by Korean brand Iope for its brightening effect, smooth texture, and high SPF count.
Brightgen Sun Cream comes in a giant tube (2.02 fluid oz big to be exact) filled with a semi-thick white cream, similar to the classic Shiseido version. Don’t let the texture scare you. The cream doesn’t leave a sticky finish and it’s fast absorbing. In the beginning, it has a pearly glow and once it’s blended into the skin, it leaves a healthy sheen that brightens up my complexion. No glittery face, I promise. It’s formulated with Skinchroma Complex for an enhanced brightening effect and titanium dioxide for sun protection.
The sunscreen also has a light, floral scent that is pleasing and uplifting to the senses, especially when I’m hastily getting ready in the morning. Since it’s the last step of my skincare routine, I sometimes use this as triple duty when I’m feeling particularly greasy: moisturizer, sunscreen, and primer. A valuable multitasker, indeed.
Photos by wandering damsel
Very superstitious: Chanel Fall 2013 Makeup Collection
Great Kate: Kate Moss for Allure August 2013
Blue jean baby, L.A. lady: Paige denim cut-offs
In this outdoor sauna we like to call “summer,” it’s hard to pick out an outfit. Hey, sometimes I just want to go out sans clothes or stay inside with the A/C on full blast. But when going naked is not an option, a pair of denim shorts is sometimes the answer to all our basic (fashionable) needs. It covers the bum and goes with almost every top in your closet. Enough said.
Shorts by Paige
Inspired: Miranda Kerr for Vogue Korea July 2013
Vacation Essentials: Las Vegas edition
Packing is one of my least favorite things to do, but this time around, I’m kind of excited to showcase what I’ll be bringing to this never-ending, always-time-to-party, let’s-hang-by-the-pool city. It will be hot, quite literally, with temperatures climbing past 100 degrees. Yikes.
In anticipation of the expected scorching heat, I’ve packed away some long-wearing, melt-proof beauty essentials for my Fourth of July weekend trip.
The Essentials (from left to right):
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock SPF 70 - This fast-drying, lightweight sheer mist feels cool to the touch. As a refreshing SPF version to the thick, goopy ones I used as a kid, this one is also water-resistant, oil-free and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). Thanks to their Helioplex Technology, this one provides protection against UVA-aging and UVB-burning rays. Just what I like to hear. It only takes a couple of seconds to spray the sheer mist all over the body. And don’t mind the greasy residue. It’ll fade away eventually and leave a wonderful J. Lo-like sheen to the skin.
Dior Bronze Original Tan in 003 Amber Tan -This bronzer is no longer available since I bought it years ago, but any type of bronzer will do for a sun-kissed glow. I prefer one that doesn’t leave a sparkly finish, and this one does the trick. I’ll dust this to the contours of my face, my nose, decolletage, and anywhere I want to fake a tan.
Chanel CC Cream in 20 Beige -This is Chanel’s take on the BB and CC cream craze. It’s an all-in-one product that combines five actions in one step. It soothes sensitive skin (with the help of cornflower water), moisturizes (addition of hyaluronic acid), protects (it’s SPF 30 PA+++), prevents (anti-aging, but so do most sun care products), and evens out complexion (with a light to medium coverage). This CC Cream does deliver with a long-lasting product that leaves a powdery, natural finish. It only comes in one shade because it launched in Asia last year and is now trickling into the American market. Like most double-initial creams, one shade does not fit all. A full review of this will be coming soon.
Benefit Cha-Cha Tint - How many ways do I love thee? I reach for this twofer mango-tinted stain on a daily basis because I’m obsessed with the coral orange hue it leaves behind on my cheeks and lips. I hear this is a best-selling beauty product in Korea, and I’m eagerly waiting for their Cha-Cha Go-Go to arrive stateside.
Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil - This delicious tropical-smelling (like coconuts and macadamia nuts) product has transformed my hair in the past year. It is a clear, lightweight oil that comes in a neon orange bottle. I use one pump of this and gently finger-brush the ends of my hair with the oil. It prevents breakage during frequent blow outs and contains UVA/UVB filters. Perfect for outdoor summer activities.
Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara - When it’s hot out, I usually avoid mascara at all costs because raccoon eyes are never a good look. I’m saving this mascara for the p.m. when I’m heading out to the Cirque Du Soleil shows, bars, and restaurants. The curved wand and inky black formula make my lashes look super-long and curled — a difficult feat for any mascara to move my stubby little lashes. Dior makes fabulous mascaras and this one is no different.
Le Métier de Beauté Lip Crème in Sweet Creme -This beautiful lip gloss by Le Métier de Beauté is a pleasure to reapply at all hours of the day. This light pink color works with any makeup look. These lip cremes are lipstick/gloss hybrids and leave a sheer finish. It feels like butter on the lips and tastes like vanilla. Yum. This is also best as a finishing gloss over any lipstick or stain.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat in 2.5 Luminous Vanilla -There’s only a handful of products I buy over and over again and this classic highlighter pen is on that short list. Why? Because it’s a workhorse. I dab this underneath my eyes, around my nose, on top of my brows, on my eyelids, and on the cupid’s bow. Sometimes I use this on dark spots to lighten them up. It adds radiance to my sometimes sallow complexion, and I’ll use anything to perk up the look of my skin (minus Botox and chemical peels).
An additional note: The Bioderma isn’t included here, but it is definitely coming along with my Clarisonic Mia that has been freshly charged for the weekend and my favorite cleanser of the moment. For those wondering about skincare, I didn’t include those items because they didn’t fit in the picture. Ha.
Happy Independence Day!
Woven bag is from a vintage flea market. Sunglasses are by See Eyewear.