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Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Aritaum BB cream

Hey guys!
After watching a Sunnydahye video [link here] about the Aritaum full cover bb cream, I wanted to try it out for myself. The commercial for the product it shows a girl who is suffering from acne and after using the bb cream, her skin looked pretty amazing. It was a promising commercial that totally lured me in.  You can watch the commercial here. Lately, due to stress, my skin is in one of the worst conditions it's ever been in. I really hoped that this bb cream was going to be my 'holy grail' bb cream. 

I hope this review is helpful to some people who are interested in trying it out.

The lowdown:
Aritaum 'full cover' BB cream
SPF 50+ PA+++
Whitening and anti-wrinkle 
It's available in two shades: 01 (light beige) and 02 (natural beige)
Coverage: medium to full

My experience:
Let me be honest- the first time I used it, I was not impressed and actually felt like I might have wasted some money. It felt too heavy and muddy on my face. I always hate the feeling that I have foundation on and wanted something that felt much lighter. However, I decided to give it a second chance. What I realized was that I was actually using too much product. It is after all a "full coverage" product, and so it's not necessary to use too much. This bb cream lasted all day for me and I didn't find it necessary to touch up my makeup. I imagine it will be perfect if used with a primer. Also, I didn't need to set it with a powder. However, if you have oily skin you might want to powder your T-zone lightly.

I bought it in the shade 01 (light beige) because I have pretty pale yellow-toned skin. I was originally concerned about which color to order because although my skin is very pale, typically the lightest shade in Korean bb creams is too pink or gray for my skin. It turns out this color blends into my skin really nicely. Probably if I had actually gotten a tan this summer, I would have needed the next shade though. 
Here's a swatch of the color:


Application:
This is in my opinion the best way to apply it: Squeeze a small amount of product from the tube on to the back of your hand. Using your finger, then dab small amounts onto the different areas of your face and use your fingers to blend. Due to the thick consistency of the product I think it's best to just use your fingers and not a brush. I think this is the best way to apply the product evenly, without using too much and being left with that sticky feeling. Then, if you have areas that need more coverage, add to only those areas and blend it with your fingers.  

Where to buy:
I bought mine from twofacemall.com for $16.80 free shipping.
You can find it here.

Picture time:
Here is a few pictures (including some awkwardly close shots) for you to see for yourself. 
Enjoy!




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Finally it feels like spring!

This was one of the, if not the, coldest winters ever! Finally the weather has warmed up a bit. 
Anyway, on to more trivial matters: hair.

Usually I'm lazy and my hair is almost always down. However, today I was feeling a bit "fancy" and wanted to actually make my hair look pretty. You can blame it on the nice weather. All in all, it looked pretty nice in person, so I wanted to share it on my blog. 
Honestly, I don't even know how I did it, so explaining the steps to recreate it isn't gonna happen lol.

Photo time:




Recently I dyed my hair a color called "auburn black". I didn't notice just how red it is in the sun! I like it though, my brown hair was getting boring.

Have a great day! 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A small rant...

Sorry for taking this opportunity to complain but, hey if I can't use my own personal blog to complain, then where am I gonna do it?
Anyway, last year I applied to a photo-journalist internship at TravelJapan.com, thinking that there was no way in hell I would ever get accepted. Recently, every job/internship I apply for gets me nowhere and now I'm left feeling discouraged and with really low self esteem. 
Well it just so happens that I receive a message from them recently saying that they really liked my portfolio and would like to chat with me via Skype. Of course, being super surprised, I gladly accepted. The interview went well (with the exception of my internet shutting down for a few minutes) and by the end of the interview, I was told that they would be really happy to have to join their program. I was sooooooo ecstatic that after closing down the Skype chat, I started crying with excitement. "OMG, I'm going to Japan to be a photo Journalist for 2 months" I thought. I told my sister who was also so happy for me. However, after a few days and reality sunk in, I was reviewing the information and realized that although the program covered some of the costs, it was nearly enough. Flights to Japan are just way too expensive, especially now because it's cherry blossom season. It would still cost be a few thousand, and just for an internship. The first day I realized it was impossible, I was just so heartbroken and didn't want to talk to anyone about it. I prayed so hard to be accepted, and now to have it taken away from me hurts quite a bit. I just hope God has a better plan for me in store because right now I'm just really sad.

Anyway, I'm glad I could get this off my chest.
If anyone is actually reading this, thanks.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review: Nutra Nail "Gel Perfect"

Months ago I bought Nutra Nail "Gel Perfect" and it was left sitting in my bathroom closet unused until just now. I bought it in the color "sheer pink", which is indeed a very sheer pink... no lies. I've read that a few other people had problems with this type of gel nail polish and experienced tackiness. Either I followed directions carefully, or was just lucky, I didn't experience any problems. The first step is to apply a sort of "gel activator". The smell is familiar and reminds me of nail glue. I was left with the feelings that this is actually just a weaker, more liquidy version of nail glue. All you have to do next is apply the color coat quickly on top and then clean the blush with the brush cleaner they've supplied you with. It's very simple and easy to follow. You're then supposed to do a second coat afterward. In my experience, it dries pretty quickly and is super shiny- no top coat required! However, my one problem I had was that the color I chose was too sheer. Besides being shiny- my nails didn't appear to be painted at all. So this is when I decided to break the rules- what can I say... I'm such a bad ass. Unhappy with the color, I wondered if I could just use the "gel activator" and use my own nail polish colors. So I decided to do just that. I added a coat of Essie's "no baggage please" on top of the gel activator. Then at least I had a wash of pink on my nails, which looked much better. Since my nails looked a but boring I added Sephora's Formula X polish in "Hyperactivate" to just a few of my nails for some sparkle. I have to say I'm pretty pleased with the outcome and could even use the bathroom without worrying about destroying my nails haha. 
The color is still pretty light, but I think its good for work or for situations where you want very simple nails that aren't very showy. 
Supposedly this will last me two weeks... we shall see though. As for the moment, I love how fast it is. All you really need is like 5 minutes and your good to go! Maybe I'll invest in some other colors.
   

Thursday, October 17, 2013

NYCC!! - photo heavy

New York Comic Con: Saturday 10/12

Last weekend a bunch of my friends and I attended NYCC. I usually go every year however, this is the first year that I decided to actually cosplay. Normally this would be totally outside of my comfort zone, but I really wanted to try something different. Initially me and my sister decided that we would do something together, but then her boyfriend and one of my friends also decided to join in as well. Me and my sister wanted to do something a bit easy and well known- so we went with Sailor Moon. I grew up watching this show, so I was so excited I was able to cosplay as something I really enjoyed. As a child I loved Sailor Mars. In my eyes she was so cool and pretty; also her personality is also most similar to my own.  I even have the same hair style as her, which made cosplaying her super simple. My sister decided to go as Sailor Jupiter since her hair is most similar to hers. As a joke, we convinced her boyfriend to cross-dress as Sailor Moon (skirt, hair, makeup and everything!). It was so hilarious and everyone who saw at NYCC definitely got a kick out of it. I think he even got hit on a few times while we where there. Since it was my first time cosplaying, it felt like so many photos were taken of us. Every time we tried to move, another person asked for a photo. Overall it was such a interesting and fun experience and I'm so glad that we decided to dress up! At first I thought that this would be a one time deal for me, however I definitely want to dress up next year. 

Photo time!!





I have the most awesome friends!! 




More photos will be on my tumblr! 

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Out of focus - ootd

Outfit of the day 10/1

Woah! Can you believe it's October already?! Months go by so fast it's hard to keep up.
Anyway, now that's it's autumn, it's time for fall fashion. While the weather is still pretty nice I'm doing my best to transition my summer clothing into the fall. Obviously, the easiest way to do this is with stockings/ tights. 
Here I'm wearing a overall skirt that I recently bought from Forever 21, with a short sleeve peter pan collar blouse. Sometimes I think overalls can look a little bit too child-like, so I want to keep the look sophisticated yet still youthful. Black boots and black tights help elongate the legs (I love this trick and it always makes people ask me if I'm 5'8'' lol) Both the hat and the blouse are from H&M, and the wedge boots are from a company called "Chinese Laundry".



Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer

Why hello there~ It's been almost a month since I've posted. I figured tonight that I will post about something a little different.
Recently I tried Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer. Since hearing such wonderful things about it, I was so super excited to try it out. However, I was left feeling a bit disappointed.
First off I should tell you a bit about my skin.
My complexion is very light (as you can tell from various photos), I have combination skin (an oily T-zone), and my skin can be a bit sensitive. Luckily, I've never suffered from acne and only get a pimple occasionally.


My initial impression: "OMG this primer is amazing!!" I used the primer for a few days and was so happy with it. My makeup lasted all day and never looked cakey. The weather in NY was veryyy hot and humid, so I was surprised to still look presentable by the end of the night.
However, by the 4th day I noticed that I had a small pimple on each side of my nose as well as a cluster of 3 small pimples by my chin. With that being said, I was very upset. As I mentioned I do not often get pimples, so I knew it had to be due to a change in my usual makeup routine. Everything I applied (with the exception of that primer) are products I use on a daily basis.

The verdict: If you have sensitive skin and maybe if your skin is acne prone, this primer may not be the best for you. If you usually do not have reactions to makeup and other types of products however, you may want to give this primer a go. Despite my horrible reaction to it, this primer works really well. I'm so disappointed that I can't use it. :( Usually I am so in love with Benefit products.

Sensitive skin: If you do have sensitive skin and are in need of a primer, let me recommend the product that I use often. Usually I apply Bare Escentuals "Prime Time". A little goes a long way with this product. It also has a very nice silky feeling on the skin.
The back of the bottle says: "preservatives free, oil free, fragrance free, allergy- tested, dermatologist-tested". I never once had a problem with this primer, so I think I'm just going to stick with this one. 

I hope this is somewhat helpful to people! :)
Talk to you soon
-Stef