Weekend Edit


Evolution of Smooth SPF Lip Balm

Like I mentioned in my W.I.N beauty kit unboxing post, I've been really into K-beauty lately. And one of the principles of K-beauty is always prep your face with sunscreen! Thanks to a few trips to the dermatologist as a teen, applying sunscreen to my face every morning is a habit for me. But what K-beauty made me realize is that I was missing two major parts of my face! Lips and eyes!

While I haven't found an eye sunscreen yet, I have found my perfect lip sunscreen last week on a quick Target run. Evolution of Smooth's lip balm comes in a ton of flavors but I went with lemon drop because it came with SPF 15. It's super lightweight and wears so well underneath lipstick and lip glosses. Plus, isn't the packaging just the cutest?!

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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

I've been watching a lot of late night television lately, but my newest favorite is Late Night with Samantha Bee. She is hilarious and has really good zingers as well as a kick-ass blazer wardrobe. And now I want a kick-ass blazer wardrobe.

You can watch clips from her show on youtube here.

Drummer Boy Jacket

I don't think I can justify spending $150 on a novelty jacket from Zara but I'm reallllly tempted to. Ever since Coldplay's Viva La Vida tour, I've wanted a military drummer boy style jacket, but of course they aren't so easy to come by. For now I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the jacket stays in stock until Black Friday.

PR Tips from an Insider

Since I've gotten my blogging mojo back, I've also been reading more blogs lately. One of my absolute favorite reads this week was by blogger Sophie Black. In her post she talks about why and how smaller bloggers can reach out to brands and PR companies. It was such an informative and helpful read I figured most of the people reading this post would find it useful too!

You can read it here on her blog.

Autumn Inspo

It's weird to think about all the blogs that initially inspired me to start blogging...because I don't really follow any of them anymore. One of the exceptions is Blair of Atlantic Pacific. I was catching up on her blog this week and fell in love with two of her recent-ish looks. Isn't her style simply perfect?

*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by EOS but as always all thoughts are my own.

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Attention Hogging Statement Boots


My shoe game was so weak this summer. Nothing really caught my eye so I stuck to my trusty birkenstocks and lace up sandals from summers past. But now that fall is here, I'm ready to wear allll the boots-- ankle boots, velvet boots, biker boots, over the knee boots, you name it I'll wear it.

The one pair of boots that have been on mind since last year are the dark floral printed "midnight garden" Valentino boots. While searching for an image of the boots I came across the current collection which I think I love even more.

Holy space balls you guys, they're so beautiful. If I had 2k lying around those boots would be on my feet ASAP. I could wear a literal trash bag with them and I would still feel fab because those boots are that out of this world.

But onto more practical options.

1. urban outfitters 2. topshop 3. jeffrey campbell 4. topshop 5. dolce vita 6. jeffrey campbell 7. jeffrey campbell 8. jeffrey campbell 9. topshop 10. topshop 11. zara

The world of printed boots is an endless one and while I won't be buying a pair of Valentinos this winter, at least there are a crap ton of lot more affordable options out there. And as I'm half asleep typing this post, I'm very close to purchasing those black topshop floral printed ones because not only are they cute, they're also under $75, and I'm also very susceptible to late night shopping (and oops, it's done!)

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A New K-Beauty Box: What is Next (W.I.N.) Beauty Kit | October Unboxing


Even though subscription boxes have been super popular over the past few years, I never was really into them. But lately I've been reading a lot of beauty subreddits and K-beauty blogs so I've kind of been sucked into wanting to try aaaaaall the Asian beauty-focused subscription boxes.

There are a whole slew of them but I ultimately subscribed to What is Next Beauty Kit because it was one of the cheaper options and I liked the look of their instagram.

For $14 a month (including shipping) you receive 5-6 different Asian beauty products, with at least one full sized product. In addition you also get a makeup bag and a info card with product descriptions and tips. Before subscribing to any beauty box I thought those little info cards (you can read it here) were useless but now I see the light! Especially in a box which many products don't have much English descriptions, that little info card can be a lifesaver.

At the time of this post they only ship to the US aaaaaand they currently have a waitlist. But if you're interested in subscribing to them I say join the waitlist or follow them on instagram or both!

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Holika holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel- 55 mL
Full size available via memebox, amazon, and wal-mart

Value: $1.76 (based on 250 mL for $8)

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

I've never tried any sort of aloe gel before and I'm not sure how this is different from the aloe gels that you can buy at your local drugstore. But from the reviews I've read of this product there does seem to be something about it that makes it better than the ones you could pick up at CVS. Perhaps it's all the different plant extracts added to it?

I haven't tried it on my face yet but I have used it on my hands. It has a very strong aloe smell that does take some time to dissipate, but I don't mind since I enjoy the smell. Once you start blending it in, it has a really nice, light, water consistency that just sinks into the skin.

Packaging wise I think it's super adorable. It's a simple squeezey dispenser which I don't love but don't hate either.

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Etude House Tint My Brows Gel in Shade #1: Brown- 5 g
Available via amazon, etude house 

Value: $6.25- $11.00 (full size product; price varies by retailer)

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol, Butylene glycol, Polyvinyl alcohol, Dihydroxyacetone, PVP, 1,2-hexanediol, Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Polysorbate 80, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Red 33 (CI 17200), Citric Acid, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Disodium EDTA, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract

A few months ago eyebrow tints and lip tints seemed to be one of those youtube fads. I quickly got irritated by some of the videos because I couldn't stand the whole "oooh, what is this weird, exotic Asian product that I'm othering for clicks and views. I'm not going to do any research about it but that won't stop me from complaining that it didn't work."

Anyways, I am excited to give it a go! I also need to add in that I love that it came with a little seal. Sealed beauty products are the bomb.

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Etude House One Shot Morning Gel Cleanser- 25 mL
Available via amazon, etude house

Value: $1.46 (based on $11.70 for 200 mL)

IngredientsWater, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer,Polysorbate 20, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract(47.99Ppm), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract (8Ppm), Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract(4.99Ppm), Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Extract, Disodium Edta, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

For some unknown reason I have a proclivity for collecting cleansers and now I have another one to add to my stash. Unfortunately this one has alcohol as the 4th ingredient which does have a tendency to dry/ irritate my skin. Since it will only been on my face for a minute or two, hopefully that isn't the case.

Not only is the packaging so cute but it also smells so fresh! Since it contains all those cirtusy extracts, it has a very warm, orangey smell. It's also pH balanced according to the Etude House site. With a pH of 5.5, it's in that perfect slightly acidic range so it won't destroy your acid mantle (and if you have no idea what I'm talking about check out this blogger's post.)

3W Clinic Fresh Royal Jelly Sheet Mask
Box of 10 available via amazon

Value: $1.02 (based on 10 masks for $10.15)

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan sesquioleate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Royal Jelly Extract, Disodium EDTA, Perfume (Ingredient list copied from this blog)

I've turned into a total sheet mask fiend (as you'll see in a future post) so of course I was happy to find a sheet mask in the box. But again, I'm a bit disappointed to see alcohol on the ingredient list. On a positive note, I've never tried any 3W masks or any masks with Royal Jelly so I'm excited to try something new!

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Unt Color Naked Truth CC Cream Spf 36/ PA++- 0.20 oz
Available via unt cosmetics, amazon

Value: $4.14 (based on $29 for 1.4 oz)

IngredientsActive Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 6.5%(W/W) Titanium Dioxide 4.52%(W/W) Zinc Oxide 3.5%(W/W) Other Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Arbutin, Hexyl Laurate, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone Copolyol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Dimethicone, Alumina, Silica, CI 77492, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77491, Mica, PEG-10 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Perfume, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Polyester-1, CI 77499, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract.

I'm a bit skeptical about one shade fits all sort of products, especially since many Asian beauty brands don't cater towards my skin tone. Perhaps I'll give this away or perhaps I'll give it a try. I'm not sure yet.

This product also has a seal and as you know, sealed beauty products are the bomb.

Makeup Bag
The bag featured in this box was the biggest bummer of them all. It was just soooo... ugly. Usually I don't really care about complimentary makeup bags because I have about a million of them, but a part of the reason I subbed to this box was because the bags featured on their instagram were so adorable (like the ones in this photo.)

On the plus side, it is made of a heavier padded material and has a sturdy zipper. Even if it isn't cute, at least it's functional!

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Overall I am excited to try out many of the products, like the eyebrow tint and the aloe gel, but I am a bit disappointed in the value of the box. Of course there are also some things not factored into that value like the makeup bag, the shipping, and the value of curating these specific products.

Since they are a new company, I think I'll stick around for a while longer to see what they come up with. Hopefully their November box is a bigger hit!

Are you also subscribed to W.I.N beauty kit? Or are you subscribed to any other Asian beauty box? I'm contemplating subscribing to another one so I would love to hear your thoughts!

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hudson square


I know global warming is terrible and all that jazz; but since we're destroying our planet anyways we might as well enjoy the side-effects while we can.

If you're also on the east coast, you probably already know that we're having some record-breaking weather this week. It's time to squeeze in those last few warm weather outfits while you can!

cordury overall dress: urban outfitters; similar by target, h&m, asos
t-shirt: h&m conscious
suede over the knee boots: stuart weitzman; also available via neimans, saks, bloomingdales; affordable options by marc fisher, dolce vita, urban outfittersvery volatile (under $100), asos (under $75), and even more in the widget down below
sunglasses: illesteva

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Introducing Ser Lorac MegaPro the Third | Lorac MegaPro Palette 3 First Impressions + Swatches


When the first Lorac MegaPro palette came out, I had no idea what it really was but impulse purchased it when it randomly came in stock on Amazon at 3 AM. Two years later and I was awaiting the MegaPro 3's arrival ever since the first spoiler shots were shared on Lorac's snapchat. Oh how the times have changed.

All the earthy and rosey shades in the palette were calling out my name and I'd like to think it was fate that I bought this palette. I've had it for about a week and a half now and have used it a half a dozen times so here are my first impressions on the palette!

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$59.00 USD; Sold Exclusively at Ulta (You can buy it here)

The palette contains a total of 0.45 oz/ 12.8 grams of product and with 32 shades, that means there's 0.014 oz/ 0.40 grams of each color.

The palette is made out of cardboard and covered in a white, matte, rubberized material with pretty, rose gold font. But the pretty doesn't last long because it's white and your fingerprints will make it grimy after the first few uses.

Overall Formulation
The formulation of the eyeshadows is the same as the other Lorac palette I own (the original MegaPro) and Lorac palettes that I've swatched (Pro 1 and Pro 2). The matte shades have a soft, powdery (in a good way) feeling to them. The shimmers are sooo... rich and buttery and delicious. I'm fully aware it sounds like I'm describing a croissant and not an eyeshadow palette but damn, they're just that good.

The downsides to the softness in both the matte and shimmer formulations is that they are powdery AF. I make sure to do my eyeshadow before I apply my face makeup because the fallout will get everywhere. I took a few shots of what my palette looked like after taking brush swatches of every shade and it was a hot, powdery mess.

Most of the shades in this palette have excellent pigmentation. Those that don't have opaque pigmentation at first swipe are easily buildable.

Honestly, out of all the eyeshadows I own (which I admit are not a lot), I find Lorac's shadows the easiest to blend. Better than Urban Decay, Wet N' Wild, Coastal Scents, MAC, the Balm, Nars-- Lorac tops 'em all. Tan and Pecan have become my go to transition/ crease shades and they blend so naturally and beautifully. I'm obsessed.

Last Saturday I wore a look using this palette from 8:30 A.M. to about 10:00 P.M (over the Too Faced shadow insurance.) I should also mention that it was humid as hell, that I spent a few hours standing in front of an open door, and that I have occasionally oily eyelids. All that said, I wasn't disappointed. There was some creasing on the inner corners of my eye and the color had faded on the center of my lid where my eye was the greasiest. But overall my eyeshadow looked good! I prolly should have taken a photo of it but alas, I washed my face the second I got home.

So basically, this shit lasts all day long (over primer.)

Color Selection
While I'm a fan of the colors in the palette in general, there are some annoying redundancies. The shades Walnut and Vintage, Maple and Bark, Pink Creme and Crepe are a bit repetitive and unnecessary. Amongst the shimmer shades, there are colors that look like redundancies but have different undertones when swatched so I don't find them as annoying.. For instance Cava and Tulle look very similar in pan but on the skin one is pink and one is gold.

As a whole I also wish they included more "medium" shades. The first two rows of colors are basically unusable to many WOC. There's sort of a jump from light shades to deeper, smokey shades. I wish they would have condensed the first three columns and introduced some more medium shades to make it more wearable for a wider audience.

Also as a personal affront, I haaaate that they had to include black. It seems like such a waste since black eyeshadows are in basically in every. single. Lorac. palette ever to have been created. Even if this was someone's first eyeshadow purchase, I doubt they would be missing out on a black (and if they were it's an easy shade to find.) It seems like such a waste when they could have inserted a deep purple, green, red, or basically any other freakin' color besides from black. But that's just me aka a girl who never wears black eyeshadow ever.

I may not be the best person to comment on versatility because like I said, I'm an eyeshadow beginner. The looks that I'm most comfortable with feature 1, 2, or at most 3 shadows. For me, I find that the palette allows for great versatility! I can wear a warm pinky-brown look (my current fav), a green look, a bronzey look, a matte neutral look, a cool silver look, a metallic red look, the list goes on. So if you're also a beginner, I think this palette holds a lot of potential! If you're someone who's more experienced with eyeshadows, I still think there's versatility in the palette for you--at least there is according to the half dozen reviews I've read/ watched for this palette.

In addition, the fact that the palette is half matte and half shimmer shades means you don't need to worry about reaching for another palette for a complete look. Sometimes I like doing an all matte look and the MegaPro palettes are the only singular palettes I own that allow me to do that.

Who is this palette for?
If you're someone who already owns some neutrals palettes, especially the the Urban Decay Naked 3 or Lorac Pro 3 palette, this palette will probably be redundant to you. If you're not a fan of Lorac's eyeshadow formula, it goes without saying that you probably won't like this palette. If you're looking for a mid-range palette that offers both neutral and wearable colors then this is a great fit for you! If you don't own any of the Lorac Pro palettes but wanted one, then this is also a great fit for you!

First row first half from left to right: pink creme, tan, pecan, walnut

First row second half from left to right: dusty mauve, violet gray, eggplant, dark navy

Second row first half from left to right: crepe, toffee, mist, vintage

Second row second half from left to right: hickory, maple, bark, jet black

Third row first half from left to right: snow, cava, cider, bellini

Third row second half from left to right: brown sugar, sequoia, glacier, deep fog

Fourth row first half from left to right: tulle, pink bronze, rust, rose quartz

Fourth row second half from left to right: olive, dark roast, pomegranate, licorice

And just for kicks here's all 32 shades swatched at the same time with a $1 elf brush (sorry for the iPhone pics; I couldn't get the exposure right with my camera.)

You can click on the photo to open in in another tab and enlarge it.

That's it folks! If you purchased this palette or want to purchase this palette, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Also, what other holiday palettes are you guys loving/ craving?

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