Makeover Monday: Shaina

Monday, January 25, 2016

This is my sister, Shaina! I have two older sisters. Shaina is the middle one between us. Her eyes are gorgeous and I'm pretty sure everyone envies her skin color. Watch below for her casual day makeup makeover!!

Products I used: 
ShiSeido Natural Finish Cream Concealer
Laura Mercier Camouflage Powder Brush
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation
Tarte Airbrush Foundation Brush
Make Up Forever HD Pressed Powder
Elf Complexion Brush
Physicians Forumla Bronze Booster
Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak Palette
Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette
Maybelline Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

5 Ways to De-Stress in January

Thursday, January 21, 2016

With December flying by and January finally coming to an end, you might be needing some ways to de-stress and relax. You probably just finished getting the Christmas and holiday gifts to your friends and family and if you're in college, like me, your probably super broke. Winter is really coming headstrong this season, especially with the huge snowstorm coming around this weekend. To avoid premature wrinkles, dry skin, annoying people, and your winter slump, here are some of the ways to wind down from all the stress.

1. Stay away from social media. I think that social media can be so deceiving. Returning back to campus, it might seem as if everyone is having the time of their lives. There might be Snapchat stories of girls hugging each other, but what they're actually doing is taking the picture. They aren't really enjoying time with each other. Along with this, there's syllabus week. Some people choose to go out every night of the week (I don't know how they can do it) but that doesn't mean you have to as well. Stay away from the social media, especially Snapchat and possibly Instagram to avoid FOMO. If you didn't know, there's a way you can temporarily delete your Instagram account now. Yup, your welcome! 

2. Read! I used to enjoy reading when I was younger and as I'm growing up, I'm starting to drift away from books because I am so busy doing homework for my classes and working events for clubs. Right now, I'm reading "All Over but the Shoutin'" by Rick Bragg, a famous journalist who wrote for the New York Times Newspaper. 

3. Paint your nails. This is such a good de-stresser. If your toe nails are bare or chipping, turn up the music and paint your toes. You can do this while doing almost anything. While waiting for your nails to dry, watch some Netflix, Youtube, or read a book! You can also eat. I recommend ice cream. 

4. Use coconut oil. This is a natural and all-organic oil that can be used for basically everything. Coconut oil can be used as lotion, spread to soften feet, remove makeup, and so much more. I spread about half a pea-sized amount of coconut oil each night over my face. I use it as a nightly moisturizer and it is also really helpful with fading blemishes. Go coconut oil!!! :)))

5. Spend some time alone. When you're around people all day, especially in college, sometimes, you just need a moment to be alone and relax. I think that sometimes, we become so entrapped with our lives to become the best, the smartest, or the most successful that we forget about our health. You might have failed that last quiz and you won't be able to remember that quiz five years from now, but you will be able to remember the times you were mentally, physically, and emotionally unhealthy. Often, I like going to breakfast or eating dinner by myself so that I can just enjoy a little quiet time because I hate the feeling of always needing people. Make sure to get enough sleep. Eat your breakfast. Go to the gym. Take care of yourself.

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum Review

Saturday, January 16, 2016

I received this serum over the summer as a sample from Sephora. I had no clue what it was or how effective it would be, but decided to take a chance with it. I struggled with terrible acne toward the end of high school and it got even worse when I came to college last year. My acne finally started healing toward the winter of last year, but now I'm left with horrible scars and embarrassing blemishes.

I tried this product in September. At first, it made my skin sting (I have very sensitive skin) but after a couple days of using it, I began to see a few of my blemishes fade. I would use about one squirt of the serum each night and apply it over my blemishes. Although it did lighten some of my blemishes, it didn't completely make them disappear. It's on the pricier side ($60) but I recommend this product to anyone who has had blemishes and tried everything to make them disappear. It's gentle and does a pretty good job at what it's supposed to do!

5 Things

Friday, January 15, 2016


Just got out of my last class at 4:20! TGIF. It's been a great but exhausting week being back at school for the new year. My sister and I went to La Creperie on Thayer Street in Providence before she dropped me back off at school. This place is awesome. If you ever stop by Providence or are near the area, I highly recommend the crepes! 

Nightlife for syllabus week hasn't been the greatest (:p) but I'm still enjoying it. I love all my classes (so far, lol). My favorite class so far is Spanish. I haven't taken Spanish since high school and had forgotten a lot of the grammar and vocab, but I've been able to freshen my memory up this past week. Sometimes I forget how interesting it is to learn another language and the different ways people communicate. We had also talked about this in my Development of Western Civilization Colloquium class about Muslim and Islamic Orientalism... whether thought or language came first, where thoughts even come from, and whether or not language limits or frees us. Are our identities constructed for us by the environment we live in? Or do we shape it ourselves?

I think culture and language is all so incredibly fascinating, but anyway, here are five things from this past week!

Lipstick Application Tutorial

My sisters and I recently got coffee one morning and as we were walking to the cafe, my sister commented that she liked the color of my lipstick. I replied back, "Thanks," and received a look like I had two heads. She replied back, "You have lipstick on your teeth." 

I have a lipstick routine but sometimes I don't follow it (like our trip to the coffee cafe). Below is my lipstick application tutorial! I used Bite Beauty's Mix and Mingle Lipstick in
Pepper from the holiday collection. Keep reading and I hope you enjoy :)

1. Begin by brushing your teeth and also brushing you lips to get rid of any extra dry skin. Be sure to get in the corners of your lips and anywhere else with excess skin. Then put your favorite chapstick on. You want to finish with soft plump lips.

2. Next, apply the lipstick to the outer rim of your lips, similar to lining them. I recommend those with thinner lips to line the rims before application but for those with already plump lips, skip this step. Don't apply the lipstick too close to the opening of the lips (the part closest to your teeth.) This prevents stains on the teeth. For the cupid's bow, create an "x" shape instead of lining it like a "v". This will create a more precise line.

3. After applying the lipstick to the rims of your lips, rub them together and sideways to make sure the color travels and gets in between the cracks and lines of your lips.

4. Place a tissue between your lips and softly press them against each other. This will prevent the color from staining your teeth.

5. Pucker up! You're ready for the day to start without any lipstick stains on your teeth and an extremely kissable lip!

Bite Beauty Lipstick Review

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I was recently introduced to the Bite Beauty Lipsticks and I love them so much! They're so moisturizing and pigmented with color. It's so easy to apply because of how smooth it goes on and the color selection is great. They come at a pretty affordable price for high-end lipsticks too. The Mix and Mingle Lipstick was $10 and the Lip Crayon was $24.

I bought the Pepper and Cafe lipstick duo from the Holiday Exclusive Mix and Mingle selection and the Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Aubergine. I wear the Pepper and Cafe lipstick duo on more casual days like school. The Aubergine lip crayon, which is an eggplant color is perfect for a night out. I love how these lipstick colors can be lightly applied for a casual day but also can be built to achieve a darker and richer color.

Lancome Anti-Aging Products Review

I'm a lover of anti-aging products and a believer in using them as soon as possible. Anti-aging products may sound as if they're only supposed to be used by women to avoid further skin wrinkles, but I think they should be used to prevent wrinkles. Some dermatologists recommend using these products as early as in your twenties. I first noticed my mom using some products about five to ten years ago. She's currently in her fifties and regularly uses the Algenist brand, generally focusing on using eye creams and skin brighteners.

I received these two samples from my roommate and began using them nightly over the holiday break and absolutely love the work they do. I've been using the Genifique serum and eye cream after cleansing and moisturizing for about three weeks now. My face feels a lot softer, smoother, and when I wake up, it seems to have a kind of healthy sheen that isn't oily or greasy looking. The serum has a loaded dropper so when squeezed, it gives the perfect amount to moisturize over the face.

The eye cream is effective but not in the ways that the serum is. This eye cream is very moisturizing and firming, but it also sometimes stings. One night, I forgot to take out my contacts before applying the eye cream and well... you know the story. Some of the cream residue leaked into my eyes and I had trouble sleeping the rest of the night.

Overall, if I were to recommend one of these products, I would definitely ask you to give the Genifique serum a try. I noticed improvements after a week and by now, my skin feels as soft as it was before I hit puberty!

Hair Tutorial Coming Soon!

I've been home for the holidays these past three weeks and have been absolutely bored out of my mind. I've been binge-watching Gossip Girl and actually only have three more episodes before I'm done the whole show (I know... I'm crazy and don't have a life).

Anyhoo, I took a break and had some fun playing with my hair. I'll include a tutorial soon! :) Enjoy the rest of your holidays!

2016 Beauty Resolutions

Happy New Year!! I'll be honest, I've had more memorable and self-discovering moments but there were some major life events that did happen in 2015. First off, I attended my first year of college! For the record, I didn't gain any Freshmen 15 (phew!). I ran for a position in student government which I received and learned many useful event planning skills. I grew close to many of my friends and my roommate and I really bonded. And I lifeguarded for the fourth summer in a row.

I don't remember making any New Year beauty resolutions, but I can say that I was a dedicated face cleanser and moisturizer every morning and night!

My Top 2016 Beauty Resolutions 

1. Style my hair more often. My hair is of medium thickness and it tends to be pretty straight with a little wave. I usually blow-dry it damp and wear it wavy after putting it up in a bun for a couple hours. This year, I want to try blowing out my hair more often, curling it, and trying new updos.

2. Floss everyday. Or at least every other day.

3. Work out 3-5x a week. For real. I was a lot better at this toward the second half of the year last year and during the summer, but since coming back to college, it's been a lot harder. With all the stress and deadlines, this year has been a lot more challenging and it's been difficult trying to find enough time to head to the gym. I think my schedule this semester is a little less challenging and more consistent so I'll be a little better at time management.

4. Actually try the samples I receive from Sephora. I get a couple samples every time I purchase something at Sephora , but I never actually use them. I'll be sure to use them more often now that I have something to blog about :)

And thats it! I wanted to keep it short, simple, and something attainable. I'll let you know how I'm doing in a few months.

First Makeup Tutorial

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

This is my first makeup tutorial!! It's one of my everyday makeup looks. It took about an average of five hours to make and the sound quality is a little too quiet, but oh well! Hope you enjoy :)

Makeup Products Used:
Nyx Retractable Eyeliner in Black
Urban Decay The Naked Palette
Kat Von D Foundation Medium 54
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak
Physician's Formula Bronze Booster in Medium
Make Up Forever HD High Definition Pressed Powder
Monaliza Eyebrow Pencil and Brush
Maybeline Brow Gel in Soft Brown
Diorshow Maximizer Lash Pumping Serum
Rimmel London Volume Accelerator

An Everyday Eye Makeup Look

I begin my eye makeup by making an eyeliner outline on my top lid. I fill in my lid until the lash line. Then I draw my eyeliner on a little thicker so it can be seen under my monolids. 

Continuing with eyeshadow, I use a bright gold shadow to match my yellow skin tone. I blend this gold on the rest of my lid except on the eyeliner to preserve the black intensity.

With a darker gold/brown shade, I dust my crease starting from the middle until the outer crease. 

Don't forget to blend the colors together, up, and outward to make sure all the shadows blend. This look is perfect as an everyday relaxed look. 

Makeup Products Used
Nyx Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Black
Urban Decay The Naked Palette using Half-Baked and Smog with palette brush

Braided and Twisted Hair with Hair Clips

I'm not a big hair accessorizer but after playing my hair and coming up with this braided twist ponytail, I needed something else to fancy my hairstyle. Instead of using my basic black go-to hair tie, I decided to use my mom's old hair clip. 

I actually ended up liking the look. After searching where hair clips can be bought, I discovered a ton at Nordstrom that can be bought here

template design by Studio Mommy (© copyright 2015)