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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Face Routine

I love using this routine on hot summer days because it is lightweight, but covers nicely. I wear this about two times a week when I go out to lunch, shopping, etc. I mix two products together because my skin color changes all the time. I would have to buy new face products every week! I have been using these products for the past couple months and am in love :-)

Starting off with a moisturized and primed face (both spf), I mix together my BB cream and a little concealer to add coverage and match my skin.

Using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, I blend it into my skin starting in the center of my face where I have the most discoloration.

I have pretty dark under eye circles, so I love using a brightening product. This L'oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter is an all-in-one product for underneath my eyes and a highlighter. I use it on the high points of my cheeks, nose bridge, and cupid's bow.


My skin is combination/oily so I set my face with the holy grail Dream Matte powder. I don't use it for coverage, but more to mattify the dewy finish of the BB cream and make my skin look more natural.

Underneath my eyes, I use a translucent powder to set the concealer instead of the Maybelline powder so it doesn't cake up.


Next, when I am in a hurry, I skip blush and just use bronzer on my cheeks, putting a bit extra on the rest of my face.

Then I am done! It usually takes me 5-10 minutes to complete.


Products:
H20 Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Lotion SPF 30
Shiseido Refining Face Primer
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream - Meadium/Deep
Cover FX Cream Concealer - Deep
L'oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter/Concealer - Medium
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder - Sand
Makeup Forever HD Finishing Powder
NYC Sun 2 Sun Bronzer - Terracotta Tan
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Tools:
Real Techniques Buffing Brush (available in a set), their expert face brush is similar.
Elf Powder Brush
Real Techniques Blush Brush
Real Techniques Contour Brush (available in the same set).

I love how this makes me look a lot less shiny, but still natural. What are your favorite face products?

Stephanie xx


Friday, June 21, 2013

50 Random Facts About Me!

I saw my favorite YouTuber, Arden, post this video and I loved it! I thought this would be a fun so you can learn more about me. Get ready for some randomness...

1. Cupcakesandcashmere.com is my favorite blog.
2. I love riding roller coasters, the bigger the better.
3. I tan very easily (it's not as cool as it sounds).
4. My very first makeup purchase was the NYX jumbo pencil in the shade "Pure Gold".
5. I'm 5' 0" tall.
6. I love to read, and my favorite author tweeted me!
7. I have never bought a long formal dress.
8. My favorite actors are Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon Levitt.
9. My favorite actresses are Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, and Nina Dobrev.
One of my favorite books by Jenny Han!     Source
10.When I was little, I liked to cut the ends of my hair off.
11. I've seen Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers, Ed Sheeran, and Fun. live.
12. I LOVE the city (especially Chicago!).
13. My favorite sport to play by far is tennis.
14. I am a huge concealer junkie.
15. I am obsessed with anything high waisted.
16. I am a night owl.
17. Both of my parents were born in Vietnam, but I was born in the United States.
18. I want to go skydiving.
19. The weirdest things I have ever eaten are alligator, snails, and one time a fish eyeball...
20. I am the youngest person in my grade!
21. I only get Sprite, Blue Raspberry, or Coca-Cola flavored slushies.
22. I met Kate Gosselin at a book signing, Jon & Kate + 8 used to be the BEST show!
23.  The Food Network and Full House was all I watched all through elementary school.
24. I love mostly all fruits and vegetables.
(WeHeartit)
25. I have a love/hate relationship with tumblr.
26. I have to have music playing while driving.
27. The Matt Nathanson Pandora station = perfection.
28. On a normal school day, I wear little makeup.
29. I love all social media.
30. I own more athletic wear than actual clothes.
31. Vanillla greek yogurt is my favorite breakfast food.
32. My family and I travel to Chicago at least 5 times a year.
33. I like to cry while watching movies.

34. The CW is the best channel.
35. I love taking pictures, and am saving up for a nice camera.
36. I love Pandas!
37. My middle name in Vietnamese means 'poem'.
38. I don't like to be the center of attention.
39. I play the cello in my high school orchestra.
40. I can be very competitive.
41. I love all sushi!
42. I have one brother who is 4 years older than me.
43. I am not ticklish.
44. I have met Kellen Lutz and he's not bad looking in person...
45. I have a memory box where I keep letters, cards, movie + concert tickets, etc.
46. My dream job is working behind the scenes of movies/tv shows or makeup line.
47: My current celeb crush: Henry Cavill.
48. One time I stole sticky puddy from elementary school.
49. My birthday is November 29.



50. I was introduced into the 'beauty community' through Youtube. It was monumental. This was the first beauty video I saw!



This was so much fun to do, and it actually took me a couple days to come up with all of these facts! Is there anything else you want to know? :)

-Stephanie xx



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Floral Lace

I spent the day at a friend's open house, and afterwards went and saw the movie Man Of Steel (which was wonderful). It was such a nice day outside, so I felt like a bright color was in order. This peplum style top has a gorgeous collar and floral lace-like cutout print.  It is so comfortable, yet it makes me feel more put together!



The back of this top has the cutest round yellow buttons.
 Top: Rebellious One from Macy's , Similar
Shorts: American Eagle, Similar,
Belt: Forever 21, Similar
Shoes: Steve Madden, Similar
Ring: H & M, Exact
Nail Polish
Fingers- Essie -Turquoise and Caicos
Toes- Revlon - Cherries In the Snow

Stephanie xx

Monday, June 17, 2013

Mess Free Maple Bacon

I made my dad a surprise brunch on Father's Day, so I wanted to make something special. I made pancakes, eggs, and maple bacon! Maple Bacon is one of the easiest things to make, and by cooking the bacon in the oven rather than a pan, it is less messy. Now it is not the best health wise, but this is so yummy and perfect for 'cheat days'! Different from regular bacon, the maple flavor is the perfect compliment.


Ingredients + Tools
Bacon of choice (turkey, vegan, thin/thick slice)
100% Maple Syrup - make sure it is REAL maple syrup
BBQ Brush
Cookie Sheet + Aluminum Foil
Wire Rack (Optional)

Directions:
First,  preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil, this will make the cleanup process SO easy. I personally like to place my bacon on a wire rack so more of the fat and maple syrup drips off.


Try not to overlap the bacon too much
Bake the bacon for 15-20 minutes keeping careful watch. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you want it.

Next, brush on a thin layer of maple syrup on the bacon and put it back in the oven for 2 minutes to let the maple flavor really absorb and coat the bacon.

After, remove the bacon and pat dry with paper towel, and placing it on a plate without paper towel afterwards. This is because letting the bacon cool on the paper towel will make the maple syrup stick to the paper towel.

Then ENJOY!

-Stephanie xx




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Friday, June 14, 2013

L'oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer

I am a huge concealer junkie, and after I saw MakeupByAlli talk about it, I was hooked. I bought mine from my local Ulta, but it is available in most drugstores with the price varying from store to store (I got mine for $8). My face is naturally a lot lighter and more pink in tone than the rest of my body, so I opted for a warmer shade, W 6-7-8, which matched my skin pretty well.

It is a super creamy concealer perfect for redness, blemishes, hyper pigmentation, and dark areas! One thing I would not recommend is using it for dark circles, since it is not moisturizing enough. It will definitely cake up underneath the eyes. It is not moisturizing, but a bit on the dry side, helping it last longer, but not great for dry patches.



On days where I don't have a lot of time, I skip foundation(tinted moisturizer/BB cream) and just use concealer where I need it.This blended in so  effortlessly, and was easy to pat on blemishes. 
Overall Rating: 4/5
Would Recommend: Yes
Cost: $$