Saturday, May 4, 2013

What are you up to?

I'm rereading The Great Gatsby in preparation for the new movie. I don't think I appreciated Fitzgerald this much until now. The weird thing is, every time his name is mentioned, Tom Hiddleston's portrayal of him in Midnight in Paris appears in my head. Haha. But the hair and everything was perfect though.

These are the beauty products that I am currently loving (for real). My absolute favorite spring-time nail polish is definitely OPI You're Such A Budapest (the little one) from their Euro Centrale Collection. It's a pale blue-leaning lilac that is super flattering on my skin tone. My hands are somewhat tanned and it's a weird color because I'm Asian. And usually, pale colors make my hands look like mannequin hands. I suggest all Asians try out this color because it is won-der-ful! (I feel like it's universally flattering though.)

I recently got my hands on a NARS blush...yes, I finally splurged. I got Gaiety, which looks barbie pink in the pan, but it translates very well on my cheeks. This subtle pink lightens up my cheeks which are usually blotchy red. Less pink colors like Super Orgasm make my skin tone look funny and make me look older, which I dislike. So pink is the way to go! I also use NYX Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam, which is a dupe for Benefit High Beam, on my cheeks. It just lights everything up!

I am also loving L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Golden Emerald. It is such a perfect...golden emerald! Super amazingly pigmented and long-lasting, even on my oily lids! If you get this, I suggest you apply it over a base to make it more vibrant.

I never tried any lip pencils because I am afraid of what I've always imagined to be a dry/hard texture. But NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover proved me wrong. It applies PERFECTLY, and is moisturizing. I would definitely recommend it to everyone. NARS also have some new colors out recently, in both "gloss" and "satin" formulations. These are definitely products that totally changed my mind about a certain type of makeup.

I can NEVER find exfoliators that get rid of all the flakiness on my face. But this Caudalie one comes close to perfect. It is not a gentle one. But it works. And it does not irritate my skin. And after massaging, my face feels super soft and clean and almost flake-free!

BEACH WAVES. This Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Mess is...perfect. I wash my hair and towel dry it a little bit. And then I spray some onto different sections of my hair and distribute it evenly. Then I put it in a bun and leave it like that for as long as I can. If I'm in a hurry, I just blow-dry it. And voila - it adds some beautiful volume to my pin-straight fine hair. I haven't tried other beach-wave products but this one does the job. Unfortunately, it is discontinued, I believe. :\

Lastly but not least, I got another NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, this time in Alaska, because I find my old St. Moritz slightly too dark. Alaska is actually the second lightest shade in the spectrum, and there are 11 shades. I am not pale at all...I don't know how super pale white people can find a shade that fits...Anyhow, I like how natural this looks on me, as I really despise the I-have-foundation-on-my-face look. Another favorite thing about this product - it has SPF 30 in it! Sunscreen is essential in aging-prevention. :) I don't know how well this performs on oily-skinned people, as mine is more like combination type. And I always powder my nose...so.

So, I did not mean to make this post into a makeup rant. But I really did find some beauty holy grails recently. And I feel bad for not publicly appreciating them as I've spent some of my hard-earned money on them...

Moving on. I AM READY FOR SUMMER! Even though I will be spending my 3 months following a rigid routine mostly studying. But I am still pretty excited. Since I bought my new bikinis, Columbia has been absolutely horrible to me. There has not been sun in two freaking weeks! As you have probably figured out, I've been chilling in these last weeks of my sophomore year, because I have easy finals. And I really wanted to go sunbathing ("tanning" sounds tacky) on the horseshoe (if you don't go here, then horseshoe is the historic part of the campus with lots of grass and trees and beauty). I even bought a new beach towel (pictured in the first photographs, the blue striped one)! And of course, next Wednesday, the day after I move out, it will be all warm and full of sunshine here. -.-

Since I can't lay around doing nothing, I decided gym would be a good alternative. So I've been hitting the Strom everyday for over a week. I also got this new Rachel Rachel Roy tank for that purpose. Fashion-wise, I've been loving black items as they look good against my skin. Plus black is a classic color that never goes out of style. This tank also features this neon Native American head that makes it rave-ready. I love it.

Another thing that I love recently, is this little cute notebook Steph bought me in Taiwan when she went...last summer? I like to plan and write down things I need to do. And this is a perfect size. After I finish this one (which is not even remotely close), I will probably get a Moleskine or something. But I absolutely adore this.

I just have one more exam next Tuesday. And then I am ready to go home. And then David and Stephanie are gonna come to gvegas to visit me! :D It's gonna be a good week.

Also, if you haven't, check out my may mixtape! I am very proud of it, and it's got lots of listens on 8tracks. :)

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