Positive… Always.

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As I was looking around my site, I came across a tag that I saw was associated with my blog and that tag was “positive”.  That got me thinkin’!  I wanted to write a post about being very positive, especially body positive.  I’m not going to sit here and write, “You need to go to the gym five times a week.  You need to eat healthy.  You need to do something.  You need to look a certain way” (there’s a reason as to why I italicized the word “need”).  Honestly, I don’t even do those things 90% of the time.  Me, personally, I wouldn’t tell someone to do something, look a certain way, or be a certain someone because I wouldn’t want someone to tell me those things, either.  But there’s one thing I would tell someone  to “be” and that one thing is to be unapologetically yourself.  Let me tell you a little story about me.

When I was in the 6th grade, I was watching America’s Next Top Model and at one moment, I wanted to be a model.  So I thought, “I need to be skinny.”  Good idea, right?  In full disclosure, I was very self-conscious about my image and my body, which lead into a six year eating disorder downward spiral.  I jumped anywhere between bulimia and anorexia.  I eventually became very unhappy and I didn’t let anyone into my life because I was ashamed of whom I had become.  When I finally hit my last year of high school, I was emotionally tired.  I thought, “You know, Coohleen, will you ever look like Mila Kunis when you wake up?  Will you ever be sincerely happy with who you’ve become and will become?”  At that moment, it hit me like a silent train running at 100 miles per hour, “You’ll never be Mila Kunis because Mila Kunis is the only person who will ever look like Mila Kunis when she wakes up.”  At that very moment, I decided I wanted to be happy and that day, I ate without feeling like I was ugly, fat, worthless.  I was also bullied a lot as a kid for wearing the same clothes all the time, for being thicker than most, and for being really ugly to everyone else.  After high school, everything changes, trust me.  Eventually, I stop listening to negative comments people had to say about me and I walked away with my head held high and my eyebrows on fleek.  I learned to just be myself and if anyone didn’t like that, I gracefully shut that door and allowed a new door to open.

Being sincerely happy with who you were, who you are, and who you want to become is a very difficult journey, but no matter where you’ve come from and  how long it took you to get to where you are now, best believe you deserve to be happy.  Don’t listen to people who try to put you down because those words are not worth thinking about.  Believe that you are charismatic, witty, talented, beautiful, and all the other wonderful adjectives in between and you’ll eventually become that person.  Now that I’m 21, I like to say that I have a few experiences in my bag, so trust me when I say that the best version of you is when you are unapologetically yourself.  Just because you don’t fit in with a certain crowd, someone doesn’t like you, or any other negative BS,  doesn’t mean you’re worthless.  In actuality, you’re priceless.  For all of those who feel like you’re not as handsome or as pretty as the next person, I can’t tell you to change the way you feel, but I wanted to tell you that you’re the best lookin’ unicorn out there (; you are “be-you-tiful”

With lots of love,

Coohleen ❤

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Hello from my little cave called COLLEGE!

Hello world!

I haven’t posted since… July?  I honestly don’t remember because one, I haven’t checked my last post and two, the internal lazy girl in me is saying I haven’t posted since July (: I just wanted to give a quick update as to why I have been gone.  I am currently working in a research lab doing science-y things and I am also a full-time cell/molecular biology student.  My life has been purely dedicated to school and work, so I deeply apologize for the lack of posts.  I’ve been slackin’, I’ve been slackin’ *sings like Beyonce in Drunk in Love*.  I will try to post new content as quickly as I can!  I know I’ve promised to do a haul post, but I think that’s a little out of my league since college has basically consumed my life.  However, I think I’m going to do more “talk-y” posts and talk a little bit more about myself and how I’ve overcome a lot of challenges.  What kind of challenges, you may ask… Well, I want to do posts about body positivity, bullying, and cystic acne.  In my lifetime (actually, I’m 21 so that isn’t too young nor too old, no…?), I’ve had to overcome a lot of insecurities  which includes a lot of hurt and sadness.  As I think about it right now, I’m in a happy place and I want to share that with you all.  Well, to the few people who still read my blog, thank you for sticking around!

With lots of love,

Coohleen ❤

Why I Believe it is Perfectly Okay for Everyone to Wear Makeup (bonus entry)

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So, this entry won’t necessarily be a “rant”, but more of a “love yoself no matter what anyone says” post.  Disclaimer: if you don’t agree with me, I respect your opinion wholeheartedly, but please don’t be mean.  My intention is to never hurt anyone and if I offend anyone at all, I genuinely apologize.  Let’s see what I have in store!

I recently went to my local Target because I wanted to purchase a few makeup-y bits.  While shopping, I saw a woman with what looked like her son and daughter near the makeup aisles.  I thought to myself, “How cute!  They’re totally spending quality time with their mother just like my sister and I did when we were younger. Plus, there’s no electronic device in sight, which is amazing on the mother’s part!”  I overheard the little girl saying she wanted to see all the pretty colors (I was thinking she wanted to go through the makeup aisles and see all the makeup, which my guess was right).  I overheard her mother say, “Makeup is bad because it’s only for girls who don’t feel pretty and who are not confident.”  That statement hit me like a silent train going 300 miles an hour.  I wanted to say something, but I didn’t want to intervene and create a scene… especially at Target.

Reasons why I don’t agree with that statement:

  1. Makeup is for everyone and not “just for women.”  I believe it is perfectly okay for both men and women to wear makeup.  If my son and/or daughter (not that I have children) wanted to wear makeup, I would wholeheartedly support their dreams and be there with them the whole way.
  2. In my opinion, those who wear makeup are the fiercest and most confident people because makeup is art and showcasing your work takes a lot of confidence.
  3. When I battled with cystic acne, I did not wear makeup.  A wise woman once told me, “When your confidence is low, walk around like you are a walking Chanel ad.  That will get you everywhere.”  Also, my beautiful friend Marian once said, “If someone doesn’t like you because of your face, they don’t deserve to be in your life anyway.”  To me, those are very true words because if someone is going to negatively impact your life, why let them do it at all?
  4. To me, makeup is not “only” for those who feel insecure or don’t have any confidence because everyone has insecurities (I can’t name one person who doesn’t have any insecurities) and we all go through those days where we don’t feel our most confident.  So why does it matter if someone wears makeup?
  5. Opposite to popular belief, women and men don’t wear makeup to please/attract other people (unless that is someone’s occupation i.e. actors/actresses).  Never in my head do I think, “I wear makeup because I want men to find me more attractive and  I want more attention.”  NO, THAT IS NOT TRUE.  I wear makeup because it is therapeutic for me to put it on and take it off.  I wear makeup because I want to and because I put it on for me and no one else.
  6. Lastly, people are beautiful, handsome, intelligent, wonderful, kind, compassionate, ambitious, and all of the positive adjectives in between with or without makeup.  YOU DO YOU and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Always remember: you are human, other people are human, we all have feelings, we’re never “perfect.”  Learn to love, accept, and be kinder to yourself because that’s where the confidence grows.  Trust me.

I love you all equally and spread love (: ❤

July Favorites 2015!

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I’m starting a new series… monthly favorites!  I’m going to tell you all about the bits and bobs that I have regarding skincare, makeup, hair, etc.  Maybe even food? This post will be majority makeup and skincare, so let’s get crackin’!

Warning: I do invest quite a bit of money on skincare because I think it’s the most important step in my makeup routine.  Also, I have sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin (I battled cystic acne for a year, which was rough).  I will put prices of all products, so you guys can check them out.  I  also have to let my readers know that I do buy from companies that are not cruelty-free brands (please click here: http://www.mybeautybunny.com/brands-that-test-on-animals/).  However, on my will, I’m going to donate my body to science, (I will talk more about this in a future post and state my reasons).  I try to practice vegetarianism and buy from brands that have cruelty-free practices.

Skincare

Cleanser: for all my Filipina/Filipino bloggers out there… I love the Eskinol Deep Facial Cleanser in  the Calamansi formula (~$5 USD depending on where you go to purchase)!  For those who may not know what I’m talking about, this facial cleanser acts a lot like Bioderma in such a way that it removes makeup, but this facial cleanser also penetrates deep into the skin.  It helps lighten dark spots, fight acne, and removes dirt and makeup.  I usually use this in conjunction with a cotton pad in the morning for a quick and simple cleanse.  This product can be bought in local Asian supermarkets, but I would definitely try asking for a sample of this because it is an astringent and can be very harsh on the skin.  (https://www.eskinol.com.ph/index.php/eskinol/products)

Moisturizer: I’ve been a huge fan of LUSH Cosmetics for a few years now and I’m determined to try their whole skincare range (those that fit my skin’s needs, of course)!  About a month ago, I bought their Celestial Moisturizer ($25 USD) and it is the bombdotcom.  The weather in the Bay Area has been a little wonky and my skin is in dire need of moisture, so I bought this because the wonderful woman who helped me at LUSH (bless her beautiful heart) suggested it.  It’s made for those who have sensitive skin because it’s not made with any alcohols, but this moisturizer caters to all skin types *horray*!  It’s not a ridiculously priced moisturizer (you’re paying for good quality, vegan ingredients and they don’t test on animals), but I would definitely ask for a sample before purchasing.

Eyes: for a whole month straight, I’ve been using the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate ($36 USD) because it helps replenish my sometimes dry/dehydrated eyes and helps with lightening my dark under eye circles.  I often have trouble sleeping, but this product has lavender essential oil which helps me calm down before going to bed.

Facial oil: I use the Kiehl’s Midnight Concentrate ($72 USD) as a facial oil because it’s really fffective and helps me sleep just like its counterpart, the eye concentrate.  If you do want a cruel-free, vegan option, I would highly recommend the LUSH Full of Grace moisturizer ($15 USD).  It acts just the same as the Kiehl’s facial oil, but a fraction of the cost and it’s vegan *wins*.  When I run out of my Kiehl’s facial oil, I will repurchase the LUSH moisturizer.

Makeup

Eyes: I am in love with the By Terry Ombré BlackStar Cream Eyeshadow in the shade Misty Rock ($43 USD).  It’s a beautiful purple-y pink, yet taupe-y eyeshadow that looks completely different on every skin tone and eye color.  I’m definitely repurchasing this item… 100%.  If someone doesn’t want to break the bank and already owns the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette, the shade Toasted is a very similar color.  I wear both shades interchangeably and love them both equally.

Base: I rediscovered my like/hate relationship with the L’Oréal True Match Foundation in the shade W4 ($7 USD).  The reason I say “like/hate relationship” is because it’s a great foundation, it stays put on my oily face, and it doesn’t break me out.  However, L’Oréal is definitely not a cruelty-free brand (do I sound like a broken record or whaaat!?).  L’Oréal, y u no cruelty-free!?

Lips: this is going to sound ridiculous, but the Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm ($20 USD) is somewhat amazing.  I know what some of you are thinking, “Why would someone buy a $20 lip balm!?”  In my defense, I wanted to try it at least once and Karima McKimmie from Shameless Fripperies kept mentioning it (she’s one of my favorite YouTubers/beauty bloggers ehhh-vuuur).  The Burt’s Bees chapstick virtually does the same job, so I would definitely recommend that option instead.

Well, that’s all of my July favorites!  Let me know if you gals and guys have any recommendations, tips, tricks, entry ideas, etc.!  I hope you all are having a wonderful week and I’ll speak to you all very soon! x

With lots of love,

Coohleen ❤

What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag!? Lippie Edit

Hello world!

A few things to cover before starting this entry:

  1. I’ve been gone for a week and I sincerely apologize.  As some of you may know, I  work in a research lab and I’ve been extremely busy.  I am currently preparing a talk about my project.  I’m almost finished with it, so I’ll be posting on my stated schedule!
  2. I will get all the pictures posted of all the products mentioned.  I finally have a cute table, so I can use it as a background.
  3. Next week, I’ll be posting a haul video on all the makeup bits I’ve been buying and trying!
  4. I’ll soon post a July Favorites entry! Woo!

Now, on to lippies!  I may have an excessive amount of lip products… heh!  I have a few drugstore and high-end products, so bare with me.  I’m only really bringing two lip color options (pink or red), but I have different products in those shades.  I’ll break this down to lip liners and lipsticks, so let’s get started!

Lip liners:

  1. Rimmel Exaggerate Full Color lip liner in the color Eastend Snob: this is a cool-toned lip liner used for more “everyday” looks.  I’m bringing this liner because it lasts for quite a while and is nicely paired with either a lip balm or a lipstick.  It’s not my go-to lip liner because I’m partial to warmer pink lip colors, but since it’s a cool-toned liner, it opens up my options.
  2. Marc Jacobs (P)outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in the shade Prim(Rose): this is my all-time favorite lip liner because of the color.  It’s a “my lip color, but better” kind of shade.  It’s a warm-toned pink shade and just like the name would suggest, it has a rosy flush of color.  I guess I would call this my perfect everyday shade, but the price-point is a little high… $24 USD.
  3. NYX Lip Liner in the shade Auburn: I love this color for more of a red lip kind of day.  It’s a deepend red shade, yet it’s creamy enough to blend and create a soft stain on the lips.  Whenever I want a bold red lip, I’ll use this liner and call it a day… or night *wink*.

Lipsticks:

  1. Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Color in the shade Bare Lips: when I first became an avid makeup collector, this was my first high-end lipstick I ever bought.  It’s also a “my lip color, but better” kind of shade and pairs well with my Marc Jacobs liner (probably my favorite lip combo ehh-vuuur).  It’s perfect for the no make-up make-up look because it’s a bit on the warmer, rosy side, which suits so many skin tones.  Give it a whirl!
  2. Rimmel Super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade Black Cherry: this lip color is sold out in every drugstore imaginable for a reason.  To me, this is the perfect fall/winter shade, girls’ night out, or even an everyday red shade.  It’s super versatile and blendable, so it can be sheered out or built up to a bold lip.  It’s almost as if this lipstick is a 3-in-1 shade and pairs well with the NYX liner stated above.  This is a must have beauty item!  I don’t often say “must have” on products because makeup is subjective, but this lipstick is not very expensive and it’s versatile, so buyyyy ittt (:

So those are my top lippie picks!  Let me know if you guys have any suggestions on products or future posts!  I hope you guys are having a wonderful week and I’ll speak to you all very soon! x

With lots of love,

Coohleen

What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag!? Eye Makeup Edit

Hello world!

I’m going to address a few things before starting this entry:

  1. I updated my blog!  I think it looks a lot neater and easier to read, no?
  2. My blog did not go up this morning, but I am posting this entry once I finish. Forgive me?
  3. I will post pictures of all products mentioned, don’t worry!  I haven’t had the time because I’m also working at a research lab and I have a million things to do.  Sorry y’all!

P.S. All of the products are only suggestions, so do some research before purchasing.   I will also mention drugstore and high-end products!  This entry will cover everything (I’ll at least try to) from eyebrows to eyeliner and anything else in between, so hold onto your hats and let’s get crackin’!

Eyebrows: Let’s start off with the budget options, then work our way up.  Sound fair?  I prefer  waxy eyebrow pencils with a small nib, so I definitely recommend the NYX Micro Brow Pencils (I have dark chocolate brown hair and I have the shade Taupe, but it is a little too light– I will explain).  This is very similar in formula and texture to the Anastasia Brow Whiz (I have it in the shade Ebony and it is a PURRFECT match), but it is about half the price… say $10 USD?  I use this in combination with the L’Oréal Brow Stylist Plumper in the shade Light to Medium.  This combination is a great color match for my hair because it’s “ashy” enough to look semi-natural, yet defined– I am a fan of this look.  The L’Oréal Brow Plumper is great to hold down unruly brows, but it doesn’t make them feel too “stiff”.   In combination with the Anastasia Brow Whiz Pencil, I will use the L’Oréal Brow Plumper in the shade Transparent.  The Brow Whiz is my perfect shade, so I don’t want to color them anymore than I have to.  Try these combinations and let me know your thoughts!

Concealer (underneath the eyes): I  just remembered that I forgot to mention an all-over-the-face concealer *dohh*.  I would recommend the MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in the shade medium or the NYX Concealer Palette because they’re both compact and have varying shades.  Now that that’s taken care of, an under eye concealer I would recommend is the L’Oréal Magique Lumi Concealer in the shade Medium.  This concealer is super blendable, so I’m not going to find an alternative high-end concealer.  Sue me twice!

Eyeshadow primers: I usually use an eyeshadow primer because I have suuuper oily eyelids.  Just like mah face, my makeup will slip right off without a primer.  I just always forget to apply it *whoops*.  A budget option would be the Milani Eyeshadow Primer in the shade 01 Nude, which reminds me a lot of the Two Faced Shadow Insurance Primer.  The differences between the two are price and longevity.  The Two Faced primer helps your eye makeup lasts a little longer, but the Milani primer is less expensive (roughly $5 USD).  Makeup is very subjective, so others may be partial to something other than the suggestions listed.

Eyeshadow palettes (I have two high-end products, but no drugstore options): I’m so sorry for not having a drugstore option!  Also, I am partial to palettes instead of individual eyeshadows when traveling.  I will eventually try the Milani eyeshadow palettes and give you my thoughts!  Give a gal some time!  Anyway, I have a customized MAC quad (shades: rice paper, bamboo, wedge, and woodwinked).  This is my favorite day-time option, but my night-time option would be the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita.  I don’t regret buying the CT palette, but I could have saved a little more money and bought a Tom Ford quad (Note: I am a college student, so I do not have a dispensable amount of money *sighs heavily*).  Do not splurge on luxury palettes when it is not needed, buy an awesome primer, and a drugstore palette and be perfectly content.  I know, I’ve learned my lesson.

Eyeliners: The Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner and the L’Oréal Infallible Super Slim Eyeliner are two of the same.  They are similar in opacity (black eyeliner is what I prefer), but the Super Slim liner is a fraction of the cost.  I would check out the Super Slim liner before purchasing its high-end counterpart!  I also have the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, which I like, but it’s not an absolute necessity.  I have this as an option on days where I don’t want to have such a stark contrast between my eyeshadow and eyeliner.  This gel eyeliner is great for a subtle, yet defined line; however; it does not prove to be long-wearing.  It will smudge, but if a primer is used, the longevity will increase.  Pick your battles well, Padawan.

Mascaras: I am partial to drugstore mascaras (Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion, Maybelline The Rocket, and Maybelline Lash Sensational), but the Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is amaazing.  I wish there was a waterproof option!  Pick your poison here and go nuts, y’all!

Well, that’s all the eye makeup I’m bringing on my trip.  Let me know if you have any suggestions, tips, tricks, etc.!  I hope you all have a wonderful everything (hehe) and I’ll speak to you all very soon! x

With lots of love,

Coohleen

What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag!? Bases Edit (part one)

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I guess here is where it gets a little more interesting because most people want their bases to last all day and sometimes through the night.  First off, let me tell you a little about myself (i.e. skin type, tone, undertone, preferred finish, and longevity).  Yes, there is a difference between tone and undertone *gasp*.  What I mean by tone is how light or dark your skin may get during different times of the year (specifically light, medium, tan, dark, and everywhere in between).  Undertone meaning the color underneath the skin (cool, neutral, warm and everywhere in between).  Now that that’s  taken care of, let’s begin!

P.S. This will be a two part post!  The first part will be about myself and the second part will be about makeup, but they will be posted on the same day and hour.  Please forgive me!  I have a lot to say and I don’t want y’all to sit and read forever.  Just lookin’ out for y’all *winks*.  I will also give you recommendations on brands that have a wide color range, so everyone is loved.  Promise (:

Type: oily err-where (if you look up the words “oil slick” in the dictionary, you will probably see mah face. Errm, just kidding.  However, my face is on the oily/very oily side).  Heh!

Tone:  During the winter I am light/medium and during the summer I am primarily medium (I will gradually tan if I go running, which I occasionally do).

Undertone: I can only describe this as the warmest neutral.  What I mean by this is I am primarily yellow, but I do have the slightest trace of pink in my skin.  For reference, I tend to lean towards the NC range for MAC (NC 30/35 is what I like).

Finish: Sue me, but I LUUUV dewy/fresh or satin finishes, but my skin is primarily oily.  I will occasionally buy a matte finish foundation, but I am partial to satin and/or dewy.  For reference, I love the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (I’m hoping you all know the foundation I’m talking about.  If not, give me a holla and I will gladly post a picture of it).  That foundation has a BEAUTIFUL satin finish.

Longevity: I don’t know if I can speak for everyone, but I’m guessing we all like super long-lasting foundations and powders that won’t come off until we whip out the Bioderma <— by the way, I love this (https://www.beautylish.com/b/bioderma).  I am going to give recommendations on foundations and powders that last quite a bit with and/or without a primer.  I will also give you guys high/low end products because I simply love you.

Onto the second part! (: