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

Hello world!

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)

Hello world!

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! (:

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

Hello world!

So, this is the second part of my bases edit (i.e. primer, foundation, powder, blush, bronzer, and contour)!  This is where I recommend certain makeup products and maybe a few tips to help zee makeup last longer because who doesn’t want long-lasting makeup!?  Well, I know I sometimes take my makeup off in a few hours, but I don’t want it slippin’ and slidin’ everywhere!  Here we go!

P.S. these are only recommendations!  Never feel like you have to go buy or use a product because someone says to get or use it!

Primer: I don’t always use a primer– silly me, I almost always forget *dohh*, but I love the Laura Mercier (I will abbreviate her beautiful name to LM) foundation primer.  I specifically use the Original formula, but if you have dry/dehydrated skin, I would recommend the Hydrating formula.  If you have oily skin, I would definitely recommend the Original formula (Note: get the original formula if you like more dewy/fresh or satin finishes) or the Oil-Free formula.  I sometimes use sunscreen as a primer because it’s like hitting a target with two stones– I refuse to say “killing birds…” because I’m sincerely against animal cruelty.  You guys know the phrase I’m talking about, right?  Anyway, the LM primer doesn’t have a silicone texture (refer to the Benefit Porefessional) and feels almost like a moisturizer.  For a drugstore option, I would definitely recommend the L’Oréal Lumi Magique Primer because it’s similar in texture, but almost half the price of the LM primer.  Another drugstore option would be a drugstore sunscreen of your choice!

Foundation: in the first part of this edit, I’ve already recommended the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation (I use the shade N123) because it has a beautiful satin finish!  I’ve yet to find a drugstore option *sigh*.  For a more matte finish, I would recommend the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (I use the shade 2W2 Rattan).  This foundation is long-lasting as long as you apply very thin layers (use about half to a full pump) and use a beauty blender to sheer out.  A drugstore option would be the Revlon ColorStay Makeup Foundation (I use the shade 300 Golden Beige).  The Revlon foundation range also has two types of finishes for dry or oily skin– I use the one for oily skin.

All the foundation options I’ve stated have finicky reviews, so do a little research before purchasing!  Also, the options I’ve given all have a wide color range! Woooo!

Powder: I use a powder all over my face because I have oily skin, so I use the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (I use the shade Medium).  This powder will set my foundation and give me an “airbrushed” appearance because it is finely milled and buttery soft (LUUUV THIS), but is about $50 USD.  A drugstore option would be the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder (I use the shade 53), but this beautiful powder is not sold in the US; however, I bought mine on Amazon for about $15-20 USD.  It is also finely milled and buttery soft *wins*.

Blush: I use every brand in every color whether it’s from the drugstore or high end, but for longevity, I use Tarte’s blushes.  This one is based on personal preference!

Bronzer: For a medium-toned gal, like myself, I use Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer (drugstore: Soap and Glory’s Solar Bronzer– also good for light/medium skin tones).  For those who can’t find a shade that suits them due to lack of variety, I would definitely recommend the Two Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzers.  Though, I can’t find a drugstore option for these… maybe The Body Shop Honey Bronzer?

Contour: I can’t help myself… here comes a holy grail product!  The Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in the shade Medium.  Enough said for that option, but I can’t find a drugstore equivalent *sad, but cute puppy dog face*.  For those with darker complexions, I will keep on the look-out for you!  Unfortunately, I have to do a little more research before I can truly recommend a product for those of you with tan-dark complexions.  Nevertheless, I still love you guys, but give me a little more time ^__^ heh!

FINALLY, this post is complete!  Let me know if I’m forgetting anything or if you guys have recommendations for me to try!  I hope you guys are having a wonderful day, afternoon, pre-evening, night…wherever you are and I will speak to you all very soon! x

With lots of love,

Coohleen

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

Hello world!

This August, I am going to Canada for a week!  How exciting (yaaas)!  I wanted to show you guys and gals all the bits and pieces I have concerning makeup.  This entry seems fit since this is a beauty blog, of course!  So, I’m going to break it down by category (i.e. brushes, bases, eyes, and lips) and give you a mini review of each product; however, I’m going to split this up by category or else this would be a massive entry and take forrrrr-ehhh-vuur to read.  Heh!  I’m going to post a picture along with every entry– don’t worry, gal!  Here we go!

P.S. I do have some recommendations for higher or lower end items depending on your budget. You know I gotchu! (:

For bases

1. Real Techniques Buffing Brush: one of the best brushes I have for applying foundation (this comes in second after the Sigma F80 flat top kabuki, which would be the higher end alternative).  I’m bringing this brush because it does the job, no biggie.

2. Real Techniques Powder Brush: this brush does not shed; however, it does move my foundation quite a bit.  Any suggestions on a good, large powder brush that does not shed one bit?  I’ve been meaning to try the Rae Morris brush 22 powder brush, but it’s a steeping… wait for it… $83 USD (https://www.beautylish.com/s/rae-morris-brush-22-pro-powder).  Yeah, it’s still in my cart *sighs heavily*

3. Clinique Blush Brush: soft, yet it sheds quite often.  I find myself picking off the little hairs stuck to my face more often than I wish, but not so much that it drives me bonkers.  It’s more affordable than big brand names, but an alternative would be the Morphe M105 brush <— that brush sheds too, but a fraction of the price!  It has quite a small brush head, so it fits nicely on the apples of the checks.

4. e.l.f. Small Tapered Brush: in my opinion, this is the best brush to apply highlighters and set underneath the eyes since it’s quite small and comes to a tapered point.  The best part about this brush is the price point… $3 USD!  I still can’t believe that.  It’s such a steal, feels quite soft, and never over does the highlighter application.  I don’t know if I would call it my “holy grail” brush, but it’s creeping up there.  I can’t seem to find a higher end alternative, but it’s more like I don’t want to search for one.  Sue me.


For eyes

5.  Real techniques Base Shadow Brush: I use this for more of an all over the lid application and for minimal blending eyeshadows (eyeshadows that are so buttery, they blend themselves *cough cough* Lorac eyeshadows).  This brush is similar to the MAC 217, but the brush head it’s a tad bit smaller.

6. Sigma F40 Tapered Blending Brush:  typical blending brush for softer edges.  This one is also a staple, “no biggie” kind of brush, though it blends eyeshadows like a dream.  I cannot find a cheaper alternative for this brush, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled!

7. Make Up For Ever 250 straight brush: this is another typical straight eyeliner brush that every beauty enthusiast has.  I love this brush to create a subtle winged line that I cannot create with a liquid felt-tip liner.  I have not found an alternative for this one, but I’ve been meaning to try   the Sigma E11 eye liner brush (http://www.sigmabeauty.com/e11-eye-liner/p/E11PARNT).  I do like the handle on the MUFE liner brush because it’s wooden… I’m a sucker for pretty brush handles.

I hope this entry wasn’t too long and easy to read!  I hope you guys enjoyed this read and I’ll speak to you all very soon! x

With lots of love,

Coohleen