Sunset Makeup Look

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Even though it's still rather dreary in Oregon ("Local Girl Shakes Fist at Unrelenting Grey Skies"), Spring is finally here! The flowers are blooming, I've been baking strawberry cookies, and playing with new spring makeup releases! Here is a simple look but with a hint of glam I've been wearing a lot lately.

Maybelline's newest releases have knocked it out of the park - the Dream Cushion Foundation and lipstick in Honey Pink have quickly become a new holy grail for me! The foundation is buildable, light to medium coverage, beautiful finish that is dewy but not TOO dewy for my oily combo skin type - all while using the compact and easy to travel with cushion design! Meanwhile, I've been searching for a favorite pink lipstick shade and Honey Pink has become just that! The tone is so pretty, not too warm or too cool, and I love how creamy the lipstick is. If you would like to see swatches from the entire Inti-Matte Nudes lipstick line, please let me know!

L to R: Maybelline Honey Pink Lipstick, Smashbox Spotlight "Pearl" Palette Highlighter Shades in: Blow a Fuse Pearl, Crank It Up Pearl, Turn it On Pearl, Wet n Wild Blush in The Princess Daiquiries

Meanwhile, in January I picked up two of the Wet n Wild Color Icon Ombré Blushes - the gorgeous gradient look of the blush was what initially got my attention. But to my absolute delight, the blush went above and beyond my expectations, delivering a flushed, natural sun kissed glow! Glitter is visible in the pan, but none transferred to my cheek - just a beautiful sheen of reflective pink! Perfection.

Wearing the Smashbox highlighter in Turn it On Pearl

Finally, I partnered with Smashbox to do a collaboration on instagram featuring their Spotlight Palette - and was so impressed I wanted to share it here as well! Highlighter has dethroned lipstick as my favorite makeup product - it just feels magical! In the palette, you get three different highlighters. I used the yellow toned "Turn it On Pearl" which looked stunning specially when paired with the delicate pink shades of blush and lipstick - I later swapped it out for the shade "Crank It Up Pearl", a rose gold, and was equally impressed!

Wearing the Smashbox highlighter in Crank It Up Pearl

Happy Spring!

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation *
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Wet n Wild Color Icon Ombré Blush in The Princess Daiquiries
Maybelline Inti-Matte Nudes in Honey Pink *
Smashbox Spotlight Pearl Palette *


Friday, April 14, 2017

Genuinely did not mean to take a break from blogging - but things like (but not limited to) the ugly winter weather, family and pet problems, and a mysterious rash on my hands that kept getting worse and worse which made it extremely difficult to get work done... meant it just sort of happened.

After finally learning the extremely red, extremely painful rash on my hands wasn't what it was originally diagnosed as but in fact an extreme case of untreated eczema (which I had no idea I even had and is finally clearing up nicely!) just in time for spring, I am so excited to start posting regularly again!

If you have eczema and would like to share any tips or stories, please feel free to in the comments as I am so curious to hear all about your experiences! <3 Love you all and see you soon!

Photos originally taken for my collaboration on instagram with evo hair.

Fruit Stripe

Saturday, February 4, 2017

LAZY OAF DRESS: ASOS PURSE: Modcloth (old) SHOES: F21 (old)

Finally, after having my eye on this dress forever, I was able to snag it for an additional 20% off on sale at ASOS! I am forever in love with pink (duh) and sailor collars - and this one has "Introvert" embroidered on it!

I've been wearing it 24/7 in my cosy apartment, and style it with warm tights and a thick coat for outings because I'm a weirdo who still wears dresses in winter hehe.

Happy weekend!

Three Glitter Lipgloss Looks with Unicorn Snot

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I'm super excited to share with you my newest obsession: FCTRY's Unicorn Snot glitter lip glosses! Beautiful fine glitter in a gloss format that feels super hydrating, gives the perfect hint of color, smells great, and are amazing to layer with? Dream product = unlocked! I wanted to share three ways to style Unicorn Snot's glitter lip glosses for every occasion!

Everyday Dew
Imagine: it's spring, the flowers are blooming, and you are laying in the lightly damp grass with dappled light tickling your face. For a fresh look, I paired the Pink Lip Gloss all over my lips, which left a glittery, rose lip tint, a dewy face base, and let some freckles peek through. Perfect for picking daisies...

Princess Chic
For the second look, I wanted to go all out fantasy princess - think the gorgeous Robin Wright in The Princess Bride. With a small heidi braid peeking through my hair, I amped up the blush and highlighter and used the dreamy Purple Lip Gloss for a glossy, glittery pout with a hint of purple.

Mermaiden Glam
Finally, for my third look - I was instantly inspired by the Blue Unicorn Snot Lip Gloss to go full on mermaid glam. I played up the eyeshadow in icy, shimmery shades and Unicorn Snot Glitter Gel in the matching Blue shade (for face, body, and hair!). Of course, to top it off I used the Blue Unicorn Snot Lip Gloss - the beautiful iridescent shine reminds me so much of mermaids and I of course, am smitten! Now where's my seashell bra...

I'm so excited to play with these more - it's such a fun, no fuss way to wear glitter! They can easily be played up or down depending on whether or not you are wearing it for day or night - and so versatile! Here's to always being adventurous in our personal style <3

This post is in collaboration with FCTRY. All opinions are my own and only products I truly love are featured!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

DRESS: c/o Samantha Pleet *

Happy 2017! I had planned on posting before this point, but the past two weeks really threw a lot my way - which is one of the reasons why Mermaidens is so invaluable to me. It is incredibly cathartic to synthesize everything I'm loving at that moment into photo series - and this was something that had been swirling around in my head for a while!

Last year one of my most favorite posts I did was featuring a huge moon - so I wanted to do a sequel in a way and play with a moon motif. Inspiration struck via a Christian Dior runway show circa Spring 2011 and from a dress by one of my all time favorite designers, Samantha Pleet! This exquisite little silk number reminds me of clouds, moons, and pierrot. I love the dainty collar, scallops, and of course, the two tone details!


Saturday, December 31, 2016

DRESS: c/o Valfre BERET: Forever 21 SOCKS: American Apparel

Though for many of us this year has been one of the most difficult, I am so endlessly grateful for each and every one of you! Thank you for your comments, posts, messages, likes, questions, feedback, advice - everything - it truly means the world to me. I'm sending all of you so much love and hoping you have a beautiful day!

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