Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Feminine Feels

Shirt - Banana Republic
Pants - Zara
Shoes - Aldo
Bag - Rebecca Minkoff
Watch - Michael Kors
Hairdo - Nume curling wand (1.25 inch)

[major photocreds to Joe Lee aka METOO]

With Joe's suggestion, we checked out this nice restaurant. It's called Zinc Cafe & Market in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District area. I was just trying to be all artsy and whatnot, but I got impatient so these photos aren't necessarily the best.

Chips and guac was amazing. Their guacamole has a tiny kick to it but it may have been the best guac I've ever had at a restaurant. Their chips were deep fried so they were very crunchy and were also lightly salted.

The Asparagus Sandwich was interesting. The asparagus on that sandwich was delicious. What sucked is that the bread part which was on the bottom, was kind of too soggy from the juices of the toppings.

The Spinach Lasagna was good as well, but a little on the bland side. It didn't have any meat but the spinach made up for it because spinach is just delicious.

I do have to say that my favorite dish was the pizza you see up there. It is the Margherita pizza and it was delicious! The dough was pretty thin, which means less carbs. The combination of the mozzarella cheese, the sauce, and the green topping(I forgot the name of the leaves) was just an amazing combination. I typically enjoy Margherita pizzas almost about anywhere but this one is definitely the best I've tasted by far.

Of course you can't go wrong with some group selfies with your friends to savor the moment. In the end, photos are what captures your memories and moments and that's pretty much all we have to look back in the future to remember the small and the big things in life.

[Photocreds to Chelsea Pae and her snapchat]

We stopped by Blue Bottle Coffee after, which was right across the street. Right outside the place, there was a cute painting of the honey bear and of course we couldn't just pass it by.

I didn't get his permission to post his photo here but I took my own photos while Chelsea was taking photos for him. Check him out on his instagram here: METOO and show some love.

September is already coming to an end, and midterm season is fast approaching for some of us.
Good luck to all of you who have exams coming up, and also to those who just started their new semester! Stay tuned for more posts coming soon. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Versatile Floral

Before I start off with the details of this outfit right here, I wanted to share an exciting announcement with you all. Well, that's if you haven't seen my Instagram update yet. With the help of a friend by the name of Andrew Wang, I was able to finally get my own domain for Grace Yourself. There will be more(smaller scale) updates coming to the blog soon and I just want to take this chance to also thank you all for keeping up with my posts and showing love! I am happy to be running this blog and I hope I can continue to bring joy to your eyes and maybe even be of help in one way or another. 

Let's get on with this post. I wanted to share with you this amazing floral dress that my mother got for me from Zara. We went to the mall the other day in Glendale and we did not even know that they opened up a Zara at that mall. My mother and I enjoy shopping at Zara as one of our favorite stores and of course, we picked up a few things.

The outer layer of this dress is made from a chiffon material. It is a sheer chiffon that has a black background with floral prints all over the dress in a purple-pink color scheme. Because it is a sheer type of chiffon, you do need to layer it underneath with a slip of some sort but the dress comes with a black slip that is actually connected at the shoulder. If you find it to be uncomfortable because it is attached, you can definitely just cut off the little circle thing inside to detach it and you can wear the slip with other outfits as well.

It's a dress that has bell bottom shaped sleeves which create room for air and I love it because I can cover up my arms without feeling like there's so much heat being trapped. It is more of an A-line dress(which is my favorite type of dress) with drawstrings on waist area that doesn't need to be tightened much and looks good to just keep it loosely tied in a ribbon.

I paired this dress with a simple nude colored crossover heels from Calvin Klein. You can definitely find different colored shoes to go with this and I would imagine a pair of simple black heels would look good as well. I chose a nude crossover sandals because nude colored shoes extend your legs and make your legs look longer and also it doesn't take away from the main point of this outfit, which is the dress rather than the shoes or anything else. The sandal-like crossover design gives a light, summer feel rather than a heavy winter feel.

I absolutely love this dress so much and if outfit repeating was more acceptable than it is, I might even want to wear this dress for every occasion possible. Speaking of occasions, I can see myself or even anyone else wearing this dress and wear it for pretty much any type of occasion (i.e., wedding, date, church, GNO, and even just a casual outing) and you can match the theme of the day/night with the kind of shoes you wear, the accessories you wear or carry, and the kind of hairstyle and makeup you present. This goes to show that this dress is super versatile and I am so excited to own this dress. (Don't judge me if you see me wearing this dress a lot more often than any of my other dresses!)

I am more than excited to not only own this beautiful piece of clothing but to finally own a domain of my own for this blog. Thank you all once again for encouraging me with kind and energizing words, reading and looking at the photos, and giving me feedback. Please continue to do so and I will be back soon with another post! Stay tuned and stay beautiful.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Summer Favorites

I've been pretty busy with my hectic school and work schedule these days that I am finally finishing up this to show you guys. The start of a new school year at a new school has been quite crazy for me and this heat is unbearable. I hope you guys are staying hydrated!

I know I haven't put up a post in a while just in general but I also haven't done a post on make-up and beauty products in quite some time, so I thought I'd put together a "current favorites" kind of a post with some of the products that I've been loving and really enjoying these past several months. 

1. Nu Colour (the makeup line of Nu Skin) Light Stay BB Compact #2

This is what I've been using the most on my face recently. It is a little darker than the CC cream that I've been using for the past 1+ years, especially because of the gray undertone but it also has a slightly better coverage. The dark-ish tone is fitting for the Summer season.

2. Nature Republic CC Tinted

This is my second tube of the Nature Republic CC cream and I am soon to be on my third. It's been one of the better products for me by far and it's just a light coverage make-up that helps with the slight discolorations of my face that also gives a bright look to my face. Another thing about this product that is better than the other foundations and CC creams I've tried is that it does not dry out my skin or make my skin look caked up. A lot of people actually think that I'm not wearing any make-up. You can definitely use it as a base before putting on your foundation for higher coverage.

3. Sebum control pact (Aritaum on the left and The Faceshop on the right)

Sebum control pact is what I completely replaced my oil blotting papers with. It's been working very well for me, and I think it works better than an oil blotting paper or film. I really liked my experience with the Aritaum one and decided to give The Faceshop's product a try. Both smell really good but if I was to choose one over the other, I'd definitely go for Aritaum's product.

OH KAY. Let me tell you about my crazy obsession for lip products that are growing day by day. I didn't think much of lip products for the longest time, until I started using an aqua tint from The Faceshop. My interest for lip products grew and now I even have lip products that I've purchased because of their beautiful color and texture but that are just sitting at home waiting for me to use them. I must tell you though, that these Yves Saint Laurent lip products have been mind blowing for me. And now that I've tried two different ones, I can most definitely say that the glossy stain works better for me than the rouge volupte shine.

I tend to have dry lips and it's really hard to keep it moisturized when wearing lip products. I absolutely love the rouge for its amazing and beautiful color and the delicious scent and because it's not a matte lipstick, it definitely works a lot better for me than some of the other lipsticks I've tried. The glossy stain has been such a go-to item for whatever outfit and make-up I wear and I kid you not, it is so worth the $30+ and I've never felt that way about a lip product before. I highly suggest that you try these products in whatever color you desire, if you're looking for a high quality lip product.

6. Aritaum Water Sliding Tint No. 2 Rose Valley (Left)
7. Aritaum Water Sliding Tint No. 3 Sweet Heart (Right)

These are actually the newest addition to my lip products(yes, I am trying my hardest to keep myself from purchasing more because I already have more than enough products), which I purchased right after I purchased the YSL gloss stain. I was kind of hesitant to purchase it because of the fact that I had just previously purchased the YSL gloss stain but they had a BOGO deal for that month and after testing it out, I couldn't pass on them. I absolutely love the color on the left, Rose Valley. I don't know if it's because I just feel a little awkward with bright pink colors on my lips but I do find coral type colors to be a lot more suiting to my style of makeup not only for lips but for my cheeks as well.

8. Aritaum Mono Eyes #45

I purchased this here in the States after testing it out at the Amore store in Koreatown. The label ripped off when I was opening the product for the first time but if I'm right, it is #45 (metallic brown) or it might be a metallic gold color(I don't know the color number). I've been in love with this eyeshadow ever since and I've received so many compliments on this eyeshadow. It's a color that can be worn alone or with other colors as well and I actually like to just top the middle part of my eyelids with this after using darker browns towards the ends. There are so many different ways to use this and I absolutely love this eyeshadow so much.

Unfortunately, this color has actually been discontinued for some reason I do not know so if you know any other brands that carry a similar color with similar sparkle, please do let me know!

9. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (Yogurt)
10. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (Cottage Cheese)
11. The Faceshop Make Me Star Waterproof Gel Liner (Rose Gold)

NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencils have a beautiful shine to them, especially the two that I have. I purchased the Yogurt (middle) color after seeing it in my friend's makeup bag because I thought it would be perfect to use in the inner corners of my eyes to brighten up the eyes. A lot of people actually use a white glittery color but I really like the subtle peach/pink color for when you want more of a gentle look. After seeing that I bought the yogurt pencil, my friend Chelsea brought me the cottage cheese (right) when she came back to LA from her home in NorCal. I've been loving both and I've been using them interchangeably depending on how I feel for the day. They both work well with almost any color combination of your eyeshadow and they are drugstore products so they are definitely affordable. If you're looking for something to highlight the inner corners of your eyes, try these out!

The rose gold gel liner(left) from The Faceshop is something that I purchased when I was still working there because of its beautiful color. I didn't use it much until recently and I actually found it to be quite pretty when I use it towards the outer lower half of my eyes right by the waterlines. 

12. Clio Kill Black Eyeliner
13. The Faceshop Ink Graffiti Brush Pen Liner Black
14. The Faceshop Ink Graffiti Brush Pen Liner Brown

I've been a huge fan of brush pen liners since I tried The Faceshop's EX brush pen liner... I don't know how long ago. But they discontinued the EX line and recreated the same thing with a different name, Ink Graffiti. Before I found out that they discontinued the EX line, I had to resort to different brush pen liners because I ran out and I came across the Clio's Kill Black eyeliner. I've also tried using some of the drugstore brands as well because they were cheaper and they had decent reviews. I have to say, The Faceshop's is still my favorite so far but Clio's would be my second favorite. I have never owned Stila or Kat Von D's brush pen liner so I cannot compare to those but from what I hear, The Faceshop's and Clio's is as good as those two and they're cheaper.

15. Shiseido Eyelash Curler

I've used the $6 eyelash curler from The Faceshop for years and absolutely loved my experience with it, especially for its price. I've always heard good things about the Shiseido eyelash curler but it was a lot more expensive than what I paid for The Faceshop's so I never had the courage to just purchase it and try it out. I finally purchased it after receiving a Sephora gift card for my past birthday and at first, I didn't really find it to be better than my $6 curler. However, the more I used it, it became easier to use and I now see why people say so many good things about this one. It's great for Asian eyes.

16. Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer

This is a holy grail product that I tried for the first time thanks to my friend, Sarah. I seriously cannot go a day without using this before I put on my mascara. I have almost used up the entire tube clean and I cannot wait for my second tube to come. Thanks for the huge favor, Judy Jin!

17. The Faceshop Coral Cushion Blusher

I don't really wear a lot of blush in general because I have rosy cheeks to begin with and I don't necessarily wear makeup with a lot of coverage. But when I do wear blush, I always reach for this one. This coral color with slight pearliness is great for a natural rosy look.

18. TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Protector

After seeing this on Frmheadtotoe's youtube video, I decided to give it a try. I have used a heat protector from The Faceshop before and it didn't really leave that great of an impression. It was just an okay product that was double the price of this TRESemme product. I've been loving the smell that it leaves on my hair and even though it's hard to see whether my hair is actually being "protected," I still think that it's better to use it than not. It's about $6 at any local drugstore and I would recommend it for whoever that may be looking for a cheap but decent heat protector.

(This is something I did at home for my nails using nail stickers purchased from Rite Aid and some nail polishes I have. Aren't the mustaches so cute?)

It's kind of crazy how long it took me to actually finish this post after starting it but I hope it was informative for those of you who are into makeup and beauty products as much as I am, and keep on the look out for my next post!

Have a great weekend~