Sonic Runway

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After seeing this art installation all over my instagram, I was begging my boyfriend to take me one night. It’s hard to coordinate since we have different days off most weeks, but we finally went this past Sunday.

If you live in the Bay Area, it’s located right outside San Jose City Hall. The sound and the LED lights start at 5:30pm until about midnight. It draws up a pretty good crowd and if you want to get those good pictures, you’ll have to wait for your moment to get minimal amounts of people in it. I was definitely feeling some typa way taking my pictures there. I’ve always liked cool art pieces, but never really get the chance to go to any museums, so this was a nice place to visit.

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I got pretty chilly at the Sonic Runway and decided to wear my teddy bear coat and a knit headband to keep my ears warm. We also stopped by a Starbucks to get something nice and hot to drink. Just something to keep in mind if you get cold easily like me.

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I’ve always seen myself as awkward in front of the camera. So this was interesting to do. My photographer, aka my boyfriend, was trying to get me to laugh really big in some of the shots by saying the funniest things. Shout out to him since they came out really good. I also think he really captured how fascinated I was with the lights.

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If you live in the Bay Area, you should check this out! I believe it’ll be here until mid-January!

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Current Favorites

I’ve been really out of it when it comes to updating my blog, but I’m back and ready to share some of my current favorites.

I’ve been really loving the Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel to spot treat any pimples on my chin and jaw line. That’s normally where I get most of my breakouts. My best friend first introduced me to it when we were in Cancun this summer and I got a pimple right after our flight. It shrinks down the pimple overnight and I was happy with that. I decided to buy it right when we got home.

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I use the L’Oreal Hydra Genius Daily Moisturizer after I tone my face. (If you have recommendations on a good toner, please let me know!) I have the one for oily skin but I feel that it works for my combo skin. It gives me enough hydration but doesn’t over moisturize. It sinks into the skin quickly and that’s what I like most about it.

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I’ve been testing out the Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum. I was reading about how Vitamin C serums help with collagen boost and could also help with uneven skin tone. After I use it, I feel like my skin is so soft. I’ll continue to use up the bottle.

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I love the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation and I use it every time I wear makeup. I’m obsessed. I use it with a makeup sponge and it applies beautifully. I apply it in sections because it does dry pretty quick on the skin. Once my foundation is done, it looks flawless.

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I loved the rose facial spray so much I wanted to try the Mario Badescu Aloe Facial Spray. I figured that the aloe and green tea would help with the redness on my face. I spray it on a cotton round and apply it to the redness on my cheeks. But my favorite way to use it is as a setting spray for my makeup. My face feels refreshed and I find that it removes that powdery look of makeup.

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This is the Flower Beauty Ultimate 3-in-1 Blending Sponge. I know how dirty it is and I was just lazy to clean it before I started this post. So please excuse that. Without wetting this sponge, it’s already super soft. But once it’s damp, it’s doubled in size and even more bouncy. I love using this to blend out the fenty foundation. The tip isn’t pointy enough for blending out my under eye concealer but I use it to blend concealer on my forehead, nose and chin.

I hope you enjoyed my current favorites, let me know what some of yours are! I’m always up to trying new makeup and skin care products.

I’m back!

I want to apologize for the lack of posts the past few months. I don’t want to make any excuses but life has really been kicking my ass and it seemed as if I couldn’t catch a break. Without getting into too much detail, I was dealing with personal issues and car problems…

I want to get back into vlogging and reviewing all the new makeup that I have bought. I know that it will take a bunch of discipline to get back to my normal posting routine but I know that I can do it. If you were waiting for my posts, just know that I have a few ideas in mind for my next few blog posts!

Hope to talk to you soon!

Quay Australia x Kylie Jenner Iconic Sunglasses

Yesterday on a random trip to the mall, I noticed a poster of Desi Perkins in a Solstice Sunglass outlet store. I automatically assumed that they would be selling Quay Australia sunglasses there. I went inside and found the sunglasses on display. I lost my Quay sunglasses in the style “Sorority Princess” while scrambling to get to another stage at Coachella this year and haven’t gotten around to replacing them yet.

I was trying on a bunch of the different styles, having a few laughs with my boyfriend. He didn’t like many of the more retro styles that I liked so it made it a funny experience for the both of us. I finally settled on the Kylie Jenner collab in the style “Iconic.” The display only had them in gold/purple so I was debating if I should get it even though it wasn’t the color I wanted. The sales associate said they had more colors in the back and I quickly asked for the white ones in the same style. When she handed them to me, I put them on and decided right away that I had to have them.

These aviators have a flat reflective lens (even though the picture above doesn’t look like it). They don’t feel cheap. Definitely more sturdy than Forever 21 sunglasses that I normally buy. I decided to splurge on these because I’ve been wanting them since they dropped but couldn’t justify the price tag. So instead of buying it right away on impulse, I waited to save money for it. The other colors in this style are nice but I feel like the white frame really makes it pop and I don’t have any other sunglasses like it. The leather zip up case is better than the usual case that comes with Quay sunglasses. It definitely makes is easier to carry in your purse without damaging them.

They’re pretty oversized. I tend to gravitate towards bigger sunglasses. I think it compliments my round-ish face very well. The flat lens doesn’t touch my cheeks, which is perfect for us makeup wearers. The sales associate at Solstice said I could come anytime to get them adjusted, which is a nice plus. Some people may not like the mesh detailing, but I feel like it gives this pair of sunglasses something extra. It doesn’t feel too heavy on the face too. I think these will be sunglasses that you can use all year round. The reflective lenses are perfect for the spring/summer and the white frame will compliment darker fall/winter colors.

Life Update

Life has kept me away from my regular posting schedule so I thought that I’d come back and share a little update on what’s happened recently in my life.

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At the end of last month, my boyfriend and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary. We decided to keep it simple and have a chill day around town eating, shopping, and of course, flying his drone.

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This is a photo of me and one of my besties at our best friend’s wedding a couple of weeks ago. We had so much fun sharing their love and I wish the day didn’t go by as fast as it did. There were many struggles that day but it was so beautiful, I found myself crying like a baby all day long. Do you cry at weddings? I certainly do.

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Last weekend was my goddaughter’s 5th birthday and my dad decided to make a surprise visit all the way from Seattle. It’s been about 6 months since we’ve seen him so we were so happy to see him. I cried, I was so happy!

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I got out of my comfort zone and decided to do a cut crease eyeshadow look with the Morphe 35K palette. It’s not the best look since it was my first time attempting this, but I liked the outcome!

I’m also working on a vlog that should be up sometime this week. I hope that I can hop right back into my regular posting schedule.

 

Comic Con vlog + Tips

I can’t believe that I went to my very first Comic Con last week! It was a very fun but tiring experience but I can’t wait to go back next year.

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To be completely honest, I was not even prepared for it. We woke up at 3/4am so that we could make it to our volunteer hours. That’s how we were able to attend. We volunteered for a few hours each day and were free to explore the convention the rest of the day. Once we were let in to the event, the crowds and the lines were crazy. I knew that there would be a ton of people but I didn’t know it would be this huge. People that were dressed up made me jealous that I didn’t have enough time to think of a costume for my boyfriend and I.

If you are planning on going to Comic con next year or any of the popular conventions, here are some tips from my experience:

  1. Wear really comfortable shoes. You will be waiting in alot of lines for a long period of time to buy merchandise, comics, pins, etc. The more comfortable your shoes, the happier your feet will be for the rest of the convention
  2. Bring a jacket. Especially if you plan on camping out of staying until dark. If you aren’t in the actual convention, the AC is cranked up pretty high and I found myself wearing my flannel/jean jacket the whole time that I was there.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask people what they are waiting in line for! On the first day, we were just roaming around and when we wanted to go into certain lines we weren’t sure what they were for or the line was already capped.
  4. Also, don’t be scared to ask people who are dressed up if you can take a picture with them. It’s completely common and most of the time they will. Just don’t touch them or chase after them. There’s a no touch/no running rule at the convention.
  5. BE PREPARED TO SPEND MONEY! There is a lot of goodies there! I thought that I saved enough for our trip because I wouldn’t buy alot but I found a lot of stuff that I wanted and bunch of what I got was exclusive to Comic Con, making it more expensive. Plan your spending accordingly.

Watch my vlog of my trip!

My Experience w/ Eyelash Extensions

I just recently got a fresh full set of lash extensions and I couldn’t be happier. Last year before Coachella was the first time I ever considered getting lash extensions. At first I was a little apprehensive because I didn’t know much about it. Of course, I did a little bit of research and got a recommendation to a location by my best friend, so I decided to take the plunge into getting the process done.

My lashes, in my opinion, are medium length. They are naturally straight and don’t hold a curl unless I use waterproof mascara. My first experience was ok. It made my lashes more full and gave it a little bit more length. It wasn’t as dramatic and curly as I thought it would be so I decided not to get my second fill done and naturally let the extensions fall off.

A few months after that, a friend contacted me saying that a friend of his was getting into lash extensions and was looking for girls who were interested in a complimentary full set for more experience. The end result was more full and slightly longer but nothing too dramatic. I also decided not to come back for a fill.

I thought that I was done with eyelash extensions at that point but at the end of last year, I came across a lash tech that my friends from college were going to and the lashes were full, long and super curly. I fell in love. I decided to schedule an appointment before my birthday earlier this year.

Fast forward to summertime and here we are. These are a classic set of size 13 D curl lash extensions and I love them! My lash tech is incredibly sweet and took her time with my lashes. It didn’t hurt and I was completely relaxed that I was able to take a nap for the last part of the session.

Now taking care of your lashes… The first 24 hours you aren’t supposed to get the lashes wet. I believe that it helps the glue set. But don’t quote me on that. That part isn’t hard for me because I wash my face outside of the shower with my Clarisonic Mia 2 and I avoid the eye area. I also don’t normally wash my hair everyday.

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You also need a lash wand to brush out your lashes everyday. That’s a pro tip to the longevity of the lashes. I use this one that I got awhile back from the complementary lash extension session. It’s retractable and perfect to bring in my makeup bag. You can wear makeup with lash extensions and its recommended to use only oil-free makeup products. My favorites for foundation are the L’Oreal Pro-Matte or the Milani 2 in 1 foundation. I haven’t found an oil-free concealer that I like so I’m still on the hunt for that. (Also don’t put mascara on your extensions) I also use the green Garnier micellar water to remove my makeup. It’s gentle on the eyes and I use a Q-tip around the lash line.

If you have questions on lash extensions, please feel free to ask me. I’m not an expert and I can only give you my honest opinion based on my experience. Also, I would love to know if you’ve ever had eyelash extensions done or plan to get it done in the comments!