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Blog Roundup

– Los Angeles Photographer Emily Knecht captured herself in crying selfies for the last three years. [i-D]

– The best and worst airlines, airports, and flights – a summer 2015 report [FiveThirtyEight]

– The one haircut that all women love on men [Esquire]

– How good is your eyesight? I scored 20 and this was so much harder than I thought! [iGame]

– This device blows a bubble to notify you of your upcoming meetings. [Swiss-Miss]

– Shaving dogs into cubes is becoming a new trend in Japan [MTV]

– When to close your eyes [Instagram]

Most Exclusive Website [Herman Yung]

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 22

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

After watching a makeup how-to video by Nicole Loher recently and reading an article on WhoWhatWear, I learned a new word to add to my vocabulary. BB Cream. I’m still not sure what the BB stands for because when it comes to makeup, I’m just awful, but what I took from the article was that I needed to have it. A BB Cream is kind of what you would call a tinted moisturizer. It is often used for when you need something for your daily look and a) don’t have time or b) don’t want to put that much effort into your face. For the longest time, I thought my Benefit light oxygen foundation was something like a tinted moisturizer, but it just isn’t. It is truly a foundation. For the first couple of weeks, I was wearing my Olay moisturizer with the BB Cream and then my foundation and only recently realized that I was overdoing it. The BB Cream does exactly what I want it to do and gets the job done so I have since eliminated the foundation except for certain occasions. I’m so impressed by how great the BB Cream neutralizes my skin tone and easily makes it all one shade in a very simple way while keeping it moisturized all day. You really only need to use a pea-sized drop of it. According to bareMinerals, it’s one of their best selling products too! I use it in “Ginger.”

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The Week: 5 Things

Woof! Well it feels like this week just completely flew by us. I can’t believe I’m starting over again tomorrow on a Monday and doing this whole thing all over again. This week was feeling particularly chilly…except for today because I’m sweating all over my couch in 80 degree weather right now. I don’t mind the one-off days though so earlier this week, I threw on my favorite Brandy Melville sweater and equipped myself with a Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte. I’m back and forth between Starbucks and Blue Bottle these days and not sure why I can’t make up my mind. I think it’s because I get Blue Bottle for free, but Starbucks gives me that suga suga that I need to function.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 21

I’m happy to finally announce that I made my first lipstick purchase. EVER. You’re all probably wondering why it took so long for me to finally take the plunge. The truth is, I tried lipstick when I was like six years old and absolutely hated it. I thought it made my lips feel like they weren’t mine anymore and it felt so foreign to me. What did that really mean for the rest of my journey in beauty? I stuck to lip gloss, lip balms, and my everyday use of vaseline. I’ve been feeling a little bit adventurous lately though and even though lipstick was something that I didn’t like back then, I feel like it’s in some way a sign of adulthood or even just womanhood. While following someone who does social media for NARS Cosmetics the other day, I saw a shade that I really liked. It had enough color in it to look like lipstick, but was natural enough to not make me feel overdone during a normal work day. I went to Nordstrom, tried it once, decided I was going to buy it and had it shipped to my office. Yes, I am that person who is totally convinced that I need to own the things I see on Instagram. It’s going to be a dangerous road for me.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Barbara – $32

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A Collection Part 42

For the first time, we are publishing an “A Collection” post and starting the next one immediately. Hopefully, this means that we can have another one posted within the next six months. These are Veronica’s favorite posts and I even texted her this morning to let her know that she could expect it this evening. These posts are so interesting to me because there is usually little to no content. Instead, it’s a post of 50+ images that I’ve collected over 6 months that evoke something out of me. There’s no rhyme or reason. I can’t go through each photo and say why I chose each one. I just know that it’s important to me, that it means something and resonates with me in some way or another. I’ve never actually talked to Veronica about this, but while this doesn’t hold much content, I almost feel like she probably knows what I’m thinking or how I’m feeling through a collection of images. Maybe you all do! You tell me. :)

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Birchbox Man

If I had a more flexible income, I would most definitely purchase myself one of these monthly subscription boxes so when I hear of other people doing it around me, I am envious. Who doesn’t love packages, right? Especially ones that are full of goodies that you can use and hopefully use over and over again. Birchbox is widely known for their monthly packages for products directed towards women, but now the guys can get in on the action with Birchbox Man. Each package includes 3-4 samples set for grooming, along with an accessory or gadget, and styling tips. If you’re able to find items that you love out of the package, you can  buy the full-sized version of the product at the Birchbox Man online store.

Pls can one of my friends just do this so I can live vicariously.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 20

Dang, we’re at 20 posts for this series already! Actually, I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite some time because blush and I go waaaaaaay back. When I was in fourth grade, I started hanging out with a cool group of girls and like any kid, I wanted to fit in. They were already wearing things like really sticky lipgloss (beyond Lipsmackers) and heavy eyeliner. So I came home from school one day and I asked momz, “Can I wear your makeup?”

Honestly, my mom had plenty of things for me and I didn’t think she’d be too sad if she had to hand some of that down, but that wasn’t going to happen. Instead, she went into her room and came back out with one little compact. Blush. I remember thinking, “What am I gonna do with this? I need more than this to make THIS face look good!” But it’s all I got. And I’ve never forgotten it. Fourth grade me held onto that blush forever and I wore it everyday because well? beggers can’t be choosers. I wore it until I discovered bronzer, actually.

Today, I actually layer on my bronzer first before the blush and the blush that I’m currently using (and pictured above) is Lancome’s Blush Subtil in Shimmer Pink Pool also gifted to me from my mother.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 19

For most adults, baths aren’t really something you want to do to kick off your day, but if you certainly had the time, why not? I finally used my Lush bath bomb yesterday evening and it totally took me back to my childhood when baths were pretty much an everyday thing. Showers were scary at that age for me. Baths for me are a more recent thing though and Lush products are simply the best. They come in fun colors, they smell good, and the bath bombs last for so long. For someone like me who finds it difficult to find the time to just sit back and relax, bath time was perfection. It’s also just really easy to do. Recipe? A Lush bath bomb, lots of water, and a jambox to provide the soundtrack to your night.

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A Collection Part 41

Happy almost New Years readers! We’re really looking forward to 2015 and what’s in store not only for me, but also for Yow Yow! We never go into the new year with a plan so it’s always a surprise for us. There’s a whole lot of love today in this post because well, everyone is getting engaged and love is just all we’re thinking about right now.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 18

With regards to makeup and beauty products, I’ve always been a late bloomer. I still have no clue what I’m doing and if there’s an option to have a friend do my makeup or me doing it myself, I’ll always choose the friend. For years and years, I shyed away from lipgloss (too sticky) and lipstick (so not me) for vaseline. A little shine and a whole lot of moisturizing was all I needed. However, I decided recently that vaseline just wasn’t appropriate for going out. Instead of going from day-to-night, I was still day-to-day at a bar or at an event.

My friend Natalie suggested that I try Revlon’s Colorburst. I called this the gateway lipstick, but we’ll do another post on that later. From Revlon, I started becoming more open to the idea of trying lipstick. I did a consultation at Sephora to try on a bunch of different colors and felt like an imitation clown. Then I remembered I had received a sample size of Makeup Forever’s Rouge Artist Natural in N9 Copper Pink and used it for work one day. It was natural enough to wear in the office, but still made a difference in my look and was obviously not vaseline. Since then, I haven’t gone anywhere without this lipstick. The color is long-lasting, moisturizing and glides on pretty evenly. I never considered Makeup Forever to be the brand that I would kickstart into first, but it has proven to be a very good choice for me.

[Makeup Forever]

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As You Get Ready This Morning…

This is so intriguing to me.

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Treat Yo’self!

Sure, it’s a Parks and Rec reference, but it was also a saying that my friend Tori said to me in college all of the time. Her and I worked very closely together and saw each other almost on a daily basis. Every time I put in a few extra hours or became extra stressed – she never made me feel bad for that glass of beer, that dessert that I bought for myself to indulge in, or anytime I did something when I should’ve been doing my homework or actual work. She would say to me in a very direct way, “Treat yo’self gurl!” Every now and then, I still think of her saying that to me when the times are tough and as always, I follow her advice accordingly.

One of my favorite ways to unwind is with a bath! When I was younger, I found these to be really inefficient because I always thought showers were so much faster, but there’s something really relaxing about sinking into a bath and lighting a candle. I spoiled myself awhile back by trying a bath bomb and today because it was Black Friday, I did myself a solid by buying this one above from Lush. $7 bath bombs on a monthly basis are within my budget constraints, right? If not, we’ll make sure they are.

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You Better Work

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I came into work on a Sunday yesterday to get ahead for the week and in a moment of weakness – or just a moment that I didn’t want to spend working, I took a snapshot of my desk set up. I’ve always enjoyed seeing how other bloggers arrange their desks and find it interesting what people generally keep on them. The Essie nail polish should probably come home at some point, but the soap was a gift from my manager from Paris and generally makes my entire desk area smell good. My wedding bride lego was a gift from an old friend (because she had collected too many of them) but also because I just love weddings and there’s really no better place for it than at my desk.

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Caught In A Beauty Bind

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I trade off between spending the week down in the South Bay and my weekends up in San Francisco. Though I’ve done this so frequently, I always end up forgetting to pack something in my weekender and this weekend that “thing” happened to be my entire beauty bag! We had plans to go out that night and while I wish I could say I am comfortable enough with myself to go completely make-up free, that wasn’t the case. I managed to find a moisturizing lotion where I was staying so I had the base covered, but the next thing I needed to do was prioritize. I asked myself two questions: What did I absolutely need to have and where can I get it?

I’m not someone who is big on makeup and knowing everything, but I think I can get by on the basics that my mama taught me. On the priority scale, I decided that I needed black eyeliner, eye makeup remover (if I could get it – to take off the previous night’s work,) mascara, and a foundation.

First stop? Sephora. You might be wondering why I didn’t choose to go to a drug store first and I wondered about this myself, too. Too often, I find myself actually using products from Sephora rather than drugstore brands and while these were just going to be “back-up buys,” you never know when you’re gonna find something that you can either a) end up using for a longer amount of time or b) replace something you already have that maybe needed to be replaced.

Sephora is a store that gets abused by their customers. Too often, people come into the store that don’t want to buy their own makeup and test products all day long until they’ve done their entire look for the night or had someone else do that for them. Using samples at Sephora to do your makeup is kind of gross because as sanitary as they try to make it, that doesn’t usually happen. Gross. I went into the store with a fresh face and only moisturizer and I knew I might speak to some consultants, but I wasn’t going to take advantage of them by not buying anything. The first place I headed to was near the cash register where they have a lot of their basic products in much smaller sizes. The price ranges from about $8-$15. Here is where I picked up a duo combo of eyeliner and eye makeup remover as well as my Tarte mascara.

I’d been wanting to replace my foundation for quite some time as I have been using my Chanel for at least a year. (Should probably throw that out by now, right?) I’ve always been interested in using Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow and this was the perfect opportunity. A consultant matched it with my skin tone. I asked if he could try it on my entire face so that I could see it and I walked away with that purchase at around $36. Altogether from the day I spent about $50 on four things.

Long story short, if you’re ever caught in a bind like this – pick the items that you need and head to your nearest Sephora :) It sounds like they asked me to say that, but I promise they didn’t.

Note: I didn’t love the eyeliner and the makeup remover because it was too greasy so we didn’t include it in the photo.

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Essie to Launch Vending Machines

First, there were cupcake vending machines, then there were beauty vending machines launched in airports across the country. Essie has now decided to get in the mix and here’s why we think it’s a fantastic idea. First off, if you’re like me then you know what it’s like to be an impulsive shopper and boy – are you aware of the negative effects that come with it. You can walk by a store and you have the self-control to not go in because you know you don’t want to make a purchase or you know you can’t afford what’s in it. But then you walk by something that’s a little bit easier and accessible. Nail polish. It’s cheap. It’s quick. You know it’s going to last you awhile. The vending machine is right now and it’s packed with 48 different shades. There’s just no way you can say no. If I walked by an Essie machine at the airport, I’d probably almost immediately by two.

Starting this month, Essie will unveil their vending machines in mall and airports across the country starting with JFK and Oakland in the JetBlue terminals. It’s a smart move for the company because airports were designed to make you wait around for hours and hours and with delays unpredictably happening, you never know when you’ll need some nail polish to keep you a little bit busy. As for having the vending machines in the malls, I think that’s a bit tougher since you’re right where you’re competition is.

Readers, what do you think? Would you ever purchase Essie polish from a vending machine at the airport?

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