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The Best Time to Visit Seattle

It’s actually been a few weeks since I returned from my trip back home! It almost feels a bit outdated to write this post now, but then I remembered that I couldn’t not share all of the photos of everything that I ate while I was in Seattle. It just seemed like the wrong thing to do. Even though I’m calling the Bay Area home now, Seattle is never that far away and I don’t take advantage of the short flight as much as I should. It can be challenging because I have times at work where I should be in the office and not on vacation, but luckily for me the summertime is not that time. And that time also happens to me when Seattle is the hottest and the brightest! I decided to go back for Father’s Day and a few days extra which ended up being the right amount.

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Before I even landed in Seattle, I had one request and that was for Kevin to pick me up at the airport (okay a 2nd request) and take me straight to Wasabi Bistro. I didn’t get to go here when I was in town during the holidays and it was the only thing that I wanted because no offense – California can’t even match up to Seattle when it comes to sushi and seafood. We were all thinking it. Also, I had sushi three times when I was home, so there.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 23

When Sugar reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying their line of eyeliners, I was thrilled. While I love the ones that I use currently, I’m always looking for a new one that might be a better fit. Currently, I’m using Stila on my bottom and a retired style by Physician’s Formula that I have to order through Amazon because they’ve discontinued them in stores. As you can imagine, it makes things difficult. I thought I’d only be sampling just one eyeliner from Sugar, but I was happy to receive three in my package from them! The first one that I tried was the one that I was most excited about – a matte black liner called “Come Hither.” V. seductive. What I liked about this was that the tip was very soft, gentle, and made a visible line when using it even for the first time. What I’ve come to find in eyeliners is that the first time is never the greatest because sometimes it takes some getting used to. “Come Hither,” however had that worn in type of a feel which made for a seamless application. The only downside to this one was that I would go about my day and when I went to the bathroom and was at the mirror, I was noticing that the top liner was leaving an imprint on my top lid! The worst :( However, this happens to me a lot (except for Physician’s) and it’s really challenging for me to find a liner that doesn’t do this. I’ve read that I might just have sweaty eyelids. If that’s the case, then it’s not Sugar’s fault at all.

The second liner I tried was Entice – a standard black liner. It had a thinner tip than “Come Hither” and because of that, application was a little bit harder. I think this is the type of eyeliner that might need to be worn in a bit because it also didn’t appear as clearly as “Come Hither.”

For a day when I was feeling a little bit riskier, I tried “Hypnotize” – the bright blue! I realized because of my eyeliner eyelid stamp problem, using it on top wasn’t a good idea so this week, I tried it on the bottom. It’s subtle enough in that it shows some color, but doesn’t make you stand out like a sore thumb or that I’m my 14-year old scene kid self again.  I’ll definitely keep it around for those nights when I feel like having just a hint of blue.

I’m determined to make “Come Hither” work for me so I’ve even tried doubling up on eyeliners recently. You might say it’s repetitive, but the line that I get from this one is just too good. First, I’ll use “Come Hither” on my top and then wait some time and put on Physician’s Formula’s eyeliner on afterwards to set it so that it doesn’t smear on my eyelid. This tactic has been working pretty well so far! I’m pretty impressed by Sugar though and I’m so excited to be venturing into new brands these days.

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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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