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Lime Crime Inspired By Polly Pocket

THIS photo stopped me dead in my tracks. At first glance, I thought I was seeing my favorite childhood toy, but instead it’s a copy cat and it’s so good. I’ve never actually used cosmetics brand, Lime Crime, before, but their new packaging is genius and one that tugs at the heart strings a little bit (at least for me!) These shadows to highlight our eyes and cheeks come in three different flavors each with five shades.

After being released on September 19th, you can purchase one of these compact cases for $34 at their website. Now, if only these could come with our own mini Polly Pocket…!

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August Favorites

Is it silly that we feel a little bit sad that we no longer get to anticipate “getting ready for the start of school?” I used to scramble to the mailbox waiting for that piece of mail that told me all of the things I needed to buy for the school year back when I was in elementary. As the years went on, you were getting more sophisticated products like a larger 3-ring binder and switching out crayons for colored pencils. In college, I couldn’t wait to move back into my dorm room or check in with all of my friends to see when they’d be returning from summer vacay and were back in Seattle. It has been six years since I’ve had to do this for myself, but I can’t wait to someday be doing this with my own kids. This year, September is kind of like “whatever” for us. Labor Day Weekend means I get to go back to work on a Tuesday, but I won’t be putting my white pieces in storage just yet. Hello – there is such a thing as winter white. The fact that I don’t have to buy a new wardrobe for the start of the school year means I get to save a little bit of my own money, but I’m putting that towards a new coat living in San Francisco this year. August was so good to us. I’ve officially spent one month in the city and I ventured back home to experience a little bit of the Seattle summer before it left us. Let’s get into our monthly favorites!

Favorite TV Show – Siesta Key

MTV claims that this is the “new” Laguna Beach, but these kids can never replace our beloved LC, Stephen and Kristin. I had my doubts when I heard about the premiere of the show, but you can’t pass judgement until you’ve seen the first episode. I know that this isn’t nice to say, but I cannot tell the girls in this show apart for the life of me. Also, it seems as if the guys in the series, unfortunately, can’t complete a full sentence. It’s a rough life over there in Siesta Key, but it makes for great television. How these guys have so much drama in one summer away from college is beyond me, but that’s why people like me love a series like this so much. It’s not actually a true reality. Don’t knock it until you try it though despite how I’m writing about this show. In fact, my co-worker and I love this so much, we’re considering doing an Instagram Live or a Podcast on our commentary. We wouldn’t be committing to this if we didn’t believe in it.

Favorite Album – Tyler the Creator – Flower Boy

We almost grazed right over this! A friend of mine told me to check it out because his sound was different than what we’ve heard in the past. I normally wouldn’t gravitate towards Tyler, but I found myself really enjoying “Flower Boy” for its laid back vibe. My favorites on the album are:

  • Foreward
  • See You Again
  • Boredom
  • 911 / Mr. Lonely
  • Glitter

Favorite Product – Glossier Boy Brow – $16

So it took me 27 years to figure out that I could try using an eyebrow product. I have gone most of my life leaving them untamed and thought I was getting by just fine. That was until I discovered two products that would change my life and my brows forever. The first one that we’re talking about is Glossier’s Boy Brow. Everyone called this a cult favorite, but I didn’t want to believe the hype at least not immediately. I gave in and decided to take the plunge. The first time I used it, I wasn’t sold on it. Was I even using it right? How could I tell if it was even working? But it was! Boy Brow is a great everyday product. The pomade keeps all of your little stray hairs in place and additionally you can use it even as a filler if you’d like. I’m now their #1 fan. It feels abnormal to leave my house without even putting some kind of product onto them.

Free People – Eye of the Sun Brami in Black Combo – $38

First off, I thought this was a bralette. I have never even seen/heard of the word brami until right this second! Whatever the case, I’m a fan. I actually bought this at the Free People in Stanford Shopping Center at the beginning of August and schlepped this with me over to Seattle on my trip where it was just too hot to wear a regular bra. This is so great for underneath tees or tank tops in which you want to show a little bit more, but don’t want to go without support or bra-less. I pair this with a plain Aritzia tee that I have that has a completely open back so that it adds a little something something. In extreme heat, like we’re experiencing this weekend, this is a life savor because it’s non-restricting and allows you to breathe.

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July Favorites

Whoa! The last time we did this was in April for March – we really dropped off on this. Sorry about that.

Favorite TV Show: The Bold Type

You would think that because I’m working full-time and writing part-time on Yow Yow! that there wouldn’t be much time left over for my television. False. This is a terrible thing for me to say and my parents and my childhood self would probably be appalled by this statement, but my TV is one of the most important things in my home. It’s my constant background noise. It’s the one thing that I never get tired of and there’s always something to watch. When Kevin was in town a couple of weekends ago helping me move, we decided to upgrade my 32″ from college to a solid 49″ and it is life changing. In case you were wondering just how serious I was about my television, now you know.

Freeform (formerly ABC Family) recently debuted a new show and I’ll admit, at first I wasn’t all that convinced that this would be something I’d enjoy, but I’ve watched other shows on Freeform that I’ve liked and it deserved a fair chance. The show centers around three women working at a magazine that resembles Cosmopolitan. They each have three different roles, social media, writer, and assistant each with their fair share of issues – like the rest of us! I identify the most with Jane, who has recently been promoted to a writer and is a mid 20-something who just snagged herself the hottest boyfriend (also a writer in the same building!)

Anyways, I’ll let you check out the show for yourself, but four episodes in and I’m hooked already.

Favorite Album: SZA – CTRL

SZA is one talented individual. We actually wrote about listening to her album all weekend at the end of June – happy to announce that not much has changed and I am still very much listening to her every day.

Favorite Product – Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in Air Kiss – $19

Honestly, I haven’t bought any new products lately! I will admit that I have a lot that I hoard over the years and since I’m using all of them at the minimum, I don’t finish my products that quickly. I’m always open to trying new stuff though and I love when brands email me to see if I’d be open to sampling. The problem ends up being that I say yes very often. I’m still very new to the lipstick game and even though I bought this back in December, I’m still very much in love with it. It’s a good lipstick for “most days,” but not everyday use. I’ll only wear it if I feel like it makes sense for the outfit that I’m wearing, but more recently – I put it on before I did a fitting for my bridesmaid dress at Weddington Way just so I could look a little bit more done up.

Favorite Closet Item: Wilfred Beaune Dress – $185

This isn’t the type of dress that I would normally gravitate towards because of it’s length, but lately, I’ve been more open to this style especially for the weddings I’ve been attending. I bought a dress for Jennie’s wedding a few months ago, but I’ve had slight reservations about it – just that it wasn’t “the one.” I know, I’m kind of weird like that. I happened to be in Aritzia last weekend though for their sale and while perusing decided to just give this a shot. It fit like a glove. I felt pretty and like a little princess with the pleating! The color made my complexion feel and look warmer than it really was. I left the store that day without it because of the price, but I couldn’t stop thinking about. I published me trying it on to my Instagram stories to which 5 of my friends had responded “I hope you got it!” I texted my mom a photo of me in the dress. When I returned home that evening, I realized I had made a mistake leaving it behind and promptly ordered it the next morning. Interestingly enough, the dress on the website is selling out! Looks like we snagged it just in time. ;)

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Free MAC Lipstick This Weekend

We love free things, but not just anything free – only things that we absolutely love! With National Lipstick Day coming up this weekend, MAC is handing out FREE lipsticks to customers at their store on Saturday. The handouts begin as soon as they open and will last until they run out so you may want to head their early in case there’s a line. I’m never going to turn down MAC lipstick so you know I’ll be there and adding this as the first part of my errands for the weekend.

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Your Beauty in 3’s

Imagine if you were tasked to pick three items from your beauty routine to use while getting ready that day. If I’m being honest, I haven’t even done that, but it’s something that I’ve thought about it. Picking three items would mean that I could prioritize the things I wanted to highlight on my face. Picking three things would significantly cut down on my “getting ready” time in the morning and lastly, it just allows me to not spend so much time thinking about the way I look. Cause it doesn’t really matter that much right? If you had to choose, what would you pick! So I didn’t challenge myself with this, but I was able to get halfway there and pick three items!

I didn’t want to focus only on the face or the eyes so instead, I chose three different areas:

  • Shu Uemura eyelash curler – hold the eyeliner and mascara
  • Chloé “Love Story” rollerball perfume
  • Benefit hydra-smooth lip color in “Air Kiss”

Now, I’m not sure when an opportunity or an event would arise where it would make sense to only wear these three things because I realize it’s an odd three to select, but who knows – maybe we’ll just give it a shot someday.

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Blog Roundup

  • How 6 Asian Women Have Grown to Embrace Their Beauty in a World Influenced by Western Ideals [Bustle]
  • Molly Young: How I Shop [Fashionista]

  • The Ken Doll rebooted [GQ]

  • Square unveils customizable prepaid debit cards [The Verge] These are really cute!
  • How to take good photos of fireworks this coming 4th of July [GOOD]
  • Women in tech speak frankly on culture of harassment [New York Times]
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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 33

When I received my Alison Brod Marketing + Communications package with this Clinique Gelato Cream in it, I thought it would be like any other body cream or lotion. I wrote it off because I had owned so many products like it before. Then one morning, I decided that I couldn’t avoid the adorable millennial pink packaging any more. The texture was smooth, creamy, and I honestly couldn’t get enough of it. The jar itself was so big and the cream was filled to the very top that I knew it would last me forever. Even after I took one swipe of it, it felt like I had barely used any and by then I had used it on both my legs and my arms. The scent is also incredibly yummy. I’ve never had anything quite like it and now I’m obsessed. I feel like all of my girlfriends need this at home. Buy your own here!

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Blog Roundup

  • How a 6-year old became one of Japan’s Instagram icons [Vice]
  • A woman’s journey to having a career in beauty after growing up on welfare [Allure]
  • A history of those Real World vs. Road Rules challenges [Buzzfeed]
  • Hear women discuss the sexism they face in Silicon Valley – a video [Wired]
  • Why you feel exhausted [Man Repeller]
  • This quiz will tell you your favorite rom-com [Livingly] I got How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and it’s true I’ve seen that movie a million times.
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The Smallest Things

My mom and I have this tradition of a beauty swap every time I come back home to Seattle. I bring her the products that I haven’t touched or have barely touched and she hands me over the products that she doesn’t need. We’ve got this system down! When I returned home for the holidays, she gave me these three small products and I’m always in the camp of “I’ll try anything once.” I can’t remember where this cute little soap is from, but it says Lather and its adorable. The hand lotion is from Crabtree & Evelyn and while I don’t shop there, I’m now very obsessed with this tube and keep it at my desk at work for those especially dry moments. This is also the first time that I was introduced to Molton and Brown and the day I finished this shower gel was the saddest day of my life. The scent was pink pepperpod or peppercorn (I can’t remember) but it’s one that I haven’t been able to get out of my head. I didn’t need the Clarins bag on the left since I already have a beauty bag, but I DID just use this as a clutch for a recent wedding I attended. More on that later ;)

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 32

This is a little bit overdue, but I didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to talk about one of my favorite beauty brands – Benefit. For the past two years, Mandi and I have been so lucky to have our holiday parties fall on the same evening in December. We’ve turned this into a little bit of a tradition by getting together in the afternoon, having our hair done at Dry Bar and then getting our makeup done. Last year, we went to Bare Minerals and this year, Benefit. Now, every makeup counter is different and while they all have similar products, the outcome can sometimes be hit or miss. I think Mandi ended up choosing Benefit because of convenience ie) close to our Dry Bar and also so that we could have our appointments done at almost the same time as each other.

The only product I’ve ever used from Benefit was the foundation in the center – Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! liquid foundation and I’ve probably been on it for what feels like a year and a half or close to two years. The reason why I started using it was because before that I was using Chanel and that felt a bit expensive to me and a little too thick for my taste. This foundation, however, is exactly what it promises though – it’s light, hydrating, brightening, and lasts a very long time! And as if I couldn’t boast about it even more, it has SPF 25.

Since I bought this lipstick on the left, I have been obsessed. Every time I’m going out for a special occasion or for a night when I want to elevate my look a bit, I swipe this on. The packaging is adorable, but the color glides on well and lasts. I usually well do a quick glide of my vaseline and then 15 minutes later, put this lipstick on. I have this in Air Kiss – which is a sheer bubblegum.

The only downside about getting your makeup done at Benefit is that they make you buy three products. I’ve been to other makeup counters where you can choose to buy products if you like and I usually buy two out of courtesy, but three was a bit much for me because I really only needed two. I intended to buy the lipstick so I could re-apply the night of the holiday party and the foundation because it’s what I already use and I figured I would run low soon. So the product that I bought that I was the least excited about was the Hervana blush on the right. It was a great piece to complete my look, but it wasn’t something that I needed so I ended up giving this to my mom for Christmas. :) The packaging for this is awesome though and it’s actually a great blush so I would still recommend it.

I would definitely consider going back to Benefit again to get my makeup done just because out of all the places I’ve ever had my makeup done, they did the best job. I don’t necessarily agree with the buy three products thing, but maybe that will change in the next year once I get more used to their products and use them more consistently.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 31

Alison Brod M+C weren’t aware how much they were going to be changing my life when they sent me these Caudalie products. I had just started getting into masks and after a fall travel season of flying back and forth from the west coast to the east coast and back again, I could feel my skin taking a toll. These are just a couple of the Caudalie products that I received and together, they go well hand-in-hand. I’m obsessed with this peeling mask that I use once a week for about 10 minutes before washing it off. It’s a very cooling cream that goes on smoothly and afterwards, my skin feels hydrated and a little bit brighter in the week when using it. I’m not known for using any toners, serums, or oils after a mask, but I do use this Caudalie lotion after the facial mask as a second step. I’ve never used a lotion quite like this and I love the way it smells and feels when I wear it to bed, but more importantly, how my skin feels when I wake up with it after it has been on the whole night. I now can’t imagine my life without these two products and even if I’m traveling, I’ll make sure to throw it into my carry-on so I can mask and lotion up wherever I’m at.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 30

Right time. Right place. This was a product that fell into my lap when I needed it the most. As part of the package in which Ashley had asked me to be one of her bridesmaids, she included this berry smelling hand lotion from Castabel Porto. This brand was new to me, but we’re a sucker for berry anything. Since I moved to the Bay Area, my hands often started feeling more dry around the late fall / winter season so after trying this out one morning, I started making this a part of my routine. After doing my makeup, before heading out the door to work, I would squeeze a little bit of this onto my hands and jet off. The berry scent is delicious and so good you’ll become obsessed with it. Also, how cute is the geometric packaging?! If I know Ashley, then it’s likely this came from Nordstrom, but otherwise I’m not sure where I’ll be getting my refill down the line!

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Kailijumei’s “Pixie Rose Lipstick”

I’ve always been fascinated with the invention of new and innovative beauty products. I’ve never been a beauty junkie myself (at least not up until recently) but what I love the most is that there’s always going to be a new shade of lipstick or nail color rising onto the scene and that packaging can come in the most creative forms that you would have never imagined. Because it’s spring, we’ve got floral on our minds for months and this “Pixie Rose Lipstick” by Kailijumei is one that we’re super curious about! Each lipstick has a real life bud planted in the middle of it and while it appears clear, there will be a shade tied to it once it is put on your lips.

The lipstick will glide on clear but change to “a bespoke pink based on the wearer’s pH,” according to Vogue.

To have your very own, you can purchase it here for $18 USD.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 29

When I included my new Clinique moisturizing lotion in my Instagram story, it didn’t take long for some of my friends to raise their hand to tell me they were using the same product. I think most can agree that the facial lotion you use on a day to day basis is a product that is near and dear to your heart. You’re often not shopping for a different product to use in place of it because once you’ve found the one, there’s just no reason to test drive any others. I had been using Olay since high school, but when I had the opportunity to try out Clinique’s, I had to take my chance on it. It felt so easy to use this product. It kept my skin moisturized all day and it felt like it really took ahold of my makeup and foundation making it the best primer. Note: we don’t use primer. My one tip is that you should use just what you need. For me, that’s two little pumps. I have found that using this in excess can sometimes be a little bit annoying and leaves you more greasy than moisturized so it’s best to test it out a few times on yourself to see what works best!

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March Favorites

Favorite TV show: Big Little Lies

During my time off, I had a lot of time to try a lot of different things and a lot of time to binge on all of my favorites! Here are just a few of the things that I’m sharing with you all that I was obsessed with! This is my first time doing this too so if I’m missing a category that you want to see, just leave a comment and I’ll see if I can include it for April.

I know I can’t be the only one who fell in love with Big Little Lies. I had to renew my cable this past month and initially it did NOT include HBO. So of course we made sure to pay a little extra for HBO every month so that we could finish out the series. Plus… I just love HBO. These women are phenomenal. I never read the book, but really enjoyed the series and am crossing my fingers that we’ll get a second season out of this. I think the series did a great job of shedding a light on abusive relationships in a way that wasn’t too over the top, but very real for most.

Favorite Album: Khalid

Welp! We wrote a whole post earlier in March about what we were listening to all weekend long and it’s safe to say that we’re still listening to it. I’m so excited about Khalid’s career and even though we just got this album, I’m looking forward to more music from him.

Favorite New Product: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen SPF 30

Thank you thank you thank you Kiehl’s for sending me this! Since I opened this up, I haven’t stopped using it and now I can’t get enough. Once you develop a relationship with a moisturizer, it can be really tough to open yourself up to something new and want to try another one. I’ve admired Kiehl’s for years, but never found a product that I would be interested in trying until this one came along. The last moisturizer I was using was a good one. The downside was that it didn’t have SPF (a problem in 2017!) and then as time went on, I started realizing some of its flaws, which is that if you use too much of it on your face, your face will just have too much oil on it. This Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream doesn’t feel that way. It’s a moisturizer that I’m also noticing works really well as a primer too.

Favorite Closet Item: Wilfred Lavaltrie Bralette

The answer is yes. You need this in every color. Any woman will tell you how uncomfortable wearing a bra can be. I hate the underwire and what I want the most is a bra that doesn’t feel like a bra. It is in fact, just a bralette! These are so pretty and delicate and perfect to wear under tees and spring sweaters. Also, if you’re someone that’s very new to lingerie, this is a fantastic gateway. Pair with your favorite pair of panties and that should do the trick!

 

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