Perfume Review: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.

Posted in beauty products by bluewellesleyblue on October 23, 2008

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle review now posted at my Blogspot location.

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Randomly Loving: Gold Eyeshadow.

Posted in beauty products by bluewellesleyblue on October 15, 2008

Dazzle Dust eyeshadow – which I’d never seen before coming to London!

I’m a little bit behind the times when it comes to makeup trends, but I have the strongest desire to get myself some gold eyeshadow. I’m hoping the color would be one of a relatively small range of colors that won’t be too loud for easy application with Asian eyes. Since I don’t have a double fold, or much of a crease, it is very hard to use colored eyeshadows properly.

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The Week in Review.

Posted in week in review by bluewellesleyblue on August 31, 2008

1. Everyone’s probably back to school now, including my Wellesley friends who don’t happen to be going abroad. In truth, I’m kind of missing school too. I was busy most of the summer, but I’ve also had about two or three weeks lazing around at home, and I’m ready to get back to work! The start of school is the perfect excuse for getting a new tote bag, which is an infinitely cooler way to carry one’s books than a backpack. (Of course, if one has a lot of heavy textbooks, it’s best just to use the backpack to avoid injury.) While I’m just going to pack a more formal and business wear-appropriate tote during my semester abroad, I am quite fond of keeping around a fun and casual tote for class. Colorful prints or materials like canvas or straw can be very cute.

Betseyville Tote, $45.00.

2. The new O.P.I. for Sephora nail polish line is quite fun to play around with in the store. They are a bit pricey because they are salon-quality, but wow, just from trying it in the store, there is a difference. Since they go on to the nail very thick and smooth, it’s easy even for someone with clumsy hands like mine to do their nails neatly with higher quality nail polish. When compared to the price of several manicures, $9 a bottle is not too bad. They also offer a top coat, a base coat, and other odds and ends so that you can really do your own manicure. I probably won’t be investing in this since I get tired of individual colors so quickly, but if you can find a roommate or two to split it with and plan on using it for a while, the pricing is not too bad at all.

3. I hope no former Hillary supporter is fooled by McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate. I was a Hillary supporter myself, but will of course be voting for Obama come November. I am not particularly enthused about Obama as a candidate. I am, however, well aware, that the Democratic candidate I liked less is still a far lesser evil than McCain/Palin when it comes to actual women’s issues like the right to choice. I’ll step off my soapbox now, but the argument that people will vote Republican just because they have a woman on the ticket makes me so angry. No one’s going to be fooled by that transparent a ploy from the Republican party. It’s just like those articles that argue that today’s teenage girls or just today’s teenagers or children do stupid things just because of what’s on TV or what’s going on with some specific, little groups of people.

4. I am almost completely recovered from my wisdom teeth extraction! I do not actually have dry socket, which is a relief. The recovery process for getting wisdom teeth out is actually not that big a deal at all, I just have very little else to complain about, and I quite like complaining.

5. I have the biggest urge to start browsing thrift stores because of the way some bloggers out there are able to incorporate thrift store pieces into their outfits so well. Unfortunately, those seem to be in very short supply in the California bay area. In the Boston area, I’m only familiar with the likes of Second Time Around and other still kind of pricey, swanky places that have locations in the Newbury Street area, but I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for more options in both my home locales.

Until next week, stay stylish!

Perfume Review: Satu Plum Nectar from Anthropologie.

Posted in beauty products by bluewellesleyblue on August 22, 2008

I have been absolutely, dizzyingly in love with this scent for months. Though I’ve yet to buy it or the more affordable rollerball, I’ve tried it on no less than six times using the testers at the Anthropologie store. The Satu brand is an Anthropologie exclusive available there. The Satu fragrances are fairly affordable relative to other upper-end eau de parfums at roughly fifty dollars for a full 3.4 fl oz. Outside of the rollerball, that’s the only size option.

In general, the Satu fragrances are fruity or floral and very, very light. The “Plum Nectar” is a bit sweet, and though one of the notes is allegedly something called “blackberry patchouli” – a gimmick, really – I don’t get any of patchouli’s spice from it at any point. I do get a light sort of vanilla musk from this fragrance throughout it’s opening, which makes it a bit more complex than other simple, fruity perfumes. Not that it is a particularly complex perfume, but it is not very in your face fruity at all, despite the name.

Though this is a very light scent, it has fairly good lasting power. I can still smell it on my wrist up to three hours after a spritz. It’s very pleasant throughout, if a bit predictable, just the same light and fruity sweetness getting progressively lighter the whole way through.

The bottle is absolutely lovely. I imagine this being a perfect scent for summer as well as fall and winter because of the warmth of the vanilla-y musk in the opening. I have the Body Butter (most likely on sale right now at your local Anthropologie if they still have it at all), which layered beautifully with Dior J’adore. I personally think this particular perfume fits my girly-going-on-mature style pretty well.

Free at Sephora: Bareminerals Sample and Brush!

Posted in beauty products by bluewellesleyblue on August 22, 2008

This is the type of foundation I use. It gives pretty light coverage, but I find that it’s pretty sufficient.

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Oh Costco, How I Love Thee.

Posted in shopping advice by bluewellesleyblue on August 10, 2008

I’ll bet this definitely counts as an unconventional place for a would-be fashionista to shop – unless they are also a lover of good food, which I also happen to be – but sometimes those big-box discount retailers have awesome offerings vaguely related to beauty, fashion, and style.

Costco’s makeup selection if, of course, extremely limited and inconsistent. That being said, when they do have name-brand makeup, the prices cannot be beaten. A couple of months ago I bought a set of three mini Smashbox lipglosses and a “highlighter quad” that I’ve been using as cream blush and eyeshadow ever since for less than thirty dollars. Today, at the Costco in my hometown, they had a Stila eyeshadow quad with two brushes for eighteen dollars and three Smashbox eyeshadow trios for nineteen dollars. These are, let’s just say, not necessarily cheap makeup products. Anyway, a good discount alone is not a reason to pick something up, but if it’s something you’re pretty sure you can make use of, there’s no reason not to seize the day. In my case, all three include colors that I can use, and it gives me an opportunity to play around with multiple palettes at a very reasonable price point.

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My Makeup Routine.

Posted in beauty products by bluewellesleyblue on August 2, 2008

Wow, that’s a lot of product.

I find it very interesting to note how other people do their makeup, so I thought I’d post a bit about my routine. Doing makeup in the summer, in the midst of all the heat and humidity that is inherent to the Boston area summer, has been a bit of a trial. I’ve had to modify the routine I use during the school year a bit. Pictured above is pretty much everything I need to try and make myself presentable.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have great skin. It’s been especially bad this summer, which makes various kind of expensive over the counter skincare products an absolute necessity to keep the blemishes down to a point where they can be easily obscured by makeup. I ended up buying all three of the products I mentioned in my last post about skincare, but it has been working. I might end up going to the doctor again as well, either for birth control to regulate my hormones a bit or for antibiotics, whichever they prescribe.

I’ve actually only tried two foundations since I started really doing makeup. Bareminerals was recommended to me by a friend, and I haven’t switched since that time. I actually don’t get very good coverage from Bareminerals, even when I use their concealer brush and powder (the latter is bought separately from the starter kit, which is a pretty good value for everything else). However, since my skin is so sensitive, I find that Bareminerals has worked well enough that I don’t think of switching. A good moisturizer is a necessity, however, since it can emphasize skin dryness if it’s there.

Before I even start with that, however, it’s especially important in the summer to use one of those Clean and Clear sheets or a similar product. It doesn’t even seem to matter if I wash my face immediately before doing makeup, since there’s still shine – probably the summer heat again. I’ve also been using the Clinique pore minimizer with T-zone shine control, which is also a pretty good product for it’s purpose.

I’m actually in the market for a new eyeliner, though for now, my drug-store brand one will do. I really like liquid eyeliners, though applying them has taken a lot of practice. I actually haven’t been using much eyeshadow at all this summer though I usually use some black to further open up my eyes. Alas, like many Asians, I have pretty small eyes and no double fold on my eyelid, so eye makeup in general is a bit difficult. Other little things: MAC blush and a bit of NARS or Smashbox lipgloss. Also, perfume.

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