And Onward We Go!

Friday January 2, 2015 | Lifestyle Musings

wedding collage

2014 was a lovingly wrapped parcel of a year.

So many wonderful things happened. Not just in terms of experiences and reaching new milestones in my life.

What I’m talking about is my soul.

I’ve made peace. With who I am and who I’m not.

So what if I’m not the adventurous astronaut or the illustrious opera singer that I dreamt I would be when I was a teenager (no for real, these were actually some of my fantasies).

You know what? Whatever.

Life opened different paths for me and filled them with delightful surprises.

I like where I’ve come from. And I like where I’m going.

And here’s the thing…

You’ve got to learn to enjoy the sweet and simple things in life.

Because before you know it, it’ll all be over :)

home collage

So to sum up 2014, here are some of the things that happened:

  • Started a new job with a non-profit organization whose mission really fits with my own personal values
  • Resumed the habit of recording my dreams immediately after waking up
  • Gave up a vice that I’d been trying to kick for over a decade
  • Put together a fun DIY wedding at the beach
  • Got married! To a lovely boy named Oliver who henceforth will be known as my forever and ever
  • Moved into a sunny apartment in San Francisco. And it’s only a ten-minute walk to the beach
  • Really digging this sea-dwelling lifestyle
  • Learned to surf! Currently saving up money for a wetsuit and a beginner’s board
  • Quality time spent with friends who are scattered around the country
  • A road trip to L.A. with one of my best friends and it was a blast
  • Two trips to Mexico in the month of November
  • Met new people and made wonderful new friends
  • Got a juicer and am loving it!
  • Finally saved up enough money for a camera upgrade
  • Finally feeling at home in this part of San Francisco where the air tastes of fresh saltwater and the sound of foghorns is my lullaby
  • Finally feeling settled down after living nomadically for so many years (I still miss you, Paris…)

In 2015, I am working on making the following things happen:

  • A trip to Japan!
  • Getting to know my new camera and developing my photography skillzz
  • Making a short stop-motion film with Oliver
  • Getting more social
  • Throwing at least two dinner parties (where I’m actually the one cooking)
  • Not freaking out when I turn 30 this year!
  • Procuring a bicycle
  • Riding said bicycle to work
  • Meditating more regularly
  • Doing market research for Ziba
  • Revamping the blog and online shop
  • Participating in at least two pop-up shops for Ziba
  • Writing more!
  • Surfing more!

I was just looking at a wishlist I created a year and a half ago for my 28th birthday.

And gosh! It’s really amazing how many things on that list have come true!

But there are still some things that haven’t happened. Like neglecting this blog and my business plans.

But cut a girl some slack because life happens. That’s what new years are for.

So I’m just gonna pick up right where I left off.

And you, my pet. What are some of your best memories from last year and what are your hopes for 2015?

Much love
xoxo

 

A Touch Of Éclat! Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer – By Terry

Sunday September 28, 2014 | Beauty Makeup Product Reviews

Having dark under-eye circles is honestly something I try not to be too bothered about.

A lot of different factors can cause dark under eye circles (see post Dark Eyes Can Be Mysterious).

It can be a combination of dehydration, excessive sun exposure, sinus congestion from cold and allergies, adrenal fatigue, aging, genetics, or just plain old lack of sleep.

In my case, there really isn’t much I can do about it.

I’m certain now that my raccoon eyes are aggravated symptoms of my allergies.

Allergies to my cat.

The cat of my life

Oh, what cruel irony!

I love my cat dearly and would never dream of banishing the darling frou frou from my life.

But my allergies do cause me quite a lot of grief.

So it has to be that crazy cat lady is my name and concealing with great makeup is the game.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer – By Terry.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

This is a concealer highlighter that’s made in the same mold as the iconic YSL Touche Éclat.

It so happens that Terry de Gunzburg, founder of By Terry, was the very same creator behind the Touche Éclat.

Éclat means bright in french and is a word aptly used as both concealers do a fantastic job of brightening the skin.

There are six colors in the Touch Expert line.

I use color #3, a light beige with an apricot tint.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

The texture comes out a light liquid cream and when blended gives a smooth satin finish.

The formula provides long-lasting medium coverage that is unfortunately not buildable. So don’t look to this for covering up super dark blemishes.

Honestly, I love the Touch Expert more for its brightening effect.

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

It makes my skin look so healthy and dewy!

I also like how it feels comfortably moisturizing. That’s the hyaluronic acid in the formula, which serves to plumpen and hydrate the skin.

The resulting look is luminous, natural and effortless.

The application, however, is another story…

Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

First of all, the brush and clicker thingy is a bit daft.

I never know how many clicks it takes or how long I have to hold it down until some of the brown liquid oozes to the tip of the brush.

The liquid dries fast, so you have to blend quickly. And it does tend to settle on the fine creases.

The small compact brush is not like a paint brush that you use to apply makeup in sweeping strokes.

It is useful for dabbing a bit of the liquid onto hard-to-get-to corners of the eyes and right up under the lash line.

Swatch Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

A bit is key.

Apply the concealer first on the back of your hand in order to get the amount right so you’re not dabbing on globs of it to your eye.

And then blend in by tapping with the pad of your little finger.

Swatch Touch-Expert Advance Multi-Corrective Concealer - By Terry

So to summarize…

Pros:

– Blends wonderfully
– Long-lasting
– Luminous, natural dewy finish (love, love, love!)
– Easy to apply on hard to get to corners of the eyes
– Hydrating formula

Cons:

– The stupid clicker thingy
– Coverage is not buildable
– Dries fast, blend quickly or else
– It settles on the creases (not too cakey tho)

Conclusion: This is really more of a highlighter that gives a fresh and radiant effect especially noticeable in photos. In the world of concealers however, this is not the holy grail.

How Much: $46.50

Would I buy this product again: Maybe. If there was a really big sale on it :)

Finding My Forever. Matte Lip Color by Kevyn Aucoin.

Sunday September 7, 2014 | Makeup Product Reviews

 

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color Forever

This is the lipstick I wore for my wedding.

I loved the color first before I realized how à propos the name was.

Kevyn Aucoin Forever Lipstick

Forever Matte Lip Color by Kevyn Aucoin is the perfect pink.

Perfect in the sense that if lipsticks came out of a crayola box, this one would be the one labeled pink.

The undertone is neither blue nor red. It is just a bright vibrant pink.

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color Forever

It comes in a slim, twist-up applicator.

Despite the fact that it is touted as a moisturizing lipstick, it does feel a bit on the dry side. It is formulated with vitamin E and lecithin (an antioxidant) to help nourish and protect the lips.

The texture feels velvety and soft and it goes on smoothly.

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color Forever

Alas! The Forever lipstick does not, in fact, stay on forever.

Wearing Kevyn Aucoin lipstick

But it does manage to keep its brilliance for a good several hours.

The trick is to apply with a lip brush, blot, and re-apply a second layer.

Wearing Kevyn Aucoin Lipstick

This is a lipstick for people who do not shy away from colors.

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color Forever

I could eat this lipstick. Yum.