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Taking sartorial risks and not following other people is what makes you stand out.

Zac Posen, American fashion designer (1980-present)

A few months ago, my school hosted a fashion entrepreneurship and networking event.  In theory, this was a wonderful opportunity, but the actual event wasn’t as useful as advertised.  However, I won’t deny that this event was somewhat helpful.  I had the chance to talk to people in various parts of the fashion industry, ranging from entrepreneurship to PR to finance.

The panel members and guest speaker all repeated variations of the same sentiment in regard to working in fashion.  Everyone said it is an extremely cutthroat and competitive field, though they were few lucky ones who were at the right place at the right moment.  For them, this “coincidence” contributed greatly to their success, as well as their pride to return to their alma mater to talk about this.

I had an issue with their words because general statements like these are simply just useless pieces of advice for anyone, regardless of industry.

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When asked what I want to be, I always say, “a successful fashion designer and businesswoman like Coco [Chanel].”  Despite the wishful nature of my career goal, I have no reservations, nor do I have a starry look in my eyes that success will come easy to me, let alone launch my own fashion house.  I am well-aware of my numerous disadvantages when trying to break into the fashion world, though it is a double-edge sword, as I do have some unique advantages.

My Bachelor of Science in Mathematics if very far off from the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, or other similar degrees that many notable fashion designers have.  I do get the value in a fashion degree because there are things that you can only learn in school.  Colleges teach students discipline, which include a good foundation in the basics of creating apparel and accessories.

Going to fashion school is also extremely beneficial beyond the classroom.  It helps with creating connections in the fashion industry, as most fields, even finance and entertainment, are heavily reliant on a good word of mouth to get you the much-needed exposure towards achieving your dreams.  Teachers and peers can help each other meet potential employees, like seamstresses who can work in-house to create your sample, or introduce you to fashion magazines that can do print work featuring your stuff.

While I haven’t reached the point where I have launched my fashion house or shown in New York Fashion Week, I wouldn’t call my college choices deal breakers to make it big in fashion.  Interestingly, my choice in major has greatly contributed to my creativity, as well as my focus on detail – two skills that are valuable when designing.  You may not believe me when I say this, but the most creative people in this world are those in love with understanding numbers.

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Besides the creative aspect of a successful fashion line, it’s also important to understand that an atelier is also a business.  It’s great when high fashion designers create covetable pieces that the cream of the crop (i.e. Hollywood actors and actresses, socialites, etc.) are fighting on line to wear.  However, to sustain a brand in a world where you’re not the only talented designer creating desirable apparel, you have to keep in mind that you’re a business that also runs on generating revenue.

Looking at the business side of a fashion house, there are many things that go into running a good business.  These include a good HR department, possibly a team of in-house lawyers, a marketing team, a finance department, as well as many more.  Without these things, yes, you can make great clothes, but you can also rack up tons of lawsuits from employees and former employees that can drive you and your business to bankruptcy.

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Thanks to my choice to attend an arts and science college, I get to meet lawyers who know about fashion law, experience the day in the life of startup businesses, as well as learn how to maximize on numbers, so as to generate sales that count.  Obviously, a great deal of college is what you make of it.  Through my choice, I was able to befriend lifelong friends of various majors who may possibly be future employees at my fashion house.  I know that if I need an accountant to keep a close eye on funds, as well as a marketing expert who can bring in models and actresses as the brand representative, I have a plethora of friends to pick from (happy emoji).

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In the end of the day, don’t get too bogged down when you have trouble achieving your dreams.  Not going down a traditional route to realize those dreams may actually be a blessing in disguise.  And don’t be afraid of asking questions or grabbing opportunities just because you’re scared of rejection.  You’re bound to get rejected, regardless of your career path.  It’s never too early to become acquainted to the bitter taste of rejection, so that you can truly understand the determination it takes to make things work.  While it would be nice to have a smooth sailing from the day you created your dream to the day it’s finally realized, that’s not how life works, unless you have a genie.

xoxo,

the girl who’s going to create a successful atelier like how the tortoise won the race

IMAGE CREDIT: Michael Hazzard Photography

+delayed gratification+

Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification.  To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.

Pope Francis, 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church (1936-present)

Note: I wrote this when I was first starting off my blog.  I wanted to post this because I wanted to insert comments on what I wrote, reflecting on how much I’ve changed, three years later.  X ENC

Turning 18 is a rite of passage where we become full-fledged adults.  Even then, we still don’t get to enjoy the ~luxuries~ of adulthood, like drinking, obviously (winking face emoji); in America, adulthood is basically synonymous to turning 21.  During that three-year gap between 18 and 21, we’ll still pretend to be adults, some of us hunting down a shady friend of a friend who makes convincing fake IDs, so we can sneak into the nearest bar/club/pub.  Since when did your baby face become a convincing 25-year old?

I personally never got a fake ID because during my lucky (?) three years, my friends got me into places.  It really helps to have connections and friends who know people, especially in NYC.  The power of word of mouth is undeniable.

However, turning 18 is still very important.  18 means breaking off the metaphorical chains created by society; we must make somewhat free choices that we must now claim responsibility to, a stark contrast to the past 18 years, filled with decisions we cannot, will not, call our own.  We are put through a flawed school system, which ingrains in us a belief that once high school ends, we will go onto college, and then possibly a professional school if you majored in something useless to the job market during the past four years.  After all those extra school years, we will be working, making bucket loads of money with the sole purpose of paying back the choices that have been made for our sake.  Supposedly.

Reading this again, I noticed how bleak my perspective on life was.  Sadly, it hasn’t changed – if anything, it has turned bleaker.  My younger self didn’t account the competition that will inevitably prevent us from making said “bucket loads of money.”

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Adulthood is an asset to us when seeking jobs that we want and buying ourselves things we want with our hard-earned cash.  If college wasn’t a choice all of us wanted, then working and spending money are two areas that we can control.

Oh my naïve self, thinking that we still have control over these things.  Our jobs are generally decided by whoever wants you, regardless to the places that you apply to work for.  Our wages are spent mostly on living expenses, unless you’re irresponsible and still believe that your parents will still pay for you.

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The Problem with Being an Adult

Growing up in a household where money was tight, I was always filled with envy, seeing fellow peers and famous celebrities prancing around with the newest gadgets and fanciest clothing.  Looking at those people, I would always think, “Just wait, that will be you in 20 years, when you hit it big and become famous, way bigger than the celebs you see now.  They will be jealous of YOU.”

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Now that I’m an “adult,” I want to cash in that statement, despite not having a job that can support the billionaire lifestyle.  My rationale for purchasing things I need, aka want, is my childhood saving habits that Warrant Buffet has always preached about – one should live frugally and save now, spend later.  However, going into college, I haven’t been consistent with myself, shifting towards spending now, and hopefully saving later.

I still agree with this because I have made questionable purchases over the past few years that I regret.  If I could go back in time, I would stop myself from making my “need” purchases, and saving it for something bigger for myself instead.

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Giving it a Label

This isn’t a unique problem.  I feel as though everyone has experienced the struggle of “delayed gratification” at some point.  We learned of this term in AP Psychology, through a famous experiment:

Children under 10 were given a cookie and told that if they didn’t eat it for 10 minutes, then they would be rewarded with five more cookies at the end.  Supposedly, the children who held off eating the cookie led more successful lives in comparison to the kids who didn’t.

The purpose of this experiment was to show that children didn’t understand delayed gratification and restraint because their brains weren’t developed to the point where they could comprehend the implications of waiting for things.  However, seeing the crimes and scandals written in The New York Times and The Daily Post, we can conclude that this isn’t a problem only found in children.  Even better, we can conclude that following rules is something we all struggle with.  Consequently, my spending struggles as an ~adult~ is something that goes beyond just a lack of development.

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Granted, I’m not like Rebecca in Confessions of a Shopaholic, but I do get tunnel vision, looking at the things I want, for days on end; I try to justify purchasing them.  Some of my reasons are, “I threw out my clothes, so I need new clothes to replace them,” “It’s a new season,” and sometimes, “I don’t want to be judged by what I own.”  My email subscriptions to Bloomingdales, Tiffany & Co., Vogue, etc. certainly don’t help.  I’m bombarded with enticing titles like, “Normcore is Back in Trend: How You Can Wear This Season’s Latest Trends.”

I still get tempted when Kate Spade sends an email with an awesome sale, but I feel like the key to ignoring them is getting so many automated emails, that you just begin to tune them all out.

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Conflicts with Getting a Job

I ask myself, “If I buy this herringbone tweed coat for $220 now, will I regret it down the line, knowing that I could’ve spent it on something more fashionable in the future?”  This sounds like a vapid first world problem, but it’s much greater than that.  The most materialistic things influence how others perceive us, and will affect our future job prospects.  First impressions are always important, and physical manifestations of a person’s personality through fashion choices give people a general idea of what kind of person they are.

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While judging is hurtful, at time, it’s a necessary evil because in a wired society, no one have the time, or wants to spend the time, getting to know each and every person they meet.  Probably outside of Silicon Valley, no one wants to hire an employee who looks like they’re going to get a visit from the fashion police.  Unless you’re wearing your grandparents’ vintage designer denim overalls from the 60s as a fashion statement, it’s probably not work appropriate, especially in a corporate setting.

I understand as a fashion lover that it’s important to create your own trends, but there are some societal norms that are hard to overcome.  Especially if you aren’t what people perceive as pretty, then it can be even harder for people to be accepting 😥.

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In the End of the Day…

Everything we do is a choice, whether it’s shopping for shoes, or only eating a granola bar for lunch.  All these choices have their own after effects and ripples.  Times like these make me appreciate the days when I was imprisoned to my parents’ ‘choices – at least then I would never have to feel the burden of responsibility.  Being an adult means making choices that we live with forever, the good and the bad.  I guess I answered my own question then – I’ll just wait another 20 years, saving so that I can only buy luxury goods in the future.

I think this was a good ending to my delayed gratification post, despite almost veering off course in the middle.  We don’t fully get to control our choices, but we still have to live with the responsibility of them.  And instead of being caught up in how others perceive me, I might as well just save until people look at me with jealousy because of my decision to save.

xoxo,

the girl who will be living a fashionable life soon

IMAGE CREDIT: Analysis & Opinion | Reuter’s

+mindset+

We dream of having a clean house – but who dreams of actually doing the cleaning?  We don’t have to dream about doing the work, because doing the work is always within our grasp; the dream, in this sense, is to attain a goal without the work.

Marcus Buckingham, British writer, motivational speaker, business consultant (1966-present)

My all-time favorite Disney movie is the 1950 production of Cinderella because I have always felt a spiritual connection to the titular character.  Like Cinderella, cleaning meant getting on your hands and knees to wash the floors with a rag, and not with a smart robot vacuum, let alone a Swiffer.

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A Millennial Thing

I would say that a characteristic of millennials is that our childhoods are a mixture of old and new traditions.  Many of us grew up doing things that our parents did, but we also got to experience never before seen technological advances.  While many millennials may not clean with a rag anymore, I feel that its existence is something we can all relate to.

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The Backstory

Growing up, I dreaded frequent cleaning days.  A typical cleaning day began at 8:00 a.m., and was spent reaching for every little nook and cranny in the apartment, while we collected a pile of dust, hair, and other unidentifiable objects that camouflaged with the hardwood floors.  Starting the job was always hard because who doesn’t like sleeping in on a Saturday?

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Efficiency: Cleaning with Rags

If you think about it, vacuums and Swiffers are physically unable to clean the hard to reach corners because its rigid designs can only fit a certain size or larger.  In a fast-paced society, it’s only practical to clean the floor with a rag because if you use a device, then you will have to go back again with a rag to clean the areas that the vacuums weren’t able to reach.

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Looking Back

Today, I still get down on my hands and knees to keep my home clean.  It has positively contributed to my obsession with +perfectionism+ over the years because who doesn’t like living in a clean home free of dirt?  I know I do.

Besides the dirt, cleaning is cathartic because as I clean the floor, I also feel like I’m doing a spiritual cleansing.  When I pour my energy into getting rid of the physical markers of uncleanliness, I release any negative energy that has built up within me.

I will admit that at times, I do feel annoyed towards the process.  However, my aching back and sweat face is but a small price to pay.  Looking at my sparkling windows provides such a great feeling of satisfaction that my pain is forgettable.

Beyond just the physical and spiritual reminders, cleaning has been a valuable tool to getting things done.  You never want to do a shoddy job with a vacuum cleaner, but a thorough one with a rag.  It’s better to get it right the first time, rather than go back to fix the mistakes that the lazy method has caused.

xoxo,

the girl who used to think of her mom as Lady Tremaine

IMAGE CREDIT: Tonya’s Touch

+warfare+

Fashion fades, only style remains the same.

Coco Chanel, French fashion designer and businesswoman (1883-1971)

Ever since I was little, I always wanted to own a Burberry trench coat.  I know other brands make their own versions of it, but there isn’t anything more iconic than having a Burberry trench coat with your initials monogrammed on the inside.  When I was younger, my mother promised me that once I graduated college that she would buy me one.  As I have only one more year of school left, hopefully it’ll be a dream come true in May 2018 🖤!

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I always dreamt of being an adult, tall and able to wear the form-flattering trench coat featured in the Burberry ads, or during a fashion week collection, paired with a blanket-like poncho.  I would jealousy stare at pictures of models, celebs, and fashion bloggers who wore this consistently trend piece, and would turn green with envy whenever someone wore their trench coat on the streets of NYC.

To me, everything about the trench coat was appealing, from the history of the material to its waist slimming design.  The trench coat is extremely versatile: it can be worn as a jacket dress or simply as a fashionable yet practical piece during a rainy day.  For its two-grand price tag, it’s certainly an investment that every fashion inclined woman should make.

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The trench coat has a unique story – Thomas Burberry, the creator of the gabardine material used for trench coats, never intended to make these coats for the fashion industry.  Trench coats were originally made to serve as the standard Army uniform and apparel for the United Kingdom due to its fabric being waterproof and sturdy.

However, as we know about army inspired clothing, they almost always end up in the mainstream fashion scene.  Even today, the army green color and camouflage pattern are used as fashion statements by many designers, and are eagerly worn by customers who want to flaunt off their knowledge of the ever-changing trends.

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Even if Burberry didn’t intend to make this for fashion, it’s amazing how he created something that transcended time.  Very few fashion pieces have managed this feat, capturing the hearts of fashion people and regular folk alike, like Chanel’s No. 5 perfume and Hermès Birkin bag.

Hopefully I’ll be a new owner of a trench coat as I make my own journey to find an accidental mistake that spurs the success of my own fashion house.

xoxo,

the girl who dreams of making an iconic fashion piece

IMAGE CREDIT: Burberry

Fashion is a dream.  It’s difficult, and there are many aspects of fashion that are very difficult, but if you love it like I do, because I really have a passion, now, for fashion, it’s not easy, but nothing is easy in life.

Carolina Herrera, Venezuelan-American fashion designer (1939-present)

IMAGE CREDIT: PUIG

+forever+

I love natural beauty, and I think it’s your best look, but I think makeup as an artist is so transformative.

Marina and the Diamonds, Welsh singer-songwriter (1985-present)

Something that any makeup user knows is that it doesn’t last forever.

I’m not talking about the time it takes to start smudging on your face – I’m talking about its longevity.  As much as we’d like to deny it, the truth is that makeup, like most things, has an expiration date.

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Despite spending a pretty penny on the products that you love, it’s frustrating to know that if you don’t use it within a given time frame, it’ll go bad.  However, even though we know that we should use it by a certain date, the fact that we spent so much on it deters us from tossing it – we want to use it for as long as we can.

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Most of us, myself included, have two reasons for not throwing away makeup, besides its cost.  One reason is because even if a product is expired, if it doesn’t show any adverse side effects, we convince ourselves that it’s still viable.  Another reason is that we generally don’t know when makeup expires because we don’t understand how to read the makeup expiration dates.

To this day, I still don’t know how to read the confusing combination of letters and numbers on makeup products.  Strangely, many articles, beauty shows, and YouTube clips are confusing and unclear about it because in each country, their expiration codes are different.  France won’t have the same code as South Korea does, and this discrepancy makes users reluctant to find out.

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From what I’ve experienced, as well as what is agreed by various professionals, I have compiled a longevity list for different types of makeup products.

NOTE:  Keep in mind that once you open a product, its shelf life decreases because putting your germs or letting the makeup come into contact with the air will inevitably contaminate it.  That being said, unopened makeup products do last longer, but that doesn’t mean that they last forever.
  • Basic Cleansing Products: cleansing foam, cleaning tissue, cleansing oil, etc.
    • Before opening: 30 months
    • After opening: 12 months
  • Basic Skincare Products: toner, lotion/moisturizer, eye cream, essence, sunblock, etc.
    • Before opening: 30 months
    • After opening: 12 months
  • Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Lip Tint
    • Before opening: 30 months
    • After opening: 6-18 months
  • Mascara, Eyeliner
    • Before opening: 24 months
    • After opening: 6 months
  • Powder, Compact Products
    • Before opening: 60 months
    • After opening: 36 months
  • Basic Coverage Products: Blush, Concealer, Base, Foundation, etc.
    • Before opening: 36 months
    • After opening: 12 months

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Why can’t makeup products not have expiration dates?

Every makeup brand will have a slightly different combination of chemicals and materials that go into their products, and each material will have a different longevity.  Combining these materials will create a certain use by date.  Think of prescription medication: we need to use them or toss them by its expiration date because the chemicals in the medication will start to deteriorate and turn funky past that date.  Makeup, like medication, has chemicals in it, so it will have a period when it is most effective.

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If you are still confused about how long your makeup lasts, you should consider going on a brave journey to decipher the expiration code.  Or, you can simply pop into your nearest Sephora, or beauty specialty store, to ask how long a certain product lasts.  When in doubt, ask someone, whether it’s Google, or a real person!  You don’t want to get some sort of weird skin condition because you couldn’t be bothered.

xoxo,

the girl who’s trying to use her makeup by the expiration dates

IMAGE CREDIT: Condé Nast Traveler

+pockets+

Don’t forget that healing takes time.  Don’t expect to try meditation and a new skincare line and end up with perfect skin in a week.  Give yourself the gift of time and patience.  The body is a complicated, miraculous system and each body processes change in its own time.

Yancy Lael, Soulful Skincare: The Ultimate Guide to Radically Transforming Your Complexion (2016)

For as long as I can remember, every few months or so, I would develop a sty along my waterline.  It made blinking irritating because the top lid would have to touch the bump on my bottom lid.  Each time I had one, it would disappear on its own after a few days, and I would forget that I even had one.

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As I got older, and started putting on makeup, the occurrences of stys didn’t increase (thankfully), but it made me remember that I had them because I wouldn’t put on makeup for the week of the stye.  However, I knew that I couldn’t live like this anymore, not because of the inconvenience of not putting on makeup, but because it was just made a natural body function annoying.

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A few weeks ago, during my recent eye doctor’s visit, which coincided with the time I started feeling a sty develop 😂, I asked her if there was any solution out there.  I told her my situation, explaining that makeup was definitely not the cause, as I hadn’t put it on in over two months because makeup’s a hassle when you work in the summer.

She told me that the oils in my glands probably moved slower than most, so I had a proclivity towards developing infected oil pockets along my waterline.  There was no permanent solution to get rid of it – I just had to be vigilant about keeping the area clean.  She also recommended hot compresses at least once a week for ten minutes to stimulate movement in my glands in my eyes, though it would be most effective if I did a compress once a day.

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I don’t know if I was doing it wrong, but the sty in my eye didn’t go away and grew more painful.  I was desperate for a solution, but everyone online said the same thing my eye doctor said.  I started thinking about all sorts of solutions, and one of them was a lymph node drainage method I read a few years ago, and thought that it would help with my affliction flushing out the dirty oils.

I discovered this method because of other problems – unluckily, I have been genetically cursed with eye bags, which made me look perpetually tired.  I didn’t want to get fillers to get rid of them because the price of fillers add up over time, and while I don’t hate cosmetic surgery, I just don’t want that for myself.  I stumbled across the lymph node drainage method after a few days of research, in which a person or yourself massages your face to help drain dirty fluids from your body.

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It’s a simple method, and I have listed the steps below:

  1. Using your clean hands, use two fingers to massage the base of your neck, working your way up to your temple by going right under your ear and along your hairline in a circular motion.
  2. Next, massage towards your eyes, above and below, thoroughly, before going back to your temple.
  3. From your temple, massage downwards, back to the base of your neck.
  4. Repeat this a couple of times at least twice a week.

It may sound counterintuitive to go back up to your eyes, but to stimulate movement, you should open the channel both ways.  I can’t really remember why it’s good to go both ways besides this reason, but if someone is familiar with this method, please explain it in the comment section below!

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Besides helping get rid of stys, it’s also very therapeutic because it feels very refreshing and it’s also good for your health.  I know it’s probably pseudoscience, but since it did work for me, I’m not going to say otherwise because if you suffer like I do, you become desperate for a solution.  This is essentially the manual method of a skin brush, as it massages the nodes right under your skin to flush out fluids like excess water weight.

xoxo,

the girl who admitted getting stys, something girls don’t want to admit having

IMAGE CREDIT: Homemade Beauty Tips

+pink+

“Creativity is your best makeup skill, don’t be afraid to experiment.” – Pat McGrath, makeup artist (via azquotes)

In high school, Urban Decay released its Naked3 Palette, a pink hued set of eyeshadow colors.  To my disappointment, I quickly realized that only ⅓ of the total colors looked good on my skin color, let alone showed up on it.  Seeing how limited this expensive palette was, with a heavy heart, I didn’t purchase it because I didn’t want to spend money on something I could rarely use.

On my 21st birthday, my best friend gifted me with Eye shadow x 9: Burgundy Times Nine, from MAC Cosmetics, amongst other beautiful things from Sephora.  Its colors were similar to the Naked3 Palette, but also very different.

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True to its name, it was a set of nine colors, half-glittery and half-matte.  Because of how chic the design was, I didn’t touch it for a good month, before I caved into the temptation of trying it on.

Right off the bat, I noticed that it was a lot more pigmented than any of the Naked Palettes, a pleasant surprise.  Not to say that Urban Decay’s aren’t pigmented, but MAC’s was noticeably more stronger in color.  If I used my normal amount of eyeshadow to paint one eyelid, I now could use the same amount to color in both lids with my new MAC palette.

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I tried, using the only way I know how, to maximize the colors of my MAC palette onto my eyes, and written below is the steps I used to achieve this.

  1. Wash your face with your preferred method of cleansing – mine’s the double cleansing method described in +cleanse+.
  2. Prepare your eyelids using your favorite eyeshadow primer.  I exclusively use the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Anti-Aging*.
  3. Color your lids with the color on the MAC palette that most closely resembles your skin color; this may sound weird as no one naturally has a chemically made pink tone.  If possible, you may also consider starting off using a basic eyeshadow color that is actually similar to your skin tone.  I personally mix a color from the Naked and Naked Smoky Palettes to achieve my skin tone color.
  4. eyeThe basic eyeshadow rules (via You’ve got STYLE!!!!!).  Keeping in mind this helpful picture, you should transition from light to dark as you go towards the outer corners of your eyes.  You may consider mixing the glittery colors with the matte colors to make everything pop out a little more.  TIP: to make this a more dramatic and smoky look, like for the an evening event, I would consider simply coloring outwards, or incorporating your go-to smoky eyeshadow colors, though it may be helpful to pick out darker purples, as seen in the Naked Palette.
  5. At the midpoint of your eyelid, dab the glittery orangey-gold color to make your eyes brighter.  I personally love gold glitter, so I add more, using the “Half-Baked” color in the Naked Palette.
  6. OPTIONAL: Draw in your eyeliner and put on mascara, though it if you use liquid liner, you may want to wait a minute before moving onto your lashes.  I swear by Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper (Black) for a precise cat eye, while Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink emphasizes provides a strong black color, as well as working well with your upper waterline.  I currently use a drugstore curler, and while it isn’t perfect, it does get the job done.  I use two mascaras – Benefit’s they’re real! lengthening mascara in Black and Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Mascara ‑ 270 Blackest Black; I really should start investing in a lash primer to make my lashes look longer.
  7. Dab a sparkly white color from your eyeshadow collection to the innermost corner of your eye.  I can’t tell if it actually makes your eyes larger, but they definitely make them look brighter!

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In Step 2, it’s imperative you use an eyeshadow primer before applying your makeup.  Like every other millennial who saw primer as superfluous and a waste of money, I noticed that around lunch time, or three hours into wearing my eye makeup, it would become duller and almost dirty looking.  Hating the way it looked, I decided to invest in primer and haven’t looked back since.

If you notice, I also use a lot of UD products (Urban Decay, please notice me and send me goodies 🖤!!)  I only use the UD anti-aging eyeshadow primer because all other primers, even primers from UD all left weird track marks on my lids, making me look like I had a skin condition or something.  In regards to my Naked Palettes, my friend gifted me with the Naked Palette for my birthday, while I bought the Naked Smoky Palette when Urban Decay was having a promotion, selling them for 50% off.

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I know that it may seem out of place in June to wear pink eyeshadow because after all, Burberry made pink eyeshadow cool back in their 2015 S/S collection, and we’re almost upon 2018 S/S collections soon.  However, fashion rules are set to be followed, but also to be broken.  Like my dad sarcastically remarked, “Who wouldn’t love to go out looking like they just got punched in the eyes?”

xoxo,

the girl who wishes makeup wasn’t so expensive

p.s. Listed below are links to the brands mentioned in this post.  Hopes this helps!

  • Urban Decay Naked3 Palette – Urban Decay, Sephora
  • MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow x 9: Burgundy Times Nine – MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Anti-Aging – Urban Decay, Sephora (I use and prefer the one without the wand applicator, but I don’t think UD still makes them squeezable anymore 😭)
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette – Urban Decay, Sephora (In my opinion, the Naked Palette works well with Asian skin tones, much more than the Naked2 Palette)
  • Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette – Urban Decay, Sephora (I think this is the most pigmented amongst all the Naked Palettes – future post idea?)
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (Black) – Sephora
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink – Sephora
  • Benefit they’re real! lengthening mascara in Black – Benefit, Sephora
  • Maybelline Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Mascara ‑ 270 Blackest Black – Amazon, or your nearest drug store
Image Credit: MAC Cosmetics

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.

Coco Chanel, Chanel fashion designer and businesswoman (1883-1971)

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“As a designer, you’ve always got to push yourself forward; you’ve always got to keep up with the trends or make your own trends.  That’s what I do.” – Alexander McQueen (via BrainyQuote)

Disclaimer: This post is basically +trendy+ part two, where I slowly reveal my outfits to the world. 

I typically stick to solid colors and basic silhouettes, but there are times when I want to wear something different from my “signature look”.  Whenever I do go astray, I like to wear things that have interesting patterns or designs.  However, I tend to stick to a specific outfit schedule of turtlenecks and as many black colored pieces as I can in the winter, while summers are filled with loose tops and tight shorts.

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Since I was younger, turtlenecks were my go-to shirts because they’re practical in keeping your neck warm, but they also made you look adult like.  Every kid loved to dress like an adult, especially emulating adults they thought were cool.  As I grew older, turtlenecks were no longer “in”, as people favored lower necklines covered with circle (infinity) scarves.

I was generally the odd one out, with my black turtlenecks that easily accumulated lint, while everyone else was too caught up in mob mentality.  By the time 2014 rolled along, turtlenecks made its return, and I went from a fashion pariah to a bandwagoner because everyone started to wear them again.  Coming into 2017, turtlenecks are beloved by trendsetters all around the world, and it’s almost blasphemous to not own one.

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Recently, I was introduced to Francesca’s, a mixture of Brandy Melville’s super girly feel and Urban Outfitters’ hipster look.  The two turtleneck tops that I bought were of different styles – one was sleeveless and fitted, while the other was sleeveless but looser, held together by ties at both sides.

The necks on both tops were not as long as your traditional turtleneck, ending only halfway up your neck, but it still gave an illusion of a long and graceful neck.  They could easily be paired with gold or silver necklaces, which only added a feminine feel.  It also didn’t hurt that they had a sale that day, so everything was 60% off.

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Despite my Francesca’s diversion, I wanted to go shopping to buy another pair of boyfriend jeans, as the pair I owned was a cross between joggers and capris.  I wanted ~legit~ boyfriend jeans so I could mix them up with cropped sweaters or turtlenecks and cardigans to recreate popular looks from the twentieth century, though with a modern upgrade.

I read somewhere that during Marilyn Monroe’s lifetime, she would wear boyfriend jeans to juxtapose to her feminine beauty because as seen in +tall+, structured and form fitting pants from department stores were rejected as the norm.  Boyfriend jeans are of a looser design and don’t highlight your legs’ skinniness – they’re like flared jeans, emphasizing the length of your legs, all while giving the illusion of having a tiny waist.  It was my lucky day, as the stars aligned and the Calvin Klein’s I bought were only a fraction of its original price.

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Recently around New Year’s, I met up with my best friend, and we all know, best friends are responsible for taking Instagram-worthy pictures.  I obviously asked her to take pictures of my outfit to show off on my blog.  Below is my #ootd, well more like #ootn.

img_2111The jacket and top are not of a recent purchase – the jacket was from Urban Outfitters, but probably from five years ago, while the top was surprisingly from Abercrombie & Fitch.

xoxo,

the girl who loves taking pretty pictures

p.s. Below are more amateur pictures of what I bought.  I usually put links for anyone interested in checking them out, but Francesca’s no longer has these in circulation.

img_1651Francesca’s sleeveless maroon turtleneck top

Version 2Francesca’s sleeveless black turtleneck top with ties at the sides

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Calvin Klein boyfriend fit light marbled jeans