Big Girls need Fashion Sense too

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Today while rummaging through my closet full of dresses, blouses and tons of cardigans, I realize hitting 40 soon has really changed my style. I use to be a lot more “hip” in my own sense. But being hip accommodates your age. I still feel in my 20’s but staring at my closet, I definitely am reminded I am no longer so. I have collected more cardigans in the past few years that I’d ever imagine. There is nothing wrong with that, however, the thing is I use to hate cardigans and sweaters. That was in my 20’s through my mid-30’s. And then one day, I discovered how nice they can made me..feel. Not look. Mind you that I am only 39. I am not ‘old’ yet however, I need to get out of my “20s” mind set and start taking better care of myself physical. Here are a few things and ideas I have been brainstorming about changing my fashion sense, while I present my age comfortably. And more importantly, improve one’s confidence.

1) Accessorize with jewelries and scarves. I mean clean and nice necklace statements that will make me look a little more formal or neatly dressed. I don’t like earrings much. I will do rings and necklaces. Scarves are my favorites but its not something you can wear all year round. I do enjoy them mensely during the winter.

2) Change my hairstyle. If you know me, I have really thin and flat hair. I discover recently that it is okay to buy additional fake hair extension to volumize it. For the longest time, I didn’t know what to do with my hair anymore but pull it back in a pony tail. This continue to make me look older then I am. If you don’t like extensions, sometimes, a new hairdo or cut can change your look. Try it. Hair grows back.

3) Lastly, find time to spa treat yourself. After a long day of bustling school or work, home and family, I appreciate a me time now. I always took for granted because I would refuse to pamper myself and think it was a waste of money. But now, I cant wait for my next session. Holidays are coming up so I am booking one for myself. No matter what age, losing yourself with some me time can change your style. Even if its temporarily, every moment counts.

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Face Mask Obsession Continues: Black Charcoal Mask sheet

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Getting myself spa treatments again. I went back to retrieve more masks this time in other scents. I can definitely feel the softness in my skin the next morning. The smell is quite refreshing so far and I haven’t disliked any one of them. I want to do more masks haul online in the future and compare. I am not keen to just one brand but so far, Soo Ae is doing well for me.

In this pic, I am using the black charcoal mask sheet. Trust me, it does not smell like charcoal. In fact, its my first time ever seeing a black mask but I love it so far. This one is quite thick and refreshing as well. I love how thick and drenched the masks are yet does not drip easily. I just wish they made the top a little longer for people with big foreheads like me. I had to move it around a little bit and was able to squeeze out some of the liquid to paste it around the naked areas. But overall, the masks still sat nicely on my face while I spa’d.

 

Sheet Masks Korean Brand Soo Ae

Long ago, I never understood the usage of sheet masks before bed. When I first tried in my teens, I thought they were a hassle and a mess. Overtime, of course, mask sheets have improved. Then I discover quality over quantity as well. Although they have been around for a long time, they have become more popular among women today. Typically Asians in the far east. Along its booming make up brands, mask sheets has also made its way into the western world.

I picked these sheet masks at my local Walmart by coincident when I was needing a current face cleansing wash. This was my first time seeing Korean brands too at Walmart. I used the deep sea water cooling mask last night and I have to say, it really made a big difference. It wasn’t your usual cheap sheets. I felt like I was in a spa getting pampered for the first time. Instructions says to leave it on for a good 20mins. I left for 30 and then lightly cleaned off my face with a paper towel. I was left with a soft yet sticky feeling but I assume normally you would need to also rinse off your face. I don’t know if it really makes a difference overtime since it was my first time using it and first night. I might try the orange vitamin I also picked up tonight and see how this one does. I would definitely try it again in the future. Although, the price was $2.50 per mask, as some may think its a little pricey but consider the quality of it. Its actually quite average. I know that I have seen some for $.99 cents sometimes in packs and have found that they were not always the best quality. Anyhow, I’d give it a 7 out of 10 if you want to look for a new mask sheet for use. I have never heard of Soo Ae but I would definitely use it again.

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Late Spring-Summer makeup mini haul: Money wasted?

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I don’t buy make up often anymore. At least until I’ve used up most of what I’ve got. But I finally got sucked into buying a few things at my local drugstores, Mac Store and Sephora this season. It was few a things too many and out of the things I bought, I really enjoyed only one of them. *sad face. Some of them were rebuy while some were new experiences. So what did I do with the other stuff I bought? I returned it. Well, what I could. I don’t normally do so but I realize, I don’t need to keep them. I can experience it once and if its not in my fit, I can return or ask for store credit. And after a few reasonable views, I was able to return the MAC eye concealer or in which I traded in for something else. That was the most disappointing buy for me. The concealer is thick and dry on me. Perhaps it is my skin but the color wasn’t off, I have that to say about it. And then there was Boscia eye make remover that was too oily. I am using it because I need it and need to just use it up. I won’t buy it again. I kept the MAC eye palette only because my sister actually liked the colors so I gave it to her. I don’t know if MAC has fall short on their ingredients and quality but their eye shadows I bought were a bit chalky. The pigmentation was disappointed too. You’d have to use tons of eye primer. I have bought far less pricey eye shadow with better pigmentation. I definitely kept my NYC butter lip gloss. They are nice on my lips and has great color selections. I’ve tried other similar brands and style but I always come back to them.

 

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Is setting Translucent Powder neccessary? Laura Mercier powder review.

 

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A lot of the times when we are on the go and have no time to press on that foundation well into our skin, another option of making sure that stays on would be setting powder. Now, I am no expert about setting powder. I know that many people depend on setting powder for that matter. I have only experienced it briefly when I am going out and plan to do a full face paint. I tend to add it under the eye as that’s the focal point in most cases.

The question now is, do we really need it? And how has it made a difference in your make up? I do see some difference for my under eye. Allow it to sit under your foundation and concealer for a few minutes and then brush it off lightly. Its purpose is to set those under make up from being removed throughout the day. I do find that certain setting products works while others don’t.

I have decided to review Laura Mercier because its a well known setting powder. Its on the pricier side but sometimes its also more concentrated on at making the best working product. Sometimes the investment makes a big difference. I wouldn’t say go out and get it now and its a must have but if you need that extra setting, its a good buy. The powder sets in and leaves a comfortable feel. I have owned lesser price powder settings and they did not work up to par. A little goes a long way with the Laura Mercier translucent powder. I bought the mini version with 0.33oz at about $23.xx at my local Sephora. I am unsure how much more product the bigger version as I understand it runs about $38.xx or so. But if you want to try a smaller amount first, the one I have would be a ideal to handle first.

Overall, I do not see it as an everday use but for those nights, it doesn’t hurt to have. Definitely not a necessary but more a luxury.

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Fave Winter Luminous Cushion Fondation Ever?

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Okay, I have gone through quite a few foundation this past year. I am soooo over buying expensive brands that at the end of the day all give me the same results. Year after year, I’ve been disappointed with all of them even if I am forced to finish them all since the purchases. And then I went on a halt with foundation and just used a little of CC cream to get rid of blemishes. Still, no satisfaction there.

I finally decided to pick up the L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Buildable Luminous Foundation at my local drugstore. This piece wasn’t cheap for a drugstore, however, I was surprised at how well it absorbed into my winter dry skin. And I love it so far! This style of compact is popular overseas in the Asian countries so I was surprised that the west is finally turning into this kind of product. I think its great accommodation to all users. The product provides a round cushion in its own compact storage, therefore, it does not sit in the foundation. I like it so far. Its very old school but still cool for me. I think we abuse using these heavy brushes sometimes which makes it easy to brush away the foundation or heavily adds more on the face then we need.

Now, there are three things I look for in a foundation. Light weight yet buildable. Hydrating but not glowy. And absolutely non-sticky. This cushion almost water-based foundation leaves quite a nice feeling on my skin afterwards.  It dries quite nicely so moist won’t bother you. I did not use any setting powder this time. Now, you may not see me sporting it in the summer because it can be extra dewy but I want to try it out this season anyway. I would love an all around foundation without switching. Let me know your thoughts if you have been using it as well.

Current fab Covergirl Colorliscious Lipsticks

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Just wanted to rave about a current fave. These lip goodies aren’t new but it is a latest trend use of mine right now. In color #260 heavenly paradisiaque and #205 smolder flamboiement, I use them separately and together. Recently at an outlet store, I found these for half the price of $2.50-$3.00, that are being sold at the regular drugstore. They are semi-sheer and not quite matte but leave a buttery feel so it does not dry out easily. It is perfect for the beginning of a new year when I am getting ready for the spring but still cool enough for the winter crisp on my lips.

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