Links I Love

Purely Patricia // Advanced Style
My friend Purely Patricia was photographed for Advanced Style. She has the most amazing fashion sense and the cutest dog! You should definitely follow her on Instagram.

Vintage bloggers
One of my favorite vintage bloggers talks about why Asians don't often wear vintage.

Important piece from BUST Magazine: The True Price Of Fast Fashion

Also on the subject: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: "Trendy clothes are cheaper than ever. That sounds great for the people who buy them, but it's horrible for the people who make them."

I've been meaning to make these: Easy Spiced Almond Date Balls

Wes Anderson cafe

designers and nature

ice cream mosaic
It breaks my heart that Hannibal was cancelled:  74 Times “Hannibal” Was The Most Stunningly Beautiful Show On Television

LOL Daniel Radcliffe is the cutest. Daniel Radcliffe Pranked The Nylon Office And Then Got Trolled By Joe Jonas  

The astonishing treasure trove of rare images show Marilyn Monroe as you've never seen her before

Fourth of July Fun!

Twee Valley High // Mod vs Rockers Event These snapshots were taken at a mod event for Fourth of July! They came out so fun and I made fast friends with a fellow polka dot queen. The photographer is selling the photos and I can't decide which ones to buy!

Beauty Reviews: Crazy Masks, Blemish Busters and More!

Disney Brushes and Makeup Bags (Most are available at Walgreens)

I'm all for fairy tale makeup and colorful flair. It was a whimsical surprise to receive a box of goodies with a Disney theme. Beauty and the Beast was my favorite film as a kid (book worm alert!) and, as an adult, Aladdin is my Disney pick. I don't own any brushes so I'm a little overwhelmed at the options, but excited to try them out. I used the larger Ariel brushes for my daytime look at the Jazz Lawn Party (photos coming soon!). It helped create a silvery smokey eye and add shimmer to my cheeks. I also really liked the eyebrow brush in the purple Jasmine set.

This mask was thick and somewhat messy. It's the kind of mask you need a moment to relax in, not to run around doing things. I expected it to smell fruity for some reason, but it was neutral which I appreciate. What annoyed me is that the "stuff" was slightly watery and hard to keep on my skin. Overall, the scary selfies were worth it. It was weirdly fun to use and my skin definitely looked better in a lot of ways, pores and all.

I liked that this too was fragrance free. I'm not picky or sensitive about fragrance, but neutral is always a safe bet. This is a white sunscreen per usual, but it blends easily and makeup smooths over it. The only issue I had was that it is definitely not water-proof. It doesn't claim to be, but after going to the ocean, getting splashed with water resulted in weird pools of white gunk settling in my neck creases (sexy stuff!). Generally, I like it for everyday use. It's light and a high SPF for NYC summers, but definitely not beach-worthy. 

Honestly, I'm not sure how this came into my possession, maybe a gift bag, maybe a PR person, but either way, I'm sold. I've heard many good (and bad) things about Michelle Phan, but I'm not an avid-Youtub-er so I don't follow her much. It doesn't surprise me that she has some sort of makeup line or collaboration. It promises "dramatic volume" and pretty much delivers. I've been using it regularly and notice a substantial difference in length.

Face Cream: Una Lux Face Cream

I have a feeling rosehip oil is magic. After using this cream, my skin looks visible better after two nights. It contains other fancy ingredients as well. You can use it as a day cream, but I only did so if my skin felt especially dry. It makes a wonderful night cream and lasts a decent length. At $25, the cream feels luxurious but doesn't break the bank, which is important to a frugal gal like me!

Blemish Remover: Una Blemish Buster

I bought two items from this brand at the BUST Craftacular. I figured the cream would be great, but I took a chance on the blemish remover. I heard tea tree oil was great for getting rid of zits and, turns out, I heard right! Usually I wait for creams or oils to dry before applying the stuff, but, one day, I got lazy, washed my face and threw this on a enormous burgeoning zit (a real monster!). The next morning, it was gone. Forget Neutrogena, I'm officially convinced of the power in oils.