Sunday Link Love, Volume #057

Koren does Hooded Lids 101!

Happy Sunday!

How do you start your Sundays? For me, my routine is similar to most other days, which means getting up at eight, hopping in the shower, and then feeding Mellan. Once he’s fed, he and I go for our morning walk where I also grab my Starbucks! It’s actually one of the things I look forward most each day – just walking with my furry guy!

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MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “rouged chocolate” with a lustre finish.  It’s a reddened brown with semi-opaque color and a subtly glossy finish. For a lustre, it’s particularly pigmented, though it’s not completely opaque.  It glides on easily and leaves behind ample amount of color with a good amount of shine.  I actually found this lustre to be a bit moisturizing, as compared to other lustres that do nothing for me in the moisturization department.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. I typically get four hours of wear, but some of the lighter lustre and glaze finishes tend to disappear by hour three. Amplified cremes and amplified finishes, however, tend to go beyond four. I find the formula comfortable to wear and not drying (but not moisturizing–a couple of the matte shades can be drying).

P.S. — I have no idea why the tube of lipstick looks like that; it didn’t look like it had anything on it when I swatched it originally.

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MAC Lipstick Sheer Plum

7 Summer Beauty Tips

7 Summer Beauty Tips

Summer has kicked off (well, for some of us; even in California, it’s rather gloomy!), and the change in weather means a change in beauty routines!

Go waterproof! Nothing is more budge-, crease-, and smudge-proof than something that is also waterproof or water resistant. You might not be swimming, but the sweat and humidity can take a toll on things like eyeliner and mascara.

Powder, powder, powder! Whenever you apply a cream or liquid product, make sure you set it with powder. I find this is true of my routine year-round but even more so during the warmer months. Keeping a pressed powder compact in your bag is an excellent way to freshen up your face after being outside, too.

Less is more! When it’s just sweltering out, you might just want to wear less makeup. Get creative with the “minimal” look to get you through the hottest days.

Consider cream/gel blushes. These kinds of blushes tend to last longer–blushes that are designed to stain will last longer than your average powder blush, because the sweat won’t break it down as easily.

Apply in layers for all-day wear. For occasions that you want to wear a full face of makeup, remember to layer. For face, wear a primer, followed by your foundation, and if it’s liquid/cream, set with powder. For lips, use a lip liner and apply lipstick with a brush (and top with gloss if desired). For eyes, do mascara last and allow foundation to fully set before applying.

Find a good sunscreen that works under makeup. Ideally, you want a sunscreen with a matte or semi-matte finish. You don’t want anything greasy or that takes forever to absorb. It’s also important to give it enough time to sink in before applying any base makeup to ensure the makeup sits on the skin well.

Try a tinted moisturizer! This is one of my favorite products for the summer, because most tinted moisturizers also contain SPF, so you can quickly apply it and achieve sheer coverage–enough to even out minor imperfections and give skin an overall more polished appearance (for those of us not blessed with perfect skin!).

Feel free to share your summer beauty tips in the comments! 🙂

shu uemura Ethnocolor Scope Tokyo Lash Bar for 2011

shu uemura Ethnocolor Scope Tokyo Lash Bar for 2011

shu uemura consistently challenges the boundaries of expression with unparalleled expertise and vision. In1968 founder Shu Uemura introduced the world to “mode make-up”, a make-up collection of cutting-edge design and concept that led the world to new trends and elevated make-up to a state of art. Eyes embellished with shu uemura’s iconic false eyelashes broadened the possibilities of expression and were often used as the means to express the concept of “mode”.

tokyo lash bar is a modern lash play-space providing total eye make-up service enabling customers to freely explore unique eye designs with make-up and beyond. The first tokyo lash bar opened in 2004 and quickly expanded to become an international beauty staple, providing a stage for shu uemura’s annual false eyelash collection. 2011’s tokyo lash bar collection, “ethnocolor-scope” features the beauty of intricate decoration inspired by handicrafts. A signature fusion of fashion trends, art, and innovations catapulted shu uemura into an industry vanguard. Discover the innovation emboldening women around the world.

Ethnic Charm ($65.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Lively and charming eyelashes trimmed with yellow, green and orange beads. The vivid décor on the tips of these lashes gives a fun, youthful look.

Tribal Patch ($28.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Wear these cheeky lashes to accent a casual look. Inspired by patchwork designs, they dazzle with striking colors, adding a rich graphic accent to your eyes.

Green Folklore ($65.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Intricately layered eyelashes with an accent of luscious feathers. This extraordinarily elaborate design creates a refreshing verdant gaze. The green-feather mini eyelashes.

Oriental Arch ($28.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

The elegance of Asia inspires eyelashes with a rare splendor. A silky woven thread forms a unique arch shape to accentuate your oriental beauty.

Mini Fancy Bonbon ($22.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

The delightful bonbons on natural brown lashes add a festive and candy-sweet flavor to your gaze.

Mini Violet ($22.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

Purple cotton threads and a delicate flower motif enhance an adorably girly look.

availability: June 2011,

You can also vote for your favorite look in their The Beauty Art Make-up Competition–the challenge is Birds of Paradise!

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