May 202015
 

I’ve never been an expert at makeup, but I’ve always had an interest in wanting to look good and how I could improve myself. Naturally, I looked to those who knew makeup best, the Japanese gyarus aka “gals”.

For over a decade now, gyarus have been constantly pushing the bar in cosmetics application. They are always several steps ahead of the game. Although they may have a more extreme take on makeup, I find that they know how to transform themselves best. Having a slimmer face, higher nose bridge, larger eyes, are similar to the ABCs in gyaru fashion — and the rest of the world is finally catching on! For example, 3d nail art is a big booming trend that has exploded over the last 5 years, and it all started originally in Shibuya. Then there’s also the circle lens trend. And now, the new hot trend in mainstream makeup is contouring! All gyaru basics!

gyaru nose contouring for different face shapes

Contouring has existed for many years in Japan. But now, all of a sudden, you see big name brands in America advertising their new contouring products because it’s what’s hot. Probably the most popular contouring tool now are these fat, thick, contouring sticks, similar to tarte’s the sculptor contouring face slenderizer (~$24). These sticks are great for adding precise areas of color.

tarte contour stick review

However, the more traditional contour method is to use powder, though it is less trendy than its pencil variety counterpart. If you’re looking for a good powder contouring palette, you can try tarte’s poppy picnic limited-edition Amazonian clay eye & cheek palette (~$38). It has the perfect range of shades for highlighting, blush, and contouring. Even better, it can be used for the eyes as well.

PRO-TIP: Apply powders from the outer edge of your face inwards for a natural look Giving your face definition and making it look slimmer is so easy with contouring.

tarte contour powder review

I’ve been contouring for so long now that if I don’t contour my face, I feel fat, lol! So sad, really. To contour your face, simply…
  1. Apply bronzer in the hollows of your cheek, down the sides of your nose, and on the underside of your jaw line, then blend.
  2. Dust just above your brow, down the middle of your nose, outer corners of your lips, and above the cheekbones with a highlighter color.
  3. Add some blush to your cheekbones to bring it all together.

… and you’re set! A good rule of thumb for contouring – you want to lighten the areas that you want to stand out and contour the areas that you want to recede. Make sure you blend for a seamless finish!

Also be sure to remember that while contouring is truly transformative, a healthy dose of mascara still holds plenty of power all on its own. A favorite of mine and many others is tarte lights camera lashes mascara. Be sure to check it out if your lashes are in need of a bold boost!

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xoxo Sarah 

May 182015
 
Reddit Game of Thrones Gift Exchange

This past weekend, I went camping with family at Yosemite National Park. When I returned late Sunday night, I found my Game of Thrones reddit gift waiting for me at my door. I love getting things in the mail (but who doesn’t?!)! I was super excited to open my package to see what I got (hehe.. GoT). To my surprise, I got this beautiful Game of Thrones map blanket. To my secret santa: Thanks so much for the awesome gift! You’re going to have to explain to me what “Don’t eat nails. (from Finn M. via the internet)” means, because it’s making me feel retarded since I briefly googled it without much return result. I’m guessing “Finn M” is either your name or handle, but the “Don’t eat nails” is really throwing me off!!! Also, thanks for following my crazy demands of no stuffed animals, funko pop, shot glasses, glass cups, and house banners… haha and I realized that’s basically a majority of GoT merchandise. You did well, who would have known that I needed a GoT map blanket?!? Happy that I have one now Here’s a close up of the blanket! The detailing is amazing, considering that its on

May 132015
 
Summer 2015 Fashion Must Haves

With the bright summer sun and warmth pouring in, you’ll need to grab yourself these 3 summer 2015 fashion must haves. Thanks BornPrettyStore.com for sponsoring this blog post. I hand picked each of these items myself for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own!  SUMMER MUST HAVE #1: Waterproof Eyeliner Having waterproof eyeliner during the summer time is a no brainer. If you’re doing any activities outside, your eyeliner will need to be able to survive blood, sweat, and tears, or most likely just the swimming pool. This black leopard eyeliner pencil is super smooth and long lasting. And better yet, it’s only $1.60! The pencil eyeliner never needs to be sharpened as you can simply twist the end for more liner. It comes with a removable cap. Overall, the design of the pencil could be a little better, but it does the job. I decided to do a test on the pencil. I was able to draw a variety of line thicknesses with ease. Shows the different eyeliner stroke weights, and is dry to touch I smudged the eyeliner with a decent amount of force (much more than you would apply to your eye) Tried to wash off the

Apr 272015
 
Best Mother's Day Gift Idea for 2015!

For 2015, I’ve decided to give my mom SOUFEEL jewelry for Mother’s Day. Usually I just get my mom something simple, like dinner or flowers. The last several years I’ve ben running out of ideas for what to give my mom. She really does have everything, and I can’t compete with my brother who always showers her with expensive purses. I can’t wait to give my mom the 925 sterling silver bracelet that I got for her from soufeel.com. The beads and charms all fit the Pandora, Chamilla bracelet as well, and at a lower price. This is by far the best Mother’s Day gift idea ever!!! Not sure if your mom is the same as mine, but she never liked anything I got her when I was a kid. She always told me that I should save my money and stop wasting it on useless gifts for her. I’m thinking she said that when I was younger because my money wasn’t hard-earned like it is now… Who knows though!? I never asked her. I have a good feeling she will like this years gift. When I first received my package, I got the charms and beads each individually packaged in separate

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