Sunday, November 30, 2014

last saturday w/ Alyssa & Sebastian @ Panera
this past friday @ crepes de paris in victoria gardens with Zara
plaid shirt: f21 | sweater: f21 | denim: kohl's | shoes: kohl's
post-black friday pesto cavatappi without the chicken @ corner bakery
weekendiary: past weekend & black friday
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weekendiary: past weekend & black friday

Monday, November 24, 2014

top: american apparel (via sam's club) | skirt: urban outfitters | leggings: cotton on | cardigan: urban outfitters | shoes: kohl's
[photos by Sonalee Patel]
I am in love with anything fuzzy right now (and pretty much have been since birth.) I got this amazingly fluffy cardigan in January and it's been a cold weather staple. Honestly, I'm pretty sure I'm going to wear this every single day of finals week too. 
As application season slowly closes, I'm trying to make more time for friends, school, and by virtue of the creative process, this blog. I know I keep saying something to that effect, but hopefully you'll be seeing a lot more of me in 2015, which is something I'm really excited about!

new york city station
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new york city station

Monday, November 17, 2014

Basics: I just finished the Tarte BB Cream in tan, so I was in the market for new foundation. As I'm not a fan of overly cakey or "made up," looks, I wanted something light on the skin with a natural finish. When I popped into ULTA, the saleslady recommended the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in the shade 8.0. It's a $39 foundation, but a little goes a long way and so far I've been loving it.
Overall Score: 4.75/5

Packaging: It's never a deal breaker for me, but I can definitely appreciate this luxurious rose gold packaging. It just makes everything look so expensive and high-end, as I'd expect from Urban Decay. I also love the fact that there's a pump, because it makes it easier to get just the right amount of foundation, and a lot less messy than the Tarte BB Cream.
Score: 5/5

Application: I get a dollop of foundation on my fingertip and dot it along my face, concentrating on problematic areas. Afterwards, I just use the Studio Basics expert complexion sponge ($4.99) to blend everything out. Since I'm talking about foundation routine anyways, let me just say that I love beauty blenders. It only takes me 2-4 minutes to put on foundation; a small miracle on crazy mornings before school.
Ease of Application Score: 4.8/5 (liquid foundation still has a propensity towards getting on clothes that's not cool)

my face with just foundation

Setting: I take my Real Techniques stippling brush (which I also love a lot), swirl it around in the Revlon Nearly Naked pressed power in 050 Deep ($6.42) and brush that on to set my foundation, and bada bing, I'm done. The whole process takes me about 6-7 minutes, depending on how much of a hurry I'm in. This combination lasts me about 6 hours, so my face does tend to look a little oily by the end of the school day, however this is probably more of the setting powder's fault than the foundation's.

comparison of foundation + powder (left) vs normal skin (right)

As you can see, it makes a pretty dramatic difference.
Pros: lightweight, buildable coverage, easy to apply, lasting coverage, natural finish, a little bit goes a long way
Cons: pricey, no sunscreen 

I'll be back to posting outfits by the end of this week, but I hope you enjoyed the slight detour.
Review: Naked Skin by Urban Decay
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Review: Naked Skin by Urban Decay

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

top: f21 | pants: kohl's | jacket: f21 | sandals: kohl's | bag: tj maxx
[photos by Jessica Cheng]

If you've been on Twitter this week, I'm sure you've seen the #menimism tweets going around. Some of these points are valid, I'm not going to deny it, but the very fact that men feel threatened by an empowered and enforced women's rights movement scares me. The purpose of feminism, as so may others have reiterated is to achieve equality for both sexes, the key word being both. If this turns into a war of factions, no one wins. All of us fight each other instead of fighting a system that got us here. I think, like a leather jacket, or fall gladiator sandals, the system is hard to love (ah, Kripa actually reined it back in!!) One one hand, there are some things I love about identifying as a woman, empowered by a community of women in the 21st century. However, I think it's important that we stop seeing dating behaviors as "making concessions." It's pretty childish and ineffective.

hard to love
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hard to love