YSL Touche Eclat Voxbox

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I've been an Influenster since my freshman year of university, and I've got to say this YSL Voxbox is definitely my fave. How could I say no to such luxurious packaging and products? (Although I really enjoyed the P&G Voxbox where I got Tide Pods that made my clothes smell like rain). I was so excited to finally see this package on my doorstep!

Fort those of you who don't know Influenster is an awesome community of people that test and review products with their net reach- however you don't necessarily need a net reach to qualify for voxboxes. I've been really lucky to have been apart of several campaigns!

Included in this Voxbox was YSL's Touche Eclat Blur Primer ($52 for 1 oz.) and Blur Perfector ($55).

I have normal skin that is acne prone at times so I hardly ever put primer on before I apply foundation or makeup in general. I also don't particularly care for the way primer feels upon application. Nevertheless I've bought primers before, but it wasn't until I tried Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer that I was actually seeing results. Now if any of you use Hourglass primer, you're probably curious, is this comparable? Well? The ingredients in YSL's Primer are a bit different than the ingredients in the Veil Primer so that might be one of the reasons why. There are quite a bit of oils in the Blur Primer but there are some similar main ingredients.

Nonetheless, the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer is a really beautiful primer. It applies easily, and has a nice brush to help smooth the product out evenly. I also think it makes your pores look smaller and less defined. It helped even my skin out and made my makeup appear smoother. Although I don't like it as much as I liked the Veil Mineral Primer its still great.

I had a harder time understanding and using the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector. It goes from a gel to a powder instantly to blur imperfections (such as wrinkles). The compact is gorgeous, and its very slim so you can take it on the go. Many have said this product helps create a glow to your complexion but I don't quite feel like it does that much for me. It's also a one-shade-fits-all kind of product.

I don't like the spongey white applicator it comes with, (seen in the fourth picture) which is my first problem. You are supposed to use the applicator to set your makeup or to use it alone on your face. Yet, I  really just wish this product would've included a brush instead, sigh. C'est la vie. Lately, I've been using Sonia Kashuk's Duo Fiber Buffing Brush from her 15th Anniversary Limited Edition 15 Piece Professional Brush Set to use this product.

Overall, I liked both products preferring the primer over the blur perfector. I'm sure as I play around with the blur perfector I might like it more. I'll leave an update if my thoughts change.!

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

 For some strange reason I love seeing an empty product almost more than I like buying something brand new. Why? I guess the reason for this is due to my everlasting desire to try new beauty or haircare products. I feel like I always read about a new product to try when I don't need it, thus the end of a products life for me is a happy time.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hello again wonderful people! I was hoping to have this post done last week but life happened and here I am back to the site today and publishing something fresh.

This past weekend I was beyond busy: I went to the Kansas City Container Store preview (coveting so many things), got a new mattress from Ikea (I promise this is exciting news for me!), went to a rehearsal dinner/wedding with my sweet boyfriend Nate, and I finally got around to seeing Whiplash!

Life slowed down a bit and I visited the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art with my dear friend Liz. Unfortunately a lot of the collection was closed, so pondering the meanings of each work was slim. Nevertheless the museum is beautiful and I'm excited to go back and see everything. One of my favourite pieces was Archie Scott Gobber's, "Be a good loser."

I have quite an affinity for wearing black and minimalism, however I often get tired of this look. I feel like it can get monotonous especially in the summer. While I still am a firm believer in the power of black, I also am a firm believer in the power of summer  Thus I have been wearing more colorful looks compared to the normal black on black on black "Chanel" aesthetic, but it's summer, and I'll wear dresses with fruit on them if I want to. I found this dress new with tags on Poshmark originally from Modcloth for un prix intéressant (a good price). I think it will be seeing some more beautiful summer days.

Onto these baby blues- I'm going to be honest with you, I am a former Betsey Johnson addict. I feel like I need to say this amongst others who have had a similar problem in a Confessions of a Shopaholic-esque meeting. I eyed these heels (Bells Silver Satin Something Blue by Betsey Johnson) for quite awhile, but I kept talking myself out of purchasing them. However, this pair found its way to my doorstep and I'm overjoyed. I've been looking for clean, simple heels to transition into my twenties. Although this pair is white, and cleaning them is a pain, the bejeweled heels and baby blue soles and blisters are totally worth it.

 I hope y'all have a wonderful July and enjoy each warm day with huge scoops of ice cream and open toed shoes 

Wearing: dress- ModCloth Pull Up a Cherry Dress in White, shoes - Bells Silver Satin Something Blue by Betsey Johnson , lipstick - KVD Lolita

Photos by Liz <3


Monday, June 15, 2015

Wearing: Weston Wear Freja Snake Print Top c/o Le Tote,  jeans - BDG, satchel- 13' Cambridge Satchel, necklace - Gazel Luccia Infinity c/o Le Tote, lipstick- Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, nails - OPI Atomic Orange


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wearing: dress- Kahlo Dress c/o of Shabby Apple, shoes - Harajuku Lovers,  satchel - 13' Cambridge Satchel, lipstick - Sephora Escape to Rio Collection in Fuschia

Photos: C/O Liz

On Taking Risks

Friday, May 22, 2015

& the crop top

Recently I've been reading Living in Style by one of my biggest sources of inspiration, Rachel Zoe. Rachel got me thinking about my own personal style. She loosely uses the term "highly allergic" to refer to anything that someone doesn't particularly like style-wise in reference to a color or silhouette.

I've been highly allergic to crop tops, and I can't really explain why.  I think they can be done tastefully, but I think I'm just scared of showing my midriff. Despite being a skinny girl I've always been self conscious of my stomach, and although I've become stiffer about hopping on to new trends, my fear has been one of the reasons as to why I've never adopted this particular trend.

Rachel says, "Fashion should be thrilling and unpredictable and fun." & "Once you have found your fashion comfort zone, take a risk." I've been playing it safe lately, and buying this top was definitely risky for me (even with this skirt). I even bought a crop top with strawberries on it! Many of my loved ones know I have an obsession with fruit prints.

So I'm accepting Rachel's dare ("And be sure to take a risk every now and again. Go ahead I dare you.") and, taking a risk with this crop top and maybe a couple more, who knows? I paired this Urban Outfitters crop top with this beautiful, Carrie Bradshaw-esque Bloom Skirt from Shabby Apple.

What are you allergic to? Photos by Liz. <3

Wearing: top - Silence + Noise Vivian top, skirt - Bloom Skirt c/o Shabby Apple, shoes - Harajuku Lovers,  satchel - 13' Cambridge Satchel, lipstick - Sephora Escape to Rio Collection in Fuschia