PSA!

Let me welcome you to the new Luscious Judy!

4 years ago, my two friends Adam, Noel & I created this blog. I still can’t remember why we chose Luscious Judy. We wrote about all the things that we liked, sexy men, cool fashion, cats, but mostly sexy men. We had a good run, but we fell off pretty hard. I was itching to get back into the blogosphere and didn’t want to come up with yet another URL. It sounds lazy, but do you know how hard it is to come up with a cool blog name? Redirecting the focus of this blog was the best idea that I had. ANNNNDD here we are! Luscious Judy is now dedicated to BEAUTY & BOOTY.

I have been a makeup addict for as long as I can remember.  At 15, I found my first MAC counter while on a family vacation. You can’t show a pizza face teenager Studio Fix Powder Foundation and expect her not to fall in love with a full-coverage look. Ever since, then it has been ON. You name a beauty trend (or faux), I’ve tried it. I’ve bought it. I’ve pimped it out. I’ve hated it. Blue eyeshadow + Pink lips, Dream Matte Mousse obsession, SO MUCH BLUSH and not enough eyebrow.

I just found a picture of myself in 2006, when I was spending student loan money on Chanel compacts. Clearly, I had not discovered my correct foundation shade then, do you see the white face to tan body ratio? Oh, how I am so glad that I have evolved into Laguna-loving bronzer freak. I might not be a makeup professional, but I have a deep love for the beauty industry. I am truly fascinated by makeup and definitely view its application as an art form and not just a daily routine. There is always going to be something for me to play with and write about and that’s fun! Hope you enjoy the route Luscious Judy is taking!

 

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The morning after….

After a night of karaoke and bourbon, taking off my makeup is the LAST thing that I want to do. This part of my routine is nowhere near as fun as putting the makeup on. I have been guilty of sleeping in my party face more times than I’d like to admit. I normally try to keep face cleansing wipes on hand for situations like this. Although, it always fun to give my face special love after party nights like these!

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First of all, if I haven’t raved about SensEyes by Make Up For Ever, then here it is! The best eye makeup remover that I have ever used. A little product goes a long way, which is great for taking off day old waterproof liner/mascara/etc. No oily residue, which was always my #1 issue with waterproof makeup remover.

I am truly obsessed with Soy Face Cleanser by Fresh! This gel cleanser is great for all skin types and my face always feels super squeaky clean after I use it. Soy proteins in the face wash help maintain elasticity as well as keep my complexion looking healthy!

Doing a Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque by Aveda is my way of apologizing to my face after a night of being trapped in foundation & powder & blush, etc. This clay masque brings impurities to the skin surface while absorbing excess oils. I normally leave this masque on as long as I can, then drape a hot towel over my face to really open those pores. It is immediately effective. Sometimes I will use this masque as a spot treatment for mondo zits, it always helps.

After doing a masque, I have to make sure to moisturize! This is when I break out my Argan Oil by Josie Maran. Typically, I reserve this product for use in my hair, but this is liquid gold is special treat for my face, for morning afters only. Argan Oil is chock full of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids that have healing & repairing properties for every inch of your body. Such an amazing organic, natural product. (You could also use dash of coconut oil, about a dime size, if you don’t want to splurge)

My eyes are definitely the feature that I pay special attention to the most. The combination of naturally dark circles under my eyes and a sleepless night is not pretty. I rely on Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer by Smashbox to bring me back to life. This primer is super hydrating and does a fantastic job reducing puffiness and improving skin tone. This product has caffeine & peptides & basically, all the things to halt the aging process! I can’t get enough.

Lastly, DRINK WATER!! ( I don’t like the taste of water, so I will add something for flavor, whether it is 1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vin or Chia Seeds or a packet of Emergen-C.) Boozin’ is SO bad for your skin. Not only are cocktails dehydrating, but we deplete some vital skin nutrients with every sip. Drinking water is essentially an internal moisturizer for your skin.

The morning after always sucks, but the key is to not look like it does!

Spring In My Step.

Happy Second Day of Spring ! ! !

Ok, does anyone remember when the first day of Spring used to be on March 21st? I have always celebrated on March 21st and thought it was strange when we all started celebrating one day early. Well, according to Space.com, the first day of Spring is technically on March 20, we just had it wrong for a 100 years or something. The bottom line is the IT IS FINALLY SPRING.

It’s finally time for bike rides & pastel pinks & booty shorts with knee-highs & wearing white!! I know the whole ‘white after labor day’ thing is so 80s, but I still like to give myself seasonal boundaries in my wardrobe & makeup.

I have been counting down the days til Spring because I have been dying to wear my  Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Skyscraper III shoes that I wore at my wedding! ( I swear, I’ll stop talking about it someday.) If you don’t own a pair of Melissas, please go buy a pair. This brand uses recycled plastic called Meflex to make their shoes, which makes them eco-friendly & sustainable. All of these shoes also smell like strawberries n’ cream. I was obsessed with the Skyscraper III for months and when I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy them, they were on super sale! We were meant to be! They were the perfect shoe for an outdoor wedding and now, I want to wear them ALL THE TIME. 5 inch heels are why I married tall. (Also, so my children can be Olympic Beach Volleyball players)

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A few years ago, I gave up wearing Vans shoes. I thought I was too old to wear sneaks like that plus breaking in a pair of Vans is a long, painful process and all you get is stinky feet and blisters. An uneventful trip to the outlet mall lifted my ban on Vans, when I bought a pair of Mint Authentic Lo-Pro Shoes simply because I hadn’t bought anything else. A pity purchase, if you will but I scoured the rack for a size 8 and didn’t see my size until my second look. They were meant to be mine whether I liked it or not but obviously, I refused to wear them until Spring because of their pastel nature. And I didn’t want to ruin my soles on rain or ice, gross!! It’ll be nice to get back into a pair of Vans, I’ll just have to remember keep band-aids on hand.

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PSA: With the first day of Spring brings open-toed shoes, let’s not forget our pedicures, PEOPLE!!!

st. patricks day vibes

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My last name is Irish (maiden & married) and my festive asian Mother always made it a point to celebrate. She always got me a ‘Kiss Me, I’m Irish’ pin and she would make corned beef & cabbage for dinner. And for this, I love St. Patrick’s Day. A lot of people hate this holiday because it usually means drunk people with their green beer and beads and all that mess. Don’t hate, celebrate! Today, I will be celebrating my small collection of green beauty products!

IMG_9083Nars Eye Paint in ‘Snake Eyes’ is actually black with green shimmer but when this gel liner is applied, it looks like an emerald! As you can tell, I use this on the regular. Lancôme Color Design Infinité eyeshadow in ‘Enduring Vert’ is so magical! This multi-dimensional eyeshadow mix pastel green & gold vibes to give an intense luminous look. I used it on my wedding day and it was the perfect accent! ( I’m sad that I dropped it.) Illamasqua Nail Varnish in ‘Milf‘ is pretty much the most perfect mint polish around. It is  glossy and chip-resistant, what more could I ask for?  ‘Going Incognito’ by Essie is one of my favorite darker polishes that I own. This bold emerald green is a favorite for cold weather! ‘Barrow Street’, a long-wear eyeliner by Nars was also a product I wore on my wedding day.  I brightened and opened up my eyes by adding this sea foam green to my waterline. It makes a huge difference without looking too dramatic.

I used all of my favorite colors for my face today!  Unfortunately, I don’t have green blush, so ‘Orgasm’ had to do. I am also giving Rimmel ‘Stay Matte’ foundation two very enthusiastic thumbs up. Weightless and it’s never coming off. My kind of makeup. And of course, had to match my nails with my milkshake!!

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drugstore impulses

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sometimes, i like to get treats from walgreens. i splurged on essie ‘all in one’ 3 way top coat, i couldn’t buy a top coat without buying polish! i chose ‘fashion playground‘,  pistachio shimmer that is perfect for spring! maybelline falsies in ‘black drama’ is my drugstore mascara go-to. i love how dramatic i can get my lashes! i took a chance on rimmel ‘stay matte‘ foundation, simply because it was 50% off. i typically like rimmel products because i highly doubt kate moss would endorse something bunk.

and you know i couldn’t resist 2 for $1 easter candy.

When life gives you light roast…

Make a cellulite body scrub?

My family gives me light roast coffee for Christmas EVERY year. I’m sad they don’t know that I like my coffee beans bold and essentially burnt, but who am I to complain about Christmas presents?

I was on my last half cup of the last bag of coffee when I ran out of coffee creamer. My breaking point. I would rather drink tea than drink this coffee black. I’m a coffee snob, so what. We all have our *things*. Instead of throwing it in my compost pile, I decided to make a cellulite body scrub! I based this decision off of the main ingredient in my boujie cellulite lotion, Caffeine. It is believed that caffeine can reduce swelling around fat and constrict blood vessels for a tighter appearance.

I found a recipe for a coffee body scrub on the Free People blog and of course, I modified it. I used eucalyptus epsom salt, instead of coconut palm sugar because a) that ish is expensive and b) epsom salt is great for flushing out toxins!

1/2 cup coffee grounds + 1/2 cup epsom salt + 1/4 cup coconut oil.

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This coffee body scrub is perfect for March. The mixture of coffee grounds & epsom salt exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. My skin was super slick after using this scrub, but it was because my dry reptile skin really absorbed the coconut oil. I felt so smooth and buttery. Keep this mixture in an air-tight container and it will last up to a year. (Although, let’s be real, it’ll be gone by the Summertime.)

May I suggest doing this scrub 1 or 2 times a week? (May I also suggest investing in a drain catcher for this scrub? You don’t want to clog your tub, even in the name of beauty!) Enjoy!

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I’m back!

I apologize for my absence, it has taken two weeks for me to recover from my two-week destination wedding vacation. I have SO many new products to review.

The makeup that I did for the wedding turned out amazing! I was so happy with the outcome despite being rushed, dripping in sweat for 5 hours, and an uncooperative false eyelash. I brought an entire makeup bag and only touched up my lipstick a few times. So glad someone captured me in my true essence, reapplying lipstick with anything that has a reflection! The honeymoon is officially over, now it’s March and time to get back to being luscious.

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