New Moon Judy

Happy May 1st!!! I cannot believe we are already five months into this year. The first of May is always significant for me. You see, my  birthday is on April 29th and I always set goals for myself for *my* new year. Since, April 30th is typically a recovery day, my fresh start always begins on May 1st. So far, 2014 has turned out to be fantastic. I got married on 2-8 and think that’s pretty cool, since I just turned 28. In addition, there was a Solar Eclipse / New Moon in Taurus that fell on my birthday. You know I love my numbers and my new age !! I have been looking forward to this cosmic shift and have been excited for some new things to pop off.

I already started my day with a Hot Vinyasa class. My girlfriends and I are doing a yoga challenge which consists of practicing 21 hot yoga classes in 31 days. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. I picked up hot yoga when I began my fitness journey last year to prepare for my wedding. I’m not ashamed to say that I was a bride with a serious mission to look damn good in my wedding gown. I set fitness goals for myself and achieved them.  The wedding is over and done with but I am dedicated to staying fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So what if my vanity pushed me to becoming a healthier person, mentally and physically. /endminirant  Also, a yoga challenge is going to be the perfect way to head into the Summer!

New Moon Yoga goal: to do a headstand

My BFF and skin care guru, Lauren came from the Pacific Northwest to visit last week. I’m so thankful that she has the knowledge to tell me how to protect my skin from aging! Everyone needs a skincare personal shopper, PS. I knew that I was a geezer when I got so excited about all of the anti-aging products that she gifted me !

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1. BENEFIT Peek-a-bright eyes Illuminating Kit 

(Not quite anti-aging, but this kit can help me look bright eyed & bushy tailed.)

2. BOSCIA Pore Purifying Black Strips

( Is there anything more satisfying than rippin’ out blackheads?)

3. OLE HENRIKSEN Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster

(Vitamin C helps to brighten and minimize fine lines.)

4. ALGENIST Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel

(This microderm abrasion peel improves skin texture and tone, keeping the skin smooth)

5. GLOW BY DR. BRANDT Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream

(They had me  at “diffuses light to soften the look of lines & wrinkles.” Super nourishing!)

6. BENEFIT The POREfessional

(A priming balm that minimizes the appearance of pores AND fine lines. Makes my face feel silky under makeup)

7. OLE HENRIKSEN Ultimate Life Firming Serum

(Tightens the skin as well as locks in hydration)

New Moon Skincare goal: Minimize forehead wrinkles

 

My parents were so kind to gift me a Bath & Body Works basket full of goodies from their Hawaii line. There were years when I got a boujie lotion/body spray set for every freakin’ occasion. I haven’t gotten one in awhile and I was excited to re-up on lotion/body spray/hand sanitizer. Sometimes it’s necessary to smell like a coconut sunset.

New Moon Bodycare goal: Moisturize more!!

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Enjoy the rest of your month!! Lots of fun posts coming up. Don’t forget your SPF and your sunnies in this beautiful weather!!

 

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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!!

IMG_9086  HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

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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Airplane Etiquette: Makeup

Sorry for the lack of luscious posts! I have been preparing to travel for my upcoming wedding!

Actually, as I type this I am sitting on a plane to Miami. My wedding dress is my carry-on, so all of my makeup is in a checked bag. Ok, that’s a lie, I have a few essential items tucked away. (concealer, mascara, eyebrow brush, teeth whitener, & Baby Lips) This got me thinking about the time that I de-friended a girl on Facebook for saying that putting makeup on in public was unacceptable. I disagree. What do you think?

You won’t catch me contouring at Starbucks, but in the privacy of my seat 6B, I am definitely going to apply makeup. My cue to start is when the pilot says we are descending. I like to look as fresh as possible when I arrive to my destination. If I had put makeup on at 6:15am when I left my house, I would be doing my face an injustice. How do planes make your face dry and oily at the same time? And if I fall asleep in my neck pillow, my eyeliner could be ruined!

I don’t think putting makeup on an airplane makes me tacky or vain, I think it means I am using my time wisely! Plus, I’m positive nobody on the plane is worried about what I’m doing. 🙂

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2014 Resolutions

My only resolution for 2014 was to be more luscious. We are 22 days into the year and like everyone, I have fallen off the wagon. I am getting married on February 8th and I have decided that is *actually* when my new year will begin. New beginnings, baby.

In order to prepare for my upcoming nuptials, I have purchased my wedding makeup! Well, most of my wedding makeup. Oh, how I have loved using the wedding as an excuse to buy all of the makeup that I want. I still need to go back and get a few things, but have been playing around and cannot wait to show you my wedding day look!

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From left….

1. NARS Concealer in Custard
($22, Hands down, my favorite concealer)

2. NARS Concealer in Cafe
($22, Contour, Contour, Contour! )

3. HOURGLASS Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free in Natural
($55, Perfection and full-coverage are necessary for my wedding day.)

4. NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna
($41, My first Orgasm! and a lifetime worshipper of Laguna bronzer!)

5. LAURA MERCIER Creme Smooth Lip Color in Palm Beach
($26, Long-lasting and nourishes your lips, perfect shade for a tropical wedding)

6. NARS Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Barrow Street
($24, Intense long-lasting liner, I will be using this as an eye-brightener in my waterline.)

7. SEPHORA Pro Precision Blush Brush #73
($34, Having a great blush brush can make a world of a difference.)

8. URBAN DECAY Naked3 Palette
($52, my first Naked palette, I am obsessed with rose gold hues right now.)

Clean your brushes!

Cleaning your brushes is so important. This was something that I NEVER did for so long, but now I try to make this my Sunday ritual. Think about all of the bacteria living in your brushes and then spreading that gunk all over your face. I use Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Liquid Soap to clean my brushes. It is best to lay the brushes level while drying them, so that the excess water does not ruin handle of the brush. I love applying makeup with freshly washed brushes.

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