Beauty Diaries: Highlighters

If you’re not familiar with the highlighting revolution, no, I’m not talking about a bright yellow highlighter you use in school. I’m not a make-up guru by any means, but I’ve been watching more YouTube tutorials + following some beauty bloggers (my favorite is Deepica Mutyala, for all my South Asian ladies) so I feel like I have the basic knowledge of what’s out there. Still, everytime I walk into Sephora I’m overwhelmed with options — I feel like there are 30 new “must have” products each month, 100 different brands, and so many ways to package + use a single product. It’s almost impossible to pick something that you know + can trust!

As someone with a pretty standard make-up routine + minimal knowledge about the industry, I rarely venture into using new products. But recently I’ve found that I can’t live without a highlighter. These babies work! Highlighters are meant to do just that — highlight parts of your face that you want to accentuate.

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I’ve narrowed down my favorite 3 highlighters that I’ve used — these were all introduced to me via Sephora employees, friends, or beauty vloggers + are not sponsored in any way.

PSA: How people take selfies without looking weird I’ll never know.

Watts Up — Benefit Cosmetics

I think this is the most popular highlighter, and for good reason. It comes in this pretty packaging + is very easy to use for even the most inexperienced people. This was the first highlighter I bought + I’ve been attached to it ever since. I usually swipe it on the highlight areas + then dab it in with a Beauty Blender. I like how it isn’t too glaring of a highlight but still shows up on my skin tone.

Face Illuminator in Addiction — Laura Mercier

I got this compact (in the tone Addiction) after it was recommended by multiple beauty vloggers. And secretly, I wanted to get the fan brush used to apply it with 🙂 The actual powder in the compact is really pretty + shimmery, but it surprisingly doesn’t come on too strong. I use this sometimes if I don’t want too much on my face or add it on top of another highlighter for an extra shimmer. I like the dewy look it gives me, but not sure if it’s worth the $$.

Luminizing Liquid Highlighter — Jouer Cosmetics

I’ll be honest — I only picked this up because I needed to hit a minimum when purchasing the liquid lipsticks from Jouer (side note: try the liquid lipsticks – they’re amazing!) I was pleasantly surprised! The highlighter looks kind of like a pen, and you need to twist the bottom of the pen for the highlighting liquid to come out of the brush. Then, you dab it on your face + blend! It’s actually a really pretty highlight, perhaps a little brighter than I’d like for everyday, but I do think that the tone I got (no 1. nude light) is too light for my skin tone.

 

What highlighters do you use + swear by? Are there any other products I should add to my routine?

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Style Diaries: Dressing A Bodycon For Work

Summertime always provides a predicament — how do I dress for work in this weather without being inappropriate? Usually I throw a jacket over whatever I wear + call it a day, but I almost always end up sweating by the time I make it to the office. Recently, I was staring at my closet full of sweaters + party dresses, + came up with an outfit that did everything I wanted — so obviously I had to share!

I started with a midi bodycon dress (similar) from one of my favorite stores in the world, Aritzia. I love that all their pieces are amazing quality + consist of solid, simple designs — they’re perfect for layering + mix-and-matching, so to me it’s always worth the investment.

 

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Tone it down with sneakers. This pair from Vans is perfect!

For some of my not-so-busty friends, this might be enough for a work outfit. For someone like me (hello, Ds), anything tight or semi-low cut makes me look like I’m going to the club. So, how do you fix this? Take a Fall favorite, the classic button-down shirt. I wore a simple, slouchy white button-down (similar) from Nordstrom. Unbutton a few of the bottom buttons, take the two sides, and tie them together right in the middle. If you weren’t wearing the dress underneath, it would look like a super-chic, 90s crop top.

 

 

 

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Anddddd, there you go! Slap on a pair of heels or sneakers (thank god those are back in style) + you have a cute yet conservative outfit that will take you from work to happy hour!

 

PS. Unfortunately I’m not a fancy blogger (yet) with a professional photographer, so my mirror shots will have to do! Hope you try this out yourself!

Style Diaries: Sweaters + Boyfriend Jeans

I’m 5’ short + pretty curvy, so it’s hard for me to find clothes that are fashionable, modest + fit well. I don’t have the luxury or patience to get all my clothes tailored + I also don’t like to constantly buy new clothes to match the current trend. Most millennials I know are in the same boat, so for my style diaries I’m sharing outfits using only what I have in my closet. When I do add a new piece to my wardrobe, I’ll show you how I pair it with the rest of my clothes. My goal is to come up with stylish outfits that are good for going to work, happy hours, a lazy weekend day, or all of the above – and inspire you to create your own. Here goes!

This sweater is one of the comfiest sweaters I’ve ever worn – and I have a lot of sweaters. I love that it’s sleeveless so I can wear it on a chillier summer day and layer it up for colder weather. The boyfriend jeans are an obvious plus – whenever I feel bloated but still want to look cute I pop these bad boys on. Since I’m already short, baggy pants can make me look even smaller. To even it out, I wear some type of heels. These booties are super comfortable yet stylish. I’ve worn them all day at work, going out with my friends at night, and everything in between. I can’t find the exact pair anymore but have linked a similar one below! To top it off, you got to add some bling! I usually wear a simple gold necklace from my giant jewelry collection — this Chloe+Isabel piece is one of my favorites because of its versatility.

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To switch it up, you can add a bomber jacket or change up your jewelry. I really like this one I found from Zara – the color matches with everything + it’s super lightweight.

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Jacket: Zara, Necklace: Chloe+Isabel