June 27, 2013

[Review & Demo] RIMMEL - Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara

I could live without most makeup, but mascara is a product I cannot live without.  Mascara makes a significant difference to my whole beauty routine, because it really helps open up my eyes to make them look wider, brighter, and more awake.  I love the mascara magic!

So naturally, I was really excited to try this new Rimmel mascara that Influenster sent me.  I filmed a quick review and demo if you guys want to check it out, otherwise, the rest of this blog post will go over my thoughts on this new product.


PRODUCT INFO:
NEW LASH ACCELERATOR ENDLESS MASCARA stretches your lashes beyond the limits for instantly longer and remarkably stronger lashes!  With the Grow-Lash Complex of Procapil®, Keratin and Antioxidants, lashes are conditioned day after day. After 30 days, lashes appear longer, stronger and more numerous!  The lash-catching brush gives you perfect separation for a clump-free result and the new micro-fibre formula allows lashes to stay flexible, never stiff or brittle. 

WHERE TO BUY: 

Hitting the shelves July 2013!  Will be available in stores that carry Rimmel products.
Before & After (via Instagram)
QUICK TAKE:  I loved the electric yellow-green packaging.  I also thought the design was standard, but pretty ergonomic.

USAGE TIPS:  If this formula makes your lashes droop, then use it over a mascara that holds your curl better.  For example, I apply Covergirl's Lash Blast mascara first and then wiggle Rimmel's mascara at the base of my lashes to thicken and darken them.  

THE VERDICT:  I usually buy waterproof mascaras, because waterproof formulations hold the curl of my lashes much better, but I actually liked this non-waterproof mascara.  It doesn't hold the curl as well as I would like, but it doesn't totally ruin the curl.  The formula is really rich and smooth and doesn't flake at all.  The brush is really sturdy and grabs on firmly to coat each lash evenly.

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June 22, 2013

JULEP Maven: Sail Into Summer (June 2013)

I thought this month's nautical inspired box was so appropriate and so adorable!  The beachy theme and preppy hues had me itching to put on some boat shoes and the stripeyest dress I own.


I went with the 'Classic with the Twist' maven box this month which included Martha (polo pink creme), Kennedy (khaki creme), and DD Creme in Light (brand new to Julep).

I really love how Martha is both feminine and sporty.  It's a really simple and clean shade that's wonderful for summer.

Kennedy, on the other hand, looks really drab against my skintone.  It doesn't do anything for me.  I was hoping it would be close to coloring of my skin, so I could use it as a nude out nail shade, but unfortunately, it has some unflattering green undertones that looks odd against my skin.

The DD Creme works pretty well.  It's not the best I've used.  It's not the worst I've used.

I go into a little more detail about each product in the video(below), so please watch for additional information!


Nantucket Nostalgia Collection (img source: julep.com)
JULEP Maven: Classic with  a Twist

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June 21, 2013

GLOSSYBOX: A Year Of Beauty (May - June 2013)


PRICE BREAKDOWN:
1.) EPIONCE - Intense Defense Anti-Aging + Repair Serum
     Price of Full Size $136.00 / 30ml or 1oz [In box: 4ml / $18.13]
2.) ETRE BELLE - Collagen & Aloe Vera Hydro Mask
     Price of Full Size $39.50 / 10 masks [In box: 1 mask / $3.95]
3.) EUROPEAN WAX CENTER - The Exfoliate and Slow It Body Wash
     Price of Full Size $38.00 / 2.0oz and $20.00 / 8.0 oz [In box: 2 sample packets / $2.57 and $0.34]
4.) NICKA K NEW YORK - Absolute! Perfume Stick
     Price of Full Size $14.99 / 0.29oz [In box: FULL SIZE]
5.) SEBASTIAN PROFESSIONAL - Volupt Spray
     Price of Full Size $19.95 / 5.07oz [In box: 1.70 oz / $6.68]
6.) XTREME LASHES - Glideliner Long Lasting Eye Pencil
     Price of Full Size $29.00 / 0.04oz [In box: FULL SIZE]
GRAND TOTAL OF BOX: $75.66 (+ 2 coupons)



Check out last month's GLOSSYBOX | Work That Beauty [Apr-May]:
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PLAY > Sky Ferreira - Everything Is Embarrassing

She's so fucking magical.  I would totally dye my hair platinum blonde if I weren't Asian.  Gosh, can you imagine...me with blonde hair?  I would look like such an asshole.

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June 11, 2013

"...our Great Depression is our lives" - Chuck Palahniuk

"I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off." 
Fight Club (1999)

PLAY > Ryan Leslie - Rescue U

Listening to Ryan Leslie sing is incredibly satiating.  I'm forever consumed by the rich, buttery tone of his voice.

Anyways, onward.  Though, I love the whole Transition (2009) album, 'Rescue U' may be my favorite track from the entire compilation due to the number of times I have revisited it over the years.  It's a bonus track, so thankfully, my obsessed-fan self purchased the deluxe album.  'Promise Not To Call' is another top favorite of mine from the album, and it's also a bonus track.  What the heck!  Why would he do this?!  People who paid money for the regular album are definitely missing out.


> RYAN LESLIE - Rescue U
This was the best version I could find on YouTube.  Asraf's keyboard intro is quite good, so it's doesn't completely downgrade the song.

> RYAN LESLIE - Rescue U (in the studio)
Pardon his choices in clothing, this video was shot around 2008-2009.  
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June 8, 2013

PLAY > Bruno Mars - Treasure

**For those of you who follow my Music Monday posts: I'm sorry to inform you guys that I've decided to retire Music Monday from my blog.  Though I found fulfillment in sharing a playlist with you guys every week, it was becoming more of a chore rather than actual fun.  Posting what I'm currently watching and listening to under the 'Press Play' tab of jenncyu.com will be my new undertaking.  I love music and sharing my favorite tracks too much to completely uproot it from my site.  Hope you guys enjoy the new posts!  As always, let me know your favorites.  I'm open to hear anything and everything!  Now...on with today's feature!**

I've been meaning to check out Bruno Mars' sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox (2012) for quite some time now, but my crazy schedule has really made it difficult.  I've listened to 'Locked Out Of Heaven' and 'When I Was Your Man' on the radio a whole bunch, but the rest of the album has been on the back burner for the longest time.  I finally got through the whole compilation yesterday, and all I can say is WOW.  This album may be better than his first.

I have been putting his soon-to-be new, summer single 'Treasure' on major repeat.  It's incredibly groovy, and I can't help but be happy and bust a move when I listen to it.  



Bruno Mars originally wanted to cover Breakbot's song 'Baby I'm Yours', but that was an understandable no-go.  Mars' solution to the problem?  Record 'Treasure' instead.  And thank goodness because it's one of my new favorite songs!  Yes, it's getting criticized in the media, because it's reminiscent of 'Baby I'm Yours', but I'm not mad about it.  'Baby I'm Yours' is another awesome discofied jam, and I'm happy that I have both songs in my life.

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