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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Back To Basics + "Best Of" Beauty Products

chambray shirt j. brand skinny jeans aldo withey louis vuitton bellevue

chambray shirt j. brand skinny jeans aldo withey louis vuitton bellevue

chambray shirt j. brand skinny jeans aldo withey louis vuitton bellevue

chambray shirt j. brand skinny jeans aldo withey louis vuitton bellevue

chambray shirt j. brand skinny jeans aldo withey louis vuitton bellevue
Pin: LOFT Flower Pin - $10.01 (similar)
Belt: Charlotte Russe Gold Belt - S / $3.79 (similar)
Jeans: J. Brand 10" Skinny Jeans - 23 / $99 (purchased off Gilt Groupe) (buy)
Shoes: Aldo Withey Pumps - 5 / $64 (buy)
Purse: Louis Vuitton Bellevue  (gifted from parents) (similar)

I decided to go back to basics today and sported a simple chambray shirt over jeans. The outfit on its own was a bit too menswear inspired for me.  Thank goodness I had a little flower pin to save the day.  :)

And for this Friday, I wanted to do a Friend Friday post as it's a rare opportunity for me to share with you some of my favorite beauty products! 

1. What's your favorite drug store makeup product and your favorite higher-end product?
Drugstore:  Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume (the one in the orange tube).  Best. Mascara. Ever. I have very typical Asian lashes that are stick straight and point downwards.  Here is my process for my lashes everyday in case you guys are wondering:
  1. Curl with a Shiseido Lash Curler.  This curler fits my eyes perfectly and curls my lashes with ever crimping them.  
  2. Prime with Shiseido Mascara Base.  This primer is dark (the white-colored ones weird me out) and really helps make any mascara that I layer over it work that much better!
  3. Two coats of Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume.  This mascara really helps volume my lashes without making them lose any curl or look clumpy.  I also never have had any problems with flaking.  Totally worth the $8!
High-End:  Dior Capture Totale One Essential.  I received a sample of this product from Allure back in September of last year.  The sample lasted me about the month and it totally transformed my skin.  I reviewed the product for Allure and somehow ended up winning a Dior makeup session where I was able to get a $25 gift card for myself and my friends to use (check out the DFW Blogger meetup pictures!).  I ended up buying another full-size bottle of this stuff and am absolutely loving the results!

2. Is there one type of product that is your go-to, can't live without?
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline.  I have typical small Asian eyes and without eyeliner, I end up looking really tired.  I love this eyeliner for the dark black line that it provides and the fact that I can draw a really nicely winged cat-eye.  And, my eyeliner stays put all day long.  Even through a sweaty yoga session.  You heard that right.

3. What's the best hair product you've ever used?
My best hair product isn't really something I put in my hair but more a tool I use for my hair.  It's the Sedu 1" Pro Ionic Ceramic Flat Iron.  This straightener makes my hair actually look like it's naturally straight.  It actually makes my hair much more manageable and tames all the frizzies.  I didn't use it this morning (pushed snooze on my alarm clock one too many times) and I was fighting some serious flyaways all day long...

4. Fess up, what's the worst beauty look you've tried to rock and look back at now with a little shame or apprehension that you actually did that?
When I first got into makeup, I tried a few adventurous looks which included a rainbow eyeshadow look once.  Although they were super fun looks to pull off at the time, I wince when I think back to those days as it's definitely too crazy for me now!

5. When it comes to beauty products, we all use the same basic products. What do you use that helps show off your personal flare and personality? 
I really love glittery gloss.  Like, the kind with all the sparkly bits in it.  Some of my fave drugstore lip glosses were from back in the day when this trend was in like Maybelline Wet Shine Lip Gloss in Pink Diamonds and L'Oreal Glam Shine Diva Lip Gloss.  Even though they're no longer available in stores, I still buy them online.  It's the girly girl in me.  :)

For other answers to this week's questions, please check out Modly Chic!

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P.S.  I have a February budget recap post coming up!  I'm just trying to figure out how to do some photoshopping layouts first.  :)

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  1. Hmm, you got me interested in the Dior capture product now....might need to try to get a sample. And as far as basics go, they are always a favorite of mine...simple can be mad chic! You look beautiful here;)

    Aesthetic Lounge

  2. I just got a chambray skirt so I may try this look soon! I love reading about your product choices!



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  3. I also use the MAC Blacktrack Fluidline cause I have huge dark circles and it makes my eyes look more alive

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  4. I love the chambray shirt paired with the black. I did the same sort of thing the other day but I wore a black skirt instead; looked sort of school girl now that I think about it... Perhaps not the best look. I prefer yours!

    Funny that you reviewed make-up as I just posted something similar. :) Great minds...?

    You look adorb.

  5. I've never heard of mascara primer! Well, I hardly wear mascara because my eyes seem to feel tired when I wear them (that's probably purely psychological haha!) and they get in my eyes and contacts and so on. Once in a while, I do but I never heard of primer. I gotta get into makeup more.

    On this subject, do you ever use a bronzer? How does one use that? And can you recommend a good powder blush?

  6. I love the shiseido eyelash curler! I'm so intrigued by that dior skin product now!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

  7. omg, bronzer is probably my second favorite product! i can't live without
    it. my current bronzer is actually a discontinued MAC Sculpt and Shape
    powder duo that they released a few years ago. but i also have the Nars
    Laguna bronzer which is ok if I just apply very lightly. and i swear by the
    MAC 168 contoured angle brush for application. hope that helps!

  8. I would suggest getting a sample of it at the Dior counter. it basically
    works as a serum booster so apply it right after you cleanse your face.
    anything you put on afterwards will just work better. i apply a whitening
    moisturizing serum that I bought from 99 Ranch called Mandom Beauty Barrier
    Repair Baby Moist Milk (reviewed here:
    and then follow it up with moisturizer. i do this both morning and night
    and the results are amazing!

  9. love your pin girl!! it adds a nice touch to your outfit!! and i def have a shiseido lash curler and love it!!

  10. I love how you added the flower pin to your outfit! And I completely agree with you that Shiseido curler + mascara base = best combo ever! Although I didn't really like Lashblast - I much prefer Maybelline's Colossal Volum'Express :)

  11. Um how can I say how much I LOVE these shoes?? They are amazing! I like this cute little menswear inspired look. Nice to switch it up every so often, huh!

  12. Many years ago I was really curious about rainbow eyeshadow (saw tutorials on youtube) but I never tried it out! Post some pics..I'm so curious now!! LOL

    I'm really curious about the Dior serum....gonna try to get a sample! I just started using serum last year and they're addictive, and one of my must-use items now!

  13. Paris Style Oscars are about to start. You have been awarded. Throw on something glamorous and come collect your trophy, stylish dear!
    With love from the City of all Chic.


  14. a woman's right to shoesMarch 4, 2011 at 6:27 AM

    You have so many gorgeous shoes, I'm a little jealous ;)

  15. Great answers for the FBFF beauty week :) I love that mascara too... seriously I would want it and sunscreen if I were suck on a deserted island!
    Your outfit is great and it's reminding me that I need to find some black skinny jeans soon!

  16. oh thank you! i love shoes. :) i'm planning on doing a shoe collection
    post this weekend, so stay tuned if you're interested!

  17. oh wow, thank you so much for the award!!

  18. Those nude pumps are just perfect! I love glittery gloss as well, though my boyfriend does not ha! x

  19. i love that flower. how sweet! xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

  20. Cool I love reading about new products to try out :)

  21. That pin adds the perfect feminine touch - I'm going to have to try that sometime soon :)

  22. Thank you for the tips!! :D

  23. Love the outfit! The black and the jean top go very well together.

  24. The flower pin does make a big difference! Cute idea!

  25. killen what a lovely outfit!!!

  26. I love the flower, thats a nice touch. great look.

  27. LOVE the wet shine in pink diamonds! I use that, too!
    Also, I adore your metallic belt and big flower! They dress up your outfit so much.

  28. oh wow, what a coincidence that we both use the same gloss! i love this
    stuff. if only they still sold it in drugstores. where do you end up
    buying yours from?

  29. True story, I bought five last February (like a year ago). My friend gave me
    hers, because she didn't like it. And I went out and bought more, because I
    wanted to stock up for my purse, car, desk, and two for safe keeping in the
    collection. I only have 1 full one and a half tube left. :(

  30. booo. ok, i bought a couple tubes several years ago and am now down to half
    a tube. let's hope i find something just as nice once this tube runs out!

  31. You're a MAC girl, aren't you?
    Dazzle glasses are similarish, aren't they? I've heard that in reviews, but
    I've never tried them.

  32. yeah, i guess that's true. i haven't tried the Dazzleglasses. it's just so
    much more expensive than these little Maybelline tubes! i'll have to see if
    i can track any down. i haven't been looking at makeup lately in an effort
    to save money. :)

  33. The flower is always so girly. I love it. It's little things that make the outfit!
    The cover girl mascara is the one I aaaaalways use (aside from the fact that I absolutely adore Drew Barrymore in their commercials :P). One of my friends actually got me the MAC blacktrack about a year ago, it's an amazing product.


  34. I love your shirt. A great chambray top is at the top of my list of what I want for spring.
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  35. I love basics this outfit is just perfect with the heels and the flower pin gorgeous!!!!

  36. AFashionFixationMarch 4, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    OMG, my favorite high and low end makeups are both Dior and CoverGirl too! We are makeup twins...stay tuned for my post tomorrow. (I am posting it a day late, busy week)

  37. Sherry at Girls Day OutMarch 4, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Hi Kileen - Love the outfit. I love me some denim and black pants.... cute touch with the flower... again - I am going to copy you. :) I have one question. Which brush do you use to apply the eyeliner? I have that eyeliner and I can't seem to find a brush I like. Thanks!

  38. yay, i'm so glad to inspire you with my outfit! copy away, girl!

    as for my eyeliner, I use the MAC 263 brush. i don't think it's available
    at department store counters, but it should be available in the
    free-standing stores. hope that helps! :)

  39. I'm so loving this's very simple, but still CHIC!! I love the way you put the flower on the shirt...that really changed the shirt up some a gave a little more edge than just your basic chambray shirt...I LOVE IT!!

    Diary of a Chic Mommy

  40. Just NOW reading this post, but finally caught up to my google reader! :)

    Oh, don't complain about "small asian eyes" Kileen- You have HUGE eyes in Asian standards.

    Love the floral pin on the chambray! :)

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