‹ Sephora VIB Sale ›

I don't even want to get into the frustration this sale caused me but long story short, their international checkout was done for two of the four days and customer service was awful. The bad service and buggy website aside, I managed to pick up some NARS and REN bits in the end for a solid 20% off. 

I've heard plenty of people talk about the NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette, some with good reviews and some with not so good reviews. The mixed opinions got me sitting on the fence for quite some time but after being incredibly impressed by the NARS And God Created The Woman palette and a couple of duos I decided to take a plunge and give this fifteen shade palette a go. 

Of course, I just couldn't stop at one NARS product. The ongoing hype around the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils just had me too curious to know just how good they are. Having tried the shade Dragon Girl in stores before, and falling in love with it, I decided it was a good time to finally add it to my growing stash of lip products. I'm sure it'll be a good holiday pick as it's just a gorgeous, bold red. 

To remedy my ongoing struggle with pigmentation and scarring from blemishes, I decided to take advantage of the discount and finally try out the REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate. It's full of good reviews so I have high hopes for this product. You can trust that I will report back on it. REN is definitely a brand I've always had my eyes on but have yet to try more of their products. Their ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser is a joy to use on my blemish prone skin, in case you're looking for a new cleanser.

With a handful of points, I redeemed 100 points for the Formula X by Sephora Nail Polish in A+ and another 100 points for the Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara. Who doesn't love minis? Of course with online orders comes sample sachets. Having placed two separate orders, I accumulated quite the handful of samples from Hourglass, Urban Decay, Fresh, Clean, Dr Jart+, and Cartier. 

I do appreciate a good bi-annual Sephora sale. Did you pick anything up this time around?


‹ The Accent Nail ›

I'm so boring when it comes to nails. Same solid colour over all ten nails, every single time. For the past two months now it has been Nails Inc Grosvenor Crescent at least 80% of the time. Not sure if I could be any more predictable. Feeling a little more daring one evening, I hopped on Pinterest and scrolled through my board for inspiration. That was when I came cross this pin featuring a dark purple nail polish with an accent nail on the ring finger.

So I searched through my own collection and decided on Nails Inc Grosvenor Crescent with Orly Rage as the accent shade. I love it. The two shades go together so well and just adds a little something-something to my otherwise average manicure. I have no doubt that this combo will come together over and over again in the next few months.

How do you usually paint your nails?


‹ My Makeup Story ›

A little while back, I caught Grace's makeup story post in my Bloglovin' feed and found it to be such a good read that I decided to share my own take on the idea. Quoting Grace,

"We need to move away from the assumption that an interest in beauty products is shallow and stupid..."

I wholeheartedly agree with this! As some of you may know from my post a couple weeks back, Ten, I'm studying to be an Electrical Engineer. Trust me, it isn't an easy major and it also isn't easy being a girl in the field as there is always some sort of assumption that perhaps we are inferior to the boys. It's even more of a challenge to prove them wrong when I dress up, but boy do I work hard to show them I'm just as good at what we do as they are. (If anyone wants to hear brilliant words on makeup and equality, check out Gemma's video).

Growing up I wasn't a girly girl and to be honest, I'm still not. I use to think that wearing dresses or skirts, curling my hair, and doing my makeup and nails was girly. I would always shy away from these things as I just couldn't find that balance where wearing and doing these things reflected who I was on the inside. Over time I have found the happy spot I consider "being a classy badass". I always strive to find things that reflect who I am in a put-together way. I try to use clothing and makeup as a preview of who I am! To me, makeup doesn't mean layering a face over the one I was born with; it means enhancing what I already have. 

There is something a perfect yet natural-looking base that I just love. With combination skin that is blemish prone, I really struggle to find products that work for me. I'm still on the hunt for that holy grail foundation but I definitely have candidates that, after additional thorough trials, may earn the title. I firmly believe that a solid base is essential to any look. At the moment, that means foundation all over with concealer over any areas the blemishes have thrived on. Sometimes, it also means a touch of a lighter concealer under the eyes after sleepless nights.
My picks: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, NARS Sheer Matte Foundation, Tarte Amazonian Clay, MAC Studio Finish Concealer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, BeautyBlender

Hi, my name is Celina and I am a blush addict. I simply cannot get enough of blushes and it may be becoming a problem. Blush is the finishing touch to the perfect base. I must own nearly twenty blushes at this point but I promise they're mostly different. I never skip blush when I wear foundation but highlighter and bronzer I can do without, which also brings me to my love-hate relationship with bronzer. I can't contour to save my life. Perhaps it's just the lack of practice but I'm always so afraid of that dreaded contour line. Contouring is definitely something I'm learning to perfect. If you have any tips, please share. I'm sure anything helps.
My picks: NARS Luster, NARS Sin, Tarte Exposed, Hourglass Luminous Flush, Benefit Watts Up!, NARS Laguna, Real Techniques Blush Brush

Eyeliner and mascara have both been musts for a long time but more recently, I have been experimenting with eyeshadows. Finally, I have found products that work for me when it comes to wearing eyeshadows. Eyeliner is almost always a must for me, whether it's a gel, pen, or pencil liner. I strictly wear black eyeliners as that is what I personally prefer but nothing against others wearing brown or other dark coloured eyeliners. Mascara is an essential. My lashes are long but thin and straight so a good mascara is a must for me. Two coats on the top, one coat on the bottom. Done.
My picks: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette, NARS And God Created the Woman palette, MAC Patina, Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Lots o' Latte, Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in Black, Benefit They're Real! Mascara, Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, Shiseido Eyelash Curler, MAC 217, MAC 219, Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush

I can count the amount of times I've done my brows with the fingers on one hand. I know most people are all about the brows but I've never learned the ways. I tweeze and trim them to the shape I like but never fill them in as I've just never really tried or cared. The Anastasia Brow Wiz has caught my attention but if anyone has any suggestions for a beginner, please share.

Early this year was when I actually got into lipsticks. I never found the confidence to wear lipstick until recently and now I'm interested. On an everyday basis for class I just wear a lip balm if anything at all but going out, I do like a good lipstick. Lip gloss will always be a huge no for me as I just don't like the finish or feel of them. 
My picks: MAC Syrup, MAC Plumful, Bite Beauty Fig, NARS Niagara, Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

What does makeup mean to you and what are some of your essentials?