Beauty Blog by an LA Native

Friday, December 26, 2014

A girly girl's 2014 Christmas Wishlist

Sorry I'm a little late talking about holiday shopping! This year my family and I are spending Christmas a few days late because of everyone's conflicting schedules.

I didn't really have much of a wishlist this year since I pretty much shopped throughout the year. ;) So far I've received  a bottle of red wine, Bailey's, chocolates, hand lotions, a journal, $100 MAC gift card, macaroons, a Starbucks gift card, a Minions mug and a $100 Visa gift card. Not too shabby. ;)

When it comes to shopping for others, Nordstrom is honestly my #1 choice. They have such trendy brand-name gifts and I know to expect high quality items. The best part is there are so many different price ranges so you can splurge on a loved one, or you can grab more affordable gifts for work gift exchanges and so on.

Check out the cute things I was able to find just by browsing online. I sorta want them now!! Happy Holidays! :)

Burberry Wallet | iPhone Charger | Kate Spade Crystal Bezel Watch Straps Set | Kate Spade Socks 3-pack | Anne Klein Watch Bangle Set


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brown Ombre / Balayage Hair

I've been obsessing about ombres and balayages lately - looking through a ton of pinterest and instagram photos to get ideas. An ombre or balayage is a good way to change up your look if you're getting tired of having a single color and want something fun & trendy.
I was craving a change from my usual light honey brown hair and wanted something a bit darker for the Winter but not dramatically dark, so I kept some light pieces throughout. I'm super happy with the results!! :)


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Organix Keratin Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

I've used a variety of shampoo and conditioners over the past decade; from the high-end Kerastase line to a 99 cent generic brand. After finishing my third bottle of MoroccanOil shampoo and conditioner, I decided to switch it up and try a drugstore brand.
I've seen Organix/OGX time and time again at the drugstores but never stopped to try them. Because I'm a fan of Keratin-based products, I was curious to try the Organix Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.

My review: 
I absolutely love the smell of the products. It's a very sweet floral scent. It's a pretty strong scent and I feel like you either love it or it could make you sick to your stomach. I personally love sweet smells. The consistency of the shampoo is a bit thick and doesn't seem to lather too much, which is exactly what I expect from a Keratin shampoo. It's supposed to keep your hair nourished and strong, so it's not meant to really strip too much from your hair. Since the shampoo doesn't provide much of a clarifying cleanse, the conditioner is extremely lightweight to help keep oil from building up.

After using the product for about two weeks, my hair was already super shiny and soft. I think this is a helpful product for people with a chemical treatment or who constantly bleach their hair and need some serious moisture TLC. I've had the Brazilian Blowout treatment in the past and if you're looking for an affordable set that will help prolong the treatment, I feel like this would be an adequate alternative. Overall, really good product and I would definitely purchase again. I kind of want to try all their different types now because I'm sure they all have yummy smells. :) You can try it here: Organix Keratin Line.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Estee Lauder Double Wear

First off, I received this cute Benefit cosmetic travel bag when I purchased a lip gloss and mascara. I absolutely adore it because it's the perfect little bag for just your makeup necessities. I just toss it in my bag on my way to work or if I'm going away for the weekend. Really adorable design too.

 I wanted to quickly post about my favorite liquid foundation at the moment. I'm currently obsessed with my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Shell Beige. The saleswoman at Bloomingdales recommended the liquid foundation after I told her I wanted full coverage with a hint of color. As soon as she tested the color on me, I was sold. Not only did it even out my reddish skin tone, but I really did have a subtle tan while still blending in with my overall skin tone. In the past, I've pretty much only used MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NW30 but I'm so glad I found something better for my skin. I just apply the foundation all over inluding my neck, and finish off with some Estee Lauder Oil-Control Pressed Powder in Light Medium. Being a makeup junkie and trying a variety of things, I really couldn't be happier with this product. I highly recommend Estee Lauder Double Wear for anyone wanting amazing coverage and color.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

MAC Holiday Eyeshadow Palettes

I absolutely love the MAC holiday eyeshadow palettes I bought. There are three different palettes you can choose from: Plum, Smoky, and Beige. I bought the plum because I know purple shades look great on brown eyed girls. It was a tough decision between smoky and beige as both palettes had beautiful neutral brown shades. In the end, I decided on the smoky selection because it had a black-ish color I knew would someday be handy for a night out.

MAC palettes are fun because the colors are so versatile and great to play around with both a natural or a night time look. The pretty glittery casing is just the cherry on top. Can't wait to use these!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Steve Madden Leather Boots

Okay, I'm a bit obsessed wih Steve Madden shoes at the moment. (These are my 5th pair within a few months.) I fell in love with the knee-high length and the loose, slouchy fit. It gives off both a casual and dressy vibe all at the same time. I'm pairing this with a black loose off-the-shoulder top and a tight black skirt. I was headed to a dinner and a movie so wanted to wear something comfortable. I definitely would recommend.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Steve Madden "Netty" Strappy Heels

I seriously adore these Steve Madden heels. I wore them with black leggings and an off-the-shoulder, oversized gray top. I think the shoes would look so hot paired with tight jeans and a black leather jacket. Such a great pair for going on a date or a night out with the girls! ;)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Nordstrom - Estee Lauder Free Gift with Purchase

My current liquid foundation is the Estee Lauder Double Wear in Shell Beige. My face is a bit lighter than the rest of my body so I love Shell Beige because it's slightly warmer than my skin tone and adds more color. Other foundations lighten and completely strip the color from my face but with Estee Lauder, I find my skin to have a nice dewy glow.

I stopped by the nearest Nordstrom to pick up a bottle and not only was the item 15% off but spending $45 will get you a free gift set!

The foundation was on sale for $33 but I also picked up a limited boxed set which includes a face primer, miniature foundation brush, and a night repair serum - bringing the total near $45 and qualifying me for the free gifts.

The gift set comes with trial sizes of the following:
  1. Perfectly Clean Creme Cleanser/Moisture Mask
  2. Resilience Lift Firming Face Cream
  3. Resilience Night Lift Firming Face Cream
  4. Advanced Night Repair Serum
  5. Sumptuous Mascara
  6. Pure Color Gloss
  7. Pure Color Lipstick
  8. Chic Cosmetic Bag
Honestly, my favorite thing about the gift is the makeup bag. I have gotten tons of free bags but none have been as cute as this one. I could even use it as a clutch for a girl's night out!

Nordstrom is great about offering free gifts with purchases so keep an eye out and do your research before you buy anything from your favorite cosmetic line. I almost always try to hold off and wait to buy my skincare/cosmetics during specials - the amount of stuff you get is really worth the wait!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Little Black Dress

I finally found a little black dress to add to my collection! I found this dress in one of those little boutiques for less than twenty bucks. Honestly, if you don't have a staple black dress, you MUST get one. It's such a handy dress to have for last minute dates, parties, and events. I find the color black to not only be a suitable color for nearly every event but it's practically flattering on everyone.

My outfit:
  • Black Cardigan: Forever 21
  • Black Dress: random L.A. boutique
  • Black leather booties: GUESS / Purchased at DSW for only $35!
  • Black studded envelope clutch: Urban Expressions / Purchased at DSW for only $35!

On a random note, I have to give a shout-out to Lavina for mentioning the word "Peplum" in my comments. I couldn't figure out for the life of me what to call the style of my dress, so thanks babe for pointing that out!
Also, a big thanks to everyone who leaves such sweet comments and for putting a smile on my face every single day! It really makes my day when I read all of the sweet messages, so thank you all! :)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Victoria's Secret Thongs / Returned iPhone 6 Plus

Ahhhh I love bright pink and leopard!!! Check out these cute thongs from Victoria's Secret. Because I shop there all the time, VS is constantly sending promotional discounts, coupons, and gift cards. This is why I keep going back...aside from all of their cute merchandise of course. ;)

On a side note, I pre-ordered the iPhone 6 Plus and was anticipating the larger 5.5 inch screen, compared to my current iPhone 5's four inch screen. Unfortunately, it was a little bigger than I expected. I think the 5.5 screen size is great, but the phone felt a little big mainly because of the bezel area.

When I analyzed the phone, it's really well made and has a beautiful, thin sleek design. It's also pretty lightweight for its size. But after a few minutes of holding it, browsing, and snapping photos, I could already notice the weight on my wrist; and the annoying fact that when holding it with one hand, my fingers can barely reach across to the other side of the screen.

I'm sure a lot of people will love it because it is an incredibly useful phone. If you're constantly using your iPad, then this is surely a good fit. I just prefer my phone to be a little more compact. I ordered the regular iPhone 6 and I'm pretty sure I'll find the 4.7 inch screen sufficient vs. the 5.5 inch screen. I'm receiving my gold iPhone 6 tomorrow so hopefully I should be able to do a quick unboxing blog. :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Clarisonic Mia / Clarins Everlasting Liquid Foundation and Powder

CLARISONIC:I finally gave in and got myself a Clarisonic Mia from Bloomingdales! After weeks of reading reviews and watching Clarisonic reviews on youtube, I had to succumb. I decided on the Mia over the Mia 2 because I wanted a basic cleansing tool without all of the fuss. Plus, I honestly thought $99 was more reasonable rather than shelling out the $149 for a Mia 2 when the only real difference is an additional speed setting. I was going back and forth between the light pink, lavender, and turquoise but when I saw the lavender in person, it was just too pretty to pass up. :)
I also grabbed some makeup remover wipes from Costco for those days I need to alternate with the Clarisonic so I don't overdo the deep scrubbing.

CLARINS: I also have to share some exciting new products I sampled at Clarins today. If you aren't familiar, Clarins is a plant-based skincare and makeup line from France. I explained to the sales rep. at Bloomingdales how I have combination/oily skin and have recently experienced some breakouts along my cheeks. I also have more of a warm skin tone, and I personally favor the "dewy glow" look. When she gave me a mini makeover, I was floored at how flawless my skin looked after a single application of foundation, powder, and concealer. 

The line has a silky smooth texture and truly minimizes my redness, dryness, and blemishes. I immediately had to purchase the Everlasting Powder Foundation in the color Honey 110, as well as the concealer in 02. The concealer has a light infusing effect that highlights underneath my eyes and gives me the appearance of a healthy glow. The rep. was nice enough to give me a bunch of samples so I could try out the liquid foundation in Honey and Amber. I found it to be a tad bit whitening on my skin whereas I prefer more color, but I still highly recommend wearing it and just layering a bit more bronzer. 

The rep. threw in a complimentary travel kit that includes a facial scrub, toner, and makeup remover which is exactly what I need to add to my daily nighttime routine. Being in my late 20's, I really want to start focusing on taking care of my skin and using only the most highly rated beauty products. I'm going to cut this post short and run off to have fun with my Clarisonic! I am going to try it out for a bit and will possibly post a review ;) Stay tuned!


Friday, September 5, 2014

New Belly Ring

Loving my new body jewelry! #bodyjewelry #bellyring

You can find some cute ones at and

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Malibu Beach Party

So I work for an awesome social media marketing agency. My company took everyone out to Malibu for a beach party to celebrate all of our hard work and success. It was such a beautiful, sunny day in Malibu and we got to party in a beautiful beach mansion!!

I had such an amazing time (and got an amazing tan)! Good times with good people! :) Hope you all had a fun Labor Day weekend as well!
P.S. My top is from Brandy Melville and the shorts are from Forever 21. Bikini of course is from Victoria's Secret. :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Trendy Fashion Rings

Loving my fun new trendy fashion rings! A few chunky pieces can add a lot to your overall look! ;) I bought these at a couple of boutiques at the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Light Brown Hair and Forever 21 Dress

Some updates:
I was getting a little tired of my ombre and decided to hit the salon for an all over light brown color. I love the color - it's fun and gives off a beachy summer look. Here's a pic of my new hair (and me rocking new A/X sunglasses).

Also want to share this cute backless dress I picked up at Forever 21. I swear they have the cutest dresses. Best of all, many of their summer dresses right now are around $15! Such a steal!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Victoria's Secret Haul

Just received my Victoria's Secret package! I used a $100 bday gift card to get a lace strapless bra and a floral workout top. I felt like I needed a little push to get me to the gym, and the cute workout bra was the perfect motivator! ;) The lace bra has so much support and is so flattering, I practically feel like a VS angel. :) To top it all off, Victoria's Secret was giving out pink overnight bags for $75 purchases. The bag is perfect for a weekend getaway; I absolutely love it!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Kaitlyn & G by Guess - Casual LA Style at The Park's Finest BBQ

My friend Lilian saw this restaurant on Food Network and wanted to try it out! The food was pretty unique, like the coconut beef. I would've never thought of that combination but it was interesting. My favorite was the corn bread - it was delish!
#bff #lovethisgirl #filipinofood #TheParksFinestBBQ #Kaitlyn #GbyGuess

My top is from Kaitlyn Clothing and jeans from G by Guess. Lilian's dress is from Urban Outfitters.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Selfie time :)

Hello! Time for a random SELFIE! :P

I have a hair appointment next week and I'm browsing online right now for some pics. Pinterest is usually my go-to when I'm in need of inspiration. I think I'm pretty much over the ombre and I might possibly do an all-over light brown, and less blonde. Will def. update after my visit next week!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Marhsall's Cute Mint Blue & Chocolate Jewelry Box

Loving my turquoise/chocolate jewelry box. It has more than enough space for all my jewelry.

Now, I just need to buy more jewelry to fill it. ;) I got this at Marshall's and they always have great deals if you need a jewelry box. I'm browsing for a watch box with a glass top display, and will def. take pics when I find one! :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Victoria's Secret Fabulous Push Up Triangle Bikini

Please excuse the fuzziness of my bathroom mirror, but check out my new Victoria's Secret bikini! Super excited to finally find a bikini I absolutely adore!
Check out Victoria's Secret Swimwear if you want to browse their current bikini sale!

I'm so happy with the coral and bright colors. I wanted something that would stand out! 
Best part? I spent over $65 and they gave me a free tote!! ~sigh~ Nothing better than a freebie just for shopping at my favorite store. Plus, the tote is bright pink and so roomy.

Remember my shopping list from my previous post? I can cross bikini off now finally!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sephora Clear Cosmetic Bag

I love my new Sephora clear makeup bag. It's the perfect size to throw in my purse and take my makeup on-the-go. I also love that it's see-through and allows me to quickly grab what I need. They have two different sizes and I saw they also come in pink. If you want one like this, you can grab one here: Or check out Sephora's variety here: Sephora Bags and Cases.
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