Beauty Haul #9: Sephora VIB Rouge

Sunday, December 14, 2014

What better way to get back into the swing of things than with a haul? I think not. It is definitely what I am best at :). These are the items that I picked up during the Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off event that happened right before Thanksgiving. I got so many great items that I'm excited to get into more detail in future blogposts. I hope you enjoy the video!


The Bump Shelf

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hey everyone! After time away, I'm beginning my return with an endorsement for a really good friend of mine. As many of you know, and can maybe tell from my blog name, my everyday job is an architect. One of my fellow designers and friends has branched out and with the help of her friend and business partner has created an awesome home wares company. Right now their initial products include two shelves, The Bump Shelf and The Baby Bump, and coasters. 

Currently they are on kickstarter and have a mere 36 hours left to get their target goal! I've linked the kickstarter site where you can check out their sweet video and some beautiful photos. I'm personally excited for the concrete planters that are yet to come once WNKSHP explodes! 

If you are in the market for accent pieces for your home that are not only meticulously crafted, but look amazing. Definitely something to check out for those of you that have a liking to minimalist/mid-century/contemporary design!

Lots of love!

The Return of the Makeup Architect

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It's been months. I know. Life has thrown me a curve ball and I've struck out. It's taken me this long to get a handle on everything and come back to my blog.  I'm so happy to be back and blogging more frequently (I still hesitate to use the word regularly). I have however kept uploading videos on the Youtube channel (which is linked in the side bar) in case you want to see my smiling face :)

I leave you with a cute cat photo. Yes, he's in the dryer.


R&D: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Friday, May 30, 2014

As a foundation junkie I have accumulated quite the assortment of both drugstore and high end face base products. Today's review is on a much more negative note than the last foundation R&D I put together. I find it so easy to just abandon the products that I don't enjoy and focus my blogging and youtube attentions to the products that deserve the hype and attention. However, I must remember that a negative review is just as important and informative as a positive. I hope you enjoy the video!

Thanks for watching!


Review: REN F10 Smooth & Renew Mask

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

If you have sensitive and irritable skin, but still want to refresh and brighten your complexion, then I have the perfect mask for you. The REN F10 Smooth & Renew Mask uses bio extracts from Mexican Papayas, Barbados Cherries, & Arctic Blackcurrents to gently exfoliate without irritating the skin whatsoever. The sticky, marmalade-like mask not only feels relaxing and refreshing, but there are noticeable improvements in the texture of the skin when the mask is removed. 

There are times when a mask with acids and clays is too much for my easily irritated skin. Many times, I turn to fruit acid/extract based products like this one. I would definitely add this lovely mask to the list of products to try ifyou are interested in testing out chemical exfoliation. If you are looking to slough away that dead skin and brighten your pretty face in a gentle and effective way, you can find this natural and cruelty free product at many online retailers. A bit on the pricier end, at $37, I still find it to be well worth the investment. 

Be sure to leave your face mask recommendations in the comments below. I love the effectiveness and spa/relaxation time that at-home masking can provide. 

Top 5: Face Masks #2

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Since my most watched video on my YouTube channel is my Top 5 Favorite Face Masks, and that was over a year ago, I decided it was time for round 2. Five more face masks for your viewing pleasure. As with last time, this video features a variety of masks targeting different concerns. Be sure to let me know if you have tried any of these masks in the comments below. 

I hope you enjoy the video!


Brand Review: Bite Beauty

Sunday, May 25, 2014

After hearing so much hype about Bite Beauty over the last few months, I decided to throw in my two cents about the brand. In this video I go over the products that I have tried from one of my favorite lip products companies. I also talk a little about some of the information I learned from doing a little online research. Definitely check out the video below to see which products I recommend, and which products to avoid from Bite Beauty. I hope you guys enjoy!

Thanks for watching!


Evening Skincare Routine

Saturday, May 24, 2014

As a natural follow up to my morning skincare routine, I bring you my evening skincare routine. The video explains and shows you how I remove my makeup after a long day of work, cleanse, and nourish my skin. My skincare routine is very important to maintaining the health of my skin. Since my skin is so sensitive and acne-prone, if I skip even one night.morning of my routine, my skin will show it, via a break out or increased discoloration. Make sure to leave a comment telling me your favorite skincare products below! I hope you enjoy the video!

Products Mentioned:
Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

Thanks for watching!


Morning Skincare Routine

Monday, May 19, 2014

A long awaited and much requested video, I bring you My Morning Skincare Routine. I love my skincare, there is no doubt about that, and in this video I give you mini reviews and show you how I use all my morning products. I also share a little on my philosophy behind my morning cleansing and moisturizing ritual. Do note, and proceed with caution, everyone's skin is different and may react differently to various ingredients and products. Something that works beautifully for me, can have adverse reactions on you. Thus, take advantage of samples and testers at your locals stores and counters. And always remember to patch test new skincare on a hard to see area on your neck/chin before going hog wild! Be sure to watch the video below to see how I start my day and the products that give me clear and hydrated skin! 

Make sure to stay tuned for my evening skincare routine and a third part featuring sunscreens, exfoliants, and treatments.

I hope you guys enjoyed the video and be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel and follow my blog to see more!


Empties: April 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This is a big one. Get ready for copious amounts of makeup and skincare for your empty-loving viewing pleasure!

Products Mentioned:

A! Absolute! Makeup Cleansing Tissues, Vitamin E
MAC Wipes
Sesha Skin Therapy Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner
Kiehl's Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate
Alchimie Forever Firming Gel for Neck & Bust
Kiehl's Acne Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment
L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum
Nuxe Serum Merveillance
Lancome Eau Fraiche Douceur
Marc Jacobs Eau de Toilette
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap New England Autumn Bouquet (discontinued)
Softsoap Hand Soap Tuscan Fig & Plum (discontinued)
REN Neroli & Grapefruit Body Cream
Bath & Body Works Cashmere Glow Shower Gel
Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Conditioner
Organix (now OGX) renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
Organix (now OGX) renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner
Tresemme Vitamin Enriched Heat Tamer Spray
Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray
Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil

Sample/Travel Sizes
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara Black
Alpha-H Liquid Gold
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Intensive Vitalizing Eye Complex
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
Amore Pacific FUTURE RESPONSE Age Defense Cream
Tilvee Cranberry Balancing Facial Lotion
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster
Paula's Choice RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water
Marc Jacobs Honey Eau de Parfum
Valentino Valentina Eau de Parfum
Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum
Kiehl's Creme de Corps
L'Occitane Amande Firming & Smoothing Milk Concentrate
Elemis Lime & Ginger Hand & Body Wash
John Masters Organica Evening Primrose Shampoo
Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo
Bumble & Bumble Thickening Conditioner
Phyto Phytobaume Hydration Express Conditioner
Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream (x3)
Tresemme Tres Two Hairspray
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

Bath & Body Works Green Grass (discontinued)

Hope you enjoyed!

Favorites: April 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Another favorites video is up and live on the TUBE! There are some really stand out products that I'm looking forward to doing more extensive blogposts/videos about (the Elemis cleanser and the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation). I hope you enjoy the video and be sure to leave a comment letting me know what your favorite products were over the month of April!

Products Mentioned:
Laura Geller Blush N Brighten Down to Earth (Limited Edition)
Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne

Hope you enjoyed!

Review: Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Costco was definitely the last place I thought I would find beauty products that would spark my interest. Surprisingly enough, a few months ago, I ran across the Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. I quickly pulled out my iphone and realized that it was half off! Price aside, I thoroughly enjoyed using this product (I went through it completely). 

In the mornings, after toning I would apply this thin, but yet moisturizing serum all over my face and neck and follow with other serums or directly with my moisturizer and sunscreen. Not only did it sink into the skin quickly and made me feel more hydrated, but the slight sheen/shimmer in the product gave my skin a beautiful glow that was perfect to go under makeup or barefaced. Since this product sinks into the skin so easily and doesn't feel greasy or pore-clogging at all, I would recommend this for all skin types.

Definitely browse your local bulk food supply store for this beautiful skincare bit (I also see it often at CCO's). Unfortunately, as much as I enjoy it, there are other serums I prefer and I don't think it's worth the full sale price.

Hope you enjoyed and let me know if you have ever tried any other Estee Lauder skincare in the comments below!


R&D: Liole Triple the Solution BB Cream

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Another new series? Yes! I decided it was time to share with you my obsession with foundation/base products. To do so informatively and effectively, I've put together the first of many (hopefully) R&D videos. For those who may not know, typically, in the non-youtube/blogging would, R&D refers to Research and Development. Conveniently enough, it also stands for Review and Demo. Thus, comes the infinitely creative name of "Foundation R&D". This is where a graduate degree has gotten me...

Jokes and self-deprication aside, the first installment of Foundation R&D is focused on the Liole Triple the Solution BB Cream. One of my all time favorite foundation products of all time (featured in my Top Favorite Foundations video), this is the product that sparked my interest of Asian cosmetics. 
In case you are interested in purchasing this product, it can be found on Amazon (like everything else), however I have personally only purchased it from brick and mortar locations. One of those is local to me (here in Portland) and conveniently has an online store as well (with free shipping over $50). Pretty and Cute is an adorable (not surprisingly) beauty supply store right on the edge of Portland that is known for their great customer service and access to hard-to-find Asian beauty products (and no I am not affiliated with them and they have no idea who I am or that I'm writing these wonderful words about them). Hope you guys enjoy the review and demo and let me know in the comments below what you thought of this new type of video!


Haul: OPI Spring/Summer 2014 Brazil Collection

Monday, May 5, 2014

It's been a while since I've bought any new nail polish. I've been trying to be a bit more discerning with the little glass bottles I bring home; making sure I don't have a dupe, and/or it's even a color I would wear. However, the most recent OPI Spring/Summer 2014 Collection has really caught my attention. After a long and arduous winter, there is nothing more hopeful for spring than slapping some bright coral lacquer on your nails; am I right? I may exaggerate a bit, but for a beauty junkie, the change in finger nail color means it's a new season ahead! 

Out of the entire collection the colors that reflected my excitement for spring were Live.Love.Carnaval (the coral on the left) and Kiss Me I'm Brazilian (the pink on the right). I've worn both, even though Live.Love.Carnaval is the only one shown on the nail, and can say that they apply true to what you seen in the bottle. Typical for a good OPI polish, these apply evenly, and with two coats you have full opacity. I'm so happy that I've added these spring/summer staples into my collection. 

I definitely recommend picking these beauties up. There were other intriguing shades, like the red and the nude, but I held back...for now...

Hope you enjoyed and let me know in the comments below if you picked up any of the colors from this collection!


Get Ready With Me #4: NARS Spring 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Watch my latest Get Ready With Me Video featuring my picks from the NARS Spring 2014 collection that I've done a previous post here. Hope you enjoy this casual and chatty style of video. Let me know in the comments if you would like me to continue with these kinds of videos!

Did you pick out any products from the recent NARS collection? If so, make sure to comment below!

Thanks for watching!

Review: Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons

Monday, April 14, 2014

A brand that I have loved for over a year and a half is Bite Beauty. Focused on using primarily food grade ingredients, Bite Beauty is a lip product brand that truly deserves more attention. A line full of high quality products, they recently released limited edition Matte Creme Lip Crayons in bold and beautiful colors. During the VIB Rouge 15% sale I picked up three colors that I thought I would share with you today. I chose Kumquat, Sweety, and Satsuma.  

First things first, the lip pencils are creamy and incredibly pigmented. Not only are they a bold spring/summer statement lip but they are long lasting and comfortable to wear. I was curious to see if I had anything in my collection that was comparable (including limited edition shades). As you can see below Sweety is the closest to Milani Fruit Punch, but still not an exact dupe. 

While Satsuma is probably the shade that I had that most similar lippies, like Nars Yu and Mac Embrace Me, it still doesn't compare to them because the texture is unlike anything else I have. The faint citrus smell is pleasant and adds to the entire experience of this product. My only gripe is that they didn't make more shades. All the released colors are bright and bold, and for those that don't feel comfortable with such a statement look, cannot partake. However, a very similar product, the Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils are equally creamy and pigmented. However, they are glossy and don't come in a matte finish.

If you are a fan of the bold lip, I say run to your closest Sephora, the exclusive retailer of Bite Beauty, for the Matte Creme Lip Crayons. I have really fallen in love and look forward to wearing these in the upcoming warmer months. 

Hope you enjoyed!

Empties: March 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Only after a mere two weeks, I completed enough products to fill up an entire bag to talk about! Many of the deluxe samples I tried ended up being full size purchases during the Sephora VIB Rouge 15% Sale. Check out the video below to see my mini reviews of all the products I used up during the last half of march (aka since my Current Empties video).

Products Mentioned:

Bath & Body Works Wild Strawberry (discontinued)

Hope you enjoyed, 

Favorites: March 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Over the last few weeks I found a few new favorites that I wanted to bring to your attention. One of my favorite skincare lines, First Aid Beauty is back in my life in full swing. Featuring both a cleanser and exfoliator from the line in the video, I'm only scratching the surface on plethora of amazing products First Aid Beauty creates. Stay tuned for a Brand Review video of First Aide Beauty in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my March Favorites!


Beauty Haul #5

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A pre-recorded haul from the end of January. I wanted to share some of the new items that I have added to my makeup/skincare arsenal. This haul features all high end products from Nordstrom, Sephora and 

Definitely make sure to watch the video below to see the new products that I recently picked up. Be sure to let me know in the comments if there are an specific products you wanted me to review or feature on the blog.

Hope you enjoy, 

Review: First Aide Beauty Face Cleanser

Thursday, April 3, 2014

As of late I am falling madly in love with many products from the First Aid Beauty Range. Not only are they reasonably priced for high quality products, but they contain no nasty ingredients, are safe for all skin types (including sensitive), and are incredibly effective. In the past I've only used the shaving cream, and was very impressed, but recently I've gotten my hands on some of their most basic and best selling products. Today's review is on the First Aide Beauty Face Cleanser

Creamy and foaming but without stripping the skin, this white cleanser has been great for my hyper-sensitive skin. The last few weeks have also proven to be intensely stressful and my skin shows it! First Aide Beauty to the rescue with this calming and fragrance-free cleanser. After makeup removal I lather this all over my face with either my hands or in combination with my Clarisonic, I feel refreshed and cleansed, without that "tight-skin feeling". I definitely recommend this delicate and lovely cleanser for anyone and everyone. If you are suffering from irritated and acne-prone skin (like me) the First Aide Beauty Face Cleanser with surely calm your woes. 


Review: Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

As promised, this year I'm making sure that I give credit to the stand out products that I love and recommend wholeheartedly. I have found that many a "holy grail" item has slipped through the cracks and never been put on stage to receive it's well deserved applause. Today's standing ovation goes to the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water. Compared to the famed Bioderma, along many others, I have come to the conclusion that this is the best cleansing water I have ever used.
After soaking the Shiseido Cotton Pads and holding it over my eye makeup for a few seconds, I am able to swipe away all of my makeup. Without any oily residue, no rubbing or tugging needed, my makeup comes off almost magically. It honestly feels like water, hence the name, without any burning or irritation. Two reasons why this takes the cake versus Bioderma. The first is that it is ever so slightly more effective at makeup removal and second, it is incredibly easily accessible via, Barneys, and even Hautelook. I recommend trying the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water for anyone interested in an easy, effective, and high quality makeup removal product. Do note that I highly discourage this to be the sole cleansing step in your routine, this is only for makeup removal, not cleansing. 

Hope you enjoyed, and let me know in the comments below if you've tried anything from Koh Gen Do!


2013 Favorites: Hair, Body, & Tools

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Finally, the last installment of my overdue 2013 Favorites featuring haircare, body care, and tools (including brushes). There were a surprisingly large amount of items in this category, and many extremes (i.e. mentions of Bath & Body Works items while also Oribe). I've found myself over the last year really getting into makeup brushes and starting to appreciate the art of a well manufactured brush and that affects it can have on your makeup application. I've even already made a few more brush investments in 2014 that I'm excited to share and review! Let me know what you think of the video in the comments below and I hope you enjoy!

Products Mentioned
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Real Techniques Contour Brush
Real Techniques Multi Task Brush
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
Sephora Classic Mineral Powder Brush #45
Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56

2013 Favorites: Skincare

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2013 Favorites or not the following products below that I talk about in the video linked are all time favorites. These are the products that really stood out to me over 2013. In truth, I would have very much like to have uploaded this video when it was filmed in January, but due to life, moving, surgeries, and an inability to handle my sh*t, I bring you the second installment of my 2013 favorites today! I definitely felt as this was still relevant and quality content and I certainly hope you guys enjoy!

Products Mentioned:

Empties: January to Mid March 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

During my absence I still collected my empty products in anticipation for review! I hope you enjoy the video below and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want to see more!

Products Mentioned:
Bath & Body Works Shower Gel Vanilla Bean Noel (Limited Edition)
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Soap Holly Citrus Wreath (Limited Edition)*

Travel/Sample Sizes:
Laura Mercier Tarte au Citron Hand Creme (Limited Edition)*

Bath & Body Works Autumn (Limited Edition)*
Fresh Picked Blackberry Spice (Limited Edition)
Snowed In (Limited Edition)*
Mystery Candle (see video)*
Caudalie Divine Candle (mini)*

* = I would repurchase

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