sunday summary #9

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1. My cat took over my desk today and so I couldn't work as much as I'd wanted to when the light was out - it's forbidden to push a sleeping cat out of the way!

2. But honestly, I know I haven't been keeping up this blog as much as I should be. I kind of want the month to be over and just start fresh, you know? I think it's because I had been working more last week and didn't have enough time to sit down and work on posts and read other blogs and comment and interact with other people. Hopefully since I'll have some time off, things will pick up a bit more on the blog!

3. Despite being a self-proclaimed lipstick addict I don't own very many higher end lipsticks. So I picked up the new Bite Beauty BB for Lips in Tawny & the Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in 02 Coming up Rosy. I adore the Bite BB for Lips, but I'm sadly returning the Clinique Baby Tint - it just isn't what I wanted it to be and isn't worth it.

4. How does everyone feel about flatforms? I picked up a pair and love how chunky they look, but I know they're not everyone's taste. But for someone who is short and can't walk in regular heels, I need all the height I can get!

5. I'm almost done with my summer clothes list, which is super exciting! All I have left are: a gray sweater, a white shirt, and flat sandals. But honestly I think I'm going to just order those things all from Everlane. Do you shop in advance or do you shop for the season? It's a bit hard to say here in San Diego because you should always have summer clothes readily available year round, because that's the default weather. But how is it like where you live?

So, how was your week?

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Only 3

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I was talking with my sister the other day about the three products that we had to have in our makeup routines. My sister's three are: BB Cream, eyeliner and lipstick. For me these three things would have to be concealer, eyeliner, and lipstick. I was going to cheat and put on my lip/cheek hybrid products on here, but not everyone is into those kinds of multi-use products.

I think the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is probably the best concealer I own for brightening up my undereyes and has become the concealer that I fall back to the most despite my issues with it's dryness on me. For eyeliners I switch between pencil and liquid depending on how I'm feeling that day, but I prefer my eyeliners to be dark brown. I think that's much more flattering on me. This Face Shop Greatist Eyeliner has been my go-to liquid liner lately, but for pencil liners, I enjoy the Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner. And lastly, lipstick. I adore lipstick's ability to change a makeup look into something completely different. I've been into orange lipsticks at the moment, so this Prestige Total Intensity Total Wear Lip Crayon in 02 Girl On Fire has been excellent as a bright pop. But I change lipsticks almost everyday and even sometimes twice a day depending on my mood!

So, if you had to choose only three kinds of products what would they be? Let's take this another step - what would those three pieces be exactly?

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new in: Josie Maran, OCC, Weleda

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This is one of those instances where it'd probably be easier to share in a video than with text and photos (or photo in my case - I really need to take more photos to break stuff up, but blogging is a learning process!), and who doesn't like a good haul video? I don't think I'm going to break out into Youtube any time soon, despite what I mentioned last summer, but it is easier to show and talk than write, you know? Like last time I won't talk about everything because wow wouldn't that be a huge block of text, but I will talk about some of the stand out products.

But, BOY DID I GET A LOT OF STUFF!

sunday summary #8 + giveaway

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1. I've collected quite some new pieces that I can't wait to show you guys. I've picked up several things from Josie Maran and a new OCC product and I've finally picked up the Weleda Skin Food after hearing so many good things about them.

2. And I was so close to picking up the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Smart Wand Tinted Face Stick (which is now sold out). I'm in the market for a stick foundation, but I think I'll just have to wait until it comes out in stores to see if it's really worth it. Now I'm on a skincare kick and am seriously eyeing the new Boscia Cool Blue Hydration Essence

3. On a random note, I finished the first Bioshock game. I actually played Bioshock Infinite before this one, but I really wanted to know what happened in the previous games! Next on my list is definitely Bioshock 2, at least if I can find where it is.

4. Anyone going to San Diego Comic Con next week? I'm volunteering this year, but I'd love to meet any of you if you're coming. I'm really excited because I finally am going the year when I actually have some money to spend.

5. This last Friday was my blog birthday! Yup, Bespectacled is now officially two years old and is the longest running blog I've ever had up. And I also reached another little milestone - I reach 150 followers on Bloglovin! So, in to celebrate both little milestones I've decided to host my very first giveaway! I was trying to figure out what to give away exactly because it's HOT everywhere and I don't want to send a creamy kind of product that would go bad before it reached you, so I've decided to give away a NARS Powder Blush in the color of your choice! You can find the full list of colors on the NARS Cosmetics Site for reference!

The giveaway is opened internationally! I know not everyone is from the States and I'd hate to leave my international readers out. The only mandatory entry is to be following Bespectacled on Bloglovin, any other entries are optional! The giveaway will run for two weeks. It will take sometime for me to send out the blush depending on the availability of the colors in my area and where I'm exactly shipping it to, but if I could I'd send everyone a blush!

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Anyway, thank you so much to those of you who read and follow my blog, I really really appreciate it! How was your weekend?

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in rotation #3

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Like any other person, I like to switch things up a bit, and that includes my makeup routine. While I still enjoy my staples like my favorite NARS Gilda Blush & Dior Doirskin Nude Concealer, I do try and switch up my base makeup and what not so I don't get bored.

I've been on the hunt for the perfect lightweight base for everything. I've been testing out two at the moment: the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. I don't have strong opinions on these things - I definitely need to try them out a bit more - but neither have been completely awful either. For the Revlon foundation I've been using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to help work it into the skin.

I've been mixing my eyeliner a bit and have strayed from my usual Neutrogena one in favor for things that are a bit more matte. I picked up the Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black Brown after falling in love with the new shade, Emerald. I genuinely like this line of eyeliners - they go on smooth and are super pigmented and last all day. My only critique is that the smudger on the end of the pencil isn't the nicest or most pleasant thing to rub your eyes with. Plus I like how they twist up - I hate sharpening pencils! If I want something more precise I've been enjoying the The Face Shop Greatist Eyeliner in 02 Brown. I'm kind of annoyed with the spelling on this product, but otherwise I really like the formula of this. I usually stick to black liquid eyeliners, but this dark brown shade is surprisingly natural looking and is really lovely. I managed to gather the courage to step into The Face Shop in my Korean grocery store and picked up two things and got this eyeliner free, which was nice.

And lastly, eyelashes! I would've added lip products but honestly I wear a different lipstick everyday and unless you'd like to see all of the lipsticks I carry in my bag at a time, I didn't want to make this post any longer. Anyway, eyelashes. I don't always wear mascara, but I finally picked up the Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara after many recommendations from everyone on the blog-o-sphere. And honestly I feel kind of "meh" about it. I don't think it's anything special really. I like the Maybelline Full N' Soft and the Almay One Coat Thickening mascaras a whole lot more than this actually. But the main star here are these eyelash curlers, which I have no idea the brand except that I got it at Walmart for around $3. These don't have the spring so these open up easily and have been really good at curling my lashes. Like, really good. Granted my previous curler was a not-so-great e.l.f. one, but this has been really good! Of course they'll stay curled for like an hour before they droop, but that's 59 minutes longer than they normally would with the e.l.f. one. A huge plus in my book!

So that's what I've been using lately! What's in your current makeup rotation?

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new in: non-beauty

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I focus a lot more on beauty lately on this blog mainly because it's easier to photograph. And they're also easier, for me at least, to buy. I can pick up a new lipstick or new eyeliner with no second thought (bad habit, I know) but I come up with so many excuses to not buy something, even if I really like something. Which is an even weirder habit.

I think it stems from when I had a problem buying clothes whenever and wherever. Out of boredom I would go to the mall and just buy whatever piece held my interest at that moment. Prediticably, I wore these pieces a handful of times before throwing them into the back of my closet, never to be worn again. I've mostly gotten over that bad habit, but now I'm kind of hesitant to buy new things without like a paragraph's worth of justification and lots and lots of thinking. Which is good for my bank account, I suppose. But I've done a massive overhaul of my wardrobe and have donated like half of it and am now thinking critically about what I want to add and how I want my wardrobe to look.

But before I go into the clothes, I did pick up some other miscellaneous pieces. Like this super adorable Toothless figurine from the How to Train Your Dragon series. Along with this I also picked up two books which I really like. The first is Carl Sagan's The Demon Haunted World & the second is Sebastian Seung's Connectome. I'm always on the look out for good books so if you have any recommendations, please let me know! Anyway, on to the clothes:

June 2014 Favorites

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Let's keep things short and sweet today with June's favorites because I know that you guys have many more posts like this to read and I'll also be pretty busy because it's the last day of the month! I have this tendency to ramble so I wanted to cut down my list of favorites short this month and I think I did a good job at picking my absolute favorites. But enough about that, let's talk about the Weleda Citrus Hydrating Body Lotion. I picked this up randomly at TJ Maxx for less than $5 on clearance, I believe, and I really really like it. The scent is citrusy without being too overpowering and I think it does a pretty good job at hydrating. I've always wanted to try Weleda and I think this was a great introduction. Another skincare favorite is Lush Ultrabland. I was in the mood for a cleansing balm and didn't want to leave LUSH empty handed so I chose this and I've really enjoyed this. I still like the Caudalie Cleansing Water for days when I just want all of makeup off right then and there, but if I want something to hydrate my skin while also removing makeup, this is definitely a good pick.

For makeup there were 3 stand outs for me. The first is the pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry. This is a relatively new product that I was a bit apprehensive about when it first came out. If you check the ingredients list you'll find that shea butter was pretty low and I thought that was kind of annoying. But honestly I do find this to be moisturizing and I adore the color. I always have this in my bag nowadays!

I'm not much of a powder girl, but I was switching back and forth between my NARS concealer and some of my other more liquid/creamy concealers and those just don't match the longevity of the NARS one. So I figured if I used something to set it, some of my other concealers would last a bit longer. I never really noticed the Milani Multitasker Face Powder before, but it got 4.1 overall (out of 5) on Makeup Alley so I thought, why not? Does anyone else do that though? I don't actually read reviews sometimes (a bad habit that I really need to get over), but sometimes I look at average ratings across websites. Makeup Alley being one of the more prominent ones! Anyway, I'm glad I picked this up because this is such a lovely powder. It's finely milled and definitely helps set makeup without looking cakey.

Which is nice because I picked up a new concealer that is a bit more liquid in the Dior Diorskin Nude Concealer, in the shade 03 Medium. Originally I had picked up the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and that was a huge mistake. Was anyone else super influenced by that Lisa Eldrige Alex Chung Makeup Tutorial? I picked up Secret Camouflage after that and returned it within a few days. I wanted something similarly priced and the only other concealer I was thinking about was this one by Dior. And oh my god, I'm glad I picked it up. It's color correcting, lightweight, and isn't super matte. It's not as long-wearing as the NARS concealer, but I think for my skin type, this is a much better choice.

What was on your June favorites?

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sunday summary #7

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1. This week has been super hectic for me and it's only going to get busier until the end of the month, so I wanted to just forget about that and just have a good weekend. On Saturday I took my sister's out to watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 - which I really really liked. And we also got cupcakes! On Sunday I exchanged something from Sephora to get a new concealer and a sample sized tinted moisturizer - I'll talk more about them later! And I got cupcakes for my family as well. Mine was the one with sprinkles of course because I adore sprinkles.

2. I also picked up two books: The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan & Connectome by Sebastian Seung. I also picked up a super adorable Toothless figurine and some pens from Barnes & Noble. For books, I normally read non-fiction nowadays, but I'd love to hear some of your fiction recommendations! What's on your reading list?

3. Who else went a bit crazy with the Zara sale? I was planning on buying two pieces for full price and when I saw that they were on sale I couldn't help but buy them plus a few extras. I honestly haven't bought a new skirt in forever because I have this "I could totally make that" when I buy new clothes, but especially with skirts. Skirt's are pretty straight forward and easier to make I think than a top. The order should be coming in Monday and I'm super excited!

4. I'm taking recommendations for a good waterproof volumizing mascara. While I normally hate waterproof mascara, I get hit with allergies and watery eyes this season and it's just not fun when it comes with makeup. So if you have any mascara recommendations I'd love to hear them.

5. I want to switch up my blogging schedule a bit, but it's the end of the month and I get so much more busy at this time than in the beginning. Hopefully next one we'll be seeing a more consistent blogging schedule. Plus oh my god San Diego Comic Con's in a month too! Who else is going?

So how was your week/weekend? Did you make any interesting purchases or do anything fun?

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