Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

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 I’ve really been enjoying blogging lately. I find that it’s a great creative outlet for me and I am finding more and more how awesome and supportive the blogging community is. But lately, I think I’ve been overthinking it. Seeing my favorite blogs out there like the  AMAZING  Wendy’s LookBook , Gary Pepper Girl, Sincerely Jules, and Hapa Time makes me feel like I have to be some sort of fashion pioneer in order to put together a decent outfit.

This got me thinking about why I’m even blogging about fashion in the first place, because in no way, do I think I am the most fashionable person out there. I don’t own every trendy piece of clothing out there or even think I’m the most creative at throwing things together, but what I can say, is that I ENJOY fashion. I love how unique fashion is to each and every person out there. There are no defined parameters of what you should be wearing in order to be fashionable. Everyone sees it a little bit differently! There is no need to compare because everyone is entitled to their individuality and their voice. It’s all about how you feel inside the clothes. So, I decided… Instead of trying to overthink it, which would likely result in me wearing something hideous that I would regret in about a week from now, I would go for what intuitively felt right. I may conjure up some inspiration from something I’d seen lately, but I wasn’t going to think too long about it. Because let’s be real here… No one has time to sit in their closet for an hour every day trying to pick out the quintessential “I want to look good but not like I’m trying too hard” outfit. So don’t!

Pick the Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy outfit that makes you feel good! Because if you feel great in what you’re wearing, exuding confidence automatically makes you fashionable.  So, out of my fashion rut I came and went for easy peasy. I grabbed my ever-so-soft gray oversized V-neck tshirt and some skinny black pants for comfort. Then to amp it up a little, because I was feeling a little more fierce that day, I threw on my white blazer, a colorful necklace, and a pair of pumps and obviously wore my glasses because I had just had a moment of clarity. 🙂

By the way, I am still loyal to my Revlon Lip Butters and have them in too many colors, but I am owning it. I wore the color Sugar Plum in these photos. It gives me that great, “She might be wearing lipstick but I can’t be sure. Maybe her lips are always moisturized and naturally that pinky mauve color” kinda look. They’re not. 😉

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Have a wonderful week! Follow me on Instagram @inspirememonami !

xo,

Juliana

Forever 21 V-neck Tshirt | H&M White Blazer | Forever 21 Skinny Pants | Banana Republic Pumps | Charming Charlie Necklace | Louis Vuitton Handbag

Denim Days and a Review: Makeup Forever Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color

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This Sunday was a lazy day as Sundays should be sometimes. We took a stroll around Granville Island which is one of my favorite places in Vancouver. The rest of the day was spent watching football, hanging out with D, and watching Orange is the New Black. In this outfit, I felt comfortable ALL day and there’s something about a denim shirt and a great pair of leggings that can do that for you. I have been loving a good casual boot like this lately and I love the peek-a-boo aztec design if you so choose to button down your boot and reveal it. Versatility wins again!

Review: In these photos I’m wearing Make Up Forever’s Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color in the color 14 Light Rosewood.

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I thought I’d give you a quick review because this stuff is amazing! This is a dual ended lip color with the color on one side and a clear gloss on the other end to lock in the color. I am always looking for a good long lasting lip color that doesn’t transfer because, let’s face it, our men don’t want to end up wearing our lipstick after just a quick peck on the lips. I wore this for 7 hours including eating and drinking before needing a little touch up. Many lip colors that claim to be long lasting can really dry out the lips but this didn’t for me.

Two things to note: 1) the color shows up darker on my lips than in the tube and 2) this stuff is REALLY long lasting so I needed to use my eye makeup remover on a cotton pad to get this off.

Thanks for reading!

xo,

Juliana

H&M Denim Top | H&M Utility Jacket| Zara Leggings | Reflection Boots | Handmade Scarf by my Mom! | Rebecca Minkoff Bag | Aldo Midi Rings | Forever 21 Ring

Easy Everyday Makeup with Drugstore Products

Easy Everyday Makeup with Drugstore Products
I wasn’t allowed to wear any makeup until I turned 16 and being a girly girl that was pretty much torture to me. So, as soon as I was allowed to explore the world of beauty products, I was in trouble. To me, makeup really is art, and I love how expressive you can be with it. I definitely went through a phase of wearing blue lipstick and putting glow in the dark stars at the outer corner of my eyes because I thought it was cute… I’d like to think I’ve come a long way from that.

 

I have and think I always will be the type of girl that thrives on finding a good bargain, so drugstore makeup has a special place in my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I frequent Sephora so often and own so many of their products that my friends think I should start getting a commission from them. Whenever us girls go into Sephora they feel like they can rely on me to tell them every make up and beauty product they need in their artillery. What I have learned from my many years of make up loving and experimenting is that the drug store makes AMAZING cosmetics, too!

 

These are 10 products that can complete an every day flawless face in minutes. I’ve listed the products in order of how I apply them.

 

1. L’oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup: I am obsessed with this foundation because I have dry skin especially in the winter. This foundation offers medium coverage with a dewy finish that makes you look like you’re glowing. There is a wide range of colors allowing you to pick from warm undertones to cool  to neutral undertones.  The packaging is also amazing for drugstore makeup because the bottle offers a pump for easy dispensing without the mess. This foundation also has SPF20. I wear the color W6 Sun Beige.

 

Alternative foundation loves for normal – oily skin: 

 

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation: I won’t do a full review on this at the moment but this is a great alternative for someone with normal to oily skin and also contains SPF 20.
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Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup: This foundation is also for normal to oily skin and the name of this foundation does not lie. It really does stay put all day. This foundation is very full coverage so I wouldn’t recommend wearing this everyday unless you like the extra coverage. I prefer this for going out at night or when I plan to be in photographs. This does not contain any SPF so you don’t have to worry about any ghostly white cast from the flashback in photos.
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2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer: This under eye concealer comes in a neutralizer shade (yellow), brightener shade (light pink), and the usual range of light to dark shades. I love this concealer because it is lightweight, therefore not settling into fine lines, but offers good coverage. I wear the shade medium, but if I’m not as well rested and my dark circles are more prominent, sometimes I will wear the neutralizer shade under the medium shade.

 

3. Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick:  I actually use this foundation stick as a contouring stick at the moment. I bought this foundation in the summer because I was curious about it and am always trying to shave off any time in the morning when I’m getting ready so I thought a foundation stick would do that. Since the shade 330 Toffee Caramel is too dark for me at the moment, I use this as a contour stick and pop it under my cheekbones, along my jawline, and around the the outside of my forehead for extra definition. I am a strong believer in contouring and this is a step I don’t skip. The bonus of using a foundation stick as a contouring stick is that it blends like a dream. Try it out and tell me what you think!

 

4. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso:  I absolutely love this blush. It’s formulation is baked so it goes on effortlessly without having to do very much blending and it gives you a nice subtle glow.  I like to use this color year round for an effortless every day look.

 

5. Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze:  This eyeshadow and this color in particular is amazing because it is so easy to use and makes it look like you put a lot of time into your eyeshadow with very little effort at all. Swirl your ring finger in the pot a couple times then blend onto your lid using windshield wiper motions slowly blending upwards. This creates a blended almost smokey look in one step. This dries quickly which makes it stay put all day so make sure to work quickly.

 

6. Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel:  I didn’t discover the power of good brows until 4 years ago. I definitely went through that Christina Aguilera phase where I had pencil thin brows against the advice of my mom. Whoops! Your brows really frame your face and can make you look so much more finished. Brows are intimidating to work with at first so I like this pencil because the brush at the end helps blend everything in and make it look less harsh.

 

7. Maybelline Master Smoky by Eye Studio in Black Smoke: For my every day makeup, I prefer a soft eyeliner look as opposed to a more precise defined liquid liner look. This is just my personal preference. I like this pencil because it’s very forgiving and gives a great smudged out effect and it stays put all day. I generally have problems with many eyeliners transferring on my upper lid throughout the day but this one works great for me.

 

8. Eyelash Curler:  Okay, so this one isn’t actually drugstore but I am so loyal to my Shiseido eyelash curler and haven’t found a drugstore alternative that keeps my straight Asian lashes curled all day yet. Do you know of any? Curling your lashes can really open up your eyes and make them pop while giving you a more feminine look. 

 

9. Maybelline The Falsies Flared Volum’ Express Mascara in Very Black Waterproof:  Wow, that is a long name… but I swear by this mascara. To me, it MUST be the flared version in the waterproof formula. There is something about this brush design that really does flare out my lashes at the end that gives a beautiful effect. And like I mentioned earlier, I have stubborn straight lashes so waterproof mascaras are the only ones that can hold my curl. Waterproof mascaras tend to be on the dryer side, therefore not weighing down lashes with a wet formula.

 

10. Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Crystal Lilac:  I own more lip products than any girl would ever need so I have tried my fair share of them. These lip glosses stand out to me because they are pigmented and don’t require you to wear a lipstick underneath as many lip glosses do. What you see in the tube is the color pay off you actually get. I also enjoy the scent and the formulation isn’t too sticky. My favorite daytime colors are Crystal Lilac and Bellini. To quickly change this to a sexier nighttime look, try this gloss in the color Bordeaux and you are set!

 

 

I hope this was helpful! Please subscribe and let me know if you’d like to see more posts like this!

 

xo,
Juliana

Unstructured.

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My favorite go-to item in my closet these days is my unstructured blazer. I love the effortless draping without the structure of a traditional lapel in the blazer. Not only that, I am definitely a girl that loves to add a little bit of edge to any outfit and the faux leather sleeves easily add that element. I had been searching for a blazer like this for some time so I was overjoyed when I found it at Dynamite on Robson Street in Downtown Vancouver for a steal of a deal at around $30 CAD.

And unstructured kind of defines my life at the moment. Up until June of this year, as long as I can remember, I had a strong sense of structure in my life. Whether it was daily practicing for piano growing up, rigorous drumline practices after school with weekend competitions, and of course there is the structure that being in school gives you. As I moved on to Optometry school after undergrad, the structure in my life was more evident than ever. My life revolved around when I was to be present in class, clinic, studying for exams, and scheduling practice sessions with classmates. I remember, during one lunch session with my colleagues, we realized nearly every single person in our class had a Type A personality.

So, I admit it, I just committed the ultimate faux pas and went to Wikipedia for my definition of a Type A Personality. And, well, it’s description of this personality type describes me so well that it’s almost scary. I’m not always proud of being someone who is a Type A personality but here is the description:

“The theory describes a Type A individual as ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status conscious, can be sensitive, truthful, impatient, always try to help others, take on more than they can handle, want other people to get to the point, proactive and obsessed with time management.”

So these days, as I am still waiting for my PR in Canada before I can find my Optometrist dream job, I am here, living my life a little unstructured. And although it took me a while to feel this way, I have to admit… it’s kind of therapeutic.

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xo,

Juliana

Forever 21 Sweater | Dynamite Unstructured Blazer | H&M Striped Denim | Aldo Peep Toe Booties | Aldo Earrings | Forever 21 Necklace | Coach Hand-Me-Down Purse (Thanks Mom!)