Thursday, July 19, 2018

u p d a t e 2018

  c u r r e n t l y p l a y i n g : 
j j p r o j e c t  // i c a r u s  

I'm back from yet another unannounced hiatus! This is my first post of 2018, it's really been such a long time. I have the same excuses as always, between work and school I haven't had a lot of time to do the things that I want to do creatively-- but I've gotten a spark of inspiration lately and I really want to get back into things and start editing videos again. I recently purchased a a Sony a6000 as a new vlogging camera so I'm super excited! I also am hoping to get an ipad pro in the near future so that I can do some digital art and edit things a little easier. Also I think it would give me a fun way to bullet journal so that I can have a cool way to keep organized and gather my thoughts for some content consistency :>

I want to go a slightly different direction visually with my blog and videos so I've been taking my time learning on how to make quality content. I tend to get a bit self-conscious when I put stuff out because it's usually not at the quality level that I want or had envisioned, but I really want to continue to create and push myself to produce content I'll be proud of. More than anything I think I just need patience lol. I have been watching a lot of other artist's videos for inspo and I watched bts' jungkook's G.C.F videos a while back and seeing him work so hard to share his cute moments with us inspired me a lot to stop being lazy and find my motivation to get started again lol.

Anyway as I said before, I want to present myself and blog differently than I have before so you can expect some updates and layout changes to my blog and youtube! I can't wait to get started on all the projects I have in mind and share my work :>

don't forget to follow me for updates!


Thursday, December 14, 2017

CaseApp x Giveaway!

Hey guys! I'm back and excited to announce that for the holidays I've had the opportunity to work with CaseApp once again to create another awesome case :> If you all forgot, here's a little throwback of my last collaboration with CaseApp which you can check out here! so you can see other examples of how you can design your case-- which by the way make awesome little gifts for xmas! *keep reading for a discount code!*
I announced the giveaway via Twitter earlier this week and was super excited by the response, and decided that this year I wanted to go with a BTS themed case. For those of you that don't know, BTS is a Kpop group that has made a huge break into the western music industry this past year and have completely dominated the charts. I'm personally part of the fandom and am very proud of how far they've come this past year so decided to celebrate their success and share this with you guys. Below is the phone case CaseApp allowed me to design for you guys, with our very own Mr. Worldwide Handsome. Congratulations to Nat!! 

Thank you CaseApp and everyone who participated in the giveaway! Don't forget, it's not too late to pick up you own custom designed phone or laptop case at CaseApp in time for the holidays! Also make sure to use the discount code ➝ 20SELENA ← for 20% off your order!! Have a safe and happy holidays :> 

I do not claim to own this artwork, this Jin edit was made by @BTSorbit who is amazing! This was not used for profit nor have I edited the photo before hand. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A new addition to your skincare routine! With Maple Holistics

Henlo friends, it's been a while since I've posted but I'm back for the holidays with some cool stuff for you guys. This month I got the opportunity to work with Maple Holistics which is an awesome company that specializes in all natural and cruelty free care products! You all know how important skincare is to me, and how I especially love trying out new serums. This past month I have been experimenting Maple Holistics' Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum, and have since fully integrated it into my daily routine! When I first opened the bottle the first thing I noticed was the nice herby smell it had to it. For those of you that are smell sensitive, I don't think you'll mind very much as it's very subtle. The Vitamin C Anti-Aging serum is reputed to help correct aging skin, and help clear up those wrinkles! (excuse my grubby looking nails in the following photos)

 At first I was a little surprised at the consistency of the serum, but because it is water based it wont be as thick as those that you usually use. This serum can be used any time during the day, and and since it is water based it dries and soaks into the skin easily. I like to use this product for my nightly routine, and apply it before my moisturizers and my skin feels great afterwards.  
I'm about half way through my bottle and I'm excited to look through their other serums that they have on their website. (I have actually been eyeing the tea tree oil serum, which is supposed to be amazing for your skin) You all can check them out h e r e and don't forget to sign up for their free samples program h e r e ! 
As always, thanks for being patient and sticking around, once I get my hands on some more products you guys can expect another post :> 

products mentioned


Friday, November 4, 2016

Fall Looks with Johnston & Murphy

Hey guys! I know I've been pretty MIA lately, the usual excuses unfortunately. (work, school, life etc.) But super excited because the Holidays are coming up and I'm hoping to do for lookbook type posts in the future! Today I'm excited to share this lil look I put together wearing the amazing Brianna Buckle Bootie by Johnston and Murphy. I've been wearing them constantly this past month and I swear to you, the are t h e most COMFY heels ever-- not even being dramatic. What I love the most about them is that I have been able to create some casual looks but I've also dressed them up. For this outfit I chose to go the classic, modern-edgy route. Also just a fun fact, I actually wore this outfit to an interview (Topshop) and they loved it. :-)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Updated Skincare Routine | With GÖTZ BAD ISCHL Oxygen Facial Tonic

Hellerr! I'm finally back with an updated skincare routine, I've been wanting to do this for a while now because I have literally completely changed up everything and switched out all my old cleansers, toners and moisturizers with new and different brands. This wasn't added in the group photo but before I tone and moisturize my skin I scrub my face with Tony Moly's Foam Face Cleanser before hand to ensure a clean face. Below I numbered the products in the exact order that I use them! First using  GÖTZ BAD ISCHL Oxygen Facial Tonic.
1.  GÖTZ BAD ISCHL Oxygen Facial Tonic
My most recent addition to my skincare routine! This is a fresh, herbal toning spray that I use before applying all of my other moisturizers.

GÖTZ BAD ISCHL Oxygen Facial Tonic for anyone (you too boys) with troubled skin. It helps reduce acne drastically and reduce red marks and scarring that we are all left with. It is not oily or greasy! So good for oily/combo skin as well.
A clarifying tonic that will help balance out excessive oil, soothe redness, and minimize the appearance of blemishes and enlarged pores. Anthyllis works to balance and even your skin tone, while calendula and nasturtium work to minimize blackheads and the appearance of blemishes. 
This toner can soothe knicks, cuts, and razor burn. (Both men and women can even use this as an aftershave!) It can also soothe bug bites, and other irritations. So, not only should this toner be in your beauty bag, but it can also be a great addition to your first aid kit. 
It has a very strong herbal/tangerine-y smell too it when you first spritz it on your face but not too bothersome. It  fades after a few seconds after application.
GÖTZ BAD ISCHL treatment is Paraben-Free, Alcohol-Free & Cruelty-Free. Improve Complexion & Skin Tone, Extract Dirt & Impurities, & Leave Your Skin Clean, Hydrated, Soft and Radiant.


Monday, August 8, 2016

Champaign Pop Collection | Does it change lives??

 Hello nuggets. It's been a while but I'm back with another review! The Becca X JH collection has been out for a month or so now I believe and I've edited my photos so long ago and never got around to making actual content out of it (the usual.)  I had actually waited for this product to go live on Sephora I think it was like 10am or something? They sold out pretty quickly but I was actually impressed by how quickly they restocked! I thought It was going to be one of those launch, sell out and restock another month later type deals, but thankfully not. 
I'm a huge fan of the OG highlight Champaign Pop and was excited when I found out that they were coming out with a new highlight. Prosecco pop is a very nice gold highlight. They highlight shade itself isn't too special, you can get gold highlights literally from any brand. (Laura Mercier has an amazing one or even Laura Geller's Guilded Honey) but the thing about Becca's skin perfectors is that the formula is sooo amazing it's virtually incomparable. Any of brand that makes highlights with this amount of pigmentation usually have a lot of fallout etc but not theirs :-) idk what it is but it's so silky and applies beautifully.

Moving to the blushes, they're absolutely beautiful. Rose Spritz and Pamplemousse are such nice pinky shades! And a little definitely goes a long way, the formula with these are def A1, typical of the Becca skin perfector usual quality. The only one I can't really seem to come around to is Amaretto. It's kind of a brozed burnt peach shade? It's somewhere in the middle where you're not sure if you should use it as a blush or a bronzer, I think that'll depend mostly on your skin tone and see which way looks best on you. In the pot it looks more bronzed and earthy but when applied it actually has a very orange-y undertone to it. It's a very pretty shade (I think it was mostly added for aesthetics to the palette) but I don't really know what to do with it since it doesn't really look good on my skin tone :/ 
Left to right: Rose Sprits, Amaretto, Pamplemousse

That about wraps it up! Next Thursday on my new skincare routine :-) I have a buttload of new products that I have been using and my skin has been so cutes and supple and cooperative lately and I think it's because of my new moisturizing routine. 

Edit: Yes this palette does change lives lol


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

March Favorites: Glo Up

As promised I am back with my March Favorites-- but I'm changing it up a little and sharing my  current favorite highlighters to achieve that bomb glow 。◕‿◕。 These are all recent purchases and I actually use at least 3 of them everyday..

We'll start with the ABH Glow Kits. This one is in Gleam-- I bought this one only for Mimosa and ended up really liking Starburst and Crushed Pearl as well. Super pigmented but I found that when I tried to use it with MAC fix+ it didn't apply well at all, which was actually really surprising to me because Fix+ brings out the best in nearly all powder highlighters. I'm thinking it might have been the setting powder I was using (never had a problem with it before but just a thought) and maybe next time I try out a different one and see if the result is the same.
Next, That Glow-- legit part of my All Stars team of A1 highlights, especially Golden Bronze. Lately I've been trying to maintain a nice glow for my skin and easing up on intense coverage etc. so I've been doing a lot of natural bronzed, bright skin looks and of course I use cream contour (FX or ABH) but then set it using Golden Bronze :-) and it comes out b e a u t i f u l l y . I can't express how much I love this one lol. Sunburst is probably my least favorite out of the four, for some reason I feel like it would look better on lighter skinned girls even though it's paired with darker pans, which makes it look nice but I would suggest going a different route for my brown hunnies. I just feels like it comes off really light and opaque and looks kind of funky, kind of sad about it but maybe in winter when ya girls lighter I'll give it another shot.
So for the past year I have been missing out on the precious gem that I ever knew I needed. Becca X Jaclyn Hill's Champaign Pop. Yeees I know it's been out for forever but honestly I didn't think it'd be worth the hype I guess? I've seen it on many of my favorite Youtubers but that never really seemed like enough to justify the purchase for me and never bothered to swatch it at Sephora until recently. AND I'M CRYING BC IT'S SO GOOD AND IDK WHY I WAITED SO LONG?!?!??!?! Outrageous.  I actually have a lot of Becca's products and really like the Shimmering Skin Perfecters, they silky smooth and has super high pigmentation. I've been wearing this literally everyday since my purchase. No ragrets. Also So sorry the next few swatches were out of focus, I didn't realize until after I was editing and at that point there was no going back.

The following picture after Champaign Pop is Opal. I got a mini sample and it's not too bad. I have other highlighters that I would definitely grab and use before this one but I actually have been using it as a top layer for Champaign Pop and found that I actually really liked the combo. So for that reason it was defaulted into my favorites. 
For those that don't know Urban Decay came out with a new Summer collection and came out with new bronzers, highlighters, BB creams etc. This is their new Afterglow Powder Highlighter in Fireball. It comes out in three different shades and tbh I almost bought all of them, but being $28 I surprisingly was able to control myself from yet another impulse buy. I went with Fireball because it was the only highlighter shade I really felt like I didn't already have and basically just use it as a blush substitute. Once again, I apologize for the unfocused pictures u.u  
And that sums up last month's favorites! One last thing I want to share is a new blog segment I'll be doing called The Chowski Chronicles, starring my sweet dogchild Osa who is now 5 months old. I've  been planing this for a while but have been waiting until she got a little older so her personality can grow a little more and all that. So I think it's time! It'll be scheduled for the last Friday of every month, so next week be ready to be slapped in the face with cuteness and my endless puppy drama. Are there any other new parents out there with puppies going through the terrible twos?? Let me know I want to know how you're dealing with it hahaha *laughs and cries manically* Click below to see some teaser pictures! You won't regret it :>

That's all for tonight, later gators.

Up Next: The Chowski Chronicles: Bringing Your Puppy Home

© Lifestyle|Beauty|Fashion . All rights reserved.