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Holiday Sparkle Smokey Makeup + Tarte products

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Happy holidays everyone! Like any other holidays in the past few years, I was busy trying to pump out a video on time to avoid awkwardness on the online sphere.  This is another one of those videos that I intended to make for Christmas ~ NYE period. Since I've been doing mostly simple looks, I decided to do a bolder look for the last of the series of my holiday series.

Here's the video that went up on Christmas -

It is a bit of a messy procedure, but what isn't when we're using powdery / loose shadows. :)

I usually try to cut down on chatter in my videos because I don't like it when someone goes on and on about something irrelevant to the purpose of the video, but I think I should include what was edited out of this video on the blog.

I was raving again and again about the Tarte products I was using in the video.

The clean slate poreless 12-hour perfecting primer is something that I was something that I was looking for for the longest time.  For the oddest reason, everytime I went to Sephora (multiple locations!), this product was always out of stock.  Anyway, I didn't like the idea of ordering the product online unless I tried out the texture at Sephora, but with my patience running out, I decided I'd just give it a go.  The video was the first time using the primer and as I was applying it while filming, I couldn't stop the compliments. The texture is like smooth, silky silicon.  With a tiny drop of the product, I feel like I could cover all of my cheek area and some of my chin (mostly where I have rough skin texture).

For now - I give it a 10 out of 10!! I can't find any flaws with this product!!

Also, another Tarte product that I used for the first time in my video was the Tarte Marajuca Creaseless Concealer in the shade light.

Oh my... I love this creamy and effective concealer.  For years, I was attached to my Shu Uemura concealer, thinking that nothing could beat it, but I've jumped ships without any hesitation.  I really REALLY love this concealer.
I actually overkilled on my first usage of this concealer.  I pumped out a small amount (more like 3/4 of a pea size), since I tend to use a lot all around my face, and it was too much.  It's amazing how such little amount can cover so much area.  This means that even the thinnest layer can cover up a lot of the problem areas.
The shade "Light" fits me and has a bit of a pink undertone to it, which is fine with me since most of my foundations have a yellow base.  Overall, this is a product that I will go back to over and over again until something bad, like discontinue, happens. :'(

I love me tarte products!!!

I'll probably mention these products in my next favorite video again, but I think it's worth mentioning these products over and over again to spread the goodness of them. :p

~ Catalina

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Basics: Clean Smokey Eye Look

Hi everyone,

I keep getting requests to do more basic and easier makeup tutorials.  I thought that was the basic idea of all my videos, but I think I assumed too much.  So back to basics! This is one of the easiest ways to make and outer crease without actually having a prominent feature there.  My face features are flat and when it comes to any kind of contouring, I had to (and still am) struggle(ing).

Anyway, I'm getting back into the fun of making beauty videos, so I might pump out a line of holiday-ready looks until the end of December. :)

Please enjoy!

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Quick Run Through of Target + Neiman Marcus Collection

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I liked it.. then I didn't like it, then I wanted and didn't want it..
I've been having my ups and downs with the recent Target + Neiman Marcus collection that is currently being sold in Targets. I've talked a lot about it on my twitter, so might as well do a quick first impressions on a few of the items.

So I went to Target multiple times to check out the items.
I'm not really in a spending mood lately, so I didn't want to make any emotional decisions.

Alice + Olivia bike and luggage.
I think Alice + Olivia should just keep doing what they are good at : making beautiful and delicate dresses and evening wear. If I had money to throw around, I would have considered the bike, maybe, but I'm not really sure about the $500 price tag on the bike.. I dunno.. T_T the thick buckle belt around the basket reminds me of Santa's belt.

Same with the luggage.
I love traveling and I obsess about carry-on luggages.. but this one made me laugh a bit.
The wheels are really tiny (so easy to break off!) and the size could actually go a bit bigger too (20 inches in height lessens the value).
There were some cuteness going on inside the bag. It's the four additional baggies that came with the luggage!

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There's four!! Glasses, Other, Laundry and Shoes - each very self-explanitory with its function.
If these bags were sold separately, I would be willing to buy them, just not with the luggage. 

Marc Jacobs.
$69.99 for just plain ol' pouch with marc jacobs slapped on it.
There was something else too (I think a scarf?), and that one too was expensive.

It's cool that there's people willing to pay just for the brand name... but I thought Marc Jacob items were the biggest rip off compared to quality in the whole bunch.

Oscar de la Renta Tote 
A bit more reasonably priced at $59.99. I'm not a huge fan of the cut-out lace pattern on the shell, but I thought structurally it was pretty good for the price. If you guys like the stiff paper mesh feeling (I do!), then this tote is worth giving a side-eyed glance.

Prabal Gurung clutch was accidentally grabbed with the gloves. Just by touch, I was surprised that the clutch actually had a pretty good hand-feel to it.  The structure of the item seemed pretty sturdy and good. One could accidentally sit on it and not have to worry about crushing the integrity of the clutch. ;)

Okay, back to the gloves.
I think these are the best money you could spend on the entire collection. The long gloves are made of extremely soft letter and the quality is really good for its $49.99 price tag.  I've had a phase where I was going crazy over long gloves in 2006 and gloves with good quality easily tip over the $400-$500 mark.  I can't really say that these gloves are the best quality in the industry, but I really think it's so much better money spent than the bike or pouch introduced above.

But why is it so expensive. T_T

Band of outsiders cookie cutters.  
It's really cute and sturdy in real life.  If I were a baker, I'd love to have these given to me as a holiday gift. I think these are totally worth the money.

Tory Burch lunch bag and Carolina Herrera Travel bags (set of 3).
I originally wanted the Tory Burch lunch box, in hopes of using it as a makeup bag when I travel. 
But the inside is REALLY REALLY cheaply made.  And the repeat print reminded me so much of.. Goyard.  I don't know why TB always does this, but she always seems to be borderline infringing on others design patent (Prada bag, goyard print..etc). Anyway, I saw the Carolina Herrera bags and I assure you these are of better value.  The three bags are connected to each other with a golden rod and the bag construction is well worth putting in a couple more bucks. 

I understand that this post has a tint of bitterness and disappointment in it, but that's exactly how I feel after the high-running emotions have died off.  It's a good marketing strategy on Target's side, but I just feel like most of the stuff really isn't worth the money - unless you genuinely like paying for the brand name itself. 
Rag & Bone makes quality clothes in the US and comparable sweaters are sold at $495ish in department stores.  When the price is cut into almost 1/7 of what it is normally sold at - there is going to be a lot of compromise with the quality. And for such a compromise with such high-up brands, I think target's prices are pretty hefty.

During the time I was in the store I realized that a lot of people "oohh" and "ahhhhed" over the products, but barely anyone picked something up and put it in their cart. That was the same for me too. The collection corner is extremely fancy and pretty - I wanted something, but there wasn't anything that really made me want to open up my wallet.  I guess to me this is a good sign - I am maturing and I don't buy products just by the brand name (haha). 

Anyway, if you have time go look at the collection. Many of them were omitted in this post and I do think they are worth looking at just for fun. Who knows, maybe I'm dead wrong about my first impressions?! :)


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