GOURMANDE GIRLS: MAKEUP HAUL AND REVIEW

Happy end of 2018. I can’t believe how fast the year has gone by. I didn’t really do much blogging this year, but maybe next year I’ll post more consistently? Can’t say I did much of anything in 2018 except bouldering, obsessing over at-home gel manicures, online thrift shopping, and decluttering my space.

I think I went through a bunch of mini Marie Kondo-style declutter sessions throughout the year. I tossed a bunch of old makeup palettes out and emptied out the bag of old lippies into the trash. I cleared out space for the new things that I know I love and need, and that I’ll use everyday.

So here’s a quick review of my recent Gourmande Girls makeup haul. While I purchased some of the products in this post, many of them were gifted to me by the sweet and beautiful co-owner of Gourmande Girls, Christina Gourmande.

Gourmande Girls Eyeshadow and Liquid Liner

I have been using the 5 Shade Luxe Eyeshadow Palette in Brown Basics ($17) everyday since I bought it. It’s just the perfect nude palette for an everyday natural look. I don’t even use an eyeshadow primer with it, because I’m super happy with the natural and subtle shadowing it adds to my eyes. I like to layer the shades too.

I was also gifted the Fall in Love Eyeshadow Palette (on sale for $30!) with 15 gorgeous fall shades. Honestly, I haven’t used it yet though. They look so pristine and delicious I kind of just like looking at them. But I want to practice a smokey-eye look with this.

Brown Basics: My everyday eyeshadow palette.

The Gourmande Girls Matte Liquid Liner ($17) is one of my favorite eyeliners. Mostly because I have fat hooded Asian eyelids and it has always been pretty impossible for me to draw a proper wing. But the brush on this eyeliner makes it super easy to control, and the liquid glides on precisely without any tugging or drawn lines where I did not want any lines.

This liquid liner is a winner.

Gourmande Girls Highlighter

I’m new to blush and highlighter. I never used them because I don’t really know where to apply the stuff. I was gifted the If Stef Wears It Metallic Highligher Palette ($30), so I had a chance to play around with these shimmery powders. I tried the gold and pinkish ones around my cheeks and it gave me a really pretty subtle glow, which was perfect for my holiday party look.

And I use the Baked Iridescent Highlighting Powder everyday now for some extra shimmer and contouring.

Gourmande Girls Liquid Lipsticks

Ahh, these are my favorite. I have found my go-to brand of liquid lipstick. These are super rich in pigment, last long, smell delicious, and are inexpensive. I love the formulas because they go on smooth and don’t feather all nasty after a couple hours or after drinking coffee.

My absolute favorite is the Matte Waterproof Liquid Lipstick (French Beige). I’ve seriously worn it everyday since I got it, and it might be the first liquid lipstick that I actually finish using up before getting bored of it. I’m not seeing it in stock online ๐Ÿ˜ฉ, but I’m also in love with the Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick ($15) and the newly released Vegan Liquid Lipstick ($15).

Cruelty-Free

Another awesome thing about Gourmande Girls is that they are animal cruelty-free! Absolutely no testing on animals. Christina and co-owner Stef Jordan are animal lovers and rescuers. They run their business with lots of love and you can tell by the quality of their products.

Thank you, Christina and Stef for sponsoring this post!

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Category: BEAUTY


POPS OF RED: DEFURIA BEVERLY HILLS BAG STRAP AND 2BUNNIEZ HAT

Yay, finally coming through with a new blog post. Been busy with work, but the reality is that I’ve also been totally consumed by my new hobby—bouldering (indoor rock climbing). It’s a strenuous workout, and every muscle in my body has been sore for two months straight. My hands are calloused and cramped, and my nails look horrific 99% of the time, but besides all that, I feel fantastic and so much stronger. And I love the fact that Eddie and I have a healthy and adventurous activity we can enjoy together.

I just may need to write a proper bouldering post in the future, but right now I’m sharing a couple of my new favorite accessories: theย Defuria Beverly Hills Maxine bag strap in red ostrich, and the super adorable 1Bunnie cap by Ilani Fay. Just so happens that the boss-babe makers of both of these products are friends of mine.

I’ve posted about Courtney Defuria (@defuria_beverlyhills)’s exotic handbags before (see old post here). I love that she expanded her line to include bag straps. I chose the red one because it’s the classic “pop of color,” but I’m also loving the yellow one in lizard.

defuria beverly hills ostrich handbag strap red

The Maxine bag strap, undoubtedly named after Courtney’s pretty dog.

The gold hardware is beautiful and highest in quality.

I attached the strap to my baby blue Givenchy Antigona, and it looks pretty darn good! I also put the strap on my yellow Antigona, my Tumi laptop bag, and my Street Fighter fight stick (?.), and they all look fabulous. But I always come back to this powder blue + red combo.

baby blue givenchy antigona handbag with red strap

The perfect shoulder length.

I also want to give a quick shoutout to my girl Ilani Fay for creating these super cute hats based on her animation characters, 2 Bunniez.

1 Bunnie hat in red. Shop before they sell out again.

Ilani’s designs and art is always cute, funny, and quirky–which is how I would describe her too. She inspires me and I feel creative juices flow through my brain whenever I wear this hat.

1 bunnie hat by ilani fay

Thinking cap.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Maxine ostrich bag strap :: Defuria Beverly Hills
1Bunnie hat :: 2Bunniez by Ilani Fay
Bag :: Givenchy Antigona Mini
Oversized denim jacket :: Forever 21 (old)
Graphic tee :: David Choe x Mangchi (old)
Leggings :: Fabletics
Shoes :: Nike Air Max 90 (love this color)
Rose gold hoop earrings :: c/o Sugarfix by Baublebar



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Category: FASHION


SHOP IG: PERFECT BUTTON-DOWN GANT SHIRTS

Hi, I just wanted to throw up a quick post to talk about the perfect blue button-down shirts that I received from Gant. These Gant shirts are classic, comfy high-quality shirts that can be dressed up with heels or worn on super chill days with sneakers.

I think navy and yellow is a classic combo and I love how the Gant Rugger PJ shirt (in Thunder Blue) pairs up with my new-to-me Givenchy Antigona bag (latest eBay find!) and yellow pumps.

The shirt is made of 100% silk, smooth, and I could probably very easily sleep in it.

Top :: Navy silk button-down c/o Gant
Jeans :: c/o ModCloth
Belt :: ASOS
Bag :: Givenchy (shop pre-owned deals on eBay)
Shoes :: Christian Louboutin (shop yellow CL pumps on eBay)

The other shirt that I received is the Gant Rugger PJ shirt in Indigo Blue. I think this shirt is sold out… I couldn’t find it on the site. But they’re having a great sale right now with lots of cute designs.

Use the code JennyK20 to get 20% off your order!

Top :: PJ Shirt in Indigo Blue c/o Gant
Jeans :: AG
Bag :: Balenciaga (shop for Mini City bags on eBay)
Shoes :: Nike Air Jordan

Thanks for stopping by! And huge thanks to Gant for the lovely shirts!


 


KOHL’S HAUL: SUMMER INTIMATES BY CANDIE’S

This post is sponsored by Kohlโ€™s. I was paid for this post and received the included intimates as compensation.

It’s really feeling like summer here in LA! And tank top and dress weather is my favorite time of the year to refresh my often-neglected underwear drawer. These super cute and flirty pieces by Candie’s are such a treat! I’m loving all the designs of the four bralettes and three panties in my recent Candie’s underwear haul from Kohl’s.

candie's intimates

Cute pieces of Candie’s.

I’ve been looking for this kind of high-neck bralette design for a long time. I love that it 1) provides a lot of coverage, 2) has built-in cups, 3) is breathable, and 4) looks extremely classy!

I love lace because it’s fancy but can also be a bit edgy. The lace pattern of this bralette is really elegant and I know I’ll be wearing this bra a lot, especially when I want to add fresh details to my outfits. I’m trying to be better at restyling the items in my closet, and this layer of lace is an easy way to elevate a top or dress.

I wore the high neck bralette to transform my super casual shirt dress into a summer date night dress.

candie's underwear

Eyelash Lace Bra :: Lace Thong (in Soft Floral Pristine)

The Candie’s lace thongs are super comfortable and the colors are so pretty. And since the lace panties are currently on sale for 5 for only $30, might as well get them in Beach Glass, Deep Blue, and Zahara Plum.

Remember when visible bra straps was such a fashion faux pas? ๐Ÿ™„ย I’m part of the camp where it’s perfectly fine and acceptable for your bra straps to show as long as they’re pretty and make you feel pretty. I love the peek-a-boo eyelash effect on these bralettes!

And how cool are the back designs on these bras? I would totally wear them with open-back dresses and tops and racerback tanks.

Candie’s bras are currently on sale at Kohl’s for $18.99, so it’s definitely the perfect time to update your underwear drawer.

candie's bralette

Super cute back design of the Candie’s wire free lace bralette.

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you decide to pick up any of these pieces. The sale goes until July 28.

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Necklace :: c/o Sugarfix by Baublebar (similar)
Hoop Earrings :: Carbon & Hyde







ASOS PETITE: LEOPARD PRINT DRESS

Happy July. It’s my birthday month, and I’m feeling like I just want to have a low-key celebration. Maybe just a nice dinner with family. I think that’s all that “old people” really want…

In this post, I’m sharing the ASOS Petite leopard print dress that I bought at the last minute before my mom’s birthday dinner. My mom wanted to celebrate just like how I’m planning to celebrate my birthday: a great dinner with family at a lovely restaurant.

leopard print dress

We had dinner at Castaway, which has a beautiful view. My mom’s favorite spot!

When I ordered this leopard print dress, I wasn’t sure how it’d suit me or how great it’d fit. The pattern is a pale pink with navy (I know it looks black in some of the photos, but it’s navy blue), and the material is slightly stretchy. The cut is so flattering and there is some ruching of the material at the belly area with an elasticized waist to hide any trouble spots or after-dinner bloat.

ASOS Petite has never let me down. The length is perfect (I’m 5’1″) and the dress is true to size. I’m wearing a US 0.

I wore nude pumps because nude pumps go with everything. I need to add some cute heeled sandals to my closet. But since I rarely get to wear my beloved pumps these days, I take the opportunity whenever I get it.

I also added the Givenchy Antigona (mini size) in nude pink to my bag collection. Yay. I’ve been so good about not buying fancy bags or shoes, that when I saw this on the preowned market at such an amazing price, I didn’t feel too guilty about the purchase.

There definitely ain’t no shame in buying used items when you want the look and not pay thousands of dollars. There also ain’t no shame in buying designer dupes either. Don’t forget to check out my Amazon page full of awesome highly rated dupes!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer so far!

Dress :: ASOS Petite
Bag :: Givenchyย (Dupe here!)
Shoes :: Christian Louboutinย (Dupe here!)
Earrings :: c/oย Sugarfix by Baublebar