Monday, March 30, 2015

Outfit of the Week (OOTW)

Kimonos are a spring/summer staple. It's a thin light cardigan type clothing that is great for the chillier days when you don't want to just wear a tank top or crop top. This cardigan is great for layering and they're super cute and super affordable. Kimonos are a new fashion trend and are on the clothing racks in almost any store. It is the perfect way to tie an outfit together. They're sold in Target, Forever21, Urban Outfitters, Pacsun, American Eagle, etc. 

Products were purchased from:
Kimono: Hollister
Leggings: PINK

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Clinic Color Cherry Red Review

Clinic Color Cherry Red review
By Kelly Leem, junior fashion blogger

I decided to try out a new hair dye to touch up my red hair. The other one I used, Garnier Olia Dark Garnet Red, did give me the color I wanted. However, it was constantly bleeding out whenever I washed my hair. It was really frustrating. I stopped by my local beauty supply store and decided to try it out. Even though I was hesitant on using it because it was a hair dye that I’ve never heard of and used.

Note: This is a Korean brand hair dye, so the instructions are written in Korean.

Price: *****
-The retail price is $8.99 (without tax). Compared to other drugstore hair brands that cost $12-$14 dollars, this one was a bargain!

Color: *****
-The color displayed on the box looked really nice, and since I already had red hair, (the dye faded), I just wanted to touch it up. It’s a vibrant cherry red color.

Application: ****
-I’m generally not very good at applying hair dye. It always ends up on my face, my legs, and even ended up on my elbow one time. The hair dye came in its usual hair dye applicator, developer and colorant with the narrow nozzle that squeezed the product out. The dye brush it came with made it really easy to dye my hair and evenly distributed the product.

Packaging: *****
-In this little box of hair dye, a plastic poncho, gloves, the applicator, shampoo and hair treatment, and a dye brush was included!!! A DYE BRUSH!!! I have never ever seen a drugstore hair dye give so many things out to make sure your hair dying process isn’t as messy.

Amount of Product: ****
-I do have short hair (up to the shoulders), so I figured one box would be enough. The applicator is kind of small, so I was afraid it wouldn’t cover my entire head. It ended up doing so, but I didn’t get to saturate my entire head with the dye, so some parts are still that faded red color that I wanted to cover up. If you have longer hair, I recommend you get 3 boxes instead, just in case you need more.

Smell: ****
-It’s the usual hair dye smell. However, it wasn’t too strong in the hair dye. The shampoo and conditioner smelled divine!

Quality: *****
- It came with so many products that allowed the process of dying my hair much more easier. The shampoo and conditioner are small samples, but they made my hair so soft and fragrant. Unlike other red hair dyes, the water ran clear and after another shower 2 days later after one rinse and the color stayed in my hair and didn’t bleed out as much.

Overall: I think I’ll be using this hair dye from now on. It’s $8.99 with tax, making it $9.16! It’s more cheaper then the Olia hair dye I previously used and has more quality to it! I’m going to review another hair dye soon in a few weeks after the hair dye fades a bit.

The front, side, and back of the packaging.

What's included in the hair box: A dye brush, the cream developer and color, leave in conditioner, gloves, and a plastic poncho for easy application (it's inside the plastic bag) 

What the color looks in the tube. 

How it looks when the cream developer and color is mixed together

How it looks in my hair (it was previously dyed red)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Liole Photogenic Mix Concealer Review

Liole mix concealer
by Kelly Leem, editor

I have dark circles under my eyes from the lack of sleep I get everyday. I literally have 50 shades of grey under my eyes. So, I’ve been searching for a good concealer that would counteract those blueish purple circles. On Amazon, I found this concealer from a famous Korean brand called Liole. It had really cute packaging and two different shades of concealer that would allow me to mix them for the perfect color. Before I actually bought it, I read some reviews to make sure it was actually a product worth paying for. Despite the small amount of reviews, I decided to order it and give it a try.
Color: *****
-It comes with two different colors, a lighter one and darker one, so you can mix them into the perfect skin color match. There’s only one shade to this line, which is unfortunate.

Consistency: ****
-I don’t really like cream based concealers because they always tend to feel drier and patchy under my eyes, but this concealer is actually a bit more hydrating. If you warm it up first, it turns into this really nice creamy consistency that applies nicely onto the skin without looking patchy.

Coverage: ****
-It has a light to medium coverage depending on how much product you put on. It covers redness really nicely (especially around the nose). However, applying it on blemishes accentuates it more, so I wouldn’t recommend doing so. It also covers my pigmented lips pretty nicely. It's a very creamy consistency, so I recommend you heat it up a bit (tip: apply it with your finger tips to warm it up and get the fullest coverage) to make is apply smoother.

Packaging: *****
-It’s so cute! It came in a pink and shiny box. When you open it, it has a shiny pink surface to it and a mirror inside the compact.

Lasting Power: *****
-I covered the redness around my nose (which tends to be oily) and went out to hang out with my friends. About four hours later, the product was still there even when I didn’t set it with a powder!

Shipping time: ****
-Since it was international, it took a long time to come. I think it was a month. Since I ordered it on Amazon, I was able to track it, so it wasn’t too big of a problem.

Overall, I really liked this concealer! 

It has a really shiny and pretty pink cover.

The shade comparisons (left: the lightest shade, right: the darkest shade). What you see is what you get.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Best and Worst Dressed at the Grammy's

 The Best and Worst Dressed at the Grammy’s
by Madeline Heinsen, staff reporter

Although the Grammys are known for awarding artists for their outstanding achievement in the music industry, their fashion choices also come to play and are a major factor judged by the public.

Singer Madonna started off the red carpet in an eye-catching look that wasn’t appealing. She put everything on display in a matador-inspired Givenchy design, complete with a veiled topper and thigh-high boots according to Antoinette Bueno of Entertainment tonight.

Rihanna surprised many in an unflattering frothy Giambattista Valli Couture cupcake gown hot off the Paris Haute Couture runway but this can be taken as a positive since Rihanna is known to wear a lack of clothing.

Bravo's Fashion Queens hosts Bevy Smith was highly impressed with Taylor Swift's ombre Elie Saab high-low dress, naming it one of the best dresses of the night.
"Gorgeous gown in a gorgeous color, she totally gets red carpet style and she wears the clothes, they don't wear her," Smith said.

Gwen Stefani’s Versace Atelier jumpsuit was a casual look that impressed as well. The jumpsuit was modern, striking and architecturally important. Nicki Minaj was also one of the best dressed in skin-baring Tom Ford.

"[She] may not ever clean up her act, but her style is immaculate, her demure makeup, classic coif, and gorgeous Tom Ford gown signals [that] she's becoming a serious style maven," Smith said.

Overall, the most astonishing outfit was worn by Rihanna and not in a positive way. Rihanna definitely opened eyes but not in the way she wished to have.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Marsala, Color of the Year

by Kelly Leem, student reporter

Pantone-Colour-of-The-Year-Marsala-model-from-Sephora.jpg-So this years color of the year is of course the beautiful reddish brownish nude shade, Marsala. Sephora made a palette based on all the shades that include Marsala colors in them. The Sephora+Marsala palette (not available anymore) dedicated to it is pretty expensive, so I will list the 2 palette alternatives, as well as the drugstore blush and lip colors.
(cite: Pantone.com)

Eyeshadow Palettes:

-If you look at the Sephora site, the products they recommend to best match marsala actually includes the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. So if you already have it, you’re all set to express the color of the year

Nyx Love in Paris palette: Merci Beaucoup ($10)
-This has beautiful brown, golds, and coppery red shades that match the eye makeup introduced by the promotional poster Pantone released.


-A beautiful wine color that matches the blush color on the poster.

Lip Color:
-It’s more of a browner color and has a frosty finish with shimmer. But, it has a nude touch to it that’s a tingle darker to marsala.

-Even though the lipstick is more red in the makeup for the marsala promotional poster, It’s actually more of a dark brownish red nude color. The milani statement lipstick and Maybelline creamy matte lipstick in touch of spice matches that category, but if you want a deeper wine lip color, I recommend you go for the Maybelline creamy matte lipstick in Divine Wine.

(cite: Pantone.com)

Mascara vs. Fake Eyelashes

Mascara vs. Fake Eyelashes
by Yura Shin
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Claudia's eye with Mascara
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Kaitlyn's eye with fake lashes

Mascara has been around since the 1800s. It has come along way from how well it works today. Mascara is one the the most popular makeup products used by women after lip products. As females always strive to get their lashes longer, mascara is always a must have product in a makeup bag.

“I like mascara better than fake lashes because if you apply it properly with the right mascara, you can achieve the same look as wearing fake lashes,” senior Claudia Michelak said.

Longer, fuller, thicker lashes has become extremely trendy the past few months. Having bold lashes emphasizes the eye area massively and transforms a neutral look to become more dramatic.

“Fake lashes make me do a double take on girls,” senior Renato Barchi said.

Many girls today prefer using fake lashes over mascara due to giving the full affect. A tube of mascara usually lasts for approximately three months but it tends to dry up. However, lashes last until they are completely worn out and until the lashes fall off.