February 2015 Favorites

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Not much has changed since last month’s favs but I still decided to show what I’ve been loving as of late. I’ve been a bit quiet and not abiding by my schedule but I promise good things are coming, I’ve said in the past that I’m my harshest critic so if it isn’t good it won’t be going up! I’m doing a lot of research and reading to make LWSS a different place for fresh content so stay tuned. Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday and will talk to you all soon!

What’s In My J.Crew Parker Bag

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I ordered a smaller crossbody bag to just chuck necessities in for days I don’t want to lug around a tote. This bag is from J.Crew and is called their Parker bag, it’s available in 4 different colors (I opted for black of course). The bag is small but surprisingly spacious and well structured. I think I’ll get a ton of use out of it, especially come Spring/Summer!

  • Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
  • *Wallet – Vianel
  • iPhone 5s
  • Aesop Hand-Rinse
  • Aesop Rosehip Lip Cream
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk
  • Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink Lip Charm
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz
  • *Tom Ford Lip Color in Gustavo
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Evasion
  • Chanel Les Beiges Compact in No30
  • Ray-Ban 3025 Aviators in Black
  • Diptyque Tam Dao

*PR Samples

Perfecting My Eyeliner Technique

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We all suffer from wobbly-itis when it comes to feline flick’in it. I’ve had my fair share of un-even lines over the years but I’m proud to say I’ve finally got my technique down-packed! I can’t take all the credit because tools are what make or break in this case. I’ve tried gel, pencils, liquid formulas and I will say the easiest form to apply is a liquid pen. Gel can get messy and tricky if you have the wrong brush. Pencils can be harder to get a sharp clean line and can tug on the eyelids if the consistency isn’t creamy enough. Liquid gives you the ease of just gliding it across the eyelid and the most comfortable to hold if it’s in pen form. I have 3 different liners to choose from at all different price points so take your pick. . .

  • L’oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Liner - This is a rich matte black formula with a felt tip. Great for a beginner and gets the job done. The only complaint I have it the felt tip, after time it will wear and you’ll start to loose the ability to create a very defined flick. It’s from the drugstore so you really can’t ask for more! I use it sometimes over top of other liquid liners because I enjoy how dark it is.
  • Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum - This is some really good ish! The formula isn’t as pigmented as the L’oreal liner but I’ve found that over time the liquid somehow darkens in the tube. Bizarre right? Maybe contact with the air makes it change who knows but I’m not complaining.  It has a semi-matte finish with a synthetic fiber tip. Can I just express my love for synthetic bristled liners?! They give the most sharp line if handled properly. Not only is this a liner but it also doubles as a eyelash serum which has really perked mine up a bit. This liner too is from the drugstore and worth trying out!
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner - Very similar to the PF liner due to the synthetic haired tip. The ink is pitch black and it’s extremely long-lasting. Its pretty much water-proof which means it’s a b*tch to take off but if you have super oily eyelids like moi then it may just be what you’re looking for. This is the priciest out of the bunch but you’ll thank me later!

Now the trick isn’t tape here, the issue with the tape is you can place it too high up or at a weird angle and end up with your flicks sticking straight up versus outwards. Cotton buds are ok but you really can’t get that sharp edge, I always end up removing too much and having to go back in with the liner to fill in the spots. I use this thin angled synthetic brush from Sephora and their make-up remover. I don’t think this brush is available because they’ve redesigned their whole brush range but I’m sure you can find something similar. The brush is so thin and flexible that it allows me to remove excess liner easily without disturbing eyeshadow or concealer.

 I have very round eyes so to elongate them I don’t bring the liner all the way to the tear duck, I’ll stop a little over the iris of the eye. As of late I’ve been doing a longer thinner flick and really like the way it looks. I can’t do too thick of a line because my eyes are slightly hooded and it’s overpowering in my opinion. I’d love to know what are your thoughts on the subject and what are some of your favorite ways to wear your flick?

LWSS Turns 2

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Today marks our 2 year journey together as a team. So much has happened since starting LWSS and it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for my readers. I’ve made new friends, discovered my true self and continue to grow as individual with each passing day. Blogging and interacting with you guys is the best experience I can take from all of this, I would probably be the same lost girl I was 2 years ago if I hadn’t summed up the courage to create LWSS.

All I can say is thank you and I’m truly humbled by all of your kind words on here, IG, Twitter, for those of you who take the time to write emails or messages, all of it! It’s extremely encouraging to know I have such a big support system from different places around the world. I can’t say what the future holds because I’m unsure of what lies ahead but I will do my best to provide you all with great content and always promise to stay true to me. While I have grown up and my personal preferences have changed I’m still myself, blogging has only enhanced me. I’m still learning as I go and make it a point to keep filling my big ass head with as much information as I can. So again thanks to all my old faithfuls and new faces for being fu*king awesome!

Love,

    Tamira xoxo

High-End Beauty Products Worth The Hype

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To splurge or not to splurge? It’s hard investing in products without giving them a good test run first but today I thought I’d share some of my must-haves and repurchases. Sorry I’m not sorry (to your wallets)!

Getting Myself Ready For Special Occasions

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I love a good pamper session before any important event I have planned! I tend to do this routine the night before so that my skin and teeth are ready on the actual day. As nice as a day at the spa sounds I like the comfort of my own home and being able to prep at my own pace.

1. I’ll light one of my Diptyque Candles and fill the bath with my Aromatherapy Associates Oil in De-stress to set the ambiance.

2.  Make this year the year you strike a pose with your smile. #StrikeASmile and let Crest 3D White Whitestrips be your secret weapon to help you achieve that confident, beautiful red-carpet smile all year long.You only have to wear these for an hour so in the mean time i’ll move onto my skin

  • The FlexFit technology allows Whitestrips to stretch and mold to custom fit your smile for superior coverage and improved application
  • FlexFit technology provides 30% more coverage to whiten more teeth
  • Crest 3D White Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips whiten as well as a $500 in-office professional laser treatment

You don’t need to be an A-list celeb to achieve a red carpet-worthy white smile. Add Crest 3D White Whitestrips to your beauty routine and voila! You’ll #StrikeASmile with absolute confidence. Don’t forget to tune into the E! Live from the Red Carpet special on February 22nd and follow @3DWhite to follow the #StrikeASmile conversation.

2. After using the EveLom Cleansing Balm I like to use an abrasive exfoliant like the Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate to remove all the dead skin on my face.

3. Sheet masks are totally in right now and there are so many types to choose from for all skin types. I’ve been using the Leader’s Brightening Recovering Mask which helps with discoloration, blemishes and dehydration. I also use a mask on the eyes and my favorite is the Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask. *Tip – pop these in the fridge for a nice cooling effect to help with any puffiness or irritation you might have.

4. Next up is toning and I love the Diptyque Infused Facial Water, I grab a cotton pad and gently swipe it all over my face.

5. Last step is moisturizing and I use the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture which acts as a perfect base for makeup. I also suffer from really dry under-eyes so I will dab the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream with my ring finger to avoid pulling or tugging at such a sensitive area.

I have a wedding in March that I have to be in and future trips to NYC so this is the routine I’ll be using to ensure my skin and teeth are looking their best. I think the key to a good make-up application is having good skin, it needs a little TLC every now and again!

* This post was sponsored by 3D Crest White Stripes, other products are my own. For more information please refer to my disclosures.

Pick Your Perfect Red With Marc Jacobs Beauty

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Red lipsticks are so empowering and really give you that extra bit of confidence you need to feel like a woman. It can be intimidating to find the right shade and tone but I promise there is one for everyone! Above are 7 lip shades from Marc Jacobs which are available at Sephora and their website.

Swatched from L to R : Miss Scarlet, Core Cora, Oh Miley, Blow, Je Taime, Rei Of Light and Goddess.

The formula is very creamy, opaque and lasts for several hours. The packaging is sleek with a magnetic closure and the Marc Jacobs etching on the tube. My favorite out of the bunch of course is the darkest shade, Blow. I’m really impressed with the payoff and overall formula of these lipsticks. Below is a shade guide to help you choose the right color for you!

Warm (Golden or Apricot Undertones) 

  • Blonde, Silver or Red Hair –  Oh Miley, Je T’aime
  • Brunette or Black Hair – Goddess, Blow

Cool (Pink or Rosy Undertones)

  • Blonde, Silver or Red Hair – Core Cora, Goddess
  • Brunette or Black Hair – Rei Of Light, Miss Scarlet

#LEMARC #MakeYourLeMarc

*PR Samples

My Current Hair Routine

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So this time around I skipped the chit chat and decided to film how I usually do my hair. I have to straighten it no matter what due to its unruly nature as you will see in the video, it’s very Monica-esk (Friends)! ghd sent over these beautiful rose gold hair straightens which made perfect timing because my 6 yr old Remington ones died. I rock my hair 1 of 3 ways, straight, wavy or homeless. I currently have a long bob which works perfect for me and is very easy to style. I hope you enjoy my 4 min demo and I’ll see you all next week with a new video!

Hourglass Equilibrium Biomimetic Skin Active Serum

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Hourglass have now dipped their hands into the skincare industry and although this bottle comes at a hefty price it doesn’t disappoint! I was fortunate enough to receive a bottle of the new biomimetic serum which is only to be used at night, you conserve more of the product this way as well. The texture and consistency is very liquid like, it’s hydrating too! I’ve been using this for a good 3-4 weeks religiously to see if it lives up to its price and my skin has honestly never looked better. I was breakout free for the first 3 weeks but then decided to try a new face oil from Antipodes and suffered painful cystic acne. I then switched back to the Hourglass serum and just overnight most of the swelling was gone.

The texture of my skin is much smoother and a few pores have shrunk in size. As for hyper-pigmentation that too has improved making my face a lot more radiant. It contains phosphatidylglycerol, which is a natural body lipid or fat found in the protective liquid surrounding a fetus that’s proven to be essential in lung development. The lipid was also linked to normalizing skin-cell growth. The serum also contains. . .

  • 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid: Helps reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and brightens skin tone
  • Squalene: Restores skin suppleness and flexibility
  • Dunaliella Salina Extract: Helps even skin tone, brighten the complexion and act as a free radical scavenger

The serum is created using an ultrasonication process, producing microscopic oil droplets which deliver the ingredients into the skin on a much higher concentrated level. This is magic in a bottle and it’s why my skin has been looking its best lately. I apply this after cleansing at night and will use my moisturizer over top, I have yet to have a reaction while combining the two. Leave it to Hourglass to be innovative and creative, it’s something I admire from the brand.

*PR Samples, All thoughts are my own.