Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Best of Serena van der Woodsen

If you don’t envy Blake Lively, who are you?

But really, after a day of binge-watching Gossip Girl, I’ve realized that the jealousy of Blake’s character, Serena van der Woodsen, is SO real. Her looks, her style, her hair and makeup… She always looks so put together but so effortless. As weird as it sounds, I look forward to seeing a new outfit in each episode just because she pairs unique pieces with classic staples and is never apprehensive to take risks.

These three looks of Serena’s show her ability to mix and match patterns and textures in all of the seasons. The first look dresses down a blazer with the cutest pair of printed shorts along with a shirt that features a little bit of embellishment… Plus grey booties. Like… what? She’s got so much going on in this look but somehow all of the pieces flow together to make the outfit equally intriguing and wearable. I think the star of the second look is certainly the plaid pants. Although they barely peak through with the knee-high boots and the coat, the unexpected pop of color and pattern looks so, so cool. And lastly, the third look is so casual yet so put together, and so unexpected. I never would have paired the pink and silver top with a bright floral skirt. Somehow, the two complement each other so well. The yellow accessories give this look the punch of extra color it needs.

And now for her bolder looks… Serena’s dress of the left was practically made for her. Not only does she have a killer body, but the contrast of fabrics makes any of her imperfections (if she has any…) disappear. The monochromatic take on this dress is what makes it so beautiful. The stunning beading and lace speak for themselves, without the distractions of too many bold colors. The dress is bold enough with the long sleeves and beautiful detailing. Which bring me to the second look, a whimsical red dress that I would love to own. The detailing in this dress is also what makes it a showstopper. The beautiful pattern and silhouette in the back, the color…. I just love it so much.

And finally, Serena’s wedding dress. It wouldn’t be a Serena van der Woodsen post if I failed to include this beauty. Although I would never wear a dress like this, I think it is so awesome that she wore something so different on her wedding day. She didn’t let go of her personal style, even for her wedding. All eyes were on her and that golden dress on the big day. She took a big risk, and looked stunning doing it. Would you expect anything less of S?

So, for the entire female population who envies Blake Lively, you are not alone.

 

First Impression | Younique 3D Fiber Lashes

My mom recently brought home a new type of mascara for me to try and I can’t deny that I was quite intrigued by it. If you haven’t heard of the Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, it’s a two-step process consisting of a Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers. The first step is to apply the transplanting gel and then immediately follow up with the fibers. And when they say fibers, they mean fibers. The little fluffy specks of black latch on to the wet gel, essentially thickening the lashes and making them appear extra voluminous.

I tried out this product today, and I have to say that I was really fascinated by the results. I have long lashes but they lack volume. This product gave me the look of lots of long lashes. I followed the instructions, layering the fibers on top of the gel as quickly as possible, and then using the gel again to seal the fibers. I did three coats to get the thickness I desired. However, it is very easy for the fibers to look a little crazy, as they tend to go every which way on the lashes. I used a lash comb to straighten them out and prevent the look of clumps.

I have to admit, the whole process took longer than applying normal mascara would take. Although it took me at least five minutes more, I think that it is certainly worth it. I’m willing to sacrifice five minutes of sleep, and that says a lot!

(Photos from Younique’s website)

Before Application & After Application

The Younique 3D Fiber Lash mascara retails for $29 and can be purchased online or from a local distributor. I highly recommend this product even just after one use!