When it comes to taking photos, my method for the madness has always been to load on a ton of eye makeup, thinking it’ll make my features pop. Any other Asian girl with near monolids do the same? 🙋🏻♀️ But @nickbarose did the barest hint of makeup here and @teddycharles35 kept my hair “easy and cool” (said in a French accent) and the amazing @alexilubomirski somehow made me look completely like myself but only better. Thank you @lancomeofficial!! 🌟
Btw if you haven’t heard from me it’s because I’ve been knee deep working on @ellisbrooklyn’s fresh new website! I’m happy to report we’re live (shop link in bio) check it out and receive 15% off all orders through Memorial Day with the code SOFRESH! 💕
Ready for a day of panel-ing! Speaking @beautyandmoney_kr today on how brands disrupt a sector. Super into this @oribe 💄 in ruby red. (This LA light makes anything look good 😊) Skin is @diormakeup glow foundation, @westmanatelier foundation stick under eyes like a concealer, @westmanatelier highlighter and creamy contour stick.
On the ✈️ again! headed to LA to speak @beautyandmoney_kr conference. Getting the in the air beauty thing down with layers, layers and more layers. I even look for hydrating makeup. Skin: @drbarbarasturm brightening cream + Asiatica calming ampoule from @glowrecipe + @grownalchemist hyaluronic serum + @kosascosmetics tinted oil. Also doing @revive intensive eye serum— have been trying for last few weeks and really like it. I feel like it’s helped with the little lines. Loving the creamy @westmanatelier highlighter. I do it on cheeks and on the brow bone. Also trying out the @narsissist orgasm tinted lip oil today. So far so good! Super natural, comfy to wear. #travelbeauty
Dear Sydney, you’re beautiful even on a cloudy day
In Melbourne for 30 hours! Sunny but COLD. A few shots of the River walk. Plus, the chandelier at my hotel, which I swear is like staying in Vegas— had no idea there was a casino in it when I booked it 🙈. It does have a ridiculously beautiful pool worthy of Versace though #Melbourne #streetart
I am in the land of avocado toast 🥑, aka heaven. This beauty also has poached eggs, grilled halloumi, wilted spinach, drizzled harissa and on quinoa bread + a side of lox. Yum. 😋
Loving the new @ctilburymakeup the Icon eye palette! The colors are easy to apply (she gives tips on how to use in the packaging that’s literally 1-2-3) and there is plenty of sparkly options 🌟 without looking too much for daytime. I use it with the @narsissist Eyeshadow base to reduce any shimmer fallout. LOVE. #workcommute #mommakeup
Words of wisdom by @hallithbates! Love this. Living this. Gonna make it my week’s intention
Have citrus on the mind lately! 🍋 🍊 @ellisbrooklyn is launching its first ever citrus perfume on 4/4. WEST is inspired by 1970s Los Angeles— because what NYC-based writer hasn’t daydreamed of moving out West? Think a young Joan Didion, Eve Babitz and Joni Mitchell. It was LA when it was a little dusty, more intimate and more innocent but on the cusp of becoming the booming complex city it is today. Blood orange, basil, waterlily and oakmoss. It’s a unisex beauty! 🍊
Post pool cuddle session. The best. 💕
Vacation Bee in her natural habitat 🐝 😁 (peep Ellis’s face in the second pic. She is thrilled to take a pic w mommy 😂) #nevis
This is spring break 🌟🥂
As I get older I find I have to do more. I used to rely on store bought acids and masks and call it a day. Now I have to dial it up to maintain everything. This is my 3rd Aerolase appointment @wexlerdermatology. It tackles pigmentation issues which I got during my second pregnancy and that never really faded. Best of all, no downtime and it doesn’t hurt! It does take multiple sessions to see a difference though. I would say I didn’t see any difference the first session and saw some brightening the second. It also subtly builds collagen and helps with acne. Finished with a LED light session to help calm everything down! Will report back when I go for a fourth session in about 3-4 weeks.
Friends! I’ve been working on this baby for the last year and it’s debuting TODAY @credobeauty!! 🌟 It’s the @ellisbrooklyn Marvelous Massage & Body oil with 100mg of full spectrum, organically grown CBD. 🌟I wrote a story for the NYTimes on CBD in beauty and got obsessed with the ingredient. But I also felt the brands weren’t treating the ingredient right. They relied too much on the buzz factor of CBD and not on the actual formulation. For one, this CBD oil is clean- no PEGs, no silicones, no mineral oils, no petroleum or its byproducts, no parabens, no phthalates, no synthetic fragrances, and it’s vegan and cruelty free. It also works. CBD is a wonderful anti inflammatory ingredient but that doesn’t mean you should rely on it alone. We paired it with French maritime pine bark extract, a powerful ingredient known for supporting blood flow. And this oil is beautiful— instead of trying to hide the natural grassy smell of CBD (it’s a bit similar to young Patchouli), we treated it like a fine fragrance ingredient and paired it with complementary natural essential oils. The result feels Marvelous! Try it after a workout, before bed, before a flight or simply when you want to chill. Let me know if you want to try! 🙋🏼♀️🙋🏽♂️
This beautiful #mondaymotivation served up by the ridiculously talented @lucialitman came just at the right time. People often ask how I’m dividing time between NYtimes and @ellisbrooklyn. The truth is I don’t have a neat answer. The real answer is what people probably don’t want to hear— it’s freaking hard. It’s also joyful and rewarding and amazing but it doesn’t come without a lot of sacrifice. And there’s also this pressure to be perfect ALL the time (can’t believe I’m still falling for that one at age 37 but it still gets me sometimes) and to make it appear effortless. Perhaps it’s because spring is around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to shift things to create space for myself. Any suggestions for inspirational reading or building mental health habits? Would love to hear them 💕
Doing a little shimmer and shine (only parents of kids below 6 are going to get that one 😂) with my current weekend faves. @ellisbrooklyn SCI FI, a citrusy otherworldly vanilla. Would never think citrus and vanilla and green tea would go together but then there’s this beauty. @diormakeup new stellar shine lippies that are like a pigmented gloss in lipstick form and @fentybeauty lip gloss in diamond milk 💎. Not pictured, trying out @tataharperskincare new hydrating gel this weekend. Will report back!
Staycation with hubby this weekend @11_howard and this pic was our holiday sans kids in a nutshell. Also went to a fight conditioning class @projectbyequinox yesterday and nearly killed myself 🙈 ok not literally but I can barely move my arms today 😭
Hubby and I are doing a staycation in the city this weekend and can’t wait to bust out my new @drunkelephant Littles pouch. Drunk elephant is a favorite of mine when I travel and my skin gets more sensitive than usual. Plus their mini sizes are perfect— not so small you’re killing your self getting product out but not so big that they take too much space. #staycation #travelbeauty #drunkelephant
Who doesn’t need a little radiance in the middle of a never ending winter? Have been trying this new vitamin C serum from @amorepacific_us called the Youth Revolution radiance concentrator (a mouthful!) the last few days and am into the results. I actually didn’t like it when i first put it on as it was initially slightly tacky. But once it sunk in it’s one of the most hydrating vitamin C serums out there. I did like it the most as a nighttime treatment because I didn’t have to wait for the tackiness part to absorb before putting on makeup. I have precious few minutes in the morning to get myself together! As they say, though, the proof is in the pudding, as I can see a noticeable brightening difference. ✨ #skincare #skincareroutine
Back to work! It’s been an exhausting weekend as Ellis had a 103 fever all day yesterday and Sky kicked me all night as she slept in our bed yesterday. 🙈 I have major puffy eyes and bags but thank goodness for makeup! I never truly appreciated makeup until I had kids 😂. My strategy here was distraction so I accented two areas away from my undereye. I went heavy on the liquid liner on top— the @maccosmetics roller one—and did a heavy dose of a purple-y shade of @marcjacobsbeauty gel eyeshadow line. For lips, I went for a cheery tone. Though it’s still winter I wanted something with a pop but a little translucency so I can day dream about spring. A little like sucking on a strawberry popsicle but with more color. This shade is @yslbeauty vinyl lip cream in 403. #workmakeup #morningcommute #momlife
Deep thoughts on a Sunday night. 🍷🍷🍷😂 #momlife #copingstrategies #quotestoliveby
Happy Friday and happy reading! #Repost @lovelylootapp ・・・ Doing a bit of a product clear out over the weekend also meant shopping my stash! 🥰 I rediscovered these gems I’d tucked away from @marcjacobsbeauty @evahairnyc @biooilusa @luxiebeauty - and think it’s also a good excuse to re-read Skin Deep from @beeshapiro ❤️ . Have you rediscovered anything great lately? . . . . #skindeep #beeshapiro #beautyisonlyskindeep #marcjacobsbeauty #evahairnyc #dryshampoo #biooil #luxiebeauty #luxiebrushes #makeupbrushes #beautybloggers #beautyblog #sfblogger #bayareablogger #oaklandblogger #makeupjunkie #beautyjunkie #shopmystash
Good hair don’t care! Ok ok actually I care a lot. I pretty much never had hair issues until I had kids. Then I lost a ton of hair, gained a lot of flyaways and white hairs, have weird cowlicks and I have a chronically itchy scalp. Now I’m more careful of what I use. During the winter particularly, I use soothing scalp products. Here I washed with @philip_kingsley flaky itchy scalp shampoo. I also really like the @leonorgreylusa soothing treatment for sensitive scalps that conveniently comes in a rollerball. It’s a pre shampoo treatment and easy to pack if you’re traveling ✈️. my conditioner lately is the @virtuelabs recovery one. I actually sometimes use this on my kids as well because they have dry curly hair (anyone have a good recommendation for kids haircare for curly hair? I’ve yet to find one I really love). I finished with my evergreen fave @christopherobinparis moisturizing hair cream— still the best ends smoothing cream without any silicones that I’ve tried.
Whirlwind West Coast trip and now back in action. Their little faces make it all worth it! At school drop off today, Sky Sky giving grins (Aba @roroallday dressed her this morning 😲 so impressed ha)
My stage look! Before going on for the @beautyxsummit panel. Went for a balanced but very defined look as the lights for the stage are super bright. Plus the panel is being filmed so wanted to make my features pop. Eyes are a reddish bronze using 2 @diormakeup palettes. Also trying a new brow pencil by @urbandecaycosmetics that’s an ink marker on one end and a thin pencil on the other. Really liking it so far especially if you have sparse brows like me. Lips are @narsissist velvet matte pencil in Spiked with a bit of @honest_beauty magic balm that I got from a dinner hosted by @danielmartin and @Cuyana (best makeup bag with a super wide opening!)
Obsessed over my Botanica breakfast in Silverlake. Turkish eggs with garlicky rye toast plus one of the best matcha lattes I’ve had (with coconut milk) #sogood #breakfast
The weekend! With the freezing weather, we’ve been surviving with play dates (+ 🍷 🍷 for the parents), cozy pjs (these ones are crazy soft pima cotton ones by @lakepajamas 😍) and tons of Moana (how funny is that Tamatoa song 😂 🦀 obviously written for the parents who are watching it for the 100th time 🙈)
The “I’m going to school for a parents meeting with the headmaster” fairly safe beauty face. This was all about skin as I’m always into finishes and how skin is perceived. This effect had just a hint of dewiness. One tip I’ve learned from makeup artists over the years is that you really need to think about your skincare in conjunction with your makeup. Perhaps a glowy lotion plus a dewy foundation is too much, etc. I started with @drbarbarasturm cleanser, then @augustinusbader the rich cream and @m61skincare’s new eye cream. Over that I put little dabs of @diormakeup face and body foundation like a concealer and blended. On top of that is @supergoop unseen sunscreen which has a light tint and blur finish. Lip was a natural-looking warm pink- @guerlain Rouge G in Rose (PS, if anyone is in LA next tues, come see me at the @beautyxsummit media panel at 130pm! DM me for a 10% off code 💋)
Monday work face. Purple lips seem apropos for bitter cold 🥶. I’m wearing @maccosmetics liptensity in Beetroot. It’s a little bright so I toned down with @urbandecaycosmetics lipstick in Gash over it. I used my ring finger to blend. Overall if you’re going for a very color saturated lip you can’t go wrong with the liptensity line. So much pigment and not too cakey. As I’ve gotten older my lips have gotten darker and less pink so I need something with more coverage to get the color across. I’ve also been trying out the @supergoop unseen sunscreen. It’s a mineral sunscreen which I prefer but has a little tint and blur effect to it which remind me of some of the hybrid foundation products out there. Weightless but very little coverage here. I might add a concealer tomorrow for my under eyes. I like to use @drbarbarasturm brightening serum underneath the sunscreen. It has tiny specks of mica and with the matte blur finish of the sunscreen over it, the skin looks very natural with only a hint of luminosity.
Friday work face. It’s 22 degrees and feels like 7 this morning— calls for a red lipstick! I’m not usually a bright lipstick person for day. I prefer your pinky-nude tones. But I recently interviewed @lauraharrier for the @nytimesfashion and she said when you’re super tired and look it, the best way to perk up your face is with a bright lip. Alas no amount of sparkly eyeshadow will fix the droop. This one is @diormakeup Matte Kisss in 666 😈. Matte but not too drying. Sometimes I layer it over the Dior Ultra Rouge 986 Ultra Radical— the texture of the ultra rouges remind me of oil pastels but without the oil— for more depth. Also I always need to wear a hint of blush with a red lip or end up looking goth. Love goth vibes but just not at 9am today. Here I’m wearing @benefitcosmetics hoola bronzer with a pop of Rockstar blush on top. PS, I’ve been testing out @augustinusbader Cream, the one with tons of hype, and will share my thoughts soon! 💕