MAKEUP bag reveal

 While most people my age are doing gender reveals, I am getting really intimate and doing a makeup bag reveal. For the first time on the world wide web – my makeup bag:

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1. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance ||  bc I’m obsessed with the dewy look. I’ve tried the beloved Smashbox primers, but they don’t do it for me. My biggest pet peeve is when my foundation sinks into my face/pores for a very matte look. What do I do to prevent this? Smother my face in la mer and this primer.

Overkill? No. C’mon, we all have our ticks.

2. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation in Light Sand & Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer in Fair || I always have to use something semi organic in my routine to make me feel as though I’m taking good care of my epidermis. This amazonian clay formula used in both the Tarte Concealer and Foundation is long wear, super blendable, and looks better the longer you wear it throughout the day. Remember, it’s natural.

3. Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Pallette in 7 Blush w Chanel eyeshadow brush || this is the perfect eye palette for any occasion, you can go from day to night by adding more and more maroon. As for the Chanel eyeshadow brush I can’t live with out, it is meant for contouring, but I use it for just about everything except for eyeliner. #Rebel

4. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Blonde || even if I am running out the door with just mascara aka not my whole Kim K face, you can bet your bottom dollar I’m using my 1st grade coloring skills to do my eyebrows ALWAYS. Didn’t anyone ever tell you these two suckers frame the face?

5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige || I told you I was a big fan of the dewy look, I use this to highlight and sometimes get carried away and put it pretty much all over my face. ALL GLOW IS GOOD GLOW.

PS I forever fear getting a big fat sparkle stuck in one of my pours. Sparkly eyeshadows? Gross.

This is precisely why I prefer Bobbi Brown metallic anything: shimmer brick, eyeshadow, blush etc. I don’t do “sparkles” on my face and I say face because you know it always falls from your eyes to your face. Rant over.

6. Tarte Lipstain in Hope || these lip stains are my newest obsession. i don’t leave home without at least 2 different shades.

7. Bobbi Brown Blush in Sand Pink || this blush matches the shade of lipstick I tend to wear, I try to match the two as often as I remember.

8. Loreal Butterfly mascara in Blackest black || gimme 3 coats, and I’m good to go.

9. NYX color corrector in yellow: I am forever battling dark circles and no, it’s not because I party too much. I’m pretty sure its genetic.

Anyways, I’ve tried the pink and orange color correctors to cover up my devilish dark circles like most beauty counters would recommend, but those correctors are for circles that tend to be blue. My dark circles are more on the purple side so I need a yellow corrector to cover these bad boys up. This is the only yellow one I could find and I carry it with me evvvvvverywhere. Dark circles are my arch nemesis.

PS color corrector exists so that you don’t make the number one mistake in eye makeup application: slapping concealer under your eyes to “cover up” your dark circles….only to turn them gray. Womp. Make sure to balance your dark circles with the color corrector that suits you and then apply your usual concealer over top for the bright eye and bushy tailed effect. In a jiffy, your night on the town is invisible.



rub a dub in ze tub

Today is a great day bc I decided that it is the the perfect day for me to reveal what magical potions I shower with regularly. Behold, how I rub a dub in ze tub (or something like it) :

IMG_3122 1. Dry brushing, dry brushing, dry brushing. Have you googled it yet? Before I get into the shower, I always dry brush. Dry brushing is 100% addicting because it feels a-maaaaazing. If that isn’t a good enough reason to be a religious dry brusher, how about because it stimulates circulation, cleans your lymph, and can reduce cellulite? P.S Start brushing from the soles of your feet and work your way up, always brushing towards your heart because that is the natural direction of your lymph. P.P.S If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out this more in depth aka professional opinion on Birchbox.

2. My name is Catherine and I’m a spend-a-holic. You can usually find me spending too much money on just about anything, and especially on this Fekkai Shampoo and Conditioner. In my defense, it smells like beautiful rainbows and makes my hair follicles feel like they got a follicle lift or something. This is all dandy until I run out of shampoo and conditioner at a time when I had not fiscally planned to run out of shampoo and conditioner. If this happens and I cannot convince my brother/roomie that he needs to use Fekkai too (we have the same type of hair bc we are related), I go with my plan b magical potion. Check it out here. IMG_9667 3. The body wash I use smells like it was meant to be in your room for a stay in a five star hotel. Obviously it comes in a bigger bottle than the baby ones in your hotel bathroom, but who doesn’t want to close their eyes and trick themselves into thinking they are at a five star hotel every morning? My other judgement of body wash character (besides whether or not it makes me feel luxurious) is based on how it suds up. Two very important things. I can’t stand body washes that produce minimal amounts of bubbles. I like to put it on my loofah and proceed to cover myself in bubbles. Rain bath does just that, getcha some.

4. I exfoliate every other day because every magazine I read growing up told me to and dead skin cells are the worst. One of my favorite scents is jasmine and I hit the jackpot in the jasmine lottery with this exfoliator because guess what? This Nip + Fab detox exfoliator is a yummy Jasmine and Green Tea scent!

5. My favorite face wash is Estee Lauder’s Perfectly Clean. It leaves my face feeling clean but not stripped of moisture and is successful in the battle I like to call  “removing catherine’s mascara.” Yeah. I tend to wear a lot. Anyways, I have worked at department stores and washed my face with approximately 1,307 different face washes, and this one takes the trophy as le best.

6. The flowers and the candle are part of my staging crew’s* attempt to chic up my shower pic. Doesn’t it look nice? * my alter ego

xx cath

ootd: faux badass look

If you are tempted to purchase anything from this outfit post, I hope it is the Free People Strappy Bra. This brilliant undergarment has changed my closet’s life (and mine!) in more ways than one, but mostly because I feel like a badass whenever I wear it. Think Angelina Jolie kicking butts and taking names in Salt. This is a noteworthy feeling for me because it’s one that doesn’t necessarily come around that often for a Britney Spears-blasting-26-year-old like myself. So since I had on my magical badass bra with this outfit, I decided to really get unhinged and pair some distressed denim with it. How do you like me now?


Here is my faux badass look:

1. J Brand Jeans

2. Free People Tank

3. Free People Cage Bra

4. Louis Vuitton Speedy 30


6. Tarte Lipstain in Envy 

& a hodgepodge of bracelets equivalent to the weight of a 5 lb dumbbell.

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