I’ve been having so much fun creating fall makeup looks this year! This seasons allows beauty junkies like myself to play around with an exciting array of colors. While I love the classic vampy reds and purples for the cooler months, I decided to try something blue this week.

While pre-teen me loved blue eyeshadow in the 90s and early 2000s, I traded my sky-hued shadow of the past for a (slightly more sophisticated) rich, jewel-tone shade. To complete the look, I polished it off a classic dewy highlight and a 90s brown lip.

ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadow creme-powder formula is like no other; it is extremely pigmented, has a gorgeous finish, and it’s easy to blend, too. For this eye look, I used Coconut, a one-of-a-kind deep teal with a pearlescent finish.

PRODUCTS I USED:

(*I received this product as a part of Sephora’s Beauty Insider program during my birthday month.)

Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Pore Refiner Primer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.

Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of BB Cream. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.

Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Shape Tape. Blend with the fingers.

Step 4: Set the entire face with Wowder, focusing on the t-zone and under-eye areas. Finish with a generous amount of setting spray and allow to dry.

Step 5: Carve out the cheekbones with Mocha by applying it directly to the skin. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally. Tap with the fingers to blend.

Step 6: Continue to apply Mocha to the temples and under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect. Again, tap with fingers to blend.

Step 7: Apply Paaarty to the apples of the cheeks in a circular buffing motion.

Step 8: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Moonstone directly to the skin, then tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add Moonstone to the cupid’s bow.

Step 9: Apply a little Primer Potion to the eye area.

Step 10: Using a fluffy blending brush, apply Gimme Gorgeous to the crease and blend onto the lid. Continue to buff the eyeshadow upward and outward for a blown out, cat-like effect.

Step 11: Take Coconut on a flat shader brush and apply it to the eyelid.

Step 12: Then, blend Coconut with the same fluffy blending brush used before to eliminate any harsh edges.

Step 13: Smudge Gimme Gorgeous on the outer corner of the lower lash line using a pencil brush; blend towards the inner corner of the eye.

Step 14: To highlight the brow bone, as well as the inner corner of the eye, apply Valley Girl with the pinky finger. Blend if necessary.

Step 15: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat for a more dramatic look.

Step 16: Finish with more setting spray.

Step 17: After combing and curling the lashes, apply two coats of mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.

Step 18: Apply 2-3 coats of Leo to the lips. Be sure to angle to the applicator so that you line your lips neatly with the product.

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How gorgeous is this embroidered cheongsam I scored in L.A.’s Chinatown last week?! Because many of my favorite brands (like I.Am.Gia and Are You Am I) are incorporating Asian-inspired pieces into their collections lately, I couldn’t be happier to have a more authentic piece in my wardrobe.

Thanks to big-name trendsetters like Rihanna, Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, which has a heavy Far East influence, is the envy of everyone in the industry.

Though the dress I picked up is a far cry from a high-end label like Gucci, it has a street style charm that makes it relatively versatile and wearable day or night.

Styling this dress is surprisingly easy–possibly because I kept things simple with a black base and a delicate pattern. As soon as I saw this edgy-yet-adorable piece hanging in Chinatown, I knew exactly how I would be wearing it.

Cold weather is officially here to stay at my parent’s home in northern New Jersey, but it definitely is not stopping me from sporting this minidress. To stay warm without appearing frumpy, I layered my must-have fluffy coat on top.

Over the past two years I have for-sure gotten my money’s worth out of this coat; not only does it go with everything else in my wardrobe, it instantly kicks any look up a notch while keeping me cuddly.

I also added a pair of stockings to the ensemble. As hard as I try to keep my skin smooth and glowing throughout the fall and winter months, bare legs just aren’t a cute look this time of year (unless you are lying down on white sheets in a silk robe with flawless hair à la Negin Mirsalehi).

For the first time this season I broke out my Doc Martens. These classic black boots are totally worn in because, much like the coat, they pair well with just about everything I want to wear–including today’s outfit.

As for accessories, I kept things relatively simple with a plain pair of (faux!) gold hoops, an orange lip stain c/o Tonymoly and my go-to loose waves.

While you may have to hop on the next flight to LAX to score this exact dress, it seems similar styles are popping up everywhere I look this season. (That is, if you’re not lucky enough to live there.) Even the hottest secondhand shops–like Melrose Ave’s Reformation Vintage–are stocking killer Asian-inspired pieces. Below, shop my favs for a similar look.

Kiko Crop in Red Oriental, I.Am.Gia, $46

Kiko Dress in Pink Oriental, I.Am.Gia, $69

Bei Bei Hot Pant, Are You Am I, $279

The Emilie – Shanghai Nights, Réalisation Par, $160

Link *here*

Girl On Fire Slip Mini Skirt in Fuchsia Pink, The Lovers & Drifters Club, $93

Link *here*

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This month Glossier lovers can save on a new duo: Lip Gloss + your choice of Generation G, a sheer, matte lipstick. Every girl needs this universally flattering, no-fuss duo in her life!

Glossier’s signature Lip Gloss gives your lips glassy, cushiony shine that lasts–plus, the never-sticky formula is super nourishing. It is so gorgeous on its own, or layered over virtually any other lip product.

Gen G, on the other hand, is a build-able matte lip color: 1-2 swipes gives you a diffused look, while 3-4 swipes gives your lips a more opaque look. Unlike other lipsticks, Gen G is easy to use and definitely does not require any babysitting throughout the day (or night). My favs are Leo, a warm cocoa brown, and Crush, a hot, pink-hued raspberry.

Though you save by shopping the duo, I love wearing these two products on their own. Lip Gloss is such a fun spin on a childhood classic, while Gen G is ideal for creating that just-bitten, popsicle stain pout.

Similarly, I am still obsessing over You, Glossier’s new fragrance that launched last month. While it has a high-end look and, of course, smell, it is still down-to-earth and wearable. It’s cool. It’s sexy. And it’s the perfect fresh/musky balance.

You is comprised of three base notes that sit close to your skin: smooth and salty ambrox, warm ambrette and musk. It is complemented by top notes woody iris root and sparkling pink pepper. This scent is warm, smart and clean, and it pairs perfectly with Glossier’s Lip Gloss + Gen G duo.

Shop through my link to save 20 percent on your first Glossier order, *and* enjoy free shipping every time you spend $30/£25!

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As a skincare junkie, L.A.’s Little Tokyo is one of my favorite spots to go on a *wild* shopping spree! In the heart of DTLA lies Little Tokyo’s Japanese Village, a super authentic shopping and dining space closed to traffic.

I absolutely love Little Tokyo. Not only is it fun and unique, it has quite a few Asian beauty stores stocked with products I’ve never seen anywhere else. So, every time I’m in L.A., I make a point to stop there, enjoy some sushi or boba and browse all the beauty it has to offer.

When packing for L.A., I always make sure to leave a little extra room in my bags for *just a few* beauty products from my two fav Little Tokyo stores, TONYMOLY and Make Asobi. Asian skincare is seriously the best; it’s affordable and effective. And I can’t get enough of it.

Although TONYMOLY’s range is available online, there is something about shopping it IRL that is so much more exciting. Last time I was in L.A., I picked up one of TONYMOLY’s Get It Tint Water Bars in a gorgeous bright orange shade. I love it so much that this time, I picked up the original Get It Tint lip tint in Oops Orange, which has a stronger color payoff than the Water Bar.

An orange lip looks so youthful and fun day or night, and I found that Asia beauty brands do this hue the best of all.

At Make Asobi I stocked up on a ton of sheet masks (seriously, I have enough to last me months on end). I grabbed a few of my go-to’s from Pure Smile’s Essence line, including Snail and Gold, as well as a pearl and a collagen essence from Naisture.

Nakamura’s Foot Detox Pads are another one of my must-buys in Little Tokyo. When applied to the bottom of the foot and worn overnight, these guys remove waste from the body, drawing out toxins and restoring balance. The coolest part is that there’s a few different variations, so I chose four to try this time around.

I also wanted to try a few new products, so I picked up two sheet masks from Sanrio Narikiri, as well as a multipack of Quality 1st’s All In One sheet mask.

From another brand whose label I cannot read, I also picked up a multipack of deep cleansing sheet masks. I am really excited for these because most sheet masks tend to focus on brightening, hydrating and anti-aging, and while I love all those things, I’m definitely eager to see how a cleansing sheet mask works.

Lastly, I was so happy to see that Make Asobi had Bioderma’s Sensibo H20 Wipes in store. I love micellar water, and this cult-favorite beauty brand’s wipes are always (*eye roll*) sold out online.

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Joshua Tree National Park has been on my bucket list for years! So, I finally booked a last minute flight and Airbnb a few weeks ago to celebrate the bulk of my thesis research being done (after conducting a few interviews while on the road).

Between work and friends, I am in L.A. multiple times a year; it’s quickly becoming my second home. Still, the city has so much to offer, and there is always something new to check out while I’m there.

This time I explored Chinatown, Little Tokyo, The Broad, Koreatown, DTLA, Hollywood and, of course, the Laurel Canyon/Studio City area where I stayed.

Chinatown and Little Tokyo have great shopping; I’d 100 percent rather shop at off-beat, local stores than the big-name stores in town. That being said, I did check out Reformation’s first-of-its-kind vintage shop, which was ah-mazing.

Although Ref is a popular label (especially among the L.A. crowd), its vintage shop, which is exclusive to L.A.’s famed Melrose Avenue, offers specially curated pieces from tons of different brands. And because it’s Ref-curated, everything was gorgeous!

Koreatown, on the other hand, is one of my top places in L.A. for food–I am such a sucker for all the authentic Korean (and Thai!) restaurants in the area. Dim Sung Sa is about as authentic as it gets (not only the food, but the atmosphere, too)!

The Broad museum, which is near Little Tokyo, is hands-down the coolest modern art museum I’ve ever visited. In addition to big names like Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, The Broad has quite a few other spectacular pop art and cartoon-y pieces lining its walls. And all of it truly reflects L.A.’s unique vibes.

I also stopped by DTLA for the first time ever to visit Are You Am I’s showroom, or LOFT, as its called. The space is absolutely gorgeous, and I am so happy I was able to see the label’s designs IRL #apartmentgoals.

After that I took a short walk to a cafe called Verve for some L.A.-style juice while I caught up on emails and other work- and school-related business.

Then, I headed down the street to The Last Bookstore, a huge bookstore famous for its second-floor Labyrinth. Home to more than 100,000 books organized by color for a rainbow-like effect, or by genre on shelves arranged to create a maze-like feeing, the Labyrinth is complete with hidden book rooms and plenty of spaces to sit down and read (as well as a larger-than-life, photo-worthy tunnel of books).

A night out (or two!) in Hollywood is a necessity when visiting L.A. because there are so many cool spots within walking distance. After takeout from Sugarfish (an L.A. staple), we started at State Social House and ended up at The Argyle–quite possibly my new favorite spot in town.

On another night we hit up a new spot called Girl At The White Horse, which had great vibes and the *cutest* hot pink decor, after eating dinner at Dave’s Hot Chicken, the best comfort food in L.A.

I also enjoyed a night out in Studio City at a chill bar called Laurel Tavern, the perfect place to grab a couple drinks after a long day.

We spent Saturday and Sunday night in Joshua Tree before leaving mid-morning on Monday. Like I said, that place has been on my bucket list for years, and I am *so* happy to be able to cross it off. Although I managed to get some beautiful pictures, they don’t really do Joshua Tree justice; it is an insanely beautiful place in person with the coolest vibes to match.

During the daytime we hiked to 49 Palms Canyon Oasis, which is a stunning trail from start to finish. Then, we toured downtown in the afternoon and evening. The main road 29 Palms Highway (CA 62) is full of neat art, shops and restaurants.

We checked out a gift shop, as well as the Joshua Tree Saloon–where we had a killer Mexican meal, complete with jalapeño margs–before heading to the Sun Alley Shops and the World Famous Crochet Museum. I picked up a couple stickers to add to my collection, and some local prickly pear cactus jelly and Joshua Tree seeds to bring home to my parents.

Monday morning we brunched at Crossroads Cafe, where I had the best burger and fries of. my. life. Not exaggerating. This little place has a ton of options, and everything on the menu looked delish; it’s definitely a must-do brunch spot if you are in the Joshua Tree area.

I was so sad to leave JT but I know for a fact I’ll be returning some day; our Airbnb was clean, spacious and, best of all, private–I’d return again in a heartbeat. It had a killer outdoor shower, and it was perched on top its own hill, making it the ideal spot to checkout the views day or night.

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