beauty: no-make up make up

July 26, 2015

With summer in full effect and the humidity waves hitting New York every so often, I’ve become so lazy to wear any make-up.

As much as I love the sky rocketing boost beauty products make me feel sometimes, I am not down to waste product. I mean that!  It is wasteful because it is melting off my face! I decided to let my face breathe-ish when the weather doesn’t permit me to be cute.

Here is what I have discovered! Typically, I don’t wear full coverage aside from my Laura Mercier‘s tinted moisturizer. I swapped the tint for plain ol’ moisturizer with SPF. Throw on some NARS concealer on my minor breakouts, dark spots and circles. Splash on some mascara, a little bronzer and the nude lip cream I swear by, NYX Cosmetics in London.

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Accidentally, I am one of those girls that don’t look different with or without make-up. I love this routine because I can slip out of my apartment in a matter of 15-20 minutes. You know what that means? More time to snooze or fiddle with my outfit of the day, which is probably the most time consuming part of my getting-ready routine.

DSC03938 copyDSC03943 copyThe products above are listed below (left to right):

  1. Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisturizer
  2. L’Oreal’s Miss Manga Voluminous Mascara
  3. NARS’ Creamy Concealer
  4. Benefit Cosmetic’s Bronzer – HOOLA
  5. NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream – London

If you missed my recent reviews for some of the products I’ve shared, you can read about my tinted moisturizer here, or about my concealer here. Or if you are unsure about skin care, I did a 101 not too long ago.

Feel free to leave me love notes if you are interested in other products that you want me to write about!

Happy Sunday, dolls! Summer got me feeling all kinds of lazy and work is exceptionally busy at the moment, hence my absence. But I promise I will check in here, plus I have so much news to share with you all. Thanks for tuning in (:

Bye!

 

beauty: you like them nails

July 12, 2015

I like dark tones all-year-around, no surprise there. Daily attire, make-up (specifically lipsticks and nails), so yeah…

I enjoy dipping my toes in dark tones, literally, while my fingers get some (light) color loving. Now, if you did not know, I am quite the nail polish hoarder. When I moved to New York, I threw over thirty bottles away that was accumulated over a couple of years. From large drug store brands to cheap, one dollar collectibles. Now? I am very selective in shades, brush applicator and brand.

Take a peek at some of my current favorites:

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Absolutely in love with D&G’s packaging – a total sucker for all that stuff. I know presentation is not everything, but nowadays it is! Working in media/pr makes you think a little different about details, and  those details such as package says a lot about a brand. Essentially, it is all branding. That is a whole other subject that I am not going to dive into, but if you ever want to talk about that, holler!

My current shade:

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Speed of Light by COVERGIRL picked up my local Target. You can find the product here.  I fell in love with this color. The formula is smooth and rich; the color is nude with a slight hint of gray. Due to the squarish shape, it makes the application process easy.

Some of the other products shown:

  • Sally Hansen: Pacific Blue and Lacy Lilac - inexpensive purchases at $2.99 per bottle. PB is a very bright blue – Claire from HeyClaire mentioned this as one of her favorites years ago. LL is a nice, light shade of purple – lavender if you will.
  • Essie: Absolutely Shore – $8.50 per bottle, more on a semi-splurge side. What I love about Essie (typically my brand preference) is the play on words when naming the color shade, but even how months of no usage, the formula can still be used with a few shakes and rolls.
  • Dolce & Gabbana: Nail Lacquer – $24.99 unfortunately I could not find the link to the actual product I was gifted, but the undertone is red with darker overtone. So from afar, it may be seen as black, but really it’s a deep, deep, dark red. Oxblood?
  • Butter London: La Moss – $15 per bottle at Ulta. I love this color and this brand. That is all.

Keeping it short for you all. I know I have been absent – it comes in waves.

Hope you all are having a great weekend! Happy Sunday!

 

drunk in uber post

July 10, 2015

I went super lengthy for a Facebook post – as mentioned, it was my first anniversary in my new beloved home, New York.

While I can go on-and-on about my ups and downs of this current journey, I rather share the encounter I faced during the midst of happy hour with my gal pal and first genuine friend, K, who I may add is a writer as well.

We met in the Lower East Side at this bar called Piano, where happy hour starts as early as 2pm and ends at 8pm. With frozen, strong, and tasteful margaritas and a young, hip crowd, it is truly irresistible. Plus, during happy hour where wine and beer is cheap as $4 – c’mon more reasons to drink, dare I say!

Anyway, while K and I enjoyed our evening and catching up with each other, an older gentleman, Brian, decides to excuse himself into our space area. He was polite, though, and we exchange a few words before he said, “Can I tell you what I think about you two right now?”

Without exchanging more than 2 minutes prior his question, this older gent gives us a full sense of how K and I are as people. He said all these kind things that really resonated and touched my soul. 

His opener of his vibe analysis was, “I sense that you’re very smart. You are also a generous person, very kind and not afraid to put yourself out there. You also have very high energy – it’s a good thing.” I was pleased to hear such things, but I was super shock how I uttered a couple words to him and he can recognize such qualities of mine. 

He proceeded to tell me about what he thought of me and asked K if he nailed it. She agreed, and he and I continued to chat some more. I was questioning how can he tell with a few word exchanges, he said in comparison to a Woman’s Intuition, he had this intense capability to read energy. He kept saying that I was smart and my bright future. To me, being a smart girl will always top being the hot girl. Brains supersedes, always. 

He said some wise words, that can be a general application to life, but really hit me considering what I’ve endured in the past year: don’t doubt yourself and continue to be persistent.

I cannot fathom how heavy my heart feels when I meet complete strangers when they can call me out on my very being. It’s strange, creepy, but man, it’s refreshing because you are always in your bubble, right. Think you know how you are and how you carry yourself. What if it’s wrong or what if it’s accurate? I am glad that I carry myself subtly in ways that I imagined to be described.

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I could not not ask to take a photo with the complete stranger who contributed to my evening celebrations.

Before Brian and I separated ways, he was tremendously kind and reassured me that I will have a bright future for myself if I continue to work hard and pick myself after every fall. That I will be the ones who will struggle immensely, but will have a worthy story to tell.

Little did he know, I run my own blog that shares that regularly (:

The title remains true to it’s publication – I wrote this half drunk in my Uber from Piano this evening. I usually don’t take cabs or Ubers because it can be costly, but I deserve it. Treat yoself!

Again, cannot believe it’s been a year since I have moved here. I am utterly happy and in love with my life in New York. Best relationship I’ve ever been in – yeah, I said it!


This track came out in circa 2010, when I was going through a heartbreak at the time and somehow this became my life anthem. Fast forward to five years later, still remains one of my favorite tracks because it conveys the true meaning of my life and mission: I’m on the pursuit of happiness and I know everything that shine ain’t always gonna be gold, hey I’ll be fine once I get it, yeah I’ll be good.

Goodnight family and friends, and thank you for your continuous support! (:

With Love,
charypie

rewind, then fast forward

June 19, 2015

You know what is the best part of growing up? The ability to feel comfortable in your skin and seeing how far you’ve come.

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Two years ago around this time, is when I went public and began sharing my endeavors to the unknown cyber world. Has it really been two years? The whole purpose of creating my blog was to share my thoughts with the world in addition to progress in my writing skills. Ah, post-grad…I remember not knowing how to go about my passions and dreams. Figuring out my strengths and weaknesses. Did I want I want a job where it will provide financial stability or did I want a job that I was looking forward to waking up to? Questions that we all have, constantly.

One of my favorite things about having a creative outlet is getting sweet emails and comments from readers that saying how inspiring my story is. It really gives me the feels, and although, I may or may not know you, somehow through words, we’ve connected. So I thank you for staying with me on my continuous journey and great to know I somehow helped you!

As I rewind to my first year of posts, I feel more confident in my direction in life and in myself, now. I guess you can say I am stubborn about my goals, as we all should be. The nay-sayers can say whatever they want; may be your close friends or family members who may not agree with your decisions entirely. As much as they have that right to their opinions, growing up made me put myself first.

Ask me three years ago upon graduation if I knew I was going to be in New York. I would have said it will be doable, but I would be so fearful and filled with doubt of not establishing myself that I would have not consider it. Fast forward to today, June 19, 2015: I am so proud of my accomplishments and how life turned out. I made it happen, and I believe you can too if you believe in yourself and work hard for it. It only goes up from here.

That’s the ultimate truth.

Next month, it will mark my first year here in Nueva York! I am going to celebrate this anniversary because my life has never been the same since I hopped on that plane with my pillow pet, Heath the Hippo, backpack and two suitcases.

I did not expect for this post to happen, but I just have so much to celebrate: happy second birthday to buttonsandchary.com, almost-one-year in New York, and the fact that it is freaking Friday!

Life is good – s’all good. 

Time to time, I always say this, but I can never say it enough: thank you sticking by my side, reading my journey and discoveries, for your encouragement and support. I truly would not be able to succeed and be where I am without all of you.

Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. – Rick Warren

Flashback Friday reads for you, if you wanna creep: intro post, happy birthday buttonsandchary.com, and new york.

Love,
Chary S.

beauty: finishing matte spray

June 17, 2015

My last beauty post mentioned Spring and Summer season beauty products being incorporated into my seasonal regime. I linked it if you missed it!

Now, I find that even with minimal coverage, how am I going to keep my make up intact and not sweat through this humidity and heat? Luckily, I got help from my Twitter Followers: setting spray.

Thing is, I have a sample bottle from, who else other than Urban Decay, but this time, while I was making a baby haul from Ulta, I decided to opt out for one of my favorite brands – NYX Cosmetics. When it comes to “setting” anything, there is a “setting powder,” too, or you can opt for a “pressed powder.” Did I lose you yet? I know, this stuff is all confusing, but stay with me. I don’t know the technical and science-y stuff, but all I know is that it works! I know. I know! I purchased NYX’s Matte Finish Setting Spray for less than ten dollars – talk bout cost efficient.

DSC03844 DSC03845I put it on trial for the first time – at the Governor’s Ball last weekend. There were thousands of bodies, heat and humidity. My face felt like it was getting burnt. By end of the festival, I scoped out my face, and the only thing that was slightly faded was my concealer, but my brows and eyeliner looked “put together” still. Oh hi!

What a way to break in a new product, right?

The only con I found with the product is the applicator – you know how some sprays, the mist gently hits your face? I am not saying the mist is rough, but it’s not a soft mist spray from your typical perfume bottle or body spray. I was not the only one who felt this way – gal pal S, tried it when she visited and she felt the mist hit her face not as gently as she thought it would be.

Other than that, I really enjoy the product and it is definitely my summer staple! I know some women prefer a primer – a base than a  setting spray. Again, it is all preference. If you want to secure a flawless all-day look, you can double up with primer and a setting spray. Why not? But I have never tried this method…yet!

A couple days late than our usual Sunday Beauty posts, but you understand that life happens. Thank you all for being patient with me.Until next time! Thanks for swingin’ by, beauts!

– C

playing host (and a tourist)

June 13, 2015

Five days. Three bodies. One small Brooklyn studio apartment.

I don’t know how it happened, but it did. I am slowly recovering from last past weekend. I cannot stress enough how it’s so exhausting playing host – taking your family and friends around the City. As much as I try to avoid Times Square at all cost, I take people there because it is a landmark and a “must-see.” But I just want to punch everyone in the face when I am there. Not kidding.

The best part of living in New York is that you will always discover something – a new eatery or a new sight. Especially in the summer where restaurants open their patios and so many free events happening! I love it!

I had the opportunity to show my guests around the City – I felt like a pro. If you two are reading this, yes, you guys are now a “blog post” !!! 

Keeping it short and sweet – here are some highlights:

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There are more photos than I am leading on in this post, but I would hate to bombard you with all my photos and slowing down your computer or phone, wherever you’re viewing this entry from! HAHA!

Alright, time to actually go write. I have been putting off so much of my writing work for the last few months! Ugh, it it summer and all I want to do is be a sloth…

Don’t pretend like you don’t feel the same way!

Thanks for tuning in! I will try to get more content and fun reads out this week! I will try, very hard. Bye!

– C

PS: check out a quick video I made on Vimeo. You can find it here.

finding happiness and other things

June 4, 2015

Your job is like your relationship. You may never notice how poorly you’re treated until you break up and meet someone who treats you better than the last. 

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I just compared my professional life to my personal life. Yup, I just went there, but this is a general thought that can be applied in any aspect of your life.

After coming back from my trip from CA as mentioned in a post not too long ago, I feel good about life.

Like really, really, good. 

I would say my profound happiness is stemmed from my new workplace. I love what I am doing now – fashion pr, so it is a combination from my fashion background and pr degree, all into one. Working closely with four divisions and reporting to someone who values your work and as an individual really makes a difference. It has nothing to do with being praised, but working directly with someone who respects you as a person, first and foremost, and giving you constructive criticism in a professional manner.

I thought I had it good at my old company, with the flexible schedule, a sick view of Kimye’s SoHo house, and luxurious perks – but taking a step back and being where I am now, there is a definite emotional shift. I am so much happier (and I have so many office perks). Let me upgrade you Beyonce said, and I did.

I was miserable for a few months and it shaped my attitude that began permeating into my personal life. Who wants to be friends with a Debbie Downer? I was Debbie, and I had no friends…

I am career obsessed, or maybe that is all of New Yorkers who are a bunch of workaholics, but if you really think about it – you dedicate 40+ hours a week to these people, the company, and etc., so essentially it does become a part of your life and where you spend your time the most. So, how can you not be? Personally, as much as I want to compartmentalized my life, eventually it all blends like a smoothie. Finding the right company, environment and a successful team factors into my happiness. Happiness is one of my priorities when it comes to self-love and self-care.

Whether it is a ‘day job’ or a role where you are just trying to make rent, be mindful on how it can influence your attitude and shape you. Trust me, I know the struggle between finding financial security and chasing your dreams. I get it – I do. But I also found that with hard work and persistence, finding a role/company that is a combination of both financial security and passion exists.

Who said you can’t have it all, though? I want it all, and then some. Just saying.

Thanks for checking in and for always being supportive with my transitions in life. I greatly appreciate all the support from all ovaaaaah! I am thankful for You, You and you bet, You! Until next time, family and friends.

– C

 

 

beauty: tinted moisturizer

May 25, 2015

It feels like it is already summer in New York. What does that feel like? Humidity. Sweaty bodies all over the City, and that means multiple showers per day. I learned from experience that when weather conditions are like this, my make up usually melts off my face, so I avoid powders and heavy make up at all cost.

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I wanted to share a recent purchase when I was at Bloomy’s Hello Gorgeous event a few weeks ago that has been a great staple to add into my summer beauty routine.

Remember how I said SPF and moisturizer are two essential elements when it comes to your skincare regime? Guess what? There is a product that has a combination of tint, moisturizer and SPF. Dude, I know – too good to be true!

Laura Mercier, you are incredible.

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My favorite beauty vloggers use this, too! The product was already out before I knew it in circa 2011 (or something). You can find those videos here and here. My only issue with the product is how the formula is dispensed; there is no narrow tube tunnel for it, rather similar to a toothpaste tube, but a tad smaller.

I typically dab four dots (cheeks, forehead and chin), go in with my foundation brush and apply it all over my face. Light weight coverage, moisturizes plus SPF – it’s all a win-win really! I heard many great things about this product before I committed myself to purchasing this. I had to conduct thorough research through various beauty bloggers, and ask myself which was a better purchase: tinted moisturizer versus BB Cream. I will break it down for you later for those who still don’t understand the whole BB Cream thang – trust me, took me forever to get it too…You’re not alone.

For those who are looking for a lightweight product and does fantastic coverage for the summer season, or just in general, I would highly recommend Laura Mercier. There are other great brands as well that carry tinted moisturizes – so if you’re hesitant to try a new brand it is totally understandable. Nars have a great one, too. It is a little splurge compared to your average drugstore brand, but I say it is worth it! Plus, I got it at a discounted price, so I could not have resisted myself! Treat yoself, always! Bahaha!

Keeping it short and sweet for you all. Thank you for reading and tuning for this week’s beauty post! Again, let me know if you have any questions regarding past products that I have featured or any products you would want me to share!

Hope you all had a great Memorial’s Day Weekend!

– C

 

you’re different

May 20, 2015

Last week I was able to indulge in familiarity. People, places, and just everything seemed the same, but not so much. This was my first visit back since I have relocated in New York.

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I was thrilled, overwhelmed and culture shocked, believe it or not. 

When people uttered something as, “She’s from New York,” it was strange because technically I’m from California, but now I live in one of the grandest cities of all. It’s stranger to be known as a “visitor” in your own hometown. Let alone a state you used to live in all of your life. 

As I engage myself with my dearest friends and family, I was told that I was slightly different in numerous ways. That was inevitable, though. I know I have changed, especially some of my manners and habits – my inside voice tells me all the time. But it’s also striking when outsiders, outside of yourself I mean, tell you that you’re different. I believe it has so much to do with my experiences, and where I’m at in life. But I also noticed how my family and friends have changed, but are the same too. 

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That is the thing about moving – like any transition in life, once you’ve adapted to the new and unfamiliar, the old and familiar gradually becomes the unfamiliar and the unfamiliar becomes familiar. That is how I felt. Did I miss New York? A little, I missed my bed to be honest. Visiting my parents house I was on the sofa by choice because I was not down to go halfsies with my sister. New York is my home now and I love it – ghetto, glamorous and all. 

The sad part about moving thousand miles away is unable to say, “I will see you in thirty minutes.” Because I’m not quickly accessible; I am a five to six hour-flight away. Along with that, it is scary to witness my younger siblings grow and mature without me. The show must go on, and I cannot expect the world to stop for me due to my absence and after all, it was my decision to move. But it’s kind of sad. This is one thing I need work on – learning how to let go a little, and stop trying to control what is predictable and when life is in control. I cannot help it my Type-A personality, okay? Gosh, I know this post sounds super depressing. 

Trust me, it’s not. It’s rather a quick reflection upon myself and a say for me to recharge myself. But really the moral of the story is accepting the fact that California is now unfamiliar in some ways. 

(Although I was not able to see everyone I was hoping to due various reasons, it was still a great yet exhausting trip. I really don’t know when I will be back, but I hope I will make another trip later this year, because damn almost a year without seeing family and friends is freaking brutal).

Anyway, thanks for checking in for a read! Until next time my Californian loves. Thank you for those who made the time for me.

- C

PS: today I started a new chapter (sorta) as I got back to New York. It is truly exciting and I cannot wait to see what awaits for me and my career!

beauty: bloomingdale’s hello gorgeous

May 10, 2015

On Thursday, May 7th, S & I went to a beauty speaker event hosted at Bloomingdales in SoHo. The only reason how I heard about the private event was through a gal I befriended who works at Bobbi Brown, Carol. She’s like the homie now and she really hooks it up.

What drew me in was the fact that Allure’s Beauty Editor, Jenny Bailly, was going to be present and talk about about skincare amongst great other beauty regimes. Of course, of course. Anyway, I will save the fluff and share photos instead:

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Look at ‘em samples, though! I am so excited to incorporate them into my routine and share my feedback/reviews. What I hate about samples is that it is a sample size that does not give you enough to validate if the product is good or not…So far, I have played with YSL’s mascara, flawless by the way, and Dolce & Gabanna’s Intense nail polish. It is similar to the Butter London’s polish I bought a few months back. Or for an easy reference, Essie’s Wicked. Dark and a purple undertone, but D&G is a deep red.

Quickly wanted to mention Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mama’s!!! I hope I am not too late, in New York, it’s a few minutes left of Sunday. While I am unable to celebrate this wonderful holiday with my Mom, she knows how much she means to me, and I sent her a text, haha. Plus, I will get to celebrate with her tomorrow.

Did you catch that? I will try to update you all while I am on vacation, but I cannot promise anything. Plus, I owe you all a full on update about recent happenings – I know, most of you all commented and I got messages about what the heck did you do, Chary?!

I wanted to share this cover by Arctic Monkeys because it is one of my favorite tracks covered by one of my favorite bands:

Brb, New York – I am going home! Thanks for tuning in! See you CA lovers in a few hours!

– C