My Travel Beauty Must Haves

Hello, friends! It has been a while since I have talked to you guys! This semester has been super busy, with classes, shows, and other college things. I have really been enjoying my sophomore year so far and feel that I have learned a ton so far.

I am currently on Thanksgiving holiday, which gives me some time to relax, spend time with my family, and finally catch up with you guys! Today I’m going to be talking about the products that I brought with me while on vacation. I have tried out a bunch of new products over the past couple of months–even dipping my toes in the high end beauty world a bit! There are a bunch of products that I’ve found to work really well for me and have become essentials for my everyday makeup.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetBare Minerals BarePro Foundation

This is my everyday foundation and I absolutely love it! It gives great coverage and feels so light on the skin. I also love that this foundation has a lot of great ingredients and skin benefits, including SPF protection. It lasts beautifully throughout the day, making its “performance wear” claim very fitting. This is a must have for traveling, because I know that it will always work well for me!

Benefit Porefessional Primer

I never thought that I would be a primer person, but once I started using this one, I was hooked! It helps my foundation look smoother and last longer, while feeling super light on the skin. I even use it for days when I don’t wear foundation, because it controls my oily skin.

Benefit Ka-Brow Eyebrow Gel

This eyebrow gel has been my go-to for the past couple of months. I love that there is a brush at the top of the cap, so I don’t need to bring a separate brush. The product is great and makes my brows look full and defined for the rest of the day. I actually got this product on sale, so I don’t know if I would recommend it at its normal price ($24) . There are certainly great options at a lower price, but I have really enjoyed using this product.

Wet n Wild Highlighter in Precious Petals

This is one of my favorite highlighters, because it makes me look super glowy and has a beautiful peach-toned shimmer. This is great for traveling, because its compact and won’t cost a pretty penny if it breaks ($2.99).

Tarte Blush in Paarty

I got this blush as part of Sephora’s birthday gift and I really like it so far. I like that this is in a mini size and the mauve-colored blush is perfect for fall.

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

This mascara has been a favorite of mine for a while, because it does a great job of making my lashes look long and full. It’s definitely one of the best mascaras at the drugstore right now.

Revlon Lipstick in “Rum Raisin”

I brought a couple of different lipstick options for my trip. I love “rum raisin” for the fall time, because looks great with any makeup look. A dark nude is the way to go for an everyday fall look, and this one has been a must-have for a while.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Copenhagen”

This is the ultimate fall lip product for me, and I look forward to bringing it out every year. It’s the most beautiful berry, matte lip shade and I think it would look beautiful on any skin tone (especially darker skin tones). I love wearing it as a statement lip–it makes an everyday look a lot more fun!

  I hope you enjoyed this post and have a fabulous Thanksgiving! Remember to take this time to think about what you’re thankful for, spend time with family, and enjoy the fall season. Have a great day!

-Love Ling


Travel Makeup Essentials

Hello, friends! My first semester of college is officially over and I am home for the holidays. It’s so nice to be able to spend time with my family and relax after a semester of papers, tests, and shows. However, coming home for winter break brings a bit of a challenge as far as packing goes, especially for someone who has moved across the country. How the heck am I supposed to pack a month’s worth of stuff into a duffle bag and a backpack? I managed to make it work, relying on things I knew were waiting for me at home and sitting on my bag to get it to close. Today, I am going to share what I brought in my beauty bag. These are my essential makeup products, products that I can count on, and knew I would be using during my trip home.

**Disclaimer: If you don’t see certain products in this post, it’s probably because I packed with the knowledge that there were some supplementary items waiting for me at home.

Face Products

  1. Maybelline Better Skin Concealer: This is the second Better Skin concealer that I’ve picked up and I really like this product! For me, it’s a no fuss, no muss product that covers imperfections really well. I would necessarily say that it’s made my skin any better, but it’s good as a stand-alone concealer.
  2. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation: I’ve been using this for a couple months now and it’s great for everyday wear. I have really oily skin and it does a great job of keeping matte, though my skin always gets the best of any product I put on my face. For me, it won’t prevent shine for the entire day, but it does stay on for a good eight hours.
  3. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation: Once I got home, I realized that my Pro-Matte foundation was a bit too dark for me, so I picked up a different shade. Though this time, I wanted to go with the dewy route. Let’s just embrace the oily skin! I’ve only been using this for a few days, but I like how light it feels and that it makes my skin look healthy and glowy.
  4. Benefit Watts Up Highlighter: As you can tell by my recent foundation purchase, I’ve been experimenting a bit with the dewy look and I’ve really been enjoying playing around with highlighting. This product is great, because it’s small, travel friendly, and easy to use. I like to warm it up on the back of my hand, so it blends easier, then I put it on the tops of my cheeks for a subtle glow. Why not add a bit of sparkle for the winter time?
  5. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation: I like to pair this product with the concealer for days when I want something quick, easy, and light. This is another travel-friendly product. Even though it’s a loose powder foundation, the packaging contains a net that keeps the powder from going everywhere. I’m not sure how legitimate “Amazonian Clay” is, but it makes me feel like I’m putting good ingredients on my skin. I like that this product gives a soft, matte finish,
  6. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: This is my go-to setting powder and I’ve been using it for years. As you can see by the cracks, this particular powder has been through some tough times, but it’s a great powder! It’s cheap, easy, and gets the job done.

Eye Products

  1. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: Look how cute this mascara-mini is! Don’t knock the travel-sized products, you guys, because they take up less room in your back and last longer than you think. I really like how this mascara lengthens my lashes, while also separating and defining them. It also has great lasting power and hardly smudges, which is a success for my oily skin.
  2. NYX HD Eye Shadow Base: This is my favorite primer! It keeps my eye shadow in place all day and is super affordable. I might even go as far to say that it’s a dupe for the Urban Decay Primer Potion. This is always an essential in my beauty bag.
  3. L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer: This is another essential in my beauty bag. This is the third time I’ve repurchased this product, because it is just so easy! I love that it’s dual-ended, so I can comb out my brows with the spoolie. The liner itself is really thin, so I have a lot of control in how I fill in my brows. There’s also a lot of merit in using a liner, because I find that it’s the fastest way to do my eye brows.

Lip Products

  1. Milani Lip Liner “Bordeaux”: I use this liner the NYX lip cream. It keeps it in place and makes application of the product a lot easier.
  2. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream “Copenhagen”: And now for the main event! This is the perfect fall/winter lip stick/gloss/cream. It looks pretty dark and menacing in the tube, but the actual product is a beautiful wine/maroon shade with a hint of a blue undertone (art words). I love wearing this product as a statement lip, while keeping the rest of my makeup minimal. Be warned, though. This product can be drying if you don’t moisturize your lips first.
  3. Revlon Lipstick “Rum Raisin”: This is a great shade for adding a bit of drama to your look, while keeping it subtle. It’s a red/brown color and beautiful for fall/winter. If you’re scared of wearing red lipstick, this is a great alternative.
  4. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Natural “N9”: This is my go-to everyday lipstick . It’s moisturizing! It’s the perfect natural shade! It’s unfortunately discontinued! Believe me, I’m not happy about this. If you have any recommendations for lipsticks that are as  moisturizing, yet opaque as this one, please please please let me know in the comments.
  5. Vaseline Lip Therapy “Rosy Lips”: This is another makeup essential for me. It’s a great chapstick/lip moisturizer and leaves a hint of a rosy tint. I use this every morning, night, and before I put on lipstick.

Brushes: I’m not going to go into detail about these brushes, but these are my essentials for travel.

  1. Fluffy face brush
  2. Foundation brush
  3. Angled eyeliner brush
  4. Flat shader brush
  5. Fluffy shader brush
  6. Fluffy crease brush
  7. Lash Curler

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and hopefully got some good recommendations on products that are great for both travel and everyday use. Have a fabulous holiday season, loves!

-Love Ling

Life Update: Reflections on College

img_7024Hello, friends! I’ve finally been able to take a “zen moment” as my English teacher would say, where I can chill in my bed and take some time for myself-and you guys! I have not talked to you in forever and I miss talking to you all. So I’m going to get down to the nitty gritty and give you an update on my life at college.

These past couple of months have gone by so quickly and slowly at the same time. I feel like I’ve been here forever, but I also can’t believe that it’s almost November and there’s only a couple months left before the semester ends! Classes have been going pretty well so far. I’m really enjoying my “artsy” classes, like my Arts and Ideas class, where we talk about the philosophy of art and focus on different works. I’m also in an acting class, which has been awesome as well. It’s really nice to learn about topics that I’m actually interested in. In contrast to this, I’m also in Calculus, which has proved to be quite challenging. Math is definitely not a subject that I like to put my energy towards. It’s one of those things that I can grasp just well enough to do decently in, but it’s not my class of choice. My daily schedule is indicative that most of my time and energy goes into art-related activities and not into Calculus.

Speaking of art-related activities, I’m in a play! For the last three months, every night from 7-10 has been devoted to rehearsals for the devised piece that is being performed on the MainStage. The cast consists of nine women and we are creating the show, thus the “devised piece”. The content of the show is exclusively created by all of us. All of the scenes, monologues, and movement were made by us, so the show is completely original. Some of the work that I’ve contributed includes a few songs I’ve written and choreography, along with monologues and scene work. So far, this has been a wonderful experience and I really enjoy working with all of the other girls. Everyone is super creative, giving, and determined to put on a great show. I feel really lucky to be a part of this production. Even though it’s been  a lot of work, I know that our performance in two weeks will be worth all these long nights.



Hopdoddy’s milkshake

College hasn’t been completely full of work.  I’ve gotten really close with my roommates and it’s been great getting to know and hang out with them. With our busy schedules, it’s sometimes hard to find time to do fun things,  but we’re doing our best! My weekends have actually been pretty packed these past couple of weeks, as I’ve been traveling and exploring Texas a bit. In September, I spent a couple weekends in Austin, which was fantastic. I also visited College Station for a weekend. I think traveling has been one of my favorite parts so far. It’s really nice to have the freedom to go wherever I want and discover new things about this beautiful state that I now live in.

While college has been a whirlwind of activities with classes, rehearsal, and weekend trips, the adjustment from living out home to “living on my own” has been a big learning experience. I realize that I’m not in a place to be super reflective, as it’s only been a few months. However, it’s been an adjustment for me and for many other students, I’m sure. I now have this massive amount of freedom and it’s my decision as to what I want to do with it. I noticed this the other day when I was at the grocery store and I wasn’t sure what to buy! I’ve been grocery shopping by myself plenty of times, but I was buying food for myself with my own money. I have too much power! Ultimately, I was fine and just bought ramen, but it was definitely a strange moment.  I’ve also noticed that being at college is like being in one big long distance relationship. I’m maintaining a relations with my geographically distant family and  friends, which is not always easy.There’s a lot of effort that goes into it, especially since I live far away and don’t get to visit them on the weekends. However, I do think it’s important to stay connected and prevent my parents from getting a heart attack if I don’t talk to them in a week.

College has been great so far and I feel really lucky to be where I am. It’s been a lot of work, but so far, so good. Even though at times, it’s been challenging to be so far away, I couldn’t be more happy with my decision to go on this adventure. Speaking of which, if there are some you out there who are considering moving out of state for college, I would totally be down to write a post about why moving far away from home is awesome. It really is awesome. Thanks for reading, you guys! I look forward to talking to you soon!

-Love Ling