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friyay face!

Palette: e.l.f. Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette {c/o} | Eyeshadow Brush: e.l.f. Eyeshadow C Brush {c/o} | Eyeshadow Brush: e.l.f. Blending Brush {c/o} | Lashes: Lancôme DÉFINICILS - High Definition Mascara in DEEP BLACK | Shadow: e.l.f. Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in WINE NOT? {c/o} | Brush: e.l.f. Small Smudge Brush {c/o} | Face: e.l.f. Mineral Pearls in NATURAL {c/o} | Lips: L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Lip Color in FAIREST NUDE

These e.l.f. Mineral Pearls are my new obsession. They add the most brilliant, radiant look to skin; not to mention they add a chic touch to any makeup counter. I run my makeup brush across them, then apply to my entire face for a natural, luminous highlight. This is the shade natural {also available in skin balancing}.




september 2016 empties!

Initially I received a sample of Juice Organics Repairing Conditioner {$9.99}, but I loved it so much that I purchased the full-size and quickly made my way through it. A few notable things about this product: you can actually understand the ingredients - no harsh chemicals; and it really does repair damaged hair. This one tamed my frizz, and revived my locks after the first wash, and truly smoothed and moisturized. I wish that it had some sort of fragrance; but it works so well that I don't mind. TOTAL RE-BUY {I'm on bottle number two right now!}.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Daily Pads {$8.99} have been a Holy Grail item for me for years; not because I have ever had acne-prone skin, but because they really work to combat oiliness. I use two pads each day - one for my face, and one for my neck / shoulders / back, and they are brilliant! You can actually see the dirt they've removed; and they leave skin feeling so fresh and clean. I highly, highly, highly recommend these! FOREVER RE-BUY.

Like with its conditioner companion above, I received Juice Organics Repairing Shampoo {$9.99} as a sample, which prompted me to buy the full-size {to great success, I might add}. And, like with the conditioner, this one also contains no harsh chemicals. One of my favorite things about this duo is that neither leaves behind residue, so you don't find yourself pulling gunk out of your hair hours after washing. Again, I would love a bit of fragrance; but I can deal with it not containing one. FOREVER RE-BUY {already on bottle number two!}.

JULEP Lip Gloss in GLOWING {$20.00} came into my life as a freebie when I was purchasing nail polish {aren't I always?}; oddly enough, it became one of my favorite lip products of all-time, so I was so disappointed when I finished off the tube. Glowing is the perfect pinky / nude hue for adding luminescence to the lips, or extra shine to a darker-hued lipstick worn underneath. It lasts for up to 3 hours {which I find to be great wear-time for a gloss}, and really livens up the face. The price is what gets me. $20 is more than Anastasia Beverly Hills lip products; and, in my opinion, not worth it for the size of product you receive here. Womp womp. DEFINITE RE-BUY {when on sale}.

Though I've gone through numerous tubes of NYX Butter Gloss, this was the first time that I tried NYX COSMETICS Butter Gloss in CREME BRULEE {$3.99}, and I loved the shade. Creme Brulee is the perfect your lips but better nude that pairs stunningly with smoky eyes or more neutral makeup looks. I literally wore this every. single. day. until the tube ran out; and for the price, I can't help but to contemplate stocking up so I never run out again! TOTAL RE-BUY.

Sample lash products are my favorite, so I was super excited when I received stila's Huge Extreme Lash Mascara in BLACK {$23.00} alongside one of my more recent Sephora orders. Out of all of the mascaras I've tried lately, this one right here is one of my faves. It gives tremendous length and volume, and is so strikingly black that it looks as if you're wearing falsies. My one qualm is that it is a wet formula, and on some days it did transfer to my eyelid before completely drying {such a pain when you've already perfected your eyeshadow}. I haven't decided whether or not that serves as a dealbreaker or not, as it wasn't an everyday occurrence; but it was frequent enough to get slightly on my nerves. POSSIBLE re-buy.

I only recently started filling in my brows, and have zero interest in spending an arm and a leg for a brow product, so I was thrilled when I discovered ColourPop Brow Pencil in BLONDIE {$5.00}, because it is so affordable. I have light brown hair and don't love an uber dark brow, so I find that the shade Blondie is perfect for my coloring. I love the simplicity of this product - it literally takes less than a minute to fill in each brow, and it lasts all day. FOREVER RE-BUY {I'm already on number two, and have five back-ups waiting in the wings!}.

I've been using a ZOYA nail polish remover for a few years now; but it has become pricier as of late, so I decided to try OPI's Expert Touch Lacquer Remover {$5.95} due to affordability and experience with the brand, and let me tell you, I love it. This polish remover is phenomenal at removing any type of polish - be it glitter, creme, jelly, or textured. It also has no fragrance, so you don't feel offended during use. I wish it came in a bigger bottle, but I'm totally fine with it not - it still ranks as less expensive and more effective than my prior product. TOTAL RE-BUY (I'm about to start bottle number two!}.

mark. Windswept Hand Cream {c/o} {$6.00} was such a surprise love for me because I'm a total hand cream snob, but I have to be honest...I'm obsessed! The fragrance here is just luscious - a combination of grapefruit, cedarwood, and orchid that I truly cannot get enough of; but scent aside, I was wildly impressed with how soft this made my hands feel. It is non-greasy, the perfect consistency, and really hydrates and nourishes the skin {I even used it on my feet}. Fingers crossed they don't discontinue this one, because it's brilliant! DEFINITE RE-BUY.

Have you tried any of these products before? Thoughts?




The Wangs vs The World Book + Beauty Prize Pack Giveaway

Disclosure: This Giveaway is in Partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

What pairs best with a book? If you said a cozy sweater, hot chocolate, or a fireplace, you're so right; but in today's case the correct answer is beauty - as in m to the a to the keup. Why? Because I'm partnering with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to bring you not just a terrific tome {Jade Chang's The Wangs vs. The World, in stores now!}, but a few makeup marvels that will get. you. pumped!

ABOUT THE BOOK: A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together.

Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he’s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands—and his pride.

Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China.

Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America—and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.

· One of Entertainment Weekly's Most Anticipated Titles of 2016
· A Fall 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Pick
· A Publishers Lunch Fall 16 Buzz Book
· A The Millions Most Anticipated Book
· One of Library Journal’s “Five Big Debuts” for Fall 16

Sounds positively brilliant, doesn't it? Now feast your eyes on the prize pack!

To celebrate the release of The Wangs vs The World {which calls “One of the best debut novels of 2016, this warmhearted, wide-ranging novel tells the wholly modern story of the Wang family.”}, cat eyes & skinny jeans has partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to bring one {1} beauty-licious bookworm a THE WANGS VS THE WORLD Book + Beauty Prize Pack that includes: a copy of The Wangs vs The World, plus Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick, Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel, and Tarte's “The Sculptor” Contouring Face Slenderizer. Prizing courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JADE CHANG has covered arts and culture as a journalist and editor. She is the recipient of a Sundance Fellowship for Arts Journalism, the AIGA/Winterhouse Award for Design Criticism, and the James D. Houston Memorial scholarship from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Photo Credit: Teresa Flowers

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Disclosure: This Giveaway is in Partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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