Saturday, April 22, 2017

For the Love of Sneakers

Growing up, I've always dressed according to comfort - a simple tee, shorts and sneakers. Brought up by a frugal, Asian father, I was only allowed two pairs of sneakers every school year. Two, because according to him, the other one is a back up if ever I go through the other pair - which means beaten and battered with all my physical extra curricular activities.

I went to a prestigious private, Catholic school back in the Philippines for elementary, high school and college. There's a certain stigma to this school - "school for rich kids." It is partly true. Being a middle class with rich classmates (a.k.a. children of business owners, politicians, etc.) I was envious of some who can afford all the finer things in life. I'm great friends with them and they're good people but I do admit I was jealous of the material things they have.

We have a school uniform, so there wasn't any room for style and trends, except during days where we have PE classes, where we obviously have gym clothes and that means cool sneakers to use. Back in 5th grade, you're a cool kid if you have the newest Nike Air Prestos. That was the thing back then. I remember asking my dad to get me some new sneakers during that time but since the school year has already started and I obviously have my two, new pairs of sneakers, he didn't want to buy me another one. I had to be contented with what I have. Mind you, back then, I did get some cool colorways of Adidas adiPrene since I used to play tennis.

I guess, I've always loved wearing sneakers for the pure comfort that they give me. I'm always on my feet and I love walking and running and exploring my city. Fast forward to high school and college where I didn't really care anymore about getting the coolest and trendiest things like sneakers because there were more important things like school and extra curricular activities and building friendships and relationships with kids my age. I was still in sneakers most of the time but since I'm a teenager at that point of time and a girl if I might add, I had started to wear more heels. Parties, clubs and bars is where I frequented during the weekends and so the need to be sexy in heels prevailed. The only time I wore sneakers was for some school activities and to the gym. I can't even remember what sneakers I wore to the gym and I went almost every single day all throughout college!

And fast forward again to moving to the US and 2 years after college where I dated this guy who's into sneakers. I fell in love again with sneakers. I started getting into it more and I started learning and understanding the culture around it. Although I didn't really collect sneakers I just appreciated it. It wasn't after dating a couple more guys who are huge sneakerheads that really got me into it. Also, the fashion and the trend began to shift during the last couple of years. The AthLeisure lifestyle popped up and for a lot of people, this is nothing really new. People go out and do errands in their athletic gears and that has been going on for decades but with the current generation of Youtubers, Instagrammers and Social Media Influencers, the "Hypebeast" culture became more prominent. AthLeisure and Streetwear became the thing and you're cool if you follow this trend.

Not to say that I'm a cool kid now, I just have deep appreciation for the style and sneaker culture. I am making a huge DISCLAIMER that I am in no way a sneakerhead or an expert on the said topic of sneakers. As with blogging with beauty related topics, I always do my research. Do I pick up every sneaker release? No I don't. One, I'm not rich enough to splurge ridiculous amount of dollars. Two, I don't do it for the hype. I only buy sneakers that I can rock and style. No matter how pretty or hyped a sneaker is, if I don't think I can rock it or incorporate it with my outfits, I would not buy it. I am still practical and if my dad can see the amount of sneakers that I have right now, he would probably flip and would ask me to sell them seeing I'm spending X amount of dollars to get them. But he would also tell me that I can do whatever I want with the money that I earn for myself although I would still get a lecture on being frugal and saving money. ^^

So this is me, and the long ass background story on this new Sneaker page on the blog. I'll tell you a new story with each new sneaker post. I'll tell you juicy stories related to my life, a bit more personal and intimate than my beauty posts which are usually hauls, reviews and makeup tutorials. I hope you come back for this.

With much love,

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tarteist Pro Glow To Go & Tarteist Pro To Go Review

So again, I've been inconsistent with my blog posts but life gets in the way. I'm not a full time blogger but I blog as a hobby and I love showing my favorite things over social media.

One of my favorite to-go, go-to, makeup is my month old pick up from Sephora, the Tarteist Pro To Go and Pro Glow To Go.

Let me start with the Tarteist Pro Glow To Go. It is a highlight and contour palette with two highlight shades and a bronzer. Gleam is a pearl highlight, Burst is described as a shimmering sand highlight and Chisel is a matte contour shade. Gleam has more of a white cast whereas Burst has more of a golden tone. Chisel is a great bronzer and contour shade for medium skin tones. It has a warm neutral undertone which for my fair/medium skin tone, is great as a summer color. It is a great bronzer to warm up the skin. I think for someone who might be paler than me, this would be too warm of a shade.

The Tarteist Pro To Go Palette features 6 eyeshadows, 3 mattes and 3 shimmery shades. A great neutral on the go palette that can take you day to night, laid back to glam.

Drive is a matte nude shade, comes out slightly pink on my skin tone but still a great all over lid color or transition shade. Stylin is a matte, deep chocolate brown shade. This shade is a great color to deepen your look. I've said this before in a previous blog post, I'm the type of girl who stays away from black eyeshadows and go for the deep brown shades to glam up my looks. Boss is a satin bronze shade. Another great all over lid shade. Hype is a true gold shadow which I love to put in my inner eye corner. Crisp is a warm chestnut brown. Another lovely transition shade for you gals who love warm transition colors. The last color is Dominate, a shimmering raspberry which is a great pop of color if you're tired of all these warm neutral shadows.

The Tarteist Pro To Go actually reminds me of he Anastasia Renaissance Palette only a mini version. I love neutral palettes and this is just perfect for travel.

Both Pro To Go and Pro Glow To Go palettes smell like heavenly chocolate and uses the same Amazonian clay formula as the other Tarte products. 

If there's a downside that I need to mention, it is that you have to always tap your eyeshadow brushes before you apply them on your lids because its so soft, heavily pigmented and creates fallouts that might ruin your base makeup if you have already applied it before doing your eye makeup. I also wish that I have a least one blush shade included in the Glow palette.  Other than that, this two mini palettes has replaced the Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette and the Juvia Nubian Palette that I used to carry with me all the time when I travel.