“Say Hi, Carmen!”

Hey guys! I got so excited about my new blog that I forgot to introduce myself! My name is Carmen and I’m new to the world of blogging! Wow, what a great way to just broadcast that I’m new, right?! haha Anyway, I’ve been meaning to start a blog for a long time, but never really had time for it. Okay! Fine. I kept procrastinating! :/ BUT, now I finally put one together and I’m so happy! I’m sure you don’t want to here my oh so interesting story about how and why I started this blog, so I’ll give you the shorter version 🙂

It’s strange actually! I used to be SUCH a tomboy when I was younger! I always wore black/dark jeans with t-shirts and tennis shoes. OMG not even like converses. LEGIT TENNIS SHOES!!!! like the one’s we wore back in middle school for P.E. -_-” I can’t even….*shakes head* Well, THANK GOD! I got through that phase, but my sense of fashion never really picked up until I finally started using makeup and got more girly I guess! haha Watching Youtube videos, looking at fashion and makeup blogs. Yeah, that’s when it all started!!! Even though 9 out of 10 stories about start up fashion and beauty blogs started the same way………this is my story 🙂

Oh. And I chose the name of my blog to be Shine, not Glimmer, because I feel that every person needs to, just like it says, Shine! Don’t just live through life as a faint glimmer. YOU NEED TO SHINE!!!!

Now that I’m done with the cheesiness,

Thanks for reading!

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Summer Makeup Routine 2012

Here in Hong Kong, it already feels like summer! Humid and hot, hot, HOT! Think Florida, yeah? I usually live in California, where it’s more dry and less hot (AKA less sweat throughout the day), but now that I’m here, I definitely need to switch to a more summery makeup routine!

So, HERE IT IS!!!

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1. Kirkland Brand – Powder Brush

2. E.L.F – Powder Brush

3. Lioele – Water Drop BB Cream

4. Laura Mercier – Foundation Primer

5. Laura Mercier – Translucent Pressed Setting Powder

6. MAC – Creme Color Base in Pearl

7. MAC – Blush in Melba

8. MAC – Studio Finish Concealer in NW20

9. Giorgio Armani – Brow Defining Pencil in 3

10. K-Palette – Real Lasting Eyeliner 24H

11. YSL – Touche Eclat in #2

12. Urban Decay – Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Love Child

Sorry! Forgot to number the last brush

13. Kirkland Brand – Contour Kabuki

This is definitely my go-to as of right now! My skin is oils up really quickly and this routine has kept my oiliness at bay, other than my nose getting a bit shiny, for 7 hours without any touchups needed! Amaaaaazing! 🙂 The Lioele Water Drop BB Cream gives practically no coverage, but it does even out my skin tone a bit. So if you have acne scarring and some redness like I do, you can definitely still use this with a good concealer!

I know it seems like quite a bit of products for the summer, but each product, I use minimally! I don’t like to be smothered with makeup in the hot and humid weather either!

More detailed reviews coming soon ❤

Remember! Let’s shine, not glimmer!