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i’ve been super obsessed with into the gloss(or ITG) lately. ITG is this beauty blog by emily weiss who was an ex super intern at teen vogue. it’s about the beauty secrets of “insiders” such as editors, stylists, agents, etc. i like it because it’s very stylized yet still very personal.

my favorite part of ITG is top shelf. this section focuses on the beauty regimen of really cool chicks like jen brill. i like how the whole thing is set up, it just looks like you invaded their bathroom and just hung out and talked about your favorite beauty products! so interesting! like a candy store! i’m so terribly inspired by ITG’s top shelf that i decided to do my own little version since i got quite a few questions on skincare and make up at my formspring months ago. heehee.


i've been a fan of kiehl's since the mid-90s. i still use the same stuff for the past 14 years – wash my face with foaming non-detergent washable cleanser, use their calendula alcohol-free toner and put a thin layer of their ultra facial moisturizer. plus i use chanel’s UV essentiel sunblock. i do that twice a day. i also use clinique’s all about eyes at night, a gift from my mother when i turned 30. EEK! when i hit PMS and my hormones go haywire, i use pond’s antibacterial facial scrub when i wash my face midday(i have combination skin).

i keep my make up fairly simple for casual/work days. i usually don’t use foundation but whenever i have to, i use giorgio armani’s luminous silk foundation. i also love their fluid sheer, which i just put on by itself and top it with bobbi brown’s sheer pressed powder and add benefit’s hoola for a slight tan. for my lips, it’s a toss up between kiehl’s lip balm #1 or smith’s brambleberry rose lip balm( i love the packaging!) and some lip gloss/stain like chanel’s glossimer or nars lipgloss. recently though, i’ve been obsessed with red lips. i love MAC’s ruby woo and i am MAD over rouge d’armani #402. it’s like a maroon x fuschia mix! so insane! for evening, i like to line my eyes with chanel’s le crayon khol eyeliner in noir and when i’m in the mood, i do a smokey eye using the velvet plum quad of bobbi brown or this “stupendous” chanel quad. and of course, shu uemura eyelash curler. a desert island must-have.

i have stick straight, fine asian hair. but since i decided to grow it out last year, i’ve been using sunsilk green which supposedly makes the hair grow faster. who knows if it works! hahaha. but typically, i use kiehl’s amino acid shampoo. chiyo tagami has been cutting my hair for the past 3 years, i love her! chiyo trims my bangs every 3 weeks as well. my eyebrows are very “sparse”, so i only have it groomed every 45 days at browhaus.

and NAILS! where do i start?


there are only two places i go to – nail loft and nail tropics. and i’m extremely picky with my nail color so i bring my own bottles.


i used to be into boring color but chanel nail polish just rocks my socks because they really do set the trend for the season and quality is beyond. plus cute nails are just great picker-uppers!


and luckily, i had the foresight to buy the “newest” chanel polish of the moment black pearl! i love the gunmetal grey-green hue.


PHEW! (i didn’t think that would require a lot of work!)

and yes, i consider myself low maintenance. HAHAHAHAHA.

Written by divasoria

February 2nd, 2011 at 8:26 am