Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Of course one of the biggest things going on lately is being a Glossier Rep. There's no doubt that I am part of the Glossier (unofficial) Fan Club, so of course I'm hella excited to be a representative of Glossier. And of course there's the new Laneige face mask I bought partially because it feels so incredibly hydrating and partially because it smells like the Gogurts my friends used to have during lunch in elementary school. And it's pink and cute and makes for a good addition to my #topshelfie blah blah blah. But let's not forget that one of my favorite sayings/quotes, "Love is Love is Love is Love" has taken a new form as my newest Ryan Porter purchase. For Pride Month, Ryan Porter sold this limited edition Love is Love bracelet with 50% of the proceeds going towards HRC. Obviously I barely thought twice before adding it to my virtual shopping cart. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


perfume: Callio Fragrance c/o

My loyalty to Callio Fragrance is unwavering. I still dabble here and there, collecting fragrances for my growing personal perfume vault, but I always come back to my tried and true scents. Of course you guys know how much I die for Adele. I've waxed poetic about the luxurious aroma of blackberry and rose in Adele here and here and I guarantee I'm going to do it again this winter, but today I'm going to fawn over Summer. I can't quite put my finger on why I love it, but it reminds me of something from my childhood. A generic concept or recurring experience of some sort; not quite a specific memory or event.

Maybe the summer camp I attended smelled like the exact combination of peaches and freesia found in Summer. Or possibly the back room of my dad's office, where I would hangout after school throughout elementary school, felt identical to the way Summer smells. I don't know what it is, but every time I spritz myself it just feels so familiar. It could even be that Summer in and of itself is the scent of old memories. I bet anyone could smell it and feel like they're reliving some kind of childhood bliss. Or maybe it's just all in my head. But do I really need an explicit reason to love a perfume? At the end of the day it's all about how great I'm going to smell tomorrow when I'm getting coffee with my friend leaving a faint trail of Summer behind me.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beauty Brand Wishlist Vol. 2

byredo, gypsy water, charlotte tilburry, saturday skin, glossier, tata harper, natural beauty, topshelfe, top shelfie, ITGTopShelfie

One of the best things about having a blog is going back and reading the (sometimes cringe-worthy) things I've written in the past. I wrote my beauty brand wishlist two years ago when I was first learning about beauty as content creator, not just as a consumer. Now looking back, it's comforting to see that not only have I tried 3 out of the 4 brands, but one of those brands was Glossier and you guys all know how that turned out (aka I might as well have my paychecks written out to Glossier, inc. at this point).

For the second volume of my beauty brand wishlist, I somehow managed to narrow it down to Byredo, Tata Harper, Saturday Skin, and Charlotte Tilbury. Just like every other "influencer" I'm currently on the skincare bandwagon. My dream #topshelfie sports rows of green bottles covered in bright yellow lettering. The luxury of high-end skincare that is authentically natural is summed up in the Tata Harper brand. As for Saturday Skin, I'm not going to say that it isn't giving me Glossier vibes, but there is something just a little bit more luxurious and science-y about Saturday Skin's approach to skincare. which makes me want to see what the hype is all about.

Byredo, on the other hand, is not quite the millennial mainstay. I've seen Byredo prominently placed on the vanities of several bloggers and Instagram girls, but i find it hard to believe that a $230 bottle of perfume is targeted at my fellow millennials. Nonetheless, I want a piece of the luxury and not to mention that insane cult following Gypsy Water (one of Byredo's signature fragrances) has. Charlotte Tilbury speaks for itself. Despite the shift towards skincare, everyone has been raving about Charlotte Tilbury makeup. Once I found out that Charlotte Tilbury herself was a famed makeup artist and has such a passion for the artisty of makeup I decided that shelling out a few extra bucks for a CT bronzer would be worth it... one day.
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