I’d have to say, I was very impressed with the Oscars fashion this year. Even though I only have six top looks, these are the drop dead gorgeous looks that really stunned me. And of course, those who I’m not mentioning looked gorgeous as well. I didn’t watch the red carpet arrivals, but I did watch the entire award show, and I’m really not too disappointed with anything.
Can we just talk about Sandra for a second? Her dress was my absolute favorite of the evening and her hair looks beautiful. Really, it was just such a great look. Like I said, everyone looked stunning, especially Lupita. I think if I had to describe Lupita in one word, it would be radiant. She always looks so gorgeous and glowing. After hearing her acceptance speech, she just seems so sweet and genuine. I can’t wait to see more from her in the future.
Here’s who they were wearing:
Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen / Karen O in Camilla Stærk
Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka / Anne Hathaway in Gucci
Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace / Lupita Nyong’o in Prada
The Brit Awards here a huge disappointment to me in terms of fashion. It was a strange mix between funky gowns, casual everyday wear, and typical British menswear. I didn’t really get it, but then again, I’m not British. Can we even watch the Brits here in America? I don’t know. Obviously, I didn’t. Let’s see who they were wearing:
Lianne La Havas / Zoe Hardman in Dorothy Perkins
Iggy Azalea in Elie Saab / Ella Eyre in Dolce & Gabbana
Here are my top looks from the Grammys. To be honest with you, the Grammy Awards is my least favorite award show. I don’t ever like the music, the performances are boring, and it seems like there’s a total of six awards that they actually broadcast. That’s just my brutal honesty. Sorry for being so negative about this. Regardless, I do like the fashion involved. It’s always a strange mix of funky looks and high glitz, and I like that contrast. And I think Chrisette’s pantsuit was gorgeous, even if she made worst dressed lists! Anyway, let’s just get on with who they were wearing.
Louise Roe in Manning Cartell / Chrissy Teigen in Johanna Johnson / Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mishcka
Taylor Swift in Gucci Premiere / Bonnie McKee in Randa Salamoun / Keltie Knight in Paolo Sebastian
Chrisette Michele styled by herself / Ariana Grande in Dolce & Gabbana
/ Iggy Azalea in Elie Saab
I honestly didn’t watch Saturday’s SAG Awards. There has been too many award shows for me to keep up with! Anyway, I didn’t see the red carpet arrivals or the award ceremony, but I’m super hyped about the fashion. There were so many gorgeous looks. The gowns, the glitz: I’m all over it. I just have to say that Lupita is killing it every time I see her on the red carpet! These are my favorite looks. Here’s who the stars were wearing:
Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen / Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang / Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi
Helen Mirren in Escada / Camila Alves in Donna Karan Atelier / Hannah Simone in Marchesa
Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci / Sofia Vergara in Donna Karan Atelier / Anna Chlumsky in Sophie Theallet
Let’s get honest here. I didn’t watch the Critics’ Choice Awards. I didn’t even know they were on, and even if I had, I probably wouldn’t have watched them anyway. Let’s get even more honest. I was really disappointed with the fashion. Very few looks wowed me, and very few are worth talking about.. That’s why I only have six top looks instead of my usual nine. Anyway, Lupita looked absolutely gorgeous and Margot’s pantsuit was stunning. And I guess award season is in full swing, so there will be many more ‘Top Looks’ to come. Here’s who they were wearing:
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein / Margot Robbie in Elie Saab
Camila Alves in Paule Ka / Julia Louis Dreyfus in Reem Acra
Abigail Breslin in Vintage Badgley Mischka / Sandra Bullock in Lanvin
Let’s talk Golden Globes 2014. The awards went how I thought they would, but let’s face it. I don’t watch award shows for the awards. I watch them for the fashion. I wasn’t able to see the red carpet arrivals because I was at work, but I do have to say, everyone looked so gorgeous! The fashion did not disappoint whatsoever. There were so many beautiful gowns. Here are my favorites. Oh my gosh, all of these are just amazing. I would love to wear any of these.
Emma Roberts in Lavin / Lupita Nyongo’o in Ralph Lauren / Michelle Dockery in Oscar De La Renta
Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad / Rashida Jones in Fausto Puglisi / Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney
Julianna Margulies in Andrew Gn / Amber Heard in Versace / Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Narcisco Rodriguez
♡ Liv W.
Hey guys. I found this tag and I just thought it would be a nice way to reflect on 2013 and jump into the new year. Plus, you guys can get to know me a little bit better. I don’t really have anyone to tag, but if you want to do this and you blog, go ahead and let me know!
1. What is a technique you’ve improved on during the past year?
Looking back, I think that I’ve really improved on keeping my skin matte. My skin gets really oily during the winter, which is strange, I know. My skin gets more normal during the warmer months. Last year, I’d come home from work or school looking like a shiny new penny. This past year, I’ve found the right products, skincare and makeup, to help prevent that penny look.
2. What is your overall most used makeup product this year?
I think my most used products would have to be my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup and my Rimmel Stay Matte powder. I used up about three or four bottles of the foundation, and several pans of the powder in 2013. I absolutely love that foundation. I know it’s not for everyone. I get that, but it’s just perfect for me. I love the texture, the finish, and the coverage. And no matter what foundation I was wearing, I always topped it with my Stay Matte powder. If you’re wondering, I wear the shade Honey in the foundation and Sandstorm in the powder. (I’m thinking about doing a review on the Instant Age Rewind Eraser line.)
3. What brand would you like to try in the coming year?
I’d really like to get into more higher end brands. I use mostly drugstore makeup, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I love drugstore makeup and skincare, but I just think I’d like to treat myself a little bit this year. To get brand specific, I’d really like to try some products from Tarte.
4. Are there any products that you want to use up this year?
I have so many products that I want to use up! Some of the products I have honestly hated and I just want them out of my life. Most of the products I want to use up have just been hanging around for a while and they just need some attention. To get specific, I have a few lip products that are close to empty, I’d like to use up a few nail polishes, and hopefully a couple eyeshadows too. I also have a stash of products that I’ve bought on sale or just to have a backup of something. I’d like to start clearing that out as well. Hopefully you guys will see them in an Empties post sometime this year!
5. Favorite winter activity and what do you wear and how do you do your makeup for it?
I don’t have any favorite winter activities. I hate the winter. Where I live, it’s too bitterly cold to do much of anything, including normal daily activities. This week, for example, it was about -16° F with -50° wind chills. So for most of winter life, I wear a pullover sweater, jeans, snow boots, and a wool coat. Like I said, I get oily during the winter, so my makeup has just adjust accordingly. I try to avoid cream products, and try to go easy on the face products. I’m just really over winter and unfortunately, it will probably be this way for the next few months.
6. What is one bad makeup habit that you want to break in the coming year?
I think I’m really bad at washing my brushes regularly. No, it’s not like I’m using filthy brushes all the time. I kind of just put my dirty ones aside and forget about them while I’m using my other brushes. As a result, I end up storing quite a few dirty brushes. I recently bought myself a Benjabelle Brush Tree (Daisy), so hopefully that will encourage me to wash my brushes more.
7. Favorite clothing to keep warm and dry in the winter?
Keeping warm and dry in Chicagoland winter is pretty much impossible. I try to completely avoid the outdoors when there’s snow and ice on the ground. To say warm indoors, I really love Hanes pullover crew neck sweatshirts. I have them in pretty much every color. They’re just really comfortable. I also have snow boots from the brand Sporto, and I’ve absolutely never had a problem with them leaking or my feet feeling cold, but I’m not hiking around and trekking through snow.
8. A fellow youtuber you really loved watching this year.
Well, as you guys know, I’m not a youtuber. Yeah, this was originally a Youtube tag, that doesn’t really matter. Here are some of the people I loved watching in 2013. Click their names to be taken to their channels!
Beauty: Claire Marshall / emilynoel83 / essiebutton / Jamie Greenberg / leighannsays / Glam Life Guru
Off Beauty: Eat Your Kimchi / essiebuttonvlogs / Mamrie Hart / Mental Floss / Vice
9. Are you planning to wear lipstick/gloss when the ball drops at midnight? If so, which lipstick/gloss?
The ball already dropped, and we’re already well into 2014 at this point. Oh well. I didn’t wear lipstick or gloss on New Year’s Ever. I did have a killer eye look though. Gold glitter. I don’t usually like to wear lip products to parties where I know I’ll be eating and drinking. I don’t like to touch up.
10. What is your best Best New Year’s Eve memory?
I don’t really have any great memories from New Year’s Eve. They all kind of just blend together. I’m not a holiday person, honestly. Here’s a memory though. One New Year’s Eve, I was at my grandparents’ house and the power went out. We had to light the fireplace to stay warm. Both of my grandparents fell asleep really early, and I ended up propping a tap light against my sleeping grandma and coloring in a coloring book. I was like 15.
11. What was the best thing that happened to you this year?
Well, I think that the creation of this blog has definitely been a positive thing for me. Also, I was able to maintain my 4.0 GPA in school, which was hard at times. Honestly, this was a pretty hard year for me.
12. Describe the year 2013 in 3 words.
Challenging / Casual / Confusing
13. What activity hobby are you finally going to take up in 2014?
I can’t really think of any hobbies that I want to take up in 2014. I guess I just want to dedicate more time to blogging and see where that takes me.
14. Hypothetically, you win the lottery in 2014. If you could donate to any charity in 2014, which charity is dear to you and why?
Hopefully I do win the lottery in 2014! That would be great! Anyway, I don’t have a particular charity in mind. If I won that sort of money, I’d really love to donate money to help American war veterans, whether it’s helping them make the transition back into civilian life or helping with their medical care at VA hospitals. I just don’t think we treat our vets with the care and appreciation that they deserve, and I’ve always wanted to enlist. I’d also like to donate to a charity that was dedicated to helping people that have been sexually assaulted abused, with their medical and emotional care. I definitely think that America has a rape culture and we don’t do enough for these victims.
14. What food or beverage are you going to give up in 2014? What food or beverage are you finally going to try in 2014?
I know I probably should be giving up Chipotle burritos, but I just can’t. I love them too much. I don’t have a specific food that I’d like to try in 2014, I just want to eat more cultural food. I’d really like to go to some restaurants that I wouldn’t normally go to.
15. If you could have one of your dreams come true for 2014, what would it be and why?
In 2014, I just really want to find my happiness, develop my sense of self, and become a little bit healthier along the way. I don’t have any major health or fitness goals for this year, but I think that eating fresher foods and a little exercise would do me a lot of good. I really want this year to be about discovering myself and my potential. I just want to be the best Liv I can be. Hopefully, I can complete my degree this year! I aim to improve my Korean this year. Also, I hope to continue my beauty blogging. Let’s see where 2014 takes Living Visual!
♡ Liv W.
Hello everyone. I watched last night’s People’s Choice Awards. Honestly, the show wasn’t that interesting, but Kat Dennings looked perfect throughout. I have to add that everyone looked gorgeous, (especially Jennifer Hudson with her short hair!) but these are the looks that I’d personally love to wear. Let’s just get on with it..
Ming-Na Wen in Brandon McDonald / Kat Dennings in David Meister / Greer Grammer in Mikael D
Kat Dennings in Oliver Tolentino / Beth Behrs in Giulietta / Julianna Margulies in Christian Dior Vintage Couture
Anna Faris in Naeem Khan / Nina Dobrev in Jenny Packham / Kat Dennings in David Meister Signature & Beth Behrs in Naeem Khan
Hello my loves! I thought I should end the year by sharing some of my favorite songs of 2013. (Don’t worry! My 2013 beauty favorites will be coming soon!) Some were new releases, others were old favorites or new discoveries. My taste in music isn’t for everyone, but here’s my top 20, in particular order. Some of these songs are not in English! SOME OF THESE SONGS HAVE EXPLICIT LYRICS AND CONTENT IN THE VIDEOS!