Bitter+Sweet Cafe

What better way to start the day than with a red velvet latte. I’m typically not someone who likes red velvet, but this latte is something I found myself appreciating. This is one of Bitter+Sweet’s most popular drinks, and for good reason. Despite it being well caffeinated & plenty flavorful, it is incredibly balanced. It’s not sweet, and it doesn’t leave a heavy coffee taste in your mouth! I definitely recommend it if you’re in the area.

For food, I got the prosciutto and date panini. Although I was skeptical of the combination at first, the sweetness from the dates turned out to go really well with the dry saltiness of the prosciutto.

Bitter+Sweet Cafe is located near the Cupertino Library. The layout of the cafe is really cute, but it does get crowded during lunch time. There is plenty of parking in the structure behind. While their specialty is coffee, they sell pastries from Satura Bakery and ice cream for Humphry Slocombe. They have high speed wifi, so it’s the perfect place to stop by if you’re looking to do some work!

 

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Michelle

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September Favorites

Fenty Beauty – Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
This is a beautiful subtle highlighter. This highlighter is in the shade Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby. Mean Money has a soft champagne sheen and Hu$tla Baby has peachy champagne shimmer. Very beautiful on the skin and it looks amazing as an inner corner highlight as well.

Becca Cosmetics – Velvet Blurring Primer
This is a very beautiful primer that makes your foundation look amazing. It is light on the skin and is a liquid to powder consistency. I received this product complimentary from Influenster. This has become one of my favorite primers and I have been using it every day.

Milani Cosmetics – Baked Bronzer
I got this bronzer in the color 05 Soleil and it is a beautiful bronzer that has gold flecks. It is very beautiful on the skin and is very buildable. It is very buildable, so don’t forget to tap off your brush.

Charlotte Tilbury – Magic Foundation
I got this foundation in the shade 5 Medium, and it is a medium to full coverage foundation. When paired with the Becca Cosmetics primer, it gives the skin a very beautiful and flawless look. It is very light on the skin and gives amazing coverage.

Jouer Cosmetics – Essential Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette
This palette is very pretty and has a good mixture of matte and shimmer shadows. It is extremely pigmented and has a little bit of fall out. Love the colors that are included because you can do a very neutral every day eye.

 

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Makeup of the Day

Products Used:

Foundation: Laura Mercier; Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation in 2N2: Linen
Powder: Laura Mercier; Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Eyes: Marc Jacobs; Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust
Eyeliner: Tarte Cosmetics; Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner
Falsies: Cosmic Lashes; in Naturals
Eyebrows: ColourPop; Precision Eyebrow Pencil in Bangin’ Brunette
Bronzer: Ofra Cosmetics; Versatile Matte Bronzer
Blush: The Balm Cosmetics; Instain — Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush in Swiss Dot
Highlight: Ofra Cosmetics; Highlighter in Rodeo Drive
Lips: EM Cosmetics; in Vintage Rosewood (Not online yet)

 

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Sephora Rewards Bazaar

Exciting news for Sephora Beauty Insiders! You can start earning extra points on every purchase from now until 8/19! Start racking up those points because it looks like there are some amazing rewards coming soon! Don’t forget, you can shop either online or in-store!

 

Check the Rewards Bazaar every Tuesday and Thursday because that is when Sephora adds new rewards.

 

This is a great way to try products as well as stock up on travel size favorites. I decided to to redeem some of my points and get:

I am a big fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, so of course I decided to get two clear brow gels. Once applied to the brows, it lasts until the end of the day when you take off your makeup!

I also picked up the Tatcha, Water Cream. The packaging is so adorable and I heard many good things about this moisturizer so I thought it would be a good time to test it out without!

The last reward I got was the Sunday Riley, U.F.O (Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil) because it says it helps clear congested pores, treat and prevent acne, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I have used other Sunday Riley products and I have seen amazing results! My skin has been a little crazy with break outs, so I’m hoping this product will balance it back out!

 

 

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Disneyland

It has been such an amazing experience having a Disneyland Annual Pass during the last two years of my college career. I live in the Bay Area, and attended UC Santa Cruz, so making trips down to SoCal had to be strategic. I was always able to make time to experience the magic, and many people assume I would get bored or even tired of Disneyland, but honestly it was a nice getaway. Being able to relax and take my time at Disneyland while exploring SoCal with my boyfriend was so memorable! Sadly we will not be renewing our passes for the upcoming year because we decided we wanted to save some money. Annual Passes are pretty expensive (for the pass we got, it was around $1000 each) so we thought we would hold off and if we ever decided to renew, we could. Disneyland will always have a special place in my heart, and just because we don’t have a pass doesn’t mean we won’t be able to visit! Thanks for the magical two years, and until next time! 🙂

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Generation Beauty San Francisco

 

This year was my first time attending Generation Beauty. If you don’t know what Generation Beauty is, it is an event held by Ipsy where a lot of different brands have stalls where people are able to visit and learn about their products and purchase at a discounted price. The Ipsy teams decides which locations Gen Beauty is held, so it may be different each year.

It was such an amazing experience being able to attend the event. Not only do brands come out, but they also set up Meet & Greets for YouTubers! I am lucky to be a content creator for IpsyOS, so I was also invited to attend the cocktail party the night before. It was my first cocktail party ever and this is a social event for bloggers to get to know each other. Definitely a great way to mingle with each other since there were bloggers from all over! Not to mention you could potentially meet Michelle Phan (the creator) or one of the invited YouTubers.

Some tips for attending Gen Beauty in the future:

  • Going from vendor to vendor can be very stressful especially since the lines are long! I found that it can be extremely overwhelming, so make sure you take breaks! DON’T FORGET TO EAT!
  • You don’t have to visit every vendor on the first day! The brands are also there the second day!
  • Early Access is WORTH IT! If you have the option to add Early Access, DO IT! I purchased early access, and on the first day of the event, the line was CRAZY just to get in! Early access is when you get to go in 1 hour before everyone else and get to meet the brands first!
  • If you can register the day before, you should do that. The day of the event, the registration had an extremely long line, and people would go in to register and have to come back out because they didn’t have early access.
  • Bring snacks and water! You’ll be walking around a lot and may not have time or even want to go out to get food and water. I remember wanting to go to every brand, but I had to pull myself away because I was extremely hungry.
  • Wear comfortable shoes! You’ll be walking around and standing in line a lot!

These are just some tips that I thought would be useful! If you have any more, please comment below and share them with me! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

XO,
Michelle

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Bronzey/Neutral Look

Products Used:
Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral
Foundation: Tarte Clay Stick Foundation – Light/Medium Neutral
Powder: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish – Medium
Bronzer: Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer – Sweet Tea
Highlight/Blush: Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette – Golden Sands
Eyeshadow Palette: Morphe 35R
Eyeliner: Tarte Double Take Eyeliner
Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Medium Brown
Falsies: e.l.f. x Weylie Hoang
Lips: Nars Lip Gloss – Orgasm

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Bumble & Bumble – Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

I don’t have many products from Bumble & Bumble, so I was very excited that Influenster sent me this complimentary box. I was actually really surprised with how much I ended up liking this product. At first it is a little weird because it is a low-foam cleanser. I wasn’t used to using a low-foaming cleanser, so I didn’t know if it would really clean my hair that well. When I rinsed out the product it didn’t strip my hair and actually made it feel a lot softer and smoother! Not to mention this product smells AMAZING! I’m really loving this and will probably purchase once I run out! Thank you Influenster and Bumble & Bumble for sending me this and allowing me to test it!

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#motd

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer – Adjust
Foundation: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2 – in – 1 Foundation + Concealer
Setting Powder: e.l.f. Pressed Powder
Bronzer: Physician’s Formula – Butter Bronzer
Blush: Nars Cosmetics – Orgasm
Highlighter: Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA – Eclipse
Eyes: Tarte Cosmetics – Tartlette in Bloom
Eyeliner: Tarte Cosmetics – Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz
Lips: ColourPop Satin Lip – Strip
Falsies: e.l.f. x Weylie Hoang

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