Birthday Beauty and Outfit on a Budget, Plus Lorac Megapro Swatches, Review and Look

Picture taken by me. Wearing Lorac Megapro and Nasty Gal dress.
Picture taken by me.
Wearing LORAC Megapro,  Nasty Gal dress and Bauble Bar earrings.
Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

This past week was my birthday, and like most girls I wanted a pretty dress without the pretty hefty price tag. But finding a cute going-out dress on a budget isn’t the easiest of feats. Luckily, I have hunted for all the girls out there who need a dress for any special occasion. Below are a list of dresses appropriate for a nice dinner with family or friends, which also make these picks great for a wedding, or even a special date night. Best part is? They’re all wallet friendly!

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My best friend, Brielle Stanks and me         Photo by Bruce Pearlman

Both of the dresses my friend Brielle and I wore for my birthday dinner were from Nasty Gal, my dress is still on sale for $39.20. Brielle’s dress is from last year, but below will be some great options like her’s.  Nasty Gal’s sale section is an abundance of wonderfulness you can’t usually find on many sites; I assure you, you are not getting the leftovers of what no one else wants here! Below are links to some great finds from Nasty Gal and other cool girl sites.


Nasty Gal’s Knitty Gritty Dress  $31.20

Nasty Gal’s Between the Pleats Dress $23.20

Nasty Gal’s Garden Life Floral Dress   $34.00

Missguided Lilja Asymmetric Bodycon Dress in Floral Print (similar to Brielle’s) $30.38

Missguided Letje Tailored Bodycon Dress with Contrast Detailing $32.28

H&M Lace Circle Dress (I own this in black, but I love the red too!) $39.95

ASOS Midi Bardot Body-Conscious Dress $37.90 (I love the forest green, also if you’re a student you can ger 10% off at ASOS)


Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

The LORAC Megapro is easily the most coveted holiday makeup item this year. Like many makeup devotees I sat eagerly to get my hands on this, actually my sister did, as it was a birthday gift, but a lot of hounding her went into getting this  (sorry Rachel!). I love both the LORAC 1 and 2 palettes, and I’m glad to say the Megapro does not disappoint. It has a wonderful array of mattes, like every matte you’ve ever needed to blend the crease is here, and sparkling shimmers and satins. Some of the shades are a bit more powdery than the original 1 and 2, but these are still highly pigmented and blendable. If I can suggest one palette to put on your holiday wish list this is it, but it’s limited edition and currently out of stock (if I could insert a crying emoji, I would). Amazon and should restock, so get your hands on it quick!



Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me


LORAC Megapro eyeshadows: Sepia and Brown (crease), Maroon and Copper (lid), Deep Teal (lower lash line), Espresso (outer corner), Opal (brow highlight) and Sand (inner corner)

Eyeliner: Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES eyeliner in Azurite green similar here 

Gel Liner:  MAC Cosmetics BlackTrack gel liner similar here 

Brows: Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown and Milani Clear Brow Gel

Foundation: Loreal True Match Lumi in W1-2

Concealer: MAC Prolong Wear NW 20 similar here 

Blush: Maybelline Master Hi-Light in Coral

Bronzer: Tarte Park Avenue Princess

Highlighter: Physicians Formula Miami Strip

Lipliner: Jordana Rock ‘n’ Rose

Lipstick: Nyx Euro Trash

Lipgloss: Gerard Cosmetics Cocoa Bean

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