Bring on the Shine 2017: Silver and Smokey NYE Makeup

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Happy almost New Year everyone! I hope 2017 brings you lots of love, inspiration and of course lots of makeup! I wanted to get up what I think is the perfect look for New Year’s Eve– silver, glitter and a bold lip! Read on to find out what I used to get this look and some dupes if you can’t get the products I have in time.

Makeup Look

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Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in Classic Ivory 

Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair 

Powder: Kat Von D Setting Powder

Brows: Colourpop Black N’ Brown Pencil with NYX Brow Mascara in Espresso to set

Eyeshadows: (In order of application)

*For the matte Kat Von D Shades below, use any matte eyeshadows to achieve this look! I like NYX’s Nude Matte Shadow which you can get at Ulta. You really just need a good matte light brown, black and white shadow for the browbone.

Liquid Liner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner

Lashes: Eylure Luxe Faux Mink Gilded Lashes

Bottom eyeliner: L’Oreal Silkissime in Black (only on the outer half)

Contour: All Kat Von D Shade and Light. Temples to bronze: Shadowplay. Hollows of the cheeks and nose: Sombre.

Blush: Milani Rose D’Oro (I get Milani at CVS)

Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Lip liner: Jordana Plush Plum lipliner (get at Walgreens)

Lipstick: Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in My Soulmate (found this recently at CVS, but can’t find it online. Similar: Making Me Matte

Gloss:  Maybelline Shine Shot 

Bodysuit: Boohoo

Necklace: BaubleBar 

 

 

 

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Outfit Picks

2017 is upon us, and with it brings the glitziest night of the year, New Year’s Eve of course. It’s time to break out the shiniest and  most daring look you can think of, but sometimes finding the perfect look can be tough! No worries, I’ve broken out outfits that will work for the girl who wants to sparkle all night long, the girl with a rebel streak and gowns for anyone who has fancy formal plans!  Read on below to find your perfect look, and remember you can always tough something up with a leather jacket, boots and a choker or turn up the glam with statement jewelry and metallic heels.

For the Glittery Glamazon

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  1. Cut-Out Long Sleeve Sequin Midi Dress $80.99
  2. Cut-Out Sequin Mini Dress $80.99
  3. River Island Metallic Wrap Dress $64
  4. New Look Sequin Mini Dress $53
  5. GUESS Open-Back Sequined Sheath Dress $95.99
  6. Ivory Blurred Lines Romper $59.90
  7. Hunter Celebration Mini Dress $44.90
  8. Sequin Surplice Romper $45
  9. Sequin Bodycon Dress $29.90

Ring it in Like a Rebel 

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  1. Bebe Crisscross Bandage Dress $69
  2. Bebe x Naven Neckband Jumpsuit $69
  3. Nightwalker Taj Metallic Knit Dress $41.40 
  4. Isabel Ribbed Harness Strappy Bodycon Dress $30
  5. Boutique Lola Sequin Star Print Strappy Maxi Dress $60
  6. Marlena Bandeau Asymetric Hem Midi Dress $35
  7. River Island Sequin Slip Dress $68 
  8. Red Ever Wonder Dress $39.90 
  9. Topshop Corset Mini Dress $68 

 

Fierce in Formal

 

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  1. Christine Rose Gold Sequin Dress $74.90
  2. Marielle Black Carnevale Dress $94.90
  3. Lizbeth Classic Twist Formal Dress $59.90
  4. Boutique Naty Embellished Placement Maxi Dress $80 
  5. Petite Amy Metallic Strappy Thigh Split Maxi Dress $35
  6. Karen Pleated Lace Gown $99
  7. Maya Embellished Jumpsuit $128 
  8. Fame and Partners Georgette Dress $215
  9. Nasty Gal Collection Purple Reina Maxi Dress $94

Holiday Look and Makeup Must Haves

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Happy holidays everyone! With Christmas and Hanukkah right around the corner, I was thinking about what my foolproof holiday staples are. I’m talking about what red lip will stay on while sipping holiday cocktails or kissing under the mistletoe, and what glitters will sparkle all through the night, because let’s face it no one wants to deal with smeared lipstick and flaky glitter this season. Below are my top picks, as well as what I used to get the makeup look above. So read on, and snag some of these for your holiday get together!

Kissin’ Under the Mistletoe Worthy Red Lipsticks

These are in order from the most foolproof to more satiny versions that may stain a cup a bit but stay on through dinner.

  1. Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick in Bawse $24 (my favorite red; super comfortable to wear, doesn’t bleed and stays on through eating, kissing, etc.)
  2. OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Atlantic City $19.90
  3. Maybelline Creamy Matte Lip Color in Siren in Scarlet  $7.99
  4. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita  $32

A Twinkle with the Tinsel: Best Glitters

These are true glitters, either liners or loose glitters, not a shadow with glitter in it. For any loose glitters a lightly spritz my brush with Fix + and then dip in the glitter.

  1. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy $20 (so easy to apply, can build for more glitter coverage, and does not flake!)
  2. MAC Glitter (any shade) $22 (This is the best glitter for all over the lid, it’s super opaque and wears beautifully throughout the night)
  3. NYX Face and Body Glitter $5.99 (I love these when I first open them, but sadly after a few uses the glitter stops coming out, but if you need for one or two nights the price is right and the quality is great! Just wish it had better packaging)
  4. Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art $8.99 (I only use the glitter liner side of these, and it goes on great. After a few hours it will flake a bit, but once again for the price point it’s a good glitter liner)

Makeup Look
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Give What They Want, Get What You Want: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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Happy soon to be holidays everyone! With a few weeks left to shop, and those Secret Santa and holiday parties right around the corner I wanted to provide a gift guide with options for every price range. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift to swap with your friends at a White Elephant/Secret Santa party (because let’s be real it’s hard to find something everyone likes!) or you have no idea what to tell your aunt to get you this season, below are beauty and miscellaneous (fashion, jewelry, etc.) items that will always land you on the nice list! These are broken into category in case you’re looking for something specific; this post is a long one!

Brush Sets 

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I included the three brush sets above because I love and use brushes from all these brands. Remember, don’t get trapped in “what’s pretty” or super affordable because you may be skimping on quality. These little makeup magic makers are both beautiful and in a price range you can afford! I’ve been lusting over the Morphe ones in particular. Also, anyone can use makeup brushes, so I think this is a perfect Secret Santa gift too.

Eyeshadow Palettes

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I also think an eyeshadow palette is an awesome and universal gift to give this season. Gone are the days where low-price meant low quality. I personally use and love the Carli Bybel Palette and Morphe palette all of the time, and ColourPop’s range is perfect for the makeup beginner. I actually discovered MAC’s glitters in a holiday palette and they are my favorite glitters to this day. Unfortunately, you can only snag them in a holiday palette, at a pro store or online :(. The pricier palettes on this list have been star shadow palettes this year(the Too Faced Palette completely sold out once already!) so you won’t go wrong putting those under the tree!

Highlighters and Blush

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One way to brighten anyone’s holiday morning is with a stunning highlighter or blush palette. Whether you’re looking to give more of a makeup everyday staple like the Tarte of Benefit cheek palettes (the Benefit one is almost sold out, not surprising as it features many of their bestsellers, but a few are still on Sephora). The Colourpop trio is perfect for any highlighter beginner or seasoned makeup lover as the colors are easy to apply and work across many skintones. I’m very fair and use darker shades like Butterfly Beach all of the time. The Laura Geller highlighters were at the top of everyone’s highlighter wish list this year, so this little trio gives the makeup lover some try-on options to find her highlighter holy grail. Also, you cannot go wrong with my favorite make-you-glisten-like-an-ice-queen highlighter, Champagne Pop. I have my eye on the Make Up Forever as a new hit for 2017, maybe I’ll finally cave in and get it with some Christmas cash.

Lip Sets

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You can’t be caught kissing under the mistletoe without a bit of fool-proof lipsticks! Liquid lipsticks are totally the way to go during the holidays, and some of my favorite formulas including Kat Von D, NYX and Colourpop have some awesome sets. I’ve never personally tried Kylie’s Lip Kits, but what girl wouldn’t want one as a stocking stuffer!? (and some of her classics are in-stock now, so it’s a good time to grab some!) The Tarte and Bite sets are perfection for anyone with their comfortable and wearable formulas and color selections (both great sets for Mom!).

I also included the stunning Jouer Lip Topper in Frost Bite (Skinny Dip and Tan Lines are awesome sparkly options too) as a major want of mine this season. It’s the optime of holiday sparkle. Oh, and the holiest of them all? The Urban Decay set which includes 30 lipsticks, and I promise this formula is amazing too. What else could a girl want?

All The Trimmings (Misc. Gifts)

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Blissful Berry Holiday Makeup

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“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” With everything happening in the world, I think it’s important to try and find whatever happiness you can. My outlet is creating, and channeling that helps take my mind off everything else. So with that, I hope whether it’s reading makeup tips or something else, this blog can be a place of escape for a little bit. With that, read below to get this vampy holiday makeup look, (I also have a nude lip option!) and know that we must be kind to one another.

Makeup Look

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Foundation: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation in Fair Sand

  • Funnily enough this was a sample from Sephora, and I fell in love and just bought the full size! I had purchased the new Hourglass foundation and the fairest shade is too light even for me, so keep that in mind if you want to try!

Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (this is sold out everywhere but a good, and afforable, dupe is Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal in Fair)

Powder: Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder 

Brows: Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil and Benefit  Ka-Brow both in #4

Eyes: Kat Von D MetalMatte Palette (this palette is stunning, and limited edition, so if you love Kat Von D’s shadows I would defintely grab this! They are super pigmented and perfect for everyday or dramatic looks)

  • Crease: Suede, Silk and Velvet (applied Suede and Silk with a fluffy blending brush and Velvet with a pencil brush for a more defined crease)
  • Lid: Tinsel with a little bit of Touch in Sol Glitter in Talia on the center of the lid
  • Browbone: Bone
  • Lower lashline: Velvet, Volt, Synergy
  • Liner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner and L’Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner in Black

Lashes: Eyelure Baroque Lashes

Highlight: Kat Von D Pressed Shadow in Thunderstruck (insanely pretty highlighter for fairer skin, one of the only ones I think beams off my cheeks haha)

Blush: NYX Ombre Blush in Nude to Me

Dark lip: Coloupop Ultra Satin in Hutch (this is super comfortable and will last through a meal, making it perfect for holiday parties!)

Nude lip: Maybelline Mauve Me lipstick with NYX Angel Food Cake Butter Gloss on top

Bodysuit: Nasty Galsimilar Material Girl Illusion Lace Bodysuit

 

It’s Halloween! 2016’s Costume Look: Patronus/Etheral Deer

Happy Halloween to all my Halloween loving lovelies! I’ve always been obsessed with Halloween; I feel like I can really let my creativity flag fly. This year I found these amazing silver deer antlers (covered in glittery goodness) at Spirit Halloween, and the idea of being a Harry Potter Patronus morphed. I’m also thoroughly in love with all things Harry Potter. I know it’s a little late to create this look now, but there’s always next year! Or any surprise future costume parties. Below is what I used to achieve this look, now Expecto Patronum!

Costume

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Makeup


Face:

  1. Use your regular foundation and concealer.
  2. Used NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk for the spots, along with NYX White Liquid Liner for some smaller spots.
  3. Contoured my nose with Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette, any contour shade will do just wanted to make it wider looking.
  4. On the bridge of my nose I used Colourpop’s Highlighter in Honeymoon. (Wish it didn’t look so muddy in this picture, but I promise it looked glowing and beautiful!)
  5. Forehead and chin: Mehron Metallic Powder in Silver, mixed with Mehron Mixing Liquid. Make sure to have enough powder in the liquid for more opaqueness. Used a Q-tip to apply on my nose, and a wedge sponge to apply on the forehead and chin. Also, dotted some spots of this on my face.
  6. Lips: Mehron Silver Powder, topped with NYX Wicked Lippie in Stone Cold.

Eyes:

  1. Lid: LORAC 2 shadow in Silver (any silver shadow will do). Then, I applied Too Faced Glitter Glue on the lid with my finger and packed NYX Face and Body Glitter in Crystal all over.
  2. Underneath: Sculpted this area with NYX Milk Jumbo Pencil, drawing a line from the outer corner of my eye in a diagonal almost to my nose. Then  I filled that whole area, and my waterline with Milk as well.
  3. Gems: Got both sets at AC Moore. They have sticky adhesive on the back, but I used a little lash glue to hold them on a bit better.
  4. Lashes: Any pair will do, I like Ardell’s lashes as an affordable option. These were a silver and black Halloween style from Target (don’t know the brand off hand)
  5. Top Liner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner 
  6. Brows: Fill in with your regular brow product, and I added some of the NYX Crystal glitter with the glitter glue on the outer arch.

Body: 

  1. All Mehron Metallic Powder. I used on any exposed skin, so my legs, arms, neck and torso as well as up my neck and some of my back. I needed 2 bottles, and would definitely recommend ordering 3-4 bottles if it’s the smaller powder. I just had enough.
  2. First, I mix the powder and mixing liquid. You want the powder to grab your sponge and not be overly liquid-y.
  3. Dip a wedge sponge and apply in stroking motions, this works better than patting, that makes it look super spotty. But if you have streaks then pat lightly over the area. This stuff does move a bit before it dries.
  4. This will not get on anyone once it dries down, you really have to scrub it off (I went through a whole bar of soap!), but it’s great for going out as it won’t transfer on people or your car.

Hope you guys enjoyed this blog post, and have a safe and very wicked Halloween!

Easy Halloween Makeup Look: Leopard

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If you want a fierce, yet achievable makeup look for Halloween any sort of cat/leopard or cheetah route is a great way to go. Cat costumes are always classic, and fairly easy to accomplish. You can grab any bodysuit and wear it alone, with leggings or even a fun animal print skirt (you may even have these at home, making this look affordable as well). Even many of the makeup products I used you probably already have or can substitute what I used for something you own! Read below to figure out how you can transform into this fierce feline for a killer look this Halloween. If you’re looking just for a specific step such as the leopard spots, I broke into steps, the spots are last if you’re curious!

Makeup Steps and Products

Step 1: Face Base

  1. Start with your normal foundation, concealer and powder routine.
  2.  Take a makeup sponge, I used Walgreen Wedges (similar: Target Cosmetic Wedgesand dampen by wetting and squeezing the excess water out.
  3. Dip your sponge in a yellow face paint, I used Mehron’s Paradise Paint in Tropical Rainbow (yellow shade) or even a more yellow toned foundation works for this. I blended this near my hairline, into my contour lines and down my neck.
  4. Take a bronzer, or darker foundation and put all over your face until it’s a warmer color.
  5. Fill in your brows bushier and larger than normal; I like to use a powder for this as it looks more natural. I used Maybelline Brow Drama Palette in Deep Brown.

Step 2: Eyes

  1. I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario shades Isabel (crease), Violet (wing this out with a blending brush from the outer crease towards the end of you the tail of your eyebrow) and Kim all over the lid.
  2. Next apply black liquid liner into a large wing, thing as catlike a possible, I used NYX Matte Liquid Liner. This is THE best liquid liner I’ve ever used by the way.
  3. Underneath my eyes for the wing shape, I used Spirit Halloween’s Black and White Makeup kit.
  4. First outline by making a sharp black line with the black crayon from a bit below the liquid liner on my eyelid to right before my nose.
  5. Next fill in with the white cream, I used a Q-tip for easy precision and then patted it with a white eyeshadow (any matte white shadow will do).
  6. Then I went over the black crayon with my NYX liner. Go slow with this, or use a black gel liner and brush for better control.
  7. Apply lashes, I used Ardell Demi Wispies, but I would use something more dramatic next time. I just didn’t have anything else at the time!
  8. Use a black eyeliner pencil for you waterline, I used L’Oreal Silkissime in Black, and I used my liquid liner underneath that as well.
  9. Top with a mascara on bottom and top lashes. I used L’Oreal Feline Noir Mascara (because it only seemed right!)

Step 3: Nose and lips

  1. Contour your nose, you want to make this wider like a leopard’s, so I shaded down and around the sides with Kat Von D contour shade in Shadowplay. I also contoured by cheeks with this. Any matte brown shade will work for this.
  2. Use the white cream from the Spirit palette, and apply lightly with your finger rubbing in until you get a faded effect.
  3. Use the black crayon and outline your nose, don’t put this too high up on your nose, it looks more realistic the lower down it is.
  4. Use the black cream on a Q-tip and “color in” your nose. Make sure you get the sides of your nose, as far inside as you’re comfortable with, and underneath slightly. I rounded underneath a bit with the Q-tip.
  5. Use the Q-tip and black cream to draw the straight line connecting the nose and upper lip.
  6. For the whisker spots I used my NYX liner and dotted lightly. If you miss up, wait for it to dry and remove with a Q-tip, it will come right off! You can also use a felt tip eyeliner for an easier application. Dot about 6 or 7 going slightly up and then about 4 underneath that.
  7. Then I used Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip in Witchy Night (this is an awesome drugstore black. Found mine at Walgreens).
  8. On the bottom lip you can use any lighter nude lipstick, I used Skimpy by Colourpop. I love this color combo, but I would advise using a matte nude as this transferred to the black a few times.

Step 4: The Leopard Spots

  1. Once again, I used the NYX Matte liner to draw the black of the spots. You want to draw “squiggly” C’s and open O shapes first. You could use a black cream, gel liner or pencil eyeliner to create these as well. I also drew some smaller “closed” spots.
  2. You also want the spots to vary in size and make them somewhat parallel on both sides.
  3. Then I took Mehron’s Gold Metallic Powder and Mixing Liquid and mixed them into a cup. First, pour in a little of the liquid and then a bit of powder (this will vary on how many spots you do, but I needed the littlest bit).
  4. Mix these together until you get a liquid.
  5. Take a Q-tip and dip in and then fill in your open spots!

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