Cult Reviews: Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette

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I’m finally back in action! I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA posting, life got in the way. I promise I’m not going to let it get in the way of my creativity as this is what I love and I don’t want to let any fellow beauty junkies down! I’m also going to try to incorporate some fashion posts into the blog this fall. Unfortunately, not all bloggers have got a photographer savant BF/husband to take some slay-worthy photos, but I’m gonna make it work so I can put up more content, anyway on to this review. Today, I’m reviewing Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 palette which I originally spotted on Nikkie Tutorials Snapchat. The colors and pigmentation caught my eye, and then I saw how affordable this palette is for the size and number of shadows and I knew I had to try it. Below are all the pretty nitty gritty details!

Review

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  • Buy: juviasplace.com
  • Price: $30 USD
  • Shades: 8 metallics, 4 mattes
  • Individual size: 3.5 grams, a standard MAC eyeshadow is 1.3 grams
  • Pigmentation: 8.5/10
  • Longevity: 6 hours no primer, 10 hours with primer
  • Blendability: 7.5/10
  • Fallout: 5/10

Summary: If you’re looking for a pigmented and stunningly colorful palette, the Nubian 2 has all that and more. Even on workdays or more laid back occasions I find a use for the neutrals in this palette. I personally use Morocco, Jezebel and Yaas a ton; Yaas is especially stunning for green eyes. If you like Yaas,  Colourpop’s Game Face is similar if you’re not in the game for a full palette right now. The mattes in this palette are all you would ever really need to blend, but the shimmers are really the stars of the show. The only downfalls are the shimmers have a decent amount of fallout and once you blend them you do have to go back in and re-apply color as the shades pigment blends away a bit. I usually apply my foundation and concealer last with this palette, which is something I’ve never loved doing, but if you want your makeup to look good you do what you have too. So how long does this baby last? I know I for one hate reapplying my makeup. The true test was when I wore this palette recently for my cousin’s outdoor wedding in the 86 degree heat, and with a setting spray it lasted all day and night long. A huge win in my beauty book. The value is also great compared to other palettes as the pan sizes are huge and the pigment is spot on. If you’re looking for a new affordable palette, each shadow breaks down to $2.50 a piece in this! I say if you really are lusting for a colorful and shimmering palette that’s versatile this is an awesome staple that’s also affordable.

Swatches

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From wrist up: Morocco, Madagascar, Sheba, Yaa, Jezebel, Zuri, Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Nairobi, Leyla, Kenya, Egypt

Makeup Look

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  • Bronzer: L’Oreal Glam Bronzer in Light/Pale
    • Brush: Real Techniques Powder Brush
  • Top and Bralette: American Eagle (in-store) and Victoria’s Secret Tribal Print Bralette (in-store)

 

Hello Halo: Romantic Halo Eye Look For V-Day

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So it’s Valentine’s Day weekend, or Galentine’s Day weekend or love yourself weekend, whatever it may be a Halo eye makeup look is calling your name. This style eye makeup, where you use a darker color on the outer and inner corner, and a lighter, often shimmery shade on the center lid, is my latest obsession. This is a recreation of the makeup look the Queen of Eye Makeup, Jaclyn Hill, did here. This look is honestly natural enough for everyday, but adds that little pop of allure and sexiness to your eyes depending on the shades you pick. I also have decided 2016 is the comeback of satin and more glossy lip looks. Colourpop is releasing a satin lip collection on Thursday that looks swoon-worthy, and I couldn’t be more relieved. I think we all need a bit of a breather from all matte everything (not that I don’t like a good matte lip every once in a while). Below is the makeup look per usual and my top favorite romantic palettes, so tell your significant other if they’re stuck on a Valentine’s Day gift! Anyway have an amazing chocolate-induced weekend, pop in a romantic movie (even if that’s Magic Mike, like I will probably be watching; no shame here!), and definitely recreate this look!

Makeup Look

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Primer: BECCA Backlight Priming Filter 

Foundation: Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation in Warm Porcelain

Concealer: NYX HD Concealer in Porcelain

Powder: Maybelline FaceStudio Translucent Powder

Brows: Maybelline Brow Define and Fill Duo in Deep Brown to shape brows (used pencil end) and NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Brunette (deepest shade) to fill in. NYX Brow Mascara in Espresso to set.

Eyeshadows: Used LORAC Pro Palette for the whole eye look, other than a Mac Pigment. 

  • Crease: Taupe then used Mauve slightly above the crease with a MAC 224.
  • Outer lid: Sable with a teeny bit of Espresso in the outer V to deepen used a MAC 217.
  • Inner lid: Sable, really build this to a diffused brown with a blending brush, I used the MAC 217. Don’t put in inner corner where you’d highlight. This gives rounded eyes more of an almond shape.
  • Lid: Champagne, then topped with MAC pigment in Tan. Spritzed my MAC 242 brush with Fix + then applied the pigment.
  • Browbone: Nude
  • Lower lashline: Sable blended out with Mauve on a pencil brush.
  • Inner corner highlight: BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop

Lashes: L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic with Ardell Wispies 600 lashes. These are STUNNING and so romantic. These must be new, I can’t find them online. I got mine at CVS. These are very similar to House of Lashes Bambi.

Eyeliners: Jordana Cat Eye Liner in Black Leather just to line lashband and Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Nude.

Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink

Highlighter: BECCA Champagne Pop (applied on the bridge of my nose, above my brows, and cheekbones.

Lipliner: Jordana Tawny

Lips: Maybelline Totally Toffee (got mine in-store at Walgreens) with NYX Butter Gloss in Praline (obsessed with this color so so much)

Setting spray: MAC Fix +

Dress: Forever 21 (mine’s sold out, but this one is  similar)

Top Romantic Makeup Palettes

(Also make great last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts, boys)

 

Too Faced Born This Way Review and Punk Rock Roots Makeup Look

Punk rock makeup using Kat Von DGood afternoon lovelys! I’ve had a crazy busy August, sorry for the lack of posts– but I am back with another review/makeup look. I recently went to Chicago, I seriously recommend visiting if you haven’t, it’s amazing, and while I was there I was able to go to Sephora. In my rinky dink Jersey town we have yet to get a Sephora, but a Chipotle is on its way so maybe I can be optimistic about a certain beauty store? Anyway, while I was there I picked up the stunning Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Raw Power, which is a shimmery maroon stunner and is the color I used for my lower lashline. Below is also a review of the new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and this punk rock inspired makeup look.

Review

In the past few weeks I picked up the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain, and yes it lives up to the Youtube/Instagram hype. It’s a bit pricey at $39, but it covers all of my redness without concealer and features a satiny finish that doesn’t make me dry, but still has a natural skin finish. I’ve applied this with a Real Techniques Beauty Blender, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and the It Cosmetics For Ulta Airbrush Buffing Foundation Brush in #110. I honestly think any of these options apply the foundation evenly and with a full coverage, MakeupByAlli has a great tutorial for how she applies this, which I think really helps if you prefer a brush to a beauty blender like I do. The color selection is also pretty wide with 12 shades, but one of my close friends couldn’t find her shade as she is slightly darker than the darkest shade, Caramel, and she is a caramel shade so keep that in mind! The only downfall of this foundation is it only wears about 6 and a half hours, but if you use a primer and some Fix + you’ll get more like 8. I’ve never been a huge fan of higher end foundations, but this one truly changed my mind– it matches me perfectly, wears beautifully and has a pump! Can’t beat that. Rating: 9.5/10

Makeup Look

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For this look I wanted to channel my inner punk child, yes inside I am always wearing dark lipstick and wanting to riff on a guitar, so while digging through my makeup I found the Supershock Shadow by Colourpop Cosmetics in Erotic, which screamed Bay Avenue punk scene to me. Keep in mind it looks like a candy apple red but went on a more neon pink for me. That color along with Kat Von D’s Metal Crush shadow in Raw Power inspired this look. Below are all the deats that will make your momma squirm 😉

Primer: Smashbox Photoready Primer

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light

Powder: Makeup Forever HD Setting Powder

Brows: NYX Microbrow in Ash Brown, Brow Bar to Go–The Original, L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper in Medium to Dark (I personally like the NYX Brow Mascara better, but I ran out).

Eyeshadows: 

  • Crease: Lorac Pro Palette 2- Shades Cool Gray and Charcoal (outer crease)
  • Outer V: Charcoal
  • Lid: Colourpop Supershock Shadow in Erotic
  • Lower lashline: Charcoal on the outer lashline, Kat Von D Raw Power smudged all under the lashline
  • Brow Bone: Lorac 2 Snow
  • Inner Corner: Revlon Photoready Eye Art in Burnished Bling (glitter side)

Eyeliner: Jordana Cat Eye Liner in Black Leather and L’Oreal Silkissime Liner in Black (lower lashline)

Lashes: L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black with Ardell Double Up Lashes in Demi Wispie style

Blush: Tarte Off the Cuff Palette shade Embraced, any plum color blush will do!

Highlighter: Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop

Lips: Jordana Tawny with Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lolita (not the liquid!)

Shirt: Cities and Planets Tee Forever 21 

Bachelor Degree Beauties: Graduation Dress Picks and Makeup Look

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IMG_7374Hi beauties! Graduation season is finally here, and surprisingly I haven’t seen too many blogggers or magazines offer up looks or grad makeup. But have no fear, I’m also graduating in two weeks getting my Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Rowan University, so I know the struggle of finding graduation dresses. I’m super excited to close this chapter and open another, I’ll also be able to dedicate more time to my blog, but of course I loved shopping for my graduation dress as well. A lot of friends have struggled picking the perfect dress, so I wanted to make a list of my top picks so you can look classy, feel comfortable and look timeless (lets face it that crop top combo that’s so in right now might make you cringe in 10 years). Below are my picks! P.S. The dress above is a couple of years old from Zara, I’m not wearing this exact dress, but I’ll link mine below, it’s fairly similar.

Graduation Dresses Galore

For your dress, whether it be high school, graduation or you Master’s, I like to stick with neutral/lighter colors. Most ceremonies are outside or in a humid gymnasium so the lighter the better. Also many high school ceremonies require white, and light neutrals will always look great. I also would avoid complicated necklines, such as strapless, you want to be able to wear a regular bra comfortably of an important day.

  1. Nasty Gal Levina Lace Dress – White, $88. This is the dress I’m wearing, it’s currently sold out :(, but the length is perfect for sitting, yet still short so you won’t be hot and the lace detail is timeless. This dress is available in a blush color here, which is also a great option.
  2. Nasty Gal Daniella Lace Dress, $88. Great for adding a bit of flair with the blue color and print.
  3. Nasty Gal All A Flutter Dress, $78. This was actually my second choice, I love the 50’s style flair this brings and the flowiness.
  4. Topshop Strappy Lace Bodycon Dress, $75.
  5. Missguided Crepe Pleated Waist Detail Midi Dress Nude, $80. A midi dress is great because it won’t ride up or give you a Marilyn moment.
  6. Coldie Lace Short Sleeved Mesh Insert Midi Dress Nude, $70. This dress gives the illusion of a crop top and skirt but is one piece. The lace makes it timeless and the cropped look gives it the trend factor you’re looking for. P.S. Missguided restocks a lot, so put yourself on the email list of a dress isn’t in your size. 
  7. Mandy Brocade High Neck Skater Dress Mint, $64. If you’re a girl who loves Mad Men style, this dress is for you. I love the mint as an alternative to nude and white as well.
  8. Zara Mid length flounce dress with open back, $99.90. This dress it the epitome of timeless and has a bit of trendiness with the open back.
  9. Zara Guipure stars dress, $99.90. I LOVE this dress, I think it perfectly incorporates new trends but old school style both grandma and you can appreciate.
  10. Forever 21 Floral Lace Scoop-Back Dress, $19.53. Inexpensive and you could easily wear this again, it’s a win-win.
  11. Forever 21 Eyelash Lace Combo Dress, $27.90.
  12. ASOS PETITE Embellished Crop Top Skater Dress, $81. Perfect baby blue and the embellishment adds an extra glam factor.
  13. ASOS Mesh Insert Fit And Flare V Neck Mini Dress, $87. This is for my girls who just love black. The nude skirt inserts make this summer apporiate, while giving you that classic and sleek style.
  14. ASOS Premium Romper With High Neck In Bonded Satin, $99. A lot of my friends love a romper, and I think it’s totally cute and appropriate, you just have to find the right one. This one is super elegant.
  15. Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Pinafore Lace Mini Dress in White, $79.
  16. Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Medallion Fit + Flare Dress, $79. This dress comes in a baby pink, sky blue and white, and they would all fit perfect for graduation. Also the unique lace adds a trendsetter vibe.
  17. Macy’s Jessica Simpson Kymball Lace Dress, $69.
  18. Sabo Skirt Wander Lace Dress – Vanilla, $39.
  19. Francesca’s Rayne Lace Dress, $48.
  20. Francesca’s Zoe Lace Romper, $48.

Recommended Footwear

I would wear a wedge or heeled sandal, as many ceremonies are outside. I would not wear a high heel as it may get stuck in the grass, or you could trip (that’d be me, for sure). My top picks are below:

  1. Anthropologie Jeffrey Campbell Eudora Heels, $178.oo. These are the shoes I’ll be wearing, in the color Honey. They are way over what I would normally spend, but I know Jeffrey Campbell’s are extremely comfortable while still looking great. I also love a suede insole in case your feet get clammy in the heat.
  2. Steve Madden Women’s Rosana Block Heel City Sandals, $99.
  3. Aldo OKELANI High-Heel Sandal, $90. This shoe is available in cognac, white and black, perfect for any dress.
  4. GoJane Fringe Forever Strappy Chunky Heels, $33.70.
  5. Zara Fringed block heel leather sandals, $99.

Makeup

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Products:

Foundation: L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundation in Classic Ivory (I recommended putting an SPF on under)

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer on Fair Neutral

Powder: NYX HD Banana Powder

Brows: Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in Medium Brown, NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette

Eyeshadows: NYX Eye Base in Skin Tone, LORAC 1: Lt. Bronze on Lid, Taupe in Crease, Sable on Lower Lashline, Cream on Browbone. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish Palette Rum Cake LE on outer lid, can use any shimmery brown. MAC Pigment in Naked on top of Lt.Bronze, used with MAC Fix +.

Eyeliner: Jordana Cateye Liner in Brown on Upper lashline. L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Brown on Waterline.

Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black.

Blush: Colourpop Cosmetics Holiday

Highlighter: BECCA Cosmetics Liquid Highlighter in Opal topped with BECCA Pressed Powder in Moonstone.

Lips: MAC Soar lipliner all over the lips and NYX Black Label Lipstick in Tea Rose.

Styling Band Tees: I’m With the Band, But I Still Want to Look Like A Girl

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So I have something to admit, I used to be a bit of a punk wannabe back in the day. You know, I had the scene side bangs, the rimmed black eyeliner that would even scare a mama raccoon and a taste for Green Day and Fall Out Boy (I may still sometimes indulge in the last one). I may have retired my Warped Tour style years ago, but one thing I’ll never retire is my love of music.

Recently, I’ve realized the concert tees I used to rock in middle and high school, usually with a pair of ripped jeans and Converses, are not all that flattering. Many music tees are oversized and look boxy on a woman’s frame. Fortunately, many stores now carry women’s sizes, but if you still love a cult band (like I do) you may have to style that tee into fitting like a shirt you got from Forever 21. Below is this look, my style tips and picks for best concert tees, as well as my favorite bands/ songs at the moment and lastly makeup deets. Enjoy darlings!

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Outfit Details and Style tips:

Tee: City and Colour Women’s Sometimes T-Shirt, $25

Skirt: ASOS Full Midi Skirt on sale for $16.50 but only in yellow (sad face) similar American Apparel Chiffon Pleated Skirt or Missguided Rai Faux Leather Full Midi Skirt Burgundy 

Shoes: Go Jane a few years old, but this style is my ride or die and I can’t find similar ones anywhere (extra sad face).

Tips:

When fashioning up a band tee I suggest:

  1. Accessorizing, whether it be a statement necklace, such as the Zelda Fringe Bib Necklace from Bauble Bar or the Etched Tribal-Inspired Necklace from Forever 21, adding Navajo jewelry, ear cuffs, bangles, the works, really adds style to a band tee.
  2. Headware is your best friend: This is not the time to slack on your hair or pull it in a pony. If you want to go for rocker girl chic, working out that do is a must (even if it is that California bedhead look). I love headwraps such as the Leaf Fringe Goddess Chain Headwrap by Urban Outfitters or ASOS Fine Filigree Hair Crown. I also love a good hat, which will keep the sun off your face at outdoor concerts and festivals. My picks: ASOS Skinny Band Felt Floppy Hat (comes in black and burgundy) and H&M’s Felt Hat in Wool.
  3. Even if there are not women’s sizes by a mens small.
  4. To make a larger size shirt work tuck the shirt into a skirt, this also works with high-waisted shorts (not so much jeans, the fabric tends to bunch in the jeans).
  5. Add a belt to cinch in your waist and any extra material. My picks: H&M Waist Belt and Forever 21 Braided Faux Leather Belt, I love a braided belt because you can use the braids as holes to tighten at the waist where regular belt holes wouldn’t hold up a belt on a skirt.

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Top Concert Tee Picks

  1. Forever 21 Rolling Stones Racerback Ringer Tank (their selection of women’s fitted concert tee’s is probably the best out there and so inexpensive!, browse their graphic tee section for more options)
  2. H&M Ramones Oversized T-Shirt
  3. Beyonce Pink Name Tee 
  4. Junk Food The Who Tee 
  5. Hot Topic The Rolling Stones Fang Tee 
  6. Hot Topic The 1975 Logo Girls T-Shirt
  7. Urban Outfitters The Strokes Boyfriend Tee
  8. Rad Drake Royals Tee  (this Royals collection is hilarious, features Beyonce, Kanye, Lana Del Rey and more dressed in royal clothing)
  9. Spencer Gifts Dibs On The Guitarist Racerback Tank
  10. Target Taylor Swift 1989 Tee 

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A List for the Fellow Music Lovers

I only picked rock/indie music this time, if anyone wants my R&B, Hip Hop or Pop picks I’ll do those in another post.

  •  City and Colour is my perfect music, so I like every song, but give these a try:
    • We Found Each Other in the Dark, As Much As I Ever Could, Little Hell, Grand Optimist, Waiting…, Comin Home and Hello, I’m in Delaware, Sleeping Sickness.
  • Ed Sheeran: Tenerife Sea, Thinking Out Loud, Bloodstream, Give Me Love
  • Dashboard Confessional Hands Down, Stolen, Vindicated, Dusk and Summer
  • Death Cab for Cutie: The New Year, Crooked Teeth, Summer Skin, I Will Follow You Into the Dark
  • Led Zeppelin: Levee Breaks, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love
  • The Rolling Stones: Beast of Burden, Satisfaction
  • The Doors: Roll, Baby, Roll
  • Vance Joy: Georgia, My Kind of Man
  • Hozier: Arsonist’s Lullaby, From Eden
  • The Lumineers: Slow It Down, Flowers in Your Hair, Dead Sea
  • The Civil Wars: Devil’s Backbone, The One That Got Away
  • The 1975: Sex, Chocolate, Settle Down

*Support these artists and buy their music on Itunes!

Makeup Details

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Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte in Classic Ivory (obsessed with this, it’s full coverage and you can use if you have dry skin!)

Concealer: MAC Prolong Wear in NW15

Powder: NYX HD Photoready Banana Powder

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Filled in with Tarte Amazonian Brow Mousse in Medium Brown, Set with NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette

Eyeshadow: Crease: LORAC Megapro Khaki, ABH Chocolate (outer crease). Lid: ABH Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Blush and Gilded. Browbone: ABH Fresh. Lower lashline: ABH Chocolate

Eyeliner: Top Liner: L’Oreal Gel Liner in Espresso. Bottom Liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero.

Lashes: Velour Lashes Carli Lash

Blush: Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose (super pigment, similar to Tarte’s blushes for half the price).

Highlight: BECCA Pressed Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Lips: Lipliner: MAC Soar. Lipstick: NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Flutter Kiss

 

Hope you guys liked this mash-up of a post! Let me know if you prefer this or a post dedicated to a single item (clothes, makeup, music, etc.) By the way, all photos were taken by my best friend, Brielle Stanks at the Weymouth Furnace County Park in Mays Landing, NJ.

St. Pat’s Makeup Look: Copper and Green

IMG_5409St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, many people are celebrating this weekend, so here’s a look for all of you hitting a bar or the parade! I’m 1/4 Irish, that’s where the green eyes and pale skin come in, but unfortunately I’m just celebrating at work. But I’d still wear this look for a night out. I think copper colors make green eyes pop, and I tend to gravitate towards these colors year round; I also love a pop of color on the lower lashline. So mix it up whether it be green, blue or purple copper looks great year round. So find that pot o’ gold or at least get that hot leprechaun to buy you some green beer ;). Happy St. Pats! Look details below.

IMG_5408Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory (had to hunt this baby down, but is sold at Target, Ulta, CVS and Walgreens)

Concealer: NYX HD Photoready in Porcelain

Powder: NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana 

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown to fill in and NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette to set.

Eyeshadow: 

Lashes: House of Lashes Pixie Luxe

Eyeliner: 

Blush: Milani Luminoso

Highlight: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Lips: Liner: NYX Earthtone. Lipstick: NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Flutter Kiss. Gloss: Revlon Bellini.

 

 

Winter Blues: Bad in Blue Lips

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Some days I just want the smell of fresh leaves, pumpkin spice (yes I can be that girl) and the excitement of Halloween makeup, so today I decided to delve into my dark side and break out an awesomely weird look. I’ve had the NYX Wicked Lippies, only $6.00, sitting on my nightstand for a few months and last night I finally was inspired! (maybe it’s all the funtastic Fashion Week makeup looks) So today I threw on a Ramones tee and some alien lips (I feel like if I were an alien, this would be a seductive lip look). Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and Joan Smalls  (I think NYX”s Wicked lipstick in Betrayal would give that Joan Smalls look) have all taken the crazy lip plunge, do you dare?

Products:

Face: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth Foundation in Porcelain, NYX Photoready HD Concealer in Porcelain, Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glow Powder to set.

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown, Milani Clear Brow Gel.

Eyeshadow: Crease: LORAC 2 Lt. Brown. Lid: Colourpop Cosmetics Onai, blended with Navy from the LORAC 2 Palette. Inner Corner: LORAC 2 Navy. Brow Bone: LORAC 2 Snow.

Eyeliner: Upper: Maybelline Gel Liner in Blackest Black.  Lower Lashline: L’Oreal Silkissime Liner in Black.

Mascara: Makeup Forever Smokey Extraveganza and L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic.

Blush: MAC Immortal Flower (Limited edition, here on Ebay), similar Stila Custom Color Blush in Coral and Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush in Refined Rose.

Highlight: Becca Moonstone (Pressed)

Lips: NYX Wicked Lippie in Sinful with a bit of LORAC’s Black eyeshadow in the center.

Shirt: H&M

Best places to get those funky lips below:

 

 

 

 

Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Makeup Looks

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So with Valentine’s Day coming up the only thing on most people’s minds is the Fifty Shade s of Grey movie. Yes, romance is on the outs this year with the highly anticipated Mr. Grey and Ms. Steele hitting the theatres on Valentine’s Day, so naturally I wanted to create looks inspired by the movie. One look is a more innocent look from when Ana first meets Christian and the second is a more sultry look after she’s shown the ropes (that may be a pun). Anyway I think either look works for a date night in or out, or even if you’re just going to see the movie with your girls, like me! I’m also going to list some other V-Day favorites of mine below, including books, movies and music.

 

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Look 1: Innocent

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Dewy/Smooth in shade Porcelain

MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC15

Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown

LORAC Mega Pro shadows in Copper (Lid), Sienna (Outer corner and lower lashline), Brown (crease), Sand (inner corner). Similar: Maybelline The Nudes Palette 

Eyeliner: Jordana Cateye Liquid Liner in Black Leather (Walgreens), Loreal Smoldering Eyeliner in Brown

Cheeks : Tarte Amazonian Clay Pinup Girl Palette color, Irreplaceable. Similar: Loreal True Match Super Blendable Blush in Rosy Outlook

Highlighter: Becca Moonstone

Mascara: Loreal Miss Manga

Lips: LA Girl Lipglaze in Blushing (Found at Rite Aid)

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Look 2: Sultry. Inspired by the Red Room

Same Face products as above

Eyes: LORAC 1 Palette: Garnet (lid) Black (outercorner and lowerlash line) and Taupe (crease). Kat Von D Spellbinding Palette: WTF (lid). LORAC Mega Pro Palette: Opal (browbone and inner corner highlight). Similar: to WTF and Garnet, MAC’s Cranberry or Covergirl’s Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Red Hot Flame.

Eyeliner: Jordana Cateye eyeliner in Black Leather and Loreal Smoldering Eyeliner in Black

Eyelashes: Carli Lash by Velour Lashes (discount codes for Velour are on The Fashion Bybel, also great fashion blog!)

Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Pinup Girl Palette in Embraced. Similar The Balm’s Cabana Boy and Covergirl’s Cheeker Blush in Deep Plum.

Highlight: The Balm’s Mary Loumizer

Lipstick: Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Primrose

Lipgloss: NYX Apple Strudel

Favorites:

Dirty Book: The Boss Series by Abigale Barnette. If you liked Fifty Shades, you’ll devour this. (I think it’s even better).

Romantic Movies: A Walk to Remember, The Notebook (of course), Save the Last Dance, Dirty Dancing.

Music: some are romantic, some are sexy and some are for those single ladies.

  • We Found Each Other in the Dark by City and Colour (favorite song of all time and band)
  • Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  • Love on Top by Beyonce
  • There Goes My Baby by Usher
  • Stolen by Dashboard Confessional
  • Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
  • I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
  • Rocket by Beyonce
  • Like a Star by Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Thinkin Bout You by Frank Ocean
  • That Girl by Justin Timberlake
  • Motivation Remix by Kelly Rowland, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous and Trey Songz
  • Single Ladies by Beyonce
  • Freakum Dress by Beyonce
  • Slow it Down by The Lumineers
  • Sure Thing by Miguel
  • Arch and Point by Miguel
  • Neighbors Know My Name by Trey Songz
  • Style by Taylor Swift
  • Earned It by The Weeknd
  • You Are So Beautiful to Me by Joe Cocker
  • The Girl by City and Colour
  • Crazy In Love and Haunted remixes for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack by Beyonce
  • Slow Dance by Keri Hilson
  • Bad Girl by Usher

Emma Stone SAG Awards Makeup Look

Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

Emma Stone is everything I love about young actresses in Hollywood, she’s witty, fashion-forward (I mean did you guys see her tuxedo inspired Dior Couture Gown!?) and she’s not jumping from man to man, flashing her undies every 5 seconds. But also I love that she embraces her whiter than white pale skin, considering we’re in the same boat there. It gave me the inspiration to recreate her SAG Awards look (view here). Between the beautiful red lip (drugstore may I add!) and coppery eye, I knew this is a look I would wear at a real-life event, whether it be a wedding or Valentine’s Day. This look is glam, flirty and chic all rolled into one.

Makeup Details:

Primer: Smashbox Photoready Primer

Foundation: New Maybelline Fit Me Dewy Foundation in Porcelain

Concealer: NYX Photoready HD Concealer

Eyebrows: Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyebrow Mousse in Medium Brown

Eyes: NYX Eyeshadow base in Skintone, LORAC Pro 2 Palette Lt. Brown (Crease), Revlon Naturally Chic Custom Eyes Palette, tope shade all the way to the right (Lid) and copper shade 2nd from left (Bottom lashline). Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art in Burnished Bling (Lower lashline).

Lashes: House of Lashes Pixie Luxe 

Eyeliner: Jordana Cateyes Liquid Liner in Black Leather  (new fave and so cheap!)

Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Pin-Up Girl Blush Palette, Bashful. Limited edition, but a cheaper dupe is NYX Apricot.

Highlight: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone, on cheeks, nose and brow bone. Cheaper alternative is Maybelline Master Hi-Light in Nude.

Lips: Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus  (according to glamour.com’s Lipstick blog this is the exact lipstick Emma wore).

Earrings: Free People (sold out), similar Forever 21 Faux Gem Drop Earring 

Holographic Holiday Look

Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

It’s that time of year again, holiday, cookie eating time that is! Also the time for glitzy grand looks and  instead of a classic red lip and gold glittery eye I wanted to create a Winter Wonderland-esque look that is great for Christmas, Hanukkah (I mean blue and white eyeliner screams 8 crazy nights) or New Year’s. Really any rockin’ party can handle this fierce frozen look. I used a few products from one of my favorite lines, Lime Crime, who I think has some of the best creative hues for any season. So dare to be bold and dazzling this season, you’ll fit right in with the tinsel.

Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

Products list:

Loreal True Match Lumi W 1-2

NYX HD Photo Concealer Porcelain

Tarte Whimsy Blush (Holiday 2014 Palette), similar L’oreal True Match Super Blendable Blush in Baby Blossom 

Becca Moonstone Highlighter

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette

Eyeshadows: Kat Von D Spellbinding Palette Holy Bible (LE), similar Loreal Infalliable Eye Shadow in Silver Sky and Lorac 2 Palette Chrome and Snow

Eyeliners: Lime Crime Lunar Sea and Blue Milk, similar NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Sky Blue, Lower lashline: NYX Milk liner

Glitter aka the Star of the Show: Lime Crime Ophiuchus glitter

Lime Crime Glitter Helper  (Do not skip glitter glue, or else you will look like a glitter fairy for the rest of the year)

Ardell Glamour Lashes

Lips: Lime Crime Cashmere Velvetine , similar MAC Stone lipliner

Shirt and ear cuff are Forever 21, watch Michael Kors.