Bringing the Wham GLAM Thank You Ma’am: New Year’s Look and What’s Coming in 2016

 

IMG_3103Hello loves! I hope everyone had  a splendid and spectacular New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I didn’t have enough time to post my makeup look before I went out in good ol’ Atlantic City (a resolution for next year is to celebrate somewhere else) but I decided I’d post this snazzy glitter-bombed eye look incase any of you want to wear it to work Monday; I kid, I kid. I also wanted to share with you what I have planned for 2016. I’d really like to get a handle on my Sony A5100 (if anyone has tips, please leave below) and up the quality on my photos and start shooting videos! I also plan to create my own website, and deliver more reviews and fashion photos. Any other suggestions you guys would like for 2016 are encouraged! Below I’m going to leave my favorites of 2015, and of course this makeup look. P.S. A year review of my favorite products will hopefully be up next week, I’ll be in Florida at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (insert heart eyed emoji here) so I hope to get it up before Wednesday. Happy 2016!

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Primer: BECCA Backlight Priming Filter 

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation-Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer- Fair Neutral

Powder: Makeup Forever Translucent Setting Powder

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade- Dark Brown with NYX Brow Mascara- Brunette

Eyeshadows: 

Eyeliner: 

Lashes: L’oreal Telescopic- Carbon Black. Velour Lashes for Sephora– Fluff n’ Dolled Up.

Blush: Milani Baked Blush– Rose D’Oro

Highlighter: BECCA Cosmetics Jaclyn Hill x Champagne Pop (used on cheeks, nose, cupid’s bow, above brows)

Lips: NYX Slim Lip Pencil- Ever. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick– Dolce.

Extras: Top- Missguided. Necklace: BaubleBar 

2015 Favorite Life Things!

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.

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