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!

Icy Blue Holiday Look: Colourpop Blitzed Collection

ice blue holiday makeup look

It’s that time of year, where dramatic and glittery makeup looks are out to play. I’m of course talking about holiday makeup looks. There are countless options for holiday makeup looks this season, you could always go with the classic red lip and winged eyeliner, or you can try something a bit off the traditional path like the look above. Holiday looks have become even easier to create, and more glam than ever before with the slew of holiday palettes that hit the market this time of year. Just check out your local Sephora or Ulta and start putting beautiful palettes on your wishlist.

The palette I used is actually from my all-time favorite affordable brand, Colourpop Cosmetics. It’s their holiday Blitzed Palette, which features six stunning Supershock Shadows. The shadows are actually more cool toned, accept one spellbinding gold, and it was fun experimenting with the cool grays and blues. Not gonna lie, this look has Winter Wonderland written all over it, and is perfect for any party. I really love this for a Hanukkah look because of the stunning blues. As always,  swatches and makeup details are below. Have a great holiday, I’ll have more looks coming!

 

Product

FullSizeRender (19) colourpop blitzed palette

This palette retails for $30, and the case is super nice and strudy. This must be new packaging for Colourpop and I love it. There’s a magnetic closure and mirror, which is perfect for travel, you could even mix and match your favorite Colourpop shadows and store them in here. The quality, like always, is on point. You can’t go wrong with buying this for a Secret Santa party of for yourself, teehee.

Swatches

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Makeup Look

 winter makeup look

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral

Powder: Revlon Aqua Ready Translucent Powder

Brows: NYX Micro Brow in Brunette, Maybelline Master Brow Pro Palette in Deep Brown, and L’Oreal Brow Plumper in Medium to Dark

Eyeshadows: 

  • Crease: LORAC Pro Palette Taupe and Black on the outer crease (can use any matte light brown and black)
  • Lid: Colourpop Blitzed shadows- Inner lid- That Girl (silvery blue). Middle of the lid- Fan Girl (whimsical purple blue, my favorite shade!). Outer lid- Roller Girl (sparkly blue-black).
  • Inner corner: CP Blitzed: Valley Girl
  • Brow Bone: Morphe 35O palette beige shimmer shade (any shimmer beige will work)
  • Lower lashline: Fan Girl mixed with LORAC Pro Palette shade in Slate. Similar: Nvey Eco Eye Shadow in Midnight Blue.

Eyeliner: Top liner- Jordana Cat Eye Liquid Liner in Black Leather. Bottom liners- Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Crystal Flame (I’d probably use NYX Milk next time, this was shimmery and stung a bit). I then used Rimmel Scandeleyes Eyeliner in black on the outer waterline.

Lashes: Ardell Glamour Demi Wispies in 105. L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black on the lower lashes.

Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro.

Highlighter: Becca Cosmetics Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter. Used on nose, tops of cheek bones, and cupid’s bow.

Lips: NYX Sand Pink Slim Lip Pencil, MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick, and BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Birthday Babe, which I believe you can only get as an Ulta birthday perk, but any pinky shimmer gloss will do. Similar: BareMinerals Spark Plug Lipgloss  or Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Always Lovely.

Extras: Crop Top Turtleneck Forever 21 (these are the same style in different colors, my color was in-store)

Dark Romance: Carli Bybel Palette Look and Review

Dark Lip Romantic Eye Carli Bybel Palette

Good morning all my fellow makeup mavens! Or at least it’s morning while I’m writing this; now that I’m out of my Halloween makeup looks (so sad, you can view my C3PO look on my Instagram) I’m really excited to delve into all the products I’d bought in October. The first product I needed to get my hands dirty with and my face pretty with is the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette. Carli Bybel is probably my favorite Beauty Youtuber, she’s a fellow New Jerseyian, and absolutely stunning with a big heart. About 4 million other people must envy her beautiful makeup because this palette sold out at lightning speeds. At only $12.50, with 14 gorgeous plum, mauve, gold, and coppery eyeshadows, and 4 stunning highlighters, why wouldn’t this baby be a hit? I had never tried anything from BH before this palette, and I will say their process for getting the items to the consumer was a bit half hazard. Anyway, enough about processes! Look below for a review, swatches, and a full makeup look using this palette. Order your’s here, it’s out of stock for now, but hopefully it’ll come back soon.

Review

inside the carli bybel palette

So as I had mentioned above, I’ve never used BH Cosmetics products. But this palette was just too beautiful not to buy, and really inexpensive, which had me a bit skeptical because even drugstore brands like Maybelline and L’Oreal who have their own palettes can be a bit pricey. The packaging is a crisp white, which I’m sure I’ll get dirty, and it’s nothing super sturdy. The product inside is all I really care about, and I have to say these are pretty darn good. Some shades are a bit powdery, but nothing that has me freaking out over fallout, and they’re all pretty pigmented, especially the satiny/glitter shades. I really love that Carli choose shades that can be used for day or night, and have enough variety you’re not buying another knockoff Naked Palette. The shades to the left are perfect for highlighting and a softer look for school or work, the middle 6 are knockouts for everyday, and the last two will definitely vamp up your look. They lasted about 7 hours. I think the eyeshadows are a solid 9/10. 

Now for the highlighters, there are 4 highlighters that range from a pale pale pink, to a fierce bronze. I will say I love that there are quality highlighters in this palette. It’s rare to ever find highlighters in a palette especially ones as good as these. The first two work best on my ghostly skin tone, but I can also get away with the third gold if I use a light hand or mix it; it’s very pigmented. The last shade doesn’t work as a highlight for me, but it’s well-suited for darker skin tones, and I can definitely use it as an eyeshadow because that shade is fierce. I don’t think I’ve ever found better drugstore priced highlighters. They get a 9.5/10.

I think this palette is an absolute steal. I really hope BH can stock this up before the holidays, because it would make a great gift for Secret Santa parties, your best friend, even yourself, if you’re so inclined. Carli did an amazing job, I may have to check out more BH after buying this palette.

Swatches

Carli Bybel Eyeshadow Swatches
Eyeshadows start from wrist up, beginning with top row of palette then going to bottom row of palette.

Carli Bybel Highlight Swatches

Makeup Look

Colourpop LAX lip Carli Bybel Eyeshadow look

Primer: Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer (got as a sample)

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral

Powder: Revlon Photoready Aqua Powder in Translucent

Brows: NYX Microbrow in Brunette, with Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette in Deep Brown, and NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette.

Eyeshadows: All BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette

  • Crease: Light brown (top row, 3rd shadow in) and deep purple mauve on outer crease (top row, 5th shadow)
  • Lid: Copper gold (bottom row, 4th shadow in) deeper copper on outer lid (bottom row, 3rd shadow)
  • Outer V: Deep purple mauve (top row, 5th shadow)
  • Inner corner highlight: Champagne gold (bottom row, 1st shadow)
  • Lower lashline: Deep copper (bottom row, 3rd shadow) with deep purple mauve on outer lashline (top row, 5th shadow)
  • Browbone: Matte beige nude (top row, 1st shadow)

Eyeliners: Jordana Cat Eyes Liquid Liner in Black Leather. Bottom waterline Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES liner in Purple Garnet (LE) similar: Almay Raisin Quartz Eyeliner 

Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black

Lashes: Ardell 105 Glamour Lashes

Blush: Milani Berry Amore Baked Blush

Highlight: Carli Bybel highlighters #3 mixed with #2.

Lips: Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick in LAX, currently out of stock 😦 but this shade is STUNNING. Similar: Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks in Heathers and Vamp. 

 Extras: Top Zara

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

Pink smokey eye

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 

Break Into Spring with Berry Colored Makeup

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Hey guys, I saw my favorite Youtuber, Carli Bybel do a summery berry and orange look and I wanted to recreate it for you guys! She used more coppery colors, but I feel like I use them a lot so I mixed my look up with more orange hues. Below is the makeup products I used and dupes, as well as this look with another lip color! I think this look is great for a summer night out or even a nighttime wedding.

Products:

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Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth in Porcelain

Concealer: NYX HD Photo Concealer in Porcelain

Powder: NYX HD Powder in Banana

Blush: Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Watermelon/Moonstonesimilar Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino

Highlight: Revlon Photoready Skinlight Illuminator in Bare Light (all over cheeks, forehead and nose) topped off with The Balm’s Mary-Louminzer

Bronzer: Maybelline Master Class Bronzer in Weekend Bronze (LE), similar Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Light 

Contour: NYX Conceal and Correct Palette in Light (used the darkest shade to contour my nose)

Brows: Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown and NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette to set, similar  NYX Tame and Frame Brow Pomade in Brunette.

Eye Base: NYX Eye Base in Skintone

Eyeshadows:

  1. Crease: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish (ABH) Palette, Orange Soda, similar ABH Soft Peach or Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie 
  2. Lid: ABH Dress Your Face Tamanna Palette, Bengal, (sold at Macy’s) similar Urban Decay Riff. This color is extremely difficult to find drugstore, but if you can get Bengal at Macy’s it’s only $12.
  3. Outer lid: ABH Dress Your Face Tamanna Palette, Sangria, similar Makeup Geek Pigment in Enchanted or Maybelline Eyestudio Quad in Mad Mauve (the last color).
  4. Browbone and inner corner: ABH Dress Your Face Palette, Blush, you can use any shimmery white/pink eyeshadow for this.
  5. Lower lashline: Mixed Sangria on the outer lash with Urban Decay’s Penny Lane from the Vice 1 palette. similar Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eye Shadow in Bella Copper.

Eyeliner: L’Oreal Silkissime in Black with Jordana Cat Eye Liquid Liner in Black Leather in inner corner.

Mascara and lashes: L’Oreal Miss Manga in Blackest Black and Ardell 120 Natural Lashes in Demi.

Lips:

  1. Berry lip, look 1: Essence Lip Liner in Soft Berry, NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Toasted Marshmallow 
  2. Orange lip, look 2: Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in In Love With Ginger, mixed with NYX Round Case Lipstick in Orange Soda.

Outfit Details and Picks

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Top: Forever 21 Henley Crop Top in Rust (I’m loving rust for spring and summer)

Earrings: Express Crisscross Hoop Earrings

Geek Chic Looks That Are Pure Magic

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

Believe it or not, the beauty and fashion world have a lot in common with the “geek” universe. Both are about transporting to a special place in your mind where the best magic happens. I admit, I am a self-professed book-loving, wand wielding nerd, but you also won’t catch me in a stained comic book shirt with a hoodie. I used book t-shirts for these looks, but you could substitute these shirts for superhero shirts as well. I’ve created three looks that allow you to embrace your inner geek all while looking chic!

Outfit, makeup and dupe details listed below.

You Know Nothing, Jon Snow

Photo taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones, especially the brooding and mysterious bastard, Jon Snow. So when I saw this shirt I knew I had to have it. I paired it with a some staples for fall, combat boots, knee-high socks, an oversized sweater and floppy hat.

Outfit:

Shirt here  Etsy also sells amazing G.O.T. shirts.

Skirt (H&M few years old) similar here  and here

Floppy hat (Forever 21 got in-store) similar here  and here 

Sweater here  (Got the gold color in-store)

Over-knee socks here 

Combat boots here  similar here  and here 

Necklace (Forever 21, no longer in-stock) similarly magical here and here 

Michael Kors watch here  (seen throughout)

A Bit of Black Magic

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

I have a bit of a Harry Potter obsession and I also love black. So for this book I channeled my inner Slytherin (even though I’d never be in Slytherin), and I even broke out some black lipstick. This look is spellbinding with a long black skirt, jeans or even a nude lip.

Outfit:

Shirt here other Dark Magic Harry Potter shirts here and here 

Skirt here 

Sweater here  similar and cheaper options here  and here 

Jewelry posted in look above

Shoes (Shoemint a few years ago) similar here 

Meet You on the Quidditch Pitch

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

 My equally nerd-obessed sister got me the wonderful shirt and mug in this picture (I think she’s trying to get me a wizard loving guy). But I love the play on a Qudditch Keeper with this fun shirt. Add a beanie and leather jacket and you’re ready for any game, real or magical.

Shirt here  more HP shirts here and here 

Hat here  similar here 

Vegan leather jacket (few years old from Urban Outfitters) similar here and here 

Jeans here  (I swear by American Eagle jeans, they always have discount codes so look for them))

Boots here  similar and cheaper options here  and here 

Belt here 

Mug here 

Magical Makeup

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

Note: I used the same makeup for both looks just changed the lipstick!

Lipsticks: Maybelline Divine Wine here  and Wet ‘n’ Wild Pagan Angel here 

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer here  cheaper option NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer here

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc here  cheaper L’oreal True Match Lumi here 

Concealer: Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear in NW-20 here  cheaper NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand here 

Powder: Physicians Formula Nude Wear Nude Glow Powder here 

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette here  and Whitening Lightning Brow Bar to Go here cheaper NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder here 

Eyeshadows:  Crease: LORAC Megapro Sepia and Camel (currently sold out) similar here Lid: Sienna similar hereLower lashline: Anastasia Beverly Hills Catwalk Palette Beauty Mark (discontinued), similar Mac Cranberry here .

Liners: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper here  cheaper Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner here Lower lashline: Mac Costa Riche here .

Lashes: Ardell Natural Lash – Black 110 here

Blush: Milani Rose D’oro here 

Highlighter: Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow here  cheaper Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips here 

Forget About Dark Colors; You’ll Want Powder Blue this Fall

 

Photo of me Taken by: Brielle Stanks
Photo of me
Taken by: Brielle Stanks

In the Pale

The pale color trend has definitely continued from last years runway shows; I mean who could resist the cotton candy colored hues that for surprisingly  stand out as edgy against the sea of blacks and burgundy’s fall clothes usually bring? Last year it was pale pink, courtesy of Celine’s über popular pale pink coat (view here on vogue.com look #6). This trend broke open when Kim Kardashian sported this coat, click here to see. But this year I’m predicting another pale hue is going to be taking names and stealing the money out of your wallet. But don’t worry, this trend is too beautiful to float away, so you won’t be having any puffer jacket regret next season. Below are your pale hue options!

 

Photo of me Taken by: Brielle Stanks
Photo of me
Taken by: Brielle Stanks
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Photo of me Taken by: Brielle Stanks
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Taken by: Brielle Stanks

Look at bottom of post for outfit and makeup details!

Powder Blue Favorites This Year

Missguided Lena Cocoon Coat Powder Blue $75.98 here

H&M Knit Sweater in Light Blue $34.95 here 

Forever 21 Lace Pencil Skirt in Light Blue $17.90 here 

ASOS New Look Peggy Chain Shoulder Bag $24.62 here

Zara Laser-cut Leather Court Shoe in Sky Blue $89.90 here

Missguided Louisa Pleat Front Tapered Leg Trousers Powder Blue $37.98 here

Missguided Cady Crepe Skater Dress Ice Blue $37.98 here 

Outfit and Makeup Details

Dress: H&M, not the exact same but very close, here 

Boots: Shoemint, from a few years ago, similar here and here 

Belt: H&M, not online but got in store a few weeks ago, similar here

First Jacket: Nasty Gal BB Dakota Hot Damn Coat $118 here

Second Jacket: Zara Leather Jacket no longer in stock but similar here and here 

Purse: Forever 21, similar here

Watch: Michael Kors here  cheaper option here

Makeup:

Smashbox Photo Ready Anti-Redness Primer

L’oreal Lumi Foundation W-1-2

MAC Prolong Wear NW20

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Brunette

Whitening Lightning Brow Bar to Go

Milani Clear Eyebrow Gel

Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette, shadows: Naked and Buck (crease) Gunmetal and Virgin (inner corner)

Urban Decay Naked 2  Palette, shadows: Suspect and Snakebite (lid) Foxy (browbone) Snakebite (lowerlash line)

Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Liner

L’oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero

Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Liner in Rose Gold (Limited Edition) similar here 

Milani Luminoso Blush

The Balm Mary-Louminizer Highlight

Maybelline Maple Kiss Lipstick

Jordana Rock ‘n’ Rose lipliner