Face The Music: Coachella/Music Festival Makeup Look

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So it’s music festival season and right about now I wish I was in the deserts of Coachella, but instead I decided to just dress and do my makeup like I was going. I wanted to do a music festival look that will work for any of your summer concerts/festivals using some trendy concert accessories. I’m going to the 8th Annual 104.5 Birthday Show where Death Cab for Cutie, Hozier, Passion Pit and Vance Joy are playing and I’ll be seeing Ed Sheeran at the end of May. Below I’ve listed the products for this look (they’re all drugstore, except the brows, working on that) and some of my essentials. If you guys want a music festival fashion post, let me know!

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Products:

Note: I would definitely put a sunscreen under my makeup, even if the BB Cream has SPF in it. 

BB Cream: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Perfector BB Cream Normal To Dry Skin formula (I’d prob get the oil-free one for a music festival) in Fair.

Concealer: NYX HD Photo Concealer in Porcelain

Highlight: Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light  with Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Light Bronze. I used these all over my cheeks, forehead and nose.

Bronzer: Maybelline Master Bronze in Weekend Bronze (limited edition last year, I know Maybelline is coming out with a lot of new products in June, hopefully they’ll bring back a bronzer like this) similar Physicians Formula Bronzer Glow-Boosting BB SPF 20

Blush: Colourpop Supershock Cheek in Bonus

Setting Powder: NYX HD Setting Powder in Banana

Eyebrows: Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in Medium Brown and NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette

Eyeshadows: My technique for this was to make it look messy and wet, so I just layered a bunch of shadows and blended messily. 

Eyeliner: L’Oreal Silkissime Liner in Gold

Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black (I’d get this is waterproof for an outdoor music festival)

Lips: NYX Wicked Lippie in Mischevious with L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Hot Mess over top (I find these at my local Rite Aid)

Extras:

Headcrown: Urban Outfitters Golden Leaves Headpiece (sold out), but their Athena Headband in identical.

Fake septum rings: #1 in the first picture is Golden Acerose Filigree Fake Septum Ring, in the 2nd pictures is Gold Tribal Clip On Septum Hanger.

Top: Lace Cut-Out Shoulder Top in Rust 

My Concert Essentials:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Crossbody Bag
  3. Booties or Sneaks
  4. Lip Balm
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Hat 

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.

Pops of Peach: Colourpop Cosmetics Supershock Blush Review

Today in South Jersey it finally felt like spring, which is perfect because I recently received four of the 20 Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Blushes. All the shades I picked are more on the spring/summer spectrum, but with the winter blues and snowstorms who doesn’t long for corals, peaches and pinks? These blushes, retailing at $8, come in matte and satin formulas, and like the Colourpop eyeshadows they feel spongey (not quite like a cream, but definitely not a powder), but they dry to a powder finish. Below is pictures, swatches, a makeup look and mini review! So plan a spring adventure with perfect in peach looks.

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From left to right: Holiday (Matte), Bonus (Matte), Mochi (Matte), Pegacorn (Satin).

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From top to bottom: Pegacorn, Holiday, Bonus, Mochi.

Review

These blushes definitely have staying power, the swatches above haven’t moved an inch in four hours, even after rubbing the back of my hand. Although three of my shades are matte, they all have a dewy-esque look which I happen to like, but don’t expect these to be a true matte formula. The finish is more sheer than opaque, but the color is buildable. I used a Real Techniques Stippling Brush (Colourpop recommends using a duo fiber brush), but I’m honestly going to try a denser/bigger brush because I think the product would apply better, mine was a bit streaky. I had to build up the color to get the shade I desired, but the color is easy to build and beautiful. My favorites are Pegacorn, which I almost didn’t get because it’s so in ya face, and Bonus which is my perfect colored blush! I’d give these an 8/10 and for $8 they’re awesome. I’m definitely picking up more!

Makeup Look

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 Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Poreless in shade Porcelain

Concealer: MAC Prolong Wear in NW15 mixed with Maybelline Dream Lumi  Touch Highlighting Pen in Radiant

Powder: Physicians Formula Nude Wear Over Glow Palette

Cheeks: Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Holiday

Cheek highlight: Mary Louminzer by the Balm

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette

Eyeshadow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette:

  • Crease: Bengal
  • Lid: China Rose
  • Inner Part of Lid: Copper (LORAC Megapro, Gilded from the Tamanna Palette gives same effect)
  • Inner corner: Blush
  • Brow Bone: Fresh
  • Lower lashline: China Rose

Eyeliner: Top liquid liner: Jordana Cat Eyeliner in Brown. Bottom lashline: L’Oreal Silkissime in Black. (wish this eyeliner came in brown, it last all day!)

Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black

Lips: Liner: Rose Crush by Jordana. Lipstick: Colourpop Lippie Stix’s in Rocket and Fancy

Extras: Headpiece by Lovisa similar here and Urban Outfitter’s headwraps are too! Jacket from Zara (go to my You’ll Want Powder Blue this Fall post here for more jacket options), Scarf: American Eagle, softest scarf ever. Sold out in this color, but three more available here.

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These are my pups Lenny and Ivy,  a little extra love for you all!
These are my pups Lenny and Ivy, a little extra love for you all!

 

 

 

 

Get Ugly this Holiday Season

Today I’m mixing it up on the blog with my first holiday season post, it’s not a fashion or beauty shoot (those will be featured in the coming weeks), but instead a funky Piktochart on the even funkier topic, Ugly Holiday Sweaters! I’m not going to ramble too much, just look at the Piktochart below to find all the Ugly Sweater madness. Featured below the Piktochart are links to all websites mentioned on the chart and what my favorite sweaters are from each! Happy holidays and shopping!

 

Ugly Holiday Sweater

 

To view this on Piktochart here 

Lauren Conrad’s way of rocking a holiday sweater, which I think is the best way to go to a party this year.

My Favorite Sweaters 

Spencer Gift’s I’m the Bitch Who Stole Christmas Fleece Sweatshirt  $20.00

Macy’s Sweater Project Juniors’ Intarsia Christmas Sweater  $29.99

ASOS ASOS Christmas Jumper With Reindeer Face And Pom Pom $66.33

Target Santa Costume Pullover Sweater  $19.59 (I actually picked this up for myself!)

Tipsy Elves Women’s Hanukkah Sweater  $64.95 (for all my Hanukkah or Chrismukkah celebrating girls like myself!) and Women’s Ugly Christmas Tree Sweater with Suspenders  $69.95, truly the ugliest sweater I could find.

rue21 Penguin Party Vest Ugly Christmas Sweater $19.99, comes in plus size as well, Penguin Party Ugly Christmas Sweater $21.99

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