Halloween Angel Makeup Tutorial


Halloween is almost here, and it has to be my second favorite holiday of the entire year. I love dressing up, doing theatrical makeup looks, and going to a Halloween party every year. My cousin requested an Angel Makeup Look for her Halloween party. There are literally endless combinations and types of makeup looks you can do for an angel…everything from a pure white angel to a full on painted angel face with wing detailing. I decided to go more along the lines of ethereal, glamorous, and versatile. You can wear this if you’re going as a fairy, a Barbie, a doll, or really anything where you need to look super feminine and other worldly, but still pretty. I’ve got full details and more pictures inside! (more…)

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review


By now, you should know that I have a love affair with Dermalogica going on. I use so many of their products to keep my skin looking fresh, healthy, and forever young. One of my favorite products, however, is this Daily Microfoliant. It’s a best-seller of Dermalogica’s and it’s not hard to see why. It’s an extremely gentle exfoliant for your face that comes in powder form. If you’ve never used a powder exfoliant before, prepare to be amazed. You can control exactly how much product you need each time and create your own “paste” by mixing the powder with some water. It’s the ultimate form of customization for your skin.



This product has a rice-based powder formula that activates upon contact with water. It has Papain, Salicylic Acid, and Rice Enzymes in it to gently scrub away dead skin cells. It also contains ingredients in it to help soothe the skin, so if you’ve got sensitive skin, you can still use this product. It’s meant to be gentle enough to be used on a daily basis. It’s formulated without any artificial fragrances or colors.



The top of the product really dispenses the perfect amount of product. One of the things I love most is how little product you need each time you use it. A half teaspoon of powder in your hand is more than enough each time you use it.



Once you add a bit of water and create a paste, you can scrub your face with it. I’ve never felt such a soothing, gentle exfoliant before. You can tell it’s scrubbing away dead skin cells, but it’s not scratching your skin. Exfoliating can be a tricky business, as many on the market are far too abrasive or irritate sensitive skin. I feel really comfortable knowing that this one is gentle enough not to cause any damage to my skin. When I rinse my face, it feels like baby skin! Soft, smooth, and renewed. It only took one use for me to fall in love with this product. I use it on a daily basis and I know it’s only a matter of time before I need to purchase a new bottle of it!



Good skin is really important to me. Makeup is my art, but it’s always best to start with a fresh, clean canvas. Taking good care of your skin will make your makeup look that much better. I love how clear and smooth my skin has been since using Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant. You can find Dermalogica online as well as at Ulta stores nationwide, and each 2.6oz container retails for $52.00 USD.







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Fall 2014 Zoya Matte Velvet Nail Polish Swatches & Review


Matte is back! Matte beauty trends have been on fire this season, from lipstick to nail polish. The Fall 2014 Zoya Matte Velvet Nail Polish Collection is here and it is composed of 6 matte nail lacquer shades that come with a completely flat, non-shiny finish. I’ve got swatches of the entire collection inside! (more…)

How To Get The Perfect Red Lip


When I asked last week what types of tutorials or looks you would like to see on Beauty Gala, I had a request for a tutorial on how to achieve the perfect red lip. Believe it or not, there is actually a method behind really bright lips, especially if you want them to look perfect. I often get questions on my Instagram about how I get my lipstick to look perfect or how I make sure my red lipstick doesn’t feather or “bleed” from my lip line. The truth is, red lipstick is a little high maintenance, only because there is a little preparation when wearing it. It’s not always as simple as slap it on and go like many other neutral and pink shades. I’ve got a full step-by-step tutorial and a pictorial inside of how I achieve the perfect red lip. And, psst…this lip tutorial really works for any bright, dark, or dramatic colors you may own and want to wear, you just have to change up your lip liner and lipstick shades! (more…)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette Tutorial & Look


Back in August I purchased the Anastasia Amrezy Palette and I fell in love with it deeply. I use it on a daily basis, so when I found out that they were doing more collaborations with Instagram stars and makeup artists, my curiosity got the best of me. I was not going to purchase this palette but I am certainly glad that I did because the pigmentation and shades are absolutely gorgeous. This is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette, and it is named after “DressYourFace” on Instagram, who is beyond talented and gorgeous. I picked it up at Sephora over the weekend on a whim and I’ve been playing with it since. I put together a very warm, Autumn-inspired look for you. Full details and tutorial inside, (more…)

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Tutorial: Neutral Blues


I asked via Facebook today what types of looks or tutorials you would like to see on the blog and I had a couple of requests to show how to use the brighter shades in the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette. Namely, the blues and the green, so I put a look together using the blue shades in the palette. I understand completely why people are afraid of blue eyeshadow…I think the 80′s may have scared some people away. If done incorrectly, it can age you and look clownish and even a bit matronly. Believe it or not, any eye color can rock blue eyeshadow. I put together this look so you can see how I would wear the blue shades in the palette, but also how I would pair blue eyes with lip color and cheek color. Full tutorial inside, (more…)

Gerard Cosmetics “Rose Hill” & “Butter Cream” Lighted Lip Gloss Swatches & Review


I adore Gerard Cosmetics lip products! I’ve been using their Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss shades for awhile now, and I always love how vivid and vibrant they make my teeth look. I also love that they come with a light-up lip gloss wand and a mirror on the side of the packaging. It makes applying your lip gloss so easy, even if you’re in the dark! Today I have two gorgeous shades for you, Rose Hill and Butter Cream. Both are really universally flattering shades that will work on all skin tones. Full swatches inside, (more…)

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Look!


Oh Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette how I love thee! I have been playing all week with the palette and decided to do a bright, fun look that will go with all eye colors. If you’re brown-eyed, this will make your eyes look really warm. If you’ve got blue or green eyes, get ready to have your eye color pop. I’ve got the full tutorial inside and all of the products I used! (more…)

Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ Review & Pamper Party!


I had the opportunity to have an amazing Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ Pamper Party this past weekend, complete with plenty of shades to choose from, drinks, snacks, and good friends. I do have a little secret, though. I fell in love with these Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ polishes before this actual pamper party. I saw them in one of my local drugstores and decided to give one a chance and I was blown away by how long the polish lasted on my fingers. I am talking a full week and a half with nothing more than minor chips on the tips of my nails! I was beyond excited to be able to share the long-lasting manicure love with my friends.



My Pamper Party had a Halloween theme because I love this time of year so much. I’m a pretty low-key gal when it comes to entertaining, so of course, we lit pumpkin flavored candles, and I lined up the polishes with plenty of nail supplies for everyone to use.



We sipped on hot tea and coffee and enjoyed the simplicity of a low-key but fun Sunday night.



I loved how everyone gravitated toward their own shade preference! I was instantly attracted to the purple shade because, well, I’m a purple fanatic. The nude-brown and red shades were perfect for those who have to go to a professional setting every day.



I ended up going with Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ in Too Haute. I love the way this shade glows from the center of the nail. Applying this Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ couldn’t be easier or faster. You simply apply your nail polish like you regularly would and then apply the special Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ Top Coat over top. As soon as you apply that top coat, you will notice just how incredibly brilliant your nail polish will look. It adds shine and brilliance unlike any other top coat I’ve ever seen in my life. It really brings the polish color to life even more, but best of all, it seals that polish in for long-lasting wear. No LED lamps are needed and most importantly no damage to your nails whatsoever. You can remove this with regular nail polish remover when you are ready.



All of my friends remarked on how shiny their nails looked afterward. You get the same shiny result as a regular gel manicure but without having to purchase or use a lamp. It’s also super easy to take off and change your polish with regular remover, so it’s remarkably perfect for the average everyday busy woman. I have to say that this shade, Too Haute, was definitely a favorite of the bunch because of the gorgeous bright violet flash it has when it hits the light.



There is nothing quite like a great at-home manicure Pamper Party with some good friends, candles, and hot tea. Usually Sunday nights are spent missing the weekend that flew by, but this made the night extra special.



SWEEPSTAKES! Sally Hansen® is giving away their Top Ten Miracle Gel™ Polishes to 10 lucky winners. All you have to do is upload a picture to Instagram of you with your “perfect pair” manicure. The polish does not need to be Sally Hansen®, but it does need to include the hashtags #perfectpairsweeps and #miraclemani in order to be entered. Showcase your best nail polish and accessories/style together for a chance to win! Full sweepstakes details and rules can be found here: http://cur.lt/1wK7gz0


Good luck, and I can’t wait to browse all of your #perfectpairsweeps images on Instagram!




Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ At Last! Gel without the light!



Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen®.





Staying Forever Young with Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream


The big 3-0 is coming in just about a month for me, so I try my best to take care of my skin and keep it youthful looking. One of the most important aspects of maintaining youthful looks is your skin. I moisturize every single day and like brushing my teeth, it’s something that I just don’t skip. I love this Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream for moisturizing my face daily. The package said that you can see visible wrinkle results from the very first day, so I was excited to try it out.



What I love about this moisturizer is that it’s fragrance-free and doesn’t irritate my skin at all. It actually feels like my skin is “drinking” the product in and I did notice results the next day when I woke up. My skin looked brighter, fresher, and overall, more healthy. I love the results I’ve been getting with this moisturizer so far, so it is a must-have for staying forever young.


How I Stay Forever Young:

  • Just like moisturizer to your skin, your body needs H20! Stay hydrated always. Your skin and your body needs plenty of water to function.
  • Eat colorful! I like to eat fruits and vegetables, and the more colors I can eat in a day, the better. Eating healthy can really make you glow from the inside out.
  • Get plenty of sleep. In today’s world, it can be hard to get enough rest, but your body needs that time to rejuvenate. Sleeping enough will really keep you looking and feeling forever young.




It’s always a wonderful compliment when people have no idea that I am approaching thirty years old. Forever young!


Olay is a worldwide leader in skin care and has been trusted by women for over 60 years, maintaining its founding philosophy: to maintain a deep understanding of women’s changing needs and to combine products that fit their needs with the latest advances in skin care technology. Regenerist was created along those lines to address women’s anti-aging needs, and millions of women have tried it and loved it, making Regenerist the #1 anti-aging moisturizer.*

*Based on Nielsen data week ending 2/1/14.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by P&G via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of P&G.




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