Since I’m going through all of my holiday makeup look ideas on here, I decided to include one of my favorite vampy lip colors, MAC Cosmetics Media Lipstick. I love MAC “Media” so much because it actually has tones of brown and plum in it, so it ends up being flattering on a lot of different skin tones. If you’re very fair skinned, fear not! These lip colors will work incredibly against your milky white skin tone. I know a lot of people are intimidated by vampy, sexy lipstick shades like this one, so I’m going to show you a look using it, and a full breakdown of all the products I used. (more…)
There’s no denying that I love my high-end makeup products. Some of them just work really well and I can’t seem to give them up. There are, however, many inexpensive drugstore beauty products that I use on a regular basis that I am completely in love with. I decided to feature a few of those products in today’s post for a makeup look. With shimmering metallic copper eyes, dramatic black winged eyeliner, and nude lipstick, this is the perfect look for anyone of any skin tone. (more…)
This is part of the PopSugar Select & ShopStyle Campaign. Post is sponsored by PopSugar.
ShopStyle by POPSUGAR is a social shopping website for anyone who loves fashion, giving style-conscious consumers a place to shop the online stores they trust, all in one place. This month, they rolled out a brand new advertising campaign that I thought was actually incredibly unique and fun. They had models lay down against a plain white background with the ShopStyle logo, surrounded by the items they love the most. Some of the backgrounds are themed by color, personal style, or season. This advertising campaign is now in many major publications, and even on taxi cabs in NYC! When PopSugar asked me to create my own version of their advertising campaign for ShopStyle, I was so excited. I love opportunities to showcase my personal style and the items I love most.
This is my ShopStyle Lay-Down! Funny enough, I’m a huge dog lover and have three dogs. My littlest dog, Gizmo, came running into the room while my little sister was photographing me, and he came right on top of my lap! At first I was annoyed since he crashed my campaign, but he was just so cute and sweet that I couldn’t help but tell my little sister to just keep snapping. It turns out that I love this one the best! It’s very personal, and very me, from the fashion to the items on my board to the fluffy dog in my arms!
ITEMS ON MY SHOPSTYLE BOARD (Clockwise from top left):
- Nike Eclipse II Women’s Sneakers. These are a tough find now, but I purchased them because I’m a tomboy at heart and I’m all about comfort. These bring high fashion to sporty, and they are always a conversation starter when I’m out.
- Coach Legacy Haley Satchel in Antique Brassblack Violet. This was part of my birthday present this year from my husband, and I love, love, LOVE this bag. I believe in well-made, sturdy handbags that are classic and timeless. I’ve had many of my Coach bags for years now, and this one is my style perfectly with rich violet color and gold studs.
- Skull Scarf from Target. This scarf is from last year in Target, and I didn’t even know the designs on it were skulls at first. I love adding scarves to my look to add a pop of color or style. This one is edgy and gives my outfit a bit of a punk-rock vibe.
- Apple iPhone 5C. Of course I had to include my phone because I am never without it. I love my iPhone!
- Tan & Lace Combat Boots. These are a vintage store find, but you can find boots like these everywhere from Target to Steve Madden. I love boots, especially combat style boots, and the touch of lace keeps these feminine. I wear them with anything and everything.
- Vera Wang Studded Beanie Hat. I love hats (look at my head in the picture!), and this one is great for more formal events like going out for drinks or dinner. It sparkles in the light!
- OPI Holiday Set. I love red nail polishes, from candy apple red to dark burgundy. These OPI mini’s came in a holiday set and I’ve been wearing them like crazy.
- Target iPhone Wristlet. This was a major bargain find by me. A black studded wristlet that holds your cards, ID, and your iPhone is always a great item to have. Perfect for keeping light when you’re shopping or on the go!
- PacSun Sunglasses. I love sunglasses so much that I have way too many pairs. I love classic aviator’s and Ray Ban style sunglasses. They look great on just about everyone.
- Philosophy Amazing Grace Perfume. My favorite scent in the whole entire world and my signature scent for awhile now.
- Gizmo, the Bichon Frise & Miniature Australian Shepherd Mix. The unofficial ShopStyle dog, not for sale!
Above is a look at my “board” before I laid down on it. You can see some of the items better. My hat was covering the YSL Lipsticks in my lay-down ad, but I do love my YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks, as well!
I think what I love most about ShopStyle is the community. The curated lists from really fashionable people give me ideas for my own wardrobe. I love feeding off of other creative, stylish people. It’s fun to find people who share a similar style as you do in the community, and of course peek into some curated lists that might be out of my usual comfort zone, too!
Check out ShopStyle and join the community today. They have everything from clothing for the entire family, to jewelry, to home goods, to beauty items. It’s a fantastic resource for gathering your personal wish list or creating one for others. I’ll personally be using it for Christmas this year!
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I don’t wear blue eyeshadow very often, but when I do, I just adore a blackened-blue shade. Any shade of blue that is a dark, shimmering sapphire color will do, and I think this not only brings out your eye color (no matter what color your eyes are!), but it’s a great twist on your typical smokey eye shades. I decided to put this look together in case any of you are looking for a last minute Thanksgiving makeup look. This also works fantastically well for holiday parties and events coming up in the next few weeks. When you combine dark blue with brown in the crease of your eyes, magic happens. It looks sultry, sophisticated, and very sexy. I’m using NARS Eye Paint in Ubangi for this look, which is absolutely stunning. Check out the full look inside, (more…)
I wanted to share with you guys my absolute favorite eyelash brand, Model 21 Eyelashes. One of the reasons I love their lashes so much is that they sell them in pairs of ten, so you’re getting a lot of lashes at once to have on hand. The second reason is the affordable prices they offer. You just can’t beat the inexpensive price tag of these eyelashes, and they are actually fabulous quality. I’ve used a lot of false lashes, including ones from eBay that are sold in bulk, and Model 21 Eyelashes are, by far, the best quality false lashes for the price. They are easily bendable and pliable for your eye shape, and they stay put for hours and hours. Today, I’ve got #3T for you! These lashes are a best seller of Model 21, and they have a criss-cross pattern that keeps them looking natural. They also flare out at the ends, which I LOVE. It really makes eyes look more almond-shaped and cat-like. I’ve got a full makeup look inside for you! (more…)
About three weeks ago, while my dad was in the hospital, I was reminded that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra was coming to town to play. My dad and I have always wanted to see TSO, for years now, and with my dad being in the hospital, and seeing the various patients and overall sadness throughout the floor, I realized that it was time to seize the moment and just do it. It’s time to check an item off my bucket list, and my dad was excited to go. It worked out that he was being discharged just two days before the concert, which was this past Friday night. My husband, dad, and I were incredibly happy to see the show and had no idea what to expect. It was beyond our expectations, but more on that inside. I’ve got my full makeup look from that night for you in this post. Granted, no one really saw my makeup too much since we were at a concert, but the idea of going out to a holiday-themed concert on a Friday night was different than my usual routine, so I wanted to be a little festive. (more…)
It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks. Ever since they were first released a few months ago, I’ve been obsessed with the buttery smooth texture and the intense color payoff. Today I’m using F-Bomb, which is a fiery true red shade. It’s perfect for the holiday season and wearing to your special events and parties. I put together a little “Holiday Makeup Look” for you, with shimmering brown eye makeup, cat-liner, and red lips. Peek inside for the full look! (more…)
The theme of Laura Mercier’s Holiday 2013 Collection is White Magic. I love the whole snow and ice theme for makeup looks this time of year. It’s something unexpected and different than your usual red lipstick you see. Illuminating your eyelids with a soft shimmer can not only open them up and brighten them, but it looks very festive. I’ve got Pearl Fantasy for you, a gorgeous shimmering lilac shade that glows on the eyes. Inside is a full “Ice Queen” inspired makeup look for you as well! (more…)
The E.l.f Disney Villains Collection contains four “makeup books” with a complete set of makeup inside. Each represents one of the famous Disney villains, of course! Today I have Ursula for you, from “The Little Mermaid.” It’s my all-time favorite Disney movie (along with Snow White), but it also had some of the most gorgeous shades inside. The eyeshadow palette contains jewel-toned shades which are perfect for fall, and the kit contains several other fantastic E.l.f items, some of which I use on a regular basis myself! I’ve got the full kit, swatches, and my Ursula-inspired makeup look inside, (more…)
As a photographer, lighting is single-handedly the most important aspect of a photograph. It can capture a magical twinkling Christmas tree during the holiday season or shiny green pine material known as the artificial Christmas tree. Lighting can cast perfect shadows during a portrait, recreate a certain mood or human emotion, or completely change the way your artistic vision looked. As a makeup artist and beauty blogger, the art comes from using products on my face, and good lighting is dire. Have you ever tried to do your makeup in a dim room? You may be horrified to look at your makeup in natural lighting afterward. Imagine my surprise when I was tasked with giving my vanity area a lighting makeover and I realized all this time I had been doing my makeup in terrible lighting! GE Reveal Light Bulbs are a brand new product for Fall 2013. By January 2014, traditional incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured in the United States due to their energy inefficiency and changing energy regulations. I’m testing out and using the 75W halogen bulbs in this lighting makeover. You will be shocked at the before and after photographs inside! (more…)