On any given day, you’ll probably find me in a makeup look like this one, or some variation of it. Yes, I love to play with makeup. Yes, I change my look up often. The tried-and-true makeup look for me though is this one, which I call Natural Neutrals. It’s probably one of the fastest looks I’ve learned to perfect over the years, and it gives me just enough definition on my eyes and face that I look awake and like a “better version” of myself. I’m using the It Cosmetics “Naturally Pretty” Eyeshadow Trio which is basically the perfect tiny little eyeshadow palette for the natural beauty lover. It’s compact, it fits into any makeup bag easily, and you can create that gorgeously natural, defined eye look. Full pictorial inside! (more…)
With Coachella kicking off in California this weekend, I knew I had to do a hippie chic look for you guys! My style is very bohemian year round, and I always say that I was born in the wrong decade. I seriously think I am a flower child, meant to be a teenager during the 1970′s! This look is very Woodstock-inspired, when the women wore a lot of bright, happy, fun colors on their eyes and kept their other makeup quite on the neutral side. I’ve got a full pictorial for you on how I achieved this, and more inspiration pictures! (more…)
My Urban Decay Electric Palette has been sitting on my vanity whispering to me, “Use me.” I’ve been wanting to play around with it more since I got it, and then I also stumbled across this image of Scarlett Johansson and I thought it was perfect. Not only is Scarlett gorgeous, but her and I have a very similar eye color. The eye makeup is bold, daring, and bright, but there is also a fairy-tale softness to it. It catches your eye and then you can’t help but be transfixed by how shimmery and gorgeous it is. Full details inside! (more…)
I have a really awesome husband. I mean, really awesome. He actually went into Ulta and scouted this palette out for me on his lunch break while he was by himself, and purchased it for me. How many men would actually walk into Ulta by themselves and purchase makeup? Needless to say, he won major kudos for picking this palette up for me. It happened to be the last one they had in stock, and since I’m a massive fan of Too Faced Cosmetics and all of their releases, I knew I had to get my hands on their A La Mode Palette for Spring 2014. The packaging is, of course, adorable in typical Too Faced fashion. The eyeshadow shades are pigmented and velvety soft, and the possibilities for looks are endless. (more…)
Once upon a time, Urban Decay was known for their acid-like colors and shocking pigments. In recent years, they have released the wildly popular Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3 Palettes, all with neutral shades. While I use and adore my Naked Palettes to death, I think that Urban Decay was getting a little sidetracked, especially for those of us UD fans who remember them as being a wild, bright, colorful brand. The Urban Decay Electric Palette finally delivers! There are ten shades total, including Chaos, a highly coveted bright blue shade from Urban Decay’s original Vice Palette. Every shade is creamy, soft, and highly pigmented, making this the best bright eyeshadow palette I now have in my collection. Full swatches inside, (more…)
Happy Spring Equinox! Today I have a gorgeous Spring 2014 release for you, the Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette “In The Tropics.” It’s a gorgeous palette with ten baked eyeshadow shades in varying colors. Sephora really did a fantastic job of choosing colors for this palette because the shades remind me perfectly of a night in a tropical, exotic location underneath the moon. I decided to put together a spring look for you, as well, with lots of pastel shades that glimmer in the light. Come and enjoy the first official day of spring with me! (more…)
St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, and though I’m not personally Irish, I love being festive and going with green makeup for the day. Green eyeshadow is so versatile. You can create something really dramatic or editorial looking, you can switch the smokey eye up by using shades of green, or you can create a soft, colorful eye that looks ethereal. To create this glowing, fairy-tale inspired look, I popped a bright gold eyeshadow right in the center of my eyelid and lower lash-line. The metallic green pops out on either end of the gold, and it creates this gorgeous, soft, shimmering gradient effect. No matter what eye color you’ve got, this is going to look good on you. Full tutorial inside, (more…)
Today was a super fun day because I went and got my hair done at the salon with my good friend Jessica. She is an incredible hairdresser, and she’s actually more like a therapist than a hairdresser because by the time you leave her seat, you’re feeling like a new person! I had balayage highlights done, which I had been eyeing up on Pinterest for awhile now. I put together a little collage on my Instagram of examples that I loved, and she knew exactly what I wanted without any further instruction. I also used my NYX “Wicked Dreams” Palette again today, which I am realizing I love more and more each day. It’s a fairly simple, neutral look that really makes your eyes look much bigger and brighter. Full tutorial inside, as well as pictures of my balayage! (more…)
Typically at some point over the weekend, my husband and I head over to Whole Foods to pick up odds and ends, and right next to Whole Foods is Ulta. Since I want for very little makeup wise, I tend to be selective and gravitate toward new products or products that seem like hidden gems. I spotted this NYX Cosmetics “Wicked Dreams” Palette which has twenty-four eyeshadow shades inside of it, and it was only $14.99! I ended up using the $3.50 coupon from the Ulta circular, and before I knew it, I had a major beauty bargain on my hands. I highly recommend this palette for anyone who is on a makeup budget or just enjoys a beauty steal. All the eyeshadow shades are pigmented and smooth, and there is a variety of colors to choose from. I’ve got the full tutorial of this look inside! (more…)
This Spring, Sephora introduces an exclusive, limited edition cosmetic collection inspired by the upcoming motion picture Divergent from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, opening nationwide on March 21, 2014. From a stunning Divergent Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit, to a Divergent Limited Edition 7-Piece Nail Art Kit, all inspired by the iconography and characters in the film.
Sephora’s limited edition Divergent Collection is housed in distinctive packaging adorned with imagery inspired by the film and its characters, and each product has been specially formulated to bring out your most adventurous side, including never-been-seen-before transforming special effects for eyes and nails. The Divergent Collection includes three unique pieces exclusive to Sephora to discover:
1. Divergent Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Palette ($32.50):
Portable but impactful, this limited edition palette contains three High Pigment Eye Shadows in versatile neutral shades: Candor Lace, Luminous Taupe, Envious Chocolate, one Long Wear Blush in Rosy Horizon, one Matte Bronzer in Compassionate Copper, and a High Shine Lip Gloss in Artistic Mauve.
2. Divergent Limited Edition 7-Piece Nail Art Kit ($27.50):
This 7-piece set includes five Long-Wear Nail Lacquers, one High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer and six Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos so you can proudly signal your Divergent allegiance on tips and toes. Create endless nail art looks by layering the unique High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer over any shade to create an opalescent, shimmering finish, and then add one of the exclusive, easy-to-use Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos. Just cut the paper to any shape or size desired, add water, hold onto nail, and peel back for flawless application.
3. Divergent Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit ($59.50):
With three limited edition eye shadow palettes, a cheek palette, and four lip glosses inspired by the traits of each Divergent faction, and a double-ended application brush, this multi-piece kit includes everything to define your inner self. For inspiration, three “Get-the-Look” cards are included and provide tips for creating different Divergent looks.
Each of the three Eye Shadow Palettes contains four coordinating High Pigment Eye Shadows plus one High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadow to draw immediate attention to the eyes. The transformer shades impart a diamond illusion, shimmery, mirror-like reflection that is transparent when applied dry, and translucent when applied wet, showcasing fluid, twinkling particles that look like they are suspended in air. What’s more, you can mix and match the High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadows to give you a unique look every time by breaking apart the palette and swapping with another. Along with these 12 stunning shadows, the kit includes a Cheek Palette with two Long-Wear Blushes, Shimmering Bronzer and Radiant Glow Illuminator, four High Shine Lip Glosses and a Double-Ended Eye & Cheek Brush for flawless application.
The Divergent Limited Edition Cosmetics Collection will be available at free-standing Sephora stores, Sephora inside JCPenney and Sephora.com beginning March 2014, for a limited time.