Monday, June 29, 2015

Pinup Beauty Favorites - June

Here are my Pinup Beauty Favorites for the month of June.

Lauren B. Beauty nail polish in Hollywood Royalty

c/o Lauren B. Beauty

I love nailpolish and the entire ritual of giving myself an at home manicure. It makes me feel feminine and sexy, and I love that. Also, you ever feel like when your nails have a splash of color it  adds a more polished look to your overall appearance? I do.
Lately I've been loving this shade of vampy purple Hollywood Royalty from Lauren B. Beauty. The hints of gold in this color give it a nod to the 1920s. At least, I would like to think so. ;)
Very happy with the durability on this one, doesn't chip easily - though I do suggest using a topcoat for added security and shine.
Are you guys on snapchat? I did a little snap today with this and the light really caught the vibrancy! :) (find me at @marlitacupcake)

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn
c/o Charlotte Tilbury

Makes sense that Charlotte Tilbury would name this shade daring shade of red, So Marilyn. This red is so classic and timeless, goes hand in hand with your pinup inspired Marilyn Monroe looks. ;) I'm enamored with everything that I've tried from Charlotte Tilbury's line so far, and this lipstick is no exception. The lipstick applies smoothly, a sort of creamy matte...but not super matte. Lips still look soft. 

Eylure Eyelashes - Enchanted Collection
Enchanted eyelashes in Poise- c/o Eylure

Of course pinup looks aren't complete without some fluttery lashes. Eylure recently launched their new collection of false eyelashes named Enchanted. Aw, you'll feel like a fairy-tale pinup princess in styles like Elegant, Poise, Grace, and Charm. I appreciate the subtle depth and texture of the everyday wearable lashes in the style Poise.
The Enchanted Collection will be available at Ulta very soon. 
Ulta - $5-8

EcoBrow by Marco Ochoa
Eyebrow defining wax and brush - c/o Ecobrow

If you follow me on instagram, then you've heard me rave about ecobrow. Ecobrow was created by world-renowned eybrow expert/artist Marco Ochoa. Ecobrow is a line of eyebrow defining wax that is available in four shades that pay homage to four of Marco's favorite Hollywood icons: Blonde (Marilyn), Auburn (Rita), Brunette (Penelope), and Dark Brunette (Liz). How clever, right?
You'll dig this product if you're obsessed with having a full brow in true pinup style. And you'll jump for joy if you're into ecobeauty. It's 100% natural and available at Sephora. 
Sephora - $26

Kat Von D. unlock-it makeup remover wipes

Kat Von D's Unlock-It Makeup Remover wipes are perfect for traveling, quick sprucing up after the gym for an impromptu date, or maybe you're just too tired to wash your face. It is essential for you to have a clean face before sleeping and before applying your makeup. These wipes are currently on the top of my list. I'm a huge fan because they're oil-free, and that means less breakouts and pore-clogging and I don't want any of that business. But I also love them because they seriously take off all my makeup. I remove all of my face makeup first, then eye makeup, and then lipstick - so I don't smear bright red lipstick all over my face...yeah, I've done it before. haha! But yeah, I recommend Kat Von D.'s makeup remover wipes. Next time you're in Sephora swatching your arms like crazy (me), grab a sample from the Kat Von D. section and you'll see.
Also, I'm a sucker for packaging and all things Kat Von there's that. 
Oil-free. Paraben-free. Fragrance free. 
Sephora - $15

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It's ok that the month is almost over and these are my pinup beauty picks for the month of June...because, really I love them for other months too!
Have you tried any of these products yet? Or perhaps you have some pinup beauty favorites you'd love to share. Let's chat in the comments below! I'd love to hear your thoughts. xoxo

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lady Gaga's French Bulldog Miss Asia Kinney for Coach Campaign - #coachpups


Have you seen Lady Gaga's French Bulldog? Well if you haven't. You're about to see her everywhere. Miss Asia Kinney is in the new Coach Campaign, Coach Pups.
Being a Frenchie mom myself, this melted my heart! Frenchies and Fashion...get out of here. (plus Asia looks a lot like our pup Mabel.) This has to be Coach's cutest and sweetest campaign ever.
Asia is the first little pup in a series featuring canine stars photographed by Steven Meisel. The campaign #CoachPups will officially launch in July with online, print, and outdoor media all over the world. This will include  Instameets, special talks,events, and of course online activities for fellow doggy lovers. Coach is also taking this opportunity to debut their Snapchat in July. Oh, please show lots of doggies in your snaps!

 And yes, the little pups are promoting fashion...but Coach is also promoting awareness to rescuing doggies. They've made a donation to The Chicago French Bulldog Rescue on behalf of Miss Asia Kinney and Lady Gaga. Let's just say it was a pretty generous amount.
I'm all about rescuing and adopting doggies. That's how we got our sweet little pup.
And I think I'll be shopping more at Coach now. Asia has some great picks from the fall collection. Like now I'm eyeing the Mini Rhyder 33 Satchel...maybe I can fit Mabel in there. :)

So what about you, do you have a doggy? Or are you doggy lover? What do you think about this new campaign.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Masculine Vibes - June Grooming Picks

Masculine Vibes. 

Whether you are Mr. Masculine or you just prefer a masculine and minimal grooming routine, I haven't forgotten about you!
Here are my top men's grooming picks for the month of June.

1. Burt's Bee's Shave Cream
c/o Burt's Bees

Natural skincare products for men can sometimes be hard to find. But thanks to Burt's Bees they are super accessible now.  Their Shave Cream is awesome because it has chamomile and calendula that help reduce inflammation and irritation. It's also pH balanced, sulfate-free, and has tons hydrating and moisturizing benefits.
You can shop the no frills brand at retailers like Target, Walgreen's, or and pick up this shave cream for about $8. 

2. Philip B. Lovin' Pomade
c/o Philip B.

Philip B. has come to be one of my favorite go-to brands in my professional kit. I love the pleasant and subtle scent the Philip B. Lovin' Pomade as well as the semi-matte finish it leaves when hair is styled. The water-based formula is easy to work with and not sticky! - $26

3. La Roche-Posay Primer

You don't wear makeup because you choose not to, you have sensitive skin, or you get oily throughout the day. Here you go - The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Primer is for you. It smooths out your skin texture but doesn't clog pores. Plus there are anti-aging benefits, and the Broad Spectrum  SPF 50 is obviously cool. 

La Roche-Posay, Target  $27-$39

4. Nail Clippers

This one should be a no-brainer. :) Keeping your nails nicely groomed not only looks great, but is hygienic...that's the most important part! And good news is you can pick up a pair of clippers for less than a dollar at most drugstores. I always keep them pretty stocked around the house and in my makeup kits.
I believe I picked up this pair at Walgreen's for only $.99.

5. Mario Badescu Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 30
c/o Mario Badescu

Even if you're not big into grooming or makeup and all that jazz, moisturizer should be a part of your daily routine. It is a part of good skin health, and if there is a broad-spectrum SPF in your moisturizer then you are winning at life.
Mario Badescu Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 30 is for combination, oily, and sensitive skin types. And just because it's oil-free doesn't mean it lacks the moisturizing benefits. This little guy packs a punch with Aloe Vera and Green Tea Extract. I am a huge fan of Mario Badescu products because they are packed with goodness, aren't gimmicky, and don't test on animals...oh, and they have something for every skin type and concern. - $28

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Do you use any of these products already? Or do you have any recommendations for new products? I'm always on the hunt for products that I can add to my professional kit...but also for Roni, because she rocks the masculine vibe.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Style Festival - Refinery 29 x Simon

Style Festival

(images above c/o Refinery 29 & Simon)

This last Saturday Brea Mall celebrated their second year of the Refinery 29 and Simon collaboration by hosting the kickoff. This year they called it Style Festival a quirky change from last year's Shopping Block.
So what is Style Festival and who is it for?
Partners Refinery 29 and Simon wanted to reach millennials that are drawn to the music festival scene or you know, festival fashion. 
So they're presenting you with SIX stops of Style Festival.
Music, Style, Beauty, and DIY fun!
They're pretty clever at how they arranged everything to be interactive, just like at an actual music festival...only a little more intimate.

Here's what went down here in L.A. this year.

Sound Stage

The sound stage featured the sounds of Ms. Mr. (loved them, I didn't know who they were prior to learning about the event. But I immediately fell in love with them. Great live performance!)

 Style Stage

The style stage featured independent and emerging designers alongside major established brands. I found this year's style setup to be more fluid and organic. Shops Whimsy and Row, Bear Cat Vintage, Hanna Hayes, Blossom Vintage had their own area styled with their merchandise. Along side and not overpowering/outshining were displays featuring brands like Guess, H&M, Ann Taylor, and Banana Republic. Everything was styled and curated to the T.

DIY Stage

The DIY stage offered T-shirts that guests were able to customize to their liking by embellishing with studs, safety pins, patches, and more. I added safety pins to mine. :)

Beauty Stage

The beauty stage offered hair styling with two options - braids or loose waves. And flowers! Oh, and also Flash Tattoos. :)

For more behind the scenes photos, check out Brea Mall's instagram! They let me and other fellow bloggers takeover their instagram account during the event. :) So fun!

Like I mentioned earlier, there are SIX Style Festival Stops.
Brea, CA - June 20 
Austin, TX- June 27
Miami, FL - July 11
Philadelphia, PA - July 25
Burlington, MA - August 1
D.C. - August 8

Hope you'll make it to one of the stops! You can follow along on instagram (@simonmalls and @refinery29) and tag your posts! I would love to see what you find at your stop.

#R29StyleFestival and #FoundAtSimon. 

And sidenote - aren't those two pieces adorable from Whimsy and Row? Perfect for a pinup attending a music festival. 


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored or required post.  I did receive gift cards for attending the event and posting on Brea Mall's instagram. All opinions and thoughts are entirely my own. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Father's Day with Nautica Voyage at Macy's - #NauticaForDad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 
#NauticaforDad #CollectiveBias
Nautica Voyage reminds me that masculine fragrances have appealed to me for as long as I can remember. Maybe it's because they remind me of being held in my Nino's (Godfather) arms as a little girl, and having that feeling of calmness and love. He's always been a rock, my heart, and my anchor.

So speaking of Voyage...let me take you on a trip down memory lane.

Father's Day is right around the corner and I become teary eyed thinking of all the wonderful things my Nino has done for me since day one. He has been and still is a second father to me. His sense of adventure and humor bring such light to any of our family gatherings. Growing up he was always taking my brother and me on so many adventures - Disnelyland, the lake, the beach, the snow, and more. Even going to the neighborhood park and playing soccer or having movie night and making milkshakes at home was always eventful. Never a dull moment with that guy!

I remember this one time in particular we went on a snow trip for my birthday (8th birthday?) and silly me went into the snow with cute dressy shoes...and guess what? I lost one! My nino, being the hero that he always is, ran into the snow and search for and found my shoe in several feet of snow!
Also makes me think of a time at the lake when my Godsister and I were on a little rafty-boat-floaty thing pretty near the shore and we thought we were so grown up and could venture, no. We drifted off into the middle of the lake and eventually panicked and were yelling for our Nino.
What did Nino do? Went to the rescue once again. Makes me laugh now, but I am sure I drove him bananas.

Always such a trooper during the family Halloween parties.

Now, I am grown up. But I know that I can always call my Nino for anything! He has never been one to judge - always the one to offer help, guidance, advice, laughter, and love. That's why he's my anchor and I love him so much. ♥
Thank you Nino!

Who's the anchor in your life?
Who do you celebrate, honor, or remember on Father's Day?
Share your stories, I'm all ears..heck, you listened to mine!

While we're on subject of  Father's Day, let's get back to the whole men's fragrance thing.
I wanted to remind you that if you are still on the hunt for the perfect gift for the adventurous and heroic father figure in your life...
Nautica Voyage is ideal. 
It's crisp, clean, yet woodsy scent works for young and seasoned father figures. :)
You can pick up the giftset at one of my favorite places, Macy's for $65.00. 
While you might be distracted by all over the other cool stuff at Macy's, it's pretty easy to find the mens fragrance counter.

we're not done yet guys.

Nautica wants to help you  celebrate your dad with a cruise!...a cruise!!! 
How awesome is that?! You can take him, send him, on a cruise...or you can go and honor his memory.
Grand prize is a $4000 Cruise Vacation package.
And there will be 5 second place winners that will win a Nautica Mens Fragrance gift package.

If you're 18 or older, here's how to enter for a chance to win;
Nautica for Dad 

Good luck! And Happy Father's Day!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 
#NauticaforDad #CollectiveBias

Monday, June 8, 2015

Redken Blonde Idol Collection for All Blondes - #RedkenBlonde

Redken Blonde Idol

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Condé Nast for Redken.

Blondes are definitely going to have more fun thanks to the Redken Blonde Idol haircare collection.
To break it down to you, this line will keep your hair vibrant and true to your blonde. That means NO BRASSINESS / orange hair. And SULFATE-FREE! I know that's a big selling point for a lot of folks these days.

And you guys - I confess that I am considering going blonde soon
So when Condé Nast & Redken proposed to give me a little  haircare love and 411 at Gavert Atelier in Beverly Hills. I jumped for joy! Really, I did. Because I love hair treatments and pampering in general. And selflessly, my blonde bombshells will benefit from all of this.

Here I am with some major roots going on! eek!

As you can tell my hair is super dark/black. During my visit at Gavert Atelier, my stylist/colorist Summer suggested for me to subtly and gradually transition to blonde. 

She touched up my roots with a rich dark brown she whipped up, a color that was blended seamlessly with my current haircolor. 

I took a selfie during the hair coloring process. Gavert Atelier has some of the best natural light I've ever seen at a salon. :) And you guessed it, I immediately posted to instagram! haha. :)
Also...I know this has nothing to do with the actual hair coloring, but the chairs you sit in while your hair is shampooed are remote controlled! Maybe I've been living in the dark ages...but I thought that was worth mentioning!
And speaking of having my hair shampooed, Summer used all Redken products that left my hair smelling oh-so-pretty and feeling oh-so-soft.

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So I am a blonde in the making! It'll be a process, but I'll get there eventually! I promise. :)And when I get there I'm especially excited about using the Blonde Idol Custom Tone Violet. I plan on leaving it in for an extra amount of time to give my hair a hint of violet. Thanks Summer for supporting my blonde ambitions!

But enough about me...I'm wondering how many of you are currently blonde or considering going blonde?
Warm blonde, cool blonde?
photos c/o Redken
  • Blonde Idol Sulfate-Free Shampoo: A daily cleansing shampoo for all blondes that is gentle and sulfate-free.
  • Blonde Idol Custom Tone Conditioner Violet for Warm Blondes: A color-depositing daily conditioner for cool blondes helps neutralize brassiness.  Conditions, strengthens and helps preserve tonality between salon visits. (for icy, platinum, beige, ash, violet, and lavender blondes)
  • Blonde Idol Custom Tone Conditioner Gold for Warm Blondes: A color-depositing daily conditioner for warm blondes helps neutralize brassiness. Conditions, strengthens and helps preserve tonality between salon visits. (for rose-gold, caramel, rich toffee, strawberry blonde, light to dark golden,and  honey blondes)
  • Blonde Idol BBB Spray: A leave-in or rinse-out  conditioning spray with multiple benefits.BBB - balances, beautifies and brightens blondes.
  • Blonde Idol Mask: Nourishing deep conditioning treatment. 

Whether you're blonde or on your way there, you'll be pleased with the many benefits of the Redken Blonde Idol haircare collection. It brings out the best in every blonde, no matter if you are a honey blonde like J-lo or Beyonce or a platinum blonde like Gwen. And aside from the maintaining your color vibrant, it embraces all textures, from fine to extra super duper curly. Love that. 

Also, watch this short video to learn how to keep your hair brilliant between salon visits with the Blonde Idol Custom Tone Conditioner. Helpful! You'll probably geek out with the haircare technology like I did. ;) Love it! 


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Condé Nast for Redken. #RedkenBlonde . I was compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Honest!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Chevron Stripes with a Sixties Vibe

Chevron Stripes with a '60s Vibe

Outfit details:

Chevron stripes dress - Ross, black cardigan - Marshall's
green velvet scarf - Harrod's, nude retro style sunglasses - Express
black pinup handbag - c/o Luxdeville

black patent leather / espadrille sandals (similar here) - Michael Kors, skinny black belt - c/o Ted Baker, 

Happy Friday folks! :) 
This is what I wore the other day to the museum and for running errands on Melrose.
I never thought I would be into dresses with chevron stripes, but then I ended up loving this one. I guess the smaller print gives it more of a sixties vibe, and I could be about that life! :)
The pockets aren't too noticeable, and they definitely come in handy for supporting my chapstick obsession.
These Michael Kors sandals are a little on the sky-high side, but are surprisingly pretty damn comfortable. 

My handbag was a sweet and unexpected gift from Luxdeville during DragCon. :) The style is called Bon Voyage Tote in black skinny. I love the diamond stiching and detachable anchor baubles. ♥ Aside making me feel extra fancy, it fits everything! My camera or a pair of shoes sometimes make their way in there. :) 
If you love the bag, guess what?
Luxedeville is having a huge trunk show / purse party on Saturday in Long Beach...and - no, I'm not getting paid to tell you this. I'm just a huge fan of all their retro-style handbags. So why not spread the word?!
Hope to see you there.

I know I'm not the only one that is bananas over retro/vintage style purses, right? Can I get an Amen?


Monday, June 1, 2015

Skindinavia Primer Spray and Finishing Spray - GIVEAWAY

Skindinavia Primer Spray and Finishing Sprays

Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray, Oil Control Makeup Finishing Spray,  and Bridal Finishing Spray - c/o Skindinavia

Skindinavia finishing sprays have been a cult favorite for quite some time. They are a staple in many makeup artists' kits, especially for weddings. But also favored by many the your everyday gal for those Friday Night dance parties. :) 
Plus, you never know when you'll need your makeup to last for 16 hours. It happens.
Skindinavia and I have partnered up for this post to celebrate their 10 year anniversary by sharing a few things with you 

Skindinavia is one of the most trusted brands in finishing sprays and are cruelty-free. I give them major brownie points for that one. 
But what are finishing sprays?
Finishing sprays (also known as setting sprays)seal your makeup in for several hours and prevent that shine that sometimes appears throughout the day.

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

So about this new primer spray. I know. How innovative of Skindinavia, right? Most of the primers on the market and that  I've used,  typically come out of tubes...not to mention, many contain silicone which can work to your advantage or not.
Skindinavia's The Makeup Primer Spray comes in a spray pump bottle and is not only oil-free but paraben-free as well! Sweet. So how do you apply The Makeup Primer Spray? Apply after your usual skincare routine by simply spritzing your face a couple of times . It quickly dries and you can proceed with your makeup application. 

Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Sprays

So back the finishing sprays. once you're all done with your makeup you spritz your face a couple of times with your finishing spray and you're good to go. Your makeup will be sealed in for hours. You'll be all set for your dance party, outdoor festivities, wedding, or whatever life throws at you. 
They come in three formulas:
The Makeup Bridal Finishing Spray - good for all skin types. resists moisture.
The Makeup Finishing Spray Oil-Control - Matte formula for a sheen-free appearance.
The Makeup Finishing Spray - prevents makeup meltdown.

On a personal level, being a gal with super duper oily skin I appreciate these products a great deal. And on a professional level, they do come in handy during long days on set.

Did I not mention that I partnered up with Skindinavia to share these goodies with you? Well now you know! 

We're doing a giveaway!

Here's what you could win:

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray 8 oz. $49 value
Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray of your choice  8 oz. $39 

That's $88 worth of Skindinavia goodies! :) If you win, you would be getting the large 8 oz. bottles!

So enter for a chance to win via the rafflecopter. Just follow the steps below! (open to U.S. residents only)
Good luck bellas!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclosure: I received product from Skindinavia as compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.