Sunday, July 27, 2014

L.A. Colors Brush With Fame - Challenge #2 Katy Perry eyes

ok, babes! I hope you're following along! 
My second L.A. Colors Brush With Fame Challenge has arrived...and this time it's all about the eyes.

What Hollywood celebrity is inspiring me this time? drum roll...Katy Perry. (oh, yeah - says it in the title too. haha)
I love her retro cheesecake pinup inspired looks. She's so fun to look at. Don't you agree?
But aside from her stellar style and bodacious curves...I love her big bashful eyes...She's always rocking huge fluttery lashes and thick black eyeliner...usually a cateye, but sometimes not.



I decided to base my look off of the her look  for the Firework album...why...mainly because I LOVE the song Firework.
call me sentimental or whatever...but it almost always makes me tear up. It hits close to home in so many ways.

And here are the L.A. Colors products I used to achieve my look:

L.A. Colors eyeshadow primer.
primed my eyelides with this and let it set for a bit.

L.A. Colors 16 Color Eyeshadow palette in Sweet.
With my ring finger I dabbed on the lightest of peaches and pinks to my eyelids...

L.A. Colors Double Volume mascara.
Applied a couple of coats to top and bottom lashes.

L.A. Colors DramatiLash lashes from the Fantasy Sexy set.
I selected my two favorites.
Pro Tips: 
Measure your eyelashes to the shape of your eye and trim if needed.
For added fullness double up your lashes...I often do!

L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencils.
I applied a teeny bit of white to my waterline and then I set it with a neutral/peachy eyeshadow from the palette mentioned above.
I applied the black jumbo eye pencil to my eyebrows as well as a first step in drawing my eyelinger out.
L.A. Colors Grafix Eyeliner. 
I drew on the rest of my cateye with this guy.

and here is the final look. ;) 



So the hair's a little crazy because it was crazy humid in my house...but that's ok...it's not about the hair...right? ;)

By the way, I wanted to let you know what my favorite products were from this challenge.
The black jumbo eyepencil...super black. I was like, "should I be using this on my eyebrows?" it's that black!
Loved it...
And the eyeshadow primer...it's pretty flippin' humid these days and my eyelids tend to get oily (ew!). So yeah, the primer has been doing a good job and keep things lookin' good. Pleasantly surprised.
Who else has tried this? Let a girl know. ;)



baby you're a firework. 

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Thanks so much for following my journey in this Brush With Fame Challenge! It means a whole lot to me. If you haven't seen my first challenge, go check it out. :) 

xoxo

Disclosure:
Thanks L.A. Colors, Life & Style, and In Touch Weekly for selecting me as a finalist in the Brush With Fame challenge. I am enjoying the products that were sent to me for this contest!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Nordstrom Beauty Anniversary Sale - top beauty picks for men and women

Beauty junkie? 
Check out the Nordstrom Beauty Anniversary Sale. It's going strong all the way through August 3rd.

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Here are some of my picks for the femmes:

bella j. CHARMING DARLING
This bella j. CHARMING DARLING candle. Because I LOVE LOVE LOVE candles...and who doesn't love a surprise? Every candle holds a jewel at the bottom of the glass.


THE PERFECT SHOWER CAP
The Perfect Shower Cap - $10 ($18 value)
This really caught my attention...because you know when you just spent some precious time and/or money on a blowout and then comes shower time and you're trying to protect your hair a-la MacGyver-style from frizz and humidity?...yeah, so this shower cap is supposed to  be the ultimate in protection and for that...this might be especially handy for gals like myself that have naturally curly hair and want to keep it smooth. This shower cap seems like a really good investment if you're all about hair. ;)


LA MER 
LA MER The Refreshing Collection - $295 ($386 value)
1 oz. Soft Cream
.5 oz Regenerating serum
.17 Eyebalm intense
1 Hydrating Facial application



LA MER is purely magical and one THE most coveted and respected luxury skincare lines. Let me just say this is like a fountain of youth.


Smashbox Makeup Brushes 



Smashbox brushes are incredibly soft. How cute is it that they are in a set?!


NARS
Nars sets are always a score. Especially the palettes. I love their blushes and bronzers. I am crushing hard on the color range in this one.


DIOR 



Tons of DIOR cosmetics are on sale...I'm all for a vibrant retro red lipstick, pink blush, and some winged eyeliner.



MAC



MAC has these new kits out which are pretty darn tootin' smart. For instance they launched these sets called LOOK IN A BOX and FACE KIT. You have several options to choose from which I think is awesome since some of us are fans of bright pinks or some rock coral lips. hmmm. I think I would pick the All About Pink LOOK IN A BOX. Which one would you pick?

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Here are some of my picks for the gents:

THE ART OF SHAVING

State of the art shaving essentials for sensitive skin. Top notch for you gents.



GUCCI
 men's fragrance sets. enough said. ♥ ♥ ♥





CLARISONIC


The Clarisonic brush is life-changing. I recommend this to men and women dealing with acne, blackheads, and the like. There are at least like five different sets that are included in this sale. 
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I couldn't possibly fit everything that's on sale at Nordstrom into one post...But you should go check it out for yourself. There's YSL, Joe Malone, Clarins, Bobbi Brown, Kiehl's, NARS, and the list goes on and on and on...Let me know if you go and I would LOVE to know what you find...and I'm not just saying that. It truly makes me happy when people get more for their money. ;) 

Just a little tip. You guys - you should sign up for their rewards program if you shop there enough.  ;) I think you can sign up online. I need to double-check to see if I am signed up. I'm all about earning rewards and discounts...not even trying to front. :)

xoxo

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. However, Nordstrom did send me a skincare gift. Images courtesy of Nordstrom

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

L.A. Colors Brush With Fame - Challenge #1: Kelly Osbourne nails


Kelly Osbourne's style is funky, edgy, and yes - even classy...but always unapologetic. 
My favorite is when she rocks the swanky and curve-hugging dresses on the red carpet...but she wouldn't be Kelly Osbourne if she didn't throw in a bit of rock and roll. And lately these accents have been on her nails.



Check out these nails that she rocked during The GRAMMYs. (they've been floating around instagram, pinterest, and tumblr)



I loved them so much that I decided to try out this style for my first Brush With Fame challenge with L.A. Colors.

Here's what I used to achieve a similar look:


1. acrylic tips 
2. nail glue
3. nail buffer
4. nail clippers
5. L.A. Colors Deco nail polish in black
6. L.A. Colors Gold glitter nail polish in Glam
7. L.A. Colors Diamond top coat
8. tooth picks (pictured below)
9. nail file


  • Using nail clippers, I trimmed the acrylic tips to a smaller size and rounder shape.
  • The nail file was essential in achieving a rounder smoother shape since these weren't exactly stiletto nails.
  • I fit the nails to my finger tips and glued them onto my clean nails. I added pressure to the nails for a few seconds.
  • Once nails appeared to be strong enough, I buffed them out.
  • I painted nails black with a couple of coats of the Art Deco polish.
  • I added a coat of Diamond top coat.
  • I used toothpicks to dip into the gold Glam nail polish to draw my designs.





So there you have it...my very first attempt at nail art!
I must say this challenge...was indeed a challenge. :) But it was fun!..and I'm thinking maybe I will practice this nail art thing from time to time. ;)

Also...here's what I discovered about these nail polishes:

  • The glitter is quite glittery and vibrant. You immediately get massive amounts of glitter on your brush...but don't worry, it's not that clumpy and annoying kind...oh, and I found it easy to remove with nailpolish remover.
  • The black Art Deco nail polish is vibrant...the brush is thin because it's meant for nail art, so it takes a bit of practice if you are trying to polish an entire nail - but I am happy with it's formula and vibrancy.
  • The diamond topcoat is wonderful! I can't believe that it's only a dollar. I highly recommend this.

What else did I learn? Long fingernails take some getting used to! haha! 

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Tips:
For super fast drying time...soak your nails in cold water. Trust me, it speeds up the process.
Don't have fancy nail tools for designs? - get creative with tooth picks. I sure did.
Topcoat! - I love topcoats...It does so much more for your nail color. The vibrancy is kicked up a notch or two, plus your nails aren't as prone to chipping.

Thanks for following my latest adventure. I hope you learned something! I think I did too!

oh - and maybe you're wondering? What is this Brush With Fame thing?
Well, I'll tell you. I entered a contest with L.A. Colors and am one of five finalists competing to win a trip to NYC! (I want to go to there!) My fellow blogger finalists and I are doing a series of five beauty challenges. Wish me luck!


Disclosure:
Thanks L.A. Colors, Life & Style, and In Touch Weekly for selecting me as a finalist in the Brush With Fame challenge. I am enjoying the products that were sent to me for this contest!





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Miley Cyrus romper






What I wore:
Miley Cyrus x Max Azria floral romper - 99 cents only store, white wedges - Nordstrom, pink balconette bra - TJ Maxx, big blue bow - 99 cents only store, gold chandelier earrings - c/o Ilaments, pink cateye sunglasses - Wal-Mart, Fossil bag - Macy's, gold belt - thrifted

Shorts. what-what? I'm wearing shorts...well, sort of technically it's a romper/playsuit.
It's floral and all kinds of cute..From the Miley Cyrus x Max Azria collection...and yes, you read right! - I did find this fantastic little number at the good ol' 99! What a major score, huh?!

what was my vibe for this look? Yard Sale shopping. I mean it's one of my versions of what a gal wears when she hits the yard sales. :) 

What do you wear when you go garage sale shopping? 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Betsey Johnson top and Polka-dot dress





What I wore:
vintage Betsey Johnson top, polka dot dress (worn as a skirt) - gift, floral wedges - c/o AMI Clubwear
hair bow - 99 cents store, Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses (similar here)


Splurged on this Betsey Johnson top about ten years ago or whenever it was that my love for Betsey Johnson first came to be. Remember when baby-tees were all the rage?  I thought this one was done in such a classy fashion with the little puffed shoulders and the neckline that's so sweet and romantic...but obviously with the Betsey Johnson edge..it has built in jewelry for ya. How fab!

My polka dot skirt is actually a dress that was given to me a few years ago. It makes it's way into my day every now and again. During some major spring cleaning I almost decided to part ways with it, I don't know why...But so glad I didn't. It's strapless and I know it's going to come in handy again during this summer

Do you ever do that? Almost get rid of something and then find another purpose for it? 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Floral Wedges and a Crop Top






What I wore:
blue polka-dot pencil skirt - Nordstrom Rack, gold cateye sunglasses - c/o Lulus.com,
pink croptop - c/o MinkPink. pearl bracelet - 99 cents only stores, red paisley headband - Kohl's, red wristlet- c/o Besame Cosmetics
gold and lavender earrings - c/o Ilaments


THE HEAT! Sometimes I want to look a little more put together and be comfy...but my flats get all sweaty with the heat and I am the worst and walking in flip-flops...so wedges are a great alternative to heels...plus your feet don't get as tired. :) I love these floral wedges from AMI Clubwear, they go with just about anything...I love to mix prints and patterns. 

FUN FACT! you see my fun pearl bracelet?...it's actually squishy...it's some ergonomics type of thing....and it actually helps with preventing some of the aches and pains of typing, clicking and all that when you are on the internets! I love it...and especially because I bought it at the 99.

Earrings! I love love love these earrings from Ilaments. They have an artsy feel that Frida Kahlo probably would have rocked in her day..and yet there is still something modern about them.

Oh, and so speaking of HEAT, this Fourth of July weekend was no joke! was it hot were you were? What did you guys do? Tell me about your adventures!
I relaxed, partied, and did laundry...oh, the circle of life.


from instagram. ♥

XOXO

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ARDENCY INN SUMMER CAMPAIGN FEATURING RANDA LEIGH



ARDENCY INN Summer Campaign starring Shadows on Stars lead singer Randa Leigh. 
Can you tell it was shot in downtown LA? ;)















pretty, huh? 
the images, Randa, the makeup.

THOSE LIPS!

You can score Ardency Inn's summer collection at Sephora and obviously at ArdencyInn.com

The summer collection consists of:


MODSTER lip balm and primer - a primer and lip balm in one. with a minty kick.


MODSTER Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Forward - full coverage and long lasting lipstick. 
I was recently chatting with a friend about pink lipsticks with a hint of violet...well this is what I was imagining in my head...And it has the blue undertones that I love. 


MODSTER Smoothe Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Cream - a creamy waterproof eyeliner.


AMERICANA Supercharged Soft Focus Moisturizer - a moisturizer that blurs imperfections. 
What a clever name! Fellow photographers I know are geeking out a little. heehe!

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What do you think? Out of everything in the collection, what is calling out to you?