Monday, August 11, 2014

BECK x Warby Parker

BECK x Warby Parker



The popular Carmichael Warby Parker frames are back, thanks to Beck's helping hand and stylish eye. :) The result is a two-toned hue of Black Cherry. The eyewear is available for men and women in prescription glasses and sunglasses.  

I see this style as uber retro/hipster - late 1960s meets the nineties...
Makes sense? Yes? No? :)


Also. 
stellar tunes and proceeds go to 826 National, a non-profit dedicated to developing writing skills to students ages 6-18 while enriching their lives and helping them achieve their dreams. 
Talk about do-gooders. ♥



xoxo

Confession about a 1940s style dress from Voodoo Vixen





What I wore:
Lillian 1940s style dress - c/o Voodoo Vixen, leopard bow, natural gemstone bracelet (similar here)- c/o Oia Jules, black platform heels (similar here) - Seychelle's

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Confession.
I've had this 1940s style dress from Voodoo Vixen for less than a month and it's gotten so much wear, probably more than I'd like to admit...let's just say it's more than five times...with sneakers, with flats, with heels, with wedges - to an event or two, to a makeup gig, to the grocery store, to happy hour, to the Melrose Trading Post, and um, more...oh, you know. :)
You guys do that sometimes, right? You find an article of clothing that just seems to fit perfectly into everything you are doing at the moment, that you just want to wear it everywhere?...Don't lie, I KNOW I am not alone. :) 


Anywho. I really really really love this dress...the color, the collar the sleeves, the waist, the way the skirt swings out. It's romantic in the way that makes me want to whisper, "Dear dress, will you marry me?"


So... chances are you'll probably see me wearing this again whether it's in real life or on social media. Just keeping it real. ♥


xoxo

Sunday, August 3, 2014

L.A. Colors Brush With Fame - Challenge #5 Celebrity Looks from Head to Toe


L.A. Colors Brush With Fame Challenge #5! The last one guys! For this one we were challenged to select our three favorite celebrity looks and recreate them. For my inspirations I picked Katy Perry, Lily Allen, and Amy Winehouse (may she rest in peace). So take a looksy, and find out what L.A. Colors products I used for each look. ;)


Katy Perry inspiration:
It's no secret that I'm a Katy Perry fan...so yeah, obvious choice because pinup and because cheesecake and because great style. hello! And I love this red carpet look, very classy and Old Hollywood but with a touch of quirkiness.


What I wore:
Vintage Jessica McClintock dress, black heels - c/o AMI Clubwear, rhinestone clutch - c/o b2b via Grammy Gift Lounge, vintage earrings.
When announced this challenge, I knew I had the perfect dress already hanging in my closet. :) 
So, to get a similar look,  look for a red party dress with vintage glamour and some classy heels...a clutch with rhinestones and earrings to match...and you're all set! Sometimes you just never know what's hanging around in your closet. 


To get this makeup look I focused on the bright red lips, flirty eyelashes and flushed cheeks.

L.A. Colors products used to achieve this look:
Chunky lip pencil in Cherry Red (I LOVE this lip pencil...I've been using it for the last three days...hooked)
Eyelashes (two sets stacked together for a more dramatic and romantic look)
3D blush contour palette in Love Me.
GRAFIX liquid eyeliner in black
16 eyeshadow color palette in Sweet. I used the gold color which is in the top row. I just dabbed a little across the lids and added more in the inner corners of my eyes.

Lily Allen inspiration:
What's not to love about Lily Allen? I've loved her since I first heard "Smile." She's so sassy, and her style is on point...She can rock the cutest dresses and sometimes she's just like, "hey, let me throw on some sneakers (or trainers as I think they call them in London)."  
But yeah, I really dig this look. The mauve lips, a cateye, and the flipped out Farrah Fawcett bangs. lovely.
What I wore:
Forever 21 dress, blue Converse, DKNY raincoat - Zappos, gold bamboo earrings, ponytail extension - c/o of HairUWear, side sweep bangs (clip-in extension) - c/o Hair2Wear Christie Brinkley Collection
My little Forever 21 dress...good ol' trusty. Just a simple summer dress. And a raincoat! A basic raincoat or trenchcoat complete this look. They're not too hard to find.
My friend Guin just got this raincoat for me from Zappos. 
(maybe it's a lucky coat and it will get me to NYC!)  
Who would have known I would use this coat so soon in L.A...but seriously where is the rain you guys! where?! I think it sprinkled the other night...and that was it...tease.




To get this makeup look I focused on the mauve lips, eyes, and slightly flushed cheeks.,

L.A. Colors products used to achieve this look:
lipstick in passion flower (so creamy!), 
one set of lashes
Jumbo eyepencil in pool party for the lower lashline. 
3D Blush in Honey Bun 
I decided that since I don't have blue or green in my hair and Lily Allen is always adding a bit of funkiness to her look...why not add blue eyeliner on the lower lashline. I think it turned out great since the cheeks and lips weren't super dark. ;) So yeah, if you feel like adding unexpected color to your look, just add a bright color to your lower lashine. :)

Amy Winehouse inspiration:
A legend.
I've been on an Amy Winehouse kick lately. That girl had so much soul...I'm just left speechless.


What I wore:
black dress - c/o Lulu's, black heels - Factory2U, 
black sweater - Ross

To get this makeup look I focused on the nude lips and extreme cateye with huge lashes.

L.A. Colors products used to achieve this look:
eyelashes (two pairs stacked)
chunky lip pencil in creme brulee (use just a smidge...I went a little heavy, but eh - couldn't help it...these chunky lip pencils are amazing)
3D blush palette in Honey Bun (went very light with this palette. just a hint of color to the cheeks and minimal contouring)
GRAFIX liquid eyeliner in black 
Jumbo eye pencil in Sunglasses (what a cute name!)
I really packed on the eyeliner...but I'm no stranger to eyeliner so I felt at home. The more the merrier...Sometimes eyeliner can be tricky, but you just gotta wing it. (haha! pun intended)
But seriously for a look like this, you can't really mess up the eyeliner, you just keep adding more and more on. :) 


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Hope you enjoyed this challenge as much as I did. :) It was definitely challenging but they don't call it a challenge for nuthin'. 
Girl, you better work! haha! 
I'd love to know if you try out any of these looks. :)Really!

Thanks again for all of your support. It means a lot to me. :) And no matter what happens whetherI end up going to New York or not...I am thankful to have been picked a finalist in this Brush With Fame Challenge with L.A. colors. Good luck to all! 

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, August 1, 2014

L.A. Colors Brush With Fame - Challenge #4 foundation and concealer tips and tricks


For Challenge #4 in this L.A. Colors Brush With Fame series (contest), I get to chat with you guys about foundations, concealers, contours, and blushes. So here are my tips and tricks.



Prevent Bleeding lipstick:


Especially if you wear bright colors like I do, this step is critical. To prevent your lipstick from bleeding, use a concealer brush and line the outside of your lips with a concealer that closest matches your foundation/skin.

Blemish coverup:
Dab (stipple. and steer clear of swiping.) onto the skin with light motion, preferably with a small brush. I like to add concealer on a blemish after my foundation because I feel like the concealer does it's magic a little better that way. Set the concealer with a powder, lightly dust it on with a small clean brush, you know like maybe a small eyeshadow brush. ;)


Foundations, Concealers, Powders:
My number one tip is to mix colors...yes, even when it comes to foundation. Because let's face it, it can be tricky to match your skin to one product. Play around with your concealers and foundations. Grab a little product from each color you want to work with and place it on a clean flat surface (a plate) and mix away! For powders, I just like to swish my brush in a couple of the powders, dust off and play! Setting your makeup with powder is essential in keeping it shine free and so far I am pleased with these L.A. Colors Minerals powders...not only do they work great but they come in a wide range of colors. Yipee! AND THE CONCEALERS are magic. magic, I tell ya.

Corrective Concealers:
You may wonder sometimes why concealers come in funky colors. Well, it's to correct color in the skin...For example redness, or if you have dark circles under your eyes (the organge one works great). Handy, right? Just dab on and blend in with your finger and/or small brush.

Blushes And Contours:
Blushes and contours. Contour to give more depth and definition to your face and add blush to give it warmth and CHEER! :) GIMME GIMME GIMME A "b!" gimme gimme an "L!" gimme gimme gimme a "U!" gimme gimme gimme an "S!" gimme gimme gimme an "H!"  

welp, hope you enjoyed these nuggets of wisdom. ;)
Thanks again guys for being a part of this journey with me!


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!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

L.A. Colors Brush With Fame - Challenge #3 bold lips


Bold lips! Who doesn't love bold and pouty lips?

I feel like a bright bold red lip looks good on anyone, it's just a matter of finding your perfect match...some gals prefer orangey reds and they do look great especially during the summer. I love seeing girls with dark skin rock orangey-red lips or girls with freckles. (freckles are so cute!)
I prefer to wear red lipstick with blue undertones, they go well with my pale/olive complexion. Plus, I love how red lipstick makes teeth look whiter. So yeah, give that a try if you want to show your pearly whites. ;) And don't you love how red lipstick can be the finishing touch to an outfit? yeah, me too.
Another color I love and it's actually pretty hot right now (pinups and 90s loving gals especially) - A bright and bold pink -something that reminds me of a 10 cent gumball or play-doh. Bubblegum pink is perfect for summer. It's bright and cheery and so it looks great with minimal makeup. I like to wear this color with a big bow in my hair and bright summer colors like teal. (Play around with this shade, if you feel it's too bright, you dab a little on for a lipstain.) :) 

With that in mind...I was going a little bananas because I didn't know if I should rock red lipstick or pink for Challenge #3 of the L.A. Colors Brush With Fame blogger contest. Since I couldn't decide, mixing it is! Nothing wrong with that. ;)


Here's how I rock a bold lipcolor in the summer!


I applied a light layer of L.A. Colors Chunky Lip in Lilac, and a smidge of L.A. Colors lipstick in Dark Cherry, and topped it off with even more of the Lilac. Turned out to be the best shade of bubblegum pink.
I am head over heels over the consistency and vibrancy of the Chunky Lip...it's incredible. Has anyone tried it yet?!

Would love to hear how you wear a bold lip this summer? What shades are your favorites? How do you wear your  hair, outfit? I want to know!

Thanks again for following my journey in this Brush With Fame Challenge! Let's get this girl to NYC! 

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!

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