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Natural Eye, Face Contouring, and Bold Lip

17 May

After over a year of being out of commission, my digital camera is finally up and running! 🙂 No more webcam make-up pictures, hooray! Ironically enough, after taking a few photos of my make-up today, the flash washed out a lot of the shadowing, so I still took a picture with my webcam because it picked up on the definition of the contouring a little better. Regardless, I’m super excited to have my camera back.

Anyway, today I had the day off while my boyfriend was working all day and my son was at school so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to mess around with my make-up. After all, I haven’t really had time to play for a while now. Lately I’ve been watching tons of YouTube video tutorials, many of which are on the fast-growing trend of contouring your face with make-up. I’ve contoured before (not on a regular basis, and very lightly) but I really wanted to get in there with darker shades for a real result, and since I didn’t have anywhere to be and therefore didn’t have to worry about it turning out completely outrageous, I went for it! The top picture (obviously) was the picture I took with my digital camera. My contouring lines, brows, and even blush appear much darker in real life. The second photo taken with my webcam defines the shadows and highlights I created a little better. Everything I used is below the pictures. I really can’t wait to mess around with this more!

*Urban Decay e/s in Naked (crease)
*MAC e/s in Charcoal Brown (crease/brows/lower lash line)
*MAC e/s in Shroom (highlight/inner corners)
*Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner Pencil in Yeyo (lower water line)
*Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Black (outer upper lash line)
*Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Brownish Black (upper lashes)
*Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black (lower lashes)

*MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC25 (all over face)
*Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Fair (blemishes/under eyes/bridge of nose)
*MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder in NC20 (over concealer)
*MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder in C4 (over rest of face)
*MAC e/s in Charcoal Brown (temples, cheekbones, jaw line, sides of nose)
*Too Faced Candlelight Powder (under eyes, bridge of nose, chin, forehead)
*NARS Blush in Orgasm (apples of cheeks)

*L’Oreal Automatic Lip Liner in Reds
*Bare Minerals Lipstick in Opulence


Sexy, Feminine Leopard & Pink Style

5 May

Bring on the warm weather (in the northern hemisphere, anyway). I was inspired for this look by a similar outfit I saw on Pinterest the other day. I decided to take the idea of a leopard print blouse paired with shorts, and add some accent colors and make it a bit more summer-friendly.

Get the Look:
*H&M Blouse in Leopard Print- £12.99
*MANGO Dyed Denim Shorts in Black- $29.99
*Sole Society Pandora Open Toe Wedges in Cabaret Luggage (Pink)- $49.95
*Michael Kors Belt in Fuschia- $125
*Jamie Wolf 3 Tier Aladdin Link EarringsPrice/Availability Unkown
*Louis Vuitton Embossed Leather Courtney Pochette in Fuschia- Price/Availability Unkown

Eye Look- Neutral with a Hint of Green

12 Sep

Here is a look that I wore to work yesterday. I usually don’t like wearing a whole lot of eye make up to work, but this particular day I wanted to spice it up a bit, hence the pop of green on my lower lash line. Although I was wearing primarily black, the under shirt I wore under my black dress was green, which is why I chose that color. 9/10 times I coordinate my make up colors with my clothes!

What I Used:
*Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion in Eden (matte, light-skintone base)
*MAC Charcoal Brown e/s on Brows (matte muted, taupe brown)
*LORAC Posh e/s (matte, light beige)
*LORAC Chic e/s (matte white)
*Coastal Scents Smokey Eye Palette (pinkish-peach shade)
*MAC Charcoal Brown (matte muted, taupe brown)
*Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Graffiti (shimmery, mid-tone green)
*MAC Newly Minted e/s (matte, light jade green)
*Prestige Black/Brown Liquid Eye Liner
*Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Very Black

Eye Look- Blue Tones

9 Sep

Here is a look I did using blues, with hints of silvery grey and purple. I didn’t start work until late that day, so I had lots of time to play around with my make-up. I chose these colors because they matched the accent colors in the shirt I was wearing.

What I Used:
*Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion in Eden (matte, light-skintone base)
*MAC Charcoal Brown e/s on Brows (matte muted, taupe brown)
*MAC Shroom e/s (soft, shimmery beige)
*MAC Cumulus e/s (shimmery blueish-grey)
*MAC Blue Flame e/s (shimmery navy blue)
*MAC Tilt e/s (frosty greenish-blue)
*MAC Meet the Fleet e/s (matte, deep greyish-navy blue)
*MAC Climate Blue e/s (mid-tone violet blue)
*Prestige Black/Brown Liquid Eyeliner
*Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Ransom (bright, iridescent purple)
*Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Very Black

Britney Spears X-Factor Inspiration

23 Aug

I decided to give Carrie Bradshaw a break this time and focus on recreating some fashion worn by the lovely Ms. Britney Spears! Now, before you start wondering if I have my people mixed up, let me just say that I’m well aware that Britney typically isn’t one of the more fashion-forward celebrities. At least not in the sense that she’s always extremely put together in the latest trends and styles according to fashion experts. However, I absolutely adore the outfits she’s been wearing while filming the open auditions for her upcoming stint as a judge on season 2 of The X Factor! They’re cute, feminine, sexy, and I must say she has been looking fabulous! Since The X Factor premieres in a couple of weeks, and because I’ve been a huge Britney fan for several, several years, I decided to pay homage to the reigning princess of pop by biting her recent fashion choices. Some of the dresses are the actual dresses she wore, just because I couldn’t find anything quite like them that struck my fancy, and because the originals are just so amazing! Others are more so inspired by what she wore, like I usually do. Unfortunately Britney doesn’t seem to be keen on accessorizing, so the outfits are pretty much dresses and shoes with the occasional small jewelry. Don’t forget to catch the season 2 premiere of The X Factor September 12th, at 8:00pm EST. on FOX, and every Wednesday and Thursday night for the foreseeable future!

Look #1:

This outfit was worn when Britney made her official X Factor filming debut, and I think she came out with a bang! I absolutely love this dress- the color, the sheer panel, everything about it, which is why I just couldn’t allow myself to use a dress that barely mimicked it. I really couldn’t find anything that did it even a little bit of justice.

Get the Look:
*Brian Lichtenberg Coral Pink Zipper Scuba Dress$396
*New Look Black Studded Court Shoes£29.99

Look #2:

Im not entirely happy with the imitation I came up with for this outfit. I couldn’t find anything with a similar pattern or colors that was the same cut and shape as the dress that Britney wore here. I ended up going with a shape that was similar, as it’s my favorite aspect of the dress. I adore the “puffiness” of the skirt! I’ll be honest, I had no idea that the necklace I used was a small clock pendant. Usually when I’m putting outfits together on Polyvore I’ll screen cap everything, upload the images, and only when I’m ready to type everything do I look at the individual item websites to get the price and whatnot. And sometimes the images on Polyvore can be very deceiving as they’re really small a lot of the time, and I don’t always have the need to enlarge them. Most of the time if something isn’t what it seems I’ll go back and replace it with something I like better, but I’m doing 5 outfits at once right now, and feeling a little lazy, so let’s just pretend that the necklace is a simple, diamond necklace. Unless, of course, the clock fancies you. 😉

Get the Look:
*Fat Face Serena Broderie Dress$76
*Sergio Rossi Platform Pump$529
*River Island Silver Tone Clock and Key Necklace£12.00

Look #3:

This is probably my least favorite look of the five, just because I’m not too keen on the overall shape of the dress. I don’t think it’s really flattering on Britney, and on most people, to be honest. However, I am a big fan of shimmer and sparkle so that makes up for it. I also really love the metallic gold shoes! I don’t really care for the color of the dress I found, and it’s another good example of being deceived on Polyvore! The way I originally had viewed it, it appeared to be sparkly. But once I saw it up close, after all of the screen capping and uploading was completed, I saw that it’s really just white polka-dotted. Boo, that makes the color even uglier in my opinion. At least if it were glitter it would appear more gold. To me, the mustard yellow just doesn’t go with the cloak-y shape of the dress.

Get the Look:
*Attic and Barn Spotty Shift Dress$274
*Giuseppe Zanotti I26085 Open Toe Pumps in Bronze- $650

Look #4:

I love the edginess of this look. The cut-out holes are playful and sexy, especially paired with those sexy shoes, but not so over the top that it looks trashy. I really like the fit on her, too. This is the exact dress she wore, as well, which explains why every website I came across that had it is sold out!

Get the Look:
*Herve Leger Black Cut-Out Bandage Dress- No Longer Available Online
*CARLOS by Carlos Santana Tzarina in Black- $120
*Amazon Curated 10k White Gold Filigree Teardrop Diamond Earrings$200

Look #5:

I love this look. I love bandage dresses, especially on Britney, I love the vibrant red, and her hair and make-up seem to be particularly on point that day, too! She looks absolutely gorgeous and sexy, which is why I went with an extremely similar dress. In fact, I’m almost positive it is the dress she wore!

Get the Look:
*Herve Leger Katya Bandage Dress in Rio Red- $1,250
*Casadei Closed Toe Slip-Ons$298

Orange & Green Casual Fall Style

16 Aug

I’m getting really excited about fall. If you haven’t caught on yet, you will after the next several fall-related entries I post. 🙂 I can’t help it- it’s my favorite season! I decided to put together an outfit using some of this season’s “it” colors (see previous entry). I went with the orange and jade green (and grey, if you count the tank top). These two colors normally aren’t paired together, but I like what I came up with. I absolutely adore the top, too! I like the over-sized, “messy” looking shirts. And the boots… OH the boots!

Get the Look:
*ONLY Alba Tank Top in Grey- £8.00
*Dorothy Perkins Orange Ladder Slouch Jumper$17
*Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Lee Skinny Jean$225
*Ann Harvey LondonJade Crinkle Scarf£15.00
*Oscar de la Renta Bejeweled Suede BootsPrice Unknown
*Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Sia– in Parrot Green- $288
*Belle Noel Enamel Asymmetrical Diamond Shaped Ring in Orange- $35

Light Pink & Neutral Casual Fall Style

13 Aug

I absolutely love taking a somewhat-dressy skirt and dressing it down by pairing it with a slightly oversized, comfy sweater, or even sweatshirt. Unlike most fall color favorites, I chose a pale pink to be my base color for this outfit. Just because it’s more of a fall/winter outfit doesn’t mean you have to dive into dark, gloomy colors! And how cute are these bowed mini-pumps?! I saw them and knew I just had to pair them with something. I normally don’t even consider flats for myself, being that I am only 5ft. tall, but these are just adorable!

Get the Look:
*James Perse Ribbed Tank Top in White- € 69,00
*L’Agence Long Sleeve Raglan Sweatshirt$230
*H&M Sequined Jersey Skirt in Nougat- £14.99
*Fashion & Sweet Style Bowknot Embellished Pumps in Pink- $17.30
*Dolce & Gabbana Salmon Tan Classic Zip Top Medium Handbag£899.00
*Cocoa Jewelry ‘Bracelet Avec Un Noeud Scintillant‘- 60,00 $