Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Make Those Eyes Sparkle! - A holiday makeup tutorial

This sparkly make up look is perfect for a Holiday Party, such as a New Year Eves Party.
This is a more "out there look", so be sure to keep the darker color light.

First, take a shimmery champagne taupe color cream eyeshadow, such as Mac's Morning Frost Paint Pot. Apply a layer all of the lid and inner corner.This will work as an eyeshadow primer as well.
Mac's Morning Frost

Next, take a champagne/golden/frosty blue shade (I know, weird combination), such as Mac's "Snow Season". Place this on the inner two thirds of the lid, and a light layer on the outer third. It may be best if the lighter champagne part of this eyeshadow is taken, for a more brightening look.
A dupe for this eyeshadow would be the lighter color in Maybelline's Marbleized eyeshadow in "Silver Scarlet". The Mac eyeshadow and the Maybelline eyeshadow are practically the same color.
Mac's "Snow Season"
Maybelline's Marbleized eyeshadow in "Silver Scarlet"
On the outer third of the lid, place a silver blue color, such as Urban Decay's "Gunmetal" eyeshadow. Blend well with the champagne color on the lid, so there are no harsh lines. If you're bold want to deepen up the look, and a little bit of  Urban Decay's "Creep" to the outer corner.

As a dupe, the blue side of Maybelline's "Silver Scarlet" can be used.
*Blue can be a over-powering color, so be sure to go lightly on this color*
Bring the Gun metal color lightly into the outer half of the crease, and blend.

Take Urban Decay's "Toasted" (shown above) and place this on the outer third of your bottom lash line. This will brighten the eyes, while not being too light or dark.

As a highlight, add a matte cream color, since most of the eye is already shimmery, such as Mac's Blanc Type.
Mac's Blanc Type

Apply a thin line of liquid liner to the upper lash line, winging it out a little. Apply voluming mascara.

If the blue is too much for you, you can replace the blue with a purple color, like Urban Decay's "Hustle" (shown above).

I hope you enjoyed this look!
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Photo Credit:
Mac's Morning Frost: http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/mac-holiday-2011-glitter-and-ice-ice-parade-and-dazzlesphere-pics/ 
Urban Decay shadows: http://www.temptalia.com/urban-decay-naked-eyeshadow-palette-review-photos-swatches-for-fall-2010
Mac's Blanc Type: http://www.temptalia.com/urban-decay-naked-eyeshadow-palette-review-photos-swatches-for-fall-2010

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Look Cute Chirstmas Morning!

Personally, I don't want to take the time to put on make up Christmas morning.
Here are some tips on how to look cute when opening those presents!

Wear a pair of cute PJs the night before

Nobody wants to wear a pair of embarrassing  PJs Christmas morning when mom is taking pictures. Throw on a cute cardigan the next morning! 

Makeup: Concealer and Mascara

In the morning, just swipe some concealer under eyes to make you look awake.
Curl your lashes and apply some mascara. This will instantly brighten up your eyes.

If you need to, apply a light color eye shadow all over the lid and inner corner, such as Mac's Naked Lunch.

Simply Pin Back Your Hair

Brush your hair and make a deep side part. Take the front section from the part with more hair and pin it back with some bobby pins.

Hope this helped <3
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Simple Holiday Makeup

Here is a look perfect for the holidays!

First, apply a shimmery nude pink color base, such as Stila's smudge pot in "Kitten". Apply this all over the lid, up to the crease. This will really make your eyes pop. You can find this at sephora.
Bring this into the inner corner and inner fourth of your bottom lash line.
Stila's Smudge Pot in "Kitten"
Next, Apply a darker beige sparkle color, such as Urban Decay's "Sidecar" in the crease and outer corner. Just apply a little bit to the outer half of the crease, and outer third of the lid. This will just deepen up the look, without making it too dramatic.
Urban Decay's "Sidecar"
Apply a thin line of black liquid eyeliner, such as Maybelline's Ultra Liner in black,  just to the upper lash line.

Apply a voluming mascara, such as Maybelline's Volum' Express Falsies Flared in black. Apply this to your upper and lower lashes.

Lightly apply a raspberry colored blush, such as Mac's Mineralized Blush in "Gentle". This will give you a pretty glow! Be sure to apply just a light layer, because the lips are going to be dramatic.

Mac's Mineralized Blush in "Gentle"

Apply a red lipstick that has a little pink in it, such as Mac's Pro Longwear Lipstick in "Perpetual Flame". This will pull together the whole look, and let's be serious. What's a holiday makeup look without red lips?

Thank you so much for reading!

I hope this helped, and please comment and follow!

Photo Credits:
Urban Decay "Sidecar": http://www.25flondon.com/2011/03/naked-rundown.html
Mac's Mineralized Blush in "Gentle": http://tinyladylife.blogspot.com/2010/09/august-favorites.html

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hoilday Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

For all you people who still need to buy gifts, whether it's for your friends or for your mom, here are some holiday gift ideas!

Mom: This will definably vary per person, but here are some ideas!

3 Wick Candles w/Cover

Slatkin & Co. 14.5 oz. Filled Candle in "Frosted Cranberry"

This scent is described as: "sparkling blend white cranberry, juicy peach, wild strawberry, raspberry and true Christmas joy" Frosted Cranberry, $20 
*I just want to mention, that you can't go wrong with giving your mom "Frosted Cranberry", unless she, of course, doesn't like the smell of cranberries.*

Slatkin & Co.14.5 oz. Filled Candle in "Spice"
It's a "perfect Christmas spice - red hot cinnamon, warm clove and spiced orange peel" Spice, $20

Please note that Bath and Body Works is currently having a sale on by 2 Slatkin & Co. candles for $20. You'll save about $20!

Slatkin & Co. 14.5 oz. Metal Candle Sleeve- Ribbon Style

Cute Apron!
"To the Houndstooth" Apron, modcloth.com, $34

Sister: The sister gift may be the hardest of all. Sister gifts usually tend to personal, like the mom's gift. The best sister gifts though, are the ones that are funny or relate to something she is currently obsessed with.

Picture frame with a picture when you were young:

Makeup Set: Whether she's a beginner or advanced, give your sister something she will use everyday!
SEPHORA COLLECTION Mini Shopping Bag Makeup Palette ($50 Value), sephora.com, $15

Friends: The best gifts for friends are when they're personal, wether the gift is esspecially for them, or whether the gift is an inside joke.
I think that gifts for your sister and for friends really can go hand in hand.
If you're having trouble finding a finding a gift that they would like, here are some options that every girl would love!

Nail Polish: Get you're friends something fun and super sprakely
Deborah Lippmann 'Dance Music' Holiday Mini Trio nordstrom.com, $29

Lush: Can't go wrong with good scents!
LUSH "Cinders" Bath Bomb, lush.com, $5

This bath bomb is probably one of my favorite scents from LUSH. So good for the winter time!

Scarf: Something every girls likes, and you can find the right one for her style!

GAP "Cozy block-pattern" scarf, gap.com, $30

I hope this was helpful!
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holly Jolly Holiday Tag!

This tag was invented by... on Youtube. Since I don't make videos, I decided to do it on my blog instead!
Here are the questions:

1. Favorite Christmas Movie?
2. Are you on the Naughty list or the Nice list?
3. Show us an embarrassing Christmas Card photo! (WE KNOW YOU HAVE ONE OK)
4. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
5. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
6.Play or Sing your favorite Christmas Song!
7. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
8. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
9. What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?
10. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
11. Hands down, what's your all-time favorite holiday food and holiday sweet treat?
12. Be Honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
13. Show us your tackiest Christmas attire (ex: Ugly Sweater)
14. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
15. Does your family have a special holiday recipe you like to help make?
16. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
17. Most memorable Holiday moment?
18. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
19. Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you stick to them?
20. What makes the Holidays special for you?

Here are my answers!
1. I have a few favorite Christmas movies. I really like both the Christmas classics "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas story".
2. I hope I'm on the nice list!
3. Believe it or not, I don't have an embarassing Chirstmas card photo. And I telling the truth!
4. I had one white Christmas that I can remember when I was in middle school, but it rarely snows on Christmas where I live. May be a couple snow falls, but it didn't stick. Mostly rains.
5. My family and I usually stay home. Sometimes relatives come over or friends.
6. Since I can't sing it for you, I'll just tell you. "Sleigh ride" always gets me into the holidays, and I love it! I also like "All I want for Christmas" and Last Christmas".
7. No, we usually open presents the morning of Christmas day.
8. Let's see, theres Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Doner(?), and Blitson. But do you recall... the most famous reindeer of all... Rudolph (the red nosed reindeer!). I'm not sure whether the ones I named are actually some of the names of the reindeer. I'm kinda sad that I can't name all (8, 9?) of them.
9. Well, opening presents of course and watching others open presents, which isn't really a tradition!. We don't have many traditions on before and on Christmas, besides the usual: putting up the tree, One thing that we usually do is make breakfast for my mom on Christmas morning.
10. It's fake (sad face). I wish we had a real tree, but my mom isn't a fan of real Christmas trees.
11. Gingerbread men!
12. As much as I like getting gifts, I would have to say that I like shopping for Christmas gifts for other people more, especially my parents.
13. I never owned any tacky Christmas sweaters, though my Grandma used to make us these cute Christmas dress when I was little. My sister when she was little though, owned the tackiest sweater I have ever encountered. It was a green knitted vest, with a stocking on one side with bells, and sewn on candy canes on the other. It was the ugliest sweater ever. Thank god she through it away (I think...) also.. (If I can find a photo of it later, I'll post it)
14. Probably France, because in movies, Paris always looks so pretty in the winter time! Also New York would be cool!
15. We usually make Gingerbread men, and that's the only "speical" recipe we have.
16. Pro-present wrapper. That's because I love wrapping presents, and kinda a perfectionest when it comes to it.
17. Well, the one/several that comest to the top of my head is when my Grandma comes over.
18. What truth? Just kidding! Some time when I was in Elementary school. I figured it out a few years before I told me parents that I knew it was them. I just didn't want to crush them.
19. I don't usually make any holiday revolutions, mainly because I never stick to them.
20. I love giving gifts and I love that holiday spirit!

Well, I hope you liked this (long) tag!
I tag anyone who read this!
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Thanks! <3

Sunday, December 4, 2011

We Are Teenage Girls...

I found the poem above from sparkliebarbiexo's tumber (http://sparkliebarbiexo.tumblr.com/) and I found it both funny and so true.
I would say that I can completely relate to this. As a teenage girl, all these things apply to me when I either come home from school or on the weekend.
Reading this poem really hit me. Us teenage girls are based so much on our looks. And it's not just fact that others at school judge us only by the clothes we wear that we wear and the makeup we put on, but also how we feel like we need to do all of this just to impress others at school, whether it's our friends, peers, or a guy.
Right now, writing this, I'm in my sweatpants, with my hair clipped up, no make up, and wearing fuzzy socks with fuzzy slippers. And I'm not going to lie. Practically no one could make me go to school like this.
This made me wonder what if everyone went to school looking like how we are on the weekend at home. I've lived in a house with a teenage guy, but I guess that they would probably come with the same thing they always wear: sweatpants, basketball shorts, a nike tee.
Us girls, though, would come in looking like the side of us that we don't want people to see.
What would people think of us then, seeing the side of us that's not tainted by everyone's expectations of us?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Fall/Winter Fashion: Sweater + Skirt = Perfect Fall Outfit!

So the reason why this is fall/winter is because this outfit can, well, be worn in both the fall and winter. So something I have seen a lot on websites and just around is the skirt+cute sweater combination.
Outfit 1:
-Cropped sweater
-Mixing Patterns
-Love the less-loose sweater with flowy skirt

Cropped Sweater, nordstrom.com, $38

Floral Skirt, urbanoutfitters.com, $59

Ourfit 2:
- "Sharkbite" sweater
- Pencil skirt
- Socks/legwarmers with boots
-The more baggy sweater with pencil skirt is the perfect combo.

Frenchi® Slouchy Scoop Asymmetric Hem Sweater , nordstrom.com, $44

Textured Knit Skirt, forever21.com, $10
Note, that if you wanted to wear this pencil skirt and sweater with boats, I would skip on the socks/legwarmers, since there's already so much going on with the textured skirt and asymmetric sweater. Rather than this skirt, go with just a plain pencil skirt.

Leg Warmers (especially cream cable knit ones) look so cute with a pair or dark brown boots, but as I said before, make sure you don't go too heavy on the patterns in the overall look.

 AE Wedge Boat, ae.com, $80
A nice pair of dark brown/chesnut colored boats are always classy.

I hope this was helpful, and please comment and follow!
Thanks for reading <3

Friday, November 25, 2011

My Nail Polish Obsession: A Tag

There was a post earier this month on elleandblair.com with a nail tag and has also been going around youtube. Let's be serious here, who would want to do this?
Here are the questions:
  1. What’s your favorite nail polish company?
  2. Glitter or no glitter?
  3. OPI or china glaze or Essie?
  4. When do you start to take off your nail polish?
  5. What’s your favorite color on your nails?
  6. Darks or brights? 
  7. What are you wearing on your nails right this moment?
  8. Matte nails—in or out?
  9. French manicures?
  10. Favorite fall color?
These are my answers:
  1. Either OPI or Essie
  2. No glitter, but glitter on the ring finger sometimes
  3. Ok, so this is a hard one. I prefer the OPI formula, but I like the Essie colors more. So it's a tie!
  4. Either after it starts chipping or 3-4 days
  5. Any purples
  6. Darks, but I prefer paler colors
  7. OPI's "Steady As She Rose"
  8. Out. I was never a fan 
  9. Sure, but I would only personally wear it on special occasions
  10. Taupe-y pinks and purples and darker colors
I hope you enjoyed this!
What are your answers to this tag?
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Simple Way to Brighten Eyes: Fall Edition (feat. Covergirl)

This is not really a tutorial, but is just something I found out recently. The reason why I said fall edition is because in the spring and summer, people usually use bright colors on the bottom water line to brighten the eyes. But since it's fall, bright colors on the water line can be a little too much sometimes.
Eyeliner isn't the only thing you can do to the bottom lash line. I find eyeshadows to be a great alternative. The eyeshadow I have been using recently is the Covergirl Eye Enhancers in the shade "Swiss Chocolate". Since the name was torn off from the packaging, I'm not a 100% sure what the name is, but there's a picture shown for the color.
This eyeshadow is a chocolate brown with gold shimmer and glitter. The gold makes the eyeshadow look almost bronzy or a little coppery.

Covergirl Eye Enhancers "Swiss Chocolate"
Swatch of "Swiss Chocolate"
I apply this eyeshadow by just using a pencil brush (make sure you pick up more than you usually would, but not too much) and sweeping it on the bottom outer third of my waterline/lash line. This gives a similar effect as black or brown eyeliner has on your waterline, except not as harsh and looks more natural. It also brightens your eyes because of the gold shimmer, and makes any eye color pop, especially brown eyes.

I usually wear this three ways:
1. Applying a champagne color like "All that glitters" all over the lid, then just the "Swiss Chocolate" eyeshadow on my bottom lash line.
2. As a substitute for the Gold shadow from the Maybelline Quad "Chai Latte", from my Thanksgiving tutorial.
3. When I'm lazy and don't want to work on my make up, just sweeping this on my bottom lash line instantly brightens the eye.

I hope this was helpful and please follow and comment!!
And Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner: A makeup tutorial?

So as most of you know, Thanksgiving is coming up. That mean turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie. So I decided to create a look inspired by the things we eat during thanksgiving.

Eyes: The eyes remind me of pumpkin pie and whipped cream. The best part of Thanksgiving day!
Note: be sure not to add much outer corner and crease color, or else it will be too dramatic.

First add a light golden creamy eyeshadow color, such as Mac's paint pot in "rubenesque".
This will go all over the lid. It's actually more champagne then shown.
Mac's paint pot in "rubenesque"

Next, in the inner fourth, add Mac's "Naked Lunch". Blend this in so it covers the inner third of the lid. Make sure it blends together with the rubenesque color.
A good dupe for this color is NYX "sahara"
MAC "Naked Lunch"

In the inner corner add Sephora's "Aspin Submit" eyeshadow. It's just a shimmery white color. Bring this down to the inner fourth of the bottom lash line.

In the outer fourth add Mac's "Coppering" eyeshadow. Blend this in, so there's no harsh line between it and the the lid color.
A good dupe for this would be Maybelline's eyeshadow in Copper Haze.

For the crease, take a orange brown color, such as Mac's saddle or brown script, and add it to your outer crease. Blend well.
Mac's Saddle

Next, on your bottom lash line, take a golden glittery color, such as Maybelline's crease color from the "Chai latte" quad. Apply this to the outer third of your bottom lash line using a pencil or thin angle brush.
Maybelline crease color from the "Chai latte" quad

As for mascara, apply your favorite voluming mascara. Mine is Covergirl's LashBlast in "very black"

Face: As for cheeks, keep it natural, since your eyes are slightly dramatic and there will be color on your lips, you want to keep the cheeks neutral. Add a peachy color blush to the apples of your cheeks, such as Mac's "Gingerly".
MAC "Gingerly" Blush

Lips: For lips add a raspberry color, inspired by, cranberry sauce. I didn't choose a cranberry color, because it tends to be a little too dark. Plus cranberry sauce isn't as dark as fresh cranberries.
Make sure not to make the lips too dark or too bright, because this can be a little too much. A color such as Mac's "bombshell" lip stick would work, since it's not too dark or bright.
Mac's Bombshell

I hope you enjoyed this post!
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Photo credits:
Naked Lunch: http://chaosandcliche.com/2013/02/22/mac-naked-lunch-eyeshadow-swatches/
Coppering: http://www.peachesandblush.com/2011/04/mac-coppering-eyeshadow-swatches-review.html
Blush: http://www.beauty-twist.com/2013/04/mac-gingerly-blush-review-photos.html
Lipstick: http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-photo/mac-bombshell-lipstick/

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall Fashion: Lauren Conrad Inspired Outfit #1

I love this outfit that Lauren Conrad put together from her Kohls line!

Here's my take on the outfit. If it's chillier outside, you can pair this with cream or brown tights and/or a pair of boots.

This top is similar to the one shown. It is flowy, and it is super feminine at pretty. It looks so pretty with any skirt or dark wash jeans. I think the buttons are a classy extra touch.
Chloe K Lace Jacket (Juniors), nordstrom.com $38

Any plain tank is probably a necessity when wearing the lace shirt. Lauren Conrad matched her white lace top with a white tank, which is what I would personally do, but if you like more color, add a colored tank underneath instead.
Target Juniors tank $8

This is actually the exact skirt shown in the photo. This skirt is so girly yet classy and elegant. This skirt wasn't only perfect for summer, but for those warmer fall days. It looks so pretty with  the lace shirt!
Kohl's LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Chiffon Skirt on sale now: $30

In the photo, she was wearing a pair of cheetah print flats. I think that it adds a nice touch to the outfit.
Target Ballet Flats - Cheetah $13

For those like myself who prefer a solid classic shoe rather than something more bold. This would look really pretty with the white lace tee and the skirt. Plus the pointed toe is super in for fall and gives the outfit a more classy look.
nordstrom.com $70 (now on sale though, I think)

Thanks for reading and please comment <3
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