Friday, July 3, 2015

Lookbook: Summer Essentials

As y'all may know (I give it away every time, y'all), I live in the great state of Texas. Summers become UNBEARABLE, it becomes crazy hot and humid, both of which makes for an extremely uncomfortable day.

My summer style centers around comfy, breezy clothing. Bun day becomes every day in this heat. If I'm going to be inside, I let my hair down and wear simple necklaces to add some accessories to my outfits. Big statement necklaces are a definite no-no for me, especially during the summer because I'd be a hot, sweaty mess with it. If I know I'm going to be outdoors most of the day, I don't wear any necklaces to save myself from sweating all over them (TMI but #letsbehonest). I live in Tory Burch Miller Sandals & caged sandals.

I'm sharing my essential summer style, general categories of outfits that I wear outside of work: The Romper, The Maxi Dress, Dressy Shorts + Caged Sandals, The Maxi Skirt & The Breezy Dress.

The Romper

Romper: Milleigh Frances | Sunglasses: Plastic Tail | Crossbody: Henri Bendel | Sandals: Tory Burch

When it comes to rompers, I love ones with interesting design or structure. I would prefer to wear cotton or linen, something more breathable. Unfortunately, this particular romper is more of a polyester fabric so it's definitely not breathable. I would wear this one inside more than an outside outfit.

I found this adorable romper from a local Dallas boutique called Milleigh Francis. I have recently started to love, love, LOVE boutique stores, they have more unique pieces. I haven't seen it pop up on their website, but you can find similar styles here & here.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MAC Le Disko Collection: Dazzleshadows

This post makes me feel very nostalgic... like my old college self when MAC collections would first come out. At least now I'm a little more reasonable and don't go all out crazy, right?

When I heard about the Dazzleshadows, I knew I needed to get my hands on a few. I just cannot stay away from anything sparkly!! Everything else from the Le Disko collection I barely glanced over. I chose Say It Isn't So (described on MAC Cosmetics' website as dark gray with pink sparkles), Last Dance (peach beige with pink sparkles) and Can't Stop Don't Stop (deep plum purple with sparkles).

My favorite out of the three is Last Dance. It is a beautiful, rose gold shade that reminds me of Mythology which is one of my all time favorite MAC shadows. Each dazzleshadow costs $20 compared to $16 for the normal eyeshadows.

Each shadow can be applied dry or wet. Dry, they give off a sparkly wash of color. They become much more opaque, super sparkly and multidimensional if you wet them. Just beware, there will more likely than not be fall out.

Are they worth it? If you like sparkles, yes. If you like a duochrome finish, double yes. None of the shadows I picked up have the duo chrome finish but there were several that did, like a purple with blue reflects that was SUPER pretty and cool (I just could not see myself every using it, see, self-control comes with age.......). If I could recommend any it would be Last Dance for any other rose gold lovers out there.

They are limited edition so if you want any of them, I would highly recommend checking them out. Let me know if you want to see tutorials with any of these!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Makeup Tutorial: Silver Lining

I am slowly getting back into playing with colors and threw together this look randomly one day. I was having a bad day and at first didn't like it. But now that I'm not PMSing [let's be honest], I actually really like it. I used to be one of those people who HAD TO wear eyeliner with any look but I have started loving this no liner look, especially when I have pretty eyeshadows on. An added plus to this look is that it really made my brown eyes pop! I didn't do anything new to my lighting, no editing or anything. Anything that accentuates brown eyes is a plus for me.


MAC Rich Flesh Eyeshadow [LE]
Wet n Wild Nude Eyeliner
Maybelline Mascara


ELF Angled Brush [buy similar here]
Smashbox Tapered Blending Brush [LE - buy similar here]
NARS Ita Brush
MAC 137 Long Blending Brush
MAC 136 Flat Blush Brush [LE - buy similar here]

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Vlog #01

It's interesting how as you grow older, your tastes change.

I remember when I started seeing vlogs go up on YouTube back in my college days. For some reason, I really wasn't interested in watching them or filming them. Over the past year of returning to YouTube (and watching because I didn't even watch YouTube for a couple of years at the Big 4), I really find vlogs to be my favorite kind of video. I even like just vlogs of people talking about their day while they drive or are around the house.

Since I bought the Samsung NX Mini, I started to take little clips here and there, thinking I'd put it up on a vlog. This particular footage is from about a month ago. I personally enjoyed looking back at it, like a diary entry (like personal log on Star Trek #trekkie). For me, it was fun to share my thoughts and concerns. I hope you will enjoy it and get to know me a bit more. I don't wear makeup if I'm just at home working or running errands, I talk to Juicy in a baby voice, take her to appointments and complain about random things..... that's just me :)

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

FOTD 05.19.2015

I was getting ready to film my Samsung NX Mini review and wanted to play around with makeup. I actually really liked how the makeup turned out. I recently picked up a few new products, one being the Hourglass Ambient Powder in Dim. I LOVE the finish, my skin has a lovely glow and doesn't cause any weird white cast when using in flash photography. I've only used it once but it seems to be living up to the hype. I was pleasantly surprised that the powder works as well as it does. All the hype around this powder made my expectation pretty low considering how hyped up other products I've purchased due to rave reviews ended up falling short.

For blush, I'm using MAC Melba. This is my very first MAC blush ever so it holds a special place in my heart. I gave the blush away [or sold it, don't remember] but wanted a peachy, matte blush. This is perfection.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC30
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC20
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder in #1
Hourglass Ambient Lighting in Dim

MAC Rich Flesh [LE] - transition shade
MAC Haux - crease, outer corner & blended along lower lashline
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk - lid
MAC Cloudbound [LE] - lid
MAC Handwritten - lower lashline
MAC Ricepaper - inner highlight
MAC Brule - brow highlight
Wet N Wild Liner in Nude - lower waterline
Vincent Longo Bi-Brow Powder
Red Cherry #16 Falsies
Shiseido Mascara Base
MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara

MAC Melba
Anastasia Contour Kit - Fawn [contour] & Vanilla [highlight]

MAC Whirl Lip Liner
MAC A Rose Romance Lipstick [LE]
NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brule

Natural Lighting:

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