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February 28th, 2014

Make it pop!


Make it pop!

Happy Friday! This blog post was inspired by a reader named Emily. She emailed me last week to ask if I thought the look Jessica Biel has on (picture above) was wearable in "real time". Emily said she LOVED this look and was unsure if she could pull it off without looking like weird.

My answer: You bet you can pull it off! In fact, I think this look is so fresh and colorful -- perfect for Spring. Plus, this looks good on everyone. All you need to do is pick out a bold color that you LOVE. I told Emily, the way I like to think of bold makeup looks, is to comapre it to a special occasion outfit. We all have one outfit waiting to meet it's destiny sitting in our closets, right? Think of makeup the same way... I wouldn't wear this look to a job interview, but I would wear it to my sister Toni's house warming party in Scottsdale (while sipping a Mint Julep)! 

Here are some other tips to remember when planning to wear this bold eye liner look this Spring.

1. Keep it simple: I would recommend wearing the bold liner on either your upper lash line or lower lash line. Not both. If you rimmed your entire eyes with this bold color it would just be too much!

2. Basic black: Add basic black liner to add a touch of polish to the look. It can go Rainbow Brite really quick it you don't have that balance -- trust me on this one!

3. Minimal makeup: Take it from Jessica Biel. Keep all other makeup minimal and simple. All attention is on your eyes. No need to add falsies or bright lipstick/blush to compete with that.

4. Color pop: Play around with differnt colors. My favorite bold eye liners are the Stila Smudge Sticks. The liners go on easily and the color pay-off is perfect! 

5. Trend shop: You don't have to spend a fortune to get this makeup look. Many brands have similar eye liner colors for less than $5. I'll meet you at Walgreens!

I really hope you will try this look. If I can wear it (and be pictured next to the stunning Jessica Biel - I must really love you Emily!!!  ;), so can you!

And in honor of Friday and Jessica Biel's hubs, here is our jam! Happy weekend! xo

* image of Jessica Biel are from Getty Images.

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February 26th, 2014

Lovely inspiration.


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February 25th, 2014

Pale is pretty.


Spring Awakening

I'm back! I took a week off from blogging to charge my batteries and to get a little soul food (thank you to everyone who sent me a little email to ask if my blog would be back soon!). Have you ever needed that? You know, just a little time to turn inward, to remember, to reflect, to refuel.

Last week, I was in Houston for a quick trip and was able to see one of my lifelong friends, Trish. It's crazy how fast time passes, but very comforting to know some things truly never change. Like two starry-eyed girls who giggle over witty conversation as we drive around a brightly lit city. Talking about where we've been, what we've felt, and hopes for the future.

If you had just one night and a few hours to reconnect with someone, who would it be? What would you do? What would you say? After my dinner with Trish, I couldn't help think about all of the memories that I cherish with her and with so many others. Some are good and some have helped shape me into who I am. It was pure soul food!

On the flight back to Phoenix, I chatted up a lovely gal sitting next to me and of course our conversation circled back to makeup. I told her all about my blog and she asked me if I would teach her how to pull-off a pastel Spring look without looking "scary" (as she referenced her InStyle magazine with Nicole Kidman on the cover). I thought it would be a perfect blog post since I feel like I found my own little Spring Awakening somewhere between Pappas and River Oaks that night in Houston! 

Here are my tips for a pretty pale palette (For you Marion!):

1. Use a white eyehsadow base instead of a nude/flesh toned one. I find that with pastel colors, it shows up more with a white eyeshadow base. Try this one by NYX here

2. Using a pastel eyeshadow, create a "<" shape starting at the outer corner of your upper lash line and "<" it out half way under your lower eye lid. Select a eyeshadow that has enough pigment pay-off. I used this Revlon palette here

3. Use a natural colored eyeshadow as your crease color such as a basic brown. You want a small pop of color on the outer corners of your eyes only. Remember to blend, blend, blend to avoid it looking too harsh or scary!

4. Keep foundation matte with a pinkish lip and cheek color that compliments your pastel color pop.

5. Last, add mascara and a thin stroke of black eyeliner to give your eyes a finished look.

I hope you will try this look and reference my quick tips on how wear pastels subtly. It's fresh and different look  just in time for Spring --truly a pretty change of pace from the usual eye shadow palettes we've been wearing all winter, right?

p.s. - A few years ago I had the chance to see Spring Awakening (starring Lea Michele before Glee)! If it ever gets revived ... see it! It's a harsh depiction of that strange transition into adulthood. It has some major themes and cool music by Dunkin Shiek (yes, the Barely Breathing guy from the 90s). 

 


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February 14th, 2014

Lovely inspiration.


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February 13th, 2014

Rose-gold is perfect!


Happy Galentine's Day! This is a day to celebrate us! Today is all about friendship, sisterhood, and likeness. I hope you kick-up your {cute} heels, have a glass of {pink} champagne, listen to some Beyonce {Drunk In Love} music, and celebrate with your gals! 

And just in case you are having a night on the town or a weekend brunch with friends, here is a perfect makeup look -- Rose Gold. I want to share this rose gold look with you because it's so pretty and easy to pull off. I love the new Urban Decay Naked 3 palette that I used for this tutorial. If you try to re-create this look, and want to add a drop of illuminizer with your liquid foundation to get that dewy look --- use sparingly! If you have more of a oily skin type and don't like any shine whatsoever, just omit the illuminizer. I have dry skin so anything that makes my skin look hydrated, I am all for! Don't be afraid to add some falsies to the look to make your eyes pop.

Speaking of pop, it's noon somewhere, right? Bust out the champagne and cheers to us and this beautiful day. Thank you so much for all your love and support {and really kind messages}. You are awesome! Happy Galentine's Day, lovelies! xoxoxox

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February 11th, 2014

Lovely inspiration.


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February 10th, 2014

Office Beauty.


Work it! The business of beauty.

Happy Monday! Have we all had our coffee yet? Mondays are hard. Not only does Monday remind us of all the fun we had over the weekend, it also reminds us that we have a busy work week ahead of us. I am writing this post for all the gals that read my blog and need some tips on work beauty. I think the best makeup for a work environment is simple, sophisticated, and clean. Whether you work from home, out of your car as you travel all day, a small business, or a corporate setting, it's important to wear makeup that enhances your natural beauty without overwhelming your face. I put together 5 Tips For A Gorgeous Work Week -- things that would be perfect to stash at your desk or in your office and use when you need a quick beauty pick-me-up!

Tip #1. Concealer - don't leave home without it! Keep a extra one at your desk and touch-up as needed for a instant refresher. It helps!

Tip #2. Waterproof eyeliner - the last thing you want is raccoon eyes during a important meeting. Click here to see my post on how to further avoid looking like you got punched in the eyes at the end of the day.

Tip #3. Perfect nude lipstick - I think nude lips are classic. Especially if you have a meeting to lead or a big presentation to give. The last thing you want is for everyone's attention on your bright. bold lips and not on what you are saying. If you don't have a perfect nude lipstick, start your mission. Here is my personal favorite at the moment.

Tip #4 Cream blush - so easy to apply and a little color goes a long way! Plus, you will not get the, "Are you feeling okay?" question since you won't look so pale. Try this one here

Tip #5 Evian Mineral Water Spray - this is a must-have. It instantly hydrates the skin and revives your makeup. I have been a fan of the regular one for years, but I am happy this one is available! Click here to buy. 

This should be a good week with Galentine's day on Thursday & Valentine's Day on Friday. Even though I'm already exhausted as I start this week, I am looking forward to all the love in the coming days!

xo

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February 5th, 2014

Liebster Award Nominee


Liebster Award Nominee

How fun it is to be nominated for any award? I thought it was so sweet that Simplee Audree Kate thought of me for the Liebster Award. Afterall, I absolutely adore her sunny personality & unique style. Audree is a personal stylist, ASU business student, and lover of fashion. Check out her blog here to meet Simplee Audree Kate! 

So, what's the Liebster Award? Basically it's a award given from one blogger to another. The concept is similar to a chain letter (I can't be the one to break the chain!).

Here's how it works: I accept the nomination, I answer Simplee Audree Kate's questions, I nominate 11 other bloggers, I ask the bloggers 11 different questions, they share answers on their blogs, they nominate 11 other bloggers, and ask their nominees 11 new questions. See the chain? The main purpose is to identify newer blogs with huge potential and share them.

Without further ado, here are the questions that Simplee Audree Kate asked.

Simplee Audree Kate's Questions:

1. Who is your fashion inspiration? Love, love, love Olivia Palmero & Kate Middleton.

2. Why did you start blogging? To share all I've learned from working in the beauty industry. Makeup can be overwhelming, my hope is that I can share tips and techniques to simplify the process! 

3. What is your go-to outfit when you're in a rush? Dark skinny jeans, navy boyfriend blazer, leopard heels, nude lips, and colorful statement earrings.

4. Favorite quote? You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.  - Oprah

5. 3 things you can't live without - my boys, my hubby, and my sisters. (can I say people?)

6. Best advice you've ever received. Let it go. 

7. What are you most excited for in 2014? Travel! We have some fun trips planned this year! 

8. How do you descibe your personal style? Pretty & colorful (with heels). I love pretty details and color. I live in heels. 

9. What's your favorite beauty item? Lipstick - your look can be transfomed in an instant!

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Leaving a meeting from ULTA's corporate offices in Chicago after they have agreed to take in my cosmetic line... a gal can dream, right?! ;)

 

HERE ARE MY LOVELY NOMINEES AND QUESTION ARE BELOW

1. Piqued by Patrcia

2. Bring Your Glam

3. The Heirloom Home

4. Spark and Flame 

5. Healthy Skin AZ

6. Me and My Mini Me

7. Strength and Sunshine

8. 3 Small Humans

9. Average But Inspired

10. Four and Know More

11. The Patchwork Paisley

 

MY QUESTIONS

 1. Lipstick or gloss?

2. How old were you when you first wore makeup?

3. What's your best kept beauty secret?

4. What is #1 on your bucket list?

5. Why did you start a blog?

6. What's your favorite movie?

7. If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be?

8.  Are you a night owl or early riser?

9. Coffee or tea?

10. Favorite quote.

11. Favorite city. Why?

Thanks for reading! 




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February 2nd, 2014

Galentine's Day 2014


Galentine's Day 2014

This year for Galentine's Day (February 13, 2014), I've decided I will be sending all of the lovely ladies I adore a Galentine's Day card to let them each know how much they make me laugh & how much I appreciate them! 

I'm really hoping Galentine's Day will become an actual holiday on a calendar someday soon (how do we get that approved?). Wouldn't that be so awesome if we all took the day off from life just to drink pink champagne and eat chocolate croissants? We could listen to Beyonce on a loop & talk all day about nothing and everything. Our hair would be perfectly blown out, our makeup would be flawless, and it would be a perfect day outside to wear peep toe heels! Sounds like the best day ever!

If you celebrate Galentine's Day with your crew of loveliess and are thinking of exchanging little gifts, I put together 9 gift ideas they'll love. Here are some of my favorite picks.

1. Lady Boss: We love multi-taking products! Many of my Galentines have busy schedules. Anything that can save a extra step when applying makeup in the morning is always a plus. Give Stila Lip & Cheek Satin in Raspberry Crush

2. Mirror, Mirror: If you're like me, you can always use a compact in your purse or to keep at your desk in your office. How cute is this I Need Lipstick compact from Forever 21?

3. Pretty Polish: Give the gift of color! Essie Nail Polish is a pefect gift. You can never have too many!

4. Smarty Pants: I love gifting inspiring & fun pocket books that someone wouldn't ordinarily buy for themselves, but would really enjoy. I love Stuff Every Woman Should Know by lanna Kalb . Never hurts to know how to change a tire, right?

5. Lovely Lashes: Would doesn't want long lashes? Mascara is a great gift because everyone loves trying a new one. We are all on a quest to find the perfect one. Give Benefit They're Real Mascara.

6. Help Make A Statement: Help your pal make a statement with a pair of cute Kate Spade Earrings. The gift that keeps on giving (cuteness)!

7. Get Cheeky: This perfect Too Faced blush is called Something About Berry! For your gal that always gets your jokes! 

8. Love Notes: For the Paris day dreamer! She will love correspondence Bonjour cards by Amy Borrell

9. Mwah: Friends don't let friends have chapped lips! Give lip balm by love & toast in cherry lemonade. Adore!

And just in case you need some fierce inspiration to get this month started...

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