beauty tips

May 9, 2013

Beauty Update

I absolutely love this Decléor moisturizer. I had been using it for months and my skin never looked better. I ran out and was using something I found at the drugstore, but I could see a drastic difference (not in a good way), so I went back to Nordstrom and bought more of the Decléor. I also just started using NeuLash and I love it! Call me crazy, but I feel like I already see results after a few days. I used Latisse about a year ago and heard great things about NeuLash, so decided to give it a go. It’s definitely pricey, but lasts for months.

In the warmer months, I like to add blush instead of bronzer as my skin is naturally a few shades darker. I’m really loving this liquid Estée Lauder blush (in X-Pose Rose)- I use it with minimal makeup, just moisturizer and a swipe of mascara. For date night, I always use Bare Minerals “Golden Gate”.

I always have to have something on my lips, whether it’s chapstick, lipgloss or lipstick. I’ve been hooked on these Estée Lauder lipglosses in “Poppy Shock” and “Plexi Pink”ever since I got them. They look super pigmented, but they come out very subtle!

Possibly some of my favorite lipsticks to date? Bare Minerals just launched their Moxie line and I love, love, love it! I’ve been wearing “Get Ready” a lot because it’s a great everyday neutral lip color. “Live It Up” is a gorgeous red/orange shade and perfect for summer (I always put some on when I’m heading out for drinks at night) and “Never Say Never” is such a fun pink!


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Add a bold pink or red lip with winged eyeliner. I used this pink lipstick in “ambition” with this gloss in “hey baby” and this red lipstick in “rouge” with this gloss in “hot mama”.

Try a neutral smokey eye with a nude lip color. I used this eyeshadow palette and this lip gloss in “trail blazer”.

Since most people will be heading out right after work and don’t have hours to spend getting ready, I chose two quick ways to vamp up your everyday makeup for your Valentine’s Day plans. The first is a sweet look with winged eyeliner in black added to the top lid and a bold pink or red lip color. The second look is more sexy, with a neutral color smokey eye, bronzer and a nude lip gloss. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do something a little different with your makeup and glam up a bit. Whether you are heading out with your girlfriends or have a romantic date with your guy, either of these looks would work!

If you’re also still wondering what to wear for Valentine’s Day, Shopbop is currently having a sale with tons of great date dresses.  A few of my favorite’s from the sale are this, this, this, this and this!


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January 24, 2013

Lipstick Shades

I have to admit that I’m somewhat of a lipstick-aholic. Whether it’s a bright shade of red or a subtle pink, I think everyone looks better (and more lively) with a little color on their lips. I know a lot of women are hesitant to wear lipstick because they don’t want to feel overdone, especially for an “everyday look”. I have found that the key to wearing lipstick during the day is to keep everything else very minimal. I keep my eye makeup very simple with just a few swipes of mascara and add a little bit of highlighter under my eyes and on my cheekbones. I’m always playing around with different shades of lipstick, but the ones above are definitely my top colors I keep going back to. I also color matched each shade of lipstick in Photoshop so I could show you guys a more accurate shade of each color.

You can also view my past favorite lipstick shades here!

Lippy “Primrose Hill Picnic”
YSL “Fushia Dore”
Jane Iredale “Rose” + Pure Gloss in “Candied Rose”
NARS “Heat Wave”
Revlon “Really Red”
Giorgio Armani #400
Burberry “Pink Azalea”
Revlon “Raspberry Bite”
Revlon “Plum”


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