Sunday, August 31, 2008

Product Review: Smashbox O-Gloss

This product is a lip gloss created by Smashbox cosmetics. It is designed to work with your to create a natural looking color. It's also supposed to look different on everyone, I believe, according to your skin, skin tone, and such.

I tried this out and there are alot of good things to say about it. One being that this product is not sticky like so many other glosses and it has a nice, silky feeling to it.

It does leave a tint of color although it was very light on me and not super noticeable which is not necessarily a downfall of the product. Overall, I like it and will most likely use it again, especially on those days where you don't want to go overboard on makeup and you're just running errands.

So if you wannt spend the cash, go for it, but see if you can try it out first at Sephora or Ulta and see what it does for you.

Price: $22

Here's a little before and after


After: Photobucket

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Great Lipstick/Lip Gloss Shades for Your Skin Tone!

So we've covered making the most out of your eyes using complimentary colors of shadow a few posts back (Check that one out guys!) so why don't we go through some suggestions for some of the best lip shades according to skin tone? Again, this is not an absolute set of rules, just suggestions based on skin tone flattery. I hope you guys enjoy and try out some!

Check out for these great shades!

Dark Skin Tones:
Brownish Reds- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Poshed Up", MAC Lipstic in "X-S"
Golden Beige/Nude- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Coconutty", MAC Lipstick in "Siss"
Dark Fushias- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Girl About Town"
Deep Wines/Berries- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Burnin"
Burgandy-Try: MAC Lipstick in "Dark Side", MAC Lipstick in "Desire"
Caramels- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Honeyflower"

Olive Skin Tones:
Dark Peaches- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Touch"
Toffee- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Bronze Shimmer", MAC Tinted Lipglass in "Revealing"
Berry- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Burnin", MAC Mattene Lipstick in "Rapturous"
Strong Reds- Try: MAC Viva Glam Lipstick in "Viva Glam", MAC Lipstick in "Chili"
Deep Rose- Try: MAC Lipstick in "New York Apple"
Rosey Beige- Try MAC Lipstick in "Eden Rocks", MAC Lipstick in "Kinda Sexy"

Medium Skin Tones:
Peaches- Try: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Colour in "Clingpeach"
Light Reds- Try: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Colour in "Lasting Lust"
Light Mochas- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Mocha"
Medium Pinks- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Lovelorn", MAC Lisptick in " Sweetie"
Plums- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Plumful"
Berry tinted glosses- Try: MAC Tinted Lipglass in "Cult of Cherry"
Deep Reds- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Lady Danger", MAC Lipstick in "Ladybug"

Fair Skin Tones:
Glossy Pinks- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Bombshell", MAC Lipstick in "Chic", MAC Lipstick in "Politely Pink"
Light Peaches- Try: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Colour in "Clingpeach"
Nudes- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Vanity's Child"
Beige Pinks- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Jubilee"
Honey- Try: MAC Lipstick in "Honeyflower"
Blue Reds- Try: MAC Lipstick in "MAC Red", MAC Lipstick in "Russian Red"

So check out some of these colors (either online or at your nearest MAC Counter or store, go to there website to find the store nearest you) or look for similar colors in other brands, MAC just has a very wide selection of colors and fabulous products. I hope you find a color you fall in love with!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Build an Emergency Fashion Kit

It's a good idea to have a ready made kit for fashion fixes on the go. We all know sometimes fashion emergencies can happen and wouldn't it be great to always be prepared for them? Here are some tips to build a perfect Fashion Fix-it Kit. I might add more to this later on, but hopefully it gives you some ideas on how to build your own.

1. Mini-sewing kit
-To fix popped buttons or loose hem.

2. Double Sided Tape
-A must have for low necklines (Also good for fixing loose hems)

3. Travel sized hairspray

4. Spare panty hose


7. Tampons (Always a good idea)

8. Clear Nail Polish (To fix runs in panty hose)

9. Hair Accessories (Ponytail holders, bobby pins, etc)

10. Baby Wipes (To fix makeup smudges or refresh your face after a long flight or car ride)

11. A sweater or a pretty wrap

12. A cute, comfortable pair of flats (When you absolutely can not stand the heels any longer)

13. An extra pair of underwear.

14. $10-20

15. Bandaids

I hope these give you a good idea in what to put in your Fashion Quick fix Kit. If you guys have any other ideas that would be helpful, go ahead and leave a comment!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tutorial Using MAC Shadowy Lady Eye Shadow Quad

This particular look was done on a (beautiful:-)woman in her 40s. (She doesn't pluck her eyebrows, so they're natural and she didn't care to have them plucked, we left them be:-) This is a pretty night time look, she wanted a little something different than what she normaly wears.

Here's the Finished Look:

I used:
MAC Shadowy Lady eyeshadow Quad
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Stila mascara
Cargo Eyelighter

Step one: Start, of course, with a clean bare face. If you need concealer, go ahead and use that.

Step Two: Using a large eyeshadow brush, blend lightfall shadow from lashline to brow bone.

Step Three: Using a Medium eyeshadow brush, put smudged violet shadow on the inner 1/3 of your lid, blending it outward.

Step Four: Using a medium shadow brush, Blend Shadowy lady into the crease and outer v of the eye, blending the color in with the smudged violet.

Step Five: Line the upper lash line with Mac blacktrack fluid line using a small liner brush or angled brush.

Step Six: Now line the lower lash line and waterline with the same brush (or with whatever one you work better with).

Step Seven: Using cargo eyelighter in silver, dab the highlightng powder along the inner v of the eye (In the tear duct area).

Step Eight: Put Two coats of Mascara on your lashes and you're finished!

So anyway guys-I hope you like this one, I lik to use a variety of models for my tutorials so you can see what looks would look like on different skin tone/age groups. Let me know if you're liking the tutorials and I'll keep them up. (I know some steps are missing pictures and that won't happen again, some just didn't come out and we were in a bit of a rush)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tips to Plump Your Pout!

These days, there are alot of products on the market that are supposed to plump your lips. I've tested some of these and found that some really do work! The down side is they can sting and be pretty sticky. (Actually, the majority of lip plumpers on the market actually work by irritating the lips to bring blood closer to the surface, creating fullness.) So for those of you who don't like these plumping products, here are some other tips to make your lips appear fuller!

1. Skip matte lipsticks all together. They can look dull and make your lips appear thinner.

2. Applying a bit of highlighting powder on the cupids bow of the upper lip and on the edge of the lower lip can draw light there and make your lips look fuller.

3. You can use lip liner to create a slightly fuller lip line. Make sure to use a liner that's as close to your natural lip color as possible.

4. Use light, shimmery lipsticks or glosses as it brings light to your lips.

5. Using a tiny bit of brown powder under the center of the lower lip (Just below the lip line) creates the optical illusion of fullness.

6. Try to avoid anything that's too dark if you have very thin lips. It'll just make them look smaller. (This is just for those with very thin lips, though)

7. A dot of gloss on the middle of the bottom lip can provide a fuller look to your pout as well.

8. Last but not least....EXFOLIATE!! This will make your lips smooth and help hold whatever color you put on it longer! Get a soft bristled tooth brush to use for your lips.

So try some of these tips out if your looking for a fuller pout! I hope they help!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Choosing the Perfect Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

The perfect hairstyle can be a pretty elusive thing for a lot of us. What really does flatter are specific face shape? Well, for those of you who haven't found that perfect style yet, here are some tips to help you out!

Oval Face Shapes: You lucky ladies with oval faces can pick and choose from just about any style under the sun! Long, Medium, or short styles. Bangs or no bangs-One length or layers. So many options so be daring! Try them all if you're really brave!

Long Faces: Chin length bobs or cuts are perfect for those with long faces. Wide cut bangs can add width to your face so you might want to try those out. Avoid anything with short layers near the top of your head as it will just visually increase length. Also steer clear of long, one length cuts for the same reason-it'll add to the length of your face.

Round Faces: Height and Volume at the crown will help elongate round faces. Long hair really suits round shapes as well, as do layers along the sides of the face. Try tapered ends instead of all one length cuts.

Square Faces: Long, straight styles look fabulous on square faces. For those with curly locks, get layers to lessen the volume along the sides of the face. Avoid chin length cuts and any blunt bangs. Soft layers and big curls look great as well:-)

Heart Shaped Faces: Side swept bangs look great on heart shaped faces. Subtle, long layers and creating volume at the crown can be very flattering. Graduated layers can visually add width to the jawline.
Avoid: Choppy layers and Center Parts( they can draw the eye to a pointed chin).

Well, there you go, those are my tips. I hope they help and I hope you find a fabulous cut/style that you love!!

Good Luck!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Tutorial: Eyes- Green and Gold Look

Now, obviously this is not an everyday kind of look....unless you live in Vegas;-) I hope you guys like this look. Play around with it, try it yourself, have a little fun with it! It'd be a cute look for a night at a club or something like that. You can also use different colors if greens and golds aren't your style. Let me know what you think and enjoy!

I did this look in about 15 minutes before going to bed. I suggest you take your time and have alot of fun with trying it out:-)Unfortunately, the green did not show up on camera as well as I would've liked it too, but you get the idea.

Finished look:


A list of Products I used for Eyes:

Smashbox- Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer
Too Faced- Eyeshadow Base
Bare Minerals- True Gold Eyeshadow
Bare Minerals- Peacock Eyeshadow
Bare Minerals- Black Emerald Eyeshadow
L'oreal- HIP (High Intensity Pigments) Cream Eyeliner in Black
Smashbox- Mascara in Black

Let's Begin!

Step one: Make sure to start with a nice, clean face and moisturize the eye area. Use concealer for under eye circles. Put an eyeshadow base all over lid and up to brow bone.

Step Two: Put True Gold into the containers lid. Wet a medium-large size eyeshadow brush with water and dip it into the pigment. (This technique is called "foiling") Blend the wet shadow all over eye lid all the way up to the brow. (Using foiling with Bare Minerals shadows helps the color appear more brilliant and also helps prevent dreaded fall out! I find Bare Minerals has alot of fall out:-/ )

Step Three: Using a medium size eyeshadow brush, dip it into the dry Peacock eyeshadow (making sure to tap off the excess shadow) and pat that on the lid, staying on the outer 2/3 of the eyelid and blending lightly upward into the eye's crease.

Step Four: Using a small sized eyeshadow brush, dip into dry Black Emerald shadow (once again, amking sure to tap off the excess shadow.) Now put that right into the outter V of the eye and blen it in towards to middle of the eye and the crease. We don't want any harsh lines so blend well!
In this photo, step four was done the right side (my left eye) and not the left side to show you the difference.

Step Five: Now, using a thin, stiff angled eyeliner brush, dip it into the HIP eyeliner and line along the top lash line, winging it out slightly past the eye's edge and aimed a little upward. Line the lower lash line and water line and use a q-tip to gently smudge the lower line. (I wear contacts and didn't have a problem using the HIP liner on my water line, but if you have sensitive eyes you may want to skip that step.)

Step Six: Add mascara and you're finished! I just used mascara on my top lashes since the look is so bold I don't think you need any on the lower. If you had a problem with fall out, dip a q-tip in makeup remover and clean up any little bits there.

For the rest of the face, go ahead and go very light and natural since your eyes are the obvious focal point in this look. I used Too Faced Beauty Balm in grapefruit for my lips and Bare Minerals Clear Radiance for my cheeks.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Okay, a quick little post here...

All right guys- I've got to suggest an amazing blog to you. This woman is amazingly talented at makeup application and I think even experienced users could pick up tips from her, I know I did! She's got some truly amazing looks and tutorials. She's also ridiculously adorable!

And no-I don't know her/have never spoken to her, I'm just seriously impressed! Please please check out her site.
Saturday, August 23, 2008

Feminine Fall Fashions

Fall is my favorite season for fashion and this Fall is no exception! There's so many gorgeous feminine details in this season's gorgeous clothing- lace, riffles, floral prints, ribbon trims, and bows. When going ultra feminine or frilly with one piece, keep the rest of your look clean to keep your look fresh.

Check out Shop Style( )to find out where you can purchase these items.
Here are some great pieces to check out:

Rebecca Taylor, $340 Rebecca Taylor, $230

Velvet, $152 Versace, $2,245

Rampage, $39 Neiman Marcus, $165

Tracy Reese, $595 Old Navy, $29.50

Brian Reyes, $775 Robert Rodriguez, $365

Coach, $168 Steve Madden, $89.95

Steve Madden, $99.95 Etienne Aigner, $73
Friday, August 22, 2008

Some Looks I Created

I hope you like them and I hope they inspire you!

"Blind Date"

"Shopping Day"

"Let's Meet for Coffee"

"A Night at the Opera"

Let me know what you guys think!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008

Product Review

Lancome Courbe VirtuĂ´se- Divine Lasting Curves Mascara

Lancome's curling mascara makes these claims:

- CurlGuard™ formula lengthens and holds a divine lash curve for 12 hours.
- The KeepCurl™ brush provides an outstanding eyelash curler effect.
- Long-lasting formula is virtually smudge-proof, tear-proof and easily removable.

Price: $23.50

I've got to hand it to Lancome, I think this mascara is incredible!! I would rank it right up there with Lancome's Definicils mascara, but with the bonus of curling action. When you use the curved wand from root to tip of your lashed, it really pulls the lashed up and out and the mascara, in my experience, never clumped. I really think this is a mascara worth trying out for all you ladies out there who are tired of your mascara or looking for a new, better mascara!

People actually commented on my lashes and asked if I was wearing fake ones with this on. My lashes are notoriously hard to curl too, so I was definately impressed by this! It doesn't provide a whole lot of volume but it does curl and lengthen. So give it a try if you're looking for a new mascara!

Pretty Cocktail Looks

Here are some great cocktail looks to be inspired by. You don't have to be a size 4 to look incredible! Check out these gorgeous looks for every woman's body!

Find these looks at Nordstrom ( and Saks Fifth Avenue (

ABS, Sizes X-Small to X-Large $145
Diane Von Furstenburg, Sizes 0-12 $298
David Meister, Sizes 0-12 $448
JS Collection, Sizes 14-24 $230
Tadashi, Sizes 14-24 $375
Tadashi, Sizes 14-24 $395

Make The Most of Your Eye Color

Eyes really are the windows to the soul, so why not make the most of what you've got? Eyes can be any one's most beautiful, sexy feature-no matter what color!

Here are some of the best color choices to enhance your lovely eyes:-)

If you have green eyes...
Purple, taupe, and copper eyeliners paired with deep purple, light violets, warm taupe, golden browns and soft peach shadows will make others green with envy!

If you have blue eyes...
Copper, gold, taupe, and deep brown eyeliners paired with warm browns, copper, taupe, and peach shadows can really make your blue eyes pop!

If you have brown eyes...
Deep brown, gray, charcoal, and dark purple eyeliners paired with golden browns, greens, charcoal, purple, plums, and deep blue shadows can enhance your soulful eyes. Brown Eyes can wear a wide variety of colors so experiment, brown eyed girls!

If you have grey eyes...
Dark brown and charcoal eyeliners paired with cool browns, purples, and charcoal shadows can make the most of your grey eyes!

Usually, colors opposite your eye color on the color wheel are going to be the most flattering to your eye color.

For example Blue is opposite Orange.

That's not to say use orange eyeshadow!! Just find shadows and liners with orange undertones or hints of orange in them.

Now, this list is by no means a strict set of rules...these are just suggestions. There are an unlimited amount of colors to experiment with and I will surely do another tips and tricks list for enhancing your eye color or making your eyes appear green when you have grey eyes-etc, etc.

But for now, test these out and try some experimenting! Makeup should be fun, so play around!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Check Out these Amazing Accessories!

Here are some fabulous accessories that I hope you guys love as much as I do! I'm crazy for jewelry inspired by nature! All these gorgeous pieces are available at and are not only lovely but affordable too!

Sheryl Bangle $16
Chelsea Earrings $14

Tree of Life Necklace $24
Cammy necklace $18