Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Favorite MAC Lipsticks

L-R: Politely Pink, Snob, Creme Cup, Innocence, Beware!
when it comes to lip color i am super picky. pink, nude and blue undertones are all musts for my lipstick essentials. lip colors have a tendency to look orange on me and the blue undertone helps keep it cool. pinks are my most flattering shade and work best with my fair skin tone. sheer colors are best for easy, casual wear and matte lip colors give a stronger impact. these are just my own personal issues with color but let's be honest, we all have them. finding the perfect shade(s) can be tricky.

MAC Cosmetic lip colors are my go-to when it comes to lip color. they apply smooth, last long and the color selection is on point. my favorite thing about MAC Cosmetic lip colors is that with the MAC recycling program, you can turn in any 6 empty product containers and get a lip color for free. this has certainly helped build my collection over the years.

while the colors above may look eerily similar, they apply much differently than you would think. here are the details on the best (for me!) MAC lipsticks:

the first, Politely Pink is a great pink color and applies sheer with a bit of lustre. it almost has a sheen similar to lip gloss except it isn't tacky and your hair doesn't stick to it when it is windy. great for everyday wear and applies easily on the go since the color payoff is subtle.

the second MAC lipstick, Snob, is my favorite MAC lip color of all time. i wear it most frequently and looks great with my clothing color palette - mainly greys. it looks pink but applies with a very subtle lavender undertone which makes it the perfect 'Barbie' pink for me.

the third,  Créme Cup, is my second favorite MAC lipstick. a little more subtle than Snob, this perfectly toned nude pairs well with a smoky eye or a casual look. it is a cremesheen color which makes it apply smooth like butter with the slightest hint of shine. 

the last shade, Innocence, Beware!, is a great nude with less pink undertones than Créme Cup. it is a warmer nude which makes it a great option for those of you with warmer skin undertones. i use it when i am wearing warm color tones and it looks great with gold accessories.

all that thought put into four shades that are extremely close in color? yes, it is worth it. these are just my four favorite MAC lip colors. tomorrow i will be sharing my spring lipstick update.


*a big thank you to my daughter and her friends for being my gorgeous 'lip models'. they are the cutest.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fashion Friday Three Looks

Fashion Week seems ages ago but i would be doing you a disservice if i didn't share all the amazing outfits witnessed! last week i introduced you to my girls from Piperstreet Shop and this week i want to share some details from their amazing wardrobe - all Piperstreet of course!

Sarah rocked this hi-lo top layered with a layering tee underneath. the Hailey coated denim looked amazing with it and her accessories killed it with large rhinestones and a blue Michael Kors clutch.

Sarah W looked glam in her Emery lace skirt. it is flirty, flawy and the perfect midi length. the silver statement necklace worked great for both Sarah's but unfortunately this tee with faux leather sleeves is already sold out.

Jenni was stunning in the Veronica faux leather embossed skirt. Sarah W borrowed her Gold/Crystal Stretch Bracelet for the picture above but the Coral Pendant Necklace brought some swag to the look.

three gorgeous ladies, three beautiful looks. all can be found at www.piperstreetshop.com.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day Two Hair With Drybar Detox

day two hair. day two hair is the equivalent of day old pasta salad - still delicious but given that extra day to marinate makes it even tastier. going a day or two without washing gives your hair some extra grit and helps you pull off that bedhead, no-fuss hair even even easier. the key to day two hair? good hair products. whether you have a tendency to be oily or not, dry shampoo is the key to good second day hair.

why do you need dry shampoo? because not only does it absorb extra oil from your scalp it provides texture, volume and acts as the best perfume for your hair. forget that musty, slept on scent. freshen it up with some dry shampoo. flat, lifeless hair is given some extra oomph with dry shampoo. stringy, oily hair is dried and texturized thanks to dry shampoo. please, do yourself a favor and invest in some.

below is the dry shampoo picked up from Drybar. it has the most amazing scent you have smelled for haircare, not too overpowering but strong enough to freshen hair with just a few spritzes. Detox Dry Shampoo works like a dream and paired with High Tops (Drybar's velcro rollers) you've got yourself a prize fighting duo.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty ft. Smashbox On The Rocks

here's a highlight of the Smashbox On The Rocks eyeshadow palette. this luxe eyeshadow palette has twelve party-perfect shades of the best-selling Photo Op eyeshadows. included is the Get The Look insert which shows you how to recreate different eye makeup looks using shadows within the palette. the Smashbox color payoff is and blendability of their eyeshadows is fantastic. you don't get a lot of fall out and the color selection affords a lot of versatility.

for this week's beauty deals you will find CK One lipstick on sale today for $9, regularly $16. promotional events include CK One Color and Juice Beauty. tomorrow's steal is Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gels for half off. events include Anastasia Beverly Hills and Peter Thomas Roth. Thursday's steal is Stila One Step Correct skin ton correcting and brightening serum for only $20. events include Stila and Murad. Friday's steal is It Cosmetics No-Tug waterproof gel liner for only $10, that is more than HALF OFF! events include Benefit, It Cosmetics, Clinique and Dermalogica. Saturday's Steals are Tarte Maracuja Oil for $25 and Philosphy Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath are Buy 1 Get 1 half off. events include Urban Decay, Tarte, Lancome, Philosophy and Clarisonic.

don't forget to enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win an Ulta Beauty Prize Pack. contest ends Friday!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Camouflage Nail Tutorial

one of fall's hottest trends of the moment is camouflage - and what better place to wear it than your nails? the great part about this nail art is that it can be done with just about any color combination. no perfection is needed, camouflage is naturally irregular and uneven. the perfect nail art for any nail art novice!

all you will need for this tutorial is:

two camo colors - i am using Laqa & Co. Anklebiter & Fancypants
one base color - i am using COVERGIRL Snow Storm
top coat - using Seche Vite (natch.)

follow these simple steps below to get your camouflage nail art in three easy steps:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fashion Friday Piper Street Style

today's post is an ode to one of my favorite girlfriends and her amazing online clothing shop Piper Street. Piper Street is an online clothing destination of finely curated tops, skirts, denim, jewelry and more founded by Sarah and Jenni. their goal is to provide a place where you can find the latest trends in styles that are trendy, affordable and while it sounds so 1950's - modest. Sarah is an old friend of mine who introduced me to this whole beauty and fashion thing when she let me work as an assistant for her Image Consulting business. no joke - she is paid to style people. talk about a dream job. her styling is always on point and her shop reflects that. Jenni and i met for the first time on this trip and i can tell you this woman sleeps, eats and breathes fashion. it is innate in her and i loved getting to know such a stunning woman whose spirit shines just as bright as her jewelry.

below is a group shot of all of us in New York including another mutual friend of ours (also named Sarah and just as amazing as the Piper Street duo. love you Sarah!) on the left:

my outfit below is Piper Street. the top is a faux leather mixed print peplum top. the denim is a white denim and you can find it on the website under the name Devyn denim. the glasses are Kate Spade and the shoes and crossbody purse are Zara.

here's the deal: i am tiny in a barely 5'1" under triple digits kind of way. clothes rarely fit me off the rack. being petite has its drawbacks as does any size that is not 'average'. i can go shopping with my sister and i'm not kidding when i say she looks AMAZING in everything she tries on. i however can try on 20 items and not find a single thing that fits. i'm not complaining, i'm just stating facts. as a petite person i take into consideration that i will have to pay to alter most items of clothing i buy. this peplum top fits like a glove but that is thanks to the extra $15 i paid to my tailor to bring in the side seams an inch along with tightening of the arm widths.

my point in mentioning this is to encourage that tailoring your clothes will ensure a perfect fit for a not so 'perfect' size. because most women can't walk into a store and walk out with perfect fitting clothes i would suggest finding a local tailor who you can trust to alter and create magic with the clothing you buy. just because it doesn't 'fit' doesn't mean it can't.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Perfect Blowout by DryBar

it has been nearly 10 days since fashion week and i am dreaming of the moment for when it comes again. we had so much fun attending shows, going backstage, dressing up and getting photographed. of all the fun things we did one of my favorite moments was getting a professional blowout courtesy of the Drybar.

my girlfriend and i took a leisurely Sunday stroll down Madison Avenue to make our 9am blow dry appointments at the Drybar. upon arrival we were given a lookbook to browse through to find our favorite hairstyle. as a fan of waves my first pick was the MaiTai - a gorgeous mix of waves and curls. my friend Sarah chose the Cosmo which is lots of loose curls. 

we were promptly taken to our seats where we discussed our desired looks with our blowout specialist and while we were offered an assortment of drinks (it is a bar...) neither of us drink so we politely declined. the salon is filled with gorgeous decor, lots of yellow (the signature color of the Drybar) and southern charm.

after one of the best shampoos of my life and a head massage that was beyond we were taken back to our seats to a blow dry to beat all blow dries. with our hair sectioned each section was carefully blow dried straight concentrating the airflow from the root to the ends of the hair to ensure a smooth hair cuticle and the glossiest results.

with a hair care line filled with every hair care need i wash washed, conditioned and pretreated with Drybar products. my hair smelled so good, felt so soft and smooth and while the blow dry lasted several days the products' deliciousness did as well. that's a first.

once the blow dry was complete our hair was sectioned again for curling. using the Drybar custom curling wands Sarah's curl was wrapped tight from root to ends of hair to create the perfect curl. my loose, wavy style was created using the wand to loosely wrap hair to create a wavy/curly style.

finished product selfie. to say i loved my hair is an understatement. my experience at the Drybar from start to finish was great service and great results. i would go back in a heartbeat and i felt like a superstar all day walking around with shiny, perfect hair.


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