Prom Makeup Tutorial

Makeover Monday Juliana

One of my best makeup memories was getting ready for prom. I remember sitting on the floor looking into the mirror 5 years ago trying to create the “perfect” smokey eye and bronzing up my skin five visibly darker shades than it actually was. I’ve noticed when it comes to proms, homecomings, weddings, or any occasion where someone wants to look their best — I stick to a similar color palette and technique almost every time. It’s a very defining, no-fail look to have in your back pocket to go with any dress. Hope you enjoy :)

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation // Benefit’s Boing Concealer // MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder // Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer // Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in “Amused” // NARS Eyeshadow Primer // LORAC Pro Palette // Maybelline Eye Studio Black Gel Liner // L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara // MAC Lipstick in “Modesty”

What’d you think of this tutorial?! Would you wear this look?
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Get Ready With Me | Makeup & Hair

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This get ready with me video is a look I’ve been hooked on this whole month of March. I’ve been shaking up my routine by going for a more effortless, but glam look by avoiding harsh lines of makeup and bringing out the soft sides to my hair. I think I’m most proud of myself for tailoring my routine to take me the same length as half of Beyonce’s new album — under 33 minutes flat. Thanks to the beauty of editing and for your viewing pleasure, I’m excited to share with you my get ready video in a 5 minute tutorial. Hope you enjoy!

Makeup Forever HD Foundation #147 // MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC20 // NYX Jumbo Pencil “Dark Brown” // LORAC Pro Palette // TOO Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer // L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara // MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder // MAC Mineralize Blush (“Warm Soul” similar) // L’Oreal Lipstick “Fairest Nude” // L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Extraordinaire “Nude Ballet” // Sigma Brushes “The Essentials Kit” // MAC #217 Brush // Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Brushes

What do you think of this get ready with me look?!
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What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

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What’s fully loaded, under 3 fl oz, and makes you feel pretty all over? A woman’s travel makeup bag. The beauty products that we choose to bring with us through security are the ones that tend to give us the most security when traveling. They are the no fail, go-to makeup products we can rely on to make us feel put together when venturing to an unfamiliar place. These are one of my favorite posts to read because it really highlights when push comes to shove, what products outlast the rest.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m leaving for Paris this Saturday for 4 days. I’ve had to pinch myself several times to make sure I’m not dreaming and that I’m actually really going on this spontaneously planned trip with my family and best friend. This will be my second time to Paris and I could not be more ecstatic to see one of my favorite cities in the whole world during this time of year. I received a handful of requests to do a post on what makeup I pack for when I travel and I thought this would be the perfect time to show you what I typically bring.

Soho Makeup Bag // Real Techniques Foundation Brush // MAC 217 Brush // MAC 129 Brush // Sigma F40 Brush // Sigma E40 Brush // NYX Jumbo Pencil in Dark Brown // L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet // Red Cherry #43 False Eyelashes // Garnier Refreshing Makeup Wipes // Maybelline BB Cream in Medium // Olay Age Defying Eye Cream // Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette in Chai Latte // MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20 // MAC Eyeliner in Engraved // L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara // Maybelline 24 HR Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze // Too Faced Bronzer in Chocolate Soleil // MAC Powder Blush in Melba // MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

What are some of your travel makeup bag essentials?!

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Product of the Week | Jo Malone Cologne

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Jo Malone, my nostrils bow down to you. I don’t know how it took so long for me to be introduced to the booming London based brand, but thankfully, my recent weeklong trip to NYC got us heavily acquainted and had me fall head over heels. Who knew feverishly sample-smelling in Saks Fifth Avenue could have such an outcome. I was on a rampage. This scent is not only ‘scent-imental’ for me in light of that liberating trip, but also because I literally could not stop thinking about it for weeks afterwards—it lingered in many ways and frankly, I knew I had to have it. That’s my special little “how we met story,” now let’s break it down…

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I introduce to you Jo Malone’s Wild Bluebell Cologne, right off the bat, how gorgeous is this packaging?! I’m not usually shallow when it comes to packaging, but this bottle is definitely the bathroom-vanity-belle of the ball.

I’ve never been a scholar in describing perfumes, but here we go…it is a light floral with strong touches of lilies, lavender, and a spicy chord of cloves. The top note is Bluebell, a wild forest flower, recreated to resemble the enchantment of a summer forest. The best part is, it’s not a “headache-y” smell, aka, it doesn’t create a perfume vortex around me that wards off my boyfriend—he actually really loves this one!

The bottle comes in two different sizes, shown here is the 3.4oz (shout out to my Aunt Nayla for spoiling me with this Christmas gift!), but also available is the 1oz size.

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My senses could be heightened for a light, clean scent as a cry for summer, but I don’t like to limit myself to select on a perfume based on the seasons. I’m the type of gal that if I enjoy it, then it’s going to get blasted on my skin, even if it’s “out of season”. (Yes, this is coming from a girl who wears white after labor day.) Rules shmules. This product-of-the-week post only excites me more to try out Jo Malone’s candle line and her body creams next!

Try it out here! Jo Malone’s Wild BlueBell Cologne

Have you tried this scent? What is YOUR product of the week?! Happy Friday!!
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Full Face Drugstore Makeup Tutorial

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When I say “I’m headed to the store to get some more paper towels for the kitchen,” that is translation for: I’m hitting the drugstore beauty aisles and I won’t be checking my phone. I’m surprised I have not had a friend put a 100-foot restraining order on me from CVS yet this year. Since one of my resolutions for 2014 is to save money…I like to think I’m re-directing my purchases in a savvy way toward more affordable beauty retailers!

Products

This tutorial is going to feature a highly requested and drugstore cult favorite: The Maybelline Quad in “Chai Latte.” Go grab a chai latte, get comfortable, and enjoy the tutorial!

Products Used: Maybelline Quad “Chai Latte // Maybelline Gel Studio Eyeliner // L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara // Garnier 5 Sec Smoothing Cream // Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation “Natural Beige” // NYC Translucent Powder // L’Oreal True Match Powder “Cappuccino” // L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire “Rose Symphony”

What’s your favorite drugstore products?! Would you re-create this look?
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Garnier 5 Sec Blur | Review

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Garnier just delivered, again. Just when you thought the BB Cream was Garnier’s hottest ticket, they just raised the bar even higher with their new 5 Sec Blur Skin Smoother. To be honest, at first I was a little hesitant…the box reminded me of a late night informercial you’d watch of a lady trying to sell you a kitchenware item probably called something like THE TIMER3000. “Just add water! Works in 5 Seconds! Buy one, get TEN free!!” Luckily, this was not the case.

According to Garnier…
A new generation product, designed to instantly blur the visible signs of aging including: wrinkles, fine lines, flaws and visible pores. In just 5 seconds, skin feels smoother, looks younger and is more radiant.

The Price
$14.99

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The Best Application
Squeeze a dime size amount of product out, a little bit goes a long way!! Using your fingers is the most favorable way (save your clean brushes) to apply the product onto your face after you’ve your daily moisturizer.

PROS
-Blends easily
-Smooths the skin
-Anti-aging
-Eliminates lines
-Shrinks Pores
-No scent
-Improves skin over time

CONS
-Takes longer than 5 seconds to settle
-Contains silicone

The Girl I Recommend it to
Pays attention to detail. If your face makeup routine includes the works: moisturizer to foundation to powder, then this product would be considered a great “extra step” that will benefit your skin to look more flawless under the makeup. For those who are the minimalist type with problem areas then this can be used after your moisturizer for a natural finish! On both ends of the makeup-wearing spectrum it has a purpose for everybody.

Check out a live demo with the Garnier 5 Sec Blur Skin Smoother below!!

Would you try this product?!
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25 Things I Want Myself to Know at 25

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I turned 25 years young yesterday. As I was being wished happy birthday sporadically throughout my day of birth, I couldn’t help but interpret people’s wishes as “Happy reflecting the crap out of the last 25 years of your life, and enjoy figuring out the next 25 years of your life day.” That might sound really delusional and dramatic of me, but when reminded that I’m an adult who is a quarter of a century years old next to celebratory emojis paired with the old grandma emoji, it really struck a chord in me.

When I combined the reflective thoughts I was having yesterday with reading fellow 25 year old, Mary Schmidt’s viral blogpost on Tumblr, it resulted in my first official mini quarter-life crisis. Yup, just like in the movies. Thank you, Mary Schmidt, for encouraging me to hold a mirror up to my life and inspire me to make a contract on how to better myself moving forward as a new born 25 year old.

1. Avoid burning bridges…arches, overpasses, scaffolds.
Relationships or ties can dissipate before your eyes if you’re not making the effort and showing gratitude. Nurture your relationships, you never know who will stick their neck out for you in a time of need.

2. Don’t give your brain a break.
Reinforcing this bullet from the Happiness video posted from August (back when I was 24 and young and naive and all). Since your job of being a full-time academic nerd has come to a close and you’re now an “adult” in a monotonous daily routine, it can sometimes put stimulating your brain on hold. You don’t have the textbooks or teachers to incessantly pump information into us anymore. Be your own teacher.

3. Write more letters.
There is something about hand-written cursive script that hits a soft spot and is pleasant to re-read and digest. Communication is key, but the old fashion traditional way of communicating will trump a ‘word alert’ every time, and even sometimes cause your recipient to react with a little #12 on this list.

4. Cherish the morning time.
The sound of “Marimba” blaring from your iPhone might make you want to punch a wall in the morning, but the first part of your day can completely set the tempo for the rest of your day. So make getting up a pleasant experience and eat something yummy and play a butt shakin’ jam to change out of your jammies to.

5. Reset your attitude.
This is being paired with bullet #4. The movie About Time paints the perfect picture on how to approach your life the best way everyday. The sound of a guy having the capability to time travel may sound a bit corny and not exactly relatable, but the powerful message of him redoing a ordinary day showcases how you can consciously make your day the best it can possibly be.

6. Drink less coffee.
Not letting hot brown liquid dictate your energy level and say hello to less yellow stained teeth…

7. Forgive yourself.
There were some goals that weren’t met in 2013. So stop feeling sorry for yourself, it’s only going to delay the time even more in what you’re hoping to accomplish. One of my favorite quotes is a constant reminder that life is going to not always work out the you want it to so don’t forget… “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

8. Get into the spirit.
Conspiracy theorists claim Santa does not exist, tooth fairies don’t put wads of cash under our pillows, and that there is no way a little half naked baby shooting an arrow can cause two people to fall madly in love. Silence these theorists and learn to keep the magic alive.

9. Ask more questions.
There’s a little bone you should pick with a big thing called pride. It’s what is standing in the way between you and the endless amount of opportunities you could be learning and understanding new tools to navigate unchartered waters. You won’t look dumb if you ask. You’ll feel more dumb for not asking later.

10. Love hard.
Whether you believe in soul mates or love at first sight, choosing the person you want to be with for the rest of your life is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. Not all the fish in the sea are going to call you back, open your car door for you, or keep your trust. Each date you go on will give more and more clarity to what is the right fit for you. When you find it, it’s the most amazing intoxicating kind of feeling in the world.

11. Complacency is the enemy of success.
Stop being a creature of habit and sticking to a routine that I might feel “safe” in; comfortable habits have become a constant and only a detriment to you. It’s time to shake off the cobwebs.

12. It’s okay to cry. A lot.
Don’t be afraid to let it out. (Just make sure you always bring concealer in your purse.)

13. Plant your feet.
It’s taken 25 years to discover your voice, it’s time to put it to use. Speak up!

14. Be less stingy going out.
Bite the bullet and pick up the tab for your friends once and a while. It’s a nice gesture and is always a pleasant surprise to everyone.

15. Never break a promise.
When Hester Pyrnne committed adultery she was branded with the looked down upon symbol as a result of her actions. People forgive, but they don’t forget. Always follow through with your vows. Don’t want to get that letter ‘A’  to jeopardize your reputation with people you care about.

16. Get it done.
Dreading errands, returning phone calls, squeezing that work out in. Most of the time you’ll win half the battle just by showing up. Once you get rid of the emotional part of going into finishing a task, you’ll be this very efficient superhuman who doesn’t throw hissy fits while walking the trash out to the curb.

17. Let go of FOMO.
Face it, it’s impossible to be a part of every single birthday shenanigan, holiday party, or premiere of the Hunger Games movies. So stop feeling sorry for yourself every time you receive a snapchat of your tipsy friend from the Ruby Tuesday’s happy hour. Pictures manipulate the way things are most of the time. If she’s taking the time to snapchat you, then the gathering probably sucks anyway. It’s not that exciting.

18. Stop buying stupid crap.
Quality over quantity needs to be my new motto after seeing the 3 filled trash bags in my foyer right now. 10 versions of the same cream sweater are so not necessary.

19. Choose your roommates wisely.
The selection of your college roommate was random, you’re not living with your boyfriend or future fiancé yet, so this is the time to be super picky with who you plan to share your fridge domain with. Establish the rule early: no touchin’ my Greek yogurt.

20. Wear jewelry more often.
When passed down an heirloom or gifted a piece of jewelry, stop having minor panic attacks and don’t be so scared that you’re going to lose it. If you’re not wearing it, then what’s the point?! Show off those keepsakes, for pete’s sake.

21. Love your body.
Fast forward ten years and you’ll kill to get the body back that you have right this second. Stay on good terms with your little friend “metabolism” while you can.

22. Set money aside.
It can be under-the-mattress method or the most secure bank in the world, jumpstart your savings account as early as possible. (Where was this point for the “15 Things I Should’ve Started Doing at 15 list?!”)

23. Embrace strangers.
Totally go against the most important lesson our parents repeatedly drilled in our heads growing up. At this age, if you listen to your parents and never actually talk to strangers, we will miss out on some of the most thought-provoking conversations and memorable people we might ever come across in our lifetime.

24. Know your worth.
Don’t undervalue yourself in your relationships, jobs, or dating.

25. Manners matter.
Common decency is not so common anymore. Hold yourself accountable to follow a certain list of etiquette rules. This will help maintain respectful relationships over the course of your life.

What’s a piece of advice that you’d tell your younger self?!
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Holiday Gift Guide | For Her

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

We’re coming down to the holiday home stretch here! Santa will be arriving in just two short weeks and based on my Xmas shopping performance alone so far…I should totally be on that nice list this year! The old naughty list 2012 me would’ve bought gifts on the eve, eve of Christmas and probably would have ended up buying things for myself. I mean, who would EVER do that? (Still guilty.) Thankfully, I’ve organized a holiday list of all the gems I’ve found from scouring the internet late into the night and been pushed aside in the malls for! Want to see a cool bruise?!

As much as you feel time is pressing, there’s no need to resort to buying the Duck Dynasty Chia Pet for your girlfriend as a crutch just yet. Not only do the gifts listed below retail for under $100, but it will also guarantee you not to get a reaction like this one this year.

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1. Kate Spade Rose Agenda $36
As cliché as it sounds, most of us crave that new beginning and structure for our New Year and can’t help but think that when midnight strikes it’s time to start fresh. Help a friend get organized to the start of her 2014 by giving a desk side essential. I bet you right now, she’ll thank you again at the end of 2014 for keeping her chaotic life together! It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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2. Anthropologie Monogram Mug $8
How Alice in Wonderland are these cups?! These look so much more expensive than they actually are – now that’s my kind of cup of tea! If you have a girl friend who just moved into a new place then these dainty mugs will look adorable in her pantry or on display. I bought three cups in the initials of the recipient I’m planning on giving this gift! Is it bad I wanted to have a friend with the initials “POO” just for kicks and giggles?! I’m mature.

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3. Zara Leather Messenger Bag $49
This is a staple in my book, or should I say in my bag… I keep everything in my taupe H&M messenger that I bought a couple years back which you may have seen in some of my fashion videos or Instagram. The neutral tone and structure is the perfect hybrid of playing into casual outfits or for dressing it up into the night time. You can’t go wrong with this one.

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4. Paper Source Love You More Pillow $16
You automatically trump any other present at this year’s gift exchange because your gift literally says the amount of love you have for them. I mean, cmon, I’m practically cheating winning best gift here! This charming, rustic pillow is by one of my absolute favorite decor brands. I was on the site for hours and it was hard to pick just one for my holiday list but it is the perfect sweet reminder to accent any room.

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5. French Press Coffee Maker $59
This gift just simply excites me. And no, it’s not the false excitement coming from the three cups of coffee I’ve had this morning… I brewed up the idea to give a functional and stunning kitchen item to create coffee flavor to it’s fullest potential to the caffeine lovers in my life. And boy am I surrounded by those.

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6. Bauble Bar Bonnie Drop Earrings $34
A vintage style pair of earrings is the best emergency jewelry piece to have. It rescues any plain jane outfit situation going on and the striking color palette is made appropriate to rock in the winter or springtime. The only downside to this gift is that your recipient might be a teensy bit mad at you for is introducing them to the intoxicating realm of BaubleBar. Once you bauble, you don’t stop-ple.

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7. Kate Spade Gold iPhone Case $40
Phones are used for conversations and I believe phone cases can be used as conversation starters! A pretty shell for the iPhone is eye catching, it’s stylish, and when your iPhone obsessed friend has her hand held baby pimped out, she’ll be very happy, even when she goes over her next month’s AT&T texting plan.

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8. Birchbox $10/month
Monthly subscription companies are becoming the ultimate gift idea when in a pinch. The only catch is having to sift through the oversaturated market to know which brand you’ll feel good about sending to your recipent’s door each month. After personal experience with this makeup monthly subscription company, I’ve found it to be an excellent gift idea for beginners in makeup to dabble with new products and to experiment with different looks. P.S they also have one for men and dogs too!!

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9. Etsy Macaron Print $20
Macarons, whether eaten or looked at, they make you feel better. This 8.5 x 11 archival pigment print is a gem piece to brighten up someone’s wall or day. This item was one of those 2012 old naughty list me gifts where I couldn’t help but buy one for myself too! :-)

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10. Nordstrom ‘Beekeeper’ Felt Hat $50
For the girl who has everything, challenge her style with a felt hat. I dare you. This item goes into the gift category where someone might think it’s something cool to try, but don’t have the guts to buy it for themselves. So this is the opportune time to surprise that girl in your life with a killer accessory to add to their wardrobe.

What’s on your holiday wish list?!
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Victoria’s Secret Inspired Makeup

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The angels have landed. Candice, Adriana, and Alessandra will be hypnotizing us through our televisions tonight at 10 p.m. on CBS and might be making us re-evaluate that decision to microwave Stouffer’s Mac N Cheese at 10 p.m. last night. No judgment here, promise.

This IS the Superbowl of makeup, hair, and underwear, people!! I did my homework this year by watching the backstage footage and interview with VS leading makeup artist, Dick Page, who gave the full break down on how to get the angels collective look. “A lot of fashion shows are straight and dour and very serious, this is a celebration,” Page says. Click here to check out more of the backstage scenes!

Products Used
-MAC Strobe Cream-Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin Makeup with SoftFlex, True Beige 320, 1 fl oz-Urban Decay Naked Palette-Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, Medium/Deep, 2.5 fl oz-MAC ‘Haute & Naughty Lash’ Mascara-NYX Lipliner “Natural”
-MAC Dazzleglass Creme

Will you be watching the show tonight?!
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Elegant Half Updo Hairstyle

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Oh I do love me a half updo for special occasions…especially for the holidays! Ariana Grande and Zooey Deschanel reinforce how much I do I do love the elegant do. Some people say that they see the glass half full…I see the hair as always half up! Positive thinking and tres chic!!

Watch the live step-by-step tutorial here!

What you’ll need…
-Sedu Clipless Curling Iron
-Bobby Pins-Garnier Fructis Style Volumizing Anti-Humidity Hairspray-Bejeweled headband

What do you think of this hairstyle?! What’s your favorite elegant hairdo?
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