Fall Wishlist | Top 5

Fall Wishlist

1. BaubleBar “Needle Ear Jackets” $28
I have been endlessly searching for a pair of spiked earrings to add to my jewelry collection. This is the first pair I’ve seen that is under $100 and that isn’t going to make me look like a wannabe guitarist in a rock band. These just got on the BaubleBar website recently and are a pre-sale item that will ship out on November 20th, 2014 for those who purchase first. I have a feeling these are going to sell like hot cakes, you can get your pair here!

2. Nordstrom “Trolley Ankle Bootie” $99
I’ve always had a vision for the “perfect” pair of booties in my head. Whenever I go shopping I feel that the ones I see always fall short to how I envision this “perfect” bootie of mine, until I saw this one. I was thinking to myself, “check out the bootie on that shelf!” (Sounds like a terrible pick-up line). The Trolley ankle bootie was first to catch my attention when I was walking by in person in my local Nordstrom. The “Grey Leather” was my favorite out of the 6 gorgeous shades.

3. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge “Pink Rose” $26
I think this might be my dream makeup situation to have a lip and cheek product in one. I’m always trying to match my cheeks to my lips anyways to create a monochromatic look for everyday. This multi-tasking cream color is a Bobbi Brown top-seller and perfect to keep you looking fresh during the fall. Tip: Use your fingers for the best and fastest results!

4. J.Crew Wool “Melton Swing Coat” $365
I have an obsession with MUSTARD. The condiment yes, and the color of clothing, especially for fall. I could be lying to myself, but I think it’s incredibly flattering to my olive skin tone and this color is always well received during this time of year. This particular coat is made of wool and is on the thicker side so it’s not all just for the look, it’s going to give me that warm cozy feel that I desperately want. Virginia winters, *sigh*. This coat is definitely an investment piece, and if you feel like the color is a little out of your comfort zone, they have one in black and grey too!

5. Warby Parker Beckett “Striped Evergreen” $95
Glasses are so personal to everyones different face shapes. It can be so hard to find the perfect pair! That’s why I LOVE Warby Parker’s 5 pair home-try ons with over 35 pairs of glasses to choose from. The ones that caught my eyes the most is this olive tortoiseshell pair from the Beckett line. The thick frames are so cute and actually make wearing prescription glasses look super stylish. They also have an amazing sunglass selection too!

What’s on your fall wishlist?!

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Current Favorite Fragrance | Elie Saab

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I’m not usually the most experimental gal when it comes to perfumes and scents. I typically play it pretty safe with my three go-to scents over the calendar year (Chanel’s “Coco Mademoiselle”, Marc Jacobs “Daisy”, and Jo Malone’s “Wild Bluebell”). Real exciting, Claire. But then, my small perfume world got rocked recently when I had the great opportunity to learn about the Elie Saab line at the Nordstrom Pentagon City fall trend show this last month!

Elie Saab: Le Parfum Intense
Elie Saab is a well-known fashion designer (bonus: we’re both Lebanese!) and came out with his signature scent ‘Le Parfum Intense” once his designer label name became a sensation. This radiant perfume contains strong notes of orange blossom, honey rose, and white flowers. It is so heavenly!

I’ve never had so many compliments on this perfume… my boyfriend, my friends, my co-workers have all noticed it, even if it’s late in the day when I applied in the morning! I highly recommend trying this one out if you enjoy highly intoxicating scents that’ll draw everyone around close to you. :-)

Cover Girl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation | Review

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I’m addicted to drugstore foundation. It is a problem… when it’s good quality, the drugstore price, AND has Katy Perry’s pretty face plastered all over it — it is comin’ home with mama. When I ran my eyeballs across the label and saw “oil free” + “long wearing” I knew it had to be put to the test. That’s some major promises to make, Cover Girl.

I’ve seen a lot of YouTube reviews pop up on this product over the last month, but I tried not to click any so that I can make a fair assessment of the product on my own. Once I have a makeup product in my possession, I like to have no clouded judgement and get to know the foundation on my own. I sound like I’m going on a blind date…

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The Price:
$6.99

The Full Review…

The Pros:
-Affordable
-Easy to apply
-Unscented

The Cons:
-Oxidizes (darkens) over time
-Strong pink undertones
-Limited shades

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Who I’d recommend it to…
This foundation is a perfect affordable foundation if you’re looking for a medium to full coverage for everyday. I think it especially favors oily skin in that it is very mattifying, and dries down to a powder formula.

Have you tried this foundation? Would you try it?!
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WHAT I’VE LEARNED IN 5 YEARS

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This month marks my 5 year anniversary as a beauty vlogger on YouTube. Umm WHAT. I remember watching hours of Michelle Phan and Marlena from MakeupGeekTV late at night on my computer screen in my college bedroom way back in the day. Their videos and the feelings I got while watching them were so inspiring that it ignited a fire in me to want to do just the same. Create and inspire.

Right out of the gate I was timid, scared, and unsure what it all meant at first. It started out quite simple: upload a video on a topic I love. First it was 10 views, then 100 views… then a 1,000 views. When the numbers climbed it was a feeling I never experienced before to see my advice actually resonate with people.

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I don’t believe there is one correct formula to become a “successful” blogger or vlogger. However these are 5 points that I’ve learned in the 5 years of YouTube that I found have helped me make my career the best it can be…

1. Stay true to yourself – 1:48

2. Engage, engage, engage – 2:39

3. Invest in a decent set up – 3:53

4. Stay inspired – 5:36

5. Don’t give up – 6:34

I am overwhelmed by the support I’ve received over these 5 years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of my channel and growing with me. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
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DAY TO NIGHT MAKEUP

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If you have been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you may know by now I have moved into a new studio downtown!! It’s been the biggest highlight of my year so far and news I have been so thrilled to share with you all. I’m working alongside 11 strong, inspiring, beautiful female entrepreneurs who all inspire me in many ways. The space was created by Meg Biram, a lifestyle blogger and friend of mine, who doesn’t typically like to have her makeup done… I took this as a challenge. I wanted to sit Meg in the hot seat and do a makeover on her using all HER makeup products. Meg has a great range of makeup from Lancome to Bareminerals and is a minimalist when it comes to her everyday routine.

First we kept it simple and gave her a fresh everyday makeup look…

We then took her look and turned it into a night look with a few extra steps!

Lancôme ‘Maquicomplet’ Complete Coverage Concealer // bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener // Urban Decay Naked3 (Dust, Burnout, Nooner) // Lancôme ‘Hypnôse’ Custom Volume Mascara // NARS The Multiple in “Orgasm”// Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment “Rose”

Hope you all enjoyed! What’d you think of this look?!
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Everyday Makeup Tutorial

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Lately I’ve been going a little darker on my everyday makeup. This has calmed down the “you look tired” comments from when I wear no makeup. As much as I love makeup, I don’t typically wear a lot on an everyday basis, so I’m very discipline about keeping it to my natural features but exaggerating my features with neutral colors.

All the colors I used in this look are from my latest obsession, the Lorac Pro Palette. It has every type of color I would need to get any look I want. I’m unstoppable with this palette! I’ve used in my last 5 tutorials (no joke) and in this one in particular I chose colors that make brown eyes seriously pop.

Here’s the tutorial! Enjoy.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation N#140 // Real Techniques Brush // LORAC Pro Palette (Mauve, Champagne, Nude) // Sigma “Essentials Kit” Brushes //  L’Oreal Carbon Black Mascara // L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara // Maybelline Fit Me Concealer “Fair” // Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder // Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer // Sigma Blush in “Serenity” // L’Oreal 8 HR Lipgloss “Barely Nude”

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Quick Tip: Highlighting Cheek Bones

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Taking the time to highlight your cheekbones seems like a makeup step where you have to go out of your way, when really it’s a whole lot easier than you think! By highlighting your cheek bones you bring extra light to the high points of your face and add dimension to your cheeks to make them really pop! Here is my very easy favorite three-step guide to highlighting your cheekbones…

1. Apply 3 dots of Benefit’s “High Beam” highlighter to the top parts of your cheeks

2. Rub the pearlescent cream into your skin with your fingers

3. With a small powder brush, like this Sigma F60 Brush, put MAC’s “Soft and Gentle” powder highlight on top to set it

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Prom Makeup Tutorial

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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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