Sunday, July 27, 2014

SUNDAY OUTFIT OF THE DAY















                                      Wearing: Top-Express, Skirt- Thrifted, Shoes- Victoria Secret

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

OOTD


 The functionality of flats are amazing. I always feel so put together when I wear them. The older I get the less and less I apologize for wearing them. Sure, I would love to wear 4 inch heels everyday, but the reality is....THEY ARE NOT COMFORTABLE!!!!! I have not had one pair of high heels that didn't start agitating me after the first three hours. I wish Anna Wintour deemed them as fashion icon acceptable. When I first watched The Devil Wears Prada, I thought I was so LAME for wearing anything less than heels. My taste and ideas changed with maturity. For goodness sakes Anna Wintour is a multi-millionaire and has personal chaffeur.I would wear high heels every day. Until that day comes, I will definitely be sporting a stylish pair of flats every chance I get. Besides, a woman of true style can make any shoe look amazing.








        Wearing: Dress- (Gifted)-- H&M, Shoes-VS Collection for Victoria Secret, Necklace- JC Pennys,  Bracelets- Thrifted, Nail Polish-Maybelline Colorshow (Green with Envy)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HOW TO APPLY YOUR MAKEUP AND CONCEALER FOR BEGINNERS:101 BACK TO THE MAKEUP BASICS


 I created this post to assist make-up beginners in applying their foundation. I do believe the key to mastering any makeup-look starts with your technique and having a firm understanding of the basics. Learning how to apply your foundation can be overwhelming when you are just starting out. When I first started wearing makeup; I did not wear foundation. I shaded in my eyebrows and wore eye liner. I also sported a horrific lip trend, the infamous black eyeliner coupled with Vaseline. Yes, this is true....I was completely oblivious to how crazy I looked at the time. Give me a break. I was a pre-teen and...... "everyone was doing it!"

It took me a while to get past my teenage make-up offenders. It wasn't until I was 25 that I really learned the role that foundation and concealer played in a full face make-up look. However, I was still treading thin ice in the make-up DON'T S group home. It wasn't until I was 28 that I really learned how to get the best use out of my foundation and concealer. I attribute most of my education to the following:
  1. LONG HOURS OF STALKING YOUTUBE BEAUTY GURUS/INFLUENCERS
  2. WATCHING MY FRIEND, SHINNICE, APPLY HER MAKEUP EVERYTIME WE GOT  PREPARED TO HAVE A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN. (WHICH BY THE WAY IS STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN I'M IN HER PRESENCE)
  3. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
  4. TRIAL AND ERROR WITH DIFFERENT MAKE-UP BRANDS ( THIS IS HOW YOU LEARN WHAT WORKS THE BEST FOR YOUR SKIN AND COMPLEXION)

There is so much to learn about make-up and I am still learning as the days go by. But, I am totally up for the challenge.I have decided to create a Beginners Make-up Series. I want this series to fill in any gaps that you may have about the basic techniques of make-up application. I hope that my latest post and video inspires you to feel more confident when applying your foundation.



PRODUCTS USED FOR FACE ONLY:

PRIMER-HARD CANDY SHEER PEFERCTING PRIMER
FOUNDATION- MAYBELLINE FIT ME 360 IN MOCHA MOCHA
CONCEALER- MAYBELLINE FIT ME IN CAFE CAFE
FACE POWDER- COVERGIRL QUEEN PRESSED MATTE POWDER IN MEDIUM DEEP

BRUSHES: REAL TECHNIQUES BUFFING BRUSH
BEAUTY SPONGE- SOHO BEAUTY SPONGE

Monday, July 7, 2014

Simplicity Meets Color





This week is going to be very busy one for me. I have a lot of deadlines coming up starting tommorow. I really should be working on them now, but I couldn't neglect my blog. After all this my passion and I refuse to let anything keep me from nurturing it. I must share with you that I just purchased a work desk and super cozy chair. I am all to elated about it. I purchased it at the goodwill last week for $32.00 as a set. The legs on the desk are a little wobbly, but I don't care too much. The desk serves it's purpose. Now, I can film make-up tutorials and edit my videos in my room. My vanity was just a little too compacted to be a multipurpose workstation. But that didn't stop me from using it until now. I truly feel blessed. I've turned my room into an office and now I can barely detach myself from it. It's an incredible feeling.




                              Wearing: Top and Skirt- Khols, Shoes- Collin Stuart for Victoria Secret, Earrings-f21

Thursday, July 3, 2014

SUMMER BEAUTY DRUGSTORE HAUL







en Here is my latest beauty haul. I have been collecting these goodies since early spring and now I feel fully equipped in the beauty department to flirt with summer. I hope you enjoy. What are your latest beauty purchases?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mondays, Vintage and Purple Fever




I am starting to form a better relationship with Mondays. I use to hate Mondays, but now I completely understand that its not really Monday that is the issue. It is the way that I chose to spend my weekends. I am starting to have more structure in my life and value my time so much more than before. This past Sunday was perfect, I went to church, shot photos for my blog, edited some a video for youtube, straightened up my apartment and did my budget. I even had some downtime to read. It was great. I felt really accomplished and it helped me transition in to Monday with more gratitude.

I have a serious affinity for purple lipstick. Last winter I went really crazy and went on a purple lipstick hunt. I went from drugstore to drugstore searching for the perfect violet shade. I found nothing. It wasn't until this spring that my heart was stolen by Revlon's Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless. I am completely love struck over this color. It is very bold color, but it still compliments a wide range of skin tones. Purple is on trend for the summer and I plan to wear this lip color OUT!!! I can't believe I went bare without any earrings in these photographs, but I felt like I had no use no for them. I just felt like my lip color was all that I needed. What is your favorite lip color for the summer?

I have owned this dress for almost six years now and it never gets old me. It is the epitome of  late 70's early 80's fashion. I am totally in love with it. Whenever my modern clothes fail me, I know that my vintage pieces are there to renergize my love for clothes. All it takes is a vintage dress, a bold lip and statement necklace to lift my spirits and I am officially back in action




Wearing: Vintage Dress-The Giving Tree, Necklace- Express, Shoes-VS Collection for Victoria Secret, Lip Color- Revlon's Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless

Saturday, June 28, 2014

GIRL ABOUT ORANGE: HOW TO STAY ON TREND WHEN YOU HAVEN'T SHOPPED THE LATEST TRENDS

I am not a person who feels the need to purchase all the latest trends in fashion. I learned earlier on in my early twenties to choose classics over trends. One season a style of pants or blouse is IN and the next minute People Style Watch is telling you that it's OUT. If you're lucky the fashion Gods might decide to update the design and deem it acceptable to wear again. But, who wants to wait a million years for a style to repeat itself. NOT I! My closet surely does not have the space for temporary clothes; and my wallet is not even trying to have that conversation with me.
This summer I discovered that the trends are a little more appealing than its previous season. I still choose not to indulge. I may purchase one or two items, but it will have to be something I can see myself wearing five years from now. I have come up with a few ways to sport trends and feel updated even when your budget won't allow you to.

1. Shop your closet, there may be something in there that you can style to make it look trendy. Color blocking never ceases to steal the show.
2. Wear basics and accessorize with colorful shoes, jewelry, or a purse that you already own. Add a pop of color that is trending at the moment. Accessories count too!
3. Get creative and go trendy with your makeup. Research the latest trends and use it to apply your make-up. This will make you feel attractive and knowledgeable about what the beauty and fashion industry is doing to compliment one another.
4. Try a trendy hair style that you can DIY.








Wearing: Top-Tahari for Von Maur, Skirt- Express, Purse-Vintage, Shoes-Colin Stuart for Victoria Secret, Earrings- Unknown, Eye Shadow- BH Cosmetics, Lipstick- MAC in Morange

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Makeup: Soft Neutral Eyes W/ A Pop of Color


Products Used: Face: Hard Candy Sheer Envy Skin Perfecting Primer Maybelline Fit Me Foundation: (Mocha Mocha) CoverGirl Queen: Lasting Matte Pressed Powder in Medium Deep Black Radiance Pressed Powder in Ebony used to Contour Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki used to Highlight MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Gold Deposit used to for a Bronzy Glow Eyes: Milani Eyeshadow Primer Sonja Kashuk: Eye on Neutral Palette--Base colors Anastasia Beverly Hills: Lavish Palette (Sienna)--Crease Color Milani Face Powder: Dark Tan, Used to Soften Harsh lines Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki used to Highlight Brow Bone Urban Decay: Shag,--Mobile Lid Underground and Honey--Lower Lashline Jordana: Fabuliner Loreal: Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara Loreal: Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Lips: Jordana: Baby Berry Wet n' Wild: Purty Persimmon NYX Lip Mega Shine: Nude Peach

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

LIPSTICK CRAZED

I have been super obsessed with lipstick as of lately. It could be partly due to the fact that drugstore lipsticks meet my cosmetic budget requirements for my spending plan. My current obsession could also be attributed to my hunt for my top favorite summer lipsticks.I want to film a video about this really soon. This hunt has allowed me to discover some really amazing budget-friendly lipsticks. What is this discovery, you ask? None other than, Wet n Wild. I know I'm pretty late to the Wet n' Wild awesome lipstick party. But, late is always better than never, right?

 If you visit your local CVS, you can purchase each of these beautiful pigmented colors at $1.99 a pop. I think these lipsticks are genius. They are super rich in color pigmentation. The variety of colors and finishes is phenomenal. The texture is great and it has long lasting staying power. My only complaint is the packaging. I really need Wet n' Wild to step up their packaging game; it screams cheap!
 (Right to Left, Lipstick and Swatches: 970 Purty Persimmon, 910D Red Velvet, 918D Cherry Bomb, 908C Cherry Picking, 908C Sugar Plum Fairy

 (Right to Left,  Lipstick and Swatches: 907C Mauve Outta Here, 967 Dollhouse Pink, 902C Bare it All, 903c, Just Peachy)

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