Thursday, December 13, 2012

made for each other

perfect pairs

I rarely leave Sephora with just one product in my bag. Like clockwork, I go in to buy one necessity (foundation, concealer, bronzer), but I leave with at least one wildcard purchase. Like that time I bought a jelly-tone YSL lipstick without a second thought.

Here are six perfect pairs for the holiday season. One item is practical, the other is purely fun. Enjoy!

1. Classic red lips and golden-lined eyes. Burberry Lip Cover in Deep Burgundy + YSL waterproof eyeliner in luminescent gold.
2. Pretty pink blush with a hint of illuminizing highlight. NARS blush in Outlaw + Benefit's Watt's Up highlighter.
3. Plump lashes with emerald green eyeliner. Estee Lauder TurboLash mascara + bareMinerals Liner Shadow in Turquoise Sea.
4. All black nails with a matte black accent. YSL No. 6 Terriblement Noir polish duo.
5. Nude lips with deep, dark purple mascara.  Kevyn Aucoin lip gloss in Vesuvian + YSL mascara in Deep Plum.
6. Perfectly pink lips with navy blue eyeliner. bareMinerals Round the Clock Eyeliner + Aerin Lipstick.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

winter wonderland manicure

Happy holidays! I hope you've checked more names off your gift-buying list than I have. After purchasing a few presents for friends and family today — while simultaneously resisting a metallic-knit sweater and studded black shorts — I treated myself to an at-home manicure. 

Because I can't get snow in L.A. (hey, I'm not complaining), I decided to go with a snow print. I started with three coats of sparkly blue polish and created the dots by dipping a bobby pin into white polish. Voila! Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

well played, mom

While I was home in the Midwest for Thanksgiving, I opened my mom's medicine cabinet in search of hairspray. What I found was the quintessential collection of hair, face and beauty products. It's absolute perfection. Plus, she has these amazing heated mirrors that can't fog up. Yeah, I know.

I did what any good beauty blogger would do and properly documented the whole thing. Here's a complete list of her favorite products. Enjoy!

[I tried and loved all bolded products]

1. Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel, $40.
2. Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50, $46.
3. Bobbi Brown Brightening Moisture Cream, $72.
4. Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel, $26.
5. Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm Forte, $50.
6. Obagi Nu-Derm Clear, $70.
7. Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil, $62.
8. Kevin Murphy Powder Puff, $40.
9. Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder, $32.

A. Goldwell Brilliance Radiant Star, $21.
B. Bumble and bumble Prep, $17.
C. Goldwell Double Boost Root Lift Spray, $19.
D. Goldwell Brilliance Glamour Whip, $14.
E. Bumble and bumble Brown Hair Powder, $35.
F. Goldwell Big Finish Volume Spray, $16.
G. Sebastian Professional Shaper, $16.
H. Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray, $27.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

holiday gift idea: jewelry dish

I can't believe it's already time to start shopping for holiday gifts! I usually wait until the very last minute (as in, December 23rd), but I'm turning over a new leaf this year.

I'm starting with friends and coworkers, and gradually moving onto family. It's hard to find the perfect in-between gift — something that's thoughtful but not too expensive. Sink-side jewelry dishes meet all my requirements, and they're just so cute! It's an especially sweet gift for newlyweds. Here are a few of my favorite options from Etsy. Enjoy!

Shabby Skeleton Key Ring Dish by Sweet Meas, $22.
Rustic Cream Trinket Dish by NS Pottery, $18.
Handmade Moroccan Lace Dish by Burning Fork Studio, $40.
Tea Cup Ring Holder by Little Lemon Cake, $30.
Monogram Ring Holder by Promise Pottery, $14.
Dusty Blue Lovebirds Ring Holder by Darrielle's Clay Art, $25.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

four products I've repurchased

I'm a sucker for trying new beauty brands whenever I can. That also means I don't have a strong sense of brand loyalty. There are a few brands — Laura Mercier, Make Up For Ever, and NARS — that I gravitate toward, but most of the time I don't focus on designer names.

When I do repurchase a beauty product, it means I love it. Like, really, really love it. Here are four of my all-time faves:

{essie absolutely shore ($8) and Sally Hanssen Shell We Dance? ($5.99) are two of my most-used polish colors. Powder pink is the perfect year-round shade, and this milky mint green is ideal for a weekend away.}

{Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer ($32) is the most highly concentrated concealer I've ever tried. One tube lasts for months. It also stays put for hours, which is perfect for going out.}

{Rusk w8less plus hairspray ($16) is light but holds strong all day. Plus, you can usually find it on sale at Target and TJMaxx!}

{Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream ($46.50) doubles as day and night cream. It's rich, blendable and leaves my skin feeling totally hydrated all year.}

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

bridesmaid makeup 101

bridesmaid makeup

A few things I learned from being a bridesmaid:

1. So this is why they make waterproof makeup.
2. Always carry extra Kleenex.
3. Telling a bride she looks beautiful on her wedding day never gets old.

The morning of the wedding, the bridesmaids had the option of getting their hair and makeup done at the bride's house. I opted out of hair, but decided to treat myself to professional makeup ($50 without tip). The makeup artist was truly awesome! She used mostly MAC products (foundation, concealer, eyeliner and eyeshadow) and a few drugstore brands (mascara and lipgloss). My only prompts were: "I like a subtle cat-eye liner" and "neutral shadow, please!"

The day couldn't have been more perfect! Everyone's makeup stayed put long into the night. The bride looked absolutely incredible, and I couldn't believe how amazing it was to watch a close friend get married to her best friend.


Monday, October 29, 2012

DIY: Medusa costume

 [photos by Chelsey Grasso]

Looking for a last-minute Halloween costume? Here's an idea! Medusa is super easy—all you really need is an assortment of plastic snakes. 

To add to the look, I put my hair in a bun and wore two fake-hair braid headbands. Then, I looped two more hair ties around my bun (this is how you'll secure the snakes!). I wove the plastic snakes in and out of the hair ties for a wild look. 

For makeup, I wore dramatic false lashes, deep purple eyeshadow and extra bronzer. To top everything off, I bought a Grecian-inspired white dress — but any dress will do if you're crunched for time. Happy Halloween!