Monday, November 21, 2016

Unicorn Inspired Makeup

There's something so magical and special about a unicorn. Of course they're not real, but that doesn't stop me from adding a bit of their whimsy into my makeup (and wardrobe) every now and again! The pink and purple haze that seems to surround a unicorn have been influencing me to have a little more fun with my daily makeup choices lately.

For my eyeshadow I've been reaching for the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad in Plum. As it's all matte, it's great for both day and night. I swipe the pale pink all over my lids as a base, then add a layer of the light purple all over on top. I carve out an outer V with the deep plum and finish it all by sweeping the deeper pink through my crease to define it and blend everything else together. All of the rich colors play together beautifully and the shades are perfect for autumn, too.

I snagged the Ardency Inn Modster Eyeliner in Lilac from the Sephora sale, since I've had my eye on it for what feels like an eternity. I'm so glad I went for it, because it's one of the best liners I've ever tried. They don't call it a Smooth Ride liner for nothing - it applies so easily without dragging or skipping. It's smooth to apply without being too soft or crumbly, as others can be, too. The color makes me ridiculously happy every time I use it too! It's such a punchy shade - somewhere between purple and pink and it makes a statement while still being wearable. Think grown up punk.

Another Sephora sale splurge was the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick. I was so hesitant about this one, since online it appears like a futuristic, prismatic and intense product. However, this has turned into one of the most unusual and fun products that I've ever used! It's a cool toned lavender 'use-anywhere' type of stick that I primarily use as a highlight. Don't be put off by the color description, thinking that it's unwearable, because it's absolutely stunning when it's applied. It glides onto the skin easily and gives you a modern take on highlighter. It shines and catches the light without being shimmery which is one of the things that I'm most impressed with about it. I'm excited to try it out in other ways too (I'm thinking this will be a stunner of a glossy eye!)

Makeup that makes you feel a little more fabulous than usual is always a win in my book. Something about this color palette makes me feel so cheerful whenever I use it, so I can definitely see myself reaching for these often. I'm off of work this whole week and I couldn't be more excited for it. Aside from Thanksgiving on Thursday and a Gilmore Girls revival marathon with my mom all day Friday, I don't have much planned (and I like it that way haha!) Have a great week everyone!

Monday, November 7, 2016

October Favorites: Beauty, Hair Care & Lifestyle

October came and went in a flash, as most months seem to. By the time the month ended and Halloween was over, it felt like fall had truly settled in. I've succumbed to wearing a jacket in the morning so I don't freeze when the sun is still rising and my booties are all back in my wardrobe, as if they were never stored away back in the spring.

I had a few makeup items that I found myself consistently reaching for all month. The IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye has been my concealer of choice. It's a thicker formula that blends in easily with your fingertips and a little goes a long way to hide any bit of darkness you're suffering from. Set it with a little powder and you're good to go all day. 

Something about cooler temps make me want to add more glow and gleam to my makeup routine. I haven't been holding back with my highlighter and I've been reaching for the By Terry Ombre Blackstar shadow sticks a lot more than usual. They have an intense light reflective shimmer packed into the cream shadow and I can't get enough. I use Misty Rock, a purple toned taupe, built up for nights out or with a light hand for daytime. Frozen Quartz is a peachy pink with gold undertones that I love for brightening up my eyes on extra-tired mornings. The formula blends out perfectly and doesn't budge once it's set. They're definitely up there in price, but that's the only drawback for me when it comes to these shadows.

A couple of times a week I add an extra step to my shower routine and work Briogeo's Don't Dispair, Repair deep conditioning mask into the ends of my hair. I leave it in throughout the whole shower and rinse it out right before I finish. I always notice that my hair is softer and more cooperative the next couple of days after using it. I'm officially a deep conditioner convert and addict now. 

If you're interested in anything unusual, strange pieces of history, and fascinating photographs, then the blog Messy Nessy will pull you into a black hole of curiosity that you won't regret. I stumbled onto it through a Cupcakes & Cashmere Links I Love post about NYC's most secret places and have been obsessed ever since. Posts range from a Scientology handbook (I couldn't stop laughing...) to North Korean restaurants to a time capsule house stuck in the '50's and everything in between. 

It feels like the holidays will be here before you know it. Thanksgiving (in the US) is only a few weeks away and Christmas decor is already popping up in all the stores. I'm also (overly) excited for the Gilmore Girls revival later this month. As my mom and I used to watch it together when it was on, we're planning on watching it together when it's released on Netflix. My goal is to binge watch it in two days, but we'll see. I have such high expectations for it, so I hope it's great! Have a good week everyone!

Monday, October 31, 2016

That Halloween Feeling

Happy Halloween! This is my favorite holiday, so today's post is dedicated to the spookiest, most scare filled, and sugar heavy day of the year. 

The cocktail shaker, shot glasses, and ice bucket that are perfect for a Halloween bash, even though we have them out year-round! (similar here, here, and here

Just the beginning of our caramel-laden personal candy stash. On the counter at all time for easy access, naturally. 

Agnes rolling around with one of her spider toys. 

She Likes to... dress up as Raphael from TMNT for a Halloween party. (Romper and mask with sashes)

Have a great Halloween everyone! Let me know what you're doing today (or did over the weekend) to celebrate!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Autumn Eyes: Shadows and Liners for the Season

Continuing with the fall theme from my last post, I wanted to do a roundup of my favorite shadows and liners that are perfect for the season. Eyeshadows and liners have my heart when it comes to makeup and I've collected more over the years than I'd like to admit. For me, metallics, deep greens, and rich plums are the perfect palette for autumn.

In terms of palettes, you can't go wrong with the Lorac Unzipped. The metallic tones in it are stunning and I love the mattes for both liner and making a subtle smoky eye. The colors are rich, but have a bit of fallout, so you need to tap off any excess before applying. I reach for these shadows a lot and can't recommend this palette enough.

Single shadows in both powder and cream formulas have some great selections for beautiful fall shades. Laura Mercier's Terracotta is a gorgeous wet/dry shadow that packed with shimmer in a warm coppery rust tone. A brown laced burgundy shadow, Maybelline's Pomegranate Punk is one that's easy to put on with your fingertips and smudge out for an easy single-shadow eye look. When I first found Laura Geller's Copper Penny I couldn't put it down - it's such a gorgeous metallic! (Full review here) If your looking for something a little deeper, Laura Mercier's Khaki is for you. It's a dark taupe green that looks great along the lash line. (See it in action here) Last up is a warm rich rose gold from Love of Color called Impress Me that great all over the eye.

There are four liners in my collection that scream fall to me. Kat Von D's Bukowski is a stunning forest green that's easy to apply. The last three all all from Urban Decay. Empire is a deep purple that very long lasting - once it set's you're good to go. Roach is my all-time favorite and most used liner in a go-with-everything bronze tone. Trick (similar) is a stunning copper that adds bit of shimmer to any eye look.

What eyeshadows and liners do you reach for the most during the autumn months? That's one thing I love about the seasons changing - it's a great reason to shake up your makeup! I can't believe it's only one week until Halloween! It's my favorite holiday, so I'm looking forward to it as always. I need to think of a costume, but I'm not sure what I want to dress up as. I'm leaning towards Wednesday Addams, but I'm still not sure. If you're dressing up, let me know what your costume is going to be!