Easter style

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. I found this dress last month and was waiting for the perfect time to wear it. When I saw it online I knew I had to purchase. It reminded me of a modern take of a 60’s style dress that Cher wore in the movie Mermaids. Remember that movie? Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, the late and great Bob Hoskins. Cher plays the trendy, flaky mom looking fabulous throughout the entire film with her jet black hair and gorgeous makeup. It’s definitely worth watching if you haven’t already.

This 3/4 sleeved sheath dress with a colorful abstract pattern from Target was just the right dress to wear for Easter Sunday. I chose to wear a pair of blush colored scalloped vegan flats. I kept my jewelry simple with a pair of gold and ruby earrings.

I wanted to bring out the color in the dress by accentuating my lips. I wore the classic red lipstick, ruby woo from M.A.C. that my lovely friend, also named Ashley, gave to me. Eyes were kept simple with a sweep of shimmering pink all over the lid and crease in The 15 Minutes from Bare Minerals. As for my cheeks, they were shimmering and rosy achieved by wearing the Shimmer Bloc in pink mosaic from Laura Mercier. 

Ashley

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Ashley

 

Sweater weather

This past weekend was sunny and warm, perfect for a cozy sweater without a heavy coat. I love my Lysse leggings and have been wearing them multiple times just changing up the top and shoes. They are so versatile and let’s face it comfortable, how could I resist? I wore a soft and fluffy sweater from the Jennifer Lopez collection at Kohls. The drop shoulder sweater is available in a few colors, but the marshmallow has flecks of gold, which is so pretty for the holiday season.

The light color is a wonderful backdrop for a dark and dramatic makeup look. I wanted to try the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil and absolutely loved it! I purchased Rust, a beautiful rich merlot color. I blended the creamy pencil onto my lids and accentuated the eyes using Laura Mercier satin matte eye colour in plum allure only on the sockets. I applied Laini Cosmetics Ballerina Bronze blush to the hollows of my cheeks and finished the look with Mademoiselle lipstick by Chanel. 

Try this beauty combo at your next holiday party!

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley

Fall makeup looks

Fall is my favorite season. The weather is sunny and brisk, perfect for wearing cozy layers. The air is fragrant with dried leaves and wood burning. Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, apples, Halloween! The only part that makes me sad about this fabulous season is the fact that it is way too short. This year the farmer’s almanac is predicting serious snow so I am going to enjoy every minute of Autumn, starting with the beauty and fashion. I put together some makeup looks for you that I think are fantastic for the season and throughout winter.

Red lips all year round is my signature look. Choosing the right color for the season is important. Try wearing deeper shades in the colder months. In this look I primed my face with Camera Ready Primer at Laini Cosmetics. Contoured my face with Contour Palette light from Laini Cosmetics. Eye brows were defined with The Brows Have It palette by Laini Cosmetics. I used Maybelline Lash Sensational in Blackest Black mascara. For eyeshadow, I chose Maybelline The Nudes Palette and lined the top of my lids with NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Skorpios and then smudged it into the lid. My cheeks needed some shimmer so I applied Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic. As for my favorite part…the red lips. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo completes this look.

Red lipstick

Deep berry lipstick look. I am a huge fan of plum shades for fall. In high school one of my favorite lipsticks was Vamp from Chanel, which has since been discontinued (insert sad face). My skin is very fair and on any given day I have dark circles. If your face is fair like mine it is important to thoroughly cover those circles. I applied Clinique Airbrush concealer, which is lightweight and full coverage. Also, keep in mind that your cheeks should have slightly more color to avoid looking gothic. I added Mineral Fusion Berry Glow 3-in-1 color stick to my cheeks to create a deeper color. For my eyes, I applied Mineral Fusion Eyeshadow Trio in Density to complement the dark lipstick with a lighter violet. The lipstick I chose was NYX Matte Lipstick in Siren.

Plum lipstick

The metallic bronzed look that can be worn all year round. Last month, I posted a video tutorial using Laini Cosmetics products. This look is gorgeous for Autumn, adding a little glam using rich metallic shades. Here is the link to my video tutorial.

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Finally, the 90’s inspired brown lipstick look. Traditionally, if my lips are very bold, I tend to keep my eyes simple. I chose Bare Minerals Eyeshadow duo in The 15 Minutes, a gorgeous burgundy shade was applied to my eye socket and the light pink was applied all over my lid. I am wearing an older lipstick from YSL Rouge Pur Couture 34. Similar lipstick shade here. Keep in mind that I built on each one of the layers of makeup. I kept the contour, blush, and mascara the same for each look.

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Let me know what you think! Which look will you try this season?

Black ensemble

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Another day, another maxi. I love a good tank dress. It is unbelievably comfortable and very lightweight, making it the perfect choice for these hot days. I wore this outfit to see Jurassic World over the weekend. I can remember waiting for the the first film, Jurassic Park to come out on VHS and running home from school to watch it. I was terrified, those raptors, that blood curdling roar of the T.rex, that poor goat! For those of us who saw the entire franchise it is a no brainer to see the latest stand alone Jurassic World. I enjoyed it tremendously- it paid homage to the originals and still offered a fresh perspective.

Anyway back to my look. I chose to wear my Candie’s platforms with this black tank top dress, however this dress would be perfect with a pair of slip on sneakers as well.

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Maxi dress

As for accessories, I am wearing multiple bracelets, a Kara Ross bangle, an Alex and Ani bangle, and a gold bangle that I received as a gift from my godmother years ago.

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accessories

I chose red as my makeup look- a classic duo with an all black outfit. I am wearing vegan and cruelty free, Crimson Clay red polish and Future Red from NARS limited edition Guy Bourdin collection. A similar color would be the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Red Amour.

Bold lips with a neutral eye

Here is the look I created for my vibrant outfit in a previous post. I decided to wear a neutral eye and chose a bold lip that was complimentary, but not the exact match of the look. I applied The Nudes collection from Maybelline on my eyes. I applied a taupe color for my lids and a slightly darker shade for my crease just to give definition on my socket. I applied this look using amazing brushes from it for Ulta. A sales associate introduced me to the collection after I could not find a particular brush. Once I felt the brushes I knew they would be perfect. I cannot even describe how soft the cruelty free bristles are and how beautiful a job. These brushes deliver on results. Just to add some contour to my cheeks I wore a creme blush in Praline by Laura Mercier.  Now for the lipstick. I am traditionally a matte girl. I am under the impression that matte always makes my lips look fuller. It is important to find a matte lipstick that does not dry out your lips however. I chose Street Cred from NYX cosmetics. The color is more on the coral side as opposed to pink. I did not want my lipstick to match identically with the colors in my skirt, rather compliment the outfit. Keep brows soft looking, no need to define with such bold lips. I also applied two coats of mascara from NYX, which I mentioned in a previous post.

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Ashley

 

Baby blue dress combo

Typically by this time of year my closet is already filled with spring outfits. My winter clothes are packed away and/or donated and I am flitting around in cute dresses. Unfortunately, this year is a bummer. It is still gloomy and cold. At this rate we will completely bypass spring all together straight to summer. Anyway, I cannot model the spring clothes because let’s face it I am not feeling pneumonia, I decided to add another post with an outfit suggestion. Eventually, fingers crossed, east coast we will be wearing our favorite spring dresses.

This baby Blue dress by Topshop is first up. The dress has a deep v front and back, a slit up the back, falls just over the knee, and the best part, drumroll please…pockets!

Keep it simple with this dress. It has enough detail to catch the eye, but also has very minimal lines and does not need an embellished shoe. Peep toe mules are the way to go. Black is too harsh for a spring look with this pastel dress. Opt for the brown leather color from Nine West.

You can find real treasures on Etsy. Case in point this vintage aqua rhinestone collar necklace by SacredCake designer Jennifer Valentine. The dress is so low cut that a necklace will fill in some of the stark design.

As for makeup. Keep skin looking dewy by applying a creme blush like Creme Cheek Colour in Rosebud by Laura Mercier. Eyes can be bare with just mascara. Blue and red are a fabulous combo so be bold and try wearing an orange red color by Nars in Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Red Square.

What do you think?

Blue neoprene dress

The other night I attended the chic Trunk Show celebrating, Entrepreneur, Chloe Johnston and Fashion Designer, Amy Devan. As it was a Parisian themed event, I knew for certain that red lipstick was my shade of choice. I wore Red Amour Creme Smooth Lip Colour by Laura Mercier. The rest of my makeup look was very uncomplicated. I only accentuated my eye sockets with a light brown from the Maybelline nude palette collection, which I have featured previously, and Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic also from Laura Mercier.

As for the ensemble. I resurrected my blue neoprene blend long sleeved dress from Zara. I wore this dress two Christmases ago to my cousin’s wedding. Cerulean is one of my favorite shades of blue and is flattering on so many skin tones. Actually, I was more inclined to wear the dress again after I found a fun and bedazzled pair of french navy tights from Kate Spade. Unfortunately, they were a sale item and are now sold out. Similar pair here. I just love the way the rhinestones catch the light and spice up an otherwise simple look.

I decided to leave my heels at home and opted for a pair of comfortable Aldo black flats, which I have also worn this winter. As the winter starts to fade away, moving towards the warmer season, think about recycling your existing clothing. Instead of purchasing new pieces mix and match to get more use out of your favorite pieces.

Ashley

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Watercolour Clouds

New makeup from Laura Mercier. The collection is called Watercolour Clouds and the palette is ethereal and soft. I have to say it reminds me of the 1980’s tv show, Moonlighting with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. Maddie Hayes was always filmed in diffused light, creating a glow and wore feminine wardrobe colors like peach. The palette may remind me of the 80’s, but it is anything but dated. The Eye and Cheek palette include shades of purple and green, which can be worn as neutrals or deepened for a unique smokey eye.

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My favorite though, hands down is the Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Brigitte. This pale peachy nude shade is a must have. The rich formula of this lipstick is incredibly nourishing and adds a slight shine to the lips.

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Makeup on a budget

My grandmother inspired this post. She asked me, quite innocently, if I posted a blog featuring drugstore makeup. I have in the past, but it has been a little while. In honor of my grandmother, I decided to do some bargain beauty shopping. I love a good deal, a great beauty bargain. On a trip to Ulta, I browsed the makeup aisles searching for a gold nugget, on the hunt for something new to try. The Nudes Palette from Maybelline caught my eye. 12 fabulous colors from gold to chocolate brown for $9.99!! Are you kidding me? It was a no brainer. A matching lipstick was next on my list. I was drawn to the NYX Extra Creamy Round lipstick and found it difficult to decide on just one shade. I finally picked Rose.

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I am happy to report that both products were great finds. The nudes eyeshadow were highly pigmented and long lasting without the use of a primer. The NYX lipstick is smooth, rich, and moisturizing. Rose is a complimentary color to the nude palette. I recommend choosing a shade similar to your natural lip color if you are planning to create a smokey eye. I also used the Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier on my cheeks for a natural flushed look. Mascara is Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal in Black.

Ashley

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1960’s holiday makeup

As of today, I really do not have any New Year’s Eve plans. I think I just want to be a couch potato and eat and watch the ball drop from the comfort of my own home, warm and happy. I might even for good measure play the Auld Lang Syne version by Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis from Sex and the City the movie. Maybe I will warm a cup of apple cider, wear a boa, who knows? Anyway, I have gone out each year on New Year’s unsuccessfully it usually is a frigid cold night, with crazy drunk people, drama, and overall a lot of work to achieve the look for the evening. With all of that said, if you are planing a night out on the town, here is an Audrey Hepburn, 60’s inspired makeup look. It really is very simple to achieve, but it does require the proper tools. Santa bought me the 10 piece limited edition Sonia Kashuk brush kit, which I desperately needed.

Brushes

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To achieve this look I used NARS black Eyeliner Pencil for both the lower and upper lash lines as well as the sockets. The liner should be drawn out slightly to create a wide eye. Make sure you do not draw a winged lash line, keep the line parallel to the lower lashes. The bottom line should appear as if it is smudged and can be applied thickly. Do not be afraid to make a definitive line on the socket. With the eyeshadow brush blend completely to smooth the harshness of the line.

Using the Luminous White from Clarins vibrant light eye quartet mineral palette (which I have mentioned before) apply carefully on the eye lid. Avoid covering the liner.

Mascara should be applied at least twice, two coats will really make your eyes pop. I used Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara in classic black.

Cheeks need some contour with this look. Apply Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in pink mosaic.

Keep lips simple, preferable nude or pale pink. Hourglass offers a gorgeous collection of nude shades. Try the Femme Nude Lip Stylo for the perfect 60’s lip.

Ashley