Metallic Lipstick Trend

I know that Halloween is fast approaching and I am not suggesting break out the holiday decorations as seen in many stores around the country… But it is a good idea to start thinking about holiday gift shopping. The mad last minute rush can be stressful. Laini Cosmetics just released brand new lip products that are sure to make the perfect stocking stuffer gift, or a treat for yourself!

Laini Bianculli, Founder of Laini Cosmetics will debut her gorgeous “Wine Not” lip palette with three berry lip shades at an upcoming wine tasting event which you are cordially invited!

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Her single lipstick collection include an array of striking metallics that are sure to dazzle at any holiday party. Metallics are always on trend for fall and winter. The formula remains the same, rich vitamin E and floral vanilla. Make sure to snap one up or add to your Christmas list!

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Purple lips

Feeling adventurous? Bored with your everyday makeup? Try wearing Laini Cosmetics purple lipstick in Bitchy. Oo that was catchy, it sounded like a cheesy commercial. Anyway, I wanted to change up my usual suspects of lipstick and try something new. In order to pull off this color with my new haircut I made sure to apply my BB cream, which is slightly warmer to add a bronzed look to my face. I kept my eyes simple with a shimmering golden light brown shade in the Independent palette from Laini Cosmetics. My cheeks were pink as I applied Ballerina Bronze just to the apples of my cheeks. I wore a blue outfit to complement the cool undertone in the purple lipstick.

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Ladies Night Out

Laini Cosmetics will now be sold at Headbangers Salon in Devon, Pa. To kick off this exciting partnership, Headbangers will be hosting a “Bangin Brows and Bold Lips” Ladies Night Out event. Laini Bianculli, Style and Beauty Expert and Founder of Laini Cosmetics will be offering complimentary mini makeup applications. She will demonstrate how to achieve perfectly defined brows and pouty lips!

Please join us on February 11, 2016 from 6:00pm-8:30pm for pink champagne, treats, and a red carpet contest. “Best in Shoe” will receive Laini’s gorgeous Red Carpet Lip Palette! 

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Fall 2015 Color Collection from NARS

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The fall collection from NARS will be available July 15th at NARSCosmetics.com and NARS boutiques. This collection includes eight velvet shadow sticks, two duel intensity eyeshadows, two lips glosses, one lipstick, and one blush in gorgeous shades ranging from rich earth tones to pale nudes.

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Duel Intensity eyeshadow

Chelsea Girls lip gloss

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NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection - Tribulation Blush

NARS Fall Collection

NARS will also release a gifting collection featuring two palettes, the Hardwired Eye Kit with six shadows, eyeliner, and travel size contour brush.

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The limited edition Matte/Shimmer eyeshadow palette includes eight eyeshadows and mini eyeliner. Both will be available at NARSCosmetics.com and NARS boutiques on July 15, 2015 and at department and specialty stores August 1, 2015.

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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.

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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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NYX Lipstick Stocking Stuffers

I had to share this post quickly during the holiday season. I know I am slow to the uptake on this one, especially since I shop at Ulta regularly. For the first time in years I retried a couple of lipsticks from NYX cosmetics. I purchased two of the Soft Matte Lip Creams in San Paulo, a gorgeous rose shade and Copenhagen, a brilliant berry. The texture of the lipsticks are creamy and apply evenly. I was impressed by the long lasting color, which lasted for hours even after eating and drinking. The velvety lipstick smells just like sweet vanilla buttercream and has a beautiful matte finish. The price is right on these beauties and the brand has numerous colors from which to choose, making them the perfect gift idea. Whether you are celebrating eight nights or waiting for Santa, these are a wonderful gift for the glamour girl in your life.

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San Paulo Soft Matte Lip Cream

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Copenhagen Soft Matte Lip Cream

 

The Audacious Lipstick Collection by NARS

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NARS is celebrating its 20th Anniversary by releasing a 40 shade lipstick collection! Each shade is more beautiful than the next. Deep, rich, dark, and mysterious colors just in time for the new season. Actress, Charlotte Rampling is the new face of The Audacious Lipstick Collection. Charlotte’s free spirit perfectly emulates the collection, which is why Founder and Creative Director, François Nars chose her to represent the 20th anniversary collection. Mark your calendars for August 15th for 30 shades. The rest of the collection will be sold exclusively at Barneys New York. 

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NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection 

 

 

Pink Pink Pink

This weekend my very best friend celebrated her wedding. It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony and reception complete with a live band, raw oyster bar, and a triple layer chocolate cake. My friend look stunning in a strapless sweetheart dress with a soft, romantic updo-highlighted with ethereal flower accessories.

Since it was an evening wedding, I wore a black sleeveless gown and traditional french twist in my hair. My favorite part of the ensemble, my lipstick. I wore NARS Schiap, a retro hot pink. It is incredibly long lasting, maintaining its color course by course. I kept my accessories minimal with a vintage, beaded evening bag.

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Holiday Wish List

Of course this post follows a memorable skit from Saturday’s SNL. Kenan Thompson portrayed a character, Mr. Senior, that was imploring others to wait a few more weeks before celebrating Christmas and enjoy the upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving. As much as I agree with Mr. Senior I tend to fall in the category of individuals who amp up for the holiday season in  November, desperately trying to maximize this time, which every year is as elusive as sand through fingers. With that said, I am beginning a holiday wish list of a variety of items that I enjoy and would make excellent gift ideas. First up, limited edition from the Guy Bourdin NARS collection, lipstick in Future Red. This glossy bold candy apple color is smooth, creamy, and lightweight. The rich coconut oil glides over the lips and feels nourishing instead of drying. I really wanted the attention on the lips so I wore the lipstick with a bare face. As this is a limited edition item, I do recommend making the purchase soon. Stay tuned for the rest of my holiday gift suggestions.

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