Friday, December 19, 2014

Weekend Link Roundup

(photo taken from my instagram)

Can you believe Christmas is less than a week away? I spent prime shopping time at Disney and now, a wedding, so I have a little catching up to do! I enjoy giving gifts more than receiving them, so I'm not too stressed about it - and I am looking forward to baking Christmas treats and hanging out with my family and friends. I have so many photos to edit and share with you (seriously, a ton), but for now, here is my weekend link roundup!

- How the American Horror Story seasons are connected.

- Shop my holiday picks on Kate Spade Saturday.

- Need some more gift ideas? Check out my travel worthy and techie gift guides on Westfield Style.

- You can make a direct impact on someone's life and fight poverty through your donations and words of encouragement on HandUp. Google is matching donations through December 31st.

- This DIY trailer makeover is so inspiring!

- I love this gorgeous jewelry box.

- This story brought happy tears to my eyes.

- An oversized sweater with lipstick kisses? Yes!

- Speaking of lipstick: the perfect, long lasting bright pink comes in liquid form and is perfect for the holidays.

- Holiday hairstyle ideas, and two holiday makeup ideas here and here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Outfit Details:
Coach Houndstooth Parka
Coach Borough bag (c/o)
C. Wonder buffalo check earmuffs
Alberto Fermani boots (old)
American Apparel turtleneck
H+M skirt

Before heading down to Florida, I made sure to pack in all of the New York holiday festivities. My cousin, her husband, and my sister Chichi were in town, so it gave us even more of an excuse to visit the Rockefeller tree, watch the light show at Saks, check out the holiday window displays, go ice skating, and more. I've said it before and I'll say it again: there's nothing like the holidays in NYC. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Makeup Monday: Holiday Glitter Makeup Tutorial

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Products used:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue Glitter Bonding Eye Shadow Primer
"Limit" eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked3 palette (check out my super simple Naked3 tutorial, here)
Make Up For Ever Sand 11 - metallic tan glitter
Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in "Perversion"
Benefit "They're Real!" mascara
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in "Adora"
Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner in "Perfect Red" (check out my perfect red lips tutorial)
For my full foundation tutorial, click here.

As I stated in my last makeup tutorial, nothing says holidays to me like glitter and/or red lips. For this tutorial, I decided to combine them! This eye look is one of my long time favorites, though I usually go for a shimmery shadow instead of the glitter -- fallout is my enemy, and it's inevitable with glitter. I also prefer it with a lighter lip but since it's the holidays, I decided to just go for it. Since my lids all but disappear when my eyes are open,  the glitter is like a sparkly surprise. Though you'll still find a few pieces of glitter here and there, the glitter glue is the best primer for sparkles and loose shadows that I've found -- and applying is after you've already blended the outer shadows will prevent further fallout. You can also do your eyes first, clean up the mess, and then apply the rest of your makeup. But let's be real: I just dusted it off the best I could and looked like a mildly sparkly vampire, in the sunshine. Want to know how to recreate this festive holiday look? Follow my step by step tutorial, below!

1. Apply a thin layer of glitter glue primer all over your lids.

2. Sweep "Limit" (or any mauve/taupe shadow you want) in/above your crease. I prefer it to be matte, to offset the glittery lids.

3. Blend the outer edges.

4. Pat glitter onto your lids, little by little. Don't put too much on the brush, or you'll have a lot of fallout. You can also mix with a teeny bit of mixing medium, for extra adhesion.

5. Apply liquid liner to your top lash line.

6. Add mascara.

7. Finish with red lipstick, and find yourself some mistletoe. Happy Holidays!

holiday glitter makeup