Hot Makeup Looks for Spring 2017

As fashion week(s) is coming to a close, I’ve been thinking about the beauty looks we’ve been seeing on the runway and brainstorming for spring. With all the fresh inspo on my mind, I stopped by Ulta Beauty to pick up a few new products for the season! I was happy to see a ton of color instead of just classic natural beauty (which I do love and still included below btw!). All the colors and textures, like glitter & gloss, makes me remember that makeup doesn’t have to be serious or over-polished. It can be bold & it can be fun!

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Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorial | Pink

Happy Monday!! I wanted to do a super pink look for Valentine’s day instead of my usual red-lip look and I’m so in love with how this tutorial turned out! It’s so overly girly and with so much pink I would have thought it’d look clownish but I think the final look is so cute and feminine. Very Legally Blonde :) I pulled out some of my favorite pink products and I think everything went together really well, hope you guys love it! I really want to do a coral/peachy Valentine’s look next – what do you think? Too springy or just a little different for Vday? Lemme know!

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Shopping Made Easy with Shopkick app & Sally Hansen

I might be one of the few people in this day & age that doesn’t enjoy shopping online as much as I love going in-store. I love to roam aisles and peruse. If you’re an in-person shopper like myself, I have an app for you!

I discovered the shopkick app about a month ago while I was doing some holiday shopping & it’s a great way to rack up points…. err, kicks! When you shop, you get kicks that you can redeem at some of your favorite retailers. My gift card of choice? Starbucks of course!

You can earn kicks in many different ways… browsing content and watching videos in the app, walking into stores, using a linked credit card for purchases, scanning items in store or your receipts, or by inviting friends! So easy peasy!

I was at Target last month racking up kicks & I picked up some awesome Sally Hansen Color Therapy polishes. I’m in love! I wear pale pink or white on my nails 99% of the time so I love trying new products and formulas! I picked up the color “Well, well, well” and its my current favorite! This polish is uniquely infused with argan oil and doesn’t need a base coat so the oil complex can directly contact your bare nails! Combined with Sally Hansen Color Therapy Top Coat.. & it’s perfect! I suffer from extremely dry skin, especially my cuticles (especially x2 now that it’s winter too!) so finishing off with Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail & Cuticle Oil kept me so comfortable this past holiday season. I like to keep this elixir in my purse and reapply as needed!

Check out shopkick app and pick up your favorite Sally Hansen Color Therapy polishes and let me know what you think!… View Post

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016 Inspired Makeup & Hair

Hi my gorgeous loves! I filmed this tutorial shortly after the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, obviously totally inspired by the gorgeous makeup look this year but after initial concept approval from the brand I was working with, in the 25th hour they decided I couldn’t use the VS name in my video. SO frustrating to water my video down to a generic look as this is one of my favorite inspired looks I’ve ever done, I worked SO hard on it, AND I think I got the look pretty close! You can be the judge of that :) I wish I could have regrouped and published this video the way I wanted but – as I’m sure you’ve heard..  I’m pregnant! I just did not have the energy to go back to the drawing board for them after such a long back-and-forth process. There’s nothing I can do at this point so I’m going to try to stop being upset about it and tell you all about the look and inspiration here on the blog! :)

This year’s (err.. last year) Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was my favorite in years! I feel like they really got that early 2000s magical essence that has seemed to disappear over the years. The girls looked so gorgeous, the designs were fantastic, & I loved the musical guests (especially Bruno Mars!). Let’s talk about the makeup look though *heart eyes* !!! As much as I love the way VS models are styled, the makeup is never wearable for me and my huge eyes. If I don’t have eyeliner on, it doesn’t even look like I have makeup on so I love that the girls were rockin’ a winged liner this year! So flirty and perfect for Paris.

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ABH x Master Palette by Mario Tutorial

Hi loves! I finally cracked open my Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario after it collecting dust for so long – & wanted to share a tutorial with you! It’s such a gorgeous palette, & I’m a huge sucker for neutral/earthy tones so it’s right up my alley! I don’t think this palette is available for purchase anymore but I know so many of you own this beauty so I hope that this tutorial is super helpful for you! If not, these tones are very dupe-able!

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Best Skincare Products Found at CVS Pharmacy | Haul

I’d always get so excited for CVS visits ever since I was a kid, they have everything! Snacks, magazines to thumb through, stationary, and as I got older – my interest in the beauty aisles evolved with me! From the days of strawberry glitter lipgloss to now enjoying products like dermatologist-approved skincare and luxurious cosmetics, I still feel a pang of excitement when it’s time for a CVS run! There has been a couple changes over the years though. For one, they’ve banned tobacco from their shelves and they’ve also increased their beauty offerings! Win-win! CVS is the destination for drugstore beauty, no longer just a place to pick up your prescriptions. With more than 7,600 stores nationwide, it’s very likely that there is one within 3 miles of your home. Off the top of my head, I can think of three locations within a one-mile radius of my home – score!

I popped in recently to replenish some of my favorite skincare products and I was so pleased to find every single item in my makeup-removing-skin-cleansing routine! You’ve heard me talk about all of these items before, & the fact that I still love them shows that they really stood the test of time for me. Select stores will provide personalized consultations and product advice from Beauty Consultants, who go through specialized training on several different topics – including skincare! So if you have some questions or issues that I can’t provide help with here, help is just a short (3 mile ;) ) drive away!

I wanted to share my CVS skincare haul with you!… View Post

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Transitioning my Makeup from Fall to Winter

Right as November hits, I realize that Winter is my favorite season – not Fall! Maybe it’s my deep love for the holidays that really takes over the whole season. Christmas decorations are everywhere, jewel-toned makeup and clothes line the shelves and so do all things sparkly – glitter, sequins, metallic eye pigments, just so much eye candy!

I created this quick and easy makeup look today and wanted to share a few of the new Revlon ColorStay™ Eye Collection and Kiss™ Balm products that I used and have become staples in my makeup bag.

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Drugstore Contour & Highlight | CVS Pharmacy

If you watch my makeup tutorials you know how much I love to work on my cheeks! I know, I know, most people favor eye makeup or some great lip art. For me there is something about sculpting cheekbones and creating depth & dimension to the face that is really satisfying!

Ever since I began wearing makeup as a teenager, I would get so excited to go shopping for beauty products! I would spend hours flipping through girly magazines for inspiration and browse the beauty aisles of my local CVS store. Especially in college, this was my favorite thing to do late at night (yay for 24 hour CVS’s!). I stopped by my local CVS for some skincare products and ended up leaving with some new makeup to play with! CVS stocks dozens of new and innovative products every month and are even shoppable outside of the beauty aisles too! They’ve placed trendy beauty products in check-out aisles so you’re always up to date on what’s popular!

I sculpted & highlighted my cheeks with the few products I just picked up and wanted to share my haul and process with you! What’s really great about shopping beauty products at CVS is that they are 100% risk free. Beauty products can be returned no-questions-asked unopened or opened as long as you have your receipt. I do have a feeling though you’ll love everything I just picked up! :)

First up.. contour!

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Soft Brown Makeup | Kyshadow + Brown Sugar Lip Kit

Hi loves!

You know I have a hard time straying away from nude/neutral looks! I just love warm brown colors, I can’t resist! I finally got my hands on the Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow Bronze Palette and the new Brown Sugar Lip Kit and had to create a look with them! You’ll be obsessed with the Bronze Palette if you love warm brown palettes like the Morphe 35o (code IRENE for a discount!), but I love that this palette includes a black shadow! That’s the one thing the 35o’s are missing!

Don’t even get me started on Brown Sugar, I’ve been waiting for this color all my life lol! Enjoy the tutorial!

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