Happy Monday! I’ve been playing around with more color lately and have been trying to step a bit outside of my comfort zone. I picked up Stone from MACs new range of matte lipsticks and I am obsessed with the color!! I call it greige… grey-beige, get it? I think my tube might be a dud though and I may have to go back and exchange it.. it just doesn’t wear like a matte, more like a satin or lustre booo! I do love the color though so I created a look around my lipstick of choice and ended up with a very muted, cool toned look. I hope you guys love it!
I am SO proud of myself today lol!!! I always miss the train on amazing highlighters and you know I’m all about that glow life. I missed MAC’s Whisper of Gilt, I missed Estee Lauder’s Heat Wave, I’ve bought dupes, etc and just never found exactly what I was looking for. I have been meaning to buy Opal by Becca Cosmetics for what feels like forever now, but ironically enough I don’t shop for makeup that often and I just got lazy with picking it up. The makeup bug hit me yesterday and I set out to do some shopping. Becca teamed up with Jaclyn Hill on a new limited edition Shimmering Skin Perfector for Summer 2015 called Champagne Pop and I thought it was releasing yesterday so my mission was to pick up both Opal and Champagne Pop at the same time. I stalked every Sephora within a 30 minute radius from me and either they were a smaller store that doesn’t carry Becca or they said that they were putting Champagne Pop on the shelves the next day. I picked up Opal anyways (& a million other things.. oops) and la-la-laaahved it on my skin! It’s so soft, so creamy, and really gives that intense highlight I’m always looking for. My only complaint is that it’s pretty cool toned.. the next shade up I believe was Rose Gold and it was a little too dark for a highlight in my taste. I tried layering a gold on top of Opal to warm it up but it didn’t make much of a difference.. I still love it though and will not be returning it *hugs packaging*. Also I think the fact that it’s cool toned makes it a versatile product, wearable with many different looks. Anywho, I woke up early, got a notification from Sephora.com that Champagne Pop is now available so I started calling my local stores again to see if they’d hold one for me… no one has it!!!! So I ended up buying it online (along with some other things.. oops x2) and I can’t wait to get it in the mail! If the formula is like Opal I will be so so happy! Once my package arrives I’ll film a haul video of all the goodies I picked up yesterday and today :)
A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with our reigning Miss USA (& first runner up at Miss Universe!), Nia Sanchez. We’ve been trying to shoot together ever since she was crowned but we struggled with finding ourselves in the same city at the same time. I’m so happy we finally made it happen as her year is coming to an end and she is an absolute doll. She will be crowning her successor on June 12th in Baton Rouge! I’m sure most of you have heard about the drama surrounding Donald Trump & NBC this year, it’s really disappointing watching everything unfold as Miss USA will no longer be televised live this year as its always been. Luckily, the show will go on! I am however impressed with NBC for standing their ground on this matter but again, it’s disappointing because their decision (and Univision’s decision) affects everyone that’s worked so hard this year: the delegates, state directors, sponsors, pageant fans – not only Trump. To the 2015 delegates, its an honor to compete on the national stage as you’ve all dreamt of, televised or not. The purpose of competing at Miss USA is not to be on TV but for the legacy and tradition, you should all be very proud of yourselves and this doesn’t change or taint anything. Donald Trump and his politics do not represent the beauty and diversity of the Miss Universe Organization. Miss USA has been running since 1952 and will continue even after Trump. Let me know your thoughts!View Post
As much as I love the glam, on a day-to-day basis I’m a pretty simple girl and don’t do too much more than making sure my skin is clean and hydrated. As I’m getting further into my 20s and approaching 30, I’m realizing just how important skincare is. I’ve always been crazy about moisturizing but I wish I added a preventative regimen to my hydrating routine earlier in life; luckily it’s better late than never!
I have a super simple but highly requested tutorial up on my channel today – a breakdown of how I over-line my lips! For years I would just line my lips as usual and go a little outside of my natural lip-line. Lately, I’ve been starting above my top lip and working my way down; I call it drawing a little mustache. You’d think that the final result would look the same but I find that this is what works best for me to not only get a dramatic over-lined look but I also have more control over the shape of the final product and it always ends up looking prettier. I had the pleasure of shooting this video at Smashbox Studios; while i was there for the day they taught me how to create custom lip glosses and let me create my own personal color. I ended up with a muted purple / mauve type of color and they named it Irene’s Dusty Rose. Smashbox is doing a giveaway of my gloss and get this.. there will be 100 winners!!!! I’m talking, full sized, proper Smashbox packaging, delivered to your door! & with 100 chances to win, your odds of winning are amazing!! Subscribe to my blog HERE and it’ll take you to the giveaway page right after! Can’t wait to see you guys rocking my lippy, good luck!!