My Favorite Fall 2018 Runway Show: Dior

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Christian Dior’s Fall 2018 runway show was right up my alley. If I could purchase one outfit, it’d be this one above. The skirt and all of the patchwork in the show is a work of art.

Aside from the fabrics, I’m obsessed with the 60s and 70s influences, the colors, the shoes, the sunglasses, and well, just about everything.

Have a wonderful day!

Love and light

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Fall in LA

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Personally, I love wearing scarves, sweaters, hats, and extra layers. Even though it’s not quite fall/winter weather most of the time in LA, when temperatures drop to even 70-80 I take advantage and wear fall appropriate attire, even if it looks like I’m moving to Alaska. This comic is about people like me vs. their sun loving friends. (Very strange people by the way).
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Deep Burgundy Smoky Eye / Vampy Look Tutorial

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It goes without saying that I love fall and winter. One reason I do is because of the deep vampy smoky eyes and lips that are so reminiscent of the season.

Sometimes a bold eye and lip can clash, so I try to keep them in the same color family. I’ve really been liking smoky eyes with burgundy in the crease. 

This look was super easy. I used bronzer in my crease as my transition shade to begin. You can barely see it once the look is complete, but it adds a nice warmth. I used this one by ELF:

e.l.f.’s blush and bronzing powder in St. Lucia. 4.00 at Target and elsewhere. 

I then used e.l.f.’s Artistry Palette, below, for the rest of the look. I used the shimmery burgundy shadow on my entire lid and the second shimmery champagne shade in the top row in the inner half of my eye.

e.l.f.’s artistry palette. $10.80 on 

ebates.com.

This palette is not very well rated honestly, but I’ve gotten many looks out of it. I like the pigmentation and quality so I don’t really care about the ratings. The mirror is also huge, which is awesome. I used the medium brown tone in the palette in my crease, to intensify it.

I then cleaned up the edges and blended all the colors into each other/smoked out the look with a clean brush.

Wet n Wild’s Liquid Catsuit in Berry Recognize. 3.99 at Target & elsewhere.

To tie the look together I used a wine lip liner underneath this lippie, Megalast Liquid Catsuit in Berry Recognize, above, by Wet n’ Wild. 

I really like how the look turned out overall even though I experienced some fallout. For the price though, it’s not that hard to take a wet wipe and clean it up and do your eyes first. 

Love & light to you all and have a beautiful three day weekend! 

Fall Leaves / Fiery Sunset Eyes Tutorial

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Hello and happy Halloweek!

Whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re enjoying many treats an maybe a few tricks. I had fun doing this look as I love warm tones like rust, burgundy, crimson, orange, etc. I was inspired by fall leaves and fiery orange red sunsets to do this eye look & tutorial. 

By the way here’s an interesting tidbit on fall leaves changing colors, “The vivid yellow and orange colors of fall leaves have actually been there throughout the spring and summer, but we haven’t been able to see them. The deep green color of chlorophyll, which helps plants absorb life-giving sunlight, hides the other colors. In the fall, trees break down the green pigments and nutrients stored in the leaves. The nutrients are shuttled into the roots for reuse in the spring..The red color is actively made in leaves by bright light and cold. The crisp, cold nights in the fall combine with bright, sunny days to spur production of red in leaves – especially in sugar maple and red maple trees. ” (Earthsky.org.).

Image from earthsky.org.

I bought the Milani Runway Eyes Fashion Shadows in the primary shade range after finding it in a discount grocery store near my house called Grocery Outlet. I was immediately attracted to the red shade in the palette and I already knew Milani has amazing products like their setting spray, their gel powder shadows, etc.

They purchase overstock merchandise and I’m totally fine with that because they’re awesome and have everything from pretty NYX blushes to tasty pumpkin beers.

The shadows came out in 2012 and it appears that it’s not being sold in stores other than Poshmark and Ebay. You can use any red, orange, and yellow shadows.

 Image found on vampyvarnish.com.

I began by priming my lids with Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes SPF 15.

Image from Smashbox.com. $25.00 on Smashbox.com, Sephora, etc.

It is honestly so good as an eye shadow primer as it is very high coverage for something with “BB Cream” in its title. Plus I love that it contains SPF 15, which is a nice bonus, and protecting your lids and under eyes from the sun is a must since that skin is so delicate. After priming I set the lids with a bone matte shade from my LA Girl Nudes palette. You can use any you have on hand.

I then used the bronzer in Elf’s Aqua Beauty Bronzer and Blush duo in Bronzed Peach, shown below, in my crease as a transition color. I love this duo and also used it for blush and contour.

Elf’s Aqua Beauty Blush and Contour Duo.$6.00. Elf.com, cvs, etc.

The first color I put down was the yellow in the inner half of my eye. I then dipped into the orange and placed it in the middle of the lid. I used the red in the crease and outer half of the eye. 

I blended all the colors into a gradient by sort of fading them into each other. I applied all of the metallic colors first with my finger and then patted more on with a brush I had wet with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. 

As most of you know by now, when it comes to makeup, I don’t mind being a little extra, so I added gold glitter and a wing. The glitter I used is the Color Icon Single Glitter by Wet n Wild. 

Color Icon Single Glitter in Brass by Wet n Wild. .94Β’ at Target. This glitter is stunning on its own on a bare lid.

The product I used for my liner was really inexpensive, but I found it very patchy so it’s not even worth mentioning. To be honest with you, the Milani shadows were also hard to work with and blend out. Despite these setbacks, I made it work, and I believe that working with all kinds of makeup shows you how to work around problems. Not every product can be as seamless as your favorites and that’s to be expected.

Nonetheless, Milani is still one of my favorite drugstore brands! 

Hope you all have a frightfully fabulous Halloween!

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette Review + Purple Amethyst Fall Makeup Look: Petal Pusher Palette

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The Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection by Wet n Wild in Petal Pusher calls for a floral crown & dusty lavender scarf.

 

Whenever I discover a high quality affordable makeup palette at the drugstore I pretty much do a back flip. I was at my local CVS and I did my usual walk through the makeup aisles when I discovered the Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Petal Pusher by Wet n Wild. (To be honest I find it soothing to look at makeup, and when I’m stressed I take a walk expressly for this reason. It’s almost like looking at pieces in a musuem. There’s something zen about it.) 

Photo by jet.com

The smoky purple/amethyst look I came up with. Bold but perfect with a nude lip + for fall. You can get away with more drama for fall & winter. Plus who cares? Rock those deep shadows girl.

Both the Beauty Brick Palette in Ultra containing purple tones by LA Girl and the Petal Pusher palette by Wet n Wild caught my eye. Neither are new products, but I’ve been wanting to do a blown out fun fall amethyst purple smoky eye. (Could I have used any more adjectives in that sentence? Probably.)

Pic by Ulta.com. 7.99 at drugstores. Next purple purchase on my list. πŸ˜‰πŸ’œ

The reasons I opted for the Wet n Wild palette were the cheaper price (4.99 vs. 7.99) and the LA Girl shadows didn’t seem to have the same pop. They looked slightly chalky and dull, compared to the shades in the Wet n Wild palette. 

Palette with flash. I had to show off how good these shades are.

That might have been due to packaging, and I’m still going back for LA Girl’s Ultra palette to test it out for myself and anyone interested. You guys know I love LA Girl, (Here is my review on their nude beauty brick), so I don’t mind taking a gamble, and you can’t really judge a shadow by just looking at it. 

I can’t get over how pigmented every shade is, how metallic the shimmery shades are, and the overall color payoff for the price. If you’re a beginner, don’t hesitate to check out Wet n Wild! Don’t sleep on their awesome makeup.

The shimmers in the Petal Pusher palette attracted me the most. I somehow managed to use them all in the look I did and was not at all mad about it. In fact I am living for these shades! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ The deep shinmery plum purple shade, blue purple shimmery shade, and rosy purple shimmer are my favorites. I used every color in the look except the grey color.

I primed my lids with Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes, which is really more of a concealer and I have been loving it. I also love Wet n Wild’s Photofocus concealer to prime my lids. I then used the bone shade in my LA Girl Beauty Brick palette in nudes to set the lids. In the crease I used the third shade down in the first row/left column of the Petal Pusher Palette, which says ‘crease’. That is so cool because it makes it a no brainer for beginners, and if you follow those prompts, you’d get a cute look.

Photo by Ulta. 24.99. Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes Broad Spectrum SPF 15. It’s what I used to prime my eyes. I find it works perfect as a concealer and primer. It’s meant to be used as an under eye concealer as well.

I used the Smashbox concealer to highlight the brown bone as well. On the lids I used the second shade on the left column imprinted with the word ‘eyelid’, which is a lavender. I then used the bluish purple shimmery ‘definer’ in the same column in the outer corner. I went back to the lid and went in with the rosy purple with the word ‘eyelid’ in the right column. 

I then lined the lashline and outer half of my eye with the deepest plum purple shimmery shade called a ‘crease’ shade in the right column. I made a kind of cat eye. 😸

I finished off the look with mascara and a nude lip. I used Wet n Wild’s MegaLast Lip Color nude lipstick in Bare it All topped with LA Girl’s Glazed Lip Paint in Whisper. They are 1.99 and 3.99 respectively. 

I already knew I would love the palette’s quality and colors because I have the Color Icon palette in Comfort Zone. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may recall my green smoky eye/ festive holiday look & tutorial I did with the palette. Here is that palette below:

Wet n Wild’s Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort Zone. Also 4.99. Love both palettes with a passion. I’ll be using this for festive holiday looks and smoky eyes this fall and winter on repeat.

On Wet n Wild’s website the description of these palettes mentions that they’re enriched with macadamia nut oil and a special silicone base to ensure pigmentation and longevity. How amazing is that!?! In their own words, 

“These eyeshadow collections feature eight dynamic and vibrant shades with high pigment and pearl for ultra-impact color! A jet-milled base and silicone technology deliver longwearing, stay-true color for hours of crease-resistant wear. Enriched with Macadamia Oil, each shadow provides continuous moisture that improves the appearance of the delicate eye area. The shade combinations can be used together for a daring statement or individually to bring a pop of color to your look.

Wetnwildbeauty.com

Thank you Wet n Wild for continually improving the quality and standard of your products and offering them at an afforable price! I don’t know how you do it but I love you for it. Additionally their products are cruelty free, another reason to buy their products. I am not sponsored by the way, I just get excited about good makeup products and brands and want to share it with my awesome readers.

Thanks for reading and can’t wait to see all the smoky fall cat eye looks to come this season. 
Love and light to you all πŸ˜ŠπŸ’„βœ¨

LA Girl’s Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Palette in Nudes Review / Fall Mauve Smoky Eye

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Though I’d like to be able to just go into a Sephora and drop some serious paper, I can’t do it in good conscience at the moment as other adult related life obligations must come before makeup, important as it is to me, and I mean that. Instead I opted for LA Girl’s Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Palette in Nudes.

From Ulta.com.

For $8, I thought, even if I hate it, what can I really lose? There must be a few too shades right? Yes girl, more than one. Keep reading. πŸ˜‰ 

This is the type of smoky eye I was going for & that you can do with this palette. Beautiful example by Stephanie Nicole. (Youtuber)

Pic by Belanjamino.com.

 LA Girl has been beauty blogger approved time and time again, which to me is usually enough. I had already tested a few of their lippies as one of my favorite beauty gurus, Kathleen Lights is a huge fan of LA Girl’s Liquid Lip in Fleur. She put it in her “Underrated Makeup Products” video and I seriously bought it a soon as I spotted it in a store as we have pretty much the same taste in makeup.

Unfortunately what we don’t share is Kathleen’s ability to wear liquid lipsticks with drier formulas. My lips are so dry, that to me this formula is only workable with about five coats of lip balm. (Seriously)

I love the color, so I wear it, but I like their creamier lipsticks better. I have not been dissapointed with them. I’m in love with their Matte Flat Velvet Lipsticks.

From Ulta.com.

My favorite is a nude in the color “Snuggle”. Obsessed. I assumed that if it was that good, that the palette probably wouldn’t fall too far behind.

I was not dissapointed by their eyeshadow palette at all and created a mauve-y fall makeup look, shown above and below. The lippie I have on is by Elf in Tea Rose and I feel like it ties in well with the look. I am pleased and feel like I needed a rosy hued nude palette in my arsenal. I used Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus concealer for primer, the bone shade as a base, the second and fourth shades (from left to right in the pic above) in the crease, the fifth shade on the the lid, and the last shade on the outer corner and under the water line.

I loved the texture of the eyeshadows. Though they’re not as creamy as the Naked Palettes’, for the price, you still get a lot of bang for your buck. They’re very pigmented and the blendability is awesome. You can easily create tons of looks with this palette. It definitely reminds me a lot of the first six shades in Wet n Wild’s Au Naturel Palette in Nude Awakening. My review for that can be found here.

Also, I’ve noticed that since my eyelids and skin are oily, I do well with a drier shadow. With a primer underneath, this look lasted pretty much all day.

LA Girl VS. Naked 3. Pic by Belanjamino.com

I have seriously done like 5 totally different looks with the palette. You can go from day/work appropriate looks to night out looks easily. Even though the Naked 2 & 3 Palettes offer a little more pigment and blendability, the colors are very comparable. In fact, they’re practically the same palette other than the huge gap between the price tags, a slight difference in tones and undertones, and the packaging and overall luxury feel of the Naked palettes. At $8 though, the LA Girl palette is definitely a drugstore dupe, which I live for.

I don’t have much to complain about with this palette except that I wish there were warmer tones in it as most of them have a cool or neutral undertone. Additionally, for a ‘nudes’ palette, it really has no neutrals like tan, beige, camel, rust, chocolate brown, etc. The colors are generally in the pink/purple/mauve family.

The almost inimitable Naked Palette. Pic from Ulta.

Since my skin definitely has a warm undertone, warm shades typically look best on me, but I can definitely work with this palette for the price tag. Adding some matte bronzer to the crease is an easy fix. If your skin is fair or cool to neutral I feel that this palette would look best on you. To my medium to dark skin girls, I’d say test a friend’s palette out first or if you already know you don’t like pinks, mauves, and purples, take that into consideration.
Love it overall and I highly recommend it to any makeup lover if you’ve been considering it.

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5 Thrifty Shopping Tricks for the L.A. Girl on a Budget

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Pic found on Pinterest.

Hey L.A. fashion queens! So many of you are so stylish already. I am inspired every day by fashionable strangers (girls & boys) and I love it. If you live in L.A. (or plan to visit soon) and are in need of some fall threads, keep on reading:
Here are 5 tips for shopping on the cheap but keeping it chic:

1. Sell your old clothes / Get cute thrifted things.

Photo found on Stylebook.com.

You may already be familiar with consignment, but if you’re not, hit up Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads, and Wasteland. My favorites are Buffalo Exchange on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, and Crossroads in Pasadena.

Pic from Houstonia.com

I once got an amazing designer dress at Croosroads for $6. (Need to find it because I forgot the brand). Basically how it works is you can sell your old clothes to the shop and obviously use it to get cute new things with store credit or cash, or just take your cash.

Photo found on Looking Fly on a Dime. Go read her blog! She’s amazing btw. Link below.

I don’t think you’ll want to though, as these places are rife with hidden gems. It may take some sorting through and buyers may be picky about what clothes they want to buy from you, but that’s all part of the fun! (More so the sorting part as it’s like  treasure hunt if you have the time). 

It’s easier than sorting through places like Goodwill or Salvation Army, which I love though. Don’t take it personal if your clothes don’t get purchased and try again! They’re looking for different things at different times. Here’s a few hints: they look for style over brand names and laundered items sell better because they do not wash items before putting them out. For in depth details on how to ensure your clothes is sold, read this cool article by 303magazine & this one by FlyonaDime.com.

2. Crazy Good Sunday Morning Sale at Jet Rag- Everything is $1!

I love that Jet Rag has this insanely dirt-cheap ongoing Sunday sale on vintage clothing. With that being said, make sure and come with a game face and game plan, as deftly noted in LA magazine in their 10 commandments on shopping the sale successfully. 

Pic found on moonchildmindy.wordpress.ccom

You should definitely arrive 10-15 minutes early to outsmart the crowd, bring water and and put extra time in your meter just to be on the safe side, as noted in this cool how-to by Los Angele Love Affair. A friend or two helps get through to the barrier of piles and to the good stuff. 

Everything is thrown in piles on the pavement and you might have to struggle and possibly outsmart a few for the good pieces, but hey for $1? What else do you want?! Get shopping this Sunday!

3. Sample Sales

Pic from Mizhattan.com

Not many shoppers venture into the exciting world of sample sales, which is why you should. The apparel, shoes, purses, and other accesories sold at these sales in fashion showrooms grace the pages of fashion magazines and high end runways. 

Pic from The Hollywood Reporter.

Normally only designers or other people in the fashion industry have access to these samples, but on the last Friday of the month, you can head over to the L.A. Fashion District and get access to these beautiful lonely pieces for up to 80%. Keep in mind the clothing samples are usually a 2 or 4. Come with cash, as this is usually all they take and arrive early so you don’t miss anything! Here are some great guides on fashiondistrict.org & chicmi.com.

Pic from LeHoarder.com

4. Santee Alley in DTLA

Pic from thestyleconfessions.com

Affectionately known by its devotees and patrons as “The Alleys”, Santee Alley boasts deals on every corner and is a fun outdoor bazaar type of place. It is really one alley, but a kind of windy seeminglynever-ending one, filled with knock off purses, fake makeup like Kylie Birthday Collection Palettes, colored contacts, cheap basics, and super cute clothes similar to what you can find at any ‘regular’ store like Forever 21.

Pic from fashiondistrict.org

This place is great for crafting excellent Halloween costumes or event/festival outfits on a budget and  cheap band t shirts too. Bootlegged DVDs can be found but I can’t vouch for their quality. In terms of knockoff purses, wallets, etc. the quality is basically the same as that of any other polyurethane handbag or accessory. The best makeup item I’ve tried from alley shops is eyeliner. That’s pretty much a foolproof buy. Another great reason to come here is to find accessories for your pups and pets like travel bags, costumes, outfits, leashes, etc.

Pic from thesanteealley.com

Buy at your own risk! I think if you’re looking for something trendy or an outfit for an event you’ll only wear a few times, by all means come and shop here, you won’t be dissapointed.

Pic from Laspiration.wordpress.com.

5. Outlets

Outlet malls and shopping centers, my favorite being the Camarillo Outlets, are filled to the brim with undiscovered designer treasures at a seriously discounted price.

From eventseeker.com.

When everything you could need in your closet and home is up to 70β„… it’s hard not to leave with a full trunk of goodies.

Pic from Yelp at Adidas Outlet store in Camarillo Outlets.

This place runs the gamut from Forever 21 and Gap to Nike, Calvin Klein, Tory Burch, and Theory. My tips: leave early and with a full stomach. You’re bound to spend many hours here as there is plenty to sift through.

Pic from Pinterest.

I hope you enjoyed my tips and they’ll help you get your fall/winter wardrobe ready! I for one am beyond excited for the return of fall layers and boots all day every day.

Love you guys!