April 17, 2015

Everyday Makeup Tutorial

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Yay its the weekend! After a very busy week, I'm excited to relax for a few days. I've been asked a few questions on my daily makeup routine, so I thought I would share a tutorial.  On a day to day basis, I strive for an understated look that brightens my eyes. As far as makeup goes, I don't wear foundation and rarely wear concealer, so the only product on my face is eye makeup and lipstick. Since I spend very little time prepping my face, I tend to spend a little extra time on my eyes. 
The products:
The Tutorial: 
everyday neutral makeup tutorial
1. Fresh Face: My bare base is a freshly washed face with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
2. Primer: For a long lasting look, a primer is essential and my go to is the Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion.
3. Eyeshadow: I have used the same eyeshadow palette for the past four years and am still in love with it. The Naked Palette is the perfect compilation of neutral shades for every skintone. For this look, I applied a hint of Sin on the inner corners of my eyes, followed by a blending of Buck and Sidecar on the entire lid and finishing with Darkhorse on the outer corner and crease. 
4. Liquid Eyeliner: To keep my eye makeup from looking overdone, I do a very thin line of liquid eyeliner on the upper lashline. Here I used the LancĂ´me Artliner. This liner is another product that I've been using for over 3 years and can only rave about!   
5. Curl & Mascara: Curl, curl, curl those lashes and then it's time for mascara. My current mascara, Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils, is amazing! One coat makes my lashes fuller and so much darker. In terms of adding definition, length and fullness, this mascara is the way to go. Oh and it doesn't smudge and lasts for over 12 hours. 
6. Pencil Eyeliner: I have been lining my waterline with a pencil liner since middle school. I may not be a makeup pro, but I am a eyelining pro. I honestly can't leave the house without a swipe of M.A.C Powerpoint Eye Pencil on my waterline. Here I also applied a bit of rose gold liner to the inner corner of my eye. 
7. Highlight: One of my free time pleasures is watching YouTube makeup tutorials. I'm especially intrigued by the concept of contouring. My way of adding minimal contouring to a natural look is by using a highlighter, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. I apply my Touche Eclat under my eyes (almost like an undereye concealer) and on the brow bone. Then I blend, blend, blend!
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Fin. This process typically takes me less than 10 minutes. Those 10 minutes are worth it because it helps me look and feel awake and ready to take on a new day. 
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I received the YSL Mascara  complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

April 13, 2015

Olive Shorts

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Happy Monday! Hope your weekend was great! Oops, I did not realize that I was missing from the blogging world for two weeks! Shame on me. The beginning of April is super busy for most Augustans, thanks to the Masters. The week before the tournament was full of preparation; I get the week of Masters off from work, so getting everything done before vacation was crucial and resulted in no free time. 
Since the week was our spring break, James and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas. It was so much fun; I'll post a recap later this week. It was my first cruise experience and the whole week was a blast. Of course, I ended the week glued to the TV, watching Jordan Spieth win the Masters tournament; it was a great finish to a fabulous week! I'm sure I've mentioned that green is my favorite color, so watching Spieth don the highly coveted Green Jacket was my favorite part of the tournament. It also inspired my to wear my green shorts today. The color of the shorts may not be "Masters green," but this shade is so versatile; I would consider it a neutral!




Top- Saks Fifth Avenue :: Shorts- J.Crew :: Shoes- Tory Burch (similar) :: Purse- Tory Burch (similar) :: Earrings- Similar :: Bracelet- KJP

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March 30, 2015

Black, White and Fresh Flowers

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I'm not sure if I've mentioned before how unwieldy I am sometimes, but I did the clumsiest thing last week. I won't go into too much detail, since its embarrassing, but I pretty much punched myself in the face at the gym causing some serious swelling on the left side of my face. Not sure if you can see the swelling here, but I pretty much looked like a half chipmunk for the weekend. Imagine that! Fortunately, most of the swelling is gone and I'm just slightly tender in the impact location. 

So, when I was planning this outfit I was aiming for a classic black and white look with a hint of color. However, my sister needed tulips for a Easter themed craft project she's working on so I borrowed the flowers for some organic detail. A little more color than I originally planned, but I can't say no to fresh flowers! 







Top- (similar) (similar)  :: Pants- Banana Republic :: Shoes- (similar) (similar) :: Bag- (similar) (similar) :: Watch- Michael Kors :: Earrings- (similar) :: Sunnies- Ray-Ban 
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March 25, 2015

Dressed Up in Blue

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Believe it or not, I was kinda terrified of surrounding geese in these pictures. My sister and I went to a neighborhood with a pond to take pictures for this look. Strewn around were signs that said "Shhh geese are nesting." The only geese we saw were in the middle of the pond so we went ahead and started to take pictures. Soon we noticed one goose (I'm assuming the male) become very protective of a certain area. Thanks to his antics, we finally spotted the female goose who was indeed nesting. Before we saw the nesting goose, we were not being particularly quiet; the noise probably led to the male goose's territorial stance. As soon as we noticed this, my sister and I tiptoed out of there as fast as we could. I've been attacked by geese before; I was not going to let it happen again! 

As for this outfit, I had some meetings so I thought I would share more office appropriate attire. Naturally, I stuck to the common pencil skirt silhouette with a silk top and suede pumps. Nothing groundbreaking here, just an easy office look. 






Top- (similar) (similar):: Skirt- (similar) (similar) :: Shoes- Macy's :: Bag- Longchamp :: Watch- Michael Kors :: Earrings- (similar) :: Necklace- Nordstrom
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Oh! Bloomingdales is having their Friends and Family sale!! 25% off with the code "FRIENDS." Be sure to look at the exclusions. Shop my picks below... 

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March 24, 2015

Edgy Glam

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So today's outfit is a little different from my normal day to day looks. My sister Rent the Runway-ed a dress for her sorority formal, so after she wore it to the event I decided to style it for funsies. Honestly, I love dressing up; as Kate Spade says, "Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends."  

I've always been drawn towards edgy but glamorous designs, so that was my inspiration. This dress on its own screams sophistication and glamour. The jacket and shoes, on the other hand, are the essence of edgy. Together we have edgy glam. 




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March 23, 2015

Bright Pink Rain Day

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Well it looks like spring showers are upon us, but the blooms all around town are so worth it. Every time I see cherry blossoms or tulips or daffodils, I just want to snap a picture. I'm in love with the small flowers in these images; its so springy. Everything looks alive and luminous!

I've been seeing the olive and pink combination a lot lately, so I decided to try it out. I may have overdone the pink, but I think the olive gives the whole outfit a nice balance. The grey rain boots also help tone the abundance of color down.  







Top- J.Crew Factory (similar) :: Skirt- Boohoo :: Jacket- J.Crew :: Boots- Hunter :: Purse- Kate Spade (similar) :: Scarf- (similar) :: Bracelet- (similar) :: Earrings- Charming Charlie
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Have a great start to your week!
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