Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Too Faced Smoky Eye Shadow Palettes

Looking for beautiful, blendable eye shadows that go on smoothly and provide that glam look that you desire? Then consider Too Faced Cosmetics. Their new Smoke & Mirrors Collection features the Smoky Eye Palette--perfect for attaining the sexy, mysterious appearance. 

These shadows are perfect for creating that hard-to-achieve smoky eye. Included with each palette are three "secret cards" providing instructions on exactly how to do so. 

I know that whenever I try to achieve this look, I feel like my makeup is just too dark. But, there are ways to avoid that. Here's a smoky eye makeup tip from Hollywood makeup artist and Too Faced founder Jerrod Blandino:

"When wearing a smoky eye, cheeks and lips look their best when a nude pink color is applied."

For your own Smoky Eye Shadow Palette, or any of the items in this collection and others, head over to TooFaced.com or Sephora and pick one up for $32. 

Photo credit: Blue Sky Communications and Sephora

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fall Fashion 2008

I love fall! Even though I've never really experienced the season. We're already a week into autumn, which, for me, evokes thoughts of Halloween and Thanksgiving, scarves and sweaters, and vibrant orange and brown leaves. Unfortunately, my fall has consisted of over 100 degree weather...no joke.

Since I can't really wear the typical autumn attire just yet, I decided to come up with a wardrobe that I would wear, if it were 30 degrees cooler in Southern California.

Sweater and Leggings: Forever 21
Boots and Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Earrings: Guess

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I Bought the Wrong Steve Maddens!

So, as you may or may not have read, I recently blogged about a pair of fabulous Steve Madden boots that I adore. After a stressful week, I decided to do some retail therapy and buy them. Only problem is, I bought the wrong style!

I thought it was weird that I couldn't get the boots to go up to my knees (they scrunch up mid-calf), but the saleswoman assured me that they weren't supposed to. Well we were both right. The boots I bought weren't supposed to go to my knees, but the boots I want are. 

They look really similar. The style that I wanted, Bonanza, are on the left. The style I bought, Tianna, are on the right.  

Although the Tianna boots look almost identical to the Bonanza ones, they are different. It's weird because the boots on the right look taller, but they slouch really low.

While both pairs are cute, I think I'm going to return the ones I bought and 
buy the Bonanzas.

I want to hear what you think though. Do you prefer knee-high boots, or the calf style?

Photo credits:
Steve Madden and Amazon.com

Saturday, September 27, 2008

"Womanizer" by Britney Spears

Yesterday Britney Spears made a radio comeback in a big way. Her single "Womanizer" was all over the airwaves. On a local LA station, KIIS FM (home to Ryan Seacrest), I heard the song three times in one hour, two of which were within 15 minutes apart. Also aired, Ryan's interview with Lynne Spears which you can listen to online.

My opinion of Spears has changed dramatically over the years. I was never a fan of her music. I thought it was OK, but wouldn't buy a CD. Now, after the infamous Britney breakdown, I really like her. Anyone who has gone through everything she has, and still have the courage to hold her head up high and keep at it, deserves praise. Although she does have a huge fan base, it still requires guts to be slammed so hard and stand back up. I have great respect for her.

Anyways, back to the new song!

It's a good track, and grows on me every time I hear it. Listen now (warning-if you haven't heard it yet, prepare to get the tune stuck in your head =):

What's your reaction to the newest song from Spears?

iTunes will have the single for sale on Tuesday, October, 7 if you want to purchase it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pin-Up Cosmetics Eye Shadows

I'm all about eye shadows. In a matter of minutes, the right shades can light up your entire face. As a makeup lover, I feel it my duty to inform my readers whenever I come across products that I adore. Enter Pin-Up Cosmetics.

This line was created in November 2007 by San Francisco native, April Lacey, a professional makeup artist turned entrepreneur. Being a member of the cosmetics industry, Lacey knows exactly what it takes to please her customers. She has combined her love for the 1940/50s era and black and while films to create something quite magical.

I, personally, am a huge fan of the line's 3-Pan Palette in Frisky! This eye shadow trio (which is also Lacey's favorite because of its versatility) is comprised of three flattering colors; a taupe/lavender hue, a pale mauve, and basic black. Also included is a double-ended applicator equipped with a shadow blender and a liner brush on the other. 

I have never really been able to achieve the whole using eyeshadow as a liner thing...until now. Once the "liner" is applied, it's on. It stays in place for hours and won't come off until it's washed off. And, retailing for $15, this palette is priced just right.

I also love the Mineral Loose Eye Dust in Shiny Gold. It can be worn over eye shadow, or even lightly brushed over the cheeks for a golden glow. The loose eye dusts are sold for $10 and come in a variety of stunning shades.

If you don't have enough time to play up your eyes, take Lacey's tip and pamper your pout. According to this makeup guru, "A great creme gloss looks great on every woman and lip gloss takes no time at all."

Check out the Pin-Up Cosmetics Web site to see a full list of the brand's products!

Photos courtesy of: Pin-Up Cosmetics

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Easily Attainable Waves

My hair is straight and I have a difficult time getting it to hold a curl. In fact, I don't even attempt to curl it because it just ends badly. Because I get tired of my stringy strands, and, well because I'm too lazy to wake up early to wash and blow dry my hair, I have come up with an alternative.

After washing my hair, I put it in anywhere from one to five braids. The amount of braids determine how wavy the results are. The pictures here are the result of two braids. I was going for the whole Jennifer Aniston loose locks look.

To add some style to the waves, I simply pull one side of my hair back and secure it with two bobby pins. On the other side, I pin my bangs back. It literally takes two minute
s, and the best part is that it lasts all day long! It actually holds longer than that, but I have towash my hair every other day.

Sorry these pictures aren't too good, I used my Mac to take them. But, you can still get the gist of the style that braiding provides.

Does anybody have any quick styling hair tips? If so, do share please =)

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Art of Scarf Tying

Happy fall everyone! Autumn is y favorite season, particularly because of the clothes.

A few weeks back, I was reading one of my favorite blogs, With Love, and came across a knot tying tutorial post. It was really helpful to me, so I wanted to pass some similar info on to my readers. Here are instructions on some popular ways to tie scarfs, thanks to Texere Silk

First, you need to know how to make basic folds. Then you'll be ready to move onto the ties.

Basic Fold 1

Step 1: Take a square shaped scarf.

Step 2: Start rolling the scarf from one side.

Step 3: Bring the side that you are rolling towards the other.

Step 4: Completely roll the scarf 'til the end.

Step 5: It should look like the rolled scarf in the illustration.

Basic Fold 2

Step 1: Take a square shaped scarf.

Step 2: Fold the scarf the way it is shown here.

Step 3: Fold the other side as well so that we get the shape shown.

Step 4: Pull oblong scarf through belt loops.

Step 5: Secure the side tightly.

Step 6: The final shape should look like this.

Now it's on to the actual tying of the scarves.

European Loop

Step 1: Fold the scarf according to the basic fold 2 and then fold it again to fold a sort of hoop.

Step 2: Let the scarf dangle around your neck with the hoop on one side of the shoulder.

Step 3: Take the other end (A) and bring it towards the hoop.

Step 4: Let A pass through the hoop to make a European loop.

Step 5: Tighten the loop to get the complete effect.

Twist Around Ascot

Step 1: Fold the scarf according to the basic fold 1 and let it hang around your neck equally on each side.

Step 2: Bring one side (A) towards the other side (B).

Step 3: Let A pass from under B.

Step 4: Bring A towards the front.

Step 5: Let A pass through B again to form a knot.

Step 6: Adjust both the sides facing forward as shown in the illustration.

Fake Knot

Step 1: Folds the scarf according to basic fold 1 and let it drop down your neck equally on each side.

Step 2: Make a knot on one side (A).

Step 3: Bring the other side (B) towards A.

Step 4: Let B pass through A to form a knot.

Step 5: Tighten the knot to get a beautiful fake knot.

Hope these tips help! I can't wait for colder weather (not that I actually experience that in Southern California).

Photos courtesy of: Texere Silk

Friday, September 19, 2008

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day everyone! Arrrr! Every year on September 19 scallywags celebrate by speaking pirate slang. So, if you happen to get hit on today by a wannabe pirate, here are the top 10 pickup lines they may use:

10 . Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?
9. Have ya ever met a man with a real yardarm?
8. Come on up and see me urchins.
7. Yes, that is a hornpipe in my pocket and I am happy to see you.
6. I'd love to drop anchor in your lagoon.
5. Pardon me, but would ya mind if fired me cannon through your porthole?
4. How'd you like to scrape the barnacles off of me rudder?
3. Ya know, darlin’, I’m 97 percent chum free.
2. Well blow me down?
And the number one pickup line for use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day is …
1. Prepare to be boarded.

Have fun--but remember, no pillaging!

Photo courtesy of: TalkLikeAPirate.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tiffany & Co. Horseshoe Charm

Isn't this Tiffany & Co. horseshoe charm adorable? It's new for fall, and gorgeous. I am a bit superstitious, so anything related to good luck instantly catches my eye. Here's a little fact for you: An upside down horseshoe is nothing special. It has to be facing up to catch the good luck!

Anyways, this charm is priced at $125. I want it! But I want the matching bracelet even more.  You can buy the horseshoe alone, or purchase the bracelet for a hefty $575.  It's pretty steep, for my budget, but the charm looks adorable on the wrist.

What do you think? Worth the spend? Or better off bought as a charm and put on a less expensive bracelet, other than a Tiffany brand?

Photo courtesy of: Tiffany & Co.

Monday, September 15, 2008

JcPenny is in Style

I never shopped at JcPenny until they opened a singular store (not attached to a mall) by my house. Ever since that, I've been hooked. They actually have some pretty cute clothes; perfect for work. 

I was browsing the site and came across this entire outfit in less than 10 minutes:

Five staples pieces for about $150, not too bad in my opinion! I'd certainly buy any of these pieces; in fact, I think I'll make a JCP stop this week. 

Do you shop at JcPenny? If not, are you surprised with their fashionable items?

P.S. If the clothes don't draw you in, the makeup will. Can you say Sephora? Yup, my local store boasts a cosmetics section as well.

Photos courtesy of: JcPenny

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Black Lip...Guess it's Better Than a Black Eye!

OK, all joking aside, what is up with this black lipstick trend? I wasn't going to blog about it because I didn't really think that it'd get very far. Most runway trends never translate to real life, but dark lips are all the rage right now.

I don't know if it's so popular because it's just plain out there, but brands are actually getting rave reviews on this trend. In fact, Lancome's version, Fever Gloss in Phia Black, already has a waiting list of customers at Bloomingdale's. Only 500 sets of this shade will be sold, retailing at $48.

If you really want some black lip gloss now, have no fear. MAC is selling Lipmix in black for a mere $11.50.

So what is your take? Valid beauty trend? Or, over-hyped look?

I actually want to hear that someone is going to purchase this shade of lipstick. While it's not for me, I have to admit that anyone who wears it has some courage, and a love for fashion. 

Photo courtesy of MAC

Friday, September 12, 2008

NY Fashion Week Spring 2009: Twinkle by Wenlan

As I was browsing through the photos from the 2009 Spring NY Fashion Week, I came across some fabulous designs. One particular show that blew me away was Twinkle by Wenlan.  I had never heard of this designer, but her pieces spoke volumes to me. Although simple, her clothes are sophisticated. Here are a few of my favorite looks from her Monday Show at Bryant Park:

I like the fact that this show was about clothes more than a dramatic presentation. There are so many designers that create artistic pieces that look spectacular coming down the runway and I get it, we all do. However; over-the-top creations aren't always practical. I like substance. I like being able to see an outfit and wanting to have it.

Anyways, I was curious to learn more about this designer so I did what any blogger would do and I Googled her. This lady is crazy-amazing! Not only does she have the aforementioned collection, Wenlan also boasts a ready to wear line, Twinkle Living, and Twinkle Jewelry.

To learn all that Wenlan has to offer, check out her site. Really, you should do it.

Photos courtesy of: Getty Images 

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Blake Lively's Look for Less

Blake Lively has an adorable look; she's always spotted in the hottest clothes. Unfortunately, not all of us regular ladies can afford her extravagant styles that this Gossip Girl sports. But luckily, we can imitate them and spend significantly less. 

Here is an example of a alternative outfit, all pieces from AZJeans and retailing for only $51.99:

Aren't those jeans adorable? 

To check out more styles from the brand, head over to AZJeans or visit JCPenny.

Photo courtesy of: 360i