Sunday, November 30, 2014

I Want This Now: VS Glam and Go Makeup Palette

Oh Victoria's Secret, how I love thee!

I constantly find myself obsessed with almost all of Victoria's Secret's makeup products. It's not really the first place you think of when you picture amazing makeup, but quite honestly, most of my fave products are from their incredible line.

My current love? The VS Glam and Go Portable Makeup Palette.

This ultimate makeup set contains an arsenal of endless glam looks, all in one convenient kit. The palette itself is small enough to keep with you at all times and is completely customizable (huzzah!). You can mix and match the different products, depending on the look you're going for.

Here's a peek at what comes in the set:

As you can see, there are tons of different options for you to fill your palette with.

Included are the following:
  • 16 eye shadows, 1 g/.03 oz
  • 4 blushes, 2.5g/.08 oz
  • 2 pencil eye liners, 1 g/.03 oz
  • 3 lip glosses, 2.5g/.08 oz
  • 2 applicators
  • 4 VS "Get the Look" tutorials
  • 1 portable palette: 5"L x 2¼"W x ¾"H

You can pick from all the fab items and create your very own custom look to keep with you all day!

The set is, not surprisingly, almost a $200 value. I've tried most of the products on their own, and I'd probably pay that price for the great quality and options that you get with this kit. However, the palette is currently on sale for the ridiculously cheap price of $20. Pretty amazing, right??!

It's a really great buy for any makeup-loving girl. Personally, I'd buy one for myself, and stock up on a bunch to give as gifts.

Looking for a palette that doesn't require any decision making? Victoria's Secret also has a gorgey new Bombshell Blooms Mini-Makeup Palette that 's retailing at $15. It's got everything you need to have on hand: 8 eyeshadow hues, 4 lipstick colors, and a gorgeous shade of blush.

Either way, Victoria's Secret is definitely worth checking out this season!

Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, Fellow Fashionistas!

This year, I have so much to be thankful for. I have an amazing family, incredible friends, and the most amazing guy ever!

I hope all of you stylish ladies spend the day with your loved ones and remember to take the time to celebrate everything you're thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Make Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater!

Ugly holiday-themed sweaters are something I usually take time to rant about each year. At least once. Usually multiple times, if I'm being honest.

But for some reason, I love this DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit. I'm just drawn to it. I want it. I need it.

It's no secret that ugly sweater parties have been all the rage for the past ten or so years (although my boyfriend was unaware of that fact until we had a lengthy discussion about it before I wrote this). The idea is kind of fun, but simply shopping for an ugly sweater isn't nearly as fun as making your own custom unfashionable top.

The kit includes:
  • Colorblock sweater
  • White felt
  • Reindeer
  • Snowflakes
  • Pom poms
  • Glue
  • Red bows
  • Googly eyes
  • Assorted ornaments
  • Glitter gel
  • Jingle bells
  • Wrapped presents
  • Gold bead necklace
  • Sewing kit
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Stencils

You can easily create the ugliest sweater possible, and make it uniquely your own!

Each set is $29.90. Totally worth it for a fun, ugly craft. Buy a few kits and have a sweater making day with friends who share your passion for creating something fabulously awful!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

How to Make Your Lashes Look Fabulous

I don't know about you ladies, but I simply will not leave the house without mascara. If I could only wear one makeup item, it would def be mascara. It has the ability to make your eyes look larger, super ladylike, and all-around gorgeous.

Since I'm so obsessed with making my lashes look luscious, I've found oodles of tips on the subject over the years.

Here are a few of my fave go-to mascara secrets:

Powder Your Lashes

An oldie, but a goodie. Using an eye shadow brush, dust powder onto your lashes between your first and second coat of mascara. The powder sticks to your lashes and the next coat of mascara grabs onto that layer. The result is fuller, thicker lashes.

Bend the Wand
Bend the brush so it is almost perpendicular to the stem of the wand. This shape makes it easier to reach the tiny hairs in the inner and outer corners, and is great for pushing your lashes up to get a lifted look.

Warm it Up
If your formula is starting to feel a little dry, add a few drops of saline solution to it and place the sealed tube in a cup of warm water. Saline solution revives flaky formulas and the warmth loosens up the product, allowing for smooth application.

For the longest lashes possible, you need to coat both sides of your lashes. Blinking softly once you reach the tips allows you to cover the topsides in mascara. Only do this for one coat to avoid clumps.

Hold the Wand Vertically
Flip the wand vertically when you're applying mascara to your bottom lashes. It’s easier to reach those tiny hairs from this angle. You’ll be able to coat them in mascara all the way down to the tips without getting mascara dots everywhere.

Use Your Finger
Gently press on your eyelid with your finger when applying mascara to your upper lashes. This pops them out ever so slightly, but just enough so that you can get the wand right into the base of the roots. Bonus? Your finger also shields your eyelid from stray marks.

Get a Clump-Free Application
Lightly clean off your mascara wand with a paper towel first. Wiping off the excess product before you begin prevents clumps. If you do get a clump, use a clean spoolie or toothbrush to brush them out.

Look Down
Look down at the mirror to do your top lashes. You’ll be able to see what you’re doing better, so you can reach every hair, and you’ll avoid dotting your eyelid in mascara.

Roll the Wand
For lifted lashes, don’t brush straight up. Instead, place the brush against the roots, curl it downward just a bit, and then pull it upward and outward.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Perfect Advent Calendar for Us Beauty Addicts!

The holiday season is upon us, and I am completely ready to embrace it! When I was a younger, sassy little girl, my parents used to get fun advent calendars for my sister and I. I always loved them; they made the Christmas countdown even more fun. Back then, the calendars usually housed pieces of chocolate, or other fun knick knacks.

Now that I'm an adult, my choice in advent calendars has changed a bit.

This year, I'm all about Benefit's ridiculously awesome Cosmetic Advent Calendar from Sephora. As you count down the days, you find fabulous beauty must-have minis. I'm a sucker for mini makeup products anyway, as it's a great way to try out a product before purchasing the full-size version.  Another bonus? Because the items are smaller, you can easily throw a few in your purse for beautifying on the go!

The set contains the following:
- 0.25 oz “That gal” brightening face primer
- 0.25 oz the POREfessional pore minimizer
- 0.08 oz Benetint cheek and lip stain in Rose
- 0.08 oz High beam liquid highlighter
- 0.08 oz Chachatint lip and cheek stain in Sheer Mango
- 0.08 oz Posietint lip and cheek stain in Poppy Pink
- 0.04 oz Stay flawless foundation primer
- 0.1 oz They’re real! mascara
- 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in Dandelion
- 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in A-lister
- 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in Fauxmance
- 0.14 oz BADgal lash mascara
- 0.08 oz Stay don’t stray concealer and eye shadow primer in Light/Medium
- 0.1 oz Fakeup concealer in 02 Medium
- 0.1 oz It’s potent! eye cream
- 0.3 oz Total moisture facial cream
- 0.08 oz Ooh la lift eye cream
- 0.08 oz Watt’s up! highlighter
- Beauty sticky notes
- Doodle pad
- Heart-shaped paperclips
- Pinky, polka-dot hair tie
- Elastic hair band with bow charm
- Metallic silvery hair tie

I know from experience that the products in this set are all incredible. Each calendar is $99. It sounds a bit pricey, but you're actually getting a lot for your money. This is also a great gift to give any makeup loving gal you might know.

Let the countdown begin!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Who DOESN'T Need a Pair of Glitzy Heels?

I've always been a fan of anything remotely glitzy, shimmer, or glittery. It's just how I am. And I have a feeling that I'm not alone on this.

These adorable Holly Shimmer Pumps from Payless have the perfect amount of glitz. You can get them in silver or gold, if you want some extra bling, but I personally prefer the blue hue. The shimmer is much more subtle, and the color actually matches just about anything.

These are the perfect shoes to take with you from Fall to Winter.  I know, I'm not looking forward to the freezing weather either, but think of the fabulous holiday parties you can wear these bad boys to!

Each pair is a mere $29.99--totally budget friendly and completely fashionable. Love them!

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