2012-05-30

NOTD: Deborah Lippmann's Mermaid Dream



It's Wednesday! With the long weekend, the fact that it's already Wednesday is so exciting! This is my last week of school! Once this week is over, I have 2 days of finals and the year is over! So scary, exciting, yet relieving at the same time.

Last Wednesday, I posted a Wishlist Wednesday. On the top of my list was Deborah Lippmann's "Mermaid Dream". I had seen this polish when it first came out, but decided to put the purchase on hold. However, after that happened, the polish was sold out everywhere and I couldn't get my hands on it! Thankfully, I went back to Nordstrom this weekend, and the polish was back in stock. I bought the polish not 2 minutes after I spotted it!

To get the opacity in the photo, I applied 2-3 coats. However, had I put a green or blue base, only 1 coat would have been necessary. The only thing that doesn't make me absolutely positively love this polish, is knowing how awful it's going to be to take off. I'm thinking that I'll be making quite good friends with my acetone nail polish remover and some tin foil!

2012-05-28

Celebrity Copy Cat: Jennifer Lawrence



Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you're having a great Memorial Day Weekend if you're in the US! I'm spending the day attempting to catch up on homework (so exciting...). Anyway, over the weekend I saw these photos of Jennifer Lawrence at the Monte Carlo Grande Prix. I really loved her outfit and became determined to find a replica of what she wore.

'Lo and behold, I was able to find the exact skirt, shoes, and bag she wore!


jennifer lawrence

Tory Burch Skirt
Tory Burch Handbag
Tory Burch Wedge
Miss Selfridge Tank

I also found what I think is the exact sunglasses she wore. Unfortunately, I could not get it in the Polyvore set. The sunglasses are from ASOS and can be found HERE. 

Overall, I think that this is a great look for summer. The fun and bright orange maxi skirt looks great with a pair of beige wedges and the rope bag is just too cute. 

Let me know if you love this outfit like me! Also, in the comments tell me if you like these kinds of posts! My blog is mainly a beauty blog, but I think it'd be fun to have a consecutive fashion aspect to the blog besides the occasional OotD!

2012-05-27

MAC "Hey, Sailor" Collection

Happy Sunday, everyone! If you're in the US like me, I hope you're having a great long Memorial Day Weekend! The weather has been so nice here, too, so it's been a great past few days.

On Thursday, the new MAC collection was released in the US! I was very excited to pick my order up, so after school that's exactly what I did!


Highlight in "Crew" - Eye Shadow in "Jaunty" - Suntint in "Au Rose"


Highlight - Eyeshadow - Liptint

From this collection, I chose three items. I went into the store knowing that I definitely wanted the highlight, which just looked absolutely stunning. In my swatch, the highlight definitely has more of a pink pigment, so I know this will be great as a blush this summer.

Besides the highlight, I had no idea what else I really wanted. When I was swatching the products, the next product to stand out was the eyeshadow in "Januty". A great neutral with some shimmer, I know I am going to love using this as a base for my natural eye look everyday.

The last product to stand out was the liptint. I was very torn with the colors, but I ended up choosing "Au Rose" with the guidance of the counter lady at MAC. I'm glad I ended up choosing this color! It is very sheer once you apply on the lips, but to me, that's perfect. I don't love a lot of color on lips, so this will be perfect for the summer (as I've said with the other two products!) especially as there is SPF!

Are any of you interested in this collection?


2012-05-23

Wednesday Wishlist

I am ready for tomorrow to just be here already! Wednesdays are always nice as you're halfway done with the week, but I am so excited to pick up my products from the new MAC collection tomorrow. Plus, I already prepaid with my pre-order, so it feels like I'm getting the products for free (right?! I just need to keep thinking that anyway..).

Besides that, there's been a few products that I've been eyeing recently, and just maybe I'll have to look around this weekend.


Deborah Lippmann's "Mermaid Dream" is on the top of my wishlist. I have wanted this for ages, back when it first came out and you were able to purchase it at your local stores. Ever since then, when I didn't pick it up, karma has kicked me in the butt by having this polish be sold out everywhere I look.


Another polish I'm craving is the new Thakoon for NARS collection. I really love a few of the colors, but to me, Koliary is what stands out. I barely own any blue polishes, yet this shade looks absolutely gorgeous. I can practically hear it calling my name!


Every time I've gone to Ulta lately, these lashes stand out to me. Katy Perry recently released her own line of eyelashes, available at many different drugstores. The "Oh, Honey" lashes stand out the most to me because they look amazing, but also seem wearable; not terribly overdramatic.

Yes, if you can't tell, I'm loving nail polish right now. Despite the moderate-to-bad reviews on Sephora's website, I desperately want to see these in person. I've grown accustomed to the nail polish smell, so I'm dying to see for myself if these live up to their name. It seems so fun!


The last item on my wishlist for now is also the most expensive. And by expensive I mean, "I'll drool in stores over this product, but the likely-hood of me purchasing this stands at a 5%. Max."
For $75, you can be the proud owner of this amazing Guerlain Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Bronzing Powder and Blush. The packaging, the product, and the brands are amazing and if only the price tag wouldn't hurt so much, this little guy would have made it in my shopping bag.


Are any of you wishing for these products? If not, what are you wishing for this Wednesday?

2012-05-06

My Everyday Spring Makeup

Happy Sunday, everyone! Loving the sunshine today and I went and did a bit of shopping today, which just lifted my mood even more! Yesterday I posted a new YouTube video, showing my everyday look for this spring/summer. The key is light and easy here, as during the summer I'd rather spend my time outdoors rather than in and getting ready.



For foundation, I've been loving Maybelline's Dream Nude Airfoam foundation in 200 Creamy Natural. I actually reviewed this product! The review can be found here: Maybelline Airfoam Review. Overall, the product is a really nice light coverage foundation, perfect for spring.

To powder, I use my trusty Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder in Universal. This powder is perfect for everyone and I absolutely love it. The package comes with a lot of product and definitely worth the money!

For blush, I use Tarte Amazonian Clay in Dollface, a really pretty pink blush with absolutely great pigmentation.

To contour, I use my NARS Laguna Bronzer, which is so pretty. Personally, to contour I use my Real Techniques Blush Brush, and the contour turns out great! I run the bronzer through the hollows of my cheeks, up my temples, and along the jaw line.

A nice highlight, I use MAC's Mineralized Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle along the tops of my cheekbones and just above the upper lip.

Finally, I like to throw on my NARS lipgloss in Baby Doll, a really pretty, shiny, and shimmery pink.



Moving onto my eyes, I love using my Urban Decay Primer Potion to ensure that the eyeshadow will stay on all day. I then use my favorite Stila Smudge Pot in Kitten and apply it all over the lid. Over that, I put on MAC Mineralized Eyeshadow in Summer Haze, which is so pretty!! To finish up the eyes, I'll apply my favorite eyeliner, which is YSL's Cream Eyeliner (a review can be found here: YSL Review). Then, to my waterline I apply the Tarte EmphasEYES inner rim brightener, which is so pretty and perfect. It's much better than a stark white eyeliner, and still widens your eyes. For mascara, I use Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara and Maybelline's Falsies.

And that is it! My everyday look. I hope you guys enjoy and I'll see you tomorrow!


2012-05-04

DIY Ciaté Caviar Nails


Happy Friday! I am so excited to share this post with you all, I've been planning it for a week! I'm not sure, but you may have seen some photos of a new trend that's coming to the nails. Ciaté is a UK brand polish that released a new product they called the "Caviar Manicure". Coming in three shades (black, white, and rainbow), the product came with a base color and the matching beads. This kit is now available at Sephora in the US for $25/set, and I was so excited when I saw it online. However, that price tag of $25?! Crazy! I knew I had to find another way to keep up with the new trend.

Over the weekend I scoured my local Michael's Arts&Crafts to find the perfect looking beads to create my own DIY Caviar Nails. And I'm happy to say I think I succeeded! 



The beads I found are from the brand "Recollections", which I'm sure you can find at any local arts and crafts store. The microbeads came in a case with six different colors for only $10! Amazing!


Now, to create this look, I applied a base coat (I used OPI's San Tan-tonio) and then applied the beads directly onto the accent nail. I waited a few minutes before patting the beads down to settle on the nail. Finally, after waiting about 10 minutes after that, I sealed it all up with a top coat! Simple as that, and I had a really cool nail look that received tons of compliments.

Let me know if you are loving this trend as I am, and if you are, whether you'll splurge on the Ciaté brand or try your own DIY. 


No beads were ingested in the top photograph taken. Except for maybe one. But I tried to wipe them all off as soon as I got a picture I was happy with!

2012-05-02

Maybelline Spring 2012


Happy Wednesday! Ah, the week is half over, yet it feels like the past three days have been at least a week and a half. I guess when the weeks get crazy they just tend to drag on and on.

This past weekend I did some damage and went shopping all over. A few things that I picked up was from the new Maybelline Spring 2012 Fashion Week collection. I'd read a few things about this collection already, and I was excited to finally get my hands on it.

Highlight - Blush - Bronzer


I was most excited to try out the bronzer, and I was happy to snag the last one that my Ulta had! I picked it up in the Shade 300, Sunset Rendezvous. It's a really nicely pigmented bronzer that looks great. My only complaint would be that the sparkle overlay doesn't last after a few swipes. I really wish it had gone all the way down into pan!

The next product I picked up was a highlighter, in the Shade 400, Ray of Gold. This product has pretty gold flecks that make for a nice highlight. The product doesn't have great pigmentation, but as it is a drugstore product making it more affordable, I'd recommend this to anyone looking to expand their highlight collection!

The final product I picked up was a blush in Coral Blossom. This seemed to be the darkest shade I could find, yet it is still fairly light! But the great flower design in the middle sold me, as I thought it was just too cute! I think that this blush would work well on paler skin tones, so if that's you, I'd check it out!