Monday, September 1, 2014

MARCELLE x Birchbox = Best Day Ever

Hey Loves! 

Oh, how I have missed you guys. BUT that is besides the point. A few weeks ago, I was able to stop by the new Birchbox Store in Soho. I've been meaning to go in and check it out but I just haven't had the time. Since I am part of their Birchblogger program, I was picked to attend their FIRST in store blogger event with Marcelle Cosmetics. Exciting right? I know, I was thrilled when I got the email. Not only was I able to see the gorgeous store but there was a makeup demo with Marcelle Cosmetics and some other wonderful things happening that day. Two words: Lipgloss Bar.

Moving on.........

Marcelle Cosmetics is a Canadian based company that promises "Beauty without compromise".  That means no perfumes and hypo-allergenic beauty products. We were able to take a few products home with us and learn a little about the company that day. Are you ready for the best part? I mentioned it a few minutes ago- There was a Lipgloss Bar! We had the opportunity to create our own unique lipgloss colors!

(some photos were taking with my Iphone so the lightening isn't great.) 

We first chose the Base Color (step 1), then the Finish (step 2) and last the Special Effect (Step 3). We had a special "mixologist" on hand who brought our creations to life. Check him out below.

After all the chatting and mingling, we all walked away with special one of a kind glosses.  It was genuinely so much fun to create my own color. So hard to decide but still fun! 

I was pretty eager to play around with their products when I got home. I am a eyeshadow palette hoarder so I was obviously happy when I saw this beautiful palette in the bag. I like shadow palettes because sometimes I don't want to "think" when I am doing my eyes. It's nice to have colors in one place that just go together. I am obsessed with the deep blue in this palette by the way. All the colors are gorgeous and they go a long way. If you want to intensify any of the colors I would recommend using a damp eyeshadow brush.

I used this palette the other day when I went out for dinner with some friends. I created a simple but fun look. I was dying to use that deep blue (as I mentioned, I fell in love with the color) so I blended some into my outer corners and used it on by waterline.

The shadows went on smoothly and had minimal fall out. I normally look like a raccoon while I apply my eyeshadow but I noticed I didn't have much to clean up. The last few times I went out, I grabbed for this palette so that is a good sign.

Here are the gorgeous glosses I created. The glosses are on the sheer side but add a nice kick to any look.

Their cleanser is pretty interesting to use- I personally never heard of a BB Cream Cleanser but it does exist, as you can see. It's a cleanser that doesn't need to be rinsed off and works overnight to give you that BB Cream effect all the time. So far, I love their BB Cream (right)- the couple of times I used it, I had no complaints. Lightweight and not oily.
I really enjoyed learning about Marcelle Cosmetics. I have a feeling you guys will be seeing a lot of them on TFBJ. Big thank you to Birchbox for hosting such a great event. Check out Marcelle Cosmetics and see all the amazing beauty products they have to offer! 

Until next time...................

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Weekender: It's A Drag

Hey Loves! 

I couldn't let the summer go by without wearing this maxi dress I picked up last year at Crossroads Trading Co. It's so flowy and comfortable to wear. The only problem is that since i'm short or petite would be the better term, I almost ALWAYS have to wear heels or else it drags. Sucks, right? I normally would just put a belt on and pull it up a little bit but- with this particular dress, I couldn't do it because of the material. The dress is also a tube top so it had a "break" from where the tube material ended. The point is, it would've looked weird with a belt. 

Moving on.........

I obviously had to layer something on top. Being that it was a tube, I needed my shoulders "hidden". I thought a denim vest would have been too predictable, so instead I picked a denim button down. What can I say? I love denim. Duh. The denim tied button down worked perfectly because it allowed me to pull the dress up a little bit higher and pair it with a tiny heeled sandal. Sweet! 

Check out my look! 

How cute are my accessories?! I was able to work with a GREAT website which carries handmade and independent designs! When 9th & Elm reached out to me, I was so excited. I love anything handmade and one of a kind. My "Suma" necklace took a little long to get to me but it was worth the wait. The exact necklace isn't currently available BUT if you check out the site here you can find so many more personalized jewelry! My tribal watch and wrap bracelet (below) is also from 9th & Elm.

More Details:
Dress: Crossroads Trading Co/ Button Down: Cotton On/  Bag: Thursday Friday similar here
Blue Turquoise necklace & Ring: Aldo's /Watch, Suma Necklace & Wrap Bracelet: 9th & Elm/
Shoes: Shoedazzle

 I hope you all have a fab week and I will see you guys soon with some more fashion and beauty! 
Until next time..................................

Don't forget to ENTER my CURRENT Giveaway here ends 8/27

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Tarred + Feathered Review & Giveaway

Hey Loves, 

I love cosmetic lines that keep things fresh and innovative. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is one of those lines. Since the first time I came across one of their lip tars, on my own- I was utterly impressed. The colors, the packaging and the minty punch they packed was perfect for a beauty enthusiast like myself. In celebration of their 10 year anniversary, OCC decided to bring back the product that started it all. Their Tarred + Feathered Lip Balm Duo. If you are looking to triple your lipstick collection, keep reading!

The product is simple and that's what I love the most about it. That and the fact that the peppermint oil is so tingly. You can either apply over bare lips or on top of the color of choice. Using Tarred, which is a sheer black to darken any lip color or Feathered, the sheer white to lighten or brighten. I played around with MAC's Candy Yum Yum which is a pretty vibrant color- to see how much it will change. I didn't apply the color lip balm to my bare lips but I instead mixed it on top. I'm not sure why, but I like that method better.

So basically this one product gave me TWO more color options. We always buy "summer lipsticks" and "winter lipsticks" and never really mix them. Now, you have the option of taking a summer shade into the fall. What's better than that?


AND NOW, for the even better news! 
You can enter to WIN an OCC set of Stained Gloss and a Tarred + Feathered Lip Balm Duo! 

Rules: Giveaway is opened to everyone (yes that means it's INTERNATIONAL)
-MUST be a member of (you can find the members section on the right side)
-MUST be following me on twitter and my other social media sites. Winner has 24 hours to reply to winning email. If the winner does not reply within the 24 hour frame, I will choose another winner. Giveaway will run from 8/13 to 8/27

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Until next time................................

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Light Up My Life: 6 Highlighters To Keep That Summer Glow

Hey Loves,

I hate to say this but we are half way (maybe even more than half way) through summer. I know, don't hate me for saying it but it's true. One thing that us ladies love about this season is that fab summer glow we get. I personally don't like sitting on a beach so I "fake" my glow with some amazing highlighers I keep in my beauty arsenal. These are my "go to" when it comes to shiny glitzy glow. So let me (high)light up for your life, with some my favorites.

I only pulled 6 because I didn't want to overwhelm you guys with a bunch of different products. I also added a couple of drugstore brands! Who doesn't love a great drugstore beauty product? Check out them out! 

You can obviously see that I have hit pan on this beauty by Jane Cosmetics in the color " FIJI"($12). I have been obsessed with it from day one! The combination of "oil-free light diffusing shimmer" is perfect for any glow or light contour. It makes me sad every time I use it because I know,  I am one day closer to not having it anymore BUT I will deal with that when that day comes.

TEMPTU is known for their airbrushing kits and airbrush products. I do not own an airbrushing kit, which I obviously need to work on BUT I use "Champagne Shimmer" ($25) with a beauty blender or my finger (which ever comes first) and lightly apply it on my cheek bones. You don't even understand what a beauty it is!

Next up is another drugstore beauty by New York Color in "Fire Island Tan" ($5). This is considered a bronzer but when I am looking for a very light subtle glow, this is the product I grab. It has little shimmer in it but it's just right for a simple makeup day. 

The next two are from MAC "Whisper of Gilt" (top right) and "Fairly Precious" (bottom left) ($32). Now, if you are looking for the mother of all highlighters MAC is the way to GO. I'm not kidding. These babies do NOT play. I use "Whisper of Gilt" for a neutral gold glowy look and "Fairly Precious" for a more dramatic look. A little goes a long way with MAC highlighters. 

Last but not least- is this beauty from INGLOT Cosmetics in #86 ($23). This was a random buy for me but i'm happy I picked it up. You can mix all the colors or just swipe from any section and either way, it always looks beautiful and very build-able.


Keeping that summer glow isn't that hard, especially when you have some great highlighters to depend on! What are some of your favorites? Any that you must have all year round?

Until next time...............

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Weekender: Leopard Detail

Hey Loves!

The weekend really does feel like it comes and goes so quickly, doesn't it? Everyone has a different idea of what's comfortable to wear for those two days of lounging, and my idea is something edgy but easy. This past weekend, we went down to Brooklyn to grab some dinner, so I put on my favorite pair of Soludos and some cut offs I picked up at a boutique in Brooklyn. Check out my look! 

Tee: H&M/ Shorts: Jakamo/ Bag: Mandee/ Shoes: Soludos/ Necklace: Baublebar/ Sunglasses: Ray Ban

How did you style your weekend look? Do you choose comfy? Until next time.......

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mani Time: Neon Nails

Hey Loves, 

You know that feeling you get when you find money in a pair of pants? I had that feeling today when I came across this bottle of Milani Nail Polish I had misplaced. I never got the chance to EVER use this color so when I found it (it was in the bottom of a bin), I was ecstatic. I went for a pretty simple nail design this time around.  Changing up the ring finger just for fun! Check it out.

Milani "Pink Hottie"/ Zoya "Raven"/ Sally Hansen: Quick Dry Top Coat

Neons are always hot during the summer, so I would label this a "perfect summer mani". Until next time.....................................

Monday, July 21, 2014

Crop Top Fit Tips For Any Size : Easy Wear

Hey Loves, 

This summer is the summer of crop tops. I know, not the easiest thing to wear when you aren't a size 2 right? It can be a little tricky fitting this trend into your wardrobe BUT I found the trick or tricks to rocking a crop top and feeling amazing while you do it.  I was once a skinny mini back in the day but my metabolism has slowed down and to be honest, I like cake. Lots of cake. I still love wearing trendy crops, so I had to find my own solution to wearing these beloved crop tops. Check out my tips and my latest look.

Cover-Up: I always add some sort of sweater or kimono while wearing a crop top. It gives me a little more confidence because my whole waist line isn't showing. I choose light materials to use as a cover-up because obviously I don't want to sweat.

Elastic Waistband: I pair my crop top with a bottom that has an elastic waist band so I have a little give. No one wants a muffin top while trying to look cute.

Over The Belly Button: This is KEY! The space between your chest and belly button is probably the most flattering part, so work with it. Most people think their waistline is actually where their hips are but it's not. Your waistline is much higher and it may not be 24" but it can still be complimented.

I hope my tips help and give you a little more confidence to wear a crop top! Here's my full look!

Top: Mandee/ Sweater: Target/ Pants: Cotton On/ Sandals: Rocket Dog/ Sunglasses: Armed and Readi/ Bag: Phillip Lim for Target/ Jewels: Express, Aldo and Ricky's NYC

Until next time........................
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