#tbt Teal We Meet Again

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I thought it would be fun to do a throwback for throwback Thursday. Realizing that I never shared these pictures shot by my talented friend, Hannah Gweun, it seemed appropriate. This was a fun impromptu shoot after grabbing a bite from Urthe Caffe in downtown LA last Fall. I look back and reminisce on how amazing my experience of temporarily moving to a different city was. For me it’s a great reminder to never stop dreaming and that life is too short. :)

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Katy Perry ‘Dark Horse’ Inspired Makeup

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Sigma recently launched their Born to Be collection and the music video of Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ recently released so I thought let’s do an inspired look! I’ve been obsessed with this song for some time now.

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Images courtesy of Matthew Wong of mweats.com! Thanks :)

Products Used:

All brushes used are from Sigma Beauty

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face
Benefit Porefessional Primer
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 in Medium Beige mixed with CoverGirl TruBlend foundation in Sand Beige
Morphe Contour/Concealer Palette
Graftobian Dual Finish Foundation Powder Palette
Sigma Blush in Serene
Sigma Blush in Peaceful

eyes
Sigma Dark Brow Duo
Wet n’ Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer
Sigma pencil in Enlighten
Sigma pencil in Indigobird
Sigma Smoke Screen palette
Sigma eyeshadows in Vanish, Orsay, and Approach
Wet n Wild Fergie Gel Liner
Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder
Sally Girl Sparkle Effects Glitter
Salon Perfect Demi Wispie lashes

lips
Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob
Sigma Lip Gloss in Get Ready
Sigma Lose the Halo Lip Concealer

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Milani Power Lip Gloss Stain Review and Swatches

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I first discovered these new Milani Power Lip Lasting and Moisturizing Gloss Stains at my local grocery store and had originally only picked up the shade in Mango Tango. Because i’m a fan of and was previously impressed with Milani’s Color Statement lipsticks, I just knew I had to give these a try.

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These lippies are listed as a paraben free 2-in-1 gloss and stain with a moisturizing formula AND provides color coverage that lasts. I don’t know about you but this sounds like perfection in a tube! Mango Tango was so incredibly pigmented that I later on picked up a few more in the shades Cabaret Blend, Strawberry Sugar, and Macaroon. Each one retails for $6.49 but the price can vary depending on where you buy them. At my local CVS they were $6.79 for example.

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These gloss stains feature a twist pen with a built in synthetic brush. The tricky part is it is hard to gauge how much product will come out as you twist the pen especially initially. It’s like a guessing game of how much will ooze out haha and sometimes you can end up with too much product. Seriously a little goes a long way when applying these!

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Let’s take a look at the swatches!

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Strawberry Sugar - Light Pink – Cream. Hello pale barbie pink! This one looks a bit too cool toned on my lips and against my skin tone to wear on its own. It kind of reminds me of the consistency of OCC’s Lip Tars because it is packed with so much pigment. Texture-wise it also looks chalkier on compared to the other shades below.

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Macaroon -Pink – Cream. This medium pink shade is very flattering and easy to wear. I recently sported it in this Instagram picture. It looks and feels great on and I am leaning towards it being my favorite of the four.

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Mango Tango - Coral – Cream. This rich vibrant coral shade really wowed me the first time I applied it. If you are a reddish-orange lip color lover definitely give this one a try. Doesn’t this shade just make you feel energetic and happy or is it just me? :)

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Cabaret Blend - Berry – Cream. This one may look more berry on others but it registers as a wine red shade on my bare lips. I kept trying to layer this one on since it wasn’t as rich and deep as I had anticipated but I still really like the shade.

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This is how Cabaret Blend looked on my lips after 5-6 hours of wear and after eating and drinking. I was left with a rich stain that didn’t leave my lips feeling dry.

* Images courtesy of Matthew Wong of mweats.com! Thanks :)

Final thoughts: These Milani Power Lip Gloss Stains truly pack a lot of punch for the price. The color coverage for most is impressive to the point that I would suggest being careful with globbing too much on because it can migrate and end up on your teeth. When the glossiness wears off it truly acts like a stain. Overall I am really happy with these as they perform differently from how most glosses and stains do.

What are your thoughts on Milani’s new gloss stains? Do you tend to gravitate more towards lipsticks or glosses? Let me know if you have a favorite lip stain!

Winter Bloom

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While jamming out to the pop music that was playing as we waited in line at Atlanta’s new ferris wheel, Skyview Atlanta, I couldn’t help but feel a little giddy. The warmth from the sun balanced out the light chill in the air perfectly and i’m honestly excited for Spring to near.

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The color palette of my outfit inspired the eye look and with the slight change in weather it was time to switch it up from my usual neutrals. I am wearing Betrayal and Smokeout from the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette.

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The Pantone color of the year 2014 is Radiant Orchid and I can’t really explain why this excites me other than the fact that I am just simply in love with this color. To balance the vividness of the bag I decided to integrate subtle colors such as the pale mint green of my shirt and deep faded berry of my scarf.

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Boyfriend blazer: H&M | Mint green sweater, Scarf, and Boots: Forever 21 | Necklace: Target

Denim shorts and Fleece-lined tights: Marshalls | Vince Camuto Alisa bag: Nordstrom

Check out what’s inside the purse!

Tea Time for Two

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Ever since our trip to London over a year ago, Matt and I occasionally reminisce about our first afternoon tea experience. I had loved everything about it; the intimate setting, tasting clotted cream for the first time, and being overwhelmed with the tiered platter of yummy bites along with us each having our own pots of tea.

I was excited when Matt had brought up the idea of doing high tea (what it is commonly known as here in the states) for Valentine’s. He arrived that day to pick me up looking very dapper in his corduroy blazer. ^_^ I loved the location he chose (Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party in Candler Park) as it was such a quaint, eclectic, and cozy little spot in which we could actually hear each other speak. We ended the night with picking up some amazing spicy samosas from a different location (Royal Sweets in Decatur) and catching up on the season premiere of the Walking Dead. Perfect romantic ending to the evening, no? haha :)

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If you are wondering, we decided to try their Earl Grey tea and it wasn’t as robust and strong in flavor as I prefer but the little bites and the Devonshire cream were all scrumptious. Are you all tea drinkers? What kinds of teas are your favorite?

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Review and Swatches! (giveaway ended)

You might be thinking, “Aren’t you a little late on this Christine?” haha as if you all haven’t been bombarded enough with posts and tutorials utilizing this palette. If you are still on the fence about spending $52 on this rose and taupe toned neutral eyeshadow (12 brand new shades, yay for no repeats!) palette, then I hope my thoughts can provide a bit more insight. Or why not take a crack at possibly winning your own Naked 3 palette? :)

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As you may know, Urban Decay has previously launched their Naked 1 (consisting of mostly warm and bronze neutral tones) and Naked 2 (consisting of cooler neutral tones) palettes. What does the Naked 3 have to offer? Let’s take a closer look at the shades.

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Strange - pale neutral pink matte-satin, the pink undertone in this is very slight so it is easily mistaken as a pale matte beige, it applies smoothly with good color pay off

Dust - pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter, this one is sheer with loose texture, it does not apply evenly unless applied wet, I especially like to “dust” this underneath the center of my lower lashline for that cute “light up your eyes” sparkle

Burnout - light pinky-peach satin, I like to describe this as an apricot shade, it is one of my favorites because of its subtlety in adding a soft warm glow, great as a quick wash of color over the lid for everyday as well

Limit -light dusty rose matte, appears as a matte light mauve brown, great shade for those who may find other transitional browns or soft browns to look harsh or muddy

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Buzz - metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter, has that amazing buttery texture and quality just like the rest of the following metallic shades in this palette that we all have come to love about Urban Decay’s shadows

Trick - light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle, this shade is like a rose gold in all it’s glory, it shimmers and sparkles and just demands attention

Nooner - medium pinky-brown matte, pigmented, smooth, awesome, who doesn’t love a good matte shade?

Liar - medium metallic mauve shimmer, if Buzz and Factory had a baby I think it would be this, the mauve pink flash gives it a unique look

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Factory - pinky-brown satin, warm deep rich brown, love the smooth texture

Mugshot - metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift, gorgeous and easy to wear satin taupe shade that I felt was missing from the previous two palettes

Darkside - deep taupe-mauve satin, gorgeous deep cocoa taupe shade, love the amount of depth this one has

Blackheart - smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle, this is the kind of shade that always looks more gorgeous in the pan but I definitely appreciate that it is matte

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* Images courtesy of Matthew Wong of mweats.com! Thanks :)

Final thoughts: This palette possesses an ethereal and romantic vibe. I even love that there is no chunky glitter, just delicate micro-glitter in some of the shades that add brilliance and shine. If you are fearing that this palette may have too much of a rosy or pink tone, the taupe shades are amongst my favorite and would do an excellent job of balancing them out. Are many of these shades dupe-able? Yes. I found myself being reminded of other similar shades to Burnout, Mugshot, and Darkside that I own and love. I do think the shades are new and unique enough that even if you own both the Naked 1 and Naked 2, you won’t be disappointed.

So are you planning or considering including this one in your collection? Let me know your thoughts!

GIVEAWAY TIME! I went out and bought an additional Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to give away to you guys for being such awesome and loving supporters :) I wouldn’t typically do that if I didn’t enjoy the palette myself! There are multiple ways to enter via this nifty widget:

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Good luck to you all and Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you haven’t seen my latest romantic look using this palette, go check it out!