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Interior Design Fashion Show prep

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Hey guys! I thought I would take you behind the scenes of a fun little opportunity I had with ASD Inc., a design firm that encompasses interior, architectural, and graphic design. Each year they enter a look into IIDA Georgia Dressed which is a runway show comprised of garments made out of non-traditional materials. Sounds awesome right?? Do we have any Project Runway fans? Yes, think unconventional challenge (I couldn’t help myself haha). They brought me in to conceptualize the makeup and do a trial before runway day.

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You will often find me doing more wearable looks for weddings, engagement sessions, and the like but it really excites me to switch gears every now and then because it keeps me on my toes and inspired in different ways.

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I absolutely love seeing the amount of detail and dedication that goes into projects like this because it truly allows you to appreciate the work more.

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Finalizing all of the details and stepping back with a critical eye. Is the vision and story coming across?

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See the completed look here and here. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found some inspiration from it like I did with my experience. As always, thanks for stopping by! Love you :) ~Christine

 

Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

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Hi guys! I’ve been getting some questions about this Maybelline the Nudes palette and I was also curious to see if there was an upgrade in the eyeshadow quality. Upon first look I was attracted to the simplicity and size of the palette.

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Seriously, here’s a size comparison with the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette! I love how small and sleek it is considering it also has 12 eyeshadows varying from neutral to warm to cool tones.

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Let’s take a closer look:

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I numbered the shades since they don’t each have a name. Personally I find it easiest to view this palette as 3 eyeshadow quads (for ex. 1, 2, 7, 8) joined together so that the eyes don’t get overwhelmed. There are 5 matte shadows which I really appreciate: 3, 5, 6, 8, and 12. Shade 2 is kind of like the satin cousin of shade 5.

Swatches below were done with no primer. On the eyes I would highly recommend wearing a primer first so the shades show up better and last longer.

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The lighter shimmery shades 1, 9, and 11 lack pigmentation and staying power. They remind me of some of the lighter shades that I own in my other Maybelline quads in terms of quality. The rest of the shadows with the exception of the black shade are nice and smooth with decent pigmentation. Shade 1 had the potential to be unique and awesome because it has a pink pearlescent shimmer with blue and pink flecks in it but it’s just too lackluster. I love shades 5 and 6 because it has an ashy and cool enough of a tone to use on the brows! That is always a major plus for me.

I mostly pulled out the Naked 2 palette for comparison because the shades in the Maybelline the Nudes kind of reminded me of it. Are there any definite dupes? Nope, but i’ve swatched the ones that I thought looked the most similar beside each other below.

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My overall thoughts: I have worn the Nudes palette for the past week now and I really do like it. I typically do wear an eye primer and so far the shadows have lasted and still looked great on my eyes after several hours of wear. I’m even taking this one with me for my cruise trip with my family and Matt this weekend (so excited!). The eyeshadow quality seems to have barely improved if at all in my opinion but I think the selection of shades was very well thought out. The overall value is worth it considering the price. The price of their eyeshadow quads varies from ~$5-7 and this the Nudes palette varies from ~$10-12. The Nudes is pretty much like a triple quad in one which could have valued at a ~$15-21 price point. If you snag a coupon or discount then it’s an even better deal. I think the shades are all really wearable and most are easy to work with. Also, because i’m a big fan of smokey eyes and matte shadows I like the looks I can create with this. If you are a bigger fan of buttery shimmery highlight shades then I would pass on this one.

Have you picked up this palette or eyed it? What are your thoughts?

Meltproof Makeup Look & Tips

Having oily skin has its pros and cons. What about when paired with wearing makeup in the scorching heat? I know, I know..con to the max. Don’t fret guys, shine and sweat are completely normal. Even actors and actresses have to get blotted very frequently on set because they’re human too. We can, however, take certain steps to keep our look from melting off of our faces faster!

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In this video you will also see me use the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eye Shadow Palette (talk about a mouthful!) on my eyes. I have been wearing this palette almost everyday as of late!

 

 Check out the video and information section for tips and a full list of products that I recommend to help you combat the heat!

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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

Don’t miss out on the Giveaway going on on the video tutorial here!

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!