makeup monday // man bun

man bun

Hello and Happy makeup monday!  This is the day we talk beauty & hair. I always love to talk about my latest beauty discoveries and all the makeup and hair trends. Speaking of trends, Google’s 2015 Beauty Trends report “man bun” topped the search results for the year.  So 2015 is officially the year of the man bun. Here is a glimpse of man bun inspiration…

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{images via Pinterest}


makeup monday // lashes in a box

Lashes in a BoxHello. Happy Makeup Monday. Beauty talk was on a little hiatus, but now it’s back and can’t wait to share my latest beauty love!  If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with lashes. There is just something about lashes that really wakens and enhances the eyes. I’ve tried all types of lashes – all styles. My new favorite is LASHES IN A BOX. Love the packaging for one (you know I’m a sucker for chic packaging}. LASHES IN A BOX offers several styles with 10 pairs per box.  It’s definitely a luxury line where quality isn’t sacrificed.

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My favorite set from LASHES IN A BOX is No. 17. I love the wispy quality.  No.17 is all about 100% handmade full wispies – 20 piece set that features all-around natural length and full volume. I’m so in love!



makeup monday // too faced soul mates

Too Faced Soul Mates

Happy makeup monday! Makeup Monday is back. I took a little break from beauty reporting because I have been working on so many fabulous projects!  On this Monday, I started the day early and went to breakfast and did a little window shopping. I came across these very adorable bronzers from Too Faced called Soul Mates.  What drew me to this was the cute packaging and the names. Oh the names of these bronzer duos – Ross & Rachel and Carrie & Big. Love and adore!

Too Faced - Soul Mates

Love Too Faced makeup especially for their packaging.  I would describe it as unapologetic glamour and femininity. Soul Mates Blush Bronzer comes in the two palettes – Ross & Rachel and Carrie & Big, which are a mix of a contour and a pop of color and a little shimmer. I haven’t tried these palettes, but the packaging (and names) had me at hello!  Here is a glimpse of these lovely palettes…

Too Faced Soul Mates

Too Faced Soul Mates

Too Faced Soul Mates


makeup monday // face rules

face rules

face rules 101…

Yes, there is a specific order to putting on you FACE makeup. Here is a little guide to makeup application.


This probably is an obvious one.  You must prime your skin before anything else. Primer allows foundation to glide on more easily and helps set the base so your makeup sets better and smoother. It also controls issues like redness and pore size.  If you apply Primer first, your make up stays on longer and it smooths the skin prior to foundation.


Foundation follows primer. Pick your favorite foundation {liquid, creme, mousse, etc} that closely matches your skin color and apply to the face to create even, uniform color to your complexion.


Concealer after foundation. If you have a blemish, apply concealer over your foundation. This makes sense because you don’t want to apply concealer before foundation because you will just be disrupting the areas you want to conceal because foundation will smudge that area and basically waste the products.  Concealing is more concentrated so apply only to certain areas – eyes, blemishes, etc.


These two go hand in hand.  If you are into contouring + highlighting, then this stage is where it’s at.  If you don’t contour, then skip right on to the powder.  Always go a few shades darker for contour and a few shades lighter for highlighting and apply to the specific areas of the face to make “skinny face”. See earlier post for contour map


Save the powder until the end. Powder sets the makeup and prevents oil + shine. No one wants a shiny face.  It’s basically the icing to the cake. It completes the face. After powder is applied, don’t apply anything shiny or with a consistency of liquid. That is where you get “cakey” makeup and that’s no good.


makeup monday // beauty bags

Sonia KushukMy latest beauty obsession are the beauty organizers by Sonia Kushuk. These beauty bags are perfect for summer. I love the pops of color and the graphics. These prints are too hard to resist. This collection was a collaboration with artist Linda Mason. The best news is that they are all under $25. You can see the rest of the collection here. Here is a glimpse of my favorites…

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makeup monday // caitlyn

Caitlyn Jenner


Last week Caitlyn made her debut as she graced the cover of Vanity Fair. Annie Leibovitz’s portrait of a woman named Caitlyn Jenner – was all the talk last week and buzzed all over social media. She looked absolutely stunning!  After the cover was released, everyone wanted to know, “Who did her hair?” – “What nail polish is she wearing?”.  I have all the answers for you.

Hair. For her it was all about Oribe. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Signature Blowout Heat Styling Spray for volume and shine.

Face. Tom Ford Foundation and Kevin Aucoin’s Sculpting Powder but not for contour but to enhance her eyes. For her cheeks, they used Serge Luten’s Blusher for that peachy glow!

Nails. For her nails, it was all about Deborah Lippmann’s Nail Lacquer in Lady is a Tramp!