LONG STORY

If you’re saying to yourself, ‘that looks like a dress,’ that’s because it is one lol.

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PURPLICIOUS

I have been anxious to do a tutorial using Melt Cosmetics By Starlight lipstick for the past year since I purchased it.

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BLEACH WASH

An outfit of the day styling stonewashed denim from Ami Clubwear, a ribbed crop top from Necessary Clothing and denim single sole pumps.

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outfit of the day

Sunny Delight

DSC_0661DSC_0712 DSC_0642DSC_0652DSC_0603DSC_0689 DSC_0654DSC_0701 DSC_0659DSC_0727I wore this leopard and yellow OOTD to work one day a couple of weeks ago. It was highly likable by my coworkers and it was really comfortable for an 8 hour shift believe it or not! No lie, ASOS’s denim are some of the best (I feel like I’ve said this before haha). They fit like a dream, without wearing a bulky old belt and they also cater to shorter and in my case, taller people! I also picked up the Alexandra Earrings in Ivory Pearl from Kendra Scott. They kind of freaked me out at first because of how much they could possibly weigh with my tiny ears lol. I’m glad I ended up liking them anyway!

Top: H&M Sleeveless Blouse (available HERE)

Denim: ASOS ASOS TALL Longer Length Ridley High Waist Jeans in Black (available HERE)

Shoes: GoJane (similar options available HERE)

Earrings: Kendra Scott Alexandra Earrings in Ivory Pearl (available HERE)

Beaded Bracelet: Kohl’s

Cuff Bracelet: Kendra Scott Arden Station Cuff (available on sale HERE)

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face of the day

Subtle Greens

Second tutorial in a row, huh? You guessed it…and you was RIGHT! LOL I’m still in the process of clearing out my hard drive with edited videos, but I still have a pretty long way to go. I know that works for y’all though! I wanted to use some light, pretty greens for this look, so I decided to do a Bare Minerals green eyeshadow tutorial. So dig through your stash, and get to recreating!

Products Used:

FACE

CoverFX Cream Concealer in Golden Medium

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation in B70

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

BROWS

e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Coffee

Ben Nye Creme Highlight in Medium

Milani Cosmetics Clear Brow Gel

EYES

MAC Painterly Paint Pot

Bare Minerals Real Deal Eye Color

Bare Minerals Wearable Light Green Eye Color

Bare Minerals Startlet Catherine Eye Color

Rimmel London Emerald Gel Liner

Me Now Generation II Perfect Eye/Lip Liner Pencil in #001

Rimmel London Wonderlash Mascara

Sassi #503 Lashes

Motives Cosmetics Lash Adhesive

LIPS

Jordana Cosmetics Matte Pretty Lipstick

The final look!
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OOTD: http://www.thebeautybeau.com/gold-standard/

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Icy Blues

Good evening beauties! Today, I have decided to do a makeup tutorial wearing silver, light blue, turquoise and mauve eye shadows. Sounds cool, right? That part of the look may be what’s up, but for some reason, my face was extra greasy on the day I filmed this, I don’t why! I nowhere near have oily skin; it’s extremely dry. Anyway, try to look past the chicken grease on my face and enjoy the look!

Products Used:

TOOLS

Bare Minerals Smoky Eye Brush

MAC #226 Brush

Tmart Medium Flat Shader Brush

Sedona Lace #312 Brush

Royal Care Cosmetics Foundation Brush

Bare Minerals Full Flawless Face Brush

MAC #168 Brush

FACE

CoverFX Cream Concealer in Golden Medium

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Cadiz

Bare Minerals READY SPF 15 Touch Up Veil in Translucent

MAC Peony Petal Blush

BROWS

e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Coffee

Ben Nye Creme Highlight in Medium

Milani Cosmetics Clear Brow Gel

EYES

MAC Painterly Paint Pot

MAC Shale Eye Shadow

MAC Blackberry Eye Shadow

MAC Quarry Eye Shadow

MAC Mystery Eye Shadow

MAC Medium Plus Mineralize Skinfinish

Bare Minerals Reveal Eye Color

Black Rose Minerals Lost Pigment

MAC High-Def Cyan Chromagraphic Pencil

Motives Cosmetics Noir Liquid Liner

Rimmel London Wonderlash Mascara

#46 Lashes

LIPS

MAC Men Love Mystery Lipstick

The final look!
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OOTD: http://www.thebeautybeau.com/bleach-wash/

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outfit of the day

Off Duty

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Top: A’GACI Short Sleeve V Neck Tee (available HERE)

Skirt: c/o LUCLUC Camo Denim A-line Skirt (available HERE)

Shoes: GoJane (similar styles HERE)

Necklace: eBay

Earrings: Kate Spade New York Glitter Stud Earrings (available HERE)

Cuff Bracelet: Kate Spade ‘North Court’ Hinged Skinny Cuff (available HERE)

Twisted Bracelet: c/o Clubbing Girl Brown Twist Bead Bracelet (available HERE)

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Trending: Button-Front Skirt

One trend I have been noticing on my usual online shopping sites is the button-front skirt. These scream 70s to me. I love them and the fact that they come in various fabrics and styles. I have seen them in suede, leather and denim. They are so versatile and you can use them for transitioning and even for winter paired with tights underneath. If mini skirts aren’t your thing, midi and even longer lengths are offered as options. They can be worn with a variety of shoes too, so don’t feel you have to go get an entire wardrobe to make this skirt work. Be creative with what you already have! Here are some of my favorite outfits I have found online, styling the button-front skirt:   Image credit: The August Diaries


Image credit: The Fashion Guitar

Image credit: The Haute Journal

Image credit: Stella Wants to Die

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It’s quite obvious that my favorite of the bunch are denim. I can’t wait to get one! Here are some options I’ve found online that are available for purchase:

*Image credits to GoJane, Boohoo & Romwe

Untitled-11) Apricot Buttons Pockets Bodycon Skirt HERE

2) Single-Breasted Flare Yellow Skirt HERE

3) Hollie Button Front Denim Mini Skirt HERE

4 & 5) Florence Button Front Ponte Midi Skirt HERE

6) Button It Faux Suede Midi Skirt HERE

7) Button All the Way Denim Pencil Skirt HERE

Also this one is available (forgot to include it above (image credit to Boohoo)):  Available HERE

What I didn’t tell you is that I already own one: I went the caged heel route with mine. I absolutely adore the camo print on this skirt. It adds a little lagniappe IMO, especially since I haven’t seen this particular style anywhere else. Come back tomorrow for an OOTD featuring this skirt! In the meantime, this skirt is available for purchase here!

By the way, those of you who have been wondering what “lagniappe” is, we use it a lot down here in Louisiana. It means “a little something extra.” Just FYI 😉

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review

Morphe Brushes Makeup Brush Haul & Review

As most of you know, I attended IMATS NYC back in April and this is the beginning of my haul posts. I just saw no point in showing them before now since the items aren’t limited edition and because I’m lazy. Ok, ok. Mainly because I’m lazy lol. Because I don’t like long drawn out posts or long videos, I’ve decided to split my Morphe Brushes makeup brushes into separate posts and videos. I figured you could pick and choose what you wanted to read/see  to make it fair for both of us. Without any further hesitation, here are the brushes I picked up! I honestly just grabbed random brushes, mainly those which I had nothing similar already. There’s definitely some unique babies in the bunch!

I’m first going to show you what I think would be considered eye brushes. Keep in mind, there’s no limitation on what you can use each brush for. I just figured it would be easier to separate them into groups.

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B15Large Chisel Fluff Brush – Sorry for the off-focus shot on this one. This brush is great for blending out color in the crease or for applying color to the eyelid. I did notice a bit of shedding for this one. Bummer. 

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B77 Oval Shadow Brush – This baby is a stiffer version of the brush previously shown. It works great to pack color onto the lid. Don’t expect an ease of blending for this one; it will take a little extra time to achieve that.

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B71 Metal Eyelash Definer – I bought this brush purely for looks, but who knows? I may find myself needing an eyelash separator. I even thought of touching the comb to a hot surface briefly of course, to use it as somewhat of an eyelash curler. Hmmm…I’ll try that out and if it works, I’ll do a separate tutorial and post 😉

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B81 Tapered Blender Brush – Because of the badger/goat hair composition, it isn’t as soft as some of the other Morphe brushes I have. This brush does however, work beautifully to apply color to the crease, or for a light wash of color on the eyelids.

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B43 – Large Pointed Crease Brush – Hello MAC #226 dupe! This one had a slight hint of shedding, but that’s to be expected for most brand new brushes from my personal experience. You could use this a number of ways…from the crease, to the outer v, to the tear duct. It would also be a great smudging brush for that extra drama on the lower lash line. Obsessed.

I would now like to introduce you to my “M” series brushes of choice.

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M457 Large Duo Fiber Dome Buffer Brush – I was most excited about this brush. Too bad it sheds like cat hair. It is a really great brush for applying liquid foundation, but I just cannot get past the shedding. It’s a bit over the top for me.

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M512 – Round Contour Brush – This brush is another cutie. While I haven’t used it yet, it seems like it would be the perfect concealer brush or highlighting brush. I wouldn’t use it as a blush brush because I tend to use bold colors on my cheeks and I don’t need any extra assistance with that lol. This would work well for contouring too for that extra drama in the hollows of the cheeks.

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MB18 Round Crease Brush – I know y’all are getting sick of seeing my horrid nails. Anyway, this brush pretty much serves the same purpose as the B43, minus the pointed tip. This is more of a blending version and it blends out harsh crease colors beautifully.

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M334 – Mini Angled Buffer Brush – Can you say concealer again? Repeat after me: concealer, buffer, highlight, lid. You guessed it, it works wonders for all of these. I wouldn’t necessarily use this brush for highlighting the cheekbones, but under that sweet eyebrow arch? Yes, please! It’s angled, so it has a bit more flexibility for maneuvering around small areas. Such a plus.

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B27 Badger Flat Bronzer Brush – I don’t know if I would use this for bronzing since it’s so large and I typically don’t like applying bronzer to large areas of my face. However, this makes a great powder and liquid foundation brush. I didn’t notice much shedding with this one. You may find yourself needing a brush mesh thingy (whatever those things are called) to keep your brush hairs in place.

The next babies I have to show are from the “S” series. Just take a look at how adorable they are!

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S3 – Deluxe Medium Foundation Brush – Nothing super special here. It’s just a slightly smaller version of the MAC #195 Foundation Brush. I don’t know why I got it honestly. *shrugs*

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S4 Deluxe Oval Concealer Brush – Concealer…again. I know, don’t shoot me. I’m a concealer fiend and I need some major brushes to back that up. That works as an excuse right? Another plus is that this will work well for moisturizing small spots of flaky skin on top of that foundation after application. Didn’t think of that, huh? Well there ya go, something other than a concealer brush…HA!

I am really pleased with all the brushes I selected. These will be some great additions to my kit and personal use, though I’m considering hoarding them primarily for myself lol. Another great thing to mention is the price point; they’re totally affordable! I highly recommend them. You may find all the brushes shown above and lots of others here.

Stay tuned for some Morphe Brushes makeup reviews and tutorials coming very soon!

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