Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MAC: The Unseen Lipsticks

Hello lovelies!
As I was doing my Sunsets & Flamingos look the other day, I realized that I had quite a collection of MAC lipsticks that I hadn't really talked about on my blog/don't use a lot during my life of being a makeup fanatic.

Starting from the red lipstick on the bottom left going clockwise: MAC Red || Viva Glam Nicki || Candy Yum-Yum (what I wore for Sunsets and Flamingos) || Bombshell || Shy Girl || Speak Louder

I think I have worn the Viva Glam Nicki lipstick maybe once?  It's so pretty but since it's a matte it's incredibly drying on my lips and for some reason this matte lip is more drying than any others I have tried.  Has anyone else had an issue with it as well? 

Because of my past fear of red lipstick, MAC's Red is another one that has sat in my Alex drawers for quite sometime.  Since my recent trip to Canada, I have come to actually really like red lips and completely forgot that I had this color in there.  I'm a little worried about the blue undertone to it, but I'm going to play around with it again and see if I have suddenly had a change of heart. 

Do you own any of these lipsticks? 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Sea Spray

Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.” 
-Peggy Tony Horton

Happy Labor Day to all my US'ers and Happy First of September to all my other readers!  Today, my mother and I decided to talk a very brisk walk on the beach to get our exercise.  The sky, water and beach were all beautiful (despite there being two dead birds...gross). It sure is a change from Los Angeles seeing a clear blue sky rather than seeing a polluted one.  

What did you get up to on this wonderful first day of September?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunsets & Flamingos...

I did a makeup look this morning titled Sunsets and Flamingos.  Basically a lot of orange and pink lips!

See ya! :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Oh, Ikea...

Once that new Ikea catalogue landed in my post box, I knew I was in trouble.  It's no secret that I love Ikea (despite getting lost in there quite a few times), so therefore, it's no surprise that I have a two pages of things I am currently lusting after...

Obviously I don't expect to purchase all of this.  Everything is just so cute, and a woman can dream, right?

What do you think of my list?  Have you purchased anything from Ikea lately? 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Prettiest Snake Braid

*gasps* A hair post!?
Shocking, in't it?
I hate hair.  Like I really, really do.  
Thus why you never see anything about hair ever on my blog.
It just seems like such a hassle to try and tackle my mane.  I gave up straightening it about three months ago and it has definitely decreased my stress level.

I follow a blogger named Amber and she does these beautiful makeup tutorials.  Her specialty is braids and since I love them so much I decided to switch things up a bit and see if I could do one.

I originally tried to do the Double Dutch Braid but that just was not happening so I found something a bit more simpler: The Snake Braid.

You can see her full tutorial on her blog, but I wanted to show you all my result.  I struggled a bit with the size.  I kept making the braid too big so it wouldn't push up as needed to make the snake, but I eventually got it.

What do you think?  Are you fond of it or not your style?

New Opportunity! | L'Noir Magazine | Beauty Editor

I've been chosen! 
Let me start from the beginning. 
My fashion blogger friend, Stella, e-mailed me letting me know that she was starting a new online magazine and wanted me to be the beauty editor! 
Of course, I jumped right on board. 
This is how Stella describes her new magazine, L'Noir: 

A fashion and lifestyle magazine for the everyday fashionista.  We are producing a classy, fashionable magazine for the young woman between 18-35.  We want to bridge the gap between the "black magazine" and high end magazines like "Vogue."  Something that is accessible, identifiable, but extremely classy, fashionable and chic.  Currently there is nothing like L'Noir magazine out there.  There is a great divide in the magazine industry and most magazines target audiences for two kinds of women: the young caucasian teenage girl or the upper middle class woman who only lives in designer goods.  We want to tape into the niche and produce a magazine that appeals to the fashionable young black career woman.  We do not want to exclude any other races but we want something that appeals to that particular targeted market.  L'Noir is going to be a glossy magazine that you can actually flick through on your computer, phone and tablets.  We are launching it online so that it is accessible world wide but customers will also be welcomed to order physical print versions." 

That being said, I am working with Stella (Editor in Chief), to find the following: 

-Beauty Bloggers
-Fashion Bloggers 
-Makeup Artists
-Graphic Designers
-Web Designers

If you are interested, I will be listing all contact info at the end of this post.

I'm super excited about this opportunity.  I'm also extremely flattered that Stella would choose me to be the Beauty Editor.  Basically my role in L'Noir would be that I would oversee all other beauty writers, make sure I know what topics they are writing about, edit, offer up ideas and feedback, give them positive reinforcement, and then after they edit and finish their final draft, they would send it to me, I would look over it once more, and then I would send it along to Stella to be published.  Hence, beauty editing.  

I think Stella is incredibly brave to think of something like this by herself and just go for it.  Even if it might not necessarily work out the way that she wants, it's amazing that she has single handily put this together.  It reminds me that if you have a dream, to just go for it, you miss 100% of the shots that you don't take, and there is still a little glimmer of hope for me to be able to accomplish my dreams (just so we're clear, I would love to work from home being a full time beauty blogger/writer). 

Anyway, all contact info listed below.  If you know anybody who would be interested, please e-mail me personally at my L'Noir e-mail address or you're welcome to send your CV's to the "info at L'Noir e-mail!" 

If you're interested in a beauty position, please send your CV's/portfolios to: shreerose@lnoirmagazine.co.uk 
If you are looking for any other positions please e-mail: info.@lnoirmagazine.co.uk 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Very Yummy Treat...

Hi all!

Today I'm coming to you with a recipe that I took from the girls over at DesignLoveFest.  You can find the original recipe here, as I changed mine up a bit because of my picky eating habits.

I began by adding 1 cup of vanilla yogurt (Chobani Greek is my go to!) into a blender.  Then, I add 1/2 cup of raspberries and 1/2 of blueberries to it.  You may add bananas or other fruits if you choose to at this point.  Next, blend it throughly.  I pour the finish product into a classic mason jar and add granola at the top.  When I tried it the first time, I sprinkled a bit of strawberry vanilla granola on it, but today for this post, I mixed it up by substituting it with dark chocolate hazelnut (YUM).  

A little note: in the DLF recipe they tell you to add water, just be warned that when I did this, it wasn't much of a yogurty snack than it was a watered down smoothie-you've been warned! 

A New YSL!

Ahh, YSL.

A brand that has been growing quite rapidly in my makeup collection.
Whilst in Canada I picked up a new lipstick of theirs from the Rouge Volupte collection annnd wouldn't you know, I don't even know what the name of it is!  Typical to YSL standards there is no name on the bottom of the tube and unfortunately the number has rubbed off completely.  I kind of feel like maybe it's Peach Passion?

If you know please comment below and tell me because this is terrible!

Anyway, it's a beautiful, soft pinky peach color that applies like a dream.  It does have a slight shimmer to it so if you were looking for a flat color, this wouldn't be for you.  Unfortunately, it's one of those lipsticks that seep through the cracks of chapped lips, making it more obvious, so if you have them, be sure to apply a balm before applying or afterwards or use a lip scrub.

As with my other two YSL lipsticks, I am completely happy with this purchase.
Do you have any YSL products?
What do you think of them?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lush | Dream Cream

I stopped by Lush a few days ago to pick up a bubble bath (I ended up purchasing A French Kiss!) and with it I received a sample body lotion called Dream Cream.  

Like everything I receive from Lush, this cream is absolutely amazing.  It has a dreamy scent, due to it being made from lavender, oat milk and cocoa butter (uhm, yes please!).  It's very moisturizing and Lush itself recommends using this if you suffer from dry skin or sensitivity with lotions.  It does leave a slight film after applying, which I don't really like, but it's not enough to turn me off.

I will be using this little baby sparingly, and probably purchasing the full size after I run out (let's be honest, given the size, I'll probably run out quite soon-ha ha).

Have you purchased anything from Lush lately? 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Look | Red Lips

While I was in Canada, I bought a new YSL lipstick at Sephora.  I ended up having loads of Sephora points so I received an Hourglass Cosmetics box sample set.  Included was a mini Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in the color Icon.  Which is super, super red.  

If you've hung around my blog enough you know that I'm pretty scared of red lipstick.  Not only is it extremely messy, but I just never liked the way it looked on me.  The closest I would wear to red lips was purchasing the infamous Kate Moss lipstick in 107.  That's pretty much as red as I would go.  Until Icon.  

I bit the bullet and decided to try it out on my last night in Canada, and I just absolutely loved the way it looked on me!  I didn't wear much eye makeup, just mascara, and rightly so, as it made my red lips -POP- even more.  You know how you're scared of doing something new with your makeup but then you do and you think How did I ever live without this before?  Pretty dramatic but that's exactly how I feel with this match made in Heaven.

I added a slight bohemian twist on these photos because when I went out in Canada, I was dressed casual upscale, so I wanted to see what it looked like in another style (other photo taken with it below-not enhanced at all!)

| P r o d u c t s  U s e d |

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer Base (included in sample set)
Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation in 225 
Revlon Photoready Concealer 
Benefit Cosmetics Fake Up
Maybelline Fit Me! Powder in 225
NARS Translucent Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze
MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish 
Hourglass Full Spectrum Mascara in Onyx (included in sample set)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Ash Brown
MAC Eyeshadow in Espresso Matte
Maybelline Babylips
Rimmel London Kate Moss 107 
Hourglass Cosmetics Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon

Also, I know these photos are kinda intense (i.e. clearly enhanced and pretty bright), but I actually really like the way they came out.  And I wanted to show the clear contrast between the red lips, my complexion and my black shirt! 

Last night on my trip.