Saturday, November 24th, 2012


Small Business Saturday

I love to support local and small businesses, because I just love when people LOVE what they do. I want to support their dreams and show my appreciation for the time and effort they put into their creations. I’m a huge Etsy shopper as a result! I thought in the spirit of shop Small Business Saturday, I’d share some of my favorite small businesses both beauty and non-beauty alike! And for honorable mention, I love Sugarpill and OCC (they both seem too popular to fit this list now!).

  1. Noaki — for all of your brooch bouquet and jeweled clutch needs; she did all of my wedding arrangements
  2. Bella Anela Jewelry — all the way from Hawaii, this is one of my favorite jewelry shops! Fast shipping, excellent customer service, AND free shipping (within the U.S.)
  3. Lacquistry — lots of glittery nail polishes from a shop with impeccable customer service
  4. CanineDesign — my first stop whenever I’m looking for a new collar for Mellan; incredibly affordable and lots of designs with ridiculously fast shipping
  5. Bigpaw Collars — I like to call this the “sophisticated” shop for dog collars and leashes; this is where I picked up Mellan’s black bow-tie collar (and I have a few others from this shop, too)
  6. Sihaya Designs — handmade artisan jewelry with lots of vibrant hues and wire work
  7. The Air Castle — custom cake toppers and ornaments; this is where I had my cake topper done for my wedding, but I also had an ornament made recently with Mellan’s name on it!
  8. Vienna Sparkle Wreaths — gorgeous, well-done wreaths that are just the right balance of elegant, sparkly, and unique; my fall and Christmas wreaths are from here!
  9. Cult Nails — indie nail polish company that is exceptionally well-done and formulated
  10. A Touch of Romance — beautiful vintage jewelry done so well
  11. Le Bijou Precieux — beautiful chandelier and drop earrings with beads and precious jewels
  12. Haus of Gloi — small vegan business that creates handmade bath, beauty, and perfume products with seasonal offerings — the Lavender Sugar Bubbling Scrub is my favorite

What are your favorite small businesses?

(Please share your favorites that are not your own!)

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

5 Stunning Dark Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

Not so into bright reds? Here are some darker red options! :)

What’s your favorite dark red lipstick to wear during the holidays?

Saturday, November 24th, 2012






5 Decadent Bright Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

If there was ever a time to break out the red lipstick, it’s during the winter holidays.   I love red lipstick year-round, and I most definitely have a weakness for a really fantastic red so narrowing them down to five was hard… which is why this list is just bright reds.

What’s your favorite bright holiday red lipstick?

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

From Edgy to Creepy to Transformative, Get Ready for Halloween!

In case you’re still not sure what you’re doing for Halloween, here are a few videos to give you some inspiration! Or, if you’re like me, just some masterful videos to enjoy. I love seeing the techniques people employ in such time-intensive looks like these.  This post is in the spirit of Sunday’s Link Love, so I invite you to share the love and share a link to your favorite Halloween tutorials (that are not your own).

P.S. — Stay safe if you’re being affected by the storm! <3

Edgar Allen Poe’s Raven


GoldieStarling takes inspiration from The Raven

The Crow


MissChievous creates a dramatic look inspired by a crow

Unzipped


Petrilude unzipped–a Halloween classic!

Edward Scissorhands


KandeeJohnson transforms into this iconic character

Glamorous (but Bloody) Vampire


Pink and red eyeshadow come together in a vampire-inspired look by MissChievous

A New Take on a Witch


DustyOHunter creates a spin on witches that leads to an incredible transformatoin

La Llorona (The Weeping Woman)


DulceCandy87 has a fascinating take on La Llarona

Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland


KandeeJohnson uses Tim Burton’s Queen of Hearts interpretation for this look

Vincent Van Vogh


GoldieStarling transforms into Vincent Van Gogh

Pop Art/Comic Book Character


Vintage or Tacky pops from the pages of a comic book!

Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland


KandeeJohnson creates a look inspired by Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the Mad Hatter

Pirate Davy Jones


GoldieStarling turns into Davy Jones!

Edgy & Gold


Kristianathe with an edgy take on an Illamasqua promo

Mother Earth


Petrilude transforms into Mother Earth

Frankenstein


Pixiwoo takes on Frankenstein!

Dramatic Black & White Eyes


Queen of Blending recreates a dramatic black and white look

Nightmare Before Christmas Nails


JulieGBeauty has a how-to for Nightmare Before Christmas nails

Last Minute Halloween – Bleeding Eyes


xSparkage helps with a last-minute Halloween idea

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

10 Must-Have Inglot Eyeshadows – Brights/Colors

If you’re not so keen on neutrals, here is my top ten for a good mix of brights by Inglot!

  1. Inglot #450 Eyeshadow — shimmering burgundy
  2. Inglot #388 Eyeshadow — bold violet-tinted blue
  3. Inglot #415 Eyeshadow
  4. Inglot #331 Eyeshadow — grass green
  5. Inglot # Eyeshadow — shimmering navy blue
  6. Inglot #372 Eyeshadow — teal
  7. Inglot #439 Eyeshadow — shimmering violet
  8. Inglot #382 Eyeshadow — rich red
  9. Inglot #430 Eyeshadow — shimmering honey gold
  10. Inglot #338 Eyeshadow — blue-teal

What bright Inglot eyeshadows would you recommend?

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

10 Must-Have Inglot Eyeshadows – Neutrals

I think one of the more frequently asked questions I get is about what eyeshadows to start off with from Inglot–this is a pretty impossible task! Put simply, Inglot has a ton of eyeshadows that perform well. And then, there’s the very fact that it really depends on what kind of palette you’re looking at. Neutrals? Brights? A mix? Cool-toned? Warm-toned? How large of a palette?

What neutral Inglot eyeshadows would you recommend?