5 Holiday Red Lipglosses to Try

5 Holiday Red Lipglosses to Try

I can’t decide if I love red gloss or lipstick more.  I just love the juicy glossiness of a gloss, which is why I don’t often wear a matte lip by choice.  Do you have a preference?

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

5 Great Layering Shades to Create Festive Lip Looks

5 Great Layering Shades to Create Festive Lip Looks

Whether you love a red, berry, burgundy, copper, or orange lip for the holidays, these are fantastic products to layer with your favorite lipstick to add the sparkle and shine of the holiday season.

What’s your favorite holiday lip combo?

12 of My Favorite Etsy & Indie Shops! Celebrate Small Business Saturday!

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!)

5 Stunning Dark Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

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?

5 Decadent Bright Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

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?

18 Halloween Makeup How-to Tutorials to Knock Your Socks Off

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


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


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