Are you willing to try new things when it comes to beauty? Do you stick your favorites and find it hard to switch or try something new? Have you just found what works–and what doesn’t–for you, which is why you tend not to bother with new trends or products? Or are you constantly changing your staples so much that you don’t really have staples?
I’m always willing to try new things, but it doesn’t mean I actually try them to their fullest extent. I’m constantly on the prowl for new and better skincare products, but I am wary of accumulating too many without being able to fully test them. It’s hard with skincare, because you do need ample time to test-drive it before you can determine whether the results were positive or not. When it comes to trends, I find myself less inclined to dive head-first if it’s totally at odds with my personal style.
Everybody has–or should have–a little black dress that’s suitable for just about any occasion. Here’s a great example of something classy with a bit of fun, too, by Calvin Klein (and hey, it’s even reasonably priced!). We’re lovin’ Dior’s quint in Sunset Cafe for its soft gold, taupe, and pink-beige. Even the antique gold with green undertones (center shadow) could be the most gorgeous color in the crease. Pink-beige all over lid with gold on the outer ldi and the deeper taupe in the crease with the gray-beige as a brow highlighter impresses us when paired with this dress. Try Blush ‘n Brighten in Berry by Laura Gellar for a great flush with gold shimmer on the cheeks. We like Dior’s “I Love Dior” lip palette because it gives us several colors to work with. The berry (second one) would be a lovely way to top off the look we’ve described here.
1. Calvin Klein Strapless Satin Party Dress @ Nordstrom for $168.00
2. Laura Gellar’s Blush N Brighten in Berry @ Sephora for $28.00
3. Dior Quint in Sunset Cafe @ Sephora for $52.00
4. Dior “I Love Dior” Lip Palette @ Sephora for $40.00
One of the best aspects of the little black dress is that it is versatile, which means makeup can range from pitch-black smoky eyes to lavish false lashes and a bold red lip. It really is anyone’s desire that can be fulfilled (makeup-wise!) when it comes to dressing to impress in a LBD. Still, a classic red lip with lots of mascara is a combination you could never go wrong with. Try mixing your look up by experimenting with other bold lip colors like berries, vamps, and crimsons. And don’t forget long, voluminous lashes for a bit of drama.
Do you have a signature scent or fragrance? Is there a fragrance you wear so often that you’d swear people would recognize it was you coming just by the scent? What is it? What makes you so in love with it that it’s such a staple in your life?
I always wanted a signature scent–no dice yet!
Beauty.com is having some amazing gift with purchases right now–which are great to give as gifts or keep for yourself!
Macy’s is having their “Biggest One Day” sale on Saturday, but today (Friday) is their preview day! Check out their web busters; they have several cute items, including adorable pajama sets (perfect gifts to give to anyone!).
NORDSTROM.com’s Semi-Annual Sale for Women & Kids is still in full force, but now you can get free shipping on all orders of $100 or more!
Sephora’s Friends & Family discount will end November 21st; use code FF2007 to save 20% on your orders. Get free shipping when you spend $75 (before discount!). You can get a deluxe sample set of 13 items with code GOODIES4U on orders of $25 or more.
MakeUp.com is one of my favorite bargain beauty sites! They have a lot of lovely brands (Chanel, Dior, EL, MAC, Too faced, YSL, etc.) and most items are discounted. If you’re like me, saving helps me buy one more product later on down the road Plus, you can sneak on over to their boutique section, which carries tons of different lines (normal prices, though).
LUSH has specially packaged several of their favorite items into an assortment of pre-packaged gift arrangements. There’s something to fit your budget, because they’ve wrapped up selections for under $20 and even over $250!
Gift.com is giving away a Best of Benefit set for free–just comment for your chance to win!
CherryCulture.com is having 20%, use code HS20 (expires 11/18). Thanks T!
I attended Nordstrom’s Cosmetics Trend Show this past weekend, and now it’s time to share some of the tips and tricks shared throughout the show with my dear readers. The show was divided into three scenes: Matte Skin, Lined Eyes, and Red/Burgundy Lips.
SCENE 1: MATTE SKIN
This season’s extra-fine matte finish creates a natural yet flawless look. Unlike the heavier mattes of the ’90s, today’s mattes are more lightweight and transparent, offering you healthier and brighter-looking skin without the shine. You’ll feel fresh and rejuvenated in this fall trend.
- Diorskin Extreme Fix Long-lasting Setting Powder | A universal color suitable for all wearers to help set foundation and liquid products for ultimate day-long wear.
- DiorShow vs. DiorShow Unlimited | Unlimited as a skinnier brush than DiorShow, which allwos for more precision and getting every single lash.
- Prescriptives Custom Blend Bronzer | Prescriptives recommends ensuring you have both a winter and summer bronzer, rather than a year-long one to achieve great, natural-looking skin.
- Fusion Beauty SkinFusion Micro Tech Soft Focus Fluid Foundation | With SPF 10, this is a colorless foundation that activates with your skin to match your color flawlessly.
- Trish McEvoy Brow Builder | Build fuller eyebrows with this brow extension product.
There’s so much more for me to tell you! Continue reading →
A feminine twist on the bad-girl image awaits you in this gorgeous Marvin Richards jacket. Every temptress could use a sizzling scarlet red lipstick like Dior’s Addict lipstick in Positive Red–not for the red-shy by anymeans! Pair with several coats of DiorShow mascara for lengthy, voluminous, and pitch-black lashes to bat at whomever you please. This “I Love Dior” Deluxe Holiday palette has everything the bad gal on the go needs: neutral shades to pair with her enviable lips, shimmering gold blush as well as a deep peach for a more flushed look.
1. Marvin Richards Zip Front Lambskin Scuba Jacket @ Nordstrom for $268.00
2. Dior “I Love Dior” Deluxe Holiday Palette @ Nordstrom for $70.00
3. Dior Addict Lipstick in Positive Red @ Nordstrom for $24.50
Alternatively, go with sultry smoky eyes, with Blacktrack fluidline as a base, Carbon eyeshadow to set, and Vex eyeshadow above the crease and on the brow to add duochrome dimension. Pair with pale pink lips with lots of high sheen gloss for an incredibly sexy and dark look that’ll be sure to turn heads!