Beauty

My Easy Valentine's Day Makeup Look

For those of you gals who have big V-day plans, I wanted to share a pretty makeup look that you can wear day or night to go on a date or out with your girl friends! You know I love a simple make up look, so of course I made this one really easy and simply for you. I also wanted to make it wearable but still feel like it’s a special occasion by adding a fun lip, although you can adjust the look to whatever makes you feel comfortable! Keep on reading to see how I put this look together!

Ever since I posted my Winter Makeup Look, I have been loving using my Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer for a glowy look. I love how it made my skin look! Next I use my Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation in 322 Warm Beige for foundation and My Too Faced Born This Way Concealer under my eyes in the shade Natural Beige. I use my hands to apply my foundation and concealer because I like the way it looks better, plus the clean up is easier. To set everything I use my Laura Mercier Translucent powder, my absolute favorite setting powder and the only one I’ll use!

For my bronzer, I always use the Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer to give my skin a little bit of a glow. For blush, I really love using the color Blushed Copper from Becca lately. It’s such a pretty bronze-y color and it’s got shimmer in it so I can even ski[ highlighter and still get a pretty glow.

For my eyebrows, I always use my Anastasia Brow Definer in Ebony and set them with a clear mascara. I like this to fill my brows in better than a thin pencil because I already have full brows, so they don’t need to be filled in very precisely.

For my eyelids, I went back and used my Morphe G35 palette that I love so much. As my base, I started off with the color Sandy because it’s just the perfect all over color. For my lid, I used the color Paradise which is a pretty shimmery, pinky, tan color. Then in my crease, I used a little bit of the color SPF and the color Deserted to finish off my look. I also did a thin-ish line along my top lashline using my Maybelline Line Stiletto eyeliner. Of course, for my lashes, I used my favorites: Diorshow Lash Primer, Diorshow Volume Mascara and my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black.

To really finish everything up, I used my MAC Spice lip liner and an old Maybelline Matte lipstick in the color Toasted Truffle . I also sprayed my entire face with my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting spray. Since they changed the packaging, I feel like this product works so much better than it did before!

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Fashion

Four Affordable Outfits to Wear on Valentine's Day

This year I wanted to share some V-day outfits that are not necessarily all pink and red, but when I was putting them together, I realized that I wear pink too often to count it out this year. So if you wanted something that did not involve pink, red, purple this is probably not going to be the most helpful. Another thing to note is that I’m not really a dress kind of girl in the winter so these outfits all have pants because that’s what I would and probably will be wearing on Valentine’s Day this year. Now that all the disclaimers are done, keep on reading to see what I came up with for four affordable V-day outfits! Everything will be linked below as long as it’s available or I can find something similar!

Outfit #1

To start things off, I had to share this hot pink American Eagle sweater (similar) because it was on clearance when I got it and second, it’s such a pretty color to celebrate your love. I kept it simple by pairing it with a pair of dark wash Jamie Jeans from Topshop and these pretty patent red heels from Steve Madden. I love pairing pink and red together and I thought Valentine’s Day was a perfect fit for this outfit!

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #2

I had originally planned to wear this outfit for my birthday, but with the snow I didn’t think it was the right fit for that day. However, I do think it’s a perfect fit for Valentine’s Day! As you know I love wearing cardigans as tops and I’ve shared this white cardigan from Target a million times on here already. I also shared these pink corduroy pants from Target and I love them too! I would recommend sizing down in these pants, because they run big. I normally wear a 4 or 6, and ended up getting a 2 in these. I’ve had these pinky purple heels for about a year and they are so comfortable that it really surprises me every time I wear them! They are from the brand Botkier and I got them at Nordstrom.

Sweater & Pants: Target / Shoes: Botkier

Outfit #3

This is my one outfit that does not include a pink, purple, or red item because I knew I had to include at least one. I got this pretty satin wrap top from Abercrombie (similar) a few months and I think it’s a perfect date night top. I decided to pair it with my tried and true black faux leather pants from BlankNYC (similar). I got these about 2 years ago and I love them because they are comfortable and they don’t fall down like most leather leggings! I paired them with my favorite suede mid calf boots (similar) because I love the way leather and suede look together.

Top: Abercrombie / Pants: BlankNYC / Shoes: Something Navy

Outfit #4

This last outfit is another more casual look for when you’re not doing something too fancy. I found this gorgeous jewel toned purple sweater at & Other Stories and knew I had to have it. It’s the most gorgeous color! I thought it would look so nice tucked into my black straight leg jeans from Topshop and this black belt I got from Target to define my waist a bit more. You know I’m really into my white Jeffrey Campbell ankle boots so I thought they would look so good with this outfit.

Sweater: & Other Stories / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

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Fashion

What To Wear for New Year’s Eve 2019

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and like every blogger on the planet, I’ve decided to share a few outfit ideas for you. Personally, I love my New Year’s Eve outfits to be covered in sequins, fully glitz and glam so that’s what I’m showing you today because I have to be true to myself. Two of these pieces are old and two are new, because realistically, we keep our old holiday clothing around and I don’t want anyone to think they have to go out and buy something new every year. I want to create a safe space for you to feel like it’s okay to recycle your old outfits and make them feel new again! Keep on reading to see what I put together.

Outfit 1:

Last year I featured this sequin cami from Zara with a pair of faux leather pants. This year, for a similar but more casual look, I decided to pair it with some plain black jeans and sock boots and this easy moto jacket. This look is a very subtle way of saying, “I’m ready for you 2020!” Mine is plain black, but Zara has them this year in a few other colors like silver and pink, and gold. You could also switch out the sequin cami for a velvet one for a more subtle look!

Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Something Navy
Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Something Navy
Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Something Navy

Outfit 2:

Last year, I paired this sequin blazer with a pair of shorts and loved it but I decided I don’t want to freeze to death this year so I’m pairing it with my favorite black cami from Express and some leather pants. This way the blazer is the main focus of the outfit as it should be! My blazer is old from Something Navy, but here is a very similar one from Zara and at a much lower price point too!

Blazer & Shoes: Something Navy / Top: Express / Pants: Topshop
Blazer & Shoes: Something Navy / Top: Express / Pants: Topshop
Blazer & Shoes: Something Navy / Top: Express / Pants: Topshop

Outfit 3:

I found this pretty green fringe dress at Zara recently and thought it was such a fun color. I personally love to play with color, especially for something so over the top like New Year’s Eve so I decided to pair it with these burgundy leather boots from Zara. My exact boots are sold out but Zara has them in stock in a few other colors too, linked here. I threw my moto jacket over top again for warmth and the look is very fun and complete!

Jacket: Nasty Gal / Dress & Shoes: Zara
Jacket: Nasty Gal / Dress & Shoes: Zara
Jacket: Nasty Gal / Dress & Shoes: Zara

Outfit 4:

Last but not least, this gorgeous sequin mini dress from Zara. This is the apple of my eye and I think I’m going to be wearing this pretty lady for my New Year’s Eve plans! The sleeves run a little tight, but overall I love the fit of this. Plus it’s lined so the sequins are not too itchy either! I truly love a good multi-color sequin dress and I think this one really hit the nail on the head! I decided to keep the rest of the look really simple by just adding plain black sock boots, but I also think it would look amazing with silver strappy sandals!

Jacket: Nasty Gal / Dress: Zara / Shoes: Something Navy
Jacket: Nasty Gal / Dress: Zara / Shoes: Something Navy
Jacket: Nasty Gal / Dress: Zara / Shoes: Something Navy

Finally, another big thank you to our friend Eric Dulmovits for his awesome work shooting these photos. I was so happy to work with him again on these photos because they come out so good every time! If you are in the Long Island area and looking for a photographer, please reach out to him! Send him an email for bookings at eric.dulmovits@gmail.com and check out his Instagram @ecdulmo to see more of his work!

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