BLUSHIN’ BABE

I’ll admit that up until a few months ago, one of the items you’d never find in my makeup arsenal was blush. I was actually afraid of it — I thought I’d look like a clown because I’m so pale, I didn’t know how to apply it, I didn’t know what color to choose or what kind was best (cream? powder? so many choices!) so I just avoided it altogether.

I also felt like because my skin has naturally pink undertones (and I tend to blush on my own A LOT thanks to never-ending shyness and social anxiety) so I figured, why make my cheeks even redder than they are already?!

But I can admit when I’m wrong and in this case, I was so wrong. A makeup artist convinced me that blush is a crucial part of the makeup process and now I see how right she was.

First things first, there are so many shades of blush and many of them look great on all skin tones (really, I swear!) and the great thing about blush is, you can control how much color you get. If all you want is a little swath of color, a light brushstroke is all you need. For a more dramatic look, you can build up the color quite easily.

This Marie Claire tutorial shows the best placement for blush in an easy-to-follow image, seen here.

The two blushes I use most often are Milani Cosmetics‘ Baked Blush in Luminoso (a luminous peachy pink) and Sisley‘s Phyto-Blush Eclat in Peach. The Milani offers a brighter pop of color for days when I want (or need) a brighter look, and Sisley is great for a light, healthy flush of color. Milani is inexpensive at $8.95 and can be found at major drugstores. Sisley’s is much more expensive, clocking in at $88.

Now that I’ve jumped on the blush bandwagon, I cannot believe I ever went a day without it. I seriously won’t leave the house without blush on and am embarrassed I was so afraid of it for so long. I look like a zombie without some blush! It’s the perfect topper to give skin a warm, beautiful glow, no matter the season or reason.

xo A

BLUSHIN’ BABE

QUEEN BRITNEY

The interwebz have been abuzz lately about Britney Spears and how she’s “like the old Britney” again, citing her appearance at the Teen Choice Awards looking like a dazzling mermaid princess, and her latest Vegas shows in which she has energy and dance moves for miles. I’ve always always ALWAYS rooted for Britney and will always stan for her no matter what she does — girl could come out on stage in a costume designed by Hefty bags and I’d think it was genius and ~*artistic*~ so anytime she appears to be in a happy, healthy state of mind is wonderful to me. Plus I’m coveting that mermaid hair, girl.

Another video came out in which Britney proclaims that being single “for a year” has been “very, very profound” (oh, Brit.) while onstage performing “I’m a Slave 4U” and “Freakshow.” I’m slightly confused. Is she throwing shade at ex-boyfriend Charlie Ebersol by basically denying his existence in her world?

The wonderful thing about sweet Britney is that when she throws shade, it’s so delicious, because she still seems like such a nice, lovely person. Even her shade is sweet. I don’t know if the perfect guy for Ms. Spears actually exists in the universe, but either way, I do hope she is happy doing what she is doing and spending time with her beautiful babies, family, and friends. Love you B.

Side note: this makes me SO want to book tickets to Vegas, like, ASAP. I hated Vegas but it was so worth it to see Britney.

xo A

QUEEN BRITNEY

BRONDE: YAY OR NAY?

The hair trend I keep hearing about this summer is called bronde.

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Bronde? What is that? Like.. brunette and blonde mixed?

Basically, yeah. It’s somewhere between blonde and brunette — the perfect balance between the two. Major stars are ditching their signature colors for this hot new hue. Blake Lively dyed¬†her gorgeous blonde locks a shade of “bronde” earlier this month and people went crazy over it!

Other stars to embrace bronde are: Cara Delevingne (pictured above with her shade), Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, Diane Kruger, and Ashley Tisdale who’s loving her switch up.

Ashley says:

I’m naturally brunette, but have been rocking the blonde for a while now. With this strawberry color I wanted to do something different. I’m always fighting my natural warm color by bleaching and trying to maintain an ashy blonde. Which means I have to constantly get my hair done and the health of my hair ends up suffering.

This is why, this time around I decided to go warm, have a hint of red, but stay in the blonde-ish area. Basically I wanted the best of three worlds. [Stylist] Kristin, who’s a red-head herself, helped me find the right shade of red and what to do to make the color last.

I decided on this ‚Äústrawberry bronde‚ÄĚ color, which has been such a relief to my hair since I was relying on extensions to cover up the damage up until now. Seriously, I was doing the most. Since I‚Äôm now embracing my hair‚Äôs natural warmth and no longer fighting to make it make blonde, I‚Äôm getting a break from the bleach and can rock my real hair length.

And here’s the final result of Ashley’s strawberry bronde look.¬†Strawberry Bronde

Call me crazy, but I hate this color. First of all, I was naturally born a “bronde” and I’ve fought all my adult life to change it! (I thought it was called “dirty blonde” though, not a very nice term for hair color) I just don’t find anything “standout”¬†about it. I do love the fact that it’s totally low-maintenance (no roots! no brassiness! no fading!) but that’s about it. I’m hoping this trend will fall away with the leaves this coming autumn. To me, bronde is the color I go when I’m switching from my normal platinum blonde hue to a rich brunette and don’t want to fry my hair in one sitting. Sorry brondes. I’ll pass on this one!

xo A

BRONDE: YAY OR NAY?

REVIEW: TARTE MARACUJA CREASELESS CONCEALER

Finding a good concealer feels so much trickier than it should. There are so many different kinds — from liquid, to cream, to stick, to powder. Then there is the quintessential problem every girl has — finding the perfect shade. You need something lighter for the eye area, something green or yellow¬†to neutralize redness and blemishes, and something that matches your skin tone perfectly.

Our skin changes so much from day to day, too. Some days I have plenty of blemishes and marks to cover up (thanks, hormones!) and other days I barely need any coverage. Some days my skin is uneven and red, and other days it’s too oily. In the summer, I’m always slightly darker than in the winter, so my skin tone changes a bit. It’s virtually impossible to find one single solitary concealer that works on me all the time.

For the past few months, I have been using tarte maracuja creaseless concealer. At $25, it’s a bit pricier than drugstore brands but not by much. I have some pros and cons for it as I still try to figure out if it’s worth buying a second tube.

The pros:

  • tarte’s website has a great, easy-to-use shade finder that takes all the guesswork out of picking the perfect shade. this concealer, in particular, has 14 shades, which is fantastic but could make narrowing it down tricky. but I was able to easily pick the shade for me (fair skin with pink undertones) without even going to a¬†store — great for online ordering.
  • it’s definitely full-coverage which is perfect for deep marks.
  • a little goes a long way. i’ve been using the same tube daily for five months (!!) and am not even close to running out. that’s impressive.
  • it has a nice, creamy consistency.
  • it does not make me break out, which is always appreciated.
  • apparently it’s vegan, too, which is a nice bonus.

The cons:

  • it is definitely not creaseless. at all. in fact, it creases quite a bit. I have to check myself in the mirror about a half hour after applying to clear up the annoying crease marks.
  • it slides a bit on the skin, possibly because it’s very thick, giving your skin an oily feel. this is probably fine for drier skin¬†but for oily girls, I’d watch out.
  • the tube is THE most annoying thing. too much comes out at one time and it’s impossible to get it back in, so you end up wasting a lot or trying to cover spots that don’t really need it to avoid wasting the product. if you accidentally store it right side up in your makeup kit, it gets all over the cap.
  • it’s not incredibly long-lasting. it’s fine for normal days where you’re not really active, but I feel if you’re doing any activity, it fades fast.

I usually apply it first and then set with a powder/bronzer and blush on top and this works well for me. My favorite trick is to apply it after primer on eyes but before eye makeup, it beautifully gets rid of those yucky looking eyelid veins. It makes the eyelids look even and bright — so much so that I’ve skipped eyeshadow and still looked wide awake.

But the fact that it creases is really annoying (especially because ‘creaseless’ in the title ..I mean, come on.) and doesn’t last long is quite dissappointing, hence why I am not sure it’s worth buying again. what’s your favorite concealer?

xo A

REVIEW: TARTE MARACUJA CREASELESS CONCEALER

LADIES I LOVE: DEMI LOVATO

So I know I wrote about Demi’s sexy summer anthem “Cool For The Summer” (which I’m still lovin’ by the way) awhile back, but in honor of our girl’s 23rd birthday I figured I’d post a little Ladies I Love action for her. She’s hands-down one of my favorites of the current crop of young Hollywood stars. She’s super talented, which I think gets forgotten about in the midst of the personal drama and struggles she endured in the past. Her voice is amazing and incredibly versatile. She sounds just as good belting out a huge ballad (“Let It Go” anyone?) as she does¬†rocking out in a poppy headbanger. I’ve never felt her music career has gotten the attention and adoration it deserves (but I’m hoping it does as she has new music coming out soon!) and her Demi album is one of my all-time favorites.

She definitely has an edge but also seems way mature beyond her years. She’s experienced her fair share of struggles with substance abuse and mental illness and the great thing is, she’s opened up about them to let other people know they’re not alone. She’s helping end the stigma behind treatment for addiction and mental health crises.

Aside from all of that, though, the girl just seems like a ton of fun. She’d be my dream SoulCycle buddy. She has a great laugh and you can tell she has a good time no matter what she’s doing. She also loves animals and is hopefully doing okay following the untimely death of her puppy, Buddy. And she’s in a relationship that makes her extremely happy, so she has such a radiant glow about her. This is definitely Demi’s moment, and I hope that her career continues on such a high trajectory — she’s got the pipes and the determination to go as far as she wants. Happy birthday, Demi!

xo A

LADIES I LOVE: DEMI LOVATO

SEEING STARS WITH SEE BY Chlo√©

I know I said a few posts back that I’m a monogamous, long-term relationship with one perfume kinda girl, but my views are very quickly changing. There are some really amazing perfumes out there, and it’s making it quite hard to stick to just one.

The latest one I’ve tried is¬†See By Chlo√© and I’m really loving it. On Sephora’s¬†website, it’s described as:

See By Chloé embodies femininity while blending masculine codes in an urban-chic way. This fragrance captures the audaciousness and strong personality of the Chloé woman.

An addictive floral fruity fragrance, it captures the irresistible and playful personality of a young woman fully embracing life. The fusing top of juicy bergamot and apple translate her energy and her urban edginess. Her natural femininity is conveyed through a beautiful floral bouquet of jasmine and ylang ylang that grows into a sexy veil of vanilla and addictive musks.

A strong and feminine bottle that revisits the Chloé codes combining high-end perfumery with modern details. Its refined faceted glass catches the light to give a real luxury feel. Its uniqueness also comes from its three lovely feet beneath the bottle, elevating it to create the appearance of floating. The shiny silver cap is decorated with a delicate ring to catch the bottle.

The funny thing is, when I hear ‘floral’ paired with ‘fragrance’ I automatically think grandma-ish and tend to steer clear of those scents. But this eau de parfum is the perfect blend of floral and masculine, which gives¬†it super sexy undertones. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy — I truthfully think it would smell just as great on a guy, too. It definitely has an edge to it, which I really like.

See by Chlo√©¬†is also pretty versatile: it would smell great in the crisp fall months due to the apple, or a sexy summer night thanks to the jasmine and vanilla. It’s long-lasting without being overpowering. Right now, it’s quickly becoming my go-to date night scent. Plus, the bottle looks gorgeous on my vanity. LOVE IT!

xo A

SEEING STARS WITH SEE BY Chlo√©