Fall Beauty: Smokey Eyes For Now & Later

27 August 2015

This post is sponsored by Target
When it comes to makeup, you’ll almost always see me with winged lined eyes. It’s easy, ultra flattering on my eye shape and works with just about everything in my closet. But every now and then I find myself wanting something new and looking to the fall 2015 runways for inspiration and I found it: perfectly blended smoky eyes paired with mauve hues. Light enough for everyday wear and easily layered for a night on the town.

So, for this month’s Target Beauty post I’m transitioning my makeup from summer to fall with subtle touches of color. Using exclusively PIXI products, I’m creating two looks: one for now and one for later.

For the first look I wanted something feasible for the day but, still had the pop of color that I was loving from the fall 2015 beauty reports. I went for a light, smoky eye using the first two colors from Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz. You start with the Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal in Light Glow. The moisturizer in the tube squeezes out to provide buildable coverage, and then you can pop open the cap to use the full coverage concealer sitting inside. 
After blending, I pulled out the Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette and gave my lids a good swipe from the top color (#1), blended, and applied another swipe. Next, in the crease, I built up definition with the second color (#2) and a slightly deeper purple (#5), lightly blending in between applications. Finishing the look off with two coats of Pixi Lash Booster Mascara and a swipe of Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose on my lips.

For later, I built up my smokey look with deeper hues from the Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz (#1, #2 , #3 & #5 ) and with a precision brush dipped in water, lined my eyes with #6.  Applying 2-3 coats of Pixi Lash Booster Mascara for bold lashes and a swipe of Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose on my lips  and apples of my cheeks, {lip balms are always great for double usage!}  to complete the look.
Voila! Fall ready makeup looks for now and later.

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The Blue Dress

26 August 2015

Guys, this dress. This amazing dress.

I stumbled upon it a couple of weeks back while shopping for this Burlington post. I was giving the racks a once over before heading out when I spotted the print and quickly pulled it out, practically ripping it off the hanger. Even better it turned out to be a Diane Von Furstenberg "Fluerette Dress" and was on clearance for $44.  How is that even possible? I was convinced something had to be wrong with it so I started to put it back on the rack but talked myself into at the very least trying it on. Turns out it was in perfect condition, my size and begging to be brought home with me.

Obviously, I had to. Hello, it's perfect.

The shape, the print, my wild hair - it kind of just all falls into place.

Dress Diane Von Furstenberg Fluerette Dress via Burlington, Shoes JustFab Chancy, Bag Lulus.com & Dune London

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In Review: Neutrogena Hydro Boost

25 August 2015

Last week I got the chance to pop into the InStyle Social Event to catch up with friends and connect with brands featuring their latest products, including Neutrogena's newest addition, the Hydro Boost line. Guys, this one is a keeper. 

I'm so glad I took it home to give it a try. First off, my skin has been extremely dehydrated this week due to my using make up removal wipes with alcohol almost every night- I know, terrible. Anyhow, I got it home and immediately put the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel to the test with a liberal application before bed. I woke up to like-new smooth and hydrated skin. I'm not exaggerating. They tell me it works so well because it's formulated with hyaluronic acid, which retains up to 1000x its weight in water, plumping skin cells with hydration, and locking it in. Win.
It goes on smooth and has an understated scent. It's light enough for use as a moisturizer under my normal makeup routine and hydrating enough to apply before bed. I've been using it for about a week now and have noticed a difference in my skin: It's definitely softer and doesn't feel as dry as it has for the last couple of weeks. Looking forward to the extreme cold weather months, I have a feeling this will become even more useful than it is now. 

And since Neutrogena is offering Buy 2 Get One Free on their site now, I can definitely stock up. So, check it out. And now that I think about it, I think I'm going to grab the Hydro Boost Gel Eye Cream, it looks heavenly. 

Winter here we come. 

Sponsored by InStyle on behalf of Neutrogena
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Denim Cutoffs Two Ways

If there has been one piece that has gotten the most wear over the last month I'd have to say it's my ancient, tried but true, denim cut off shorts. I've had them for nearly 6 years and they still fit like a glove, though they're feeling a little more snug these day. {I blame the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. I can't quit them.} 

I'm sure that by now I've probably shown you just about a million ways to wear them but since I've found myself in these two specific pairings more than just once I couldn't resist passing them along for an added dose of denim.

Here's two more ways to do denim cut offs...
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From The Walgreens Beauty Aisle: Welcome To The 60’s

24 August 2015

With Summer beginning to wrap up, I’ve set my sights on testing out more Fall-ready beauty looks before heading to Fashion Week next month. Naturally, starting with one of my personal favorites, which was seen on the Fall 2015 runways: The 60’s. We already know I’m in full-blown retro mode for Fall, so I’m sure that it doesn’t come as a surprise for me to match the makeup to style.

Which is why I’m teaming up with Walgreens to create a more modern take on one of my favorite beauty trends of all time. First off, if you haven’t seen the beauty department at Walgreens recently, you need to hightail it over and check it out. The selection and quality is on point, which is probably why I’m frequenting the beauty aisles just about every week. It doesn’t hurt that there’s one right down the street, and it’s affordable.
Ok, a little bit about the look. It’s no secret that I’m all about the cat eye, but I wanted something with a little more pop than my usual black on black. So, the Circa Vivid Vinyl Eye Liner in Vibrant Emerald paved the way to help change things up. It’s subtle, is not too green, and has just the right shade and shimmer to break away from the usual. It quickly became the star of the show, pairing flawlessly with a rosy glow and a chiffon-pink lip. Hello, new favorite beauty look.

The New Favorites:

No7 Perfectly Bronzed Mosaic Bronzer

Get The Look:
First, prep your face with Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm. {I just ditched my high-end primer for this one. It makes my skin brighter and makeup goes on seamlessly}. Apply foundation or tinted moisturizer to create a base.

Next, gently line your eye from the inside out with Circa Vivid Vinyl Eye Lining Fluid in Vibrant Emerald to create a cat eye. Touch up as needed. Apply 1-2 coats of No7 Lash Impact Mascara in Black, let dry. Apply another coat for a bold lash.

Now, the rosy glow. Softly touch your brush into the No7 Perfectly Bronzed Mosaic Bronzer and gently apply slightly below the apples of the cheeks. Blend up to your apples and soften. With the Boots Botanics Radiance Highlighter Pen add a few dots above your cheekbones and blend.

Finish by giving your lips a good swipe of Circa Shine Lip Polish in Chiffon Glow.

VoilĂ !
I think it’s safe to say this beauty look goes hand in hand with “The Bonnie” dress, who’s with me?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.

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Off Duty Style

19 August 2015

Almost all off-duty style starts with one fundamental piece: the classic white tee. It's comfortable and effortlessly paired with just about anything in your closet. Which is probably why it has become so timeless. This particular Hanes Live.Love.Color™scoop-neck tee has become an instant favorite in my closet. The ultra soft, modern fit is incredible, and the price {$5} is completely unbeatable. You'd think you were wearing a $50 shirt from a department store if you hadn't spotted the little red and white logo on the back. In reality, I probably should have one in every color or at least 10 more in white. Or both. It fit like a glove over the ComfortFlex Fit® Get Cozy Seamless Wirefree Bra, and the stretch pullover style is amazing. I felt comfortable even when I was fighting with my footwear options. Turns out, I'm not so ready for fall footwear. 

A healthy dose of leather and denim pairs so beautifully with the Live.Love.Color™scoop neck tee and {nearly second skin} ComfortFlex Fit® Get Cozy Seamless Wirefree Bra. This is easy, comfort and classic style. The entire look even transitioned well into the evening- from an afternoon in the city with friends, to a movie in the park next to a massive slice of pizza (long after I ditched the heels for white sneakers...)

 And with fall on the horizon, these pieces will get even more play with the addition of extra layers. Who's with me? 

Have you tried the Hanes Live.Love.Color™scoop neck tee or ComfortFlex Fit® Get Cozy Seamless Wirefree Bra yet?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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