Beauty. A Glitter Bomb for Your Face

 

glitter-makeup-trend

Ph: FashionEditorials (remixed by TCS)

I am not one to usually wear glitter or sequins. However, the holidays always give me an excuse to add a little sparkle to my current fashion and beauty repertoire. With that in mind, I took notice when designers like Jenny Packham adorned their model’s eyelids with enough glitter to power Studio 54 back in its heyday.

Sure, to some this may seem like a glitter bomb exploded on your face. For me though, it feels like a chic way to add a little panache to a mostly black winter wardrobe while channeling my inner Bianca Jagger to boot.

Cheers to that!

See Vogue’s glitter makeup tutorial here.

Beauty. #AllEyesOnMe

Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara \ Lancôme Artliner in Black 

I have to admit, when a huge box of Lancôme makeup showed up at my door, I was excited and yet slightly terrified. Don’t get me wrong, I invest in decadent liquid liner and mascara, but besides my go-to cat eye and maybe the occasional bold lip, I am completely clueless when it comes to makeup.

As a self-proclaimed tomboy growing up, and student at a private school that didn’t allow the use of anything other than foundation and a little mascara, I didn’t even own my first eyelash curler until I moved away for college. This lack of experience and an engrained idea that less is more has deeply shaped how I view makeup. However, it also made me appreciate it more, and the power it can have when it comes to transforming the way the wearer feels- I go from tomboy to the style maven and fashion columnist in less than 5 minutes.

That being said, I decided to test Lancôme’s liquid liner, mascara and primer, and color design palette out for my most recent night on the town. First, I prepped my eyelashes with the Booster XL Mascara Base. This is when I take a moment to admit that for years I have wondered how to keep my lashes curled. Even after using blowdryers, multiple mascaras, and everything in between- I’ve tried so many tips and tricks that I’m shocked my eyelashes have survived the whole ordeal- I only achieved the desired results for the first half an hour, but then things quickly fell flat by the time I had actually touched up my hair and ensemble, and made it out the door. This primer also lays the perfect foundation for Lancôme’s Hypnose Drama mascara. My eyelashes not only stayed curled for he length of the night, but also looked longer than ever.

Now, let’s discuss the liquid eyeliner. Though I may not be a makeup kind of girl, I am OBSESSED with liquid eyeliner. I once did an interview in which I was asked what accessory I couldn’t live without, and I dutifully replied, “eyeliner!” Lipstick, eyeshadow and everything in between is great, but accentuating my almond-shaped eyes is really all I need on a daily basis when it comes to getting ready. Though not waterproof- something I have learned to always look for, so that there is no smudging involved when applying and wearing- the Artliner stayed in place all day and night, and made me ready to take on the city with a sense of cofidence that only comes when one knows that their makeup is actually going to stay in place. (Amen to that!)

Check out Lancôme’s All Eyes On Me Campaign here.

Accessory Report. Talk Derby To Me

Turban by Nina Rosenberg at Revelry Boutique Gallery

Yes, the Kentucky Derby may be the most exciting two minutes in sports, but the rest of the day is all about the fashion. From gingham to bowties, and cocktail-inspired confections that draw from that southern spirit that make the event just so grand, this sporting event’s legacy revolves largely around what you are actually wearing while placing your bets for the day.

With this in mind, I decided that I needed a way to stand out in a crowd of mint julep-infused Derby event-goers, and found what may just be my best accessory for the Derby season: a handcrafted turban by the uber talented Nina Rosenberg.

Rosenberg’s latest collection of one-of-a-kind Derby turbans are all crafted with carefully-placed silk flowers, vintage embellishments like this unique beetle broach, and a elevated sense of playfulness that is sure to turn more heads than any Derby hat ever could.

So, now that your derby turban is taken care of, all you have to worry about is what horse you will bet on for the big race. Don’t you local, Louisville style mavens just love this time of the year?

Beauty. Pretty Pastel Polish

There is something about a manicure of the pastel assortment that makes its wearer feel relaxed, yet chic at the same time- the perfect mix when it comes to fashion. That is probably why these lighter shades have become synonymous with summer style, and have mavens like myself constantly on the hunt for the perfect hue.

pastel polish

Ph: Vogue.com

Maybe it is the subtle appeal of this color that has polish enthusiasts intrigued? Or maybe it is the fact that even though pastel is very laid back in its approach, it still packs a punch? Either way, I am completely sold on the the pretty pinks and toned-down shades of yellow.

 

Get your hands on some of my favorite pastel nail shades below:

pastel polish collage

Addison It Girl \ Saltwater Happy \  tenoverten in Jane \ Like Dreamers Do