Outfit of the Day: Fur and Studs

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Coat: H&M Gloves: Target Earrings: Aldo Pants: Forever21 Boots: Delman Hat: H&M

Snow days are perfect excuses to dress like royalty in jewels and faux fur. Pittsburgh may be facing an “arctic blast”, but nothing will stop me from having stylish fun.

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Heavy Metals

Heavy Metals
I’ve always been a fan of metallic attire. Something about wearing shiny gold and silver shades just makes me feel so rock ‘n roll. Unfortunately, some people fail to realize that there are plenty of ways to wear this trend without looking like a flapper from The Great Gatsby. Don’t worry though- I’ve created this inspiration board to help guide you through the process! c:

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Gwen Stefani for OPI

My dude just turned 21, leaving me in the dust with a beverage menu that consists of Shirley Temples and Italian sodas. But that’s ok because the highly anticipated Gwen Stefani OPI nail polish collaboration is happening!Image

Like most women, I’ve fallen in love with Gwen Stefani over the years. From her musical talent to her interesting sense of style, there’s no doubt (haha) that Ms. Stefani is an icon. She has been wildly successful in all of her endeavors since making the decision to fly solo, despite the never-ending pleads for the reunion of her old pop-ska group. Not only has she continued to make rad music, but she’s taken on the fast-paced world of fashion with her lines L.A.M.B. (an acronym for her first album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby.) and Harajuku Lovers. In addition to designing clothing and accessories, Stefani also has her own perfume line, Harajuku Lovers, which features a variety of scents called Love, Angel, Music, and Baby.

And now, the pregnant 44-year-old goddess and mother of two can say she has her own collection with OPI. This woman just can’t be stopped!

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Shades: Hey Baby, I Sing In Color, True Stefani Fashion, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., and 4 In The Morning ($9)

I have to admit, I don’t really paint my nails that often, but between this collection and Demi Lovato’s The New Black, I think I’ll have to start!
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What celebrity beauty product collaborations have you been dying to try?

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New Years Eve Makeup

2013 was pretty kind to me. From landing a fashion writing internship with CollegeFashionista.com to excelling as a journalism major while amping up my freelance modeling game on the side, I was blessed with so many incredible opportunities this year. To celebrate all of them, I will be ringing in the new year with my family and boyfriend by my side. After a crazy and stressful year, a cozy night at home watching the ball drop on television just seems right. While I may not be celebrating in NYC or at a wild party with all of my college friends, I’ll still be kicking off 2014 with some killer makeup, so I thought I’d share tonight’s look!

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I started off with a clean skin look by using Boscia B.B. Cream and Palladio Rice Powder. Then I did some contouring with my Tarte Park Avenue Princess bronzer and highlighted my cheekbones with Benefit Watt’s Up. I exfoliated my lips using Lush’s Popcorn lip scrub, moisturized with Nivea’s lip butter in Vanilla Macadamia Kiss, and added a pop of my favorite CoverGirl lipstick in Divine. For extra shine, I used my favorite Nars lip gloss in Gold Digger.  After lightly filling in my brows with a simple Elf pencil in the shade “coffee,” I primed my eyes using Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and experimented with my new Makeup Academy Palette from Sephora, opting for tones of yellow and working my way towards darker tones along the outer edges and crease. I also popped on a bit of Urban Decay’s Space Cowboy along with a Sephora gold glitter duo to add some sparkle. I then lined my eyes using a black gel liner from my Makeup Academy Palette and prepared to apply my new falsies from the Sephora Glitz and Glam Party Sampler…too bad I didn’t have eyelash glue. :c Instead, I played up my own lashes using the Lancome Hypnose Star mascara from the same kit.

That was my look for half of the day until I got an awesome idea. I decided to apply my Buxom glitter mascara using a small brush rather than the standard wand. This allowed me to paint each individual lash for extra shine, while also adding a bit to the inner corners of my eyes for a more dramatic look. To draw even more attention to my eyes, I added a bit of Maybelline’s Color Tattoo eyeshadow in the shade “Too Cool.”

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Wow, that was a lot of makeup for not going out, but at least it was a fun look to create! What kind of makeup are you rocking to ring in the new year? Feel free to leave a photo in the comments below.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Review: COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Creme Foundation

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BzzAgent.com kindly invited me to try out COVERGIRL’s Clean Whipped Creme Foundation a few weeks ago, and I’m so glad they did! COVERGIRL is one of the first cosmetic brands I ever used, and they definitely made learning how to wear makeup a breeze for me. Now that I’m in college, my makeup collection has clearly grown with the inclusion of expensive high-end products, but I’ll definitely never be one to turn down affordable drugstore cosmetics, especially from well-known quality brands like COVERGIRL.

I received a full-sized sample of the Clean Whipped Creme Foundation in shade 310 (Classic Ivory.)  I’ve opted for this shade in the past when purchasing COVERGIRL’s Clean Foundation for Sensitive Skin, so I was familiar with the way the color matched my skin tone.  Prior to trying this particular product, however, I had never worn a whipped foundation, so I was very excited to experience a new texture.

A quick twist of the lid on the adorably petite glass container revealed an airy version of the foundation I had grown up wearing. Using my favorite foundation brush, I applied a very small amount of the product that remained in the upside down lid and proceeded to blend it into my skin with circular movements. I was impressed with the way it felt on my skin.  It wasn’t “cakey” at all, which is often a problem I find with foundation (hence why I rarely wear it.)

While I don’t suffer from any major skin woes, I usually find myself covering sleepy under-eye circles with concealer, but I was pleasantly surprised with the coverage that this product provided.  No touchups necessary!

I found this to be true throughout the course of the day as well. Not only did my foundation last throughout all of my classes, but it was still in place when I returned from the gym!  Perhaps the best part of COVERGIRL’s Clean line is that the products can be easily removed at the end of the day with no disgusting residue left behind.

After using the product for over a week straight, I haven’t had any complaints regarding pimples or irritation, so I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a cheap foundation fix.  It retails for about $7 at Walmart, so it’s perfect for someone who is new to makeup as well as the beauty lover on a budget.

Oh, and did I mention it’s being endorsed by the extremely talented and beautiful Janelle Monáe?

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Beauty How-To: Evening Makeup

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Half of the fun of going out is getting ready.  Whether you’re going on a date or having a girls’ night out, the right evening makeup can help you take on the night.  Click on this photo for a how-to slideshow on mastering evening makeup!

Makeup done by Amanda Bel.  Check out more of her work here: http://www.youtube.com/user/sig128 and http://instagram.com/anbmakeup.

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Beauty Necessity: White Pencil

If you don’t own a white eye pencil by now- well, what are you waiting for?  This slick beauty tool has so many benefits, and it won’t strain your wallet either.  Wet n Wild makes fabulous eye pencils in every color for a mere 99 cents, so picking up the entire Color Icon collection at CVS isn’t that out-of-line.

The white shade in particular can work wonders when it comes to highlighting your favorite facial features.  It can be applied to the waterline, the inner corners of your eyes, the browbone, the cupid’s bow, or anywhere else you may want to accentuate. How?  Allow me to do a quick run-through.

Eyes: 

  • Have you ever wanted to have bigger eyes?  Using a white pencil as liner can create the illusion of a larger white part, ultimately making your eyes seem bigger.  This is a great trick for halloween costumes, but it can also be effective in real life.  Sometimes I add a thin layer of white above my usual black liner to create a subtle, yet awakened look.
  • Adding a touch of white to the inner corners of your eyes can leave you looking refreshed and happy.  Light will reflect on the corners and draw attention to your beautiful eyes.
  • White pencil can act as an eyeshadow primer when it is applied all over your eyelid- but be careful not to poke your eye out!  Warm up your pencil by heating it with a blowdryer then load the excess color onto a small brush to apply.  I don’t normally do this simply because I prefer the convenience of ready-to-use primers, but this is a great solution when you’re running low on your favorite priming product.

Brow Bones:

  • If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the eyebrows are the frames.  Applying a white pencil to your brow bones can give your eyebrows some definition and create a unique effect with your eyeshadow.  Give it a try- you’ll be surprised how different you might look!

Cupid’s Bow:

  • We’ve all heard of lip liner, but you might not have know that defining your cupid’s bow can give your lips an extra bit of pout.  I love highlighting this area because it draws even more attention to my favorite lip shades.

Can you think of any other ways to use a white pencil?  Please share your tips and tricks in the comments section- they might be posted on the site!

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