My style items of the week have been few and far between- what can I say, I have been incredibly busy with this thing called life. In any case, if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’re probably aware that I’m a freelance make up artist. One of my go to items in both my make up kit and my personal make up bag is the Ruby Kisses Bronze Glow. When I tell you every time I wear this product, I inevitably get inquiries about what I’m wearing. Bronze Glow serves as the ultimate highlighter, bronzer or it can be used in place of blush. One of the products best qualities is the price point at 3.99 and found at most beauty supplies and drug stores, this all- over bronzer is a must have!
Cover Girl has been a long standing favorite of mine and they definitely came up with a winner when they introduced the jumbo gloss balms; offering a wide range of rich colors from gorgeous nude pink to deep burgundies and purples the collection is bound to offer a hue to suit your needs. The balms are not only rich in their wide range of colors but they are infused with Shea and mango butters which adds a boost of moisture to the natural color and shine.
The fact that the brand has chosen my favorite quirky fashionista Janelle Monae as their newest cover girl only solidifies the gloss balm as my style item of the week.
The jumbo gloss balm retails for $6.99.
All photos courtesy of Cover Girl
I recently became a MAC girl on the side- what that means is I am a make-up artist for the brand that I have loved ever since I was 19 and bought my first product from them- Russian Red, in case you’re interested. In spite of the fact that my very first MAC product was a very vibrant, notice me red, somehow throughout the years I lost myself and my courage to be bold with my lipstick choices- instead opting for more neutral glosses. However, last year during fashion week, I noticed a very distinct trend among the show attendees- gorgeous, red lips! The color reminded me of Russian Red, and it was no surprise when I found out from one gorgeous fashionista that she was rocking Ruby Woo- a color also by my beloved MAC. Ruby Woo has a matte finish with more blue undertones and quite honestly is universally attractive on all different complexions. Red lips are empowering, can be dressed up or down and speak volumes about the confidence of the woman rocking them- for these reasons- Ruby Woo is my style item of the week.
photo courtesy of MAC Cosmetics
Let me just admit this right now… I am fairly lazy when it comes to my beauty routine. I look for products that serve multiple functions- make up remover towelettes that also exfoliate? Yes! A facial scrub that also includes salicylic acid for those times of the month when my skin is acne-prone- sign me right on up. So imagine my recent surprise and delight when I happened across a product that could be used on my body, face AND hair? You see, a few weeks ago I was doing some serious purging and happened upon a bag of goodies from last year’s fashion week. Included in the bag was a product called Votre Vu. The label boasted multiple uses for hair, face and body and because I was running low on products for all of those areas I cracked it open and used it après shower. I can honestly say I was in deep love from the word “go”. The light fragrance and emollient formula was the perfect moisturizer post shower, especially with these soaring temperatures and humidity we’ve had this summer. I loved how moisturizing the product was and I was able to get dressed with out having to worry about getting any residue on my clothes.
Check out Votre Vu for more details and to make a purchase.
photo courtesy of Votre Vu
I truly consider Twitter to be the ultimate authority on all things new in fashion and beauty. I swear if you follow the right folks you will get real-time insight into all of the newest trends.
One of my favorite beauty bloggers- Danielle of The Style and Beauty doc causally tweeted a pic of the most gorgeous, inky-hued mani and when I queried who the polish was by, she confirmed that it was the latest in a collection of Nars colors.
Of course, I ran to Google to find out more and discovered the polish is a limited edition collaboration with Thakoon and is inspired by an Indian Spice market. Here are a few of the limited edition polishes- get them fast because these beauties are certainly guaranteed to sell out.
If you cannot tell by now, I am a huge fan of Asos. In spite of all the time I spent coveting their pieces, I was a bit leery of ordering from them since after all, they are a UK-based company who just recently began delivering in the US.
After my initial hesitation I took the plunge and I have been an Asos loyalist ever since. When I came across this gorgeous statement necklace, I knew I had to have it and thought it not robbery to share with you!
This Rocco Articulated Statement Necklace retails for 27 bucks so why not treat yourself?
As the first signs of spring begin to make an appearance and the temperatures begin to soar, inevitably more skin will be revealed. Let me pause at this point to make a public service announcement- please do not don your open-toe shoes before giving your feet a little attention- whether you break out the ped-egg, or visit your local nail shop, I implore you to handle your business as far as your feet are concerned before you bare all for the world to see.
Here are some of my favorite low cost beauty finds to prepare your feet for wearing your favorite sandals:
Palmers Gel Radiance- $9.00 consider this product to be cocoa butter the remix. The gel name in the title is a little deceptive, because this product is a bit on the oily side, but trust me when I tell you that your feet will shout with praise once you moisturize them with gel radiance. One word of caution- you may want to apply this at least 10 minutes before you leave the house; because of the concentration of oil, you may find yourself sliding around in your sandals if you put them on too soon.
Avon foot soak- $3.99 If you are skipping the nail salon and opting to give yourself an at home pedicure, the Avon foot soak and scrub is an awesome way to both gently exfoliate and soften the skin of your feet.
Avon cracked heel cream- $3.99 this product is for those with serious cracked heel issues, although it will also work for those of us with moderate issues as well. The cracked heel contains lidocaine, which provides soothing relief for pain as a result of cracked heels.
Microplane foot paddle- $19.50 the first time I went to the nail salon and my nail tech broke out this paddle I almost snatched it out of her hand in order to get a better look. With just a few gentle strokes the skin on my feet was as smooth as a babies bottom.
I promise your feet will thank you for the little extra bit of preparation before they make their debut.
Lia Sophia is quickly becoming one of my favorite jewelry designers for pieces that add an exclamation to an otherwise neutral ensemble.
Vibrant greens, sunshine bright yellows and warming oranges all played a starring role on many of the spring catwalks. As winter has just made an appearance and unfortunately , with several months of cold and wintry weather ahead of us why not add a dose of spring-like color to your wardrobe with one of these awesome statement pieces from Lia Sophia??
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Please visit www.liasophia.com for more details.
Every once in awhile a product comes along that is so good I simply can’t keep it to myself. Well, a few weeks ago, I attended a fabulous launch of Lip Lustre a line of gorgeous lippies created by Baltimore native makeup artist, Danielle Lewis. The venue, Topaz Boutique which is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues for all things chic and fabulous in Baltimore hosted some of the finest local areas fashionistas and fashionistos. The signature cocktail- smooches flowed and the mood was light as attendees crowded around the table to listen to Danielle expound on the virtues of her product.
I fell in love with Robin, a golden, neutral that is perfect when you are on the go as well as Supergorge, a brilliant magenta that always gets me a second look.
The gloss is rich in color without some of the stickiness that is infamous in some of the other lip gloss brands. Lip Lustre will be available at Topaz Boutique, or by contacting Danielle
I firmly believe inside each of us is a little girl who marvels at the fact that we have the opportunity to play ‘grown up’. Playing in my mother’s make-up, trying my best to walk in her high heels, these are the things that occupied my play time as a child. To that end, I am still very much a little girl at heart- my Hello Kitty credit card is proof positive of that fact.
Every once in awhile there are products that are introduced that play up to the dichotomy that is me- grown woman/little girl on the inside so imagine my excitement, no scratch that GLEE when I encountered these Tokidoki (sometimes in Japanese) brushes.
Form, function, and whimsical all in one little package; the Tokidoki brushes are sold exclusively at Sephora.