October 2016

Mesmerize on Halloween With This Mermaid Makeup

Halloween is only a few days away, beauties! If you’re still undecided on a costume and can’t fathom going the gory route with your makeup, then we invite you to join us under the sea as a mermaid princess. Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you should transform into a scary character. Halloween gives you liberty to be pretty much anything your heart desires, so if you feel like being a pretty mermaid, then so be it!

What you’ll need:

Cut-up Fishnet stockings

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Metallic Violet

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Como

Stila Eyes Are The Window Palette in Body

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pure Pigment in Magenta

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate in Nori

Eco Brow in Penelope

Ardell Lashes 105 Black

Jewel stickers from Michael's

Gypsy Makeup Inspired by MUA Brookelle McKenzie

We’ve been on Halloween makeup watch on Instagram and we are loving all the amazing looks and tutorials some of our favorite makeup artists and social media influencers are creating! While it’s hard to pick just one look we love the most, we can’t stop obsessing over Brookelle McKenzie’s gypsy makeup on Instagram: @bybrookelle.

Whenever there’s an opportunity for a smoky eye, we’re not going to pass it up. A smoky eye is typically reserved for nights and weekends but since it’s Halloween, we’re going to make the exception! Besides, this is one look you’ll want to save and recreate again just for fun. To put together our gypsy Halloween look, we used a variety of products from Stila Cosmetics, Smashbox Cosmetics, Gorgeous Cosmetics and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

Pictured:

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Miss Conduct

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in True Grit

Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Glitter in Beige

Gorgeous Cosmetics Colour Flash Glitter in Gold

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The Three Eyebrow Trends To Master This Fall

Great eyebrows are a trend we never want to see disappear! The last few seasons have been all about celebrating your natural eyebrow shape. To help you stay up-to-date with the latest eyebrow trends, we spoke to the experts at jane iredale to get the brow-grooming tricks of Fall/Winter 2016.

Eyebrow Basics

Before you dive into fall eyebrow trends, here's a refresher on how to shape your eyebrows like a pro.

1.    Point A: To find out where your brow should begin, align the flat edge of a straight makeup brush to the outside of your nose/inner corner of your eye.

2.    Point B: Your true arch is found by taking your brush and laying it diagonally from your nostril to the outside edge of your iris.

3.    Point C: Determine where your brow should end by using your brush to create a line from the outside corner of your nose diagonally to the outside corner of your eye.

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Fall/Winter 2016 Eyebrow Trends

Thick, Bold Brows

Your natural brow-shape, but better! This is another way to create a youthful appearance to the face.

Try Our Simple Spin On Harley Quinn!

With the release of Suicide Squad earlier this year, the Harley Quinn character has been front and center for Halloween costume choices! The edgy, devious character is open to many different interpretations and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put our own spin on it. Since comic book characters evolve in their appearances, there really isn’t one way to go about your look! As with our Sugar Skull Halloween look, we used everyday makeup to create our perfect Harley Quinn look. Check it out!

Products used:

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation

​Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Miss Conduct (Perfect name, right?)

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil in Brunette

Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette in Body

​Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Bluefin

jane iredale Eye Steps Go Cool

Ardell Lashes Wispies Black

Sugar Skull Makeup You Can Recreate in 30 Minutes or Less!

Sugar skull makeup is super popular for Halloween and it seems like just about every makeup artist on Instagram is creating their own spin on it. If you’re anything like me, then you’ve undoubtedly spent countless hours on YouTube watching Halloween makeup transformations, wishing you could master the same level of skill and artistry. Unless you have zero life commitments and nothing but time, practicing your Halloween makeup skills isn’t going to be on your list of major priorities. (You’re probably still trying to master that winged liner, right?)

If you really don’t want to spend money on makeup you’re only going to use for one day or stress out over recreating a look that’s way out of your comfort zone, you can still create a Halloween look that looks fantastic and requires products you may already have in your makeup bag. We teamed up with one of our talented makeup artists to bring you looks that are easy to do and won’t take hours to perfect.

The 8 Must-Haves You Need This Fall!

Fall is officially in full swing and we've compiled a list of some of our favorite seasonal must-haves! Our accessories and beauty picks will keep you stylish and cozy all season long, so take a sip of your pumpkin spice latte and see why we love these products!

1. Kitsch Bun Pin: This fall, don’t settle your usual, on-the-go messy bun! Kitsch Accessories is giving bun heads everywhere a major upgrade! Easy to wear (just pin it in) and available in a variety of styles, you’ll never want to toss your hair up without one.

2. Living Royal Socks: It’s officially sock season! Cozy up with a cute pair of socks and save your boring ol’ white ones for the gym. Living Royal Socks has so many cute designs (did someone say puppies?) it’s hard to pick just one pair.

3. Wildflower Phone Case: Still rockin’ that adorable, summery pineapple case? Switch up your style for fall with a fresh design from Wildflower Cases. These custom-made cases are so cute, you won’t know which one to pick!

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Smokey Lips Are The New Smokey Eye This Season

The smokey eye has always been a go-to classic beauty trend, especially during the fall and winter months. As the weather changes and cools, we look to those sultry, smokey eyes to warm us up. This season, we’re seeing a new trend that showed up on the fall 2016 runways: smoky lips! Taking the same concept for the smokey eye, this trend warms up and transforms any lip color of your choice by simply blending a darker grey or black lipstick over it. This trend is so easy, we just had to jump on board!

We thought we’d have a little fun creating our own smokey lips using three Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick shades that are already great for the fall season when worn alone: Coffee Run (A rich brown), Screen Queen (A burgundy wine) and Punked (Deep Grey Matte).

The first smokey lip we created was combining Coffee Run with Punked. We first applied Coffee Run on its own. Then, using a lip brush, we blended in a little bit of Punked for a smokey finish. The color, once blended, became sephia-toned in its appearance. Notice how the notes of grey made the lip color much more interesting and a little edgy.

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Monochromatic Makeup Is One the Easiest Trends You Can Recreate

Sometimes, keeping up with the latest hot beauty trend can be a little silly. In a time where literally any video or photo has the potential to become viral, some beauty trends can really pick up steam online. From contouring with eating utensils to matching makeup looks to snack foods, there’s no telling what’s going to gain popularity on social media. Luckily, not all beauty trends are wacky and some are actually really easy to recreate and can be worn on a daily basis.  

One of my favorite beauty trends of the moment is monochromatic makeup. If you’re unfamiliar with the monochromatic makeup trend, it basically consists of keeping the majority (if not all) of your eye, cheek and lip makeup within the same color scheme. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, it really is! I particularly love this trend during the fall and winter months because it allows you to create some warmer makeup looks that really pop. It also doesn't require any special technique or practice. All you need to do is find your personal favorite colors and have fun creating your own monochromatic looks! This is also an ideal trend for anyone who's looking to use their favorite beauty products in multiple ways (e.g., lipstick as blush, blush as eye shadow, etc).