Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tutorial Tuesday: Creating a Brown & Green Smokey Eye

Hello again!

In my second video tutorial, I'll be guiding you along with creating a brown & green smokey eye, along with how to use gel or cream eyeliner to create a "cat-eye" or angled liner look.

Some important pointers when creating ANY smokey eye include:
  • USE PRIMER!  Primer is going to be what makes your smokey eye last all night long without smudging one bit.  For the longest time I couldn't find eye primers at drugstores around this area. But, we do have very affordable options now in Sephora inside JCPenney's.  If you don't want to commit to one right away (because there are many variations), ask for a sample of one or two inside Sephora! I would recommend any of Urban Decay's eye primers, Lorac's, or the Sephora brand.  It may be more expensive then you would think, but remember you only use a tiny bit!  So that tube is going to last you a long time!  It's worth purchasing.
  • Use MAKEUP BRUSHES!!  Using anything else (including those foam applicators that come with some eye shadows) is going to make it extremely difficult to create a perfect smokey eye!  I'd recommend an angled brush for highlighting, mine is from elf, purchased at Walmart, and I believe it was $1.  Obviously more quality brushes will cost you more, but they will last longer if you take care of them.  And then I would also recommend just a basic eyeshadow brush.  
  • When using gel or cream eyeliner, practice...a lot!  The first time you use it, I would advise to apply it when you are not in a rush.  Like I mention in the video, use small strokes outward to create the entire line.  
Here is my second ever video tutorial, hope you enjoy it! 
Have any questions or tips for others about smokey eyes?  Leave them below or on my YouTube Channel!  Again, thanks for watching!  Stay tuned, later this week I'll be posting a tutorial on cleaning makeup brushes.  


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Saturday Style Solution: Parting Ways with Your Clothes!

It's true that styles come back overtime, 
but that doesn't mean you should hold onto items waiting for that day to come! 
You could potentially be wasting valuable closet space for 
clothing you'd get a lot of use out of NOW!
And if you're telling yourself, "Oh I'll wear this soon...", 
think back to the last time you actually wore the garment.

In the past I've struggled with this parting ways concept, 
but have come up with a few great solutions!
1) The 30 Day Challenge:

I was always one to tell myself, "Even though I haven't worn this in awhile, I still love it...and I'll wear it soon!"...only to have it continue to sit in my closet.  So a couple years ago, I came up with what I like to call the 30 Day Challenge.  I went through my entire closet, and picked out any items that I hadn't worn in the past 2 months.  I put those items in the front of my closet, and promised myself to wear them within the next month, or get rid of them.  By completing this 30 Day Challenge, I realized which items really did not belong in my closet anymore. It was the clothing I never wore within that month in addition to the few garments I did wear that I found I just wasn't in love with anymore.  If you're like me and really struggle with getting rid of clothing, I suggest having your own 30 Day Challenge! 

2) Clothing = Cash:

In need of a little extra cash?  Places like Plato's Closet or Cherry Pickers give you cash on the spot for your gently worn clothing!  Now, I'll be honest...you're not going to get much money back at these cash-on-the-spot consignment stores.  But, if you do feel as though you are being completely ripped off, these places do let you view what they are offering for each piece they would like to buy.  And you're allowed to decline their offers! If there's an item I paid a somewhat hefty amount for and they want to give me a dollar for it, I take it back home with me!  The items these second-hand stores don't accept, I donate to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  
3) Toss the Trash:

I used to wear my favorite pieces of clothing until they were on the verge of falling apart at any second.  But recently I came up with a better idea; if there's something wrong or broke...fix it, and if it's not easily repairable, toss it!  There's no reason to be walking around in jeans worn down near the crotch, or a dress or top with stains.  Consider how much you paid for the item.  If you got it at a discount retail store, there is a reason it was such a great price! It isn't meant to last a lifetime.  Rather than running the risk of looking drab...toss it! 
There is no better time than spring to do some closet cleaning! 
It may be hard to break up with your clothing...but think of all the cute 
new items you could fill the spaces with! 

Do you have any other parting ways solutions? 
Leave them in the comments below! :) 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Update & Creating Curls with a Straightener

Well, it has been quite a long time since I have posted!  No bueno. :(  Since last updating my blog, I found myself extremely busy with school and work throughout most of the rest of 2012 and early 2013.  But, after leaving my job to focus on school, I finally have some time to dedicate to what I love most, gushing about style and beauty!

I had always wanted to try video tutorials, and finally got to it!  Without further ado, I present to you my first ever video blog on how to create curls with a hair straightener!

Just as a summary, I'd like to say that curling your hair with a straightener does take practice.  But, once you get it down it's more than worth it because it's much less of a hassle than using a curling iron.

Some of the more important tips are:
 - Select 1-2inch sections to curl, and make sure they have been brushed & sprayed with heat protectant.
- Clamp down, then slowly glide the hair through while turning the actual straightener in a circular, downward motion.
- Curl some sections towards your face and some away from your face for more natural looking curls.
- If  loose curls are what you're going for brush through the curls either right away, or after curling an entire side.
- If you want tighter, bouncier curls, do not brush through with a brush or comb, just use your fingers to detangle and separate curls.
- Teasing is optional.
- If you don't want your entire bangs to be curled, curl the ends away from your face.

Let me know what you think of my first video tutorial, and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE! :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Kourtney Kardashian!

Businesswoman, socialite, and fashion icon Kourtney Kardashian turns 33 today! 
Happy Birthday Kourtney!
What I love about this Armenian bombshell is that she seems to be the 
most down-to-earth Kardashian.

Kourtney's a college graduate who lived in the dorms while attending the 
University of Arizona (where she graduated from with a degree in Theater Arts and a minor in Spanish), she's worked at the family's clothing store, DASH, for many years, and is conscious of every decision she makes, yet knows how to let loose and have some fun! 
This girl stole our hearts back in 2005 as the shy and sweet Kardashian sister on 
Keeping Up With the Kardashian's on E!.   
Since then Kourtney has really come out of her shell, 
especially with her style...this girl isn't afraid to take fashion risks! 
 Kourtney is always looking so darn classy, whether she's at a 
photo shoot, shopping, or going on a stroll. 
She mixes classic pieces with bold colors or prints, and is always trying new things! 
She's a mother to the cutest little boy, Mason, and is getting ready 
to welcome a baby girl into the world in August.
Can't wait to see what Kourtney will be dressing her up in! 

Happy Birthday Doll!
Fashion With a Chance of Beauty

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Outfit of the Day & Vegas Vacation!

Spring officially sprung this past Tuesday, and thankfully the weather here 
in Wisconsin has been behaving...for now!  I recently returned from a spring break trip to Las Vegas, Nevada with two of my friends.
We explored the strip, did some shopping, and on our last night in town we were lucky enough be eating at the same restaurant that the Kardashian's dined at! 
Overall I had an AMAZING time and miss Vegas already!
I thought I would share my outfit of the day, along with some photos from my trip to Vegas!  

Blazer - Kohl's
Dress - Wet Seal

The Excalibur, where we stayed! 

Sarah, Mary, and I inside the Venetian. 

Holding a snake on the Vegas strip! 

Our view of the Kardashian's, who dined about 30 feet away from us at Stack inside The Mirage! 
Kim and Rob Kardashian, Kris, Kylie and Kendall Jenner were all in town for Rob's 25th Birthday. 

I found this picture online from later that night!
 Kris, Rob, and Kim inside 
Rob's Birthday Party at 1OAK inside The Mirage. 
What a stylish family! 

Hope your spring break (if you had one) was fun! 
Happy Spring everyone! 


Monday, March 5, 2012

An Update on My Life!

Hello everyone! 
It's been almost a month since my last post and I do apologize.
Things got crazy busy in my life with school, work, 
and catching up with some great friends!   
My goal is to update my blog at least once a week, so with midterms almost over 
I hope to get back on track with that!  
It seems spring has almost sprung here in Wisconsin, 
and I thought I'd share some photos of my life lately!
(Besides work and school!)  

My friend Cassondra (far left) came home for a weekend to visit.
In this picture we were at a friend's surprise party at a local 
bar & grill with some other friends. 

Dinner with my beautiful co-workers! 
Please keep my friend and fellow fashionista Katie, center front, in your thoughts & prayers! 
She was in a very serious car accident last week and is in the recovery process in a Neuro ICU. 
She's a strong girl and making a lot of progress already! 

Rocking my green Wet Seal pants.
Perfect for spring! 

What have all of you been up to lately? 
Fashion With A Chance of Beauty

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Outfit of the Day!

Happy Wednesday! :)  
After lots of sleep, cough drops galore, gallons of water, 
and almost an entire box of cold medicine...
I think I'm FINALLY getting over my cold!

Here's what I wore today:

Top, Scarf, & Earrings - Wet Seal
Ring - Maurices
Nail Polish - Forever 21

Boots - Target

What do you think of my stripes and patterned scarf combo?