Lust List: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

Naked 3Man, this Urban Decay Naked 3 palette was on backorder forever!  So happy it’s finally here!  The colors are a really nice array of rosey tones so I thought this would be perfect for my skintone.  Not to mention I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with all things rose gold.  It’s been really fun testing all the colors and doing lots of combinations to find out what works for me.

DSC_0013Aren’t they pretty?!  There’s a perfect combination of shimmer, matte, light, and dark tones. The colors are rather sheer but have a totally buildable quality to them.  And when paired with one of the generous samples of Eyeshadow Primer Potion, they just last and last and last and last… get where I’m going with this?  Good.  I need to add another step to my beauty routine like I need to put a hole in my head but the Primer Potion was so incredible, I decided the extra 15 seconds a day was totally worth it.  The Eden color is what I use now and I actually put it under my eyes as well!  Stays put all day and the nice beige matte gives me a good even foundation to play with the eyeshadows on.  The trick is to use just a teenie tiny itty bitty amount of the Primer Potion.  It goes a long way and actually works better if you use less!  On another note, I’ll be totally honest with you guys (as I always am!), I don’t like the double sided brush that come with the palette.  It’s way too stiff for my liking.

DSC_0016As you can see, a lot of the really light colors get a little lost on my skintone.  For me, the first 4 colors are used as a subtle rosey base or to add a little sheen on top.  Otherwise, they’re essentially invisible.  Urban Decay did a pretty great job sticking to the rose gold category but not making every color seem like just one step darker than the next.  There are probably a million possibilities in this thing!  Here’s one of my go to favs…

DSC_0034I use Strange as the base which is a slightly pink matte color up to my brow.  Then use Buzz over the lid and added just a hint of sparkle to the inner corners with Dust.  Topped it all off by lining my eyes with Blackheart on both the top and bottom and added some mascara. Voila!  This is one of my favorite combinations to go from day to night.  We’re all busy ladies!  Not needing to touch up your makeup from one thing to the next is a major added bonus!

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All in all, this is a great palette that will be nice for travel since you can do day AND night looks all in one.  Bravo, Urban Decay, Bravo!

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Valentine’s Day Nails

NailsI love Valentine’s Day because it gives us an excuse to show our loved ones how much we care.  Not that we need an excuse but it’s an excuse nonetheless.  I’m definitely a girly girl at heart so painting my nails pink and sparkly for Valentine’s Day feels only natural!  I added “Love Always” Sally Hansen nail polish strips to my ring fingers for some extra fun.  And the final result was…

Nails 2Ta Da!  My nails are super short now that I started playing the banjo.  Doesn’t mean I can’t still have fun with it!  Here’s how it’s done.

Step 1:  Apply Sally Hansen nail polish strips to ring finger according to package directions.  Be sure to swipe the nail with polish remover to remove any residues before applying.  Trust me.  It seems counter-intuitive but it really makes the polish strip last longer!

Step 2:  Apply two coats of Essie “Blanc” nail polish.  Let it dry completely.  The next polish is so light that adding a pure white underneath will help so you’re not adding 30 coats to achieve full color.

Step 3: Apply two coats of Deborah Lippmann “Shape of My” Heart polish.

Step 4: Top off with 1 coat of Dior Perlé iridescent matte top coat.  Make sure to add the top coat to your Sally Hansen polish strip as well.  That’ll make all your nails matte so you don’t have 1 weird shiny finger.

Happy Valentine’s Day Loves!

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Lust List Gift Guide: Beauty Junkie

I’m a major beauty product junkie.  Nail polish, lip glosses, designer collaborations… swoon!  You name it, I’ve probably tried it.  I’m definitely not saying I’m a master cosmetologist but I know what works for me and I’m always open to trying something new.  There are a lot of beauty product lovers just like me out there that would love anything on this Beauty Junkie Lust List.  Happy Shopping!

Beauty Junkie Lust List

 

1) Ciaté Mini Mani Month Set – $58 – With 24 mini nail polishes, it’s the perfect advent calendar for the nail polish loving people on your gift list!

2) Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain – $34 – My personal favorite lip stain ever… period.  It’s fantastic!!

3) Philosophy Thank You Gift Set – $20 – The perfect unique hostess gift.

4) The Body Shop Festive Manicure Set – $8

5) Jo Malone Cologne Collection – $100 – Jo Malone is one of my favorites so a 5 piece sample set is a perfectly luxurious gift.

6) Laura Mercier Luxe Color Eyes and Cheeks Palette – $125

7) Clinique Party Favours Gift Set – $47

8) Estée Lauder Lush Lip Glosses – $38.50

9) MAC ‘Stroke of Midnight’ Essential Brush Set – $49.50 – All the brushes she’ll ever need!

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Lust List Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back Edition

With Thanksgiving coming this week, I like to take a minute to reflect on all the things in my life I’m grateful for.  Doing so makes me realize how lucky I really am.  I’m healthy and happy, what more do you really need in life?  That being said, a lot of people aren’t so lucky.  So for this Lust List Gift Guide, I’m focusing on products that give back.  All of the products listed give some percentage of their proceeds to a charity they support.  We can help others while still giving great gifts!  How cool is that?!

Gifts that give back

1) Theory Hody (RED) Unisex Beanie Hat – 25% of the sale price goes to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, providing women the medicine needed to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child. ($65)

2) ManCans Candles – For each candle purchased, one meal is donated.  Candle scents like Gun Powder, Dirt, and Memphis Style BBQ are meant to appeal to men and are made from the soup can used for the meal!  It’s charitable AND green! ($9.50 Each)

3) FEED Kenya Bracelet – These hand-beaded one-of-a-kind bracelets provide 10 schools meals in Kenya.  ($40)

4) Chantecaille ‘Wild Horses’ Eyeshadow & Blush Set – 5% of proceeds go to the Humane Society of the United States to support their efforts to save Wild Horses. ($83)

5) Keihl’s Since 1851 ‘Coriander’ Whipped Body Butter – 100% of net proceeds up to $100,000 go to Share Our Strength’s No Kids Hungry Campaign. ($38)

6) Endangered Species Chocolate – 10% to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation, and humanitarian efforts.  They make a great stocking stuffer!  ($1.99)

7) Sevenly.org Tshirt – For every purchase on this website, $7 is donated to a different charity each week.  I’m loving their fun graphic Ts!

8) Anne Klein Silk Scarf – They have donated $50,000 in conjunction with their Pink Collection to the Breast Cancer Reseach Foundation.

9) Global Goods Partners Clutch Purse – As a member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America, they offer opportunities for women that would otherwise not have access to export markets. ($75)

10) Josie Maran Bear Naked Nail Wipes – Donates a portion of proceeds to the Polar Bear SOS initiative.  These are great for travel! ($9)

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Monday Must-Have Lust List

1) SUPER FUN BACKPACK

After my last vacation, I realized I really need a backpack for when I’m traveling.  It’d be nice when I’m at the airport and on the go to just throw my bag over my shoulders and be hands fee.  I was using this big messenger bag and it was so heavy and annoying to drag around!  So on the hunt I go!  I found a few really cool options like a Vince Camuto Convertable Backpack and a gorgeous B Brain Atwood.  But I think the winner is this Patent Croc Topshop one!  It’s a good size that I can pack some essentials (and some non-essentials… hehehe) but not too huge so it’ll work for every day too.  Sold!

Topshop Patent Croc Backpack

2) BENEFIT COSMETICS ADVENT CALENDAR

Holy smokes this is the most amazing idea ever!  Not only do I love Christmas and traditional treat-filled advent calendars but fill that calendar with fun Benefit products?!  Gasp!!  You get a new product every… single… day from December 1st until Christmas.  WHAT?!  It’s a dream come true!  Basically, this is the best gift ever for any beauty-holic in your life.  No doubt these will sell out fast so pick up yours today!

Benefit advent calendar

3) IT BY ALEXA CHUNG

Ok fashionistas, how much do we love Alexa Chung?  I mean, her style is so fabulous it boarders on a level of insanity!  The good insanity that makes us all say “Damn, that’s freakin’ awesome!”  So when I heard she was penning her first book, I pre-ordered immediately.  It came out on October 29th and Amazon promptly delivered it that day!  I’m looking forward to sitting down to read this “It Girl’s” book sooner rather than later!  If you’ve had a chance to read it already, what did you think?

It by Alexa Chung

4) SOCIAL MEDIA OVER HALLOWEEN

I forget every year how amazing and sometimes totally hysterical it is to see everyone’s Halloween shenanigans on social media.  You guys have gone crazy with all your awesome costumes!  Celebrities seemed to be extra creative this year too!  What did you go as?  What celebrity do you think had the best costume this year?

5) WILDFOX PAJAMAS

I’m a fan of Wildfox’s fun whimsical designs (see here and here) so I love that they’ve expanded into PJs!  Their cheeky designs and saying always make me smile and laugh.  These are a few of my favs from the new collection.

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Monday Must-Have Lust List

1) SAN DIEGO FASHION WEEK

Like many of you, I’m a huge fan of watching all the fashion week shenanigans from around the world.  The street style is about as much fun to see as the designer’s creations for the coming season.  So I’m super excited to be attending San Diego Fashion Week from October 2nd – October 6th.  There will be 26 designers from around the world showcasing their beautiful looks.  If any of you are attending as well, stop me and say hello!  🙂

Tickets available here.

Fashion Show

 

2)  RIHANNA X MAC COLLABORATION RELEASE

Last time there was a collaboration like this, it sold out in about an hour!  This time around, Rihanna has collaborated with MAC Cosmetics to create a full line of makeup.  Other than the amazing rose gold packaging, the colors are meant to complement all skin tones.  They look like they’re going to be a perfect fall makeup addition!  Get yours at MAC Cosmetics online starting today (September 30th) or when it releases to all carriers on October 3rd!

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3) STATEMENT EARRINGS

Statement earrings are really making a come back and I couldn’t be happier.  It adds instant glam to all your looks and are available in so many shapes, colors, and designs that you’ll never be bored!  Here are a few statement earrings I’m loving.  Click image for more info.

Jeweliq Aztec Earrings

Tassel Earrings

Lulu Frost Orbit Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

4)  MY LITTLE STEAMER

This little portable steamer was the best $20 I spent in my whole life.  It’s so nice not to have to lug out a regular steamer if I’m just steaming one item!  And it’s also small enough that I can pack it when I travel and still have room for 16 pairs of shoes!  If you don’t already have one of these, get one!  Your life is about to change.

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5)  JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE’S THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE: PART 2 OF 2 RELEASE

Like most women, I have a soft spot in my heart for Justin.  I mean, the guy can dance, sing, act, dress, and is just plain good looking!  So I’ve obviously downloaded the album this morning and will be listening to it on repeat for the better part of today.  Stay tuned on my Twitter account to hear my thoughts on the album once I’ve given it a good listen.  You can order yours on itunes or right here!

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Happy Lusting!

 

Monday Must-Haves: 5 Items on My Weekly Lust List

Welcome to my first weekly Monday Must-Have Lust List!  Every Monday, I’ll share with you five of the things I’m currently obsessing over.  It can be anything from shoes (duh!), movies, books, beauty products, trends, places… you name it!   Call it my weekly inspiration board!  Happy lusting!

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1) THE RELEASE OF MAN REPELLER: SEEKING LOVE, FINDING OVERALLS

As a regular reader of Leandra Medine’s blog, I’m really looking forward to her debut book!  She has a sharp engaging writing style that’s sure to make you laugh, cringe, and totally relate all at the same time.  It’s like Chelsea Handler meets Fashion Police meets Rachel Zoe.  If you’re a hopeless fashion addict with an unabashed love for a little sarcasm, I believe you will not be disappointed.

Releases September 10, 2013.  Pick up your copy here!

2) 3.1 PHILLIP LIM FOR TARGET LAUNCH

OMG!  All this talk about 3.1 Phillip Lim’s collaboration for Target has got my mind on fire!  The designer’s obvious skill can now be enjoyed for a fraction of the brand’s regular prices.  Have you seen all those beautiful handbags?!  Swoon!  How about the fun graphic tops?!  So on trend!  The evening dresses?!  Perfection!  You can count on me being front and center at this Sunday’s release!

Lauches September 15, 2013.  Check out the preview here!

3.1 Phillip Lim

3) NEW YORK FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know New York Fashion Week is underway. One of my favorite things about the fashion weeks all around the world is checking out the amazing street style.  It’s fun to see how real women wear the trends.  The photos are infinitely inspiring, often outlandish, devilishly daring, and always stylish! Don’t worry… it won’t be long until you see my photo among these!  😉

Some of my favorite websites for street style photos are The Sartorialist, Style.com, W Magazine, and Jak & Jil.

4) TOPSHOP ‘AWESOME’ POLKA DOT SWEATSHIRT

I probably need to move somewhere that sweaters, pants, and jackets are a more regular occurrence because I tend to be supremely drawn to them.  When I saw this sweater, it was immediately added to my shopping cart and my mind began creating outfits with this, well, awesome sweater!  Officially obsessed.  Available Here!

Awesome Topshop Sweater

5) CHANEL LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW SHEER COLOUR SPF15

The luxury brand is at it again creating more irresistibly tempting beauty products.  This sheer glow powder sounds like it will be perfect for those of us living in more humid climates.  At least for me, when humidity strikes, there’s no point in wearing any foundation because it’ll just melt off anyway!  A nice powder like this with just a hint of color might be just the ticket!  I’m looking forward to picking up this product soon!

Try it for yourself!

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