Thursday, August 25, 2016

Get My Old Hollywood Wedding Look

I had a classically elegant outfit for Michele and Joel's wedding so I needed my hair and makeup to match. I chose Veronica Lake waves and a sharp wing with complimentary eyeshadow. 

Here's how I did it:

Step 1: Start with a wave enhancing serum like Tresseme Make Waves Shine Enhancing Cream put a nickel size amount evenly through your hair.

Step 2: Apply a texturizung spray like Not Your Mother's Dry Texture Finish Spray all over your hair.

Step 4: Part your hair slight to either the left or right.

Step 3: Using a 1 inch curling iron (I use Conair Infinity Pro don't let anyone convince you that you need a $200 curling iron) starting on the larger part curl your hair away from your face vertically.

Step 4: Continue curling all around your head going in the same direction.

Step 5: When all your hair is curled spray with a medium hold hair spray like Tresseme Tres Two Ultra Fine Hairspray.

Step 6: Using a flat brush, brush out the curls into waves.

Step 7: Use a strong hair spray like Bed Head Masterpeice Massive Shine to set the waves in place.

Eye Make Up
Step 1: Start with an eye shadow primer like Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Step 2: Apply an ivory shade of eye shadow on the lid.

Step 3: Apply a brown or bronze shadow on your crease and in the outer corner of your eye.

Step 4: Use a gel liner like Rimmel Gel Liner  to create a wing.

Step 5: Using lash trios such as Kiss Envy Trio Lashes dip the edges of the mini lashes into the glue like Duo Eyelash Glue, wait 30 seconds and apply to the outer edges of your lash line. I did two sets on each side.

Step 6: Apply a eyelash primer like Lancome Cils Booster to your lashes. Wait a few minutes to dry.

Step 7: Finish with a bold mascara like Tarte Lights Camera Flashes.

Step 8: Apply a highlighting shadow under your outer eye brow.

Step 9: Use a bristle eyebrow brush to straighten your eye brows.

Step 10: Use a brow gel like NYX Tame and Frame Brow Pomade to frame and then fill in your brows.

Step 11: I like my brows a little more natural looking so I use the eyebrow brush to fluff them a bit at the end.

Here's all the products I used on my face.

Boom! Old Hollywood glamour.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Instagram #ootd Roundup August 15th-21st

Long but fun week. @farfromtheshore got married Monday (see her fab dress!) and we spent the weekend at the beach. Here's what I wore.

Monday: Wedding

Lula Roe Nicole Dress

Alice Evans Designs Elephant Clutch and Gold Leaf Cuff

Charlotte Russe Lace Up Booties $37

Forever 21 Gold Leaf Necklace (check stores or get this similar one for $9)

Forever 21 Gold Leaf Headband $4

Stella Dot Cluster Bracelet  $59

Scarlett was wearing a LuLa Roe Dot Dot (which they are discontinued at the end of the month and I really hope they get new matching dresses)

Leanne is wearing Pinup Girl Clothing Ava Dress $114

Scarlett also had a gorgeous Alice Evans Designs made by Ella!

Tuesday: Girls Happy Hour

eBay Silver Bracelets  (twist, nail, screw head) $16

Crystal Bracelet (here's a similar style from ETSY for $40)

Wednesday: Court

Pink Blouse (mine's old but here's a similar style from Nordstrom for $28)

Enzo Angiolini Black Patent Leather Pumps (here's a similar pair from DSW for $60)

Thursday: Boardwalk 

Fringe Sandals (here's a Payless pair for $20 or a Shopbop pair for $63)

Stella Dot Horn Necklace  (here's a similar one from Forever 21 $7)

Friday: Dinner and Putt Putting

TJ Maxx Cut Out Sweatshirt  (here's a similar style from Nordstrom for $54)

Thirty One Tote (hostess special)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

All Day Makeup Directions

Need your makeup to last more than 6 hours? Here's how to do it and what to use. A few weeks ago I went to a wedding with pretty awful weather conditions and here's how it held up.

2 PM freshly applied

4 PM after an hour in a stuffy un-air-conditioned church for an hour

9 PM after an outdoor reception 90° with extreame humidity followers by a torrential down pour!

1. Clean your face, excess oil under your makeup won't help it stay. Use an exfoliating wipe with glycolic acid to help get rid of dead skins cells too. I use Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleanser and Nip + Fabulous Glycolic Fix Pads.

2. Moisturize! Give your makeup something good to stick to.  I use Thomas Peter Roth Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream and for my eyes (they need it too if you want that concelor to stick) I use Insta Natural Eye Gel.

3. Prime everything. For my eyes I use Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance for my face I use NYX Pore Filler, Benefit Porefessional works great too, and if I want a little extra shine I mix L'Oréal Lumi in with it.

4. Use a primer spray on top for extra stick such as Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Mist or Physicians Formula Aragon Oil and Coconut Water Primer.

5. More expensive eye shadow usually lasts longer but NYX holds up well. I usually use Too Faced for a long day. The pictures below are Tarte Swamp Queen Pallet (get the details).

6. For long term foundations you want Estee Lauder Double Wear or Revlon ColorStay Makeup (this held up really well for a long hot wedding...see pictures unedited so you can see the time and weather progression.).

7. For long lasting blush use a cream like Stila Convertible Color topped with a powder like Physicians Formula Aragan Wear Blush.

9. Finish with a spray like Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray.

10. For lips you need a long lasting stain I used NYX Lingerie but I also like Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick Color. I prime with foundation then apply two generous coats and let it dry for 20 minutes before eating or drinking.

Good luck!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Instagram #ootd Roundup August 8th-14th

First week as a stay at home mom again and boy was it long. We also celebrated our friend's Joel (The Dinosaur Man) and Michele's wedding. It was a wonderful 3 day celebration in Annapolis. Here's what I wore...

Monday: Errands

Walmart Skull Tee (mine's sold out but here's a similar one for $14)

New York and Company Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans (these aren't ripped but they are on sale for $29)

Thursday: Library

Charlotte Russe Tank $10

Charlotte Russe Skinny Boyfriend Jeans $18 (on sale)

Halogen Lace Up Flats $90

Stella Dot Cluster Bracelet $59

Bauble Bar Alpha and Ice Pendant Necklace  $36

Target Crossbody Satchel Bag (I found this on major clearance sale but here's a similar one for $30)

Thursday Night:

Nordstrom Lush Tunic $34

Ann Taylor Loft Lace Shorts $30

Dr. Scholls Leopard Sandals (mine are ancient but here's a similar style from Aerosoles for $50)

Kate Spade Mini Crossbody  $100

Charlotte Russe Stacked Cuff $6

Charlotte Russe Layered Necklace $6

Friday: Errands

Old Navy High Neck Tank $10

New York and Company Cropped Jeans $25 (big sale!)

Havaianas Silver Sandals $39

Nordstrom Sole Society Tote $59

New York and Company Tassle Necklace $8 (big sale!)

eBay Cat Eye Sunnies $9

eBay Silver Chain Bracelet $2

eBay Silver Twist Bracelet $3

Friday Night: Hen/Stag Party

Target High Neck Swing Dress (the blue is sold out online but here's the red for $35)

Old Navy Gladiator Sandals (sold out for the season but here's a similar pair from Nordstrom Rack for $50)

Classic Coach Crossbody Leather Bag (Tradsey has my exact one for $50!)

Mom's Silver Bracelet (here's a similar style from ETSY for $60)

GG's Crystal Bracelet (here's a similar style from ETSY for $48)

Saturday: Wedding

New York and Company Peplum Top and Skirt (mine's sold out but here's a similar one from 6pm for $173)

New York and Company Necklace & Bracelet (I bought this outfit in the spring so it's all sold out but they have some pretty pale pink jewlery on sale for $8 right now)

I have to also talk about Michele's Fabulous Dress for the Hen/Stag Party from Rent the Runway! Check it out.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fall's Must Haves at TJ Maxx Right Now!

I had a 30 minutes to kill the other day so I stopped into TJ Maxx to see what they had to offer and they had loads of fall's must have pieces for seriously lower prices. Check it out. TJ Maxx on the right, instagram style blogger on the left.

Green blouse and burgundy bag as seen on @cmcoving

Grey cut out Booties as seen on @emilyanngemma

Peasant Blouse as seen on @mrscasual

Plaid Flannel Shirt as seen on @alyson_haley

Ripped boyfriend jeans as seen on @miamiamine

Blue floral peasant dress as seen on @Nordstrom

Casual gray sweatshirt as seen on @cmcoving (love this one!)

I also found a few great beauty products recommended by @aliceevansgruff and @emilyanngemma

Get to TJ Maxx and get ready for fall!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Summer #ipsyglambag Reviews

Ok so I signed up for itsy a few months ago and a friend warned me the samples would pile up then get tossed and I'd quit...I'm close but not quite there. I have gotten some good stuff but mostly it goes in a pile for my sister. The big flaw in the system is that if you find something you like it's so obscure you can't get a full size product easily. Here's what I've liked and what I have tossed over the past few months.


Hikari Bronzer
The colors are great but the way they are layer out in the compact you can't easily separate them on a brush and an angled sharp contour brush or a bit fluffy blush brush. I also didn't think they swirled well either. However I have successfully used this as an eye shadow so I'm keeping it.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara
It's a nice enough bold but not over the top mascara. I'll keep it and see if it grows on me.

Mellow Cosmetics Lipstick
This orange color was weird and this lipstick was just fine but a really strange color. It'll likely get tossed. Doesn't last long enough and application is tricky.


Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge
Great color but it needs to be potted so that irritating. It's a bold green and copper shade and I love that but it's not for everyone.

Vinsanti Kajal Eyeliner
I am not a fan of these types of eyeliner I either want felt, gel, or a pencil I tried this and it was mushy and light it's going to my sister.

Boo Boo Cover-Up
I liked the consistency and spread more then I wanted it to buthe with practice this was a good under eye concelor but I didn't like it any where else and did nothing for a zit.

DLS Baked Highlighter
This is one of the best nearly full size samples I've gotten because it's a color I don't have (bright peachy pink). I liked it a lot.

(This photo is the Boo-Boo Cover Up and the highlighter.)

Klorane Waterproof Floral Make Up Remover
This is very effective and very oily. It leaves a residue that prevents you from putting anything on top of it. Fine for removal but terrible for touch ups.


Banana Setting Powder
I liked this a lot. It was not quite as sharp as my stark white powders from Make Up Forever or Tarte and my make up lasted a long time. That being said I don't think I liked it enough to pay shipping and handling on it from the company's website especially since I don't know anything about their other products. It's a big sample it'll last awhile.

Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash
I like this. It's bold and lengthening but it's also a bit clumpy and a little stiff. I'll keep it but I wouldn't buy it.

Since I started writing this is have decided to cancel since they have sent me two Nail polishes in the last two months which I have listed as something I don't want. They have too many competitors to take that laying down. Maybe I'll check out Birchbox while I get back on the Sephora Play list (you need to sign up as soon as you come up they only hold your place for like 48 hours). If you want make up to play with and aren't as picky as I am IPSY Glam Bags are great you also get hair products, facial care and brushes. You get to pick a profile, in theory you will get less bold colors if you choose that you're less adventurous. However apparently saying no hair or nails is just a request they mostly don't follow. You can check it out at

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Instagram #ootd August 1st - August 7th

Last week of teaching at HCC usually I'm super ready for it to be over but this year I'm sad. I had great kids, great classes, and great aides. Now it's back to being a full time mom and gym rat. Who knows what adventures Kindergarten will bring for both of us. I also went to a Ellicott City Fundraiser on Wednesday. In case you didn't know I live 10 minuets from where the deadly flash flood destroyed our precious Main Street and took two lives.  Read about it on the Baltimore Sun. If you'd like to donate to help rebuild this historic street head over to the Ellicott City Partnership. Here's my outfits.

Monday: School

eBay Rose Gold Bracelets (screwhead, nail, turquoise rivets) $18

Tuesday: School

New York and Company Tee $15

Old Navy Denim Jean Shorts $13 (most sizes are sold out)

Charlotte Russe White Flip Flops $5

Kate Spade Bucket Bag (Nordstrom is sold out but JET has it for $212 but I should point out I returned mine because it was really stiff and hard to carry but it's super cute)

Nordstrom Bar Necklace (sold out but here's a similar one from ETSY for $34)

eBay Streach Tassle Bracelets $3

Greek Key Bracelet (mine's from Greece but here's one from JTV for $40)

Wednesday: Fundraiser

Ann Taylor Loft Tank $15

New York and Company Rip and Repair Jeans $70

Fringe Sandals (here's a $20 pair from Payless or a $63 pair from Shopbop)

Nordstrom Red Bucket Bag $55

eBay Spike Bracelet $1

Stella Dot Sahara Necklace $49

Forever 21 Curved Bar Necklace (mine's old here's a similar one from KHOLS for $21)

Nordstrom Sunnies $12

Friday: School

Nordstrom Lush V-Neck Tee $24

New York and Company Cuffed Shorts $20

Havaianas Flip Flops $26

Long Champ Le Pilage Large Tote $145

Stella Dot Horn Necklace  (discontinued but here's a similar one from Bauble Bar for $32)

Stella Dot Cluster Bracelet $59

Sunday: Church

Lula Roe Carly (love this new style here's the link to my dealer Olivia Finke)

Old Navy Open Toe Booties (they're mostly sold out online but give them a few weeks and they're still in stores)

White House Black Market Tassle Necklace  $55

Nordstrom Tote $60

eBay Cat Eye Sunnies $9