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Red, White, and Beautiful

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Hey everyone, I wanted to post about my look that I wore for the 4th. I know the holiday is behind us now, but guess what? The 2012 Summer Olympics start in a few weeks on July 27th and this look also works to show your USA pride!

I saw a lot of crazy looks out there for the 4th, but I didn’t want to be hanging out at our friends BBQ with stars, stripes, and flags all over my face. o_0 I wanted to do something subtle, but still celebratory.

Cute and simple, right? Red lipstick, white shimmery shadow, and blue mascara. It’s as easy as that. I also decided to use some peachy blush, and blue eyeliner winged-out. I bought a cheap eyeliner at Walgreens for $0.99 so it was pretty hard to work with and had little color payoff. Boo.

My outfit you ask? I got this flowy red top at Target and these really cute and appropriate shorts at Forever 21.

Product spotlight:

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (SPF!)

MAC Eye Shadows in Shroom and Blanc Type

Great Lash mascara in Royal Blue

Smashbox Brow Tech in Brunette

Crappy blue eyeliner in Who Even Cares? x_x

MAC lipstick in Russian Red

MAC lipliner in Brick

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 70 (Seemed to work well, my face didn’t get red at all!)

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock SPF 70 (Not impressed, still got a little red, but maybe I didn’t spray enough?)

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Wedding Bouquet Keepsake

I think it’s common for us former brides to wonder what to do with our bouquets after our big day. I loved my bouquet so much. It was exactly what I asked for, which was for it to mirror the flower arrangement John had sent to our table when he proposed to me.

The flower arrangement John got for me when he proposed! (color is a little off)

My wedding bouquet!

There are some pricey options out there to preserve your bouquet right away in its fresh state, but most of us don’t have $200 to do so. I’ve also seen other cute ideas such as displaying your dried bouquet petals/flowers in a shadow box which displays a photo of your flowers from your wedding day. While I liked this idea, I already have enough things on our walls, so I didn’t want to do this.

A few weeks ago I saw a mason jar at a friend’s house filled with potpourri flowers and tied off with some twine. It was super cute, and a light bulb went off–get a large mason jar to store my dried bouquet!

I took my dried bouquet (note: I hung my bouquet upside down for two weeks after the wedding.) and trimmed the stems down so they would fit inside the jar. I arranged the flowers to my liking and popped the lid back on. I took the ivory ribbon which my bouquet was wrapped in and wrapped it around the top. I secured the ribbon with the same three pins that were used in my bouquet originally! You could also use twine, ribbon, or really anything your heart desires.

On display with one of our engagement photos!

I really loved doing it this way, because I got to use every part of my bouquet, and let’s be serious, who doesn’t love a mason jar? 😉

Did you keep your wedding bouquet? How did you preserve yours? Let me know if you’ll be using this idea and share your photos!

xo,

Danielle

Zooey Deschanel/Retro Inspired Look & Braided Bun

Hi everyone! This weekend I was in Orlando visiting family and got a chance to do this really cute look on my friend Jen. She has brown hair and blue eyes like the oh so adorable  Zooey Deschanel, so we thought it would be fun to do a look based off of her style.

For the most part, Zooey wears a lot of neutrals and browns on her eyes and usually a light peachy pink blush. She’ll sometimes have a pop of color with her lips, but her looks are usually pretty tame and more on the natural side. I love it because it allows her pretty blue eyes to be the focus.

For Jen, we went with that and used light beige and nude colors along with medium browns on her eyes, a pink blush, and a some pink lip gloss.

Product Spotlight:

MAC eye shadow in Rice Paper, Blanc Type, Wedge, Espresso, Soft Brown

MAC Fludline in Blacktrack

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

MAC Blush in Pink Swoon

Ardell false lashes

MAC Lipglass in Malibu Barbie

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Easy Braided Bun:

To create this simple braided bun, gather your hair and secure in a high ponytail on the top of your head. Seperate your hair into either two or three sections depending on how thick your hair is, for Jen we did three braids. Secure your braids with clear elastics. Take one braid at a time and start to wrap around to create a bun. Secure each braid down with bobby pins. Don’t worry if your bun looks a little messy, it’s a casual look! Feel free to add a bow or headband to complete the look. Jen had this adorable green polka dot wrap we used which worked perfectly with the retro look.

I hope you all enjoy this look. I am planning to start doing more step-by-step/how to looks soon! If you have any suggestions let me know.

xo

Mila Kunis Inspired Look: Dramatic Smokey Eyes

I think Mila Kunis is beautiful. I saw this one photo of her floating around Pinterest and I thought it was mezmerising. I thought I’d do a similar look tonight for the fun of it. It’s pretty dramatic and sharp. It’s definitely more of an editorial look and not something I’d wear out, but I think it’s pretty cool.

Products Used:


MAC eye shadows in: Moth Brown, Black Tied, and Solar White

MAC Fluidliner in Blacktrack

Dior Show Extase mascara

Ardell false lashes

What do you think about this dramatic look? Would you wear this look out or tone it down for a more classic smokey eye?

Adele Grammy Inspired Look: Claire

My friend Claire has really been wanting a red lipstick. Today she bought one from MAC in the shade Russian Red as well as picking up their lipliner in Brick. When we got back to my apartment and I prepared to do her makeup, I tried to think of a good look to pair with a bright red lip. I was originally going to do a purple look on her eyes, but that would have been too much with the red lips.

I thought of Adele’s makeup at the Grammy awards this year and did a look inspired by that. I changed it up a little and did more of a smokey eye on the outer corner of her eyes instead of Adele’s bold cat eye.

My blanket of hair needs some layers!

Sexy red lips!

pretty Claire!

Fancy picture from Instagram, I thought this filter really brought out the colors.

Products used:

Smashbox Photofinish Primer

Nars liquid foundation

Nars blush in Sin

MAC So Ceylon Mineralize Skin Finish

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

Urban Decay Primer Potion

MAC Solar White eye shadow

MAC Rice Paper eye shadow

MAC French Grey eye shadow

MAC Black Ties eye shadow

MAC Russian Red lipstick

MAC Brick lip liner

Maybelline Great Lash masacara

Ardell false lashes

Doesn’t Claire look awesome? I am hoping to be posting a few more looks over the next two weeks including one inspired by Zooey Deschanel. Are there any specific looks you’d like to see? Let me know!