Be My Valentine

Hello my loves! That Hallmark Card holiday is upon us and if you're still looking for some gift ideas, beauty must-haves or #ootd inspo, below are a few of the things on my "I heart this" list:

1. Topshop Embroidered Heart Sweater 

Dressed up with a pencil skirt and heels or paired down with ripped jeans and Stan Smith sneaks, this sweater is versatile and appropriate to wear well beyond Valentine's day.

2. Kate Spade Pretty And Witty Scented Candle

It aptly says "Pretty and Witty Make the Perfect Pair" and smells like a bouquet of fresh peonies. The stripes and gold rim will add glamour to any space. Fun Fact: Did you know Kate Spade's brother-in-law is actor/comedian, David Spade?!

3. House of Lashes "Heartbreaker" 

These strip lashes are equal parts flirty and wispy. If you prefer a glamorous look, try "Temptress" it's one of my ride or dies. Have petite eyes? Go for the "Sweet Romance" style.

4. Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in "Sweetheart Valentine"

I mean.....kind of an obvious choice. Besides it's name, this medium, cool-toned pink adds enough punch of color while keeping you lips hydrated for, well, you know [making out].

5. Fresh Flowers from The Bouqs

Receive or send the freshest flowers (grown on a volcano!) that are cut the day you order them, meaning delivery just 2-4 days after . You will not find a more vibrant selection delivered to your door. Ever.

6. "Love" Doormat 

It's love at first sight, literally. Add a little whimsy with Target's super cute doormat and because it doesn't say "Happy Valentine's Day" you can use it year round if love is all you need.

7. Jennifer Zeuner "Rebekka" Lariat

One of my favorite jewelry designers presents this creative take on the four-letter word. Available in gold or rose vermeil, or sterling silver.

8. Casetify "Lipstick Kisses" iPhone case

This site has so many options I still can't make a decision. But if I had to choose right this second- okay I'd mostly probably maybe pick this one. I'm a sucker for hot pink lip prints. These cases are durable, yet sleek which is why I'm totally getting one.

Want to see some date-night makeup looks? Check the instagram page @fashionablefete and maybe, just maybe I'll have time for a tutorial...

All About That Base

It's hard not to sing "...all about that bass, 'bout that bass" when I'm prepping my lids for an intense eyeshadow application. I'm surprised at how many clients don't use primer on their eyelids, yet they don't know why their eyeshadow creases, fades too quickly, or doesn't look like it does in that inspiration picture from Pinterest they are trying to copy. So I tell them they need to be all about that bass (in this case, base)- meaning they need to use an eyeshadow primer like NARS 'Pro Prime' or E.L.F. Shadow Lock and if they want to take it one step further- add a base such as NYX 'Milk' or 'Black Bean'.

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The picture above is a good example of the different ways eyeshadow will look, depending on what kind of base is used, or isn't. I'm using a very cool, $4 product from Milani Cosmetics. This shadow is extremely pigmented already and if you apply it wet with a flat brush, it makes a gorgeous eyeliner as well! Ok back to business...the swatch on the left has a white base underneath so it pulls the lighter undertones out from the shadow for a lighter, yet intense application. The middle swatch has no base underneath, giving it the most sheer look while still being very presentFinally, the swatch to the right is over a black base, which pulls it's deeper tones out for more depth and dimension. 

I chose the black base since it's Fall, which will give me that rich jewel tone application this season is known for. And yes, in Southern California we don't have seasons and can wear sleveless tops year round. Anyway, I often take inspiration for looks from beauty campaign ads and in this case it was Chanel's 'Blue Rhythm de Chanel' collection. If you look closely, the model has a dark base under her eyeshadow. A few coats of mascara were added for the right amount of definition and the rest of the makeup is kept neutral so the eyeshadow remains the star of the show.

Want to learn how to achieve a look similar to this, step-by-step? Book a Private Makeup Assessment or learn in a fun social environment with your BFFs by hosting a Cosmetics & Cocktails party. Contact me for more info or to book!