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InStyle’s 2015 Best Beauty(pendence) Buys

InStyle 2015 Best Beauty Buys

It’s May, and that can only mean one thing in the beauty world. It’s time for InStyle magazine’s annual Best Beauty Buys issue! As in past years, many products in this year’s issue are ones I’ve discussed on the blog or currently use. Here’s a rundown of some of my favorites.  Continue reading

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Spring 2015: Makeup in the Nudes (Step-by-step)

I’m working on a new “What’s New in Foundation” post, and while I was trying on my first sample, I thought, why not share with you a step-by-step makeup look for the spring. Coincidentally, all the major shades are named some version of “nude”, a great fresh palette for this transitional weather period. So that you can really see the effect of each product, I’ve broken down each step. For a simpler application, pick out the steps you find most essential.

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I Love the Nightlife: Disco Fabulous Look

I LOVE DISCO. I have fond memories of dancing to records by Donna Summer and the Bee Gees in our living room. And who doesn’t love that disco look? All the gold and sequins, the rainbow makeup palettes, and the sexy hair. On a few occasions, I’ve gone to disco-themed events, and you know what? Disco makeup is HARD. Seamlessly blending such incongruous colors takes a lot of patience and meticulousness. However, I love the challenge, and I love the end result.

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Judicial Review: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Intense Nude

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in box

I last wrote about my introduction to Estée Lauder color products and alluded to discovering my new favorite lipstick. This Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Intense Nude and Chanel Rouge Coco in Vendôme may be the only two lipsticks I ever need to buy for the rest of my life.

As I’ve shared before, my lips tend to be flaky and dry, so I prefer a creamy lipstick that’s moisturizing. But just because I want hydration, I don’t want to sacrifice big color payoff. If this interests you, read on.

THE GOOD: I had heard rumblings about how great this lipstick was. In fact, it earned an InStyle’s Best Beauty Buys Editors’ Pick this year. One swipe and you’ll see why. Continue reading

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Makeup How-to: Eyeshadow Everyday

I know many women are intimidated by eyeshadow. Don’t be scared, ladies! Eyeshadow is the best. Like paint for your walls, it’s a cheap and easy way to brighten things up. It’s easier than you think to apply everyday. Here’s my no-fail formula.

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Oscars 2014 Recap: Beauty Edition

The Oscars – film, fashion, the pinnacle of awards season. I don’t usually cover the Oscars on my blog, but this year, I feel compelled. But not for the red carpet fashion, because let’s face it, last night was kind of a snooze fest. (Except for Lupita Nyong’o who has won every red carpet of 2014.) However, there were some outstanding beauty looks last night. Here are my picks. Continue reading

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Holiday Makeup Look: Doing the Vampy Lip

Last year, I had a lot of fun putting together a holiday makeup look that I thought I’d make it an annual tradition. But of course, I had to change it up.

If I had to pick my 2013 makeup product of the year, it would have to be lipstick. Living in San Antonio could be a contributing factor; a bright or bold lip is a staple here. Plus, I feel like short hair grants me permission to go high-impact with my makeup. And don’t you think colder weather inspires a more goth look? Here’s what I’ve put together:

Jenn wearing holiday makeup look, vamp lipstick

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10 Products, 10 Minutes to an Easy Makeup Look

Some mornings, I wake up eager and ready to pull together a detailed, fabulous makeup look. Most mornings, I have snoozed for 18 minutes, am running late, and need to pull together a quick made-up face. Here’s the rundown for a look I’ve been doing a lot the past few months. It takes me about 7-8 minutes, so for those not as quick on the draw, let’s call it an even 10 minutes.

collage of 10 minute makeup products

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Prized Products: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion tube in original

Most of you probably already know about this product, and I feel foolish that I haven’t been using it for years. To think, all those instances of creased eyeshadow could have easily been avoided if I had only been using Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. But like Oasis, “I won’t look back in anger”, rather I will enjoy a future filled with long-lasting, crease-free eye makeup. I only started using this primer in the past year, but its so damn good that I have no qualms granting it Prized Product status. Continue reading

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Tips for Surviving and Conquering Gala Season

You may think of September as the harbinger of the school year, cooler weather and football season. That may all be true, except for the cooler weather in Texas, but in my life, fall is better known as gala season. Because of my day job (yep, I have one, and it’s not blogging!), I go to lots of events. And styling myself appropriately for each event is like an Olympic sport for me. Just this weekend I attended one brunch, one cocktail, and one black tie event. I thought I’d share my trade secrets, in no particular order.

Charlize Theron best red carpet looks

My red carpet wearing idol, Charlize Theron

PLAN EACH OUTFIT WITH A PROPER RUN-THROUGH
Don’t just pull a dress out of your closet two hours before the event and slap it on with some shoes. Yes, sometimes I’m working off a last minute invite, but typically I’m doing my dress selection at least a week in advance. I’ll try the dress on, decide on shoes and accessories – jewelry, handbag, and, if needed, a coat or wrap. And don’t forget to carefully select your undergarments (see my True Story below). The advance planning allows for adequate time to fill in any missing items. Continue reading

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