Beauty + Lifestyle blog posts written by yours truly...
Thoughts on the museum:
- large showroom filled with beautiful, finely crafted and interesting shoes
- quotes from Louboutin's life written on the walls gave the room character
- small room with timeline and history of his personal life, work and inspiration
- 3D mini Burlesque show (corny but cute and highlighted theme of sexy shoes for women)
- shoes arranged in fun and interesting ways (shoes hung from strings, lined up down a runway, etc.)
- too expensive (10 English pounds) for the small size of the museum (only 2 floors)
- the second floor of the museum was not very interesting and did not seem to fit in with the theme of the shoes
- location was hard to find because it was tucked away behind little side streets
Bonjour mes amies!
So I fully realize that as far as my blog goes for the past 2 months, I have...erm...failed. Miserably. At the beginning of this summer, I was completing my French minor on a Study Abroad trip to Cannes, France. Lets just say that the Wifi connection was not really of this century at the apartment complex where we were staying. Combine that with classes everyday and tons of homework and studying and blogging became next to impossible. After my program, I met up with my family in London and went on a short 3 day vacation to Portugal. Currently, I am back in London and am VERY excited to start an internship with DHM advertising agency in Soho which is apart of a really fun, dynamic and fashion-forward area of London. I cant wait to take the tube everyday and live the fast pace city life of London.
Anyways, my excuses end here because I am currently staying with my aunt and so I now have perfect Wifi connection and a bunch of fresh and exciting topics to talk about. =)
Today I am doing a Nail of the Day (NOTD)
The nails I have been wearing ever since I got back to London is the color Cajun Shrimp by OPI. It is a matte coral/orange red that is perfect for this summer since coral-ly hues has been so popular. I see this color all the time on the nail-polish rack when I get my nails done and its always the first color that I am drawn towards because it is such an eye-catching and unique looking red. This also happens to be my best friend's absolute favorite color by OPI and she is always raving about it so I finally decided to gets my nails done this color. I have been wearing it now for about 4 days and it hasn't chipped yet, so I am happy about the wear of it so far. I will let you know exactly how long it wears and when it begins to chip on my next NOTD. This nail-polish retails for $8.99 but you can buy it much cheaper on websites like Amazon since it is not a color from a newer collection. OPI also sells these nail-polishes in Ulta Beauty stores, on the OPI official website, and in many nail salons.
This color has been so popular that OPI even made a gel version of this polish which is supposed to last much longer than the original polish, have a smoother and shinier finish, and protect your nails from harmful UV rays.
Again, sorry for the long absence!
Rose Gold/ Gold jewelry has been all the rage lately. Layering your cute pieces up your arm is an especially fun and fashionable way to showcase all your "arm candy"
Here are the pieces that I wore for Easter Sunday:
(Note: I could not find the exact bracelet chain and ring that I was wearing but the two shown above are extremely close. The original chain was from etsy.com and the original ring was from Forever 21.)
Michael Kors Round Rose Gold Tone Watch, 42mm
Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Marc Turnlock Katie Bracelet
About Kanna For You, Anything Ring
Here are some other beautiful options that I love! :
1.) Dogeared Jewels - Parallel Sparkle Bracelet
2.) Nina - Peony Bracelet (Sand/Pearl)
3.) Gorjana Knox Bracelet
4.) Fossil Adjustable Charm Bracelet
5.) Style Tryst Studded Toggle Bracelet
6.) Betsey Johnson - Iconic Big Bow Bangle (Pink/Rose Gold)
7.) CC SKYE Mini Spike Bracelet
1.) Burberry Rose Gold Bracelet Watch with Check Etching, 38mm
2.) XOXO Women's XO5386 Rhinestone Accent Rose Gold Bracelet Watch
3.) Marc by Marc Jacobs - Blade (Gold 1)
4.) Tommy Hilfiger RECTANGULAR ROSE GOLD BRACELET WATCH
With spring and summer speeding its way towards us, its time to fold away the winter clothes and hang up our sun dresses, shorts, and bikinis! With warmer weather, we usually wear climate appropriate clothing thats shows off some more skin. So, we are all normally more conscious of what our legs and arms look like.
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
What the website says:
This super-lightweight, easy-to-apply, velvety mousse delivers the ultra-even allover tan you've always wanted. Infused with conditioning aloe vera and long-lasting color-you'll have a perfectly natural-looking, streak-free tan that dries in an instant. Innovative Aromaguard fragrance technology eliminates the tell-tale self-tan aroma by a minimum of 70% and instead gives a subtle yet refreshing fragrance. Created by St. Tropez, the tanning experts you trust to get it right. So whatever your skin type, it's easy to use for the ultimate tan.
love to all my bronzed beauties!!!
Store your makeup removing wipes upside-down! This way when you go to grab a wipe it wont be dried out (and it will be easier to take off your makeup) because the makeup remover in the towelettes will have seeped back down through all the wipes back to the top!
So here is the Oscars inspired makeup look that I have been working on!
Another style that is really trendy and eye-catching for this spring and summer are bright and neon colors. These will definitely ad some "pop" to your wardrobe! I have provided the links below in case you wanna check these babies out and buy them! =p
- ASOS STARLIGHT Platform Loafers With Block Heel and Tassel Detail
- Tinley Road A Line Mini Work Dress
- Essie - Pink Nail Polish Shades (Fiesta) - Beauty
- Gap Broken In Straight Khakis
- ASOS Slot Through Portfolio Clutch
- Nike - Free Run+ 2 (Bright Mango/Action Red/Sail) - Footwear
Hey dolls! =]
I love these beautiful nudes and pastels for the spring! I especially love all of the turquoise/aqua pastel colors that many designers are coming out with recently! So beautiful! If you want to buy these cute pieces I have provided the links to the pictured items below! =]
(from left to right starting from the top:)
In a past blog post, I promised that I would write down a list of my favorite beauty and fashion gurus from youtube. From watching their videos and reading their blogs, I have learned SO much about fashion and beauty and they were the ones who inspired me to put myself out there and start my own blog =]
I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I do! They are all so talented!
Top Youtube Beauty Guru's (in no particular order)
- Kandee Johnson
- The current custom
- Samantha Schuerman
Hey dolls! =]
For quite some time now, I have seen the funny and popular "mustache" trend pretty much everywhere... from t-shirts even to getting mustache tattoos on your fingers! So when I saw this trend circulating, I definitely "LOLed" for a good minute...and then decided that I totally want one!
Recently, even celebrities such as Vanessa Hudgens have been seen sporting this cute and quirky fashion trend:
The particular ring that Vanessa Hudgens is wearing is the Mr. Kate Logo Knuckle Ring which is a double-finger ring. The website says that it "sits across two fingers. The Mr. Kate Logo Knuckle Ring proves fashion is still fun!"
By clicking on the image or the link above, you can buy this cute celebrity mustache ring for yourself!
Or, if you like to shop on the slightly cheaper side, you can buy these similar options:
Mustachi-owed Compliments Ring
Hey cuties! <3
With spring right around the corner, its time to put away your winter coats and (finally) hang up all those cute sun-dresses you've been dying to wear! With that said, I've put together a cute spring outfit that would look gorgeous on everyone--and hopefully it will give you some ideas for outfits to put together this spring! I have also provided the links to the items shown below in case you really like them and want to buy them!!! =]
Damsels in Dresses! =p
Hey beauties! <3
This is the third section to the "Anne-Marie Beauty Awards of 2011" that involves my favorite and most used hair products from the past year. All of these products helped to make my hair full, shiny, healthy and protected so I hope you will enjoy them too!
SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER AWARD:
JOHN FRIEDA FULL REPAIR SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
I really enjoyed using this shampoo and conditioner throughout the year. Even though it is advertised for "damaged hair" (which I don't really have) I bought it because I figured that it would make my "regular" hair even better! I have been really happy with this product because it has made my hair so soft and healthy looking. The conditioner is extra moisturizing too! The best thing is that these are available at almost any drugstore, pharmacy, and even many grocery stores. So when you run out (from loving the product so much) you can conveniently race back to those stores for more! =p
HAIR MASK AWARD:
OJON DAMAGE REVERSE RESTORATIVE HAIR TREATMENT PLUS
This hair mask is he absolute bomb.com! =p You notice a difference after only one night of using it! I have found that I get the best results from this product by taking a quarter sized amount and warming the product with both of my hands (it starts out as a paste and the warmth of your fingers turns it into an oil) and then starting from the ends, working the oil through my hair to the roots. I then tie my hair up in a bun and sleep on it for a night and wash the product out thoroughly in the morning. I swear it looks like you have grown a whole new set of hair!
(You can find this product at Sephora stores and online only)
"Locks" of love!
Hey beautiful people! =]
So I (like many of us) usually get the late night muchies and want to snack on something sweet. However, it is best to refrain from eating high calorie foods (such as foods that are high in sugar, fat, or salt content) after 8 PM because after that time our metabolisms drastically slow down and so what we eat converts into bad fats.
So..a great way to still fit into your skinny jeans yet combat those late night hunger pains is this low calorie and healthy, yet delicious and sweet snack......
FROZEN YOGURT STRAWBERRIES
These are easy to make right at home! All you need is a carton of fresh strawberries and your favorite flavor of yogurt!
- pour yogurt into a bowl and evenly coat each strawberry in yogurt (make sure layers are of decent thickness)
-place the yogurt strawberries in a bowl (not touching each other) and then put in the freezer for 5 or 6 hours
-take them out and let sit for a few minutes (so its not too hard or cold)
(tip: sticking toothpicks or skewers into the top of the strawberry makes it easier to eat!)
Hey dolls! =]
This is the next (continued and long awaited) segment of the 2011 "Anne-Marie" Beauty Awards. This particular segment will focus on my favorite eye products from the past year. These are all products that I used/enjoyed the most throughout 2011!
So without further ado....
EYE BEAUTY AWARDS
EYESHADOW AWARD (CREASE)
MAC EYESHADOW IN SOFT BROWN
This color is a light-warm brown that is so soft and beautiful and a great color to use in the crease of the eye-lid. When used along with other colors, it is great for transitioning darker colors together for a well-blended eyeshadow look.
MAKEUP FOREVER AQUA CREAM (SHADE 13)
This is my absolute favorite color to wear as an all-over lid color. It is a beautiful champagne color and catches the light so beautifully. It is super long lasting and doesn't ever crease!
MAC EYESHADOW IN FIG 1
This eyeshadow is the perfect deep plum hue. It looks incredible paired with blue or green eyes and really brings depth to the eyelids. You can also use MAC eyeshadow in "Carbon"to deepen and darken this color more for a smokier effect. (MAC "Carbon" is a matte deep black eyeshadow)
LIQUID LINER AWARD
DIORLINER IN BLACK
I have never EVER found a liquid liner as incredible as this! You can control how much product comes out by turning the pump at the bottom so you never have to waste product or worry about getting eyeliner all over yourself. Not only that, but it has a precision tip which is easy to use and makes it nearly mistake proof! It also lasts forever and is smudge proof once it dries. The color is the perfect dark black shade. Out of all of my favorites on this list, THIS one is my must have!
PENCIL LINER AWARD
URBAN DECAY 24/7 LINER
These eyeliners really DO last 24/7! They come in a wide range of beautiful colors so I would recommend all of them! (but I have the black one in shade "zero") They are great to line the top of lashes or in the waterline. They are so creamy and are packed with "good" for you ingredients like jojoba oil to condition your lids and lashes!
BAD GAL LASH BY BENEFIT
First of all, I LOVE the brush/ wand on this mascara. It a big brush so it coats all of your lashes--thickening them and making them long and beautiful. I am also a sucker for the cute packaging!
Hope you enjoy these products as much as I do!
love and lashes!
Hey beauty lovers! <3
Orange and warm golden colors have definitely been a recent trend of the past few months. Many famous designers including Michael Kors and Max Azria are including this beautiful pop of color in their
upcoming Spring 2012 collections.
What I'm wearing: (from top to bottom)
women's orange blazer: forever21
brown wool dress: J.J Basics
Gold bow necklace: forever21
Rose-Gold large face watch: Michael Kors
black leggings: Express
brown ankle boots: Dillards (Marc Fischer)
Hey beautiful ladies!
While I'm working on my next segment for the "Anne-Marie" 2011 Beauty Awards I thought I would post this incredible video about the progression of makeup from the 40's to the 70's that I found on youtube!
The makeup artist that made this video is called Lisa Eldridge and she is one of my absolute favorite makeup gurus on the internet because she is so professional and always teaches me something new!
Hope you enjoy this video as much as I did!
And here is Lisa's newest video on beauty icon, Marilyn Monroe. In this video, she discloses many of Marilyn's beauty secrets! Now, I have seen ALOT of videos that have attempted to imitate her iconic look but THIS video in particular is the best that I have ever seen. I could tell that a lot of work went into the research behind this video!
Ta-ta for now! <3
p.s--soon I will post a list of my all-time favorite beauty gurus--these are the women who inspired me to get into beauty, makeup and fashion! =]
link to Lisa Elrige's youtube channel!
Lisa Eldridge Youtube Channel
Happy New Years everyone! =]
so I am FINALLY getting back to doing blog posts again...I got really busy (and a little lazy =p) and stopped doing them for awhile but now I'm back! So...yay! =]
This is going to be a segment that I do from now on at the end of every year. I will talk about my personal favorite beauty products from that year (products that enjoyed the most and used the most) and a brief description of why =]
During this week I will separate the "Anne-Marie Beauty Awards" into sections so that the posts aren't ridiculously long and boring.
The categories will include Face, Eyes, Lips, Hair and then maybe a random favorites at the end.
This week's category will be FACE products
Well here goes! And the winners are: *drum roll please*.....
This is the absolute BEST. First of all, its drugstore brand and so its not only much cheaper but you can get it way more conveniently than driving all the way to a mall. Secondly, it lasts FOREVER and everrrrrrr on your face and doesn't get dry or cakey looking. It has a velvetey to a matte finish and its medium coverage that can build to a heavier coverage. If you have any imperfections, this covers it perfectly.
MAC MINERALIZE SKIN-FINISH NATURAL
This seals your foundation in and makes sure it stays put all day. This also minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines to give any skin type that "perfect" and "flawless" appearance.
HARD CANDY GLAMOFLAUGE CONCEALER
This concealer is one of the best that I have used in a long time. A little bit of product goes a LONG way and so this product will last you forever! It covers SO well but doesn't appear cakey and actually looks really natural.
NARS LAGUNA BRONZER
This bronzer has won sooooo many awards and for a good reason...because it IS the best. The brown shade is a universal color that suits almost everyone and looks really natural because the powder is so finely milled. It doesn't look orange and gives you a natural sun kissed glow.
MAC BLUSH IN BREATH OF PLUM
This pink/plummy color is so beautiful on the cheeks for the fall/winter season. It's not too dark and not too bright and looks beautiful on the skin.
MAC BLUSH IN WELL-DRESSED
This is a gorgeous and feminine color for the spring/summer. It looks especially beautiful on lighter skin tones.
This highlight is so glowy and natural on the cheekbones. It catches the light so well and gives you a very healthy and alive look.