Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks | The Perfect Holiday Shades

I am completely in love with Laura Mercier Cosmetics, as many of you know.  If I had to choose one particular product from their entire collection, it would probably be their Caviar Sticks.  I have put together three must-have shades for creating beautiful holiday makeup looks.  Coppers and golds are great all year round, but for some reason I gravitate towards them during the holidays.  I love to do a big glamorous eye during the holidays, so that is probably why.  And the greens only ever come out for me around the holidays.  I think I am inspired by wreathes and Christmas trees.  Whatever the case, I crave that shade.

Laura Mercier Cavaiar Sticks | These three shades are the perfect colors for creating holiday makeup looks!

So first of all: you may be wondering, “What are Caviar Sticks?”  They are multi-purpose eye colour sticks.  You can smudge them along the lashes for eyeliner, use them on their own as an eye color or even sheer them out and use them as a color base.  They are long-wearing, crease-resistant, and for me they don’t transfer at all.  They have won a ton of awards and I for one am in love with them.  I am thinking of making a swatch video for you very soon covering all the shades I own.Laura Mercier Cavaiar Sticks | These three shades are the perfect colors for creating holiday makeup looks!

The three shades I am sharing with you are Copper, Gilded Gold, and Peacock.

Laura Mercier Cavaiar Sticks | These three shades are the perfect colors for creating holiday makeup looks!

Copper is a gorgeous warm golden bronze.  Imagine that brand new shiny penny.  That is what this is.  This is the one that I tend to rock year round.  I actually wore it as a base a few days ago under a Laura Mercier set that had entirely different colors, but I love the way those shades looked layered over it.  They took on a deeper, satiny look.

Gilded Gold is just that an antiqued gold.  The PERFECT gold shade in my opinion.  It is pretty and deep and perfect for a holiday look.  It reminds me of that gold bell that I hang on my Christmas tree.  I can see it being a beautiful lid shade and blending outward with a deeper chocolate brown.

Peacock is a beautiful turquoise green that has just a pinch of jungle green in it.  It is so beautiful when used under ANY green shade as a base or all on it’s own.  I used it last week as liner.  I took a thin angled brush and slid it across the tip to transfer the product to the brush and it worked out beautifully.

Laura Mercier Cavaiar Sticks | These three shades are the perfect colors for creating holiday makeup looks!

Like I mentioned before, these shades are gorgeous and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a fun shimmery look this holiday season.  You can find these on the Laura Mercier site, Sephora, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and anywhere else that carries the brand.  Cult favorite for sure.

 


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Holiday Romance | Mary Kay

The Holiday season is my favorite.  There is a feeling of love that lingers in the air and there is a sense of being home.  I haven’t lived in my hometown for over 10 years now, but during the Holidays I have much more communication with my family and friends and it does my heart good.  

What I also love about the holidays are the trends for makeup! Berry lips and a touch of glam really add to my sense of merriment.  Today I am going to show you a look called Holiday Romance using some Mary Kay® products.

Holiday Romance Mary Kay

Funny story…  One Christmas during my earlier years experimenting with makeup, my sister bought me some Mary Kay® skincare for one of my presents.  She was (and still is) a very devout Mary Kay user.  I can probably thank her for my affinity for skincare!

Holiday Romance Mary Kay

I will say that my love for actual makeup runs a little deeper though.  There is something magical about a new mascara, luscious lips, and brightening blushes that makes me drool.  Can I also say that I have an addiction to brushes?  Brushes may have an intended use, but I pride myself in using my brushes in unintended ways, and coming up with some fabulous results.  Makeup is the same for me.  I love using a pretty champagne eyeshadow as my highlight.  Knowing some simple swaps like that will also save you room in your travel bags, which we will all be doing this Holiday season, I am sure.

Holiday Romance Mary Kay

This little compact from Mary Kay is also very handy for Holiday travel.  It has a magnetic backing that allows you to just pop the shades you are using in and out.  So it could be a palette of 6 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, or just like what I have set up here.  Pretty genius.

Holiday Romance Mary Kay

So now for a little break down on the products I used…

Holiday Romance Mary Kay

Swatches left to right: Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Lavender Fog, Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Driftwood, Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Spun Silk, Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush, Mary Kay® Cream Blush in Sheer Bliss, Mary Kay® Lip Liner in Neutral, Mary Kay® Eyeliner in Deep Brown, Mary Kay® True Dimensions Lipstick in Rosette.

Holiday Romance Mary Kay

For the eyeshadow I did a light dusting of Lavander Fog in the crease.  I really blended it and blew it out.  I then applied Driftwood to the outer v and also concentrated into the center of the crease.  I then highlighted my eyes with Spun Silk by applying it onto the lid, inner corner, and brow bone. I smudged the eyeliner on the upper lash line and then applied two coats of the mascara.  I used the cream blush all over my cheek and highlighted with the mineral blush, but only a little.  I lined my lips and then filled in with the lipstick.  I think the lipstick is my favorite thing about this whole look.  Berry lips are gorgeous and so on trend.

Holiday Romance Mary Kay

I hope you loved the look I created, and for more inspiration and videos go to http://www.marykay.com! So now for the fun part!  Comment below telling me what your favorite Mary Kay® Holiday look is and enter for a chance to win a $100 VISA Gift Card plus a collection of Mary Kay® products to create one of the featured Holiday looks from Mary Kay and some other beauty essentials!  WOOT!

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Glossybox November 2014 | Sneak Peek

Hello loves!  I have a sneak peek for you today and it is for Glossybox November 2014!  I love being able to give you a little insight as to what will be coming in your next Glossybox orders!  It is like getting to open a gift on Christmas Eve!  Anyway, don’t let me get too off topic.  Next thing you know I WILL be talking about Christmas! ha

Glossybox November 2014 Sneak Peek

 

So in this box we are all getting a Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer and an exclusive to Glossybox OPI shade called “Pink Outside The Glossybox”!  I kinda love the name!  In case you don’t get it, it is a play on “Think Outside The Box”, which they totally did.  I love the shade.  Below you are seeing three coats of the polish.  It is a rather sheer polish, but with three thin layers it reached a decent opacity and I find that it is really the perfect girly pink for every day.  I had planned on taking it off right away but I really like it so I left it on.

Glossybox November 2014 Sneak Peek | OPI Pink Outside The Glossybox

So this month the folks over at Glossybox are asking that you hashtag this month’s content with #GLOSSYSTYLE and I believe I shall.  This color is too pretty not to share it with the world.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the box has in store.

Tell me in the comments below:  What do you think of the two products I have given you a sneak peek to?

 


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Tarte Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette

Tarte Cosmetics is one of my favorite brands and they recently released their holiday sets.  SO many sets and some are exclusives to different stores.  In this post I am going to review the Tarte Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette!  This palette is a limited-edition, three-in-one palette with luxe, contouring makeup essentials, featuring Tarte’s iconic Park Ave Princess matte bronzer.  It is available right now at Sephora!Tarte Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette Swatches

They say “Get a glowing look that highlights your best features with Tarte’s Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette.  The bestselling Park Ave Princess matte bronzer warms up the complexion, and it creates a naturally slimmer appearance with the easy-to-blend blush and highlighter duo. Each high-performance formula is infused with skin-balancing Amazonian clay and is encased in the sleek, gilded compact with a full-size mirror for a fade-free, effortless finish wherever you go.”

Tarte Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette Swatches

I am actually really loving these gorgeous shades in the Tarte Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette.  The highlighter is especially my favorite and you can’t beat a matte bronzer.  The blush barely shows up on my light-medium skin tone, but it is still a nice hint of color for when I want to focus on the eyes and lips while leaving my cheeks muted.  It is perfect for giving you that hint of color to prevent you from looking dull or sick — I hate those days.

Tarte Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette Swatches

As you can see, the pigmentation is great.  The color transfers from your fingertips to your arm with great color payoff.  You can only imagine how well it works on your face.  I used the Tarte Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette when I created the look below and even though it is muted, you can see that my cheeks are glowy from the highlighter, the bronzer is helping to lift up my cheek bone, and the blush gives that perfect kiss of color.

Tarte Park Avenue Palette

I am super happy with the Tarte Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette and I feel like it would make for a fantastic gift during the holidays.  There is enough product in it to last a long long time because you need so little.  It is available right now at Sephora!

Tell me in the comments below: Do you do much contouring?  What about highlighting?


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