Friday, September 10, 2010

WANTED: Elin Nordegren's Black Buckle Boots

Found 'em... finally!

I first spotted Elin Nordegren (ex- Mrs. Tiger Woods) rocking these chic boots back in December 2009.  Apparently, they were the hit of Fall/Winter 2009... okay, so I'm a tad late on this trend. :-)

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 Now, I can have my very own pair of Vivienne Westwood Pirate Boots!
These are exactly like Elin's but no longer available at

However, Zappos does carry the boots in different colors and materials.
I'd go with the natural colored suede... it goes with almost everything!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Summer Makeup Routine - Updated 8/6/2010!

Summer has arrived in full force!  In June, the Twin Cities had rain, rain and more rain.  So far in July, it's been all about the humidity. 

Change in weather also means a change in your daily makeup routine.  Summer makeup routines usually entail fewer products and lighter coverage, especially when you're dealing with the heat and humidity.

Here are the products I use for an everyday summer look...

FACE (in no particular order):
1 - MAC Studio Finish Concealer (NC35)
This concealer is used year-round to cover blemishes, scars, etc.

2 - Stila Convertible Color (Peony)
3 - NARS Blush (Torrid)
Both are used for the cheeks but not together.  I switch between the two blushers.  Torrid looks nice on tan skin!

4 - MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
The only powder I've used so far this summer.  Sets the makeup!

5 - Revlon Colorstay Active Light Makeup SPF 25 (07-Golden Beige)
Like a tinted moisturizer but offers a little more coverage.  I randomly picked this up at a CVS beauty sale for 75% off in January and it sat unused in my makeup drawer for 5 months!  I've been using it everyday since I rediscovered it last month.  (I think this color has been discontinued.)

6 - MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer (NW30)
Primarily used to conceal any darkness under the eyes.

7 - Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector
Picked up from the Cosmetics Company Store, I apply this to areas where pores are large and overexposed to minimize the look of the pores.  Definitely a primer for the pores!

EYES (in no particular order):
1 - Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (Clear)
2 - Clinique Brow Shaper (Shaping Taupe)
3 - Maybelline Define-A-Brow Pencil (Dark Brown)
If I must leave the house with one thing done, it'll be the brows!  Line with pencil, fill and set with powder, brush with mascara to tame brows.  Product I want to try:  MUFE Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector!

4 - Stila Smudge Pot (Black)
Always line the top lid and tightline with black gel or cream liner.  I also use MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Liner.

5 - Revlon 12-Hour Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad (Coffee Bean)
7 - MAC eyeshadow (Satin Taupe)
A neutral color kind of gal, I use a combination of these colors to enhance the eyes.

6 - Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner (Black)
Purchased as a set with the Coffee Bean Quad, this is used to line the waterline for a more dramatic day-to-night look.

8 - Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Eyeshadow primer... what would we do without it?!  Primer is placed on the lower lashline and lid up into the brows (the brow pencil/powder stays put).

OMG... I almost forgot the lashes!

Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof (Black)
Recently rediscovered!  Another favorite is Clinique's Lash Power Mascara.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

And finally, the lips... I usually keep them bare except for lip balm.  Nivea, EOS, Carmax, MAC Tendertone... whatever is within arm's reach.

When I remember to do so, I'll throw on whatever gloss is available... whether it's Zoya Hot Lips, Milani Crystal Gloss or MAC Cremesheen Glass.

Does your makeup routine change with the seasons?  What is your summer makeup routine?

UPDATE:  My skin does not like the Revlon Colorstay Active Light Makeup!  I broke out along the sides of my face... ugh!  I've since replaced the Revlon with the L'Oreal True Match Foundation -- my HG foundation when I was in my early 20s.  So far, so good!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Helena's High School Prom

Oh, how time flies!  My beautiful niece, Helena, attended her senior prom last week and then she graduates from high school in less than 3 weeks!  I can't believe how grown up she is now... 18 years old and ready to take on the world (well, not really)! :)

As her only style savvy Aunt (J/K! LOL), I helped Helena get ready for the big event.  It turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day (after several gloomy, rainy days) and the perfect night to PAR-TAY!

Helena and her prom date, Hnia.

Dress:  Tadashi (see Twitpic!)
Earrings:  Martin & Osa
Cocktail Ring:  ??? (Express or Banana Republic)
Shoes:  Nordstrom Rack

3-piece Suit:  Men's Warehouse

L'Oreal True Match Foundation ~W4 (just a tad bit to even out skintone ~ she already has great skin!)
VS Pro Camouflage FX Concealer Palette
Cargo Blu-Ray Pressed Powder ~ Med/Dark
MAC Mineralize Blush Duo ~ Light Over Dark
Rimmel Lasting Finish Mult-Tonal Blush ~ Pink Sorbet

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil ~ Zero
NYX Smokey Eyes Palette
Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette
MAC Fluidline ~ Blacktrack
Lancome High Definicils
MAC #7 Lashes

NYX Slim Lip Pencil ~ Natural
MAC Lipglass ~ Bada Boom

I only had 15 minutes to do Helena's hair... I'm no hair stylist, but I think I did an alright job. :)

She wanted a soft, romantic, undone updo.  We randomly sectioned her hair, twisted them back and pinned the ends underneath. 

I used lots of bobby pins (regular and mini sizes) and set it with Tresemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.

(Picture of Helena's hair toward the end of the night.)

Helena said she had a great time (although they missed dinner and swung by Burger King instead) and received lots of compliments on her hair, makeup and dress (thanks to her Auntie! LOL).  I can't wait to do it again... 5 more nieces to go but I'll have to wait 6 years until the next prom!