Straight from the U.K. Pop Beauty by Sara Strand creates some beautiful winter/holiday looks. Always make your makeup or style pop with color, glitter or anything your little heart desires. Be bold and confident with your choices, if ever in doubt wear red lipstick -- go for it!!! These looks are easy to create just follow the instructions and use the appropriate products. This makeup will photograph fantastic for those holiday photos and selfies. You'll have instant glamor and a look that will be unforgettable -- make it POP!!!
1. Start by brushing Velvet Powder Base all over complexion using a fluffy powder brush. Focus especially on T-zone and keep blending until you have a soft cashmere finish.
2. Dampen a synthetic eye liner brush and dip into the black pigment in Brow Shape & Shade. Apply this as a liquid liner, pressing the brush into the roots of the lashes, following your natural lash line. Wing the line upward and outward at the outer corners of the eyes, also making the line much thicker and dramatic there. The final result should be a gradually thickened and perfectly winged shadow liner that makes the eyes appear almond shaped.
3. Dip an eye shadow blending brush into the deepest brown in Brow Shape & Shade. Brush into the crease of the eye and blend until seamless. Next dust the Pure Pigment in Crystal Glitz onto lids and into the inner corner of the eye.
4. Curl lashes and apply the Peak Performance Mascara in segments. Apply one layer and then let it dry before applying the next. Fan lashes outward, building until you have an almost faux lash effect.
5. Finish the look off by dabbing your favorite hue from Rouge Mix onto apples of the cheeks and blend well. Also, smooth a fresh pink from the same palette onto lips and you are ready for the next holiday party!
Pretty Winter Purple
1. Use the hues in the No Show Camouflage Fix to mix together a hue that is just slightly lighter then your skin tone. Then use clean fingertips to dab onto the under eye area & eyelids, around the nose & chin, and anywhere else you need a little coverage. Follow with your favorite POP base.
2. Now, brush the deep purple in the Bright Up Your Life Smokin’ Hot palette all over the lid and into the lower lash line. Follow with the charcoal from the same palette, blending into the crease, then upward and outward toward the outer corner of the eye – this creates a subtle and blended “flick” with the shadow. Blend well.
3. Dust the Pure Pigment in Matte Purple all over lid, crease and into the inner corner of the eye for extra purple oomph!
4. Curl lashes and apply Peak Performance Mascara in layers. Press the comb into the lash root to create an instant eye lining effect as well!
5. Finish off with a slick of the pink BB Lip Balm onto lips – also dab a tiny bit onto apples of the cheeks for a slight hint of colour!
Get creative with the palette and create a stunning cat eye!
We wanted to thank you for your continued support throughout the year, unfortunately this will be our last post for a while. This has been a difficult year for many of us and our lives has taken us in a different direction. We wish everyone the best!!! ~ God Bless You ~
Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Tis' the season to invest in anything that shines. We must admit, we are obsessed with glitter. We love glitter nail polish, make up, clothing, shoes and accessories. If it sparkles we will buy it. We adore pretty, shiny things!!!
But sequins and sparkles often illicit fear in some, and we'll admit, it can be hard finding that perfect glitter piece. But if today's current trends are any indication, glitter, sequins, and sparkle have transitioned from being cheesy to incredibly chic.
It's actually a huge fashion trend. In fact, glitter and sequins have become a mainstay in versatile fashion. Blogs, magazines, red carpet events and street style, stars are showing how today's fashion is all about some serious sparkle. We're taken notice and found an abundance of ultra glam slip-on shoes, casual tank dresses, and sexy skirts that range from showing a little glitter to sequins galore.
And as for how picking the right pieces, remember gold and silver sequins each offer a different feel. Gold is a bit warmer, a tad more glam, and even slightly more approachable, while silver gives off a cooler but just as chic look.
Depending on the texture, size and sparkle factor, sequins can be used in a big or small way. Subtle sparkle offers a little pizazz into every day work wear, or while larger sequins can serve as the perfect back drop to a fabulous night on the town, without fear of looking like a disco ball.
A long sequined dress is very feminine but if you find it too much to see yourself from head to toe in glitter wrap, then try alternative metallics. Go for a shiny item such as a metallic top or pants and combine it with simple garments. Glitter aaccessories can stay quiet or completely go over the top. A glitter evening bag adds a pop of sparkle and a classic glitter shoe can complete a sophisticated look. Play with glitter accessories they're fun and easy to work into any outfit.
Whichever piece you choose, these head-turners can make a big difference in the life of your wardrobe. It's time to jazz things up!
But Ladies, don't forget about glitter makeup and nails this can also make a big impact on your glam look. Dust some glitter eyeshadow over your lids and your eyes suddenly sparkle and shine, people will actually look you in the eye when speaking to you. It's simply irresistible!
And who doesn't love glitter nail polish? Even the shyest of girls can pull off this trend and it's so easy.
The glitter nail art movement is here (yes, we said movement!). Here is a step-by-step how to achieve your own glitter nail art at home. And, it's not at all difficult!
File the nails first, then apply cuticle softener. Next, place your hands in warm soapy water. Take a metal pusher or an orange stick wrapped in cotton at the tip, dip in the water or polish remover and gently push the cuticle at the base of your nail back to form a smile line.
Apply basecoat. Always. Why? It makes your manicure last longer and protects your nails from staining. It also helps the polish color pop more. You can tell you have a bad basecoat when you take off your polish and your nails are yellow. Invest in a good basecoat.
Pick a polish color of your choice. The darker color, the more the glitter will show up but here we chose nude for a sophisticated look. It a look you can wear to the office and wear out at night. Choose your nude shade based on your skin color. If you're a pale, go peachy. If you're tan, go for a neutral taupe. If you're brown, go for a sheer pink.
Always apply two coasts (it lasts much longer), and never allow the brush to touch the cuticle. Although, it's not an unmitigated disaster if you do just avoid the cuticle. If you do get any polish on the cuticle it will just come right off in the shower, particularly when you wash your hair. Don't take a shower for at least four hours after your mani though, or better yet the next day. Hot water is nail polishes natural born enemy. It cause shrinkage at the tip and encourages chipping.
After two coats of nude polish, let your nails dry completely. You need to work on dry nails because if your polish is still wet you'll leave brush tracks in the nail when you go to add glitter.
Wet your brush again and again remove excess polish, and about a third of the way up the nail make a U-shape down from the edge across the nail, lightly covering all the way across.
Then using a very loaded brush, you make a French tip with a layer of glitter.
Take the more coarse glitter polish, get a good scoop of it and go to town! Dab one stroke all the way down and rest stays mostly at the tip. With the bigger glitter pieces. You can slide them around while they're wet with your fingertip if the brush happens to dump a large clump.
Always add a top coat, it helps your nail art last longer.
File your nails at least once a week and every time you change your polish. It will make them strong and keep them from snagging.
Post Hurricane Sandy has caused the weather temperatures to drop dramatically and it's down right chilly out there which means it's officially.....
Our favorite thing about autumn is not just the delicious crisp air and the leaves changing color, we get to take out our favorite sweaters. Yes! Fall fashion is in full swing! And if you're anything like us, a day of shopping for fall favorites followed by some warm butternut squash soup and hot apple cider is a perfect seasonal day. When the opportunity comes along to flaunt your favorite cozy staple as a trend, we'll take it and run with it! For us, this means we're going to be rocking the over-sized sweater six days out of seven. It also means we need to stop styling it with sweatpants and at-home headbands. But, after spending some time studying the fall runways, we've found the solution: Chic ways to wear over-sized sweaters without looking like a potato sack. The trick is to always style the heavy knits and bulky shapes with sleek and slim or short-fitting bottoms like miniskirts, cropped trousers, leggings and skinny jeans. Once you've mastered the silhouette, elevate your look with pretty shoes and costume jewelry, and your over-sized sweaters will feel right at home no matter where you go....without making it look like you're actually sitting around at home. With the wide assortment of options out there, we know firsthand that the task of deciding which knit essential to buy can seem overwhelming. Good news: we combed the market for the season's top sweater trends and gathered the best styles for you to try now. Yes, there are some splurges in the mix, but we found affordable option too, which means there's a sweater for everyone and every budget. 3-D If your sweater collection is currently stocked with all the basics, consider investing in one with 3-D detailing. These subtle statement-makers are an easy way to introduce texture into your repertoire. Since they often demand the spotlight, keep the rest of your ensemble minimal with a pair of standard tuxedo pants for a polished finish. Animal Print Lions and tigers and bears, oh my - more like, oh yes! It's a real animal planet out there, both on the runways and on the streets. Animal prints seem to never go out of style and reappear every season, a great investment and statement piece. Whether they're single, over-sized graphics or patterns they are making their mark on fall fashion. These prints are a cool contrast to sleek and sophisticated pieces, such as a leather pencil skirt and patent heels. Graphic Sweaters with distinctive digital designs and patchwork prints are like a grown-up version of graphic t-shirts. In other words, they offer an easy way to increase intrigue in a humdrum closet. In keeping with their fashion-forward look, style them with a pair of printed jeans for a look-at-me-now outcome. Fisherman The versatility of a comfortable-yet-elegant fisherman knit makes this sweater a closet essential every year. Take a cue from the Michael Kors runway and juxtapose its casual vibe with a delicate skirt, or embrace its rustic roots and pair it with corduroys and rugged boots for the weekend. They even look sweet with a short flirty skirt. Have fun and play with it!