Floral Maxi Dress

A floral feminine wrap maxi dress is a perfect outfit for a date night.

I enjoy easy outfits which don’t require too much planning or coordination. For warm summer nights, I really like this floral wrap dress by Wink Gal. It’s super romantic and girly, and the cut and design are very slimming. The V neck is pretty deep making it most appropriate for a romantic night out. It’s too low of a cut for me to wear it as is, so I wore it with a black camisole. If you’re in the market for a date night dress that makes you feel girly, go with this dress and you won’t have any regrets.

You can find this pretty floral maxi dress here on sale!

Also, its always a good idea to have  a good stock pile of basics. Camisoles are my go to item for fixing all difficult to wear items. When I was purchasing this dress, I knew I wouldn’t have the courage to wear it as is due to the low neck line or else I’d give every one an unwanted show. I have a drawer full of tanks and camisoles to wear as undergarments and as night shirts, but my latest favorite discovery is by Jockey. Here is a link to buy these on sale.

Accessories: Below you can see how I wore this maxi dress. I kept the accessories to a minimum and out on gold and teal earrings which I purchased from Amazon for under $10.00. The heels I’m wearing are a bit of a splurge for me. I bought them earlier this year when they finally went on sale for under $100.00 on Amazon by Gwen Stefani.

Makeup: This is a very quick and simple look which involves minimum amount of products. Always starting with my favorite moisturizer by Estee Lauder, I put on a little foundation, setting powder, peachy blush, pink lipgloss, and lots of coats of mascara.By the way, if you are in the market for an amazing and inexpensive mascara, give this one a try: Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara . You will absolutely thank me. Unfortunately the price i’m seeing on Amazon is quite high as it sells for $4.99 at Target! This mascara gives length and volume and the brush separates and coats all the eye lashes (even the tiny ones near the inner eye corners) really well. After my makeup was complete, I blew dry my hair and parted it to the side and considered it done. I like having freshly washed hair without product weighing it down or hairspray freezing it to a solid stiff hold from time to time.

This simple outfit with minimal makeup and accessories will have you ready and out the door in no time!

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July 4th Outfit Of The Day

Hope everyone had a great July 4th! I love this holiday as it gives us a chance to get together with friends and family, BBQ food, spend some quality time and watch fireworks! We decided to watch them at Fairplex in Pomona. It was their 30th annual show and they seem to get better every year!

Summer Fashion: I never take living in Southern California for granted as we have pleasant weather all year round. Even in the middle of summer, our nights a comfortable cool 70 degrees. After a long day of cooking and mingling, I wanted to be comfortable while watching the fireworks. I chose to wear jeans, a worn-in tank top, and a kimono style cover-up.

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Kimono

Boho Style Kimono: I absolutely love this versatile cover-up with a bohemian vibe. It’s comfortable and soft and is a great addition to your wardrobe as it can be worn all year round. The color is dark blue with beige flowers and it actually looks prettier in person. This top is a mix between a kimono and a shawl. It’s a one size fits all style that can actually fit women of all different shapes and sizes as the sleeves aren’t sewn in which is a great plus!On a side note, this would obviously be a great swimsuit cover up, but can definitely be worn outside the pool as well.

Celebrity Inspired Layered Necklaces: Find them ON SALE here!

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Layered Necklaces: I like keeping my jewelry to  a minimum so I generally only wear one or two pieces at most. I’ve been loving the Layered Necklace trend lately – it’s a great time saver to put on one necklace but get the effect of a few delicate mix and match type of pieces. To add to the hippie vibe to my own outfit, i wore a long layered gold and blue necklace which was very inexpensive on this site! I kept my hair natural with loose waves and curls which I quickly achieved with a 2″ barrel curling iron. I knew there would be a lot of walking so I opted for simple flats. We walked around the park while waiting for the Fireworks show to start and I remained comfortable and felt stylish enough for date night with my outfit choice.

 

Foolproof Quick Makeup Routine

Foolproof – Easy step by step directions to achieve a sultry look in no time!

Here are a few tips on how to achieve a simple yet sultry makeup look in minimum time. A good rule of thumb that I always try to follow is to choose one feature and use makeup to enhance it while keeping the rest of the face pretty minimal. In this example, I chose to play up my eyes – this doesn’t mean I neglected the rest of my face – rather I kept it natural.

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Here are step by step directions on how I achieved this look:

First order of business- attend to your skin! If your skin is healthy, clean, and fresh- all your hard work with makeup application will pay off by not allowing your skin to look cakey and dull. Wash you face and neck with a good facial cleaner. Here’s my all time favorite: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

A good moisturizer comes next along with an eye cream to protect the delicate skin around our eyes. I’m a hardcore Estee Lauder fan, and have been using their skin care products for many years- Here’s my favorite go to face cream which perfectly moisturizes my combination skin and allows my makeup to go on smoothly – Estee Lauder Daywear Advanced Multi-protection Anti-oxidant Creme SPF 15 .

A face primer comes next especially if you are planning to keep the makeup on for the entire day. After leaving the primer on for a few minutes to set, the foundation can be applied. There are many techniques to applying a foundation – some use their fingers, some a kabuki brush, and some prefer application through sponges such as the beauty blender. Do what works for your skin- key thing to keep in mind is to blend out the foundation so your skin can still breathe and show through. Here is my favorite foundation that I’ve been using religiously for about 5 years – Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup . I love this product! Estee Lauder Double wear foundation stays on all day and gives you a flawless finish while allowing you to look fresh and looks natural. This foundation feels lightweight and comfortable and doesn’t smudge or rub off even in hot and humid weather. A little bit of concealer to brighten up the under eye, and you are ready to work with colors.

Now we are ready to play with makeup!

EyeBrows: To play up our eyes, we need to shape and define our eyebrows well. Here’s my go to product for grooming and filling in my eyebrows – ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – Dipbrow Pomade – Dark Brown.

Eyes: Feel free to apply your favorite darker shade color on the lids and then smoke it out towards the outer corners of your eye. I chose purple hues as I find that to be a universally flattering and easy to work with shade. This the product I used: Sugarpill Cosmetics Pressed Eyeshadow, in Poison Plum. After shadow application, be sure to line your waterline with a black waterproof eyeliner and draw a winged line on top of your eyelid. I also lined my water line using a waterproof black eyeliner by Estee Lauder. Mascara and falsies (if time permits) are a must for this look as it’s all about the eyes! One of my recent favorite lashes are House of Lashes Falsies in Iconic.

Milani Baked Blushes

Cheeks:I used Milani Baked Blush in the color Luminoso for my blush. It is a flushed peach color with an understated gold tone with a slight hint of shimmer. I’ve found this blush to be universally flattering on all skin tones and it has great staying power. When applied with a brush, it blends beautifully very quickly and buildable from sheer to vibrant. Hint: If you’ve always wanted to buy Nars Orgasm blush but don’t want to spend $28+ on a blush, this option is pretty close- slightly pinky peach with gold undertones!

Lips: I applied a liquid lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills first in a light pink shade since they have amazing staying power. Then i topped off my lips with a quick coat of chapstick to prevent dryness. This step wraps up this make-up looks and I guarantee anyone can follow these steps and successfully complete this look under 15 minutes! Since most products I mentioned are universally appealing, women of all shades and colors should feel comfortable trying them out!

 

Classic Easy Smokey Eye Look

A Minimal Easy and Sultry Smokey Eye Look

A classic smoky eye look works both during day and night time – and looks great with all different types of lip colors. Pair this makeup look with soft or baby pink lips for daytime, bright red for a power meeting, bright orange for a shopping day with the girls, and sultry mauves and berries for date night.

A sultry smokey eye makeup look, often worn with a sheer lip gloss or a nude gloss such as Nars Orgasm tend to be celebrity favorites which look good on people of all ages and skin tones – Universally flattering! Notice in all celebrity images below, the shadow is muted and well blended while the eye liner is deep and smoked out for intensity.

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Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow by Stila Cosmetics

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Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows by Stila cosmetics are dazzling creamy eye shadows with a multidimensional metallic finish and unique texture. They are packed with textured sparkle to help you achieve a variety of effects, from a light shimmer to an opaque metallic finish. They can be purchased alone, or with a mini Stay All Day® Liquid Eye Primer and a mixing tray. The standard price for the shadow with primer combo is usually $32.00. Find them on sale here.

Though they come in numerous shades, after testing them and reading reviews from many others, I compiled a list of the most preferred and highly rated shades. I’ve also included a simple explanation describing each of the shades for those of you who may not have access to testers before making your purchase.

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Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in “kitten”

Popular Magnificent Metals Shades:

  • Metallic Jade – golden emerald green
  • Metallic Violet – glistening violet shimmer
  • Metallic Lilac – soft lilac luster
  • Metallic Golden Pink – pink with golden shimmer
  • Metallic Rose Quartz – soft pink with silver sheen
  • Metallic Gilded Gold – golden bronze luster
  • Metallic Pixie Dust – irredescent white gold
  • Metallic Peach – soft peach shimmer

Stila and all beauty gurus suggest to always use the primer first before application to ensure long lasting staying power. The primer vial is tiny, so a little goes a long way. I found the correct “suggested usage” from Stila’s website for reference:

  • Add two drops of eye primer to mixing tray.
  • Add a small dab of Magnificent Metals shadows to the mixing tray.
  • Swirl primer and shadow together.
  • Use the tip of your finger to gently press mixture onto center of lid.
  • For a bold, high-metallic finish, build intensity with additional layers.

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After applying these metallic shadows both with the primer and without, I realized that primer makes them a bit more shiny and metallic, therefore more appropriate for a night-time look. If a softer and subtle sheen is desired, then there is no need for the primer to be used. Be sure to close the lid of your shadow tightly after use to prevent them from drying out. Overall, I love these eye shadows due to their versatility, unique texture, vibrant colours, and long lasting power.