Makeover With My Mom!!

Soo, today was a good day. I had my first day of high school, AND I got to give my mom a makeover!

My mom is totally clueless about makeup. She usually only wears a couple products, all of which do nothing for her…so she let me step in!

Gahhhd I love giving makeovers.

She’s 54. The last makeover I did was on my best friend (click here), so this was a change for certain. :} I brought out some products, both from mine and her makeup bags, and tried to find the perfect natural lighting.

Compared to my twelve-year-old friend, my mom has a lot more to conceal and cover. Her main problem is redness and impurities, along  with the sparseness of her lashes and brows. However, she’s got beautiful green/hazel eyes that I want to be her main feature!

So here’s before the makeup!

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And AFTER!!

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A BB Cream and concealer covered most blemishes and age spots, including redness under the nose. I blended out with a sponge to get a more smooth, airbrushed look, and topped it with powder.

I really wanted to bring out that olive glow in her skin, so I put a warm-toned highlighter on the high points of her face to really brighten it up. Blush didn’t seem needed, I was aiming for a more warm, soft appeal, not pinched, sparkly cheeks.

EYES ARE MY FAVORITE PART!! I love eyes. For my mom, I filled in her brows (not too much, just to give them a little more shape and definition), then started to layer colors on her lids. First a gold, a champagne in the center, a soft taupe in the crease. Black mascara seemed to harsh for this look, so I used a brown instead.

For lips, I picked a natural, peach color with a gloss finish.

The resulting look was natural enough to not look overdone, but just enough to make a difference. You can see older women who cake themselves with makeup to cover themselves, but my mom is not one of them. This look lets herself shine through! ^_^

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Afterwards, she wore her makeup all day long! I’m going to have to give her a lesson on how to apply it herself someday.

But let’s be real. My mom doesn’t really care what other people think about her OR how she looks.

She told me that “As you get older, you care less.” 

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Have a great night, my Curly-Fries!<3

MWAH.

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Style Me Vintage!

Hello again, fabulous divas.

So, I recently got a book from the library called “Style Me Vintage!”

It’s basically a step-by-step book on how to style your hair, makeup, and outfit based on a certain era. I’ve been really getting into the vintage look lately, and decided to do a post on that!

FOR STARTERS, I freaking LOVE the 1950s. I love the fashion, the hair, the makeup, the music, and Miss Marilyn Monroe of the silver screen! That was the decade of the hourglass figure…of full skirts, brocade, pearl chokers, long gloves and marvelous cat-eye sunglasses, too!

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I honestly believe I would have loved living in this era. “It was a decade of reawakening, rebellion, discovery and progress.”

The whole birth of the 50’s “look” started with Dior’s Corolle Line of 1947. It basically created a tiny-waisted, full-skirted figure that came to represent the iconic feminine look of the 1950’s.

Plus, prints became bold and beautiful! The poodle skirt was born!

In the UK, Queen Elizabeth II became a huge source of fashion inspiration. Her looks were always finished and feminine, topped off with gloves, brooch, and bag, and a lot of women copied her style.

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Also, the material “lucite” was very commonly used in expensive, box-style handbags (which were very popular), and sheer, sexy shoes. Shoes were just beginning to transform into something higher, pointier, and slimmer than ever before!

With makeup, it went right along with fashion. More color! Blues, greens, pinks and violets were popular on the eyes, with corals and pinks on the lips. Eyebrows were sharply defined, tans were in style, and blondes were definitely most-favored.

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But who can say no to a FREAKING SEXY-AS-FUDGE BRUNETTE?

Anyway guys, here’s some vintage fashion websites to find some killer pieces! If your looking to add a touch of vintage style to your look, check ’em out ASAP.

Online vintage shops:

www.junosayshello.com (A London boutique selling luxury vintage dresses!)

www.lovelysvintageemporium.com (A vintage fashion and accessories website owned by a magazine fashion stylist and editor!)

www.natashabailie.com (Where a girl named Natasha sells pretty awesome 50s dresses!)

www.lovemissdaisy.com (Mother and daughter-run boutique full of beautiful pieces from around the world, PLUS some vintage wedding gowns!)

SUPER-BIG thanks to the authors of “Style Me Vintage”.

I really really recommend you check out this book if you are interested in vintage fashion.

MWAH!!!! ;}

Gahd I luv ya.

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Summer Dream Look

MY DARLINGS, MY ANGEL-FACES, MY DOE-EYED BEAUTIFULS, MY GORGEOUS FOLLOWERS, MY LOVELIES, MY DOVES.

I’ve been gone for SO long and I’m so sorry.

I know I haven’t pieced together a look for a while so here ya go!

So, for starters, I picked out my ultimate dream bikini, or “midkini”, from Delias! Image

I like how it has cups..for someone who has small boobs (like me) that adds some dimension.!

Plus, the mint/floral pattern is SO CUTE. I feel like it would make tanned skin pop, and really be an eye-catcher. I’m actually ordering this midkini, ‘cuz I love it that much! ❤

Check it out here. It’s on sale, ladies!

And from Etsy, I picked out a fabulous sand-dollar hairpin to compliment the summer idea.Image

It’s super beachy, but simple enough to not be distracting. It’s totally mermaid-esque. And you’ll probably be playing in the water…so you don’t really want to have too much accessories.

And now…BODY GLITTER!! Okay, seriously, it’s not just for strippers. A little on the shoulders and legs can look really flattering and fun. Image

I picked out a body glitter from Victoria’s Secret, but a lot of companies and brands have glitter sprays, sticks, creams, lotions, or powders. You just have to look around!

Online, VS has three flavors: “Marshmallow Gold”, “Candy Baby”, and “Cocoa Bronze”. All of them sound delicious to me!

Next, why not add some fun earrings?

These ones are from the “Bauble Bar” at Baublebar.com 

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I just feel like they’re simple enough to not take anything away from the outfit…but they add an adorable detail!

Off to bed, then, for sweet, summery dreams.

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Palladio Desert Rose Blush/Bronzer

I recently bought this at Sally Beauty Supply and thought I should review it, because, hey, if you’re like me, (always looking for awesome products), then you should know about this! ❤

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So, for starters, it has five shades, two of which are more satin, the other three are slightly shimmery.

I wear this on my cheek bones, on my nose, on my eyes, and a little on my chin and forehead. It makes me glow like a natural beauty, not look obviously fake. You can mix the colors together (like I do), or wear them separate, but I honestly prefer them together. It creates a “beach peach” color: not light and cool, just slightly warm and bronzed.

PROS: 

Multitasking

Pigmented colors

Silky

Easy to blend

Good variety

Makes the face look WONDERFUL

CONS: 

Sometimes you have to make touch-ups! :{

The packaging is a simple, plastic case with a clear top with NO brand name on the front (that’s all on the back), and looks very sleek.515t_YessEL._SL1000___37915.1355886395.1280.1280

Personally, I think it looks very cute and high-end, so I, Isabella, give YOU the permission to tell ANY lie with this.

“Oh, this stuff? I bought it for 21 bucks at Sephora.”

“It was limited addition.”

“Michelle Phan HERSELF gave this to me at a meet-and-greet!”

But whatever, it’ll be our little secret. ;}

Love you all!

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Mission G.N.O!

G.N.O: (Noun.) Definition: “Girls Night Out”, a gender-exclusive activity where women meet to engage in social activities.

Initiative: Have a good time.

So my girlfriends and I went out on the town to a oh-so-fabulous masquerade ball to celebrate Earth Day! I felt like I should share some pictures because our costumes were AUUHMAYZING.

My friend Kaylie went as an “Aristocat”.

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My other friend, Katie, went as a penguin!

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And I went as a Phoenix!

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The ball was FAAABULOUS. There was music, dancing, disco lights, and a cute boy who we called “Mr. Hot Sweatshirt Guy” (but we didn’t have the guts to talk to him!)

Anyways, the food sucked, but throughout the night we felt unexplainably glamorous. My friend Kaylie and I brushed glitter on our collarbones, chest, and back, so that when we danced our skin sparkled like diamonds.

(Because we danced so much, I wore Converse under my dress and not heels. Shhhh!)

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We left at 11pm and went home to eat chips, gossip, rip off our uncomfortable dresses, scrub the makeup from our faces, and  remove all of our clunky jewelry.

It was an amazing night.

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Talk to you later, darlings!

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MAC in the Mail & Cute Workout Clothes

I’ve been pestering my mom to purchase my MAC stuff for months now (I got exceptionally good grades and she PROMISED), so now I’ve got a whole bunch of stuff coming for a review!

And one certain product I picked out was “Candy Yum Yum” lipstick. EEEEEK!! Omgomgomgomg.

I heard Candy Yum Yum is like the QUEEN of pink lipsticks. So bright…so iconic…so crazy and daring! For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s some 411 on Candy Yum Yum.

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Candy Yum Yum is a LEGENDARY MAC lipstick, and for a while, there this huge buzz about it on Youtube.  Everyone had to have taste of Candy Yum Yum! Everyone!

Anyway..it’s basically a bright, neon pink with a matte finish. I think it looks better on darker skin tones, but I hope I can rock it!

And BTW, guys I found an awesome website for cute workout clothes! Forever 21 Active Wear is seriously the bomb-diggity. When your Diet-Train crashes and burns (like mine), there’s nothing left to motivate you than a pair of adorable athletic capris and a matching sports bra. Image

WHOOO! I’m gonna go workout!

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The Mythical Mood Lipstick?

Hey guuuuurls.

Have any of you guys heard of “Mood Lipstick”? It’s been around for quite some time.

I was at Sally Beauty Supply one boring day, when I saw a tube of blue lipstick screaming at me from a box.”Pick me! Pick me, Isabella! I’m special!!!” it squealed.

I walked over to see an untouched box of green, yellow, and blue lipstick.The box said “Mood Lips: 3.80”, so I grabbed that pitiful blue lipstick. Truthfully, I’ve always been curious to try on a REAL blue lipstick, but my mother says there’s nothing tackier.

SO. So. First off, this isn’t really a magical “mood” lipstick. It’s just a molecular reaction…you know, sciency stuff.There was a color chart on the box, so I KNEW which color I was getting.

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It came in a tube full of gold cursive lettering, and a bullet that didn’t screw all the way down. I hate it when the bullet is half-poking-up all the time…it makes me nervous I’ll take a chunk out of the product.

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On my hand it was an interesting, blue-berry sort of color, kind of blue and kind of purple. On my lips it wasn’t much different, and stained my lips AND my hand! EDIT: **After a couple minutes though..it began to change from pink, to bright, berry-fuchsia. Ooooo!

The texture is smooth, glossy, and moisturizing, and the smell reminds of a lot of Maybelline’s Baby Lips, like Sweet-tarts, but I can’t say whether I love this lipstick or not.

Over all, it’s a great three buck lipstick, but I probably won’t repurchase. The funny blue color in the tube DOES get a lot of looks in public, though! Hehe.

Happy Easter, lovelies!

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Inspired Outfit

Today, because I was very bored, I decided to piece together an “inspired” outfit. An inspired outfit is basically a look that someone or someTHING inspired me to make!

I just watched “My Week With Marilyn.” Marilyn Monroe is such a classic beauty icon, and wore a lot of gorgeous things. (Short review on the movie: The actress played her extremely well! Check it out when you have the chance!:} )

So, first off, I chose a swimsuit, not a dress, for a more beachy look.

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It’s the “Magicsuit Solid Gabby One-Piece Swimsuit” from Soma.  It just has that vintage pin-up feel, and reminds me a lot of one that Marilyn wore! Marilyn+Monroe+black+bathing+suit

Next, I picked out some high heels! It’s all about the shoes, ladies!

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I know everything looks very “basic black”, but Marilyn was the epitome of classic. These are the “High Heel Platform Pumps” from Peltz Shoes.

And last, I chose a pair of black, vintage cat-eye sunglasses from RetroCitySunglasses.   Image

Add some red lipstick, and that’s the cherry on top of a fabulous outfit. ❤

(I like to use MAC’s “MAC Red”.)

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Hopefully this outfit wasn’t too boring for you guys!

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See you all next time!

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Small Beauty Haul

WELCOME, welcome, one and all, to Isabella’s short beauty haul! I promise to keep it short and sweet!

BUT FIRST, I have quite a tale to share with you.

When I went out and found these things, I was quite…um…apprehensive. I bought them at a factory outlet mall, in a place called “Cosmetics Company Store”.

It was a very shady place, the testers were all MUTILATED, (the cream shadows were either dried out or completely melted, the lipsticks had chunks taken out of them, ect.), plus, all the cosmetics were really dirty. Everything was smeared with mascara, including some of their makeup pouches on display, and some brands (example: MAC) had products from old lines that were discontinued YEARS ago.

Anyway, I walked away with two items I’m very happy with. Thankfully.

One was from Bobbi Brown (my first product from her line!), and the next was from Smashbox.

 

The thing I got from Bobbi Brown was a “pot rouge for the lips and cheeks”, in the color “Raspberry”, a wonderful, rich, berry color. It’s great.

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As you can see, it comes in a cute compact that’s small enough to fit in your jeans pocket. The color that comes off can be quite rich, or sheer, depending on how you layer it. I prefer the “stained” look. Thanks to the moisturizing formula, it makes you lips look really full, healthy, and soft. IMG_2559

 (Sorry for my pasty, winter skin! Hopefully this spring break I can get tan!)

The next thing I picked up was a Smashbox “eyelights” palette in “Flash”.

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It has classic Smashbox packaging: Very sleek, matte, and black, with the signature “Smashbox” across the front. The colors are beautiful, and they include a light, golden peach, a mauve pink, and a mossy green. They come off rich, metallic, AND can be used wet or dry! HOLLA!

Anyway..I’m really happy to share my haul with you (plus reviews!) I hope they were helpful!

Mwah. Tootles!

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Daily “Hey”

Hey friends!

Was it just me, or did today seem especially amazing? Where I live, it’s bright and breezy, perfect dress weather! The guy I like even said hi to me. I hope it wasn’t obvious how much I blushed!

Now it’s almost bedtime. Do you guys have any suggestions for some posts to do next? I’M OPEN TO ALL OPINIONS!

P.S: I tried to keep this short for your guys’s sake. I’m not sure if these smaller, more personal posts seem annoying to you or not! ;}

And here’s a picture of Totoro! How cute, huh?

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