Dramatic Autumn Makeup Tutorial

While you’ll normally see me with a bright pink lip most days (that I’m not working, that is), when it comes time for autumn, I can’t help but gravitate towards a deep, plum berry lip. Case in point: this gorgeous color called Amethyst #165 by Dolce & Gabbana. Gorgeous shade. As with all darker lipsticks, make sure your lips are well conditioned and exfoliated before applying. Try mixing granulated sugar in some olive oil for a quick, DIY lip scrub!

Makeup In This Tutorial

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (not pictured/filmed)
Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Blonde (not pictured/filmed)
Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner*
em Michelle Phan The Great Cover Up concealer in Fair/Neutral*
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light* (from the ambient lighting palette)
Real Techniques Powder Brush
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer*
Real Techniques Blush Brush
TheBalm Cabana Boy blush
Jane Iredale blush brush
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Clinique All About Shadow Neutral Territory 2 palette*
e.l.f. eyeshadow brushes
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal pencil in Brown
Urban Decay “Verve” from Naked 2 Palette
Shu Uemura eyelash curlers
Maybelline Big Eyes mascara in black
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara
Dolce & Gabbana “Amethyst” lipstick*

Also mentioned:
• Revlon Super Lustrous Shine – Plum Velour
• Revlon Super Lustrous Shine – Berry Couture
• Revlon Super Lustrous – Berry Haute

*Items noted with an asterisk were provided by the respective brand or PR company for the possibility of review. Only gifted products that I love and use regularly are mentioned here.

My Updated Haircare Routine

Lately I’ve been trying a new thing with my haircare routine and I thought I would share it with you, in case you happen to be one of those unlucky women cursed blessed with fine, limp hair like mine. Warning, this is NOT for thick or very dry hair! I use this shampoo and this conditioner, but I’m not sure you actually need this particular set-  just a nourishing, hydrating, sulfate-free set will do the trick just fine. Let me know how it works for you! What do you think? Any hair care tips you’d care to share with us?

LUSH Haul Video

I had a little too much fun at my local LUSH store this weekend. For the uninitiated, LUSH is a handmade bath and body product company. Everything is made fresh (and thus, has an expiration date). You even can see who made your particular product for you! What did you do this weekend?

Blog Birthday, October Favorites, & Gidget

Today marks my blog’s 4th birthday. Hard to believe that for four years I’ve kept up one single hobby! And turned it into a business! My how time flies when you’re having fun. I hope you’ve been having fun, too. I wish I had a screenshot of Pretty Shiny Sparkly’s original design…boy that was a doozy!

Today I’m sharing my October favorites with you in a video (above) and Gidget makes a special appearance somewhere in the clip so make sure you watch it all!

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Hope you had a happy Halloween! Did you do anything fun? What’s your favorite Halloween candy? Let me know in the comments below!

Review: Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm

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I’ve long been interested in cleansing balms this year, and this particular cleansing balm has always been on my mind. I finally bit the bullet, tracked it down (it’s remarkably hard to find online if you’re not British) on Feel Unique and within a week it was at my doorstep ready to melt off the day’s makeup.Please Click To View The Full Post →

Meet Gidget

Gidget

You’ll have to excuse the absence of any beauty or style related post this weekend. We got a new puppy! It’s been about 11 months since we lost Winnie, and our hearts are finally ready and open to inviting another little bundle of furbaby joy into them. Instead of outfit shoots and beauty product testing, our weekend was spent at Petsmart (a record breaking 4 times in 2 days), at our house getting the place “puppy ready”, and of course the requisite trip to the family’s house to introduce her to extended family members. She is actually related to Bella, my mother’s Yorkie (whom you last saw here), in that they share the same dad and their mothers are sisters! She, like Bella, is super tiny, only 1 pound at 3 months of age. She’s also a real trooper, handling baths and the wayward thermometer at her first vet checkup with ease. Let me know if you’d like to meet her in some of my videos! She’s definitely been the weekend star of my Instagram.