Friday, April 18, 2014

The Smokey & The Style: "Blue Jeans" & Lancome Summer Collection

Bonjour mes belles!! It's Fashion Friday and in today's post, I'm featuring both makeup and style tips for a look that's sure to turn heads. I'm going for a modern "denim smokey eye" using all Lancome and pairing it with a trendy Blue Jeans ensemble, while keeping everything casual, cool and chic. 

Read more for the TUTORIAL!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fashion & Beauty: Spring Sunset Style

Bonjour my beauties!! Sunny Days are here again and I'm all about reflecting the rays with my makeup and wardrobe. Today's look is built around my favorite color -- yellow -- and is featuring all NYX Cosmetics, being that it was my head-to-toe look for the NYX Imats after party this past weekend. 

Read more for outfit & makeup deets!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Sunny Days" Spring Makeup Tutorial

Hello my beautiful dolls!! New York is finally seeing some warmer days and I'm ecstatic to wear lighter and brighter colors and coordinate my makeup to match the rays. Today's look is sunny days - inspired and is featuring our Motives Mavens ELEMENT Palette, which you can pre-order here (US / CA) or here, if you're an international customer. Thank you so much for contributing to the success of this palette, it's sold out numerous times over and is officially one of the most popular products Motives has to offer. Woo-Hooo!!! 

Read more for tutorial & how-to!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Spring in Paris" The Style Box by Socialbliss

Hi dolls!! By now, I'm sure you're well familiar with monthly beauty subscription boxes and have been enjoying your favorites as much as I have. If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know about Socialbliss' new style subscription box, appropriately named The Style Box, which incorporates both beauty and styling essentials. Since its launch in January, The Style Box ($39.95/month or under) has featured several designer handbags, as well as jewelry pieces, scarves, hats and makeup / beauty products. This service is by invitation only and is by far, the best DEAL ALERT of the year, so I invite you to participate by signing up and trying it out for yourself!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Game of Thrones" Nail Art

Hello darlings, it's on tonight and I'm waiting in anticipation! Game of Thrones returns in just a few hours on HBO and I've put my hands to good use just in time. So here's my latest, hand-painted "winter"-themed -- dragon-inspired -- blood spilling -- throne-overthrowing NAIL ART, just for all my G.O.T. geeks & fans. I know there are a lot of us out there, so let's celebrate tonight!!

Read more for products list & more pix :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

My Face Routine & Review of The Face Set Brushes by Wayne Goss

Hello dolls!! It's that time on my blog again -- time to review one of my favorite products of the month -- and this time, it's one of your most requested beauty topics: BRUSHES. More specifically, I'm covering facial brushes to be used for applying anything from foundation to blush and everything in between when it comes to the face. Today, I'm super excited to present the "Lamborghini" of face brushes, Wayne Goss' The Face Set, available exclusively through my fave beauty site: Beautylish.

Read more for details, reviews & how-to's!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fashionable Nails: Plaid & Studded

Hello my darlings, Happy April 1st!! No foolishness here, it's a new nails blog post and I have some serious business to share lol... I'm not joking either, I take my nail art very seriously and I'm damn proud of it haha!! Today's plaid nail design is simple in its approach and uses three brand new nail polishes from Nailtini's "The Lacquer Cabinet", a new monthly nail polish subscription service curated and mixed by top manicurists and nail art / beauty bloggers. Click on the link to see past, current and future mixologists, you may see a familiar face or two ;))

Read more for product details & tutorial!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Edgy, Exotic Pastels for Spring

Hello my beauties & Happy "Almost End of the Week"!! In my previous post, I promised you update you at least twice a week, so today's edition is my second installment, this time focusing on makeup. This look was put together using all Motives Cosmetics, as well as our Mavens Palettes, and was inspired by my "Minty Fresh" nail art (which you can observe here). I typically never match my makeup to my nails, but there's just something about Mint that makes me wear it all over and I don't mind coordinating. I also added a dose of edge with some graphic, Arabic-inspired liner and a well-contoured face. If you like this look and are ready to learn how it's done, keep reading for the step-by-step tutorial!!

Read more for TUTORIAL, pix & tips!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Beauty Trend: Pastel NailArt

Hello dolls!! Hope you're all happy and healthy on this lovely Tuesday. It's busier than ever on my end, so to keep things flowing smoothly, I'm going to implement a new blogging schedule for this second quarter of the year. My goal is to produce two blog posts a week, one focusing on makeup looks / tutorials and the other focusing on nails and/or fashion. This new set-up should organize my content and help you keep up and tune in on a more regulated basis. Make sure to follow me on Instagram & FB for sneak peeks, teasers and other content that doesn't make it on the blog. Today's Tuesday Trend is all about Spring Nails and how to incorporate Pastels into your nail art. Shall we get started? Let's go!

Read more for tips, products & how-to's!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Beauty: Turquoise & Naked 3

Hello dolls and Happy First Day of Spring!! In NYC, it doesn't quite feel like Spring just yet, but I'm hoping that my enthusiasm will invoke the warm weather gods who will melt away the cold and bring some sun shine our way. Wherever you guys are, I'm sure you're already celebrating in brighter colors, lighter clothes and an uplifted attitude. I'm with you in spirit, and today, I've lined up a fun, flirty Spring-time appropriate makeup look, inspired by my fave jewelry brand, Caviar Noir and its Spring Collection centerpiece: the Rosary Hand Chain in Turquoise. This piece is equal parts feminine, edgy and exotic, therefore it's the perfect muse for today's fresh look!

Read more for makeup, hair & style tips for Spring!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Kelly Green Clovers Makeup Art for St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day my Irish beauties & cuties and all who are celebrating!! I'm going all out with this over-the-top festive makeup, featuring clovers, shamrocks, Kelly green glitter and my best "Colin Farrell" brows lol... I'm using some of my favorite products for makeup art, read below for the full list and links!!!

Who's celebrating with me?!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Spring Beauty Trend: Lavender, Lilac, Purple

Hello my beautiful darlings! Spring is almost here and I'm literally counting the days until its official arrival. Today, in eager anticipation, I'm exploring one of my favorite color trends of the season: the blooming shades of pink and purple. Spring is all about new beginnings and the fresh shades of lilac, lavender and blush pink represent this positive change to the fullest. So long winter grays, hello blossoming buds and bright floral accents!!!

Read more for deets, pics, fashion ideas, COUPONS & links!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Classic Makeup: Contour & Smoke

Hello my beauties! Happy International Women's Day -- March 8!! How are you celebrating? I hope you're all being pampered and loved on this special day and every day!!! 

Where has the time gone, my loves? It's already March and I'm just getting started on my Spring Series looks and posts. Today's Classic Black Smokey Eye & Sculpted Face makeup is my wrap up of the winter season and is a perfect look for your dark winter weekend celebrations. I'm using our Motives Mavens palettes and enhancing my skin with Belletto Studio airbrush foundation.

Read more for tips, links & tutorial!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

LIVE Contouring 101 TUTORIAL Tonight!!!

Hello darlings!! Tonight's the NIGHT -- I'll be doing a free LIVE Stream Tutorial on teaching my contouring tips and tricks plus a matte eye look using our Motives Mavens Palettes!!! Mark your calendars and set your alarm clocks for 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST, bring your Mavens Palettes and/or your questions so I can address them all LIVE!!!

RSVP Here, C U Tonight!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Motives Mavens ELEMENT: "Chocolate Truffle" Smokey Eye Tutorial

Hello dolls and Happy Friday!! Firstly, I want to thank you all so much for your love and support of our Motives Mavens palettes launch. Your positive reception and feedback means the world to me and I simply couldn't have done it without you guys. I love love love you and am sending you all a bunch of hugs and kisses!!

Today's look is Friday night inspired and is perfect for those of you who like to go out for Happy Hour after work. I'm using our Motives Mavens ELEMENT Palette and a bit of glitter to achieve this easy, day-to-night transformation makeup.

Read more for pix, tips & TUTORIAL!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Motives Mavens ELEMENT Palette: "Dusty Rose" Smokey Eye

Palette Photo by Marino Photography

Hello my darlings, Great news!! Our best-seller Motives Mavens ELEMENT Eyeshadow Palette is now back in stock and available for purchase!! To celebrate this, I've put together this Smokey, Romantic "Dusty Rose" date look and I can't wait for you to try it out for yourselves!!

Read more to get yours & to learn how it's done!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Runway to Real Way Makeup: "Effortless Chic" Lancome at Jason Wu F/W 2014

Image: StyleBistro

Hello beauties! NY Fashion Week has come and gone, but the Fall 2014 trends are just beginning to emerge. This past week, I've been glued to the runways, cataloguing stand-out designs and trying out new looks. As you all may know, I'm a loyal Jason Wu follower, so I was thoroughly excited for his strong Fall collection and eager-as-always to recreate his signature high-drama makeup. This season, however, Mr. Wu surprised us all as he set out on a brand new mission: Effortless Chic and Minimal Makeup. 

Perplexed? Don't be. Who needs the drama when you've got Adriana Lima and Jourdan Dunn?

Get Adriana's look below!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Motives Mavens Palettes & Contouring Tutorial

Hi beauties!! I'm back and I've got the most exciting news to share!! If you follow me on IG & FB, then you already know what's up, but in case you missed it, there's no more holding out and I'm spilling all the deets right here, right now. The Motives Mavens aka myself, Vegas Nay, Teni Panosian, Ely Marino, Ellarie and Makeup By Denise have launched our brand new makeup line at the Market America World Conference in Miami!!! This past week was absolutely monumental and we are thrilled to share our products, which were created with so much thought, passion and love. 

In this post, you'll find more pics from our events, as well as party pics, your fave celebs and my first product highlight & contouring tutorial. I'll be featuring more products and tutorials in the coming posts, so please post your requests and questions in the comments section below! Love you guys!

Read more for pics, products & tutorial!!!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Chinese New Year Nail Art & Makeup for Asian Eyes

Ni-hao my darlings!! Today is Chinese New Year and I want to wish good fortune, great health and lots of love and prosperity to everyone who is celebrating!! The Lunar New Year is a traditional holiday in many Asian countries, so to commemorate this joyous occasion, I've got a special post lined up just for you. Today's look is all about the Asian Eyes & Complexion with plenty of tips and tricks, using all Motives Cosmetics and some of my new favorite Asian cosmetic brands. As a festive bonus, I've created a fun, CNY-inspired hand-painted nail art featuring Chinese calligraphy, the yin yang and tons of glitter.

Read on for tips, tricks, TUTORIAL & Nail Art!!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

"Bohemian Fairy" Makeup for Valentine's Day

Hello my beauties!!! Hope you're all happy and healthy. Continuing with my Valentine's Day Countdown, today's look is romantic & bohemian, inspired by blooming flowers in anticipation of Spring. The last few weeks in NY have been absolutely frigid and I'm so eager and ready for the warmer days. Good thing, I've got a trip to Miami right around the corner, which I literally cannot wait for!!! This trip is going to be a memorable one and I'll be sharing more details soon :)) For now, here's a clue: today's Maven's Makeup look was created using the one and only Motives Cosmetics!! hint hint*

Read more for deets, tips & step-by-step!
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