Friday, May 31, 2013

Dinair-brushed in Leopard!

Salut mes belles!! For today's Fantasy Friday installment, I'm featuring a few of the awesome new goodies from Dinair Airbrush Makeup, namely some cool stencils that helped me create this fierce cat-eye and leopard-lovin' lippies. This look took no time to complete and barely involved any effort -- it's perfect for those of us who subscribe to the "ain't nobody got time for that" philosophy... :) Dinair's easy-to-use stencils have made fantasy makeup attainable for everyone and saved so much time for MUA who specialize in makeup art! Genius!!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Go Gatsby with the Latest Vintage Wares*

With the popularity of the American television show Mad Men and the recent release of the film version of S. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, vintage clothing and accessories are becoming hot items with today’s fashion’s elite. From striking headpieces to 1960’s style A-line dresses, the fashion world is being inundated with old school designs. Jewelry is also getting the vintage treatment with pieces like the sautoir necklace reemerging. You don’t have to dress from head-to-toe like Mad Men’s Peggy to partake in this growing trend. Incorporate a classic locket necklace or dramatic brooch and glam up any simple look. The best thing about this trend is that you don’t have to shell out a lot of money for vintage duds and accessories as many of these items can be found in thrift shops or at flea markets.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My LA Weekend with Dinair!

Hello old friends and new! It's been a while since my last personal update, so today's post is very special and way overdue. Last weekend, my blog and I hit a major milestone and were formally inducted into the Dinair Airbrush Makeup Family and today, I'm taking you on a mini-tour of my journey!!

Thanks to all of your support and votes, "Maryam Maquillage" won Dinair's Beauty Blogger of the Year Competition and I was named as the top emerging blogger of the year! Joined by the beautiful Stephanie Lee aka LiquidLinerLover on YouTube, a fellow NY-based blogger / vlogger and winner in the top emerging vlogger category, we were flown to LA for an unforgettable weekend with the fabulous Dina Ousley and the amazing Dinair team!!! This was an experience of a lifetime and I can't express to you how thankful and overjoyed I am! 

Here are a few snippets from my journey :)))

Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Glossybox & Hudson + Bleecker Giveaway!!!

Bonjour mes amis!! Today's Fan Friday post is celebrating Glossybox -- my fave beauty subscription sampling service on the planet and its first birthday in the US with a special giveaway dedicated to all of you, my dear makeup lovers! I've been with Glossybox for exactly a year now and am so thankful to this amazing company for introducing me to some of my most loved beauty goodies. It was so hard to pick a favorites list, but for this special post only, I've narrowed it down to the top Glossy products that have made it to my arsenal and have become my staples.

Keep reading to check out my Glossy favorites & ENTER the GIVEAWAY!!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Leopard Nails & Toes!!

Hi guys! I'm back from my LA trip and I couldn't feel more rejuvenated!! My weekend with Dinair was exceptionally memorable -- I've met the most amazing people, saw some of the coolest things and left feeling so much richer. I can't wait to share all the pictures with you and relive the memories once again :)) 

Today, I've got leopard on my mind. Leopard was quite a theme for me over the weekend, so I couldn't help but use it as my inspiration for this week's nail art. I'm featuring two looks -- one for nails and one for toes -- and I'm incorporating both hand-painted designs as well as stickers to show you how easy it is to wear LEOPARD!!

Read on for the tutorial!

Friday, May 17, 2013

"Feline Fatale" Classic Smokey Eye

Bonjour mes belles! First and foremost, a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of my Giveaway -- Tephie S., Jennifer F. & Jessica M., and thanks so much to everyone who participated. I have more giveaways coming up soon, so keep glued for announcements!

It's finally Friday and I'm getting ready to fly out to Hollywood for my Beauty Blogger of the Year ceremony with Dinair! I'm super psyched & anxious, and literally cannot wait!!! Woo-Hoo!! Before I go, I'd like to leave you with something special: a Classic Smokey Eye made for a fierce, feline, femme fatale -- the perfect ensemble for a Friday night and one of my most requested makeup looks. I'm using a gorgeous, luxe palette from Lancome and I've even prepared a Pictorial-Tutorial to share with you guys!! I hope you all get to try this look -- it's a classic and is one of my go-to's :))

Read more for details & how-to's!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Missha Graceful Muse & Last-Chance Giveaway!

Salut mes belles! My Missha giveaway is coming to a close in less than 2 days, so this is a last chance post (+makeup look :) reminding you to enter to win Missha Spring / Summer Collection & Snail Mask! Today's Wearable-Wednesday look is featuring two items from the giveaway: the Graceful Muse Palette & Mambo Pink lippie. Good luck everyone!

Read more for deets & GIVEAWAY raffle!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Balmain + Zoe Meet Nail Art!

Salut mes amis! It's Mani-Monday and today's nail art is pretty self-explanatory. I saw this gorgeous Balmain ensemble on the ever-so-flawless Zoe Saldana and fell in love immediately! This rose / gold scales appliqué top and crimson petal skirt combo is so me that I knew I had to have it or at the very least, I had to recreate it on my nails. So, before I knew it, I was dotting away the scales and hand-painting the outlines to mimic Zoe's sexy Balmain number. What do you think, did I do it justice?

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Spring Summer Look & Missha GIVEAWAY!!!

Salut mes belles! Happy Fan Friday!!! To celebrate you and the changing of the seasons, I've teamed up with Missha, one of my favorite Makeup brands ever, to bring you an awesome, product-packed Spring / Summer Makeup GIVEAWAY! I've created a fun, wearable look to transition into warmer weather and in today's giveaway, Missha and I are offering you all the products I'm wearing in this look, plus much more. There will be THREE winners, so I expect all my US fans and followers to enter immediately!!! Good luck mes amis <3


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A GLOSSYBOX for mothers and daughters!

Salut mes amis! Meet my beautiful mom Irina -- she is making a guest appearance on this post and we are here today to report our thoughts and first impressions on two GLOSSYBOXes of the month: the LE Mother's Day box and April's subscription box! We are both wearing / using products from our respective boxes and are excited to share our findings and faves with all of you :))

Read more for details!

Friday, May 3, 2013

My L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Experience & Couture Edition Nail Art

Salut mes belles! Today's post is another chapter from my Hair Story, featuring one of my favorite products and trustiest hair treatments: L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil. The system features in-salon and at-home products designed to balance the natural oil levels in the hair, resulting in cleansed roots and lustrous, moisturized ends. The Mythic Oil experience nourishes your hair, while indulging you in the ultimate oil ritual. 

Read about my experience!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pink SpLASHes & NAKED 2 Smokey

Salut mes amis! It's Wearable Wednesday and for today's ready-to-wear makeup, I'm featuring a sparkly nude smokey look embellished with pink accents for an every day ensemble that's sure to turn heads! As you know, pink is one of my favorite colors and happens to look good on everyone -- it freshens up the complexion, gives the face a youthful glow and adds a playful touch to any makeup or outfit! For this look, I'm using the coveted NAKED 2 Palette from Urban Decay -- I know you love that one -- and a few goodies from Mary Kay, Anastasia and MAC. 

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