Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lovely and Mismatched

T by Alexander Wang asymmetric top
$130 - net-a-porter.com

TopShop black blazer
$130 - topshop.com

True Religion hipster short
359 EUR - jades24.com

TopShop green shoes
$140 - topshop.com

Dorothy Perkins beading jewelry
3.75 GBP - dorothyperkins.com

Daisy jewelry
$12 - modcloth.com

Jack necklace
25 AUD - birdsnest.com.au



I love purposely mismatched outfits. A random bicycle necklace here, some blue wedges there. Be sure when you mismatch accessories you keep the clothing simple, and vice versa. Enjoy your eclectic looks. <3
Love, Val

Saturday, March 26, 2011

How To: Blow Dry Your Hair

Ever wanted to achieve straight, shiny, swingy supermodel hair without the straightener? This post will show you how to do just that! Today I will be using just my Revlon blow dryer and some styling products, and will turn my frizzy, wavy, poofy hair into something beautiful! Stay tuned. :)
1) After taking a shower, allow your hair to air dry until damp (not soaking). Comb through your hair with a wide tooth comb.
 
Tip: Try a styling product here! I'm applying "It's a 10" heat protectant/leave in conditioner. This will prevent some heat damage, and add softness to the hair.
2) Begin drying. Nozzle pointed down (to smooth down the hair cuticle, eliminating frizz), just use your fingers to quickly dry your hair until it is about 80% dry.
3) Now, we begin style/drying! Section off your hair. I have thick hair, so I do 5 sections.
4) Using a flat brush, brush very slowly through your first section. Follow the brush with the blow dryer, nozzle pointing down. Go through each section until completely dry.
Tip: Curl your ends out or under by tilting your brush at the end.
Tip: When satisfied with a section, use the cold air setting on your dryer to seal in the style and add shine. (This is like using cold water at the end of your shower - same concept!)
5) You're done! Part your hair as you like it, and style as desired. Lightly mist with hairspray to set.
I hope this helps you blow dry your hair! What "hair tips" do you use? Let me know in the comments!
Love, Val


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

FOTD: Speed Dial & Woodwinked

Just playing around with my new MAC stuff and thought I'd do a quick Face of the Day!


Face:
Stila Perfecting Concealer (Shade C)
Mac MSF Natural (Medium Plus)
Nars Orgasm Blush

Eyes:
Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Mac Woodwinked eyeshadow (all over eyelid, into crease, and on lower lash line)
Wet N Wild Color Icon eyeliner in Black (upper lash line and inner rims)
L'Oreal Telescopic Clean Definition Mascara in Black

Lips:
Mac Speed Dial Lipstick

Hope you enjoyed! Happy St. Patty's day! I hope you're all wearing green *virtual pinches*!
Love, Val

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nordstrom Haul!

Yesterday I went to my favorite store, Nordstrom, to pick out one complete outfit and some new makeup (to make up for what I finished in Project 10 Pan!). Here's what I got...
This pair of navy slip-on Vans was on sale, and they're going to make great everyday shoes!
Army green was everywhere in the store, so I figure it's a trend? Anyways, I picked up this loose fitting, very comfy shirt from "Rubbish."
To go with the shirt, I picked up these cuffed, faded denim shorts from the brand "STS Blue." They're a spring/summer staple!
Finally, I went to the MAC counter! I picked out "Woodwinked" eyeshadow (thanks to Devea's recommendation), a Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, and "Speed Dial" cremesheen lipstick. All of these I LOVE!

I love going to Nordstrom, it perfectly fits my style! What's your favorite place to shop?
Love, Val

Saturday, March 12, 2011

DIY: Colored Eyeliner

Today, I'm going to show you how to use a black liquid liner and colored eyeshadow to make.. colored eyeliner! We all love playing around with purple, blue, and green eyeliner, right? Well, now you don't have to go out and buy colors you'll rarely use! Just follow these steps...

You'll Need
- a black liquid eyeliner
- eyeshadows in fun colors
- an angled eyeshadow brush

1) Apply black liquid liner as you normally do. Be sure your eyes are bare (no primer). The black will help the eyeshadow "stick"and also provide an undertone. (Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Black)
2) Apply an eyeshadow over the liner, using an angled shadow brush. Don't worry about "going outside the lines"- the excess eyeshadow will easily brush off, because we didn't use a primer.
3) Play around with color!!
Urban Decay "Flash" makes for a beautiful purple liner!
Estee Lauder "Safari Green" makes a subtle hint of green.
I hope this helps some of you! Have you tried this trick before??
Love, Val

Project 10 Pan DONE!!

I'm so happy to say... I am finally DONE with Project 10 Pan! (Read my previous posts here.)
the whole bunch!
the five additions: Maybelline Soft Plum Dream Mousse Blush, CG Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Soft Nude Lipstick, Origins Raspberry Cheek Stain, CG Black Eyeliner
I'm so proud of myself! Expect a makeup haul very soon. Haha :)
Love, Val

Sunday, March 6, 2011

February Faves!

It is once again time for my monthly favorites post!
Makeup
  1. Revlon Berry Haute Lipstick: I love it so much! See my review here.
  2. Stila Perfecting Concealer (in 'C'): It's a great full-coverage liquid concealer. I use tiny dots on my under eyes and any blemishes for a beautiful flawless look!
  3. gloMinerals loose base (in 'Natural Light'): This I use over the concealer. It sets my makeup, mattifies, and adds some coverage. I love how natural it looks.
  4. Benefit Coralista Blush: It's such a beautiful, flattering color! This is definitely my Holy Grail/go-to blush.
  5. Urban Decay 24/7 liner (in 'Bourbon'): This rich brown with shimmer starts out super creamy and blendable, but within 30 seconds sets and stays all day! I love the fabulous pigmentation as well. (This is a mini that I got with my Summer of Love set.)
Tools
  1. Sigma F80 Brush: (not pictured) So multi-purpose! I use it to blend out my concealer, to apply foundation when I need it, for powder.... The list goes on! See my review here.
All for now! What are you loving??
Love, Val

P.S. Results from my most recent poll!
"I like to play up..."
75% said "my eyes"
37% said "my clear skin"
25% said "my lips"
12% said "my cheeks"

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Year's Giveaway Winner!

The time has finally come to announce the winner! I honestly wish you all could win, but sadly I do not have the money for that. So please congratulate:





Thanks for entering! I assure you, there will be many more in the future :)
Love, Val