3 Must Try Beauty Trends for New Years Eve

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How is everyone recovering from Christmas? Hopefully you unwrapped lots of amazing presents and had a blast celebrating with friends and family. And now that Christmas is over, its time to focus on getting ready for New Years! I feel like everyone has mixed feelings about New Years Eve - whether it’s worth celebrating or just a waste of energy, if you should go out or do a low key house party, etc. Personally I’m down for either a glam night out or staying in with friends watching the ball drop, just depends on what the squad and bae want to do.

This year I will be doing something pretty exciting, and have the perfect look all picked out! I just need to figure out how to beat the face! Since New Year’s is a holiday where you can really go all out with your look, here are some beauty trends I’ve been thinking about trying for the last party of 2018.

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Glitter Lips Beauty Trend

Glittery eyes have been over and done! Even though they are still beautiful, the newest way to wear glitter is on the lips! Give your pout some bling with a kit from Stay Golden, the brand behind the glittery lips blowing up your Instagram feed! It may not be the best look for a dinner party, but judging from reviews you can make it through a night of drinking without losing your shine.

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Colorful Graphic Winged Eyeliner

Winged eyeliner is such a classic look, so put a fun spin on it! Get dramatic with the length and width of your line, add a splash of color, or even play with contrasting colors to add depth and dimension. Granted, I have NEVER been able to master a good cat eye, but practice makes perfect. You can also work with stencils or tools like the Beauty Blender Liner Designer, and use concealer to clean up and even out your lines.

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Colorful Highlighter

I first tried purple highlighter at Afropunk and I am sold! The look was fresh and unique, but not as scary and Halloween ish as it sounds. I’ve used a pale shimmer from Anastasia Beverly Hills and am currently loving the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter in all colors but especially Mimosa Sunrise/Sangria Sunset.

Let me know what look you end up trying for New Years! And shop the story below!

Must Try Beauty Trends

6 Beauty Essentials for the Perfect Valentine's Look

It's the most romantic time of year! Or some would say :)

You may have already seen my round-up of the perfect looks for any Valentine's occassion. But your look isn't final without the right hair and makeup of course! SInce I'm a beauty junkie, obvi, here are some of my favorite products to keep your face beat and hair on fleek no matter what the night brings!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks

These matte lipsticks provide ultra-saturated colors, long-lasting wear and are comfortable to wear, not drying like a lot of other matte formulas. 

House of Lashes Siren Lashes

These are my all time fave! I love a glamorous fluffy lash and these babies completely fit the bill! Make sure to keep the secured with the House of Lashes or Duo glue and waterproof mascara on your bottom lashes. 

CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops

This is one of my secret weapons! Mix a drop into your foundation for a subtle allover glow, or dab a bit onto your cheekbones to take your highlighter up a notch. You can blend and build how you see fit, and the various colors range from ice princess to a sunkissed glow. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Keep your beat sealed in no matter what the night may bring! I never leave home without setting my face, and this one is one of my faves. Depending on your skin type, you may want more hydration or oil control, so check out the other formulas as well. 

Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Oil

Coconut oil and shea butter are 2 of my favorite things, so this combination of the 2 of them is heaven for me. This oil will keep strands moisturized and shiny in a straight or curly style. 

TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask

This moisture mask packs a punch! My hair feels amazingly soft and silky after use. Give it a try if your hair needs some TLC before a big night out!

Let me know how you plan to spend Valentine's Day, and how your look turns out! 

Valentine's Day Beauty Tips

Getting Ready to Get Holiday Glam!

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Image by Jordan Edwards

Is it just me, or does it feel like as soon as Halloween is over, the Holiday season kicks into high gear? Gift guides are everywhere, new products are launching in stores and online, and retailer discounts get down right aggressive. And of course there's the parties! Every couple of days there is another occasion challenging you to bring your A-game and get glam. Check out my tips for getting glam in a cinch without breaking the bank!

YouTube is Your Friend

In your free time, pop on a makeup tutorial so you'll always have ideas and techniques in your arsenal.  Some of my faves are Makeup by Shayla and Jackie Aina, but find girls (or guys!) who have a style that resonates with you. 

Enlist the Pros

Sephora has a team of qualified makeup artists ready to beat your face pretty much any time of day, at any location! If you are VIB Rouge the service is free, or just spend $50 in product for a complimentary makeover. I always suggest making an appointment, but walk-ins are welcome. 

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Shop Your Vanity

We shop our closets for new looks, so why not our vanities! Assuming all your goods are clean, safe, and not past their expiration date, pull out some of the colors or products you don't use in your daily routine. I love this blue liquid lipstick or pink shimmer shadow for an unexpected pop of color. Plus it never hurts to challenge your creativity and put together new look!

Pop on a Wig

Ready for an eye catching new look in 5 minute? Try on a wig! Have some fun with a look that is different than your natural do, with none of the risk or commitment. If you are new to wig shopping, check out this post with some tips for choosing and customizing one! 

Hope this helps you guys slay the holiday season! Let me know your tips for keeping your style 100!


The Surprising Beauty Product You Need Now

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All opinions are mine alone. #MyRadiantLook #CollectiveBias

All opinions are mine alone. #MyRadiantLook #CollectiveBias

You guys know I’m a huge beauty lover. I’m obsessed with all things makeup and skincare and take pride in how I take care of myself. You’ve seen me review products, report on skincare procedures, and even get eyebrow microblading. But one major beauty key I’ve never mentioned before is the secret behind my signature smile. You may have heard the quote “happy girls are the prettiest”, and my beauty routine wouldn’t be complete without

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Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste has kept my smile glowing, despite my coffee and red wine habits! It’s enamel safe so fine for daily use, and unlike most whitening toothpastes, Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste safely whitens the inside as well as the outside of your teeth. Here’s how I work this into my beauty routine for a glam Fall look!

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Step 1: Keep my smile glowing by brushing with Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste twice daily.

Step 2: Define my eyebrows with dark brown powder and highlight the arches with concealer.

Step 3: Lightly contour my eyes and apply a strip of my favorite false lashes.

Step 4: Perfect my skin with foundation, concealer, and powder and add a bit of blush or highlighter.

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Step 5: Finish the look with a pop of red lipstick that will add some color and contrast, and show off my smile.

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If you are ready to add Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste to your shopping list, you can get it anywhere Colgate products are sold. My store of choice is ShopRite. They are the best place to get all your essentials, from groceries to beauty products, and even beautiful fresh flowers.

Don’t forget to grab this coupon to save $2.00 on any ONE (1) Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste (3 oz. or larger). But shop fast, this offer expires September 23, 2017 (while supplies last)!

The Fresh Faced Look I'm Loving

I usually go a little more glam with my makeup. But its been way too hot for all that, and my skin has gotten so much better lately, so I've been playing with lighter looks.

I was also lucky enough to get a chance to try the new Kat Von D Saint & Sinner perfume, thanks to complimentary samples from Influenster.  I took on their challenge to create a look inspired by either fragrance and I love the fresh faced, ethereal vibe. I used the soft nudes in the Too Faced Natural Love palette and finished the eye with a shimmery highlight and wispy lashes.  I played up the soft girly vibe with a glossy nude lip and soft petal pink blush. 

Shop the Saint & Sinner fragrances and the products I used to get this look! 

The 8 Beauty Must-Haves You Need for Fall!

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It's about the time of year when this beauty junkie needs some product refreshing!

I'm pretty much doing my best when it comes to summer beauty - keeping my face on, managing the sweat and humidity, and keeping the frizz at bay. This season is a challenging one and I'm really getting over it! But I can't help but be excited about some of the Fall beauty trends and colors I'm starting to see teasers of online. 

Here are a few of the products I'm super excited to try and staples I'll be restocking!

Obsessing Over: Shimmery Neutrals for Holiday

Holiday Makeup Ideas

It's no secret I love makeup.  This is the time of year where getting extra glam becomes almost a daily requirement, thanks to the endless array of holiday parties. I live for a classic red or dark lip, but have been playing with shimmery neutrals and I love the effect. Here are some of the products I've been using to get the glow!

If you haven't heard of Kiko get familiar! I discovered this brand when I lived in Milan and on my recent trip to Rome I had to stock up on their amazing and affordable color cosmetics. For the look above I'm wearing their water eyeshadow in champagne and layered their brown matte lipstick and glitter pencil lipgloss. I am usually nervous about doubling up on shimmer products, but I love how this combination turned out. 

I've also been really into Julep's Skip the Brush Cream to Powder Blush Sticks. The creamy formulas go on smooth, but work well with my oily skin. The desert rose and warm bronze are my favorites, and they have a subtle shimmer that's great for highlighting your cheekbones. 

Another favorite from Julep! Their full coverage eyeshadows are all amazing, but I especially love the shimmery shade in the 5th Avenue & Broadway duo. It's really great for highlighting the inner corner of your eyes, which I do pretty much every time I want to make my eyes pop. 

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The ultimate in shimmer is Pat McGrath's Metamorphosis Kit. Since she debuted glitter lips on the runway, Pat has been blowing minds with her shimmer, glittery creations and this kit is a holiday must-have. I haven't tried it, but I'm really hoping it ends up under my Christmas tree!