I rarely wear my hair up in a ponytail, let alone an updo. I really do not want to wear an updo on my wedding day. I want Veronica Lake waves pinned to one side and a vintage pin (yes, I’m very specific at just one year out). But I’m aware of some of the common pros and cons to wearing your hair down. That said, if by chance I decide to do an updo, I would happily oblige to wearing a modern French twist. That dreamy, slightly disheveled, piecey look is equal parts sexy and chic and would go so well with my dress. This hairstyle really doesn’t require much product—just a bevy of pins depending on how thick your hair is. I’m very partial to Bumble and Bumble styling products like their Dryspun Finish for an airy look. Like what you see above? I’m sharing a simplified French twist tutorial over on Glitter Guide here.
Crisp fall weather ignites cozy knit sweaters, over the knee boots and my personal favorite, smokey eyes. It was love at first sight when I spotted Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Palette at a beauty event at Neiman Marcus. Featuring eight mix-and-match shades in soft matte, sparkle and metallic finishes, this is the best palette for smokey eyes. This is a limited edition palette but it’s by far the most timeless beauty product I’ve purchased in a while. I used to heavily rely on tutorials but there comes a time when you get tired of following directions and just want to dive in. And that’s exactly what I did. If you’re overwhelmed by this palette, here’s a good rule of thumb: start with a light all-over shadow and then layer with a medium lid shadow, dark liner and a sparkle eye shadow on top. Finish your look by adding some all-over color with this Shimmer Brick in Sandstone (this also doubles as an eye palette if you desire but I prefer to swipe this on my cheeks).
Photography by Kate Ann
Talk about the ultimate shopping experience in one night. Carlis Sanchez of SCDC Agency and Jessica Hoy of NeuProfile/Ink Blot Army launched the first ever Blogger Crawl event in Old Town Alexandria last week. Twenty of the areas top bloggers gathered together to visit eleven local store locations collecting swag and shopping with a discount at each locale. I was so flattered when Jessica and Carlis invited me to participate but unfortunately could not make it this inaugural event, but still wanted to share with you photos from the night. Participating retail locations included BellaCara, Coco Blanca, Hysteria, Current Boutique, Bloomers, Mint Condition, Shoe Hive, She’s Unique, Red Barn Mercantile, Bishop Boutique, and 529 Kids Consign. A finale party ensued at The Shoe Hive complete with a Poshbooth pop-up digital photo booth and garden party styled by Petite Social. I’m passionate about supporting local businesses so if you are ever in Old Town Alexandria, make sure to stop by these boutiques!
Photo credit: Julien Garman
While a bold red lip never goes out of style, this season is all about nude lips. For low-maintenance beauties that like to try new trends without breaking the bank, this is the perfect solution. Unlike traditional lip balms, this formula has a creamy texture with a silk-like finish in six universally flattering shades. I sampled three shades from the collection: Caring Coral #418, Nourishing Nude #818 and Caramel Comfort #819. These tubes have a slick moisturizing effect compared to other similar drugstore balms and I was really impressed with how smooth my lips felt all day—even after the color has faded. The packaging is chic too—a gold interlocking angled tube with a transparent lid. Caring Coral is my favorite out of the three I tried because it gave my lips a soft glow. I typically associate coral as a spring and summer shade so I was pleasantly surprised with this hue. I’m also thinking about making a drugstore dash this weekend to try Plush Plum, probably the most pigmented shade of the fall collection. Have you tried these lip balms? Do you have a favorite shade?
L’Oreal Color Riche Balm, $7.99 each
During the course of my beauty ambassadorship with Neiman Marcus, I was introduced to a luxe beauty and skin brand that easily fits in to my busy lifestyle. Each of these products have completely different purposes, yet they all have one thing in common: my skin looks nothing less than radiant. From a lightweight primer to a translucent finishing powder, I’ve rounded up my go-to Eve Lom essentials.
Rescue Mask—This weekly complexion booster and treatment for stressed-out, sluggish skin is the perfect solution. Infused with camphor, almond and honey-infused Kaolin Clay, say goodbye to blotchy, irritable skin. On days when pesky pimples show up, this mask is my go-to skin decongestant.
Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Transulcent Powder—My beauty look isn’t complete until I’ve dusted this translucent powder on my skin for rose-like finish. I can list off all the cool technology and ingredients in this actively beneficial formula but the end result speaks for itself—a natural radiant finish and soft glow.
Flawless Radiance Primer—I’ve been avoiding primer all summer but with crisp temperatures underway, I feel more comfortable applying more makeup. Usually I apply some moisturizer before putting on my diet foundation (read: BB cream) but when I sampled this luxe makeup base, I was pleasantly surprised by this lightweight and hydrating formula. Brightening Sand Lily extract boosts complexion for a radiant finish and apparently helps treats dark spots.
Eve Lom Cleanser—This makeup remover and skin cleansing treatment is pretty steep in terms of price point but once you experience this formula, you’ll understand why. It’s not your typical cleanser. First, it’s a cleansing balm infused with four aromatic plant oils. Simply massage a small amount onto the face and neck onto dry skin (on top of your makeup) and hold the Muslin Cloth over the face and neck for a few seconds. The heat will open the pores and wash away the impurities.
Photography by Kate Ann
Neiman Marcus provided complimentary samples for review purposes. All opinions in this post are my own.