Makeup Bag: Revlon Black Cherry, Revlon Vixen, Et Cetera.

Fall Beauty 2014
It feels like fall and my favorite vampy colors have taken over my makeup bag. It’s also time to add more concealers to my makeup bag since my summer tan has faded over the last two weeks. Here are my staples for the season of pumpkin spice lattes…

1. Revlon lipstick in black cherry and nail polish in vixen are the perfect vampy fall colors. The lipstick goes on a sheer oxblood/berry color while the nail polish is the perfect dupe for Chanel’s popular ’90s Vamp polish.

2. Lolita Lempicka perfume is my go to fall fragrange this year. The bottle is ADORABLE and it smells cozy, sweet, and sexy all at the same time. Notes: leaves, anise, iris, violet, cherry, licorice, vetiver, musk, benzoin, tonka bean, vanilla, praline.

 3. My fall blush is actually MAC in Prom Princess from the Archie’s Girls collection but Dollymix is a very close match (just a bit lighter and brighter but the undertones are still similar). My skin tone in the fall is about a level 2 in Estee Lauder/level 3 in L’Oreal with neutral to warm undertones (more on the warm side). I know a lot of makeup mavens would scoff at the idea of someone with warmer undertones wearing a cool blush but what can I say, I’m a rebel. I find this blush brightens my face and gives me that rosy cold cheeked look.

4. I’ve been loving an eyeshadow blend of silvery gray and plum for a subtlesmoky day eye lately. I mix 2 mineral shadows (a smokey flannel and a shimmery plum) but this bareMinerals Skyline is very similar.

5. Here are my 3 daily essentials that I use everyday regardless if I’m going out or staying home. I’m not a big foundation girl, I like a bit more natural look on my skin. To conceal any flaws I use e.l.f. concealer in light (p.s. it’s only $2 and does not have parabens!). Then I highlight the bridge of my nose, under my eyes, in the corner of my eyes, and my cupid’s bow with L’Oreal’s Magic Lumi highlighting concealer in light. To finish my look I use Estee Lauder Sumptuous Two Tone mascara with black on the top lashes and brown on the bottom lashes. The mascara is a bit pricey but it opens my eyes and gives me ‘sumptuous’ lashes!

What are your favorite fall beauty items?!

Home Decor: Prada Marfa Sign D.I.Y.

If you are a gossip girl-aholic like I am (or was..or still am…) you noticed the large Prada sign in Lilly van der Woodsen’s tres chic loft. I thought to myself, I may not have enough cash flow for a $4,000 purse or $800 shoes but I can at least have that sign. The best part is it cost me under $10 to make the whole thing.

xoxo...

xoxo…

I used a 4′ x 2′ piece of tempered hard board from Home Depot. It cost around $5.00. My husband was kind enough to prime it for me first. Then it was just a coat of white paint, stenciling the letters with pencil, and filling them in with black acrylic paint. We used a picture hanger on the back with two very tiny (teensiest teeny tiny) screws in the back to hang it above our refinished dresser.

We used Rustoleum primer.

We used Rustoleum primer.

I used Rustoleum paint as well. Basically I used all the left overs from refinishing the dresser.

I used Rustoleum paint as well. Basically I used all the left overs from refinishing the dresser.

Horrible lighting but you get the idea (shortly after this photo was loaded our portable drive broke).

Horrible lighting but you get the idea (shortly after this photo was loaded our portable drive broke).

Voila! We are now dresser people AND art people. It may not be as perfect as Lilly van der Woodsen’s but it’s under $10 and made by hand which makes it work $100,000 in my mind. Do you like to make your own home art?

 

Home Decor: Black & White Dresser Redo.

I thought it only fair I share what took up most of my time from blogging last week. My husband and I decided we wanted to be dresser people (you know, people that have a dresser in their bedroom). These past two years while we lived in an apartment a lot of our clothes were stored in old suitcases and storage bins. Now that we are in a gorgeous town home we decided to finally cave in and become adults, adults with a dresser. There were two problems though.

1. Finding a dresser that fit my decor theme I have in mind.

2. That big ol’ nasty “B” word…budget. Makes me sick even thinking about it!

Solution: Take a dresser donated by my parents and give it a black and white makeover for under $25.

Before.

Before.

Voila. The finished product.

After.

The dresser had been sitting in my parents’ garage for over 15 years. My mom bought it when she was 12 from the Sears catalog using the money she made from selling worms to bait shops. It smelled a bit musty and there was a mouse nest in the middle bottom drawer but my husband and I were able to resuscitate this piece of furniture.

Primed and painting.

Primed and painting.

Painted drawers.

Painted drawers.

Spray painted hardware.

Spray painted hardware.

Rather than paint over the smell of mouse nest, my husband sawed the front of the drawer off and added hinges to make a door instead. All in all this project took 1 can of spray lysol, 1 piece of sandpaper, 2 cans of white primer spray, 1 qt of satin white blossom paint, 1 can of clear satin sealer, black spray paint made for metal, a hand saw, some hinges, and a large bottle of Pinot Grigio. I used all Rustoleum products since that’s what was at the hardware store and I was pleased with how they worked. Now we are officially dresser people and my mother’s worm picking did not end up in vain on this newly finished piece!

Do you like fixing up old furniture into something new again?