Almost anybody can apply one shade of foundation all over their face and walk out the door – in fact, most people do this – but what really makes all the difference is contouring and highlighting. One shade of foundation all over the face can make it look quite flat and to really bring out the planes and show off the dimension, we need to add shades and highlights, much like an artist does for portraits. Plus, who doesn’t want cheekbones that look like they can cut glass?
I’m a jewelry lover. If you’ve been following my videos over the years, you know that I love to experiment and have fun with jewelry. I’m the type of girl that tends to go for the simple outfits and use jewelry to jazz things up and add some sparkle. It’s easy to build up a jewelry collection with inexpensive, trendy items that go in and out of style. It’s comforting to know that you’re wearing a piece that you won’t cry over if you misplace, break, or lose. However, as I’ve started growing up (turned 25 in January!) I’ve started to consider the importance of investing in a few timeless key pieces.
Diamonds never go out of style. Investing in a classic piece you know you’ll wear all the time is never something you’ll regret. If you’re new to shopping for finer jewelry, I’d suggest going to Zales as they are known for being the diamond experts. Regardless, here are some suggestions for beginning to establish a foundation for a solid, quality jewelry collection.
As much as I love Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, I can’t help but slip into a daze whenever his character’s wife, Claire Underwood, appears on the screen. All I have to say is, “Move over, Carrie Bradshaw, there’s a new TV fashion icon in town!”
All you have to know about Claire Underwood is that she’s perfect in just about every single way imaginable which makes it easy to understand how Francis Underwood loves that woman “more than sharks love blood.” Rarely seen smiling, her character can easily be placed into the category of “Ice Bitch”. Without meaning to give anything away, there is more girl to the woman than meets the eye. Claire is like an iceberg; cold and unwavering but with so much more hidden beneath the surface.
Throughout the show, Claire is frequently seen in black, white, navy, and a lot of grey. I have a feeling that as the seasons go on and her character opens up more, she may be seen wearing perhaps some pastels or even little pops of color. But more than color, what really stands out about Claire’s style is the silhouettes and textures she opts for. High necklines and pencil skirts are practically her signatures. We see her a lot in very structured designs composed of thicker fabrics. I couldn’t help but wonder where Claire would shop if she were on a budget? I imagine that she would build a wardrobe around reasonably priced, quality clothing from places like J. Crew and Zara. But to give that extra, expensive feel, she would invest some money in having things tailored to fit her as though they were made for her body alone whenever necessary.
Some may argue that Claire’s wardrobe is utterly simple and therefore she shouldn’t be considered a fashion icon. But, complicated — throwing things together and praying they work — can be much easier than pulling off something simple in an elegant way. It’s like J.Crew’s CEO, Mickey Drexler said in the May 2013 issue of Fast Company, “Simplicity is very difficult to achieve. Just try to ask someone how to make a really good roast chicken.”
After searching the web, I’ve come up with some real world options & inspiration for what Claire Underwood would wear for work, a night out, a casual day, a workout, and bed if she didn’t have a Netflix Production budget. And of course, what she would save up to splurge on!
I really wanted to create a bold, sexy purple & rose gold smokey eye with a killer highlight on the cheeks. I don’t really plan my looks out so this was really just me playing and experimenting and ending up with 2 versions of the same look — one sweet and the other sexy. As always, take what you want and make it your own. And obviously this look works when it’s not Valentine’s Day or a date night or whatever. Titles are BS on YouTube. LOL
I’ve been feeling very experimental with my makeup again which is exciting! I’m a creature of habit so it’s easy for me to get stuck in a makeup routine indefinitely, using the same products in the same way. For 2015, I made the decision to force myself to branch out and try new things and make room to play. Foundation is a sensitive subject for me as my skin is my weakness. I get dry patches in some spots, super shiny in others, my pores are less than small, and breakouts love to pop up whenever they feel like. When I find something I love, I stick to it for fear of trying something else and regretting it. But, I’ve been branching out and here are some of my favorite foundations at the moment in no particular order.
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour Foundation – This is a reformulation of my old favorite, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra. I held off on purchasing it for a while after reading some reviews that it somehow wasn’t as good. I’m not sure if they reformulated again by the time I got around to buying it, but I have to differ about it not being as good. I feel like it’s even better than before. Probably my favorite out of the bunch for 2 reasons – really long-lasting & natural finish. This is a foundation that when applied to the skin, still looks like skin to me. On my skin, it minimizes the appearance of pores, has a natural matte finish, and just looks really clean and polished. I like to apply it using my Makeup Forever Foundation brush.
I am such a Katy Perry fan. I love her music & her creativity and wasn’t surprised by how amazing her performance turned out to be. It was, in my opinion, one of the best performances in Superbowl history. I was surprised to see Missy Elliot pop up! I had remembered her music recently and had been listening to it for the past week. So random! Anyway, I really wanted to recreate this look and have some fun. Kind of reminds me of when I first started making videos and would try to recreate celebrity looks as soon as some new video or performance came up! Perfect way to spend my snowy Monday morning! Haha
At the time of this posting, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but I believe in showing your love as often as you can. Life is always better when it’s infused with loving feelings and kindness. However, given the holiday, I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to share some ideas for gifts & sweet gestures to bestow upon your loved ones.
A handwritten note / letter: When was the last time you ever received a handwritten anyting? Exactly. Sure, you can always send a text message or an email, but there’s something truly special about the written word on a physical piece of paper that words on a lighted screen just cannot duplicate. Take the time to sit and write something sincere and heartfelt to someone special, even if your handwritting looks like chicken scratch. If they cannot read it, read it to them! Let them know that you appreciate them and what specific things they’ve done for you that you remind yourself of.
Like most of my looks, this one kind of happened accidentally. You all know by now that I LOVE a good witchy look. I was watching AHS: Coven recently…and I had this hat lying around…and really wanted to do a look with this lip gloss from Dose of Colors called “Toxic”… and that’s how this all came together! I wanted to play with some color too while still keeping the look dark & mysterious. I hope you all liked the tutorial & found it helpful. For more photos & a complete list of the products I used, keep reading.
Little known fact about me: I’ve been a fan of Seinfeld for most of my life. I used to remember it would play late at night, around 11pm, and I would watch it until I would fall asleep. It’s remained one of my favorite shows to this day and as I entered adulthood, I began to really appreciate it in a way that I couldn’t when I was still just a kid. This is one of the reasons I always recommend revisiting shows, films, music, books, etc. that you loved growing up because most of the time you’ll find them even better now that you have the capability to understand what’s really being said. I’ve learned a lot from Jerry Seinfeld over the past year that it was almost difficult to narrow it down to 5 things. Here goes…