Sunday, November 27, 2011

Winter Glow: My Essentials for Warm, Radiant Skin

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving with your families! I just returned home from all of my holiday traveling, feeling pretty weary but eager to share some of my most recent must-haves of the moment! Hence my super late-night upload, not a surprise if you've been subscribed to my YouTube channel for a while (I'm a night-owl what can I say)...

Lately I've been filming videos about whatever trend or look I'm really loving at the moment. As the weather gets colder I've been skipping my usual pale, cool pink blushes and swapping them out for a warm, spiced cheek color. My new fave blush (Amazing Cosmetics blush in Cinnamon Spice) actually changes from a toasty apricot color, to a rich cranberry shade depending on how you apply it! In the video below I'll also be showing you my favorite cold-weather products to keep my skin warm and glowing all year round! Hope you enjoy!




-Alli 




Featured Products:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads
MAC Cream Color Base in Fawntastic
-applied with a Sigmax F84 brush (all brushes from Sigma)
Amazing Cosmetics Shimmer Blush in Cinnamon Spice
-applied with F40 
-blended with F30
NARS The Multiple in Copacabana



Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday Makeup! Maroon Cat Eye Tutorial






















Products Used:

MAC Abstract Paint Pot
MAC Sketch e/s
MAC Arena e/s
Benefit Eye Bright Pencil
MAC Mylar e/s
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
MAC Carbon e/s
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer Ink
Loreal False Fiber Lash Mascara
Cargo Medium Matte Bronzer
Amazing Cosmetics Cinnamon Spice Blush
Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bloc
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Creme Brulee
Benefit Ultra Shines lipgloss in Nudie-Tudie




















Friday, November 11, 2011

Wearable Glam Eyeliner Tutorial




















Product List:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
Covergirl Liquiline Blast in Silver Spark
MAC eyeshadows:
Print
Phloof!
Arena
L'oreal Carbon Black Extra Intense Eyeliner Pencil
Loreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
L'oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara
MAC Fawntastic Cream Color Base
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst
NARS The Multiple in Copacabana
Benefit Ultra Shines Gloss in Life on the A-List




Wednesday, November 9, 2011

DIY Butterfly Decor For Your Bedroom or Vanity!







Hey everyone! Including DIY home decor projects isn't something I normally do on my blog or YouTube channel. But since I'm currently in the process of decorating our guest room (my makeup room) from scratch, I've had so many ideas that I've wanted to share with you all.

On a recent rainy day I conjured up this "butterfly" shadowbox - it's not a real butterfly because I would feel too much guilt. Michael's actually has a nice little selection of faux butterflies, which is where I found this one, the shadowbox and glue. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how I engineered this since most of it was pre-assembled...hehe. However, below I've included a breakdown of the steps.

Scroll down for a quick, easy and inexpensive way to spice up a bedroom or makeup area...


What You'll Need:






-Shadowbox or Empty Frame
(I actually had one laying around I found at Michaels
a few months ago and of course had no idea what to do with)







-Faux Butterfly
(no bug killing poeple, I found my
Ashland brand replica at an affordable $1.99...
much easier than running around a field with a net)



-Glue
(I used WeldBond because it
dries in an hour and works on pretty
much any material)









I removed the cardboard backing from my shadowbox, which conveniently came with a nice cut-out in the matting that was the perfect, butterfly-framing size! You could also frame a grouping of butterflies or pretty much any found object to create a piece of personalized home decor.









I dotted a pea-size amount of Weldbond on the center of my little bug's body and carefully placed it on the cardboard backing. In order to mimic a real mounted butterfly, I propped the wing up with some of the remaining packaging so it would dry upright - gotta improvise!









I let this dry for an hour and it was good to go. I love the end result
and it literally took me 5 minutes aside from drying time.








I think my shadowbox fits in amazingly well with the other goodies from HomeGoods that I recently featured in my Fall Haul! Just goes to show that decorating your space doesn't have to be stressful or break the bank!


Hope you enjoyed this little tidbit!


Much Love,
-Alli

October 2011 Faves: Pumpkin Hair Care, Concealers, Jewelry & Essie!

It's that time again, and I have some really cool stuff to show you in my October Favorites!
What better way to kick off autumn than with pumpkin hair products? My favorite "cleansing conditioner", WEN, is now back in my life and I LOVE their limited edition fall formula, Fall Ginger Pumpkin. Look for a video coming up allll about WEN products because I'm long overdue for a that discussion. Until then, I hope you enjoy the rest of my favorites for this month!





Much Love,
-Alli <3

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Everyday MAC Palette Organization & Faves


I've always been asked a lot of questions about great basic MAC eyeshadows to start off or add to your makeup collection. I thought it might be fun to take a look inside my everyday MAC palette which contains all of my essential eyeshadows that I use day to day. The cool thing that I've noticed is a few of these shades were the very first MAC eyeshadows I had ever tried, and I still use them now...ALL the time! There are tons of great brands out there besides MAC, and even dupes for the colors I'll be showing you within the MAC eyeshadow line itself...but hopefully this will give you an idea of general color groups that can be helpful for you when trying to put everyday eye looks together. Enjoy!




(from left to right)

First Row: Gesso, Mylar, Yogurt, Phloof!, Wedge, Mystery, Brun
Second Row: Dazzlelight, Ricepaper, Retrospeck, Patina, Tempting, Woodwinked, Espresso
Third Row: Soft Brown, Antiqued, Swiss Chocolate, Embark, Print
Fourth Row: Star Violet, Twinks, Satin Taupe, Sketch, Silver Ring, Carbon




Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall Haul: Clothing, Vanity Decor on a Budget!

In an attempt to get my hands on some stylish fall/winter decor to deck the halls of my house, I made a trip to my local Marshall's & HomeGoods stores (thanks to my peeps on Twitter who suggested it)! Although they definitely had some great seasonal decorative items (at amazing prices), somehow I never even made it out of the housewares department!! I was definitely overwhelmed (drooling) at all of the awesome finds at both places so I derailed my mission and decided to take the opportunity to breath some new life into my guestroom/vanity room!

Since we've moved into our new place, most of our household decor as been dispersed around the rest of the house leaving my "film" room pretty bare bones...not the cutest. Until now! I can't wait to show you all the final result!

For now, enjoy a little preview of the goodies I picked up! ...Oh yeah, and I got some clothes too ;)