A Special Night Out for Ray-Ray

When I found out my sweet little sister bear, Rachel, would be attending The Elbys, an awards ceremony dedicated to Richmond restaurants, I jumped on the chance to be her makeup guru for the night!

The theme for the evening is “The Golden Age of Hollywood” and Rachel’s dress fit the era perfectly. A black maxi dress with white color-blocking and cutouts at the waist and neckline. Rachel and her boyfriend, Craig coordinated their outfits and I LOVE when couples do that. Craig wore maroon chinos with a black corduroy blazer (elbow patches included)  with a white dress-shirt.  His bow-tie was striped with black, white, purple, and yellow which complimented Rachel’s velvet mustard booties.

In order to prep Rachel’s face after long brunch shift, she did an Tourmaline Radiance Masque by Aveda (after cleansing). Her skin is rather sensitive and the natural exfoliants do not irritate her face. Next, we moisturized her skin with Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ( ‘Luxury with a conscience.’)  To prime Rachel’s face, we used Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer (only the best!) Lastly, we concealed with Laura Geller Real Deal Concealer, chock full of vitamins and provides major coverage!

Now on to the REAL FUN. Rachel got a whole lotta Mally makeup for Christmas and this was the perfect time to bust it all out! Mally is a Hollywood makeup artist whose line can be found on QVC and on her website, Mally Beauty.  This makeup veteran designed her line to create long-lasting, flawless looks that anyone can achieve with her high-end products.

We used….

*Mally Ultimate Perfomance Full Coverage Foundation in Light.
*Mally Eye Shadow Palette in Royal Plum & Radiant Taupe.
(Inner corner: Shimmering taupe, Crease: Lavender Glow Outer Corner: Vivacious Violet                         Brows: Macchiato Lower Lashline: Espresso)
*Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Royal Plum.
*Mally Volumizing Mascara in Black.

For blush, we used NARS Oasis and Tarte Park Avenue Princess for a little contouring and bronzer. Rachel’s face was set with Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder. We finished her look with a Agatha, a peachy nude lip by Kat Von D.

(We failed to get a looking downward picture…oops!)

She is absolutely stunning! I had a great time playing with a makeup line that I had never heard of before. My favorite product would have to be the full coverage foundation. Her skin looks impeccable. Isn’t she a sight?

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2014 Resolutions

My only resolution for 2014 was to be more luscious. We are 22 days into the year and like everyone, I have fallen off the wagon. I am getting married on February 8th and I have decided that is *actually* when my new year will begin. New beginnings, baby.

In order to prepare for my upcoming nuptials, I have purchased my wedding makeup! Well, most of my wedding makeup. Oh, how I have loved using the wedding as an excuse to buy all of the makeup that I want. I still need to go back and get a few things, but have been playing around and cannot wait to show you my wedding day look!

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From left….

1. NARS Concealer in Custard
($22, Hands down, my favorite concealer)

2. NARS Concealer in Cafe
($22, Contour, Contour, Contour! )

3. HOURGLASS Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free in Natural
($55, Perfection and full-coverage are necessary for my wedding day.)

4. NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna
($41, My first Orgasm! and a lifetime worshipper of Laguna bronzer!)

5. LAURA MERCIER Creme Smooth Lip Color in Palm Beach
($26, Long-lasting and nourishes your lips, perfect shade for a tropical wedding)

6. NARS Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Barrow Street
($24, Intense long-lasting liner, I will be using this as an eye-brightener in my waterline.)

7. SEPHORA Pro Precision Blush Brush #73
($34, Having a great blush brush can make a world of a difference.)

8. URBAN DECAY Naked3 Palette
($52, my first Naked palette, I am obsessed with rose gold hues right now.)

Luscious Organization

As a makeup junkie, I have more makeup than I know what to do with. Of course, I stick to the same shades and products, so it does not make sense to have SO MUCH makeup that I do not use. Except that I am a borderline hoarder and the thought of cleansing my makeup collection gives me anxiety. I still have a bottle of Pixie glitter that I wore to the Homecoming Dance in 9th grade and while I do not think I’ll be needing it anytime soon, I cannot part with it.

In my opinion, being organized is being luscious. I like the idea of being able to find things where they should be, but it is a concept I have been quite unfamiliar with. I recently purchased a hanging jewelry organizer from Target and deciding where to put all of my makeup thangs was such a fun task for an OCD gal like me. I think being able to SEE most of my products will encourage me to use different things instead of sticking to my essentials. And the fact that I have to get UP and return my products to their new homes will hopefully encourage long-term organization. Wish me luck.  (And yes, 4 eyelash curlers are necessary!)

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