The latest Desi x Katy collab with Dose Of Colors is beyond beautiful! This was my first time trying the brand; after seeing the huge range of stunning looks using the Desi x Katy collection–particularly the Friendcation eyeshadow palette–I had to get my hands on it. In addition to the palette, I picked two highlighters, a matte liquid lip and a lip gloss.

I am so thrilled with the full-face look I was able to create with the products I picked, and can’t wait to continue experimenting with everything.

Although I went with a bold eye (I couldn’t resist the one-of-a-kind metallic blue shadow called A Moment), the matte shades make the Friendcation palette oh-so versatile. Plus, Just A Kiss is a jaw-dropping universal brow-bone/inner-corner highlight for any eye look!

To create the look, I started with Basic on a fluffy blending brush all over the lid, then added Necessary to my crease. I blended Necessary a ton for a blown-out, cat-eye effect. Then, went in with A Moment using my ring finger; it took approximately two layers to get the intense color payoff. For a seamless transition from Necessary to A Moment, I blended around the edges with the same fluffy blending brush.

There was quite a bit of fallout with the shades I used, but it didn’t bother me at all. The shadows are still super high-quality, so as long as I finish my eyes before I start my skin, it is easy enough to wipe the fallout away.

A flashy highlight is a must, especially with this eye look. I used Chasing The Sun (the beautiful bronze shade) on a fluffy fan brush for an all-over highlight on top of my bronzer (Fenty Match Stix in Mocha), then took Fuego (the pale gold shade) on a setting brush and added it to the tops of my cheekbones and to my cupid’s bow. Fuego is really versatile, so I also used it on my eyes as a brow-bone and inner-corner highlight before layering Just A Kiss on top. All of these shades give my skin the ultra-wet highlight that I crave.

Polishing off the eyes was quick and easy with a classic black mascara and Glossier Boy Brow in Brown. I sealed everything in with MAC Cosmetics’ Fix+ Shimmer in Goldlite.

Pat McGrath’s Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Contour has been my go-to base for nearly ever lipstick/gloss, so I applied it to the top and bottom, then added My Main on top. I was instantly blown away by how comfortable, easy to apply and pigmented this liquid lipstick is! Normally, I stay away from liquid lipsticks because they can be difficult to work with and go on patchy, but I didn’t experience any of that with Dose Of Colors’ formula whatsoever. Over The Top has a clear, shiny base with golden sparkles throughout, which is the perfect finishing touch for this glow-y look!

Products I used:

  • GLAMGLOW GLOWSTARTER in Nude Glow
  • Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium
  • Tarte Shape Tape concealer in Light Neutral
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
  • Dose Of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation palette (in the shades Basic, Necessary, A Moment and Just A Kiss)
  • Fenty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha
  • Dose Of Colors Desi x Katy Highlighter in Chasing The Sun and Fuego
  • MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+ Shimmer in Goldlite
  • Glossier Lash Slick
  • Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
  • Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Contour
  • Dose Of Colors Desi x Katy Velvet Liquid Matte Lipstick in My Main
  • Dose Of Colors Desi x Katy Lip gloss in Over The Top
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Nothing makes me feel more confident than jeans and a white t-shirt. There’s no denying it is the best combination ever!

Over the years I have worn so many variations of this outfit, and each time I feel the combo only gets better. It’s truly foolproof. Along the way I’ve found that there are endless ways to customize an outfit as simple as this.

Lately I’ve been loving flattering and feminine tops, nothing baggy or slouchy. For this look I chose a babydoll-style t-shirt with cap sleeves and a slight crop. The twist detail near the bust and unique texture throughout put an ultra-modern spin on an otherwise nostalgic piece. (But, I will admit I am a sucker for the lettuce trim.)

As you may have read in my September favorites post, these blue jeans could not be any more comfortable or flattering. They have a light-medium wash, a tight fit throughout the waist and hips and a flare leg. The high rise is a great match for a crop top like this one. Surprisingly, I love that these jeans have no distressing whatsoever–typically I am all about torn denim.

If you’ve read about my love affair with GRLFRND Denim, then it’s likely you already know about my B-Low The Belt obsession, too. This one is thin enough not to overpower any outfit, but thick enough to be noticed, which is exactly what I look for in a belt. The black leather and metal details toughen up the somewhat soft jeans-and-t combo, and the Western-inspired vibe is 100-percent my style.

I paired this look with shiny (faux!) snakeskin booties from XLE. They are the most beautiful deep red, making them the perfect pop of color for fall!

Shop my look:

  • Top, A.L.C. (via Intermix)
  • Jeans, GRLFRND Denim (via Intermix)
  • Belt, B-Low The Belt
  • Shoes (not pictured), XLE
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It’s October, one of the best months of the year! I have a lot more favorites than expected this month, and nearly all my new beauty favs are thanks to Sephora’s surprise Appreciation Sale. 😉

As the seasons change, I also discovered a number of fashion go-to’s I’ve really been loving, all of which are timeless and will be part of my collection for a long time.

Fashion

XLE: YouTuber Lauren Elizabeth has great taste is just about everything, so it makes total sense that her womenswear label XLE is exactly what the fashion sphere needed. I will admit that I was pretty skeptical to try an influencer-owned brand, but XLE blew me away!

A few days after the first collection dropped, I decided to try four pieces–two sweaters, a slip dress and a pair of booties. Everything is flattering and comfortable, in addition to gorgeous in a minimal, simplistic way. I definitely see myself in all of these pieces throughout the season and well into winter. The deep red snakeskin booties are already an everyday staple for me; they are beyond comfy for a heel and look badass with everything.

RĂ©alisation Par: What’s not to love about this feminine and effortlessly chic label? RĂ©alisation’s patterned dresses and blouses can be dressed up or down for a wide variety of occasions. Personally, I like to wear mine with athletic shoes and a messy bun; this combo is easy and makes me feel confident.

GRLFRND Denim: Anyone who reads Haute Mess regularly knows how much of a denim junkie I am, and I think I (finally) found the best pair ever. Via Intermix I chose a pair of high-rise flares with a light-medium wash that fit like a glove from the first time I pulled them on. Now, I don’t want to wear anything else!

B-Low The Belt: For so long I’ve had trouble finding the perfect belt; most are either too wide to fit through most belt loops or too skinny for my personal taste. And to be honest, the fit of every reasonably priced belt I’ve tried sucks–I almost always have to make new holes in mine, which looks awful to a detail-oriented person like myself.

Instead of investing in the same Gucci belt everyone else owns (I was seriously considering it), I picked two from B-Low The Belt during the Labor Day sale: a skinny beige one with a little snake for a buckle, as well as slightly thicker classic black one with Western-style hardware (both leather). I’m convinced there are no better belts for the price! And no, I didn’t have to create new holes in either of them. 😉

Earrings by Vanessa Mooney: The tiny silver hoops I used to wear every day were super worn-out, so it was time for a change. I found three pairs of beautiful and unique earrings that I absolutely love from L.A.-based designer Vanessa Mooney. The fresh pieces in my rotation were exactly what I needed to accent all of my fall looks this year.

Beauty

Glossier Zit Stick: Another month, another Glossier drop! As a Rep, I had the opportunity to experiment with Zit Stick a couple weeks before it became available. It was an instant win for me!

Zit Stick reduces spot size and redness in a matter of errors, but unlike other spot treatments, the thin (serum-y), see-through formula can be worn under or over makeup. Speaking of the formula, it includes three of the most trustworthy “breakout erasers”: benzoyl peroxide, capryloyl salicylic acid and tea tree oil.

I also love the oh-so hygienic stainless steel rollerball applicator, as well as the four-channel flow that evenly covers each spot in the product.

Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice palette: Ever since the Moroccan Spice pop-up this summer, I’ve been drooling over Fenty’s eyeshadow palette of the same name. Moroccan Spice feels so much more grown-up and sultry than so many other palettes on the market, and it has a great range of shades, tones and finishes–everything from light to dark, warm to cool and matte to metallic. There truly are so many possibilities with the Moroccan Spice palette, including Ri’s look from her Wild Thoughts music video.

Fenty Beauty Tapered Blending Brush (210) & All-Over Eyeshadow Brush (200): Along with the Moroccan Spice palette, Fenty launched two eyeshadow brushes. I held-out until Sephora’s VIB Appreciation Sale to pick-up both brushes and the palette for myself, and although I wish I had these products in my collection sooner, they were definitely worth the wait!

The Tapered Blending Brush and All-Over Eyeshadow Brush are unbelievably soft and full; they disperse (and of course, blend) powder eyeshadow evenly *without* trapping any of the product in the bristles. There is so much less waste with these two brushes than with similar eyeshadow brushes, so they are worth the splurge in my opinion.

Plus, the extra-long handles make them so easy to use, and the nude-pink design beautifies any top shelf.

Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Contour: I knew this lip liner would be amazing (it’s Pat McGrath, after all). Contour is a must-have matte beige brown–perfect for over-lining the lips–that looks gorgeous under a ton of different lipsticks and glosses. I use a light hand when I want natural-looking coverage, and a heavier hand when I want more color payoff. Either way, the longevity of this luxury lip liner outperforms any other I’ve tried.

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm in Gold Astral: A glittery lip product that doesn’t feel gritty? Only Pat McGrath could make that possible! From the first application Lip Fetish Lip Balm feels so soft and leaves a beautiful dewy, healthy sheen on the lips.

Gold Astral is an out-of-this world shimmer with a clear base. The gold color is never too yellow, and the glitter particles are never, ever chunky.

Sol de Janiero Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: Not to sound dramatic, but I am a little annoyed with myself for not trying this body lotion sooner. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (pronounced “boom boom”) absorbs almost instantly, softening, smoothing and tightening the skin. The delicious pistachio-caramel scent lingers long after application and makes me feel like a goddess!

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So many beautiful looks at the New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks! While so many of the designs were, of course, breathtaking, I really fell in love with the runway and after-party makeup looks. Hung Vanngo, my absolute favorite celebrity makeup artist, absolutely killed it on the likes of Winnie Harlow, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Barbara Palvin, Natasha Poly and Emily Ratajkowski.

The best look by far, however, was the intense smoky eye on Bella Hadid in Paris. It was glam. It was edgy. It was unique. And most of all, it was absolutely stunning–definitely not your average smoky eye. I decided to put my own spin on it, and went with a slightly subtler, more blown-out look. (And while Bella’s glossy, rosy lip looked beautiful, I ditched pigment in favor of a glittery balm.)

Via Instagram user @hungvanngo

Products I used:

  • GLAMGLOW GLOWSTARTER Mega Iluminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow
  • Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops
  • Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium
  • BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector in Light to Medium
  • Tarte Shape Tape concealer in Light Neutral
  • BECCA Be A Light Face Palette in Light to Medium
  • Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (shades Thirteen, Combust, Password and High)
  • ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow in Let’s Do It
  • Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha
  • NARS Blush in Orgasm
  • NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel in Brown
  • Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone
  • ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian
  • LancĂŽme Monsieur Big Mascara
  • Morphe Premium Lashes in Total Babe
  • MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+ in Coconut
  • Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Contour
  • Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm in Gold Astral
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I really wish summer would’t end, but dressing for fall is fun, right? Over the weekend I got into light layering for the first time this season–kind of like my street-style take on pre-fall.

Bright colors are everywhere lately, and now in the midst of fashion month, the trend doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon. And I’ve surprisingly been into it!

The teal Champion crewneck keeps me warm and works perfectly with RĂ©alisation Par’s Devon Dress in White Squiggle. I love how it puts an athleisure spin on the ultra-femme minidress.

My (faux) snake print booties are casual yet instantly elevate an outfit. So, they were an easy choice when putting this look together.

Wearing my hair in an undone bun gives me the opportunity to show off a fun pair of earrings. Vanessa Mooney stole my heart recently! The L.A.-based jeweler has so many beautiful and unique pieces.

Last month I found a multicolore pochette by Louis Vuitton on The Real Real and haven’t put it down since! It gives me so much early 2000s nostalgia while playing into the bright-colors trend of the moment. Now that I have it, no outfit feels complete without it.

My look:

Sweatshirt, thrifted

Dress, RĂ©alisation Par

Shoes, Free People

Earrings, Vanessa Mooney

Purse, Louis Vuitton via The Real Real

Makeup, details here

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