Last week I took a midweek trip to New York City to visit Glossier’s showroom! As a Glossier Rep, this is sort of like  totally a right of passage for me 😉

Because this was my first time visiting the showroom, which is located in SoHo near Chinatown, I was sure to snap a ton of pictures. After all, it claims to be the most Instagram-able room in town, and it definitely did not disappoint!

Although I’m familiar with most of Glossier products, it was great to be able to test those I’ve never seen IRL before. Needless to say, I will definitely be stocking up on Generation G in Crush and Super Bounce as soon as I get the chance. (I’m a sucker for fun lip colors and anything with hyaluronic acid, so…)

The atmosphere inside the showroom is minimalist and clean–and the Showroom Editor’s utility suits are super cute! As expected, the brightly lit penthouse (yes, penthouse!) is a combination of crisp white and, of course, Glossier pink. And it smells SO. GOOD. thanks to a candle burning (next to a cluster of crystals!) on the sink. I still cannot get over the little “employees must moisturize before returning to work” sign.

I also absolutely looooved the artwork hanging on the walls, too. In addition to the infamous mirror decals that read “YOU LOOK GOOD” and “ASK ME ABOUT MY BROWS”, several larger-than-life editorial-style shots hang on the wall (including the new Birthday Balm Dotcom shots shown below).

Glossier additionally provides comfy seating and a little reading material, too. Offbeat, artsy magazines sit on tables near the inconspicuous Glossier mottos “JUST DEW IT” and “MAKE GOOD CHOICES”.

The best part? You can shop aaaaall of Glossier’s showroom deals (which are listed below!) through my Rep page! Any first-time Glossier customer receives 20 percent off her first online purchase, and all customers enjoy free shipping each time they choose any two items.

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I gave in and ordered Urban Decay’s new Naked Heat palette as a li’l birthday present to myself earlier this month. As soon as I saw via Instagram that UD was launching this beauty, I knew I’d eventually be getting my hands on it; I just can’t resist all the fire-y warm tones that mimic natural hues like cinnamon, paprika and terra cotta. It is the perfect complement to UD’s Naked Smoky palette, which has been a part of my collection for years now.

Flames have been everywhere this season in both fashion and beauty; so many (including me!) are happy to trade uninviting cool tones for warm ones like copper and rust. And although they may at first seem difficult to pull off–especially during the daytime–I actually find them to be much easier to work with than their cooler counterparts.

What can I say? I’m a changed woman. We can thank Kylie Jenner’s burgundy palette for that.

For this tutorial I decided on a semi-casual look; later on, I’d love to do a more intense nighttime one involving the deep matte tones. My favorite thing about UD’s Naked palettes is that, unlike Kylie’s, each one has everything needed for a complete eye look: base shades, crease shades, lid shades, highlight shades…

Although this was my first time playing around with this palette, I can say that so far, I really love it–maybe even a little more than I love my Naked Smoky palette!

With the shimmer shades, there is very little fallout. And with the matte shades, there is absolutely none. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover this because I’m definitely not the neatest or most patient person when it comes to makeup application.

Products I used…

(*I received this product as a part of Sephora’s Beauty Insider program during my birthday month.)

Base

Step 1: Apply a generous coat of primer, focusing on the t-zone in an outward motion.

Step 2: Using the same technique, apply 1-2 coats of BB cream.

Step 3: With the attached wand, apply a light coat of Stretch concealer under the eyes and blend with the fingers using a tapping motion. Build up the coverage if necessary.

Step 4: Using the fingers, apply Stretch Concealer to any redness or blemishes.

Step 5: Set BB cream and concealer with Lock-It blotting powder, focusing on the t-zone and the under-eye area.

Step 6: To “melt” makeup into the skin, use a generous amount of setting spray, then pat it into the skin.

Naked Heat

Step 7: Using the fingers, apply a small amount of eyeshadow primer to the entire eyelid.

Step 8: With the fluffy end of the brush, apply Chaser to the entire eyelid, crease and brow bone.

Step 9: Continuing with the fluffy end of the brush, apply Cayenne to the crease.

Step 10: Apply Dirty Talk over the entire eyelid. Be sure to clean the brush between colors.

Step 11: In the outer corner apply En Fuego in an upward and outward motion the create a long, cat-like effect.

Step 12: Using the denser, angled end of the brush, apply Cayenne to the lower lash line, concentrating on the outer corners. Connect the lower lash line with the upper lash line to complete the cat-like shape.

Step 13: Continuing with the angled end of the brush, layer Dirty Talk over Cayenne on the lower lash line, again, concentrating the most pigment on the outer corners.

Step 14: Making sure the brush is completely clean, use the fluffy end to apply 1-2 layers of Ounce to the brow bone and innermost corner of the eye.

Step 15: Top with two coats of mascara on both the upper and lower lashes.

Finishing touches

Step 16: With a fluffy blush brush, apply blush to the hollows of the cheeks, focusing closest to the hairline and sweep towards the center of the face, in addition to the apples of the cheeks.

Step 17: On the orbital bone around the eye, as well as the cupid’s bow, apply White Sand with a clean setting brush.

Step 18: Using an upward brushing motion, apply Boy Brow to the eyebrows, concentrating on the center portion of each brow, working outwards to the inner and outer corners.

Step 19: Finish with another generous coat of setting spray.

Step 20: On top of a little Balm Dotcom, apply an even coat of Lip Paint, focusing on the center of the lip, allowing the color to spread outwards.

 

I am so impressed with this year’s birthday gift from Sephora! Because I already own Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in Seduce, I knew I was going to looove Paaarty! The formula is amazing, and Paaarty is such a great color–it’s slightly lighter and pinker than Seduce. So, I am super happy to now have it in my collection. On the other hand, I had never tried Tarte’s Lip Paint before, and I’m not the biggest fan of liquid lipsticks in general. But, this one isn’t so bad! The color is girly and versatile, and the formula isn’t overly drying or flakey. Plus, it’s definitely long-wearing.

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Model, actress and activist Emily Ratajkowski rarely changes up her makeup look, and when you are that gorgeous, there is no real reason to do so. Her signature nude-brown-pink lip looks effortlessly chic no matter what she is wearing on a given day or night, so lately I’ve been loving to recreate it myself.

This universally flattering lip color is perfect for achieving a sun-kissed summertime glow–with or without the sun. By adding bronzer and this season’s must-have sunset-inspired eyeshadow, this natural-looking lip appears polished.

Ratajkowski in February 2017 [source: CelebMafia]

At the 2017 Met Gala afterparty [source: E! Online]

L’Officiel Paris | May 2017 | by Sam Nixon [source: Fashion Editorials]

Daytime

Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen in Honey by Fresh: Protect and nourish your lips while giving them a healthy wash of color with this cult favorite balm. $24, Sephora

Glass Tinting Lips-Talk in Ruffle Dress (BR401) by Etude House: I’ve gotten way into K-beauty this year; from sheet masks to lip stains, I cannot get enough of the East’s fun, effective and inexpensive skincare and makeup products. Ruffle Dress by Etude House (one of my fav K-beauty brands!) is the perfect barely-there brown with a subtle satin finish. $7.28, Etude House

Day-to-night

Generation G in Leo by Glossier: What kind of Glossier Rep would I be if I didn’t include their easy-to-use matte lip in this post? Gen G is a must-have for lipstick newbies, low-maintenance beauty lovers and even glam gals on-the-go. Swipe on 1-2 coats for a sheer look, or build it up for more intense color. $18, Glossier

Multistick in Cashew by Bite Beauty: Bite Beauty’s long-wearing Multistick is an essential in every lady’s beauty collection because it is safe to use on eyes, face and lips. Create a sun-kissed monochromatic makeup look with Cashew, a dusty brown-pink nude. $24, Sephora

Butter Gloss in Tiramisu by NYX: Alone or layered over a matte lip, this cult favorite gloss is as affordable as it is delish. And, it is known throughout the beauty community as one of the most universally flattering makeup products. You will definitely be restocking this one as soon as you run out of it. Prices vary, drugstores

Nighttime

Satin Lip Pencil in Bansar by NARS: I received a hefty sample size of NARS’ Satin Lip Pencil a couple years ago as a member of Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program, and it’s been a staple ever since! The formula feels so creamy; I love the way it melts onto the lips and adapts to flatter different skin tones. And, when the rich pigments begins to fade, it doesn’t look messy or splotchy. Instead, it fades evenly, leaving lips with a diffused wash of color. $27, Sephora

Intense Butter Gloss in Tres Leches by NYX: Tres Leches is nearly identical to Tiramisu–except the color is much richer and the formula is slightly shinier. It is still super easy to apply, though, so Tres Leches is all you will need for a stress-free special occasion look–no tricky lip liners or streaky liquid lipsticks required! Prices vary, drugstores 

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During my last trip to LA, I scored a killer pair of Levi’s at Melrose Trading Post. And, I have been so excited about them ever since!

They’re a basic high-rise pair with a light wash and a skinny fit, so, I can style them with pretty much anything. Plus, they couldn’t be more comfortable! Lately, I have been loving bodysuits, especially with all my high-rise pants and shorts; they just make the process of picking out an outfit so much simpler.

Backbite, an LA-based vintage retailer, designs super unique bodysuits from recycled t-shirts. I love, love, love how they put a sexy spin on such a masculine piece; it’s such a stylish yet laid-back look with a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that sort of appeal.

Combining the two pieces is one of the easiest ways to look casual, yet put-together–especially on those lazy summer days when you don’t feel like trying.

I polished the revamped Harley Davidson tee and secondhand Levi’s with my go-to metal belt, which is *such* a staple in my wardrobe no matter what the season.

And for a pop of color (I’m cringing to myself for using that cliché, but it’s fitting here, so…), I added my new fuchsia slides. These babies have a small block heel that gives me the perfect boost–great for both daytime and nighttime.

During the day especially, I do my best to avoid appearing “overdone,” so I kept makeup to a minimum. But with a smoky eye (and a faux fur jacket!), this look can easily be worn for a night out. To spice it up even more, I would love to layer my fishnet bodysuit from Danielle Guizio NY underneath. Of course no night-out outfit is complete without a few sparkly bracelets or statement earrings 😉





Bodysuit, Backbite, similar here

Levi’s, thrifted

Belt, thrifted

Slides, Free People, $45

Balconette-style bandeau, Free People, $48 

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The easiest way for me to spice up a look is with a fun lip color. Over the years I have collected a pretty large range of hues, and I have tested lip products from a ton of brands–both high end and drugstore.

When I first began wearing lipstick, I loved classic reds (and I still do!). Then, I moved onto pinks, purples and nudes. And lately, I have been loving warm browns and orange shades (more on that in a future post!). Of course, 90s-inspired glossy lips never go out of style, either.

So, for today’s post I decided to roundup all my favorite lippies by color. Although my top picks account for a fairly large range of brands and formulas, I find myself reaching for the following lip products the most.

[pictured: Balm Dotcom in Mint and Generation G in Leo, both by Glossier]

Red:

Pink:

Purple:

Nude:

Brown: 

Orange:

Gloss:

Balm:

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