Everyday Look – UDXGWEN

If you share similar traditions to mine, the holiday season is just about to wrap up with Three Kings Day tomorrow. I know that most of my makeup loving friends received (or could’nt wait and ran out and bought) the ultra fabulous Urban Decay UDXGWEN palette as a gift over the holiday season. It is so easy to get caught up in the hype of new beauty products but often let them sit because we don’t know how to use them. Fortunately the UDXGWEN palette isn’t makeup rocket science. The palette is pretty neutral friendly. While I am normally all about simple “everday” beauty, I do like glitz and glam up my everyday looks every once in a while. I’m not going to bore you with the basics. I created a face chart for my current basic everyday look. I am going to give you tips on how to take my everyday look into the glam zone. This amplified look is perfect for running errands, lunch with the girls, a day at the office or a trip to the mall or a romantic date.

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Now that we have our basic everyday look to of the way let me give you some tips on how I turn this from boring everyday to “everyday glam”.

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Add Some Super Shimmer/Glitter – I know, I know glitter isn’t technically for everyday but just the tiniest amount of a light neutral glitter liner or glitter based shadow can add a slight pop to a neutral eye. My favorite place to add this is to the inner corner of the eye. It brings just the right amount of light to the eye without looking too overdone. In the face chart the lid color I used is very shimmery but you can still add more.

Switch Up the Lip Products – Swapping out your “My Lips But Better” shades for a holiday inspired red, berry or  even a brown can amp up your everyday looks without being too overdone. I want to say that switching up your lips is the easiest way to play with your everyday looks.

Plum/Mauve Blush – I love plum and mauve blushes SO much! And the winter time is one of the best seasons to wear them. Just a little bit of plum/mauve blush on the apples of your cheeks give that pretty sugar plum fairy flush.

Smoke Out Your Liner – Adding smoky liner is another easy way to make your everyday beauty look a little extra special. And it’s easy! With a brush or even a cotton swab you are going to lightly smudge some eye shadow into your upper and lower lash lines.

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You can use one or all of the tips above to transition your everyday beauty looks to one that is a bit more glam and a little less “natural”. Why not try to glam it up for yourself and ring in the new year feeling good on the outside.

Happy New Year!


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Date Night Ready

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Date Night! After a ridiculously busy day your significant other has asked you out on an impromptu date. “See you in thirty,’ they say. Date night is here! You have JUST 30 minutes to get ready and you don’t want to keep him or her waiting!  Your girl has a quick tutorial to get you looking and feeling your best in 30 minutes or less!

If you’re life is anything like mine, you are probably splitting your day between work, household chores and the kids (or dogs in my case!). As excited as we are for date night we can feel tired and need a boost. “Let Your Healthy Out” with a delicious dose of Emergen-C! My personal favorite flavor is Cranberry Pomegranate. This fizzy drink is loaded with Vitamin C to provide a boost that you probably need at this point. Plus, it’s delicious. Sip your emergency and pull out your date night appropriate outfit. My go to just happens to be

Now that we have our energy up, it’s time to worry about hair and make up! Keep your makeup simple. Before you start any makeup, prep your lips and get them kiss worthy with your favorite lipbalm. My go to is ChapStick Total Hydration!  Its advanced nourishing formula with argan oil and avocado butter and rosehip oils gets even my dragon scale lips kiss worthy. Apply a light layer to your lips. Too much lip balm can actually make chapped lips worth.

Simple date night makeup highlights your natural features. Start with a clean, well moisturized  face. Use your favorite concealer and just touch up the areas that are problematic for you. Follow up with a light dusting of powder to set the foundation. I like to use a tinted powder that mimics the natural look of skin that way I don’t have to worry about spending time blending a liquid/cream foundation. I finish of my skin with a blush that gives me that naturally flushed look.

To complete my look I fill in my brows, add a light wash of slightly shimmery neutral shadow to my lids, smudge in a bit of smoky purple pencil liner (or the color of your choice) and some mascara. I tend to not go for a red, burgundy or deep vampy lips for date night. I usually just amp up my natural lip color. Instead of slathering my lips with a gloss, I apply a light layer of my ChapStick Total Hydration using my fingers to give me a slightly pouty glow.

Getting your hair ready can be tricky. My tip is to go for a quick messy bun or a sleek ponytail. Both hairstyles are easy to do and take almost no time. However, if you’re like me and prefer to wear your hair down, I create a bouncy wave using velcro rollers, my hair dryer and a little hairspray..

I wrap my entire head in velcro rollers of various sizes. This does not have to be exact because we are going to heat set the wave using your hair dryer on high. Blast your hair for two minutes making sure you’re getting all of the rollers nice and warm. Let hair cool completely. You can do this hair style before your makeup and after getting dressed. Giving your hair ample time to cool. Once your hair is cool carefully remove the hair rollers and fluff with your fingers. Set your look with a light hold hairspray. You can also do this hair style before your makeup and after getting dressed. Giving your hair ample time to cool.

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Put on your favorite frock and voila: Date night ready! I toss my ChapStick Total Hydration, a powder compact and my lipstick into a little bag. I always make sure that I am carrying my pain medication of choice: Advil. The original round tablets providing safe, effective pain relief for over 25 years. I carry a little vial of Advil because you never know when you’re going to need it and it is better to be safe than sorry.

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My non beauty Date Night Must Haves!

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You can find all three of these items at your local Walmart. The Advil travel tubes are usually located at the checkout lanes. ChapStick and EmergenC are available in the Pharmaceutical section. You can find the ChapStick on specially marked end caps. EmergenC can be found in the Supplement Aisle and on special end cap displays.

This look didn’t cost me big bucks. I grabbed most of these items from my local Walmart. What are your go to looks for date night? Do you have a favorite drugstore product that is essential for your date night look? Let me know in the comments below.



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NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner

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NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner is a “new” (at least according to their website) pencil eyeliner that claims “24 hour wear”. The line comes in seven shades ranging from basic black to some fashion colors like sky blue and teal. Each NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner contains .0 1 oz of product and retails for just $3.99. You can find NYC Cosmetics at your local drugstores, big box stores and online. NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliners are hard to find in store in any of the more colorful shades. I’ve only ever seen Black and Dark Brown.

The NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown is an intensely pigmented, creamy, easy to blend, easy to apply, long wearing once it sets and waterproof .  Dark Brown is a smoky matte cool brown. I had zero issues applying Dark Brown to my waterline. It wore well through tearing thanks to  our especially windy weather as of late. There’s not really a ton to say about the NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown other than it’s fabulous! Smoky brown perfection in pencil form. I grabbed Dark Brown because it reminded me of a recent fave that I raved about here. How does this drugstore liner compare to Lancome’s Liqui-Drama Eyeliner in Brûlée? Let’s find out.

So how does the NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown compare to Lancome’s Drama Liqui-Pencil in Brûlée? VERY WELL! Believe it or not this is an ALMOST a complete dupe for Lancome’s Drama Liqui-Pencil in Brûlée. They differ in two key areas. Brûlée wears for a full 24 hours like the packaging claims, NYC’s Dark Brown does not. Dark Brown does wear extremely well for 12+ hours. Most of us don’t wear makeup for 24 hours (at least I hope not!) but you know how I am with marketing claims. NYC’s Dark Brown beats Lancome’s Drama Liqui-Pencil in Brûlée when it comes to application. I found Dark Brown to be much more creamier, it glided on smoothly leaving a nice dark line with a single swipe. In terms of color match, NYC’s Dark Brown is just slightly darker than Lancome’s Brûlée. Personally, I prefer the NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown to Lancome’s Brûlée.

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Color me shocked that this drugstore bad boy beat it’s higher end cousin. For just $3.99 NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown is a beauty steal and a MUST have! Are you a fan of NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner? Have you tried any of the other shades in the line? Let me know in the comments section below.

Top Beauty Buys for Fall

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Can I tell you that I am SO beyond happy that it is finally, officially, undeniably Fall. The leaves have already begun to change colors, the air is getting drier and my beauty routine can finally change. With Fall being a transitional season for fashion and beauty you might need to start stockpiling some favorites/trends for the season now! Shopping for beauty products is so much fun but it’s even better when you have a friend to shop with. While I can’t be there with you physically, load my beauty buys onto you mobile and take me with you as you seek out your own beauty buys for the Fall!

ebblog fall beauty buys 1.) Make Up For Ever Artist Palette $42 Sephora – The Make Up For Ever Artist Palette has replaced my LORAC Pro2 as my current fall favorite. I love the assortment of colors, the shadows themselves are phenomenal and it’s the perfect size for travel. I reviewed this wonderful palette here and the array of shades and finishes are just beyond perfection for the Fall. Grab the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette before it’s gone.

2 & 3.) Shea Moisture Super Fruit Complex 10 in 1 Renewal System Hair Masque and Shampoo $10.99 each Ulta – My hair just L-O-V-E-S this combo from Shea Moisture. I very rarely use a “daily” conditioner and reach for a masque because I heat style my hair all the time so I need the extra moisture and the Shea Moisture Super Fruit Complex 10 in 1 Renewal System Hair Masque definitely meets my moisture needs. The shampoo companion to the masque cleanses very well for a SLS Free shampoo. It’s hydrating but not so much so that it makes my hair greasy quickly. According to the Ulta site, these are exclusive to their store but I could have sworn I saw this line at Target as well.

4.) Anastasia Brow Wiz $21.00 – Brows to me are the most important part of your face and a good brow can just make you look a million times better. Anastasia’s Brow Wiz has been my go to brow product for as long as I have been doing makeup (close to 4 years now). It’s easy to use, you can go natural or super bold and Anastasia Brow Wiz is available in a wide variety of shades. To stick with Fall trends you can buy two shades and rock the “ombre” brow.

5.)  NYX Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen $6.00 – Wines/Berries are once again hot for the Fall and the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen is your best bet for a beauty bargain that will actually perform well, not kill your lips and look great on a variety of skin tones.

6.) Lancome Nutrix Royale Body $30 – I am not usually one to go bonkers for high end body lotions BUT I got a sample of this as a Lancome gift with purchase and I fell in love with it. The scent is fresh and feminine and it cures even my diabetic dragon scales. I don’t think I will ever go without Nutrix Royale Body ever again making it a year round staple for me.

7.) EOS Lip Balm Coconut Milk $4 – EOS has been my go to balm ever since they “rolled” onto the scene a few years ago. I have yet to find anything that hydrates my lips like my trusty EOS balms. I do prefer the “milk” versions as they are a tad bit more moisturizing and perfect for my beyond chapped lips in the Fall. *Pro Tip*  Always apply lip balm in a sheer layer. Slathering your lips with any lip balm can actually contribute to further drying/chapping.

There you have it. My ABSOLUTE must have Fall Beauty Buys. See anything you plan on picking up? If you enjoyed reading my Fall Beauty Buys, check out the other ladies of The Beauty Council and their picks below.


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August 2014 Faves


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I cannot believe it’s September already? Where has this year gone? August was a weird month for us here in the Chi. It was downright cool at some points but Summer came roaring back the last few weeks of August and it has been pretty humid and hot, yuck! I had a few favorites for the month of August, some of them are predictable (obviously!) and some of them are brand new. But because of the heat I can honesty say that I wore very minimal makeup for more than half of the month.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick – Honestly, if you haven’t tried this you are missing out! I’m fairly consistent when it comes to favorite products and this foundation has been my go to since I bought it waaaaaay back when it first launched. My official review is here.

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Forgot to include this in my group shot!

Batiste Dry Shampoo Fruity & Cheeky Cherry – A recent discovery for me. I grabbed a can of this prior to leaving for Mexico in July and I fell in love with it. I just bought another can of the Fruity & Cheeky Cherry scent and I got one for brunettes. Batiste is an affordable dry shampoo option at 7.99 and it works better then most high end dry shampoos I have tried. The scent is more fruity than cherry but it smells really, really good.  This particular scent absorbs oil and freshens my hair very well. It also adds a nice, long lasting volume. You can find Batiste Dry Shampoos in a variety of scents at various stores. I buy mine at Ulta and Walgreens.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – Ok, so I like this better than my previous fave L’Oreal Miss Manga. Perversion is ultra black, ultra shiny goodness folks! I know, I know I kind of dogged on the mascara in my August 2014 Ipsy Bag review BUT I am a woman and therefore allowed to change my mind. I really, really LOVE this mascara. Against my fair skin it just makes my lashes “POP”. Perversion doesn’t clump my lashes, it’s extremely easy to build up and the brush/wand is the bomb. This mascara gives me just the right amount of oomph for any occasion.  I just bought a full size yesterday. =)

Serenity + Scott Powder Foundation – I discovered this brand at TMS Chicago this year. Their Powder Foundation is the bee’s knees. And when combined with my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick I get perfect, natural looking skin. I’ve never used a powder foundation that mimics natural skin like this one. It is fabulous: wears softly on the skin, doesn’t stick to drier patches on the skin, or “sit” on top of the skin. I finally found a powder foundation that I like.

Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss in Naked – This was the ONLY product I have used on my lips for the past month (until my Berry obsession which happened at the tail end of August). Naked is the perfect shade of sheer peachy pink for me. It’s just gorgeous with an added bonus of not drying my lips out as it has some née moisturizing properties packed in it.. I also adore the packaging, it’s very luxe and a definite conversation starter.

Anastasia Brow Wiz – Try as I may I cannot find anything that replaces my beloved Anastasia Brow Wiz. I love a natural brow that has some skin peaking through. And I can get this effect with my beloved Brow Wiz. The skinny tip is perfect for creating a natural brow and I like the spoolie on the end. This is an all in one product for me but if it’s insanely muggy out I do need to set it with a powder.

As you can tell by now I went ultra natural for August 2104. Was it hot and muggy in your neck of the woods like it was here? What were your faves for the month of August 2014?