Vanessa Hudgens: ao X Cuervo

We just got back from our mini vacay today, which I may pop onto the blog later this week, so to ease into this thing while I’m being all low-key I thought I would throw some celeb fashion up in here. I saw this look that Vanessa Hudgens wore to the launch party for alice + olivia X Jose Cuervo, which took place on June 22and thought it was certainly something special that needed a shoutout:


Vanessa kept things poignant and chic by pairing key pieces together to make a radiant overall impression. Her white slip dress was paired with a lime green Alice + Olivia kaftan; margarita vibes all day! Here accessories featured a neutral Giuseppe Zanotti clutch, Jennifer Fisher flat plate hoop earrings, and nude strappy sandals. The a+o kaftan is definitely the star here, especially with Vanessa’s casual chic styling of it.

She completes her pool party getup with soft waves in her bob, a glowing complexion, and diva shades to boot. Such a great look for poolsides and rooftops, and definitely one to draw inspo from this season.

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Summer Favorite: Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

I think we can all agree that summer is a completely different ballgame beauty wise. We want to look natural and put together, but we also want lasting makeup that we can wear all day and it won’t sweat off or fade fast. One product I love year round, but especially in the summer, are these Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks by Colourpop:


They come in over 50 shades and are super affordable at 6$ each, regular price. I’ve pictured a few of my favorites here, and will swatch the below; everthing from the subtle everyday to the more daring! They go on smooth and dry to a beautiful matte finish that is long-lasting and transfer proof! Of course, for optimal results you will want to make sure your lips are primed and exfoliated, and lined for best finish. If you aren’t feeling so matte one day you can simply top with your favorite gloss to give some shine. A huge bonus? Coloupop is a cruelty-free brand, bunny approved!


Visit http://www.colourpop.com to see the complete color collection and order for yourself!!

Review: LUSH Tooth Fairy Tooth Powder

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Has anyone else ever heard of tooth powder?? Apparently it’s been around for quite some time, but it was completely foreign to me until I stumbled across it whilst perusing the LUSH website. One, it’s called Tooth Fairy, and yes, there are little sparkles in the tooth powder that give it that glittering shimmer fairy dust feel. Two, they actually describe it as sweet strawberry fairy dust, so I needed to know more about this, especially since it was reviewed quite highly.

WHAT IS IT? Well, it’s a powder alternative to standard tooth pastes and gels made from a kaolin clay-based powder. The powder is flavored with strawberry and lemon and then sweetened with xylitol and stevia, so you get a slightly sweet and clean aftertaste versus a minty one you would get with regular toothpaste.

HOW DOES IT WORK? You simply wet your toothbrush as usual and dab it into the powder and then brush!

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WHAT’S IT LIKE? This is probably the question I’ve been asked most.  The feel is definitely different, but not off putting. Have you ever brushed your teeth with plain baking soda before? The feel is similar to that, but you get that slightly sweet strawberry taste. You won’t miss the foaming qualities either because the powder also works into a foam as you brush. The biggest difference to me was the after feel and taste. When you brush your teeth with regular toothpaste you get that powerful mint taste that is pretty synonymous with fresh breath and what have you. With the tooth powder, as I mentioned, you get a sweeter aftertaste, but it isn’t necessarily a turn off; just takes some getting used to.  Your mouth still definitely feels clean, and you can run your tongue over your teeth and feel that clean sensation.

I will admit, it is a different experience you would have to be open to if you have long been using traditional toothpaste. Since my initial trial of this I have been mixing it into the routine with my regular toothpaste, using it about 50/50 with my usual routine products. Since you only need to use such a very small amount with every brushing, the $9,95 price tag for the 1.2 oz tub is actually a great deal. Some extra benefits? You do get some whitening properties, which are much more gentle than other whitening products on the market. Also, you get all the good stuff that LUSH normally brings to the table with their cruelty-free image, and the tooth powder is also a vegan product. If you are interested in trying this stuff out for yourself you should visit your local LUSH store or check them out online for more details.

Jaimie Alexander: 2017 CFDA Awards

Please tell me I am not the only one that has been disappointed with celebrity fashion lately. I feel like too often it takes a less than impressive turn, especially when trends are too enmeshed with one another or looks are intentionally assembled to be questionable but attention earning. This past Monday night the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards took place in the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, and one look that grabbed my attention in a good way was this dress on Jaimie Alexander:


Jaime wore this metallic studded gown by Marc Bouwer, which carried both strong and feminine vibes throughout the night. The metallic studs gave an armor-esque feel to the statuesque silhouette, while the deep cut-outs on the back and bodice added vixen-chic elements. The high neck, capped sleeves, and front center slit are additional contrasting elements that make the look so appealing from both the front and back. 


Jaimie completed the evening’s look with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, a Judith Leiber couture clutch, and Jennifer Meyer drop earrings. Her hair was softly upstyled and her sultry and smoky eye makeup was partnered with a nude lip, pulling everything together in a beautiful, cohesive way.

*photos via Getty Images*

Top 5: Nicole Kidman Cannes Fashion 

There’s been so many great looks at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and while going through all the red carpet looks I noticed that Nicole Kidman was consistently nailing it, as per usual. Can we just take a moment or two and appreciate some of these amazing looks soe’s worn thus far:

At last Sunday’s premier of “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” wearing a sparling silver Rodarte gown with baby pink ruffle details and coordinating silver heels by Christian Louboutin.


Wearing a luscious look by Calvin Klein by Appointment, featuring a black satin bodice and white tulle skirt.  Her red lips were a perfect contrasting complement to the red carpet look.


The visual interest and texture of this Dior Haute Couture gown is simply stunning. This peacock inspired look, complete with multiple strap details, definitely brought quite an extraordinary appeal to the photo call for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” on Monday.

 

Nicole bought some serious vixen vibes at the photo call for “Top of the Lake: China Girl” on Tuesday. This assymetrical black dress by Versace was feminine, chic, and flirty, perfectly accessorized with black ankle strap heels and minimal jewelry.

 

 

 

 

 

How beautiful is the bold print on this patterned gown by Armani Prive?! Nicole bought some boho vibes to the Cannes 70th Anniversary film screening, complete with choker and carefree summer hair.

There are a few more days left in this year’s festival, so that’s plenty of time for more beautiful and showstopping looks to grace the red carpet. Who has been wearing your favorite looks this year? Are there any films you are particularly excited about seeing for yourself??
*photos via Getty Images*

 

Elle Fanning: Cannes Couture

It’s easy to go over the top, I imagine, when getting glammed up to make an impression on the red carpet; however, the looks I gravitate towards are the ones that bring those unique creative moments to otherwise chic and glamorous looks. Take this Vivienne Westwood gown that Elle Fanning wore to the Cannes premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts; it is beautiful and feminine with perfect notes of whimsy:


The ivory gown is pin-tucked and rouched in all the right places, baring her shoulders and cinching in her petite waist. The voluminous train brings home the win here with its array of floral and other assorted doodles, bringing both pops of color and a clever charm to the look.

Elle kept accessories to a bare minimum, opting for only some sparkling rings to complement her look. Her blonde hair was swept up in a top knot, and her winged liner and red lips perfectly rounded out this    statement red carpet look.

Winnie Harlow: Giving us the Blues

Whilst scrolling through pages and slides and what-have-you of Cannes Film Festival fashion, I saw this image of Winnie Harlow and was utterly and instantly enchanted:


Winnie arrived at the premiere of Loveless in this dazzling blue gown by Zuhair Murad. I was having immediate recall to the famous blue stoned engagement ring that was once Princess Di’s and now Kate Middleton wears; oh yes, you know the one I am talking about! Seriously though, this is a show stopping look. The structured and strapless bodice is drawn in at the waist with the overlapping folds of sparkling blue. The ball gown Cinderella-worthy skirt has the sheen, volume, and subtle texture that all together make the look all the more special. 

Winnie’s accessories of drop earrings and unexpected black and white checkered bracelet add additional special moments, while keeping with the glamorous and chic tone. Her swept back upstyle and soft natural makeup complete this unforgettable look. 

Review: BH Blacklight Highlight Palette

When I was stocking up my pro kit with a few little goodies, I saw this new highlight palette and said oh my goodness, yes, you belong to mama!  The Blacklight Highlight palette features 6 iridescent shimmer highlights that are absolutely as dreamy as they look.


I will swatch them all below, but these are the perfect shades for your everyday highlight and beyond. You can even combine colors to tackle the rainbow/unicorn trend in a effortlessly pretty way. They are soft and smooth to apply, making them easily blendable and buildable. The color payout is actually really nice too. As I said, they are buildable so you can determine how subtle or dramatic you want to go. I swatched them below with just one swipe of color, so you can see how much reflective payout you are already getting with just that tiny bit:


One of these I will figure out how to master lighting when taking flat lays and makeup shots over here! I am pretty much doing everything from my iPhone. I know, I know,  it’s not the greatest of set-ups, but I digress. This palette is only $16.99, and besides that, you know BH always has amazing coupon codes and deals floating around! I’ve even seen a lot of my peer artists comparing this one to other palettes from brands like ABH. This is definitely one you want to add to your collection!

Imagine everything you can do besides cheekbone highlighting? A little on the Cupid’s bow or inner corner of the eye; possibilities are borderline endless y’all. I know a lot of people are also on the skeptical side when it comes to the BH brand itself, but let me tell you now that you do not need to be! I have used their products in both my pro kit and my personal collection for years now. They are a great brand overall, and I have been embracing them all the more recently since they are a cruelty-free company.

Have you used any of their products before? What are some of your faves??!

Review: Perfectly Posh Forever Young Anti-Aging Serum

I always try to support my friends, whether it be through their business or a cause they are supporting. One of my very best friends on this planet is dealing with her one-year-old daughter battling a tricky stage four cancer, so when a Perfectly Posh rep ran a fundraiser for her, well duh, I was in. I have never used anything from PP before, but I ended up getting one of their hand creams (it’s called Yassss Queen, so obviously it was meant to be mine), and this Forever Young anti-aging serum, because I have totally been complaining lately about fine lines starting to arrive to the party of my face. I didn’t have high soaring expectations or anything, but I thought what do I have to lose besides these lines??


Should I talk about the product first or my thoughts? I haven’t had my coffee yet so I am feeling anything but genius. Well, speaking of coffee, part of the formula of the serum contains caffeine (unintended but suitable segue; I like it). It’s also comprised of aloe vera and other natural oils, as well as Vitamin B3 which stimulates collagen, evens skin tone, and tightens the skin. So far so good, right??

You basically rub it all over your clean face in the morning and then again at night before bed, and this is the part where I tell you how essential this stuff had become for over the past 2 weeks! Not only does it both wake up and soothe my skin at the same time (magical), but within the first few uses I was already feeling the tightening and smoothing effects. Going into my second week, not only am I seeing and feeling the effects of the tightening and decrease in fine lines, especially around my eyes, I am beginning to see a decrease in the redness and uneven tones that I have been low key (not so low key) fretting over. My skin just feels fresher and so smoothe, and the lavender and lemon scent is absolutely lovely; almost therapeutic to the treatment. I love how much cleaner my skin feels when I apply this after cleansing my face and using micellar water (which I’ve also added to my routine). It’s just really uniqie from anything else I’ve tried out lately.

If you have been looking for something all-natural, and yes, cruelty-free, which I love to see more and more of these days, then definitely find a rep or go online to perfectlyposh.com and treat yo’self! There’s also a companion anti-aging creme I think I need to try. In fact, I have my eye on a few other things now that I have been introduced to the company. Bonus Jonas, this serum is only 22$. Yes! It’s affordable and it works? Who would have thought?! This one is definitely an everyday essential to me now, so I’m curious to know what some of your essential skin care items are??

Top 10: Met Gala 2017

Yesterday was the first Monday of May, coincidentally May 1st, and that means the annual Met Gala, held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institite, took place in New York. This year’s theme was “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”, in honor of the Japanese designer who founded the label. As usual, looks ranged from elegant to outspoken and daring, and celebrities were turning heads left and right for their taste-making, and perhaps taste-breaking, decisions. Here are my Top 10 favorite looks from the evening, in no particular order.

 

1. Dakota Johnson in Gucci

 


 

2. Lauren Osnes in Christian Siriano


 

3. Blake Lively in Atelier Versace



 

 

4. Stella Maxwell in custom H&M


 

5. Alexa Chung in Diane von Furstenberg


 

6. Diane Kruger in Prada


 

7. Kendall Jenner in La Perla


 

8. Taylor Hill in Carolina Herrera


 

9. Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger


 

10. Daria Strokous in Christian Dior



Who do you think had the best look of the night? Or, who do you think made the most daring statement? Share your picks in the comments!