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Red Carpet // Makeup

This is a BIG week – Oscar week!! I’ve always loved the Oscars, mainly for the red carpet.  I know I am not alone in my love of red carpet fashion, but there really is something so exciting about it. Seeing who takes big risks, who plays it safe and who debuts a new style is, strangely, a lot of fun.

Sadly, I can’t play dress up with Oscar gowns to recreate my favorite styles. That being said – I can recreate makeup looks!!

Full disclosure – I know very little about makeup. I’m a basics girl day-to-day. But this is the year for trying new things, so when Borghese sent me a box full of Red Carpet Ready makeup, I thought, why not?

So, without further ado, here are 3 of my favorite Oscar looks from the last few years, and my attempts to re-create them.

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I started each look with my normal base layer (base layer? is that a makeup term?) Which is:

And then I built each look on top of that!

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Friday Favorites // Beauty

I’ve never been very picky about beauty products – in fact, most of the time I’m perfectly happy with drug store finds and things I get for free in gift bags. But lately I’ve been exploring a little more, delving into the crazy world of beauty products, I even ventured into Sephora!!!

So – full disclosure – most of my current favorites are still things I found in a drug store or got as a gift… but I’ve been making the effort – that counts right?? 

Let’s start off with the Psssst! Years ago, this was the first dry shampoo I ever used {if you don’t count baby powder…} and every since I’ve been obsessed with dry shampoos. I’ve tried tons of them – but Psssst! is the only one that actually makes my hair feel cleaner. {actually bought this one!}
MAC nail polish. I’m usually an Essie girl, but I love love love this MAC color, Rougemarie. It’s a pretty deep red color which is one of my favorite nail colors in the fall {along with purples!} AND it dries quickly and lasts well – my DIY mani grew out more than it chipped – win! {This one was a gift.} 
 
Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black.  TIP- one does not actually need to roll on their rollerball fragrance. Just a dab will do the trick – full roll and you may knock people out. {Just assuming… Not talking from experience or anything… nope.} It’s a little deeper than my go-to scents, I usually like fresh, light fragrances, but there is something really compelling about Nirvana Black – a blend of Violet, Sandalwood and Vanilla. {I think this was a gift bag treasure, passed along to me by a co-worker!}
 
Urban Decay: Naked Basics. This purchase was a part of my goal to up my eye makeup game. From watching a multitude of YouTube tutorials I learned that just about every beauty vlogger has a Naked palette. Eyeshadow still scares me a little – I’m never sure what to do with all the colors – so I went with the Basic set instead of the full one. It has been great – I can do everyday eyes – and have even attempted a smokey eye look with it!! It is missing a sparkly shadow – so that might have to be my next purchase – any suggestions??

You may have noticed there’s also a candle in this photo – that’s just because I think it looks pretty. It’s a great candle as well, but not related to the beauty theme of this post. So if you want to know more about it go here. 😉

PS – I’m really excited about this post because I made a cool light box to shoot the picture it. My apartment doesn’t get much light – and whenever I tried to take pictures I’d get tons of harsh, ugly shadows. BUT one DIY tutorial later and Ta-Da! Great {well, better} pictures!! 
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