Northside Festival 2017 Brooklyn NY – Part 2

Welcome back lovely dazzlers! This is part 2 of my experience at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, NY. If you haven’t heard of the Northside Festival then check out part 1 here to get the details! Let’s get into it from where we left off in the last post!

Six hours later and my makeup is holding up pretty well! No smudging just yet. Find out more about my look of the day here!

After a long day of walking around exploring the shops and art at the block party, it was time for a late lunch/dinner! I read good reviews about Alls Well Pub on Bedford Ave and let me tell you it did not disappoint! Alls Well serves breakfast until 4 pm so I made it just in time for some huevos rancheros with crema and cotija cheese. It was very spicy but I ate every last bit and cooled off with a grapefruit Paloma!

After dinner, we headed to McCarren Park and got there around 4:15. To my surprise, there wasn’t much of a line yet so we were able to get amazing spots (there was no seating just first come first serve). Inside the venue, there were food trucks, ice cream, and drinks being served. They were also selling mats just in case you wanted to sit on the ground at any time during the concert. I was lucky enough to have the Gypsy 05 Boho Beach Roundie I got from my spring FabFitFun box with me! It was a perfect size and the boho vibe was perfect for a festival cute!

Time for Music!

Woohooo we were able to get seats close to the stage!

Saro

Saro kicked off the night at Northside Festival

The show took a while to get started but at 6:30 the first artist took the stage. Saro is a indie pop artist from LA who was performing on the East Coast for the first time. You can check out his EP In Loving Memory here! 

BJ the Chicago Kid

BJ the Chicago Kid at Northside Festival

The next artist to take the stage was BJ the Chicago Kid. He performed his r&b hits and did a few covers for all of the r&b lovers in the crowd (love me some old Usher hits). You can listen to his latest here. BJ the Chicago Kid really got the crowd singing and groovin along!

Miguel

Miguel at Northside Festival

The last performer was Miguel! I have been a fan of Miguel since around 2010 so I was really excited to see him live. I just loved his energy and his vocals (he is such a good singer!!). If you haven’t heard Miguel’s music before you should definitely try it out! One of the reasons I am such a  big fan is because he is not your typical R&B singer. I would say his music is based in soul but he blends in elements of rock, hip-hop, and funk. It’s hard to put a label on his music because it has so many influences. One thing is for sure he is a rock star on stage! If you’re interested in hearing his music check him out here. I also have some videos of the event on my Instagram.

Miguel took the stage wearing mirrored aviator sunglasses and a leather jacket.
Miguel sang all of his hits! Adorn, Do you, How Many Drinks and Coffee

I will for sure be looking out for Miguel’s next tour or performance dates. He is one of my favorite artists and after seeing him perform live I am an even bigger fan! If you haven’t heard Miguel’s music click here for a taste!

Music festivals and concerts are some of my favorite things to do in the summertime and this one did not disappoint! What artists do you enjoy to see in concert? Have you been to any festivals this season?

Northside Festival 2017 Brooklyn NY – Part 1


Hello, lovely dazzlers! Today I am sharing with you a quick post on my day trip to Brooklyn over the weekend for the Northside Festival! If you haven’t heard of it before the Northside Festival is a five-day event where you can experience new music, art, and speakers on a range of topics.

Northside Festival in Brooklyn, New York

There are two main events at the Northside Festival from June 7-11. Northside Innovations (June 7-9) is geared toward entrepreneurs and innovators. It includes interviews, panel discussions, talks, workshops and more. Northside Music (June 8-11) and included headliners Dirty Projectors, Kamasi Washington, Miguel, and a punk/emo marathon with Thursday and PUP. There were options to purchase a 5-day badge for all events, a 5-day badge for only music or innovations or you could buy a single ticket for one show.

Since I knew I would only be in Brooklyn for one day I purchased tickets for the Miguel concert featuring BJ the Chicago Kid and Saro!

**BTW if you aren’t using Bands in Town you should definitely get on it! Bands in Town is a really cool app where you can follow your favorite music artists and you will be notified if they are performing in your area. This is how I found out about the festival. As soon I saw that Miguel was going to be performing in Brooklyn I knew I had to scoop them up! 

Loving these mink lashes from Kiss and my Makeup Revolution Highlighting Balm Palette

I knew it was going to be a hot day so I decided to wear this light maxi dress I got from Charlotte Russ. I purchased it about a month ago and have been dying to wear it. Isn’t the pattern so much fun? And the sleeves add a little extra something without being too heavy for the warm weather.

I didn’t take any pictures of myself with the dress on in the city because I totally forgot! I guess that’s what happens when you are having fun. You don’t really think about what you are wearing and you just enjoy the moment! If you want to see what this dress looks like on, I am going to be putting out a post of my favorite summer dresses soon so stay tuned!

Back to my day trip to NYC!

The concert was scheduled to start at 6 with the gates opening at 5 but we wanted to leave some time to walk around and enjoy the city since we don’t go into NYC too often.

Our first stop was Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. If you have never been to the New York Public Library you really should check it out. It’s not just a library the building itself is a work of art and there are exhibitions that you can check out.

This exhibition is Latin America in Photographs. Photographers captured their experiences and impressions of Latin America.

I wish we could’ve explored the library more but it was time to get to Brooklyn for shopping and food!

When we got off the subway in Brooklyn we noticed right away that there was a block party going on! I totally forgot that this was a part of the Northside Festival!

The block party included live music, people painting blank walls, food, handmade jewelry sellers and more!

I picked up these cool sunglasses at a little boutique. It doesn’t really go with my patterned dress but they are so cute I had to wear them all day! I love how you can see my BF in the mirrored lens! He looks so confused!


Wanna see more from The Northside Festival? Stay tuned for part 2 coming this Thursday! Follow me on social media or Bloglovin so you don’t miss a post!

 

ISH Cosmetics Dynamic Duo – A FabFitFun Add-On

A few weeks ago I posted about my spring FabFitFun box and all of the goodies that came in my box. I briefly mentioned that I choose a few add-on products. One of those products was the ISH Cosmetics Party in Pink/Rustie Duo. This mini kit came with two products a Shadow Stick and Shimmy Shadow.

I’m also featuring the RealHer lip kit in Pink I received from the spring FabFitFun box because I thought pretty pale pink lips would look great with the ISH Cosmetics products that I added-on! Don’t you love the empowering phrases that come on the RealHer packaging?

Women Rule the World? Oh, yea!

While we are talking about RealHer products I might as well mention that they are 100% free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, gluten, and phthalates. Not only that but 20% of the profits go to the American Association of University Women (AAUW). I love finding products that give to a good cause. If you would like more information on how they give back click here.

Back to ISH Cosmetics (which by the way stands for I’m Smokin Hot!) here I am wearing only the Shadow Stick on my eyes.

ISH Shadow Stick in Party in Rustie

I am really loving the color and how easy the shadow is to apply. I just directly applied it on my lid without any primer. It makes for a quick but pretty eyeshadow look.

While I like the color and the easy application of the shadow stick by the end of the day it started to crease. Which I suppose is to be expected with most cream shadows. It’s not a huge problem because I was able to go most of the day with my makeup looking fresh but it’s something to be aware of if you have oily lids.

ISH Shimmy Shadow in Party in Pink

Onto the next! How gorgeous is that golden pinky shimmer? I absolutely love this product! ISH Shimmy Shadows will really make your eyes pop. When applying this product I suggest that you dab the shadow onto your lids so that you don’t get too much fallout. It can get messy if you’re not careful!

The good thing about this product is that you can build up the shimmer. So if you only want a little shimmer use a brush to dab sparingly. If you want intense shimmer for a night out keep laying on the product with a heavy hand!

This picture above was taken outside in the sun. I was attempting to capture just how shimmery it is but it really doesn’t do it justice! It looks so much shimmery in person!

I’m also wearing ISH Gold Bomb on my cheekbones and the inner corners of my eyes. This highlighter is very subtle and infused with coconut and sunflower seed oils. It gives you just enough shine so you can wear it all day or night!

While I enjoyed wearing the ISH Shadow Stick I can’t get past how amazing the Shimmy Shadow is! It gives you that glittery shimmery shine without looking overdone. Shimmy Shadows are available in four more colors including a silvery gray color that looks amazing. What do you think? Have you ever tried ISH cosmetics or RealHer cosmetics? Do you have any favorite glitter or shimmer products? If so let me know in the comments!

 

Review: Makeup Revolution Highlighters and Strobing Powders

Hey, there lovely dazzlers! If you haven’t noticed recently I have been on a Makeup Revolution kick! I can’t stop trying out the different products that they offer! I’ve was impressed with the quality and pigmentation of their shadow palettes and the strobing balm palette.
Today we are taking a look at some of the baked and strobe highlighters. They cost about $6 each and occasionally go on sale at Ulta. I purchased these when they were on sale for buy two get one free.

Vivid Baked Highlighters

Peach Lights

Peach Lights is a natural looking highlight that you can wear every day without looking like you’re going to hit up the club. This is the least pigmented of the four that I purchased but it still gives you a nice glow. It’s my least favorite of the four because I feel like it doesn’t really show up very well on my skin tone. I’m thinking it would look great on someone with a fairer skin tone. Personally, I like a little bit more drama in my highlighter! I think I will end up using this during the work week and for days I am going for a more natural look.

Here is a picture from my St. Patty’s Day post and I am actually wearing Peach Lights on my cheek bone and inner corners of my eyes.

Don’t mind the band-aid I was super clumsy and sliced my finger while cooking!! Eeek!

Rosegold Lights

Rosegold Lights is very pigmented and shimmery shade of pink. I had to purchase this one because I found it quite unusual for a highlighter to come in such a pigmented rosy color. This highlighter does have much more impact when applied and looks really pretty on the inner corners of your eyes. I don’t know if I’m completely sold on rosy pink highlighter. I feel like it’s more of a shimmery blush than anything else. Regardless, it is still a very beautiful shade and I may just end up wearing it as a blush than an actual highlighter.

Strobe Highlighter

Gold Addict

Gold Addict has to be my favorite of all the highlighters I purchased.The pigment is amazing and it is quite shimmery. I am in love with the way that it shows up on my skin and it photographs quite lovely. It is going to look amazing in the summertime with a tan and some bronzy eyeshadow to top it off. This one makes me feel like a glowy goddess! I am predicting that this is going to be my go-to highlighter in the summertime and for special occasions.

The look below is from my Makeup Revolution Palette Review post!

Holographic Lights

Holographic Lights is not nearly as intense as Gold Addict but it still will give you a lovely glow. It is actually a bit similar to the Ultra Strobe Palette in that it has a pretty iridescent/holographic appearance to it. It will give you more of a glowy unicorn look rather than glowy golden summertime goddess. I would wear this on a night out as the camera does pick up the shimmer quite nicely but I also wouldn’t be afraid to wear it during the day.
 
In the picture below I have the rosegold highlighter on the left side of my face and the gold strobing powder on the right side. I also put a bit on the inner corners of my eyes.
Have you ever tried Makeup Revolution’s highlighters? If so which ones and what did you think? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter and Instagram!

Review: Makeup Revolution Eye Shadow and Strobing Palette

Makeup revolution just became available at my local Ulta store and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I noticed the new section as I walked in and was certainly intrigued. If you have never heard of Makeup Revolution they are a company from London that launched in 2014. The prices are amazing (highlighter for $5.95? Yes Please!) and they are cruelty-free!

 

Makeup Revolution has a nice selection of lip colors, highlighters, and blushes but what really caught my eye were all of the eyeshadow palettes. The palettes are inexpensive running anywhere from $7-$15. To top it off Ulta was having a buy two get one free sale. I had just hit the beauty junkies jackpot!

Ultra eye Contour Light and Shade

This palette is perfect for everyday use yet is pigmented enough to create a “going out” look. All 12 of the colors are matte and will flatter every skin tone.
This is a great palette because it blends easily and if I decide to go out on the town I can use some of the darker colors to create a smokey look. It is also a nice palette to use for when you want to wear a bold lip but you want to balance it out with a neutral eye.

Ultra eyeshadows in Flawless 2

The Flawless 2 palette comes with 32 matte and shimmer shadows. This is a fun palette because you have the option of keeping it natural or experimenting with different blue or red based colors.
Here I am wearing a blend of these four rusty colors – Sound, Expert, Impeccable, and Official. I love that I didn’t have to spend very much money on unique eyeshadow colors.

 

The shadows in this set are very blendable and highly pigmented. What you see is what you get! My only complaint is that they do release a bit of powder when you stroke the brush on the palette, however, it’s not a huge problem just blow off the excess powder.

Ultra Strobe Balm Palette

The Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm Palette is the product that initially caught my eye when I noticed the Makeup Revolution section at Ulta. This palette comes with 8 iridescent highlighting balms. They look super intense in the palette but when you apply them they end up looking gorgeously glowy!
Here I am wearing the balm on my upper cheekbones, inner corner of my eyes, cupid’s bow and middle of my lips.
I love the variety of the balms and how they make you look dewy without feeling heavy or caked on! The wear is pretty good too I didn’t need to touch up at all.
Overall I am very impressed with the quality and pigment of Makeup Revolution products. I think that their shadows and highlighters rival the higher end products. If I would have come across their selection of highlighter and strobing products I may have not even purchased my Tarte Pro Highlight/Contour palette! (Although I still really love that palette).

 

Have you tried any products from Makeup Revolution? If so did you like them? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter or Instagram!

 

 

 

The Eyes Have It – St. Patty’s Day Makeup Look

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I thought I would make a quick post about the eye look that I am wearing today to celebrate the holiday!

I used the Urban Decay Electric Palette and Victorias Secret Silky Eye Shadow in Risk to create this look and kept the rest of my makeup simple so the eyes really stand out. The great thing about green eyeshadow is that it really does look great on a variety of skin tones. It’s all about finding the right shade for you. Not only that but green can actually be very wearable if you just keep the application to the lids.

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this quick post and that it inspires you to rock the green all year round! What are you up to for St. Patty’s Day? Are you rockin green eyeshadow? Or are you super daring and going for a green lip like this or this instead? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream

NYX Cosmic Metals

A review of the super metallic lip creams!

I have been eyeing the NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Creams for the past few months trying to decide if I should try out metallic lips. Bright blues, purples and bronzy browns, these colors looked more like they were meant for the eyes rather than the lips!
NYX Cosmic Metals in Speed of Light

I purchased two colors Speed of Light and Galatic. Speed of Light is a really pretty bronzey pink color that I normally wear on my eyes. I never thought to wear such a color on my lips but I was actually surprised at how pretty it looked! I actually loved the metallic look and thought that this color was subtle enough for every day. It’s a little pop of shine when you feel like being a little different!

NYX Cosmic Metals in Speed of Light
While Speed of Light is pretty subtle, Galatic is outta this world (see what I did there? Galatic, outta this world……like outer space. Oh well I tried lol). Galatic is a crazy blue based gray that is sure to catch anyone’s attention. While it is definitely not an everyday look, I was kinda feelin the bold color. I would try this color for a night out on the town for sure!
NYX Cosmic Metals in Galactic
While NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Creams have really great pigment and shine there are some downsides to the product. One being that it is super thick! I mean I could really feel the product on my lips and after a while, I started to see the product build up on the sides of my mouth! Another is that they are not long lasting and the rub off easily. Which is a shame because they would be amazing to wear on New Year’s Eve but with eating and drinking it would be inconvenient to keep reapplying your lip color all night. And if you’re planning on smooching your bae at midnight don’t even think about it unless they are totally ok with wearing your lips color all over their face for the rest of night.
Feeling daring? Rock this lip on New Year’s Eve.

Overall if you are really wanting to try out a metallic lip color I would say give it a go! They are only $7.50 a pop and are really fun to experiment with. Although I love the way the colors look, I don’t see myself purchasing any more of these lip creams. The stickiness and thickness are totally a turn-off. I’m hoping that they will reformulate the product so it isn’t so goopy. I am definitely going to have to find another brand that sells metallic lipsticks that aren’t so messy.
Have you tried a metallic lip? If so what brand did you try and how did you like it? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Eyeliner Brights! Tarte Limited-edition Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner

 

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Oh how I just love a bright colorful eyeliner! And Tarte cosmetics definitely delivers with their limited edition Clay Pot Liners! I am a big fan of Tarte cosmetics, not only do they make highly pigmented products that wear all day but they are conscious of using more natural ingredients.

Aside from 100% Pure Cosmetics, Tarte is one of the only cosmetics companies that I receive email updates from and I am sure glad that I do! I found out about the limited-edition Clay Pot WaterProof Shadow Liners from an e-mail and I couldn’t resist trying some out!

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These shadow liners come in eight fun limited-edition colors. I initially wanted to try out the rose gold and mint shades but they were sold out! So I settled for unicorn kisses (a really pretty pastel blue), fairy wings (mate lilac) and goldilocks (bright yellow).

The first color I tried out was Fairy Wings. I have to say while the pigment and the color was amazing, it was kinda difficult to apply. At first I thought maybe it was my liner brush that was the problem but I tried out several different brushes and I still had a hard time getting the perfect line.

I kept the look simple with neutral shadow, no black liner, Color Pop lips in Grunge and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Naughty Nudes. I really wanted the liner to stand out and be the star of the look. Fairy Wings really is bright and beautiful and the photos don’t do it justice. I don’t think that I am crazy about this lilac color on myself but I think that it would look amazing on someone with fairer skin.

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This has to be one of my favorite makeup looks ever! I am wearing more of a dramatic eye with Unicorn Kisses in the waterline. I loved how the blue made my eyes pop and made a rather natural makeup look more fun! It even stood in my waterline all day! I tried out this look with two different lips. A pretty pink look by Color Pop and my attempt at making it more fall appropriate with some Grunge by Color Pop. I am still wearing the Amazonian Clay Blush in Naughty Nudes because I wanted to keep the cheeks more natural.

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**The earrings are the same ones from my Primark post. If you didn’t get to check it out read it here.

This last look I totally forgot to take a good picture of my makeup look with Goldilocks. I kept the look similar in that I went for a more neutral blush and lip color. I didn’t like the way I looked with just yellow eyeliner so I added black liner underneath to give my eyes a little more pop!

Tarte goldilocks

If you love to have fun with your makeup and try out different colors I would recommend these liners! You have to work with them in order to get a perfect line but once you do it stays put and looks pretty darn cool!

Since they are limited edition I am not sure if they will be getting the rose gold or mint color in but I am really hoping that they do. If I can get my hands on those two colors I will definitely make another post letting you know how it goes. Have you had a chance to try out these new liners? If not do you have any favorite bright colors you like to wear on your eyes? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Tee Tree Oil Makeup Brush Cleanser (D.I.Y.)

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Hello there! Today is just a quick post about how I have been cleaning my makeup brushes in between uses. It’s easy to get into the habit of going weeks and weeks without cleaning your makeup brushes but it’s important to get rid of bacteria. Keeping your brushes clean not only makes them work better but keeps them free from yucky bacteria. And all of that buildup and bacteria can cause breakouts or even eye infections.

I usually deep clean my brushes at least once a month using a mild soap like baby shampoo. In between washing my brushes, I will use this my homemade brush cleaner. The alcohol kills the germs and the tee tree oil adds moisture so your brushes don’t dry out. Give your brushes a quick spritz, wipe on a clean towel and you’re good to go!

 

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Influenster Goddess VoxBox Review

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Hello, lovely dazzlers! If you are following my Instagram then you probably already know that I am a member of Influenster.com. If you haven’t heard of Influenster before here is a quick summary of the website and what they do. Influenster.com is a website where you can sign up to receive free boxes of full size and sample size products. It is free to signup and create a membership. All you have to do is answer some surveys in order to receive products to try out. If you receive and qualify for a VoxBox (a box filled with samples and full sized products). Influenster will ask you to complete several surveys or post your products for review on various social media sites. The more active you are in the Influenster community the more likely you are to receive a VoxBox!

I have been a member since 2011 way before I started my blog or had an Instagram account. To give you an idea of the types of products you can receive check out the products I received in my Goddess VoxBox below!

  • Always Radiant with Flex Foam and Flexi Wings
  • Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel Toner
  • Pantene Expert Intense Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads
  • Sinful Colors Professional Porcelain Matte Nail Color
  • Downy Fresh Protect In-Wash Odor Defense April FreshH

I have actually loved all of these products so far. The only product that I might not continue using is the Pantene Expert Intense Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner because it does not say that it is for color treated hair. It is, however, a good shampoo and I will probably give it away to someone who doesn’t dye their hair.

If you would like a more detailed review of each product comment below and I would be happy to post about it!  Do you know of any other websites that offer free products to review? Let us know in the comments below.