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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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!

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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!

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!

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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!

 

 

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 recieve free boxes of full sized 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.

Festive 4th of July Make-up Looks

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The 4th of July is only one day away, which means that summer is in full swing. I know, I know people consider Memorial Day as the official start of summer, but I always feel that Independence Day is the true beginning of summer. Up until this point the kiddies have only been out of school for about a week and temps are usually pretty mild until July here on the East Coast.
Whatever you consider to be the official start of summer there is no denying that it’s a fun time of year where you can enjoy being outside, going to BBQs, the beach and watching the sun set as you head out to see the fireworks. In celebration of this festive time of year, I have cooked up four fun and festive makeup looks you can take with you anywhere you go.

 

Bold Blue Lips

Bold lip colors are having a moment right now (check this out Maybelline Loaded Bolds: Crazy for Blue) and what better way to try out crazy blue lips than the 4th of July. If your feeling shy about rocking this daring lip color you can just shrug it off as you being extra festive. When wearing a daring lip color such as this, I like to keep the rest of my makeup simple. Neutral eye-shadows, blush and a classic winged eyeliner keep the focus on the lips and makes it more wearable for that BBQ you are going to later in the day. I am wearing NYX Liquid Suede Cream in Stone Fox. It’s almost a cross between gray and blue which makes it unique and so much fun to wear.

 

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Classic Red Lip
Since we are talkin’ bold lips, I have to suggest going with one of my favorite lip colors a deep red. This color is way more wearable than the NYX’s stone fox but it’s still festive and perfect for the 4th. Red lips are a classic and I would encourage everyone to do a little experimenting and find their perfect shade of red. It’s especially great in the summer months when you don’t want to wear a ton of eye makeup that you are just going to sweat off anyway. Throw on a little mascara, a little tinted moisterizer, those red lips and your good to go. My red of choice for today is NYX Liquid Suede Cream in Cherry Skies.

 

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 Sparkly Red Eyes
 For this look I am wearing a shimmery white shadow on the upper lids and some bronzer in the crease for a little contour with a winged liner. I added some silvery shimmer with Revolt from Urban Decay’s Electric Palette. I used NYX eyeshadow in Sunrise, a bright red shimmery shadow that I used to line my lower lashes with. I know, you’re probably thinking red eye-shadow? I can’t get away with that! Red eye-shadow can be a very pretty choice when used sparingly and as an accent color, rather than a shadow you cover your whole lid with. I added some black liner in my water line to keep the red from washing me out and to make my eyes pop. I kept the lips nude since I wanted the focus to be on my eyes.
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Red, White and Blue 
This last look is the same as the above except I added a bright blue liquid liner by Bourjois in Electro Blue, above my winged. This look is so much fun and it’s an unexpected way to wear patriotic colors. Again, I am wearing a nude color on the lips, since they eyes are so colorful. If I wear this look on the 4th, I am going to keep my outfit simple.You don’t want to look like you’re trying to hard or some kind of crazy patriotic cartoon character (unless that’s your jam, then totally go for it). A simple white sundress or ripped shorts with a white flowey top would look amazing.

 

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These four looks are bold, but I think that they are so much fun. Holidays are the perfect excuse for experimenting with bright colors and for trying out daring new looks. What do you think? Would you try out any of these 4th of July looks?

 

**I have realized that I have used a few NYX products in this post but I am not sponsored or affiliated with NYX in anyway. I’m a big fan of their pigmented products, and I just went a little crazy on the buy on get one half off sale at Ulta.