Posts Tagged ‘stila’

GOLD SPARKLE EXPLOSION

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Sometimes, we just have to go for the gold! Ok, maybe a have a touch of Olympic fever… but seriously, bring out this look for your next party or concert and dazzle the night away. By now you know I like easy looks that have a lot of payoff. You can’t get much easier than this one. Stamp, line and go! Here’s how:  (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide (Beauty Basics)

Post + Graphic Design, Norah Curlee

While you’ve cannon-balled straight into the beauty pool, chances are you have a few friends who are still dipping a toe in to test the waters.Shopping for these wavering newbies can be…well, tough.  Good thing we here at TBD have made it super simple with our round up of the hottest beauty bits of the season all of which are guaranteed not to intimidate. These user-friendly gems will have your little glamour amateur diving in head first in no time!

Real Techniques Brushes: These babies are our budget pick for beauty brush beginners! Developed by makeup artist Samantha Chapman, they are budget friendly, super high quality, multi-purpose and easy to use. Brush set home-run!

Stila Tools of the Trade Holiday Brush set: Holiday time is the best time for brush sets! This one from Stila has all the basics covered for painting it all on!

BeautyBlender Holiday set: Even the biggest beauty amateur can work the beautyblender. They make blending foundation, concealer, and blush easy and seamless…and she’ll get three!

Dior Golden Winter Holiday Palette: For eye shadow newbies, we say keep it neutral and keep it simple (the cut crease and winged liner come later). This gorgeous holiday palette from Dior offers a perfectly portable quad with neutral shades. Eye shadow intro..done.

Eyeko Limited Edition Mascara Wardrobe: When diving into the beauty world it’s all about trial and error. It can take some major mishaps to find the perfect mascara wand…and Eyeko lets you try three!

Tarte Stop and Stare Eyeliner set: Put a twinkle in her eye with the amazing smudge proof budge proof eyeliners from Tarte! This offering has rich colors to create a subtle smokey lash line, perfect for a more natural holiday look! (No raccoon eyes here)

Josie Maran Lip and Cheek set: Multi-purpose products rock for newbies! It streamlines their stash so as not to get overwhelmed with product overload (until they become full blown beauty junkies like us). This offers four shades to color up your cheeks and pout.

Stila Portrait of a Perfect Blush: Five different shades to amp up her natural flush! These shades are so wearable and easily blended to suite different skin tones. A beginner winner!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: This limited edition beauty illuminator by Becca is perfect for anyone intimidated by full on blush. A tiny bit of this dusted onto the cheeks adds a tiny tint plus a stunning winter glow!

Clinique Chubby Balm Holiday set: These are fuss-free wonders. Lip balm stains are perfect for a subtle wash of color that’s mega wearable. Easy to apply, no liner, primer or lip brush necessary!

E.L.F Holiday Lip Gloss Cube: The lip gloss mecca! She’ll be set with 9 sheer, easy to wear shades perfect for on the go. Not to mention this bad boy is a budget wonder!

MAC Stroke of Midnight Nude Lip Kit: If your beauty newb isn’t quite ready to bust out the bold pout quite yet, a nude lip round-up is essential. This holiday nude lip kit has everything you need from liner, lipstick and a gloss to shine things up!

Boscia Pink Peppermint Blotting sheets: Help newbie keep shine at bay with this adorable holiday facial blotting sheets. P.S. They smell amazing.

Smashbox Try It – Halo kit: Full on foundation can be a little intimidating for a first timer – enter the BB cream and finishing powder. Both included in this starter kit!

CAUDALIE Beauty Elixir Limited Edition By L’Wren Scott: The only thing required of this product is a spritz! It will take care of the rest. Refreshes the complexion with grape, orange blossom, rose, mint and rosemary.

Formula X by Sephora The System: Kickstart her future nail addiction with this exclusive set. Nail cleanser, base coat, top coat and you get to choose any polish from the entire line. Done!

Holiday Nail Wraps by NCLA: Nail wraps were made for newbies. Fool proof without having to worry about painting precision. Not to mention…instant nail art! Cute and so cute!

Tocca Holiday Trio: A trio of different scent mini’s for the beauty beginner to road test. Tocca’s line-up is always fresh and easy to wear!

What were your essentials back in your beauty newbie days? Tell us in the comments!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE (BEST FRIEND)

Post + Graphic Design, Norah Curlee

Chances are, your best friend has been there for you through the worst of days and the most fun nights! But sometimes the person you know best, can be the hardest to shop for come holiday time. No worries love! TBD has you covered on the beauty front. We’ve rounded up favorites from our stash that are guaranteed to put a huge grin on her face come present time. Who knows, maybe she’s shopping this post for your gift too, you lucky girl! (send her a link just to be sure)

Toyko Milk Fragrance in Bulletproof #45: The Dark line from Tokyo Milk is a sexy line-up. We love this particular scent with deep notes of warm coconut and smokey teas. It’s something unexpected yet awesome to add to her scent line up! Grrrrr.

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub: Not only does this tub of goodness slough off dead skin but it smells like key lime pie! After a good scrubba-dub-dub, she’ll have mega soft skin and smell like dessert. A double win.

Laqa & Co The Fiver: This takes the cake for the best lippie set of the season. You get five shades of their amazing, glossy lip pencils (no sharpeners needed!). Highly pigmented and brilliant packaging. Ticks all of the boxes for the perfect gift!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: So the beauty world has been long anticipating the launch of the third installment in Urban Decay’s Naked palette line…and it has arrived! And boy, is it a beauty. Nothing but the best for bestie!

Jin Soon Holiday Toppings: Super shiny nail trio that any best friend would love to have! We can picture so many mani possibilities with these glitter polishes that will carry her all through the season. A great addition to the varnish stashes.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro Pick’s Lip Tar set: Anyone who hasn’t heard the loud and proud raves of these lip phenomenons must be living on Mars! For this reason, we had to include them for best friend. They are amazing as is or mix a few shades together for a custom pout. Either way, gorgeous!

Glam Glow Mask: This one goes in the “I really really love you and you are my best friend in the entire world” gift pile. A bit of a luxury item, but boy is it worth it. She can say au revoir to every clogged pore on her face! We want our besties to have great skin, yeah? Yeah!

The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art: For anyone in your life who obsessively looks at nail art pics on Instagram…meet their perfect gift. Pages of amazing nail art to inspire her own polish adventures!

Dry Bar Morning After Kit: Give the gift of second day hair! This is perfect to have on hand for last for all the holiday soirees you and your bestie will be crashing. She’ll be most grateful.

Illamasqua Liquid Metals: If these don’t scream “please wear me to parties” we don’t know what does. These creamy metallic cream shadows are gorgeous blended on the lid. Yes ma’am!

Mirror Compacts: These adorable little mirror compacts are great to stock up on and pass out to all of your best friends! They are also perfect to throw in gift bags as a cute add on. When something is adorned with kittens and french bulldogs…you can’t leave it behind.

Feeling Smitten Bath Bomb Trio: Cupcake bath bombs…seriously who wouldn’t want this? A nod to our favorite sweet treat but for the bath. Get fizzy with it.

Lipstick Queen Lip Nouveau Set: This is a hot brand in the lippie universe right now! Treat your pal to this set with three gorgeous limited edition shades from Lipstick Queen.

twistband™ set: This is the situation where a necessity becomes an accessory. These hair ties are super fun and majorly handy! And if your best girls are anything like ours…hair ties are never around when you need them.

Stila Masterpiece Series Eye and Cheek Palettes: These are a total steal. Three beautiful shadow and blush palettes for bestie to put her best face forward!

Benefit Bathina Body Balm: This is one of the most fun/retro products out there! This body balm gives you a festive glow and is especially good for the legs post shave!

Anna Sui Lip Color Palette: Yes, yes and yes. This is the perfect lip palette…from shade selection to packaging, it’s on point. You’re the best friend ever.

Stila Eat Sleep Dance Makeup Bag: Well, all these beauty treats…where is best friend going to put it? Answer: in this cheeky metallic silver bag with a very important motto etched on the front.

 

Ok, so what are your favorites? Anything in this haul that your girlfriends would kill to have? Let us know in the comments!

Also shopping for mom? We covered that too!

TEAL IS THE NEW BLACK

Spring is the perfect time to break out a little color in your palette! And it’s much more wearable than you think if you apply the bold color along the natural shape of your eyelid (don’t wing it out) and pair it with a soft pink cheek and lip. I had the pleasure of creating this look for Emmy Rossum a couple weeks ago for her red carpet event and got so many emails asking what I used on her, I thought I would do even better and actually show you step by step exactly what I did on Emmy on my friend Jessie!

Sponsored Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

TOOLS:

  • Teal Eye Shadow — I used Lorac Eye Color in Celebutant and also really love Urban Decay Stardust Eye Shadow in Atmosphere which is slightly cooler while the Lorac shade is warmer (revisit my Undertones post if you haven’t determined yours yet!)
  • Medium Dome-Shaped Blending Brush – Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Brush is the perfect compacted head for control when applying all over the lid and in the crease. If you don’t own a brush like this one yet, you’re missing out!
  • Black Waterproof Liner — I love Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Onyx because it glides on thick and the blackest black like a kajal liner but it’s waterproof so it stays longer.
  • Mascara – I used Kevyn Aucoin Curling Lash Color in Rich Pitch Black because it’s kinda major when it comes to curling and painting your lashes. Trust.
  • Pearl Cream Eye Shadow – I used Stila Smudge Pot Liner in Kitten, the iconic warm pearl shade.
  • Small Tapered Brush — Try the W3LL People Tapered Angle Eye Brush for both the pearl shadow above the crease or the teal shadow on the bottom lashline.
  • Pale Pink/Peach Cream Blush – I used Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera which is gorgeous on pale skin like Emmy’s and medium skin tone like Jessie’s or try Petunia on dark skin tones or Fuchsia on the darkest skin tones.
  • Foundation – I used Luminess Air Matte Foundation because I love the velvety coverage and the fact that it’s matte so you don’t need to powder after.
  • Pale Pink/Peach Lipstick or Gloss – Emmy chose to leave her lips bare that night but another option would be Lorac Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick in Haute like I used on Jessie for a colored shine or Vincent Longo Wet Pearl Lipstick in Honeysuckle for a satin finish.

STEPS:

  1. After applying foundation all over your face and neck, apply the teal shadow all over the lid and crease with the medium dome-shaped brush.
  2. Sweep the teal shadow along the bottom lashline with the small tapered brush.
  3. Rim the inner waterline with the black waterproof liner by gently pulling down on the bottom lid and tracing the pencil just above the lashline.
  4. Sweep the pearl shadow just above the teal, above the crease, to add a little life to the area.
  5. Coat the lashes with mascara.
  6. Smile in the mirror to pop out the apples and apply the pink cream blush on the upper half of them.
  7. Finish with the pale pink lipstick or gloss.

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