Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns : August 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Greek Goddess Makeup Challenge: Aphrodite

So I'm really excited to be a part of this link up with the lovely Jiawun from the blog Beauty Nerd By Night!! She started this awesome idea of doing a "Greek Goddess Makeup Challenge" and I was totally in from the start!  I am all about some Greek goddess makeup.  So for the next several weeks you will see a cute little makeup tutorial that may just be inspired by a badass goddess..  Again, really over excited about this.

So challenge #1 was Aphrodite.  If you didn't already know, Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of love, desire, & beauty.  That pretty much sums it up.  If you want to know more, do a good old Google search.  I could read about Greek gods and goddesses for hours.

Anywho, for the makeup I was inspired simply by love and the natural beauty of Aphrodite.  I did my hair and makeup and waltzed around all day in a Grecian-esq dress and was freakin loving it.  I pretty much felt like a modern embodiment of Aphrodite herself, which is exactly what I was going for.

I felt as though this makeup called for some flawless skin, so I started by doing my usual toner, eye cream, moisturizer routine.  Then I used a luminous primer, medium coverage foundation, a ton of concealer (which still failed to completely cover my dark circles.  We'll just pretend they're not there.) and topped it all off with some highlighter. [#1] I also used a bit of bronzer for a light contour on my cheek hollows, jaw line, and temples.  Last, I used a pink blush for a natural flush of the cheeks. [#2]

Then came the fun part: the eyes.  I did a natural, defined brow and used a beige liner in my water line to make my eyes look bigger.   After priming my eyelids and using a base shadow, I broke out the pinks.  This year has been my beauty renaissance; I finally figured out how to used red/pink based shadows and not look like I'm sick or dying.  So I wanted to incorporate that into this makeup.  I did an ombre style shadow look, starting with the lightest shade in the center of my lids.  Then I used the next shade on the fare end of my lid and into my crease. In the outer corner I used my darkest shade, which I also blended into the crease.  Last, I used a light nude to brighten the inner edge of my lids and a bright white to highlight my brow bone. [#3] For eyeliner, I used a liquid pen liner to create a natural cat eye and topped it off with mascara. [#4] I painted my pout with a peachy pink lipstick and I was done!

I finished off the look by putting my hair in some bouncy, Grecian curls.  I parted my hair in the center and used a curling wand, twisting my strands away from my face.  Hair fit for a goddess! I took a few too many selfies, but hey it was fun!  I even added a super cutesy, pink, heart themed pic just for Aphrodite!


Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette [Sonic, Alchemy, Bondage, Last Sin]
Urban Decay Feminine Palette [Skimp]


XO, Briana

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SGMC Book Party- The Time Travelling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

I know it has been a long time since I've done a book review, but it's been quite a while since I've read, like, an actual novel.  Which was totally long over due.  I am what you would call a "serial reader": I read a bunch of books in a row and then stop dead for months at a time, then pick back up again.  I am weird, which has already been established.  Anyway, after the past few months of staring at The Maze Runner idly sitting on my night stand, I decided I needed to pick up something new.  I waltzed to my little book shelf and grabbed this one:

The Time Travelling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

Now I've had this one for a while now and had been wanting to read it of course, but it just hadn't called to me yet.  But now I can say I read it in about 5ish hours or so.  It was a quick read and I very much enjoyed it.

Although I feel it was written for a much younger audience than my 24 year old self, I still really connected to the book.  The main character was 12, but the story wasn't so much about her 12 year old life as it was about the fashion and the time travelling.  Which was pretty awesome if you ask me.  Now I am pretty easily amused, but I feel like this series was written for me.  Pretty much this young girl, Louise, is in love with vintage clothing and has a very deep appreciation and respect for the pieces.  To not spoil anything in case you want to read it, she winds up time travelling back to the Titanic as a famous movie star.

Now, when I started reading I hadn't read the summary in a while so I didn't realize she wound up on the Titanic until I got to it in the book.  I might have actually jumped up and down if I had been standing up.  I actually recall letting out an audible YES as I freakin' love the Titanic.  And I love fashion so it was like a two for one deal.  So what I liked so much about the book was that combination of vintage fashion and history (and it was actually pretty accurate).  Also what was really enchanting about this book was the illustrations.  Normally we young adults don't get pretty pictures in our novels, but this one had fashion illustrations showing the outfits described in the book.  So you really get the visual, which I think is really important here. Nonetheless, it made me smile.

As for the writing, it was pretty well done.  The story flowed well and it was very easy to read, but not juvenile, in my opinion. I would really recommend this one to anyone who loves fashion and history.  It was a really fun read and I'm now anxious to read the other two books in the series.  In those she adventures to the times of Cleopatra and of Marie Antoinette; two pretty interesting time periods if you ask me.  So those got immediately added to my Amazon cart after I'd finished haha.

Overall I would give this book 4 stars! The only reason I didn't give it a full 5 stars is because I wish there was just a bit more detail.  I feel like there could have been a lot more meat on its bones, but regardless it was a light, fun read which is right up my alley!

Read the authors summary --> HERE!
Buy the book --> HERE!
Watch the really cute book trailer --> HERE!

Have you read this book? What did you think?  And if you plan on reading it let me know how you like it! :)

XO, Briana

Friday, August 7, 2015

New to My Makeup Bag

Recently I've had quite a few new additions to my makeup bag, or I should say something more along the lines of my makeup suitcase.  I've even taken to buying and building my own set of "Alex" inspired drawers, what has proven very helpful.  But I digress.  I've bought a few new things and received a few new things that I feel are very much worth talking about! So please help me in welcoming the newest additions to my makeup family!

Stila Got Inked Cushion Eyeliner in Smokey Quartz

I've only gotten to wear this twice and I already love it!  The color is just epic, there are no other words to describe it.  In general, I tend to keep with the blackest of black liquid liners, because the brown shades I've used are just not bold enough to even bother with.  As all beauty gurus know well, liquid eyeliner is an art, so using a color that is too light to even see is just silly.  Anyway, this smokey quartz color gets the perfect medium.  It's dark enough to show up on my tan skin, yet the brown metallic shades enhance my blue eyes without such a harsh outline.  It really is lovely.  Also, it looks great with just about any combo of eyeshadows and works in any season!  Now the cushion part of this product is also really cool.  It makes the liner very versatile since you have a lot of control over the amount of product you put on the brush.  I'm still getting used to it, but so far it has proven itself worthy to become a part of my regular beauty routine! Find it here!

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rapture

I'm in love with this lipstick.  I received it in a prize pack that I won at a Twitter party I attended last month with Urban Decay and Conde Nast Sway!  Thanks so much to them, it was a great time and I love everything I got!  Anyway, the UD Revolution Lipstick has been on my "to try" list for a while, so I was super excited to get this one.  I loved the color in the tube, but I was a little hesitant since I don't usually don the darker lips.  However, this color is beautiful! Like, I honestly almost feel like it was made for me.  Similar to what I loved about the smokey quartz color, the Rapture shade hit that happy medium for me.  Not too dark, but just dark enough to make a statement.  It's also super smooth going on and had a nice staying power!  Although I wouldn't know much about that, since I'm usually eating something every couple hours or so, lol.  All in all, I really like this lipstick and I'll probably buy another one soon! Find it here!

Nars Blush in Orgasm

I've had this one for a month or so now, but I'd been eyeing this cult classic for a while.  Nars being a little more on the pricey side, I'd been waiting until I had a little extra mula to blow.  But then when I went to get it my mom decided she wanted to buy it for me anyway. SMH. She spoils me, I swear.  But thanks Mom, because this is now my go to blush!   Not only does the name make me giggle like a middle schooler, but the color is to die for.  I'm a sucker for coral/peach based blush and this one has that plus just the right amount of sparkle.  Sold.  I definitely see why it's considered a cult classic and I'm sure I will buy it again once I finish it!  Find it here!

Tarte Power Pigment Lip Tint in True Love

I got this lip crayon around the same time I got the Nars blush, and it has become one of my go to lip colors for summer!  It's a pretty watermelon/coral color and looks fresh and juicy on the lips!  The formula is great because it gives a sheer effect and a nice shine but with the pigment of a lipstick!  It also has a slight minty tingle when you put it on which is pretty awesome.  And it has great staying power!  I tested it and it stayed on for several hours even after drinking and munching on some candy.  I looked in the mirror and was like, "Hey! My lipstick is still on!"  It wasn't quite as pigmented but it still looked great!  I also have recently fallen in love with lip crayons.  I just like the ease of use and I find it easier to put on because of my familiarity with drawing.  :)  Find it here!

W3ll People The Expressionist Mascara

I got this amazing mascara in my May Birchbox, but it has become a part of my regular makeup routine.  There is just something about it that I love!  It gives a natural look but still the ever desired volume!  I love the way it looks and bonus, it's organic!! I'm saddened by the fact that my sample size is almost used up, but it's reasonably priced so I'll probably buy a full sized one! Find it here!

Ulta Buffing Brush

So for a while now I've seen other beauty bloggers and vloggers using this type of brush for their foundation.  I'd sit in awe as I watched them buff their flaws into oblivion and turn out a perfect, airbrushed look in seconds.  I have tried my hands, a flat foundation brush, beauty blenders, the works and nothing made my foundation look as flawless as this buffing brush.  I don't understand the science side of this, but boy does it work.  No streaks, no redness, just nearly perfect skin.  I will say I'm still in the learning stages of brush use and have yet to get on the outrageously priced brushes bandwagon, but this Ulta brand brush worked just fine for me and only put me out about $12.  Which IMO is still a lot for a brush, but in this case it was totally worth it!  Find it here!

XO, Briana