Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns : September 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Working Out with Evian Facial Spray

I've been wanting to try this for a while and finally this summer Evian was so kind as to send it to me to review! Yay!  This stuff is pretty darn cool.  It feels like you dramatically dumped a bottle of water all over yourself, except you don't actually get wet.

I took it for a test drive during one of my at home yoga sessions and I found that it was that one thing I didn't know I needed for my workouts.  When I started to heat up, I just misted my face and I instantly felt better, cooler, and refreshed!

Not only does it feel great, it's also good for your skin!  It keeps it hydrated and also wipes away sweat, which reduces breakouts and irritation!

My form isn't perfect, but I thought this shot was pretty cool!

There are a lot of uses for the Evian Facial Spray besides your workouts.  It's perfect for wherever you're gonna get a little steamy.  This will be in my bag for workouts, beach days, theme park adventures, the whole nine. In the pool or ocean, this mist will get rid of any chlorine or salt water stuck to you.  Your face will thank you!

Another cool thing about it is that it doesn't mess up your makeup!  So for all of those times when you just wanted to dunk your face in a pool of water but couldn't because your makeup was too on fleek (even though it was probably melting off anyway) now you have the perfect solution.  Just hold the can a little ways away from your face and mist!  You'll be delightfully cool in seconds.

Find out even more cool ways to use the Evian Facial Spray by checking out their website and liking their Facebook page!! 

XO, Briana

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Greek Goddess Makeup Challenge: Artemis

So I've finally gotten around to posting challenge #2 of the Greek Goddess Makeup Challenge!  The past couple of weeks have been a little crazy for me, so I apologize for being a bit behind!  But I'm really excited to share this look with you!  I had a lot of fun creating this badass makeup look and taking the pictures was pretty awesome too.  

Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, so naturally I thought of a a gorgeous warrior.  I pulled this drawing for inspiration, since it had the rich brown colors I was thinking of using and it was just a cool picture!

For the look I wanted some key elements; bold brows, even bolder eyes and a dark lip.  I wanted a deep, sultry look with a feminine flare.  So I started with a blank canvas.  In the picture below, I'm just wearing my foundation, powder, bronzer, and blush.  To see my "blank canvas" mini tutorial, check out the first challenge post here!

After setting up, I filled in my brows making them a little bit wider than my natural line and just a little darker to make them pop.  Then I focused on the shadow.  I used several different colors to create this kind of winged out ombre effect.  I started by creating the wing with a pencil brush and the darkest brown shadow in my Smashbox Shades of Fame palette.  It's important to create a clean line so you can actually see the wing and avoid a muddy look.  Then I began adding color.  I covered my lid with a lighter, golden shadow with a nice shine (Urban Decay Half Baked) and last used some medium browns to fill in my crease and the outer edge of my eyes.   

To finish the look, I rimmed my waterline with a beige eye pencil, lined my top lash line with a black pencil, and put on some volumnizing mascara.  For my lips, I used dark berry shade that I feel really brought the look together!  

For my photos I pulled the top of my hair back and braided the sides for that modern warrior feel and added some gold jewelry.  If you can't tell, the earrings are little arrows! I was way to excited about that.  But I did have a ton of fun doing this look! I even went out wearing the makeup and wound up getting a free tea at Starbucks.  It could have been that I looked extra pretty, OR it could have been that I felt extra pretty and was oozing confidence.  I like to think it was the latter.  ;)



Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette [Mocha, Praline, Safari, Bliss]


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ready for Fall!

Last year around this time, I was mourning the end of summer.  I was far from ready for the warm weather to leave, the pool days to end, and to put my summer wardrobe away.  However, this year I'm feeling a bit different.  I've had a very full summer with lots of beach time and tank top rocking but I'm about ready to wind down into cozy fall.  So here are a few reasons why I'm super excited for fall this year!

Cozy Time

Fall is cozy time.  There's a crisp breeze blowing, but the sun is still out.  It's perfect weather for boots, leggings, and oversized sweaters and sweatshirts.  I also love me a good hoodie.  Anything comfy and warm. Yum. And plans for fire pit time will be made in the near future as well as an adventure to the pumpkin patch.  Oh, and lots of warm coffee in fall flavors.

Fall Favorites

Fall Fashion

I love fall fashion.  I love layers and warmth and the introduction of darker colors like burgundy.  Oh, and boots.  Did I mention boots? I'm really anxious to break out all of my jackets, sweaters, beanies, knee socks, and chunky scarves.

Fashion Week

As bummed out as I am that I won't be able to attend any of the shows this year, I will be live streaming as many of my favorites as possible and living vicariously through friends and fellow bloggers.  Fashion week is a magical time and I'm excited to indulge in as much of it as I possibly can.


Halloween quickly approaches and I'm already thinking about my costume.  This is my second favorite holiday behind Christmas, but Halloween is just so much fun!  I love dressing up, eating lots of candy and going to parties! And Halloween rolls us right into Thanksgiving which rolls us right into Christmas!  It's a fun and festive time for sure.

Well, those are my main reasons.  I'm sure I'll come up with more, but this will do for now.  What are you excited for in Fall?  :)

XO, Briana