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BEAUTY: The Magic of Full Exposure

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THE MAGIC OF FULL EXPOSURE! Smashbox Full Exposure ($52.00) is the essential eyeshadow palette for Everywoman to transition a look from day to night. Two rows of nude shades, one matte and one shiny, cover the spectrum of light to dark. The kit comes with a two-ended brush, one for lining the crease and one end with two sides marked black and white so you never dip a light-eyeshadow brush into the deep end. It seriously can’t get more comprehensive-yet-exquisite than this!

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This palette was specially created by the pros at Smashbox Studios after years of working photoshoots on women with all different types of eye shapes and needs. As the above image shows, it comes with a very helpful guide as to how to potentiate the power of the palette to the max based on your particular eye shape… as well as a hefty sample tube of the much-lauded Smashbox 24-Hour Photo Finish Eyeshadow Primer. Perfect for gifting, even if it’s to oneself. LOVE.

IN THIS POST:

 Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl (all over) / Ashy Dark Brown (middle of lid) /  Matte Warm Chocolate Brown (in crease) ~ Guide here

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BEAUTY: What’s on Your Lips?

LIP GLOSS OR LIPSTICK? Ladies, what’s your preference? …And Gentlemen, what do you prefer on the ladies?

I personally believe that there are only two types of women in this world: those who wear lip gloss and those wear lipstick (I myself belong to the latter). It seems an argument old as time–probably because there are benefits and drawbacks to both in equal measure.

The plus side of lipstick?

  • Better coverage
  • Longer-Lasting
  • More defining

 

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The downside?

  • Can’t kiss your guy without making him look like a clown
    • Puh-lease, even the most kiss-proof lipstick can rub off during a makeout sesh, to be quite explicit
  • Ages you (which is not necessarily a problem, depending on your age and the look for which you are going. Lipstick makes you less flirty and more professional).

Lipstick makes you less flirty and more professional.

The plus side of lip-gloss?

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  • Non-committal. Even those with color coverage look much more natural than full-on lippy.
  • Flirtier…if that’s your purpose. It’s like part of your face is naturally glowing and sparkling… just for a special someone.

Downside:

  • Rubs off with one drink from a glass or a coffee mug.
  • Does not change your lip color with one swipe the way any lipstick can.

Choose wisely.

IN THIS POST:

• Urban Decay NAKED Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss // SHOP IT •  Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Petal // SHOP IT •

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 2

FOR HIM:

MAKE IT A NAT SHERMAN HOLIDAY SEASON! While I myself, along with plenty other lady-folk, enjoy the feel and taste of a quality stogie, I have yet to meet even ONE man who turned down a cigar on any occasion.

Therefore, it’s a no-brainer; Bring mirth to the men in your life (including yourself, if it be the case) with this handpicked assortment of Nat Sherman goodies as a package gift:

*Along with the suggestions below, please attend Nat Sherman’s e-shop center to browse and buy at your leisure: Shop Nat Sherman

1. 1930 Glass Ashtray, $45

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2. Xikar XV Silver Cutter, $50

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3. Nat Sherman Connecticut Shade Candle, $19.95

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According to the official site, this particular candle carries the aromatic mixture of “Neroli Zest, Tobacco flower, fresh-cut hay, cinnamon wood, dark honey and smoky vanilla.” Mmmmmm (I have personally owned this one several times over and it lives up to the description and more. Perfect aroma for getting the perfect cigar-smoking ambience down).

4. Timeless 6 Cigar Assortment, $63

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The “Timeless” Collection is gorgeous and delectable. A personal fave.

For a comparable alternative to go with this gift package, go for the Nat Sherman Epoca Assortment ($77.40)

FOR HER:

IF A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE finally dawned upon humanity, I think I would last a month tops, provided I didn’t starve or get eaten first, due to my depression over my severely diminished makeup supply. I swear by the products I use and would recommend them for every other woman out there.

Shop my stash for the holidays: LINKS TO ALL THE PRODUCTS BELOW

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CHEERFUL SHOPPING!

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 1

EVER SINCE HALLOWEEN, the Holidays (Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa/etc. etc. etc.) Gift Rush has descended upon us like a Biblical…well, Biblical blessing.

#LILGRIPES PROUDLY presents our first “GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER” article for you, our faithful readers. All gifts below are attainable price-wise.

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PRESENTS… Only good part about the temperatures dropping.

FOR HIM:

Men’s Gola by Jonathan Saunders Lace Trainer Low, $70, $120

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(GET IT BEFORE YOU OR YOUR GUY’S SIZE RUNS OUT)

For Alternatives:

We also love these Men’s Sneakers options via Bluefly– Sneakers $50-100

FOR HER:

Chloé Love Story –Eau De Parfum Spray 1 oz, $52

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CHEERFUL SHOPPING!

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BEAUTY: Vincent Longo Pearlessence Lip & Cheek Gel Stain

LADIES, THROW AWAY ALLLLL YOUR LIP GLOSSES/LIPSTICKS. Okay, maybe a momentary overreaction to finding a great product… Check out Vincent Longo’s Pearlessence Lip & Cheek Gel Stain:

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Vincent Longo Pearlessence Lip & Cheek Gel Stain
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in “Fresh Water Rose”
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in “Bellini Love”

AND GENTLEMEN, you are welcome for stain-free smooches from the ladies in your life.

This lip & cheek gel stain has the shine of lip gloss, the complete coverage of lipstick, and the long-lasting tack of liquid lipstick, without the drying-out-of-your-lips part. Plus, it works similar magic whence applied to your cheeks.

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Seriously, this sh** stays ON. It lasted me through a STEAK & STIR-FRIED MUSHROOMS meal. (Did I really just capitalize “stir-fried mushrooms?” Yes, I did!) At around 20 bucks, it is one of the best beauty investments I have discovered in my many years of sampling cosmetic shelves and beauty counters from here to Middle Earth. One swipe lasts a whole day, hence a single tube should last months even if also used for cheek application.

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My color of choice: “Water Lily”

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Oh, and… It tastes yummy, a secret requirement all women ask of their lip color.

Available at Nordstrom for $22.50 (free shipping if purchased online)

or Amazon.

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FASHION: Dressing for Men– Not an Old Wives’ Tale

YOU CAN INSIST you dress “for yourself” ’til your belly is filled with content. We all know that little adage is not and has never been true. If I dressed for myself, I would leave my house rolled up in my comforter (and nothing but) and go to work as such. Let’s face it–we dress for others, be it to impress our bosses, slightly outshine our girlfriends at chic brunches, or win over those Prince Charming’s we’re hoping to meet tonight at Provocateur (or insert some other cool Meatpacking/Williamsburg spot I’ve stopped attending since turning 23).

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Provocateur, NYC

Dressing for others inherently entails a degree (a severe degree, for those with anxiety issues like myself) of pressure for the wearer. BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO. *gasp* Taking the pressure out of the equation dressing for any occasion is following a set of 4 simple rules, which I abide by after years and years of trial-and-error.

Gentlemen, #LazyGirlChic is, henceforth, here for you, too.

DRESSING FOR DATE NIGHT

Far, far, far be it from me to dish out dating advice to any woman, man, or gender of any species, but I have gathered some helpful tips from the (opinionated) men I have dated on the myriad clothing ensembles I have thrown together for both our successful and unsuccessful dates:

RULE 1 — BLACK BLACK BLACK:

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Good enough for PRINCESS Grace Kelly, BLACK is good enough for any date.

Don’t overthink your date night outfit color-wise. Your heterosexual male date wants to see you in black and black only. I don’t care if you look good in navy blue or burgundy red–unless you want to take hours mixing and matching, Black Anything will impose an impression upon your date and take mere minutes to pair with the right accessories. Whether it is a Little Black Dress (commonly known to all ladies as a LBD, male readers) or a black-on-black top-and-skirt/pant/legging combo, black is a no-brainer and easy to transform from Morticia Addams to Audrey Hepburn with virtually any accessory at your disposal. Watch:

THE LBD:

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courtesy of Blue and Cream -ONE SALE FOR $72.00!
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courtesy of Mod Cloth – ON SALE FOR $29.99!

“FAR, FAR, FAR BE IT FROM ME TO DISH OUT DATING ADVICE TO ANY WOMAN, MAN, OR GENDER OF ANY SPECIES, BUT I HAVE GATHERED SOME HELPFUL TIPS FROM THE (OPINIONATED) MEN I HAVE DATED.”

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Me, creating my own LBD from a loose studded tank and zip-up miniskirt (Boyfriend at the time loved it)

RULE 2 — LESS JEWELRY, THE BETTER:

The men I have dated have all, at various points during the date, ran their fingers casually over my various layered necklaces (and layered bracelets and rings) in a completely non-sexual manner as if to to hint that PLEASE NEVER WEAR THIS MUCH JEWELRY AGAIN. Now, don’t NOT wear jewelry:

ONE STATEMENT NECKLACE:

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“Bamm-Bamm Collar” necklace courtesy of BaubleBar, $44

ONE STATEMENT CUFF/BANGLE/BRACELET:

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Sardinia Bracelet courtesy of stella & dot, ON SALE FOR $62.58!
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Lapis Three-Strand Coin Bracelet courtesy of One Kings Lane– $135

and 3 DAINTY RINGS MAX:

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Jules Smith – Set of Three Curved Bar Stacking Rings, courtesy of Barney’s Warehouse, ON SALE FOR $59!

RULE 3 — LET’S TALK ABOUT SHOES:

The topic of shoes for Date Night is more important than one might originally anticipate. Most men don’t know a stiletto from a wedge, but their brains are capable of registering what signals you’re signaling based on the height of your shoe’s heel.

Side rule: ALWAYS, if you can, go with a nude color palette when it comes to shoes worn with black. Elongates the legs like whoa.

I recommend one of three types of kicks for a date:

1. Stiletto

Message: You’re so feeling yourself.

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Tory Burch // Classic Ankle Strap Sandal, New Nude, courtesy of Cusp by Neiman Marcus, ON SALE FOR $220.00

2. Ballet flat

Message: You’re confident, practical and probably career-focused.

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Dee Keller – Zoe Leather d’Orsay Nude Flat, courtesy of Neiman Marcus Last Call, ON SALE FOR $89.50!

3. Sandal

Message: The rest of my outfit is party, but my feet are ready to chill any time and hour.

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Blink Toe Post Flat Sandals, courtesy of ASOS; ON SALE FOR $54.00

Most importantly, Do NOT take your date’s height into consideration. At all. A tall man won’t care if you can match his stature and a shorter man worth your time (and his manhood) should only be turned on if you tower over him in your chic-as-hell heels.

RULE 4 — MAKEUP:

Guys WANT you in makeup. “I like natural beauties.” What they’re really saying is, “I like a girl who doesn’t look badly made-up.” They want to show their date off wherever you two end up. So if you decide to go au naturel and it looks something like this, nope. Go back. Put a lip on and a LOT of concealer on.

  • Side note: Mila Kunis–I’m so, so sorry; I’m sure I look SO much worse running errands in the morning sans cosmetics. I ADORE you. You’re gorgeous. God bless.

The thing is, men just want to fool themselves into thinking “their woman” really did wake up like that. So keep it to the basics, color palette- and tool-wise.

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Actress Willa Holland; courtesy of the AP

For Date Night, you want to key in on the Smoky Eye Effect. Kinda a staple. Emphasize the eyes and brow and keep the focus off the lips and cheeks.

CAUTIONARY WARNING: Most importantly of all these so-called rules: just don’t overthink. Have fun. Don’t take any of my “rules” seriously. (Maybe don’t take them at all)

Much love,

Lil xx