FashionClose Up: It’s All in The Details for The Full Spectrum Lookbook

Last week we launched the Full Spectrum Lookbook, our hottest and brightest yet 

Now, lets get closer for a bit of insight on how we came up with this look.

 For the makeup, we were greatly inspired by the beauty shots at Marc Jacob‘s Spring 2011 Ready-To-Wear show. At a first glance we thought it was just a really good smokey eye. However, after a second look we discovered that it was the use of a green shadow within the smokey eye that was doing all the tricks.  

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To create our own look, similar to this, our makeup artist went a bit lighter on the eyes by playing up the reflective qualities in the eye shadow. She also decided to go brighter in the lips, with a fuchsia infused plum color. Remember as well, that for full lashes any of the false eye lashes at your local drugstore will work wonder in seconds!

 Here are a few extra close up shots of the adorable clutches from the lookbook. I couldn’t resist highlighting these for you guys because they are a few of my favorites on LuLu*s right now. Notice how intricate and unique the hardware is on these purses, something that you don’t find on just any ol’ purse!

Hint styling tip for accessories: if you have a plain dress then play it up with a colorful handbag, or if you have a crazy printed dress play it up with a nude clutch. 

 On the left is the Live It Up Blue Purse and on the right is the Round the Clock Beige Purse.

 See, it wasn’t that hard to turn a runway look into a fantastic going out look!

What are your favortie dramatic makeup effects?

FashionHow to Pack for a Lulu*s Spring Break

Hello my lovelies! With spring break swiftly approaching, one might wonder what to pack for their much-deserved getaway. Well, I have compiled a bunch of different outfits from Lulu*s, along with some packing tips to help get you started! Here are some adorable outfits arranged by vaca activity that will be sure to make you stand out:
Going to the beach:
It is also a great idea to bring a sweater when you go to the beach, try the Desert Sage Knit Sweater
Going out to dinner:
A night out on the town:
Some valuable packing tips (in order to pack as much as possible):
1. Roll your clothing. We do this to help reduce wrinkle and utilize all of the space in your suitcase for more clothes. You can even roll multiple items of clothing into one!
2. Check the weather before your trip so you can pack accordingly. Also, bring clothes appropriate for the rain, since beach weather can be unpredictable at times. 
3. Wear your heaviest items such shoes, sweaters, jackets, et cetera, as you are traveling so there is more room for your other items in your suitcase.
4. Try being a minimalist! I know for us girls this is a hard one, but when you have sweaters or sandals, you can re-wear with other outfits.
5. Organization is key: Before you pack your suitcase lay everything out on your bed, this will allow you to limit the number of items you are taking. Anyways, Spring break is about wearing as little as possible to attain that much-needed tan since last summer, right?
How are you going to prepare for your spring break?
Bon Voyage

MusicNicki Minaj: Artist or Just Another Pop Star?

Like a bolt of lightning, the colorful and undeniable Nicki Minaj has torn through the ceiling of pop music creating quite the spectacle. With her colorful hair and buxom features, this native of Trinidad and New York City has emerged with the Young Money label that touts some of the biggest R&B and hip-hop stars today.
Part of her profile on Young Money Entertainment’s site dishes out this multi-faceted view: “There?s Nicki the Ninja, a naughty hip-hop lyrical assassin; Nicki the Harajuku Barbie, an imaginative, fun, coquettish, girly girl fashionista who adores all things pink; and Nicki the Boss, the ingenious, austere business woman who always thinks outside of the box and is never afraid to assert herself.”
Running in the ranks with young moguls like Drake and Lil’ Wayne, Nicki holds her own with her clever raps and multiple personalities, but can Miss Minaj stand out on her own?
Released in 2010, Nicki’s solo album “Pink Friday” is a mixed load of rap and pop music, with a little bit of Rhianna-esque Carribean influence floating somewhere in the middle.
Now I ask you, when Nicki Minaj could potentially rise as the leading young (and hot) female rapper out there, does she really need to rely on all those pop tunes? Is her talent and star quality being watered down by so-so filler songs, or can this young doll emerge into her own in more ways than just her hair-do?
I look forward to hearing Nicki’s new stuff to see what direction she will go. With genius friends like Lil’ Wayne (yes, I just said that) I think that this twenty-something might mature into an unforgettable artist.
What do you think? Is Nicki Minaj a true artist, or do you think she’s just another passing fad?

FashionInsta-Cute! New Jewelry

Claire Fong Sea Dragon Turquoise Earrings 

BeautyHow to Create a Romantic Eye Look in Five Minutes

Good Monday to you all! Today started off as a total Murphy’s Law morning: dead car battery on my way to the gym, torn fingernail, and spilled diet coke all over my front seat on the way to work. Luckily, I was still able to make it to work on time and looking fabulous due to my favorite eyeshadow secret:
Now, this particular quad is the palette for brown eyes, but the colors here are so versatile that they’ll look great with any peepers. (They do have palettes specific to each eye color, however, if you want to play around with those at some point.)
This particular eyeshadow case costs about five or six bucks, depending on where you get it, but it’s well worth your money. Each of the four colors here has just a hint of shimmer that will really help open up your eyes after a long weekend (or a morning like mine!). Plus, if you use a good primer (check out Stephanie’s pick here) these colors will stay on alllll day long without getting all gross and creasy on your lids.
Now, you can easily wear each of these colors alone if you want to go for a simple, monochromatic look. Or, you can use the numbering system (there is a number stamped into the corner of each color block so you know which to use first) to create a great smoky, going-out look. 
However, my personal favorite color combination comes from using just numbers 2-4. Got five minutes? Good!
Grab the following:
1. Above makeup palette.
2. Brown eyeliner pencil
3. Eyelid primer
4. Mascara
5. Eyelash Curler 
Okay, here we go.
Step one:  Apply primer to eyelids. Use a brush or your finger to cover all the way up to your browbone. (30 seconds)
Step two:  Line top and bottom lid with brown eyeliner. We are not going for a precise line here, just a little more definition, so don’t worry about making the application perfect. Plus, you’ll probably end up covering some of the line with the shadow. (1 minute)
Step three. Using an eyeshadow brush, cover lid with color number four from the pallette. Apply about halfway up to browbone and extend out toward corner of eyelid. (30 seconds)
Step four. Using another brush, apply color number three to beneath browbone and to inner corners of eyes. (30 seconds)
Step five. Apply color number two to the outer half of the crease in your eyelid. (30 seconds)
Step five. Blend slightly (and add another swipe of eyeliner pencil if you want). (30 seconds)
Step six. Apply mascara. (1 minute)
Step 7. Curl eyelashes. (30 seconds)
Step 8. Ta-da!
Once you get this down to an art, it should only take you about three or four minutes. You can also skip the eyeliner for a more fresh-faced look and save yourself a minute, or you can use black eyeliner to start and finish off with liquid liner for a more dramatic, night-time fairy-tale look.
Here’s a quick little snapshot of my Monday morning eye look. 
 Annddd, here are some close-up swatches of the shadows by themselves, thanks to Pretty as Peaches.
Will you try this look? Or will you come up with one of your own?