BeautyBeauty How-To: New Year’s Eve Eyeshadow Tutorial

Sweet pic, right?
When I saw this makeup online, I was instantly smitten and raced back to the photo studio to see if our makeup artist, Sarah, could create a similar look on our own model, Kennedy.
Because she’s awesome, Sarah of course said yes! With the help of our awesome photographer Marty, we’ve created for you the perfect New Year’s Eve Eyeshadow Tutorial! This one is a bit more toned down, but it’s really fun, easy to do, and would be perfect for your New Year’s party tomorrow night!

Before You Begin:  Create an even playing field. Even out the skin tone, starting with foundation primer. Then add full coverage liquid foundation and concealer and finish with mineral powder to set it. Finally, fill in the eyebrows to create a strong brow, and add some blush to create a lovely glow. 
Step 1:  Color and Liner.
Sarah blended together shades of blue, grey, black, and silver to create a sexy smoky eye. In the corners, she added some shimmery gold to add warmth. Black eyeliner is also really important here, not only to add extra drama but also to define the eye shape and add a dark base for the false lashes to hide against. She winged it out just a bit on the sides to accentuate their almond shape and create a sexier look.
Step 2: Fake lashes.
These really amp up the wow factor and pretty much doubled the size of Kennedy’s eyes. To ensure a secure fit, Sarah has two tips:  1. Cut the lashes to fit your eye lid length. If they’re too long, they’ll peel up much more easily in the corners. 2. Keep your eyes closed until the glue has dried! If you move your eyes while the glue is still wet, they could dislodge or stick on crooked. When the glue is dry, apply mascara to both your natural lashes and the falsies to blend them all together. Also, add mascara to the bottom lashes to finish the smoky eye.
Step 3:  Gems!
Here’s the fun part! By dabbing the tip of a bobby pin in eyelash glue, Sarah easily created this dazzling rhinestone creation on the outsides and inner corners of Kennedy’s eyes.
Who doesn’t love a Before and After?!? Look at the amazing transformation!
Ta-da! Add your favorite lipstick and a sparkly dress, and you’re ready to hit the town!

What Sarah Used:
Foundation Primer, Liquid Foundation, & Mineral Powder: Mary Kay
Eyeshadow: Sephora color palette, Urban Decay in Jinx, Smashbox Smokebox Palette, Bedhead Cyberoptics in Gray
Lashes:  Sonya Kashuk from Target
Gems:  Nail Art from Sally’s Beauty Supply (but you can use rhinestones from anywhere)
Lipstick:  Kennedy’s favorite! Revlon Iced Ameythst
What She’s Wearing:

BeautyCurrent Beauty Obsessions

Who doesn’t love great beauty products? I will pretty much try any brand from drugstore to high end. I have found that often times quality comes with a price tag and those products will last longer due to their higher quality. I, for one, will gladly shell out a bit more money to get a quality product with great results. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite beauty products that make my routine that much brighter!
Dermalogica Multi-Vitamin Thermafoliant
Starting off with a clean face is a no-brainer but having polished and exfoliated skin will make your skin that much brighter and healthier. Dermalogica is a truly great skin care brand and this is one of their best products! The Multi-Vitamin Thermafoliant is an amzing exfoliant that warms when you apply it to your face. It polishes away dead skin and leaves your skin super soft and healthy.
Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
Toners are amazing. You can use a little spray whenever your skin feels dry, even over your makeup! The Multi-Active Toner, also from Dermalogica, not only makes you feel refreshed and hydrated, it actually balances your skins PH, preparing it for any treatment products or moisturizers that are to follow. This means your moisturizer will go the extra mile and you may even have to use less! Need a new moisturizer? Read on!
Estee Lauder Day Wear
Estee Lauder has been a long time favorite of mine when it comes to skin care. Day Wear is my favorite moisturizer right now and, believe me,  I have tried several of their other day time moisturizers.  This is really smooth and oil-free and offers up a hefty SPF 25 as well as anti-oxidants! My skin feels so soft after putting it on and it creates some kind of barrier where it stays that way all day. It even has anti-aging properties if you are interested in looking as beautiful as you do now forever!
Benefit High Beam
An absolute go-to of mine is Benfit’s High Beam. This face highlighter can be blended all over the face to give a dewy glow, but I prefer to use it as a spot highlight. Applied down the bridge of the nose, along the very top of your cheekbone, a small spot on the chin and a few spots on the forehead and your skin will have a really healthy glow! This is by far the best thing to help you look more awake and refreshed in the morning and also to look totally picture perfect. It is the ideal pinky-shimmer that compliments all skin tones!
Urban Decay Naked 2
In pretty much the most anticipated followup product ever, Urban Decay recently released Naked 2 a sequel to their extrememly famous Naked palette. These palettes focus on neutrals but trust me, they are anything but boring! Naked 2 is packed with 12 rich shades of gold, browns and coppers some matte as well as several shimmers. I can’t wait to get my hands on this new palette. I know I will be obsessed!
Miss Dior Cherie
This is my favorite scent of all time! Girlie yet fresh with a sweet undertone. Everyone needs a signature scent to be remembered by and this is definitely not one you can easily forget! A little goes a long way so make sure to use sparingly. Again, when you pay more you often get more in the long run!
What are some of your favorite beauty products!?

GeneralLookie Loo’s Rejoice: It’s Agyness Deyn’s Apartment!


Ah, the lifestyles of the rich and famous… Since I don’t receive personal invitations to visit the flats of supermodels as often as I’d like, I always seize the opportunity to play lookie loo when the opportunity strikes. So, I give you Agyness Deyn’s Williamsburg apartment, currently listed at $2.5 million, complete with leopard print carpet, mirrors and marble galore, and even a hot air balloon chandelier to top it all off. I’ll call it ecclectic ; but just know, this is exactly how I like to imagine my supermodels living. Beige just wouldn’t suit her.
Here is your map, now try not to get dizzy.

So, does this home deserve the #2 spot on Curbed‘s list of New York City’s Ugliest Apartments of the Year, or are you ready to move in??
(Images courtesy of Oyster Magazine & Curbed NY)

FashionSpotting Spring: “Melodic Muse” Lookbook

With the New Year approaching and the days getting longer again, I can’t help but peer out at the leafless trees and imagine the first buds starting to emerge. The warm glow of golden sunlight and the fresh minty greens and blues of early spring foliage are coming.

Our newest lookbook, Melodic Muse, pairs candy-colored accents with easy neutral knits, all to the tune of a chic urban lifestyle. Stay tuned for the release of Melodic Muse!

GeneralAround the Warehouse: New Year’s Resolutions

Anybody see where 2011 went? I seem to have misplaced it . . .

This year has gone so fast! Seriously, it seems like no time has passed, but then I realize how much really HAS happened and it’s a bit daunting. I finished grad school, moved to a new house, traveled the world, and learned how to surf…and yet, there is still so much I wanted to do! 
Luckily, the new year brings a new start and another chance to do new things. I polled some of the girls around the warehouse to see what they were resolving to do in 2012.
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Brittani:  Live a little! Not go to bed at 9 and experience life. And learn to speak French.

Liz:  You know who you are. Get over my ex.
Lindsay:  Be kinder to people and not let the little things get to me.
Amy:  Strengthen current relationships and meet new people.
Katie:  Get up early with my boyfriend and walk our dog before and after work. We have to get in shape for Portugal!
Kellen:  Work on my green thumb. I want to learn how to garden for our new yard! 
Rene:  See Neil Young one more time before he stops touring
Karen:  Learn how to teach English in Prague.
Caitlin:  Continue to maintain my resolution to never make a resolution.
Annie: Read more books!
Sienna:  Carry out what I hope to achieve.
Valerie: Walk at least 30 minutes a day.
Cara:  Visit New York! It’s been forever, and I miss it dearly!
Stephanie: Love unconditionally, everyday.
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Not sure what your resolutions are going to be? Maybe this list of the top 2011 celebrity resolutions will help inspire you!