#MKglam

by Lauren Peter


So again I lag on posting. Please forgive. 

As some of you know who follow me on Instagram, I received a VoxBox from Influenster. If you don't know what Inflenster is, check it out here. In short, Influenster invites its most active members to participate in exclusive VoxBox programs where you can receive complimentary products to test and review. Pretty awesome. You should sign up! 

Ok. So you guys know me. I was like Mary Kay, not so sure. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the items in the box. I got quite a few goodies for free. See below. I'll review each for you so you can take it or leave it. 

All the Mary Kay goodies from my VoxBox. #amazing

All the Mary Kay goodies from my VoxBox. #amazing

 

Mary Kay® Bronzing Powder - $18 I liked this powder a lot. I am pretty fair so it worked nicely. For someone with a littler more color though it might be a bit on the sheer side. The color was soft and didn't turn orange during the day. It made for a night soft contour also. 
Mary Kay® Translucent Loose Powder - Also really liked this translucent powder. i usually use the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder, but this was nice too. It set my makeup and helped keep it fresh throughout the day. For the price of $16 I would say it's worth it. 
Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek Color - Color: Shy Blush $12 - I'm a blush gal. This did not have enough pigment for me. If you really dug into it it was a pretty coral pink. Didn't really last that great on me either. My face eats blush though. 
Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist- $14 The product is a pretty soft shimmery gold that applied nicely. The product was long wearing and held its color all-day without creasing. I tried wearing it alone and also as a shadow base and liked it both ways. 
Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush $10 - This brush applied the product nicely and was firm enough to apply cream shadow. It was a bit pokey for a brush that is supposed to be used around the eye area though for $10 I would say go for it. 
Mary Kay® Lash Love® Mascara - $15 - Ok. No joke I LOVE THIS MASCARA.  I'll post a photo. It has a plastic/rubber brush but it really is nice. It separates the lashes really well but also gives a good amount of volume -for sure a new favorite and highly recommend!! 
Mary Kay® Gel Eyeliner with Expandable Brush Applicator in Jet Black - $18 - I was sad about this gel liner. It applies sooo black which is always something I am looking for. It is also super smooth and easy to work with, not to mention you get a TON of product in the jar, BUT it moved around on my eyelid. Not a good look for anyone. I am still holding out and am going to give it another shot (maybe I had an extra oily eye day??) 
Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss in Mango Tango - $10 The texture of this gloss is lovely and it wore really nicely. It is not a color I would normally go for and looks a lot more red in the tube - it's really more of a coral. Super pretty! Definitely recommend for those of you who like brighter lips. 

Overall, I would say I have misjudged Mary Kay. Definitely will consider restocking my makeup kit with some of these goodies. 

If you end up trying any of these, please let me know what you think! 

 

xoxo. LP


Product Obsession: The Original Beauty Blender

by Lauren Peter


Heya.. sorry it's been a while. I apologize for the hiatus. Life gets a little out of control sometimes. Forgive me? I promise to be better. 

Anyways I post today with an urgent product suggestion. The Original Beauty Blender. 

The Original Beauty Blender

The Original Beauty Blender

I finally got this after trying many an impostor. Don't be fooled by the many poser beauty sponges. This is one you need. You must buy the real thing.  I know what you're thinking "twenty bucks for a sponge."  Yeah. I was there too, but after hearing many of my colleagues try the real thing these raving reviews just kept on coming in. So, I bit the wallet bullet and shelled out the cash for this puppy. Let me be [not the] first to tell you that this thing is AMAZE-BALLS, fantastic, best beauty tool in my collection? YES. 

If you have not used the original Beauty Blender, you need to stop everything and go purchase one. Like immediately. Right now. Go! Go! Go!
It blends your makeup like a flawless dream, doesn't eat up all your product (I actually found myself using less foundation), and it is so perfectly blended and light on the face once it's on.

I am officially obsessed. Had to share. Enjoy your new flawless face. 

xoxo. LP


Makeup Monday - a before & after

by Lauren Peter


Many of you entered and helped promote the Love Story Giveaway I collaborated on with Dawn Alexandra Photography, Flowers by Hilary, Verity Jane Vintage & Hair Styling by Kelcee Drinkward to give one lucky set of lovebirds an one-of-a-kind styled engagement shoot. 
Yesterday, I had the absolute pleasure of spending the afternoon with our lovely Bride-to-Be, Cassie and her charming fiance, Cameron. 

Here is Cassie's before & after as well as a few sneak peeks of the cutest romantical picnic engagement photo session anyone has ever seen (<----BIASED)

Cassie - Before & After

Cassie - Before & After

Cassie's everyday makeup style is simple - she isn't allowed to wear makeup at work, but when she does sport some she keeps it nice and natural (shimmery neutrals, subtle liner, mascara and bronzer). I wanted to make sure to capture her natural style but give her a little pre-bridal glow. 

I used Temptu airbrush foundation to really polish and perfect her skin, some under eye concealer to lift and brighten then kept the eyeshadow subtle and shimmery with a pop of black gel liner and black mascara on the upper lash line only. I gave her a pop of coral pink blush and a soft golden highlight on her cheeks and finished the look off with a pink lip color just a little brighter than her natural lip color a tad bit of gloss and you have her finished look! 

Isn't she stunning? 

Also check out these amazing sneak peeks...I sure can't wait to see the rest! 

Dawn Alexandra Photography

Dawn Alexandra Photography

Dawn Alexandra Photography

Dawn Alexandra Photography

FAVORITE!!!

Dawn Alexandra Photography

Dawn Alexandra Photography


6 Things to Contemplate When Choosing Your Wedding Makeup + Hair

by Lauren Peter


So you're planning your wedding.. you have your dress, the venue is booked, you scored your favorite photographer..the only thing left is YOU!  Please don't forget about you! 

I'm going to drop my opinion on you now...3, 2, 1:

It always surprises me how many Brides look at hair and makeup as a last minute kind of a if we have room left in our budget  deal. Maybe this is because I am makeup obsessed that this was what I was thinking about on day 1 of engagement, but also look at it by asking what are you going to be taking away from your big day? PHOTOS!!  This is how you are going to look on your wedding, you want to be the best version of you!
If you communicate properly and find the right pros for your job, you will be an exquisite, glowing, bride-y version of yourself.  

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6. Schedule a trial. 

This also surprises me..so many Brides say they don't want to do a trial.
I'm happy that you trust me enough to just wing it, but are you 100% you want to wing this one? I say don't do it.
Why risk that our styles are not compatible and being unhappy with the final result? To my knowledge this has not happened with me for Brides that I haven't done trials on, but it's my greatest fear. 
The same goes for your hair! Go for the trial! I think you'll feel more relaxed knowing what to expect. 

5. Bring some inspiration

Photos of your bff's wedding makeup you love, Kim K? Always a trusted favorite. Whatever your style wants are.. let us know! Bring some photos to show us what you're inspiration is, even photos of what you don't want can be helpful! Bring on that Pinterest board, girl! 
Please be aware that skin tones and hair textures matter! If you see something you like on a model or Bride that is not your skin tone, it likely will not look the same on you. We can do our best to copy, but just know  it won't be the same. 

4. Check yourself out. 

Snap lots of photos, look in every mirror. Try to see yourself in as many different types of light as possible. Use a flash, make funny faces.. get an idea of what you will look like rocking your inner Bride. 

3. Don't like it? Say something! 

We are not mind readers. If you don't like something about your hair or makeup, please tell us! We are professionals, we won't be offended. This service is about you and how you want to look for your wedding, please don't settle.  Need another trial? Great! Just let us know! 

2. The only opinion that matters is yours. 

It's like when you get a hair cut and someone says "Oh WOW! You cut your hair....Do you like it?" Then you're thinking Why do you??  If you ask everyone and their mother someone is going to say they don't like it! Then you are going to start second guessing. Trust yourself and be confident in the professionals that you are hiring to help you on your day. If you have communicated what you want to us and are happy with your final look, that is all that matters! 

1. You get what you pay for. 

Choosing to invest in a makeup artist  and hair stylist for your wedding is one of the best decisions you can make for your big day. Be sure to think about the lasting memories that your photos and wedding video will mean to you years down the road. You will be glad you chose to hire professionals to provide you with personalized service to help you look and feel your best on one of the most important days of your life thus far. 
Remember: Quality over quantity! The quality of makeup artists, varies greatly – so this will be reflected in the pricing. You will have people who are just beginning, more experienced artists, and those who are the very best in the industry, who will charge at a higher rate. As the saying goes: you get what you pay for.

When assessing the cost of hiring a professional makeup artist, remember, makeup artists and hair stylists provide a very personalized service to you, and are doing their jobs. Consider if were you running your own business. When considering the costs of your services, you must consider (from a makeup artists point of view, specifically):

- The amount of money spent on updating techniques and keeping current with trends
- The professional quality tools used (ie brushes, disposables, etc..)
- The professional products used
- The costs of advertising, website costs, etc..
- The amount of time spent doing quotes, invoicing, attending to inquiries, researching suitable products for people with allergies or special requests, packing up a kit, driving on the road to your venue, finding parking, paying for parking and tolls where applicable (this is where travel &/or parking/toll fees will be invoiced), setting up, waiting for touch ups, or the extra time spent waiting for you, the client, to finish tying up loose ends on phone calls etc that delays the amount of time you are in my chair. 

HAHAHA, but really. 

HAHAHA, but really. 

I hope this was helpful!! Love you guys! 

xoxo. LP


8 Everyday Makeup Myths Busted

by Lauren Peter


Rules are made to be broken, right? I'm a firm believer that with a few minor guidelines, there are really no rules when it comes to makeup. You do what works for you. Makeup is trial and error a lot of times. Are there looks that are no good, application techniques that will age you, and colors that are not flattering? YES, but that's why I'm here to guide you through your cosmetics journey and answer your questions in this safe internet space. Namaste.
Ask me anything. 

Here are a few makeup myths that make me cringe when I hear and see clients adhering to them. Consider yourself debunked. 

8. To make blue eyes stand out, wear blue eyeshadow. 

The matchymatchy trend in eyeshadow is OUT! I was soo guilty of this 7 years ago. This is not to say that I do not condone wearing color on the eyes, I definitely do! This is to dispute that wearing the same color shadow as your eye color (green eyeshadow with green eyes or brown shadow with brown eyes etc.. ) will make the eyes pop. If you want to get to that pop and bring out your eye color, contrast (and eyeliner see #1) is the name of the game. 
Brown eyes - try a navy eyeliner like Laura Mercier tightline cake eyeliner in Bleu Marine
Blue eyes - golds, coppers, and bronze shadows will bring out those baby blues. Try any ofthe 3 Urban Decay Naked Palettes (These are amazing for any eye color, really)
Green eyes- Try a pop of violet or plum Try Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide on eye liner pencil in Delinquent or pop M.A.C. eyeshadow in Sketch in your outer corner.  
While I have you here, please don't match your shadow to your shirt either. 

7. You need to be brand-loyal. 

If you want to be brand-loyal, by all means please be! Even when working for a specific brand it is incredibly difficult to use only one brand of cosmetics. Are there certain products that work best paired together from the same brand? Sure! This can be assessed on a case by case basis, but chances are you are going to find that some things from a particular brand will work for you, and some won't. Try stuff out and don't be afraid to experiment! 

6. Wearing makeup will cause breakouts.

Not true. Poor hygiene is likely the cause. Offenses like sleeping with your makeup on, using dirty brushes, and using old product that you should have thrown away months ago are most likely the culprits. Also being sure that you are using the correct products for your skin type will help, especially if you have acne prone skin to begin with. Make sure you are taking your makup off thoroughly at night, cleaning your brushes regularly, and tossing product when it needs to go. 

5. Oil free = Oil Control 

This is a super common misunderstanding. Just because a product is oil free does not mean it will help keep you from getting shiny throughout the day. Ask for products that are oil controlling or help with shine control. These usually have some sort of oil absorbing ingredients that will help keep you shine-free throughout your day. Try a mattifying translucent powder or an oil control setting spray like Urban Decay's De-Slick Finishing Spray.

4. Wearing a darker foundation will make you look tan. 

Wrong. It will make you look like you are wearing the wrong color foundation. To add warmth to the skin and avoid an unattractive foundation line try using a bronzer around the edges of the face and slightly down the neck. This will add some color to your face in a gradual way. Make sure your bronzer is skin tone correct or you could end up looking like you rolled in a bag of doritos.  Try Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powders

3. You have to spend a fortune to look good. 

In case you missed it, check out my post about cosmetics splurges vs cosmetics saves here. We've already established that I am a snob and have a lot of department store makeup/skincare. There are some things that I just can't let you cheap out on and buy at the Drugstore. I do not believe that just because something is expensive it guarantees better quality or results. There are plenty of less prestigious cosmetics brands that I think are just as good or better. 

2. Concealer should be a lot lighter than foundation. 

This depends on what you are doing with the concealer. If you are using it under the eyes, the concealer should be max 1 - 1.5 shades lighter than your foundation otherwise you are rapidly approaching the raccoon look which is not a good look for you, sorry. 
If you are covering a blemish on the face the concealer should be as close to matching your skin tone as possible. Otherwise you are drawing more attention to the area with a lighter color. 

1. Wearing dark/thick eyeliner will make your eyes look smaller. 

This is by far the worst. myth. ever. started. I'd like to know who started it so I can punch them. Not really, but it's really frustrating. Eyeliner can be scary, yes if you're not used to wearing it, but my friends, it is the fastest way to thicker looking lashes, larger looking eyes, and that 'POP' you're all looking for. When applied correctly, dark liner will actually make your eyes look more open and awake. The darker and thicker the better. Don't be scared. Take the plunge to the dark side. 

What other makeup rules have you heard and live by? Let me know in the comments below! 

What other makeup rules have you heard and live by? Let me know in the comments below! 

xoxo. LP


Take it off.

by Lauren Peter


For those of you that know me well you know I have been struggling with some issues with my eyes for the last few months. 
For my new interweb friends, I  have been dealing with horrible recurring cysts in just one of my eyes for the last 5-6 months or so. They are called chalazions and they are pure evil. According to my ophthalmologist, the cause is unknown (supposedly not hygiene related). Someone could get one of these and never get one again, or they could get lucky like me and have what seems to be a never ending, painful, and ugly battle with lumpy eyelids. 

In light of this most excellent adventure I have been on, I thought I would post about eye hygiene so that you all can hopefully avoid any sort of eye issues at all. 

I've said it before, but I don't mind repeating myself for friends. 
Please please please  remove your makeup at night.

i just love these pictures. Who washes their face like this? Your bathroom is now a lake. You're welcome. 

i just love these pictures. Who washes their face like this? Your bathroom is now a lake. You're welcome. 

I cannot stress enough the importance of this if you want to have good skin and healthy eyes. Leaving eye makeup on, especially mascara, can clog tear ducts in your eyes and cause a host of issues for you. Also, our skin repairs itself while we sleep. The pores open up (hopefully to absorb an amazing serum you're using) and dead skin cells try to shed. Your body's largest organ can't function properly if you don't remove your mask! 

1. Neutrogena Make-up remover wipes 2. Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser 3.Trader Joe’s - Nourish cleanser 4. Laura Mercier foaming one-step cleanser 5. Clarisonic Cleanser

1. Neutrogena Make-up remover wipes 2. Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser 3.Trader Joe’s - Nourish cleanser 4. Laura Mercier foaming one-step cleanser 5. Clarisonic Cleanser

Face wash, makeup remover wipes, cold cream, baby oil, liquid eye makeup remover.
Please use any of these, but DO NOT go to sleep with your makeup on. 

You'll thank me later. End of lecture. 

xoxo. LP


Cosmetics & Your Budget

by Lauren Peter


Money. It's just the worst, right? Chances are, if you're like me, you want to stretch your cosmetics dollars as far as they will possibly go. This can be a challenge when it comes to makeup, skincare and other gadgets for your face. Especially when you're hopelessly addicted to cosmetics and have way more than anyone could possible ever need/use/want. There are some things that I just forbid you to cheap out on and buy at the Drug Store. Other things I think matter less. Keep in mind that I do not believe that just because something is expensive it guarantees better quality or results. There are plenty of less prestigious cosmetics brands that I think are just as good or better than the uber costly stuff. Sometimes you pay for the brand. I've said it before, but think of your face as your #1 accessory. Pamper it. 

Department store products tend to have higher pigment and less fillers. This goes for most products, especially foundations & concealers. The color range is usually pretty slim in drug stores which can make it more difficult to find a skin tone correct shade especially if you don't fall somewhere in the mid-range of skin tones.  That being said many brands like Maybelline and L'Oreal have new foundation lines with a vast array of shades. Drug store brands have been making strides in the last few years. So we will give them credit. 
On the flip side, specialty stores have TESTERS,  will give you samples (do not abuse), and a professional behind the counter to help guide you to the products that are right for you. Trust these people! Trying a product on your skin will often give you an instant answer if it will work for you or not. This is worth every penny! 

Splurge: 

Foundation +Primer+ Concealers + Foundation Powders. Better ingredients, higher pigment and vast color ranges means that you are going to get a precise color match and a longer wearing product. Drug stores rarely have testers so it's basically a game of roulette when it comes to color matching meaning it will be up to your bestie to let you know that you have a foundation line.. just don't do it. 

Eyeshadow + Blush + Bronzer: This is debatable, but I think that eyeshadows and blush are worth the splurge. Pigment and texture wise I have not had much luck with drug store products in these areas. Especially when it comes to blush can make or break your look I think the fact that you can test them out in store means you should splurge. Bronzers should also be skin tone correct so I vote department store on this one too.  Makeup Geek offers a lot of M.A.C dupes eyeshadows at incredible prices! 

Brushes. I promise that I will post a more in-depth rant about the importance of brushes and their quality at a later date. Note that brands like Sigma Beauty and Morphe Brushes offer amazing brushes for less than other brands. The bottom line is that if you want to step up your makeup game you cannot do so without the tools. It's like the wimpy allen wrench that comes with Ikea furniture.. you can assemble your 18,729,863 piece desk using that, but it would be much faster, artful, and efficient if you use a drill. 

Nars blush in New Order, Benefit pore-fessional, Smashbox Halo bronzer, Bobbi Brown creamy concealer kit, Sigma brush set. 

Nars blush in New Order, Benefit pore-fessional, Smashbox Halo bronzer, Bobbi Brown creamy concealer kit, Sigma brush set. 

Save: 

Lip gloss + Lip sticks (sometimes) + Nail Polish: I have to admit that my lip collection is mostly made up of snobby elitist department store brands, but I don't discriminate. There are some exceptions to this, but for the most part I don't think there is that much difference. 

Mascara: I am addicted to drug store mascara. It's cheap so I don't feel bad if I get it home and try it and hate it. Also mascara should be replaced every 3 months (NO EXCEPTIONS go throw your nasty tubes away right this second) so at $5ish a tube this is the best news I could have given you, right?? Side note, if you're thinking that throwing away mascara every 3 months seems wasteful a.) think of mascara like a hair brush except you dip it into a glob of wax, put it by your eyes, then close the lid. Think of all the fun going on in there after a while. Gross. b.) there probably isn't any product in there anyway. Don't be sad. 

Now for eye liner... this is a toss up. I think that this can be decided on a line to line basis. Some lines I say steer clear of, but other cheaper brands have amazing liners. I recently found the Maybelline eye studio gel liner and it is blacker and stays on longer than the one I was using before. 

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Also, amazing news. Urban Decay is having their Friends and Fanatics sale and is offering 20% off site-wide. Head over now and shop your little hearts out. 

I would love to know what bargains you've found and what you think is or isn't worth spending your hard earned cash on. Please comment below!! 

xoxo. LP


#nyfw obsessed.

by Lauren Peter


Can't get enough of these!

From top left: Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Nicole Miller, DKNY


Men's Gifting Guide

by Lauren Peter


As promised... 

According to my dear husband, Valentine's Day is the "accessory" holiday. Therefore, I have assembled, with his help, a Gifting Guide for the men in your life. 

Dan is incredibly difficult to shop for so, I feel for all of you ladies with a challenge! Poor guy is so picky I think I'll eventually stop trying. (feel bad for him.)

I've also become really big on DIY projects as of late, and came across this amazing list of crafty goodness from Brittany over at The House that Lars Built. This is the cutest blog! 

 

I do hope this list provides some insight for you all in plenty of time to avoid procrastination (yeah, right.). Happy Shopping or crafting.. whichever path you choose. 

 

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Salvatore Ferragamo 'Acqua Essenziale' Eau de Toilette:  I really like this new fragrance. It's fresh and clean, manly, but not too musky or overpowering. Thumbs up, Salvatore. 

Harry's - "The Winston" Shave Set A cute little alternative shaving company you can set up an auto replenish for your man, but this set comes with 3 blades and a tube of shaving cream. 

This sweet flask. From J Crew. How fun. I just love clever things. 

Whiskey Stones. Really NEAT, cooling stones to add to cocktails that don't melt or waterdown your man's adult beverage. Genius. 

This dark and mysterious black and gold Michael Kors watch. Shh!! Don't tell Dan, it doesn't have a date (a pet peeve of his...) whatever it's a hot watch.

Dan doesn't like these cuff links, but I think they are super cute and creative. Hopefully you do too, if not sorry not sorry.  

Good luck ladies! 

 

xoxo. LP

 


Valentine's Day Favorites

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Well, January has come and gone. Dude. Valentine's Day is right around the corner! How did the year get so old already? 

In honor of Cupid and his rapidly approaching arrows, I've put together a list of my favorite little loves for this Valentine's Day  fit for any soireé you may find yourself swept off to. Pinks and Reds for life y'all! but mostly pinks.. 

Essie Nail Polish

in Pink Glove Service - This is such a cute baby doll bubblegum pink color for nails. So girly and fun! 

Stila

 Lip & Cheek Stain

in 

Yumberry 

Crush

- so super sheer that you can't mess this up! Gorgeous! 

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

in Roman Holiday,  what a perfect pink!  These lip crayons are fantastic as well. Please bring back Jungle Red! 

Bobbi Brown Brightening Lip Gloss

in Popsicle - This might be the only gloss one every needs. No lie. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

:

Duh

. This beauty has any and every shade of

flattering

pink (I say flattering because no one wants to look like they have an eye infection, let's be honest.) and rose gold shadows a girl could need. Who needs a valentine? 

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush

in Dollface - If you haven't yet tried Tarte cosmetics I urge you to! They are a high performance natural brand of cosmetics the pigments and wearability of this line is phenomenal! 

Chanel Chance eau Tendre

fragrance - The perfect blend of sweet, crisp and floral <3 smells like love is in the air. 

So apparently the only red that made the cut was

MAC's Ruby Woo lip color

 ...she is the perfect matte red for any occasion really, but v-day for sure.  Can't go wrong here either! 

If I missed any Valentine's must-haves please let me know in the comments! 

xoxo. LP


The Small Business Struggle

by Lauren Peter


I saw this on Pinterest today. [you should probably follow my board] 

There is something about reading a little piece of the internet that hits home..it kind of makes your day. 

I posted to

facebook

and

instagram

about my desire to grow my small makeup artistry venture into a more sustainable business.  I suffer the plight of a creative brain stuck in a cube office.. not sustainable. 

I

 am so grateful to have the support of friends and family while trying to branch out and set down roots for my cosmetics styling business. It's scary taking a journey out in the world alone. I am also the most impatient person in the world and want all this to happen overnight. I know it will be worth the wait and struggle to follow my passion and do something that I truly love everyday. 

With this blog, my business site, and hopefully a YouTube channel soon I hope to spread the word and take the wedding world by storm! 

Sharing is caring, I appreciate your referrals more than you know. 

On a swell note: 2014 is off to a good start and my calendar is starting to fill! 

Stay tuned for more pretty posts soon to come. 

xoxo. LP


The Brown Smokey Eye

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Beauties,

I am working on acquiring some equipment to start filming tutorials, but until that time my sad photos will have to suffice.

Today is a simple brown smokey eye, a look coveted by many. Don't be scared.

First we will start with basic terminology. Please see image for the regions of the eye that will be discussed during this tutorial:

The lid (see #1) refers to the area of your eye from corner tear duct to opposite corner tear duct. The crease (see #2) refers to the area right above this that often disappears when you open your eyes. The brow bone (see #4) is the area of skin covering the bone directly under the eyebrows. You should familiarize yourself with these areas since they will be referenced in the future.

1.

Apply an eyeshadow primer all over the eye.

 This means apply the product from lash line to brow bone.  I have exceptionally oily eyelids so I

always

use

Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer

, the clear one, all over before I use one that has a skin tone shade over top.  I've been using

Laura Mercier Eye Basics

in Wheat a lot lately, but this changes a lot.

If you don't apply a shadow primer do not proceed to the next step. It's over. Dramatic, but seriously. 

2. Apply a medium brown shimmer shadow to the lid. I used Snakebite from the

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

 using a

Sigma E55 shader brush

.

3. Apply a matte warm brown eye shadow through the crease. I used smashbox eyeshadow in nude which is discontinued, you can try

MAC Soft Brown

or

Makeup Geek Beaches & Cream

 using a fluffy black haired blending brush. I used a

Sigma E40 Blending Brush

which is a better, cheaper version of the MAC 224. 

4. Apply a slightly darker warm brown eye shadow in the outer corner through the crease. I used

MAC Brown Down

using a

MAC 217

5. Using a small bullet brush (I used

Laura Mercier's Eye Crease Brush

) apply either a matte black or super dark brown eye shadow in the outer most corner of your eye lid. Pack the color on carefully so it's nice and dark. I used blackout from the

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

. Then using the same brush you used in step 4 blend out the color so there are no harsh lines. 

6. Apply a matte white or cream color eye shadow along the brow bone. I used

Bobbi Brown Ivory

7. Apply eyeliner on the top lashline. I used

Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner

in blackest black using a

Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush.

8. Under the eye, lined using an angle brush the color used in the outer corner, I used  out with the same warm brown color I used in the crease to give a soft but still defined look of lining. 

9. Finish the look with mascara,

obviously

. I used

Chanel Le Volume

in black. 

I realize this is slightly involved, but have faith! With the right tools you can totally master this look no problem. Buy the brushes!! You won't be sorry. Then I'll come over and show you how to use them and we can drink wine together. Yay! 

xoxo. LP


The 2014 Grammy's Makeup Hits

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There was glitz and glam all over the red carpet last night for the 2014 Grammy's. Shout out to little Lourde for winning best song of the year. <3

These are my top makeup hits from yesterday's Grammy event.  

4. Sarah Hyland (a.k.a. Haley Dunphy from ABC's Modern Family) She is stunning! Swoon over that red lip and those rosy cheeks (for this pop of color on the apple of your cheeks try Chanel's new cream blushes

 in

Affinite

.) 

She looks classy without being overly made up. I love her bright undereys and the soft smudgey eyeliner on her lower lashes plus her strong, but not over-done brows.  

3. Let's discuss

Katy Perry

's fresh look with that

amazing

pink lip. Love! I would love to see a little more blush on those cheeks, but I think she looks absolutely gorgeous. For a pink lip like this try Laura Mercier creme lip color in

pink label.

2. Next up, almighty

Beyonce

. Look at her rocking that dark lip! I looove the smokey shimmery lid (try Makeup Geek eye shadow in

Moondust

). I would like her eyebrows to be filled in, but hat's my brow obsession speaking. I like how it adds kind of a natural flare to it. 

1.

Zendaya Coleman

: I love everything about this look. Her brows!!!  The smoldering smokey eye. Highlight + Contour, and that nude lip. On point!! I do not love her hair styling, but the makeup..mmhmm. 

For her sculpted cheek bones try Anastasia Beverly Hills'

contour kit

. For that hot lip try E.L.F studio matte lip color in

Praline

What were your favorites? 

xoxo. LP


Top 10 Web Favorites for the Week

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In order to spice things up, I thought I would share with you what I have found fantastic this week on the internet. 

10. A Beautiful Mess - 10 Statement Wall Ideas




I have been on a major design kick lately. This desire, however is significantly stifled by a severe budget shortage. Womp. Nevertheless, a girl and dream..and pin her way to a home reno. Can I get an Amen? 












9. These delicious chocolate peanut butter custard cups.




I made these  for a dinner party the husby and I went to last night. They were bomb. I strongly suggest you make them for yourself..and 5 other people. Or just eat them all yourself. I deem that totally acceptable. 











8. Lauren Conrad's amazing wedding planning. 




Can we first discuss these gold polka dot envelope liners? Swoon. Since I don't think I will ever get over my wedding obsession I still continue to pin wedding stuff. You can see my problem here and here. I think LC is the cutest and have no doubt that her wedding will be the same. I want to be there. 











7. This amazing Michael Kors timepiece. 




I now have a hopeless addiction to watches, thanks to my husband who also has this same disease. I am drawn to this hot pink beauty and I must add her to my collection. See #10 above budget shortage. boo.











6. Anastasia Beverly Hills' new dipbrow pomade. 


This stuff is waterproof!!!! Enough said. I must try it and when I do I'm sure it will be love. 















5. The Spring collection from Stella & Dot


My favorite piece is the Amelie Sparkle Bracelet in Peach. There are so many gorgeous pieces to this new collection. I also love the double clutch in citrine, here














4. My sweet friend Anjuli just relaunched her blog project. 

The design of this site is stunning and Anjuli truly has a gift for writing. She is inspiring and writes with a true openness. I invite you to share in her words. 



3. This beautiful kitchen appliance from William's Sonoma.  




There are no words. 
















2. Bekah's new blog. 



I'm not sure she has posted anything yet, but do yourself a favor and subscribe now in anticipation of greatness. You won't be sorry. She's the bee's knees. 






1. The amazing Kristy Lynn Adams



If you are in need of a wedding photographer in the North Carolina area you simply must book her. Now. Clock's ticking. 












I hope you've enjoyed this week's web picks. 

xoxo. LP

Blushing Giveaway

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In honor of my Instagram page hitting 300 followers (and let's be honest, the weekend) I've decided to do a weekend GIVEAWAY! 

Since you all know I'm obsessed with it, I'll be giving away one (1) Smashbox Full Exposure Palette to one (1) lucky winner. 


Here's how to enter: 
1. Follow my page Instagram page @blushing_artistry 

2. Repost the giveaway image using the hashtag #blushinggiveaway 

Feel free to repost as many times as you like. No limit on entries. 
If your page is private please leave a comment so I know you've entered. 

A winner will be chosen on Monday January 27, 2014. 

Good luck babes! 

xoxo. LP


Vendor Love: Burlap and Bordeaux

by Lauren Peter


Here's a little Vendor Love: Be sure to check out our friends,Burlap & Bordeaux! With valentine's day coming up they have the CUTEST arrangements of creative gifts! 


Here's a little about them from the Owner, Brooke. 
"About a year ago my cousin and I sought out to find the best products in local artisans throughout California. We scoured farmers markets, from Ventura, to Ojai, to Santa Barbara. Everything that goes into our baskets has a story. Here are just a few examples:
-our chocolate comes from a a store called Trufflehounds in Ventura. It's owned by a woman named Claudia who personally develops distinct and interesting flavors, & everything is made in house.
-our honey comes from a woman named Sandy in Lompoc California. She and her husband have had their bee farm for years, but what makes their story unique is their love for their bees. She literally cares for them as family. All honey is raw, organic, and comes from her wild flowers & sage gardens. 
-our salami comes from a company in Paso Robles. All organic, preservative free, nitrate free.
-our cheese comes from a farm in Petaluma, CA and is all organic. Delicious, we discovered them at a farmers market.
-our baked goods come from a bakery in Ojai, CA where everything is made from the highest quality ingredients. Even the granola is made fresh!
-our tea, personally selected in LA, all organic
-our pistachios, organic from a farm in Santa Barbara.
-our flowers, we personally go to the grower and hand pick which flowers we are going to use.

These are just a few, we have a personal relationship with every vendor. The stories are incredible, we have definitely found a calling in the most beautiful people we could have ever imagined to work with. When we put our baskets or floral designs together, each is made uniquely with love. Sounds cliche, but it's true. Every basket is custom. Please visit our website, there are lots of photos as well as more stories about our vendors & products."

Check them out on their website and instagram also! 

xoxo. LP

In My Bag: An exposé

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So it's been what, 4 days? That means we know each other well enough for you all to start rifling though my things, right? Yes. Congratulations. 

It's time for a journey into my cosmetic bag. Yikes. 
Bag dump. 

Please note that both the bag and the contents within is constantly changing. I can never guarantee any color or product will recur. Except for my powder. I was actually surprised that there wasn't more crap in here. Usually there are like some old fortunes, gum wrappers, and at least one hundred bobby pins. Maybe I subconsciously knew I would be exposing the most intimate details of my cosmetics bag to the interwebs so I lived cleanly. 

Cleaned it up. 

One thing for sure is that I have too many lip products. Those who know me know I rarely wear anything on my lips.. this is amusing. 

I'll start with the copious amount of lip items. On the left we have MAC prolongwear lipglass in boundlessly beige. If you don't have any of these, you should. They are ridiculously long wearing and come in lots of pretty shades. I'm boring so I like beige. As you'll see as we continue through this list. Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Blondie Pink - the best natural pink, Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Color in Perle, Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Retro Pink, Burt's Bee's Honey Lip Balm, Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Complex, Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss. Clearly, I have a problem. 

Moving up top we have Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener in light bisque an awesome sheer brightening concealer that is super easy to use on the go. Anastasia tinted brow gel in espresso  not sure why that's in there without a brow pencil..coming back down Laura Mercier Undercover pot in #1 this thing has under eye and face concealer in one little pot with a convenient supply of loose translucent powder underneath. Perfect little travel companion. Bobbi Brown Blush in pale pink- duh and Laura Mercier pressed foundation powder in #3.
Oh and teeny Bobbi concealer blending brush, lip brush and a baby Kiehls's creme de corps and a mini MAC fix+ 

This has been an exposé of my (full of Bobbi Brown) cosmetic bag. I felt like I would bore you if I went into more detail. Let me know if you have specific questions on any of these items and I'll be happy to supply you with my wealth of knowledge. 

xoxo. LP

dry. dry. dry. - winter hydration guide + products

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Holy crap it's dry. my face, my body, my hair! tight. static. horrible. 

Let's hydrate. I've already lectured you about hydrating your face and under eye area. If you missed it you can check it out here

This post was inspired by our horribly dry conditions and by a post from the lovelies over at The Beauty Department. They posted this amazing piece about hydrating your skin before you shower to arm yourself against the harsh hot water! This blew my mind so of course I had to try it. 

Their advice: 
1. Apply a generous amount 
2. Warm up with your hands and 
3. Apply all over avoiding the face. 

Then simply shower like normal! What a concept. They used body oil, but I tried it using coconut oil. So basically it was AMAZING. My skin was so soft and happy. No more scaly legs. Imagine that. 
Don't forget to moisturize within the first 3 minutes after getting out of the shower/bath. The pores on your skin are still open and will absorb the most product within that time. Try L'Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream
Don't forget about lips and nails! Anyone normal is obsessed with the EOS balls.. did you know that E.O.S stands for evolution of smooth?? Me either.. I think I have had every flavor and lost every flavor... 
Deborah Lippmann's cuticle oil makes me feel like I just stepped out of the salon. My cuticles are ragged this time of year and need some comforting. 
My hair has been crazy dry lately too. I just tried Aveda damage remedy leave-in product from a sample and I just might have to splurge for it. It made my hair super soft. I have also been noticing that my hair wasn't staying straight and was frizzing really easily. I asked my darling hair magician if there was anything I could do. She said to make sure I was applying enough product. Now I've always been afraid of adding too much thinking it would make my hair look greasy. She said to apply the product to my hair when wet, right after drying, and again after straightening. Serum times three and I've noticed a huuge difference with my hair staying straight and frizz free. I use It's a 10 Miracle Styling Serum
1. Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil 2. L'Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream 3. EOS Lip Balm 4. Deborah Lippman Cuticle Oil 4. IT's a 10 Miracle Styling Serum 6. Aveda Damage Remedy Leave-In Treatment

I'd love to know your tricks on staying hydrated during the winter. Comment people! I hope I'm not blogging to myself. 

xoxo. LP


My Makeup Rut - a cosmo confessional

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Confession. I'm in a makeup rut with no plans on getting out.
I wake up at 5:30..hit snooze a few times, and crawl out of bed at 5:45 each morning in order to beat nightmare traffic and get into my freezing cold office by 7:15am. Ew. I have to admit that I've been putting my face on the bench in exchange for a couple more minutes of zzz's.

That being said, here are my 5 uber lazy it'stooearlytoeventhink favorite products that can help you look alive-ish even in a rut....at 5:45am.
{from left to right: chanel le volume mascara, laura mercier pressed mineral powder, bobbi brown pale pink blush, stila 10 in 1, chanel eclat lumiere concealer}

Stila 10 in 1 BB cream - Can't live without this. Ever. I use it mostly as a primer since I need a little more coverage, but if you're lucky enough to have pretty skin, you could definitely get away with this alone.

Laura Mercier pressed mineral powder - I use the color tender rose. Greatest powder of my life, (the loose is amazing too). Amazing coverage and fabulous oil control. Lasts all day.

Chanel eclat lumiere concelear- Pop a little of this under your eyes and you're good to go. *I live by Bobbi Brown's corrector and concealer, but sometimes a girl's gotta cut corners*

Bobbi Brown pale pink blush - Blush gives you life. Period. Someone once commented on a photo of my dear friend, Kristy Adams stating, "Your excessive use of blush scares me." I live by these words.

Chanel Le Volume Mascara - Worth every single cent. This mascara makes your lash line so thick that you'll forget you didn't have time to put eyeliner on.

Now go get some coffee.

xoxo. LP

Dark and Mysterious - a lip tutorial

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Hello darlings,

This evening I've had a special request to do a tutorial on how to wear  dark lip color.
Despite it being 81 degrees in San Diego today it is still winter thus, I say wear more dark lips!!
Dark lips can be a challenge! Don't think you can pull it off? Nonsense, I believe in you!

Obstacles to overcome:
-You think it looks bad. This is likely because you simply aren't used to seeing yourself in a darker lip color. You look great, own it!
-Let's face it, dark lips can get messy! You MUST use a lipliner. No exceptions.
-Good lip prep is a necessity. Exfoliate and hydrate before you pop that color on.

Let's go over the steps to own that dark lip.

1. Prep. Exfoliate: Get rid of dead skin on the lips that can cause texture and make the lip color look uneven. Scrub with a washcloth or an amazing lip scrub like Lush's Mint Julips Lip Scrub. Hydrate: Now that your smackers are baby smooth make sure you give them what they're craving: Moisture! Try Bobbi Brown's Lip Balm to soften them up to make sure your lip color glides on like butta'.

2. Secure. Like I said before, dark lips can get messy! To make sure your color stays in the lines I like to apply a face powder all over the area just surrounding the lips. This makes sure any oil gets wicked away and won't cause the color to bleed. Next apply your lip liner. For this dark of color, I personally like to use a shade that is a teeeeny bit darker for added drama. If that freaks you out, by all means use one that matches closer. Note: It doesn't have to be perfect on the inside just try to line as sharply as you can near the cupid's bow and around the edges. You can always clean it up with some remover if you make a mistake. I used MAC's nightmoth for this look.

3. Perfect. Now apply your color in the lines. I applied right out of the tube for this look, but feel free to use a lip brush for added precision. One applied rub your lips together to blend the color and you can go back with your lipliner to smooth out any areas that need perfecting. I used MAC's Diva. If this is too matte for you you can always add a lip gloss over the top. **Make sure you carry your color with you since you will without a doubt need a touch up.

Now that you have mastered the darkness, you may be stuck when it comes to what you are "allowed" to pair with it. My vote is to keep it simple. If you're wearing a dark lip, they should be the focus of your face. Tone down the eyes and cheeks with neutrals and let the lips run the show.


Products I used:
Face:
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Sand
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Extra Light Bisque
Bobbi Brown Concealer in Cool Sand
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Power 

Contour: Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium  
Bobbi Brown Blush in Tawny
Highlight: MAC Belightful (tragically discontinued)

Eyes:
MAC Soft Ochre Prolongwear Paint Pot
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
Chanel Le Volume mascara

Woo. Sorry that was l o n g.

I'd love to hear any feed back from you and will happily take any questions you have!

until next time.

xoxo. LP