Weekend Wrap-up

Weekend Wrap-Up: Delivery Man & Birchbox

This week’s Weekend Wrap-Up is coming to you a day late so I could tell you about  a special event sponsored by Birchbox that I attended last night.  Birchbox’s theme this month is “More Good”– giving back, giving to others, and indulging yourself too. What could be more perfect  for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays? To celebrate the “More Good” theme they hosted an advance screening of the new Vince Vaughn movie Delivery Man for some of the NYC Birchbloggers and I was lucky enough to get two tickets.  We met up with the Birchbox team at the Crosby Hotel in SoHo last night for the screening and were  lavished with sodas, popcorn, and complimentary Birchboxes on our way out!

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My boyfriend loved digging into his Birchbox Man box, and is even debating signing up for his own monthly subscription. (And I’m hoping I can get him to do a guest post once he gives everything in this box a good test run!) Since I know my monthly Birchbox is on the way I figured I’d stick with the “More Good” theme of the evening and pass my box along to a fellow beauty loving friend. I hope she enjoys it!

Overall the movie was fun, with lots of laughs and a few “aww” moments.  I would definitely recommend seeing it with your family when it hits theatres soon. After the screening we stopped by a local bar for a couple of drinks to continue the date night– overall a pretty fun Monday!

Have you seen any great movies lately? My sister and I love watching movies together when we’re home for the holidays, so I’m looking for some new additions to our “must watch” list. Leave a comment and share your favorites!

-LMC ♥

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Weekend Wrap-up #6: Happy Halloween!

Happy Monday and welcome to the Weekend Wrap-up! This weekend was filled with lots of fun, but coming in at the top of my list were the Halloween parties I attended on Saturday night. Although Halloween is still a few days away we spent Saturday celebrating as a group of friends hosted an apartment crawl through their respective places in the Lower East Side.

In debating what costume I would wear this year I knew that I wanted it to incorporate fun make up (whether girly or gruesome, I wasn’t sure), and my boyfriend and I wanted to go as a couple so we needed something to fit a “his and hers” pair. After browsing blogs and Pinterest for a bit we settled on our theme– a pair of pop art inspired, Roy Lichtenstein-esque comic book characters!

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Overall the costume was pretty easy to put together using our own (brightest) clothes, an assortment of my makeup, and the addition of some colored hair spray and a wig from the costume store. I have to say we got quite a few compliments throughout the evening, and my boyfriend even won a prize for his costume at one of the parties we attended! Here’s a closer shot of each of us, along with a list of products used to achieve the look…

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Comic Girl: L’oreal True Match foundation in C1 “Alabaster”, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in “Translucent”, Wet ‘n Wild Megashield lip color in “That’s Berry Beautiful” (dots), Sephora  Waterproof Smokey Cream Liner in “Must Have” (brows, eyes, and facial lines) , Wet ‘n Wild Pop Art Craze eye shadow palette in “To Muse And Carouse (blue)”, NYX lipliner in “Fuchsia”, Ulta Eye Crayon in “Little White Lies” (shadow base and lip highlight), and a pair of super dramatic lashes and a bright wig (these were just a random brands from the costume shop).

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Comic Guy: L’oreal True Match foundation in C1 “Alabaster”, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in “Translucent”, Wet ‘n Wild Megashield lip color in “That’s Berry Beautiful” (dots), Sephora  Waterproof Smokey Cream Liner in “Must Have” (brows, eyes, and facial lines), temporary hair color spray in black (over all) and blue (as a highlight shade).

A few expert tips for those of you thinking about recreating this costume for Halloween (since I’ll be doing it for the fourth time tomorrow before my boyfriend’s office Halloween party I’m a bit of an expert!)–

  • Start with a very pale, flat, well-powdered base.
  • Apply the lipstick (anything fairly creamy and opaque in the red/orange/pink family will work) with a Q-tip to get the perfect uniform dots.
  • I found the Real Techniques Fine Liner brush worked perfectly for our facial lines, but any thin liner, brow, or lip brush would probably work too.
  • If you’re a guy and going for color hair spray I recommend doing one layer all over to give a flat looking base, then going back in with either white or blue to add some highlights. Use a piece of paper or cardboard to get crisp lines when spraying near your hair line.
  • Prepare to keep your hands away from your face all night– it’s harder than you’d think!
  • If you’re stumped, look up some old comics as a reference for color, shading, and overall style. Luckily we have quite the comic collection at home, so I was all set.

I hope you enjoyed our Pop Art Halloween looks! Is your costume ready for Thursday yet? If not, I hope this gave you a bit of inspiration!

-LMC ♥

Weekend Wrap-up #5

This was one of those non-stop weekends that remind me why I moved to New York City… there is literally always something going on! I kicked off the weekend on Friday night by going for drinks down in Tribeca with an old friend and his wife who were in town for a wedding. It was great to introduce them to my boyfriend and catch up on what we’ve all been up to since the last time I saw them. Saturday started early with a birthday brunch with one of my best friends and her parents down in Soho, and afterward I took advantage of being in the neighborhood to pop by the Makeup Forever boutique in the Soho Sephora (plus a few other shops in the neighborhood too!) Later that evening we headed to the Lower East Side to celebrate a joint birthday party for two great friends at a beer hall. By this point I was running on fumes, so once I had the chance to say hello and catch up with everyone we went home for some late night pizza and it was off to bed. Sunday was spent with some family who were in town, showing them our favorite spots in the neighborhood and going out for delicious Italian food and gelato! After such a crazy weekend I feel like I need another two full days just to relax, but I can’t complain that the past few days have been filled with so much fun and amazing people.

And now that you’ve gotten the rundown on my weekend activities, here’s a quick Outfit Of The Day (night?) from Friday:

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Clothes: Mossimo leather jacket (a bit too big!), Alexander McQueen scarf, Gap tank top, Uniqlo leggings, and Blowfish booties // Face: MAC Lady Danger lipstick, Ray-Ban glasses

What did you do this weekend? I hope you had just as much fun as I did,  but perhaps a little time to relax too! I’ll be back tomorrow with a review of my October Birchbox that finally arrived in the mail today. See you then!

-LMC ♥