weekend wrap-up

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 ♥

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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 ♥

Weekend Wrap-up #4

Three cheers for me that I am finally back home with my beloved kitty, boyfriend, and comfy bed! My business trip went well, but I am so happy to be back to normal life this week. That also means access to my entire makeup stash, rather than just the bits in my travel bag, so expect more regular posts coming your way.

As I just got back on Friday night I spent most of the weekend relaxing and unpacking. We found ourselves in a bit of a mood on Saturday where we wanted to “spring clean” (fall clean?), rearrange furniture, and take care of lots of odds and ends that we’d been putting off for ages around the apartment. The result is still slightly chaotic, but we’re on the way to having everything sorted and in its proper place soon. New additions include a breakfast bar with stools and a chalkboard wall!

After we wrapped up everything on Sunday I headed over to  my local Sephora for a Skincare Basics course. I’ve attended one other class at Sephora in the past, an Intro To Smokey Eyes that was fun and informative, but nothing to really write home about. I expected the Skincare Basics course to be similarly, well, basic, but I thought it would at least be a good opportunity to learn about and try some new products.

Shortly after arriving and checking in with a sales associate I learned I was in for a big treat– everyone else in my class had canceled and I was going to have a 1-on-1 consultation and treatment with the skincare specialist teaching the class! Lauren, the skincare specialist who worked with me, was so sweet and helpful, and did a great job making me feel relaxed even though we were in the middle of a crowded store.

She began by removing my makeup, and then set me in front of the Dr. Dennis Gross Steamer to open up my pores. After that she did a quick cleanse using Shisedo Cleansing Foam and we moved on to a mask treatment, the beauty blogger favorite Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliant treatment! Coming in at a hefty $70 for a 1.7 oz tub, this was a mask that I’d heard raves about, but assumed I’d never have the opportunity to try. While I’m not sure if I can justify purchasing it myself, I loved the tingly feeling of the mask and the soothing bits of french sea clay and green tea leaf. While I had the mask on Lauren also applied a Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strip to my nose, which was like your average nose strip on steroids. At this point I looked seriously crazy sitting in the middle of the store with mud all over my face and a huge black strip on my nose– some girls even saw me through a window and came inside to ask me what I was doing!

As both treatments sat for about 10 minutes Lauren gave me a hand massage with a fabulous rose scented L’Occitane hand cream that I couldn’t help but purchase in the lavender scent after we finished– it was amazing! Then she removed my mask and pore strip and finished with a facial massage using a mix of Shisedo Ibuki Refining Moisturizer and a few drops of Marula Facial Oil. I had never thought about mixing a few drops of facial oil into my moisturizer before, so this was a great tip to pick up. At this point my face felt and looked more smooth and radiant than I’ve honestly ever seen it. This is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a professional facial, and if they yield results like this I can see why some people are so addicted! Overall I learned quite a bit about what skincare products would best suit my skin type, and came out feeling relaxed and refreshed to start the new week. Huge thanks to Lauren and Sephora Meatpacking for the fun evening!

Have you tried any classes at your local Sephora store? I’m signed up for another class (this time on Colorful Eye Makeup) in a few weeks, and I’m excited to report back on what I learn and what fun products I get to test out. Until next time, I hope you had a great weekend and that your week is off to a lovely start!

-LMC ♥