Thursday, June 16, 2016


Remember those "tattoo" choker necklaces and bracelets from the early 2000s? I had a black choker necklace that I wore for a good part of 6th grade along with my baggy pants and tank top. It wasn't the most flattering look but 12 year-old me thought my look was pretty fierce.

After the choker trend faded, I realized that I hated short necklace chains. To this day, I still prefer pendant-length ones. I can occasionally find one that falls in the middle. I feel like necklaces that are super short or chokers make my neck look really short.

I noticed recently that 15 years later, the choker trend is back in full force for a whole new generation to fawn over. The biggest difference is that there are way more styles.
I had this exact choker in middle school! ©
Did you sport a choker in your younger days? Are you rocking them now? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY - Which Decade of Makeup Inspires You the Most?

We have so many makeup muses to look back on today. The great thing is that we can pick and choose the components we adore from the past and make it work for us today. Which decade of makeup inspires you the most? This Throwback Thursday is a little bit more involved than the ones before.
The One and Only Audrey Hepburn. What a Beauty!
I love the 1950s makeup look. Very plain skin-toned eyeshadow with black winged liner and mascara. Eyebrows were left quite natural and weren't plucked into oblivion like in the 90s.The most iconic part of it all is the bold red lipstick! I love the neutral eyes with winged liner because you can then pair it with any lipstick. One thing I would change to fit my preference is adding some gold eyeshadow. Think Urban Decay Half Baked for the lids. I think that brightens and opens up the eyes with more dimension. The lipstick can be nude or really vampy and it still wouldn't compete with the eye.
Urban Decay Half Baked Eyeshadow Single ©

I've been really liking the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette to achieve this look using the champagne shimmer and light matte shades. I love to use the shades Blonde (satin) as a highlight and Skimp (satin) or Stark (matte) for the lids. This is essentially a very simple two-shadowed eye look. Very minimal to no blending required!

Speaking of which, Ulta will be having the Gwen eyeshadow palette for sale for $39 starting June 5 according to their most recent catalog. That price is a little nicer than when I used my 20% off last year as it is regularly $58. It's a great chance to snag it if you've been a little put off by the price.

For my winged liner, I've been really digging Essence Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. I recently raved about it in my May Favorites. The formula is a very opaque black and doesn't flake if you go over a spot more than once. My favorite part of it has to be the applicator. It has a stiff foam-tipped (I think it's foam) applicator and makes it really easy to control. I apply that right over Skimp or Stark.

Top everything off with a black mascara and your eyes are set! I like to use CoverGirl Lash Blast 24hr. This stuff does not budge.

Now for the really fun part: bold red lips! You can really pair any lip color with these neutral eyes, but red is just so quintessentially 50s. My favorites are Maybelline Color Sensational 645 Red Revival, Milani Color Statement 67 Matte Confident, and Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Mega Matte 714.

Frankly, this look is rather low-maintenance for me, but it could just be the lazy girl talking! I love how this look is so simple yet so polished. Let me know if you'd like to see a tutorial on this :)

Which makeup decade is your favorite? What things do you do differently to modify them? Let me know in the comments below!