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Gold Struck With Gala

Despite loving nail art, you won’t find me painting my nails often, simply because I’m not exactly the best at it. However, when I do find a polish that I absolutely adore, I’ll rotate between my few favorites every so often. That’s the case today with a pearly gold polish by Color Club, who teamed with fashion blogger Gala Gonzalez. This past Spring, the Spanish-born blogger, stylist and DJ collaborated with Color Club to launch a four-piece nail polish collection. Simply perfect all-year-around, the pastel, pearly hues are inspired by the retro lacquers of the 70s and 80s.

I received my sample “Gold Struck” a few months ago in a Birchbox (told you in my last post how amazing they are). Gold Struck is an understated, yet showstopping, soft gold that’s subtle enough for daytime wear but luxe and glam enough for nighttime. Directions say to use two coats but I don’t think I need to; the application is strong and smooth! Look at how pretty it is below and snag the four-piece collection on Birchbox’s site for only $13!

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Away We Go With Birchbox!

At the start of this year, I subscribed to beauty box Birchbox. Every month, (for only $10!) I receive 4-5 deluxe beauty and lifestyle samples tailored just for me, based on my profile upon sign-up. One of the main reasons why I chose Birchbox over other monthly beauty subscriptions is because of the fun elements they include, aside from the incredible samples, from challenges to fun tips and tricks catered to a wide variety of lifestyles. I really wish I shared every box I’ve received so far but I think I got too excited and forgot to do so – oops! I’ll do my best to post them from now on, starting today, with the June edition (I know, I know, it’s July!).

For June, the theme was “Away We Go”, which meant travel-ready samples, on-the-go inspiration, and an exciting partnership with JetBlue (one of my favorite airlines!). It’s definitely the season for road-tripping, destination-hopping, and, what I’ve been doing the most, staycation-ing. Take a look at my June Birchbox unboxed below! If you like what you see and want to give it a try yourself, use my referral link at the end of this post!

First up, JetBlue has a fun little quiz for us to take to determine where we should travel to next! Surprise, surprise, I got San Francisco (it’s a dream of mine to live there)! What about you?

I love skincare samples since I have yet to find my holygrail skincare line-up. The BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator by Vasanti Cosmetics claims to mimic the effects of microdermabrasion for a glowing, smooth complexion. I can’t say too much about it yet since I’ve only used it once but I will say that it’s pretty gentle on my sensitive skin and I hope to see some glowing results in a couple of weeks!

I’ve been hearing about the wonders of Egyptian Magic for years now but have yet to try it! The all-purpose skin cream can be used to moisturize, fight wrinkles, and treat burns and bruises – and that’s just the beginning! It definitely felt smooth upon application on my hands and there was no residue or icky feeling left.

Next up is haircare with three products by Davines (I immediately used one of them and forgot to snap a photo – oops!). The Love Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner and Ol All in One Milk Treatment should soften, detangle, and tame frizz for super sleek locks. I didn’t like the smell of the shampoo that much but it definitely left my long, thick hair very silky smooth, especially when I followed it up with the conditioner and leave-in treatment, both of which smell and feel lovely. I had no trouble brushing my hair either which is a miracle for me!

Right in time for summer festivities, we have a luxe, creamy liner from Cynthia Rowley designed for smudge-proof, all day-wear and full-on glam. The middle picture is the liner on my bare arm in natural sunlight; the image on the left is smudged on without any other makeup; and in the final picture, I applied it to the inner corner of my eyes to make them pop! I’m absolutely in love with the smooth application of this eyeliner and the color can be used both during the day and at night. I definitely see myself buying it again and again.

Last but certainly not least, Birchbox loves to have us smelling just as good as we feel! The Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum by Joie is a fresh blend of mandarin, rose, and sandalwood that just screams summertime. The citrus scent is so fresh and the rose isn’t too powerful, which I like.

That’s that! Stay tuned for July’s box in a few weeks. Like what you see? Use my referral link and subscribe now – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Subscribe to Birchbox

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2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Many of us decide on a color to incorporate into our outfits based on our moods; and others love following what’s in and trendy for the year, specifically by using the Pantone color system.

Pantone is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, from fashion and beauty to interior decor. If you watch Project Runway, you’ve definitely seen a few challenges inspired by a Pantone color of the year. The goal is to direct and study the way color influences the human thought process as well as our emotions and physical reactions. This definitely plays a vital role in the fashion industry as the color you’re wearing can absolutely set the tone for your mood.

With the New Year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking fresh and deciding how we’re going to include new trends into our wardrobes. The 2013 color of the year has been Emerald; Pantone stated that it “served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity.” What do you think of that? Has it been a blooming, prosperous year for you? Don’t fret if it hasn’t been, since the 2014 color will be Radiant Orchid. Reaching across the color wheel to spark the imagination, the bright pigment symbolizes an invitation to innovation. It encourages you to expand your creativity and uniqueness, which is essential nowadays, as we all know. Radiant Orchid is a beautiful harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, inspiring confidence and showcasing joy, love and health.

For the fashion world, Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones illuminate the skin when worn by both ladies and gents. A showstopper, the color was seen all over the Spring and Fall 2014 runway shows. Keep your eyes peeled as Radiant Orchid will carry its way into men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories as well as beauty, decor and even food throughout all of 2014!

I definitely feel that this color is perfect for the New Year’s goals I’ve been setting which are all focused on trying new things and above all, being [and staying!] confident. Let’s plan from now with inspiration from fashion, makeup, decor and more. For even more to fuel your imagination, follow my Pinterest board where I’ll be pinning my favorite Radiant Orchid findings throughout the year. Share in the comments below how you’ll be incorporating the gorgeous hue into your year!

Celebrity Style

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Insomnia Photoshoot

Anytime I come across an editorial, campaign, or photoshoot of some sort that I absolutely love, I figure I will post it here from now on rather than solely on my Tumblr. But, do make sure to check out my Tumblr where I post tons of fashion-related photos throughout the entire day! I know I haven’t been too good at updating this, but I’ll be back on schedule sooner than you know it – xo.


Photography by Weronika Kosinska
Make-up: Lucyna Rossa
Hair: Radek Robak & Lukaszk Chlupka @ Creative Cut
Models: Disa Braun & Karolina Wianecka
Photo Retouching: Dawid Zadlo @ Kreski Corp

Featured in EksMagazyn Issue 11

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20 Fall Essentials #19: Neon Elements

Yes, I have disappeared off the face of the Earth for the past… almost two weeks… but my birthday was last Friday and I was pretty frantic. I had the best birthday in the entire world though and I’m so blessed to have this many great friends who know how to throw amazing surprise parties and make me feel so special! I definitely will be sharing all the fun gifts I got… like a duck mug and a gigantic cupcake cookie jar – seriously!

My Fall series is almost over and I’m giving you back-to-back similar posts on achieving super bright looks in this otherwise dark & gloomy weather – so keep your eyes peeled wide open!

This past summer, I did a post on how to incorporate neon colors into your wardrobe without looking like you stepped in and out of a rave. For today, I decided to share how to wear these colors in make-up form, since that can be quite tricky! One of my favorite designers Jeremy Scott presented his Fall 2011 collection with punk-inspired models decked out in playful looks. Tightly pulled pigtails were mixed with rainbow colored extensions and adding to the fun factor even more was saturated eye makeup in acid greens and fluorescent orange hues. The models’ vibrant eyes seriously popped with color and while the look appears flirty and fun, it’s not exactly something you’d think about wearing everyday!

To get the look to be more appropriate for daily wear, Rebecca Cox from UK Glamour Magazine shows and tells a super easy method to pull off the neontastic look.

I never thought yellow lids would look so good – that’s usually one of the hardest colors to pull off especially if you have a light skin-tone. Here’s a step-by-step guide on achieving this look, courtesy Rebecca. *Disclaimer: I tweaked a few of the steps according to my make-up routine which I find to be easiest, as well as to cater to readers considering the makeup used in this tutorial may not be available to everyone. All other notes are strictly by Rebecca and I do not claim any of her work!
  • Step 1: Base & Shadow: Apply a base of shadow primer using the tip of your index finger or a small concealer brush. Follow with a light foundation applied with a highlighter brush touched up with concealer in one shade lighter than your skin-tone. Then, using your favorite green-yellow eye-liner pencil, apply all over the eyelid as a base to define your eye – blend, blend, and blend using an eyeshadow brush!
  • Step 2: Eye Definition: Apply shades of rose, camels, and browns on the crease of your eyelid to advance the green-yellow color even more. Try a palette like Sigma’s ‘Dare’ as seen above! Then, using a deep burgundy red eye-pencil, angle a line up from your lash line and along the socket line, blending with the shadow.
  • Step 3: Liner & Lashes: Using your favorite black eyeliner, line the crease of your eye and blend so it won’t appear too bold. Layer your lashes with a lengthening mascara.
  • Step 4: Blush & Lip: Apply a light rose blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blend back towards your ears. Cover your lips using a hot candy pink lip pencil and finish it off with a semi-sheer pink gloss to make the look pop! 
In four easy steps, you’ve achieved a neon look that you can pull off just about any time of day!

More Inspiration

If you’re into neon hues, what is your favorite way to wear the trend? 
Would you rather stick to it in clothing or are you brave enough to 
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