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decade by decade

August 28th, 2011 · 10 Comments

A few weeks ago, Banana Republic invited a number of style bloggers to get all dolled up in sixties hair and makeup and their Mad Men-inspired collection!

I was completely obsessed with this whole look — and before you get all excited for the tutorial, I’ve tried to recreate this look (which was done by a very talented professional) with no luck so far.

Chad and I are total Mad Men addicts, and if you know the show as well as I do, you’ll probably remember the outfit that I was channeling when I put this look together: this one, from the episode where Betty and Don go to Rome and she ditches her suburban housewife clothes for something a little more glam.  My breath caught when she came onto the screen in this episode — in part because there’s no one on earth more beautiful than January Jones (even when I hate her character, she’s still so beautiful it hurts).

The ladylike trend is back in full force (thank you, Kate Middleton), so it was fun to get dressed up in an era where “ladylike” wasn’t a trend.

Thank you so much to Banana Republic for inviting us, and double thanks to Keiko for keeping me company when my hair was getting done and snapping these pictures!

Photo 1: Madewell top, Zara skirt and heels, Alexis Bittar bracelet, DANNIJO bracelet.  Photo 2: Gifted Mad Men dress from Banana Republic, Banana Republic pearls and heels.

And for what I wore the rest of the day (also snapped by Keiko):

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tutorial: three minute golden smokey eye

August 24th, 2011 · 7 Comments

I did a little something different in this video — no sound!  I know some of you guys might be checking Sugarlaws during the workday (I won’t tell), so I figured it would be nice to put up a video that you could understand without listening to me talking.  And as an added bonus, when you cut my jibber-jabber out of the video, I cut the running time down to about 3 minutes!

This has been my go-to summer makeup for the past few months, and I love how this golden eyeshadow gives a ton of depth and definition but isn’t dark or heavy.  Estée Lauder’s Pure Color eyeliner has become a huge go-to for me — I’m usually not great with liquid liner, but this one is so easy to apply that it’s completely changed my life.  Goes on smooth every time, and stays put forever (you need a gentle makeup remover to get it off).  I wear it with just a swipe of mascara all the time, and it’s great with a more layered look like this one.

The lovely folks over at Kim Brushes sent me a few to try, and I’ve been using them all the time, but this is the first makeup video they’ve made it into!  I’m such a sucker for the softest brushes I can find, and these are so incredibly luxurious.  They’re actually made by a company that produces artists’ paintbrushes, and only recently formed their first makeup brush line!

Also — thank you guys SO MUCH for all your input on Monday’s outfit!  I’m definitely going to do some tweaking to that look and try to take away some of the volume — and I’m going to run more outfits by you guys before September! 

Urban Decay primer potion, MAC eyeshadow, Estée Lauder Pure Color Eyeliner in Black Quartz, DIORSHOW mascara, Sephora blending brush, KIM eyeshadow makeup brush.

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beauty: summer skincare

August 5th, 2011 · 5 Comments

The craziest thing has happened over the last few months… every time I look in a mirror, I’m shocked.  My skin is so much better than it was at the beginning of the summer — it’s smoother, softer, more luminous, looks better with and without makeup, basically everything a girl could ask for.

Because the thing is: I don’t have great skin.  At least, I feel like I don’t.  It could certainly be a lot worse, but I definitely have some sun damage, some places where I’m seeing the beginnings of wrinkles, and definitely places where my skin could be smoother and firmer.

So this summer, for the first time, I’ve been stepping up my skincare routine in a big way.  Moisturizer?  Yes (two of them, with brightening, thank you very much).  Extra special cleanser?  Yes please.  And above all, proper vitamins and a big extra dose of Omega-3s.

And without further adieu, here are my summer skincare miracle-workers:

  • Estee Lauder Idealist: If you’ve been anywhere in the last few months, you’ve probably seen this advertised.  I was lucky enough to receive a sample when it first launched, and I’ve been using it every single night since then.  I can honestly see a difference in the mornings I’ve used it the night before and when I forget!  It gets rid of unevenness, dark spots, redness, basically everything you want gone.  I’ve recommended it to so many friends already — I’m seriously obsessed.  ($58)
  • Cle de Peau Cleanser: I love this stuff so much, but it’s literally the most expensive makeup on earth.  This cleanser is $63.  And I know that’s absurd, but I bought it anyways.  I tried a sample after a Paul Labrecque event this summer, and I was hooked.  This cleanser is the makeup equivalent of crack.  But it makes my face so soft and smooth!  ($63)
  • Elure Advanced Skin Lightening Lotion: I actually got this at my dermatologist’s office, and I like it a lot.  I’ve been using it a lot this summer, but I can’t tell if it does anything for my skin that the Estee Lauder lotion doesn’t (and it’s twice the price).  On the other hand, the last skin-brightening cream that my dermatologist gave me dried my skin out so badly that I could barely even wash my face — so I appreciate that this one is much more gentle.  I think it’s only available through doctor’s offices, so check out their website for one near you. ($125)
  • Genesis Today Omega-3 Vitamins: What you put on your skin matters, but what you put in your body is just as important.  Your skin, hair and nails will show vitamin deficiencies early and obviously, and they’ll also show all the benefits of healthy fats and oils in your diet.  I eat these Omega-3 gummies a day, and they’re delicious and great for you.  Perfect for the days when you can’t get salmon or avocado into your diet!  ($10)

And my honorable mentions: Dr. Jart’s Premium Beauty Balm, a foundation/moisturizer/sunscreen with SPF 45 for the days when you’re going to be outside for longer ($39); and Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser, a drugstore staple I’ve used since I was 13 years old!  ($8)

So that’s what I do!  What are your summer skincare secrets?

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