Halloween is the chance for you to be anything you want for a night, and is the perfect time to show off your glowing skin! While everyone will be putting on lots of makeup, you can stand out with a sparkly, more natural look.
With that in mind, I created this “Fairy Beauty” tutorial. I love dressing up for Halloween, and I’m always on the lookout for costumes that are festive, feminine and cute. This look is the perfect match for a radiant and fun look!
Step One: Prime your skin with Simple Skincare 24-Hour Moisturizer. Fairies need radiant skin, so this step is a must!
Step Two: Dust your cheeks with a pastel pink blush. You want a shade that will compliment your natural skin tone, but not overwhelm it — the look should be about your beauty, not makeup!
Step Three: For the eyes, first swipe a purple eye shadow over your entire lids. Then apply a shimmery shadow to the inner corners of your eyelids and finish with mascara.
Step Four: Finish the entire look with a swipe of bright pink lip gloss. Reapply as needed through Halloween!
With this tutorial, you can look gorgeous, natural and ethereal for Halloween this year! Have a blast!
So, something kind of amazing happened when I took these photos.
In one last burst of Houston humidity, the air outside was literally wet. I’m used to this by now: I feel my hair starting to frizz, my skin starting to “glow” — it’s a familiar drill.
But this time, my camera lens got in on the action. And when I took a look at one of the photos, I found that they all looked like this:
Do you know what those remind me of?
Kind of amazing, right?
Truthfully, my logical mind knows that Glamour Shots were totally absurd and ridiculous, but can I confess something?
I know I shouldn’t admit this…
But as a kid…
I wanted them.
Oh my gosh, I wanted them so badly.
And I know Glamour Shot were more than just the super-blur filter (there were also the props! and poses! and perms!) — but to me, that super-blurry filter was just the epitome of cool.
(Or something like that. Man, though. I wish I’d gotten some as a kid, just to look back on them now and laugh myself to tears.)
So these photos are my consolation prize. Frizzy hair, check. Blurry filter, check.
The outfit, on the other hand. Very current, very subdued, very chic (if I do say so myself).
And — best of all — it’s full of pieces that look expensive but aren’t. The dress is from Macy’s and under $100. Brahmin bags are decidedly affordable and insanely beautiful — I get compliments every time I wear one. The necklace? Forever 21. Boom.
And the bracelet, I have to say a special word about — it’s from a website called Soko, that connects women artisans in sub-Saharan Africa with a global market for their beautiful creations, using principles of fair trade and sustainable design. This bracelet was made in partnership with an organization called Sasa Designs by the Deaf, and each bracelet is made by a deaf woman in Kenya (you can read more about it on their blog here).
Projects like this are a great reminder that fashion and technology can change people’s lives and offer opportunities to support communities that we couldn’t otherwise reach. It’s a beautiful piece and I love how it looks — but more than that, it’s a reminder to be grateful, to give back when you can, and to think about the small ways that you can make a difference for others.
Halloween has always been one of my absolute favorite holidays.
See, it combines all my favorite things: Candy? Check. Playing dress up? Check. Staying up late? Obviously!
And as an adult, I’ve added one more item to that list: Cocktails!
I’ve partnered with Kahlúa for the holidays to bring you guys some delicious, fun, easy recipes that are perfect for this time of the year. This month, I’m kicking off with a delicious Halloween cocktail recipe for… dum dum dum… the Choco-Pumpkin Freeze!
Here’s the thing about this cocktail: it has two ingredients, and they’re both *amazing.* Chocolate ice cream and Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice, a special limited edition flavor that blends natural pumpkin and delicious autumnal spices with 100% Arabica coffee and sugarcane rum. In case it’s not obvious from the description, it is mind-bogglingly good.
And once you add chocolate ice cream? It’s out of this world.
So this Halloween, grab a few of your favorite grown ups for tricks, treats, and libations! For more ideas on how to throw a wickedly amazing Halloween party, check out KahulaHoliday.com, which has custom recipes, entertaining tips and expert advice! Or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram — happy trick or treating!
1 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
1 part chocolate ice cream
Blend together in a food processor or blender, and serve over ice in a highball glass. Enjoy!
Of course, the best cocktail is one that’s sipped responsibly — don’t overindulge and never drink and drive!
Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.