Don’t judge me, but I actually kind of LOVE Lady Gaga‘s fashion forwardness, and she makes no exception when it comes to beauty. It’s risky, and that not only fits her persona perfectly, I think the extremes she pushes just about everything makes me want to work my own creative juices. For her birthday a few days ago, the Just Dance-ing Queen Twittered this:
My long hair is back today, lavender locks for my birthday! tonight at midnight. 23. Its been the best year of my life, I’m so grateful. Xx
First of all I can’t believe she just turned 23, cuz that makes me feel slightly nauseous about myself, but more importantly, I’m guessing this means she’s sporting a look similar to the pic below. I actually freaking loved this look when I first saw it, but that doesn’t mean I’m running out the door for some lilac-hued hair dye. I can just totally appreciate this – and the matchy lipstick? I think it works for her.
As much as I like talking makeup, I love doing makeup too. Which is probably why my darling friend Ayesha S. asking me to do her makeup last October for her engagement. I was so excited to oblige, but I still get a little nervous when I’m asked to do it for these big occasions. Luckily, Ayesha (like the other brides I’ve done for pre-wedding parties) was really laidback and open to letting me experiment a little. Since she was going to be the center of attention, I liked her idea of doing a smokey liner and still making her eyes pop with accents of whites and lighter grays. I wanted to keep the rest of her makeup light enough so she can save the dramatics for her wedding.
Smashbox’s Bronzer/Blush duo in Cosmopolitan, which is no longer available, but a close substitute I also love is Laura Mercier Bronzing Duo in Coral Bronze ($32). I used just this one compact to contour her cheekbones and add just a slight hint of pink to her cheeks.
That’s Ayesha in white with me above! Isn’t she just a doll?? I’m doing her makeup again for her bridal shower next week! I’ll keep you posted on how that goes, though as you can probably tell, she makes it almost too easy for me.
I stopped by Sugar Cafe on the Lower East Side one night after watching Australian band The Temper Trap play at the Mercury Lounge nearby (sidenote: it was my first time hearing the band and they were really good!).
I sat down to do some work and ordered a hot chocolate, not expecting anything fancy…then again, who really does when they order hot chocolate?? I was pleasantly surprised to see that they took it up a notch and added some whip cream and chocolate sprinkles — simple additions which made it that much more appetizing. In fact, I was so delighted I just had to take a picture for you all. Maybe I have a thing for sprinkles?
But what makes this most notable is that it’s equal parts sweet-looking and gratifying. I downed that thing.
Hot Chocolate, $2/small, $2.75/large
Restaurant Info: Sugar Cafe
200 Allen St # A
New York, NY 10002
Okay so I’m a little behind the times, because this was all over the runways last fall, but I’ve recently been on the hunt for the perfect gray nail polish after being inspired by Petra Guglielmetti’s post on the Glamour blog. I made a trip to a local Rite Aid and was disappointed that I couldn’t find a single solid color of gray, and instead kept running into variants of silvers and glitter.
But I think I found something better. A couple days ago, I went to visit Carlos Lobo Salon in midtown and thought I was out of luck again, when I eyed this beautiful shade called Body Language by Essie. It’s more of a dove-colored polish, but has this gorgeous hint of a gray-lavender to it that’s just neutral enough to give off a sophisticated vibe at the office, but still funky enough for a change. I can’t stop looking at my nails!
What do you think of this color? I took a couple more embarrassing photos of my hands in different poses below (yes, I am the only person without an iPhone, leavemealonekthanks) to try to catch the color, though I still think it’s a tinge more gray in real life. Do you have any current favorite nail polish shades right now? I want to know!
I often get told that I look like whichever friend I’ve been hanging out with a lot at the time. When I lived with a close friend in college, my own sister kept insisting that we both looked like twins. Another girl I lived with in the city is always mistaken for my sister. And just a few weeks ago after dinner in Brooklyn with a friend visiting from Chicago, the server asked us if we’re related.
Put us all in a room though and we look nothing alike. Then it hit me: I’m always trading beauty tips with my girls, so maybe our makeup styles are just converging. It has to be part of it, don’t you think?? Take a look at your lady group and let me know if you notice the same thing.
Looking back, I think I picked up some of the best usable beauty tidbits from friends than even some magazines. Ayesha introduced me that lighter lip gloss shades do work and can glam up a look fast (Hellooo Bonne Bell Vanilla Swirl and Cappuccino!). Kareema introduced me to the world of bronzers, like her favorite Prescriptives one at the time, and I’ve never been able to go back.
Sharing time! I’m curious, what are some tips you’ve picked up from your girls?