Author Archives: Sazan Barzani
I like my face looking oil-free but also glow-y (in the right spots!). After years of trial and error with makeup brands that I loved or hated, I finally figured out how to achieve my perfect look. And guess what? What happens in the bathroom mirror doesn’t stay there because I’m sharing my secret. Read on..
Want a look that you can take from day to night without having to re-apply over and over again?! I get asked tons of questions about my makeup routine and decided today I’ll share a closer look at one of my go-to favs (it’s super easy to achieve!). If there’s one thing I will invest in that is a good foundation! One of the best goals you can set is protecting your skin from harsh chemicals and irritants that are no bueno! I’m going to walk you through how I achieved this makeup look on a recent post. Hope this inspires you to try this look + shop some of my favorites while you’re at it. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Prep sista, prep!
To achieve the look above, the most important step to begin with is the prep! Regardless of your skin type, everyone needs to prep! Before I applied anything to my face, I cleansed my skin and used my favorite SPF oil-free moisturizer. After I did this I applied a firm eye cream underneath and around my eyes to give them extra moisture (which also holds the under-eye concealer better). Next, I applied my anti-shine mattifying gel which works as a primer that will hold your foundation and prevent crazy shine from happening. It’s seriously my favorite.
Step 2: The fun part
This doesn’t include everything (like translucent powder, mascara etc) but it’s mostly everything! If your skin easily breaks out, always go with oil-free liquid foundation or a powder. The brush you use is important (critical actually!) so if you want that flawless coverage, go with the beauty blender brush and then use another brush or white sponge to press on the translucent powder. The secret brightening powder you see there (#2) I used underneath my eyes. As soon as I applied my highlighter and concealer under the eyes (not pictured but I use this one) I applied the brightening powder which is lighter than regular ole’ translucent powder – doesn’t dry out the skin and makes your eyes pop! I also included my favorite blush, it’s a rosy pink color (you guys always me on Insta!) which compliments this matte bronzer nicelyafter I contoured. I finished off this look with a bold lip and fierce cat-eye. I included links to shop all these items below!
Step 3: The magical glow
These two items are the magic products that make me feel like I got my makeup professionally done every time. YSL’s highlighter (my shade is 2.5) goes on top of my concealer under the eyes. Then I add the brightening powder as mentioned above. This highlighter is the best, even though it’s pricey- it’s worth it. Also, Benefit Cosmetics has this amazing glow stick called “What’s up!” and girl let me tell you what is up. This stick is magic. I apply a little to my nose and at the top of my cheekbones to give my face a finished glow. It seriously lasts all day and comes with an applicator sponge but I just use my finger.
Hope this made sense to you. I want to do a tutorial video showing you guys because I know that sometimes it gets tricky when you’re reading a how-to instead of seeing it.
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Hey guys! Join me this Saturday at The Grove in LA for the Simply Stylist #SSCitiLA Los Angeles conference! I don’t know if you guys remember but I hosted a breakout session about “blogging 101″ at the Dallas conference (sucha blast!) and now I’m excited to be back to share my blogging secrets at the LA conference! I would love to meet you!
Here’s the great news- all my fans get into the breakout sessions (aka the social butterfly package) free of charge by using the code FREE at checkout. Get your ticket HERE. I recommend this conference especially to new bloggers who are trying to make a name and/or those of you in the makeup/beauty/entertainment industry. The breakout sessions are seriously so informative (especially mine! hehe ) You won’t regret it!
Host: Catt Sadler of E! News
When: Saturday, March 15
Where: Located at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036
So mark your calendar for this Saturday and make sure you join me at The Grove for my breakout session which the time slot will be at 5:00-5:30pm! The event will start from 10am-6pm though for those of you who want a full day of insight from industry experts, networking, shopping, and an experience of a lifetime. Get your tickets now, and don’t forget to use code FREE for the “social butterfly” package if all you want to do is attend the breakout sessions. Hurry- they are all almost sold out!
For more information + to see the complete schedule of events/panel speakers visit simplystylist.com. Can’t wait to meet you Saturday! <3
——-Updated April 4th 2014——
Thank you so much to everyone who came out! Check out the recap video in case you missed out. Hope to see you at the next one!
Photography: Bruno Leandro
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Jumpsuit: Topshop (old) similar here + here + here // Bag: Bebe (comes in black too!) // Sandals: Shoedazzle (shop similar) // Necklace: Oia Jules // Sunglasses: Bebe // Hat: Nordstrom (shop similar) // Lipstick: Mac in “Morange” shade
Spring is in full-force over here and I’m loving every moment of it. As promised, here’s my second outfit change from this past Sunday weekend! I spent the afternoon in Newport (on a cute little boat!) with friends and it was so lovely. I totally recommend Newport Fun Tours if any of you are ever in the area. This was a last minute outfit I whipped together as I was rushing out of the house to make it there in time (#SazanProbs!), but it ended up being the perfect little number for my mini trip.
P.S Thanks for all the insta love I got on this look. Here are some candid pics from my day in Newport! The weather was perfect.
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Photographer: Sophie Eelkus
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Shirt: Nordstrom (shop similar) // Skirt: Bebe (New!) wearing XS // Necklace: Shop Prima Donna // Bag: Halston Heritage (shop cheaper find)// Heels: Just Fab (more colors too!) // Lipstick: Sephora Collection in “Mr. Lover 10“
Happy Monday! I’m crazy for stripes over here. I wish I could go back and celebrate yesterday (and wear this outfit) all over again. I started my morning brunching with Bebe at the SLS in Beverly Hills. Let me just say, this was no ordinary brunch ya’ll! There was plenty of fashion involved. They had a vibrant section set up showcasing their new spring arrivals (this skirt is one of them!) along with a super cute sunglass booth, DIY drink accessorizing booth and even champagne pong! <– Yes I died when I saw it and you will too. Check out some of the pics!
The table set-up was beautiful and it was so lovely getting to catch up with all my LA blogger babes and enjoy some shopping fun. Thanks so much to the Bebe team + Sydne for having me! Talk about Sunday funday! Stay tuned, I’m sharing the second half of my fun-filled Sunday with you tomorrow so keep a look out!
Muscle Tee: Lovers and Friends // Skirt: Zara (more fun styles here + here) // Necklace: Shop Prima Donna (shop 10% off with code SAZAN)// Bag: Express N/A (shop similar) // Boots: Forever 21
It’s a hugs and kisses kind of day. Finally the weather in LA is sunny again (wooo!!!) and if you watched the Oscars I’m sure you know that it rained a lot here last week! It’s a fashion blogger’s worst nightmare when you have so many looks that you want to shoot/share on the blog! Anyways, I was a happy gal in this outfit – you can never go wrong with a casual muscle tee paired with a fun/flirty skirt. Have you guys noticed the trend lately? I’m totally not catching myself doing it but I’m obsazzed with mixing casual with fancy. Get ready because you’re going to be seeing plenty more of that.
Who’s ready for the weekend? One more day!!