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My Everyday Natural Makeup Routine (Video)

Hey cuties! I pulled an all-nighter last night to get this video edited and ready for you.  Many of you have been asking me about my everyday natural makeup routine for a while, so I decided to record a “Get ready with me” video explaining everything I do/use in detail. I actually created this look for the Emmys which shows that this is a timeless look that can work for any occasion. From picking out my dress to styling my hair and deciding on a makeup look last minute, I’m extra pleased with my DIY red carpet style. You guys know I love chasing style on a budget, but when it comes to my makeup choices I try to invest in the best. I love being able to share my honest review on makeup products with you, but always know that what may work for me may not work for you. It all comes down to your skin-type and sensitivity level.

My skin: My skin type is pretty normal to dry. It doesn’t get irritated that easily but if I don’t stick to a healthy skin routine, I’ll find myself breaking out. I can sometimes get a little oily around my t-zone if I don’t apply a primer sometimes. It just depends on the season/weather.

(Below) Shop the Products: (in order of appearance)

1. DIY Facial // 2. Foundation, Concealer, Beauty-blender brush // 3. Highlighter // 4. Secret eye powder // 5. Translucent powder (face) // 6. Matte bronzer, Glow stick, Blush // 7. Eye shadow, Eye-liner, Mascara // 8. Lip gloss

I hope you guys enjoyed my video and will take the time to subscribe for email notifications I’ll send out every time I post a new video. Also be sure to sound off in the comments and let me know what tutorial you guys want me to create next. I’m having a lot of fun with producing videos so thank you guys for all the positive support/encouragement. <3

Before I go, I want to announce that I’m going to start bringing the meaning of “me” in Sazan.Me to life in each and every single blog post. At the end of each post I’m going to be sharing a random fact about me and I hope you’ll do the same in the comments. Don’t be shy! ;)

Random Fact: I’m that person who asks a million questions during a movie. #oops

NYFW: Denim Shirt Dress and Black Ariat Boots

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Button-up: Black Orchid Denim (shop similar here, here) // Boots: Ariat // Sunglasses: Celine // Bag: Botkier // Necklace: Purchased in Kurdistan (shop similar here)

Today I’m sharing this outfit I wore yesterday to the Reem Acra’s SS15 show yesterday! First of all, the show was amazing (duh!) and second, it was my last NYFW show so I wanted to go out with a comfy bang! These Ariat boots did the trick. I wore them comfortably around all day and felt stylish doing it! As many of you saw in one of my pre-nyfw posts I partnered up with Chictopia x Ariat for a fun little contest sending 3 lucky bloggers to NYFW. The winners are listed below. #yay

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I also finally found a button-up dress that isn’t too short! This denim one is perfection and I thought it would be cute to dress it up with a red bag and gold statement necklace.

Stay tuned for more of my NYFW posts including another fun one I did with Ariat!

Cheers!

Black Blazer and Jeans for Nicole Miller SS15 Show

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- Outfit Details -
Blazer: Nicole by Nicole Miller (shop here $29 sale) // Jeans: Topshop  // Shirt: Topshop // Heels: Steve Madden // Bag: Just Fab (old, shop similar) // Necklace: Gorjana // Sunglasses: Celine

Reporting live from New York Fashion Week madness! It’s day 5 of NYFW and I’m barely alive! Kidding. It is madness though. My trip is coming to an end tomorrow, but this is just the beginning of many NYFW posts coming your way. First stop: The Nicole Miller Show and what I wore. From the runway to the realway, I partnered up with JC Penney x Chictopia to style this super chic black blazer from Nicole Miller’s affordable line called Nicole by Nicole Miller. JC Penney is such a great place to shop those runway trends on a friendly-girl budget. I instantly fell in love with the faux leather sleeves on this blazer and how it fits perfectly. It’s one of those pieces you can’t help but re-style over and over again and in the after-life. ;)

Nicole Miller’s Spring/Summer ’15 show blew my mind. Every single outfit that came down the runway was inspiring. Even the shoes and accessories were detailed down to perfection. I love how Nicole took the traditional black and white stripes that we all love and added a cool swirly twist. Her entire runway collection is easy-to-wear and will be fun to take inspiration from this coming season. 

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So many bold prints and vibrant colors on the Nicole Miller SS15 runway! (via Instagram)

 Stay tuned for more NYFW coverage my loves!

 

 

Vince Camuto Handbag from Twice

 

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Think Twice

Hey franzz! I’m literally blogging from the airplane right now heading to New York for fashion week. Woo! Before my schedule gets super crazy this week, I want to share this little number I wore yesterday in LA. I got this handbag from Twice as part of a little handbag style challenge. You know I’m competitive so obviously I am always up for a good ‘ole challenge. If you haven’t heard of Twice, they are a hybrid marketplace that makes selling and buying clothes online super easy. They recently launched TONS of designer handbags and you’ll be surprised by all the options! I am so indecisive so thank God they went ahead and surprised me with this chic Vince Camuto bag I’m wearing above. I love how red and brown compliment each other so I decided to keep the top half of my outfit quiet and let the bag and shoes do the talking. (or should I say walking??! ;)) You’d never guess that this bag was used! It totally looks and feels brand new.

Buying + Selling clothes just got REAL digital

Aside from shopping, If you’re like me (a hot mess) and you’ve got tons of clothes just sitting in your closet in garbage bags waiting to be sold, then I totally recommend Twice. After I received my cute bag, I was curious to learn more, so I read on their site that all you have to do is simply request a free shipping bag or label, and send in your clothes. Twice then makes you an offer as soon as they get your stuff, and you can get paid instantly. CHA-CHING! Saves you space and time while making a little extra cash. So if you have handbags or clothes in great condition that you never wear, try selling them to Twice (they pay shipping). Gotta love technology.

P.S Twice is giving you guys 50% off your first purchase. Details HERE  :)

Cheers.

Special thanks to Chictopia x Twice for sponsoring this post! All words/opinions expressed are my own. <3

Achieve the Perfect Bold Lips (Plus a Giveaway!)

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Hello Bold Lips

Sometimes the only accessory your outfit really needs is a bold pop of color on the lips. When I said red was a hot trend in yesterday’s post, I forget to mention how it’s also a #winning color in the beauty-trends department. I recently shared my review on Smashbox Cosmetics ‘Be Legendary’ lip lacquer and couldn’t get enough which is why I’ve come back for more. Today I put together an easy step-by-step process for how to achieve my bold red lips without the extra mess using an amazing lip duo from Smashbox. It’s literally as easy as 1, 2, 3! P.S. Make sure you read to the end of the post to learn about an exciting giveaway with Smashbox! #shapematters

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STEP 1 : Start with a clean canvas (a.k.a. wipe + moisturize your lips!) smashbox cosmetics, be legendary lip lacquer, redl ipstick, fall beauty trends 2014, sazan, barzani, hair ideas, makeup ideas, beauty finds, must have beauty 2014,  smashbox, best makeup, beauty how-to, how-to tutorial beauty, how to wear bold lipstick

Step 2: Apply the lip-liner. The key for creating a straight line is to keep a steady hand. Outline one section at a time starting with the corners and working your way in. You don’t have to outline your entire lips in one-stroke. Take your time! shop Smashbox Always Sharp Liner in Rubysmashbox cosmetics, be legendary lip lacquer, redl ipstick, fall beauty trends 2014, sazan, barzani, hair ideas, makeup ideas, beauty finds, must have beauty 2014,  smashbox, best makeup, beauty how-to, how-to tutorial beauty, how to wear bold lipstick

Step 3: Gently apply the lip lacquer to the inner most part of your lips. 1-2 coats usually does the job for me! It glides on very smooth and shiny. I like that it isn’t sticky and doesn’t feel heavy on my lips. shop Be Legendary Lip Lacquer in Firecrackersmashbox cosmetics, be legendary lip lacquer, redl ipstick, fall beauty trends 2014, sazan, barzani, hair ideas, makeup ideas, beauty finds, must have beauty 2014,  smashbox, best makeup, beauty how-to, how-to tutorial beauty, how to wear bold lipstick

..Wah- la!

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Giveaway!!! GIFS + SELFIES = MAJOR SWAG

Brace yourselves. Smashbox is giving away tons of products.

Here’s how it works:
Submit a selfie or a GIF showing off your gorgeous lips and hashtag it with
#SHAPEMATTERS. You can enter on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or upload directly here at www.smashboxshapematters.com.

** NOTE You can enter as many times as you’d like, so the more selfies and GIFs you create and submit, the better your chances are to win. Don’t forget to make your settings public so that your submissions show up on the contest page.

Prizing for the sweeps is (1 of the following):
1 of 1,000 #SHAPEMATTER Perfect Pucker Duo (includes be legendary long-wear lip lacquer & always sharp lip liner)
1 of 250 Legendary Lip Kit (includes be legendary lip gloss, be legendary lipstick, be legendary long-wear lip lacquer)
1 of 3 Smashbox Bestsellers Kil (includes $500 worth of products!)

Contest ends 11/17. Visit the Smashbox page for more details. Goodluck!

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