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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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Fall Trend: Red is the New Black

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Pants: Mason & Belle // Crop top: Topshop (sleeves option here) // Heels: Zara (old, shop similar) // Bag: Etienne Aigner // Lipstick YSL // Cuff: N/A (shop similar)

Fall Trend: Red

Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone is enjoying this extra long weekend which we all NEED. Last week I shared a fall-inspired post with Mason & Belle – a new shopping site that has a variety of cute styles for every season. Today I’ve partnered up with them to show you how I’m kicking off fall with the red trend. It’s no surprise that RED is the new black for fall 2014. I saw red everywhere on the Emmy’s red-carpet last week and now I’m noticing it more in the display windows at stores and on the streets. If this isn’t a sign for me to get with the red program I don’t know what is! I’ll admit, I’ve never really been a red kind of girl (unless it’s lipstick) but lately it’s at the top of my BFF color list.

 I decided to play with red in an edgier-sporty kind of way. I’ve realized with trends that it’s all about making it your own. Even though I’m wearing the loudest shade in the color box, I still feel minimalist-chic at the same time. These red trousers (or track pants if that’s what you want to call it) can be styled in a number of ways all season long. I rolled up the bottom to give my look some edge, but they’re also super cute rolled down under a pair of boots. If you’re against wearing a white crop top after Labor Day (which I think is so silly!), then go for a cream/nude top or a matching red if you really want to show some love for this trend. If done incorrectly it could look a little bizarre, but if you ditch the accessories and jewelry, this monochromatic style could win you an Oscar for best dressed in the fall season category. hehe ;)

NYFW is this week. ah NEED to pack but I haven’t even started yet. Wish me luck! Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend cuties!

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Shop Labor Day Weekend Sales 2014

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Happy Saturday! I just wanted to share a quick shopping post featuring some of the amazing Labor Day Weekend sales that are happening right now! This is the perfect time to update your fall wardrobe without breaking the bank. I made it easy for you guys by grabbing some of my personal favorite items from sites we all know and love. Simply click items you like on the widget and you’ll be re-directed. Get it while it’s hot! 

Nasty Gal:  30% off, 50% off, 60% off (MAJOR!) - see all sale items

Boohoo: 25% off + Free Shipping on all US Orders! // Code: LABORDAY14. Ends 9/1/14 – see all sale items

Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items! Over 600 styles added. Ends 9/1 see all sale items

French Connection: All SALE dresses are now at $69.99. All orders $150+ receive free US ground shipping. // Code W14SHIP. see all sale items

Baublebar: Labor Day Sale! Jewelry Styles Starting at 50% Off! Now – 9/1 see all sale items

Old Navy: 40% off entire store! Valid 8/29 – 9/1 see all sale items


J.Crew: 40% off Final Sale with Free shipping on orders over $100. Free Shipping on all orders on labor day (8/29-8/31) See all sale items

Enjoy the extra long weekend!!

Have to Have it: Tory Burch Fragrance

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Tory Burch Fragrance

Tory Burch lovers, brace yourselves: Tory Burch has launched her first fragrance! I felt like a kid on Christmas when I found out and my first thought was, I have to have it. My second thought: I wonder what it will smell like? First, the scent: the best way to describe it in words is feminine meets tomboy. It has a citrus and floral scent with notes of crisp grapefruit and mandarin, pink peony, jasmine, and sandalwood. A scent like this is definitely what I look for on these hot, summer days we’ve been having in L.A. It isn’t heavy or harsh, which I appreciate. If you’re not a crazy perfume gal like I am, this collection also includes scented body cream, body lotion, bath and shower gel, and a candle, which I definitely need to get A.S.A.P.

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The packaging is totally Tory with a super-chic glass bottle featuring her signature orange and a pale pink fragrance. I love how it sits so elegantly on my vanity (a.k.a. Insta-perfect). I got the 1.7 oz. bottle, but it also comes in a larger 3.4 oz. and a cute mini 1.0 oz. version.

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Make sure you check out the complete collection here

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Jamaica Travel Guide: Recap Part 2 (VIDEO)

Heyyy fam! Today I’m excited to share part 2 of my Jamaica travel guide slash recent Caribbean adventure! This trip was seriously one of my all time favorites. I got to relax for once! I was accompanied by several of my fellow bloggers who you might recognize in the pics. Everything was so picture perfect (a blogger’s heaven!) while staying at the amazing Round Hill resort. If you’re ever in Montego Bay I totally recommend you check it out. You won’t regret it. Besides relaxing on the beach, I also got to explore Jamaica! Along the way I had to face some of my fears which you’ll see in just a second. Here’s a recap video and some pictures I grabbed from my Instagram to help explain it all. Hope you enjoy!

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JAMAICA ‘ MON (PICS)

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Witnessed the most beautiful sunsets everyday at Round Hill. <3

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Special thanks to my dear friends Beca and Justin for inviting me on this trip and the amazing Round Hill resort staff + Jamaica for taking good care of us. Can’t wait to go back!