These are a Few of My Favorite Things…Everyday Beauty Awards

Hi lovelies!

Do you have a “cannot live without” list of beauty products? I’m sure you do! Every year, InStyle and Allure magazines do a “Best of Beauty” Awards issue, and I thought it was high time I do my own list. These are my picks for “Everyday Beauty.”

Tell me what you think of my picks, and let me know some other products I should give a try!

BEST MASCARA: Revlon Photoready 3D Volume

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This is by far, the BEST mascara for thickening and lengthening. I swear it doubles the length of my lashes! I know Maybelline’s Great Lash is usually king on a lot of “Best Of” lists (and it is good), but this mascara really gives a dramatic look without clumps. Plus, it’s not hard to remove!

BEST CC CREAM: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

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For an everyday look, this is a must have! It’s lightweight, looks very natural, hides any redness or blotchiness, and has a SPF 30 to protect the skin. My skin stays hydrated, but doesn’t get oily. With this product, I usually just wear mascara and some lip color, and I look great!

BEST BLUSH: Tie: Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones/ NARS blush in “Orgasm.”

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Both of these blushes rock! The Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones is a wonderful inexpensive blush that comes in several colors, plus the product goes on very evenly and has great staying power throughout the day. Many times I wear the “Peach Perfection” trio on my eyes!

NARS’ “Orgasm” is a true cult classic. The color looks great on any complexion, and I LOVE the shimmery effect. It’s more high end in price, but this is one product that is worth the investment. Whenever I wear it, I look “lit from within;” the celebrity-on-a-red-carpet look!

BEST LIP COLOR/LIPSTICK: Tie: Bonne Bell Lipcolor/Clinique Chubby Stick

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I just discovered Bonne Bell’s Lipcolor lipstick in a clearance basket! For an inexpensive lipstick, this is the best one I’ve found. When I put it on, it hydrates, doesn’t feel “waxy,” and has a subtle shine. I’m hoping Bonne Bell isn’t discontinuing this!

Before I fell in love with Bonne Bell’s Lipcolor, Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color has been #1 with me. I really like how the color looks natural and feels like a lip balm. It’s surprisingly long lasting, but not drying. Lots of times, I throw it on with nothing else on the face and the color just wakes up my look!

There you have it! My favorite “Everyday Makeup” products. In future posts, I’ll profile favorite skincare, hair, and glamour makeup.

What’s your favorite everyday makeup? Let’s discuss!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

 

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What Was Hot and Not at the Emmys

Greetings all! Did you watch the 66th Annual Emmys? As a TV and fashion fanatic, of course I did!

I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and The Good Wife, so I was rooting for all three to win big (and congrats to Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Anna Gunn! Such a good show…)!

There were LOTS of great looks, but here are my top choices of Hot Looks of the Night:

1. Julianna Marguiles

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I LOVE Julianna’s ombre’ effect gown. Beautiful fit, just enough shine, and is sexy and elegant. This is how 48 (!) is done. Congrats on that Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama!

2. Halle Berry

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I think Halle could wear a burlap bag and still look amazing. From her signature pixie (love the longer bangs), to the gorgeous dusty rose color, the touch of metallic on her sash, and the nude heels…perfect!

3. Melissa McCarthy

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This is probably my favorite dress that Melissa’s worn to an awards show. It’s beautifully tailored. I love the detail on her waist, and the tulle adds movement without looking like a costume. Most of all, she looks HOT!

4. Michelle Dockery

 

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This is such a great departure from the typical “awards dress.” Great detail on the bodice, the colors are vibrant without overpowering, and it looks light. So pretty against her ivory complexion!

5. Kelly Osborne/Julia Roberts

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Both of these looks are gorgeous for different reasons. Kelly can work unusual looks like no one else, and I am nuts for the hair with this unexpected maroon and white dress. She wears it, and it doesn’t wear her.

Julia has AMAZING legs, and I’m glad she worked hers with this look. It’s short, but not too short. The delicate beading and color keeps it elegant. She looks fierce!

WHITE RULES THE RED CARPET

White popped up all over the carpet, with some gorgeous results. Here is “White Done Right.”

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Sophia Vergara brought the va va va voom, Laverne Cox worked a gorgeous cape, and Kate Mara’s column dress with the sheer skirt had a high fashion vibe. All great looks!

TRY AGAIN NEXT TIME…

Unfortunately, along with the “hits,” there were misses. Here’s the “not so great” carpet moments:

1. Lena Dunham

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I’m all for taking a risk with fashion, and I don’t expect Lena to do the “typical” look. Many times, I love her style, but this pajama top with what looks like a long square dance skirt just does not work. Sorry, Lena!

2. Laura Prepon

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Laura is way too pretty for this dress (I think anyone would be). The neckline is strange, the peplum makes the dress busy, and the color is unflattering.

3. Amanda Peet

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I am not trying to pick on a pregnant lady! However, this dress does nothing for Amanda. The material and print reminds me of an old bed sheet, the sleeves are unflattering, and her hairstyle lacks polish. She’s lovely, but the dress isn’t.

4. Kirsten Wiig

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I LOVE Kirsten Wiig. She’s incredibly funny, and I was let down by this look. The dress is fine, but the styling is all wrong. The black heels don’t work with this material. the spray tan is too much, and her hair and makeup is too heavy handed.

5. Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey is usually so spot on with her style, so I was confused by this one. Again, it’s a styling problem. The hot pink color works for Zooey, but the dress itself is a bit “high school homecoming” (plus, BAD wrinkling on the bottom!).With the parted bangs and curling iron locks, she looks like she’s about to get on the homecoming float, not the red carpet.

What were your favorites? Looks that left you flat?

I heart comments!

(Pics are from Instyle, Us Magazine, and HuffPost Daily)

 

 

OODT: With a spring in my step….

Couldn't decide between pink and purple...so...

Couldn’t decide between pink and purple…so…

It’s an amazing Saturday in Germany, and the hubby and I decided to go for a walk, checking out the trees and bushes that are in bloom. I’m still marveling over the mild weather at this time of year (got to 60 degrees today!), and this was the perfect time to debut my new Vera Bradley flip flops!

From the looks of InStyle, Lucky, Marie Claire, and Glamour magazines, pastels are the hot trend for Spring 2014. I haven’t been much of a pastel girl, but I am easing into this trend. The easiest way for me is to try it with makeup, and yesterday I got NYC’s cream shadow in lavender, plus a gloss in deep berry.

Can't beat paying $1.50 for a new look!

Can’t beat paying $1.50 for a new look!

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Maxi skirts are also hot this spring, and I was thrilled to find this awesome blue and white maxi WITH POCKETS! Even better, it was on sale at the base exchange (BX) for $13! You can bet I will wear this nonstop this season.

POCKETS!!!

POCKETS!!!

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Inspired by Jennifer Lawrence's Oscar necklace!

Inspired by Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar necklace!

Hubby told me today that I looked “gypsy-esque.” With this lovely early spring, I do wish to wander everywhere!

What trends are you loving? Hating? Let me know!

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WHAT I WORE:

T shirt – GAP (from thrift store)

Skirt – PASSPORTS

Flips – VERA BRADLEY

Silver heart chain – CHARLOTTE RUSSE

Faux Pearls – BIJOU BIJOU

Beaded bracelet – gift!

Love, laughter, and shoes! xx Melanie.

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