Well, we’ve made it to the second weekend of 2018, y’all!

If you’ve never had a hangover before, I’d say the first 10 days succeeding the holidays is much like one – your head (and everything else on your body) hurts, you’re trying to get back into the groove of day-to-day life while feeling bloated and gassy from all of the alcohol, carbs and calories and telling yourself that you’ll never celebrate the holidays so hard again.

The past few years I personally have not been able to bounce right back into the swing of things on January 1st, and this year was definitely no different especially in the fact that I made the genius decision to move New Year’s Eve weekend. I was adamant in starting the New Year in my new place but had little plan of how I would do that. So I called the movers, got my bed and night-stand over and would figure out how to haul the rest. Although it was a hectic time to make the move, I’m so happy that I’m writing my first post of this year from my new digs!

This year’s NYE was chill AF, but spent away from my fam! Being a minority means that your holidays MUST be spent with your family. But what if you’re brought up in the States and are 28 years old? Yeah, I wanted to spend it out with my friends for once, ya know?

Here’s the thing though – my friends are chill AF, and it was a glorified lounge fest which I LOVED because I wore heels, but I didn’t really have to wear them.

And then we had a photo shoot, because they’re my friends and we’re kinda cute!

Even though it was chill af, I obviously made sure I dressed & glammed up extra AF. If there were ever a time to stay true to my Glam Greek self, it’s the holidays.

I paired my favorite holiday sweatshirt with a white beanie with gold metallic stitching together with a gold sequined skirt & red heels to coordinate with this gorgeous red lipstick by MAC called “Fashion Legacy”. I wanted to bring in 2018 as stylish as ever to bring in a stylish New Year. I completed my look with a gold smokey eye using the Too Faced Chocolate Gold palette which I’m LOVING! (review coming soon)

I’ve had a pretty hectic start to 2018, and actually am spending this second weekend of the year fighting off a nasty sinus infection. But just because the start of this year hasn’t been what I expected, neither is life, it doesn’t mean it won’t be stellar. 2018 is going to be a good year, y’all, I can feel it.

Hugs, kisses, and best wishes for 2018!!

All my love,

The Glam Greek

I love Halloween! My favorite part is seeing everyone’s costumes. As I’ve gotten older, and with the ultra dependence on the internet + the birth of Pinterest – purchasing a polyester dress made with cheap materials, but you spend $70, only to wear one time just isn’t worth it. At least not in my opinion anymore. The more DIY, the better!!

This year for my birthday I took it easy on the actual weekend commemorating my birth, because the following weekend I wanted a Halloween rager where all my friends could come and dress up in awesome costumes and drink punch from a cauldron instead of waiting in line to go out to some bar that’s packed wall-to-wall people.

It was such a success and I had SO much fun.

Originally, I had a couple’s costume in mind for Bae & I, but when he sounded a little less than enthusiastic, I asked him what he wanted to be, and he says, “Well.. I think the hot dog filter from Snap Chat would be pretty cool…” First of all – CREATIVE AF! I was so proud of him, because – who even thinks of that!? And 2 – Bae is so silly, that sort of costume is right up his alley.

However, this left me figuring out what to be this Halloween. There were a couple things I had in mind, but I knew for sure I wanted to do something exciting with the makeup…

This year, the gypsy/fortune teller has been all the rage. I had originally intended on being a fortune teller, but without a crystal ball, I decided to err more on the side of a gypsy. With the off-the-shoulder trend SO popular this year, this costume is really easy for anyone!

Items needed for DIY Gypsy costume

  • Off-the-shoulder top
  • maxi skirt or harem/tapered pants
  • scarf – wrapped around head
  • Optional – chained head piece (I found mine at Claire’s!)
  • Hoop or dangle coin earrings
  • Optional – faux nose jewelry (found both the septum and hoop nose ring on Amazon)
  • Lots of large, statement rings & jewelry

FACE

Foundation || Too Faced Born This Way Foundation “Sand”
Under-eye Concealer/Highlight || MAC Prep & Prime “Radiant Rose”
Powder || Ben Nye Luxury Powder in “Cameo” to set highlight; MAC Studio Fix Powder in NC43 for rest of the face
Contour Powder || NYX Matte Bronzer in “Tan” + Too Faced “Chocolate” Soleil Bronzer
Blush || MAC “Prism”
Powder Highlight || Anastasia Beverly Hills “Pink Heart” + “Purple Horseshoe” from the MoonChild Glow Kit

EYES

Brows || Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in “Dark Brown”; cut with MAC Prolongwear concealer in NC30
Primer || MAC “Soft Ochre” Paint Pot
Shadows || Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette, Makeup Geek pigment in “Utopia” on the lid
Glitters || Inner Corner – Lit Cosmetics “Champagne Wishes”; undereye – MAC Cosmetics “3D Pink” + “Grey”
Liner || Tarte “Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liquid Eyeliner
Lashes || Lashes in a Box “E.1”
Lenses || Desio “Darker” from the Two Shades of Grey collection

 LIPS

Anastasia Beverly Hills “Potion” + “Sad Girl”

 

Wild is her style; in life, love and all things free.

  • J. Iron Word

 

xoxo

The Glam Greek

Pretty sure we’ve all been there – you’re getting ready for a dinner or a night out and you don’t know what to do with your makeup. You don’t want to do just your regular concealer, mascara and light powder because that’s M-F, 8-5 stuff.

You want to elevate your look but pulling out all your palettes is a hassle and you don’t exactly have all the time in the world to figure out which colors to use… should you do something more vibrant or keep it neutral… what lip color am I wearing… what outfit am I wearing!? WHAT DO YOU DO?!

If you don’t have a go-to smokey, shame on you! Just kidding 🙂 But you should!

This look is one that I learned back in my MAC days because it’s easy, you probably (or probably should) have these colors in your collection, it goes with any lip color (especially nudes/neutrals) and goes with any hair look or outfit; best part is if you mess up a little, the colors are all pretty close and neutral that it can hide most mishhaps. Also – it’s a smokey eye. It’s supposed to be a little messy, and a little sultry.

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Shadows You’ll Need (all from MAC Cosmetics, & in the order of application):

  1. Texture
  2. Brown Script
  3. Folie
  4. Vanilla loose Pigment
  5. Vanilla (eyeshadow)
  6. Nylon

Steps

  • Do brows & prep lids
  • Using a fluffy brush like the 224 from MAC, apply Texture all through the crease
  • Using a dense fluffy brush like the 217 from MAC, apply Brown Script to the lower portion of your crease, careful not to go TOO high up on the brow bone
  • Still using the 217 brush, apply Folie to the outer crease
  • Using a flat shader brush like the MAC 239, apply Vanilla loose pigment by pressing the color onto the lid, and creating a subtle cut crease under Texture+BrownScript+Folie
  • Using a fluffier flat shader brush like the ELF eyeshadow brush, apply Vanilla (eyeshadow) to the brow bone, directly under the arch of the brow
  • Using a flat definer brush like the MAC 212, stamp Folie directly under the lower lashes and bring down as far as you’re comfortable
  • Going back with your 217 brush, still “dirty” with Brown Script, diffuse the darkness of Folie by swiping the brush back and forth under the lash line – this is KEY for accomplishing the smokey effect
  • Using a stiff blending brush, I really like the ELF blending brush for this particular step, apply Nylon in the inner corner.
  • Apply a dark reddish brown pencil eye liner like Costa Riche by MAC to the water line
  • Optional Apply liquid liner
  • Optional Apply false lashes
  • Apply mascara

And done!

These eyeshadows can be used in many different ways, so if these aren’t ones that you have yet… YOU NEED THESE IN YOUR LIFE!!

Happy Humpday

xoxo

The Glam Greek

I don’t care what anyone says – back to school is exciting! 🍎✏️📚 I understand it can be a bit of a drag, but think of all the new school supplies, the new pieces for your wardrobe (!!!), getting to see all your friends again, everyone (including parents) getting back into a routine, and if you’re of age, it’s a good excuse to beg your parents to help spot you some money alongside your babysitting earnings for makeup for the new school year!

Taking into consideration how much time you’ll be giving yourself each morning to prepare for the day, here’s a few tips and a before and after of my muse, Dena, for a fresh and light back-to-school look!

Always start by washing your face! Your skin at this age is BEAUTIFUL, young and supple. If you invest more in how you clean and take care of your skin and the less makeup you’ll have to use.

Skin Prep

• Rodan + Fields Soothe or Unblemish Regimen – start with the cleanser, tone, treat and apply moisturizer with SPF

• PRIME! this will help your makeup stay on longer, and when school starts at 730, add in extracurricular activities, this step is essential to an all day face. For Dena, I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – great for combination/oily skin types. Apply with fingers.

Face

Typically when doing a full face, I like to start with the eyes. But for everyday makeup, starting with the face is good in case you run out of time, at least you’ll have any discoloration covered and can jet out the door. Seeing as young skin is beautiful and you’ll be wearing makeup for a long day, wearing something light like a tinted moisturizer is ideal – I recommend the Nars or Laura Mercier tinted moisturizers. Or if you prefer fuller coverage, I really like using MAC Studio Fix fluid – pay the extra $10 for a pump, and mix with your favorite moisturizer to sheer out the coverage. Here I mixed one pump of MAC Studio Fix Fluid with a touch of MAC Strobe Cream to keep the coverage light & fresh. Use a beauty blender to apply all over the face, including under eye area.

Eyes

One of my most tragic makeup mistakes in my younger years was not doing my eyebrows. Now that thick brows are in and plucking is out – I always like to start with these bad boys first. As mentioned before, if you’ve only got a few minutes before the bus leaves – brush through your brows with a good, tinted brow gel to tame and fill.

If you have about 15-20 minutes :

• brush A tinted brow gel through the brows – I used NYX tinted brow gel for my model

• apply a shadow primer or cream shadow – I absolutely LOVE MAC Soft Ochre or Painterly Paint Pots. Either are great on their own or applied under shadows to prevent creasing. This can be applied with the fingers or a fluffy blending brush.

• invest in a good neutral palette – the Urban Decay Heat palette has become an essential and warm toned colors are complimentary to all skin tones for any season. For an everyday look:

1. apply a shade just a touch darker than your natural skin tone in the crease (like Sauced) with a fluffy blending brush like the MAC 217

2. apply a light creamy shade to the lid (like Chaser) with a flat shader brush like the MAC 242

3. apply a light, soft shimmery shade (like Ounce) over an off-white shimmery pencil like NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt to the inner corner of the eye with a pencil brush like the MAC 219

4. apply a dark brown shadow (like Ashes) along the top lash line in place of a pencil or liquid liner for a more natural looking liner, use a flat defined brush like the MAC 212

5. (*optional) apply a nude eyeliner like Rimmel London’s Kohl Kajal liner in Nude to the water line to create big, open, awake & sweet doe eyes

6. Apply favorite mascara! Here I used L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara

The rest of the face

I really like an angled blush brush, like the MAC 168, to apply blush and bronzer. Taking the very edge of the brush, apply a light bronzer like MAC’s Give Me Sun to the perimeters of the face and directly under the cheek bones. Then taking the flatter side of the brush, apply a peachy blush color like MAC’s Peaches lightly to the apples of the cheeks. Finish with MACs Soft n Gentle at the tops of the cheek bones, nose & Cupid’s bow for a bit of glow, using a fan brush like the MAC 187.

Lips

I know many young girls prefer to not use lip products, so either finish off with your favorite chap stick or lip gloss. For my model, I used MAC’s lipstick in Lovelorn. It’s a “lustre” finish which means it’s creamy, moisturizing, gives of a bit of a shiny finish and comes off very sheer. It’s a beautiful light pink color but doesn’t come off too crazy, so it’s like your lips – but better!

 

This face is simple, easy and the ENTIRE process including eyes should only take about 20 minutes.

What are your favorite products for a quick morning look?

xoxo,

The Glam Greek

Y’all, it is TUESDAY and I’m still reeling over Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones. Like, WHAT?! My adrenaline pumps every time I think about it, we’ve watched the episode twice, and the battle scene three times because IT’S. JUST. THAT GOOD.

Before I begin bursting at the seams from the excitement of this episode – ever since Game of Thrones came back on, my thoughts are filled with (& my time is spent doing) little else besides GOT theories and discussion on where this show is heading based off prophecies and foreshadowing from previous episodes! So naturally if my thoughts are filled with much else than GOT, some of my makeup looks have been inspired by the show as well. Sooo geeky right? Whatever – je m’en fous!

I brought the Lit Cosmetics glitter in Magic Dragon into my arsenal quite a while ago, and though I’ve have had plenty of ideas on different looks to use it with, I’d just never actually got to it. Here’s the thing – glitter is my favorite color and all, but it’s messy and you have to really have patience to use it. And most days I’m trying my best to keep it quick. Perhaps because this was my last weekend in the States before leaving for Greece, and since I usually do most of my more elaborate painting on Saturday/Sunday but won’t be home for the next 2 – I felt really, REALLY compelled to pull out Magic Dragon for Game of Thrones day.

And BOOYYYYY, it was like I knew what this episode had in store! (and no, I was not aware of the HBO hack)

We are over half way through this abbreviated season (*tear*), and this season’s been all about the family reunions! Meera leaves an ungrateful and awkward Bran to return to her family before the frozen undead come, Arya returns to Winterfell to be with her siblings who’ve all had some EFFED up stuff happen to them over the years, shows off her AMAZING water dancing skills, Theon arrives back at Dragonstone and Jon greets him SO warmly, but my favorite had to have been when Tyrion reunites with his Lannister fam – from afar.

I’m not an action movie kind of girl. Battle scenes/violence gives me way too much more anxiety than I can really handle and I just want to know if my favorite people continue to live – which in the GOT world, is truly an emotional rollercoaster and quite the gamble. But hearing the terrifying war cry of the Dothraki horde over the horizon, the thundering gallop of all their horses, and then seeing a shrieking Drogon appear out of the clouds all while the Lannister army scurries around in feigned military courage – I. WAS. SHOOK.

FINALLY, the Mother of Dragons show off her babies! And them Dothraki jumping on top of their moving beasts… Y’all – can someone get me a fan.

FACE

Foundation/Concealer || 2 pumps Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (6.5) + 1 pump Becca Ultimate Coverage (Fawn); Maybelline Age Rewind (neutralizer)
Powders || Chanel Transluscent (2o Clair -1) to highlight; Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue (60)
Blush || Milani Luminoso
Contour || Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation Stick (Walnut); MAC Blunt
Highlight || Ofra Cosmetics x NikkieTutorials (Everglow)

EYES

Brows || Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (Chocolate)
Crease || Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca (fran + analogue)
Outer Crease || KVD Mi Vida Loca (xon + black metal)
Inner Corner & Brow Highlight || Ofra Cosmetics x NikkieTutorials (Everglow)
Lid || MAC Smolder eye pencil smudged + Lit Cosmetics (Magic Dragon) pressed on top w/ Fix + Spray
Water line || MAC Chromaline (Landscrape Green)
Under Eye || KVD Mi Vida Loca (vinyl + misfit, black metal + lemmy)
Liner || Kat Von D (trooper)
Lashes || Ardell Faux Mink (#810)
Mascara || MAC In Extreme Dimension

LIPS

Milani Liquid Lipstick (Pretty) + Kylie Metallic Lip (Heir)

Still figuring out how I got through 13 months without Game of Thrones because the 6 days between episodes tears me apart. Who else is a Game of Thrones fan out there??

 

xoxo
The Glam Greek