My obsession with makeup has it’s perks. I’ve gotten quite good at the art, and if I can’t think of or find anything to wear for a special occasion, I can wear all black and make my makeup the center of attention.

Luxe items like sequins, sparkles, fur and velvet have been widely in trend as of late, but with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I didn’t even think to find something to wear when the clock strikes 12 on December 31st. So when I finally went on the hunt for the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit this past weekend, I was straight out of luck. Lots of things were picked over and I just couldn’t convince myself to buy something I only had lukewarm feelings about just to have an outfit worthy of one night. (is that called adulting??)

So it was time to get creative with the pieces I already have in my closet and bust out the beauty products to turn me into a disco ball! Glitter is my favorite color, but loose glitter is hard to work with, even for a professional like myself! It takes a lot of time and patience, and I unfortunately have to work on December 31st, so time is of the essence to ensure I make it to my party before the ball drops.

Stila launched a product around 2014, a semi-solid glitter product called Foil Finish eyeshadow, and as it’s name suggests, had more of a foil finish than glitter, but was very glittery. But you had to mix it with a mixing medium or apply with your fingers to get the best results which could get a little complicated and messy. Then they got smart and launched their Glitter and Glow eyeshadows in 2017 (which I first tried & featured in this haul here) which is MUCH MORE USER FRIENDLY! And have since launched a much wider array of colors. They retail for $24.00 at Sephora, Ulta and the Stila website.

NYX recently launched their own line of a similar product called Glitter Goals. The NYX version retails for $8 and can be found at most beauty supply stores, NYX store fronts & website, Ulta, and even Target. Both have a doe foot applicator that make it easy to apply straight from the applicator, by using a flat eyeshadow brush (you’ll get optimum results by using a synthetic brush vs natural hair), or with your finger. If you can tell from the photo above, the Stila Glitter and Glow has more of chunky glitter property to the product while the NYX version is more of a foil with a subtle, shimmery glitter.

Both products are very good, if you have the funds to splurge, I highly recommend Stila. But if you’re on a budget, you’ll be just as happy with the NYX version. I find that both products fare better layered on top of another color or base shadow vs on their own as the swatch above shows.

Some of my favorite Glitter and Glow Goal looks of 2018:

NYX Glitter Goals Polished Pin Up

If you’re strapped for time and don’t have any idea of where you’ll find something sparkly to wear in time to ring in the new year, my advice would be to run to your nearest Ulta and grab either of the 2 products from this post. (Ulta always has coupons for “non-prestige” brands like NYX, fyi).

Wishing you all a sparkly, glittery, glamorous and fabulous New Year!

xoxo,

La Glam Greek

So… I’m starting to feel a little distressed…

I got an email from Old Navy of things I might like, featuring polos and khaki shorts. As in like, school uniforms!!

Then… it’s Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, my favorite local boutiques are starting to bring in their fall inventory and I’m like, but WAIT!! Where the &#%! does summer think it’s going?! It just got here!

The start of spring honestly doesn’t even feel quite that long ago, yet here we are! In fact, the other day I had a friend over for dinner and referred to the end of April as “oh… like a month or so ago…” while telling a story, not even realizing that in fact it’s been THREE months; I mean, we’re already at the decrescendo-ing part of this month. The next thing you know, it’s August! Which is basically the Sunday of the summer months.

With the end of summer quickly approaching, I’m only a little sad though, because honestly, I’m a fall baby and this heat is just too, too much. Once we get into the last third of the year, especially in Houston, the weather is astronomically more bearable than it is during the “June, July, August” quarter of the year; it really opens up a larger variety of things you can do outside! (Okay, you can literally do anything outside, during any sort of weather, but when the temperatures are hovering around 100F with an index of about 115F, well… you don’t really quite want to sit on a patio, now do you?)

I may be partial to one month of the year in particular, but there’s one other time that is quite nice here in Houston, and that’s the sweet, sweet, Springtime months of March, April, May, which 2018 had some AWESOME things for me here in these few months. 2018 was the year of the Music Festival; something that I had practically written myself off as too old for –  I used to go to raves all the time back in college during a particularly rambunctious time of my life, but I always had SO MUCH FUN!!! However, going to In Bloom Fest here in Houston and Coachella in Indio, CA and seeing all of the kids there in the median age of 23, and judging by the way my body felt after both of these parties, yeah, I did feel old. But I still had SO MUCH FUN!!!

Being the makeup junkie that I am, the best part of a musical festival is the crazy, eclectic, fun makeup looks that you can create and still look like a(n almost) totally normal person in public. This one in particular is so bright yet subtle at the same time, it’s perfect for anytime of the season.

EYES

Brows | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate
Crease | Sugarpill Buttercupcake & Fran from the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette
Lid & Brow Bone | Shills and Moulder from Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix
Inner Corner | Vanilla pigment by M.A.C. Cosmetics
Water Line | Pure White chromaline by M.A.C. Cosmetics
Liner | NYX Vivid Brights liner in Petal outlined with Stila Stay All Day liquid in Intense Black
Lashes | Ardell Wispies
Mascara | Covergirl LashBlast

FACE

Foundation | Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte 300
Concealer/HighlightMAC Cosmetics Light Boost
Powder | NARS Pressed Powder in Beach
Blush | Sephora Collection in No 3 Can’t Stop Smiling
Bronzer/Contour | Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
Highlight | Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm Cosmetics

LIPS

Pink Velvet by Lime Crime Cosmetics

 

Spring/Summer 2018 has been a fun time for me, but I’m ready for the temps to drop a little.

Although, I hate how “early” the fall starts here, especially in a part of the country that doesn’t feel fall weather until well into the month of October, if that. Even though retailers are shoving fall everything down our throats, which means pumpkin spice EVERYTHING is right around the corner, enjoy the last, sweet fleeting moments of the summer!

 

xoxo

La 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

Birthday 2017 has been SUCH a blessing and I’m still basking in the high. I love birthdays because it’s like a New Year, but just for YOU!!! We tend to think back on our last year of life and think about all the moments that we’ve made in our journey. Making it another 365 days with so many successes, and honestly some challenges that turned out to be blessings, is a HUGE reason to celebrate. So naturally, when I celebrate things, I tend to go a little cray, and MY BIRTHDAY is quite the exaggeration – because you gotta be your own biggest cheerleader. (#bossbabeism).

The thing about your birthday not being your 21st or your 30th, and that the new age is closer to the latter vs the former, is that you have to learn to pace yourself. Or maybe that’s just because I’m getting old and doing relaxing things like brunch, cookies and shopping sounded more appealing to me, logically and economically vs getting a table somewhere in a crowded place, wearing a body con, music blaring too loudly into my eardrums… either way! The oldness is catching up to me, but I’m really embracing it.

Friday I chose to have a happy hour with my work family, which was GENIUS – drinking earlier in the evening left me time to drink plenty of water before bed and be asleep by midnight. That way the next morning I didn’t feel as bad as I probably would’ve felt had I not stayed hydrated. Saturday morning I didn’t quite feel like myself, but I knew that it was nothing a brunch couldn’t fix. And Bae had just the right idea. We’re big fans of Max’s Wine Dive, but I needed a good Bloody Mary and some rich, spicy foods to bring me back to life. Lucky enough for me,  La Cuchara, a Mexican bistro, sits right next door to Max’s. We checked out their menu online, and found that their Bloody Mary’s are called Bloody Maria – the name Maria just packs spice to it. And I knew I needed to check it out.

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Their food was amazing – it gave you mad, authentic Mexican breakfast vibes but with an inner-city Houston twist so that even the most Mexican person in town to the most indifferent Tex-Mex fan would fall in love. That coupled with the beautiful weather – I was in Heaven.

Next we needed dessert, not just any dessert – something hand-held, and a little bit chocolatey… like the Tiny Boxwoods chocolate chip cookies. Who knew the humble chocolate chip cookie could feel so luxurious as these? Next I needed some jewelry to go along with my boujee cookies – so we headed on over to Rice Village to hit up Kendra Scott for my 50% October baby discount and then over to Sephora to use my 20% Friends & Family. I thought shopping made me happy, but a sale + shopping puts me on a whole other level.

Tiny Boxwoods, Sephora & Kendra Scott

After having such a lovely, relaxing, slow paced day; the last thing I wanted to do was get ALL done up for dinner. But it was my birthday, I had to bring the glamour. Wearing a lightly fitted tee, longer seamed denim shorts and nude, low heeled sandals meant that I could dress up the outfit with a nicer hair style, accessories and a pretty glamorous makeup look.

Birthday Paint - Subculture + Pink Lips

I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture eye shadow palette for the first time for this look. I had bought it a couple weeks ago, after telling myself I wouldn’t. After hearing so many bad reviews, I didn’t think it was worth it, but seeing it at Ulta, I wanted to take my own home with me! Let me just say – my initial impression is VERY GOOD! This particular eye look is beautiful for fall and can make even a pink lip transition to feel a little more autumnal. I feel like this palette will be on a decent rotation this season.

Birthday Paint - Stila Liquid Glitters

EYES

Subculture palette
Dawn/Roxy in the crease; Fudge to deepen the outer corner
Electric on the lid with Stila Glitter Liquid Eye Shadow in “Gold Goddess”
Kat Von D tattoo liner in “Trooper”
Vegas Nay “Grand Glamour” false lashes
Brows | Benefit ka-BROW! Cream-gel brow color in #5, carved with MAC Prolongwear concealer in “NC30”

FACE

Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation in “Almond Beige”, highlighted with Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion foundation in “Cream”
Chanel translucent powder to set undereye highlight; Nars pressed powder in “Beach” to set entire face
Bobbi Brown eye shadow in “Camel” + MUFE Bronzer (I don’t see it on Sephora website anymore)
Kat Von D blush in “Wish”
“Mary Lou Manizer” to highlight cheekbones, nose & cupids bow

LIPS

Colour Pop “More Better” + Anastasia Beverly Hills “Party Pink”

Then, as if God were saying, “But wait, the blessings don’t end here at dinner surrounded by your loving family, I’m going to throw in the Houston Astros win that will put them in the World Series”. And here I sit, watching these home town boys putting up a good fight, with the blessings and celebrations to continue.

Thank you all to wished me a happy birthday!! Your love today and everyday mean everything to me!

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