Beauty & Hair

My perfect spring lip color (even though spring is a few weeks away) is Impassioned by MAC. But it’s not the most practical shade for a day-to-day lip color. When paired with a dark, monochrome outfit, however, a bright lip is perfect.

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Here I’m wearing a statement coin necklace, a cropped sporty tee, velvet leggings and Nike Roshes.

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Impassioned by MAC

Mahal,
Bella

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Lipstick Diaries: Velvet Teddy

I know that for a lot of people, including myself, wearing bold-colored lips, or even just lipstick in general, can feel a little scary. So my next few posts are going to showcase some of my favorite lip colors, and then give you tips about how to wear them.

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For this look, my lipstick of choice is a matte beige-nude, Velvet Teddy by MAC. I went for a simple outfit, grey tank and pale denim with my red Converse for a pop of color. This lip color is perfect for every day and special occasions alike.

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Velvet Teddy by MAC

Mahal,
Bella

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MOTD: All Nat-ur-al

I got a lot great feedback on my last MOTD featuring the Tom Ford lipstick so I thought I’d post another. Today’s look was inspired by my birthday (January 30) and a few makeup goodies that I received for my birthday: the Naked2 Basics palette by Urban Decay and Velvet Teddy by MAC.

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On my eyes:
I used Frisk on my lid, Cover in my crease, Primal in my outer corner and Skimp as a highlight under my brow and inner corner. I also own the original Naked Basics palette and although Naked2 is lighter, a lot of the shades are similar. The best way I can describe it is that Naked2 is the original palette, but with all its shades toned down.

On my lips:
I’m wearing Velvet Teddy which is a creamy, matte, nude lipstick. A lot of my friends are afraid to wear nude lipstick, but just like any other color, it’s just a matter of finding one that complements your skin tone.

Mahal,
Bella

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In these last months of winter, the cold wind and bizarre weather changes make my lips sad and chapped. No matter how much lip balm I apply, my chapped lips seem here to stay. Fortunately, I found a miracle cure that is extremely easy to make—and you probably have all the ingredients right at home!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

• 1 tablespoon of sugar
• 1 tablespoon of honey
• 1 teaspoon of olive oil
• a drop (or two) of Vitamin E oil
• measuring spoons
• a small container

1. Now all you have to do is mix these ingredients together.

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2. Just scrub-a-dub-dub to say goodbye to chapped lips.

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xo ॐ – Amber

 

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Meet O.C.C.

If you weren’t already aware, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (O.C.C.) is a super cool cosmetics company and I want to give you guys a quick down-low. O.C.C. is a 100% vegan and cruelty-free makeup brand. It was founded in 2004 by a New York City makeup artist, David Klasfeld. His motivation to create this brand was his desire to feed the needs of makeup artists who craved more options in color, texture and selection.

After using these products, I think Klasfeld has succeeded in his mission. They felt completely innovative!

I especially love that they have lip tars in four styles: primer, matte, metallic and stained gloss.

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Matte Lip Tar in Hoochie

 

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Matte Lip Tar in Black Dahlia

You need barely any product and the application is flawless. Just apply a little to the back of your hand from the tube and apply to your lips with a lip brush or finger.

 

They also have extremely creamy, quick and easy application colour pencils. They can be used as multi-purpose products. Here I wear it as a lip color and as an eyeliner.

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Colour Pencil in NSFW

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Colour Pencil in Pool Boy

Mahal,
Bella

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How to Do a Kylie Jenner Lip

Right now Kylie Jenner is trending not only for her family’s reality TV show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” but for her amazing makeup artistry. Rumors have been circulating that she has gotten surgery to increase the size of her lips, but it’s actually not that extreme. She draws her lips! Yes, that’s right—draws. She applies lip liner outside her actual lips to create the illusion of bigger, fuller lips.

Here’s how:

1. Start by applying foundation, as usual, and conceal around your lips.

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2. Next make an ‘X’ across your Cupid’s bow and outline your lips. (This step varies depending on lip shape and preferance. I recommend trying different variations until you find something you like. Personally, I like to emphasize my lower lip so I overdraw it just the slightest bit, and follow my natural lipline for my top lip.)

NOTE: It is very important to start from the middle and work your way out when you are outlining your lips. This help you make sure your lips look symmetrical.

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3. Now just fill and you’re done!

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Kylie actually uses this M·A·C Lip Pencil in “Whirl,” but this is really hard to find since the Kylie lip is still trending. When I talked to the makeup artist at my M·A·C counter, she recommended “Boldly Bare” or “Spice,” because the only difference in color is the underhues.

Mahal,
Bella

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It’s been a while since I took out the polishes and painted my teeny tiny nails, so I thought I’d spare you lovelies my horrid nail painting and instead show you some of my favorite nail trends for the early months of 2015:

White Nails
I love the simple and clean look of white nails. They’re bound to match your outfit and look hella fresh.

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Beige Nails
Beige, nude and neutral polishes will always be a staple. Like white, they match anything and everything. Plus, you can go for more pinky hues to add a feminine touch, or camel colors for an everyday basic.

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Nail Decals
As I was perusing the Nordstrom website, I was happily surprised to find these supercute nail decals. If you’re someone who loves extra detail on nails, but hasn’t mastered the skill yet: Have no fear, adorable nail decals are here! (And they can even be used as temporary tattoos.)

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xo ॐ – Amber

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Chopped

I often make decisions on the spur of the moment, specifically about my hair. I had blonde highlights at the beginning of the school year, but dyed my hair back to my natural color (dark brown) about two months ago.

Well, my hair has changed yet again. On December 23rd I decided to chop off eight inches. I have been wanting to cut my hair short for a few years, but was always iffy about it. Then, just five days after chopping off my hair, I decided I missed having lighter hair, so I dyed the ends a soft, ashy brown and kept my roots dark.

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I absolutely love my hair and I think I will be keeping it like this for awhile. I especially like having darker roots. It matches my eyebrows and requires less maintenance than fully dying my hair.

Major thanks to Will Nielson. This photo was taken with the brand-new camera he got for Christmas, and it turned out amazing.

Mahal,
Bella

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MOTD (Makeup of the Day)

My Saturday consisted of running errands, cleaning my room, and eating Christmas cookies. Before I ran out of the house, I threw on a quick and easy makeup look:

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Eyeliner | Lipstick

I’ve been debating writing a blog post about how I do my winged liner. Are any of you interested?

Mahal,
Bella

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My friend Sophia is an aspiring makeup artist and we thought it would be fun to show you guys a glamorous fall look that can be dressed up or down.

Products Used:
Foundation: Benefit
Brows: Benefit
Mascara: Benefit
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay
Eyeliner: Benefit
Lipstick: MAC
Contour: MAC
Pressed Powder: MAC
Brushes: MAC

Mahal,
Bella

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