Gucci Beauty Pop- Up

The thing I love about LA is there is always a pop-up or something fun around the corner. I work nearby a building where there are frequent pop-ups. I have seen Lulu’s, gym shark and now Gucci take vacancy in the space.

Gucci’s pop-up I actually would have had no idea about! But we stumbled upon it and my co-worker found out it is open to the public. It was a photo op experience, which I had no idea about until I got inside. I remember the door man telling us the tags for all of the pictures we take and I said, oh I won’t be taking pictures because I don’t look great, I just came from work. He probably thought, “well she’s in the wrong place”.

Luckily they had beauty touch ups with their new lipsticks and mascara so the photos did not come out absolutely terrible.. however if I had known it was a photo op I definitely would have prepared a bit more!

I love the color of the lipstick the I tried, it was a rusty colored red and let me tell you, the mascara is EVERYTHING! Not going to lie, I didn’t think that mascara’s were too different other than the brushes that were used. BUT, the best mascara’s I have ever used on their own have been Chanel and now Gucci. I definitely would recommend as they are super splurge worthy.

All in all, I am so happy I went and I would say wherever you are based to check out the places that are always right under your nose.

Your Own Timeline

I’ve been seeing a lot of New Year posts and posts about the previous decade. It got me thinking about what I have done in the past year/decade. I am working on comparing myself to others and that is basically what this post is about. Everyone has their own timeline. While I am busy comparing myself to those that have done more, there are people wishing that they were in my spot. That is so important to remember.

I remember thinking that you’re supposed to go to school, graduate college, get married, buy a house and then have kids. While I mean that could still happen for me in that order, I know a lot of people that are already married, already have kids and do not own a house. So who is to say what is right and what is wrong? Who is to say you’re not supposed to end up with someone or that’s not how it’s supposed to happen? There is no instruction manual and while that works for most people that does not mean that is how it has to go.

Your timeline is about whatever you want it to be. And even then sometimes you cannot control that. You meet who you should when you should. You move when you want to. You adopt a dog when your lonely, or a baby when you’re ready. At the end of the day, it’s about a mix of fate and faith.

Coat : Showpo // Belt : Princess Polly // Shoes : Public Desire

Makeup Tips from the Pros

So if you read my last blog post about the Who What Wear event, you know that I was able to attend a few master classes with celebrity makeup artists Pati Dubroff whose clients include Margot Robbie, Priyanka Chopra and Elizabeth Olsen and another class with makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan whose clients include Millie Bobby Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, and Sabrina Carpenter.

I learned a ton of tips and tricks and of course I just had to share! Here is a video featuring some of the tips, but if you would rather read along here is what I learned:


 

Kelsey Deenihan’s holiday looks:

Prep Skin, then apply foundation on face EXCEPT for the under-eye area. Add an under eye mask while doing your eye shadow and when you’re done, then apply concealer to the under-eye area.

Pat in concealer with your fingers

Smudging brown liner between lashes gives a fuller effect

For your lashes, wiggle at the root then swipe for length

Pat your bronzer into your cheeks for the illusion of a “face lift”

 

Product recommendations:

Chanel Water Fresh Tint was a huge hit for both classes as the product is light and has bursting particles which diffuse the color of the product when they are broken up

Lus Lash Glue has an amazing hold

Kiehl’s Blurring Primer 

 

 

Pati Dubroff’s Celeb-Inspired Beauty Looks:

Skin prep is a NECESSITY. The more you pamper and wake up the skin, the less makeup you will need

Prep with icing and massaging

Add moisturizer to the perimeter and not the center, add to where you would want highlight so for example your upper cheekbones but not your t-zone

You want to use a lighter colored foundation/concealer in the center of the face to add brightness and you want it to be matte. Matte primers work well for this.

Mix your foundations so you can get perfect color and it works well year-round.

You want either a strong lip/brow combo OR a strong eyeshadow never all three because you need balance on the face

 

 

Product Recommendations:

Chanel’s Soleil de Tan is perfect for a light finish and the perfect bronzer

A fluffy brush with space in between so that the product is not so dense on your skin but is light and airy

 

 

Something both makeup artists mentioned:

Your Fingers are your best tool

You want natural, light, bright and airy makeup

Minimal Layering

 

 

 

 

Who What Wear Event

The great thing about LA is that there are always amazing pop-ups here! They can be hard to keep up with, but when I hear about a great one, I definitely have to attend! Who What Wear is one of the go-to places for beauty, fashion, and entertainment! For someone like me that works in the fashion industry and has a blogging side hustle, this is a great place to keep up with the trends!

I attended The Line Up by Who What Wear on both Friday and Saturday and it was a cannot miss event! They had a killer bar for samples where you get to pick out which ones you want to take home, and some amazing products to try and hear more about.

For a girl like me who has only one go-to makeup look, this was a life saver! (I am going to do a whole other blog post on the makeup tips and tricks I learned next!

I was lucky enough to be able to attend two of the masterclasses with celebrity makeup artists Pati Dubroff whose clients include Margot Robbie, Priyanka Chopra and Elizabeth Olsen and fellow makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan whose clients include Millie Bobby Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, and Sabrina Carpenter!

I learned so many helpful tips and tricks I had NEVER heard of and let me tell you did they work! I am that girl that will sit there taking notes on her phone for every detail I did not know!

Let’s talk samples! Who What Wear is, of course, a well-known company and had amazing samples to show for it. They brought together amazing, well-known

brands such as Anastasia Beverly Hills, Deva Curl, Boscia, Too Faced, Dyson and more! I even received a bag of Chanel products from one of the masterclasses.

As for the outfit, this is something I felt totally comfortable wearing all day. I am in love with the floral pattern against the all black. Also, I cannot get over these boots, they were a Christmas present to myself and I am beyond obsessed with them! They are so comfortable and I did not need to break them in like normal boots. I think everyone needs a pair no matter what part of the country you are from!

Me with Pati Dubroff

Blazer : Lulu’s // Boots : Steve Madden

Rainy Day in LA

All I could think when taking these pictures was props to bloggers and influencers who live somewhere that is always rainy or cold, like maybe Seattle? I was wanting that golden hour glow and instead, I got gloom!

So I went for a casual, simple neutral look. While it was just a bit chilly, opting for a coat option just seemed best since it goes well with the weather. I thought of some rainy weather staples as well as a few things that I like to do for those few days a year when it like to really come down here in LA!

Click on the link to see a few of my favorite rainy day pieces:

Rain Boots

Clear Umbrella

Teddy Coat

Rain Coat

 

I also just feel like rainy days are those days when you finally finish that book you’ve been wanting to read, you eat that tin of ice cream and you watch that Disney movie with your puppy! Here are a few more ideas:

  • Go to the movies and get a jumbo popcorn
  • Walk around the mall
  • Stay home and clean out your closet
  • Make it a girls night in
  • Read your favorite magazine
  • Do something creative
  • Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while

Coat : Forever 21 // Jeans : Levis

 

 

Holiday Nails

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is such a special holiday, and of course, right afterward comes black Friday! What’s better than treating yourself (or your girlfriends) to some holiday nails?!

If you live in LA you know all about Olive and June! They are my go-to place for some super cute nails and the aesthetic of the salon is a whole experience on its own. I was able to collab with them on this blog post and wanted to share their NINE new polish colors for the holiday season.

Six of the jewel tones are named for the women who inspired them to be good to ourselves and the three metallics celebrate the ultimate moment in self-care: an O&J mani.

Inside my Holiday Studio box was everything I need to give myself the perfect mani at home. They thought of everything from the nail clippers to the cuticle serum, The Poppy (O&J’s patented painting tool) nail file, and a buffer.

I try to keep my nails in check and pamper myself by getting them done so this was ideal for me! The perfect gift to share for the holidays!

What are you giving out this year?

 

 

For cyber week, Olive and June is offering 25% off site wide from 11/24 – 12/2 which means this Treat Yourself Box can be snagged for only $75!

 

 

What I do in a day

So I have been really into reading routines lately. I like to binge the routines from The Newsette. They have cool morning/nightly routines from CEO’s of your favorite beauty brands, fashion labels, and influencers. I thought I might do one of my own! Every day for me is definitely a bit different, but I am the kind of person that thrives off having a schedule.

Also, please enjoy these pictures of me at the Mejuri store! They are having a huge black Friday sale so go do some online shopping or whatevaaa!

My morning routines are relatively quick since I do not like to put on much makeup.

6:30 : I wake up early on a good day and will grab my lunch and gym clothes and I try to be out the door by 7. I have to make sure I have everything I need for work and I like to wake up slowly.

8:00 : I am finishing up my quick workout, showering and getting breakfast before heading to work. Even on days when I go to the gym I try to get in a quick skincare routine.

9:00 I am sitting at work, I have already done some Instagram engagement, checked my messages and am ready to start the day.

Evenings

5:30 : I am leaving work/ getting home and I usually post to Instagram and do some engagement. I never really have a set time of leaving so this could be anywhere from 5:30-6 pm

6:30 : first thing I do when I walk in the door is change and start dinner. While dinner is being made I like to start on my skincare routine, put on my favorite netflix show at the time, and call one of my parents

7:30 : I like to catch up on my blogging, read a few articles or listen to a podcast, something that will keep my mind going

9:00 : I like to go to bed early because I wake up so early. I am usually in bed on my phone (I know that’s bad) and I always end up falling asleep reading something on buzzfeed or the snapchat articles

Weekends are a totally different story! Those change everytime. I try to at least see one friend, get some shooting done, go to the groceries and stop by church every weekend at least. I also need to make sure I get in a nap or two to recoup from the week.

What does your routine look like?

Body Suit : Princess Polly // Jeans : Zara // Shoes : Public Desire

Teen Vogue Summit

I was so lucky to have been able to attend the Teen Vogue Summit this weekend and let me tell you it was amazing! While there were a few critiques that I heard, I would still give it Five stars and attend next year.

A few of the critiques included adding better signage and getting information out to the mass of people in a more effective manner. However, this was not really much of an issue for me. I also would say that numerous girls commented that they were disappointed that they were not able to attend everything that they wanted due to overlap. While I do agree that this sucks, I know that this is a common tactic for conferences to split up the crowds.

I did not get to attend Day One but I hear it was AMAZING!

As for Day Two, I had a green pass which meant that I was only able to see limited shows. I did not know this or I would have thought about getting a different pass. We were able to have our own workshops which I was still happy about! What I was not excited about was sitting in a room watching the panels on screen when it was overfilled. I wish that they would have let us know that sooner. I would never want to knock Teen Vogue though because I was so lucky to have even attended and I learned SO MUCH and would do it all over again of course!

There were such amazing partnerships and topics at the summit from Feminism, women’s empowerment, transgender acceptance, environmental/sustainability and more. It truly was an amazing experience and their line up included Zara Larsson, Busy Phillips, Demi Lovato, Miranda Cosgrove, Aimee Song, and so much more!

Day Three was self-care day and let me tell you I felt the self-care! Brunch was amazing from healthy Acai bowls (add that peanut butter girl! I learned that at the summit!) to yogurt and breakfast burritos. Before brunch was a quick work out with Katrina from Tone It Up! She was so inspiring and positive I loved it! I also was able to get a facial and my hair done. There were other services as well such as manicures and massages.

Guys, I can go on and on but to sum it up, it was such an amazing experience I cannot wait for next year!

 

Dress : Public Desire

Halloween Post + Outfit Deets

Happy Halloween! I am actually not big into Halloween so I would ordinarily do a blog post for Halloween but I just wasn’t feeling it this year and I did not have time either! So instead I thought I could do a regular blog post and some spooky links from around the web! Read on for some outfit details and Halloween fun!

First with the outfit! I usually get my inspiration and then throw something together but this outfit I was not planning to shoot. I just went with it and this jacket has just always been one of my favorites!

I got the jacket from an Alice + Olivia Sample sale a few months ago and I have been anxiously awaiting fall ever since! It is a great color and such a cool statement piece. I thought I would keep it simple with all white underneath but this top is a bit risque, but I love how it all came together!

Halloween Links:

The scariest story I know… Credit card declined.

Jacket : (similar) // Top : (similar) // Shorts : 12th Tribe

Favorite Links from Around the Web

Every once in awhile I like to share my Friday Faves but I thought I would mix it up a bit and share some interesting links that I found on the internet!

The internet is a HUGE place! I don’t really think we get that (well at least I don’t) since I don’t know anyone that ever goes to the second page when you search something on Google! What are your favorite things to search for or look at on the Internet? I definitely go for funny videos, (follow me at briana.nicole03 on tik tok) recipes, how-tos and news!

Fashion

Lifestyle

Top : Lulu’s // Jeans : Lulu’s (Levis) // Bag : TopShop