Throwing it Back to Junior and Senior Prom

In light of it being Thursday and my high school’s prom tomorrow, I decided to do a throwback Thursday of both my junior and senior prom. I saw on another bloggers page a Throwback Thursday where she mentioned ten facts about the photo and I loved the idea! Here’s a brief memory of my night(s) four and five years ago:

 

1.) Both my dresses were ordered online. Nothing is more exciting or terrifying than opening the box the day your dress arrives in the mail.

2.) My mom didn’t want me to wear a white dress, because I would wear white at my wedding. K.

3.) The back of my blue dress was open back and beautiful, but it was a pain to dance in. Me and strapless dresses: it just doesn’t work.

4.) I cut my hair 2 days before my senior prom. And I mean CUT. It looked a lot healthier, I just had no idea what to do with it, so I straightened it.

5.) I hate getting pedicures. My first and last pedicure was for senior prom.

6.) Still looking back at these pictures I wish I had my makeup done.

7.) After senior prom a bunch of my classmates, including my date, went to Seaside Heights in New Jersey. I wasn’t allowed to go…

8.) Instead I went to Ocean City, MD for a week with my four girl friends after graduation and it was amazing.  We’re talking about going back again this year and reliving our glory days.

9.) I only have one photo of me and my friends from senior prom (we are actually missing one person). And I seriously regret it. I took pictures with my date’s friends and sat at his table. The picture above will always be my favorite picture from senior prom.

10.) My dresses get borrowed a lot from younger girl friends and girls in my neighborhood and I love that 🙂 The blue one is getting worn tomorrow!

What was your prom like?

Added bonus of me and all my lovely friends. Seaside < Ocean City. Just saying.

 

Ocean City MD.

Ocean City MD.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Review

I was in seventh grade when I first asked my mom if I could wear makeup. And I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Being 13-years-old I went for the cheapest, most colorful palettes; I would match my eye makeup with my outfit, not my eye color. I also thought I was really good at a smoky eye when I was in high school. I wasn’t. Don’t even get me started on foundation. As the years went on, I slowly got better at applying makeup. Now 22, I found my perfect eye makeup palette. It’s so good I threw all my other eye shadows away. I’m talking about Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.

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Here’s why I love it. The colors are amazing and subtle and will look great on any eye color. With this palette it’s easy to create a delicate day look and an edgy night look. Finally a palette with all the colors you want in one simple place! Another bonus, it last all day.

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My day look

There are a few Urban Decay Naked palettes. I bought the Basics at Sephora for $28.00. Naked Basics contains six colors: Venus, Foxy (my favorite), W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint and Crave. If you’re wondering how I did my makeup in the photo above here’s how:
1.) I apply the W.O.S to my entire eye area: the lid, crease and brow bone. The color acts as a good primer for the other colors that go over it.
2.) Apply Foxy to the lid. The colors blend together perfectly and create a subtle, soft eye color making your eyes pop.
3.) I go darker on the crease with Faint.
4.) Similar to other eye palettes always apply a white shimmer to your brow line. Venus is great for the brows and inner corners of your eye lids!

Voila you got the Naked look!

As said before there are other Urban Decay Nude colors. The palettes contain six more colors and costs $54.00. The Urban Decay 2 consists of 12 colors featuring more gray, taupe and beige colors. Compared to the Basics this edition has more of a shimmer. Urban Decay 3 also has 12 new colors, but goes with rose-hued neutral and rich browns.

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If you’re interested in any of these palettes head on over to Sephora and check them out. Makeup at Sephora is always a splurge for me, but this has become on my favorite makeup purchases!

 

 

Revlon and the Fight Aganist Women’s Cancer

Every year Revlon puts on an amazing event for cancer research. The event is a 5K known as EIF’s Revlon Run Walk for Women. My family has been going every year since 2008 and the turnout is incredible. The event is held in NYC the first Saturday in May. For those on the West Coast, the event is in Los Angeles on May 10. It starts in Times Square and runs thru Central Park for three miles. My mom and I tend to walk because we love admiring all the survivors, fighters and volunteers.

Finish Line 2011

Finish Line 2011

In 1993, Revlon teamed up with The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a Hollywood based charity, and Lilly Tartikoff for the fight against women’s cancers. Flash forward 21 years, the organization has reached an astonishing $65 million for cancer research, counseling and outreach programs for women across the United States. Beneficiaries include, but are not limited to, the Actors’ Fund of America, Albert Einstein Cancer Center, CancerCare, Gilda’s Club New York City, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, EIF Women’s Cancer Programs, and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

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In addition to EIF Revlon, a renowned makeup company, partnered with multiple organizations to help fellow females cope with their illness.

Look Good Feel Better is an inspiring program helping cancer patients cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Revlon has supported Look Good Feel Better since its inception in 1989. The organization has provided assistance to more than 700,000 women across the globe by helping them to look and feel beautiful and find hope & courage at a time when it is often in short supply.

Registration is just $35, but that money goes a long way for these lovely ladies. You can also join forces and create a team of your own. So far the top ten teams have an earning close to $50,000!

If you’re in the New York area I would recommend going with friends and family. And get there early! You won’t want to miss a second of this. The moment the race begins everyone’s face lights up as the air fills with red and white confetti as music blasts in the background. The event unites thousands of individuals from all walks of life and being a part of the action alongside survivors and fighters is inspirational.

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So who do you walk for?

For more information check out:

http://do.eifoundation.org/site/TR?fr_id=1150&pg=entry

http://www.revloncares.com/Partners.aspx

Makeup Changing the Face of Poverty

I have been blessed with an education, wonderful friends, a job and a family who provides me support both emotionally and financially.  Unfortunately, many women around the world are faced with the harsh reality of poverty.  However, there is a way for these women to feel independent, strong and beautiful all through the use of makeup. Selling cosmetics, such as Avon, and becoming entrepreneurs allows women to earn money and thrive on their own.  What Avon and these women have done is truly inspiring.

Avon sells more than beauty products.  Avon gives any woman the opportunity to earn money, work at their convenience, make connections and be their own boss.  As we all know, makeup can change our appearance drastically, but the fact it change the world is incredible.

In a three year study conducted in low-income parts of South Africa, Oxford business professors, Linda Scott and Catherine Dolan, learned poor women who started working for Avon became significantly more financially independent and secure.  Worldwide the company sold more than $11 billion in cosmetics in 2011.  The money earned for selling products we take for granted, such as lipstick, eye shadow, nail polish, helped a woman facing poverty pay for food, water and shelter.

Avon is giving women the chance to be their own person while also selling a product which makes others feel beautiful.  The stories of poverty are traumatic, but the stories of women who rise above and become their own boss is exciting and uplifting.  According to the study, women living in South Africa made about 900 rand ($110) a month.  Those working for Avon, however, made up to 1,400 rand per month after working for the company a little over a year!

Clearly makeup is a powerful tool.  Makeup provides women confidence not just physically, but financially.  Other businesses are following Avon and helping women facing poverty feel more empowered and self-sufficient.   Let’s see where else makeup can take us!

For more information on the power of makeup check out:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-08-14/avons-lipstick-evangelism-shows-promise-in-poverty-fight

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/press-releases/21549/Avon_helps_lift_African_women_out_of_poverty.aspx

http://www.avon.com/

Valentine’s Day L-O-V-E

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Whether you’re going out with your significant other or a group of girls, keep the eye makeup light and simple. I’m working tonight and seeing Endless Love with some of my girl friends after, but I still like to play around with my makeup and hair for today. Today is all about being fun and flirty. I love my pink and nude colors from my Urabn Decay Palette! Apply two coats of mascara to make your eye lashes extra long and flirtatious. Carefully add a swipe of liquid eyeliner to your lids to make your eyes really stand out (a winged look is always fun and engaging.) Don’t forget to brush on some soft pink blush for a soft, light finish. Add a pink or red color to your lips and you’re ready for Valentine’s Day! If you’re staying in tonight, pamper yourself with a nice facial mask or manicure.

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History of Makeup

At my school there is no History of Makeup class, although I believe there should be. Women began beautifying with cosmetics and other enhancers in ancient civilizations. Of course, in 10,000 B.C.E. Cover Girl and Maybelline products weren’t around. However, all around the world, women created their own makeup; from eye shadows to lip stains to foundations these women made cosmetic products out of their natural resources. So beauties let’s take a trip back to ancient times and learn how these women influenced how we look and do our own makeup today!

Egypt:

When I think of Egypt the first person that comes to my mind is Cleopatra. Looking at pictures of her you can see even she liked to play up her eyes and lips! Egyptian women made their own cosmetics out of natural products, such as copper, lead, ore and malachite to add more of a lively color to their face. The most notable product, for both men and women, was kohl. When applied to the eyes kohl, a blend of metal, led, copper, ash, and burnt almonds, added the almond shape and dark eyes Egyptians are famous for.

China/Japan:

In Asia women were notable for their fingernails and luscious color. Chinese women stained their fingernails with secretions from plants, gel, beeswax and egg. Painted fingernails represented royalty; the Cho dynasty wore rich colors such as red, gold and silver. Similar to other ancient societies, a whiter complexion portrayed status and royalty. For a more porcelain look, Chinese and Japanese women applied a rice powder foundation to their face.

Greece:
Greece is renowned for their statues. Women tried to mimic these statues by whitening their complexion with chalk and face powder made from lead. To make their lips stand out from their statuesque complexion, women smeared on lipstick made from clay mixed with red iron.

Rome:
Roman women knew a thing or two about primping. Extravagant hairstyles and elegant makeup symbolized status and royalty in ancient Rome. Influenced by Egyptians, Romans applied a green dye from the stone malachite for eye makeup.

India/Africa:
Intricate makeup is not just for the face. In India and parts of Africa women painted henna on their hands and feet. Henna is extracted from plants leaves and when mixed with water can be applied to the body in complex, yet beautiful designs for all to see.

What’s your culture famous for?

For my information on history of makeup and beauty visit:
http://cosmeticsinfo.org/Ancient-history-cosmetics
http://people.howstuffworks.com/about-makeup1.htm
http://www.tribunesandtriumphs.org/roman-clothing/roman-make-up.htm