Anyone who knows me knows that I live for that high maintenance look in that low maintenance way; the queen of the fashion oxymoron, or as I like to call it, simply winning the game.
Never catch me limping in heel pain, yet never dare catch me in a flat.
Never catch me toting more than just a carry-on suitcase in Europe, yet never spot me in Capri in the same lewk twice.
Same applies for makeup application. I've taken a high maintenance makeup look (think Kim Kardashian at the gym) and turned it into an easy 8 minute process. Ready, set...
A Japanese, an American, a Russian, and an Armenian girl all walk into a bar...
Sounds like the first line of a dad joke, but it was actually just the start of our amazing #nakedontherun journey through New Orleans!
I was like a kid in a candy store this weekend, or better yet, in Elshane terminology, a fashionista at a Barneys warehouse sale when Urban Decay Cosmetics flew me across the country to New Orleans for three days and three nights to test out and experience their newest eyeshadow and beyond palette, Naked On The Run.
It began with four beautiful chicks who had never before met, bound together by a perfect square makeup box filled with 11 vegan, cruelty-free colors to paint our faces with. Our features couldn't have been more uniquely different, some heart shaped lips, some barely-there lips (tear...that's me); some almond-shaped eyes, and some big ol' bug eyes (again, that'd be me), but we put our own spin on the Naked On The Run palette as we toured one of the greatest cities I've ever explored. And to be honest? We looked HOT.
And so it went, the journey of experimenting with perfectly shimmery nudes, highlighting and contouring my oh-so-eager eyes, all while exploring my new favorite city. Come along on my visually telling photo journey with my three new friends...
Bobbi Brown has launched her new collection of lip shades in her best selling Luxe Lip lipstick. She's packed in a rich 20 hues in an array of feminine fall shades from pink nudes, to autumn corals, to vampy reds. Here, I'm wearing Pink Guava!
The lipstick is creamy with a medium shine and delivers vibrant full lip coverage with just one or two swipes. It's also infused with vitamins C and E and MaxiLip, plumps lips, and supports natural collagen production.
Possibly its best attribute? The fact that it's parabens, sulfates, and phthalates free. $35 at Sephora.
When a golden tan isn't at your fingertips, your beauty routine has to rely less on the natural glow, and more on a statement punch. A bold lip for winter is a classic beauty hack used by celebrity makeup artists and taste makers worldwide. Who knew that two swipes of a colored stick could be considered so "genius"?
I've laid out my five favorite lip colors for winter, from the most trusted lipstick brands in the game. Simple, affordable, and stylish, these colors are guaranteed to elevate your winter style!
Above is the Urban Decay Sheer Shame. This stick is a mixed berry hue with a bit of shine-- it's juicy and sultry.
Reds are a delicate subject-- there are the orangey reds (like above), and the blue-ish reds (like below). It's beneficial to have both in your makeup drawer!
Above is Laura Geller's Big Apple Red. It's shiny and bright and ultra moisturizing.
Now here's a blue-ish red by NARS called Dragon Girl. This stick is a fan favorite and an Elshane's World ultra-fav. If you don't own it-- I'm confused. What are you waiting for? It's matte, dry, and long lasting. It looks good on absolutely, positively everyone!
Milani makes the most luxurious, affordable makeup in the game. This purple berry hue, called 65, is rich enough to be the stand-alone statement to your day or evening's outfit. It's one of those colors that you should expect to get stopped on the street for-- the compliments keep coming!
And then there's that perfect nude that is a makeup drawer must. For the times when you go heavy on the eyes, but need a lip to finish the look. Flower's Naked Petal will give you just that-- all for a shocking $7!