Monday, May 20, 2013

Product Review: "Hello Sailor" by Lipstick Queen

There is a major trend this season that is popping up everywhere that in my opinion every woman should wear: blackberry lips. This trend is easy for the spring and summer because it genuinely goes with everything you could possibly wear. Depending on the colors you typically sport, you can even bring it into fall and winter with just darker shades for the seasons. This trend has a lot to do with my product review tonight because the product I ordered is a special one that was featured on Yahoo news a few weeks ago by a blogger who also did a review. 

Blackberry Lips Trend

Product Review

"Hello Sailor" by Lipstick Queen

Purchasing this product has been the first time in my life that I've decided to try a makeup trend. I'm always willing to try makeup products, but I've never really cared about the trends because, to be honest, most of the makeup trends don't work for my coloring or work place. Seeing this product though, something inherently Vogue snapped in me and said "I need this!", as well as something about the fact that it's blue made me feel a little, well, rebellious.

I debated about ordering it for 2 days after finding it only being sold online through Saks Fifth Avenue. When I finally decided to go back and purchase it, it had completely sold out online. This product is no doubt incredibly popular, and so I called around the country to a few stores in feverish excitement, only to find the Saks in Hollywood having 3 left. 1 1/2 weeks later I had the box in my hand and in a giddy squeal I tore open the box, pulled out the pretty blue tube and ran to the bathroom to look in the mirror as I applied it to my lips mid-run. (I'm brave when excited, and lucky I didn't lipstick my cheeks while I ran - girls, don't try that at home)

While the lipstick itself is blue, it doesn't go on blue based on the color wheel theory: the blue lipstick + pink lips = purplish berry tint. The brand promises that the bright blue lipstick when applied will make your teeth look whiter and your complexion much brighter. When it first goes on though, it just looks like a clear matte gloss - pretty, but not berry. I was colored a tad disappointed the first few days of wearing it, only seeing it when I put it on first thing before work, until one night mid-shift I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror. I realized that the lipstick goes on neutral, but after a bit of time to mix with your natural lip color you look like you're wearing a beautiful berry shade. 

Of course, depending on the natural color of your lips, the shade it ends up varies, but with my lips after a bit of time (about 15 -30 minutes) it looked like something from the runway.

 My overall review: buy this product. Don't let the blue color scare you, it's absolutely beautiful, moisturizing, and worth every penny.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

Instead of talking about what to buy your mom to celebrate Mother's Day, I've decided instead to celebrate my mom and a major way she's always influenced my life: through her style. 

This is my amazing and stylish mother, Pamela. For as long as I can remember, as far back as my mind reaches, she's always oozed this effortless elegance. She is classic and modern and is always very well put-together. I was always fascinated by her vast wardrobe that took up all the closets and beaureau's in her room and half of the closet in mine when I was growing up. I could've cared less about clothes at that age, but for some reason her flowing dresses and skirts made me stare in wonder and awe when she'd open the closet doors. On summer days while she was at work I'd try on her shoes and wonder what it was like to run around for 10 hour work days running the Pulminary Function lab at the hospital in Manolo Blaniks. Her closets were overflowing with Coaches, Louis Vuittons and her Dooney & Burkes. In the photo above you can see the little loon tag under her arm, the wordless indicator of a woman with taste. 

It should come as no surprise though that my mom has style since she's a New Yorker and an original hippie child during the Woodstock era. Even in her earliest photos in her tye-dyed garb, she was classic, simple, elegant, in tye-dye of course. You can see an underlying style from an early age on through her teens and early adulthood with the way she put together outfits that made you pay attention.

As a child I'd watch her get dressed for work and put on her makeup with fascination, and at the same time a bit of repulsion simply because the little tomboy I was when I was much younger saw makeup as the enemy. 

Despite my best efforts to resist her teachings, she is the reason I am so passionate about fashion and am constantly doing my best to put forward my best efforts, even while going to the grocery store. 

My mother is by far the coolest because she told me just a few years ago "You can't go wrong with a little cleavage". My mom is fearless and not afraid to be her, perfectly manicured nails, designer purses and shoes and all, all while observing through rose-colored Coach frames.

When I think of my mom, I think of style, and while I don't have the same style as she does, I do try to take the same approach that she does; it doesn't matter how much you have, just as long as what you have is quality. 

My mom is the most stylish woman I know.