NYX - Matte Pure Red


One of my favorite bold, bright reds is NYX Matte Lipstick in "Pure Red." These highly pigmented NYX Matte lipsticks are a great value for money (they will only set you back about $5.99 for 4.5 grams of product) and quite comparable to MAC lipsticks ($14.50 for 3 grams), in my opinion. All this gram talk makes me sound like a drug dealer... you'll have to excuse me, I'm currently immersed in a Breaking Bad marathon! But hey, lipsticks ARE my drug of choice. ;) If you're an animal lover, you'll be happy to hear that NYX is a cruelty-free brand -- Dexter is quite pleased with that.

It wears well, with a great matte finish -- if you're not a fan of matte lipsticks then you'll probably want to either avoid the noid (check NYX's regular lipstick range, which has about 70 shades) or simply apply gloss over the top. However, I love a matte finish and rarely ever use gloss or products on top of my lipstick. This shade wore very well on my lips with no liner, lasted for hours, and did not feather or bleed into my skin at all. Next to MAC's Lady Danger, I dare say this is one of my favorite reds! It's quite similar to that shade, but less orange. It's much brighter and more orange than MAC's Russian Red. I'd say that the closest I have to it from my own lipsticks is MAC's Scarlett Ibis (a sought after limited edition color from the Iris Apfel collection), but it is just the tiniest bit brighter. So if you missed out on Scarlett Ibis, scoop this up!!  If you are a packaging junkie, note that the packaging does feel a little cheap, as it's a very light plastic. Nevertheless, I have transported it around in bags and never had a problem with the top coming off or cracks in the plastic. Obviously it's not the most sleek or sophisticated packaging out there; but for a great quality lipstick for just under $6, can you REALLY complain that much?

I recently purchased more of these lipsticks because I was so impressed during my first encounter with "Pure Red," so I will be sure to let you know what I think of those as well in an upcoming video featuring my whole NYX lipstick "collection." I highly, highly recommend you try this formula out -- there is a large range (22+) of reds, cranberries, pinks, nudes, peaches, and orangier (Is that a word? Well, now it is.) shades to choose from. FYI: other shades that really stand above the rest for me are Indie Flick, Shocking Pink, Alabama, and Hippie Chic (not shown below).

[ all of the larger swatches on the left half of my arm are the Matte Lipsticks ]
[ the two in middle are from the Lipstick line ]
 [ the glossier looking shades on the right are Soft Matte Lip Creams ]

What I Wore: 5.11.12


Do you know how much this is affecting my over dramatic self-diagnosed OCD to have this video out of chronological order with the rest of my outfits?!?! Breath in, breath out. Breath in, breath out. You can do this!

Jeans: BDG from Urban Outfitters 
Irish Cut Coin Necklace: Etsy
 Bracelet: H&M

Essie - School of Hard Rocks


The latest polish to grace my nails is Essie School of Hard Rocks, a dusty blue/green (according to my limited adjectives and poor explaining capabilities) or a "midnight malachite" (according to Essie's website) for those of you who might know what the hell that means. Duh, Malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral, with the formula Cu2CO3(OH
)2. Thanks Wikipedia. I wore this gorgeous shade for almost 2 weeks (and it wasn't pretty by the end of it all; but I was busy, sue me!!) It lasted very well in the beginning stages (up to the 5 days - 1 week marker) and I really loved the color and easy application.

This is definitely a shade I will continue to wear multiple times throughout the coming months as it was a nice statement color that also blended well into other outfits on the days when I didn't feel like having such bold, attention grabbing nails (I can't count the number of times my nails have been painted some awesome color for one particular outfit but then have clashed horribly with any other normal, plain outfit I wanted to wear. Talk about a nailmare. Am I right, guys?!). Two very prettily polished thumbs up for School of Hard Rocks!

What I Wore: 5.13.12


Happy belated Mother's Day :)

Shirt: Mouchette from Urban Outfitters
Jeans: BDG Jeans
Sandals: Sam Edelman
Necklace: Gift from Grams
Bracelet: Urban Outfitters

My NARS Lipstick Collection


Many of my YouTube viewers have been asking for a video outlining my lipstick collection, so of course I had to deliver. The only problem is... I HAVE SO MANY LIPSTICKS! You know how long that video would be?! Intimidatingly long. Make sure you go to the bathroom before you start it long. I'd rather watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy because it's shorter long. So, today I offer you Part 1: My NARS Lipstick Collection. Enjoy!

Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils

Pure Matte Lipsticks

Semi-Matte Lipsticks

Sheer Lipsticks
Satin Lipsticks
Afghan Red

For more of my lipstick picks, check out My Beauty Favorites.

What I Wore: 5.12.12 continued...


What I wore underneath the robe...
(with special guest appearances by Mom, Ryan, + Dexter!)

Outfit #1: 
Dress: LOFT
Heels: Zara
Watch: Burberry

Outfit #2: 
Tank: Zara
Shorts: BDG from Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Low Luv x Erin Wasson
Watch: Burberry
Sandals: Sam Edelman

What I Wore: 5.12.12


Cap, Hood, + Gown: University of Pennsylvania
Heels: Zara

FACE: Dr. Jart+ BB Cream and NARS Pure Matte Lip Pencil in Bolero (4/5/12)


Who doesn't love a good makeover?

Products Used:

Recent Zara Purchases


The best $____ I ever spent.

What I Bought:

Monthly Beauty Favorites: April 2012


Another month, another favorites video... (and another empties video too!)

Products Mentioned:

What I Wore: 4.25.12


Featuring my new BFF, an army jacket with leather sleeves from Zara.
It's like we go everywhere together. I guess you could say we're inseparable.
She just.. gets me. You know?

Jacket: Zara (and if sold out, similar here)
Sweater: Targer
Shirt: Zara 
Jeggings/Jeans: Car Mar from LF
Boots: Doc Marten's 
Bag: Cheap Monday (Gazak)
Jewelry: Gifts from Family

Zara Floral Print Dress


Do you know how long I have been waiting for this dress to come back in stock in my size? Of course you don't... but it was weeks.... weeks, I tell you. I had signed up to be notified if the dress came back into stock in the "next 15 days" and 15 days went by with no email. Devastation set in. Zara promised "Back Soon!" and yet, here I sat... alone in the dark, "soon" gone and passed. Always the obsessive, I signed up again and after about a week, the most beautiful subject line my inbox has ever seen appeared: "Item Available." Okay, in retrospect... that subject line is whatever. But the dress is anything but that: it is tight on my figure; has one of my favorite collar and shape designs up top (is there a name for this -- I just think of it as Battlestar Galactica chic); and has a gorgeous symmetrical print complete with a vaginal innuendo. HELLO! Sold.

Important to Note: I was sad to see the one that came in the mail did not have the same exact pattern as the one pictured online (beware of that with Zara prints), but I was lucky enough to find the perfect print on the dress in the Zara flagship store in NYC. And yes, I tried on like 12 to get the flower in just the right spot. ;) To see me wearing this dress in an outfit video, click here.

What I Wore: 4.19.12


Top: Need Supply
Shorts: BDG from Urban Outfitters
Belt: H&M
Bag: Madewel
Necklace: Gift from Grandma
Sandals: Sam Edelman

MAC Trés Cheek Collection


This is old news now, but I have been meaning to share my love for the Trés Cheek collection by MAC, particularly for the Immortal Flower and Modern Mandarin blushes. I was lucky enough to find them on Nordstrom's website despite their being sold out everywhere else online the day they were released... however, my fear of missing out on this collection was unfounded, as they are still available on Nordstom's site (and some shades on MAC's site) a month later. Durrrr. Anyways, I honestly wanted every single blush released in the collection, but I narrowed it down to these two gorgeous shades. I chose these because I've been really into orange/tangerine colors on my cheeks and Modern Mandarin fit the bill perfectly and, also, I did not have anything like Immortal Flower in my drawer.

They both look really beautiful and pigmented when swatched and give a gorgeous, buildable glow on the cheeks. I am incredibly pleased with these blushes and am really tempted to buy more from the collection (e.g. Pink Tea, Lovecloud, Peony Petal). Say it with me in your best/worst The Mask impression: "Somebody stop me!" Was that the lamest reference ever or what? Somebody stop me! ;)