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Halloween Makeup, Nails and Costume Ideas

Believe it or not, Halloween is just over two weeks away. And for people like you and me who love makeup and clothes, it’s the perfect excuse (as if we need one) to go big or go home. To help provide some inspiration, I’ve rounded up some great posts on Halloween makeup, nail and costume ideas from years past and fellow bloggers. Check them out and let me know what you think!

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Makeup

  • Halloween Makeup – Honey, Queen Of The Forest Nymph Makeup Tutorial – Honeygirl’s World
  • BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 – Painted Ladies
  • Favorite Halloween Beauty – Phyrra
  • Charming She-Devil Halloween Makeup Look (Plus $100 Sephora gift card giveaway!) – Beauty Tidbits

halloween makeup

Nails

halloween makeup

Costumes

What do you plan to go as for Halloween this year?

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september wish list

September Wish List

I might be the only person in all of New England who can’t wait for the end of Summer. Come July, I’m normally over the heat and sundresses and ready to slip into a pair of riding boots and light jacket. And while I’m currently sitting inside trying to deny the fact that it’s still 80 degrees outside, I am also wrapping up my Fall prep with some beauty and clothing shopping. Just ’cause I’m not going back to school doesn’t mean I can’t indulge a little bit. I have probably overindulged just a bit, but there are still a few items I have my eye on.

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I’m ready for you, Fall

Beauty blender | purse | boots | perfume

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What is on your September wish list?

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July Wish List

A new month means a new list of items I want someone to buy me … I mean I want to buy myself. And seeing as I was gone most of June for work, I didn’t get a chance to get the items on that wish list either. I guess I have double the shopping to do this month!

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Happy July!

Eyeliner | Beach Tint Shimmer | Dress | Necklace

What are you looking forward to nabbing this month?

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stella & dot jewelry coral cay necklace

Why You Should Attend a Stella & Dot Jewelry Party Stat

Our Stella & Dot stylist shows off the engravable collection
Our Stella & Dot stylist shows off the engravable collection

While Stella & Dot has been a fave for years with other writers here at beautyXposé, I’ve never personally experienced the brand’s jewelry (though I’ve always lusted after the pieces online). So when my friend, Lyssa, invited me to a Stella & Dot jewelry party, I was the first person on the list to RSVP.

Attending a party in person really made a big difference when it came to understanding all the cool details about the jewelry brand.

First, you have a personal stylist there to help guide you through all the pieces of jewelry, which can be overwhelming if you’re like me and want to order everything in sight. Our stylist, Andrine Coleman, helped each attendee assess her own personal style and then offered jewelry suggestions that match their tastes — whether they’re trendy or more traditional.

The layered look is big for bracelets this summer.
The layered look is big for bracelets this summer.

And a stylist can also help push you out of your comfort zone. I never would have chosen this silver Elodie Necklace ($89) for myself, but it actually looked pretty good once I tried it on.

Stella & Dot jewelry Elodie Necklace
I never would have gravitated toward this piece, but once I tried it on, I liked it a lot!

Second, you can really see the versatility of the products first-hand.  A lot of Stella & Dot jewelry pieces are convertible so you can wear them many different ways.

Take the Sutton Necklace for example. While it’s definitely steeper in price than other pieces (retails at $178), it’s really like getting at least eight necklaces in one.

Lyssa tries on the Sutton Necklace with all strands on the clasp.
Lyssa tries on the Sutton Necklace with all strands on the clasp.

You can wear it short with all the strands in place, or you can remove the fold-over clasp and loop up any of the seven single strands around your neck to wear the rest of the strands a tad longer.

Lyssa marvels at the Sutton Necklace once the clasp is removed and one of the strands loops up around her neck, creating a whole new look.
Lyssa marvels at the Sutton Necklace once the clasp is removed and one of the strands loops up around her neck, creating a whole new look.

And the “shark teeth” strand is removable as well, so you can wear that alone or layer it if you’d like. The possibilities are endless, I tell you!

Andrine converts the Sutton Necklace on Lyssa by removing the "teeth" chain.
Andrine converts the Sutton Necklace on Lyssa by removing the “teeth” chain.
This beautiful red necklace has a removable pendant.
This beautiful red necklace has a removable pendant.
Stella & Dot jewelry sardinia chandelier earrings
This earring is convertible too! It can be worn as a double chandelier, single chandelier or a stud.

Many of us at the party are allergic to products containing nickel, so it was a treat to learn that Stella & Dot jewelry is lead and nickel safe. Score!

So what did I end up buying? After a lot of head scratching and hard decision-making (#firstworldproblems), I decided to go with the Coral Cay Necklace.

stella & dot jewelry coral cay necklace
The Stella & Dot Coral Cay Necklace

 

I can't wait for my necklace to arrive in the mail!
I can’t wait for my necklace to arrive in the mail!

Of course, one of the best reasons to attend a Stella & Dot jewelry party is if you have an awesome host like Lyssa, who plies you with cupcakes.

Mmmmmm....buttercream frosting.
Mmmmmm….buttercream frosting.

While it really sucks that Lyssa didn’t invite you to her party, you can still shop her boutique online from now until July 12 here:  www.stelladot.com/ts/qw2z5.  Or get in the action yourself and host your own party, or become a stylist!

 

Photos:  Anne Houseman/beautyXposé

june wish list

June Wish List

I’m a little bit late on this month’s wish list, but I’ll explain my radio silence from the past week in an upcoming post.

I don’t know if it’s the Summer heat that finally showed up or the fact that I’ll be traveling for work half of the month, but I don’t have a lot of goodies on my June wish list. Just a few makeup goodies and a pair of neutral Summer wedges. I don’t think I’m asking too much.

june wish list
Happy Shopping!

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What are you lusting after this month?

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emma stone met ball

Get the (Fashion) Look: Emma Stone at the 2014 Met Ball

It’s no secret that Emma Stone looked gorgeous at this year’s Met Ball. I mean, look at her! Now that I’ve found out how to master her makeup from the event, I’m ready to tackle her fabulous outfit. It took some digging, but I finally found what I think are the closest (within a non-celebrity’s budget) matches to her pink and metallic look.

emma stone met ball
Emma, we’re coming for your style!

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I love the colorblocking and touch of metallic. While the version I recreated here was as close to the original as possible, you could dress this look down with hot pink shorts and metallic sandals instead of the maxi and heels.

Next step … master her messy-yet-perfect braid!

What did you think of Emma Stone’s look?

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May Wish List

May Wish List

Another month means another month of lusting after beauty and fashion goodies. I was supposed to be on a shopping ban last month, but that didn’t go so well. I think I’ll try it again this month, but we’ll see …

Any who, I’m hoping May brings warmer weather that sends me to the beach, so it’s time to pick up my yearly bathing suit. I’ve also been eyeing this clutch for a while and I think it belongs in my life. For makeup – I’ve heard such great things about this lippie and Tarte, so I think these items are a must.

May Wish List
I want all of these, please!

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I really hope for my wallet’s sake that I have no items on my wish list one month, but I don’t have high hopes for that.

What are you lusting after this month?

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easter dresses

10 Easter Dresses

I somehow made it to this point in April without realizing Easter weekend is upon us. I blame it on traveling for work and not having cable (hence no commercials to watch), but it’s most likely because I’ve been too busy binge watching Drop Dead Diva on Netflix. I know, I have amazing TV preferences.

Let’s get back on track, shall we? So yea, Easter is this weekend and I have no idea if we have plans with my BF’s family. Naturally this means that I’ve been doing some virtual window shopping to make sure that I won’t be caught last minute without anything to wear. I’m sure I have plenty of dresses I could wear, but I’ll never say no to an excuse to buy another piece of clothing.

Want to hear a funny story? I realized while perusing Nordstrom that I already have the perfect, never-worn Easter dress. I got this blue lace number at T.J.Maxx last month for just $40, about $100 cheaper than it is online. You can buy it down below, but stop by your local T.J.Maxx/Marshall’s first to see if they’re carrying it.

Since I had a dress I totally forgot about that was perfect for Easter, I’m going to pass on buying a new one right now. But, never fear, my research didn’t go to waste! I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite Easter dresses below for any of you who still need to find the perfect frock for this weekend.

easter dresses
Happy Easter!

You can shop these Easter dresses here:

 

 

Oh and if you need to make a Easter basket for a beauty lover or are just in the market for a new lip balm, check out these eos goodies. Aren’t they the cutest?!

What will you be wearing this Easter (assuming you celebrate)?

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April Wish List

It’s April! The weather in Boston was beautiful today, I didn’t get tricked by any April’s Fools jokes and it’s my birthday month. April is going to be super fabulous, I feel it in my bones.

I’ve gone a little shopping crazy recently, so I’m thinking about going on a shopping ban of sorts this month. I’ll only buy things if I need them … like a replacement for the pair of jeans I ripped this past weekend. However, seeing as it’s my birthday month, I’ve got my fingers crossed that I might get a few of the below goodies.

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I wouldn’t hate if these showed up for my birthday

What are you lusting over this month? I’d love to hear what’s on your April wish list. 

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

march wish list

March Wish List

So it might be a bit late to do a monthly wish list seeing that we’re half way through the month, but better late than never. Right? Back in February I shared with you a list of seven items I was lusting after. I gave in and bought three of the seven items: the J.Crew blazer, Cole Haan Magnolia flats (both in black) and the Facial Radiance pads from First Aid Beauty and I couldn’t be happier. It was money well spent; I love all three items.

What didn’t I get? The H&M sweater didn’t fit quite right, mixed reviews made me less determined to scoop up POREfessional, Madewell stopped stocking the leopard skimmers in my size and I don’t have a David’s Tea nearby to purchase that tasty flavor.

I liked how having a wish list helped me focus on specific purchases than going as crazy as I normally do, so I figured I’d give it another go. This month, to the relief of my wallet, I only have five items on my list. I’ve actually already purchased the J.Crew pants in black, but I figured I’d keep them on the list.

march wish list
Who wants to buy me all these beauties?

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

I have my eye on that dress, so if you see it go on sale, let me know ASAP. My wardrobe is just dying for it.

What are you lusting after this month?

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