Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Top 5 July 2014 Beauty Favorites!

 Time to discuss this month's top 5 beauty favorites!

I've noticed that for the month of July there was a bit of an eye makeup trend going on for me!
I've picked up quite a few new products & I have not been disappointed, so be sure to try these awesome products out! Don't forget to leave me a comment letting me know what products you've loved for the month of July!

Let's begin, shall we?!

1. Sally Hansen Color Foil Nail Polish in Sterling Silver- I could not wait to get my hands on these Color Foil nail polishes once I saw some of my favorite YouTube beauty gurus promoting them!
As soon as I saw them in the drugstore, I snatched up about 6 colors and while they are all fabulous, "Sterling Silver" has been an absolute favorite & the one I've worn the most. I love how polished and high-fashion it looks without clashing with my gold jewels. The formula dries very quickly and you can do with one coat, but aim for two for a more saturated look! The only downside is that on a scale of 1-5, 1 being poorest, the last on these polishes are about a 3. I find that they chip a bit within the 2nd-3rd day, but not to worry! This formula makes reapplying a breeze with little drying time and easy application!

2. Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil- If you're like me, filling in your eyebrows has become a must in your everyday beauty routine. Finding the right shade can be difficult as you want them to look as natural as possible! Big thanks to Ofra for creating the most perfect universal shade for filling in the sparse areas on my brows! My eyebrows never look overdone & I feel this shade would work wonderfully on several different skin tones and hair colors!

3. Lorac Pro Palette 2- If you've been following my blog or watching my YouTube videos, then you know my absolute favorite shadows are from the original Lorac Pro Palette. Naturally, I had to snatch up the Pro 2 Palette and ordered it the very day it came out! At first, I wasn't so sure how I felt about it, but day after day of trying these perfectly neutral hues and stunning jewel tones, I fell more & more in love. This palette allows me to create a gorgeous everyday neutral makeup look, but if I want to amp it up for an event or a night out on the town, no problem! I've got every shade I could possibly need! 

The 1st row are all matte shades, while the second features beautiful, fun shimmery metallic shades!
The formulation is smooth and long lasting, while the pigmentation is one of the best I've ever come across! 

Going on vacation?! I highly recommend buying either one of the Lorac Pro Palettes to cover all of your travel eyeshadow needs!

4. Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Fierce & Tangy + Shimmering Sea- I recently went nuts purchasing a bunch of Color Tattoo Eyeshadows to add to my collection. I just can't help myself! On days where I don't have the energy to do a full on eyeshadow look, I reach for my handy dandy Color Tattoos. One swipe and you are good to go! The ombre effect these creamy shadows create work wonders in creating a multidimensional look making it look as though you layered on 2 or 3 different shadows, while staying put all day long! Fierce & Tangy is a fun, bold orange shade for Summer and Shimmering Sea is the prettiest metallic cream shadow I've ever laid my eyes on! Move a little this way and the color appear silvery blue, a little that way and it looks golden green! These are worth every cent!

 5. Benefit's High Brow- Give your eyebrows a lift with Benefit's High Brow brow lifting pencil! You'd be surprised at what a difference this pencil makes in opening up the eyes and really giving the appearance that your eyebrows are higher and more structured. Simply trace a line with this product right under your brow bone following the shape of your brow and what I like to do is work the product in a bit using my fingers so there are no harsh lines and Voila! Your brows & eye makeup have never looked better!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Style Profile: 002 MaryJoanna Grisso

I wouldn't dare say I'm psychic, but I must say at times I find I have killer intuition.
When I first met MaryJoanna Grisso about 3 years ago, not only did I fall in love with her adorable personality, but I instantly knew this talented young lady was bound for stardom!

We met up on one of our favorite streets on a beautiful, sunny day in Astoria! This was my first time seeing her back in our neighborhood since the end of her tour with West Side Story and boy, was I glad to have her back in NY! She even introduced me to one of her favorite shops in Astoria called Lockwood, where we did some serious catching up while browsing through endlessly cool gear and decorative items for the home! I managed to pick up a pair of awesome clear and baby blue sunnies you may have seen in my "Retro Babe" post recently and MJ had already snatched up the super rad sunnies she's wearing from this post there as well! Such a great selection!

I'm so thrilled MaryJoanna agreed to be a part of my "Style Profile" project. This beautiful ray of sunshine (whose style is classic yet eclectic) is a true testament to never giving up on your dreams and how dreams really DO come true!

MaryJoanna Grisso

Introduce your fabulous self in one sentence:

Hello! My name is MaryJoanna and I am a crazy curly haired performer, food lover, Italian, life loving, passionate & petite lady!

MaryJoanna as Maria on the national tour of West Side Story.

Tell us a bit about what you do.

I am a professional performer and I most recently completed 2 years on the national tour of WEST SIDE STORY playing the role of Maria. I am now working on a HILARIOUS new show called PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL, which is a part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival!

What inspired you to begin singing & acting?

My mom is a music teacher and my dad is a huge music lover, so my wonderful parents brought me up listening to many different genres of music and taking us to see theatre whenever they could. I did tons of my moms concerts and plays and told her i would never go into music...and look at me now!!

MaryJoanna as Maria on the national tour of West Side Story.

The story leading up to you acquiring the role of Maria in the National Tour of West Side Story is incredibly inspiring. Care to share a bit about what was going on in your life leading up to that life-changing moment?

So, before WSS was even a part of my life, I did a holiday show in Nashville, Tennessee called "Shrektacular".  I decided that once I returned to the city, I would put all my earnings towards auditioning only! I made a deal with myself that when the money that I made strictly from performing ran out, I would go back to my day job. I put all of my funds into dance class, voice lessons, and even though I was doing a little bit of babysitting here and there, I focused full force on auditioning. West Side Story came towards the very end of that period that I was financially able to do that. Mind you, this amazing time of theatre only lasted a month because well, it's NYC and money runs out very quickly here. West Side was going to be the last audition I had before having to go back to my day job. While I would still aim to audition any time I had the chance, I wouldn't be 100% free to audition. 

After my 1st audition for Maria, I had a really amazing feeling and just felt in my heart that this could be a real possibility. Still, I went back to babysitting full time. It wasn't until about a month later that I got the final word. I was babysitting a sweet little girl when I found out. I started to cry & she cried too!

MaryJoanna as Maria on the national tour of West Side Story.

I get so excited thinking back to that period of time! So, so proud of you. Walk us through the very day of the open call that forever changed your life!

Getting WSS was pretty amazing! I went to the open call specifically for the roles of Maria & Anita. I arrived with my hair in pin curls and my little suitcase to the audition at 7 AM and wasn't seen until 3 PM. There were over 300 girls auditioning! When it was finally my chance, I sang "I Have a Love" in a room with giant windows that faced the Hudson River. It was a moment in time where I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be! I had a series of callbacks and worked on my Spanish with an incredible languages coach, Lisa Rosado! (Awww, stop flattering me!) I went back in for a final callback with the directors and producers and it was magic! I GOT THE PART! My dream role!

Do you have any advice for those striving to make a name for themselves in the Entertainment Industry?

Train, train, train. Work hard. Believe in yourself. Only you can give yourself the confidence you need. Always be kind to others. NEVER give up. And NEVER lose the LOVE of the art or forget the reason you became a performer in the first place.

What are your aspirations?

To live a happy & healthy life, to spend life around the people that I love, to share my art with the world, to be a fulfilled and passionate person and to have work that is meaningful and fruitful.

What makes you happy?

Loved ones, music, singing, yoga, nature, food, food, food, cheese and food.

Now, down to the stuff I know you are itching to talk about! :) 
What is your personal approach to style?

I love classic looks but with a touch of funky elements. I absolutely love vintage clothing especially made by my incredible grandmother who is one of the most amazing artists I know when it comes to design and execution of clothing!

Who is your style icon?

Audrey Hepburn is probably my biggest fashion icon. I love the Kerri Bradshaw looks. The women in my family are also extremely unique and beautiful in their fashion. I always pull inspiration from their styles as well.

Favorite places to shop?

Gap, Forever 21, Anthropologie, Coni and Francs, Lockwood, Buffalo Exchange & my sisters closets!

What is one item in your closet you can't seem to part with?

Anything that my grandmother made is something I could never part with. Also, my staple pieces from the Gap that I can use for both casual and dressy outfits.

What are the TOP 5 beauty products you can't live without?

1. Chanel Lip Stain in Rose- It never comes off and is easy on your lips when it comes time for removal. I thought it was way too expensive for lipsticks, but it's SO worth it! It never comes off and you can use it for a long time.

2. Chanel Chance Perfume- My favorite scent in the whole world

3. Garnier Fructis Surf Hair Putty for Men- I know!! But it's the only thing that can tame my crazy curls!

4. Rosebud Salve- Love this chapstick. Always have it. Even amazing on dry places like your hands or cheeks

5. Essie Nail Polish- I'm obsessed with the Variety of Easter-egg colors they have and I am not always the best at keeping up with my nails, so this is great because it stays on for a long time. I currently love wearing the shade Lilacism!

Have you learned any handy fashion or beauty tricks while on tour with WSS?

Yes!!! After putting on a cat-eye look with eyeliner over 400 times, you begin to perfect your look! So practice is key! Also, Albolene is a fantastic makeup remover if you are a performer or someone who wears a lot of makeup. It works magic on getting out tough lip stains!

What's on thing you want the world to know about you?

I love as much as I can, laugh as much as I can, sing as much as I can and I want to share as many stories as possible to audiences in hopes of making them love, laugh & sing just as much as I do!

Be sure to check out MJ's site to stay up-to-date and in the know on all of her exciting upcoming projects! 
I can guarantee she's a rising star to look out for!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fashion: Feelin' Hot, Hot Hot!

Hat: Free People Paper Braid Hat Romper: Oasap Geo Romper 
Jewelry: Armed & Readi Turquoise Necklace & Bracelet

My lovelies! How I've missed you all!
I am back from my 7 day Royal Caribbean cruise to Bermuda and my, oh my was it lovely! 
Lots of relaxation, beautiful beaches & Pina Coladas ;)

I had been saving up some of my most recent clothing purchases just for this trip & could not have been more excited to wear them romping around the island of Bermuda!

I find perfect fitting rompers difficult to come by, but this year I discovered 2 that I am head over heels in love with!  One of them is this fabulous red and blue Geo Romper from for just under $22!! I've been on a bargain binge these days & feel pretty accomplished with the items I've conjured up! This lightweight blue & red printed romper screams Bermuda to me & I knew I had to have it! As discouraging as it can be, I encourage you ladies not to give up hope in the search for a great fitting romper! My tip: Keep trying rompers on until the right one comes along! I'm sure she's out there!

Now for some exciting news! I'll be hosting an Armed & Readi Instasale very, very soon! I'm talking 19 gorgeous pieces at incredible prices you just can't say no to! Here is a little sneak peek of some of the jewels that will be available for purchase! This Geo Romper was the perfect backdrop for some turquoise colored A&R jewels, so I naturally gravitated toward this beautiful A&R turquoise triangle necklace and this A&R beaded turquoise bracelet with an adorable tassel for the perfect pop of color!

Stay tuned for more details in an upcoming post about my amazing Armed & Readi Instasale!