2018 Halloween Makeup Looks: Mermaid + Glam Zombie

I love Halloween, but hate the thick, sticky, face-paint so many stores sell for costumes. Those options don’t let your skin breathe, are a mess to take off, and why buy something you will only use once? Unless you have kids who will use it for school plays, why subject your adult skin to the potential of pore-clogging and an acne aftermath?

It’s no secret I’m a makeup junkie. I try drugstore, specialty, online exclusives, department store, Sephora, Ulta, you name it! My biggest caveat: I hate spending $$$$$ and I hate having products go to waste. That’s why I invested in an arsenal of NYX loose pigments and glitters: multi-purpose and impactful! (And often found on special at Ulta – most of mine were purchased on a BOGO promo).

My first trial-and-error with the loose powders started this past summer when getting ready for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade in June. It was my first attempt at using the pigments and I used them for subtle contouring/shading all over – it did the trick on a budget and in a pinch with just pigments and brushes. I used these products to create the rest of my look:

Fast-forward to earlier this month, I went out with a group of friends to House of Yes in BK and the theme was Dead as Disco / Studio 54 Zombies. For those who don’t know, House of Yes  is an epic nightclub out in Brooklyn with an ultra-inclusive club policy where people of all shapes and kinds can be themselves. Costumes/glitter/theatrics are highly encouraged.

To get my overall zombie-skin look, I used the NYX pigments combined with a new discovery: MAC’s Mixing Medium fluid (check out the full MAC range of Mixing Mediums). Combining the two on a plate, and applying to my skin using a beautyblender, it was super easy to get the color and coverage I wanted on my face, chest, and shoulders. The high-impact look was created using these products:

Have fun with your Halloween looks, babes! I can’t wait to see your looks and share my own. Tag me on IG or send them my way – I’ll feature the top looks on my IG 😘🖤

Little Self Care Luxuries for the Transitioning Seasons: Summer to Fall

I don’t know about you babes, but my skin and scalp don’t exactly cooperate during the changing seasons, especially Summer >> Fall. My shins get a little scalier, my scalp gets a little drier and eczema creeps in. My skin gets a little tighter and more susceptible to redness; acne flare-ups start thanks to the sweat-freeze cycle from indoors to outdoors in the city.

Oils
I’m known to slather oils on my face, hair and body. From store-bought blends to my own concoctions, these are my go-to picks season after season.

  • Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil
  • Zum Face Undereye Butter
  • Homemade body oil concoction: Pumpkin Seed Oil + Flaxseed Oil + Jojoba Oil, put it in a clean pump bottle and slather on post-shower before toweling off. Super soft skin afterwards 🖤 can be applied to body + face, but I opt for body application only out of paranoia lol.

Chamomile + Honey
A known skin-soother, chamomile is wonderful for soothing anything from skin flare-ups to upset tummies. When the whipping NYC winds irritate my skin just a wee bit too much, I slather (or sip!) on these must-haves to calm it down.

Rose
Known to have anti-bacterial and soothing properties, I use rose products on areas where I have skin conditions such as acne or scaly skin.

I know you’ve established your own go-to’s over the years – share them down below! Would love to see what some of you use to soothe and soften from head to toe ⚡️

It’s been one year already…

I’m floored by how quickly time flies by. One year ago today, the hubs and I tied the knot here in NYC. It was an intimate evening on the UES with 98 of our closest family and friends. And just like *that* the night was over and already a year has gone by.

He popped the question in April 2016 and after a year and a half of planning, it was all over in a blink. At the time we were living on the Upper East Side and loved to frequent the Carl Schurz Park, particularly for the beautiful row of cherry blossoms that reminded me of D.C., where we met in college. On a typical Saturday afternoon we were going on our walk through the park ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the dogs. When we eventually made our way down to the cherry blossom trees I was a little put off by how much time he was taking to really “soak it all in.” No joke, he was taking 5+ minutes to look at trees we see every week. Then we saw a bridal party walking towards us for photos *I could not even make this up* and once they were out of sight he says “well, if that isn’t a sign…” under his breath and drops to one knee with the ring box popped open. As you can already tell, I said yes 🙂

I’ll spare you the agonizing details of how much planning went into one day, but I will happily share some details that made the process a bit smoother.

Wedding Website
Some people don’t like the idea of a wedding website, but it honestly made so many things easier: sharing details for the venue, hotel room blocks, and link out to our registry to name a few. When you’re inviting 100+ people, I opted for the path of least resistance and whipped one up using Minted.com. It took us a while to find a site template we liked, but after that it was smooth sailing. Plus, with the amount of promotions they offer, we were happy to use Minted for our save the dates as well. *In no way shape or form was this post sponsored*


The Big Day
I was very fortunate for everything about our wedding day. We had a perfect day in terms of weather – one of those early-October days that still feels like summer, and the things that went wrong were comical. Most notably: my dad’s tux button came off as he was in my dressing room just before we walked down the aisle, and we sewed him into his tux last minute.

I’m a very hands-on person, and all efforts were just that: my wedding dress was custom made by my grandfather-in-law, my Maid of Honor and I worked with a close family friend to create the centerpieces, my father-in-law was the photographer….you get the point. It was family all around.

One Year Later
What are we doing to celebrate our 1 year anniversary? Going to see a matinee showing of The Book of Mormon and grabbing an early dinner. Those who knew us in college know that David and I met through close friends (our Best Man and Maid of Honor) one night, watching South Park at his frat house. This seemed like a pretty fitting way to celebrate 7 years later 🙂

It’s totally still 2016, I mean 2018

Where the hell have you been?” seems like the perfectly accurate way to greet me at this point.

Where have I been?
I took a hiatus, got engaged, welcomed a nephew to the world, moved to a new apartment, got married, industry-hopped twice, traveled a bit, and here we are. This blog started as my creative outlet while I was an undergrad, and though it continued a bit into my post-grad life, it hasn’t been what I wanted it to be nor what I wanted to give to my readers, you babes.

Two years later, a lot has changed in my world and I’m sure with yours, too. I’m excited to get reacquainted with you.

Xo,
Julia