Friday, July 22, 2016

How To Achieve A Long Lasting Red Lip

Everyone loves a classic red lip, am I right?  It's my go-to hue and appropriate for a fancy date night or trying to disguise the rest of my makeup free face.  The biggest problem I've encountered with wearing a bold red lip is getting it everywhere.  Eating, kissing my husband, child, or dogs, or just plain forgetting I have lipstick on...  I always end up looking a mess.  I've been trying to nail down the perfect routine for my favorite lip color for months and I finally have the perfect combo!  Read my step by step tutorial on how to create a long lasting red lip below:

The Perfect Long Lasting Red Lip With Anastasia Beverly Hills

Step1: Exfoliate
I can't stress this one enough!  You need to start with a blank canvas, and if you have dry lips like me, that doesn't come naturally.  I like to use Sugar Lip Polish from Fresh.  It uses sugar to exfoliate and hydrate your lips.  It smells amazing (and maybe tastes good too)!  You need just a small dab on your finger to get that much desired blank canvas.  While you can technically move on to step 2 from here, I like to apply a thin coat of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment.  It gives me the extra moisture I need, especially when using a liquid lipstick.

The Perfect Long Lasting Red Lip With Anastasia Beverly Hills

Step 2: Prime
I like to use a primer every time I wear lipstick.  It sets the stage and locks in your lip color, whether you use a long lasting lipstick or not.  My personal favorite is Lip Insurance Lip Primer from Too Faced.  It leaves a nice, quick dry finish.  Perfect for the mom on the go!

The Perfect Long Lasting Red Lip With Anastasia Beverly Hills

Step 3: Line
If you're a makeup maven (aka not me) you can probably skip this step.  But I like to line my lips before adding the actual color.  Because I'm using a liquid lipstick that dries quickly, having my lips lined really helps me define the area I need to fill in and decreases the chances of having an "oops" moment.  My favorite red liner of all time is MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry.  I've been using it for many years and I have yet to find something else on the same level.  I feel like the cupid's bow is the hardest to define naturally, so I like to draw an "X" before I start lining everything else.  Because I already used primer, lining the lips can be a bit more difficult, but I prefer struggling and having those defined lines. Again, this is a personal preference.  You can prime without lining and line without priming, I just like doing both.

The Perfect Long Lasting Red Lip With Anastasia Beverly Hills

Step 4: Fill
Last but not least, time to finish off your look with your favorite lip color!  For this tutorial, I'm using Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Red, but you can use whatever you want.  I've almost forgotten how to use normal lipstick because I love the long lasting effects from Anastasia's Liquid Lipsticks.  Since my lips are already lined, filling them in with my color of choice is both easy and relatively mess free.  Once it dries, your perfect red hue is locked in!

The Perfect Long Lasting Red Lip With Anastasia Beverly Hills

Tips:
  • Lines aren't perfect like you want?  Nothing a cotton precision tip can't fix!  If you work quickly, you can easily erase your mistakes with these fine tipped beauty tools.  If there is still lipstick residue, apply concealer with a brush to cover the area.  I like to use Amazing Costmetics concealer paired with their concealer brush.
  • Does your color look a little dull after eating/longtime wear?  While I'd suggest removing everything and starting over to avoid feathering, applying a thin coat of chap stick can help.  I'll blot off with a napkin and then apply the lipstick again.  It works for a quick color refresh!
  • Having a hard time getting your lipstick off at the end of the day?  While makeup wipes are great, they can be expensive.  I like to take a dab of coconut oil and rub it on my lips (it can be solid or liquid) and it comes off with ease!

The Perfect Long Lasting Red Lip With Anastasia Beverly Hills

Have any questions for me?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lilac Atomic

Trashy Diva Circle Skirt in Lilac Atomic Print Trixie Top in Black

Okay, who completely freaked out over Trashy Diva's new Lilac Atomic print?!  My love for mid century modern prints and anything in a purple hue have joined forces and created a monster.  A beautiful, squeal inducing monster.  I normally treat myself to one piece in every new Trashy Diva collection (if I'm a fan of the print/fabric), but I couldn't help myself this time around.  I ended up with this circle skirt and the new Debbie dress.  Since it's been ridiculously hot and I wanted to showcase a more casual outfit, I decided to blog the circle skirt first.  Read all about this beauty below!

Trashy Diva Circle Skirt in Lilac Atomic Print Trixie Top in Black

Trashy Diva Circle Skirt in Lilac Atomic Print Trixie Top in Black

Trashy Diva Circle Skirt in Lilac Atomic Print Trixie Top in Black

Trashy Diva Circle Skirt in Lilac Atomic Print Trixie Top in Black

Trashy Diva Circle Skirt in Lilac Atomic Print Trixie Top in Black

Top- Trashy Diva
Skirt- Trashy Diva
Shoes- Pinup Girl Clothing (on sale!)
Underskirt- Pinup Girl Clothing

As much as I love the 40's inspired prints and styles, I'm a 50's girl at heart.  I love a twirl-worthy skirt!  The Lilac Atomic collection embodies all my favorite aspects of 50's fashion but in a modern stretch cotton.  The fabric is light, breathable, and provides a bit of stretch when you wear it.  The circle skirt is true to its name with no gathers or pleats.  It has a nice wide waistband and large pockets on the side.  I'm usually a 2/4 in Trashy Diva clothing but I always take a 4 in the skirts.  This skirt was no different and it fits like a dream!  I've also paired it with one of Trashy Diva's classic tops, the Trixie in black.  I love the adjustable straps and the amazing support it creates in the bust (you can go braless!), but I wish it were just a smidge longer.  It's too long to be a crop, but too short to tuck into my skirt.  These are the everyday problems a long waisted lady must deal with!

Today my mother in law is taking Bianca for some grandmother/granddaughter bonding time and I literally do not know what to do with myself.  It's been entirely too long since I've had time alone and I don't remember how to act accordingly!  I'm thinking I'll get some coffee, maybe take a walk around the lake, get my nails done?  Any suggestions?

xoxo

Ashley

Monday, July 18, 2016

Grace

Hearts and Found Grace Dress Black Jack in Black Checkered Gingham Print

Mondays don't feel as bad when you have the PERFECT dress to accompany you!  I featured Hearts and Found on a past Current Loves post and I'm excited to show you all the new goodies I received from her shop.  First up, this gorgeous black gingham Grace dress.  You can read all about it below!

Hearts and Found Grace Dress Black Jack in Black Checkered Gingham Print

Hearts and Found Grace Dress Black Jack in Black Checkered Gingham Print

Hearts and Found Grace Dress Black Jack in Black Checkered Gingham Print

Hearts and Found Grace Dress Black Jack in Black Checkered Gingham Print

Dress- c/o Hearts and Found
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page Shoes
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Belt- From another dress

I need to express how impressed I am with all of my pieces from Hearts and Found.  This Grace dress is fully lined, has adjustable straps, and was completely made to order at an incredible price.  While they offer sizing from XS-4X, I was between sizes and there was no hesitation (or extra charge!) to make the dress to my measurements.  You can also choose the skirt length, I've chosen to have this dress fall right below my knee.  Everything is locally sourced and made in Vietnam, so it takes a few weeks to get to the states.  Considering how happy I am with the finished product, along with the fact that they offer fair wages to their employees, makes it worth the wait!  They have tons of styles with all kinds of fun fabrics for your every need.  Are you as excited about Hearts and Found as I am?  Well, from now until July 31st you can save 15% off your order with the coupon code SOUTHERNBELLE.

I had a fun and relaxing weekend with my family.  I worked Saturday, but Kevin and I had a date night on Friday and a family day on Sunday.  We officially adopted Lucy on Friday, so we took her out to the park with Bianca for some sister/sister bonding.  It truly was the perfect weekend!

xoxo

Ashley

Friday, July 15, 2016

What's On My Radar: Current Loves

Summer is in full swing and I can't top thinking about all the pretties out there for the taking!  I'm doing my best to window shop this month, but here are my picks:

Trashy Diva
5. Blanche Dress in Deco Daffodil Print

I may or may not have ordered two of these pieces in the last week...  Oops!  Trashy Diva is one of my absolute favorite brands and I enjoy both the 40's and 50's inspired collections they offer.  Lately it's been lots of great 50's stuff and I can't wait to wear them!  That Debbie dress feels like it's going to be a fast favorite!


The Dabble Studio

Wanting a brooch that only exists in your wildest dreams?  Then head on over to The Dabble Studio for the perfect custom brooch!  I love Kia, the beautiful lady behind all this gorgeous artwork (she's a Beauty and the Beast freak like me).  If you're not into brooches, she also paints necklaces, greeting cards, and prints as well.  She's the one behind my amazing Beast portrait brooch and I've commissioned her for all of my crazy artwork needs :).


Bonlook
Bonlook
5. Bombshell in Pink Cosmo

Confession: I've needed glasses for some time but I've never taken the plunge!  I'd only need them at night, but I want them to be perfect for my face.  Bonlook offers a "virtual try on" which really helps when you're purchasing eye wear online.  I feel like the Skunkboy might be the perfect match!


 Bernie Dexter
Bernie Dexter

Bernie Dexter has been churning out adorable new prints almost every week!  I've indulged in some recently, but that Wonder Dots Paris dress is calling my name...


Candy Design Crea
5. Anna and Elsa Earrings

I can't get enough of these adorable Disney inspired pieces!  These handmade clay designs are one of a kind, and if you spend over $30, you can get 10% off with the code CANDY10.  I think I NEED those Rapunzel earrings!


Pinup Girl Clothing
Pinup Girl Clothing
5. Jayne Dress in Black

As much as I love novelty prints, I've been slowly adding more solid pieces to my wardrobe.  The Erin dress is such a great staple and perfect for work.  The Jayne is a great date night little black dress.  Of course, I couldn't completely shy away from prints.  Especially when baby Cthulhu is on a Peasant Top!


What are you looking to add to your closet for the summer?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Blue Lips and Roses

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Lips and Roses Print in Blue Harley Top in White

This simply feels like the perfect summer outfit.  I've raved about the Pinup Girl Clothing Harley top before (you can read that here) and I just couldn't wait to get them in every color.  White is the easiest color to pair with pretty much any outfit, but there's something about this Mary Blair skirt that makes it feel like a match made in heaven.

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Lips and Roses Print in Blue Harley Top in White

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Lips and Roses Print in Blue Harley Top in White

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Lips and Roses Print in Blue Harley Top in White

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Lips and Roses Print in Blue Harley Top in White

Pinup Girl Clothing Pinup Couture Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Lips and Roses Print in Blue Harley Top in White

Top- Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt- Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes- c/o Bettie Page
Petticoat- Malco Modes
Earrings- SparkleLux
Bracelet- c/o Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski

During the middle of summer everything seems to wilt around me.  The intense heat, along with our crazy California drought, makes it difficult for anything to thrive.  Luckily, I have this gorgeous skirt to get my fill of beautiful blooms.  This is the newest color way of the Mary Blair Lips and Roses print and I'm loving the bright blue with the coral pink and almost mustard yellow.  It's such a beautiful combination and I can't wait to find other other ways to wear it!

I'm getting myself mentally ready to go on a bit of a shopping ban.  It seems like every company I love had a stellar spring season and my bank account is crying.  I can't deprive myself from something I love, but there's also no closet space in any of our bedrooms anymore.  I need to practice self control!  I'm going to TRY to work in 1-2 pieces a month and continue to let go of things I never wear on my closet account on Instagram.  Wish me luck!

xoxo

Ashley
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