Makeup Tips and Crazy Tricks

Can I just start off this post by saying I am not the best at makeup! I definitely have more learning to do and I have two go-to looks: day and night. So because of that, I thought I would share a few things I’ve learned, heard of, and what I have read from YOU through Instagram questions.

Also, just another reminder of how amazing and talented my childhood friends are! My friend Raeann brought in her whole set up to shoot these amazing pictures for me and my best friend Sara did my makeup! It’s a yellow glossy lid that I still cannot get over! If you are in need of a photographer or makeup artist in the SA area, I’ll give you their info!

Makeup Tips :

  • Match your foundation to your overall body tone! Not the color of your face
  • Don’t use foundation powder to set makeup, that’s what setting powder is for and yes there is a difference
  • Contour based on your face shape, not just where most people like to contour
  • Use a green color corrector to cancel out breakouts
  • Lip gloss only lasts about a year before expiring!
  • Use a wet brow brush to clean up lip liner

Crazy Tricks

(These are things I have heard from you all through Instagram stories so I may not try them all… okay for sure one of them and you’ll know which one!)

  • Shave with Olive Oil : it apparently leaves your skin silky smooth when the oil dries
  • Rub a lemon on your underarms, knees, and elbows to reduce darkness
  • If you do not have makeup remover, use cream (unscented is better for no irritation)
  • Wrapping plastic wrap around your waist at night will help you lose water weight in your tummy
  • Use a dry toothbrush to exfoliate your lips
  • Rubbing baby pee on your face reduces pimples.. this is the one to not try

Top : Michael Stars // Leggings : Femme Lux // Shoes : Steve Madden

 

What I learned from Festival Season

This past weekend was one crazy weekend! Since it was my first brush with Coachella I was so glad I was able to attend with Gina since she has gone the past four years. While there are so many things to learn still, of course, I wanted to just state a few of the things that stuck out to me the most!

Time : I would recommend not having a strict schedule! Everything is so far apart and walking can take a long time as well! Go with the flow, and for things you really want to be at, plan ahead!

Plan your looks ahead of time : You do not want to worry about what you will be looking like when you are there, you just want to get to the fun! Try on your looks before you leave and write down what accessories go with each look so that you can just change and go!

Bring a jacket for the night time : If you plan to be at Coachella all day into the night you will want a jacket! The winds can get pretty chilly especially if you are having to walk back to your car or Uber

Uber : This one kind of goes with the time one. Ubers can be hard to locate at times and the reception was spotty at one point so give yourself some extra time for this one!

Go with a group : I had so much fun with Gina, and I am so glad it was us two! Most people were in groups and that just seemed like so much fun to me too! All I would say with this one though is to make sure you stick with a person, it can get pretty crazy and confusing there if it’s your first time like me!

This look was the most Coachella look I had! I loved it and wore it all day this day! I had a braid in my hair with gold rings, a fringe skirt, and gold jewelry and I loved it! I got so many compliments on this look as well, and I was able to stay in it without feeling uncomfortable since it was considerably comfy!

Top : 12th Tribe // Skirt : Forever 21 // Shoes : (similar) // Fanny Pack : Quay Australia

Get the Look

So if it hasn’t become apparent enough, I am stepping out of my fashion comfort zone and I haven’t stopped. Along with trying more boho looks, I have shot a few trendy and chic looks as well which is really killing my Instagram profile! But I like being able to pull off new looks and trying something that is different! Honestly, I know a lot of you are going to HATE this look as soon as it comes out on Instagram but I had to try it out! I was getting creative with the outfits I have and I wanted to share something new and different. Plus I am still in my phase of doing different kinds of looks so this one was included. These shoes are actually my moms and probably a size too big and I bought this romper from Wildfox at a sample sale! I tried again with the Spring outfit and black boots (similar post) and this is what I got. I also linked a few outfits to show you my inspiration and pieces to shop for yourself!

What do you think of this look?


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Boho Vibes

What is your favorite kind of style? Chic? 90’s? Mine has been more boho recently! I’ve been getting more into more of a western-y, fun look more and more. I have been venturing out of my comfort zone and have been wearing pieces that I think are different and not something that you would just wear for a day at the mall. When I find a piece I really like I usually describe the piece as “fun”. This can be anywhere from a chic pointy-toed see-through heel to an embroidered Dior bag.

I’ve gotten a lot of my style inspiration from Instabloggers like Anna Grace Newell and Tezza. While I am still not over my girly chic style, I love being able to find new looks to pull off. Plus my dad called me a hippie a few months ago and I realized that since my family now things I just juice and wear bell bottoms I might as well embrace the boho/hippie vibes and go with it! Peaceeee Mannnn!

Every piece of this outfit is essential! Let’s break it down real quick.

This hat is the epicenter of this outfit! It matches perfectly with the light pink shoes and the sheer pink long sleeve. The yellow of the dress adds a pop of color and the jewels are so small and simple they add to the mix of texture with the tiny polka dots on the sheer top. This outfit is like a chocolate chip cookie, the dough and the chocolate are pretty good by themselves, but amazing when they are together!

I love mixing prints that just go! I am predicting that trendy, fun pieces are going to seep more into people’s everyday lives since I recently visited Rodeo Drive and so many of the stores had eclectic pieces! I honestly cannot wait to be walking down the street in this kind of outfit! I would love to do a blog post on the cool street style I see other people wear here in LA.

Would you like to see a post like that? 

A lot of the time I actually just put outfits together in my head and hope for the best. Usually, they do not look ANYTHING like I imagine. But then again that is because not every sweater, jean or skirt have the same silhouette or hit at the correct length or have the same material thickness. (Ugh how I wish I could sew.)

This look I tried on for the first time New Year’s Eve. While I wanted to wear my revolve dress, I figured going out to bars in a college town was not the time to tempt fate with my nice dress and I felt like I would stick out like a sore thumb in something I was not totally 100% satisfied with. I ended up wearing this dress… which I wore on Christmas also so I am a major holiday outfit repeater! But when I tried it on with this sheer long sleeve underneath I was horrified! I had the wrong bra, my hair was up and was not getting the right vibes! BUT I ended up shooting with it after all mostly because of the hat and it worked out well! Some random drunk girl even said that she loved my dress and I looked like Pocahontas!!

Hat : Lack of Colors // Dress : Free People // Sheer Long Sleeve : Forever 21 // Shoes : Forever 21

Naked Zebra

I love getting to show off new brands that I find to you all! This one is an LA-based brand but you can buy pieces online at Nordstrom Rack and on the website (HERE). I honestly love the quality of the two pieces I got! They shipped fast and were the exact colors I expected! (I hate when they are off or some of the details look different than online!) I made an unboxing Instagram story on the pieces as soon as I received them, you can see a few of the stories in my highlights!

   

Let’s talk about the individual pieces. First off the color of this kimono is perfect for multiple seasons! It’s a burnt orange with some flower embroidery that does not pop too much, but is the perfect amount of detail! I definitely will be styling this in multiple posts to come! The sleeves have a little bell and it feels like a shirt so it’s comfy. Also, it is currently marked down in price and still available in all sizes so hurry and scoop that up!

These suede shorts are such great material and they have pockets! I don’t know if you’re like me but I love functionality when it comes to clothes! As soon as I saw these two pieces I immediately thought of putting them together! I was worried because of the colors that the outfit would look a little too much like fall, but I like the way it came out!

What do you think?

Honorable mention.. I really wanted these lace-up shorts! I may actually still get them because I know now that the quality is so long lasting and I could see myself wearing them for multiple occasions! Plus I am a sucker for a light pink colored piece. They are super edgy and sweet at the same time! Would you wear them? Use code ‘BRIANA25’ for 25% off your order!

 

Kimono : Tilden Embroidered Kimono // Top : Free People // Shorts : California Suede Shorts 

 

Sally Beauty Holiday Event

If you saw my Instagram story recently then you probably saw that I attended the Sally’s Beauty Holiday Swing event at Universal Studios! If you missed it check out the LA events highlight on my Instagram to see a short recap!

I love attending events like this and they are so fun to share with you all! Yes, it’s fun to get to attend for me, but I also get to share all of the products and fun with you too! There were so many great Brands that were at the 50’s inspired party like Ion, Shea Moisture, Cantu, BaBylissPro, CoL-Lab and more! The back lot was decked out with vintage cars, beauty stations, and the best eats and drinks!

I got my makeup done by beauty professionals at CoL-Lab and I had one of every hors d’oeuvre! (TBH that was my dinner!) I also found one of my blogger friends, Alexa, at the event which made it even more fun! (Check out my interview with her HERE.)

In all honesty, I was not planning on making this event a post! I was not going to take any pictures I was just going to go to the event and post on my story and show some of the products on my Instagram! But after seeing all of the fun props and having someone to take a few photos, I just wanted to do a short recap.

What do you think? Do you like when I share event recaps on my blog?

Hat : Lack of Colors // Body Suit : (similar) // Jeans : Levis

Q&A with LA Bloggers

I met up with some awesome blogger babes from LA and I had the idea to start a Q&A series to get to know more of your favorite bloggers! I asked them all the same four questions and below are their unique responses! Also, follow them on Instagram if you haven’t already! (and me of course which you definitely should be!)

Debby : @trynfinddebby https://www.trynfinddebby.com/

Alexa : @alexaabain http://alwaysalexa.com/

Ericka : @erickabernabe https://bernabella.com/

Alexis : @lexialcala http://alexisalcala.com/

Julia : @juliaroga

Anna : @annasweeney

Genie : @gallivantingbean https://gallivantingbean.blog/


1. What made you want to start blogging?

Ericka : I started my self titled blog Bernabella in January 2018 because I felt I needed a space to combine my two loves: photography + writing. Since I have a degree in Journalism and PR/Advertising, I felt that it was the right time to start my blog and showcase my work 🙂

Debby : I was getting over a break up and it was a creative outlet for me. It honestly helped so much because it led me to meet some amazing girls even if it was only through the internet! Crazy but thankful we live in a world that can connect you with complete strangers in a way you would normally not connect with even your neighbors!

Anna :  I honestly started creating “daily outfits” putting together a different outfit every day and posting its details it’s become a hobby of mine and has been fun to mix and match new and recycled pieces. It’s inspired me to take it further. I’ve noticed family and friends become so supportive and actually love what I do. I also love the fire that lights within me when I do what I do. I also just love the community, I love everything about fashion, I want to make it a full-time job someday. “If you love your job you won’t work a day in your life”.

Julia : I had a really analytical job coding and needed a creative outlet

Genie : I actually started blogging because my best friend was fashion blogging and she suggested that I start a travel blog. So it wasn’t at all my idea! I’ve traveled a lot and so many people ask me for travel tips. Consolidating them inside a website makes it easier to share haha.

2. What is your favorite trend of the moment?

Ericka : PLAID. I’m obsessed with plaid at the moment. It’s such a versatile pattern that’s wearable year-round

Debby : Fringe and Snakeskin!!! I’ve been eyeing some snakeskin booties! And also mustard yellow for some reason!!! Haha, I’ve always disliked the color yellow and all of a sudden, I can’t stop buying it now!

Anna : I’m obsessed with blazers, oversized shirts, biker shorts and bright colored heels. Easy go tos for me. Also two piece sets.

Julia :  Teddy bear coats

Genie : My favorite trend would have to be sneakers haha. I feel like that’s getting a bit overrated now. But I love comfortable shoes and I only ever wear boots or sneakers. So the sneaker trend is definitely working in my favor.

3. Who are a few bloggers you look up to?

Ericka : @taramilktea for travel inspiration and @xoxotsumi for her timeless sense of style

Debby : I love love love the content the following babes produce:
@howdoyouwearthat, @stephweizman, @jenkvieira, @thestyledseed, @claudiagraziano, @thefashionfraction
Anna : 100% @cassdimicco is my favorite fashion influencer/ blogger her style nails my style or what I wish it would be to the T I would literally trade my closet for hers and wear every single one of her outfits. She kills it every time. Also @desiperkins and @morganstewart I look to for a lot of my fashion and beauty inspo I absolutely love them and all their fits. A local blogger I’ve really been vibing with is @jessthrowiton she absolutely nails my style may be better than I do. Combo of all these women. My absolute favorite posts to see every day!
Julia :  Kyleecampbell and tezza
Genie : Aside from the big ones, Aimee Song, Chiara Ferragani. I look up to one of my blogger besties Julia from @juliaroga. Her editing skills are amazing! I also love following @andreeabirsan. Her photos always have this pop of red that’s to die for and she produces some interesting more abstract photo concepts too.

4. What’s your go-to beauty product?

Ericka : My go-to beauty product is the Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum. It’s a little pricey, but IT WORKS.

Debby : Oh my goodness!!! So hard to pick one but I would say SPF facial moisturizer and  mascara is my most favorite thing ever!

Anna : Go to beauty product has got to be my @maccosemetics lipsticks !! To be precise the shade viva la glam ii is my everyday wear and I wear it like chapstick on a frequent occurrence I will leave the house with my hair up and no makeup on but you better believe I’m wearing my lipstick lol. They’re also a great way to change up your makeup when you use different shades especially for someone like me who doesn’t really change up my makeup routine too much

Julia :  Not really a beauty product but nail grow by opi is my favorite product

Genie : Well first my go-to beauty brand is Kiehl’s. I use their ultra facial cleanser and sunscreen everyday. However, I’ve recently discovered green clean by farmacy and I’m totally hooked. It’s a balm makeup remover that’s super gentle. I love it because when I’m using it i don’t feel like I’m rubbing sandpaper on my face trying to get all my makeup off. It leaves my face clean and soft.

Bodysuit : Free People // Jeans : Levi’s // Boots : Forever 21 // Cardigan : Nasty Gal