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Yellow Nail Color - A Summer Beauty Trend

My new obsession?? The color YELLOW!  Yep.  You've probably heard me whining already about the constant clouds and rain here lately...resulting in a lack of big bright YELLOW things in the sky!!  :)  Since about Easter weekend, my current color obsession has turned to yellow!!  I pulled out a brightly colored yellow satin top for Easter celebrations and have been hooked ever since!! 

Apparently I am not alone in this need for yellow in my life, as I see it popping up in beauty everywhere!! (I even bought a yellow eyeliner yesterday at ULTA!!)  One of the first places I noticed it was at Chanel in nails!  Now I don't mean gold...I mean YELLOW
Chanel is featuring a limited edition nail color in a bright pretty yellow as part of their Summer 2011 Collection
Summer Beauty Trend - Yellow Nails
Chanel's La Vernis Nail Colour in Mimosa retails for $25 at Chanel.com or at retailers who carry Chanel like VonMaur!  I am in love with this!  BUT, because I KNOW I will get tired quickly of a trendy color like this - $25 is a lot to spend for me! GOOD NEWS!  I found an almost PERFECT dupe - Check it out!! 
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in #27 Mellow Yellow!

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in #27 Mellow Yellow
Retails at CVS and Walgreens for $2.99 reg. price I purchased mine Sunday and here's a picture of the finished nails!!!  I LOVE THEM! So fun and bright!  The color is almost exact!

For pictures of the nail colors from Chanel and Sally Hansen - Click here to go to the rest of my blog!! :)
Hmmmm....what fun color to do next???  Suggestions?!?!  :)  Happy Monday all!  xoxo, Jessica

New Pics of My Work - Brittany's Shoot

I'm excited to share some new pictures of my work from Brittany's Fashion Shoot!!  YAY!  Thanks to Ann at Ann Steward Photography for some amazing shots!! :)  I LOVE HER!!!  Brilliant photographer and just plain fun to be around!!! WIN WIN!! More coming soooooon!! :) 

In these shots, I used a combination of loose eyeshadow pigments from NYX and favorite Estee Lauder eyeshadows!  Normally...the last color for eyes that I go for is GREEN!  But as soon as I took another look at Brittany's eyes, I knew we had to go green with her eye makeup!!  I think it turned out great!! :) 
We started the shoot with a softer nude lip and finished with a little (only a little) extra something on the lips...hot pink gloss over the nude lip we started with!!  Brittany and Ann were so fun to work with!! 
 
Visit Ann Steward Photography at http://www.annstewardphotgraphy.com
or like her on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/AnnStewardStudios :)

Red Lips!! How to pull off this trendy makeup look! (video attached)

Hi all!!

I've uploaded my newest YouTube video tutorial tonight! This one is super fun with a couple of REALLY handy and necessary tricks to applying a Red LIP flawlessly! :)  Red lips and FUN BOLD LIPS are trendy TRENDY right now, but be sure to use these tips so that your lips look as polished as possible!
http://youtu.be/zmGBRHQPVkw

Products used in this video:
  • Lip Conditioner or Lip Balm
  • Double Wear Concealer in Medium
  • Estee Lauder Apple Cordial Lip Liner,
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipstick in Stay Raspberry
  • Lip Brush
  • Flat angle Brush
Let me know what other trends or makeup looks you'd like to see me do or talk about!!!
 
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What Inspires Me...Part 1

Marilyn Monroe applying her own makeup...she was her own makeup artist! :)Here's a question that pops up often for me..."What inspires you?" I realize as I begin to talk about my inspirations that I am inspired by so much that I should probably break this down into segments!! Haha!  :)  The short story?...What inspires me TODAY??  Here's where I'll begin...
 
 
Today I am inspired by...stories, music with good lyrics, photography, cool old things...and I do mean just about all cool old things - old jewelry, old fashions (not "old-fashioned! heehee...that's different!!), cool old pictures, cool old people, cool old music, cool old furniture, cool old buildings...WHOA...yep. Strong women, my mom, my daughter, my boyfriend, flowers, color, black and white prints...

No kidding, I could go on and on with this sometimes!  I do have days like everyone, where I just feel less than inspired.  BUT more often than not it's the other way around.  My mind has like a domino affect when it comes to the things that inspire me.  I love the days when my eyes are so wide open to the inspirations around me, that I have to make a list of the thoughts, ideas and "to-do's" so I don't lose them!!  Open your eyes up to those things around you and be inspired...everyday.   
 
XOXO...Jessica

A Style Icon Passes - RIP Elizabeth Taylor

 
So sad to hear of Elizabeth Taylor's passing today.  What an iconic figure in many ways.  Writers will be racing today to talk about the life of Dame Elizabeth.  Instead of another article about her life, I wanted only to share a few of my favorite pictures of Liz in her younger days.  What a beauty. 
 
Strangely, before today I had already begun a blog about inspirations..."What inspires you?"  One of my inspirations -  vintage, retro and classic ANYTHING.  Elizabeth Taylor's passing has catapulted my creative juices into finishing this piece about what inspires me!!!  Until then, I wanted to share a few of my favorite images of such an iconic beauty. Notice a recurring them...strong brow, bold lip.  Beautiful.
 
Enjoy and rest in peace Dame Elizabeth.
 
 
Classic Makeup, bold lip, strong brow - Elizabeth Taylor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Classic Makeup, bold lip, strong brow - Elizabeth TaylorPin-up Makeup, Elizabeth TaylorClassic Makeup, bold lip, strong brow - Elizabeth Taylor
Which one is your favorite?? I'd love to hear!