Shooting Star

Sometimes, all it takes is one piece. You can find a single item that inspires an entire look, an entire aesthetic.

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This happened to me recently and the item in question was a scarf. The scarf was from Zara, a store I can be dubious about the majority of the time based on a combination of bad press and chaotic business. What I will say is they do good scarves – every time I’ve bought one from there, I’ve lived in it. They’re soft, warm and can easily be converted to a blanket when the moment calls for it.

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On a wandering trip into Zara with Selena, I saw this star-patterned scarf and fell a little bit in love. There’s something awfully whimsical about it, and maybe it’s because I was in a particularly Christmas-y mood despite the fact it was the end of October, but as soon as I saw it, I thought, “This will be the holiday scarf.”

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Other than the classic outfits I see pairing with this guy (i.e. jeans and a tee, black jacket, the usual suspects) I got inspired to create a look with black and gold touches, to correspond with the scarf’s stars and navy.

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A little gold can take a gal a long way, and in this top from Anthropologie, I feel a little badass, a little glam and a little like a shooting star. Throw in a cute skirt and some sparkly eyeshadow, and it’s all golden-holiday ready.

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And yes, I am talking about holiday looks in November, when the high was 11 degrees celsius today but THAT’S JUST HOW I DO THINGS.

Please be advised that this humble blog with becoming increasingly Christmas-y as the month of November continues, culminating in an explosion of holiday cheer and festivity come December.

This has been a PSA. Thank you.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Scarf – Zara

Top – Anthropologie (Similar!)

Skirt – American Apparel

Boots – Shoe the Bear

Tights – American Apparel

 

 

It Glitters

It began last year, my association with autumn and sparkly eye makeup.

I had this gold-y, bronze-y makeup look perfected that was always completed in the same four steps.

Imagine my delight when I got my hands on makeup products that take basically the same look down to one or two steps. Sometimes I like taking time on my makeup, sometimes I really don’t, yanno?

Recently, I wrote a piece for Novella Magazine about fall beauty trends, and something I came across in my research was sparkle. Glittery eyes and metallic lips.

Now that the weather has finally started to cool down, the basic bitch inside me is living and knows there’s no time like the present to test out a fall makeup trend. For me, colder weather is about bringing back the glam. only very few can do glam all year round. I am not one of those few. Summer is about neutrals and ease. Effortless. Autumn is when I’m aiming for something along the lines of, she could steal your heart and maybe your soul, too. Way dramatic.

That being said, these makeup looks I tried out are really not that dramatic. This is an experiment in me taking the trend and applying it in ways I would actually wear out of the house, and have done.

For each look, there’s a corresponding product, so consider this also a review.

Glittery Eyes

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow

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Mooning (L) and Game Face

I love Colour Pop. I loooooooove. I’m not sponsored by them but I damn wish I was. I’m just a big fan, and one of the reasons for that is it’s some pretty good shit for pretty cheap prices. The only downside is living in Canada. For a number of reasons.

I’ve only used their shadows a few times before, so when I saw some metallic shades online, I thought, hell yeah.

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Wearing Game Face alone

I ordered two, in the shades Game Face and Mooning. I’ve worn Game Face quite a few times by now on its own, and it’s an awesome way to get that metallic shimmery eye really quickly. I use my fingers to apply the shadow and usually wear it without any other shadows because it’s glorious and pigmented and all that good stuff.

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Game Face and Mooning

Mooning is darker and sparkle-ier. (I’m making up so many words in this blog post. Who has a journalism degree? What?) I tried applying it with a brush to get a bit on the outside of the eye, but again it works best with the finger. Just dab it. It gets a bit messy but I actually kinda like it that way. It’s like, I didn’t try that hard, but I still look amazing.

Kat Von D Serpentina Eye Shadow Palette

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I was really unsure about this guy when I picked it up at Sephora. Normally, I hear only good reviews for Kat Von D products, but there are a few glitter eye palettes on the market right now, and a lot of them are getting mixed reviews. Chalk it up to different ways people have tried applying the shadows, maybe.

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Just like the Colour Pop, I found I got much less colour payoff with the shadows when I applied them with a brush. For this palette, I’d say either use a wet brush (haven’t tried that, but may work) or just keep it going with the FANGER. I got glitter all over my hands when I was trying these shadows out.

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The shades I used (Hieroglyph and Medusa) were definitely more sparkly than the Colour Pop, but I loved them because of that. These are really similar shades, but the formulas wear very differently. For the bang for your buck, though, maybe go with the Colour Pop. Although, the Serpentina palette has some other shades I’m pretty keen to try out soon.

Metallic Lips

Colour Pop Metallic Liquid Lipstick

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Dear God, what? Metallic lips were something that initially, I was not feeling. I am about that matte lip. You see me with that matte lip. I’m not even crazy about lip glosses.

At the same time, I was curious. What in the heck will these be like. So, I grabbed two shades from Colour Pop. For science.

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Kween, the first shade, is a red with gold glitter. It takes a few layers to get full colour effect, but once you do it’s pretty wicked. I hadn’t even worn this before taking these pictures but I actually really liked it on. There’s something very Christmas-esque to me about.

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Zebra is pure metallic. It’s bronze liquid goodness and holy crap is it pigmented. I actually have worn this lipstick once before on a night out, but it was in August and I got so sweaty my whole face melted off. For the second trial, it was as good as I remembered, but I’m still on the fence about wether the colour is good on me. I like it, but I also think the bronze is kinda unflattering for my skin tone. However, it does fit in perfectly with my current ~earth tones~ aesthetic, so to hell with the rules and maybe I’ll just wear it anyway.