Make-Up

NYE BEAUTY: ADD SPARKLE TO MORE THAN JUST YOUR OUTFIT THIS NYE!

On New Year’s Eve, add sparkle to more than just your outfit! Play up your make-up and have some fun. Day to day I don’t wear a smokey eye and keep my make-up more on the natural side so when it comes to a night out, like NYE, I love playing up my eyes. Also, I’m a big fan of any excuse to buy gold glitter eyeliner as you’ll see below. Here are a few of latest additions to my make-up bag that are perfect to ring in the New Year!

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette – Discovered this palatte in Scandalust from mega beauty influencer Marianna Hewitt who was recreating Emily Ratajkowski’s look done by makeup artist, Hung Vanngo. Highly suggest you follow his Instagram account, he is behind some of the most iconic models and celebrities beauty looks and is such an inspiration! I recently met Marianna Hewitt at a blogger event for Who What Wear in NYC, where she spoke on a panel. I had the privilege to meet her and told her I had just purchased this Marc Jacobs palette because of her and she said it is such a good one which made me feel even more excited about my purchase! I always lean towards bronze and golds on my eyes and loved the mix of rust within this palatte. It’s the perfect base to create a NYE look!

Emily’s look — major inspo:

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Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner — I cant help it, ever since elementary school I’ve been drawn towards glittery things. Perhaps the obsession started with my first purchase of the Bath & Body Works ‘Art Stuff’ glitter roller ball. Me and my friends loved putting this ridiculous purple and blue glitter all over our eye lids and face. (I hope those of you reading this can relate because looking up a picture now to hyperlink to ‘Art Stuff’ has brought me so much joy!) However, this Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter liner gives me the same satisfaction but way more grown up. I discovered it when Byrdie.com invited me to join their Byrdie Beauty Lab powered by Nordstrom here in NYC. They had a pop-up where they featured the best beauty products sold at Nordstrom and I was immediately drawn to it! A touch of it over my black eyeliner and it adds just enough sparkle for a fun night!

Laura Mercier Kajal D’Orient — I was gifted this Laura Mercier Kajal D’Orient in Noir Supreme and am obsessed. For years, using a thick pencil like this was my signature move but then I somehow started using liquid liner and took a break from the Kajal life. But within the last few months since receiving this I absolutely love it! If you enjoy a more smudged liner look and smokey eye, this is for you. I use it with an angled brush to wing it out. It’s also easy to line the inside and waterline of your lids with it’s smooth application.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder — Can’t have enough of Laura Mercier! I love this highlighter in shade Indiscretion for a quick J. Lo glow. A little bit above my cheek bones and above the eyelid add the perfect amount of sheen. Also, I have super sensitive skin and this product hasn’t made me break out like past powders have. Shop it, here.

Dior Addict Lipstick — I took a photo into Sephora of this model I discovered on Instagram during NYFW with the perfect pink pout that looked effortless and natural but still there. This is basically the constant lip color I’m searching for and this Dior shade in 578 is a top favorite of mine! Since I usually smoke up my eyes for a night out, especially NYE, I like to go more natural on the lip. This lipstick is perfect because it makes your lips look like your lips  — only better. It’s also a great everyday product because it’s moisturizing, sheen and gives the right amount of color.

Artis Brushes — Your tools to create your makeup look are just as important as your product! I recently had the privilege to be invited to the Artis showroom in NYC and learned so much about these luxury makeup brushes. They just came out with these brushes in the “Smoke” shade, how fitting for NYE! Their brushes have changed the game when it comes to makeup tools and feel amazing to use. Shown here is the Circle 1 brush, great for shadow or even to conceal. The second brush is the, Linear 1 brush, which is great for liners and making things precise. Shop them, here.

I hope this inspires you to switch up your NYE look and add some sparkle in more ways than one!

Thank you for all your support in 2017 and following this journey with me. Here’s to 2018 and making it one of the best years yet!

Happy New Year!

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A SUNSCREEN SAFE FOR SENSITIVE + DARKER SKIN EXISTS?!

I will confess – I am not a regular sunscreen wearer. I have tried many different types over the years but some either have broken me out or leave a ghostly cast on my face that doesn’t look natural. I related to this post, Glossier, founder, CEO and all-around beauty inspiration, Emily Weiss wrote so much. I thought I was alone in the SPF struggle.

Welcome, Glossier Invisible Shield. I have had this product for a while thanks to the nice girls at Glossier but have waited to write this post to really make sure the sunscreen did not break me out and wore well.


I have the most sensitive skin – many products break me out in some form of allergic reaction but this passed the test! I have layered with make-up and no white cast — it’s simply amazing.

A lot of people with darker skin like mine don’t always think they need to wear a sunscreen as we are not the ones burning on the beach but that is not the case! A sunscreen isn’t just for the beach – it’s literally SUN day — every day!

As every skin is so different, I would test it out for yourselves and see how you like it. It has a SPF level of 35 so is perfect for daily use and has been part of my daily routine.

Thanks for making another revolutionary product, Glossier!

P.S. — They just launched Wowder (best name ever?) last week and I am so excited that I got my hands on it, will have a review coming soon!

Shop it, here.

THE PERFECT EVERYDAY LIP

I don’t know how many times I’ve searched for the perfect nude, everyday lipstick.

It is so hard finding the right balance of pink and warm tones that work well for not only my skin tone but every day wear.

I’m constantly looking for a lip color I can wear on a daily basis for an easy, fresh face.

And then you finally find it…behold, Laura Mercier’s Lip Colour Sheer in Bare Lips.

The name alone is perfection. It goes on so smooth, almost like a lip balm. So many lipsticks are not moisturizing and really dry out your lips — but not this one my friends. It glides on so easy and has the right amount of color that lasts all day! I promise!

I love wearing this lipstick alone for a subtle pink hue or lately I’ve been using it as a a base for other lip colors. The soft pink shade evens out the tone of my lips making any lip color I layer on top, really pop.

I highly recommend this lipstick because when you find the right one with the exact balance of rosy pink, nude tone and moisture you can’t just keep it to yourself!

Shop the color, here.

You’re welcome,

Syma

 

GET THE GLOW…EVEN IN WINTER

Can winter be over already?

I don’t know about you but I’m over these freezing temps! But just because it’s dark and dreary out doesn’t mean your skin has to be.

It is possible to achieve a glow that will reminisce of your summer days with a few key products.

I was at brunch with a few friends over the weekend post snow storm and my friend Sophia admired my highlighter. I obviously had to get a pic and it inspired me to share a post with you all on what I use to achieve the look. See below 🙂

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PAT MCGRATH SKIN FETISH 003 in GOLDEN I have Instagram to thank for this purchase. World renowned make-up artist, Pat McGrath launched her own makeup line a few months back and I saw this highlighter teased out on Instagram by some of my favorite It Girls. I’m all about any product that helps you achieve that J.Lo glow so I had to have it. I immediately texted my make-up artist friend, Kendall because I knew she’d want this product as much as I did! So grateful to have a make-up obsessed friend like her because she was able to order it for me as it sold out so quickly and could barely make it in my cart! What’s cool about this product is that it has two ends on the stick –a balm to achieve a dewiness, a golden hue and then an illuminating powder to set the highlight stick with a special edition brush that comes with the kit. A little goes a long way  — I like above my cheek bone and on the brow bone.

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NARS BLUSH in GINA + DEEP THROAT – This is my everyday blush combo I am sharing with you all, you’re welcome. I wanted a matte peachy blush forever ago and came across this shade by Nars called Gina. However, that wasn’t enough. I needed a touch of sheen that wasn’t over the top shimmery to layer on top which resulted in the perfect pink shade called ‘Deep Throat’. It’s a toned down version of the favorite ‘Orgasm’ and it looks good on everyone. You’ll adore this combo – trust me.

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I complete this look with a simple neutral lip color. I love Laura Mercier’s lip sheen in “Bare Lips”. Not only does it give a touch of rose sheen but is super moisturizing – win-win!

Hope these tips will not only brighten your skin but your day!

Xo,

Syma

 

BEAUTY: Drugstore Finds for the Girl on the Go

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Living in NYC has really shown me a fast-paced lifestyle. There isn’t always time to run to your favorite department store or beauty boutique to get what you need. I’ve learned over the years that your beauty essentials do not have to break the bank! Just like you might mix high and low end pieces in your closet — the same can translate to your make-up bag!

I love a good drugstore find especially when it’s unexpected. Duane Reade’s are literally on every block in NYC so it’s hard not to come across one while being out and about. I’ve compiled my favorite drugstore finds I can’t live without that you can easily find on your next errand!

1. Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes

This is a classic. Not only can one wipe take off the smokiest of eyes but it is gentle enough on sensitive skin. I like using these before using a cleanser to make sure I get a really good clean. It’s extremely important to have make-up free skin before you head to bed. Even on your most lazy nights, keep these by your bedside for easy make-up removing. At under 10 bucks, there’s no excuse you can’t wake up like Queen B — flawless.

2. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

I was recommended this moisturizer by my dermatologist and never looked back! I have extremely sensitive skin and this works wonders to keep my skin feeling super hydrated. It also comes in a pretty large bottle for under 15 dollars which means you won’t have to restock for months! I’ve tried countless luxury brands of moisturizer and I always come back to this — you won’t be disappointed!

3. Revlon Colorburst Balm

I was always one to use the Clinique Chubby Stick but came across this one day at my local CVS and thought why not give it a try! The Revlon Colorburst Balms come in so many colors and finishes — lacquer, matte and stain — there’s a perfect lip for everyone. The packaging is super cute and easy to apply and for under 10 dollars you can’t really go wrong. The pigment is pretty remarkable for a drugstore find and lasts for hours. If you’re not a lipstick person I think this is a great alternative because they wear like a lip balm and aren’t too drying. I like mixing mine with a bit of Aquaphor (another drugstore must-have!) for even more moisture and it tones down the color. At such a great price you won’t feel guilty when you buy more than one and you can have fun testing out new colors that you might be worried to splurge on otherwise!

4. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner

For an evening look, I love a good smudgy eyeliner to play up my eyes. This eyeliner by L’Oreal is a steal! The color is really bold and lasts all day. It’s easy to smudge with a Q-tip and even comes with a sharpener which is a definite win-win. I’ve been using Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Liner Pencil from Sephora which I still love but this L’Oreal one is a fraction of the cost.

5. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

I used to use this in college then tried the Dior Show‘s and Lancôme Hypnôse mascaras of the world which I still adore but recently re-discovered this drugstore gem! The L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara gives a great full lash effect perfect for everyday. It doesn’t clump and two coats is all you need. At under $6, you have no excuse not to try it!

BEAUTY: Drugstore Finds for the Girl on the Go

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Photo Cred: Dea Jenkins, shot in NYC