Friday, December 27, 2013

New Year's Eve Complete Look

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Salutations beautiful, hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Mine was perfect, I got everything I wanted, great times with family and Micah was the happiest little monster, with all his new toys.  I actually can't believe it's over and we're headed towards the new year, and the biggest party night of the year.

For my last post of 2013, I put together another completed look for you guys.  New Year's Eve makeup, nails and a Polyvore set.  New Year's Eve is all about glitter and bling.  I believe I brought the sparkle lol. Let's just jump right into it, shall we? First up, the makeup...

Ermagerd, I'm soooo happy with the way these came out. The gold is much more intense IRL. I wish you could see it.  To get this eye look I used Stila Eyeshadow trio Gold Glow and Make up Forever Diamond Shadow Diamond Black.  Here's how I used them:

I hope that photo was helpful.  Now you can try this out for yourself if you'd like. This look is so versatile you can pretty much wear any lip color.  You can go bold like I did with purple.  This is Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless...

Or you can wear a classic red, pink or nude lip.  If you're real adventurous even gold, it's New Year's Eve go cray cray lol.

Here's a list of the other products I used.

Urban Decay Primer Potion Original
Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner Blackest Black
Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner Black
Cargo Lash Activator
Milani Total Lash Cover Black

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit
E.L.F. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Mascara Clear

Revlon Matte Balm Shameless

NYC Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer 684
Revlon Nearly Naked Liquid Foundation Caramel 260
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer Cafe 30
Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer Yellow Corrects (Highlight)
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder Medium Deep
Valana Loose Powder Red Amber (Contour)
Nars Super Orgasm
L'Oréal Magic Lumi Highlighter Deep
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Flower Crown Forever 21

Now the nails....

Nothing fancy, just gold glitter polish and rhinestones.  I wanted to use loose gold glitter but my Born Pretty Store order wants to take 2 months to get to me :(.  China Glaze Angel Wings is definitely a gorgeous substitute.  The rhinestones are from Born Pretty Store.

To bring it all together, a New Year's Eve party outfit inspiration. 

This post may suggest otherwise but I actually plan on staying home and ringing in the New Year with my boys.  I live in NYC but I've only gone to a New Year's Eve party ONCE, and I don't ever plan on doing it again lol. 
What are your New Year's Eve Plans?

Thanks For Stopping By!   Happy New Year, See ya in 2014

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Cozy Christmas Complete Look

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Good Tidings babes, it's the last Friday before Christmas. Therefore my last Christmas post for 2013.  This month flew by,  let's not even talk about the year. As you can tell by the title, today's post is a complete Christmas look.  Nails, makeup and even an outfit, a Polyvore outfit :).  
First up,  makeup...

I originally planned on doing a smoky eye look with white eyeshadow and red lips, but I felt it was too glam for this post. I'm staying home this Christmas, cooking for the family and playing on the floor with Micah and all his new toys. So when I saw this tutorial by SunKissAlba, that I had saved in a playlist, I thought it was perfect.  A soft look great for the holidays.  I didn't use the same makeup but did the best I could with what I have.  Here's a list of what I used, I will include specific names if they are available.

Urban Decay Primer Potion Original
NYC Kohl Eyeliner White
Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Heat
E.L.F. 32 piece Geo Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked 2 palette Tease
L'Oréal HiP Eyeshadow Duo Wicked
Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner Black
Wet n Wild Cream Eyeshadow Black
Wet n Wild Mega Protein Mascara City
Milani Total Lash Cover Black 105

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit
E.L.F. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Mascara Clear

Revlon Super Lustrous Mauve It Over

Face NYC Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer 684
Revlon Nearly Naked Liquid Foundation Caramel 260
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer Cafe 30
Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer Yellow Corrects
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder Medium Deep
Valana Loose Powder Red Amber
Milani Baked Blush Luminoso 05
Milani Illuminating Face Powder Beauty's Touch 03
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Now the nails...

It's a Christmas Day Mani Mash-Up!!  I wuv how these came out.  I'm in love with every nail but of course I have a favorite lol, the Santa hat :D. Which is your favorite? I actually have a sparkly Santa hat that I wear every Christmas. This year might be a problem, my afro and hats don't play well together. 

So happy my Ulta package got to me in time.  I was able to incorporate China Glaze There's Snow One Like You into the design. Once you use a white base and a light hand, it's the bomb, I love it. I used it on the Santa hat and the base for the Christmas tree.  What's your take on There's Snow One Like You?

Polishes Used
China Glaze There's Snow One Like You
Sinful Colors Exotic Green
Sinful Colors Nirvana
Sinful Colors Outrages
Milani Yellow Whiz
Sinful Colors Why Not
Ludurana Definida
Wet n Wild Red Red
Revlon Black Magic
Revlon Spirit
Sally Hansen Ice Pop
Milani Jiffy Orange
China Glaze Party Hearty
Nails Inc Covent Garden Market
Sephora by OPI Nail Gems

Lastly,  a Polyvore collage of a cozy Christmas outfit. 

This is pretty darn close to what I will be wearing on Christmas Day. I wish I had the sweater though, it's so flippin adorable.

I really hope you enjoyed this massive post. I had fun putting it together. I plan on doing another one for next week.

Thanks For Stopping By! Happy Holidays <3

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Then and Now Christmas Pt. 3

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Hey lovers, it's the third and final day of A Then and Now Christmas :(.  I had a lot of fun this week with the challenge, I'm sad to see it end.  Very happy to share today's nails with you.   I've been looking forward to doing these since the first day of December lol....CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!!

The original design was done December 7, 2011.  You can check out that post here .  The first time around I stamped my the patterns, except for the thumb, and they didn't show up.   Didn't want that to happen again so I did all the designs freehand this time around.

I'm so in love with the way they came out.  I do want to punch my top coat in the face.  Some of my nails got smeared :(.  I showed my son my nails and he called dibs on the middle, ring and pinky nails lol, which are my favorites :).

Which one is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments ;)

Polishes Used:
Sephora It's Totally Karma
Wet n Wild Red Red
Revlon Spirit
Sinful Colors Envy
Revlon Black Magic
Nails Inc Covent Garden Market
Sally Hansen Gilty Pleasure
Sally Hansen Pacific Blue
Milani Jiffy Orange
Sally Hansen Pumping Iron
Urban Outfitters Silver Holo
Sally Hansen Good to Grape

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Then and Now Christmas Pt. 2

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Hi there chicas! I know, another post already? But I'm now back on schedule for A Then and Now Christmas. It's day 2 and I'm bringing the holly jolly baby. Today's nails are all about the sweet treat of Christmas, candy canes!!!

The original design was posted December 12, 2011. What!?! Today will make exactly 2 years since I did those nails lol. You can see the post for that here.  I was really looking forward to taking a crack at this design again. There are a lot of things I did differently this time around. 
No candy cane, no peppermint swirl, no tiny beads and I did a pattern of candy cane kisses instead of one big smooch.  The beads were the first to get kicked off the mani. Ugh, I hated dealing with them in the first design. They bled when I put top coat on. Without top coat they fell off like a S.O.B. Wasn't going to deal with that this time, so I swapped it for dots. Much better in my opinion, what do you think?  I went with candy cane stripes because I plan on doing candy canes in another design. The kisses came out so delicious!! I don't know if I want to eat them or kiss them lol. I do think I need more work on my lips though. Maybe a Valentines Hugs and Kisses week would do me some good ;-)

Polishes Used:
O.P.I Die Another Day
Revlon Spirit
Sinful Colors Exotic Green
Models Own 25 Carat Gold
Revlon Black Magic
Sinful Colors Crystal Crushes Emerald Envy

Btw, how pretty is the Sinful Colors Crystal Crushes polish? I will definitely get a couple more colors.  Do you have any of them which shades?

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Then and Now Christmas Pt. 1

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Hey Loves!! No it's not Friday yet. I'm actually doing more than one post this week. For the official Starlett Approved Then & Now Christmas Edition. You should have read that like an announcer, with the echo and everything :). I was actually supposed to post this yesterday, but had too much fun this weekend and Sunday was stolen from me, aka I didn't do ANYTHING. Which worked out for the best. With extra time I was able to change my design and I love this one soooo much more!

The original manicure was done December 2011. You can check out the original post here. Wow that was 2 years ago, how time flies.

This time around I tried my hand at a Reindeer print rather than just one big head. I really really love it. It's so flippin' adorable, they're like little chocolate reindeers of yumminess. The Poinsettias came out very pretty too. I wish I could wear these longer and really enjoy them, blogger problems. 

Here's a list of polishes I used:

Wet n Wild 2% Milk
Sinful Colors Nirvana
Revlon Spirit
Wet n Wild Red Red
Gap Fireball
Sinful Colors Exotic Green
Models Own 25 Carat Gold 

Which design is your favorite, Then or Now? 

Thanks For Stopping By!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Winter Wonderland

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Hola Senoritas, What's up?  Did any of you see Frozen yet?  The fam and I went to see it Wednesday and ermagerd it's so amazing!  I'm completely obsessed with it, everyone should see it. It needs to hurry up and come out on Blu-Ray so I can watch it EVERYDAY haha. By complete coincidence my nails for today's post matched the wintery wonder of the movie.
I just love this time of year.  The colder weather, snow (if we ever get any in New York), cozy time with a cup of hot chocolate, the holidays, scarves and sweaters.  I just had to put that winter love into a nail design.
I really love how these came out.  It looks exactly as I thought in my head (that is not always the case lol).  Is it weird that my favorite design is the thumb? Lol, I can be so boring.  I wanted to do matte white polka dots on naked nails since I saw it on Marie of Pretty Project.

Which is your favorite nail? The snowy gradient, the snowflakes or the snowballs? :-D

Polishes Used:
Revlon Spirit
China Glaze Frostbite
All That Glitters Spotty Dottie Light
Finger Paints Santa's Magic
New York Color Matte Me Crazy

Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Sahshe Box

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Hey Babes!!  Sorry for the late post I was suffering from a Thanksgiving food coma lol.  I hope all my American followers had a beautiful Thanksgiving, I sure did (she said staring at her gut).
Todays' post is the first of a monthly series I'd like to start doing.  I'll be going through and  sort of reviewing the contents of my monthly beauty box from Sahshe.
Sahshe was founded by best friends Carron White and Ruth Fombrun, targeted for women of color.  It's $12 a month and I love it.  On its site they describe it as getting a birthday gift from your best girlfriend every month and IT IS!  I get so excited when my mailman hands it to me and I love their packaging, so cute!
Once a month my product junkie monster is appeased with sample items ranging from candles to curling creams.  This month was all about battling the cold and keeping your body and hair moisturized.  So let's see what I got.

The first thing I used was the Sienna Naturals Baobab Oil Moisturizing Hair and Body Shampoo, and I like it.  It has a light pretty rose water scent and it left my skin feeling soft and clean. 

Keeping with the soft and sexy skin theme the box also included the Sienna Naturals Baobab Oil Moisturizing Cream.  OMG this stuff, my skin just soaked it all in.  It left my skin soft and glowing, favorite combination ;-)

The next item was the Kiss My Face 4 in 1 moisture shave.  It was okay, I didn't think it was any more moisturizing than my usual shaving cream.  I do think it's perfect for sensitive skin and shaving those sensitive areas.

Last but not least was by far the thing I was MOST excited to try, Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Conditioner.  I've seen a few hair girls mention the Conditioner on YouTube and was looking forward to trying it.  I used it to co-wash my wash n'go and I loved it.  Lots of slip for easy detangling and the minty tingle during the scalp massage, so refreshing.  It's definitely on the list of hair product favs.

Each month there's a bonus item.  For November it was a cute orange makeup bag, that I'm using to hold the makeup I plan to use that day/night.  Makes my life so much easier having to bring all that makeup to the bathroom.
I hope you enjoyed this post.  I'm looking forward to doing more.  Can't wait to get my December box :-D If you're interested in subscribing to Sahshe here is the link!

Thanks for Stopping By!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

My Hair Journey

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Hey loves! I hope you all had a good week.  I actually had a little me time, a mommy time out.  I saw a really good movie, The Best Man Holiday.  Did any of you see it?  I loved it, it will definitely become a holiday time staple right next to Love Actually :-) I can't believe the holidays are here, Thanksgiving is next week!! Where did the year go?  Anywoot, it's Friday and as you noticed by the title it's not a nail post...It's about my hair!

I mentioned to you last week that during my hiatus one of the things I spent my time focused on was my hair and getting it healthy.  To share my journey thus far with all of you I put together a little hair journey video.  I'm excited about it because I LOVE watching these types of videos, it kept me so motivated to put the work in for healthy hair.

I hope you enjoyed the video.  I mentioned in the video I watched YouTube videos that inspired me on my journey and I will link those ladies below.  I definitely plan on doing more hair posts, such as favorite products and my hair routine.
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Hey There Loves!!

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Hey there loves, it's been a long a#$ time.  Damn, that was some blogging break lol, but definitely needed.  During that time I focused on fitness, my healthy hair journey, skincare and of course my family :-) I've been missing this and all of you <3.  So starting today I will try to have at least one post for you a week,  every Friday.  Oh wait, it is Friday...let's get down to the good stuff.  I got some nail art for ya!
Today I have for you a sort of gothic cross pattern mani.  It's such a simple design but I love it so much.  I'm also LOVING the texture polish trend.  It's a really cool accent to any mani.  As a naturalista, we're not friends lol.  Finger detangling SUCKS with texture polish.  I have to take it off on wash days. 

Polishes Used:
Sinful Colors Go Go Girl
Revlon Black Magic
Sinful Colors This Is It
Sephora by OPI I Found A Pot Of Gold
Sally Hansen Lick-O-Rich

I'm really excited to be back!!  Look out for more nails, beauty and even hair posts ;-)
See Ya Soon

Thanks For Stopping By

Monday, February 11, 2013

Taking a Blog Break....

Posted by Starlett Approved at 3:59 PM 2 comments
Hey beautifuls,
I've decided to make a post to let all of you know that I'm officially taking a break from blogging.  There are a lot of personal things I want to focus my energy on right now.  I will still be doing my nails, I will never stop that :-D but I won't be creating a blogpost for them.  If you want to see any new nails I do you can check them out on my Instagram or Tumblr accounts.  
I really enjoy blogging so I may definitely pick it back up in the near future.  But as of right now I'm not in the right frame of mind to give my blog all that it deserves.
Thank you so much for following me and all the love you've shown me!

See You Soon!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Fantasy Fire over Milani Deep Thought- Swatches

Posted by Starlett Approved at 12:45 PM 4 comments
Happy New Year lovers! I can't believe it's already 2013. What happened to 2012, it seriously just zoomed by. For the New Year my blog-elution is to do more swatches and makeup posts.  To kick off that resolution, today I have for you my first manicure.  Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Milani Deep Thoughts.
There is nothing new I can say about Fantasy Fire that you don't already know.  It's just EPIC, simply put.  The way it transforms a color is magical.  When I first got it last year I wore it over the always popular Revlon Royal, you can see that here.  I tried it before over purple but it wasn't the right purple.  Milani Deep Thoughts is the PERFECT purple for Fantasy Fire.  It's just this deep rich hue and the formula is AH-MAZING! 
Look at the gorgeous color shift from red to gold to green.  Just to let you know this is a picture heavy picture lol!
This is my FAVORITE photo.  I can't believe I was able to capture this, the blessings of a lightbox hehe.  
Here's a close-up, Fantasy Fire is honestly the perfect name for this nail polish.  It makes me think of a dragons' breath, especially over Deep Thoughts.  There's a very mythical look to it or I'm just bugging from my cold lol.
SWOON! :D  I think I might like it over Deep Thoughts more than Royal.
What do you think?  What's your favorite Fantasy Fire combo?  Is there a color combo you would like to see Fantasy Fire/Clarins 230 over?  Let me know below ;)

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