Weekly Wishlist: 2nd Edition

Welcome to my newest weekly installment: Weekly Wishlist. This is where I’ll share a few items that I’ve either purchased, am adding to my shopping list or am just crushing on from afar.

This week, I’m all about closet/cosmetic bag necessities. First off, we have the Forever 21 Hi-Low Skirt ($19.80) (aka the “mullet” skirt). This flattering hemline is definitely going to be my staple while interning in sweltering NYC this summer. It’s not only pretty and feminine, but its airy and pairs well with both flats and heels.

The next two on my list play into my constant penchant for sexy eyes. My no-fail choice for any smoky look? MAC Technakohl Liner in Graphblack ($15). Line your bottom lashline with this badboy and smudge with a fingertip for a sexy look in 2 minutes flat. For a more refined line (cat eyes, winged liner, etc.), I stick with Guerlain Liquid Liner ($36). The price may be slightly inflated, but it’s the only liquid liner that I have a constant affair with.

Moving onto wilder things… This TOPSHOP Leopard Skater Dress ($72) has stolen my heart. It takes my absolute favorite print and my favorite silhouette and marries them perfectly. For some reason, all I can picture wearing it with is a pair of crisp white leather shoes, like Alexander Wang’s “Joan.” I think it’s my inner “cool Grandma” speaking to me.

Speaking of cats.. Remember when I lusted over Tom Ford’s Nikita sunglasses just last week? Well, apparently ASOS heard the crickets chirping in my empty bank account and sent these Cat Eye Sunglasses ($21.50) to heed my obsession. Thanks, ASOS.

Next on the list is my must-have accessory: gold chain anything (except belly chain). Such a perfect piece to spice up any outfit, especially this Marc by Marc Jacobs Bracelet ($47.60).

Finally, we have the perfect shoe for all of your summer festivals and festivities: Old Navy’s Double Strap Buckle Sandals ($17.50). Basic, cheap and you won’t feel guilty if they get wrecked by the sand and surf this summer.

What’s on your wishlist this week? Let us know in a comment!

Gold & Gunmetal Nighttime Look

This weekend, for a night out in the city, I created a look using Guerlain Terracotta bronzer in 4 Seasons, Sephora’s eyeshadow palette in Walking on the Moon, Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara (out in July), LA Splash eyeshadow sealer/base and liquid eyeliner in Charcoal, Illamasqua cream blusher in Rude and Sonia Kasuk brushes to create a smoky (but not too overdone) nighttime look. Here’s how to do it at home:

  • Step 1: Apply Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons bronzer to cheeks, bridge of nose and forehead to get a sunkissed look.
  • Step 2: Apply LA Splash’s eyeshadow sealer/base to eyelid using wand. Smooth over eyelid with fingertip.
  • Step 3: Cover entire lid with the gold shadow in Sephora’s eyeshadow palette (labeled B on the package). I started with a brush to build up intensity, but then blended into my lid with my fingertip to avoid creasing.
  • Step 4: Using an eyeshadow brush (or your fingertip), apply the gunmetal shadow (labeled D on the package) into the crease of your eyelid and blend outward to the corner.
  • Step 5: Take a thin tipped eyeshadow brush with the black colored shadow (labeled E on the package) and blend into the gunmetal powder on the crease to create more depth. Depending on how sexy of a look you’re going for, add intensity.
  • Step 6: Line top lashes with LA Splash’s liquid eyeliner in Charcoal. I prefer a thin line, to keep my eyes looking wide.
  • Step 7: Apply two coats of Benefit They’re Real! mascara.
  • Step 8: Using two fingers, blend Illamasqua cream blusher in Rude onto cheeks and blend upwards, towards temples to give a natural, sunkissed look. Apply clear lipgloss or balm if desired.
  • Step 9: Admire your final product!
What do you think: are you feeling this look, or do you prefer something more extreme? More natural? Would you like to see more “How To’s” in the future? Let us know in a comment!