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Beauty Game Changer

L'Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara

I’ve read great things about this mascara for the longest time, and when I ran out of one of my favorites, I decided to give it a try. The only regret I have is not trying this sooner! It’s the best mascara I’ve used, even compared to my usual $30 finds, for under only $8!

After trying out lash extensions for my wedding and honeymoon, I felt like my real lashes were never the same. My full, long lashes weren’t there anymore, even using my favorite mascaras. This mascara brings them back to life. The curved brush version is great too!

Currently Loving

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Lace up Gladiators: 1 |  2 | 3 | 4

Banana Leaf Print: 1 | 2 | 3

Decorative & Functional Home Decor: 1 | 2 | 3

a Dewy Glow: 1 (highly coveted) | 2 | 3

Stripes: 1 | 2 | 3

Cut Outs: 1 | 2 | 3

Off the Shoulder: 1 | 2 | 3

Dewy Summer Beauty

Dewy Summer Beauty - TheSubtleStatement.com

When It comes to summer beauty, I go for lightweight simplicity, with a touch of dewiness. This shimmery based primer, gives my skin the perfect subtle glow underneath my foundation, and this lightweight spray foundation is perfect for a simply flawless look. The key is to spray foundation onto an airbrush style makeup brush, and then apply to face in circular motions, so you don’t overuse the foundation, or look “too done up.” This has been my go-to concealer for years. I apply it underneath my eyes in an upside down triangle. It blends most naturally by patting the under eye area with a beautyblender.

Dewy Summer Beauty - TheSubtleStatement.com

In search of the perfect blush and lipgloss for my wedding, I came across this pair. The dual-intensity blush is perfect for taking your look from day to night, going super subtle or making a statement. This blush brush can be used wet for more intensity for dry for minimal color. The lipgloss is the perfect amount of pop, and my favorite lip plumper & glossy stain is essential.

Dewy Summer Beauty - TheSubtleStatement.com

blush | wet/dry blush brush |  lip plumper/hydrator | lip gloss | foundation | primer | concealer | beautyblender | bronzer | airbrush brush

Top Beauty Picks of 2014 : Makeup

Happy New Year! 2014 was filled with great memories, getting engaged, lots of road trips, vacations, and wedding planning. I’m so excited for our wedding year to be here, and to share everything with you along the way! I’ll be sharing my most coveted products of the past year including beauty, skincare and hair, as well as ones I’m itching to try this year.

Fave Beauty Products of 2014 | TheSubtleStatement.com

 Primer / Foundation / Winter Foundation / concealer / bronzer / blush / shadow primer / eyeshadow / eyeliner / eyelash curler / day mascara / night mascara / fiber lash mascara / brow pencil / brow shaping / brow gel / gloss / lipstick

In the dryer Winter months, I like to add a heavier foundation to my usual foundation and combine them for a more hydrating, long-lasting wear. What are the life-changing products you can’t live without?

Gift Guide: Girl on the Go

Gift Guide : Girl On The Go | TheSubtleStatement.com

1. Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag  2. Mophie ‘juice pack air’ iPhone 5/5s charging case  3. Bobbi Brown Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette  4. Touch Tech Cashmere Gloves  5. ‘Basic Tech’ Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves  6. Loeffler Randall ‘Fenton’ Rain Boot  7. Starbucks Double Wall Traveler Gold Dot  8. Mophie Powerstation   9. Sam Edelman Gold Dax Sneaker

The Brow Down

Brow Down - Favorite Brow Products - TheSubtleStatement.com

If there’s one makeup item I would choose to have over any others before leaving the house, it’s a brow product. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good mascara, but I have pretty naturally long lashes on my own. If I don’t have my brows filled in (in the parts I am still trying to grow out) I feel naked.

Until a couple years ago, I never filled my brows in at all, and looking back pictures, it makes the biggest difference. I wish I would’ve started much sooner. After a good almost 12 years of growing my brows back in after a bad pencil thin waxing experience, I’m almost fully there. The brow tools aid in the extra help I need for any sparse spots, and keep them shaped and clean.

Brow Down - Favorite Brow Products - TheSubtleStatement.com

Benefit Brow Zings (in light) is my favorite brow product. Most days this is the only one I use. The hard angle brush and powder are the perfect tools to give your brows a polished shape. The wax and blending brush fill in any sparse spots, and blend the two products together well.

Benefit Gimme Brow (in light/medium) is a great product to subtly fill in your brows, and make them appear fuller, as well as work as a brow gel to keep them in tact.

Anastasia Brow Wiz (in taupe) is a great tool to quickly pencil in or shape your brows, or use along with Benefit Gimme Brow. The retractable ultra fine tip prevents looking too “pencilly” or thick.

Gift Guide: Beauty

Gift Guide Beauty | TheSubtleStatement.com

1. Drybar The Morning After Kit  2. Urban Decay Naked, Naked2, & Naked3  3. Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touche Éclat’ Radiant Touch (Limited Edition)   4. NARS ‘Audacious’ Lipstick (Raquel)  5. Boscia The Black Collection  6. NARS ‘NARSissist’ Smoky Eye Compact  7. NARS ‘Audacious’ Lipstick (Annabella)  8. Philosophy ‘have a cherry christmas’ Shampoo, Body Wash & Bubble Bath Ornament  9. NARS ‘Larger Than Life’ Long Wear Eyeliner  10. Kate Spade New York ‘Pasley Park Merit’ Zip Around Cosmetic Case  11. Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes  

The Drybar Morning After Kit keeps my blowouts in tack on the days in between. The Naked palettes are amazing, especially for travel, you have so many options. Yves Saint Laurent Eclat Radiant Touch is the only concealer I use, it’s subtle & great for touch ups & how cute is the limited edition packaging? Nars Audacious Lipsticks are a fave, Raquel has been my fave Fall hue. Boscia is my go to skincare line, this collection is the formula for luminous skin. Philosophy ‘have a cherry christmas’ is my favorite scent from their collection, it’s shimmery & smells delicious. Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes ups the anty on any eyelash game!

3D Fiber Lash Mascara

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Mascara may be my favorite beauty product. It’s such a great beauty enhancer and it instantly opens up your eyes, making them look more awake. I love my go to mascaras, Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll and Shocking, but when I started seeing results from 3D Fiber Lashes, I had to see what they were about. My only reservation was what they were made of, and what kind of product I would be putting on my eyes. When I found out it was an all natural product, made of green tea extract fibers, I was sold.

I ordered the mascara from a virtual party and couldn’t wait to give it a test drive. My lashes are naturally long to begin with, but this transformed my already lengthy lashes into much fuller statement lashes.

At first swipe, I sent a picture to my friends and family and everyone wanted to know what kind of mascara I was using, so I decided to host a Younique virtual party. My virtual party is open for 10 days, if you’re ready to jump on the band wagon, get yours here. They’re great for everyday, a night out, holiday parties or stocking stuffers.

Morning Links…

Morning Links | TheSubtleStatement.com

  1. A little decoupage and a lot of glitter transforms any clear cake stand into this fun kitchen display piece. (sugarandcloth.com)
  2. Walk the Line – A simple trick in perfectly applying winged liner. (marieclaire.com)
  3. Lucite, jewels & studs? Sign me up! Loving this statement cuff. (jcrew.com)
  4. It’s only half the guilt with these vegan, gluten free maple doughnuts with salted almond butter glaze. (thefirstmess.com)
  5. How to Boost your Metalbolism in the Winter months. (refinery29.com)
  6. Two of my favorite Fall nail trends, navy & matte, combined into one.(pinterest.com)
  7. I’ll take my morning coffee in this adorable mug. Paris? always. (chapters.indigo.ca)
  8. The power of an amazing statement jacket is displayed in this swoonworthy piece. (theoxfordtrunk.com)
  9. How much product do you really need? Check out this Beauty Serving Size Guide. (makeup.com)

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Last year a trip to the beauty department at Saks, left me with an obsessed with Armani Beauty. I came home with the serum, primer, foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, etc. (the whole shebang) and I’ve been loyal to every product ever since. Last month when I was traveling from LA, my new bronzer took a tumble and shattered. Determined to make it as good as new, I searched Youtube for tutorials.

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com
I came across this Youtube Video, and the simple steps saved the day. Since the video is pretty lengthy, I broke down the steps for an easy quick fix.
Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com What You Need:

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • sealable sandwich bag
  • flat knife
  • a spoon
  • a tissue

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Pour the contents of the compact into a sealable sandwich bag, let out the air and seal.

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Using the spoon, flatten the broken pieces of the compact to form a smooth powder. (It may not come completely smooth)

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Put the smoothened powder back into the compact.

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Add a small amount of alcohol to the compact, gradually, reaching all areas of the compact.

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Using the flat knife, mix the alcohol throughout the compact, to form a paste and smooth out the mixture evenly.

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Let dry for one hour.Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Once dry, use the tissue to blot the compact, absorbing any excess alcohol. Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com