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Girl Crush: Masha Sedgwick

I might need to move to Europe. I mean, my ancestors were German, which is quite close with Poland. Which is where two of my previous Girl Crush’s are from.

This one is German; meet Masha Segwick. Lover, broken hearted, rocker styled. Red hair with some signature dark lips and excessive rings.

She’s pretty, stylish, and rock n’ roll to the core! Make sure you go check out her blog, Glamour-Rock!

Hanging on to those last bits of Summer

Happy October First! Thankfully, the last day of September was a gorgeous 75 degree day, here in New York City. I was feeling inspired, and trying my hardest to hang onto those last bits of nice weather before the cold fully envelopes us.

Thrifted hot pink faux leather jacket

Wet Seal tank

Rue 21 yellow denim

Jessica Simpson boots

TopShop cuff

I’m sooo loving this new lipstick as well (woah, yea, I’m wearing lipstick). I had been on the hunt for the perfect pink shade for so long, and found it one day at Sephora; Givenchy #23. But everytime I was there they’d have the sample but never any stock for me to buy! finally, though, in a spontaneous trip into the Times Square location, I found my lipstick. Perfection, isn’t it?

You Know I’m No Good

Old News: Amy Winehouse is dead.

Honestly, can’t say I’m surprised, but that doesn’t make it any less tragic. When her first singles came out I was all over them. I found her so relatable with her alcoholic references, tattoos, and her pin up retro inspired style. Her raspy voice was engaging, reminiscent of something out of her time.

I’ve done a beehive hairdo for myself on many occasions, and with the IFB Project #7 to do a tribute post I thought what a great way to honor someone whose style I’ve always loved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I for one will be sad to no longer see her effortlessly cool style popping up anymore.

Guerlain Lipstick Launch at 5F

Wednesday evening I was invited to the Guerlain Beauty Event hosted by Refinery 29 at Bergdorf’s 5F Bar. The event was to celebrate the new colors of their Rouge Automatique lipstick from the famed house of perfume. I arrived slightly late due to my job downtown, but was immediately greeted with champagne, mini cupcakes, and my favorite, mini macaroons! Shortly after I was whisked away to the make up chair for my complimentary Guerlain make over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was very pleased with the end result; you may have noticed I don’t usually wear too much make up. In fact, most days I’m lucky if I put mascara on. My make up artist kept my look simple with a subtle smokey eye and some soft matte skin to even me out. She put on the new Guerlain lipstick #103. The make up almost feels weightless, which is perfect for the upcoming summer months as well and as a gift at the  event they were giving away their coveted bronzer.I also fell in love with their dual ended mascara, which I may have to end up buying at some point soon!

After my make over I did some interviews with Refinery 29 and Guerlain people, as well as took a bunch of pictures with everyone around!

Nicole of Black Shoes Diary and Yanil of The New Yorker Style.

With Alison, one of the amazing ladies of Refinery29.

The event overall was a great experience, and I can see that Guerlain is trying to appeal to the more youthful fun demographic, which I fully back. I can’t wait to try more of the colors (I’ve had my eye on 163) and more of their other products as well.

Rainy Boring Day…

 

My work’s closed this week for “maintenance” (I’m sure everybody has heard about the bed bug epidemic on 5th Ave, right?) and I had nothing to do but walk the dog today. By 6pm I was bored out of my mind and decided to do what I do best when I’m bored; futz around with make up and my hair!

I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos as this was a spur of the moment idea and they were all taken with my iPhone.

I started with my hair; it’s a pin-up/beehive inspired by Prada. I did it with the help of the tutorial that was posted earlier this week on The Fish Tank . That Fritha has wonderful tutorials, I must say.

My hair was difficult; it curls, which is both a blessing and a  curses when trying to tease hair. Mostly it was a curse though when I’d try and brush the front whisps over the teased hive. Also, my lack of hair on my left side of my head made it complicated. I had to force the other half of my hair to cover the entire hive… Next time I will have to keep some pieces out for smoothing.

Contrary to her’s and Prada’s ‘look’ I used a teal leopard printed scarf from Limited Too and tied it around my hair at the end of the process.

Next I decided some nice classy pin-up inspired make up would complete me. I used white shadow by Make Up Forever, my black Maybelline gel eyeliner, Givenchy mascara (the round brush makes for amazing lashes), and a dash of red lipstick to finish me off!
As you can see I’m totally bumming it in a KrushRadio tee shirt and sweatpants but hey! At least I managed to match 😉

 

Anyway, just a few fun pics of this fairly simple yet couture-like look. Be sure to check out Fritha’s tutorial here !

I See Red Lips, and I want them Painted Black

Okay, so this title may be a total fail on trying to twist Rolling Stones into something fun. But more importantly, BLACK LIPS!?

Black lips are a must for any hardcore punk rocker, but now they’re becoming more common on just the fashionably conscious. They’ve shown up on runways and in clubs (trust me, I just saw some blonde with black lips in a black mini last night). I’ve actually taken a good month or so to research this topic and was truly waiting on one more piece, but it’s virtually impossible to find, but the post must go on.

Normally, you go to Target or CVS or Duane Reade for your generic lipstick shade. Sadly, you’ll have a difficult time trying to find black unless it’s October. Which, in that month you can find a fabulously cheap ($4!) tube of Wet n Wild or CoverGirl black lipstick. So where to go during the other 11 months? First stop, my favorite make-up store, Sephora! As for lines, it depends on what you’re looking for.

Urban Decay offers a black lipstick for $22. It’s a very creamy like lipstick, pretty matte, but the downside to why I personally don’t like it is that it’s infused with glitter. Not my cup of tea when you’re going for a mature, refined dark look.

Illamasqua is my favorite “cheap and chic” brand for black lipstick. I put that in quotations because at $20, it’s not that cheap, but it’s the cheapest you will find black lipstick before. I personally own this one. I love the beautiful matte look and how easily it goes on. Sadly, it tends to come off easily too, especially on the inner, moistest parts of your lips. I also prefer to wear this with a sheer gloss over it to add some shine.

Moving on and up; YSL recently released a Limited Edition black lip gloss. THIS is what I was waiting for, but sadly, it was so limited edition even I wasn’t able to track a tube of it down! From what I hear, it was a semi sheer black top coat to add a dark tone to whatever base color you were using…I feel it would have been a perfect match for my Illamasqua, but alas. We can’t always get what we want.

If you don’t care about it actually being a lipstick, but prefer something that looks perfect, I suggest Make Up Forever Flash Color. They offer little cases of about 10 shades of make up that is multi purpose. I have their silver, and it can be used on eyes, lips, skin, and body! It’s quite lasting in darker shades such as black, but you’ll need a lipstick brush to use it. Good thing the make up itself is only $18.

Though not available at Sephora but speaking of extremely high end, the only other brand I’ve noticed to make quality, year round black lipstick is Chanel. For $28 you get perfect coverage and lastability. Where to get this? I tried it out at Bloomingdale’s, but Neiman Marcus and select Nordstrom’s sell the line.

MAC also has an amazing black lipstick, but I feel it’s too “sticky”. You definitely need to use a lip brush to apply it, instead of just rolling it on. It’s also $30, not so easy on the wallet, for a small tube of it.

Okay, now for budget diva’s; we’re talking about black make up, so where else to shop but Hot Topic. Manic Panic, the Hot Topic make up brand, offers a “raven black” lipstick for $8…Personally, it doesn’t stay on thick enough so it leaves your lips looking like they have a black over-sheen. But hey, if you’re not ready for a patent black look, go for it!

How to wear this fabulous lipstick look without looking like a creepy ghost/goth/emo kid? I suggest pairing it with sultry, darkened eyes and an all black, but CHIC outfit. You don’t want to pair it with anything black, as that would give off the wrong look of wearing it for the emo purposes. By wearing it with something very trendy, you show that you’re wearing it for the style.