Chic Gifting + Wishlist

I always like thinking about what I'm going to GIVE & what I'd like to RECEIVE for the Holidays. I know it's already going to be November, but my husband is already asking, "So, what do you want for Christmas Jen?"  I figured I'd get started now, but I also think gifting something to myself isn't out of the question. Let's face it, after working so hard this year, why not?

Today, I rounded up some chic GIFTS - yes a bit pricey, but I always feel spoiling yourself at least once or twice a year is ok. And you?!?  My favorite & top of my wishlist is #1:  Helmut Lang Belted Coat .  I want! 

Oh & have you seen the new stationery from Kelly Wearstler available via Paperless Post?!?!?!?!
I already have a stash of them for my office!  Super duper CHIC.

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Beauty: Bobbi Brown

Hi readers! Kelsey from Kelsey Nicole here. I spent a good amount of time browsing the Nordstrom beauty department on my Nordstrom app this past rainy weekend and I couldn't help but notice the gorgeous new palettes available. Some are simply eye palettes while some have a little blush and/or lip gloss thrown in. Either way, I want them all. Here are a few available now:

 Have you tried any of these palettes yet??

Old Hollywood Eyeshadow Palette | Smokey - Cool Eyeshadow Palette | Smokey - Warm Eyeshadow Palette | Twilight Pink Lip and Eye Palette | Hot Cocoa Palette [Nordstrom Exclusive]

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Trend: The Name Necklace

Were you around in the 80's?!?  If you said YES, then I'm sure you remember the popular personalized name necklaces that just about every teenage girl wore. And, they were so pricey!!

I was waaaaay too young & NOT cool enough to wear these - but all the older girls at my school definitely had them.  I knew one day I'd own one, but had no idea it would be in 2013. 

Just to give you a little history, these name necklaces have been spotted on popular celebrities from Rhianna to Madonna. But the most iconic name necklace gal has to be Sarah Jessica Parker wearing her 'Carrie' necklace on Sex & the City! She revived the trend & made it popular - so once again, EVERY girl has to have one with her name on it!  Not only can you buy one with your name, but you can gift one to your best friend, or wear one with your daughter's name & so on! Get creative.

You can now buy these wanna-be Carrie Bradshaw necklaces made of 18k GOLD plated over Sterling silver at MADE BY GIRL.

- Sarah images via HBO

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Hi again! Adri of Adri's World here with some quilted fashion. I love this trend! I've always loved the look of quilted bags, Chanel to be specific, and I love that this season it can found in everything from a skirt to a watch!  I don't really wear sweatshirts too much but I really love that quilted light grey one, add a quilted sports watch (which I love) and you have a casual chic look.

Here in NYC it rains quite a bit so those rain boots would add a pop of color to any rainy day. A duffle bag or a clutch with a touch of quilt is the perfect way to add this trend to any outfit. I also love those ballerina flats, they would go well with any outfit and are comfortable and stylish!  I'm really loving this trend, so until I get a dreamy Chanel bag why not add a bit of quilt to my wardrobe, right?

Do you like the look of quilt? Which would you add to your closet? 

1.topshop sweatshirt , 2.asos duffle bag, 3.asos watch, 4.asos clutch, 5.alice + olivia ballet flats, 6.hunter rain boots, 7.topshop skirt]

- post by Adri Reynoso

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Hello... Fallon of Sage + Sparkle here this Monday morning & I'm so excited to share a pumpkin soup recipe with you! You see, I love pumpkin... okay, I'm obsessed.  Every year, for the past four years (this is my first year blogging about it) I have done "12 Weeks of Pumpkin", where I make a new pumpkin dish weekly, starting in September, ending after Thanksgiving!  With Halloween coming up - it also seemed quite appropriate!

I like to do a mix of sweet and savory dishes and today I want to share with you one of my favorite savory options, one that has a little bit of kick. Fall is the perfect time for soup, and what better way to enjoy a soup, than with pumpkin.  What I love about soup, is that it's the perfect thing to make and then freeze and have yummy little lunches to take with you to work our enjoy on a night when your crunched for time.  This soup is hearty, healthy, and delicious... and super easy to make.  Give it a try and please, be sure to let me know how you like it.


DSC_0033 Ingredients: serves 8 
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red onion, copped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tb. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 Tb. dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 16 oz. can pure pumpkin puree
  • 15 oz. can white beans, drained
  • 4 large handfuls of baby spinach
  • 2 Tb. red wine vinegar
  • 2 - 3 Tb. honey for drizzle
  • Pumpkin seeds and cayenne pepper for garnish
  • Sauté oil, garlic, onion, and jalapeños for 3-5 min. until soft;  add cumin, oregano and salt and store;  Sauté for an additional 3 min.
  • Stir in vegetable stock, pumpkin puree, spinach, and white beans; let simmer for 20 min., uncovered
  • Add red vinegar and drizzle with honey; simmer for an additional 5 min.
  • Serve warm and make it sparkle with cayenne pepper and pumpkin seeds

 Happy Pumpkin Season!

 - recipe & photos by Fallon Carmichael ,  Sage + Sparkle

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Love Your Life Event

So glad it's Friday..... & you??!! Lots going on over here but I'm so excited to share that I'll be joining the wonderful Lynette Lewis in an upcoming event called "LOVE YOUR LIFE" here in New York City!  This event is designed to inspire, enlighten and empower – It's promising to be a night of inspiration for all women & I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of it.

For those not familiar with Lynette Lewis
, you can read up on some more info here
– She has a church in NYC and speaks all over the country with an empowering message to inspire women to find their purpose in life. I've had the pleasure of meeting her & being inspired myself, now it's my turn to speak alongside her at this event!

If you're in NYC, I hope you can join us to hear my story and be a part of this beautiful (and free) experience. You can read more details and RSVP here

- post by jen ramos  

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West Elm + Me in NYC! You're Invited!!

Ready for the Holidays?

I'd love to INVITE you guys to join me at West Elm for a DIY project I'll be hosting! Come have fun, get creative & enjoy some sweet treats + a SURPRISE giveaway!  You don't want to miss it!  It will all go down on:
  • Thursday, November 14th, 2013
  • West Elm Broadway E. 62nd st. store here in NYC.
  • Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
  • RSVP at:

Here's the official invite below created by West Elm!


-images & styling by jen ramos

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FOOD: Herbed Rice Bowl with Poached Egg & Radish

Poached Egg, Radish & Feta over Herbed Rice |

Hi everyone! Lauren dropping in today with a recipe that's perfect for cozy weekend mornings at home this fall. This hearty and healthy dish was actually inspired by a photo I saw in my Instagram feed of someone's brunch at a restaurant in L.A. Even though I hadn't tasted the original, the combination of ingredients in that photo looked right up my alley, so I knew I had to try recreating something similar. I also love picking up watermelon radishes this time of year--they can be hard to find but basically have the same peppery taste as regular radishes.

They're BRIGHT PINK inside and just way too pretty to pass up. Just goes to show that whether on Instagram, at a restaurant or at the farmers' market, you never know where inspiration will strike!
Poached Egg, Radish & Feta over Herbed Rice |

Poached Egg, Radish & Feta over Herbed Rice | 
2 cups of cooked brown rice
1 cup fresh herbs (parsley, mint, cilantro)
Extra virgin olive oil
Crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lemon juice
1 large watermelon radish or 2 regular radishes, sliced thinly on a mandoline
2 eggs
Fresh chives, chopped
Fresh feta cheese, crumbled

Poached Egg, Radish & Feta over Herbed Rice |

1. Place herbs in a small food processor. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Puree into a thick pesto, adding more oil if necessary to combine. 
2. In a bowl, combine the warm rice and the herb pesto. Mix well with a spoon to evenly coat the rice with the pesto. Season with red pepper flakes, salt, black pepper and a quick squeeze of lemon juice. 
3. In a small pot, bring water to a boil then reduce heat to simmer and add a splash or two of vinegar. Crack each egg, one at a time, into a small bowl then gently slide the egg into the pot. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, then carefully scoop the eggs out with a slotted spoon. 
4. Divide the rice between two bowls. Top each with the radish slices, then a poached egg. Sprinkle with the chives, feta, salt and pepper. 

*Photos and recipe by Lauren Craig

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I've been meaning to get this post out to you guys because I really wanna talk about TOCCA. Their beauty products, perfumes and candles are all so incredibly scented – so unique & exquisite.  Everything from the product to the packaging, in my opinion, is fresh and sophisticated. And with that, my wishlist just got A LOT longer!! I actually have the Stella perfume, it's definitely my favorite from their collection!

 Do you have Tocca? Which is your favorite??

- post by jen ramos
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The Giveaway Winner is...

Time is up for this week's giveaway & we have a winner!!

This week's winner is the lovely @dcollyer! She will receive a gorgeous spiked tray from The Way We Are as well as our surprise gift: A Black Dots print professionally framed with a black frame and matting – a beautiful piece valued at $100! Congratulations!!!

Stay tuned for some great news from MADE BY GIRL + a new shop re-design!! Have a great weekend.

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BEAUTY: The Bordeaux Lip

Hello! Kelsey from Kelsey Nicole here today. Fall is my favorite time of year for many reasons, one being that it is the perfect time to make a statement. Cooler weather allows you to wear trendy fashion items like plaid, fur, and leather, preferably not all at once. It also allows you to experiment more with makeup trends. One that I am particularly excited to try is the bordeaux lip. While a little intimidating, I think it would incredible with a simple eye and sleek ponytail. And perhaps some fur.

Here are a few bordeaux lip options:

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DIY: Rockstar Pumpkin

I posted this cute little Rockstar Pumpkin on my Instagram not long ago & it got a lot of great feedback! So I thought, why not turn this into a little DIY feature? It's so easy.

Pumpkin decorating is essential for Fall – it's a great accessory to keep around the house, whether at a desk or a dinner setting during the Holidays. The best part is, you can't do it wrong! You can decorate your pumpkin however YOU want! So, if you're inspired by my Rockstar Pumpkin, and want to give it a shot – I've prepared some easy-to-follow instructions:

  • Pumpkin – I used a 5" one, but the size is completely up to you!
  • White acrylic paint – I used Liquitex® Basics from Michael's
  • Foam Brush – you can find a similar brush that I used here
  • Golden Pyramid Brass Studs – I used these 3/8" studs, but sizes vary!
  • A sheet or old fabric you don't mind getting paint on!

  • Begin by simply painting your pumpkin in its entirety. I chose white because I like how the white and golden studs looked together, but you can choose whatever color speaks to you!

    The size of your brush should depend on the size of your pumpkin. The bigger the pumpkin, the bigger the brush should probably be to make the process easier. A smaller brush should be used around the bottom of the stem to avoid getting any paint on it. Careful – that area is tricky!

  • I'd suggest 3 coats of paint but wait a few hours in between in each. After the paint on your pumpkin has dried, it's time to apply the studs! I used the Medium 3/8" studs, but you can choose whichever size you'd like. If you want a more "flashy" pumpkin, you can go ahead with bigger studs!
  • Push in the studs wherever you'd like. I scattered mine around the circumference of the pumpkin – play around and see as you go to decide whether you want more or less. You can also arrange the studs to spell out a word or create a shape!

  • Ta da! You have your pumpkin!! Use it to add a touch of fun to your desk like I did, or display it on the table at your next dinner party. Enjoy.

Maybe next time I'll try adding a mohawk. Ha.

- images by jen ramos

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FASHION: 3 Ways to Wear

Hi everyone! Sandra from Blasfemmes here & today I'm especially excited to show you one of my absolute favorite items of the Season - Faux Leather Skinny Pants - and also show you their incredible versatility! I was so happy when I found this pair from Blank Denim which is gorgeous and affordable! Below you'll find three styling suggestions and I'd love to know which one is your favorite!

First Style: 1. Zara Blazer // 2. J. Crew Necklace Striped Tee // 3. Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote // 4. Sole Society Kella Pump // 5. Prada Sunglasses   Second Style: 1. OTTE Hat // 2. Mango Plaid Shirt // 3. Danielle Nicole Alexa Tote // 4. Collette Lace Top // 5. Rag&Bone Booties   Third Style: Michael Kors Selma Handbag // 2. Equipment White Shirt // 3. Stella McCartney Sunglasses // 4. Oasis Burgundy Coat // 5. Gianvito Rossi Leopard Pumps

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Hey! Hope everyone is enjoying fall as much as I am – although here in NYC if you're standing in the sun, it still feels like Summer. I'm sure all New Yorkers know what I mean. Soon enough we'll be wearing boots, scarves, hats – is your Fall wardrobe ready yet?

Speaking of hats, DID YOU KNOW that not everyone feels comfortable wearing hats?? In fact, I used to be one of 'those people.  I'd feel totally self-conscious & think "does this hat look good on me?" or the other question, "is everyone going to be staring at me?" - anyone else felt that way??
However, these days I'm much more confident when I wear a hat - well, actually it depends on the hat.  I rounded up a few ready-for-Fall styles,  but my fave is the #5 Rag & Bone Dunaway Hat. Classy all the way.

How do you feel about hats? self-conscious? or completely confident?

- post by jen ramos

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Fashion: L'Orange

Hi everyone! Adri here of Adri's World. Fall is here and the leaves are beginning to change to beautiful shades of orange, so let's talk about all the "orange in fashion"!
I think orange is one of those colors that when worn right can be very, very stylish! It's the perfect tone to add to your fall wardrobe. I don't normally wear orange, but I'm really loving the look of that coat!
Maybe a bit of color without making a big statement? How about some accessories? That gold and orange ring or that watch would be gorgeous with neutrals or warm colors. Add a bit of color with that orange pouch to hold a few things for a night out or with that tassel card holder and you'll sure make an impression when handing out your business cards.
Now, if you really want to make a statement, that bag is the perfect choice. Don't you love it? Oh, but those shoes (which by the way have a gold zipper in the back). Amazing, right?

Do you wear orange? Are you adding it to your closet this season? I think I'm definitely going to!


1.otoman hands ring , 2.y.a.s henni coat, 3.asos card holder, 4.michael kors sandals, 5.rebecca minkoff pouch, 6.see by chloe bag, 7.michael kors watch

- post by Adri Reynoso
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I don't know what it is... maybe it's the crisp weather & the quick arrival of the holiday season... but we're doing some more GIVEAWAYS at MADE BY GIRL!  This week, (1) lucky reader is going to receive a cool tray from The Way We Are  - this tray has some with some serious edge –– Spikes!! Who says trays can't be fashion forward too?

 BUT that's not all.  Keep scrolling to the bottom to read what else!! Enjoy your weekend!!


All you have to do is:
  • Regram one of the photos ABOVE of this gorgeous tray on InstagramYou can either save the photos or take a screenshot from your device! Simple right??
  • Make sure you hashtag #MBGgiveway 
  • Follow both @thewayweare & @madebygirl on your instagram.



You have (1) week to Instagram your photo! This giveaway will run from 10/11- 10/18
WINNER will be chosen on 10/18

-images by jen ramos

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For The Home

Happy F-r-i-d-a-y!!!! I've got some exciting news coming soon about a few SUPER cool collaborations I'm working on! Can't wait to tell you guys! In the meanwhile, FALL IS def HERE & I've been thinking about changing a few things in my home & updating the space. Know what I mean??

Like most of you, I search the internet to see if anything would work well with my current decor. I figured some of you may be doing the same in your place.... SO, I put together a few home accessories I thought you'd love! Ok, I CHEATED & included my own black & white 5"x7" LOVE print.

I'd love to know....Which item could you see in your home???

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Kimberly of KimberlyLuxe here and being a girl on the go, I'm constantly looking for carry-on essentials that'll help me maximize the benefits of my travel beauty routine while minimizing the process of my travel beauty routine. And having a dry shampoo that actually works is definitely important as it keeps my hair cleansed without the hassles of water, excessive hair tools, product bottles, and faucets! Dry Shampoos save space in my suitcase and most importantly saves time on my busy travel schedule! In this beauty minute, we're going to take a look at some of the best Dry Shampoos at every budget!

1 Have limp and weighed down hair that needs instant volume and body?! Number One on our list of favorite Dry Shampoos is the highly-praised Oscar Blandi, Pronto Dry Shampoo! Not only does a little bit of this product go a long way but the lemon scent is an added bonus that is sometimes hard to find in your every day dry shampoo! We love this stuff because of its ability to give instant volume and definition just after a few puffs and a few strokes of a brush. Definitely worth every penny! ($21)

2 Curly girls need love too! DevaCurl's No-Poo Quick Cleanser is a great curl refresher, that revives and cleanses undefined curls! ($20)

3 Drybar's Detox Dry Shampoo is an easy-to-apply dry shampoo that leaves no residue behind while soaking up oily hair. ($20)

4 For the budgetnista Suave Professional's Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo packs the perfect punch as Keratin is known to help keep the hair follicle strong! ($4)

5 For the trendy girl who's constantly looking to switch things up, Batiste's Dry Shampoo line makes for a fun experience as their hair products come in different varieties, each fitting different styles and personality types! ($4-$9)

-post by kimberly

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Pie

How's it going? This is Mat again - I'm actually going to share how to make a dairy-free, gluten-free  mousse pie recipe (adapted from a regular version) I made for Jen.

18 oz silken tofu
7 oz dark chocolate (70% or higher)
1/2 package sugar-free dark chocolate Jello pudding mix
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 C light agave
1 6oz box crunchy dark chocolate cookies*
2 Tbsp margarine

Run the cookies in a food processor until coarsely crumbled. Melt the margarine and pour into a bowl with the cookie crumbs, then mix until the crumbs are well covered and moist. In a 9" pie tin, evenly distribute the crumb mix and press lightly with fingers. Place a piece of wrapping plastic over the tin, then use another tin to press the crumb mix until smooth. Remove the plastic and set aside.

Melt the chocolate - use either a double boiler or break into small pieces in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 45 seconds then stir until fully melted (don't cook longer or it will burn). Put tofu, chocolate, pudding mix, vanilla, and agave in a food processor or blender and blend until well blended - about 3-4 minutes.

Pour the mousse mix into the pie crust, spreading carefully to the edges. Refrigerate covered for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.  Cut thin slices and plate with strawberries or raspberries. We also sprinkled some edible gold on top, creating a fancier look. Bon Appétit.

-images by Jen Ramos

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This is a new series called, "Let's Get This Look" - where we put together a SIMILAR wardrobe to help you "get that look" based on what others are wearing.  It's that simple.  If you missed the previous post, here it is.

model image via harpers bazaar /// jacket via muubaa  /// tshirt via jcrew
/// jeans 7 for all mankind /// jacket mackage /// jacket via A.L.C /// boots for frye /// black denim via anine bing

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Hello everyone! How's your week so far. I can't tell you how odd it is to be in October & still be surrounded by humidity. NYC weather is strange no? This weather is keeping me indoors doing work & also rearranging the house - which means getting rid of a few things & bringing in new stuff!

This time I've decided to put my clear coffee table on SALE.  Just wanted to change a few things out  as I always do... The table has been featured on several blogs including my own - as you can see below!

It's in good condition - with a only a few minor scratches on the corners. I'm selling it for $150 or best offer, but this lucite coffee table originally retails for $279 at CB2, which you can see here.  No shipping, so you'd have to be NY local & come pick it up.  If interested, please email me.

-images above by janis nicolay

-last 2 images by jen ramos

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Hello everyone! This is Sandra from Blasfemmes! I'm sure you've noticed that animal-print is going to be a trend to watch this Season with tiger, leopard and snakeskin all making an appearance. My personal favorite of these wild prints will be forever leopard-print and I love cheetah-print almost as much so today I'm focusing on these too classic prints, seen all over the fall 2013 runways on everything from clothing to accessories. Ready?


Any favorites?

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Waiting On Martha

Hi everyone! I'm happy to announce that I have more good news for my readers!  The lovely Mandy from Waiting on Martha made me a guest curator for the month of October!! There are so many fabulous items at the shop, I couldn't wait to share them with you!! I'm including my top picks in this post, but check out my CURATED list here.

The good news? Waiting on Martha is offering 15% off ALL ITEMS until October 10th!! Just use the code: MADEBYGIRL15 at checkout.  Happy shopping!

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Kimberly of KimberlyLuxe here and I'm so excited that I'll finally be visiting New York for the first time! I was invited to attend a conference for women in technology and my mind has been all over the place when it comes to my personal brand, future projects, what I'm going to wear, and how I'm going to do my makeup. One thing is for sure, I want to be camera ready for those random pictures that'll be taken to commemorate the event, as well as, those picture that may be used to later promote the event.

But I don't think that I want to cake-on my makeup as I really don't want to have to deal with the reapplication and resetting process that comes after hours of wearing the mixture of primer, foundation, concealer, and powder. So as I pack and get ready to go, I will be building a Fake-Up Bag -- one that will be full of product shortcuts for achieving "No-Makeup Looking Makeup". Because let's face it, make-up can often cake-up, so my goal for this trip will be to, fake-it like I make-it.

+ BB/CC Cream One of my must have Fake-Up Bag Essentials is a BB Cream, CC Cream, or Tinted Moisturizer. The products make for an awesome base and imperfection concealer without the hassle of having to go through a multi-step process that is often needed in order to achieve a full foundation routine. The great thing about BB Creams, CC Creams, and Tinted Moisturizers is that they are often 4-In-One Products. They usually always have SPF, primer, foundation, and moisturizing properties as staples! Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB Cream is a definite whole-in-one!

+ Refresher I absolutely love using MAC's Studio Fix+ Spray. The solution allows my makeup to stay on all day while looking refreshed and vibrant. But recently, I have started making my own version of MAC's Studio Fix+, when I learned that Glycerin and Water have the same benefits as the clear solution sold at cosmetic stores! But if you're not looking to spend MAC money or if you're not in the mood to make this solution on your own, then Burt's Bees Rosewater & Glycerin Solution is a great semi-organic and budget friendly face alternative for you! Simply put some in a small spray bottle and spitz it before or after you're done applying your fake-up!

+ Mascara No matter if you're planning on wearing makeup or not, mascara is definitely a must-have as it allows your eyes to be the focal point of your face. Not only does mascara wake up sleepy eyes but it also can pull a fake-up look together! Benefit Cosmetic's "They're Real" Mascara is worth every penny as it'll expand and elongate your lashes in a fun and flirty way!

+ Lip-Stain A lip-stain is that great product that's right in between a lipgloss and a lipstick. Lipstains are known to withstand meals and weather as they provide a long-lasting lightweight finish! For a day look, I prefer a lipstain that is nude or light pink so it gives more natural appeal! OCC's Lip Tars are all the rave because in my opinion they pack the most perfect pucker punch in an organic and vegan way!

What's in your Fake-Up Bag?! What are your essentials for creating a natural and not so heavy makeup look?

 -post by kimberly luxe

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