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Master Makeup Class with L’Oréal

When I received the invitation to learn from celebrity make-up artist Claudia Betancur during a Master Makeup Class with L’Oréal in L.A., I excitedly said YES! As you can tell my blog is primarily fashion, but I also love beauty and although I don't consider myself an expert (just yet), I'm eager to learn tips & tricks especially from talented gurus like Claudia.
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The setting for this Master Class was picturesque with beautiful views of downtown LA, pinterest-worthy cocktails being served and fellow influencers to chat with! I wish all of my classes were like this! I mean look how chic our workstations were!
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Let's talk about (in Oprah voice) the make up!!! We were each greeted with our own bag of  L’Oréal products that we were going to use to achieve the look that Claudia was going to teach us. As you can see in the face chart below, the look we were creating was a beautiful smokey eye with neutral lips that she had done on one of her clients Jennifer Lopez!
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Claudia taught us the look step by step while infusing her tips and anecdotes as she demonstrated on the model. She even shared that J to the L-O taught her a few tricks! The steps that stood out to me and have even influenced the way I do my make up are:
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1. Moisturizing before applying make up is key- We used the L'Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer with SPF 30.

2. We used the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation with the L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation under the yes and blended with a beauty blender. Claudia recommended dampening the beauty blender to layer the make up or move it around to your desired shade. Then we sealed it with the L'Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder (that I still use to this day) and the L'Oréal Paris True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation.

3. Applying eye shadow on the eyelids with your finger! That really struck me because I was so used to using brushes, but with Claudia's recommendation I rubbed my finger on the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Continuous Cocoa which was a black shade with sparkle and just went to town on my eyelid. Then around it we toned it down by blending it with the other eyeshadows.

4. Finish the look with some glow! We gently dabbed some of the L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator on the top of our cheekbones and on the tip of our nose.

5. Can we talk about how cool the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip Gloss is? With 8 shades of nude from dark to even some sparkly, this palette lets you customize your desired shade of nude! I customized my shade to be a nude that was just dark enough to be noticed.


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I loved that it was a room full of beauty lovers who followed the same steps yet we all ended up with a different look! It was awesome that we all gave it our twist or modified to be more bold or subtle! Check out all of the fabulous ladies below! Special thanks to L’Oréal for inviting me and hosting this cool event!
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Red Knit Sweater Outfit

Want to be festive in one simple swoop? A red knit sweater will do the trick! I especially love that this one is over-sized and slouchy which makes me want to pair it with leggings and curl up on the couch. In this outfit, I added a tartan scarf that helps tame down the red but still looks Holiday-ready! It's a great outfit to do your Christmas Shopping or to have a coffee with friends!

Talking about Christmas shopping (which I still have to do much of - eek!), I provided 3 gift ideas in the affordable-luxurious range in this month's issue of Pacific Magazine, read it here! or if you're in San Diego grab your copy locally!
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About the Outfit: Red Sweater (similar herehere) | Scarf  (similar)| cabi's dusk destructed skinny jeans | A'gaci booties (sold out, but similar here & here) | Sunglassescabi Zelda Cuff | Kendra Scott ring (sold out, but similar here) | Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick (here)

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Holiday Look for the Office

Holiday parties are well underway and I have many Holiday outfit ideas coming for you! Today I'm zeroing in on the good ol' work Holiday party! It's funny how there are so many different types of Holiday parties, from the fun ugly Christmas sweater party to more elegant affairs, each one calling for their own type of outfit. To me, a work function is an extension of what you wear in the office just up a few notches.
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Casual Christmas+ Best of Cyber Monday Sales

Happy Cyber Monday! While I didn't shop in-store on Black Friday I have definitely been taking advantage of the online deals, especially today as some of them got even better today! At the end of this post I have included the best of Cyber Monday Sales - the ones that have wow'd me! One of them being Old Navy, I mean 50% off everything?! In this look, I'm wearing their jeans which have been such a comfortable surprise, so I ended up getting two more pairs for, wait for it.... $15!

This was my look to pick out our Christmas tree, I know it may seem early, but I want to enjoy my efforts decking out the tree longer! fa la la la!! Make sure to tune in on Snapchat and Instastories as I decorate!
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Best Black Friday Sales Round up

It's officially Black Friday and to make it as easy as possible for us all (because you know I'll be up in the sales), I have rounded up my favorites down below! Links to the stores and codes are listed for you to see what deals are worth checking out! I myself am going to do some online shopping while I sing "where you lead, I will follow" at the top of my lungs (Gilmore Girls' fans know what I'm talking about). So sit back, relax, watch Gilmore Girls (or not) and shop away because this is the time to buy all those things you've had your eye on for yourself (because you totally deserve it) and for your loved ones!
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In alphabetical order...
Ann Taylor : 50% off Sitewide and In Store with code: CELEBRATE
ASOS : 30% off Sitewide and In Store until 11/29 with code: THANKFUL30
Banana Republic : 50% off 5 regular-priced items Sitewide until 11/26 (online) until 11/28 (in store)
BaubleBar : 30% off purchases until 11/27 code: THANKS30
Bergdorf Goodman : 40% off Sitewide
Bloomingdale’s : Take 15% off $100-$199.99 or 20% off $200+ on a great selection of items online + save up to 50% on select items until 11/26
Chicwish : 25% off Sitewide until 11/28 code: BLK25
Express : 50% off everything in store and sitewide
Joe’s Jeans : 25% off CODE: THANKS25
(Neiman Marcus) Last Call : up to 80% off Sitewide and In Store
Macy's : Black Friday Door busters // Extra 20% or 10% off + free shipping at $50 (some exclusings may apply) with code: THANKS
Minted : 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday until 11/27 with code: BF2016 // 20% off $150+ on holiday, wedding, and all gifts until 11/28 CODE: BF2017
Neiman Marcus : Up to 40% off + free shipping
Nordstrom : Take an extra 20% off selected sale items until 11/28 // Designer sale – 40% off
Shopbop : Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off DATE: until 11/28 with code: GOBIG16
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Tommy Hilfiger : 40% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping + Extra 20% off $100 DATE: 11/25 // 40% off Sidewide until 11/28 with code: GIFT40
TOPSHOP : Up to 50% off select items until 11/28
Urban Outfitters : Buy one get one 50% Off ALL apparel
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HAPPY SHOPPING! See you back here for Cyber Monday Deals!

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