October Beauty Favorites: High End + Drugsture

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What’s your favorite beauty product? A go-to eyeliner that won’t smudge or budge for 12 hours? A smoldering red lip that sets the tone for a double take? Whether you want to channel your feline alter-ego with a retro cat-eye or a modern day Grace Kelly with sultry red lips, I’ve rounded a selection of high end + drugstore cosmetics that get the job done. Right.

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* Before I jump in, here are some outfit deets — to keep the look minimalistic, I paired this 3D Rose Top White from the LookBook Store (as featured in “Fashions Fade. Style Is Eternal”) with my triple-toned mini skirt from Zara and kept the accessories to the minimum with a gold bracelet and a petal-infused ring. Now let’s go.

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~*~ HIGH END ~*~

1.) Burberry Complete Eye Palette (Plum Pink): My holy grail eyeshadow set, this highly coveted palette is known for its illuminating, lightweight formula that can easily work a smoky finish to a neutral eye look. Also the set comes with a velvet pouch and 3 applicators so it’s great for girls on the go! $60 via Nordstrom

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2.) Eyeko Black Magic Mascara (Black): This carbon black mascara comes with a user-friendly wand that delivers the triple effect of length, volume and curl!

Want to try this out without spending big bucks? Then check out this special sale at Beauty Brands. It’s the $10.99 Annual Mascara Event! Save up to $17.50 on your favorite mascaras from brands like Smashbox, Stila, Tarte, Too Faced, Per-fekt and more! $24 via Beauty Brands (Sale $10.99)

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3.) Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner (Deep Black): Mired in the iconic YSL namesake logo, this cream eyeliner delivers intense color in a silky formula that’s both water & smudge-proof. Plus the packaging is totally eye candy material! $30 via Sephora

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1.) Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss (8 & 104) – Created by Kate Moss for the every girl, this lasting finish lipstick has a.) matte finish b.) creamy texture c.) superb staying power. All the quality of a designer lipstick at 1/6th of the price! $4.79 via Walgreens

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2.) Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel (Wild Violets) – With over 24 shades to choose from, this nail polish is ideal for girls that want a hint of sparkle to matte finish! Plus it has a nice fragrance when dry. $6.49 via Ulta

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3.) EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm (Lavender, Honeydew, Pomegranate) –  Collect one, collect all! This vitamin E and shea butter-infused lip balm comes in an adorable egg shape and a fun selection of colors! $3.49 via Ulta

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Have you tried these products before? And if so what’s your take on them? Xo~ Lena

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Top: Lookbook//Skirt: Zara// Bracelet + Ring: Forever 21


Photos: Jason J Photography

Fall Into Autumn Couture

Fashion is an ever-changing neophyte, meaning it’s never standing still in its translucent novelty. With a new season comes new fashion trends displayed and reinforced by the the likes of retail titans like Zara and Topshop. Animal prints, floral pastels, color-blocking platform heels…these are all iconic bolts and nuts of fashion that are reminiscent of seasons before us with modern twists on classic designs.  Here are a few favorite pieces to work into my Fall wardrobe:


Preen By Thornton Bragazzi: Runway - London Fashion Week AW14


Riani Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014/15


When in doubt, wear head-to-toe black! Play up a monochromatic color with eye-popping details like cat-eye shades and red lips. I love Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lip Shine which is a lightweight and moisturizing lipstick with shimmering pearls that add shine to any outfit.







Paying homage to the Queen…nonetheless, Alexander McQueen! Leopard prints effortlessly scream “RAWR!!”, so if being second-guessed as a feline creature is not up your alley then tone down that dramatic growl with a plain black T (or a simple metallic Peter Pan collar). Of course, if you feel a bit more daring, finish the ensemble with a pair of red skinnies. There you have it, a fierce ‘n feisty outfit!


3.) LACE




Dolce & Gabbana

The ethereal beauty of these intertwining fabrics was echoed down Fall 14’s runways à la D&G and Valentino. Originally introduced in the 50’s in linen, silk, gold or silver threads, the modern-day design has more intricate takes like macramé and crocheted lace. Whether it’d be down the aisle or the bustling streets of NYC, lace adds femininity and class to any ensemble!


Black on black…leopard prints…lace. I wonder what’s in store next. Neoprene harem pants maybe? 🙂

Xoxo~ Lena

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