Product Review: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Global Glow

Hi All!
Woo I’m finally back! I survived senior year of college, successfully landed a job, celebrated, moved into a new apartment, and I FINALLY get some free time to myself to blog! This past weekend while I was in my hometown, I decided to visit the MAC store in my local mall and use a gift card that I had lying around to try some new product. I am obsessed with YouTube beauty gurus like Jaclyn Hill and Desi Perkins, and always take their favorite products into consideration. When they both mentioned MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish in Global Glow, I knew I had to get it! I’m all about the bronze-y, summer glow, and I’ve never had a highlighter/bronzer with gold flecks in it, so I decided to give it a go. It’s safe to say that I am obsessed! My favorite way to wear it is layering it over my bronzer, but those with darker skin tones could also use it as a golden highlighter. This is definitely worth a try for anyone wanting a sun-kissed glow! For those with lighter skin tones, I would definitely use a lighter hand so you don’t look muddy, and for those who are extremely light or have a pinkier undertone, I would choose a more white/pink based highlighter all together.

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New York Bridal Fashion Week Recap

Hi everyone!
I’m so sorry for being so stagnant with posting. Between schoolwork, New York Bridal Fashion Week, and getting sick, I haven’t had much time for anything!

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Me, Alex in the Pnina Tornai finale gown, and my co-worker

Yesterday, was the biggest day of the year in the bridal world (at least for me). Why you ask? Because it was the day of Pnina Tornai’s runway show! This year’s theme was Wind Upon Water, which was inspired by how the sun reflects on the water and the wispyness of the wind. The silhouettes included ballgowns, mermaids, sheaths, a jumpsuit, and a cocktail dress, with pearl, clear crystal, white beading, fringe, and sheer and lace details. Pnina outdid herself for her 10th year designing for Kleinfeld Bridal, and there’s no doubt that this was her best collection to date. Even though I’ve been working for her for three years, I still get misty-eyed when I see her creations go down the runway. Each gown is truly a work of art and unmistakably Pnina. She knows how to be on trend and stay true to herself while really celebrating the female figure with curve-hugging silhouettes.

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Behind the scenes at the Pnina Tornai show
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Pnina Tornai lace illusion crop top and satin skirt

Today, I went to see dresses by Engardo Bonilla, who has a very classic look, designing mostly ballgowns made of tulle and lace.

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Edgardo Bonilla
Engardo Bonilla
Edgardo Bonilla

I also had the chance to see the newest dresses from Zuhair Murad, who is known for his sheer gowns with strategically placed appliques and detachable skirts.

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Zuhair Murad
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Zuhair Murad
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Zuhair Murad

 

Next up was Reem Acra, who was showing blush linings, illusion lace, and tonal beading.

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Reem Acra
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Reem Acra

After visiting Reem’s showroom, we went to go see dresses by Leanne Marshall, who was the season 5 winner of Project Runway! She is known for her flowy silhouettes, bridal separates, and bohemian aesthetic. Leanne’s dresses are made in New York City by the designer herself and a small team.

Leanne Marshall
Leanne Marshall

Our last stop was back to Kleinfeld, where Mark Zunino was showing his 2016 collection which showcased dresses with black detailing.

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Mark Zunino
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Mark Zunino

 

Overall, I had a great time this year at NYBFW but I wish I didn’t have school so I could go to all of the shows! While Pnina is of course my favorite, I am a fashionista and wedding geek at heart, so I love to see what is coming to stores for the upcoming season. Before I know it, it will be time to get ready for Pnina’s 2017 collection! It will be hard to top this year’s collection, but I know she will. She always does.

Product Review: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Happy Wednesday readers!
So this morning as I was applying my foundation, I realized something very important…

I hate it =).

So I decided to haul my caked-up face to the nearest Sephora and fix my issues ASAP. I wasn’t really sure what brand I wanted, but I knew that I wanted something with buildable coverage, a luminous finish, and something slightly moisturizing. Thanks to the helpful staff at Sephora, I was directed to NARS to try their All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and a luminous finish foundation by Makeup Forever. After trying both, I decided to go with NARS because it felt less tacky on my skin. Invigorated by my new purchase (uhhh purchases? Because I somehow ended up with a cream contour kit by Laura Mercier, an Anastasia Brow Wiz, a mini DryBar dry shampoo, and a free gift from all of the points that I’ve been saving), I decided to come home, wipe off the hot mess express that is Japonesque foundation, and apply the lovely, weightless NARS foundation, which applied like a dream. A+ indeed! I give it a 5/5 and will definitely make this my go-to until I finally cough up the money for Armani Luminous Silk. Stay tuned for more reviews of the other things that I didn’t mean to buy but totally did!

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