Girl Crush: Pat McGrath

 via Fashion Bomb Daily

For years I had been reading Vogue, and noticing that each issue there would be such a creative take on the makeup for the front cover and throughout the entire magazine. After some research I came across makeup artist who created the work of art. That is where I had learned about Pat McGrath. If I had to name one person that inspired my love for all things beauty related it’s McGrath, one of the most sought-after makeup artists in the world. Currently an international makeup artist and the creative design director of Procter & Gamble Beauty, McGrath is a legend when it comes to her artwork as is my girl crush.

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It seems like she has had years of professional training, but think again! McGrath is self-trained and that’s why I think she is so special. I admire people who can create a fulfilling life for themselves by working hard believing in themselves. It takes a strong person to truly go after their dreams and Pat McGrath is a great role model for our generation. It boggles my mind how somebody can be so creative, it is truly inspiring.

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The New Beauty Brand You Need To Try

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Into The Gloss just got glossier! Founder of the beauty website, Emily Weiss recently introduced Glossier, a new skincare line and a brick and mortar pop-up store in New York City. As a beauty obsessed enthusiast and a huge fan of ITG I am super excited to try this beauty brand! For those who are unfamiliar with Into The Gloss, CEO and founder Emily Weiss launched the blog in 2010. The website has garnered a loyal following with popular series Top Shelf, which features celebrities and ITG readers sharing their beauty routines as well as various other insightful features. With the beauty website’s success, it’s no surprise that the brand would want to expand and create its own line of products, which leads me to Glossier.

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The Ultimate Guide To Your 1920s Halloween Costume

During Halloween season we always see the typical flapper dress and when you think of The Roaring Twenties, flappers, jazz, lavish parties, the Charleston and The Great Gatsby may come to mind. But what you may not realize is how much the 1920′s have influenced our beauty and fashion today and how we can modernize the typical costume. The iconic 20′s look has been recreated for years and is the most influential and favorite time period for fashion, beauty and attitude for me. Here is a guide on how to dress and act like you just walked out of The Great Gatsby this Halloween

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The flapper, as most people know, is the beaded dress with red lips and bobbed hair look. But a flapper was not just a look — it was an attitude. They were characterized as being different, risk-takers, rebellious, going against the status-quo, sexual and freed from previous restrictions. Their attitude brought about the sexy and flashy beauty and fashion trends that we see inspiring people today. 

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Annie’s Plant-Based Diet Challenge: Week 2

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If you didn’t read last week, I recently started a month-long plant-based diet challenge with my husband. The first week went pretty well: I had no problems with craving meat or sugar but started to feel lightheaded all the time. I started taking two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses a day in order to ensure I was getting enough iron and that helped temporarily.

I was really excited about starting week two, but towards the middle of the week things took a turn for the worse again. My lightheadedness was back and I began feeling close to fainting on a consistent basis. On top of that I also felt really spaced-out and nauseated. After almost passing out on the way to a restaurant and then still feeling totally crappy after eating a huge vegan meal, I decided to reevaluate my diet. The whole reason I wanted to do this in the first place was to have enough energy to take care of my baby and feel great and since this was achieving the opposite, clearly I needed to make some changes.

I decided to eat some meat the next day as an experiment. If it made me feel better, obviously it’s something my body needs. My husband and I went out on a date night (our first in over 12 weeks!), I had some gluten free pesto pasta with chicken and wouldn’t you know I immediately felt more stable, grounded and like “myself.”

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6 Hairstyles I’m Dying To Try This Fall

Once the weather starts to cool down a little, I become way more adventurous with my hair. It may be because I’m in layers and I need my hair off of my back, or because it’s been cool and there was no need to wash my hair this week. Either way, I always bookmark a few different hairstyles to try once the humidity goes away. Here are a few styles that I’ll definitely be wearing this fall…

via Harper & Harley 

I switch up my part pretty regularly, but I love the idea of a deep side part. It’s a great way to get some extra volume. It’d be a perfect style for date night—the idea of looking out from underneath your hair can create a sultry, mysterious vibe.

via Viciously Cyd 

This is some pretty gorgeous bedhead. I’m definitely making it a point this fall to embrace my natural texture and rock the bedhead every once and a while. I could use the extra sleep after all. Just put your hair in a ponytail or bun before bed and wake up, take it down, spritz some texturizing spray or dry shampoo and you’re good to go!

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Allison’s 9 Beauty Essentials For Fall

While I’m busy trying to control my oil and shine in the warmer months, my skin and hair pulls a complete 180 once the weather cools down. Before I know it, my hair is dry and lifeless and my skin is flaky and blotchy. It’s so important to slow things down and take those preventative measures before cracked skin and hair breakage starts to go down. Here are some of my beauty essentials that I’ll definitely be using this season…

Aesop Rinse-Free Hand Wash | Grey Garden Fragrance | Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, Coriander and Honey Hand Therapy | Living Proof Instant Protection Spray | MAC Foundation Brush #188 | Catbird Horn Comb | Ilia Balmy Nights | NARS Highlighting Blush in Miss Liberty | Egyptian Magic Skin Cream

I’m definitely toting around the hand sanitizer this fall and winter. It can be really tough to find a good product that doesn’t dry out my hands and nails, but after hearing wonderful things about Aesop’s Rinse-Free Hand Wash. It’s infused with mandarin orange and lavender essential oils and doesn’t dry out my hands!

I must admit that it was the pressed flowers and branding that originally sucked me into trying this fragrance, but it was one of those instances when judging a perfume by its bottle really paid off. It’s musky and feminine all at once, and it’s made with natural ingredients. Score.

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How To Style Bralettes Year-Round

Although winter is fast approaching and it’s barely even fall (or so I tell myself), skimpy undies can still be worn year-round. Tasteful fashion sense never goes out of season. I’m talking about bralettes — casual lingerie that has taken over the role of an undershirt. So yeah, move over camis. Through trial and error, I have found the perfect outfit combos for all bralette styles.

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muscle tee is a great shirt to throw over a bralette, especially one that is structured with underwire cups and boning on the sides – sort of like a bustier. Since the armholes of a muscle tee are very open, a caged bralette exposes skin without being too revealing. However, if you normally skip out on wearing a bra altogether – either because you hate underwire or love your tiny ribcage tat – ditch the nip slip by throwing on a triangle bralette. Play up this sexy yet simple ensemble by tucking the front part of your tee into relaxed fit wide-leg pants or an asymmetrical wrap maxi skirt with a chain link belt. Continue the rocker rebel theme with fringe sandals, a chain crossbody bag, wayfarer sunglasses, and some arm candy. 

n0.1: Daydreamer muscle tee | no.2: Brandy Melville wide-leg pants | no.3: Charlotte Russe wrap maxi skirt  |  no.4: Topshop bustier bralette | no.5: Aritzia triangle bralette | no.6: Vanessa Mooney chain link belt  |  no.7: Loeffler Randall gladiator sandals |  no.8: Free People crossbody | no.9: Wildfox sunglasses  |  no.10: Alex and Ani wrap bracelet | no.11: C. Wonder wrap bracelet | no.12: Tory Burch wrap bracelet

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