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Friday, September 30, 2011

Closet Confessions: 30 Day Shoe Challenge DAY 11

Day 11: L.A.M.B. Lucas Pumps in Taupe
Picked these babies up on Bluefly a few weeks ago when they were having a giant shoe sale. I hope you guys realize that the main reason why I have so many shoes...aside from being a because I am a bargain shopper!! These shoes retail at over $300 but I picked them up for UNDER $150!! Patience is the key to bargain shopping...and in most occasions I have absolutely no patience...but when it comes to shopping you have to have it! 
The soles of these shoes are the best part!!! I have a few pairs of L.A.M.B. shoes and they all have unique soles. Too bag no one really gets to see them or appreciate them!
I wore this outfit to a Fundraiser I worked. Comfy & still looks good! Obsessed with the mauvy color of the dress!! & how much do you love my dirty hair hairdo?? If you follow me on Instagram (@jackiegiardina) you saw this already! Dirty hair, some hairspray and a few bobby pins can go a long way!
Dress: Express, Necklace: mark., Bracelets: Express & Forever 21, Rings: Express & Disney Couture, Shoes: L.A.M.B. (Similar)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Perfectly Plum

WOW WOW WOW I don't think I've ever been more impressed with something I bought for $3. I was browsing Target during my lunch break and of course stopped in the cosmetic aisle. I was drawn to the ELF products obviously because of the prices but then noticed this ELF plum purple gel liner for $3!!!! I had to have it! I absolutely LOVE gel liner it goes on so smooth and looks like a liquid but 100 times easier to apply. Plus it even comes with a mini angled eyeliner brush to apply it with! PERFECTION!
mark. doesn't have a plum eyeliner available so this was a no brainer to purchase from ELF. I don't always like to wear harsh black liner especially during the day so this plum is a nice alternative to brown and looks good with all eye colors!

  1. Moisturize & Prime skin!
  2. Use Tinted Moisturizer to even out skin tone! (I used mark.'s Get a Tint in Buff/Natural MY FAV!! & I've tried a LOT of tinted moisturizers!)
  3. Conceal any blemishes & undereye circles!
  4. Sweep a peach blush on apples of cheeks (I used mark. Good Glowing Blush in After Glo which is a dupe of NARS Orgasm blush....except its ONLY $7...DARE TO COMPARE )
  5. Prime eyelids & groom brows. Apply pink eyeshadow to lids (I used mark.'s iMark in Lovestruck!), apply plum shadow lightly to crease (I used mark.'s iMark in Plum Velvet).
  6. Starting in inner corner using angled eyeliner brush apply plum gel eyeliner along upper lashes and wing out. (I used the mini brush that came with the ELF liner! Its a really great brush!)
  7. Apply 2 coats of thickening mascara!! (I used mark.'s Lash All You Want Mascara THE BESTTTT!)
  8. Coat lips with a light pink lipstick! (This one is mark.'s LipClick in Baby Luv!)
Another recent impulse purchase is the Conair Bun Maker. Coolest invention EVER! My buns always come out so flat which is hard to believe considering I have a TON of hair and its super thick. This makes the perfect bun and gives it some life!! Highly recommend buying it if you see it at the drugstore! Here I did it super fast, and I'm not the type of person that would wear a perfect bun anyway but with the Bun Maker you can make the most perfect neat bun!

For more details on any mark. products or to purchase them head over to my eBoutique.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Get the Look: Adele VMAs 2011

I was SOOOOO inspired by Adele's look at this year's VMAs that I knew I had to try to recreate it!! This seriously might be my favorite look I've EVER done. No joke its the perfect balance of smokey yet cat eye, bronze yet flushed cheek & glossy nude/brown lip! I know the end result doesn't look exactly like Adele's look but that is where ALL of my inspiration came from!
Products used:
mark. Matte Chance Mattifying Lotion
mark. Get Defensive Eye Cream
mark. Primed for Perfection Face Primer
Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation in Calming Honey
Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer
Clinque Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder in Invisible Matte
mark. Bronze Pro in Pro Golden
mark. Please Hold Eye Primer
Anastasia Eye Brow Kit
mark. iMark in Wink Wink, Latte & Java
Laura Mercier Tight Line Cake Eye Liner in Black Ebony
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero
mark. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes
Ardel Accent Lashes
mark. Lash All You Want Mascara in Black
mark. Lipclick in Malt
MAC Clear Lipgloss
I've gotten a few requests that a tutorial be done for this so here is the step by step instructions:

  1. Prep you face with mark. Matte Chance Lotion followed by mark. Get Defensive Eye Cream around eye area. Let moisturizer set on skin then apply mark. Primed for Perfection Face Primer! Primer is extremely important because it not only provides the perfect canvas for foundation but also makes your makeup last all night!
  2. Apply Clinique Foundation (I used Honey) to face and blend into neck using a foundation brush! Also using the foundation brush I applied Benefit Concealer to entire eye area and down sides of nose to conceal any dark spots. I love using a lighter concealer around my nose because it creates the look of a contoured face - important for me because my face is round!
  3. Using the sponge in Clinque's Pressed Powder apply it to your nose, under eyes, forehead and chin - all areas prone to shine. I love this product because its "Invisible" which means there is essentially no color to it & no matter how tan or pale I am it still works!
  4. Using a flat brush (I used mark.'s Bronzer + Blush Brush) apply mark. Bronze Pro to hollows of cheeks, around hairline, down nose and along your jaw.
  5. Apply mark. Please Hold Eye Primer from lashline to brow & groom eyebrows with Anastasia Brow Grooming kit (or any powder that matches your brow color & clear brow gel!)
  6. Apply mark. iMark in Latte to entire lid of eye. Apply mark. iMark in Wink Wink heavily to crease. Apply mark. iMark in Java to outer corners of eyes. & BLEND BLEND BLEND. You blending brush should be your best friend when creating smoky eye looks.
  7. Using an angled eyeliner brush apply MAC Fluidline to upper lash line, starting with inner corner and working your way out. Continue line beyond the corner of your eye. Apply Urban Decay Eyeliner to heavily to waterline. Then taking a flat eyeliner brush apply Laura Mercier Tightline Eyeliner into lashes along upper and lower lash line. Nothing is worse than apply eyeliner and having that white space between your lashes and the eyeliner. Tightlining is the technique of blending shadow in that area using a brush. Its almost as if you are brush your lashes.
  8. Using an eyeliner brush apply iMark in Wink Wink under lower lashes and smudge. Apply 2 coats of mark. Lash All You Want Mascara to upper and lower lashes. Apply Ardel Accent Lashes to corners of eyes. Accent lashes are my favorite when doing a cat eye look because they really add to the eyeliner effect.
  9. Using a makeup sponge apply mark. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cubes on cheekbone, under eyebrow & in inner corners of eyes. This product is a MUST HAVE, it is so versatile! CEW agrees! Touch & Glow received the highest honor a beauty product could receive this year by winning a CEW Beauty Award for Best All Over Face Product!
  10. Finish with mark. LipClick in Malt to lips, following by a coat of MAC Clear Lipgloss.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Closet Confessions: 30 Day Shoe Challenge DAY 10

Day 10: Steve Madden WILDD Platforms in White Multi
Who said you can't wear white after Labor Day???
Yeh I don't follow the rules! Its still kinda warm in New York and I definitely couldn't put away my sandals yet. 
I'm super surprised my jean jacket hasn't made an appearance in any of my Closet Confessions posts yet...I seriously wear it all the time. Funny story I actually had jean jacket that was my absolutely FAVORITE...I had it for years, it was worn in and perfect....then I ripped the sleeve on a fence...I'm a walking disaster. I was actually depressed and didn't want to buy a new one, then I found this one in the Gap and it seriously was like my old jacket reincarnated. Its from their 1969 line and its amazing!!! & don't worry I didn't throw out my old jacket...I just cut the sleeves off and made a vest!
Jacket: Gap, Tank: Nordstorm, Skirt: American Apparel, Cuff: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Shoes: Steve Madden

Check out more of my 30 Day Shoe Challenge Posts!

mark. Makeup Monday: Greenery

I really enjoy the limited edition Superflips mark. puts out every year. I love the convenience of having everything you need in one compact that can easily fit in your bag. This years edition features 9 eyeshadows & a 3-in-1 illuminator/highlighter. 
There are literally a million different looks you can create with this but here is my first one. Super simple & something everyone can do.
PLUS this compact is only $10!!!! when you make a $20 purchase at my eBoutique. (Its normally $20!) If you were thinking about purchasing it I definitely recommend picking up the gloss/stain I'm wearing here too! mark.'s Gloss Gorgeous is a long wearing lip product that goes on as a gloss and fades to a stain! Love it. & this color is super flattering on all skin tones!
For more info on this compact check out my review of it HERE.
mark super flip
You can pick you all of these products at
  1. Prep skin with mark. For Goodness Face Moisturizer, followed by Get Defensive Eye Cream around the eyes. Let moisturizer sit for a few minutes and apply Primed for Perfection Face Primer on entire face.
  2. Using Foundation Brush apply Min-A-Real Foundation to entire face, blend into neck. Cover any blemishes with Save the Day Anti Acne Concealer. Hid undereye circles with Conceal for Real Hook Up Concealer! Blend well with Foundation brush.
  3. Keep skin shine free all day with Matte-Nificent Oil Absorbing Powder. Apply with a large Powder brush to face & neck.
  4. Apply Illuminator for mark.'s New Superflip Color Kit to cheeks, forehead and down nose.
  5. Apply Greenery to entire lid and along lower lashes. Apply Taxi to inner corners of eyes and also along the outer border of Greenery. Blend Black Tie to crease and outer corners of eyes. Take an Eyeliner brush and apply Black Tie along upper lash line and blend into green. Highlight under brow with Fluffy.
  6. Line water line with No Place to Run in Jet Set. Curl lashes with Make me Lash Eyelash Curler & apply 2 coats of Lash All You Want Mascara in Black.
  7. Finish with Gloss Gorgeous in Bare on lips!


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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Closet Confessions: 30 Day Shoe Challenge DAY 9

Day 9: Steve Madden Sitara Nude Platforms
livingaftermidnite - closet confessions day 9
livingaftermidnite - closet confessions day 9
These shoes are literally one of my three favorite pairs of shoes in my wardrobe. They are the perfect 70s platforms and so in trend this Fall. I can wear them with skinny jeans, flare jeans, dresses...pretty much anything. They are extremely HIGH with a giant platform so they take a little walking to get used to them, but once you get the hang of it its smooth sailing. 

I wore these out to the bar one night 2 weeks ago and my feet didn't hurt me once and even with a few drinks in me I didn't wobble!
livingaftermidnite - closet confessions day 9
livingaftermidnite - closet confessions day 9
livingaftermidnite - closet confessions day 9
Got this off the shoulder thin sweater in Forever 21 a few weeks ago. I literally have worn it 10 times. Its the perfect weight for early Fall. This night I wore it with just a lace bra under it, but during the day I throw on a tank!
livingaftermidnite - closet confessions day 9
livingaftermidnite - closet confessions day 9
Shirt: Forever 21, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bracelets: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Red & Pewter), Ring: Forever 21
livingaftermidnite - closet confessions day 9
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