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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

HELP! I need a new flat iron.

You know you need a new flat iron when you crank it up to 420 degrees and you can lay your hand on the ceramic plate without getting burnt...
Livingaftermidnite - Flat Iron
Problem is I haven't bought a new one in years...literally years & I have NO CLUE which one to get! I feel like last time I bought one there were like 2 different options which made my decision pretty simple...now there are about a trillion different brands, sizes, colors...!

I need your HELP! What flat iron do you use?
I'm always giving you my recommendations on products but I need yours now!
I only use my flat iron a couple times a month, most of the time I just let my hair air dry or if I do feel like actually doing my hair I blow dry it with a round brush and just fix a few unruly pieces with the flat  iron so I really don't want to spend a crazy amount of money.

HELP!! Its just my luck that my hair has been extra wild since it broke...figures!

Monday, January 30, 2012

mark. Makeup Monday: Dramatic Impact

Livingaftermidnite - mark monday dramatic
Livingaftermidnite - mark monday dramatic
This month's mark. Magalog is all about REMIXING your look & the easiest way to start is with your makeup!! Turn up the DRAMA with showstopping earrings paired with lots and lots of liner.

It might be cold or gray outside, but you can liven things up with a little experimentation.
Livingaftermidnite - mark monday dramatic
*Layer liquid liner over pencil liner for the ultimate dramatic effect*
Livingaftermidnite - mark monday dramatic
IMG_5786Livingaftermidnite - mark monday dramatic
Livingaftermidnite - mark monday dramatic
Livingaftermidnite - mark monday dramatic
As always its mark. Monday & all the products I used are mark. & can be found on my eBoutique!
(check out the bottom of this post to see the exclusive dramatic impact deal on some of the key products I used to create this look)
  1. Prep skin with Calm & Composed Moisturizer and Primed from Perfection Face Primer. Apply Min-A-Real Cream to Powder Foundation with a Foundation Brush. 
  2. Prime eye lids by applying Keep It Going Longwear Shadow in Exposure (champagne color) with fingers. Using an eyeshadow brush apply iMark Eyeshadow in Fairy Dust to entire lid and into crease. Apply iMark Eyeshadow in Biscotti to brow bone & in inner corners of eyes.
  3. Line upper & lower lash line & waterline with No Place To Run Eyeliner in Jet Set. Extend liner along inner corners so that both lines meet. Apply What a Line Felt Tip Liner in Wee Hours along upper lashes over the pencil liner and extend past outer corner.
  4. Curl lashes & apply 2-3 coats of Lash All You Want Mascara in Black to both upper & lower lashes.
  5. Wipe up any eyeshadow fall out on your face & apply Conceal for Real Concealer to any blemishes & under eye circles. Set foundation with Matte-Nificent Oil Absorbing Powder. Using the Blush+Bronzer Blush apply Bronze Pro in Pro Glow to hollows of cheeks. Apply Good Glowing Blush in After Glo to apples of cheeks with the Angled Contour Brush.
  6. Finish with LipClick SPF 15 in Cupid.
Livingaftermidnite - mark monday dramatic
Livingaftermidnite - mark monday dramatic
Livingaftermidnite - mark monday dramatic
remix your look
Pick up the Dramatic Impact Deal on my eBoutique NOW through 2/23.
Deal includes: iMark Shadows in Biscotti & Fairy Dust, Snap To It Mini Case (holds both shadows), No Place to Run Eyeliner in Jet Set, Lash All You Want Mascara in Black & What a Line Felt Tip Liner in Wee Hours.
ONLY $34 (a $46.50 value)

For more information on any of these products or to pick them up head over to my eBoutique.


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Friday, January 27, 2012

Gloss Gorgeous

Livingaftermidnite - Gloss Gorgeous
OMG the new products that mark. released TODAY (1/27) in Magalog 2 are just incredible. Words can't describe how happy I am & how amazing all of them are!
Being a rep we gain access to these products 1 month prior to them being sold online (just one of our many perks) & when I saw that mark. was expanding their ever popular Gloss Gorgeous line with FOUR new shades I squealed (literally!)
If you don't already know Gloss Gorgeous is a stay on lip stain...but unlike other lip stains this product goes on as a gloss and as the day wears on the gloss may go away but the color will stay!
Check out the 4 new shades below & the previous 4 shades on my eBoutique!
Livingaftermidnite - Gloss Gorgeous
Livingaftermidnite - Gloss Gorgeous - Spicy
mark. Gloss Gorgeous in Spicy
Livingaftermidnite - Gloss Gorgeous - Showy
mark. Gloss Gorgeous in Showy
Livingaftermidnite - Gloss Gorgeous
mark. Gloss Gorgeous in Vibe
Livingaftermidnite - Gloss Gorgeous
mark. Gloss Gorgeous in Frilly

Which one is your favorite? I'm leaning towards Spicy but I'm pretty obsessed with them ALL!

Pick these & any other products up at my eBoutique!

FREE SHIPPING in the US on your first order of any amount use code: WELCOME
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Super Bass

Livingaftermidnite - Super Bass
AHHHH finally the Nicki Minaj OPI Collection has made it into MY Collection!!!!!!!!!

When I saw this set of mini polishes in the mall I immediately threw it in my basket along with a full size bottle of this AMAZING Magenta (I think its more plum than magenta) Shatter & a bottle of the last but not least OPI Nicki Minaj Polish, Metallic 4 Life (a pretty awesome black polish with silver glitter that will be making an appearance soon).

I knew there was no way I was going to do a "boring" mani with Nicki Minaj nail polish I mean COME ON...She would be ashamed!
 & I needed to think of a creative way to use 5 different polishes in one mani...so here it is!

#1 This shatter is AMAZING...might just be my favorite one yet. It went on so smooth and separated perfectly. I did it over the pink first and loved it, but when I applied it over the green I seriously fell in LOVE. I might just do an entire mani of this lime with purple shatter over ((or maybe a pedi!!))
#2 All of these creme shades are seriously gorgeous. They applied so nice and the colors are just perfect after just 2 coats of each.
#3 This glitter is awesome!!! Love the long bars of glitter. A nice way to change up a glitter polish!
Livingaftermidnite - Super Bass
Livingaftermidnite - Super Bass
Livingaftermidnite - Super Bass
Livingaftermidnite - Super Bass
Livingaftermidnite - Super Bass
Livingaftermidnite - Super Bass
Livingaftermidnite - Super Bass
(l to r) OPI Fly, OPI Did It On 'Em, OPI Super Bass Shatter, OPI Pink Friday & OPI Save Me
Livingaftermidnite - Super Bass
Livingaftermidnite - Super Bass
Livingaftermidnite - Super Bass
(inside with flash)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Little Plaid Riding Hood

Livingaftermidnite - Little Red
I picked up this plaid cape in Forever 21 last week when I was shopping with my sister. She literally looked at me like I was crazy when I proceeded to take it off the hanger, try it on (with the hood) and twirl around in front of the mirror in the center of the store. Its safe to say I embarrassed her....but I don't care...that goes with the territory of older sisters taking you shopping!
I saw the most perfect patterned dress to wear under it too, but the dress didn't look as great on so I'm still on the hunt. For now I stuck to an all black look and my fav brown boots to bring out the orange in the cape!
Livingaftermidnite - Little Red
Livingaftermidnite - Little Red
Livingaftermidnite - Little Red
Livingaftermidnite - Little Red
Livingaftermidnite - Little Red
Cape: Forever 21 (Similar), Turtleneck: Gap, Jeggings: Gap, Headband: Urban Outfitters (Similar), Sunglasses: Target, Ring: mark., Necklace: Forever 21, Bangle: Forever 21, Boots: Vince Camuto
Livingaftermidnite - Little Red

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cleansing & Polishing

Livingaftermidnite - Sigma Cleansing
I hate to admit it but I've been subjected the ADULT ACNE ((yuck!)). As a teenager I never had trouble with acne, I mean don't get me wrong of course I woke up with a pimple every once in a while but it was never something I couldn't cover & it was never an "issue." Well I guess I'm making up for it now because recently I've been breaking out like NO other. Not only am I waking up with one pimple but sometimes MULTIPLE pimples...and in the weirdest places. I haven't changed my diet, exercise routine, sleep pattern, beauty habits...nothing...but I knew I had to change something because I couldn't handle any more pimples popping up.

I had heard about the amazing results that the Clarisonic Skin Care System was giving people, but honestly I didn't want to drop $120 on something that might not help my problem. Thats when I found Sigma Beauty's Cleansing & Polishing Tool!

I've ordered brushes from Sigma Beauty before and they are amazing quality for a great price so when I saw this product for ONLY $39 pop up on the New Arrival screen I figured it was worth a try.
Livingaftermidnite - Sigma Cleansing
Livingaftermidnite - Sigma Cleansing
Sigma's Cleansing & Polishing Tool promises to polish your skin to be perfectly smooth & flawless getting rid of dull & uneven skin. This product doesn't only come with 1 head it comes with 3 - Soft, Medium & Firm. They suggest you only use the soft one on your face and I definitely agree. The medium and firm brushes are ideal for body exfoliation, especially stubborn spots like elbows & heels.

I've been using the soft brush head on my face to cleanse with one of my facial cleansers 3 times a week at night and not only have I noticed that my acne has decreased significantly, but it has also made my complexion a lot brighter & the pores on my nose appear a lot tighter and smaller. I actually find myself applying less foundation & concealer as the days go on...what girl wouldn't love to still have that flawless look with half the amount of makeup??

When starting to use one of these skin care systems I recommend using it twice a week at night to see how your skin reacts. To get the best "cleanse" use at the end of a shower so that the steam has a chance to open your pores. I also recommend following up a cleansing or polishing with a lightweight moisturizer.

Have you tried any of these Skin Care tools? If you have do you have any tips on using them?
Livingaftermidnite - Sigma Cleansing
Livingaftermidnite - Sigma Cleansing
Sigma Beauty ships WORLDWIDE!!
Definitely one of my go to websites for brushes & more!

Monday, January 23, 2012

mark. Makeup Monday: Touch & Glow

mark. Monday - Touch & GLow
Especially in the Winter cold I think adding a Highlighter to your makeup routine in a MUST!! The glow on my cheekbones & a rosy cheek really make my pale Winter skin look pretty good!

I've tried tons buy I love mark.'s Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette. It is a cream to powder formula made up of 9 "cubes" of super flattering shimmery shades. They can used individually or swirled together & match perfectly with every skin color!
mark. Monday - Touch & GLow
mark. Monday - Touch & GLow
mark. Monday - Touch & GLow
mark. Monday - Touch & GLow
As always its mark. Monday & all of the products I used to create this look are mark.!

  1. Start by prepping your skin with mark.'s Calm & Composed Moisturizer & Get Defensive Eye Cream. Using your hands apply Get A Tint Tinted Moisturizer to your entire face. Cover any blemishes & under eye circles with Conceal for Real Hook Up Concealer. Using the Powder brush apply Powder Buff to entire face & neck to set makeup.
  2. Prime eye lids with Please Hold Eye Primer. Apply iMark Metallic in Sugar Sugar to entire lid, inner corners of eyes and along the first quarter of lower lashes. Apply On The Edge Liquid Liner in Cleo along upper lashes starting line thin and increasing thickness of line toward outer corner of eyes. Apply No Place to Run Eyeliner in Jet Set to waterline. Curl lashes & apply 2 or 3 coats of Lash All You Want Mascara in Black to upper & lower lashes. Groom brows & set with Brow Factor Brow Gel.
  3. Apply Bronze Pro in Pro Glow to hollows of cheeks and along hairline with the Blush+Bronzer Brush. Apply Good Glowing Blush in Cameo Glo to apples of cheeks with the Angled Contour Brush. Using a makeup sponge apply Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes along your cheekbone.
  4. Finish look by applying LipClick in Baby Luv to lips.
mark. Monday - Touch & GLow
mark. Monday - Touch & GLow
mark. Monday - Touch & GLow
mark. Monday - Touch & GLow
mark. Monday - Touch & GLow
For more information on these products or to purchase them check out my eBoutique.


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