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Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Ultimate Designer Handbag Wishlist

With NYFW upon us I'm sure my Bloglovin' feed will feature an influx of photos of the most coveted designer handbags to compliment the most amazingly chic outfits of fashion show attendees! Of course it got me thinking...What is the #1 designer handbag on my wishlist?? If I somehow stumbled upon $2000 & had to use it on a bag ((a girl can dream)) which bag would I choose??

Of course this ridiculously wishful thinking sparked me to create this Wishlist...the ULTIMATE Wishlist!! What bag(s) would be on YOUR Ultimate Designer Wishlist??
My Ultimate Designer Handbag Wishlist
3. Tory Burch Robinson Double Zip Tote (( Labor Day SALE: Spend $300 get 20% off, Spend $500 get 25% off, Spend $750 get 30% off. Use Code: WEEKEND ))
10. Celine Luggage Mini Leather Tote Bags (only available in stores like Barneys New York & Bergdorf Goodman)

Check out my Ultimate Handbag Pinterest Board to see a few bags that didn't make this list!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Crossfire

Livingaftermidnite : Golden Zebra
Move over Christian Grey...Gideon Cross is my new obsession. I read the entire book, "Bared to You" in ONE day...then I got to the end and realized there is a second book, but I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL OCTOBER for it to come out. Are you kidding me?!? Right now I'm trying to calm down my irrational thinking by looking forward to it as a "birthday present". Someone better give me a book a trilogy to read in the interim.
Livingaftermidnite : Golden Zebra
Livingaftermidnite : Golden Zebra
Livingaftermidnite : Golden Zebra
Livingaftermidnite : Golden Zebra
Target Cat Eye Sunglasses (Similar), Max & Cleo West Avenue Large Monogram Necklace, mark. Line Up Necklace, Forever 21 Zebra High Low Cut Out Blouse (Similar), Gap White Linen Shorts (Similar), ASOS Gold Double Cuffs (Similar, also love this Embellished Stone Pair), Love Letter Bracelet via The Altered Chain Etsy Store, Steve Madden BStudly White Studded Satchel (old, loving this Dooney & Bourke one), Tory Burch Fleur Macrame High Heel Sandals
Livingaftermidnite : Golden Zebra

Monday, August 27, 2012

mark. Makeup Monday: Peony

Livingaftermidnite : mark. Makeup Monday : Peony
When the glowing gets tough...the tough get GLOWING!! 

The Summer is quickly coming to a close and I'm trying to hold onto that great Summer glowing look my skin gets for as long as possible. I never though combining 3 shades of pink into one look could actually work, but its the perfect combo. Sheer shimmery pink on my lids, just pinched highlight on my cheeks & a fierce bright pink on my lips!! 

Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how you can pick up mark. Touch & Glow All Over Shimmer Cream Cubes (the shade I used on my cheeks) for FREE! This CEW award winning face product has multiple uses...eyes, lips, face, anywhere you need a highlight...& everyone should have one in their cosmetics bag!
Livingaftermidnite : mark. Makeup Monday : Peony
Livingaftermidnite : mark. Makeup Monday : Peony
Livingaftermidnite : mark. Makeup Monday : Peony
Livingaftermidnite : mark. Makeup Monday : Peony
Livingaftermidnite : mark. Makeup Monday : Peony
As always its mark. Monday & all the products I used to create this look are mark
  1. Moisturize skin with mark. For Goodness Face Moisturizer & prime your face with Primed for Perfection Face Primer to prep skin for foundation. Using a Foundation Brush apply Min-A-Real Foundation to entire face. Set the foundation with Matte-Nificent Oil Absorbing Powder.
  2. Apply iMark Eyeshadow in Puff to entire lid. Highlight under brow & inner corner of eyes with iMark in Ice AgeUsing a thin eyeliner brush apply the black shade from Keep It Going Longwear Liner in Entourage along upper lashes. Apply 2 coats of mark. Lash Act Mascara on upper & lower lashes.
  3. Apply Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes to cheeks & down nose. (Check out my review of mark. Lash Act Mascara.)
  4. Apply mark. Make It Rich Lip Crayon in Peony on lips to finish off the look. (Check out my review of mark. Make It Rich Lip Crayons for swatches of all of the shades.)
Livingaftermidnite : mark. Makeup Monday : Peony
Livingaftermidnite : mark. Makeup Monday : Peony
Special Offer!! Pick of mark. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes for FREE with your $60 order between now & 8/31! Just shop...add $60 worth of your fav products to your cart...then Touch & Glow will automatically will be added along with FREE Shipping!
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Tie Dye-For

Livingaftermidnite : Tie Dye-For
Sometimes one pattern isn't enough!

Leopard is perfect as always, but I was a little disappointed with the Tie Dye. Its really nice from far away but when you look at it up close I wish the colors were more pigmented because the design is awesome!!
Livingaftermidnite : Tie Dye-For
Livingaftermidnite : Tie Dye-For
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in "Tie Dye-For" & "Kitty, Kitty"
Livingaftermidnite : Tie Dye-For

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review: mark. Lash Act Build & Define Mascara

Livingaftermidnite : mark. Lash Act Review
mark. Magalog 9 was hands down the BEST new product launch of the year. Not only did they deliver with TONS of fashion items, but the beauty products are exactly what I was wishing for.

If you didn't know already I'm a completely mascara JUNKIE! I love love love lots of lashes & am always looking for the perfect mascara to make them as long & lush & full as possible! After testing tons I have been religiously using mark.'s Lash All You Want High Volume Mascara (review)...that is until I tried mark.'s NEW Lash Act Build & Define Mascara!! AHH the rush of finding something new!

In this day & age we customize just about every aspect of our lives, why not customize our lashesThat's right-this innovative brush delivers two different looks with a quick twist! Brush on the non-smudging, non-clumping formula to build full, flirty lashes or turn the top of the wand for a brush that literally lengthens before your eyes, enabling it to define and separate lashes.

When trying new mascaras I always find myself standing in the massive cosmetics isle in the drugstore trying to decide if I want "super long" or "mega volume" lashes...obviously I'm always torn because I want BOTH!!! I no longer have to choose (or use 2 separate mascaras!)

I always get asked what I use on my lashes...so here it is!
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Left: Short Building Wand / Right: Long Defining Wand

Below: 1 coat using the short Building part of the wand followed by 1 coat using the long Defining part of the wand on upper & lower lashes.
Livingaftermidnite : mark. Lash Act Review
Livingaftermidnite : mark. Lash Act ReviewLivingaftermidnite : mark. Lash Act Review
So what do you think of the mascara & this cool innovative wand??
Would you test it out?...Pick it up for ONLY $12 ((yep I said $12)) & get Free Shipping on your first order with code: WELCOME.
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Want to learn more about another huge mark. Beauty Launch? Check out my review of mark.'s Make In Rich Lip Crayons.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Floral Tones

Livingaftermidnite : Floral Tones
I really wish I could figure out a way to stop time...just for an hour or so. For the past 3 or 4 days it feels as though the days are flying by in fast forward. I'm going through the motions of the day but not actually getting anything done. While I did get to spend a long weekend in the Hamptons it now feels as though that was weeks ago as opposed to days ago.

Even as I'm typing this I'm feeling spaced out & wondering how it became 3pm. Its just one of those weeks...

I really need just a technology free vacation to actually relax and be able to start Fall fresh.
Livingaftermidnite : Floral TonesLivingaftermidnite : Floral Tones
Target Cat Eye Sunglasses (Similar), mark. Sweet Studs Earrings, Millau Floral Dress via LF (Love this & this), Forever 21 Thin Brown Belt, Express Stretch Bracelet, Disney Couture "When You Wish Upon a Star" Bangle (Similar), mark. Great Ring Tones Ring Trio, LF Rhinestone Spike Stretch Bracelet (also here), Steve Madden Cognac Marie Wedges via Nordstrom Rack (Love these!)
Livingaftermidnite : Floral TonesLivingaftermidnite : Floral Tones

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pinwheeled

Livingaftermidnite : Pinwheeled
Who wears short shorts skirts...apparently ME! Totally forgot I had this dress. I got a lot of use out of it in the Winter, then it fell victim to the back of my never ending closet.

Have my fellow shopaholics had this happen to them?
Livingaftermidnite : PinwheeledLivingaftermidnite : PinwheeledLivingaftermidnite : Pinwheeled
ASOS Skater Dress In Spot Print (also worn here), BaubleBar Rose Pinwheel Bib, Noir Rose Gold Pyramid Cuff via QVC (Old, Similar), LC Lauren Conrad T-Strap Bow Sandals via Kohls (Old, Loving this Michael Kors pair)
Livingaftermidnite : Pinwheeled

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lock It Up

Livingaftermidnite : Lock It Up
Say HELLO to my new hair!! If you follow me on Instagram you've gotten a few sneak peeks, but this is the full reveal! We only took a little off the ends as far as the cut, but we darkened the top of my hair a few notches. I was just so tired of having to dye my roots to keep up with the super blonde hair I got used to having. Now when my roots grow in it will actually match my hair color!

I haven't seen my natural hair color since about 6th grade so it'll be nice to have it back! Definitely took a little time to get used to, but I couldn't be happier. That unflattering brassy color blondes have to worry about is gone & the golden undertones warm up my skin! 
Livingaftermidnite : Lock It Up
Livingaftermidnite : Lock It Up
Target Cat Eye Sunglasses (Similar), mark. Sparks Fly Necklace (47% off!), H&M Graphic Print Blouse (Old, loving thisthis & this), Gap Canvas Shorts (Similar), Shoemint Kimberly Wedges (Get 25% off your 1st order with code RACHEL25), mark. Lock It Up Wallet, Forever 21 Bow Bracelet (old, loving this one), Charlotte Russe Spike Bracelet (Similar), Delia's Rhinestone Bracelet
Get a better look at my nails HERE.
Livingaftermidnite : Lock It UpLivingaftermidnite : Lock It UpLivingaftermidnite : Lock It UpLivingaftermidnite : Lock It Up
Find yourself in the Westchester, NY Area & need your hair done? Check out B Spa & Salon ((& ask for Allie!)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Luau

Livingaftermidnite - Luau
Nothing like a Luau to kick off the end of the Summer. Only one small problem...what does one wear to a luau??  In true shopaholic fashion I tried on a million things before going back to my first choice.

I guess I picked right because my blue dress matched the blue Hawaiians I was drinking all night...talk about a perfect match!
Livingaftermidnite - Luau
Livingaftermidnite - Luau
How AMAZING is this Metallic mark. "Always Perfect" Bag?!? Who ever named this bag should get a raise because it certainly is perfect! I'm loving the shimmery champagne color, it pretty much acts as a neutral & allows it to go with just about everything!! Who new champagne could be a neutral!
Livingaftermidnite - Luau
Livingaftermidnite - Luau
Target Cat Eye Sunglasses (Similar), Max & Cleo West Avenue Monogram Necklace, Danielle Stevens Layer Blue Glass Necklace via Hautelook, Old Navy Dress (similar), Forever 21 Gold Bangles, mark. In the Mix Stretch Bracelets, mark. Always Perfect Bag, LOFT Metallic Vlada Bow Sandals (Similar)
Livingaftermidnite - Luau
Livingaftermidnite - Luau
Livingaftermidnite - Luau
My awesome photographer for the night, "little" (half) sis! Yes, we know we look nothing alike lol! Damn her & her tan skin!!
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