Nordstrom Rack Haul | Budget Fashionista

 

Hey babes!!! I love being able to shop without breaking the bank!

I always loved to follow trends, and I’ve always been a admirer of designer & trendy fashion. While I love fashion my mom and I didn’t have a large budget for it. I wasn’t the cool girl in school wearing Coogi, Dooney & Burke, Coach, or Ecko… so needless to say I had to learn how to work with what we had in the bank.

I knew how to spot quality pieces and determine when to save, splurge, and/or pass. So how do I shop?!

I tend to not invest too many coins into trendy pieces for clothing. I splurge on bags and accessories every now and then.  I tend to try to find designer inspired shoes.  For splurges I tend to think about the cost per wear (CPW) to see if it’s really worth it. For example a pair of classic black pumps for $100 that you can wear to work 3 times per week for a year will be a CPW of 64 cents. (100/3= $33.34 per day and $33.34 per day/52 weeks = $0.64) Hope that makes sense 😉

My go to place for fashion at a price is Nordstrom Rack. I have done a lot of budget shopping at Nordstrom Rack for years and it’s worked quite well for me because I can find what I need to cure my fashion addidction.  I was always able to find quality for a decent price at Nordstrom Rack. I also love that you can shop Nordstrom Rack online.

Where is your favorite place to shop deals?!

❤Items I was able to find online!❤
Dual Nature Kimono here |Lush Dress here | BP. Cardigan here | Slippers here | Shoes here 

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How to Apply Lashes | Affordable Lashes

Hey everyone! Last week I uploaded a video on how to apply lashes. I love to use lashes because my natural lashes frequently ride the struggle bus (sigh). While I love mascara sometimes the look that I’m going for requires a lash to amp it up.

Recently I found a company that sells super affordable lashes and they are of BOMB quality. Your Lash Bar has a nice variety of styles. I was soooo excited to try these lashes and I fell in love with the style Dirty Martini. I also love the prices and Your Lash Bar offers bundle deals, 3 for $15 and 5 for $25.

Regardless of the brand or style this is how I apply my lashes. Below in the video I show you these steps in action.

  1. Prep my lash line in 2 ways
    1. Tight line my water line with a pencil liner. My favorite is the NYC kohl liner
    2. Line the lid. I prefer a liquid or cream liner for this step. I usually make the line super thin or if you prefer a winged line this is when you can do that.
  2. Prep my lashes with mascara and curl if needed.
  3. Measure the lash and trim from the outer side if you need. You want the lash to fall into perspective with your natural shape.
  4. Thinly apply 2 coast of lash glue (no it doesn’t matter if you use clear or black glue).
  5. Let your glue get tacky by drying it for about 15-30 seconds. This is so important because your lash won’t have so much slip when you put it on.
  6. Put the lash to your lash line and start to secure. I like to secure the center and then the corners.
  7. Let it set and can blend the strip with a little more liner to conceal if needed.
  8. Then you can blink away!!! This is the equivilant to a hair flip after a fresh style or wig in my case 😉

Blonde Bombshell Wigs

IMG_7284My own journey has been quite the journey and can be a separate post alone . As much as I love wearing my natural hair & curls I really minimize the amount of chemical and heat manipulation I do to my hair. I’ve been craving a change in hair color for some months now and luckily I have wigs to the rescue to help.

Blonde wigs have been my THING lately! I love ombre blonde wigs because they are so gorgeous when the color is on point! I mostly use ombre colors because they give you color and are easy to pull off! I have 2 blonde wigs that I’ve gotten an overwhelming amount of compliments  on that I will share with you today. Both will have full YouTube reviews at the end of this post for you to check out!

The first video below features the Bobbi Boss Misha Wig. It is a lace front wig with synthetic hair fibers. She is a straight hair unit and the blond color (TT6/1010) leans towards the ashier side. The roots of this wig are a dark brown. This hair isn’t super voluminous, which can be a con because you don’t want a thin wig if you have a larger head; nevertheless the look is very sleek. I do have a larger head and I do not mind this density.

The second video features the Zury Sis Slay Olive Wig. This is another synthetic lace front wig. This style has BEAUTIFUL waves to it and lovely volume. Out of the 2 wigs this one is my personal favorite. This blonde color (SOM RT Pearl Blonde) is more creamy compared to Misha and the roots are darker.

Both wigs are heat safe up to 350 degrees fahrenheit. I rarely put heat to synthetic wigs that already have wave or curls. I have used heat tools on straight styles just to sleek them out a little more.

The best benefit is the price! These wigs won’t have you forking over too many coins to look fabulous and are usually available for under $40.

Check out the 2 videos below for more information and an up-close look at these wigs.

xoxo Anissa

 

Track Pants + Silver Booties

IMG_7159Silver booties were trending on runways shows (remember those Saint Laurent Crystal boots… stunning) so of course we had to take note of this trend for Fall/Winter 2017. While silver boots and booties may seem intimidating at first glance they are not. Rocking silver booties lets people know that you know how to slay your personal style and inspires!

My style tip is to pair them with relaxed pieces from your wardrobe like shift dresses, boyfriend jeans, trousers, or even a track pant. Styling the silver bootie with relaxed pieces will give you a blogger chic look that is alluring and effortless. Finish your look with a cool third piece and simple accessories. Below I’ll tell you how to do this with a track pant.

A track pant is my go-to when I’m on the go and I pulled these out to start my look today. My booties are from Topshop; they look super designer and they are super easy to walk in! While these booties have a lower heel, they don’t skimp on sassiness so they can be worn both day and night. My denim jacket is the perfect boyfriend fit with the perfect wash which makes it a staple for my closet. My finishing touches of course are my MCM crossbody (no longer available) and Celine New Audrey sunglasses. You don’t have to splurge to get the same accessories and I will link dupes to these pieces.

Fit Guide: Topshop shoes run in half sizes only in the US. I’m always in between 9 US and 9.5 US and for these booties the 9.5 US fits well even with the pointy toe. The heel is 3.5 inches.

Shop the look |Shoes: Topshop Hot Toddy Pointy Toe Boot | Pants: Adidas Track Pants (I actually wear the men’s style) |V-Neck T-Shirt| Jacket: BP Denim Trucker Jacket | Bag: MCM Crossbody similar & under $50 option here| Sunglasses: Celine New Audrey info & the Sonix Avalon 57mm is a dupe

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Fall & Winter Lipstick Lookbook

Well Fall is in full swing and along with the change in season comes a change in makeup. During each season I love playing with lip color the most, hence the name of the blog.

I had a subscriber requested a video all about Fall lipstick and of course I was thrilled. From my lipstick collection I fished out and also added a shade or two of colors that are PERFECT for Fall & Winter 2017. While I emphasize that these lip colors are perfect for deeper skin tones they are also flattering for lighter skin tones as well. I also have shades that range from neutral to bold. Watch my lookbook below for more details and below the video are all of the links to shop! Enjoy and don’t forget to visit my YouTube channel and subscribe for more fun 🙂

 

❤PRODUCTS IN LOOKBOOK❤
MAC “Persistence” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynn/
MAC “Stone” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynn/
MAC “On-and-On” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynq/
Smashbox “Out Loud” http://go.magik.ly/r/lipstickan/24a4f/
Maybelline Viva Matte Liquid “Coffe Buzz” & ” Smoky Rose” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynt/
Promo Code: MAGICLINKS350 for $3.50 off $15+ spend
Lancome Matte Shaker “481 Plum Plum Girl” & “501 Dark Fiction” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynl/
NYX Lip Lingerie “Exotic” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynu/
Promo Code: MAGICLINKS350 for $3.50 off $15+ spend
NYX Love Out Loud “Passionate” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynx/ Promo Code: MAGICLINKS350 for $3.50 off $15+ spend
Milani Metallic Lip Cream “Materialistic” (I usually buy at Walmart)

 

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This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support! 

Glam DIY on Vans | Affordable Style

I’ve affordably transformed my classic Vans into “Glam Vans” with some fun patches for less than $10 that you can do too!

How did I get this idea? I got the idea when I spotted some cool patchwork Van on a colleague at work  and learned that she DIY’d it. Immediately I knew that I had to recreate them with my own twist. I love how embroidery patch work has been trending in a major way so it’s an easy way to give a classic pair of Vans a more “designer aesthetic.” I went to Amazon and picked out patches that represented me and had a super glamorous look; trust me there are endless amounts of options for patches so you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect ones for you!

In the video below I’m showing you  how to glam out your own Vans and I hope you do too! You can shop the items in the links below the video too. Don’t forget to go to my YouTube Channel and subscribe! Thank you for the support 🙂

xoxo Anissa

 

 

❤❤CONNECT WITH ME❤❤
❤INSTAGRAM @LIPSTICKANDANISSA
❤EMAIL: LIPSTICKANDANISSAPROMO@GMAIL.COM

❤ITEMS USED & CLICK TO SHOP❤
Slip-on Vans in black http://go.magik.ly/ml/5pq3/
Patches http://go.magik.ly/ml/5pqb/
Iron http://go.magik.ly/ml/5pqe/
Fabric Spray Silver Shrimmer http://go.magik.ly/ml/5pqr/
Fabric Pen White http://go.magik.ly/ml/5pqj/

 

❤DISCLAIMERS
All products featured in this video were purchased by the creator of the video.

I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links. Check it out here: https://www.magiclinks.org/rewards/referral/lipstickan/

This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. This helps support the channel & blog and allows me to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support! ❤❤❤

Beauty Bite: 7 LIT AF Highlighting Hacks!

Who else is addicted to highlighter?!?! I own a variety of products that to keep my glow game LIT AF! I love highlighting hacks because they take my highlight to a new level…  so naturally I must share with you all because I love you all and am obsessed with keeping my A Gang glamorous! Side note: if you are reading/following my  blog and/or subscribed to my YouTube channel you’re apart of the A Gang. You’re welcome xoxo

Hack 1 Prime to Glow: Add a glow to your favorite primer to get the glow from within look. The technique is to mix a liquid highlighter (or event a loose pigment) with your favorite primer or you can try a primer that is a radiance formula (aka they put the highlight in for you). My current favorite radiant primer is by Smashbox which you can buy here ; I like to even wear it alone on a minimal day and it is also great for photography makeup.

Hack 2 Foundation Glow Bomb: Mixing a liquid highlighter into my foundation to give a glow from within. The NYX Liquid Highlighter is so affordable and perfect shade range for all skin tone Check it out my tutorial when I use this hack here

Hack 3 Lit Up Moisturizer: I add a little bit of pigment to a moisturizer for the days I go without makeup. You can also scrap a little highlighter out of the pan and sprinkle it into a moisturizer too. I love to do this with lotion so I achieve a healthy glow. I usually use the Mel

Hack 4 Glow Intensifying Facial Mist: If you want to amp up your setting spray then add pigment to it. I have a mixture of 3 pigments ranging from rose golds to golds in MAC Fix +, shake to mix, and spray after applying my makeup.

Hack 5 Oil + Highlighter = Dewy Amp Up: This is my latest discovery and boy does it enhance the skin. After my foundation is complete I add 2 drops of my Smashbox Primer Oil to beauty blender and dab it on my cheekbones. I go over it with my powder highlighter, then melt it into the skin with the same beauty blender and lastly add one highlighter to amp it up. By the way you can do this to pop you collar bones and shoulders which is amazing when you wear off-the-shoulder tops.

Hack 6 Shoulder Highlight: A body glow in my opinion is equally important as blending your foundation to your neck. I like to use a fluffy fan brush and dust the high points of my shoulders, collar bones, and even boobs.

Bonus Tip! I always melt the highlighter into the skin with a beauty blender! This blending technique will ALWAYS leave your highlighter flawless and avoid the streaky look. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Check out my favorite highlighters here. P.S. for these formulas listed there is a shade perfect for every skin tone, but the shade I use will be in parenthesis.

  1. Carli Bybel Palette (this is an amazing value to get both shadows and highlighters)
  2. Laura Mercier Face Illuminator (Addiction)
  3. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance
  4. Smashbox Highlighter palette
  5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (Bronze)
  6. NYX Born to Glow Liquid highlighter (Gleam & Sun Goddess)
  7. MAC Cream Color Base ” Hush”
  8. Smashbox Primer Oil
  9. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Champange Pop)