Holiday Glam

‘Tis the season to be stressed, from planning cocktails for that holiday party to buying last minute stocking stuffers…it’s easy to forget to pamper yourself. Why not take advantage of the holidays by adding a little bit of sparkle to your makeup routine? That’s why I decided to team up with photographer and MUA Deon & Alayza Casey again to create this “Holiday Glam” look. Be sure to check out their links at the bottom of the page and their blog Focused on Beauty.

Winter weather is the perfect time to start wearing more makeup and trying out those fun, bold makeup looks you’ve been dying to rock. So why not add some glitter to that smokey eye? Or highlight your cheekbones with gold powder? Or my personal favorite, swipe on some red lipstick!

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Alayza started off the look with a brown smokey eye and added some bronzy-gold glitter towards my inner eyelids that made them pop and shimmered purple in the light! It’s important to blend all the colors with a light to dark gradient effect (starting from the inner eye) before you pack glitter. Because you’re working with glitter, it’s easier to start with the eyes to clean up any residue before applying foundation. Tip: Use tape to pick up any leftover glitter on your face.

The classic red lip is always a timeless look, but why not try something a little different by opting for a wine color? It paired perfectly with the gold glitter from my eyes and instantly made me feel glamorous! I’m so excited to start trying out festive makeup looks this holiday season with Christmas just around the corner. Be sure to check out all the products used from this look below!

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Products Used:

Foundation: Graftobian Warm Palette

Bronzer: Mac “Sun Power

Highlight: Makeup Forever #02

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow “Ebony

Eyes: Morphs brushes 35o Palette, NYX glitter “bronze”

Lips: NYX liquid suede

Photographer: Deon Casey // MUA: Alayza Casey // Focused on Beauty: http://focusedonbeauty.blogspot.com/

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season!

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen

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Autumn Spice

Hi everyone!

The Look:

I recently had the opportunity to do a makeup collaboration with Savannah! Check out her website: http://thesavagebeauty.blogspot.com/ for more of her amazing work! We both decided to choose a couple of our favorite makeup products for Fall/Winter time and combine them to create a makeup look! The look consisted of a bronze smokey eye with golden undertones. We paired it with contoured cheeks and nude lip color. I hope you love our picture tutorial!

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Products/Reviews:

  1. NARS Blush (Liberte): Warm colors are perfect for fall, so this burnt apricot shade of blush is beautiful and has a matte finish.
  2. MAC Lipstick (Velvet Teddy): This pinky-brown nude matte lipstick is universally flattering on anyone and really pulls the look together.
  3. Mario Badescu Facial Spray (Aloe, herbs, and rosewater): During the colder seasons, skin tends to be drier, so this rejuvenating facial spray is perfect as a base and/or finishing spray and as an added bonus, the rosewater gives it a really lovely scent.
  4. NAKED 1 Palette: I love how each of the earth-toned colors has specks of copper and gold and they’re perfect to create a smokey-eye.
  5. Estee Lauder Double-wear Brush-On Glow BB/Highlighter: This highlighter is so versatile because it also doubles up as a an amazing concealer and has a nice satin-finish.
  6. NYX Wonder Stick (Highlighter/Bronzer): I love the easy-application process for the bronzer and it blends out so smoothly

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Steps:

Start off with your basic foundation routine and use the highlighter to conceal any blemishes and to highlight under the eyes in an upside-down triangle formation

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Use the NAKED Palette in order from the picture below

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  1. Use the color “Naked” as a transition color
  2. Use the color “Buck” to darken up the creases in the outer corner of your eye
  3. Then take the color “Smog” and place it on the outer half our your lid
  4. Put the color “Half-Baked” on the inner corner of your eyelid and blend it in with the color “Smog”
  5. Using a pencil brush, use the color “Buck” to smokeout the bottom lashline

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Finish the eye makeup with eyeliner and mascara and feel free to use falsies

Top off the look using the nude lipstick

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Using the finishing spray to set the look

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Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney & Savannah

The “Dina” Gown

The Pageant Experience + Small Tips:

A couple months ago, I was blessed with opportunity to compete in the Miss Asian American Texas 2015-2017 Pageant! I placed “3rd Runner Up” and won the “Best Dance Talent” Award! This was the very first pageant that I had ever joined so it was a completely new and inspiring experience for me. I learned a lot about not only pageantry but about the process of self-discovery and gaining more confidence in myself. I was able to learn more about various cultures and create memorable friendships with many of the other girls including Yvette Luong. She has been so supportive and encouraging throughout my whole pageant journey so be sure to check her page out!

There’s so many different aspects to a pageant that makes each girl stand out. In this particular pageant, we had an interview, talent show, cultural wear, and the evening gown wear. The rehearsals took about two months to prep beforehand so we were able to practice our interview questions, our walk, and make several appearances as contestants to galas, banquets, etc so each event was a new, exciting experience.Because this was “Miss Asian American,” a lot of our appearances and events focused on culture preservation. I will probably have another blog post that goes into more details about Pageant Tips/Information but for now, here are some short tips and tricks!

-Interview: Always introduce yourself formally, so shake the judge’s hands and smile! It’s always important to keep your answers sweet and straight-forward to the point so you don’t ramble.

-Talent: Sadly, I cannot sing at all but I do love to dance! I chose to perform a Contemporary Dance because I wanted something simple and elegant to perform at the show so be sure to choose a performance where you can express who you are.

-Hair: I do suggest looking up various hairstyles to correspond to each of your outfits (Updos should go with high-necklines to show off your dress) Curls are highly suggested because it adds more volume and dimension to your whole look! And don’t forget to use a lot of hairspray and to tease your hair

-Makeup: There will always be a lot of pictures taken so be make sure everything you do is more dramatic that your usual daily-routine so this means false lashes, a more vibrant lip color, etc

-High-heels: Definitely opt for higher heels that are about 6-7 inches high. This not only look good in pictures, but heels help lift up your posture when walking

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The Gown:

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to wear this couture Tinsley Radix gown from their Fall/Winter 2015 Collection for my pageant! I am completely obsessed with sparkly clothing and sequins! This gown is called the “Dina” and I absolutely love the mermaid-inspired sequins and teal color. It was a comfortable fit and the sleeves made it fit like a t-shirt dress. I was looking for a gown that had either sparkly accents or a bold color and I was fortunate to have found a gown that had both accents but still had a simple silhouette! I fell in love with this gown and I definitely felt like a princess! Unfortunately we didn’t get to capture any photos of the back of the gown but it was a low U-shaped scoop in the back! I wanted to have a pre-pageant shoot so I could have closeup pictures of my gown so shout out to Lu’s Lens for this photoshoot! This was my second time working with Lu’s Lens and I absolutely love her work so be sure to check out her page! (She photographs for events, projects, personal portfolios, etc!)

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Outfit Details:

-Gown: “Dina” Tinsley Radix

-Earrings: Versona Accessories

-Crown: Queens of the Crown Pageant

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen