Today, I’m doing an eight-step pictorial featuring NARS Cordura eyeshadow duo and some other recent makeup goodies in collaboration with a few other bloggers. We each created a look revolving around the zodiac signs. Naturally, I chose earth tones. I go through each step to achieve the “earth” look below, so get your neutral makeup out and let’s do this!
In case you’re new to my blog since last week, I’m starting a new series this year on Brighter, Darling: best-of the week, YouTube makeup videos.
It’ll be published every Friday, just in time to let you zone out from work/class/life before the weekend officially starts. Best-of the week will include a round-up of my top three favorite YouTube makeup videos I’ve watched – sharing the creme de la creme with you! Continue reading to watch this week’s quick hair tutorial on how to master the messy bun, a super glam makeup tutorial using neutral shades from the brand new Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette and a demo using an interesting $5 drugstore product that may just be the best primer out there. Click here to see last week’s picks.
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been complimented on my hair, which is a blessing because we’ve been through a lot together – DIY bleach jobs, almost black dye, cap highlights, foil highlights, bobs, balayage and everything in between. I’ve spent $40something on shampoos and I’ve used $1 conditioners. So I want to share what my top hair product suggestions are and the types of products that I prefer to splurge on and where I save a few bucks in my splurge vs save hair care edition…
I recently received the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara as a gift from Influenster and Marc Jacobs Beauty and have been putting it to the test for about a month. I’m ready to share my pros, cons and some photos of the product in action in today’s Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara review!
I’m starting a new series this year on Brighter, Darling: best-of the week, YouTube makeup videos.
It’ll be published every Friday, just in time to let you zone out from work/class/life before the weekend officially starts. Best-of the week will include a round-up of my top three favorite YouTube makeup videos I’ve watched – sharing the creme de la creme with you! This week, I’ve got a gorgeous tutorial, a popular budget drugstore brand haul/demo and a worst-of-2015 products to avoid…
2015 is over and if you’ve read my last post about my blogiversary’s $200 beauty and skin care giveaway here (enter now!), you’ll know a lot has happened this year for Brighter, Darling and it is now time to share my all-time 2015 beauty favorites.
This year, I discovered a couple completely new-to-me products and the items I’m sharing are my most-used, most-recommended of the year. Continue reading to find out why these are some must-tries for your collection.
Well, it’s officially been one year since I started Brighter, Darling last January and I’m celebrating with a beauty giveaway! I’ve had some form of a blog since 2008 – originally, it was about my comical dating adventures as a single girl in Philly, then it slowly segued into beauty, gluten free food and life and now I have narrowed my niche, created focus with what I’m most passionate about and also created an actual business plan with branding to help set some goals, measure my metrics and expand my reach/engagement.
I also made the big jump from using a free blogging platform (wordpress.com) to migrating over and paying for self-hosting, which allowed me to utilize some HTML to enhance my custom branding and use a beautiful new theme. If you haven’t actually checked out my blog’s homepage in a couple of months, it’s been completely revamped and I’m extremely happy with the layout and color scheme. It’s very *Steffanie.*
Enough about all that though, you’re really here to enter my beauty giveaway valued at over $200 full of goodies I hand-selected!
Just a quick update to let you know that I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled posting on Jan. 4, 2016. I’ll be enjoying time with family and friends until then and I hope you’re doing the same. You can still find me posting here and there on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so please follow me there in the meantime.
Please check back on Jan. 4th, as I’ll be opening an extra special beauty giveaway valued at over $200 to celebrate Brighter, Darling’s First Anniversary. 🙂
May 2016 Be Your Brightest Year!
It’s one of my most-asked questions from family and friends. “I’m using X-product to cover my under eyes, but can you recommend something else,” or “Help! I need something to help cover these terrible dark circles!” The biggest reason many of them aren’t satisfied is because they’re using the wrong type of product to fix the problem, so I want to address the right way to conceal under eye circles today. Let’s do this.
With the winter/holidays in full effect and lots of eating happening, I’ve become more aware of the benefits of contour and highlighting to give my face some definition and color. I’ve raved about THIS cream contour stick many times, but I was curious to test out something a bit more easy to use in texture. During the recent Sephora 20% off sale, I picked up the Kat Von D Shade Light Contour Palette and have been able to totally nail down an under-two-minute contour/highlight routine that looks flawless and lasts all day – pictorial below.