Friday, April 11, 2014

Florals For Spring



 
Floral Blouse: Urban Philosphy || Boyfriend Jeans: H&M || Accessories: F21
 
Happy Friday! 
 
 Can you guys tell that I love floral?  If you follow me on Instagram, then you've probably have gotten the hint since I post fresh flowers A LOT.  So of course florals have made their way into my Spring wardrobe.  This blouse from Urban Philosphy is actually perfect for Spring because it's very light weight and the fabric is sheer. 
 
The color pallette of the flowers are actually some of my favorite hues so it was easy to pair with a pretty red pout.  Today's such a gorgeous day!  Are you taking advantage of the beautiful weather we are FINALLY experiencing??  I'm wearing the blouse with my boyfriend jeans again--it's just easy and laid back, but I'm most likely going to mix and match it with other items I have in my closet!
 
 
Stay Chic,
 
Samara
 
 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Minimal Makeup


I think I've mentioned to you all before that throughout the week I like to wear less makeup,  if any at all.  As much as I would like to wear a bear face, when working I like to feel a bit more polished, so I opt for a minimum face of makeup. I've done an 'Everyday Makeup' Post before, explaining details of what I use, but I think that is more of a no makeup makeup look, especially for a photoshoot day.  Here I do even less.
 
This face actually only takes me about 25 minutes to complete.  The key here is definitely having a light hand and blending well.  My first step in creating this minimal look is making sure my face is set and well moisturized.  I apply moisturizer and MAC's Natural Radiance (you can find that post a few clicks back).  While I allow that to set into my skin I apply my brows.  For me this is the foundation.  I make sure my brows are well defined and precise, but not too over done.  Natural is the look we are going for, so for a minimal makeup day I save the highlighting (applying extra concealer under the brow) for the weekends or special occasions.  I use my Spoolie to 'comb' out the hairs and my Rimmel eyeliner to lightly fill them in.  I then take my MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC 45 to create the precision that I like.  My eyes aren't too high of a priority since again, this is a minimal look, so I fore go any shadow.  I only apply my Revlon Lash Potion (about two coats) to my eyes.
 
To create an 'Awake' look I apply a bit of my MAC Studio Finish Concealer under my eyes and blend out.
 
As far as foundation goes, I only apply it to dark spots.  I use it as a concealer, normally on my jawline.  The trick here is that you want coverage, but I like for my own skin to show through.  This is why I only use to on dark spots.  Once I finish the cheeks I grab my Mineralize Skin Finish Powder in 'Dark' and lightly apply to the other parts of my face.  Again, I am  very careful to BLEND BLEND BLEND.  It's so important,especially if you want the minimal look.
 
After this, I go ahead and apply my favorite blush 'Razin' by MAC.  This gives me a sort of naturally glowy look.  For me blush puts life back into my face and creates a beautiful contour that I love.  Finally, I apply my favorite lipstick of the moment: Revlon's Color Burst Matte Balm in 'Elusive'.  I stocked up on these a few weeks back!  It's the perfect natural pink and feels creamy when I apply it.  I also love that it feels velvety soft going on and is very pigmented.  My lip colors normally vary, but for simple days I go with several different colored pinks.
 
And there I am--ready and out the door!  Even managed a couple of minutes to prepare breakfast!
 
Stay Chic,
 
Samara

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Serenity

For me, a beautiful statement necklace is always great to have in my jewelry stash.  I'm sure you've had just one of those days where you're a bit short on time and not much thought can go into styling an outfit.  Normally I throw on a pair of jeans with a simple t-shirt or sweater and a great statement necklace.  Here I chose to pair them with simple earrings in the same earthy green color to keep balance and consistency.
What I love about this necklace is that it's beaded and the intertwined links create a unique pattern that is so interesting to me.  I kept everything else easy by wearing these boyfriend jeans that I practically live in, white breezy sweater and a pair of peep toed booties.  I love the way you can definitely dress this piece up or down.  Since it was a relaxed weekend, I didn't want to do to much.

Necklace: c/o Fly and Fierce online Boutique | Earrings: Walmart | Sweater: Forever 21| Boyfriend Jeans: H&M | Kacie Peep Toe Bootie: Target |Tan Clutch: Gifted

Stay Chic,

Samara

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Monday, April 7, 2014

What's In My Bag: Work Style


Happy Monday everyone!  Because it's the start of the work week I wanted to share with you all what's in my work bag.  I placed in emphasis on 'work bag' simply because during the week I have way more going on and tend to carry more items than I normally would on a weekend trip to the grocery store or while running errands out of leisure.  Most items I need, but some are probably unnecessary to be toting around.  I mean I've got like four different lipsticks shown in the photo above!  But hey, a lady must have options!

Any who, let me give you a little run down of what's in my bag, starting from the corner left and continuing counter clockwise:


  • Bag: H&M | It's important for me to carry a large enough hand bag that will fit everything.  Especially my Monthly/Daily planner and note book!  You should have seen me try to cram them into my everyday bag (I blogged about that HERE).  I've also kind of been obsessed with black and white bags.  I featured them in quite a few of my outfit compilations.  It's spring so I needed a color pick me up.  This will go with pretty much everything!
  • Pink Hair Pick |  Just in case I need to touch up my hair.
  • Express & Sephora Gift Cards | I carry them always!  I received these as Christmas gifts and haven't spent them yet!  Old gift cards come in handy once the seasons change.  I'm looking forward to adding a few more Spring additions to my arsenal of beauty and style stashes!
  • Mini Makeup pouch | I purchased this from Target for only $1!  The one thing I hate is to have to dump my whole bag trying to find lipsticks and glosses.  I like to keep them here along with chap stick, lip liners, my NYX oil  blotting tissues, and any other feminine hygiene products.
  • Sunglasses: Target | Sometimes I try to be cool and fashionable, but most of the time if I'm wearing these; I'm blocking the sun and wind from my sensitive eyes since I have allergies.  Without these my eyes would be a mess.  I also wear contacts, so the last thing I need is the elements drying my eyes out.
  • Styled Chic Business cards |  These are always in my bag as well.  I always run into someone whether it be at work, on the street, or in the mall who says "Oh!  I like your hair!  What do you do?"  I hand them a card, lol.   Sometimes time won't permit me to have a lengthy convo, so I refer them to my blog.  Business cards are just great to have in general.  It's a professional way of putting out who you are and what you do.


  • Planner & Note Pad |  I write everything down!  Well at least the important stuff.  This helps me a lot with different events, keeping track of dates, and taking notes.  For the past two months I've been in a different location for work.  With learning a new job and being in a different office, it's important for me to be organized and keep track of pretty much everything.
  • Bath & Body Lotion in Cucumber Melon |  I'm a bit of a germaphobe, therefore I wash my hands A LOT, so in turn my hands are always dry!  This helps to keep them moisturized and must I add, the scent is WONDERFUL!
  • Cell Phone & Wallet |  Who can leave home without these??
  • Cell Phone Headphones |  Just in case I want to listen to a few tunes throughout the day without disturbing anyone.
So, that's about it in a nut shell.  I really try to stay organized throughout the week because things can get pretty busy.  What's in your work bag?

Stay Chic,

Samara

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

M.A.C. Prep + Prime | Natural Radiance


Before a couple of years ago, I never really cared about primers.  I would actually just apply powder and concealer and be done with my face.  With gaining a little more insight and knowledge, I learned that a great primer can work wonderfully with your makeup.  Over the past few years I have gained a strong interest in photography and lighting.  These two elements are really important especially when I'm taking photos for my blog, so making sure that my skin looks it's absolute best is always a factor.

Let me explain what a primer does for those of you who are makeup beginners.

In general, a primer serves as a base for your makeup.  You would apply the primer to your face before any concealer or foundation.  The reason for this is to create a smooth canvas for the skin.  There are several different types of primers out there, but mainly a primer will diminish pores and fine lines.  Some of them are used to control oil and matify the face and allow the makeup to last longer.

The primer that I will discuss today is hands down my favorite!  First of all this specific primer is geared toward women of color, which is a plus.  It's a light weight primer and has the consistency of a creamy lotion.  Applied after moisturizer but before foundation, it’s designed to extend the wear time of face makeup and blur fine lines, pores and imperfections, making the skin appear (almost) flawless, and ready for you to pop your favorite face products on top.  I have this primer in Radiant Yellow because this formula is designed for deeper skin tones.  They have one for fairer tones as well.

What I love about this product is that it does a great job at moisturizing and controlling oil on my face!  It also contains protective antioxidant vitamins E & C.  I noticed that when I use this product my face seems to have a barely there glow.  I later realized that a small amount of golden pearl is actually in the formula!  Way to go MAC!  I love the way my skin feels with the product alone and when I add my foundation and blush.

It's officially my favorite primer!

I also would like to add that because my skin is acne-prone I was leery in it breaking me out.  I haven't had any issues with this so--fingers crossed--it's a keeper.  I've been using the primer for about 9 months so it's safe to say that it doesn't break me out.


PRICE: $40 for a 1.7-ounce bottle with a pump dispenser

A bit pricey--yes, BUT it's worth it for me.

Check out your nearest M.A.C counter to purchase or head over to www.maccosmetics.com to purchase online.
 
Stay Chic,
 
Samara


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Black and White with Color

Black and White with pops of Color




When I think of my Spring wardrobe this year, my thoughts immediately go to black and white with floral prints, and bold colors.  I really love how well the colors mix and I think it's so cool to match different prints together.  I am definitely swooning over all of the items!  Very chic, classic, and feminine! What do you think?  I could so see myself wearing the boyfriend jeans with the floral top and cobalt blue heels on the weekend.  My favorite piece would have to be the red romper!  Isn't it to die??  Love it!

Stay Chic,

Samara

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nine to Five Chic

Nine to Five





Okay so since the Hampton Roads area still hasn't gotten the memo that it's Spring, we are going to try to improvise here.  More and more I'm trying to find sneaky little ways to add some color into my outfits.  Unfortunately, since the weather is being so uncooperative and totally inconvenient, I often opt for wearing a bright pout--until today!  I found these cute little trousers in H&M the other day that are perfect for pulling us girls out of our winter slump.  It's bright enough to at least make you feel like it's actually Spring, but still coordinates well with our Winter hues.  The added blazer keeps a professional silhouette as the statement necklace and bag adds a femme flare to it all.  I absolutely love it.

Stay Chic,

Samara
 

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