If I didn't love Meryl Streep before.... I have a new found respect for her now. Came across this on tumblr earlier today and had to share :)
So I will play casting director for a moment and say that LORAC has been casted in a new adventure! Hello Gold Member ;) A couple days ago I was invited to an amazing event for the launch of the 'Unzipped Gold' collection! It was pure opulence, to say the least! I had such an incredible time and was gifted these amazing goodies! It's only been a few days since the event, and I am already using and abusing these goodies up!
I am really loving the color scheme of this rich golden palette. Its 'Golden Girl' results are something you can't go wrong with. This palette reminds me of all the reasons why I love makeup; from it's shimmering pigments, to its dark side and all the way to the nudes. Those are the three absolutes in my book, and the fact that they are all under one roof, sings makeup heaven to me.
Aside from this golden product - pun intended, let's discuss the event for a moment...shall we? So remember when I mentioned opulence up above, well, I will say it once more and emphasize it! OPULENCE was in full effect at this LORAC event, that I like to think of as my little adventure in a golden land far, far away! It was so stunning; from things as little as golden glittered champagne glasses, to its beautiful venue at the Hotel Bel-Air. From the moment I walked in, I knew I would enjoy myself with all its golden touches. As I mentioned in my Instagram post, I was extremely sick, and I don't know how I crawled out of bed, but I have never been more thankful that I did. This was something I couldn't miss for the world, and luckily my nails happened to be naturally ready for their close-up! ;) #matchymatchy
Besides all these lovely touches to a spectacular event, let's concentrate for a bit on the actual products! For this collection, LORAC decided to go completely gold, even incorporating the shade into their new line of packaging. I am obsessed with how rich and divine the lipsticks are showcased, not to mention how smoothly and effortlessly they glide on, but the presentation is a conversation all on its own! I love the 'Unzipped Cheek and Lip' combo; it's pink perfection. I love how this duo is all in the same color scheme of pink shades and works so well with one another. I really adore how the gold theme stayed consistent in the entire collection, even with the other products and colors, gold still remained as a centerpiece that tied it all into one theme. I am also a huge fan of the 'Alter Ego' lipstick collection; best selling shades done right!
Over all, from the event to the golden product, once more, pun intended, I love you LORAC cosmetics! You never fail to produce anything short of pure vibrance and golden quality! This launch truly reflects your brand; it sparkles from start to finish and is of most elegance! Thank you so much for having me on your big night and excuse me now while I go paint myself golden with your beautiful colors.
Today I had a chance to be a guest on a LIVE segment for the San Diego Fox 5 news channel. It was such an amazing experience. Never in my life would I think I would actually end up on TV. It was nerve-wrecking and exciting all at the same time! My girl Ellina Abovian, a reporter for the news channel, pitched the idea to her superiors, and luckily, they loved it, placing me in the segment as they thought I'd be the perfect fit! Long behold, it was a great hit! As most of you already know, I have been in this industry for over 12 years and have been a beauty educator for nearly 4 years. Aside from that, I have also recently launched my own LIVE channel at MakeUpbyLilitLIVE.com. However, THIS experience, being LIVE in mainstream media, on open Television, cannot compare!
For today's segment, we reviewed the most popular Red Carpet makeup looks from yesterday's Golden Globe Award Show. My model Olia Majd, who is a beauty and style blogger herself, came in to help out. I did a quick tutorial on what was trending on the red carpet - nude lips, glowing skin and a soft shimmery smokey eye. On Olia's eyes, I used the LORAC 3D eyeshadows, the Hourglass Ambient Highlighters and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Stain in Pure Hollywood. She looked gorgeous and red carpet ready with just these few simple touches! Try these tips at home to be ready for your big Hollywood Close Up! ;)
Hey everyone! I hope all of you had a wonderful New Year's and a joyful holiday season! I had a wonderful vacation; enjoyed some much needed time with family over the holidays.
But as 2015 began, it's back to reality, back to work! And it has been a great start so far. I have a couple things I am so excited to share with you all in the post..so let's get started!
This week I was given an amazing opportunity to join Isabel Adrian, wife of DeeJay, Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia, on an incredible getaway to Las Vegas for a work gig! I was treated like absolute royalty as we boarded a private jet, to jet away to Vegas! It was my very first time on a private plane, and the experience....let's just say, words will not be able to do justice.
Isabel invited me to join her in attendance to CES in Las Vegas on January 6th for the Marshall Headphones event. Marshall Headphones are the leading company in the industry right now and there's definitely a reason why! Aside from their design and style, of being super sleek and fashionable, they are extremely powerful with a deep bass response and high audio performance! This product is honestly more than what the eyes see, its work is shown while the ears hear. I am obsessed and so grateful that I received all these goodies! I now know where to turn for future gifts -you can't go wrong with a pair of these babies!
The after party event was held at the newly opened Sayers Club inside the SLS Hotel. I love love love the SLS in Los Angeles....but to express my admiration for the hotel in Vegas, that's a whole other story! I was blown away, not only by the beautiful architecture aspect of design, from the Hotel to the Club, but the service we received was beyond my expectation. I would like to extend a huge thank you to SBE for the wonderful service I received this week at the SLS: Las Vegas and the Sayers Club. You guys rock! Can't wait to visit again soon ;)
Lastly, as much as I would like to let you guys in on a little secret....I hate this part.....but I can't! But, stay tuned for exciting details on a secret project that I was working on this week with the lovely and uber talented, Isabel Adrian. I promise to have details soon, so keep up-to-date with all my posts and visit her blog as well at www.isabeladrian.com! :)) I would also like to thank Isabel for this unforgettable experience as I had the time of my life! I guess it's really true what they say......When you love what you do, you really never have to work a day in your life. And.....if it's with the right people, then the blessing is that much sweeter!
Thank you all again. Til next time.......
As per tradition, every New Year I compile a list of my top 10 favorite products that I used in the prior year to share with you all. Each and every one of the products that I will share below are definitely in my 'go-to' kit! Are you ready for my top 10?!?! Here you go! :)
1. Elaina Badro Blush Brush : I use this as a Face brush for bronzing and overall, it's great for anything for the face! It's perfect in shape and size and really gets the job done without overdoing!
2. Illamasqua Hydra Veil: I really love this primer for my brides! It's gel-like consistency glides on super smoothly and leaves the skin hydrated for a flawless finish.
3. Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray: This is my holy grail!! Not only do I love this product for the 16 hour hold that it sets, but also for the after effect, leaving the skin effortlessly flawless and adding that healthy glow to prevent cakey build up.
4. Lime Crime Eyeshadow Brightener: This product does exactly as its title states - brightens the eyeshadow. I really like how it makes any difficult pigment really surface and makes all colors that much more vibrant, also it serves as a base for your shadows so it stays longer!
5. Morphe M438 Pointed Contour Brush: This is my go-to brush for setting under eye concealer - it's thin pointed top head allows you to really get in under the eye, without smudging any of your shadows to powder-set your under eye liquid/cream concealer. This brush is also great for contouring, 2 in 1! :)
6. Makeup Forever Mat Velvet Foundation: Have no fear oily skin, Makeup Forever is here! Love, love, love this foundation for those with oily skin. It is long lasting, and its smooth mat texture works wonders for those problematic oily areas. Give it a go, let me know your thoughts!
7. Dose of Colors Baked Highlighter: I'm pretty obsessed with all three colors from this series! What I admire most in this product how lightweight it is, while still giving an extreme amount of luminosity and dazzling shimmer!
8. LORAC PRO Matte Lip Color: So the secret is out....you are all now exposed to my addiction. I can't get enough of these babies, every color, every day, every way! My absolute favorite in lip wear!
9. Huda Beauty Lashes in Samantha: I adore all the lashes in the Huda Beauty collection, and use many, but I must admit my favorite -- Samantha! I like how you can wear these with any look, and it brings the eye to life and gives it the perfect amount of lash, while still looking very natural! It also has a similar look to mink lashes! ;)
10. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: This palette is great for all skin types, colors and looks! It has a variety of 3 shades, which makes it great for your traveling kit, and allows you to really play!
When a New Year begins, you can't help but take a second to reflect back on all that has happened in the year before. Often times, this is very good because it gives you a sense of direction of where you came from and where you are headed. As I mentioned in a previous post, I find it crucial to take a moment and reflect, to absorb all that has been and to continue forth, and this post will be exactly that, plus, with an addition of what is yet to come! :)
Hey my makeup dolls! I hope all of you have been enjoying my LIVE channel thus far!!! I am so excited for this 'Glitter Filled' New Years tutorial tomorrow, Monday December 29th at 12pm. I will show you all how to perfect the ideal sparkly look for a festive New Year's Eve look.
Some of you may think that a smokey glittery eye that glistens may be difficult to achieve, but let me show you how simple it can be with my step by step process :) With my guidance and your effort, we can make this your 'go-to' look for your night out!
For my MakeupByLilitLIVE members already, it pains me to say that this will be last tutorial of the year, BUT I cannot wait to begin my upcoming sessions for 2015! I promise you all will LOVE them, as they are very detailed makeup artistry concepts! :) Head over to www.MakeUpbyLilitLIVE.com to view all the new videos to come in the next couple months.
On an exciting note, for those who are not members yet, take the opportunity to sign up TODAY and still be able to view all my previous classes from the months before! At just $19 a month, invest in yourself, in your technique and in your education of perfecting all the dream looks you always wished to paint. Also keep in mind, for those who cannot dedicate the exact time at which I will be LIVE, you may also view these videos at your convienence later, as it will be available for a couple days after in HD!
Make it fun, post, share, connect and watch it with your friends as well! Learning side by side and practicing on each other can really help, trust me ;) Make it a girls night in, plus add some champagne and it's a oh-so-happy New Year!
As January 1st is around the corner, I can't help but be a little cliche and get in the hype of the "New Year, New You" lingo! But if you really do something about it, and take that mindset and turn it into an actuality, then we can talk about making that cliche a total reality.
Every single day has become such a rush in most of our lives; we often forget so much. We forget to devote any time to ourselves while we are in the mist of circling around life but even so, never neglect yourself. I encourage everyone to stay as refreshed as possible as the New Year arrives; it is the biggest gift you can give yourself in creating the 'New You.'
When I speak about staying refreshed, I'm not saying be completely cliche and go on a health binge and run to buy a new pair of $100 yoga pants and gulp green juices everyday for a week....and then stop. Because we all know how that goes! You're in the vibe for 7 days and then you're approaching mid-January and you're over it. That's exactly why I firmly believe that a healthy mind, a healthy inner core influences a positive life, and refreshing yourself will help in doing so. If your insides feel good, your outsides will look even better and your entire life will sparkle just a little brighter.
By becoming a new 'refreshed' you, I'm encouraging everyone to devote a moment more to themselves and really focus on their own mind, body and soul. Refreshing your life is a vast umbrella to look at that houses so many various aspects, it could be a positive mental drive, proper eating habits, a strong physical well-being, to being able to divorce fears, to exploring a new branch of life, etc...... A 'New You' is whatever you make of it.
I think a new wind is a fantastic thing. It gives you the chance to shed old skin and step into a new layer til you are ready to keep moving forth. With the New Year just days away, I want you all to set new goals -something as simple as trying something new every month! It can be as little as going out of your norm and seeking out a new product for your face, to as big as a weekend getaway to somewhere you never been, and something in between, like taking a dance class! The whole point behind setting a goal and sticking to it is that it gives you a sense of direction. When you know you have a priority every month, it keeps you more disciplined and at the same times refreshes your 'regular' regimen.
This New Year I want all of you to do one thing for me and that's REFRESH yourselves! Yes, it is a New Year and it can be a New You! Relish your life with a little dazzle of refreshment, it can and will take you a long way! 2015 has its arms wide open for you and all the positive changes you're ready to make!
When I first thought of sharing this post with you all, I told myself I will choose my top 4 favorite looks that I created this year. But when I began looking through my collection of photos on Instagram, I realized this just isn't possible! So, I had to add an additional 4, I hope you guys don't mind ;)
This year, I had the pleasure of working with so many stunning brides! The best part in working with each different girl is, as much as the ultimate goal is the same, being absolutely glamorous, each one still has their own sort of style; whether it's soft, romantic or fierce glam. I am completely in love with each one of these looks as they are all so different in their own way. While one look is softly feminine, another may be beautifully fierce. I love using the same technique or even colors, but tweaking it to each individuals taste. I am so excited for my 2015 brides, but these beauties will forever be in my heart!
While brides will always be my guilty pleasure....yes yes yes, I admit, I am OBSESSED with glamming you gorgeous faces on your big day, I still very much look forward to my lovely regulars! As you all may know, makeup artists get really excited over color! So as much as I adore the romantic glam on my brides, I can't wait to paint all my colors on my other canvases.
These 4 looks showcase various styles of makeup you can decide on, from a shimmery smokey peach look, to a bold lip paired with light doll eyes, to a fierce signature smokey cat eye, and all the way to a blacked out smokey eye with a nude lip.
2015 will introduce more colors, more styles and more beautiful faces! I am ready for you my makeup dolls! Let's get creative!
When I begin a fresh three week workshop, I never know what to expect. Each group of girls are always so different; coming from different backgrounds, different ages, different skills, but yet all unite under one passion....makeup artistry. I am so fortunate to cross paths with such amazing ladies, who little do they know, as I'm teaching them, they are actually teaching me. They taught me each day how much I love what I do and refreshed me on all the reasons why I love this industry so much. Meeting a large group of girls all at one time, you never know how close you can get, but you rarely expect it to feel like family. Each graduation I always promise myself I won't cry, and every time I break that promise. In the weeks that I spent with these gals, I grew to admire them and their passion to such an extent, that we ended up formulating a little family here at the studio. I enjoyed spending every moment with each and every one of them. Three weeks seems like such a long time, but it flies when you're having fun! We had a blast and were able to learn so much from one another, from hidden talents to common dreams. I expect a very high success rate from each and every one of these individuals as they all are filled with such beautiful talents. I can't wait to see what the world has in store for them and it has been an honor and a privilege to have been part of their journey. Happy Holidays my beautiful makeup dolls, xo!