I got to meet the beautiful Lilly Ghalichi last week when I did her makeup for an event she had. I absolutely loved her. She is a very real, down to earth sweetheart. I was so excited to do her makeup because she has the perfect face for GLAMOUR, her specialty. We totally hit it off and she loved her makeup. After her makeup was done, she told me, "You are GhalichiGlam Approved!" Wasn't sure what this meant originally, all I know is that meant she was happy lol. Ultimately, Lilly is the queen of GLAM. She loves a lot of makeup, a lot of hair and all things girly. Naturally, she has had many experiences with different hair stylists and makeup artists. Safe to say, she knows good from bad ;) Today, she launched her website www.GhalichiGlam.com where she lists her favorite makeup and hair stylists to date. I am proud and flattered to say, I am there, alongside some of my favorite idols and talents. Check out her beautiful website and all the things she has to offer. Congrats Lilly!
Although going on a product splurge at Sephora or other beauty stores is a guaranteed good time, all of my fellow product junkies will agree that the bill can add up quickly. Designer cosmetics brands certainly have a lot of wonderful products, but most of them tend to cost a pretty penny. If you’re on a beauty budget, there’s no need to worry. You can get your hands on a lot of amazing drug store products that will expand your cosmetics collection without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for products that will give designer lines a run for their money without the designer price tags, you’ve come to the right place. I’m here to report on my all time favorite drug store finds. Look through my list and give them a test drive. I’d love to hear your personal favorites. Make sure to leave a comment and share your top picks!
#1- Loreal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
This mascara is always number one in my book. I can’t say enough about how amazing this product is. Other drugstore brand mascaras can’t even compete with this magical mascara. The best thing about this product is that it doesn’t smudge. For all of you waterproof fans, you can find the water-resistant version, too. You’ll get dramatic volume, length and bold color for well under ten dollars! Give it a try. I’m sure you’ll find yourself buying a second and third tube very soon.
#2- Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller
This is a great brightener! For those days where your skin reflects long workdays and on-the-run weekends that keep you away from proper sleep and skincare, this Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller will definitely come in handy! You will love the glow you’ll get with this product.
#3- EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
You’ve probably seen the cute sphere packaging of the EOS Lip Balm all over the place. Not only is this product adorable, it really works (and smells great, too)! Chapped, dry and cracked lips are never a good look. Make sure your pout stays pretty and properly prepped for lip color by adding this awesome product to your shopping cart next time you’re at the drug store.
#4 Sonia Kashuk Brushes
The right brushes are essential to successful makeup application. A brush can make or break your look, but they can also be very pricey. When it comes to drugstore brands, Sonia Kashuk Brushes are a great buy! They’re not only affordable but the quality is great and their pretty design will make your makeup station look even better.
Thanks for reading, and happy shopping! I hope you enjoy these affordable picks as much as I do.
Halloween is right around the corner and I look forward to all the fun upcoming events this month! Since I'll be attending to more than just one party this year, I want to avoid all those generic costumes and not waste money on bunch of costumes. So why not dress up something that you know you are going to reuse and looks fabulous every night, and not just Halloween. I recently picked up this beautiful, Antigua Dress from Mickey’s Girl that I am completely obsessed with. this fancy black lace is perfectly haunting for Halloween, and the fit is perfect. So not only do I get to avoid buying another costume I won't probably ever wear again, I'll get to wear this dress again for another fun event. Pair it up with some cute cat or bunny ears for the complete look. Get the complete look with Caged Up Heels. 3 items from one store, shopping made easy for this Halloween. For my makeup, I kept it very neutral because it's such a sexy/chic dress, I didn't want to overdo it. I put on some Appeal Cosmetics lashes in "Winging" and one of my favorite Lorac ProLongwear matte lip colors in Pink Taupe. If you want to turn it up a notch, try Ruby from the same line. I will post more creative looks as Halloween gets closer. Happy shopping!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I have started a fundraiser on Http://fundraise.nbcf.org/MakeUpbyLilit and have a goal of $2000 until October 31. Seems a lot, but considering the number of my followers, if you each donate $1, we can easily surpass that goal. Please help the foundation in educating and providing free mammograms for those in need. Early detection can help save someone from the disease and even save a life. Please share my link with your family and friends. Although social media carries negative connotations these days, it does serve as the greatest tool to network and help with awareness. Thank you all in advance!
Fall is officially here, beauties! The weather is getting cooler, and the trends are shifting. Okay, well the weather is not really getting colder here in LA, but fall has made an entrance nevertheless. I don’t know about you, but crisp weather and effortless, oversized fall clothing always gives me something to look forward to when everyone’s favorite season is winding down. I’m checking in to bring you a forecast of what to expect this season when it comes to makeup!
Summer trends kind of threw us for a loop this year, since colors weren’t as bright as they usually are. Vibrant tends to be the look to go for all through summer, but this year was all about the dark! Dark lips have certainly been trending, and I’ve loved it. We’ve been seeing super dark wines and purples like Dominatrix by Lorac, Heroin by Mac, or the super popular Wicked by LimeCrime. Those just happen to be some of my personal favorites, too. As far as fall hues are concerned, we can definitely expect to see these dark tones trickle into the cooler season. These sexy shades aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so hang on tight to your favorite shades of dark lipstick, because you’ll be needing them this fall. If really dark colors aren’t your thing, try something a little subtler. Opt for a more muted look with colors like Lorac PRO Matte Lip Color in Mauve and Soar lip pencil by MAC for a more natural and deep colored lip.
Wondering what else is in the spotlight this fall? It’s no surprise that contouring is bigger than ever lately, and will continue to be a trending topic in the beauty world through the fall season. You can never go wrong with a great contour! Along with perfectly contoured faces, you can expect to see an emphasis on amazing lashes and brows. Dramatic and overemphasized lashes were seen all over the runways of New York Fashion Week this year in many shows including Gucci and Saint Laurent. Lastly, bold and distinct eyeliner is taking over this fall. Whether you love a smudged liner or a dramatic winged look, defined liner is key this season.
Last but not least, I can’t wrap up fall beauty trends without reminding you that the best way to look great during any season is to take care of your skin! Remember to stay hydrated and moisturize to avoid the dry skin and cracking that can come about during the cooler seasons. Also, just because the sun isn’t as bright, it doesn’t mean you can put away the SPF. To make sure your skin is always beautiful and healthy, hold on to the sunscreen all year long.
I hope the fall season treats you well. Thanks for reading!
I had a super exciting photoshoot this week. I became an Indian for a day! I love culture & tradition and admire everything about Indian weddings. I've had quite a few Indian brides in the past few years and I learn more and more about the culture every time. From the Henna's (super trendy now) to the Lengha/Sari (dresses) to the jewelry; and the traditions of dancing and the bride and groom exchanging letters right before they wed & so on. It's more than just a wedding and that's what I admire most. When an Indian company (Bahirah Boutique) reached out to me for a dress, I said YES in a heartbeat. I collaborated with some of the best in the wedding industry including JayJayStudios(photography), BridalHennaBeauty(Henna artist), Hairby_Betty(Hair stylist) and Avant_Garden(Florist). Together, we pulled it off in just a weeks planning. When you trust people in the industry, you just let them do their thing and that's when magic happens.
Now, to the makeup :) Along with traditional clothes and customs, Indians have traditional makeup. Golds on the eyes and Reds on the lips. I decided I want to go for a more trendy look to get the image I wanted: a modern day Indian. As much as we all love tradition in any culture were in, we like to add some new flare without hindering the tradition. Here's what I used:
Eyes: Cut crease using the Anastasia Beverly Hills waterproof creme color in Jet. MakeUpForever earth tones to blend it upward. On my lid I have Mac Cosmetics paint pot in Indianwood and Electric Cool eyeshadow. Added some UrbanDecay Heavy Metal Glam Rock glitter. Lastly, I used AppealCosmetics lashes in Boldest.
Face: MakeUpForever Mat Velvet foundation in 45 & MakeUpForever setting powder.
Contour & Highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette in Banana and Havana
Cheeks: Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer and Laura Mercier highlighter in Candlelight
Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow and powder in Medium Brown
Lips: LimeCrime velveteen in Red Velvet & lastly,
Nails: HudaBeauty clip on nails
Hope you guys love the photos as much as I do! Xoxo
I recently stopped to think about how much my social circle has expanded exponentially thanks to the beauty industry and of course, social media. Although I understand some of the critique social media gets, it’s undeniably awesome that through our posts, we can reach out and make friends with personalities all around the world. What led me to this amazing realization was the friendship I built with two wonderful individuals from down under.
Prior to working with my two new Australian friends, I stumbled upon their blogs, Wedded Wonderland and Project Sweet Stuff. Although I love the beauty world, I really enjoy following blogs that allow me to venture out and keep up with other topics throughout the blogsphere including fashion, food, and anything in between. Project Sweet Stuff is a travel and food blog, while Wedded Wonderland is a blog about all things wedding. (Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing some more of my favorite blogs with you soon.)
I was a fan of both of these blogs when I was contacted by Viola of Project Sweet Stuff to set up an interview, and Wendy’s team from Wedded Wonderland to discuss a fun Instagram takeover. I was super excited to be working with both of these lovely ladies, and was pleasantly surprised to find out that my new friends were actually close friends themselves…small world, right?
The Wedded Wonderland Instagram Takeover was so much fun! I loved sharing some of my favorite bridal looks for inspiration with the Wedded Wonderland followers. I shared bridal makeup looks from brides I had worked on along with a few quick tutorials. The takeover was a hit! It was such an honor to be invited to be a part of such an incredible wedding blog. All of you brides to be should head over to www.weddedwonderland.com for endless inspiration!
When Viola from Project Sweet Stuff arrived in LA, we first met at my studio. I welcomed her with lunch from Le Pain Quotidien and later found out that one of the reasons for her visit to the States was actually an interview with the owner of Le Pain. This perfect coincidence was followed by an immediate connection and the start of an awesome friendship! We instantly became BFFs. To say we hit it off is an understatement. Viola was staying at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, where I met her for breakfast the next day. We did some shopping, took some photos for her blog over great conversations, and ended up spending the remaining three days together before she left to NYC. Needless to say, I have a long distance friend now. I can’t wait to share the interview with you as soon as it’s ready. In the meantime, check out her super cool website, www.projectsweetstuff.com for all things yummy, pretty & fabulous. Love you Viola!
Self-tanners have always been a scary thing for me. Especially when I am trying a new product! Some streak, some turn you orange and some even turn you green, eek! Trust me when I say I've tried a few (a few too many). But here, as your guinea-pig, I present you my holy-grails:
Lorac SelfTANtalizer - Body bronzing gradual self tanner. This product is great because it gives you a long lasting tan but at the same time gives you an immediate glow. Everytime I use this product, I look like I just came back from a vacation from the Caribbeans (don't I wish). But one can pretend right? ;) Use the mitt to spread all over your body after a shower and let it dry before you wear your clothes. Note: The more you layer, the darker the color will get.
Clarins Radiance-Plus Glow Booster - My newly discovered love. (insert praising hands) Finding a face self-tanner is even more difficult than body. The face is a lot more sensitive than the body, so not every self-tanner can be used on your face. If you're like me, your face is naturally 2-3 shades lighter than your body. Putting on makeup becomes a dilemma because I have to go about 2 shades darker as well. This oil is a life savor! You add a few drops to your moisturizer day and night and it gradually tans your skin giving it a beautiful glow. I love that I can just mix it into my moisturizer instead of layering products. I absolutely love this product and have been using it on a few of my clients as well. You MUST try.
Let me know your thoughts & what your fav's are!
We can buy all of the makeup in the world, but great skin is always going to be the ultimate beauty secret. As many of you may know, skincare is and always has been extremely important to me. All of the wonderful products we buy can’t work their magic on a neglected palette. For your health and beauty, putting your skin first is an absolute must in my book. Trying out new skincare products is always super exciting, and I’ve recently got my hands on a line I love. Nazelie Skincare has won major points with their awesome products and customized approach.
New skincare makes me smile. Big. I get re-motivated to get right back on top of a routine. When I met my friend Remma in Boston over a year ago (she now works with me at the studio), she kept raving about the "home-made" skincare she uses. She mentioned that it was the only skincare she's been using for years that has helped put her skin under control. She had mentioned she gets them from her facialist but I never realized it was something you can order online! Remma was living in Boston at the time and I assumed it wasn't something I could get my hands on. I later learned that Nazelie Skincare is available all over the world at the click of a button?!
When you log onto their website, a little pop up comes up asking if you have any questions. It shoots them a direct email which they personally respond to! You can tell them all about your skin and whatever issues your skin has and they will put together a customized routine for you! They even email you after the fact to check in with your progress. It's seriously amazing. The website also has a quiz you can take that will help you determine your routine as well. Anyways! Once you log on, it'll be pretty self explanatory :)
They sent me my package in a very pretty box with purple chiffon stuffing. I am a sucker for packaging! I've been using it for 2 weeks now and absolutely LOVING it! I've started getting compliments on my skin again (best compliment I can ever get). My face is clean, no breakouts, under eye darkness has lightened up and my skin is glowing. Yay me! One of the most vital elements when it comes to skincare is the result. Simply put, when we put time and effort into taking care of our skin, we want to make sure it actually works, right?
Nazelie Skincare actually does what it claims to do. My personalized morning routine included the Purifying Tonic, Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream, and the Radiance Enhancing Day Cream. I would wind down the day with a nightly regimen that included the Peeling Mask (I loved that it only took five short minutes), Cleansing Milk, Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream, and the Moisturizing Night Cream. This routine was convenient and my skin definitely looked like it was receiving some TLC almost immediately after starting the regimen.
What appealed to me most was that the Nazelie products are made with the purest most natural ingredients including olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, and aloe. Ingredients I know and can identify with make me feel like I’m doing something great for my skin, unlike a never-ending list of chemicals that are impossible to pronounce!
For ladies who are looking for a new skincare regimen customized to your skin type and concerns, give Nazelie Skincare products a try. I’ve definitely been getting more compliments on how my skin is glowing, and will continue sticking to this routine. This line comes Lilit approved. What do you do to take care of your skin? I’d love to hear about all of your secrets and tips for great skin…thanks for reading!