the stylish print_prom makeup

the stylish print_prom makeup

the stylish print_prom makeup

the stylish print_prom makeup

the stylish print_prom makeup


This weekend was my cousin Shelby’s prom and I did her makeup. Here is a step-by-step of how I created her glam prom makeup look.


  1. When doing formal makeup, always start with the eyes. It’s much easier to touch up smudge liner or mascara before foundation and concealer has been applied. Apply the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion to the eyelids to ensure the eye shadows will last all night.
  2. Pat the shade “Virgin” from the Urban Decay Naked Palette all over the eyelid and up to the brow bone. Also use this color on the inner corner of the eye. Apply the shade “Buck” from the same palette in the crease using a eye contour brush. Use a .


the stylish print_Birchbox

I discovered Birchbox thanks to Kate, my roommate who knows all about my obsession with testing new beauty products. While living in New York City last summer, she went to the Birchbox store in Soho. I think almost instantly, she knew I’d love it.

So, what is it?

Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription — think of it like a magazine subscription. Each month, you pay $10 to get an adorably decorated box filled with five beauty samples.

Like I mentioned, I love trying new products, but honestly, buying full-sized ones all the time gets expensive. That’s when Birchbox steps in. It allows me to sample trending products before I commit to buying the full-sized versions. To a beauty-addict like me, that’s a dream come true.

One thing I love about this service is it’s customizable. Not only did I complete a profile to let the Birchbox team know what types of products I’m most interested in (for example, I treasure makeup samples but will never use nail polish), I also often receive emails that let me choose one of the samples in my box or let me select a themed box, like April’s “Mad Men”-inspired New York Box.

Here’s what’s inside this month (samples from left to right):

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel | Beauty Protector Protect & Oil | Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush in Los Cabos | Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion | Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Blueberry

Pretty cool, huh? I’ve been getting a monthly box in the mail since January, and it still amazes me how many products I’ve accumulated during that time. Another thing to note is you can always choose not to get a box, so when you feel you need to save $10 for a month (I’m actually skipping next month with my move to NYC coming up), it’s no problem.

If you enjoy new beauty products as much as me, you should consider joining the Birchbox bandwagon. To subscribe to Birchbox now, click here. Also, let me know which products from this month’s Birchbox you want me to review by leaving a comment or shooting me a quick email.



the stylish print_my favorite perfume

This is the perfume that caught my fiancé’s attention.

To clarify, that’s (hopefully) not to say he never liked the way I smelled, but this perfume actually made him stop and compliment me.

My love affair with the Michael Kors Collection Sexy Amber Eau de Parfum began with a sample a family member gifted me, because I love keeping mini perfumes in my purse. This one smelled amazing, and it quickly became the one I turned to for a spritz of confidence throughout the day.

One day when I wore it, Chase told me how great I smelled. “Whoa,” I thought… He’s never said anything about any other perfume I’ve ever worn.

Now, I’m not great at making decisions, especially those that involve spending money, so it would be unlike me to purchase a full-sized perfume on a whim. Chase and I went to Ulta and tested countless perfumes until our noses went numb. After all that, this Michael Kors one prevailed, and it’s been my “signature scent” ever since.

The thing Chase says he likes about this perfume is it’s not flowery (like most of the perfumes I’ve worn in the past), and I agree that’s a nice change for me. I love how this one makes me feel like I’m a good-smelling human, not a flower.

Do you have a signature scent?