Currently Loving

When YouTube was my main platform, one of my favorite videos to film was my monthly favorites. I always looked forward to the end of any month to collect all of my favorite products and review them for my viewers. If you want to catch a glimpse of a younger Liv in one of my Youtube videos, click here. It is always fun to take a trip back to the past. Anyway back to the present. It didn’t occur to me until one of my blogging brainstorm sessions that I should bring my monthly favorites posts to the LivForStyle blogging community, so that is exactly what I am doing in today’s post.

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First, I want to talk about the makeup palette that has been front and center of my makeup collection. The Make Up Forever Artist Palette Volume 1 in the color Nudes You Need has been my go-to for all of my makeup looks. This palette features nine neutral toned colors, making it a staple to achieve neutral day-time looks or smokey, darker looks. Not only does this palette feature my favorite eye shadow colors, like gold, bronze, copper, and pewter, but the formula of each shade is super pigmented and blendable.

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Next, to accent the beautiful bronze shades, I have been ditching my typical black liquid eyeliner and using my new Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner. This gel liner applies like butter, as it smoothly glides on my upper lash line. If you’re a bronze makeup lover like me, you need this gel liner in your collection.

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The cold, dry air has really wreaked havoc on my skin. I usually never noticed my dry, rough skin until all my makeup is wiped away and I am ready for bed. So, a night face cream has been an important part of my nightly routine. I apply my Lumixyl Trifecting Night Cream before bed so while I am sleeping this product can get hard at work moisturizing my skin, fighting blemishes, and reducing fine lines. Finding a good face cream is important, but even more important is finding a good face cream that is made with only the best ingredients. This winter, I have vowed to treat my skin with only the best products, because after all our skin is the biggest organ of our body (decided to throw in something I learned in my biology class today, my professor would be so proud). If you are interested in purchasing one of Lumixyl’s wonderful products, click the link here to receive 25% off your purchase of TNC, using the code TNCxSW on lovelyskin.com. This offer expires 2/18. A deal you won’t want to miss.

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Keeping with the face theme, I have been using Maybelline Facestudio Master Contour Palette to contour, define, and highlight my cheeks. The bronzer, blush, highlight trio is perfect for busy people like me because it provides all the products you need to achieve a radiant glow in one palette. I have never been into blush, but for the winter time, I noticed a little color and sparkle is what I need to brighten up winters pale skin.

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Lastly, to wash all my makeup off at night I’ve been using Garnier’s Micellar Water. I have to admit I was persuaded to buy this new face wash after I saw the catchy commercial on television. I am so glad I decided to swoop this up on a recent drugstore shopping trip because it is the best way to wash off makeup and cleanse your skin. Good-bye makeup, oil, and dirt. Hello clean, soft, hydrated skin.

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And there you have it…a round up of my current favorite items. I’m like a kid in a candy shop whenever I am in the drugstore, Sephora, or whenever the UPS man drops off a package. I never know what to expect or what I am going to find. So you better believe that there will be more of my current obsessions posts very soon. Let me know in the comments below what has been your go-to makeup product or clothing item for this month.

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Sweet Start To 2016

 Almost a month into the new year and 2016 is off to a good start. Hope everyone is still sticking to their new years resolution. Today’s post will be short and sweet because there really is no need for a lengthy explanation. I am so excited to announce that I have partnered with 23 other bloggers to provide our readers with an amazing giveaway.

I believe every year should start off strong and there is no better way than celebrate a new year and a new beginning than with a giveaway. One lucky reader will win an incredible prize package consisting of a $150 Visa gift card, a $10 Starbucks gift card, the Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette, and an Origins Charcoal face mask.

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Are you thinking that this grand prize can’t get any better? Well, SURPRISE, there are more items included in this prize package. Us, bloggers are so lucky that three brands are taking part in this giveaway. Our three sponsors include The Sugar Creek Shoppe, Courtney & Courtnie, and Cassidy’s Monograms. All three sponsors are super excited to be taking part and providing us with an adorable mug, a custom keychain, a custom koozie, and three stackable wire wrapped bracelets. This is one heck of a prize package.

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Are you all excited? I bet you are, so now just scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the form. It’s that simple.

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There’s a lot to celebrate this year, so keep on embracing 2016. Good luck! I’ll talk to you all very soon in my next post. Stay tuned!

 

 

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#YoungerTV

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After a week of exams, writing lengthy final papers, and sleepless nights, a month-long break from college life is very much needed.  I can’t believe I’ve been home for a month. It has been nice catching up on sleep, hanging with the family, and spending more time on my blog.  However, my life at school is so different than life at home.  I find myself having more free time, and if you are a person like me who can’t sit still, I need to keep myself busy. Over my month-long break; I have kept myself busy by working part-time at a popular retail store, taking Zumba and Spinning classes, a lot of shopping, and watching a new TV series I found on TV Land.

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Although, I don’t like to just sit around and do nothing, spending the evening staying cozy and relaxing while watching TV is a nice change of pace because I know once I return to school I’ll have little time to myself. Over break, I got hooked on the first season of TV Land’s Original Show, Younger.

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I consider myself a fan of the show, so I am so happy that I received an official Younger t-shirt to wear and style. I thought it was only appropriate to share my loungewear style with all my readers. When I’m watching TV, I usually keep my outfit simple and comfy. You can’t go wrong with my basic Cotton On leggings, paired with my hunter green soft and cozy American Eagle cardigan. I love the long length of the cardigan, because it practically blankets my entire body. Under my sweater, I chose to rock my Younger graphic t-shirt, and of course I had to accessorize it with my La Cle key necklace. Last but not least, my fuzzy socks from Forever 21 are a must for a cozy outfit. Add my Marshalls slipper booties and keep thosetoes nice and toasty.

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After catching up on Season 1, I can give you a little “Sparknote edition” for the plot of Younger. The show consists of an amazing and talented cast, featuring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar and Miriam Show. If you are a huge Sex and the City fan, Younger is your new show, because Younger is written, executive produced, and directed by Darren Star from Sex and the City. So you better believe the fashion is on point throughout this series.

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Anyway, Younger follows 40-year-old Liza, played by Sutton Foster, who is divorced and ready to get back into the working world; however, her age hinders her employment opportunities. When she meets a 20-year-old guy at a bar, he convinces her she looks much younger than her age. As a result, her best friend Maggie, played by Debi Mazar gives her a makeover and a boost of confidence to help her land a new job. With the help of Liza’s new co-workers and friends, she is able to pursue her dream career. The plot is intense and keeps unfolding in each episode. Your eyes will be glued to the screen, guaranteed.

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The winter season is all about looking for a new TV series to watch. Winter is the best time to spend inside, snuggled with blankets, and getting lost in a new series. Tune into TV Land tonight at 10 PM to watch the premiere of Season 2 of Younger. If you still haven’t watched season 1, have no fear, TV Land has you covered. Head over to TV Land on Demand, TVLAND.COM, or TV Land’s new app. Just beware that once you start, you won’t be able to stop. When it comes to Younger, there is no such thing as watching only one episode. But who cares because every now and then we all deserve to abandon our long to-do list and just hang out on the couch. IMG_1708

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The Best And Worst Dressed At The Golden Globes 2016

Last year, my very first post on my blog was my round up of the best and worst dressed from the Golden Globes, so it is tradition to share my thoughts on this year’s fashion at the Golden Globes.

My fashion senses were tingling on Sunday while watching the 73rd Golden Globes Award Show.  Next to Christmas, my favorite time of the year has to be award season.  Nothing beats watching the celebrities strut on the red carpet while wearing elaborate gowns.

For the most part, every celebrity stunned in their designer dresses and set a high expectation for future award shows.  I noticed a few popular trends at the Golden Globes, including capes, cut outs, hues of reds and pinks, plunging necklines, and pockets.

Someday I hope to be one of the correspondents reporting from the red carpet, but for right now I’ll use my blog to share my fashion do’s and don’ts from the red carpet.  Keep on reading to see which celebrities hit a homerun when it came to their style and which celebrities should have reconsidered their dress choice.

 

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Lady Gaga- After seeing Lady Gaga perform at Madison Square Garden a few years ago, Lady Gaga will forever have my heart.  I am a huge Lady Gaga fan and so happy she took home her first Golden Globe. She looked outstanding in her black velvet Versace dress.  Her dress featured a sweetheart neckline and a fitted corset, giving her an hourglass shape.  She completed her glamorous look with of course diamonds, a curly up do, and lots of lashes.  I was so happy to see Lady Gaga choose a more sophisticated look, instead of wearing a meat dress like she did at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

 

Amy Adams- I was so glad to see some color on the red carpet.  I am a huge fan of Amy Adam’s daring blood orange Versace gown.  The bold orange color with the perfect amount of sparkle looked beautiful with her hair color and skin tone.  After seeing her dress, I really hope this orange shade becomes a huge trend for upcoming award shows and the spring season.

 

Laverne Cox- Laverne Cox looked fierce in her pure white, figure hugging dress by Elizabeth Kennedy.  I am a huge fan of her classic look.  Sometimes simplicity is the way to go when it comes to the red carpet.  I love how she accessorized with emerald colored jewelry and a vampy lip color. Perfection!

 

Jenna Dewan Tatum- Jenna Dewan Tatum’s dress resembled a starry night sky.  The deep blue dress embellished with sequins is by Zuhair Murad and certainly made a statement on the red carpet.  I love her dress because it features two of the hottest trends this season, the plunging neckline and pockets. Plus, every red carpet needs some sparkle.

 

Olivia Wilde- Olivia Wilde can do no wrong when it comes to fashion.  Her form fitting, burgundy, sequins dress by Michael Kors, featured a risky low neckline.  I appreciate her choice to accessorize with a statement necklace that complimented the deep red color of her dress.  I also loved her eggplant and burgundy shimmery eye shadow, which is a colorful take on the typical smokey eye.

 

Jaimie Alexander- If I had to only choose one best dressed celebrity, my award would have to go to Jaimie Alexander.  Her dress designed by Genny was stunning.  I am obsessed with the rich jewel toned emerald color, deep v neckline, and the pockets.  The pattern of her dress is so abstract and eye-catching. Also her smokey eye is on point and really makes her eyes pop.  Perfection from head to toe.

 

Worst Dressed

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Cate Blanchett- What is up with this dress? There is just way too much going on.  Cate Blanchett’s dress by Givenchy features silk, sheer paneling, and fringe.  I don’t know where to look.  Plus the pastel pink color is just wrong.  Better luck next time.

 

Katy Perry- Between the Bump It in her hair and this tight dress by Prada, Katy Perry tops my worst dressed list.  I really hate the color of her dress because it reminds me of a Pepto Bismol bottle . She better bring her “A” game to the Grammy’s because her look at the Golden Globes was anything but fabulous.

 

Natalie Dormer- Natalie Dormer’s J. Mendel dress would have been better if it did not include the awkward off the shoulder look and black neckpiece.  Awkward, undone, and mismatched are a few words I like to use to describe her look.

 

Regina King- Regina King’s dress looks more like a Halloween costume than a Golden Globes gown. Her Krikor Jabotian dress features a white cape and chunky gold sequins.  Her dress is outrageous!  I never thought this was possible, but there is way to much sparkle and sequins.

 

Rooney Mara- I am all for fashion risks and unique looks, but Rooney Mara’s Alexander McQueen dress leaves me speechless and not in a good way.  First, the pale pink color blends in with her skin tone, making her look washed out.  Plus the ruffles of her dress look like her dress went through a shredder, which is never a good look.

 

Kate Hudson- The only thing on point is Kate Hudson’s abs.  Other than that, I do not love her Michael Kors crop top and matching skirt outfit.  The nude sparkly color washes her out.  Plus that random piece of fabric around her neck just confuses me.

And that concludes my 2016 Golden Globes fashion recap. Stay tuned for more best and worst dressed posts. Let me know in the comments below what celebrity looks were your favorite or were questionable.

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