Thursday, July 31, 2014

Makeup & Outfit Details - 4 Looks!

My favorite look as of lately. Of course I stick to my neutral trend, white and beige! 

This hairstyle is a favorite of mine for the past few months and it's so simple! Braid your pony tail! It looks trendy and chic yet effortless, because it is. 

Helmut Lang beige sweater, Wolford Creme sleeveless turtle neck, white rag and bone skinnies (not pictured) beige Giuseppe Zanotti strappy sandals, beige Chanel caviar flap bag
Two of my all time favorite clothing brands, Helmut Lang & Wolford

Outfit: For Love & Lemons, Christian Louboutin pigalles. Extensions, Bellami Lilly hair.
Close up makeup details on this look below 
My favorite part about this look is this highlighter, I say this about a lot of products, but this truly is a product I can no longer live without and use any time I do my makeup! I don't wear makeup everyday, I probably wear it a few times a month but when I do, a highlight is necessary! This highlight is by Becca cosmetics in the color Opal.
Makeup breakdown: foundation Nars sheer glow in Barcelona, concealer Nars radiant creamy concealer in custard, set with hourglass ambient lighting powder in diffused light, Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit to contour, Mac blush in worldly wealth(favorite) becca highlight in opal, set face with Mac extra dimension skin finish bronzer in Aphrodite shell, spray with Mac fix plus and urban decay all night chill makeup setting spray. Eyes- Mac soft brown in crease, sketch in crease with stila kitten eyeshadow on lid. Eyelashes by Velour lashes. Eyebrows- Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz in brunette. Too faced melted lipgloss in melted nude.

Aritzia crop top, BCBG necklace, American eagle jeans, Hermes belt, Christian louboutin pigalles, Chanel gst caviar tote
My hot dinner date at Black & Blue, Olivia!

This Ysl lip stain is amazing! It's glossy like a lipgloss but has the vibrancy of a lipstick. This is in the color 09.
Makeup details are almost the exact same as the previous makeup details aside from the lips and blush. Blush is peaches by Mac and the lips are YSL. Soft brown in the crease with winged gel liner by maybelline. 
Contour is strong!!

Let me know if you guys like to see a few diff look details in one blog post! 

Nicole Courchaine

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Love Of Neutrals

It's no secret I have a serious love of neutral colors. It's pretty much all I wear. Nude and white or nude and black is my go to for any outfit. Beige is such a complimentary color for me or for any brunette. Of course it can be worn with any hair color and still look just as beautiful! So if you have red, blonde or blue hair, rock that beige girl!

My girlfriend told me about this stylist on Instagram who pairs a lot of neutrals together so naturally I had to check it out and I fell in love! Everything she puts together, I would love to wear or have very similar pieces that I can recreate. Her Instagram is @styledbybreanna 

Here's an outfit I created inspired by one of her posts 
My outfit details: 

Grey t-shirt: Aritzia

Green cargo pants: Burberry 

Strappy sandals: Giuseppe Zanotti

Bag: Chanel 

Sunglasses: Rayban

The great thing about simple outfits like this is they involve basics. Basics that most of us already have in our closets! 
 Basic t shirts are a staple in every wardrobe and can be worn casual with jeans or leggings with flats or heels so I usually buy pieces like this in a few colors, white, black, beige and grey. Classic ripped jeans and fitted skirts are a few more staples that I'm sure the majority of women own and are so on trend right now. Again, buying these pieces in neutral colors makes it easy to create multiple outfits out of 1 or 2 pieces. Another great thing about recreating looks that are seen on celebrities or stylists is because they involve a lot of basic pieces, they can be recreated for a fraction of the cost.  
Zara makes amazing cargo pants that are inexpensive. Definitely less expensive than the Burberry cargo pants I'm wearing in the photo above. I also have Zara army pants that I wear all the time which were around $60.

Strappy sandals are everywhere right now and I couldn't be more obsessed with this trend. I purchased my beige saint laurent sandals a few months ago and haven't worn any other heels but those ever since. They go with everything! If you're going to take the plunge and spend almost $1000 on these sandals or similar, I suggest buying a beige pair. Beige is more versatile than black and can be worn with any color. 

My new Giuseppe's! Absolute favorite pair I own! 

 Saint Laurent sandals with Rag & Bone jeans & American Apparel beige body suit. I was on my feet all day so I changed into flats after lol

Here are a few other looks by Breanna I love and intend on recreating 

I'm loving suede fitted skirts. I just purchased one online last week so I'll be sure to post an outfit picture soon and how I styled mine!

Definitely going to rock an all nude outfit soon! This look is amazing!

Thanks for the great inspo Breanna! Make sure to take a look at her instagram page @styledbybreanna

I've been doing a bit of online shopping lately (as usual) so I'll be sure to post my outfits and pieces once I receive them! There's a few body suits, skirts, dresses and tops!

Let me know if there's any posts in particular you'd like to see :)

Nicole Courchaine

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Makeup Haul/New Favorite Products

Another makeup haul.. But these products are my new absolute faves and I can already tell I won't be able to live without them lol 

I'm really into light orange/coral colours right now so I found the perfect colours and combos! 

Sweet & Sour lipstick. My new holy grail lipstick! I don't know why it's taken me so long to discover this gem!

I love sweet and sour paired with this lipgloss!
But then I found occ liptar in electic grandma and fell deeper in love with this combo lol

This red Ysl lip stain looks so juicy on and it's very moisturizing. I have this in a light pink too and love it

The texture of these melted lipsticks are amazing!

I'm probably going to sound quite repetitive in saying that this is my new holy grail product... But this blush really is! It's the perfect bronzy coloured blush and looks so perfect with a contoured cheek.
This peach blush looks so amazing with a bronzed look!
The perfect peachy/pink
A beautiful bronze highlight to add to the top of your cheek bones
My favorite makeup products are highlighters/illuminizers and foundations. I own quite a few highlighters now and this becca highlight in the shade opal is my new fave/holy grail I cannot simply live without. It makes the top of your cheek bones glow in a natural way (unless you apply more for a dramatic affect)
Whirl lip liner. I bought this color because this is apparently the color Kylie Jenner wears in her signature dark nude lip.
Teddy eyeliner. This brown is a nice alternative to a black smokey eye. It gives a softer, smokey look.
I originally purchased this foundation in Stromboli but it's for olive under tones and I didn't love it once I got home so I exchanged it for Barcelona which is perfect. This foundation is amazing! I can't believe I've never tried it before.
I've been using Mac's prolong wear concealer for the past two years and I love it but it's a full coverage concealer where this Nar's concealer is lighter and creamier. Perfect for summer or light makeup looks!

Wearing Nars sheer glow foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit for contouring, I mixed mac's worldly wealth and peaches blush with becca highlight. Mac's sweet and sour lipstick with mac's richer, lusher lipgloss.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment! :)

I'm still waiting on lights to come in but i'll start my youtube channel as soon as they're in! I cannot wait to start tutorials, monthly faves, hauls etc!

Nicole Courchaine

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hair Extensions - Bellami Lilly Hair

I just want to start off by saying I don't need to wear extensions, my hair is long now and thick which I'm very fortunate for, however, sometimes I want to add additional thickness for that extra glam factor! :)

With that being said, It was important for me to find a hair extension company that could accommodate my thick hair. It sounds easy but I've never found extensions thick enough to blend into my already thick hair so I would usually combine 2 different sets. Until I came across Bellami Lilly hair! 260grams of hair compared to the average 100 is an insane difference lol I can't even tell you what a difference that makes in your hair. With extension companies I've tried in the past, I would have to Wear the entire pack plus an additional set to look natural with my hair but with the Lilly hair, I don't even wear the full pack! When I wear my hair straight, I only clip in two rows underneath and it looks perfect! When I do waves or curls, I wear 3 rows! 

I purchased the dark brown set for $289.99. That is a lot, I know! But worth it for hair like mine. Bellami also has the 220g set which is still way more than the average set of extensions for $209.99.

The Lilly hair is 20" and quite long on me (I'm 5'2') so I cut mine an inch or two which is perfect for me. 

I'm wearing my Bellami Lilly hair in all 4 photos above.
Here's my natural hair with no extensions! As you can see my hair is thick and Long, but after having a lighter color put in, my hair is a lot thinner underneath so the thick extensions work well underneath! 

This is exactly what i ordered!

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment!

Nicole Courchaine

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Favorite Outfit(DIY ripped jeans) + Makeup Details

Outfit details: 
these jeans are by William Rast. I believe they're 5-6 years old and had no rips in them. I watched a YouTube tutorial on how to do destroyed/ripped jeans and came up with this! It was super easy, just time consuming! I'm quite happy with the way they turned out :) Bodysuits are a staple in my wardrobe. They're my favorite thing to wear! I love them with jeans, shorts and skirts. This nude bodysuit is from American Apparel $25. Nude sandals by Saint Laurent. I barely wear any other heels anymore! I just love these ones too much. 

Makeup details:
Makeup details: Chanel vitalumiere foundation Mac prolong wear concealer, hourglass ambient lighting powder in diffused light to set concealer, Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit for contouring & brow wiz pencil in brunette to fill in brows, Mac blush in worldly wealth(new fave) it's like bronzy blush, so beautiful! Josie Maran liquid luminizer for highlight with Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in bronze on top. Set everything with mac's alluring aquatic bronzer in Aphrodite shell and mac's fix plus on top. Eyes: Mac Pro long wear concealer as a base, mac soft brown eyeshadow in crease with Mac pigment in tan(my favorite pigment!) Mac teddy eyeliner with Veloue lashes in strike a pose with Benefit they're real mascara. I have 2 rows of clip in Bellami hair extensions in as well! That's a whole lotta makeup lol