Models Own Make up at Ulta

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Playing with make up is probably one of my favorite things to do. Unfortunately I don’t get to do it as much as I wish I could. So I decided to turn it around this weekend and finally got to the package from ModelsOwn, which is a UK based brand now available at Ulta.

Price wise ModelsOwn is on par with NYX and other drug store brands. The products come in bright and colorful packaging which makes it even more exciting.

Here is what I got to play with today:

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Luxestick Velvet Lipstick in Deep Berry ($8.99) – a great deep color I will definitely be saving for nights out and fall. It’s easy to apply, and lasts a good amount of time, but I definitely recommend using a lip pencil with it!

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I-Definer Kohl Pencil Eyeliner in Black Onyx ($7.99) – love this pencil, it’s precise, intense and waterproof. Plus it goes on very smooth, especially when you draw hearts on your hands 😛

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Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Peach Pearl ($11.99) – a summer must have for all of us who’ve been deprived of natural glow by mother nature. Use it on your cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow for best results. I always put my highlighter on before powder just in case I overdo it, then the powder helps conceal the excess highlighter. What about you? Are you a before or after powder highlighter girl? Confused by the question? Me too! Let’s move on.

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Barely There Eyeshadow Palette ($17.99) – a great starter palette if you are just tapping your toe in the world of makeup. It combines dusky pinks, soft nudes and creamy browns for creating a truly natural look. It does come with a few shimmery colors so you can easily take your look from day to night. The palette comes with a dual end brush and being the brush snob that I am, I actually don’t mind this applicator. So kudos to you ModelsOwn! However, I highly recommend using a primer as this product tends to get dusty.

And there you have it! I have successfully played around with some make up and hopefully wrote a decent review for you to enjoy! I believe there is a special promo going on around this line at Ulta at the moment. But I do want to let you know that this product was sent to me for review and this is my honest opinion. Have a gorgeous day everyone!

 

Currently Obsessed With…

1. Shamballa Bracelets – those babies are popping up everywhere, from blogs, to Olympian’s wrists:

2. Origins VitaZing SPF 15 – it hydrates, energizes and protects to maintain skin’s momentum all day. I love it!

3. The Balm’s Nude Tude palette and Translucent Powder – Sexy Mama – I just got those from HauteLook.com the other day – and am in absolute delight 🙂

4. Reading Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin

5. Styling Denim shirts – I’ve got 3 of those already 🙂

Happy Friday everyone, what are you currently obsessed with?

xo,

Zhenya

PS. I also thought that Vika Komova totally deserved gold today, she was wonderful in her last routine!

Spring Make-up 2012

Seriously, so many great choices, I am at a complete loss, don’t know what to choose!

 Lancome

 EL

 Chanel

 Dior

 Nars

 MAC

 MAC

Which one is your favorite?

xoxo,

Z

How I’ve been Killed softly…

Now before you read todays post, I highly recommend that you watch the entire (40 min long) presentation/speech by Jean Kilbourne!

I have posted many times about the importance of staying fit, it’s the way I’ve been raised, and it’s the influence of oh so many episodes of The Biggest Loser that I’ve watched. I have also emphasized the importance of eating healthy, of bringing all sorts of vegetables and fruits into your diet, if you don’t believe me – ask my husband. I also have covered a subject as sensitive as violence against women, based on a story of a high school friend of mine. But after watching this I couldn’t help but wonder – Have I also been killed? And killed softly?

I am going to have to say yes to this, admit that I, too, have been influenced by the ads, commercials, the many many TV shows, movies and everything that comes in between.

Growing up in Russia you’d think I was only exposed to the images of healthy looking peasant women, popping babies left and right:

You’re so wrong, I grew up reading Cool Girl, OOOPS! and YES! (if I remember all these titles correctly), an Eastern European version of Teen Vogue and Seventeen:

When we got our first VCR all we had were work out tapes. My mother was extremely obsessed with her self-image, she worked out at the gym 3 times a week after work, I was in 8th grade then. Needless to say I got hooked onto the Cindy Crawford workout videos, as a matter of fact up to this day, her workouts remain some of my favorite ones. Thanks to those workouts I always ran track in high school and college, nothing wrong with being athletic!

I was 16 when I got my first highlights. I was never happy with my hair color, I always thought it was dull and flat. How crazy is it to realize that this was 9 years ago! I haven’t dyed my hair since 2009 and I couldn’t be happier. But yet again, I am thinking of getting high lights this spring (Blake Lively obsession, unhealthy, right?)

Now I have always been anti Botox, Implants and all the other body “alterations”. I remember watching an episode from one of the earlier seasons of Nip/Tuck where a surgeon put the implant in the wrong way, so he then had to take it out, and there is blood and silicone and mess everywhere. I am a B cup and always will be, so I am pretty happy with what I’ve got!

Moving on to the subject of violence – I think some women should stop dressing slutty. I remember the SLUT walk Sam and I came across once walking around Minneapolis. No won’t mean no when you are dressed like a hooker. Growing up at a church we were taught one golden rule that applied to clothes – Would you wear it if you were going to go hang out with Jesus? And by hanging out I don’t mean death or anything, just a usual stroll in the park with the Lord. I am pretty sure Jesus would’ve been proud of my fashion sense, I am 25 and finally know how to dress myself!

Now how did this documentary affected me personally? Well they say step 1 is acknowledgement, and then what? Am I going to stop dressing up, using make up, reading Vogue and trying to achieve the unachievable? NO! Call me stupid, call me anything you want, but when we are walking the streets of Minneapolis my husband is proud he is married to me, everyday he tells me how pretty and sexy I am, and that’s what matters the most. I am sure a lot of you are getting madder at me by the second, especially now that I brought my husband up, but you can tell this same thing to yourself! You don’t need a guy to approve of you! When I lived in Manhattan my hair was two different colors for crying out loud! Yes, I can always say I was trying to pull off the ombre look, but who will I be kidding?

Anyways, it’s everyone’s personal choice whether to be affected by it all, or not, and it all depends on the way you’ve been raised, and what values have been implanted into your brain, because trust me, I never leave the house, unless I think that Jesus would’ve been proud of my outfit 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo,

Z

30 Day Sephora Blockbuster Challenge

Here is what I have 

But do I use it?

So for the next 30 days I am going to mostly use this palette!

Why?

So that these eyeshadows don’t go to waste!

So that these lip sticks don’t go to waste!

And all the other products also get to put to good use!

And to get out of a makeup RUT!

Stick with me to see my every day looks!

Love,

ZhenyAH!

The Ж (A review of the Kardashian Kollection for Sears)

The following post is going to be my personal, and very subjective opinion on the Kardashian Kollection for Sears. It should be pretty entertaining too! So sit back and enjoy the post!

Yesterday Sam and I were at the Mall of America. We mainly went to get some shoes for him. We totally lucked out at Nordstrom Rack! So if you are ever at MoA – check it out!

Then, passing by Sears, I dragged Sam in, to check out the Kardashian Kollection. I was really eager to look at some of those pieces, especially because the logo for their line reminded me of the first letter of my name when you spell it in Russian – letter Ж!

Being aware of their Armenian past, I think there might be some coincidence there!

Now about the collection – a lot of black, white, animal prints (mostly cheetah), at least from what was available at that Sears. The jackets have the famous Kardashian shoulders, the ones that are curved up.

I honestly think they make you look evil, it’s almost like having horns on your jacket 🙂 The other jacket that drew my attention was the sequin jacket, which Sam said looked like it was meant for a hooker, and should only be worn by someone who works by the side of the road.

Now I think that was too harsh! I could actually see myself wearing that jacket over some solid colored dress to a dinner party or a club!

Of course I had to check out their dresses. This one stood out to me the most:

I love the white/black combo, and the illusion it creates – making the dress look like an actual outfit – a dress, a top and a belt. But I don’t really have anywhere to wear this to, so on with the observations.

Some of you know that I have been out on a hunt for some skinny jeans, since I only have 2 pairs left, and I am not ready to give in to the $19.95 offer at H&M yet. The KK didn’t have any pants, at least not at the MoA Sears, but it had some seriously trashy looking pants/leggings. I can see a lot of Russian women wearing those in RUSSIA! So maybe the entire K Klan (clever, right?) should go to the former USSR and launch their collection there! I guarantee – it will be a success! The strange thing about the Kollection is that some of the pieces that are in the store aren’t on the website! I knew I should’ve taken pictures myself! Well next time!

Jewelry was pretty cool! There is more at sears.com than there was at the store. I really liked this ring:

But I still prefer my statement rings to be more colorful than this. The bracelet was too big, but if you know me, you know how small my wrists are, as well as ring finger size. So I guess next time I should shop at “dainty and small” shop, not the KK, especially knowing how big Khloe is!

And last but not least – the lingerie. I have only one thing to say about it – Sam wouldn’t let me get it! Shucks!

One more thing that weirded me out the most (and I can’t find a picture of it anywhere on the Internet) was a plastic silver colored shopping bag with fabric handles that had the K trio on the front. They put Khloe in the middle in she looks like a giant compared to her two sisters. But to each it’s own!

Over all the KK has it’s hits and misses. There are great pieces, and then there are the not so great ones. I also like the sarcasm around the advertisements and the commercials: “Hey ladies, you look lovely in those sweat pants, NOT” We all know that everyones’ style is different, but it’s all better than wearing sweatpants and shirts with MINNESOTA written across your chest in bold letters!

The other great thing about Sears is their make up counter, it has never even crossed my mind to check it out, but once I did, I know where I will be buying my husband’s favorite shampoo (Burt’s Bees) and some new products for myself (the Say Yes To line is a lot, a lot cheaper there, than any other store!)

So go ahead, check your local Sears, and let me know what you think!

Zhenya H

PS. Sears didn’t pay me to write this review or advertise them on my blog. This is my personal opinion that I am sharing with you, because one great find is always worth sharing with others!

Becoming more Feminine

I know I am already feminine, I wear dresses and heels, and put on make-up every day, but today while I was at SPSS on South Lyndale Ave, I decided that I need more girlyness in my life.

So how do I do that?

1. First of all – I am not going to wear T-shirts anymore, the kind that looks like this:

I actually wore the exact same shirt today, lol! These shirts are only going to be left in my closet for one reason – to work out! Even when you go to sleep – wear some sexy pajamas.

2. No baggy, loose pants or boyfriend jeans.

I have a pair of loose Ralf Lauren shorts size 4 which I freecycled back in NYC, and my husband hates them. Today he told me that my butt looks big in them 🙂 That’s his way of telling me to get rid of those shorts.

Mine are the same style, but navy blue. My advice is to simply wear pants that fit! Also a tip – Boyfriend jeans look good on girls with flat butts (seriously) – if you have curves – don’t be afraid to show them!

3. Accessorize!

Scarves, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are going to be your best friend. And remember Coco Chanel’s famous quote – “take one thing off before leaving the house”!

4. Say good bye to ugly shoes (flip-flops from Old Navy or other cheap stores – leave those for the beach). FYI – UGGS are ugly too, in fact I think UGG is a derivative from UGLY. Besides they don’t support the arch of your foot, and that’s not good!

5. Make-up is your best friend, and the older you get, the more helpful it becomes:)

Also check out these YouTube gurus, especially their make-up tutorials, pay attention to the before and then after 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/user/Lisasz09

http://www.youtube.com/user/emilynoel83 

6. Make sure you take time to groom yourself – hair, skin and body need to be in top shape! I do know some girly girls who let themselves go, and then they become fat and ugly, and all the cuteness is gone. I am sorry, but it’s true. So invest some money into regular hair cuts, skin care products and good tennis shoes.

And remember – investing money into beauty procedures isn’t just the celebrities’ prerogative – you can do it too, and you can do it on a budget! There are plenty of beauty recipes on a budget!

I hope you all have a fabulous night, tomorrow I am going to blog about staying fit without going to the gym – and some foods that keep me skinny!