One Direction The Looks Collection Review + Giveaway

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The recent recurrence of boy bands warms my 90s child heart. While I don’t usually associate male singers with makeup, I have to say I was pretty impressed with the makeup tins released as part of One Direction’s The Looks Collection. This is the launch of their first product in their make-up line. Maybe it was input from their girlfriends or stylists that really pulled these sets together, but I was pleasantly surprised by the selections and quality. Markwins sent me the Midnight Memories set to try and The Looks Collection also includes two other sets–Up All Night and Take Me Home. You can snag these at Macy’s, Dillards, and Lord & Taylor, as well as Stage Stores and Beauty Brands for $28.50 per tin. This is a really good value considering everything that’s inside.

One Direction Makeup Tin Each tin includes each of the following products in coordinated shades:

  • Liquilights Glow Gloss
  • 4+1 Eyeshadow Palette
  • Creme Lipstick
  • Volumizing Mascara
  • Eye and Body Crayon
  • Metallic Nail Varnish
  • Set of Body Stencils

I figured the best way to review this set was to try to do a look using only these products. This kit has everything you need for eyes and lips, but it doesn’t have anything for face or cheeks. Before diving into this kit, I primed my face with my Studio Gear Cosmetics CC Cream, set that with CoverGirl powder, and did a little blush and contouring with my ULTA Sculpt palette. One Direction Makeup Look To achieve this look, I started with the eyes. The eyeshadow palette features four eyeshadows in a smoky grays, a shimmering pink, and a black with a bit of shimmer. The palette also has a silver glitter creme shadow in the center. For quick reference the colors are:

  • Little White Lies: pale, warm gray
  • Don’t Forget Where You Belong: pale, pink shimmer
  • Half a Heart: metal gray
  • Strong: deep black with shimmer
  • Midnight Memories: silver glitter

I started by taking Little White lies and patting all over the lid. Then I took Don’t Forget Where You Belong and patted that on the inner half of the lid, gently blending it out in the Little White Lies. Next I took Half a Heart and used it to create an outer V and pulled that color through the socket. I blended out and harsh lines using a clean brush, then added a bit more Little White Lies above it as a transition color. Overall I thought the eyeshadows were pretty good. They have a great satin texture and I experienced very little fall-out. My only complaint is that it takes a bit of effort to build these shades up. I didn’t use a primer because I wanted to see how they faired on their own and I definitely think a good primer could make a huger difference. Next I took the Better than Words black crayon and ran it along my waterline, tight line, and upper and lower lash lines. Then I took the Strong shadow on a smudger brush and went over the crayon to set it and smudge it into the lash line. I also winged it out a bit in the corners along the bottom of the outer V. With a detail brush I finished by taking Midnight Memories and putting a tiny bit in the inner corner and running some under the outer half of the lower lash line. A little goes a long way with this stuff! I was surprised at the glitter payoff on the shadow. Use a little bit at a time so you don’t make a mess like I did! One Direction Makeup Product Collage   To finish the look, I swept on a few coats of the Little Black Dress Mascara and did a light coat of Through the Dark (which apparently glows in UV light?!) with a bit of Best Song Ever blended over it. Seriously, how cute are these names? If you need a little extra inspiration, the inside of the tin also has some eye charts to show you different ways to pair the shades together. You’ll definitely end up with a bit of a rock and roll look from this set, perfect for a night out at your next concert.

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Markwins is also hosting a giveaway to win your own The Looks Collection tin autographed by all the members of One Direction! Enter here for your opportunity to win!

(note: Markwins is running this giveaway, not this blog).

Five Things // Water, Walruses + Web Design


I got to spend Sunday on the river with my mom and friends. It was such a beautiful day for a ride on the pontoon boat.


I took a leap of faith and let someone new cut my hair. It was inspired by the look Taylor Swift is sporting in her Shake It Off Video. I gave up my layers in favor of a should skimming, one length cut with some bangs. You’ll be able to see the full look in the makeup tutorial in my next post! If you’re ever in Audobon in South Jersey go visit RaeLynn at Dot’s Dos on West Market Street.






I went on a bit of a baking spree over the weekend. Four pumpkin pies and two pecan pies later there were a lot of happy bellies around.





I couldn’t resist having DJ jump into this cutout after we saw The November Man on Monday night. I have no idea what Tusk is even about, but how can you pass up seeing your husband pretend to be a walrus for a minute? (You don’t.)


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Last, but certainly not least, my mom is joining me in the blogosphere while she is recovering from a serious shoulder surgery. She is crafty, amazing, and hilarious. I’ll share the link as soon as she starts posting content, but for now I spent yesterday building her website. I’m getting pretty good at this! Now, if only I could get my redesign finished and launched!

What have you been up to this week?


Get Your Vitamin C On with Valentia Even Glow Serum

It wasn’t until this year that I really started getting interested in serums. I will be the first to admit that I’m fairly lax about paying attention to my skin and I honestly thought that they were another fleeting fad. They’ve stuck around and I’ve given my fair share a try, sharing reviews of some that produced noticeable benefits. So when Valentia offered me the opportunity to try their Even Glow Serum, I couldn’t resist…and I’ve found my favorite serum so far.

Valentia Even Glow Serum

The Valentia Even Glow Serum ($35) is an antioxidant serum that combines a number of good-for-your-skin oils with a 20% Vitamin C base. The product aims to even skin tone, increase glow and radiance, boost collagen production, and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It comes in a glass bottle with an eyedropper applicator.

So why is this my favorite so far? First, the scent. The Even Glow Serum has a vibrant and refreshing citrus scent and is one of the best-smelling skin care products I’ve come across in a long time. It doesn’t have any of the medical or stale smelling notes often associated with skin care products.

The product is also incredibly easy to use and work into your routine. From start to finish, it takes less than 30 seconds, but you’ll see benefits long after. To use, you simply place a few drops on your face and gently massage into your skin. The product absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a film or residue on your skin. Once the product is absorbed, continue on with your regular skin care routine. I’ve been using mine on a clean, dry far after I get out of the shower before moisturizer or any other products.

At $35, this is also very affordable compared to other similar products. It’s also easily obtainable via Amazon. A little with this goes a long way and the bottle will get you through a couple months.

Results: Whenever I use this serum, my skins feels softer and revitalized. It’s not often that I really find an immediate result from a product. After using the Even Glow Serum for a couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that my skin is brighter and a little smoother. There is also some evening of skin tone around my nose and under my eyes. Generally, my skin just has a little extra glow to it. I don’t have a lot of wrinkles or fine lines so I can’t speak to changes in those, but I have noticed that the area around my eyes is little more taut.

Have you tried the Even Glow Serum or any other Valentia products? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Fall Is Bringing Change Over Here


Maybe it’s all the years of school I’ve been in, but fall always seems to symbolize a fresh start to me more than New Year’s Day or spring. This year certainly hasn’t been any different. Lots of things have been changing over here and there are so many big things ahead.

The project I was working on for the last 8 months wrapped on Friday. It didn’t really set in until about noon today that I wouldn’t be going back into that office. I met some really great people that I hope to stay in touch with, but ideallywe are all moving on to better things. This also means I get a little bit of much needed time off until my next project starts up in October.

School is also back in full force. This is pretty exciting because it finally dawned on me that I’ll be getting my next degree in May. I knew that the program wasn’t going to take a particularly long time, but it hadn’t set in until I started classes this fall and planned out the rest of my degree requirements.

I’ve been working on refocusing my blogging energy. My posts have been a bit more sporadic partially because of all that’s been going on in my personal life, but also because I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do with this blog and what you all really want to see and read. I’ve brainstormed loads of new content ideas that I can’t wait to start working on and I’m migrating to a new WordPress framework and doing a redesign that I’ll be launching as soon as it’s finished and the bugs get all worked out.

If there are specific things you would like to see, I would love to hear about them!

Photo Credit: Coley Christine Catalano via

4 Gorgeous Cape Coats for Fall

If I had to pick one thing to put at the top of my fall fashion wish list, it is hands down a cape coat. Whether you want something casual for everyday wear or something a little more polished for evenings out, there is a cape coat out there for the occasion.

4 Cape Coats for Fall

You can’t go wrong with a cape in a neutral color like the camel one from Mango or the belted black one from Farfetch (which is definitely a splurge and honestly something to lust after, but too beautiful not to include). These will take you seamlessly from work week to weekend.

If you’re looking to keep it casual, try this navy one with buckles from She Inside. I also think I could live in the hooded gray one from Rose Gal (it also comes in black). Pair them with your favorite jeans and boots and you’re ready for any weekend adventure.

What’s at the top of your fall wish list?

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