Hello Dolls,

When it’s cold outside and you can’t seem to stay inside on a Friday night, what do you do? You pull out your favorite over the knee boots, pair them with a vegan leather skirt, and top it all off with a faux fur coat to keep you warm and fabulous! At least that is what I did this past weekend. We went out for a friends birthday in 10 degree weather, and guess what, I was nice and toasty! I actually started out the night wearing tights under the skirt and then had to take them off because I was getting a little too warm.

Because I am so obsessed with over the knee boots, and because I love all of my readers so much, in my next post, I’ll be listing a range of the latest over the knee boots with links to purchase online!¬† I personally think I’m in need of another pair, so I may join in on the spree ūüėČ

Thank you for reading!

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Masha

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Bodysuit: Bebe, still available
Skirt: French Connection old similar here, here, and here
Boots: Shoedazzle, similar here check back in a few days for more
Necklace: ArdenB similar here
Cuff: a gift ūüėČ
Coat (below): Bebe old, see my favorites at the end of the post

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check my Instagram @MashaGabriella for my makeup details

Mango $64.99
Mango $64.99
Topshop $84.98
Topshop $84.98
Milly $525
Milly $525
Nasty Gal $138
Nasty Gal $138
Forever 21 $44.90
Forever 21 $44.90
Asos $156
Asos $156
Unreal Fur $391
Unreal Fur $391
Forever 21 $59.8
Forever 21 $59.80
Forever 21 $56.52
Forever 21 $56.52
Nasty Gal $89.60
Nasty Gal $89.60

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Hello Dolls,

I recently came back from an absolutely fabulous vacation to Miami and the Caribbean. It was so nice just to get out of the frozen tundra that I have been stuck in for the past 2 months. Miami is probably my husbands and I’s favorite city. Every time we go, we have an amazing time. We love the beach, the shopping, the restaurants, and the nightlife. This was our first trip with just the two of us. In the past we have gone with friends, so it was nice to just spend some quality time together. In the past when my husband used to go he would stay at Fountainbleu, so this time we decided to try one of the newer resorts, so we opted for the SLS.¬†The hotel was built just a few years ago and is the old Ritz Plaza hotel which was gutted and redone. It actually still has the original Ritz Plaza sign and has kept the Miami Art Deco feel as you will typically find in South Beach.¬†I definitely recommend the hotel if you’re looking for a posh and trendy atmosphere, and the service was impeccable. I typically love staying on Collins in south beach since it is walking distance¬†to the restaurants and shopping, but far enough from the craziness on Ocean Drive. We did the usual: went to the beach, the pool, shopping, and went out to dinners.

My favorite place to shop is Lincoln Road even though some of my favorite one-of-a-kind stores, like Follies and Astoria, are no longer there. I usually don’t leave disappointed. Also,¬†Bal Harbour is normally the mall that I would go to, but this time we decided to check out the Miami Design District because the Hermes store moved there and I absolutely had to go there. The Design District is not as gorgeous as Bal Harbour¬†and I didn’t see quiet as many Bentleys and Birkins, but all the top brands are there like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Christian Louboutin, etc. Uber in Miami is super cheap and it was a short Uber ride from SLS.

We had breakfast every morning at the outdoor restaurant at SLS. For lunch on Thursday we went to La Sandwicherie because my husband is obsessed. On Friday we went to Sushi Samba, it was good, but the one in Las Vegas is better. For dinner we went to our favorite restaurant in the world…..Prime One Twelve. The food there is heavenly and it’s fun to stargaze, but be prepared to wait to be seated even if you have a reservation. Friday night we went to Villa Azur and were a little disappointed! The food was nothing compared to Prime One Twelve, but then again can you really compare anything to Prime One Twelve? Also they seated us at one of those tables where the neighboring table is about 5 inches away and we hated it. The service felt like they were trying to get us in and out, all of our food came out a little too quickly for it to be made to order. I do have to say the place is gorgeous, so if you are ever in Miami stop by Villa Azur, have some drinks, take some pictures, and then go eat somewhere else.

This is a long post with lots of pictures thank you for reading!

E-mail me if you have any questions Masha@MashaGabriella.com¬†and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @MashaGabriella

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Masha

And now for my outfits…….

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My travel outfit I like to be cute and comfy, and yes I changed into sandals and lighter jacket at the airport
Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmeid – seriously more comfortable than some of my leggings. This color is no longer available but here is a similar pair
Tank: Victoria’s Secret
Jacket: Oldie but goodie, my mother in law gave this to me a few years ago
Bag: Louis Vuitton, this crossbody is perfect for trips and for going shopping. I was going to Miami and the Caribbean and was not planning on carrying a lot of stuff around with me on the islands.

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First stop: The Beach

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Swimsuit: Beach Bunny Girl on Fire, not available at the moment, similar here

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Prime One Twelve

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Top: Necessary Clothing, no longer available ūüė¶ similar: here, here, and¬†here. Mine is part of a skirt and top piece similar: here¬†and¬†here
Skirt: WantMyLook, the black one is sold out but the grey one just went on sale. Also similar here, leather version here
Belt: Bebe similar here, here, and splurge here
Necklace: SouthMoonUnder
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Appetizers: Escargot and Kobe Sliders
Dinner: Filet Mignon for me Chicken and Waffles for him, Lobster mac & cheese to share
Desert: Fried Oreos

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Pants: Abbeline other colors still available at SouthMoonUnder similar: here
Crop top: Groceries other colors still available at SouthMoonUnder similar: here and here
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples
Sandals: Vince Camuto similar: here and splurge here

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Villa Azur

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Bodysuit: WantMyLook
Skirt: Vintage Dolce & Gabbana¬†– I don’t know if there is anything out there quiet like this skirt. Somewhat similar here¬†and¬†here
Belt: SouthMoonUnder
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Рthese are still available at Neiman Marcus
Clutch: Saint Laurent

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Necklace: ArdenB, actually got this one last time I was in Miami – similar: here
On the lips: MAC mineralize rich lipstick in Good Taste and lip pencil in Magenta – this is the first MAC lipstick that does not dry out my lips

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Hello Dolls,

I started this post to share my Christmas eve outfit because I wore my favorite copped sweater. I then thought to myself, why don’t I dedicate this post to exactly that: my cropped sweater obsession? The cropped sweater is¬†a must have for every wardrobe this season. You can style it with a high waisted skirt, high waisted pant, or over a loose blouse with leggings or a skirt. It’s a great piece to dress up or down and keep you cozy all winter long. I love bulky sweaters as well, but feel that the cropped sweater is more flattering and gives you a more polished look. Here are a few of my favorite cropped sweater looks followed by some sweater picks. The first looks is one that I wore on Christmas eve which I also wore at work. As you can see, you can wear it with boots or pumps. Yes ladies, occasionally I do wear outfits more than once, how un-fashionista of me, but if I love something, I definitely wear it¬†again.

Thanks for reading!

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Masha

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Sweater: H&M not available online, but see similar ones at the end of the post
Skirt: Ann Taylor sold out, similar here
Boots: old similar here and here

Cropped Sweater and Skirt

Sweater: H&M not available online, but see similar ones at the end of the post
Skirt: Ann Taylor sold out, similar here
Shoes: Steve Madden similar here and here
Necklace: Origami Owl

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Sweater: H&M not available online, but see similar ones at the end of the post
Blouse: Nordstrom Rack
Leggings: Lysse get them here
Boots: Tory Burch no longer available, similar here, here and love these

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Sweater & Blouse: Forever 21
Jeans: Joe’s Jeans¬†get them here
Boots: UGG Australia
Necklace: Origami Owl

Here are my cropped sweater picks. Click on the picture to buy it:

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Hello Dolls,

How many of you are all done with your Christmas shopping? If you’re like me and wait till last min because you are either too busy or simply like to procrastinate, then here is my gift to you – A gift guide to kick you right back on track. I read a lot of gift guides, and its crazy how most of them don’t have any gifts I would ever actually buy no matter how desperate I am. I have no idea who picks those and “recommends” them, but I am here to give you something that will ease your mind. Everything that I am going to post is something I would give to someone or¬†something I would love to get myself. I would never buy something for someone else that I wouldn’t also buy for myself. ¬†Also, if you don’t have time to run to the mall, go online. The selection is even better online, and you don’t have to wait in line to pay. A lot of places have free shipping around the holidays as well. And if its December 24th and you still haven’t finished your shopping, then there is always gift cards!

Happy Shopping and thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to ¬†follow me on Instagram for all my holiday looks.

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Masha

CANDLES are a great gift, and who doesn’t love candles? My go to places for nice candles are: Z Gallerie, Henri Bendel,¬†and¬†Southmoonunder. Below are some of my favorites. The Vanilla bean candle from Henri Bendel is amazing! I have to give the credit to my sister for this one. She loves¬†it so much that I bought it for her last year as a gift and figured I would get one for myself to see what its all about. I am now obsessed!

Henri Bendel Vanilla Bean Signature Candle $30 or 2 for $50
Henri Bendel Vanilla Bean Signature Candle $30 or 2 for $50
Z Gallerie Beaded Candles $12.49-$15.99
Z Gallerie Beaded Candles $12.49-$15.99
Missoni $88 + Free Shipping
Missoni $88 + Free Shipping

JEWELRY: Everyone loves jewelry. You can get really amazing ¬†pieces at stores like H&M, Princee P. Jewelry, Francesca’s, and Southmoonunder. If you are looking for something faaaaancy try Nordstrom or Swarovski. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Princess P. Jewelry Chunky Necklace $28.99
Princess P. Jewelry Kim Bracelets $29.99 with Clavo Crystal Bangles $145
Princess P. Jewelry Kim Bracelets $29.99 with Clavo Crystal Bangles $145
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Oscar de la Renta Swarosvki Crystal Ring $250
H&M Bangle $7.95
H&M Bangle $7.95

MAKEUP: you can never go wrong with jewelry or makeup and a gift receipt just in case you got the wrong color. I usually shop at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Ulta, and Lorac. And this is the season of “gift with purchase” meaning not only do you feel good because you just found the perfect gift for your BFF, but you also got something for finding the perfect gift for your BFF!

If you know someone who does not own an Urban Decay Naked Palate, its your duty as their friend to get them one. I don’t know how anyone can survive without it.

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Urban Decay Naked Palate $54
M·A·C 'Keepsakes - Smoky Eyes' Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition) $39.50
M¬∑A¬∑C ‘Keepsakes – Smoky Eyes’ Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition) $39.50
Bobbi Brown Mini Brush Set $75
Bobbi Brown Mini Brush Set $75

I also love lip gloss gift sets because I like to put together gifts for my friends. I take apart these gift sets and then add individual glosses to gifts.

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Smashbox ‘On the Rocks’ Be Legendary Lip Gloss Set
on sale $14.00
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Trio On Sale: $43.20
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Trio On Sale: $43.20
Lorac Lip Lustre Duo On Sale $18
Lorac Lip Lustre Duo On Sale $18

ORNAMENTS: Are always really great additions to any gift. I love personalized ornaments. Nordstrom always has a great selection and usually every mall has a “Holiday” store where they can personalize ornaments. Sur La Table has very cute food related ornaments.

Sur La Table Latte Ornament $9.06
Sur La Table Latte Ornament $9.06
Pandora Dangle CHarm Ornament $60
Pandora Dangle Charm Ornament $60
Crystal Embellished Eiffel Tower Ornament $22.78
Crystal Embellished Eiffel Tower Ornament $22.78
Michael Aram Leafy Cross Ornament $49
Michael Aram Leafy Cross Ornament $49

FOR THE HOME: Z Gallerie is the best, they have a great selection of accessories like candles, candle holders, coasters, place mats, etc. I love this stardust tealight holder and these mirrored coasters.

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Stardust Tealight $39.95
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Gisele Coaster Set $19.95
Corksicle Air $24.95
Corksicle Air $24.95
C. Wonder Monogram Cheese board $28
C. Wonder Monogram Cheese board $28

PAJAMAS: After all we are going into the frozen tundra season unless you are one of the lucky ones that live in a warmer climate. My favorite PJs are Victorias Secret. I have a pair of flannel and satin ones. I love the flannel ones when its really cold and satin all the other times.¬†Right now VS¬†has free 2 day shipping on orders over $100 so you don’t even have to leave your house.

VS Satin Pajamas $59.50
VS Satin Pajamas $59.50
VS Flannel Pajamas $39.5
VS Flannel Pajamas $39.

HAT, SCARF, AND GLOVES: I mean it is winter after all.

Southmoonunder Evelyn K Faux Fur Solid Infinity Scarf $48.00
Southmoonunder Evelyn K Faux Fur Solid Infinity Scarf $48.00
Want My Look Glam Beanie  $22.99
Want My Look Glam Beanie $22.99
Fraas Metallic Loop Scarf On Sale $47.60
Fraas Metallic Loop Scarf
On Sale $47.60
AQUA Animal Print Scarf On Sale $54.60
AQUA Animal Print Scarf On Sale $54.60
Justin Gregory Metallic Foil Fingerless Gloves On Sale $21.99
Justin Gregory Metallic Foil Fingerless Gloves On Sale $21.99

Hello Dolls,

It is definitely jacket weather here in Washington, DC, and the best part of this weather is layering pieces. One of the best layering pieces is a leather jacket! You can dress it down with jeans and pumps or dress it up with a miniskirt and boots. A black leather jacket is a wardrobe staple, but if you already have a black one, maybe this is the time to venture out to a different color. So here are my top 7 faux leather jacket for this season.

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Masha

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Cusp by Neiman Marcus Peplum Asymmetric-Zip Faux-Leather Jacket, Wine

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BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket

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Hello Dolls,

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so whether you are a survivor, you know a survivor, or you’ve lost someone to the disease, it’s very likely that you¬†have some sort of connection to this horrible disease. Breast cancer awareness month is close to my heart because my grandmother is a breast cancer survivor. As part of the BCA campaign, many companies have released¬†products where they are donating a potion or all of the proceeds to a breast cancer foundation. So why not shop for an amazing and powerful cause and help fight this disease!

Here are some of my favorite products that all have charitable ties. For more products check out the Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. And of course if you are not in a shopping mood, you can always donate to one of the many wonderful Breast Cancer foundations.

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Masha

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Aerie Bright Pink Charley Bra  $29.95 Р100% of the proceeds go to the Bright Pink Foundation.

Joe’s Jeans¬†Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf $78 –¬†100% of net proceeds from the sale of this super soft scarf go to FORCE.

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Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise¬†$20 – $5 from your purchase of this lip gloss will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation¬ģ This lip gloss is the best!

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection $60 РWhen you purchase this gorgeous limited edition set, Bobbi Brown will donate $12 of every sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection¬†$29.50 – For each purchase of the Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection, Est√©e Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price to the¬†Breast Cancer Research Foundation¬ģ. August 2014 – June 2015.

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Clinique¬†Great Skin, Great Cause Breast Cancer Awareness Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ ¬†$38 –¬†$10.00 from this purchase will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.¬ģ

Clinique¬†Pink with a Purpose Long Last Lipstick¬†$16 –¬†$3.00 from this purchase will be donated to the¬†Breast Cancer Research Foundation¬ģ

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LA MER The Hand Treatment¬†$45 –¬†For every purchase of this limited-edition Hand Treatment, La Mer will donate¬†a portion of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Aveda¬†limited-edition hand relief‚ĄĘ moisturizing creme with calming shampure‚ĄĘ aroma $26 – $4 from this purchase goes to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Suki ultra-protect‚ĄĘ body balm $27.95 – all proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Action¬ģ for the month of October.

Jane Iredale Smell the Rose Hydration Spray¬†$29 –¬†100% of profits from the sales of Smell the Roses Hydration Spray are donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

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Tweezerman Precision Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Slant Tweezer $22 –¬†$2 goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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ONEHOPE California Chardonay  $19 РHalf of the proceeds will benefit The Gateway for Cancer Research

Seattle Chocolate¬†Extreme Dark Truffle Bar¬†$3.50 – Delicious! All-natural ingredients with a smooth melt away center.¬†100% of net profits go to fight women’s breast cancers.

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Ebb & Flow Candle in Plumeria $32 or Diffuser $46 Р20% of the proceeds go to the Bright Pink Foundation

Antica Farmacista Home Ambiance Diffuser $66 – Antica Farmacista will donate all proceeds from the sale of this item to Gilda’s Club.

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Stella & Dot Bracelet  $39 Р100% of net proceeds through October benefit the Noreen Fraser Foundation.

Hello Dolls,

Winters in the DC area have not been very kind as of late, so you may wonder how I get myself through seasonal depression. By updating my wardrobe! Here are my 7 wardrobe must haves for this fall:


1. Leather skirt

I love leather especially in the fall and winter months. This season we are going to have a variety of faux leather items. As much as I love leather jackets and leather pants, my favorite for this fall is a skirt. Like this pencil skirt from Zara. If you look on their website, they have it paired with a hideous sweater. That is NOT what I would wear it with! Sometimes I wonder who styles for these companies. I would wear it with a crop top and pumps, or tucked in button down blouse.

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Or this gem from Southmoonunder. Wine colors are my go to shade in the fall, I just can’t get enough.

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2. Snake skin leggings

Snake skin leggings like these from Southmoonunder. I just got these last week and can’t wait to wear them with a poncho or sheer blouse. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably own a pair of black leggings, so why not spice it up this fall with a pair in a fun print like snakeskin!

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3. Long sleeved crop top

Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean you have to put away your crop tops. I love wearing mine with high waist, below-the-knee pencil skirts, or high waist leggings. I love the sheer on this one from Revolve Clothing if you are looking for something classy yet sexy.

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The lace sleeves are absolutely stunning on this one from Forever 21 and its only $14.80.

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4. Black Boots

How can anyone ever survive the fall without a pair of black boots? I love wearing my boots with everything: skirts, leggings, jeans, shorts and tights – you name it, I have worn it, and I cant wait to pull out all my boots for the fall. I love suede, leather, over-the-knee, and of course riding boots. And don’t forget how warm these will keep you when you are wearing your mini skirts! I am absolutely obsessed with these suede black ones from Nordstrom! So hurry up and get yourself a pair!

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5. Blazer

Layering is one of my favorite things about fall. Everyone needs the perfect fall blazer or even a couple. You have to have a black one that is versatile. I also love the rich fall colors like burgundy, brunt orange, navy blue, deep magenta, or military green. You can be wearing jeans and a t-shirt, and when you add a blazer, your outfit goes from simple to glam in no time. I couldn’t stick to just picking one fall blazer because you can have more than one perfect fall blazer, so click on the pictures and decide which one is your favorite.

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6. Leopard print shawl

Layering a shawl over a blazer or sweater is always amazing. If you are not into animal print try another fall color like brown, burgundy, or a deep green color to add a little spice to you outfit.

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7. Fall lipstick

Change up your makeup with the season as you change your wardrobe. Red wine lips for the fall and winter are a crowd favorite. My 3 favorite colors are: MAC Diva, Chanel Rouge Allure #40 La Sensuella, and MAC Dare You. Don’t forget to get a matching lip liner because most darker colors will look like they are running if you don’t line them. Diva is definitely the most dramatic one, but MAC Dare You and Chanel #40 are great for day or night.

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Left to right:  MAC Diva, Chanel Rouge Allure #40, and MAC Dare You

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Masha