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Hello Dolls,

This week I wanted to share with you whats in my makeup drawer. A lot of you have asked what are some of my favorite products. I am a little bit of a makeup junkie. I love playing with makeup, testing out new products, and broadening my makeup collection. Below are some of my absolute favorite go to products, most of them can be purchased at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, or Sephora.

Primer/Foundation

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I love Smashbox BB creams. I’ve tried MAC, Chanel, NARS, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, but my favorite is Smashbox. I don’t like really heavy foundation so I use BB creams because they give me that light even coverage. I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, a darker shade Camera Ready stick BB cream to contour and the lighter shade Camera Ready BB Cream on the rest of my face. I am planning on trying Armani Luminous one of these days and when I do I’ll let you know what I think.

Concealer

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I use Corrector Perfecton Long-Lastin Concealer by Chanel it’s not a great highlighting concealer, but it’s amazing for coverage. I have recently started using Bobbi Brown Tinter Eye Brightener under my eyes and its amazing if you are looking for that highlighter under your eyes. I apply it in a triangle under my eyes. Sometimes I use it by itself and sometimes I mix it with the Chanel concealer if I am looking for more coverage.

Bronzer

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I like to mix a matte and a shimmer bronzers. I use the Sunkissed Matte “Bronze Lights” Bronzer by Smashbox around the face. For my cheeks and t-zone I use NARS Bronzing Powder in “Laguna”.

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I contour with the darkest shade in my Bobbi Brown “Bronze Shimmer” Brick Compact or Hoola Bronzer by Benefit Cosmetics. These products are great if you are either keeping you makeup light without any foundation or are adding more dramatic contouring for a night out. The Bobbi Brown brick is more shimmery, while the Hoola is more matte so just depends on what you are in the mood for. I have even mixed the 2. The Bobbi Brwn brick is awesome because it also has a highlighter and you can mix the darker shades with the lighter ones to use as an all over bronzer, a really great product to have in your purse!

Highlighter

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I use “Soft Lights” highlighter by Smashbox this one is more soft pink. My other go to is the highlighter in my Bobbi Brown “Bronze Shimmer” Brick Compact which is more white gold, I use this one closer to my eyes.

Blush

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My every day go to blush for years has been “Orgasm” by NARS. I have recently discovered Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink. This one is a more pink blush and gives you nice rosy cheeks. Be careful if you are doing heavy makeup because it may be a little too much! This one is great if you are doing simple makeup for a fun day outside.

Eyeliner

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I don’t leave home without my eyeliner. I use a liquid liner for my eyelid and a pencil for the waterline. My favorite liquid liner by far is the Magic Marc’er Precision Pen by Marc Jacobs. I’ve tried Nars, MAC, and Smashbox, but have always come back to this one. If you like a pencil for you eyelid then Eye Kohl in “Smolder” also by M.A.C. is amazing but be careful of using it on your waterline because it runs.

For the waterline I use Kohl Power Eye Pencil in “Feline” by M.A.C. Powerpoint Eye Pencil in “Engraved” by M.A.C is another good one.

Mascara

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When I’m not wearing lashes, I like to use 2 mascaras. I use the Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum by Dior followed by 5 coats of YSL “Shocking” mascara followed by 2-3 coats of Diorshow mascara. There are a few new Diorshow mascaras out that I haven’t tried yet. I just got Diorshow Blackout and I hate it! If you want to skip this whole process Younique 3D Mascara is AMAZING! It makes your lashes look incredibly long and thick!

Eyebrows

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Don’t even think about trying anything else besides Anastasia Beverly Hills “Brow Wiz”! I came across this line by accident a few years ago at ULTA when I was looking for a Clinique eyebrow pencil. Since then I have never even thought about trying anything else. It is SO easy to use and they have a great color selection!

False Lashes

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I loooove Lilly Lashes. I used to sweat by Ardell, but ever since I’ve discovered Lilly Lashes I just can’t go back. They are more expensive so I try to compensate for that by wearing them at least twice. My favorites are Venice, Tehran, and Paris.

Lipstick

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MAC has the best colors hands down, but it dries my lips. Their “Mineralize Rich” Lipstick line is their best line that does not dry your lips too much. NARS is coming along with their colors and they have these awesome “Velvet Gloss” lip pencils. I also like Chanel, Smashbox and Tom Ford. My current favorite is Tom Ford I just got it in “Indian Rose” and it’s a beautiful color! Burt’s Bees now has a lipgloss and lipstick line which is all natural, I have gotten a few of those for every day wear.

Thank you for reading!

Masha

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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

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.

IMG_2851I finally had a Cortadito! Can’t believe I’ve been going to Miami for over 10 years and I just tried one of these.

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 😦 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

Shopping

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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 – these 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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Love him ❤

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Hello Dolls,

I can never pass up a chance to get my makeup done. If I was a morning person, I would probably go to work looking like this on the regular, so obvi this weekend was the perfect excuse to pamper my face given it was hubby’s birthday. Every time I get my makeup done, I feel like a kid at Toys R Us, and I want to go home with all the flashy dolls and toys. I am absolutely obsessed with my makeup artist, Jane So. I have gone to a lot of different artists in the area, and she is the only one I can’t get enough of. I think when looking for a makeup artist, you have to find someone who’s personality matches your own. This way you don’t have to go into great detail to describe the look you are going for. And Jane just gets me…….it’s really that simple.

This time we decided on a sexy and sultry look to go with my sexy, yet classy outfit. I am not afraid of makeup, I love it and the more the merrier. My skin is a bit sensitive, so I try to stay lighter on my face. Jane uses skincare products from either Nars or Smashbox. This look she used Nars tinted moisturizer pure radiant and Smashbox photo finish foundation primer because my skin is oily. I absolutely looove, love, LOVE eyeliner, eyeshadow, and lashes. I can’t leave the house without eyeliner, and I cannot go out without my lashes… ever! Smokey eyes is probably my go to look because I like to make my eyes pop. On the eyes we used MAC electric cool shadow in “pure flash” and “love power” and MAC matte shadow in “carbon” with Stila stay all day liquid liner and Lilly lashes “Paris. On the lips we went with a berry shade to compliment my outfit, so we chose Mineralize rich lipstick by MAC in “Good Taste” and lip pencil in “Magenta”. I have to say this is the first MAC lipstick that didn’t dry my lips. I was so in love with this look when I got home I didn’t want to wash my face, but I did.  I thought I would share it with you all especially as we are going into the weekend.


Masha

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