last week E! news came to our very own stila studios! check out sarah recreating some of her top trends shown below on these facecharts!
have you received your september issues? beauty and fashion gurus alike know that september is the month for magazines, when the designers unveil their fall trends. we've spent hours studying september issues - just to make sure we are up to speed. and this year, it looks like we've hit the jackpot! in style magazine used our stay all day liquid eyeliner to create what they are calling the "punk harlequin" trend - one of their favorites for fall. we love it and we can't get enough of this eyeliner.
meet jackie from beauty chaotic. her stila story about one of our favorite vintage products is inspiring and gives you a small peak into the life of a beauty blogger!
it was the summer of 2008 when a broken heart led me into the world of blogging. i was sad and distraught, searching for a way to occupy my mind on those lonely evenings spent in my apartment drinking wine, listening to amy winehouse and thinking about the guy who jilted me. originally i planned on starting a celebrity gossip blog à la perez hilton to keep me busy. but then a friend suggested i ditch the celebrity gossip idea and write about something i was even more passionate about - beauty.
it seemed like such an obvious choice. i couldn’t believe i hadn’t thought of it myself. i’ve always had an affinity for the glamorous things in life, even as a child when i was sneaking into my mother’s makeup drawer and wreaking havoc around the house - and my face -with her candy apple red lipstick.
so I went to work, staying up nights on my hot pink laptop, researching other blogs, thinking of story ideas and going over design options. it took months before i was satisfied with what i had created, but finally on christmas eve of 2008, i launched my site. at first i stuck to what i knew - product reviews, awards show fashion critiques and the occasional makeup how-to. but as my readership grew so did the demand for something i had never done before – a smoky eye makeup tutorial.
i knew nothing about how to create a smoky eye. honestly, I didn’t know much about how to apply eye shadow at all, outside of the basic highlight color all over the lid. so with limited funds and an open mind i headed to my local sephora in search of help and discovered the stila smoky eye talking palette.
i'd been considering investing in a palette for a while, and decided now would be a good time since it came with everything i needed, including instructions. so with the last money i had until payday i bought two palettes – the platinums and the bronzes. and what a great investment it was! i'd just moved out on my own and money was scarce, so for months those two palettes were the only eye shadows I owned.
and boy did I make the best out of what i had! i came up with every possible combination i could out of those 8 shadows - the silver smokey eye, the platinum smokey eye, semi-smokey eyes, dramatic smokey eyes, even the platinum/bronzy smokey eye. that one was a stretch, i know. but hey, it worked.
i was 5 months into my blogging adventure when heartbreak struck again - but this wasn't some boy toying with my heart. it was a million times worse: my little brother was killed in a car accident. shocked, devastated, and broken, i was beside myself with grief and had no idea how to cope. i wanted to stop working, stop blogging, stop living. the pain was simply too much for me to handle.
one night a few weeks later i was in my apartment once again, sipping wine, listening to music and crying my eyes out when the urge to film a tutorial struck. i knew it was something. I didn’t want to give up and more importantly something my brother wouldn’t want me to give up. so I dried my tears, pulled out my platinum palette and filmed yet another smoky look – this time a shimmery silver eye with hot pink lips look that i still wear to this day.
that’s when the healing began. i spent the majority of my summer filming tutorial after tutorial with the same two palettes – to keep my blog going but to keep my heart going as well. by the time fall rolled around i had used nearly all the eye shadows to the very last bit, scraping the final remnants out of the pans with a paper clip.
i’ve come a long way since those days. my blog and youtube channel are both doing well and i’ve amassed a giant makeup collection that requires an entire wall to store. i have everything a blogger could need at my disposal - hundreds of eye shadows, lip glosses, blushes and eyeliners are now at my fingertips. but it all started with two stila smoky eye talking palettes and i’ll never forget that. and though they were emptied long ago, i still have the two empty palettes to remind me of where i started, how far i’ve come and how far I have yet to go.
we are excited to announce that "not2haute just right" won the giveaway on our blog! she will now be the proud owner of our extremely popular in the light palette. congrats. she commented and said,
comment and tell us what you love about this palette. we want to know! please include your email address.
***winner must live in the continental united states. deadline for entry is tuesday, august 9th at midnight.
cindy from prime beauty is on a mission - a mission to help women over 40 look and feel their best. in her guest post she explains how to create a summery bronze goddess look appropriate for women over 40.
stila one step bronze - a triple threat and ideal for aging skin, stila one step bronze combines, bronzer, primer and illuminator in one product! resembling a soft swirl ice cream cone, the formula contains three illuminating bronzers: matte bronze with copper undertone - to bronze, bronze with pink undertone - to enhance skin tone and illuminate and kitten - to brighten, illuminate and help diminish the appearance of sun spots. mixing the three shades ensures a soft natural look as opposed to the dreaded faux orange. it's oil free and melts into your skin. It can be used alone or over foundation as a bronzer, applying to the high points of the face. i prefer to mix it with my foundation to deepen the color and give me a natural bronze glow.
stila custom color blush -i have to admit, when i read that this blush would react with your own skin's PH to create a custom shade i was skeptical - very skeptical, but i thought "what's the harm in trying, right?" i have been pleasantly surprised, i love this blush! although scary bright in the pan, on me it transforms into a fresh sun-kissed flush that is SO natural looking! It looks like I've been sitting on a beach sipping a cocktail out of a pineapple i wish!) - a reddish-pink cheek that looks healthy and youthful. the texture is extremely light and silky so it kind of "floats" on top of lines and wrinkles. it applies like a dream and you can layer for more intensity if desired. on my friend it's a brighter baby pink that suits her skin tone. you've got to try this, it won't look powdery or cakey--perfect for over 40 women!
stila eye shadow trio in gilded- i adore stila eye shadows, the texture is unbeatable. they are powdery, silky and blend like buttah! I also think they do an exceptional job with these trios. each trio is comprised of a base shade, a crease shade and a liner in order to create a complete eye look in minutes. gilded is perfect for a summer bronzy look; a shimmery peachy beige for an all over wash from the lash line to under the brow bone, a gorgeous bronze to use in the crease and a deep matte brown as a liner. the shimmer in stila's shadows are so finely milled that they appear more like a sheen instead of sparkly. too much glitter or sparkle on older eyes tends to emphasize lines, but these shadows make eyes glow.
stila smudge stick waterproof eye liners - i can't get enough of these! they are retractable and glide on effortlessly. i prefer stick eyeliners, mostly because i'm lazy and klutzy and using a brush takes some finesse (which I clearly don’t have). these are versatile in that you can draw a fine line (for under lower lashes) or draw a thick line and smudge. all the colors are spectacular, not a bad one in the bunch–i like lionfish for the bronze goddess look. these liners also passed my rigorous testing in texas summer heat and humidity. i like the texture of smudge sticks; they are soft and creamy so they don't pull or tug on older eye lids. the shimmer is subdued and adds interest.
crush lip & cheek stains - raspberry crush was the very first lip stain I ever tried and it got me hooked me right away. i now have four shades and my collection is growing. i really love these which makes it difficult to chose a favorite but with the look above, I think either raspberry or mango would work nicely. the stain is very thin, almost watery and both raspberry and mango have ultra fine shimmer, making them ideal for summer evening cocktails on the deck or around the pool. i like to layer with a gloss on top although it's not necessary. stila lip glaze in fruit punch works with either stain and smells exactly like fruit punch - makes me want to eat it!
with these awesome stila products i can create a bronzed goddess look that's easy and age appropriate for us over 40 women. the look is ideal for summer--bronzed skin with a natural flush, light eyes that pop and bright lips!