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Hopping Into Spring 2017 🐰🌸

     Happy Spring Time! April showers, May flowers people! Spring is finally here. I survived my first winter in a couple years and boy am I so glad that is over. Now back to what I relate to, amazing weather. With new weather comes a new wardrobe right? Exactly. With new weather also should come a cosmetic wardrobe revamp! Tuck the heavy smokey eye back in the closet until fall, Spring/ Summer 2017 is all about an effortless glow and “no makeup makeup.”  

   Yesterday, I got the opportunity to attend Spring Cosmetic Training 2017 for the North Eastern Region. Holy cow it was amazing! Anastasia Beverly Hills, Smashbox, Urban Decay, & Bare Minerals were apart of this springs training focus and I couldn’t be more excited to share with you both some new goodies from all the brands as well as some old favorites that will play into the seasons “no makeup makeup” look! 

  I recently worked on the set of a shoot for a boutique store launch (Dear Diary Pittsburgh,PA)  set to open this weekend in Pittsburgh, PA Southside area. For this particular scene we used some of the newly released products to create a look of minimal makeup with a radiant glow. Dear Diary is set to have their soft opening this Saturday (April 15th doors opening @ 12:00 PM. IG Details:@shop.dear.diary @shann_danielle_mua

   Below are just a few of the items I was given to review in the next coming weeks. I can’t wait to share with you guys what I fall in love with, and what becomes a staple in my daily makeup routine this spring 🌸

  

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The Month Of Love ❤️💕

  It’s February! Even though I’m a summer soul, February is one of my all time favorite winter months. The month of February just screams glitz and glam to me. I can feel the love in the air ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.

  Since it is all about love, this month I will feature products, cosmetic lines and inspiration that my clients & I are head over heels about! 

 Today my clients were all about brows. They all wanted tame, natural looking eyebrows, so today’s “Products I Love” goes to Benefit Cosmetics. 

  Benefit products make it so easy to create a flawless brow that doesn’t look too over done. A wide range of shades makes it easy to match any brow color, and the formula makes it great for any skin type. Check out my brow clients today that are also in love with benefit!

 Benefit products are amazing! And this line offers much more than pictured above! Check out the full line @ any Impulse Beauty Macys, Sephora or Ulta location!  

** If you’re in the Pittsburgh, PA area book an appointment with me @ Urban Decay South Hills Village!!! shannwhitlock@gmail.com to book! 

Give The Gift Of Gloss 💄

Let your lips be like your Christmas tree topper and let them shine! 

 Although matte lipsticks trump the old school cream lipsticks here in 2015 they can definitely make lips look very one dimensional and well… dried out. Put a spin on things by adding some shine over top of your matte lippies for a subtle yet sexy POP. 

 
  NYX Butter Gloss to the rescue! Butter gloss comes in about a dozen different tints that are so cute and fun to wear. Whether you decide to spread it over some matte lips for dimension or wear them alone for a glossed lip, Butter Gloss will make the perfect stocking stuffer!  

 

  Pictured Above: NYX Butter Gloss in “Tiramisu”  overtop matte lipstick NYX Liquid Suede in “Sandstorm.”

 

 Give the gift of glamorous gloss this holiday season. NYX Butter Gloss can be purchased from Ulta Beauty (nationwide) & NYX stores (California). Butter Gloss retails for $5.00USD. For that price, why not collect them all! You won’t be disappointed! 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

  

Stay B&B (Bronzed & Beautiful)

  Just because it doesn’t feel like summer doesn’t mean you can’t still look like summer! With cooler temps comes pale skin and that is a no-no! Who said it has to be July for you to glow?!  

 
  Although these highlight/bronzers have been around for awhile they are awesome and deserve a feature. Sun Bunny by Too Faced cosmetics ( upper right) is the ultimate highlight! The copper and gold tones make it perfect for fall/winter. Bringing warmth to the face for a gorgeous looking tan. 

 
   Another thing I adore about Sun Bunny is that it is a universal shade. Making it perfect for ALL skin tones and providing sthe appearance of a rich tan. I prefer to use it as a highlighter after I’ve contoured. It makes the cheek bones pop and it photographs beautifully. 

  
  I already know your next question: Where can I get it? Too Faced Sun Bunny (as well as the entire palette photographed above) can be purchased at Ulta Beauty. This compact is the perfect stocking stuffer for the makeup lover in your life and retails for $30.00USD. Happy Shopping & Happy Holidays!  

 

Written By: Shannon Whitlock

IG: shann_danielle_xo

Favorites For the Moment 🎨

  

The holiday season is about to kick off and with that comes so many fun events to get dressed up for. How could we possibly play dress up without the makeup?! So here I’ve listed 4 of my favorite eyeshadow palettes that I keep in rotation at the moment!  

 

  1. Urban Decay Smoked palette-  8 shades of darkness with 2 shades to highlight. Perfect for EVERY smokey eye. 
  2. Lorac Pro palette- extremely versatile. I call this the “zero to 100”. Full of neutral shades to give you that work day glam, but keep it in your purse and transform to night time glam for happy hour with the deeper shades.   
  3. Urban Decay Vice4 palette- I call Vice “the all knowing” this palette is home to some deep pastels for a pop of color, light and dark shimmers, as well as a few light and dark mattes. It has it all. 
  4. Stardust palette by Too Faced- my favorite right now. I call this the “go-to”.This is the ultimate fall/winter palette. 12 shades of fab! 8 matte, 4 shimmer. This pallete can do no wrong. 

  

 

One of my favorite makeup artist to follow on IG is @makeupshayla. She’s so talented and shares all her looks with a product breakdown in her captions! Go follow her! 

 

 All of these palettes and more can be found at your local Ulta beauty and Sephora locations as well as online. Be the center of attention this holiday season and treat yourself with a brand new palette. 🎨💄 Happy Holidays! 

Written By: Shannon Whitlock 

IG: @shann_danielle_xo

    STONE Cold Fox 🐺

      This Halloween was epic! Great party, great food, great people. Oh, but hold up! Let’s not forget the great costume to go along with the great makeup.💁🏽 Lip color can make you or break you and this years shade was no different!     

      NYX has graced us with 12 new matte liquid lipstick shades and HONEY! They are everything and more. Bringing the pigment and the moisture, NYX matte lipstick has done it again. Incorporating brand new light shades as well as some very dark shades, it’s just the thing to stay up to date with this falls’ trends. NYX Liquid Suede is the new kid on the block! This Halloween, I took on Stone Fox! My new favorite fall shade. 

     
      Although the lips are covered, I felt as though I was wearing nothing. This formula is super smooth and light weight. Full coverage is an absolute must and NYX Liquid Suede definitely delivered.  

     
      Let’s get to the good stuff!  NYX Liquid Suede retails for $7.00USD. The only thing is you have to get your hands on these 12 shades before they sell out! Check your local Ulta Beauty store locations and online at http://www.ulta.com while supplies last. Happy Shopping!  

     

    Ride The Wave 

    Texturized hair will never go out of style. Add a little bounce and effortless looking glam to your day by giving yourself loose beach waves. 

     
     Some of our favorite celebs: Ciara, Beyoncé, and Khloe Kardashian are known for their tousled locks. Who knew such minimal work could look so darn hot?! 

     

    Whether you’re really going to the beach or you just want to give off beach vibes I have the perfect product for you! Beach Babe texturizing sea salt spray from the Not Your Mother’s product line.  

       

    Infused with Dead Sea salt & sea kelp which holds the hair in place, a few sprays and you’re ready to go. For maximum results, I’d recommend using this product on CLEAN, DAMP hair oppose to dry hair. Salt can absorb the moisture out of things and sea salt on the hair is no different. (After all, we’re going for loose volumous beach waves here not hair that feels like a hay stack.) With Beach Babe a little goes along way. Lightly mist a couple inches away from hair, begin from the ends upward NOT spraying directly at the scalp. 

     
     Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray along with the entire Not Your Mother’s product line can be found at Ulta Beauty stores. Want to hear something awesome… This product retails for under $10.00! Talk about a beauty steal! Get your hands on Beach Babe and you too can ride the gorgeous hair wave! Surfs up 🏄🏾

    Written By:Shannon Whitlock 

    @shann_danielle_xo 

     

      

     

    Must Have Collab: Balmain x H&M 

    Ladies and Gentlemen get your credit cards out and ready to swipe because a dope fashion collab is coming to town!  

      

      Fashion retailer H&M is teaming up with French luxury fashion designer Balmain (pronounced bal-mahn) Paris to unleash some of the most unique pieces we’ve seen in a long time. We’re talking detailed stitching, the most beautiful beaded patterns, never ending sequins, must I say more! 

       
     With a November 5 launch date two weeks away it’s time to get your coins together so that you too can indulge on a couple items from this collaboration. A few items in this collection reach over $500 but there are tons of buys under $100 to get your hands on as well! Linked below are the full collection with prices.  #HMBALMAINNATION Get ready to SPLURGE! 

    http://fashionista.com/2015/10/balmain-hm-collection-prices

    Spooky Claws 💅🏾

    With Halloween almost a week away it’s time to get yourself a dark, mysterious nail color.

     You can never go wrong with a classic black. Nothing says “BOO!” like a dark shiny set of black nails. Put a little spin on them and make them matte black. Now not only are you ready for Halloween but you’re also incredibly fashionable.  

     

     Matte Black square nails. Courtesy of La’Mour Nails & Spa. San Diego,CA.


      For ideas of great nail art during the holiday season I follow Instagram page @sensationails4u. They have the dopest nail art photographs and tutorials. Pictured below are just a few of my favorites from their page! Go follow @sensationails4u and even take a photo of theirs to your nail tech for some awesome nailspiration!  Your Halloween won’t be complete without a great costume and a set of spooky claws! 

     www.instagram.com/@sensationails4u 

    Written By: Shannon Whitlock 

    Instagram: @shann_danielle_xo

    A Few Of My Fav Things: Mascara 🎨💄

    With HUNDREDS of mascaras to choose from how is a girl to decide! No worries because you don’t have to! Just give them all a try. So today, the “Few Of My Fav Things” feature goes to Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. 

     
      Too Faced Better Than Sex is arguably one of the best mascaras on the market. The hourglass shaped wand makes it easy to get in between lashes fully saturating each and every hair. This lightweight formula is easy to use, goes on smoothly and is clump free. For all of my false lash lovers this is the perfect mascara to use when you need a little lash break. You’d be surprised how full and voluminous those lashes will look without the falsies! 

      
    Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is an easy find. Get your hands on it at any Ulta Beauty and Sephora. Retail $23.00USD . I promise this mascara will deliver and is worth every penny.  

    Before & After. Using Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.