Tagged: Beauty

Gold nails

Have you ever worn gold nail polish? It’s such a pretty color for the holidays (and New Year’s Eve!), and I love that even if you’re wearing pajamas, this nail polish makes you feel celebratory. I’m a big fan of West End Wonderland (and if you take a bottle home, you could do family manicures on Christmas morning:) Thoughts? Would you wear it?

P.S. Navy nails and galaxy nails.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for A Cup of Jo. Styling by Kendra Smoot. Gold necklace from Madewell)

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Haircut inspiration

How long is your hair? Mine has been halfway down my back for as long as I can remember, but this morning I stumbled upon photos of this Madewell model, and her choppy locks are tempting me to go shoulder-length. I tried holding up my hair in the mirror to see what it would look like, but it’s hard to tell. Are you daring with your haircuts? My sister will dye her hair in the sink, and cut blunt bangs without blinking an eye. But I’m such a wuss, even over a few inches! :)

(Photos from Madewell)

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mariaduenasjacobs this iconic christy turlington

mariaduenasjacobs this iconic christy turlington

mariaduenasjacobs:

This iconic Christy Turlington vintage photo inspired me to find the perfect oversized cream cashmere crewneck.

still searching! 

-Maria Dueñas Jacobs

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SUMMER FUN

Tutorial + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

Remember my Kool-Aid Lip Stain Tutorial from last Summer? Well, there’s also something quite pretty that happens when a popsicle stains your lips! But this time I wanted to see what would happen if we were to recreate it with lipstick instead of popsicles, and… it was so pretty that both my model Neelo and I wore it all day! You can play with color combinations and make it really subtle or a little more noticeable like we did above. Just don’t go too dramatic that it loses its effect. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Light Pink Lipstick – I used YSL Rouge Volupte’s Caresse Pink #9
  • Tissue
  • Pinky-Coral Eye Shadow – I used Lime Crime’s Coral of the Story from the Aquataenia Fantasy Palette
  • Eyeshadow Brush – I used my favorite Jouer Eye Shadow Brush
  • Coral-Orange Lip Pencil – I used Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Punch Drunk

STEPS:

  1. Apply the light pink lipstick all over.
  2. Open your mouth and place a folded tissue inside like above.
  3. Close your lips onto the tissue to blot any excess.
  4. Press and “stamp” the eye shadow over the edges of the top and bottom lip, leaving the center untouched.
  5. Close your mouth and trace the coral-orange lip pencil along the inside center so it marks on the top and bottom lip as demonstrated above.
  6. Lightly tap your finger to blend the intersection of the coral and the pink.

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