Monday, January 21, 2013

GG Inspiration (and an $80 giveaway!) | Dolled Up Daily Blog

Although Gossip Girl ended weeks ago, I am still forever obsessed with the show lol. One thing that will never cease to amaze me is all the incredible fashion in every episode. Oh what I would do to have a wardrobe like Serena or Blair.

So I thought for some easy and fun inspirational post, I'd give these pictures as a short inspirational GG tribute while I have time to focus on my first day of classes. Enjoy dolls! xoxo ;)

My favorite dress of all on GG ^

My favorite TV couple ;) 

What do you think of GG fashion? Do you have a show that you use for fashion inspiration?
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Also a little something extra for you lovelies in collaboration with msdressy!  A giveaway for an $80 voucher to, a lovely online dress shop with tons of fab fashions, they even have a section of GG dresses, hehe how could I not love that?! Ready to enter? Here's how! 
please be a follower on GFC of my blog then:
1.  You need an account on, you can easily make one if you don't already have one yet 
2. Like Msdressy on Facebook:

3. Leave a comment here leaving your email address which you registered on msdressy, this is very important so they can send you a prize!

I will choose the winners via The giveaway closes in two week!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Perfect and Easy Ballet Bun | Dolled Up Daily Blog

Hello Dolls! I'm really excited for the tutorial I have for you today, the perfect ballet bun! I love this sleek updo because you can wear it with almost anything, not to mention it's super easy! Perfect for lazy mornings and bad hair days, this is my go-to-up-do hands down. 

There are many methods to making a ballerina bun, but after trying them all this method, the sock method, is the easiest and has the best results for me, and it stays alll day! Once I even slept with it in and it stayed put impressively well. 

The first this you'll need for this is an old sock, I chose white because I have light hair, if you have darker hair, choose a darker colored sock just in case my hair slides it's not noticable or eye catching. The longer the sock the bigger the bun you'll have in result, I've found crew socks were perfect for the medium size I desire.


After you find the sock, cut the curved tip off, then simply roll the sock from the bottom up to make a little doughnut shape.  That's it, you've got your perfect bun maker already :) Now for the almost as easy how-to:

Start with your hair combed out and as straight as possible, as you can easily tell I have naturally curly hair, so I blew it as straight as I could right out of the shower this morning. 

Then gather your hair into a high pony.

After you've got your pony where you want it, take your sock doughtnut (lol) and pull your hair through the center of the sock, then bring sock to near end of pony, tuck in ends of your pony, and start rolling your sock up as far as you can.

Then ta-da! You're done. Pull and play with it to get it just the way you want it. Easy as that, you have a classic and quick updo perfect for almost any occasion. What's your go to up do?

Fix any mistakes with hairspray and bobby pins! :)
And a little something extra, how a few celebs rock this bun in their own way:

Monday, January 14, 2013

OOTD - Black Out | Dolled Up Daily Blog

Happy Monday, hope you lovelies have been enjoying your day so far. Here's a quick OOTD for you guys, easy, all black, but still fun. I'm still working on OOTDs and trying to make them better as I go, bear with me! :)

Lol I realize this is weird colored... It just showed the top the best lol. 

Top: Eyelash Couture (Kohl's)
Boots: Yellowbox (Fall 2012 Collection)
Jeans: F21 (Old)
Bracelet: F21 (Old)
Tank: Kohls (Mudd Brand)

Thanks for all your comments, leave requests down below!



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Countouring & Highlighting | Dolled Up Daily Blog

First of all dolls, I won't even make up excuses for not blogging! We all know what it's like to fall out of something just due to busy schedules and other things that just pop up in life.

But I am back now and planning to not only be blogging a lot, but more than ever this year. I spent the first week and then some of the new year trying to relax and catch up on work, but also plan a lot of fun stuff to write and share with you all.

So to kick off the first blog of this new year, I thought I'd write on a more advanced make-up technique, highlighting and contouring. I didn't learn this trick WELL until almost a year ago, and I definitely don't spend time doing it everyday, but when I have a little extra time in the morning or a special event and want to go that extra mile and make my face shape look even better, this is my go to trick.

Highlighting brings focus to your best areas, and makes you look glowing, bright, and wonderful. Contouring makes your face look slimmer and better. If it's done right it can do amazing things, while remaining subtle and natural.

If you do it wrong though, you will just like a fool, so blending is important to remember! ;P

Here's a before & after picture of contouring and highlighting
(ignore the rest of my gnarly hair and nastay lips and brows hahah)

It's not magic or crazy dramatic, but little tricks like here are what will really take you that extra mile

And here's my how to picture

In brown are the areas you CONTOUR using a fan brush and your favorite bronzer (matte) or contouring powder

In light pink are the areas you use your highlighting powder or liquid.

AHH scary I know lol

I won't go into deep explanation, you're using this to do things like slim nose and accentuate face shape, if you have any questions ask below and I will make sure to give you a speedy response. Doing it right will give you a slimmer face, stronger jawline, higher and bettwe cheeckbones, lifted brows, and an overall glow, and no nips or tucks required ;P

Stars have been using this tip for decades, why shouldn't we all have it in our arsenal?! :)

My favorite highlighter: High Beam by Benefit ($26)
My favorite bronzer: Shimmer Brick Compact by Bobbi Brown ($46)
These are the products used in example above.

 Instead of leaving you with these terrifying pictures of my face, here's a sneak at the final look.

Thanks for reading dolls, glad to be back!!
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