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Makeup Monday: My Current Eye Obsessions

Hello fellow makeup junkies! I present to you a few of the eye products from my makeup stash that I am quite enamored with currently!  I hope everyone had a fab holiday weekend and while I didn't get makeup for presents, I did splurge on a new digital camera with my Christmas money!  I'm (im)patiently waiting for my new GE X5 to arrive as well as a tripod (for outfit photos and such) as well as a nice bag for toting my camera around. I purchased the same camera as my Dad so I've had the opportunity to give his a test-drive before I committed to purchasing mine. I've also purchase the same exact camera bag too but of course I will embellish mine with a fancy scarf or some sort of decoration - gotta fashionista it up!   So here goes on a few of my eye makeup picks - enjoy!

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - I'm obsessed with this in the "Milk" shade which is a true, creamy white that is devoid of shimmer. This makes a great eyeshadow base/primer because the colors really stick to the texture and pop quite nicely. I will also apply a few swipes and blend well under my eyes before I add my concealer to brighten things up a bit and to help diminish the gosh awful discoloration due to lack of sleep and genetics. I also am a fan of the new Rocky Mountain Green Color which I use as a base for any green eyeshadows or as liner on my lower lashline if I am doing a super neutral look but needing a pop of color.

NYX at ShopStyle


Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies - This very well might be my "holy grail" mascara. Volume, length, decent separation...  Wears quite nicely too! You must close the tube very tightly on this one or it will quickly dry out and be prone to clumping. My fave high end mascaras are Clinique's High Impact and Dior's DiorShow and this definitely gives DiorShow a run for it's money.

Maybelline at ShopStyle


Wet 'n Wild "Brulee" Color Icon Eyeshadow Single - This has become my new everyday eyeshadow. Slap it on from lid to brow over my eyeshadow, add a shimmery brow bone highlight color, line eyes, and add mascara - DONE!!! Easy as pie. My one gripe is that the shadow has tried to crumble a bit in the pan when in my makeup bag but for just under $2 a pop, not a bad deal at all.  I have yet to try the other colors but this is Brulee is a very close dupe to MAC's Brule, this just may be a just smidge darker.

Wet n Wild at ShopStyle


ps. Don't forget to buy your tickets to the GayRVA A-List New Years Eve Party! Save $5 on your ticket with promo code rvafashionista - more info HERE!

Outfit Of The Day 12/23/10

I wore this yesterday but I'm now getting around to posting this. The picture with the flash was taken inside the dressing room at GAP. My friend Jessica took the other photo for me.

Green Cardigan Sweater by BP. at Nordstrom

Grey Tank by Ann Taylor Loft

Dark Jeggings by fab'rik

Cognac Belt by LuLu at Nordstrom

Cognac Boots by Qupid at fab'rik

ps. Don't forget to buy your tickets to the GayRVA A-List New Years Eve Party! Save $5 on your ticket with promo code rvafashionista - more info HERE!

Last minute holiday wish...

Dear Santa,

I think I've been fairly good this year. Not necessarily perfect, but good enough...

I am really happy for the career transition that's headed my way and I am looking forward to that new adventure. I know I also asked for a cute, new special someone to kiss under the mistletoe but Christmas Eve is tomorrow and my chances don't look too promising.

As much as I'd love a new pair of shoes or a cute new shirt, I have had my eye on the GE X5 camera for a while. I would like to get in the habit of taking outfit photos since I don't have my own paparazzi nor do I have a full-length mirror to do the camera phone self-portrait, so a GE X5 paired with a nice sturdy tripod would be a fantastic Christmas gift.

So Santa, if you're still looking for that last minute gift - I'd gladly accept one of these GE X5's in my stocking or under the tree. I'll also take a Nordstrom gift card too while you're at it!


RVAfashionista a.k.a. Lindsay


ps. Don't forget to buy your tickets to the GayRVA A-List New Years Eve Party! Save $5 on your ticket with promo code rvafashionista - more info HERE!

#RVA DEAL ALERT: $5 off the A-List Package for GayRVA's New Year's Eve

Looking for the HOTTEST New Years Eve Party in the #RVA?!? GayRVA presents their A-List New Year's Eve Party benefiting rosmy at Aloft Richmond West. Receive $5 off your $25 A-List Package ticket if you use the promo code rvafashionista when you purchase your tickets through EventBrite.

The RVAfashionista Winter Skin Survival Guide

The dry winter air and frigid temperatures always ends up wreaking havoc on my somewhat sensitive skin that's already prone to hormonal and stress related breakouts. To combat  the dryness of the acne medication I've been using to clear up the breakouts, these products have been my lifesavers for getting my skin back on track.

Walgreens Daily Regenerating Cleanser - I use this two to three times a week as a face scrub. I'm currently using The Parsonage Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap as my everyday facial cleanser. I am also a fan of the Lavender Fields Farm Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey Soap.

Walgreens at ShopStyle


Bio-Oil - I use this as a serum and around my eyes because my skin is especially dry in the eye area. The Bio-Oil has helped with some of the discoloration around my eyes and from leftover acne scars and marks. This is surprisingly non-greasy and helps add that extra moisture my skin craves in the dry weather.

Bio-Oil at ShopStyle


Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream - This stuff doesn't break me out, keeps my skin super hydrated, and is gentle enough to use around the eye area as well.  Dermatologists swear by the Cetaphil brand and I do too!

Cetaphil at ShopStyle


Carmex Strawberry Moisturizing Lipbalm - Don't forget your lips when keeping the rest of your face moisturized! I even wear this under lipsticks and lip glosses because sometimes the moisture from the gloss isn't enough to keep my lips hydrated.

Carmex at ShopStyle


Clinique City Block SPF25 - I wear sunscreen religiously and this is my go-to product. I have been wearing City Block for years and there is nothing quite like it in my opinion. It doesn't sting or run into your eyes if you get sweaty and leaves a nice natural finish.

Clinique at ShopStyle

GAYRVA's Viva Glam Ball

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we all forget to take a little time for ourselves. GayRVA has partnered with Plato's Closet and Spa310 to give away three fabulous makeovers. This is a fabulous opportunity to revamp your look just in time for the holidays and add a little glam to your life!  You can enter to *WIN* the makeover HERE and the winners of the makeover will reveal their new look at the Viva Glam Ball at Godfrey's on December 18th.  The Viva Glam Ball will benefit the MAC AIDS Fund and Fan Free Clinic - two fabulous causes!

In addition to entering to win the makeover, RVAfashionista.com will be giving away a pair of tickets to the Viva Glam Ball.  Please comment to *this* post to enter and I will pick the winner  via RANDOM.org True Random Number Generator. You have until 8am EST 12/14 to enter to win the pair of tickets!

Official Contest Rules via GayRVA: Both guys and girls are eligible.  Must be 18 years or older.  You must be available the afternoon and evening of December 18 to redeem your makeover.  By entering this contest, you agree to be featured in promotion for the event via GayRVA.com and affiliates should you win.  Contest ends December 13.  Winners will be announced by e-mail or phone on December 15.

#RVA DEAL ALERT: Buy One, Get One Half-Off SHOES at LeenaLu

LeenaLu in Carytown is having BUY ONE PAIR, GET THE SECOND PAIR HALF-OFF on *all* shoes for Black Friday (open 10am-8pm) and Carytown's Black Saturday (open 10am-8pm). Check out LeenaLu's Facebook page for the exclusive info on upcoming events and promotions in store - they will be having a contest in December to look for The Face of LeenaLu and the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to LeenaLu. Stay tuned, it's going to be HOT even if the December weather will be cold out! Don't forget to follow @LeenaLu on Twitter too!

LeenaLu - Welcome to Carytown!

I have an affinity towards accessories whether they're shoes, jewelry, purses... you get the idea. I am a bona-fide shoe whore to say the least and we know I love jewelry from my "Jewelry of the Day" posts. So I am delighted that LeenaLu is a brand new boutique in Carytown with a fabulous selection and awesome prices. LeenaLu's owner Lee Ann IbaƱez took her passion for fashion with her previous retail management experience to build the LeenaLu experience. The boutique is open and airy and features chic white and black decor to compliment the bright colors of the many accessories available. LeenaLu's selection features shoes starting at $20 and many of the jewelry pieces retail for under $10 - wallet savvy prices for uber stylish pieces.

How hot are these Wild Diva black faux-suede pumps? I love the metallic gunmetal mirrored heel and they are surprisingly comfortable with a hidden 0.75 inch platform. These pumps retail for $28.99 but if you mention RVAfashionista now through Dec. 24th, you'll receive 20% off your purchase. There's plenty of great gift options available for others and yourself at LeenaLu and who doesn't love a sale!

LeenaLu is located at 3143 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221 and their phone number is 804.358.0639. Don't forget to check them out on Facebook too and Twitter too!

Happy Birthday fab'rik Carytown!

fab'rik in Carytown are celebrating their first birthday with 25% off your in-store purchase today! They are open until 5pm so you have just under 4 hours to shop...

What are you waiting for? Go shopping!!! Don't forget to follow fab'rik Carytown on Twitter too!

FRYE Friday: Dannika Piping Boot

These FRYE Dannika Piping Boots with their soft black leather, dark red piping, and zipper detail are calling my name.  I've always had an affinity towards FRYE boots but I have yet to acquire a pair of my own. My mother has a beautiful cognac pair that she picked up at Ross and my sister has these that my mother and I bought her for Christmas last year when I was still working at The Big N. The FRYE Dannika is also available in brown but I am digging the contrast of the red piping on the black leather. If you like the boot shape of the Dannika Piping Boot but zippers aren't your thing, check out the Dannika Campus style. I do like the flexibility of the Dannika Piping Boot to wear it cuffed as shown in the picture or un-cuff them and wear them as a knee high boot.

Frye at ShopStyle

Shoe Lust: Qupid Tabu 13 Camel Herringbone Cuff High Heel Boots

I have been on the prowl for a pair of caramel/cognac/brown boots to replace my favorite pair from Target that met their demise at the beginning of fall 2009. I noticed that Lulu*s had partnered with Keiko Lynn for a fantastic giveaway and as a result, these Qupid Tabu 13 Camel Herringbone Cuff High Heel Boots are now on my radar especially with their under $40 price tag!


#40andFAB - A Social Media Makeover - THE FINAL REVEAL

There's an African proverb thats "It takes a village to raise a child." In the case of our #40andFAB makeover, it took a village of fantastic people and businesses to #40andFAB makeover the lovely Sara Marsden. Ann Grace Wallace from Ann Grace & Co. was the initial brains for the project, Sara was our willing recipient, and well... we'll just say I'm the social media and writing goddess who ties all the loose ends together! Like many mothers, Sara is usually spending her time balancing between raising a family and her career as the Marketing Director for Theatre IV and the Barksdale Theatre. Since Sara is often in the public eye to spread the word regarding upcoming theatre events like The Velveteen Rabbit and Irving Berlin's White Christmas - we felt she needed a little boost to put her best foot forward and hence the #40andFAB idea was born!

We'd like to give a huge THANK YOU to our wonderful sponsors - if it wasn't for the fabulous people and businesses we were involved with, we wouldn't have been able to pull it off!!!

Lavender & Lace Lingerie provided us with fantastic shapewear, bras, and AWESOME Yummie Tummie camisoles! Don't forget to check them out on Facebook for promotions and sales at the store.

Dillard's Short Pump provided us with Sara's outfit, shoes, accessories, and a makeup lesson from Clarins. We had an awesome time at their Work Your Style event! The customer service provided by Tish Goodman and her assistant manager as well as Kaitlin Dennis was AWESOME! If you're looking for great women's apparel - Dillard's Short Pump is the place to go!

Saxon Shoes provided us with a fantastic black patent faux-croc clutch that's big enough to hold your essentials in a streamlined shape. Sara also picked out this beautiful silver and gold tone cuff bracelet that looks great for dressy and casual outfits! We all known Saxon is known for shoes but they have great accessories and jewelry too - don't forget to check them out on Facebook.

Mango Salon at their new Short Pump location provided us with Sara's fresh cut and color. Our stylist Niki did a fantastic job interpreting Sara's initial vision on how she'd like her hair to look and gave Sara a polished yet easy to style look.

Check out the gallery for photos from the process of the #40andFAB makeover and from the final reveal at the Barksdale Theatre for their Drama Divas Girls Night Out. Big thanks to Robyn O'Neill for the photos from the final reveal and being our talented paparazzi that evening. We will be having another Drama Divas night in December so stay tuned!

Sara at Dillard's Short Pump for their Work Your Style event!

Sara checking out the great clothing available at Dillard's Short Pump.

Love this belted cardigan and necklace from Dillard's Short Pump!

Our makeup artist from Clarins working her magic!

Sara is learning tips and tricks with her makeup at Dillard's Short Pump.

Well groomed brows are essential to any makeup look!

Sara after her Clarins consultation and makeover at Dillard's Short Pump.

The experience at Lavender & Lace Lingerie is very inviting!

Isn't the garden at Lavender & Lace Lingerie lovely?

One of the many lovely flowers in the garden outside Lavender & Lace.

Sara with the lovely ladies from Lavender & Lace Lingerie! Check out the bling on the Yummie Tummie cami!

Niki prepping Sara's hair for highlights at Mango Salon.

Sara's getting foiled by Niki at Mango Salon.

Sara and her "foil helmet" compliments of Mango Salon.

Sara getting her highlights rinsed out by Niki at Mango Salon.

Sara's hair is taking shape at Mango Salon thanks to Niki!

Lindsay doing Sara's makeup before the big reveal.

How fantastic does Sara look? AMAZING.

Sara shining on stage at the Barksdale's Drama Divas.

Love the jacket and necklace from Dillard's Short Pump.


Ann showing off Sara and her "before" photo.

Showing off the fab Yummie Tummie cami from Lavender & Lace Lingerie.

Ann explaining the process of the makeover.

Lindsay explaining social media to our audience.

Tania from Lavender & Lace explaining bra fitting.

Lindsay and Tania talking lingerie.

Sara showcasing great pieces from Lavender & Lace Lingerie.

Ann, Sara, Tania from Lavender & Lace Lingerie, & Lindsay

The lovely Judi Crenshaw from the Barksdale and Theatre IV.

Ann talking fashion at the Drama Divas reception.

Good conversation and good company for the Barksdale's Drama Divas.

We like to see smiling faces!

Sara's mother talking to some of the Drama Divas guests.

Having at good time at the Barksdale's Drama Divas.

Lindsay sneaking in a coffee break at the Drama Divas reception.