Thursday, October 31, 2013

3 Simple, Cheap, Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Every Halloween, I end up scrambling at the last minute to put a costume together. This year, I actually had one planned out and then I realized it just wasn't going to work out. So, today I woke up and decided I would once again throw something together at the last minute! Here are just a few last minute ideas for costumes that are easy to piece together and most of the items can be found at your local thrift store or a chain like Forever 21 or Target. 

Steve Urkel
Steve Urkel Costume, Easy Steve Urkel Costume

Steve Urkel is a really easy costume, because the nerd look is "in" right now so  the pieces should be easy to find. Forever 21 has a decent selection of varsity cardigans and plaid shirts. You can also probably find a plaid shirt at the thrift store. Then, just get some high waisted jeans and suspenders. Places like Hot Topic or Spencer's should carry suspenders and "nerd" glasses. Then, just remember to walk crotch first! 


My best friend and I have been talking about going as Daria and Jane for Halloween one year. It's a pretty simple costume. For Daria, you need a dark green jacket. The one pictures above is from ASOS, but if you're shopping last minute, you can check the thrift store. Then, get a black, pleated skirt from Target, Forever 21, or Charlotte Russe, a brownish tee shirt, and some black combat boots. Once again, Target usually has these too! Then, some round nerd glasses from the Halloween store or Hot Topic. And voila! Just act really sarcastic and negative all night :) 

Beetlejuice costume, DIY Beetlejuice

If you walk into a Forever 21 store right now, chances are you will be overwhelmed with black and white stripes. They have a few pairs of striped pants that could work, and I believe they even had a black and white striped blazer. Then you need either a white or purple button down shirt (he wears purple in the cartoon, white in the movie), a black tie (thrift store), a white wig or white hair spray (or green), and white face paint. Then, you can either color around your eyes with black eyeliner or purple. Then, just make yourself look absolutely filthy! 

Any other ideas? What are you guys going as? I think I'm going to do the Beetlejuice thing. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe! Happy Halloween! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Simple, Everyday Look Using the Nars And God Created the Woman Palette


Let's be real here. Spending more than like 5 minutes on your makeup totally sucks. Which is why I typically aim for a very low maintenance, simple look. Also, I really just don't like to be too overdone. I tend to like a more natural look on myself. So, neutral palettes like the Nars And God Created the Woman set really appeal to me.

I'm sure you have all seen countless reviews on this palette, so I'll spare you and just show you my favorite way to use it.


The Products I Used
Nars Look Using And God Created Woman Palette 
  • Bobbi Brown BB Cream in Extra Light (buy here) mixed with a bit of Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain (get it here)
  • Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre on T Zone and under eyes so my concealer doesn't crease in my giant under-eye lines

  • Nars Penny Lane Cream Blush (get it here)(blended with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush)
Nars And God Created the Woman Close Up
  • Mac Painterly Paint Pot as a base
  • Nars And God Created the Woman Palette:
    • Lid: Kalahari (top right)
    • Crease: Bellisima (top middle)
    • Inner Corner/Brow Bone: Alhambra (top left)
    • Liner on Top and Bottom Lashline: Galapagos (bottom left)
  • Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara
  • Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown 
  • YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain-Rebel Nudes #108 (Oops, I forgot to throw this in the photo!) Buy it here
 Buy the Nars And God Created the Woman Palette here!

Like I said before, this is just a really simple, quick look using this palette. I usually don't wear too much eyeshadow, and I tend to go for more of a bold lip. However, when I feel like changing things up a bit, this is my go to look. I hope you enjoyed it :)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Ghosts of Halloweens Past

Hey guys! I'm finally back! I was working on a post that would explain the blog name change, but unfortunately, the Blogger app is terrible and it didn't save (even though I know I saved it.) Long story short, my old domain name expired and after going to great lengths (and failing) to figure out how to get it back, I finally decided to just purchase a new one. Out with Dressing Room Diaries, in with Freckles and Fashion

Ok, so I was going through some photos and stumbled upon a few of my past Halloween costumes and I thought I would share them with you. 

One year, for whatever reason, I decided to be a fanny pack wearing, (fake) cigarette smoking, PBR drinking, dirty, little hipster (left). I remember drawing a mustache on my finger and acting like I knew everything about everything, especially music. 

Then there was the year I went as a Parisian girl (middle) and I kept telling people I was a "lady of the night." Did I realize what I was really saying? Yeah, I'm not sure. But it was a super easy costume, as I already owned the black and white, striped shirt and black pencil skirt. I just had to buy a red beret, silk scarf, black gloves, and then slick on some red lipstick. Easy peasy. 

Lastly, I went as a sassy burlesque dancer (right). This costume was probably the most fun for me, because it was both cute and sexy. See, I don't usually do sexy. And to me, that's the best part about Halloween. Just dressing up and pretending to be someone different. Doing something a little out of your comfort zone. I got the corset from Charlotte Russe (it was fairly inexpensive there), the teeny tiny top hat, ruffle underwear, and feather boa from one of the Halloween stores, I think I already had the chevron printed tights and I used the black gloves from the Parisian costume. It was a little awkward just wearing underwear out in public, since I'm normally quite a modest gal, but like I said, that just makes it more fun :)

This year, I'm pretty excited about my costume! I'm planning a David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust type of thing! So, if it turns out well, expect to see some photos of me with a hot pink mullet, a thunderbolt across my face, and a very tight fitting outfit that I'm still not so sure about... 

What are your Halloween plans this year? Any cool costume ideas? Or if anyone has any David Bowie costume advice, I'm all ears :) 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

5 Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

Uses for coconut oil

Now, over the past year or so, I have taken a particular interest in skincare. When I say "skincare," I mean lining my bathroom shelves with bottles, tubs, and tubes of Sephora's "Best Sellers," often costing upwards of $50. Cleansers, serums, moisturizers, scrubs, peels. You get the idea. What if I told you I had found a product that does it all? And the best part is? It will only cost you about 1/3 of the price of one of those high end products.

This beauty do it all can be found at your local health food store. Coconut oil, guys. Trust me, it's great stuff. And here are just a few of it's numerous uses and benefits:

1. Body Moisturizer - I have been slathering myself with coconut oil post shower almost daily. Two major things I have noticed are 1. I smell like cookies and 2. My Keratosis Pilaris has cleared up significantly. Do you ever get those hard, little bumps on the backs of your arms that don't seem to go away regardless of how much fancy body butter you rub yourself down with? That's what that is. And this stuff helps quite a bit.

2. Makeup Remover - Coconut Oil can be used at night to remove all traces of dirt and oil and leave your face feeling soft and moisturized. Most cleansers leave my skin with a tight, uncomfortable feeling. This, however, zaps my skin with natural moisture as it cleanses. Just warm this up using the warmth of your hands to change it from its solid form into a liquid oil and use it like you would your daily cleanser. Just remove it with a wash cloth as you would a cleansing balm. 

3.Frizz Fighter/Hair Conditioner - Coconut oil is made up of fatty acids and proteins that are actually absorbed by your hair as apposed to just sitting on top of it like most products. First, you want to submerge the tub in warm water for a few minutes, until it turns into a liquid. Take a bit and saturate your hair with it (if you have thinner hair, steer clear of the scalp.) Leave it on for about 30 minutes before you get into the shower. For an extra deep treatment, blast your head with your hair dryer for part of this time. Wash and condition as you normally would. Make sure you don't neglect your roots, as they will end up looking a little greasy if you do. I promise your hair will be smooth, shiny, and frizz free afterwards. Apparently, due to coconut oil's antifungal properties, it can be used on the scalp to fight dandruff.

4. Lip Balm - I just replaced my standard lip balm with a little slick of this miracle oil before bed, and now I wake up to smooth, hydrated, crack free lips.

5. Facial Scrub: Mixed with salt or sugar, coconut oil can be used as an all natural scrub to buff away dead skin cells and remove dirt and buildup while moisturizing dry skin. It is also supposed to help with acne, once again, due to the antifungal properties. 

I bought this tub of miracle oil from a Better Health store for somewhere between $10-$12. Not bad for an all around wonder product! Got dry skin? Bumpy arms? Dry, frizzy hair or chapped lips? Just this one product can solve all of those issues! Have you ever tried using coconut oil as part of your beauty regimen? Are there any other uses you know of? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by :)