Spring is my favorite season of the year and it’s right around the corner!
Just like the September issue, I love the March issue of every fashion magazine because it’s filled with Spring trends and colors. As much as I love to wear black and white, I love me some colors…bold colors to be exact. What can I say; I’m a true Aries.
Here are some of the beauty products I’ve added to my collection. I wanted to give the girls a heads up since a lot of these products and colors are quickly selling out in stores.
Chanel’s Illuminating Powder - seriously ladies, good luck finding this one. I casually went to check it out at one department store and they were sold out. I went to another store, sold out. By the third store, I was purely on a mission only because it had turned into a challenge for me.
Nars Eyeshadow in Rated-R -ok, you can laugh at me for this one. But Cynthia Bailey inspired this color duo for me. On this current season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, Cynthia, is seen wearing rich cobalt blue eyeshadow. I went above and beyond to find the *right* blue and Nars’ Rated-R palette won this search.
L’Oreal’s Lash Boosting Serum -there are so many lash boosting serums on the market now so I figured most of the beauty brands should have this ingredient down. I’m also obsessed with any mascara that L’Oreal makes and I figured I’d love their lash boosting serum too. So far so good for $15!
Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Corcovado -for Spring, I’m obsessed with golden bright yellow on the eyes. I can’t wait to be poolside or on the beach with golden yellow sun-kissed eyelids. Let’s imagine: tanned body, wet hair, iced non-virgin drink in hand, hot jams playing in the background, hot shirtless bods, and you with your bright yellow eyes. Yes!
Smashbox BB Cream -every beauty enthusiast has been raving about BB creams lately. So I went out and got the highly recommended one for women in their 20-30s. I like it, but I don’t LOVE it. But if you wear foundation on the daily, then you should definitely stop wearing foundation and start wearing BB cream. I use it in Light color but it’s still a bit dark for my complexion.
GlamGlow Mask -my girlfriends have been RAVING about this new mask that’s hit Sephora. Being so obsessed with my skin, I had to give this product a try. But when I found out how expensive it was, I bought the little sampler for $18 instead. This will give me a chance to truly find out if it’s worth the $70. I’ve used it twice already and so far, not worth it. Kiehl’s has a mask just ask good…but more on that later ;)
Sigma Resort Pallet -my new favorite beauty brand is Sigma. I started out with their brushes and have moved on to their eyeshadows. This was my first eye pallet I got when it was still crappy weather out. All the colors in this pallet scream Spring and Summer. It’s that one pallet you can use all season long everywhere you go.
Benefit’s Dallas Glow Powder -contour, contour, contour! That’s all I hear these days. I bought lots of different dark powders for contouring and this was my winner. I have too many reasons as to why I love this, so just try it for yourself. I have confidence in this product.
Stila Liquid Eyeliner in Snow -black and white is a super hot trend for this Spring. So why not follow this trend on your face? Basically what you do is you put the black liquid eyeliner on top of your lids and follow it up with this white liquid eyeliner on top of the black. Giving your eyelids two rows of liners, one black and one white. This is a super cool makeup tip, I love this look!
Girlactik Blush in Bora Bora -for an everyday blush color, this is my fav!
NYX Glad Shadow Stick in Glistening Emerald -the IT color for this Spring is green. So I had to get myself a nice gliding green eye pencil. I’m obsessed.
Hope you ladies enjoyed my detailed Spring beauty 411 post. I’d love to hear back from you, so please keep me posted if you try any of these products!
xoxo~ aNNa Kachikyan
This outfit was a last minute, in a rush kinda look that turned out to be one of my favs.
I was rushing out the door to go apartment hunting with my family and I found out my 7-year-old fashionista niece, Lilly, was going to join us. Right away, I knew I had to put on a good, if not decent, outfit to avoid Lilly’s style criticism.
I bought the red and off-white shirt by Kensie back in August. It was one of those pieces in my closet that I was waiting for that perfect occasion to wear to and ended up wearing it on impulse. I paired it with my favorite leggings by Yummie Tummie. The blazer is an absolute staple in my closet from Urban Outfitters. The black and white handbag and booties are from Zara.
Lilly totally approved of my look and I asked her to take a picture of my outfit. Yes, these photos were taken by a 7-year-old!
The best part of the day was when I found out that it was my aunt and uncle’s 33-year wedding anniversary that day! So this outfit wasn’t a waste after all, it was the perfect occasion. We ended up celebrating their union by going to dinner with the fam.
Lilly ordered chicken fingers with fries at dinner. The little kid next to our table ordered the same a bit later. Lilly said he copied her order and I told her that he didn’t copy you, you inspired him to get chicken fingers. So I hope my look inspires women to get out there and get the same look!
xoxo~ aNNa Kachikyan
Cheers to family and love!
Showing off the red cuffs.
photo: Racked LA
I attended the grand opening of what I thought was a new store at The Grove, called stylehaus.
Right before I arrived, my right ring finger got smashed in a heavy door. So I walked into stylehaus with a big bag of ice (not looking sassy at all!). Immediately, everybody was happy to greet me by extending their hand out to shake my hand with the freshly injured finger. So I went for it, being the trooper that I am, hoping nobody squeezes my hand too hard. Luckily, only one man did…but I lived.
The moment I entered the salon, Marina Monroe, one of the co-founders of stylehaus walked up to welcome me. She was obviously dressed to the nines. She was also wearing the Miu Miu bow booties I’ve been drooling over for months!
As Marina begin to tell me about stylehaus, I quickly realized…holy shit, this isn’t just some store at The Grove. This is a goldmine of fashion for average women like us!
Basically stylehaus is like having your very own stylist 24/7 for an affordable price. The stylists who work with Marina close down the place, sit down with you, pull any piece for you, break down your look, and get you what you need…all while playing dress up!
Here’s the catch! stylehaus is MEMBERSHIP ONLY. You must apply for a memebership and the stylehaus team will have to pick you. The fee for an annual membership is approx. $3/day…that’s $1,000/year.
My personal guess is that since stylehaus is still new, you probably will get picked if you apply now! You can apply here.
Side-note: what I liked most about Marina was when we were chatting, she said that she wants to teach women that they can mix high and low priced items together. To mix and match! This coming from a woman who has all the fashion at her fingertips. Speaking of fingertips, my finger has completely healed since then.
xoxo~ aNNa Kachikyan
photo: Racked LA
photo: Racked LA
Middle of the showroom
It felt more comfortable for me to sit below the racks of clothes while sipping on my glass of champagne. Fancy
I wish you guys can feel the texture on that skirt
Meet Marina photo: Instagram @marinastylehaus
THESE ARE THE MIU MIU SHOES! photo: Instagram @marinastylehaus
A good friend of mine said something to me this morning that got me thinking all day.
"He’s a good problem to have."
For some of you out there, this might really help put things into perspective.
Little nail secret for all those who love to play with nail polish…
Wear two coats of glitter polish on top of a single base layer and everybody will not only be complimenting, but will also be wondering if those are gel nails you’ve got on.
The downside to this beauty trick is that it takes FOREVER to remove the glitter polish. Only do this when you’ve got time and patience.
The upside is that you get jelly looking nails PLUS money and a trip saved to the salon. I’d say the upside is way worth the downside!
I have on: my nail protector Nailtiques Formua 1, a single layer of Revlon Gold Coin 925, two layers of Milani Gems 530, and my top coat Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. You can find all these products at any drugstore, I myself prefer Target.
You can play with any base color or glitter shade as you wish. Sky’s the limit when you’re at a drugstore.
I want to hear your feedback after you try this nail look. So don’t forget to keep me posted!
This was my ugly Christmas sweater this year.
I know, I know it isn’t so ugly. As a matter of fact, I got compliments on how cute my sweater was.
But let’ get serious…who would wear a sweater like this every day?!
Nobody! (I hope). This was the perfect costume sweater.
I was invited to a Christmas party where the hostess had asked guests to wear ugly Christmas sweaters and I participated.
So next time you’re invited to a costume party, don’t hesitate. It’s totally possible to join the fun, look stylish, and still stay within budget.
The sweater I’m wearing is from Urban Outfitters and it only cost me $30!
Message me, I will gladly help you find your ugly Christmas sweater.
Two in one: my sexy face and my goofy happy face.