Month: August 2014

2014 Teen Choice Awards Roundup: Lucy Hale Makeup + Fashion

Image via Annex Magazine

Lucy Hale was dressed to kill last Sunday for the Teen Choice Awards, were she was both a presenter and a winner (for Choice Actress: Drama for her role on Pretty Little Liars). She kept her look for the big night simply sexy with a soft smoky eye, created by her makeup artist, Kelsey Deenihan. Lucy wore mostly Mark Cosmetics to the event, but here are the specifics:
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($62 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder in Amped Up ($13 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark Please Hold Eye Primer ($9 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark All Time Hookup Longwear Shadow in Tender Love ($10 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark On The Dot Neutral Eye Color Compact ($16 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark No Place to Run Waterproof Eyeliner in Jet Set ($10 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark On the Edge Hookup Liquid Eyeliner in Slate ($10 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark Lash Act Build and Define Mascara ($12 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Bare Hug ($11 USD, shopavon)
Total Face Cost: $153 USD

Lucy tastefully showed off her figure in a flared, hot red Dior dress. She kept the focus on the bold number by pairing it with a softer MICHAEL Michael Kors clutch and Brian Atwood heels. I think Lucy looks great while maintaining the playful style she’s known for.
What did you think of Lucy’s TCA look? Let me know!

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2014 Teen Choice Awards Roundup: Nina Dobrev Makeup + Fashion

Image via Beautyeditor

Nina Dobrev is one of my favorite actresses, and she looked gorgeous in a colorful look at Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards. She looked gorgeous as a presenter and winner (of  Choice Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi for her work on The Vampire Diaries). Her makeup artist, Beau Nelson, didn’t want her makeup look to distract from her vibrant outfit, so he left her looking fresh with a hint of smokiness. To top it off, a lot of the products are from affordable, well-loved retailer NYX. Here are the details on the products:
  • I couldn’t discover the exact brand, but Beau used a stick foundation (Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick, $44 USD, comes in 24 shades), to contour her cheekbones, jaw, and nose.
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($62 USD, Nordstrom), 2 shades lighter than Nina’s complexion.
  • Again, no word on specifics, but he set the center of her face with powder (Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, $45 USD, is popular).
  • NYX Matte Bronzer ($8.99 USD, Ulta)
  • NYX Gel Eyeliner and Smudger in Betty, Charlotte, and Scarlette ($8.99 USD each, Ulta)
  • NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black ($9.49 USD, Ulta)
  • One more time, I couldn’t find the exact match, but he also used a neutral matte brown shadow to finish up the eyes (Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, $29 USD, has several options).
  • NYX Doll Eye Volume Mascara ($9.49 USD, Ulta)
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Bit of Honey ($5.99 USD, Ulta)
Total Face Cost: $122.93 (at least)
For fashion, Nina chose to skip the conventional dress and instead wore a stylish, graphic top with matching high-waisted shorts by Vionnet. She kept her carry on simple by sticking with a chic Michael Kors clutch. Her pink Kurt Geiger heels perfectly accented the color in her ensemble, and she tied it all together with David Yurman jewelry.

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Mini Haul

This is my own photo.

I’ve had a little pocket money (not counting my first paycheck; much lengthier/higher quality haul to follow!), so I finally went to my local drugstore to browse the aisles. I had seen new releases from Wet ‘n’ Wild’s summer collection on Tumblr, and loved the bold, colorful shadows and the chic white limited edition packaging. So I picked up three of their trios, as well as a lipstick.
This is my own photo.

WnW’s summer collection is centered around the music festival theme. There were six trios available at my drugstore, and I bought three. The first is No Scalpers Allowed, a feminine trio featuring a peach, violet, and bluish-purple. I’m a sucker for purple shadow, and I’m intrigued by the eyelid shade in this palette!
This is my own photo.

The next trio I got was right up my ally, Something to Rave About. I was instantly drawn to the reddish eyelid shade–red shadows are rare! So I can’t wait to swatch that one out. The crease shade is a gorgeous looking turquoise, and finally, a sunshiny, golden yellow for the browbone highlight. I’m curious if this shade is opaque or more sheer.
This is my own photo.

Finally, I picked up Lost My Wristband. Just by looking, this one might be my favorite! The colors look so spring/summer to me, very cheerful and a lot of fun. There’s a strawberry ice cream shade on top, then a marigold, warm yellow, and finally a medium toned grassy green. I love this combination, and can’t wait to test it out.
This is my own photo.

I’ve heard a lot about Wet ‘n Wild’s lipsticks, but never got around to trying one. But this shade, Think Pink, was on display, because to the end of the year, Wet ‘n’ Wild will donate 25 cents from every sale of this shade to the American Cancer Society. The well-being of other women is very important to me, so I was sold instantly. However, I’m also a wild fan of pink lipstick, so I’m eager to try this shade out and am happy to have it in my collection.
Plus, since the shadows were on sale, I was able to score it all for under $10! I’m sorry for the low-quality webcam pics; since I’ve begun work, I’m saving up for a DSLR, so thank you for your patience in the meantime 🙂 Swatches and reviews of all the products mentioned here will be up soon.
 Have you tried anything from Wet ‘n’ Wild’s summer line? Do you like when cosmetics lines donate to causes that matter to you? Let me know! 

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2014 Teen Choice Awards Roundup: Shailene Woodley Makeup + Fashion

Image via Daily Mail

Sunday night was the Teen Choice Awards, a special night for Shailene Woodley. The actress won four times that evening, three of which were for her effort in The Fault in Our Stars, and once for the film adaptation of Divergent.

But here at Peak Volume, we’re more concerned with the makeup than anything else! Shailene kept it simple to let her graphic dress shine, using natural, environmental-concious products from Tarte. Her makeup artist, Roxy, used these specific products:
  • Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation ($36 USD, Sephora)
  • Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess ($30 USD, Sephora)
  • Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye and Cheek Palette ($38 USD, Sephora)
  • Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Medium Brown ($21 USD, Sephora)
  • LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Hope ($24 USD, Sephora)
Shailene also applied her own mascara–the specific product I was not able to discover. But sticking with Tarte’s line, their Lights, Camera, Lashes is popular (and a reasonable $20 USD).

To complete her look, she wore a bold, graphic dress designed by Peter Pilotto, and capped it off with Kurt Geiger heels.

What do you think of her fresh, natural face on her big night? Let me know!

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Model Monday: Barbara Palvin

Image via fashiongonerogue

20-year-old Hungarian model Barbara Palvin began her work at age 13. In less than a decade, she’s skyrocketed to the top of the modeling world. She’s shot covers for her native Hungary’s editions of Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Instyle, and Vogue, French and Turkish L’Officiel, Spanish Harper’s Bazaar, Russian Vogue, and Italian Marie Claire, to name a few. She’s been shot by established photographers such as Miles Aldridge,
 Plavin is best known for being a Victoria’s Secret model, but she has done campaigns for brands such as Armani Exchange and H&M. In 2010, she hit the runways for the first time as an exclusive model for Prada during Milan Fashion Week. She’s graced the runway for top designers, like Emanuel Ungaro, Jeremy Scott, Louis Vuitton, Mui Mui, Nina Ricci, and Vivienne Westwood. 
Palvin is also a face of L’Oreal. 
Being a face of a commercial cosmetics brand, it makes sense that Palvin is partial to L’Oreal when it comes to her own makeup. She loves the brand’s foundation, BB cream, and mascara, as well as their Superliner Blackbuster Intense eyeliner and Rouge Caresse lipsticks. 

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