Rimmel London Recap: 8 Ways to Get the Look

Happy Friday! Hopefully it’s been a short week for you, too, and as a result, slightly less painful to ease back into the reality of the working world.

You probably know this by now, but over the past four weeks, I’ve been writing about a series of themed Rimmel London-inspired looks. I’m doing this (with four other awesome blogging gals) in an effort to win a trip to London and become the brand’s official blogger for 2013.

Regardless of the outcome, I had so much fun styling my looks. Other than receiving tweets and comments from you guys (thank you!), the best part was experimenting with Rimmel’s 24 shades of Stay Glossy, which is where I sourced most of my outfit inspiration from. As a result, I thought it’d be fun to share a little recap. I’ve been all about nostalgia this week given the turn of the New Year, I guess!

Here’s a peek back at my eight outfits — as well as how you can get the lips and the look.

*Shop: Equipment blouse | J. Crew pencil skirt | Opening Ceremony bag | ShopRuche.com pumps

*Shop: Topshop crochet vest | AllSaints Jeans | Karen Millen wedges | Marc Jacobs cross-body bag | Nicole Miller headband 

*Shop: Topshop army jacket | Topshop leather shorts | Coach Legacy Tanner | Topshop shirt | Hunter rain boots | Fulton leopard umbrella

*Shop: rag & bone pullover | Jane Norman hat | YSL clutch | J. Crew wedges | J BRAND skinnies

*Shop: alice + olivia peplum dress | Chicnova neon blazer | DVF citrine clutch | Nine West Regola pumps

*Shop: Vince sequin tunic | T by Alexander Wang skirt | Coach Zoee heels | Coach Legacy penny satchel | A-Thread white blazer

*Shop: Topshop tunic | Miss Selfridge sequin tunic | Stella & Dot earrings | Topshop opaque tights | Cole Haan patent-leather wedges

*Shop: Current/Elliot camo pants | Topshop skull t-shirt | Tory Burch clutch | Ray-ban wayfarers | L.A.M.B. pumps

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Which #StayGlossy inspired look is your favorite? I can’t decide, but I AM having a love affair with camo-print pants right now… Aren’t we all.

Lastly, if you’re feeling so kind, you can click here to vote for my looks (today’s the last day to do so). I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the outcome, but in the meantime, have an awesome weekend. Thanks again for your comments, tweets and votes over the course of the last four weeks!

Stay Glossy During… Fashion Week

It the most wonderful tiiime of the year! No, not Christmas. It’s (faux) Fashion Week!

Talk about saving the best for last. For our final Rimmel London fashion challenge, my stylish co-horts and I were tasked with styling a fashion-forward look from lip-to-toe look. To me, that means streamlined, clean and on-trend. I learned on my last trip to Fashion Week that less is more, an easy-to-carry bag that  fits your electronics is essential, and you’ll usually be in a hurry.

Grab Starbucks and dress accordingly. 


The only downside of such an anticipated event? Packing is a pain in the ass.

Regardless of what I’m prepping for — be it Fashion Week or an extended family vaca — I focus on breathing more “life” into my pieces than just one wear. Essentials include: a tailored pair of dark jeans (easy to wear multiple times without notice) and silk blouse from Equipment or Old Navy.

On the other hand, I also like to keep my outfit options interesting with a “wild card,” like these camo print pants. They can easily be paired with that Equipment blouse – or the ever-essential vintage tee, like I’ve styled for today’s look. These pieces exude a casual, put-together vibe, which is one you can wear anywhere.

During my last jaunt at Fashion Week, these comfortable Zara pumps enabled me to run from Lincoln Center all the way downtown to Milk Studios in Chelsea in between shows. (And I always took the subway!) In addition to your walk-anywhere pumps, be sure to pack flats. I’m speaking from experience, and some point, your feet will hurt.

As for your make-up, I like to keep mine clean and basic. Sunglasses are another Fashion Week essential, so I maintained my focus on creating a pretty, glossy lip with Rimmel’s Treasure Hunt, Fuchsia Fever and Stay my Rose. I love how Stay Glossy makes it possible morphs the shade — just by layering.

I finished my look with the essentials — Rimmel’s BB cream, charcoal liner and two coats of volumizing mascara — which will ensure my look stays put from day ’til night.

Voila! Now, off to practice my street style pose. In the meantime, If you haven’t yet seen my video recap from Fashion Week, check it out here.

*Wearing: Old Navy tee, Zara camo pants, ASOS bag c/o rewardStyle, Zara pumps, Tory Burch sunnies

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Click over to Rimmel’s Facebook page to see my other looks. There’s only one week left to vote! 

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Contest Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must have Internet access, a valid email address, Facebook account, Twitter Account, Instagram account and Pinterest account to participate. Contest ends 11:59 am ET on 1/4/13. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. who received a non-transferable invitation directly from Glam Media and Coty US LLC to participate in this Contest. Void where prohibited. See complete Official Rules for full details including eligibility restrictions, method of winner determination and prize limitations. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. In participating in this Contest, you are providing your information to Coty US LLC and not to Facebook.

The London Look isn’t just one look. It’s an attitude that embraces originality and isn’t afraid to experiment with whatever look you desire. With the range of 24 shades, Stay Glossy Lipgloss from Rimmel London gives you the freedom to mix and match endless colour combinations for any occasion. Free yourself from the beauty norms and learn more about the endless possibilities of London Looks at Facebook.com/RimmelLondonUS.

Disclosure: I have been compensated by Coty US LLC (Rimmel London US) for making these statements regarding its products.

Stay Glossing During… New Year’s Eve

Ah, New Year’s Eve. If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t know what you’re doing or what you’re wearing yet. (But we do know what party favor to bring to the pre-game, don’t we? Keep scrolling. #popfizzclink)


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I love any excuse to get dolled up and drink champagne, but New Year’s Eve in the city is, well, expensive.

Once you factor in a fresh mani, cab fare, party packages, drink specials and the like, you’d probably rather not shell out for a brand new dress that you can’t repurpose time-and-time again. Or is that just me?

This is a basic Topshop dress I picked up over the summer. I’ve taken it through the seasons by layering, but tonight (remember, we’re pretending it’s NYE), I wanted to transform my otherwise basic LBD, so I reached for this fun-and-flirty sequined blazer, and accessorized with a few pops of color: jade earrings, berry lips, orange bag.

Now, a night like this calls for lots of gloss and a sultry stare. I used my crease-resistent Glam’Eyes trio, starting with a neutral shadow on my eyelids and a darker beige in the creases for definition. Then, I used a liquid liner and applied two coats of volumizing mascara.

A berry lip is the holiday season’s makeup must-have, so on my way out the door, I layered these three shades of Stay Glossy for an ultra-sleek sheen.

*Wearing: Topshop dress, BB Dakota blazer, Tory Burch bag, Stella & Dot earrings c/o Glam, INC pumps c/o Macy’s via Glam

On an un-related note, I’d like to point out that this is my first outfit post of the season with tights. *Sigh.* Style blogging is much more challenging in the winter — and for obvious reasons. What you don’t see here is my down-infused parka cast atop my sibling photog’s shoulders… (I got her gloves for Christmas!)

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Click over to Rimmel’s Facebook page to see my other looks. There’s only one week left to vote! 

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Contest Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must have Internet access, a valid email address, Facebook account, Twitter Account, Instagram account and Pinterest account to participate. Contest ends 11:59 am ET on 1/4/13. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. who received a non-transferable invitation directly from Glam Media and Coty US LLC to participate in this Contest. Void where prohibited. See complete Official Rules for full details including eligibility restrictions, method of winner determination and prize limitations. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. In participating in this Contest, you are providing your information to Coty US LLC and not to Facebook.

The London Look isn’t just one look. It’s an attitude that embraces originality and isn’t afraid to experiment with whatever look you desire. With the range of 24 shades, Stay Glossy Lipgloss from Rimmel London gives you the freedom to mix and match endless colour combinations for any occasion. Free yourself from the beauty norms and learn more about the endless possibilities of London Looks at Facebook.com/RimmelLondonUS.

Disclosure: I have been compensated by Coty US LLC (Rimmel London US) for making these statements regarding its products.

Stay Glossy During… A Night in Soho

From what I’ve read, Soho, London, is the place to be if you’re a food and fashion lover. (… *Raises hand.*) The chic district teems with tourists, stylish-looking patrons and media professionals marching to and from the office – and it’s also the destination of my fictional European birthday celebration.

For today’s Rimmel challenge, I’m dressed to the nine’s to celebrate my 27th (which, incidentally, I just did).

I have an odd obsession with this fun-and-flirty fringe skirt. I wear it all the time, and I’ve said this before, but every single time I step out the door in it, I transform into an obnoxious flamenco dancer… These hips don’t lie.

Since it’s a celebration kinda night (read: lots of champagne), I paired it with my most comfortable can-dance-in wedges, a leather Coach penny purse and sequin Rachel Zoe tunic. Even if it’s not your birthday, this type of get-up will bring out your inner shine and make you feel like the most confident girl in the room. And regardless, really, a girl should always reach for sequins.

*Wearing: Rachel Zoe sequin tunic, white blazer c/o Ann Taylor, Zara skirt, Coach legacy purse, Mai wedges c/o Pour La Victoire

The icing on the (cup)cake for tonight is my make-up. Treasure Hunt and Timeless Allure are my absolute favorite shades of Stay Glossy – even moreso when they’re worn together.

Since I wanted kissable lips to be the front-and-center of my look, I didn’t OD on dark eyeliner. Instead, I picked up a multi-dimensional eye palette and started with a pretty peach shadow as a base on my eyelids. To contour, I swept a darker mauve color into the crease, and I finished by brushing the softest color in my palette on my brow bones for a highlighting effect. Finally, to give my look a little extra oomph, I layered on the darkest mascara I could find.

Pop, fizz, clink. Ready!

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Click over to Rimmel’s Facebook page to see my other looks and to vote for your faves.
Thank you for your support thus far!

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Contest Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must have Internet access, a valid email address, Facebook account, Twitter Account, Instagram account and Pinterest account to participate. Contest ends 11:59 am ET on 1/4/13. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. who received a non-transferable invitation directly from Glam Media and Coty US LLC to participate in this Contest. Void where prohibited. See complete Official Rules for full details including eligibility restrictions, method of winner determination and prize limitations. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. In participating in this Contest, you are providing your information to Coty US LLC and not to Facebook.

The London Look isn’t just one look. It’s an attitude that embraces originality and isn’t afraid to experiment with whatever look you desire. With the range of 24 shades, Stay Glossy Lipgloss from Rimmel London gives you the freedom to mix and match endless colour combinations for any occasion. Free yourself from the beauty norms and learn more about the endless possibilities of London Looks at Facebook.com/RimmelLondonUS.

Disclosure: I have been compensated by Coty US LLC (Rimmel London US) for making these statements regarding its products.

Stay Glossy During… A Regal Affair

When it comes to royal affairs (that’s prenuptials, people), I appreciate the reserve of Kate Middleton, but I like a little spice, too.

For today’s London look, the girls and I were tasked with styling a majestic look suitable for a regal occasion. (I did a little shoulder shake with my hand on my chest, just there.) Naturally, my mind immediately retreated to the wedding of Price William and Kate Middleton.

If you recall, the female guest list was a colorfully clad, reverential bunch. And as a result, I decided to follow suit.  I sourced my inspiration from a few of my favorite wedding-goers — namely,  the Queen, Joss Stone and Posh Spice Victoria Beckham —  incorporating pieces from of their looks to create my own.

… Right? What do you think?

My look was a bright, tight simple sheath dress under a canary-yellow coat, and I wore an embellished black headband as a nice change of pace from all the hats I was seeing. (And, frankly, I couldn’t find a cute fastener to save my life.)

I read that Kate Middleton did her own make-up, since she wanted William to recognize her as she walked down the aisle. So, ladies, if you don’t normally don a smoky eye — your wedding isn’t the time to try it.

Similarly, I wanted a fresh, minimal look. For my face, I applied a layer of Rimmel’s BB cream and some under-eye concealer. I don’t care to hide the scar on my left cheek. They say scars add character, right? And at any rate, I’m lucky it “hides” in my smile line.

Next, I swept on a mauve-colored shadow and a purple gel liner to make the hazel in my eyes pop. To finish the look, I layered three neutral Stay Glossy shades: Diamond Dust, Endless Nights and Seduce Me. (Don’t be afraid of Rimmel’s brown-colored glosses; they’re actually very sheer and give you a pretty, natural-looking glow.)

*Wearing: Leifsdottir dress, H&M jacket, Calvin Klein shoes, Anthropologie headband

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Click over to Rimmel’s Facebook page to see my other looks and to vote for your faves.
Thank you for your support thus far!

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Contest Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must have Internet access, a valid email address, Facebook account, Twitter Account, Instagram account and Pinterest account to participate. Contest ends 11:59 am ET on 1/4/13. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. who received a non-transferable invitation directly from Glam Media and Coty US LLC to participate in this Contest. Void where prohibited. See complete Official Rules for full details including eligibility restrictions, method of winner determination and prize limitations. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. In participating in this Contest, you are providing your information to Coty US LLC and not to Facebook.

The London Look isn’t just one look. It’s an attitude that embraces originality and isn’t afraid to experiment with whatever look you desire. With the range of 24 shades, Stay Glossy Lipgloss from Rimmel London gives you the freedom to mix and match endless colour combinations for any occasion. Free yourself from the beauty norms and learn more about the endless possibilities of London Looks at Facebook.com/RimmelLondonUS.

Disclosure: I have been compensated by Coty US LLC (Rimmel London US) for making these statements regarding its products.