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urban decay makeup giveaway

happy friday! as we continue to celebrate One Year at the gold curve, I decided to host a makeup giveaway. I mean, what’s a celebration without prizes? so I teamed up with my favorite NYC makeup artist, Tedrick Lamar. Tedrick has chosen a few of his “go to” Urban Decay products, and we’re giving them to you!

here’s what Tedrick has to say about the giveaway products:

the Anti- Aging Eye Primer is my favorite. It has a slight luminous finish that helps brighten the eye and everyone can use a little anti aging!

the Naked3 Palette is my absolute go to product, especially for brides! plus blush colors tend to look great on everyone. you can still create soft girly looks as well as sexy seductive smokey eyes.

the Revolution Lipstick. provides full body color, and a creamy finish. basically it’s the perfect lipstick. you can wear full on or pat it on with finger or lip brush for a more stained lip look.

to enter:

• follow @thegoldcurve on Instagram
• on Instagram, tag a friend to the “Urban Decay Makeup Giveaway post.” ( there is no limit to the amount of friends you can tag)
• the friend you tag, must follow the gold curve on Instagram

rules:

• contest ends Sunday, October 25th at 11:59pm EST
• winners will be announced on Monday, October 26th
• 2 winners will be chosen, the original friend, and the person tagged
• Products will only be shipped within the US
• Winners will be chosen at random
 

have an amazing friday, and good luck!

 

baby, I’ve got the blues…

as promised, in honor of our 1 year anniversary, I reached out to my favorite bloggers for their expertise in their creative field. all the way from DC, providing us with beauty tips for the new season. first up… jennifer, of the amazing beauty en masse!

 

about jen: hailing from the district of columbia. government relations professional by day, avid consumer of beauty products by night. living on purpose. beautifying every part of life.

is anyone else completely distraught that summer is over?? school is back in session, everyone has returned to work full-time, traffic is crazy, and long gone are the days of what seemed to be an endless vacation, filled with fun and sun. sad = me, but that’s not the reason why I’ve got the blues. I’ve fallen dangerously in love with blue eyeliner, most obsessively, with midnight blue hues. This shade pairs perfectly with my “Pretty Brown Eyes” (queue mint condition)…

while applying contrasting shades is not a new phenomenon, it’s a totally new practice for me. Check out Rihanna back in 2008, rocking a bit of blue. take note of that brown eyed-glow!

Rihanna. 29 March 2008 - Westwood, California. Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa Press. (') Copyright 2008 by Giulio Marcocchi./kids_gm.093/0803301228 (Newscom TagID: sipaphotos996982) [Photo via Newscom]

(souce: news.com)

they say it takes at least 21 days to form a habit well, “viola!”, I’ve formed an addiction. I will make it my personal mission to find the best blue eyeliners in the market. I’ve chucked up the deuces to all of my black eyeliners, opting for a color that adds a little more “character” to my lids. my new blue boo is Le Truth!

now, you don’t have to be as drastic as me and toss out all of your fav black eyeliners in one fell swoop, or be willing to go to the ends of the earth to find the latest and the greatest, but I would encourage all of you brown-eyed dominants out there to open your eyes (pun-intended) to something new.

Brown eyes have natural light flecks that become on FLEEK when you apply a beautiful bold blue hue. blue is less severe than black liner, yet achieves the same sexy sultry effect. blue eyeliner doesn’t give you that hard look, like black, but is still sharp. the more you play around with the intensity of the liner the more looks you can achieve like creating those expressive looks, a smoky eye, or making the whitest parts of your eyes, even whiter…the list goes on.

brown eyes are the most common eye color in the world; make yours unique by playing in a little color. personally, I prefer midnight blues, but when I’m feeling frisky I go for a blue with a little shimmer.

Here are few of my favorite blue eyeliners:

the pictures above do the colors no justice. these are the must see/try on in-person type.

embrace the blues, baby…it’s the new black.

oh and if you’re saying to yourself, “I’m not spending that kind of money on eye-liner!”, you should change your thinking, after all you’re worth it.

special love to tisa on the 1 year anniversary of The Gold Curve. it takes a special type of magic to tap into your passion and share it with the world. happy birthday TGC, keep up the great work!

on that note, I’d like to express even bigger THANKS to tisa for allowing me, a novice “blogger”, some shine on her site. I am a beauty enthusiast [product and tool-obsessed junkie] and have been craving a creative outlet to showcase my thoughts and experiences in the beauty world for quite some time.  

so, recently, I decided to invest in my vision and created BeautyEnMasse—a source of inspiration for all things beauty. beauty en masse will feature a range of content from product reviews, the latest trends in the beauty industry, to health and wellness tips, as well as my personal commentary on how to be your best BEAUTIFUL self. we will cover it all. the site is set to launch this fall, so stay tuned…

Xo,

Jen

 

bye summer…

is summer really over? ahhhhh… welp, cheers to an amazing summer! what I am not looking forward to, is the last days of using my favorite summer products.

 

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SHU UEMURA essence absolue nourishing body oil: promoted to nourish dry skin… I don’t know about that, but the smell alone has me hooked. my go to product for sun bathing, leaves me glowing every time.

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AVEDA be curly intensive detangling masque: Ever since AVEDA discontinued their BEST product (elixir) for curly hair, I’ve been waiting for the release of the next greatest thing. finally, the wait is over. the be curly masque softens, and detangles, leaving curls perfect. I rarely wear my hair curly, mainly because its too short, but this product might have your girl rockin curls a little more before summer is over.

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I know, I know, I should have told you about these earlier, sorry. but, you still have time to give them a try. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

do you have any summer products you’re not happy to give up?

díner en blanc… philly

thursday, august 20th

navy yard, philadelphia

greek goddess inspired

greek goddess inspired

a 25 minute walk, all white. table on my back, chairs on cort’s arms. pulling a wagon filled with food. to a secret location. ohhh, and let’s not forget the scattered thunderstorms… on this day, this was the norm for over 4000 people.

a pop up dinner, at a secret location, where everyone is dressed in white. le díner en blanc is a 27 year old tradition, started in paris. in the beginning, this magical night used word of mouth only to gain attendees. today there are 30,000+ people on the wait list. today prospects rely on social media to find an “in” to this once a year chic picnic.

3 things that went WRONG on the day of díner en blanc;

scattered thunderstorms in philly

me and the bff forgot our plates at home

we didn’t have enough wine

 

welcome to the NAVY YARD

welcome to the Philadelphia NAVY YARD

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table setting... minus the plates we forgot at home

table setting… minus the plates we forgot at home

 

place card

place card

my experience:

at first glance, seeing pictures on social media of this event where hundreds of people are all dressed in white is beautiful. immediately, I wanted to attend the next event. but, what I didn’t know was the process. I’m still unsure of how to obtain tickets other than your name being drawn in a lottery. after the bff told me we had been chosen, i was so excited. until the next day, when we received an email from Tracy the “table leader” explaining how things work. after reading the email… the game changed. you have to bring everything… literally everything. a table, chairs, place setting, food, table props, champagne, wine. uhmm wtf? the bff estimated that we spent $500 on this night. “bish where?”

 

first, we met up with our group (table mates) and then walked to a surprise destination. so, for us, it was a 25 minute walk, in the rain, in 80 degree weather, plastic ponchos sticking to our skin, and sweating out our hair. but, when we strolled up to the navy yard, it all seemed worth the trouble.

thousands of people lugging tables and chairs, pile into the navy yard, and begin to setup their tables. out comes the tablecloths, fine china, candelabras, wine glasses, champagne flutes, fresh flowers… I mean the works. but remember, it’s still raining. I look around, everyone seems to be content with the rain. ok, then I’ll act like its a beautiful spring day too.

everyone begins to wave their white cloth napkins in the air, a sign that all tables are set up, and dinner can begin. but don’t forget… it’s STILL raining, and the bff realized she lost her phone, so she is O.V.E.R. it. however… the show must go on. pour a glass of wine and worry about it in the morning.

after the 2nd glass of wine is when we gave in to the rain. at that point the only problem I had with the rain was how it diluted my wine. so what, we have on white dresses and it’s pouring, so what, the rain and humidity turned our hair into afros. so whattttt, we ran around barefoot on wet grass and dirt. after we stopped complaining, and LIVED LIFE… we understood how magical díner en blanc is.

and then… the rain stopped!

 

pink kisses and baby's breath

pink kisses and baby’s breath

the bff and I... drunk.

still glowing with the bff

 

photo bombed.

blurred & photo bombed

obsessed with the birdcage

obsessed with the birdcage

and in the end… I would do it all over again.

big shout out to my bff for putting this all together, you da best!

 

 

how was díner en blanc in your city?!

drugstore game changers

 

great products are not limited to high end retailers, they can be found in your neighborhood drugstore. concealer, mascara, makeup brushes, lipstick… it’s all there. and the best part, you can get it all for a reasonable price.

this week I’ll be teaming up with 2 of my favorite bloggers… camille and kelly, and launching our beauty giveaway. For more details on our beauty giveaway, and to see how you can win amazing products… KEEP READING!

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1.  MAYBELLINE great lash mascara: neverrrrr clumps, no matter how many coats I apply.

2. NYX matte lipstick: any matte lipstick I use has to be long lasting, and NEVER too dry. I can’t have crusty, cracked lips. (but a way to avoid dry lips… use burt’s bees lip balm as a lip primer)

3. O! WOW makeup brush: my newest addiction! use less makeup, and blend effortlessly.

4. NYX wonder stick: I used this stick when I learned to contour. one side is for highlighting, and the other side for contouring.

5. ALMAY brown defining pencil: easy glide on for a natural eyebrow.

oh wow

want to win this life changing makeup brush? it’s simple & fun… get started today for your chance to win!

How to enter the #PhillyChicksBloggerPicks giveaway:

 

1. post your favorite beauty product on Instagram

2. tag 3 Instagram accounts (@akelectivemuse, @jealousyreigns, and @thegoldcurve)

3. include the hashtag #PhillyChicksBloggerPicks in your photo caption

4. lastly… follow all 3 Instagram accounts! (@akelectivemuse, @jealousyreigns, and @thegoldcurve)

to see other amazing products included in our beauty giveaway, check out kelly & camille’s blog!

 

*One winner will be chosen, and announced on Monday, August 24th. All entries must be posted by Sunday, August 23rd, 11:59 pm EST. Prizes will be shipped to US residents only.

Good luck!

 

the “new” makeup brush

artis

 

i love to get lost on Instagram. clicking random IGers pages, finding random products, stumbling across new music… I LOVE IT! a few months ago, I came across an interesting makeup brush collection by ARTIS.

the evolution of the makeup brush is how I would describe the ARTIS collection. a long curved handle that allows for an easier self application.

3 reasons I am OBSESSED with ARTIS: 

• the linear 1 brush is very narrow, making my brow application flawless

• the cosmefibre technology makes makeup blending easy as pie

• the curved handle on each brush fits perfectly in my hand for better control

 

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great for contouring… but, I’m still trying to perfect that craft

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summertime rompin’ 

  

practice self love and respect… cleanliness is next to holiness

  

  shoes: burlington coat factory

pocketbook: urban outfitters vintage

sunglasses: asos

denim shirt: borrowed from my boyfriend

stoop chillin

i love my neighborhood

romper: thrifted (from Ltrain vintage)  

necklace: urban outfitters

what are your thoughts on my summertime romper? yay or nay? what is your favorite summertime outfit?

contouring 101

 

one makeup technique that I have to learn and master before the summer is out is contouring. For the most part applying makeup comes naturally, but for some reason, my inner drag queen skills will not reveal themselves when it comes to contouring. So, enough clown face, and an overly contoured forehead. I’m now seeking the help of well known NYC based makeup artist, Tedrick Lamar.

 

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• so what’s his key to success you wonder? •

first, understand the different types of contouring, and what works for you. day time vs. night time makeup application. also, understanding the product you should use depending on your skin type. And remember, it’s easier to add than subtract. so, start small.

 

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small contour brush & angled brush is needed

• how do I know what shades of foundation/concealer to use? •

use 2 shades of foundation. one a shade lighter, for highlighting, and the other for contouring, 3 -4 shades darker.

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contouring Kit… my new best friend.

• But really, is contouring even for me? •

anyone can contour. the key is knowing your face shape. everyone has different needs, and understanding  your needs will make the process easier. before you start, use your fingers to feel for the hollow areas of your face, don’t be shy, get to know your bone structure.

 

face forward kevyn aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin: Making Faces Book

 

 

• what about the beauty blender, it’s my favorite makeup applying tool? •

I love the beauty blender, it’s the easiest and best tool to use. I can paint an entire face with just the beauty blender if I wanted to.

 

contouring for beginners can be a little stressful, but practice is always the key. after a contouring workshop with tedrick, I feel confident as well as educated. below are 3 tricks I learned:

• beauty blenders are a gift from God (my next project will be learning more about the founders)

• start with small amounts of makeup and work your way to heavier amounts

• get to know your face, and know what works best for you

• practice makes perfect

 

 

3 days of lobster rolls

 

on my free time, I like to write yelp reviews. not those bougie posts that make you think you’re reading an article in bon appetit. I mean posts that are “REAL.” my posts have a little humor, the truth, and of course a little profanity. sorry. Follow this link to my yelp page, and enjoy full reviews of all of the restaurants listed below and more.

It’s been a great summer so far, I discovered my love for lobster rolls and It has taken over my life. So, for the love of blogging, I’ve decided to roam the streets of New York to find my favorite lobster roll.

First up… burger & lobster!

 

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burger & lobster

 

with only 3 items on the menu, everything has to be good, right? If you agree, you must try this place. I think I almost licked my fingers in public.

PRO: AMAZINGGGGG lobster roll. without a doubt, MY FAVORITE on this list!

CON: none, regarding the food… (check out my yelp review and see what I had to say about the service *shade*)

 

 

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luke’s lobster

 

located right under the Brooklyn Bridge, I figured if the lobster roll at Luke’s Lobster sucked, I would head to shake shack, or grimaldi’s which is around the corner. But, when I saw the line to order, I knew I was in for a treat. I tried the TASTE OF MAINE, 3 half rolls (shrimp, lobster, and crab roll)

PRO: that buttery, crispy roll

CON: too much oregano (but not a big deal)

 

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streets BK

street food, from around the world… this place was calling my name. so many great options on the menu, so for one of my meal options I had the lobster roll.

PRO: the citrus mayo that I dipped every fry in before eating

CON: the lobster roll (*more shade*)

 

Please feel free to add to my list… who makes the BEST lobster roll in your area?!

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