Black and White Striped Tunic

ootd striped tunic topIsn’t it funny how sometimes our outfits can go in stages? Sure, we all have certain pieces that we gravitate towards and trends that we like to follow, but don’t you sometimes just find yourself reaching for the same thing over and over again, even though your closet is full of other clothes? I know I definitely experience that and this black and white striped tunic is my latest obsession.

ootd black and white striped tunic top from targetI got this striped tunic along with a couple of other colors for Christmas and I’ve seriously been wearing one every single day. They’re so easy to wear with skinny jeans or leggings and they also make great layering pieces. I’ve been trying to mix it up with accessories so that it doesn’t look like I’m wearing the same outfit in different colors on repeat, even though I actually am.

ootd striped tunic topFor this look, I added a leather jacket and some oversized black sunglasses because I thought they made me look really cool (ha!). I also wore one of my brightest pink lipsticks to add some color. I love the matte finish of this shade, it makes the color really look vibrant.

ootd black and white striped tunic topI got these skinny jeans for Christmas as well (they were actually such a great deal that I bought them and handed them to G to wrap up and give me) and I looove them, I wish I had bought several more pairs. They’re so soft and super comfortable and I love how they look.

ootd striped tunic topSeriously, look at that bright pink! I’ve been loving statement necklaces lately and this one that I got in my latest Rocksbox is so fun, the stones have a marble pattern on them. If you’d like to try a month of Rocksbox for free, just sign up here and use the code mollyandstaciexoxo. I’ve just been asking for a bunch of statement necklaces in my past few boxes, they instantly make any outfit look better!

ootd striped tunic topI think this is a really cute outfit (obviously, I’ve been wearing a variation of it every day). I love this striped tunic and the side slits make it really fun. It looks great with a statement necklace and skinny jeans and also layered with leggings and a sweater on lazy days. And you can’t forget a bright lip!

ootd striped tunic topStriped Tunic: Target (on sale!) // Leather Jacket: Target, similar here // Jeans: Elizabeth and James Debbie Jean, similar here and here // Booties: Ivanka Trump, similar here and here // Sunglasses: The Row, similar here // Necklace: Perry Street Leandra Statement Necklace from Rocksbox, similar here // Earrings: Kate Spade Rise and Shine Studs // Watch: Relic, similar here // Lipstick: Stila Bella // Nail Polish: Formula X

Do you go through outfit cycles?

-Molly

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Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense ClaysThe Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays is a new eye palette that contains six shadows with a unique formulation and a setting powder. These “clay” shadows are a mix between a cream and a powder and they have almost a wet, spongy feel to them. They are designed to be super pigmented and the included setting powder keeps them from wearing off or smudging throughout the day. This palette contains three matte and three metallic shades, all with intense color payoff. The neutral shades can be mixed and matched to create tons of different looks ranging from smudged, smoky eyes to sharp, graphic looks.

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense ClaysThe fun thing about the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays is all of the different ways the shadows can be applied. My favorite way to work with them is to use my finger to “stamp” the color onto my eyelid. The formula makes it so easy to pick up color and it transfers easily and is so pigmented that I don’t need to do much layering to get the color I want. You can also use a brush (like Laura Mercier’s Creme Eye Detail Brush or Smudge Brush) to create a quick, smudged look. It’s even fun to play around with different eyeliner shapes with the Laura Mercier Smoky Eyeliner Brush or Pointed Eyeliner Brush. Once your look is finished, use a fluffy brush (like Laura Mercier’s Ponytail Brush) to apply the Air-Light Setting Powder and lock your shadow in place. This also softens the look just a little bit so if you’re blending isn’t perfect, it will look fine once the setting powder is applied.

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays Swatches

Blackened Black Clay, Blackened Blue Clay, Blackened Brown Clay

There are three matte shades in the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays: Blackened Black Clay, Blackened Blue Clay, and Blackened Brown Clay. Blackened Black Clay is a soft black shade that can be used for a smoky eye or as an eyeliner. Blackened Blue Clay looks like a deep navy blue in the pan but is quite a bit brighter when swatched, which I like. Blackened Brown Clay is a deep brown that is a nice alternative to black and my favorite of the three matte shades. The clay texture of the shadows means there’s no fallout when applying them and they are easy to blend and layer without muddying the colors.

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays Swatches

Metallik Platinum, Metallik Pewter, Metallik Rust

In addition to the dark mattes, there are three lighter metallic shades in this palette: Metallik Platinum, Metallik Pewter, and Metallik Rust. Metallik Platinum is a really pretty taupe/silver shade that is perfect for layering over the other colors to brighten a look. Metallik Pewter is a blue-gray that pairs well with Blackened Blue Clay as well as the other neutrals in this palette. Metallik Rust is a gorgeous shimmery brown. I love the texture of these shadows and they are so fun to apply and wear. The shadows are soft and easily melt into my skin.

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays

Top Row: Blackened Black Clay, Blackened Blue Clay, Blackened Brown Clay. Bottom Row: Metallik Platinum, Metallik Pewter, Metallik Rust. Right: Air-Light Setting Powder.

Just by looking at the palette, you can tell that these studio-inspired shades are intense. I initially thought this would be a palette I would use a couple of times for this review and then throw in the back of my makeup drawer. The top three shades just look so dark and while the bottom three are more of what I’m used to, I thought this would be a palette I would have to supplement with other shadows. Luckily, that hasn’t been the case at all. In fact, I’m in love with this palette and I’ve been wearing it every single day since I got it. Yes, the top three colors are pretty dark but they are easy to blend out and layer with the metallic shades for an everyday look. The Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays is a great neutral palette and the Air-Light Setting Powder really does keep everything looking perfect all day. It is way more wearable than I initially thought and I’m having so much fun creating new eye looks every day.

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays LookThis is an example of an everyday look that I’ve been wearing. It’s pretty easy to just apply a color or two and be done with this palette but I really like playing around with a bunch of shades. I love the textured stamp technique of tapping the shadow on with my finger, it makes creating a look really quick and easy.

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays LookFor this look, I started by finger stamping Metallik Rust all over my lid and into my crease. Then I tapped Metallik Platinum onto the middle of my eyelid. I really like putting a bit of Metallik Platinum over all of the looks I’ve been creating- it just adds a bit of brightness and shine to my eyes. I used a flat eyeliner brush to apply Blackened Brown Clay as a liner on my top lid, then used the same brush to apply Metallik Platinum to my lower waterline and Metallik Rust as a bottom liner. I finished this look by using a fluffy brush to apply the Air-Light Setting Powder all over before adding mascara.

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays LookHere is an eye look with a little more color. I usually wear neutral eye looks but I also love color. This look uses Blackened Blue Clay to add a pop of blue and I also managed to find a way to make it a little less intense than how it looks in the pan.

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays LookI began by using a fluffy crease brush to add Blackened Blue Clay in my crease, outer corner, and along my lash line. I wasn’t sure how well the clay texture would blend but it worked just as well as any other shadow. This technique also added just a wash of color so my look didn’t turn out too dark. I like the ability to wash out these colors or layer them to get a deeper shade. Next I stamped Metallik Rust onto my lid and added just a dab of Metallik Platinum in the middle. Then I used a smudge brush to apply Metallik Rust as a lower eyeliner before applying the Air-Light Setting Powder.

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays LookFinally, I created a smoky eye because that is what the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays is really made for. I don’t do a lot of smoky eyes because I prefer to do lighter eyes with bright lips but it was so easy to create a smoky eye with this palette, I might just do it more often.

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays LookI used a fluffy crease brush to apply Blackened Brown Clay all over my lid, in the crease, and in the outer corner. I added a few layers to amp up the color a bit while still keeping it soft around the edges. I finger stamped Metallik Pewter all over my lid and dabbed Metallik Platinum over the top of that. Then I used a smudge brush to apply Blackened Black Clay as a liner on my top lid and Blackened Brown Clay as a lower eyeliner before applying the Air-Light Setting Powder.

Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense ClaysI am absolutely in love with the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays! It’s so easy to create a variety of looks and the neutral shades all pair really well with each other- there isn’t a single shade that feels like it’s out of place. I love the textured stamp technique of applying the shadows and the clay texture feels so nice. These shadows are all easy to blend and even the darker shades are wearable. The Air-Light Setting Powder works perfectly at locking in the shadows and making my look last all day. I definitely recommend the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays to anyone looking for a new neutral or smoky eye palette!

-Molly

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December Beauty Favorites

December Beauty FavoritesDecember is always such a fun month makeup-wise. It’s full of holidays and parties and lots of time off to play around and experiment. I usually use a lot of different beauty products and go through lots of glitter and red lipsticks. Last month, there were three products that I kept reaching for again and again even as I changed my look over and over. My three December beauty favorites were the Topshop Smoky Eye Palette in Enigma, the It’s Skin Prestige Creme D’Escargot BB Cream, and the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu.

Topshop Smoky Eye Palette in EnigmaI received the Topshop Smoky Eye Palette in Enigma in my fall RAN Bonus Box and I’m so glad I got the chance to try it out. These four neutral brown shades are so pretty and it’s easy to create a bunch of different looks with them, not just smoky eyes. I pretty much used this palette every day in December. The shadows are super easy to blend and layer and I love the mix of matte and shimmer finishes. The neutral colors are great for pairing with bright lipsticks, which I wore a lot of last month. I can see this easily being a palette that I hit pan on and it’s a great size for travel.

Its Skin BB CreamI have quite a few half-empty foundations that I’ve been focusing on using up but I don’t particularly like any of them. Last month I decided to take a break and use up some of my BB cream samples instead and I’ve fallen in love all over again. I can’t believe I ever went back to regular foundations! Lately I’ve been using the It’s Skin Prestige Creme D’Escargot BB Cream. It gives me a great glow without feeling too heavy or looking cakey on my face and I love knowing that it has SPF and ingredients to help reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. I love the texture of this BB Cream- it’s a little more watery and not as thick as some and it blends easily and makes my skin look great and even. I’m almost out of this sample so I’ll have to buy more, I can’t go back to liquid foundations now.

NARS YuI love NARS lip pencils and the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu is no exception. This pencil is easy to apply and lasts all day, with only minimal touch-ups needed after eating. Yu is such a pretty bright pink shade that really brightens up my face and I love the shiny finish. This is one of my favorite bright pinks because it not only looks great but it also feels really comfortable on my lips. I started off the month wearing lots of red but quickly switched to this shade because it’s so much more fun. This is a great standout shade for parties and I love to wear it any other day for a quick pick-me-up.

December Beauty FavoritesMy December beauty favorites were all products that I loved and couldn’t stop wearing! The Topshop Smoky Eye Palette in Enigma is a great go-to palette for everyday. I love the four neutral shades and it’s easy to create a lot of different looks with them. The It’s Skin Prestige Creme D’Escargot BB Cream makes my skin look great and also has skincare benefits that make it look even better the more I use it. The NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu is a gorgeous bright pink that feels really comfortable and lasts all day.

What were your December beauty favorites?

-Molly

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New Year’s Eve Sparkle

OOTD New Year's Eve Black and SilverSince New Year’s Eve is tomorrow, I wanted to share some outfit inspiration for any parties you may be attending. New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite holidays to dress for because it requires so many sequins, crystals, and glitter- you can never have too much! It is a bit tricky to dress for though since cooler weather calls for lots of layers. I usually like to pick one statement piece and then wear dark, neutral layering pieces with it. This outfit is the perfect example. I get plenty of New Year’s Eve sparkle with my sequined top and then keep it simple with black jeans and a black jacket. The layers help me stay warm and the dark colors also make the silver sequins really pop!

OOTD New Year's EveI had a hard time narrowing down what to wear this year as I have way too many sequined pieces in my closet and I love them all! This silver sequined top really stood out next to everything else though. I love how dense the sequins are- when the light hits this top it throws sparkles everywhere. It’s cut like a t-shirt so it’s really comfortable to wear but still dressy enough for holiday parties.

OOTD New Year's EveI added a black blazer and some black skinny jeans so that the silver top would really stand out. I like how this look is dressy but casual at the same time. It has all of the New Year’s Eve sparkle that I could want plus it is really comfortable.

OOTD New Year's Eve Sequin TopFor some extra holiday sparkle, I also really like the comfy t-shirt-style sequin dresses here and here. This dress with its long sleeves would help you stay warm and this dress is perfect for layering with a sweater and tights. This pencil skirt would definitely make a statement and I love the beaded pattern on this one. If you want more of a cozy look, I think this skirt would look really pretty with a cream or gray cashmere sweater. I also love the sequin side stripes on these leggings for more of a subtle outfit or these silver and black ones for a flashier look. I especially love the different colors of these leggings and think they would look great with a flowy tunic and high heels.

OOTD New Year's Eve SparkleThis outfit wouldn’t be complete without my sparkliest statement necklace and earrings. These two pieces are really fun. The necklace is overloaded with crystals on top of crystals and the earrings are each made with a giant Swarovski crystal that catches the light and goes crazy.

OOTD New Year's Eve SparkleI couldn’t resist adding a vintage beaded clutch to really finish the look. And how cute are these black ballet flats? They have fun gold details on the bows and along the heel. If you want a bit more sparkle for your New Year’s Eve outfit, these pumps with their glitter heels are so fun. For a more casual outfit, I love these sequin sneakers and they’re such a great price right now. I also have to mention the Kate Spade glitter Keds because I love mine so much! I have them in gold (see here and here) and black but I also think the rose gold is really pretty.

OOTD New Year's EveSequin Top: Forever 21, similar here, here, and here // Blazer: LC Lauren Conrad, similar here // Jeans: Elizabeth and James Debbie Jean, similar here, here, and here // Black and Gold Ballet Flats: Forever 21 // Beaded Clutch: Vintage, similar here and here // Sunglasses: The Row, similar here // Necklace: Urban Gem from Rocksbox, similar here and here // Earrings: Kate Spade Rise and Shine Studs, also here // Watch: Relic, similar here // Lipstick: NARS Yu // Nail Polish: Formula X

What are you wearing for New Year’s Eve?

-Molly

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Holiday Outfit Details

Holiday Outfit DetailsThere are certain details I always like for my holiday looks. I like lots of sparkle (obviously) and a bright lip is always fun for going out. I love lace and I really like it paired with leather to toughen it up a bit. Layers are super important for me because I’m always cold and a great pair of boots or booties can instantly make a holiday outfit look finished. This holiday outfit is one of my favorites because it combines all of those details into one look without being too overdone.

Holiday Outfit DetailsI got this top a few years ago and it’s one of my favorites to wear during the holidays. It’s got a lot of fun details like a thin leather trim around the neckline and gold buttons that run up the back. The green color is gorgeous and the black eyelash lace is so soft and has a cute scalloped hem. I wear it a lot with skinny black pants or tucked into flared skirts.

Holiday Outfit DetailsThis holiday outfit called for some tights but it’s been fairly warm here so I didn’t want to bundle up too much. I love sheer black tights and the dot print on these is so much fun. I think they look great paired with the lace on my top and I thought these black suede booties really completed my outfit.

Holiday Outfit DetailsI always like wearing this sweater under cute tops like this. The peter pan collar looks great layered over the neckline of this top. I wanted some extra sparkle since this was a holiday outfit so I added my blingiest statement necklace and tucked it under the peter pan collar. I love gold during the holidays so I threw on my gold watch and some sparkly stud earrings as well. All of the gold really pops against the black and green.

Holiday Outfit DetailsI own quite a few leather skirts but I really like the full silhouette of this one. It helps soften up the look and makes the leather easier to wear plus I just love pleated skirts. It’s perfect for layering with tights and sweaters and looks really great with boots.

Holiday Outfit DetailsI thought about wearing red lipstick but I just wasn’t feeling it so I put on one of my brightest pinks instead. Bright lipstick is so fun to wear and I think it makes any holiday outfit look better.

Holiday Outfit DetailsTwo-Tone Eyelash Lace Top: Forever 21, love the lace tops here, here, here, here, and here // Sweater with Peter Pan Collar: Forever 21, love the collars here and here // Pleated Leather Skirt: Forever 21, similar here, here, and here // Dot Tights: Nordstrom // Black Suede Booties: Ivanka Trump, similar here and here // Sunglasses: The Row // Statement Necklace: Urban Gem from Rocksbox, similar here and here // Stud Earrings: Sophie Harper from Rocksbox, similar here and here // Gold Watch: Betsey Johnson, similar here // Lipstick: NARS Schiap // Nail Polish: Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad

What do you like to wear during the holidays?

-Molly

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