BEAUTY: Dark Lip Trend

dark lipstick

One of the hottest trends of the season is sporting the dark lip trend. If you’re thinking about making a statement with your lips with a fresh swipe of dark lipstick, I thought I’d share some key points you need to know and do to make sure your lips are perfect. 

Get the Look

While burgundy lips may seem a bit bold and scary, they’re super easy to pull off.

  • START OUT SHEER // If you’re not into that deep of a lip, try a more sheer formula such as a balm or lip tint. Dior Addict Extreme in Black Tie is perfect, it’s lightweight, hydrating, and semi glossy. You can also opt for berry or wine shades which will look less severe.
  • COMPLIMENT YOUR SKINTONE // Fair skinned girls might want to opt for lighter shade such as a deep berry or plum. You’ll have less risk of looking goth and it’ll look a lot more wearable. This isn’t to say you can’t pull off a dark shade! Emma Stone, Kate Bosworth and Michelle Williams have all done it and I love a dark lip on pale skin. Medium and dark skin tones can get away with much deeper shades.
  •  KEEP THE REST OF YOUR MAKEUP SOFT // It’s usually best to pair burgundy lips with a clean eye so that you don’t risk looking overly made up or dramatic. Sweep a shimmery champagne eyeshadow across your lids and look for a similar shade of blush to keep the look semi monochromatic.
  • MASCARA IS YOUR BEST FRIEND // With burgundy lipstick, mascara is your best friend. If your eye makeup if soft, several coats of mascara helps to accentuate your eyes without looking over dramatic.
  • PREP YOUR LIPS // Dark lipstick accentuates dry lips so make sure to exfoliate and moisturize before applying your lipstick!

From sweet blackberry hues, to raspberry, burgundies and everything in between, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and play around with dark oxblood shades. 

with love,



HOW TO: iphone photography & favorite apps

picture perfect.

It has been said that the best camera is the one you have with you, and with all the running around these days, and always so many lovely things to capture while traipsing about, often the only camera on hand is my iphone, which have come to rely on more and more for so many things, but especially the camera; and since joining instagram some time ago, have been having the loveliest time sharing little glimpses here and there, of everyday life and so, thought it might be fun to share a few favorite apps along the way . . .



. . . normally only use two or three apps other than instagram, but sometimes I prefers to play around with a broader range, and so, a few of my favorites:

  1. accu camera : to steady shots
  2. over : for adding texts over images
  3. ps express : for cropping & rotating images
  4. snapspeed : a powerful app for selective photo edits & filters
  5. instagram : for filters & sharing
  6. pro hdr : for combining two of the same images to extend the dynamic range
  7. picfx : for filters & bokeh effects
  8. afterlight : for a large collection of amazing filters and effects
  9. pic frame : to split images into separate frames & create colleges
  10. toy slr : for creating focus & blur

rise filter

smores at Gyu-Kaku // apps used : instagram with rise filter

little black dress-picframe app

little black dress // apps used : instagram for filter & picframe for mirror effect

outfit-photography post

outfit of the day // apps used : picframe for triple effect & over for text

Photo Aug 25, 2 13 31 PM

ice cream cones // apps used : snapseed for filter & beautiful mess for text

Photo Sep 28, 10 19 03 PM

nude Steve Madden heels // apps used : picfx for heart effect & afterlight for filter

Photo Sep 28, 10 18 35 PM

iced latte from Urth Cafe // apps used: instagram for filter & picfx for heart effect

iOS new & updated features

  1. press the up volume button to take a photo
  2. access the camera from the lock screen by sliding up for control center and touching the camera icon
  3. when taking a picture, touch on the screen where you want the exposure and focus to be measured from
  4. turn on the grid from the options tab, which can help with composition and to keep your image straight
  5. use two fingers to pinch the screen to access the zoom feature
  6. when taking a photo, touch the three circles on the bottom right to display a range of filters

{images: all iphone photography by coveted allure on instagram}

COCKTAIL HOUR: stocking a home bar

bar cart.

If there’s one thing every good party needs, it’s a well-stocked bar. Having the right liquors, mixers and fresh ingredients can make the difference between a great cocktail party and a total bust, so it’s best to have the essentials handy before you even think about inviting guests over for drinks.

stock the necessities.

The first thing you need to consider is the liquor. Stock your favorites, but have some premium quality liquors on hand, including vodka, dark and light rum, bourbon, tequila, gin and orange liqueur. With these staples, you’ll be able to field almost any cocktail request.

And, when it comes time to purchase your liquors, remember that quality always trumps quantity.

wine and beer.

On average, you should have a white wine and a red wine, with champagne only for special occasions. Stick with a crisp chardonnay, and a Cabernet or Pinot Noir.

Keep two different types of beer in your bar. For parties, stocking a light and a regular beer is your best bet. Pick popular or common beers, such as Budweiser, Coors, Miller, Heineken, etc.

the mixers.

Before any party, you’ll want to stock up on basic mixers and any garnishes required for the cocktails you are planning to make. To keep things simple, you may want to offer your guests a few limited specialty cocktails as well as an assortment of basic drinks. Basic essentials include:

  • Club soda
  • Juice (orange, cranberry and pineapple)
  • Soft drinks (cola, lemon-lime and ginger ale)
  • Tonic water

To expand your repertoire of available cocktails, add:

  • More juices (tomato, grapefruit and lime)
  • Sour mix
  • Bitters
  • Grenadine
  • Simple syrup
  • Vermouth
  • Tabasco Sauce

Finally, consider including some spices and garnishes for any specific cocktails you want to make. These can include:

  • Fruit wedges (lemon, lime, orange)
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Olives
  • Whipped cream
  • Nutmeg
  • Coarse salt and super-fine sugar (for coating glass rims)

the barware.

Having a well stocked bar with alcohol and mixers really means nothing if you aren’t equipped with the right gear. The equipment needed to mix a cocktail is simple to master, and you don’t need a lot of it. These are the tools that are going to help you impress your guests:

  • Corkscrew
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Bottle opener
  • Jigger
  • Citus zester
  • Muddler
  • Bar spoon
  • Napkins
  • Straws
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Ice bucket and ice

Mr. Boston’s official bartenders guide it the ultimate recipe book. Keep this on hand so you’re never caught feeling like a rookie.

the glassware.

Since the shape and volume of the glass can affect the taste of a beverage, every type of drink deserves its own glass. Keep in mind you only need the basics:

  • Old Fashioned
  • Highball
  • Coupe
  • Martini
  • Wine

Stocking these tools, liquors and mixers for your bar will guarantee that you can cover almost any drink someone requests, as well as your own favorites. Set up your bar area in a corner of your kitchen or in a large cupboard so you can access it easily.


with love,