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Splurge vs. Steal: Zipper Booties

Uma Zipper Booties by Balmain

They say imitation is the biggest form of flattery. And given the current state of my bank account, I'm fortunate that designers chose these Balmain 'Uma' Zipper Booties (above) to knock off. Of course, none of them have the exact je ne sais quoi of the Balmain boot, but at 80-90% less can you really complain?

Zipper Trim Ankle Boot at Forever 21

What? You didn't really think I'd leave you hanging without a few options to accessorize your Balmain zipper bootie knock-offs, did you? (Want to make your own? Check out this tutorial from Sally McGraw at Already Pretty!)

Spiral Zipper Necklace & Earrings
Cluster Zipper Necklace by Tai
Rosette Zip Bracelet by Ca-Cao
Gray Zipper Bracelet Anne van Dijk

Via Tren de la Cre'me



The Barbie & The Bosset???!!!!



Heidi Klum arrives for the Barbie Runway



Here is my MAC Barbie-inspired look that I have been wanting to do forever. The collection is not coming out until March over here in London so I just used whatever I got to try to copy the look. Hope you guys like it!


What I Used

* Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer in #3.5 on undereye circles
* MAC Melton Mauve eyeshadow as blush
* MAC Prep and Prime Eye in Light as a base
* MAC Metamorph eyeshadow on entire lid and lower eye
* MAC Melton Mauve eyeshadow from crease to brow bone
* MAC Pink Freeze eyeshadow to highlight
* mark eyeshadow in Tiki on crease
* Bourjois Glitter Eye Pencil in Black on upper lash line
* Bourjois Yes to Volume mascara in Black on lower lashes
* Eylure Ready to Wear lashes in #116 on upper lashes
* MAC Scanty lipstick



Makeup Artist Pat McGrath Paints Retro Perfection

Veteran makeup artist Pat McGrath's team added drama to the eye makeup by accenting the dark liner with a line of silvery irridescent color just beneath the thick liner on the outer edges of the eye. Some of the models' eyelids were accented with pearly white powder, while others wore dramatic violet hues to off-set their false lashes.


The models at yesterday's Christian Dior Haute Couture presentation looked much like Barbie did in her debut year, with their porcelain complexions and their carefully-painted cat-eyes. Their lips were beautifully painted in light pinks and daring '80s fuschias with just enough gloss. Retro dolls, for sure.
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I'm a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world... Neon makeup!

Listen, I am going to be totally honest with you. Up until I hit 30 (yep!) Miss Me's makeup routine consisted of: face lotion, lip gloss, and if I was feeling wild...black Cover Girl eyeliner along the inner rim of my eyes.
(Well, there was that brief stint in '91 with Revlon's Toast of New York lipstick, but ALL the girls in junior high were doing it, I swear!)

So, needless to say, my makeup advice is not coming at you with a wealth of experience behind it. But, I know what I like, I know what I want to try and I know what I think is beautiful. You can take these suggestions with that confession in mind.
Lets get into it with my favorite new makeup trend. Neon makeup! Wow, I really never, ever, never, ever thought that the neon craze would raise it's head again... I lived through the days of day-glow zinc oxide, I was happy to see it go. So imagine how surprised I was all these years later to find that I was happy to see it come back!

I just think it can look so pretty when you do this trend the right way. Like Eve in this photo above, who would have thought that electric blue eye makeup could look so fresh and light and pretty. You have to pick either the eyes or the lips and go heavy on that area, then go super light on the other. Because if you do both you will end up looking like this. And honestly who needs that? (Please check link, as I was so obviously NOT talking about Ri-Ri)

Do as the painfully, absurdly beautiful Rihanna does here with the prettiest of hot pink lipstick shades. She keeps it simple with clean black eye makeup and a light blush.

Another pretty pink pout on Alexis Bledel. This bright pink makes her eyes look SO blue!

Want to try out the super pink lip? Here are a few great choices.

Makeup Forever has this beautiful slick gloss, love all the colors but try Fuchsia, Bright Pink, Violet or Tangerine.

For a more opaque look, try this Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick. They have a new collection of 9 shades of pink, formulated with an innovative pink hybrid pigment. Yeah, I guess that means that this color goes on really pink, not watered down with any other colors. This is pure pink ultra smooth 8 hour wear lipstick.With all these beautiful shades of pink, you are sure to find your perfect match. Sounds like a win-win to me.

You could also try M.I.A's amazing 2 tone lipstick from the cover of Spin. So amazing!

Moving on to eyes, this is is the most adorable little Rainbow Bright pallet of eye shadows I have ever seen! I would buy this Pop Beauty Lid Neon, just to have it sit out on my bathroom counter... But maybe I should try and use it to achive something like this look from Gucci's Spring 2009 runway show.

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