My 2016 New Year’s Makeup Look

There is something so glamorous about celebrating the New Year! It gives me a great excuse to pull out all of my favorite makeup products and create a dramatic look with that little extra something. This makeup look makes me feel beautiful and looks like I put hours into getting ready, but in reality it is very simple. Keep scrolling to see how I did it!


**If you follow my blog you might remember that I did a tutorial in my Falling for this Beauty Look post, but I did something different this time.

Face: I started with my face makeup instead of my eyes. I usually start with my eyes, because fallout can occur. In this case, fallout isn’t the enemy at all! I wanted this look to be filled with lots of shimmer and I really wanted my eyes to pop, so if some sparkles from my eyes fell onto my already finished cheeks, it would have just added to the look.


  1. I first applied a small amount of Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer as a primer for my eyelids. Doing this will allow for my shadow to stay on longer.
  2. I then got out my favorite eye shadow palette by Mac Cosmetics EYE SHADOW X15: WARM NEUTRAL
    1. Using a MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush, the first thing I did was apply and blend the color Saddle into my crease. I use this color to add dimension to my eyes, as well as a transition color.
    2. I Then packed on Amber Lights all over my lid using a MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush.
    3. I added the color Unwind in a “>” shape to the outer corner of my eye using the MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, and then blended that in using the MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush.
    4. Once Unwind was blended, I used the same technique to blend in the color Dance in the Dark.
    5. I took my MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush to once again blend everything together so there were no harsh lines.
    6. To finish the eye lookI used the MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush to add the color Lemon Tart to my brow bone to create a highlight effect to my eyes. Also using the color Lemon Tart, I blended that into Saddle to create a seamless finished look.


  1. I lined my lips with a MAC 316 Lip Brush using the MAC Lipstick color Russian Red.
  2. One my lips were lined, I applied MAC Lipstick in the color Russian Red all over my lips.
Don’t forget to take a look at the outfit that goes along with this makeup look! My 2016 New Year’s Outfit. I’d love to see your makeup looks! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace if you try this look for yourself, or if you want to show off your favorite glam beauty routine!


2016 New Year’s Resolutions

New Years Resolution 2016

Happy New Year Lovelies! I hope that these first days have been off to a great start. New Year means new resolutions, and I wanted to share mine with all of you. Maybe you will even be inspired and follow them yourselves. Share yours with me! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace. Also, I love reading your comments, so please leave some below!

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Throwback Thursday: London Lookbook

Happy Throwback Thursday everyone! A little over a year ago, I was in London visiting my older sister Jordie, who was studying abroad for the fall semester. Considering London is always very fashion forward, I decided to pull out some of my best looks. I put together this London Lookbook video. Who knew a year could go by so fast? I hope you all enjoy! I want to see some of your #tbt looks. Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace.

*Due to the fact that these looks were put together about a year ago, I couldn’t find  exact items to show you, but I put together similar ones — don’t forget to check it out  below! Shop Exact & Similar Items:

Nighttime Skin Routine

img_1403_23414390650_o-2 copy img_1409_23627566481_o-2 img_1413_23710060855_o-2 img_1478_23710089535_o-2To be honest, when it comes to my nighttime skin routine I am fairly low maintenance. I use the essentials, and that seems to work for me. Everyone has different skin, so finding the right products is all about trial and error, but I figured I would share my nighttime routine with anyone who is curious. Don’t forget to tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace to show me what nighttime beauty products you personally love!

  1. I always start by removing my makeup. I use Sephora’s Triple Action Cleansing Water and 1 or 2 cotton pads.
  2. I then use the  Burt’s Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser, which I am especially loving in the winter, because my skin tends to get a bit dry and this formula is cream based and extremely moisturizing.
  3. The Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick is amazing! It has a nice smell to it, it doesn’t leave a greasy residue, and it works! I apply this to any problem spots that I am having.
  4. I finish everything off by applying a nice layer of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. Unlike most moisturizers, this hydrates your skin without it feeling greasy, due to the gel based formula. This product is also great when it comes to dry skin because it’s filled with vitamins and water. Since this formula is in gel form and has hylauranic acid, it leaves your skin feeling cool and hydrated.

Sketch of the Month: December

Dress1A bit of a different post today. I decided I wanted to share with you something that truly brings me joy in life: Fashion. Specifically the first step in creating a beautiful garment, which is the sketching process. My sketches are like pieces of art to me, and I personally take a lot of time in perfecting them. I hope you all enjoy, and I would love to see and hear about your hobbies that bring you happiness in life! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace.

Roaming Through the City of Chicago

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Jeans: Topshop / Boots: Topshop / Jacket: Free People / Top: Free People / Necklace: Zara / Bag: Celine

I’m not usually one to wear a long necklace, but as soon as I saw this one in Zara I had to have it. For this outfit, I decided to style it so it would showcase this piece. I wore a neutral colored top and a leather jacket with brass detailing, to match the brass colored necklace. Due to the coloring of the necklace, I opted for army green jeans opposed to black. This creates a more subtle feel to the outfit, but still has a bit of an edge to it. Black booties go with almost everything… but worked especially well with this look because it tied in the jacket without taking away from anything else or adding unnecessary details. I want to see what you wear when you roam around your city! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace.

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Taste of Chicago: Hash House a Go Go

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Hash House a Go Go is the perfect spot for brunch. They have delicious drinks, food, and a great atmosphere. I recommend that if you go, go with an empty stomach, because the portion sizes are huge! There are three Hash House a Go Go Locations, so if you have a chance to go — I highly recommend it! My favorite item to order is the ‘Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles’. I would love to see your picture when you go! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace.

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1 White Tee 5 Different Ways


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One basic white tee can take you a long way in the fashion world. Add a jacket, accessories, or change the shoes and pants and you have a completely new look. You can even change a look just by how your hair looks. The ways to style a white tee are endless, but here are some beginner inspiration ideas. I hope to see some of your basic white tee inspired looks! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace.

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What to Wear — Thanksgiving Edition Featuring: Free People

What to Wear -- Thanksgiving Edition

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Any procrastinators or indecisive people out there? This post is for you! If you are like me, then you have already chosen about 5 different outfits to wear for Thanksgiving Dinner. Out of those 5, you probably won’t end up wearing any of them, and instead opt for something that you pick out five minutes before people arrive at your door. I have included some do’s and don’ts when it comes to picking out that perfect Thanksgiving outfit. I would love to see your Thanksgiving fashion looks. Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace. Enjoy.

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Autumn Wishlist

Autumn Wishlist Featuring Zara

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Autumn has finally arrived, and my excitement is at an all-time high! Due to growing up in sunny Arizona, I have never truly experienced Fall weather, let alone been able to comfortably wear basic Fall attire. (If I tried, I would have to come home and immediately jump into a cold shower to cool off!) Lately, Zara has been one of my go-to stores, because the options of clothing, trends, and styles are endless. I have put together what items I would enjoy wearing this fall, including some items that would ultimately have to be layered as it gets colder and Winter starts creeping up. I must admit… I don’t know what’s in store for this season, but I hope this Autumn is filled with nothing but the best!

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