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Pantone Picks ‘Radiant Orchid’ as 2014’s color of the year

5 Dec

Move over Emerald Green, Pantone has officially announced the color of the year for 2014 and it’s a pretty shade of purlple: Radiant Orchid!


According to Pantone, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.

So how do you make the most of this shade next year? Lots of designers including Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi have already incorporated the hue into their Spring 2014 collections. Be seductive and pair it with red or keep it simple next to sister shades lavender, purple and pink.

Scared to try it? You don’t have to rock orchid from head to toe, feel free to use the it hue as an accent piece or a bold pop of color against neutrals and darker colors.

I’m personally VERY excited about this year’s hue since purple is my favorite color!! Can’t wait to share all my exciting new “radiant orchid” looks with you here!




Best Thing I Bought This Month: Every Drop Beauty Spatula

26 Nov

When it comes to beauty budgeting a penny saved is a penny earned and this adage doesn’t stop at the checkout counter – it applies to how how you use your goodies too.  I bought a lot of nice (discounted) goodies this month including a Clarisonic (more about that later!)  but none of them compare to this little gem – Every Drop Beauty Spatula.

Every-Drop-Beauty-SpatulaHow does this knickknack  help me save money? By making sure I use every. last. drop. of my products. Usually I’ll turn a shampoo bottle upside down to get maybe three more uses from it but I can take it a step further with the beauty spatula and scrape even the last three drops. Yes – all of three of them.


The spatula is tiny enough that it fits into almost any bottle with an opening. So yes – I’ve even scraped out the drops from those .5 oz perfumed lotion bottles I’m hesitant to let go! It’s got a long stem that reaches the bottom of all my bottles – even my value-sized conditioner. So what if I only paid $3 for a 16 oz conditioner – I’m still trying to make sure I get my money’s worth!!!

The Every Drop Spatula is available online and in stores from The Container Store for $4.99. Five bucks is a small amount to pay considering how much more use I’ll get out of all my expensive goodies!

2013 American Music Awards: Red Carpet Highlights

25 Nov

Last night’s American Music Awards looks were pretty underwhelming. Black and white proved to be the shades of choice and the key to a successful look seemed to be covered up with cut outs. Here’s a round-up of the looks worth talking about:

AMAs2013-Katy-PerryKaty Perry this look is just – no. A black dress with white polka dots interrupted by red and pink flowers? This looks like something you wore to the 8th grade prom and are embarrassed about when someone posts it as a Throwback Thursday pic. To add insult to injury her black and white polka dot nails match the dress.

AMAs2013-Christina-AguileraChristina Aguilera is a vast improvement from the look she sported at last year’s AMAs. The Voice judge stunned in a long sleeved white dress with a plunging V-neck and sheer triangular cut outs on the side.

NellyNelly has GOT to hire a stylist so he can start looking like he belongs. Just because you’re not accepting an award doesn’t mean you don’t have to try. In sneaks, a long sleeved graphic tee and are those leather pants? Nelly more like he’s ready to run to Target than perform at an awards show.

AMAs2013-Ariana-GrandeAriana Grande was one of the few starlets to embrace color in a Dolce and Gabbana gown. She looked great but it’s clear she’s still learning about red carpet style – and how to do her hair like an adult. Cute, but hopefully she gets it right next time.

CA: 2013 American Music Awards Red Carpet - ArrivalsLeave it to Lady Gaga to make the most dramatic red carpet entrances ever. The “Applause” singer donned a Versace gown and rode onto the carpet on a man-made horse.

AMAs2013-RihannaIt seems like most people didn’t really care about their appearance last night but least invested shockingly goes to Rihanna. The “What Now” singer is known for pulling off bold red carpet looks but maybe she got tired of the attention? Not only did Rihanna skip the red carpet but when she eventually showed up to the awards, she a black bra top with a high waist brief attached a sheer overlay that touched the floor. Her hair? Undone. Rihanna came with her hair wrapped up as though she’d just left the salon and was waiting till she had somewhere important to be before exposing a new ‘do. In case you’re wondering yes – she did get on stage to perform and accept both her awards without combing out her hair.

AMAs2013-Miley-Cyrus8Miley Cyrus showed up her most shocking red carpet look of the year –  a white pantsuit. We’ve gotten so accustomed to seeing her wear something bold and controversial but the singer chose a more conservative look for her red carpet arrival. Don’t worry – by the time she was ready to perform she shed the suit in favor of her more usual attire – a revealing two piece tankini set that seemed to be cut by the same people who made Baywatch uniforms. At least the cat print set was kind of cute?

AMAs2013-Taylor-SwiftBig winner Taylor Swift continued her style evolution in a dress by Julian McDonald. The singer went super short gold Julian McDonald dress with a sheer cut out and strappy gold sandals. Her simple straightened hair was the perfect complement to this look.

AMAs2013-Naya-RiveraTaylor Swift may have won the most awards but Naya Rivera was the REAL winner on the red carpet.  Her long-sleeved, floor length turtleneck gown with a train covered every inch of her body except the large cut out in the center showing the right amount of cleavage. Her jewels, if you even noticed them, were a nice simple addition to the look.

Check out more red carpet looks at the Living Fiesta Facebook page.

Best thing I bought this month: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

31 Oct

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”
― Gwyneth Paltrow

Ever since my new obsession with lipstick started I’ve been determined to find a red that works just for me.  Sure, Marc Jacobs gave me a great plum color but I still needed that classic red lip!

About three weeks ago I wandered into Sephora and aggressively started trying out lipsticks. I tried Sephora red – cute, but not for me. I also tested a few from NARS and a couple other brands but it wasn’t until I got to the Urban Decay section that I found my hue – Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-bomb.


It’s almost like the shade was calling me. When I tried on the others I had to stop, think about it, look at the one next to it, examine my look in the mirror. Tilt to the left, then right. Take selfies and look again all before deciding they wouldn’t work.  When I walked up to the Urban Decay display F-bomb just jumped out at me. I tried it on and immediately fell in love. Just to make sure I wasn’t delusional I walked up to someone else and before I could open my mouth to ask what she thought she said, “OMG, that red looks GREAT on you!”

I managed to walk out with the last one they had – talk about luck! Their Revolution lipsticks retail for $22 but since I had a $10 gift card I only had to pay the balance of $12 plus tax. Score!

So now I have my trendy plum shade, and a classic red. I should be all set as far as lipstick goes – for now at least ;).

Fiesta’s Finds: Neutrogena Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads

28 Oct

Sensitive skin sucks. I’ve spent literally hundreds of dollars trying out different formulas in search of something that won’t bother me,  which is why I’m especially happy when I find a mild products that’s affordable.

Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads Neutrogena, $7.99

Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Neutrogena, $7.99

Usually I use liquid eye makeup remover and a cotton round to take off my eye-makeup before cleansing the rest of my face. This method works, but depending on which remover I use my eyes might start to itch or just be covered in oil. Gross!

Neutrogena’s new Eye Makeup Remover Pads are super soft and easy on the eyes. They’re large enough that I can take off eyeshadow, liner and mascara  – yes, even the Marc Jacobs gel liner that’s so waterproof it NEVER moves – from both eyelids in just one pad!

I’m mostly happy that this is a drugstore brand. It’s always awesome to find products that agree with you but even better when it’s a product you can use coupons on!