Holiday Party Makeup (1920’s Themed)

My company holiday party is this Friday and the theme is Great Gatsby. It seems like holiday and New Years Eve parties really lend themselves to the 1920s. For my party, I will be rocking a sequin headdress from my friends at @imthemaryatx. Killian from @imthemaryatx was nice enough to do a demo of 1920’s makeup for my blog (pictured below). I’m still deciding on my exact makeup look but I’m excited for my headdress – it is PINK and FABULOUS!! Go check out their Instagram page and Etsy shop and show them some love, especially if you need something fun for your upcoming holiday and NYE parties!


This blog post is a little different and very special because my sister Emily (@atxhistoryclub) collaborated with me about the HISTORY of 1920’s MAKEUP  trends. She is a high school history teacher, just got her Masters, and JUST started her Instagram page. If you love history, or are like me – and you just want to know more about current events (with a side of sarcasm and wit) please go to her Instagram page and show her some love!! It was fun to combine my love of makeup and her love of history into one post in honor of my company’s upcoming Great Gatsby themed holiday party! Anyways, with her help – we researched the history of 1920s makeup trends.

So how do you replicate the 1920s look? Use a light foundation to make your skin as white as possible – they wanted their eyes and lips to pop. They applied blush in a circular motion to make their face look more rounded, instead of angular like we do today. No contouring in the 1920s! A big piece of the makeup look was a heavy smoky eye with liner, black and gray eye shadows, and thick lashes (even though they didn’t have falsies yet, you can cheat for dramatic effect!) They kept their eyebrows thin but drew them long, arching down the side of their eyes. Finally, the key to any 1920s look: a bright red lip. Companies even invented a metal lip tracer to get the perfect shape – they heavily emphasized their Cupid’s bow and actually left the sides of their lips unpainted to make their lips look like a circular pout.”

I’ll probably be doing a modified version of the 1920’s makeup look for my party on Friday. Are y’all going to any Great Gatsby/1920’s themed parties? If so, tag me in your makeup looks on Instagram! @katelovesmakeup1




If someone mentions a makeup product, and now you want to buy it – Google it first. For example: I really wanted to buy the eyeshadow Uninterrupted by MAC after Alexandrea Garza mentioned it in one of her YouTube videos. So, I Googled “MAC Uninterrupted vs” and saw that Bobbi Brown – Camel (an eyeshadow I already own) showed us as one of the options. I can’t tell you the number of times I have done this and found that I already own a dupe in my collection (especially for lipsticks!!). Do y’all have any other tips for saving money on makeup??




Hello! I am going to be updating this post as I find more sales, but here are the best makeup and beauty sales for Black Friday today: – 20% off NARS [TAKE20]

My favorite NARS products:

  • Nars Laguna Bronzer
  • Nars Blushes (Orgasm, Deep Throat, Amour, Torrid)
  • Nars Lipgloss in Chelsea Girls
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – $10 Beauty Deals (while supplies last) – 25% off TARTE [FRIDAY] *Excludes certain items

Here is what I picked up at the sale:

  • Tarte Airbrush Finish Foundation Brush
  • Tarte Shine Bright Statement Lash Essentials – 25% off STILA [25BFSALE]

My favorite STILA products:

  • Stila Liquid Lipstick in Patina
  • Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten – 20% off URBAN DECAY [CRUSHED]

My favorite URBAN DECAY products:

  • Urban Decay Naked 1 and Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palettes
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil (I am loving the shade Whiskey)
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (PLEASE buy this if you don’t already own it) – 20% off MORPHE [20BLACKFRIDAY]

My favorite MORPHE products:

  • Morphe 350 Eyeshadow Palette (sold out currently but the website says it will be restocked soon)
  • Morphe 35T Eyeshadow Palette – 20% off BECCA [FAMILY15]

My favorite BECCA products:

  • Opal Highlighter
  • Champagne Pop Highlighter
  • I really want to try the new under-eye brightener. Might have to pick it up! – $25 off $100 at MURAD [BLACK]

My favorite MURAD products:

  • Murad Clarifying Cleanser
  • Murad Oil Control Mattifier
  • Murad Acne Clearing Solution
  • Murad Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish – 50% off any item with purchase of TOO FACED Better Than Sex Mascara

My favorite TOO FACED products:

  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar and Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palettes
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick (Melted Chihuahua) – Free high Voltage Lipstick with purchase at NYX 

My favorite NYX products:

  • NYX Butter Glosses (Tiramisu and Creme Brûlée)
  • NYX Butter Lipstick
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil – 30% off Z PALETTE – 50% off OFRA COSMETICS [OFRA50]

I have been eyeing the OFRA Liquid Lipsticks in Miami Fever and Mocha – $10 for BENEFIT Majorette Blush [FREEBIES] – 25% off all MAC Holiday Sets – Free travel-size when you buy full-size LIVING PROOF 

I have been eyeing the Living Proof Dry Shampoo! – 50% off ELF [BEAUTIFUL]

My favorite ELF products:

  • ELF Contour Brush – 25% off SMASHBOX COSMETICS [HOLIDAY15] – 25% off ANASTASIA brow products 

My favorite ANASTASIA products:

  • Anastasia Brow Wiz
  • Anastasia Brow Gel – Free Take It With You Eye Trio with any $40 purchase at IT COSMETICS [11THX15TRIO]

Here is what I have on my wish-list from IT Cosmetics

  • IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder


Ok, let me start by saying this is by far the most expensive lip product I have ever purchased. My friend Lisa, who is a professional makeup artist and has her on Youtube channel – CHECK HER OUT! (@lisajmakeup) loves Tom Ford lipsticks. She said she saw this color in Nordstrom and thought it was one I would like – so I immediately ordered it online ($52). I told myself that if I didn’t love it I would return it.


PACKAGING: The packaging definitely looks and feels like you just spent $52 on a lipstick (thank goodness). I absolutely love it. It is super sleek and feels very heavy, which to me, feels expensive.

TEXTURE: Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I was hoping to either love or hate this product. I have to say that I do love it, but with a few reservations. This product was very gritty when I first applied it. If you have ever used the ELF Lip Exfoliator – it feels similar to that, just not AS gritty. This was super strange to me. However, as I have continued to use it – it doesn’t seem to be as gritty, (or I have just gotten used to it). I am not a huge fan of the texture but am hoping it continues to be less noticeable as I use it more.


COLOR: Lisa was right, this color is SO me, it is a darker”my lips but better” shade, which is my favorite type of lip color to wear. I think it looks really good with my brown hair and olive skin tone. One very unique thing about the color is that there is gold glitter in it. This sounds bad, and I have to admit that when I first applied it I had a “what the $&#*” moment but as I stepped back from the mirror I absolutely loved the effect. I was a little concerned that the color would wear off and I would be left with gold glitter on my lips but I have not experienced that so far.

WEAR TIME: I am really bad about commenting on wear time. I haven’t found ANY lip product that has impressed me with it’s wear time. For me, I try to only apply lip products if I’m not planning on eating or drinking anything anytime soon. Otherwise, I just don’t bother. This product seems to last a good while and it fades nicely. It also doesn’t settle into my fine lines. For that reason, I have been reaching for this product a lot.


BOTTOM LINE: I am happy that I purchased this lip product – I love the color and it was fun to splurge on a high-end makeup product. The color, with the gold glitter, is very unique in my opinion. The color alone, without the glitter effect, is very dupable. If you don’t have $52 to spend on a lipstick I don’t think this is a MUST have. Other than the high quality packaging, I don’t think there is anything about this product that makes it worthy of being so much more expensive than other lip products I own.



Welcome back! Make sure you check out my earlier blog post showing all my favorite face products. I will warn you right now, there was no way I could narrow down my favorite lip products or eyeshadow palettes so I will be creating separate posts on those.



EYESHADOW PRIMER: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots (in Painterly and Soft Ochre) ($22 for 0.17 oz) and the MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base ($22 for 0.5 oz). I absolutely love the consistency of the paint pots and they are great for neutralizing the natural color of your eye lid. It creates a great base for your eyeshadow and I really like the way that eyeshadows apply on top of these products. However, I recently discovered the MAC Eyeshadow Primer and it is incredible. The consistency is a little creamier and your eyeshadow literally does not budge. If you don’t need to neutralize the color of your eye lid and just want your eye makeup to last longer, I would highly recommend this product.

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FAVORITE HIGH-END MASCARA: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23 for 0.27 oz) – I tend to like small plastic wands so this wand scared me at first. The wand seems huge and messy at first but the results are incredible – great length AND volume.

FAVORITE DRUGSTORE MASCARA: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara ($6.99 – $8.99) – I LOVE wand on this mascara. Just like the Too Faced mascara this one gives you great length and volume.



FAVORITE EYELINER: Again, another category I had a hard time narrowing down. My personal preference is brown pencil liners:

  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Lionfish ($22 for 0.01 oz) – I use this one when I want a little more dramatic eye look as this one is the darkest of the 3 I am mentioning. It is super pigmented and creamy and lasts all day. The color is a deep brown/bronze and it is very easy to smudge this one out.
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brown(out) ($25 for 0.01 oz) – I honestly hated this product when I first tried it out. It was super glittery when I swatched it so I never wanted to use it. However, I am now in love. I love wearing it on my eyelid and on my lower lash line. It is lighter than the Stila color and more of a true brown.
  • MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Bountiful Brown ($16.50 for 0.04 oz) – I wish this pencil was self-sharpening like the Stila and Marc Jacobs eyeliners. For me, this product is not near as creamy or pigmented as the other 2. However, I LOVE using this product on my lower lash line when I am going for a more natural eye look but still want to define my eyes. This color is the lightest brown of the 3 and has a hint of gold/bronze to it as well.


FAVORITE EYEBROW PRODUCT: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21 for 0.003 oz). While I have found other products that achieve similar looks, I still keep going back to this eyebrow pencil. It goes on so smoothly and creates such a natural brow look. I also love the attached spooly.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Make sure to leave your thoughts on these products, or other products you would recommend in the comments.


I purchased the Sephora Purifying & Mattifying Mud Mask ($19 for 2.03 oz)  because I heard it was a dupe for my beloved Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask ($69 for 1.2 oz). I am sooo impressed with this mask and I actually prefer it to the Glam Glow.

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Pros: The reason I loved my Glam Glow is because my skin felt super clean afterwards and I loved being able to see the nasty gunk it was pulling out of my face (disgusting, I know). The Sephora mask does the exact same thing – I can see the gunk it is pulling out of my face and my skin feels super clean afterwards. It also makes my skin significantly less oily after I use it.

Cons: Once you apply this mask it definitely tingles and stings a tiny bit. It has a slight smell, I’m not sure how to describe it, but nothing too bad.

The Bottom Line: This mask is a steal for only $19, not to mention it is TWICE the size of the Glam Glow mask. I would highly recommend checking out this mask – I know I will continue to repurchase it!