When Chi town and New York meet.

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This weekend was rather exciting! I had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with the amazingly talented Bee Harris, an LA based stylist from Chi town. Bee has gained a loyal fan base through her Instagram page (@_beeharris) for her unique sense of style. I think the best words to describe her style would be a combination of chill and trendy with a little bit of sass. Check out her page and see for yourself!

All of the looks in this post are styled and modeled by Bee Harris, Photography and Makeup art by Elena Lavache (me).


Look number 1: Casual night out in the town.


Natural fresh evening look

Makeup Details: Eyes- Coastal scents 252 Ultimate palette eye shadow colors, MAC cosmetics black track liner, False lashes from Revlon. Face- Revlon color stay foundation, NARS concealer for under the eye along with the T-zone, LA girl concealer for contour, and banana powder for setting. On her cheeks, Toofaced Beach Bunny custom blend bronzer. Eyebrows- Coastal scents eye shadow (deep brown), NYX cosmetics eyebrow pencil, MAC cosmetics studio fix concealer. Lips- Nude lipstick from MAC cosmetics.

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We had so much fun on Saturday that we decided to do another look on Sunday! This time around we shot during the day, so we had natural day light which really made a big difference in our photos. We found some random wall with posters all over it and it was the perfect background to compliment this look.

IMG_1690 (2)Look Number 2: Stay Weird. This look was very fun, edgy, cool and overall exciting to work on for the both of us. My personal favorite of the two looks!

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And now for the Makeup…

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Bold cat eye


Makeup Details: Same face products from the previous look. For cheeks: Coastal scents blush too palette (orange). Eyes: Toofaced eye shadow primer, liquid eyeliner, MAC cosmetics black track liner, 252 Ultimate eye shadow colors, and MAC cosmetics studio sculpt lash mascara, lashes from Revlon. Eyebrows: Same products from previous look. Lips: Meltcosmetics lipstick (bang bang) mixed with a taupe colored lipstick (unknown brand).

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Thank you so much for reading! This was different from my usual post but it was definitely an experience worth sharing. Bee and I plan to collaborate on more projects in the near future, so if you liked this one stay tuned, there will be more! xoxo- thiscraftychic

Sweet & …

IMG_5143Natural Curly hair, natural looking makeup and … freckles. Yup! I gave myself freckles. I adore women with freckles, its such a cute playful feature. I absolutely loved it! I felt super cute lol. (Freckles = cuteness). I was going for cute, nerdy, sassy. Yea, that’s about right!


Who doesn’t love glasses and pearls? Two of my favorite accessories ❤

About my makeup: Eyes- e.l.f  neutral eye shadow palette, Coastal Scents gel eyeliner in JAVA (also used for freckles), Urban Decay eye shadow primer potion and lashes (doll), Mac cosmetics studio sculpt lash mascara. Face- Revlon Color stay Foundation for combination/oily skin, Coastal Scents camouflage palette concealer and contour blush palette. Lips: Matteseelite lip liner in POPPY, Toofaced melted liquified long wear lipstick in melted nude, NYX butter gloss on top. Eyebrows- NYX auto eyebrow pencil in EP04 Brown.


I used a gradient here for a different effect.

For the second look below I added some black eye shadow (elf neutral eye shadow palette) onto the outer corner of my eyes along with Sephora creme lip stain in Red. At last I threw on my Red “LaLa” wig. And what’d ya know? A whole different look while pretty much keeping the same basic makeup on.


I love red hair!!! I had magenta two years ago and I felt so fun and vibrant everyday. After doing this shoot I may go back to my red. ❤

Lucy Ricardo lol

Lucy Ricardo lol

I had also changed my outfit along with the red hair look but I didn’t take a picture of the outfit. I really just wanted to show how you can play around with the same makeup look by adding and taking away from the original look as well as using props.


The background art is an original canvas painting that I had made a few years ago. So I photo-shopped myself into the art.

Background art painted by me.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed! xoxo -thiscraftychic ❤

Curly curls and lipstick

curl1Funky and dramatic makeup looks happen to be my favorite, however this is usually my go to look (minus the false lashes). I’m usually rushing to go somewhere so I don’t have the extra time to put into creating different looks like I would like to. I keep it simple on a daily basis because it works best for me in terms of wear-ability, maintenance, and time.  

What am I wearing? On my eyes I used Coastal Scents Ultimate 252 eye shadow palette. I chose to use both gold and white. I have on Urban Decay false lashes and Mac cosmetics black track eyeliner. On my eye brows I’m using Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow wiz. On my lips is a mixture of Mac cosmetics (Cyber) lipstick with Cailyn Art tinted lip gloss. As for my skin I’m using Smashbox 15 hour long wear foundation and Coastal Scents camouflage palette for concealer. I did a light contour using Coastal Scents Contour/Blush palette. All makeup was applied using brushes from Coastal Scents. 

Note: Coastal Scents is a great inexpensive company to purchase from when you are starting your makeup kit. The quality is pretty good and very pigmented allowing you to have a beautiful and long lasting look just like any high end product would give you.

115About my hair: My hair is naturally super curly and frizzy so I had used a leave in conditioner called Parnevu along with a small amount of coconut oil. I combed it throughout my hair while it was wet and let it air dry. Then I flipped my head over and shook it out a little and Voila! If you have me on Facebook or Instagram (@thiscraftychic) then you’ve probably already seen some of these photos before a few months back. I originally took these for this blog but I never posted it until now (Shame on me). I was a little shy about having myself model out these looks but I just stopped caring and decided to go through with it. After all you are your best product!

m1And here goes my last pose. This look was super simple as mentioned above. This works for both a good day and night time look. The overall look can be dressed up or down based on the color of lipstick. I originally did this look for the fall season which is why I chose warm tones on my entire face. I wanted the purple-ish color lip to give you that extra pop of fall like beautiful fall leaves. I was very satisfied with the outcome.

Side Note: My top is from H&M basics and my necklace hmm… I don’t know the brand but I purchased it for like $5 at a sample sale. (Major steal)

Thank you for reading! xoxo -thiscraftychic 🙂

Feeling Wiggy ;P

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This is my self experiment dress up shoot. Lately I’ve been feeling blue lips so this was my first attempt. Not bad for a first try right? Shoot, I like it. There wasn’t exactly a theme to this look, I just kinda grabbed items from my closet that I felt would coordinate.

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On my lips: Illamasqua colouring pencil -Eye crayon Yeux : (Debonair) on the outline and outer area of my lips. I used Nyx sky pink lipstick in the center and blended it out. (Note: Most of my photos were taken with my iPhone so yes I did do some color touch ups where it was needed, but the true color is in the first picture posted where the blue is a deeper tone.) On my eyes: My lids I used (topaz) from the Amrezy eye shadow palette and LBD under my eye. My eyeliner used was from Nicka K shimmer eyeliner in Blue. My natural lashes using Mac cosmetics studio sculpt mascara.  On my face: Smashbox foundation, Coastal Scents camouflage palette and contour blush palette . Eyebrows: Nyx auto eyebrow pencil in brown.

What am I wearing? Head piece from Forever21. Wig came from some store in downtown Manhattan. Necklace was from a sample sale so I’m not too sure of the brand. High rise shorts from American Apparel. Knee high boots are from Aldos.Processed with Moldiv

This was super fun. I will be posting more random dress up looks because it is a huge part of me and my everyday life and I had so much fun with it. I hope you enjoyed reading 🙂