Year of the GAGA

16 Sep


Unless you have been living under a rock somewhere you know Lady Gaga swept the 2010 MTV VMA awards with a whopping 13 nominations and 8 “moon men”. Now, I’m not an avid Lady Gaga fan, but I can appreciate the essence that is Gaga. The Telephone video ft. Beyonce pretty much made me a (somewhat) believer. The hair, makeup, and costumes were RIDICULOUS!!! My fav Lady Gaga moment by far. Enjoy : )


La Dolce Vita

1 Sep

Beauty. It’s everywhere around us. It can be blatantly conspicuous, or so subtle one can barely detect it. It’s not exactly tangible, yet one can feel it.  Our society is so obsessed with physical beauty, that we don’t often take time  to enjoy what is truly beautiful: life. We spend so much time in the mirror staring at our “imperfections” that we don’t realize that we are perfectly human and humanity is beautiful.  Our imperfections, physical or otherwise give us character. They make us uniquely individual. Life is not always easy, but perservering through hardship, learning valuable life lessons along the way make the struggle beautiful. Our life is our own and should not be compared with another. Everyone’s path is different and cannot be duplicated. Life is wasted when it’s spent trying to be something it’s not.  It’s wasted when its spent trying not to make mistakes. Mistakes are beautiful. They show us that we are indeed living our life and not letting it idly pass us by.  Embrace life and I guarantee it will yield La Dolce Vita.


30 Aug

So I’m up thinking about what I should blog about about today and I stumbled across this:

Rachel Frigging Zoe *die*  I LOVE her. No really. Like LOVE her. She needs no introduction. For those of you who are fashion obsessed,  you already know that she is a legendary and phenomenal stylist, who has styled many A-list actresses,  like Jennifer Garner, Joy Bryant, and Cameron Diaz  to name a few. Click above picture for a complete bio.  Right now we are in the midst of a new season (season 3)  of The Rachel Zoe Project ( which airs on Bravo Tues @ 10/9 c ) and if you are like me, and missed the first couple episodes, never fear!!!!! You can watch full epidsodes on *applause* Bananas.  Also check out her website:  You won’t be disappointed : )

Te Amo: Don’t it mean I love you???

27 Aug

So as you may be able to tell, The Makeup Aficionado LOVES LOVES LOVES fall makeup!!!!!!!  Rihanna’s video Te Amo embodies everything that is fall fashion, from the beautiful rich lips, sultry smokey eyes, strong brows, to decadence in general.  It’s victorian feel intrigued me and after watching it for the 3rd time in a row, I knew I had to share it with my readers. Enjoy the wonderfulness that is Te Amo!

Introducing: James Kaliardos-Makeup Artist

26 Aug


James Kaliardos with the legendary Linda Evangelista

Click pic to see bio >>>>>>

Diane Von Furstenberg 2010

Plum smokey eye


Blowing Smoke

25 Aug

 The smokey eye has been a classic staple for decades and this fall is no exception. But with a twist! Instead of just using classic smokey colors (black, gray, brown) try using jewel tones…….



paired with wine colored lips (another fall staple)……….

or with the classic nude lip……….

Whatever your fancy, there is a smokey eye look for you ; )

It’s Fall Snitches!!!!!!!

24 Aug

It’s that time of year again, when the days start to get shorter, the air starts to get a little cooler, and the patter of  little feet fill the schools again. Yes, it’s that time indeed, FALL FASHION time!!!! Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE summer. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. But NOTHING is better than fall fashion. Everyone knows it. The magazines are twice as big, chock full of wonderful delights. They’re filled with boots, bags, jackets, sweaters, DENIM, coats, AND how to wear them fashionably. And of course we can’t forget about all the fall beauty trends! This week The Beauty Aficionado is dedicating the whole week to fall fashion and its trends *swoon* Here is a little preview in what’s in the “now”. In the words of Rachel Zoe, ” I die”. Enjoy!

Armani 2010

Lanvin 2010-2011 Fall Campaign


Prada 2010-2011

Alexander McQueen (R.I.P)



20 Aug

Fire. Literal. Fire. Hope you guys enjoy this video as much as I do! Note the gorgeous red lip *hint, hint* See I told you! Cop her latest self-titled cd “Maya” on

Kiss my (red) lips

19 Aug

As you all know fall is fastly approaching and you know what that means….FALL BEAUTY TRENDS!!!!! The red lip is IN and it is smokin’ HOT!!!! From different shades to different textures (i.e glossy, matte, etc.)the red lip is all the rage down the runways and featured in all the major magazines. As you all get to know me, you will find that I’m a major Rih-Rih fan  and that’s basically all she wears:

which is definitely ok by me!!!!! And ladies just as a tip….to keep your red lipstick, well, on your lips, fill in entire lip with a similar red liner and then apply lipstick. Also if you want to play with the shade, try layering a fuschia gloss over your red lip and watch it pop!! Happy kissing!!! *MUAH*