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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Update: OOTD + Boyfriend

Hey everyone! Today, I'm just doing an OOTD and giving some updates. I've actually started packing for my trip, so I'm in the middle of that and I'm going out to lunch later today, so I have like no time. AHHH :/ Anyway, this is what I'm wearing today- to work and lunch. And before I forget: thank you so much for all of your requests! I know I've been falling behind on getting them posted, but trust me- I'm working as fast as I can to get everything done! Thank you so much for your support everyone!

So, here's my OOTD (NOTE: I give full credit to the original sources of these pictures. I do not in any way, shape, or form take credit for these pictures!):

Dress: - $35

Shoes: TOMS Shoes - $58

Ring: House of Harlow 1960 - $50

I love this outfit because it's so comfortable! The dress is one I ordered from Lulu's and it's super inexpensive, which is always a plus! At first, I was going to wear wedges with it, but then decided to go a bit more casual as I'm doing tons of walking today! So, I paired my TOMS with it. I love this pair of TOMS especially because it's a bit more dressed up with the crochet detail, but still remains true to the TOMS orginal design. To add a bit of style, I added a simple ring from Nicole Richie's line (which btw, I LOVE!!!). For makeup, just a simple NARS Orgasm blush on the cheek. Plus a little Benefit Hoola Bronzer to contour. On my lips, I used my MAC Surf, Baby! Lipstick in Naturally Eccentric. As you can see, today was not a very exciting makeup day :( However, when I go to North Carolina, I'll be doing more interesting looks and will definitely post them!

So, to get to my summer stuff... Today, I'm meeting with Bentley for lunch. Did I mention he's my new boyfriend? I try to keep my personal life pretty protected, but with all of the support you guys have offered me, I feel like I should tell you how much that means! We've been dating for a bit and since I work with him, we always hang out. He's so sweet and is halarious!! Like, no joke- he can make me laugh at any given second of the day! If you want to know more about him, I can do a boyfriend tag later on. Anyway, he's coming to North Carolina with me, so I'm like even more excited for my trip :) I, again, want to thank each and every one of you for your support! The winner of the give away will be announced on July 15th. Thanks for entering and remember: invite everyone you know to enter!

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Update: Huge Give Away!

Hey everyone! If you follow me on twitter or on facebook, you already know the news I'm about to share. So, I got a call last night from my boss telling me about this meeting that is happening in North Carolina. After telling me a lot about it, he asked me to also attend. The only bad part about this is that the day I was supposed to pick a winner is July 10th. On July 10th, I'll be on a plane (a long plane ride may I add, from North Carolina to Los Angeles...). Anyway, it would be very difficult for me to chose a winner not being on land, so I have decided to move the day I chose a winner to a later date. Instead of July 10th, I WILL CHOSE A GIVE AWAY WINNER ON JULY 15TH. It's only 5 days, so I hope everyone can just wait a little bit longer!

I seriously appreciate each and every one of you! I wish I could give every single one of you all of the makeup!

UPDATE FOR ENTERING: So I have decided to do a little referral thing. For every person you refer to this blog, you get entered an extra time. You must have them say somewhere- either via twitter, facebook, email, or here on the blog- that you referred them to my blog. If they say that, they will also be entered an extra time. It's a win-win situation! GET EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO ENTER BECAUSE IT WILL INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING! I hope everyone likes this addition! Let me know what you think!

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Haul with Hadley!

Hey everyone! So, I made a list of all of your requests :) For now, I'm just doing a simple haul post! I went shopping this week with my sister, Hadley, and well... take a look at how it went!

-- Alexia Admor Sequin Shift Dress [$298] I thought this was so cute and had to get it! It's a gorgeous color and the sequins are amazing :)

-- KORS Michael Kors Salinas Bootie [$112] This geometric design immediately caught my eye! I tried them on and fell in more love with them. I had trouble deciding between the black and the brown, but eventually just went with the black- my sister's suggestion.
-- LUSH Chai Spicy Shower Gel [$26.95] I LOVE Chai Tea, so when I saw this, I knew it was a match made in heaven! I haven't used it yet, but I cannot wait to try it out :)

-- Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder [$30] I just saw this and decided why not give it a try? I was in need of a finishing powder anyway, so I hope this one works!

-- La Mer Moisturizing Cream [$135] Yes, I know this is expensive! However, I've read amazing reviews on this and my best friend, Leighton, swears by it! Plus, it lasts a long time :)

So, that's the end of my haul! Let me know if you guys want to see what Hadley bought! If you have any requests, just ask me!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011


Hey everyone! I announced my give away yesterday, but didn't announce the give away rules or items. So, here they are!

--- You must be a subscriber of my blog. If you're not, just look to the right --> on the side bar and click Follow! Only followers are eligible to win.
--- You must have parental consent to participate in this give away if you are under age 18. (This is just so when I send you the package, your parents don't yell at you or me!)

These options are for those of you who REALLY want to win. Do any of the following and you will be entered multiple times to win!
--- If you comment on my blog posts, you will be entered to win again! So, the more comments you post, the better chances you have of winning! (Example: Suzie and Bob are both followers of my blog and enter the give away. Suzie comments 5 times, so she is entered 6 times to win the give away- once for being a follower and five for commenting- while Bob is only entered once.)
--- If you follow me on twitter, you will be entered to win again!
--- If you like the facebook page "Makeup By Serena", you will be entered to win again!
--- If you send me an email at and tell me why you should win, you could be entered up to an additional 5 times! (If your email is very convincing, you will be entered 5 more times. If it is not very convincing, you will only be entered 1 more time. Feel free to be as creative as you want! I will email you back saying how many additional times you have been entered!)

--- MAC Surf, Baby! Cheek Powder (valued at $28)
--- Sigma Premium Travel Kit Hot in Pink (valued at $59)
--- Stila Lip and Cheek Stain in Coconut Crush (valued at $24)
--- Benefit Hoola Bronzer (valued at $28)
--- NARS Blush in Organism (valued at $27)
--- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (valued at $18)
--- Urban Decay Naked Palette (valued at $48)
--- Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light (valued at $36)
--- Dior DiorShow 360 Mascara with Spinning Wand (valued at $36)
--- Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Toilette Spray (valued at $65)
--- Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink (valued at $21)
--- Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick in Dewy Papaya (valued at $30)

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE! :) The give away will close on July 10, 2011 at 8:00PM PDT.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Update: Hunter

Hey everyone! I know earlier I was so excited to announce my give away, but now my attention is kinda switched. As you all know, Hunter and I went to Hawaii together and for the most part, had a great time. However, we did have one sorta big fight. We got over it though and everything was normal.

Hunter's mom (who I am very close to) insisted I come to their beach home in the Bahamas. Hunter and I were going to stay in the guest house and it was all planned out. Unfortunately, I couldn't go because my sister was coming to stay with me in LA for a little while. Hunter's mom totally understood, but Hunter seemed really upset. Apparently he felt I wasn't spending time with him, and I only spent time with my family- not his. After trying to reason with him, I finally gave in and said I'd go to the Bahamas with him. The worst part of this was having to tell my sister she couldn't come to LA and stay with me. Hunter was so happy, as was his family. Something, though, felt wrong and yup you probably guessed it- Hunter and I started arguing again!

After having a weird past few days, he called me and told me he was no longer willing to be second in my life or something like that. And then proceeded to uninvite me to the Bahamas. He said we were officially over and hung up. I will admit I cried! I mean, what girl wouldn't?

To make everything even better, I heard he already invited another girl to the Bahamas. It's been like 1 day since the break up! Who does that??

To conclude, I am now officially single and I'm looking forward to finding a guy who appreciates me AND my family!

I hope I didn't ramble too much! And I just wanted to let everyone know Hunter and I broke up because, believe it or not, people email me asking how he and I are doing. I really don't want those emails any more :/

Anyway, I hope your day was way better than mine and the give way rules will be posted soon!

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Hey everyone! So I'm going to do a give away very very soon! It's open INTERNATIONALLY and it will be HUGE! I'm so excited to give back to those of you who support me :) I'll post everything you need to know, including rules and the actual give away items, probably tomorrow!

For now, be sure you have clicked the follow button, so you're eligible to win! Everyone is welcome to enter and to chose the winner, I'll be using !

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I'm an Admin for Macbarbie07!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to quickly share with you some great news! I know I said I wasn't posting again today, but this couldn't wait! I'm the newest Macbarbie07 fans page's admin on facebook! I'm so excited and I'll be posting lots more about my role as an admin! I hope you all have a great rest of of your day!!

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Honolulu, Hawaii!

Hey everyone! I just got back from Hawaii and wanted to share some pics from my vacation! Sorry there are none of me, but I was always pictured with Hunter and he asked not to be posted on a public blog. :/

Anyway, we stayed in a wonderful beachfront home, but spent one night at a resort (mostly so we could see a luau). I hope to use some of these pictures as inspiration for upcoming beach-inspired makeup tutorials!

We went to beaches all over!

I hope everyone enjoyed this little post about my trip! I'm exhausted and will probably not do another post today. So, if you have made a request (I'm sorry to everyone who has asked for a beachy makeup tutorial - I'm working on it, I promise!), I will get to that hopefully by the end of this week! Thank you to everyone who reads my blog! <3

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I Joined Twitter!

Hey everyone! So this is an announcement that a lot of you have been waiting for :) I JOINED TWITTER!! So many of you guys emailed me asking me to join and I was extremely reluctant, but finally gave in. So please everyone follow me @SerenaBosworth

Hope everyone has a great day and I'll be back in LA soon to do tutorials and such! xoxo

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

TAG: Get to Know Me

Hey everyone! I was looking at my blog and realized how little you guys know about me, so I decided to do the About Me TAG! And by the way, I tag ALL OF YOU! **Please Note: I took these questions from ImperfectionsBeauty's TAG video, but edited them into questions I thought were most relevant.

What is your Favorite subject in school?

- I really enjoy 20th century history. I have no idea why, but I guess all of the wars interest me.
Favorite Book?
- Angels and Demons by Dan Brown! I love this series and Dan Brown is a captivating author!
Favorite Color?

- Lavender :) and Tiffany Blue (hmmm... maybe the colors of my blog?? :P)
Favorite Animal?
- Whales! I don't know why, they just seem chill.
Favorite Perfume?
- Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.. I've mentioned once or twice or maybe a few thousand times, lol..
Favorite Holiday?

- Christmas with the family!
Have you graduated high school?

- Yes, I'm in college.
Have you ever been out of the country? If so, how many times?
- Yes, too many times to count!
Do you speak any other language?
- No, I know quite a bit of French, but I'm not exactly fluent yet.
How many siblings do you have?

- I have a sister, Hadley, and a brother, Chase.
What is your favorite store?
- Anthropologie!
Favorite restaurant?
- BOA Steakhouse
Favorite movie?
- Inception. Some people hate it, but if you watch it all the way through, it's actually amazing.
Favorite TV show?
- Whale Wars! It's on Fridays on Animal Planet at 9. The new season just started 2 days ago and it was fabulous!!
What kind of phone do you have?
- iPhone 4
When's your birthday?

- July 21
What is your nationality?
- I'm a dual citizen. I have a Canadian and American citizenship, but I'm also German.
What was your dream job when you were younger?
- I wanted to first be an artist until I realized I was terrible at that. Then, I wanted to be an astronaut. Finally, I decided I wanted to be a CIA agent... random jobs, haha!
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

- Yes, I have a boyfriend named Hunter, but we are currently in a bit of a fight...
What sort of music do you listen too?

- I listen to anything but screamo (it's scary), country (it makes me want to puke), intense rap (I don't know what they're saying), or Justin Bieber (me, being a Candian, can honestly say how annoying this kid is!)
Do you have a job?
- Yes, I model a lot and I also help my friend, who is a makeup artist, when she has events and things. I have a normal 9-6 job though, that involves a bunch of law (I hope to be a lawyer soon!!)
What's the first thing you look for in a person?

- A sense of humor! I'm extremely sarcastic and I hate when people take that stuff to heart. Lighten Up :)
Who's the first person you turn to when you're upset?

- Yesterday, I would have said my boyfriend Hunter, but today I would say one of my best friends named Landon. He's always there for me and he just gets me.
What's your favorite food?

- Any type of seafood!
Favorite place to go?
- I love to go skiing in Whistler in Vancouver, Canada. I've been going to British Columbia since I was 2!

That's the end of my TAG post! If you want me to answer anymore questions, post them below, ask me on Facebook, or e-mail them to me at! I hope you all have a great day!


TmaraCo becomes GirlFromAztecLane

Hey everyone! So, one of the beauty gurus in my March Favorite beauty gurus post has changed youtube names! She used to go by TmaraCo, but now is GirlFromAztecLane! Someone logged into her account and tried to access her personal information, so she just completely changed her YouTube name. She just got her new ombre hair, got a new apartment, and now a new YouTube username, so I really believe things happen for a reason and she just needed a completely fresh start! :)

Unfortunately, she lost her 2,000+ subscribers and her YouTube partnership, so I'm trying to spread the word, so we can help Tamara get her loyal viewers back! I'll post the video below from her new chanel that explains everything that happened to her, as well as her new account.

For any other questions, comments, etc, please e-mail me at, leave a comment here, or post on my Facebook wall! And don't forget to like 'Makeup By Serena' on Facebook!

~ Serena

May Favorites

Hey everyone! So it's already 5 days into June and I realized I haven't done my May Favorites yet!! (I'm sorry for never doing an April Favorites, but I just felt there weren't enough products to do a post for April.)

1) Benefit Hoola Bronzer- [$28] This is seriously my holy grail bronzer. I wear it almost everyday, and because I have clear skin (knock on wood) and don't need any heavy coverage, I can use this as my foundation. I love the color- a true brown- and the new packaging!! It now comes with a mirror, just like Bella Bamba!

2) Urban Decay Naked Palette- [$48] I used to use this everyday, but then switched to the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette (which I still love), but now that Sephora restocked the Naked Palette, I've been using this more and more. The only down side about this palette is that it no longer comes with the 2 eyeliners, but instead features an eyeshadow brush. I really hate this new version because I absolutely loved the two eyeliners it came with before (Whiskey is probably one of my all time favorite eyeliner colors)!

3) Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm Crystal Color in Dewy Papaya- [$30] I love this color! It's so perfect for summer because it's a very sheer peach color that gives your lips just the right amount of pop, but without over doing it. I use this pretty much everyday and I absolutely adore it! It was so hard to chose my favorite YSL lip product, and if you're not into peach colors, my second favorite is probably Succulent Pomegranate (although Juicy Grapefruit looks great as well).

4) MAC Surf, Baby! Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Blue Noon- [$15.50] Choosing between Blue Noon and Gilded White was very tricky because both colors are fabulous! However, because it is summer and I tend to wear brighter colors, I had to go with Blue Noon! It's basically a teal color and what I love is the effect it gives my eyes. I have very blue eyes (almost like a pool water blue...if that makes any sense) and the darker blue of this eyeliner makes them pop even more! I like to combine Blue Noon on my lash line with Gilded White in my tear duct area to create the perfect summery look! I've included a swatch of both of them so you can see the true colors!

5) Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Moisturizing Body Lotion- [$49] Holy Chanel!! Did I just say that my absolute favorite scent of perfume now comes in a Moisturizing Body Lotion, as well as a shower gel and body oil? Yes I did, thank you Chanel! I literally died when I saw this in the store!
I bought:
-the Moisturizing Body Lotion [$49]
-the Foaming Shower Gel [$49]
-the Velvet Body Oil [$55]
-the Fresh Body Satin Spray [$55]
-the Shimmering Touch Spray [$65]
-the Fresh Body Lotion [$49]
... I am officially obsessed. Now, these products have been out for a while, but everytime I go to get them, they're sold out! So, that's why I legit bought everything they had while it was in stock. I called my sister after I bought all of these and did she call me crazy? Nope! It turns out she had just gone to MAC and bought not just a few of the Surf, Baby! products, but ALL of them! Obviously, she's crazier than me... Anyway, these all smell fabulous, but the moisturizing body lotion is my favorite because it truly moisturizes my skin and locks in the wonderful Chanel smell. I use this right after I get out of the shower and my skin stays moisturized for a good 24 hours. I highly recommend these products, and although you don't have to purchase all of them as I did, I recommend you pick up the ones you want now, since availibility of these products is not great. (If you want more options, you can always order them online, but I'm too impatient when it comes to my Chanel!)
My mom is also sending me
-the Bath Soap [$23.50]
-the Body Cream [$80]
-the Fresh After Bath Powder [$60]
Sephora does not sell these three products, so my mom is ordering them off of the Chanel website (I love her)! I'm including all of the product pictures below, so you can see them in all of their glory!

This is the end of my May Favorites! I hope you enjoyed this post, and feel free to do this on your blog or youtube account! Also, did you guys like the way I edited the Chanel Coco Mademoiselle picture? I thought I would try and do my own pictures here and there, but if  you prefer the clean-cut, from the internet pictures, I can keep those. Let me know in the comments below! Finally, I just wanted to say this post is so fun to do because it's not only my favorites of the month, but I'm posting this from Hawaii! Anyway, have a great rest of your summer, but if you're in Australia or somewhere where it's fall/autumn, then have a great fall!

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