GET THE LOOK: Cranberry Craze (Holiday Makeup)

Cranberry is not only a delicious berry that is in season during the Fall, but it is also a beautiful shade of red that anyone can rock regardless of the color of their skin tone. Whether its cranberry sweaters, scarves, or makeup, the list goes on and I can almost guarantee you that there is a shade of cranberry for you to experiment with this season! With the holidays rolling around pretty soon and thanksgiving coming up this week (AHHHH ESSSITED!!), it gives us a perfect excuse to rock this color! Not that we wouldn’t rock this color on any other given day (hehe) but it definitely compliments the holiday season extremely well especially paired up with all the warm colors that the cold season brings. Since I’m guessing that everyone is on a tight budget nowadays due to splurging on gifts and all, I created a full face cranberry holiday makeup look using DRUGSTORE products only! You can roll up to all the holiday parties and gatherings with this sultry look and people wouldn’t even know how quick, easy, and cheap it was for this whole entire look! *Snap snap!* Uh huh hunnay! The best part is that most of these products can be found at your local drugstore! How convenient is that?! I got everything from Target and Walmart. Here are the steps to achieve this look:

NOTE** I apologize in advance for the camera quality and lighting. I am still learning how to use this camera so bare with me please… Thank you!


Prior to putting on your eye makeup and the rest of your face, please cleanse your face and prep your skin for foundation with moisturizer and foundation primer. You can then fill in your eyebrows and apply eye shadow primer to your eyelids after applying foundation (will demonstrate in a separate post).

PRODUCTS I USED: Olay Fresh Effects Hydrating Gel Moisturizer, Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer, Loreal Tru Match Lumi W6 (My shade is NC40-NC42 in MAC foundations)

EYEBOWS: Elf Cream Eyeliner in “Coffee,” Elf Eyebrow kit in shade Medium


STEP 1: Prep your eyes with eye shadow primer to ensure that the eye shadows are vibrant and stays put all day long. I used Elf’s eye shadow primer.

STEP 2: Apply the shade “Brulee” by WetnWild all over the brow bone and drag it down towards the crease. By doing this, it will help the other eye shadows blend better.



STEP 3: Apply a cranberry eye shadow all over the lid. I used the shade “Rust” by Nyx Cosmetics.



STEP 4: Blend, blend, BLEND YOUR LIFE AWAY! No harsh lines over here!


STEP 5: Apply the chocolate brown shade in WetnWild’s “Desert Stage” palette by Fergie into the crease and blend in small circular motions making sure that it stays in the crease and does not reach the brow bone.



STEP 6: Apply the shimmery dark brown shade by the same WetnWild palette into the outer corner. Apply a little at a time until you achieve the darkness that you want. BLEND!



STEP 7: Apply the shimmery white shade in “The Smokey Shadow Palette” by NYX cosmetics into the inner corner.


STEP 8: Apply eyeliner and mascara.



STEP 9: Apply the chocolate brown shade from the same WetnWild palette into the outside corner on the lower lash line. Then, apply the dark shimmer brown shade on top for more definition. Apply black eyeliner into the waterline and BLEND for that smokey effect. TIP** A trick to making your eyeliner darker is to take your pencil eyeliner, dip it into your favorite black gel eyeliner, and applying it into the waterline. By doing this, it will not only make the eyeliner look darker but it also ensures that your eyeliner stays put and doesn’t smudge. 



STEP 10: Apply false eyelashes (optional) I used Red Cherry’s #43 (MY ALL TIME FAAAAV!)



STEP 1: Apply concealer under the eyes, down the nose, chin, forehead, and beneath the hollows of the cheek bones for added brightness or to “bring out” these features. Also, conceal areas that need additional coverage such as on redness, blemishes, and scars. Blend into your foundation with a beauty blender, brush, or your ring finger.

PRODUCTS USED: Airspun translucent loose powder, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (Shade 10), Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder (Medium).

STEP 2: Apply translucent powder on all the areas that you placed the concealer and lightly apply the pressed powder onto the rest of the face to control oil and to ensure that your foundation lasts all day long.

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STEP 3: Apply the bronzer “Sunny” by NYC along the sides of your forehead, temples, hollows of your cheek bones, under your chin and jaw line. This not only adds some color and definition back into your face but it also creates a “slimming effect” and acts as a transition shade for blending purposes when contouring.

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STEP 4: Use a smaller brush to apply a deeper matte bronzer down the sides of your nose, in the hollows of your cheek bones, under your chin, and jaw line for a more sculpted look. I used “Dark Tan Matte Bronzer” by NYX.

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STEP 5: Apply the blush “pearlescent pink” by WetnWild onto the cheek bones and sweep it back towards your hairline.

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STEP 6: Add an extra glow by highlighting with Elf’s “Golden Bronzer.” Apply this shade onto the top of the cheek bones and down the bridge of the nose.

STEP 7: Use a big clean brush and blend everything together. Please make sure that there are no harsh lines!

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STEP 8: Apply your favorite cranberry lipstick! I used WetnWild’s lipstick in the shade “552A Just Garnet”

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And VOILA! Your quick and easy sultry holiday look is complete! Now time for selfies!!!


Give this look a try and be sure to hashtag #GoldSoulla so we can see how your Cranberry Craze look turned out! I hope you all have a fun, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving! Thank you all for tuning in! Until next time, stay weird my friends =)



#WCW Nicole G

Happy Hump Day! And you can’t forget (like ever), Woman Crush Wednesdaze! It was actually really hard to choose our woman for the week because of the listless baes out there in the world. But then in the blink of an eye, a very gawgeous make-up artist has cleared a pathway of our frantic thoughts and dawned to us our final #WCW choice. Cheers to his bad ass bae: Nicole (IG:@kingnicolejoline). You should also check our her youtube channel which you can find on the link of her IG bio. Vocal and make-up talented! Thumbs up*

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Faux Bead Septum $9.80

Tattoo Choker $6.80

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Black Trio Coal Ring Set $11.80

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Lock and Key Ear Chain Cuff $3.80

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 2.31.01 AMBlack Faux Septum $7.80


D.I.Y. iPhone Case


Cell phones these days have pretty much changed the world. We get to see the world from all different types of views. We play games, take loads of pictures of our food, selves, etc. To some people, it’s their lifeline. So… it’s only right we protect ’em. I recently just got the iPhone 6 and there aren’t that many cases out for it yet so I decided, “Why not just customize it myself?”

I picked up a clear iPhone 6 case from Target, printed out a pattern, cut it to size, placed it in the back and there ya go! Your own DIY iPhone case. The best part about is, when you get sick of it… replace it with a new pattern! I’m sure you’d be able to do this with the 4, 5, 6 and some Androids just as long as you have a clear case.


What You’ll Need:
– clear phone case
– printed pattern, scrapbook paper (pretty much whatever design you’d like to have on your phone)
– pen
– scissors
– actual size template of phone

1. I used CNN’s iPhone sizing chart here and cut it down to size.

2. On the back of my printed design (I chose a grey marble pattern from Google) trace around the template and then cut it back down to size.

3. Insert into case with the pattern facing outwards


4. Trace the inside of where your camera is supposed to be, remove the pattern again and cut a hole/space for it.

5. Place it back into the case facing outward, insert your phone

Ya phone is ready to go out!


I am loving my marble case right now. It looks pretty classic to me. I do suggest getting a case with a shockproof bumper and clear back if possible. I just ordered one off eBay and will most likely be inserting my marble pattern into that one when it comes. Feel free to add/subtract whatever your heart desires. The fact that you can choose whatever design/print/pattern is one of the best parts. Hope you guys enjoy!



Case of the Manicure Mondays

Ladies! I would like to announce something that insanely sky-rockets my happy meter. I’m sure you can probably catch a hint with the title of this post. But, girl let me tell you that I am one thrilled mothaf*cka with the flyest nails this month! Lol! I have to give it up to my nail artist, Eric from Hana Nails in Long Beach though. ( IG: @naildesignsbyeric ) I wouldn’t be shaking hands or handing out high-fives with my ratchet ex-nail gaps and broken ex-nails if it weren’t for him hooking up my ratchet ass ex-nails.


Gold Snake Midi Ring $3.80

Sahara Rustic Midi Ring $10.80 ( I wore 2/4 of the ring set)


Gold Triple Line Midi Ring $3.80

Mini Chevron Ring $3.80

Gold Zig Zag Ring $2.80

I was feeling for black with gold lining nails to reciprocate my outfits since 1) black goes with practically everything and 2) I typically complete my look with gold finishing touches (aka accessories) anyways. He used these gold adhesive line sticker decors and aligned two ruler straight lines and on my wanna-be middle finger (between the pinky & real middle finger lol) a more abstract detail that is almost that of a diamond. I love my oval claw nails and having fresh nails. I’m happy ass shit, my nails are fresh, my designs are on point, call me corny but, YES, this is the diagnosis of the case of the manicure Mondays.

Foodie Diary

Cos we know you love it.






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Food is nourishment for our bodies so why not eat what’s good?
Here’s a collection of photos of places I’ve tried in the past couple of months that deserve to be checked out.

1. Bachi Burger – Kiki’s Burger w/ fried egg
Las Vegas, NV

2. Bachi Burger – Oxtail Fries
Las Vegas, NV

3. Break of Dawn – Ham & Eggs
Laguna Hills, CA

4. EMC Seafood & Raw Bar
Clam chowder, Soft shell crab sliders, fries w/ truffle mushroom aioli, garlic noodles, clam chowders, two oysters.
*good for happy hour!
Los Angeles, CA

5. Creamistry – Birthday Cake w/ extra sprinkles
Cerritos, CA

6. Rialto Cafe – Rialto Rancheros, home fries, and Eggs in the Nest
Fullerton, CA

7. Yardhouse – Surf & Turf Burger
Long Beach, CA

8. Made by Yours Truly 🙂 – Surf & Turf with sriracha butter

9. Umami – Surprise Me Special
Irvine, CA

10. El Pollo Inka – Lomo Saltado
Torrance, CA

*This is a diary of my food eaten over a period of the past couple of months so don’t get all crazy loll.
If you have any food favorites, let us know! 🙂


#WCW Val Mercado

Not only is it Wednesday, but it is #WCW. And if you haven’t caught the memo from about a week ago (shmoney dance*) then let us keep you in the loop of Gold Soul’s weekly woman crush Wednesdaze. We spotlight one of our favorite baddies we know you’d catch a feel or two that shoot us in -daze every Wednesdaze (Get it? lol). It’s the kind of daze that stupefies our very eyes. Today we want to give it up to this beautiful woman inside and out, Val Mercado! This baddie from New York almost looks like Jessica Alba right? Whether you disagree or not, they’re both fire. You’ll love everything about her from the way she carries herself to the way she expresses. She’s on the gram if you’re trynna catch a follow: @clothesmindedx3

Call it how you see it:


Caged Sunnies


Mesh Panel Dress


Faux Bead Septum

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Caged Sunnies



Lipstick has become the newest accessory to complete almost any look. All you really need these days is to get your eyebrows on fleek, curl your lashes, throw on some lip color and look put together. Now that Daylight Savings is over, the days get darker and so do our lips. Dark lips have been the “GET IN” trend that has fought for its place and is here to stay and who doesn’t love that? Along with the dark lips, we love ’em MATTE. Yes, MATTE! I think the matte texture gives it more of a classic look. So here are TEN FALL MATTE LIPPIES to acheive that sultry and seductive look.

1. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania
Transylvania – Matte Deep Plum
Ulta, $5.99 USD
Perfect for a dark vampy look without going black.

2. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Endless Purple
Endless Purple – Matte Mauve Plum
Sephora, $13.00 USD
This is not only great for fall, but an all-year color. It gives you a pop of color without being too dark.

3. Limecrime Velvetines in Salem
Salem – Matte Chocolate Brown
Limecrime, $20.00 USD
Brown, often overlooked as a lip color, is both bold and beautiful.

4. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira
Vampira – Deep Reddish Burgandy
Sephora, $19.00 USD
Kat Von D’s go-to. What’s more to say?

5. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm
Stockholm – Mid-tone Beige Pink
Ulta, $5.99 USD
Another color great for all-year. Just enough color for the “my lips, but better” look.

6. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
Always Red – Matte Bold Classic Red
Sephora, $13.00 USD
The classic red lip will ALWAYS be in!

7. Limecrime Velvetines in Wicked
Wicked – Matte Burgandy-Red
Limecrime, $20.00 USD
This gorgeous color is very seductive. Right amount of sexy and classy.

8. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita
Lolita – Dusty Rose
Sephora, $19.00 USD
The versatile lippie you go to for a casual look either day or night.

9. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen
Copenhagen – Matte Rich Plum
Ulta, $5.99 USD
A cross between burgandy and berry. This may be your new fave Holiday shade.

10. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Dark Berry
Dark Berry – Satin Blackberry Wine
Sephora, $13.00 USD
Okay, this may not be so matte BUT it’s a go in our book (lol). The satin/metallic berry look will easily transition from Fall to Winter making this a Winter Winner.


Let’s be real, matte lipsticks can be a little drying and accentuate any existing dryness. Exfoliating will help keep your unwanted flakes from showing up. Use an old soft toothbrush and GENTLY scrub away the dead skin cells or mix a lil’ honey and sugar  for a lip scrub. Apply your favorite lip moisturizer and let it soak in. Voila, soft lip canvas!

Luckily, these lippies all have doe-foot applicators making it a little easier to apply. But a dark lip meant to be seductive can easily go wrong if it’s going all over the place. Use a coordinating lip-liner to prevent from feathering.

Whichever you choose, these lippies will sure get you noticed. If you have any of your own favorites, let us know! We’d love to discover new products!



#WCW Kayla Phillips

You know how we do it. Weekly Wednesday’s to praise one of our endless list of #WCW’s! Yes. We love to embrace babes. What can we say? Today we want to shout out the bae: Kayla Phillips! mmHmmm… She’s hella babe huh? Her featured image was already an instant-without-a-secondthought click to scope out. She just recently changed up her hair to an black to teal ombre to luuuuuust for! haha. And not to mention that her son is such a cutie! You definitely can tell where he got his looks from. Got it from his momma! She’s another baddie with a stunna look at an all-time high. She’s one of those women that if you were to see her in public, her style and beauty catches your eyes real quick! (No creep zone* lol) It’s obvious when you scroll through her flicks though. She can be followed on IG: @imkaylaphillips.


Robo Sunnies $12.80


Tattoo Choker $6.80


Strawberry Crop Top $15.80

Strawberry High Waist Bottoms $16.80


Moonlight Crop Top $20.80

Moonlight Harem Pants $26.80


Black Out Crochet Harem Pants $31.80

(Take 50% off using promo: OFFYES)


Multiple Chain Ringcelet $8.80

Channel your Inner Flannel

It’s no secret that November is transcending into warmer clothes to drool for. Summer was great and all but the chilly coolness and saturated weather has finally touched down! Well at least here in bipolar California. TBH, I am over the sweaty, treacherous heat waves and I am ready to cozy up in layers. ‘Tis the season for layering! Now let me tell you something I’ve been eyeing in realization in this seasons style steady making its way as we speak: Flannel Dresses.

Yep. The plaid kinds with a twist. And that is side slit details to create a more edgy ass feel. Another thing about these button up flannel dresses is that you can even switch it up to an outerwear as if you are wearing a maxi coat or cardi. Check out the deetz of my #OOTD with photographer Erick Tran.


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Wearing it as an outwear


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Me pretending to ponder

All in all, I just wanted to keep you in the loop and spark up a lightbulb in your idea bubbles on how to wear these type of pieces. It’s available here and comes in a black and white color-way as well! Can’t wait to see how you guys style your flannel dresses! Be sure to hashtag #GoldsouLLA on instagram for a chance to be featured! ❤