Tell us the story behind your blog, Melissa’s Sweet Styles.
I love to create looks on a budget and show women that you don't have to spend a fortune to look (and feel) fabulous. I decided to start my own blog in the hopes of inspiring other fashionistas as much as my favorite bloggers have inspired me.
What are the beauty products you can’t live without right now?
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner—it gives you the perfect cat eye. I also love Too Faced “Better Than Sex” Mascara. The two together are the perfect pair.
If you could only use one product each day, what would it be?
Just one, really? I would have to say lip-gloss. That way if I really needed to, I could use it as a cheek stain too!
Describe your personal approach to beauty.
Makeup should be fun—not fussy and complicated. I love makeup as much as the next girl, but I like to keep it simple and natural.
What are some of your daily must-read blogs?
I have so many favorites that I religiously read: Sincerely Jules (how can you not love a girl who can pair a pencil skirt and chucks?), Atlantic Pacific, Gary Pepper Vintage, Gal Meets Glam (Julia is breathtaking), Fashion Bananas, Cupcakes & Cashmere… my list is endless!
Our theme this month is Freewheeling—what do you to unwind?
Shopping! Oh, and wine. Wine, my laptop, and a good sale—that’s my kind of unwinding.
What’s your typical morning beauty routine?
I don’t give myself much time in the morning so my routine is pretty quick: cleanse, moisturize, and conceal! Oh, and mascara of course!
You have amazing style. How do you pair your makeup with your outfit without going overboard?
No matchy-matchy. I'm totally OK with matching your lipstick to your outfit, but matching your eyeshadow with your clothes is tricky. When in doubt I go with metallics—they go with everything.
What’s your favorite blog post you’ve ever written?
If I had to choose one, it would be the post I wrote about the night I attended a private screening for Project Runway All-Stars. I've been a fan of PR since the beginning, so attending an event (and getting to meet Season 12 winner Dom Streater!) was really exciting.