July 21, 2016 § Leave a comment
Artwork Via: Eve Sand
This is the month of the Leo, and we’re channeling our best Kylie Jenner and Jenifer Lawrence outfits. Here’s how to dress just like a Leo this month:
·Friends. The Leo is the most generous sign of the zodiac. A Leo is very faithful and loyal when it comes to friends and family. They enjoy hosting celebrations and events to show their gracious side. Leos look for friends that can keep up with their fast pace, high energy lifestyles. Express your on-the-go attitude with a great jumpsuit! In the shad of your ruler, the Sun, this look will not disappoint at your next dinner party.
·Love. As a fire sign, the Leo is passionate, adventurous, and energetic! They are very independent in their love life and choose their partners accordingly, a Leo is always looking for a free spirited person. On your next date, go for something a little out-there, but still put together. A printed dress, or even pant is great for you, Leo. Add some playful bangles or stacked rings to complete the look.
·Work. Leos are full of energy in every aspect of life, especially in work. They love to keep busy, no matter the task! When dedicated to their job they will do almost anything for their co-workers and boss. This makes a Leo a great leader. Work is the one place where Leos prefer to stay low-key, but don’t be afraid to let people know the true you. Express yourself through the fun accessories you add to your everyday work attire!
How will you wear the looks of the Leo? Let us know!
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July 19, 2016 § Leave a comment
Summer is a great time to flaunt your beauty and now we have a great method to enhance your beauty—with the perfect daytime summer makeup!
Here are the instructions for successfully making the perfect summer look:
The Face. To begin, always make sure your skin is completely clean to get the best results. Apply moisturizer or a primer by Makeup Forever to skin using your fingers to get your skin ready for makeup. Use your Dolce & Gabbana – Luminous Foundation ($62) and blend into your skin evenly.
Optional. If you want to additional coverage to your foundation, add powder underneath your foundation. If you find that you are too shiny, only use primer on your skin to keep you from looking oily. On the other hand, if you find yourself in need of extra moisture, use a moisturizer underneath your primer which you can apply with your fingers and then smooth out a with a buffer brush.
-Begin adding liquid concealer right underneath the eyes using your finger to blend.
-To bring about the beautiful sun-kissed glow to your skin, apply bronzer to your cheeks using a blush brush. For less glow us Tarte Matte Bronzer ($30); for a luminous look use Nars ($39-59), for the perfect balance of both we suggest you use Marc Jacobs O! Mega Bronzer ($49).
-For a perfect highlight to your skin we suggest you try Kevyon Accoin Celestial Powder in Candle Light or Starlight ($44) which you apply right above the bronzer and tip of the nose with a fan brush.
The Eyes. Simply bring life to your eyes with a modest eyeshadow in a soft color being sure to keep the shadow below the eyelid.
The Lips. For the perfect makeup finish, we suggest you use a lip balm, lip gloss or nude lipstick.
How do you create your summer look? Let us know in the comments!
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July 14, 2016 § Leave a comment
Since we were children, the dream has been to wake-up in the morning and wear our pajamas out to school/work/basketball practice/to do the gardening… wherever. There’s a certain simplicity, comfort, and remembrance of home that is engendered through our classic long-sleeved silk pajamas that we just don’t want to let go of. So naturally, wearing pajama as an outfit is not a new concept. Starting from a silk ready to wear “night gown” in the 30s to the beginnings of the outerwear pajama “robe” in the 70s, we have finally morphed to a full-on pajama suit by the 21st century.
Here’s how to pull-off the trend:
·Take it slow, jump start your pajama filled wardrobe with an elegant piped jacket. Pair its with a denim bottom! These pieces look great together no matter the pattern of the jacket, or the color of the jean. For a real 70s inspired look try a denim skirt too!
·Flowing silk pants are your friend. Throwing on a white button-up or t-shirt with these is possibly the easiest yet chicest outfit you’ve put together in months. Minimal effort is required for this one, but a great statement necklace can elevate the look. For those with a slim frame, the classic oversized fit will work great, I would recommend those with some curves go with a more pair that’s more structured at the waist or high-waisted even, this will really ecentuate those curves!
·The daytime pajama world can be a scary one, but if you’re ready for it, try the full pajama suit. This is a really versatile outfit. You can expose as much or as little skin as you want by choosing between a silk cami or jacket, and adding other layers can be a lot of fun! There are many fabrics to choose from too, silk and cotton are classic, but velvet is really in right now–and can set you apart from the pajama filled crowd. It’s important to remember when choosing your first pajama suit to keep the jacket fitted in some way, wether it be with a slim cut or a tie at the waist; without doing so this look can easily take you from looking dressy and chic to, “hey, you forgot to get dressed this morning.”
Now with these tips in mind, you can definitely fulfill your life-long fantasy of leaving home wearing your favorite pajamas. How will you wear the pajama suit? Let us know in the comments!
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July 12, 2016 § Leave a comment
Tie-Dye is back. Now before you start reminiscing on your billowing 70s kaftans, designers are giving tie-dye an unthinkable subtlety. Mature, simple, and sophisticated are words that come to mind when viewing the runway looks for this season. Combining bohemia and the working woman, these pieces will make you a dyed and true fan.
·Whimsical silhouettes like this one from Altuzarra dominated the tie-dye category. The uneven, gradient print keeps this look relaxed enough for the Summer season, yet modern enough to wear in the office (although, we would suggest buttoning it up for that). You can pair a dress like this one with flat sandals or your most out-there heel. You’ll leave people saying, “I’ve never seen tie-dye look that sexy.”
·For those who are more hesitant to try the trend, opt for a tie-dye infusion with a comfortable classic. We love this Narciso Rodriguez dress because it has just that effect. A long cotton dress that can be worn to the beach as a cover-up, or to dinner with a heeled sandal at night. The print is subtle enough to not take you into the “danger zone,” yet eye-catching enough to make people want to know where you got it from!
·Tie-dye represents freedom, rebellion, and youth in general. This glamorous Baja East look incorporates all of that into one. Definitely making a statement, electric trousers and a red, white, and blue top will give you the confidence to express your rebellion to the simplicity of the trend.
·Full-on Canadian Tuxedos have been a “thing” for a while now. Morphing themselves into women’s wear, entirely denim outfits make for an breezy street style look. Taking it a step further, incorporating tie-dyed denim will really amp-it-up. You can start with a blouse, dip-dyed jeans, or a youthful dress like this one from Thakoon!
How will you wear your tie-dye? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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July 7, 2016 § Leave a comment
The black chalk-like residue we dread seeing after every barbecue is now the go-to for many beauty gurus. Although the charcoal they’re using doesn’t come from the BBQ, we can’t help but ask the question, are charcoal beauty products truly deserving of all the attention?
Activated charcoal may be a toddler in the beauty world, but it definitely isn’t a new ingredient. Evidence of products derived from charcoal have been in the history books for centuries. It has been used for water purification, 19th century England used it in sugar production, and ancient Egyptians used it for medicinal purposes. The idea behind the product-and what makes it “activated”-is all the water and other residues are removed, opening up the charcoal to enhanced absorption. In the beauty world, this means it’ll soak-up all your unwanted facial oil. The science is all there, but will it give your skin desirable effects?
We gave it an old-fashioned test:
Garnier SkinActive Charcoal Cleansing Towelettes $5.99
What do you like about this product?
“I’ve always loved facial cloths! At the end of a really long day I use them because I’m usually exhausted, it’s so convenient having to just use a wipe. These are the best ones I’ve ever used, they take my makeup off like no body’s business — and I love that they don’t have a “perfumie” smell. I feel like they are making my face younger in a way, my skin looks more energized and taught; these wipes take away the oiliness of my skin and leave me feeling moisturized and vibrant!”
Any negatives to the wipes?
“Honestly, no. I’ve been using these for over two months now and haven’t had any complaints!”
What do you like about this product?
“At the end of the day I opt for the Lush charcoal bar. I start by working it into my hands with a bit of water, it looks really dirty (as you can imagine) but because the bar doesn’t create too much of a lather, it doesn’t make a huge mess. You can see the coal granuals in the bar too which is a nice effect. After washing my face, my skin definitely feels clean. I’ve noticed changes in my skin after using it for a few months. It could just be my imagination, but my face looks brighter–I had quite a few dark spots and those have definitely lightened.”
Anything you didn’t like?
“When I first started using the product I was using it in the morning and at night. This was way too much for my skin to handle and it became really dry. But after I started only using it at night when my skin is extra oily, I love it.”
Binchotan Charcoal Cleansing Mask $48
What did you like about this mask?
“It was a great makeup remover! It’s supposed to be used like a facial cleanser, so over all my makeup I put the mask on. After a minute or two it hardens; not like a normal mask but you can still feel it tightening. Then I rinse it off and literally all my makeup is gone, it’s great. I’ve noticed it helping with dark spots and evening my overall skin tone.”
Anything you didn’t like?
“The time it takes to do it, who wants to wait a few minutes to wash their skin? And it is pretty pricey, although you don’t need a lot of the product to get the job done, I’m not sure I would pay for the bottle again, I think there are better options.”
-Taylor, 22 https://www.instagram.com/profashional_tay/
Three products, three reviews. It seems everyone we talk to is basically in love with charcoal beauty products… especially as a makeup remover at the end of the day. The science reigns true with oils easily being absorbed from the skin. With that in mind, we definitely suggest that those with dry skin use this at a maximum of once a day. Now it’s our turn to give these products a try! How about you? Leave us a comment and let us know about your charcoal beauty experiences!
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July 5, 2016 § Leave a comment
The Summer fashion season is under-way, bringing with it excitement in new ideas and trends. The runways were full of sleek lingerie-inspired silks and laces, and electrically-colored leathers. Although not all of the ready-to-wear designs are so ready for you to take a stroll to the grocery store in, the sunglasses for the season did not disappoint on the wearable scale. Adding a new edge to your Summer wardrobe, a fanciful pair of sunglasses are a great investment. Take that floral dress to the next level with these intriguing trends:
·The Cat Eye – This style is the stand-out for the season. Best suited for round and heart-shaped faces, the upswept design transports you straight back to the 1950s. Sticking with colors of the season, designers like Dries Van Noten and Anna Sui featured lenses with bright plastic frames, giving the look a fun flare!
·Oversized Aviators – Aviators have been the go-to for many of us since, well, birth. The aviator style looks amazing on most face shapes, especially the oval and square. Mix it up from your classic Ray-Ban’s with some wider frames and detailed nose pieces like these featured on the S/S runways.
·Round Frames – Lacking in a Ozzy Osbourne-esque effect, these hip frames are really taking-off this season! Round frames look best on square faces, but special addition that’s featured this season, is the added “cat eye” effect. The top of the glasses are framed with tall pointed ends, giving many different face shapes the ability to rock the rounders!
·Detailed Frames – Reminding us of our grandmother’s vintage sunnies, detailed sunglasses add an air of elegance to any outfit. This trend comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors… adapting to all face shapes, these are true pieces of art!
What’s your favorite eyewear trend? Let us know.
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June 30, 2016 § Leave a comment
Your jewelry collection: filled with statement necklaces and arm-party worthy bracelets and watches, but your minuscule compilation of earrings are assembling in revolt.
It’s time they had their 15 minutes.
But where to start? With earrings there are a so many options, it can start to feel overwhelming–perhaps adding to our avoidance of the accessory all together. But from the stud, to the dangle, the chandelier, to the threader; we found that the biggest statement for 2016 was to be found within the style of the drop down earring.
·The tassel. Inspired by the Art Deco periods of the 20s and 30s, tassel earrings are a classic. This season it’s all about bright pops of colors, and the thickest tassels. Look for a pair with detailing at the top for something extra.
·The balanced. This style is a very structured earring, typically protruding away from the ear. It can have a metal bar, or rows of shimmering cubic stones. An elegant pearl or diamond at the end makes this a beautiful going-out piece that’s well worth the money.
·The back-drop. Earrings with detailed backs isn’t a new concept, but that doesn’t mean they don’t impress. The big idea with this one, though, is to keep it minimalistic! Elegance is key. Try a style with a colored stone for a daytime earring that will wow!
·The geometric. Geometric shapes have been big in all sorts of jewelry lately, and that definitely doesn’t stop at the earring. All the styles above can have geometric shapes included. Or you can just make a specific shape the star of your look.
2016 is the year of the earring. Over-the-top statements were being made on the ears of models all over the runways. If you’re wanting to get ahead on the trend, try mixing the colors of your drop-downs; one tassel may be red, and the other blue. Or if you’re feeling extra adventurous, opt for an all-out, single ear show. Let us know how you’ll wear it!
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