Easy and Modern Way to Wear 1800s Makeup [DIY]

May 5, 2016 § Leave a comment


In beauty, there are times when certain makeup trends from previous centuries come back into existence and become avant-garde, which is why I decided to create an easy DIY for re-creating the 1800s makeup style in a modern way.

Here are my tips to creating the perfect modern 1800s look:



For my face I like to use the bare mineral powder, TOUCHE ÉCLAT BLUR PRIMER $52. I apply the power all over my face and neck to create an even blend and the appearance of perfect skin.

For under my eyes, I apply TOUCHE ÉCLAT $42 by blending with my finger tips to cover unwanted dark circles.

For highlighting on my forehead and bridge of my nose, I blend TOUCHE ÉCLAT $42 in with my fingertips which I also do when contouring. For my contouring I use a darker shade of TOUCHE ÉCLAT $42 on the tip and corners of my nose.

For the perfect 1800s look, I use Le blush creme de Chanel $38. I apply the blush over the apple of my cheeks with my fingertips. I suggest you do not go towards the ears with a brush.


To achieve the look I am going for, I lightly brush my brows upward with a disposable mascara wand using an eyeshadow the same color of my brows. This creates a more natural look.


For the prefect eye, use the Smashbox Softbox Eye Palette $50. I begin by applying the desired color over the entire lid, and when I get to the crease I use a nude color.

My professional tip:  Lightly pat eye shadow brush on eyes instead of stroking the brush because doing this will cause the eye shadow powder to fall on your face messing up the foundation.


To create the finishing look, I apply Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush $35 for the perfect pout.

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Creating a Modern 1700s Makeup Look

May 3, 2016 § 2 Comments


Have a love for the classic times? Want to find a way to incorporate it to your beauty routine? We have found a modern day way to wear 1700s makeup daily! We are not expecting you to pile up the white powder on your face, nor do we want you to add flour into your hair. We are have a few  unique and modern ways of adding the classic makeup styles to your everyday beauty routine without looking costume-y! Here are our suggestions of adding the old-fashioned beauty to your 21st century life:


·The Face. We suggest replacing the pale white powder on the face with a matte or cream color foundation with no shimmer. Add lots of red blush!


·The Eyes. For the day, add a dramatic look on the eyes similar to the 1700s. You should add white or cream colored shadow to the inner corner of your eyes.  For night, we suggest you darken your eye shadow with neutral colors or for a more attention grabbing eye, add some shimmery. For day and night, bring the powdery eyebrows into the 21st century by simply lightening your own with a light brown eyebrow pencil.


·The Lips. For a wonderful update to the red lips of the 1700s, try the gradient lip trend which is when you put on nude colored lipstick and add color to the inner part of the lips and blend outward on the lips. You then add a shiny clear gloss for a unique look.

Where is the best place to wear this look? We would love to hear your thoughts.

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Quick History of Nails: 1970s

April 28, 2016 § Leave a comment

b9792713df870d597ed81bd6b9fc9d86Take a look at the quick history of nails: 1970s.

Disco was the in the air, Studio 54 was the party to attend, and the love for nails grew tremendously with an increased love for perfectly manicured long nails by Hollywood Divas and everyday women. This new found love for fake nails caused openings of beauty salons to growing rapidly which forever changed the nail world.

The Style

The 70s was the era of natural looking, artificial acrylic nails which were often worn long, especially by the rich.  One particular styles popular during this time was nail charms, gold nails, and nail art which became very popular during this time. The use of nail drills also became common which were used to sculpt acrylic nails neatly.

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In 1975, there was a heavy demand in Hollywood to have a natural nail look that actresses could wear with any piece of wardrobe and one American man delivered just that. Jeff Pink, founder of a nail lacquer and treatment company named Orly, created a simple natural nail style which consisted of pink nails with white tips that instantly took over the fashion runways and beauty industry. Soon the style appeared on the runways of Paris and everyone wanted the “French Manicure”.

The Major Change in the Industry

After the Fall of Saigon in 1975, actress and philanthropist, Tippi Hendren began working with thousands of Vietnamese women in a refugee camp near Sacramento to help them start new lives in the U.S but no one would believe the change she caused in the beauty industry while doing so.  After having her long and glossy nails admired by the women of the camp she came up with the idea of having her manicurist, Dusty, teach them the art of doing nails so they could open up their own salons. Tippi Hendren began flying Dusty to Camp Hope every weekend to meet and teach 20 women in the camp nail technology.

What history do you know about the beauty industry? Share with us.

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Sugar Wax At Home

April 26, 2016 § Leave a comment


Waxing, the form of semi-permanent removing of hair from the root has been used in the Persian culture since 1900BC, which means smooth hairless skin has been wanted for thousands of years.

Usually, when waxing, new hair typically doesn’t grow back in the area waxed for four to six weeks which is why the method is sought after for eyebrows, face, bikini area, legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet.

There are many great spas that will offer you different waxes to choose from, but it can become expensive. To save you a few dollars, consider doing it yourself!

Here is our recipe for Sugar Wax:


1 cup sugar (white)

2 tablespoon of water

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 lemon (squeeze the juice)

1 cup of honey


  • Begin by pouring sugar, water, and salt into a large pot with medium heat.
  • Squeeze the lemon into the pot also. Cook until it becomes a heated sugar mixture.
  • Pour a small amount of water on a marble slab and pour the sugar mixture over the water. Let set for about 10 sec.
  • Using a metal spoon, lift the edge of sugar and bring it to the middle. Repeat until the mixture turns into a small ball. Once in a small ball keep moving sugar around to get the right consistency. As the mixture cools use your hands along with water to make the perfect ball.
  • You are looking for the sugar wax to turn cream colored and similar to paste.
  • When you are ready to use, place in microwave for 10 sec. or longer if needed. Works just like other waxes!

Note: To preserve un-used sugar wax, simply freeze in plastic wrap and when you are ready to use, microwave for about 30 sec or more. You may add water if the sugar is too tough.

Share your thoughts of the recipe in the comments below.

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Simple Tips and Tricks for Layering Necklaces

April 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

Simple Tips for Layering Necklaces


We have searched out simple tips and tricks for layering your necklaces with style!

Layering necklaces will never go out of style, especially when done right! Layering necklaces may not be as complicated as you think as long as you keep these simple tips and tricks in mind.

  • Small, medium and large are the principles of layering necklaces. When styling your necklaces always have one small/shorter and less bold piece and gradually increase in style and size for a completely polished look.
  • Black or solid colors are your canvas. When layering necklaces always keep in mind that black or solid colors are ideal to make your accessories pop!
  • Be strategic. Know the look that you are trying to capture with the look. Are you trying to make a statement? Do you know your ideal of textures? How many pieces are you planning to wear? Will my jewelry clash with my fashion? These are questions you should seriously consider when layering necklaces. You want to be sure that you don’t overdo the look causing it to look messy.
  • Less is more—except on special occasions. Like all fashion choices, you must consider the venue and nature of the event. For more formal occasions like tea parties and banquets feel free to layer 2-3 necklaces. For more casual events stick to 1-2 to prevent from looking over-dressed. And for everyday wear, keep it simple and layer at your discretion.
  • Be confident in your style. If you are confident in your style and your layering technique you will always stand out in the crowd.

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The History of Shoes: 1950s

April 19, 2016 § Leave a comment

History of Shoes: The changing times of 1950s.

imagesWe have made our way through the Victorian/Edwardian Times (1901-1910), the Titanic/Pre-World War I Era (1910-1919), the Roaring 20s (1920-1929) and today we begin the history of shoes during the Great Depression (1929–1939), the 1940s and now we are ready to jump into the ‘50s.


The 1950s was a time when entertainment and excitement was in the air with Marilyn Monroe making men drool; I Love Lucy was a TV favorite, and American Bandstand had people dancing. Some of these wonderful additions to TV served to help influence the styles of the time.images-1

The biggest change to women’s shoes was the stiletto thanks to Charles Jourdan! No longer were women stuck on wearing chunky heels or wedges, women now had the option of wearing light heels of style featuring cut out toes and sleek designs.


imgresMuch like men’s fashion, men shoes doesn’t change very much. Men are very basic in their needs and like what is simple yet stylish. Men are wearing conservative colors of black and white shoes.

Converse tennis shoes, and “brothel creepers”, suede shoes with thick soles, were a few favorite shoe designs during the 50s, along with the timeless Oxford shoes.

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Trendy Hats for Spring 2016

April 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

c700x621On Trend: Spring Hats and Snapbacks! 

Take a quick look at the most trendy hats for Spring 2016.

It is just about time to let your hair down and get ready to enjoy the warmer days! As you transition your wardrobe and your pretty florals, you may need to hit the boutiques. In honor of those amazing Spring days, we have created a simple guide to finding the perfect Spring hat:


Get ready to be a cutie with Trendy Fedoras and Sassy Snapbacks!

Fedoras are an edgy and wonderfully trendy way of making your look ultra-chic. We love the idea of finding the brightly colored fedoras to keep your look sweet and feminine.

Snapbacks have been considered the hat for hip-hop, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come in sweet styles just for you, Fashionista! With so many pretty styles to choose from it is much too easy to look street-chic.


Bright and pretty colors like pinks, yellow, and lots of floral looks beautiful for the spring!


We love these styles of hats because they are very versatile. We love the idea of wearing your fedora with your maxi dress and your snapback with your favorite skinny jeans and tee!

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