5 Accessories That Go With Everything In Your Closet

January 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Do these shoes match this bag?” Accessorizing can be a difficult task. Either you don’t have the right piece, or you have too many pieces to choose from, or you just don’t have a clue. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 5 accessories that can become your closet staples, and never leave you with an outfit conundrum again.

Here’s our favorite pieces:

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·A black tote is the style staple everyone needs. Not only is it big enough to hold everything you need, it looks chic no matter where you go. Style this piece for work with a white button up, a sweater during the day, and leggings with a jacket on your way to the gym. This bag can do it all.

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·An everyday necklace is the perfect piece to have when you’re not sure what to wear. Having a simple piece like this around your neck at all times will always leave your outfit complete. Dress it up with a low-cut dress, and dress it down with jeans and a t-shirt!

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·Black cat eyes are universally flattering for all face shapes. At their origin, these glasses were worn by the most elegant and famous of women. But today, you can wear these with any outfit you can imagine–movie stars need not apply.

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·Upgrade any outfit with elegant diamond studs. Real or not, these earrings will add a bit of bling to your everyday outfit.

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·Black booties are the perfect accessory for every woman. Make these your style go-to, pair them with jeans, skirts, dresses, pants. They will become like your second skin, you’ll never want to take off this fashionable pair.

How would you style these 5 pieces? Let us know!

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Skin Care, The New Makeup.

January 26, 2017 § Leave a comment

Makeup trends have been all about a “natural” look for so long now… Which raises the question, why do we need makeup to look natural? Can’t we just be natural? It’s been a popular statement made by celebrities posting bare-faced selfies on Instagram, but we know that’s not their everyday look Maybe it’s time for a real makeup revolution, one that involves no makeup.

Ok, so we’re not saying anyone should give up makeup for good. We love makeup! It’s fun, colorful, and can definitely be a part of your everyday self care. But if the point is to get a makeup-free look, we say, embrace what is natural. Here’s how to get the skin care-as-makeup look:

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·Strategic skin care can eliminate the need for foundation, we promise it’s possible. For this purpose we suggest using a facial oil. Using an oil  will keep your skin hydrated for longer than a normal moisturizer would, and give you a dewy look. We love RMS Beauty Oil  because it includes natural ingredients like turmeric, which can be used to reduce blotchiness in the skin.

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·To add a nice glow to your eyes, we suggest using a lip balm! This is extra nourishing and will give a youthful look. Be sure to get a balm that isn’t sticky. Try Smith’s Rosebud Salve.

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·Instead of using a highlighter, go for some sunscreen! No one wants skin spots, damage, or worse, health problems due to the sun. So this serves a double purpose, opt for one without an oil base to prevent future blemishes, we like Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen.

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·Perfect your skin care look by brushing up your brows with a brow brush with just a touch of natural hairspray.

Going makeup free in public can be a daunting endeavor. To start, use these tips under a bit of makeup! Add some mascara, fill in those brows, do what makes you comfortable. That’s the most important thing to remember when using skin care as your new makeup. Are you brave enough to try the look? Let us know!

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Creating a Modern 1980s Makeup Look

January 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

If you’re really looking to commit to a vintage makeup look, the 1980s is the boldest choice you can make. The time was all about big hair, big shoulders, and big makeup looks! The 80s took one look at the “natural” makeup of the 70s, and decided it wanted to take no part in that. It was during this decade that the smokey eye became a makeup mainstay.

Here’s how to get a modern 80s makeup look:

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·The face. Probably the only thing close to natural about 80s makeup was the foundation. Women kept the tone very true to their natural skin color, and it wasn’t applied so thick that it covered all natural features, like freckles and moles. The contouring was maj-or, it was dark, thick, and typically applied above the natural cheekbone shadow. This pushed the blush even higher; bright reds and perfect pinks were often used. To get the face of the 80s we suggest using a liquid foundation, followed be a contour of the temples, natural cheek bone, and top of the forehead. Top it off with a red blush to get a rosy look.

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·The eyes. Color is a must, and since the smokey eye was a big trend, why not make a colorful smokey eye? Start with a long cat eye, then add a bright attention grabbing color on the lid of the eye–maybe a yellow or green. Then, add a more neutral color right above going up to the eyebrow, and curving down to the end of the cat eye you already created. We love a pink for this part of the look. For an extra statement, add this color below the eye to make them really pop.

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·The lips. Bright pink lips were a big thing in the 80s. This is the perfect compliment to your colorful smokey eye! Add a sheer lip gloss on top like the girls in the 80s!

There’s your totally 80s makeup look! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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The Fashion Horoscope: Aquarius

January 19, 2017 § Leave a comment

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·Friends. Aquarius are very guarded and sensitive people who really need time to get close to people. It is difficult for an Aquarius to be vulnerable because they get hurt very easily, but if you become friends with an Aquarius, they will be your friend for life. They express they loyalty, creativity, and intellect greatly to their friends and family — and they expect the same in return. An Aquarius uses their style to express their personality. Despite their best attempts to be spontaneous, they will typically have a style “uniform” they frequently wear. This is something simple and modern that make an Aquarius feel comfortable wherever they go.

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·Love. An intellectual makes the best partner for an Aquarius. An interesting conversation is the best way to catch their attention! Much like in relationships with friends, when they are given communication and loyalty they will return it ten fold. Aquarius make great long-term partners and really work at their relationships with others. Because Aquarius prefers to use their words to express their feelings, they don’t feel the need to be too revealing with their fashion choices. A great date night look is a simple dress and accessories, no need to go overboard here.

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·Work. Aquarius-born possess great enthusiasm for their work. They devote themselves to their work and will make sacrifices for the success of themselves as well as others. Aquarius love to see a project from beginning to end and nature it with their creative minds. Most Aquarius have the ability to maintain a balance between spending and saving their earnings, and they’re not afraid to show off their style. Aquarius are natural born leaders, so they love to express that in their outfit while still adding an edge all their own. A leather jacket is a great addition to any work look for the Aquarius.

How will you wear the look of the Aquarius? Let us know!

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Winter Handbag Trends

January 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

I bought my first nylon Prada shoulder bag at the ripe age of 12 and haven’t stopped loving handbags since. A handbag addict like me is always on the look-out for new trends, and winter 2017 did not disappoint. We’re seeing new handbag materials, patterns, shapes, and sizes are coming forth and making some big waves on the runways.

Here are our favorite handbag trends for this winter:

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·Not boots with the fur, but handbags with the fur! Real or faux, the biggest handbag trend this season is to have fur handbags in a variety of colors! We love the idea of matching our fur bag with our fur coat for a great street style look.Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.16.03 PM

·If you’ve been holding on to that mid-90s designer handbag that everyone has been telling you to just get rid of for years now, congrats, it was actually a good investment! Classic monogram handbags are back! The perfect way to wear your retro bag and bring it into this century is by investing in a new, longer strap. Take it a step further and complete your mini messenger bag with a chain strap!

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·Lunchbox bags were a big hit this season! Although, most of them weren’t even big enough to fit your lunch in! Look for this style of bag at your favorite vintage or thrift shop, these were super stylish back in the day. Make yours Dolce&Gabbana esque by adding a bit of bedazzle!

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·Clutches are a great statement maker, look for this new kind with a hand strap! This will make your clutch easier to carry and keep up with. It almost makes the handbag a whole new accessory!

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·Every great handbag deserves its own accessory. A favorite of model Kendall Jenner, adding a puff keychain to your bag is the new lanyard. Try monogramming yours or adding patches and buttons to really show off your personality!

What’s your favorite winter handbag trend? Let us know in the comments!

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Product Review: Kocostar Foot Therapy Wrap

January 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

It’s time to get real. Real about our feet, more specifically our 3 inch heel on a consistant basis wearing, callused feet. I remember when I was young and calluses weren’t even a part of my vocabulary, now almost daily I’m scrubbing with a pumice stone. So I decided to try something new, I was shopping the other day and came across the Kocostar Foot Therapy Wrap. I thought, “why not” and I gave it a try.

Here’s what happened:

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·I first got home, and took a shower so my feet were squeaky clean since I was about to have them wrapped up for an hour an a half. I opened the pa
ckage and found two white, squishy, origami puzzles inside. Admittedly, I spent the first ten minutes struggling to find the hole my foot actually fit into–ripping one of the wraps in the process. When I finally had it all figured out, I slipped my foot inside and secured them exactly how the instructions confusingly told me to. Since I had ripped one I was a little worried about them sliding off, so to be extra secure I pulled two hair ties around my ankles.

·Then I waited one and a half hours… (definitely suggest you have something pre-planned for this part). The sensation of having the wraps on was very relaxing, although it’s impossible to not constantly move your toes around the gel inside. They felt cool and soothing. When the alarm sounded I hurriedly ran to my bath tub, ripped the wraps off and washed my feet. They were extremely soft, but there were still obvious signs of calluses. Sadly I went to see what I did wrong. The internet informed me that the product takes a few days to work. So no biggie.

·About three days passed and I was seriously thinking nothing was going to happen from my $9.99 foot wrap. But then, it happened. My feet began to peel like crazy. You don’t understand how many layers of skin your feet have until you use this product. A week later I had amazing calasus-free feet

If you have feet problems like me I definitely recommend the Kocostar Foot Therapy Wrap. Despite my early problems and frustration with not getting immediate results, this thing works. I’m definitely buying again.

Try out the Kocostar Foot Therapy Wrap and let us know what you think in the comments!

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The History of Makeup: 1960s

January 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

Let’s take a look at the History of Makeup: 1960s.

Barbra_Streisand_-_1966The 1960s “Baby Boomers” decade was a time that was filled with new ideas and thoughts as the youth were ready to take charge of their lives. A big way of self-expression during the decade was in fashion and beauty which could be easy seen. From those who were natural and wore little to no makeup, to the high-fashion lovers with dark eyeshadow, everyone wore their ideals on their face.

Similar to previous decades, makeup had mixed opinions as some women believed that makeup was a way to enhance their beauty and rid their flaws, while other known as Feminists were openly removing the products from their home as they believed it was a way to make women sexual objects.

 DIFFERENT YET THE SAME

Surprisingly, the 1950s look which consisted of elegant eyes and pink lips was brought into the 60s but was completelyhqdefault enhanced with the raise of the mod look and beautiful models like Twiggy and Jean Shimpton. Although two other looks (classic and hippy) were on the scene, the mod look was most known for its dramatic eyes and lightly colored lips and the iconic long eyelashes.

1960s MILESTONES:

  • Magazines were excited to share with readers, step-by-step- instructions on how to use the new makeup fad, lip brushes, and how to blend their own lip colors.
  • The cosmetic brand, Mary Quant, designed makeup for the young generation of modish mini skirt and go-go boot wearers.
  • Eyelashes became a must have! Lashes were made from every human hair, synthetics, and even mink.

THE LOOK:

FACE: Women were heavy on the powders during the beginning of the decade but later began to use just enough to cover blemishes by the end of the decade. Around 1963, women began to use coral, pink or peach blush all over their faces to create a natural glow.

BROWS: Women desired the clean, groomed, shaped and defined look which they accomplished with a brow pencil.

EYES: The eyes were the complete centerfold of the look during the 60s with the use of false eyelashes, mascara and lots of eyeliner. The most popular colors during this time were blues, greens, greys and whites. A signature look was a pale colored eyelid with an un-blended or smudged dark crease line which was applied in an arch from the inner eye to the outer eye.

Eyeliner was used to give the eye lots of dramatics with the combination of dark eyeliner around the eye and white eyeliner drawn over the upper lid to the corner of the eye.

False eyelashes were all the rage starting around 1964. Young women would sometimes wear them every day sometimes even with two layers on the top and bottom lashes that they would trim.

LIPS:  Because of the dramatic eyes, lips were much understated with lights colors of coral, pinks, and peach which was outlined with a pencil.

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