Saturday, November 9, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 3: It's Coming...

The rumors are true. Urban Decay has confirmed via an advertisement on their YouTube page that the third installment of the Naked eyeshadow palettes is coming, and soon. Although no details about the palette have been confirmed, there have been a few photos floating around with promising pictures of the new shades. While the original Naked palette was full of warm neutrals and Naked 2 was more cool  neutrals with grey undertones, Naked 3 features pink undertones with a rose-gold theme. Rumor has it the palette will be out in December just in time for Christmas...here's hoping it's another holy grail product!

photo via Pinterest

Saturday, September 14, 2013

NYFW: The Metallics Are Coming!

After a long week of shows, photography, and street style; or in my case keeping up with what was going on via The New York Times and Twitter during free periods in the library, fashion week has come to an end. As tradition, the September New York fashion week previews the creations from various designer's upcoming spring 2014 collections. Equally as important, the shows offer a glimpse of what will be next spring's biggest trends. There were a few stand outs, like the color orange and the continuation of black and white prints, but what really caught my attention was the amount of metallic hitting the runway. You could see everything from dresses to skirts and even pants in the holographic material. Now I'm sure not everyone is going to be a fan, but I think this trend has great potential in being marketable to clothing stores. Metallics allow you to wear as much as you want and still stand out. If you're a true fashionista you could be sporting a metallic skater skirt next spring, or if you're a little more quiet about fashion you could pick up some shiny accessories like a bag, shoes, or even just some silver nail polish. This trend is what you make it and I hope to see it hitting the streets next March! PS - my favorite look is the first photo on the left, love the skirt with the button up!

photos via Pinterest
photos via Pinterest

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Style Icon: Taylor Swift

From country, to glam, and even hipster prep; she's done it all. As I am typing this, Taylor Swift is speaking on the red carpet of the 2013 VMA's looking fabulous as always. After her album RED came out earlier this year, she ditched her cowboy boots for oxfords and Ray Bans adapting yet another new style. Although I do miss country Taylor, this new straight haired and red lipped singer is at the top of her fashion game. She is regularly seen sporting neutral colored dresses and oxford shirts paired with skinny jeans and leather handbags. Being a big fan of the "classic" look myself, I think Taylor is a great representative of the style. At first I wasn't sure I could handle another T Swift style change, but now I think it's great she's taking risks and expressing such modern slight hipster-like style. Keep on being stylish Taylor! Can we go shopping together soon?



Monday, August 5, 2013

Eyebrows: Tips for Tweezing

Tweezing your eyebrows can be a major pain, I'm a regular tweezer and I've learned some do's and don'ts over the years...here are some tips for the perfect brows!

  • Wait to tweeze until after you've taken a shower, the steam will help soften your eyebrow hairs and make tweezing less painful.
  • If you can't stand the pain, numb your eyebrow with an ice cube.
  • Brush your eyebrows up, it might look silly but it will help you see the hairs you need to pluck.
  • Use a regular mirror, not magnified, or else you'll start plucking hairs you don't need to.
  • Figure out where your natural arch is before you start to pluck, or else you might go overboard.
  • Do not over pluck! If you do you'll have to wait a few weeks until you look normal again, yikes.
  • Once you are finished, brush your eyebrows up again and trim the tops with small cosmetic scissors.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Return of the Scrunchie?

It seems like in the end most trends come back around at some point or another, so what about scrunchies? I'm not saying I am or have ever been a scrunchie fan, but it seems like one of those things that has the potential to gain popularity again, right? I mean just look at festival outfits at Coachella, a scruchie would fit in very nicely with a pair of retro sunglasses and some Levi's cutoffs. I have a prediction that next summer we might see these hair toppers again. I think they would fit in during the summer when it's hot out as opposed to the winter because of hats and turbans. Personally, I actually think they are pretty cute with a top knot on those days you just want to throw your hair up. Only time will tell, until then we'll just have to wait and see!


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Review

Glamglow, a Hollywood based beauty company, has created two mud masks designed to refresh your skin and make you look red-carpet ready. The Supermud Clearing Treatment is designed to fight common skin problems like acne and help clear out your pores. Basically, when you first put this mask on it looks charcoal grey (it actually has charcoal in it) and smells like mint (it also has chunks of eucalyptus leafs in it). Once the mask begins to dry, it turns mint green and feels very tight on your face. You can leave the mask on anywhere from 10-20 minutes, I left it on for a good 20 just to make sure. As it dries, you can actually see the dirt coming from your pores and rising to the surface of the mask. Hence all the dots in the picture. This happens especially around your nose and chin where your skin tends to be more oily. Once you wash the mask off (with just water) any oil that was on your skin is instantly gone and your face is left feeling fresh and rejuvenated. The only down side is that your face will still have a tight tape-like feeling. The long-term effects of the mask took any oil that was on my T-zone away for about a day, but also left other parts of my face dry. In the long run, this mask helps fight acne and reduce oily skin, and if you suffer from these problems I recommend giving this mask a try but beware of dry skin.


photo via Pinterest

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Trending: Dip Dyed and Ombré

To be fair, this trend really did start last year, but it's been gaining momentum and is bigger than ever this summer. Ombré, as it was known everywhere last year is basically dye starting darker and gradually becoming a lighter color whether it be on a piece of clothing, hair, furniture, bags, nails...the possibilities really are endless. Now, also going by the name "dip dyed", this trend gives off a fresh feel that is perfect for summer.


In my opinion, ombré is kind of a more mature version of tie dye in the sense that it's classier than the vibrant multi-toned t-shirts you wore as a kid. Ombré got it's start last year as the widely popular hair trend in which you dye the ends of your hair lighter and blonder than your actual hair color is. While some people hate this trend and think of it as just "grown out roots", ombré looks great on a vast majority of people as long as it's natural looking. Now that regular ombré is not as fresh of a trend this year, people have started using colored hair dyes like pink, purple, and blue to dye the ends of their hair rather than a natural looking color. I'm interested to see what the next form of ombré will be after this gets old as well!

I love love love dip dyed clothes and accessories. I think it's a great look and can still look classy no matter what it is your wearing. Dip dye is also something that it relatively easy to do yourself, all you really need is a piece of clothing (preferably white), some dye, and a bucket. Dip dying doesn't limit you to just dying a shirt, you can dye fabrics like denim and make bleached shorts or find a dress and dip dye the hem. By pairing your dip dyed item with something like a blazer or a pencil skirt you still look business-ready all while being able to express yourself. If you're not into wearing the trend as a clothing choice, consider a ombré purse, headband, or even some cool looking nails. There are ways to wear this trend in small amounts so you don't have to over-power your appearance with it. This trend is perfect for summer but can really be worn all year long depending on what colors the dye are, for instance navy would be a good color choice for fall and winter while orange would be better for the summer.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Best and Worst of Drugstore Foundation

Being a foundation aficionado, over the years I've tried countless different brands and formulas that all come from drugstores. Some I really love and think are great, but some are just awful...

My all time favorite is Revlon Colorstay foundation. It is literally AMAZING. It gives great coverage (especially if you have acne or problem spots) without making it look like you're wearing a pound of makeup. It's also build-able without making you look orange. The best thing about this foundation though is that it stays put all day long, even if you sweat! It looks great on and is absolutely worth the money.

For awhile I wore Almay Smart Shade foundation and although I really like it, there are a few things about it that irk me. The fact that it works to match your exact skin color is helpful and the coverage is great, not to mention it also has SPF 15! Although, one thing that bugs me a bit is that you actually have to mix it before you apply it to your skin or else it will just be orange when you put it onto your face. Other than this problem it really is a great foundation and Almay concealer is my all time favorite!

Another product I've worn and liked was Covergirl Clean foundation. Boasting that it's great for your skin, this foundation offers light coverage with a fresh clean scent. What I really like about this product is that it comes in three different types: normal skin, dry skin, and oily skin. It's not often that a company creates different types of a product to fit the individual needs of it's customers instead of making only one universal formula. The fact that this is made for a wider audience makes it easier to find exactly which is right for you. My only cons about this foundation are that if you put too much on you risk looking orange-y or darker than your skin tone. My other con is that this foundation is a bit heavy and you'll be able to feel the foundation on your face sort of like a mask even after it dries.

Now I'm sure that some of you love this product, but Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Liquid Makeup is my absolute LEAST favorite. When I put it on, it didn't look smooth but was cakey and un-natrual looking. Because it has salicylic acid, it can help fight acne while you wear it, but it can also dry out your skin in the process. This product did not impress me nor was it right for me.



Monday, June 3, 2013

Drugstore Dupe: Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palettes

Urban Decay's Naked and Naked 2 eye shadow palettes are wildly popular with makeup users and are constantly being raved about on the internet whether it be in reviews or in beauty tutorials via YouTube or Pinterest. For some people, shelling out $50 for a eyeshadow palette might sound a little pricy and looking for a drugstore alternative might sound like a better solution. After searching and trying multiple products, I've found a winner. Physicians Formula "Nude" eyeshadow palettes come in three types: classic, natural, and warm. After using the "warm" palette, I really don't have any complaints! The colors stay on all day and the variety of colors let you mix and match to create different looks. My only suggestion would be to use primer before applying the shadow to make the colors stand out a little more. Although it's not the real thing, this dupe is worth checking out.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring 2013 Trend: Cargo Jackets

After seeing so many people wearing them this Spring, I finally decided to take the plunge and buy a cargo jacket; and I love it! I was on the fence about buying one at first, but after seeing how cute they looked on people I though I would give it a go. My hesitation came from not knowing what I would wear it with, but now that I've got one I've discovered it really goes with just about anything. The two major colors of cargo jackets, olive green and khaki, are neutral enough to be able to pair with most other colors and not clash. I myself own a khaki one. There are also some adorable colored ones I've seen out there like coral and yellow too... Cargo jackets are not only sensible for spring in the sense that they are lightweight and great for those slightly chilly days, but they are pretty universal style-wise. You can dress up a cargo jacket with a lace dress or dress it down with a pair of shorts or jeans. Most importantly, these jackets are timeless meaning they are a great piece of clothing to invest in because they won't be going out of style anytime soon.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring 2013 Trend: Neon Pop

A pop of neon paired with a neutral color like grey has been seen everywhere this spring from bags to sweaters and even shoes. Because of the eye-catching effect this color combination has, it eliminates the need for dramatic prints or embellishments. Although the eye-catching effect is what this trend is all about, neon shouldn't overpower the outfit, but enhance it. This can be seen as trim to a shoe, a statement necklace or a even worn as nail polish. Because the trend is so broad, it gives you the opportunity to wear it however you would like without being limited to interpreting the trend a certain way. Whether you'd rather rock it formally or causal, the choice is yours. I've even seen some adorable Nike sneakers sporting the trend. Out of all the neon I've seen so far this spring, my favorite has to be the Fluoro bag from The Cambridge Satchel Company (retails for $190). The bag comes in neon green, orange, pink and yellow. This bag is not only trendy, but the classic shaped gives it a timeless feel that won't fall out of style anytime soon. 



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