Friday, August 29, 2014

Get "The Ariana Look" this Labor Day Weekend!

Ariana Grande's signature look is without a doubt her ponytail.  She's also added headbands to the roster and I certainly am not mad at it.  It plays on the "mod vibe" she's giving.  Here are a few tools of the trade ( all that can be found at local stores and online retailers  - Sallysbeauty,  CVS , Rite Aid, Walgreens, Target , Amazon, etc. ) that can keep you chic , and keep you cool ( while working out) .  I think this would be a perfect "go to look" this long weekend when you may not feel like having to "deal " with your hair. 

1.  Conair Perfect Pony - This kit is suitable to all hair types from fine to thick .

2. Conair Infiniti Pro Argan Oil Treatment Strip Finishing Brush - Moisturizes Strands by depositing Argan Oil on your locks as you brush.  Finally we can reap rewards as we tease tease tease our pony to perfection. ** Bonus** If you want a sleeker Pony ,  using John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron to smooth ends and make it pin straight


3. Scunci Effortless Beauty Headbands - I love these.. I think you should have multiple sets . One set for home use only -  While applying makeup / facial treatments , to fully keep strands away from the face. The second for pure style ( a la Ariana) .  I love the Monochrome shades especially , and I would stock up on a ton for the fall.
 **Bonus** When you've grown tired of the "Ariana" you can pin your pony into a cute top knot using Scunci No Slip Grip All Day Hold Bobby Pins  paired with a Black Headband .  You can thank me later.

4. Scunci Everyday & Active Luxe Basic Stretch Headbands -  LOVE ..  Perfect for when you want to work out , but still want to look cute ( but not overly cute , because it IS the gym.) .  For ladies with Natural Hair like me,  I love wearing some sort of headband especially when I've straightened my hair -  it helps keeps the roots straight  ( don't know how it does, but it works!) .  **Bonus** Blow wet roots dry with John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Salon Shine Dryer  using the Conair Inifiti Pro Paddle Brush. Finishing off with One 'n Only Brazilian Tech Keratin De-Frizz Wand  ( Natural Hair Girls!!!) to keep the hairline sleek .  Then add some texture to the ends with the Nano Titanium wand by BabyLiss PRO. You could also braid your pony at night or while working out, pass the dryer over it a little bit before unbraiding it ( after you've gotten dressed for the evening and your makeup is done) - voila! you have beach waves. 

Have a Lovely Holiday ! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Orange and Lavender Lips : Statement Shades that are here to STAY ..... Get the Look

Orange and Lavender ( Lilac) Lips on Fair Skin 

Orange and Lavender (Lilac) Lips on Dark Skin 

Two shades I am OBSESSING over at the current junction are "Oranges" and "Lavenders" ( or Lilac whichever way you want to categorize it.) .  From Mattes to Stains to Glossy Glosses I can NOT get enough.  I love that these two shades are completely Universal ( see the photos above for yourself) ,  everyone can partake in the fun -  the key is just knowing which shade under the spectrum compliments you.  Never let anyone tell you that you can not wear a specific color because your skin tone is too light or too dark. Makeup is supposed to be fun , care free and explored without boundaries and possibilities. With that said, I've put together a few shades ( some Matte, Stain, Gloss , priced from high to low ) that will get you on trend for the Fall /Winter.  Enjoy !!  

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in "Creamy Coral" and "Violet Orchid" ($21) 
 When I first tested these babies out at Sephora I was like "OMG I did not know Too Faced was . bringing it like this!!!" Too Faced has really out did themselves with the Melted line.  I can not say anything about these lipsticks but that you MUST get them ! They dry with a matte like finish and are super pigmented and last for hours.. Truly a dream to wear.
Luxe Luxe Luxe ... Is what these lipsticks should have been called.  The packaging feels like a piece of art in your handbag, the Matte texture is not like any other Matte lipsticks I own.  Kat Von D really did reformulate these lipsticks and made them better than ever.  "A Go Go" looks AMAZING on my dark skin , and women of lighter tones, its a fabulous shade or Orange that I think every woman should have. "Coven" is currently sold out online at Sephora and most locations  - so that just speaks for itself.  

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in "Tangerine Scream" and "Exxxaggerate" ($7.49)
These Lipsticks give a Matte Finish , but are non-drying Exxxagerate is not quite Lavender a bit deeper but its such a lovely shade.  I really love the quality of Sleek Makeup over all, its proves that you don't always have to spend a lot to get luxury.  
I am very excited about the launch of these L.A. Girl colors. They are super pigmented and are the perfect dupe to the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, but honestly these are so fabulous they can stand alone.  At the price you can't do anything but not indulge in a few of the shades!  

Celebrity Manicurist Skyy Hadley's tips on getting Holiday Weekend Ready Hands and Feet

After this short week , we are all just racing to get the "Official Last Weekend of The Summer" and its crucial that we must look and feel our best.  Celebrity Manicurist Skyy Hadley of As U Wish Nail Spa was nice enough to share a few tips to having supple hands and feet.  I suggest doing these routines before the weekend and after the weekend -  a girl's gotta indulge!! 

Skyy Hadley’s Recipe for the Ultimate Hydrating Coconut Scrub
(Perfect on nights after wearing heels all day, the perfect finale to your evening.)
  • Begin by muddling a few fresh mint leaves in an empty jar to release their natural essential oils. This will help you relax while providing hydration.
  • Warm up some coconut oil and pour into the jar until it is halfway full.

  •  Add 2 tablespoons of honey and mix in 1 tablespoon of sugar until the sugar is completely immersed in the oil mixture.

  • Take a couple spoonfuls of the scrub and work into your legs and feet to fully exfoliate, sloughing away dead skin and smoothing out calluses, cracked heels and rough spots.

  • The coconut oil will provide a great amount of moisture, leaving skin feeling smooth and supple.

  • Also, be sure to rub on toe nail beds and in between toes to prevent nail infections and fungus (as coconut oil contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties). 
     Repeat 1-2 times per week for a moisturizing and revitalizing at-home spa treatment.

Skyy Hadley’s Luxury Rejuvenating Hot Cream At-Home Hand Treatment
(Your hands will thank you, and all of your #Manicure Monday pics will be taken to the next level)
·           Remove all nail polish with a gentle polish remover
·           Begin by sloughing off dead and dry skin from palms and backs of hands with a homemade sugar scrub (salt scrubs can be drying or irritating):
·           Mix sugar, a few drops of vegetable glycerin and an uplifting essential oil like peppermint or rosemary in a medium-sized bowl. 
·            Gently rub hands together to scrub away dullness.  Remove scrub with a warm wet cloth.
·           Do NOT soak fingers in water, as doing so will actually draw the moisture OUT of your skin.
·           Instead, heat up 2 plastic baggies full of a thick, luxurious cream and add a few drops of an invigorating essential oil such as tangerine, ylang ylang, or chamomile.
·           Heat until very warm but not too hot, then place hands in bags for about 2 minutes, allowing moisture to penetrate the skin. 
·            Remove hands from bag and massage cream into skin, wiping off any excess.
·            Your hands should instantly feel smooth and look radiant!

Enjoy Ladies ! Have a wonderful and fabulous holiday!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Perfect Winged Eye - Two ways to get the Look

A classic staple in beauty that has been here since the beginning of civilization ( Egyptians were know to wear heavy liner) is the coveted "Winged Eyliner" or "Winged Eye" or "Cat Eye" (whatever your pretty little heart wants to call it.)

Gel Liner has become pretty popular in recent years with Inglot liner in "77" (Beautylish/ $12)  being one of all your favorite Youtube / Instagram Makeup Artists favorite.  I have three other amazing recommendations from Luxe to Steal .
  1. LUXE : Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner with double-ended brush $24 - the blackest of the blacks you will EVER find... Tested and proved by Moi ! 
  2. Maybelline Eye studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner $9.99
  3. STEAL : e.l.f Studio Cream Liner $3.00 - at 3 bucks, there is absolutely no excuse not to own some gel/cream liner. 

Precision Pen Eyeliners are like the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket to the perfect "Winged Eye" they make it absolutely "fool proof". These are great for people who might find using a brush a bit difficult and it is in my opinion to use the pen over all.  I personally have no preference I like both methods.  Some great options are :
  1. LUXE: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Longwear Liquid Eyeliner $20
  2. LUXE: MAC Penultimate Eye Liner $20
  3. Kat von D Tattoo Liner $18
  4. STEAL : e.l.f. Studio Precision Liquid Eyeliner $3.00 

Verdict : Draw ... I think both liner formats are excellent its more about preference and ease of use.

Below you will find two ways to wear your "Winged Eye" one subtle , one bold but both equally radiant. 

Full on Glam : Winged Liner , Lashes, and a bold Orange - Red Lip  -  A great option for lip colors are MAC "Dangerous" and Kat Von D  "A go go"

Winged Naturale : Winged Liner paired with a clean bare face.  Nicki Minaj has really become the "Queen of the Wing" lately.  A great lip option is some good ole' lip balm like my all time favorite Rosebud Perfume Co. Strawberry Lip balm

No matter the way you choose to wear your winged liner , one thing is certain you will be exuding extreme amounts of sexy! 

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Model Behavior

Model Behavior

I am so in love with this Jourdan Supermodel Boyfriend Tshirt by Missguided  ($17.98) .  I predict we will see this cheeky T in a few street style shots during the upcoming Fashion Weeks ahead. 
I am going to be sure to snag mines before they're all gone , you should too !  

Monday, August 18, 2014

THE HOT LIST : Four small ways to re-vamp your look

It's been a while since I've been blogging but I wanted to return with my "HOT LIST" - This list contains four key trends that I just love and feel its a must for everyone.

1. Statement Earrings - I have one word for you ... BaubleBar . You do not have to look any further every trend in "baubles" or what I like to call it "bijoux" , BaubleBar has you covered. From Oversized Drop Earrings, to Reverse 360 Pearl Studs ( think Dior but at a MUCH more affordable price) , to the cult hit style Ear Cuffs , your wardrobe will thank you.  A great bonus is you accumulate points with every purchase which can be used towards future purchases.  I just can't get enough !!!

2. Anything Leather  - Leather Pants,  Skirts, Dresses,  the list goes on.  I love to wear Leather ( real or faux does not matter)  all year round actually.  It is classic yet it can be edgy, girly, sexy, relaxed given how you wear it.  Asos has a really cute  Faux Leather Cap that can transcend through all the seasons.  You will feel very "Yonce" with this piece.  Best part about it ...  Its under $15 !!! -  So snag it soon!

3.  Denim on Denim -  Something Old , Something New , Something Blue .  This trend is all of these things - Old , because it has been done since the birth of denim jeans. New, because now we are using all the new silhouettes and accessories to keep things current , also the Denim on Denim extends to Black and Colored Denim as well . Blue, because all of the contrasting shades of the signature color look amazing together. If you are anything like me , you love a bargain and there is so many cute pieces on Missguided .

4. Highlight & Contour - One of the greatest techniques in makeup application ever created.  I do not feel complete without a contoured face.  Some women may think you can not achieve the "natural" "no makeup" look with a Contoured face , but you're WRONG.  It is more than simple to "beat your face" to flawless perfection with the help of some great kits. High - MAKE UP FOREVER Sculpting Kit -  this comes in 4 shades ( as a Dark Skinned makeup lover this makes me happy-  we are often left out ) , Smashbox Step-by-Step  Contour Kit -  This kit is great because it also comes with a diagram for you to follow so this is really good for a makeup novice.  I will admit that I wish it did not come in one universal shade as we ALL are not created equal in terms of contouring shades -  this is a issue with a lot of brands not enough range for darker skin tones. This set is best for Fair to Light / Medium Tones , Medium to Medium/Dark , Dark and Deep Tones I would suggest my next recommendation. Last but not least is Sleek Makeup Face Contouring Kit.  When I say I am in LOVE , I am in LOVE with the pigment on this product. I initially bought Dark, but the way this is pigmented I can very well use Medium as well which I plan on getting. Another bonus the Sleek kit is under $10 !!!

You may experiment with one or with them all (my kind of girl) , but just the smallest change can make a big impact on your over all look. A new look also brings on a new attitude , and a new attitude brings on an endless possibility of new experiences. So I say just go for it!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

MAC x Kelly Osbourne Collection "Dodgy Girl" Swatch . The Perfect shade for Dark Skin !

Once news of the new MAC x Kelly Osbourne Collection hit a few months ago I didn't really think much of it UNTIL I actually saw the colors that would be in this collection.  I fell in love with every single shade of lipstick in the collection and I was kicking myself when I missed the online launch. One in particular captured my heart , and that shade is "Dodgy Girl" , the Matte Lavender hue in the collection.  So today when the collection hit the stores , I made my way to the MAC store here in NY and to my dismay EVERY  single color was sold out .  My response was " but it's only 11:30?!??" - These MAC girls don't play!! I was still determined to check MACY's as a plan B, and (cue Choir) they had just a FEW of my coveted "Dodgy Girl" and "Kelly Yum Yum" ( thats the satin Fuchsia shade) available .  It was fate.  I LOVE "Dodgy Girl!"  I would have purchased "Riot House" ( Matte Orange shade) if it too was available.   Check out "Dodgy Girl" on my Dark skin (below)  ..  

"Dodgy Girl" is the purrrrrrfect vibrant matte lavender shade for the Summer season ( who am I kidding? Its fab for EVERY season! ) in my opinion.  

 Although its a bit lighter it reminds me of Riri Boy which I really loved and was unable to get, although they say Up the Amp is a dupe for Riri Boy Up the Amp is not a Matte and I love when these shades have a Matte finish so that too is what drew me into "Dodgy Girl". I exfoliate and treat my lips regularly , so wearing a Matte is never a issue for me.  So if you love(d) Riri Boy this shade should be in your collection too!  You can shop the collection online or at MAC Stores and participating Department Stores . 

Good Luck Happy Thursday!!