Archive | November, 2011

Beauty Workshop: Face Contouring

23 Nov

Contouring Diagram

One of my favorite sites, Beauty Banter, asked what new makeup tips or techniques we’re interested in. As a religious follower of this beauty blog,  my immediate reaction was face contouring! The concept has interested me for the past year, & while I know the basic tips & tricks of the concept, I’m dying to know more.

This sparked me to think back to when I first heard about face contouring last winter & how, at first thought, I figured I didn’t have the time on a daily basis to spend contouring my face (it just sounds so difficult, and somewhat painful). Luckily, I taught myself some quick & easy contouring looks that have totally changed the way I do my daily makeup routine, without hardly adding any additional time:

  1. My first piece of advice is to prime, prime, & prime after applying the usual moisturizer & SPF! I highly recommend Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Sephora– $30.00).  The tube is gigantic, compared to most primers, & works wonders with a lesser amount than a cheaper brand. Priming your face will help keep makeup in-tact all day without the annoying & embarrassing smudges & smears. Purchase It!
  2. Concealer is incredibly useful when it comes to contouring when used for more areas than just under the eye: I prefer TEMPTU’s under-eye concealer (yes, even for more areas than just under my peepers) (Sephora– $28.00). Apply under the eyes, as usual, and also on the sides of your nose to make it appear thinner. Depending on your nose shape, you might want to try streaking the concealer straight down the top middle of your nose, instead of the sides. Making a “U” shape from under the eyes to down around the sides of your nose & back up is also suggested. Play with these three contouring suggestions to see what works best for your face. Purchase It!
  3. Next, I love to use a light foundation. Once again, I personally turn to Laura Mercier for her Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer & SPF 20, especially for this dry winter weather (Sephora– $42.00). The mixture is light & not at all cakey & it provides that extra amount of moisture that’s so important for healthy skin. Purchase It!
  4. I hate using to word “bronzer” for the contouring process, as you don’t want it to be too bronzed or shimmery. However, for the next step, I do use a bronzer that’s fairly close to my natural skin color (if you’re pale, try a mineral or powder makeup a few shades darker than your usual). I love the Hoola by Benefit Bronzer for contouring as it’s the perfect shade for my skin & is matte in color (Sephora– $28.00). Take your bronzer, or powder makeup, & apply to an angled brush. There are three great places to apply: Just below your cheekbones (fish-face it and swipe in the crease); in a half-moon shape right below your hairline on your forehead & at your jawline. Applying darker shades in these main places help keep your face looking slim & defined. Purchase It!
  5. Opposite to the bronzer, the next step requires a light hue and/or illuminator. Revlon makes a GREAT finishing power that I love to use for this step. It’s got just the right amount of shine. Revlon’s ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder in Brighten (Walgreens- $14.00) should be applied right under brows, just under the “fish-faced” bronzer & on your forehead.  I use a small brush for the brows & a slightly larger angled brush for below the bronzer & a huge brush for a quick one-swipe on my forehead.
  6. Finally, I finish up with my usual beauty routine of blush, eyebrow gel, mascara & a lippy.

While the process seems daunting, it’s easy to figure out what works best for you with a few quick test-runs. You can streamline your contouring down to 3-5 minutes. Don’t feel like purchasing all the individual products I suggested? Try Smashbox’s Step-By-Step Contour Kit (Smashbox– $45.00). The trio palette provides a compact row of shades perfect for contouring. Purchase It!

 

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Versace’s Second H&M Collection

23 Nov

Donatella Versace

Between the dedicated fans who camped out all night, to the scalpers who purchased a ton of pieces just to jack-up prices on eBay, the Versace Collection for H&M just about sold out everywhere almost instantaneously. This demand sparked a ton of speculation on the upcoming second collection that Versace is projected to release for H&M this January. While there are a ton of rumors, the collection is shrouded in mystery for the time being, so everyone’s just going to have to hang on. The line might not even be available to all!

As per WWD (story since removed, adding more mystery to the mystery), the spring pre-collection is reported to hit H&M stores on January 19th, but only in countries that have an H&M e-commerce site (aka NOT the USA). If this is true, I have a funny feeling those throwing the collections up on eBay might become more popular & less annoying by giving American shoppers Versace justice!

I believe I speak for all of us U.S. fashionistas by stating I hope H&M changes their mind & does a full release. Don’t discriminate, H&M! We love fashion too!

 

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Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2012 Collection STOLEN?!

17 Nov

Marc Jacobs

The famed designer’s entire Spring 2012 collection of sample sizes vanished on a train from Paris. Who would steal samples? The collection consisted of 46 looks and all have reportedly been stolen. The collection was on its way from Paris to London for a European press day. Marc’s PR team released this statement via e-mail: “The Marc Jacobs PR team is sorry to inform you that our press day tomorrow in the Marc Jacobs store is cancelled, due to the theft of the spring/summer 2012 collections during its transfer from Paris”.

Reports are saying the collection is being sent to a factory for mass production & distribution at knock-off prices. Hopefully Marc has a ton of patterns & sketches, in case the collection gets released or this “knock-off” scheme holds true.

Read more: Marc Jacobs’ Spring Collection Reportedly Stolen in Europe

 

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UK Bans Dakota Fanning’s “Oh Lola!” Ad

9 Nov

The UK is usually known (to us Americans, anyway) for their racy photo shoots & laid-back attitude surrounding sex. This clearly wasn’t the case for Marc Jacobs’ Oh Lola! perfume ad featuring Dakota Fanning, as it has been banned in the UK:

Marc Jacobs

The new ad features Dakota “sitting provocatively with a perfume bottle between her legs”. Really? How many times have I seen Kate Moss’ nipples? Don’t get me wrong, I adore Kate & ALL her shots but this is more provocative than that? I don’t think so. One of the major issues the UK is having is how young Ms. Fanning looks (although they do recognize this was shot when she was 17 years old). I think the shot is racy but Dakota looks beautiful and I think it’s certainly not distasteful.

From the UK Ad’s Standards Authority: “…the length of her dress, her leg and position of the perfume bottle drew attention to her sexuality. Because of that, along with her appearance, we considered the ad could be seen to sexualize a child”.

Agree/ Disagree?

 

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Girl Crush: Karlie Kloss

8 Nov

Doesn’t the title just say it all? I have “girl crushes” on models, celebrities, socialites, etc. & Karlie Kloss is one of my newest! I adore her. As an American high-fashion model & runway queen, Karlie will be one of the newest Angels walking the runway tomorrow night in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Having been shot for Marc Jacobs, Dior, and Roberto Cavalli (just to name a few), the VS show will be a whole new level of gorgeous for Kloss.

Karlie Kloss for Dior

Wild hair, dark features & an over-sized pair of sunnies makes Karlie for Dior. I think this shot represents her talent as a high-fashion model but…

Karlie Kloss for Chloe

…this 2009 runway shot from Chloe’s RTW collection shows Kloss’ true beauty. With her high cheek-bones, flawless complexion & pale lip, Kloss is the essence of natural gorgeousness & I am so inspired!

Watch Kloss for the VS Fashion Show on November 29th airing on CBS.

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Zara

7 Nov

I feel like a little store I’ve known about for a while has all of a sudden blown-up & their pieces are being donned by the best celebrities. I am thrilled, because Zara has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now, as they had a store downtown for years. Zara is one of the largest international fashion companies &  has stores all over the U.S., Middle East, Europe, Africa & Asia. They pride themselves on high-quality, high-fashion design, without the high-end prices & being eco-friendly. Do we wonder why I’ve worshiped them for so long now? I am happy they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve, being worn by Rachel Bilson, Camilla Belle, & Olivia Palermo, just to name a few. Why not check out Zara for your fall & winter essentials (the ones you have yet to purchase, procrastinators)?

Zara

As far as I’m concerned, the military styles are stronger now than ever. I absolutely adore this wool military-styled double-breasted coat for the chilly winter months ahead ($129.00). Purchase It!

Zara

Belt this Extra-Large Sweater for a more fitted look, or leave it long & baggy over leggings. Either way, this is a perfect versatile sweater that would flatter anyone ($89.90). Purchase It!

Zara

I’ve mentioned it before, but lace detailing is BIG this season & I love it! The feminine, subtle detail that lace provides is perfect & this Lace Dress is no exception ($79.90). Purchase It!

Zara

A casual boot is a must for fall & winter. This Combined Riding Boot is perfect to throw over jeans or leggings and pair with almost any top ($169.00). Purchase It!

Zara

The Fashion City Bag with Flap is a must for all seasons. I love the handle/ strap combo & the versatility as it’s appropriate for a workday or a night out ($169.00). Purchase It!

 

Zara has a ton of locations all over the world, so check out their site for a location near  you (or an online shopping spree).

 

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Happy (Belated) Birthday, Anna Wintour!

7 Nov

In honor of Anna Wintour’s birthday last week, I was inspired to flip through some old Vogue covers. Growing up, I was always so inspired by Vogue, as I’m sure many of you were as well! Some of my favorites that I came across were:

Vogue

Claudia Schiffer’s 1989 cover for the mag. Between her hair, exposed shoulder & drop earrings, she is the essence of elegance & beauty. I absolutely love that the high-bun hairstyle is back “in”. It’s simple, easy & fun so take note.

Vogue

This 1991 cover featuring Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington & Cindy Crawford was issued to celebrate 75 years! All three ladies have graced many vogue covers so it was fitting they chose them for the cover. I adore Christy’s next-to-nothing makeup & Cindy’s full but tidy brows. Both super chic beauty trends!

Vogue

Who’s more inspirational than a princess? The 1997 cover of Princess Diana is perfect. Her dress is gorgeous, her skin & makeup flawless, making her the definition of beautiful!

Vogue

Gisele Bundchen’s 2000 cover showed just enough skin to make women every where hit the gym while still keeping Gisele tasteful & classy. What girl isn’t inspired by Gisele? I love the ease of the photo as cover shoots are normally more posed.

Vogue

I definitely saved the best for last with this 2003 Kate Moss cover. As you already know, I am in love with Kate. She entered the business as a scrawny awkward teenager and has since become one of the top models of our generation. This cover is perfect & goes against the normal “Vogue” grain with a dedication to music & art. Love, love love!

 

Happy Birthday, Anna! I hope we have many more years with you pouring your soul into our beloved Vogue magazine!

 

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Fashion Rule to Break!

1 Nov

A friend came to me with a fashion question: Can you wear black & brown together? This is one fashion rule I’m adamant about breaking. After all, two neutral colors have to go together; it’s the whole idea of neutrality. Thankfully, I have a few fashion icons helping me prove this “rule” is outdated:

Lauren Conrad

Lauren’s blouse helped her with her decision to pair black & brown together. The gorgeous flower detail, brown in color, looked amazing paired with open-toed heels & a cute suede purse (both brown, of course). The casual vibe this outfit emits shows the perfect opportunity for color-pairing exploration.

Kate Moss

Unlike Lauren’s look above, Kate Moss shows that black & brown go together for a more dressier look, as well. Paired with a great blazer & high-waisted pant, Kate used a brown t-shirt to offset the black-on-black hues.

Heidi Klum

The ultimate form of the black & brown combo: Leopard print! Heidi Klum displays this amazing design of black & brown so perfectly, & lucky for us, animal-print is definitely in style this season. Take a page from Heidi’s black & brown look-book & pick up some leopard print pieces.

More celebrities like Rachel Bilson, Anne Hathaway & Kristen Bell sport the black & brown look so take a page from their book as well. Try pairing a black dress with a brown leather jacket; black leggings with brown boots or a black sweater with a brown belt cinching the waist. Both colors are complimentary neutrals, so don’t be surprised when they shatter your beloved fashion rule.

Editor’s Note: Thank you so much, Reese, for the awesome idea for this post! I hope this inspires you for many more “mismatching” looks.

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Lulu Frost

1 Nov

Any holiday, no matter how big or small, always seems to be busy but with the Halloweekend behind us, I’m finally back to my blog obsession! My inspiration today came from the lovely snow storm that swept the East Coast by surprise over the weekend. Don’t get the wrong idea, this isn’t a post about snowsuits and earmuffs, but instead Lulu Frost. Get it, Frost? Lulu Frost was started by designer Lisa Salzer in 2004 & has since become one of my favorite jewelry collections.

With the winter weather approaching most of us are focused on comfort, but that doesn’t mean you should forego style. I absolutely love pairing a great necklace with a simple t-shirt or sweater and this is the perfect time to wear this look. Lulu Frost has a ton of amazing options for dressing up any basic t-shirt look:

Lulu Frost

This first piece is the Multi Chain Necklace. Less drastic than a bib style but more of a statement than a simple single-strand. This would be perfect to pair with a simple long-sleeved white tee, skinny jeans & riding boots (Lulu Frost– $290.00).

Lulu Frost

Ombre is such a huge trend right now & I love it for scarves, sweaters, hair & now jewelry. This Ombre Collage bib-design is a bit dressier so pairing with a comfortable & cute silk shirt for a night out would be a great look with this piece (Lulu Frost– $720.00).

Lulu Frost

I absolutely adore this triple charm necklace. Pair it with the simplest black t-shirt and create an amazing statement. All the chain detail adds a lot of character in addition to the three charms (Lulu Frost– $250.00).

 

These pieces all have counterparts as well (earrings, bracelets, etc.), so make sure to view the entire collection.

 

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