Essential Make-Up Trends For Spring 2015
Mar25

Essential Make-Up Trends For Spring 2015

Spring is already here and it’s time to renew your style from head to toe. You are probably reorganizing your closet right now, but this is also a great time to shake up your make-up case a little bit. Gone are the days of smokey eyes and other safe winter looks that you know damn well are your safe ‘go-to’ party looks. Spring calls for bold, vibrant make-up, babe! So here are some of the make-up trends for this season you can’t go without.  Fierce Blue Eyeliner  Ditch your regular old black eyeliner. It has served you well, but Spring 2015 requires a bolder color. Specifically, blue. It doesn’t matter the shade you choose, this season there is one perfect blue liner for every look. When you go to for your typical winged eyeliner, trade black for a rich, deep blue and create a sharp cat-eye effect. This will get you a dramatic and vibrant look. If you want something a little less out there, find a soft baby blue liner and apply it to your inner eyelid. This will make your eyes pop and look bigger. To avoid over-saturating your look, pair up your blue liner with a neutral, low-key color for your lips, to avoid taking attention away from your eyes.  Bold Oxblood Lipstick  Instead of dressing up your eyes, you want your mouth to steal the spotlight, Spring 2015 is the time to try out deep red lips and experience something we haven’t seen in other collections. This season, dark matte lipstick is your go-to rouge. Pick deep, purplish reds, like oxblood when buying a new lipstick this spring. And eye-catching red lipstick is the perfect way to tie up your look and look instantly dressed up in one simple step. The only thing you should be aware of is balance. Keep your eye make-up minimal and choose a shade of red that compliments your skin, to avoid looking overdone.  Strong, Thick Brows  Oh, yes. Strong eyebrows are still “in” this season. You can thank Cara Delevigne for that. We all know that the shape of your eyebrows can pretty much completely change your face, and it turns out that “thin, overly plucked Barbie brows” are not our only choice. Big, bushy, arched brows add strength to your look and the good news is you don’t need to be genetically blessed to achieve the fierce Delevigne brow. Just get some pencils, brushes and gels, and start filling in. Thick, perfectly shaded eyebrows are almost a complete look on their own, since they frame your face and draw attention to your eyes. This means that you should...

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Laundry 101: Don’t Let Your Washing Machine Eat Your Delicates
Mar20

Laundry 101: Don’t Let Your Washing Machine Eat Your Delicates

You spent time, money and effort to build a wardrobe that makes you look good and showcases your personality, so it’s understandable you want your clothes to last as long as possible. To at least last longer than your last 12 boyfriends. Tags come with care instructions. Which is awesome, but they are often impossible to understand. And when it comes to delicates, it’s even harder. Should you hand wash them? Is it always necessary? Is the gentle cycle on your machine gentle enough? Everything depends on the individual item, of course, but here are some general tips to take good care of your loved wardrobe.  If you are careful, you can use your washing machine to clean “hand wash” items. I mean, you could actually hand wash your delicates, but that’s a sucker’s game. Sure, there are very delicate fabrics that you will need to hand wash or risk losing them. But there are others that, while can lose their shape, stretch or snag on rough washing cycles, can manage gentle cycles just fine. You probably don’t want to take chances on extremely valuable or irreplaceable items, but there are a few things you should take into account when machine washing delicates.  First, some washing machines are gentler than others. Front load machines are not as rough as those that load from the top, and older appliances are not as gentle as more modern ones. Once you decide your washing machine can be trusted with your precious clothes, it’s time to get a mesh lingerie bag and some gentle, natural detergent. Set your machine for cold water, a gentle/hand wash cycle, and don’t use too much detergent. Put your delicates in the bag, you can put more than one per bag, but don’t overcrowd them. And stick some other clothes in the cycle, to balance out the load. Just make sure you don’t include bright colored cotton clothes, towels or other roughs fabrics, as they can damage your delicates.  Once the washing cycle is done, you should never dry your delicates in the dryer, as this will damage the fabrics. Even if your dryer has a delicate cycle, it is still likely your clothes will shrink or snag. Instead, hang your clothes to dry or, if the fabric is prone to stretching, lay flat to dry, so it doesn’t lose its shape.  Finally, for you bra-wearers out there. None of this advice apply. Bras are expensive and delicate and your machine will shorten their lifespan. Does this mean you have to hand wash them? Not really, because I have a secret for you: salad spinners. That’s right, just...

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Should You Stop Using Shampoo? (Everyone Seems To Think So)
Mar16

Should You Stop Using Shampoo? (Everyone Seems To Think So)

Getting your hair care routine right is a lot harder than it should be. Hell, I even prefer spending 11 hours at the hair salon, getting my weave sewn in or my extensions glued in. It’s too dry, too oily, too frizzy, too flat, too unruly. We all have that one thing we can’t seem to get right. And I’m sure you’ve tried every brand of shampoo under the sun. But maybe you should try something different altogether. How about stop using shampoo entirely? “Ew”, you might say. And I understand, it sounds icky at first, kind of like a horrible blind date who just showed up in his mom’s car while she’s parking the car. But washing our hair every day is a relatively new thing, so maybe letting go of shampoo is not entirely without merit. I understand this might not be the right thing for everyone, but there are enough success stories out there to give it a chance.  The first thing you need to consider is that everyone is different. And this means everyone’s scalp is different too. Some people produce more sebum than others, which means some people need to shampoo their hair more often. On the other hand, dryer scalps might benefit from washing less often, so the natural oils can work their way down the hair. Similarly, think, wavy and curly hair will probably feel better if it’s washed less often, while thin, straight hair might need more frequent shampooing. If you want to give it a go, you can start by shampooing less often and gradually wane off shampoo entirely, instead of quitting cold-turkey.  But just because you are not using shampoo, it doesn’t mean you should stop washing your hair. Rinsing with warm water is probably the best alternative and you can use apple cider vinegar, baking soda or other natural alternatives once in a while, to keep your hair looking fresh. Just use a mixture of 1/4 cup of vinegar diluted in one cup of water to get rid of residue build-up in your hair. The smell will go away, but the shiny smoothness will stay. If you want to, you can still condition your hair. As long as you don’t put conditioner anywhere near your roots, you can still apply it to the middle and tips, to keep your hair looking smooth and shiny. Another alternative is to use dry shampoos or baby powder to stretch the time between washes a little longer. Dry shampoos absorb the oil in your scalp, and are great to help you look fresh when you need to get out of the door...

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7 Items Any New York Girl Needs In Her ‘Sex And The City’ Closet
Mar14

7 Items Any New York Girl Needs In Her ‘Sex And The City’ Closet

‘Awe! The wonders of being a single gal in New York city.’ claimed Carrie Bradshaw in the popular TV show Sex and the city. Well, single or taken, just being a girl comes with so many pros. We get to go through beauty rituals to beautify our skin. Hair products that can turn a matte, raggedy-ass bunch of locks into silky rays of sunshine hanging from your head. Being a girl is beyond amazing, but being a girl in New York comes with certain benefits. You have to be ready at all times. Ready for your next meeting ,your next internship, and the premise you ‘never know who you might meet.’ Here are 7 items you need to keep in your closet for any glamorous situation in the big city.  High boots and over-the-knee boots. This is the mother of all items. You might be wearing a badass outfit to give the impression you are equally badass at negotiating or rocking that internship, but the truth is, your outfit might be lost in the city until you pair it up with some amazing boots that work as a signature statement. ‘I can walk in these heels, and be 10 feet taller, so imagine how I’d walk all over the competition. Hire me.’   Lace it up! Lace underwear is an instant confidence boost  you wear under your professional and trendy outfit. This will five you the security to feel sexy, flirtatious and feel like you can take over the world. Plus, you never know if you could end up meeting a hunky sexy version of Mr. Big while out for coffee or lunch break. And that goes to show, you better be ready if you plan on pulling a Samantha.    Everybody was Kung-Fu fighting…over the best way to get your attention! Girl, you need some leather in your life. Whether you go for real or fake, a biker jacket makes you look empowering and sexy, and you end up getting a lot of attention for good reasons. Girls want your jacket and guys want what’s underneath. Nobody will mess with you at the next partner’s meeting if you show up looking like you ride the new Luis Vuitton bike. Even if it doesn’t exist, people will get the message.   Little black dress. This is the signature item your NY closet needs asap. This little number can be paired up with matte leggings, leather leggings, skinny jeans and stockings. Boots, high-heels and flats go perfect with this little number. You can go from casual date to the opera, to eating a fashionable burger at Mickey D, and then...

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Beauty Hacks To Make Styling As Easy As 1, 2, Chic!
Mar10

Beauty Hacks To Make Styling As Easy As 1, 2, Chic!

Lady Gaga’s worldwide ‘feel-good-about-yourself’ anthem -I was born this way- was one of the biggest hits of all times. Embracing how you were born seems to be were our generation is gearing towards and we cannot help but clap and sort of get teary-eyed. But just because you love yourself and know you’re definitely ALL THAT, does not mean you might not need some extra beauty hacks to make applying makeup and styling your locks easier! Everyone does. So here’s the best tips we’ve been able to get from world renown makeup artists and stylists!  Lady in White. Well, not on your clothing, but on your face. Countouring with white instead of just a lighter shade than your skin tone is the best bit of advice we got from a set of MAC’s makeup gurus who explained this to be an old trick that drag queens used to get that ‘well defined airbushed’ look. Apply around the eyes, and cheekbones. A tiny bit on the top of your lips and the inner corner of your eyes.   Be a Tease! At least when it comes to hair extensions. Before you put on those clip-in hair extensions, make sure to either braid a small tiny braid that starts at the root, or simply tease the area where you will attach your clips. Then cover it up with the hair on top and voila!     Nailing the ‘cat-eyed’ or ‘winged’ eyeliner look is not easy. But Charlotte Tilbury, an amazing makeup artist you must have seen on Youtube, suggests we draw 3 tiny dots to lead our pulse, and basically play the old game ‘connect the dots’ until we’ve drawn a perfect cat eyed winged look. It also takes practice.       Avoid your mascaras to dry up. With this amazing trick I learned from Gossmakeupartist, (you can also find this makeup genius on Youtube.) Don’t remove the cap and put it back on two to three times to take more product with your mascara brush! You’re only getting air into the tube, which dries it up before it should. The brush will already come out with product.   Avoid damp, flat, nasty hair. If you’re naturally oily, then this trick is perfect for you. When excess oil is found at the root, your hair will fall flat on your head making you distressed and feel like you might need to wash it to ‘revamp’ the way it looks. But if you’re running late, you should try any dry-shampoo. Although Aveda’s our favorite. Apply dry-shampoo at the roots and your hair will look like it has just been washed....

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12 Ways To Dress Right For Your Short Height
Mar06

12 Ways To Dress Right For Your Short Height

There are Big & Tall stores but are there any Small & Short stores? Unfortunately there are not. As the world never says, “Shorty…It’s not your birthday.” You can stop crying though. There are many ways to make any outfit look amazing on your short, petit figure without having to shop in the junior section. You can leave GAP Kids behind and graduate to GAP. Unlike amusement parks, you are tall enough to go on this fashion ride. Here are 12 ways to dress right for your short height without going above and beyond. 1. Mono Is Better Than Poly – When it comes to fashion that is. When you are short the last thing you want to do is section off your body by wearing many colors. Keep your color choice monochrome. 2. Above The Knee – No below the knee dresses for you. Keep your skirt and dress length above the knee. Showing off your legs elongates you. 3. 6 Extra Inches – Do not be afraid of walking in heels. Let them help you look taller and sexy at the same time. 4. Wedge The Difference –Afraid of heels? Then use wedges. They will give you height and are the safer choice. 5. High and Waisted – Rocking shorts with a high waist quality gives your short figure an illusion quality. It makes your legs look longer than they really are. 6. Mini Me – Skirts and dresses that are mini are great for short girls. Pair them with an elegant high heel and you have a show-stopping look. 7. Leave The Bell Bottoms – Jeans can be such a hassle. Stick with boot cut jeans since they make you look tall. Stay away from flared jeans and wide leg ones. You will look all swallowed up. 8. TUCK IT IN – Do not leave your shirt out if you are wearing jeans, shorts, or skirts. Tuck it in because if you leave it out it cuts your body in half and makes you look short. Only leave it out if it is a crop top or meets the top of the pants/skirts/shorts. 9. Keep It Thin – Thin belts are better than thick belts. Thick belts block your body and make you look shorter than you are. 10. Crop Only Pictures – NO CROP PANTS! There is no flood. Plus crop pants on short girls only do two things. They make you look like you have thick legs, and make it seem like you shrink clothes. 11. Make It Fit – Voluminous outfits and baggy clothes do no wonders for your petite body. Buy form fitted...

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