It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged and I’m truly sorry for that. As many of you know, I’m a teacher and my work days seem to be so busy with grading papers, parent conferences, and lesson planning not to mention your family life, its no wonder that I don’t have any extra free time.
So since I’ve been M.I.A. for so long, I thought that it would only be right to offer my readers a giveaway!! Not just any giveaway…. This is a highly sought after….sells out within 2 minutes….can’t seem to get your hands on it giveaway. (Drum roll please….) Kylie Jenner’s new Lip Kit in DolceK!
King Kylie has had three releases of her new liquid lip line and each time, the items sold out in less than 5 minutes!! Well in the last release earlier this month came, I was a sitting bug in the rug on my computer hitting the refresh button minutes before the release time and once the gates opened, you would have thought that I was running in the Kentucky Derby….I was off to grab all 6 of her lipkits.
As you can see from the photo, I was a little finger-clickin-happy that I grabbed 2 of the same color!! Not to worry, my eagerness is my readers gain because now you have a chance to get your hands on this coveted lippie for FREE!! (Can you say no-brainer) OK enough of the chatter, let’s get to the giveaway shall we: GIVEAEAY DETAILS
All of Kylie’s lipkits come with a matching lipliner. The giveaway is for the DolceK color (a matte light brownish nude)
I have totally been MIA and I feel awful but my work load is just so jam-packed that I cannot seem to juggle work and blogging because if I cannot produce quality posts for you guys, then I am doing a disservice to you. With that being said, I cannot promise a schedule for my posts but I can promise that whenever I do post, it will be worth the wait and the read!! So please continue to look for my posts and I thank you for your continued support during this very busy time in my life.
Today however I do have a very special treat for you all with a post from guest blogger Suzy Walsh. Suzy is the editor of The House of Elegance Fashion and she is going to give you insights for creating an all season classic closet.
For 90% of people, fashion is all about style blended with practicality. Many of us only shop with the clear idea that we would want to repeat the clothes. Of course, there are also times when one opts to high-end designer fashion. Building an all season wardrobe isn’t hard, as long we you know the art of mixing things together. Starting from the smallest accessories picked from the flea market to the more extensive essentials, you can always put up a good list when you know to define your personal style. In this post, find more about creating an all-season closet.
Even if you are someone who likes to shop every season, you know by now that there are some essential pieces that can easily translate from spring to fall with ease. Think of classic pieces, such as ankle boots, light sweaters and even a regular white shirt. Keep things that can double up for different needs, so that you can mix and match as you need.
Mix it up:
Some of the other things are more like classics and can work for many needs, such as the denim skirt, which works as the perfect mini choice for summers and with the leggings for the fall. In fact, men too have such similar choices, so if don’t own that essential white tee as yet, make sure you get one. click here for some great Adidas essentials, or go to the local streets now!
A set of sweaters and cardigans:
For spring 2015 and 2014, many designers opted for the sweater, which is quite a practical choice. While creating a classic closet, you need to have both cardigans and sweaters in the right balance. Apart from regular primary colours, try to add a few more unique printed designs. Since we are talking of things that can be translated from one season to another, think of more versatile materials that are light enough to be added to any look!
Pick shoes wisely:
Your closet is never complete without the right choice of shoes, so you will need to start with a few options to complete the collection. Think of choices like ballet flats and high stilettos- both being amazing staple options and can be used for any season. Also, try to get at least one pair of ankle boots and knee-high boots, which can be immensely worthy for fall and early spring. Other shoe styles to own include flatforms, ( are the shoes that generally have a thick sole which adds height but keep the feet flat) a pair of pumps and a classic set of wedges.
Finally, you have to choose for accessories, which is easy because there are too many budget choices. There are a few things that can be considered essentials like dangler earrings, solitaire pendant, and a statement neckpiece. Use your personal style and redefine trends with a unique touch!
[Images Credit: http://www.collegefashion.net]
Author: Suzy Walsh is a fashion writer, passionate stylist and the chief editor for The House of Elegance Fashion. She also authors posts for other blogs and likes to talk of practical style statements.
I know that today is not my normal blogging day but I ran across this awesome article by YSL Beauty that I had to share the knowledge. With contouring and strobing being such a hot topic in makeup, many women, myself included, have a lot of questions about the proper way to contour and highlight. Well YSL has taken all of the struggle away with these great visuals and tips. Enjoy and thank YSL beauty for the great guide:
Use a concealer that is at least two shades lighter than your skin tone and sweep them across your cheekbones, down your nose, under your brows and on your Cupid’s bow to highlight.
Use a cream bronzer, such as YSL Les Saharienne, $55, along the top of your forehead, where the sun naturally hits it, and along the jawline to accentuate your bone structure.
To add definition, use the cream bronzer in the hollows of your cheekbones and either side of your nose. If you aren’t a fan of the cream use MAC’s studio fix powder foundation in two shades darker than your skin tone.
For a seamless finish, use a sponge or a good-quality brush to blend in circular movements. YSL’s Les Saharienne, $55, comes with a versatile sponge that is perfect for this. If you prefer a brush, look to the multiple brand’s on the market.
Do you contour or is it a total waste of time for you!
Does your lipstick look fabulous when you first apply it but within a few hours and maybe a cup of coffee your lips look like you never spent those 5 or 10 minutes perfectly applying your lipstick? You are not alone but I think I may have found some tips to help you out. Try these tips the next time you are painting your pout:
For advice, Nymag turned to Ella Ceron, the Cut’s social-media editor, who has made lipstick so much a part of her game that her baristas take daily bets as to which color she will wear. Here is her five-step lipstick insurance policy: She also only chooses lipsticks that she knows to be “Stage-Five Clingers.”
Step 2: Choose a lip liner in the same color family as your lipstick. Be sure to line not just the edges of your lips but your whole lip. This is yet another layer of pigment for the lipstick to adhere to. Try something like M.A.C Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.
Step 3: Apply your first layer of lipstick and don’t forget to blot off the excess.
Step 4: Now for the trick, which is also endorsed by M.A.C cosmetics director of makeup artistry Romero Jennings: Blot twice. Take a piece of tissue and gently place it over your lips, then use a brush and lightly dust your lips over the tissue with a translucent powder (Laura Mercier makes a good one). The powder will help set your lipstick, and the tissue will keep it from getting all over your lips. Make sure that you’re pressing the color into the lips through the tissue.
Step 5: Apply your second layer of lipstick. To make sure you have a real clinger on your hands, consider the formula. The order of longevity, i matte, cream, liquid, and then gloss. Ceron’s favorite Stage-Five Clinger lipsticks include NARS Audacious, Tom Ford Lip Color (the darker tones, not the glittery ones), and M.A.C matte.
If you don’t want to do the full five-step routine, you can always do the first or second steps as prep before applying color, or the fourth or fifth steps only. Also you can apply the lipstick over a liquid stain in the same color family, so that the color fades to a pretty stain as the day goes on. You can dab a bit of gloss or balm over the lipstick if you want with your fingers, but don’t use a lip balm or else it will smear.
And if you really want to keep the process short, try one of these truly long-wearing lipsticks:
Today I found an article on Mama Mia’s website about easy ways to overhaul your skincare routine. With everyone wanting to fight aging and the wrinkles that come with, it is very important to find a skincare routine that works!! I personally use my Neutrogena Microderm Brush at least two times a week. It works sort of like the Spin brush everyone is talking about. But here are some other ways that Nicky Champ suggests we step up our skincare game:
Whether you’ve never had a solid beauty routine and want to start, or you think it might just be time you did something about those pesky fine lines and wrinkles, it’s hard to know where to begin. The good news is it’s actually pretty easy to learn how to take good care of your skin.
1. Make antioxidants your new friend.
Antioxidants are more than just the stuff you find in fruits and vegetables. They’re the secret weapon that help ward off the skin-aging free radicals you’re exposed to every day.
So make sure you’re getting as much as possible by upping your antioxidant intake in both food and skin products.
The powerful Super Anti-Oxidant Complex in cucumber-fresh Day Wear moisturizer helps reduce the first signs of aging like fine lines, and also addresses dullness, dryness, and dehydration issues.
And when applying an antioxidant rich moisturizer, don’t just stop at your jawline – take it down to your neck and décolletage.
2. Start using an SPF – ASAP.
You’ve heard it before, but I’m going to say it again. Sunscreen is the NUMBER ONE ANTI-AGING PRODUCT YOU CAN PUT ON YOUR FACE. Apply it every day, reapply it often and you’ll have people mistaking you for 27 when you’re 35.
Multi-tasking Day Wear is not just full of antioxidants, it packs SPF15 too, so you’re covered for the day.
3. Amp up your night game.
As late nights, work stress and family life take their toll, beauty sleep is key.
But it’s not just about the hours you get on the pillow – night is when your body turns back the clock on the day’s free radical damage. A solid night time skin care regimen will help you wake up looking fresh and rested come morning.
Stock up on the best night cream you can afford. Night Wear Detox Creme helps deeply hydrate and detox the skin from your daily grind — whether it’s office or the sandpit.
And if you’ve been avoiding serums because the idea of them confuses you, don’t be intimidated. With potent ingredients for targeted skin concerns, bedtime can be the best time to apply them. Look for one formulated especially for night like Advanced Night Repair.
4. Start using face masks again.
The best time to do a mask is before bed. Apply your mask after cleansing, and continue the product down the décolletage. Follow with your serum then night cream.
If you are in need of an extra boost of detoxification, a clay mask like Estée Lauder’s 3-minute NightWear Detox Mask is ideal to gently eliminate toxins and impurities.
Simple, right? Of course it is. So just start introducing these four things into your skin care regime and prepare for the compliments to start rolling on in.
So I am a new fan of OCC (obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) ever since I purchased some of their lippies when they were on sale at Sephora. Actually they were almost free since Sephora is not going to carry the line anymore. I think the formula is smooth, pigmented, and it has a full coverage feel on the lips. Well my heart is racing and my pulse is pumping over their release of the NEW and improved liptar available on their website in less than 2 hours!!
They are calling it Lip Tar/ RTW housed in a cylindrical tube that features a user-friendly doe foot applicator, the same innovative formula and dynamic color of Lip Tar is now combined with an all new, easy-to-use applicator that promises to make this a must-have liquid lipstick that beauty lovers everywhere will keep reaching for! Lip Tar is now ready to wear.
25 fabulous new shades for you to choose from. They all retail for $15
Black Metal Dahlia
Don’t try to access the site now because they have it on lock just for the anticipation of their new release. The site will be live and ready to purchase these new lippies at 12am Est.