Monday, December 31, 2012

Disco Ball Nails

Mary's Shoes: Diane Von Furstenburg Opal Wedge Platforms

Here's a quick little post on a festive nail shade that's very New Year's eve appropriate. It's a disco ball sparkle I achieved with two pretty nail shades... First, I painted on a coat of OPI's Nail Lacquer in Birthday Babe, $8. Next, I followed with two generous coats of Essie Luxe Effects Nail Polish in Set in Stone, $8, which was a sweet little gift from a friend who knows I love sparkly things. I especially like this Essie shade because the glitter crystals are so large. If you're getting your nails done today, go for some metallic glitter. Just do it. Happy New Year's Eve!

xo, Mary
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

How To Create Loose Waves With Mini Buns + Revive Day Old Curls

Lindsey's fur vest: Elizabeth & James
First, we hoped everyone had a very Merry Christmas! We had a wonderful holiday at home which included a lot of much needed rest, good food, and time with the fam. Being a holiday of course, we indulged in a little lazy time. Before our Christmas church service, we kept our hair routines quick and simple. My soft, loose waves pictured above were achieved super easily, and in this post, I'm going to share my trick with you. Below are the steps!

1) After blow drying my hair, I parted it straight down the middle and down the backside, separating two sections aside as if I were going to create pigtails. 

2) But instead of pigtails, I created two low mini buns. I made each one using a twisting motion (twisting away from my face, not toward it), and secured the little buns with bobby pins. 

3) Next, I used a blow dryer to apply heat to the buns and left them alone for about 5 or 6 minutes. Once I removed the pins, I finger-combed my hair, twisting the pieces around my face outwards, toward the back and then lightly misting my hair with hairspray. The effect is looser than the curls I normally get when using a curling iron, but I like this look a lot.

If your hair is naturally very straight, try leaving your buns in longer. You may have to experiment until you find a length of time that creates the perfect, loose wave for you. Mary loved my results so much that she tried it on her own day-old, slept-on curled hair, which she had washed the day before and styled with a curling iron. She left her mini buns in for about half an hour and pulled them loose to find her waves completely revived. Turned out to be a great trick for reviving her day-old waves without heat styling!

Lindsey's Dress: Splendid
 xo, Lindsey & Mary
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Beach in a Perfume Bottle


I'm often amazed by the power of the sense of smell - how one smell can trigger an emotion or bring back a beautiful memory. One particular scent that always seems to uplift me is my mom's Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess perfume. We first fell in love with this beachy scent several years back when Azurēe Soleil, EL's collaboration with Tom Ford, had just come out. Bronze Goddess is a spin off of Azurēe Soleil, which is very similar. This fragrance is very reminiscent of the beach, but shhh - don't try to tell my mom this scent is only for warm weather. She loves it year round, and honestly, I am finding myself intrigued by it on this cold December afternoon. This fragrance is so gorgeous and exotic, so I just had to spritz on a little. It's a mix of coconut oil, mandarin, and jasmine. If you love coconut, you will probably love this perfume. I think this scent is so uplifting! I deliberately snapped a quick pic of this perfume bottle on a mound of fur just to emphasize that it's okay to wear a beachy scent all year if it makes you happy. If you need a vacation but can't get to the beach, you really ought to try this one.
xo, Mary
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Best Shampoo + Conditioner For Ombré Hair... & Thirsty Hair




For those of you with ombré or very chemically-treated hair, this post is for you! It's all about using the right shampoo and conditioner. When Mary and I each got our ombré done at Bumble and Bumble's upper east side salon earlier this year, our colorists Zoe and Stephanie used Bumble and Bumble Quenching Shampoo and Conditioner in our hair after painting in the ombré. They said these were the best products for quenching our hair, which would be drier than usual after getting the the color done. We think it does a great job of hydrating the ends of our hair and keeps it from looking worn out and brittle. Whether or not you have ombré hair, if it's at all dry and overly heat styled, you ought to dry a hydrating shampoo and conditioner duo like this one. We just wish this product was available in a gigantic sized bottle!
xo, Lindsey
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Super Cheap Way to Remove Your Makeup

Image via Johnson's Baby
Here's a quick post on a simple, very inexpensive way to remove your makeup. We both use Johnson's Baby Wipes every night to take it all off. We learned this tip a while back from Victoria Beckham, who has divulged in several interviews that she uses them to remove her makeup. Since then, we stopped using Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes and haven't looked back. We've found that two wipes typically get the job done, taking off most of our makeup. The convenient thing about buying baby wipes is that you can buy them in greater bulk than the towelettes by Neutrogena and Olay. Plus, it's a little bit cheaper. We still highly recommend (actually insist on) using a cleanser after taking off your makeup. The first step is always to remove your makeup and then to cleanse your face. When it comes to cleansers we like gentle ones like Lancome Creme Douceur Cream-to-Oil Massage Cleanser. Happy Friday!
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Emerald Eyeliner to Celebrate Pantone's New Color of the Year

Mary's Eyes: Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner / Clinique Glow Crazy Loose Powder Highlighter in Gold Dust / Blush: Clinique Honey Blush/ Lips: Nars Lipgloss in Giza
Get ready to see a lot of emerald. Pantone has just named the jewel tone its color of the year for 2013 (click here to see the press release). While we still love last year's number one shade, tangerine, we're excited about emerald green, which is still vivid yet sophisticated. To celebrate this new shade, I thought I'd share with you an eyeliner I've always liked in this jewel-toned hue. It's Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in Jungle Green, which is less than $4 at Drugstore.com. I started by dusting on a soft gold loose powder highlighter by Clinique onto my eyelids (that now appears to be discontinued unfortunately). Whatever shadow you use, just keep it soft and simple. Next, I followed with a couple of strokes of the Rimmel eyeliner, winging out the ends into a little cat eye. I finished up with a bit of black mascara and a swipe of natural, non-shimmery gloss on the lips.

The key to wearing this shade on your eyes is keeping the rest of your makeup relatively simple. If you want to be on trend with the emerald, you're definitely going to want to keep this shade in mind as you shop for clothes, accessories, and beauty products.
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Naturally Bent Waves, No Hair Tools Required



We are really liking the gorgeously natural wavy hair seen at Versace's Spring 2013 runway show. They are unfussy and look effortless. According to Allure, hairstylist Guido created a more relaxed look than the bouncy curls and sleek styles that we've seen at past shows. What intrigues us so much is that he reportedly did not use any heat styling tools. Allure reports that he started by working handfuls of mousse into the models' wet hair and then roughing drying it. Next, he twisted their dry strands back into a knot before sending them off to have their makeup done. Later on, the knots were removed from their head, leaving a perfectly natural slight bend to their hair. Guido reportedly finished by using Redken Powder Refresh 01 Hair Powder/Dry Shampoo in their hair to help boost the thickness. 

 Loving all the hair. We will be trying this knot trick. And loving the black dress above on the right on Jordan Dunn as well as the shimmery fringe one below on the left. Happy Wednesday!

Photos: Imaxtree, Getty
xo, Lindsey
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Foundation Love

Image via Nordstrom.com
I have always been a bit of a nomad when it comes to liquid foundation. I have never stuck with one particular formula. Over the years, I have gone from Cover Girl to Clinique to Dior... and the list continues. But I have recently stumbled upon a formula that has majorly impressed me. It is Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup in Sand, my newest foundation present. After getting constant compliments as of late on how great my makeup looks, I have come to realize that this Double Wear is no ordinary foundation. For one, this particular shade perfectly matches my skintone. What I love most about it, however, is that it stays on incredibly well all day long. I'll look in the mirror halfway through the day and find myself pleasantly surprised that my makeup looks as good as it did when I first applied it. Seriously. By the end of the day, it still has held up quite impressively. As with any foundation, I always finish with a light dusting of loose powder to help set it in and prevent it from rubbing off. My preference is  L'Oreal True Match Naturale Mineral Makeup, which I have praised to you before in a post earlier this fall (click here to see). Cannot beat this drugstore price. The coverage of this Double Wear formula is medium to full, and it's buildable. Another great plus - it's oil-free and fragrance free. Hope y'all had a lovely weekend... Roll Tide!
xo, Mary
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Bond No. 9 Perfume Love

I must confess that my guilty pleasure is perfume. But not just any perfume. I love Bond No. 9. My absolute favorite scent is Bond No. 9 Washington Square Perfume, $255, which is pictured above on my dresser. It is expensive, but for me, a great perfume is worth the splurge. After perusing and testing countless scents in Bond No. 9's Upper East Side store, I realized that Washington Square was the one. Inspired by the downtown Manhattan neighborhood, Washington Square is a very vivid and memorable fragrance. It's bold and smells absolutely divine. The main notes are Italian Bergamont, honey, vintage amber, and leather accord. I always get compliments on this perfume. Of all the five senses, smell is the one most strongly connected to memory, and that's why I think a good, unique perfume is worth the investment. For me this perfume brings back good memories... it's amazing how a particular scent can do that! I consider a great scent as being one's signature. Washington Square is definitely mine. Mary's favorite Bond scent is Chinatown, which has notes of peach blossoms, gardenia, and patchouli, and tuberose. I highly recommend visiting the Bond No. 9 store - I had a wonderful experience there and was thoroughly educated about the fragrances as I made my selection. It was all very interesting!
xo, Lindsey
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Phillip Lim Inspired DIY Nail Art

Mary's Shirt: Elizabeth & James / Jeans: Zara / Black Nail Polish: Essie Nail Lacquer in Licorice

The adorably painted nails sported on the models at Phillip Lim's show at NYFW 2012 inspired me to give this look a go on my own nails. Click here to see the nails backstage. According to W Magazine, the three-toned colorblock design was inspired by Japanese comic superheroes. The black base is reportedly Essie's Nail Polish in Licorice ($8), which is our favorite black nail shade ever. I started with the same shade on my own nails. While skinny layers of Essie's Blanc and Chinchilly polish were used to finish the models' nails, I opted for similar shades that were already in my makeup bag, pictured below. I started by using Sally Hansen's White Nail Art Pen to draw a thin line on the outer edge of each nail. After letting it dry, I followed with a skinny swipe right next to it of OPI's Nail Lacquer in Birthday Babe, which is a shimmery silver. I used a tiny artist paint brush that I picked up at a craft store to draw the lines. Obviously my paint job is slightly imperfect, but I noticed in photos of the models' hands backstage that imperfect is apparently acceptable for this particular look. Try something a bit unexpected with your nails! And by all means, keep your nails short if you're going to play with design. 

Top Ring: John Hardy Classic Chain Collection


xo, Mary
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Hair Glossing

Lindsey's Lips: Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Crush / Dress: FP New Romantics Stole My Heart Dress
First of all, we hope y'all had a very Happy Thanksgiving! We certainly did! While many of you may be hitting the stores for Black Friday deals, here's an idea for those of you who might prefer to spend your day doing something a little more relaxing... Pamper yourself with a hair glossing treatment. I just got an Aveda clear gloss treatment, and I soo happy with the results. I decided to have it done because my hair was in need of a little strengthening. I haven't had my hair cut in over a year, and I am trying to hold out as long as possible because I want to grow it out really long. Not only do glossing treatments strengthen the hair, they instantly make it softer and shinier. I immediately noticed a difference after leaving the salon, and I'm happy to have healthier looking hair. Clear gloss treatments typically start around $45, and they're fine on color-treated hair. Happy Friday!
xo, Lindsey
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Shimmery Olive Liquid Eyeliner

Mary's Eyes: Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Liner / Cheeks: Clinique Honey Blush / Sweater: Zara
As any of our dedicated readers know, we are big fans of liquid eyeliner. Usually we stick with black or brown, but as of late, we've been experimenting more with color. We've had this Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Flash since the beginning of this year, and then it seemed to disappear for a while... Now that we found it, we thought we'd share it with you. This particular shade is a pretty shimmery olive. Don't worry - this formula is not quite as 'sparkly' as its name suggests. It's sponge-tip applicator is pretty easy to use, although we prefer the felt tip ones by L'Oreal and Lancome. Click here and here to see our past posts on our favorite liquid liners. This Stila liner is available at both Nordstrom and Sephora. One last thing!... Remember that we've always found it easier to apply liquid liner after first drawing a line of pencil eyeliner onto our upper lids. Happy lining!


 
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Midnight Purple Nails


Here's a super quick post on a nail shade we've recently fallen for. It's Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Bete Noir. I am in the process of growing out my fingernails, so that's why I am showing off this gorgeous color on my toes. What we like about this shade is that it's a cool, deep purple. It's not warm and plummy like sooo many other purple shades out there. We also love this nail formula's super high shine effect. This hue is a little unexpected and a great alternative to shiny black.


xo, Mary
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Dry Shampoo Love: Ojon Full Detox Dry Cleansing Powder


If you're a dedicated reader of this blog, you know that dry shampoo is something that we cannot live without. After a year of sticking with Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, $22, I decided to change it up and try something different... Ojon Full Detox Rub Out Dry Cleansing Powder, $24. I have really liked using the Ojon formula - it's a very sheer white powder that disappears quickly into the hair and scalp without leaving white residue behind. The photo of me above was snapped after applying the Ojon dry shampoo to my scalp the night before. As you can see, my hair still looks good, even a couple of days after being washed. It's scent is light and clean. This formula is actually quite similar to the Oscar Blandi one. We can't decide which one we like better! 

  xo, Lindsey
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Your New Mattifying Friend: Baby Powder


This is for any of you who have issues with combating shine on your face... Meet your new friend: Johnson's Baby Powder, which is under $4 at Drugstore.com. This might seem a bit crazy to some of you, but we have found baby powder to be an excellent mattifier. After you finish applying all of your makeup, before you leave the house, blend in a tiny bit of baby powder onto your shine-prone areas, such as your forehead and chin. Again, the tiniest bit is enough! Excessive amounts will look obviously white. Just try it! We think you will be surprised by how well it works. And remember, you can always comb in a little into your hair to extend time between shampoos. Happy Friday!
xo, Mary & Lindsey
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Drugstore Find: Electric Red Lipstick

Mary's Lips: Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Collection Lipstick in 013 / Sheer cardigan: Patterson J. Kincaid / Leggings: Members Only Liquid Leggings

Rimmel has always been a drugstore favorite of mine when it comes to lipsticks because of their fabulous range of shades... particularly their nudes and reds. Right now, I am in love with the fiery shade of red I'm wearing in the above photo. It's Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 013, which is part of Kate Moss's most recent collection. This shade is brighter than a true red and has a hint of tangerine in it, which intrigued me. I love how vivid it is. It's amazing how a great red lipstick can elevate an outfit. I think this shade works really nicely with the reds in my Patterson J. Kincaid sheer watercolor cardigan. As for the formula, this lipstick is good about staying on. You really can't beat the $5 pricetag. Click here and here to see past posts on other shades of Rimmel lipstick we love.

xo, Mary
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Red Lace, Red Lips

Lindsey's Dress: Free People Handkerchief Hem Floral Lace Dress in Hot Red
I love pretty lacy things. And I love red. So when I saw this Handkerchief Hem Floral Lace Dress by Free People, $128, I knew I just had to have it. This dress comes in several other shades, but I think the Hot Red is the most striking. I love how the lining is white instead of red... it highlights the lace even more. And I always love a lace scalloped hemline.  

Lindsey's sunglasses: Le Specs / Lipstick: Lancome Color Fever Lipstick in Red and Sensual Java
As for my makeup, this dress begs for a red lip. I'm wearing Lancome Color Fever Lipstick in Red and Sensual Java, which is a discontinued shade I borrowed from my sister's makeup bag.

Lindsey's Boots: Miz Mooz
This dress is great for both day and night. For day, I love pairing it with clunky motorcycle boots, like these short black ones by Miz Mooz. For night, it can be easily be dressed up for a wedding or date with a pair of stilettos. This dress is an affordable alternative to the Lover Serpent Lace Dress, which we also love. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Be bold and inject a little red in your wardrobe this fall.
 xo, Lindsey & Mary
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Violet Lashes: Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara

Mary's Lashes: Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Violet / Eyeliner: L'Oreal Precision Point Liquid Eyeliner

We've been itching to try a colored mascara for a while now, and we finally received two pretty shades as a gift. They're striking violet and teal hues by Estée Lauder - the Sumptuous Extreme Mascara, $25, which is the company's latest formula. Between the two shades, we both prefer the Extreme Violet (pictured on Mary above) over the Extreme Teal. While the teal mascara looks gorgeous in the tube, the color simply wasn't noticeable on our lashes. We expected the rich hue to appear striking, but the shade didn't look much different than our black mascaras. As for the Extreme Violet hue... this one is noticeable yet subtle. The color is not shocking by any means; it's intriguing. As for the mascara formula... it lengthens, separates and thickens quite nicely. The mascara brush is pretty large, so if your natural lashes are very small, it might be overwhelming to you. If you want to spice up your look a bit, you ought to try a colored mascara! Contrast is pretty, so go for a shade that is opposite of your eye color. 


xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hello, Lash Volume: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara

Mary's Lashes: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Black
Here's a super quick post on a mascara we've been using as of late that truly does an amazing job of adding volume and oomph to the lashes. It's Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara. We are seriously loving the drama that this mascara delivers to our eyes. We thought this profile shot of Mary above, shows off her lash thickness gorgeously. The formula lengthens, separates and thickens quite nicely. The mascara brush is pretty large, so if your natural lashes are very small, it might be overwhelming to you. We really like it's size however, and we find it easier to use. This is kind of a preview for what we are really excited about sharing with you... colored shades in the same Sumptuous Extreme formula! Keep an eye out for that post very soon!
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Victoria Beckham's Baby Oil Trick For Dry Skin


I recently came across a tweet by Victoria Beckham on skincare that made me gasp yet also intrigued me. She apparently loves using baby oil on her face (yes, face!) to combat dryness while traveling. Beckham says she smooths on the baby oil after applying her regular skincare regimen. This seems to go against everything I've been told in life about getting baby oil anywhere near the face. But of course, I had to try this on myself since this trick works for her. So I snagged a bottle of Johnson's Original Baby Oil for about $5 at the drugstore, and cautiously smoothed on a very thin layer after completing my typical nighttime skincare regimen of serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. I skipped my t-zone and just concentrated the baby oil onto my cheeks, eye area, neck, and chest. I was sooo pleasantly surprised by how much I loved my results. My skin felt completely quenched when I woke up the next morning. I've actually continued doing this every night. However, a word of caution: Don't even think about doing this if you have oily or acne prone skin. If you happen to have extremely dry skin, go ahead and try applying a thin layer all over your face... again, after your nighttime skincare regimen. Baby oil by itself is not enough in terms of repair and prevention. We hope VB keeps doling out the beauty advice!

xo, Mary
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Nail Crush: Dior Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream


 Here's a quick Friday post on one of the most luxurious nail creams we've ever used. It's Dior Creme Abricot Fortifying Cream For Nails, $24, a rich salve that is extremely hydrating to the cuticles. We love how conditioning this formula is. A tiny dab seems to go such a long way. Creme Abricot is an essential for colder months, when dryness is particularly an issue. The formula is designed to strengthen and nourish nails and help with growth. We love how it makes dry pieces of skin around our nails disappear. This little container is perfect for toting around in your purse and dabbing on whenever necessary. It can be applied both before and after painting your nails. It's also great to dab on at night, just before bed. It has a light apricot fragrance that smells clean and is not overwhelming. You can get this salve at any Dior cosmetics counter, and it's also available at Sephora. Hope you have a lovely weekend!
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Heavenly Body Oil: L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil

I've been using a body oil I received as a present for just over a month now, and because it is so positively heavenly, I must tell you about it. It is L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil ($38), and it's my favorite body oil I have ever used. It has a wonderful almond scent that is just right - not at all overpowering. I love smoothing this on after a hot shower. It is fabulously hydrating - I can't stop touching my skin after I've put it on. This body oil is such a luxurious little treat. If you ever want to splurge on yourself a little and want to create a spa-like experience at home, I definitely recommend trying this L'Occitane oil. Their soaps, by the way, are also fabulous. This Skin Supple Oil is apparently great for preventing stretch marks - I just read a lot of positive remarks online from others who are dedicated to using this oil and have had great results. Makes sense, seeing that the formula reportedly protects the skin's support tissue and combats loss of elasticity. Can't wait to see how it continues to effect my skin over time! Love this oil. Happy Thursday!
xo, Mary
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

DIY Cream Eye Shadow Base For Smokey Eyes

Mary's Bracelet: John Hardy Chain Bracelet
 When it comes to eye makeup, there's nothing more annoying than the pesky shadow crease that rears it's ugly face at the end of the day. Here's a little tip for creating a long wearing cream shadow base for smokey eyes, courtesy makeup artist Tom Pecheux, that we've found helps combats this unsightly issue. First, start by scribbling a one inch wide square of black or brown eyeliner onto the top of your hand. In the photo above, I used Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Onyx, which is under $6 at Drugstore.comNext, mix in a bit of concealer with the eyeliner with your middle finger. 

I used Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer, $29.50, a staple on Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit shoots, as I praised in a post this past summer (click here to read it). Blend completely so that the color is even, creating a nice cream shadow base. If the shade of eye liner you use is black, your color will have a grayish look as mine does in the above photo. Then, use your finger to pat the mixture onto your eyelids, as you would a cream shadow. Finally, apply your powder eye shadow as normal. I used a pretty gunmetal shade with a deep chocolate brown in the crease. The cream base I created really does intensify the look of the smoky eye, which I really like. If you prefer to opt for a lighter eye shadow, just use a lighter brown or gray eyeliner. Easy enough, huh?

 xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Monday, October 22, 2012

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Self-Tanning Lotion

Mary's Shirt: Patterson J. Kincaid / Shorts: Free People / Hanging Dress: Elizabeth and James
Thanks to my affinity for bronze skin, I am constantly experimenting with different sunless tanners. I fortunately came across this photo (after recently losing it), which was snapped just after loading up on L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self-Tanning Lotion. It's available for under $10 at Drugstore.com. When I am going for airbrush salon results, I always load up on multiple layers of self-tanner. (Click here and here to read my past posts on how to get spray tan results at home). I think I actually like this particular L'Oreal tanner better than the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion, which is about $9 at Drugstore.com. I think the main difference is that the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self-Tanning Lotion delivers more instant color. Both have a pretty, subtle shimmery finish. I used two generous layers (one right after the next), and then waited a day for the color to develop before the above photo was snapped. I should have used sprayed the tops of my hands with L'Oreal Sublime ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist for better results, but oh well. I think the color looks really nice, and I love this self-tanner. 

xo, Mary
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Quick Easy Highlighting Tip



We've always loved using highlighting powder as a simple, quick way to add a healthy sheen to our faces. A touch of highlighter on the face is a good way to avoid the old lady, overly-powdered face look. While Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze, $40 and MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, $29 are definitely our favorites, you can certainly achieve a similar effect using the right shade of shimmery eye shadow as a highlighter. We've both been known to whip out an eye shadow if that's all we have on hand, for a quick highlighting touch up. Again, choosing the right shade is key. Our favorite eye shadow to use as highlighter is probably Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Kitten Heel $18, (pictured above on the left) which is a pretty golden pink shimmer. Pink is surprisingly flattering on the face. Highlighting should be one of the last steps of your makeup routine. All you have to do is rub your index finger into the shadow and then run your finger down the bridge of your nose and right above your cheekbones. Be careful about not getting the shadow underneath your eyes or on the apples of your cheeks. Also, we hope this is obvious, but never put highlighter on your forehead. Filigree is another gorgeous Lancome shadow that we like to use as a highlighter. It's a beautiful champagne gold, which is a great alternative if you are opposed to using pink. If in doubt, just choose a subtle champagne color with a pearlescent sheen. You very well may already have such a shade in your makeup bag. Now, how easy is that? Happy Friday!
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

More Sheer Love: My Elizabeth & James High Waisted Skirt

Mary's Skirt and Blouse: Elizabeth and James
Here's a quick post on a sheer skirt I've loved and adored since my sister first gave it to me as a present (last Christmas!!). It's the Taylor Maxi Skirt by Elizabeth and James, which previously retailed for around $430. This is a skirt that truly transcends seasons. It has become one of my favorite pieces in my closet as of late. It works with everything and is perfect for so many occasions. What makes this skirt more special than most black skirts is that it's not just one, but two layers of gorgeous black, sheer silk. I think one layer might have cheapened it. I also love the woven checkered lamb waistband. This skirt was designed to sit more at the hips, but I had a tailor take it in so it would be high waisted. Oh, and it has pockets! This skirt looks dreamy when walking in it. The way the fabric flows is so pretty! I am stopped and complimented by strangers every single time I wear it. Isn't it cute with my raspberry silk top, also by Elizabeth and James? I can't wait to pair this skirt with my cropped jackets once the weather gets cooler. Click here and here to see our previous posts on our sheer fabric wardrobe favorites.

Mary's sunglasses: Le Specs

xo, Mary
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fave Drugstore Body Lotion

Mary's Legs: Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion / Nails: Essie Nail Polish in Licorice / Dress: Elizabeth & James Claudia Cuff Dress
I have recently found a great fragrance-free drugstore body lotion that I'm going to stick with. It's Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, which is under $10 at Target.com. Since it's fragrance-free, it's perfect for everyday use and it doesn't have a scent that will compete with your perfume. This is a great, simple lotion that keeps my legs feeling quenched but not greasy, as you can see in the above photo. I can't stand lotions that make my skin feel dry hours after applying. I love how basic, yet effective this lotion is. I keep touching my legs when I use this because it really does make them so soft. This lotion is apparently a fave of both Zoe Saldana and Jessica Alba, who also uses it on her face. I love a good drugstore find!

xo, Mary
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Use Emerald Shadow To Make Hazel & Brown Eyes Pop

Lindsey's Eyes: Smashbox Metallic Proof Cream Eyeliner in Emerald / Estee Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow in Enchanted Forest / Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express Mascara / Blouse: Ella Moss
There is something incredibly intriguing about a smokey emerald shadow next to hazel or brown eyes. It brings out a warmth and richness that is both sexy and mysterious. The forest hue interestingly removed all traces of green from Lindsey's hazel eyes and gave them a beautiful tiger eye sparkle, as pictured above. First, we swiped Lindsey's lids with a coat of Estee Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow in Enchanted Forest, $21. The formula is a gorgeous shimmery green that has a nice rich pigment - nice and velvety. Next, we used a slanted eyeliner brush to line the upper and lower lashes with Smashbox Metallic Proof Cream Eyeliner in Emerald, $32. We followed with a coat of black pencil eyeliner on the inner rims of the eyes and of course, mascara. Neutral cheeks and lips with a touch of pale coral helped keep the focus on the eyes. Are her hazel eyes not gorgeously penetrating? We love this little trick for brown and hazel eyed gals. Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Product image via Google Images
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Estee Lauder Time Zone Moisturizer


Here's a quick post on a moisturizer I have been using for close to a year now. It's Estee Lauder Time Zone Line and Wrinkle Reducing Creme SPF 15, $58. I got it as part of a Christmas gift last year, and I've loved it ever since. It's very hydrating without being heavy, and has a nice light fragrance. The hyaluronic acid is what initially drew me to want to try this product. I love a daytime moisturizer with hyaluronic acid because it helps the skin look perkier and more supple. It also helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. I smooth on this moisturizer every day after putting on the Perfectionist CP + R Serum (click here to read about that post). The Time Zone and the CP+R were made for each other, and I looovve the way my skin looks when I use them together. I'm sticking with these two :). Happy Friday!
xo, Mary
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