Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chanel's Prettiest Summer Lip Liner

Mary's Lips: Chanel Precision Lip Liner in Peche / Top: Patterson J. Kincaid / Product image courtesy Nordstrom.com
The gorgeous coral lip liner I'm wearing in the photo above is worthy of a post since it's one of my favorite shades for summer. It is Chanel Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Liner in Peche ($29). It's so pretty on its own, I often skip lipstick. As you can see in the photo above, I started by outlining my lips with the lip crayon and then filling them in for all over color. I finished by swiping on a bit of clear non-shiny lip balm on top. This is a great way to achieve an on-trend matte-lip look. This lip liner has a wonderfully pigmented, creamy texture. Unlike many lip liners, it doesn't feel dry on my lips, and the color stays put. The liner has a tiny brush on the end of it for blending, which is helpful if you're skipping the lipstick and going for all over color, like I did. It also comes with a lip pencil sharpener. This peachy coral shade is gorgeous with a tan, which makes it a must-have for summer. I always have a Peche liner in my makeup bag.
xo, Mary
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Want It: Urban Decay Naked2 Eye Shadow Palette

An eye shadow palette we have our sights on right now is Urban Decay's highly anticipated sequel, Naked2 ($50). There are twelve pigmented shadows in a gorgeous range of neutral shades, which include taupe, sand, copper, gold, gunmetal and deep chocolate. We love the variety of shimmery, sparkly, and matte shadows. In case you missed last Sunday's post, click here to see why we like to combine shimmery and matte eye shadows. There are so many looks that could be created with this range of colors. Each of these shades would be beautiful on their own or blended together. If you were traveling, this case would be great to carry with you since you'd have all the shades you would need to create a natural daytime eye or dramatic nighttime look. Plus, we love that it comes with a great eyeshadow brush. We're not fans of the tiny sponge-tipped ones. The Naked2 palette also comes with a travel-size Lip Junky lip gloss in Naked. 
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Quick and Easy Fishtail Braid

Lindsey's Top: Show Me Your Mumu / Lipstick: Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Candy
Here is a quick how-to for you on creating a fishtail braid. It's not as tough to do as you might think. Instead of using three pieces as you would for a traditional braid, start by dividing your hair into two sections. Pull a thin piece of hair from the far right side of one section, and pull it across to the far left side of the other section. Then, take a piece of hair from the far left side, and pull it across to the far right side. Keep doing this until you get to the bottom, and then tie on an elastic. Spritz in a little hairspray to give it some hold. Don't worry too much about having a neat and tidy looking braid. We like pieces randomly hanging out, as it looks more youthful and effortless. Happy braiding!

 xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Kate Moss's Latest Spring Shades Of Lipstick For Rimmel

Lindsey & Mary: Both wearing Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 003 by Kate Moss / Dress (left) & Shirt (right): Patterson J. Kincaid
A brand new selection of lipstick shades by Kate Moss has just launched this month for Rimmel, and we love the variety of colors. This marks the supermodel's second collection for the cosmetic company, which features five new shades of Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick for spring. In the photo above, we are wearing a shade from Moss's first collection, #003, which is a great basic nude that works well for everyday. We can't wait to grab a couple of the new colors once they hit stores. Look in the photo below to see the new spring shades, which are the five tubes of lipstick on the right hand side. We especially love the hot pink shade, #20, which is third from the far right. 


As Moss has put it, a new lipstick color is one of the easiest ways to update your look for a new season. At around $5 per tube, it might also be one of the cheapest ways. As we've told you before in a previous post (here), this is a wallet-friendly lipstick that has great gripping power. It is a good pigmented formula that stays on lips a long time... Definitely our favorite drugstore lipstick!
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Floral Scuba Skirt + Ombré Nail Kit

Lindsey's Skirt: Elizabeth & James Floral Scuba Skirt / Blouse: Joie / Sunglasses: Ray Ban / Nails: The New Black Ombre Nail Kit
If you've learned anything about us from reading our blog posts (examples here, here, and here), you know we have an affinity for all things ombré. So of course that love extends to even our nails. In the photos above and below, Lindsey is sporting a pretty, incremental spectrum of purple on her fingernails thanks to The New Black's ombré nail painting kit ($22). It's a pack of five nail polishes that come in the perfect range of shades you'll need for an on-trend ombré look. Lindsey's pick, Purple Haze, is one of our favorites. Her nails look hot with her floral print scuba skirt by Elizabeth and James ($325). Stretchy scuba material never seems to stop fascinating us summer after summer. The New Black Ombré nail kits are available in six other great colors at Beauty.com. We like Rover, which is a pretty range of reds, as well as Walrus, which is a variety of gorgeous nude hues. You have nothing to lose by trying this trend since you can always paint all of your nails just one of the colors in the kit. Happy painting!


Lindsey's watch: Michael Kors / Rings, clockwise from top: David Yurman, Elizabeth & James, Judith Ripka
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Neon Pink Jeans + Tangering Polish That Does NOT Chip

Mary's Jeans: Zara / Shirt: Patterson J. Kincaid / Sunglasses: Le Specs / Nails: L'Oreal Paris Nail Color in Boozy Brunch
I have to do a quick post on one of the best nail polishes I have honestly ever used. It is L'Oreal Paris Nail Color, and it comes with the wallet friendly price of $6 from Drugstore.com. The color I'm wearing in the photos above and below is Boozy Brunch, a punchy tangerine shade. What I love most about this polish is that it seriously refuses to chip. I am guilty of constantly picking at my fingers, so chipped polish has long been something I accepted as inevitable. However, after a week of wearing this polish, there was not one single chip in it. Genius formula! This bright polish is a fun contrast to my neon pink jeans. (The shade of pink is actually more electric in real life than it looks in these photos.) They are Zara's Pop Slim Fit Jean in Fluorescent Pink, ($80), which is an affordable option if you've been wanting to try out the neon denim trend.You may remember Lindsey's neon pink jeans by Rag and Bone from two of our following previous posts: click here and here to see. That pair comes with the higher price tag of $187, but the fit is amazing, and the shade of pink is gorgeous. The Zara jeans are also available in Fluorescent Yellow, which I also think is super hot. Have a great Friday! 
xo, Mary and Lindsey

Ring: Claborn Specialties Boutique
L'Oreal Paris Nail Color in Boozy Brunch 
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pretty Daytime Makeup Inspired By Chanel S/S 2012 Models





Lindsey's Eyes: Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in Tea Biscuit / Cheeks: Chanel Powder Blush in Fantasia /Lips: Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish in Samantha
A daytime beauty look that's really stuck with us since Spring/Summer 2012 fashion week is the soft, glowy makeup seen at Chanel (seen here). We felt this was worthy of a post since it's an easy to achieve look that we find ourselves creating over and over again. The champagne-washed eyelids pared with pink cheeks and glossy lips is pretty for everyday and works with just about any outfit. Inspired by the glowing Chanel beauties, we created a similar look on Lindsey by first swiping her eyelids with Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in Tea Biscuit ($20). We then applied black pencil eyeliner along her top lash line, followed with a swipe of Lancome Precision Point Liquid Liner ($29.50) right on top. We like a dramatic winged tip, so we extended the ends out a bit. You could also just keep it simple with pencil liner. For a tutorial we did in a previous post on how to a cat eye yourself, click here (instead of using brown liners, use black). After applying some black mascara, we swept on a bit of Chanel Powder Blush in Fantasia ($43) on her cheeks. Next, we rubbed a tiny bit of highlighter down the bridge of her nose and above her cheekbones. Finally, we used a swipe of Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish in Samantha ($18) on her lips. Give it a try! This soft, pretty look will work on anyone.
xo, Mary and Lindsey 
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Claus Porto Bath Soaps

Claus Porto Soap
As part of our gift to our incredible mom on Mother's Day, Lindsey and I got her a bath soap by Claus Porto ($18). It was difficult to settle on one scent, since there were so many amazing ones to choose from, but we agreed that Acacia Tuberose reminded us most of our mom. As soon as our mom unwrapped it, the intoxicating floral scent drifted out of the box. Handmade in one of Portugal's oldest perfumers, Claus Porto fine soaps are made from a 100% natural shea butter formula. The soaps are all molded and pressed by hand after being milled seven times to keep their form perfect. As reported by O Magazine, Claus Porto soaps are a long-time favorite of Oprah. The fragrance of these delicious soaps are quite incredible. Our other favorite scents include Rozan Paradise Rose, Madrigal Water Lilly, and Royal Iris Lavender. These soaps make fabulous gifts even for those who might be more difficult to buy for. We really like the mini guests soaps gift box ($19) as well as the mini bath soaps ($25), both pictured below. Plus, the eye-catching packaging is adorable. We're both thrilled that we can order Claus Porto soaps from Beauty.com, which offers free shipping on orders over $25 as well as free beauty samples.

Product images courtesy linealuxe.com, inarkansas.com
Claus Porto also offers candles in the same amazing fragrances as their soaps.
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Monday, May 14, 2012

L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray

In Mary's Hair: L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray / Sweater: Elizabeth & James / Lipstick: YSL Rouge Pur Lipstick in Le Fuchsia
When it comes to using hairspray, we've been known to be a bit trigger happy. That's because a good hairspray not only keeps a hairstyle from falling flat, it acts as a protective shield. L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray ($16) delivers on both of these levels. A staple of professional hairstylists, L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray is used at countless photo shoots and red carpet events. It's also constantly used on the runway. Moschino, Anna Sui, and Lanvin are just a few of the F/W 2012 shows where the hairspray was used backstage. In the above photo, I had just spritzed my hair with L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray's Extra Strong Hold formula. What we like most about this hairspray is its ability to hold our hairstyle in place, while still allowing it to breath and move. Frozen helmet hair is not only unattractive, it doesn't look natural at all. Another thing we like about this hairspray is that it isn't sticky, tacky, or crunchy. Plus, it brushes out pretty easily. We are excited about trying out the Extra Stong Hold + UV Filter formula for color-treated hair. This formula is supposed to help protect hair color from fading in the sunlight as well as from humidity and other outdoor elements. An unscented formula is also available.
Product images courtesy ulta.com
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Peppermint Beauty Goodies

Product images courtesy beautybar.com, victoriassecret.com, & diptyqueparis.com

When it's hot and humid outside, there's something about peppermint that is especially enticing. We love its cool, clean, and refreshing aroma. In this post, we'll share with you some minty products we love. We'll start with a shampoo we've been using as of late that's contagiously minty. It's Malin and Goetz Peppermint Shampoo ($20), which is a purifying and hydrating formula designed for all hair types. We love that it's especially suited for chemically and color treated hair like ours. This shampoo feels cool and tingly while lathering, and the peppermint aroma has a subtle "awakening" effect, which is nice for mornings we wake up and are still sleepy. The peppermint sensation is pleasant and not overwhelming or jarring, like some peppermint scented products. It's also fine for everyday use. Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Minty Lip Shine ($7) is another peppermint goodie we love. This feels wonderfully cool and smooth on our lips. The peppermint oil in this clear lip shine has a breath freshening effect that we also like. You'll want one of these for your purse as well as on your night stand. For a total body peppermint experience, C.O. Bigelow Mentha Body Vitamin Lotion ($14) is our choice. This lotion is lightweight and absorbs nicely. The peppermint smell is slightly sweet, which is pleasant - not cloying. If you don't like a tingly sensation on your skin, then skip this one. We find it refreshing. Finally, we are coveting Diptyque's Menthe Verte candle ($60). It's fresh fragrance is likened to the smell of mint leaf just rubbed between your fingers. We'd love to have this vivid green scent burning in our homes.
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Friday, May 11, 2012

The New Neutral: White Nails

Lindsey is wearing Pure Ice Nail Polish in Super Star! / Blouse: Elizabeth and James / Watch: Michael Kors
White nails are our go-to neutral. And we don't mean sheer white. We mean opaque, Wite-Out white. No shimmer. No glitter. We find white nails striking and super modern. They're such an easy way to update your look. This shade of white polish is a great one that won't break your wallet. It is Pure Ice Nail Polish in Super Star!, and it comes with a $2 price tag. Here is what you need to keep in mind, when painting your nails white... A sloppy job is unacceptable. If your nails aren't neat looking to begin with, and if you don't paint it on evenly, it will look like Wite-Out and not nail polish. Just take it slowly if your going to paint them yourself. We suggest using a fast drying clear topcoat to prevent smudges. Happy Friday!
xo, Mary


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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Crossing Over To The Dark Side

Mary's Sunglasses: Le Specs / Shirt: Zara / Lipstick: Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Autumn
The dramatic, wine-painted lips seen on the likes of Kate Bosworth and Camilla Belle at the 2012 Costume Institute Gala inspired me to step over to the dark side. In the photo above, I am wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Autumn ($25). There's something empowering about wearing a shade this bold. It's the high-drama you'd expect from a red, but a bit more rebellious. To pull off this lip color, keep the rest of your makeup pretty minimal, as seen on the actresses at the Met Ball in our post yesterday. Don't overload on powder and foundation. To be on trend, make sure to keep the blush warm and natural. Above, I am wearing Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in Honey Blush ($21), which is one of my favorites. This probably goes without saying, but I must warn against wearing this shade of lipstick on a first or second date... I am pretty sure that guys will just not get this color. 
xo, Mary
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Monday, May 7, 2012

We Heart Beachy Waves

In Lindsey's Hair:  Frederic Fekkai Beach Waves Spray / Shirt:  Elizabeth and James
No matter what time of year, we love wavy, beachy hair. Its effortless cool is what makes it so alluring. These unfussy waves look natural - not like hours and hours were spent on them. I must admit that my hair is not squeaky clean in the above photo. It's a bit on the greasy side since I washed it a couple of days prior... which is typically when it starts looking a little lifeless. When it gets to this point, I spray my dry hair with Frederic Fekkai Beach Waves ($25), and scrunch it up with my hands for this messy bedhead look. Don't spray this product directly into your roots. As you can see from my photo, it's the sides and ends of my hair that I concentrated on. Beach Waves smells fabulously beachy and can be sprayed in wet or dry hair. I love to spray it in dry hair because it adds texture and a little fulness to my hair when it starts looking flat. Instead of curling it again, I just "mess it up" with the Beach Waves spray, spritz in some hairspray, and then go out the door. My hair has some natural wave in it, so that also helps. If yours is naturally straight and doesn't hold curl very well, then you might want to try spraying in the Beach Waves and scrunching right after you run the curling iron through it. It's also fine if you use Beach Waves in freshly washed and blow-dried hair.
xo, Lindsey and Mary
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Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Better Way To Use Baby Powder As Dry Shampoo

 In a post I did in March on my favorite dry shampoos, I told you about how I sometimes use baby powder as a last resort if I'm out of my Oscar Blandi dry shampoo. I have recently discovered a better way to put the baby powder in my hair that I must share with you! Instead of dumping it straight from the bottle directly over your roots, shake a small amount out into your fingers, as pictured above. Next, gently rub your fingers together and then comb it through the oily parts of your hair. I really like this method because it doesn't leave my part white and doesn't leave unattractive powdery trails in my hair. Plus, a surprisingly small amount of baby powder seems to get the job done. Don't risk getting baby powder all over your clothes by dumping it over your head. Give this a try!
xo, Mary
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Friday, May 4, 2012

Product Review: Pureology Hair Thickening Mask

Product photos courtesy soap.com / Mary's Top: Elizabeth and James
I must do a post on one of my favorite hair thickening products, Pureology's Hair Thickening Masque ($36). I've noticed that when my hair is cut shorter, the texture always seems puffier and frizzier. Now that it has gotten a lot longer, it seems to have thinned a bit all over. The Pureology Thickening Masque is one of the few hair products I've ever used that noticeably takes care of this problem, and it's perfectly safe for color-treated hair. It can be used as often as you wash it. The masque should be applied to wet hair right after you rinse out your conditioner. Leave it in for 2-5 minutes before rinsing it out. I recommend starting out with squirting a penny-size amount (or even smaller if your hair is super fine) into your hands. The formula, which ingredients include volcanic ash, is a gritty dark gray paste that warms when it touches your skin. It looks a bit unusual. Comb it through with your fingers starting around your eyebrows and going downward to the ends of your hair. Don't rub it into the roots. You will probably notice that you can feel this product in your hair as you are drying and styling it. It feels a bit like there's product in your hair that didn't come out completely when you washed it. That's why it's important to start out with a small amount. I just read some reviews and found that some people have had great results with mixing a small amount of the thickening masque in with their conditioner instead of applying it immediately after. I'm going to give this a try next time I wash my hair. Overall, you should definitely notice its strand-plumping powers. If you are at all finicky about products affecting the texture of your hair, you might not like this hair masque. I, for one, prefer having fuller looking hair, so I'm going to stick with it :). As you can see in the above photo, my hair has fulness even at the roots thanks to this product.
 xo, Mary
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tantowel Review: A Self-Tanning Towelette That Works

Lindsey's Leather Top: Elizabeth and James / Jeans: Rag and Bone (You may recognize these from our recent post on candy-colored denim)
To satisfy our cravings for a little faux-sunshine, we recently tried out the Tantowel. It's a sunless tanner that delivers bronze color via a moist towelette. Each towel looks just like a baby wipe. This intrigued us since self-tanners we normally use come in the form of lotions and sprays. As you can see from the above photo, the color turned out really nicely on Lindsey. I, on the other hand, didn't get very good results because I failed to follow the instructions as exactly listed on the box. I quickly wiped the towelette all over my skin instead of rubbing it on in circular motions, as the directions stated. We used the Tantowel Half-Body Self-Tan towelettes ($13.50), which is designed to give just enough color for your upper or lower body. If you want a tan from head to toe, you can use two of the towelettes, or you can use the Tantowel Total Body Self-Tan towelettes (which are normally $25.50 but are currently under $18 at Drugstore.com).

We liked that our skin felt immediately dry after wiping on the Tantowel. We got dressed afterward and didn't have to worry about the formula getting on our clothes. We noticed that the Tantowel didn't have the unpleasant odor that many self-tanners do. The color lasted on Lindsey for a couple of days. We used the medium shade Tan Towels. Darker and lighter shades are also available. We think the towelettes would be great for packing inside our carry-on's while traveling since most bottles of self-tanning lotion don't meet the FAA size requirements. The Tantowel is definitely worth trying if you've never before used it. Just remember to follow the directions on the box! 

Product images courtesy tfdrugsinc.com
 xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

High vs. Low: Can You Tell Which Of Our Lipsticks Is More Expensive?

Mary's Top: Joie (Left) / Lindsey's Ring: Elizabeth and James; Watch: Michael Kors
We are loving fuchsia lips right now. They're bold and unapologetic like red... only, flirtier. In this post, we will compare two great fuchsia lipsticks at high and low price points. Can you tell which one is the more expensive lipstick? 


Nearly identical in shade, these two fuchsia lipsticks both look beautiful on. Lindsey (left), is wearing Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Fuchsia ($32). Mary (right) has on Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Spellbound ($7). Standing next to each other in front of the mirror, we were both surprised by how similar they appeared. The main difference we noticed was that the YSL formula is a bit shinier looking than the Cover Girl. Plus, it's packed with SPF 15. For a cheaper brand, the Cover Girl lipstick had great lasting power. No matter what your budget, these pretty fuchsia lips can be yours!

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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