Monday, July 30, 2012

Drugstore Find: Purple Lips

Mary's Lips: Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Divine / Nails: American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Neon Yellow / Shirt: Zara
Sometimes I see a shade of lip color that's just so outrageous, I have to have it. That was the case, when I spotted this electric purple lipstick by Cover Girl. It's Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Divine, which is about $7 at Drugstore.com. We've posted about this long-lasting lip formula before - click here to see our fuchsia lipstick post. It has wonderful gripping power and stays on nicely even after eating and drinking. I love the contrast of this purple shade next to the neon yellow nail polish by American Apparel ($6). Sometimes you just have to go for it when it comes to color. I like these bright shades paired with black and white clothes... anymore color would have been too much. Plus, I think this shade of lipstick looks fresh next to white.


xo, Mary
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Quick Fix For Tan Legs: Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

Mary's Dress: Elizabeth and James Claudia Cuff Dress / Legs: Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Deep Glow / Lipstick: YSL Pur Couture Lipstick in Rose Libertin #26
Sometimes there are outifts that call for tan legs fast. And that was the case with this very cute Elizabeth and James Claudia Cuff Dress. My go-to product for instantly tan legs is Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Deep Glow, which is under $11 at Drugstore.com. This formula sprays on immediate color. All you have to do is rub it in. The faux-glow is temporary and rinses right off in the shower. I mainly use this product on my legs and have not had an issue with it rubbing off onto my clothes. It helps if you've already applied a coat of sunless tanner the day before (although you certainly don't have to!... that's the beauty of this product.) Keep in mind that a little goes a long way if you use this on your chest/neck area (spray it into your fingers and then rub it into your skin if you apply it here). It's fine to directly spray the product onto your legs... just make sure you do this before getting dressed! Otherwise, the tanner may splatter onto your clothes - I have learned this the hard way! It's also available in lighter and medium shades. I always get the dark one. Just thought I'd also include a tighter shot of the safety pin detail on the dress (below)... how cute is that? I like this dress a lot with black fingernails. Please don't hesitate to leave a comment below if you have any questions... I'd be happy to help!
xo, Mary


Product image courtesy Sally Hansen
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Mermaid Nails

Lindsey's Nails: Deborah Lippman Nail Polish in Mermaid's Dream / Dress: Elizabeth and James Mabel Dress
We're excited about a new glittery summer polish that just arrived in the mail from Beauty.com. It is Deborah Lippman Nail Polish in Mermaid's Dream, $18. We love how the seafoam green is speckled with glints of ocean blue and purple. We thought the color of this Elizabeth and James Mabel Dress, $395, would help bring out the darker specs of glitter in the polish. This is a fabulous shade for summer, and glitter polish is very forgiving. It makes chips and imperfections less noticeable. Plus, it's simple to touch up and fix since evenness and smoothness isn't necessary, as with non-glittery polish. We are all about a low maintenance nail polish!

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Concealers For Hiding Dark Circles

Lindsey's Under Eye Concealer: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye / Eyes: L'Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Black / Lips: Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 003 by Kate Moss
After our post Tuesday on the secret weapon concealer used on Sports Illustrated swimsuit shoots, we got some more detailed questions from you about concealers... Specifically - what concealers are best for hiding dark circles and lines? We'll start with the one Lindsey is wearing in the above photo. It's Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer by It Cosmetics, which is $24 at Beauty.com. This is a full coverage concealer that addresses dark circles. What we like about this one is that the tiniest dot is all that's needed under each eye. We use our fingers to dab (not rub!) it on. It Cosmetics suggests using a concealer brush for more precise application. The best part is that the formula is concentrated with vitamins K and C, which help fight fine lines. We like the results so much with this concealer, that we've started looking for eye creams with vitamin K. The latest concealer that we've tried and love is Conceal FX Camouflage Concealer, $27 at Sephora.com. We actually like this one better for summer because the coverage is a bit more lightweight than the Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer. This concealer does an excellent job of hiding dark circles - without creasing. We really love it! It comes in six shades - "Light" is the one that works with our skin tone. The Conceal FX might just be our favorite. Finally, another concealer in our makeup bags is Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF 10, ($22). This is the most lightweight formula of the three - the coverage is the sheerest. The really nice thing about this one is the SPF protection. We are always looking for products with sunscreen in them. This one is really easy to blend and doesn't look dry on the skin. Unlike the other two concealers we've just mentioned, you apply this one with a wand, which is easy to use.

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Secret Weapon Concealer Used On Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Shoots

Mary's Concealer: Lancôme Effacernes Concealer / Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder
In June's issue of Allure, we came across an article on Tracy Murphy, a makeup artist who has prepped Sports Illustrated swimsuit models for shoots for 11 years. She apparently uses a concealer on the models that we have been a fan of for a couple of years now - Lancôme Effacernes Protective Undereye Concealer ($32). For a decade, Murphy reportedly has relied on this concealer for its waterproof and sweat-resistant powers. What is nice about the concealer is that the coverage is pretty natural - basically medium. A thicker formula might look more cakey when wet. From personal experience, we would not go so far as to say it's completely waterproof, but it is extremely water resistant. In colder months, we like to use a more full coverage undereye concealer, but in the summer, it's better to opt for a medium formula like this one. As you can see in the photo above (Mary is wearing the Medium Bisque shade), it does a nice job of hiding dark circles and evening out skintone. If this is what Murphy turns to for SI shoots, you know it must be good. 

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Our Favorite Drugstore Moisturizers


In this post, we'll share with you a few of our favorite drugstore moisturizers, all of which happen to be by Olay. We've had really nice results with these... and who doesn't love a good buy? We'll start with Olay Regenerist UV Defense Lotion SPF 50 ($24), since sun protection should be a top priority for you right now. This is a solid moisturizer with extremely high sun protection, which is crucial if you spend time out in the sun. Many face lotions with such high SPF levels can be irritating and cause watery eyes - not this one. It also doesn't smell overwhelmingly like sunscreen (even slightly floral-like), and it isn't at all greasy. Another Olay lotion we love is Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer + Touch of Sun, which is currently on sell for around $17 at Drugstore.com. This has been a favorite of ours for years... we still have not found a better drugstore moisturizer! We like to use this one at night because it is slightly richer (but not heavy). We've found that it delivers the perfect level of skin-quenching. This one makes the face feel noticeably softer in the morning - even after one use. The touch of sun is a nice bonus. It is an extremely light gradual self-tanner... we almost wish it came in a darker shade of tanner! Olay Total Effects is also available without the touch of sun. Finally, Olay Regenerist Microscuplting Serum ($25) is a good one to incorporate into your routine if you are seeking a little more anti-aging ingredients. To us, this one feels lighter than Olay Total Effects. If your skin is more on the oily side, you might prefer to use this one in place of moisturizer. If your skin is a little dry, then start with this one after washing your face, and then follow with Olay Total Effects. The Regenerist Serum has ingredients that help with lifting and firming. The formula has a pearly appearance that we've found brightens dull skin a bit.
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Rose Libertin


Mary's Top: Elizabeth & James  Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Rose Libertin #26 
Eyeliner: L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner
As you may have noticed from our recent posts, we have been on a lipstick kick as of late. Lipstick is our guilty pleasure when it comes to makeup. We recently spotted this striking bright shade of pink lilac at Sephora. It is Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Rose Libertin #26 ($32). We have praised this amazing lipstick formula before (click here to see) for it's creamy texture and smooth, rich feel on the lips. This highly pigmented lip color is truly the Lexus of lipsticks. We love this particular shade and have gotten a lot of compliments on it. Rose Libertin is a brilliant alternative to your typical pink shades of lipstick - the lilac hue makes it special. This pretty shade stands out. We love how it looks with this raspberry Elizabeth and James top. If you're going to splurge on a lipstick, this is the one to do it on.

 xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Glossy Red Summer Lips

Lindsey's Top: Stone Cold Fox / Ring: David Yurman / Lips: Makeup Forever Lipliner in Red / YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Rouge Vernis
In yesterday's post, we discussed the gorgeous glossy red lips and smoldering black eye liner on the models at Jean Paul Gaultier's fall couture show. In this post, we'll look at a toned down version that's appropriate for summer. We started by outlining Lindsey's lips with Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in Red, ($20), which is a true red. This lipliner is extremely pigmented. Don't bear down hard when applying this one - use a light hand because a little goes a long way... which is great! This formula has amazing staying power. We then used Yves Saint Laurent's Rouge Pur Couture SPF 15 Lipstick in Rouge Vernis ($32). We finished with a touch of Lancome Juicy Tubes Jelly Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Clear, ($18). Paired with light makeup on the rest of the face and black eye liner on the top lash line only, this look makes a statement but is still light enough for summer.

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Drugstore Find: Lavender Lips

 While recently perusing the drugstore beauty isle, we came across a striking shade of lipstick that got our attention. It is Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Flawless Fuchsia ($5.50). Despite its name, it looks more like a lavender pink to us. This pale shade is one of six lipsticks in Maybelline's limited edition Porcelain Collection. We like this cool lavender hue because it's a bit unexpected, yet sweet. We like how the purple shades in the Show Me Your Mumu top help bring out the lavender tone in the lipstick. We love stumbling upon great drugstore lipstick colors like this one. We did notice that this particular lipstick formula isn't quite as pigmented as others we've recently used. To get more intense color as pictured above, you'll need to coat it back and forth on your lips several times - one swipe won't do it. If you prefer a sheer veil of color, then one coat will be just fine. The Porcelain Pink shade from the collection also looks really pretty. Happy Friday!

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Flawless Fuchsia
 xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque

Most of you will probably be spending the day in the sun to celebrate the 4th... For those of you who usually get a little too much sun, this post is for you! I love being out in the sun, but I can't stand dealing with a sunburn. After recently spending the day at the beach, I came back home a bit red, and my dried out skin was in serious need of quenching. I applied a layer of Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque ($45) over my face, and it was incredibly gentle and soothing on my burnt, wind-chapped skin. The formula is clear and feels refreshing when applying it. I left it on for about ten minutes before rinsing it off. I could really feel how effectively hydrating it was as I was washing it off. Afterwards, my skin felt very moisturized and soothed. I even gave some for my boyfriend to try since his face was also pretty red, and he liked how it made his skin feel too - he kept touching his face afterwards because it felt so much better. It's hard to find a product for the face that doesn't irritate a sunburn, and I was really pleased with this particular masque. It can be used daily and also as an under-eye masque to reduce puffiness. Store it in the fridge for an extra cooling effect. Happy 4th of July!!!
xo, Lindsey
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Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Closer Look: Kevin Murphy Color Bug Hair Shadow

In Mary's Hair: Kevin Murphy Color Bug in Orange / Eyes: Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara
Necklace: Claborn Specialties Boutique 
We wanted to post this picture in Wednesday's post on Kevin Murphy Color Bug Hair Shadow ($24)... However, we didn't have the correct memory card on hand, so we couldn't include the photo in the post. Now that we have it, we thought we'd go ahead and give you a closer look. The shade in Mary's hair is Orange. To us, the color has a slight pink to it. Just to reiterate, Color Bug is a colored shadow that comes in the form of a pressed powder compact. When rubbed against the hair, it delivers temporary color that can be washed out in the shower. No long-term commitment required! We love how the intensity of the color can be controlled. Color Bug was vigorously applied to Mary's hair - we wanted the effect to be bold in order to mimic the neon strands of hair seen on the models at Oscar de la Renta's 2013 Resort show. When rubbed on with a lighter hand, the color is a lot more subdued and not nearly as bright. Color Bug also comes in Pink and Purple. Stay tuned for a post that shows different ways Color Bug can be used to achieve multiple effects.
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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