Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Multi-Season Splurge: My Cream Rag And Bone Dress

Lindsey's dress: Rag and Bone / Shoes: Coconuts
As I look back over the summer, I can't help but be reminded of a particular dress I find myself turning to over and over again. It's my cream drop waist tie dress by Rag and Bone. So we thought it would be a good opportunity to bring up the topic of investment pieces (Click here to read Mary's post on smart splurging earlier this year... also a Rag and Bone piece!). This cream dress was a splurge for sure... it cost me about $500. But to me it was well worth it considering all the wear I've gotten out of it. First of all, it transitions nicely from season to season because of the hue - it's not stark white, so it's not limited to summer. It's also easy to dress up or down. I've worn it just about everywhere... from work, to church, to interviews, to out at night. This is piece I see myself wearing for years to come, which is what makes it an especially good investment piece. Again, I bought this a year ago, so it's no longer available in stores, but I did come across a similar alternative currently available at Net-a-porter.com. It's the Leonard pleated crepe dress by Rag and Bone ($415). I love the pleat details in the front and also the exposed zipper in the back, which modernizes this classic shift dress. This one would also make a great investment piece. 

Courtesy Lyst.com
xo, Lindsey
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dip-Dyed Hair



Any of our dedicated readers know that we have a major thing for ombré. We recently came across these photos of Jessica Alba's attempt at the style, and we decided this would be a great opportunity to clarify the difference between ombré and dip-dyed hair. Dip-dying is a lot harder to pull off. Here's why: The line between the blonde and brunette color is very even and stark. In Mary's ombré color below, the blonde was painted on in strokes, starting at different levels, adding dimension. Underneath Mary's blonde, there are still dark pieces that purposefully show through. Alba's full colored blonde ends are cute though! It looks great on really long hair. According to the Huffington Post, Rober Ramos of Estilo Salon in LA did Alba's color. We still think Bumble in Bumble's Upper East Side salon, where we both get our ombré done, does the best job! (Zoe and Stephanie do an amazing work there). We will try to find some examples of dip-dyed styles that we like and post them soon for you! Cheers!

Mary's Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Lingerie Pink / Shirt: Patterson J. Kincaid
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Drugstore Find: Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

Lindsey's Lashes: Maybelline The Falsies Mascara / Sunglasses: Le Specs
We've been recently using a drugstore mascara which has really impressed us. It's Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express Mascara in Blackest Black, ($7). Volumizing mascaras have always been our favorite because lash length has never been a problem for us (luckily!). As you can see in the above photo, it thickens and separates the lashes really nicely. We like the brush a lot - thick, full bristles on a curved wand. We love when we find a great mascara for so cheap!

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chanel Inspired Chrome & Pink Manicure

Leather Chair: Antique from England
Earlier in July we showed y'all our favorite backstage beauty moments from Chanel's Fall 2012 Couture runway show - click here to see that post. And as promise I tried the overlapping pink-on-chrome effect on my nails. This look was much simpler to achieve than I thought it would be. I started with a couple of silver base coats covering the entire nail using OPI's Birthday Babe, $7. Next, I went over that with a soft pink polish, Pistol Packin' Pink ($7) also by OPI, leaving just a sliver of the chrome visible around the inner rims of my nails. This look is best for longer fingernails and helps create a slenderizing and lengthening effect. I love how it looks - this is a more subtle way to jump on board the nail trims this summer. Happy painting!!

 xo, Lindsey
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Our Go-To For Fighting Breakouts



Let's face it - summer is one of the hardest times of year to conceal breakouts. I'd love to be able to erase them from my life, and luckily, I've found that the Mario Badescu Acne Repair Kit ($46) helps me do just that. I've been using this kit for over a year now, and I'm sticking with it - it's one of the best remedies for breakouts I've ever used. The Buffering Lotion ($17) is a combination of sulfur and salicylic acid, which is great for treating and preventing blemishes. And it's great because a little goes a long way! I like to squirt a bit onto a cotton ball and rub a thin layer over my face. The Drying Cream ($14) is wonderful when applied underneath my makeup - it creates a barrier so that my makeup doesn't further irritate the problem area. A tiny dab is all that is needed. It's easy to blend in, hiding the blemishes and combating shine. Lastly, I use the Drying Lotion to help heal problem areas overnight. It's more of an on-the-spot treatment. I use a Q-tip to apply it to problem spots. For some reason, it's really tempting to shake the bottle... but don't! (If you'll notice in the photo on the top right, the more concentrated part of the formula is at the bottom (the pink part), and it's supposed to be that way. This product is visible on the face, so it's meant to be worn over night and washed off in the morning.
xo, Lindsey
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Agadir Argan Oil

Mary's Top: The Reformation / Jeans: Blank NYC Spray On Skinny Jeans
I love summer, but humidity is not my friend when it comes to hair. This past month, I've especially had to battle with taming my frizz. A product I've trusted for a while now to smooth out frizzies is Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment, which is on sale for $20 at Drugstore.com. My mom first turned me on to this oil, and it's such a good remedy for damaged, frizzy hair. It does a nice job of smoothing down frazzled strands, as you can see in the above photo. It is sooo hard to wear my hair straight in summer months because of the humidity. Pin straight hair is not an option for me when it's humid outside. This oil has helped me at least get my hair straighter. A small amount is all that's necessary. I use it on the ends of my hair while it's still wet, just before blow drying, and I also use it on the ends once it's dry. Again, start with a very small amount and add more if necessary.

Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Dark Tipped French Manicure

Lindsey's Blouse: Alice + Olivia / Mascara: Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara / Lancome Artliner Precision Point Liquid Liner
Right now, we're loving the latest update on the French manicure: dark tips. With a shiny, natural colored base, this style is an easy way to modernize your look. We first fell for the skinny version of this manicure seen at the Fall 2012 Thakoon show. (Scroll all the way down to see the runway version).

For the look above, we used three colors instead of just two. First, Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Ballerina ($26) was used as the base. We applied two coats of it and then let them dry completely. Next, we painted on thin stripes Essie Nail Lacquer in Licorice ($8) on the tips of the nails. Finally, we applied another layer of thin strips of Ulta Nail Lacquer in Fine Pruned ($6). We topped it off with a slick of clear polish. This manicure requires a little patience, but it's worth it in the end. It looks so clean and modern!

Runway photos courtesy Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com via Style.com
Happy Friday!
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Our Summer Face Routine

Mary's Face: L'Oreal True Match Naturale Mineral Powder / Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream / Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Lingerie Pink / Top: Patterson J. Kincaid
Thanks to so many of your requests and inquiries, this post is all about our summer face routine! Each season, we like to change it up a bit. In the summer, we like to keep things a bit lighter than other times of year. We always begin with clean, moisturized skin. We first start by applying a good concealer. Right now we're loving Conceal FX Camouflage Concealer in Light, ($27). This is such a great concealer - it is full coverage but not cakey and thick looking at all. It's a fabulous choice for summer. All you need is a tiny dab. Pat - don't rub - it on. Next we squirt about a quarter size dollop of Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream, ($13) onto our fingers and blend it over our face and neck. As we've mentioned before in a post we did about this BB cream, it doesn't look at all makeup-y on the face. It blends in very easily, leaving you looking natural, just slightly better. We've used this all summer and love it. This is a great alternative to foundation in hotter months since it's lighter... and how amazing is the price?? Finally, we apply L'Oreal True Match Naturale Mineral Makeup Spf 19, which is about $16 at Drugstore.com. This is a year-round staple for us. There is never a day we don't have this in our makeup bags. Never a day when we don't use it. We first sweep on a small amount and then sweep on a bit more if we need it. We highly recommend keeping several shades in your makeup bag - especially in the summer since some days you might have more of a tan than others. Wearing a shade that matches your skin identically is crucial. Again, this is why it's a good idea to keep several different shades on hand at all times (we usually turn to Light Ivory, Natural Buff or Natural Beige). This is key to a flawless finish, as pictured above.

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Our Latest Eye Cream Obsession + A Tip To Reduce Puffiness

We have a major thing for good eye creams, and we recently tried one that seriously impressed us. It's Rodan + Fields Anti-Age Multi-Peptide Treatment Eye Cream ($59), which is part of the Anti-Age Regimen Set pictured above on the left. As soon as we dabbed it under our eyes, it made our skin feel incredible... truly could not stop touching our skin it felt so smooth! We love how incredibly hydrating it is. It kept the skin around our eyes moisturized all day. The texture of it is a bit like a serum. The peptides in the eye cream target fine lines, crow's feet, and puffiness. We are so ordering some after we finish the eye creams we're currently using. As for reducing puffiness... We heard a good tip on The Today Show this morning that we've heard before but have never tried: storing your eye cream in the fridge. The cooler temperature helps take care of puffy eyes. We're going to try this!
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Statement Lips + Necklace

Lindsey's Lips: Smashbox Lip Gloss in It Girl / Eyeliner: Lancome Artliner Precision Point Liquid Liner / Top: Patterson J. Kincaid / Necklace: Anthropologie
Like wearing a flattering color can brighten your face, a statement necklace can wield a similar aura. And pairing the right shade of lip color with it can maker even more of an impact. We like the way this necklace from Anthropologie looks with this electric fuchsia lipgloss by Smashbox. The shade of gloss is It Girl, which was part of the Snap You're Fab Gloss set. This bold shade of lip color really makes the colored beads in the necklace pop. It's all about the right balance. When wearing such bold elements, keep at least one piece of your look paired down, like the cotton slub top pictured below. As for the lip gloss, the formula is smooth and not sticky at all. It's lightweight and has a bit of a sweet fragrance to it.

Lindsey's skirt: H&M
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Bronze Lips

Mary's Lips: Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Tiger Eye / Eyes: L'Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Felt Tip Liner / Blouse: Patterson J. Kincaid
 This shimmery bronze lipstick has been a favorite of ours for several years now. It's Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Tiger Eye ($25). We first stumbled upon it in a holiday makeup gift set. This shade works best on warmer skin tones. The formula is incredibly rich and creamy. It gives the lips a deliciously full, voluminous look - no lip liner necessary. The only thing we'd change is the fragrance - it's a little too prominent. We also like that the coverage of this lipstick is buildable and long-lasting. It looks gorgeous with a tan... making it a great choice for summer. We like the way this lipstick looks with warmer colored clothing, like this sheer orange top.

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Friday, August 10, 2012

My Go-To Summer Nail Color

Skirt: Nation LTD  /  Rings (clockwise from top): David Yurman / Elizabeth and James / Judith Ripka
Summer is the time to get out of your comfort zone and explore all the colors on the color wheel. So when your clothing doesn't speak to this, you sometimes have to let your nails do the talking for you. In the photo above I am wearing Butter London's Trout Pout, available for $14 on Beauty.com, which is actually more of a salmon-like color. This shade always seems to make me look down at my hands and admire them. The formula has a really nice texture and goes on really evenly and smoothly. This cherry blossom hue really pops next to the heathered effect of my black and white maxi skirt. Just goes to show that a bold nail can really change the overall feel of your look - and brighten your mood! 
 xo, Lindsey
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Laylon Follower & Broadway Star Elle McLemore Spreads Our Ombré Love

Left photo courtesy Getty / Right photo: Joseph Marzullo/WENN
We have to share an ombré success story that involves one of broadway's up and coming stars who is also a dedicated follower of our blog. Elle McLemore, who plays Eva Darlington in broadway's Bring It On: The Musical, reached out to us after spotting our ombré hair posts on the blog. She was ready to commit to the bold style before Opening Night of her show. At our recommendation, she went to see Stephanie at Bumble & Bumble's Upper East Side salon in NYC. (Stephanie also did Mary's ombré color - click here to see.) We loved Elle's results so much we had to share them with you! She recently showed off her new look on the red carpet at the show's premiere, as pictured above on the left. Below, Elle is pictured with costar Jason Cotay. She was gracious enough to share her pictures with us, which were featured in USA Today (click here to see some of her photos in the Day in Celebrities Gallery). When we asked Elle how she felt about her ombré results, she said she "felt like a princess" - we completely agree! We hope to soon make it to NYC to see Bring It On: The Musical and our new friend Elle! Cheers, y'all!

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Drugstore Fix For Full Hair

In Mary's Hair: L'Oreal Everstyle Alcohol Free Mousse / Blouse: Tibi / Skirt: Elizabeth & James / Shoes: BCBG / Sunglasses: Le Specs
I'm excited about a new hair foam I've been using as of late. It's L'Oreal Everstyle Alcohol Free Volume Boosting Mousse, which is under $6 at Drugstore.com. I have always been a huge fan of mousse. I use it every time before I dry my hair. What drew me to this particular mousse is the alcohol free formula, which prevents flakiness and hair from drying out. As you can see in the photo above, this foam gives great volume to the hair. I had just blow dried my hair before this picture was snapped. I always use mousse by the handfuls when rubbing it into my scalp. You might want to start with one handful amount if you have longer hair and apply more the next time if you desire fuller results. The more mousse you use, the more it affects the texture of the hair. I don't mind the texture-y feeling it gives mine because I prefer it to look voluminous.

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Getting A Jergens Bottle Faux-Glow

Mary's Tan: Jergens Natural Glow & Protect Lotion SPF 20 / Swimsuit: Milly / Sunglasses: Le Specs
I love having a tan, but you will never find me baking under the hot sun to get one. Whenever I'm poolside, I'm either under an umbrella or in the shade. The photo of me above is proof that you don't need the sun to achieve a pretty tan. This is the color I ended up with after multiple applications of Jergens Natural Glow & Protect Lotion SPF 20 in Medium to Dark, ($8). Ever since Jergens first came out with their original gradual tan moisturizer, I had been hoping they would also develop a version with sunscreen. So naturally, I love the Glow & Protect with SPF 20. I use it every day. Whenever I am low on sunless tanning gel and want to amp up my color, I will apply the Jergens lotion several times a day and continue doing so each day until I reach my desired shade of tan. A word of caution... Every other application, skip rubbing the lotion on the tops of your feet. It looks terrible when your feet look darker than your legs. Also, don't apply the Jergens lotion to the tops of your hands. I always use L'Oreal Sublime Airbrush Spray Mist, which is under $11 at Drugstore.com. After you finish applying the Jergens lotion, wash your hands thoroughly and then spray the tops of your hands with the L'Oreal airbrush spray, and then you are done. No need to wash your hands after using the L'Oreal spray (otherwise you will wash off what you've just sprayed on). Just don't get it on the palms of your hands. I usually hold down the nozzle and spray it about 4 seconds per hand in a sweeping motion. I use it once a day, right before bed - because you're not supposed to wash your hands for several hours after spraying it on. If you have any questions, leave a comment below, and let me know!

Mary's Lipgloss: Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Apricot / Bracelet: John Hardy

xo, Mary
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Our Fave Waterproof Mascara

Lindsey's Eyes: Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara / Lancome Precision Point Artliner Liquid Eye Liner
We, like many of you, have been glued to the TV screen watching the Olympics every night. Being the beauty enthusiasts that we are, we cant help but notice the perfectly intact mascara on many of the sweating female athletes. It got us thinking about our favorite waterproof mascara, Dior Diorshow Waterproof mascara in Jet Black ($25). We love it for it's thickening and lash-defining powers. It separates the lashes nicely so that it looks like you have a lot of them, as you can see on Lindsey in the above photo. Being a waterproof mascara, we don't have to worry about it smudging or running. Just be sure that you use a good eye makeup remover when taking off waterproof mascara. Be patient and remove it gentle motions; don't rub hard at it... be nice to your lashes!

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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