Thursday, September 27, 2012

High vs Low: Can You Tell Who's Wearing The More Expensive Hot Pink Lipstick?

Mary's Skirt: Pleasure Doing Business / Lindsey's Shirt: Elizabeth and James / Jeans: J Brand
After so many of your requests, we've decided to do another High vs. Low post for you this Thursday! This one is on hot pink lipsticks. In a post this summer, Mary showed you her favorite electric pink lipstick, Dior Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Pink Caprice, which she got for $36 at Sephora. Click here to see that post. We thought it would be a great idea to find a drugstore version of this color and share it with you. So, can you tell who is wearing the more expensive lipstick in the above photo?

Mary is wearing Maybelline's Color Sensational Lipstick in Fuchsia Fever, available at Drugstore.com for under $8. As you can see in the tighter shot of the lipsticks, the Maybelline shade is extremely similar to the Dior one. The main difference between these two lipsticks is the formula. The Maybelline lipstick is very pigmented. Just a small, quick swipe delivers bold, full color on the lips. The Dior lipstick delivers more of a sheer veil of color. Lindsey applied multiple strokes of the Dior lipstick to achieve fuller color. We love these striking shades and always get compliments on them. So there you have it - gorgeous hot pink lipsticks for all budgets.

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Can't Live Without: L'Oreal Mineral Makeup

Mary's Face: L'Oreal True Match Naturale Mineral Makeup / Mascara: Estee Lauder Magnascopic Mascara / Shirt: Elizabeth & James
This is an important post on a product we just might not be able to live without... L'Oreal True Match Naturale Mineral Makeup. This drug store wonder will run you about $14, which is a great price considering what a solid product it is. It's a mineral foundation, but we love using it as a powder after applying a light liquid foundation or BB cream. We use this product every day. As you can see in the photo above, this mineral makeup has a lovely finish. It's amazing that a formula like this is available at a drugstore. The great thing about it is that the coverage is buildable. Use less for sheer, barely-there coverage. Use more to conceal more. This is one item that we always keep several shades of at a time. We highly suggest that you do this as well! It's just convenient to be able to reach for the shade you need on the day you need it. Sometimes we wake up looking paler than other days. If need be, we will even blend two shades of the mineral makeup together to get the shade we need. When you get to the store, you'll notice that the shades are all categorized conveniently - warms, neutrals, and cools. If you're in doubt, try a shade from the neutral family. The neutrals and warm tones work well on our skin. 

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Our Favorite Eyeliner Pencils

Lindsey's Eyes: Victoria's Secret VS Makeup Eyeliner in Black Velvet, L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in Black

When it comes to eyeliner, it's all or nothing for us. We love a richly pigmented formula that glides on easily and delivers full color. We can't stand sheer eyeliner formulas that don't show up very well. One should never have to press down or draw on multiple coats to get a dark line. In this post, we will share with you our favorite eyeliner pencils. In the photo above, Lindsey is wearing Victoria's Secret VS Makeup Eyeliner in Black Velvet, $12.  The formula is very pigmented and delivers a nice black line that stays on really well. The pencil has lasted quite a while because frequent applications and touch ups aren't necessary. It stays in place for hours. Another great eyeliner we have been using as of late and love is Estée Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner, $21. We love the Blackened Black shade, which is actually named appropriately because the formula is so dark. The Blackened Cocoa shade is also really pretty - it's the deepest shade of chocolate we've seen in an eyeliner pencil. This liner is also an extremely pigmented formula... and is our current fave! Of course, we love our liquid liner since we sport the cat eye daily... But a good cat eye starts with a good eyeliner pencil! (Click here to read a past post on how to draw a cat eye). Happy Tuesday! 

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Friday, September 21, 2012

How To Make Your Mascara Last Longer


Here's a quick tip for you that will help you extend the life of your mascara. Next time you apply it, don't pump the wand up and down before pulling it out. That pushes air down into the mascara tube, which results in drying the formula out faster. Instead, if you're getting close to needing a new tube (as we are with our Dior Diorshow Mascara, $31, pictured above), try making a gentle swirling motion with the wand to pick up formula from the inner sides of the tube. We've always done this and have found that it makes our mascara last longer. There's no need to cut your mascara's life short! Happy Friday!
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Amazing Night Serum: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

I am sooo excited about my newest skincare present... a bottle of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair! This is by far the best night serum I have ever used. Every woman should be using this. I love it because it repairs past damage from my tanning bed days and all the times I skimped on skincare when I was younger. And I intend to continue using it because it prevents future damage from occurring. I cannot express enough the importance of using a product that repairs and prevents damage such as this one does. The formula is a silky golden serum that's extremely hydrating, and it's designed for all skin types. It's full of anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid, which I love. I apply it to my face every night after cleansing and before applying moisturizer. It's one of the most important parts of my skincare routine. I absolutely love the way it makes my skin look and feel... noticeably better! The 1 oz. bottle is $55, and the 1.7 oz. is $84. Totally worth it.
xo, Mary
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gorgeous Nude Nails

Lindsey's Shirt: Patterson J. Kincaid / Watch: Michael Kors
Nude continues to be a key nail shade going into the fall season. The muted tone was sported by models at countless runway shows - both fall and spring. Nude is a great transition color to wear on your fingernails as you put away your summer brights and before you reach for your darker fall polishes. We love the nude polish Lindsey is wearing in the above photo.  It is Deborah Lippman’s I’m Not Innocent, $16. It has a slight peachy tint to it, which is really flattering on our particular skin tones. This matte shade elongates the fingers, especially with her oval shaped tips. A great nude shade of polish is a must for every woman. Just keep your skin tone in mind selecting a color - hold bottles of nude shades next to your arm to see what's most flattering.

Lindsey's Nails: Deborah Lippman's I'm Not Innocent

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Bronze + Glow Multitasker: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Mary's Face: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick / Lipstick: Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Tiger Eye
I have always been a fan of multipurpose products that go the extra mile. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, $49 is one of those multitaskers that has always helped keep my morning routine simple when I'm in a rush. As you can see in the photos above and below, I have brushed the shimmer brick powder all over my face. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post to see the bronzer below... It is a palette of five subtly shimmery shades. I first used the darker three shades on my eyelids as eye shadow. I blended all three together with an angled eyeshadow brush. Next, I used a powder brush to sweep the bronzer across my cheekbones as blush. Finally, I rubbed my index finger into the pearly white shade of the shimmer brick and ran it down the bridge of my nose as well as right above my cheekbones as a subtle highlighter. Isn't it pretty? Hope you had a great weekend!

xo, Mary
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Friday, September 14, 2012

What NOT To Do When Applying Foundation

Image: Google Images
We recently noticed that a friend of ours keeps a little container of sponges on hand for applying foundation. Little did she know that with each application, her sponge was eating up unnecessary amounts of foundation. So of course we pointed this out so she would no longer allow anymore of it to go to waste. The problem with using sponges to apply foundation is that it absorbs so much of the makeup. you can make a bottle last a lot longer by applying it instead with your fingers or a foundation brush. We always do it with our fingers. Just something to think about for those of you who use sponges. Happy Friday!
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Part II: Sheer Love

Lindsey's pants: The Reformation / Heels: Diane Von Furstenberg

Yesterday Mary shared with you her favorite sheer wardrobe piece, her Elizabeth and James caftan, and today I want to show you my favorite. This pair of pants by The Reformation is probably one of the most unique pieces in my closet. The long, billowy sheer legs give a floating effect when I walk. I always get stopped and complimented when I have these on. The sheer bottom half is what makes them so special - and also the fact that they're one of a kind, which makes them priceless to me. The Reformation is a vintage boutique/workshop in New York's Lower East Side that takes vintage clothing and reworks it to make it relevant to today's fashion. When I bought these, The Reformation was still a fairly new company, making one of a kind pieces. Since then, they have expanded their business and have developed a line that is sold on Shopbop.com. Anyway, just thought I'd share my fave sheer piece with you!

xo, Lindsey
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

For The Love Of All Things Sheer

Mary's caftan: Elizabeth & James / Swimsuit: BCBG
Sheer fabrics are one of the little things in life that make me happy… Since today is my birthday, I thought I’d do a quick post on a fashion trend I love that’s been a go-to in my wardrobe for a while now and is now becoming very mainstream. Never before has sheer fabric been so accepted; rules no longer apply.  Sheers aren’t just for spring and summer. Take, for example, the sheer black caftan by Elizabeth & James that I’m wearing in the photos above and below. It looks fabulous with a swimsuit and perfect poolside, but I fully intend to incorporate it into my fall and winter wardrobe. This caftan would look just as stylish with black skinny jeans, a long sleeve top, and belted. This is actually a great example of a piece worth splurging on because it transitions so nicely from season to season. The fringe detail along the hemline makes it even more special. Plus, how gorgeous is its flowing silhouette? Stay tuned for Lindsey’s favorite sheer piece tomorrow! Happy Wednesday!

Bracelets: Chan Luu, Tai / Sunglasses: Le Specs
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Face Serum That Delivers Results

Product image: Estee Lauder
I have been using a new face serum for about a week, and I must say that I'm so impressed by the results I'm already seeing. It's Estée Lauder Perfectionist CP + R Wrinkle Lifting and Firming Serum, $65. It is pricey but I think worth it. Rarely do I ever try a skin care product that delivers noticeable results after just a few applications. Love it! The first day I tried it, I immediately liked the way it felt on my face, and after about a week, my face felt and looked noticeably better. My sister noticed several days after I had been applying it and commented on how soft and pretty my skin looked. I can't wait to see if my skin continues to improve over the next few weeks. Just had to share this one with you! Lindsey tried it and loved it as well. One important thing to keep in mind about this product... It is not a moisturizer; it is a serum. For best results, you'll also need to use a moisturizer. Perfectionist CP + R is kind of like a multivitamin for the face - very important when it comes to preventing and addressing signs of aging. It should be applied to freshly cleansed skin. Apply a good moisturizer immediately after the serum has absorbed into the skin.
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Instant Bronze: Victoria's Secret Airbrush Spray

Mary's Shirt: Elizabeth & James / Shoes: Gucci
At the end of every summer, I always find myself reaching for my shorts again, trying to squeeze out a couple more wears before putting them away for the cooler season. Of course whenever I do this, I always love to look tan. In the photo above, I am wearing Victoria's Secret Flawless Airbrush Instant Bronze Body Spray, $12. I sprayed it all over after moisturizing from head to toe, rubbing it in one section at a time. The bronze color is temporary. It washes right off in the shower. I've found it to be pretty good about not rubbing off... just don't spray it on if you're going to be outside in the heat! It will probably run if you're sweating. Looks pretty good, huh? Not bad for $12. I love a last minute solution for pale skin! 

Product image: Victoria's Secret

xo, Mary
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Healthy Natural Looking Lips: Clinique Chubby Stick Balm

Lindsey's Lips: Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Colour Lip Balm / Liquid Liner: Lancome Artliner / Top: Alice and Olivia











Normally, when we post on lip color, we talk about bold, fully pigmented shades, but I recently tried a sheer lip product that I was surprised that I liked so much. It's Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Woppin' Watermelon ($16), which is the third stick pictured below. It's basically a tinted lip balm in the form of a chubby pencil stick. I like it because it's not as shiny and slippery as a lot of balms that squirt out of a tube. As you can see in the photo above, it adds just a touch of color. The effect is extremely natural. It's easy to apply without a mirror. Mary, on the other hand, doesn't like this product because she prefers fuller coverage in a lip product. If a sheer veil of coverage sounds appealing to you, then you might like this chubby stick balm. You can control how much color you want depending on how many times you run it back and forth over your lips. Happy Friday! 
xo, Mary and Lindsey
Courtesy Clinique
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Polka Dot Nails A' La Kate Spade

Lindsey's Dress: Elizabeth and James
We were feeling inspired by the spotted nails seen on the runway at Kate Spade's Fall show (see here). It caught our attention because, often times, polka dots on nails can look cheesy. We thought the peach dots of polish on the models' black nails looked more mature because their nail shapes were a longer, more rounded feminine shape. On Lindsey's nails, we first slicked them with Essie Nail Polish in Licorice, ($8) - this is a great black. Instead of dotting them with peach polish, as was done at Kate Spade, we used a matte white, Pure Ice in Super Star!. We like it because it's not at all sheer, so it really pops against the black. It looks better with dots of different sizes, like we did. Just be sure if you are going to try this on your nails to not wear anything to cutesy. We think this sexy purple Elizabeth and James dress makes a good contrast. 

Lindsey's polish: Essie Licorice, Pure Ice in Super Star!

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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