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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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Oscar Blandi Protein Mist For Restyling Hair

In Mary's Hair: Oscar Blandi Protein di Jasmine Mist
As many of you know from our previous posts, we are big advocates of dry shampoo. We always try to stretch our time between washes as long as possible. And that requires us to restyle our hair a couple of times per week. A product we really like to use to accomplish this is Oscar Blandi Protein di Jasmine Mist for Restyling Hair, $19. It's great because it acts as a shield to prevent heat damage, which is crucial since we love using our straightener and curling iron. As you can see in the photo above, Mary's curls were just revived using the protein mist before following with the curling iron after a couple of days of her style starting to fall flat. Just spritz a section of hair with the mist and curl or straighten the piece as usual. The protein mist can also be used on towel-dried hair before blow drying as a good detangler. 

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Quick Trick To Look More Rested

Product images via Google Images



I can't stand the look of dry, cakey undereye concealer. It is aging, and it brings unwanted attention to tired eyes. Here's a quick easy trick for eyes I recently learned (and love) courtesy of makeup genius Tom Pecheux. First start with a good concealer such as Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Concealer, $22. The shade I wear is Light. Put a little of the concealer on the back of your hand and mix in a small dab of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye, $52. As I've mentioned to you before in a previous post (click here to see), I looove this oil-free eye treatment. It truly feels like silk underneath the eyes. Next, Use a concealer brush to apply the mixture to the undereye area. (It's okay to use your fingers if you don't have a brush, although a brush is preferable). As always around the eye area, apply with a light patting motion. Don't rub or sweep. (This helps fill fine lines, making them less visible). Finally, if necessary, lightly dab a tiny dot or two of concealer by itself around the outer undereye area. The result is hydrated, more rested looking eyes. It looks so much more natural than applying concealer alone under the eyes. I am sticking with this trick!
xo, Mary
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Friday, October 5, 2012

New Primers We Like


As we've mentioned to you before, we love a good primer. It makes a big difference when it comes to the finish and appearance of your foundation. We've recently tried three we like with completely different textures that we must point out to you. We'll start with the most unique primer we've ever used, Skin Prep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum, $45. It has a sheer golden texture that looks and feels a lot like a serum. It's oil free and doesn't clog pores. It feels special compared to most primers we've used because of it's texture. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $52 is another that we've tried and like. This primer is white and looks like a sheer lotion. It feels incredibly smooth on the face and helped our foundation last longer. We like its added bonus of SPF 15. Finally, Smashbox Photo Finishing Luminizing Primer, $38 has a wonderful velvety texture with a subtle shimmer in it. The formula is a pinkish gold that subtly luminizes the skin. This one doesn't seem to disappear into the skin as nicely as the other two, but we do like its color and sheen. Happy Friday!
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Glitter Love: Essie Luxe Effects Nail Polish

Mary's Sandals: Steve Madden / Polish: Essie Polish in Licorice and As Gold As It Gets


Thanks to a reader's compliment yesterday on our nail posts and hilarious request to see our feet, this is for you! (Thank you, Anonymous!) Being girly girls, we have always been fans of a little glitter and sparkle. But we must point out that glitter can look cheesy if done the wrong way. Mary's polish in the photo above is an example of getting it right. There's nothing cheesy about a wash of gold glitter over black polish. First, Mary started with two coats of Essie Nail Polish in Licorice, $8. Next, she applied two coats of Essie Luxe Effects Nail Polish in As Gold As It Gets, $8. The Luxe Effects is part of a limited time collection (remember the magazine ad of this shade being poured on top of a cherry?). Fortunately, it's still available where we ordered it, from Zappos.com. By the way, we tried this glittery shade over white and did not like it. Stick with dark or bright, warm colors as your base. Nothing wrong with adding a little sparkle to your life! Again, we LOVE our readers and always appreciate your comments and suggestions! :)

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Must Have Fall Lip Shade: Dior Mysterious Mauve Lipstick

Mary's Lips: Dior Lipcolor in Mysterious Mauve / Cheeks: Clinique Honey Blush / Eyes: L'Oreal Liquid Liner / Eyeshadow: Dior
Because deep purple is a key shade for fall, we felt compelled to remind you about one of our favorite purple shades of lipstick ever. It's Dior Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Mysterious Mauve, $32. We told you about it in a post this past spring (click here to see), but we thought we'd show you this gorgeous lipstick again in a clearer photo... especially since this shade is so relevant this fall! The color is very striking on and takes some confidence to wear, but you will no doubt turn heads in this deep hue. This particular lipstick is richly pigmented and adds volume to the lips. As you can see in the above photo, it looks beautiful with a soft neutral eye shadow with a touch of lilac in it. By the way, purple is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s on brown eyed girls! My brown eyes always pop when I wear plums and violets. Happy Wednesday!


xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

British Racing Green Nails

Lindsey's Lipstick: Maybelline Fuchsia Fever Lipstick / Blouse: Elizabeth and James / Watch: Michael Kors


 If you want a nail color that stands out from the crowd this fall, try a rich hunter green hue. We love Butter London Nail Polish in British Racing Green, $14, as pictured on Lindsey above. This color is a bit sexy and mysterious. Deep green is a great shade for fall because it is a little more unexpected then other dark shades, like crimson or plum. The color is striking against Lindsey's mustard silk Elizabeth and James blouse. This shade looks sophisticated and smart on paler skin tones.

Rings from left to right: David Yurman, Elizabeth and James, Judith Ripka / Shorts: Zara

Image via Butter London

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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