Friday, November 30, 2012

Bond No. 9 Perfume Love

I must confess that my guilty pleasure is perfume. But not just any perfume. I love Bond No. 9. My absolute favorite scent is Bond No. 9 Washington Square Perfume, $255, which is pictured above on my dresser. It is expensive, but for me, a great perfume is worth the splurge. After perusing and testing countless scents in Bond No. 9's Upper East Side store, I realized that Washington Square was the one. Inspired by the downtown Manhattan neighborhood, Washington Square is a very vivid and memorable fragrance. It's bold and smells absolutely divine. The main notes are Italian Bergamont, honey, vintage amber, and leather accord. I always get compliments on this perfume. Of all the five senses, smell is the one most strongly connected to memory, and that's why I think a good, unique perfume is worth the investment. For me this perfume brings back good memories... it's amazing how a particular scent can do that! I consider a great scent as being one's signature. Washington Square is definitely mine. Mary's favorite Bond scent is Chinatown, which has notes of peach blossoms, gardenia, and patchouli, and tuberose. I highly recommend visiting the Bond No. 9 store - I had a wonderful experience there and was thoroughly educated about the fragrances as I made my selection. It was all very interesting!
xo, Lindsey
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Phillip Lim Inspired DIY Nail Art

Mary's Shirt: Elizabeth & James / Jeans: Zara / Black Nail Polish: Essie Nail Lacquer in Licorice

The adorably painted nails sported on the models at Phillip Lim's show at NYFW 2012 inspired me to give this look a go on my own nails. Click here to see the nails backstage. According to W Magazine, the three-toned colorblock design was inspired by Japanese comic superheroes. The black base is reportedly Essie's Nail Polish in Licorice ($8), which is our favorite black nail shade ever. I started with the same shade on my own nails. While skinny layers of Essie's Blanc and Chinchilly polish were used to finish the models' nails, I opted for similar shades that were already in my makeup bag, pictured below. I started by using Sally Hansen's White Nail Art Pen to draw a thin line on the outer edge of each nail. After letting it dry, I followed with a skinny swipe right next to it of OPI's Nail Lacquer in Birthday Babe, which is a shimmery silver. I used a tiny artist paint brush that I picked up at a craft store to draw the lines. Obviously my paint job is slightly imperfect, but I noticed in photos of the models' hands backstage that imperfect is apparently acceptable for this particular look. Try something a bit unexpected with your nails! And by all means, keep your nails short if you're going to play with design. 

Top Ring: John Hardy Classic Chain Collection

xo, Mary
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Hair Glossing

Lindsey's Lips: Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Crush / Dress: FP New Romantics Stole My Heart Dress
First of all, we hope y'all had a very Happy Thanksgiving! We certainly did! While many of you may be hitting the stores for Black Friday deals, here's an idea for those of you who might prefer to spend your day doing something a little more relaxing... Pamper yourself with a hair glossing treatment. I just got an Aveda clear gloss treatment, and I soo happy with the results. I decided to have it done because my hair was in need of a little strengthening. I haven't had my hair cut in over a year, and I am trying to hold out as long as possible because I want to grow it out really long. Not only do glossing treatments strengthen the hair, they instantly make it softer and shinier. I immediately noticed a difference after leaving the salon, and I'm happy to have healthier looking hair. Clear gloss treatments typically start around $45, and they're fine on color-treated hair. Happy Friday!
xo, Lindsey
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Shimmery Olive Liquid Eyeliner

Mary's Eyes: Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Liner / Cheeks: Clinique Honey Blush / Sweater: Zara
As any of our dedicated readers know, we are big fans of liquid eyeliner. Usually we stick with black or brown, but as of late, we've been experimenting more with color. We've had this Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Flash since the beginning of this year, and then it seemed to disappear for a while... Now that we found it, we thought we'd share it with you. This particular shade is a pretty shimmery olive. Don't worry - this formula is not quite as 'sparkly' as its name suggests. It's sponge-tip applicator is pretty easy to use, although we prefer the felt tip ones by L'Oreal and Lancome. Click here and here to see our past posts on our favorite liquid liners. This Stila liner is available at both Nordstrom and Sephora. One last thing!... Remember that we've always found it easier to apply liquid liner after first drawing a line of pencil eyeliner onto our upper lids. Happy lining!

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Midnight Purple Nails

Here's a super quick post on a nail shade we've recently fallen for. It's Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Bete Noir. I am in the process of growing out my fingernails, so that's why I am showing off this gorgeous color on my toes. What we like about this shade is that it's a cool, deep purple. It's not warm and plummy like sooo many other purple shades out there. We also love this nail formula's super high shine effect. This hue is a little unexpected and a great alternative to shiny black.

xo, Mary
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Dry Shampoo Love: Ojon Full Detox Dry Cleansing Powder

If you're a dedicated reader of this blog, you know that dry shampoo is something that we cannot live without. After a year of sticking with Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, $22, I decided to change it up and try something different... Ojon Full Detox Rub Out Dry Cleansing Powder, $24. I have really liked using the Ojon formula - it's a very sheer white powder that disappears quickly into the hair and scalp without leaving white residue behind. The photo of me above was snapped after applying the Ojon dry shampoo to my scalp the night before. As you can see, my hair still looks good, even a couple of days after being washed. It's scent is light and clean. This formula is actually quite similar to the Oscar Blandi one. We can't decide which one we like better! 

  xo, Lindsey
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Your New Mattifying Friend: Baby Powder

This is for any of you who have issues with combating shine on your face... Meet your new friend: Johnson's Baby Powder, which is under $4 at This might seem a bit crazy to some of you, but we have found baby powder to be an excellent mattifier. After you finish applying all of your makeup, before you leave the house, blend in a tiny bit of baby powder onto your shine-prone areas, such as your forehead and chin. Again, the tiniest bit is enough! Excessive amounts will look obviously white. Just try it! We think you will be surprised by how well it works. And remember, you can always comb in a little into your hair to extend time between shampoos. Happy Friday!
xo, Mary & Lindsey
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Drugstore Find: Electric Red Lipstick

Mary's Lips: Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Collection Lipstick in 013 / Sheer cardigan: Patterson J. Kincaid / Leggings: Members Only Liquid Leggings

Rimmel has always been a drugstore favorite of mine when it comes to lipsticks because of their fabulous range of shades... particularly their nudes and reds. Right now, I am in love with the fiery shade of red I'm wearing in the above photo. It's Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 013, which is part of Kate Moss's most recent collection. This shade is brighter than a true red and has a hint of tangerine in it, which intrigued me. I love how vivid it is. It's amazing how a great red lipstick can elevate an outfit. I think this shade works really nicely with the reds in my Patterson J. Kincaid sheer watercolor cardigan. As for the formula, this lipstick is good about staying on. You really can't beat the $5 pricetag. Click here and here to see past posts on other shades of Rimmel lipstick we love.

xo, Mary
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Red Lace, Red Lips

Lindsey's Dress: Free People Handkerchief Hem Floral Lace Dress in Hot Red
I love pretty lacy things. And I love red. So when I saw this Handkerchief Hem Floral Lace Dress by Free People, $128, I knew I just had to have it. This dress comes in several other shades, but I think the Hot Red is the most striking. I love how the lining is white instead of red... it highlights the lace even more. And I always love a lace scalloped hemline.  

Lindsey's sunglasses: Le Specs / Lipstick: Lancome Color Fever Lipstick in Red and Sensual Java
As for my makeup, this dress begs for a red lip. I'm wearing Lancome Color Fever Lipstick in Red and Sensual Java, which is a discontinued shade I borrowed from my sister's makeup bag.

Lindsey's Boots: Miz Mooz
This dress is great for both day and night. For day, I love pairing it with clunky motorcycle boots, like these short black ones by Miz Mooz. For night, it can be easily be dressed up for a wedding or date with a pair of stilettos. This dress is an affordable alternative to the Lover Serpent Lace Dress, which we also love. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Be bold and inject a little red in your wardrobe this fall.
 xo, Lindsey & Mary
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Violet Lashes: Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara

Mary's Lashes: Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Violet / Eyeliner: L'Oreal Precision Point Liquid Eyeliner

We've been itching to try a colored mascara for a while now, and we finally received two pretty shades as a gift. They're striking violet and teal hues by Estée Lauder - the Sumptuous Extreme Mascara, $25, which is the company's latest formula. Between the two shades, we both prefer the Extreme Violet (pictured on Mary above) over the Extreme Teal. While the teal mascara looks gorgeous in the tube, the color simply wasn't noticeable on our lashes. We expected the rich hue to appear striking, but the shade didn't look much different than our black mascaras. As for the Extreme Violet hue... this one is noticeable yet subtle. The color is not shocking by any means; it's intriguing. As for the mascara formula... it 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. If you want to spice up your look a bit, you ought to try a colored mascara! Contrast is pretty, so go for a shade that is opposite of your eye color. 

xo, Mary and Lindsey
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