Monday, December 31, 2012

Disco Ball Nails

Mary's Shoes: Diane Von Furstenburg Opal Wedge Platforms

Here's a quick little post on a festive nail shade that's very New Year's eve appropriate. It's a disco ball sparkle I achieved with two pretty nail shades... First, I painted on a coat of OPI's Nail Lacquer in Birthday Babe, $8. Next, I followed with two generous coats of Essie Luxe Effects Nail Polish in Set in Stone, $8, which was a sweet little gift from a friend who knows I love sparkly things. I especially like this Essie shade because the glitter crystals are so large. If you're getting your nails done today, go for some metallic glitter. Just do it. Happy New Year's Eve!

xo, Mary
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

How To Create Loose Waves With Mini Buns + Revive Day Old Curls

Lindsey's fur vest: Elizabeth & James
First, we hoped everyone had a very Merry Christmas! We had a wonderful holiday at home which included a lot of much needed rest, good food, and time with the fam. Being a holiday of course, we indulged in a little lazy time. Before our Christmas church service, we kept our hair routines quick and simple. My soft, loose waves pictured above were achieved super easily, and in this post, I'm going to share my trick with you. Below are the steps!

1) After blow drying my hair, I parted it straight down the middle and down the backside, separating two sections aside as if I were going to create pigtails. 

2) But instead of pigtails, I created two low mini buns. I made each one using a twisting motion (twisting away from my face, not toward it), and secured the little buns with bobby pins. 

3) Next, I used a blow dryer to apply heat to the buns and left them alone for about 5 or 6 minutes. Once I removed the pins, I finger-combed my hair, twisting the pieces around my face outwards, toward the back and then lightly misting my hair with hairspray. The effect is looser than the curls I normally get when using a curling iron, but I like this look a lot.

If your hair is naturally very straight, try leaving your buns in longer. You may have to experiment until you find a length of time that creates the perfect, loose wave for you. Mary loved my results so much that she tried it on her own day-old, slept-on curled hair, which she had washed the day before and styled with a curling iron. She left her mini buns in for about half an hour and pulled them loose to find her waves completely revived. Turned out to be a great trick for reviving her day-old waves without heat styling!

Lindsey's Dress: Splendid
 xo, Lindsey & Mary
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Beach in a Perfume Bottle


I'm often amazed by the power of the sense of smell - how one smell can trigger an emotion or bring back a beautiful memory. One particular scent that always seems to uplift me is my mom's Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess perfume. We first fell in love with this beachy scent several years back when Azurēe Soleil, EL's collaboration with Tom Ford, had just come out. Bronze Goddess is a spin off of Azurēe Soleil, which is very similar. This fragrance is very reminiscent of the beach, but shhh - don't try to tell my mom this scent is only for warm weather. She loves it year round, and honestly, I am finding myself intrigued by it on this cold December afternoon. This fragrance is so gorgeous and exotic, so I just had to spritz on a little. It's a mix of coconut oil, mandarin, and jasmine. If you love coconut, you will probably love this perfume. I think this scent is so uplifting! I deliberately snapped a quick pic of this perfume bottle on a mound of fur just to emphasize that it's okay to wear a beachy scent all year if it makes you happy. If you need a vacation but can't get to the beach, you really ought to try this one.
xo, Mary
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Best Shampoo + Conditioner For Ombré Hair... & Thirsty Hair




For those of you with ombré or very chemically-treated hair, this post is for you! It's all about using the right shampoo and conditioner. When Mary and I each got our ombré done at Bumble and Bumble's upper east side salon earlier this year, our colorists Zoe and Stephanie used Bumble and Bumble Quenching Shampoo and Conditioner in our hair after painting in the ombré. They said these were the best products for quenching our hair, which would be drier than usual after getting the the color done. We think it does a great job of hydrating the ends of our hair and keeps it from looking worn out and brittle. Whether or not you have ombré hair, if it's at all dry and overly heat styled, you ought to dry a hydrating shampoo and conditioner duo like this one. We just wish this product was available in a gigantic sized bottle!
xo, Lindsey
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Super Cheap Way to Remove Your Makeup

Image via Johnson's Baby
Here's a quick post on a simple, very inexpensive way to remove your makeup. We both use Johnson's Baby Wipes every night to take it all off. We learned this tip a while back from Victoria Beckham, who has divulged in several interviews that she uses them to remove her makeup. Since then, we stopped using Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes and haven't looked back. We've found that two wipes typically get the job done, taking off most of our makeup. The convenient thing about buying baby wipes is that you can buy them in greater bulk than the towelettes by Neutrogena and Olay. Plus, it's a little bit cheaper. We still highly recommend (actually insist on) using a cleanser after taking off your makeup. The first step is always to remove your makeup and then to cleanse your face. When it comes to cleansers we like gentle ones like Lancome Creme Douceur Cream-to-Oil Massage Cleanser. Happy Friday!
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Emerald Eyeliner to Celebrate Pantone's New Color of the Year

Mary's Eyes: Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner / Clinique Glow Crazy Loose Powder Highlighter in Gold Dust / Blush: Clinique Honey Blush/ Lips: Nars Lipgloss in Giza
Get ready to see a lot of emerald. Pantone has just named the jewel tone its color of the year for 2013 (click here to see the press release). While we still love last year's number one shade, tangerine, we're excited about emerald green, which is still vivid yet sophisticated. To celebrate this new shade, I thought I'd share with you an eyeliner I've always liked in this jewel-toned hue. It's Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in Jungle Green, which is less than $4 at Drugstore.com. I started by dusting on a soft gold loose powder highlighter by Clinique onto my eyelids (that now appears to be discontinued unfortunately). Whatever shadow you use, just keep it soft and simple. Next, I followed with a couple of strokes of the Rimmel eyeliner, winging out the ends into a little cat eye. I finished up with a bit of black mascara and a swipe of natural, non-shimmery gloss on the lips.

The key to wearing this shade on your eyes is keeping the rest of your makeup relatively simple. If you want to be on trend with the emerald, you're definitely going to want to keep this shade in mind as you shop for clothes, accessories, and beauty products.
xo, Mary and Lindsey
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Naturally Bent Waves, No Hair Tools Required



We are really liking the gorgeously natural wavy hair seen at Versace's Spring 2013 runway show. They are unfussy and look effortless. According to Allure, hairstylist Guido created a more relaxed look than the bouncy curls and sleek styles that we've seen at past shows. What intrigues us so much is that he reportedly did not use any heat styling tools. Allure reports that he started by working handfuls of mousse into the models' wet hair and then roughing drying it. Next, he twisted their dry strands back into a knot before sending them off to have their makeup done. Later on, the knots were removed from their head, leaving a perfectly natural slight bend to their hair. Guido reportedly finished by using Redken Powder Refresh 01 Hair Powder/Dry Shampoo in their hair to help boost the thickness. 

 Loving all the hair. We will be trying this knot trick. And loving the black dress above on the right on Jordan Dunn as well as the shimmery fringe one below on the left. Happy Wednesday!

Photos: Imaxtree, Getty
xo, Lindsey
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Foundation Love

Image via Nordstrom.com
I have always been a bit of a nomad when it comes to liquid foundation. I have never stuck with one particular formula. Over the years, I have gone from Cover Girl to Clinique to Dior... and the list continues. But I have recently stumbled upon a formula that has majorly impressed me. It is Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup in Sand, my newest foundation present. After getting constant compliments as of late on how great my makeup looks, I have come to realize that this Double Wear is no ordinary foundation. For one, this particular shade perfectly matches my skintone. What I love most about it, however, is that it stays on incredibly well all day long. I'll look in the mirror halfway through the day and find myself pleasantly surprised that my makeup looks as good as it did when I first applied it. Seriously. By the end of the day, it still has held up quite impressively. As with any foundation, I always finish with a light dusting of loose powder to help set it in and prevent it from rubbing off. My preference is  L'Oreal True Match Naturale Mineral Makeup, which I have praised to you before in a post earlier this fall (click here to see). Cannot beat this drugstore price. The coverage of this Double Wear formula is medium to full, and it's buildable. Another great plus - it's oil-free and fragrance free. Hope y'all had a lovely weekend... Roll Tide!
xo, Mary
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