Monday, December 30, 2013

Easy Ombré Nails How-To

Nail art can be daunting for many of us, but we've found that achieving an ombré effect is surprisingly easy. All you need is two bottles of nail polish and a sponge eyeshadow applicator. We used Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Vamp and Black Satin, which is a great color combo for winter. Start by painting all of your nails in the color that you want to appear at the bottom of your ombré look. So in this case, we painted on a full coat of Vamp, and then allowed it to dry completely. Once dry, brush the darker polish onto just the tips. While still wet, use the sponge eyeshadow applicator to blend the color downward, creating an ombré effect. Do this slowly and gently! Finish with a clear top coat. 

For a more festive look, try a swipe of sheer, glittery nail polish on top of just the darker shade you chose for the tips. We love Essie's Set in Stone, which we have previously blogged about (here).

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chanel Double Dipped Nail Tips

Nail art is more prevalent than ever on runways, so we thought we'd get a little experimental with ours. The inspiration: Chanel's classic cap-toed, two toned ballet flat. The polish: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Beige, Black Satin, and Particuliere. We opted for double dipped tips, which are more interesting than a single strip of color at the tip of the nails. With a nude base, the result is classic and clean. The black tips keep the look from being too sweet. To start, you need three colors - a light, a medium, and a dark shade. Here, two coats of Beige were used for the base. Next, a swipe of Particuliere was painted across the end of the nails, mimicking the nail shape. Finally, a skinny sweep of Black Satin was added to the tips. It helps to have a steady hand if you're going to try this on yourself. Otherwise, let someone else do it for you!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Cream Shadows

Eyes: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Cream Shadow in Emerveille / Chanel Inimitable Mascara

We've fallen in love with Chanel Illusion D'Ombre long-wear cream eyeshadows. The glittery formula glides on really smoothly and has a lightweight, mousse-like feel. One of our favorite shades is Emerveille, pictured above. It's a pretty peachy pink that makes a great daytime eye shadow base. It looks good worn alone for a soft look. You can also use this one as a highlighter on the bridge of your nose and the high points of the cheekbone. For a more dramatic look, we love Mirifique, which is a gorgeous shimmery black. It creates a perfect smokey eye when smudged all over (see below photo) and can also be used as an eyeliner (see both photos). It glides on easily with a slanted eyeliner brush. The cool thing about this  formula is that you can control the intensity. Below, a light wash of black was applied over the lids, which gives it more of a charcoal effect than stark black. The cream shadow can be layered for a darker effect. A great inbetween shade is Ebloui, which is a brown with a deep berryish pink hue. This one looks good worn all over the lid or at the crease to create a little depth (see top photo). Each cream shadow comes with a brush but can be applied with your fingers.

Eyes: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Mirifique (lids and liner) / Chanel Inimitable Mascara

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Drugstore Waterproof Liquid Liner

Eyes: Maybelline Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner,  Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara 
Waterproof makeup can be a great thing in the summer, especially when it comes to eyeliner. I need something that won't sweat off in the heat. I've found that a good inexpensive option is Maybelline Ultra Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, which costs about $8. I haven't worn this while swimming, but it's safe to say that this formula is very water resistant. I like it! I typically prefer felt tip liquid liners, so this narrow brush tip took a little getting used to, but I think the formula stays in place really nicely. As you can see in the above photo, it paints on a nice, rich black shade. The tip is pretty thin, so I did a couple of coats to create a fatter line. As always, I never apply liquid liner without first drawing a line with an eyeliner pencil. I follow with a slick of the liquid liner right on top. 
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Stila CC Cream

Stila Cosmetics, $44

After so much hype for so long over BB creams, I was very intrigued when I saw Stila's new CC Cream. Of course, I had to try it, and now I really like this product. CC cream is supposed to go a step further than BB cream, incorporating skincare with color. What drew me to this product was it's color correcting promise... to help eliminate red undertones. It's greenish formula is a 'smart' product in that it blends in immediately and adapts to your skin color on contact. It looks very natural because it instantly becomes the same color as your skin as you smooth it on. (Go test a little on your wrist at Sephora -- you will see what I mean!). I've found it to be perfect for summer because when I'm outside a lot, I don't like wearing a heavier foundation. And although this is an oil-free product, it did tend to give me a bit of a shiny forehead, but after a bit of translucent setting powder I was good to go! If you like BB creams, you'll probably want to give this one a try.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chanel Le Vernis Summer : Cobalt, Mermaid, and Tangerine Nails

Rings on bottom: Judith Ripka, Elizabeth and James 

 I'm loving the new shades in Chanel's latest limited edition nail collection - all gorgeous shades for summer. My favorite is probably Bel-Argus, $27 which I'm wearing here. It's a metallic royal blue, which looks really striking on the nails. I love how this shade of blue looks so brilliant and rich. The touch of metallic is a nice change from the matte cobalt shades we've seen a lot of lately. I can't stop staring at my hands whenever I wear this color. Stunning.

Out of this collection, I'd say Lilis, $27, is probably my go-to color. Tangerine is still our "neutral" for the summer. It seriously goes with everything, so it's a great everyday shade. The fiery orange shade is sooo hot for lips (post soon to come) and nails right now. It looks great on all skin tones. This shade will not leave my toes this summer!

Finally, Azure, $27 is another gorgeous limited edition shade I am loving. It looks like a mermaid's fin. It's iridescent, so it reflects different colors depending on the lighting - reminds me of ocean waves, so I love it as a darker option for summer. I have literally never gotten as many compliments on a polish shade as I have on this one. Mary and I have always loved Chanel polish -- it's a little more on the expensive side but totally worth it since you are getting true 'fashion' shades that are very on-trend. People will notice these colors : ). Happy Wednesday! 

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Mystic Tan vs. Versa Spa Spray Tanning

Dress: Free People Hankerchief Hem Lace Dress

We've gotten several questions as of late about spray tanning, so I thought I'd share what I know since I am all about some faux sunshine! The two types I'm most familiar with are Mystic Tan and VersaSpa, which are both booths that you stand in while a machine sprays you. In these photos, I have a Mystic tan. I definitely prefer Mystic over Versa because I think the finish is more even. Whenever I've gotten sprayed in a Versa booth, I've always noticed the formula on my skin, which looks like tiny little freckle-like dots. However, the color that Versa deposits is a little more brown than Mystic, which is slightly more red. Both Mystic and Versa offer three shades to choose from... a light, a medium and dark. In these photos, my tan is the lightest shade. I always choose the instant color formula as opposed to the clear because I like immediate results. While these two options are fine, airbrush tanning delivers better results. Spray tans tends to be a little cheaper, though. When going in to get a spray tan, it's best to go right after you've taken a shower, have shaved, and exfoliated. Right before you step into the booth, you'll want to use a generous amount of the barrier lotion all over your hands and feet, to keep those places from getting too much color. I usually put it on my face as well. With the Mystic, you can pretty much get dressed and go immediately after you're sprayed. With the Versa, you may need to wait a few minutes so that the formula dries before getting dressed. With spray tans, you don't have to "rinse off" several hours later like you do when you get an airbrush tan. If you choose the instant color option over the clear, you see your tan develop more quickly. The clear one will take several hours before you see any color. Your tan should last several days. Hope this is helpful!

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Lancôme Vernis In Love Nails

Booties: Gucci

I love hot pink nails in the summer. A shade that I'm particularly feeling at the moment is Rose Pitimini, part of Lancôme's latest Vernis In Love Collection. This shade of bright pink has a little more sophistication to it than most of the others I've seen as of late. This is the first time I've ever used Lancôme polish, and I really like it! It dries pretty quickly and doesn't seem to be susceptible to annoying smudges or dings. Thirty minutes after painting my nails, I dug through the bottom of my purse to get my keys, and my nails still looked good! We should expect all expect this from a nail polish.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Foundation Brush Love

It can be so tempting at times to want to cut corners with brushes… they’re expensive… you have to take care of them… there are so many of them... and the list goes on. When it comes to foundation, however, we have a necessity: the foundation brush. We’ve found that it really makes a difference because it allows you to apply your foundation so that the finish is perfectly even all over. You really can’t achieve an airbrushed looking finish by applying it with your finger. You’ll often find that the makeup looks thicker in some areas than others when you do... not good! Right now, we’re both using Estee Lauder’s brush, $34, which is a good, solid brush. In case you've never used one of these before, they are very user friendly. Just start with a small amount of foundation on the brush tip and then brush it on and blend in. Really simple. Another brush we've tried is MAC's 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush which is also a great one for about the same price. The head of this one is a little smaller than the Estee Lauder brush. A smaller head can double as a concealer brush around the eye area, which is a nice plus. This is one of those things that is just a matter of preference. It's good to test different brushes out on yourself if your unsure about what size to get. As for Chanel's Foundation Brush, $45, we have heard amazing things and can't wait to try this one. The tip of this brush has a more pointed shape than our Estee Lauder brushes which would make it more ideal to use around the nose and eye area. A good foundation brush will actually save you money in the long run because it prevents you from using more foundation than you need. We both take a few seconds to clean ours after every application with a brush cleaning spray. Soap and water is honestly fine too.
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Free People Raw Tulle Skirt + Moto Boots

Quick post on a frilly little tutu I got that I'm loving. It’s Free People’s Raw Tulle Skirt, $98, which I am wearing in Shell. I first saw this skirt on and immediately fell for it. I love how girly this piece is – makes me feel pretty to wear! However, it’s a little trickier to wear than I thought it would be. Because of the volume of the skirt, I tend to stick to form fitting pieces underneath, like this cream cotton slip, which is also by Free People. Because I love contrast, my black moto boots seemed a natural choice to put with such an ultra-feminine skirt.  I also like this skirt over denim cut-offs and a crop top. On, the skirt appears to only be available in Black now, but I saw that several other sites still offer the Shell. 

Bracelets (Right): Chan Luu, Tai / Watch: Michael Kors / Rings (Left to Right): Elizabeth & James, David Yurman

Happy Thursday!
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lancôme Cils Booster Mascara Base

I've stepped outside my normal eye makeup routine and have been experimenting with eyelash primer as of late. Here, I am wearing a coat of Lancôme Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base underneath two swipes of Lancôme Definicils High Definition Mascara. The Cils Booster boasts to make any Lancôme mascara look more dramatic. I tried this lash primer, along with Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum. Of the two, I think the Lancôme one makes a much more noticeable difference. I love Diorshow Mascara, so I had high hopes for the primer, but I wasn't very impressed with its brush (which is different than the regular Diorshow). Plus, the formula seemed sort of dry. I feel like the Lancôme primer, on the other hand, really does give my lashes some oomph. I like the effect. I can see it. However, for me, I think the result is too dramatic for day. The false-lash appearance is kind of fun though. On a side note... I noticed that the Lancôme primer with works best with the Definicils mascara (it didn't work as well when I tried it with another brand of mascara I have). The Cils Booster and the Definicils do seem to be made for each other. Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bye, Bye, Ombré

Lindsey's Pants: Free People / Sweater: Zara / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Since we started the blog last winter, this may be the first post where my hair is markedly different... No more ombré. I made the decision several months back to grow it out, and I'm finally back to my natural color, which as you can see in the above photo is brown with a hint of auburn. This is kind of a big deal for me, because I love being adventurous with my hair... Before going ombré three years ago (yes, before ombré became big), I had bleached blonde hair with blunt cut bangs... before that, I had long, dark espresso colored strands. So after years of highlighting, lowlighting, and bleaching (& don't even get me started on the heat tools), my hair was looking rather fried and in desperate need of some tender loving care. So that's why I've decided to go back to my natural brown roots. Not only that, I'm laying off of the heat tools as much as I can... (Hello Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray!.. more about that in another post). This is kind of a little experiment to see just how much healthier my hair can be if I banish these color and heat evils out of my life for a while. So far, though, I'm embracing going au natural even though it was tough to break free from my adventurous hair side. I'll keep you posted on my progress!
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Narcissist Pink Nails

Boots: Elizabeth & James / Nails: Estee Lauder Nail Lacquer

Of all the new spring nail colors I've been trying as of late, there is not one that comes close to how much I love this one... Really. It's Estee Lauder Nail Lacquer in Narcissist Pink, which is part of their new spring collection. It’s a pale, Easter egg shade of pink that is sooo pretty on. I am very much feeling this shade for spring/summer… What would it not go with? These pictures don't do it justice. I've had so many people comment on how much they like the color. I keep catching myself looking at my hands because this pink is just so pretty! Yes - I love a nail polish this much. Can't wait to see how good this polish looks with a tan! Happy Tuesday xx

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