Thursday, August 25, 2011

Your Ultimate Source for Style Inspiration!

I was super stoked when BuzzAgent asked me to write a review on StyleFind! This is my one stop shop for all things style. It's a quick e-mail dose of right now trends, and it's also a shopping resource. One of my pet peeves is a seeing super cute style spread, then going to try to find the items and not being able to find anything similar, or the one I do find is a super-expensive designer edition. Not so with StyleFind! Click through to shop trendy items, and often find items for $50 or less! This is my super-source for all my style secrets!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Look Better Without Makeup- In 1 Easy Step!

If you're anything like me you look in the mirror each morning and wish that you were just a little more naturally beautiful, so that you wouldn't have to spend quite so long in the mirror each morning, getting your face ready to present to the world. I present to you an easy 1-step solution that will cut down on the amount of concealer and foundation you use. What is this magic potion you ask? Self-tanner! Before you run away cringing at the thought of orange streaks, hear me out. Self-tanner can even skin tone (that what the foundation is for) and brings a little color and glow to the skin (blush/bronzer).

So how do you apply the self-tanner without ending up orange skinned like Snooki?

First, use your natural skin tone as a guide. You fair-skinned beauties don't want to buy a super-dark tanner, it'll look unnatural (and probably orange). By the same token, those of us with darker skin tones won't see any effect from the light-toned tanners. Then, judge how "tan" you'd like to end up looking to select a formula. If you simply want a hint of color and even skin tone, choose a lotion with bronzer in it (Bonus! 2-in-1!) If you'd rather look like you just got back from a tropical location, you'll probably need to choose a straight-up tanning formula. Within that there are tons of application methods, from airbrush sprays, to wipes, to good old-fashioned gels and cremes. Choose one that suits your skill level and lifestyle.

When it comes to application, start with clean, exfoliated skin. If you're using a spray, mist evenly over your body (note: you'll have to spray into your hands and rub it on your face). If you're using a gel or creme make sure to blend well, and steer clear of knees, elbows, etc. WASH YOUR HANDS WELL AFTERWARD! Orange palms are a sure giveaway of self-tanner. If you're really worried about it, wear gloves.

A couple of notes:
- You will probably need to maintain your face a bit more than the rest of your body, since we wash/ exfoliate/etc. more often.
- Made a mistake and end up with an orange patch or streaks? Don't worry, use a bit of whitening toothpaste to wash the area, and voila! problem solved.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Shop Your Closet

If you're anything like me you pore over the pages of fashion magazines, wishing you had a wardrobe that reflected those fabulously glossy pages. I usually get sucked in to a shopping spree that ends with an empty purse and an overflowing closet. And yet, every morning I have nothing to wear. It's the plight of fashionistas everywhere. I had to put a stop to it (for the sake of my checkbook and my closet)

So I started shopping my closet for the latest fashions. As I browsed through the pages of the latest fashion magazine, as usual, I tagged any outfits/ trends that caught my eye. Then I went back through, and before I booted up the computer to try to recreate that amazing outfit on page 49 I thought "Can I recreate this with clothes I already have?" Sure enough, I already had those black skinny pants that have been in for several years now. Do I really need this season's take on the cardigan, or will last year's have the same general idea? Before long I had 3-4 new outfits put together and several more that I could create by buying just a few trendy items (this fall's bright fuschia, a pair of 70's inspired trousers) I was shocked! Is it really possible to be trendy and thrifty at the same time?!

I challenge you all to grab your favorite fall fashion magazine, sit down, and give it a try! You might just discover that your "go-to" fall outfit is already in your closet!