Category Archives: BEAUTY

5 Reasons To Love and Copy Lauren Makk’s Fashion Style

Although Lauren Makk  focuses on interior design while co-hosting ABC tv’s FabLife, she also presents herself with a fierce, accessible fashion sense.  Copying her look is quite easy.  Here are some ways to do just that.

Lauren Has Awesome Yet Affordable Jewelry.

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A simple strand of pearls not only finishes this textured outfit but also adds luster to Lauren’s face.

She Knows How to Look Comfy-Casual Without Being Sloppy.

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The Oklahoma-native often wears a casual denim shirt with tailored, classic pieces like this leopard pencil skirt.

Her Casual Pieces Juxtapose with Her Sparkly Items.

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Here the show-host contrasts a large buffalo print with cz-encrusted jewels for the perfect hi-low effect.

Lauren Rocks a Variety of Textures to Achieve a Rich Look.

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Not only does her sequin top play off a buttery leather jacket but also her pearly-manicured long nails harmonize with dewy makeup and lustrous stilettos.

Her Perfect Beauty Looks are Foundations for Her Fashion.

 

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From girly hairstyles to long nails and on-point makeup, Lauren doesn’t cut corners with her beauty routines which act as anchors for her fashion ensembles.

 

 

 

24 Hours of Gorgeous Hair on Instagram

Intricate buns.  Luxuriant curls.  Clever new styles.  These awesome hair looks have filled my Instagram feed over the past day.  Which style is your favorite?

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How to Imitate the 9 Best Fashion Looks at BeautyCon

Although its focus is beauty and makeup, this weekend’s BeautyCon in NYC was complete with fabulous fashion.  Many outfits are easy to copy.  Here are some of my favorites.

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A simple striped knit dress cinched with a black belt or scarf and finished with black tights make this combination pulled together and eye-catching.

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You probably already have a black jacket, strappy sandals and the white crop top in this look.  A teal pencil skirt pops the ensemble so you might want to invest in one available here.  You could substitute a mustard or red straight skirt if you already own either of them.

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Layered pendant necklaces are the focus of this combo.  They’re also handy to have on hand for the ’70’s vibe happening in fashion right now.

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The theme of this outfit is white.  White lace top, white strappy sandals, white bag and white-washed jeans.  Again you probably have a majority of those items in your closet.

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A white blazer over a black and white print dress and nude heels make the look on the right effortless.  An all-black ensemble is always a good idea and the attendee on the left edges it out with a leather jacket and bold silver statement necklace.

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A red tribal print mini skirt like this makes this outfit come alive.  Again, you probably already own a short black leather jacket, black tights and black boots.

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Army green is a must-have for this fall.  Here the attendee looks stylish, comfy and coordinated in a long-sleeve mock-neck crop top and pencil skirt seemingly in a knit fabric.

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An unexpected color-combo of navy and dark brown combine to make this modern preppy look.  Off-white pants added to the ensemble.

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Panic Averted: Where to Find 5 Popular Discontinued Makeup Items

If you wear makeup you know that feeling of sheer panic when a cosmetics manufacturer stops making your favorite item. Why do they do this?   Fortunately, there are ways to locate that much-loved lipstick, eye shadow or foundation you thought was gone forever.  Here are some options.

MAX FACTOR PAN STICK FOUNDATION.

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Available here for $6.00

CLINIQUE’S LONG LAST ‘PARTY RED’ LIPSTICK.

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Available here for $38

MAC’S EYE SHADOW IN ‘HAUNTING’.

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Available here for $25

ESSIE NAIL POLISH IN A VARIETY OF COLORS.

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Available here for $4.21

CHANEL’S POWDER BLUSH IN 44 NARCISSE.

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Available here for $65

Disclaimer:  The author of this blog receives no monetary compensation, gifts or free products for linking to the above products.  Information and where-to-buy are provided as a courtesy.

10 of this Weekend’s Cutest Date-Night Outfits on Instagram

From Miami to NYC, Los Angeles to Green Bay and across the Atlantic to the UK,  I scoured instagram this past Saturday night to bring you an international selection of date-night looks.  Whether these women were enjoying a meal at a chic restaurant or dancing at Ball & Chain, they’ll provide inspiration the next time you’re planning a night out with your special someone.

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Photo:  @no1girl13 in Los Angeles 

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Photo:  @the_sassykatboutique In Carver, MN

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Photo:  anonymous 

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Photo:  @jany____ in Miami Beach, FL

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Photo:  @lola1989 in Sacramento, CA

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Photo:  @blingbar in Las Vegas, NV

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Photo:  @amy_in_miami 

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Photo:  @mrsmpd in Rumson, NJ

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Photo:  @amy.jane13 in the UK

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Photo:  @liz_reall in NYC

5 Beauty Essentials Every Girl Should Own Right Now [PHOTOS]

When I gave myself permission to buy these beauty staples, I wondered why I had waited so long.  Perhaps deep down I viewed them as luxuries or felt I wasn’t worth it.  Whatever the reason, don’t be like me.  You work hard and should reward yourself!

(A) Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Salicylic Acid

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I started wearing this nightly and my face feels like silk.  Officially, it claims to reduce redness, build collagen, unclog and diminish enlarged pores and exfoliate.  I can attest that it does all of these things well without irritation.

(B) Mally’s Perfect Prep Eye Gel

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I can thank EmilyNoel83 on YouTube for recommending this way back when she was broadcasting the news.  It de-puffs your eyes like nobody’s business! As soon as my alarm goes off in the a.m., I apply this gel to both upper and lower lids to give it time to dry, then wash it off in the shower.  Marvelous and refreshing!

(C) Mason Pearson Hair Brush Handy Bristle B3 Dark Ruby

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Several years ago I removed my hair extensions for good, stopped coloring my hair and started using no-heat styling tricks in an effort to have the most healthy hair of my life.  To reward myself for sticking to this regimen, I finally bought a Mason Pearson brush, something I’d wanted since childhood.  It’s fabulous! Eliminates static, enhances shine and creates natural fullness and body without teasing.  Is it worth the steep price? Definitely!

(D) 100% Genuine Silk Pillowcase

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The very first time I bought a ‘silk’ pillowcase, I was duped into selecting a polyester fabric instead of the genuine article.  Don’t be misled.  I found this one from lovasilk.com where they carry 100% mulberry silk.  Using this prevents the dreaded sheet-wrinkled-face and sharply curtails hair static and split ends.

(E) Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush

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My skepticism was quickly replaced by buyer satisfaction when I realized this toothbrush does exactly what it promises. Seriously reduces tartar and buildup plus keeps gums healthy.

DISCLAIMER:  The foregoing items were all purchased by this writer.  The author receives no remuneration in return for recommending these or any other products mentioned on this website.  The following links are provided as a courtesy.

If you’d like to purchase any of the items, here are the links.  (A) Paula’s Choice  http://goo.gl/IwCNAL  (B) Mally http://goo.gl/mGvCuC (C) Mason Pearson  http://goo.gl/B6Moy6  (D) Lovasilk http://goo.gl/zRghYs (E) Sonicare http://goo.gl/qZ83dV

The 10 Most Disappointing Shows of Fashion Month So Far [PHOTOS]

It’s okay to be disappointed by some of the ideas you see paraded during Fashion Month.

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Photo:  Marc Jacobs SS2016 RTW

Doesn’t mean you’re negative, pessimistic or opinionated.  Just indicates you’re a critical thinker, not being blindly led.

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Photo:  Tracy Reese SS2016 RTW

Right now we’re in the midst of Milan Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2016 offerings.  When a polished designer wants us to pay for the privilege of looking worse than we do when we awake in the morning, that’s where we should draw the line.

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Photo:  Leanne Marshall SS2016 RTW

Here are the 10 most disenchanting shows so far.

BCBG.

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Photo:  vogue.com

Nicholas K.

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Photo:  nowfashion.com

Rachel Comey.

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Photo:  elle.com

Marc Jacobs.

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Photo:  glamour.com

Ryan Lo.

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Photo:  seen.com

Ashley Williams.

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Photo:  style.com

Marques’ Almeida.

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Photo:  @plaidpanache on Instagram

Tracy Reese.

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Photo:  @trendfudge on Pinterest

A Detacher.

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Photo:  @jewelryrecipe

Faustine Steinmetz.

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Photo:  refinery29.com

Copy These 6 Hair and Makeup Secrets of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders [PHOTOS]

Sunday night football begins this weekend complete with halftime by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.  Two of the cheerleaders–Angela Rena of Australia and Sydney Durso–offer their tips and tricks for creating long-lasting Farrah Fawcett hair and glowing makeup.

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Photo:  cmt.com

Use sulfate-free shampoo and always rinse your hair in cold water.

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For natural-looking brows, first use a brow pencil that matches your current hair color.  Follow with an angled-brush dipped in your regular finishing face powder.  Sydney uses her daily Chanel pressed powder.

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To avoid ringlets and achieve glam curls, vary the size of your hair-sections.  Angela uses larger portions below and above her head while reserving smaller sections in the middle.

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To achieve HD perfection on the huge screen at Cowboys Stadium, Sydney recommends warming foundation on the back of her hand before stippling it into her pores with a dual-bristled makeup brush.

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At the crown of her head, Angela sprays each section with dry shampoo to remove root-oil and guarantee more lift.  She cautions against rushing.  By curling before applying her makeup, each portion has a chance to cool and last through many performances of a four-hour game.

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For a summery glow year-round, use a fluffy brush to dust your bronzer at the temples and under both your cheekbones and chin.

If you’d like more makeup and hair tips from Angela and Sydney, you’ll find them on this CMT video.

See 5 Gorgeous Blue Eye Makeup Looks on Instagram [PHOTOS]

My very first makeup book was Blue Eye Shadow Should Be Illegal written by Paula Begoun.  While I understand Paula’s point, I do see a place for blue eye makeup when done to enhance.  Here are 6 Instagram bloggers who know how to accentuate with azure.

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Photo:  @universodamaquiadama_oficial

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Photo:  @duchesse.estilo

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Photo:  @silver.blue.things

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Photo:  @makeupbymargaux

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Photo:  @manycolorsfeed