4.10.2018

Beauty Beat: MLBB (My Lips But Better) Lipstick

My Lips But Better Lipstick Makeup

Ever heard of the beauty term "MLBB"? Don't feel out of the loop,  I hadn't either, until I discovered Reddit's Makeup Addiction page the other night and found that one of the hottest topic is My Lips But Better "MLBB" lipstick. 

MLBB lipstick shades mimic your natural lip color but have a hint more color that helps enhance your features. This lip look is perfect for a smoky eye makeup look or for a quick swipe of color on a casual Sunday. From soft natural nudes and peaches to dusty mauve's and  light bitten berries, My Lips But Better shades can range for whatever your in the mood for and formulas come in creamy glosses, matte lipsticks and sheer tints. The only important factor is that your MLBB lipstick gives you the look of natural beauty.   

To be up front, I'm fair skinned and vary in hair color from blonde to dark blonde, so my range of research concentrates on My Lips But Better lipstick shades for fair skin. Some of the hottest on the web are from NARS and Urban Decay, and my personal go-to MLBB is Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in 07. Below is a list of some of the most beloved natural looking MLBB lipstick shades (particularly for fair skin).

MLBB Lipsticks:
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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita, Brigite and Raquel
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3.28.2018

Shoe Stories: Loeffler Randall Spring 2018

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Why choose one trend when you can choose three? Loeffler Randall's spring 2018 collection certainly doesn't fall short on trends featuring footwear with rainbows, stripes, ruffles and more. I'm eyeing these flirty ruffled slides for all day every day and these sassy metallic heels for date nights. What's your favorite spring shoe style?

2.08.2018

Lady in Red



Valentine's Day is around the corner making it the perfect time of year to wear the "it" color, red. Street style stars know that to capture the camera they need to stand out from the crowd, making head to toe red fashions a popular trend and I'm craving all things red from boots to suits. 

Red Outerwear


Bring on the heat in the cold with a bold red coat. For the chic set a red cape is a dream come true and for those with a more rebellious style a red moto jacket is the way to go.  A trench coat is a must have closet staple so try donning red trench for a flirty take on the classic coat. 







Red Boots and Bags


Dip your toe into the color du jour and step into a pair of red boots. Whether patent leather booties or sock boots, a red shoe makes your feet do the talking and the walking;). 





Red Suits and Jumpsuits


I'm always on the lookout for a showstopping red jumpsuit but recently red suits have made a play for my heart. Pair a red blazer with a graphic concert tee to look like rock royalty or go for shades of red from head to toe for a new take on power suiting. 


1.17.2018

Sephora Secrets: 10 Tips for Shopping at Sephora

Sephora beauty store

I have a confession to make; I am a Sephora addict. If I have a bad day, I go to Sephora. If I have something to celebrate, I go to Sephora. When I get paid... Well, you get the point;). While earning my coveted VIB Rouge status, I've learned a few Sephora money saving tips and shopping hacks to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for beauty and makeup products. 

Sephora Secrets & Shopping Tips for Saving Money

1.) Two Words, BEAUTY INSIDER - Sephora’s Beauty Insiderrewards program is free to sign up and let’s you earn points for perks such as a birthday gift and special savings. Those that spend $350 and $1k annually at Sephora qualify for VIB (Very Important Beauty insider) and VIB Rouge status for even more goodies like free 2-day shipping and free makeovers.


Sephora Beauty Insider rewards program


2.) Rewards Gifts  - Did you know your Beauty Insider points never expire? That’s right! So save up for a gift set you really want (like a coveted Nars set that runs out within hours of arriving). Better yet, you don’t have to make a purchase to use your points! Just head up to the cash register for your Beauty Insider freebie and be on your way.

3.) Sales -Mark your calendars now. Sephora has two annual sales - April and November - which give beauty insider members 10%-20% off everything in the store! Other than that, sales are slim but occasional “Beauty Steals” are usually located at the end of a row of products. Also - If you did purchase an item within 2 weeks of before it went on sale, Sephora will refund the difference.


sephora sale


4.) Samples, samples, samples! - Do NOT leave a Sephora without taking home your fare share of free samples. Employees don’t mind making samples of products and customers are allowed up to three per section (that means 3 samples of fragrance, 3 of beauty, 3 of skincare…). If you don’t remember while you shop, ask for samples at checkout where they have a variety for gifting cosmetic crazy customers.

5.) Beauty Deals - It may be hard to find, but Sephora’s BeautyDeals page online is well worth the search! It shows all the promo offers available and has great high-end delux free samples. If you have your heart set on multiple samples just buy your paid for products in multiple orders to load up on the freebies. 

Sephora beauty deals


6.) Free Makeovers - Get your beat on! Sephora offers free 15 minute mini-makeovers that focus on one feature such as a smoky eye or bold lip. For those that want a complete overhaul, a full (45 minute) makeover is free with a $50 purchase and anytime for Rouge members! If you’re going to an event, make sure to book a reservation online – appointments fill up fast during holiday and wedding seasons.




7.) Returns - Don’t like your new lipstick shade? Don’t worry, because Sephora will return anything bought from the store even if the product is almost all used. No receipt? No problem – you can make a return for store credit as long as you have an ID (and if you do have the receipt receive a dull refund to original payment).

8.) Perfume Sample Sets - If there is a fragrance you like in a Sephora perfume sampler set, buy it! The sample sets are $55 and give you a coupon for a FREE FULL SIZE BOTTLE of one of the fragrances included.


Sephora perfume sample set


9.) Beauty Classes -Learn to do your makeup like a pro! Sephora offers free “Beauty Classes” at select locations nationwide. The classes range from 45-90 minutes and class topics cover everything from applying false eyelashes to contour and highlighting.

10.) Value Sets - Sephora Value Sets are a legit deal and can save you a pretty penny! From makeup palettes to nail polish sets to skin care essentials, don't miss Sephora's value and gift sets to either try out something new or restock your go-to beauty products! Shop some of my favorite Sephora value sets:

Closet Envy: Get Racked

clothing rack fashion

No doors, no problem.  Closed closets are fine for storing the majority of your wardrobe, but bring special items that deserve display out into the open and rack'em up! Clothes racks are practically a prerequisite among the fashion set for styling oneself. I mean, how could one possibly pack for fashion week without being able to clearly edit à la Rachel Zoe?!

Use an open clothing rack to help organize your outfits for the week or to remind you of special pieces you want to wear. Pair a rack next to a large mirror for some drama or even use it as a room divider like the converted Italian flour mill below did. 

open closet, interiors
open closet, clothing rack

clothing rack fashion
open closet

If you are looking for a clothes rack for yourself, check out this garment rack with shoe shelf, for a space saver try this folding rack, or go for a more design oriented approach with this industrial chic clothes rack

**Images via Glitter Guide, Passions for Fashion, Pinterest, Instagram