Lush Lashes

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They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, so why not make sure you take care of your lashes too? False lashes seem daunting, but with the right tips and tricks, are shockingly easy and will have you looking doe eyed in five minutes flat. A few lashes placed on the outer corner of your lids will give impression of wide eyes.

Making lashes look natural is key, so go small strips or stick to individual falsies. When using strips, I recommend this helpful tutorial from Beautylish.

Need a little more guidance? Here are our four steps to getting the perfect fringe:

Curl: Curl your lashes before applying your fake lashes or mascara.

Apply Mascara: Choose a lengthening formula so your natural lashes blend in with your falsies. Apply one to two coats, and keep it thin. This prevents clumping and will help your false lashes blend in. For added perfection, use a small brow comb to go through your lases before applying falsies.

Line: Smudge a charcoal black liner thinly along lids. This way, in case there is a gap between your fake lashes and your natural lash line, the smudges liner will hide it.


SSC picksChanel Professional Liner Duo. MAC Individual Lashes. MAC Half Lashes. Diorshow Mascara.

Classified Beauty: Exclusive Tips From Shannon O’Brien

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Shannon O’Brien’s work has been featured in CS Magazine, Refinery 29, and national ad campaigns, but that’s just the start. This isn’t why O’Brien’s clients rave about her, it all boils down to her incredibly refined work and relationships with everyone she comes across. Beauty can get complicated, and that’s why we asked Shannon to let us in on her favorite hush-hush beauty secrets & products. Now you can look like a glam goddess every day, all year long.

Shannon O'Brien

1. Makeup Forever Aqua Brow

This is so crucial if you love a strong brow.  Not only does it not travel or smudge, but it is waterproof WATERPROOF!  I love it particularly because it makes my brows a bit more buxom when they’re feeling a too skinny.  I play with my brow color a lot so I like to mix 2 or three to get the perfect shade.

2.  Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

This water based foundation is gorgeous, natural, and build-able.  It has a natural hydrated finis and I love to mix it with a beauty balm in the summer to sheer it out.  This is also a photo-friendly foundation.  Illamasqua also sells it with a “skin enhancer” color that when mixed in can highlight, contour, brighten, or bronze depending on the color you choose.  A++++++

3.  Sacha Juan Volume Shampoo & Conditioner

I just started using this combo and LOVE it.  I typically only wash my hair once a week so it’s important that the products I use hydrate my hair without weighing it down.  I even work about a quarter size of the conditioner into my hair after my shower to leave in for extra moisture.  I just like how soft and shiny it leaves my hair.  I am also a sucker for the simple packaging.

4.  Vaseline Cocoa Radiance Body Lotion

This is my all time favorite body lotion.  It leaves my skin buttery with a glow even the day after I use it.  It has a very subtle cocoa butter scent that makes me feel like I’m on vacation without being overpowering.  I keep it in my kit as well to knock out dry knees and an elbows on my models.  I feel like this stuff is magic.  My skin never feels better than when I use it and it’s a drugstore staple!

5.  SK-II Mask

This is the perfect cure for tired skin.  10 minutes in one of these babies and your skin is plump, radiant and super hydrated.  I like to use these the night before a big event to make sure my skin looks it’s best.  It is also a kit must have for VIP clients.  You look like Hannibal Lecter while using them, but I swear the pay off is worth it.

Beauty Tips & Tricks: Renowned Hair & Make-Up Artist Kristen Pulice Gives Us The Scoop

Kristen Pulice has been all over the world, and somehow Chicago was lucky enough to be graced with her presence. Traveling with L’Oreal and The House of Bumble to London & Paris, Kristen knew she was in the right place. Pulice has made a name for herself as one of the most sought after hair & make-up artists in Chicago, and is not stopping there. Having personally worked with Kristen when she was kind enough to donate her time to For The Sake of Fashion, Streetstylechi knows first hand how contagious her bubbly personality is, and what an attention to detail she has. She has since worked with major companies, including Olay, Venus Gillette, John Frieda, Secret Deodorant, Mucinex, Crest White Strips, Express, The Limited and the television talk show The Steve Harvey Show. We are excited to see what her next move will be!

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Kristen was nice enough to put together a list of beauty tips & tricks for us. This will keep you looking prim and put together through these last sweaty August days. Take notes ladies!


  • Dry shampoo is awesome. Not only does it become your best friend on days

when you don’t feel like washing your hair but it also works as a great dry


  • Ditch your hairspray when teasing your hair and swap it with dry shampoo.

It will give your hair grip when you tease it and you’ll get a lot more height.

Spray it at the base of your hair in the crown area of your head, brush out any

remaining white residue and tease away.


  • Hate those little baby fly away hairs? Spray some hairspray onto a

toothbrush and tame them!

  •  Want the best beach wave spray? Next time you go on vacation and are

at the beach, take an empty water bottle with you and fill it up with ocean

water! Once you get home get an empty spray bottle and fill it with the ocean

water and you’ve got the best beach spray ever. (And it’s FREE!)

  •  Before going swimming, wet your hair completely and apply conditioner

from the base to ends. Too much chlorine and salt water is drying and

damaging and doing this will help protect it.

  •  Men…greys come with age and it’s totally okay to go to the salon and ask for

“grey blending”. This will help get rid of some of the greys but won’t leave

you looking like you clearly went and got your hair colored. Just be sure

to go to a salon and have it done as opposed to using the boxed color at the

store because it will be obvious that you colored it.

  • Speaking of the boxed color at the stores, please, please stop trying to color

your own hair with it. It’s so bad for your hair because it’s made like a “one

size fits all” meaning that the formulas in them are extremely strong and

harsh on your hair because they formulated to work on every type of hair.

I know it’s more expensive to go to a salon and have your hair colored but

it’s totally worth it. Also, if you mess it up and then have to go to a salon,

corrective colors are pricey and you’ll be pretty mad at yourself for having to

spend a lot of money that you probably were trying to avoid spending in the

first place.

  • Ladies please be sure to blend your makeup so you don’t get that line where

your face and neck are two different colors. Take your bronzer and with a

big makeup brush and blend it down onto your neck. (Don’t forget the back

of your neck if your hair is up!)

  • If you want big eyelashes, take your eyelash curler and warm it up a bit with

your blow drier prior to curling them. Be sure to only warm it up a little and

test it by feeling the temperature before you use it so it’s not so hot that it

burns you. Think of it as a curing iron for your eyelashes!

  •  Men, sometimes you guys have crazy eyebrows and hairs that grow on your

ears. When you’re getting your haircut ask your hair stylist to help you out

with them. They’ll trim them for you.

  • Got a strong cowlick? Wet your hair where it’s located, apply a small amount

of styling cream, hold the hair taut in the direction you want it to go and and

blow dry it.

  • Think out of the box with your makeup. Just because something is labeled

as an eye shadow doesn’t mean you can only use it as an eye shadow. It can

double as a highlighter or a brow powder etc.

  • Adding a drop of red food coloring to your self tanner will make it look more

realistic. Instead of the dreaded orange color, you’ll get a color that looks

more realistic and like you’ve just gotten back from a tropical vacation.

Sounds scary but it works!

  • Cutting your hair on a regular basis will NOT make it grow but it DOES help

keep your hair healthy. If you’re someone who never cuts your hair because

you want it to grow you’re not helping yourself. Once you get a split end it

slowly begins splitting up the shaft of your hair. This causes it to eventually

break which then makes your hair look thinner. If you’re trying to grow your

hair and hate getting it cut, go get a trim at least every 3 or 4 months so you

can prevent split ends from happening.

  • Have a wide nose? Make it appear slimmer by contouring and highlighting it!

Take your bronzer and apply it down both sides of your nose and then take a

highlighter and apply it down the center of your nose.

  • Applying highlighter to the bow of your lips will make them appear bigger.

So will applying a small amount of lip gloss only to the center of your lips.

  • Have a special event where you want your makeup to last all night? Invest in

a makeup setting spray. Urban Decay makes a great one called “All Nighter”

which can be found at Ulta or Sephora. After you’ve finished your makeup,

spray a light coat over your face and party the night away without worrying

about having to reapply anything later.

  • Want the perfect beachy wave? Wrap your hair around your curling iron

instead of clamping it. Leave the bottom inch and a half of your hair out and

away from the heat. This will create a beach wave as opposed to a full curl. If

your hair is too waved, give it a tug while it’s still warm to loosen it up. Shake

out when finished and you’ve got the perfect beach wave!

  • Got a red zit that you just can’t seem to cover? Use a green concealer. The

green will help cancel out some of the redness.