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.

Oxblood For Fall At Every Price


best fall make up

1. MAC Lipstick, $16.00. 2. Essie Nail Polish in Wicked, $8.00. 3.Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quad in 37, $61.00. 4. NARS Lip Pencil in Matte Train Bleu, $25.00.

In The Blue


Wearing bright make up can be hard to pull off. Smudged orange lipstick? You could look like a clown. Too much purple eyeshadow? You get questions about your black eye. Usually, we stick to demure browns and blacks for fear of looking a little faux pas.

However, the playful wardrobe that comes along with summer weather allows us to think outside the boring box, which for me, means playing with shades of blue. Cool blue tones look good on almost every skin tone, especially the very fair or the extremely dark.

A swipe of blue eyeliner can transform your whole look, and give your eyes the pop you may have needed. For blue or green eyes, it is recommended by Bobbi Brown that gals line eyes with a dark blue pencil and smudge. For brown eyes, a hint of blue/lilac looks best.

There are endless options, but remember one simple rule: do not match your make-up to your clothes. If you are opting for blue shadow, keep the rest of your make-up on the natural side. Do not do a strong lip with a bold shadow or liner, the colors could clash and compete with each other.

My personal favorite, is MAC Eyeshadow in Electric Eel. I can dust it on lightly with black mascara, or wet a thin brush and use it as eye liner. All of the shadows, mascaras, and liners listed below can be found at Sephora or your nearest department store.

1. Estée Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint in Bold Cobalt. 2. Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeliner in 21. 3. MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Petrol Blue. 4. Diorshow by Dior Mascara in Catwalk blue. 5. Stila Smudge Stick Water Proof Eyeliner in Turquoise. 6. MAC Eye Shadow In Electric Eel.


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Slenderize In One Simple Step


A few months ago, a friend I met in LA introduced me to a chubby brown crayon that became a mini miracle worker. I have never really worn make-up, preferring the natural look 99% of the time. I did not know what I was missing out on by not staying up to date in the beauty game.

Introducing,The Sculptor by Tarte. Contouring can be intimidating. Too little and you get no result, too much and you look like a child’s art project. Chubby brown make-up crayons with creamy textures allow you to apply a little at a time and blend, making it easier to forgo mistakes.

Contouring allows you to slim the face and draw attention to your cheekbones without looking overdone. Allure loves The Sculptor too, offering some advice on technique:

“Draw short dashes anywhere you want shadow (under your cheekbones and jawline), then blend those lines downward with your fingers.”

At just $24.00, it won’t break the bank and will last a while due to the sheer formula. You can easily pick one up for yourself at Sephora. It comes in the universally flattering Tarte shade, Park Ave Princess.


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Found: The Perfect Pink Pout

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 9.47.30 AMOne of the many things I love about summer is the golden glow that comes along with it. This allows me to experiment with make up in colors that would otherwise wash me out. Pink lipstick becomes my daily staple June through August. The one problem with this? Keeping it from melting off. Kevyn Aucoin makes an amazing hot pink shade fit for long summer days that turn into late nights.

Get a bold pout in one swipe with Kevyn Aucoin’s vibrant fuchsia ‘Janelline’ lip color. Enriched with Sunflower Seed, Castor and Lanolin Oils, it leaves a smooth, patent finish without the weight or stick of traditional glosses. The patented applicator makes it easy to apply precisely and evenly.



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How To Fake Great Cheekbones: A Beginners Guide

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So…there are a few other things besides Victoria’s Secret model hair that we strive for…one of them being the sunken cheekbones we stare at in magazine pages and on Kim Kardashian’s Instagram. While we don’t all have Gucci Westman to give us the glam treatment, we can definitely do a pretty damn good job ourselves. Shockingly, it is incredibly easy and only takes a few short minutes. Contouring is not meant to change the face dramatically for day to day wear, but it can be a quick improvement to your daily make up routine. I contour my cheeks daily, and add a little extra when I wear a bright lipstick or pull my hair back in a ponytail. It’s that extra “pop” that pulls my look together. I scooped some tips up from Jillian Dempsey, a celeb favorite, and make up Goddess.

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1. Do not draw dark stripes along the sides of your face. This is the #1 contouring mistake women commit.

2. Suck in your cheeks to find the natural line of indentation, as if you are going in for a kiss.

3. Invest in a big fan brush. One with real hair will give you a cleaner application, it is not something to skimp on although it seems frivolous.

4. Swipe contour powder from the hollows of your cheeks, all the way up to your ears with a light hand. Swipe your brush into the powder, and then knock it on your wrist to remove excess dust.

5. Lay your brush just below your ears, and blend like you have never blended before. Blend all the way from your ears to the hollows of your cheeks.The powder should almost disappear.

6. Use a small amount of highlighter that matches your skin tone and has a slight shimmer to even out your look. Apply it to the bridge of your nose, the cupids bow, and the middle of your chin.

The New It Cream: BB & CC Cream

So we’ve all heard of the infamous bb cream. Blemish balm is an all in one miracle worker and apparently replaces moisturizer, cover up, foundation, etc. Mainly sold in South Asian markets, US retailers have begun to pick up the craze in the US. I was slightly skeptical of all the raving claims, but had to try it out for myself. After doing some research, I discovered that Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream was the best and headed to Sephora. During the winter, I am prone to rosy cheeks, and photos only highlight that problem. While I am not a fan of most make up, this is my new go to product.

Now, you can only imagine how happy I was when I heard about CC Cream. CC cream is a colored cream you match with the undertone of your skin that you want to cover up. For example, if you have redness like me, you would get a green cream to counteract it. Color correcting cream is the best thing since tinted moisturizer. CC’s help to fade discoloration while giving a nice glow, and what could be better than that?

While I will never be piling on the make-up, I will be keeping these two products at the ready. Check them out for yourself, or let me know what your favorite beauty product is so I can see what the hype is about!

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FTSOF Giveaway: The Gold Standard

The color gold is associated with luxury and elegance…sounds like something we would all like to associate ourselves with, right? The gals over at goldplaited Finishing Salon want to glam you up with the Gold Standard for the upcoming For The Sake Of Fashion Show.

StreetStyleChi is giving away a Gold Standard package that includes the super model treatment: a dry style and make up application, which would usually cost you about $65, and a set of front row tickets to the upcoming show on March 8th.

Once you get primped and pampered, head over to the For The Sake Of Fashion Show and sit front row VIP with one fashionable friend.

Entry is easy, head over to Rafflecopter and follow a few simple rules to enter.

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Good luck and stay fashionable!

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Additionally, goldplaited has been nice enough to sponsor the For The Sake Of Fashion Show, and put together a special hair and make up package for attendees, with a percent of the proceeds being donated to UNICEF. Contact goldplaited at 773-880-9180, 2803 North Sheffield Avenue.