Saturday, September 29, 2012

Beauty Fix: Universal Lipliner

1. Dior, Universal Contour Lipliner, $30 at Sephora
2. Too Faced, Perfect Lips Lipliner, $18.50 at Sephora
3. YBF, Incredibly Invisible Lipliner, $14 at Ulta

I've just discovered a solution to all (most) my lipstick problems. Lip liner has been pretty much as vague a territory as finding the right, magical red lipstick. The looming idea of having to precisely line my lips before smattering on a dramatic color always made me shy away from even purchasing. And, I just don't know which one to buy. Is it supposed to be one shade darker than my lipstick? Lighter? The same color? What I've normally been doing is just lining my lips with the tip of the lipstick as I'm applying. I've been fortunate enough to not have any terrible smudging problems, but having lipstick that's guaranteed to stick is one less girl trouble to deal with through out the day. 
That being said, I've found a one stop solution to my lipliner fear: universal lipliner. These lipliners go on clear or nude, so they can be used with any and all of your lipsticks, easily blend in (duh), and keep your lipstick in place. Crazy, right? No more trying to find a matching lipliner and spending crazy amounts just to wear your favorite pout--these babies seriously do it all. Can't wait to get my hands on one of these. I'll probably test Too Faced first since I trust their products the most. 

Which one will you try?
--Christine 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dolce and Gabbana SS'13









images via style.com

Dolce and Gabbana takes me back into Sicily and dreamland once again...

--Christine


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Simple Styling Sundays: Baroque

1. baroque print dress: topshop
2. crystal embellished sweater: mango
3. mini saddle purse: coach
4. nude patent leather lace-ups: christian louboutin

I researched more about what 'baroque' really means, and it describes a period of artistic style that used detail to produce drama, tension, and grandeur. Pretty sure that sounds about right, but while you're seeing this print all over sweaters, pants, and dresses in stores, you must be thinking, "how can I pull this off?." A quite dramatic and grand print it is, baroque can also be very charming in doses. Don't get me wrong, I'd love a great baroque jumpsuit with some dramatic merlot lipstick on, but truly not everyone feels this way. So, I wanted to give insight into how you can love this print and wear it in an every day fashion. 
The key thing: accessorize with neutrals. The print is pretty in-your-face, correct? So you want to keep other details neutral such as your purse and shoes and even a layering item. I liked the idea of layering a light grey sweater on top of an over-the-top dress because it calms the outfit and adds a neutral contrast. I chose an embellished sweater to keep up with the baroque 'style': dramatic, embellished, grand. For shoes, choose any neutral shoe, but a nude, patent leather lace-up is a great masculine touch (adds even more drama in a subtle way in my opinion!). I believe baroque color schemes are pretty fall-like..now that it is fall, I'm excited to adopt a piece into my wardrobe!

--Christine

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Beauty Fix: Battle of the Primers

This week's beauty post is inspired by the search of the best fine line reducing, skin perfecting, photo ready primer there is on the market. To begin with, let's start with two:


left: smashbox photo finish color correcting primer in apricot
right: boots no7 photofix wrinkle filler and primer

Is it me, or am I the only 22 year old seeing laugh lines and wrinkles come in under my eyes? Why at only 22? It constantly pokes the question of 'what will I look like when I'm 30??' while I'm applying my makeup in the mornings. Well, I can't force myself to smile less, and I really don't want to resort to botox later down the road. I don't tan, or smoke, or drink excessive wrinkle inducing amounts. I could probably stop sleeping in my makeup every once in a while, but what's a busy, tired girl to do? Instead of obsessing over it and worrying even more (When I worry, I literally feel wrinkles coming in under my eyes. Scary, right??), I think about what I can do in the here and now to help my complexion. What I've learned is a great primer makes your skin absorb your foundation better and look better. It's as simple as that? Not so; I want to find the perfect do it all primer. I know it'll take time, I can't buy every primer out there on the market here and now, but I can start with baby steps: comparing my preference to a well-known preference out on the market.

My preference right now is No7's photo fix primer. It's part of my every day routine, and you can see the bottle is scratched up by excessive use! It's hypo-allergenic, is very creamy and smooth, goes on colorless, and costs about $20. A well-known industry preference is Smashbox's photo finish primer. The one I have is in apricot and is said to conceal under eye circles, veins and sunspots in addition to regular primer duties, comes in several colors for different skin issues, and is $38. Verdict? Difference? None. 

It's funny how I tested it, I tried one primer on one side of my face and the other on the other side. I won't bore you with pictures of this test, because it'll just be a normal picture of my face. No noticeable difference. Neither one did one thing better than the other. The only big difference for me was that Smashbox actually made my skin feel dry. It didn't go on as smoothly as No7 did. Neither one fills in my laugh lines more than the other, or reduces sun spots or skin discoloration more. 

Advice: If you're purchasing based on performance, I'd stick to No7 (it's half the price and delivers well!). If you're purchasing based on complete experience aka which one makes you feel more pampered, I would go with Smashbox for its great packaging and presentation of the product. 

Either way, I'm still in search of the best one out there. If you have a favorite primer in mind, let me know!

--Christine


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Street Style Trending: Statement Necklaces and Tees







images taken from fashionologie

white tee: topshop, necklace: lulu frost for jcrew
striped tee: madewell, necklace: forever21
heather grey tee: see by chloe, necklace: jcrew

A simple trend that I've been spotting at NYFW and LNFW has been the understated tee with the overstated necklace. To me, it's a perfect casual element in an outfit that lets you splurge elsewhere (say in an unbalanced feather skirt or with a bold striped pant). The simple tee is easily matched in any outfit, but the over the top baubles brings in some extra glamour. It can polish off your relaxed clothing, or instantly make your dressed up duds more casual and seemingly chicer. There's something about looking effortless, even though we all know how hard you tried. 

No matter--I'm instantly won over by this look. I've realized I like to dress dramatically. There needs to be some kind of dramatic shape, color, print, texture (really anything) to make me feel satisfied in what I'm wearing. These overstated, shiny necklaces brings the extra it factor into any outfit I'd love to wear, and I must say how easy it is to replicate. JCrew has some gorgeous statement necklaces out right now, but for the penny saving lunch making girl who's trying to just afford New York, I was surprised by how many great necklaces Forever21 has out now. 

So go ahead, indulge in this look. Know that it can be done without breaking bank, just remember to mix it up and bring some attitude/drama to your outfit!

Tomorrow is Friday...really? Yay!

--Christine





Sunday, September 16, 2012

Simple Styling Sundays: NYFW Favorites Bring Spring Trends

 Alexander Wang

    
BCBG Max Azria

    
Elizabeth and James


    
Vera Wang

Had a long week? Me too. It was partly long due to work, and partly long due to all the stalking of NYFW I did. Like every season, there were so many great collections, but the above were some of the ones that really stood out to me. Also, I love pre-shopping by looking at what's coming next. Might as well snag a great buy now and wear it through fall AND spring. Call that cheating? Maybe a little? Nahh, get ahead of the game. 
Some easy trends to spot for next year's season that we just finished are: leather, lace, lemon hints, neutrals, and structured basics. I absolutely loved Alexander Wang's spring collection because of his outstanding usage of leather and cutting into different shapes. That jacket, those shoes, just the way he has layered, and the smart neutrality of it all makes me drool over each look. BCBG also delivered in an impeccable way with its lace, leather, and harnesses. I swear I've wanted one of those body harnesses since last January, but couldn't find a suitable one outside of an s&m store. Hopefully, now I can find a great one within a few months! I also love the lace I'm seeing for spring. It's different. It's sheer, thin, and more delicate. Feels more sophisticated and sexier than the past. Always leave it up to Elizabeth and James for amazing staples and an incredible simplicity that leaves you thinking, "is it just that easy to be so chic?." With this collection, yes! I think there's perfect accenting, rich colors with just only two necessary garments. Who knew it'd be that simple? Lastly, I loved the lace and rich colors of Vera Wang. She, so far, has brought spring back in terms of color and has fused them with ageless prints and yes, lace!

It's time to go shopping again, right? 

--Christine



Saturday, September 15, 2012

Beauty Fix: OPI Nail Apps




nails: opi nail apps in geometric sparkle

This week, I tried OPI's Pure Lacquer Nail Apps to have a more manicured and fun look. It was quite interesting trying these nail stickers out because I've tried so many other stickers only to find that they were thick and hard to take off. To my surprise, these nail apps are super thin and pretty delicate (it can be a bad thing, makes it slightly harder to apply, but also makes them look less like nail stickers). Overall, I think they are really fun looking, and I received many questions and compliments about them. OPI also has many other cool designs you can view at their site, and they retail for around $12 depending where you purchase them. There are 16 apps in each packet, and it pretty much gives you two full manicures. You decide if it's worth $12 to only use twice. An extra tip: apply a topcoat! In their directions, OPI avoids topcoat, but I found the polish chipping and wearing away the next day without them. They are pretty delicate!

What do you think? Do you like them? 
--Christine

Cynthia Rowley SS '13


setup before the show...the wooden block is where the models stood

crazy hair!
backstage clothing





photos taken by me and ali bromberg

Snuck a few photos while working at Cynthia's installation. It was set in an abandoned building downtown that was built in the late 1800's. Now, it's gutted out and nothing too special from the outside, but Cynthia saw it and wanted to throw a party. Confetti was flowing from the top of the atrium the entire time (here's a look at the building, it was incredible and you have to peek to imagine the party!), and models were walking in and out of the room constantly as they headed up to the 9th floor for a photo shoot. Champagne and absinthe were served the entire night as the dj spun tunes for two hours. The clothing was gorgeous and colorful with exaggerated shapes. It'll be exactly what I want to wear next spring when there's first sign of flowers blooming. Also, did you spot the metallic gold bodysuit? Loving it! It was just a beautiful night, and to top it off, I got to wear a Cynthia Rowley dress myself. Traded my own black dress from the previous post for another. Felt beautiful for a beautiful night!

Happy Saturday :)
--Christine


Thursday, September 13, 2012

PR Girl's Wear



lipstick: ardency inn, nail apps: opi

Pretty excited today...you can probably tell since I'm up before the crack of dawn. If you know me, you know that I'm at Cynthia Rowley to help with PR for her Fall Installation. Turns out, today is her installation! Yay for my first NYFW experience. Just showing what I'm planning to wear today. Lesson in PR: black is your best friend. Haha...but really. I must look professional, but also can't detract from the show, or guests in any way. So, it's a simple black dress, sock bun, dramatic red lips, and vintage designer shoes for me. Can't wait till later tonight!

--Christine 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Beauty Segment: Summer Lips and Fall Tints





Probably my biggest beauty obsession is lipsticks and glosses. A lipstick or lip tint can add some serious detail to an outfit. It can change the entire mood of your clothing. For instance, what if you wore a plain t-shirt with some boyfriend jeans? Very casual, very relaxed. Now add a bright red lip then all of a sudden you look pretty chic! So, I wanted to share my lip obsessions and go-to's for the moment. I have to say, when I first saw orange lipstick I was intrigued but didn't quite know how it'd look. I stepped into Sephora and bought a random lipstick then tried it at home. Now, it's (Make Up For Ever) probably my most worn lipstick! Of course, lipstick isn't for my every day--at least not in the summertime, so I found a few different colors of orange. I love Lipstick Queen's 6 Minutes. Trust me, the orange is sheerer, but still orange enough. It's a great summer color! During my nights, I'm obsessed with Ardency Inn's Lovecat. It's such the perfect red lip for me. I look silly with bright red lipstick, but this deeper color suits my skin tone with a silky and light weight feel. If I'm not wearing lipstick, I'd turn to my Bare Necessities lipgloss that gives a berry glass stained look to the lips. Very seductive and summer appropriate, but obviously summer is ending so I'm looking to expand my lip color collection. Right now, I'm experimenting with nude colors such as Clinique's Chubby Stick. I'd love to have a pale, nude lip and smoldering eyes. I'll just have to experiment some more!

What are your lip obsessions?

--Christine

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Simple Styling Sundays: Spring's Color Trend Predictions

          
                            Altuzarra SS'13

 
                     Monique Lhullier SS'13

 
                      Rebecca Taylor SS'13

                                                                                                                                          all images via style.com

Is it me, or will next spring and summer be a little grim? Yes, like you, I'm tired of the neons hurting my eyes, and I'm a little sick of the dainty pastels that have ruled our summer months. I'm waiting to exchange my brights for deeper and darker colors as we get closer and closer to fall (today's weather was gorgeous and cool! It's such a good sign!!). However, when viewing all the runways that have been happening during the past couple of days, I'm noticing how neutral next spring and summer will be. With the exception of a few designers so far, most have nudes, whites and blacks in their collections. I can't lie, it's feeding my color appetite as of yet, but what happens when spring and summer months roll around yet again and we are all running around nude? I mean in nude colors? I'm wondering how I'll feel next summer without the in-your-face color palette that I've become so accustomed to these past few months...

Thoughts? Love if you shared.

--Christine