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BEAUTY ALERT: LORDE at the Met Gala 2015
Amber Dreadon, one of the fashion and music industry’s most sought-after makeup artists has partnered with luxury beauty brands BABOR and Sisley to create a soft, glowing new beauty look for Grammy Award-winning artist LORDE at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit.
For the exclusive, star-studded Met Gala Amber will be using a selection of luxury skincare and makeup products from both iconic brands for LORDE’s Red Carpet look.
THE GIRL WITH THE GLOW: SKINCARE BREAKDOWN
"I believe that you can’t create a beautiful makeup application without first perfecting the skin, so I began LORDE’s Met Ball beauty ritual with BABOR SKINOVAGE PX Sensational Eyes Refreshing Active Pads. With a mixture of nutrients, minerals and hyaluronic acid, this professional product leaves the delicate eye area hydrated and refreshed.
I followed with a product that I am totally in love with, BABOR CLEANSING CP Thermal Spray, which supplies 100% instant moisture as it tones and mineralizes the skin. Next, I used one of BABOR’s beauty ampoules - FLUIDS FP Stop Stress Fluid, which contains power-packed active ingredients that quickly and effectively smooth, calm and strengthen the skin,” Amber said. “I followed with SKINOVAGE PX PERFECT COMBINATION Daily Mattifying Cream which has a light consistency, provides vital moisture, visibly balances and leaves a matte appearance. Finally, I finished with SKINOVAGE PX Sensational Eyes Cooling Eye Gel. Cooling and oil-free, this gel has amazing stainless steel rollers that visibly refresh, relax and smooth the eye area creating a perfect base for eye makeup.”
“We were inspired by the shades of the Calvin Klein gown she is wearing and the texture of the sequins - how they look in the light and dark and wanted to recreate that on the eye. Keeping that as the focus,” Amber said.
“Sisley Phyto-Teint Eclat oil free foundation was lightly buffed onto the skin to create a light weight flawless base. Sisley Transparent Face powder was used with a large powder brush to lightly set the foundation and to remove unwanted shine.Brows were defined using Sisley Brow pencil in Cappuccino and combed with the comb attached to the brow pencil. Sisley Phyto-Eye Twist in Bronze was applied to the lash line and blended outward. Sisley phyto 4 ombres in #1 dream & #2 mystery were used for a winged bronzed smokey eye with a hint of metallic blue along the lash line. Lips were gently touched with the Phyto lip twists in #1 and #2.”
Dreadon used the following products for LORDE’s Met Gala 2015 Red Carpet Look:
BABOR SKINOVAGE PX Sensational Eyes Refreshing Active Pads (Professional Only)
BABOR CLEANSING CP Thermal Spray, $25
BABOR FLUIDS FP Stop Stress Fluid, $48
BABOR SKINOVAGE PX PERFECT COMBINATION Daily Mattifying Cream, $76
BABOR SKINOVAGE PX Sensational Eyes Cooling Eye Gel, $56
Sisley Phyto-Teint Eclat Oil Free Foundation in Nude, $122
Sisley Transparent Loose Face Powder, $88
Sisley Brow Pencil in Cappucino, $57
Sisley Phyto 4 Ombre in Dream, $115
Sisley Phyto 4 Ombre in Mystery, $115
Sisley Phyto Eye-Twist in Bronze, $50
Sisley So Intense Mascara, $67
Sisley Phyto Lip Twist in 1 + 2 Mixed together, $50
Since 1956, BABOR, the world leader in professional skincare, has set the global standard for luxurious, innovative and results-driven cosmetics and wellness rituals. Our experts harvest powerful natural ingredients to create revolutionary, anti-aging formulations and treatments that, when combined, produce results you can see and feel. Available in the world’s finest spas and at www.babor.com
Amber Dreadon is represented globally by CloutierRemix. http://cloutierremix.com/amberdreadon/
ALL BABOR PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT www.babor.com
ALL SISLEY PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT WWW.SISLEY-PARIS.COM
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Bash the Winter Blues with Winter Whites
As the season grows chillier we spend more time indoors, daylight escapes us, and wardrobes become as gray and dark as the season itself. With our muscles frozen, one could blame it on being too cold to smile. Commonly, we experience a lack of motivation, lethargy, and feeling all around low because of winter. Well, studies have proven color can have a great impact on your mood. Welcome "White" this winter as a reminder of it's fresh possibilities.
Here’s how to bash the winter blues, while being effortless and chic:
Donna Degnan’s polished collection breaks up the melancholy with darling cream and stylish powder dresses, incorporating panels of specialty lace for interest. This collection’s fashion features a gorgeous white collared blouse, with high-low organza for a sleek mixed fabric look. Delight in fitting snake print textured embossed white slacks. A chic lace detail blazer is wardrobe cheer and a darling way to stay covered, while indoors. Airy white timeless pants flow on the form while ensuring comfort in these chilly times.
Degnan’s collection can be found in over 500 select specialty stores and department stores, including Nordstrom, and online at donnadegnan.com.
Disclaimer: I was sent a piece from Donna Degnan to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Do's and Don'ts of Crop Tops
They are back, ladies! I am sure you all have seen them on the red carpet over and again. Think back to Madonna in the 1980’s or in the 1990’s when celebrities such as Brittney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Christina Aguilera rocked the crop top look on the red carpet or in their music videos. For those of you that do not know, a crop top is simply a belly shirt. Crop tops also go by the names half shirt or midriff-bearing shirt. We all know that history tends to repeat itself, and it is no different when it comes to fashion. If you have been following the red carpets lately or if you have watched any recent award shows, then you have most likely seen this look in all variations. Kim Kardashian West, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jessica Alba are just a few of the stars who have perfected the crop top look. Crop tops are back in fashion, and you can find them in almost every store in the mall that sells women’s clothing. Wearing this look can be sexy, sophisticated, and fun, but can also be hard to pull off if you are not aware of how they are supposed to be worn. Here are the simple dos and don’ts of crop tops.
- Do keep it simple
- Do pair your crop top with high waisted pants or a high waisted skirt
- Do pair your crop top with a maxi skirt
- Do wear your crop top with a pencil skirt
- Do layer your look
- Do take the time to find the style that fits you
- Do pair your crop top with a pendant necklace
- Do wear your crop top with overalls
- Do be confident
- Do wear an oversized coat
- Do keep it modest
- Do be confident
- Don’t show too much skin
- Don’t wear prints that are too busy
- Don’t pick a skirt or pair of pants with a wild hemline
- Don’t wear your crop top with low cut jeans
- Don’t be afraid to try different crop top cuts
- Don’t be skimpy. It is still a shirt that you are wearing, not a bra
- Don’t go too short
Using this list of dos and don’ts will help direct you towards being able to rock this look flawlessly. When shopping for a crop top it is important to take your time and find a length that is right for you. Everything depends on the fit and the cut, so making sure the proportions are right for your body type is crucial. Your completed outfit has to be balanced if you want to wear a crop top correctly. It can be scary to show more skin if that is not something you normally do, but there are plenty of ways to wear this look in a modest way. If you are wearing a crop top with high waisted pants, try pairing it with a regular length cardigan or blazer. You could also layer it by wearing a shirt underneath your crop top such as a tank top or long sleeve button down shirt. Wearing the crop top in these ways is not only a way to make you feel more comfortable by covering up a little more, but it is also an excellent way to take your look from spring to fall. Now that you know all of the dos and don’ts of crop tops it is time to get out there and rock this trend, ladies!
The writer, Anna Donato, is an avid fashion blogger who strives to keep herself and her friends up to date on the latest trends. Of course, she remembers the importance of accessories when putting together the perfect outfit, and to find the best accessories she pays a visit to https://moranaonline.com. You can learn more about Anna on Google+.
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Alight’s selection of plus size clothing and apparel for women and teens is one of the largest on the internet. They carry over 1000 unique items from over 75 brands.Alight's assortment of plus size blouses, shirts and tops includes a wide range of boleros, shrugs, cardigans, tunics, knit tops, sweaters, prints and solids in a rainbow variety of colors. They have plus size bottomsthat are the perfect complement for their tops. You will find plus size jeans, pants, skirts, shorts, leggings, capris and jeggings. In addition, Alight carries plus size jackets, coats and activewear. They have plus size costumes for holiday and party events, too.
I love this sweater dress!
I was looking for something cute for my sister-in-law for Christmas. Often times, plus-sized clothing is aimed at the older generation. I have found that most plus sized clothing stores do not carry many trendy or fashionable choices. When I discovered Alight clothing, I was very impressed with their huge selection of adorable clothing! I was given the chance to review an article of clothing from alight.com and I chose a stunning blouse for my sister-in-law. I chose the Royal Floral Top. The Royal Floral Top is so cute! It is made of high quality fabric and would go cute with a skirt or a pair of jeans or leggings.
Royal Floral Top
Description: Gorgeous floral print wrap style top has short sleeves and an attached solid color tank with skinny straps. Slightly sheer.
Material: 100% rayon.
Fit Guide: Size 1x measure: 40" bust.
Length: 29 inches.
Cleaning: Hand Wash.
Origin: Made in USA.
I think my sister looks really cute in this top!
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Disclaimer: I received an article of clothing from alight.com to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
BEARPAW brand was founded in 2001 with the intention of redefining casual footwear by utilizing sheepskin, nature’s own technical fabric, to create comfortable and stylish shoes.
Sheepskin naturally regulates body temperature so feet stay cooler and drier in the heat and warmer in the cold. In one of the most competitive footwear market segments, BEARPAW has carved out a niche area by providing customers with comfort and sensibility to set itself apart. From slippers to boots to casual footwear, only the finest materials are used to produce BEARPAW shoes. Built to deliver quality and style, every pair of BEARPAW shoes focuses on comfort and fit, using the highest standards of craftsmanship
My daughters, ages 15 and 17 absolutely love BEARPAW boots! My girls are very stylish young ladies. When I was given the opportunity to review BEARPAW's luxurious boots, my girls were absolutely thrilled. Each one of my daughters selected their favorite pair. Kendallyn chose the Women's Meadow Boot, and Myelie chose the Women's Boreal Boot.
Meadow 10" Boot
This medium-height women's boot by BEARPAW® offers a style that's well paired with denim, a casual skirt, or country dress, with a ruggedly comfortable design ideal for kicking around town. The upper is made of soft suede for a natural look, and the boot's luxuriously cozy lining provides increased cushioning and all-over comfort. The top of the boot can be folded down to expose some of the lining, creating a fashionable accent. The newly designed treaded rubber sole offers improved grip and durability.
- 10" tall
- Boot opening measures approximately 14 inches around
- Cow suede upper
- Sheepskin and wool blend lining
- Sheepskin footbed
- Woven heel and collar logos
- Classic TPR rubber cupsole with stitched detail
Kendallyn's Experience: She absolutely loves her Meadow boots because they are not only comfortable, warm and cozy like slippers, they are also stylish! They are a perfect pair of boots to own to complete your fashion wardrobe because not only do they look adorable with a skirt, but you can also pair them with skinny jeans or leggings. They are so versatile!
Kendallyn rocks her BearPaws
Women's Boreal Boot
When the snow is deep and the weather is cold this is the boot that you will reach for every time. The 16" shaft and wool blend lining will keep out the snow and the cold and, of course, the sheepskin footbed will keep your feet warm and comfortable.
- 16" tall
- Cow suede vamp and heel counter
- Nylon shaft with decorative patch
- Pocket detail and bungee cord drawstring
- Wool blend lining
- Sheepskin footbed
- Woven heel logo
- Semi clear rubber outsole with cork cupsole
- Water shedding tread design and stitched detail
Myelie's Experience: Myelie chose Boreal style boots because since winter is rapidly approaching, she wanted a stylish snow boot that would look amazing with her skinny jeans as well as her skirts. We live way up on a hill where we get our share of snow. Myelie often has to catch the bus for school, and must walk quite a long was to her bus stop. She absolutely loves her Boreal boots because they are very warm and cozy as well as oh, so cute! Definitely fashionable.
These boots were made for walking! (Not really, but they sure do keep a girls feet warm!)
Another thing we love about BEARPAW is that they are just as fashionable as UGGS but way more affordable. They also seem to last forever.
To learn more about BEARPAW or to check out their vast selection of adorable boots go to: http://www.bearpaw.com
Disclaimer: I received two pairs of boots to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
Ellie is a fashion loving company who loves fitness and is driven to make sure that the highest quality activewear is no longer an overpriced luxury item. Ellie combines style, comfort and high-quality workout apparel for women who care just as much about fashion as they do their workout at a completely affordable price.
Summer time is here and the weather is getting warmer! If you have trendy teenage daughters with long hair like my girls, you might sometimes find it hard keep their tresses looking fashionable throughout this sizzling season. My daughters don't want to mess around with flat irons or curling irons!
The easiest thing for my girls to do is just put up their hair, wear it in a braid or add cute accessories, like the ones from Scünci . They have some adorable, cool and chic looks to choose from in their 2013 Trend Collection.
Scünci 2013 trend collection: Whether your style is natural and urban, romantic and retro, bohemian and eclectic, or bold and bright, scünci has got you covered. The new trend collection includes a variety of bejeweled and colorful bobby pins, hair bands, barrettes, hair ties, and claw clips. Available at drug and mass retailers for an average retail price of $2.99-$5.99.
- Wide Loose Knit Color Striped Headwrap
- 6-strand Fabric and Bead Mixed Strand Headwrap
- Pearl Ponytailer with Chains
- Mixed Pearl/Stone Fashion Bobby Slides and Snap Clips
- Faux Suede Bow Bobby Pins
- Large Jewel Headband
Scünci sent us a darling Large Jewel Headband from this collection, plus their amazing No-Slip Grip® Chunky Claw Clip and their No-Slip Grip® Mini Claw Clips.
Myelie is wearing a Large Jewels Headband from the Scünci 2013 Trend Collection
We also received samples of scünci No-Slip Grip® Clips which are clips designed to hold heavier hair, like mine and my daughters.
- No-Slip Grip Jaw Clip with Galaxy finish
- No-Slip Grip Circle Jaw Clip
- No-Slip Grip Textured Metal Jaw Clip
- No-Slip Grip Triangle Jaw Clip
- No-Slip Grip Infiniti Barrette
Disclaimer: I received samples of the products above to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
Effortless Beauty Begins With Scunci.
Scunci has the trendiest fashion accessories for you to ring in the new year with. Wear them for everyday style or for special occassions.
My teenage daughters love Scunci. We were given the opportunity to review scünci® Ponytailer Bracelets, which are hair elastics that double as fashionable wristwear. What a great idea. Wear it as a bracelet, and when you need to put your hair up, look no further than your wrist! They have many chic styles to choose from.
We also received The new scünci® Knotted Ponytailers. My girls have long hair and often just pull it back. With Scruncie, you can be sure that you will always be in style!
These Knotted Ponytailers are so stylish and adorable!
While you can find an assortment of scünci hair accessories at stores nationwide, for every type of hair and style, including barrettes, hair bands, clips and more; here’s the latest from scünci:
- The new scünci® Knotted Ponytailers are available at CVS for approximately $4.99.
- The scünci® Ponytailer Bracelets can be purchased for approximately $3.99 and are available at Walmart and CVS stores.
Disclaimer: I received samples of the products above to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Like most teenage girls, my fashion-loving daughters absolutely love to shop! Lulus.com has all of the name-brand clothing and accessories they adore. You will find the cutest shoes, dresses, tops, bottoms, jeans, belts, scarves and jewelry. You name it, if it is chic and trendy, then LuLu's has it, and they have a huge selection!
LuLus.com has new styles arriving daily, so it is always exciting to shop their website. And LuLus.com sales are awesome!
My daughter, Myelie chose this darling dress, and she rocks it! (She added her own sweater and bag to complete the look.)
The Obey Nomad Color Block Print Dress is a light pink jersey knit bodice pairs artfully with a brown and ivory Southwest print skirt. Braided brown vegan leather belt is fully adjustable (Myelie is not wearing the belt in this photo) and tops a paper bag waistline. Unlined; bodice is SHEER.
Myelie has great taste! To purchase this dress click here.
My oldest daughter, Kendallyn (who is not pictured) was looking at LuLus.com shoes, and she selected these very hip booties.
Of course, at the time I wanted to write this blog posting, Kendallyn was not available to be photographed modeling these for me, so I must settle on a picture of these boots alone, and not with a pretty girl in them. These boots are called The Diva Lounge Starcy 40 Chestnut Suede Convertible Moccasin Boots
See how adorable they are? The Diva Lounge Starcy 40 Chestnut Suede Convertible Moccasin Boots are a cross-cultural revolution! Rich brown vegan suede upper has puckered moccasin stitching along the rounded toe, and the mid-calf shaft can be folded down to reveal a multicolored Guatemalan print lining. Lace-up panel has matching shoestrings. 8.5" shaft (when unfolded) plus 1/2" rubber heel. Lightly cushioned insole.
Kendallyn pairs her boots with skinny jeans or a cute skirt. She reports that the boots are very comfortable, and feel like slippers, so she wears them almost every day, and they add flare to any outfit.
A must have for EVERY season! To purchase, click here.
LuLus is the PLACE to shop, so don't miss out!
I recieved the items described above to sample from LuLus..com. The opinions expressed are my own:)
I absolutely adore fashionable clothing, and I am thrilled to have discovered Hip Line clothing by designer Eve Kinizo. Eve's fashions are trendy, fun, flirty and in the hottest styles. She has the cutest jackets, tops, skirts, dresses and belts you'll find anywhere!
Eve sent me a very cute wrap skirt and I LOVE it! I recieved so many compliments on it when I wore it to a holiday gathering recently.
So, this holiday season shop Hip Line for the fashionistas on your list!
Hip Line clothing line is 100% vegan, which means it is fur and leather free! Everything is exceptionally high quality, and the customer service is wonderful.
Enjoy shopping HIP LINE!