When I was in high school there was a straightener that the cool girls had. I must have gotten mine for Christmas or a birthday. I've been using that same brand since then. I have never purchased, or used, a straightener from another line. I'm sure that there are other great brands out there, but why look around just for the fun of it? Their products last at least three years. I try to replace mine every 3 -4 years because I use it so often. I've never been able to blow dry my hair and style it with one of those round brushes like they do at the salon, so I've had to rely on my CHI for a long long time. The one linked below is the exact straightener that I currently own and use most days. This is the first one that I've had that allows you to set the temperature based on your hair type. It heats up quickly and does the job. In high school one of my friends told me that using a straightener will ruin your hair. I had this fear for the longest time that I was going to wake up one day and my hair was going to be terribly damaged. Such a silly fear, I know, but I've found that if you use good products on your hair (shampoo, conditioner, heat guard) it makes a big difference. If you're looking for a new straightener and you're not sure which one to get, try the one linked below. I hope you like it as much as me : )
I used Armani Luminous Silk foundation for five years and still think that it's one of the best foundations on the market. You can go to any beauty counter and they'll be happy to let you try it. They'll help you find your shade and you'll realize how great it is.
The reason I decided to start using Estee Lauder has to do with time. I wake up very early 6 days a week and need my makeup to still look great by the time evening rolls around. Even with the Armani primer, I felt like the Armani foundation did not look the same as the day went on. I would apply Armani powder at lunch to freshen up, but by dinner I needed more. I researched some of the most talked about liquid foundations and found that Estee Lauder double wear has quite the following. Everyone said the same thing, it lasts. Because of its reputation, I decided to give it a try.
It lasts. Let me tell ya! I still have Armani primer left and don't want it to go to waste so I've been using that with the Estee Lauder double wear foundation. Here are my steps: First I apply Estee Lauder day wear moisturizer. Second I apply my Armani primer. Third, I use my Sigma Beauty F80 flat brush to apply my double wear liquid foundation. Fourth, I apply a little bit of Estee Lauder double wear powder to create more of a matte look.
I still get just as many compliments, if not more now that I'm using the double wear foundation. It feels good, it looks good, and it's less expensive than the Armani luminous silk that I was using. I even got my Mom to try it, and she loves it too! She's gorgeous and would look good regardless but she looks so so pretty with her new makeup! I love sharing new products with the ones I care about (like my Mom), so I thought I would share Estee Lauder double wear with all of you. I hope you like it. It's worth trying. Happy Friday!
The other week I was invited to a BBQ dinner. I had no idea what to wear. The weather was nottt great that day (think terrible hair day) and a cold front was supposed to roll in later that night. So May/humidity/cold. No outfits come to mind for that sort of scene. I knew I couldn't wear my usual girly attire, and needed to dress down a bit. I know how to do the athletic look, so I went with it. I got a new cap and paired it with my black bomber jacket that goes with everything. I went with a Nike shirt and my free people jeans to keep it casual. Shop my look using the links below:
Today was one of those days where I would give anything to be able to call my grandma. I used to talk to her on the phone all the time. She would always know what to say to me. She would give me advice, and she would never sugar coat what I needed to hear. She was so strong and as beautiful as can be. Today is one of those days where I miss her with all of my heart. I'm so thankful for the time we had together.
Gram loved fashion and all things beautiful. She was always dressed to the nines, no matter what she had planned for the day. I never once saw her in sweat pants or a tshirt. Never. She would fold her laundry in heels. I remember feeling so special when I walked into a room next to her. People always noticed her, and she carried herself with grace and sophistication. She taught me many things, and made me proud to be a part of her family. I won't go into all the life lessons I learned from her (because I am already holding back the tears as I type this), but I will share one of her beauty secrets that she shared with me.
Gram loved Estee Lauder. When I was a freshman in high school she took me to the mall to get my makeup done, and then she bought me all the essentials. I still remember how pretty I felt that day. It was summertime and my Dad was coaching at basketball camp. Me, Mom, and Gram stopped by the gym to show him my new look. He said I looked pretty. I remember walking through that gym like I owned the place. I wondered if this is what it feels like to be Gram. Turning heads all the time.
The most important product you could ever purchase (according to Gram) is linked below. Estee Lauder Night Repair. As a teenager I was a bit confused by this. The lipstick, the eye shadow I was excited about...but Night Repair? I'm not sure why we needed to wear it. Gram looked gorgeous. Why would she need Night Repair? I used it because she told me to, and I've been using it ever since. It's the one and only skin care product I use (other than plain face soap). Let me tell you ladies, it works. Gram was right of course, and if she was still here I would thank her for the advice. I would thank her for so many things. I would tell her about my fashion blog and let her know that she was part of the inspiration behind it all. Teaching my Mom, then me everything we know when it comes to fashion and beauty. I hope she's proud of me, and I hope to one day be as great of a grandma as she was to me.
My eyelashes are blonde. You can barely see them without mascara. Therefore I love mascara like I love a good lipstick. Both products make SUCH a difference. Once I find an amazing product, I will use it until it’s discontinued. A few years ago (thanks to Leyla at Houston’s Neiman Marcus) I came across Armani’s Eyes to Kill. Before I discovered Eyes to Kill, I had been flip flopping between numerous high end brands not seeing any difference between them and the more affordable options. This is the one mascara that I can truly tell a difference between it and the drugstore brands. It’s about 3 times as much when it comes to price, but it lasts much longer than the Cover Girl, L’Oréal, Maybelline, or Rimmel options. Most of the time, the Armani counter at Neiman Marcus will have samples of this mascara. Which allows you to try it out before you buy it on your own. Oh and one more thing. You have to use a lot of it. At least 4 coats. I learned this year that I have been doing my mascara wrong all these years by only applying one coat on the top and bottom lashes. You have to apply it at least 4 times. It will take more time when you’re already in a rush trying to get ready, but it’s worth it. It looks so much better. I hope you like the product as much as I do. The name Eyes to Kill is spot on. Find the link below:
A few years ago, when Christian Louboutin first released their line of nail polish, I remember thinking how silly…$50 for nail polish! Who would ever pay that much? Fast forward a few years, and there I am in Neiman Marcus searching for the perfect nude shade for fall. Trust me, I tried and tried to find another option (anything less than $50) that would work but something kept drawing me back to their line, The Nudes. Each color was subtle and so pretty. I decided to purchase the Simple Nude shade, and painted my nails that same evening in preparation for a friend’s wedding. The color was gorgeous. I wanted to hate it, but just couldn’t. This is one of those you get what you pay for items. As long as you buy a classic shade (red, nude) that can be worn with most outfits, you will certainly get your money's worth. The exact color that I purchased and a few others are linked below : )