Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Audacious: Newest Mascara By NARS With Multi-Bristled Wand

audacious. extremely bold or daring.

That's the name of NARS' newest mascara in their glamorous line-up.

We LOVE mascara, so bring it on!

But it isn't cheap, and it's SOLD OUT in several places.

NARS Audacious mascara ($26, at Sephora).

Let's look at the unique wand. First it's pretty in pink, but the cool thing is how this wand or brush is put together.

According to NARS, the wand is full of bristles---more than  200 molded bristles and lengthening hooks.

"NARS’ brush evenly grips and coats lashes from roots to tips. It simultaneously separates, lengthens, and amplifies, while the tapered tip finishes off the inner and outermost lashes and enhance the lower lashes.".

We all LOVE a build-able mascara and Audacious promises long thick luscious lashes.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Copying Celeb Style With Cheaper Dupe: Is It Worth The Chance?


Oh, yes....the duplicate, and when it comes to FAB style, well, some of us are looking for the cheaper alternative.


Well, maybe we aren't in the market for a glamorous $300 pair of celebrity sunglasses, like the fashion queen herself, Kim Kardashian West.

So, if we can hunt down a more inexpensive version that LOOKS  pretty similar, then we've scored a great buy!

Here's Kim K looking very pregnant and sexy, wearing her FAVE shades. We always seem to see the most famous reality star on the planet wearing these over-sized Celine flat top black sunglasses.

The genuine pair is the Celine ZZ-Top.

The real Celine shades like Kim K is wearing can be found here on SALE for $277.

OR.....you can take a chance on buying the DUPE, which will cost you peanuts.

We found a decent pair of faux Celine ZZ-Top sunglasses for $29.99 at Amazon. Plus FREE shipping!
There is even a CHEAPER DUPE for $20 on Amazon, along with a bunch of complaints about the super cheap material.

So...maybe the $30 pair is the way to go.

Here is an Amazon member in her DUPE pair. Sheryl looks GREAT in them.

This is very tempting. We might go for this Celine DUPE.

Would you take the chance on a DUPE?

Have you?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Miss 1990's Brown Lipstick? Kylie Jenner Brings Sexy Trend Back!

Think back to the 1990s.

Remember the BROWN lipstick trend?

Oh, yeah....It was different and kinda grunge in a sophisticated way.

Supermodel Cindy Crawford at her peak was into it. The lip look didn't last too long, however.

We LIKE the brown lipstick look. It lets your TEETH look so much whiter!

It looks like Kylie Jenner is bringing the sexy makeup trend back, and she wears it well, with a simple blonde ponytail  + conservative makeup for the rest of her face.


Chocolate lips. Not sure they are for every gal, but it's a warm, sophisticated palette.

Back in the 90s, brown lipstick was being blended with brick + raisin shades, also.

Want to COPY Kylie's brown lipstick look?

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipcolor has 2 nice DUPES in MINK and CHOCO-LISCIOUS. Here at ULTA ($4.79, a tube).

The MINK is a bit tamer as a brown lippie.

Will you go 90's brown lipstick this fall?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Taylor Swift Loves Cats And Obviously Makeup Trend Cat Eye!

Meow, Taylor Swift!

Must be really nice having a professional makeup artist at your whim to create gorgeous looks whenever the need arises.

Here's the glam superstar earlier this week, nailing a flawless cat eye in midnight blue liner, a makeup trend we've been noticing. Of course, you could still choose black liner and achieve the same sexy feline effect.

We all know that Taylor LOVEs her kitties, and she owns 2, Olivia Benson + Meredith Grey.

Gotta LOVE the winged cat eye effect. Not the easiest eye makeup to get right or to perfectly match the other, but still one of the sexiest and most elegant techniques to master.

Most of us do not have a pro doing our cosmetics, but there are plenty of liners out there to create the look.
Check out elf. We like the e.l.f. Studio Eye Liner in Midnight (Navy) for just 3 bucks!

So pretty + polished.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hi Sienna Miller: Proof That Even Celebs Need Makeup

We LOVE these instant snaps of attractive celebs walking around WITHOUT wearing any makeup.

Hi, Sienna Miller!

Yes, that is the lovely English actress sans makeup yesterday at the International Film Festival in Spain.

And what does this prove?

It's rather simple.

Makeup makes you prettier. Period.

Now...here's Sienna just 24-hours earlier at the film festival with hair + makeup + looking polished.

Wow....We can clearly see a difference. It's called mascara, lipstick + foundation. Plus, a chic hair bun.

And there is nothing wrong with putting on a few cosmetics.

Sienna looks radiant and her features more balanced.

Even mascara alone does wonders for the face.

We suggest Opulash Optimum Black Mascara by MAC, Nordstrom ($17).

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

No-Color Brow Wax Pencil: What Is It Good For?


Hmmmm. We could talk about them all day.

Our own used to be so anemic-looking, but these days, our brows are growing in. Only thing, you need PATIENCE...and then some.

We read somewhere, that brows can take up to 64 (give or take) days to come back fully grown in. Eyelashes are quicker, taking only 4-6 weeks to come and go.

Our brows are taking a lot l-o-n-g-e-r than 64 days, but.....they ARE growing in. Get OVER age 40, and brows are even slower to re-appear. Ugh. So frustrating.

In the meantime....we can improve our brows through powders, gels, liquid tints and so forth.

Even brow pencil wax.

Yes....a wax pencil for eyebrows...A CLEAR, no color pencil.

Do you need this?

Well, a brow wax pencil keeps hairs all in place. It's a great GROOMING + TAMING beauty tool.

Here's one from SigmaBeauty ($11).

And the pencil can be used several ways, says SigmaBeauty:

"Use before adding color, either powder or pencil, or after as a finishing touch. The brow wax can also be used alone for a simple, sleek look."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sexy Jumpsuit Still Trendy Look For Nighttime: Simple + Sleek

Some women HATE jumpsuits, but really now.....a jumpsuit allows you to INSTANTLY appear slimmer, proportioned with super long legs.

The jumpsuit trend is staying with us through fall.

January Jones was the latest celeb to put one on for the Emmy Awards last Sunday. Some critics panned the bright green jumpsuit, but we liked it!

Taylor Swift adores pantsuits at red carpet events, as does reality TV's Kourtney Kardashian.

We hunted down a sleek glam jumpsuit for $39.90 at Windsor.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Reality TV's Power Couple Heather + Terry Dubrow Launch Affordable Skin Care Line

Good for reality TV's power couple, the Dubrows!

Plastic surgeon Dr. Terry Dubrow + RHOC star wife Heather keep talking about their proposed skin care line on this season's Real Housewives of Orange County.


Since television taping occured months in advance, then that means their skin care line has already debuted. 

We did some digging, and yes---Consult Beaute is alive + well. 

And you CAN order the skin care line here at Evine.com

Then why hasn't there been BETTER advertising

We believe the anti-aging Dubrow skin care line is priced affordably and formulated with beneficial ingredients like marine collagen and Hyaluronic acid.

 For LESS than $50, you can purchase the Consult Beaute Volumagen Facial Cream & Concentrate Discovery Duo.

This topical beauty duo aims to PLUMP up skin, provide MOISTURE and BRIGHTEN +BALANCE skin tone, as well as DIMINISH skin damaged areas.

We like the concept behind Dr. Dubrow's non-invasive products and the variety the skin care line offers. There are also beauty supplements featured.

Check out the entire line here.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

DWTS' Julianne Hough Opts For Smoky Eye + Nude Lip For Gorgeous Emmys Red Carpet

The smoky eye + nude lip.

Okay...it might seem boring to some.....Been there--Done that, etc.

BUT----It's a classic makeup combo that looks elegant when done properly.

And DWTS' Julianne Hough wowed on the red carpet tonight at the Emmy Awards out in very steamy L.A..

Nothing over-done.

Julianne wore her hair in a messy bun held in place with what appears to be a thin black triple headband.

Her pretty blue eyes just pop in a smoky palette + very black mascara.
Julianne's nude lip has a pink-y sheen added, which is perfect with the star's fair complexion.

Choosing a great nude lipstick is NOT easy, but we think Maybelline's Color Sensational The Buffs offers a good variety of 10 nudes to pick from.

This one is called Storm Sahara ($7.49).

Do you wear nude lipstick, or skip it because it's hard to find the perfect shade?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

VS New 1 1/2 Cup Push-Up Bra: Like Goldilocks Finding The Perfect Fit!

We can't stop laughing.....LOLz...

First of all, we LOVE that Victoria's Secret has debuted a brand new bra called the 1 1/2 cup push-up.

Er.....does that make sense?

Yes.....We own the VS Sexy bra, which gives you a 1-cup boobage boost and the VS Bombshell bra which guarantees a 2-cup enhancement.

And now the VS middle-of-the-road bra------ the 1 1/2-cup Push-Up bra that does just that----LIFT your bosom a bit MORE but NOT over-the-top

So, yes, it reminds us of the childhood fairy tale of Goldilocks + the 3 Bears

"This porridge is too hot!" she exclaimed. So, she tasted the porridge from the second bowl. 

"This porridge is too cold," she said So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge. 

"Ahhh, this porridge is just right," she said happily and she ate it all up.

You get the point. Well, we are anxious to try the VS 1 1/2-cup push-up.

The VS Sexy bra does NOT provide much of anything for our smallish silhouette.

And the VS Bombshell bra.....well, Kylie Jenner is accurate when she claims this high-tech bra enables for big, faux cleavage.

"I just use the Bombshell by Victoria's Secret. It's life-changing. I've gotten all my sisters on it and all my friends. If you want the look of bigger breasts, that's what I do."

But----although the Bombshell bra is very comfy, it does feel like you've got a sofa cushion strapped across your chest...ha ha...The padding is pretty thick, in other words.

So, here is the new VS 1 1/2 cup Push-Up bra ($48.50):

Ladies.....Will you try VS's New 1 1/2-Cup bra?

Friday, September 18, 2015

Jessica Simpson Kiss Me Super Skinny Grey Jeans: Fave Of Sis Ashlee

Let's talk about Kiss Me Super Skinny grey jeans and their designer Jessica Simpson.

We LOVE grey skinnies. It took us a bit to warm up to them, but after seeing fashionable celebs like Gisele Bundchen, Kim Kardashian, Cindy Crawford, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kendall Jenner and others looking glam in grey, we bought a pair, too.

As Jessica Simpson said on the Home Shopping Network last evening, sister Ashlee LOVES wearing skinny grey jeans + looks so rock 'n roll sexy in them.

There's lots of buzz about Jessica's appearance on HSN. Apparently, folks tuning into the live show claim the sexy star was allegedly D-R-U-N-K during the segment where she is pitching her Jessica Simpson clothing line.
Here's a pair of Jessica's Kiss me Super Skinny Jeans in Myrtle Grey, ($44.99 on SALE, at Macy's).

Jessica Simpson's alleged slurring appears all over YouTube

You decide.....Does Jessica appear or sound drunk on HSN to you?

Check out the video.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Givenchy SS 2016 Wows At NYFW: Black Tuxedo Jacket Trend!

Many of you already own a classic black tuxedo jacket or two.

Good, because NY Fashion Week was ALL about the tuxedo jacket at the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2016 show recently.

Designer Riccardo Tisci brought the DRAMA to the runway in a white + black fashion palette or just all black or just all white,

Absolutely visually stunning. White lace tops, black tuxedo jackets + black bottoms.

Sexy + elegant to a tee.

Kendall Jenner walked this show looking Givenchy-flawless:

Maybe you don't have the thousands to purchase  a Givenchy tuxedo jacket....BUT, you CAN COPY the trend, and get a jump on it  NOW.

We found several at Forever21 for a boatload LESS;

Forever21 ($32.90)

We stumbled onto the Givenchy SS 2016 show on YouTube. So COOL. Watch it here! You will NOT be disappointed.
Forever21 ($32.90)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Blue-Based Lipstick VS Orange-Based Lipstick: Is One Only Better For Whiter-Looking Teeth?

We have light olive skin; we are of Greek heritage.

We also have darkest brown hair + eyes, and we believe COOL makeup shades look BEST with our skin tone.

Therefore, we are ALWAYS wondering about the beauty myth:

Do blue-based lipsticks allow teeth to look whiter, opposed to orange-based lipsticks which allow teeth to look yellower?


Well, we think the myth is pretty much a fact. At least for us.

We LOVE pink lipsticks that have a cool blue base to them. We just know they appear BETTER on us.

We like coral shades that feature an orange-y base, but our lips really take on a yellowish tint. NO good for anyone's smile.

Here are 2 photos of actress Jessica Alba, wearing a blue-based pink lipstick and an orange-based lipstick.

Does one lippie allow her teeth to look whiter?

Call us loopy but we think the blue-based PINK lipstick DOES make Jessica's beautiful white teeth look even whiter

Just our humble opinion.

 Try this SUPER CHEAP lipstick in BLUE ROSE by NYC Expert Last Lip Color, $1.99 at CVS.

Monday, September 14, 2015

She Bangs! Duchess Kate Makes Royal Hairstyle Change

.....And we'll never be royals
It don't run in our blood
That kind of lux just ain't for us
We crave a different kind of buzz......

But we CAN COPY the Royal BANGS, ladies!

Duchess Kate has NOT been seen out in public since late July, until NOW.

There's the happy royal mom-of-two in the car with Wills at the wheel, sporting a NEW duchess do-----BANGS!

Kate debuted this look back in 2012, and we like it, once again.

Okay, let's be real. The bangs Kate has are long layered bangs that are parted down the middle.

Reminds us of Zooey Deschanel's center-part bangs.

Both Kate + Zooey share similar hair color and wavy body.

Yes...we are envious of their AMAZING hair. We LOVE this look on the Duchess. Fun to switch it up.

What do you think?

Duchess Kate: Bangs or No Bangs?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Back To Fall: Time To Repair Skin With At-Home Peel

It's been a very hot summer for most of us, and maybe you played in the SUN for hours + hours

It's possible you forgot to pack your skin care products while on vacation. Or maybe you even forgot to wear your shades a few times.

You can't beat summer fun, BUT the damage done to the complexion can be significant. That's why when autumn rolls around, lots of people head back to their dermatologist for some care + repair.

You could also baby your skin with a great at-home peel. What this does is EXFOLIATE----super cleanses pores, wipes away the grime + dead skin cells, and makes your complexion smooth + brighter---more even-toned.

When most women hear the words, chemical peel, they want to RUN + HIDE, because they fear BURNING their face + neck.

But with an at-home peel using pads, you WON'T harm your skin.

We like these by Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula ($16, at Sephora).

A GOOD beauty budget buy!

This is a monthly supply of pre-soaked cotton pads or towelettes.   A 2-step treatment with Glycolic + Mandelic acids..

So simple! So effective!

Use once daily in the morning or evening. 
-Apply Step 1 to clean, dry skin in circular motions from forehead to neck. 
-Continue until pad feels dry. 
-Wait two minutes.
-Apply Step 2 using same technique as Step 1.
-Do not rinse or use products containing alcohol after either step.
-To further enhance results, apply Hydra-Pure™ Serum of your choice prior to moisturizer.

Peels make a difference!

These are super safe..

Friday, September 11, 2015

More And More Women Going In For The Close Facial Shave

We've talked about this briefly before: Women shaving their faces.

We found one celeb to admit to it---reality TV star Caroline Manzo. Yep...she says shaving her face gives her smooth, youthful skin.

And Caroline Manzo is NOT alone. Other chicks do facial shave---some are famous but DON'T talk about it.

But the NYTimes.com IS talking about it, and wrote an article about the hush-hush beauty routine recently.

It was quite interesting.

The NYTimes.com interviewed celeb facialist Kate Somerville who also admitted she shaves her face:

"I hate to say this, but personally I get hairs above my upper lip, and have forever," Ms. Somerville said, adding that waxing irritates her sensitive skin. "Initially I did it because of the hair, but then I noticed that it was a great exfoliant and that my makeup went on a lot better."

So....how do you begin?

A lot of women use a single disposable blade like Tinkle.


We found a 3-pack at Amazon for $4.89.
Good luck---You're on your own. If any ladies here do shave their faces, please comment below.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pretty Plum Lips 2015: Always Ripe For Autumn

Plum lips ALWAYS seem to blossom near autumn, and once again, the trend is HOT for Fall 2015.

Now, plum can get very deep + bold in color. We've all seen Rihanna step out in purely purple lips, but that's NOT what we're talking about here.

For every day makeup you can wear during the day, we must keep a lighter touch.

Like this....Take a look at model Karlie Kloss at Carolina Herrera, Fall 2015.

This is what we mean by a nice berry or plum lipstick shade.

Pretty on Miss KK here. Also note the rest of her makeup is understated
The plum lips do all the talking, so to speak.

Try Maybelline's Yummy Plummy to achieve the fall beauty trend.

We found a tube here at Amazon for $9.14 + FREE shipping.

And if plum lipstick still seems a bit too bold, you can BLOT it down.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fabulous Fringe For Fall 2015: Let It All Hang Out!

FRINGE is IN for Fall 2015!

And we're not talking about bangs, baby.

We're referring to the long strands that hang off your favorite accessories---like bags, back-packs, boots and also on clothing like jackets, skirts, tops, vests......and basically everything else!

Yes...a BoHo chic vibe that reminds us of iconic Ralph Lauren Americana.

Some of you might not be WILD about the fashion this Fall, but for those of you who dig it, it's FUN to find cool fringe accessories.

You don't have to BUST your style budget, either.

Look what we uncovered at Forever21---a fringed GENUINE suede clutch for $30!


LOVE it!
Super cute! Fabulous fringe for Fall 2015 is everywhere.

 Seek....and ye shall find, ladies!