Category Archives: 2015

What are lucite shoes?!

Why they are these creatively crafted heels made of transparent material! Just in time for the futuristic theme that is on trend this season!

Prada
PRADA

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These are actually a pair of lucite heels that I have in my closet. (If you remember these were actually in style a couple of years ago, don’t you just love how fashion recycles?!) I tried looking for them recently and I don’t find them sorry :/ but I did find these affordable ones!!

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Calvin Klein, $169
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Nine West, $109

 

They also make them with thinner heels! I actually have this pair below that I love and still have in a box lol

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They also come in comfortable flats! I also have these below that I like to wear during the work week!

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I also started this hashtag that for every other tuesday, I will be adding accessories for #AccessoryTuesday soo while on the subject of lucite shoes I would also like to show you lucite bags.

I love these cute lucite quilted bags

$40 (Click to be redirected to site)
$40 (Click to be redirected to site)
Steve Madden, $30
Steve Madden, $30

#ThrowbackThursday Beginnings of the BODY movement

For a little throwback I wanted to talk more about how the beginnings of the Body Positivity Movement because it may look like it just started now being that you are seeing more of it lately. But technically it has been seen all over some magazines last year!

If you didn’t know, in the fashion industry, you’re actually considered “plus size” from size 8 and up! So by that standard Robyn Lawley was considered a plus size model at 6’2 and size 12, but if you were to ask her, she wouldn’t consider herself that! In her words:

“I don’t know if I consider myself as a plus-size model or not. I just consider myself a model because I’m trying to help women in general accept their bodies.”

That she has and with enough persistence throughout the years she started modeling as the first in Austrailan Vogue, GQ Austraila, Austrailan Cosmopolitan and she was the first plus size model to be the face for the Ralph Lauren Campaign!

Ralph Lauren Campaign
As Ralph Lauren’s first ever plus size model!
For Swimsuits for All
For Swimsuits for All

While you may read in a lot of articles that Ashley Graham is the first plus size-model to make the cover, Sports Illustrated actually first featured model Robyn Lawley in a spread in 2015! So technically Robyn was first!

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At this point, it isn’t as important who made it first because this is a movement for all of us real-life women! I also wanted to clarify, and will continue to do so, that this is NOT a trend! This is just the beginning of a movement that is here to stay, starting with the diminishing of the title of “plus size” and who knows what else is next but the first steps in the right direction are being made & I love it!

Little, big side note: I have also had thee pleasure to meet the beautiful Robyn and even got to take a picture with her at a event in NYC!!!

Robyn Lawley & I!
Robyn Lawley & I!

#BodyPositivityMonth

#BodyPositiveMonth

If you didn’t know, along with Black History Month, February is also Body Positivity Month! & of course with that we must talk about the Body Positivity Movement and how it has been revolutionizing the fashion world!!!

The woman who seems to be the face of the Body Positivity Campaign seems to be this bombshell, Ashley Graham. I’m sure you have also seen her in previous post I did about Lane Bryant’s Plus is Equal campaign.

#PlusIsEqual #AshleyGraham
#PlusIsEqual #AshleyGraham

Now she is officially a Sports Illustrated Model! Last year, she took part in many things like Swimsuits For All and she definitely made a big bang when she modeled her own lingerie on the runway during #NYFW!!! (Her Modern Boudoir Collection with retailer Addition Elle can be found here!) She ran the Swimsuits For All ad in the magazine but this year she is being featured and has her own spread! (Fun Fact: Robyn Lawley was the first plus size model to be featured on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition History on February 2015! Will be writing more about this later) Along with her there were two other women featured; Hailey Clauson at 5’11 size 4 and the strong yet beautiful Ronda Rousey at 5’7 size 4! This is not only a victory for these ladies but for every not-so-skinny, strong, and curvy woman of the world!! I love this Body Positive Movement!

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#MakeupMondays ‘DRAKE’

Drake just dropped a hot new single this past Saturday called ‘Summer Sixteen’! Definitely a must-hear (click here!) because as he says “lookin for reveeenge…all summer sixteen” taking shots at of course Meek Mill (who within an hour already had a comeback ready for him), Jay -Z and Kanye and even Mr. President Obama himself! Not necessarily negative for the rest of them, more like playful; gotta love him! (You can click above to get off iTunes or click on pic below to be redirected to soundcloud, where you can also find Meek’s response.)

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In honor of Drake being in the spotlight right now, releasing his anticipated album, ‘Views from the 6′ this April, I also wanted to talk about how Drizzy Drake has his name in Beauty! Yes, his name is now the name of a lipstick shade from Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys collection!

 

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DRAKE
Nice metallic purple
Nice metallic violet

#MakeupMondays Kylie Lip Kits

Kylie Jenner Lip Kits
Kylie Jenner Lip Kits

It is absolutely no surprise that Kylie Jenner had lip injections even though she denied them when the whole world wondered about her lips! True to Kardashian style, everything is done for attention and then later sold for money later. So I was not surprised yet again when she came out with her lip line.

My new obsession is matte lipsticks so of course I would bump into these lip kits. What I like the most is that it’s not sold with just the lipstick, the lip liner is also included! This takes away all the time it takes to look for the perfect matching lip liner!

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Kylie’s Lip Kits went on sale back on November 30th and were sold out in a matter of minutes! Which is the main reason I have yet to score mine! I am patiently waiting til the next time they restock! ( I will update you as soon as I find out myself! Stay tuned!) If you can splurge there are many found on eBay, Amazon, and other shopping sites but for crazy amounts though. I have seen prices go as high as $400!

The first colors are below:

Baby K (neutral pink), Candy K (mauve), and True Brown K (chocolate)

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Predicting Trends that will be big this 2016!

This will be my last post of 2015 ( I will be enjoying my Christmas break as I hope you will do too!) so I thought what better way then to start making predictions for the new year of 2016!

faux freckles

It already started on some models on the runway and soon you will be seeing it around more! Faux freckles! Yes you heard right just like there was a time when my beloved Marilyn Monroe made it a universal symbol of beauty to make a faux beauty mark above women’s mouths! Now some women are making their own freckles! Some women are actually using brown eyeliners or brown pen to dot them on. Or if you want something a little more official, there is actually a 72-pencil stencil + formula kit called “Freck Yourself” for more realistic freckles!

Freck Yourself info

You may have noticed how some models have embellishments in their hair but they are not just any embellishments anywhere, they make sure to have them on the parts of their hair!

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I will continue the second part of this topic during the first week of 2016! Stay tuned!

 

Carine Roitfeld X Uniqlo’s Second Collection!

This collaboration was not as hype as the Balmain X H&M collection but it definitely comes in second! This gorgeous attire made for the working women on-the-go is expected to drop February 11th!

What I love the most of this brand is the great quality that their collection is made of. They make most of their apparel from wrinkle-resistant fabric at such affordable prices!!!

Below are a few of my favorite pieces of the collection so far!!

What in the world is “baking” your face!?

I am not a makeup person but for my birthday weekend I wanted to have my makeup done by a professional for once! So I went to Sephora where they offer makeup services. It was then when I chatted with my makeup artist, Ashley to learn a little more about some techniques. She told me about the baking technique, my very first reaction, What?! Did I hear correctly? I had to ask her to repeat herself! Lol it was better that she just showed me

Later, when I had the time, I had to look up this baking technique for myself!

Did you know? That this term has been used by the drag queen community for years?! So this was not just made up!

“Baking” is basically letting  powder, translucent powder to be exact, sit on your face for anywhere between 5 -10 minutes! This time is meant to let the natural heat from your face set your concealer! (Clearly this may not be part of everyone’s daily routine!) After leaving it set for those minutes you dust it off and according to makeup artists, you will be left with a flawless finish, crease-less even! Some celebrities and their makeup artists swear by it! There is a procedure for this though!

1. First, hydrate your eye area: Make sure to apply eye cream around your eye area to hydrate your skin. This will minimize the appearance of any fine lines or creases.

2. Secondly, apply a thick eye concealer: While most concealers contain oils which make it crease, it actually won’t if you set it right. (Trick: Apply it upward from your cheeks toward your temples all the way underneath your eye. Blend it in with a damp makeup sponge, preferably the famous Beauty Blender.)

3. Apply more concealer!: Yes, I know a lot of you must be thinking, really?! isn’t that too much makeup? If you’re not comfortable wearing too much makeup then you can skip this step but if you want your concealer to last more apply a second layer so that you can lock in the first formula. Blend again with the Beauty Blender. Make sure to smooth out all creases before moving to next step.

4. Dust on translucent powder: Fluff on your favorite translucent powder over whole patches of concealer to set the base makeup.

5. Now you’re “cooking” ! or (“Baking”): Use a wedge sponge and dampen it with a setting spray, like MAC Cosmetics Prep+Prime Fix+. Then, dip the wedge into the translucent powder you used in step 4 to pack the loose powder generously over the area where you applied the concealer. Leave the powder on for five to 10 minutes.

6. Dust it off. Using the same fluffy eye shadow brush from step 4 and a pressed powder, like Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation, swirl the fluffy eye shadow brush over the formula and dust away the powder as you add more coverage to blend any harsh edges.

#ManicureMondays What is lakur nail polish?

I am looking into expanding my nail polish variety and have stumbled on lakur nail polish. They are a bit pricey but from reading into them they definitely look like they are worth it! lakur is a prestige nail colour care line under LONDONTOWN from Britain which promise to provide you the healthiest nail care in just one coat! They have a “9-free” system. What does this mean? Basically their nail polishes are

  • Formaldehyde-free
  • Toulene-free
  • DBP-free
  • Formaldehyde resin-free
  • Camphor-free
  • Lead-free
  • Xylene-free
  • Ethyl Tosylamide
  • Paraben-free

Combining cutting-edge bioscience with high fashion, our exclusive collection of ‘kur (enriched nail care systems) and ‘lakur (long-lasting, high-performance lacquers) feature a proprietary blend of nourishing and restorative natural ingredients, including vitamins, minerals and flower oils from the iconic gardens of Britain, where we were born. With our unique two-step approach of strengthening and nourishing your nail (from the matrix to the tip) and infusing our premium lacquers with powerful, healing ingredients, LONDONTOWN is dedicated to detoxifying your nail care routine – one coat at a time!

& of course: “All products are vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free.”

The Fall/Winter Collection 2015-2016 are ‘Murray Me’, ‘The Full Monty’, ‘Mauve Over’, and ‘Lady Luck’ and all are for $16.

 

[Click on each one to be directed to each one online.]