Tuesday, June 10, 2014

OPI Neon Shades Collection Launch


OPI announces the launch of six new neon nail lacquers, the brand’s first fullsize neon shades, along with Put a Coat On! – a special white base coat that instantly boosts neon color. Neons by OPI arrives just in time for summer, with electric hues in shades of lemon-lime, tangerine, hot pink, coral, lime and purple.

“With hands and feet constantly on display during warmer months, wearing nail lacquer is a must,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “I am a big fan of bright colors for summer, and Neons by OPI delivers a bold look that pairs perfectly with sun-kissed skin. To really make the neon shades pop, I recommend using Put a Coat On!, a new white base coat developed to be worn with bright lacquer hues to further enhance color.

“These six shades are the first full-size neons OPI has ever released,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With large demand for new bright lacquers, this collection is a welcome addition to OPI’s permanent line.”

Neons by OPI includes:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fashion in the News: Forever 21 Launches Deeper Discount Store F21 Red

forever21storeIf you follow fashion news (or the buzz on budget blogs) you’ve been anticipating for a few weeks now Forever21’s new even lower priced store, F21 Red. The concept behind F21 Red is said to be providing basics at deeper discounted prices (as if Forever21 wasn’t cheap enough). The first F21 Red store officially launched this past Saturday in the Azalea Shopping Center just outside of Los Angeles, California. Prices have been reported ranging from $1.80 (camisoles) up to $7.80 for denim. Forever 21 hasn't yet announced any plans to roll out more F21 Red stores and appears to be using this first store to test the market.

Interestingly enough, this new store comes just as other retail chains also are working on possible lower priced stores such as J Crew’s “Mercantile” and Abercrombie and Fitch’s plan to change Hollister to a cheaper fast fashion brand.

Comment below and share your thought on this new store? Are you excited to see an even more budget friendly version of Forever 21? 

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Monthly Beauty Favorites

Fancy Francy Monthly Beauty Favorites

April went by faster than the speed of light, and May seems to be going at the same pace (Feliz Cinco de Mayo!) Last month there were a few items that I found myself constantly grabbing for (aka permanently attached to).

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish: The first item I talked about a few weeks ago when I first got introduced to it through Birchbox. Though I have been using this for the past few weeks, since it is a moisturizing cream based cleanser and the weather is warming up, I will probably switch to something lighter for the months to come.

Sephora Rose Gold Cream Blush: This is the first cream blush I've tried and though there was some getting use to (umm can we talk about how much brush hair gets stuck in this thing) I've really been loving the subtly color of  this blush and the long-lasting power of a cream vs powder.

Clinque Stay Matte Oil Free Foundation: I had been eyeing this product for a while and finally decided to take the plunge and buy it, and I'm sooo happy I did. As someone who doesn't wear foundation everyday, I wanted something that would be light and help to even out my skintone on those rough monday mornings. Although it's considered a foundation, this product is more of a tinted moisturizer/ BB cream with buildable coverage. Love this product for Spring/early Summer weather.

Clinque High Impact Mascara: Another gem by Clinque, I was gifted a sample of this mascara through some means and finally tried it last month. After using the sample up, I went out and bought the mascara and haven't looked back since.

Lush Cupcake face mask: Also another item I was introduced to through gifting. As someone who never really got the deal when it came to masks, I  can honestly say that this product produces a noticeable difference with my skin immediately. After using this product my face is brighter and tighter.

And there you have it. My favorite beauty goodies for the month of April. Comment below and let me know if you have tried these products or plan to. What were your favorite beauty products from last month?


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Brand you Should Know: Liz Earle Skincare


As a beauty blogger, I somewhat pride myself on staying up on major beauty trends and knowing most beauty companies. So naturally I was pretty surprised when I got introduced to a new company through Birchbox that was completely off my radar.

Recently Birchbox and Liz Earle hosted a special informational blogger breakfast were I got the opportunity to learn all about this British brand. While they are relatively new to the States, they have been a favorite across the pond for years. Liz Earle describes themselves as naturally active skincare. They focus on using "precious ingredients" to promote inside and outside beauty. While they do not label themselves as an organic brand, they use organic and ethically sourced ingredients in their products.

Their claim to fame is their signature "cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser". This two part system consists of a soothing cream cleanser and a muslim cloth for exfoliating/polishing off the cleanser. Like most of their products it's suitable for all skin types and doesn't contain any harsh ingredients.

I've personally been using this cleanser for a little over a week now and have enjoyed it. While I'm not sure if its made any improvements to my skin yet, I definitely enjoy using the warm muslim cloth on my face and like the fact that my skin doesn't feel stripped after like with other cleansers.

In addition to the polish and shine cleanser, they also have the Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Gentle Face Exfoliator, and Skin Repair Moisturizer to name a few.

Interested in trying out this brand? Liz Earle is available in the U.S through Birchbox.com. You can also shop my favorites from this line below!
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Out and About: The Other Woman Movie Screening


Earlier this week I got the opportunity to attend a Girl's Night Out event and private screening of the new movie The Other Woman. The event was held at the Crosby Hotel here in Manhattan and included a Q&A session after the movie with legendary costume designer Patricia Field. In the movie three very different women all came together through a shared experience and ultimately forge an unlikely friendship.

Overall the movie was hilarious, definitely the ultimate girls night out comedy that you will want to watch again and again with your girls. I loved how each character brought something different to the friendship and had their own unique style. As the former costume designer for Sex and the City, Patricia Fields knows a thing or two (or everything) about dressing woman characters to convey their personalities and personal sense of style. During the Q&A session, Patricia Fields explained some of the inspiration behind her wardrobe choices for this movie.

For example, Kate, played by Leslie Mann, was styled in pieces with a retro 50's vibe reminiscent of a modern "step ford wife". The character Kate also wore tons of great bright colors that mirrored her bubbly bright personality.

Alternatively, Carly, played by Cameron Diaz, was styled in chic and stylish neutral pieces that reflected her cool and savvy personality. Carly was styled in great sophisticated pieces that complimented her toned body and tan skin.

Lastly, Amber, played by model Kate Upton was dressed in carefree easy going pieces such as denim jackets, flowy shirts, and of course killer bikinis that all emulated the character's go with the flow personality.

While all the characters had great style, I would have to say that Carly's (Cameron Diaz) was the one that I most would love to raid her closet. As a transplant New Yorker, I live in neutral solid colors and loved the elegance of all her looks. Check out the trailer for the movie below to see more of the characters' style in the movie and be sure to check it out when it hits theaters April 25th!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Miss Jessie's New Wash and Go Stylers Launch



If you're a curly, kinky, wavy girl of any type, chances are you've heard of Miss Jessie's products. As one of the pioneer companies to focus on curly girls, these were some of the first products I heard of when I first went natural so needless to say I jumped at the chance to get to attend their event in partnership with Birchbox.



During the event, Miss Jessie's cofounder, Miko, discussed their three newest products while giving live demonstrations on curly girls with various hair textures.


The products feature a new tube container and help to quickly style "wash and gos" looks for various curl patterns. The new products include: "Transitioner's Magic", "Curly Custard", and "Multi Cultural Curls".


Transitioner's magic is ideal for anyone with both curly and straight hair textures from transitioning to natural or heat damage. The product encourages the hair to curl without weighing it down and works best used with a diffuser to further encourages straight ends to curl. Multi cultural curls is the 2nd lightest product out of the three and was inspired by Miss Jessie founders biracial heritage. This product also helps to encourage curls and works best sectioned on wet hair. Last but not least Curly Custard works similar to Multi cultural curls but is the heaviest of all three products. Curly Custard is ideal for ladies with tighter curls as well as loose waves to provide a more defined and bouncy wash and go.

Personally, I've been wearing my hair straight lately but can't wait to try these products once my hair is curly again.

Comment below and let me know have you heard of Miss Jessie's before? Do you plan on trying these products


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Makeup Trend to Try: Orange Lipstick

Spring Makeup Trend To Try : Orange Lipstick

Orange lips have been a major trend since last summer and this Spring it's back!  This year's trend is an orange with more of a red undertone. Try pairing this look with the "aqua eye trend" for a bold and colorful off work look. You can also make this trend day time appropriate by pairing it with a neutral eye and natural blush.

Feeling this trend? Check out a few of my picks below at price points for every budget!