Product of The Week: Benefit Cosmetic’s They’re Real Mascara

I’m the kind of girl who is extremely picky about my mascara. I don’t like it very thick, I cannot stand clumps, and I’ve discovered that there are a lot of mascaras on the market that are both of these things. The They’re Real Mascara by Benefit cosmetics is neither. It really holds true to its name. It does an excellent job at separating each individual lash and elongating each individual lash making the lashes look like they are your real lashes, hence the name. On top of that, it comes in a very sleek silver packaging that looks very high class, meaning you will not regret pulling this mascara out of your bag to apply another coat (although this mascara does last a very long time without much fall out, even on the bottom lashes).

I originally stumbled upon this mascara in a miniature sample pack of Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara and the Watts Up Highlighter at Sephora (Maybe I will talk about the Highlighter next week). Upon originally trying the mascara, I fell in love immediately. I have always struggled to find a nice, clean cut simple mascara that just adds the perfect amount of emphasis for day and night time. Unfortunately, as of recent, I have had to organize a small funeral for this original mascara that included many tears as I switched to a different mascara until the opportunity presented itself to purchase a new one. This mascara pales in comparison and I await the day when I can purchase another They’re Real.

Although this mascara only comes in one color, and is fairly pricey at $23.00 a pop, it is well worth every cent of it. If you do not own one, I recommend that you purchase it right now. You will not regret it. Ciao!

Be Kind & Be Loving!

XOXO

–Rachel

Makeup Trend of the Week: The Red Lip

Yet again, Taylor is being featured in my blog this week this time it is for her red lip. One of my favorite trends that I think raises the bar of any outfit, the red lip is a classic staple that has been around for centuries. It is a trend that has graced the lips of women through the ages, and the mark has been passed on occasionally to the men via stolen kisses at secret rendezvous.

For me the red lip is more than just a trend to be sported on a night out on the town, it is a trend that can be sported any time of day because guess what, the red lip is one of the most daring trends out there. It is a trend that has been around for centuries and can be worn by all but has been truly sported by few in recent years, hence today’s tribute.

I am a woman of firm belief that there is a shade of red lipstick out there for every woman, and it may just take some time to find it. And to you women who think the red lip is too bold for you, I respond by saying the red lip isn’t too bold for anyone. There are so many different ways to wear it. Here are just a few:

1. The Classic Red Lip

The classic red lip as sported by Ms. Hathaway

The classic red lip as sported by Ms. Hathaway

Here, the classic red lip is being sported by Ms. Hathaway. The star of many films including some of my favorites, such as Les MiserablesThe Princess Diaries, and a fashion classic The Devil Wears Prada, Ms Hathaway has become a classic beauty. As you can see here, Anne is sporting the classic bright red lip, which is not exclusive to light skin tones. The key to the red lip is to know which shades are right for you. Since Anne has a pale complexion, she can easily sport a bright red, or a more orange-red lip and still be able to pull off the classic look. If you are more darker complected, try a bright red, or a red with more blue undertones. The bright orange-red on a more darkly complected woman will upstage the woman that it is actually on.

This type of red lip can be best achieved by totally filling in your lips with a red lip liner, similar to the shade you are using, then using either a matte or lipstick with a slight sheen. Now the key to get a red lip to last all day is after you put on the first coat, through a tissue, apply a translucent powder on top of the lipstick in order to set the color. After that, you may apply a second coat to add a little bit more sheen to the lip. Or, if you so desire you may also use a red lip stain, or a red gloss instead of the classic lipstick.

The classic red lip can be easily sported with colors such as bright yellow, black, white, red (as long as you reds match), navy, bright blues, purples, and hunter greens.

2. The Berry Red Lips

Here we have Kiera Knightley sporting a berry lip. The berry lip is a much softer look than the classic red, but at the same time it still packs a punch. Simply by adding  a little bit of lipstick Ms. Knightley has prevented her lips from getting lost on her face. The berry lip is a much easier way to start wearing lipstick for someone who does not normally wear it. It does not stand out nearly as much, and it can go with almost any outfit.

Preferably for me, if I were to wear the berry lip, I would sport it with more sheer materials,ivories, camels, browns, navy blues, blue-greens, purples, brownish-blues, mustard yellows, and kelly greens.

3. The Brown Reds

Jennifer Lawrence with a Brownish Red Lip at the Golden Globes 2014

Jennifer Lawrence with a Brownish Red Lip at the Golden Globes 2014

Now, brown reds for me are any red that is clearly not a berry, or clearly not a classic red or red-orate. There is a hint of brown undertones. Jennifer Lawrence at the Golden Globes this year sported a nice brown red  with her Dior Couture dress, and may I say she looked stunning. Although she could have sported a classic red lip with this look, the brown red lip with this look is very well suited to Lawrence. The nice thing about a brown red is it lets your outfit and your personality do all the talking, and we all know Lawrence has a lot of that.

The brown-red lip, in my opinion could be worn with almost anything, just like most of these other red lips.

A Lipstick and Lipgloss from Rihanna's line for Mac, Viva Glam

A Lipstick and Lipgloss from Rihanna’s line for Mac, Viva Glam

What the main difference between all three of these different shades of red boils down to though are not the colors that you are wearing, but personality and the outfit of the day. Normally, I sport the classic red lip because I like to be bold and stand out, but at the same time, it also tends to go with entirety of my wardrobe. The majority of my wardrobe is made up of black and white staples with cheetah print thrown in the mix, all of which is conducive to a classic red lip. If I was wearing a lacy top, a top with a lot of movement, or earth tones, I would be more inclined to put on a berry or a brownish red that day simply because it matches the persona that I am trying to portray. Overall though, whichever lip color you choose, you have to go with your gut feeling because that its the color you will feel most comfortable in.

And to those of you who are afraid to try it, try it out at home for a day before taking it out on the town. And if you don’t like it, it isn’t the end of the world. It’s makeup! You can change it! Ciao!

Be Kind & Be Loving!

XOXO

–Rachel

 

The Return of Grunge

Mary Kate Olsen's Modern Day Grunge Look

Mary Kate Olsen’s Modern Day Grunge Look

Crop tops, high waisted shorts, and a flannel shirt tied around the waist, It looks like the grunge style from the 90’s is make a comeback, but with a new polished twist for 2014. With the rise of the hipster, grunge has been able to be revived but with more structure that it’s 90’s counterpart. Instead of being all about lose, ill-fitted pieces like it was 20 years ago, the return of grunge has a balance between tight fitting pieces with one or two pieces with more movement.  As shown by Mary Kate Olsen (above), one can pair a loose fitted flannel shirt with a pair of leggings and either a wedge heel, or a pair of combat boots. The key to the look today is to make sure you create a strong contrast between the well-fitted and the looser garment.  Grunge is all about being able to leather elements, denim, band shirts, with simple punk rock elements.

Modern Day Grunge

Modern Day Grunge

So here are a few ways to create a great grunge look:

1. Start with a basic flannel shirt. Instead of wearing the shirt as a regular shirt like you normally would, use it as either a jacket and wear it open, roll up the sleeves, or wear it underneath a structured cable knit sweater. Although a cable knit sweater is not what someone would usually associate with grunge, when paired with the right elements, this basic makes an excellent grunge piece.

2. Buy a pair of combat boots or Doc Martens. Doc Martens are a part of the classic grunge look, but for the modern grunge look, one of the keys is to contrast the chunky boot with either a skinny jean, legging, or tights. If you are going to wear tights, pair it with a tight fitting black dress or skirt.

3. Wear a tee from one of your favorite bands. There are 2 directions that you can go with this grunge element. You can either wear it big and baggy tucked into a high waisted pair of skinny jeans or a skirt, or you can wear a very tight one that you can use as a layer piece with either a flannel shirt, a leather jacket, or a denim jacket. Remember one of the key features of modern day grunge is to contrast tight pieces with loose pieces, so if you go with option one, there is no better way to contrast the two than with everything surrounding the piece to be tight fitting. Don’t try and pair a loose shirt with loose pants.

4. Leather elements: Buy a plaid skirt with leather accents on it, leather high-waisted leggings or simply the classic leather jacket and you are all set on this part. Just make sure you do not go too overboard with the leather. Keep it simple.

5. Denim. With this look, Denim is always a must, but with the denim, classic blues, or destroyed denims are great. Just make sure all of your denim pieces are structured pieces and fit well. Nothing too baggy for the modern grunge, especially since denim is usually one of the final layers that you put on. If you wear a baggy denim jacket, or baggy jeans, you are allowing the garment to swallow you and not show off your frame. Show people that great body!

6. Punk-styled accessories. Okay, I know this sounds slightly intimidating, believe me, it even sounds intimidating to me. One of the best ways to add a little bit of a punk styled accessory is through your bling. You could wear a statement necklace in basic gold or silver that has spikes on it (but not a spike collar. I hope those never come back in), or you could carry a structured black bag with studs on it. Both of these are simple ways to add a little bit of grunge to an every day look.

Although these are only a few tips to obtain a grunge look, these are some of the main building blocks to the grunge look. Just don’t be afraid to add your own personal flair to it. Whether it is a cute girly bow in your hair, or a cheetah print belt, just do it. Trust your eye because it will tell you if something doesn’t work with your outfit! Ciao!

Some ideas for the grunge look (all can be found on www.hm.com)

Some ideas for the grunge look (all can be found on http://www.hm.com)

Be Kind & Be Loving!

XOXO

–Rachel

 

Celeb Style: Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift, not only is she an amazing singer/songwriter, but she also has a body that everyone should be envious of. Long and lean with limbs that go on for miles, for any designer, Taylor Swift would make an excellent blank canvas. This weekend, although she didn’t win any Grammys to add to her already accumulating collection (7 Grammy’s, the most recent being for Best Song Written for Visual Media Safe and Sound with the Civil Wars for Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson’s blockbuster The Hunger Games), she definitely won the best dressed award with her Gucci dress that is bringing metallics and chain mail back in style. Look out Medieval Times! Taylor Swift is coming to win a duel for being high class! On top of that, her simplistic performance of All Too Well reminded everyone that the Grammy’s is about the music, not about creating a spectacle.

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As for Swift’s recent street style (this photo is one of her on her way to a dance studio to practice for her Grammy’s performance), she has been sporting a style that is very similar to my own: ground in black and white basics with pops of color here and there, frequently these pops are red and she sports a bright red lip. Taylor Swift, you are a girl after my own heart. I always tell people it is better to own a variety of basics and style them with pops of color. It looks classy and refined. Taylor has mastered the art of adding little bits of color to add some flair to her outfit.  As for Taylor’s Bag, which is the Dolce & Gabbana Sara Pebbled Frame Shoulder Bag (Retail= $2,295), Taylor Swift uses the bag to anchor her bright, red and white star print Wild Fox Couture sweater (Retail=$229), The contrast between the two tones down the bright sweater and completes the look.

Taylor Swift’s style overall is a balance between the old and the new, with cute little feminine touches. She likes to keep a classic look by sporting clothing items such as black collared dresses with a white lace on the cuffs and collar, oxfords in bold colors such as red, and classic black blazer paired with a black skater skirt that makes her long limbs look even longer. She is a fan of versatile pieces that can be worn a variety of different ways, and will never go out of style (such as her black Raybans). In all of these ways Taylor Swift is very deserving of being my style icon for the week. Ciao!

Be Kind & Be Loving!

XOXO

–Rachel

 

For more information on Taylor Swift’s style and links to many of the clothing that she wears, check out taylorswiftstyle.net.