Breaking the Rules: How to Rock White After Labor Day

Breaking the Rules: How to Rock White After Labor Day

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Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dying for a three day weekend and luckily for me Labor Day Weekend 2015 was EVERYTHING.
Labor Day, which was celebrated this year on Monday, September 7th, is a national holiday honoring the American labour movement and all of the hard workers in the USA.
In honor of being honored, I spent the weekend hanging out with friends, having one on one time with Netflix and paying a visit to every barbecue within a three block radius.
While enjoying all of the deliciously free food at a friend of a friend’s poolside barbecue party, I overheard two women in an intense argument with a man who just spilled barbecue sauce on one of their all white ensembles.
The man, who was very apologetic I may add, asked the women why they chose to wear all white attire to a barbecue party (cause you know, SAUCE), to which they replied “We had to because these outfits are brand new and you can’t wear white after Labor Day.”
I nearly choked on my potato salad when I heard that one because I just couldn’t believe there were still people alive who followed this fashion rule. I mean really?
I’m the type of girl who believes personal style > every fashion rule to ever exist. So if you’re like me and you know you’ll be wearing white after Labor Day and any other day you choose, read below.
White Blazer
For me, blazers are a wardrobe staple. I like to mix them up with everything from body con dresses to skinny jeans for a trendy, yet classic look. Lately, I haven’t been very inspired by the blazers in my closet and I think adding white may breath life back into my style. The white blazer shown above, is from LucLuc. You can also get the jeans from Topshop and the shirt from Yesstyle.com
White Jeans
 
I actually haven’t worn a pair of white jeans since I hit puberty in fear of you know who. But now that I’ve put my childish fears aside, I’m ready to revamp my style and add a new level of chic. Wear white jeans with a denim shirt and bold accessories for a look that works day and night.
Little White Dress 
My closet is filled with more little black dresses than I care to admit to you right now. I used to wear them so much that they started to make me feel a little less than fabulous. When I decided to buy a little white dress I never knew just how much it would open me up to a new world of style possibilities. If you feel like I did, a Little White Dress can drag you right out of your fashion rut. Dress it down with a pair of Converse sneakers or dress it up with a pair of killer heels for instant versatile style.
Wearing white after Labour Day is definitely not as a big an issue as it used to be, so don’t be afraid to break some rules and have fun with fashion.
Comment below to share how you wear white after Labour Day!

Fall Beauty Trends

Fall Beauty Trends

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Fall is always an exciting time of year for beauty lovers. With Christmas on the horizon, you can expect many stunning beauty trends to follow. If you want to stay up to date with everything that’s happening on the beauty scene, then you might be interested in the trends for Fall 2015.

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Oh so flush!

This fall, you can expect to see less contouring and barer faced looks, as you are going to see flushed skin, instead of highlighting. If you love the typical English Rose look, or just a hint of blush then this is the perfect trend for you.

How to do it – keep your base natural and apply just a small amount of blush on to the apples of your cheeks. You could use a cheek tint, if it’s easier for you to apply.

What to useBenefit Benetint Lip & cheek Stain, Clinique Cheek Pop, Ben Nye Powder

Go gothic!

Gothic trends were all over the runway earlier this year, and it’s an easy trend to try out. Opt for dark lips and matte skin, or go for thick black liner.

How to do it – go for either lips or eyes as applying both dark lipstick and black liner will appear too heavy.

What to useClinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Blackmail, Kevyn Aucoin Liner

Back to the eighties!

An ode to the 80’s was a key trend at fall fashion week. Super bright eyeshadow is something that you might not want to try out, so opt for dark nude lips or shimmery eyes instead.

How to do it – wear a nude lip, or go for glittery, slightly metallic eye shades.

What to useUrban Decay Revolution Lipgloss in Kinky, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama, Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Cosmic

Smokey eyes with a twist!

Smokey eyes are always a popular trend at this time of year, especially for wearing in the evening. This fall, opt for dark grey or navy shades instead of brown and blacks.

How to do it – keep your lips simple and wear a dark, smokey eye with lots of mascara.

What to useMAC Eyeshadow in Deep Truth, Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Giove, Make Up Geek Eyeshadow in Stealth

Simple shadow!

If you lead a busy lifestyle then this is one trend you can get on board with. Eyes are kept really basic, with just a simple wash of color. Opt for a light or dark nude and swipe all over the lid of the eye.

How to do it – apply just one layer of color on the eyes. Keep mascara looking natural, and opt for a light pink or nude lip.

What to useMAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection, Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten, Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Hollywood red!

Red lips make a striking makeup look. Anyone can wear a red lip, you just need to find perfect shade and texture for you.

How to do it – scrub your lips beforehand and moisturize, especially if you’re wearing a matte red lip. Keep the rest of your makeup basic and focus your attention on the lip area.

What to useMAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, Smashbox Lipstick in Legendary, Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Color in Mightiest Maraschino

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I’m In Love With Nike Leggings

I’m In Love With Nike Leggings

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Right now, I’m hooked on wearing Nike leggings. I really think they complement your body and feel great.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but these are trending big time and a lot of celebrities are helping this trend by wearing them while doing their shopping and daily routines (not just going to the gym)

Nike Leggings

If you’re like me and do a lot of exercising, on your “rest days” I like my legs to recover by wearing leggings. My legs sometimes ache from running, yoga and squats etc. so I tend to wear my Nike’s (if I can) after my workout too.

I’ve got so many pairs of leggings in my wardrobe; I think I’m obsessed. I get really excited when I go shopping and see them… sounds sad and pathetic but it’s true! I love looking after my body after a workout and I feel by wearing these leggings, it helps me.

Here are some of the funky pairs available right now for you to buy!

http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/forevergradient-running-tights/pid-10264265/pgid-10341885

These are called Nike ForeverGradient and are quite think so these are for the cooler days. Retail price $150, a bit prices but are worth it and are available in 2 colourways – black and Persian violet.

http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/legendary-jacquard-training-tights/pid-10296562/pgid-10296563

These are the Nike Legendary Jacquard training leggings. They are $100 and are available in 2 colourways – Black/black (even though they look like grey) and radiant emerald/black.

http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/pro-hyperwarm-mezzo-waistband-training-tights/pid-1481183/pgid-10076129

If you’re looking for a bright colour then go for these. These are the Nike Pro Hyperwarm Mezzo’s and are priced at $60. Be aware that these are base layering and are see-through! Don’t wear printed underwear unless you want everyone to see.

Shelley

A Guide to MAC Cosmetics

A Guide to MAC Cosmetics

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MAC Cosmetics need no introduction in the beauty world and it’s easy to see why many people are huge fans of the brand. With a wide range of professional products that can be used by the everyday beauty lover, there is a product to suit everyone. Whether its foundations or lipsticks, here is a guide to some of the products and finishes you’ll find at your local MAC counter.

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Foundation

Foundations can be difficult to find but knowing what type of coverage and finish you prefer will help you to discover the perfect base for you. MAC offer several types of foundation with the standouts including;

Studio Fix SPF15 – Full coverage foundation that has a matte finish. Best suited for combination and oily skin types with blemishes or imperfections.

Studio Sculpt SPF15 – Medium coverage with a hydrating finish. Best for dry to combination skin types with slight imperfections.

MAC Face and Body – Sheer coverage with a hydrating finish. Best for normal to dry skin types that prefer a light coverage. This can be used on both the face and body to minimalize imperfections.

Matchmaster SPF15 – Medium coverage foundation with a demi matte finish. Best for combination to oily skin types.

Mineralize Moisture SPF15 – Sheer coverage foundation with a natural finish. Best for normal to dry skin types that prefer a weightless finish.

Powder

MAC also offer a range of powders from highlighting your best features to setting your makeup. The popular products include;

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – A mineral based powder with a natural, light finish. Best for normal to dry skin types.

Mineralize Skinfinish – A mineral based highlighter powder that comes in a range of shades. Some shades are limited edition and you’ll find them in various special collections.

Blot Powder – Available in both pressed and loose form, this powder offers oil control and is best suited for oily to combination skin types.

Prep and Prime Finishing Powder – A sheer powder that blurs imperfections, controls oil and sets makeup. Can be used on all skin types.

Blush

MAC blushes are hugely popular and choosing the right type of blush will depend on your personal preference.

Powder Blush – The standard type of blush that’s available in a matte (flat matte) finish, satin (light sheen), sheertone (sheer powder), sheertone shimmer (light shimmer and color) or frost (shimmery) finish.

Cremeblend Blush – a creamy but buildable finish.

Mineralize Blush – Mineral based and lightweight color.

Cream Color Base – Creamy with buildable coverage. Can be used as a blush and highlighter, depending on the shade you choose.

Lipstick

It’s impossible to mention MAC without referring to their lipsticks. They’ve become a cult classic and every makeup bag should have one. Here is a guide to the lipstick finishes available.

Frost – Shimmer finish.

Cremesheen – Lightweight color with a glossy finish.

Matte – Longwearing, complete matte finish.

Retro Matte – Creamy with a matte finish, high pigmentation and longwearing.

Amplified – Longwearing, pigmented color with a smooth finish.

Satin – Matte finish with a sheen. The most standard type of finish.

Lustre – Glossy finish.

Luscious Lipsticks in Red & Pink

Luscious Lipsticks in Red & Pink

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Many people are afraid of trying out a new colour on their lips. I don’t understand this but each to their own. I guess it’s out of their comfort zone or maybe they know what suits their face and what doesn’t.

For whatever reason, I would still try and mix it up a little and wear something bright and bold every so often. Nobody wants to become predictable you know!

Red & Pink Lips

 

Red and pink lipsticks are trending at the moment so now is the time to have some fun with your lips!

If you like red, go for a bold sexy matte or glossy finish. If you fancy pink to make the boys wink, then choose a gorgeous girly pink that flatters your skin tone.

I love to have a few red and pink lipsticks in my bag and when I have my glam days, I like to wear either one of them. In fact, I’ve even tried to mix them and it looks so good with a pink outline with the red colour in the centre. Everyone always comments on how good my lips look!

I would recommend spending more on lipsticks if you can. You can really tell the difference between a cheap and a more expensive lipstick.

Here are a few red lipsticks that I would recommend:

Mac Prolong Wear Lipcreme in True Red $20.00 Do you want a long lasting lipstick? Go for this sexy number.

Mac Lipstick in Lady Danger $17.00 Do you want a coral/red tone? Then this is perfect for you.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Red Lipcolor Julianne’s Red $8.99 Matt colour with a soft velvet finish.

And here’s a few gorgeous pink lipsticks I would recommend:

Mac Lipmix in Matte Magenta $15.00 Matt creamy formula that adds a touch of colour to your lips.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor $7.49 To be honest they have so many shades of pink; you’re bound to find one that you like.

Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour $29.00 I’m in love with Laura Mercier products at the moment and this is brand new! This looks a lovely colour… Orchid Pink.

Ciao!

Shelley

5 Great Budget Beauty Buys

5 Great Budget Beauty Buys

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We love using drugstore beauty products! When you’re on a budget, cheaper beauty products can still do the trick! There are so many health and beauty blog tips, as well as budget beauty products to choose from so knowing which ones do the best job will save you both money and time. From foundation to makeup brushes, here are the budget beauty buys we love!

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Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

The perfect foundation for normal to oily skin types, the Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is a great choice of base for those on a budget. With a matte finish, this foundation stays in place throughout the day, even in the heat. The lightweight texture helps to smooth the skin, hide imperfections and minimize the look of pores. If you have any large blemishes, you’ll need to use concealer as this foundation is somewhere between a light to medium coverage but there’s several shades available for a range of skintones.

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

Contouring is a huge trend right now and we are big fans! If you’re looking for a good contouring brush that isn’t going to cost you a great deal then check out the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. This angled brush is super soft and is the perfect size to define your cheekbones. You can use this brush with both cream and powder products and it makes them easy to blend. You can also use this brush with blush too!

NYX Taupe Blush

If you’re searching for a product to pair with the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush then NYX Taupe Blush is the one. A soft, blendable powder, this light brown blush shade suits a variety of skintones from porcelain to olive. As this blush is fairly sheer, you can apply it without worrying about over application.

Wet N Wild Silent Treatment Palette

One of the best budget eyeshadow palettes you’ll find, the Wet N Wild Color Icon Trio in Silent Treatment costs just $2.99 and contains three eyeshadow shades. Silent Treatment has a pink shade for the brow bone, dark brown shade for the crease of the eye and taupe for the eyelid. Each shadow is highly pigmented, soft and long lasting. This palette is great for creating both daytime and evening looks, whether you want to wear all three shades together of wear one as a swipe of color.

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Gloss

Color Elixir Lip Gloss by Maybelline has the color of a lipstick, feel of a balm and shine of a gloss. Those looking for a gloss that isn’t sticky will love these. They feel comfortable to wear, hydrating and deliver a pop of color. If you don’t like wearing lipstick then give these a try as they’re really wearable and don’t cost a fortune either.

 

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Blondie’s Spotlight: Grapevine The Urban Boutique

Blondie’s Spotlight: Grapevine The Urban Boutique

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If you’re looking for a stylish new boutique with unique styles and exclusive brands owned by young entrepreneurs, then look no further than Grapevine: The Urban Boutique! I recently got the chance to visit the shop located in downtown Macon & talked to co-owner Doug Jones about the growing brand.

Shop GrapevineTUB.com

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Summer Work Dresses Under $100 + Burlington

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Congrats Johnnalynn on the new collaboration with one of my favorite discount stores!

Hey Everyone! Words can’t express how excited I am to be a member of Burlington’s all new Burlington Style Squad™ ! Seriously you guys, fasten your seat belts because for the rest of the year, it’s my job to show you just how amazing Burlington’s everyday…

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Heat Proof Makeup

Heat Proof Makeup

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Summer is one of the best times of the year for relaxing with friends or even just spending the day shopping. When it comes down to your beauty routine, however, there are a few things you can do to ensure your makeup stays put in even the hottest weather.

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Makeup running down your face is never a good look, so here are five tips to ensure that your makeup stays melt proof in the heat.

Apply a primer

If it’s a fresh and long lasting base you’re after then make sure you apply a primer before applying your foundation. Silicone based primers are usually the most long lasting products, however most primers will ensure that your base makeup lasts as long as possible on the skin. If you have an oily skin type then opt for a mattifying primer which will help to control oil and keep your skin shine free for longer.

Use a long lasting foundation

If you’re going to wear foundation during summer then go for one that has long lasting properties. Those tailored towards oilier skin types tend to be longer lasting as they contain mattifying properties. Makeup Forever Mat Velvet Foundation is a great option for summer. However, if you have drier skin then opt for a demi matte finish which will hydrate dry areas and control shine. Try Diorskin Star foundation which suits most skin types.

Use cream based products

You might think that cream based products will melt off easily but many formulas are now long wearing. A cream blush or shadow won’t look cakey and will give a natural finish. Some cream based products also offer a cream to powder formulation. If you have oily skin then use an eyeshadow primer before application to make your shadow holds up in the heat. The Urban Decay Primer Potion is a good choice as it will keep any type of shadow in place throughout the day.

Go for matte finishes

Matte products tend to hold up better than dewy or shimmer based ones. If you have oily skin then it’s highly likely that you’ll need to set your foundation with a powder in order to keep your skin as shine free as possible. It’s important to choose a powder that won’t give a caked on look. The Ben Nye Translucent Loose Powder is a good one to try as it gives a fresh appearance that looks completely natural. If you need to blot during the day then choose a pressed compact that you can store in your bag for on the go touch ups. Maybelline, Revlon and L’Oréal all offer compact powders that are perfect for blotting on the go.

Try a setting spray

A setting spray, such as the Urban Decay De Slick Oil Control Setting Spray can be spritzed on after makeup application. Simply spritz it all over your face and you’ll have a matte base with no shine peeking through. You can easily store this in your bag to use on the go too.

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