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What Should I Have in My Makeup Bag?

4 Aug

Makeup Heaven Must Have Seven The list below are the essentials in any person’s make up bag.  Whether you are looking for a make up list for travel and a daily make-up regiment, or you want a simple everyday look for work and a glamorous look for a big night out in the town, these 7 basic things are all you need!

1.  Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Foundation

Having the right foundation is one of the most important things you’d need because it sets the base for your look.  One of the biggest mistakes that people make when picking a foundation is that they tend to pick a color that they want to be, rather than what they really are, so it ends up looking either too light or too dark.  With Bare Minerals, it’s almost impossible to mess up the color.    You can also mix your shades to make the perfect match for your skin color.   Since it’s a loose powder, you can pack it on as light or as thick as you want, depending on what you prefer that day or night.  Bare Minerals has a natural effect covering minor imperfections you may have without looking like a mask.  Best of all, it has SPF to protect you from the sun!

2.  Nars Blush

I usually try not to believe all the hype, but in this case, it’s all true with Nars blush.  Yes – it is about $25 a pop.  Yes – it is only .16 ounces, compared to Mac’s .21 ounces.  But, it’s also a “Yes” to its smooth texture, long-lasting formula, and highly pigmented color.   The texture is so smooth and silky that it’s almost impossible to go wrong with your brush stroke.  As long as you apply with a light hand, there’s no chance for you to look like a clown.  Since most of Nars blush is highly pigmented, one or two strokes will do the job with no need for reapplication throughout the day, so the .16 ounces will actually last you for quite a while.  Not to mention, it comes in a cute portable flat and unscratchable case. 

Nars has several color choices for all skin tones, but the most universal and loved blush is “Orgasm,” which is a pinky-peach color with a light shimmer.  I have dark hair and eyes with medium tan skin, and this blush gives me a sun-kissed look.  For you blonde hair hazel/blue-eyed beauties, your cheeks will pop with a rosy flush.  It flatters all skin tones from light caramel to olive tan.  Nars “Orgasm” blush will give your cheeks a natural glow that’s suitable to its name.  😉 

3. Elizabeth Arden Eye Fix Primer

Without this product, by mid day my eyes would already have eye shadow creases, no matter what brand or color I use.  So, when I found Elizabeth Arden’s eye primer, it was a life saver.  It’s a very light cream that comes in a small tube, but goes a long way.  Simply dab a tiny bit on your eye lids and wait 2 minutes before applying your shadow.  You’ll have no crease nor smudge throughout the day, which can even last you throughout the night. 

4.  Dior Jazz Club Smokey Eye Palette

This handy-dandy little thing is your full eye makeup set that fits in your pocket.  This is that one makeup piece that you can take anywhere with you, whether it’s to dinner, club, work, or travel.  This set comes complete with brow powder, eye liner, and 4 eye shadows that can be used for both day and night.  The set is for a smokey eye look that can be toned down with their matte shadow or glamified with their 3 versatile shimmers.  It comes complete with 2 double sided mini brushes specialized for each that makes application a breeze.  Even though it literally fits in your pocket, this will look great in any purse or makeup case, and even stand on its own as a mini Dior clutch with its super chic case.

*This specific set was a Nordstrom exclusive but was also available at Sephora with slightly different shadow colors.  Other variations have been released as limited edition items.  So make sure to keep your eyes peeled for this set because it’s worth every penny – your gorgeous smokey eyes will thank you.

5.  Dior Show Mascara

I have very short eyelashes, yet this mascara does wonders.  It makes my eyes pop, especially when I’m going for a smokey-smoldery eye look.  When time allows, I use a lash primer before applying mascara.  The one that works well for me is Estee Lauder’s Lash Primer, which is a mascara’s best friend.  It gives it that extra boost by lengthening and thickening my normally not so visible lashes.

6. Good Brush Set

There are several brush sets to choose from, so you just have to make sure that you pick a good quality set with the brushes that you truly need.  Most stores will have limited edition sets available during the holidays.  The essentials in a brush set are blush brush for your cheeks, shadow brushes (smudge and blending), powder brush, and an angled brow/liner brush.  Look for bristles that will stand the test of time, since you will clean your brushes daily.  Good brushes should last for years.

I currently have a Lancolm brush set for my blush and shadows with a powder brush from Everyday Minerals.  The powder brush is a flat top kabuki, especially made for mineral foundation.  The bristles are the softest I’ve ever felt and the casing is made for travel as it twists up and down like a lipstick.

7.  Lip Gloss

With lip gloss there is so many to choose from – From the variety of colors, shimmer, and consistency, it’s impossible to pick just one favorite, so I’m listing my top 5.

Chanel’s Levres Scintillantes – So sexy, it will make you start speaking in French!  Well not really, but its frosty colors are perfect for a glamorous look.

MAC Lipglass – brush or sponge, this rightfully popular gloss gives your lips a glassy effect.

Philosophy Pink Frosted Angel Wings – I got this as a gift for Christmas and it came in a set with a lotion and body wash.  The lotion is just as wonderful as the lip gloss as they both have very subtle glitter in it that illuminates my skin and lips.

Bath & Body Work’s CO Bigelow Lip Tint – a favorite for those that love that minty fresh taste.  Its menthol is soothing to the lips while giving it a glossy shine.

Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush – lip shine in a tube tastes yummy and gives my lips a kissable sparkle.  Priced at only $5 a tube, you should not only have this in your makeup case, but also your purse, work drawer, car, pocket, book bag, and night stand.  🙂

I hope my Makeup Heaven Must Have Seven helped you come up with your own beauty must-haves.  With so many options out there, it’s sometimes difficult to pick my faves.  I’m sure my list will change by next month already.  If you liked any of the items on my list, just click on the picture and it will link you to the store they’re available at.

XOXO – Chic Chick

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What bathing suit looks best with my body shape?

11 May

Summer is just around the corner, which means “good-bye” boots and coats and “hello” sandals and bathing suits.  No matter the trends of the year, the most important thing to remember is to get a bathing suit that flatters your body shape.  Everyone falls into one of the 4 body shapes: hour-glass, square, triangle, and inverted triangle.

What people fail to realize sometimes is that your body shape doesn’t necessarily correlate with your weight.  Just because two people are the same size, does not mean that the same bathing suit will fit their body the same.  One can be a size 4 with a square-shaped body, while the other is also a size 4 with a triangle-shaped body.  Since their body shapes are different, the bathing suits that fit them the best will also differ.  Follow these simple tips, and you’ll surely sizzle in your bathing suit as you enjoy the Summer sun!

1 – Hour-Glass Body Shape

People with the hour-glass figure have similar top and bottom measurements with a smaller waist.  Show off that small waist with a two piece bikini.  This shape has it easy because almost anything will look good on your perfectly balanced body.  If you have this shape, you can wear any type of swimsuit with ease.  I mentioned this shape first because you don’t even need to read the rest of my blog.  My only advice is whatever swimsuit you decide on, just be sure you’re comfortable in it.  You have many to pick from so just have fun and pick the one you feel the best in.

2 – Square Body Shape

This body shape is also known as the “boyish figure” because it usually has similar measurements all throughout: bust, waist, and hips.  Your goal is to create curves which you can do by putting the focus on your top and bottom, away from your waistline.  Try on bright colors and/or patterns  Embellishments on your bathing suit like studs, chains, rings, and ruffles will create the curvy illusion that you want to achieve.  Bikini bottoms with side ties will beautifully accentuate your hips too.  Be careful with monokinis with this body type because instead of giving you curves, it will do the opposite.  Curvy side cut outs that most monokinis have, will actually emphasize your waist, instead of making it look smaller.  Stay away from straight tube tops, and go for triangle tops instead.  Boy cut bottoms are also a no no unless it has ruffles of some sort.  You will look fabulous in printed or patterned high cut bottoms.

3 – Triangle Body Shape

The triangle body shape is also known as the “pear.”  These body types are usually small on the top and slightly bigger on the bottom.  The illusion you will want to create is a bigger top to balance your figure.  To do this, you can wear a triangle-shaped bikini top that will create a V shape to keep the focus on your neckline.  You can also emphasize your bust line by wearing prints or a ruffle top – the tiered look is very popular this Summer.  For your bottoms, you want to do the opposite, so avoid prints, horizontal lines, strings, or any other embellishments.  The best look would be a bikini with an attached mini skirt or a bottom with a boy shorts cut.  Monokinis, which are super hot at the moment, are also great for this shape, but make sure you choose the ones that have a straight silhouette.

4 – Inverted Triangle Body Shape

The inverted triangle shape means that your top is slightly bigger than your bottom, which means that your swimsuit must have the emphasis on the bottom part for balance.  Bikini bottoms with ties or embellishments on the sides is a great way to emphasize your hips.  Have fun by mixing and matching your bikinis by having a solid color for the top and print patterns like big flowers or horizontal stripes for the bottom.  The focus will then go to the patterns on your bottom, which will create a balanced figure.  People with the inverted triangle body shape usually have broad shoulders and/or bigger bust lines, therefore I do not suggest a straight tube top like bikini.  Instead, pick a bikini top with straps that go around the neck, not the shoulders.  Halter bikini tops are perfect for this shape.

Hope these tips help you with your swimsuit shopping this Summer.  Whatever body shape you may have and whatever swimsuit you may get, one advice does remain the same, be comfortable in your own skin.  Confidence will show through anything you wear, whether it be a 2 piece bikini or a track suit.  So remember to always have fun with your fashion, wear what makes you feel fabulous, and strut your stuff like the sexy and confident girl that you are!

XOXO, Chic Chick

What to wear during the Winter season?

10 Nov

Winter is just around the corner but no need to put your spring dresses and skirts away!  Mix it up with a few winter essentials, and you can turn your favorite spring dress into a fashionable Winter outfit.
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You must be thinking, “Umm, it’s a little cold to wear a skirt during December.”  And I do agree with that thought, which is why the #1 basic winter accessory that I love right now is… leggings!  black, gray, purple, plaid, or solid, you can pick which ever you like as long as you wear it right.  All you have to do is pair your favorite spring dress or skirt with some leggings, and you’ll be ready for Winter.

If your skirt is plain, spruce it up with fun leggings such as a textured one or stocking like with patterns.   If your skirt is already bold enough with tiers and lace or a bright spring color, simply wear a solid dark pair of leggings to tone it down for the Winter, like black or gunmetal gray.  You’ll still have the flowy look that you love while avoiding the leg goosebumps.

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Only have tube and spaghetti strap dresses in your closet?  It’s hard to believe, but you can still bring this look into the Winter Season without freezing your shoulders off by wearing a blazer, which is our #2 Winter must have.  Not only do blazers look great with any kind of pants from skinny jeans to trousers, they also look adorable with a dress or skirt.  Match a basic black blazer with your dress to switch your look from Spring to Winter in 2 seconds.

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You now have your legs and shoulders covered, but we all know what makes an outfit… the shoes!  You can’t go through Winter without having the perfect boots.  And lately, boots have just gotten cuter and more fashionable.  With so many different styles to choose from, you can easily find something to complete your Spring to Winter look.  If you’re going for a more casual outfit, you can finish your look with some flats or a short heeled boot.

If you want to make more of a bold statement, you can go with stiletto heeled boots with studs and/or chains, which are very popular at the moment.  And the most sought out boots of the season are the ‘too cute to boot’ booties!  No, I’m not talking about your derriere, booties are boots that cut-off at the ankles which look perfect with leggings.  There are different kinds of booties from lace up and slip ons to caged and even peep-toed.

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After you’ve paired your Spring dress or skirt with your leggings, blazer, and boots, I’d bet no one would even realize that it’s the same dress you wore to the park a few months ago with your wedged sandals and straw hat during Spring break.  Thanks to these 3 Winter essentials, not only will you save by not having to get an entire new wardrobe for the Winter, but you’ll also look cozy and fashionable in your old but new getup.

XOXO, Chic Chick

How to wear a scarf?

1 Nov

Fall is here, which means scarf season.  Here is a look at one of our Fashion Fall Must Haves – The Scarf.

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A scarf is not only cozy, but it’s an accessory that will go with anything from a sweater, blazer, or even t-shirt.  Scarves come in a variety of colors, shapes, and styles.  From frayed edges, one colored soft linen, to plaid, and thick knitted, don’t be scared to have fun with your scarf.  Here are a few ways to wear your must have accessory this Fall:
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FRAYED SCARF

With a frayed look.  Fold your squared scarf into a triangle.  Hang the tip in the middle of your chest, then tie a knot at the back of your neck and bring the edges to the front of your shoulders or tuck it in.  This will enable you to show off the fringe on the edges of your scarf to hang over your shirt or sweater.

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WRAP A ROUND SCARF

The most common and easiest way to wear a scarf is to simply wrap it around your neck as little or as much as you want, and let the excess hang over your shoulder.  You can have both ends in the front, you can leave the other part hanging in the back, or you can even wrap it enough to wear there is no excess that hangs over.

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SCARF LOOP

A cute variation is the scarf loop.  You can get this look by simply folding your scarf in half.  Put the folded scarf around your shoulder, then take one end and put it through the loop where you folded the scarf and pull.  You can keep it lose or tight around your neck for various looks.

Hope these fashion tips helped with your scarf crisis this Fall.

XOXO, Chic Chick

How to be fashionable in 3 minutes?

26 Oct

Whether you woke up late, got a last-minute call for a lunch appointment, or just landed from a 10 hour flight, sometimes 3 minutes is all we got to get ready.  No fear ladies – just because we only have minutes doesn’t mean we have to look like we just rolled out of bed.   When on the go, all you need to add to your outfit are these 3 simple items:

1 – Sunglasses

Got bags under your eyes from a long night?  Eye’s still red from lack of sleep?  Or have no time even just for mascara?  A pair of sunglasses will do the trick.  Not only will this work as a cover up, it will spruce up any outfit.

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I’m lucky enough to live in California where almost everyday is a sun shiny day and we do need sunglasses most of the time.  However, if you live in a place where sunglasses isn’t a daily accessory, throw on a hat instead, such as a Fedora, which can practically go with anything from jeans, dresses, and shorts.

2 – Lipgloss

Dab on some lipgloss.  “Why not lipstick instead,” you may ask.  Well, not all lipstick colors go with everything and sometimes lipstick is not appropriate with certain outfits.  If you have on workout clothes with lipstick on, that might just look a little odd.  However, lipglosss goes with everything.  Even a clear or muted color will add a little sas to any look.  Best of all, you won’t even need a mirror to put it on, and this is something small  that you can carry with you at all times, which I highly recommend by the way.

3 – Medium sized Hoop Earrings

Look glam without even trying with simple medium-sized hoop earrings.  Simple because you don’t want to over do it and medium so that it won’t overpower your whole look.

1… 2… 3… and wah lah!  You’ll be ready in 3 minutes and be fashionable too.

Shopping Sidenote — Christian Dior Beauty currently has a lipgloss charm that is fabulous.  Not only does it come with 2 colors, but the casing is too cute to boot – a mini replica of the Lady Dior Bag!  As I mentioned above, lipgloss is a must have at all times, so this is a perfect charm for your purse.  Makes a great key chain.  😉

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XOXO, Chic Chick