Archives for December 2015

Happy Holidays

We are headed back home to Nashville for the holidays so I wanted to wish everyone, from my family to yours, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Day to Night NYE Quick Look

I created two looks mainly using the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette.  The first look is a super simple winter white classic look and would be perfect day wear for an office party.  (You could wear this at night too.  Glam it up with false lashes and a bold lip).  The second look is more of a smoky, cut-crease night look and would be perfect for a holiday or NYE party.

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The Day Look:

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Quick Steps:

  • Prime eyes with shadow primer.
  • Apply Divinity (light matte shadow) onto brow bone using a large shadow brush.

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  • Using a tapered blending shadow brush apply Cashew Chew (light taupe matte) into the crease using windshield wiper motions, back and forth.

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  • Using your finger, smudge Quartz from Lorac Pro Metals Palette (shimmery white shadow) onto the eyelid.  May use a consealer brush if it will be easier for you.  I smudged it onto my lower lash line and tear duct.

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  • Slightly blend Cafe Au Lait (shimmery light taupe grey) into crease to blend any harsh lines with a small tapered blending brush.

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  • Tight line upper lashes (means water line, just below lashes) with a black gel liner & outer lower waterline.  (I went back using the concealer brush and smudged more Quartz into lower lash line.
  • Apply mascara (and falsies if you prefer a more dramatic look)

Night Look:

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To take this look from day to night, all I did was apply darker shadow, liquid liner and glitter.

Steps:

  • Using a small shadow brush, blend Earl Grey (dark shimmery grey blue) carefully into the crease. Avoid getting it on the eye lid to give it a cut crease look. Also smudge into outer lower lash line using the small tapered blending brush.

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  • Dab glitter onto eye lid.  Glitter works better with a glitter glue.  This way it will stick to the lid without falling all over your face.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any glue so I used my Revlon Photoready Eye Art (the white glitter).  It’s a gel glitter liner.  I applied on lid and dabbed it evenly out with a concealer brush then dipped it into the Too Faced loose glitter (Came in the Stardust palette) and gently dabbed it onto the gel.  Let dry.  Try to avoid looking up or scrunching your eyes until it dries because it will smudge into your crease.

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  • Line upper lash line with a liquid liner or gel liner.  (You can wing it out if you prefer and add false lashes to glam it up even further).

 

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Chocolate Bon Bon Quick Look

I plan on doing a full review with swatches on this new palette by Too Faced soon.  I was able to play with it tonight and came up with a simple holiday eye look.  Perhaps I should say New Years look since that I am late on doing holiday make up and most people have probably already been to Christmas parties.  Oops!

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The Look:

 

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Steps:

  1. Satin Sheets brow bone
  2. Almond Truffle crease transition
  3. Mocha crease/middle lash line
  4. Molasses Chip eyelid/tear duct/lower lash line & water line
  5. Dark Truffle outer V/outer lower lash line
  6. Blend crease well
  7. Slight wing with liquid liner
  8. Mascara x2 (can add lashes for more dramatic look)

This palette is gorgeous!!!  I can’t wait to play with it more and bring you more in depth looks.  Tonight was a sneak peek look.

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Sparkle & Shine: Holiday Outfit Post 3

“Silver and Gold / Silver and Gold / Everyone wishes for Silver and Gold / How do you measure its worth? / Just by the pleasure it gives here on Earth”- Sorry about that….I got that song by Burl Ives stuck in my head when I mixed these gold metal details with this silver sequin skirt.  I created a more “edgy” holiday look for you today.  Finish off this look with a black leather moto jacket, gold bangles, gold studs or gold jacket earrings, and last but not least a red lip.

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Shop the look:

  • Express white keyhole tank – similar here
  • Mossimo silver grey sequin skirt – similar here
  • Express patterned tights – similar here
  • Express marbled pendant necklace – OK this necklace is a b*tch to find anything remotely close to it! I bought it in the summer at an Express Factory Outlet and naturally can’t find it online, but these are as close as I could get or that would work- here, here or here
  • South Moon Under wallet clutch – similar herehere or here 
  • Michael Antonio Mckenna suede booties – similar here and here

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Cutting Off Tips of Samples or Products

Get the most out of your beauty samples or products by simply cutting the end of the tube off when it’s almost empty.  Sometimes it can be hard to squeeze out what little product is left in tubes.  By doing this,  you can easily scrape out the rest of the product by using a beauty spatula or q-tip.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Is anyone else stressing about last minute gift ideas?!  Y’all seriously, there is only ONE shopping weekend left and 10 days till Christmas!  EEEEEEK!  I’ve come up with a few ideas to help you this holiday season.

First and foremost I’m going to share my boutique, then we will get into the beauty products.  🙂

MY CHLOE + ISABEL BOUTIQUE:  Shop here

There are jewelry pieces ranging from $22-$188 depending on everyone’s fashion likes and needs.  There are also  beauty and home options as well.  Tomorrow, December 15, is the last day to take 25% off your entire purchase.  Use code FFHOL15 at checkout.  Please take advantage of this while supplies last.  I’m always here to answer any questions and to help you style your outfits!

-All jewelry comes with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE! If it breaks, tarnishes, etc. We will replace it for you.
-All jewelry is hypoallergenic, nickel free and lead safe
-You get free shipping on $100 purchases
-You also receive your choice of a free gift AND free shipping on purchases over $125.

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GIFTS UNDER $50:

  • Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon Eye Shadow palette $49 – purchase here

It’s finally here!!!!!!  I haven’t been able to swatch or review this for you yet.  However, it’s TOO FACED Chocolate #3 so we know it’s going to be great!!!  This time the eye shadow pans are heart shaped.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about this palette.

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  • Too Faced Le Grand Chateau $49 – purchase here.    Read my full review here.

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  • Too Faced Stardust Palette by Vegas Nay $45 – purchase here.  Read my full review here.

(clearly I’m loving Too Faced everything)

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GIFTS UNDER $25:

  • Sonia Kashuk Holiday Limited Edition Make Up Brush Set $19.99- purchase here

Set includes: Smudge brush, blush brush, angled eyeshadow brush, eyeshadow brush and carrying bag which could double as a party clutch.  I love Sonia Kashuk brushes.  They are durable and make up application easy at a reasonable price.

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  • Formula X The System To Go $16.00 – Purchase here

Set includes:  Nail cleanser, base coat, nail color, base color.  I have this system and it is great!  My manicure lasts twice as long as a regular one when I use this system.

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NYX Gift Sets!  Can’t go wrong with these.  NYX products are affordable and amazing.  You could also split these up and make multiple goody bags or stocking stuffers.

  • NYX Butt Naked Underneath It All palette $24.99 – purchase here  (great for travel)
  • NYX Intense Butter Gloss set $11.99 (comes in two color combinations) – purchase here
  • NYX In Bloom look set (here) or Unraveled look set (here) $17.99 each
  • NYX Go To Palettes in Wanderlust or Bon Voyage $16.99 – purchase here  (great for travel)

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Seriously, I could list a million things but we would be here all night.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want more ideas.  I listed items that I know I would want and like or items that I do have and love.  What’s on your holiday wish list?

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Sparkle & Shine: Holiday Outfit Post 2

More sparkle & shine holiday style coming atcha!!!  Although, it doesn’t feel very Christmasy outside today because it is 70 degrees!  Spring like weather in December is kind of putting a damper on my wanting to wear winter clothing, but I’m going to share anyways.  I think this may end up being my New Years Eve choice but you could wear it for a Christmas party just as easy.

The Look:

I love this all sequin dress from the Express outlet (also comes in black).  The back has a cut out on the upper portion so gives it a classy sexy look.  Add a black blazer if you’re going to an office party or a black moto jacket if you want to add some edge.  Pair this dress with gold or silver strapy heels (depending on your mood or jewelry choice) or with black tights and booties (which is probably how I’ll wear it NYE).  Black stilettos are also a great choice.  This is how I styled it for you on this 70 degree day.

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Shop the look:

  • Express Factory Outlet sequin dress- (In stores only)  Similar online here, here or here
  • Vintage 1950’s ivory/gold clutch-via etsy.com from a vintage boutique called Polly and Bandit.
  • Bronze/Gold heels- Similar here

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Chloe + Isabel Jewelry- Purchase exact here  (Apply code FFHOL15 for 25% off all orders until 12/15/15)

  • Midnight Palace Statement Necklace- (SKU #N368)
  • Midnight Palace Drop Earrings- (SKU #E317)
  • Forever 21 bracelet pictured- Similar C +I Jet Octagon Stone Bracelet (SKU #B292)

How would you style a sequin dress?

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How To: Wear Flannel Shirts

 

Flannel shirts are great inexpensive staples to have in your closet for the Fall and Winter months.  Not only are they super warm and comfortable but they are very versatile and can be styled many ways.  Below I have put together a few of my favorite ways to style flannel (other than just with jeans and boots).

The looks:

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  • Throw a puff vest over your shirt for extra style and warmth on those cold days!  Can wear with jeans or leggings with boots.  You could also add a chunky scarf.

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  • Wear over graphic t-shirts and pair with distressed black jeans and combat boots for a casual “grunge” look.

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  • Add a casual touch to your LBD by wearing a flannel shirt over it and pair with tights and boots.  Accessories such as a watch or bangle bracelets add a playful touch.

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  • Don’t be scared to mix prints!  Leopard is a great print to pair with flannel for a fun look.

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  • Layer!  Wear under a sweater or cardigan!  Wear dark denim and boots for a casual look or black slacks and heels for a work appropriate look.  Style with a statement necklace!

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  • Dress up flannel with a black or leather pencil skirt and statement necklace.  This is a great winter date night look.  🙂

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  • Just like with prints, don’t be afraid to mix textures! A fur vest and/or leather leggings is a super fun way to show off that flannel shirt.  I paired it with suede and quilted black booties and a pearl/crystal necklace.

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  • Here are a few looks from above to inspire you.  [Notice the photo bomber?]

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How do you style flannel shirts?  Would you wear these looks?  Let me know!

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Concealer Application

The best way to apply under eye concealer is to draw a triangle with the base under the eye and the triangle pointed down towards cheek.  Not only does it conceal dark circles but it creates a more natural look.  Applying it in a circular motion can create the dreaded “reversed raccoon” look.  (This works best for ages under 35.)

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[SIDE NOTE:  Do NOT  use this much concealer.  I only caked it on for picture purposes!!!!]

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Contouring & Highlighting For Beginners

Happy Monday Beauties!!!  I hope everyone had a fan-tabulous weekend!!!  I’ve had a few requests regarding contouring, so I thought I would share with you lovelies a quick beginners guide.  Contouring isn’t necessary, but it does enhance your already glamorous features.  I don’t contour to run errands, grocery shop or on the daily, as I am not Kim K, but I do like to do it on occasion.  It accentuates your best features and gives your face dimension and warmth.

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A Few Simple Tips:

  • Apply a primer!  This moisturizes the face even more and helps with blending and also keeps everything from sliding all around on your face.  Apply your foundation before starting the highlight/contour routine. (A few of my favorite face primers are:  Mac’s Prep + Prime, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, or e.l.f. spf 20 Face Primer).
  • You’ll want to be sure your highlight shade is 1-2 shades lighter than your face and 1-2 shades darker for the contour.  For simplicity, I use the concealer that I apply under my eyes for highlighting.  (Such as: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser brightener).  Powder products are good for everyday and beginner use.  My personal favorite set is the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette.  You can mix and match the shades to create the perfect color combination for your skin tone.  If you’re going out on the town or have a special occasion and want more focus with shimmer I’d recommend using a liquid, cream or stick highlighter. (Such as: Maybelline Dreamlumi Touch Highlighting Concealer or Benefit Watt’s Up.  Then set that with a shimmer powder highlight using a tapered face brush.  (Such as:  Becca x Jaclyn Hill shimmer highlight in Champagne Pop).
  • Correct tools are essential.  You will want a flat or angled brush for easy and precise placement for your contour/bronzer in the natural hollows of your cheeks.   A fan or tapered face brush works well for powder highlighters. If you’re working with liquids I recommend using a sponge or beauty blender.  Liquids also gives more depth and definition than a powder but I wouldn’t begin with liquids if you’re just starting out as it takes practice to get the hang of it.

Basic Look:

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(Photo card was included in my contour kit from Ulta)

Contouring Steps:

  1. Using a flat or angled brush, apply powder bronzer by finding the natural hollows of your cheeks by creating a puckered face AKA “The Duck Face”.  Starting at the top of ear, follow your natural hollows and gently sweep bronzer towards corner of your mouth but stopping before the apple of your cheeks.  Do not use circular motions to blend because this could end up giving you dark circles on the cheek.  Instead, use a light back and forth motion to blend.  You don’t want just a straight dark line, unless you’re in a drag show, then you may want that!
  2. Blend bronzer from temple to the outside corners of your forehead and up into the hair line using an angled contour brush.  Basically touching all the places the sun would naturally kiss your face.
  3. Using a small eyeshadow brush gently brush a line, starting at your brows and down the sides of the bridge of your nose.  Blend well.
  4. Make sure to sweep a little of your bronzer downward from your jawline onto your neck to create a seamless transition because you don’t want to be two different colors.  Unless you do and like the zebra look.
  5. Apply your blush of choice using a blush brush to the apple of your cheeks and blend out.

If you are using a cream, liquid or stick bronzer for your contour, blend with a sponge or beauty blender.  You will have a little more control using these over a brush.

Highlighting Steps:

  1. Using a a fan or tapered face brush, lightly swipe powder highlight starting from the temple and follow your natural cheekbone to the apple of your cheeks, in a back and forth motion.  If using a cream, liquid or stick apply in same area and dab and blend outward (from apple to temple) with a sponge or beauty blender.
  2. Apply highlight to the center of your forehead and down to the tip of your nose, using same brush.  To soften the look blend line using an up and out motion.
  3. Apply highlight onto chin and right above the jawline.  Blend lightly.  Again if you are using a cream, liquid or stick bronzer for your contour, blend with a sponge or beauty blender

Extra tip:

Apply the highlight to your brow bone for a lifted eye look or into the corner of your tear duct.

 

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