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Five Fantastic Fall Bags Under 120!

A new season =  a new start. And for many, that means new accessories to freshen up last year’s cozy fall clothes. Here are five great bag options available right now, all under $120.

Danielle Nicole Alexa Mini Crossbody in Black (also available in Green!), $78 at

ZARA Tricolor Messenger Bag, $119 at

Topshop Tara Colorblock Holdall in Burgandy, $80 at

Target Women's Floral Satchel Handbag with Adjustable Strap in Black, $35 at

Merona® Timeless Collection Crossbody Satchel Handbag in Magenta (also in a variety of colors), $35 at

Which is your fave?

- Kristen


Get to Know the Ladies Behind Faux Fancy 


Whether this is your first time visiting Faux Fancy, or you’re long-time friends with one of us, we thought it was about time we did a “get to know Faux Fancy” post. To accomplish this, we tackled the “Most Likely To” tag that’s popular among our fellow YouTubers.

Wonder which one of us is most likely to get arrested, be flirtatious or crash her car? Click the link to find out!

Let us know if there's something you'd like to see in a future video in the comments! And be sure to subscribe for more videos at

- Kristen + MK



Favorite Drugstore Brushes

We have truly seen a transformation in the quality of drugstore beauty products. From makeup to skincare, you can now find amazing and quality items just a few aisles down from the toilet paper. (Who can get out of Target these days without at least two impulse buys? Certainly not this girl!).

Brushes have been a part of this upgrade, to the delight of my wallet, and many companies have perfected professional quality at a fraction of the price. My favorite brand is e.l.f. who's has put new meaning to the word "affordable." Every single brush is less than $6, with most clocking in at either $1 or $3.

I've added five e.l.f Studio brushes (the $3 versions) to my collection in the past few months and find myself frequently reaching for them over their more expensive rivals on my dressing table. These brushes are a perfect addition to a makeup lover’s collection or the perfect price point to dip into the brush world. Take the e.l.f. brushes for a spin and let us know how you like them!




Our First Video Shoot: Dance Into Fall

If you have followed Faux Fancy for a while, you know that MK and I are huge YouTube fans. There are so many talented fashion and beauty vloggers creating inspirational, educational and entertaining content. Video also captures a look in such a dynamic way -- the textures, materials and movement of an outfit pop in a video in a way that still photos don’t quite capture.

So we decided to have a go of it ourselves! Click the link to check out how to rock a white blazer post-Labor Day, see my fave new top, and catch a few of my embarrassing old lady dance moves.

Oh, and you also will see my favorite headphones! They are actually from one of my PR/marketing agency’s clients, Parrot. These Philippe Starck-designed beauties are packed with technology -- they’re wireless, enabling you to stream your music via Bluetooth, noise-cancelling so they’re perfect for the plane, and you can change the volume or the track by swiping a finger against the right earpiece. Smart and beautiful = win-win.

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and stay tuned for many more videos from Faux Fancy!

Let us know what you think, and what videos you’d like to see from us in the future!

- Kristen



3 + 3 Fab Fall Hair and Makeup Looks

It’s official, guys -- fall is nearly upon us. Upgrading your makeup or hair routine is one of the quickest ways to take your look into the new season. Here are six hair and makeup looks that I’m itching to try this autumn. The best bit? They all fit in nicely with my goal of achieving a more sophisticated look this season.


Barely-There Makeup

Yes, the “No-Makeup Makeup” look is here to stay!

The idea can seem intimidating at first -- I mean, no makeup?! The key to this trend however is to not actually wear zero cosmetics, but to wear select, neutral products that enhance your own natural beauty. Focus on flawless skin (BB cream or dewy-finish foundation), healthy color (subtle blush on the cheeks and a bit of bronzer beneath your cheekbones for a natural contour), big bright eyes (a touch of creamy pencil eyeliner along the lashline and a few coats of mascara), and a creamy, natural lip color. Oh, and the brows! Brush ‘em, consider defining the shape with a subtle pencil (I like CoverGirl’s Brow and Eye Makers Brow Shaper pencil in Midnight Brown) or use a product like Benefit’s Gimme Brow to subtly fill-in of sparse brows.

The bonus? You know how younger girls wear more makeup to appear older? The opposite also works: this fresher-faced approach adds to a more youthful look.

Wine-Colored Lips -- And Little Else!

One of my favorite makeup artists on YouTube, Missy Lynn, recently appeared on the Today Show. During the segment, she recommended that when pressed for time, women should focus on their lips to add a quick pop of color to their look, and limit their eye makeup to a flick of mascara.

This might not sound like rocket science, but to a girl who has always made her eye makeup the centerpiece of her look, this single-product beauty solution sounds like an ideal time-saver, and an easy (yet dramatic!) addition to the barely-there makeup look mentioned above.

The deep, berry-colored lips that appeared on the fall/winter 2014 runways are rich and slightly vampy, with numerous shades to choose from, whether you’re into a slightly red or plummier hue.

Intergalactic Eyes

For a night out, nothing feels fresher than a shimmery, metallic eye. I love this look for an alternative to the typical dark, smokey eye or all-black liner look -- it’s brighter, fresher, opens your eyes a bit and is much more interesting.

Interested in a tutorial to help you achieve the look? The photo at the bottom right of the collage above is a snapshot from a recent video tutorial by Teni Panosian, who provides amazing hair and beauty how-to tips on her YouTube channel.


A Fresh Chop

A new season is a great time for a new cut. Fall in particular, because if your hair is dry, parched and damaged from all the heat, swimming and styling you put it through during the summer, this is an ideal opportunity to clean up your ends and revitalize your locks.

If I weren’t still growing out my hair from the bob I got a few years ago, I’d definitely get Jourdan Dunn’s amazing long cut, pictured at right above. For those that are a bit more scissor-shy, Naya Rivera’s honey-colored long layers provide a versatile alternative.

Off-Duty Ballerina

This updo is the sleeker, more sophisticated sister to the messy topknot that has been a fashion favorite for years. To keep this style modern and updated, position the ponytail at the middle back of your head, and create a neater, more contained bun than you would for a topknot.

The good thing is that this look won’t take much longer than a more casual bun -- just a few more bobby pins. And you’ll be less likely to run the risk of someone asking you if you’re on your way to the gym.

Relaxed Waves

I love messy, beachy curls (if you’re not sure how to achieve it on your own, head to DryBar and ask for the Mai Tai). This look absolutely screams summer; to update it for autumn, go for slightly smoother, more relaxed waves instead. This can be achieved by keeping the hair at the top your head straighter and concentrating the curl a few inches down, using a larger-barrelled curling iron, and finger-combing the curls to loosen them.

Another option? Do your typical beachy waves for day one of your blowout, then pile them on top of your head in a messy topknot with a cloth (not elastic!) band, and the curls will have loosened into a more relaxed wave for day two.

What hair or beauty look are you interested in trying out this fall? If you could use any help or tips along the way, drop us a line at!

- Kristen