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Ask Faux Fancy: Wintertime Tan

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A dear pal recently asked how to get her bronze on before a winter vacation to Hawaii. After nearly passing out in jealously, I consulted my own past tanning methods and summoned a list of tips to find the right products to help fake a glow (and not fade into the sand).

First, know that however deep your fake color is it NOT an actual base tan. Sunscreen will still be needed. It's the best beauty advice I can ever give. And never, ever, ever hit the tanning bed.

Second, don't overdo it. Gone (thankfully) are the days of the strive for orangey-brown skin. Instead, work with your natural undertones to determine if you are cool, warm or neutral to match the right depth of product. Create a color intensity that complements you and looks natural.

Third, weigh the options of at-home application or enlist a spray-tan professional. My vote is always to seek a professional. Self-application, even with the help of a buddy, is never as good as the person who has the training and equipment. 

Fourth, do your research. For at-home, check out reviews on Sephora. Tip: St. Tropez is a constant winner and has developed the widely regarded industry-standard in at-home tanning. For spray-tan salons, check out Yelp and Google to read reviews on the best places to go. 

Fifth (and finally), give yourself a test run. In both the at-home or professional versions, you never know how your body will react and the color will appear. Try it out at least two weeks in advance to make sure it's what you really want. And take the advice on the bottle or from the salon - exfoliate before and moisturize after.

With that, bronze goddess, enjoy vacation! We'll be here on the mainland, not writhing in jealousy.

- MK


CES 2015: The Best of the Worst Fashion Faux Pas

Nothing is quite like the experience of attending or staffing the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Every January, more than 160,000 people descend on Las Vegas to exhibit or experience the latest consumer tech products created by companies from all over the globe. Each year, more than 20,000 new products are launched at CES, from chic headphones to the latest in-vehicle technology, and everything in between.

It’s a great place to spot celebrities, who perform at the numerous parties held throughout the show (e.g., Snoop Dogg), are hired to create attention at exhibitors’ booths (e.g., 50 Cent and Tiësto), or dabble in tech themselves (e.g.,, chief creative officer of 3D Systems).

It’s also a great place to see some of the worst fashion you will ever witness. Having to traverse more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space over four days is no excuse for these sartorial snafus. Check out the best of the worst fashion faux pas from this year’s show.

1. Outfits Best Left to Performers on the Vegas Strip

You’ll see a lot of downright costumes at CES. While this example is likely an ensemble selected for this poor young woman as part of a booth experience, if you do have a say in the matter, it’s best to avoid bell-bottomed one-pieces or multi-colored sequins as a general rule.

2. Actual Bedroom Slippers

So, yeah, when you’re on your feet all day, every day for nearly a week, comfort is key. But we draw the line at bedroom slippers. If your footwear is fleece-lined, it’s time to reevaluate your priorities.

3. Pointy-Toed Stilettos

On the flip side, don’t be a hero. Even the cushiest insoles in the world won’t protect you from 30+ total hours of standing/walking on the show floor. It’s possible to find shoes that are neither house slippers nor “ladies night out” pumps!

4. It’s Not Hawaii, Nor Is It 5 o’clock Somewhere

This ain’t happy hour at T.G.I. Friday’s. Best to leave the tropical prints at home.

5. Maybe Don’t Take the Job Where Everyone Asks to Touch Your Dress

Even if it’s cool, and 3D-printed, and a hot shade of pink, you’ll likely get tired of dudes asking what it’s like to be inside of your dress all day long.

If you’re interested in learning more about what you SHOULD wear to your next trade show, check out a few of our previous posts for tips on staying both fashionable and comfortable at shows like CES, here and here.

- MK and Kristen


December + 2014 Favorites

Another year has gone and it's holiday time - which means it's December favorites! See the things we've been loving this month and check out each of our selections for the all-time favorite product of 2014. Wishing you the best for 2015!

-MK & Kristen

Products mentioned:

  • Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick, $6 at Target.
  • Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream, $17 at Amazon.
  • Maybelline Eyeshadow Quad, $5 at Target.
  • Ardell 120 Demi Lashes, $4 at Ulta.
  • Essie "No Place Like Chrome" Nail Polish, $8.50 at Ulta.
  • NYX Blush, $5 at Target.
  • Origins Face Masks Set (sold separately, now), $17 each at Sephora.
  • Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Design Series, $8 at Target.
  • Chesapeake Bay Candle, no longer available; similar at Target.
  • NuMe Curl Jam Set (check YouTube for deals!), $280 at NuMe.
  • Maybelline The Nudes Palette, $10 at Target.
  • Essie Good-to-Go Top Coat, $6 at Target.



Holiday Party Perfect Makeup | Silver Smokey Eye

It’s the final video in our Holiday Party-Perfect Makeup series! Boy did this go by fast.

We’ve saved the shimmeriest, sparkliest, and most dramatic look for the end, with this silver smokey eye look. It’s an absolutely perfect NYE makeup look, as well as a festive style for any holiday parties you may be attending.

Here are the products I used to create this look:

  • Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette, $22 at Sephora.

  • Dupe for the silver and black eyeshadow shades! Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner, Nude Collection in Smoky Nude, $12 at Ulta.

  • L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black, $9 at Ulta.

  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, $22 at Sephora.

  • ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick Trio in Neutrals (I used the shade Kitty), $20 at

  • Smashbox lipgloss shade no longer available, but their Be Legendary lipgloss in Illume will do the trick just fine, $20 at Sephora.

Check out all of the other videos in the series, here!

Happy Holidays, everyone!




Holiday Party-Perfect Makeup | Dark Fuchsia Smoke

Who says holiday makeup needs to revolve around shades of red, gold, and silver?

In today’s edition to the Holiday Party-Perfect Makeup series, Kristen demonstrates a bold, colorful look that bucks tradition (and revolves around budget-friendly drugstore cosmetics).

Here are the products I used to create this look:

  • Maybelline Expert Wear® Eyeshadow Quad in Sandstone Shimmer, $5 at Target.

  • E.L.F. Makeup Mist & Set, $3 at Target.

  • Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil in Violet, $24 at (includes free shipping!).

  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, $22 at Sephora.

  • Maybelline Color Sensational The Mattes Lip Color in Mesmerizing Magenta, $5.50 at Target.

  • Sephora Collection Nano Lip Liner in Funky Fuchsia, $5 at Sephora.

If you’re interested in my overall foundation, blush, brow, etc. routine, check out my Scandal-inspired makeup tutorial, here:

Don’t forget to check out all of the videos in the series! Let us know which look is your favorite.

Happy Holidays!