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Tuesday
Jul292014

How To: Eyebrows

 

The Greta, the Brooke, the Cara...eyebrows have been defining major makeup trends for years. And they've been having quite the comeback in recent seasons! I didn't notice just how much eyebrows can shape a face until I started experimenting with my own. High school was the over-plucked stage, college was waxing and my professional years introduced me to shaping. Then came the products.

Today, I have a few versions that I create depending on the look I'm going for. It is, without fail, the staple element in both my no-makeup makeup look AND my full-on-makeup look.

The key products that I keep on hand: a precision pencil, a spooly, brown eyeshadow and a sharply angled brush. Tips: 1- you do not have to spend $$ to get a good powder option, mine was $5. 2 - try a liner brush instead of a brow brush, as it gives you even more control. 3 - keep the inside lighter  and the arch darker to give a natural look. 4 - blend, blend, blend so it doesn't look painted on. 

I did one eye each way and share the steps to accomplish them. Overall, go slow, routinely check your work in a fullsize mirror and try different looks. I recently started using Benefit Gimme Brow - a new product that's perfect for 30-second brows. Review coming soon!

Right Eye: Precision pencil with spooly (Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel)
Start with the thickest part first, normally the arch
Make small flicks
Erase mistakes with the heat from your fingers
Use the spooly to blur the product into your brow

Left Eye: Brown eyeshadow with angled brush (Wet n Wild Sweet as Candy Trio, Sephora angled liner brush)
Experiment with eyeshadow shades to find the right one (narrow a few options that add more or less definition depending on the look you want)
Pick up a light amount of product, tapping the brush to avoid grabbing too much powder
Press into your brow, wiggling slightly to avoid sharp lines - you don't want to look too drawn on

 - MK

 

 

Sunday
Jul272014

What to Wear On a First Date (Plus Five Summer Date Outfits Under $100)

 

Whether you’ve got a big date on the horizon or are in the initial phase of building out your OKCupid profile, chances are the outfit for that pivotal first date is on your mind. Not to fear -- Faux Fancy has three solid tips to help you look and feel your best on your date, as well as five perfect summer date outfit options under $100.

1. Be Yourself.

If you literally never wear dresses, or you gravitate toward bold outfits with a lot of personality, your first date is not the time to put on something drastically outside of your style. Not only will you feel uncomfortable in a look that’s just not you, you’ll also be starting your potential relationship from an inauthentic place. You don’t need to pretend to be anything but your fabulous self -- you’re worthy of being loved for you, just the way you are.

2. Flaunt Your Favorite Feature.

Do you love your arms? Like your hourglass figure? Have legs for days? Got an ass that won’t quit? Find a first date look that flaunts that feature. Just make sure to keep it classy -- if you’re looking for a long-term relationship, don’t wear something that screams one night stand.

3. Wear Something That Makes You Feel Confident.

No matter how much your friends or the salesperson oohed and ahhed over the ensemble you put on in the dressing room, if you know you’ll be tugging at the hemline or adjusting your cleavage all night, you’ll never be comfortable. Besides, you shouldn’t be wasting your date worrying about your outfit -- you should be focusing on whether the person across the table from you shares your values and interests, and how you feel around him or her. So be sure to put something on that makes you feel like a million bucks.

Not finding anything that fits that description in your closet? Here are five new date outfit options under $100.

Why It Works:

This dress is a perfect combination of sexy and classy, conservative enough to wear to work with a jacket or cardigan, and then run to a happy hour date minus the jacket/cardi. The wrap shape is flattering for nearly every body type -- accentuate your waist even further by adding a thin belt at the waist.

 

 


Why It Works:

A sexy jumpsuit provides a versatile go-to base layer for a multitude of date-night looks. The fitted top and belt at the waist give the illusion of two pieces, as well as provides definition of your figure. For a racier, low-cut number like this one, pair it with a slightly boxy cropped jacket to provide a bit of extra coverage. Not comfortable with the cleavage on this one? ASOS offers a number of jumpsuit options, here.

 

 


Why It Works:

The just-structured-enough tailoring of this dress is incredibly figure-flattering, and the light color combination will work just as well for day dates as dinner dates. Top it off with a jacket, and it will also play well in chillier months, too.

 

 


Why It Works:

Summertime day dates can pose a sartorial challenge. You want to look pretty and put-together, but not too formal. Depending on where you live, keeping cool can also be a problem. This breezy cut, with its tie-front waist and flowy skirt, will keep you comfortable and feeling beautiful. Not to mention eye-catching, thanks to the fetching print. Pair it with a denim jacket to combat any overzealous AC situations, or to add a bit of extra coverage.

 

 


Why It Works:

The faux-wrap styling and romantic plum color are both sexy and universally-flattering. And the longer sleeves will help if you’re aiming for a more conservative look, or if your arms aren’t your favorite feature. Push them up a bit to show a bit of your forearms, and pair them with a pair of killer heels to amp up the sex appeal.

 

 

Happy Dating!

- Kristen

Sunday
Jul202014

10 Fab Items Under $100 from the 2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Growing up, the late summer Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was as much a part of my back-to-school routine as the trip to Target for new notebooks and pens. Given the great deals on brands we loved, my family leveraged the sale to buy a few key pieces for each of us to refresh our wardrobes for the new school year.

I, of course, took the task very seriously, ensuring that the items I selected would be versatile enough to mix and match into a variety of new looks.

It's officially that time of year again at Nordstrom, and just like those days back in grade school, the sale is packed with items that will take your wardrobe into fall, at prices that will leave extra budget for one last summer splurge.

Here are my picks for the top ten items under $100 -- from beauty to baubles and more -- from this year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, taking place between now and August 3rd.

 

 

JOA Floral Sequin Body-Con Skirt, $65 at Nordstrom.com ($98 after sale).

 

 

Sam Edelman' Zachary' Cutout Ankle Cuff Suede Pump (Women), $90 at Nordstrom.com ($140 after sale).

 

MAC 'Look in a Box - Basic Brush' Kit ($127 Value), $50 at Nordstrom.com.

 

 

BaubleBar 'Drama' Mixed Stone Statement Necklace (Nordstrom Exclusive) in Black/Multi Brass, $38 at Nordsrom.com ($58 after sale).

 

M·A·C 'Look in a Box - All About Pink' Set ($72 Value), $40 at Nordstrom.com

 

Eliza J Print Ponte Knit Shift Dress (Regular & Petite), $79 at Nordstrom.com ($118 after sale).

 

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cat Eye Sunglasses, $65 at Nordstrom.com ($98 after sale).

 

 

Laundry by Shelli Segal Mixed Quilt Detail Moto Jacket (Online Only), $99 at Nordstrom.com ($150 after sale).

 

 

Smashbox 'Studio Prep' Set ($66 Value), $36 at Nordstrom.com.

 

Topshop Stripe Mix Knit Sweater (Nordstrom Exclusive), $48 at Nordstrom.com ($72 after sale).

 

Happy shopping!

- Kristen

 

 

Thursday
Jul172014

The Friday Five: Summer Totes for The Beach and Beyond Under $75

Pre-fall fashion stories may be hitting the newsstands now, but not to fear -- there’s still plenty of time for beach getaways, picnics in the park and sunning by the pool.

Need something to carry your sunscreen, iPad and Smartwater in? Here are five great options (plus one bonus bag, because I just couldn’t decide) under $75.


H&M Floral Beach Bag, $5 at HM.com.


Prinkshop for Edible Schoolyard and Madewell Tote, $70 at Madewell.com.


Marc Jacobs Laminated Twill Jacobs Tote in Lemon, $55 at MarcJacobs.com.

Giles illustration Leah Tote, $67 at MatchesFashion.com.

Out of Print Tote Bags in Mrs. Dalloway and The Great Gatsby (just two of many!), $18 each at OutOfPrintClothing.com.

Forever21 Bold Abstract Geo Tote, $20 at Forever21.com.


Happy Summer!


- Kristen



 

Sunday
Jul132014

Striped


A good blazer can completely transform an outfit. It can add interest, it can add polish, it can add color, it can add warmth . . . essentially, it creates endless possibility. So when you find a comfy, wash-and-wear number that fits like a glove on sale for $20, you snatch it up.



Thank goodness for H&M.



You all know how big a fan I am of print mixing -- this outfit is clearly no exception. I love how the dark stripe of the jacket picks up the deeper hue within the print of the skirt. The pieces complement one another without competing.



When working with this much color and pattern, it’s best to keep the shoes as neutral as possible.



  • H&M Blazer, $50 at HM.com. I found mine on sale in-store for $20, however, so it’s worth a visit!

  • Forever21 Skirt, no longer available. Similar can be found here, here and here under $70.

  • Shoes, Jessica Simpson “Habinaa.” Select sizes available on sale for under $60 at Piperlime.com. Additional sizes available from Shoebuy via Amazon.com under $90.


- Kristen