Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, Fellow Fashionistas!

This year, I have so much to be thankful for. I have an amazing family, incredible friends, and the most amazing guy ever!

I hope all of you stylish ladies spend the day with your loved ones and remember to take the time to celebrate everything you're thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Make Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater!


Ugly holiday-themed sweaters are something I usually take time to rant about each year. At least once. Usually multiple times, if I'm being honest.

But for some reason, I love this DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit. I'm just drawn to it. I want it. I need it.

It's no secret that ugly sweater parties have been all the rage for the past ten or so years (although my boyfriend was unaware of that fact until we had a lengthy discussion about it before I wrote this). The idea is kind of fun, but simply shopping for an ugly sweater isn't nearly as fun as making your own custom unfashionable top.

The kit includes:
  • Colorblock sweater
  • White felt
  • Reindeer
  • Snowflakes
  • Pom poms
  • Glue
  • Red bows
  • Googly eyes
  • Assorted ornaments
  • Glitter gel
  • Jingle bells
  • Wrapped presents
  • Gold bead necklace
  • Sewing kit
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Stencils

You can easily create the ugliest sweater possible, and make it uniquely your own!

Each set is $29.90. Totally worth it for a fun, ugly craft. Buy a few kits and have a sweater making day with friends who share your passion for creating something fabulously awful!



Sunday, November 23, 2014

How to Make Your Lashes Look Fabulous

I don't know about you ladies, but I simply will not leave the house without mascara. If I could only wear one makeup item, it would def be mascara. It has the ability to make your eyes look larger, super ladylike, and all-around gorgeous.

Since I'm so obsessed with making my lashes look luscious, I've found oodles of tips on the subject over the years.

Here are a few of my fave go-to mascara secrets:

Powder Your Lashes

An oldie, but a goodie. Using an eye shadow brush, dust powder onto your lashes between your first and second coat of mascara. The powder sticks to your lashes and the next coat of mascara grabs onto that layer. The result is fuller, thicker lashes.

Bend the Wand
Bend the brush so it is almost perpendicular to the stem of the wand. This shape makes it easier to reach the tiny hairs in the inner and outer corners, and is great for pushing your lashes up to get a lifted look.

Warm it Up
If your formula is starting to feel a little dry, add a few drops of saline solution to it and place the sealed tube in a cup of warm water. Saline solution revives flaky formulas and the warmth loosens up the product, allowing for smooth application.

Blink
For the longest lashes possible, you need to coat both sides of your lashes. Blinking softly once you reach the tips allows you to cover the topsides in mascara. Only do this for one coat to avoid clumps.

Hold the Wand Vertically
Flip the wand vertically when you're applying mascara to your bottom lashes. It’s easier to reach those tiny hairs from this angle. You’ll be able to coat them in mascara all the way down to the tips without getting mascara dots everywhere.

Use Your Finger
Gently press on your eyelid with your finger when applying mascara to your upper lashes. This pops them out ever so slightly, but just enough so that you can get the wand right into the base of the roots. Bonus? Your finger also shields your eyelid from stray marks.

Get a Clump-Free Application
Lightly clean off your mascara wand with a paper towel first. Wiping off the excess product before you begin prevents clumps. If you do get a clump, use a clean spoolie or toothbrush to brush them out.

Look Down
Look down at the mirror to do your top lashes. You’ll be able to see what you’re doing better, so you can reach every hair, and you’ll avoid dotting your eyelid in mascara.

Roll the Wand
For lifted lashes, don’t brush straight up. Instead, place the brush against the roots, curl it downward just a bit, and then pull it upward and outward.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Perfect Advent Calendar for Us Beauty Addicts!

The holiday season is upon us, and I am completely ready to embrace it! When I was a younger, sassy little girl, my parents used to get fun advent calendars for my sister and I. I always loved them; they made the Christmas countdown even more fun. Back then, the calendars usually housed pieces of chocolate, or other fun knick knacks.

Now that I'm an adult, my choice in advent calendars has changed a bit.

This year, I'm all about Benefit's ridiculously awesome Cosmetic Advent Calendar from Sephora. As you count down the days, you find fabulous beauty must-have minis. I'm a sucker for mini makeup products anyway, as it's a great way to try out a product before purchasing the full-size version.  Another bonus? Because the items are smaller, you can easily throw a few in your purse for beautifying on the go!

The set contains the following:
- 0.25 oz “That gal” brightening face primer
- 0.25 oz the POREfessional pore minimizer
- 0.08 oz Benetint cheek and lip stain in Rose
- 0.08 oz High beam liquid highlighter
- 0.08 oz Chachatint lip and cheek stain in Sheer Mango
- 0.08 oz Posietint lip and cheek stain in Poppy Pink
- 0.04 oz Stay flawless foundation primer
- 0.1 oz They’re real! mascara
- 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in Dandelion
- 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in A-lister
- 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in Fauxmance
- 0.14 oz BADgal lash mascara
- 0.08 oz Stay don’t stray concealer and eye shadow primer in Light/Medium
- 0.1 oz Fakeup concealer in 02 Medium
- 0.1 oz It’s potent! eye cream
- 0.3 oz Total moisture facial cream
- 0.08 oz Ooh la lift eye cream
- 0.08 oz Watt’s up! highlighter
- Beauty sticky notes
- Doodle pad
- Heart-shaped paperclips
- Pinky, polka-dot hair tie
- Elastic hair band with bow charm
- Metallic silvery hair tie


I know from experience that the products in this set are all incredible. Each calendar is $99. It sounds a bit pricey, but you're actually getting a lot for your money. This is also a great gift to give any makeup loving gal you might know.

Let the countdown begin!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Who DOESN'T Need a Pair of Glitzy Heels?

I've always been a fan of anything remotely glitzy, shimmer, or glittery. It's just how I am. And I have a feeling that I'm not alone on this.

These adorable Holly Shimmer Pumps from Payless have the perfect amount of glitz. You can get them in silver or gold, if you want some extra bling, but I personally prefer the blue hue. The shimmer is much more subtle, and the color actually matches just about anything.

These are the perfect shoes to take with you from Fall to Winter.  I know, I'm not looking forward to the freezing weather either, but think of the fabulous holiday parties you can wear these bad boys to!

Each pair is a mere $29.99--totally budget friendly and completely fashionable. Love them!

Monday, October 27, 2014

The New Trench I'm Lusting After

Yes, it is quite unfortunate that freezing weather is here, yet again...I always seem weirdly surprised by this, even though it's the same issue every year.

Regardless, I am a fan of Fall fashion.

I found this super cute Laundry by Shelli Segal Trench Coat and immediately fell in love. How could I not?! It's literally the most outstanding coat I've seen in a while.

Some of the coat's stats:
  •     Machine wash
  •     Notch collar with hook and eye closure, asymmetric front zip with faux button front
  •     Belt at waist, two side zip pockets with flap detail
  •     Faux leather detail with yoke stitching, mid length
 Bonus? The coat is currently on sale! Usually priced at a steep $229.00, you can now get it for $91.60! I'd say that's a pretty good deal, especially since it's the type of coat that's sure to get lots of wear and a ridiculous amount of compliments.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Things That Only Nail Polish Addicts Will Understand


Hi, my name is Alana. And I'm an addict. To nail polish.

I probably own about 200 different shades (even though my boyfriend claims that half of the pink hues I own look exactly the same--they don't).  But if you're reading this blog, chances are you understand where I'm coming from.

Here are a few nail polish facts that only polish enthusiasts will get:

1.) Your favorite day of the week is #ManiMonday.

2.) Colors are no longer "blue" or "purple." They're “Russian Navy” or “Lincoln Park After Dark.”

3.) Filling your refrigerator shelves with nail polish instead of milk is a perfectly acceptable organization strategy.

4.) You already know oodles of crazy facts about nail polish. (Yes, when it comes to different nail polish finishes, which you can also recite by heart.)

5.) You totally get Jennifer Lawrence's American Hustle character's obsession with the smell of her favorite topcoat. Even if you'll never admit it to anyone.

6.) Buying backups of polish shades you haven't used yet (but know you'll love) isn't crazy, it's planning for the future.

7.) People ask you if you feel okay when you wear the same shade of nail polish two days in a row.

8.) You frequently find "the one" (a.k.a. the perfect shade of polish), only to discover you already own several nearly identical shades at home— and you're not even a little bit mad. Because they're not the same, they're similar. Plus, you can never have to many gray-beige polishes.

9.) You let your nails "breathe" sans polish for the obligatory amount of time, but seriously contemplate not leaving the house on those days.

10.) You have thoughts (strong thoughts) about which polish is the best Essie shade ever created (the correct answer is Essie's Ballet Slippers, by the way.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Body Boo-Boo: Easting Charchol

Umm... yes. You read that correctly.  Apparently, loading your bod with charcoal is the latest fad for getting a slimmer figure.

Call me crazy, but I was under the impression that charcoal was not a good thing. Probably due to the fact that my parents raised me to believe that if I was naughty, Santa would leave me coal in my stocking. Just saying.

This isn't the first ridiculous weight loss concept that I've heard (remember the Barbie Pill?), but it's still quite bad.

Here are the details of this so-called diet.

According to Business Insider, people are now turning to activated charcoal as a health cure-all, in the hopes that it’ll do everything from “detoxing” their body (perhaps the most vague health concept of all time, right??!) to improving their skin, curing a hangover, and of course massive weight loss.

Never mind the fact that there is absolutely no scientific evidence to prove activated charcoal can achieve any of these benefits, or the fact that a quick Internet search proves that it’s usually only used to treat accidental poisonings or drug overdoses. Advocates say that the super-fine particles suck everything in your stomach to it—the problem is, doctors say it can suck out the good as well as the bad.

Sounds lovely, doesn't it?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Style!

Okay, so I have a little ulterior motive here. First, let me just say that I am all about supporting BCA month. It's a fabulous idea, and I love that my blog reaches others who might be able to help spread the word.

That said, it doesn't hurt that most of the BCA products are pink.

There. I said it.

If you haven't taken a gander at pinkEpromise, you really need to check it out immediately. They've got the most adorable products (their jewelry is to die for!) and the best part is that every product on the site donates proceeds to a Breast Cancer Foundation.  Believe it or not, but a lot of BCA-friendly products end up trying to trick you and barely donate anything at all.  But this is the real deal, ladies!

The prices are totally reasonable, and I'm literally in love with everything on the site.

LOVE PINK Fingerless Gloves ($11.95)


Pink Shimmer Necklace ($7.99)

Pink Shamballa Crystal Studs ($4.99)

All of the items on the site are super cute, so be sure to check it out for yourself!

Happy shopping!

Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Wear Red Lipstick Like a Champ!


Red lips are the quintessential sexy look, but getting it just right can be tricky. I should know--I've made my share of lipstick blunders. Whether you're just in the mood to have fun with your look, or you're going somewhere formal, red lipstick can make any outfit look extremely sexy and classy. I promise you that no matter what your skintone is, there's a perfect red lipstick out there for you!

Here are some of my current faves (pictured above):
    Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon ($28.00)
    Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb ($22.00)
    Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in Moulin Rouge ($20.00)
    Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in Neo-Noir ($30.00)

Since I'm basically a lip product expert (I think owning over 200 lippies is proof of that), I've learned a few tips along the way. Here are a few simple steps to getting the perfect red lips:

Don't play up your eyes.
Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye makeup.  A little mascara and beige shadow will do just fine. It's very important to only draw attention to one area of your face, because if you go crazy with bold eyes and bold lips, chances are you'll look like a clown. Just let your lips take center stage.

Coordinate your look.

Dot a little smudge of the lipstick on the apples of your cheeks, then blend it with your fingers. It'll really pull your look together.

Be precise.
Take the time to apply your lipstick.  Whether you use a lip brush, or just apply it from the tube, take your time. Remember: Practice makes perfect!

Prevent bleeding.

No one wants to see red lipstick anywhere outside the lines of your lips themselves. To avoid this, apply a little concealer around the border of your mouth.

Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth.
This is the worst, and I've definitely done this plenty of times myself. After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess color.

Good luck, ladies!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How to Find the PERFECT Black Heels



Possibly the most popular shoes in the world, the black pump is simply something that all ladies need to own. Honestly, if you only purchase one pair of shoes in your lifetime, this should be it.

The thing about black heels is that they go with practically every outfit possible. You can pair  them with an LBD (Little Black Dress) for some extra class, or even throw them on with some dark-washed jeans and a cute top for a daytime, non-fancy occasion.

Regardless of the cost, you'll find that you will be wearing them time and time again. Think of it this way: how much money would it cost per wear? Since you'll be wearing them a lot, a pair of $300 heels would end up costing you a couple bucks each time you wear them over the course of a year! (That's a nice little trick I learned to give myself an excuse to spend ridiculous amounts of cash...it works for expensive dresses too!)

Now, for the important part--finding the perfect shoe.

Here are the key points:

Check the Materials
Matte leather not only looks the most classic, and stands the test of time, but it's also breathable. Go for leather uppers and cushioned soles that will mold perfectly to your foot.

Inspect the Quality
Make sure to take the time to examine the stitching, the attachment of the heel to the rest of the shoe, and whether or not the uppers are fully glued to the soles. Well-made pairs won't have any gaps.

Get the Right Coverage
Choose pumps that don't dip too low in the front and show tons of "toe cleavage." It just looks trashy and weird. You want the line to hit just above where your toes end. This will ensure a leg-lengthening look.

Consider the Heel
Keep the height around three inches. Personally, I even go for two inches a lot of the time due to the constant running around that I'm always doing. Three inches is perfectly acceptable, and comfortable to wear for at least a few hours. And don't go for a stacked heel. Skinnier ones are much more versatile.

Don't go too Pointy
The narrower the tip gets, the more of a pinch your tootsies will feel! You want to pick something that has a bit of a slightly rounded shape. It'll end up being much more comfortable, yet still look incredibly polished.

Find a Simple Style
Try to avoid trendy embellishments, embossing, platforms or anything else that goes in and out of style. Though trends can be fun, these particular heels are meant to stand the test of time!

Follow these tips and you'll be sure to find your very own pair of perfectly pretty pumps!

Personally, I'm OBSESSED with the pictured Teddie Pumps from Coach ($198.00). They've got everything a good black heel needs and more! If you're looking for a cheaper option, Payless has some adorable black heels--their Karmen Pumps are fabulous and are under $30.

Happy shopping!

Friday, July 11, 2014

How to Keep Breath Fresh for a Summer Makeout Sesh!

First of all, sorry for the delay in posting, lovies! I've been moving (yes...again!) and going crazy per usual.

I did want to share these awesome tips from Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor on how to get an irresistible and kissable smile!

Instant Whitening Tips:

  • Mix baking soda and peroxide and brush teeth to remove surface stains.  Crest Whitestrips are also a good at-home option for whitening teeth and makes them appear brighter.
  • Chew raw, crunchy veggies to help mechanically remove surface stains.
  • Wear lip shades with blue undertones. It contracts the whiteness of teeth and makes them look super bright.
  • Coat your teeth with a thin layer of Vaseline to protect them before drinking red wine or any other teeth-staining food or drink.

Freshen Breath
  • Use a tongue scraper to remove plaque from the fissures of the tongue.
  • Order a cocktail with vodka. (This is my fave tip!) It actually kills bacteria in the mouth that causes bad breath.
  • Eat parsley. It's simply magical at keeping breath fresh.
  • Rinse twice daily with an ADA-recommended antiseptic moth rinse.
Remember--a Summer fling can come and go, but bad oral hygiene can last forever.

Check out http://lowenberglituchykantor.com/ for more info.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I NEED THIS BAG!

I've always been a Kate Spade fan.  From the fabulous jewelry to the adorable and whimsical accessories, I'm just a Kate Spade fanatic!

As I was perusing the mall trying to find a cute Summer handbag, I came across the most amazing purse I've seen in a while: Kate Spade's Wicker Car Handbag.

I mean, how crazily awesome is this bag??! Not only is it cute as a button, but the wicker is a neutral color, so it actually goes with almost any outfit you can imagine.

The roof of the car doubles as the opening. For a novelty, small purse, it's actually quite roomy (14" W x 6 1/2" L x 7"D) and has just enough space to hold your necessities.

At $398, the bag's a bit on the pricey side, but for a Summer purse that rocks this much, I think it's definitely worth it!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Beauty Boo-Boo: Getting High on Lip Balm


Umm...yes.  This is a real thing. As a lip product junkie, I naturally freaked out when I discovered that teens across the country are literally getting high from Burt's Bees Lip Balm (a product I always have on me).

This stuff is a serious beauty staple, as far as I m concerned. The tinted balms add just the right amount of color, while moisturizing in an amazing way. I've yet to find other balms that work as well.

Unfortunately, people are now using the tingly lip balm in a new way. They call it "Beezin". It’s when you apply a light layer of the balm over your eyelids. Apparently, doing this adds to the experience of being drunk or high. Some also claim that it helps them stay alert.

This is honestly the most ridiculous thing I've heard of in a while.

Not only is the idea of "Beezin" stupid, it also comes with a bunch of potential health issues. The peppermint oil in the lip balm is a very strong irritant and can cause inflammation, redness, and swelling.  The eye is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. Using anything near it, other than specific eye products, is crazy.

So, my lovely readers, stick to using lip balm on your lips. It's not called "lip balm" for nothing.

That is all.

[Story found on Elite Daily. Read more here.]

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fabulous Orchid Makeup Set from Sephora!

According to everyone in the makeup world, orchid is the official color of the year--and I love it! Orchid is  flattering color for most skintones, and Sephora has oodles of products to help you embrace the trend.

If you want to try out a few products in this fabulous hue, I suggest buying the Sephora + Pantone Universe 
 Radiant Femme Artistry Set. It has everything you need to give the look a go.

This allover face and nail set contains:

  • Cosmetic Bag 
  • Liquid Face, Eye, and Body Luminizer 
  • Cream blush 
  • Liquid liner 
  • Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick 
  • 0.3 oz Nail Lacquer in Orchid Chrome 
  • Get-the-look beauty card 

Everything in the kit makes the orchid color super wearable, and the "get-the-look" guide is helpful for using the products in the best, and most flattering, way possible.

Each set is valued at $110, but is currently marked down to $75--a total bargain. So get in touch with your fab self and try the look for yourself!

If you don't want to go for the complete set, Sephora also sells a bunch of individual products in the same gorgeous orchid color.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Cutest LBD for Under $15!

Sometimes, Walmart really surprises me and comes up with an amazing garment. That's totally the case with their No Boundaries Sweetheart Neckline Dress.

Though the dress comes in a bunch of fun colors and patterns (the floral ones are adorable!), the black hue is my fave because it can literally be worn for any occasion.

It's also very flattering on any body type. I'm not sure if it's the case with every dress, but I did see a couple that look like they've got removable straps for those of you who want the option. The cut is simply superb. A sweetheart neckline is ultra feminine and always looks classy. Another plus--because the dress nips in at the natural waistline, then flares out into an a-line skirt, it gives the impression of an hourglass figure (which we all strive for!)

But the ultimate best part is the price.  Each dress is a mere $14.88.  A total steal as far as I'm concerned. Buy it in every color! That's my plan.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I NEED These Sunglasses!

Sunglasses are a fabulous accessory to have. I've got about ten pairs myself. That's not much, compared to my mother's collection of about a million (I'm not kidding).

They not only protect your eyes from the sun, they also have the ability to look adorable and can even be the focal point of an outfit, rather than jewelry.

This pair of pink Rubberized Hearts Sunglasses from Pac Sun are calling my name. As a lover of sunglasses and a lover of all things heart-shaped and pink, these stylish shades were practically made for me!

They're also surprisingly versatile. You can easily wear them to the beach, or give a touch of whimsy to an LBD for a daytime event.

Each pair is $14.95.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Lancome GWP at Nordstrom!


Yay!! Nordstrom has the cutest gift with purchase from Lancome! I'm sure you all know how obsessed I am when stores offer up a fab GWP like this...I just can't help it. Who doesn't want a bag full of beauty delights?

And can we talk about the bag for a second? How adorable is it?! As I always say, you can never have enough makeup bags and this one is super cute and perfect for Spring.

All you have to do is spend $39.50 or more on Lancome products and you'll receive the gift for free. You can pick between three different sets: lift, smooth, and hydrate, all of which come with great products.

Personally, I'm loving the lift GWP myself. Here's what's included:
  • Hypnôse Drama Mascara in Excess Black (0.07 oz.)
  • Color Design Lipcolor in The New Pink (0.14 oz.)
  • Définicils Mascara in Black (0.07 oz.)
  • Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover (1.7 oz.)
  • Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Eye Cream (0.2 oz.)
  • Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Night Cream (0.5 oz.)
  • Pink Cosmetics Bag

Also, if you spend an additional $30, you get:

  • Flash Bronzer Tinted Self-Tanning Leg Gel (2 oz.)
  • Savon Fraîchelle Invigorating Body Cleansing Gel (2 oz.)
  • Juicy Tubes Smoothie Lip Gloss in Tickled Pink (0.33 oz.)
Pretty great set, right? If you're looking for products to buy so you can get the offer, check out the Jason Wu for Lancome collection. Love it!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Top 3 BEST Multi-Tasking Beauty Products


When you're looking to get the best bang for your buck, buying beauty products that can be used in multiple ways definitely helps a ton.

Over the years, I've discovered the absolute best multi-tasking beauty products out there. Trust me on this--you need these three products:

Lip & Cheek Tints, Benefit Cosmetics Benetint - This stuff is amazing. It's a classic product that works well on literally every single skintone out there. It adds the prettiest rose hue anywhere you smear it. Even though it looks dark in the bottle, it actually applies fairly sheerly and you can build up the color depending on the look you're going for. Bonus? This amazing tint is completely smudge-proof and will last the entire day.

Skin Protectants, Aquaphor Healing Ointment - Another classic product that is incredible! It works on even the most sensitive skin (even my super sensitive skin!) and has tons of uses. Obviously, it works on dry skin anywhere you need it, but you can  also use it as a lip balm (smear it over your favorite lipstick!), and a brow-tamer.

Clear Nail Polish, Seche Vite Top Coat - It's no secret that having a good topcoat is a must-have for a long-lasting mani. But it is also essential for preventing one of the most worst fashion emergencies of them all--runs in your tights. If you get a snag in your stockings, whip out a bottle of this miracle-maker and add a touch of clear polish before it gets worse. You can basically think of this topcoat as your embarrassing moment crusher. Chipped nails suck. Torn tights are even worse. This stuff will save the day from both.

Hope these tips help you as much as they've helped me!

Happy Shopping!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Get Ready for Spring With This Polka Dot Dress!

I don't know about you, but I am totally fed up with cold weather! Luckily Spring is right around the corner, so I can start shopping for cute dresses in preparation.

Right now, I'm obsessed with this Coral & White Polka Dot Belted Dress from Venus. Coral surprisingly looks great on most skintones, and the white polka dots add a bit of a retro flare to the dress.

The cut is great too--since it cinches in at the natural waistline, it makes everyone look like they've got a fab hourglass figure. What more could you ask for?!

Buying this dress is just the perfect way to get ready for warm weather. And at $42, it's a great deal.

Happy shopping!





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