Tory Burch Eyeshadow Palettes

tory-burch-shadow-palettesTory Burch unveiled new eyeshadow palettes ($60) for her spring 2015 beauty collection, and they’re drop-dead gorgeous. I don’t know what’s better–the beautiful exterior of these palettes, or the insanely flattering shadows tucked inside. Each shadow has Tory’s signature double T logo embossed into it, which is a nice little touch. They also come with a mini dual-ended brush. Available in Cat’s Meow, and Pas du Touts. See details below.

tory-burch-cats-meowCat’s Meow Eyeshadow Palette: Shades include Hint (midtone khaki), Tawny (shimmery taupe brown), Smoking Slipper (midtone cocoa brown), Stone Cold (shimmery dark grey), Midnight (rich matte navy), & Magpie (shimmery blue-violet).

tory-burch-catchCatch Eyeshadow Palette: Shades include Wild Card (gold-toned aubergine), Little Bit (metallic peachy pink), Folly (matte coca brown), Morning Glory (pale lilac), Blushing (shimmery pale nude pink), & Evil Eye (matte teal).

tory-burch-pas-du-toutPas du Tout Eyeshadow Palette: Shades include Gamine (matte ecru), Pailette (shimmery bronze), Menagerie (metallic midtone dusty pink), Jolie Laide (metallic coffee bean brown), Beau (shimmery mauve), & Au Contraire (matte black).

The shadows are available now online and department stores that carry Tory Burch Beauty.

Images via Tory Burch

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Guest Post: The Best Beauty Apps for Your Smartphone

best-beauty-appsToday’s guest post was written by Gwen Lewis, a makeup artist based in Southern California.

When you’re not at the salon or in front of your mirror, it doesn’t mean you can’t stay super stylish! Finding great beauty and style apps for your smartphone gives you the chance to be fashionable on the move, wherever you are. Here are some of the best ones to help you achieve a flawless look.

Misfit Shine
Part of being beautiful is maintaining your health. The Misfit Shine app makes you monitor your eating habits, sleep cycle and daily activities so that you can begin to feel and look more gorgeous in a snap. Get the app on iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and Android phones.

Everyone has some or other skin issue, but sometimes these are not noticeable to the naked eye. Or, you know you’re saddled with wrinkles or redness but you don’t know how to tackle it. With the SkinBetter app, all you do is take a picture of your skin and then the app’s skin analysis tool will tell you what your skin problem is as well as what products you should use to get rid of it. It’s free and available on iPhone and Android.

Hair Color by Modiface
If you’re tempted to try a different hair color, you don’t have to risk it at the hair salon. You can try out fabulous hair shades right on your phone before booking a hair appointment. The iPhone and Android Modiface app lets you upload an image of yourself and then allows you to choose different hair colors (there are up to 30 options at your disposal) to test them out. It doesn’t place a hairstyle onto your photo like other apps, but instead changes the color of the hair in the photo that you’ve uploaded, making the results more realistic.

If you ever feel you have nothing to wear or you don’t know what items in your wardrobe match, you need this app! Stylebook for iPhone and iPad allows you take pictures of your clothing and accessories then create different outfits with them. You can also monitor what you’ve already worn by noting it on the app’s calendar so you don’t have to worry about repeating looks. It even helps you with future fashion purchases. If you’re looking for an item, such as a pair of new shoes or trousers, you can search for the style and color you want and then test the images with your uploaded closet. No more buyer’s remorse!

OPI Nail Studio
Not sure what nail color to buy or what color to get during your next manicure? Even if you’re just wasting a bit of time between work meetings, this is a fun app to try! All you have to do is change the skintone and nail length of the hand in the app so that it is closer to yours, then play around with different colors to see what looks good. It’s free and available for iPhone and iPad.

Even if you’re great with makeup, there’s always something new to get inspired by. You can find hair and makeup tutorials and photos to help you achieve your most flawless looks all from one app. Beautylish for iPhone and iPad teaches you clever tips to update your style or perfect a look that you’ve always wanted to know how to do, such as the smoky eye or Japanese summer nail art.

Scientists help you choose the most eco-friendly products in the GoodGuide app for iPhone and Android so that you can make the best choices for a healthier lifestyle. Products are rated according to their environmental, health, and social impacts. This is a great way to keep only the best and greenest products in your makeup bag. Simply scan product barcodes to get their ratings. If you’re not shopping, browse for the product you’re interested in to get all the info you need.

The next time you need a bit of beauty in your day, whip out your phone and use a fantastic app to get gorgeous at the touch of a button.

Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Since online beauty articles helped her immensely as she was getting her start as a makeup artist, she now hopes to return the favor and connect with new and longtime hair and makeup devotees alike. In her free time, she enjoys shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.

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Complimentary Brow Shaping with Philly’s Brow Boss

browsDeneen Marcel Lashes now has an in-studio Brow Bar, with makeup artist Alexa Pena (known as Philly’s Brow Boss) at the helm. To celebrate the Brow Bar’s opening, they are offering FREE brow shapings ($25 value) to first-time customers through March 30. Let a pro whip your arches into a shape for free! To schedule your appointment, call 267-386-6681.

Deneen Marcel Lashes, 525 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147

Image via Grazia magazine

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Spring Bucket Bags

bucket-bags-spring2015On the radar for spring: bucket bags. They’re everywhere, at all different price points. Infused with a little vintage vibe, there is a certain ease about throwing the strap over your shoulder and just loosening a tie at the top to retrieve your items. If you want to jump onto this trend, here are a few fashionable options.

1. Vince Camuto Lorin Drawstring Bucket Bag ($248): I love the smooth blush leather and smart details on this chic bag.

2. MILLY Astor Drawstring Bucket Bag ($365): The supple pebbled leather on this bag makes it city-ready. With a top handle and a long shoulder strap, it’s suitable for work, weekends, and going out.

3. Tory Burch Thea Mini Bucket ($): This is a little slimmer and smaller than the other bucket styles pictured here, with Tory’s signature double-T logo stitched into the pebbled camel leather and a pair of oversized tassels.

4. J.Crew Downing Bucket Bag ($138): Although currently not shown on the site, I love the rustic mint shade. I’ve been selling these like hotcakes in the store, and I can tell you that the leather is so soft and high-quality.

5. Rebecca Minkoff Lexi Convertible Bucket ($375): This bag features a sleek gold chain and a beautiful biscuit shade of leather, while the long tassels give it a boho vibe. (Also available in a mini version for $275.)

6. Sole Society Logan Faux Leather Bucket Bag ($55): High style at a budget price (and it’s cruelty-free).

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Budget Beauty: The Best of e.l.f. cosmetics

You’ve probably seen e.l.f. cosmetics products at Target, checked their price tag (most items are $1-$3) and thought, “Is this a joke?” Nope! While I wouldn’t consider e.l.f. to be comparable to high-end department store/specialty brands, some of their products are on par with their drugstore counterparts–at a much cheaper price. Check out a few of my favorite products from the brand below.

elf-studio-lip-balmStudio Lip Balm SPF 15 ($3): My mom got me hooked on this stuff! She bought it for me once and I loved it. It’s a cushiony, glossy balm that hydrates and gives lips a nice dose of color. Overall, a great lip balm and nice lipcolor for those days you don’t feel like wearing a full-on lip. Available in Pink (my favorite–pictured), Clear, Nude, Peach, and Rose.

elf-highlighterBaked Highlighter Blush Gems ($3): These are not highly pigmented, but they’re loaded with shimmer (but not the super-chunky kind). If you like a really strong highlight, this is just as good as some of its pricier competitors. It’s smooth (not gritty), and glides on evenly without breaking up on the skin.


elf-shieldStudio Mascara & Shadow Shield ($3): This genius little tool protects against eyeshadow fallout and mascara smears, so your face stays clean (and your foundation doesn’t get messed up) as you’re getting ready.

elf-balmSoothing Lip Balm ($1): THIS IS $1. Let’s start there. It works, it hydrates, and it comes in three variations: Strawberry Creme (pink tint–shown), Blackberry (pinky-lavender tint), and Vanilla Creme (clear), all of which are faintly scented of vanilla.


elf-makeup-mistStudio Makeup Mist & Set ($3): This clear spray sets your look and keeps it from smudging and running for hours. You can also use this to dampen shadows, reinvigorate dried-out gel liner, and as a refreshing face mist. For the price, you can’t beat it!

elf-facial-whipShimmering Facial Whip ($1): Again, this is $1!! This creamy illuminator is loaded with shimmer. Best for a pronounced highlight on the cheekbones. Comes in four shades: Lilac Petal (shown), Pink Lemonade, Golden Peach, and Spotlight. All get the job done, but I’d stay away from Spotlight, a white that’s a little too shimmery.

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Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths ($3): These wipes take off every last bit of makeup.

elf-cuticle-penNourishing Cuticle Pen Cuticle Pen ($1): Soothes sore cuticles and helps prevent future irritation.

elf-brush-shampooStudio Brush Shampoo ($): A great cleanser for all your makeup brushes (even the most expensive ones).

Have you tried any e.l.f. products? If so, what are your faves? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

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J.Crew Fall/Winter 2015

When I first saw J.Crew’s fall/winter 2015 presentation at NYFW, my first thought was “highlighter yellow.” But then I dug a little further into the photos, and my thoughts have totally turned around. (Full disclosure: I am a part-time associate at J.Crew, so I already have a deep love for the brand.) The collection is full of richly textured fabrics, sequins, faux fur, and (finally!) some non-skinny pants. They’ve covered all the bases, from luxe pieces like faux fur stoles, herringbone coats, and tasseled heels, to staples like destroyed denim, blazers, and chambray shirts. Here are some standout looks from the presentation.JCrew-AW15-1JCrew-AW15-2JCrew-AW15-3JCrew-AW15-4JCrew-AW15-5JCrew-AW15-6JCrew-AW15-7JCrew-AW15-8All images via J.Crew

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Fashion & Beauty at the 2015 Oscars

Here are my thoughts on the best- and worst-dressed at Hollywood’s (and fashion’s) biggest night: the Academy Awards.

bestaniston-oscars15Jennifer Aniston: Sometimes, less is more. Paired with her signature simple blowout and minimal jewelry, this sheer, shimmery, draped nude Versace gown was beyond beautiful. She looked like a million bucks. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

reese-oscars15Reese Witherspoon: The sleek black-and-white column gown was so simple, yet made such an impact. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

rosamund-pike-oscars15Rosamund Pike finally made a best-dressed list this awards season. This textured Givenchy number was perfectly body-skimming and totally Oscar-worthy. She took a risk with red shoes, which could have been overkill, but pulled it off. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

jo-oscars15Jennifer Lopez: The detail on this Elie Saab gown was so intricate and gorgeous.  While the plunging neckline is a little tired on her, I liked the overall effect of this airy frock. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

lupita-oscars15Lupita Nyong’o: 6,000 pearls on this custom Calvin Klein number. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

emma-stone-oscars15Emma Stone: Chartreuse is one of the most difficult colors to wear for most skin tones. Emma Stone not only pulled it off, she rocked this Elie Saab gown. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

gaga-onstage-oscars15Lady Gaga (on stage): Like everyone else, I loved this look. The dress, the hair, the makeup…she’s gorgeous. (Images via JustJared)

cate-blanchett-oscars15Cate Blanchett: This is probably the only time I’ll place someone on a best-dressed list because of a piece of jewelry. Most critics didn’t like the turquoise statement necklace, but I loved it. Paired with a classic black gown, it was so unexpected and made the ensemble. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

khloe-k-oscars15Khloe Kardashian: The E! correspondent looked gorgeous in red Lanvin. (Image: Khloe Kardashian via Instagram)


gaga-oscars15Lady Gaga (red carpet): I’m not sure which I hate more: the arms on this custom Alaia gown, the winged red gloves, or the severe, middle-parted, pulled-back hair. See above for the much-better version of Gaga. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

knightley-oscars15Kiera Knightley: I’m not really sure what’s happening here, but I don’t like it. Valenti-NO. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

felicity-jonesFelicity Jones is cute and quirky and seems like a really nice person, but this Alexander McQueen dress is so bad, it hurts my eyes. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

zoe-saldana-oscars15Zoe Saldana: Everything about this look, from the Versace gown to the updo to the necklace (that was ridiculously expensive yet looked like it was from Claire’s) was reminiscent of a high school prom. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

kidman-oscars15Nicole Kidman: If you can get past the ugly, tacky shoes, you can marvel at how this gown is Louis Vuitton. What?? (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

julianne-moore-oscars15Julianne Moore: It pains me to say this, not only because it’s Julianne Moore, but because it’s Julianne Moore in Chanel. This gown, while pretty on its own, totally washed her out. I can’t tell where she ends and the dress begins. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Who did you think was best- and worst-dressed?

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It Cosmetics Brushes for Ulta: Velvet Luxe Blurring Collection

it-brushes-for-ultaIt Cosmetics has launched a collection of brushes exclusively at Ulta, and they are over-the-top fantastic. There are three lines of brushes in the collection: Airbrush, Live Beauty Fully (which supports a charitable cause: for each brush purchased, one is donated to Look Good, Feel Better, an organization that provides beauty-related support to women battling cancer), and the Velvet Luxe Blurring Collection. Today I’m reviewing two brushes from the Velvet Luxe Blurring collection. Stay tuned next week for a review of some brushes in the Airbrush collection.IMG_9024The Velvet Luxe Blurring collection is the most opulent line of brushes in the collection. The fanciness of these brushes shows in the little details: the soft-touch handles are ergonomic, and a small crystal is placed at the tip of each handle. The bristles on these brushes are so soft and dense; they feel so good against my skin. I love displaying these brushes because they’re like little works of art. And they apply product gorgeously. Each of these brushes comes in a velvet pouch that protects it during travel. All of the brushes for Ulta are made with synthetic hairs (great for those wanting cruelty-free tools), and perform beautifully with cream, powder, and liquid products.

IMG_9020The LBD Bronzer Brush #319 ($40) is what has been missing from my toolkit; this bronzer brush has bristles that are densely-packed and extra fluffy for streak-free bronzer application. It features a shorter, fatter handle for better control. For a lighter touch, I hold the brush at the tip and sweep bronzer on my face. For a heavier application, I hold it closer to the ferrule and swirl the bronzer on in circles. You can use this with both powder and cream bronzers, and they will apply flawlessly.

it-powder-brushLBD Powder Brush #307 ($48) is the most luxurious powder brush I’ve ever owned (and I have a pretty solid brush collection!). The extra-large, fluffy head is designed to pick up and apply just the right amount of powder each time you use it. I’ve been using it with Bye Bye Pores powder ($24), and it dusts on a beautifully light veil of powder that sets makeup for hours. The long, skinny handle allows you to adjust your coverage, and it’s weighted so nicely; it feels study in the hand, like it’s well-made, but not heavy. Although you can use all of these brushes with both cream and powder products, I recommend sticking strictly to powder with this one. The brush is optimized to apply powder perfectly, and bringing creams into the mix isn’t going to give you the same results.

it-brushes-velvet-luxe{Close-up of the plush brush heads}

it-velvet-luxe-brushes-detail{The details of these brushes are so thoughtful.}

it-brushes-for-ulta-lbd-bronzer2{Another shot of the LBD Bronzer Brush}

The brushes are available now exclusively at Ulta. Have you tried any of the It brushes? I’d love to hear what you think of them!

The products in this post were provided by the brand for consideration. Gifted products in no way guarantee a positive review or coverage on this site.

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Best Liquid Liners

best-liquid-linersLiquid liner can be tricky and intimidating. Not only does it require a steady hand to pull of a precise look, but you also need a long-wearing formula to avoid smearing and running, and an applicator tip that you feel comfortable with. (If you don’t have control over the tip, you’ll never get a sharp line.) I’ve tried a lot of liners, and here are my favorites. Everyone’s skin and preference is different, so if possible, test out liners on the back of your hand before purchasing.

1. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($20): This is my current favorite liquid liner. If you prefer a felt tip applicator, this is amazing. The formula is practically bulletproof, yet removes easily with makeup remover, and the tip is easy to control to get a sharp, even line. The tip is also great for creating a cat eye or subtle flick. The color is jet black, which I love.

2. & 3. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner ($16) or Eye Do Lash Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner ($19): The Sephoras near me stopped carrying the Skinny Liquid Liner, and replaced it with the Eye Do. Both versions are very similar. These liners are close to perfect: the tips are really firm and very forgiving, meaning that if you can apply pencil liner, this will be an easy transition to liquid. They are long-lasting and highly pigmented. My only complaint is that they dry out faster than other liquid liners I’ve tried.

4. Dior Addict It-Line Liquid Eyeliner ($32): This is a hefty price to pay for a liner, but it’s worth it. This gel-based liner features a flexible yet firm brush; if you prefer brush applicators, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than this.

5. Topshop Magic Liner ($12): Like a magic marker for your eyes, this is easy to apply and really affordable for the quality. The long, skinny tip allows you to get really pinpointed, precise lines, even in the corners of your eyes.

6. L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Pro Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner ($9.50): If you prefer a brush tip and love a bargain, this is the liner for you.

7. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Super Slim Liner ($9): This is so similar to the Topshop liner, but since it’s available at drugstores, you can often grab this on sale for even bigger bargain.

What’s your favorite liquid liner?

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Spring in a Bottle: Farmaesthetics Remedy Water

farmaesthetics-remedy-watersSnow, ice, cold temperatures, frigid nights…at this point, who isn’t ready for spring? Farmaesthetics Remedy Water ($32) is a little boost that will help you survive these last few weeks of winter. These delicate, softly fragrant waters are like diluted versions of essential oils–just not quite as potent.

Mist this liquid on your face and body, or add it to your bath. You can even use it as a room or linen spray. You’ll reap the benefits of the herb or flower steam-distilled into the water.

Orange Flower: calms and settles skin, lifts mood
Rose Geranium: purifying, restorative for the complexion, enlivening
Wild Verbena: uplifts spirits and stimulates tissues
Sandalwood: protects and balances the skin, grounds and fortifies the demeanor

As with all Farmaesthetics products, these waters are all-natural and certified organic, so they’re safe for you and even children.

I’m a big believer in little luxuries, and Remedy Water is a special treat that will lift your spirits and help banish the winter blues. Plus, they’ll make you feel refreshed and light.

Image via Farmaesthetics

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