Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bold Birds Pattern and a Pop of Yellow

Yellow, freesia, tropical, and floral-inspired patterns are present in many spring collections. Although yellow can be worn from head to toe, accessories are a great way to incorporate this vibrant color into an outfit. Birds inspired pattern is incredible, and it's one of my favorite new fashion trends this spring.

Zendaya Maree is Mixing High Fashion With Urban Fashion at NYFW

Zendaya Maree likes mixing high fashion with urban fashion. At New York Fashion Week Maree wore Christina Dior Coat, Rag & Bone Sweatpants, Saint Laurent Boots, Basic White Tank, and a Baseball Cap.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Street Style: New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

During NY Fashion Week many people worn their coats wide open despite freezing temperatures. Fashion Blogger Zina Charkoplia matched salmon Zara coat with Celine bag, Nike sneakers, and completed the look with a long grey scarf.

Fashion lovers worn camel, grey, pastel, or even white, or pink coats as opposed to black very characteristic to NYC.
Another distinct trend seen in street style is that destroyed boyfriend denim cuts take over skinny jeans.

Folk style is going global. All around the world fashion houses like Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, and Burberry presented collections that were folk inspired and rich in knitting patterns. I am looking forward to seeing more folk inspired clothes in chain stores!

Another noticeable trend on the streets of NY was Chinese plaid pattern, whether on coats, scarfs, or whole suits.

Chriselle Lim rocked Tommy Hilfiger plaid suit.

During Fashion Week most of the days were very cold, so I wasn't surprised to see at Lincoln Center a parade of colorful furs. To my satisfaction most fashion lovers chose faux furs.

Polish Fashion Blogger Jessica Mercedes in a pastel blue fur vest.

While some people dressed for the slushy weather, many continued to dress up for fashion shows.

A unique artist Martha Napier promoted her Marnani Design Studio on hard sidewalk outside Lincoln Center by illustrating street style with paint. In spite of cold wind and frozen paint, her proved skill to print fashion quickly draw attention of the press.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Lancôme Beauty Box 2013

Lancôme offers Beauty Boxes every holiday season. This year collection includes 12 full size products, 2 samples, and a train case (a $315 value for only $59.50). Regular price for my two favorite Lancôme products alone, Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover ($28) ‎and Hypnôse Star Mascara ($28), equals the cost of the case full of luxury goods.

Black case with red lining has two zipped pockets, and it’s big enough (8 x 12 inches) to hold all my makeup. Smaller top pocket has a perfect size to storage makeup brushes when traveling. You could definitely find more luxurious train cases on the market, but considering the price it is a good quality.

Blush Subtil in Rose Fresque (Lancôme Blush Subtil in Rose Fresque) is a very supple universal matte dusty rose that will truly complement every skin tone.

Color Design Lip Shades (Lancôme Lipsticks)
Love It is a dusty nude cream pink.
Fashion Icon is a berry metallic lipstick that matches the dramatic/night collection.

Juicy Tube in Miracle is a sheer pink with icy sparkle (Lancôme Juicy Tube in Miracle).

Hypnôse Drama Mascara, as the name suggests, is perfect for creating dramatic night looks. I am fan of the Lancôme Mascaras, because it’s the only brand that I am not allergic to. My all time favorite is Lancôme Hypnose Star, which makes my lashes long, carbon black, nicely separated, and fabulous!

Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover is another Lancôme product that my highly sensitive eyes love! The
Lancôme Eye Makeup Remover bought alone it’s on a pricey side ($28), but it is well worth the price!

Le Crayon Khôl Eyeliner in Black Ebony glides on easily and blends beautifully. I like to use it on my waterline.

All over Shadow and Liner brushes are my least favorite items in the set. You will probably not use them, if you already have your favorite professional makeup brushes. All over the shadow brush is almost too big for this purpose, but not fluffy enough for blending. 

Color Design Mono Eyeshadows are sensational!
(Lancôme Color Design Mono Eyeshadows)
Drama is a violet with a blue sheen. I was worry that it may be too bright for me, but I couldn't be more wrong. The unique purple shade complements my blue eyes as no other eyeshadow I had ever own. I always get many compliments on my eyes when I wear it. 
Off the Rack is gregarious, shimmery, very light pink with a cold/icy undertone. It appears more metallic when applied wet. The shade can be applied all over the lid. 
Clock Strikes 12 is a perfect, easy to blend, matte grey for the smokey eye.

La Base Pro Makeup Primer Sample
I am still trying out Le Base Pro Primer. I would recommend this silicone based primer for dry or mature skin.

Deluxe Sample of New Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DIY Glittery Christmas Postcards

Tools & Materials:
     ·       Scissors, Ruler & Pencil
     ·       Glue 
·       Tracing Paper
     ·       Martha Stewart Crafts - Deep Edge Punch (Embroidery)
The Punch costs about $18, but if you like crafts you will definitely enjoy this useful tool.

Which glue to choose?
My favorite crafts glue is Crafter’s Pick - THE ULTIMATE"Non-toxic, a high performance adhesive formulated especially to give a flexible water resistant bond to difficult to glue surfaces".  The formula works with plastics, metals, papers, buttons, ribbons, and more. However,  always test your glues before applying.  

Another glue I use is Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive ApplicatorIt's basically to two sided tape that is safe for thin papers, photos, etc. 

For photos I also like Pioneer Photo Glue Stick that dies clear. 

Papers and Envelopes:
If you are going to send your postcards through the post office it's best to use standard postcard size. You will also need some decorative wrapping papers.
For this tutorial I used:
·       Landscape Fold Cards in Silver (4 1.2 x 6 1/4 size)

Step 1
Use Deep Edge Punch to create lace pattern. Pay attention to pictures on the Punch to keep the pattern consistent. 

Step 2
Use a postcard as a model to create 4 1.2 x 6 1/4 glitter rectangle. Next, stick the rectangle to the front of the folded card. 

Step 3
Save this image as JPEG, and print it.
Lay the tracing paper on top of your print, and trace over the lines with a pencil.

Step 4
Copy Christmas tree shape to the back of your glitter paper, and cut out the Christmas tree shape.

Step 5
Use any carton paper to create two small rectangles to be attached at the back side of the tree shape (this will create 3D look)

Step 6
Finally, stick the tree to the front of your card.

More easy DIY holiday cards ideas!