How to Find the Right Foundation Shade

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The proper way of checking if a foundation color is good for you is by the three swatch techniques: Swatch a cool, a neutral, a warm foundation near the jaw line and see which shade “disappear” onto the skin. That is your “undertone”. Then you can select the color intensity base on your undertone family.

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If you are going to a makeup counter to get matched for a foundation shade, make sure the makeup artist does this technique. A lot of time to save time, the makeup artist may just brush on the foundation and may not check your undertone. The result is often too chalky or ashy coverage that is hard to notice right away. This is because when you use a sponge or a brush, you get less color intensity onto the skin as compared to using hands. Almost all shades can go if they do not have the right shade of foundation to sell you. This is why you always look better in store than out of the store. Ask the girls to swatch you for a proper color selection.

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10 New Years Eve Worthy Dresses

It’s never too early to start planning your look for New Years Eve. Many of the best dresses are online only and waiting till the last minute may mean having your dress delivered after the big day (gasps). Get a leg up on your new year’s look by checking out these ten glitzy dresses NYE approved dresses.

Anya Two-Piece Sequin Dress • GUESS by Marciano

Tiffany Long-Sleeve Sequin Dress • GUESS by Marciano

Sleeveless Metallic Tulip Belted Dress • White House Black Market

Kendall Sequin Dress • GUESS

Shakuhachi Eve Cutout Dress • Nasty Gal

MICHAEL Michael Kors Sequined Lace and Feather-Trimmed Dress • MICHAEL Michael Kors

Butterfly Dress With Beads • Milly

FELICITY & COCO Metallic Lace Fit & Flare Dress

City Lights Dress

Bonded Gold Sequin Dress

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What to wear to an Office Holiday Party 2014

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Keeping things festive yet work appropriate at the annual office holiday party can be difficult, but it’s totally do able! The best bet is to wear a work appropriate ensemble with fun and decorative details.

Try wearing a holiday color such as red, green, or metallic in a still work appropriate silhouette like in this first look. This look pairs a classic work shift dress in a holiday color with a glitzy necklace and bag for a subtle holiday look.

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This second look takes another classic work silhouette (the pencil skirt and blazer) in holiday colors as well. Paired with cute booties, bow details, and a bright lip this outfit is perfect for a day or night holiday party.

Need more inspiration? Check out more holiday items below and more outfit ideas here!

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Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2015: Marsala

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Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global color authority, announced PANTONE® 18-1438 Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015.

“While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

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Marsala for Fashion
Marsala was a hit on the Spring 2015 runways with fashion designers; Daniel Silverstain, Hervé Léger by Max Azria and Dennis Basso incorporated the hue into their collections. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement color when the color is used on its own or as a compelling accent when paired with many other colors.
With the ever-growing popularity of floral prints and striping, variations of this hue will undoubtedly carry into men’s and women’s clothing throughout next year. Marsala is also a popular choice for jewelry and fashion accessories, including handbags, hats, footwear and the burgeoning market of wearable technology.
This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.

Marsala for Beauty
An incredibly versatile color for beauty, Marsala is an appealing and sophisticated shade that’s flattering against many skin tones.

Marsala pairs exquisitely with monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks, and sparkles against antiqued gold metallics, offering an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Marsala illuminates a range of smoky-neutral color combinations, making it a captivating eye shadow color that can be worn from morning until night. Add an overlay of bronze for a dramatic look that suits any eye color, or use Marsala as a go-to finishing touch on nails.

Best Holiday Lipstick Shades

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It’s officially December, let the count down to Christmas begin! Create a picture perfect pout in this year’s holiday photos by trying one of these velvety shades.

Looking for a classic red instead? Check out this how to for getting the perfect red pout.

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Best Pre Black Friday Sales

There’s no time like the present, especially when it comes to shopping. Get ahead of the Black Friday madness by shopping these pre-Black Friday sales. Whether you have people on your list or you just love a good deal.

Barney’s Warehouse: Extra 50% off clearance and extra 40% off the rest of the site. Shop their holiday giftguide here.

Boohoo: 30% off select items with code THEBIGWEEKENDER. Starts Nov. 27th and ends Nov. 30th.

Cynthia Rowley: All sales items 60% off and 20% off of full price holiday and resort items. Starts Nov. 27th and ends Dec. 1st.

Express: 50% off of everything. Nov 25-28th

Fossil: $25 off of $150, $50 off of $200, plus free shipping and returns on all orders. Starts Nov. 27th and ends Dec. 1st. Check out their giftguide here.

Guess: Up to 50% off select items on Nov. 28th.

H&M: Up to 70% off select items. Ends Nov. 29th.

Helmut Lang: The Blackout Sale and get $100 towards your next purchase when you spend $500+. Starts Nov. 27th and ends Dec. 1st.

House of Harlow: 25% off all RTW items. Starts Nov. 28th and ends Dec. 1st.

Intermix: Extra 30% off sale items. Starts Nov. 27th and ends Dec. 1st.

Jack Rogers: Up to 35% off select footwear and up to 55% off select handbags. Starts Nov. 25th and ends Nov. 30th.

Macy’s: 30-50% off Lucky Brand, Kensie, Bar III, RACHEL Rachel Roy, and more on Nov. 28th.

ModCloth: 50% off select styles. Starts Nov. 26th and ends Nov. 30th.

Nine West: 20% off of purchase of $125 or more Starts Nov. 27th and ends Nov 28th

Rebecca Taylor: Black Friday 30% off of sales merchandise. ends Nov. 30th.

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Holiday Giftguide: For the Beauty Addict

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year again! Thanksgiving is next week and just around the corner is Christmas. Now (if you haven’t already) is the best time to start planning what to get for everyone on your list.

This first holiday gift guide all about the “beauty product lovers.” Everyone has that person in their life who’s all about trying out new beauty products. Whether it’s your sister, bestfriend, girlfriend, or even yourself! This giftguide is full of items they will actually want and enjoy using (including my personal favorite perfume!)

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Weekly Wardrobe Inspiration: “Blush a Little”

Blush (and I’m not referring to that thing you do when someone gives you a compliment or an attractive guy offers you his seat on the train) is one of the on trend colors of the season. Unlike it’s cousin color “winter white”,”blush” tends to look great on most skin tones and add a bit of color to your outfit. Interested in testing out this trend? Don’t be shy! Blush can be worn as a neutral so it pairs with almost everything. Try a light pink pea coat this winter instead of the standard black like this one  from NewLook or this pretty coat from Nordstrom.

Below are a few of my fav picks in this trend:

Shop the looks below:


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Must have Monday: Fall Sweaters

This past weekend was the coldest one yet this Fall season! Although I had the intentions of keeping it chic and chill by pairing comfy leggings with a nice oversized sweater, I quickly realized I had a shortage of “length appropriate” options. Thus I spent the rest of the weekend searching high and low on the Internet for “tunic length sweaters”. Turns out “tunic” is a somewhat dated term in web developer lingo so I had to come up with more creative search terms like “sweaters long enough to cover bum”. One of my favorites so far is this asymmetric sweater from Nordstroms.

Keep reading to see my top ten picks as well as check out my new “sweater weather shop” on fancy-francy.com. I will be continuously updating it throughout the season with all of my favorite finds!



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