Product Review: Salma Hayek Nuance Glow Facial Oil

 If you keep up with beauty trends then you know face oils are all the rage right now. I’ve used other Nuance by Salma Hayek products before and had been wanting to try face oils so I was super excited when I got the opportunity to try this product.

Product Description: This is a multipurpose facial oil that helps restore your skin’s natural softness while conditioning and protecting its appearance.

Packaging: Simple yet unique. The squeeze dropper makes it very easy to control the amount of product you are applying. Definitely more effective than the standard squeeze bottle of oil.

Experience: When I received this product in the mail, I couldn’t have been more excited to try it. After watching several shows from Fashion Week, I noticed one major beauty trend: naturally flawless and glowing skin. As wonderful as it looks, it can be extremely hard to achieve. I was hoping this product would help rejuvenate my skin, and give it a natural healthy glow – and it did just that! To say that I am obsessed, would be an understatement. I absolutely loved how lightweight the oil was, while still being extremely moisturizing to the skin. The best part was how quickly the oil absorbed into the skin, leaving me free from that slick greasy feeling I hate oh-so much. I applied the product twice daily as needed. Typically this was once in the morning and once at night. To be honest, I could’ve probably gotten away with applying it just once a day, but i couldn’t get enough of it. With that being said, a little goes a very long way. Another aspect I really enjoyed was the scent. This oil had a wonderfully neutral scent that didn’t smell artificial at all. The blend of Jojoba oil, Calendula, Rosemary Extracts, and Vitamin E oil create a well balances facial moisturizer.

Price: $21.99 for 1 fl oz. Available at CVS

Rating: 5/5. I absolutely love what this product did for my skin! I would recommend it for all skin types as well ( just adjust the frequency of application to suit your skin type).

xoxo,

Zaynab

*This product was sent to me however all opinions are my own.

Event Alert: The Makeup Show Comes to NYC

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The Makeup Show is returning to New York City once again to bring the largest pro-driven beauty industry event on May 3-4. The Makeup Show brings two-days full of inspiration, education and an opportunity for fashion and beauty professionals at all levels of their career to come together with some of the best brands and biggest names in the business. This year The Makeup Show is officially a decade-strong, and to commemorating this exciting milestone they are partnering with ten beauty brands, including: Auraline Beauty, INGLOT, Crown Brush, I Make You Beautiful, Glamcor Tec, London Brush Company, Pinnacle Cosmetics, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Mehron and TEMPTU.  The brands will create ten exclusive products, each with an individual nod to one of The Makeup Show’s defining concepts. Keep reading to learn more about the ten exclusive products that will be at the event and the brands behind them.

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Trending now: Purple Lipsticks/Lipgloss

Spring 2015 plum lipstick trend

This spring “no makeup makeup” may be on trend, but when it comes to lips it’s all about full and colorful. From orange to nude.. there are tons of colors to choose from but one of the biggest trends is plum. We know plum aka marsala is the color of the year so it makes sense that it would be one of the most popular lip colors as well. Usually this color is saved for the colder months but this year it’s a big hit for spring. Plum is the perfect color to try this season because it’s flattering for every skin tone, super versatile, and can be worn day or night. Ready to take the plum plunge? Keep reading to see my favorite plum lippie colors.

  1. Make up Forever’s Instance Color Lipstick in Pearly Dark Violet (Even Khloe Kardashian rocks this highly pigmented and long lasting lipstick!)
  2. Mac Satin Lipstick Rebel
  3. Stila’s Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss in Berry Wine

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Best DIY Tips for a Whiter Smile

As an avid coffee and tea consumer (to the point baristas near my home know me by name) I am sad to admit that my teeth aren’t as white as they use to be. I do not want to spend the money it takes to whiten my teeth professionally, and I’m not willing to give up the caffeine (not yet anyways!) so I’ve been desperately trying to find cheaper alternatives. I’ve tried some over the counter whitening aids with mixed results. So instead I decided to go back to the basics and do some DIY. After searching for hours I found three very inexpensive and simple ways to whiten teeth at home. If you’re anything like me (I’m all about the DIY) then keep reading to find three simple and cheap ways to whiten your teeth at home!

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  1. Baking Soda I’ve Got Baking Soda: Ok people, just because it’s an old idea doesn’t mean it won’t do the trick. This remedy I learned from my mom and my grandmother who have both been whitening their teeth like this for years. All you need to do is mix 2 tablespoons peroxide with baking soda until they begin to form a paste. Add this to a damp toothbrush and gently brush your teeth for about 2 minutes. Be careful to avoid your gums, otherwise your will be whitening those too! Rinse your toothbrush well and then brush your teeth with your clean toothbrush for an additional 2 minutes. Lastly, rinse your mouth out with warm water and then follow with mouthwash. Smile and reveal visibly whiter teeth! *Important tip with this remedy: Do not use the same toothbrush that you use every day. This remedy should only be used about 2 or 3 times per month.1_apple-cider-vinegar-for-acne-prone-skin
  2. Apples Keep the Dentist Away?: For this super simple at home treatment all you need is about a capful of apple cider vinegar and a toothbrush, again be sure not to use your toothbrush that you are using every day. Dip your toothbrush into the vinegar and brush your teeth for about 2 minutes. Rinse your toothbrush and then brush them again for another minute and then rinse your mouth with warm water. Follow with a quick rinse of mouthwash and you’re all set! Remember to only use this remedy once a week so you don’t ruin the enamel on your teeth.peeled-banana
  3. Go Bananas!: My final and favorite DIY teeth whitening trick is one that your friends will absolutely not believe when you tell them how your teeth are so perfectly white. Take the inside of a banana peel and rub it along all of your teeth and then follow with your normal brushing routine. And that’s it! (I promise!) Since this remedy is all natural, feel free to use it every day.

 

These remedies will give you movie star white teeth at a fraction of the price. Leave a comment below or tag #FancyFrancy in a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter showing us how well these tips worked for you!

Do you have any at home DIY tricks for teeth whitening?

xoxo,

Lindsay

 

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What to wear to a music festival

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With warmer weather on the rise, festival season has arrived! There are countless numbers of fashionable outfits to wear to festivals.  This super chic fringe skirt, with a flowy off the shoulder top, a statement necklace, sunglasses, and sandels is a perfect 70s inspired outfit for a festival.

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High waisted jean shorts are still a summer staple and are a go to for any festival. To bring the look together, try pairing the outfit with a classic kimono, a crop top, and cute booties! For the sun, the prefect sun hat and sunglasses will do the trick. A trendy bib necklace and rings, with a small cross body bag will complete the fashionable festival outfit.

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For a simple outfit a boho dress, trendy gladiator sandals, sunglasses, and a statement necklace is the way to go for a comfortable, but still fashionable outfit.

xoxo,

Hayley

 

Product Review: Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer in Caramel

I’m a big fan of the healthy angelic natural glow look (and honestly who isn’t?) so I’m always open to trying new products that promise to deliver just that. So when I recently took a trip to Sephora to purchase a new face moisturizer, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the new (or maybe just newish) Step 1 Face Primers from Makeup Forever. MUFE is one of my favorite makeup brands and has been for a while so I was willing to take a gamble on one of their new primers without reading any reviews. The Step 1 Skin Equalizer is available in 10 formulas to target various texture and tone concerns such as shine, texture, hydration, color correction, and tone. I decided to try the tone correcting Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer in Caramel. The Radiant Primer in Caramel is supposed to add radiance to dark skin.

Packaging: The product comes in a slender squeezable tube (not unlike many other products).
Application: As I always do with primers, I applied it to a clean bare face after completing my morning skincare routine and before applying any makeup. I was slightly caught off guard by how reddish the color of the product was even outside of the tube, but figured it would all oxidize or something once I applied it to my face. After applying it all over my face I immediately noticed that my natural completion was replaced with a more “umpa lumpa” shade of brown. I resisted the urge to apply another more yellow/golden primer on top to correct it and instead headed out the door, convinced it would sort its self out (note I didn’t apply any foundation on top because I was worried that all the ones I have would only make the “redness” worse).  

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Fancy Francy Triple Pearl Necklace Giveaway

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Who ever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, probably never had the pleasure of wearing pearls. Jewelry can transform any outfit instantly so what better way to kick of Spring than by winning a gorgeous necklace? The prize is a beautiful pearl style necklace from Youblue.co. This necklace would be a perfect statement piece to wear this season as you attend brunches and parties!

The Rules for the Giveaway are Super Simple:

The giveaway starts today (April 15th) and runA until the end of the month. The giveaway will be open internationally. The giveaway will be ran through raffelcopter and the winner of the giveaway will be chosen through random.org. Once the winner is announced Youblue will contact the winner to send them the prize.

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Thanks for entering and good luck!!

 

xoxo,
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The Best Ways to Reorganize Your Closet

Your closet. Whether you love it or hate it, it could definitely use a little love this spring. For those of us who have a shoe addiction and an overstuffed closet comparable to Carrie Bradshaw’s, your closet could use a lot of love. Spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to reorganize your closet and I have some great tips to help you through the clutter.

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  1. First things first, I recommend enlisting help whenever you decide to tackle your closet. You need someone who is going to remind you that no, you do not still need that shirt from high school and you cannot hang on to those shoes you wore one time and will never wear again. Your closet needs some tough love. Some items have just got to go, especially if they don’t fit into one of these three categories.
  2. Next, invest in high quality hangers that all match. Although this may seem like an odd tip, you want your closet to look and feel clean and organized. Matching hangers is the finishing touch that your closet needs to seem perfectly put together.
  3. If you really want to give your closet an overhaul, I recommend checking out additional shelving and drawers to be added to your closet. These additions will absolutely give your closet a professional look that will make you (and your closet!) the envy of all your friends.
  4. Once steps 1-3 are all checked off, you’re ready to begin. Start by going through all of your clothing and decide what you want to keep and what you would like to donate or sell. This is where the tough love comes into play: if you haven’t worn an item of clothing in a year, it’s time to retire it. If something doesn’t fit or isn’t your style anymore then why hang on to it? This step will take the longest so play some music and have fun reliving the memories that fill your closet.
  5. Now you’re ready for the reorganization. Hang up the rest of your clothing on those new matching hangers. Be sure that everything has a place and that everything needs to stay in that place from now on. Have a section just for dresses, a section for pants, and a section for tops and so on. My tip for organizing your shoes is by designer or by color, whichever appeals to you most.
  6. Lastly, you can take a step back, admire your hard work and start filling those empty hangers. Check out the latest trends here at Fancy Francy and have fun creating a new style for yourself. After working so hard reorganizing your closet, you deserve to splurge a little. Carrie Bradshaw said it best, “I like my money right where I can see it – hanging in my closet.”

Leave a comment below and let us know how these tips and tricks worked for you! Or tag us in a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that shows how fabulous your freshly organized closet looks. Good luck!

Xoxo,

Lindsay

 

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Product Review: Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15

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Product Name: Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15

Product Description: Oil-Control Mattifier reduces shine on contact and is clinically proven to control oil for up to eight hours while effectively reducing breakouts. It immediately mattifies, regulating oil throughout the day, and prevents sun damage by delivering powerful UVA/UVB sun protection.

Packaging: Comes in a squeeze tube bottle

Application: I usually apply this product all over my face in the morning after washing and allowing a few minutes for any serum that I may have used to soak in. The product is thick since it has SPF so it has to be worked into the skin. I notice when I first apply it, it can appear white/ashy but once it soaks in, your skin looks normal again.

Scent/Fragrance: This product has no noticeable fragrance which I actually love. Sometimes I can be particular about the fragrances I put on my face so I’d rather have none at all than one that’s overwhelming.

Price: $39.50 a little pricey but comparable in price to other similar products.

Results:​ This is the best oil control lotion I’ve used hands down. The additional mattfying properties make all the difference between this product and other oil control lotions I’ve previously tried. I really like the fact that it also contains SPF, which can be hard to find in a face lotion. I noticed that I don’t need an additional mattfying primer anymore with this product for under my makeup. This lotion on its own actually does the trick. I would not recommend combining any additional mattfying product with this (unless your skin is very oily) because it could make your face appear dry.

Final Rating: 4 stars. So far no complaints except for the price which is a bit hefty for the amount given. Hopefully my satisfaction doesn’t change after longer use and hotter weather.

Have you tried it? What did you think?

xoxo,
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