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Style Steal: Noon by Noor A/W15 NYFW Runway Look

This past NYFW may be over, but the beauty looks are here to stay! This season I went backstage at Noon by Noor to get the how to’s of the models’ runway look. To match the aesthetics of the no fuss Noon by Noor woman; MAC makeup artist Tiffany Johnston created a whimsical yet very wearable makeup look. Each model sported a natural face with metallic eyeliner in silver, bronze, or lavender for a pop of color. By varying the eyeliner color to fit the girl’s natural beauty, Johnston created an individualized yet cohesive group.

Keeping with the theme of natural beauty Zoya Creative Director, Rebecca Isa conceptualized an “ethereal nude that complements all skin tones, with a hint of glimmer.” To get this nude but better look Zoya nail tech, Cinnamon Bowser, created a “custom” nude for all the models by pairing shade Glimmer over Abril. The result was a well polished refined nude that reflected the femininity of the collection while matching each model’s skin tone instantly.
Lastly, the hair was inspired by the multi- texture of the clothes and was styled minimally with a part and increased texture towards the bottom. The simplistically of the hair further served to accentuate the makeup and clothes.
Get the Look:
Makeup: Take a MAC powder pigments in (silver, bronze, or lavender) and use a eyeliner makeup brush dipped in water to apply the pigment as liquid eyeliner.

Nails: Begin by using ZOYA Anchor Base Coat to ensure nails are smooth for polish application. Very carefully paint the bottom part of the nail, closest to the cuticle, with ZOYA in Avril. Let dry for a moment and follow up with a coat of ZOYA in Glimmer.  Let nails dry and enjoy the glossy, nude sheen.

Hair: Part hair in the middle or side and allow natural texture to show.

And there you have it! A beautiful natural makeup look straight from the runway. To learn more about Noon by Noor check out my previous coverage of their fashion week show.

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How to Protect Your Hair in the Winter


  1. Wear a satin-lined hat - Protect your hair when out in the elements by wearing a protective hat as blistery winds tend to dry hair. LookRain, sleet or snows are notmoisturizing. Hat hair? Keep a small travel blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron at your desk to quickly add some instant volume or touch up. You can also opt for loosely braiding, looping hair into large pin curls or a ponytail to keep hair hidden yet providing style after you remove your hat.
  2. Use a humidifier - Keep hair from getting dry by using a humidifier. No matter what heating system you have, it tends to be dry on both your hair and skin. Also, avoid long hot showers; instead opt for a more comfortable temperature to not dry your hair out.
  3. Minimize shampooing – as much as possible, extend the periods between washing hair. When you do, use a moisturizing shampoo or a cowash conditioner which is gentle while cleansing your hair.
  4. Use oil daily - hair that is deficient of moisture will require ample rejuvenation and hydration to adequately return its chemistry to a reclaimed state of health. Oil will help alleviate the damage of wintery conditions, a time when it’s best to use lightweight products so your hair won’t be weighed down.
  5. Deep condition once a week – to rejuvenate and repair, it’s recommended to deep condition. This is important as the weather gets colder because our hair tends to dry out. A masque deeply nourishes and repairs hair with essential vitamins and antioxidants that work to improve the hairs overall luster and appearance. Plus, don’t forget to get a trim every 4-6 weeks to help revive your ends and remove dryness or split ends.
  6. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods – foods rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, olive oil, flax, sardines, and avocados will help beautify your strands. Also, don’t forget your vitamin C, fruits and vegetables. Healthy hair starts from the inside.


Product Review: e.l.f mineral infused face primer in Radiant Glow

Product Description: Fills in fine lines and creates a flawless finish. Ideal for all skin types that want a luminous glow. Prepares your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a lasting satin finish.
Packaging: The product itself comes in a semi-matte clear pump applicator bottle that provides easier, more sanitary usage. The packaging is simple and chic, making it look more expensive.
Experience: I bought this product on a whim from a drugstore after the beauty consultant recommended it. I couldn’t try it first but figured for the price I would give it ago.I tried it the very next day as I rushed to work by taking a pump of the primer and mixing it with an equal part of my Clinique stay matte foundation and rubbing it all over my face like a tinted moisturizer. I loved the natural my skin but slightly better/glowy look that I got. Considering I didn’t put anything else on my face, I was pleasantly surprised how great it held up throughout the day. The next time I tried it was over the weekend so I had more time to actually do my makeup. I applied it all over my face as a primer this time without mixing it with anything. Then I put on my Bobbi Brown foundation stick over it with a beauty blender sponge. The effect was just as great if not better.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone,Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)
Price: Cheap. Like less than $10
Rating: 4.8/5 (Almost so good I want to keep it a secret!!)
So far the only thing I would change about this primer is adding SPF. Besides that one tiny wish I have no complaints. This product gives my skin a beautiful glow, minus any annoying glitter.. So basically it’s my new best friend. The Elf mineral infused face primer comes in a total of four shades, each with their own skin perfecting purpose.
Wanna try it too? Get it here !
Want to know more about Elf? Check out my review of their NYC flagship store.
Comment below and let me know if  you’ve tried any elf products before?!
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Fancy Francy Beauty Box Giveaway

empty beauty boxWith all the winter holidays over and more cold weeks left to go, this time of year can sometimes seem a little bleak. So to brighten up the rest of your month and bring a little cheer your way, I’m sponsoring a custom beautybox. One lucky winner will be able to pick multiple brand new high-end and drugstore beauty items from my list to be shipped to them in a personalized beauty box.

The giveaway will start tomorrow and run until the end of the month. The giveaway is open domestically only to people over 18 (or under 18 with guardian’s consent). It will be running through raffelcopter and the winner of the giveaway will be chosen at random. Once the winner is announced I will contact the winner to give them more information on choosing their prize!

To enter, pick one or as many as you want of the ways below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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3 Easy DIY Valentine’s Nail Designs

Over recent years, diy nail designs have become increasingly more popular. Whether you’re a nail pro or beginner, this Valentine’s Day is a great time to show some love by painting an easy design on your nails. Instead of going to the salon for your typical mani, try something new this season and paint your own nail design! Below are three simple DIY designs that even a nail newbie can follow!

Valentines Day tutorial1. Start by painting your nails with a light pink nail polish. Allow the nails to completely dry then follow up with a true red polish and small nail brush (an eyeliner brush would also work) to draw on the heart. TIP: If you’re having a hard time drawing on the heart, just do it on one finger as an accent nail!


Valentine Nail Design Ideas

2.  Create a beautiful ombre nail look with just a few supplies. Start of by painting your nails light pink. On a covered surface, mix one drop of the same pink and a darker pink shade together in the middle. Take a sponge and dab it into the polish then carefully apply to each finger. Finish off the look by dipping a cotton q-tip in nail polish remover and cleaning up the excess polish.

Valentines Day nail art 2

3. This last DIY is a creative twist on the sheet nail polish trend. Start by taking a pack of (more…)

Best DIY Lip Scrubs

During the winter months, all of your skin needs a little extra attention, including your lips. Winter doesn’t have to mean baring with dry cracked lips. There are several great products you can buy to give your lips some TLC like the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish and Bliss Sugar Lip Scrub. But if you don’t have one of those on hand or just want to make your own it’s easy to DIY one! Many of these recipes are made with products you probably already have such as honey, sugar, and oil. Keep reading to find out the best DIY lip scrubs to get your pout back in shape!

natural lip exfoliate

1. The Au Natural Lip Scrub

What You’ll need:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • honey
  • brown sugar
  • a teaspoon
  • a tablespoon
  • a mixing bowl
  • small empty jar

DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

2. The Sugar Lip Scrub

What You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp. Vaseline
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar (white)
  • a tablespoon
  • a mixing bowl
  • small empty jar

Chocolate Sugar Lip Scrub

3. The Chocolate Sugar Lip Scrub

What You’ll need:

    • pure coconut oil
    • honey
    • 1 1/2 Granulated sugar
    • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
    • a mixing bowl
    • small empty jar


No matter which recipe you choose, all will leave your lips kissable soft!

And if DIY isn’t your thing below are some great lip scrub you can buy now!

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Five DIY New Years Eve Nails Ideas

Hard to believe it but 2014 is almost over. With Christmas done, most people are focused on their NYE night. A great way to accessorize your NYE dress is by doing a holiday inspired mani! While designs at the nail salon can be pretty pricey, there are limitless designs you can do at home. Below is a list of five Pinterest inspired looks that are sure to compliment any NYE look.


New Years Eve Nails 5

1. The Silver Accent Nail


How to Find the Right Foundation Shade


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.


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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Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2015: Marsala

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.”


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.

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