Product Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

By now you’re probably well aware of my love for all things matte (matte means not shiny). So when I received the NYX Soft Matte lip cream at the makeup show I was intrigued. I didn’t understand what they meant by “soft matte” but quickly figured it out once I tried it. The product applies like a lipgloss but drys into matte lipstain. I have it in a plum shade and have been wearing it nonstop. I love it because it’s easy to apply and won’t come off unless you take it off! It reminds me of my Stila stay all day lipstick which I’ve loved for years. The price of this product is cheaper so it’s a great drugstore alternative. NYX has a reputation of having quality products at prices that are cheaper than high end products. (more…)

DIY July 4th Nail Art Ideas

4th of july nail art

Independence day is right around the corner! If you’re feeling particularly festive this year, why not try one of these July 4th nail art ideas? I’ve rounded up several on pinterest that are relatively easy for any level of nail artist. (more…)


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Bigger is better, right? For NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencils, that’s definitely true. If you haven’t tried these sticks of glory, you’re missing out! Although all the shades are amazingly jaw-dropping, I’ll be talking about all the ways you can use the jumbo eye pencil in Milk. Using a white eye pencil? Yes, using a white eye pencil. (more…)

Trend To Try: Rihanna’s Sleek Red Carpet Ponytail

Rihanna's Red Carpet Hair

Motions Celebrity Stylist Ursula Stephen created a simple sleek look for Rihanna this past Sunday as she graced the Red Carpet. Ursula was inspired to create a look that was clean and simple to accompany Rihanna’s sleek suit. Steal Rihanna’s style with these step by step instructions from celebrity Stylist Ursula herself.

How to:

  1. Start with clean, air dried hair
  2. Flat iron medium sections of hair from root to half-way down the hair shaft, focusing on the edges. Wrap a small piece of hair around the base of the ponytail to disguise the elastic
  3. Gather hair into a pony tail and secure with an elastic band. Tame flyaways with a light hold spritz and a brush
  4. Finish with Motions Light Hold Working Spritz for hold and Motions Indulgent Oil Spray for shine
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How to pick a swimsuit by body type

No matter what your body type, swimsuit shopping can be really difficult. Everyone wants to look good when they are practically baring it all for the world to see. But when you’re wearing such little amounts of clothing, it’s kinda hard to accentuate or hide anything.

How to pick a swimsuit by bodytype

For my last beach vacation I spent weeks ahead of time searching for the perfect bikini. I ordered some online, bought some in stores, and even tried to get a pair from Instagram (spoiler alert, that’s not a good idea). Finally in the ninth hour I found a few swimsuits at that were cute and affordable. I impulsively decided to order a few right before my trip and luckily they worked out perfectly for me. The whole experience (including talking to friends who have had their own swimsuit shopping nightmares) left me wanting to help other women who might be going through a similar struggle this season.

Curvy/Hourglass: I love the high-waisted swimsuit trend for this body type. It accentuate the smallest part of the body (the waist) while still highlighting the curves.

Athletic: If you’re body doesn’t have many curves naturally you can totally still (more…)


Concealer 101

Foundation may be concealer’s more popular sister (think Beyonce to Solange) but concealer is equally (if not MORE) important. Two weeks ago a friend of mine was in town visiting and rummaging through my makeup when she asked me what exactly is concealer? I was a little shocked (not to mention a bit sad since I swear by my concealer) but it made me realize that most people might be wondering the same thing. For a while now I’ve been wanting do a series that breaks down the nuts and bolts of makeup. So I decided to kick of my beauty school series (affectionately nicknamed “slay school”) talking all about concealers today. Keep reading to learn what they do, the types, and my favorite holy grail ones.


Fancy Francy Kate Spade Giveaway

Kate Spade Giveaway

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t you should) you probably already heard about this awesome Kate Spade Giveaway!

Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than with a new bright and cheerful KateSpade giveaway?! I’ve teamed up with a group of great bloggers & shops to bring one lucky winner an amazing new Kate Spade bag, wallet, and beautiful journal. Interested? Simply follow the instructions below to enter :)
1. Follow me (TheFancyFrancy) & all the 11 other bloggers in the loop.  All entries will be verified!
2. Like the photo on each blogger & shops page (including mine)
3. Click on the photo and go to the profile of the person tagged, continue this until you get back to mine!
4.  For an extra entry, tag 3 friends in the comments of the original picture you liked.
This giveaway will be running from Monday 6/22 @ 7:00pm EST until Wednesday 6/24 @ 9:00pm EST.
The winner will be announced on each photo within 24hrs of the giveaway ending.
Good Luck!!
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How to do the Perfect Smokey Eye

A smokey eye. Sexy, flirty, fun, and definitely the center of attention. A smokey eye can be difficult if you make it to be, but with the right application techniques and hints, you’ll be the one smoking with all eyes all on you! This is my go to smokey eye look and here are a few tips to get you on the road to smokey success! unnamed (more…)

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