Nyc Beauty Event: Free Birchbox giveaway

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September 19th, is the first-ever Birchbox Customer Appreciation Day! To celebrate, the company will be giving away free Birchboxes to everyone at their Soho store.

If you’re in the New York City area head to the below address:

433 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012

 

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Fall 2014 Beauty Trends

Fal Beauty Trends

 

With Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week already underway for spring/summer 2015 and the first day of fall steadily fast approaching on September 22nd, now is a better time than ever to review the top trends for fall/winter 2014 beauty.

Furs, oversized coats, even some 60’s and sports attire ran the runways during the 2014 fall/winter shows, but here’s what to expect when dressing your face this season:

SKIN:

Skin stays illuminated for fall/winter, never falling flat or dull. Bronzer is even welcomed this season using it to help sculpt the face. Highlighter used on cheekbones warms up the skin to not look as frigid as it may be outside.

Natural shades of blush are used mostly now, or a varied shade of merlot for those deep winter months.


EYES:

Color is no longer just for the spring/summer months. It seems any shade of blue on the eyes; either applied as a shadow, thick winged liner, or smudged along the bottom lash line would make you perfectly on trend.

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Hair Tutorial: Catwalk By TiGi NYFW Messy Braid

TIGI NYFW Mara Hoffman

For Mara Hoffman’s recent Spring 2015 collection showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, the models sported a “lived-in desert braid.” The inspiration for the look was “the breezy vibe of the California desert”. I was behind the scenes at the show to see how CATWALK by TIGI Global Creative Director Nick Irwin developed the effortless look.

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Tigi for Mara Hoffman

 

Steps:

1. Mist clean, dry hair with Catwalk by Tigi Transforming Dry shampoo to create matte texture

2. Part hair in the middle. Separate hair into three sections and gather back section into a low loose ponytail and secure with an elastic.

3. Braid each section using whatever technique (fishtail, 3 strand, etc) and secure with an elastic.

4. Gently tug at the braid to loose and allow front pieces to fall and frame the face

5. Finish with hairspray to hold the look.

** Hint, if your hair is not long enough to achieve the look you can apply a faux braid

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New York Fashion Week Survival Kit

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SS15 Fashion week is off to a start here in new york city and I for one couldn’t be happier. September fashion week is one of my favorite times of the years. This fashion week I’m not taking time off from work so I’ll mainly be attending shows/events on the weekend and evenings. Although I won’t be running around as much as usual, there are a few key items that I can’t do without.

Be sure to follow the Fancyfrancy Instagram and twitter @fancyfrancyfash to see my up to the minute coverage of nyfw.

 

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Four Bronzers for Woman of Color

Four Bronzers for Brown Skin

September is here and while we seem to be having a few last dog days of summer, pretty soon the sun will retreat along with our summer glows. But that doesn’t have to be the case!Many women, especially women of color, shy away from bronzer because they are afraid/ don’t understand the purpose. Bronzer is a great way to add glow, warmth, and depth to your face (and doesn’t have to be scary at all!!) Similar to blush, when applied correctly bronzer can look natural and beautiful on even the deepest complexions.

To keep your summer glow lasting all year long, apply a light dusting of bronzer to the hallows of your checks (directly above your blush if you are wearing any) with a powder brush. I recommend using a powder brush because it will allow for a lighter application.

Ready to glow? You can try one of the four bronzers mentioned above or any other one that suits you.

1. Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronze
2. Benefit Sunbeam
3. M·A·C ‘Mineralize’ Skinfinish Natural
4. Laura Mercier Radiance Baked

 

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Fancy and Frugal: New Makeup Academy CVS Beauty Launch

MUA Makeup Academy CVS

It’s no secret that I love to look to drugstores such as CVS for great budget beauty finds. So naturally, I was extremely excited to hear about the launch of a new beauty line at CVS. Makeup Academy is a premium beauty line developed by industry professionals exclusively for CVS. To debut, the line has three categories (lips, lashes, and brushes) with over 145 products. The line it’ self shares the same brand name as the popular UK line, though this collection The price for all of the products range from $5-$26, making it fancy yet affordable.

I recently had the opportunity to test out a few of their products and really liked their wide range of lashes for day or night. For the lips, lately I’ve been really into liquid lipsticks and lip stains so I’m really excited to try out a few of the ones in the collection. Lastly, for brushes, their Pro BB.CC cream brush is a standout item that I’ve never seen anywhere else.

 

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Interested in trying them out for yourself? You can find the Makeup Academy collection exclusively at CVS.
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Monthly Beauty Favorites

summer beauty productsSummer seems to be swiftly flying by. It’s hard to believe it’s already August and  it’s been a few months since my last Beauty Favorites list. Not much has changed but there are a few items I’ve added to my routine. Keep reading to check out what I’m currently loving.

Med-e-Tate Antiperspirant Wipes: If you’ve been reading Fancyfrancy for a while you’ve probably noticed a pattern: I hate sweat and shine. There is nothing I love more than a flawless matte face. These wipes are a little pricey but work great to keep face sweat at bay (though they can be used anywhere). I typically only use them if it’s a special occasion or on the weekends if I’m wearing makeup and going to be outside. Laura Mercier “Smooth Focus” Pressed Setting Powder:  As I mentioned back in this post, this product is great for on the go shine control. While most “translucent” powders tend to leave a “ashy” or “grayish” color on darker completions, this powder is actually true to word and doesn’t show up at all. Boots Expert Sensitive Acne Face Wash: In the summer time my face seems to be more susceptible to blemishes and minor breakouts. This face wash is one from the UK brand Boots that I somehow keep coming back to. Coconut oil:  My hair is obsessed with this stuff and so am I. Mac eyebrow pencil in Stud: I use to think all eyebrow pencils were the same. I couldn’t phantom why anyone would pay $10+ a pop while these bad boys go for 99cents at any decent beauty supply store. A year ago I got the chance to try this Mac eyebrow pencil out discounted so I figured why not. The product lasted me almost a year and when it finally “ran out” I went back to my 99cent pencil. After a month or so of mediocre eyebrows I realized that there was a certain something missing and repurchased this full priced. It doesn’t make sense but this is definitely one of those situations were generic doessn’t equal brand. Boots Expert Sensitive Cleansing and Toning Wipes: I feel totally at a lost whenever I do not have makeup wipes on hand. I like this brand because the wipes are for sensitive skin and do not irate my eyes when I am removing my eye makeup. Carmex moisture plus: I loved Carmex when I was younger and recently fell back in love with their new moisture plus. In my mind this is a more “grown up” version of the classic with a more slender tube application.

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