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.

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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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The best waterproof cosmetics for summer

Heat, humidity, perspiration, and swimming shouldn’t stop your summer beauty routine.  Recently we discussed how to stay shine free and  Martha Stewart Living, also cultivated a list of their own our favorite products that survive the summer. Check out a few of their picks below as well as our picks here.

November/Beauty
Products Featured: Hard Candy All Lid Up Eye Shadow, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil, Cargo Swimmables water-resistant blush, Vincent Longo Liquid Canvas Dew Finish waterproof Foundation, Cargo Swimmables water-resistant blush, Tarte Amazonian Clay waterproof concealer, Make Up for Ever Aqua Rouge waterproof liquid lip color, Tarte Amazonian Clay matte water-proof bronzer, Tarte Lights-Camera-Splashes waterproof mascara.

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How to Dress Like a Start-up Guy

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Banana Republic recently posted this look book to finally answer the question: what does one wear as a twenty something silicon valley aspiring millionaire. The answer: lots of denim like slacks and jackets without ties. Above are a few standouts from the collection, see the whole thing here and check out Fast Company’s break down here.

 

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Where to save and splurge when building your makeup collection:

brushes-in-a-potOkay so lets face it (no pun intended) building up a makeup collection can be pretty pricey, especially if you’re starting from scratch. It might be tempting to go budget friendly for your whole collection but getting the right tools of the trade is essential for great makeup applications. With that being said, there are still some areas where you can save instead of splurge when building your collection.

 Keep reading to find out our favorite drugstore products with high end performance

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To Skort Or Not To Skort?

Trend Report:Skort

 

“A skort, sometimes called a scooter or ‘skant’, is a pair of shorts with a fabric panel resembling a skirt covering the front.”

Once reserved for the semi tomboy years of adolescents, thanks in part mainly to Zara, this “hybrid” item is now socially acceptable for grown ups. Whether you love it or hate it (I’ve yet to decide my personal stance) this trend is dominating the streets (and blogs) this summer.

See what other’s are saying about the skort and the Zara skort in particular here and here.

Comment below with your thoughts on this trend. Would you rock this trend? 

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Francy Answers: What to wear to a pool party

Dear Francy,

I’m attending a pool party soon and I don’t know what to wear. I want to look cute but not like I’m trying to hard, any ideas?

 

As a southern, pool parties are near and dear to my heart. The only way to beat a scorching hot day is to get dressed up and party around the perimeter of a pool. All jokes aside, pool parties can be a very tricky wardrobe situation. Personally, I would recommend wearing an all black swimsuit which pairs easily with a multiple of looks.

Keep reading to see three suggestions for what to wear to a summer pool party.

One item, three looks: Classic Black Bikini

Look one:

Six Items Outfit Breakdown

 

Look two:

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Look Three:

Six Items Outfit Breakdown

Comment below and share your thoughts, which look do you like the best?

Interested in having your question answered?  If you have any questions or situations you would like advice on submit them here!

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