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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 boohoo.com 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…)

How to Update Your Makeup Bag this Summer

If I ever needed a reason to go out and buy more makeup, creating a few fun new looks for the summer season is definitely a good one! Summer colors are so much fun to have in your makeup bag and it only takes a few products to create the perfect summer look. So, here are a few quick tips on how to update your makeup bag for the summer season.

  1. Invest in the SPF: I will always, always, always recommend using products with SPF in them, especially in the summer. My first pick for updating your summer look would be a BB cream with SPF in it. BB creams are much lighter than other types of foundation and have many other benefits including essential anti-oxidants and helping to keep skin healthy and beautiful. If you’re going out and buying your first BB cream ever, I recommend the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm, for only $34. This product provides great coverage in the summer without feeling too heavy. Most days I will only need to use this product and some lipstick and I’m ready for the day. Definitely a great product to start your summer season update.nakedskinBBcream
  2. Get Glowing: To achieve the most incredible summer glow I have a few product ideas that are sure to be crowd pleasers this season. The first is the Hoola Bronzing Powder by Benefit for only $26. Lately, I have been having a fantastic obsession with Benefit products and their Hoola bronzer is easily the best bronzer I have tried in a very long time. This product adds just the perfect amount of color to your cheeks and great for someone who is just learning how to contour.hoolabybenefit
  3. Pretty in Pink Cheeks: Summer is the season when I really love to experiment with my blushes and liven up my cheeks. Whenever I use the Crush on Blush Palette by Smashbox I get so many compliments because this palette is summer perfection. The colors are perfect for someone like me who loves to switch up their look a lot. This palette includes gorgeous orange and coral colors that really enhance your bronzer. This product is a must-have at only $45, but it is a limited edition so head to the store fast and pick one up before they are gone!crushonblushpalette
  4. Alluring Lips: To get the perfect lip to finish off any look is totally simple this summer. Head over to your local drugstore and pick up any of the Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks. These shades are made to last through dinner, drinks and days at the beach without feathering or smearing out. Although all these colors are amazing, for your new summer look I recommend trying either Gladiolus or Marigold for only $8 a tube. Crazy, I know.revlonHDlipstick

With these easy additions to your summer makeup routine you are sure to impress all season long. Let us know if you liked these products by leaving a comment below! Have a great summer!




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Trend to Try: The Shift Dress


shift dress trend

The shift dress is a great look for spring and summer because it’s easy to wear and super versatile. Shift dresses look great on all body types and can be styled to fit any signature look. Pair it with a belt around the waist to accentuate your figure or let it hang loose for a easy breezy style. You can wear a shift dress for almost any occasion this season by finding the right fit and accessories. Keep reading to see three ways to go from work to weekend weddings and everything in between with this casual yet chic closet staple.

For Weekends: If you’re anything like me than you probably love to live in dresses during the warmer months. One of the most classic dress silhouettes is the shift dress. Opt for a shift dress in a fun print to wear out to weekend brunches and even a casual date night. One of my favorite weekend shift dresses is this one from Eliza J that I found at Nordstrom.

For Weddings: A shift dress is a perfect option for (more…)

DIY Tinted Lip Balm

DIY tinted Lipgloss

As a lover of all things DIY and lip products, I decided to tackle the idea of making my own tinted lip balm at home! After doing some research I found that I could be saving myself over $30 by taking a few minutes and creating my own lip products. This is one of the simplest (and most fun!) DIY projects I have done so here are my tips for creating your own signature shade of tinted lip balm at home!

What you will need:

  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Spoon
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Your choice of food coloring
  • A small container for your finished product


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