Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Swimwear Trends 2016

It's time to start shopping for our summer swimwear. You've got to get it now because by the time summer actually rolls around, the suits are all picked over.

There are a lot of interesting trends this year. I am intrigued that the high on the sides one piece has made a come back, most likely due to the Baywatch movie. I wore a hot pink one on my honeymoon. My husband always loved that style! 
I find this off the shoulder style interesting, too. 
off the shoulder bikini
We are going to need two important things this summer, lots of sunscreen to prevent all the funky tan lines this year's swimsuit are going to create and lots of bikini waxing!

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You will see lots of sexy stringy details in swimwear for 2016: stringy backs, stringy sides, braided and macrame details. There are also cuts outs, peek-a-boos and vertically laced up fronts.  
macrame swimsuits
one piece swimsuits

Flounce tops and lace are also trending for swimwear.
lace bikinis

In the bold department, we have bright colors, geometric prints, color blocking and stripes. 
geometric print bikinis
color block bikinis

There are lots of suits with nice little metallic stripes, shapes and strings, too.
metallic bikinis
There is still a little fringe out there and also small ruffles, but not the big ruffles we have seen in the past couple years.

If you are feeling a bit modest, try the 50's retro style or a tankini or maybe high neck style in a one or two piece suit. The suits in my pics are from a few different stores, Victoria Secret, Aerie and Target. I just realized you can find some cute suits at great prices on Amazon. Who knew?
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Zoya Petals Spring 2016

Zoya gives us a beautiful soft collection of nail polish colors this spring. The collection is Petals. I can see the Pantone Color of the Year influence!
Zoya Petals Collection swatches
Leia is a sheer opalescent white. It has flecks of fuchsia, green and gold. It looks very shimmery pink on me. This color fits right in with the trend of wearing a sheer glittery nail color. It would also look beautiful on top of a color.
Zoya Petals Collection Leia
Aster is a periwinkle with flecks of fuchsia.

Azalea is a medium fuchsia pink with fuchsia and white shimmer.
Zoya Petals Collection Azalea

Zahara is bright shimmery coral with a bit of opalescence.
Zoya Petals Collection Zahara
Tulip is a creamy pink salmon with a barely there shimmer.

is a creamy warm pastel pink with a barely there shimmer. 

They are beautiful colors. Perfect for spring and summer too! You can find them for $10 each in salons, at and Amazon. Find Zoya polish on Amazon

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Monday, March 21, 2016

How tame hair static

Hello friends! Is your hair acting wild and crazy like mine? 
static hair
The calendar says it's spring but my dry staticky hair says it still feels like winter. We need a little humidity. Just a little. When it gets too humid here in Philly, we all complain! There are a few easy things we can try to help calm that fly away hair till the humidity comes! 

A Shaving Brush & Hairspray

Calm static like the hair stylists on professional photo shoots. Spray on a little hairspray then use a good old fashioned shaving brush to gently smooth down the hairs without disturbing your hairstyle. My favorite hairspray is Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine. Find it in salons and on Amazon. Find shaving brushes in the shaving cream section at your favorite drug store or super store.
Always use a good conditioner at every shampoo. Well hydrated hair will be less fly away. You can also try a leave in conditioner. A leave in conditioner leaves moisturizers on the hair that reduce static. Apply  a leave in conditioner to clean damp hair, don't rinse, then blow dry and style your hair. The Conditioner by Paul Mitchell is a great leave in conditioner. It also works as a lotion for your skin!
Hair Oil
A little hair oil works wonders. Put a small amount of a hair oil, such as Moroccan Oil, in your hand. Work it into your hair. It works on dry hair as well as wet hair. Hair serums work too. Many hair serums are silicon based instead of oil based. Try Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

Ionic Blow Dryer

Use an ionic blow dryer to calm the static. Iconic blow dryers emit negative ions. Staticky hair is charged up with positive ions. The negative ions attach themselves to the positive ions and calm the static. An added bonus, ionic blow dryers help make your hair shinier.

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Dryer Sheets

Use a dryer sheet to gently smooth down fly away hairs. Or rub a dryer sheet on your hair brush before brushing your hair. Dryer sheets are also great for calming static in your clothes. Rub them on that clingy shirt and the cling goes away.

Metal Comb

Use a wide tooth metal comb instead of a plastic comb. The metal helps reduce the electric charge in your hair. A comb also creates less static than a brush.

Hand Lotion

If you don't have any hair products handy, try a bit of hand lotion. Put a little bit of hand lotion in your hand, rub your hands together to distribute it so there is a light film of lotion on your hands. Now lightly smooth down the staticky hairs with your hands.

I hope these tips help you tame those fly away hairs!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Urban Decay Green Eye Shadow

Urban decay Green eye shadow
I'm wearin' the green in honor of St. Patrick's day! I don't usually wear green shadow but it's fun for today.

I used a two greens from the UD XX Vice LTD Reloaded palette, Acid Rain and Mildew, to create my St.Patty's green eyes. 
Urban decay xx vice reloaded
I got this palette at Ulta. It's a limited edition so I'm not sure how long it will be available, but I have seen these colors in other palettes too. 
Urban decay polyester bride
I add a bit of Polyester Bride for some glitz. Glitzy eyes are in for spring! 

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Mildew and Polyester Bride are available is single shadows for $19.00 each. The UD XX Vice LTD Reloaded palette is $56 at Ulta.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Spring/Summer Beauty Trends for 2016

Spring is here. I don't know about you, but that makes me very happy!!! As always, there are some beauty tends taken from the spring fashion runways that we will be using for not only spring, but summer too. The runway looks can be extreme at times but we can use toned down versions for real life. Here are some fun trends for makeup and hair.

zoya leia

Sheer Glitter Polish

Use 1 coat of glittery nail polish to create a subtle barely there shimmering look on your nails. Use a base coat, one coat of sheer shimmer or glitter polish then a top coat. Layers give your polish more staying power. Zoya makes some perfect barely there shimmering nail polishes. This is Leia.

blue liner
Blue Eyeliner

We have seen this tend for quite sometime now. Shades of blue eyeliner. It can be robin's egg blue, cobalt, navy or
sapphire. Choose the shade that excites and flatters you. 

NYX makes a bunch of pretty blue eyeliners.

Fucshia lips

Bold Lips

We have also seen this fun trend for awhile. The bold lip. Try a deep wine, a fire engine red, a bright coral or a hot pink. I am loving Urban Decay Catfight!
Blue shadow and glitter lashes

Glittery Eyelids

Add some shimmer and glitter eye shadow to your eyelids. It brings flattering light to your eyes and it's just plain fun!
strip lashes

Long Lashes

Long fluttery lashes are still all the rage.  Use a lengthen mascara or use falsies. Also, lashes can have a bit of bling to go with your glitter eye shadow. Try some strip lashes that have some sparkle to them. Ardell makes some fun ones.

bold brow

Bold Brows

Brows remain bold, well shaped and filled in. Have your brow shaped at the salon so you don't go over tweeze them yourself

foundation brush

Fresh Skin

Your foundation should look clean and natural. Not too shiny and not too matte. Choose a foundation color that matches your skin tone. Apply it with a sponge or a foundation brush for good but natural looking coverage. Finish with a light dusting of powder. Add a bit of rosy blush to your cheeks.



We love this trend! It's fresh and easy. If your ponytail slides easily, try spraying on a little dry shampoo all over your hair then brushing it through to add more grip. 

Use fabric covered elastic bands to help prevent hair breakage.

top knot

Top Knots

Those messy top knots are still in I am happy to say. Another great looking easy hair style!  Pull your hair up, twist it and secure it with French hair pins. Try spraying on a little dry shampoo all over your hair then brush it through to improve the grip.
side braid

Tight Braids

Braids have been a bit messy in the past. This year they are tighter and cleaner. Add a bit of oil to your hair to control the fly aways and add sleekness. Pull your hair back into a ponytail. Make a braid, secure the end and spray it with hairspray to help keep it in place.

pink and purple hair
Styling Point

Fashion Hair Colors

I love this colorful trend! Cover your whole head with a rainbow of color or just add streaks of color throughout your hair. Pink, lavender, aqua. Whatever strikes your fancy.

These are just trends. Use them or create your own trends!

Be creative. Be happy. Be beautiful. Be yourself.

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