Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Makeup Essentials: Cosmetics every girl should have in their makeup bag

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Just like there are wardrobe essentials that every girl should have in their closet I believe there are also a few cosmetic products a girl should have in their makeup bag. You don't have to use every products every day but it is a good idea to have them in your makeup bag just in-case. Before we get started I just want to say that yes makeup is fun to play with and helps us feel better but we shouldn't forget that makeup is meant to enhance our natural beauty not change our whole face.

  1. Sunscreen: Protecting your skin from the damaging UV rays is extremely important. If you don't protect your skin from the sun's UV rays you are putting your health at risk by being exposed to pre cancerous cells that can led to skin cancer. Sunscreen also helps protect the skin from premature aging, just because we are young we shouldn't leave our skin un-protected. So finding make up with at least 15 SPF on your makeup is a good buy. There is no day like the present to start taking care of your skin.
  2. Face Primer: Primer is  used as a base to prepare your skin for makeup, it smooths out your skin making it easier to apply makeup and also helps it stay on for longer. So I would highly recommend finding a good face primer it will make a difference on how your makeup will look. 
  3. Foundation: The purpose for foundation is to even out skin and hide blemishes . Take the time to find a good long lasting and appropriate foundation for you. If possible try to get one with SPF so that way you will be hitting two birds with one stone.
  4. Face Powder: Face powder sets foundation and the concealer (if you wear any) in place. It finishes giving the face a flawless look if you have blemishes you are trying to hide. If you are blessed with good skin without blemishes and dark spots wearing just powder will be enough for you.
  5. Bronzer: I know what you are thinking "Bronzer= Looking like Snooki or a Omppa Loppa" Sure when you put too much bronzer it makes you look too made up and cakey. Luckily there are bronzers out there for every skin tone that wont make you look overly tan. Because when having the right shade of bronzer and when worn in moderation you end up having a pretty healthy glow and who doesn't want that!
  6. Blush: I love blush! I'm constantly looking for new shades of blush to try out and it so happens to be another beauty product that help give you a healthy glow on your cheeks. Blush enhances your natural beauty, helps define your cheeks bones and makes you look healthy and happy. Blush is meant to look natural so take it easy when putting it on and choose the appropriate shade or you will end up looking like a clown.
  7. Eyeshadow: Unlike foundation,powder,bronzer and blush where you need to take the time to find the right shade, you can never really go wrong with eyeshadow. And it is the perfect way to experiment with your makeup. Eyeshadow can define your whole look by making it dramatic or simple. And it is one of the most inexpensive cosmetics out there, you don't have to spend a fortune on eyeshadow. I prefer neutral matte eyeshadow colors ( browns, fawns, and champagnes) for day looks, pastel colors for when I'm feeling girly (pinks and purples), and shimmering dark colors for night (grays,blues, blacks). I would suggest buying a big palette of eyeshadow so that way you can have mostly every color at your hands.
  8. Mascara: Mascara is one beauty products that I cant go without. It really does open up your eyes and makes your eyelashes look longer and lusher. You can never go wrong with a little bit of mascara.
  9. Eyeliner: Whether you don't use eyeliner because you think its too much or you use it religiously it is a good idea to have eyeliner in your makeup bag. Because even though you may believe eyeliner is too much for day look, it is perfect for night looks. And this is also a good way to experiment with makeup with all the different colors out there aside from the usual black and brown, a few years ago my best friend used turquoise eyeliner (a change from her usual black) and she looked great! So I would also suggest to get some in vibrant colors (blue, pink, turquoise, purple, etc. . ) for the days you are feeling a little edgy.
  10. Lipstick/Lip Gloss/Lip Stain: Another favorite cosmetic of mine to shop for are lip products, I'm the girl with at least 5 different lip shades in my everyday bag (I'm not joking). Probably because to me lip products brings the whole look together without it I feel incomplete. I would suggest to have at least 3 lip products, one for the days you feel low key, one for everyday use, and one for special occasions.
And there you go ladies, my personal opinion on what I believe every girl should have in their makeup bag. Of course this doesn't include skin care products and makeup tools (those articles will come later, I promise) But it is a fairly basic start to building a impressive makeup collection or to just adding to the makeup collection you already have.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wardrobe Essentials: Clothes every girl should have in her closet

Hello lovelies! For my first article I decided to do something really basic and really simple. Something that can help girls who want to make the best out of their wardrobes. So I decided to write about wardrobe essentials that can be useful for any girl's closet. Sure its fun to follow trends but trends come and go, neon could be in this season but out the next which is why it is wise to invest in key pieces that will help you year round.

Jeans:  Whether you prefer skinny, straight, wide legged, or boot cut  jeans it is important you spend the time to look for a good fitting jean. Don't automatically go for the seasons trendy jeans just because everyone else has them. Go for a pair that fit you great and that you can move in. Once you found your perfect cut stock up on different washes I would recommend on having dark blue and black jeans because they are the must versatile. My favorite cut has to be straigth legged because they aren't as tight as skinny jeans and allows me tuck it in my boots or to show off my shoes without having excessive material around it.

Plain t-shirts: What I love about plain t-shirt is that it can bring a outfit together when you have a lot going on. Like if you are wearing a pattern skirt a plain t-shirt brings the outfit together without competing with the skirt. Just like they are different cuts of jeans they are also different kinds of t-shirts to explore, from crew neck, scoop neck,to v-necks. My personal favorites are scoop neck and v-necks but  once you find your own personal favorite that works for you make sure to also stock up on different colors in short sleeves and long sleeves.

Tops: Just as equally  important as t-shirts are pretty tops. Getting some in different styles, patterns and colors are also a great addition to your closet. It adds more pzazz to a outfit and makes it more interesting. Sometimes they can even become great conversation starters.

Oxford shirts: A nice solid colored button up shirt is such a preppy American classic that it had to be put into this list. You can dressed them up for a job interview or for work and can just as easily wear them with jeans and flats (how chic is that!) I love them in white and light blue because they are the easiest colors to style. You may think a nice button shirt may not be necessary in your wardrobe but trust me you never know when these might come in handy.

Cardigans: I love cardigans! You can wear them any season. They are also a great way to add color to your outfit. And they look so classy and put together that you can easily throw one on any random outfit and will instantly make it classy and chic.

Jacket: Now for those days where having a cardigan wont warm you enough it is a good investment to have a good jacket in a neutral color that will go with mostly every outfit. I love cropped jackets because they emphasize my waist but If that doesn't work for you it is okay because they are many different jackets out there for you. 

Coat: Another great piece to invest in is on a good coat. I love coats so much that I always find myself wishing for one cold day to wear my coat. Find coats with cute little details like bows or with a different patterns like polka dots or in houndstooth like mine for a cool retro vibe. Or if you rather have a simple look you can always buy one in a neutral color and just pin a pretty brooch for a clean sophisticated look.

Summer Dresses: Now I don't like to led on that I love summer dresses because I don't have
the best legs out there but living in Southern California where we have perfect weather most of the time has definitely make me love summer dresses so much that they have to be put in this list. Summer dresses are the epitome of girly-ness, the possibilities on how to style these fabulous dresses are endless. You can even wear them during the winter months (if the weather allows it) by just adding opaque tights or leggings under the dress with a cardigan over it.

LBD (Little Black Dress):  Now no wardrobe list would be complete without the Little Black Dress. Invented by Coco Chanel and made famous by Audrey Hepburn in her movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" where she glamorized the big screen in her iconic black Givenchy dress, the little black dress is definitely something worth investing in. What is great about owning a LBD is that you can never go wrong whit these fabulous dresses. No matter how you style it you will always end up looking glamorous.
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