Monday, July 27, 2015
Strobing. It's the new contouring. Just like bronzing was the new blush. And we all know who brings on all these trends. That's right, it's Mrs. Kardashian West herself and her endlessly flawless instagram pictures that cause you to dream at night of perfected skin. So what is strobing and how can you achieve it? More importantly, what do you need to know before strobing so that you wont end up looking like a stadium light?
Her's the low down. Strobing is basically reverse contouring. Instead of focusing on bringing out the dark contours of your face, you focus more on where the light hits your face. This can be done in two ways. If you want a subtler glow, start strobing before your foundation and go in with a heavier hand. If you want a stronger effect finish off after you do the rest of your makeup. Strobing is essentially enhancing what you would look like if you were facing the sun, where the sun would hit your face first. So swipe your highlighter on the upper cheekbones going slightly around the side of your eyes, the bridge of your nose, cupids bow, chin and a tad on your forehead. You can even go as far as highlighting your brow bone but don't overdo it or you will look like Miss Texas. You can still add contouring to your routine but as far as bronzing, if you must, go in with an easy hand. You should look like you are glowing naturally. The contrast between the bronzer and strobing can be too much.
Now for the big question. Can you do it? Everyone can strobe, but all skin is different and therefore strobing should be approached according to your needs. First of all if you have large pores, strobing will accentuate them, which is not really what you want. To avoid this, exfoliate first. Everyone should exfoliate before creating any shine on the face, but those with large pores will find it super beneficial. Apply a silicone based primer. The slip will fill in pores and create a smoother base. And choose a finely milled powder highlight rather than a liquid or stick which will just sit in the pores rather than over it, even if you wear a primer. And lastly go for a shade that isn't too white. A rose gold or champagne is better. For the rest of you with smaller pores, or the envious flawless textured skinned girls, you can use whatever version and whichever color. Lucky ducks.
There are so many highlighters on the market so you can really find whatever works for your face as well as your budget. Powders, sticks, creams, bases. It's all there. Good luck and glow on.
Friday, July 24, 2015
It's that blissful time of the week again. The weekend has arrived and with temperatures rising, feeling breezy is a cool welcoming. Adding white pieces to your mix shows off a nonchalant laid back mood that is perfect for easy weekending. These freshly picked goodies will ensure your hiatus from the week is nothing short of the white stuff.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
I might be the one out of the know, and you guys might be saying, "Where have you been living? You don't know the brand Minty Meets Munt?" Well, no I do not. But now I do, and if you are in the same boat as me well then let's both celebrate. I love finding brands that have fresh designs and that are well priced too. What I love most about this small collection of pieces is that you can style them in so many different ways. Layering them to get an even more unique result is what I love about style. The element of surprise. The "oh, now that's cool" and the "Look how she wore that top!" I am simply addicted to that high. So if you are like me and did not know about Minty Meets Munt, well, you're welcome.
Monday, July 20, 2015
I am a big advocate for sequins during the day. Who said sparkly and fun should just be reserved for night time? Of course you don't want to look overdressed during the day. I'm lying. Yes you do. It's so fun. Trust me. But if you want to casual it up a bit with a sparkly number, take some notes. If you love the piece, put it on. And only after that, choose accessories that will lighten up the outfit. Here are a few ideas.
If you think sequins on top and bottom is too much, thing again. The scale of these sequins on the top combined with the tshirt texture of the sleeves makes it perfect to wear out during the day. The skirt is almost minimal in the color and texture that it just works. The flats and fun accessories keeps it playful to run errands in.
I am loving the sportiness of this dress that I decided to take it a step further and pair it with relative accessories. A denim jacket and baseball cap, paired with bright sunnies, gold hoops and a fresh bag make this look retro cool. And with such fun fringe wedges, you will want to sit courtside to show off this great ensemble.
I know that this skirt is similar in style to the first outfit, but I just couldnt resist the unique element of chunkier sequins on the top. A short sleeve chambray shirt and suede accessories creates an easy vibe. But don't stop the fun at the skirt. Throw on a bright statement necklace and bag and some fun shades.