Sunday, June 23, 2013

Trending: Dip Dyed and Ombré

To be fair, this trend really did start last year, but it's been gaining momentum and is bigger than ever this summer. Ombré, as it was known everywhere last year is basically dye starting darker and gradually becoming a lighter color whether it be on a piece of clothing, hair, furniture, bags, nails...the possibilities really are endless. Now, also going by the name "dip dyed", this trend gives off a fresh feel that is perfect for summer.

In my opinion, ombré is kind of a more mature version of tie dye in the sense that it's classier than the vibrant multi-toned t-shirts you wore as a kid. Ombré got it's start last year as the widely popular hair trend in which you dye the ends of your hair lighter and blonder than your actual hair color is. While some people hate this trend and think of it as just "grown out roots", ombré looks great on a vast majority of people as long as it's natural looking. Now that regular ombré is not as fresh of a trend this year, people have started using colored hair dyes like pink, purple, and blue to dye the ends of their hair rather than a natural looking color. I'm interested to see what the next form of ombré will be after this gets old as well!

I love love love dip dyed clothes and accessories. I think it's a great look and can still look classy no matter what it is your wearing. Dip dye is also something that it relatively easy to do yourself, all you really need is a piece of clothing (preferably white), some dye, and a bucket. Dip dying doesn't limit you to just dying a shirt, you can dye fabrics like denim and make bleached shorts or find a dress and dip dye the hem. By pairing your dip dyed item with something like a blazer or a pencil skirt you still look business-ready all while being able to express yourself. If you're not into wearing the trend as a clothing choice, consider a ombré purse, headband, or even some cool looking nails. There are ways to wear this trend in small amounts so you don't have to over-power your appearance with it. This trend is perfect for summer but can really be worn all year long depending on what colors the dye are, for instance navy would be a good color choice for fall and winter while orange would be better for the summer.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Best and Worst of Drugstore Foundation

Being a foundation aficionado, over the years I've tried countless different brands and formulas that all come from drugstores. Some I really love and think are great, but some are just awful...

My all time favorite is Revlon Colorstay foundation. It is literally AMAZING. It gives great coverage (especially if you have acne or problem spots) without making it look like you're wearing a pound of makeup. It's also build-able without making you look orange. The best thing about this foundation though is that it stays put all day long, even if you sweat! It looks great on and is absolutely worth the money.

For awhile I wore Almay Smart Shade foundation and although I really like it, there are a few things about it that irk me. The fact that it works to match your exact skin color is helpful and the coverage is great, not to mention it also has SPF 15! Although, one thing that bugs me a bit is that you actually have to mix it before you apply it to your skin or else it will just be orange when you put it onto your face. Other than this problem it really is a great foundation and Almay concealer is my all time favorite!

Another product I've worn and liked was Covergirl Clean foundation. Boasting that it's great for your skin, this foundation offers light coverage with a fresh clean scent. What I really like about this product is that it comes in three different types: normal skin, dry skin, and oily skin. It's not often that a company creates different types of a product to fit the individual needs of it's customers instead of making only one universal formula. The fact that this is made for a wider audience makes it easier to find exactly which is right for you. My only cons about this foundation are that if you put too much on you risk looking orange-y or darker than your skin tone. My other con is that this foundation is a bit heavy and you'll be able to feel the foundation on your face sort of like a mask even after it dries.

Now I'm sure that some of you love this product, but Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Liquid Makeup is my absolute LEAST favorite. When I put it on, it didn't look smooth but was cakey and un-natrual looking. Because it has salicylic acid, it can help fight acne while you wear it, but it can also dry out your skin in the process. This product did not impress me nor was it right for me.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Drugstore Dupe: Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palettes

Urban Decay's Naked and Naked 2 eye shadow palettes are wildly popular with makeup users and are constantly being raved about on the internet whether it be in reviews or in beauty tutorials via YouTube or Pinterest. For some people, shelling out $50 for a eyeshadow palette might sound a little pricy and looking for a drugstore alternative might sound like a better solution. After searching and trying multiple products, I've found a winner. Physicians Formula "Nude" eyeshadow palettes come in three types: classic, natural, and warm. After using the "warm" palette, I really don't have any complaints! The colors stay on all day and the variety of colors let you mix and match to create different looks. My only suggestion would be to use primer before applying the shadow to make the colors stand out a little more. Although it's not the real thing, this dupe is worth checking out.