Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fashion: Simply Romantic






This outfit is simple and romantic, and can be dressed up or down. The light pink bustier with the small simple lace like detailing on the neck line adds a romantic soft feeling to the outfit. The shirt is also very slimming due to the two vertical lines that run curved up the abdominal section! The fabric on this shirt is also very comfy, soft, and form fitting. I paired it with a simple, 1/2 sleeve white cardigan from target. The shorts are high wasted, and have three buttons running up the sides in the front. The sheen to the fabric adds a hint of texture to the rest of the look. Because of the simplicity of the outfit, I paired it with a pair of funky heels that add a pop without overpowering the rest of the ensemble. A simple large grey handbag stays in the family of colors and gives me a place to put my junk! I decided to stay with the romantic feel of the outfit and paired it with my favorite white watch, some pearl studs, and my favorite silver key necklace. The soft curls and lack of heavy makeup again add to the feel the outfit gives.



What is she wearing?
Top: Talula ballet pink bustier

Shorts:Talula high waisted button ups
Shoes: Sofft heels
Bra: VS Pink Nude wear everyday 
Earrings: Cream pearl studs

Face: Mac MSF natual, Benefit Erase paste, Benefit Eye bright
Bronzer/Blush: MAC Wonder Woman Bronzer in Pink Power for blush bronzer and highlighting, Bobbi Brown Rouge in Soft Pink
Eyes:  Lid:Painterly Paintpot Lash Line/Water Line: UD Purple shade from the dangerous pallet Lahes:  Benefit They're Real! Mascara
Lips: MAC Creamcup Lipstick
                               



   


xoxo 
~Alicia and Abby




Friday, August 19, 2011

Health and Fitness: Green Machine


Recently I’ve been obsessed with a green smoothie. Yes, you read that right! IT’S GREEN! I don’t know if it’s the color or the taste, but this smoothie has got me going bananas! It honestly takes a few minutes to make and it’s super healthy for you! The green smoothie has many great benefits including weight loss, digestive health, and it even helps support the immune system. After a couple of weeks you’ll have glowing skin, hair, nails, even eyes get brighter! Who doesn’t want that? The only things you need is a blender and the following ingredients:

  •             ½ cup of frozen mango
  •       ½ cup of frozen peaches
  •       1-2 fresh or frozen banana
  •       Handful of spinach
  •       Water
  •             Ice (optional)


All you need to do is all the fruit and washed spinach into your blender. Fill the blender up with enough water for the blender to blend, a few ice cubes if you like your smoothies super thick, blend, pour, and enjoy your super healthy beneficial smoothie! You can also substitute the mango and peaches for any other frozen fruit of your choice! This is one of the most inexpensive, filling snacks out there! So go grab your blender and make your glowing green smoothie! bone app├ętit!



xoxo
~Alicia and Abby

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Beauty: Painterly Paint Pot

If you haven't heard the name Painterly before, you must be living under a rock! I never found a need for the $17.50 skin colored base, until I had my beauty epiphany! My epiphany was basically to wear less make-up on a daily basis! As much as I LOVE a shimmery lid and a deepened crease, on an everyday basis it can be a little too much. My only problem was that I have veiny lids and can't stand them! I felt the need to just cave and buy the most hyped eyeshadow base! MAC Cosmetics states:


"A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. " 




The performance of this product is spot on to the claims! I find that the pink undertone in this paint pot gives me such a beautiful finish. The creaminess is wonderful, and it isn't dry at all! It gives my lids a good coverage, and hides all of my nasty pink, blue, green, and purple veins. I find that it does not crease on me, but I also do not have crazy oily lids. Even so, I find that some other bases can crease on me, but this one did hold up with out primer or setting it with a powder. I apply this paint pot with a clean concealer brush or super clean fingers. You have to be careful because products like this can be a breading ground for bacteria! Yikes! But as long as you are careful and cautious, you should be just fine! Although this product may seem pricy for something so simple, its worth it! The amount you receive is enough to last you a very long time!  Overall I think this is a fantastic product and recommend it to anyone who needs a good flesh toned base!

xoxo
~Alicia and Abby

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Travel: Best Invention ever!

So when preparing for a beautiful and amazing time in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, I came across the perfect travel best friend: A blanket that folds into a pillow! Now it may seem pretty lame and not special, but it has saved my life on countless occasions! The pillow blanket is made up of super soft material and comes in a cute pink or a sleek black! When it’s folded in a pillow, its 11x10x3. So its not super big, but big enough to provide the comfort of a soft pillow! When you unzip the blanket and unfold it, you have a blanket that is 60x37! So it’s very long, and pretty wide! The best part about this is the foot pouch! On the bottom of the blanket there is button and extra fabric that you can slip your feet into to get your toes warm! There is also a pouch that you can hide things in when it is in blanket form. Perfect to hold the hotel remote! It also has a loop and a snap closure so that you can attach it to the outside of your bag, and not have to worry about it taking up valuable room! I got mine in March at TjMaxx for less than $15, but they do sell them online for around $30. I love the time and if you can find it at a discount snatch it up! Overall I don’t think I would be able to travel without it! Its with me on the plane, in the car, and with the nasty hotel sheets!

Is there anything you can't live with out when you travel? 

xoxo
~Alicia and Abby


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Beauty: Alicia's Would You Rather Beauty Edition!

Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lipglosses or lose all of your palettes and eyeshadows? Loose all of my Pallettes and shadows!

Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again? Chop it all off! Nothing worse that straw like uneven ends!

Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek? Pink!!!

If you had $1000 to spend, Would you rather buy clothes or makeup? I'm currently on a makeup ban... well al least im really monitoring myself! So clothing!

Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick? Eyeliner as lipstick!

Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora? Sephora! I mean I'd miss MAC, but really?

Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life? Lip color!

Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter? Winter clothes in the summer, cuz it gets freezing here in the winter!

Would you rather dark nails or bright nails all year round? Bright nails!

Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product? Eye Product! I could maybe live without eyeliner, but never without lip balm!

Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a pony tail or a messy bun? i'm a pony girl!

Would your rather never being able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss? Never use lip gloss! I love my polish too much!

Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all? or sharpie them in everyday? Why would i sharpie them in if i didnt shave them off? But sharpie! Eyebrows take forever to grow back!

Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish? Nail polish! As much as i love it, makeup wins!

Answer these questions! I want to know what you would choose! :)

xoxo
~Alicia and Abby

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Haulin'

We went shopping today and well... we caved! Watch the video to see what we got!

video

Do you like videos every now and then? Were debating on keeping them!

xoxo
~Alicia and Abby

Fashion: How To Save Money on a Shopping Trip!

Lets face it… we all love to shop! There's nothing wrong with trying on countless amounts of outfits and spending money on things you might only wear a couple of times! Here are some tips that will help you save money, and regret, on your future shopping trips!

  1. Set a limit for yourself. Giving yourself a limit of howmuch you want to spend will keep you in line, andsave you from truly regretting that Marc bag on sale that you can't return.
  2. Know what you’re looking for. Maybe you have an event coming off and on the shopping trip you are planning on getting stuff for that event! Keep those things in mind as you shop. By knowing what your planning on buying before you go to the mall will help you stay on track and not buy the things you have too many of!
  3. Glance over your closet before you leave. This is going to create a mental bank of the clothing you have so when you see that really cute shirt, even at $10, you can save that and put it towards a different purchase.
  4. Divide up the cost. While starring at yourself in the mirror in the beautiful $50 dress, quickly take the amount of times that you think you will wear it and divide the price by the number. You say you wear it 5 times, that $10 for every time you’re going to wear it!
  5. Add in the cost of accessories. When I try on clothes, or see it on a rack, I think of how I would wear it, including shoes, jewelry, handbag, etc. If I don't own anything that I think will look good with the outfit, I rethink the purchase.
  6. Look for deals. This is one of the most obvious ones! If you see a bogo, or a sale, check there first! Also look out for coupons and online codes!
  7. Be careful with buying extra deals. Sure those shirts may be 2 for $25, but do you really need them? Most of the time you’re saving close to $3, but your spending extra money because you were sucked into the deal. If you only need one, get one. Don't get something unless you truly need it.
  8. Basics vs. One time wear. Why spend your money on something that you might not wear as much? Sure you might see a super expensive basic, but the cost will make up for it in the end!
  9. Add in any alterations. Sure you love the dress, but it’s too long. "Oh, ill just get it tailored!" well that will run you extra. So the dress may seem reasonable, but time and money will add to the cost.
  10. Put it on hold until the end of your trip. You may love that shirt now, but what if you buy 2 other shirts? Do you still really need that one? Plus, you wont want to go back and get it unless you really really like it!

This system will make sure you don't regret al of the things you buy in your future shopping trips! Happy Shopping! :)

xoxo
~Alicia and Abby

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: Gold Shadows

I'm in love with gold eyeshadow right now.I feel like it's a color that compliments every eye color beautifully.
Gold shadow works for every occasion too; A light dusting of gold shimmer for the beach or a full out smokey gold look for a night out.

Here are some of my favorites:

NARS Sugarland palette




Pros: Awesome rose gold color, and tons of shimmer
Cons: Not very pigmented and creases and flakes if used without a primer

Overall assessment: It's great to use if you're going for a natural look but you still feel like a little sparkle. I love dusting it on my lids over Urban Decay primer in Sin.

NYX Glitter Cream Pallet in One Night in Luxy



Pros: OOH GLITTER!Doesn't flake too much.
Cons: Uneven application, impossible to get off

Overall assessment: Be ready to live the life of Ke$ha for the minimum of 3 days it takes before you wipe away every last sparkle. It's fun to smooth a layer of this over your other eye makeup if you're going for an especially glam look. Being a cream based shadow, it's easier to use than a more flaky glitter shadow which refuses to stick to your lids.

L'oreal HIP Metallic Shadow Duo in Gilded



Pros: Very pigmented, easy to blend, great color.
Cons: The black shadow isn't as pigmented as the gold, although some might consider
this a good thing as it doesn't overpower in a smoky eye.
Overall assessment: My favorite gold shadow. If you haven't tried the HIP eyeshadows you need to!
They're my current makeup obsession and for the price (around $8 but I found some of the duos at
my local 5 below for only $2.99!) their pigmentation is outstanding.

Sorry for the weird pictures...we're working on getting better pictures of products!

What's your current makeup obsession?

xoxo
~Abby and Alicia

Review: Revlon Cream Shadows!

Khakis Suede

I recently renewed my love for cream products (besides my beloved everyday benefit cream shadow) after I was forced to coat, my eyes in Vaseline. It wasn't that bad, however I loved the sheen it gave my lid and the shimmery creamy texture. The next day in a routine trip to Ulta (with a coupon) I decided to pick up my second quad of the Revlon creams. I was going to pick up two because of the buy one get one %50 off, but I held back and stuck with one. The two I currently own are Khakis Suede and Not Just Nudes.

Pros: One of the pros to these cream shadows is the price. One of the quads will run you anywhere from $4-6 for 3.4 total g. of product. You can also get them on sale and snag them for an even lower price! Another thing I love about these is the shade range. Each quad has beautiful shades that complement each other beautifully, and also has various finishes from mattes to shimmers to high shimmer. Throughout the quads you have many different shades to choose, from purples, to bright summer colors, to neutral wearable shades. I also love the creamy formula. They are creamier than MAC paint pots, NYX jumbo pencils, and my Benefit cream shadow/liner.

Cons: The biggest con is that they crease! This can be avoided if you prime your lids and set it with a powder shadow. If shadows never crease on you could skip setting them, and they will work just fine! The only other con is the packaging. It does come with a mirror, but it does feel a little cheep. But for me, that’s not a big factor.

Overall I think if you have a good primer these are worth a try! If you don’t have a primer go pick on up! I love the NYX and L’oreal De Crease!

xoxo
~Alicia and Abby

Monday, July 25, 2011

Beauty Review: Flowerbomb

     I thought I should share one of my favorite perfumes! Its been my go to perfume sense I got it in April. It's the Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume! Its honestly one of the best smelling perfumes in my collection! I had been holding off getting the perfume, and right as I was going to cave I received it for my birthday! With the name of the perfume you would expect a crazy floral scent, which I am not a fan of. Sephora.com discribes the scent as: 


This floral explosion releases a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive. Magically evocative notes immediately awaken your deepest senses, giving you the impression of living life in your own secret garden, away from reality. Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, and Ballerina Freesia bloom on a base of Patchouli.


The scent is a very strong yummy scent that stays on the skin for a decent amount of time. I find that it lingers on me for most of the day! It's also very strong so you don't have to use too many sprays. With that said, the perfume does have a set back: its price! A 1 oz. bottle will run you around $75! For me though, if its a scent that you LOVE and would give up all other perfumes for it, its worth it! I also love the bottle and it look super chic sitting up on my desk!


What do you think of this fragrance? 


xoxo
~Alicia and Abby

Health: Moisturizing Miracle


A few days ago while looking through crazy pictures we took with clothes from the back of my closet I lamented the oily appearance of my skin in the photos. Flash forward to the end of the night when Alicia and I stood in front of my sink performing our nightly face washing rituals...

Alicia: Can I borrow some moisturizer?
Abby: Moisturizer? I don't use it, my skin is oily enough as it is I don't need any more!
Alicia: WHAT?

Alicia launched into a complicated scientific explanation that basically boiled down to my revelation: The one thing I thought would elevate my skin problem from slightly shiny to full on greaseball was actually the solution!


I pulled out an old bottle of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion from the depths of my medicine cabinet and just 3 short days later I can see a difference!

I used to wake up to a disgustingly oily face, wash it then use various mattifying creams and powders to quell the oiliness throughout the day. Now I wake up with a reasonably matte finish to my skin and an overall healthier glow!

It's amazing how something so simple has ended a personal vendetta against my skin!

It may take your skin a few days to adjust, but if you previously lost faith in your moisturizer it might be time to pull it out and discover what was missing in your daily skin care regimen!

xoxo
~Abby and Alicia

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fitness: Jumping Rope


    I have recently been trying to work on my fitness and really just trying to get into shape. Im in pretty good shape, but I'm always pushing myself! I have more strength then some, but when it comes to cardio i fall flat! I just with my stomach would do the same! I have recently been really into jump  roping after seeing a small image about it in COSMO! Its a great way to get in your cardio and strength, all while staying in the cool air conditioning and without the awkward looks from strangers!

What is jumping rope all about?


    Jumping rope can burn up to 1000 calories per hour, making it one of the most efficient workouts possible. It tones muscles in the entire body. Jumping rope also optimizes cardiovascular conditioning and maximizes athletic skills combining agility, coordination, timing, and endurance. So basically its like running without the need for a nice place to run, or a treadmill! Your knees with also thank you, because jumping rope causes lass impact that running does!


What muscle groups does jumping rope benefit?


 Jumping rope will do wonders for your calves, quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes (i.e. your butt). What you may not realize, however, is how the constant turning motion of the rope will also shape and tone the entire upper body including your chest, back, deltoids (shoulders), forearms, biceps and triceps. So its pretty much an all over workout! 


Is it good for weight loss?


One of the most important ways that jumping rope can be used is as a means to achieve weight loss. It help burn extra calories which is the main way you loose weight!

What you need?


  First things first... you need a jump rope! I personally prefer a jump rope that has a plastic or plastic covered rope. YOu can also get one with removable weights for an even better workout. Mine is from Dicks, and cost around $5! (http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3972084&cp=4406646.4413986.4417719) You're also going to need a 4x6 space, or something so you don't have to worry about getting your rope getting caught on anything. Also make sure you have a tall ceiling! All thats left are some good athletic shoes and workout attire!

As you can see, jumping rope is great for you! What are your favorite ways to workout?
xoxo
~Alicia and Abby

Current Color Obsession?

Sooooo... IM OBSESSED! With what you may ask? A color. yes, a color! Within the last three days i've worn this color pretty much all the time, or bought an item of this color! The color is the light slightly washed out Tiffany blue color!

This is my favorite shirt from Aritzia! Its a TNA shirt in H2O:
This is a bad picture of a strapless printed tube top thats 3 years old. But somehow it still fits!

I also recently got a manicure with Absolutely Shore, the same pale blue!

I also lost my tweezers, and was in need.. so i got the Tweezerman travel tweezers in the same color! 

I also changed the font color or headings and titles to this color too... So clearly I'm enjoying this color! Is there color or pattern you are crazy obsessed with? Lets us know!
xoxo
~Alicia and Abby




Sunday, July 17, 2011

TJMaxx Clothing Haul!

Are you a maxonista? I am for sure! Although its nothing like shopping at Macys, Nordstrom or Saks, i feel even more joyed whenever I buy something from TJMaxx! I originally went looking for a new pair on sunglasses, designer brands and quality for the price of the crappy ones in the mall! But as you can see I left the store with a little more... :) Tip: If you are ever looking for a new fragrance stop by a TJMaxx first, you could find one of your favorite perfumes for less!




Derek Heart black tank with white lace underlay- $4.99
Pinc black and white love crop top- $13.99
Zenana Outfitters grey lace bandeau- $4.99
Jessica Simpson sunglasses- $12.99
Paper crane feather crop top-$9.99
Imaginary Voyage cotton black dress-$14.99
Mirah Cary fragrance sets-$15 each

Do you love good deals? 

xoxo 
~Alicia and Abby

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Alicia's Dream Outfit! Week #1

All real:

Rocker Chic







CALYPSO ST BARTH chiffon blouse
$165 - calypsostbarth.com

A L C leather jacket
$1,720 - net-a-porter.com

Seven For All Mankind skinny jeans
$300 - veryeickhoff.com

Cathy Waterman gold ring
$5,370 - barneys.com

Metal earrings
$25 - topshop.com


Total cost: $8,295
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How To: Ke$ha Hair!

    You may be thinking,"What the Heck is Ke$ha hair?" Ke$ha hair is a messy wavy style! Its Abby's favorite hair to wear either on a night out, or just to the movies! It was the hair sported by Abby in our last fashion post And it all begins...

Before:

 


After:


READ MORE TO SEE HOW TO DO IT!

Where have we been?

 Now i know this blog is kinda young to be saying where we have been, BUT i felt like it was the worst timing to be slacking. Basically a bad storm went through our town a wiped out our power for 5 days! 5 DAYS! But were back and will be posting more frequently!

~Abby and Alicia

Sunday, June 19, 2011

And It All Begins...

Classy and Trashy!

 



   Abby's trashy look was inspired by her role model, Ke$ha. Yes you read it! The rocker chic look resembles her style, and the makeup is inspired by the album art Cannibal! The gold from the album art  is shown on the metallic lids, and the bright teal was added with a pop of color on the lower lash line! The spiky lashes just finish off the look! Natural, almost nude lips don't distract from the bright eyes. The hair was done with our favorite curler the "Ke$ha" curler, a wand style curler to give nice, messy, Ke$ha like curls! The head band was to add some more interest to the top half! 


What is she wearing?
Top:  Zara; black faded flower print tank
Shorts: Zara; black
Shoes: (brand)
Bra: Target; white strapless
Earrings: Target; black with clear crystals

Face: Wet and wild Ultimate match Foundation, Benefit Eye bright, Hard Candy Glamoflouge concealer
Bronzer/Blush: MAC Wonder Woman Bronzer in Pink Power, Bare Minerals Blush in cheerful, MAC Mineralize skin finish in tripple fusion for highlighting
Eyes:  Lid: Urban Decay Half Baked Crease: UD Smog, Dark Horse, and Hustle mixed Highlight: UD Sin Lower Lash Line/ Water Line: UD Electric Eye pencil, UD Shadow "Alice" Painkiller Lower lashes: Mirabelle lash primer with Painkiller applied while drying Lahes: NYX Lashes in 
Lips: Light patting of MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2
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