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7 Fall Makeup Tutorials To Try

If I had to choose my favorite season in terms on makeup trends, I’d have to choose fall. The dark smoldery eyes and a deep lip is right up my alley. Challenge yourself to try something new this season — try that bold lip you have been too afraid to try! Fall is a great time to switch up your beauty routine and use colors that you don’t normally wear. You typically see the same makeup look during the fall, but here are some video tutorials from well known beauty YouTube gurus that can spice up the repetitive fall look.

1. Sunset Eyes by Teni Panosian

2. Cranberry Makeup Tutorial by Carli Bybel

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Is H&M’s Sister-Brand “& Other Stories” the Next Big Thing ?

via Sarah Illenberger 

H&M’s sister-brand, & Other Storiesmade its grand debut this week with the opening of its first US flagship store in New York City. On Thursday, October 16th, a lucky few stood in line and waited as this “must-have” European brand unlocked its doors for the first time. As evident by the storefront’s long line and crash of its e-commerce site, which works in tandem with the NYC location, & Other Stories‘ stateside presence has been long anticipated. And why shouldn’t it be? The brand is in a league of its own.

“Basic non-basics” is how they characterize themselves, and their collaborations as well as each piece of their in-house collection (which ranges from a $8 hand lotion to a $475 mohair-blend coat) resonates with an element of simplicity and luxury. There’s no doubt in my mind that & Other Stories be a new shopping favorite for the US fashionista, for their key to success lies not only in their partnership with retailer favorite, H&M, but their ability to produce collections that can compete with top contenders like COS, Topshop, and Zara. And luckily, they’re doing just that.

LOOKS FROM & OTHER STORIES’ AW14 COLLECTION

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Oversized Scarves to Keep You Warm This Fall

via Teen Vogue

With the weather getting colder and colder, it’s time to take out one of my favorite cold weather accessories: scarves! I am especially obsessed with the oversized scarves trend. Unlike regular scarves, oversized scarves are definitely statement pieces when it comes to adding that extra oomph to your outfit!

1. Oversized Square Scarf in Check, ASOS | 2. Oversized Geo Blanket Scarf, Urban Outfitters | 3. Demi Boucle Oversized Scarf, Free People | 4. Two-Toned Checked Scarf, Zara | 5. Oversized Knit Scarf, ASOS | 6. Jaya Scarf, Nasty Gal

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DIY: Tiny Gift Bags

Have you ever tried to wrap a gift that was too small for the gift bigs you had? I’m big on presentation and it’s always awkward when the recipient returns to the bag to make sure there isn’t anything left—so it’s always frustrating when I didn’t have a bag that was ever the right size (read: never) for the gift, especially for smaller beauty items, like nail polish or lipstick. Finally, I decided to just DIY my own tiny gift bags that are always going to be the perfect size.

Supplies

  • Brown butcher paper (I used a recycled brown paper bag, but recycled scrapbook paper or newspaper would also be cute)
  • Twine or recycled bag handles
  • Glue
  • Alphabet stamp set + black ink pad, or any other decorations you might want
  • Something rectangular to measure your bag with—I recommend a small box, book or deck of cards

1. Taking the rectangular object, place it in the center of your paper. Fold one side of the paper over the object and then the other side, as if you are going to wrap the object. Trim the paper so that there is only a half inch to a full inch overlap between the sides. Glue or tape down.

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5 Mistakes I’ve Stopped Making In My Beauty Routine

via Then Let It Be

I’m admittedly not a huge fan of those ‘Here’s what you’re doing wrong’ posts that I frequently see on various beauty blogs. Not that I don’t enjoy learning a thing or two, but the phrasing and idea of the posts themselves seems to come from more of a negative, bossy tone rather than a helpful guide of how I can make the most of my mornings getting ready.

With that being said, I’ve made a ton of mistakes since I’ve entered the world of makeup, but I had to learn from some of my mistakes the hard way—the hard way usually involving me gasping at my appearance as soon as I’m home from a long day at work, or a delicate suggestion from a friend involving a change in my routine. I still need all the help I can get, but if you’re curious, here are a few of my mistakes that I’ve since corrected…

Not switching out my foundation and concealer with the seasons.

I’m not saying that I tend to switch out my makeup completely on the first day of summer or anything, but I was guilty of using the same foundation/concealer in the same shade year round. What I wasn’t really thinking about was how my skin was reacting to the change in weather (I need something much lighter in the summertime versus the winter) and that I definitely need to be matched for a warm-weather foundation as soon as I spend a little time in the sunshine.

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Victoria’s Tips for Surviving Long Distance Relationships

Right about now, the excitement of starting another year of college is starting to die down. I’ve seen and hung out with all my friends, turned in a few papers, and read a couple of books (English major!). I think I’ve completely settled in—which is great, unless you’re in a long distance relationship, because this is when it really starts to sink in that you’re not going to see your best friend for months! I was in a long distance relationship (LDR) for two years, and I think I’ve got some creative ways to help. Fellow Lovelyish blogger Alex also has her tips here.

Schedule specific times to talk.

Schedules can get hectic quickly. This way, you can plan your schedule around a definite time to talk. Although it might feel weird at first, you can spend the most time hitting the books or hanging out with your friends instead of constantly bailing on them or your significant other because awesome plans come up.


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Amy’s Make-up For a Night Out

There is no denying that all things beauty and make-up are a huge passion of mine. That’s why I love experimenting with new brands and products and I’m always jumping around from one foundation to another and you can definitely find me loving one lip color one week and onto a completely different shade the next. I have done a decent job of finding drugstore products I love while still enjoying relatively inexpensive luxury products. It is important to find make-up you love while still being on a budget. I think it is important to learn where you like to splurge versus where you like to save. I know mascara is going to dry up in 2 months, so I only want to spend 7 dollars on it instead of $32. Foundation, however, can last me months or even a year.

Residing in LA during the school year, I look mostly for products that will last me all day while I’m at school and hold up walking in the heat. There is no exception when it comes to night make-up either, I love my products to last. My routine definitely differs between day and night but my expectations are the same. I suffer from acne prone, sensitive, and oily skin. I like products that don’t break me out, keep me matte (relatively so), and have a great wear time. One of my least favorite things is the feeling of make-up and looking in the mirror 3 hours after application only to see you are an oil slick that is cracking everywhere. As of now these are the products I am loving for a night out.

F A C E 

Prior to applying my foundation I use NYX Angel Veil Primer. I haven’t found a primer I am head over heels in love with, but for now I am loving this one. It preps my skin, leaves the surfaces silky, and provides longevity-all things I look for in a primer. Before I headed off to school this year I was on the hunt for a new foundation so I picked up Make-up Forever Mat Velvet +, and I am so glad I did! I struggle with an oily t-zone, and wanted a foundation without and SPF since I take a lot of pictures while I’m out at night. This foundation gives me a great amount of coverage (medium to full and its buildable), while still feeling silky and light on the skin. I would definitely consider myself an expert on foundation, my skin has definitely been through the ringer. I would rather have a foundation without SPF then one with because I can always add a moisturizer with SPF for days where I choose to wear a foundation lacking SPF. 

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