Stylish Resolution #24: Try a New Look

Since I’ve recently upped my Pinterest game, I’ve been saving a lot of beauty looks to try. So today, I did just that. I tried a “messy bun” and I think I succeeded, because it was, well, quite messy.

I love the fact that Pinterest now has the “Tried It” option where you can upload a photo of a pin you’ve attempted. It helps to determine the level of difficulty of a makeup or hair look when you see how many other people have tried it and whether or not it worked.

Remember the days before Pinterest when you would tear out a magazine page or just do endless screenshots of looks you loved when surfing the web? It’s just so much easier now. Which means there’s no excuse not to try something new.

Today I Tried the Messy Bun

     

Pinspiration (left) vs. Actual

Stylish Resolution #23: Brush Up

One of the keys to getting a perfect makeup application is using the right tools. And more specifically, the right makeup brushes.

Some of my favorites include MAC, IT Cosmetics, and the ridiculously affordable Elf brushes you can pick up at Target.

This week, clean out your makeup drawer and treat yourself to some new makeup brushes.

Tools of the Trade

Stylish Resolution #22: Get to the Point

Don’t get stuck in a rut when it comes to your manicure. Not only can you try a gazillion different color and manicures-style combinations, but you can also play around with the shape of your nails. I personally like the rounded, oval and stiletto.

Check out this guide from Pinterest on the different types of nail shapes and try a new one the next time you get a manicure.

Check out my Pinterest Board “NAILED IT!”

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Stylish Resolution #19: Transform Yourself

What do Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez have in common, other than stating the obvious? They both went through major transformations to become the women they are today. Sure, having tons of money and access to the best makeup and hair artists helps (and they may have both had some plastic surgery over the years.) But the key to any transformation is in highlighting those things you love about yourself and minimizing things you don’t.

 

I’ve certainly made myself over since my high-school days. One of the things I realized when I was younger was that I look much better as a redhead than a blonde. Hence, my hair color has become part of my signature look.

Find your own best look when it comes to your hair, makeup and wardrobe. Make an appointment to have your makeup done by a professional, or just pop-in to any Sephora and have one of their makeup artists give you suggestions. Try some of your favorite beauty bloggers’ tips and tricks.

And, while you’re at it, why not give the rest of your life a makeover as well? Spruce up or remodel a few rooms in your house. If your current job is not making you happy, create a plan to find a different one. Change your daily routine to make sure you’re getting enough rest, exercise, and that the hours you devote to work are not wasted but are truly productive.

Make 2018 the year you transform into the best version of yourself.

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Stylish Resolution #15: Give Yourself a Hand

Are your hands making you look (or feel) a lot older than you really are? I know mine are.

I noticed how old my hands looked when I first started taking my Manicure Monday Instagram photos. The backs of my hands have a lot more wrinkles on them than my actual face does. Of course, I put a lot of effort into taking care of the skin on my face, including wearing lots of sunscreen. Sunscreen that I had neglected to use on my hands.  But not anymore. Now I’m putting as much effort into my hands as my face.

This year, make it a habit to incorporate your hands into your daily beauty routine. Here are a few products I’m currently using to help erase the damage.

 

       

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Mani Monday: Black Out

Black has been my go-to nail polish color for some time now. It’s always my default when I can’t find a color I like at the nail salon. Today was no different. I’m back on black.

Black is actually my favorite color anyway and it comprises the majority of my wardrobe. It’s just classic, easy, slimming and oh-so New York. There was once a time when wearing black nail polish characterized you as a “goth” girl. But now it’s become so mainstream that anyone can wear it.

Here are a few black nail polishes to try for your next Mani Monday.

 


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Get it Off Your Chest With the SiO SkinPad

If there is one thing I learned from watching the Spring fashion shows, it’s that 2017 is the year of the décolleté!

Super-low cut frocks and tops popped up in almost every designer’s collection, which means it’s time to forgo the bra, order yourself a full stock of double-sided stylist tape, and summon enough confidence to go (somewhat) bare-chested.

I’ll admit that I really don’t pay that much attention to my chest area when it comes to my beauty routine. And it shows. With super dry skin due to a lack of moisturizer as well as freckles and sunspots from forgetting to put sunscreen on my chest when I wear a low cut dress or blouse. And (as you can see in the first photo below) I was starting to get horizontal wrinkles and crepiness at the top of my chest right underneath my clavicle.

So when the lovely folks from SiO (which stands for Skin Innovation Overnight) reached out to see if I wanted to try their new “Overnight Décolleté Wrinkle Smoother” SkinPad, I was thrilled!

The SiO SkinPad is designed to be worn overnight and can be re-used up to 15 times. Each package comes with two pads so you can do an entire month’s worth of treatment, which is exactly what I did. I will admit that it felt pretty weird the first time I placed the silicone pad on my chest (and I got even weirder looks from the manfriend.) But it’s actually quite comfortable and once it was on, I kind of forgot about it.

 

Photo 1: Before | Photo 2: Wearing the SiO SkinPad | Photo 3: After 30-Day Treatment

The results? I actually noticed them after the first night I wore the SkinPad. My skin was definitely softer and smoother. The more I used the pad, the more I started to notice the wrinkles softening. The combination of the pre-treatment Décolleté Cleansing Discs and the post-treatment Décolleté Serum seemed to act as a one-two punch for exfoliating and fading the sun damage and freckles. The whole treatment worked so well that now I’m thinking of using it on my neck because – as you can see – I’m starting to get those pesky little horizontal lines there too. (Aging sucks, but it sure as hell beats the alternative.)

Bottom line: If you’re planning on braving the low-cut trend, consider the SiO Skin Pad treatment as your pre-plunge-prep. Just don’t forget the double-sided tape. Unless you’re ready to free the nipple!

Try the SiO SkinPad Collection Today!

 

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Check out some of the low-cut looks from the Spring 2017 Collections on my Pinterest page!