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Surviving Summer with Essence Cosmetics Beauty Products

We are in full makeup emergency mode. The summer’s humidity has been very disrespectful to our beauty routine and makeup applications. We leave our apartment looking fresh faced and well put together, but once we step one foot outside, our makeup almost immediately starts melting down our face. Like we said, the humidity is disrespectful. Luckily we can combat the effects of the ever increasing humidity’s effect on our makeup, without breaking the bank, with the following essence cosmetics beauty products. With the following affordable, fun, and high-quality essence cosmetics products, we’re keeping the shine where it’s supposed to be, on our lips, eyelids, and cheeks……and off our overall face.

The above essence cosmetics beauty products featured include:

  1. extreme long lasting eye pencils ($2.99) – this waterproof pencil glides on smooth and new pencil delivery system keeps the formula from drying out. It is available in 6 shades – black love, but first espresso, black midnight sky, nighttime in the jungle, rockin’ taupe, and silky nude.
  2. volume stylist 18h curl & hold mascara ($4.99) – this innovative system lasts for up to 18 hours and uses special micro-styling waxes to deliver long-lasting volume & curl via a paddle brush wand applicator.
  3. volume stylist 18h lash extension mascara ($4.99) – enriched with lengthening fibers for volume & length, the fiber wand designed to reach each & every lash.
  4. shine shine shine lip gloss ($2.99) – available in 6 shades, this high shine lip gloss glides on smooth with a highly-pigmented finish with an applicator that ensures precise application. Shades include: behind the scenes, smile sparkle shine, friends of glamour, flirt alert, happiness in a bottle, and runway your way.
  5. instant matt makeup setting spray ($4.99) – a transparent mist that sprays on top of makeup to refresh your complexion and eliminate shine and oil. Suitable for all skin types. This, in collaboration with the “all about matt fixing powder waterproof”, has saved our makeup over the past few days and kept us from suffering from melting makeup.
  6. make me matt lip top coat **not pictured ($4.49) – transform any shiny lipstick into a matt, never chalky finish. It will leave your lips soft.
  7. all about matt fixing powder waterproof ($4.49) – a translucent powder that can be applied on top of any foundation to mattify your skin and set makeup. It withstands humidity and mattifies skin all day. This item has been a godsend. We no longer fear venturing outside.
  8. eye & face palette ($5.99) – this neutral palette contains shades for eye and face including 4 shadows, blush & highlighter, and 2 shade collections.

Are you a fan of essence cosmetics beauty products? What are your favorites from this affordable beauty brand? The essence cosmetics beauty product collection is available on www.essencemakeup.com and at Target, Ulta and Forever 21.

Festival Fashion: Forever 21 2016 Festival Collection #F21XMusic

The festival season has arrived, and while the weather may not be at peak temperatures yet, the festival fashions certainly are. Today we highlight festival fashion must-haves from Forever 21, known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends with new fashions brought in daily. This year’s Forever 21 2016 Festival Collection celebrates ‘girl squads’ through its campaign tagline “Festival Goals”.

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The Forever 21 2016 Festival Collection provides an updated look for the season and pays homage to the iconic style of 60’s and 70’s fashion. The collection is teeming with micro dresses, full skirts, short-shorts, bell-cut sleeves and bell bottoms, wooden platform shoes, lots of fringe, crochet, lace, floral prints, and rompers with attitude. The Forever 21 2016 Festival Collection offers endless cool styles as the weather warms up.

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Key clothing pieces we’re loving include the semi-sheer knit Crochet Flared Pants, the allover Floral Print Lace-Up RomperFringed Faux Suede Vest, and Ornate Crochet Crop Top. Shoes and accessories won’t disappoint either; with tall, and short gladiator sandals, lace-up styles, flat and platform sandals, laser-cut detailing, and like the clothing, an abundance of fringe.

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Whether you’re looking for layered necklaces, floral hair clips or flower crowns, the latest must-have chokers, or the perfect wide-brim hat, Forever 21 is the place to go for great style and great value. Ladies, if you’re attending any of this year’s music festivals and are looking for an affordable way to rock the hottest festival fashion trends, start here.

The Forever 21 2016 Festival Collection is available now in stores globally and on www.Forever21.com.

Forever 21 Spring 2012 Collection

What can you expect for Spring from Forever 21? A kaleidoscope of trends of course. At the Spring 2012 Collection preview, the collection was featured in vingettes, each representing the trends we can expect to see this season – Sixties Doll, Retro Revival, Military (I believe it was called Rebel) and chic Tea Room. A variety of looks were featured in bold floral prints, bold colors, airy chiffon, lace, polka dots, color-blocking, graphic t-shirts and jeans, peter pan collar (more on that trend another time), edgy embellishments, etc.

I’ve always been a fan of Forever 21, even though I have surpassed that age group, but they offer some really chic and sophisticated pieces that works with your wardrobe. Whether you’re more of a classic girl, girly girl, or edgy rocker, the looks and accessories from Forever 21 are so complimentary, you’ll never be unsatisfied with your purchases. For example, the above looks are pieces that easily fit into my current wardrobe but pair them with something with edgier, more playful or more classic, sophisticated pieces give your whole look a different personality

The themes were translated into accessories, we saw lots of neon, sparkle and of course lots hardware as evident in the edgy pieces below.

My favorite accessories were all from the Sixties Doll. I love floral accessories and already own a few that’s been in my possession for years (sometimes it pays to keep the piece you adore), so I was truly excited to feast my eyes on the below (I so want those floral pumps and the bow ring)

Thank goodness, spring is almost here.

Hello Kitty Limited Edition Collection for Forever 21

Fun Fact – Hello Kitty and I share the same birthday. Yep, yesterday, November 1st, was both our birthdays. As a fan, I feel honored to share a birthday with such a great brand. I’m also ecstatic to hear about the new partnership Sanrio’s Hello Kitty has with Forever 21. For their first exclusive collaboration (hopefully not their last), Hello Kitty will create a limited edition collection for Forever 21 which will include women’s apparel, intimate apparel, hosiery, jewelry and accessories.

The collection contains the playfulness and whimsy of Sanrio’s most famous character and the chic yet fun-loving design philosophy of Forever 21. The broad range of limited edition styles will surely excite both fans of Hello Kitty and Forever 21. It will include everything from adorable accessories such as hats, jewelry, bags, socks, tights and even Hello Kitty’s signature pink bow hair accessory for the more fun set while fashion followers will enjoy the contemporary line of hello Kitty poinette sweaters, logo tees and cardigans.

The more quirky pieces will be available in shimmering sequins, soft pleather and plastic while the fashionable side will feature bow blouses (pictured above), shrunken blazers, canvas bags and even a maxi dress. The collection which launches in-store and online on November 18th will range from $3.80 to under $30.00.

Happy Birthday Hello Kitty.

Forever 21 Hologram Fashion Show & Pop-Up Shop

Forever 21 is always on trend for what’s hot and new so it was with a bit of excitement that I attended a sneak peak of their Hologram Fashion Show and their first pop-up shop at the Darryl Roth Theater. In the pitch black theater, we were treated to an illusion of multicolored light and some playful fashion. This isn’t the first time Forever 21 has been tech-forward with their fashion shows. Just last year, they had an interactive billboard in Times Square where models were featured picking up passersby watching the show and dropping them in a giant Forever 21 shopping bag

As you can see from the photos above, Forever 21’s Hologram allows the brand to really play with the way viewers are watching their fashion shows. Take a look at a snippet of the intro below

This holographic seven minute show features models walking a cosmic runway and disappearing into starbursts, raindrops, climbing up and down invisible stairs, etc. Enjoy more from the Hologram Fashion Show belo0w:

After the show’s presentation, we were invited downstairs to the first (and hopefully not the last) Forever 21 pop-up shop where wonderful pieces from some of their designer collaborations like Rory Becca were available for purchase

Tried as I may, zi couldn’t help but walk about with two more addictions to my wardrobe

Alex & Chloe for Forever21 Holiday 2011

Forever 21 has done some amazing collaborations in the past and for Holiday 2011, they continue to bring great designers into their world. Forever 21 has become a great way to be introduced to unique designers that may not be on your radar. One such great collaboration is Alex & Chloe for Forever 21.

And guess what – they’re all under $20.00. That’s right, the pieces start at $4.80 up to $15.80. The Hematite finished collection is edgy and punk-inspired featuring spikes, studs, crosses and modern architectural shapes. As you can see, the pieces look expensive, I attest that to the hematite finish and the fact that the jewelry are actually heavier than usual Forever 21 pieces. For those of you not familiar, the regular Alex & Chloe Collection has pieces that are above $2,000 so we’re getting amazing pieces for ridiculously wallet-friendly prices.

When are you able to get your hands on these? Keep and eye out for the Alex & Chloe for Forever 21 Collection which hits stores and their e-commerce site December 2nd.

Forever 21’s Fall 2011 Collection Preview

Though I have passed the age of 21, I will be Forever 21 at heart which fits in perfectly with my love of all things fashionable. And of course Forever 21 has got me covered. I recently attended the Fall 2011 preview for their womens, mens and accessories collections. The preview was broken up into four vingettes – bohemian, romantic, biker chic and cowboys and Indians (western? country?), with models dressed in looks completely styled from Forever 21‘s offerings. Please note, the vignette names stated above are not necessarily how Forever 21 labeled them, these is just the labels I felt when I saw them. Now on to the fashions

The Bohemian looks featured fringe, Native American influences and patterns, feathered and wooden accessories, denim, long flowing printed skirts and dresses

The romantic vignette had several pieces that caught my eye. This vignette features lots of lace – dresses, tops, cardigans and tights – which were mixed with different textures such as metallics, floral and animal prints

The Biker Chic vignette featured black lace layered under other fabrications with a bit of an 80’s flair. My favorite look is the first one below – I’m especially in love with the knee length lace pencil skirt. Unfortunately, I have to wait until August to get it – I hope I can hold on that long

Cowboys and Indians vignette (and I say this mostly because of the hats and headdresses) featured crocheted  pieces, several sienna colored pieces that reminded me of the red clay often seen in old country movies, more painted wooden and feathered accessories.

These incredible looks are so chic and the fact that they’re from Forever 21 makes them incredibly affordable. Check out more from Forever 21 below

Designer Collaboration – Rory Beca for Forever 21

Designer Rory Beca was on hand at Forever 21 Times Square to introduce her exclusive design collaboration, Rory Beca for Forever 21, with the retail giant. My days of shopping at Forever 21 are long gone or so I thought. Fashion does indeed take flight as the young designer introduces such gorgeous pieces as the Splatter One Shoulder Dress and the Splatter Drawcord Dress – my favorite print from the collection.

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Other great pieces that are sure to be key in your wardrobe include an adorable Satin Swing Skirt, which goes great with a tee or a not so basic top, like Rory Beca’s Embellished Knit Top (seen paired below).
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and another favorite, the very comfortable Beaded Collar Dress, which can be layered under a hot pink cardigan for a burst of color, worn with leggings or alone. It was quite a popular piece as you can see in the photo below.

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I got a chance to speak with Rory Beca in between meeting/greeting the eager young girls patiently waiting to get insight into her design world and experience. She kept them entranced with her approachable and easy going personality.

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But back to my interview – her story is an interesting one. Her whole business is literally a family affair. Her brother makes her wonderful prints, her dad  (a Dentist) made her deliveries, etc but I’ll let Rory tell you her story in her own words.

This wonderful collection is available both in-store and online but it won’t be forever. All items are while quantities last and judging by the numerous purchases I saw, it won’t be for much longer. Don’t you love these Rory Beca for Forever 21 pieces? What items from the collection collaboration are on your wishlist?