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Be Your Own Makeup Artist With These Instructional Beauty Buys!

No matter how many cosmetics ads you rip from your magazines or grainy tutorial videos you try to study on YouTube, replicating the exact makeup look you see done by the pros is not often an easy feat. Not everyone has the skill, time, or coordination required to be as creative and as beauty-dexterous as the trained makeup artists of the world, and even if you’re pretty gifted with an eyeshadow quad and brush, chances are there are loads of makeup tricks you just can’t seem to master on your own. Luckily, more and more our favorite big-name beauty brands are making their collections more novice-friendly with product intro kits and how-to instructional sets that are sure to make Hollywood-worthy glamour accessible to even the most easily intimidated. Have a huge array of shadows but don’t know how to apply them to achieve the perfect smokey eye? Maybelline can tell you where on your lid each shade belongs! Got the eyes down pat but need a little help with the brows? Anastasia’s at-home brow kit even provides the stencils! Take a look at the slideshow for a few of my favorite instructional products and sets! Keep reading »

Wear Your Favorite Summer Pieces Through Fall!

If it were up to me, I would wear a totally fashionable, totally new outfit everyday. I would have a pair of hot heels or cute flats for everyday of the year and I would have at least one brand new, lust-worthy piece on every time I changed outfits. Alas, we can’t all be a tall, rich, bottle-blonde socialite, but we can still look fashionable everyday! Saturated colors, higher hems and edgy details like zippers, chains and asymmetry are still going to be hot in the Fall season. That’s good news for those of us that have a budget and are actually going to try and follow it this time! Instead of going out to buy a whole new wardrobe to suit the cooler weather and blow our meager savings account at the same time, a few basic and affordable pieces are all that’s needed to add a little warmth into our favorite summer ensembles! Add a pair of funky leggings to a mini-skirt for an uber-trendy Fall look, or keep it classic with a cardigan and some great boots that go along with that sundress you wore all summer! Leggings, boots, sweaters, tights… the possibilities are endless! Check out the slideshow for more ideas on versatile basics to help transition your favorite summer looks into the coming season. Keep reading »

Stylehive’s Stylescopes Invite You To Take A Bold Beauty Risk!

Tired of putting on the same face every day? Here’s some stellar advice to try on for size: Switch things up with some of the hottest bold makeup picks that are destined to freshen up your beauty regimen. Been eying that daring dark nail color but aren’t sure you can pull it off? If you’re a Taurus gal, it may be written in the stars to become your new signature hue. Pisces girls can ditch their usual go-to nude lip gloss and channel a film noir look with dramatic burgundy lipstick. Whether or not these bold and beautiful beauty trends are wearable enough to be incorporated into your everyday look, you’ll be sure to turn heads with the new you and maybe even find a favorite new look in the process. View slideshow. Keep reading »

Add Some Edge With A Cool Cuff

Since cell phones became the new watches, your wrists may be in need of something to take their place. Perhaps you could take a tip from the unlucky watch-stealers with wrists stuck in cuffs. Tight-fitting like the handcuffs a cop carries, a cuff bracelet is a fun and flashy way to add edge to your look. They can’t tell time, but they can take a simple outfit to a more fun and accessorized level! Like the variety of watches you’ve retired, you can find a cuff to match to the core of your style. Casual or cordial, leather or lustrous, boyish or bangle-like, there’s a big selection of cuffs to make a big impression. While some provide all-around clasping security to save those like me from losing another piece of jewelry, the c-shaped variety are great for a bit more mobility and easy attachment. Check out the slideshow for a fashion police-approved selection. Keep reading »

Make Your Intimates Go Incognito With Our 7 Favorite Convertible Bras!

Excluding those gals who have the unique ability (and required lack of shame) to go around commando on top, we’ve all found ourselves in the dilemma of finding a super-cute top or dress… but no bra to wear with it. Since I require some serious support when it comes to my undergarments, I’ve tried just about anything to make do with what I’ve got at the last possible minute — sewing kits, safety pins (why did it take them so long to invent the Brabuddy?), tucking straps into my armpits, etc. — but now that I’m a little older, I’ve learned that the easiest solution is to just shop wiser! Why spend money on a separate strapless bra when you could buy the ultimate convertible bra that’s both strapless, strapped, racerback, and halter all in one? Continue reading Keep reading »

Ready, Set, Prep: The Best Makeup Primers For Your Eyes, Lips, & Face

As the ultimate makeup junkie, I have a tough time saying no to a new shadow shade, lip color, or nail hue… and it certainly shows in my inability to organize it all. But now that my makeup collection has successfully taken over every drawer, zip case, surface, nook and cranny of my humble abode, I’m starting to resist the urge to buy more and more pots of colors that I’ll probably never use more than once. Instead, I’ve narrowed my focus to scouting out the newest and best priming products that can help make the most of the colors I already have for easy application, flawless appearance, and maximum smudge-free wear all day long. Continue reading Keep reading »

Get Scarlett Johansson’s Sexy-Sleek Look

For the ceremony announcing her as the new face of Mango, Scarlett Johansson rocked a super sleek style that had a bit of a sexy edge. Scarlett paired a flutter sleeve satin top with a waist cinching black skirt- both from Mango. She completed the look with a funky pair of snakeskin shoes, gold bangles, and a large ring on her index finger. This ensemble perfectly complemented Scarlett’s incredible figure so keeping the accessories to a minimum was definitely a wise move- it would have just been overkill otherwise. This outfit is the perfect day-to-night look and is classy, chic, and subtly sexy. Check out my SLIDESHOW to get the look! Keep reading »

Video Style Steal: Britney’s Equestrian-Style Looks Are On Our Fashion “Radar”

I don’t know what it is about Britney Spears that makes me compulsively root for her through thick and thin. I guess a part of me is still in denial, thinking she’s going to bust out onstage with a boa constrictor or silver chair and start magically performing with the energy and enthusiasm of Britney circa 2001. Even without all the flair and fanfare of her high-octane performance past, Britney is still doing pretty well for herself, now out with her new video for “Radar,” the fourth single off her latest album Circus. This time around, Britney leaves the barely-there lingerie get-ups and goes for a sort of equestrian-chic look while swooning over a sexy polo player within the video’s gorgeous Santa Barbara setting. Continue reading
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Shimmering Makeup Shades For Just A Dash Of Summer Sparkle

When it comes to summer beauty, it’s all about strategically playing up certain features that pop — and what better way to give your beauty look plenty of star power than with a touch of glitter? Now I know what you may be thinking: no, I’m not trying to make you channel Adam Lambert or force you to relive your preteen days experimenting with roll-on glitter gel and butterfly clips. Sure, shimmer isn’t exactly for the wallflowers, but when applied with a modest (and steady!) hand, it’s a bold beauty risk that pays off on any day of the week (not just on Halloween)! To avoid glimmer overload, stick to sparkling only one feature at a time — whether you opt for dazzling lips or shimmery cheekbones — and keep the rest of your face matte and minimal, for the most part. Over-doing the shine everywhere and anywhere may have you looking too much like a “Dancing With The Stars” contestant, even without the sequined salsa gown to tip you over the edge of what is considered wearable (and sane). Check the slideshow for some of my favorite glitzy products!
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Fashionistas And Design Enthusiasts Love Ireland’s g Hotel

To call Philip Treacy just a milliner is a severe understatement. While he is best known for his award-winning hat designs and for his collaborations with Alexander McQueen and Chanel, did you know he’s also the design director for the g Hotel in Galway, Ireland? It’s no surprise that his whimsical hat designs have translated into hotel design as well. From the bubblegum Pink Lounge to seashell decorated rooms, Philip explains his designs as “hats people love to wear. With the g, I have created a place where people will love to be.” The g has 101 rooms including the Evangelista Suite (where you cannot “wake up for less than $10,000 a day”). All rooms have Treacy-designed Frette linens and even butler service! Continue reading Keep reading »

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