This article is sponsored by Sephora and ShopStyle
It's that special time of year again! the SEPHORA Holiday Savings Event is here, guys! If you've known me for awhile you know that I'm definitely addicted to makeup and whenever there's a deal on high end beauty products I'm here for it! This event only takes place twice a year, so it's a good excuse to refuel or replenish your favorites.
I am so ready to have things that I have delayed and we all know this time of year we start to think about gifts for the holidays. Now is just the perfect time to get all the gifts for you and your loved ones. Let me remind you not to forget the men in your life as well. Sephora has tons of perfumes and skincare that would make great gifts. It's always our choice for the men on our Christmas list… and there are quite a few (my husband has 4 brothers)!
I have collected some of my favorite beauty products and gifts for myself.
From now until 9/11, Rougue members can save 20%, VIB members can save 15% and Insiders save 10% with code HOLIDAY PLEASURE at the register. If you have not yet registered to become a Sephora Beauty Insider, register for free here and you can immediately unlock these 10% savings!
Olaplex Holiday Hair Repair Kit - If you are like me and have dyed and fried your hair, this is a gift you must give yourself in the name of Self Care!
Give Me More Lipstick Set - Great way to gift someone with a collection of top quality lipsticks at a really great price. Includes brands like Fendi, NARS, and YSL.
Splashy Sol De Janiero Celebration Set - Honestly, any Sol De Janeiro set is a home run. Everyone loves this scent. The butt cream is so hydrating yet light. This set includes shampoo and conditioner. There is also sets with the care collection and even a XL round butt cream that's on my list. I also picked up the hydroalcoholic gel in this perfume. Can you tell I like this stuff?
Holiday perfume sample set - Each year we give a family member one of these sampler sets. What's great is that they can get a voucher for a full size for free of any of the scents featured.
Must-have beauty products
Atelier Cologne - Vanille Insensee Cologne Absolue Pure Parfum - I told you on IG that this is one of the must-try scents and many of you said the same. Now is the perfect time to buy it for yourself!
These are the products that I use to create my full face. I'll fill it up. Also, a suggestion if you are not sure about a product, buy the mini size.
Milk Hydro Grip Primer - Currently my favorite primer
Becca Backlight Priming Facial Filter Primer - love the shine that this base gives me.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation - The best foundation I have ever used! Period!
Makeup By Mario Eyeshadow Base - I just started using it and love it! Ideal for oily eyelids
Makeup by Mario Master Mattes - It's new to me but I like the fact that there are all the nude shades in one place.
Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer - This bronzer is a cult favorite. I use it literally every day!
Charlotte Tillbury Airbrush Flawless Fixer Spray - Everyone was delighted with this fixing spray, so I had to try it. This is really all it is meant to be! It works wonders in preventing your makeup from transferring onto your mask. The must-haves of the Sephora Vacation Savings Event.
Hope this article helps you navigate the event and that you find it useful. Special thanks to Sephora and ShopStyle for sponsoring this article.
Between balancing career, family, and finding time for ourselves, stepping out the door with style every day can seem impossible—but it’s not ! We asked the most stylish women we know ( our Stylists ) what their secrets are for unlocking the next level of style.
“You can’t plan for everything, but don’t let your mornings catch you off-guard. Just like you’d plan a week’s worth of meals on a Sunday if you’re trying to save time, give outfit planning a shot to make way for stress-free mornings and outfit-regret-free days. ” —Stylist, Amber F.
SEEK OUT ( STYLISH ) INSPIRATION“Find stylish women to follow—whether it’s your favorite Instagram style star or your sister’s best friend’s cousin. Discover fashionistas whose style inspires you, then use their photos as inspiration to help plan your outfits ( see tip #1 ). Not sure where to start ? Check out our Instagram and Pinterest boards for endless inspiration from our most stylish ladies. ” —Stylist, Jennifer M.
WHEN IN DOUBT, ( OVER ) DRESS“If you’re ever on the fence about what to wear, consider your destination and who you’ll see. When in doubt, err on the side of being more dressy. If you’re worried about looking too done-up, bring along a casual layer like a or cargo jacket to give your look that effortless classe touch. ” —Stylist, Angela G.
STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE“It never hurts to try something new. Whether that includes a bright new hue that stands out from your usual neutral palette, or shifting from skinny jeans to a coupe boyfriend silhouette, great style is built from trying new things. Who knows what trends you might discover you love ! ” —Stylist, Jennifer M.
ALWAYS ACCESSORIZE“Try to wear at least one accessory, whether it’s a statement necklace, a pop-color bag or a great pair of earrings ( or all of the above ). A solid statement piece can take an ensemble from ho-hum to a stand-out in seconds. ” —Stylist, Stephania S.
CRAFT A CAPSULE WARDROBE“A stylist’s not-so-secret secret weapon is a capsule wardrobe. A closet full of items that can be mixed and matched with ease can take the guesswork out of your morning. Invest in classics that will last a lifetime, like a great pair of jeans, a simple LBD and timeless jewelry. ” —Stylist, Stephania S.
TRY A STATEMENT SHOE“When it comes to footwear, color, print and style kits a huge aesthetic punch—and they don’t have to be sky-high heels, either ( flats can make the same statement and your feet will thank you ). Even if your look is casually thrown together, adding a printed flat or a pop-of-color wedge can make things appear more intentional. ” —Stylist, Jennifer M.
OWN AT LEAST ONE CONVERSATION PIECE“Every once in a while, you need that pure “wow” factor. Whether it’s an amazing pair of over-the-knee bottines, a effet vintage dress that you borrowed from your mom’s closet or an enviable handbag, keep something in your arsenal for the days you need to really show up stylish. ” —Stylist, Chelsea T.
GET TO KNOW YOUR BODY SHAPE“The golden rule of stylish women ? Fit first. With that, getting to know your body shape is key. Consider yourself a petite pear shape and prefer to highlight your shoulders ? Build your closet with clothes that put the spotlight on your shape and favorite features. ” —Stylist, Crista G.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER“When it comes to trying a new trend or rocking a piece that catches your eye, don’t allow that number to prevent you from trying something new. 62 and looking to rock'n'roll a pair of boyfriend jeans ? Try it ! 22 and wanting to shift into a buttoned-up, business-first closet ? Button it up ! ” —Stylist, Megan S.
Despite being something that everyone does literally every day, getting dressed ( or putting together an outfit, if you want to get fancy ), can feel like the trickiest, most frustrating part of the morning. Who hasn’t stood in front of a closet full of clothing and thought “I have nothing to wear ! ? ” Rest assured, you’re not alone in this daily conundrum. to that end, we consulted a éventail of experts—top infographistes, style consultants, and retail pros—to demystify the act ( art ? ) of getting dressed, once and for all.
How to actually do it : Obviously, you want to show off what you’re proud of—toned arms or a skinny waist. It’s the downplaying of less beloved parts that’s tricky. One tactic ? Add opposite étendue, like wearing wide-leg trousers to offset a heavier upper half that’s wearing something fitted. ' The object is to even yourself out, ' explains designer Nicole Miller. ' So avoid anything too grande taille or you’ll look bigger. ' Another idea : Distraction. If you’re pear shaped, wear forgettable black pants, then bring the focus upward with a bold scarf, says Louise Roe, the author of the style-advice book Front Roe.
How to actually do it : Odds are, there’s a grown-up version of the style du jour. Take crop tops : to avoid revealing skin, pair a shirt that hits at the navel with a high-waisted skirt—or a longer top with a crop top over it. ' It gives you a similar look, ' promises designer Rebecca Minkoff. Bottom line : ' You never want to seem like you’re uncomfortable with your age and trying to look younger, ' says Lilliana Vazquez, a style professionnel and the editor of TheLVGuide. com.
Where your breasts sit on your chest makes a big difference in how clothes fit, ' says Vazquez. In other words, if you’re wearing a bra that fits properly, there will be no sagging or bulging—and that means your silhouette will look trimmer from every angle. The target is midway between your elbows and shoulders. You’ve scored a match when ' the front center panel of the bra lays flat, there’s no wrinkling or gapping in the cups, and the bra is not hiking up or creating bulges, ' says Kristen Supulski, the director of merchandising for Vanity Fair Brands dessous. ' If you can squeeze just two fingers under the band and it still feels snug, that’s the perfect fit.
Strive to wear colors that enhance one another rather than ' match ' in the traditional sense. For an easy cheat, says Minkoff, ' look at a simple color wheel. The colors that are opposite each other on the wheel complement each other. ' ( Think non-obvious but fetching combos, like orange and navy or purple and saffron. ) Diversifying your accessories, in both color and matière, is another do. ( A beloved trio from the vault of Betty Halbreich, a personal shopper at New York City’s Bergdorf Goodman and the author of the style memoir I’ll Drink to That : ' A black dress, navy shoes, and a burgundy handbag. ' ) And under no circumstances should you ever rock'n'roll a suite of jewelry. Says Vazquez, ' Anything that was sold together as a set styles really dated.
Don’t give people too many things to look at all at once, ' says Halbreich. ' If you’re wearing a low-cut dress, focus on the cleavage—you don’t also need bare arms and legs. ' The concept applies to fit as well : A body-hugging dress is better with a more sensible neckline and hem, whereas a skirt that hits a few inches above the knee won’t raise eyebrows if it’s flared rather than tight.
First, a disclaimer. There’s no need to break the bank on the basics—tees, button-downs, jeans—of which there are plenty of quality options available at low prices. Instead, splurge ( if you can ) on the genres of items in which even the cheapo variantes aren’t exactly steals. For instance, bargain cashmere will still set you back $100. But that sweater will stretch out quickly, and then you’ll have to blow another $100 to replace it, rather than spending a little more only once. ' When buying classics, like a great black blazer, it’s important to invest in better fabrics— say, wool—that will hold up better over time, ' says Minkoff. Try calculating the price per wear to help stave off sticker shock.
Figure out your go-to, foolproof styles, ' says designer Nanette Lepore, then seek out déclinaisons on that theme. Stumped ? Picture the outfits that you feel most comfortable in. Or ask people close to you what you look best in. Once you’ve zeroed in on what works, find different takes. ' I gravitate toward jackets, so I’ll do a bomber style, then a silk version, or a denim jacket with leather sleeves, ' says Minkoff. ' Whenever you feel the need to talk yourself into things, that’s a red flag that you shouldn’t buy them, ' says Minkoff. If you have doubts in the room, it may help to take a photo of yourself in the item, suggests Aerin Lauder, the founder and creative director of the lifestyle brand Aerin. ' It’s much more accurate than looking in the mirror.
Opt for a de très bonne qualité white, rather than ivory, which may skew dingy. “But since white has the potential to make your teeth look yellow in comparison, consider wearing a bold lipstick with a blue undertone, like fuchsia, so teeth appear brighter, ” recommends Florence Thomas, the creative director for Thomas Pink. Not sure which cut is best for you ? A button-up with darting at the waist or curved princess seams can create a feminine hourglass shape on anyone. Be sure the seams of the shoulders line up with your shoulders and that there is no pulling across the front or the back. “Anything else can be tailored, ” says Thomas. to keep all-cotton shirts from discoloring, don’t dry-clean them. Have them laundered and pressed, the same as men’s shirts.
Doubling up on patterns can help you come across as confident and chic—or as if you got dressed in the dark. Achieve the former by following these guidelines. Stick to a similar color family—and preferably the same background shade. Some pairings are like PB
The right pair of earrings can vanter your face shape. For instance, long earrings make your face look skinnier, if it’s on the round side, says jewelry designer Lizzie Fortunato. On the other hand, if you have an oblong face, short, chunky earrings, like grande taille studs, will draw focus outward, and your face won’t read quite as narrow. If you have a large bust, a necklace should hit an inch above the cleavage or higher. Longer strands or pendants will rest awkwardly on the body and call attention to every contour. Lastly, choose earrings in lighter colors, such as pearls or white stone, to make your face look radiant.