BRIGHT HOT SUMMER

jordan dene OOTD (via howtobefancy.com)

jordan dene OOTD (via howtobefancy.com)

Summer is officially here in all it’s blazing glory. I’ve got my favorite iced almond coffee (thanks Leaf and Bean) and Wayfarer style sunnies, doing my best to stay in the shade. Adorable Mary Poppins top is c/o Jordan Dené paired with simple black jeans, soft flannel and floral sandals.

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jordan dene OOTD (via howtobefancy.com)

To keep things from getting too casual, I’ve layered my favorite necklaces from Forever 21, these amazing BCBGeneration jacket studs and the perfect bright red lip.

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COLOUR PREVAILS: NAIL LACQUER

 

 

colour prevails by nonie creme

I’ve spoken quite a bit about the new range of nail lacquers by Nonie Creme, but just realized I hadn’t actually put together a proper blog post. Oh, the shame. So today, I bring you just a few of the polishes in the Colour Prevails collection.
Colour Prevails Wardrobe Staple. The thing I love most about the nude polish trend is that you can go a few extra days (weeks?) without anyone noticing your nails aren’t freshly manicured. This mannequin hands shade is perfect if you’re too busy having fun to paint your nails every 3 days!

Colour Prevails by Nonie CremeSashimi. This pale coral shade is absolute perfection for summer. It’s one of my favorite shades in the range. I spent about 75% of March and April with this on my toes.

Colour Prevails by Nonie Creme Daddy’s Girl. The other 25% of my March-April pedicure was reserved for this gorgeous mid-toned pink. It has made it’s way into my nail rotation quite a bit as well. It’s got just the right amount of bright-but-not-too-bright pink loveliness.

Colour Prevails by Nonie Creme Mr. Big. Since grey is my favorite color, I would be remiss not to try this deep charcoal shade. The name is perfect for the steely alternative to a black nail polish. I love returning to this shade when the sweet pastels just aren’t doing it for me. This shade also has an ever so slight golden/iridescent glitter running through it that just makes it that much cooler.

Colour Prevails by Nonie CremeFrock Star. The final shade of the collection I purchased (on recommendation from Nonie herself) was this beautiful glitter. It’s got every color you can imagine in it, so depending on the light, different shades will translate. Here, it’s worn on a bare nail (hence, the more pinky tone), but you can pair it over any shade to transform it.

Overall, each polsih I’ve tried is fully opaque in two coats and will last between 5-8 days. I briefly owned Cry Baby (a stunning pastel blue), but it had a packaging malfunction and the lid shattered upon opening it. Sad, sad times. The bottles have a unique butterfly wing shaped handle, which makes painting a breeze and is one of those little thought-out details I love about so many of the products in the complete range of beauty products.

Let me know if you’ve tried anything from the Colour Prevails collection – I’m dying to get my hands on more!

 

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DIY HAIR MASK

To help keep my tresses in top shape, I’ve taken to making my own hair mask. The ingredients are simple, natural (plus cheap!) and are perfect for dry, damaged or color treated hair. Watch the video to learn how to make this easy DIY hair mask!

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SUMMER STYLE: MINIMALIST

I adore the minimalist look that is so hot at the moment. The only problem? Many of the straight-cut styles just aren’t suited for my lady curves. While that won’t stop me from wearing looks that I love, I have found that minimalist accessories are the easiest way to embrace this trend. I’m especially appreciating all of the sandal options – here are a few of my top picks!

minimalist sandals

Top Row: H&M \\ ZARA \\ FOREVER 21

Bottom Row: NASTY GAL \\ ASOS \\ H&M

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glo minerals SUEDE MATTE LIPSTICKS

suede matte crush

It’s clear to me that if I were limited to blogging/talking about only one item of makeup, it would 100 percent be lipstick. It is my forever obsession. That said, lets talk about mascara. Gotcha! We’re totally going to have a lipstick moment today.

The latest in my makeup bag rotation have been these long-wear lovelies from glo minerals. There are two new formulas – the Suede Matte Stick and the Suede Matte Crayon. Personally, my preference is for the crayon because…crayon. Both formulas offer antioxidant protection and conditioning ingredients that include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Mango Seed Oil and Shea Butter. They have a lightweight, full coverage formulation and wear anywhere from 4-8 hours on me (depending on what I eat in the meantime).

SUEDE MATTE CRAYON

I have Trademark, Crush, and Bombshell from the Suede Matte Crayon collection. I love how they include a sharpener on the pencil so you don’t have to carry one with you wherever you go. I feel like you can get quite a bit of precision from the crayons and since they are so matte and pigmented, I very rarely reach for a lip liner with these. Trademark and Crush have become my go-to shades for spring and I’m dying to get my hands on Sorbet (a bright pink).

suede matte trademark

glo minerals trademark

Trademark is a gorgeous peachy nude that compliments fairer skin tones. I love how smoothly this one applies and the subtle flush it gives the lips. It wears for around 4 hours on me.

suede matte crush

glo minerals crush

Crush is possibly my fave of the bunch. It’s such a fun bright coral-red. Absolutely perfect for when you want to add a little punch to minimal makeup days. It’s also quite long-wearing – around 6-8 hours.

suede matte bombshell

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Bombshell is a lovely bright blue-based red. It’s just a touch darker than Crush and is one of those reds that makes everyone’s teeth look whiter. This one felt just a bit heavier/drier on my lips but still wore well – I got about 5 hours of wear time out of this one.

 

Suede Matte Stick

The Suede Matte Sticks seem a bit sheerer and even lighter on the lips than the crayon, but you’re still getting a full-on pigmented matte lipcolor. I find it’s a little harder to be precise because of the angle cut design so I typically would use a lip liner when wearing these. I have the shades Pinup and Port.

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Pinup is another bright red but this one reads a little more neutral or true red than either Crush or Bombshell. I think this shade can so easily be worn both day and night! It wears for around 5-6 hours on me.

15htbf_GloMinerals_Port2 glo minerals port

Port is an absolutely gorgeous deep berry wine shade. It goes on sheerer than the other shades that I have in the collection but can be smoothly applied with the help of a lip brush. This is one shade I would recommend pairing with a lip liner to really get a clean application. I get about 4 hours of wear from this color but it leaves behind a lovely berry stain.

TODAY’S QUESTION:

What are your favorite long-wearing red lipticks?

 

Note: Products were kindly sent for review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. I was not paid for my review.

 

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SPRING TRAVEL LOOKBOOK

Recently, we took a little roadtrip through the Ozarks. Our plan was very much to rest and recover from what has been an extremely hectic season. My soul is at it’s best when its had time to wander – taking time to just stop and enjoy the ones I love and breathing in a little deeper.

I hope you find some time over the Summer for a little (or big) adventure! Let me know what you discover!

xoxo howtobefancy

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IPSY BAG | MAY 2015

I have to say, I was so excited about the design on this month’s ipsy bag – it’s exactly the kind of bag I would actually purchase! Check out the unbagging video to see what I got inside!

Curious about ipsy? The short story is that for $10 a month, you’ll get a makeup bag full of 5 deluxe or full sized beauty products to try out. You can also earn points for reviewing those items on their website and exchange them for reward products. It’s an easy way to try out things you might not otherwise know about (hello, my holy grail Jesse’s Girl eyeliner)!

Happy Weekend!

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COLOURPOP: The Cheeks

Part 3 of the ColourPop round up are the blushes. I woke up at an ungodly hour the day these launched and spent about 4 hours trying to get these babies into my cart. Commitment, ya’ll.

colourpop blush

 

All of the Super Shock blushes have a soft diffused look that is what makes cream to powder blushes so nice. They apply best before using any powder products and need to be worked into the skin to get an even finish. The texture is a little drier than the Maybelline Bouncy Blush, but a very similar formula. I prefer using my fingers to apply them and then blending the edges out with a buffing brush.

colourpop blushWith the exception of Fox (a satin), all of my shades are labeled mattes (although, I swear Between the sheets has a very slight sheen to it). Mochi is a very sweet blue toned pink and Early Bird has a strong red undertone that would be lovely to wear during summer to highlight a tan. Holiday and Between the Sheets are the most natural and are both excellent for daily wear.

While they’re not my all-time favorite blushes, I will say they are easy to use and make a great alternative to a standard powder blush. Now, I really want to get my hands on those brand-new highlighters! 😉

Hope you enjoyed this little ColourPop collection! Stay tuned, I’ve got another similar brand series coming up soon!

 

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COLOURPOP: The Lips

Because I’m a 24/7 glasses wearer (it’s a fact: I’ve fallen asleep in my glasses on more than one occasion), I am a massive lover of lipstick. As much as I love the creativity that can go into an eye look, I hate having to cover up all that work with my glasses! So, on myself, I’ll usually reach for a bold lipstick for my everyday look.

ColourPop Lippie Stix have been at the top of my most reached for list the past 2 months or so. I am obsessed with the pigmentation and shade range. The packaging makes it super simple to apply + they’re only five dollars!

colourpop

Of the shades I own, Brink is my favorite neutral – it’s got just the right tone to be the perfect “my lips but better” shade. The electric brights, Punky and Yasmin, are both perfect for summer and Grind has an edginess that I absolutely love! Bossy is a very wearable classic red and Fancy has an unexpected vintage coral tone (think Joan from Mad Men). Lumière is a little on the grey/brown side for my skin tone, but would work beautifully for deeper or more olive toned girls.

All of the shades are pigmented, semi matte, and fairly long-wearing. I get around 6 hours from the brighter shades when using a lip liner and around 4 hours for the lighter neutrals (Brink and Lumière). The formula is very creamy and has a tendency to go on a little thick if you’re not careful. The smaller bullet is incredibly helpful at controlling placement and I rarely reach for a lip brush when using these. I have no issues with them drying out my lips, which is a huge bonus when working with more matte formulations.

Have you tried any of the ColourPop Lipsticks? Which is your favorite?

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ALL THE SPARKLE | ROCKSBOX REVIEW

When it comes to jewelry, I’m practically a magpie. Is is sparkly? Shiny? Are there rhinestones/hammered details/delicate chains involved? Sign me up. Layering accessories has always been something I thoroughly enjoy. Recently, my favorite bits to pile on are simple-but-interesting dainty things.

I spoke about Rocksbox in a recent video, but I just HAD to share the latest little baubles they sent over. These gold bar studs by Sophie Harper are exactly what I have been looking for since last year. I haven’t removed them since my box arrived and there is no way I’m sending them back. These little darlings are all mine!

rocksbox

Earrings: Sophie Harper | Necklace: Gorjana | Pave Ring: Jules Smith | Cutout Ring: Gorjana

 

If you’re curious about Rocksbox, it’s essentially the Netflix of jewelry services. For $19 a month, they’ll send you a box filled with 3 pieces curated specifically to your tastes. You keep the items for as long as you like, and send them back when you’re ready for more. If you fall in love (like I did with this gold circle pave ring in the photo above) they offer a special discounted price. Perfect for an obsessive jewelry fiend like myself or someone who enjoys trying new pieces but can’t afford to purchase full priced items often.

If you’re interested in trying Rocksbox for yourself, you can use the code howtobefancyXOXO and get a month of service free. It’s only good through May 5th, 2015 though, so grab it and go!

 

Note: Rocksbox kindly sent me a free 3 month trial and offer code for my readers to take advantage of. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. I was not paid for my review.

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