lauren conrad

Sunglasses!!!

My love of sunglasses started at an early age, when my mother would buy me “cool-dude shades” and “movie star sunglasses”. I’ve always loved vintage shaped shades and over the last few years the rest of the world caught up. This season, retro inspired sunglasses are hotter than ever!!

Cat Eye
 
Circles, big ones.
 
Patterns
 
 Square
 
 Wayfarers

Retro inspired shades are all over the place! You can surely find a shape, color, pattern that you’ll love!

Victoria Beckham has a fabulous line of sunglasses.

sorry my posts have been a bit short recently, it’s been hard finding time, 😦 thanks for continuing to read! I’m nearly at 25,000 page views. Thank you so much!

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Spring Into Neutral Nails!

The other night, over drinks, Kacie, Nicki and I discussed how much we are loving the very nude/neutral nail looks. Barely there nail polish is very big this Spring/Summer.

(not my hand.)

It looks even cuter when your lips are a very light neutral too. So adorable.


But the picture that got us talking about the nude colors… :


I will always love you Britney.

But there’s still time to indulge in your favorite winter colors!

It should be pretty apparent by now just how much I am a lover of black nail polish. Always loved it, always will.

Over the last year, I’ve been buying “black polishes”… with a twist. and I’m not alone.

Kacie, my bf and fashion trend “firster” (this girl is ALWAYS ahead of the curve!) Has been buying “black” polishes for well over a year, long before everyone else. Dark blues, greens and browns that at first glance look like your average black, but once you take a closer look, you can see the variations in color. (Kacie is the one who suggested I write this blog! Thanks for the inspiration!)

(not my fingers, or the brand of my purple polish)

My favorite is a “black” polish, but when you catch it in the light, you can see how the color is infiltrated with bright blue shimmer. I ♥ it! In fact, when I bought this polish a few months ago, the sales girl made sure to point out that this was not a flat black. I told her I knew and that I liked that its not really a solid black. She explained to me that many customers, including a friend of hers, were very upset because they did not realize it wasn’t really black and that’s what they had intended to purchase. (I’m sure they’re all about these “not-really-black” polishes now.)

I also have (another favorite of mine) a very very dark purple. Looks black. It’s not.

It seems lots of people are rocking this style polish recently. The “not-really-black” polishes are EVERYWHERE all of a sudden. Even when not dark enough to be mistaken for black, dark hues in general are really popular. and more than your average burgundies. Rich, dark blues and greens are everywhere as well.

If you also love black polish, look for one with it’s own secret twist. I’m seeing these colors all over the place: magazines, red carpets, TV and Movies. AND if you work for Nazis and can not wear black polish, one of these colors may satisfy your craving for rock-and-roll black nails, but without going against office dress code. If your manager approaches you, point out that it’s not black, it’s in fact a very dark purple, blue, WHATEVER! (They may tell you not to wear it again, but at least you won’t get written up.)

Give “Not-Really-Black” Polishes a try. I ♥ Mine! I certainly hope some of you will as well.

Also, Spring and Summer are just inching around the corner, give the neutral nails look a try as well! I just love how clean and classic they look!

I’ll post more pics of my own attemps!! -Thanks for reading.

***UPDATE*** I quickly painted these early this morning. A few mess-ups, but not too shabby. Plus, I’ve had this color for… well, a long time… so it’s kind of old and not to fabulous anymore. But I couldn’t wait to try out some nude nails… so… here they are:

The Perfect Red Lip


The Perfect Red Lip

This week I’ve been reading a lot about how a Red Lip is “in” this Fall and Winter. However, I would like to say that the Red Lip has absolutely never gone away. Another thing about red lips that has me annoyed is that so many, for so long, have said that redheads simply can’t wear one. To this, I say “Nay!” and so do a lot of other people now.

For redheads, it’s harder to make a red lip look really good, but it most certainly can be done. First, if you’re a ginger, you have to determine you skin tone.

  • Warmer Skin tones, (and more Orangey hair hues,) should look for a more orangey-red and corals.
  • Cool Skin tones look best with a blue-based reds. Darker reds look best, especially when you get into plums.
  • Neutral skin tones have it easier. You can pretty much wear any shade of red and have it look fabulous.
QUICK CHECK
Do you look better in Gold or Silver jewelry?
Golds = Warmer Skin Tone
Silver = Cooler/Neutral Tones

The rule for Red Lips has always been: the paler the skin, the bigger the pop.
If there’s one thing Gingers have going for them, it’s fair skin. Work that red lip!

GINGERS W/ COOL SKIN TONE – RED LIP

With her cool skin tone and darker, auburn hair, Emma Stone looks great in these red shades.
(I particularly love in the first photo how her green earrings are complimented by the red tones.)

GINGERS W/ WARM SKIN TONE – RED LIP
Mad Men’s, Christina Hendricks and this model (from Montreal’s Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Week) are two redheads with very warm skin tones. The more Orangey-Reds chosen for each lady compliments their tone. Each lady’s hair color and lipstick are all shades of read, but what makes them so cohesive are their Orange qualities.
As a result, the over-all look is Orange; only on a redhead can an “Orange Look” be so beautiful. Blue eyes shining through appear that much more illustrious.

GINGERS W/ NEUTRAL SKIN TONE – RED LIP

Christina Henricks (with a much more subtle blush than seen in the picture above), Isla Fisher and Nicole Kidman are all seen here with neutral skin tones and very bold red lips. Simple eye makeup, which is the way to go with a bold lip, and these redheads look amazing…
IT CAN BE DONE!

When doing a Bold Red Lip, I have the most success with the following steps:

  • I use a very sheer foundation (depending on the look, I sometimes use a shade slightly darker than my own) and blend it in with a very light, daily moisturizer. That way my face looks delicate and not heavily weighed down by layers of foundation.
  • Because I like my red lips to be glossy, I use a small amount of powder to blend over my face for a more matte look. SKIP BRONZER (unless used lightly in a warm look).
  • KEEP THE EYE MAKE-UP SIMPLE! I like to use liquid liner and mascara in either dark brown or black (the blackest black) and one SHEER layer of a very light eye shadow, a neutral shade. (White, Off White, Light Light Tan)
  • *OPTIONAL* Because the eyes are so simple, I especially want my lashes to stand out, but not too glam (the red lip is what is glam about this look). Using cheap, drug store lashes, I apply a whole set. But before doing so, I trim the ends (as well as the length sometimes) giving them a more uneven, natural look.
  • Most fair skinned girls, especially Gingers, have a very rosey tone making blush unnecessary. If you do choose to use a blush, make sure it is sheer and lightly applied to the apples of your cheeks. A super sheer light light pink shimmer looks nice and is what I choose with my Red Lipped Looks.
  • I personally think it looks horrible to line the entire lip… ever. Unless I join a Puerto Rican street gang, I’ll pass on a dark, complete lip-lining… However when I do red lips, I line the inside corners of my lips and a little in the center of the top and bottom (to even out any discoloration and unevenness.)
  • Then I apply the lip color (I’ve yet to try a stain, but I haven’t heard good things from friends who have). I’ve found Cover Girl Outlast lip color to look and work the best. I use the top gloss the color is partnered with, but I also apply a clear gloss for extra shine when I want it.

Obviously, Red Lips look great on EVERYONE! I’ve compiled a few photos of “Red Lip Lovers” to demonstrate how a Bold Red Lip looks on women of various hair and skin tones.

You can see how these beauties have partnered their red lips with other elements to accommodate their individual spin on the classic red lip.

BLONDIES
Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani are two platinum blondes who are regular red lip rockers. Emma Watson, who always looks fab, shows a bold red lip in such a down to earth way.

Lauren Conrad, Hilary Duff and Hayden Panettiere are all more subtle blondes
who flawlessly execute a bold red lip.

BRUNETTES

Leighton Meester, Audrina Patridge and Ashley Greene.
Brunette Beauties with varying skin and hair tones, all with beautiful bold red lips.

Megan Fox is a Dark Brunette and regular rocker of red lips.

RAVEN-HAIRED
Dita, oh Dita. When I decided to dye my hair black, it was in hopes that I would look something like this. The dye didn’t hold very long and I had to strip my hair as a result…
Still, I definitely want to dye my hair black again sometime.

OLIVE/TAN COMPLEXIONS
Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba and Penelope Cruz all looking lovely with their red lips. Each is able to go a little darker, a little more with their eye makeup because of their darker skin tone.

DARK COMPLEXION
Rhianna, Beyonce and Zoe Saldana all wear their red lips well. Also, like with tan and olive skin tones, these ladies can go a bit darker with eye makeup and even a little darker with their blush. A sheer, shimmery peach pair nicely.

BEWARE: WHEN RED LIPS GO WRONG
Any amount. Of any other color. WILL make your red lip look more like clown-wear.
So, if you’re following: TOO MUCH of other colors only makes this worse. (Unless youre audition for the circus, then you-go-girl) Rhianna’s dark skin tone does allow a lot more room for adding color, but only if you really know what you’re doing, (I still wouldn’t suggest any other colors in your look.) Leighton Meester’s purple raccoon eyes definitely clash with the red lip. (Why so serious?) That being said, I actually like it… for a runway, concert, etc… for a regular, average person… steer clear… it won’t look good, I promise.

A nice classic black eye liner is the best way to go with red lips.
Too much liner can make you look like an anorexic ghoul, i mean, Mary Kate Olsen
or like a whore in a Robert Palmer music video.

SO WATCH OUT!

and REMEMBER: SIMPLE FACE & EYES with a BOLD [RED] LIP.

  • Another thing to keep in mind with red lips is your nail color.
  • Just about anything other than a red looks good. Black, Blues, Neutrals, light Pinks, etc.
  • Stay away from Corals, Maroons, Plums, dark Pinks, etc.
  • Only if the Red Nails REALLY match the Red Lips… nearly identical… will it work.
  • Otherwise, the two colors will clash and that will only make both the lips and the nails look bad.

Jets Win!!!


This afternoon, in Overtime, my New York Jets beat the Detroit Lions! WoopWoop (I’m not so sure why the game was so close… but they won!!!) And as we stand right now in this week’s football pool, I am up against one other person and it’s coming down to Monday night’s game. (With the exception of one week I have made it down to the final few when the Monday game chooses the winner… even thought I’ve only won once… I’m a gal who knows my football!!!)