Showing posts with label Dolled Up. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dolled Up. Show all posts

Friday, July 31, 2015

Best Sorority Instagram Contest


It's time for some friendly competition! Instagram has really taken flight over the past few years and now so many people are Instafamous (we can't believe that that is even a word!). We have been loving seeing what all of our sorority readers have been up to all summer via their shared Instagram photos that we want to give you and your house more of a spotlight. From now until August 7th, we want you to prove that your sorority's Instagram page is the best by showing us through pictures how it fits with all six of our site categories: Campus Catwalk (clothes, fashion accessories), Dolled Up (makeup), Big Sis Tips (sisters helping sisters, activities, philanthropy, sisterhood events) Kitchen (cook-offs, exercising, health & wellness), Secret Steals (awesome deals), and Chapter Room (house decor). DM your pictures to us via our Instagram: @thesororitysecrets and the sorority to display the most pictures in all six categories will get a feature on our site. 

Ready...


Set....

 
GO!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Recruitment Makeup Tips


We can't hardly wait for you to participate in recruitment! Just like a job interview, you want to look your best for recruitment. Display your beauty inside and out. The best way that you can exude your outer beauty, is through getting your face dolled up for each day of recruitment. However, it's crucial not to overdue it; your makeup shouldn't hide your natural beauty. Our favorite products to use for a natural look are anything from Smashbox concealer and powder or Anastasia Beverly Hills blushes and dip brows. Simple and pretty is your best go-to no matter what brand you use! Here is a link to some awesome makeup tutorials perfect for recruitment shared by Kappa Alpha Theta, Mackenzie Brown (@kenziemacbrown)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Face Masks & Scrubs We Love



Gah, isn't getting older a drag? There are so many beauty regimens we have suddenly really stuck to as we have gotten older, and one of them is our favorite bedtime/chill routine: face masks & scrubs. Applying a face mask is like having a spa day with your face at home. Co Founder, Sakura got her hands on the Buddha Scrub and she thought it was amazing. It is a coffee based scrub and the one she tried was pineapple flavored (yum!). If you dig the coffee face masks then you should also try the brand Frank. They have really generous portion sizes allowing you to get a lot of use out of one packet. The Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask by Herbivore Botanicals gets you that more dry clay kind of texture on your face. It leaves your skin silky smooth that's for sure! Lush Cosmetics is another favorite brand for our face mask needs. We love how they have a store front and fill the store with facial products you can try out! It's like a facial sampling--we love!

What face masks and face scrubs are you loving? Share with us in the comments below!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Beauty Mistakes To Avoid


Being in a sorority has been like having 100+ sisters to mentor you and set you straight. There's nothing better than being able to have the opinions of people who are a lot like you. We have definitely matured with our knowledge in beauty thanks to the guidance of our sisters so we thought it would be of benefit to you to share beauty mistakes to avoid!

  1. 1. Don't Forget To Wash Your Face.  We know: It's so much easier to just plop on your pillow and wish that magically your face would wash itself. We have all had those nights where washing our face is a drag, but we can assure you as we have gotten older that washing your face no matter the circumstance is a huge benefit. If you know that you often crash on your bed, leave some makeup remover wipes underneath or by your pillow. If you do get around to washing your face, having a Clarisonic has been the best investment ever! We love how it really intensely cleans your face right down to your pores. Basis is Co Founder, Karen's favorite makeup remover & face cleanser and best of all it's super affordable.
    
   2.  Do Your Eyebrows. Wow. We are seriously looking back at old photos without our eyebrows 
         done and it's cringe-worthy. It's amazing how your face totally brightens up when you choose to 
         fill in your eyebrows. Being introduced to Anastasia Dip Brow was the best thing ever. With the
         perfect eyebrow brush, Anastasia Dip Brow allows for ultimate eyebrow coverage. Eyebrow
         pencils aren't too bad as well and we love the ones that MAC carries.

   3.   Wear Sunscreen...Especially On Your Face. SPF 30 and above is the best type of skin      
         protection. Even if it's a cloudy day, the sun is STILL shining so don't make the mistake of not
         protecting your skin because skin damage from the sun can cause some serious aging which is 
         no good. Smashbox offers BB Cream that contain both color and sunscreen- the  
         perfect combo. Here is a link to the dark BB Cream and light BB Cream.
  
   4.  Don't Sleep with Your Fake Eyelashes On. Believe us: we understand how meticulous it is to 
        put eyelashes on. Ardell Professional Eyelashes are every sorority girls BFF. But, even though         
        they are so glam,  you don't want to take that glam to bed and risk not being able to reuse them 
        because they've been smushed. 

  5.   Don't Wear Foundation That Is Lighter/Darker Than Your Face. Don't be too proud to go to 
        the beauty counter of your favorite makeup company to get the best color match for your 
        foundation, concealer, or powder. There is nothing worse then your face looking ten times 
        lighter or darker not matching your neck in pictures.
  
  6.   Clean Your Makeup Brushes. The more you have a routine of washing your makeup brushes, 
        the less likely you will carry bacteria on your makeup brushes. Johnson & Johnson baby
        shampoo is an awesome product you can use to wash your makeup brushes. Simply drop a 
        quarter size amount in the palm of your hand and swirl the bristles of your makeup brushes in it. 
        The makeup drips right off! 


Those are just a few of our beauty mistakes to avoid, but we want to hear from you. What are some Dolled Up tips that you have? Share with us in the comments below!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Curly Hair Care 101


We have recognized a lot of sorority sisters and friends embracing their curly hair, that we seeked out TSS reader, Danielle Davis, to share with us her best tips on maintaining your natural curls. Check out her advice below and be sure to share your thoughts in the comment box below!


Curly Hair 101-
Starting your natural hair journey can be a daunting and sometimes overwhelming process to think about. With all of the products promising miracle results, natural hair gurus and your hair straightener calling your name it is hard to even know where to start. There is a lot to navigate so the tips below will provide you with my top 10 suggestions on how to start you on your own journey to healthy, beautiful curly hair.

1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize- Without a doubt this is the most important advice I could give. Curly hair is notoriously dry, especially at the ends. Concentrating on providing your hair as much moisture as possible within your entire routine will help you exponentially. Moisturizing helps eliminate frizz and perpetuates defined curls.

2. Do Not Be Afraid of the Big Chop- My natural hair journey started 3 years ago and I was so attached to my length. I was paying $100 to a DevaCurl specialist for a haircut and would only let her remove ½ an inch- silly! One day I decided to go for it and go for the scary Big Chop, which ended up being the best decision I could have made. Curly hair is very forgiving so even when cut short you can get a lot of volume. The best part is that your hair will grow back extremely fast. When I get my hair cut now, I tell the stylist to cut anything that is dead, straight or just weighing my hair down. You will leave satisfied every time knowing your hair is healthy. Short, healthy hair is much more desirable than long unhealthy hair.

3. Sulfates are Bad- As I am sure most of you who have an interest in natural hair care have heard, sulfates are not your friend. It’s essentially like rubbing soap all over your hair; drying it out and depleting that moisture we talked about earlier. Always check the ingredients label on your products before using them. There are many products out there so be picky, you deserve it.

4. Deep Condition- It’s relaxing and your hair will love you for it. Pick one day out of the week to really concentrate on repairing your hair and deep condition. There are many options in the natural hair care world but one of the most raved about is coconut oil. After showering, slather this all over your hair and sit under a dryer. Your hair will be shiny, strong and feel amazing.

5. Put Down the Heat- I had to hide my straightener from myself in order to follow through with avoiding heat- the struggle was real! The hard reality is that you won’t get the results you want applying heat to your hair all of the time. If going cold turkey is too much for you set goals for yourself like only applying heat once or twice a week and then keep extending your goal until it becomes second nature.

6. Drink Plenty of Water- Beauty on the outside starts with what you put inside your body. The benefits of drinking more water go way beyond just beautiful hair. You’ll see a difference in your energy levels, skin, eyes and hair- talk about a win!

7. Safely Detangle- Curly hair is fragile. Always detangle starting at the bottom using a product with some slip and use your fingers or a wide toothed comb. This will help keep the cuticle and curl pattern protected.

8. Sleep on a Silk Pillow Case- Apparently I’m a wild sleeper so when I try to wear a bonnet to bed I wake up with it on the floor- fail. I started using a silk pillowcase because it eliminates the hassle of actually putting the bonnet on, helps keep your hair from breaking and retains the moisture in your hair that a cotton pillowcase depletes.

9. Be Patient- We are the generation obsessed with instant gratification. Unfortunately, this is just one avenue where patience is key. There is no miracle product, pill or haircut that is going to give you that beautiful curly hair you desire over night or even over the next month. However, with patience and a lot of trial and error you will begin to see the results you want.

10. This is Your Journey- Not Your YouTube Gurus- Between watching the endless YouTube videos and curly hair Instagram posts of all the women who seem to have the perfect curls it is very easy to develop hair envy. I’ve had many moments of thinking “ WHY DOESN’T MY HAIR LOOK LIKE HERS?” In the end, the journey is different for everyone and everyone is at various stages in their journey. It is important to realize that all hair types are beautiful and sometimes that Guru’s curly hair pattern is simply just different from yours- and that’s okay!

Curly hair has never been more celebrated than it is now. The natural hair care journey is a very personal one and it is amazing to think that something as simple as hair can cause one to self reflect on who they are as an individual. What a wonderful thing to grow in your journey and feel more beautiful than ever as a woman embracing her curly crown.

-@thecurlycrown

Friday, May 29, 2015

How To Rock Matte Lipstick

Matte lipstick has been a pretty popular beauty fad as of late. We love the matte lipsticks from Dose of Colors, Colour Pop, and Smashbox to name of few. But, to properly rock matte lips, you've got to do some lip prepping. There have just been too many times where our lips look so dry and our skin on our lips starts to break off because we didn't set our lips up properly for the matte lipstick.

Basically, to achieve a matte look on your lips, the chemicals in the lipstick dry out your lips. In order to counter that chapped lip look, you've got to first, scrub your lips to exfoliate it and take off dead skin. We really like this lip scrub from Sara Happ or the Bliss Spa Fabulips lip scrub. Next, apply a lip primer. We are currently trying out Lip Insurance and so far so good! A lip primer works great or even a nice lip balm like the Sephora collection ones. Apply your matte lipsticks and rock those lips to perfection!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Why We Love Dry Shampoo

There are just those days where getting your hair wet and lathered up with shampoo is just too time consuming. We have found ourselves on the go a lot and dry shampoo has been our bestie. We love it because it temporarily soothes the scalp while at the same time acts as a deodorizer for your hair. It's a quick hair refresher and really helps to add some volume to your hair days later. Right now, we really like dry shampoos that incorporate Argan oil like the one made by "One 'n Only". It really absorbs oil well and smells amazing! Here are a list of other dry shampoos we have heard are worth trying:

Drybar Morning After Dry Shampoo Kit
Serge Normant Meta Revive Volumizing Dry Shampoo
Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo

Do you use dry shampoo? Share with us your favorite dry shampoo product in the comments below!

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Truth About Lip Injections


As much as we have been trying to avoid the topic of plastic surgery and enhanced beauty treatments on The Sorority Secrets, we recognize that it is something many of our readers are faced with given the many outlets you're exposed to. In lieu of the recent controversy over Kylie Jenner's now famous lips, we reached out to TSS Reader, Annie Bruno, of The Skinny Blog to help answer your questions about lip injections. You may remember Annie from our "Why We Love Chemical Peels" post a couple of years ago! Taken straight from her site, she does a little Q&A so read up! P.S. Self love is the greatest form of beauty so know that loving yourself from within is what we reinforce every day. Nonetheless, we are aware that things that make you self-conscious can affect you. Ultimately, anything you do is YOUR DECISION.

Get Annie's full article here!

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Are you interested in possibly receiving lip injections? I’ll answer some commonly asked questions that might help you to make the decision that is right for you.

1.) What are lip injections? A hyaluronic acid (this is a naturally occurring acid found in our bodies) gel particle is injected into the lips with a needle. This unique gel particle can help to create lift and structure, while also building volume. Since this is an injection there are comfort measures like numbing agents, that can easily be applied before your treatment.

2.) How many syringes will I need to purchase? Everyone’s anatomy is different, and what your lips may be able to hold without looking overfilled may be very different than someone else. Average amount that I typically see is usually around 1-1.5 syringes. Note however, that some fillers are on-label to use as many as 3 syringes in one lip to be fully-corrected. Each patient is different. Your practitioner should be able to give you an estimate before your procedure. Also keep in mind that you can start out small, and add more later if you desire to do so.

3.) How much do lip injections cost? Typically syringes range anywhere from $400-$600 each/1ML. (Prices are different amongst different demographics). Seems pricey, right? Before you go looking for a bargain, I will beg you to PLEASE steer clear from spas that offer anything drastically lower than this price point. Often times you can find a “deal” or groupon and I would highly advise against doing this. This is not to say that every spa/practice being offered on groupon or living social is not legitimate, but you should be aware of the reasons why they might be able to offer a lower price point. It is not unusual that in those practices you may have a very inexperienced injector that can actually cause you harm if you are treated incorrectly. Another reason you could be getting such a “deal” is because the spa/practice could be importing product from a foreign country for a cheaper purchasing price. Importing is not safe, and it is illegal. Imported product is sometimes fake, expired, and/or diluted. Not to mention, there is no telling where the product may be prepared and/or packaged- think bathtubs. I'm serious. If someone is willing to take that type of risk on their patients to save a buck, they do not have your health or best interest at heart. Cosmetic treatments can unfortunately be expensive and an investment, but with that comes guaranteed authentic product, safe technique, and your desired outcome.

4.) How often do I need to be injected? Lip fillers have an on-label guarantee of a 6-month duration. Again, everyone is different and some people metabolize product faster than others- give or take a few months.

5.) How much down time will I need if I get lip injections? Complete swelling reduction usually resides within a week. I would advise to be injected on a day that you will be able to have some downtime for at least 2-3 days post-injection. With regular intervals of icing, and taking arnica prior to a treatment (natural supplement for inflammation found at health food stores) you can greatly reduce your down time. You can also slightly camouflage swollen lips with concealer and nude lip colors.

6.) What if I don’t like my lip injections? Does this mean I’m stuck with them for 6 months? No! Filler is fortunately a treatment that can be easily reversed almost immediately. But go the right injector, and I guarantee you won’t be reversing the treatment because you’ll love it so much!

7.) Where do I go? I would go to someone that is a well-known and experienced practitioner in your area. You can check websites like healthgrades.com for specific rankings on physicians. Often times highly ranked physicians also have experienced nurse injectors that will take care of you with an equal level of quality. Another option is asking your friends/family where they go, as I think referrals are always good. You can also come and see us at Hobgood Facial Plastic Surgery, we would love to have you! <Info provided below>.

I hope this was informative as I know it is a lot of information to absorb! If you have any other questions, please feel free to comment, or message me as I am happy to help you. Aesthetic treatment options don’t have to be scary, ridiculous, or obvious. Above all else, remember that they are your right! Whether you choose to divulge your information like Kylie did or not is completely up to you, and your procedures and treatments are completely protected by law (HIPPA). Be true to you and the things you do. The enhancements you desire are yours for the taking- and that’s a beautiful thing.

Visit us, or call for appointments at:
Hobgood Facial Plastic Surgery
Scottsdale, AZ
480.214.9955
ToddHobgood.com

Be well,

Annabelle
@theskinnyblog

Monday, May 4, 2015

Fragrances For Mom


Have you taken a look at our 'Mother's Day Gifts Under $50'? Still not finding anything perfect for Mom? When in doubt, go for signature scents to show your Mom how much you love and appreciate her. We have gathered some of our favorite perfumes perfect for any mother. Shop our list below!
  1. Prada - Candy
  2. Salvatore Ferragamo - Emozione 
  3. Philosophy - Amazing Grace
  4. Versace - Eros Pour Femme
  5. Aerin - Water Lily Sun
  6. Tory Burch - Tory Burch (p.s. It's her FIRST fragrance and it smells so charming!)
Consider buying the sets of these perfumes to include the perfume and lotion!

What are your favorite scents perfect for Mom? Share with us below.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Have You Heard of Miracle Gel?


We have brought to your attention just about every nail polish and nail art fad so it should be no surprise that we recently discovered a new way of applying nail polish that will blow your mind (well, not really, but it's still really awesome--haha!). The amazing product is called Miracle Gel by Sally Hansen and it is specifically for you lovers of gel nails! Why this product is so great is that it requires NO LIGHT. Yes, you heard right. Second, the gel nails can last up to 7 days with no chipping (whoop, whoop!). Lastly, the Miracle Gel product is less than $10. Secret steal! We are currently loving the Creme de la creme pink color! So perfect for work or sorority functions.

Save yourself the time and money of going to the salon with this cool, new product! Tell us about your experience with Miracle Gel by leaving a comment below!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

5 Best Hair Tutorials


All we have to say is thank God for YouTube and Instagram! They've literally saved our hair days with awesome tutorials for just about all kinds of hair. From cute braided hairstyles to updos, we have come across some of the cutest and simplest hairstyles. We wanted to share with you some of our favorite hair tutorials we have come across so view our favorite five (5) below!

Tutorial 1:  Messy French Twist - http://www.irrelephant-blog.com/2013/10/how-to-messy-french-twist.html

Tutorial 2: Side Pony French Braid - www.instagram.com/klumsyclosett

Tutorial 3: Floating Fishtail Mermaid Braid - http://youtu.be/xXg2uV7mMEE

Tutorial 4: Easier Than It Looks Updo - http://youtu.be/PoX9C_U5abs

Tutorial 5: Extravagant Faux Updo - http://youtu.be/gBq-m9TYxDM

Do you have a favorite hair tutorial that we should know about? Share the link in the comments below!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Must-Have Hair Tools


There are just certain hair items every girl should own because it makes that special time in front of the mirror getting all dolled up so much more smooth. Discovering the stand up hair blow dryer to keep at home has saved us time from having to go to the salon for a good blow dry. Target or Sally's Beauty Supply have some pretty affordable stand up hair blow dryers. Having a hand hair blow dryer is a must too and having a diffuser attached to it is essential to really dry the roots of your hair. We are always fans of Chi Products so we recommend their hair blow dryers with the diffuser tip though we are interested in trying the Kardashian Beauty Premium Finish Hair Dryer. Other Must-Have Hair Tools include:
  • Curling Iron Holder-protect your curling iron, especially when you're traveling. Not to mention, we all have those days where we are quickly rushing out the door and don't want to leave the hot curling iron chilling on the counter!
  • Hot Roller Set- For those days you need a quick overnight curl!
  • Dyson Tangle-Free Turbine Tool- Okay, so this isn't necessarily a tool for your hair, but it picks up your hair from the floor and carpet. So essential!
  • Personal Hair Organizer- Save time scrambling for all of your hair tools and keep them in one place with this personal hair organizer!
  • lastly, you can't go too far without a hair tool set featuring various combs and clips! Check out the T3 Smooth Operator Hair Tool Set. They have all of that!
What are some must-have hair tools that we have missed? Share with us below!

Monday, March 30, 2015

10 Must-Have Pieces To Keep In Your Purse


So, if you're anything like us, we have a tendency to carry a lot of stuff. Like, Mary Poppins' style. It's the sorority girl in us! But, in all reality, you can survive without all the junk you throw in your trunk (yeah, at this point it's not a purse, it's a trunk!). We decided it's time to clean out our purses and narrow it down to the essentials. Below is our list of the ten (10) must-have pieces to keep in your purse.
  1. Lip gloss. Not a bazillion flavors, just narrow it down to a gloss and maybe a solid chapstick. We are fans of Burt's Bees and the Mint flavored Bigelow lip gloss. Oh and EOS lip balms are pretty nice!
  2. A mirror. You've got to be able to apply your lipstick (and discreetly check out your crush..hehe).  This Hello Kitty pocket mirror is just the cutest!
  3. Headphones. You never know when you're going to need to isolate yourself from your neighbor and bang out to some music. The Beats by Dre hot pink headphones are legit and we like simple headphones too like these Skull Candy ones.
  4. Medicine. Headaches, that "time of the month"...they just can creep in out of nowhere so you want to be able to tackle them head on.
  5. Listerine Strips or Gum. Everyone has a stint of bad breath every once in a while. Come equipped when you pack the bad breath killers.
  6. Bobby pins. Even though chances are you will lose them miraculously once they enter your purse, it's nice to know you have it there.
  7. Safety pins. You never know when you will have a wardrobe malfunction.
  8. Hair ties. One of your friends is bound to ask you for one. We actually really love the hair ties from France Luxe/ L. Erickson. They are incredibly cute and incredibly durable!
  9. Phone charger.  Honestly, this should be like #1! We have upgraded to carrying the Mophie for optimal phone battery life. It's a great investment and a serious lifesaver! 
  10. A solid wallet. Keep all of your money and cards and gift cards in one place with a nice, durable wallet. Wallets are the best investment. Kate Spade and Michael Kors make some of the cutest wallets.
What essential purse pieces do you think we are missing from the list? Share with us below!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How To Get Rid of Pores


Okay, well the truth is, you CAN'T get rid of your pores. However, you can reduce the look of them. Pores in general are common on everyone's face so there is no way of getting rid of them. Now, there is a difference between large pores and clogged pores and often times we tend to mix those two up, which essentially is misguiding ourselves. Clogged pores are when your pores have build up in it, usually from not cleaning your face regularly. Large pores are when your pores are really visible. This is typically caused by oily skin as it makes your pores stand out more. Especially as you get older your hormones change and more oil can develop on your face causing your pores to appear sometimes out of nowhere! But, have no fear because we know just the products to reduce the look of your pores. First, it's all about moisturizing your face day and night. Work with an esthetician to pick the perfect one according to your skin. We like Skinceuticals Daily Moisturizer for the day and SkinMedica Retinol Complex for at night (pair with sunscreen). With both products Co Founder, Karen, has seen a major difference in her skin on her face. Second, face peels at night are awesome and can help with reducing the look of your pores. Lastly, microdermabrasions monthly are a great way to help keep your face fresh.

Keep in mind that your face is often times the first body part people see. Your face is your spokesperson so take care of it. Facial skincare usually has a high price tag attached to it, but don't let that deter you from properly caring for your face. Trust us when we say: It's worth it!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

6 Lucky St. Patty's Day Nail Art

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St. Patrick's Day is next Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 and we cannot wait to celebrate that jolly green holiday! This is the day where sporting shamrocks, wearing green, and drinking Irish drinks are the norm. What better way to share in the celebration than decking out head to FINGERS and TOES with a St. Patty's Day nail art tribute?! We pulled some of our favorite looks on Pinterest and have shared them above. Which ones are your favorites? Do you have a favorite green nail polish you can recommend? Share with us in the comments below!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Secret Beauty Products For Your Face


As we get older, it's becoming more and more important to us to keep our faces looking clean and rejuvenated. While makeup is a great way to mask fine lines and blemishes, the better way to make your skin look flawless is to invest in your SKIN. Skincare is something we have been exploring a lot and Co Founder Sakura has taken a huge liking to the skin care product called Nerium. Nerium has just about everything from a day time moisturizer to a night time moisturizer to even a stretch mark cream. Sakura loves how Nerium reduces the look of her pores and freshens up her face. Karen is loving Celtrixa to treat stretch marks. After just a few months, she can visibly see a reduction in the look of her stretch marks which has been great for her as she prepares for bathing suit season which is around the corner! Karen doesn't recommend buying Celtrixa via their subscription, but rather, just buying it via Amazon.com. We have recently been introduced to some other new products from TSS Reader, Stephanie. Stephanie shared her love for Lush products and considers her skin to be a combo of oily and dry. Her go-to Lush products include: Lush Dark Angels Cleanser,  Lush Imperialis Moisturizer, and Lush Full of Grace Serum. Outside of these products, Stephanie recommends Raw African Black Soap sold by Plant Guru on Amazon (ABS is how it's often abbreviated). Raw African Black Soap is imported from Ghana and is great to use on your face at night as part of your nightly face regimen. Stephanie has seen a tremendous improvement in her skin since using the above products.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Lips

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With it being the month of love it's only fitting that we have an obsession with lips, right? This month is the perfect time to pucker up, we mean STOCK UP on all things lips. Alice + Olivia have the trendiest lip-tastic sweater out called the Smiley Stace intarsia cotton-blend sweater.  Pair it with black jeans, oversized black sunglasses and cute ballet slippers and you will have the cutest ensemble as you go about your fabulous day. Don't let just your lips do all the talking! Grab the cutest lip-shaped phone case from Stella McCartney at Nordies (Nordstrom) to dress up your iPhone 5. Keep your accessories looking feminine and cute with fun lip-shaped charm keychains like the one from our all time favorite designer, Diane Von Furstenberg

Lips are bold and make a statement so don't be afraid to show them off in all ways possible!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Best Mascara On a Budget

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There is nothing more convenient than buying something cheap yet the quality isn't! For us women, makeup costs can add up in a blink of an eye. Most of the time when you want the best type of makeup, it's typically sold at a pretty high price. Well, if there is one piece of makeup that can brighten up your face, it's mascara so we compiled a list of some awesome mascara that you can snag on a budget. Click the links above to see some of our favorites!

Do you have the secret to the cheapest, best mascara out there? Then, leave a comment or email us at secret@thesororitysecrets.com!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

How To Wear Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015


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Marsala. You've probably never heard of this particular color, but all we can say is WOW; it's the most breathtaking color. It's no surprise that Pantone has chosen it as the 2015 Color of the Year. Think ripe cranberries or a deep red wine color. It's a sensual color for sure and it makes you feel important. It's really a color for anyone trying to be bold and make a statement in a deep and thoughtful way. It's such a strong color that we don't recommend going over board with it. For example, choose a Marsala lip stick and pair it with a light colored top and bottoms. Marsala color nails would be fabulous as it isn't super bold like apple red, but it's still sophisticated. Try pairing Marsala with black like this fedora from Windsor. The two colors compliment each other very well. Marsala is a transformation color; you will feel like someone new when you're wearing it, so wear it with confidence!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 14 Posts of 2014


2014 was a year of growth for us! We loved continuing to share our best kept sorority secrets with you all and hearing a lot of your secrets. Your support of us is showing as we recently passed a major milestone: 3 million+ views! In lieu of that, we compiled your favorite fourteen posts of 2014. From beauty, to fashion, to tips and advice, you loved and read these posts. Thanks for continuing to make us your go-to site; we appreciate you!
  1. Beach Waves Hair Tutorial {by Maddie}
  2. Second Day Curls on the First Day!
  3. 20 Best Friend Date Ideas
  4. Top 10 Words To Cut From Your Writing
  5. Campus Security 101: 5 Tips To Keep You Safe
  6. Study Session Survival Guide
  7. Recruitment Conversation All-Star Tips
  8. 4 Travel Tips Every Wanderlust Should Know
  9. Clip-In Hair Extension Secrets
  10. Eyelash Extensions- Pros & Cons
  11. How To Successfully Travel Internationally
  12. 10 Ways To Nail An Interview
  13. Spring Recruitment Guide
  14. Music Festival Outfit Guide
Have a favorite blog post that didn't make the Top 14? Well, we would love to hear which post of 2014 was your favorite so leave a comment below!

Happy New Year!
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