Showing posts with label MAC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MAC. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Lip Colors For This Winter


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As we mentioned in last week's post, 5 Things You Can Make Your Basic Outfit, Not-So-Basic, we talked about how just a simple lip color can completely revamp your entire outfit!  Well this week we're sharing you some of our favorite lipsticks of this winter season!  Nude & red lipsticks are a necessity, but why not switch it up a little and choose a deeper tone of each with the selection above?

Deeper browns & purples are starting to make its way back and started becoming trendy this winter!  Try it out this season and let us know what you think!

Monday, November 30, 2015

TSS Favorite Things - November





At the end of every month, we combine all of our favorite items of the month together just to share with our readers.  As most of you guys know, today is none other than Cyber Monday.  For all of you online shoppers, it's almost like our second birthday, right?!

Well we have a little bit of everything this month- some beauty products, shoes, bags, all of our favorite things.  Let's get shopping!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fall Nail Colors to Have




Fall is here and what are we most excited for about it?! Fall nail polish colors, of course!  Nail polish colors are very seasonal and they also change every year- burgundy has been trendy these last couple of years, but you'll be seeing a lot more camel & coppers this year.  The camel shade is great because it's a little more neutral and goes with everything, but if you're really trying to stand out then copper is your color.

We're also currently obsessing over matte nails, but matte top coats are a hit or miss.  We've tested it and it's amazing- try Essie's "Matte About You" finisher!  It will dry your nails in a giffy and give you that perfect matte finish on any color you desire.

What are some of your favorite fall colors you see this year?!

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!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Skin So Soft: Beauty Secrets For Your Face


We have learned that you can buy as much concealer, face powder, and blush, but nothing makes your face shine more than healthy skin. Your face is the palette for your makeup; it's important for your palette to be clean and smooth to be ready to apply the paint. Are you with us?! In the past, we have talked about getting chemical peels to aid in keeping your skin looking great. However, let's take it one step further and focus on every day skin care. First and foremost, washing your face at night is super important! Even if you don't wear makeup or you think "I didn't do anything to make my face dirty" you should still wash your face. By not washing your face you are clogging your pores which can create pimples and blemishes as well as speed up aging on your face. When considering a product to wash your face with we have had a lot of luck with the two in one bottle face soaps. Basically, these types of products both remove your makeup and serve as a cleanser. The best one we would recommend is Basis. You can buy it in most stores like Walmart or you can find it online. While Basis does a pretty awesome job removing eye makeup, consider specifically using Mary Kay's Eye Makeup Remover.

Extra Face Washing Tips: It's perfectly fine to wash your face with your hands; just make sure to wash your hands prior to touching your face to get rid of the germs currently on your hand. If you are absolutely too tired to wash your face, consider investing in makeup remover wipes. We have loved using Neutrogena and Clean & Clear carry some great makeup remover wipes which you can easily snag at most drugstores and Target.

Alright, so you've washed your face, now it's time to moisturize it. Moisturizers rejuvenate your skin. Many companies carry moisturizing creams and we haven't tried them all. But, we do have a list of our personal favorites like MAC's Comfort Creme. Keep in mind that it's not the end of the world if you don't moisturize every day; you don't need to overdue it. Consider moisturizing in the morning or at night or every other day.

Do you have any beauty secrets for your face? Share with us below in the comments!

Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Apply Lipstick Like A Pro



We love wearing fun lipstick colors!  At first, it can be tricky to apply... how do you use lip liner?!  How do you get it to last longer?  We answer all of these questions, so you can have a pretty pout in no time.

1.  Start with clean, hydrated lips.  If you're wearing a dark color, exfoliate gently with a toothbrush before getting started.  Add a light coat of chapstick or face lotion to moisturize.

2.  Next, apply primer.  We actually like using MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, which can be used as an eyeshadow primer as well!  This will serve as a base to help that lipstick stay put.  It will look lighter than your natural lip color, but not to worry-- we're adding the color back in!

3.  Start lining your lips at the cupid's bow... the little dip at the top center of your lip line.  You can draw the pencil in the shape of an "X" so it gets the lines at the cupid's bow in a straight line, as seen in picture number 3.

4.  Now, line the entire lip shape!  You can go slightly outside the natural lip line if desired for a fuller lip effect.  Be careful to not go too far outside the natural lip line, as you want your lip shape to still appear well-- natural!  We used MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Staunchly Stylish.  We love how versatile this color is, and the long lasting effects of this lip pencil formula!

5.  After you've lined your lips, apply lipstick.  Start by dabbing on, covering the areas lined by the pencil so it all blends together.  For more precision (especially helpful when wearing bold or darker lipstick hues) use a lip brush instead of applying it straight from the tube.  We used MAC Lipstick in Twig.  It's a great neutral shade for fall!

6.  Once the lipstick is applied, blot your lips together.  No need to "mash" them from side to side, simply blot by pressing them together.

7.  Now, your lipstick is almost ready to go!  But, we have a final step for extra long wear...

8.  As the last step, apply a sheer layer of translucent powder.  We used MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Powder, which is a favorite product of ours that can be used on the rest of the face as well!  Use a fluffy brush (like this one by e.l.f.) to lightly dust a tiny bit of powder on top of the lipstick.  For a skilled hand, this can be done directly on the lips.  If you want to practice first (or if you have a heavy hand) use a 1-ply tissue instead of applying directly to the lips.  Hold the tissue up to your lips, and dust the powder on top of the tissue.  Adding the powder will add a slight matte finish to the look as well.

9.  Smile, you're done!  Your lipstick will be ready to go, and ready to take on the day with your pretty painted lips!  If you're wearing a darker hue, stick your pointer finger in your pursed lips, and pull your finger out.  This will help to remove any lipstick residue inside the lips, which can end up on your teeth... and nobody wants lipstick on their teeth!

10.  Kisses.

Enjoy your long lasting lipstick!  What are some of your favorite tips for applying lipstick?  Share with us below!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Top 10 Time-Saving Beauty Hacks


Every girl has a few beauty hacks in her arsenal.  They make our lives (and getting ready) easier, faster, and often times help us to save money as well!  But, a few new tricks are always welcome!  Here are a few of our favorite beauty hacks, that we have grown to love & swear by.

1. Dry Shampoo at night
Dry shampoo is one of THE BEST discoveries of all time.  Why bother washing your hair, when a few sprays of dry shampoo can revive yesterday's good hair day?!  Instead of applying dry shampoo in the morning, spray it on at night.  This allows the product to "work" its way into your hair.  By the morning, the white or dull spots left from dry shampoo will be less visible.  Your hair will feel volumized and ready to go!  {try this: Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo}

2. Whiten Teeth for pennies
Swishing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide (the kind in the brown bottle) not only helps with gingivitis and to freshen breath, but it whitens too!  Pour the solution into the cap, and apply several generous coats with a Q-Tip.  Allow it to bubble for a few minutes, then swish another capful in your mouth for about one minute.  Spit and rinse.  Add this routine 1-2 times a day, and you'll notice results before you know it!  Make sure to not swallow hydrogen peroxide, and ask your dentist for any concerns before starting.  It also is a great supplement to your whitening routine, in between using a product like Crest Whitestrips.  {try this: Hydrogen Peroxide}

3. Tame Frizz & Flyaways on the go
Notice a little flyaway or frizz while you're out & about?  Dab a tiny bit of hand lotion into your hands, and use it to tame the problem area.  Only a little bit will do the trick, start small!  Too much will leave your hair feeling greasy, but a small amount will work just right.  Do a tiny amount, and add more if needed.  {try this: EOS Travel Size Hand Lotion}

4. Set Brows in place
Are your eyebrows looking a little frazzled, in need of something to hold them in place?  Grab an old toothbrush or a clean mascara wand, and mist it with hairspray.  Gently comb brows into place.  {try this: Big Sexy Hairspray}

5. Pick up loose glitter (or fallen eyeshadow)
If some of your eye makeup fell onto your cheek, have no fear!  Get a piece of transparent tape, and use it to pick up the fallen flecks of glitter or eyeshadow.  Much better than attempting to smear it across your face!  {try this: Scotch Magic Tape}

6. Polish jewelry in a snap
Do your rings need a little extra sparkle?  Silver necklace looking a little dull?  Just grab an old toothbrush, and a few common items to have them shine in no time.  Toothpaste helps to clean sterling silver, and dish detergent adds sparkle back to gemstones.  Be sure to clean underneath gemstones and precious stones to get the sparkle from the back side as well.  {try this: Dawn Ultra Platinum Dishwashing Liquid}

7. Ban the grease monkey
Is your hair beyond dry shampoo repair?  Often times, you can freshen the back of you hair with dry shampoo (see tip #1) and just wash the few strands in the front with shampoo.  Pull your hair into a pony, leaving only the very front greasy strands out.  By your sink, wet the front strands only, and apply shampoo.  Wash the shampooed area, and dry with a hairdryer before taking your hair out of the ponytail.

8. Freshen up oil slicks anywhere
If your t-zone is in trouble while you're out & about, go to the nearest public restroom.  Grab a clean toilet seat cover, and use to blot your face just as you would with any other facial blotting paper or rice paper.  It will absorb the oil just the same!

9. Avoid the iron
If that blouse you're planning on wearing today could use some de-wrinkling, you have two time saving options-- and they both don't involve an iron or a steamer.  If you notice the wrinkles the night before you wear the item, hang it in your shower and lightly mist it with Downy Wrinkle Releaser.  By the morning, your clothing will be dry and ready to wear!  If you notice the wrinkles as you're running out the door, a warm flatiron (super hot isn't needed) can smooth out any offenders.  Make sure the item you're running the flatiron over is iron-able first... if it can't be ironed, it can't be flat-ironed either.  {try this: Ultra CHI Flat Iron}

10.  Give your lipstick staying power
Love wearing lipstick, but can't stand how quickly it comes off?  After applying, hold a thin (1-ply preferred) tissue over your pout, and dust with a fluffy brush and translucent powder.  {try this: MAC Prep Prime Transparent Powder}

What are some of your favorite time-saving beauty hacks?  Share with us below!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

12 Must Try Lip Shades


Are you trying to step your lipstick game up? Adding color to our lips never gets old and we always find ourselves in the beauty section of every department store trying out new lip colors. Earlier this week it was National Lipstick Day so we took to the "Instagram streets" to hear what some of your favorite lipstick shades are. You all shared some awesome shades, especially from one of our favorite makeup lines (MAC).  We cannot wait to try them out! Find the full list below and if you want to share more lip colors and brands to try, then leave a comment below.

  1. Capricious by MAC
  2. Fleshpot by MAC
  3. Pretty Please by MAC
  4. Rebel by MAC
  5. Russian Red by MAC
  6. Twig by MAC
  7. Ruby Woo by MAC
  8. Faux by MAC
  9. Spice It Up by MAC
  10. Pink In Paris by YSL
  11. Pirate by Chanel
  12. Sienne Brûlée by Mary Kay
Smooches!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

TSS Favorite Things {March}

Ali- Scissors | Book | Card
Karen- Book | Heels | Makeup Brush


It's officially Spring today and we are so excited to share some of our favorite items of this month!  Spring is filled with traveling, pool parties, and so many fun activities!  Karen has been busy traveling non-stop, Ali recently moved into a new office space (check out her new office here!), and Sakura is anxious for pool season!  Check out some of our favorite items of this month!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Kissable Lips



 Lipstick: MAC.

Lipstick is a girl’s best friend! It’s the perfect accessory, easily changeable and can complete any outfit.  Whether you’re a lipstick guru or prefer a subtle gloss, it’s always helpful to know which colors match your skin tone best. Luckily, MAC Cosmetics carry a large variety of colors that fit all skin tones and only $15!

Fair Skin:
If you have fair skin, don’t overwhelm or wash out your complexion with ashy colors- stick with orange-based shades, fruity reds, light pinks or nude. These colors will compliment your fair skin, accentuate your mouth and brighten your face!

Medium Skin:
When you have a golden/beige skin tone, you have more versatility when choosing lipstick colors- stick with colors with warmth and blue undertones. Try a deeper nude color for a day lip and switch it up to a berry or true red for a night look. Other great colors to try with your skin tone are peaches, pinks, or darker purple colors.

Deep Skin:
Go bold! Hot pink, crimson, and dark berry are excellent shades for your skin tone! The bold colors won’t be harsh against your skin, but light pinks and nude also look great for a clean look.

My personal favorite colors right now are a pastel pink {Rose Lilly}, bright red {Relentlessly Red}, and deep berry {Instigator}. In addition to the great selection at MAC, Revlon also has a large variety of similar colors and are only $5! Happy lipstick hunting!

Monday, January 20, 2014

TSS Co Founder's Interview: Karen



1. Where do you currently reside and what do you love most about it? "I live in sunny (just joking) Seattle and I love EVERYTHING about it. Seattle offers you everything from Starbucks to hipsters, to the mountains, water, city-life, and so much more. P.S. It doesn't rain as much as people claim…it honestly just sprinkles. No one uses their umbrella! Did I mention we have an amazing football team too? GO SEAHAWKS!"

2. Describe your closet. "Well, I have two closets because I am a shoe and clothes fanatic. My walk-in closets are filled with clothes that are all color coordinated and shoes for days. My style is so eclectic that you see everything from a leopard Forever 21 jumpsuit to sparkly Louboutin heels!"

3. What was your favorite part about being in a sorority? " I absolutely loved choreographing and performing dances for philanthropies. Our dance group (which included Co Founder, Sakura!) called ourselves The Thetawockeez--it was great!"

4. What did sorority life teach you that you applied in the real world? "Sorority life taught me to show people the greatest version of you. You want everyone, whether they are compatible with you or not, to fall in love with who you are. This is one of the biggest lessons that my sorority taught me that I have applied in every aspect of the real world".

5. What are 5 beauty products you can't live without? "Lipgloss (Victoria's Secret lipgloss will always be my fave but I have recently started using Smashbox Lipgloss and it is equally amazing), Bare Minerals Foundation powder, Lilly Lashes, MAC Comfort Creme, and my favorite sets of perfumes that I rotate (Angel by Thierry Muglier, Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel, Bright by Versace and La Vie Est Belle by Lancome)".

6. What do you love most about working on TSS? "I love seeing the reaction our readers have to our content. It is so inspiring to watch and hear how much our content improves lives!" 

7. What is the best advice you were ever given? "Be careful how you treat people on your way up because you might meet them on your way down". Those are famous words from my mother and they couldn't be more true. Often times in life, people gain a level of success where they forget where they came from or how they got there and choose to mistreat those who were on their journey. Lack of humility and self-entittlement can really hinder your reputation with people who have known you so it's so important to remain humble and avoid burning bridges. After all, you never know, you might see these same people again and the tables could turn where you will need their help".

8. Who's your celebrity style crush? "My STYLIST crush ( I say Stylist crush because we all know celebrities do NOT dress themselves) is Monica Rose. She styles women like the Kardashians and Guiliana Rancic to name a few and I absolutely love every look she puts together. I would love to raid her closet!"

9. What are your top 3 stores you like to shop at? "This is a toughy but I would have to go with TOPSHOP, ZARA, and FOREVER 21. If I can sneak one more in I would say my favorite online store is ASOS".

10. What do you like to do on your day off? No days off here folks! Haha, just joking…sort of. On my day off I like to have friends over where we enjoy a glass of champagne and catch up on reality TV!

11. What else do you do for work? When I am not blogging, I am working full time in medical sales. I love working for a company that is essentially saving and improving lives!

12. What are your interests/passions? I absolutely LOVE party planning. It is my true passion and I really look up to party planners like Colin Cowie and Mindy Weiss. My specialty is candy buffets which I do here and there for my friends and people who reach out to me. I started documenting my parties and party advice here.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

TSS Favorite Things {November}

[OPI] [Kate Spade] [Nike] [Trophy Cupcakes & Parties] [Sara Happ] [Hinge] [Rifle Paper Co.] [Tory Burch] [MAC]


Every year we look forward to 'Oprah's Favorite Things'! She always has a list of the greatest stuff. We decided to add a twist to 'Oprah's Favorite Things'  by coming up with a special list of 'The Sorority Secrets Favorite Things'! Even better, we will be featuring our favorite things every month so you can be in the loop on what we are obsessing over. Be sure to click through each of our favorite things and leave a comment below sharing with us your favorite things this month too!

Happy shopping!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Smoky Eye Perfection



The smoky eye is everywhere... it's one of the biggest makeup trends.  It compliments all skin tones, and it adds an extra element of glamour for those special nights out.  It takes a few steps to perfect the smoky eye look, and today I'm sharing my secrets with the TSS readers!

What you will need:
            1) Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
            2) Colossal Mascara
            3) Bobbi Brown Bone Eye Shadow
            4) Mac Cork Eye Shadow
            5) Mac Carbon Eye Shadow
            6) Mac Rice Paper Eye Shadow
            7) Mac Retrospeck Eye Shadow
            8.) Bobbi Brown Black Gel Eyeliner


Step One:
Apply primer all over the lids and lower lash line. I highly recommend Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer. Your eye makeup will last all day without smudges!
Step Two:
Apply Bobbi Brown Bone to the brow bone of your eye.  Once you're done applying, use Mac Rice Paper on the lid stopping at the crease of your eye.
Step Three:
Apply Mac Cork through the crease of your eye, and extend slightly upward to the middle of the crease of your eye.
Step Four:
Where you have stopped in the middle of your eye with Cork, finish the crease by applying Mac Retrospeck to blend into the Cork.
Step Five: 
Use Mac Carbon to accent the corner or your eye, extending it outward.  For a more dramatic look, apply extra of the black Carbon shadow.
Step Six:
Line your lower lashline with Mac Cork, and apply Mac Retrospeck to the inner corner of your eye.
Step Seven:
Apply gel eyeliner and mascara.  Gel eyeliner gives a bold line with intense color.  After that, voila!  You
have the perfect smoky eye!


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