Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts

Friday, February 19, 2016

FabFitFun: February Subscription Box Goodies


Have you heard of FabFitFun? We have been loving their monthly subscription boxes filled with goodies for years now. How it works is every 3 months, as a FabFitFun VIP member, you can look forward to their new seasonal gift box filled with the new most fab items, hand-picked by the FabFitFun Team! You enjoy full-size, premium products delivered 4x per year. Each box is a $200 value, but you only pay $49.99 four times a year {that's $200 for $800 worth of product, ladies}! The shipping is free too!

This month we received our favorite subscription box to date filled with every day favorites from fashion, beauty, and health & fitness products.

Get your hands on these boxes by signing up today! Use code 'SORORITYSECRETS' at checkout to receive a special discount!

Show us the goodies in the box that you love by using the hashtag  #TSSxFabFitFun

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Our Favorite Colour Pop Lippies For Valentine's Day



Okay, so you guys already know how we feel about Colour Pop Cosmetics. It was our obsession for the Fall season when we shared with you their amazing Lippies for Fall! Well, it's now the season of love and you absolutely HAVE to have the perfect lips for lots of smooches on Valentine's Day. We decided to shop around for ourselves you guys to provide you with the best colors for February 14th! Shop our faves above! P.s. Did you know that Karrueche and Colour Pop have teamed up to release #KaePop ?! Shop her line here!

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Trick to Using the Beauty Blender



The Beauty Blender has become such a necessity for most people that use liquid foundation and it definitely should be!  All of the celebrity makeup artists use it and it really does its magic.  For those of you that aren't familiar with the Beauty Blender, it's the pink egg-shaped sponge that allows you to perfectly blend in your liquid foundation on your skin.  It also helps with the mid-day touch up or when your skin is oily at the end of the day and you need to get rid of it!

There are generic brands that started creating something similar to the Beauty Blender but the texture of it and the softness of it is completely different than the actual Beauty Blender, so don't get tricked! The downside that you hear often is that it absorbs the liquid foundation and you end up having to use more liquid foundation than normal- and this is true.  It's a sponge so it does absorb a little bit of your foundation, but here's the trick that you all have been waiting for- put the foundation on your face using your fingers and then blend it in using the Beauty Blender!  It's an easy trick, but it really will help you get the most out of your liquid foundation and the best part about it is that you will save some money using this trick!


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, August 27, 2014

Lather Up! Our Sunscreen Secrets






Last week we got really inspired by this awesome video created by Thomas Leveritt, posted by Upworthy that highlights the importance of sunscreen. As Arizona girls, we have always been taught to wear sunscreen since the sun is pretty much out 24/7! However, often times sunscreen has been a chore to put on. Well, Thomas Leveritt's video further shows us why wearing sunscreen is important because it severely protects our skin from sun damage. It doesn't matter if your skin is light or dark; we all need sun protection to some degree.


TSS Reader and Alpha Delta Pi alumnae, Stephanie Rosa works for a company called Solta Medical, a division of Valeant Aesthetics. We reached out to her to get some better insight on the importance of sunscreen. Stephanie shared that,"The Importance of putting sunscreen on is huge! You should wear it every day, 35 SPF minimum, although 50 is recommended. Anything above 50 (75,90) doesn't make a difference, it's all marketing gimmicks. Also, the term water resistant is now being revoked by the FDA because it's not possible to have a sunscreen that is water resistant. That'll be seen in the next few months. Also, it's necessary to have UVA & UVB protection for it to do it's job! FDA will now require companies to state that it has both to be considered proper sunscreen". 
Stephanie further explained that,"Obagi makes several lines that work wonderfully and feel awesome on the skin. I use the Obagi Professional C Sunscreen and I LOVE it! It works really well as a primer too. Lastly, always having Vitamin C in addition to the sunscreen is a must. The Vitamin C serves as a serum/antioxidant".

What sunscreen do you recommend to stay protected? 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!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cate McNabb Giveaway (Ended)


We're currently obsessing over Cate McNabb Cosmetics' products!  They have everything from skin products, lip products, to even amazing makeup brushes!  Cate's products are all cruelty-free & paraben-free.  We tested out their lip products and we're in love!

Ali chose the Wednesday Pink lip gloss for a perfect day look with a pop of color! Sakura on the other hand both went with bright, bold red with the Cherry Bomb lip lacquer to get more of the shiny, plump look.  Karen picked the Clementine Lipstick for a bright orange color to wear during the day or night!

With that said, Cate McNabb & The Sorority Secrets have teamed up to give 10 of our readers their choice of lip products!

Here's How to Enter:
  • Email us at giveaway@thesororitysecrets.com and tell us which color you would like and how you would style it!
  • Or go to our Instagram account (click here) and comment on our Cate McNabb picture and tell us which color is your favorite and tag your friends!
  • Giveaway ends this Sunday, July 6th at 5:00PM
Happy Wednesday!





Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rock Radiant Orchid In Your Beauty Routine













[Smashbox Photo Op  Eye Shadow Trio in Autochrome ][Marc Jacobs Blush in Outspoken ][YSL Mascara in Fascinatingly Violet][NARS Larger Than Life Lip gloss in Annes Folles ][Marc Jacobs Nail Polish in Oui ].

We’re well into the New Year and thus well into make or break time for all the resolutions we’ve set. I’ve never been one for resolutions but I always vividly remember one year I did. My senior year of high school I resolved to use color in my makeup routine. I told myself that I would pick a color every month and it would be my task to learn to use that color in wearable and approachable ways. That first month I chose purple and a MAC eye shadow called Parfait Amour and my love for color in cosmetics only grew from there. Looking back I find it fitting that Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid, a sort of hybrid of Fuchsia and Purple. So In honor of my resolution all those years ago,  here are my favorite  products to rock radiant orchid in your beauty routine, try them individually or all together to freshen up your look in 2014! 



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.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall Makeup Looks Part 1 by Victoria


There’s no doubt about it that everyone knows autumn is my favorite season. There’s an indescribable feeling and celebratory persona that comes along with the seasons. In lieu of my favorite season, I’ve accumulated all the makeup and beauty trends you need to know for the rest of this fall as well as heading into the beginning of winter. In addition, I’ve also looked towards my favorite YouTube beauty gurus to show you how to work these trends off the runways. Afterall, commanding attention with your fashion “know-how” is almost the best part of the chilly seasons!
After looking through all the fall makeup trends and seeing the mix of different colors, the first thing I related it to was a fancy, candlelit, holiday meal. I noticed the mix of different red shades, ranging from classic reds to slight orange reds, and deep wine or oxblood lip colors. There was also the emphasis on prune, washed out grey, and warm roasted hues of peach and orange for eye shadows. 
Check out some of my favorite YouTube Beauty Gurus and how they've pulled off some of my favorite fall makeup trends seen on the runway.

Cat Eyes:
Your Beauty Gurus:



(Note: winged and cat eye liner are two separate looks, the angles differ enough to create a different effect on the eye!)
Rustic Orange Shadow:

Your Beauty Guru: 




(Note: Even though this says Kristen Stewart, DON’T WEIRD OUT. This also works on every eye color, feel free to lighten the pigment for a more fall windswept, daytime look!)
Rouge Lips:

Your Beauty Gurus: 

Jordan Liberty, Video: Fall 2013 Makeup Trends + Wantable  Challenge


Ambrosia Malbrough, Video: “Daytime Red Lip (Tutorial)


As the months get colder, keep with more of the cooler colored shadows and nix the orange. When the season begins changing so will eye colors.  Check back for Part 2 of my Fall Makeup Looks for more fun looks!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Premiere Shopping Event- STYLEFIXX (psst.. we're giving away 20 tickets!)

A night out with your girlfriends to shop, have some cocktails, and get pampered is the perfect way to end your day after a long day in class or at the office.  STYLEFIXX is a premier shopping event that is held a couple of times a year throughout major cities in the US that consists of everything a girl loves, wants, and needs!  One of our readers shared this amazing event with us and we got right in contact with the Stylefixx Team.

Do you live near the Boston area?  The Sorority Secrets & the STYLEFIXX team would like to giveaway 20 VIP tickets to the Boston event on May 1st & 2nd.  STYLEFIXX will also be in other cities so make sure to check out their website to see when they will be in a city near you!

These tickets will be valid for both nights and will also include:
   -Deluxe Swag Bags (tons of goodies and surprises inside!)
   -Four Complimentary Drinks (sip, sip, sip!)
   -Free Manicure (yay for pretty nails!)
   -Other Spa Services (foot rub please!)


To win the VIP tickets to the Boston STYLEFIXX event:
  1. "Like" The Sorority Secrets on Facebook (click here to like!)
  2. "Like" STYLEFIXX on Facebook (click here to like!)
  3. Share the Facebook post on your wall
  4. E-mail us at info@thesororitysecrets.com with SUBJ: ILOVESTYLEFIXX to redeem!
Easy as that!  

We would also like to take this time and let our Boston readers know that you are all in our hearts!  Thank you to STYLEFIXX and their amazing team!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Photo Finish Look

 Foundation Primer: Smashbox-Photo Finish Luminizing

We finally got our Co-Founder, Karen, to dish out her secret to looking photogenic in photos!  No photoshop here folks! Karen said her secret to her photo finish look  in pictures is Photo Finish  Luminizing Foundation Primer.  "I recently discovered this product at Smashbox and it has made a huge difference in my photos!"  

What's the process of using this product?
"After you have applied your powder, take a pea size amount of the foundation primer and put it on the parts of your face where the light from the camera will reflect off of: your forehead, cheeks, bridge of nose, and chin. Use the beauty blender or your finger to smoothly rub it into your face."

Where can you buy it?
"You can usually get them at the Smashbox counter found in Nordstroms or at Macy's or QVC, but I would recommend buying it from Amazon  or Beauty.com "

What makes this product different from other primer products?
"I love this product because it is oil-free! A lot of foundation primers are oily and give off an oily glow look. The Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer gives off a natural, more matte glow that translates well in photos!"

Now that we know Karen's secret to her photo finish glow, lets all try it out (click here to try)
Let us know what other products you use to make your face glow in pictures; we would love to hear!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Victoria's Secret Fabulous Giveaway! (Ended)



Life is pretty fabulous... we couldn't agree more!  When our friends at Victoria's Secret sent us their newest fragrance, Fabulous, we fell in love.  The floral scent is glamorous and fun; with notes of juicy currant, osmanthus blossom, and pink freesia.  Blossoms & juicy berries?  Yes please!  Even better, we are so excited to have partnered with Victoria's Secret, to give the entire Fabulous fragrance set to one lucky reader!

The giveaway includes the 1.7 fl oz Eau de Parfum, Body Lotion, Body Mist, and Body Cream.  We love the vibrant fragrance, and know that you will too.  So, how do you live #TheFabLife?  Show us by entering our Instagram contest below, and you'll have a chance to win the set! 

Want to win the Victoria's Secret Fabulous fragrance set?
Step 1: "follow" Victoria's Secret on Instagram (click here to "follow")
Step 2: "follow" The Sorority Secrets on Instagram (click here to "follow")
Step 3: INSTAGRAM something "fabulous" in your life.  Show us what you think is fabulous!  You MUST HASHTAG the following with your picture: #TheFabLife #TheSororitySecrets #VictoriasSecret

*contest ends 3/11/13, winner will be notified via Instagram*

We can't wait to see your pictures!

Check out Victoria's Secret Fabulous (and all of their fab products) in store or online at victoriassecret.com.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring Polish Picks


Spring is right around the corner, and our nails are ready!  We are loving these creamy pastel shades for nails, and picked our two favorite spring colors to share with you.  Mint (such as our selection from Essie) is one spring trend that we can't wait to start wearing.  And, you can't go wrong with a pastel pink, as seen in our pick from OPI.  If you're a nail painting DIY kind of girl (which we sure are) these white-based shades can be a little trickier to apply.  Slow and steady does it, and keep in mind that 2-3 coats are usually needed for these shades.  Generously apply top coat (we applied 2 coats!) to up the shine factor on cream colors. 

Speaking of top coat, thank you Cristina (Arizona State alumni) for sending in a reader's secret about Seche Vite top coat!  It's our favorite top coat too; our co-founder, Ali, swears by it.  Seche Vite dries in 5-10 minutes flat, which is pretty impressive.  Cristina added, "it also leaves a really glossy finish very similar to gel nail polish."  We agree!

What nail color are you excited to wear this spring?  Share your favorite colors below, we would love to discover some new nail polishes! 
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