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This week everything is coming up BEAUTIFUL!  I am honored to be featured once again on Independent Fashion Bloggers Links a la Mode Weekly Roundup with my post Cat Eye VS. Bat Wing.

It’s all about the best in beauty and what makes us beautiful.  Click below to enjoy some of the other great bloggers beauty secrets that were feature with me this week!

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What Makes You Beautiful?

They say “Beauty comes from within,” but then, why are we constantly trying to perfect our outsides? Beauty issues have been making waves on the internet the past few weeks. What makes us beautiful? What is beautiful? Well, those are some pretty heavy questions and perhaps the answer cliche as it is, you know, coming from within… That “within” also encompasses self-care and self love. This week we have some wonderful beauty posts, along with posts that share the love.

Links à la Mode: April 17th

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Kate Moss + TOPSHOP

by christiem on April 15, 2014 · 0 comments

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Let the countdown begin!  

British fashion icon Kate Moss has partnered, once again, with iconic British High-Street retailer TOPSHOP on a Spring/Summer Premium Collection that has already had fashion lovers everywhere going totally bonkers anticipating it’s release!

The 40 piece collection, which will hit stores April 30th, is divided up into 4 unique style categories that reflect Kate’s own personal style- Balearic Dressing, Pyjama Dressing, Cocktail Hour and Tailoring Noir.

Balearic Dressing- a reflection of Kate’s love for the Balearic Islands comes a series of carefully embroidered smock-tops, silk blouses, crochet dresses and a white kaftan that is based on a vintage find she wears every summer.

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Pyjama Dressing-  Silk satin sourced in London’s Soho carries two distinct prints: a subtle, distorted floral design and a vivid Oriental-inspired flower pattern. Both prints will be available in high-waisted trousers, blouses and an ultimate pyjama coat.

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Cocktail Hour-  flirtatious and sexy with hemlines either slashed at the thigh or falling to the floor. The intentional vintage effects, opulent trims and detailing such as cobweb beadwork, sequin bead fringing and crepe satin splicing, all provide a delicate and deluxe element to the designs.

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Tailoring Noir -introduces a selection of tailoring including tuxes and trouser suits in black and black gold metallic mixes, a bias cut liquid metallic lame dress and lame floral printed shirts.

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The collection takes reference from Kate’s own globe trotting lifestyle, a standout being a deep blue colored fringed jacket modeled after one Kate has worn to three Rolling Stones concerts and refers to as her “gig” jacket.

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What sets this collection apart from previous collaborations between TOPSHOP and Kate Moss is it’s overall luxurious feel.

Designed to be a cohesive collection showcasing Kate’s own personal style, it achieves a premium feel with the use of rich luxe fabrics including butter soft suede and opulent satin, intricate bead work, trimmings and details including hand stitching combined with Kate Moss’ vintage fashion aesthetic the collection has set itself up to be the must-have of the season.

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Kate Moss for Topshop will be available April 30 at TOPSHOP stores and online, Net-a-Porter.com, Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com, and ShopBAZAAR.com.

What piece are you going BONKERS for from the Kate Moss for TOPSHOP Collection?  I want to know!

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Cat Eye Vs. Bat Wing

by christiem on April 14, 2014 · 3 comments

Cat Eyes and Bat Wings.

Sounds like some kind of strange witches brew doesn’t it? Although you won’t find them in a cauldron they do have “magical” properties. 

Cat eye and bat wing eyeliner styles have been the “it” make-up trend over the last few seasons and are still going strong.  The winged eyeliner look was spotted at a bevy of NYFW shows, including Hervé Léger, Rag & Bone, Christian Siriano and Marc Jacobs.  Trendsetter Alexa Chung has adopted the cat eye trend as her signature beauty style and a wide variety of celebrities from Angelina Jolie to Rhianna, Adele and Taylor Swift have all been spotted sporting winged looks.

But what exactly is the difference between cat eye eyeliner and  bat wing eyeliner?

The two terms have often been use interchangeably but they are really two different styles of eyeliner. A cat eye has a soft retro-inspired look with a light airy flick at the end while a bat wing is much more bold and modern with a bit of substance at the end forming a wing.

Cat eye eyeliner is both timeless and sophisticated.  Think Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn. Feminine and flirty it lifts the eye and complements any eye shape.

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A cat eye look is best achieved with either liquid or gel eyeliner.  I prefer liquid liner for cat eyes because of the nice precise thin line you can achieve.  Right now I am OBSESSED with Napoleon Perdis’ Matte Eye Ink!

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Hot off the presses Napoleon Perdis’ new inky black fluid eyeliner has a superfine precision brush that is perfect for that feline flick and dries to a modern, matte finish with ink-like color payoff. Plus it is water resistant which means it stays put even when my eyes water!

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Begin with the brush resting on your lashes in the inner corner of the eye. Gently drag it across, letting the line become slightly thicker as you go, until you get to the end of your lashes. Then give the brush a little flick upward in the same direction that your eyebrow ends and voila, cat eyes!

The bat wing look is a more modern approach to the cat eye.  It tends to be a bit heavier and edgy.  Think of it as the cat eye’s wilder younger sister.  Celebs such as Emma Stone, Katy Perry and Rihanna have all rocked versions of a Bat Wing Eye.

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A bat wing begins the same way as a cat eye, with the same tools: a liquid or gel eyeliner.

I prefer gel liners for bat wing’s because of their versatility. They  blend in smoothly, yet are thick enough to make your eyes pop.  You can apply them heavily with ease or you can smear it a little to create a smokey version of a bat wing.  With gel liner not only is the product important- so is the brush, I have found that I get the best results with an angled brush.

Right now I am loving  Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner in Yin.  It is smudge-proof, long-wearing and glides on with ease.  The pigment is amazing, the blackest of blacks!  It dries quickly and once it sets it stays put! No flaking or smearing.

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Rest the brush  on your lashes in the inner corner of the eye. Gently drag it across, letting the line become slightly thicker as you go, until you get to the end of your lashes.

Now STOP.

Next take the brush and draw a line upward from the outer corner of your eye to where you want the wing to stop.  Then beginning where you ended the wing draw another line inward and then angle it down to connect it back to your original line. Now fill it in.  A thicker line creates a more dramatic look while a thin line is more subtle.

Are you a Cat Eye or Bat Wing Girl?  I wanna know!

Napoleon Perdis Matte Eye Ink and China Doll Eyeliner are  available at Neiman Marcus and NeimanMarcus.com.

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Kiss and Blush

by christiem on April 12, 2014 · 1 comment

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One of the biggest trends in the beauty industry at the moment is dual purpose products .

What’s not to love about multitasking products?  They save space, save time and best of all save dollars!  Two for the price of one!

My most recent dual purpose beauty obsession is YSL’s Babydoll Kiss and Blush, a two-in-one formula that provides a rich, spring-friendly punch of color to both your lips and cheeks.

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What Is It: Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss and Blush.  A matte finish cream lip color that can be used on both lips and cheeks available in 12 Spring-tastic shades.

What Does It Do: provides a matte luminous long lasting finish to lips and cheeks.

How To Use it:  Dab on and blend for soft coverage or build color for intense coverage.  The bendable hidden pearl applicator allows for precision on the lips while the pearl makes dabbing color on cheeks a breeze!

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Why I Love It: Double the Fun, two products in one!  Glides on smoothly, blends perfectly and has that yummy signature YSL slightly sweet fig-like scent with a velvety smooth texture that leaves lips feeling completely moisturized and kissable!  This is THE perfect product for on-the-go beauty. Can’t wait until it hits counters so that I can buy it up in every color!

Where To Buy It: Available begining May 1, 2014 at Neiman Marcus and NeimanMarcus.com

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Trend Alert: Digital Print Swimwear

April 11, 2014

Digital prints have been a HUGE trend in RTW over the past few seasons and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down. We have seen them on everything from dresses to heels, handbags and jackets and now this season digital prints are dipping their toes into the swimwear waters. Straight from the catwalk, […]

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Uncle Karl Gets Emojical

April 10, 2014

Every fashionistas favorite uncle, designer and fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld is getting super social!   As part of the media promotion for his new mens and womens scent named what else but “KARL LAGERFELD,” creative mastermind Lagerfeld launches an app packed full of 30 emojis that emote a style that is oh so Uncle Karl.  From […]

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Purple and Red and Band Tees Oh My!

April 9, 2014

I am not the kind of blogger that does tons of OOTD posts.  To be honest, because of my profession, I am much more comfortable BEHIND the camera than in front of it. But….Spring is about new beginnings and change- a rebirth of sorts- which is why this week I partnered with my friends at Zappos […]

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Boho Chic Estate Jewels

April 7, 2014

Festival season is in full swing, just 4 days until Coachella! Time to dust off those Boho looks you have been dreaming about over the winter months and show off your inner wonderlust. Stand out from a never ending sea of boho babes in geometric patterns, floral prints denim cut-offs and breezy silhouettes with stunning […]

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Add Some Textur

April 7, 2014

I am obsessed.  Bat $%# crazy for and totally enamored by my latest discovery. Sam Villa’s Textur Texturizing Iron.  Most of us gals like a little volume in our hair. I’m not talking extreme “The higher the hair the closer to God” Texas Style volume.  Just everyday volume that gives your look a little more […]

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Stella McCartney & Maleficent

April 2, 2014

Children, Fashionistas and Disney fans of all ages have been anxiously awaiting the May 30th release of Maleficent. “Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire […]

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