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TOMBOY GLAMGIRL

This is my favorite look to date, I don’t know how we found this amazing ally but I am so thankful and obsessed with how this spread came out.


I’m finally featuring these lace up thigh high boots that I got for xmas. I have been wearing them so much, even when I shouldn’t, like when it’s at a rainy and muddy music festival or it’s Wednesday morning and I’m working postmates🙃… sometimes I just like to dress up for no reason at all. The hoodie is instant tomboy paired with the girly tights and boots. + the purse, choker and hoops bring the tomboy glamgirl styles together. I love how it all works in a weird way and lets me feel boyish & badass & girly & sexy all at the same time.


Hoodie : Walmart
Fishnets : thrifted (new in packaging)
Lace-Up Thigh High Boots : Gift (EBay)
Hair Clips : 99 cents store
Purse : Just Fab (Online)
Belt Choker : Thrift DIY


TOTAL LOOK >$70
Contouring 101

It always surprises me that for most women, contouring is often a skipped step. When you apply foundation to your entire face, you’re creating a blank canvas, making it critical to go back and add the dimensions back in. Technically, contouring is about shadows and light; if you’ve ever taken an art class you’ll remember that you use darker shading to push an area inward and lighter shading to pull an area outward. This is great for creating the appearance that you have a stronger jawline, more defined cheek bones, and a slimmer face.

TOOLS:

Foundation

Sponge or Foundation Brush

Bronzing Powder or Cream Bronzer

Flat-headed Bronzing Brush

1.     Apply foundation all over face and neck with a sponge, foundation brush or fingers.

2.     Look in the mirror and suck in your cheeks.  This will instantly show you exactly where your cheekbones are.  Sweep bronzing powder/cream bronzer with a flat-headed bronzer brush just slightly under cheekbones from the hollows to your ear.

3.     Sweep bronzer in circular motions directly on temples.

4.     Contour along the hairline.

5.     Contour directly underneath your jawline.

6.     Blend edges with a sponge.

1. Cheekbones (powder blush): Look for natural hair bristles and an angled tip to perfectly sculpt and shape cheekbones. To find where yours are, look in the mirror and suck in your cheeks, then work the brush directly on them using short strokes as you make your way across towards your ears.


2. Apples (powder blush): Look for natural bristles and a plump body with a pointed tip for the best precision when applying blush to the apples of your cheeks. To find where yours are, look in the mirror and smile; your apples will literally pop out like little golf balls. Swirl the blush in circular motions directly on top of them.

3. Stippling (cream blush): Look for synthetic bristles in two layers that are different colors, a dark set that is dense and short and a lighter set that is long and sparse. This design picks up two layers when you gently dip it in your cream blush, allowing for different outcomes when swirling it from the apples across your cheekbones (light pressure = sheer finish, heavier pressure = satin finish). Then blend edges with your fingers.

4. Contouring (cream or powder bronzer): Look for synthetic bristles if you are using a cream bronzer or a cream foundation three shades darker than your skin tone; look for natural bristles if you are using a bronzing powder. Using short strokes, trace the product directly under your cheekbone in the hollows of your cheeks, up to your temples, across your hairline and under your jawline. For a refresher course on contouring, click here to see Lauren’s demonstration in six steps.

5. Highlighting (loose or pressed highlighting powder): Look for natural bristles in a fan shape that feel light and airy on your skin. This design is perfect for sweeping a shimmery highlighting powder directly above your cheekbones using light, downward strokes. Bonus: Fan brushes were originally developed to “dust” away excess powder or shadow particles, so next time you create a smoky eye and there are little black shadow droppings that have fallen on your cheeks, use your fan brush like a duster to sweep them away.

6. Bronzing (loose or pressed powder bronzer): Look for natural bristles with a rounded head for the most even application. Unlike using bronzer for contouring, here we’re using it to look sunkissed, so this brush design is ideal to evenly distribute, diffuse and blend the powder as you swirl it all over your face and neck.

7. Blending (everything!): This Botan Brush by NARS is the only one of its kind out there and a must-have splurge for serious make-up artists. It has short and dense natural bristles that cover almost two inches in diameter and is the ultimate blender to use following blush, bronzer or powder application. Bonus trick: If you use a foundation or bronzer that comes in a spray can, instead of applying it directly to your face, spray it in the palm of your hand, dip the Botan Brush in it then swirl it all over your face and neck for an airbrushed look that is simply gorgeous.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

xo, 

S

(sources: laurenconrad.com theuntrendygirl.com thebeautydepartment.com) 

Black Lace Romper and Chuck Taylors

By Song of Style

Get inspired by one of the biggest fashion bloggers on the Internet.

Couple of weeks ago, I was running errands on a beautiful weekend in L.A. so instead of dressing up this pretty romper from Ministry of Style, I dressed it down with my Converse chuck taylors. As soon as I saw this pretty lace romper, I wanted to save it for Coachella and possibly style it with my Isabel Marant studded sandals (seen here) or Tibi gladiator sandals (as seen here,) but I couldn’t wait to wear it! Sometimes, I lack patience and want to wear new pieces right away. 

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Photos by Jacopo Moschin

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