Eyebrows on Fleek? 5 Ways to Get the Brows of Your Dreams
Posted 1 week ago by Amanda Raye
As a kid, I never knew how much eyebrows would mean to me someday. Now that I’m an adult, leaving the house without well-groomed eyebrows is like leaving the house without pants — you just don’t.
Feel the same, but don’t know how to get the eyebrows of your dreams? Below are a few ways to ensure your brows are on fleek 24/7 — just like Kim K and Cara D!
1. Get Them Threaded
I used to get my eyebrows waxed, but I was never happy with them, and once got burned (as in I had a slight blister). Not cool! After that incident, I decided to just tweez them myself. After constantly seeing a former co-worker of mine with perfect brows on the reg, I had to ask her where she went. She then told me about a great threading salon in Soho, and I tried it out for myself that day.
It was a life changing experience! I will never, ever do anything else when it comes to my brows. Threading is also pretty cheap (about $8).
2. Apply Castor Oil
My eyebrows are actually pretty thin, and I thought there was nothing I could do about it. But recently, one of the woman at my favorite threading salons told me to start applying castor oil to my brows every night for growth. I thought she was crazy! But alas, it has worked.
You’re not going to get brows like Nadia Aboulhosn (unfortunately), but if you have over-plucked for years or have thin brows, you will notice a difference in about four weeks.
3. Fill Them In
Two years ago while at Sephora, a makeup artist approached me and asked if she could pencil in my eyebrows. I was worried I’d look like a cartoon version of myself, but I agreed.
Another life changer! I haven’t left the house without filled in brows since. Not all pencils and brow waxes are created equal though. I have found that most drugstore brands don’t carry eyebrow pencils, and the ones that do have a bad selection of colors. So expect to splurge on the perfect pencil/wax for you. My personal favorite is from Paula Dorf.
Paula Dorf’s 2 + 1 is a powder and wax combo that gives you perfect brows! It lasts all day and it’s extremely natural-looking. Just dip the brush into the powder to pick up color, then dip the brush into the wax.
There’s four different color options, so you won’t have to worry about finding a perfect match.
Since it’s used with a brush, there’s a slight learning curve — so expect a short tutorial on Instagram later this month.
Wearing Paula Dorf 2 + 1 for Brows in Neutral.
4. Use A Brush
After filling them in, use a brush to tame and blend the color.
5. Use A Setting Spray
After applying all of your makeup, consider introducing a setting spray to your daily routine. It’ll give your more peace of mind since it’ll make your makeup last longer. A primer would be a great addition as well.
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5 Lamps That Need to Be on Your Bedside Table — Stat!
Posted 2 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
Lamps. Who knew they could do so much for a bedroom! If your bedroom needs a refresher, consider adding a unique, colorful, or shiny lamp to your bedside table.
Below are a few quick-fix options — all under $40 (insert salsa dancing emoji here).
1. Himalayan Salt Lamp
Love salt (who doesn’t)? If you’re a fan, then why not take it into the bedroom? This Himalayan salt lamp is extremely unique and simple. And this lamp doesn’t just look like the cooking staple, it’s actually real salt.
$34.00 via Urban Outfitters
2. Lime Green Lamp
So colorful, and so cheap! IKEA will always have your back when your home needs a stylish update.
$9.00 via IKEA
Here’s another IKEA must-have side lamp. It’s simple and bold at the same time.
$14.99 via IKEA
4. Ultra- Feminine
Not a fan of modern decor? Here’s a lamp that’s ultra-feminine and pretty. Perfect for the girl who has graduated from all-pink-everythang.
$31.99 via Target
5. Tiny Twinklings String Light Lamp
This lamp is gorgeous, affordable, and swoon worthy. What more could you want?
$21.99 via ModCloth
6. Punched Metal Lamp
Punched metal is a great way to add some Indian flair to your room. Plus, it’ll never go out of style.
$49.99 via World Market
Which lamp was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
4 Ways to Travel on the Cheap This Winter
Posted 2 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
During the winter months, the dark and cold can really affect your mood. A short vacation may be just the thing you need in order to feel rejuvenated and refreshed. But how will you be able to afford it?
Since it’s off-season for many popular summer destinations, flights and other forms of transportation tend to be cheaper. To take full advantage, read our four money-saving tips.
1. Pick a practical destination
Pick your vacation destination wisely. To get the best deals, you’re going to have to do a bit or research, but with sites like HipMunk and Kayak, you’ll find an affordable destination in no time.
You may not be able to go somewhere warm, but the change of scenery will do you good regardless. Once you find a location that currently has affordable travel options, do some more reasearch. You’re going to want to find out what the location is like during the winter.
2. Don’t stay in hotels
Hotels are extremely expensive. Instead, search for deals on sites like Groupon and Cheap Carribean. You could also stay in an AirBnB — one of the best startups around. AirBnB will save you a ton of money when it comes to travel. I’ve stayed in AirBnB’s around the world and each stay has been positive and memorable (including Amsterdam, San Francisco, and NYC).
Still too expensive? If you have a friend or family member that lives in a cool place, ask if you can stay with them for a few days.
3. Pack Lightly
Unfortunately, many airlines charge you to check your luggage. To save some money, just take a carry-on. This may require some packing skills, but you’ll get the hang of it. Just ask yourself a few questions: Does your accommodation have a blow-drier? Do you really need to bring two pairs of jeans? Are you actually going to wear that dress? Are four bathing suits really necessary for three days?
4. Make packed lunches
Don’t go out for every meal! Instead, stop at the grocery store the second you arrive to get snacks and things to make sandwiches. This works especially well if you’re staying at an AirBnB, but it’s doable at a hotel as well.
How do you travel when you’re low on cash? Let us know in the comments below!
7 Ways to Wear White This Winter
Posted 3 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
Who says white can’t be worn after Labor Day? Everyone really. But that old school fashion rule needs to go. Like right now! Just like black and grey, white goes with pretty much everything, so why omit it from your wardrobe for six months out of the year?
If you feel the same, but need some inspiration, we have your back. Below are a few of our favorite fashion bloggers wearing white after Labor Day.
1. Add an Oversized Sweater
Blogger Audrey from Lulu Linden always has amazing outfits, but this one really popped. We love how she paired a white sweater dress with an oversized sweater, long socks, and tall boots. On really cold days, two sweaters is the way to go.
2. Wear it over Plaid
Erica from Pumps & Push Ups wore a white sweater over a plaid button-up. It’s the perfect outfit for a relaxed fall or winter weekend.
To dress it up a bit, consider wearing over-the-knee boots and a statement necklace (or two) like Jess from Prosecco & Plaid.
3. Pair it with Color
If you have a white dress in your closet, consider putting a colorful sweater over it like Kierra from Lavishingg. To give yourself a sporty chic look, add some sneakers!
4. Wear a White Jacket
If you want to incorporate white into your fall and winter wardrobe, consider getting a white jacket or coat. Warmth will always be a necessity when the temps drop!
We love how Tarah-Lynn from Adorned in Armor took it up a notch and wore white from head to toe. The final look is striking!
5. Wear White Jeans
White jeans can be difficult to pull off in the fall and winter, but Danielle from For the Love of Leopard did it perfectly! You can never go wrong with neutrals.
We also love how Maggie, the voice behind Polished Closets wore white jeans.
6. Incorporate Faux-Fur
Faux-fur vests are ultra stylish! Like Shannon, the voice behind Upbeat Soles, pair yours with a striped shirt, jeans, and tall boots for a casual meets chic look.
7. Wear Cream
Cream is a great alternative to the bright white tones you’re used to in the summer. We love how Rach from RD’s Obsessions paired a cream midi-skirt with a black sweater.
How do you wear white when the temps drop? Let us know in the comments below!
Act Fast: Shopbop’s Massive Sale Just Started This A.M.
Posted 4 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
While a good portion of your brain power has been focused on apple pie, turkey, and stuffing, another thing may have taken up residency this week: Black Friday and Cyber Monday! These are the biggest shopping days of the year and definitely need to be taken advantage of, especially if you have a soft spot for designer digs.
If you’re getting a bit impatient (we don’t blame you), and wish you could shop ’til you drop now, you’re in luck. Shopbop’s biggest sale of the season just started this morning and it won’t end until 9pm on Monday, December 1st. Booyah!
With this sale, there are no brand exclusion, and the more you purchase the better the savings. So we strongly suggest you find friends for a group purchase so you can all benefit from the sale. Here’s the breakdown:
15% off orders of $250+
20% off orders of $500+
25% off orders of $1000+
*Includes All Full-Price & SALE Items
*Use Code GOBIG14 at Checkout
For more information go here. Want to shop for your boyfriend instead (how kind of you)? Then don’t forget to check out East Dane — the men’s site. The same discounts apply!
Below are a few designer items that are already on our shopping list.
What item was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
Tinder for Shopping: This App Is Our New Favorite Way to Waste Time
Posted 1 month ago by Amanda Raye
If you’re a frequent online shopper, then you’re going to love Strut. It’s essentially Tinder for shopping.
When you sign-up, you share your age and gender. From there, you need to pick the styles that fit your personality/lifestyle best. Styles include classic, glamour, urban, chic, sporty, executive and boho. I think there’s one or two more, but my short-term memory sucks. Sorry!
You’re then shown 50 different articles of clothing — swipe right for yes and left for no. Like Tinder, it’s extremely addicting, so don’t be surprised if you spend hours on this app.
You can share outfits with friends via social, or you can make an in-app purchase. Since it’s easy to use and filled with a wide variety of different retailers (including budget faves like Nasty Gal and ASOS), it’s easy to find clothes at great prices.
Below are six reasons why you should download this app, stat!
1. Strut gives you style categories and lets you choose the best clothes for your personal taste. The more you swipe, the more it learns what you like and integrates those styles into your pool of options. Swipe right for clothes you love and left for ones you don’t and when you’re all done, access your selections by visiting your profile.
2. Don’t just choose items, make outfits and post about them across all your social channels! There’s no guessing how great you’ll look when you have the option for friends to weigh in on your decision.
3. You can style and shop for others. Because swiping with Strut is so easy and natural, there’s nothing stopping you from swiping for all of the people in your life who may need a thing or two in their closet.
4. No need to only shop for the women in your life; Strut features men’s clothes as well! Grab something for a loved one and you’re all set for their next birthday or holiday!
5. Check out other people’s curations for some style inspiration. You’ll always have your finger on the pulse and know what current trends are with the ability to see what your friends are liking and sharing!
6. Swipe up to create a full outfit! Match your fave top with cute pants and an awesome pair of shoes to piece together the killer outfit you’re going to wear next Saturday.
Want to join me on Strut? Follow me by searching username: theamandaraye. Do you have a favorite shopping app? Let us know in the comments below!
9 Boot Trends You Need to Try This Fall
Posted 1 month ago by Amanda Raye
It’s finally boot time! Boots are a necessity for every fall and winter outfit, but what style fits your personality? Below are nine boot trends that have already emerged on the streets of NYC and what to wear them with:
1. Pointy-Toe Stiletto Boots
There’s no way of denying it, these are by far the sexiest boots out there! These boots will glamorize your simple weekend outfit and will give your 9 to 5 look some edge.
2. Chelsea Boots
These horse riding boots from the Victorian era became a fashion staple during the mod scene back in the 1960’s. They are more on the chill side and look best in relaxed outfits. Due to their elastic siding, these boots are easy to put on and are super comfortable.
3. Lace-Up Boots
These are a more classy version of the Chelsea boot. Also originally used for horseback riding, these boots look great paired with tights and a cute dress. They’d also look great paired with your favorite pair of high-waisted skinny jeans.
4. Moto Boots
There’s so many different looks when it comes to these boots; buckles, studs, zippers…the options are endless. They’ll also make any outfit look tough!
5. Cut-Out Boots
If you want to look extremely trendy, these boots are for you. There also isn’t just one style — you can go modern, feminine, western and everything in between! To learn more about cut-out boots, click here.
If you don’t think you’re ready for this bold look, try a peep-toe-boot instead.
6. Over-the-Knee Boots
These boots are extremely easy to pull off and look good on everyone. Just make sure you stay simple and sophisticated with the rest of your outfit. Try pairing them with jeans and a flannel or striped shirt.
7. Riding Boots
These are a classic and also look good on everyone. Pair a brown pair with black leggings and a comfy white sweater for a stylish yet comfy look.
8. Statement Boots
Statements shoes are fun to wear, but they’re definitely not for the faint of heart. In the fall and winter, your main outfit is likely hidden by a heavy jacket — to still look fashion-forward, consider wearing a white, blush or peach pair that’s covered in gold details!
9. Combat Boots
The 90’s revival we’ve seen this year have brought these boots back. Although they have a “tough” feel, these are staples everyone should have in their closet. They’re also the perfect cold-weather boot.
Don’t feel you have to go black: combat boots look great in metallic and pastel too!
If you’re loving these nine boot trends, shop the looks below:
What’s your boot personality?
Get Perfect Skin This Holiday Season with the Silk’n ReVit
Posted 1 month ago by Amanda Raye
Sun damage, acne scars, and uneven skin are a few skin woes that many of us face daily. Instead of trying to cover it up with makeup, why not actually fix the problem?
At this point in time, you’ve probably heard of microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion treatments use a combination of a fine abrasive tip or crystals and a suction to polish and vacuum away the skin’s uppermost layer. The end results include diminished hyper-pigmentation such as brown spots, as well as diminished fine lines, acne, and shallow acne scars.
If you suffer from any of the above skin woes above, then you’ll love microdermabrasion. But here’s the deal. It’s expensive! You’re looking at about $50-$200 per treatment, and you’ll definitely need multiple treatments before you start seeing those results. Yikes! Poor wallet.
But I’ve recently been introduced to something amazing — the Silk’n ReVit. This device brings the luxury of microdermabrasion to your home. Just like getting a treatment done with a dermatologist or at a spa, the Silk’n ReVit combines gentle exfoliation with vacuum stimulation to reduce the appearance of age spots, fine lines, and acne scars.
You’re able to get those professional results without the appointment! Now you’re probably thinking this device is extremely expensive, but it’s not. It’s only $129! Yes, that is definitely an investment, but you can use it for years and it costs the same amount as one treatment at a fancy spa.
This handheld device that promises the same kinds of results as an in-office treatment comes with three different diamond shaped attachments: precision, fine and coarse. With each attachment designed to treat specific parts of the face, neck, and hand. Yes, it can be used on your hands too!
For more info on the Silk’n ReVit, read my review:
I’ve been using the device for over a week now and I’m loving how my skin looks and feels! At first, I was worried it would irritate my skin and cause redness. I was also a bit worried it would hurt. But neither happened.
It kind of feels like a cat is licking your face — which was weird — but it didn’t hurt. I followed the directions and started using the fine attachment first and used the lowest suction setting. I spent about three minutes on each section of my face (forehead, eye area, nose, cheeks and chin) and then spent five minutes on each hand.
Immediately after treatment, I rinsed my face with cold water and applied a moisturizer. For the next hour, I felt like I had a slight sunburn, but that feeling was gone my the time I woke up in the morning. My hands felt the same.
After using it a few times, I’ve noticed smoother skin on my face. But the big difference has been with my hands. They’re so much softer and smoother!
The device comes with a filter that needs to be replaced. This filter collects all the dead skin that is being sucked up and omg, it’s so gross! The filter is black to start, but after one use it was pure white. I wanted to share that photo with you, but it’s pretty yucky.
Anyways, I can definitely tell it’s doing something and I’m excited to see the results after a full month of using it twice a week.
So if you want to get a perfect complexion in 2015, consider asking for the Silk’n ReVit this holiday season. Too impatient to wait? Consider ordering the device and hosting a Spa Day with your friends! Everyone deserves a Girls Night In every now and then.
Paint each others nails, curl each others hair, and take turns using the ReVit or another Silk’n product such as the Flash&Go — which is a painless laser hair removing device. All while drinking some bubbly or hot apple ciders and eating yummy treats.
If you’re interested in hosting a Girls Night In, or giving the gift of beautiful skin this holiday season, use the code GIRLSNIGHT to get 15% off storewide (excludes Flash & Go) until November 20th.
Have you ever had microdermabrasion done? Let us know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: This post was Sponsored by Silk’n
Guess What! Instant Coffee Isn’t as Bad as You Thought
Posted 1 month ago by Amanda Raye
New York turned me into a hardcore coffee snob. I stick my nose up when I walk by places like Starbucks (I still like their skinny lattes though…shhh), and I’m willing to go out of my way to go to the best coffee shops the city has to offer. Unfortunately, those fancy pour overs can get pricey, so I usually just make my own with fresh beans, a burr grinder, a Chemex, and a goose neck kettle. Fancy, right?
But what’s a girl to do when she decides to give up her apartment, live out of Airbnb’s and then go to Africa for six weeks? She misses her fancy coffee. That’s exactly what happened to me.
I like coffee for two reasons: the taste and the caffeine. I could have easily switched over to tea, but I just couldn’t do it. I just love coffee too much! So I did something bad…I tried instant coffee. And you know what? It wasn’t that bad! It was actually better than an American favorite — Dunkin Donuts.
So if you’re on a tight budget, or you’re going on a hotel-less vacation, you’ll be okay in the caffeine department!
Below are my tips for making your instant coffee taste super duper rad:
1. Don’t add too much powder
A teaspoon is all you need. The more you add, the worse it’ll begin to taste.
2. Drink it hot
Hot instant coffee tastes pretty okay. Instant coffee that’s luke warm or cold? Not so much.
3. Store it in the fridge
Don’t keep your instant coffee in the pantry. Storing it in the fridge will prevent it from getting stale.
No two instant coffees are the same. I highly recommend the instant coffee from Maxwell House or the instant coffee singles from Folgers. But do your own experimentation.
Have you ever tried instant coffee? What were your thoughts?
Shop Our November 2014 Beauty Favorites with Tagspire
Posted 1 month ago by Amanda Raye
I love playing around with fashion, but I think I love playing around with beauty products more. I could easily spend a whole day in a store like Sephora or Ulta without a second thought. I’d also spend an hour doing my makeup every morning if I could, but sadly that’s not practical.
Out of all the beauty trends that arise every year, the ones that come out during the holiday season are my favorite. I’m just obsessed with the plums, reds, and golds!
Below I’m using Tagspire to show you my favorite holiday friendly beauty products. If you love fashion and beauty just as much as I do, then you’ll love Tagspire too. Here’s why: $$$
With social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram, it’s become second nature to just post a picture of your outfit for all to see. Clearly #OOTD isn’t just for personal style bloggers! With Tagspire, you’re able to monetize those photos you love.
Add a review to a photo, add your favorite tutorial video to a photo, or even add a link for people to purchase items in your photo. If someone buys something due to your photo, you’ll get a commission! Just take a look below:
Tagspire isn’t just for outfits and beauty products either. You can also monetize photos that feature consumer electronics, home goods, and travel. Still not sold? How many times have you bought something because a friend posted about it on Instagram or Facebook? I’m definitely guilty. Social shopping and word-of-mouth are definitely way more effective than traditional magazine ads and celebrity endorsements.
Once you have made $50 or more, Tagspire sends you your money. To learn more about social commerce and Tagspire, watch the short video below:
Need some more Tagspire inspiration? Shop this look below as well!
So sign-up for Tagspire to make some extra money and follow us while you’re at it!
*Sponsored by Tagspire.
4 Simple Ways to up Your Style Game This November
Posted 1 month ago by Amanda Raye
A few days ago we posted a few ways to reinvent yourself without spending a ton of money (if any). We suggested changing your hair, changing your makeup, and playing around with your current accessories. But if you want some more ideas on how to up your style game this November, you’ll love our fall fashion tips below!
1. Get New Glasses
If you need to wear glasses, consider getting a new pair for Fall. They can really change your look! We’re currently crushing on Coastal.com. All of their frames are extremely affordable, and they have great deals for first timers — like $40 off all orders over $99 with code FIRST40. Not too shabby!
Since they don’t have a brick and mortar shop, their frames (even the designer ones) are way cheaper than if you got them at your eye doctor. Worried about finding a pair that suits you before trying them on? Don’t be! Just read our face shape guide.
Brown Ombre Glasses: $89.00 via Coastal
2. Add Some Plaid
Plaid will always be a fall and winter must-have, so if it’s not already in your wardrobe, get it in there! Adding a plaid scarf or a plaid bag to your look would be a safe bet, but if you’re more daring, consider wearing a pleated high-waisted plaid skirt.
To look more sophisticated and less early 2000’s Britney, wear a cropped sweater and a pretty statement necklace with it.
3. Wear All Black
Give this popular New York style a try this season by ditching the color. To glam it up a bit, add a statement collar!
4. Add a Graphic Tee
Graphic tees have become popular again! They’re extremely casual, but you can easily make a graphic tee focused outfit more polished by wearing it with colored pants, heeled boots, and a blazer.
We’re loving the Jack & Coke tee from Altru (below). It’s really soft and you can bring your favorite weekend drink with you all week long!
- Michael Kors Glasses: $128.00 via Coastal
- Graphic Tee: $27.00 via Altru
- Black Blazer: $24.95 via H&M
- Maroon Pants: $30.00 via Old Navy
- Heeled Boots: $34.95 via H&M
What are you going to add to your wardrobe this November? Let us know in the comments below!