Burgundy Crush!

Hello friends,

BURGUNDY is the IT color for fall. That’s right ladies and gentleman this color has taken over every store imaginable. Walking down the mall the other day I couldn’t stop noticing every mannequin dressed so beautifully in this deep color. You bet I had to have a piece of it, it took a lot of restraint for me not to buy everything in the store. I’ve always been a big fan of deep colors like Hunter green’s, mustard’s, and burnt Orange, because they truly represent fall to its fullest. Since we don’t really have such a Fall here in Orlando, yes sadly we still are dealing with 80 degree weather. I try not to saturate my closet too much with deep colors, But I had to make an exception for burgundy.  So yesterday we lucked out on and had a nice cool evening for a change, which I was super stoked about. The hubby and I decided to go out for a nice evening dinner on the lake. I went  for a darker look with a bit of an edge, I can’t wait to repeatedly wear this color for the rest of the season.

 

Will you be rocking burgundy? Leave a comment below

Love. chicki

 

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J’ Adore

Hello Friends,

I had a wonderful weekend! The hubby decided to take us on a small getaway to St Petersburg. I was beyond excited to have some alone time with him. Our mini-vacation consisted of lounging on the beach, eating delicious meals, and just total relaxation. Sunday was one of my favorite days because we had a mini cold front here in FL. I recently purchased this adorable light weight sweater and I have been waiting for the right opportunity to wear it. I’m so glad I listened to my conscious and packed it. While taking a nice stroll in downtown, after dinner we decided to snap a few shots on our way to yummy ice cream. I’m so happy to be married to such a wonderful man, who “J’ Adore“.

 

Love, chicki

 

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À La Mode

Hello Friends,

Hello October! Bye bye hot weather! I welcome you with open arms. It has been intense storms the whole month of September and today there is finally sunshine after the storms!

Since it has been a little bit muggy outside, a casual look is what I’m gravitating more towards these days. Being that denim is the hot trend for fall, I decided to dedicate a post to it. Since denim is so diverse and you can pair it with almost anything, I’ll let you in with a little secret… I’m currently crushing with graphic tee’s, especially ones with Parisian lingo, and I must say, This outfit is very à la mode.

 

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Hello Fall: OOTD!

Hello Friends,

Happy First Week of Fall everyone! it’s been so rainy here in Orlando, but that’s really typical through out this time of year for us. While everyone is already wearing sweaters, we are still experiencing major heat and crazy amounts of humidity. With that being said, I’m still excited to try every pumpkin flavored drink available and some cooler nights.  Although the weather is not cold enough to layer up for the  falls trends just yet, this is the perfect time for me to wear my cargo jacket, which is, by the way, a Fall statement piece and every girl should own one :). This jacket is perfect on rainy days and best of all it’s lightweight. So today I’m bringing you my Fall look Floridian style ;)

 

Are you excited for Fall? Leave a comment below!

 

Love, chicki

 

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Know Your Nudes: 5 Tips for Finding Your Most Flattering Color!

Nudenails

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Since fall is right around the corner, I have the 4-1-1 on one of the top trends that’s going to be sweeping the season, and you won’t believe how simple this look is! I’m talking about nude nails.  It’s time to put away your bright spring/summer colors and make way for “barely there” coats. Like a plain white t-shirt or dark pair of jeans, nude nail polish is universally flattering—if you find the right one. “Nudes vary in-depth and tone, some more pink, others more beige,” says Michelle Saunders, Essie’s celebrity manicurist. The wrong shade can be totally unappealing and make your fingertips look like mannequin hands if it’s not a good match. Brands from Clinique to Marc Jacobs have recently issued a spectrum of flesh-toned lacquers, so how do you find the right one? Follow these tips:

1. Know your nudes

There are two types of nude polish: sheer and opaque. The former work best when they mimic the color of your nail bed, so look closely at the skin underneath your nail to pick up pinks, peach, or even purple undertones. Opaque nudes are skin tone inspired, and the darker your skin tone, the warmer your polish should be. That doesn’t mean it should be the exact same color as your skin, try one shade off to keep it from appearing too yellow.

2. Buy for your skin tone instead of your personal taste—and consider your tan

Saunders says choosing the best polish is a process of trial and error—like selecting your foundation—and your best shade may fluctuate throughout the year. (Test on a clean nail bed.) She prefers a semi-sheer, pinky shade for fair to medium skin tones. “For olive or deeper skin, try a creamy beige with a gold or sandy undertone,” says Saunders. “The warmth highlights the nail bed which in turn elongates the hands.”

3. Application is key

Saunders always applies a ridge-filling base coat before painting on the lacquer to diminish any bumps or discoloration. She says nudes are easier to apply than dark or bright colors—and chips are less noticeable. “But to make the nude manicure last, be sure to use a base coat, two coats of color, and a top coat.”

4. Experiment with layering and opacity

“Anything goes with nudes!” says Saunders. “Go sheer or opaque. You can even layer a sheer over an opaque—one of my favorite things to do.”

5. Change up the vibe with the texture and finish

“A matte top coat gives a nude polish a very modern feel, like at Alexander Wang’s fall fashion show,” says Saunders. She believes a shiny nude leans toward elegant, while one with a subtle shimmer feels more festive.

 

https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/5-tips-for-finding-your-most-flattering-nude-95326425173.html

 

Will you be baring it all? Leave a comment below

Love, chicki

The Do’s and Don’ts of Amazing Skin At Every Age!

Hello Friends,

I’m so sorry chicki has been M.I.A!  it’s been a crazy past week. It surely has been filled with emotions due to family emergencies but have no fear I am back and I have an amazing article I want to share with you today.  While browsing Yahoo beauty every once in awhile I come across a  great piece. This one will teach you the  do’s and don’ts on skincare, that can take you all the way to your 50’s and over. This is truly a must read.

Will you be following these tips? Leave a comment below

Love, chicki

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When I was younger, my mother gave me some rather sage advice: “The less you do to your face, the less you’ll ever have to do to your face. Turned out she was right, and the good news is that it’s never too late to start. Here, three top skin care experts explain the do’s and don’ts of amazing skin across four decades.

IN YOUR 20’s

Do: Start an anti-aging regimen—& use eye cream!

Consider this the decade of prevention. “Women should begin being proactive about anti-aging in their 20’s,” says Dr. Dennis Gross, MD, board-certified dermatologist and creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. “Research shows that as early as age 25, collagen and elastin decrease.” Add anti-aging products to your routine now, especially a good eye cream.

Don’t: Blow off a good cleansing routine
“This is the age where you need to develop an effective, basic skincare program for a glowing complexion,” advises Kate Somerville, celebrity esthetician and creator of Kate Somerville Skincare. “You need to cleanse properly, exfoliate regularly, and use a high-quality moisturizer and sunscreen.”

Don’t: Use the same products you used in your teens
Upgrade your acne products. “Many people in their 20’s continue to use the same harsh cleansers and drying astringents they used when they were teenagers,” says Dr. Gross. He warns that at this age, oil glands are starting to shrink, so these products can cause redness and irritation. Find products suited to your adult skin and avoid over-correcting any dryness with a heavy moisturizer. “This decade is prone to breakouts as well as clogged and/or permanently enlarged pores from moisturizing overkill and/or lack of exfoliation.”

Do: Eat right for better skin
Skip the disco fries. “Another great tip for anti-aging is eating right,” says Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection. “You need tons of greens in your diet to help oxygenate the skin, fight bacteria and keep it clean. You will have never-ending breakouts if you don’t eat well.” She advises adding her greens-packed Daily Serum to your shelf.

IN YOUR 30’s

Do: Add a good serum and peptides to your routine
Invest in a potent serum and a night cream containing peptides. “Address dehydrated skin and expression lines with a serum or treatment packed with hyaluronic acid and advanced actives,” explains Somerville. “Also, if you haven’t started using peptides already, now is the time!” She recommends her RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Creamfor a peptide boost.

Don’t: Forget the Multitasking Products
Go for multitasking products for an efficient routine. “I don’t advocate products with just one active ingredient when women are in their 30’s,” says Dr. Gross. “If we know ten ingredients that can help treat lines, I want all ten in one bottle, so look for products that list multiple antioxidants on the label.”

Do: Add dry brushing to your routine
This ritual helps keep cellulite at bay. “Dry brushing before your shower every morning is a great way to exfoliate the body while stimulating collagen production and maintaining elasticity all over,” says Vargas.

Don’t: Hang onto bad habits
This is the decade during which a lack of nutrients and sleep really starts to show. “You must make positive changes to your lifestyle to ensure optimal skin health,” advises Somerville. “Get rid of any bad habits left over from your 20’s like sleeping with your makeup on, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise.”

IN YOUR 40’s

Do: Boost collagen
“Collagen production really starts to slow down here, which can mean deeper creases and enlarged pores,” says Dr. Gross. “Choose products with potent ingredients like retinol or Genistein, a soy extract that blocks and diminishes collagen-destroying enzymes.” Antioxidants—specifically green tea extract, vitamins C and E and lycopenes—also help protect collagen.

Don’t: Use bar soaps and drying cleansers
Avoid using anything that removes essential hydration. “Choose a non-foaming cleanser and avoid bar soaps, which can be drying,” says Dr. Gross, who recommends All-In-One Facial Cleanser with Toner.

Do: Embrace targeted products
Good skin care habits are your greatest ally. “The basic principles of skincare you’ve been using in your 30’s can be carried over, but now’s the time to use targeted treatment products,” states Somerville.  “Skin discoloration is a major issue for many of my patients in various forms; sunspots, dark spots, hyper-pigmentation, and melasma,” explains Dr. Gross, who suggests a combination of ferulic acid and retinol to lighten dark spots and even skin tone.

Don’t: Forget to exfoliate
Scrub down for better skin. “I tell women in their 40’s to exfoliate without fail every other day to keep some cell turnover going, and to do fruit acid peels monthly,” says Vargas. “At this age, sun damage emerges and exfoliation is the best way to address it.”

50’s AND BEYOND

Do: Use hyaluronic acid
Avoid dehydration and/or loss of volume in the face. “Look for moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid, which brings water from the atmosphere into your skin, so it looks plumper and firmer,” Dr. Gross advises.

Don’t: Forget the neck and chest
Sun exposure may haunt you. “Many women of this age complain their necks and chests look older than the rest of them,” says Dr. Gross. “Applying the same good facial skin-care habits to these areas can return them to a smoother, clearer state. Sunscreen, vitamin C, retinol, multi-acids, and antioxidants can be incorporated into your daily regimen.”

Do: Soothe inflammation
You may look flushed more frequently. “This age group is prone to redness and irritation, which can be due to inflammation, rosacea and/or excessive circulation, as well as hormonal changes,” Dr. Gross says. He suggests green tea extract to sooth the skin—studies even show it can help prevent skin cancer.” He also mentions that Bisabolol, a derivative of chamomile, is an effective anti-inflammatory.

Don’t: Forget your lips
Dr. Gross notes that your lips may change. “I have many patients who find the area above the mouth becomes heavily lined and their lips start to thin. A good solid skin-care regimen with proven anti-aging ingredients such as vitamin C, retinol, and exfoliating acids will help smooth these lines and make them less visible.”

 

 

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/the-dos-and-donts-of-amazing-skin-at-every-age-95112067783.html

Dupe Me: My Friday Find!

Hello Friends,

I’m a no fuss girl when it comes to my face, I usually go makeup free everyday. When I do decide to get dolled up I can’t leave my house without a good lipstick color on. As much I love Mac’s creamy luscious vibrant lip colors Lets be honest they start to add up, and can get very pricey. So as my Friday find this week I found a great Dupe list you can go off of. (This list doesn’t include all of Mac’s colors) . Even if it’s not about budget this list is a great alternative to explore other brands.

 

Do you have any lip color dupes? Leave a comment below!

Love, chicki

 

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