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


Hello Friends,

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.


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



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.”


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.”




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




Simple in Sleeveless: OOTD!

Hello Friends,

Do you have an article of clothing that just defines your style? For example, are you a shoe connoisseur?  Do you have to have the latest shoe in every style or color? Or maybe you’re a purse collector, and this means you can’t be caught dead without one. I have over the years figured out that I might be slightly obsessed with jackets! (preferably blazers).  There is something about throwing on a light jacket or blazer over an outfit that makes me feel so complete. I have a special spot in my closet just dedicated to my outer wear. I am realistic though, I can’t always walk out of my house wearing that cute blazer or jacket, because guess what? I’m in Florida and it’s ridiculously hot in the Summer.

So, I found the perfect solution! I went out and bought myself a sleeveless blazer. How awesome is that? I get the best of both worlds. I couldn’t wait to wear it and I had the opportunity the other night. My husband had a work dinner, so this was the perfect occasion. My choice on how to wear it was very simple, although the possibilities are endless with this great item. There is something so classic about wearing black on black. I did a basic dark wash skinny jean and black pumps. I received many compliments on my look the entire night. Sometimes being simple is the way to go! I can’t wait to see what other outfits I can come up with my favorite new purchase.

What’s your favorite item? Leave a comment below

Love, chicki








Let me take a Celfie: OOTD!

Hello Friends,

As all of you may know, printed tee’s have been all the rage and they have been for some time now. And it looks like their cheeky sayings will be staying around for some time now. One of the most recognizable ones is the “Celfie” T-shirt. So when I was doing some online shopping I ran into a “Celfie” dress! I thought it was the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while and of course I scooped it up.

So the hubby comes home the other day and says he made some reservations. I knew this was the perfect time to wear my new dress. Since it’s a T-shirt type of dress, I decided to keep the look super simple. We were already running late, so we only took a few snap shots. I’m very pleased about this purchase and I know I’ll be finding new ways to wear this dress.

Are you loving graphic T-shirts? Leave a comment below

Love, chicki









My Friday Find: Mac A Romance Novel Collection

Hello Friends,

Mac is at it again and they are bringing you a new collection for August it is called Mac a Romance Novel. Judging  by the poster this collection is going to have a gorgeous elegance to it, a well as a sultry palette. For my Friday Find today I’m going to bring you the details of this awesome new collection. I can’t wait to try the lipsticks once you see them you’ll know why!. Check out the collection photos below.


Availability: Online August 14th, 2014, in-stores August 21st, 2014 (North America); September 2014 (International)

Will you be getting your hands on this sexy collection? Leave a comment below

Love chicki


Fall in lust with A Novel Romance, a color collection teeming with luscious shades that will have you feeling overwhelmed with desire. Eyes tantalize in Electric Cool Eye Shadow, Fluidline Eye Liner and Mineralize Eye Shadow quads, as lips provoke in seductive shades of Lipstick. Cheeks flush in shimmering Powder Blush, and Nail Lacquers tempt you to take the plunge in intriguing nocturnal hues. Like fiction brought life, the surging passions of this after-dark adventure seem almost too good to be true.

Lipstick ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • A Novel Romance Light cool dusty pink (Cremesheen)
  • Good KisserMid-tone fuchsia (Matte)
  • Hearts Aflame Mid-tone brick red (Matte)
  • Lingering Kiss Deep plum red (Matte)
  • Myself Soft shimmery nude beige (Lustre)
  • Yield to Love Mid-tone rose (Cremesheen) (Online Exclusive)

Lipglass ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Bared for You Soft rose gold
  • Pure Fiction Mid-tone violet pink
  • Reckless Desire Sheer pearlescent lavender grey
  • Talk Sexy Dark purple
  • Wanting More Washed-out lavender

Powder Blush ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Fun Ending Soft neutral peach (Satin)
  • Animal Instinctss Shimmering plum (Frost)

A Novel Romance Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • My Fantasy Pale neutral olive (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Fall in Lust Mid-tone cool grey mauve (Frost)
  • Dance in the Dark Deep blackened brown (Matte)
  • Rising Passions Greenish charcoal with gold pearl (Velvet)

An Amorous Adventure Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Sable Gold plum with bronze pearl (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Sex & the Oyster Mid-tone seafoam green (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)
  • Brawn Mid-tone plum brown (Satin)
  • Black TiedBlack with silver sparkle (Velvet) (Permanent)

A Passionate Quest Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • The Wrong Man Light cool dusty pink (Satin)
  • Serenade Mid-tone orchid pink with blue duochrome pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Brazenly Rich eggplant (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)
  • Stay Sultry Deep violet (Satin)

Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Before Dawn Green grey
  • Midnight Storm Deep magenta
  • Sunset Sky Mid-tone crimson
  • Midnight Strata Dark violet
  • Midnight Ocean Dark royal blue
  • Midnight Sky Deep charcoal

Fluidline Eye Pencil ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Atomic Ore Gold
  • Earth Sign Deep brown
  • Deep Blue Sea Deep ocean blue
  • Metropolis Deep metal gray
  • Evil Twin Blue purple
  • Black Brilliance Black
  • Water Willow Deep khaki green

Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Pure Flash! Pale champagne (Repromote)
  • Love Power Soft shimmering rose (Repromote)
  • Superwatt Light shimmering taupe (Repromote)
  • Coil Copper bronze (Repromote)
  • Gilded Thrill Gold
  • Switch to Blue Rich cobalt (Repromote)
  • Highly Charged Rich purple with pink pearl (Repromote)
  • Blacklit Black with multidimensional pearl (Repromote)



Gorgeous!! New Shades

MAC A Novel Romance Collection

Lip Glosses to make you pucker

MAC A Novel Romance Collection

MAC A Novel Romance Collection

MAC A Novel Romance Collection

Source: temptalia

Cool in plaids: OOTD!

Hello Friends,

Yesterday was a brutally hot day again, so the hubby and I decided to go for a walk around our town, since it has been raining almost every single day. It was nice to enjoy just a couple of hours of sun before the afternoon down pour.

We had snacks and enjoyed the afternoon just being silly, nothing new with us. My look for the day was completely casual with a hint of 90’s grunge, which is kind of rare for me, but sometimes outfits just come together and you have to let them be.

All in all, it was a bright, cheery afternoon, which I really needed!

Have you ever had an outfit just come together?

Let me know in the comments below

love, chicki