Fall Winter 2014 Beauty Trends

Fall-Winter-2014-Beauty-TrendsWith Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week already underway for spring/summer 2015 and the first day of fall steadily fast approaching on September 22nd, now is a better time than ever to review the top trends for fall/winter 2014 beauty.

Furs, oversized coats, even some 60’s and sports attire ran the runways during the 2014 fall/winter shows, but here’s what to expect when dressing your face this season:


Skin stays illuminated for fall/winter, never falling flat or dull. Bronzer is even welcomed this season using it to help sculpt the face. Highlighter used on cheekbones warms up the skin to not look as frigid as it may be outside.

Natural shades of blush are used mostly now, or a varied shade of merlot for those deep winter months.


Color is no longer just for the spring/summer months. It seems any shade of blue on the eyes; either applied as a shadow, thick winged liner, or smudged along the bottom lash line would make you perfectly on trend.

Metallic silver, bronze, and gold liquid shadows and liners are a must for winter. Match your eyelids to the way snow sparkles and you’ll be sure to shine at any holiday party.

Liner goes wide this season. Seen on the runways, forget your perfect winged cat eye. Go over and out with your eye liner- over your crease and out past your eyebrow. Use the same color liquid liner to fill in the eyes. Think of a teardrop shape, but sideways. This eye trend looks like poised drama.


The look for lips this season is very much dependent on what’s happening with the eyes. With so much drama happening with eyes, it’s best to keep lips subtle. If it is a simple black wing lining the eyes then go for lipstick shades of burgundy, velvet purple, or even classic red.

Natural lips were everywhere during Fashion Week, all changing in tone to match the model’s natural skin tone. If browns start to bore you layer a shimmery pink gloss on top or go for matte pale pink lips.


Nude nails are your new BFF. The understated look never seemed so chic. After all these past seasons of nail art, nude nails are the unexpected punch to any outfit. There are so many options in the nude family to fit anyone’s style. Sheer baby pink, light tan, dark tan, even brown polishes are all the right shades.

Classic red nail polish, the perfect power color is good year round, but especially closer to the holiday with the man in a red and white suit. Just be careful not to reach for the red with orange undertones, that’s more of a summer-fire red. Reds that border on brown undertones are much more fall-friendly.

Nail art is more refined for this fall/winter. Try a simple stripe down a nail, off center is all the better. Simple half moon manicures are amped up by pairing metallic shades with shimmer free polish. Metallic nail polish is artsy enough for fall/winter.


Ponytails: Always sleek and shiny can be worn in a bit of various ways. Either hair all pulled back and gripped tightly at the top of the head. Or a ponytail with a deep side part and gripped low right above the neck.

Buns: Think of a ballerina, do a perfect bun like of a ballerina about to stand under the spotlight or a more relaxed bun like of a ballerina who just spent a few hours training the bar method. High buns at the top of the head are perfect for that professional look. Take the bun low and either part hair straight down the middle or with a deep side part for an edgy look.

Wet Look: The wet look is perfect with your evening ensemble. It takes an ordinary look into high fashion in a sweeping minute. To achieve this look use hair products with a heavy consistency to pull hair back and don’t forget to cover the ends so they don’t frizz. Use hair oils and waxes with a super hold hairspray.

Cornrows: Surprisingly, cornrows made their way down the runways during fall/winter 2014 shows. To keep this look from looking urban street style, pair cornrows with an additional style. Either grip them into pigtails or cornrow half your head and sleek the rest into a modern ponytail.

Hair Texture: Super straight, loose, or tight waves. Blowouts are welcome with open arms these next 2 seasons and if you want some texture wave your hair up using either hot tools, light mousse or leave hair natural.

Source: beautypress.com

Transition-into-Fall Outfit Idea

Transition-into-Fall Outfit Idea

The horrible heat in San Diego has me daydreaming about fall. I can’t wait for cooler days and wearing cute coats with boots. My favorite part about transitioning my wardrobe from summer to fall is combining versatile pieces that are pretty much timeless like the polka dot coat above with a classic blouse, dark wash jeans and black flats. Keep timeless pieces on your closet, so that you can be ready no matter the season and also ways check the weather forecast. :)

=Shop The Look=
1-Kate Spade Coat With Polka Dots: $185, C&Y
2-Pink Blouse: $208, AHAlife
3-Dark Wash Jeans: $40, Express
4-Pink Lip Gloss: $3, e.l.f.
5-Michael Kors Watch: $230, Overstock
6-Tory Burch Black Ballet Flats: $225, Tory Burch
7-Floral Earrings: $13, ModCloth
8-Black Tote Bag: $90, Mango

Coveted Shoes: Pink Pumps for Work or Play

The Shoes: BCBG Paris Pink Patent Pump from DSW.

Price: $50

Why I Love It: These cute pink pumps are perfect to transition you from work to play.

Happy Tuesday Shoes Day!

{photo by DSW}

8 Techniques for Thicker Looking Lashes

tow082614com-tolu01.1b-tolure-lipboost-caramel-roseIf eyes are the windows to the soul, then lashes are the curtains that unveil your soul. With all that being said, it’s no wonder more and more women are looking for ways to lengthen, curl, and thicken their eyelashes. Eyes are such a focal point of the face, having wide open looking eyes with strong lashes gives confidence to women so they can literally go out and face the world.

1) Go back to basics. If you think your lashes are a little lack luster, first review your current lash ritual. Practicing the correct application of mascara correctly can help you feel more comfortable with your lashes. You should never keep an open tube of mascara for more than 6 months or else what you’ll get out of the tube is dry, flaky black substance.

2) Line your inner top lash line with black eyeliner. Lift your eyelid hold your pencil under your lash line and fill in that top waterline. Instantly, you’ll find that your lashes look fuller.

3) Use an eyelash curler. Eyelash curlers give that instant bend and lift to give eyes the much-desired wide-eye look.

4) Apply mascara with either a primer or fibers first. There are many mascara primers on the market. Choose a clear one that helps thicken up lashes before applying mascara. Fibers are your friend! Find mascara that offers dual sides, one for the mascara and one for fiber. These white liquid fibers will grab onto lashes, so when you apply the mascara on top your lashes look extended as if you’re wearing false lashes.

5) How you apply mascara matters. Always start at the base of the lash and zigzag your way up. This way you won’t miss a nook or cranny and cover all edges of your lashes. Layer brown then black mascara for a pop effect.

6) Try a lash serum. Lash serums, often times sold as lash & brow serums, promote to help your lash hairs grow quickly into full lashes. Apply daily before bed on clean eyes right along the lash line and watch your lashes flutter.

7) Use false lashes to amplify your lashes. You can find fake lashes sold everywhere from drug stores to department stores and online. Available in synthetic, real hair, and even mink to achieve the Kardashian lashes look. False lashes can be reused with proper care.

8) Lash extension services are a huge hit in salons and spas internationally at the moment. Lash extensions last around 4-6 weeks depending on how often you rub your eyes and wash your face. They are also very costly and require maintenance. As much as the results of lash extensions are ultra glamorous, they aren’t the only option you can take to achieve fuller lashes.

Whichever way you want to approach it, achieving long, full lashes is easier than you ever thought. There are many techniques, methods, and products to try so you can start feeling confident about winking those luscious lashes!

Source: beautypress.com

Firmoo Review: Stylish & Budget Friendly Glasses

For the past few months, I’ve been in on the look out for new glasses. I just went to get my annual eye exam, but didn’t like any of the pairs I saw at my local ophthalmologist. I took my glasses search online and browse tons of pairs in the different glasses shops. As if someone was reading my mind, I got an email to check out Firmoo’s blogger program. I quickly glanced at the site and immediately liked a few of the pairs on the link they gave me.

I happily agreed to review the site and glasses in exchange for a free pair of my choosing. Here’s what happened next.

The process: You start by browsing all the glasses on Firmoo’s site. You can click a pair you like and then upload an image to see how the glasses look on you. Uploading the image is very easy and you only have to do it once. You can keep trying on pairs virtually until you find a style you like. I pretty much tried on more than 20 styles and even asked my husband for advice, because there were so many glasses that I loved. He helped me narrow it down to about five styles and then I chose the pair shown on the images above. The winning pair was a black frames cat eye style with a cute printed pattern on the side. When I was done choosing a pair, I added them to my cart, checked out and they arrived in about a week. The shipping was super fast!

My review: I was a little nervous that they would look weird on me, wouldn’t fit me properly or the prescription was wrong, since I’ve never ordered glasses without trying them on in person before. When the glasses arrived, I immediately tried them on in the mirror and they were perfect. The frame looks good on me, they fit well, and I can see much better than with my old glasses.

If you want to give them a try (I think you should, since it’s a super easy process), Firmoo has a special offer for Unik readers. You can get a pair of free glasses from selected frames in the link that follows. Check out the details here: www.firmoo.com/free-glasses.html

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Firmoo. I selected & received a pair of free glasses to create my review. All pictures and words are my own.

{Photos by Me}

Coveted Shoes: Black Tall Boots


The Shoes: Black tall boots from Steve Madden.

Price: $210

Why I Love It: I found the perfect tall leather boots for fall. Wear them with jeans, leggings or your favorite printed dress.

Happy Tuesday Shoes Day!

{photo by Steve Madden}

lululemon athletica Grand Opening Festivities at Fashion Valley

FV lululemon Opening
Happy Friday guys! I wanted to share with you a couple of fun events that lululemon athletica is throwing this weekend to celebrate its new location at Fashion Valley mall. lululemon athletica is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company that creates components for people to live long, healthy and fun lives. The 3,800 square-foot store is located on the second level of Fashion Valley mall between J. Crew and Sur La Table.

Here are lululemon athletica grand opening festivities at Fashion Valley mall:

  • Starting at 1oam today, there will be a dance party by DJ Jay and treats from Better Buzz Coffee and the Cravory.
  • On Saturday, August 30, get sweaty with lululemon Ambassadors Theresa Larson and Ray Fernandez at 8:30am in Center Court. Don’t forget to refuel with Suja Juice and the Perfect Bar.
  • Festivities wrap up on Sunday, August 31, with yoga in Center Court starting at 9:30am, followed by live music in-store by Jonny Tarr.

I hope you enjoy this long weekend and don’t forget to check out these fun events at Fashion Valley Mall this weekend!

What I Want Now: A Beauty Gift

bareMinerals Destination Glow

The Goods: bareMinerals Destination Glow from ULTA.

Price: $39

Why I Love It: When you need a last-minute gift, this cosmetics bundle is perfect to surprise that special someone in your life.

{photo by ULTA}

Beach Dream Day Style Challenge

I was approached by Loverly to create a wedding look for their Dream Day Style Challenge. Needless to say, I was beyond giddy to give this challenge a try. You had to choose between three locations (rustic, beach or traditional) for the challenge, so I chose a beach wedding. I went with a pink color palette, since brides usually wear and decorate with shades of blues and purple for their own beach weddings. My look for the challenge is very feminine and a bit vintage.

The Dress: I chose a short, strapless wedding dress that has an A-line skirt and sweetheart neckline with bow detail. The dress seems perfect for a beach wedding, it’s budget friendly (only $700), and looks comfortable enough for you to move around the beach and dance the night away at your reception.

Accessories: For the accessories, I went with a dusty rose, gold and white color palette. I wanted colors that give the look a vintage touch. The headpiece and all the jewelery, including the wedding ring, are all vintage inspired pieces. I purposely selected accessories that are under $100 (Except the wedding ring. You should always invest in a very nice wedding ring.), but also pieces that you can wear again after your wedding day is over. You can definitely wear that cute miu miu pink clutch again to a fun date with your new husband!

The Shoes: The shoes are my favorite part of this whole look and I almost bought them myself for my own wedding. I didn’t because my cousin sent me the perfect pair as my something borrowed. I love that these pink heels have cute bows and that they are kitten heels. I recommend wearing kitten heels or even flats to your wedding, because all the standing and waiting around will leave you with blisters on your feet, if you wear anything higher. If you want high heels for the wedding pictures that’s great, but trust me change into flats or kitten heels after. Your feet will thank you for it!

If you wear a feminine look like this one for your big day, keep your hair and makeup simple. Wear a cute cat eye with rosy cheeks and lips, and finish the look with a braided updo or a sleek ponytail. I recommend wearing your hair in an updo for your beach wedding, because the heat and the nerves will completely destroy and frizz your hair if you wear it down.

=Get the Look=

Miu miu bag
$195 – miumiu.com

$1,300 – diamondwave.com

Tear drop earrings
$38 – baublebar.com

FOSSIL bracelet bangle
$98 – fossil.com

Matthew Williamson bow hairband
$10 – debenhams.com

$690 – lover.ly

This is my version of a “Beach Dream Day” look. What does your “Dream Day” look like?

A big thank you to Loverly for including me in this fun challenge!

What I Want Now: A White Button-Down Shirt

Kate Spade Satuday White Shirt
The Goods: Piped Perfect Day Shirt from Kate Spade Saturday.

Price: $120

Why I Love It: A crisp white shirt you can wear to work or downtime. Style it with black leggins and ankle booties for a laid back look.

{photo by Kate Spade Saturday}

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