Style It Your Way With Tommy Hilfiger at Macy's

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As you know by now, I am a fan of dresses! I almost exclusively wear them whether its work or date night it just makes dressing easier. Recently, I checked out Tommy Hilfiger's activewear at Macy's. I was instantly drawn to the Tommy Hilfiger Colorblocked Long-Sleeve Shirtdress.

The patchwork design puts a spin on the classic shirtdress. Add a belt too accentuate curves or keep it loose and breezy! It's a casual dress that can be worn with cute kicks or dressed up with some slides making the day to nigh transition super easy. Shop the look here: LeAura's OOTD !

Tan-dah! The 3 Summer Preps You Need To Glow All Summer

“One Mississippi, two Mississippi” ... this is the famous and very unfortunate line from Friends where Ross tried the tanning studio before summer time (and didn’t like it). Nevertheless, there are various different ways to prep your skin before going on holiday, and faux tan is just one of them…

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Your Body is a Temple

One of the best ways to start prepping your body is to give it some TLC on a regular basis. No crash diets, no weird soups, just a good old fashioned balanced diet will do the trick. The main goal? 2-3 liters of water per day is the optimum to keep our skin hydrated and functioning to the T. This is especially important when summer comes around, as we need to replace the water that we sweat out in the gym or on the beach. If you’re not a fan of plain water, try vitamin waters or adding some fruits to your normal bottle such as berries, mint and cucumber so you don’t feel like it’s a chore. Another trick is to incorporate fruit and vegetables that are very rich in water into your diet: cucumber, watermelon, grapefruit, spinach or zucchini.

Shine bright
One of the preferred ways to prep our skin before going under the Sun on a holiday trip is fake tan. There are many ways to achieve the look - from self-tanning at home with a couple of products, and going to a tanning studio, to even calling a tanning professional to come by your house and help you out. However, you don’t need to be an 8 on the tanning scale (like Ross) but to just have a slight bronze before going on holiday. A faux glow can simply serve as mental preparation and reassurance to go out on the beach and do your thing!

Clever Contouring
Another way to step into summer with confidence is using natural bronzers and highlighting powders to mimic a beach glow. They are the perfect solutions especially during springtime and the beginning of summer, while the skin is still prepping to receive all the sunlight it can get. Applying bronzer onto the hollows of the cheeks and on the forehead, whereas the highlighter serves as a magnifying glass on the highest points of the face, thus resembling a natural sun kissed skin. Both of these products can also be applied on the neckline. Just make sure to get the appropriate shades of bronzer according to your skin: it varies from fair, light, medium to dark.

Shimmer or no shimmer, bronzers and highlighters make for the perfect face touch up without having to spend hours in the tanning studio or on the beach.

So here goes, feed good food to the body and soul and let the sunshine in!

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London Fashion Week's Beauty Report F/W 2018

What happens in London, doesn’t stay in London! This year’s London Fashion week produced some interesting looks that are totally customizable to every taste, body type and skin color. Fall/Winter season is definitely our favorite time of the year (apart from all the rain in the UK) in terms of fashion and beauty looks. Here’s some of the inspo we gathered from the runways.


Bulky clothes, face on fleek
This year Fall/Winter season will bring a lot of layers, huge overcoats, bright colors, and men’s jackets designed for women’s fashion; in three words, plaid, sequence and swagger!
Some of the looks are seriously textured and offer a lot of possibilities to recycle grandma’s old vintage coat and pair it with…a new Marc Jacobs oversized coat. This means that a lot of the body is covered, but the bare face and skin still peek through all of that fabric. The statement base for 2018 is a glowy complexion, dewy skin and light contour. To achieve this look, first make sure to prep the skin with a moisturizer and a tinted primer. If going for foundation, choose a medium coverage foundation and then apply concealer just in the right spots to look natural, e.g. only under the eyes and on blemishes. Finish off with a bit of liquid highlighter under the brow, along the bridge of the nose and on the cheekbones.
Colorless autumn? Not this time!

We observed this trend not only in the clothes but also in the make up at London fashion week Fall/Winter 2018. In some instances, a red eyeshadow is matched with neutral overcoat and trouser suit. In others, cat eyeliner is drawn around the eyes, top and bottom, with geometric precision as to complement some of the other fashion trends- stripes, lines and tartan fabrics. Apply pastel green, pink or yellow eyeliner to emphasize the candy cotton make up look that’s trending this fall.
Party animals
Even though it’s not Ibiza weather, we still wanna have fun, right? The party style for this season is the ultimate 80’s throwback. Bright colored rain coat, complemented by the illusion of wet hair and a bold lid. Use glitter eyeshadow or lid topper to achieve the perfect futuristic midground between fashion and make up. And if it rains, that could only enhance the look! The wet hair is popular this season and it is created with the help of wax and gel. You can also paint a bold burgundy or punchy red lip; with a shiny lip topper, to finish off the look.
Bold lips and Natural Hairstyles
Somewhere between the coats, scarfs, leather pants and plaids, we find the hat! Pair it with glasses - colorful ones, of course. But what happens after we take off the hat? The hair is not perfect and that is okay. Designers and celebrity stylists this fall have decided that it’s time to free the hair. Natural up-does, messy buns, uneven beach waves, semi-straight locks are what we should wear this fall/winter season. Use stylizing products that enable the carefree appearance of the hair; such as nourishing oils, color touch up products and shine serums.

Nor everyone can look as good as Doutzen Kroes or Cara Delevingne on the London Fashion Week runway, but this Fall/Winter season we attempt to adapt those trends to our everyday chic look.


Red Carpet Beauty: Lupita Nyong'o at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Award

Actress and Lancôme Ambassadress, Lupita Nyong’o attended the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. 

Lupitas’s vampy liquid gold lip and winged eye look was created by celebrity makeup artist .


INSPIRATION: “I wanted Lupita’s makeup to feel vampy and opulent to echo her Versace dress. This look gives glamorous female villain vibes with winged eyes and liquid gold lips,” says Nick Barose.

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5 Beauty Time Saving Saviors

While you can’t change the clock to add more hours to the day, you can make more time by shortening your beauty routine – and still look fabulous! Make sure to look for multi-function products to minimize your minutes in front of the mirror and don’t be afraid to experiment to figure out which products you really need. Because let’s face it – there’s no room in your life for one-hit wonders.



Remember that time you forgot your makeup bag and tried to use your shimmery lip gloss from your purse as an eyeshadow? Wasn’t the best option! Stick with products intended for and designed for dual use, instead of making due in a pinch. Choose a clear or tinted mascara meant for lashes or as a brow gel, a powder that doubles as a bronzer or a foundation that’s also a concealer. And be on the lookout for multi-purpose sticks that can stand in for cheek, lip and eye color – you’ll be ready to go in seconds!

Moisturizer +

Moisturizers are one of the best products that pack more than one benefit. Snag a moisturizer with SPF so you don’t need to put on a separate sunscreen, and at night, pick one with anti-aging ingredients and forgo a serum. A scented moisturizer is also a great way to get a fragrance fix without needing to carefully spritz your favorite perfume. And don’t forget BB creams! Many of the so-called Blemish Balms are in the tinted moisturizer family, offering foundation coverage, moisturization and acne-fighting ingredients in just one tube.

Ready to go

Another way to save time in the AM is to have all your products organized and ready to go. Chefs call this method “mise en place” – getting everything you will need in its place beforehand. Clean out your makeup drawer, trashing what you don’t use to make it easy to spot your favorite products. Store your items in a pretty container for quick access, and wash and keep your brushes and sponges squeaky clean for a flawless application.

Eliminate the wait

Why wait for great results? Look for products that can cut your time spent beautifying in half. For instance, opt for the latest nail polish shade in a one-coat variety for a quick application, or think outside the box – try press-on nails so you don’t need to wait for them to dry at all! Invest in a high-quality, fast-acting hair dryer to go from soaking wet to smooth and dry in minutes – or add a hair cream to your locks after a shower, then loosely braid your hair and and let it dry naturally for beachy waves.

Skip it!

While there are plenty of occasions to spend hours getting ready – big dates! Weddings! Nights out with the girls! – some days it’s okay to hit the snooze button again and skip the full routine. A mist of dry shampoo, a touch of foundation/concealer, a swipe of mascara and a dab of lip gloss and you can be out the door in no time!


Indie Beauty: Why Milk Makeup Went Vegan

Milk Beauty is now 100% vegan! Why is that important? “There is no animal product or byproduct that doesn’t have a safe natural or synthetic alternative,” explains co-founder and COO Dianna Ruth. The brand has also been cruelty-free since day one.

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Because the world throws a lot at you, including tons of gross toxins, Milk Makeup strives to be clean. What does that mean? Clean beauty products are devoid of ingredients like parabens, sulfates, SLS, SLES, formaldehyde, mineral oil, or talc. These ingredients are questionable for your health and have no place on your face. 

"When we started Milk Makeup, we all had young kids, which makes you hyper-aware of all the toxicity in the world. We wanted to use healthy ingredients that we felt great about, especially if our kids got their hands on the products,” says Co-Founder and Creative Director Georgie Greville on creating the brand with COO Dianna Ruth and Co-Founder Zanna Roberts Rassi.  

Here are some of our favorites from Milk Makeup!