Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lost and Found and New Looks

Today I was in the mood for an outfit with more flair, so I scoured my closet for ages when I came across this top that had fallen off the hanger. I got this top for Christmas and forgot all about it until today, but I'm sure glad I found it! Literally EVERYONE I talked to today complimented it. I am such a New Orleans lover, so I always love tops with the Fleur De Lis symbol! The loud print and bold sequins makes this such a statement piece that will really draw some eyes. I also just got a new hairstyle that I'm crazy about. I got bangs and a lot of layering done, and I feel like it's a lot better than what I had. What do you guys think? Leave a comment below on the new look and the shirt!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

April My Glam Bag

Hey guys! Yesterday I received my Glam Bag for this month. I've been waiting for this bag after the success of my bag last month, so I had really high expectations for this bag, and Ipsy always delivers. So, here's my review of the Beauty Rocks bag!
First in this bag was the Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil in the shade Naked. Ipsy introduced me to Starlooks in one of my first bags, and now they're my go-to place for all things eyeliner. I was really excited to try out this new product by them, and they didn't disappoint. I'm usually not a fan of lip pencils, but this product made me open my eyes. It was so easy to apply and made it easy to get full coverage. It also surprised me by being really moisturizing. I love a product with a gorgeous color that I don't need to use lip balm with!

Next is the Pop! Goes the Shadow by Elizabeth Mott. I received this in the color Champagne. I really love this color, but it's one of those that you already have a million of. It adds a really nice shimmer and the color is really cute with anything. The nude color is really in for this summer, so it'll serve you well in the coming months.
Next is the Coastal Shadow Medium Shadow Brush. It's made from natural fibers and has fantastic quality. It makes for really easy shadow application and allows me to get a really even covering. I use this mainly for defining my crease, and I get a perfect look every time.
My least favorite product in this bag was the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion. It's a skin moisturizer that is a lot like a sugar scrub. I prefer sugar scrubs because I can make them myself and they are more moisturizing. I also don't really like using products on my face not issued by my dermatologist. One thing I really did like about it was the scent. It smelled like fresh lemons, and the citrus scent is really refreshing.
I saved the best for last with this bag. This is the Urban Decay 24/4 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil. This is the darkest liner I have ever used and is accurately described a blacker-than-black. This is the best eyeliner I have ever used. It goes on so easily and creates a perfect, defined line that I adore. I can't stress how much I love this pencil. 

I hope you liked this, and if you're interested in subscribing to My Glam Bag and receiving a $10 bag each month, check it out at ipsy.com! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Beauty Myths: Crossing Your Legs

Hey guys! For this edition of my Beauty Myths series I'd like to address something that's been going around forever. When one person said that crossing your legs gives you varicose veins, or spider veins, it went viral. Now women everywhere are making an effort not to cross their legs. But is this true?
Let's start off by talking a little about varicose veins. These are the large veins that you see all the time on the backs of older people's legs. They're generally blue or purple in color, and they're so unattractive that many women refuse to wear shorts or even be seen in a swimsuit! Veins in your body are full of valves that move blood throughout your body in the right direction. As you age, these valves may not work as well as they used to, causing the blood to stay in the vein rather than moving through. This makes the vein swell up and become more noticeable. Over half of the women in the U.S. are affected by these, and while they can be removed, it is a very unappealing process.
But does crossing your legs support these eyesores? Studies have proven this to be false. Genetics are usually the main cause of varicose veins, but things like obesity, inactivity, and gender also play a role. While crossing your legs does increase the pressure in your veins slightly, it won't be enough to make any difference in appearance. So, if you've been sitting with uncrossed legs in fear of the dreaded spider veins, rest assured that this habit won't cause any real damage.
Want more? Check out these links for more information on this myth!

I hope this was helpful and put a few of your minds at rest. For updates on my next Beauty Myths post, be sure to like ChromoBeauty on Facebook at facebook.com/chromobeauty for the update to go straight to your newsfeed!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DIY Dry Shampoo

I've always wanted to try dry shampoo, but I've never just went out and bought some. I try not to wash my hair every day because it just isn't good for it, so sometimes I need something extra to keep it looking clean. The other day I decided that I would just make my own! This is a really easy method to making this, and anyone can do it. It makes a small amount, which is good if you're looking to try it out and don't want to make a lot. Although this recipe doesn't make a large amount, it will still last you for a really long time. It's one of those things that you don't have to use much of to get the perfect end result. A lot of people don't like to use dry shampoo in the morning because they think it's noticeable. If you distribute it well and massage it into your hair enough, this won't happen, but even so it's best to use it at night so it has time to absorb the oil in your hair. 

Light Hair Ingredients:
3 tbsp Cornstarch
1 tbsp Baking Soda
Fragrance or Essential Oil (optional)

Dark Hair Ingredients:
3 tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 tbsp Cornstarch
Fragrance or Essential Oil (optional)

To make this, just combine all of your dry ingredients in a secure container. Make sure they're mixed well, then add your essential oil until the fragrance is as strong as you like it. I'm using Bulk Apothecary's Bombshell fragrance oil, which is made to smell like a Victoria's Secret perfume. They have Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, and other scents in fragrance oil form, so they can be used in making a product you'd like to add a scent to. Check out their list of fragrance oils here.
This works really well, and if you guys decide to try it out, I'd love to know how it went! Drop a comment below letting me know if you liked it. Also, make sure to check out ChromoBeauty on Facebook at facebook.com/chromobeauty for post updates, unposted photos, and more!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Son of a Sailor

Hey guys! Son of a Sailor sent me a piece of their handmade jewelry from their Classics collection to review for you! Son of a Sailor carries aztec-style jewelry in two collections, classic and land. Both have a unique flair that caters to different types of people, so they have something for everyone! The piece they sent me was their "The Sabine Square I" necklace. It comes in four different colors, and mine was Seafoam. I wear a lot of blue tones, so I love this color! The necklace was just as beautiful as it was in the picture, and I really like it! It's made of quality material and is a really unique piece. You really don't find pieces like this anywhere else, and that's what I love about their shop. I also love their packaging, the necklace came in a drawstring bag along with some little pictures. Their jewelry would make a perfect gift for any woman who loves unique jewelry you don't see every day. 

Check out Son of a Sailor at their website, sonofasailorjewelry.com. If you like what you see, be sure to follow them on Facebook and check out their Etsy shop for more products not found on their main site!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lucy Rose Boutique

Hey guys! Last week while I was in New Orleans I visited one of Magazine Street's many local boutiques. Every privately owned shop in New Orleans has its own unique personality, and Lucy Rose Boutique is certainly a one-of-a-kind place. Sisters Lindsay (Lucy) and Kaitlyn (Rose) started this business with their love for fashion and unique eye for New Orleans style. When they found out that the boutique Tomato on Magazine Street was closing, it was a easy decision for them to buy it and transform it into the Lucy Rose Boutique. They just opened in August, and they've already got designers swarming to sell their clothing and jewelry lines in their shop. Their clothing brands include Veronica M, Pink Stitch, Sanctuary, Lucy Paris, Aryn K, and more! They get new products in so often, so it's a new experience every time you walk in! 

I asked Kaitlyn about what makes Lucy Rose different from other stores on Magazine Street, and she said, "Everything in the store is literally hand-picked. We go to market week, and my sister and I have a really creative eye for things. It's weird, I don't read fashion magazines. I go to market week, pick things out, and then I read magazines and all of my pieces just seem to match up!"

Lucy Rose is also known for it's customer service. You aren't going to find many places that will totally dedicate themselves to helping you find the perfect outfit. They have so many different types of items that you're going to find something here that will suit your style. Jewelry is certainly their specialty, and if you're looking for that perfect piece to complete a look, you're sure to find one here. They carry jewelry from Box of Pearls, Lovely B, Haarstack Jewelry, Aqua Luna, and others!

Here's a picture of the Box of Pearls bracelet they gave me for review! I really love it, and the quality is fantastic! It goes with so many outfits and is perfect for the spring!
Make sure to check out Lucy Rose on your social media sites to see what unique items they've added recently!
Lucy Rose is also about to unveil their new website, shoplucyrose.com! Be sure to look out for that in the near future!
Before we finish up, I'd like to tell you guys about a special promo code Lucy Rose is providing exclusively for my readers! The code is LR15 and guarantees 15% off your entire purchase. The code can be used in-store or when ordering online. The code will only be available until April 30th, so take advantage of this offer while you can! The Lucy Rose boutique is located at 3318 Magazine St. New Orleans, Louisiana, 70115. If you're in town, make sure to stop by!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Orleans Day 4

Tuesday morning we went back to the District Donut Sliders and Brew  for breakfast and headed over to the Lucy Rose Boutique on Magazine Street. In a couple of days I'll be posting my full review of Lucy Rose and a special coupon code exclusively for my readers, so keep your eyes out!
After we left there we took a walk down Magazine Street. We had a really late breakfast and early dinner reservations, so we skipped lunch and headed over to Jackson Square to walk around some more. The great thing about New Orleans is that you can walk through the same place a hundred times, and you'll see something new every time!
We went back to the room until our reservation at Boucherie. We started off with boudin balls with garlic aioli (after trying the ones at Cochon I was dying to have more!) and hand-cut fries with garlic butter and parmesan reggiano. Both of these were delicious! For our entree we split the Pulled Pork Cake with Potato Confetti and Purple Cabbage Coleslaw. This wasn't my favorite, but I can't complain. The restaurant was really cute and it had a really inviting feel that you don't get many places.

After dinner we had just enough time to catch a movie at tha AMC Clearview Palace 12 in Metairie. We saw Nonstop, the new movie with Liam Neeson playing an air marshall. I was also really excited to see Michelle Dockery playing a flight attendant. I love her in Downton Abbey and it was neat seeing her playing another role. It was such a thriller that had your heart hammering throughout the entire movie and itching to know what would happen next! I would really recommend it to any movie lover.

That's it for my New Orleans series! I hope you enjoyed, and if you liked these be sure to drop a comment below and I'll try to do more travel posts! Remember, I'm also doing a post on the Lucy Rose boutique in New Orleans in a couple days to finish things off, so like me on Facebook at facebook.com/chromobeauty to get the update!