Miley’s Back in MAC

Miley Cyrus VIVA GLAM 2015

Every which way I look, I’m seeing Cyrus. Whether it’s on my Instagram feed, on MTV’s love-to-hate promotions for the VMAs or on the latest version of Marie Claire, the star is having a major year – she was just announced as SNL’s first host for Season 41 too. On top of everything else she has also announced her new VIVA GLAM MAC Cosmetics campaign for Fall 2015.

Cyrus announced the line with a quick vintage-inspired pic to Instagram featuring the new products. Her previous collaboration included a bubblegum hot pink lipstick and lipglass, which you can still buy. This season her shade is a bright red-orange and we can’t wait to see more of this powerful pop of color!

The line gives 100% of its proceeds directly to men, women and children who have been impacted by HIV or AIDS.

“The idea of VIVA GLAM was to celebrate life and the outspoken attitude of the company. It was a connective tissue that encompassed the diversity of M·A·C and its mantra…all ages, all races, all sexes. It was, and continues to be, the signature and the heart and soul of the company. VIVA GLAM spokespeople are provocative, alternative and influential and reflect diverse communities. They are heroes we look up to for their personal triumphs; people who have invented themselves and people who created movements.” You can learn more about the MAC AIDS FOUNDATION and see past campaign images and products here.

We definitely think Miley embodies that image, especially with her involvement in the Happy Hippie Foundation.

Miley’s new VIVA GLAM MAC will be available for sale in North America September 8th, will you be picking up a tube, or two or three…?

Let me know in the comments!

XO

AC

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A Fresh Start: FOREO Luna Mini Review

FOREO Luna Mini

Skincare has always been a top priority for me. I always (try) to wear sunscreen, never go to sleep with makeup on and make sure to wash my face twice a day. Something that I have always struggled with is finding the perfect facial-cleansing tool.

I started out simple, with a manual silicone scrubber, then kicked my skincare routine up a notch with Clarisonic’s Mia 2. For the first few months I loved the cleansing brush, but then I noticed my skin was splotchy –  even though I was using the sensitive settings and brush head, my dermatologist said that Mia 2 was way too rough for daily facial cleansing and I had created tiny tears in my skin. I immediately stopped using my Mia 2 and it has been sitting at home in the bathroom closet since then.

Last week, I finally decided to commit to a new cleansing tool. I debated for a lengthy amount of time about which option would be best and while I was tempted by Clinique’s Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, I ended up dishing out the cash for the adorable Foreo Luna Mini.

Here’s Why:

  • No Brush Head Replacements Needed
  • Nonabrasive Brush
  • 35x More Hygienic than Cleansing Brushes
  • 300 Uses Per Charge

The Foreo Luna Mini is a compact silicone facial-cleansing tool that is suitable for all skin types, features 2 speeds and is travel friendly. (Luna, the Mini’s older sis, is a much larger version of the tool that offers different silicone node arrangements based on your specific skin type.)

On the front of the Luna Mini, is the larger touch point section for general cleansing and the smaller for precision cleansing. The back featuring the largest touch points is for deep cleansing. The power button activates high-intensity cleansing mode with one press and low-intensity with two presses.

While I haven’t had the cleansing tool long, I’m already head-over-heels in love with it! It’s extremely gentle and so easy to clean after each use! I love knowing that, unlike a brush head, there aren’t thousands of bacteria on the silicone head. It’s also super easy to throw into my toiletries bag since the device is so compact. I definitely recommend the Foreo Luna Mini for anyone who is looking for a hygienic, affordable and gentle way to cleanse your skin.

At $139, the price is a little steep but considering the amount of money you’re saving on brush heads, it’s worth it in the long run, plus Foreo includes a 2-year warranty and a 10-year quality guarantee!

Do you think you’ll be investing in the Luna Mini? Let me know which cleansing device is your favorite in the comment section below!

P.S. Check out Foreo’s New Luna Mini Save the Sea, Luna Mini Saves the Sea
this special edition cleanser supports Foreo’s board of Ocean Conservation Charity Partners!

XO

AC

Steal Her Style: Kendall Jenner’s Fringe Flair

SHS: Kendall Jenner

2015 is definitely the year of the supermodel. Originally in the ’90s we had names like Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. Today we have Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevnigne, just to name a few. With new model style icons comes must-see celebrity street style! Kendall Jenner recently stepped out in this ensemble that featured western and ’70s inspiration. Her large-buckle western inspired belt has been seen this summer in many of Jenner’s outfits and even on other celebs like Selena Gomez, and we found the exact one. Her fringe bag and suede boots are also on-trend for the fall season – we found the exact bag and River Island booties that are a replica for Jenner’s Saint Laurent booties.

Whether you’re popping out to run a few errands or spending the day with the girls, this outfit is perfect for exuding a casual chic look for the beginning of fall. Recreate this look with these fabulous finds:

Ruche Make A Difference Striped Blouse // $42.99

Jessica Simpson High-Waisted Skinny Jeans // $69.00

Cynthia Vincent ‘Autumn’ Leather Fringe Crossbody Bag, White // $171.50 on sale, originally $350

B-Low The Belt Bri Bri // $146.00

River Island Tan Brown Suede Heeled Ankle Boots // $130.00

zeroUV Classical Metal Teardrop Aviator Sunglasses // $14.95

Love the look? Want a cheaper alternative for the picks I chose?

Let me know in the comments section below.
XO

AC

Beyoncé X Flash Tattoos

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One of the hottest accessories this season has been temporary tattoos, specifically metallic ones that can take place of a piece of jewelry. Today, Flash Tattoos, the leading brand in jewelry inspired temporary tattoos, announced and released their collaboration with the one and only, Beyoncé.

Co-designed by Queen Bey herself, the set features 5 sheets of metallic tattoos with designs that include BB guns and holsters, bees and honeycomb cuffs, beehive flower motifs, ornate ankle and bracelets bands, phrases from her lyrics, like “Naughty Girl” and “Flawless,” and a set of necklaces with “Diva” and “Flawless” printed on them. The designs are in an array of metallic silver, gold and black, and can be used together or stand alone.

In a statement about working with Beyoncé, Flash Tattoos founder Miranda Burnet said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Beyoncé to the Flash family! Working with her has been incredible — she brought really original and beautiful ideas. We came up with a pack that we are all really proud of and excited to wear. The collection is an edgier take on traditional jewelry — we wanted to focus on making a strong and empowering statement with the designs that embodied Beyoncé — fierce, fabulous, and flawless!”

The Flash Tattoos are available now online for $28 here. Get a look at a handful of the designs below, in Beyoncé’s “Feeling Myself” music video, or in one of the many photos circulating Instagram right now, including Bey’s.

I’m dying to get my hands on this set, the lyrical script options are my favorite! Will you be buying Beyoncé’s Flash Tattoos set? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

XO

AC

Pop of Color by Kristen Taekman

Pop of Color by Kristen TaekmanA night of relaxation for me consists of a glass of moscato, a quick polish change and a few episodes of Real Housewives of New York. And now two of those things are coming together! Kristen Taekman, model, mother and my favorite New York Housewife, has started her own nail polish line!

Pop of Color by Kristen Taekman was created by Kristen herself, with help from makeup artist Jacquelyn Grubbs and consultation by nail artist Pattie Yankee. The line is made in New York, vegan, 4 free and is available at Ricky’s NYC online and in stores in Manhattan, East Hampton and two stores in Miami.

My favorite part of this line is the amazing color range and name choices. Taekman describes her color range as a mix between Jackie Kennedy and Carrie Bradshaw. The color choices include several subtle shades, but also bright fun ‘pops’ of color. The names too reflect Taekman’s personality with and homage to her love of Elvis, BlueMoon and The King, RHONY references, I’m Pretty and Crybaby and hashtags that Kristen often uses, Easy Like Sunday and Home Sweet Home.

Plus these shades are just $8!

You can read more about how Taekman started the line on her blog ‘Last Night’s Look’ here. Meanwhile, get a good look at the shades below and if you can’t resist, shop the polishes now at Ricky’s NYC.

Be sure to let me know which shade is your favorite! Cash Money might just be my favorite for fall, but I also love TGIF!

XO

AC

Maximum Style : Your Guide to Maxi Dresses

Maxi Look

Summer style is all about effortless looks and flowing fabrics. Maxi dresses have made a serious comeback this season and everyone is getting in on the trend. Recently while shopping someone had suggested that I try the style on and I shyed away from the offer. I’m barely 5’3″ how could a floor-skimming dress possibly work for my height? Maxi dresses, however, can be flattering on every shape and size. It just takes some knowledge of prints and waist styles to pull off this breezy look this summer. Let’s get started.

Petite: Search for a higher waistline to create the look of height and when using prints opt for smaller prints.

I feel like the way to go for a petite shape is high-low. The length isn’t too overwhelming but you still get the look of a maxi dress style. To create even more height opt for a higher waistline like the one used by Lush in their ‘Tulip Hem Maxi Dress.‘ Available in white, peach, light pink, pastel turquoise and black, and on sale now from Nordstrom for $25.20.

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Pear: Seek out a color-blocked dress with a darker shade on the bottom half to get a slimming look

Skip the basic color block with this rendition from Jella C. This ‘Stripe Racerback Maxi Dress’ offers a high neckline and sportier look with a racerback style. I also love the look of the sheer black skirt layered over the shorter skirt. Get it today for only $48.00 at Nordstrom.

Stripe Maxi Dress

Hourglass: Show off your curves with a cinched waist and flared skirt.

I’m in love with this ‘Shoreside Vision Green Backless Maxi Dress’ from Lulu’s. I myself am petite, but I also have an hourglass figure and it’s taken a while but I’m finally learning how to dress for my shape. This dress is available for just $49 and it’s available in this kelly green or a royal blue and this high-neck style is backless! So gorgeous!

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Busty: Opt for a V-neck style, the cut will flatter your body by not widening your chest.

Try Lulu’s ‘In Your Dreams’ Navy Blue Maxi Dress. At $49 its affordable, ultra lightweight and the thicker straps will balance our your upper body. I love the higher waistline too!

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Athletic: Look longer and leaner with a fitted column shape.

ASOS’s ‘Selected Racerback Maxi Dress’ is perfect on it’s own or layered with a blazer or denim jacket. The solid and continuous silhouette creates a long and lean shape. Plus the racerback style adds a touch of sportiness to your look and accentuates your shoulders. It’s on sale for $40 right now!

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Hopefully this guide will help you find the perfect maxi style to spend the rest of your summer in!

Which style is your favorite? Do you have another look for one of the above styles? I’d love to see it! Let me know in the comments section.

XO

AC

Steal Her Style: Supermodel Off Duty, Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid One of my favorite style icons, Gigi Hadid, recently stepped out in this model-off-duty look and I knew that I had to have it  (or at least recreate it). The cerulean jacket is to die for, but sadly enough the Elizabeth and James ‘Corlyn’ Leather Moto Jacket is sold out everywhere, a real bummer since the $245 price tag was steep but not completely out of reach. With this look, I swapped the bright blue jacket, for a navy blue style to offer a similar look that is perfect for a casual day out, when you still want to add some edge to your style. Channel your inner supermodel with these picks:

Topshop Moto ‘Hayden’ Ripped Jeans (Blue) // $80.00

Aerie Supersoft Crop Tee // $19.95

New York & Company Quilted Faux-Leather Moto Jacket // on sale for $44.97, original $89.95

Gap Black Slip-On Sneakers // $49.95

Lulu’s In Your Favor Black Purse // $45.00

Kay by Kay Unger Kelly Aviator Sunglasses // on sale for $14

Love the boldness of her light blue jacket? Hot Pink MotoSo do we! Another alternative we found was this hot pink biker jacket, a show-stopping statement piece perfect for the late summer months. Get it here for just $39.90!