FASHtastic Finds - September 27th

Today's FASHtastic Finds include awesome hair and makeup tutorials! Check them out below, along with two other great deals to take advantage of.

First is this totally amazing smoky eye tutorial from www.oncewed.com. See the step by step instructions below, along with the products used to create this look. Love the combination of smoky eyes and natural lips!

Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett

1. Prep the whole eyelid and under eye with either a concealer or eyeshadow primer. I used MAC Paint in Bare Canvas.
2. + 3. + 4. +5. Apply a black pencil liner all around your eye, close to your lash line, making the liner thicker on the outer parts of your lid, and in your waterline.
6. Using a mini dome eyeshadow brush, smudge the liner all around the eye until it appears smooth.
7. Apply a matte bone colored eyeshadow to the brow bone.
8. Next, apply a warm, medium brown eyeshadow to your crease, and blend well.
9. Take that same brown eyeshadow and apply it under the lower lash line, blending into the black liner.
10. To add a little interest, take a shimmery gold eyeshadow or pigment and apply to your lid, then, apply a little to the center of your lower lash line.
11. To Finish off the look, apply a coat or two of mascara. Don’t forget to curl them first!

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For the younger girls, here is a cool contest from Delia's, where you can win 50 graphic tees! Details at www.delias.com.

The next tutorial comes from celebrity/mark. makeup artist Jamie Greenberg and celebrity hairstylist Marcus Francis, who prepare Lizzy Caplan for her appearance on Conan. Check out the smoky eye look that Jamie creates and the voluminous, wavy hair that Marcus gives Lizzy.

Brand Spotlight: Choies

I always love discovering cool new brands that offer fashionable clothing at reasonable prices. Recently I found a fun company called Choies that offers really unique products that don't break the bank. They are priced a bit on the higher end with some items but you can tell that the pieces are high quality and they are fun and modern. Here are some of my favorite Choies products.

The first two are items that I would pair together. The Blue Tie-Dyed Denim Vest Dress ($30) and the Yellow Yarn Leggings ($25.17) make a nice couple. The denim mixed with the bright yellow creates a fun neutral with a pop of color! Total outfit cost is less than $60!

Next I found the Academic Dots Contrast T-shirt ($32.99), which has the fun combination of blue and orange, along with solid sleeves and polka dots. Great for wearing with jeans on a chilly day!

The Navy Blue Cut Out Dress ($68.99) is a basic piece that can be worn in warm or cool climates. Pair with a bright pair of sandals for Summer, or with a colorful blazer and knee boots for Fall. Since it is a neutral, you can spice it up with fun and colorful accessories!

In addition to these amazing clothing pieces, Choies sells jewelry, handbags and accessories. They also have a small selection of products for men. To view the entire collection, click on the banner advertisement on the right hand side of the blog.

Awesome Autumns

Leaves are changing color, people are adding blankets to their beds and women are rearranging their closets. Yes, it's Autumn. Time to break out the pants, cardigans and boots. And, of course, to highlight what it means to be an Autumn woman.

Hair color for Autumn ladies can range from bright copper red to deep chestnut brown. These tones include golden brown or dark warm brown, and rich golden red. Brunettes with a gold or metallic red cast have Autumn coloring.

Autumn's skin has golden undertones that appear more orange than blue. Skin tone can be ivory, peach, golden beige, coppery, bronze, caramel or golden brown. Many Native Americans, Latinas, Asians and women of African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean descent are Autumns.

Eye colors for Autumns vary and include dark brown, golden brown, green, amber or a brownish greenish color. There will be a golden warmth in the iris. Most Autumns have a brown, warm hazel with golden brown or green gold.

If you are an Autumn, your coloring will resemble that of Julia Roberts, Queen Latifah, Teri Hatcher or Jennifer Lopez.

Julia Roberts
Queen Latifah
Teri Hatcher
Jennifer Lopez
When it comes to clothing and accessories, the best colors for Autumns run the gamut. Light neutrals that work are ivory, camel, buttermilk or cream. Golden brown, coffee brown and dark brown work for darker neutrals. For non-neutrals, the turquoise/aqua family works for blues, along with terra cotta, pumpkin, salmon and deep peach for shades of orange. Jewelry accents can be copper, bronze or gold.

Fall 1

Colors in the green family include forest green, moss, lime and jade. Yellows that work are mustard, yellow gold and marigold. In addition to the metallic shades of accessories, wood variations also work. Handbags and shoes should be brown or green.

Fall 2

Finally, when it comes to makeup, the best choices for Autumns depend on skin tone. For light skinned Autumns, eye shadows should be in the medium to dark brown or medium olive green range. Blush should be warm/deep tones of salmon or terra cotta. Lip colors for light skinned Autumns should be deep/warm shades of cinnamon, peach or terra cotta. Any metallics should have a gold quality.

Autumn Makeup

Dark skinned Autumns should choose eye shadow shades that are chocolate brown or moss or forest green. Bronze and golden tones also work. Blush should be dark copper, cinnamon or walnut to bark colored. Lip colors for dark skinned Autumns should be medium to dark brown (mocha, raisin) and metallics should have a bronze or golden honey tone.

Brand Spotlight: ModMint

I recently discovered the trendy clothing company, ModMint. They offer clothing and accessories for women in the 18-30ish age bracket. They have fun and stylish items that are affordable for the everyday woman. I have found a few of my favorite ModMint pieces and I am sharing them here. These are great pieces for summer and/or fall and you can pair them with different accessories and items to change up the look!


The Waterlily Fit and Flair Dress ($41.98) is a great piece to wear through the rest of the summer. Pair with a cute pair of sandals for a casual daytime look, or some chunky heels for a night out.

The Gingham Print Pants ($41.98) are fun and funky! You could go to a summer concert by adding a trendy tank top and some pumps/heels, or pair with a sweater and some chunky boots for the fall. Add a pop of color by wearing a bright solid like pink, red or blue.

Finally, I think the Four of Hearts Sweater ($46.98) is really cute! It is 100% Acrylic, so it's great for colder weather. As we transition into fall, it would be nice to pair with jeans and some comfy boots, or some dressy black pants for an evening look.

To view the entire ModMint collection, or to purchase any of the items above, click on the ModMint "shop now" banner on the right side of this blog.