Thursday, December 14, 2017

Quote of the Day: Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe is a notable leader in the fashion industry. Best known for styling some of today's top celebrities, Rachel also designs for her eponymous fashion line, had a hit reality show on Bravo, "The Rachel Zoe Project" and also wrote a book, Style A to Zoe, that landed on the New York Times best-sellers list. Be sure to subscribe to her daily newsletter, "The Zoe Report," wherein Rachel features key style, beauty, and lifestyle tips.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Fashion Sparknotes: 12/11/2017

Refinery 29 Weekly Horoscope

Check The Cut’s picks for some of the best street style looks spotted at Art Basel

Tick-Tick-Tick...Still haven’t finished Christmas shopping? Racked lists online shopping deadlines from some of your favorite retailers.

Ultra-violet, Pantone’s new color of the year. Check out Fashionista to see next year's  new exciting color!

Laura Brown (EIC at Instyle Magazine) talks to Refinery 29 about her unique journey into the fashion industry.

WWD: LVMH unveils the date for their fourth annual, “Les Journées Particulières” (i.e. an event that showcases the best artisanal talent from each LVMH fashion house. This event takes place in Europe and is  open to the public).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Best in Boots

Braving the Fall/Winter weather isn’t the easiest, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look cute as we overcome the gruesome weather that’s upon us! Unlike, 5-10 years ago, there’s so many stylish (and affordable) options out there today. Sequins, beading, embroidery, intricate hardware are all new design details that many brands are experimenting with - and I'm loving it! From over-the-knee boots to over-the-top boots, check out some of my picks of the best in boots this season (all boots currently retail for under $100).

-I’m just loving this trend of dressing up the heel of boots. Below are some cute booties with great heel design details:

1-Libby Edelman “Vana Beaded Butterfly Bootie”, 2-Michael Kors “Sabrina Chain Bootie”, 3-Liz Claiborne “Gina Glitter Bootie”, 4-H&M “Glitter Heel Bootie”, 5-Charlotte Russe “Gored Pearl Heel Bootie”, 6-DKNY “Corrie Ankle Booties”

Over-the-Knee Boots:
1-H&M "Knee-High Boot", 2-Kenneth Cole “Adelynn Boots”, 3-Charlotte Russe "Faux Suede Studded Boot", 
4-Guess "Vianne Boot", 5-Charlotte Russe “Zipper Trim Moto Boot”, 6-Charlotte Russe “Faux Suede Boot" 
Over-the-Top Glitter Boots:
The Saint Laurent “Niki Crystal Boot” was this year’s most talked about boot. Even with the $10,000 price tag, literally every fashionista has been desperate to get their hands on these ever so sparkly boots. Trust, fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21 to sell a similar (but much, much cheaper) version of this over-the-top boot. It’s the holiday season. Why not go over-the-top?!

1-Forever 21 “Faux Crystal Knee Boot”, 2-Nine West “Sarvita Bootie", 3-Rue 21 Glittering Thigh High Boot”, 4-Steve Madden "Wifey Bootie", 5-Express “Glitter Pointed Boots”, 6-Guess “Nakitta Slouchy Bootie" 

Holiday Festive Boots:
1-Betsy Johnson “Jax Boots", 2-Express "Sequin Reverse”, 3-Guess "Lucena Military Boot", 4-Libby Edelman “Sullivan” Boot, 5-Rue 21 "Embossed Knee Boot", 6-Circus by Sam Edelman "Vikki Bootie"

Riding Boots:
1-Tommy Hilfiger “Iona Riding Boot”, 2-G by Guess “Harson Riding Boot", 3-Unisa “Trinee Riding Boot”, 4-I.N.C "Riding Boot”, 5-Karen Scott “Deliee Riding Boot"
Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Makeup Review: ColourPop No Filter Concealer

Cult favorite, Colourpop, has once again changed the game by adding a new realm to their makeup repertoire - concealers! After hearing so many stellar reviews of the No Filter Concealer, I just knew I had to give it a try. For $6 dollars, I was a bit skeptical on if this concealer would well, conceal? Like most people, I had acne for the majority of my teenage years and throughout adulthood. Unfortunately I still have scarring as a result :( My makeup routine usually involves color correcting with the ABH Contour Cream Kit in Deep and then using Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Amande to conceal. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer does the trick, but the price tag warrants that I use this product sparingly and perhaps should consider other options.

I bought 2 concealers: The top swatch is #70 Deep and the bottom swatch is #65 Rich Tan. 

-The No Filter Concealer is creamy and has a great consistency (not too runny or too thick)
-Blending the concealer is super easy and doesn’t require a lot of work irrespective if you’re using a beauty blender or brush.
-The coverage is great as well. You can choose to conceal prior to or after your foundation application.
-The $6 price tag makes this product affordable and accessible, which I’m sure as a college student this is a major plus!

-I’m darker skinned, so perhaps this may be relevant to women with similar skin tones, but I don’t like that the top of the concealer is white. When using makeup, you’re bound to get product on your hands. This leaves ample opportunities for the cap to get dirty.
-Though I’m sure this is in the works,  I still would like to see more shade variation, especially for medium to darker skin tones.
Overall, I think this is a great product and recommend Fashionable Collegians to add this to their Christmas list.

Looking forward to seeing what other great items Colourpop has in store!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sephora November 2017 Beauty Haul

Hello, my name is Bisi and I'm a certified product junkie. lol Lately I've been on this beauty binge. Thanks to Sephora's recent November VIB sale, I've kinda gone a little overboard (don't judge me!). Like many of you, I'm an avid viewer of Youtube makeup videos and thus, I'm prone to purchasing tons of beauty products that some of my favorite Youtube "beauty gurus" review on their channels.

Given that we're approaching the Winter weather, I've been focusing a bit more on skincare as my skin is super sensitive around this time of the year. I'm not necessarily ready for my Youtube debut just yet, thus this blog will have to suffice. Ha! 
Below, is a list of my November beauty haul and my reviews on some of the products I've used thus far:

-Tatcha - Rice Enzyme Powder: I haven't tried this product just yet, but I heard great reviews from my best friend, who's skin looks like butta btw. So I'm looking forward to trying it. Apparently, this powder when mixed with water aims to exfoliate the skin to smooth your skin's texture.
-Laneige - Pore Care Trial Kit: Laneige is a "K-Beauty" fav, so I'm looking to try this ASAP. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
-Drunk Elephant - Night Bright Duo: Drunk Elephant is a relatively new brand that's on the rise. This item is comprised of a serum and facial oil. I've used the serum for about a week and have noticed some of my hyper-pigmentation wane away.
-Origins - Retexturizing Rose Clay Mask
-Boscia - Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser: I've used this product for almost a month now and will say this product does an amazing job of cleaning your skin. Give it a try!
-Too Cool For School - Egg Mellow Cream: Great moisturizer that will leave your skin supple and smooth during the winter.

-Gucci - Gucci Guilty EDP 2.5oz.: Though Chloe Fleur de Parfum, is my favorite fragrance of all time, Gucci Guilty is a close second.
-Viktor & Rolf - Flowerbomb Travel Duo: This is currently the top-selling fragrance in today's market. It smells so good. Definitely a great gift set for a loved one for the holidays!

-Fenty Beauty - Stunna Lip Paint, Full-Bodied Foundation brush, Match Stix (Espresso): By now, I'm sure ALL of you have heard all of the raving reviews regarding Rihanna's new beauty line, Fenty Beauty. Red is my favorite color, so I had to run out and purchase this liquid lipstick (even though I already own 30+ red lipsticks and glosses). Akin to MAC's Ruby Woo, FB's Uncensored Lip Paint looks great on nearly all skin shades.
-Becca - Ever Matte Poreless Primer: A ton of beauty gurus swear by this primer, so I'm looking forward to trying it out as well. 
-Stila - Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick: This is one of my ultimate favorite red lipsticks. It's currently on sale for $12.00.
-Marc Jacobs - Lip Creme Lipstick in "Infamous." This colors is a little more on the pale side, therefore I suggest wearing this lipstick with a brown lip liner. MJ Beauty products are on the pricier side, but the quality on par with other luxury beauty products. It's the holidays, splurge a little if you can ;)
-Marc Jacobs - Snake Lip Lacquer Collection: The colors in this collection are beautiful.
-BeautyBlender - Trying to achieve a flawless beat? The BeautyBlender is arguably one of the best  beauty tools that will help to perfectly blend your foundation and concealer. 

Phew! What a haul? Stay tuned for my December beauty haul.