August Favorites | Beauty + Fashion

With August coming to a close and September right around the corner I thought that it would be the perfect time to share what I’ve been loving this month! Below I am rounding up my ultimate beauty and fashion favorites. I’ve also been doing some fashion trend forecasting lately and am going to be including must-have pieces that will spice up your wardrobe for the upcoming season! Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Beauty Favorites

Obliphica Seaberry Hair Serum: Have you guys ever tried out a new product that you ended up loving/using everyday and wonder what the heck you did before without it? For me, that is this hair serum! It’s my new holy grail product. I was introduced to this stuff thanks to the sample size in my Birchbox! It just so happened that I was in desperate need of something to tame my hair from the humidity. Naturally, I was super eager to test this product out and couldn’t have been more happy with the results. After showering or styling my hair, I use about a pea sized droplet of the serum, rub the product between my fingertips and comb out my hair with my hands. It leaves my hair looking super healthy and shiny, without looking greasy…this is key when dealing with serums. This product contains Sea Buckthorn Berry which is super rich in antioxidants and completely restores dry, damaged hair and additionally, combats frizz. I have noticed a huge difference in the overall heath of my hair of my hair and have people asking me all the time what product I use in my hair to make it so soft and shiny! Because you only use a small amount of the product, it will last you months which compensates for the price. You will not regret purchasing this!

Garnier Micellar Water: For years, I dreaded when nighttime would roll around because that meant having to take off my makeup. For most people, that is their favorite time of the day, but for me, all I could think about were my eyes stinging and my face burning. The cause? Makeup wipes. Trust me, I tried to give them a fair shot by testing out a multitude of different brands and I just couldn’t seem to find something that got the job done without causing me discomfort. In dire need to find something to take my makeup off comfortably, I began to research alternate makeup removing products and that’s when I discovered micellar water. This stuff is seriously life changing. I soak my cotton round with the micellar water and in circular motions make my way around my entire face, taking off all of my foundation first. I then use a new cotton round to remove my eye makeup. There is absolutely no stinging, it removes 100% off my makeup, and is much better for the environment than using the wipes. And, if you can even imagine, the micellar water gets better than it already sounds. This product not only acts as a makeup remover, but a facial cleanser all in one, so you are tackling two parts of your nighttime routine in one step! How great is that!?

Maybelline Colossal Mascara: When it comes to mascara, I’ve pretty much tried every recommended brand in the book…drugstore, high-end, indie brands…you name it! Mascara is definitely a product that I go through pretty quickly. As a student, saving money is essential and considering the amount I go through, I was able to easily rule out the high-end products. To be honest, the high-end mascara brands I tried were very comparable to drug store brands and to me, it wasn’t worth the price tag. I stuck to looking in my local drugstore, that way spending between $5-10 was no harm, no foul. After trying a few different brands I decided to venture into the Maybelline section and the bright yellow tube of the Colossal Mascara stood out right away. I grabbed the mascara and I’ve been using it every single day for years now. This mascara isn’t clumpy in the slightest, applies evenly, lengthens, and adds a bunch of volume giving me a full glam look which is what I love. I often get asked what lashes I’m wearing and when I tell people that they’re my lashes you wouldn’t believe their faces! At only around $6 a tube, this stuff is unmatched. Great quality, great price, great lashes.

Gourmand Hair + Body Mist: Anyone else think that the best compliment ever is when someone tells you how good you smell!? I know that for me, it makes my confidence sky rocket! Ever since I have been using this hair and body mist, this compliment has been on repeat…and I couldn’t be happier about it! Special thanks to my sister Cammie for making me try out this spray! This mist comes in three scents, Fluer Monoï, Sel Ocean, and Pistachio Brûlée…all very different but all equally as amazing. Spritz this mist all over your body and in your hair for a scent that lasts all day! Reasonably priced at only $24 for 3.4 oz, this spray will be your new go-to scent!

TonyMoly I’m Real Sheet Mask: Recently, I’ve been trying to step up my skincare game. I wanted to start out doing a sheet mask at least once a week to ease into this new routine and I’m so glad I did! These TonyMoly masks have improved my skin more than I could imagine! Sunday night is dedicated to “me time” so while I’m unwinding on the couch watching Bravo, I put this sheet mask for about 15-20 min and relax. It is such a good way to refresh your skin for the upcoming week. It leaves your skin looking dewy, hydrated, and most importantly healthy. When removing the mask when the time is up, pat the excess serum left on your face into your skin so none of the good product goes to waste!

Fashion Favorites

Motorcycle Jacket: The fact that motorcycle jackets are one of Fall 2017’s biggest trends makes me the happiest! I got my first moto jacket back in the 8th grade and it has lasted me up until last year! In honor of them coming back into style, I decided that I needed a refresh on the jacket so I picked up a new one at Old Navy for a super reasonable price. I honestly can’t wait to sport it this upcoming season. The ways to style this jacket are endless. Throw it over a pair of skinny jeans and graphic tee for an effortlessly chic, cool look, or make it appear fancier by throwing it over a dress to give your look a bit of an edge. Personally, I can’t wait to wear it with a lace up tee, jean skirt and thigh high boots. It is the perfect transition piece from warmer weather into cooler weather with just enough weight to keep you warm, but not as heavy as an actual coat. I can’t wait to throw this jacket on for college football games!

Pops of Plaid: It’s time to channel your inner Alicia Silverstone…plaid is here to stay! Think total Clueless vibes, with plaid minis, blazers, and jackets! I’ve always loved the school girl prep look so I couldn’t be more excited to rock this trend this fall. I’m pumped to incorporate two trends into one look with a plaid mini skirt, black tee, and leather jacket thrown over my shoulders. Not only does this look make a trendy statement, but it screams fall! Make sure to check out your local thrift store for unique plaid finds at a price point that you simply cannot pass up.

Cherry Red: Get ready because Fall 2017 is going to be RED HOT! For the past few years, we have seen various shades of red, the most popular being burgundy. It’s time to let go of this subtle shade, and trade it in for something sexy and bold! Incorporate this color into your beauty routine by painting on a pair of rich red lips, step up your shoe game by making a serious statement with a pair of cherry heels or OTK boots, or go for a romantic look with a feminine, red, off the shoulder top! You certainly will stand out in the crowd in the best, most fashionable way! Red lipstick has always been a favorite of mine, so I can’t wait to wear this more than ever. I love Mac’s Russian Red lipstick the best! I’m also pining after a red coat…how gorgeous would that be!?

Dark Florals: I’ve always loved floral because I’m such a sucker for anything and everything girly! If it has flowers on it, I most definitely want it! Floral print is usually something we see during the warmer seasons, so the fact that this print is getting a fall makeover has me so thrilled! This trend is super wearable, so if you’re someone that likes to play it safe with fashion, but still wants to be a bit trendy, this is definitely the look for you. I can’t wait to style this trend by wearing a cold shoulder, dark floral print top with a pair of dark wash denim, leather booties, and bouncy waves!

The Bold Type: Ever since Jane by Design (shoutout to everyone who knows and misses this amazing show!) got canceled, I have been wishing and not so patiently waiting for a new fashion based fiction TV show to air! Until recently, I had no idea any fashion based fiction TV shows existed until I got a text message from my awesome friend Shelby that informed me that there was a new series that I absolutely had to see! The Bold Type follows the journey of three best friends in their 20’s living in NYC who work together at Scarlet Fashion Magazine (based off of Cosmo). The show highlights important issues happening in today’s society, romance, friendship, how to chase your dreams and tips on how to be a total #bosslady. You can catch this show on Freeform, airing Tuesday’s at 9pm. Just saying, Kat, the social media director at Scarlet has my TOTAL dream job!

I had so much fun writing this post! Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see more favorites posts in the future and/or if you tried/bought anything mentioned in the post! I would love to hear your thoughts!

xo, lexie

Fall 2016 Style Guide: A Roundup of This Season’s Hottest Trends

 

imagePretty in Pink

Add muted tones to your closet this fall starting with the color of the season, dusty rose. When trend forecasting in early August for the upcoming season, I saw this shade of pink all over social media and was immediately obsessed.

You can easily incorporate this shade of pink into your closet by wearing a dusty rose velvet choker, carrying a structured crossbody bag in this hue of pink, or find an oversized coat in this color.

Bold Lips and Bare Eyes

Channel your inner Parisian and sport this French-inspired makeup look this season. A colorful pout and a natural looking face is not only an easy look to execute in the morning, but will have you looking “high fashion” in seconds.

This makeup trend has been shown all over New York Fashion Week in shows such as Dior, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, and Zac Posen. Getting runway ready has never been easier. Check out the MAC counter at your local mall for a wide variety of dark lipsticks on sale for $17.00 each.

Highlighter Hype

Light up the room with a soft glimmer just above your cheekbones to accentuate the high points of your face. Highlighter will give your face a healthy glow, instantaneously making your skin look more healthy and hydrated.

With amazing highlighters being sold in both drugstore and high end makeup shops, you can follow this trend no matter what your budget is.

My favorite drugstore highlighter is the L’oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator for $12.99 available at your local CVS or Target. My favorite high-end highlighter is the famous Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder in either Champagne Pop or Opal for $38.00.

On Point

Pointed toe shoes are taking fancy feet to new heights. From lace up flats, to loafers, to boots, fall footwear is embracing the pointed toe trend. The more dramatic the point, the better and more fashionable the shoe.

I recently picked up a couple of new pairs of shoes, including booties and flats, all adorning pointed toes. Macy’s is your one stop shop for all shoes pointed. I can’t wait to wear these trendy little kicks all season long.

Oversized Everything

They say the bigger the better, and fall is embracing this statement now more than ever. Cozy coats, huge sweaters, and bulky jackets in materials including leather and denim are all the rage. Braving the cool temps in style has never been easier with these trends on deck.

Get an amazing oversized denim jacket at your local vintage or consignment shop for a price you will definitely not regret spending.

Statement Sleeves

Flutter sleeves, bell sleeves, and puffy peasant sleeves, just to name a few, are making splash on the shirt scene this season. I love how dramatic sleeves can add so much personality and pizzaz to an outfit. My favorite statement sleeve tops are from TopShop that are awesome quality and look super unique that you can purchase for around $50.

Pair a top that has statement sleeves with distressed boyfriend jeans and a pointed toe shoe. This is the perfect outfit for the fall when you’re going out with your friends, or want to dress up a bit for school.

Choker Craze

The 90s are back and better than ever with an adorable, and best yet affordable, trend. Starting off with the classic tattoo choker last year, the popularity of these necklaces has only grown.

Now available in a multitude of materials including velvet, leather, suede, lace, and ribbon, this trend certainly adds a little something special to your look. Some of the most beautiful chokers on the market can be found at Forever 21 with prices ranging from $3.90-$8.90.

Calling all Upper East Siders…

This next trend is Blair Waldorf approved … can you guess what it is? Headbands are crushing the hair world and are begging to add a little something special to your everyday hairstyle.

Add a headband to a soft messy braid, a fishtail to dress up a casual look, or add a gold headband to loose curls for a fancier look. Purchase a gorgeous headband for a reasonable price on Etsy. No matter the occasion, a headband is always a good piece to accessorize with.

Fancy Fabric

Say goodbye to cotton and say hello to suede and velvet, your new go-to fall fabrics. Suede is a soft and luxurious material that is sure to step up your style game. From jackets, to lace up flats, to over the knee boots, to button up skirts all in suede material, fall wardrobe’s are not complete without these essentials.

In addition to suede, I am seriously crushing on velvet this season. For the upcoming holidays, skip your typical garb and try out a black or rich red velvet dress. Find the perfect velvet number at Flutter Boutique in Pennington, NJ for around $60-$70.

Daring Denim

It seems as if denim has been on trend for years and years, but 2016 is taking the classic jean to a whole new level. Big holes, small rips, uneven hems, thick cuffs, and colorful patchwork are all new trends on the jean scene. The more distressed and destroyed the denim the better.

What’s your favorite fall trend!? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Lexie