Drugstore Find: Faux Lashes & Glue duo

Hello Everyone!

It’s Shelly here! I’m back today with another drugstore beauty find!  One of our favorite services offered at the boutique is the “false lash application”.  Such an easy and fun way to dress up any makeup look.  I have some good news!  You don’t have to wait for a special occasion, you can try applying falsies at home!  Of course, you’ll need a few items to get started.  That’s where our drugstore find comes into play.  My two favorite brands of false lashes is ANDREA or Ardell.  I pick them up right at my local CVS.  They cost about $5-10.  They are available in individual styles and full strips.  The individual clusters are available in different lengths as well, short and medium.  Tip:  the “demi-lash” or #53 styles are the most natural looking.  You’ll also need the glue to apply the lashes.  After trying countless formulas, I can confidently tell you that the DUO lash adhesive works the best.  A new tube runs about $7 and lasts for several applications. DUO glue comes in a white and black formula.  I prefer the darker glue but if you’re a beginner, you might want to try the white glue so you can see where you’re putting it.  Don’t worry, they both dry clear!  It takes a little bit of practice but I promise you’ll get the swing of it in no time!  Now, go have some fun and show off those flirty lashes, beauties!


Faux Lashes Before and After



DUO False Lash Adhesive



ANDREA Drugstore Lashes


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Real Wedding Feature: Saltwater Farm Vineyard Wedding by Anna Sawin

I know, its raining its pouring. This is a great day to cheer up with this beautiful Saltwater Farm Vineyard wedding full of purples, pinks and gentle green hues. My bride Josie was radiating and picked a perfect chic side chignon with a natural subtle makeup look. It was that kind of July day where there was just a gentle breeze to break up the heat and it just does not get better than that for a vineyard wedding. A great reminder that wedding season is about to begin in full swing and spring flowers are sure to bloom soon along with some more frequent sunny days. Thank you to photographer Anna Sawin for the gorgeous images! Xo, Jennie.

Saltwater Farm Vineyard Wedding by Anna Sawin

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Oscars 2013: The 85th Academy Awards Glamour, Gowns & Gold

Hello Beauties! Well, Hollywood’s most anticipated night has finally arrived, and it did not disappoint! While the winners have already been announced, the fashion from last night’s red carpet still has us obsessing! It wasn’t easy narrowing down our favorites as the stars pulled out all the stops for last night’s epic red carpet. Overall, metallics were definitely on trend, while beading and tulle took center stage and makeup stayed effortless and minimal. However, Old Hollywood glamour reigned supreme with its timeless glamour found all over the carpet.

My #1 pick on the Red Carpet last night was without a doubt Jessica Chastain who exuded Old Hollywood perfection from head to toe. Jessica stunned in a flesh toned Armani Prive Couture gown that was perfection against her fair complexion. Flawless skin, flowing waves, classic makeup and a bright lip were the finishing details that came together and created Jessica’s show stopping look.

(Jessica Chastain, Glamour.com)

My top 5 picks for best dressed are:

1.) Charlize Theron
Everything about Charlize’s look was red carpet elegance! From her crisp white Dior Haute Couture gown, youthful pixie cut and fresh face, Charlize was the definition of elegance! (Not to mention how incredibly beautiful she was dancing with Channing Tatum during the opening!!)
(Charliez Theron, Glamor.com)

2.) Kerry Washington
The Django Unchained star brought a beautiful splash of coral to the red carpet last night! With minimal accessories, a soft complementary lip and her hair pushed back, Kerry was not to be missed as she showed off her embellished and colorful Miu Miu gown!
(Kerry Washington, Glamour.com)

3.) Stacy Keibler
While we already envy Ms. Keibler for her handsome man, we can now envy her for gorgeous Oscar gown! Stacy rocked a silver sequined Naeem Khan gown that looked absolutely beautiful draped over her to-die-for figure. Between the gown’s cool sequined pattern and classic halter cut, Stacy was beautiful combination of elegance and edge.
(Stacy Keibler, Glamour.com)

4.) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson looked absolutely amazing as she walked the carpet in a Roberto Cavalli creation! JHud was completely on trend last night from her dark blue metallic gown, gorgeous statement earrings and beautiful bangs! This Dreamgirl was a REAL beauty!
                                                                                                                  (Jennifer Hudson, fabsugar.com.au)

5.) Jennifer Garner
We adore the absolutely adorable Jennifer Garner! Mrs. Affleck donned a gorgeous dark magenta Gucci gown last night that was flowing with grace (literally!) From the front, Jennifer’s ensemble looked simple and sophisticated with a statement necklace and chic chignon. However, as Jennifer turned around, the back of the gown flowed down into a train of soft and romantic ruffles, floating with her as she graced the carpet.
(Jennifer Garner, fabsugar.com.au)

While there were numerous trends to be found for fashion, this year’s beauty looks maintained chic & minimal with a common homage to Old Hollywood that was sweeping the carpet!

Best hair, makeup & nails definitely have to go to the fabulous Adele. On the carpet Adele’s hair was so polished and glamorous while her makeup was simple with a muted lip and her signature statement lashes! During her performance Adele switched up her look with a fab red lip! And whilst belting out her Academy Award winning song, we were able to catch a glimpse of her killer nails! Those stiletto nails were very high fashion with a sophisticated twist!

(Adele, www.examiner.co.uk)

2. Reese Witherspoon, talk about Va Va Voom!! While the new mom walked down the carpet in a gorgeous blue and black Louis Vuitton gown, all eyes were on her luscious locks. Reese’s hair was the epitome of Old Hollywood glamour last night as her side swept waves were reminiscent of the iconic Veronica Lake style!
(Anne Hathaway, eonline.com)

3. Many congrats go to Anne Hathaway! Not only did she win best supporting actress, but she hands down won our award for best natural makeup. Anne fit the role of a movie star impeccably last night as she glowed with the use of a soft color palette. With a blush-pink lip and soft swept hair, Anne looked truly regal and effervescent!
(Anne Hathaway, eonline.com)

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Beauty Report: NYC Beauty Destinations

Doug and I went to NYC last weekend to celebrate his Birthday, Valentine’s day and the good life in general.  We usually try to get into the city at least once every few months.  Since we skipped our traditional anniversary trip back in December, we planned a getaway for President’s Day weekend.  We lived it up, but one thing is for sure, we will never plan another trip to the city in February ever again.  It was FREEZING!  SO freezing, I didn’t even want to shop around.  Most unusual.  So, I took the opportunity to stay warm and try out a few beauty destinations that have been on my radar for some time.  If you’re planning to go to NYC anytime soon, these are a few places you’ll want to check out!
Ya’ll know, I LOVE my blow outs.  To me, nothing beats having someone wash my hair and blow it out straight.  This was such a treat for only $40!  I first heard about DRY BAR opening in LA a few years ago.  Since then, I hoped one would open closer to CT.  I was over the moon, when I learned there are now 5 locations in NYC alone.  The branding is genius, not to mention, super adorable.  You can select your style from the “menu”.  Styles range from the “Manhattan”, sleek and straight to the “Cosmo” with loose curls. They even have an official mascot- a yellow blow dryer, named buttercup, how cute is that?!  Overall, I had a good experience.  It was quick, affordable and fun.
2.) Asia TuiNa
I declare this as the best “budget” massage I ever had.  No joke- 1 hour for $55 (if you pay in cash!).  The space is no frills but very clean.  After doing a quick google search and reading some rave reviews, I decided, what the heck, I’ll give it a shot.  My muscles were aching and a rub-down was in order after all!  Tui-na literally means “push-pull”, which I looked up after my massage.  The adorable, petite woman jumped on top of my back and kneaded the tension right out of me.  I was a little startled at first but WOW, I felt incredible afterward.
3.) Blue Mercury
I was SO excited to stumble upon a Blue Mercury on the UES after lunch on Saturday.  I have been to the Westport, CT location a few times and always loved the “boutique” feeling of these beauty chains that originally opened in Georgetown, DC.  If you prefer more of an intimate experience as opposed to the busy department stores, this is the place for you.  It’s rare to have my own makeup done but I couldn’t resist the spunky makeup artist at the NARS counter who shouted out,  “want to try a new color?!”  So, I let her jazz me up for our night out.  So fun!
4.) Acme
Ok, so this isn’t quite a beauty destination but it’s worth talking about.  In fact, you’re obligated to dine here next time you’re in NYC.  Located in NoHo, the atmosphere has a mind-evil vibe to it.  The menu is “farm-to-table” style, broken into different categories- raw, sea and land. The plates are small, definitely good for sharing.  Everything we tried was absolutely delish! You might be broke afterward but you won’t be disappointed.  Oh, and for cocktails–make sure you order the Foxy Brown (tequila, brown sugar & lime), YUM!
Let me know if try out any of these spots.  I always love to hear your feedback!
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Real Wedding Feature: Wainwright House Rye Wedding by Stefanie Kapra

We are warming up today with our bride Beth’s Wainwright House Rye wedding captured by Stefanie Kapra Photography. Just on time for your lunch break, today’s beautiful wedding reminds us there are warmer day’s ahead. Beth has the most charming and adorable smile with big brown eyes. A soft pink lip for both the bride and her maids perfectly complimented the soft sage and pink color palette. Bride’s do share will you be having a similar color palette for your upcoming spring and summer wedding? XO, Jennie.

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