It’s a Glam Thing
April 25, 2017

Key Elements of a Celebrity Inspired Wedding

Celebrity weddings always tend to be a rather big deal thanks to their lavish venues, stunning décor, impressive guest lists, and jaw-dropping price tags. If you have recently become engaged and you are looking to hold a celebrity-inspired wedding, but don’t think your budget can handle it, you may be surprised at just how many details you can use in your wedding that are affordable options.

Here we’ll take a look at how and what to include in your celebrity-inspired wedding that will leave you and your groom-to-be feeling like Hollywood stars.

Put the Bling on Display

First things first, any celebrity wedding always has the bling front and center and by the “bling” we mean the engagement ring. In order to showcase your ring and really let it be the star of the day, you’ll want to make sure you’ve had it professionally cleaned for the big day. Depending on where you go to have it cleaned, they will actually take the diamond out of the setting and clean/polish it. Imagine solitaire engagement rings or diamond halo rings just sparkling away as the photographer takes their shots.

Another tip is to have a professional manicure as this will help to showcase the bling further. Opt for a pale polish shade in a pastel or neutral colors such as peach or pink. A French manicure is also a wonderful option and will work well with any ring style, setting, and color.

As for the rest of your jewelry, you may want to speak to local jewelers to see if they offer jewelry rental. Some places allow you to rent pieces for the day, making it possible to wear pieces that would normally be way out of your price range. Antique shops are another great spot to find unique bling that will draw attention to you on the big day.

Set the Tone with the Invitations

The first place you’ll be able to incorporate some celebrity inspiration is with your wedding invitations. While you don’t have to spend a fortune on elegant stock and over-the-top features, you can choose to make them yourselves and add a personal touch. By making your invitations unique, you’ll be following in the footsteps of the top Hollywood stars.

Pick a Unique Venue

Because celebrities can afford to hold their wedding pretty much anywhere, they tend to have some really unique venues. Just because you’re working on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t find a unique venue. Nowadays, places such as zoos, lounges, museums, libraries, art galleries, aquariums, and more are getting into the wedding business. These kinds of venues help to make your wedding pop and really stand out, giving the illusion of a very celebrity-inspired wedding.

Focus on Flowers

When you take a look at some of the most over-the-top and glamorous celebrity weddings out there, you’ll find that flowers play an absolutely pivotal role in the décor. Celebrity wedding planners tend to fill the venue with flowers so that they cascade over walls, tables, and drip from the ceiling. While this would obviously cost an absolute fortune to do for your wedding, you can use this same idea on a smaller scale.

A great tip is to ask your florist what is in season at the date of your wedding. Flowers that are in season and native to your region will be much cheaper. What this means is that you can get more bang for your buck. Large amounts of flowers do a great job at adding drama to the venue. Another tip is to use flowers that have large heads, such as Hydrangeas. What this means is that you’ll require less of them to fill vases. This results in more money savings.

Create Your Own Red Carpet

Think of all the top movie premieres and award shows – celebrities always arrive on a red carpet. This is another touch that you can easily add to your wedding. The two of you can be standing right there on the red carpet to greet your guests and your photographer can snap a photo of each arrival. Not only is this a fun celebrity-inspired item to add, it also means you’ll have pictures to remember each and every arrival.

As an added thought, you can then include the photo with that guest in their thank you card that you send out later.

Include a Wardrobe Change

Any big celebrity wedding is going to include at least one dress change by the bride. Typically celebrities opt for a traditional dress for the ceremony and then change into something a bit more showy, glamorous, and sexy for the reception. Two dresses may sound like a huge hit to the budget, but you can make that second dress less of a bridal gown and more of a cocktail dress if you like. This will be much cheaper.

If you can’t afford to have two dresses, change up the look instead. This could mean changing your headpiece, removing your veil, changing your jewelry, adding/removing gloves, add a belt with bling, pinning your hair up/down, and even changing your shoes. These little changes will totally transform the look of your dress. Some dresses can even be made with a skirt that is removable so it is long for the ceremony, and then removed to reveal a shorter, flirtier skirt underneath.

Don’t forget makeup is another way you can change your look. If you start out with soft and romantic makeup, you can glam it up for the reception. This can be done by smoking out your eyes, adding a bold lip color, highlighter to your cheekbones, and even putting on false eyelashes.

Of course, the wardrobe change isn’t reserved just for the bride; your groom and the rest of the bridal party can also take part in it.

Look for Designer Inspired Knock-Offs

As you shop for your gown(s), don’t be afraid to ask about designer knock-offs. These knockoffs are meant to look like the real thing, but typically are made from a less expensive fabric and may include fewer beads, fewer details, etc. It will be close enough to the real thing though for your guests to feel as though they are looking at a celebrity bride.

And it’s not just your dress that you can find a knock off version of. You can also look for designer-inspired jewelry, hair pieces, shoes, and purses.

The Cake – Go Big or Go Home

The cake is an excellent opportunity to go over-the-top glam. Celebrities are known for their tall and imposing cakes. You can speak to your baker about cheaper options such as only using a cake for the top layer, and the rest is just made from foam or another material. As well, you can save money by using fresh seasonal flowers. It will cut down on the decorating time from the baker’s perspective and it will add drama to the cake.

Live Entertainment – Go the Extra Mile

There’s a good chance that a full orchestra or band isn’t in your budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little live entertainment. You can price out a local singer to see how much it would be to do a few songs, look into a local dance troupe, or even a solo pianist during the cocktail hour. Live entertainment may require you to be a bit creative and step outside the box.

Swag Bag Favors

Celebrity events are also known for their swag bags, so this is a great opportunity to combine a swag bag with the wedding favor. You can give out little baskets or bags of posh pampering products such as hand cream, lip butter, scented candles, bubble bath, gourmet snacks, a bottle of water, stationery, monogrammed slippers, and other items that scream “swag”.

Don’t Forget the After-Party

Any big celebrity event goes on until the wee hours of the morning. If your venue doesn’t allow for you to keep on partying then you can create an after-party for you and your guests. You can rent out a couple of hotel rooms create some décor in them, and really party until the next day. Décor can include things such as candles, votives, champagne and wine on ice, snacks, and music: everything a great party needs.

A True Celebrity Wedding

By following these tips and ideas you’ll be able to create your very own celebrity-inspired wedding that all your guests will be talking about for months/years to come. The key to planning the ultimate celebrity wedding is to focus on each of the individual details. Nothing is overlooked in a celebrity wedding, no matter how small it may seem. By taking that same approach you’ll be able to really make things pop and stand out.

Remember that a big part of a celebrity wedding is making guests feel special, rather like celebrities themselves. You are creating a whole vibe here that is memorable, over-the-top, and extremely posh, not just for you but for everyone there.

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April 24, 2017

HappiSnappi: Making A Difference Through Fashion

A mother/daughter team have come together to make a difference for girls everywhere and children fighting Cancer. The two 10 year old girls, one of which currently fighting cancer, are on a mission to inspire creativity, confidence, strength and self-expression in all girls. HappiSnappi provides cute hair accessories and hats that are all interchangeable in a snap! Switch out each embellishments based on your mood or style, using a simple snap – giving the little girl in your life endless fashion choices.

Diagnosed with cancer in February of 2015, Sadie Keller is a beautiful and courageous young fighter. Each day, 45 children are diagnosed with cancer and Sadie is determined to change this. Partnering with Sadie and her mom, HappiSnappi is helping to find a cure for childhood cancers by raising awareness and donating some of the proceeds to her cause.

As Sadie Keller began to lose her hair from her chemotherapy treatment, she began to wear a cadet style camo hat which quickly became her ‘go-to’ prior to leaving the house. Due to the camo color and Sadie’s bald head, she was often referred to as a boy when in public, often crushing her spirits. Sadie wished for a fun accessory to attach adding a more feminine flair, while still being able to wear her favorite hat. The HappiSnappi “Sadie Hat” was born and has quickly become a top seller. With a heart for giving back, Sadie was always bringing gifts and baked goods to her doctor and nurses and at Christmas, even started a toy drive named Sadie’s Sleigh to bring toys to other children fighting cancer in the hospital on Christmas. Sadie has since started her own foundation, the Sadie Keller Foundation, where along with Sadie’s Sleigh, she gives Milestone gifts to cancer fighters as they reach pivitol parts of their treatment, or need a reminder to keep fighting.

When Peyton Ohm, was growing up, she used to tape flowers on her clothes to accessorize them. HappiSnappi allowed her the opportunity to easily switch out her accessories in a snap. Peyton having a big heart, is there for Sadie as she completes her treatment and the two have become great friends, while partnering together, with their mom’s, Karlee Ohm and Sarah Keller, to build HappiSnappi. This mother/daughter duo is extremely passionate about supporting childhood cancer. So much so, that they made the brand commitment that for every HappiSnappi purchased, another will be given to a child fighting cancer. Peyton and Sadie now help to select products for many cancer fighters across the country, and with a hand written note from the two of them, are putting smile on so many faces.

How does it work? Watch this fun tutorial to see the magic of HappiSnappi! Explore the different, unique designs this bold brand has to offer:


  • Cupcake Hair Kit ($20): Available in fun favorites like Lavender Cream, Raspberry Ice, and Rainbow Sherbet, and packaged as the perfect treat, this cupcake hair kit will be her number one gift for any event! Packaged as a cupcake, this kit is filled with goodies including interchangeable hair flowers and many accessories. One size fits most babies and girls of all ages.
  • The Sadie Hat ($20):  Looking to add some cute to your cap? Throw on the Cameo “Sadie” Hat! Designed in a cadet cap style with a variety of bright, bold colors, each hat comes with two snap on flower embellishments.
  • Chiffon Blooms ($6): Sold in almost every color of the rainbow, and multiple sizes, these chic Chiffon Blooms will dress up any HappiSnappi accessory! Available in sets of two or one snap on flower accessories.

With a focus on giving back, you can support childhood cancer charities while getting your little ones a cute creation from HappiSnappi!

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April 21, 2017

The Best Lipstick for Every Situation

When it comes to lipstick, one size does not fit all. And when you add the fact that lipstick comes in pretty much every color, finish and price point, it can be hard to find the one that works best for you. Not to mention, it can be overwhelming. This guide is here to change that.

The key to finding the best lipstick for you is to break it down into simple steps. Consider the occasion, your coloring, your needs, and the look you want. When those key things intersect, you’ve found yourself the perfect lipstick. By the time you’ve finished reading this article, you will know everything you need to know to find the lipstick of your dreams.

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The best lipstick on a budget

As with most products, you do kind of get what you pay for with lipsticks. But you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg either. It’s all about balancing the quality you want with the price you can afford. Remember, you don’t have to break the bank to buy a good tube of lipstick.

Classic makeup brands like L’Oréal and Revlon are really stepping up their game and are putting out lipsticks that make you feel like you’re getting great value but also a better product than what you usually find on the drug store shelves. One such gem is Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick, which you can find here.

For those on a tighter budget, the key is to make sure you stick to brands you trust so that you know that, despite the fact you’re spending less, you’re still getting a decent product. Only try unknown budget-friendly lipsticks if—and only if—they’ve gotten rave reviews from people you trust. Otherwise, you could be wasting money better spent elsewhere.

The best indulgent lipstick

If your budget is bottomless or maybe you’re just looking to treat yourself, nothing says indulgence like splurging on a designer lipstick. For an idea on the variety that’s out there in this category, check out this list of “cult classic” lipsticks from Harper’s Bazaar.
Obviously, if you’re going to dish out some significant dough on a tube of lipstick, you want one that’s actually worth the money. Yves Saint Laurent is a designer brand that’s been around forever. What’s better is, their lipstick is totally worth the higher price. Check out this tube for a glossy, wearable lipstick.

The best lipstick for light skin

If you have pale skin, you’re might feel like your lipstick options are limited. But au contraire; when you have fair skin, you can wear a wide assortment of colors. Think about it. With fair skin, light colors will give you a natural look while darker colors make a bold statement, due to the stark contrast with your skin.
For a daytime look, try out a pink lipstick that has peach or coral undertones, like this one by Ere Perez. For a nighttime look, go for something red. Cool undertones often suit fair skin, so this cool-toned red by Covergirl would be an ideal night time lip look for light skin.

The best lipstick for medium skin

When you have medium skin, it’s important to keep your skin’s undertone in mind. This helps you find the lipstick that compliments you best. (We’ll go deeper into undertones later.)
For medium skin with a warm undertone, go for warm reds, corals and pinks with a golden undertone, like this one by Tarte. Warm colors play up your skin’s undertone to make your skin look more radiant—perfect for a beachy vibe on a sunny summer day.
If your skin is a cool medium, this burgundy lipstick from Rimmel is statement-making and on-trend.

The best lipstick for tan skin

Whether your tan is natural or spray-on, you want a lipstick that shows your bronze glow at its best. When it comes to finding the right lipstick for tan skin, you can’t go wrong by taking a page out of the Kardashian lipstick handbook. Choose nudes that are near your skin and then veer off in a slightly different direction. For instance, a nude that leans towards warm pink or a soft brown, depending on whether you want a sweet or sultry vibe.
If you want a flirtier, edgier look, go for a bright pink or fuchsia lipstick like this Manic Panic creation. Sometimes bright colors may seem too loud on tan skin, but if you match the color to your skin’s intensity, they’ll play together nicely.

The best lipstick for light brown skin

If you have light brown skin, you might be thinking brown lipstick isn’t for you. But according to, the right brown lipstick is totally doable and can even highlight your skin’s natural beauty. Check out this shade by Bobbi Brown. Not only is it gorgeous, it’s subtle enough to double as a nude.
Another great option for ladies with light brown skin is the berry family of lipsticks. Berries can range in intensity from delicate to daring, so they’re very versatile. This berry-toned Jordana lipstick is statement-making in a lowkey way.
The best lipstick for dark brown skin

You can really play around with different lipstick shades when you have dark skin. Contrast is one way to have fun with lip color. If your skin is dark brown, try a warm bright orange-red. It’s an exciting color, that’s still wearable.
Purple is the ultimate statement lipstick of the decade and those with dark brown skin pull it off better than anyone. Look for a richly pigmented matte lip color like this one from Golden Rose. The deep color is not only trendy, it’s flattering.

The best lipstick for a cool skin undertone

The tried and true way to tell if you have a cool undertone to your skin is to look at the veins on your forearm. If they look blue, that means your skin has a cool undertone. People with cool undertones have skin that leans towards pink or blue.
Lipsticks look best when they complement the undertones of our skin. For skin with a cool undertone, look for lipsticks that share that same undertone quality. For instance, if you’re looking for a pink lipstick, choose one that has a bluish hint to it, like this Clinique option. A great red option is one with deep plum undertones like this one by Jolie.

The best lipstick for a warm skin undertone

Look at the vein on the underside of your forearm. If it’s green, then your skin has a warm undertone. Ideally, those with warm undertones should look for lipsticks with warm undertones. When you match the like undertones together, the overall look is synergistic and complementary.
Warm reds are the ultimate lipstick to pair with warm-toned skin. The look is sassy and bold, but is equally wearable in a casual office setting. Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Neon is the perfect warm red to highlight your golden glow.
A warm-toned nude is a more natural alternative to the boldness of red. Just like you want to consider how light or dark your skin is when shopping for a nude lipstick, you also want to think about the undertone as well. Nudes that lean towards a summery golden-pink or peach are great for warm-toned skin. This Kat Von D lipstick is an ideal nude lipstick for warm skin undertones.

The best lipstick for neutral skin

Neutral skin describes an undertone to the skin that falls precisely between the warm and cool ends of the spectrum. Because neutral skin has elements of both warm and cool undertones, people with neutral skin look good in almost any color.
Since the lipstick world is your oyster when you have neutral skin, it can sometimes be overwhelming when you’re trying to narrow down your lipstick choice. In those moments, let your outfit be your guide, according to this article from Bustle. For instance, coral lipstick really brings out the warm undertones of a teal dress, instantly making it pop.
With neutral skin, you can wear many different lipsticks, some of which are surprisingly hard to pull off. One such surprisingly-hard-to-pull-off lipstick is true red, like this one from Revlon. With the wrong skin tone, true red can look a bit flat. But with neutral skin, true red is instantly transformed into a classic shade reminiscent of the glamor of Old Hollywood.

The best lipstick for olive skin

Most people view olive and neutral as the same thing, but they are slightly different. While olive skin generally is neutral in undertone, the undertone tends to vary depending how light or dark the overall skin tone is, per If your skin is darker, it will tend towards warmer while light olive skin may be slightly cooler in undertone.
For a pop of color, try this cranberry-hued lipstick from Clinique. It’s a perfect marriage of berry and pink, making it a great choice for olive skin. For a subtler pink, this shade from Yves Saint Laurent is demure yet won’t get lost in deep olive skin.

The best lipstick for Asian skin

Asian skin can range from light to dark in color and usually has a warm undertone. If you have Asian skin, consider your overall skin tone. If you have light skin, you’re going to want to go for lipsticks that are bright and statement-making. If your skin is darker, go for deeper colors.
For light Asian skin, nothing is more classic than a vibrant red like Smashbox’s Bing. For a more adventurous and modern look, try an orange-based lipstick like Morange from MAC. Orange hues compliment the golden undertones of Asian skin and are unexpectedly chic.
For dark Asian skin, consider your undertone. Darker Asian skin can lean warm, neutral or even cool. Berries look great on darker Asian skin, because they’re versatile as far as undertones go. Check out this berry by Maybelline. It’s lowkey and has a very wearable brown undertone that makes it office appropriate.

The best lipstick for black hair

Black hair provides a great contrast for most lip colors. Because black hair is so intense, and you’re going to want to feature your lipstick, make sure to keep your eye makeup and blush subtle so your lipstick can really stand out.
A great option for ladies with fair skin and black hair is bright pink. That may sound like a scary color to pull off, but your face is the perfect canvas for it. Say My Name by Sephora has just the right mixture of intensity and wearability to hold its own against raven hair.
If you have darker skin and black hair, choose purple-based lipsticks. They complement your hair color while having the depth to accentuate the natural beauty of your skin. Eton Moi by Christian Louboutin is a great option for black-haired ladies looking for a dark lipstick that doesn’t overwhelm.

The best lipstick for brown hair

More.comhas some great quick tips for choosing the right lipstick for brown hair. Brown hair can vary in shade from slightly darker than blonde to near-black. So, it’s important to note the depth of your hair color when shopping for lipstick.
If your hair is almost black, the advice for black haired ladies will work for you. If your hair is more of a dark chocolate color, a great everyday option is a pink-leaning coral like Diorkiss by Dior. For a bolder look, go for an intense blue-based red like this one from Anastasia of Beverly Hills.
Light brown hair looks great with summery lipsticks. They bring out the natural blonde highlights in light brown hair, illuminating the skin. Try something like this shimmery apricot lipstick from Revlon. It’s versatile enough to go from the beach to the office.

The best lipstick for auburn hair

Since auburn hair not only falls in the middle of the hair color spectrum, but is also a red that can lean warm or cool, finding the right lipstick for this hair color can be a real challenge. The key is to stay away from lip colors that are too similar to your hair color. Avoid orange, brown and russet shades and opt for cool-toned berries like Berry Kiss by Mary Kay. For a more natural look, try this mauve-nude hybrid from L’Oréal.

The best lipstick for red hair

Many red heads are afraid to wear red lipstick, fearing they’re unable to pull it off, because it might be too similar to their hair. However, the right red lipstick can look amazing on red hair. There are two rules to keep in mind when looking for the right red lipstick for a redhead:

  • Keep skin undertone in mind
  • Avoid reds that are too similar to your hair color

Many redheads have neutral skin and look great in bright neutral reds, like Ruby Woo by MAC. This lipstick has a matte finish that is a great textural contrast to the shinning copper highlights of red hair.
Pink is a great softer option for redheads. It balances red hair while giving the lips a subtle pop of color. Try this pretty pink lipstick by Sephora for a classic look almost any redhead can pull off.

The best lipstick for blonde hair

Blondes have a lot options when it comes to lipstick, because they may have warm, cool or neutral undertones to their skin. Anything from plums to reds to corals look great on blondes. The key is to keep your skin’s undertone in mind and go from there.
Pinks are a natural go-to for blondes, but be weary of anything too bright. It can overwhelm blonde hair. Try a soft pink that’s like a pinker version of your natural lip color, such as this shade from Bobbi Brown. It gives you a subtle flush of color without overwhelming blonde hair.
For blondes looking for the perfect red lipstick, keep your skin’s undertone in mind. Since many bloods have cool undertones, look of red with a blue tinge to it, like this one from Nyx. The effect will be very dramatic on a cool-toned blonde. Just remember to pair with subtle eye makeup for the perfect blonde bombshell look.

The best lipstick for brown eyes

Purples bring out the earthy beauty of brown eyes. Often, women with brown eyes will wear purple eyeshadow to achieve this effect. But wearing purple lipstick paired with a neutral eye look can really make your brown eyes pop. Try a magenta lipstick like this one from Maybelline’s matte collection.
Alternatively, if you plan on bringing out your brown eyes with some purple eyeshadow, try going for a pale lip to balance out the look. This NARS mauve-nude hybrid is a great choice, because it leans towards purple in a very subtle way. The overall effect is a nude lip, but by having that tiny hint of purple, it pulls the look together.

The best lipstick for green eyes

Not only are green eyes a rare eye color, green-eyed ladies have the ability to pull of lipstick shades that may be a little difficult for those with other eye colors. For instance, orange-based lipsticks work surprisingly well with green eyes. This shade from Revlon is an orange that is subtle enough for daily wear, but with warm undertones strong enough to bring out the bright notes of green eyes.
Because green eyes are so intense on their own, they can stand up to bright colors. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a bright pink like this Jem and the Holograms-inspired shade from Sephora. Not only is it a fabulous eighties throwback, it’s also very now and a great lip look for green eyes.

The best lipstick for hazel eyes

Hazel eyes are eyes that typically contain a combination of brown and green hues in the iris. Sometimes there can be flecks of gold and red in hazel eyes as well. Since these are all warm tones, warm-toned lipsticks are a good fit for those with hazel eyes.
Hazel eyed ladies have the distinction of being able to pull off beige lipstick. As with other eye colors, it’s important to keep your skin tone in mind with choosing a lipstick. But if the skin tone works, beige is ideal for hazel eyes, because it allows the natural vibrancy of hazel to steal the show. This beige by Bobbi Brown is a great option because it has a subtle hint of pink, which makes it extra wearable.

The best lipstick for blue eyes

As with the other eye colors, red is a go-to staple for blue eyes. Just be sure to keep it in the right color family for both your eyes and your skin tone. For a more daytime-friendly option, muted pinks, like this understated NARS find, are great for playing up blue eyes.

The best lipstick for grey eyes

A beige that matches your skin’s undertone is a great office-friendly look for grey eyes. But if you’re looking for something more daring, try plum. Plum and grey play great together. Go for something cool-toned like like this vivid shade from Smashbox. It will make your grey eyes stand out

The best lipstick for oily skin

The hallmarks of oily skin are blackheads, pimples and visible grease. Often, oily skin will be confined to the “T-Zone”, which primarily encompasses your forehead, nose and chin. However, sometimes the area around the mouth can also be oily which can make finding the right lipstick a challenge.
Skin Care Beauty Mag says that matte lipstick works best on oily lips. It makes sense, if you think about it. Glossier lipsticks not only visibly increase the overall shine of your face, but some may even contain more oil to get that glossy look. A matte lipstick on the other hand will have a less greasy formula, which will improve the overall appearance of your makeup look.

The best lipstick for dry lips

Flaking skin, cracked and bleeding lips are all a sign of dry lips. Dry lips are not only painful, they can be aging, so it’s especially important for dry lip sufferers to find products that are highly moisturizing. has put together a list of lipsticks that promise to keep your lips saturated with moisture. Check it out here.

Applying lipstick to cracked lips can be tricky. And making lipstick look good on cracked lips can be even trickier. Check out this quick video tutorial for tips on how to make lipstick look good on cracked lips:

The best lipstick for aging skin

For aging lips, you want a lipstick that nourishes and moisturizes to keep lips looking more youthful. And on top of that, you also need to protect your lips from the sun with a sunscreen-containing lipstick to avoid further damage which can increase the signs of aging. The ideal lipstick for aging lips has both of these features, like this one from Lancôme. Two-in-one products not only give you more bang for your buck, they also make it easy to treat your lips with the care they deserve

The best lipstick for allergy sufferers

As longtime allergy sufferers know, you can be allergic to just about anything, and lipsticks aren’t exempt from that. If you already know that you’re allergic to certain ingredients, make sure to read a full list of your lipstick’s ingredients and check them against your known allergies.

How do you know if you might be having an allergic reaction (sometimes called contact dermatitis) to lipstick? Look for these signs on and around your mouth:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching

If you have any of these symptoms, discontinue use of product until you speak with your doctor.

Sometimes, allergic reactions to lipstick (or any other products that you use) can be more severe. This is a rare medical condition called anaphylaxis, which is very serious. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Swelling of face, lips tongue
  • Swelling of the throat
  • Inability to breathe
  • Rash

Anaphylaxis is fatal without medical treatment. Always get emergency medical attention if you think your makeup or anything else may be causing you to have this serious medical condition. If you are already prone to anaphylaxis, be sure to stick to the emergency plans your doctor has given you. To learn more about anaphylaxis and for more information on its symptoms, check out this page from the Mayo Clinic.

Now that we’ve covered how to know if you’re having an allergic reaction to your lipstick, let’s talk about lipsticks that are suitable for allergy sufferers.

If you suffer from a lot of allergies, the best thing to do is to look for lipsticks with very few ingredients. That way, the ingredient list is more legible, so you’re able to check for stuff you know you’re allergic to; also, the fewer the ingredients, the less likely you are to come across one that irritates you.

Look for lipsticks that say they are hypoallergenic, which basically means they’re devoid of ingredients that commonly cause allergies (like perfumes). These are products specifically designed to be safe for most with allergies and sensitive skin. VMV Hypoallergenics is a brand that specifically caters to those with allergies. This lipstick by Mary Kay would also be a great choice for those with ingredient sensitivities.

The best lipstick for thin lips

When you have thin lips and are thinking of overdrawing your lip line, go for shades that aren’t too far off from your natural lip color like pinks, nudes and beiges until you become more comfortable with the process. Bright colors can look conspicuously painted on if your hand isn’t quite deft. Also, since you’re probably going to use matte lip liner to over draw, make sure your lipstick matches the liner. If it’s a lot lighter than the liner, the look comes off very fake.
If you want to make your lips look fuller but are unsure of the techniques involved, check out this video tutorial:

The best lipstick for full lips

When you have full lips, you have a wide range of color options. The key here is to go for the right finish. Avoid glossy and shimmery finishes and look for a cream or matte finish. The look is fresher and has a more classic starlet feel. This natural lipstick is pure elegance and will flatter fuller lips.

The best matte lipstick

Matte lipsticks are more intense than shimmery lipsticks. Not only is the flat, precise finish of matte enough to give your lips some extra intensity, the colors matte lipsticks come in tend to be more vivid as well. They tend to be richer than their shiny counterparts, so keep that in mind when shopping. Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor is a great choice when looking for a matte lipstick because even though their colors are bold, they’re a very wearable bold, so it’s a great lipstick to try if this is your first time delving into mattes.

The best shimmery lipstick

Lipsticks with a shimmery finish are perfect for a night on the town or a special occasion like New Year’s Eve. For a natural look, choose a subtle shimmer with a basic lip color you would wear on a normal day, like this Estee Lauder shade. For a party look, go wild and choose something that shimmers daringly like this tube from Manic Panic.

The best moisturizing lipstick

If you have dry lips or just want to make sure your lips look extra gorgeous, your best bet is to try a lipstick that is already imbued with moisturizer. That way you don’t have to pretreat your lips and you can get a quick lipstick look in one easy step. Burt Bee’s 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Crayon is a great option because it’s moisturizing, natural and it’s highly pigmented so you can get color that nourishes. A good sheerer alternative would be this balmfrom Clinique.

The best plumping lipstick

Lip-plumping lipsticks have ingredients that give your lips a temporarily poutier look. You can buy separate lip plumper that will work with a variety of lipsticks, but sometimes convenience is best. If you want a one-step lip-plumping routine, look for a lipstick that already contains lip plumper. A great affordable option is Avon’s Beyond Color lipstick in Divine Wine.

The best liquid lipstick

Liquid lipstick is a great alternative to traditional lipstick in a tube, because it handles with a wand much like lip gloss. But unlike lip gloss, liquid lipstick has the same opacity as traditional tube lipsticks and comes in similar finishes as well. has put together a comprehensive list of the best liquid lipsticks, including several matte options.
For a tutorial on focused on applying liquid lipsticks (which can be a little tricky), this video will show you how it’s done:

The best natural and organic lipstick

Did you know that you can find lipsticks that are natural and organic? They contain popular, every day ingredients like avocado oil and coconut oil to give your lips the perfect level moisture. Check out this page on Axiology’s website to learn more about the different types of natural ingredients you can find in their lipstick line.

A lot of people think that organic lipsticks aren’t as good as traditional lipsticks, or that they aren’t as colorful because they’re made of natural pigments. But that’s simply not true. Check out this vivid pink by Skin2Spirit. The color is just as rich as traditional brands—and it’s all natural.

The best lipstick that doesn’t bleed

When lipsticks “bleed”, it means the color moves outside the lines of your lips and onto the rest of your face. This leads to messy lines and a sloppy look. Avoid this dilemma by choosing lipsticks, such as this one from Dior, that are long-lasting. They’re less likely to bleed, keeping your lip line flawless.

The best lipstick that lasts

The same advice for avoiding lipstick bleeding is the same to follow when you want a lipstick that lasts. Look for keywords like “long-lasting”, “long-wearing”, “24hr”, etc. These buzzwords clue you in that those are lipsticks meant to stand the test of time (or perhaps last perfectly through a very important dinner date). For a long-lasting lipstick that is also natural and cruelty-free, this tube from Lotus is a great choice.

The best lipstick for work

When choosing the right lipstick for work, you want to first and foremost keep your workplace’s dress code in mind. Some companies have very strict policies when it comes to their employee’s dress and style. And aside of that, you also have to consider the type of place you work: Is your workplace more laid back or is it more conservative? The answer to that question determines how far you push the lipstick boundaries while you’re on the clock.

If you work in a conservative corporate office, go for a lipstick that isn’t too bright in color or too shiny in finish. Go for a subdued matte look that fits in with the clothes you wear to work every day. Go for berries or mauves, colors that have punch without looking over-the-top. If you’re worried about pushing the boundaries too far, look at what the other chic women in your office are wearing and let that be your guide.

Ladies who work in more laidback settings can have a little more fun with their lipstick choices, but don’t go crazy. Once again, avoid anything too shiny. You want to look grownup and be taken seriously in your profession. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, delve into pinks and nudes for a business casual look.

The best lipstick for school

Chances are, if you’re looking for the right lipstick to wear to school, you’re a younger girl who wants to try out some new lipstick looks without looking like you’ve overdone it. Think of school like your workplace and refer to the dress code when choosing lipstick. Lipstick is not worth getting detention over, as awesome as it is.

If you’re young, you can pull off just about any shade that suits your skin tone. But for school, choose something along the lines of business casual and take the demure route. Try lipsticks in nudes or roses, such as this Nyx Matte Lipstick in Tea Rose.

The best lipstick for a party

A night of partying is the perfect time to try out daring new lipstick looks. Go for shades you would normally deem too wild to wear at work or on a date. Choose bold colors like intense purples or bright-orange reds to make your lips pop and standout in a sea of faces. If you’re hardcore enough, try something wild like this Midnight Plum lipstick by Maybelline.

On the flipside, you may decide party time is the time to play off your eyes with a smoky look. If you’re doing smoky eyes, choose a paler lipstick like this one. Nude lipstick is the perfect way to make your eyeshadow pop and it’s a classic yet edgy look.

The best lipstick for prom

Prom is a great opportunity to try out new and exciting lipstick looks. The important things to keep in mind when choosing a lipstick for prom are:

  • Go for long-wearing smudge-proof lipstick
  • Keep the color of your dress in mind

Smudge-proof lipstick is a must. No one wants to look sloppy at prom and precise lipstick lines are key for taking red carpet-worthy prom pictures. Not to mention, smudge-proof is synonymous with kiss-proof.
Have fun with color, but make sure to choose a lipstick that compliments your dress and your skin tone. If you’re looking for fun ideas, has put together a list of on-trend prom lipstick looks to try.

The best lipstick for a date

As with any other special occasion that may involve kissing, smudge-proof lipstick is a necessity for any date-worthy lipstick look. Also, go for a lipstick that is moisture rich, like this one by e.l.f. Soft lips are crucial for the perfect date lipstick look.
As far as color goes, there are a lot of supposed dos and don’ts when it comes to what you lipstick color is okay to wear on a first date. Really, the best lipstick color for a date (especially a first date) is the lipstick color that suits you and puts out the vibe you want to put out.
If you’re feeling fiery and bold, go for a blazing red like this moisturizing red that has a subtle shine finish. For a more girly look, go for a warm pink.

The best lipstick for brides

On your wedding day, the main thing you want is a lipstick that stays in place. Look for lipsticks that are long-wearing and don’t bleed. Mattes are a great choice because they highlight the beauty of your mouth and won’t detract from your dress.

You can do a pale lip in nude or pink for a more traditional look. This is great for daytime weddings. But if you’re a dramatic bride who needs a dramatic lipstick, what is more classic than red? Just be sure that your lipstick is long-acting and smudge-proof so you don’t get red all over your white dress. This red lipstick by Rimmel is long-lasting and richly pigmented—a great choice for a bride who wants a vintage makeup look.

Guest blog written by Jacky Miller

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April 20, 2017

Charlotte McKinney Wears Cami & Jax!

LOS ANGELES – April 17, 2017 – Charlotte McKinney shared a photo of herself wearing Cami & Jax over the weekend! The actress enjoyed the desert heat wearing the Lola Top ($125) and Miranda Bottoms in Malibu Red ($100
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April 20, 2017

Under $15: Jessica Lowndes Spring Dress!

LOS ANGELES – April 17, 2017 Jessica Lowndes shared an Instagram of herself wearing Rainbow over the weekend. The actress looked pretty in pink wearing the Classic Ringer T-shirt Dress in rose ($10.97
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April 19, 2017

Reverse signs of aging with ISDIN


Flavo-C serum from ISDIN is a powerful antioxidant serum with vitamin C and ginkgo biloba.  The combo of ingredients works to combat and reverse signs of aging such as wrinkles and dark spots. After a few weeks of use, my skin definitely looked brighter and felt freshly hydrated. It also didn’t overly dry out my skin or make it irritated at all, although I did slowly work it into my skin care routine, at first using it two times per week, then working up to every other day.

The serum has a very faint coffee type of smell and was easy to apply- not overly greasy or intense feeling. I love the super sleek packaging it comes in as well, and the color block bottle helps to keep sunlight out and not damage the product. It definitely feels like a great addition to any preventative aging skin routines.

K-Ox Eyes ISDIN eye cream helps prevent dark circles and puffiness with vitamin K oxide formula. I felt my eye area feel almost instantly hydrated and more away after applying the cream. I loved the pump bottle the cream came in so it did not dry out the lotion with a jar type of packaging that other eye creams usually come in, and is more sanitary than putting hands into the lotion each time you use it. The cream is very light and I’ve used it both at night before bed, and in the morning under my regular make up for a quick eye de-puff!

ISDN Complete line of skincare can be found at






Guest blog by Antonia Rutter

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April 17, 2017

Tips from Skyy Hadley and Lauren B. for beautiful Nails on your wedding Day

When it comes to summer but especially your wedding day, you want an elegant and polished manicure! See below for Lauren B. of Lauren B. Beauty’s new inspiration themed collection for her upcoming wedding as well as tips from celebrity manicurist Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Spa.

Skyy Hadley recommends all brides to keep their hands and nails hydrated. Follow her tips below for the best results:

The best thing brides can do is to keep their nails moisturized at all times; When they dry out they become brittle leading to chips and cracks
Use an oil on your cuticles nightly before bed to keep the skin around them conditioned
Protein on the nails is a must to keep them flexible, if nails stay hard they will break easy; A healthy balanced diet is essential


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April 4, 2017

Clothing Brand That Donates 49% of Profits to Abused Dogs Trademarks its Slogan- Size Does Not Matter, Fit Does

April 5th, 2017. Los Angeles, CA. Antonio Stefano, the clothing brand that launched with world-class designs of hand-made Italian silk ties has come up with a slogan that is sure to be remembered worldwide. Although trying to raise money for dogs, the brand is striving to be a very innovative and cutting-edge brand, catering to the needs of the consumer. Both tall and short men have issues with neckties. As a response to that need, Antonio Stefano has created each of its 20 designs in three sizes: the standard 58”, 3 inches shorter, and 6 inches longer. The sizes are appropriately labeled: tall, taller, and tallest. That problem is now solved.

Both tall and short men have struggled for years with ties that don’t fit just right. If a tie does not fit right states Stefano Riznyk, the Chief Creative Director, you are better off without one. For a person who is short, the best option is to cut three inches off the tail of the tie and have it re-sewn by a tailor, which will add about $10-$15.00 to the cost of the tie.

For a tall person, the problem is insurmountable as the tail is so short that it does not fit behind the label or keeper loop, that are meant to keep it in place. As a result, the tail dangles and looks very unkept. The problem that both short and tall men endure, is that there are few designs to choose from in their size range and they are stuck with whatever is out there. Antonio Stefano is one of the few firms that offers every single design in 3 sizes, so men are no longer stuck with whatever they can find. The dazzling designs by Antonio Stefano are world-class and made completely by hand with Italian artisans in Lake Come, 30 minutes outside of Milan.

Although their trademark can be considered edgy, it will be easily remembered. At the end of the day, regardless of how you dress or what you do, fit will always make the difference over size!

Antonio Stefano neckties are available in Las Vegas, San Diego, Milan, and online at

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March 30, 2017

Jane Iredale Powdered Eyeliner is a truly all-in-one eyeliner with awesome staying power

The Jane Iredale Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner is a truly all-in-one eyeliner with awesome staying power. My typical eyeliner routine consists of lining the top and bottom of my lids with a dark eye pencil (which I usually have to sharpen first to get a clean point), and then go over that with an eyeliner brush with dark/black eyeshadow to fill in any spots the pencil missed and help set it. It’s a lot of steps and tools for just eyeliner. I was a little hesitant hearing the words “powdered” eyeliner, since I had never used one before and thought I might end up with a mess of loose, dark, powder dust on my face. This was 100% not the case!

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The liner comes in a very sleek, all-in-one package: the top of the cap pops off and flips over to reveal the built-in brush, then unscrews from the liner pot underneath. The powder/cream formula is creamy and dense, and isn’t flakey or dusty when getting it on the brush. The application on my lid was very smooth and even, I loved getting that result after just one swipe and not having to go over it a few more times with the pencil and brush/eyeshadow to even it out. The brush is also designed so you can easily draw a thin or thick line, depending on the angle it’s held. There’s a lot of versatility with this product and makes it easy to create a thin, simple liner look, or a smudgier, thick, smoky/cat eye. It has awesome staying power and didn’t fade or smear all night long and I never needed to reapply or touch up. I tried the Onyx color which is a very dark, dense black color that I loved for a nighttime look, but the Amethyst, Dark Topaz, and Smoky Quartz colors look beautiful too.

Two notes on Jane Iredale company overall: Jane Iredale products are certified cruelty-free by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program, and PETA, which I love and find as an important attribute of any company. Second, her site features great tips and how-to videos for anyone looking for make-up tutorials and can easily be found via the QR code on the inside packaging label.

Guest post by Antonia Rutter

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March 29, 2017

Different Types Of Kurtas To Complement Your Style

When it comes to picking the right kind of jewelry items for the bride, there are a few options that must be included in every list. These jewelry components enhance the bride’s attire and beauty to an altogether different level. They can be made from different stones and metals like, diamonds, ruby/emerald studded pieces, silver and gold.

When it comes to the traditional jewelry items for an Indian wedding, yellow gold is the most common option. Be it the kundan, mangalsutra, bangles or nose rings, gold is always the preferred material, since it depicts class and finesse.

For a traditional Indian wedding, here are 3 essential jewelry items that must be included in the list:

Nose Ring

This is one of the most important jewelry pieces to be worn by Indian brides during the time of a traditional Indian wedding. The most common nose rings exclusively used in Indian weddings are big in shape, with elaborate designing and a string connected to it. The other end is attached to the back of the ear. However, Indian women are also seen wearing small stud-based nose rings as a regular accessory. But, the stud may not be a perfect jewelry element during a wedding.


Necklaces are a crucial addition to the bridal jewelry collection. This jewelry must be worn by every Indian bride during the auspicious occasion. The handmade mangalsutra is the most important necklace piece for any Indian woman. It is regarded as the best symbol to denote the married status of women. It is said that the mangalsutra, if worn by a woman continuously, would help in bringing luck and improving the health of her spouse. Mangalsutras are mostly made from gold. However, these days, you can find them available in a combination of gold and silver, with beaded stones to create uniqueness in the design and also to manage the costing part. Apart from mangalsutra, there are other varieties of necklaces worn by the brides during the day of the wedding and the reception ceremony. Some popular choices include jadau, meenakari, pachchikam and kundan.

MaangTikka Or The Tikli

This is one of the most popular traditional Indian jewelry pieces. It creates a sensational look when worn by the bride. It fills the center parting or the maang of the bride before it gets filled with sindoor by the groom at a later stage of the wedding. Those having a broader forehead can opt for a heavier maangtikka. However, if you have a small forehead, the light and the designer ones would be the best options to consider. The maangtikkausually comes, with the bridal set comprising of bangles, necklaces, nose rings and earrings to match the metal and the color stylization.

Apart from these three items, some other important jewelry pieces for Indian brides are wrist bangles, feet bangles, finger rings and ear rings. Royal weddings witness the brides wearing several other expensive jewelry items like, a gold with diamond head gear, pure gold waistband, a platinum wristband and more.

Author Bio: Mandy Bular is a jewelry fashion designer working with traditional Indian wedding jewelry items. You can view her creations on

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