Beauty Tips

Skincare Tips For Winter

28 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Follow these five tips to keep your skin nice and hydrated this winter.

  1. Shorten Your Shower Time

    Long, hot showers can dry out your skin. Try to keep your showers under 10 minutes so you don’t lose moisture in your skin.

  2. Exfoliate!

    Remove dead skin cells by gently exfoliating.

  3. Slip Gloves On

    After moisturizing with your favorite lotion, slip cotton gloves on to help your skin absorb the moisture leaving you with super soft hands.

  4. Add a Little Honey

    Make your own hydrating scrub at home with honey and sugar. The honey reduces inflammation and the sugar helps with circulation.  This is great for drier patches of skin like your elbows.

  5. Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!

    Sunscreen in the winter seems silly, right? WRONG! Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean the sun can’t damage your skin. Remember to apply sunscreen daily.  I like to use a moisturizer with an SPF already built in. 


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The Lazy Girl's Guide to Getting Fancy Fast!

19 August, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

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We all have those mornings where we just do not feel like getting up and starting the day, let alone putting on makeup. You can hardly even open your eyes enough to put on the eyeliner, and you’re feeling a little lazy and unmotivated – but you don’t want to completely forgo makeup altogether. In case you’re in that boat today or want to bookmark this page because this sounds all too familiar, here are some minimalistic makeup tips that will maintain your makeup routine without requiring you to go full out at 8 a.m.

BB Cream as Cover-up:
The overall application of cover-up can be the longest part of the makeup routine. From moisturizer, to concealer, to powder foundation, it’s no wonder we want to skip out on our makeup. To sum up this part of process, use a BB Cream. It’ll work as a moisturizer while applying a light layer of coverage. It also adds a healthy glow to give you a nice fresh-faced look.

Try: Fancy Face Cosmetics' BB Cream


Strategic Contour
Applying bronzer in key areas can make all the difference in very little time. Just a swift sweep of the bronzer brush over your temples, along the sides of your face and right under the cheekbones is all it takes. Top your cheekbones with a lighter "shimmery" shade ans apply a pink or coral blush to the apples of your cheeks.  This will immediately strengthen your bone structure without the need to completely contour.

Try: Fancy Face Cosmetics' 10 color Blush Powder Palette


Easy smokey eye
On a lazy morning, a smokey eye is exactly the look you would opt out of. With all the different eyeshadow shades and eyeliner tricks, creating this look is too excessive. It doesn’t have to be though. You can create a simple daytime smoky eye by simply applying brown gel eyeliner on the top and bottom lash line. Then just use a smudging brush to create the hazy/smokey effect.

Try: Fancy Face Cosmetics' Waterproof Gel Eyeliner


Eyelash Curler
Typically a step women tend to skip, curling your eyelashes takes all of a few seconds but makes all the difference. It opens up your eyes without the need to wrestle with fake eyelashes. All it does is simply enhance what is already there to make you look more awake and ready to start the day.


Bottom Lash Mascara
We love how eyeliner outlines and shapes our eyes. However, it does take a certain technique that we aren’t always up for in the early morning. To get the same eye-shaping effect, apply a quick layer of mascara on the bottom lashes. You already have the mascara brush out for your top lashes, what’s a quick swipe of the bottom ones?

Try: Fancy Face Cosmetics' LashOUT! Mascara



Bold Lip
If you’re going to go bare everywhere else on your face, commit to a bold lip. It’ll act almost as a distraction for the lack of other makeup. A girl with a bright colored lip immediately looks put together and ready to rock her day.

Try: Fancy Face Cosmetics' 10 Color Lip Palette

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Summer Lipstick Ideas to Try Now!

30 July, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

We find ourselves reaching for the bold lipstick during the summer more than any other time of year, and it's not hard to see why. A bright lip look is the ultimate grab-and-go makeup—no fussing with multiple brushes or worrying about blending. Basically, you can just slap it on and forget about it. You can bet that these stand-out summertime lipstick ideas will be inspiring us in the lazy, hazy dog days to come.


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If there's ever an appropriate time for a glossy Barbie pink lip, it's the hot summer months.
summer lipstick ideas

A deep matte pink is especially pretty paired with a rosy shadow.

summer lipstick ideas

A beachy bronzed effect on skin is complemented by a rich berry lipstick.


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10 Must Have Makeup Brushes

17 July, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Deciding which makeup brushes to add to your collection can be daunting at best, especially for someone who is just starting out. Trying to decide which brushes you need can be overwhelming, however, having the correct brushes can make a big difference in your makeup application. Here’s my list of the top 10 makeup brushes every girl should own. Let’s get started with the eye brushes!


Eye Shader Brush:

This brush is used for packing color on the lid. You can also use the tip of the brush to smudge color under the lash line, or to create a defined line in the crease.

Stiff Dome Brush:

This brush is great for feathering out color to create a smokey eye, or blending out the crease. The bristles are stiff, making it easy to move the eye shadow where you want it.

Pencil Brush:

This pencil-like brush is perfect for precision shading on the lid, in the crease of the eye, or along the lash line. This brush can also be used for smudging liner along the lash line, or darkening the outer-v for a dramatic look.

Soft Dome Brush:

This dome shaped brush has very soft bristles that make it ideal for blending out any harsh lines below the brow bone. This brush can also be used for blending out concealer under the eye to help hide dark circles and bags.

Bent Liner Brush:

Designed specifically for applying gel eyeliner, this brush has a bent head that lays perfectly on the top of the lashes, and glides with ease. The pointed tip helps create a fool proof line that will have even the beginners pulling off a stunning cat eye.

Dual Ended Brow Brush:

With this brush, you get double for your money! This dual ended brush has a spoolie on one end allowing you to brush through your brows. The other end has an angled brush which is ideal for effortlessly filling in your brows.




Angled Contour Brush:

There are many of these on the market today in a various array of shapes and sizes. With this particular angled contour brush, you can swipe the brush downward diagonally from your cheekbone, and in one fluid motion achieve a flawless application.


Cheek Highlighter Brush:

The cheek highlighter brush is completely optional, but the feathery, soft bristles give a very nice finish to any product used with it. This brush is very easy to use when applying a highlighter to the top of the cheekbones. You can also use the cheek highlighter brush with cream blushes to stipple the blush onto the cheeks.


Foundation Stippling Brush:

The foundation stippling brush is perfect for those of you who love a full coverage look to your foundation. The large flat head is specifically made for the foundation to be stippled onto the face. This technique assures there are no streaks in the foundation, resulting in a flawless look to the skin.

Flat Foundation Brush:

The flat foundation brush is optional. This brush is best used to apply highlighter to the top of the cheekbones. At times this brush can leave streaks in your foundation, so be careful when using it.

Beauty Blender:

Technically, this isn’t really a brush, but it is a great tool! The egg-shaped design makes it ideal for getting under the eye and in other small areas you can easily miss with a brush. This is also used to achieve an overall airbrush finish to your foundation.


So there you have it, my top 10 makeup brushes! As a beginner looking to start your collection, or as a makeup guru looking to expand, these brushes are great for everyone. Check out are new Pro Brush Sets, that are specifically designed to include every brush you'll need for a face that's oh-so-Fancy.


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How To Find The Most Flattering Makeup Colors For You

30 June, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Discovering makeup colors that look good on us can sometimes feel like a disappointing shot in the dark. How many times have you selected a lipstick or eyeshadow based on what you thought was pretty and what your eye was drawn to, only to find that it didn’t do you any favors? There are a few variables that affect how colors look on us, and fortunately, there are also a few foolproof tips and tricks to determining the right colors for you.

Lip Color
The most flattering neutral or natural-but-better lipstick should mimic a more pigmented shade of your natural lip color, so you’ll be able to get some good clues just by taking a closer look at your own coloring. Peeking at the inside of your lip may not be something one generally does in public, but it’s an easy way to find the best color for you. You can also match your shade to your flushed fingers—(gently!) pinch the tip of your finger or thumb and hold so that blood gathers in the area. It’s weird, but the resulting color is guaranteed to look great on you.

Eye Makeup
We generally turn to the color wheel to find the most flattering hues on each eye color. It’s basic color theory, just like we learned in elementary school: Colors on opposite sides of the spectrum complement one another. The best way to draw attention to blue eyes is with warm, rusty reddish and orange shades, including bronze. Green and hazel eyes look gorgeous with anything in the purple family. Brown eyes are neutral, so they do best with similar earthy shades like metallic taupe, shimmery champagne and olive green, as well as true, balanced blues from powder to cobalt.

If you’ve only ever been matched for foundation by makeup artists and sales associates, it’s entirely possible to go through life having no idea what your “undertone” is. Like wearing the wrong bra size, makeup that caters to the wrong undertone will have you looking subtly off without being glaringly obvious, which is why it’s easy to fail to identify the issue. The easiest way to tell your undertone is by looking at the underside of your arm or wrist. If the color of your veins leans green, your undertone is warm. If they look decidedly blue, you’re probably cool. If you have a strong preference toward gold over silver or vice versa, and strong feelings about which one looks better on you, there’s a good chance that you’re warm if you prefer gold and cool if you prefer silver. Regardless of your hair or eye color, your undertone is also a great way to predict which makeup shades will work on you and which won’t. Warm tones are suited to peachy hues, orange, coral, and orange-leaning reds, while cool tones look best with rosy hues, blues and greens, purples and violets, and blue-based reds. And if you’re neutral, which means your skin leans beige rather than blue or yellow, you’re likely to be able to pull off nearly anything Stay Fancy!


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Dear Bomber Jackets, I'm over you.

06 March, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Just because we won’t get to experience warm weather for another few months (if we’re lucky) doesn’t mean we can’t wear Spring fashion right now. Don’t believe me?

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Don't get me wrong, I love Sweet Home Chicago, but this weather is making me CRAZY.  It’s getting to that point where I can’t stand to put on another black or grey sweater. And if I use the term "I'll just throw a bomber over it" one more time, I'm probably going to snap.  Do you feel me on this one? So I thought I’d do some “[browser] window shopping” (my attempt to search/stalk e-commerce sites without buying anything…not easy) to see if I can find any Spring things that are appropriate for the current weather. Hey, it might be nice to wear some florals and pastels right about now. Don’t you think?  

There’s something about wearing lighter and brighter colors that just makes me happy. I think it has to do with my iced coffee mentality. I only drink it when it’s warm out, I’m happier when it’s warm out therefore iced coffee makes me happy. Same goes for colors and clothes. It’s simple, really.

So it’s time to blast Pharrell's Happy put on your favorite hat (FYI Pharrell’s has its own Twitter) and get yourself some Spring-looking things to lighten up your Winter wardrobe...and I guess you could "throw a bomber over the dresses", if you really had to... (eye roll)





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How to Wear Makeup at the Gym

26 February, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment


Wearing makeup at the gym


 Yes, I wear makeup to work out and no, I’m not ashamed. I’m not talking red carpet level looks or, serious contouring, but just a little something to make me feel like a more pulled together version of myself. Now that I’m 30(ugh...), I find I have to  spend much more time exercising than I used to, so I might as well look good doing it. Plus, there are a lot of mirrors at the gym that so kindly serve as a reminder of my fading youth.  

Here’s my strategy for looking hot while getting sweaty.


Let your face breathe.
Yes, heavy duty cream or oil-based foundation can trap sweat in your pores, but a lightweight, noncomedogenic BB cream will give you al the benefits of a moisturizer and sunscreen, with the coverage of a foundation.  Per-Fect!  Think glowy and dewy! Matte is just not going to ever.  (How was my Taylor Swift impression?)

What I use: Fancy Face Cosmetics' BB Cream, it feels way less makeup-y than any other brand on the market, and gives the perfect tint.

Add color where it counts.
 I use a tinted balm on my lips to brighten up my smile, even though you'll never see me smiling at a 5am class. It's more of an exhausted borderline cry...anyways.. It's a must, especially because exercise will dehydrate you a bit, so it will keep your lips hydrated and protected.  

What I use: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé.  It adds a hint of natural color without looking like you’re wearing lipstick. And it has SPF!

Pump up the Volume.
Not just your boo-tay during your squat session...Use a great Waterproof and Sweat Proof Mascara.  Voluminous lashes with minimal eyeshadow will give you this "oh, I just woke up this hot, look."  Trust me on this works every time.

What I use: Fancy Face Cosmetics' LashOut! Mascara.  It sticks around even through the 105 degree Hot Yoga classes!

Remember, some makeup has no place in the gym.
Elaborate eye shadow looks. Lip gloss that attracts loose hair like a magnet. Vampy dark lipstick. False eyelashes. None of this stuff is a good idea, for obvious reasons.


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Let Them Eat Cake!

18 February, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment


A new diet book, The Marie Antoinette Diet, claims that you can have your cake…and lose weight, too. Ummm...sign me up!  Basically, the premise of this diet is that you can (and should) eat like Marie Antoinette, who treated herself to cake and hot chocolate for breakfast. The logic is that if you have a normal amount of what you really want, you’ll keep your cravings in check and won’t end up overindulging later.


But seriously: cake for breakfast? We’re all for Malcolm Gladwell-esque revelations, but that sounds a little too good to be true. So we checked in with Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet, to see if the plan adds up. And it turns out, parts of it do—but not all parts of it.

The portion control aspect definitely makes sense, says Gans. “It’s totally fine to incorporate sweets like cake into your diet as long as you don’t have too much of them. Deprivation does not work. It’s much better to have a little and be satisfied than to cut yourself off entirely because you’ll end up bingeing later.”


Having them in the morning, though, a la Marie Antoinette? Not so much. A calorie is a calorie no matter when you eat it.  But the bigger issue is that what you eat during one meal can impact what you eat at the next meal.

See, cake has tons of sugar—so even if it’s the same number of calories as, say, a bowl of cereal and a piece of fruit, it doesn’t keep you full for as long. Cake spikes your blood sugar so that you quickly crash and are hungry again sooner.  The result is that you could end up taking in more calories throughout the day than if you’d started with a healthier breakfast packed with fiber and protein, which keeps you fuller for longer.


Point is, it’s fine to channel your inner Antoinette and enjoy a reasonably-sized piece of cake when you want to, as long as you fit it into your daily calorie budget. But you probably don’t want to have it instead of breakfast; it’s smarter to start your day with fiber and protein.




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No Cheekbones, No Problem!

11 February, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

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Creating the look of cheekbones is one of the best ways to look polished in a flash. But, if you’ve ever seen a tutorial on contouring or watched a YouTube beauty vlogger give a step-by-step application, all the products and time needed to create the look can make you rethink trying it. To get a quick, easy method for highlighting your cheekbones try these simple steps!

1. Find those cheekbones.

First, make a fish know, the "selfie face"...also known as the "duck face".  This is the only time it's allowed.  Anyways,   run a finger along the hollow of your cheek, then move up until you are directly below the bone. It helps to hold your finger parallel along the entire length of the bone to guide where you’ll contour.

2.  Lay the foundation.
Grab a darker shade than your normal shade of cream foundation or pressed powder. For example, in our Sweat Resistant Pressed Powders, I'm usually Medium, but I use Medium Dark to Contour.  Then, using the appropriate brush or pad, and starting at the hairline, lightly sweep color in toward the apple of the cheek, then blend using a sponge.  A tight Angle Brush works best for this.

3. Bring on the Blush.
Apply in your desired shade to the apples of the cheeks to help define and brighten your complexion.  I personally LOVE our Amber Sky Blush, it looks great on every skin tone, and has beautiful flecks of gold that really brighten up your skin!

4. Brighten up.
For added pop and extra definition, use a highlight color directly above where the blush was applied, running from the outer corner of the eye up to temple.  For this I use our Floral Shimmer Powders, they AH-MA-ZING.


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6 Ways to Speed Up Your Morning Beauty Routine

08 January, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

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Find yourself strapped for time each morning? You aren’t alone. Save precious moments with these great time-saving beauty tips. You may even end up with time for a second cup of coffee!


Get a good night’s sleep. Planning ahead can help save you time later. If you don’t have any under eye circles or puffiness to hide, then you’ve eliminated half of your morning makeup routine!

Keep a large bottle of water next to your bed. This way, you can guzzle water right when you wake up, before you even get out of bed. Water will hydrate you skin and get your brain up to speed.

Wash your face in the shower. Instead of using your facial scrub at the sink, keep it in the shower and use it as your morning cleanser 2-3 times a week.  Most facial scrubs contain cleansing ingredients in them, so there’s no reason it can’t act as a cleanser and scrub-in one.

Curl while you sleep. While you’re counting sheep, create some curls! To cut your styling time by up to 90% in the morning—and still look like your spent hours on your hair—shower at night and opt for a pin curl set as you sleep. Here’s how to do it: Working with slightly damp hair, loosely tie your hair back into a ponytail near the crown of your head, making sure the elastic is not tight. Taking a 1-2-inch section (the larger the section, the looser the wave), wrap this hair around your fingers to create a curl, using a large bobby pin to secure at the base of the ponytail. Repeat until the entire head is complete. Let sleep work its magic and take out each curl in the morning, using your hands to loosely break up the waves.

Invest in a small makeup bag to hold your everyday makeup. Keep your daily necessity makeup (mascara, eyeliner, powder) in a makeup bag that’s separate than your main makeup bag, so it’s much more accessible in the morning. You can also throw this small bag in your purse if you find you have to skip the morning makeup routine altogether and apply your makeup once you get to work.

Always have Q-tips and a clean bit of water in a cup handy when doing makeup. A quick dip into water and dabbing, not wiping, cleans up eyeliner or mascara in a flash.






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