My TOP 10 beauty tips and tricks!

In the spirit of Miss America tonight I thought I would share with you my TOP 10 Beauty Tips and Tricks I have learned as being a pageant girl myself! Have you ever wondered how pageant girls get their hair so volumized or how they always look flawless under those burning bright lights? Well lucky for you I am going to give you some insight about the pageant girl magic!

As we all know there are a million products for hair care, facial care, nail care and the list goes on. So the question is what really are the best products and brands to use. Now I could tell you that there is just one brand of makeup that is the best for foundation that gives a flawless look or the best face wash for clear skin but because every ones skin and hair is different that is not the case. However, after trying so many brands myself year after year I can tell you that I have learned some tricks along the way and have found some products that work for many skin and hair types.

  1. AMAZING EYELASHES: If you are like me putting on fake eyelashes is a chore and even though I want long thick eyelashes putting on lashes everyday is just unrealistic! Also, putting on false lashes everyday can actually do damage to your lashes so go ahead and throw out those lashes and glue because I have something way better! You can get the same look as false eyelashes with just two mascaras!
    • TRICK: First curl your eyelashes then put on a lengthening mascara (you can layer it twice if you would like) and then put a thickening mascara on top (you can also layer this twice if you would like) and waaalaaa you have super thick and long lashes without ever putting on fake lashes that takes half the time!  My favorite lengthening mascara is Benefit ” they’re Real” and Dior “Show” which is currently my favorite thickening mascara! (they just came out with a new Dior which is even blacker then the normal black)mascarabenefit Mascarabeforeafter diorshowblackout
  2. FLAWLESS LOOK: Ever wondered how some women’s makeup looks great all day especially those pageant girls who are on a stage for hours under bright hot lights. Or have you ever given someone a huge and realized you just left a makeup stain on their shirt! Well, the key is in the application before and after putting on your makeup.
    • TRICK: It is really important to put on a primer (this allows for the makeup to go on flawless and some primers even help to reduce the look of large pores) and then to put on a setting spray (this sets the makeup so it stays all day and does not start to slip off your face or get onto anyone else’s clothes!).  My favorite primer is by Laura Mercier (it even smells good) and my favorite setting spray is by MAC. Laura_Mercier_Oil_Free_Primer mac-fix-rose_1
  3. FACE REGIME: So you wonder how so many beauty queens have great skin? Well it doesn’t come just by putting makeup on to cover up any blemishes it really starts with how you treat your skin daily. And you can try a million different face wash products and toners and moisturizers but the true key is to wash your face every night before you go to bed. The worst thing you can do is go to bed with your makeup on this can also increase the wrinkles you will get underneath your eyes.
    • TRICK: So ladies if there is one thing you do everyday let it be that you WASH YOUR FACE NIGHTLY! And while you think washing your face with a wash cloth or your hands is doing the job let me tell you it is not! I can not tell you how much using a Clarsonic day/night will make such a difference. Yes this product may be a little pricey but trust me it is really worth it (make sure your replace the brush head every 2 months and wash it out after each use).  My favorite products right now are Philosophy’s “Just Release Me” makeup remover, Bobbi Brown’s Extra Bright Face Wash, Hydrating Toner and Vitamin Enriched moisturizer (if you are like me and want to keep things simple you can use the moisturizer day and night). Also, it is really important to use a eye cream (not only does this help for makeup to go on better but it helps reduce the existence of wrinkles and help them not form). A few other good face wash brands are Kate Somerville and Philosophy. Picture 135 Bobbi_Brown_HydratingSkinCare_01philosophy-just-release-me-dual-phase-oil-free-makeup-remover_7-best-products-for-longer-lashes
  4. CLEAN BRUSHES: Another important trick to keeping your face looking great everyday is washing your brushes weekly. My favorite product is the MAC brush cleaner. I let all my brushes soak in a cup of this wash for about 30 minutes and then rinse them out. Also, if you are like me and are always on the go a great product to travel with is a spray brush cleaner by Bobbi Brown. All you do is lay your brush on a tissue spray the brush and swirl it on the tissue and now its ready to be used!brushcleaners
  5. VOLUMINOUS HAIR: So you ask how do you get that volume in your hair and get it to stay all day. Well, ladies it is all in the product you use when your hair is wet and how you blow dry it!
    • TRICK: Now I have tried every brand and product you can think of from Big Sexy Hair, Aveda, Bumble & Bumble, Bed Head, Fekkai and many more but there is nothing that compares to Kerastase. Kerastase just came out with a new volumizing product called “Forme Fatale” that I use and of course when I do wash my hair which is once a week (yes I said once a week) I use Kerastase shampoo and leave in 30 minute conditioner. Now depending on your hair you will want to find the right Kerastase products for you (they have it all). Also, because I only wash my hair once a week I use a great dry shampoo by Not Your Mothers. forme fatale kera1
    • TRICK: Also, blow drying your hair is definitely an art and will also really help with making your hair voluminous! So get yourself a round brush and a good blowdryer and section your hair to blow it dry from root to end. Trust me this will make a world of difference. Remember, how you dry your hair is how it will go back to when it gets any humidity on it. how-to-use-a-round-brush-to-curl-hair-2.WidePlayer
  6. SILKY HAIR: Now that you know how to get voluminous hair now lets make sure it is silky smooth! This goes back to the same thing when applying makeup it is all in the application before and after.
    • When it is wet use a serum that will help moisturize your hair my favorite is by Kerastase called “Elixir Kultime”, I put this all through my hair from roots to ends. Then when it is dry I use Moroccan Oil to make my ends silky (use this maybe every other day)! kerastase_elixir_ultime moroccanoil-oil-treatment-three-four-oz-278x278
  7. GREAT NAILS: Ever look down at your nails and think yuck I really need to get my nails done. Well until you can get to a nail salon a quick trick to making them look great is using cuticle oil. Just keep this in your purse and when your standing in line for coffee or stuck in traffic whip this bad boy out and make your nails look great! cuticleoil
  8. PERFECT LIPS: When I say perfect lips no I am not going to go tell you to get lip injections! 🙂 I am talking about how to get your lipstick to stay on and how to make them look plump without anything abrasive!
    • TRICK: Moisturize your lips daily, my favorite lip balm to use is by Kiehls. Also, if you are like me and hate when your lipstick smudges or your boyfriend refuses to kiss you because it will get all over him. Try my new favorite lipstain by Stila. To get a more full lip put your lip liner on from the outer corners of your lips and work your way in. You can also put a little bit more right in the middle under neath your bottom lip. kiehls Stila-Lip-Stain
  9. SOFT SKIN: So I could tell you that I use some $500 cream all over my body to keep it smooth and silky but then I would be totally lieing. I have found that this is the one time the higher the price is actually not better in quality. Some may swear by Lamar cream but I swear by Eucerin that my grandmother uses. You find it at any grocery or drug store for $15 bucks! Eucerin-Smoothing-Repair
  10.  THICK AND LONG HAIR/NAILS: Well there is a lot you could do but my own really key trick is taking Biotin! I know many believe taking prenatal vitamins are a good way to get your nails and hair to grown nice, long and strong. But let me tell you Biotin is way better! Plus if you are not pregnant you do not want to always be taking prenatal vitamins! 🙂 biotin_1

Ok until next time my fashionistas! Stay styled right! xoxo FSR

These shoes are made for walking…

This Fall is all about the shoes. So ladies and gentlemen if you are shoeaholics you are in for a special treat this season!

Let the shoes make your outfit.  We all know that Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex In The City” had a total shoe obsession. If it was a new pair of jeans or a pair of Manolo Blahniks… it was definitely the Manolo’s! So if you are going to buy a few things to style up your closet for Fall b-line for the shoe section first! From oxford booties to pointed toe pumps to over-the-knee boots to your outrageously glamorous stiletto there is something for everyone to love!

So now the question you probably all are pondering is how do you allow your shoes to speak in every outfit! Usually we get dressed by first picking out either a pair of pants (skirt/shorts) or the top and then once we have decided on that pairing we then chose the shoes. However, being that outrageous, fun, textured and colored shoes are the biggest trend this Fall try picking out the shoes first and then finding the rest of the outfit to pair with it!! Trust me you might be surprised what chic outfits you come up with! It almost reinvents your closet into something totally different. This can sometimes be tricky but also really fun. So my fellow styled right fashionistas go on and try it! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with…

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Chilly night’s call for OVERSIZED Sweaters!

You know Fall is in full effect when Southern California starts to have chilly nights! I was quite surprised to wake up to rain falling this morning as well. Thus, I decided the perfect trend for today was oversized sweaters! There is nothing better than being comfy on a gloomy cold day!

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How to style this trend: Try pairing an oversized sweater with leggings and boots and if your feeling edgy try it with a fitted mini dress, textured tights and knee high boots!

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Also, don’t be afraid to wear this trend to work; just add a belt around the waist put on a pencil skirt and ankle booties with tights and you are ready for the office!

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Finding the best oversized sweater for your body:

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1. If you have curves tuck part of the sweater into your jeans or try an asymmetric style.

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2. If you bigger below bring the focus up with color and cut. A sweater that is longer in back will elongate your legs. Also, try pairing it over a long flowy skirt.

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3. If you are thin try a chunky sweater. Shine will add curves above!

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Until next time stay styled right! xoxo FSR

TREND OF THE DAY: Who said women can’t be stylish in loafers!

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Every season more and more men’s inspired clothing and accessories are made for women. One of my favorites this season is LOAFERS! They are similar to a flats functionality but give the outfit more edge and visual interest! They are great for just about any occasion. They can take a skinny jean and t- shirt and give it some flare as well as dressing up a great work suit! You can chose from suede, rhinestones, patent leather, leather and an endless color wheel!

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Fall into Equestrian Style!

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Are you ready for fall? Have you started to add great pieces to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall?

Well, whether you have or have not fear not FSR is here to help you ease into fall with just a few great ideas! After working in retail for many years I have noticed many people have the misconception that they must buy a whole new wardrobe for each season. And that may be great for some who have an endless supply of money. However, for those who may be on a budget a few pieces are all you need. It is truly unnecessary to start over each season with a new wardrobe. Me being from Seattle an transitioning into Southern California I had to learn how to combine to totally different wardrobes. Now going into my third Winter in California I have learned that with just a few great pieces and adding a few additional trend pieces my wardrobe is ready for Fall.

This Fall is particularly trending with an Equestrian Style. So a few pieces that would be great to update your style for Fall as well as adding a touch of Equestrian Style are as follows…

#1. Essential must have for Fall is a great pair of boots! And why not try an equestrian inspired pair! I am especially loving the black and brown combo!

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#2. Equestrian inspired belt! Belts are always a great way to define your waist. And also a great way to accessorize a chunky sweater!

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#3. Burgundy jeans! Not only can you style them with your equestrian style boots they are the current color trend for fall as well.

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#4. Equestrian inspired jewelry!

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#5. Tweed blazer! Style over a sheath dress to go to work or a pair of jeans and boots to go on a date! This is definitely an essential piece that can be worn year around as well. This is a piece I would suggest splurging on!

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Here is an example how you can style your tweed jacket on warm days! My motto is versatility, versatility, versatility!

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#6. Colored tights! Take many of your summer dresses and skirts and transition them into fall with just the simple add on of a colored pair of tights!

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#7. A piece of leather! Somewhere in your wardrobe you should have a great piece of leather whether it is a top, jacket, vest or even pants! This Fall is showing leather to also just be an accent on a garment! Let this be where you show your personal style! Here are just a few examples…

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#8. Wool Hats! These are also great for Summer and Fall!

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Ok, now that you know the must have pieces to transition your style from Summer to Fall its time to go shopping! Make your appointment today for your free consultation! Email > LaurenIce.FashionStyledRight@gmail.com

Until next time stay stylish and fabulous! Xoxo FSR

Platforms perform!

Okay okay so I have finally decided to give in to this trend. You know how after a while you keep hearing that annoying song that you can not stand but then you find yourself singing to it and eventually you start to like it. Well, that is exactly what happened; working retail can do that to you with certain trends. I was really not into this chunky heel trend but like many trends, styled the right way it actually is a good look. Again, let me repeat myself I said when it is STYLED RIGHT! Additionally, like I have said before every trend is not for everyone so do not be afraid to try this trend but do not make it work if it is just not working [lol].

Now some chunky heels I think are just totally outrageous and way in left field; Jeffery Campbell designs are a perfect example of being way over the top.

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Jeffery Campbell (STYLE NO NO)

These heels are not something you can wear everyday and you are for sure making a statement when you step out in these heels. If you are tempted to try this trend I recommend a heel that is maybe a little more subtle or at least has good style such as Steve Madden or Sam Edelman; they are a good middle price point, decent quality and are still very edgy without being too much. Definitely with trends like this that are “in” one day and “out” the next I would not spend too much. When you are on a budget spending a large amount on a fade/trend is not a smart choice, it is a much better idea to spend more on great basics you will have for years to come, these are the pieces that will get the most wear. Of course high end designers also created styles in this trend such as Christian Louboutin, Prada and Jimmy Choo. Within the platform heel category there are a few different styles; there is the platform heel bootie, platform high heel and platform wedge. All three are great when styled the right way! Each are unqiuely different and are all meant for different occasions. Here are some ideas of how to style these heels if you are looking to jump on the band wagon with this trend! 🙂

#1: Hipster (platform bootie): There are a few different ways I would recommend styling this heel depending if this is for day or night. For a more casual look I would pair these with leggings or jeggings with a blouse and if its a little chilly out throw on a leather jacket over the top. Keep the jewelry super simple since the shoe has so much personality, maybe just a ring or bracelet. For evening I would pair these with a fitted skirt with dark sheer nylons underneath and a loose blouse or tank tucked in. Again keep the jewelry and accessories simple.

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Now I know I said to be budget conscious with this trend however, if you decide to splurge anyways these would be my top choice. Styling wise I would recommend skinny jeans with a blouse. If you are really daring try even pairing these with a sheath dress for a “funky work look”.

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Now you all know I was in love with suede this past season and well I still am! Because of the fabric choice and color this heel is very versatile. You can make it casual or dress it up. Personally, I would recommend this heel for a more daytime look pairing them with a cotton dress (A.L.C makes great cotton fitted dresses) and a statement necklace. 🙂

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Love these for a super casual look. Because of the wool fabric I would suggest doing a basic t-shirt paired with skinny jeans or jeggings. If you are feeling daring try pairing these with the T by Alexander Wang twist hem knit skirt (or something like it) with a t-shirt and a leather vest.

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#2: Girly working woman (platform chunky heel): Leopard print is here to stay people seem to think this print goes out of style but personally I think it has been in style for years. Sometimes it fades to the back but this print NEVER truly goes out of style. Because of the chunkiness of this heel it needs to be paired with something that is of thicker fabric. Wearing a flowy dress will leave this outfit unbalanced. A great red sheath dress would be an awesome look or even a simple maxi dress (cotton fabric). You could also try a high waisted skirt with a blazer and a nice silk shell underneath. If you did want to wear these more casual try pairing them with a high waisted large flared jean with a t-shirt tucked in.

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For a more daring outfit to wear to work try pairing your pencil skirt and blouse with these heels!

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I love, love, love ankle straps on heels. Normally I would not recommend it as it can cut off your legs making them not look as long. However, with the thickness of the heel and the overall look of the shoe it actually does not take away but adds a unique flare. Still if you are of shorter stature I would probably recommend a the shoe above instead. 🙂 This heel can really be styled in a number of different ways. Since they do have the ankle strap; stick to wearing a dress or skirt keeping them simple is key. To much going on can kill the look its better to be a little understated than way to overstated!

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#3: Stepping out (thick high heel): Now when you are getting ready to step out with your girlfriends this is the heel I would chose from this trend. Now I know once again I said if you are going to buy this trend do not spend a lot however I am making this style of shoe an acceptation do to the fact they are more of a normal high heel just with a thicker heel in the back!

For these Via Spiga heels I would recommend a great shift dress (these also come in grey, black and patent leather leopard).

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The old business theory applies here keep it KISS (Keep It Stupid Simple). Because this shoe is the focal point let them shine do a great dress solid color such as purple, red or black. Great for an evening charity event. Ps. These are also for a more mature woman.

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Another great heel for a dressy occasion. Make sure the dress has a good weight to the fabric.

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These are my favorite! No not because they are Christian Louboutins but because the color is so versatile and they have just the right amount of sparkle. I recommend styling these with skinny jeans and a fun top. Of course you can really wear these anyway you desire since they are an essence just a peep toe pump with just a platform and thicker heel. 🙂

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Ok ladies, it is that time again where it is up to you now to go out and be styled right with the tips you have learned!!!

Buy Now…Wear Now

On average a person only wears 25% of their wardrobe. Now there are many reasons for this and let me tell you not having enough clothes is never the case! [LOL] Some causes may be that they bought items hoping they would eventually fit into it, it was such a bargain they could not pass it up, or it was a had to have item at the time but went home and quickly realized nothing in their closet went with it. Now these are all big no no’s when you go shopping however, they are not what I am going to focus on for today. What I want to talk about is something much bigger and not really an issue but more of a styling concept that one must learn. I call it “Buy Now…Wear Now”.  It is a great styling tool to learn and use consistently as it will help you grow your wardrobe as well as wear a lot more pieces through out the year.

Now most of you know that in the fashion world there are only two seasons. Spring and Fall; there is no Summer and Winter like the weather seasons. Thus, meaning that the concept of buying for certain seasons is totally backwards. If you have not already noticed we are still in August and Spring Collections are all on sale while Fall Collections are coming in at rapid speed! Fall is considered to be from July to December and Spring is January to June. Therefore, you really have to be aware of what you are buying, when to buy certain pieces and most importantly how to get the most wear out of each piece. This concept is especially important when you are dropping a large amount of money on one piece. I do condone this type of shopping 100%, I believe quantity over quality but that is a whole other topic. 🙂 Now, because we are currently in Fall it seems most appropriate to teach you how to wear the trends of this season while we are still seeing the sun blazing outside. Not to mention that Fall is my favorite season, born and raised in the Northwest my have something to do with my favorites. I absolutely love boots, tweed coats, bulky sweaters, sequin dresses, dark color, etc… the list could go on forever.

The two trends that I am really loving are FUR and LEATHER! Both of these trends can totally be worn now for Summer and will transition perfectly into Fall. Now I know you must be thinking, “are you crazy it is like 80 degrees outside how do you expect me to wear fur and moreover leather”! Well, let me tell you that styled with the right pieces its very doable. I do not know about you but I love instant gratification and the thought of buying a fabulous $1,500 fur jacket or vest and having it tucked away in my closet until the temperature drops to at least 40 degrees is just unacceptable. If fur is your trend of choice this season, I would style it with a great high waisted short, a light weight blouse, topped off with your fabulous new FUR jacket/vest and paired with chunky wedges! Now in the evening you could switch it up with a skinny jean, tank top and the vest/jacket. Moreover, when it gets cold you can also put a long top underneath the vest. And the jacket of course will look great over anything especially a sequin dress!

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Always glamourous in FUR!

If you are dieing to wear your leather jacket, shorts or pants here are a few ideas of how to style them. Leather jacket is pretty simple you can really style it over anything and it will look good. A summer dress, tank and shorts, maxi dress, top and jeans, etc. Leather shorts are easy as well your legs are already exposed so all you need to think about is what you will wear up top. I would suggest something light weight; t-shirt, blouse, tank, or maybe even that fur vest. Pair it with wedges or caged sandals and you are ready! Now if leather pants are your trend of choice, I would suggest only wearing these late in the evening as leather does not breath. Also, again I would wear something light weight so that you stay as cool as you can. In the winter, when the weather actually cools off I would pair both the leather pants and shorts with bulky sweaters and booties. The shorts I would also wear a textured tight underneath, that way you stay warm and look chic doing it. What is really neat about this seasons leather is that is washed leather which makes it more casual and to me seems to be a better look for Summer.

Transition from Summer to Winter in Leather pants!

LEATHER JACKET “SUMMER LOOKS”

LEATHER JACKET “FALL/WINTER LOOK”

Transition from Summer to Winter in Leather shorts!

Ok, so now that you know how to wear two of the best trends for Summer and Fall… get to shopping! And do not be afraid to splurge, these two trends always seem to come and go through different years they are definitely pieces that you just never get rid of! And I must say vintage fur is the best!

Here are a few of my favorite leather and fur pieces in retail stores now…

Kenna Leather Pants (Nordstrom)

Balmain Leather Jacket (Nordstrom)

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Vince Fur Vest (Nordstrom)

3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Skirt (Nordstrom)

Burberry Porseum Leopard Fur Jacket (Nordstrom)