Timeless Designer Jewelry Brands You Didn’t Know Existed

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With more and more brands being discovered day by day, it can be difficult to find something that is genuine instead of mass produced. Brands are now endlessly searching through trends in order to find that ‘something different’, rather than producing intricate and genuine jewelry. Brands are no longer interested in utilizing their history or their heritage, and instead, are attempting to create something that immediately sells. It’s time to move away from brands that are ‘something different’ and time to move towards the timeless, classic and more importantly, traditionally rich brands. We have listed 4 designer jewelry brands you should really consider for AW16!


9 Fall Accessories You Never Knew You Needed

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Although we still have plenty of summer days left ahead of us, we can’t deny that in just a few weeks, our nights will get colder as we ease into the fall season. A lot of the time, the weather can get a bit confusing, and accessorizing is a whole other dilemma. Do we wear scarves or sandals? When do we wear boots? Well, I came up with a few accessories that’ll make it a lot easier for you guys to get ready in the mornings as we enter the fall season. These accessories will have you walking out of the house (or your dorms) feeling all dolled up with minimal effort.


THE SECRET’S OUT:  Easy Makeup Tricks that Make a HUGE Difference

THE SECRET’S OUT: Easy Makeup Tricks that Make a HUGE Difference

We don’t all have an hour in the morning to put on our makeup. And unless we’re professional makeup artists, we don’t have the time to become an expert in makeup artistry. Watching beauty gurus pile on 10 different shades onto a tiny eyelid and then trying to replicate that is definitely not worth the sleep lost waking up extra early to do so. And don’t even get me started on contouring. Many of us simply don’t have that extra time or patience in the morning.

However, just because you don’t have enough time in the morning doesn’t mean you have to live with less-than-flawless makeup for the rest of your life. If you still want to up your makeup game in less time, you’ve come to the right place! Over the years of playing around with makeup, I’ve come up with a few minor makeup tricks that make all the difference. Trust me, and you’ll thank me later.

Artis Fluenta Collection Makeup Brush Review

Artis Fluenta Collection Makeup Brush Review

When it comes to makeup most people think of the product itself before anything else. What isn’t always given much thought is the brushes you use to apply your makeup. I used to be under the impression that ‘a brush is a brush’ but that couldn’t be less true.

See, not all makeup brushes are created equal and once you use top-of-the-line brushes you’ll never go back to the cheap, shedding brushes you may be used to.

artis brushes

I was recently given the chance to try (for review purposes) a few brushes from the Artis Fluenta collection. The first thing that stood out about these brushes is that they are animal-free. Most makeup brushes on the market use goat hair, but Artis does not.

Artis never uses any animal hairs or by-products in their brushes! They use CosmeFibreâ, trademarked engineered fiber developed exclusively for superior makeup application. This fiber outperforms animal hair by resisting UV, chemical challenges, and wear testing for more consistent application than animal hair used in conventional makeup brushes.

artis brushes

The brushes in the Artis Fluenta collection do not look like your typical makeup brushes. They are handmade (in the USA) to make applying makeup easier and more efficient – without you needing to bend and contort your wrists and hands to get it just right. Artis founder, Matthew Waitesmith {former MAC Cosmetics senior exec}, created each new makeup brush with the purpose of control and flexibility.

While I absolutely love the look and thought behind these brushes, it did take me some time to get used to using them. I blame it on years of non-ergo dynamically designed brush use. Once I started to get the hang of using these brushes I was hooked. The makeup went on perfectly and my favorite is I don’t have to touch my face to put on eyeshadow anymore! Before I was balancing my hand on my cheek, trying to get the angles just right. Now the brush does all of the work, I just simply glide it where I want it to go.

The 5 piece Fluenta Collection brush set that was sent to me has the following brushes:

  • Oval 6 – great for applying foundation, blush, and contour
  • Oval 4Oval 3 – great for applying eye makeup with ease and perfection
  • Linear 1 – great for applying eyeliner and precision eye shadow. Also good for brow shaping
  • Circle 1 – great for applying lip color and concealer to small areas

The brushes themselves do not shed (!!!!) which is the biggest thing for me. I hate, hate, hate, trying to pick individual hairs off of my face. The design is modern and sleek and I love the ‘chrome’ finish on the matte black microtextured grip section. The brushes are weight-balanced – which is why I don’t need to use my face for balance or leverage.

You can find the Artis Fluenta Collection in-store at Neiman Marcus and NeimanMarcus.com. Prices range from $25 to $400, and there are many brushes available. The Oval 10 brush alone has over 250,000 individual fibers!


The Minimalist Guide To Eye Makeup

The Minimalist Guide To Eye Makeup

Jaclyn Baker

Let’s go back in time to my young teenage years. I noticed other girls were starting to get into makeup and I thought to myself “Hey I want to do this too!”

So I did what every teen in 2010 was doing… I hit up YouTube.

I cannot even explain how impressed I was at how knowledgeable these girls were.

Or so I thought.

After watching tutorials for days I finally felt confident enough to start doing makeup on myself. I went up to my bathroom did my whole skin care routine, put my hair up in a bun, gave myself a pep talk and was ready to go.

Except I forgot one thing; all of the tutorials I watched required at least 5 products just on the eyes! I had no primers, liners, shadows, nothing.

I only owned lip gloss and concealer. Oops.