September 2019

Fashion Week Essentials

1. A Change of Shoes: CitySlips

If there’s a time to wear flats, Fashion Week is not it.  Trendy sky-high heels wreak havoc on your feet whether you’re a model, celebrity, editor or blogger running from show to show.  Give your toes a break between engagements with comfy flats that fit in your bag.

2. Long-wearing Color: Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color and 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil

A statement-making loud lip or eye look is a must-have for Fashion Week.  For a chic, classic red lip or edgy smokey eye that lasts, we love Urban Decay.  The shadow pencil is easy to apply even in the back of a cab and stays on like no other product we’ve tried.  The lip pencil is highly pigmented and does not budge even after your second or third after-party cocktail.

3. A long-lasting blowout: John Freida 3-Day Straight + Volume Refresher

We think there’s a reason why fashion world people are always photographed with a high top-knot bun: they haven’t had time for a blowout.  If you can make time for a pro-blowdry, make it last by using John Freida 3-day straight product. And if your hair is falling flat or feeling greasy, their Volume Refresher does the trick and smells amazing, too!

4. An anywhere charger:

We asked Olivia Palermo what her number one Fashion Week essential is: “My Blackberry charger!” It’s true – between snapping photos, tweeting, pulling up a confirmation email and Googling to find out the name of that blonde starlet in the front row, your tech can fail you.  Luckily lots of lounges including Maybelline in Lincoln Center have charging stations. But if you don’t have time to stop, keep one of Powermat’s wireless chargers with you to charge up.

5. A quick-fix kit: You never know what little thing you might need be it gum, floss, tissues, q-tips or blister pads.  You have to be prepared!  Fortunately Kmart came to our rescue with Zico Coconut Water to rehydrate, safety pins for potential wardrobe malfunctions, a Tide Pen (affiliate), lip balm, hand sanitizer, mints and a chic shade of nail polish for touch-ups! …which are items every girl should keep in her bag!

Buy Now, CitySlips, $30
Buy Now, Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, $20
Buy Now, 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil, $19
Buy Now, John Freida 3-Day Straight, $9
Buy Now, John Freida Volume Refresher, $4.98
Buy Now, Zico Coconut Water Pack of 12, $18.40
Buy Now, Tide Pen, $4.65

Perfect Manicure & Pedicure:
Best Colors & Products for Summer+Giveaway

When it comes to summer style, some of the staples that first come to mind are a chic bikini, breezy sundress, and great pair of sandals.  But one of the most important accessories for summer is a perfect manicure and pedicure.  We’ve picked the hottest polish colors and products to get your hands and feet looking their best this summer.

Polishes:

For the natural girl who likes a subtle, sheer shade, Essie’s Petal Pink is the perfect pale neutral.  For more coverage, we also love Steady as She Rose, a pretty pale pinkish-purple, from OPI’s new “Pirates of the Carribean” collection.  The chic Skull and Glossbones light gray is another easy-to-wear favorite.

If you’re looking for  beachy brights, we love Essie’s Mod Squad pink. Too Too Hot from its new Braziliant collection is the perfect red with a hint of coral. (It looks great with a tan!)  We’re also obsessed with the nautical-inspired Smooth Sailing, a light denim blue with just the right amount of sparkle. Teal nail polish is on-trend right now, so the matte Turquoise and Caicos by Essie is a great choice. Our Founder Melissa Meyers is sporting Lilacism,a bright Lilac, as her pedicure color of choice this summer.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes have unique flat brushes that allow polish to go on smoothly and effortlessly, perfect for anyone who finds that her self-applications tend to be either streaky or bubbly.  There are tons of great colors to choose from, such as Casting Call, a flattering pink coral for cool skin tones, or Fever, an orange coral ideal for warm skin tones.

If you’re a fan of classic red, Sally Hansen’s Runway Red-y can’t be beat, and neither can the drugstore prices! Both of these shades are summer limited editions (available at drugstores nationwide).

It’d be impossible to write a round-up of the best nail polish shades without including a product by Chanel. The intriguing Paradoxal is the perfect shade of deep purple (with a hint of sparkle that is only visible in direct light). This is a great color for all seasons.

Products:

A few new nail products have come out recently making at-home mani-pedis super easy.  You can get a professional finish at home with Kiesque Liquid Palisade.  It looks like lavendar liquid eyeliner, and you put it wherever you don’t want polish.  It works as a shortcut for French manicures or trendy half-moon styles, or you can just put it on your cuticles and around your nail edges and peel it off when dry to reveal a perfect polish job.

Essie Quick-E Drying Drops might just be life changing.  We’ve all tried so many top coats that claim to make polish dry faster, but none works as well as these drops.  Plus, the dropper application spreads evenly and penetrates nail polish, causing it to dry almost instantly and leaving a great layer of shine.

Ever plan on getting a pedicure after work, only to realize you don’t have flip-flops to change into?  Or wished you had a comfy pair of flats with you to relieve the pain of your sexy pumps?  CitySlips CityFlips have you covered.  This make-up case contains a pair of foldable flip-flops and doubles as a tote to carry your heels in.  It’s easy to carry in your bag at all times.  Now you won’t have to tip-toe around with wet toes in those salon-provided paper sandals.

Have a hand-and-foot obsessed friend?  Forward them this article!

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