BEST AND MOST CHIC OF 2013!

     2013 was a huge year in beauty and pop culture. As we look back, here are some of our favorite things and events. We can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!

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  • Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald. This flattering jewel tone was dubbed color of the year and was seen everywhere from eyeliners to accessories on street style stars and red carpets alike.

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  • Beyonce’s CD: Queen Bey dropped an entire album on iTunes and 17 music videos with absolutely no advance marketing or publicity! Who run the world? Beyonce.

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  • Jennifer Lopez’s Golden Globes 2013 lace Zuhair Murad gown. JLO always look stunning but this look took our breath away!

BEST selfies

  • “Selfie” and “twerk” were added to Oxford Dictionary. Because it was 2013.

BEST jaime

  • Ja’ime Private School Girl: Chris Lilley is back in this hilarious “mockumentray”. Follow Summer Heights High star Ja’ime (pronounced Jah-may) through her life as the “It Girl” in her Australian private girls grammar school. So Quiche.

BEST jennifer

  • The long bob became the hottest cut for Hollywood’s brightest stars. Karlie Kloss, Julianne Hough, Beyonce and Jennifer Lawrence all traded their luscious locks for face-framing bobs.

What were your favorite events or things from 2013??

Next up:

1/16: 10 ways to feel better in 2014!  

1/23: CHIC Beauty Icon

 

HOLIDAY BEAUTY COLLECTIONS

It’s the most wonderful time of yeartime for holiday beauty collections! Cosmetic lines go all out during the holidays with show stopping collections full of gorgeous winter colors, loads of sparkle and limited edition pieces. Check out some holiday collections we are loving, and shopping!

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Chanel’s Holiday 2013 collection expresses the magic and enchantment of an endless winter night. Demure colour for cheeks, luxe shades for lips, seductive shadows for lids and a new sparkling mascara will have you under the mistletoe in no time!

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Go gold this winter with Dior’s Golden Winter makeup collection. It will gift you a glowing complexion, metallic lips, couture nails and a golden gaze. Inspired by Versailles with its gilded décor, Dior seeks to make your face gleam like a winter wonderland. 

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Francois Nars was always inspired through makeup by Guy Bourdin, when discovering his work in the pages of French Vogue. Now, Nars is paying homage to Bourdin’s legacy, bringing you NARS’ Guy Bourdin Color Collection. It’s bold and will make you feel high fashion in minutes.

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The Laura Mercier White Magic Collection is made up of enchanting, illuminating shades including glowing skin powder, nail lacquer, pearl finish eye shadows and creamy eye shadow sticks (just to name a few!). These products will give you just the right amount of oomph you need to sparkle your

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Make every night luxurious with MAC’s Divine Night Holiday 2013 collection. Mineralize Eye Shadows in rich jewel tones, Divine Night Lipsticks in sumptuous finishes and ultra glittery metallic nail polishes make this a well-rounded holiday collection that tops every beauty lover’s Christmas list!

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One of favorite, affordable cosmetics lines, e.l.f. is offering a limited edition Essential Holiday 5 Piece Duo Eyeshadow Collection. Each color can be worn by itself or together for a more dramatic effect. With 4 duo eyeshadows and 1 eyeshadow brush at only $5,why notbuy both the “Natural” and the “Smoky” collections!

UPCOMING BLOGS…
11/28- CHIC Stocking Stuffers
12/5- Holiday Entertaining the CHIC way

PARIS & BROOKLYN FASHION WEEK CHIC ROUNDUP!

We love Fashion Week because it allows to us to travel all over the world and get a glimpse at trends across the globe! We all know French women have that….je ne sais quoi, that extra something chic and alluring. Here are our top beauty trends from the Paris S/S 2014 runway.

BARELY THERE MAKEUP

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Models at Jean Paul Gaultier represented the perfectly laid back, downtown chic it-girl thanks to makeup artist Lloyd Simmonds. Barely there makeup and effortless hair complimented the leather-clad, rocker ensembles.

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The feminine, understated looks seen at Chloe are compliments of Diane Kendal for MAC. Faces were left nearly bare and lids were neutral with the slightest hint of gloss. Hair was also simple, straight and gorgeously thick.

METALLIC GOLD EYES

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Tom Pecheux for MAC is the mastermind behind this rich yet wearable Maiyet look. He washed the entire lid with MAC Eyeshadows in Golden Goddess and Platinum Love then placed gold pigment on the inner and outer corners for extra drama.

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The “brocaded gold brows” at Dior glittered as bright as 14k gold! Makeup extraordinaire Pat McGrath took metallics to the next level, covering models’ brows in glue which she then topped with gold pigment and glitter. You can always count on Dior for high fashion!

BEJEWELED MAKEUP

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Stephane Marais combined punk edge and girly glamour at Haider Ackermann. Heavy black winged liner was topped with chunky black glitter for bold, “look at me” cat-eyes.

 

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The makeup at Givenchy had everyone talking at Paris Fashion Week! 12 hours of work went into Pat McGrath‘s crystal and sequin masks. But it was well worth the hours — the looks outshone even the front-row lineup of major stars and fashionistas!

Want to see what CHICSTUDIOS was up to at Brooklyn Fashion Week? Here are some behind the scenes snapshots. Our team was lead by key makeup artist Ninaand lead makeup artist Lala. We are so proud of their accomplishments!

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 UPCOMING BLOGS…

10/17: Halloween Makeup We Love

10/24: CHIC PICKS – Products to keep your skin/lips healthy & moisturized during winter

TEEN CHOICE AWARDS 2013!

Missed last night’s Teen Choice Awards? Lucky for you, CHICSTUDIOS has a recap of the best red carpet hair and makeup looks. Here are the young Hollywood starlets that caught our eye and lit up the red carpet!

HAIR:

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Lea Michele styled her locks in flirty, beachy waves. We also admire her beautiful, brave smile!

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We adore Nina Dobrev’s effortless looking ponytail. Volume at the crown and super shiny strands make the look polished yet laidback.

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Attention beauty lovers: braids have proven a hair trend here to stay! Maia’s tousled braided crown shows off the star’s gorgeous eyes.

MAKEUP:

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Shay plays a natural beauty on Pretty Little Liars but she stepped it up a notch on the red carpet with her summery glow, bronze smokey eye and nude lip.

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Holland’s skin looks flawless and that bright red lip is pure perfection!

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Selena plays up her sultry new image by rocking a sexy cat eye achieved with thick, winged black eyeliner.

It’s safe to say that last night the red carpet was filled with so many gorgeous young ladies. Who was your favorite at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards?

SUMMER SWIMWEAR FOR ALL SHAPES!

We’re in the heat of the summer, but what’s hotter than the perfect swimsuit for your shape? Check out our celebrity style guide, with tips and tricks on what to wear for your next pool party. Happy Summer!
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1. Cutouts can add an appearance of curves to a linear frame!
2. A center knot creates a bustline and adds femininity!

Get it…Tara Matthews– net-a-porter.com
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1. A wrapped fit can flatter every angle!
2. Light & Dark colorblocking — this hue draws eyes to all the right places!

 Get it…Topshop — http://us.topshop.com/
3. An belted suit draws the eye up from your middle to the narrowest part of your shape!
Get it…Roksanda — matchesfashion.com
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1. Underwire gives more support!
Get it…Topshop– http://us.topshop.com/
2. A V-neck shows just the right amount of cleavage but elongates your figure!

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1. High-waist focuses on cleavage and hides love handles!
Get it…Huitbarenecessities.com
2. More inches of fabric from boyshorts will prevent swimsuit bottom from sliding but still show off curves!
Get it…Coach–  coach.com
3. Plunging necklines draws the eyes upward!
Get it…Tory Burch– toryburch.com
PETITE
1. Ruffles add volume!
Get it…Zimmerman — net-a-porter.com
2. Triangle Top make the smallest curves stand out under these tiny tops
3. For faux cleavage, try a sweetheart neckline.

GRADUATION BEAUTY & FASHION FIX

You’ve studied all night, slept a little, met amazing friends and given all of you for four years for that piece of paper that signifies your new path in life: the degree. Congratulations to all the graduates of 2013!

You deserve to be fashion forward on your big day!

Check out our guide below on prepping for your walk of glory…

trend white dress

A white dress looks classic and refined; a bright dress will catch attention!

GET IT:

Topshop Lace Applique Dress

Zara Embroidered Dress

BCBG Asymmetrical Neon Dress

Zara Lace Dress

trend wedges

Wedges are comfortable and perfect for the indoor or outdoor graduation!

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trend HAIR

Hair is extremely vital for your big day, even if it is under your cap 😉

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trend MAKEUP

Choose between a natural look and a bold lip, but don’t forget the lashes!

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Pucker up: Summer’s hottest lip shades

Ah, sweet summertime. Because of the hot heat and our gorgeous tans, summer is a time for minimal makeup and natural beauty. Fortunately for us, this summer is seeing a new trend that allows us to do just that while still looking polished and put together! Bright bold lip shades are taking the beauty world by storm! Keep your face makeup minimal and eyes soft to let your lips do all the talking.

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Fuchsia lips are having a MAJOR beauty moment. In fact, all the “it girls” have been seen rocking the ultimate summer shade. Two of our top picks are MAC Lipstick in “Snow Orchid” and NARS Lipstick in “Funny Face”.

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Orange

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Punch up your summer beauty routine with a swipe of citrus on your lips. Don’t be afraid of this bold hue because the right orange can suit all complexions. We can’t get enough of MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in “Good to Go” and Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in ‘Electric Orange”.

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Pick up your neon summer shade and snap a pic of your newest go-to color. Tweet it to us @CHICSTUDIOS or upload it on our Fan Page wall at www.facebook.com/chicstudiosmakeup We’d love to see!

 

Get this Look for Less

Here at CHICSTUDIOS we believe that no matter what your budget, you can create glamourous makeup looks and stylish ensembles. So, we’re presenting “Get this Look for Less”! Ever admire those pictures on Pinterest of stylish gals who’ve just got it going on and wonder how you can recreate their effortless style? Then this post is for you! Read on (and your wallet can thank us later!)

THE LOOK:
ebeb298046b16fbbabc7d5231eb2a33cIt’s official: spring is finally here! Sexy sheer fabrics and anything floral are spring wardrobe staples as is an oversized boyfriend watch. Add extra interest with a pop of metallic like these oxfords to take your outfit to the next level. Here’s how you can get this look for a fraction of the cost:

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Nasty Gal Metallic Oxford

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Happy shopping! Expand your wardrobe while keeping your wallet plump in the process. You really can have the best of both worlds when you shop chic! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

TREND REPORT: LACE

Spring is right around the corner and with it, a bevy of trends for the new season! From the haute couture runways to beauty bloggers and everyday fashionistas alike, it seems a trend that no one can get enough of is lace! The pattern has been reworked this season in many creative ways to create both a romantic and soft feel or an edgy and gothic touch. Here are 3 of our favorite ways to rock the lace trend. How daring are you?

Stylish:

Lace Fashion

Work lace details into your wardrobe like a miniskirt or detailed cuffs. Or, take a cue from Jason Wu and wear the pattern all-over!

Edgy:

Lace Nails

Add some MAJOR interest to your mani with lace accents no matter what your mood — girly or vampy!

Avant-garde:

Lace Eyes

Have a flair for the dramatic? We dare you to try lace makeup on the eyes!

We want to see how you style this trend! Show us and keep up with CHICSTUDIOS on our FanPage, Twitter and Pinterest.

CHIC HOLIDAY FASHION TRENDS

With our CHIC STUDIOS New Year’s Eve Style Guide and post on how to throw the perfect New Year’s bash, there’s no doubt that you rang in 2013 fabulously! The glitzy holiday may be over, but it’s no excuse to lose your fashion-forward motivations now! Make sure to stay chic and take note of the 5 huge trends of this season.

1.   VELVET

This winter, velvet has made a comeback! The soft-feeling fabric has always been associated with a rich and luxurious appearance. It has been seen on countless celebs, in designer collections and even on Miss Universe winner, Olivia Culpo, when she won the pageant! If you’re petite, velvet can make you appear bulky. Don’t let that make you avoid this sumptuous trend- opt for velvet accents or accessories instead.

Now this is a trend we love for post-holiday season. Hide your gingerbread house and pie filled tummies with a huge sweater! I’m not talking about stepping out in an oversized sweater with sweatpants and scrunchies- this cozy staple can look fashion-forward and chic. Balance the bulk of heavy knits with slim or short bottoms, like skinny jeans, leather leggings or a mini skirt. Add some glam shoes and costume jewelry and you’re good to go!

3.    24K Gold Lips

If you can’t afford diamonds, go for the gold! Gold lips are hot this season- A gold gloss can be worn alone or over a favorite lipstick to create a warm and shimmery effect. The metallic color will make you feel like a million bucks and add instant femininity, sparkle and glamor to your face.




4.    Winter White

The snow may start to melt soon, but that shouldn’t stop you from shying away from this winter trend. Forget the outdated “you can’t wear white after Labor Day” cliché fashion rule. The winter white trend is your friend and will make you look white hot. This trend is embracing the color of the snowy season! Celebrities like Miranda Kerr and J. Lo have been spotted in all white outfits.

The idea of purple hair may seem a little silly and a risk only to be taken on Halloween, but it is indeed a new trend! Purple hair comes in many shades, such as lavender, lilac and even magenta. Many starts have dared to rock it, but do you? Katy Perry, Kelly Osbourne and Azealia Banks have all embraced it, while some other stars, like Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato,have dip-dyed, ombred and streaked their hair in this pastel color. Don’t want to commit to a crazy hue? Use hair chalk or temporary dye for a not-so-permanent ‘do!

Continue 2013 looking fabulous & try some of these hot winter trends! Make sure to check out our FacebookTwitterPinterest & website!