SPRING CLEANING: CHIC’S GUIDE TO CLEANING OUT YOUR MAKEUP BAG

As we move into warmer temperatures and more colorful palettes…it’s important to also take care of your cosmetics arsenal. Here are a few tips to help you clean out your makeup bag:

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1. Separate your products. 

Whether or not we like to admit it, bacteria loves to thrive on our faces, and one of the easiest ways to keep germs from spreading is to keep your brushes, face makeup, eye makeup and lipsticks/glosses all separate.

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2. Don’t underestimate the power of rubbing alcohol.

Cleansing products are essential, but one of the simplest methods to clean products is with a bit of rubbing alcohol (and gauze pads). Dip lipsticks right into alcohol and lightly pat dry with gauze pads.

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3. Clean out your pumps.

Flush bacteria out of pumps by running alcohol and warm water through until clear.

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4. Know when to say good-bye.

If pressed powders, shadows or bronzers show any sign of oil markation…toss them. Consult with your beauty professional, but make sure to also throw away old mascaras and eyeliners every three months at least.

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10 WAYS TO FEEL YOUR BEST IN 2014

The New Year is always an exciting time – a time for positive resolutions and changes for the better. Compliment your big changes with these 10 easy little changes that will help you feel your best in the New Year.

10 ways to feel your best in 2014:

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1- Apply mascara everyday. Your eyes will instantly pop!

2- Make a fresh juice every morning. Throw in kale, strawberries, spinach, apples, beets…you’ll be surprised how good it makes you feel!

3- Try a new lip color (Always wear nude? Try a burgundy lip in the evening) 

4- Have fresh flowers in your apartment or house

5- Treat yourself to a manicure or polish change weekly 

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6- Take a Yoga or Pilates class at least once a week 

7- Go somewhere you have never been before (Think: weekend at a cabin, 1 hour helicopter ride or day trip to the beach) 

8- Get a sunless spray tan for your next ‘night out’

9- Buy a new statement piece of jewelry (Think: bold cocktail ring or dangle earrings) 

10- Give back (Think: volunteer at shelter/kids club/after school program or donate old clothes

We hope 2014 is your best year yet! What are your resolutions for the New Year?

 

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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

CHIC PICKS: OUR TOP 5 MASCARAS!

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The perfect lashes are long, luscious and flirty. We’ve rounded up our 5 favorites mascaras at all price points so no matter what your budget, you can achieve celebrity status lashes. Some are CULT FAVES, some are NEW FORMULAS! Add a strip of falsies for extra thickness and bat those lashes baby!

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GET IT: Chanel “Inimitable”

Benefit

GET IT:  benefit “They’re Real!”

 Deficils

GET IT: Lancome “Definicils”

Great Lash

GET IT: Maybelline “Great Lash”

Loreal

GET IT: L’Oreal “Voluminous”

CHECK OUT OUR UPCOMING BLOGS…

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