Welcome to CHICSTUDIOS: A peek at our new session

We just welcomed our newest round of students at CHICSTUDIOS NYC School of Makeup. It’s always inspiring to see fresh new faces, passionate about the art of makeup. Here’s a sneak peek into what’s been going on in the classroom:

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Up Next…

5/8: 5 Tips for your Professional Makeup Career

5/22: Brush Basics

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.

Up Next…

4/24: Welcome to CHICSTUDIOS: A peek at our new session

5/8: 5 Tips for your Professional Makeup Career

MEMORIAL WEEKEND-ER BAG: EAST COAST / WEST COAST

Whether your going on a private yacht or bumming on the beach, here are some cues to take while  packing your Memorial Weekend-er bag!

EAST COAST: NAUTICAL VACATION

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Le Blanca ‘Let’s Bond’ Bandeau One-Peice Swimsuit

East Cost Swimsuit Kate Spade 2 Park Avenue Bag

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Daily Look Soludos Sandal Espadrille

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Tom Ford Carli Oversized Butterfly Sunglasses

EAST COAST SUNGLASSES

Daily Look Duchess of Cambridge Necklace

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NARS PURE RADIANT TINTED MOISTURIZER

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Laura Mercier Lip Crayon in Mayan Sun

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WEST COAST: BEACH TIME GETAWAY

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Victorias Secret Mix Bikini Mixer

WEST COAST SUIT

Banana Republic Kennedy Canvas Tote

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Dolce Vita Fabia Sandal

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TOMS Kilgore Silver Pop Blue

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Daily Look Delicate Gold Bar Handlet

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Benefit Hoola Bronzer

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Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Golden Pink

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Up Next…

5/29: SUMMER 2014 BEAUTY TRENDS

6/5: Summer Manicures ‘CHIC Manis We Love’

OUR FAVORITES: SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

NARS Pro-Prime Multi-Protect Primer

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Perfect for all skin tones, with extra UVA/UVB protection.

Control Corrective Oil Free Sunscreen

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A hydrating, oil-free formula that has the perfect silky touch of moisture.

MAC Fast Response Eye Cream

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This caffeinated cream formula will instantly de-puff and soften your skin.

La Mer Creme de la Mer

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Your skin will never feel the same after using this miracle cream.

Embroylisse Emulsion Hydra-Mat

Embroylisse HydroMat

This formula moisturizes your skin, while providing a lasting matte finish.

Keihl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

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A 99.8% naturally derived and paraben-free formula that will work to repair your skin overnight.

Korres Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturizer

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Give your skin a lightweight hint of tint with fresh moisturizer.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve

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This  rose scented balm can be used to heal virtually any blemish.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

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A gentle, exfoliating powder that works with all skin types.

Up Next…

5/22: MEMORIAL WEEKEND-ER BAG: EAST COAST / WEST COAST

5/29: SUMMER 2014 BEAUTY TRENDS

PRODUCT REVIEW MONTH / OUR FAVORITES: BRONZER, HIGHLIGHTER & BLUSH

These are some of the products that we love using to add a healthy glow!

 St. Tropez Instant Glow, for Face 

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 This hydrating St. Tropez liquid bronzer quickly gives you a sun-kissed tan. Mix with foundation or moisturizer for a quick and easy application.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze

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We love that this honey hued bronze has just a hint of shimmer. Mix the colors together or use individually to contour.

NARS Illuminator in 413 BLKR

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A gorgeous champagne colored illuminator that can be used alone to highlight or mixed with foundation to add an extra glow to skin!

MAC Cream Colour Base in Luna

MAC Cream Color Luna

 Another beautiful multi-use product that can be layered over foundations, moisturizers or powders. With a subtle shimmer, it’s perfect for daily use!

 Laura Mercier Secret Brightener 

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 The perfect color-correcting highlighter to give your skin a radiant, youthful appearance.

NARS Matte Multiple in Rose Bronze

NARS Matte Multiple Rose Bronze

We love that this versatile formula is easy to apply and can be used either wet or dry!

Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighting Trio

Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio

Formulated with antioxidants and vitamin E, these colors are perfect for any skin tone.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in In Love

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This silky smooth powder seamlessly glides onto skin and will last all day.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Sculpting Kit 

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit

This kit contains everything you need to highlight and contour all your best features.

Next up 

4/17: OUR FAVORITES:  EYE SHADOW & EYE LINER

4/24: OUR FAVORITES:  LIPSTICK, LIPLINER & LIPGLOSS

PRODUCT FEATURE: NEW FROM JUSTINE-CANA

FINALJUSTINECANACelebrity Makeup Artist, Carla Farra and Celebrity Hair Genius Timon Cana recently joined forces to create the Justine-Cana product line. These hand made products are not only 100% organic, but also free of sulfates and alcohol.

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SETTING SPRAY

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This hydrating organic setting spray ensures that your makeup will last all day in the California sun or roaming the streets in the concrete jungle! It can also double as a light moisturizing spray before your makeup.  Key organic ingredients include: Aloe Vera and Lavender.

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HAIR SERUM

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Smooth your hair and restore it’s natural moisture with this organic hair serum, which can also be used all over the skin to hydrate or moisten.  Key organic ingredients include: Avocado Oil.

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They recently just launched their newest addition, a long lasting moisture infused lip balm!

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?

 

Next up:

1/23: CHIC Icon

1/30: Valentine’s Day Looks We Love

NEW YEAR’S BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS!

      New year, new you. Here are the New Year’s beauty resolutions we at CHIC have made! Here’s to a gorgeous 2014!

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Make my skin a top priority, even if that means investing in expensive skin care products.” –Alexa, Social Media Coordinator

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“In 2014 I want to play with my eyes more.  I usually just do liner and mascara but this year I want to add more shadows in my daily makeup regimen.” –Angelique, Lead Instructor

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My skin is porcelain, so my beauty focus this year is to be more on-top of wearing moisturizer with SPF protection every day! I can be a little lazy with it in my beauty routine, but it’s the most important part! 2014, I am wearing it daily!” –Christina, Senior School Director

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“To do some variation of exercise everyday: swim, run, Pilates, jog, walk and/or bike!!” –Amy, President and Creative Director

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“This year, I want to conquer my fear of putting false lashes on myself — I know I can do it with a bit of practice and a lot more confidence!” –Anna, Social Event Coordinator

 

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“Mine is to experiment more with a bold lip, as I usually go with a nude or clear gloss/balm.” –Jordan, Public Relations Coordinator

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“My beauty resolution is to wear more color on the eyes. I have a signature lash and red lip look.  I want 2014 to be all about colored liners and shadows.”–Ruthie Weems, Lead Instructor

Upcoming posts:

1/9: Recap of our favorite things & events from 2013

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

 

CHIC PICKS: KEEP MOISTURIZED THIS WINTER!

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Don’t let cold winter months take their toll on your skin. Here are some CHIC picks to stay moisturized all season long, from lip balms to face oils to our favorite lotions. Make sure to keep your complexion bright and hydrated under the mistletoe this season! 

 

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Chanel Hydramax + Active Lip Care

GET IT: Nordstrom.com

Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve

GET IT: Sephora.com

 

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

GET IT: Kiehls.com

 

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GET IT: Sephora.com

benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream

GET IT: Sephora.com

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Josie Maran Argan Oil

GET IT: Sephora.com

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L’Occitane Travel Size Hand Cream

GET IT: LOccitane.com

 

Next up…

10/31: Breast Cancer Awareness Month at CHIC

11/7: Celebrity Transformations Over the Years

A VERY CHIC SUMMER SKIN CARE GUIDE!

Planning to hit the beach this summer or lounge in the hot sunshine, but you don’t have time for an intensive skin care regimen? Pamper yourself with the basics!!

Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Keep it simple with these four no-nonsense tips:

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(use a light exfoliant several times a week)

TRY: Wild Rose Cleanser

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(and enjoy it!!)

TRY: Hint Premium Essence Water

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TRY IT: Red-Quinoa & Avocado Salad

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Use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) & wear protective clothing (like a hat or scarf)