Monday, November 19, 2007

Beauty: MAC's Royal Assets Eye Palettes



While I was out shopping this past weekend I found the most gorgeous selection of eye palettes. MAC's Royal Assets Eye Palettes.

There are 4 different palettes. One in a warm collection, one in a cool collection, a metallic palette and a smokey eye palette. The palettes are enclosed in either a gold or silver antique-inspired compact with a cream porcelain plaque and a royal crown motif.  Each palette contains 6 eye shadows for $36 each. 

I purchased the metallic eyes palette (see image).  Shades are:
  • Honeylust, a bronze dipped peach (lustre)
  • Silver Fog, an intense frosted silver with silver pearl (frost)
  • Stately Black, a rich blue with silver sparkle (lustre)
  • Velvet Lady, a deep black with gold sparkle (velvet)
  • Creme Royale, a yellow wheat gold (veluxe pearl)
  • Manor, a warm brown with green pearl (frost)

The collection includes and eye brush with a gold handle. But, like any eye shadow collection, use your highest quality professional brushes for the best results.
"andrea nicole baker"

Monday, November 12, 2007

Fashion: What's in your closet?

Here are 3 cute outfits. Two are new and one is a long time favorite.

ALFANI

This two piece outfit is both classy and feminine. The top is 100% shimmery silk.  It wears and feels as good, if not better, than it looks. 
The skirt has a soft pleat. It is multi-colored (black, turquoise and blue ) with bands of blue and black stripes at the hem.  The skirt is mid-calf length. It's a  perfect complement to the dark blue top.  
Note the lovely turquoise necklace with the large stone above the scoop neckline.

The heels are Franco Sarto with 2" chunky heels. You can see the nickel buckle on the front of the shoes. They help make the outfit a classy fashion statement.





SUNNY LEIGH

This is my first purple outfit. I never thought purple would look so good on me. Sunny Leigh is a new fashion line I discovered earlier last year. Check my fashion blog on glam.com to see a couple other gorgeous Sunny Leigh outfits.

The top is silk with jewels adorning the scoop neckline.  The eyes are drawn to the jewels first, then to the bustline and then the cute, puffy short sleeves.

Note the embroidery work on the skirt.  The purple just stands out so well against the silk top. I'm wearing the same Franco Sarto heels as in the outfit above.  Completing the outfit is a delicate thin silver necklace with a small purple stone.


INTERNATIONAL CONCEPTS
INC is one of my favorite fashion lines. It is primarily sold at Macys and Bloomingdales.

This outfit is a pink suede skirt suit.  I'm wearing a multi-colored top (red, pink, black, white) which makes the pink suede look even more classy and feminine.  The skirt is pleated.  It also has a 2" wide suede belt which sets off the top from the skirt so nicely.

Check out the sexy 3" open toed pumps. They are Paolo from Nordstrom.
The stockings are sheer with just a hint of pink.  Of course my eye shadow and lipstick are pink also. 

The outfit is completed with a pretty pink leather handbag.


I do love pink!



"andrea nicole baker"


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Beauty: Mascara

The search for the perfect mascara that lengthens, curls and adds gorgeous volume seems to be endless. 

Basically there are 3 types of mascaras:

Lengthening mascaras have dense bristles that allow you to get more mascara on your lashes & especially on the tips of your lashes.  Lancome Definicil is one.

Thickening mascara is when you want to add bulk to your lashes. These products contain a thicker formula of waxes and silicones polymers that coat lashes and make them appear bulkier. Christian Dior Diorshow is one.

Waterproof mascaras contain special synthetic formulas meant to repel moisture. These can be harsh on your lashes. Maybelline Lash Discovery is one.

These are the most popular mascaras as per elle.com:
  1. Dior Show - Gives each lash just the right amount of volume and separation
  2. Maybelline Great Lash - Glides on easily and never clumps for beautiful lashes that don't seem fake
  3. Benefit Bad Gal Lash - The enormous wand covers each lash with just one swipe creating an instant false eyelash look
  4. Lancome Definicil -  Mascara goes on flake-free and defines and extends for a clean natural look.
  5. Loreal Paris Volume Shocking - Dual sides mascara lengthens and the other side thickens and darkens which makes the shortest lashes gorgeous. (Click on this link! You will love what you see!)

I have tried all of them and have liked the results. It's obviously a matter of personal taste. My personal favorite is Benefit Bad Gal Lash.  I recently purchased Courbe Virtuose - Divine lasting curves Mascara from Lancome. I will let you know how I like it.

Check out  15 mascara tips and tricks at beauty.com.

"andrea nicole baker"

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Fashion: Dresses and Gowns

I am constantly asked about the classic styles of dresses and gowns. So here are the classic styles with pictures.

The red gown on the left was one of my first formals. It is an A-Line gown with a chiffon skirt and puff chiffon sleeves. The bodice is covered with gorgeous red sequins. Now that takes some getting used to.
Also, check out the "formal gowns" links for great places to buy your dresses and gowns.







An EMPIRE CUT dress has a high waistline (generally beginning just beneath the bust) and a long, full skirt that flows straight from this waistline. The empire style camouflages a pear shape or thick waist and creates an illusion of height for short or petite figures.



A SHEATH is a slim dress with little fabric detail that hugs curves and outlines the silhouette of your body. The sheath is perfect for sleeveless styles and tends to show off a well-toned body. Sheath dresses are especially beautiful and graceful on tall, thin figures.



An A-LINE gown has a form-fitted bodice that flares out from the natural waist to a full skirt. This type of gown features a seamless waist and may also be called a princess-cut gown. The gently flared style flatters most figure types and is especially useful for disguising large hips and thighs.


A TEA LENGTH dress is a gown that is hemmed to end just at the shin. It has a fun, flirty appearance that is perfect for a slightly casual or more relaxed appearance at the prom. This dress style is ideal if your calves are your best feature or you have a tall, thin figure.


A HIGH-LOW GOWN is hemmed long in the back (at the ankles or to the floor) and just above the knees in the front. This trendy, new style creates a unique, sexy prom dress appearance. It is perfect for showing off long legs and an hourglass figure.



A BOUFFANT GOWN is characterized by a sheer, puffed-out skirt often made from stiffened rayon or silk. The skirt of this type of gown is similar in fabric construction (but not necessarily in length) to a ballerina tutu. The flared skirt is perfect for disguising a bottom-heavy figure.


A BALL GOWN is characterized by a very full skirt that begins at the natural waist and proceeds to floor length. The waist is seamed and may be styled in various shapes and designs. The ball gown style visually cuts the body in half and is ideal on average to tall figures.

Whether you need a gown for the prom, a party, a wedding or any special event there are many styles and colors to choose from.

"andrea nicole baker"

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Fashion and Beauty Subscriptions


With the advent of the internet it is so easy to get information pushed to you instead of trying to search for what you are looking for. 
These are the fashion and beauty emails that I subscribe to. Some are daily but most are weekly. I click on what interests me. I then do some browsing and move on to the next email. Nice and easy to keep updated about trends and the latest products.

There are so many others but this selection fills up my inbox with great fashions, style, makeup and glamour!

"Andrea Nicole Baker"




Fashion: The Little Black Book of Style


THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF STYLE by Nina Garcia

I just loved the book. It's a quick and informative read. It made me wishing for much more. The book is lavishly illustrated which makes it even more readable. It had me thinking about my perceptions of style and fashion.

Nina Garcia is the Fashion Director at ELLE magazine, as well as a judge on the Bravo reality television program Project Runway. As the Fashion Director of ELLE, Garcia works with a staff of about 20 editors and assistants to develop articles and layouts featuring new trends in fashion.

The book starts with the basics, many of which we seem to lose sight of with all the choices that we have. My favorite parts are "The utmost importance of shoes" where she says a girl can never have enough high heels. Then its on to "The Power of Accessories" with advice about making them personal and tasteful.


Every time you dress, you assert your identity. With style, you tell the world your story. In that way, style affords you opportunities to think about your appearance as a quality of your creative character. The Little Black Book of Style helps you to explore your own fashion voice—the piece of you that joyously revels in the glamorous experience of creating your best self. From cultivating good taste to guarding against definite fashion faux pas, Nina Garcia offers readers the ultimate guide to follow when it comes to dressing their best. Including tips on how and when to wear an outfit, occasion-appropriate wear, advice on how to combine colors and textures, and inspiration on how to achieve your own signature look, you learn how to experiment, storyboard, archive, and play. Timeless and universal, this book seeks to remind women that eternal style is internal style, and that everyone has what it takes to discover themselves through the colorful palette that is fashion.


"Insider Tips and Tricks" is my favorite part of the book. All our favorite fashion icons (Oscar de la Renta; Donatella Versace, Vera Wang and many more) chat about styles from their personal perspectives and experience.

The last section is "Fashion Cliff Notes decade by decade". Not to be missed! I read this part 5 times during my first browse through of the book.

"The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize" Olympia Dukakis in Steel Magnolias.



"Andrea Nicole Baker"

Fashion, Style, Beauty and Decorum

A few of my favorite books about Fashion, Style, Beauty and Decorum. Enjoy!




This was a fun read and had lots of useful tips.
There are two new books in the series (which I have not read yet):
"The fabulous girl's guide to life" and "The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Grace Under Pressure: Extreme Etiquette for the Stickiest, Trickiest, Most Outrageous Situations of Your Life". I am planning on reading the latter soon.

Review by Caroline P. Hampton (Columbus, Ohio USA) -
"The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum" by Kim Izzo and Ceri Marsh shouldn't be taken too seriously. It shouldn't be compared to historical etiquette such as "Miss Manners" and "Emily Post". This helpful user's guide is meant for a younger age range and with a lot more fun. The concept has been done before and done well (IE. The "Swell" series by Cynthia Rowley and "The Go-Girl Guide : Surviving Your 20s with Savvy, Soul, and Style" by Julia Bourland) but this new addition adds something new. It's got some fiction thrown in for fun. It's broken up with mini chapters around the usual "tips".
Sections such as :
The Workplace
Society
Friendship
Sex and Courtship
Couples
Weddings and Divorce
Home
Entertaining

It's a cute book that shouldn't be considered a bible - more like a helpful tool. I thought it was fun and heartwarming.

THREE BLACK SKIRTS: ALL YOU NEED TO SURVIVE

What I liked about this book is that it so much more than a how-to-dress manual. Style is about so much more than clothing.


Review by Amazonbombshell (Milwaukie, OR, USA)
Let's face it, girls: no amount of book-reading is going to magically transform the person that you naturally are into a cool and collected bombshell who looks like a million dollars in classy heels at all times and says the right thing in every situation, whether she's volunteering at a soup kitchen, breaking up with her partner, or whipping up something truly magnificent for dessert.
That said, it's easy enough to make simple changes to help yourself become more organized, take control of your life, feel more beautiful, improve your skills, and find joy in the simple things.

Anna Johnson's smart and sassy little pink guide is perfect for helping women everywhere do just that. She covers finances, entertaining, spirituality, happiness, tools, wardrobe, friendships, dating, jobs, careers, homes, depression, body image, love, and the responsibility to give back to our world. She's funny, her retro drawings are irresistably cute, and her savvy advice pulls no punches. Read it, think about how it works with who YOU are, and see how much fun you can have.


InStyle magazine has published a set of fashion books that are easy to read, full of content, and have full color pictures These are my two favorites but there are also a few recent additions to the series. Definitely plan to get copies of these for your personal library.

INSTYLE: GETTING GORGEOUS

Wouldn't you love it if your hair always looked as if it had just been perfectly cut and styled? Have you ever wished you could figure out the most flattering makeup look for your features? Getting Gorgeous: The Step-by-Step Guide to Your Best Hair, Makeup and Skin has the answers. The experts at In Style will take you every step of the way to finding the best looks and products for your skin, eyes, lips, hair, body, nails and more. Filled with famous faces, illustrated charts and step-by-step makeup application techniques, Getting Gorgeous provides quick, easy and comprehensive advice for every face shape and type. The book also features hundreds of classic beauty products that have appeared in the magazine's highly regarded annual "Best Beauty Buys" survey, which enlists more than 100 Hollywood beauty experts- including dermatologists who've tested the products on themselves- to determine the best goods on the market. But the real power of Getting Gorgeous is how it celebrates individual beauty. All the information in this book is offered with the understanding that everyone has a unique and compelling beauty all their own. The trick is identifying your greatest strengths and making the most of them. After all, the key to feeling great is looking your best.

INSTYLE: SECRETS OF STYLE

InStyle's phonebook-sized issues burst with images of superstars in fabulous clothes and jewelry, hair perfectly coifed and nails meticulously manicured. The magazine's editors have taken a different tack with this book, however, as they attempt to make "fashion understandable, achievable and, maybe most importantly, fun." In chapters covering everything from shopping and storage to specific clothing items (like suits, shoes and lingerie) to particular occasions (e.g., traveling and maternity), the editors share tips many readers would never even think they needed to know. (For example, to keep denim dark, turn jeans inside out before washing them and never put them in the dryer; and take pearl earrings off before spraying hairspray and perfume, since the chemicals can destroy pearls.) Often emphasizing different styles for different body types, the book shuns models, opting for simple photos and drawings of the clothes (although the editors do throw in a few welcome movie star shots for reference). The result is an all-embracing, comprehensive manual on all manner of women's dressing.


The other two InStyle books to consider are:

Instyle: Style 100
The experts at InStyle show you how to live with style. Each chapter covers a different topic: how to walk in high heels, how to pose for a photo, how to apply eyeliner, how to pack for a trip, how to shop sales, how to pick your ideal foundation, how to find a perfect white shirt, how to find a bra that really fits, how to set up a bar at a party, how to clean jewelry and more. This timeless, fun, step-by-step book covers fashion, beauty, entertaining and more.

Instyle: Instant Style
This book by the editors offers a season-by-season guide to dressing well in all situations and being, well, in style.


There are hundreds and hundreds of makeover books. Too many to mention here. These are two of my favorites.

MAKING FACES by KEVIN AUCOIN

In Making Faces, Kevyn Aucoin, North Americas preeminent makeup artist, shares his secrets, explaining not only the basics of makeup application and technique but also how to use those fundamentals (sometimes in unconventional ways) to create a wide range of different looks. Making Faces features step-by-step directions, instructional full-colour sketches, and a gallery of noncelebrity transformations, as well as fabulous images of stars and supermodels as youve never seen them before.Lush and enticing, Making Faces satisfies on many levels: extraordinary photography, surprising makeup looks on A-list celebrities (Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Courtney Love), and recipes for doing it yourself. Mirabella Kevyn Aucoins new beauty bible is the Genesis, Chronicles, and Revelations of makeup. Allure Kevie isnt a makeup man, hes a magician. He creates an atmosphere of beauty mixed with magic. Cher Kevyns progression of work over the years has elevated makeup to an art form. Tina Turner Kevyn enables each and every one of us to play the character we want to play, be the person we want to be, and most important, feel the best that we can feel about ourselves. (Drew Barrymore)


THE ULTIMATE MAKEUP & BEAUTY BOOK


Lavishly illustrated, Ultimate Makeup and Beauty is the definitive guide to creative makeup written by one of the 20th century's most celebrated and influential designers, Mart Quant. Using self-analysis charts throughout, Ultimate Makeup and Beauty explains how to select products for different skin types, face shapes, and colorings. Superb photography demonstrates all the essential steps, from mascara to nail polish, and offers a stunning gallery of looks to re-create. There are also programs for skin-care and revitalizing body care. This is an invaluable book for any woman who wants to master the art of makeup or just look her very best on every occasion.



"Andrea Nicole Baker"