Kissable Lipsticks for a Summer of Love

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“Summer heat /boy and girl meet but oh/ oh the summer nights.”
– Summer Lovin – “Grease”


Time for strolls on the beach, chilling with your honey by a bonfire, and some serious smooching.  One problem, all that puckering up can wreak havoc on your lipstick. Have no fear!  Fashion Reverie has compiled a list of beauty products perfect for some summer loving!

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In light of the recent political protests, many people want to spend their dollars at businesses owned by Black women who support Black Lives Matter  and the LGBT community.  Fashion Reverie presents Leticia Williams of Vatarie Cosmetics. Leticia has created a cruelty-free, vegan line of liquid matte lipsticks and a clear lip gloss that will stand up to hot weather make-out sessions. To top it off, the products come in a stunning box your Instagram followers will love.  

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Besame Red Velvet Lipstick

Summer is in full swing and rocking a bold red lip is just the trick to attract the right partner. Besame cosmetics are modern reproductions of classic luxury makeup from the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Each lipstick collection is designed with the modern woman in mind. The smooth long-lasting shades will bring back wonderful memories of your Grandmother’s vanity while you create new memories with a summer romance.

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Shiseido Color Gel Lip Balm

Dry lips stopping you from getting busy with your significant other? Shiseido’s range of moisturizing tinted shades provides lots of color that sink into your lips rather than sitting on top, ensuring longevity. Nothing says “kiss me!” like smooth soft lips.

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Burt’s Bees Tinted moisturizer

Looking to get rid of dry lips with a tinted balm that won’t hit your wallet quite so hard? Burt’s Bees tinted moisturizer delivers a slight blush of color while making lips soft and kissable. With minimal color transfer, it can stand up to some intense smooching.

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Peripera Peri Ink the Velvet lip tint

With a budget-friendly price, wide range of colors, and Instagram-worthy packaging, this lip tint is a favorite among makeup artists for rom-coms. Why? Once it’s in place, it stays put.  It’s more than able to withstand long make out sessions, even under hot camera lights!

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Lipstick

Despite its matte finish, this lipstick is packed with nourishing oils to keep your lips kissing soft.  Its long-lasting formula and ability to withstand hot weather make it perfect for summer strolls on the beach ending with the perfect sunset kiss.

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Marc Jacobs’ Liquid lip Crayon

This innovative product combines everything you love about a liquid lipstick in a creamy crayon. The crayon shape makes the application a breeze. It fits easily in purse or pocket and once it’s on, it does not budge for a solid 16 hours.  This item is not inexpensive but by eliminating the need for reapplication you might not need to buy another one until October.

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BareMinerals Barepro Longwear Lipstick

This lightweight long-wear lipstick comes in a thin tube perfect for your purse or your pocket.  With its high impact color and soft matte finish, it’s perfect for a romantic date night. The nourishing formula glides on comfortably and stays put without feathering or transferring.


-Cameron Grey Rose

For Summer 2020, Discover Fashion Reverie’s Hemp-infused Skincare and Wellness Guide

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As you may have figured out by now, Fashion Reverie loves CBD products as they are so helpful with Seasonal Affective Disorder and other ailments. But did you know CBD products can be fantastic for your skin? There are plenty of scientific studies demonstrating that CBD has some amazing anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-aging, qualities that can be beneficial in beauty products.

Be aware that CBD products cannot get you high unless they contain THC. Products applied to the skin will only show up in trace amounts in your blood stream, and topical products are unlikely to have any impact on your mood. Check your local laws even when products aren’t intended for consumption, some age restrictions may still apply.

Be sure to discuss any CBD products you are using with your doctor, especially if you pregnant or nursing.

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Beekman 1802 Milk Drops & CBD Facial Oil

For years the cosmetic industry has told women oil is the enemy! Scrub, scrub, scrub the oil away. But now we know not only is oil not the enemy, but some oils are extremely beneficial to skin and even treat acne. Beekman 1802 has been featured on Fashion Reverie before, but they have recently created a new product combining goats’ milk (a natural exfoliant) with 1000 mg of CBD into a nourishing dry facial oil, ideal for stressed, inflamed or sensitive skin.

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Mantra Mask – CBD Sheets Masks

Is there anything more calming than kicking back and relaxing with a soothing face mask and just doing nothing a few minutes? CBD masks from Manta are a fantastic way to soothe your skin thanks to the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory skin properties found in CBD oil.  Mantra makes a mask or skin treatment for any complexion ailment you may have and you can even set up a subscription service so you never run out!!

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I + I Botanicals – CBD Coffee Body Scrub

When it comes to CBD beauty products, most folks don’t consider that CBD beauty goes beyond the face. Remember, it’s summer and you showing more skin and it is your right to have smooth, soft, radiant skin.

I + I Botanicals CBD Coffee body scrub gently removes dead cells to reveal smooth and radiant skin. The unique blend of hemp-derived CBD, coffee, seaweed, and aloe leaves your body feeling energized, nourished, and revitalized. The rich-foaming exfoliator will make you will feel brand new, just like your morning caffeine infusion.

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Pure Bloom – CBD Relief Cream

This relief cream is great for athletes and anyone suffering from pain ranging from arthritis to achy muscles.  Cooling, fast-absorbing, and fast-acting, this topical cream uses the power of organic CBD and healing botanicals such as turmeric, kukui nut, and black pepper.  Topical lotions can do wonders for sore muscles. And this one comes in three different strengths.

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Daily FurZen – CBD products for pets

CBD oil for pets? Yes, indeed. Fashion Reverie checked with a few veterinarians who said while there is no conclusive evidence that CBD oil helps pets, there is no evidence that it harms them.  Meanwhile, many pet owners say it helps with anxiety, inflammation, and joint problems for their fur babies. If you choose to use Zen Pet Hemp Oil from Daily Fur, do not do so without checking with your vet first. Start with a half dose and closely observe your pet to see how it reacts. Take 10% off your first order when you sign up for the email list.

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Crop Beauty

Crop Beauty makes it easy to find the right CBD skincare product. It’s your one-stop-shop for all the best CBD has to offer. Crop Beauty has done all the hard work, painstakingly testing every product to make sure what it claims is actually true. Its CBD-enhanced products are clean, effective, and created to treat specific problems. Not sure where to start? Crop beauty has a beauty quiz to help you figure out what products you want to try. During the month of June, 10% of all sales will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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Vital You CBD Bath Bombs

How is it possible we are only halfway through the year? Between the pandemic and civil unrest, this summer will be far from easy. What better way to relax then with a calming bath?  

So, why not turn your escape into your own personal spa time with a next-generation bath bomb, one that is as healing and restorative as it is pretty to look at? Vital You delivers the goods with its CBD and flower-essence infused bath bombs, each with its own purpose – whether it be to promote better sleep, combat stress, boost energy or soothe sore muscles.  Using a combination of CBD oil and carefully selected herbs, you can get a bath bomb for almost any need.

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Hempz Thirsty Facial SPF 30 CBD Lotion from Ulta

In 1997, director Baz Luhrmann wrote an essay he used for a graduation speech. It was remixed into a spoken word dance single that amazingly was a top ten hit. It began and ended with the same advice, “Always use sunscreen.”

He was right. Not only is it a critical daily step to avoid aging sun rays, it can reduces your chance of developing skin cancer. Hempz Thirsty Facial lotion not only delivers great SPF protection, but the CBD oil can help with acne, inflammation, and dry skin.

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Cannacell Sun Buddy SPF 30 from Andalou Naturals

After a painfully stressful spring, summer is finally here. And as restrictions are being eased, it is time to head to the beach! But don’t forget the sunscreen! If you followed guidelines and avoided going outside, your skin might be even more susceptible to sunburn. Make sure you have a good all-over body lotion to prevent burns and protect from skin cancer. This hemp-infused lotion will protect you and make your skin glow.

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Jupiter Drops

Can you believe this year? Pandemic, murder hornets, and worldwide protests. What squares are left on your Apocalypse 2020 bingo card?  It feels like January 2020 was 7 years ago.  While doing research for CBD skincare, Fashion Reverie discovered a new company that makes high-quality CBD drops for stress relief, and couldn’t we all use a little comfort?

These CBD drops are produced from certified organic, small-batch, single-origin, hemp grown in Denver. The company is committed to making products that are both good for you and the environment.  These all-natural, vegan, and non-GMO peppermint-flavored drops can help with stress, depression, anxiety, and sleep issues. You can even buy a small bottle if you want to try it for a couple of weeks before spending money on a larger supply. 

—Cameron Grey Rose

Fashion Reverie’s Unique Summer 2020 Skincare and Wellness Guide

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It is understatement to say that 2020 has been a very tumultuous year!! And we are only halfway through. With global protests aimed at police brutality and racial inequality and the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to upend global financial markets and institutions, it is a wonder that most of us aren’t screaming, “enough is enough.”

Well, most of us are not desperately screaming for relief. Most of us are hoping for the best, anticipating a COVID-19 vaccine soon, and cautiously expecting the protests to render a more just society.

Still, all the unrest and disruption can be hard on your skin and with summer just around the corner, no one wants dull, listless skin or skin that looks like a battleground. Fashion Reverie has curated some unique and innovative skincare and beauty products that will maintain and protect your skin against the brutality of the summer sun—that’s right, keep protesting—as well as give you that extra summer glow that we all love!!

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If you are in the market for a skincare brand that acknowledges that your skin is a unique universe with its own communication system that sends signals throughout the body about personal health and emotions, then For The BIOME skincare is for you!!

Biome awakens the trillion microbes that cloak you skin and uplift your skin communication systems. Founders Paul and Barbi Schulick believe that a holistic approach to skincare renders better results. Paul and Barbi believe that the skin is your third brain and like any thinking organism your skin needs the correct nutrition.

The Biome team has identified nature’s most efficacious ingredients and obsessively sourcing their purest form, we pay homage to this intensive process with our technologies: Artisanal Fermentation™ and volcanic CO2 extraction. It is with these preparation methods that we see the clinically studied benefits of each ingredient come to life. The ancient practice of Artisanal Fermentation™ further elevates already exquisite formulas, enriching them with increased antioxidant content, prebiotic nutrients, and postbiotic actives including skin-strengthening short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), peptides, and probiotic lysates. If your skin’s microbiome is a garden, prebiotics act as a fertilizer that nurtures a healthy balance of bacteria while postbiotics may increase the absorption and efficacy of those nutrients, stabilize them, and lavish the skin with complex actives not found in isolated formulas.

This summer promises to one of the hottest on record. And whether you are out and about enjoying the warm weather or out doing your part to protest social injustice, the sun and the elements can do a real number on your skin.

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No need to fret, actress, author, and entrepreneur Denise Richards has the perfect CBD skincare line, CBMe Beauty, that will not only be your go-to CBD skincare line for the summer but will also satisfy your skincare needs throughout the year. CBMe Beauty’s daily regimen contains superior formulations that include patented peptides to enhance performance. The line includes a daily use pH neutral probiotic cleanser, a lightweight, hydrating cream oil moisturizer with an optional SPF 30, a retinol based nightly renewal serum, an advanced eye therapy treatment, a neck & décolleté treatment, and a hemp seed oil that it contains vitamins, omega 6 & 3 and fatty acids. 

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Are you in the market for an ethical alternative to standard skincare and beauty products? Well, Sea Witch Botanicals may just have the skincare and beauty products that you are looking for. For this roundup, Fashion Reverie thought Sea Witch Botanicals solid fragrances were the perfect for those looking to incorporate natural scents into their summer beauty regimen. With natural solid perfumes ranging Goldberry, Green Fairy, White Lodge, Fae Ring to Herbal Renewal, Hermitage, and Night Nymph, these very affordable sold perfumes—$12—with deep floral notes in reusable tins.

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PopMasks are the brainchild of British jetsetter and beauty maven Louisa Booth, who tired (literally) of trying to sleep on international flights and hated looking less than fresh upon landing.  So, she invented something she calls “calm in a pouch”—a self-warming eye mask that refreshes and relaxes at once.  Its warmth increases circulation, plumping skin around the eyes for a more rested appearance, while also encouraging the mind to quiet itself, let go of tensions and maybe even drift off to sleep.

PopMasks are made of non-woven cotton and contain heat cells with naturally occurring ingredients (iron powder, vermiculite, activated carbon, salt and water) that activate when the mask is removed from its pouch and exposed to oxygen. The warming effect lasts more than 20 minutes.  It’s vegan, cruelty-free, biodegradable and all packaging is recyclable. 

PopMasks come in Starry Eyes (fragrance-free), Jetsetter (infused with jasmine oil), and coming soon Sleepover (rose-infused.) They are available as singles for $5 each or in value packs of 5 for $20 at CVS stores nationwide.  They’re no muss, no fuss, and perfect on-the-go or at home.

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Fashion Reverie never leaves the guys out of our seasonal skincare and beauty roundups. Luxurious Wellniss transcends the label of being another brand”—it is a mission-driven enterprise that seeks to refresh and rejuvenate the routines and products of both men and women of color whose needs have not been prioritized in the wellness realm.

Luxurious Wellniss has five products that are sure to bring a richness and lushness to a guy’s face. Wash Your Face: This is formulated to pamper your skin with a sugar-based Aloe Vera rich formula. Combined with nurturing botanical ingredients that will nourish and protect his skin. Deep Cleanse Your Face: This powerful wash blends the anti-inflammatory benefits of cayenne with the antiseptic benefits of clove and the astringent benefits of willow bark. Perfect for oily and blemish prone skin types, this face wash is designed to eliminate oils and dirt on his skin. Tone Your Face: Calm and cool his face! After shaving or a deep cleansing this toner will soothe and settle his skin. Hydrate Your Face: Superior daytime moisturizer! pH-balanced for all skin types. Tones, conditions and moisturizes with all the natural benefits of organic aloe vera, jojoba oil and shea butter. Shave Your Face: Shaving never felt so good! A nonfoaming, moisturizing conditioning creme to facilitate and support the best shaving experience ever! Loaded with oils such as coconut, tamanu, borage, sesame and avocado to hydrate while oatmeal and Vitamins E and B5 help to sooth and heal skin. 

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This addition to our summer skincare and beauty roundup is a little unusual; however, Fashion Reverie uniquely understands that beauty goes beyond what is on the outside, what’s going on inside of us also contributes to our beauty. The summer is not only the perfect time to concentrate on looking fit and trim, it is also important to consider beautifying our environment, and that includes our refrigerator smelling good. Get rid of those bad smells in your fridge with Moso Bags.

Moso Bags are a very simple and effective solution for a smelly refrigerator, providing odorless and chemical-free results within hours of placement! These bags might be small, but they are mighty: all-natural bamboo charcoal contains millions of tiny pores that can attract and absorb odors, bacteria, chemicals and moisture from the fridge like a magnetic sponge (including spoiled produce or foods with strong scents like fish). They also keep your produce fresh by absorbing ethylene gas, a naturally occurring gas from fruits and vegetables that causes them to ripen quickly. Moso Bags are also reusable for up to 2 years, ensuring the fridge is fresh year-round.

All bags are fragrance-free, natural and non-toxic. For space saving convenience, a suction cup is also included to hang the bag out of the way of groceries.

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Have you ever heard the expression that the eyes are the windows to your soul? That may be true, and if it is true who wants a cloudy and fettered soul because of all the stress and discomfort everyone is experiencing. HydroPeptide to the rescue!!

HydroPeptide’s All Eye Need eye care kit is a 3-piece kit that targets fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness around the eye area. The new Vital Eyes Instant Awakening Serum will firm and immediately hydrate the eye area with a gentle retinol alternative called bakuchiol. Follow up with the best-selling Eye Authority Eye Cream, which will deeply moisturize while crushed pearl powder will add an instant glow and reduce the look of dark circles.

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Last, but not least, it is so important to protect your lips from the ultraviolent rays of the sun. Who wants a scaly pucker this summer? No one!! Merle Norman’s lip conditioner helps protect against environmental factors with SPF 15 and antioxidant-rich, pomegranate extract keeps lips feeling great. Plus, it’s packed with humectants and emollients to smooth, soothe and seal in moisture. Can be worn under lipstick, and remember for best effect, use daily.









Beauty Alert: Fizz and Bubble’s Bath Truffle Collection

If you are like many US consumers, you have been sequestered in your homes for now over two months and a half. And though some states are relaxing some of the stay-at-home restrictions, for the most part outside activities are still limited.

Just think about it, over two months of working from home—if you are fortunate enough to still have a job. If you have school-age children, having to home school them. No access to concerts, sporting events, movie theaters, restaurants, bars, amusement parks, the gym; all the activities that entertainment and serve as stress relievers.

Hmm, this is a real conundrum. How can stress be relieved in these uncertain times? Fashion Reverie to the rescue!!

If you are not familiar with Fizz & Bubble’s products, it’s time you got on the bandwagon. Relieve the stress of COVID-19 with Fizz & Bubble’s new collection of bath truffles.

Ice cream, donuts, bonbons, oh my! Our ALL NEW reimagined Bath Truffle Collections feature the classic scents you all know and love, and some new beautiful fragrances that are sure to make your bath-time better than ever. Enjoy Assorted Ice Cream Bath Melts, Fruit & Floral Bubble Donuts, and our Spa Fizzy Bomb-Bons! And you can have a box of these bath truffles for just $8.

These bath fizziess are made by handmade and the actual size of donuts, bonbons, and ice cream treats. And these bath fizzies are designed to fizz into fragrant bubbles in the bath. Fizz & Bubble’s proprietary ultra-moisturizing, 8-oil blend deeply moisturizes the skin for a softer look and feel.

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And they are so relaxing!! They very thing needed to detoxify your skin and relieve stress. Let Fizz & Bubble take you away to another place!!


Make the Most Out of Self-Isolation with DIY Beauty Tips

Lindsay Myers

Los Angeles-based, tv personality, Lindsay Myers is all about balancing budget with luxury. “People assume that you need a ton of money to experience everything life has to offer. I have made it my mission to prove them wrong,” explains Myers. Gaining popularity as an “Access Hollywood” regular, as well as working alongside celebrity stylist Brad Goreski on Bravo’s “Brad, Brad World,” while also starring on a solo travel series on, Myers knows a thing or two about how to stretch a buck without giving up a thing.

However, with the COVID-19 virus hitting the US hard, many of our regular activities have been halted, leaving us stuck at home. So, it’s no surprise that Myer’s is balancing this “new normal” with some at-home pampering!

Fashion Reverie loves a good DIY scrub or mask and who better to spill some beauty secrets than Myers herself. Keep reading for Myers’ top treatments for smooth skin, soft hair, and beautiful nails (and the best part, she uses products you most likely already have at home!).

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Natural Lip Scrub for a Kissable Pout

If in a time crunch, Myers recommends grabbing a pack of sugar for a quick exfoliation. However, this recipe is her favorite trick for “super smooth” lips.

What you’ll need:

1 TSP of Brown Sugar
1 TSP of White Sugar
1 TSP of Honey
1/2 TSP of Olive Oil  

Mix all the ingredients in a small container and apply to your lips, store the extra for later use. Myers swears by this method exclaiming, “Trust me, after about 20 seconds your lips will feel amazing.” 

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Soak-Away-Your-Stress Bath Salts

With COVID-19 virus uncertainty, we’re all looking for a way to de-stress and unwind. You could run out and buy bath salts, but it’s so simple to make them at home. Myers adds essential oils to hers for an ultra-relaxing experience, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can skip them.

What you’ll need:

Coarse Salt

Epsom Salt

Baking Soda 

Essential oil

Take 6-part coarse sea salt, 3-part Epsom salt, 1-part baking soda, and just a few drops of essential oil of your choice and mix them together. How easy is that? Myers especially loves this recipe as, “this combo helps sooth the muscles, helps with skin irritation, and softens the skin.” 

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3-Step Ombre at-Home Manicure

With Myers’ regular nail salon shut down, she finally found a little time to play with the at-home-manicure. “I never go really big or bold with my manicures. But I have the time to figure out how to do it myself, why not!”

This ombre nail looks great and is so easy you may find yourself doing your own nails at home even after all the nail salons open again!

 What you’ll need:

2 Different nail polish colors (preferably one light shade and one darker shade)

1 Clear topcoat nail polish

1 Sponge (you just need a little bit so you can cut off a section from a larger sponge if needed)

1 Sheet of plastic wrap

1 Toothpick

Paint your nails as usual with the lightest color and let them dry fully. Next pour a little of each shade on a piece of plastic wrap side-by-side, so the two colors touch. Then, “take the toothpick and swirl/blend just at the area where the two colors meet,” Myers explains.

The next step is to “take your sponge and dab it directly over this mixture and then dab the sponge directly on your nail.” Once you’ve applied this technique to all your fingernails, Myers shares that if you want a stronger color, you can go back over the nails once the first coat is completely dry. Finish the look with a swipe of the topcoat polish and marvel at your handiwork.

Transformative Hair Mask

“It is SO easy to make a simple hair mask with everyday things in our kitchen. Why don’t we do it more? Maybe now we will,” shares Myers who doesn’t just have one great hair mask, but two!

Option 1, ideal for all hair types:

What you’ll need:

1 Avocado 

1 TBSP of Honey

To create this mask, scoop out half an avocado and mix it with the honey. Apply this mixture to your strands and leave it on for 20 minutes. Then rinse it off for smooth, soft locks.

Option 2, ideal for extremely dry hair:

What you’ll need:

2 Eggs

3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mix 2 eggs with 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and apply to hair. Leave this on for 20 minutes and rinse it off for healthier looking hair.

Easy at Home Facial

Myers is an avid spa goer looking for better skin. “I have grown to love my facials, but they are expensive and right now we just can’t get them. Why not learn how to do it yourself?” Now is the perfect time to pamper yourself and your skin.

What you’ll need:

2 Teabags of Chamomile Tea

1 TBSP of Honey

1 TBSP of Nutritional Yeast

Brew one cup of the tea with both tea bags and let it cool. While the tea is cooling, stir together the honey and nutritional yeast in a small bowl.

Myers explains to slowly add the tea into honey and yeast mixture. “Add just enough of the tea to the bowl to make a paste. You want to be able to spread it on your face, but not be watery.” Leave the mixture on your face for 20 minutes and take this time to clear your mind and relax. Wash off the mixture smooth to reveal restored skin.

Even if you’re stuck inside, you can still spoil yourself with these budget friendly beauty treatments. Let us know if you’ve tried any of Myers’ DIY recipes or some of your own favorite beauty concoctions!

—Janine Silver

Healthier Skin Thanks to Quarantining Your Makeup

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Excessive makeup has been all the rage these past few years. With the rise of social media came tutorial after tutorial on heavy makeup looks (including the ever-popular contouring ala Kim Kardashian). The issue is, all those products can clog pours, result in breakouts and damage the appearance of your skin.

That said, too much foundation is not the only issue our skin is facing during this coronavirus lockdown. All those squirts of hand sanitizer and operating-room-worthy handwashing routines can leave your skin dry and itchy.

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To dig in deep and see how we can really improve the appearance and health of our skin during these makeup free days, Fashion Reverie caught up with holistic esthetician, Stephanie Smith, owner of Stephanie Smith Skincare in Franklin, TN and Suki Skincare partner.

In a time of social distancing, “allowing the skin to take a break from pollution and makeup is priceless. The cells in the skin have [ a big job of] repairing themselves, and this is much easier to do if they are not weighed down by artificial colors, and ingredients that clog the pores,” Smith explains. “Picture your skin cells wearing heavy Hazmat suits.”

Mineral makeup is the exception, but even then, it’s important to give your skin time to rest. Additionally, most of us are under quite a bit of stress—whether that’s from financial worries to helping take care of your family. Stress has perverse effects on all our organs, so it’s no surprise it also negatively effects our skin. Smith explains, “[stress] hampers the body’s ability to repair itself, leading to imbalance, sensitivity and breakouts.”

While you use this time to step away from the makeup, hair repair and take of your skin further, Smith shares her seven top tips for beautiful skin that you can practice now while stuck at home, or any time.

  1. Simplify your Routine

I always recommend that if my clients are experiencing stressful times, such as transitional changes in their life, it’s a good idea to simplify their skin routine. Perhaps, your normal routine is five steps, that may be too much to maintain under the circumstances.

  1. Use Cosmeceutical Grade Multi-taskers

One way to do that is with multitasking products that contain “cosmeceutical”Ingredients. (Cosmeceuticals contain concentrated, active ingredients that are able to penetrate the layers of the dermis, to effectively change the skin.) Examples of some multi-tasking products include cleansers and toners that also exfoliate, facial oils that can also be used as a cleanser and eyebrow growth serum, and masques that hydrate and reduce the appearance of pores while feeding the skin nutrients.

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  1. Sleep in it

What’s fabulous is to find a skincare masque that you can sleep in, which behaves like an exfoliant, serum, and night cream in one.

You wake up, shower it off, and your skin looks like you’ve been to the spa. Masques have such concentrated ingredients that they often are excellent alternatives to a night cream. I lazily applied the Moisture Rich Brightening Masque from Suki Skincare last night, fell asleep, and couldn’t believe how hydrated and glowy my skin looked this morning.

  1. Keep an Eye on Skin Health

During this time of few visits to the doctor, don’t forget to pay attention to new spots or moles on the skin that are changing, or are sensitive to the touch, both of which can be signs of skin cancer (I’ve had it twice).

If you’re not sure if a spot is changing, take a picture with a smartphone, or have a friend [who’s quarantining with you] take one, and then compare it to a picture taken each week. This makes it very easy to see changes, since you can enlarge the photos on your camera. If you are concerned, send the photo to your esthetician, (we’re trained to screen for skin cancer!) or a doctor.

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  1. Use Facial Oils to Protect the Face

If you are a healthcare worker, and are experiencing inflamed, sensitive skin due to wearing a masque, apply a facial oil, and then blot with a towel before you put one on. The oil will soothe and protect the skin, and guard against loss of moisture, which leads to cracks and dryness on the skin’s surface.

Using an oil to cleanse your face is also a relief at the end of the day. A good facial oil blend will feature oils that won’t clog the pores, such as jojoba, hemp, and sunflower. It can also contain essential oils to balance and heal the skin, such as lavender and chamomile which are soothing.

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  1. Use Body Oils to Protect the Body

If your hands are in a state of emergency from all of the washing and hand sanitizer, keep a body oil by the sink and apply it to wet hands after washing a few times a day. It will protect the skin and give it the nutrients it needs to heal.

The body can tolerate heavier oils which stay on the surface as a barrier and can also be used for massage. Good choices include sweet almond, olive, carrot seed, avocado, and wheat germ.

  1. Wash Your Face Well

If we’re washing our hands for 20 seconds—that’s two rounds of the “Happy Birthday” song—wash your face for at least that long as well, to effectively remove germs!

Following these steps will help speed up skin recovering and keep you healthy and looking great! “There is definitely a learning curve to adapting to our ‘new normal,’” Smith shares. “To put things into perspective, I like to think of it this way: Beautiful skin is like toilet paper. Everyone wants it, but the world won’t end if you have to improvise.”

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Want to learn more and have a one-on-one consultation? You don’t need to travel to Tennessee!  Smith has teamed up with Suki Skincare to offer virtual treatments right now over Zoom. Check out to learn more and book a social distancing approved treatment!

—Janine Silver

Use This Pandemic Downtime to Detox Your Hair

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We have always known that excessive heat and daily styling is bad for hair. So, while stuck inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic, take this time to detox from everyday essential styling in favor for going au natural.

According to Nicki Bianco, Creative Director at Saints & Sinners, “This has been a much- needed rest and detox for most people’s overworked strands. The lack of hair coloring, chemical services, heat styling, and environmental damage will surely have restorative effects. Chemical services and hot tools can strip the hair of protein and moisture, making the hair dry, brittle and fragile.”

Sal Misseri, owner of Reverie Salon adds that, “one thing people may not even realize is that environmental factors play a big part in the health of your hair and skin. There are so many toxins and pollutants in the air especially in a big city, and all of that can build up on the hair.”

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If you haven’t already, take a break from the heat

“Staying away from heat styling gives your hair cuticles a chance to calm down and heal without being blasted daily by heat and styling tools,” shares Andrea Jaclyn, stylist at BOMANE Salon in Los Angeles. Noting that for people with wavy hair, thanks to putting down the blow dryer/hair straightener/ curling iron, you’ll “notice them becoming more uniform and shinier.”

Misseri also mentions that pre-coronavirus quarantine, most people were rushing in the mornings and would, “… turn the heat up on their hot tools and over style the top layer, and front of the hair. Keeping heat styling to twice a week can show vast improvements to the cuticle of the hair. If you choose to heat style, use a heat protectant, like Davines’ MELU Hair Shield.”

But more and more people have swapped not just their beauty routine, but their routines in general. Which made us wonder if there were any negatives to this new normal?

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Wash your hair a little less often

“My downfall has been washing every day, since I’ve had time for at home workouts,” shares Jaclyn. “You must at least rinse the scalp after excessive sweating as the hormones released can cause thinning. A few days in I realized I had not even let it dry completely before it was wet again. The hair is weak when wet. You want to make sure you’re not constantly keeping it in a hair mask or wet all the time. It can cause breakage or a weakened cuticle.” Jaclyn recommends keeping your scalp and hair clean with Davines SOLU shampoo, stating that “it cleans beautifully and leaves hair silky unlike any other “detox, clarifying” shampoo, plus it is color safe.”

But it’s not just people sweating out the cabin fever, Misseri adds that a lot of the population is on a regular basis “over washing” their hair causing the scalp to dry out. “[which] in turn causing overactive oil production in order to create balance. Many people then see “greasy” hair and begin a vicious over washing cycle.” Suggesting that if you’re not already doing it, this is the perfect opportunity to give your hair a break, washing every other day or even every two days.

“… In fact, the less frequently you wash your hair the better, our natural oils from our scalp are full of benefits for our strands,” shares Bianco.   “Products like Saints & Sinners Velvet Divine Moisture Shampoo actually contain anti-friction ingredients so when you do shampoo, there is no fraying of the hair fiber and strands are protected.”

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Detox, don’t neglect

“I could see the stress of this situation leaving a lot of people in a “what is the point” kind of mood.” Misseri shares. Which could cause people to not wash their hair enough or leave it unbrushed in a ponytail or top knot. But Misseri warns that “build-up of oil/sebum can cause clogged pores and result in lack of hair growth.”

Also, it’s so important to brush your hair. “Brushing the scalp and hair is a really great way to stimulate hair growth and distribute those necessary oils.” Misseri warns that leaving your hair in a hat or ponytail can also cause damage, “it’s important to have a ponytail holder that isn’t too tight or rough and constantly in the same spot which would cause breakage. Wearing a hat too often will not allow the scalp to breathe.”

And you might want to swap your pillowcase too!  “People are also likely staying in bed longer, and rough cotton pillowcases can dry out the hair and skin and cause hair to tangle and lock.” Misseri suggests a silk pillowcase to keep your tresses in tip top shape.

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Want to speed up the detoxing process? Try a hair mask

To make the most of your beauty revive, Bianco recommends brushing through your hair with a soft bristle brush to “… pull down the oils from your scalp onto the rest of your hair strands.” Also stating how helpful a hair mask can be recommending Saints & Sinners Velvet Divine Hair Masque to help restore hair, which you can even leave on as you sleep.

Misseri uses Davines’ Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Mask or The Quick Fix Circle.

Recommending that you use a wide tooth comb with the mask on to distribute the mask evenly while detangling. But if you want something you can make at home, Misseri recommends a mixture of egg, avocado, and coconut/olive oil to restore moisture.

Walking out of the quarantine with healthier hair is as easy as washing it less, staying away from unnecessary heat, brushing it out, and avoiding extra breakage. Once you see the results, you might want to give your normal hair routine a “detox” a few times a year!

—Janine Silver

Beauty Alert: Undereye Undercover!

Fake a full night’s sleep with these tips and tricks to banish dark circles and kiss undereye bags bye-bye! Start by diminishing the appearance of them, brightening the skin and finally covering them up!


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Who doesn’t want younger, well rested looking eyes? While there are tons of serums and creams out on the market promising to get rid of wrinkles and crow’s feet, many can also help keeping your eyes look less puffy, brighter and all around more radiant.

Made from Immortelle essential oil, L’Occitane en Provence Immortelle Reset Overnight Reset Eye Serum diminishes dark circles and wakes up the eyes. By harnessing the power of the Immortelle flower, with exceptional longevity which it keeps it from fading or wilting even after picked, this serum keeps eyes refreshed and youthful. Apply nightly to fake beauty rest on those days you can’t get in your full 8 hours!

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Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream with Retinol and BioRetinols helps firm, hydrate, and brighten around the eye. The smooth cream with its gold tipped applicator feels cool and silky on contact. Dab a little around your tired eyes twice a day for best results to make you look and feel younger and more refreshed.


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Puffy eyes instantly make you look tired, and yes, older too! The best way to get rid of eye puffiness is by cooling the eye area, I’m sure if you haven’t tried it at home you’ve seen spa ads with women with cucumbers over their eyes. Cucumbers are a great trick as they have anti-inflammatory effects which reduces puffiness and thanks to being made up mostly of water, they cool the temperature around the eyes to reduce swelling. However, if you don’t have any on hand, or are always running out the door, we’ve found another solution.

Milk Makeup Cooling Water is refreshing, invigorating gel that feels cool to the touch. Made up of seawater and caffeine, which are known to help reduce puffiness, the Cooling Water stick is just the product we need with our busy schedules to look rested and ready to go. This cooling stick works so well they even recommend applying on your face and neck to refresh.


Nothing gives away the fact that you’re faking being well rested more so than those dreaded dark circles. You know the ones; they appear under your eyes and hard to camouflage.

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Not to worry, Fashion Reverie tested out some of the best under-eye concealers and have rounded up the ones that really do the trick whether you need a quick fix or have a little more time to fiddle around.

Fashion Reverie adores Yves Saint Laurant Touche Éclat High Cover. This concealer hides dark circles and illuminates the skin for that just woke up and ready to take on my day look.

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Tied for second are Milk Makeup Flex Concealer and Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer. Both do a good job covering dark circles, but are even better for concealing redness, pimples, and sunspots. Milk’s formula is ultra-smooth and lightweight. Benefit’s is more of a full coverage concealer and therefore a slightly thicker formula. but still very light. And Fashion Reverie’s staff loves the adorable pencil eraser packaging!

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For extra convenience, Fashion Reverie loves Stila Stay All Day Cover Powder Finish Foundation and Cream Concealer. In the lid is a powerful concealer to hide those under eye circles and then the foundation stick to blend everything together, all in one tiny package.

Now it’s easier than ever to look fresh and relaxed. Even if you got by on minimal sleep, you’ll look bright-eyed and ready to take on the world!

—Janine Silver

Fashion Reverie’s Spring 2020 Skincare Roundup

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COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus is changing everything as we know it. In the US there are no sporting events to go to, movie theaters, as well as Broadway and regional theatres have closed, shopping in most American cities has ceased, and beauty and nail salons, spas and barbershops have had to shut their doors. And all this as the spring season is upon us.

Though these seem to be quiet times with very little movement among the masses, that does not mean that you should abandon your spring beauty regimen. As temperatures heat up, it is essential to adapt your beauty routine to the change in temperature.

Fashion Reverie has curated some great products that will keep you looking fresh, and bright-eyed and bushy tailed, even it you are isolating. Remember, we are in the beginning of a seasonal weather shift, so updating your beauty routine with great products is a must.

No matter the season, it is important to have a great smile. And who wants dull looking teeth when the flowers start to bloom.

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Novashine® Teeth Whitening Kit comes with everything you need to restore your natural bright smile. This professional tooth-whitening system is specially formulated to whiten teeth quickly and effectively without causing major tooth sensitivity. The system’s peroxide-based gel removes tooth discoloration caused by stain-causing food and beverages, as well as tobacco products.

The included LED light mouthpiece enhances the whitening 5X than whitening gel alone. Our mouthpiece is designed to be portable and can be connected to your cell phone, laptop, or anything with a USB port. No battery or charger is needed!

Novashine® Teeth Whitening Toothpaste features a blend of calcium-minerals that are specially formulated to gently whiten teeth while also being safe on enamel and gums. It’s made with all-natural ingredients including organically sourced peppermint and coconut oil.

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No matter how great your teeth look, if your skin is pallid and sallow, your great-looking teeth will really show up your listless complexion. Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser to the rescue!!

Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser fights visible signs of aging to restore youthful radiance. Natural sugar crystals slough off dead skin cells, oil buildup and impurities to reduce the appearance of blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation for a smooth, even toned complexion. Rice flour extract stimulates circulation while chamomile extract calms inflammation and cools redness.

The spring season brings allergies. And nothing is worse during allergy season than puffy eyes. Though allergy medication and help with eye redness, sometimes the puffiness still hangs around.

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BAEBODY eye gel is formulated with top ingredients including peptide complex, Matrixyl 3000, gotu kola, jojoba oil, and an amino acid complex. This product helps boost collagen and hydrates and firms the skin around the eye. BAEBODY eye gel also reduces the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, under eye bags and wrinkles. Additionally, it is safe for all skin types, is paraben and phthalate free.

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Ok, your teeth look great and your complexion is coming together. So, springtime is not the time to forget about your lips. Though the weather is warming up, your lips can still suffer from minor chapping. Just in time for the spring season, Eco Lips, the original lip balm brand launches a new line of products.

The Brazilian Lip Tints are a luxurious formula with a creamy satin finish featuring ethically sourced Babaçu and Pracaxi oils. The formula is vegan and uses Cupuaçu Butter for a nourishing, moisturizing, and protecting lip experience. The line, which features five tints, is made with earth minerals that provide pretty, matte coverage for everyday use.

Additionally, Eco Lips is now offering a hemp + vitamin E 12,000 I.U. Skin Care Oil that absorbs quickly into the skin for deep conditioning & moisturization. The smart combination of organic, cold-pressed hemp seed oil with vitamin E improves skin condition and can also be used as a base for DIY aromatherapy for massage and body care.

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Eco Lips’ Lip Scrub Sticks feature organic, Fair Trade Certified™ sugar that gently exfoliates and polishes lips. Organic coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba condition and protect, leaving lips soft, smooth, and moisturized. Now offered in a convenient stick, flavors include Brown Sugar, Mint Truffle and Vanilla Bean.

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Bursting with flavor and packed with color-changing, iridescent shimmer, Mongo Kiss Shimmer Lip Balms line features USDA-certified organic mongongo oil, along with organic and Fair Trade Certified™ coconut oil and cocoa butter for ultimate moisturization. The balms also change in color and adjust according to natural lip tones. Flavors include Mermaid Dreams (Blueberry Pie), Pixie Dust (Sherbert) and Unicorn Sparkle (Cotton Candy).

Now, if you are liquid lipstick kind of girl, theBalm’s Nude Collection has some great mini, matte, liquid lipsticks for spring 2020. Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or looking for “the one,” this collection of long-lasting liquid lipsticks are the perfect ‘matte’ch for every season and skin tone.

This liquid lipstick collection very affordable in a six-pack of shades at $29.99. The shades are entitled Trustworthy, Sincere, Charming, Genuine, Patient, and Humble with Trustworthy, Sincere and Charming are also available in full-size single lipsticks. Additionally, theBalm Nude Collection is clutch and handbag certified.

 For the spring season it is very important to keep your skin moisturized. Remember, you will showing a lot more skin as the temperatures warm up, and have rich, luxurious skin applies to your whole body, not just your face.

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BOTA is on a mission to provide gentle, yet effective skincare that’s free of the harsh chemicals that are in so many modern products. The brand has identified the best elements nature has to offer for your skin and has created a plant-based skincare line enhanced with CBD.

BOTA’s natural botanicals are hand selected and each of the natural ingredients have a considerable number of verifiable skin benefits. Consumers can now enjoy a natural routine that leaves your skin looking and feeling its best. 

BOTA has combined the forces of shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and hemp extract to give your skin the gift of BOTA™ Ultra-Rich Body Crème. You’re now able to give your skin the plant-based care it craves. This body crème will be your new favorite go-to!

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Fashion Reverie finishes off our spring 2020 roundup with PUCA’sPure & Care Hair Mask. While this Nordic brand is paraben, silicon and cruelty-free, there’s more to its identity than the eco-friendly, scientifically certified formulas it uses. PUCA–PURE & CARE values beauty, freedom, innovation and surprises creating anything but boring products within skin, hair and body care collections. 

This self-steaming hair mask nurtures and nourished the hair. It repairs and strengthens worn, damaged and treated hair. The hair becomes smoother, healthier, and easier to manage.





For Spring 2020, Play Up Your Streetwear Beauty

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Luxury streetwear is having a major fashion moment right now. According to the Streetwear Impact Report produced by HypeBeast and Strategy& Part of the PWC network, “Streetwear emerged as an antidote to wider fashion trends, stemming from countercultures like skate, surf, and hip-hop.”

However, in recent years streetwear has taken over the fashion scene and major labels have joined in on the movement. Clothing isn’t the only part of the fashion industry having a bit of fun—beauty is also taking notes from this urban movement—with eyeliners in various colors and shapes that go against traditional beauty standards.

Match your beauty look to your outfit or let it provide the perfect contrast. A little eyeliner can easily take your favorite streetwear styles to a new level with a dash of luxury and a nod to streetwear’s origins.

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Make it Pop in Neon

Your favorite cat eye gets a bright spring upgrade that can stand up to the colorful streetwear movement, inspired by Helmut Lang. These florescent highlighter shades add a focal point to a neutral look and compliment a similar hue.

For a bold look of your own that’s anything but basic, we recommend Yves Saint Laurent Full Eyeliner Shocking in Majorelle Blue. This vibrant shade goes on smoothly and doesn’t rub off. Perfect for spring or anytime you want to shake things up a little.

A touch of neon in the inner corner of your eye is another excellent way to look fresh this season, as models did at Jonathan Cohen or try something more untraditional like makeup artists created at Peter Pilotto. After all, when it’s this easy to make an impact, why wouldn’t you mix it up and swap your black liner for a more eye-catching shade?

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Bright Whites

With a mod feel, stark white can be refreshing and downright inspiring. To get the look, try a liquid liner that really stays put. You also want to look for one that is highly opaque for a strong white line across your lids.

Fashion Reverie loves Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Snow for a look that’s clean and fresh and doesn’t smudge. It’s also one of the brightest shades of white we’ve tried, which is why it gives off a strong impact on all skin tones, even if you’re on the paler side.

To make the white really pop, add an extra swipe of mascara. Benefit’s They’re Real in jet black provides a wonderful contrast to a white lined lid in its ultra-dark lengthening formula. Or check out Clarins’ Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D for extra volume, definition, and curl.

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Match Your Stripes

Tie your look together by matching the colors on your kicks with your eyelids just as makeup artist Fatima Thomas did for streetwear brand Chromat’s recent fashion show.

Thomas began by mapping out the black wing on the model with MAC’s Brushstroke Liner. However, if drawing the perfect black wing is something you have yet to master, (it can take a little practice!) Fashion Reverie recommends Kaja’s Wink Stamp. Kaja’s stamp set consists of a two-sided black winged stamp pen and an eyeliner pen.

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Start by lining up the stamp with the corner of your eye and pressing down lightly; then connect the wing with your lash line with the eyeliner pen. This is ideal for anyone who struggles with keeping the wings even on both eyes!

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Next Thomas created those bright stripes with MAC’s Chromaline in bright hues like Primary Yellow and Hi-Def Cyan. However, if you’re feeling a hint of shimmer, Kesha Rose’s Dual-Ended Liquid Eyeliner Dou is another gorgeous option. The jumbo pens make precision lining like this a breeze and give you a hint of shimmer in shades of orange, blue, and gold with maximum staying power.

Let Your Liner Float

Floating liner is whimsical and unexpected. Iconic makeup artist Pat McGrath knows that self-expression doesn’t have to play by anyone else’s rules as demonstrated by the floating eyeliner, a look she created.

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Design your own floating look with graphic lines or soft shapes. Whether you go a bit edgier or round it out, these shapes will make your streetwear style really standout. Pat McGrath’s Labs PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil is ideal for creating unexpected, off-the-lash-line shapes and sticking it to the typical beauty guides!

No matter if your style is a bit comfier and more casual or structured and sexy, a flick of eyeliner can really ramp up your beauty game!

—Janine Silver









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