Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Summer to Fall Transitional Makeup

It would be easy to tell you to toss your pink and coral lipsticks aside to make room for darker colors, but that's obvious isn't it? Naturally people tend to wear cooler colors during the cooler seasons. However, I want to show you simple ways to wear your favorite summer shades all year long and truly transition your makeup for the fall.

  • Orange was extremely popular this summer. It's bright, bold, and vibrant, much like your bikinis I'm sure. But orange is also a very autumnal color most noticeably seen in the leaves when they change colors. The best way to wear this color through the fall would be to tone it down. Opt out of a full-on orange lipstick and try a lip gloss or stain. You still have that unexpected pop of color without going overboard. Recommendations...
    • Drugstore: L'oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Coral Tattoo
    • High end: Yves Saint Laurent Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in Orange De Chine
  • Turquoise eyeliner was also a huge  trend this summer. You can still incorporate this hue by choosing to use an eyeshadow instead of the more harsh eyeliner. Turquoise eyeshadow is much more forgiving and gives you a lot more flexibility. You can tone it down by smoking it out with a dark brown or charcoal gray shadow in the crease. You also have the option wearing the turquoise shadow the way is was most commonly used this summer: on the lower lash line. Just be sure to blend! Recommendations...
    • Drugstore: Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Tenacious Teal
    • High end: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Clash
  • Rose colored, neutral pink lips were also seen everywhere. Luckily, in my opinion, this trend is already perfect for year round use. Natural lip shades are classic and timeless; you can never go wrong. If you want to enhance it for fall in a subtle way, choose pink shades that lean more towards the mauve or berry families. It will still be a warm, neutral color, but adding a slight purple tint will make it a bit more seasonal. Recommendations...
    • Drugstore: Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
    • High end: MAC Lustre Lipstick in Politely Pink
Have you tried any of these techniques or products? Know of any makeup transition tips that you would like to share? Comment below or tell me all about it on Twitter @JordanCathleen_

Friday, October 25, 2013

F+ | Nicole Leo

Philadelphia, PA
  1. Aviator sunglasses | Thrifted
  2. Scarf | H&M
  3. Crochet tank | F21
  4. Denim skirt with suspenders | F21
  5. Patent leather pumps | F21
  6. Pink satchel | F21
  7. Accessories | H&M
To see how this former College Fashionista transitions her summer flare into fall, check her out and follow her on these social networks!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tips & Tricks Tuesday | Keeping Your Hair Moisturized

For all of my natural hair ladies out there you know how important moisturizing your hair is, especially during the upcoming colder months. However, it can be a bit of an inconvenience. Having a busy schedule can definitely get in the way of taking the time to properly moisturize your hair for the fall and winter. Also, managing wet hair while combating the cold temperatures can jeopardize your health. Luckily there are a few quick remedies that you can use in between conditioning to combat dry, brittle hair.

  • Spritz! Instead of always completely wetting your hair, give it a good spritz. Doing this lightly before bed will keep your curls soft. It's also great to do in the morning. It aids in the process of shaping your style while refreshing the curls. For a little added benefit, mix in a bit of your favorite conditioner. It will make your hair smell great and add an extra moisturizing boost.
  • Seal. This is a key (and simple) step that can often be overlooked. Keeping a small container of your favorite oil or shea butter next to your spray bottle ensures that you won't forget this step. Also, a little goes a long way. You don't want to over-moisturize because that can lead to product buildup and a greasy scalp. Focus your product on the ends and use a small amount. You can always add more later if you need more moisture, but you can't take the oil away if you've overdone it. 
  • Style dry. I feel that many girls are still under the impression that you have to completely re-wet your hair every night in order to style it. That's simply not the case. Re-twisting or braiding your hair dry not only makes your hair even bigger and bolder, but it decreases your chances of getting sick from possibly waking up with a damp scalp. Just remember to lightly spritz and seal. If your feel your ends are the problem, go ahead and soak those, brush in some leave-in conditioner, and seal as if it were a fresh style. No one will know the difference!
If you have any other quick ways to moisturize your hair during the colder seasons, I'm sure other Best, Jordan readers would love to know! Share them in the comments section below!

P.S. If you liked this post on natural hair care and want to see more posts like this, let me know either in the comments or mention me on Twitter

Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekly Wishes #5 - Self-Centering

Last week my only wish was to get more sleep and I definitely think I accomplished that. It may seem like a simple task but trust me, it's easier said than done. While most days I stuck to my new nap routine, other days I found myself falling into old habits. But hey, practice makes perfect and I'll definitely be keeping this up.

This week I feel is the perfect time for me to switch gears and focus more on myself. It's very easy for me to get caught up in making those around me happy without giving myself much attention. I feel like this wish couldn't have come at a better time. Today is my boyfriend's birthday and I've been consumed over the last week and a half with buying, transporting, and hiding his rather large present. Coincidentally, he will be attending a conference later this week, leaving me to own devices. But what are those exactly?

This week is to remind myself of the pre-serious relationship Jordan. What would she do with all of this free time? Catch up on reading or her favorite shows? Blog? Hang out with friends? I'm not sure just yet, but every step of the way I'll make sure to keep you posted on Twitter.

My wish this week is to focus on myself and any and everything that makes me happy. Challenge accepted.

Remember to head over to The Nectar Collective to join Melyssa and many other fantastic bloggers in making a wish for the week.

Friday, October 4, 2013

F+ | Antwanique Adele

Washington, DC

1. Fedora | H&M
2. Vegan leather jacket | Zara
3. Sweater | AllSaints
4. Black distressed moto pants | Free People
5. Shoes | UNIF HELLraisers
6. Jewelry (all) | heirlooms

If you want to see this beauty in action, she makes her own OOTDs, makeup tutorials, and more on her YouTube channel Adele's Anecdotes. Make sure to subscribe to her and follow her on Twitter and Instagram. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fashion Fridays Are Now F+

Why the name change you ask? I was starting to feel that having two series with alliteration titles was a bit corny. Regardless, I'll still keep Tips & Tricks Tuesday and F+ will still be posted on Fridays.

The meaning behind F+ is simple. It stands for Fashion Plus. Everyone that I choose to feature in the series has amazing fashion sense, plus a little something extra. I like finding people who usher in new ideas as opposed to simply replicating old ones. F+ is also a little play on words because all of the people I feature have made my fashion Dean's List.

Make sure to look for a new F+ post coming to you tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tips & Tricks Tuesday | Hot Spots

While thumbing through a magazine yesterday, I came across an article about the best places to wear fragrance. I already knew about the common areas like the wrist and the nape of the neck, but they named two other places that surprised me. The back of your knees and the crook of your arm are also great fragrance spots. Why?

These four areas generate the most heat on your body. Since fragrance is dispersed when exposed to warmer temperatures, keeping the fragrance concentration to these four main areas allows the scent to be distributed evenly and leave a lasting impression.

If you would like a list of my favorite fall fragrances, let me know on Twitter @JordanCathleen_.