IFB Links á la Mode: October 19, 2017

Links à la Mode, October 19th, 2017

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Style Colored Tights (The Easy Way) + Outfit Inspirations from Fashion Week

Colored tights can be an intimidating trend to try out especially when you’re go-to pair of black tights is so easy to style.  It seriously goes with every color in the rainbow.

But if you’re in a style slump then colored tights are the perfect revitalizing solution that won’t break the bank.

The Guidelines to Style Colored Tights

  1. Less is always more
  2. Play with texture

When playing with color, remember less is always more.  One contrasting color or element in a single outfit is enough to make a statement while staying street style chic.

An outfit with multiple colors can lack cohesion and look overwhelming.  So, instead of adding more color to a colorful outfit, play with texture.  Texture can spice up an outfit without adding too many contrasting colors.

The Monochromatic Look

First on the list is the monochromatic look.  During Fall fashion week, many designers and street style enthusiasts rocked the colorful monochromatic looks.

When you style colored tights, an easy way to create a cool outfit is to have a cohesive color theme like warm-toned or cool toned.

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I styled the blue tights with a pair of silver sequin shorts and a blue sweater.  The sweater and tights are a similar shade of blue while the shorts keep the outfit in the cool-toned family.  Plus, there is a variety of texture in this outfit to keep it fun and interesting.

Another fun way to create a monochromatic look is to play with warm-tones.  This next outfit is one of my favorite fall outfits.

I styled pink tights with a burgundy colored midi-dress and for some added warmth, I layered a grey turtleneck underneath the dress.  The different shades of red in this outfit create a subtle contrast that looks both stylish and polished.  And the soft jersey fabric of the turtleneck looks cozy and cool against the lace of the dress.

The Contrasting Colors Look

Navy and lime green may not be the first color combo you thought of when putting together an outfit.  However, it’s a cool combination that is both sophisticated and whimsical.

I think that navy and lime green is a cool combo because the navy is an unexpected neutral that tones down the brightness of the tights.

Another fun neutral is pin-stripes.  The pin-striped top and black bottoms are a classic office staple.  But with the addition of lime green tights, this outfit is now street style worthy.

The bright tights give the outfit a cool, edgy tone.

For more formal events, bright tights can be a fun way to spice up your go-to LBD.

My LBD is a mint green dress with a black lace overlay.  I styled my classic dress with a pair of bright tights for a whimsical twist that is colorful and sophisticated.

The Perfect Shoes

No outfit is complete without an awesome pair of shoes.  You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of black heels or ankle boots.  And always go with the pointed-toe because they elongate the legs, giving you a longer and leaner look.

Or if you want to try something different, you can pair your colorful tights with a cool pair of wedges that is matching in color.  With this look, your legs will look miles long.

With this guide, I hope you can style colored tights with confidence. Let me know what outfit combos you liked best down below!

The Benefits of Vitamin C Serum for Your Skin + Review of Jan Marini C-esta Serum

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If you suffer from deep cystic acne then you understand the struggle.  Skin texture is virtually impossible to cover up and extremely hard to get rid of.  But the idea of at-home derma-rolling seems scary and unsafe.  So, I turned to serums.

Lately, I’ve been using the Jan Marini C-esta Serum.  This serum is packed with vitamin C, which is one of my favorite skincare ingredients!

The Benefits of Vitamin C Serum for Your Skin

Vitamin C is not just great for giving your immune system a boost, it’s also amazing for your skin.  Vitamin C increases collagen production which helps to brighten and tone your skin.  Your skin naturally becomes more dull as dead skin cells pile up and sometimes exfoliation just isn’t enough especially when you’re going through a breakout.

And if you have cystic acne, physical exfoliant can be too harsh and even painful.  So, an AHA or BHA toner will be perfect to gently exfoliate the skin without further damaging it.  Follow-up the toner with a vitamin C serum to increase collagen production and help your skin heal faster.

A high-quality vitamin C serum can also reduce the damage from UV rays and prevent premature wrinkling.  The Jan Marini Vitamin C serum is gentle and effective.  The serum is virtually scent-free so it won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin.  Plus, the serum has hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin.  This serum is also packed with vitamins B and E so it’s perfect for every skin type.

For more information, on the science behind why vitamin C is so amazing for the skin, click HERE!

Before and After

This first photo is before using the serum.  You can see the texture of my skin especially on my cheeks and all the marks and scarring from past breakouts. My pores are also a whole lot more prominent in this photo.

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This second photo is taken after a full month of using the Jan Marini C-esta serum.  My scarring is reduced and overall skin texture is smoother.  Plus, my pore size is reduced also! Just look at what a month can do!

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Have you tried a vitamin C serum before?  Which one is your favorite?

**Disclaimer: I received the serum free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

What To Look For in A Good Dry Shampoo? + Tips for Good Application

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Honestly, I can’t live a week without dry shampoo.  Washing my hair is just too much effort after a long day at school and work, so dry shampoo it is.  But before I tried, all the dry shampoos at the drug store, I had no idea what I was looking for.  I didn’t know what was good and what wasn’t?  So, here’s a how-to guide for anybody new to dry shampoo.

What makes a good dry shampoo?

A good dry shampoo should:

  • Absorb oil
  • Add texture (without being crunchy)
  • Leave no white-cast
  • Smell good
  • Has a good nozzle
  • Bonus: add volume

A good dry shampoo should not:

  • take five minutes to rub in
  • leave a white-cast
  • have a sticky residue
  • smell weird
  • make the hair look dull/ lifeless
  • weigh down your hair
  • sprays a very firm stream at your hair and leaves you with an awkward white dot that takes 20 minutes to rub in…(trust me, I’ve been there)

One of my favorite drugstore dry shampoo is from HASK!  They have a variety of dry shampoos for a variety of hair textures.  Personally, I’ve been loving the Charcoal dry shampoo from HASK.  It has a fresh citrus scent that is (currently making me miss summer) great for day two hair when my hair smells like the stir-fry dinner I made last night.  Plus, it has long-lasting oil absorption without al the gross sulfates and parabens found in many dry shampoos on the market.  With HASK, my hair smells good, feels good, and looks good.  No more dry, dead, or zombie-looking hair here!

Tips for Best Dry Shampoo Application

  • Don’t spray too close, even with a good nozzle you can get a concentrated amount of dry shampoo if you spray the bottle right by your head.  Always use the bottle as a measuring tool and spray the dry shampoo on to your hair a bottle length away.  (I actually learned this from YouTube! LOL all the things you can learn…)
  • Don’t just spray and go, take a few seconds to rub the product in, so that the product can absorb the oil and actually freshen up your hair.
  • Spray a light coating over mid-shaft to strands for the perfect, tousled look

**Disclaimer: I received the products free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

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The Key to Healing Blemishes Quickly: Cleanse, Tone, Treat, and Nourish

Is it just me or does it seem like blemishes comes in pairs?  Here’s how to treat those little monsters and help them go away faster!

The Key to Healing Blemishes Quickly

Healing blemishes can seem like a daunting task.  However, you can easily treat it with these four easy steps:

First step is cleansing.  When you cleanse well, your pores are clean.  Clogged pores are a major factor in skin breakouts. But be careful to not over-cleanse because you can dry out your skin be depleting it of all its natural skin oils.  The production of excess sebum is another major factor in skin breakouts.

After your face is clean, tone, tone, tone.  A toner with AHA or BHA helps chemically exfoliate the skin to improve skin cell renewal.  This will give you smoother and more radiant skin.  Once my toner is on, I like to apply a mask.

Masking can heal and nourish your skin.  One of my favorite things to do is double-masking.  I apply a purifying mask over my breakouts and a hydrating mask over the rest of my face.  The purifying mask extracts all the gunk out and the hydrating mask leaves my skin feeling soft and plump. Once I wash these masks off, I like to treat myself to a sheet mask.  They help my skin recover quickly from breakouts by balancing out the pH in my skin. Some of my favorite sheet masks have tea tree oil, which has antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties.

Once the serum has absorbed into my skin, I remove the sheet mask and treat my skin with benzoyl peroxide (another anti-bacterial topical cream).  Then, I apply a vitamin C serum and lock in all the goodness with a hydrating moisturizer.

What To-Do When You (Accidentally) Pop it

The key to healing blemishes quickly is to not pick at them.  But someimes, you can’t help yourself.  Once you’ve picked at your skin, it’s time to do some damage control.

Here’s how you can prevent the blemish from scabbing over.  You have two options:

  1. Acne patch
  2. Sheet Mask

I’m not a dermatologist and you might not want to disobey the rules on most masks (where they tell you specifically not to put on over open wounds), but I like to apply a sheet mask after picking at my acne.  It calms down the inflammation and helps the bump to smooth out.

My favorite sheet masks to use lately are from WHEN!They are super hydrating and calming to inflamed skin. Plus, the sheets are made of a soft cotton that feels super luxurious.  The pack always comes with excess serum that I love to apply all over my body.  Once my sheet mask is dried, I remove it from my face, treat the blemishes with benzoyl peroxide, and hydrate my face with a calming moisturizer.  Then I apply an acne patch over the popped blemishes and go to sleep.

In the morning, my skin feels softer, smoother, and looks more radiant.  Plus, the blemish has significantly decreased in size and looks less inflamed because the patch extracted all the gunk.  There’s something really gross and satisfying about pulling the acne patches off your face in the morning.  Or is that just me?

Share any tricks you have for treating a breakout down below!

*Disclaimer: I received the WHEN masks free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**