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Beauty Bit- How To Easily Find Your Foundation Shade with Match My Makeup and Findation

How to find your foundation shade

I know a lot of us have a hard time finding our foundation shade, but I have found two easy ways to show you how to find your foundation shade. MatchmyMakeup.com and Findation.com are two great websites that let you search to find your foundation shade. *Please note that this isn’t for first time foundation users. You must have tried or know your shade in one foundation before you can continue in the search for your shade.

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FashionMingle.net New York Fashion Week Day 7 Report

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TICKET TO THE TENTS DAY 7 TREND REPORT(Featuring Betsey Johnson, Erin Fetherston, Anna Sui, Deola Sagoe/Clan, Michael Kors)

We are wrapping up our New York Fashion Week coverage, and survived 7 days of running around the city to bring you the latest and greatest in fashion week news! Here is our take on Day 7 trends!

UNIQUE RUNWAY

What’s fashion week without an over-the-top runway presentation by Betsey Johnson? Boring! And our team at FashionMingle.net doesn’t like boring, so luckily for us, we have Betsey Johnson’s runway to look forward to every season. Betsey showcased her Spring collection on Day 7, opening up the show with 2 models representing gay marriage.  When they turned around their suit coats said pre-nup! And that was the name of Betsey’s wedding-themed collection.

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PHOTO CREDIT: www.live-life-in-style.com

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COLOR

Erin Fetherston’s collection was classically simple, but lovely.  Erin featured black and white, pastel yellows, and deep shades of blue.  By default, Betsey’s collection featured a lot of white, since it was wedding themed.  Michael Kors’ collection was also heavy on the blues and yellows, though there were some pastels, and black and white separates intermixed in the collection.

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PRINTS

No one mixes prints like Anna Sui, and for her Spring 2015 collection she did not disappoint. Erin Fetherston also incorporated florals, but again in a simple, but sophisticated way. The florals in Erin’s collection did not overwhelm the garments.  Michael Kors featured a plethora of print looks, but the prints were either floral based or plaid based.

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FABRICS

Betsey Johnson’s runway featured lots of tulle, as to be expected for her wedding themed collection.  Betsey also featured a few looks that resembled nylon or plastic that would typically be used for rain coat materials! I could definitely see Miley Cyrus in one of these  plastic-esque looks! Erin incorporated sheer fabrics into her collection for use in her striped looks.

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PHOTO CREDIT: www.live-life-in-style.com

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ACCESSORIES

The Anna Sui models had everything from veils to shades. It was a really cool runway! Betsey Johnson’s wedding themed collection entitled Pre-Nup featured fun heels and fun handbags.  She created a cake shape handbag and a lipstick shaped handbag.

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PHOTO CREDIT: www.live-life-in-style.com

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DEBUT RUNWAY: Deola Sagoe/Clan

The brands Deola Sagoe and Clan fashions debuted for the first time at New York Fashion Week.  Deola Sagoe is the designer behind the Deola Sagoe label, while the clan collection is designed by her daughters Tena, Tiwa, and Aba Sagoe.  They labels are based in Africa, and this was their first time showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The looks were unique, and we love to see emerging and up and coming designers featured at New York Fashion Week.

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PHOTO CREDIT: www.live-life-in-style.com
Written by Shalanda Turner, FashionMingle.net Style Editor

FashionMingle.net New York Fashion Week Day 6 Report

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The lovely peeps at FashionMingle.net will be bringing us an awesome report each day from New York Fashion Week. Enjoy!

TICKET TO THE TENTS DAY 6 TREND REPORT

(Featuring Vivienne Hu, Narcisco Rodriguez, Badgley Mischka, Nolcha Fashion Week, Diesel Black Gold, Jenny Packham, Naeem Khan, Zang Toi,  Pamella Roland, Michael Costello)

Day 6 was extremely busy for our team! Heather and Sofia attended Nolcha Fashion Week, while Shalanda and Jane stayed at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to capture the shows at the Tents.

COLOR

Black and white remained popular for Day 6 of New York Fashion Week. Zang Toi’s celebrated his 25th anniversary as a label with a heavily black and white collection. He also featured deep shades of green, red and purple, which is rather unique for Spring!  Ever since Victoria Beckham’s show earlier in the week, we’ve seen more and more designers incorporating darker shades into their collections. Typically these hues are reserved for Fall, but the use of deep shades of blues, greens, and purples further prove the blurred line phenomenon happening between the seasons. Diesel Black and Gold also featured a heavily black, & white collection. Whether they were all black or all white separates or black and white prints. Other designers to incorporate black and white into their Spring collections were Vivienne Hu & Narcisco Rodriguez. Jenny Packham’s collection featured oxblood looks along with pastel yellow, and sky blue looks. The collection combination of pastels with the darker oxblood was pretty cool.

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PHOTO CREDIT: www.live-life-in-style.com

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STYLES

Michael Costello, Badgley Mischka and Zang Toi’s collections were heavy on the evening gown from, as to be expected since they are all magnificent evening wear designers. Not everyone can do evening wear, and it’s really an art in and of itself.  Sophie Theallet took lengths to above the need with voluminous A-line skirts. Crop tops are showing their staying power, and even though the crop top is popular, the jumpsuit is here to stay with a vengeance.  Almost every designer has featured at least one or more jumpsuits in their collections. Rompers seem to be inexistent, as everyone seems to prefer to the pantsuit edition. Pamella Roland featured a lovely white jumpsuit for her Spring 2015 collection.

 

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PHOTO CREDIT: www.fashiongps.com

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PHOTO CREDIT: www.live-life-in-style.com

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NOLCHA FASHION WEEK

Here at FashionMingle.net we love to bring you cover from outside the tents as well as feature designers showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.  For our third season in a row, Fashion Mingle sent team members to cover Nolcha Fashion Week.  Nolcha Fashion Week, founded by Kerry Bannigan, features independent fashion designers during New York Fashion Week.  Fashion Mingle Contributors headed to Nolcha to conduct backstage interviews with the designers and bring you the trends from Nolcha! Stay tuned for their Nolcha report! You can learn more about Nolcha here in an interview conducted by Heather Petrey with the founder of Nolcha.

Written by Shalanda Turner, FashionMingle.net Style Editor

FashionMingle.net New York Fashion Week Report Day 5

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The lovely peeps at FashionMingle.net will be bringing us an awesome report each day from New York Fashion Week. Enjoy!

TICKET TO THE TENTS DAY 5 TREND REPORT
(Featuring Lela Rose, Carolina Herrera, Dennis Basso, Reem Acra, Libertine & Oudifu)

The FashionMingle.net team wrapped up Day 5 late covering the last shows of the day; Libertine & Oudifu.  Oudifu is considered an emerging label to the U.S., but is very popular in China!  In addition to bringing in designers from around the world to showcase their collections at MBFW, IMG has done a major push to feature international emerging and up and coming designers.  Grant it, this may be due to the fact that heavy-hitter names, such as DVF, Michael Kors, and more, have been pulling out of MBFW over the last few seasons to showcase offsite. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Young, emerging & up and coming designers have embraced the new culture of fashion, and with these gaps in the time slot of MBFW, they now have an opportunity to bring their designs to the masses.  Designers such as Libertine, Oudifu, Vivienne Hu, Mark & Estel, Falguni & Shane Peacock are just a few brands that have now become MBFW household names.

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COLOR
The real first emergence of black and white combinations showed up on Day 5 of New York Fashion Week, starting with Lela Rose’s runway for spring. Lela Rose featured bold gingham and polka dot prints in black and white.  Carolina Herrera favored the color red in her collection, infusing single, and ginormous red flowers on white fabric.  The popular all white ensembles also showed up in CH’s runway, and like Victoria Beckham the day before her, Carolina Herrera featured a dark hue of purple, which is unexpected for Spring!
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FABRIC
Dennis Basso opened his collection with a dedication to the late Joan Rivers. All of us at FashionMingle.net and our media partners send our condolences to Joan’s friends and family.  In typical, Basso style, his collection featured fur! Surprisingly there wasn’t as much fur as some of his previous collections, but there was fur nonetheless.  Reem Acra has the best name in the world for a fashion designer! Her name makes me think of fabric! Reem created looks that featured tons of sparkle and shine.  The audience collectively let out ooohs and aahhs as the amazing gowns just kept coming.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Shalanda Turner, www.live-life-in-style.com
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UNIQUE FIND: Johnson Harting’s Libertine
Johnson is the designer behind the label Libertine. Every season I discover new brands…well at least they are new to me.  This was my first time seeing Libertine clothes and I had no idea what was in store! As soon as the lights went down, I knew I was in for a treat.  The models came storming out one after the other, to upbeat, pop culture tunes, while wearing the wildest street wear looks imaginable. Wild but functional and fun.  There were tons of colors, fabrics, and 3D enhancements on the clothes.  To finish the show, Johnson led his models around the room in true party walk style. The audience, who simply loved the collection, cheered and clapped for the final walk.  Johnson’s clothes may not be for everybody…especially the faint at heart, but watching the show and viewing his creativity is definitely exciting!

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PHOTO CREDIT: Shalanda Turner, www.live-life-in-style.com

Written by Shalanda Turner, FashionMingle.net Style Editor

Georgine SS15 Brings the 70s Glam To New York Fashion Week

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Georgine SS15

Georgine SS 15 brings the 70s glam to New York Fashion Week! The sparkles and shine are a trend that is popping up on many runways this season and it is a fun trend I can get behind. The candy wrapper disco glam look reminds me of the Studio 54 era fashions that you would see on Diana Ross or Bianca Jagger ( who was part of the inspiration for this collection). They also remind me of fashion stylist Catherine Baba– a personal style icon of mind.

Apparently the “Looks were accessorized with mink tote bags and beach towels as well as leather clutches in the shape of surfboards in collaboration with Max Steiner Design.” Cute! Cute! Cute! Cute! Cute! I am loving the trends that we are seeing so far. I wonder what the next three fashion weeks will have in store for us. Photos from Georgine.

FashionMingle.net New York Fashion Week Day 4 Report

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The lovely peeps at FashionMingle.net will be bringing us an awesome report each day from New York Fashion Week. Enjoy!

TICKET TO THE TENTS: Day 4 Spring 2015 NYFW Trend Report

(Featuring Fashion Shenzen, Nanette Lepore, Victoria Beckham, Czar by Cesar Galindo, Custo Barcelona, Vivienne Tam, DVF and Parkchoonmoo)

Every fashion week, something is bound to go wrong! From losing equipment to someone being sick, and this fashion week is no exception! Our team is definitely being run through the ringer, working out technical difficulties with our laptops and our website, but we won’t let that stop us! It’s all a part of the experience of covering New York Fashion Week. Even with our technical difficulties the team wrapped up Day 4 in one piece!

UNIQUE SHOWCASE

In addition to the regularly scheduled designers that show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, IMG works to bring unique shows to the venue. Fashion Shenzen is always a delight, as it features fashion designers from China.  Fashion is a universal industry, and it’s amazing to see styles and design aesthetics from around the world! The Fashion Shenzen designers featured looks made in shiny and sheer fabrics. They also favored highly embellished gowns with lots of sequins.

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STYLES

Custo Barcelona and DVF took us to shorter lengths with miniskirts and above the knee dresses respectively, while Nanette Lepore and Victoria Beckham featured ankle-length styles.

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PRINTS & FABRIC

Custo Barcelona featured abstract prints and perforated fabrics. Vivienne Tam incorporated palm tree prints into her collection, continuing the popular tropical prints theme we’ve been seeing over the last couple days. Cesar Galindo used metallic and sequin fabrics in his collection.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Shalanda Turner, www.live-life-in-style.com

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COLOR

All white ensembles are still popular going into Day 4. Nanette Lepore featured a few all white looks, but the favored color for her collection was definitely yellow! Yellow shoes, yellow-based prints, and solid yellow dresses, Nanette let us know that yellow will be trending for Spring, and she’s not the only one. Cesar Galindo also featured yellow in his collection, along with greens, pastel oranges, and metallic.  Victoria Beckham’s spring collection was heavy on the tans & neutral colors black and white. Victoria even featured an oxblood hue that is typically reserved for Fall!

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HAIR

For the most part, there’s been 2 big trends for hair: Braids or slicked back and loose. I think braids will always be a popular choice for Spring & Summer!

ACCESSORIES

The bigger the better! The Czar collection featured bold, colorful necklaces that would make the wearer the center of attention in any room.

 

Written by Shalanda Turner, FashionMingle.net Style Editor

Plus Size Fashion: eShakti.com Review

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eShakti.com sent me an amazing printed shirtdress that made me feel like a 1950s housewife. I was trying to do my best Lucille Ball impression in the video. Tee Hee.  This beautiful dress is $69.95. I love eShakti.com because they have some really cute clothes that are affordable and go up to a size 36.

The other thing I love, which I will be trying next time, is there custom feature. You can put in your own measurements and they will make one of their many garments in your size. I love it because every body isn’t a standard size. Shipping takes about 14 days. I think it is longer for custom garments.

Use coupon code fatskinyfashes to get 10% off when you shop at eShakti-valid from 6/14/2014 to 7/12/2014!!!

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http://www.eshakti.com/Product/CL0031462/Tropical-print-cotton-shirtdress

Beauty Bit-Studio Gear Total Clarification Exfoliating Pads Are The Fastest Dark Spot Remover

Studio Gear Total Clarification Exfoliating Pads

FTC: I used a voucher the company gave me to purchase the Studio Gear Total Clarification Exfoliating Pads. This is an honest review.

Are the Studio Gear Total Clarification Exfoliating Pads with Beta Hydroxy the fastest dark spot remover? Well they are the fastest I have ever used. I am so glad Studio Gear gave me a voucher to use. I can’t thank them enough. I was going to buy similar pads from Avon, but they were sold out. Thank God! Seriously. I have used numerous products to get rid of dark spots. These pads started working in a week. A WEEK?! You read that all the way right. I highly recommend them. Get it for $35 dollars.

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Beauty Bit- As I Am Coconut Cowash Review

As I Am Coconut Cowash

I finally bought the As I Am Coconut Cowash. I know I am late to the party, but I love this stuff. It cleaned all of the gooky product I had left in my hair and left it incredible soft. I bought it for $9, but the website site says it is $8.99. I actually saw it at Sally’s for $6.99 though. Wherever you get it from, I guarantee that it is worth the price.

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Partnered Post-Rejoice BooHoo.com Now Has Plus Size Clothes!!

Boohoo.com Has Plus Size Clothes

Boohoo.com now has plus size clothes!!!! I always wondered when/if they would be getting plus sizes. I am so excited that they gifted me a few items for review. Thanks Boohoo.com! They let me pick three items of choice, and now that I have seen everything in the flesh…I am in LURVE!

The thing I like about Boohoo is that they have a lot of trendy clothes mixed in with some basics and very practical items as well for a very, very good price. Everything I received was either $36 or $40. I got the Charlotte Metallic Contrast Trim Jersey Jacket, Lillian Graphic Print Woven Top, Evie Mesh Hem Panel Midi Dress. I can’t wait to wear this stuff. 🙂

Also get 25% off at Boohoo.com with the code- GET25. Please note that I do not know how long that codes lasts.

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Nude Barre Pantyhose Are For All Shades Of Nude

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Finally brown girls can rejoice. Nude Barre is here with shade of nude pantyhose for our legs too. The prices start at $12 and go up. Their sizes go up to a XXL. The fancier Beyonce style glitter fishnets are around $55. They even have underwear and stockings for children. To find your shade, either buy one of the swatch kits or go to this link on Nude Barre’s website and hold the underside of your arm up to each shade. Whichever shade blends with your arm is yours! Photos from Nude Barre.
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Chub Rub Be Gone- Bandelettes Review

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I received Bandelettes from the company to try.

Want chub rub relief? Try Bandelettes. I recently tried Bandelettes, a product that promises chub rub relief. I am so glad the company let me try this product out because this is something that I seriously needed. I am not ashamed of my chub rub or thigh chafing, and you shouldn’t be either.
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Beauty Bit- Rosewholesale.com Review

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I was sent a concealer palette Rosewholesale.com and asked to review their website. The website has men and women’s clothes, a few plus size items, bags, shoes, and other accessories. The thing that I like the most about the Rosewholesale.com are the beauty products. I love websites with low priced beauty products. The whole website is super affordable, but I love that the beauty products are so affordable because I can buy tons of eyeshadow and concealer palettes, makeup tools, and more for less!

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New York Fashion Week Has Been Bringing The Heat This Winter

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I haven’t been posting about New York Fashion Week like I usually do because

1. I’m not there to attend the shows this season and…

2. I have been doing school projects and studying for midterms!!!

But have no fear, the lovelies at Fashionmingle.net have been reporting on the whatnots and the here heres at fashion week in New York. I can tell from all of their reports thus far that New York Fashion Week has definitely been bringing the heat despite what the polar vortex might be trying to pull.

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Beauty Bit- Crown Brush HD Brush Set Review

Crown Brush HD Brush Set

I received this Crown Brush HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer from Ifabbo.com. I am so glad I got this set. This vegan friendly brush set comes in three cool colors, and is really small and portable. This would make the perfect travel or everyday set. It is also perfect for beginners.

I love that it is only $27.95, which makes it very affordable. The Crown Brush HD Set comes with a removable mirror, tweezers, and enough brushes to line your eyes, pat on some eyeshadows and blend then together, and put on some blush and powder. The bristles are soft, yet do a good job of smoothing things out. The contour brush is small and compact and perfect for my liquid concealer. It really is my favorite brush.

This set works with creams, powders, and liquids. I think it works best with powders and liquids. The contour brush might work with creams the best though. It really is a great buy!

Buy this brush set from Crown Brush here.

I Finally Went to Motor Supply Company’s Make Your Own Bacon Workshop

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I’ve wanted to go to the see what Motor Supply Company’s  Make Your Own Bacon Workshop or the awesomely titled #baconrumpus was about for so long. I missed the event so many times I thought that I would never get there, or they would cancel it before I could find time in my schedule to go. A lot of people myself included say that there is nothing to do in Columbia. For the most part, this is true…but things are changing. When in the last decade have you heard of a make your own bacon event with complimentary cocktails and appetizers in Columbia?

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Beauty Bit- Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Thermo Renewing Scrub Review

Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Thermo Renewing Scrub Review

I received the Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Thermo Renewing Scrub from iFabbo weeks ago, but wasn’t able to review it until this weekend, and I can honestly say that  I love it.  The scrub is made with volcanic stones that don’t feel like they are striping my skin. Actually the thick liquid texture of the scrub makes my skin feel very soft and smooth after I exfoliate. I used it on my feet, and I had my dad use it on his feet. We both liked how smooth our skin was afterwards, so I know this is definitely a product I will be using to combat fall/winter dryness. If you remember I tried their Lemon Sorbet product and loved that as well. Perlier makes some great beauty products, and they are all available on HSN. Make sure you check them out and don’t forget that you can get $5 off with coupon code iFabbo5.