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Fab Favorites: Signature Style – Olivia Palermo Nail Polish


I hope you’ve all enjoyed a fabulous week! I’m so looking forward to the weekend… my Mom, Dad and I are flying to visit my sister and spend a family weekend together. Then I’m super excited for next week, it’s the start of NYFW! I can’t wait to see the shows and new season fashion – and of course share it with you!

When I think of New York Fashion Week, the eternally chic Olivia Palermo always comes to mind. Regardless of the season, Olivia is renowned for making red nail polish her signature and she’s rarely seen without it…

Olivia Palermo style red nail polish

I’ve been hunting down the perfect shade of red for longer than I’d like to admit and after finally tracking down which nail polishes Olivia Palermo wears, I found it! Her favorite shade is Essie Lollipop – and let me be the first to excitedly say, it’s ahhmazing.

The thing I love about reds is they’re universal and can be worn all year round. Summer or winter, breakfast or black tie, you’ll always look perfectly polished in this chic hue. If you’d love a little red in your life, these are the nail polishes Olivia Palermo wears… Olivia Palermo style Red Nail Polish essie lollipop clam bake really red

Olivia Palermo Nail Polish: Clam Bake   |   Really Red   |   Lollipop (my favorite!)

Olivia Palermo style Red Nail Polish essie lollipop clam bake really red

Olivia Palermo style Red Nail Polish essie lollipop clam bake really red Olivia Palermo Nail Polish: Clam Bake   |   Really Red   |   Lollipop (my favorite!)

 

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Steal Her Style – The Best Lauren Conrad Outfit


Over the weekend, I stumbled upon some old episodes of The Hills and adored every minute of it. All that drama… Lauren and Brody, Heidi and Spencer, Audrina and Justin Bobby. Back in the day, I remember I watched it every week! So following this little blast from the past, my love of all things Lauren Conrad has been reinvigorated.

She’s well and truly cemented herself as a style icon. I adore that Lauren’s outfits are so easy to wear. One of the best Lauren Conrad outfits is this leopard and black look below – so perfect for fall! Here’s how to steal her style and recreate this gorgeous outfit yourself…

 

Steal Her Style – The Best Lauren Conrad Outfit:
2.  X-Ring (I also love these gold rings)
3.  J.Brand 915 Skinny Jeans – they have over 90 five-star reviews!  (find lots more black skinny jeans here)
5.  Prada Cats Eye Sunglasses (I have these, they’re stunning!)
6.  Moschino Flats (there are so many cute ballet flats here)

 

What do you think of Lauren’s style, is this a look you would wear? I’d also love to know, did you ever watch The Hills too?

 

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Fab Favorites Link Up – Stylish Blog Design and Fall Lipstick Colors


Happy Friday! It’s been such a busy week, I’m looking forward to the weekend (a nice, quiet one at home).

One of the main reasons I’ve been so busy is because over the last few months I moved into doing website design and development, as well as social media management for some really exceptional global brands. As many of you probably know, my background has always been marketing and advertising (I completed my Master of Business and Bachelor of Business in this area), it’s something I’m so passionate about!

Through building and developing Style Elixir and Bloggers Closet, the online space (and blogging world) is something I am incredibly enthusiastic about and LOVE to immerse myself. I also noticed there was a real gap for stylish blog design and website development that is affordable – and doesn’t have a ridiculously long wait list!

So I just thought I’d share this and mention if you (or someone you know) have been thinking about starting a blog, want a new blog design, need a company website or would like to start an online store, I’d be thrilled to work with you and bring your vision to life! You’ll find more information here.

Blog design and website build developer

Oh and I’m not just about delivering a beautifully stylish blog design… importantly, it’s also about creating a premium user experience and implementing the strategic tools you need to really drive your site or store forward (sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know, so based on all the experiences I’ve had and global companies I have worked with, I will guide you through the process and set you up with everything you need).

To discuss your project and get a quote, please email me and let’s start talking!

 

Fall beauty trends lipstick shades plum berry red

Fall Lipstick Colors:

1.  NARS Lipstick in Manhunt
2.  YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #34 Rose Asarine
3.  M.A.C Lipstick in Heroine
4.  Dolce & Gabbana Matte Lipstick in Dolce Ruby
5.  Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Velvet Underground
6.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Scarlet Siren (this is so gorgeous!)

 

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How To Fix A Broken Powder Compact and Extend The Life of Your Makeup


When I was younger, I would buy and use makeup without ever giving thought to the expiration date… some products I would have for years because I used them so infrequently. It never occurred to me that just like food, makeup does have an expiry date and for your own health and the effectiveness of the product, you really should adhere to it. I was always the worst with mascara! But when you think about it, your eyes and sight are everything, so you don’t want to be messing around with them.

A few years ago I read an article about what happens to you and your makeup if you don’t use it up or throw it out in time, so today I wanted to share my knowledge with you. Importantly, I’ll also share my tips on how to make your makeup last longer so you get every cent worth (after all, our fave products usually aren’t cheap!) and the one thing every woman will need to know at some stage… how to fix a broken powder compact!

I’d love to know, do you think about expiry dates or how old your makeup is before using it? Do you have any tips for how to make your makeup last longer or how to fix makeup breakages? Please leave a comment and share.

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MASCARA:

Expiration: Three months from opening

One of the biggest annoyances for longevity is mascara drying out! My biggest and best tip is all in your application… do you ever pump the wand in and out of the tube? I used to… and you definitely should stop! This action is so unnecessary, it pushes air into the tube, really dries the product out and therefore significantly shortens your mascara’s lifespan. The alternative? Just gently move the wand around inside the tube before you pull it out, this will pick-up the product you need on the wand and won’t push excessive air inside.

Tip: If your mascara has dried out, you can salvage it by putting a few drops of baby oil in the tube.

EYELINER:
Expiration: Liquid Liners are three months, Pencil Liners are up to two years

For the best application and to avoid that frustrating moment when you accidentally snap off the tip of the pencil, warm the pencil in your hands before applying. Just take the pencil between your flat palms (palms face inwards with the product vertically held between them) and move your hands back and forth, the pencil will spin as you do this. The friction and movement will cause the product to warm up a little. This allows for a much smoother and more even application.

For liquid liner pots that have dried out, once again it’s all about adding a little heat! Just place these in the microwave for 5 – 10 seconds, or hold a hair dryer over them (with the lid closed so the air doesn’t dry it out further).

FOUNDATION:

Expiration: Oil-based, one and a half years. Water-based, one year.

It’s important to understand the composition of the foundation you use, is it oil-free? Water-based foundations tend to dry out more quickly. Good foundations aren’t cheap, so we want to get the most out of them! The best way to prolong it’s life span is to add a few drops of alcohol-free toner and shake / mix it with the product thoroughly.

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipgloss #18 seduction review

One of my favorite lip glosses, Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in #18 Seduction.

LIPSTICK:

Expiration: One year

A simple trick to extending the life of your favorite lipsticks is to simply keep them in the fridge. It’s been proven that warm or humid climates can make the color pigments degrade quicker.

What happens if you drop your fave shade and it breaks? Ahh the horror. We’ve all been there, watching our most loved lipstick smash before our eyes, almost as if in slow motion and we’re powerless to stop it. But this doesn’t mean it’s all over… simply get a little pot and scoop the remaining product in, you can then apply it with a q-tip or lip brush.

BLUSH AND BRONZER:

Expiration: Up to two years

Just like the lipstick above, I think we’ve all squealed in devastation as our blush or bronzer has hit the tiles. The brilliant news is, believe it or not, your compact can be totally salvaged! Here’s how to fix a broken powder compact… to start the recovery operation, place the powder pieces back into the compact and break down any larger bits that survived, so it is all a smaller finer consistency. Then spray the powerdy pieces with rubbing alcohol and cover this with a tissue. Take a spoon and use the back-side to press down firmly on the powder in your compact, push down evenly to smooth the powder back into place and ensure it’s all positioned in tight. Place this on a counter top and allow it to dry. Then voila! Your powder compact will be back to it’s former glory.

NAIL POLISH:

Expiration: Two years

I hate it when I go to use my favorite nail polish color and find it’s all clumped or dried inside the bottle! The best way I’ve found to revive dried out varnish is to add a couple drops of nail lacquer thinner (this can be purchased from great discount places like Sally Beauty), then thoroughly shake to mix it all together.

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Style Sessions Link Up – The Perfect Plaid Shirt


Welcome to Style Sessions! I’m so excited to let you know I am sharing all my Fall fashion trends and styling tips in the current September issue of People StyleWatch magazine! Be sure to pick up a copy! I also would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank you for all your kind emails, tweets and instagrams – it was definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment to be featured and I am immensely grateful for all your support and friendship!

People StyleWatch Magazine September Issue Cover Style Elixir Lauren Slade Fashion Blogger

People StyleWatch Magazine September Issue Cover Style Elixir Lauren Slade Fashion Blogger

One particular outfit and trend seemed to spark a lot of interest (and emails!), so I thought I’d share the look with you today… who loves plaid? I do! It’s a wardrobe must-have for fall and beyond.

Something I adore about having a perfect plaid shirt is the effortless style it can bring. Simply wear a tailored plaid shirt with fabulous jeans, chic sunglasses (these Prada sunglasses are my favorite, they seem to look fabulous on everyone!) and as always, this Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag works with everything (it is the best handbag you will ever own).

I’d love to know, are you mad for plaid too?

1 Plaid Shirt Tan Belt Dark Skinny Jeans Marc Jacobs Handbag Black Patent Heels Prads Sunglasses YSL Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick Kourtney Kardashian Style Elixir www.stylelixir.com Fashion Blog The Perfect Plaid Shirt:  Plaid Shirt (similar)    |    Skinny Jeans (find more fab jeans here!)    |    Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag    |    Prada Sunglasses    |    Patent Black Heels    |    Belt (similar)    |    Pave Earrings    |    Gold Bangle Stack (similar)    |    YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick (in #13 Le Orange)

Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Beauty Blender    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara (my all-time favorite)    |    YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick (in #13 Le Orange)

In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday. It’s a blog link up and all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear!

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Instagram, Bloglovin’, Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook!) and add a link to this post within your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

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The Perfect Plaid Shirt…

Every girl needs a few key pieces in her wardrobe, timeless classics for easy-to-wear style – and the perfect plaid shirt is one of them! My other essentials include an amazing pair of jeans, classic black sunglasses (my go-to’s are the Prada Cats Eye sunglasses, they seem to look fabulous on everyone) and of course, my Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag (gals, if you’re going to invest in one handbag – this is it!).

Add a belt, black heels, gorgeous earrings and you’re good to go! Oh and I always recommend a vibrant lipstick to give your look a little something extra, this YSL Lipstick in #13 Le Orange is Kourtney Kardashian’s favorite – and it quickly became mine (I’m wearing it below).

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The Perfect Plaid Shirt:  Plaid Shirt (similar)    |    Skinny Jeans (find more fab jeans here!)    |    Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag    |    Prada Sunglasses    |    Patent Black Heels    |    Belt (similar)    |    Pave Earrings    |    Gold Bangle Stack (similar)    |    YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick (in #13 Le Orange)

Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Beauty Blender    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara (my all-time favorite)    |    YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick (in #13 Le Orange)

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The Perfect Plaid Shirt:  Plaid Shirt (similar)    |    Skinny Jeans (find more fab jeans here!)    |    Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag    |    Prada Sunglasses    |    Patent Black Heels    |    Belt (similar)    |    Pave Earrings    |    Gold Bangle Stack (similar)    |    YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick (in #13 Le Orange)

Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Beauty Blender    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara (my all-time favorite)    |    YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick (in #13 Le Orange)

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