Sons of Anarchy Inspired Fashion

Sons of Anarchy Inspired Fashion |

If you follow me on Twitter you already know that I’m obsessed with the FX show “Sons of Anarchy.” So much so that I’ve watched five seasons in, oh, about two and a half weeks.  The show focuses on the Sons, a California-based motorcycle club.  But for me, the most fascinating part is the wives and girlfriends of club members, who slowly become collateral damage of the club’s doings. I can’t lie, this show isn’t a  happy one.  In fact, I can count the moments of happiness on one hand. There’s lots of violence, death and drama but for some reason I can’t stop watching. It’s absolutely bewitching.

The Women of the Sons of Anarchy

Women of Sons of Anarchy |

Lyla, Gemma and Tara

In both fashion and attitude, the women of “Sons of Anarchy” evolve to emulate their motorcycle-riding partners. This is one of the few shows on television where the women are styled to appear masculine and feminine at the same time. Their clothes are armor against the harsh and cruel world they inhabit. There’s nothing frilly or girly about what they wear because these women are neither one of those things. The women are strong, bold and persevering in face of adversity. Yet, despite all this, their lives of chaos are very much a choice. They could leave and start over yet choose not to do so. It’s a very interesting case of why people stay in situations they know are bad for them and how much love and a lifestyle can have a hold on someone. Yes, their clothing is their armor.

Styling Ideas from Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy Inspired Fashion |

Essie Licorice Nail Polish, Alexis Bittar Suspended Pendant Necklace, Dior Crayon Kohl Eyeliner, Free People Fleece Zip Hoodie

Sons of Anarchy Inspired Fashion |

Free People Hooded Motorcycle Jacket, Oscar de la Renta Luxembourg Earrings, Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color, Betsey Johnson Litza Boots

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Advertising vs Reality: Maybe She’s Born With It, Maybe It’s Lash Inserts

Advertising vs Reality |
Yesterday The New York Times published an article on Maybelline’s recent ad for their Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara. The uproar was over the brand’s fine print disclaimer at the bottom:

Advertising vs Reality | BeautyShy.comIn other words, the model is wearing false eyelashes. In September the National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended that L’Oreal, Maybelline’s parent company, discontinue the use of this advertisement, saying:

“NAD [is stating] what the law requires – that when you make a performance claim for mascara and include a photograph depicting a woman wearing the mascara, the picture should not be enhanced by artificial means – either digitally or physically.”

I dug through my pile of magazines and stumbled upon the ad within a few minutes. My initial thoughts were that the model’s lashes didn’t look that enhanced compared to other advertisements. I wondered how this ad compared to “real” lashes and was curious to find out just how fake they looked.

I did a little experiment with my own lashes, which long and full. I curled them with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and then applied  six coats of Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara followed by black kohl eyeliner, which I haven’t applied this thick since 7th grade! I typically apply three coats, but figured if I wanted extreme lashes, I had to do more.

Advertising vs Reality |


The camera doesn’t lie. Even with naturally good lashes, the best eyelash curler and a high end mascara, my lashes certainly did not look like the ones in the Maybelline’s ad.

What Can We Learn From This?

Had I seen this ad before I read the Times article, I would’ve assumed that the lashes were natural.  This is despite the fact that I rarely if ever believe beauty advertising. My solution to this problem is to rely on beauty blogs featuring images of real people wearing the products.

I also crowd source the best products by asking people what makeup they’re wearing.  When shopping, I don’t  look at advertisements in the cosmetics aisle. If I see a lipstick or nail polish I want to buy, I pull out my phone and search for images and swatches online. This way I can tell how they look on people with my complexion as well as if the products are any good.

What Do You Think?

Do you trust advertisements? How do you shop for products? Share by commenting!

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Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara, Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Lush’s Ultrabland: My New Holy Grail Cleanser (Review)

I bought it myself

Lush Ultrabland Review |

Despite my past disagreement with Lush Cosmetics, I reluctantly picked up a sample of Lush’s Ultrabland Cleanser after searching for a product to eliminate blackheads. I was hesitant to try it out because the beeswax-based, water-free cleanser is unlike any cleanser I’ve tried. However once I tried it, I was hooked. In this post, I’ll share how to use Lush’s Ultrabland as well as what I like about it.

How to Use Lush’s Ultrabland Cleanser

The great thing about Lush products is that you can use them the way you want, not just the method that’s prescribed by the company. I’ll be sharing how I use this product as well as some other ways I’ve heard about.

Lush Ultrabland Review |
First Step: Pull your hair back from your face, wash your hands and get ready to cleanse!

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Beauty Classics: Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin

Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin |

When I was 12, I stumbled upon a copy of “Making Faces” by Kevyn Aucoin, which my older sister left in the basement. I’m not sure if she ever asked what happened to it, but I’ve held onto that same copy for 15 years.

In the days before makeup tutorials on YouTube, I learned how to apply makeup by following Aucoin’s step-by-step directions. I forced my little sisters to let me do their makeup and noted after applying Vaseline over their eyeshadow that it gave them, “a more editorial look.”

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3 Steps for Applying Lip Liner

3 Easy Steps for Lip Liner |
If you wear lipstick frequently, you should consider picking up a good lip liner and learn how to line your lips. This post will cover lip liner benefits, how to choose the right one and how to apply it.

3 Benefits of Lip Liner

1.  Because it creates a moisture barrier between your lips and your lipstick, lip liner will make your lipstick last. This is especially true if you fill in your entire lip with the liner before applying lipstick.

2.  It  keeps your lipstick from bleeding onto your skin. This is often known as “feathering” or when the lipstick gets into the cracks of the skin around the lips. Using lip liner will prevent this.

3. Lip liner gives your lipstick a polished and professional look by creating a border around your lip line.
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