NYFW: Zac Posen Fall /Winter 2016 at Spring Studios

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

As many of you know, fashion week just ended here in NYC. This year I had the pleasure and honor of attending the Zac Posen Fall/Winter 2016 show at Spring Studios in Tribeca. This  was a fan moment for me, since he is not only one of my favorite designers, but also one of my favorite judges on Project Runway.

“For this collection, I had in mind the incredible journey of Princess Elizabeth  of Toro who gained a level of fame around the world in the 1960s for her kind nature, stunning appearance, and exceptional intellect.” -Zac Posen

Mr. Posen’s quote explains where the inspiration for this beautiful, elegant and versatile collection originated. Princess Elizabeth of Toro was the first black woman to get a spread in Vogue Magazine and  one of the first few female attorneys in East, Central and Southern Africa. (source: http://biography.yourdictionary.com/elizabeth-bagaaya-nyabongo-of-toro).  Given the inspiration, Zac Posen decided to cast a majority of of black models for this runway show, which is still rare in the fashion world.

Now onto my report of the runway show. While I anxiously waited for the show to begin, I was able to spot some celebrities, such as Katie Holmes, Carla Gugino, Nina Garcia (also from Project Runway), Coco Rocha, Jennifer Hudson and Miss J Alexander Runway Coach Diva Extraordinaire (you may remember him from ANTM).

 

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From top left: model Coco Rocha, singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, runway coach Miss J Alexander.

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500 Followers & Giveaway!

Hey Beauties!

I hope everyone has been having an amazing Valentines day! I received a card from my boyfriend that simply stated ‘have a great day’, i’m not joking! Either way, it must of been a sign of what was to come as I reached a crazy 500 followers today! A great day indeed. It was like the perfect way to start my day, I am so incredibly amazed that even though I have been a beyond terrible blogger these days due to my new job, that I have reached another incredible milestone. So thank you to everyone for your support and I am so beyond happy right now. I won’t bore you with my rambling, as we could be here a hell of a long time. So instead of talking about my appreciation, I have decided to show you instead.

Did someone say give away?! 

That’s right my friends…

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Valentine’s Day Last Minute Ideas: Beauty, Jewelry and More

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you have been in a relationship for a while and are no longer an amateur, you may be the type of person (like me) who likes to make “suggestions” for Valentine’s Day gifts. Or maybe you use Valentine’s Day as en excuse to treat yourself (also like me), a girlfriend or family member, but you can’t make up your mind. Here are some last minute  gift ideas for the beauty & fashion lover in your life (again- that might be you!), that  hopefully will inspire you.

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  1. Too Faced Blush & Bronzer set. Retails on http://www.sephora.com for $25. It comes in a cute little box and it includes: 2 Love Flush Long Lasting 16 Hour blushes (Love Hangover and Justify My Love), 2 bronzers  (1 natural, 1 medium/deep) and a brush.
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The Too Faced Love Flush Long Lasting 16-Hour Blush in Love Hangover.

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OZ Naturals Vitamin C Cleanser with Rose Hip Oil

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Hi everyone! So I’ve been busy testing some new skincare products, and am finally ready to review one of them!

As someone with dry and sometimes sensitive skin, I’m always on a quest for a new cleanser. Most cleansers tend to be too harsh for me and after a while I have to stop using them. Also, I generally prefer more natural skincare products – since they tend to be less harsh and cruelty-free- and I know also look for ones that  have some anti-aging properties. So if, like me,  you’re looking for a natural anti aging cleanser, the OZ Naturals Vitamin C Cleanser is the one for you!

Product Description and Properties

I received this cleanser from OZ Naturals in exchange for an honest review, as I joined their reviewer program. The OZ Naturals Vitamin C cleanser is very gentle and not drying. After each use, my skin always feels soft and smells delicious since it contains Rose Hip Oil. Also it does not strip natural oils from my skin. The Vitamin C cleanser washes off very easily, is clear and has a light almost gel-like consistency (see picture below).

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The OZ Naturals Vitamin C Cleanser is sulfate-free and 72% organic. As you can guess from the name, it contains Vitamin C (which helps fade sun spots and discoloration) as well as Aloe Vera, Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Rose Hip Oil (which has anti aging properties due to the anti oxidants). 

How to use

The OZ Naturals company recommends you use this cleanser daily, in conjunction with a serum, moisturizer and eye treatment in. Please note that this is not an exfoliating cleanser, and therefore you still have to exfoliate after cleansing. Tip: my esthetician recommends exfoliating 3 times a week. For dry skin, cleanse only at night, and wash your face with just warm water in the morning.

Additional Product Information

  • cruelty free
  • 100% vegan
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Retails on amazon.com and oznaturals.com for $24.19

Happy cleansing!

Disclaimer: While I received this product in exchange for an honest review,  my opinions are 100% my own.

Derma e Firming DMAE Eye Lift is a skincare essential!


I don’t about you, but I’m always searching for an affordable, natural eye cream that works. Fortunately, I was selected to test the derma e Firming DMAE Eye Lift! With this cold weather, it was perfect timing since my skin gets very dry. DermaeEyeCream

Before I get into my review, here is some background information about this California based company.

In 1984 Linda Miles, co-founder of derma e, stated that “One day, mainstream skincare formulas will look like the healthy formulas we make today.” At the time, people didn’t consider how their internal health affected their outward appearance. And, nobody understood that what you put on your skin matters too. However, derma e® pushed skincare forward in a new direction by fusing powerful vitamins and plants together with modern science, and the results are that derma e® built a passionate following in the natural products industry and beyond, always aspiring to make highly effective, premium skincare formulas but with cruelty-free green chemistry.

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The Grapevine Box

Hi everyone! I hope 2016 is off to a good start for you all! While I joined the party a little late, I have become a big fan of subscription boxes. However, there are so many now that deciding which one to subscribe to can become an overwhelming process. Well, I hope to make your decision process a little easier by introducing you to a new monthly subscription service called The Grapevine Box. Grapevine

How is this subscription box different from all other ones out there you ask? Here is their mission statement as stated on The Grapevine Box website: “We take the work out of searching for that next best thing. Every month, we carefully curate our boxes to contain only the best in emerging beauty and lifestyle brands. We work tirelessly in bringing you the best in undiscovered products”.

Here is a breakdown of what I received in the December box.

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Goodbye Messy Eyebrows! Hello Billion Dollar Brows!


Hello everyone! I hope that you’re all having a lovely holiday season with your loved ones. As we approach the end of the year, we want to look our best for the New Years festivities! This includes having fabulous eyebrows! If you’re thinking that you often ignore your eyebrows like I do, you are not alone.  I’ve been searching for a product that can make my eyebrows look like a Billion Dollars in a short amount of time, and I finally found it! Billion Dollar Brows is the solution to my eyebrow drama.

I received the following two products to review: 60 Seconds to Beautiful Brows and the Best Sellers Kit.

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Happy New Year! My 2015 in Review (July-December)

Thank you everyone for supporting Chic Pretty Fun! A special thank you to my family and friends who supported my crazy idea of starting a beauty & fashion blog this summer. So far blogging has been a really fun and interesting experience and I’ve met so many amazing and supportive women in this community. A special shoutout goes to fellow bloggers  abrashattituted.wordpress.comurbanblonde.comlipsticklovely.comtheprettypomegranate.comwithallmyaffection.combeginnerbeaute.wordpress.compolishedbyamy.com and thestylelookout.com for following, commenting and liking my blog posts!

Happy New Year and Stay Chic!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 840 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 14 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Alterre Shoes Holiday Giveaway!


Hi there! I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving! I am very excited to have partnered with Alterre Shoes to bring you this great giveaway!

As the holiday season has officially begun, you may already be wondering what shoes to match to  your outfit for the office holiday party, or you may be thinking about what to pack for your next trip. 

I don’t know about you, but I usually find the process of choosing shoes to match my outfits to be very time consuming. When I travel finding the space for several pairs of shoes only adds to the stress of packing a suitcase. With Alterre 2-in-1 shoes, you just need one pair, and you can create different styles to match your outfits! (for more information on how this works, go to http://www.alterreny.com or watch the How-to video at the end of this post).

Alterre shoes are so versatile that you can create up to 65 combinations! The Alterre shoe kit also make a great gift for a loved one, and they donate 5% of the proceeds to the women’s abuse shelter Restore NYC!  Here is how you can enter the giveaway.

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OZ Naturals Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel

Hi everyone! I hope that all is well with you! As you already know from my previous reviews, I love OZ Naturals Skincare (link to previous review https://chicprettyfun.com/2015/10/19/oz-naturals-broad-spectrum-tinted-sunscreen-spf-30/).  For those of you who do not know much about the OZ Naturals company, their mission is to bring you skincare products that are  “anti-aging, natural ingredients, and utilizing the latest technology to formulate the highest quality skin care products on the market” as stated in the About Us page on their website (http://www.oznaturals.com/info/About_Us). As a pet owner, I also love that all OZ Natural products are cruelty free. As you may already know, I only review products that I believe in, I can tell you that OZ Naturals skincare products deliver what they promise and are also affordable.

Now onto my review of the Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel. As someone who has suffered from dark under eye circles since childhood, I’ve used a wide variety of skincare products over the years hoping to minimize their appearance, often with disappointing results. So when I was chosen by OZ Naturals to review the Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel, I jumped at the opportunity to try it! After testing this product for over a week I can tell you that it works! As with the other OZ Natural skincare products I have tried, I saw immediate results after just a few days. This eye gel contains the following ingredients: a Matrixyl Synthe’6 (a compound that regulates cell activity and collagen tissue remodeling) Haloxyl (reduces dark circles/anti-inflammatory), Caffeine (reduces puffiness), Hyaluronic Acid and Apple Stem Cells (both anti-aging).
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