Savvy Traveler: How to Get through the Airport in Style

Savvy Traveler: How to Get through the Airport in Style

When it comes to traveling, the one thing that most people dread most is going through the various airport security and counter check-ins. But it doesn’t have to be such a pain. So long as you prepare in advance and stick to plain manners and fashion you should hopefully be able to get through with no problems at all. We’re going to provide a few helpful hints that you can use to make your next trip go smoothly.

First off, you want to make sure to be adequately prepared and organized. This sounds like a pretty obvious hint, but it is surprisingly how much a sloppy packing job can cause problems when going through security. If you pack neatly and leave larger items (such as laptops) in an easily accessible area, it can save a lot of aggravation for both yourself and the TSA screeners.

Since many airlines are charging for check-in luggage, it’s always tempting to travel with just carry-on luggage, such as backpacks and briefcases, as this saves both time and money. But just make sure to know what you can and cannot place in carry-on luggage. Sporting goods and tools need to be checked in, as do knives, scissors, and other sharp utensils. Most significantly, make sure that all liquid and gel containers are less than 4 ounces. This can cause problems with a lot of toiletries, and I’ve certainly the past have had to be held up for carrying on a full-sized shampoo bottle or water bottle, which can be quite the hassle for yourself, the TSA employee, as well as the people waiting behind you! Fortunately most pharmacies offer toiletries in airline-approved sizes, as to airport shops (although they’ll charge you an arm and a leg).

Believe it or not what you wear can also make a difference when it comes to airport travelling. In this case, the key is to dress smart, but simple. The fact of the matter is, you are more likely to be randomly screened if you are wearing flashy clothing or clothing that someone might deem offensive, and the same can be true if you look like a slob. Dressing simply and neatly will solve this problem and will also enable you to travel more comfortably as well.

Along with the limitations on liquid and gel containers, the other big post-9/11 security change is that all passengers are required to take their shoes off when going though checkout. So it’s best to opt for flip-flops, slippers, boat shoes, loafers, or any type of footwear that is easy to remove and put back on. You certainly don’t want to be that guy holding up the screening line because you are wearing boots or other footwear that’s hard to take off! Similarly, make sure not to wear excessive jewelry or earrings, as these will have to be taken off for screening as well.

Above all, the important thing is to remain calm at all times; this is the true hallmark of a savvy traveler. Sometimes you might find yourself stuck with unforeseen delays and complications, even if you arrive early and have everything organized. Maintaining your cool, having a polite veneer, and following the golden rule will make travelling less stressful, for both yourself and your fellow travelers.

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Hayden-Inspired Dramatic Bronze

I love's so versatile and is also a great bridal combo!

Products used:
MUFE Mat Velvet+ foundation in Porcelain
MAC Prep+Prime transparent finishing powder
MAC Cork eye shadow (brows)

Urban Decay Primer Potion
NARS eye shadow duos in Kalahari and Cordura
MAC Blanc Type eye shadow

Urban Decay Liquid Liner in Perversion
Stila Eye Kajal in Onyx

MAC Plushlash in Plushblack

MAC Peachykeen powder blush

MAC Fabby lipstick

MAC dupes for the Nars shades:
Kalahari duo: Grain, Amber Lights
Cordura duo: Bronze, Romp
*These are just a few recommendations. Since both duos contain fairly common colors, there are so many similar colors you could use! :)

MAC Rose Romance : Purchases & Review (and a few other MAC items)

Beauty Powder in Summer Rose, $22

Today I went to my MAC store to check out the new Rose Romance collection in person.
Overall, the lipsticks really stood out to me. What appear to be seemingly boring colors are gorgeous and so wearable.
The lipglass and eye shadow shades were nice, but similar to stuff I already had. I decided to skip them. None really called out to me.
I also decided to skip the cheek stain. It was nice and I may eventually pick it up, but I just don't really use products like that all that often.
The beauty powders were really pretty, but only the darker shade showed up on me.
As for the See Thru Lip Colors...I was a bit disappointed. First off, they all weren't the transparent gel, stain-like shades as they were in the past. Two colors actually were not "see thru" at all, but frosted and opaque in the container. The formula is called a (translucent frost) which describes the payoff it delivers pretty accurately. On the lips they are very sheer and still behave somewhat like a stain. After sitting on the lips for a few seconds, the moisture disappears and the color is totally dry and matte with only a slight stain and a bit of frost left behind. Not much payoff, but pretty when followed by a clear gloss. Most disappointing was the small container. They used to be the same size as a lipglass. Now they are in the small containers similar to the minis in the holiday sets....and STILL $14 each.
The pigments were pretty. I already had Mutiny from a previous collection, so I picked up Circa Plum. Such a gorgeous wearable purple shade.

I also picked up some stuff not from the collection, so don't get confused if you see some items out of place in the pictures :)

Lipsticks in Way to Love and A Rose Romance, $14

Dazzleglass in Extra Amps, $18 (not in collection)
See Thru Lipcolor in Loving Touch, $14

Pigments in Fuscia (not in collection), Mutiny, and Circa Plum, $19.50

(Mutiny, Circa Plum, Fuscia)

Monthly Favorites

So this month's edition of "favorites" is kind of all about quality, not quantity. Totally didn't realize how few I had until I was almost done filming the video.
But no worries. They're especially good. I'm probably jumping the gun here, but a couple products might even make my annual "Best Products" video for 2011 which I post at the end of December in place of that month's favorites. Can you believe how fast this year has gone by? Insane.

Hope you all had a wonderful month of October!

Coastal Scents SMACKS! Pictures, Swatches, & Review

Make Up For Ever Foundation Review/Comparison: HD vs. Mat Velvet+

A review of the MUFE HD foundation, turned into a little showdown with the MUFE Mat Velvet+ over the past few months.

Product Info:
MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation $40 (I'm shade 118)

MUFE Mat Velvet+ Foundation $34 (I'm shade 30/Porcelain)

Man Fashion: Is Fedora Hat In or Out?

Is fedora hat in or out? Most of you might want to know and wondering? To me the answer is very simple, any fashion accessory that create style and fashion, will definitely be in.

Let me briefly share some historical background of fedora hat. A fedora is a soft felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. The term fedora was in use as early as 1891. Originally a women's fashion into the 20th century, the fedora came into use in about 1920, as a men's upper-class clothing accessory. Its popularity soared, and eventually it eclipsed the similar-looking Homburg by the 1930s. Fedoras can be found in nearly any color imaginable, but black, grey, tan, brown, and red are the most popular.

Fedora Hats
Although the fedora became popular 30 years after the cowboy era (1865-1890), the use of fedoras is common in most TV/movie westerns. The fedora is widely recognized with the characters of The Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones, and Freddy Krueger. The fedora is closely associated with film noir characters.

Fedora Hats
If you are still not convince, just look at the recent 2009 Spring/Summer collection put up by various fashion designers, you will have the answer.


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Lovely Locs

Man Fashion: Eco Sunnies, anyone?

If you are thinking of getting something for your love one in this coming summer. Why not consider a better way to support the planet than with a pair of bamboo shades? Kayu has produced these big eco sunnies (£180),

Eco Sunnieswhilst you are able to please your love one with this style eco sunnies as well as funding one sight restoring surgery in the developing world – so you can feel good about your purchase.

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Dior Chiffre Rouge D01

Dior annouced at BASELWORLD with its new collection of male Chiffre Rouge, developed for diving.

Dior Chiffre Rouge D01
Chiffre Rouge watch - D01 has an articulated arm for the protection of the steel threaded crown - renewing the principle of asymmetry in the collection.

D01 has automatic Swiss ETA movements, which can be seen through the transparent caseback in dyed sapphire crystal.

Dior Chiffre Rouge D01
The case is 42 mm in diameter, 46 mm with the articulated arm. It is water resistant up to 300 meters.

You could argue that the Chiffre Rouge is a modern classic and not to be messed with. But I liked the oversize Arabic numerals. Of course, get one if you have spare cash.

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Fresh Spring/Summer Orange Look

Products used:
Bare Canvas Paint
Lemon Chiffon Shadestick
Ricepaper eye shadow
Fascinating Eye Kohl
Vanilla eye shadow
Samoa Silk eye shadow
Rule eye shadow
Stila Eye Kajal-Onyx
Bee Luscious Lashes Mascara
(MAC Cork eye shadow-brows)

MAC Solar Riche bronzing powder
NARS Madly blush
MAC Gel lipstick
Smile Dazzleglass

Video tutorial here:

How to Make Short Hair Look Longer! Side Up-do tutorial

I'm a little late posting this on the blog, I know! Since some of you have requested pictures of the actual style, I figured this would be an easier way for you to see them! I'm honestly not a professional where hair is concerned (haha, if you couldn't tell), so if I can pull this off, you can too!

Products used:
Hot Tools 1" Ceramic/Tourmaline Curling Iron
Chi 44 Iron Guard (heat protector)

Buy the one I used OR any ONE of these and enter the COUPON CODE: TIFFANYDSILK
Hot Tools Ceramic 3/4" Curling Iron
Hot Tools Ceramic 1-1/4" Curling Iron
Hot Tools "Big Bumper" Ceramic 1-1/2" Curling Iron

and get this item for FREE ($8.95 Value) *if you enter the promo code*
Biosilk Silk Therapy

Watch the step-by-step tutorial here:

Half Up, Half Down: Long and Curly

Man Fashion: Dress Suits in Style

Dress suits have been discussed in many ways here. Even then, there are still many areas that I have yet to explore. So today, I will touch on the fundamental of dress suit, such as fitness, color and style.

Dress suits are the backbone of a mans wardrobe. They can be worn all year round for any kind of event, from the stiff and formal to ultra casual. With so many types of suits to choose from, it may be hard to figure out which style, color or even fabric is right for you. We will look at different ways to wear a suit and the proper venue for each one.

Mens Dress Suit
There are many things to consider when choosing a suit. Perfect fit is the most important factor, followed by color and style. Begin by learning the differences in suits. There are various styles and materials depending on whether it is a summer or winter suit. Being able to tell them apart will help you make the right choices so that you look appropriate wherever you are. Thankfully, wearing the proper suit for the proper occasion doesn't necessarily mean you have to sacrifice personal style or individuality. You can appear consistently stylish at any given moment by following a few simple rules.

The Tailored Suit
Some occasions require professionalism and/or formality. In situations where nothing else will do, a tailored suit is essential. The custom fit will give you an air of sophistication that you may not achieve with other formal wear. It is important to make sure the jacket and the trousers are the proper length, as well as the fit through the shoulders. Stay away from shoulder pads unless you want to look like you just stepped out of a 1980s film. The finest (and most expensive) suits are made of wool, so if money is no object, that is the avenue for you.

Mens Dress Suit
The Suit And Denim
Mixing a smart jacket with denim offers a classic yet relaxed look and is a great way to look suave yet classy. This is also a terrific way to express your personality without completely losing the formal look. You can try an ultra traditional Mayfair morning jacket made of natural and pure new wool and pair it with denim pants. For a perfect look, pair this ensemble with a stylish pair of boots. It is an effortless way to look your best and is great for the casual setting.

The Suit And Color
Many men feel they are trapped by the same black and navy suits. Do not be afraid of finding a suit with great color and contemporary flair. While a great pinstripe suit is the uniform of a good businessman, color can be used in a more fun, laid back way. The modern suit has greatly evolved from boring black into multiple colors and styles. Look for suits that have a bright colorful lining or a design on the jacket. White or beige suits can look great in the summer for just about any special occasion.

The most important thing to keep in mind when trying to find a balance between fun and function with your suits is experimentation. You will figure out what is right for you by trying on different combination to see how they look. Keep in mind the function you are attending and dress accordingly. Remember, the sky is the limit in the choices, colors and styles that you can choose from so do not restrict yourself. Breaking tradition and step out in style will help you express your individuality like nothing else can!

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Man Fashion: Beach Styles

It has been so long since we have sunny weather I thought that myself might have forgotten how to dress in the summer sun, how about you? So try these tips in preparation for this coming bank holiday and hopefully sunny weather!

Bathers always look their best on a tanned body, so at the start of summer, apply a fake tan so you don't spend your first few days of summer with your pale skin glowing on the beach.

Mens Beachwear styles
Find out more on How To Apply Fake Tan

Speedos vs. Board Shorts
There are no hard and fast rules here as to which you should wear. Speedos suit a man with an athletic figure who is not shy. Board shorts suit a greater variety of figures and hide a multitude of sins! You know what I mean! :p

Burning is not handsome
In today's climate, sunbaking can be detrimental to both your skin and health if not done wisely. If you are going to be spending time in the sun, always wear sunscreen. Have a tan pre-applied if you want to appear tanned instantly without the threat of skin cancer.

You can't go to a beach without a pair of cool sunglasses. Check out shade station for the coolest surfer shades. Try styles like A Wire and Square Wire as they suit different face shapes.

Mens Beachwear styles
Beach Towel
Impress others with a game of Twister, on a towel! (I'm impressed!) You can easily find out some interesting towel online where you can also customise your own!

Flip Flops No surfer dude look is complete without a pair of flip-flops. All the cool celebs are wearing them! Reef have custom designed flip flops for the gadget lovers out there.

Swimwear As far as men’s swimwear goes, swim trunks are the most basic sort of swimwear. This does not mean that swim trunks are not great men’s swimwear. Men of any age can wear swim trunks, from young boys to old men. Swim trunks are great because they usually have a lining so that they are very comfortable and less revealing.

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So by now, a lot of you probably have already heard about this sale. It's been posted on at least 3 blogs I follow, but I HAD to share it as well because there are deals too good to miss!

Item 1 contains 19 items: 11 tube lipglosses and 8 trio eye shadows. $27.00
Item 2 contains 30 items: 20 double-sided eye pencils and 10 liquid eyeliners. $22.00
Item 3 contains 30 pairs of lashes! $24.00
Item 4 contains 30 items: 15 Diamond Sparkle Lipglosses and 15 Single Eyeshadows $41.25
Liquid Makeup (Glass Bottle): Each shade (7 in all) sold separately for only $1.40 each

These prices are insane for the amount of product you get. Because I can't resist a good sale, I purchased items 1, 2, 3, and 1 of each of the foundation shades. Honestly, I only purchased item 1 because of the squeeze tube lipglosses. Perfect for my kit. I'm not crazy about the eye shaodw trios usually so I'll probably give most of them away. Item 2 looked awesome mainly because of the pencil liners (the colorful side). They look like gorgeous colors. Only bad thing is that I'm going to have 20 black liners on the other side of them...haha. Item 3 was a no-brainer. False lashes are expensive and these look like awesome ones! ...and 30 pairs of them!?! Insane. I was hesitant about purchasing the foundation because I really like to use good quality foundations in my kit and I've never tried these before. But to spend only $10.50 on the entire shade range? Sold.

I believe the sale lasts until April 30th.

Thoughts? Wishlists?? GO :)

Bun Updo

Man Fashion: 2009 Spring/Summer Top Pick Accessories

Accessories for women can be both tiny or massive and they can complement the attire or distract viewers attention from it.

When we talk about men accessories it is quite clear that they should just complement the whole image adding sophistication, chic and elegance.

For example, a belt of high quality can be enough to create a good look. But the watch richly encrusted with diamonds will hardly be in place.

2009 Mens Accessories
Men Belt is going to be a hot trend for the warm season and it will be worn not just the way we are used to see it but over the trenches, cardigans or any other clothing item. It can match the color of the garments or go in contrast with it.Panamas will become 100% popular as well as wide-brimmed hats in Latino style. They will serve both as a practical headpiece and a part of your image.
2009 Mens Accessories
Sunglasses are a must in spring and summer. No matter which style of sunglasses you prefer youll look stylish and hot when wearing them.

2009 Mens Accessories
The most popular design for this season is a la Jack Nicholsons sunglasses with grey matted lenses as well as horn-rimmed and multicolored-rimmed sunglasses.

The fact mens fashion gets closer to the womens one is not new and accessories such as mens shawls and decorative beads, which were chosen by many designers for the forthcoming seasons, just prove that once again.

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Tweet's Short Hairstyle

We're inspired by this short, geometric hairstyle as worn by Tweet.

Dazzleglass-y Goodness

My Dazzleglass far :)
l-r: Sugarrimmed, Goldyrocks(LE), Baby Sparks, Bare Necessity, Smile, Rags to Riches, Money Honey, Funtabulous, Miss Dynamite(LE)**, Date Night
*Miss Dynamite actually was not released in Double Dazzle, but was a LE shade from a previous collection*

So as some of you may already know, most MAC stores and counters have released the Double Dazzle collection early. The release date was originally set for April 30th I believe. As far as I know they should be available online on the 28th. In addition to some of the older shades we know and love, this collection introduces 7 new colors as well. I purchased 4 from this new release and am planning on going back for the other 2 LE shades I didn't get- Utterly Posh and Stop! Look! (there were 3 total LE shades, I purchased the other-Goldyrocks). And now for your viewing pleasure...the swatches!

l-r: Sugarrimmed, Goldyrocks(LE), Baby Sparks, Bare Necessity, Smile, Rags to Riches, Money Honey, Funtabulous, Miss Dynamite(LE), Date Night


l-r: Sugarrimmed, Goldyrocks(LE), Baby Sparks, Bare Necessity, Smile, Rags to Riches


Money Honey, Funtabulous, Miss Dynamite(LE), Date Night

Coastal Scents Hot Pots Info!

For those of you who have always wanted to get your hands on some MAC refill shadows (or palettes) but aren't close to a MAC store or Pro store (or simply don't want to pay $11 each), you are going to LOVE the new CS Hot Pots. They come in eye shadow (and blush refill pans) that are the same size as the MAC eye shadow refills. I received all of them and had the chance to play with them quite a bit and am actually very impressed with the color selection and payoff. With 66 shades to choose from, there's something for everyone.
As you can see above, each Hot Pot comes in a small plastic container. At only $4.95 each, you can feel not so guilty about getting all the shades you want! Even better, if you purchase 12 Hot Pots, Coastal Scents will add a FREE 12-pan empty eye shadow palette to your order to hold all your lovely little selections.
Coastal Scents offers an empty 12-pan palette, 15-pan palette as well as an empty quad to hold the Hot Pots as well.
The colors have actual "word names", however, they're identified by a letter and a number, as seen below.
The numbers are preceded by either an M, S, or B.

To see more info on these, check out my video review!