10 Nail Polishes for a Classic Look

In the world of nail art, many styles and trends come and go. While most of them are really creative and pretty , cartoon-inspired styles and “cracked” nails aren’t always fit for the occasion. If you are looking for a nail polish that will look good for all occasions and paired with whatever attire, these all-time favorite colors in trusted nail polish brands are your best bets. Here are 10 nail polishes for a classic look.

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1. Editor’s Choice: OPI Nail Lacquer in Bubble Bath

Going for neutral colors that are of the same family as your skin tone can make your fingers look more slender, and give your hand a simple yet classy look. There are a variety of beige hues available in the market, and many of them are colors that show a mix of pink, grey and peach as well. The Bubble Bath is a favorite color among many nail polish fans. Its beige tone has a hint of pink, giving off a conservative feminine vibe. Adding 3-4 streaks of it on your nails is enough to give your fingers that sleek, elegant appearance. It doesn’t chip as easily as other nail polish brands.

2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Silver Sweep

Metallic is definitely the go-to color when you are a woman wishing to exude maturity and sophistication. A luminescent, smooth silver color of nail polish is sure to bring your nail bed to a whole new level of classy. Sally Hansen may be on the pricy end when it comes to nail polish, but its Insta-Dri collection promises to perfectly cover your nails with a single coat in 60 seconds. Another plus with silver is that you can match it easily with your clothes and jewelry. The Silver Sweep nail polish is also a good for nail art stamping.

3. China Glaze Nail Polish in Passion

Another metallic must have is a gold colored nail polish. China Glaze understands the fine line between classy and flashy. By using Passion nail polish, your nails will have a beautiful sheen of gold that doesn’t shine too bright or bold. Also great for nail stamping, this gold nail polish boasts of easy application and longer stay without chipping.

4. OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx

Nothing screams classic like black. However, it may not be the best nail color to wear in every occasion, and some nails might not look too good with black. Nevertheless, it is worth keeping one like the OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx on your dresser. OPI is definitely one of the top brands of nail polish on the market, and while it’s more on the pricy side, the California-based company makes up for it with its very good reputation. The Black Onyx is a no-nonsense nail polish. It delivers everything as it should: easy application, little to no streaking, and a wonderful smooth finish. Unlike other cheap nail polishes that sometimes give out a dark ugly green, the black onyx stays solid black under whatever lighting.

5. KBShimmer Rollin’ with the Chromies Linear Holographic Nail Polish

Admit it, there’s something charming about a girl’s nails when they look like a galaxy filled with a hundred little stars. To have multi-colored nails resembling the different spectrum of the night sky is probably a part of every manicure maniac’s dream. Now, every girl can fulfil her holographic dreams with KBShimmer’s multi-chrome linear holographic nail polish. Watch in awe as your nails reflect different hues of color like blue, violet and red. It can look great on your nails in 2-3 coats, and even with another color (preferably black) painted underneath. Now, everyone will be staring at your nails.

6. Orly Nail Lacquer in Gilded Coral

Move over, diamond. Pearls are a girl’s new best friend! A polished, lustrous look never fails to give your hands an elegant appeal, and what better way to do so than to use pearl colors? The Orly Nail Lacquer in Gilded Coral is easy to apply to your nails without streaking. Watch your nails begin to look like deep sea treasures with their beautiful shiny pearls surface that has a hint of pink undertones. The nail polish also contains UV inhibitors which prevent color fading.

7. Maybelline New York Express Finish 50 Second Nail Color in Racy Red

More often than not, people are more drawn to your nails than your outfit if they were painted red. There is certainly something about this bright, bold color that screams attention. But the fact that it can still maintain an air of chic sexiness is what makes this nail color a timeless piece. The Maybelline Racy Red stays true to its promise by drying up perfectly on your nails in less than a minute. It also has a beautiful, attractive hue of red that may be hard to find in other brands.

8. Essie Nail Lacquer in Vintage Wine

If you’re not too keen on attention-grabbing red, don’t worry; try burgundy! Vintage Wine waters down the boldness of vibrant red, but still hangs on to its classiness. The nail polish is also DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde Free.

9. Kleancolor Nail Lacquer in Sheer Pastel Pink

Whether it is pastel, rose, or hot pink, at the end of the day we all have an Elle Woods deep in our hearts. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, as pink is a color that will suit most skin tones and occasions. Kleancolor’s Sheer Pastel Pink gives a very fun and youthful vibe with its baby pink color.

10. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Sometimes, we tend to forget that less is more, and simplicity is beauty. Seche Vite is a very strong top coat that can ensure the durability of your colored nails. You can also use it and go colorless for a clean, polished look, or use it to create a classic French tip.

5 Must Haves for Travelling with a Baby

It probably has been a long time since you last went to the beach, or picnicked on a nice peaceful meadow. And now, you can’t imagine how much fun you’ll have vacationing with your baby! Even moms who aren’t first time vacationers with their babies tend to forget the useful little things that must always be brought along. It’s good to have a head start and prepare your luggage as early as a week before your trip to make sure that you don’t leave anything behind.

Mom and baby

Aside from the usual clothes, baby bottles, strollers and diapers, here are five must haves that are worth buying for your adorable but sensitive travel companion.

1. Editor’s Choice: Luvable Friends 4 Count Flannel Receiving Blanket Set

Bring not just one, or two, but several blankets for your baby. Lots of circumstances may arise in your vacation wherein a blanket can be pretty helpful. The Luvable Blanket Set comes with four soft machine washable blankets that are perfect to bring for travelling. The soft cotton flannel will surely keep your baby’s skin from irritation. These blankets can serve many purposes such as keeping your baby warm and cozy when the temperature is too cold and covering yourself up when you nurse.

2. Thinkbaby Sunscreen SPF 50+

Whether it is a picnic at a park or a relaxing stroll through shops, remember to bring and apply sunscreen to you and your baby so that you’ll both be protected from the harmful rays of the sun. The Thinkbaby Sunscreen is especially safe to use for babies over 6 months of age and pregnant women. It has a mild scent and is free from biologically harmful chemicals. Because its active ingredient is zinc oxide, Thinkbaby Sunscreen is not sticky or greasy when applied; instead it leaves the skin clear. It is also very water resistant, so you can trust it to do its job in keeping you and your baby safe from cancerous UV rays.

3. BabyGanics Alcohol Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer

Your baby has not yet learnt to clean up after himself/herself, so trust that messes will be made at the wrong place and at the wrong time. Lucky for you if you didn’t forget to pack your BabyGanics Hand Sanitizer in your hand carry. With this alcohol-free non-allergenic formula, you will always be prepared to clean up after your baby even without a restroom nearby, as well as keep him/her away from possibly harmful bacteria in the environment.

4. Summer Infant Complete Nursery Care Kit

You’ll never know what would happen on your vacation, so to be safe, always bring a baby-friendly first aid kit you. True to its name, the Summer Infant Kit contains all of the little tools that you may need for your baby, such as a medicine syringe, pacifier medicine dispenser, nasal aspirator, forehead and digital thermometer, comb, brush, and even nail clippers. All of the tools are contained in a small but durable case that you can easily stuff inside your luggage. You can choose between two colors of the nursery set: pink and white or teal and white.

Make sure that you bring lots of medicines for babies, as well as the pediatrician’s number and the local town’s hospital for when an emergency arises. You can write important numbers down on the nursery kit’s emergency information card.

5. Bright Starts Rattle and Shake Barbell Rattle

Your baby has finished his meal. His diaper’s clean, he has just woken up from his nap but suddenly he’s crying. At times like this you wish you had packed a fun rattle for him to play; that always seemed to do the trick. Road trips and long airplane travels can be pretty boring for a baby, so remember to bring a small interesting toy to keep him entertained and happy throughout your vacation.

The Bright Starts Rattle is lightweight and has a perfect grip for your baby to constantly hold without tiring his/her little fingers. Its bright colors and colourful beads on both sides will visually entertain your baby. Meanwhile the rattle sounds that it makes when shook provide a fun audio stimuli that isn’t too loud to disturb you as well.

5 Best Gifts for New Moms

Becoming a mother is definitely a very precious milestone in a woman’s life. There’s no other way to show your happiness for a friend or relative who has just recently given birth than to pay her a visit and bring her a gift. Below are some of the best gifts  for new moms that you could give to a new mom without having to burn a hole into your wallet.

New born

1. Editor’s Choice:  Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book

A new mom might be too busy caring for her baby to think about documenting in the present what will certainly be a precious memory in the future. No new mom could have the time and energy to constantly write a full-blown diary entry of her baby’s growth each and every day. As such, Mom’s One Line a Day is a wonderful journal book idea that lets the mother document each day with her baby for the next five years by writing a simple quote, thought or short passage. Daily reflection is also a healthy exercise. Brevity is indeed the soul of wit.

2. Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief Tea

A new mom is bound to spend the next months of her life with gruelling, sleepless nights caring for her demanding, constantly wailing baby. Let your friend or family know that she can minimize her stress by replacing coffee with fragrant, relaxing tea. Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief Tea contains lavender and chamomile, some of the best herbs to calm frazzled nerves. The mixture of these with honey, spearmint and vanilla bring about a flavorful combination that is not too sweet but still enticing to the taste buds. This all-natural, GMO free tea will surely help a new mom finish her baby duties in a better mood.

3. Aurorae Classic Yoga Mat

A new mom may be too busy to go out of her house and move around now that she has an infant to take care of. So what to do when the doctor advises that she should start doing simple stretches and workouts to help her postpartum body recover and bring herself back into shape? A non-slip good quality yoga mat like the Aurorae Classic can help her accomplish these light workouts in between looking after the baby at the comfort of her own home. With its specially designed thickness that will protect a new mom’s still sensitive body, exercising will be as comfortable and safe as it can get. Aurorae Classic Yoga Mat which comes in a wide variety of colors also boasts of its durability and odor-free material.

4. Smart Symphonies: Classical Music to Help Stimulate Your Baby’s Brain Development

Between buying a baby’s toys and clothes to feeding and changing diapers, it’s most likely that a new mom overlooks the other small things that her infant may need. Give her a good classical music CD that she could play in the baby’s room.

Multiple studies have shown that exposing a child to classical music in his/her early years can stimulate the brain and promote mental development. The Smart Symphonies CD features 16 tracks of classical music composed by various world-renowned classical musicians like Mozart, Beethoven and Vivaldi. Classical music can also make good lullabies to finally put a new mom and her child to sleep.

5. Tiny Love Super Deluxe Lights and Music Gymini Activity Gym

A baby can never have too many toys. If you want to be remembered years later as the best uncle or aunt who gives the coolest toys, then you might want to start now. The Tiny Love Activity Gym is a wonderful place for a baby’s first playtime and learning. The machine-washable mat has cute colourful animal drawings and can be folded flat for travel.

The Activity Gym with its padded two padded arches has an assortment of adorable stuff toys, music box of tunes, a mirror and even playthings that light up. It is a barrage of sensory stimuli for the newborn baby, a fun way for them to start getting to know the world. They may not exactly be for the mommy, but isn’t a child’s joy a mother’s ultimate happiness?

5 Diaper Bag Essentials

Having a baby means taking preparedness to all new heights that even the boy scouts would probably be impressed by. Most new parents start out at least a little confused and overwhelmed by the sheer volume of baby related products they can possibly buy. To remove some of the mystery from the process, here’s a list of five diaper bag essentials you’ll never want to leave home without.

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1. Huggies Diapers

This diaper company is one of the best known and their range covers all sizes from newborn to toddlers. For days on the beach or at the pool you can rely on the Little Swimmers line and the super absorbent and virtually leak-proof Overnights are excellent for sleepover excursions. Always make sure the diaper bag contains enough of these for the length of the trip being planned.

2. Honest Wipes

Made by the Honest Company, these wipes were formulated to not just be gentle but all natural with botanical extracts rather than harsh chemicals. This is even more important since a 2014 study has shown that nearly 50% of baby wipes contain methylisothiazolinone, a chemical linked to allergic reactions including dermatitis in many children.

3. Desitin Creamy Diaper Rash Cream

This product is a lifesaver if ever your little one happens to get diaper rash but you can also use it as a preventative by applying it whenever you diaper change. Its hypoallergenic formula has been well tested and contains zinc oxide which has been trusted for generations to give rapid relief .

4. Munchkin Arm and Hammer Disposable Changing Pads

Your little one’s diaper can give out just about anywhere and with this product you can rest easy knowing that you always have a clean surface to change him on. The pads are highly absorbent, light, easy to carry and use baking soda to significantly reduce diaper smells. Their large size allows your baby enough room to squirm around without coming into contact with whatever they’re covering.

5. BabyGanics “The Germinator” Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer

With this gentle unscented product you can safely clean tiny baby hands and dropped toys on the go. It’s free from triclosan and other harsh chemicals and moisturizes unlike drying alcohol-based alternatives. At a handy 1.69oz size it can easily be tucked away with your other essentials.

Feel free to add more items as your little one grows and tailor the contents of your bag to your specific needs. With these five essentials secured, your only restraint is the size of your diaper bag.

Top 10 Make-up Products for Under $50

They say that true beauty is priceless, but try telling that to the lady who has very little to spend but needs to look good every day. Wouldn’t it be great if beauty products were cheap but made you look like a million bucks? The good news is, they are and they can. Here are 10 make-up products for under $50.

 Amore Pacific Clarifying Masque

1. Vaseline

This is often called the beauty staple because it has so many positive properties. You can buy it in any drugstore for under a dollar and use it, well, anywhere. Vaseline adds moisture to your skin but it has numerous other uses. It can plump up your lips, seal cracked heels and even helps with the fine lines around your eyes.

2. Hemorrhoid cream

Varying in cost from a dollar to $10, beauty queens have been using this cream to reduce puffiness around their eyes for years.

3. Revlon Skin Renewal Face Brush

You may be wondering why anyone would brush their face, especially with a $20 brush, but Revlon has made this item with the understanding that dead skin cells, dirt and other bad things need not sit around waiting for your next cleanse. A quick brush of the skin will renew the skin cells and believe it or not, get blood moving in your face.

4. Sara Happ The Lip Scrub

Many women tend to ignore their lips during their beauty routines, but even these poor cells need a little love and moisture. This $24 scrub will exfoliate the lips, leaving them plump and ready for moisture.

5. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

If you haven’t been using this since you were a teenager, start now. Almost every woman around the world knows that this cream is a brilliant moisture injector, and at just $25, is perfect for moisture on the go.

6. REN Micro Polish Cleanser

Though it’s not the cheapest of the cheap, at just $30, this exfoliator helps rid your skin of dirt, oil, grease and about a million other impurities too.

7. Philosophy Help Me Night Cream

At $47, it’s not the cheapest on this list, but this fantastic night cream is a skin booster. It helps to heal acne scarring, lines and even the tone of your skin and best of all, doesn’t dry your skin out.

8. Talika Skin Retouch

This stunning serum is a skin illuminator and though it is $49, it still makes the list of budget beauty products. It has a matte finish and leaves your skin clear and ready for make-up.

9. Caudalie Divine Oil

Another one that is not cheap, this $49 oil pours moisture back into your skin and that is something no woman can say no to. This is not oil in the traditional sense and won’t make your skin look greasy. Rather, it is a moisturizing oil easily absorbed into the skin that leaves your face glowing.

10. Amore Pacific Clarifying Masque

Anyone who tells you there is no need for a mask is wrong, pure and simple. This $50 mask will help to plump up your skin, remove dead cells and leave your pores smaller too.

 

Top 5 Make-up Foundations

Buying a good makeup foundation can be really tricky. Not only do you have to ensure you get the right color and consistency, but you also need the peace of mind that comes with a foundation that is oil-free. Your goal to cover up blemishes, wrinkles and other imperfections should not cause more problems than it solves, and that is why when it comes to foundations, there are five on the market right now that really stand out.

Yves St Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat

1. Chanel Perfection Lumiere

This is priced at $70. The French word ‘lumiere’ translates to ‘light’ and this is what the foundation is based on. The coverage it gives is very good, especially considering it is not too apparent. The sheer look of the foundation will give the appearance that you are not wearing makeup at all. The finish of it is very smooth, which means any raised bumps, such as occurs with acne sufferers will be hidden and wrinkles will be filled in to give a youthful appearance.

2. Yves St Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat

Another great buy is the Yves St Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat, a foundation that covers everything for just $60 a tube. This foundation works as a cream and a powder and tints the skin to make it look even and smooth, but without the horrible pancake effects that so many foundations produce. It also has a glow infused into it, so that skin looks healthy and vital.

3. Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Foundation

Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Foundation, at $64 is another must-have. It is a whip, as opposed to a standard liquid, which makes it less messy to put on and, means that you can touch up your foundation throughout the day without having to reapply all of your makeup.

4. Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Make-Up

Another one you may want to try, especially if your skin is prone to problems cause by oil, is the Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Make-Up for just $44. The foundation is oil-free and contains two products that help with problem skin, namely, laminaria saccharina and willow bark extract. The former is well known for its properties in sebum regulation, that is, it keeps pimples away, and the latter can actually absorb oil. The foundation is matte, which means no extraneous shine and none of that ‘sweaty’ sheen, no matter where you are or what you are doing.

5. MAC Face and Body Foundation

Experts use MAC Face and Body Foundation, at a cost of $60. This is the standard in foundations and is water-based, so it can help those who struggle with problem skin. One of its best qualities is that it is long lasting, so if you know you have a long day ahead of you, you don’t have to worry about what your skin will look like by the time evening rolls around.

Well-known by consumers and professional makeup artists alike, MAC has a standard of quality that is extraordinary and the standard of this product lives up to the expectations of all other MAC products. This product gives a smooth finish with extra glow, and no oily look.

Should You Buy Bobbi Brown No Smudge?

Every woman knows that though there are a bevy of beauty products that promise glowing skin, fuller lips and longer lashes, very few can actually deliver on those promises. Mascara especially is wrought with claims of fuller lashes, long and beautiful, that make every man swoon as soon as he sees you. But they can’t all be the best, and when it comes to choosing one, most of us buy based on price, rather than promise. Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara is one of the exceptions to the full-promise, no-delivery rule, and there are many reasons why.

Bobbi Brown Mascara

It is not the cheapest mascara you’ll find, coming in at a price of about $32, but the promises that this mascara makes are ones it is committed to fulfilling. The quality of most Bobbi Brown products is often lauded as the best, and this is because Bobbi Brown has a reputation to protect. The woman behind the make-up is a make-up artist herself and so she knows what looks good, what women want from a mascara and how to deliver.

Smudge-free

The mascara’s claim to be ‘smudge-free’ is a promise is delivers on, and certainly not the only one. We all know that though you apply your mascara carefully in the morning, by the evening, after a long day of working, sweating and rubbing your eyes, it looks like you have put black eye shadow all over your face. This mascara stops that at the smudge level and ensures that when you apply it in the morning, it stays that way all day long.

This is not the only promise this amazing mascara delivers on. It also spreads the lashes as it is applied and this means they don’t stick together. Because of the coating formula, the mascara builds to create fuller lashes and may even make your lashes seem longer, which is something every woman wants.

Longevity 

How about longevity? Well, the experts say that mascara should be changed at least every three months, and this mascara, even if used twice a day will last for that length easily. The price of the mascara, at just $32, means you’re spending just over $10 a month for beautiful lashes and we think that is great value for money. What is so handy about this mascara is that it is not bulky, but the tube is just as beautifully designed as the mascara itself and for those who want to reapply during the day (even though you won’t have to), this means you can take the mascara anywhere with you.

Clumping, clotting, drying and smudging are all in your past, if you’re ready to make the change to Bobbi Brown. It is not often that we come across a mascara that really does deliver on the many promises it makes, and so the time has come to kiss goodbye all of those other mascaras sitting in your makeup bag, and pick the one and only that will make gorgeous eyes an everyday occurrence and send smudging on its way.

5 Top Anti-dandruff Shampoos

Ever had that feeling when everyone seems to be looking at you but it’s not for the right reasons? It could be because of dandruff. There are many shampoos on the market that can treat dandruff effectively and efficiently and thanks to advances in modern technology, there is simply no good excuse to have it.

1. L’Oreal Elvive

L’Oreal, a manufacturer of beauty products, is not the really the expected choice when it comes to dandruff control but believe it or not, they do make one of the best. Not only is this shampoo an anti-dandruff mixture that will send those little white flakes packing, but it also smells good, leaves your hair shiny and it is not very expensive. Perhaps the only downside to buying this shampoo is that it contains selenium disulphide, which is an anti-fungal component that has been known to cause hair loss in the long-term.

2. Neutrogena T/Gel

A global company that has received awards for its excellence in skin care, Neutrogena makes hair products too. This anti-dandruff shampoo is very effective and the maker stands by its claim that this is the best shampoo for dandruff control as recommended by dermatologists. Within two weeks, it will clear up your dandruff, but may require the use of a conditioner to keep hair from becoming dull or brittle.

3. Nizoral

Another great choice for those suffering from dandruff, this shampoo is easily available and contains ketazole, a fighter of pityorosporumovale as its active ingredient. For those of us who don’t speak the language of chemists, pityorosporumovale is widely recognised by dermatologists as the main cause of dandruff and the fact that this shampoo has the power to fight the cause and not just the symptoms makes it a very good buy.

4. KP Namboodiri

The aryuvedic anti-dandruff shampoo made by this brand is one of the best in the world. Though it is not easy to find, unless you live in India where it is made, it is one of the best. It contains amla oil too, which as many Indian women know, is an oil that keeps hair soft, shiny and healthy. Though it is not 100% natural, it is a very effective.

5. Blossom Kochar Aroma Magic

A herbal shampoo with excellent dandruff removal properties, this product is another from the Orient that may be a little bit tough to find in the States. One thing it does have that so many others don’t is a very pleasant aroma and in addition, it actually works. Though it claims to be herbal, there is actually no way to prove this, but it does work and it is not very expensive. It also ensures that the hair is left in a good state, which should make it a lot more alluring to those who have tried dandruff shampoos in the past and found them to dry out the scalp.

Don’t forget that when using dandruff shampoo, you should not wash your hair every day, as this strips it of the natural oils secreted by your head.

5 Must-have Make-up brushes

You may think it is easier to put on your make-up with your fingers, but spreading oils, germs and bacteria have all been associated with this, which is why a woman who knows how to take care of her skin prefers a brush. But there are so many make-up brushes out there, all claiming to be better than the last, so as a consumer, how are you supposed to make an educated decision about which is the best to buy?

1. Eye Shader

If you can only afford to buy one brush this year, make it the eye shader, a brush you can buy online or in a store for as little as $6 (Makeup Geek) or as much as $25 (MAC). This is a brush that spreads shadow along your eyelid, but rather than simply swoop it on, the brush packs the powder into the space, which means the color is more vivid. It can also be used to smudge color.

2. Pencil Brush

This is a brush that lives up to its name by allowing you the chance to create what looks like a pencil line across the eye. The experts call it a precision shading brush, which means that you can use it for a more understated look. It will spread a color thinly along the eyelid, to create a line effect and it can be bought at Macy’s, Nordstrom’s or even on eBay for about $25 (MAC).

3. Dual-end Brow Brush

At about $5 from the Makeup Geek store, this brush is a must-have item. You can use one end to tame your eyebrows, ensuring that all of the hairs are travelling in the same direction and the other end to fill in the brows, creating a fuller and more angular look. That’s double the brush for half the money, a deal if you think about the fact that you’ll be using it every day.

4. Cheek Highlighter

This smart brush is a must for those who love their blush. It has soft and evenly set bristles that, for the low price of $35, highlight the cheekbones brilliantly. It is easy to use and evenly spreads powder blush in a smooth line that still allows for some blending, so that you don’t look too overdone.

5. Blending Brush

A must-have for the girl who has to blend on the go, this isn’t a brush like the others. This is more of a sponge actually, but it gives you the power to blend anything from blush to eyeshadow to foundation, which means you’ll never go out in public with those embarrassing foundation lines near your ears or at the base of your chin, can smooth out the eyeshadow creased in your lids and even tone down the blush you use so you look more cool and less clown. This is an absolutely essential item that most women don’t be using, especially if they have taken a lot of care with their makeup. Applying is only half the battle. The other half is blending.

Top 5 Trendiest Sunglasses Right Now

Looking trendy is not just about the clothes you wear or the cars you drive. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest impact and in the case of sunglasses, that big impact could be what gets you noticed.

Though most people are happy with knock-off frames, the real fashionistas understand that if it’s not the real thing, it’s just not good enough. 2014 is off to a great start with some of these fashionable frames.

Miu Miu

1. Aviators go gold, thanks to Gucci

You heard it here first. Gucci has released a pair of Aviators, the classic pilot-style sunglasses in 24K gold. Now, we know not everyone can afford the hefty $1,200 price tag, but if you’re planning on spending a few hundred dollars on a new pair every season, you won’t have to anymore. These reflective lenses have actually been dipped in 24K gold and while they may not be right for the ‘man on the street’, J-Lo certainly thinks they’re right for her.

2. Porsche speeds up the Aviator race

If you thought dipping Aviators in gold was a little much, how about taking it down just one notch? Porsche have designed a set of Aviators that come in gold, silver or their very impressive ‘titan’ color, and have been dubbed ‘upgraded’. We’re not entirely sure what the biggest difference is between the old Aviators and the new ones, but Porsche claims to have constructed a modern take on the old favorite. They retail at about $500.

3. Le Specs break convention for the Rudeboy

They’re not the fanciest brand, nor do they have the biggest price tag, but Le Specs have designed something a little different with their Rudeboy sunglasses. These are a very reasonable $80 and what distinguishes them is the diamond-shaped glass in the round frames. In theory, this is a design that breaks convention and should not look as good as it does, but the celebs who have been turned on to this fashion trend have to disagree.

4. Miu Miu takes a trip back to the 50s

The Miu Miu Rasoirs have a very unique shape, or at least you’d think so if you’ve never seen images of some of the fashionable frames from the 50s. These can only be described as the wingtips of eyewear, having elongated frames tapering to a point in some of the hottest shades out there. Though they’re not dipped in gold, they will still set you back about $330.

5. Prada add their 49mm

Last, but certainly not least, Prada also have a spot on this list with their Retros, a set of sunglasses that combine the best in plastic and metal to produce a slightly unusual shape that retails at $365. With all of the unusual and fancy sunglasses on this list, you may be wondering what makes these frames so special, and while their shape is inventive and their materials sturdy, the only real reason to buy them we can think of, is that Beyonce has a pair, and this queen of style never goes wrong.