Alex Smith

I love my little hometown and all that goes with living in the Great White North - snow, skiing, hot chocolate, bulky knit sweaters. I'm passionate about a lot of things, but you'll most often find me writing about books, makeup and fashion. As I like to put it, I've got beauty AND brains.
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Feb 17, 2015

Snag Your Own Christian With The ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Beauty Look

If you've found yourself fantasizing about finding your very own Christian Grey, may we suggest a less, ahem, risqué alternative: beauty looks inspired by Anastasia Steele and her many looks throughout the books and movie.

Feb 12, 2015

5 Must-See Movies This Valentine’s Day

Dating a guy with a penchant for history or sci-fi? We've got you covered. Making plans with your BFF? Look no further!

Feb 10, 2015

How To Contour Your Face Like the Kardashians

These are the best products out there to sculpt and shape a face that Kim, Khloe, and Kourt would be proud of.

Feb 6, 2015

5 Gifts Your Boyfriend Actually Wants For Valentine’s Day

5 super creative, thoughtful, and sometimes practical Valentine's Day gifts that your boyfriend didn't even know he wanted.

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Feb 3, 2015

Valentine’s Day Beauty Gifts for Your Best Friends

Why not take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate your awesome friendships and spoil each other with gifts that men would NEVER pick out?

Channel Your Inner Taylor Swift: The 5 Best Red Lipsticks

In a few short years, Taylor Swift has gone from country bumpkin to chart-topping style maven.

Jan 27, 2015

The 6 Best Nail Polish Shades for Winter

We've hand-picked a list of the best, vampiest nail polishes in a mix of cream and shimmer finishes to satisfy your Winter cravings!

Jan 20, 2015

Save & Splurge: Get A Gorgeous Summer Glow This Winter

Not only can winter wreck havoc on the moisture levels in your skin, but can also totally dull your complexion.

Jan 13, 2015

Jan 6, 2015

Detox Your Skin: The 5 Best Cleansers, Masks, & Treatments

Giving yourself an at-home detoxifying skincare experience is easier than you think with these cleansers, masks, and skin treatments.

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Dec 30, 2014

Sparkle & Shine on New Year’s Eve: Shimmery Makeup to Make You Stand Out

We've got a list of makeup for your eyes, face and lips that will light up your complexion and add gorgeous sheen and shimmer (minus the garish glitter).

Dec 25, 2014

Reset for 2015 with ‘HIGH: A Party Girl’s Guide to Peace’

With 2014 coming to a close soon, many of us are revisiting the resolutions we made last January and thinking up new goals for 2015.

Dec 24, 2014

Holiday Party Hairstyles & The Products You Need: A Step By Step Guide

Hairstyles to spice up your routine for holiday and Christmas parties in 6 easy steps.

Dec 22, 2014

5 Reality Stars Who Blew All Their Cash

We've thrown together a list of some of the most notorious reality TV stars who have fallen from their pedestals and are now paying the consequences for their poor decisions.

Dec 16, 2014

5 Products To Pamper Post-Finals

Take some me time, pop your favorite bottle of wine, and relax with a carefully curated selection of products designed to pamper.

Dec 9, 2014

Prepping for Under the Mistletoe: Red Lipsticks You Need This Holiday Season

The holidays are a make out bandit's favorite season; with all that mistletoe around, you never know who you could be locking lips with.

Dec 3, 2014

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: Boyfriend Edition

We've done the research to come up with a list of gifts for every type of boyfriend you could possibly have.

Dec 2, 2014

Dear Santa: Beauty Products For Your Christmas List

These are products that you may feel guilty purchasing yourself (rent or that gorgeous new highlighter?), but would love to see under the tree on Christmas morning.

Nov 29, 2014

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso Doesn’t Give The Advice We Need

If you feel the need to repeat anecdotes, maybe you don't have enough life experience to be writing a memoir/self-help book.

Nov 26, 2014

Oh, The Weather Outside Is Frightful: Cold Weather Skin Savers

Because of the transition from regular fall weather to the deepest, darkest winter weather was so sharp, your skin has probably gone haywire.

Nov 16, 2014

3 Beauty Products to Take You From the Gym to Class

Most college girls are strapped for time as it is, which means that just fitting a workout in is an...

Nov 4, 2014

Perricone MD ‘No Makeup Skin Care Collection’ is a Must for Your Make Up Bag

If you like a natural makeup look, then the Perricone MD 'No Makeup' line is right up your alley - everything is about enhancing, not covering up your face.

Oct 31, 2014

CC Book Club: ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ by Lena Dunham

This October we dove into HBO royalty Lena Dunham’s debut non-fiction work Not That Kind of Girl. If you haven’t...

Oct 28, 2014

Create Endless Looks with Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette [In Our Makeup Bag]

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette is in our makeup bag.

Oct 21, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Liner is Your Ticket to an Intense Eyelook [In Our Makeup Bag]

What It Is: Make Up For Ever Artist Liner* in D-12, I-22 & ME-70 Why This Should Be in Your ...

Oct 14, 2014

Bite Beauty Agave Champagne Lip Mask Helps Fight Chapped Lips in Style! [In Our Makeup Bag]

What It Is: Bite Beauty Agave Champagne Lip Mask* Why This Should Be in Your Bag: Bite Beauty is a...

Oct 7, 2014

In Our Makeup Bag: Drybar ‘Full Pint’ Brush

What It Is: Drybar ‘Full Pint’ Medium Round Brush* Why This Should Be in Your Bag: Even if you blowdry...

Sep 30, 2014

Is “My Burberry” Your Next Signature Scent? [In Our Makeup Bag]

My Burberry is the new fragrance from the fashion house and is inspired by their signature piece, the trench coat. The bottle is gorgeous and if you order it directly from Burberry, they're offering free monogramming!

Sep 28, 2014

Let’s Talk About “Love Letters to the Dead” by Ava Dellaira [CC Book Club]

Join us as we discuss our September read, "Love Letters to the Dead". And read along with our October pick, "Not That Kind of Girl" by Lena Dunham.

Sep 23, 2014

Get Bold Brows with Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Tinted Brow Gel [In Our Makeup Bag]

Eyebrows are an often ignored, but essential focus of a makeup routine. Don't believe me? Do all your makeup except your brows. Take a look at your face and then fill and tame them and look again - the difference is unbelievable!

Sep 16, 2014

Will Clarins’ Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base Keep Your Makeup in Place? [In Our Makeup Bag]

They say it is "a universal half-make-up, half-skin care base enriched with oat polyoses to smooth, brighten and even out the eyelids while extending make-up wear."

Sep 10, 2014

5 Awesome New Apps You Should Have on Your Phone

Satisfy your tech junkie self and download the best new apps that will improve your closet, travel plans, Instagram feed, schedule, and cooking skills!

Sep 9, 2014

Thierry Mugler’s “Angel” Eau de Parfum is Your Signature Scent [In Our Makeup Bag]

Every gal should have a signature fragrance (or 4). You know, that scent that people constantly compliment you on or at least ask, "What are you wearing?"

Aug 31, 2014

Finish Your Summer with “Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood [CC Book Club]

Come talk with us about the dystopian fantasy novel, "Oryx and Crake." And join us again in September as we read "We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart.

Aug 26, 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette Will Take Your Look Into Autumn [In Our Makeup Bag]

They say that "each of these warm shades can stand on its own as an easy wash of color or layer together to create an endless array of looks." Sounds good to me!

Aug 19, 2014

Budget Beauty Find: Topshop’s Powder Blush [In Our Makeup Bag]

Despite loads of new blush formulas, powder blush is a tried and true classic and every gal should own a few key shades.