November 2017


Nancy Mangano’s latest book in her murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, is now available for purchase on Amazon Kindle Direct and Smashwords:
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Super sleuth Natalie North is tired of catching cheating husbands with their pants down, then worse, having to report to the wives what they hired her to find out, photos and all.
Quick on her feet and smart in her head, Natalie aches to use her training to solve real crimes, criminal cases, the grittier the better. When her client Victoria Belmont’s billionaire husband is found dead, Natalie puts her life on the line to find the killer, determined to beat the Los Angeles Police Department at their own game. Toss in Natalie’s unsettled love life, torn between Darren McAllister, a prosecuting attorney, LAPD Officer Vincent Sherburne and a mysterious taxi driver, Alfonso Di Paolo, and explore what happens when betrayal, greed, passion and murder collide.

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at Twitter @ and her author website

We all love the comfort and coziness of a sweater, but there are times when a sweater worn over your clothing is too cumbersome and bulky. How do you get the great sweater and cardigan look and feel without the heavy weight of too much material? I suggest the sweater dress!
A sweater is a garment intended to cover the torso and arms, and sometimes the hips and thighs. A sweater is generally either a pullover or a cardigan, distinguished in that a true cardigan opens in the front and fastens, while pullovers do not.
A dress is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice, or matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment. A dress can be any one-piece garment containing a skirt of any length.
What do you get when you combine a dress made from sweater/knitted material? One knock-out sweater dress made to look and feel your best!

Sweater Fun Fact: Sweater dresses are traditionally made from wool, but can also be made of cotton, synthetic fibers or any combination thereof. Sweater dresses are easy to maintain, often by machine washing or dry cleaning, or the use of a lint roller or pill razor.
The term ‘sweater’ is a catch-all for a variety of knit garments. Sweaters come in a variety of great designs. In addition to sweater dresses, you can also find sweater V-necks, turtlenecks and crew necks.

Dress Fun Fact: The hemlines of dresses vary depending on the whims of fashion and the modesty or personal taste of the wearer.
Popular Lengths of Dresses:

  1. Gown/Long Dress: A woman’s formal dress having a floor length skirt.
  2. Knee Length: Hemline ends at knee height.
  3. Maxi Dress: Ankle length, typically informal dress.
  4. Micro Dress: A micro dress is an extremely short version of the mini dress.
  5. Midi Dress: Any dress or skirt that has a hem which hits mid-calf, halfway between the knee and the ankle.
  6. Mini Dress: A very short dress where the hemline lands on the thigh.

Halt the presses! You’ll always look cool, chic and glam when wearing sweater dresses!

A great, fun way to doll up your sweater dress is by accessorizing with a darling sweater purse! Who said sweater purses were only for winter? Carry the comfortable, cozy looking sweater handbag year round, for a look where fashion, beauty and style abound!

Sweater Fun Fact: Knitted fabrics are generally somewhat elastic and have a softer hand (feel or drape) than woven fabrics. Sweaters that are more tightly fitted or have a soft drape conform well to the body without requiring tailoring often necessary in a woven garment such as darts, flares and gores. Even when such shaping is used, it can be knitted into the fabric itself, without requiring seams.
Have you ever seen a tight-fitted sweater dress that hugs every curve? Slinky, sensual, sexy for sure!

Nancy Mangano’s Sweater Dress Fashion Tip: I find sweater dresses, no matter the hemline length, always look better when worn with a platform stiletto, a high-heeled pump or a heeled boot (ankle, knee high or thigh high boot). Although fashion is a personal choice, I don’t find the sweater dress carries off as well when worn with flats or flat sandals. A heeled shoe adds loads of oomph and style to the already fashionable sweater dress, even if you have to walk one mile! A true fashion diva will carry it off in true glamour form, and still keep a smile!
Dress Fun Fact: Throughout the 19th century, the length of fashionable dresses varied only slightly, between ankle length and floor sweeping. In the 20th and 21st centuries, beginning around 1915, hemlines for daytime dresses left the floor for good. For the next fifty years, fashionable dresses became short (1920s), then long (1930s), then shorter (the War Years with their restrictions of fabric), back to long (the “New Look”). Today, all dress lengths get the green light: depending on your length preference you can get the look just right!

Sweater dresses are a lovely sight…alluring, glamorous and fitting just right!
Sweater dresses: you’ll never wear a sweater better!
A benefit of the slinky sweater dress? There’s only one complete garment to put on in a sweater dress, unlike a pantsuit with pants, a blouse and a vest! So, I highly recommend the sweater dress as a clothing item in which to invest!

Put my fashion theory to the test. Wrap yourself in the fabulous sweater dress. I guarantee you’ll adore the comfort, softness, look and feel…and that’s the real sweater dress deal!
“It’s such a chilly night. Would you mind if I borrowed your sweater?”
“I planned ahead when I got dressed and I checked the day’s weather.”
“Perhaps your dress underneath is enough to keep you cozy and warm.”
“My sweater is the dress. If I remove my sweater dress I’ll set off a fire storm.”
“Are you saying that if you take off your sweater you’ll be wearing nothing at all?”
“Only my basic undergarment essentials. Sorry, for my eyes only, you doll!”
Sweater Dresses: Intended for the world to see in all your knitted and woven glory!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website

The term ‘fashion’ is a universal word, known and admired around the world. But what exactly constitutes fashion? Fashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, hairstyle and body. Fashion is a distinctive and often constant trend in the style in which a person dresses. Because the more technical term ‘costume’ is regularly linked to ‘fashion’, the use of the term costume has been relegated to special senses like fancy dress or masquerade wear, while fashion generally means clothing.
Although aspects of fashion can be masculine or feminine, some fashion trends are androgynous (worn by both males and females).  Be it haute couture (high fashion) or casual attire, fashion is a word that excites and inspires!

Fashion: A passion for fashion means you have an innate, hungry, yearning eye and desire for fabulous clothing garments.
Style: The signature way that you mix and match the fashion pieces together.
Fashion Fun Fact: The notion of a global fashion industry is a product of the modern age. Prior to the mid-19th century, most clothing was custom made. Clothing was handmade for individuals, either as home production or on order from dressmakers and tailors. By the beginning of the 20th century, with the rise of new technologies such as the sewing machine, and the rise of global capitalism and the development of the factory system of production, and the proliferation of retail outlets such as department stores, clothing came to be mass-produced in standard sizes and sold at fixed prices.
Ah, the true meaning behind the phrase “passion for fashion”!

The Fashion Industry Consists of Four Levels:

  1. The production of raw materials, principally fibers and textiles, but also leather and fur.
  2. The production of fashion goods by designers, manufacturers, contractors and others.
  3. Retail sales.
  4. Various forms of advertising and promotion.

These four levels consist of many separate but interdependent sectors. The sectors are:

  1. Textile Design
  2. Production
  3. Fashion Design
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Fashion Retailing
  6. Marketing
  7. Merchandising
  8. Fashion Shows
  9. Media Marketing

Major Influences in Fashion Trends:

  1. Political Influences
  2. Social Influences
  3. Technology Influences
  4. Economical Influences

Fashion Fun Fact: The media plays a significant role when it comes to fashion. An important part of fashion is fashion journalism. Editorial critique, guidelines and fashion commentary can be found on television, in magazines, in newspapers, fashion websites, social media sites, social networks and fashion blogs. In recent years, fashion blogging and YouTube videos have become a major outlet for spreading fashion trends and tips, creating an online culture of sharing one’s style on a website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account.
Let’s give a huge shout out to those who keep us abreast and informed on fashion garments beloved when we step out!

Various Forms/Terms of Popular Fashion:

  1. Digital Fashion
  2. Dress Code
  3. Fashion Accessories
  4. Fashion Design
  5. Haute Couture
  6. History of Fashion Design
  7. History of Western Fashion
  8. Fashion Schools
  9. Fashion Designers
  10. Red Carpet Fashion
  11. Runway/Catwalk Fashion
  12. Men’s Fashion
  13. Women’s Fashion

Fashion is a fun, adored, highly-recognized billion dollar business! We all know that a particular outfit, and the way the individual garments are worn together, can make or break your look and mood!

Get in the fashion groove with a trendy, chic, appealing fashion attitude!
“Your eye for just the right clothing makes you look like a fashion pro.”
“I do take notice in how I dress…whether lounging at home or on the go.”
“Not only do you have a taste for fashion, but the way you blend the items makes me smile.”
“I prefer fashionable looking clothing; how I arrange them on my body shows my personal style.”
“Perhaps you’ll come shopping with me to help me pick out some exquisite clothes.”
“You’d look absolutely adorable in a crop top, a slinky pencil skirt and a matching pair of hose!”
Fashion: If you have a passion for fashion, dressing yourself is a true art: not only the end masterpiece, but from the very first clothing start!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, one sure way to enjoy and match your mood to the festive atmosphere is to doll up in the warm, glowing seasonal colors of oranges and golds. Sometimes it is fun to match and coordinate your makeup color combinations with the weather, your outfit, your mood, etc. Why not match it to the holiday!
Although I am one to experiment with makeup and feel that whichever color choices are preferred by the wearer are the right color combos, I think that gold eye shadows (whether glittered, cream or powder) and bold, ornamental orange lips look splendid together and absolutely smashing!

Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Eye shadow is a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. Eye shadow is commonly used to make the wearer’s eyes stand out or look more attractive. Eye shadow can add depth and dimension to one’s eyes, complement the eye color, make one’s eyes appear larger, or simply draw attention to the eyes. Eye shadow is usually made from a powder and mica, but can also be found in liquid, pencil, cream or mousse form.
Lipstick Fun Fact: Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes and emollients that apply color, texture and protection to the lips. Wax provides the structure to the solid lipstick. Lipsticks may be made from several waxes such as beeswax, ozokerite and candelilla wax. Because of its high melting point, Carnauba wax is the key ingredient in terms of strengthening the lipstick. Various oils and fats are used in lipstick, such as olive oil, mineral oil, cocoa butter, lanolin and petrolatum.
Nancy Mangano’s Makeup Tip: When it comes to the eyes and the lips, gold eye shadows and orange lipsticks appear alluring, warm and hip! I highly recommend you try it!

Gold Fun Fact: The color gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige and sophistication, value and elegance, the psychology of the color implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance!
Radiate and luxuriate your face in glowing, glorious, gorgeous gold eye shadow tones!
Orange Fun Fact: The color orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow. Orange offers emotional strength in difficult times. The bold, bright, upbeat color helps us bounce back from disappointment and despair, assisting in recovery from grief.
Coat your luscious lips with opulent orange shades and turn your frown upside down. A kissable orange mouth stands out in any crowd!

If bright golds and oranges are too much for you and you adore the color scheme but prefer a more toned down look, you can still stick to fabulous, fashionable golds and oranges with these various shades of the colors:
Various Shades of the Color Gold:

  1. Light Brown
  2. Beige
  3. Bronze
  4. Tan

Various Shades of the Color Orange:

  1. Peach
  2. Golden Orange
  3. Amber
  4. Burnt Orange
  5. Tangerine

The warm effects of orange and gold! Eye shadow and lipstick combinations to behold!

Depending on your skin tone (light/fair, medium, olive, dark) gold and orange makeup combinations work well and both enhance and bring out your features. Gold shades of eye shadows look rich, regal and trendy. Orange lips look the bomb (much like a classic red painted lip) and can be noticed clear across the room!
Lipstick Fun Fact: Lipstick is such a powerful cosmetic, being both sensual and sexual. Ancient Sumerian men and women were probably the first to invent and wear lipstick, about 5,000 years ago. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes. Also around 3000 BC to 1500 BC, women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied red tinted lipstick to their face for decoration. Ancient Egyptians wore lipstick to show social status rather than gender.
Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Eye shadow can be applied in a wide variety of ways, depending upon the desired look and formulation. Typically application is done using fingers or brushes. The most important aspect of applying eye shadow, especially if you are applying more than one color, is to blend well. You desire an over the top dramatic look? Then don’t blend the colors at all, let each color stand out bold on its own!

Lipstick Fashion Tip: If you prefer a dry, more drawn out mouth, use a matte lipstick. If you prefer the wet look, go with a lip gloss. To avoid bleeding and to accentuate the mouth, line your upper and bottom lips with a matching lip liner pencil (or similar shade) to shape and highlight your mouth!
Oh, give me that joyous, sexy, appealing, sensual orange pout! That’s what I’m talking about!

Positive Traits of the Color Gold:

  1. Success
  2. Abundance
  3. Wealth
  4. Understanding
  5. Self-Worth
  6. Wisdom
  7. Compassion
  8. Love
  9. Passion
  10. Charisma

Positive Traits of the Color Orange:

  1. Sociable
  2. Optimistic
  3. Enthusiastic
  4. Cheerful
  5. Independent
  6. Flamboyant
  7. Extroverted
  8. Adventurous
  9. Risk Taker
  10. Warm Hearted

Excellent associated traits for excellent colors of makeup choices! Righteous glamour!

Gold eye shadows and orange lips for autumn/fall is one of the most gorgeous cosmetic color schemes of all!
“Your mesmerizing eyes are speaking to me and your luscious lips I want to kiss!”
“I credit the allure to my gold tone eye shadow and my orange lips you can’t miss.”
“Your face radiates and looks like your complexion and features have been kissed by the sun.”
“Wearing gold tones with orange tones is by far a fabulous color combination on anyone.”
“Can I follow you home or go together to a salon where I can paint up in gold and orange too?”
“I’m flattered that you want to copy me, but great choice, these colors will look simply grand on you.”
Gold Eye Shadows and Orange Lips: I truly hope you both try and enjoy my wonderful makeup tips!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website

Most people can agree that glitter is fun to use, pretty to look at and adds sparkle and shine to even the most mundane items. Glitter describes an assortment of small, colorful, reflective particles that come in a variety of shapes. Glitter particles reflect light at different angles, causing the surface to sparkle or shimmer. Glitter is similar to confetti, sparkles or sequins, but somewhat smaller. Glitter is shiny, glorious and glamorous.
As the holidays near, a fun, youthful, hypnotic way to add oomph and pizzazz to your already intriguing eyes is with powerful glitter eye shadow. Eye shadow adds depth and dimension to your eyes, complements the eye color and makes your eyes appear larger. When you wear glitter eye shadow, your eyes stand out big time and you look major attractive and festive!

Glitter Fun Fact: Since prehistoric times, glitter has been made and used as decoration, from many different materials including stones such as malachite, galena, mica and glass. Modern glitter is usually manufactured from plastic.
The first production of modern plastic glitter is credited to the American machinist Henry Ruschmann, who found a way to cut plastic or mylar sheets into glitter in 1934.  During World War II with German glass glitter available, Ruschmann found a market for scrap material ground into glitter made of plastics. He founded Meadowbrook Inventions, Inc. in Bernardsville, New Jersey, and the company is still a large producer of glitter.
When painted in sparkly glitter of colors galore, the eyes have it, forevermore!

Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Civilizations across the world use eye shadow. Many people use eye shadow to enhance and improve their appearance, but the alluring cosmetic is also used in theater and other plays to create a memorable look, with bright, bold colors. Depending on your skin tone and experience, the effect of eye shadow generally brings out glamour and gains much attention.
Up the volume with glittered eye shadow for off the charts glorious glam!
Glitter eye shadow can be applied in a variety of ways depending upon the desired look and formulation. Typically application is done using fingers and brushes. The most important aspect of applying eye shadow is blending well. When using glitter eye shadow, which gives a more dramatic look than cream or powered eye shadow, not blending the colors together can give off a powerful, majestic look that is filled with mystery and mystique! Magical eyes! Glittered size!

Glitter Fun Fact: Today over 20,000 varieties of glitter are manufactured in a vast number of different colors, sizes and materials. Over 10,000,000 pounds of glitter was purchased between the years of 1989 and 2009 alone. Holy kamoly…that’s mountains of glitter! Commercial glitter ranges from 0.002 square inches to 0.25 square inches. First, flat multi-layered sheets are produced combining plastic, coloring and reflective material such as aluminum, titanium dioxide, iron oxide and blemish oxychloride. These sheets are then cut into tiny particles of many shapes including squares, rectangles and hexagons.
Glittered and glowing glamorous eyes truly hypnotize!
My oh my, you’ve gone over the top glitter wise, making for some sensational eyes!
Eye Shadow Removal: To remove eye shadow, including glittered eye shadow, a commercial makeup remover can be used, though a rich face wash with warm water will generally remove all traces of color. Vaseline works great for removing eye shadow, and all makeup! Eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara may also be removed using baby oil. Another great way to remove both light and heavy eye shadow is using makeup wipes, which can be found at many drugstores and beauty supply stores.
Glitter Fun Fact: Over 6,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians produced glittering cosmetics from the iridescent shells of beetles, as well as finely ground malachite crystal. Researchers believe Mayan temples were sometimes painted with red, green and gray glitter paint made from mica dust, based on infrared scans of the remnants of paint still found on the structures in present-day Guatemala.

Common ingredients in eye shadows consist of talc, mica, sericite, magnesium stearate, colorants and preservatives. For a royal, regal look, let’s add glitter!  Fillers in eye shadows are primarily talc. The liquid binders are typically a silicone and the dry binders are typically magnesium stearate. In order to make eye shadow, there has to be a balance between the fillers, dry binders and the liquid binders.
Glitter Fun Fact: Due to glitter’s unique characteristics, glitter has been proven to be useful forensic evidence. Because of the tens of thousands of different commercial glitters, identical glitter particles can be compelling evidence that a suspect has been at a crime scene. Glitter particles are easily transferred through the air by touch, yet cling to bodies and clothing, often unnoticed by suspects! Interesting! Moral of the story? If you’re setting out to commit a crime, only wear cream or powdered eye shadow. No glitter!
Have you ever got glitter on your couch or in your carpet? You’re best to adapt to the stunning sparkles and leave them there, as trying to remove all the glitter will have you pulling out your hair!

Get a real fashion rise with glittered eyes!
“You absolutely sparkle in your glittered eye shadow. Reds, greens and blues!”
“It adds magic to my eyes and complements my blue eye color too!”
“If you bat your eyes at me I can get a glitter show of intrigue and glamour.”
“If I bat my eyes at you, you’ll be so mesmerized and want it over and over.”
“Some glitter has fallen below your eyes and is running down your cheek.”
“I decorated my face this way. Cosmetics and fashion is bold…not meek.”
Glitter Eye Shadow: Paint your eyes to cool and chic!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website

Of all the types of skirts on the fashion market, my favorite by far is the pencil skirt. Yes, I adore the miniskirt and I find maxi skirts to be casual and pretty, but there is just something about the pencil skirt that gives the garment that “it” factor that makes the skirt stand out heads and tails above their sister skirts.
Pencil skirts (true pencil skirts where the  hemline fits right at the knee) come across as sultry, sexy, beautiful, form-fitting, enticing, alluring, slinky and appealing. Not a bad combination for one skirt!
There’s no need to speak flirty lingo when dressed in a pencil skirt: no words needed because the skirt will control the flirt! A true glamour girl always lets her clothes do the talking; she does the strut filled walking!

A skirt is the lower part of a dress or gown, covering the wearer from the waist downwards, or a separate outer garment serving this purpose.
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. Generally, the hem falls to, or just below, the knee and is tailored for a close fit. The pencil skirt gets its name for its shape: long and slim like a pencil.
Pencil skirts look great when worn as a separate piece of clothing (especially worn with a crop top) or as part of a dress suit or business suit. A pencil skirt usually has a vent or pleat in the back, or sometimes on the side of the skirt, since its slim, narrow shape can restrict walking and movement of the wearer. Due to the tight fit of the pencil skirt, the wearer is forced to take smaller, delicate, sexy steps!

The pencil skirt clings and hugs the body in all the “write” places. Show off your hips, curves and lower legs and catch the attention of people’s grateful faces!
Nancy Mangano’s Pencil Skirt Fashion Tip: The ideal shoes for wearing with a pencil skirt are high-heeled pumps, platform stilettos, strappy heeled sandals or high-heeled ankle boots. The higher the heel, the better the look. The high heel, when paired with the pencil skirt, emits a highly pleasing aesthetic fashion vibe and adds some sway and swagger to your sexy, feminine walk! For over the top glamour, go bare legged, or wear opaque stockings or sheer stockings! Beautiful!

Pencil skirts and narrow fitting skirts have a long history in western fashion. The predecessor to the pencil skirt is the hobble skirt, a pre-World War I fad inspired by the Ballets Russes. This full length skirt with a narrow hem seriously impeded walking, but wow, was it ever worth the costs. Fashion isn’t meant to be practical, but practically aesthetically pleasing and perfect!
A true fashion diva struts her stuff like a queen! No “behind the scenes” effort to be seen!
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The French designer Christian Dior introduced the classic modern pencil skirt in his 1954 Autumn Winter collection. This skirt quickly became popular with women, particularly for office wear, since the skirt is business appropriate yet still sensual, sleek and sexy. The success of the pencil skirt was due to women’s desire for new fashions in the wake of the Second World War rationing, coupled with the austere economic climate, when fabrics were expensive.

The pencil skirt feels different from looser fitting skirts, and impacts the wearer’s movements and posture. Due to the form fitting hemline, walking needs to be done in short strides, and entering and leaving a car gracefully may take some practice.  When sitting, the legs and knees are close together.
The outcome? Activities such as climbing ladders and riding bicycles can be very difficult in a pencil skirt. However, activities such as turning heads and feeling va-va-voom sexy when dressed in a pencil skirt are a sure deal!
The pencil skirt by far is the “write” skirt for a right high heel! Fashion and style ideal!
Basic Types of Popular Skirts:

  1. A-line skirt
  2. Bell shaped skirt
  3. Circle skirt
  4. Divided skirt
  5. Full skirt
  6. Inverted Pleated skirt
  7. Pencil skirt
  8. Pleated skirt
  9. Short skirt
  10. Straight skirt
  11. Underskirt
  12. Wrap skirt

The pencil skirt: the “write” skirt for all occasions!

Since the 1970s and the rise of pants for women as a fashion option, no one skirt length has dominated fashion for long, but the alluring pencil skirt is at the top for a stylish, glamorous look that always remains fashion strong!
“I dare say, watching you walk in that sleek fitting skirt is a pleasing sight to behold.”
“I adore my hip hugging pencil skirt. I feel empowered, sexy, feminine and bold.”
“Your skirt paired with the ruffled blouse and your five inch heels makes me want to stare.”
“If you ever master the pencil skirt and stiletto heels it’s all you’ll want to wear.”
“I’d ask if I could borrow your pencil, but you’ll probably give me a yellow number 2.”
“You’ll need to write your own fashion ticket and buy a pencil skirt for you!”
Pencil Skirt: Take the test…dress in a pencil skirt! You’ll not only pass the test, but you’ll never go wrong. Be fashion strong all day long!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website

Have you ever felt your face get hot and noticed that your cheeks got pink when you were embarrassed or shy? That’s called blushing, and just about everybody does it from time to time! Blushing is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. This is the same bodily system that controls the panic ‘fight-or-flight’ response. Blushing is an involuntary reaction, which means your body does it without you even thinking about it. You can thank a hormone called adrenaline.
While being shy or embarrassed and thereby blushing isn’t preferred, the rosy glow that blushing puts on your cheeks has been greatly admired for centuries. The answer? Cosmetics, of course. One can obtain the same pretty glow to their cheeks through makeup using blush or rouge, without the agony of the embarrassment to getting a natural blush!
Ah, the never ending joys of makeup!

Portrait of a pretty woman with an expressive emotion

Cosmetics are substances or products used to enhance or alter the appearance or fragrance of the body. Many cosmetics are designed for use of applying to the face and hair. They are generally mixtures of chemical compounds; some being derived from natural sources such as coconut oil and some being synthetics (man made ingredients).
Blush/Rouge Fun Fact: Blush or rouge is a type of cosmetic put on the cheeks, usually in red, pink or orange tones. Blush comes in both powder and cream forms. Blush was first used by Egyptians in 3000 BC. In the 1800s, wearing cosmetics made people think a woman had bad character, so people would pinch their cheeks to make them red. Ah, what true fashion divas go through for glamour!

Blush/Rouge Fun Fact: Blush/rouge was used in ancient Egypt. In addition to being applied to the cheeks, blush was also applied to the lips, the way lipstick is used today. In some times and places, such as the English Regency, both men and women wore blush. Various substances have been used as blush. In ancient Greece, crushed mulberries were favored, while red beet juice, crushed strawberries and red amaranth have also been used.
Modern blush/rouge generally consists of red-colored talcum based powder that is applied with a brush or makeup sponge to the cheeks. The coloring is usually either the substance of safflor (the petals of safflower) or a solution of carmine in ammonium hydroxide and rosewater perfumed with rose oil.
A brush of blush for rosy rouged cheeks!

Popular Types of Blush/Rouge:

  1. Pressed Powder: The majority of blushes found in drugstores or high-end stores are in the form of pressed powder. These work well for oily skin. Pressed powder blushes last long on the skin, are easily blended and very buildable.
  2. Cream: Cream blushes usually come in a short, round container, much like lip balm or solid perfume. These blushes are best suited for people with dry skin.
  3. Mineral Baked: Mineral baked blushes are made from a liquid that is baked into solid form. Mineral baked powder is very sheer when applied, but it is buildable and can be a perfect choice for someone who is going for a more flushed, natural look.

Preferred Blush/Rouge Brushes and Applicators:

  1. Flat Brush: The type of brush included with may purchased blushes. This brush is used to achieve a more dramatic look, as this type of brush is not well suited for blending.
  2. Fluffy Brush: Suitable for dispersing the color of the blush, creating a natural flushed look.
  3. Pancake Sponge Pad: This type of applicator is found with many talcum and translucent face powders.
  4. Stippling Brush: Suitable for softening the harsh lines and blending together blush, bronzer and highlighter. The stippling brush works well for applying cream blush.

Your glowing rosy cheeks look stunning and bold, not wallflower and meek! Cosmetic truth be told!

In addition to blush, common cosmetics include lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, concealer, skin cleansers, skin lotions, shampoo, cream rinse, hairstyling products, perfume and cologne.
The cosmetics list is long…the glamour, allure and defining of cosmetics is gorgeous and strong!

Cosmetics Fun Fact: In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics/makeup, defines cosmetics as “intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.”
Make no mistake…when applied to perfection, makeup takes the cake!

The miracle of blush? It reddens the cheeks, defines the cheekbones and adds to a healthy, youthful appearance!
“I’d tell you that your rosy, high cheekbones look divine but that might make you blush.”
“I take a well deserved compliment with style. If you like my glow you don’t need to stay hushed.”
“Are your rosy cheeks natural or is a slight touch of blush swiped on your face?”
“A true fashion diva never tells her secrets. It adds to her appeal and grace.”
“Whether natural or cosmetic, your pink, defined cheeks truly stand out.”
“And that, my dear, is what cosmetics, makeup and blush is all about.”
Blush/Rouge: Excellent for the shimmery, rosy, perky, happy cheekbone attitude!

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