WEDDING HAIR ACCESSORIES

photo: kristin ess

When it comes to wedding hair, a great accessory can be icing on the cake. Not only can the subtle sparkle of a hair piece add significant detail to your look, but it’s something that can be handed down from generation to generation if it’s well made. For the last year, I’ve been looking rather closely at some very special pieces. I would even go so far as to call them investment pieces. Bridal hair accessories range vastly in price and there are so many different styles– combs, pins, vines, chignon wraps, crowns, half crowns, etc… so it can be very overwhelming if you’re not sure which accessories go best with which hairstyle or dress. I’ve arranged the pieces below by type, so that should be quite helpful. It’s always a good idea to try your wedding accessory on with the hairstyle you’re planning on wearing, so once you have yours in-hand, get your bobbypins out and try it with one of our wedding tutorials like THIS, THIS and THIS (there are even more if you search “wedding”)!

post/graphic design: kristin ess all photos courtesy of BHLDN

These partial pieces are incredible for a significant amount of shine without wrapping around the whole head. Put them half way around a bun or running up the side of a french twist for some next level glamour. Click the links for more info on each.

  1. Twinkling Flare Headpiece
  2. Secret Garden Headpiece
  3. Lady of the Manor Headpiece

post/graphic design: kristin ess all photos courtesy of BHLDN

Embellished combs are great because they’re easy. There’s no stress in putting them in the hair and are amazing for someone doing their own hair, let’s say on a destination wedding. Hopefully your hair is nothing but perfect on your big day, but having a vintage-vibe comb on hand can be amazing if anything gets messed up with your updo or chignon. Slide it in to conceal any little bits you don’t love. I LOVE the way the comb looks running up the side of the braid in photo 3. Here are the links for these…

  1. Crystal Clover Comb
  2. Fanfare Comb
  3. Silvestre Comb

post/graphic design: kristin ess all photos courtesy of BHLDN

How stunning and subtle are these pins. They can be used on nearly any type of hairstyle. These are also amazing because you could wear them again on your first anniversary or for a night out with your soon-to-be-husband. It would be so sweet to have these sitting on your vanity to always remind you of the day you got married. These also make incredible bridesmaid gifts in my opinion because they’re small and not overwhelming. Click the links for info…

  1. Nicobar Hair Pin
  2. Whimsical Hair Pins (2)
  3. Pearled Daisy
  4. Petit Flora Hair Pins
  5. Crystallized Hair Pin

post/graphic design: kristin ess all photos courtesy of BHLDN

These are all thin to medium sized halos. They’re stunning and a little more subtle than the group at the bottom. Many of these thin halos can also be worn as necklaces, believe it or not! They have thin ribbon that ties in back and are also incredible bridesmaid gifts. I love these and I DIEEEE for the Sakura Halo braided in to the hair. Might be one of my favorites. See the links below…

  1. Sakura Halo
  2. Portici Halo
  3. Buttercup Halo
  4. Pearl Petal Halo
  5. Waterway Halo
  6. Starry Skies Halo
  7. Bluebell Halo

post/graphic design: kristin ess all photos courtesy of BHLDN

This grouping is for someone who likes flower crowns but wants something that lasts forever. I love fresh flower crowns too, but it’s a shame they only last for the day. So amazing to pass this on to a child or friend and to see how they would wear it. If you’re getting married in the woods, mountains or natural setting, you’ll probably need one of these…

  1. Breathless Halo
  2. Pearly Dreams Halo
  3. Carmen Halo
  4. Honeysuckle Halo
  5. Aster Halo

photo: kristin ess

In the world of hair accessories, there are two particular women I think are incredibly special and talented. They both stand out in such different ways to me. One is Jennifer Behr and the other is Myra Callan of Twigs + Honey. Hop over to their websites and check out their instagrams HERE and HERE.

The sparkly slice of heaven, called the Arielle Chignon Wrap in the very top photo is by Jennifer and can be found HERE. And the superfine sparkling vine in the last photo was crafted by Myra for her 2015 collection and will be found HERE.

BEAUTY BITES

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: NORAH CURLEE

If we could wish for more of anything, ENERGY would be at the very top of the list. Let’s face it, beauties…we live in a super busy world where time seems to vanish quicker than it came and life can get exhausting! Lately in the TBD kitchen, we’ve been whipping up anything and everything that can give as a healthy energy boost to power through even the busiest day. Not to mention, with summer officially at the close, we are craving ALL of the fall flavors. So with the serious need for a kick in the pants and a fall flavor craving, we’ve come up with the easiest little energy bites! These are perfect for on the go and packed full of warm fall spice…and a few beauty benefits worth mentioning!

Like many of our recipes, you can bet that the ingredients are minimal and the process is simple. But rest assure, simple does not mean basic in this case! We’ve jazzed up these energy bites into our three favorite flavor profiles for fall. Pumpkin pie (obvi), maple pecan, and spiced chai. So let’s get into these three delicious recipes, shall we?

PUMPKIN PIE ENERGY BITES

What you’ll need:

1 cup of oats

1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds

1/2 cup of ground flax meal

1/3 cup of honey

1/2 cup almond butter

1/3 cup chopped almonds

2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (plus extra for sprinkling)

The Process:

Put all of your ingredients into a large bowl and mix until combined (they have a thick cookie dough like consistancy). Roll into balls and dust with extra pumpkin pie spice. You know, for that extra deliciousness. These taste straight up like a slice of the good stuff. Is it Thanksgiving yet?

 

MAPLE PECAN ENERGY BITES

What you’ll need:

1 cup oats

1/3 cup chopped pecans (plus extra to roll them in)

1/2 cup ground flax meal

1/3 cup pure maple syrup (use the good stuff, not the place for Aunt Jemima!)

1/2 cup almond butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

The Process:

Place all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix until combined. Roll into balls and then roll in leftover chopped pecans. This is an optional step but they look so pretty…almost like truffles. Super healthy truffles that is. Not to mention these taste like pancakes. PANCAKES.

CHAI SPICE ENERGY BITES

What you’ll need:

1 cup oats

1/3 cup toasted coconut

1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup ground flax meal

1/2 cup almond butter

2 teaspoons of chai spice (we made our own but you can find this in the spice aisle)

chopped slivered almonds (to roll them in)

The Process:

You know the drill…everything goes into the bowl and start mixing! We rolled these in chopped slivered almonds and it went perfect with the spicy chai flavor. These literally taste like a chai latte!

These bites may be small, but they pack a big punch. Between the oats, the flax meal and almond butter they contain plenty of fiber, omega 3s and healthy carbs to keep the motor running! More energy = more active. More active = a healthier lifestyle. A healthy, active body inside is the best way to reflect a healthy body on the outside. What you put into it, is what you get out of it! Beauty wise, the almond butter in these “treats” is a great source of vitamin E that can help protect your cells from oxidative stress. This is HUGELY beneficial for the skin. Good skin and energy to burn…two of our favorite things!

We hope that the next time you’re running on empty, you give our yummy fall flavored energy bites a try! Wether it’s after a workout, mid-day at the office or when you just need a pick-me-up, these little babies will do the trick. They also taste like dessert, so everybody wins!

Don’t forget to tag us on Twitter: @tbdofficial or Instagram: @thebeautydept with pictures if you make these!

SECRET TO BROW SHADOW

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

This one step reversal is a game changer. Many of us don’t think brow shadow makes enough impact (even after with my side-by-side shadow/pencil/pomade/tinted gel post here). That’s ok! We all have our preferences and makeup is an expression of our individuality. But I would be amiss if I didn’t share this trick with you! Typically we use brow wax to set the brows after we apply shadow, hence the term “setting wax.” But try this instead:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Brush the hairs up and over with the spooly brush.
  2. Load the brush up with wax by sweeping it across the wax multiple times.
  3. Sweep the brush along the brow with short quick strokes mimicking hairs as you work from the base to the tail coating the hairs with wax.
  4. Dip the same brush into the brow shadow to load it up with product.
  5. Sweep the brush along the brow hairs making the same short quick strokes. The brow shadow will adhere to the wax much better than applying it directly to the brow.
  6. Brush the hairs up and over again with the spooly brush.
  7. Finish by tapping your finger in the cream highlighter and sweeping it under the brow.

For those of you asking about the cat ears, I bought them at BCBG but don’t see them on their site yet!

    PARTY MAKEUP INSPIRATION

    TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

    When we get dressed up for parties, Homecoming, weddings and such, we can sparkle without looking made up or overdone. It’s all about balance and taste… and today’s party inspiration look will look absolutely gorgeous on you at your next event! Simply anchor a gold glitter-y lid with an black diamond lower lashline then balance them both with a soft matte lip. Here’s the breakdown:

    TOOLS:

    STEPS:

    1. After applying foundation (if needed) and a nude blush, look up and line the lower lashline with a black gel liner by dipping the liner brush into the gel pot, smoothing it out on the back of your hand then sweeping the brush across the skin behind the lower lashes as demonstrated on Lexie above.
    2. Rim the inner waterline with the pencil then blink so the product is deposited on the upper waterline as well. Repeat to intensify.
    3. Press your finger against the glitter pot then stamp it across your upper lid. Gently smear it back and forth to smooth out any lumps. I extended it outward past slightly and in the inner corner of the bottom lashline for extra drama but that’s your call.
    4. Add a couple coats of mascara.
    5. Finish by sweeping the lip lacquer along the lip area.

    For the fashionistas out there, Lexie is modeling this new favorite dress of mine!