THE HAT TRICK

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTIN ESS

Turns out the weather outside IS frightful in many parts of the country. Whether you’re blocking sun in Southern California or dodging hail in Wisconsin, hats are a great accessory but you have to know how to wear them! We’ve had a lot of requests for hat hairstyle ideas so I thought we could give you some of those along with some helpful tips. Here we go.

Heavy side parts + short hair: If you’re currently sporting short hair or a heavy side part, try wearing a wide-brim hat set back on your head. If you want to wear a hat with a heavy side part, setting the hat back is recommended so you can see that the heavy side part was intentional. If you wear the hat forward (like in the picture below) it just looks like one side is much heavier than the other. And for you shorties– show that hair. Set the hat back a little, exposing the “bang/fringe area” to show off that cute cropped cut without covering it up. The hat featured here is this wide-brimmed fedora from Nasty Gal.

First Timers: Best thing to do if you’re not sure if you look good in hats is start with something that looks good on nearly everyone– the felt floppy. There’s something so classic about the floppy and felt ones flex to fit pretty much anyone perfectly.  Wear it just below the hairline in the front. I would wear this to the beach or in the snow (as long as your hat is weatherproofed.) The reason I love to tell people to start out with a floppy hat is because you can wear it with pretty, simple, down hair as you normally would and feel completely comfortable. You’re not styling the hair for the hat. You simply pop the hat on top with a favorite outfit and go. Floppy hats look best with boho-inspired outfits, but here we paired this floppy hat from LovelyBird with a black wool cape for a more prim + proper look. Whether you have pin straight, curly or wavy hair, this is an easy go-t0. In this photo, we did our Every Day Waves and brushed them out.

For the pros: Cowboy and rancher-inspired hats can be a little tricky. They sit a little higher on the head than other hats and are more level, so I say take advantage of that lower space in back and make something cute happen! The back of the head doesn’t typically show much with a floppy hat or a fedora because of where the hats are placed and the angles in which they sit. If you’ve nailed the art of braiding put something interesting in the back! Here we paired a classic french braid in a U-shape with this hat from BCBG. You could also do a messy or coiled bun in back with one of these.

Keep it simple: This is my go-to trick for rainy days. I do a simple braid but one of the 3 strands is other braid, so it’s a braid within a braid. I do that and pull out a couple loose pieces around my face, pop a cute hat on and go. If you’re not sure how to do the braid within a braid, we did a post here. It’s great with a fedora. This one is from Anthropologie and is only available in-store.

Anywhere, anytime: There are so many beanies out there. We love the knit, slouchy kind because not only do they keep your ears and head warm, but they’re cuuuute. It’s hard to wear a beanie though. The best way to do it is to put it on your whole head and then pull it back to your ears. Let your “bang/fringe area” pop out and then stop. Now use large bobby pins to secure the knit beanie in place. It should fall over your ears. We love pairing it with natural waves and natural curls. If you have straight hair, give it a little texture so the beanie doesn’t constantly try to slide off. This beanie is from Forever 21 and available in stores.

3… 2… 1… Happy New Year!

Post + Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

Let’s face it, New Year’s Eve is a big night! Sealing off one year, and beginning another. It’s your responsibility as a glam goddess to be fully prepared, but how to streamline your essentials from your daily luggage down to your cutest clutch? Well here’s what TBD will have on hand when the ball drops. Perfectly portable in every way!

Paula’s Choice Brighten Up Teeth Whitener: Having a bright, white smile to go with your bold party lip is a must. We adore this on-the-go whitening stick that only takes 20 seconds to a noticeably whiter grill. Oh yeah!

Mini Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray: Whether you’ll be rocking a party bun or a braided crown or just luscious waves, you’ll need a little spritz to keep it all from getting cray. This no-crunch formula from Living Proof is at the top of our list these days.

Palladio Rice Powder Blotting Tissues: No need to carry around a powder compact with these babies. They are not only blotting tissues but they contain rice powder in various shades to match your skin tone. The only thing that will shine will be the confetti!

Sephora Collection Universal Atomizer: This little gadget is a scent saver! Annoyed when your absolute favorite fragrance doesn’t come in a roller ball or travel friendly bottle? This atomizer connects to your full size fragrance and pumps it directly into this portable spritzer. You’ll never fiddle with those spill-able perfume samples again.

Kate Spade Pearls iPhone Case: Ok, so this isn’t an essential, but how pretty! You’ll have your phone out all night taking selfies, Instagramming, and tweeting your way into 2014, so make sure your phone looks as fabulous as you do!

Almay Oil Free Makeup Eraser Sticks: These are genius. Seemingly just a q-tip but when bent they release makeup remover into the cotton tips. We can think of about a zillion ways where these would come in handy but removing lipstick and mascara/liner smudges are a few!

Wine Wipes: Planning on forgoing champagne and indulging in some serious red vino? The wine stained teeth and lips aren’t a good look so throw these wine wipes in your bag for quick removal. Bottoms up!

Sole Goddess Anti-Blister Balm: More than likely, when you head out for a NYE night on the town you won’t be wearing sneakers. You’ll be busting out the big girl heels! You’ll need this blister balm. Just trust us.

Lip Combo (an obvious must-have): A long wearing lip color + a lip liner are must-haves in your NYE clutch. Non-negotiable. This year we will be sporting Marc Jacobs Lacquer in Truth or Dare with YSL Lip Liner in Wine. Bold is gold!

All fabulous clutches via Nasty Gal

What are you planning on toting in your clutch this NYE? Let us know in the comments or show us on the gram @TheBeautyDept.

BEAUTY MIXOLOGY

PHOTOS/POST/DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Happy almost New Year, pretty people! Today I’m giving you the recipe for my favorite styling product cocktail in hopes that you’ll use it to get that perfect party hair. This is such a go-to formula for me when I’m working with clients on a shoot. It’s the best way I’ve found to get texture, volume and shine all at once and you don’t even have to touch an aerosol can. The hair still feels touchable and soft but looks much more glam than normal. Below are my favorite combos of matte pastes + serums and instructions on how to use them. Enjoy and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  1. Start by curling your hair with our everyday waves method.
  2. Now brush everything out. I looooove brushing curls out with the soft Conair detangler.
  3. Mix a pea six dab of paste with 3 drops of serum. Rub it around in your palms until it becomes translucent.
  4. Scrunch it in starting in the middle and working your way down to the bottom.
  5. Now use what’s left on your hands and massage it into your roots.

Best part is you can “rework” the hair all night and it will get bigger, messier and sexier by the minute. Perfect for a midnight makeout sesh. Here are my 2 favorite combos. The top is a little more pricey and sometimes hard to hunt down while the bottom combo is just as wonderful, effective and less expensive!

His/Hers

Post by Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

Gone are the days where stealing kisses and his over-sized sweatshirt mark the extent of your thievery; it’s time to raid his stash. Look, we’re not asking you to take up a sudden interest in golf or put on a tie; just hear us out. While we love girly frills, pink packaging, and an over-abundance of floral essence; sometimes you just want a product that cuts to the chase and gets the job done…and done well. Enter a slew of hidden gems that you won’t find in our “section” of the store. Whether you sift through his medicine cabinet or decide to go bro-centric on your next shopping trip, we’ve mapped out some of our favorite “boys only” bits that are definitely worth adding to your arsenal.

 

1. NO7 MEN’S ENERGIZING HAIR AND BODY WASH: Ever wonder how guys can pull off a 5 minute shower? It’s because of products like this…and If you’re a pixie haired-pretty, this one’s got you covered from head to toe. Formulated as a shampoo, conditioner and body wash; this bad boy is a multi-tasker! So, if you haven’t the time to wash, rinse, and condition; this is a great way to streamline your shower time.

2.  ACQUA DI PARMA EAU DE COLONE: Ok, technically this fragrance is unisex (sharing is caring), but Acqua di Parma definitely deserves an honorable mention. The classic cologne is a perfect blend of Sicilian citrus fruits, lavender and rosemary — a season-less scent that’s a nice change of pace from the usual sticky sweet spritzes.

3.  CLINIQUE’S M PROTECT SPF 21 DAILY HYDRATION: Think about it: not only does a man’s face have to endure the same conditions as a woman’s (harsh sun, blistering cold winds, cheek kisses), but also the added element of regular shaves. Because of that, a lot of moisturizers for men are great for those with sensitive skin — plus, added SPF is something we can all get on board with.

4. TOM FORD NEROLI PORTOFINO BATH SOAP: Just because you are venturing into the men’s side of the spectrum doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice luxury. Many thanks to you, Tom Ford. Leave it to the designer to create a bath soap that is not only practical, but down-right sensual. You definitely won’t oppose the deep amber undertones when it comes time to suds up!

5.  KEIHL’S EYE ALERT: Though you and your beau may take your coffee differently, you both can agree on one thing: caffeine is key. So, snag this energizing eye treatment that features vitamins and caffeine — a.k.a. essential ingredients that will do you a solid by reducing puffiness and dark circles.

6. SHAVEWORKS COOL FIX: Razor burn, bumps, ingrown hairs, redness…all problems that both sexes have to put up with. This soothing blue gel can alleviate all your shaving and waxing woes. And if its gentle enough for the face, then its gentle enough for your…ahem…bikini line.

7.  GILLETTE MACH 3 TURBO: When it comes to razors, the men’s offering sets the bar. If something is designed to closely shave the complicated curves of the face, imagine what it can do for your stems! This one has a pivoting blade to help you get those stubborn spots like ankles and behind the knee. Well played, Gillette.

Ever swipe anything from your man’s stash? Have a favorite product from the boys section? We want to know in the comments!