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!

 

HOLIDAY HAIR IDEA

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Annnnnd we’re back with another holly jolly hair idea for you party-going pretties. Could be cute for any occasion, to be honest, but particularly sweet for the festivities this time of year. This dutch crown braid is easy to acheive if you know how to dutch braid (aka: inside out braid). Here’s how it’s done.

  1. Start with a little wave in your hair. We used this wand to get perfect waves (bonus… that wand is wayyyy less expensive than most and we love it!) If you already have natural wave, you’re good to go. (Curly girls can do this as well! Just skip by #2)
  2. This is about the amount of wave you should have. Not too perfect, just quick, subtle waves.
  3. Pull half of your hair back where you imagine the braid going and then gently pull some of your fringe/bang area out to soften the look. Better to pull those pieces out now than once you’ve already braided them in!
  4. Start the dutch braid from the part and going down toward your ear. Don’t worry about scalp showing. We’ll take care of that in step 8.
  5. Once you get just above the ear, start doing a regular 3 strand braid.
  6. Make sure you braid it far enough so it will reach the back/middle of your head. For this look, I wanted the hair to go under the occipital bone which is that little bone on the back of your head. Right below it there’s a curve and that’s where you’re going to want to secure this braid, so make sure it reaches there.
  7. Now tie it off using a small clear elastic.
  8. Fatten up the braid by gently pulling it apart. Bulking up the braid will hide any unwanted scalp showing up front.
  9. Do exactly the same thing on the other side.
  10. Pull the braids together to meet in the back. Weave one of the braids through the other one.
  11. Pin it below the occipital bone using a couple of bobby pins.

Voila! Party time, people. Enjoy this half updo and if you wear it out and about we want to SEE IT! Tag us on instagram @thebeautydept!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE (BEST FRIEND)

Post + Graphic Design, Norah Curlee

Chances are, your best friend has been there for you through the worst of days and the most fun nights! But sometimes the person you know best, can be the hardest to shop for come holiday time. No worries love! TBD has you covered on the beauty front. We’ve rounded up favorites from our stash that are guaranteed to put a huge grin on her face come present time. Who knows, maybe she’s shopping this post for your gift too, you lucky girl! (send her a link just to be sure)

Toyko Milk Fragrance in Bulletproof #45: The Dark line from Tokyo Milk is a sexy line-up. We love this particular scent with deep notes of warm coconut and smokey teas. It’s something unexpected yet awesome to add to her scent line up! Grrrrr.

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub: Not only does this tub of goodness slough off dead skin but it smells like key lime pie! After a good scrubba-dub-dub, she’ll have mega soft skin and smell like dessert. A double win.

Laqa & Co The Fiver: This takes the cake for the best lippie set of the season. You get five shades of their amazing, glossy lip pencils (no sharpeners needed!). Highly pigmented and brilliant packaging. Ticks all of the boxes for the perfect gift!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: So the beauty world has been long anticipating the launch of the third installment in Urban Decay’s Naked palette line…and it has arrived! And boy, is it a beauty. Nothing but the best for bestie!

Jin Soon Holiday Toppings: Super shiny nail trio that any best friend would love to have! We can picture so many mani possibilities with these glitter polishes that will carry her all through the season. A great addition to the varnish stashes.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro Pick’s Lip Tar set: Anyone who hasn’t heard the loud and proud raves of these lip phenomenons must be living on Mars! For this reason, we had to include them for best friend. They are amazing as is or mix a few shades together for a custom pout. Either way, gorgeous!

Glam Glow Mask: This one goes in the “I really really love you and you are my best friend in the entire world” gift pile. A bit of a luxury item, but boy is it worth it. She can say au revoir to every clogged pore on her face! We want our besties to have great skin, yeah? Yeah!

The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art: For anyone in your life who obsessively looks at nail art pics on Instagram…meet their perfect gift. Pages of amazing nail art to inspire her own polish adventures!

Dry Bar Morning After Kit: Give the gift of second day hair! This is perfect to have on hand for last for all the holiday soirees you and your bestie will be crashing. She’ll be most grateful.

Illamasqua Liquid Metals: If these don’t scream “please wear me to parties” we don’t know what does. These creamy metallic cream shadows are gorgeous blended on the lid. Yes ma’am!

Mirror Compacts: These adorable little mirror compacts are great to stock up on and pass out to all of your best friends! They are also perfect to throw in gift bags as a cute add on. When something is adorned with kittens and french bulldogs…you can’t leave it behind.

Feeling Smitten Bath Bomb Trio: Cupcake bath bombs…seriously who wouldn’t want this? A nod to our favorite sweet treat but for the bath. Get fizzy with it.

Lipstick Queen Lip Nouveau Set: This is a hot brand in the lippie universe right now! Treat your pal to this set with three gorgeous limited edition shades from Lipstick Queen.

twistband™ set: This is the situation where a necessity becomes an accessory. These hair ties are super fun and majorly handy! And if your best girls are anything like ours…hair ties are never around when you need them.

Stila Masterpiece Series Eye and Cheek Palettes: These are a total steal. Three beautiful shadow and blush palettes for bestie to put her best face forward!

Benefit Bathina Body Balm: This is one of the most fun/retro products out there! This body balm gives you a festive glow and is especially good for the legs post shave!

Anna Sui Lip Color Palette: Yes, yes and yes. This is the perfect lip palette…from shade selection to packaging, it’s on point. You’re the best friend ever.

Stila Eat Sleep Dance Makeup Bag: Well, all these beauty treats…where is best friend going to put it? Answer: in this cheeky metallic silver bag with a very important motto etched on the front.

 

Ok, so what are your favorites? Anything in this haul that your girlfriends would kill to have? Let us know in the comments!

Also shopping for mom? We covered that too!