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!

CURRENT FAVORITE PINS

We all know floating around Pinterest is the best/worst time warp ever. We’re totally guilty and we like it. Sometimes it’s just great to sit down and get inspired by the handywork of others. We can’t always find the original source of an image, but they sure do provide major inspiration on our office mood boards. We thought we’d share some of our current favorites…

Love doing these with gels because they typically last a couple weeks and you’re able to wear them for both Christmas AND New Years Eve parties.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SYLVIE GIL WWW.SYLVIEGILPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

We need a tutorial on this updo, stat!

Such a stellar headband by the one and only Jennifer Behr. Better pick up the new Cosmo mag!

This girls curls are everythingggggggg.

Kinda looks like these were made with a marker. Regardless, real cute!

We’ll have what she’s having– as in the most perfectly messy waves we’ve ever seen.

We  might be swapping out our black liner for a little metallic around the holidays!

So into a floppy velvet bow. Makes a messy fall pony so much more interesting.

We always love a flower crown but something about this one is extra special… soo dainty + delicate. Perfect for a chignon like this.

Oh, the cute things you can do with bobby pins…

Fall is here. Bust out those hats, pretty ladies.

That clip tho…

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE (MOM)

POST + GRAPHIC DESIGN, NORAH CURLEE

A little stumped on what beauty pressies to shower your mom with this year?
No worries, TBD has your back. When we think of how hard moms work all year
long, the gift solution is simple…PAMPER PAMPER PAMPER.  Nine times out of
ten, these are the kinds of things a mom would rarely buy for herself, so
get it for her!  Show that special role model in your life just what she
means to you with some of these luxurious treats!

Aromatherapy Associates Bath Oils: This little
gift set is pure genius.  Aromatherapy Associates has put together an
entire collection of their cult bath oils, in miniature sizes, to cover
everything from relaxation to revitalizing. Bath time: sorted.

Kate Spade Live Colorfully
Perfume
: Look at this little addition to mom’s vanity top…and it smells amazing to
boot. With top notes of pink water lily, mandarin, and star anise, this
scent will color her world.  Plus, nothing says special quite like Kate
Spade.

Nest Candle in Moroccan Amber:  Candles are a
classic gift and Nest offers some of the best. This Moroccan Amber scent is
delish and luxurious. A perfect way to set the scene for some pamper time!
A fun little add-on is this Apothecary Bottle Matchstick
Holder

(with striker on the bottom)…so chic!

Pai Rosehip Collection: We love this facial nourishing duo from Pai. It comes with their amazing
Rosehip BioRegenerate Facial Oil (you know how much we are digging facial
oils
lately)
and a Rosehip Face Mask + muslin cloth. Perfect for nourishing mature skin!

Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder: Mom can
swirl this powder all over to brighten and hydrate! (This powder is packed
with sodium hyaluronate…a moisture magnet!) Double duty.

Rita Hazan Root Concealer: This is the best
little spritz for covering some of those pesky gray roots that peek through
between hair appointments. Mom will love you for teaching her about this one!

Fig + Yarrow Bath and Body
Kit
: Pretty much everything she’ll need for the ultimate pamper sesh all in one
kit. It includes:  Floral Milk Bath, Pink Love Bath, Salts, Mustard Bath
Soak, Meadow Bath + Body Oil, Cardamom + Coffee Body Scrub, and an Alpine
Pumice Foot Treatment. We love the quality of these treats. LUXE.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Shadow Stick: This is
the one-color-lid-wash wonder. One sweep of this creamy eye shadow all over
the lid and done. Fuss free mom’s will dig it!

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment: Post lip scrub,
mom can slather this on for an over-night treatment. She’ll wake up to
super soft smackers!

Sara Happ Red Velvet Lip Scrub: Soft lippies are
in your mom’s very near future! This had us at red velvet…not to mention
essential to prepping lips for rocking a bold lipstick!

Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil: A mani essential to
keep dry cuticles at bay! A few drops + a pretty polish and mom’s tips are
set!

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation: Another
double duty wonder from YSL. Skincare + an amazing dewy finish foundation
for mom’s flawless face.

Restoresea Renormalizing Serum: This stuff is good skin in bottle and perfect for mom! It lightens,
brightens and hydrates for a flawless face. Highly concentrated skin-loving
ingredients make this for a great addition to a night time skin care
routine. Hey momma!

Crabtree & Evelyn Mini Trio: Tucked inside this
gorgeous little bag are some mini treats for mom. Tarocco Orange,
Eucalyptus and Sage favorites for hand and body. Perfect for a travelin’
gal!

Dior Powder Brush: Every woman wants to channel
Marylin Monroe while dusting on some powder. She can do just that a la this
luxe Dior face brush!

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Body Butter: Laced with
loads of argan oil for uber soft skin…and the vanilla apricot scent doesn’t
hurt (quite the opposite actually, its amazing).

Makeup Forever Camouflage Cream Palette: This bad
boy can combat any facial woe from dark circles, redness and hyper
pigmentation. All mom’s quick fixes in one convenient place.

Conair Double-Sided Makeup Mirror: Mirror mirror!
An essential tool for mom’s primping routine (especially handy for plucking
those tiny brow hairs). This vanity table top must-have is practical and
looks super retro!

Got any favorites you think we missed? Would love if you shared them with us below. Happy gifting!!