Beanie Babies

the beauty department beanie babies

Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

We’re back with another hat roundup! Earlier in the week, we rounded up our favorite wide brim hats for the fall. But this time? Beanie babies! Just like we covered in our Hat Trick post, we are obsessed with beanies because you can pull it off anywhere, anytime.

There’s nothing like finding that one beanie (or maybe several!) that just completes your fall or winter outfit and they are EVERYWHERE this year. From beanies with pom-poms, cat ears, and jewels…we’ve rounded up our favorites and sorted them out into four different categories. And whether you’re willing to spend + splurge or just simply looking for wallet-friendly beanies…we’ve got you covered. Check them out below!

the beauty department neutral beanies

NEUTRALS

  1. Free People Grizzly Brushed Beanie
  2. Forever 21 Rhinestoned Knit Beanie
  3. Eugenia Kim Mimi Knit Hat
  4. ASOS Cable Pom Beanie

the beauty department black beanies

BLACK

  1. Eugenia Kim Felix Knit Cap with Cat Ears
  2. BCBG Winter Veil Beanie
  3. San Diego Hat Oversize Rib Beanie with Pom Pom
  4. ASOS Beanie with Turban Front

the beauty department patterned beanies

PATTERNED

  1. Forever 21 Southwestern Printed Beanie
  2. MODENA Space Dye Knit Pom Hat
  3. Nasty Gal Total Stoner Beanie
  4. Urban Outfitters Kilim Rolled Beanie

the beauty department colored beanies

COLOR

  1. Free People Florence Cuff Beanie
  2. Barts Jocelyn Beanie
  3. ASOS Knitted Turban Hat
  4. Kate Spade All the Trimmings Colorblock Beanie

Keep your heads warm and let us know in the comments which beanie babies are your favorites! Happy shopping!

WHERE TO PART YOUR HAIR

photos + post by: Kristin Ess + Lauren Shoemate

Even if you have the best hair on the planet, you can get a little bored with your look. If you’re not ready for a drastic color change or a major chop job just yet, maybe you’ll want to try changing up your part first! It’s a great way to create a new look on yourself without making any major commitments. Below we’ve listed and shot 4 of our favorite parts on the gorgeous Meg, who has an oval face shape. If you don’t know your face shape you can find it in the post we did right HERE! Alright, let’s talk about our current favorite ways to part your hair…

A CENTER PART WITH WAVES. Create a center part using a pointed tail comb. Then create some wand or curling iron waves on a 1″, 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ barrel irons! A symmetric wave pattern around the face can be great in so many ways depending on where the curves of your waves fall. For example, if you want to draw out your cheekbones making them more prominent, make sure your wave pattern frames your cheekbones. That will create a widening effect. To minimize roundness in the cheeks, use a larger curling iron and make sure the waves curve inward where you’re trying to minimize and then curve back out below your chin. A center part can also minimize the the width of a forehead. Let’s say you have a very wide hairline with deep corners above your temples– a center part will conceal those deep corners. Try this look with both smooth waves and messy beach waves! If you have a very long face, center parting may elongate further so try the side partings below as well to see which one looks best!

SIDE PART WITH SOFT WAVES. We have a tutorial for these kinds of waves right HERE. Use a tail comb and create a deep side part and then start your waves. This look isn’t about tons of volume on top. It’s more about smooth, shiny, pretty hair with one side pinned back or pulled around the shoulder. I love this look on almost any face shape. It just brings out the beauty of your features rather making you focus on the face shape. I think that’s because it literally cuts off one whole side of the face so you don’t see the full face shape anyway. I love this for any party or event and I think this look will be classic forever so get used to it and give it a shot! Smooth down any fly aways with THIS trick!

SLEEK CENTER PART. You really have to love your shape and features to work this look. It highlights everything about your beautiful face! Part your hair straight down the center using a pointed tail comb. Blowdry the hair until it’s flat and smooth up top, then lightly run over it with a flat iron. Tuck the front pieces behind your ears (secure them with bobbypins if neccessary) and push everything back over your shoulders. Apply a light veil of strong holding hairspray and smooth down any fly aways using a fine tooth comb. Pair this parting with a super-sexy dress or a sleek pant suit. Wear this when you want to put focus on the makuep or on that night when you just want to feel like a bad a**!

HAIR FLIP. Saved the best for last! The hair flip is a deep side part with mega volume! You want to prep the hair with a volumizing mousse if you plan on doing this. Blowdry some mousse into the root, then add a burst or two or three of a texture spray. Add some flatiron or wand waves. Flip the hair to the opposite side that you plan on wearing it once it’s blowdried. Let it cool for 10-30 minutes. Then flip it all over to the other side. I like to pull out a piece or two on the less heavy side just to give it a little something for balance. Wear this anywhere! It’s so on point right now and very 90’s feeling. You can truly rock this with almost anything from jeans and t-shirt to an LBD.

We didn’t cover every single part possilbility but worry not, we’ll be back with more! Any specific parting requests? Be sure to write them in the comments below. Also show us your favorite part via instagram! We’re @thebeautydept!

WIDE BRIM HATS

Post by KRISTIN ESS + LAUREN SHOEMATE

We truly could not wait to break out our wide brim hats at the first sign of fall in sunny California! Wherever you live, this look is classicly chic and always in style. We did a story a while back on which hairstyles to pair with which hats right HERE. That was such a fun post to do! But it’s time for a Fall 2014 wide brim roundup, we thinks! We did all the work for you by searching high + low to find some great hats and most of them are very budget conscious. The one on our gorgeous “Dancing-Party-Meg” in the top photo can be found HERE. The rest of the hats below are linked at the bottom! Happy Shopping!!

  1. PEAKS HAT
  2. FELT FLOPPY
  3. FLAT TOP BOATER
  4. PANAMA FISHTAIL
  5. HIDEAWAY
  6. RELICS
  7. CARISSA
  8. MODERNO
  9. MONTANA
  10. BUFFALO NICKEL LEATHER
  11. EMBELLISHED MATADOR
  12. WIDE EMBELLISHED FELT FEDORA

HOLIDAY HAIRSTYLES

photos/post/grahic design: Kristin Ess

I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but we wanted get an early start on holiday hair ideas this year! Hairstyles like this are great, but you should practice them once or even twice to get it down and even try putting your own spin on them, maybe with a fishtail braid or a hair accessory. Start saving these to your pin boards so you have some easy go-to tutorials for your upcoming holiday parties. This chignon might look familiar to you because I posted a similar one HERE. It got a lot of lovin’ so of course it deserves it’s own tutorial, right? This braided chignon is fairly easy if you know how to dutch braid (aka: inside out braid). Here’s how it’s done!

  1. Find a side part that feels comfortable to you. You can also center part if you want.
  2. Do an inside out braid on one side going from where your hairline meets your part and stop taking new hair just behind your ear. Then braid that down to the bottom.
  3. Repeat that process on the opposite side.
  4. Take all of the loose hair (not the braided hair) on the left side of your head, pull it in front of your left shoulder and twist back.
  5. Now take the braided hair and the twisted hair and twist those two around each other.
  6. Once you’ve twisted those two sections around each other, coil them into a loose bun and pin it using large bobbypins.
  7. Now you’ll want to go back in and modify. Here we tucked and pinned a couple extra pieces to make the chignon more secure. We more pins to the bun to make sure too much hair wouldn’t slip out. We also pulled a couple loose pieces out around the face to soften the look.
  8. After you finish your left side, do the same thing on the right. Do it to your liking. You’ll see that on the right, we decided to leave it a little looser. We only twisted the braid and the rest of the hair once on that side. With these chignons you can really do anything you want to modify, just make sure the base (in this case, the bun part) is really secure.

Once the look is finished, give it a good veil of super hold hairspray like THIS ONE or THIS ONE.  Also if you have fine slippery hair that is hard to keep secured in updos and chignons, try prepping the hair with something that will mattify it a little and give it less slip like THIS or THIS! Oh! And don’t forget to grab extra large bobbypins like THESE next time you’re at the store or shopping online.

If you try this, tag us so we can see! @TheBeautyDept on instagram!