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!!

 

UPDO FOR SUPER THICK HAIR

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

HIIIIII! We’re back with another updo for all you lovelies with super thick curly hair. According to your emails, it’s hard to source cute updos for thick curly hair but we have to put an end to that! Holiday parties are coming up quick and you might want to sport this! It’s such a simple + quick updo. It’s only 7 steps and depending on how you accessorize you can dress it up or keep it cool. Here we go!

You will need: 2 clear elastics or 2 thin ponytail holders that match your hair color, 5-7 large bobby pins, and a cute accessory of your choice!

  1. Start by putting your hair half up. I like to imagine where a headband would go and section from ear to ear. Tie it off with your elastic.
  2. Begin twisting the hair from your half-pony forward toward your face while pulling it toward the left (if that’s confusing, see image 2!) Gather hair as you go and begin creating the top section of your S shape.
  3. Gather more and more hair as you go and keep twisting. While working on the middle section, only take hair from the middle and sides of your head. Save the bottom hair (near the nape of your neck) for the bottom part of the S.
  4. Pin as you’re going along to make the updo as secure as possible.
  5. For the bottom section, gather the rest of the hair and create a large twist all the way down. Add another thin elastic for extra security.
  6. Now swoop that large twisted section under the rest, then pin it near the left ear. Tuck and remaining pieces (aka: the tail of your twist) into the updo to hide them.
  7. Accessorize with something sparkly and cute. This clip is from Anthropologie last year, but we did a DIY version of it right HERE!

Happy Holidays, curly girls!!

THE MEGA BOW

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Just a warning, we’re holiday freaks. A few weeks ago I was making a Target run and saw these massive bows being put out as the Halloween stuff was being carted away. With all of the fun holiday parties coming up, I couldn’t resist making this into an oversized bow headband. I’ve worn this to a couple of parties now and it’s been a smash every time. It’s definitely not for everyone but those of you who enjoy making a little spectacle– this one’s for you! Literally the easiest (and maybe cheapest) DIY on TBD. The “Mega Bow” is $5 and the headband is free if you have one laying around the house. Up top we paired this massive gem with the Very Veronica waves tutorial. In the bottom photo we paired it with my favorite Wand + Flat Iron trick.

 

The “Mega Bow” comes in a bunch of different colors. I went with the classics and am insanely obsessed with the gold one.

Peel + stick the label to your headband of choice. I like to stick the bow slightly off center.

Wrap the paper around. You can hot glue it to the headband for extra security if you think it’s gonna be a wild night!

Enjoy your parties! If you do this, tag us on Instagram @thebeautydept! We’d love to see your mega bow and which hairstyle that you pair it with!

PS: I didn’t see these on target.com so I think you have to pop into the actual store.