Do I even need to post a whole story about why this barrette is my new jam for Fall? No. But I will. It’s so versatile as you can clearly see in this post and also– it’s EIIIIIGHT DOLLLLLARS. What? We’ve managed to do half up, messy bun, ponytail, and a side swept half up look so far. I’m sure there are lots of other ways to use this and I’m sure you’ll be seeing them here soon. You could absolutely wear this anywhere. You could pair it with a dress or with jeans and a simple tee.

Here’s how you’d style the look up top:

  • curl the hair using the curling iron linked at the bottom of this post.
  • pull the hair half up.
  • give it a light twist and insert the barrette.

gold barrette sephora the beauty department


The steps for this one are:

  • create a messy bun.
  • spread out the hair using your fingers.
  • add a couple bobbypins to secure the bun.
  • run the clip across the middle and secure.

gold barrette the beauty department


The ponytail is very simple.

  • wave as desired or air dry.
  • gather all the hair in a low ponytail.
  • secure the barrette near the nape of the neck.

I was fascinated to learn that this clip is versatile enough to hold all of our models hair or just a tiny section. There’s a spring inside that allows you to use this on pretty much any hair type.

sephora barette the beauty dept


For the side swept look:

  • brush out the hair to soften the waves.
  • use your comb to make a deep side part.
  • smooth a piece over to the opposite side and secure the clip.

It’s crazy how it stayed in place with just this tiny section of hair.





the beauty dept day to night sephora barrette

  • THE DAY + NIGHT HAIR CLIP (get it quick, I bet they’ll go fast. I got two so I could carry one in my purse.) UPDATE: this clip has been sold out, but you can find similar ones HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
  • THE CURLING IRON (I love these irons for major hold!! even those who say their hair doesn’t hold!)
  • GOLD BRUSH (I mean, you probably don’t need a gold brush but it’s good to know this exists)
  • BLACK COMB (get a good comb that won’t melt or break on you!)

(OH! And while we’re all caught up in this beauty bizz, let’s not overlook this ridiculously cute DRESS)




It’s the last weekend of Summer and this is the perfect way to bring in the Fall drama while still showing off your inner bronzed goddess. It was such a pleasure doing Ashley Benson’s makeup for iHeartRadio’s Music Festival in Las Vegas on Saturday night and have had so many requests on what I used to create her look, that I set everything out for you here and will walk you through each feature, with the smoked shadow wing being the big focus.

tools shot


  • I started with the eye because I knew there would be shadow fallout on her cheeks below that I could simply wipe away before applying foundation. I used L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow (on sale!) in Eternal Black because it is incredibly dramatic and has just the right amount of shimmer sparkle.
  • I left the bottom lashline bare with NO eyeliner or eyeshadow.
  • I applied three coats of Bliss Lookin’ Sharp Mascara for extreme definition and volume.



  • I contoured the hollows of her cheeks with the bronzer shade of Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow then applied it along her forehead, nose and jawline. I applied the highlighter shade just abover her cheekbones and above her brows.
  • I applied Stila Convertible Color in Camellia directly on the cheekbones with my fingers.






{this photo:, post: kristin ess}

Not sure about you guys, but I plan on doing a bit of traveling this summer so I started doing some early shopping for my trips and thought I would share some of my favorite finds! As a hairstylist, I’m always looking for fun things to wear from the hairline up and the internet has provided no shortage of cuteness for summer 2015. Here’s what I’m loving… (links below each image)

striped headband the beauty dept

(This headwrap is on sale right now, too…YAY!)

arrow hair accessory the beauty department

kitch crown bun pin free people the beauty department

hair earrings hair piercings the beauty department free people

the beauty department braid ins free people

reverse headband the beauty department

babys breath braid in the beauty department

eugenia kim joey ball cap the beauty department

free people brite lites the beauty department

free people braid in the beauty department

do not disturb hat the beauty department

eugenia kim stripe cicily hat the beauty dept


photos/post: kristin ess

photos/post: kristin ess

Earlier this week, we did a post on everything you need to know about the lob. But what about the bob? Maybe you’re considering taking the plunge and going short right away! Or maybe like most people who get a lob, you decided almost immediately to take your relationship with that collarbone length cut to the next level. It’s really easy to get addicted to taking off more length once you’re in the lob/bob family. Here are some of the main questions I get asked about going for a real bob and some great things for you to know if you’re about to do it. DO IT!!

  • What qualifies as a bob? You want to make sure the hair clears the shoulders, meaning there should be (even if just a little) space between your longest piece and your shoulders. I started a hashtag called #cleartheshoulders on instagram hoping to build up reference photos for bob lovers. The first couple photos at the bottom are cuts I’ve done that qualify as bobs in case you need a visual reference. People have added some photos of lobs that don’t quite “clear the shoulders” but you’ll see mine in there and can use them for visual reference with your stylist!
  • Can I wear a bob? There are a couple of key things that I look for when considering a bob on a client. If your shoulders are extra wide or if your neck is really short, I will probably encourage a different style, either longer or shorter. Bob haircuts put the focus on your neck, decollatage, chin, shoulders, face and jawline. You have no security blanket of hair when you get a bob. Everything about you is out there and on display so if you have any particular insecurities about your upper self, now is the time to get rid of those and let it all shine!
  • How do I make sure my hairstylist understands what I want? {Same answer as the lob} Bring photos. Bring these photos. Gone are the days of ego-driven hairstylist who take offense to you bringing in pictures. We live in a Pinterest-reference world, right? Make a small folder of images to show your hairstylist and let them piece it together. I’ll look at my client’s collections of photos and gather what they like and dislike through one short convo about those images.
  • What do I ask for specifically? For this particular cut, you would say “I would love a textured bob that clears my shoulders. I would like softened bluntness on the bottom and I would like it to fall somewhere between my chin and my shoulders when it’s dry.” Then your hairstylist will help you figure out exactly what length between your chin and your shoulders would be best for you.
  • Can I have a lob with my texture? {Almost the same answer as the lob} Yes. Your hairstylist will know what is best suited for your personal texture. But rest assured, this length looks great on the straightest hair, waviest hair and the curliest hair. The bob is perfectly ideal for thos of you with baby fine hair. It creates a much thicker, healthier and fuller look if you tend to get weak, string-y ends.
  • What styling tools do I need? I don’t let my clients leave without either THIS or THIS. The first one is the best investment you’ll make for styling your bob. The second one is a slightly more affordable alternative and a personal favorite amongst clients of mine who are on a tighter budget, but still an investment. (ALSO, NOT SURE HOW LONG THIS WILL HAPPEN BUT I JUST SAW THAT THE FIRST ONE IS ON SALE! And that almost never happens!)
  • What products do I need? Product-wise I always recommend THIS or THIS mousse paired with THIS or THIS pomade. Start off with mousse on wet hair, blowdry or air dry (whichever gives you the best texture) and finish with a lightweight, water-based pomade after using your flat iron or wand.
  • How often do I need to get it cut? Bobs grow fast. If you want to maintain the length between the chin and shoulders, I would say get it trimmed every 4-6 weeks. But, if you’re willing to wear both the bob and the lob, you can go more like 8-12 weeks.
  • Can I do it with bangs? Yes! But much like the lob, you just want to make sure it doesn’t start to look like a wig. Hair covering the forehead and falling on the sides of your face can overwhelm and hide your gorgeous mug and nobody wants that. Personally I think this cut has a much “cooler” vibe without bangs, but that’s just my opinion. And even if you cut it with bangs, you can up your cool factor through your style.

the bob the beauty dept