CHAMPAGNE WISHES

post + graphic design: Nora Curlee

This is the time of year where people are poppin’ corks left and right! Between holiday brunches, work parties and the New Year’s festivities, bubbly is flowing. We definitely aren’t complaining…instead we are inspired! So we raise a glass and toast to some of our favorite champagne inspired beauty bits. Cheers lovelies!

Butter London, The 444: All that glitters isn’t always gold but this polish comes in at #1 on Kristin Ess’s all-time favorite gold glitter list! That being said we want it on our tips ASAP. We’d say greeting 2014 with a party nail lacquered with this is a great start!

Origins Starting Over Age-Erasing Eye Cream with Mimosa: Mimosas are no longer only for brunch. Origins has infused this amazing eye cream with extract from the mimosa flower used to boost collagen production. An anti-aging invitation personally for your peepers!

Sweet Anthem Perfume in Caroline: Sweet Anthem is a tiny perfume studio created by Meredith Smith, where you’ll find 100% vegan friendly fragrances, custom perfumes, and indie and artisan scents, all crafted with love. The scent Caroline is a bubbles-and-fizz chypre perfume with top notes of champagne, bergamot and lemon. YUMMY.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow, Eternal Sunshine: This champagne gold shadow has a festive metallic finish that is formulated to last all day (or most likely all night). Tip: dampen your eye shadow brush before applying for a more saturated finish!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Diamond Powder Champagne: We love this unique pigment because it is somewhere between a shimmer shadow and a loose glitter…but most definitely stunning! The particles are finer and literally radiate extreme brilliance as soon as they are applied!

St. Tropez Skin Illuminator in Gold: Get that golden, bubbly glow all over with this skin illuminator. As far as we’re concerned, bare legs shouldn’t enter a party without a layer of this. Shoulders and decollates also benefit from a bit of glow. A toast to your luminosity!

Guerlain L’or Radiance Concentrate With Pure Gold Make-up Base: This complexion perfecting primer is as decadent as a glass of bubbly itself. The 24-carat gold-infused cooling gel sinks into the skin, retaining moisture. Applied to bare skin, this skin enhancer and makeup primer smoothes fine lines and tightens facial features. It also provides an even finish under makeup. Cheers to that!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Glitter Eyeliner and Mascara VIP Gold: You know how we feel about double duty products and this little glimmering gem is no different. This doubles as a golden glitter mascara and a gold glitter liner. The mascara wand has a liner brush on the tip to ensure all around shimmer on your lashes and lids!

Smashbox O-Gloss Gold: We are big fans of the original O-Gloss, the mood-ring effect for your lips, but we are over the moon for this golden version! This gloss works with your natural body chemistry to give your lips a subtle, custom golden finish. Trust us, its gorgeous.

RMS Beauty Cream Shadow in Lunar: RMS Beauty pretty much takes the cake when it comes to cream products. We love this cream shadow in Lunar because of it’s golden glow-y essence! It can also be used as a highlighting product for the tops of the cheekbones, under the brow bone, and, our favorite, on the cupid’s bow for fuller looking lips!

Eminence Mimosa Champagne Tonique: This refreshing toner spritz purifies and hydrates to reveal a radiant, youthful complexion. It neutralizes free-radicals with antioxidant-rich champagne grapes, preventing hyper pigmentation as orange essential oils provide anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits to calm and sooth. Pour us another!

Z Bigatti ReStoration Champagne Gel Cleanser: Who says all the fun has to end when its time to take off the party rouge? This champagne infused gel cleanser is non-foaming so it won’t strip skin of its natural moisture. Skin is left hydrated and refreshed ready for its next adventure!

Happy New Year from everyone at thebeautydepartment! <3

3… 2… 1… Happy New Year!

Post + Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

Let’s face it, New Year’s Eve is a big night! Sealing off one year, and beginning another. It’s your responsibility as a glam goddess to be fully prepared, but how to streamline your essentials from your daily luggage down to your cutest clutch? Well here’s what TBD will have on hand when the ball drops. Perfectly portable in every way!

Paula’s Choice Brighten Up Teeth Whitener: Having a bright, white smile to go with your bold party lip is a must. We adore this on-the-go whitening stick that only takes 20 seconds to a noticeably whiter grill. Oh yeah!

Mini Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray: Whether you’ll be rocking a party bun or a braided crown or just luscious waves, you’ll need a little spritz to keep it all from getting cray. This no-crunch formula from Living Proof is at the top of our list these days.

Palladio Rice Powder Blotting Tissues: No need to carry around a powder compact with these babies. They are not only blotting tissues but they contain rice powder in various shades to match your skin tone. The only thing that will shine will be the confetti!

Sephora Collection Universal Atomizer: This little gadget is a scent saver! Annoyed when your absolute favorite fragrance doesn’t come in a roller ball or travel friendly bottle? This atomizer connects to your full size fragrance and pumps it directly into this portable spritzer. You’ll never fiddle with those spill-able perfume samples again.

Kate Spade Pearls iPhone Case: Ok, so this isn’t an essential, but how pretty! You’ll have your phone out all night taking selfies, Instagramming, and tweeting your way into 2014, so make sure your phone looks as fabulous as you do!

Almay Oil Free Makeup Eraser Sticks: These are genius. Seemingly just a q-tip but when bent they release makeup remover into the cotton tips. We can think of about a zillion ways where these would come in handy but removing lipstick and mascara/liner smudges are a few!

Wine Wipes: Planning on forgoing champagne and indulging in some serious red vino? The wine stained teeth and lips aren’t a good look so throw these wine wipes in your bag for quick removal. Bottoms up!

Sole Goddess Anti-Blister Balm: More than likely, when you head out for a NYE night on the town you won’t be wearing sneakers. You’ll be busting out the big girl heels! You’ll need this blister balm. Just trust us.

Lip Combo (an obvious must-have): A long wearing lip color + a lip liner are must-haves in your NYE clutch. Non-negotiable. This year we will be sporting Marc Jacobs Lacquer in Truth or Dare with YSL Lip Liner in Wine. Bold is gold!

All fabulous clutches via Nasty Gal

What are you planning on toting in your clutch this NYE? Let us know in the comments or show us on the gram @TheBeautyDept.

TWO SECRETS TO STUNNING BROWS

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

You have to try these two brow tricks! First, instead of just one tool, use both a pencil (for the perimeter) and a shadow (to shade). And second, combine a warm shade (the shadow) with a cool shade (the pencil). Just like painting, it adds dimensions when you mix mediums and tones and gives a much richer result… so why not employ the same theory with your brows? Here’s how:  READ MORE…

OPEN YOUR EYES!

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE; GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Cat eyes, winged shadows and corner lash strips are three of our favorite techniques to elongate the eye. But if you rather make them look really big and awake, try this technique with a lash curler and your favorite mascara! It’s a subtle illusion, but a lot of people really love doing it this way. The only way you’re going to find out if it’s for you is to try it one morning and wear it all day, catching glimpses in the mirror to see if you love it. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Lash Curler – I used Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, the cult favorite  because it’s long enough to accommodate any eye length and it really gives a strong pinch.
  • Your Favorite Mascara – I used Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara, my newest obsession because it really paints and maximizes the lashes.

STEPS:

  1. Pinch your lashes at the base with the lash curler. Revisit my Pinch Me Tutorial to see my secret trick to really flare them up.
  2. Concentrate the mascara on the center section of the upper lashes by directing the wand from up above and pulling each lash upwards as demonstrated in the picture.
  3. Change direction by painting the same section with the tip of the wand from below each lash moving the tip upwards.
  4. Paint the center section of the bottom lashes as well.