BB CUSHION COMPACT

Once in a few years an innovative product comes along that completely revolutionizes the makeup world. So you can imagine the frenzy that ensued in our office when our friends at Laneige sent us the world’s first ever foundation-forward Cushion Compact! Everything about it screams why didn’t anyone think of this before?! How many times have you wished your foundation was portable like a cream foundation pot but not such a heavy formula that leaves a thick residue on the side of your cell phone? Every day unfortunately. This new system allows you to simply tap the antimicrobial applicator puff against the patented air cushion (with over 800,000 air cells!) and pat it anywhere that needs a little extra love.

The 5-in-1 BB (super-thin) formula:

  • brightens with Melacrusher technology,
  • protects with Broad Spectrum SPF 50+,
  • hydrates skin with Optimal Mineral Water,
  • prevents shine and
  • gives long-lasting coverage.

Here’s how to make it your best friend too!

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

STEPS:

  1. Open the compact and remove the applicator puff. Lift open the lid cover just beneath it.
  2. Slide two fingers beneath the strap on the applicator puff and press it against the air cushion to load up a light layer of the BB foundation. The amazing thing you’ll notice with this formula is the amount of coverage you get from such a thin layer!
  3. Start under your eyes and press the sponge in a stippling motion as you move across the area. Stippling is always better than wiping, as it really presses it into the skin.
  4. Continue across your forehead as Angelique demonstrated above.
  5. Keep pressing along your cheek area. Load it back up with more product by tapping it against the cushion whenever needed.
  6. Stipple across your other cheek.
  7. Don’t forget your neck and chin!

Did you know that Laneige BB Cushion Compact is a global million seller and one is sold every 10 seconds?! And now you can get your own here stateside at Target here!

 

SPONSORED POST BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUR FRIENDS AT LANEIGE!

SPONSORED POST BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUR FRIENDS AT LANEIGE!

SWIMWEAR FAVORITES

TBD Favorite Swimwear

Post + Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

Spring is here, which also means that summer is right around the corner! For you gals who are shopping for a new bathing suit to rock this summer, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite bathing suits for this season! We’ve also been noticing that the Bardot vibe is starting to come around this season. With ultra-sexy one-piece suits to high-waisted bottoms, we’re loving the retro but contemporary vibes we’ve been seeing from a lot of swimsuits out there. Also! If you’re going to be frequenting the swimming pool this summer, check out our posts from the past about prepping your hair for the pool and also after the pool. Now, without further ado…here are our current favorites:

 

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1. Marysia Scallop Halter – I love this one-piece because of the scallop detailing at the ends. End of story.

2. Anthropologie Lace-Front Maillot – Asides from the intricate lace-detailing and super cute floral pattern, I love the deep-V plunge that this one-piece has!

3. OYE Esther One Piece - This is not your typical one-piece bathing suit. I love the unique cut-outs that give this sexy one-piece an edge.

4. MIKOH Seychelles One Piece  – I am in LOVE with the back of this bathing suit. In the front, it appears to be just a normal bikini, but then when you turn around – bam! It’s this crazy unique pattern made up of interconnected strings. #showstopper

5. Lolli Cake Walk One Piece – I am so gravitated by this suit because of the feminine touch that’s added with that big bow and then, of course, the unique cut-out in the middle.

6. She Made Me Essential Sliding Triangle Bikini Top - I personally own this bikini and I absolutely love it. It’s such a simple bikini but the crochet truly sets it apart from all other bikinis.

7. Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy Flirt Bandeau - For those that love a good colorblocking pattern, this one is for you. I love this color combination, and another bonus? It’s sold at such an affordable price! #ChaChing!

8. Tori Praver Seafoam Midi Bandeau - This is just the bandeau top but if you’re getting this top, you’ve GOT to pair it with the high-waisted bikini bottom! It exudes a retro, Bardot feel and I simply LOVE it.

9. MIKOH Durban One Piece - Cut it out! This one-piece swimsuit is not like the basic one-piece swimsuit you wore at your swim meets in the 5th grade…The cut-outs just make this piece so unique, sexy, and cute.

10. Fringe Knit Top - Last but not least…we all need to pair our swimsuit with a nice little beach/swim cover-up…and why not with THIS super cute, crocheted fringe top?! What wins me over with this is, hands down, the fringe detailing.

Now we’d love to know…which swimsuits are your favorites? Holler in the comments below!

FESTIVAL NECESSITIES

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Post + Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

Soooo, most of you are probably aware that festival season is among us! Yes, beware of Instagram during this time. You might see a lot of photos from festival attendees in all their super cute festival get-ups. I’d say each year, the festival fashion just keeps getting better and better and it makes it so hard to shop when I just want everything! Well, in honor of festival season, I’ve put together a SIMPLE, basic list of what you should bring if you are attending a music festival this year…

  1. Backpack or this adorable “Fanny Pack” – This suede fringe backpack is everything and is perfect for a music festival (plus it’s super affordable!). Now if you’re feeling a little 90s vibe, this fanny pack — or as they call it a “waist + hip purse belt” — has festival vibes written all over it.
  2. Portable Phone Charger – With all the videos/photos you’ll be taking and by simply being on the outdoor fields all day, trust me, you’ll need a backup charger! Who likes having a dead phone anyways? (Not me!)
  3. Temporary Tattoos - Oooooh, I’ll definitely be tatting myself with these! This is such a fun way to accessorize yourself without having real accessories weigh you down or having the fear of losing your jewelry.
  4. Hair Accessories: option ONE, TWO, or THREE – Move over flower headbands! These are the hair accessory pieces I’ll be rocking this year. I love the delicacy of each piece. Simple. Understated. Festival Approved.
  5. Ponytail Holders - So my day will probably start with wearing my hair down, but as the day goes on, I’ll most likely end up wearing my hair up because a) it’s hot out, b) my hair looks frizzy/out-of-control, c) get my hair out of my face, and d) have an excuse of wearing THESE super cute ponytail holders (I love that touch of gold metal).
  6. Mini Hair Brush -  This is one of my favorite hair brushes to use, and it even comes in a mini travel size.  I, personally, like to maintain my hair if I know I’ll be out all day….so, I’ll definitely be carrying one of these in my bag.
  7. Hand Sanitizer (Bonus: the sanitizer case!) – Um, if you’re a clean/germ freak like I am, I’ll be carrying this for sure. Yes, I know there are hand sanitizing stations at festivals but it’s always convenient to have a personal one for yourself. Plus, how festive is this sanitizer holder?!!
  8. Oil Blotting Sheets – You’re in the heat, you’re outside all day, and your face starts to get oily/shiny-looking…don’t mind me as I step aside to blot my face in order to keep it as fresh as can be.
  9. Drink Sleeves - Ok, so maybe you don’t necessarily HAVE to bring these drink sleeves (or as I’d like to call them, ‘koozies’) but they are just super cute + playful and it would also make for a pretty cool Instagram photo (just saying).
  10. Sandals: option ONE or TWO – Lace-up sandals are so in right now. Plus, these sandals are neutral-colored so they’ll match any outfit. Now if you want to step up the sandal game a bit, the sandals with the big gems are a great alternative!
  11. Sunglasses: option ONE or TWO – Festivals give you an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and wear different kinds of fashion accessories that you typically don’t get to wear everyday. Exhibit A: these sunglasses are perfect for wearing to a music festival.

Also, please do not forget to pack + wear some SPF because we know how important it is to protect your skin from the sun!

Are you attending a music festival this year? If so, what are some of your must-have items to bring to a festival? Sound off in the comments below!

MESSY KNOTTED PONYTAIL

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Summer’s creepin’ hard and if you’re in Southern California like us, it has arrived early. Wherever you live, warm weather means messy waves, braids and ponytails so let’s start with this gem, shall we? This look was created on the fly with no plan so excuse the unconventional-ness of it, but sometimes those make the best looks. Alright, here we go…

You’ll need (click for product details)

Air dry your hair for this tutorial for better waves and more support —>> Remember the airdrying/waves tutorial?

messy knotted ponytail tutorial

 

  1. Add some quick wand waves all around the head.
  2. Go in different directions for a messier result. Don’t brush out your waves when you finish, just finger comb at the most.
  3. Next, add a little texture powder into the hair. I like to do a LITTLE bit all over because too much will make the hair feel sticky and gross. Just a little sprinkle all over will make it feel beach-y and look fuller. The main reason we use texture powder for this is so the little strands don’t slip. Texture powder creates an amazing grip, making it much less likely for the bobby pins to slide out.
  4. Once your texture powder is applied, take two small strands from the front (right around the temple area) and pull them back.
  5. Tie those in a half knot.
  6. Take two of your mini bobby pins and criss cross them through the half knot to secure.
  7. Now the tricky part! Take those two strands from the tail of your knot and criss cross them underneath the ponytail near the nape of your neck. Grab one of your MICRO CLIPS and secure the criss crossed pieces behind the ponytail. Wiggle the tiny clip into the ponytail to conceal it. Seems like you’d see them, but trust me, these are so small, they disappear into the ponytail (which looks and feels extra thick because of the texture powder).
  8. Gather a little more hair from the back to thicken up each strand before pulling it around and tying it again.
  9. Repeat as many times as desired.  You can do it once, twice or 5 times if it will work with your length!
  10. Last you’ll want to pull the hair gently to create a little more texture. Add another sprinkling of texture powder if desired.

Love this pony for a party, a long weekend (might look even cooler second day) and it could also be a good music festival hair idea! If you try the messy knotted ponytail, be sure to tag us so we can see your handiwork! @THEBEAUTYDEPT