THE BEAUTY APARTMENT

Whether you’re moving into a new place or simply looking for some vanity inspiration, taking your love for all things beauty to the walls is the way to go. I just moved into the home of my dreams and I’ve been searching high and low for beauty prints for the vanity area. I’ve looked through hundreds and realized there were some great ones in there that reminded me of you guys so I thought I would share them. It’s amazing how your surroundings can inspire your everyday getting-ready-regime. Here are some of my current favorites…

post by Kristin Ess, graphic design by Norah Curlee

Oh Paper Fashion, in a perfect world we’d own every piece Katie Rodgers has ever created, but specifically we can’t stop looking at Backstage + the Lipstick Study. Total stunners and perfect for inspiring classic beauty.

Rifle Paper Co. is home to so many amazing hand illustrated prints that you probably already know– like the stationery, notebooks + phone cases of your dreams! We particularly love this quad of perfectly played hair tools: Bobby Pins print, Hairbrush print, Scissor print, + Comb print. You better believe these are on my walls.

Currently obsessed with these two bold/super fun lip prints on canvas. The Lola’s Lips piece is bright and pink on pink on pink with a major gap which I love!  The Golden Kiss print is just cool metallic chicness. Yes, I said chicness.

There is something about vintage photography that most everyone can wrap their liking around…but vintage beauty photos? Sold. These lovely ladies applying some rouge and up in curlers, hung up in a vintage frame would look stunning near the vanity or in your bathroom. This site is literally FULL of them.

Do you have any beauty art in your space? We want to seeeeeee! Send us an Insta @thebeautydept

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SHEET MASKS 101

Originating in Korea and used by beauty babes globally, the sheet mask is an individually wrapped luxury facial that’s super convenient and for the most part, majorly budget friendly. In 15 minutes you can have quick results targeting skin issues like tone, hydration, firmness and clarity. What makes these bad boys so special is the serum soaked paper contours to your face locking in the treatment ensuring maximum effectiveness. Sure, you may take one look in the mirror and confuse yourself for a D-list actress in a low-budge horror flick, but all the weirdness is totally worth the skin you’ll have after!

You can use these portable packets of goodness for so many things…

TO BRIGHTEN: You know when your skin is looking (and feeling) dull and tired? Sheet masks with skin brightening properties are a quick fix to this all too often complexion woe. Look for masks that contain vitamin C, usually in the form of citrus extracts. With use over time they can help with hyper pigmentation and dark spots giving you that gorgeous even tone we all are pining for. So far our faves are Decleor Intense Brightening Sheet MaskTheFaceShop Vitamin C Mask + Amore Pacific Brightening Masque.

TO FIRM: It’s never too early to start fighting the good fight against mother nature! Adding collagen infused products into your skincare regime is a great way to do just that. Collagen is vital for skin elasticity and constant renewal of skin cells…a.k.a the fountain of youth. Lucky for us, the market is packed with sheet masks containing concentrated amounts of this little miracle ingredient. We love these: Hanskin Gold Caviar TheFaceShop CollagenMasque Bar Wrinkle Reducing Sheet Mask.

TO HYDRATE: Out of all the the good things we can do for our skin…keeping it hydrated is the most important and probably the most failed step among women. Tisk risk! Even you ultra oily beauties need extra hydration to balance your skin, and dry/combo gals this is a no brainer. Look for masks containing hyalouronic acid, which is pretty much THE ingredient for hydration. Not only does it deliver water to the skin, but it holds it there and stays near the surface where it moisturizes the surface layer. Result? Supple stunner. We love these: Shu Uemura Hydrating Sheet Mask (Kristin loves to put this one in the fridge before applying to shrink her pores.  She says “It’s a good pre-game before Sunday brunch after a long Saturday night!”) , TheFaceShop Hyalouronic AcidSK-II Facial Sheet Mask SKII pumps your face full of vitamins, delivers baby soft  skin and is a favorite of ours for longgggg flights. Who cares how terrified the people sitting next to you look. You’ll arrive looking the freshest.

TO PURIFY: As beauty junkies we know daily powders, foundations and blushes are beyond amazing…but they can cause some congestion on the pore front. Which is why it is important to have a good detox sesh every now + then. Enter the purifying sheet mask. Ingredients like seaweed, star fruit, lavender, tea tree and witch hazel can help detox troubled and congested skin. Whew! We love these: My Face Works: I Need To HealSephora Ultra Soothing Fiber MaskFreeman’s Purifying Paper Mask

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

Tickled Purple

Post + Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

 

With the new release of Pantone’s Color of 2014, Radiant Orchid, we’ve been inspired to dig deep in our arsenal to round up some of our favorite purple-hued beauties (and found some new favorites along the way). Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. It’s making its way onto our vanities and into our closets and we aren’t mad about it!

Makeup Forever Powder Blush in Lavender: A little goes a long way with this gorgeous violet hued blush. Treat your apples to something other than the peachy/pink variety! We especially <3 this for darker skin tones.

OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie: Only for the bold! This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned these uber pigmented lip tars…and we love this unique color! We think it’s perfect to paint on your pout on days you’re feeling particularly vibrant.

Gizmon iPhone Case: You’ve heard us RAVE about this amazing iPhone case…but now we are tickled purple that it is available in a certain radiant orchid.

MAC Pigment in Pink Pearl: Pigments are perfect for a subtle wash of color or built up for an intense statement. This beautiful magenta with a blue duo chrome shade is perfect for patting on the center of the lid to amp up a natural look!

Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Darling: Definitely the most tame of our selection, this is a totally wearable/every day option. It’ll gives your au naturale days a little something special!

Pantone + Sephora Lipstick in Radiant Rush: You can count on Sephora to bring out some amazing beauty bits inspired by the annual Pantone shades…we particular love this year’s lipstick in Radiant Rush. Gorgeous!

Nordstrom Travel Brush Set: Who doesn’t love travel friendly makeup brushes? We definitely do! Especially when they look this good/come with the cutest case ever.

Sachujuan Silver Shampoo: Brassy blondes listen up! This purple hued wonder, in a few washes, will renew your cool toned blonde and rid of any unwanted warm tones. A radiant miracle!

YSL Ombre 5 Lumieres in Indian Pink: This gorgeous shadow quintette offers endless orchid-inspired eye looks. Purple is the word!

Rebecca Minkoff 5-Zip Crossbody Bag: This trendy hue is starting to creep more and more into our closets…and this bag is a good place to start! This bright pop of a cross body is like candy…only its practical and you can carry things in it!

Zoya Nail Polish in Charisma: Take this trend to your tips! Glossy and gorgeous, especially on a shorter nail with a few midi-rings. We see some Instagram shots in your future.

Have any radiant orchid inspired beauty goodies? Let us know in the comments!