HOLIDAY HAIR ACCESSORY IDEAS

TOP + BOTTOM PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

You know we’ve always loved a good gold accessory around here, or any metallic hair jewel for that matter. But today we’re seeing stars! Something about these stellar headbands, clips, combs and charms take us to our holiday happy place and we think you’re going to love them, too. It’s a good idea to have one or two of these sparklers in your purse up til NYE just in case a seasonal soiree pops up unexpectedly. Let your hair down and pair one of gems with an LBD like we did on my little sis in the top and bottom photos! Here are my current faves…

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  1. STARS ABOVE HEADBAND
  2. ASTRA COMB
  3. MINI STAR CLUSTER HEADBAND
  4. STARRY NIGHT HEADBAND
  5. KENT FRENCH BARRETTE
  6. INDIVIDUAL STAR HAIR CHARMS
  7. STAR CLUSTER HEADBAND 
  8. GOLD STAR IRON-ON HAIR CHARMSIES

 

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And last but certainly not least, this mighty sparkler which I will personally be wearing this New Year’s Eve can be found HERE. We want to see your sparkles as always on instagram! Tag us in your photo @thebeautydept so we can repost!

HOLIDAY SPARKLE

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

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

I know that most of you will step it up at holiday parties this year by rocking a red lip! But today I’m tempting you to take it a step further and pair it with a simple sparkle eye. Nothing Vegas Showgirl or anything distracting. Just one glitter liquid liner and four ways to rock it. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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INNER TWINKLE

  1. Look up and start in the inner corner. Trace the liquid liner about 1/3 of the distance across the lower lash line. You can decide how thick or thin you want it. I always end up making it a tad too thick but always notice right away and in time to swipe away the unwanted width with a q-tip (or my finger) before it dries.
  2. Follow with a couple coats of mascara.

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THE GOLD LINE

  1. One of my very special clients did this on her own for her baby shower this year and everyone loved it! Simply start at the inner corner of your upper lashline and trace the liner across to the outer corner.
  2. Go back over it to add another coat of glitter. If that’s enough for you, stop there, or you can do a third coat on top to add even more glitter, which is what I did on Neelo here.
  3. Finish with a couple coats of mascara.

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LID SPARKLE

  1. Here you are just adding lines above the gold line that you drew in The Gold Line until you’ve filled in the entire lid. Stop before the crease so it doesn’t crease.
  2. Go back over the lid a couple more times until you’ve reached the amount of desired glitter.
  3. Finish with a couple coats of mascara.

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OMBRE

  1. This time, do the steps from The Gold Line, but instead of filling in the entire lid like we did in Lid Sparkle, this time only draw the Gold Line.
  2. Before it dries, aka immediately, place your finger over the line and gently smear the glitter upward.
  3. Pick your finger up and press it repeatedly all over your lid.
  4. With the remaining few specks of glitter left on your finger, press it along the crease.
  5. Go back and draw a line at the upper lash line again to make sure that’s the most intense area.

 

HAIR TALK: THE BOB

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.

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DRAW, SMUDGE & SMEAR!

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

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

When shadow sticks came along a few years ago, the makeup industry was changed forever! They put the intensity of a cream shadow into a rounded stick that glides with ease. Then they formulated them to be smudgeable for a minute then set and last for hours without fading. Like all makeup, you can apply them however you prefer. I’ve found that if you want to make sure it doesn’t crease in the crease, this is the way to apply it. And the trick is not to apply it into the crease. Instead, only apply it on the lid, then smear and smudge it with your finger into the crease creating a slow fade. Here’s how:

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OUR FAVORITES:

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STEPS:

  1. Directly from the tube, draw across the entire lid as demonstrated on Lacy below. Leave the crease bare.
  2. Place your finger on top of what you just drew and start to smudge it upward into the crease.
  3. Now that you’ve smudged it into the crease, start to “drag” or pull it towards the outside corner of the crease. See the diagram below.
  4. Apply a couple coats of mascara and you’re good to go!

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If you prefer brushes over your fingers, you can absolutely use one to blend the shadow up in step 2 and over step 3, but with your finger, you have the advantage of your body temperature to help move the product around better. You can also apply it to the bottom lashline if you wish. Just trace along it with the stick then smear it gently with your finger or a Q-tip.

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