The holidays are the perfect time to take chances with your makeup! It’s the time you brave sequined dresses and rhinestoned crowns, why not use that bravery to try a new fun makeup look as well (beyond a red lip)? In the 1960′s, women rocked geometric eyeliner at the office! I say at least rock it at your office holiday party! Here’s how, holiday edition: READ MORE…
HIIIIII! We’re back with another updo for all you lovelies with super thick curly hair. According to your emails, it’s hard to source cute updos for thick curly hair but we have to put an end to that! Holiday parties are coming up quick and you might want to sport this! It’s such a simple + quick updo. It’s only 7 steps and depending on how you accessorize you can dress it up or keep it cool. Here we go!
You will need: 2 clear elastics or 2 thin ponytail holders that match your hair color, 5-7 large bobby pins, and a cute accessory of your choice!
- Start by putting your hair half up. I like to imagine where a headband would go and section from ear to ear. Tie it off with your elastic.
- Begin twisting the hair from your half-pony forward toward your face while pulling it toward the left (if that’s confusing, see image 2!) Gather hair as you go and begin creating the top section of your S shape.
- Gather more and more hair as you go and keep twisting. While working on the middle section, only take hair from the middle and sides of your head. Save the bottom hair (near the nape of your neck) for the bottom part of the S.
- Pin as you’re going along to make the updo as secure as possible.
- For the bottom section, gather the rest of the hair and create a large twist all the way down. Add another thin elastic for extra security.
- Now swoop that large twisted section under the rest, then pin it near the left ear. Tuck and remaining pieces (aka: the tail of your twist) into the updo to hide them.
- Accessorize with something sparkly and cute. This clip is from Anthropologie last year, but we did a DIY version of it right HERE!
Happy Holidays, curly girls!!
Last month I did a brow study with a blonde model to demonstrate the difference between bare, light and dark brows (revisit it here) on a blonde. Today I want to share with you my rule of thumb for brow color: always go darker or match your hair color (and not lighter)! Of course it’s a matter of opinion and you have every right to disagree, but one of my personal pet peeves on the red carpet is when I see someone’s brows lighter than her hair color. For every day, it’s totally fine. But at night when you bump up your makeup and dress up, it’s 1000 times more striking if you at least match your brows to your hair. Here’s a color guide: READ MORE…
With the weather changing and holiday music starting to croon everywhere you go, we beauty/style junkies know one thing: the limited editions are coming. Companies and beauty brands bust out the big guns releasing holiday value sets, new product releases, palettes, limited time quantities… and just the cutest packaging you’ve ever seen. These little bundles of joy are coveted and limited so if you like it…GET IT (while you can). If you find yourself in the spirit of self-less giving (we know, its hard with some of these goodies), they make amazing gifts for any fellow beauty babes in your life.
LUXE LIST: Often times these holiday sets give you more bang for you buck. This is especially handy when buying pricier brands that you maybe wouldn’t have tried. We love this YSL Love and Laquer Reds Set, which has your tips, lips and lashes covered for holiday party-going. While you’re in luxury mode, check out famed photographer Guy Bourdin’s holiday collection for NARS. Our favorite is the Limited Edition Promiscuous Lip Pencil Coffret: 5 shades (four matte, one gloss) + a killer makeup bag. You’ll have your pick of eye shadow palettes, but we are loving this Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood beauty. You get shimmer and matte shades for hundreds of holiday eye-look possibilities!
PAMPER SESH: Skincare brands definitely join in on the fun of holiday bundling and we suggest taking full advantage of their generosity! Like this Ole Henriksen Glow from Head to Toe Blockbuster Set which is packed full of their most popular must-haves. Let’s not forget about certain aromas that only appear once a year (you know all the sugary, spicy, bakery scents). Origins aim to please with their Best of Ginger Set which smells like an oven full of gingerbread men. Only this will make your skin soft, calorie free! We love sets that come with multiple scents to try! This Philosophy Limited Edition Hand Cream set has Homemade Honey Buns, Cranberry Medley, and Spiced Gingerbread Cookie…triple the luxe.
TRENDY TIPS: Nail fanatics will flip over some of the collections this year. You can always count on Essie to bring it on the shade front a la this holiday set. If “the more the merrier” is your motto for your varnish collection then check out newly launched Formula X for Sephora: The Twenty Two set. Twenty-two polish pretties to paint, paint and re-paint. The ELF Party Nail Cube is a budget beauty buy packed with 14 shades of jeweled toned lacquer love (other shades available). Deborah Lippmann has you covered on the glitter front this year with this Starlight Glitter Nail Lacquer Set. Shine on!
WINTER ESSENTIALS: Did someone say ’tis the season? We love us some seasonal goodies! Amp up your winter stash with Birchbox’s Limited Edition Snow Day set. When the weather outside is frightful, this box has fun goodies like comfy socks, hot chocolate and hand cream to warm up your day. Cozy up your pad with this Christmas Home Collection from Jo Malone. Three of their signature scents in candle, room spray and diffuser form. Yes please. Speaking of comfy, how amazing are these Dyptique holiday candles? With limited time only scents like indian incense, orange chai and pine bark…we think its time to stock up.
STOCKING STUFFERS: Our favorite category: the extras. Cute mini gifts perfect not just for stockings, but to have on hand for last minute swaps! So many budget friendly beauties to choose from and there is one for every scenario. Here are a few we just HAD to share. (clockwise) Body Shop’s Cranberry Joy Gift Cube,Jouer Poutin’ on the Glitz, Bumble and Bumble Polished Two-Step, Lush’s Christmas Kisses, Caudalie Stocking Stuffer Set