THREE RULES FOR CLUMP-FREE LASHES

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

Is the way you’re applying mascara making it clump? We blame the formulas or the wands, but sometimes, it’s us! That’s ok… when we know better, we do better! So here’s to losing clumps forever!

TOOLS:

TIPS:

  1. You must wait for the first coat to dry before you apply the second coat. Typically a minute is perfect. Don’t be tempted to apply the second coat immediately. Do something else while you’re waiting (your brows, your lipstick, brush your teeth… anything!). You know how it’s important to wait for the first coat of nail polish to dry before you apply the second coat? It’s the same theory here. The product just adheres to the old coat and becomes thick and goopy, aka clumpville.
  2. Remove excess product from the wand before you go near your lashes. But don’t rub the wand bristles against the opening of the tube! This will accumulate around the opening each time and end up back on your wand when you return it after you’re done. Instead, simply roll and press it gently against a tissue.
  3. If somehow you still have a clump or two, simply comb through the lashes downward then upward.

 

Beauty Bites

Photography/Post/Graphics by Norah Curlee

One might think the words “avocado” and “pudding” don’t belong in the same sentence, but we are here to tell you otherwise! Sounds weird right? Who would have thought this guacamole staple could be sweetened and whipped up with a few ingredients to create smoothest most decadent chocolate pudding ever. We can’t get enough avocado around TBD, obviously. We love it on toast, in salads, and even as the most amazing hair mask of all time. While this may be the most unusual way we’ve ever used this fruit (and yes it is a fruit), it’s definitely the most delicious! We can’t wait for you guys to try out this recipe and even more so for the beauty benefits.

This dreamy chocolate pudding is another one of our “throw everything in a blender and you’re done”  recipes. Quick, easy, and delicious. Unlike traditional chocolate pudding that is loaded with sugar and lots of cream, our version contains only avocado, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut milk, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. We love making these types of desserts at home because we can control the quality of the ingredients and we know exactly what is going onto our plate!

This is what you’ll need: (yields 2 servings)

  • 2 ripe, peeled and pitted avocados
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon

The Process:

Toss everything into a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to chow. (If you aren’t eating it straight out of the blender by now). Couldn’t be easier!

For extra fun (and even more beauty benefits) we topped our chocolate pudding with some non-dairy whipped coconut cream and a sprinkle of bright pink pomegranate seeds. You know, for the gorgeous effect. You can also add things like sliced banana, berries, pistachios and any other of your favorites.

Our pal, the avocado, is good for you in so many ways. They have more fat than any other fruit, but don’t let that stop you from slicing one up quite yet! This is the good kind of fat that is great for heart health, blood pressure, skin and hair vitality and countless others. Yes, you read that right. It’s full of a fat that makes your body healthy. Be still our beating hearts. These monounsaturated fats in avocado are so beneficial in improving your skin tone. They are vital for maintaining good moisture levels in the epidermal layer of your skin that make it look and feel soft and healthy. We are always looking for ways to incorporate this feel good food into our diet…we’re thrilled that this time it’s coming in the form of creamy chocolate pudding. (YES)

We’re all about eats with a big nutrient roster AND an indulgent taste. Go ahead and file this recipe right into the NON-guilty pleasures category. While you’re at it, go ahead and add it to your “good enough to serve to company” list, too. Your friends will flip, and we’re willing to bet they’ll never guess that this pudding is packed full of avocado goodness.

We hope you try out this amazing, healthy chocolate pudding and that you prepare yourselves to be blown away. It really is that good, especially for all of you chocoholics out there! If you do decide to give it a go, take a beauty snap and tag us on Instagram: @thebeautydept or on Twitter: @tbdofficial

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

STIFF BRUSH FIX

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

Have you noticed that some of your brushes need a little extra TLC? Liquid foundations, longwear cream eye shadows and cream blushes can really take a toll and no matter if you’re good about cleaning them once a week, the bristles don’t feel as soft as they did when you first bought them. Not a problem! Add this quick step next time you clean your brushes and they’ll be baby soft again. Here’s how:  READ MORE…

LUCY HALE’S VMA PONYTAIL

photos/post/graphics: Kristin Ess

So excited to post this tutorial because many have requested it since we posted it to instgram HERE last week. This ponytail is great for anyone going to an event where you don’t want to have to think about your hair. This was a pretty windy day on the red carpet and Lucy was wearing a top that had a high neckline. That combination made giving her a perfect ponytail a n0-brainer! Ponytails don’t have to be boring and there are so many different kinds of ponytails to do! You just need to build up some texture for this one and add some extra extension pieces if you need the help, but we’ll talk about that in the instructions below. I’m excited for you guys to try this and I hope that if you do, you’ll tag us on IG so we can see it and maybe repost yours! Okay, let’s get into the instructions, shall we?

  1. I started with a wrap curl. You can use my favorite WAND or a CURLING IRON (by the way these ones are on sale right now, hooray!), just depending on which one you’re more coordinated with. Here I used a curling iron and wrapped the hair around the outside of the barrell. I used THIS SETTING SPRAY by Redken to give the curls a little extra support. A light spritz before wrapping it around the iron will do the trick. Do the whole head like that, and don’t comb it out yet!
  2. Take a good TEASING COMB and give the hair a little lift by backcombing at the crown. You want to make sure you do this before you put your first ponytail section up.
  3. Next, take all the hair that falls behind the ears (see photo) and put it in a ponytail. Your ponytail should be just above that bone you can feel in the back of your head (called the occipital bone), because you want your ponytail to sit on the part of your head that curves up! This makes it more “perky”. I also used 3  ponytail holders. Remember THAT TRICK HERE? It really does work and gives you a much more prominent pony.
  4. Now take all of the hair that falls on the left side and cross it over the ponytail. Use a bobbypin to secure it just above the ponytail, and slightly off to the right. Give it a little light spray with a strong holding hairspray once you get it into place.
  5. Take your right side and cross that over the ponytail. Give it a little bit of a twist while you cross it over. That way when you pin it, it has a little more hold.
  6. Secure it the same way using a bobbypin or a few if you have thicker hair that needs more support.
  7. Now the good stuff. Break out one of the texture powders that I hope you’ve invested in by now from THIS POST! Sprinkle it where you need a little more lift and a bit more texture. Work it into the hair using a clapping motion.
  8. You’ll see it start to get significantly fuller when you add the powder.
  9. Last but not least, I went back in with the iron to give certain pieces a little more wave and tiny tease here and there. You can see in the next picture it looks a little more voluminous.
  10. Give it a final spray of strong hold hairspray all over and Voila!

There it is! Lucy (as we know) has incredible hair to begin with, but if you need a little extra help, don’t be afraid to add a clip in here or there! It also helps with variation in color. We added a few pieces of lighter hair to give her some highlights throughout the ponytail.

I hope this has been helpful and I hope you get your perfect ponytail on!