PARTY MAKEUP INSPIRATION

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

When we get dressed up for parties, Homecoming, weddings and such, we can sparkle without looking made up or overdone. It’s all about balance and taste… and today’s party inspiration look will look absolutely gorgeous on you at your next event! Simply anchor a gold glitter-y lid with an black diamond lower lashline then balance them both with a soft matte lip. Here’s the breakdown:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. After applying foundation (if needed) and a nude blush, look up and line the lower lashline with a black gel liner by dipping the liner brush into the gel pot, smoothing it out on the back of your hand then sweeping the brush across the skin behind the lower lashes as demonstrated on Lexie above.
  2. Rim the inner waterline with the pencil then blink so the product is deposited on the upper waterline as well. Repeat to intensify.
  3. Press your finger against the glitter pot then stamp it across your upper lid. Gently smear it back and forth to smooth out any lumps. I extended it outward past slightly and in the inner corner of the bottom lashline for extra drama but that’s your call.
  4. Add a couple coats of mascara.
  5. Finish by sweeping the lip lacquer along the lip area.

For the fashionistas out there, Lexie is modeling this new favorite dress of mine!

WORKOUT HAIR

photos + post: kristin ess graphic design: eunice chun

Lately we’ve been getting a lot of workout hair questions. So let’s do a little series of workout hair ideas, shall we? This one is pretty simple but quite effective. If you go to spinning, dancing or kickboxing, there is a ton of motion. With classes like pilates, yoga and barre, you probably do a lot of posing and don’t want to break your concentration to gather all your hair back up into another bun when it falls out. Luckily, this hair will do the trick for both types of workout whether you’re gonna shake, shake, shake or not. Here’s how we did this cute braid bun combo…

  1. Start with your hair in two dutch braids. If you don’t know what a dutch braid is, it’s just like a regular french braid but it’s inside out. In other words, if you’re crossing over when you french braid, then you would cross under when you dutch braid. Tie these two off at the bottom using a small clear elastic.
  2. Cross the braids over each other near back hairline.
  3. Now wrap them around each other all the way down. Tie that off with another clear elastic. You can leave it at this point (because it looks pretty cool already) or you can do step 4.
  4. Use THESE MATTE BOBBYPINS to secure the bun. These come in a half shiny, half matte pin combo packs. (I stumbled on this trick by accident! I had these bobbypins in my office sitting on my desk to be photographed and used the black ones to put my hair up in a bun. The bun literally did not move at all for the whole day and I’ve been using these ever since.)

Hope this is helpful to some of you to keep the hair off your neck/shoulders. Do you like this workout hair series? Do you want to see more? Any specific requests?

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!