This eye is inspired by all of the gorgeous creatures from the feline family! Ok hear me out. Tigers, leopards and cheetahs all have black rims around their eyes that really frame them. But it’s more than that. We can all rim our eyes with a black pencil (still one of my favorite looks!). And we can all draw a cat eye. But this combines the two and adds a little V in the inside corner. Why? Oh just to make it more stylized and like an exotic little cat! It’s 100% wearable, I promise. And quite sexy. I exaggerated the inside corner a little on our model above but you can shorten it and still get the same effect. Here’s how: READ MORE…
To all the boyfriends, husbands and man-friends out there attached to one of our lovely readers… this one is for you. Flowers and candy are nice but let’s think inside the beauty box this year and get her something she can add to her beauty stash. We understand, for the most part, you are clueless in this arena and that’s ok! Treat this gift guide of V-day stunners as a shopping list for your sweetie. And ladies… we also give you permission to send this post along to your man (tweet it, email it, print it) to make sure he get’s it right on the big night! Just as important, all our single ladies: these make amazing Valentine’s Day swap ideas for your girlfriends.
Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop: A new launch from Clinique brings these super fun/floral blushers. Virtually powerless, they give a really natural finish and offer four hues…we particularly love the shade Berry Pop for a rosy flush!
Urban Decay Afterglow Cheek Tint: This is a total stunner. It’s a creamy cheek stain that applies easily and creates a no fuss flush that we can’t get enough of. A dab of this patted onto the apples with your ring finger and you are all set.
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush: We can’t enter a drugstore without checking out this fun line from Physicians Formula. Other than the fact that it’s laden with a precious pink heart pattern…this budget beauty brings the glow and we like it.
Besame Cheeked Rouge in Crimson: Can we firstly talk about the packaging? Vintage glory. This throw-back to the rouge from the 40′s brings bold apples to the forefront and the creamy gel texture leaves things looking natural not cakey!
Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love: When it comes to cheek color…Tarte never fails to bust out the big guns. This gel-based cheek stick has a rounded top for easy peasy application. It’s a light-weight glow-getter that ranks high on our list!
Smashbox O-Plump: This one plumps and colors your kisser just in time for Valentine’s. What makes this gloss special over the other plump-ers is it actually works with your natural body chemistry and creates a custom pout individual to you. Sounds pretty VIP to us.
Dior Nail Glow: Quite possible the perfect product for those “screw it, I have no time for a manicure” days. It’s a universal shade that, you guessed it, enhances the color of your natural nails and looks different on everyone. It makes the pinks pinker and the whites whiter making your nails glow from within. Gorgeous and simple!
Eccentric Molecule 01: This is unlike any fragrance you will ever wear. Upon first impression, you don’t notice a specific scent…but others will! It’s actually an aroma chemical, not a perfume and it’s unique scientific formula evolves the longer you wear it combining your own natural scent. Totally alluring.
Givenchy Le Rose Révélateur Magic Lip Gloss: The search for finding the perfect custom rosy hue for your lips in gloss form ends here. Appears clear in the tube, but when applied it adjusts to look like your lips but better…literally. It is as unique as the lovely who wears it!
Stila Custom Color Blush: This blush takes the guess work out of picking a blush color. One shade fits all working with your body’s PH to create a perfectly personalized hue. As a bonus, it’s has a ultra-blendable and velvety smooth finish.
Diptique Roses Candle: This little beauty gives you all the wonderful scent of a dozen roses without all the water, vases, wilting and hassle. A non-cliche bouquet that lasts for months and months and looks gorgeous sitting on a vanity/dressing table.
YSL’s La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Rose Romantique: Couture at your finger tips. No pun intended. This gorgeous pale rose shade looks beautiful and classic on the nails. It has a creamy formula that can be worm shear with one coat or opaque with a few coats!
Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner: This pretty pale nude/pink balm adds natural color while it’s intense lip conditioners do their thang to give you a kissably soft pout. A must for V-Day smooches!
Vestige Lipstick Holder: This is a vanity top’s best friend. A gorgeous brass holder to house your favorite lipsticks worthy of a prominent display. Easy to reach for a hue while getting ready!
Prince Charming Limited Edition Shower Gel by Lush: Lush knows how to bring the love every year with their Valentine’s day goodies. The cutely named “Prince Charming” shower gel has a fun and flirty scent of pomegranate and grapefruit that is sure to sweep you off your feet!
Cake Pop Art Flat in Pink: She’ll be able to show off all of her fun pedicures with these adorable peep-toed jelly flats. Adorned with a black heart, they are perfect for a Valentine’s Day surprise to stride with love the rest of the year!
Too-Faced Sweetheart’s Perfect Flush Blush: Another packaging front runner, we can get on board with pretty much anything shaped like a heart. And the glowing shimmer of this rosy blush is gorgeous on the skin!
Chanel Nail Varnish iPhone 5 case: If you can’t have fun with your phone case then when can you? This crazy Chanel polish printed iPhone case is perfect for any beauty lover. It is even available in several of Chanel’s classic shades! Adorbs!
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not nail wraps: Be still our beating heart. These adorable hand illustrated nail wraps are so whimsical and romantic. We are already picturing them on our tips for V-Day! (Don’t worry, if he buys you these…he definitely loves you)
Lime Crime Velvetines in Pink Velvet: It’s perfectly pink crushed velvet for your lips. A gorgeous formula, a gorgeous color, amazing packaging…what’s not to love? It’s also super easy to apply and mega-long lasting. (These babies don’t budge)
Let’s Go Steady necklace by Kate Spade: We think the big decision to make things official should be with jewelry (obvi) and what better way to seal the deal than with this adorable idiom necklace from Kate Spade. We love the retro saying.
Try this eye the next time you go out and bring out your moodier side ! This is especially perfect for those of you who don’t want to look like you spent time doing a smoky eye, but want the same drama. It’s such a gorgeous middle ground between the hardness of black and the softness of gray. Here’s how: READ MORE…
One of my favorite go-to ‘dos is my TBD oldie but goodie– Twisted Sister. It’s a fairly quick and easy updo. The problem with this particular hairstyle is it tends to fall out if your hair is super fine, extra thick or if you’re an animal on the dance floor. It’s so pretty but I wanted to do a version of this that would be extra-secure. Here’s how to get the same style with a little more security…
You will need: 2 clear elastic ponytail holders, bobby pins and some strong holding hairspray.
- I like to give my hair a little wave before starting most updos but this one in particular. For this I used a 1 1/4″ barrel iron.
- Take a small section from each side near the temple. Join the two pieces in back and wrap one of the clear elastics around it.
- Now “topsy turvy” the pieces(Aka: flip the ponytail over itself and feed it through the loop. That will create more of a twist than just two pieces joined together.)
- Repeat the process just below with two more pieces, closer to the ear.
- Now take the remaining hair that’s down and create a half ponytail bun. That’s where you make a ponytail but on the last loop you only pull it half way through.
- Now grab the tail that’s hanging out. Twist it and wrap it around the base of the bun. Get a little messy with it!
- Pin it in place with some large bobby pins for extra security.
- The final step is to tug on the topsy turvy twists until the clear elastics move down and hide themselves in the next section below. They should slide and hide pretty easily.
Check the back in a mirror for balance and spray all over using some strong holding hairspray. You know my favorite Superhold.
Here are some images of it from different angles!