Posts Tagged ‘idea’

NAILED IT!

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joniwasadiver/ post designed by lauren conrad

Once again a fashion trend that I am quite fond of has crossed over into the beauty world. I have been incorporating mixed prints into my wardrobe for some time now so when I started noticing the same combination of mismatched prints on nails I was thrilled.  I have been having so much fun lately trying new things with my nails and this is next on my list.  The trick is to incorporate both neutral prints (polka dots, stripes) and bolder prints (florals, leopard print), but keep them all within the same color story.  Also, try mixing it up by adding glitter or a pop color on one or two nails. For those too nervous to attempt prints on their own (with a very tiny paint brush), you can also acheive this look by mixing different printed nail strips.  Give it a try and tweet us your results @TBDoffical!

XO Lauren

IN A RUSH? FORGET THE BRUSH!


photos: Angela Kohler + thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

In a world where we can’t stop running late, the fun bun is probably the quickest way from A to Chic. This look comes in über-handy when you wake up late and you’re rushing out the door (or even if you have plenty of time). It’s such a high-brow/low-brow look. Meaning it can be paired with anything from jeans and a tank to a chiffon tiered dress. It’s amazing for the summer because some days when it’s really hot outside, all we want is to get that hair off our neck + shoulders! You can leave this plain & simple with no accessories, pair it with a headband or add a little sparkle by bobby-pinning in a jeweled brooch at the base. This works with ANY hair type from curly to frizzy to pin-straight. It’s also amazing for those days when you know your hair needs to be shampooed but you JUST DON’T WANNA! Spray some dry shampoo at the roots and follow the steps below. This is a more messy alternative to the ballerina bun

Step 1: If your hair is straight, use a 1″ curling iron to curl everything under. This will make it easier to tuck pieces into the bun. When they’re straight, they tend to pop out more. If you have wave or curl you can skip this step if you want to.

Step 2: Flip your hair over and gather everything into a ponytail on top of you head, securing it with an elastic ponytail holder.

Step 3: On the last time around with the ponytail holder, only pull the ponytail through half way.

Step 4: Take the loop you’ve created and spread it out. Don’t over think it. Just widen it and allow it to be somewhat messy.

Step 5: Take the tail end and wrap it around the ponytail base.

Step 6: Pin the end of the ponytail to the base using a couple of hair pins/bobby pins.

Step 7: Gently pull on pieces and then pin them. This will give your top-knot a slightly more messy texture.

Step 8: Spray a veil of medium hold hairspray all over. Don’t smooth down all of the fly aways, just lightly tuck the pieces that have gone rogue!

Enjoy the fun bun!

XX Kristin Ess

TRADE UP

photo: Bruce Weber post designed by kristin ess

Growing tired of your same old beauty products day after day? Why not organize a product swapping party with your nearest and dearest? So that teal shadow didn’t work out for you,  it looks fantastic on your bestie!  Have you been searching for the perfect hair serum? Good thing your girlfriend has seven (hoarder)!  First pick a night to meet with your friends. Then gather all your unused beauty products and begin swapping. Obviously a half-used eyeshadow isn’t a fair swap for new bottle of perfume so set some ground rules beforehand to ensure everyone walks away happy. Let us know how it goes!

XO Lauren, Kristin and Amy Nadine

DOUBLE UP

photo: david mushegain post designed by kristin ess

If you’re going to dye your hair pink (we all have to do something wild at least once in our lives), definitely pair it up with a hot pink lip!  The two complement each other and stand for everything that only a girl can be.

XO Amy Nadine