Posts Tagged ‘nails’

CURRENT FAVORITE

post by Kristin Ess/graphic design by Eunice Chun

Today’s current favorite post isn’t about one particular product, but rather a perfectly curated shop where I go to discover new faves. With so many bottles on the shelves, how do you know what to pick? You go to a pro, that’s how! My friend and fellow celebrity glam goddess, Fiona Stiles, started this online boutique where you can buy individual industry favorites and her go-to picks that she uses on her own clients for red carpet events and photoshoots. You can go there and find amazing things whether you’re completely clueless or an industry veteran. She is constantly researching and picking out new favorites! From skincare to makeup to hair, nails, tools and travel, she covers everything under the sun (and sun care too incase you were wondering)! If this is sounding a bit familiar you may remember when I instagrammed (and diedddddd for) her large gold-dipped hair pins. So shop happy and tell us in the comments what you are coveting!

NAILED IT!

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHICS: KRISTIN ESS

Didn’t realize it has been forEVER since we did a nail post. Sorry about that! Got all caught up in that hair game. Regardless, let’s get back to it because I’m excited to share this one. My obsession with geodes and stones runs really deep. Not sure if it’s the colors, the textures or the sparkle but I figure all of those things scream nail art. You guys may love or hate this look, but the other day I was sitting at my desk and started painting the picture at the very bottom of this post. As I was doing it, I wondered if I could get this look on a mani. Here was my attempt… (for specific colors used and their links, scroll to the bottom)

  1. Do a fresh coat of white polish on your nails. I guess you could do any color as a base but I chose white for a summery look.
  2. You’ll want to use a paintbrush that has some texture to it. I chose one that was a little stiff and somewhat sparse at the tip so I could get the jagged edges that I wanted.
  3. Use a metal tray (this one holds my water color palette) or even a disposable piece of plastic, or glass you can clean off. Make a tiny puddle of your dark purple.
  4. Dip the brush into the dark purple and create an uneven line of peaks and valleys across 2 or 3 of your finger nails.
  5. Next, dip your brush into a cap of nail polish remover to clean off the dark purle. Then take your lighter purple and follow the previous lines of the dark purple.
  6. Do the same using your dark teal.
  7. Repeat with using light blue. Don’t try to make your lines perfect. Blurred lines are good. In fact, I allow some of the polish remover to stay on the brush because I found that it helps blend the colors even more.
  8. Now take your rose gold color (or gold or silver if you prefer) and hold the brush straight up and down, dabbing the rose gold. This will create teeny tiny dots instead of lines and it will make a good base for your sparkle polish.
  9. Use the glitter polish of your choice over the top of the metallic, also dabbing with the brush straight up and down.
  10. This step is optional. The nail polish remover is now a murky tone with all the colors mixed together. I took my brush, put it in the muddy color and did a quick swipe over each geode section. It blended it even more.
  11. Wait until they’re dry and add your clear coat.

So many ways to get inspired! If you do this, we hope you’ll show us! Tag us @thebeautydept on the gram! xo

BEAUTY BITES

post + photography + graphic design by Norah Curlee

So, it’s post-dinner and about that time where the sweet cravings kick into high gear. The Ben & Jerry’s carton is basically knocking down the freezer door trying to make its way into your bowl. Want to go for a dessert that’s just as delicious and packed with healthy, beautifying goodies? Peep our chia seed pudding complete with yummy accessories! Something magical happens when you mix chia seeds with almond milk…you’re are left with a delicious pudding that you can sweeten with honey and vanilla and add healthy toppings. The best part? It is sans sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients and all the other junk found in the pre-packaged stuff. J-E-L-L-NO. Here’s how you make it!

Curious to know the beauty benefits? Let’s break this down…

1. Chia Seeds: You’ve seen our love for this superfood during snack time, but in this sweet treat they are the star ingredient. Just one of the many benefits of chia seeds, they have a high concentrate of vegetarian omega 3 fatty acids. A diet rich in omega 3s can aid in nourishing hair follicles which will combat brittle ends as well as a dry scalp. Hello lustrous locks! Studies also show that these essential fatty acids can reduce acne and inflammation, boosting the skins natural glow. And we are ALL about that.

2. Coconut: This ingredient is buzzing in the beauty world these days. Coconut oil and coconut water are incorporated into all sorts of beauty regimes. The same benefits occur when munching on some raw coconut! And we think eating this tasty little gem is more fun than topical application. Duh. Raw, unrefined coconut contains antioxidant properties that can help slow the aging process by protecting our bodies from free radicals (one of the main causes of tired/aging skin). Not to mention it’s filled with electrolytes that can keep you nice and hydrated. We all know that hydration is the greatest beauty secret of all!

3. Almond milk: This super delicious dairy alternative is a major source of protein. Protein, being essential to the body’s growth and development, helps with…you guessed it…hair and nail growth! Want longer, stronger hair + nails? A protein rich diet will do just that. Almond milk is also packed with vitamin E. Remember those pesky free radicals we discussed? Well, getting your daily dose of vitamin E helps to fight off premature aging. Pour us another!

4. Pistachios: We are nuts for these. (See what we did there?) Not only are pistachios super yummy and fun to crack open, they are packed with vitamin B6. Among the long list of B6 benefits, hormonal balance is one of them. Do you ever get annoying breakouts around…ahem…that time of the month? That is most likely due to a hormone imbalance. Studies show that women who have high levels of vitamin B6 are less likely to breakout during that time. Crack on to clear skin!

5. Carob chips: Choco-holics, this little number goes out to you! As a healthier alternative to chocolate, carob tastes just as sweet but with some souped-up health benefits to boot! The biomolecules in carob can bind to inactive toxins and inhibit the growth of bacteria. Sounds super science-y but its really simple. It gets rid of the junk! A body free of toxins/bacteria glows from he inside out!

6. Honey: The sweetest of them all! We’ve raved about this ingredient in the past due to its countless beautifying properties. But let’s be honest, it tastes so good that the benefits are just bonus points!

7. Vanilla: Ok, we are talking PURE vanilla extract, or better yet a vanilla bean/pod. None of the imitation stuff if you can help it! Vanilla, in our opinion, is the perfect ingredient to add full flavor to any dessert/treat and a little goes a long way! In keeping with the theme of antioxidant rich foods, vanilla is no different. The antioxidants found in natural vanilla can fight off oxidative stress which can lead to premature aging. Case in point, bring on the antioxidants!

8. Bananas: It’s no secret that bananas are packed with potassium, as we all learned in 6th grade science class! Even though that’s a well known fact, potassium is one of the most common deficiencies. More reason to un-peel and chow! Not to mention, this mineral is a key player in skin hydration. It maintains electrolyte balance and internal fluids keeping skin cells hydrated and skin internally moisturized…something your body butters and facial hydrators won’t do!

We also happen to think this is the perfect treat to make during your next girls night in and share with your besties. If you decide to give this recipe a go, snap a pic and tag us on insta! @thebeautydept

Holiday Gift Guide (Sister)

Post + Graphic Design, Norah Curlee

They can be closet raiders, tattle-tailers, secret blabbers, boyfriend stealers, attention hogs, pranksters and bathroom monopolizers…but they can also be best friends, confidants, shoulders to cry on, listeners, biggest fans, advisers, and supporters. We love them for that! Treat yours to something special this holiday season and show her just what she really means to you. This one’s for the sista’s!

Este Lauder Zodiac Compact: What’s her sign? The stars align with these gawgeous limited edition zodiac powder compacts from Este Lauder. These are the perfect addition to her handbag’s beauty party. RSVP yes!

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Train Case: For the sister who has everything. We cannot get over how amazing this metallic gold limited edition train case is. Something pretty to house all her pretties and more!

Guerlain Meteorite Illuminating Pearls: Guerlain knocked it out of the park this year with their Crazy Paris holiday collection. These little illuminating powder pearls are at the top of our list for sissy!

YSL Golden Gloss Holiday Trio: Things are getting glossy with this trio from YSL…and we aren’t mad about it! Nothing says you’re special like some designer shine!

Ciate Nail Lab: This set includes everything she’ll need to play mad scientist with her nails. She can mix custom colors and sort out all her nail art whims and more! And let’s face it, she’ll probably invite you over for a mani party. Just sayin’.

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Holiday Set: Ohhhh these are good. You’ve probably heard the raves about this product (unless you’ve been living under a beauty rock) and we particularly <3 the shade in Amethyst. She’ll have four mini’s to glam up her eye looks. Score.

Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Set – Orange Flower & Lychee: Kiehl’s has long dominated skin care shelves…now they are taking over bath tubs and shower caddy’s as well! She can max and relax with this yummy smelling bath treats!

Laduree Othello Candle: The makers of our favorite little macarons are now venturing into the candle arena! This holiday candle has a warm and inviting scent that is super lush!

Shu Uemura New Generation Eyelash Curler: The lash curling gods at over at Shu have done it again. The latest and greatest tool for va-va-voom peepers is here! Sissy needs it.

Eight Hour Cream Gift Set: What did we do before EA’s 8 hour cream?? Get this set into her grips ASAP this holiday and her skin will be sending you thank you cards well into the New Year.

Chanel Rouge Rubis: We think Chanel beauty always saves the best for the holidays. This limited edition shade may very well be the perfect red. It’s a beauty, trust us.

Clarins 7 Wonders Gift Set: When a brand puts all of their best selling/cult products into one package, its more of a must-have than a wish-list contender. Clarins packs this set full of minis to pamper into the new year!

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette: Speaking of Clarins…get ready to drool. This stunning, light-weight pressed powder is the perfect accomplice for a winter glow. Plus the lush packaging doesn’t hurt!

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette: Brand new and limited from Smashbox alert! We love the matte/shimmer ratio and gorgeous rich, neutral colors. Complete with double-ended brush and mini mascara and we would say that’s a wrap!

Glossybox for Net-A-Porter: When Glossybox + Net-A-Porter team up you know that it’s only magic in the making. Enter this limited edition box filled with goodies any sister (or any girl for that matter) would love to have.

RiRi Hearts MAC Superslick Eyeliner: RiRi hearts MAC but TBD hearts this rose gold liquid liner. Big time! This is such a unique product with serious pigment pay-off. One please!