Posts Tagged ‘sparkle’

WE HEART TARTE

post by amy nadine/photos + design by kristin ess

By now you must know how much we love Tarte. And surely you’re also aware of how much we love doing giveaways, so this post is double the excitement! Tarte is generously sponsoring an exclusive giveaway with their new “Puttin’ on the Glitz” Color Collection clutch by gifting them to FIVE readers! Here’s why this thing is so rad — it’s like a portfolio of makeup. It comes with 3 palettes that you can swap in & out, and it can fully replace your purse when traveling light.

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BLACK + GOLD

photos by Grace Niu and post designed by Eunice Chun

BLACK + GOLD for the win! Congratulations to Grace Niu who is the winner of our most recent “Guest Post” contest. We absolutely loved her holiday eye makeup tutorial. We received so many great tutorials and it was really difficult to pick just one. But we thought Grace’s tutorial was seasonally appropriate and will look great on any eye shape or color. Plus– we’re suckers for sparkle. Here’s how Grace gets this look:

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BAND TOGETHER

photos: kristin ess post designed by kristin ess

Today I’ll also be posting the “Short Hair Chignon” video tutorial. This d-i-y gem will come in super handy if you don’t have an elastic based headband at home (as seen in the video).

You can use almost any kind of trim to make this headband– thick, thin, sparkly or not. These are great for brides, bridesmaids, or just going out to a fun party. Elastic ribbon can be found at the fabric store and usually costs around $1. Trim can also be found at the fabric store and ranges in price. In some cities you can find specialty stores that only carry trim. Good luck! Tweet us a photo if you make a headband!!

Xx Kristin Ess

SIMPLE SPARKLE

photo: angela kohler + thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

The weekend is quickly approaching! Weekends = Flea Markets. One of Lauren’s favorite hair acessories is not a hair accessory at all. It’s a vintage brooch. She collects them from the flea markets and vintage expos, gives them to me and I make them into a new hair accessory. It’s so easy and makes a simple pulled back piece of hair into something much more special. The stones in Lauren’s hair in THIS video were actually 2 clip-on earrings, side by side!

I like to use “Gorilla Glue” + a bobby pin or metal clip. Attach and let it sit overnight.

Head to your local flea market this weekend and start collecting!

xx kristin ess