Posts Tagged ‘texture’

VELVET NAILS WITH FAUX STUDS

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

When it comes to beauty, we like to get experimental around here. Last week I was playing around with this new velvet nail polish I bought. I was going to make a gold metallic heart on top of the velvet, but quickly realized the gold metallic polish “beaded up” when I put a drop on top of the velvet. I’ve always wanted to do a studded nail tutorial but I feel like micro-beads are hard to work with. Picking them up and placing them just right can be pretty difficult. THIS quickly became my new favorite alternative. (Side note– I thought this whole velvet nail thing was going to feel really weird but it doesn’t! You get used to it so fast.)

The steps are simple…

  • One by one, give your nails texture with a velvet nail polish. If you can’t find velvet nail polish in your area, you can always find “flocking powder” on a crafting website or just google it. First you’ll paint on the base color (which should match your flocking powder) and then shake flocking powder on the wet polish. Let it sit for 10 min and then dust off using an old blush brush or eye shadow brush.
  • Next, using the mechanical pencil trick or a dotting tool, make metallic dots on top of the velvet polish. The dots will bead up and appear raised making them look a little more like studs than dots.

As you can see in the photos above, I practiced a pattern before I started applying my dots. You can do just one nail or you can do all 10. Good luck!

ADDING LENGTH TO SHORT HAIR

tutorial by Micha Brown, photos + graphic design: Kristin Ess

When it comes to super short hair, you often find yourself to be slightly limited with styling options. That’s why we thought it would be great to show you how to temporarily add a little length using extension wefts. This gives you a bit more versatility with your look. We’re pretty obsessed with Meagan Good’s short + sassy style. It’s really short in the back and gets longer toward the front. We’ve seen short hair on both Rihanna + Pink for years, but there’s something less edgy about this– it’s a very feminine, chic, flirty hairstyle. We’re so excited to show you how to play with length. Here we go! (more…)

KEEP IT TOGETHER

photos: Nookie A/W '12 Lookbook post designed by Kristin Ess

HAPPY WEDNESDAY, hair hustlers! Since pretty much nobody enjoys thinking about blowing out their hair on a random wednesday night, it feels like a great time to talk about NOT blowing out your hair. I ran across this gorgeous lookbook from Nookie while browsing the www, so I had to share it with you guys! I couldn’t help but notice that this model’s hair was repping days 2, 3 and 4 of a blow out in the most amazing ways. This post will be a great visual for someone who’s learning to extend the life of their blowdry. Here are some step-by-step suggestions to go with the images above… (more…)

OBSESSED

photo: marie claire, http://about.me/doublegrr, cover magazine  post designed by kristin ess

THE NEW FRIZZ– Absolutely loving bobs with an imperfect, slightly frizzy finish. I don’t know what it is about this look, but I’ve become completely obsessed. The hair appears romantic, slept on + soft and almost creates a glowing halo in the sun. Sometimes hair is the most beautiful when you just let it do its own thing. And if that’s not the case, add a little surf spray or water-based pomade to it.