Posts Tagged ‘the beauty department’

BRAIDED HALF UPDO

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

We love a braided half updo during the fall/winter months because it’s not only gorgeous with that big thick braid, but also leaving half your hair down keeps your necks warm! I think we can all agree this would look amazing any time of year, but today we’re pairing it with a sweater and turning it into our cold weather coiffure!

braided half updo hair tutorial the beauty department

  1. Prep your hair by giving it some soft, loose waves. I’ve really been in love with the piece-y waves I’ve been getting from my  NEW IRON. It’s a 1 1/4 barrel which is half ceramic and half metal. It was an serious hair investment but I’m feelin it! As you know, favorite budget friendly version of this iron is THIS ONE! I curled away from the face and put a couple drops of THIS GLOSS through the middle and ends, which smells ahhhhmazing.\
  2. Next up, create a hairline braid. You’ll want to do it inside-out because you’ll get a fatter looking braid. With a regular french braid, the bulk of the braid gets tucked underneath as you go, whereas an inside-out braid puts the bulkier part of the braid on top! If your hair tends to be really slippery and soft or if you just washed it, try adding a dab of BRAID PASTE or WATERBASED POMADE to the section before your braid. It will help you get a lot more control over your braid without making it sticky or greasy.
  3. Use THIS TRICK to fatten up your braid.
  4. Take a fine tooth comb and tease a very small section in the back of your head. Tease as close to the scalp as you can. This is where you’ll “anchor” your braid, so put it as high or low as you want it. I like to do it right at that bone you can feel in the back of your head, called the occipital bone. It’s a good safe place to anchor the braid if you’re not sure. Use a strong holding bobby pin (and a little strong holding hairspray if you need it) to anchor your first braid to your head.
  5. Repeat the same thing on the other side and then join them together in the back of your head, tucking the second braid into the first braid. Get them to blend together as best you can. I think of it like doing a half knot. I tuck the second braid up, over and then push it into the first braid.
  6. Use a hand mirror to check it from the sides and the back to make sure you have good balance!

Tip: go to a beauty supply and get the strongest bobby pins you can find. It makes the biggest difference with a hairstyle like this! A strong holding bobby pin will not slip and slide all over the place! You can typically feel the difference between the ones you buy at the drugstore and the ones you buy at a pro beauty supply. I love THESE ONES! This links to gold ones but you can get any color and they’re SO strong and fairly inexpensive. Get them, it will be worth it!

MOISTURE BARRIER

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Every winter we get tons of requests asking how to battle dry skin. With our heaters blasting and the drier climate, our faces really takes a beating. We pile on the night cream, wake up in the middle of the night only to touch our skin and gasp because all of the moisturizer is gone! We wonder where it went… was half absorbed and the other half evaporated from the heater?? Don’t give up just yet. There is a way to “seal” your night cream and create a moisture barrier so it lasts all night; you just need to lock it in with a face balm. I have acne-prone skin so was a little hesitant to try face balms a few years ago but was so desperate to find something for the dry patches each winter that I took the plunge when a client actually recommended them to me… and was happily surprised when I didn’t break out and the dry patch on my chin healed. Here’s how:

FAVES:

  1. Egyptian Magic
  2. Liz Earle Superbalm
  3. Weleda Everon Face Balm
  4. Rodial Stem Cell Super-Food Glam Balm

STEPS:

  1. Apply your night cream all over your face and neck as you usually do. Rub it all the way in and don’t forget your neck, please!
  2. Rub a quarter-sized amount of face balm in between your fingers to warm it up.
  3. Gently pat the balm on top to create a moisture barrier and seal in your night cream.
  4. Touch your face when you wake up and notice it’s still moisturized and happy!

FOR THE WINE LOVERS

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

This Winter, we’re obsessed with this bold lip trend, so much so that we’ve found three different ways to wear it! It looks gorgeous on all skin tones, even the palest of the pale, which is why we asked our fair friend Lexie to model it for us. Here’s everything you need to know about rocking a deep berry wine lip:

OPTION 1: A PLUMPING GLOSSThis one is beautiful in the daytime, or for those of you with chapped lips, thinner lips or lip lines, because it forgives all sins instead of making them look worse!

OPTION 2: A LIQUID LACQUERThis option (in Seduction) is pretty on everyone! It has the intensity of a lipstick but the shiny-ness of a gloss. It feels ultra-luxurious to wear.

OPTION 3: A MATTE STAINThis one (in Wicked) is for the extremists who love making a statement and turning heads! If you have excessive lip lines or thinner lips, it might not be the right choice, otherwise you’ll love it.

Pair it with a light eye shadow (like  a gold metallic) to complement but not compete!

 

ORGANIZATION STATION: BATHROOM + VANITY

NAIL POLISH ORGANIZER THE BEAUTY DEPARTMENT

When you look at your bathroom or vanity counters (or your desk for that matter) and see everything perfectly organized, don’t you feel more productive and more inspired than usual? Even if it only lasts a week or two or three! Every year, I take a quick pause during the last weeks of December to organize, take inventory and give things away from my personal stash to friends I know who would want them. It’s a nice feeling on many levels and gets me just a little more pumped about starting the new year. The last week of the year is when I like to bust out these holiday gift cards and take a trip to organization nation. Target, Amazon, Bed Bath + Beyond, and the Container Store are my personal faves for finding good organization tools– particularly for beauty! Below are 44 very helpful get your stuff together in 2015! Click the names for the links! (I couldn’t find a link to the one above but it’s from Target and it was about $14.)

countertop bathroom storage the beauty department

 

I love countertop pieces because you can load them up and move them. I have a vanity in my bedroom next to a big window where I like to do my makeup if I have time. But if I’m in a rush, I do it in the bathroom where I do the rest of my beauty routine. Moving it back and forth is much easier when it’s all loaded into one or two of these organizers.

  1. LIPSTICK + LIP PENCIL CUBE $13
  2. 12  SECTION LIPSTICK RISER $5
  3. 12″ CATCH-ALL ORGANIZER $12
  4. MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER $13
  5. 3-SECTION VANITY CATCH-ALL $12
  6. MAKEUP ORGANIZER WITH TISSUE HOLDER $18
  7. MAKEUP ORGANIZER + SLIDING DRAWER $9
  8. POP OF COLOR ORGANIZER $15
  9. COTTON SWAB + COTTON BALL HOLDER $9
  10. EXPANDABLE MAKEUP ORGANIZER $15
  11. 12 SECTION NAIL POLISH RISER $
  12. FLIP TOP BATHROOM ORGANIZER $45

1organizer drawers the beauty department

 

Clear sliding drawers are awesome for pretty much anything. I keep the majority of my jewelry in these because I don’t like my metals to oxidize as much and I’m a lot less likely to lose pieces. Sliding drawers are also good for lipsticks because you can easily group them by shades. I also am obsessed with the one for sunglasses!

  1. SUNGLASS DRAWERS $20
  2. 3 DRAWER ORGANIZER $15
  3. CLEAR STACKING BOXES $30
  4. BEAUTY STATION $150
  5. 3 DRAWER LINED BOX (WIDE) $20
  6. 3 DRAWER LINED BOX (NARROW) $22
  7. NARROW 4 DRAWERS $18
  8. 6 DRAWER ORGANIZER $60

POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

 

If you’re working with a small space, you need every inch you can get. Grab one or two corner units to maximize on that space. Also stackers are awesome because they’re like little tiny bleachers for your bottles. As they stack up gradually, you can see labels and colors. I love to use things that were intended for the kitchen to organize my products. Always check the kitchen section!

 

  1. CORNER ORGANIZER $10
  2. NAIL POLISH STACKER $10
  3. CORNER ORGANIZER WITH HALF MOON MIRROR $20
  4. ACRYLIC RISER $8
  5. ROUNDED CORNER RISER $13
  6. 40 BOTTLE NAIL POLISH RISER $18
  7. 3 TIERED RISER $10
  8. CLEAR CORNER SHELF $13

white makeup and beauty organizer the beauty department

 

Some peeps don’t like to see everything through clear containers, and that’s fine! Or maybe you have a white bathroom and want your beauty storage to match or give contrast. Here are lots of the same items in white!

  1. 3 DRAWER ORGANIZER $18
  2. BEAUTY CADDY + DRAWER $11
  3. SPINNING COSMETIC ORGANIZER $30
  4. HIGH RISE ORGANIZER $9
  5. VANITY ORGANIZER $12
  6. NARROW 4 DRAWER ORGANIZER $21
  7. WIDE DOUBLE DRAWER $20

drawer and cabinet organization the beauty department

 

It’s just as important to organize the things you can’t see and you’re a lot less likely to lose things if they have a specific home. Here are some of my favorites for under the counter and in the drawer! I love using a lazy susan in my lower cabinets so I can just spin it versus getting down low on your knees and knocking every single product over on your mission to find that one.

  1. COTTON SWAB HOLDER $4
  2. IN-DRAWER ORGANIZERS $5
  3. 20 SECTION DRAWER DIVIDER $5
  4. 12” X 12” DRAWER DIVIDER $12
  5. 5 SECTION TOTE $20
  6. BLOWDRYER HOLDER + ORGANIZER $15
  7. LAZY SUSAN $7
  8. WIRE BLOWDRYER + THERMAL TOOL HOLDER $20
  9. UNDER-CABINET BLOWDRYER + ACCESSORIES HOLDER $20