Posts Tagged ‘thebeautydepartment’

THE TAPE TRICK

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

We get so many emails + comments regarding the tape mani. I’ve heard that many of you have trouble peeling the tape back without messing the mani. So here’s the simple trick!

  1. Paint your base coat and let it dry for a full hour. Remember– you never want to make the base coat too thick because the thicker it is, the longer it takes to dry.
  2. Take a piece of tape and blot the sticky side on your fingers and on the palm of your hand. When you do that, the oils from your hands stick to the tape making it significantly less sticky and easier to peel off the base coat.
  3. Paint your nail, wait about one minute and then peel. Personally I don’t like the polish to dry too much before I peel because it gets “stringy” when you peel it. On the other hand, you don’t want to do it right away because if it’s too fresh, it can run.

Another option is to use painter’s tape. It’s designed to be less stick and to not peel off the paint that you stick it to. This is just a DIY option! Good luck ladybugs!

UPDATE: Here are the colors used in this tutorial- silver is by Obessive Compulsive + licac is by Essie.

HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN YOUR HAIR BRUSH

photos/post: Kristin Ess

This might seem pretty obvious to some people, but you’d be surprised at how many lovely ladies don’t clean out their hair brushes. Too often I walk into a friend’s bathroom, see a brush full of hair and I can’t help myself, so I clean it out. Within the next couple days I usually hear about how much it changed the way their hair looks. It may not seem like a big deal but hair brushes are total traps! Dust, conditioner, oil, germs, even dust mites can be in your dirty hair brush, which is DISGUSTING. For example: if you wash, brush and blowdry your hair on a Monday and then “re-finish” it on Tuesday with the same brush, the oils and dirt from all day Monday will be sitting in that brush. Pile those up for a couple weeks, months… years? Ew. Personally, I recommend you clean out your brush once every week or two. It takes a couple minutes! It’s not something we really think about but you should try to become conscious of the hair piling up in your brush. Cleaning out your round brushes will allow you to get SO much more tension which will lead to smoothness and shine. Here’s how I like to clean out my brushes at home: (more…)

WINTER RESCUE

photo: yelena yenchuk/post design: eunice chun

For those of you who get to travel home this weekend, there are some things we think you should pack to stay comfy + cozy that will also help battle dryness (aka: heaters, dehydrating altitude from airplanes and ski slopes, and for some of you, the drying effects of too much wine or bubbly!).

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BANG BOOM POW!

Tis the season for bangs, and verbally communicating what you want can be tough… “You know, like heavy but not too heavy, but like in my eyes, but not too much, but like whispy and blunt.” I hear that a lot. And while I’ve learned to translate this language, I still feel it’s always best to bring 1 or 2 pictures of the bangs you like and a picture of the bangs you don’t like. It makes communicating MUCH easier and could save you from annoying grow out period. Also, if one kind of bang isn’t a perfect fit, it’s ok to ask your stylist to create a hybrid of two! Here are a couple of the most requested bangs in my chair. Hope these help!

OH! And don’t forget to READ THIS if you have trouble styling your bangs!

photo: style.com

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