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LUCY HALE’S VMA PONYTAIL

photos/post/graphics: Kristin Ess

So excited to post this tutorial because many have requested it since we posted it to instgram HERE last week. This ponytail is great for anyone going to an event where you don’t want to have to think about your hair. This was a pretty windy day on the red carpet and Lucy was wearing a top that had a high neckline. That combination made giving her a perfect ponytail a n0-brainer! Ponytails don’t have to be boring and there are so many different kinds of ponytails to do! You just need to build up some texture for this one and add some extra extension pieces if you need the help, but we’ll talk about that in the instructions below. I’m excited for you guys to try this and I hope that if you do, you’ll tag us on IG so we can see it and maybe repost yours! Okay, let’s get into the instructions, shall we?

  1. I started with a wrap curl. You can use my favorite WAND or a CURLING IRON (by the way these ones are on sale right now, hooray!), just depending on which one you’re more coordinated with. Here I used a curling iron and wrapped the hair around the outside of the barrell. I used THIS SETTING SPRAY by Redken to give the curls a little extra support. A light spritz before wrapping it around the iron will do the trick. Do the whole head like that, and don’t comb it out yet!
  2. Take a good TEASING COMB and give the hair a little lift by backcombing at the crown. You want to make sure you do this before you put your first ponytail section up.
  3. Next, take all the hair that falls behind the ears (see photo) and put it in a ponytail. Your ponytail should be just above that bone you can feel in the back of your head (called the occipital bone), because you want your ponytail to sit on the part of your head that curves up! This makes it more “perky”. I also used 3  ponytail holders. Remember THAT TRICK HERE? It really does work and gives you a much more prominent pony.
  4. Now take all of the hair that falls on the left side and cross it over the ponytail. Use a bobbypin to secure it just above the ponytail, and slightly off to the right. Give it a little light spray with a strong holding hairspray once you get it into place.
  5. Take your right side and cross that over the ponytail. Give it a little bit of a twist while you cross it over. That way when you pin it, it has a little more hold.
  6. Secure it the same way using a bobbypin or a few if you have thicker hair that needs more support.
  7. Now the good stuff. Break out one of the texture powders that I hope you’ve invested in by now from THIS POST! Sprinkle it where you need a little more lift and a bit more texture. Work it into the hair using a clapping motion.
  8. You’ll see it start to get significantly fuller when you add the powder.
  9. Last but not least, I went back in with the iron to give certain pieces a little more wave and tiny tease here and there. You can see in the next picture it looks a little more voluminous.
  10. Give it a final spray of strong hold hairspray all over and Voila!

There it is! Lucy (as we know) has incredible hair to begin with, but if you need a little extra help, don’t be afraid to add a clip in here or there! It also helps with variation in color. We added a few pieces of lighter hair to give her some highlights throughout the ponytail.

I hope this has been helpful and I hope you get your perfect ponytail on!

PENNY PINCHER

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

Whenever we can help you save money by not having to buy yet another tool, we can’t wait to share! Contouring is all about the brush and the placement. You can try to only put product on the bottom half of the brush but it’s not going to deposit the product targeted in only hollow. No problem! Try this instead:  (more…)

FRUIT INFUSED WATER

photos: kristin ess

As hot as it is on the West Coast (particularly LA), summer is coming to an end soon. But that doesn’t mean we’re not going to juice it for all it’s worth! (Ha, see what we did there?) All summer we’ve been trying to stay hydrated in the TBD office. As many cites, states, countries suffer from a shortage of water, we consider ourselves very lucky to have access to clean drinking water.

Hopefully I don’t sound ungrateful for saying this but as long as I can remember, I’ve never liked the “taste” of water. I have to force myself to drink it and before infusing, I would often go days without a glass of water. Maybe it’s the minerals or maybe it’s just how utterly plain it is, but I have discussed this with many people over the years and I was surprised at how many friends have this same issue. I don’t drink soda and I don’t drink sugary drinks so it’s not like my tastebuds are just used to sweetness. Nonetheless, I started popping fresh fruits into my water and my hydration game changed. I now can go through bottles and bottles without an issue. Even if you DO love the taste of water, this is a fun way to change it up.

Pretty sure we’ve talked about the importance of drinking water before, but in case you forgot, here’s a refresher:

  • brain tissue is about 75% water.
  • muscles + kidneys are about 79% water.
  • lungs are about 83% water.
  • our skin is comprised of about 64% water.
  • water helps flush waste and toxins from the body.
  • it helps regulate body temperature.
  • it helps deliver oxygen to your brain!
  • water lubricates your joints.
  • even your bones are 31% water.

Fill up some small milk bottles.

Chop up your favorite fruits.

Plan out some fun flavor combos! Or just mix them all together. I love pairing them up so I have different types of water throughout the day and I don’t get bored.

Put a lid on it. I put some of my waters in the refrigeratior because they stay fresher longer and I tend to make 10 small bottles for a day. But if you’re just doing one or two, the flavors will infuse faster out of the refrigerator.

Wait 30 min to an hour and give it a little stir. I use this long spoon and poke at the fruits a little to release more flavor.

If you want a change of flavor, add the tiniest bit of coconut water! Here are some of the flavor combos I love along with a description of what they taste like…

  • Watermelon, Strawberry + Mint: Tastes like summertime in a bottle.
  • Cherry, Blueberry + Raspberry: Sangria-ish.

  • Orange + Rosemary: Savory. Makes me less hungry.
  • White Peach, Green Apple + Basil: This one tastes like PIE!

  • Plum + Basil: Plum picking!
  • Kiwi, Raspberry + Orange: Tropical Fruit

  • Blueberry + Strawberry: this one tastes just like a red popsicle.
  • Orange, Green Apple + Mint: reminds you of being at the spa!

If you have a meeting at work or you’re just having friends over, cut up some larger pieces of your favorite fruit, stuff them into a decanter with water and serve over ice.

This is truly a great trick and something I’ll also carry over into winter with stone fruits. I used plum above but I can’t wait to figure out new combos for the season! Hope you enjoy this and hope you drink lots and lots of H20.

  • Milk bottles are from HERE.
  • Spoon is from HERE.

PLAY TIME!

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

Today we’re making a case for why our fingers are our best tool! I was forced to learn this when I arrived overseas for a job and the bag with my brushes in it didn’t make it. With no time to go shopping, I sanitized my hands and just got in there! Brushes of course are amazing, but you might be surprised when you give your fingers a try. Why? Because your body temperature slightly melts the product, helping it to really become one with your skin instead of just sitting on top of it. And you can really press it into your skin as you stipple and tap your way around each feature. Here’s what you need to know to pull off finger painting in a way that actually lasts:

TOOLS:

  • Cream Eye Shadow — Bria Murphy is wearing our favorite mass market cream shadow, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hour Eye Shadow, while our favorite prestige cream shadow is Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Mystic Metallics Shadow. They’re both our favorites because they don’t crease ( a nightmare with typical cream shadows) and don’t dissipate as the night goes on.
  • Cream Blush — We live for RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Cream Blush (especially when we find it on sale!) because it’s a natural product that was developed by the iconic Rose Marie Swift who is responsible for the makeup in almost every Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit campaign you’ve every gushed over. Her line is everything. We also really love Jouer Cheek Tint and have for years because it doesn’t disappear in a few hours.
  • Tinted Lip Balm — Bria is wearing Aerin Beauty Limited Edition Multi Color in Freesia, a gorgeous sheer finish with a calming rose scent.

STEPS:

  1. First wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap or use a hand sanitizer. After applying foundation (with your fingers so you can really massage it into the skin), swipe your ring finger against the cream eye shadow and tap and smear it along the upper and lower lid. You can choose a matte shade, a bright shade or a metallic shade… the possibilities are endless.
  2. Tap your index finger into the cream blush then tap it against your other index finger to warm it up and create more of a “slip”. Then smile in the mirror to pop out the apples and tap it along the upper half of the each apple as you work your way across your cheekbone. Tap and swirl until it melts into your skin and looks like a natural flush.
  3. Swipe your middle finger against the tinted lip balm and press it into the lip area for a really natural and gorgeous sheer pop of color.

We also love using our fingers with powder products too. Metallic, shimmer and glitter shadows actually work better with our fingers than a brush because you press it into the skin. You can use your fingers with matte shadows if you’re in a jam, but they can get muddy and work better with the sweep of a brush, as do powder blush and powder bronzer.