Archive for September, 2011

Steal Ashlee Simpson’s gray smoky eye

       
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Steal Ashlee Simpson's gray smoky eye!Colorful smoky eyes are in this fall, but if you're not wearing a bright outfit and a pop of color wouldn't match your look, take a cue from Ashlee Simpson, who showed up at the BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party with pretty gray eyeshadow. Glamour magazine raved about how the effect was simple, gorgeous and practically effortless to pull off. Here's how to get the look on your own.

First, start out with your regular makeup routine. Make sure to apply primer on your eyelids so the color sticks and doesn't wear off over time. Too Faced – Shadow Insurance will do the trick. Keep your blush and lips relatively understated so your eyes will be the main focus of your face.

Use a black eyeliner pencil to line your inner bottom rims and draw a thick line just above your upper lash line. For more drama, you may want to trace over it with a liquid liner like BABOR – Liquid Eyeliner. Sweep a gray shadow onto your lids and concentrate on the creases so its a bit darker there, then add a bit to your lower lash line. Add a shimmery gray shadow to the inner corners of your eyes to make them look brighter.

Top it off with a couple of coats of a lengthening or volumizing mascara for maximum impact and you'll be ready to flaunt the look!

Cute things to do with bobby pins

       
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

You can do plenty of cute things with these simple tools!Bobby pins have been around for ages, which means you likely have some in your possession. If you're looking for something new to do with your hair, just whip out those pins and get to work. Be creative! Here are a few ideas of cute styles, inspired by Glamour magazine.

1. Create a side bun. Just secure wavy hair into a chic low bun toward the side of your neck using the pins.
2. Pull off a pouf. You don't have to go all out like Snooki, just pull a section of hair from the front of your head, push up toward your hairline, and secure with two bobby pins. Leonor Greyl – Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice (Volumizing Styling Mousse) can give you a bit of extra volume.
3. Embrace a half up hairstyle. Pull back a section of hair from each side of your face and secure them together at the back of your head.
4. Go for a twisted look. Do the same thing as you would for a half updo, but wind the sections around your finger before you secure them in place.
5. Make a French twist. It's easier to do than you think. Use an anti-frizz serum like Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur (Anti-frizz), then make a low ponytail. Wind it upward and hide both of the ends by pinning hair in place.

Skincare routine for oily skin

       
Friday, September 16th, 2011

You don't have to worry about oily skin anymore!Oil is good for your skin, as it keeps your skin cells healthy and moisturized. However, sometimes your body may produce more than you need, which can cause your face to look greasy and shiny. Your pores may also become enlarged and blackheads and other blemished may become a problem.

If you have oily skin, don't worry – there are plenty of ways to take care of your specific needs. In the morning and at night, use a cleanser designed to soak up oil and prevent acne, like Phytomer – Oligopur Purifying Cleansing Gel. You should also gently exfoliate your face on a regular basis to keep your skin from looking dull and accumulating excess layers of dead cells and oil.

After cleansing, use a toner like Baxter of California – Herbal Mint Toner, which will help keep oil and shine at bay. Also, be sure to apply an oil-free water-based moisturizer, which your skin will absorb quickly. Choose makeup that's matte and meant for oily skin, which can help you avoid breakouts and stop grease in its tracks.

Fall’s must-have hair accessory

       
Friday, September 16th, 2011

Break out your barrettes because they're totally in this season!Both Glamour magazine and Cosmopolitan magazine are raving about a retro-chic accessory that showed up all over runways this season. Here's a hint: it clips together and you probably already own one.

The latest trend in hairstyles features a staple for many girls in the 90s – the barrette. The good news is that there are tons of fashionable updates in stores everywhere featuring jewels, feathers, flowers and pretty designs. Of course, you could always just go with the regular tortoise-shell kind or a simple metallic.

One look that Cosmopolitan pointed out featured a simple ponytail clipped under with a barrette. To get a similar style, just use a cream like Leonor Greyl – Eclat Naturel to slick your hair back into a low ponytail parted on the side, then clip the ends underneath using the barrette. You could also go with the classic half-up look using the tool as a way to hold the hair back. Hamadi – Shea Spray can give you extra shine so you'll be ready to rock fall's coolest hair accessory for every occasion.

Get curls inspired by the 1940s

       
Friday, September 16th, 2011

Get gorgeous 1940s-inspired waves!The 1940s era of fashion has managed to reappear in today's runway shows, which means the style is likely to appear in the closets of fashionistas everywhere. While modernizing the look can be achieved through accessories, one thing you won't likely want to change is the iconic wavy hairstyle.

Soft, luxurious waves are always glamorous, and they're easy to achieve at home if you have plenty of clips and bobby pins. Use a product like Leonor Greyl – Condition Naturelle, which will add volume and untangle your hair while you're blow drying. Take a section at a time and dry it completely before rolling it up close to your head and pinning it in place.

Once those are all set, leave the clips in for at least a half hour. Before you take them out, spray with a light hairspray like Leonor Greyl – Laque Souple Gentle Hold Hair Spray. Use your fingers or a brush to smooth out the strands and separate the waves. You'll have gorgeous locks that will go well with any fashion, not just 40s-inspired outfits.

Give your nails the strawberry treatment

       
Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Your nails will look delicious!Intricately designed nails are having a moment. Fashion runways everywhere are featuring models sporting unique and colorful polish combinations that are giving women all over the world crazy ideas for manicures. While some of these looks are pretty and fun, others turn out to be a bit lackluster and can get messy. If you want to get in on the trend, there's one cute style that's easy enough to pull off on your own.

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't like strawberries, which means they'd make a great design on your nails. All you need are three different shades of polish: a strawberry red, a green hue and a vibrant white. POP Beauty – Nail Glam has a shade called Strawberry, which would obviously be perfect.

All you have to do is paint your nails with a base coat to avoid staining, then apply two coats of the red polish. After that, paint the tips of your nails with the green color. You can use stickers to help you get a straight line. The final step is to use a toothpick to add a few white dots onto the red area of your nail. Use Lippmann Collection – The Wait Is Over Quick-Dry Drops in between coats to make the whole process quicker. You'll have cute nails everyone will want to compliment.

Hold on to summer while it lasts

       
Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Summer doesn't have to be over!Unfortunately, summer is just one of the four seasons, which means it's rapidly coming to an end and making way for harsher weather. However, you don't have to let go of your summer styles yet. In fact, you should be milking them for all they're worth and perhaps even introducing a couple of new hues into your makeup collection. Glamour magazine pointed out a citrus-inspired look spotted on the runways that would be just perfect.

To look fresh and summery, skip out on the heavy makeup. While it is getting colder and you're likely not going to have to worry about sweat-proofing your face, you should still capture the bare essentials look by going minimal. Use a light foundation and powder to keep your skin matte, then forgo eye makeup altogether, except for a bit of mascara.

Choose a bold, light pink color for your lips, like Joey New York – Collagen Boosting Lipsticks in Deep Heat – Deep Raspberry. You can add gloss on top if you want to shine things up, but otherwise a coat or two is all you need. Then, paint your nails a citrus orange like Pixi – Nail Polish in Red-Orange. It's the perfect salute to the summer season.

Nude nails are office-appropriate

       
Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Nude nails are perfect for the office!Women who work in conservative offices often complain about not being able to try out the latest nail polish trends. While you should definitely save the sparkles and flashy hues for the weekend, you can still participate in the latest nail craze that was spotted on runways everywhere recently – nude nails!

Rather than keeping your digits polish-free, all you have to do is choose a color that matches or is similar to your skin tone. This will help to elongate your fingers and give you a classy, sophisticated look that will be noticeable but not distracting. Opaque shades capture the look the best, but if you want something a little more fancy, choose a shade with a hint of shimmer.

Sothys – Lips & Nails Duo (Peche-Naturel Beige) comes with a super flattering shade of beige that matches many skin tones. Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers also come in plenty of neutral shades which are bound to mesh well with the natural hue of your fingertips. The best part about nude nails are that they go with everything, which means you won't have to worry about coordinating your work outfits to match!

How to do a fishtail braid

       
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Fishtail braids are easier than you think!Braids are everywhere lately, which means if you've been rocking the trend for ages, you're probably feeling a little bored. However, a fishtail braid could be just the style you're looking for. It's not too far from the regular version and it's classy enough to be seen on runways worldwide, so why not give it a try? Here's how to do it yourself, according to Allure magazine.

1. Use a styling cream on your dry hair, like Leonor Greyl – Eclat Naturel (Styling cream for dry hair). Work it through to your ends with your hands rather than a comb to get a more natural, ropey look.

2. Separate the section you want to braid into two pieces (unlike a regular braid, which uses three).

3. Use your fingers to pull a half-inch section from underneath the right side and pull it over across to the left side, then repeat going the opposite way. If pieces fall out, it's okay because the style is meant to be a bit messy.

4. Continue down to the ends of your hair, then secure with an elastic. Pull the braid a little bit to loosen it up, then spritz on a product like Hamadi – Shea Spray for a little extra shine. Easier than you thought, right?

Bright lips with full shine

       
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Nude lips no more!It's usually enough to have either fully pigmented lips or super shiny lips, but sometimes a little extra drama is desired, in which case both are totally acceptable. Glamour magazine noticed a fiery red shine on Kim Kardashian's lips at the Theysken's Theory show, which looked stunning. Here's how to nail the look on yourself.

If you're going for a bright lip, it's always a good idea to keep everything else minimal. That means you should stay away from bright eye colors and super flushed cheeks. Kim kept her makeup relatively simple (for her) by wearing a bronze eyeshadow, black eyeliner, and tons of mascara.

Prep your lips by using a smoothing buffer, like Bioelements – Lip Buff. Then line the outside of your lips with a liner that matches the color that you'll be using to avoid any bleeding. Put on two coats of lipstick, blotting in between applications. Liptini – Straight Up Lipsticks has tons of eye-popping shades. To finish it off, choose a gloss with a slightly different color, so your lips have depth and dimension. A hint of sparkle is always flattering!