Archive for October, 2011

Root camouflage

       
Friday, October 14th, 2011

No one has to know you have visible roots!There's nothing worse than having obvious roots show up way before the day you booked your next salon appointment. Whether they're darker or lighter, nothing says "this color isn't natural" like a scalp full of roots. But don't worry, there are ways to camouflage them. Here are a few tips from Allure magazine.

1. Try a braid. They're everywhere lately, so you won't feel out of place. The braids will bring together all of the colors of your hair, so try one along your hairline or twist sections on either side of your part.

2. Get tons of volume. Rather than slicking your hair into a ponytail, rough it up with teasing and some Jack Black – Body Building Hair Gel. Teasing the roots will push them closer to your scalp and plenty of texture will steal the spotlight.

3. Don't go with your standard part. Rather than using a comb for a straight line, let your hair fall naturally. A messy part won't show your roots.

4. Try an at-home cover-up. A tiny root dye job shouldn't be hard to pull off yourself as long as you feel comfortable. Use a protecting shampoo afterward, like Leonor Greyl – Bain Vitalisant B (For thin, dry, colored, sensitive hair).

Rose gold is everywhere this season

       
Friday, October 14th, 2011

Rose gold isn't just for jewelry!In case you haven't heard, rose gold metallics are huge this season. Whether its on your jewelry, eyes, lips, hair or nails, this hot hue is bound to give any look an instant pick-me-up. It's a romantic yet edgy shade that can spice up any beauty routine. Here are a couple of ideas to incorporate the trend into yours, inspired by Glamour magazine's beauty blog.

Rose gold makeup goes with everything. Invest in a kit like Jane Iredale – One-4-All Kits in Neutral for plenty of shades to play with all over your face. It's totally okay to use rose gold on all of your features, as it'll give you a nice glow and won't be overwhelming.

If you're feeling extra daring, you could put a couple of rose gold highlights in your hair. They're subtle enough to be wearable but still noticeable enough to be chic. Go for a couple of strands in the front of your hair to nail the look.

Metallic nails have always been cool, but rose gold takes it to another level completely. You're sure to find a shade you like out of the Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers.

Frosty blue can be a “Do”

       
Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Frosty blue isn't as hard to pull off as you think!Blue eyeshadow may bring back bad memories of junior high school…or the 1980s. However, as long as you don't go wild and smudge it on up to your eyebrows – and as long as you use a mixture of varying shades – blue shadow can be a total "Do." Glamour magazine's beauty blog loved the look on Emma Stone, who rocked a frosted blue eye at a private dinner event which perfectly matched her dress.

You don't have to stick with blue – in fact, you could go with purple, pink, orange or green. Basically any color will work as long as you create depth by using strategic placement of different hues. Three different shades will work just fine.

To begin, use a medium shade of shadow. If you're doing blue, GloMinerals – gloEye Shadow in Ocean would work. Apply it all over your lid and focus your efforts on the crease. Next, use a darker color eyeliner, like Too Faced – Liquid Lava Glossy Eyeliner in Lava Midnight. Finish it off with a light, frosty blue shadow or cream, like POP Beauty – Glitter Stix. Use it on the inner corners of your eyes and right underneath your brow bone. See how nice it looks?

Skip the harshness of black by going brown

       
Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Brown looks good on everyone!For many women, black eye makeup is a necessity. Whether it's mascara, shadow or eyeliner, black seems like the obvious choice. It defines the eyes and draws attention – which is exactly what you'd expect from your makeup! However, have you ever noticed how black makeup looks a bit too dark when you step outside into the sunlight?

If you ever go into work feeling too made-up with your black makeup products, consider going brown. Not only is this color showing up on everyone's eyes lately, but it's much softer and more wearable for day.

Chocolatey brown eyeshadows are totally trending right now, which means any shade that's remotely similar works. Try Pixi – Eye Beauty Kit, which comes in a gorgeous variety of natural hues. It'll look great on all skin tones and with all eye colors, so there's really no way you can go wrong.

Enhance the shadow with a smudge of brown liner, like Blinc – Eyeliner in Medium Brown. This will define your lash line yet still give you a natural looking effect. Top it off with brown mascara, which will do the exact same job as black without the harshness. Perfect!

The sexiest smoky eye possible

       
Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Ciara knows the secret to sexy smoky eyes!There are bound to be nights when you want to look extra stunning, sexy and mysterious – all at once. Whether it's because you're on the prowl or just want to get noticed, a smoky eye is a definite must. Smoky eye makeup is the key to a sultry gaze, which Ciara recently proved at an event for The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project.

Glamour magazine's beauty blog was all over the look, which perfectly complemented Ciara's facial features. It was essentially a smoky eye created with some serious black eyeshadow – no eyeliner necessary.

To get the look yourself, you'll need a dark shadow, like GloMinerals – gloEye Shadow in Sable. You may want to use a slightly lighter shade underneath, but it's optional. The key is to apply the shadow neatly to complement the shape of your eye. Just follow the natural shape and wing it out a bit at the corners. The line should be reminiscent of eyeliner – only thicker.

Once that's all set, use a mascara like ModelCo – FatLash Extra Volumising & Lengthening Black Mascara to make your lashes extra luxurious. Sexiness accomplished.

Rock a retro hairdo

       
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Hillary Duff knows how to rock a bump!Recently, Hilary Duff was spotted by Glamour magazine's beauty blog members sporting a hair bump that was so big it almost crossed the line into "don't" territory. However, Duff's use of a headband to anchor the base of the bump helped to detract attention from the sky-high size and made it a completely doable 'do.

The half-up look was well-received by readers, and many thought the style would go perfectly with a flowing sundress or an artsy ensemble that could use a hint of retro glamour. If you like the idea of how this 'do sounds, here's how to get it at home.

After showering, apply Leonor Greyl – Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice (Volumizing Styling Mousse) and blow dry your hair upside down. This will create tons of volume, which you need to pull off such a large bump. Make a part halfway to the crown of your head, then tease the hair a bit at your crown to fluff it up. Push it forward, then secure the back with a ponytail holder, barrette or bobby pins. Keep it in place with Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle (Strong-hold hair spray), then slip on a headband where the part ends. Easy and chic.

Would you do pointy or flared nail shapes?

       
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

These babies don't look very practical!For whatever reason, celebrities have been donning a couple of really strange nail shapes that make their manicures look more costume-y than real-world compatible. Take Fergie for example, who rocked an extremely pointed shape recently that looked like it could easily take an eye out. Snooki and other Jersey Shore girls have been showing up with flared, "duck bill" nails, which are wide and square at the ends.

These shapes are good for stars who want to show off their fashion-forward styles, but otherwise they shouldn't really be taken into consideration by anyone who's not on TV. Not only are they impractical, but many ladies think the weird shapes are unattractive.

Instead, opt for a "squoval" shape that's reminiscent of the natural shape of your nails. Whether you go long or short is up to you and your lifestyle. If you have contacts or use your cell phone to text a lot, long nails might not be practical. No matter what shape and length you rock, Sothys – Nail Enamel Multi Action can make your nails stronger, while Talika – Nail Regenerator Serum can hydrate and restructure your digits.

Lazy hair day fix

       
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Headbands should be your go-to lazy hair day accessory!Not every woman wakes up in the morning ready to whip out the styling products and go to town on her hair. In fact, many women barely manage to make it out the door on time without doing much more than pulling their hair back, which is completely okay, but not exactly pretty. That's why easy hair fixes are such godsends – everyone could use them.

The main accessory you'll need is a headband. You can go glamorous with a sparkly metallic number, a cluster of feathers, or a cute bow. You could also just get a headband that blends in with your hair for a no-nonsense look. Regardless of what type, headbands can save your style in the morning no matter what.

For a wavy hairstyle, just put your wet hair into a bun the night before after showering. Use a bit of Anthony Logistics – Hair Gel (Alcohol – Free) to hold the waves, then just let loose and slip on a headband in the morning.

You could also pull your hair back into a sleek bun, using Hamadi – Shea Spray for some extra shine and smoothing. Just throw on that headband to add interest and hold back any stray fly aways, then you're good to go!

Jane Iredale – PurePressed Base SPF20

       
Monday, October 10th, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

Jane Iredale - PurePressed Base SPF 20

Jane Iredale – PurePressed Base SPF 20

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Blush and Contour

       
Monday, October 10th, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

Jane Iredale - In Touch Cream Blush Stick

Jane Iredale – In Touch Cream Blush Stick

Joey New York - SoBe Sunkissed Bronzing Palette

Joey New York – SoBe Bronzing Palette

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Night on the Town Part 1

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Night on the Town Part 2

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Bridal Makeup Part 2

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