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Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

       
Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

As the year draws to a close and 2014 rapidly approaches, we’re all looking forward to new makeup and hair looks to try out. However, there are some trends that simply aren’t worth embracing – or have had their time in the spotlight and no longer look as eye-catching. Just because something becomes a fad for a brief period doesn’t mean you should stick with it. In fact, some of the most popular crazes in the beauty realm aren’t universally flattering.

Aiming to update your appearance for the new year? Here’s a guide to which tired trends you should avoid, and which new looks you should adopt:

Hair
One thing’s for sure – you saw a lot of ombre in 2013, from hair to manicures and even on lips. While there’s definitely a convenience factor when it comes to this trend as it allows you to grow out those highlights without worrying about your roots, there’s a slightly different twist that’s emerging for 2014. Glamour magazine called this new technique “Ecaille,” or “Tortoiseshell coloring.” The method was developed by the London-based colorist Jo Hansford, and has been seen on both Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson. It’s a slightly softer look than the high contrast two-tone ombre. The finished effect is multi-tonal, meaning darker shades fade more naturally into lighter hues on the ends.

Those with wavy or curly hair will rejoice in the fact that it’s time to put down the straightening iron – the pin-straight look is getting a rest this year. 2014 will be all about volume as opposed to flat ‘dos, which can tend to look a bit boring. Embrace your naturally tousled texture with the right hair products and you’ll look effortlessly beautiful.

As far as hair colors go, you can say goodbye to rainbow hues. Kyle White, the lead colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon, told StyleList that he is seeing fewer clients ask for pinks, blues and other bright hair colors – which is probably a good thing as these pigments tend to fade after just a few washes and look less than stunning. Instead, he noted that more women will be opting for platinum hair. As Miley Cyrus, Elle Fanning and even the traditionally brunette Kim Kardashian are going for a cooler blonde, White expects more women to try this trend.

Makeup
Not all pink lipsticks are created equal. While bubblegum may have had a major moment in 2013, a new shade will be taking its place this year: fuchsia. As The Huffington Post pointed out, bubblegum is not flattering on many skin tones, but fuchsia can complement any complexion.

While dark lips were everywhere this year, Glamour noted that in 2014, more women will be reaching for rich berry shades in a sheer tinted formula. The advantage of these products is that they provide slightly less pigment so the final look isn’t quite as intense. Still, you can layer them if you want more drama. This is a subtler approach to the trend that is far more wearable than the grungy effect we saw in 2013.

Also, 2014 will be the year to lay off the bronzer a bit. This doesn’t mean you’ll be ditching your glow, it’s just that everyone is stepping away from the overly tanned look. For a natural radiance, try a light-reflecting tinted moisturizer and only use a bronzer that’s one to two shades deeper than your skin tone.

Although nail art isn’t completely out this year, it will be going through a major transformation. Instead of over-the-top graphics, try out some simpler designs like stripes, color blocking and a half-moon take on the French manicure in neutral lacquer hues.

The year in beauty – lessons we learned in 2013

       
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The year in beauty - lessons we learned in 2013

Every year, new trends are ushered in as others fade away, and 2013 was packed will all kinds of unexpected beauty revelations. The best part about these makeup crazes is that they give us a chance to attempt a new look that we wouldn't normally be brave enough to try. This year, the beauty fads were as bold as ever, allowing us to explore our edgier side while still maintaining a polished appearance. As we look back on 2013, there are a few lessons we learned from the trends that trickled down.

Here are the major looks that we mastered:

Smoky eye doesn't have to be black
For years, women have been going for a smoky eye when they want to appear sultry or alluring. It's an evening-ready look that never seems to go out of style. Yet this year, it became clear that the smoky eye looks just as stunning in other hues as it does in stark black. For example, some people went for a turquoise version, while others used violet. The brown smoky eye offers a somewhat subtler, earthy look that was striking for fall and can even work during the daytime. Ultimately, the possibilities are endless – black is certainly not the only option.

Anyone can rock dark lips
Not everyone has been brazen enough to use a dark lipstick in the past, but in 2013, this look went from punk rock to mainstream. Between the runways and the red carpets, stylish women sported a deeper lip color this year, no matter their skin tone. From crimson red to rich berry and plum, there are countless shades to choose from. One thing's for sure, though: Matte is a must if you want high intensity. 

Over-plucking is out
It may come as a relief that you can put down the tweezers and give your plucking a rest. Bold brows are in, meaning that it's more important to keep your eyebrows trim and tidy than super slender. Hollywood has been leading this trend, rocking thicker shapes that balance the features and frame the face much better than pencil-thin brows can.

Nude is the new pink
Nude makeup was everywhere in 2013 – even eyeliner. The whole philosophy became "less is more," meaning the goal was to look as natural as possible. So while typically the go-to shade for lipstick and manicures may have been pale pink, nude stole the spotlight.

Makeup colors for the colder months

       
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Makeup colors for the colder months

With winter fast approaching, it's already begun to look much drearier outside. That's why now is the perfect time to add a little color into your makeup routine. While you won't likely be reaching for sunny shades when it comes to your makeup this season, there's no reason to forfeit color altogether. While you're transitioning the hues in your wardrobe, do the same with your cosmetics to give your face a whole new look.

Consider these seasonal makeup colors and you're sure to beat the winter blues:

Burgundy
​By now you probably now that wine-colored lips are all the rage. If you're on the timid side, start with a semi-sheer lipstick in a rich berry hue. A matte formula packs the most punch, though, so when you want a dramatic look for nighttime, reach for a more intense tone. Start by lining your pout with a lip pencil in the same shade to ensure the pigment doesn't bleed. If you just can't find the perfect hue, keep in mind that you can always blend a red lip color with a plum one and customize the color to complement your complexion.

Purple
Want to jazz things up for your evening look? Purple eyeshadow, as brazen as it sounds, might become your go-to look for all those holiday parties. A dusty grayish lavender offers a softer effect for those with fair skin, while medium to dark skin types can go all out with a more vivid violet. Remember that a little goes a long way with an attention-grabbing color like purple. So if you're not ready to cover your lids in this hue, try a liquid plum eyeliner or metallic violet mascara for just a hint of intrigue. Keep your lips neutral so that your eyes stay in the spotlight.

Navy
Of course black will never go out of style, but sometimes you're aiming to add an element of surprise to your look. That's when you should reach for navy blue makeup, which are just one step away from black but give you a subtle pop of color. Try using navy liner to create a cateye, or even layering on lengthening mascara in this hue to draw attention to your peepers. Nothing is sultrier than a navy smoky eye in the evening.

Emerald
Pantone declared emerald the color of the year, and it's definitely a winter-ready makeup shade. Try a cream eyeshadow in this dazzling color, or line both your upper and lower lashlines with an emerald green pencil. Vibrant metallic green is also the perfect nail​ polish hue for a festive manicure during the holidays.

When is it time to replace your makeup?

       
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

When is it time to replace your makeup?

A lot of things in life have an expiration date – not just food and medicine. In fact, your beauty products have a lifespan, too. Knowing when to toss out your makeup and replace it is important for many reasons. Not only does the texture of makeup begin to suffer as it ages, but old makeup can acquire a buildup of bacteria, which can compromise a flawless complexion by causing a breakout.

Not sure when it's time to throw your makeup away? Here are some tips to help you figure it out:

Face
Good news about your powders and concealers – they last a lot longer than you'd think. Dr. Peter Pugliese, M.D., a skin physiologist in Reading, Pa., explained to Fitness magazine that as these products are typically anhydrous, meaning they don't contain water, they can be used for up to two years. Liquid and cream foundation, on the other hand, will last for a maximum of one year. Dr. Pugliese explained that it's crucial to avoid touching the bottle with your fingers to prevent bacteria from spreading and thus extend the life of the product. As for your makeup sponges, remember to wash them after every use, and then toss them after one month.

What about your blush and bronzer? According to PopSugar, you can keep sweeping these pigments onto your face for 18 months. However, a cream blush should be thrown out after a year.

Eyes
You definitely want to be careful with how long you use your eye makeup to avoid an infection. In terms of eyeshadow and eyeliner, PopSugar advised replacing them after approximately 18 months. Liquid eyeliner, on the other hand, only lasts about six months. 

Of course, your mascara tends to dry out and get clumpy over time, meaning you want to swap it out for a new product within three months. Optometrist Dr. Jennifer Giermek of New York City's Naked Eye Optical told Fitness magazine that reusing the brush can exacerbate any infections, so try to use a new wand as frequently as possible.

Lips
You can keep most of your lip balms for up to two years, as many are also anhydrous. As far as matte lipsticks and lip pencils go, one year is a good time frame to keep using them. According to PopSugar, those lip glosses should be disposed of within 18 months.

Nails
You should be able to keep using your favorite nail lacquers for about a year. Cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson explained to Fitness magazine that it's best to keep an eye on the pigment – when you see signs of color separation or fading you know it's time to toss them.

Deborah Lippmann New Jewel Heist Collection & more

       
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Deborah Lippmann New Jewel Heist Collection & more

Nothing compares to the glamour of being dripping with jewels right down to your fingertips.

With Deborah Lippmann’s new Jewel Heist Collection, though, no bling is required. Because if there’s one thing Lippmann knows, it’s sparkle. This series of ultra-radiant nail polishes are so striking on their own, you can skip the diamonds and let your digits do the talking. From understated shimmer to chunky holographic glitter, there’s a shade for every style and occasion. When you’re going for subtlety, try painting an accent nail – or build some layers for higher impact.

Nailing it
Go for the gold with “Fake It Til You Make It,” a lacquer that’s chock full of fine gilded glimmer. It also has a subtle sprinkling of red and green, making it a perfect transitional polish for all your holiday parties.

Dying for more drama? “Laughin’ To The Bank,” a metallic, mega-holographic emerald, will have everyone green with envy. “Shake Your Money Maker” is a showier green option, with hexagonal flecks of bright teal, gold, green and blue that looks different from every angle.

If you’re feeling blue, paint on “Rolling In The Deep,” a mysterious midnight with a faint silver sparkle not unlike a starry sky. Blurple is a major trend this season, so feel free to take things up a notch with “Va Va Voom,” a scintillating sapphire that gleams purple, blue and silver all at the same time.

Since no one understands glitz like a rock star, Lippmann collaborated with Kelly Clarkson on “Stronger,” an ultraviolet with oversized multicolored flecks that capture and reflect light in an unusual way, whether you’re on stage or strutting down the sidewalk.

When you’re still lusting after more luster, you can’t beat “Glitter And Be Gay,” a canary yellow jelly base with flecks in every color from silver and rose gold to ultraviolet.

Lip service
With such flashy fingernails, you can’t forget about your lips. Lippmann’s new moisturizing lipstick shades are sure to make your pout stand out, and in a variety of long-lasting, buildable hues, can take you from day to night. “I’m Every Woman,” a sheer dusty mauve, is perfectly in line with the new nude lip trend and pairs well with a smoldering smoky eye. For a demure daytime look, try “Call Me Maybe,” a coy coral that gives your pucker just a pop of color. “Let’s Do It” is your go-to power red for the season, and is flattering on any skin tone. Nothing is more stunning that a metallic mouth, so try “Drops of Brandy” for a bold bronze effect.

How to create the perfect plaid mani

       
Thursday, October 31st, 2013

How to create the perfect plaid mani

Come fall, plaid is everywhere you look – from miniskirts to blazers and parka linings. Now, the print is making its way to your nails, thanks to designers like Prabal Gurung and style icons like Diane Keaton. The best part? This pattern is both trendy and timeless.

If you’re looking for some runway-inspired nail art that perfectly pairs with your favorite outfits this season, or you just happen to have a penchant for plaid, here’s how to create the look yourself:

  1.  First thing’s first: Apply your base coat. The Lippmann Collection’s Fast Girls Quick-Dry Base Coat helps to nourish and strengthen your nails for a smoother surface. This ensures that each layer of polish and every line adheres more evenly, making for a cleaner design.
  2. Next, choose your background color. Any light shade of nail lacquer will work, such as ivory or powder pink. The more important thing is that the hue is pale enough so that your plaid design stands out. For the most striking look, stick with a clear base.
  3. Now it’s time to begin your print. Choose a vibrant color, like red or green, and paint a single vertical line off-center on your nail. It’s crucial with this technique to allow each line to dry before applying another. Otherwise, the lines will end up smearing and the pattern won’t be recognizable.
  4. Dip a thinner nail art brush into the same color lacquer and paint a horizontal line that runs across your first one to create a cross section.
  5. For your second polish, it’s best to choose a hue that contrasts the other lines. So if you chose red for your initial lines, opt for navy, or if you originally went for green, try dark purple. Using your nail art brush, paint two slender vertical lines along the sides of your first stroke.
  6. Finally, apply two horizontal lines in this color: One at the bottom of your nail bed near the cuticle and one toward the tip.
  7. While you may be anxious to show off your new mani, be patient and wait for all the lines to dry completely so as not to smudge them. Then apply a glossy top coat to lock in the design. The Umbrella Waterproof Top Coat by the Lippmann Collection provides a water- and chip-proof finish so the look lasts a whole lot longer.

Simple but spooky Halloween nail ideas

       
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Simple but spooky Halloween nail ideas

Whether or not you’re going all out with a costume this year, a manicure is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. If you’re looking to sport some spooky designs or just festive colors on your nails, here are a few easy but eye-catching ideas:

Franken-nails
If “Frankenstein” is your favorite horror film, why not use the title character for some holiday nail inspiration? For this monster themed mani, start with two coats of the Lippmann Collection’s I Wanna Be Sedated Nail Lacquer. Then carefully divide your nails into several semi-vertical sections by painting on curved lines with black polish. Finally, use a toothpick to add a few cross stitches on the lines.

All eyes on you
If you’re going for a more goofy vibe this Halloween, googly eyes may be the perfect accent. First, paint a coat of black lacquer on all of your nails as the background. Let the polish dry, then carefully drop blobs of white polish onto each of your nails. Let the dots dry to avoid smearing, then dip a toothpick into the black polish and add dots inside the white circles to create the pupils. For the googly effect, place the black dots off-center and in different directions.

Gruesome glam
This blood-dripped manicure is both frightful and fashion-forward. In fact, according to The Daily Varnish, the idea was inspired by the nail art in one of Prabal Gurung’s runway shows. For the base, you can use any light neutral shade, but the Lippmann Collection’s Pretty Vacant Nail Lacquer is perfect. After applying your two layers of the base color, draw several lines with blood red lacquer at the tip of the nail. Make each line a different length for a realistic dripping effect. Then go back and connect each blob by painting a red line across the nail tip in short strokes. You can even add a few dots of red down toward the base for a more genuine splatter effect.

Candy mani
Looking for a sweeter style? Opt for a candy corn manicure. Start with two coats of bright orange nail polish: For this design to work, it’s crucial to let the base dry completely. Then cut a piece of tape that is roughly 1/3 the length of your nail, place the tape across the center and press it down to make sure it sticks – this will ensure you achieve a clean line. Paint the exposed part of your nail at the cuticle with opaque white lacquer, and the top portion near the tip with a bright yellow hue. Wait five minutes before carefully removing the strip of tape. Finish with a clear top coat to lock in the delicious design.

Runway-inspired nail ideas

       
Friday, October 25th, 2013

Runway-inspired nail ideas

Sometimes pure white or classic red nails just won’t cut it. So when you’re looking to take things up a notch, you might consider some of the looks from recent runway shows: They’re edgy, eccentric and totally eye-catching. Ready to rock a daring mani? Here are three ideas inspired by this season’s hottest couture collections:

Zip it up
Your favorite wool parka won’t be the only thing you’re zipping this season. According to Allure magazine, nail artist Jin Soon Choi achieved this look on models at Prabal Gurung by painting on a matte gold polish and then applying two strips of rich olive green so that a V-shape sliver of gold peered out in the middle. This not only makes it appear as though radiant light is reflecting off the tips, but also makes nails look longer. Choi noted that the skinner the V of green, the greater the lengthening effect. Any colors will work for this design, but it has the most illuminating impact with a metallic base coat. Try silver with a rich eggplant V-shape overlay, or even a pale bronze burgundy.

Bejeweled
Instead of donning a flashy pair of earrings, why not paint some bling on your fingernails? Libertine utilized leftover sequins and gems from their fashion design studios to add a glitzy appeal to models’ manicures, and the process was time-consuming. Allure magazine explained that to get the look, the beauty team started with a gold lacquer for the base, then used toothpicks to apply drops of nail glue to adhere clusters of tiny multicolored jewels. To give the illusion that models had been digging their hands into a treasure chest, they applied the gems from the cuticle to halfway down the nail. You could also use miniscule pearls for an elegant take on this look.

Over the moon
If there’s one major nail trend that was all over the New York Fashion Week runways, it was the half-moon. From Lela Rose to Desigual, this design was everywhere – and according to InStyle magazine, it has been around since the 1930s. If you’re going for a subtle look, follow Jenni Kayne’s lead with a nude and white color scheme. Or, you can go bold like Peter Som with a blue and green combo. Essentially, this modern spin on the French manicure requires you to apply the second shade in a rounded shape over the base lacquer. It’s important to let the first color dry before you paint on the second to ensure a clean line.

How stress is sabotaging your beauty

       
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

How stress is sabotaging your beauty

There are obvious reasons to avoid stress, as it can do some serious damage to your body. Did you know that it affects your appearance as well?

Between work deadlines, social obligations, paying bills and taking care of other responsibilities, sometimes it’s inevitable to feel overwhelmed. However, you might want to consider ways to keep your calm once you realize the potential impact on your complexion. Here are just a few ways that stress is sabotaging your skin, hair and nails:

Wrinkles
It’s no secret that stress can affect mood and energy levels, but it also makes you look olde. Daily Makeover explained that when you’re under a lot of pressure, your body continually churns out cortisol, a hormone that can break down collagen – not to mention also make you gain weight. When your cortisol levels are high, it’s more difficult for the skin to reproduce elastin and repair damage, leading to faster formation of wrinkles. Dr. Doris Day told Woman’s Day that it can be helpful during a particularly stressful day to stop and take a deep breath, thereby relaxing the muscles in your face to prevent fine lines.

Puffy eyes
One of the major negative effects of stress is that it can disrupt your sleep, and as a result, you end up with tired, puffy eyes. Daily Makeover noted that when you don’t get the deep sleep you need, your body is unable to rid itself of excess liquids. Therefore, that fluid ends up settling in the undereye tissue, causing dark circles and bags. It’s crucial to get an adequate amount of shuteye, but when you still need some extra help, use a moisturizing eye cream and a yellow-based concealer to fake an awake look.

Breakouts
Unfortunately, you’re also more likely to get pesky blemishes and breakouts when you’re tense, which can be frustrating and exacerbate the problem. According to She Knows, one of the other effects of a spike in cortisol is increased oil production and an inability to control inflammation. Therefore, you’re a lot more likely to see redness and clogged pores. Skincare expert Lavinia Borcau recommended looking for cleansers and toners that are formulated with green tea or chamomile, both natural anti-inflammatories.

Dry skin
If your skin is looking flaky and feeling dry, stress might be the cause. Borcau told She Knows that when you’re especially strained, your skin can’t hold moisture as effectively. She suggested using a rich cream that contains shea butter and avocado oil. Not only will your complexion feel softer, but these ingredients can also act as a barrier from irritants, free radicals and bacteria in the environment.

Damaged nails
Your digits are also dealing with negative impacts when you’re under pressure – and not just because you might be nervously biting your fingernails. Dr. Flor Mayoral, dermatologist and clinical instructor from University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Fla., said that many people make a habit of pressing their fingers over their thumb nail, leading to a raised ridge in the center. On top of that, your nails may become weaker, peel or even begin to show white horizontal lines. When they’re looking particularly brittle, nix the lacquer for a week and brush on a strengthening treatment.

Hair loss
Is your hair starting to shed? Daily makeover explained that hair loss is another issue that can be caused by anxiety. Your hair follicles immediately go from a growth phase to a resting one. Dr. Mayoral noted that the “fall-out” phase that follows typically lasts for up to three months after a stressful time, and it can take six to nine months for the hair to re-grow. In the meantime, switch to a shampoo that can energize your scalp and a nourishing, thickening conditioner.

New summer collection by Deborah Lippmann

       
Saturday, September 28th, 2013

New summer collection by Deborah Lippmann
Your nail polish can say a lot about you - and the new summer collection by Deborah Lippmann has a range of shades that each make a dramatically different expression.

Channeling your inner punk rocker? Brush on “Pretty Vacant,” a ghostly pale grey that works for any season. If you’re looking for a brighter hue, the taxi cab yellow of “I Wanna Be Sedated” screams iconoclast. The sultriest of the bunch, “I Fought The Law” is a sparkling navy that’s stunning for a night out.

But summer’s not over yet – and if you’re still feeling beachy, opt for one of the dazzling hues in the Mermaid Collection. The iridescent cerulean of “Mermaid’s Eye” is enchanting on both fingers and toes, while the twinkling tangerine of “Million Dollar Mermaid” is striking against a glowing tan. For a more traditional look, paint on “Mermaid’s Kiss,” a bubbling blush with flecks of fuschia. “Do The Mermaid” is a luminous lavender that can take you from beach lounging to evening cocktails, and the seafoam sheen of “Mermaid’s Dream” will transport you to Caribbean waters.

Deborah Lippmann’s luxury line of nailcare has won a multitude of awards and has allowed her to work with some of the most stylish stars and trendsetters, from Cher to Sarah Jessica Parker. Since all nail colors by the Lippman Collection are Infused with biotin, green tea and aucoumea, they’re both nourishing and long-lasting.

So go ahead – make a statement with your nails.