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Three easy ways to glam up for an office party

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Three easy ways to glam up for an office partyThe holiday season is officially underway, and with it comes the opportunity to dazzle your coworkers at the annual office Christmas bash. While this can be a great time for cutting loose and celebrating a year well spent, it's also the perfect chance to break out of the ordinary and show how stunning you really are! Consider these three great tips as you get ready for your workplace bash.

1. Embrace plenty of color. From your lips to your cheeks, what better way to stand out in a crowd that by showing off a rich and vibrant hue on your visage? A versatile cheek and lip stain like GloMinerals – gloTint for Cheeks and Lips can be a remarkable way to perk up your look.

2. Pack along a moisturizer. It may not seem crucial, but during the chilly months of winter your skin can get dry and parched pretty easy. By slipping a moisturizing cream into your clutch, you can ensure that your skin stays supple throughout the party.

3. Don't forget your nails! During the hustle and bustle of the work week, it can be easy to forget all kinds of things – including your nails. Before you head to your office Christmas party, you should take the opportunity to do up your digits in style with something like Lippmann Collection – Candy Shop Nail Lacquer. This ultra-sweet hue is sure to be the perfect complement to your glamorous ensemble and leave a lasting impression on your coworkers!

Top 10 nail art looks for the holiday season

       
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Here are our top 10 nail art picks for the holiday season!Chances are you have several holiday gatherings to attend in the upcoming weeks, which means you'll be looking for just as many awesome nail, hair and makeup looks. In the spirit of the holiday season, why not deck your nails out with festive nail art designs? Here are the top 10 to try!

1. Candy cane stripes
There's nothing quite as iconic as candy canes when it comes to Christmas, and luckily they're not that hard to create on your nails. Just grab a white nail polish and paint two coats on top of your base coat. When that's completely dry, use tape or nail stickers to create diagonal stripes (some of them should be a bit wider than others), then paint over your nails with red polish. Peel off the tape or stickers when that's dry to reveal a cute candy-striped design!

2. Snowflakes
To pay homage to the beauty of winter, how about painting an assortment of snowflakes on your nails? After using a base coat, paint your nails a background hue like light blue, red or green. Then use a toothpick or a tiny lip brush dipped in white polish to paint snowflake designs. Just like in real life, they shouldn't all look the same! Add some glitter polish like Lippmann Collection – Stairway To Heaven Nail Lacquer on top for extra sparkle!

3. Gift wrapping
Christmas wrapping paper always comes in festive colors, so it's the perfect inspiration for a holiday manicure. Use gold nail lacquer as a background color, then paint on diagonal stripes in colors like red, green and white. If you need to, look at pictures of wrapping paper online to figure out the best combination.

4. Reindeer
If you're a great artist, you might be able to pull off reindeer on your own. Otherwise, you can find a nail stamp online, which is easy to use. Just paint your nails with a base coat and a background shade, then choose another color for the reindeer and apply it to the stamp. Scrape off the excess, then press on.

5. Holly
Whether it's on an accent nail or you paint it on all 10 of your digits, a sprig of holly is totally festive. Use a red nail polish for the berries and a green polish for the leaves, then add a top coat to seal the design.

6. Glitter
A glitter mani for New Year's is the perfect accessory. Just paint on your base coat as usual, then apply a few layers of a polish like Lippmann Collection – Happy Birthday Nail Lacquer. Paint on a top coat and you'll be sparkling just like that champagne!

7. Hanukkah-inspired
If you're celebrating Hanukkah this year, whip out your blue, white, gold and silver polishes and get creative putting together a fun design. You could go with dreidels, menorahs, stars of David or whatever else you can think of!

8. Snowman
What's cuter than a snowman manicure? Get out your white nail polish and create three circular shapes to form his body on an accent nail, then use colors like black, orange, blue and red to add on his features. A top coat will ensure that your handiwork stays put for days.

9. Bows
What present is complete without a big bow tied on top? Turn your nails into gifts by painting off-centered crosses on each nail, then adding bows in the center of each one. A little sparkle will make them extra special.

10. Gingerbread man
Make your manicure super sweet with gingerbread man accent nails. Just paint a background color, then use a brown polish for his body and add decorations like eyes, clothes or hats. How cute!

Warming Up Winter Wears

       
Monday, November 26th, 2012

Warming Up Winter Wears

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Warming up with Winter Wear

New Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets have arrived!

       
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

New Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets Have Arrived!Believe it or not, the holiday season is already here, which means pretty soon you’ll be looking for gifts to give your fellow beauty enthusiasts. While you could always pick up a few trusty bath products or try your luck choosing individual makeup items, it’s a lot more foolproof to go with a kit that has coordinated shades and complementary products. This year, why not give your gal pal one of the new Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets?

You have six different sets to choose from, all of which can give your recipient a manicure to swoon over. The Rock This Town collection has three sexy, shimmery nail polishes that are perfect for nights out on the town. She’s Always a Woman comes with three mini must-have shades that will definitely flatter your friend’s fingers this holiday season.

Or, get her the Puttin’ On the Ritz Lip & Nail Duet, which has a long-wearing shimmery lipstick that perfectly coordinates with the Glamorous Life nail lacquer. If she likes classic red, the Love Notes Lip & Nail Duet might be more her style, while sophisticated pink lovers will adore the My Touch My Kiss Lip & Nail Duet. The Midnight Confessions Lip & Nail Duet would be perfect for a friend who’s dying to try the trendy new vampy red shades.

Whether they’re for your friend, sister, mother, niece or even yourself, the new Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets make the perfect presents!

How to make your bobby pins a whole lot cooler

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Could your bobby pins use a bit more pizzazz?When you think of bobby pins, you probably imagine a bunch of boring brown pins that are meant to hide in your hair, holding intricate updos in place. It used to be that visible bobby pins were a fashion faux pas, but these days they're showing up all over the place – no more hiding!

From Diane Kruger to Emma Stone, stars have been seen with bobby-pinned hairstyles on the red carpet, and beauty gurus everywhere are loving the look. Whether you place several in a row to hold back side-swept bangs, criss-cross them in X-shapes all around your head or get even more creative with those pins and your trusty hairspray, there's no doubt that these accessories are chicer than ever.

But brown is pretty boring, right? While you can definitely find snazzy, colorful pins at a beauty supply store, a DIY solution is hiding right in your makeup stash. All you need is some bright or sparkly nail polish!

Seeing as you probably have a bunch of awesome shades to match a variety of outfits, you should have no problem matching your bobby pins to your ensembles. Just use the polish to coat one side of each pin, let them dry for a few hours and turn them over to paint the other side. When they're all dry, you'll have yourself a few great new accessories to rock. Cute!

Say hello to a cool new manicure trend: the sideways French

       
Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Need a cool idea for a new manicure?You might think you've seen it all when it comes to French manicures: glittery tips, colorful tips, ombre tips and so on. But there's a new manicure trend in town that's edgy, sporty and chic all in one. That's the sideways French manicure.

According to Glamour magazine's beauty blog, this sideways stripe is easy to achieve the same way you would create a regular French manicure, only you'll be sectioning off the sides of your nails, not the tips. Use a sticker specifically meant for this purpose (which you can find at a local drugstore) or simply use a piece of scotch tape that's been pressed against your skin first. This ensures that it's not sticky enough to rip off your base coat.

Paint your nails with the base color of your choice, then let them dry completely, which will take about 30 minutes. Now use the sticker or tape to create a line along the side of your nail. It doesn't matter which side you choose, but you'll want to keep it the same on each nail. However, you could try making the line on the opposite side of the nails on your other hand.

Finally, use another nail polish color and paint inside the area sectioned off by the sticker or tape. After a few minutes, carefully take the sticker or tape off and then apply your top coat as usual. Chic, right?

Get frightfully fashionable beauty tips for your Halloween costume

       
Monday, October 15th, 2012

Get frightfully fashionable beauty tips for your Halloween costumeDo you eagerly count down the days to Halloween, but always have trouble picking out the perfect costume? You don’t need to be a professional makeup artist to flaunt some of these super-sexy looks in time for your big holiday bash! With a few of these quick tips, you can pull off a range of frightfully fun styles with tools from your very own cosmetics bag.

Vampire. They’re trendy, mysterious and impervious to the aging process – what’s not to love about being a vampire? From the Twilight Saga to True Blood, the undead have a timeless allure we just can’t help but swoon over. To sink your teeth into this lively costume idea, start by painting your nails a vampy shade of blood red. With Lippmann Collection – Forsaken Bad Things Nail Lacquer Set, you can capture the sultry energy the undead are so known for.

And as any creature of the night knows, nothing ruins a perfectly decadent party like an uneven complexion, or worse, the dreaded signs of sun damage. Before getting into costume, apply a chemical-free and ultra-hydrating product like COOLA – Face SPF 20 Mineral Sunscreen Rose Essence Tint, which can keep your complexion free from the harmful effects of UV radiation.

Witch. Forget the green skin and the wart-covered nose! If you really want to bewitch your pals this Halloween season, the best costume for you is as a witch. Back in the day, you might have relished dressing up in ghoulish face paint and a black wig to channel a spooky witch vibe, but this year, you can show how magically appealing you’ve become by sporting skin so radiant and age-defying, onlookers are sure to fall under your spell.

With an anti-aging cream like BABOR – Baborganic Pure Age Preventing Cream, you can boost cell regeneration and renewal, both essential in turning back the clock on fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Best of all, this green product features 100 percent organic ingredients, just like you’d find in your average cauldron.

You can also add a captivating sparkle to your style by sprinkling loose mineral eyeshadow like those offered by Colorscience Pro – Genie Sparkle Colore over your peepers. In dazzling shades like Moonlighting or Wait Until Dark, you’re sure to create a scene.

Medieval queen. For fans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, this fantasy series has inspired everything from home decor to personal style. This Halloween, you can channel your inner regal and capture the dynamic energy of the show by dressing up just like a Medieval queen!

For a fresh and feminine look that will complement your ensemble, leave your hair unbound or crown yourself with a loose braid. Hair products that will add volume and definition can be a great way to give your tresses a subtle yet luminous appeal.

Playful cat. Are you looking for a costume you can pull together in a pinch? While it may not be the most unique, dressing up as a playful cat for Halloween can be a flattering costume for women of any age and with a few of the right beauty products you can make this style one-of-a-kind. The best part about dressing up as a mischievous kitty for the holiday? It gives you the chance to show off flawlessly crafted cat eyes!

To start, grab a primer and blend it along your upper lash line to ensure your eyeliner stays intact throughout the evening, then gently trace a line over your upper lash. Most importantly, don’t forget to add a swoop! You can make your initial line thicker depending on how much of a statement you want to make.

A precision eyeliner like BABOR – Maxi Definition Eye Liner (Black) offers a calligraphy tip that can make it easy to draw the most exact line possible. One thing’s for sure, though – with this bold look, you’re bound to make a dramatic impression!

How to get the “blood-dipped” nails from Prabal Gurung

       
Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Looking for creepy nails to make your Halloween costume awesome? Look no further!If you're looking for a creepy nail look to wear this Halloween, the nail art from Prabal Gurung's recent runway show is the perfect choice. Referred to as "blood-dipped nails," the effect makes it seem like blood is dripping down the tips of your fingers – great for a spooky costume. Here's the how-to.

First, choose a hydrating base coat and a shade of polish that will make the blood. A bright red could work, but it might look more realistic to choose a darker shade of red-purple. Of course, it's totally up to you!

Once you have the polish picked out, grab a small brush, like one that you'd use for lipstick or eyeliner. Even a regular paintbrush will work just fine. You'll need more precision than you'd get with the regular nail polish brush.

Now create drip shapes by painting from the center of your nail down to the tips. They shouldn't be uniform at all – different heights, shapes and widths look the most convincing. You might even want to make a few blobs that aren't attached to anything.

Once you've made the drippy lines, connect them at the tips of your nails by painting a line like you would if you were doing a French manicure. It doesn't have to be perfect – in fact, it shouldn't be! When that's all set, finish up by painting on a quick-dry top coat. Creepy, right?

Still haven’t found the perfect nail polish dotting tool?

       
Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Still haven't found the perfect nail polish dotting tool?You may have a nearly full set of Lippmann collection accessories, but have you found the perfect tools for creating those intricate details that are so popular in today's nail art craze? There are some products out there that can make it easier to get straight lines, crackle effects and even magnetic designs – but what about dots?

Luckily, The Beauty Department found a solution. While it's possible to create your own dotting tool by sticking a pin into a pencil's eraser, not everyone has these materials on hand. But if you own a mechanical pencil, or even a regular pencil, you're golden!

Just use the tip of the pencil to dip into your colorful nail polishes, then lightly press it onto your nails wherever you think a dot would look appropriate. An all-over polka dot pattern would be fun, as would dots just on the tips – or maybe along one side of each nail. See what happens when you use different pencils – regular wooden ones might give you different sized dots depending on how sharp they are, which could open up a new realm of possibilities!

Three ways to rock half-moon manicures this fall

       
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Half-moon manicures are going to be hot this fall!If you're looking for a cute new manicure idea that's edgy and cool without being too out-there, the half-moon mani is it. And the best part is that it's easy to create and you can choose color combinations for any setting, from the office to the club. Here are three ideas to check out this fall.

1. Metallic and black. It's up to you whether you choose silver, gold, bronze, copper or any other metallic shade of glittery nail lacquer, but mix it with black! Paint your entire nail with two coats of black and let it dry. Afterward, use tape, nail stickers or hole reinforcement labels from your local office supply store to section off the half-moon shape at the top. Paint inside the shape, let dry and finish with top coat.

2. Nude and navy. For a classy look that's perfect to pair with fall's darker fashions, try this chic color combo. Instead of painting the nude-colored half moons on top of the navy, you might want to section that area off first, paint the navy, then do the nude in the space leftover.

3. Oxblood and chestnut. These shades are hot this season, so there's no doubt that your nails will be totally en vogue. Pick up a rich maroon shade and a light brown, then use the brown on the half-moon shaped area. Finish with a shiny top coat and you're done!