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Beauty, Celebrity, Hair, trend hungry tuesday

{Lighten Up} How to Achieve Subtle Ombre For Summer

The last few summers more and more heads have hopped on the ombre bandwagon, including mine. The gradual color fade blends tones into each other, graduating from light to dark. A subtle ombre should mimic the the natural highlights you’d typically get from the sun and are most dramatic at hair ends, since hair is typically lighter at ends from being exposed longer to the environment.

This ‘do is so popular because it’s universally flattering since we’re simply copying/enhancing what the style Mother Nature would provide if we had all day to stay outside. It’s also low maintenance, so no monthly touchups are required because it’s a gradual fade and color was applied starting at the ends, not the roots.

Justin Bieber recently lightened the tips of his hair and his now on-again girlfriend, Selena Gomez has been rocking a subtle ombre for months and there are lots more famous people with lightened locks.

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Fabulous ombre styles can be seen on the heads of Lauren Conrad,  Lea Michele, Jessica Alba, and Jared Leto … just to name a few.

Are you ready to lighten up your locks? To achieve on the cheap you’ll need a little skill, as results really depend on the application. Try Loreal’s Feria Ombre kit for $12.99 at your local drugstore and be sure to watch their How To Get Great Ombre video tutorial online before you begin.

If you’re not the DIY type, then this is one trend that I recommend seeing a professional for, as botched attempt could result in a bigger bill to get fixed that the ombre service itself.

Or take a time machine back to 1994 and use some Sun In by the pool. Just kidding. Sun In is still on the market and works like how you remember but BE CAREFUL! There are tons to negative reviews on this product so proceed with caution and don’t try if your hair is already damaged. This girl did on YouTube got awesome results so it may be worth trying.

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coconut-oil-uses
Beauty, DIY, Hair, Nails, Skin

10 Coconut Oil Beauty Recipes

Ladies, let’s prep our hair & skin for spring! Chrissy wrote about understanding the chemicals in your cosmetics and, I agree with her. It is SO SO SO important to know what you put on your skin and hair. One product I’ve been obsessing over is coconut oil (I’m even cooking with it!). Coconut oil is natural and can give you soft, hydrated skin and is pretty much a beauty lifesaver.

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Considering its many uses, organic coconut oil is inexpensive. I bought a jar from my local Whole Foods for $14. It’s also found at Trader Joe’s and most grocery stores. The DIY beauty recipes below only use 1-2 ingredients. The jar is huuuuge and I’ve been experimenting with its never-ending beauty uses.

Here are 10 ways you can get spring-ready hair and skin by stirring up beauty recipes in your own kitchen. 

1. Lip Scrub

Mix coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

2. Face & Body Moisturizer

A one-ingredient wonder. Simply apply generously to your face and body. It’ll feel super greasy, but the oil absorbs fast.

3. Face Wash

Combine equal parts of coconut oil & baking soda.

4. Cuticle Oil

Melt the oil and use as cuticle oil when doing your nails.

5. Body Scrub

Combine coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

6. Hair Mask

Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil  with 2 tablespoons of honey.  Apply to your hair in the shower, coveryour hair with a shower cap, and wait 15 minutes before shampooing and conditioning.

7. Hair Conditioner

Apply a small amount (as needed) of coconut oil to your ends prior to shampooing.

8. Lip Balm

Dab some on for soft glossy lips.

9. Hair De-frizzer

Add about 1 teaspoon to your hair for instant shine and frizz free locks.

10. Makeup Remover

Use like a regular make up remover and apply with a cotton ball or swab. I think this works better than most make up removers (especially with stubborn eye makeup).

 

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty routine? Is there a beauty use we should have included? Do tell in the comments below!

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Beauty

Video: Backstage Beauty at Daisy Fuentes NYFW

I hope my NYFW photo diary kept your cravings at bay. Now, on to some backstage footage! I got to find out about a new product that Maybelline New York comes out with in November. Ever wonder who decides what manicure the models should wear?  I had to ask and guess what else, the polish they used was only 4 bucks! There’s one more video coming soon, but for now get a glimpse backstage NYFW at Daisy Fuentes show for her Kohl’s Collection.

At-home tips to get ready for prom
Beauty, DIY, Featured, Uncategorized

Prom Prep Time: Our 3 Golden Rules to Ensure Perfection

At-home tips to get ready for prom Ah that time of the year is back again, where girls across the country are prepping and planning (and probably driving themselves crazy) for the greatest night of their high school careers…if you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about prom!

That magical night where you get to look and act like a princess is a dream come true for many girls, but we all know it doesn’t come easy. There’s a lot of work that goes in to making your prom night perfect. Aside from finding prince charming, brushing up on your dance moves, and snagging the perfect dress, your hair and makeup has to be spectacular! That’s where we come in. We’re here to provide DIY beauty tips, tricks, and rules to help you get pretty for prom with ease… and most of them won’t cost you a penny!

First you must choose your look. While this may initially seem overwhelming, fear not: we have three simple rules to follow and a few do’s and don’ts to help you prep and plan for the best (and most beautiful) prom ever! Next week we’ll give you a few specific on trend looks and narrow down the nitty gritty of how to DIY yourself pretty!

Rule #1: Match your beauty vibe to the dress. It’s best to stick with a look that emphasizes your personality and compliments your dress. Take a look at your dress to determine what “feel” it gives; for example: a chiffon floral halter dress emulates romantic, whimsical beauty, much like Keira Knightly, so loose curls and simple makeup would be a perfect addition. On the other hand, if you’re rocking a silk, low back black number, a sexy up-do and sultry makeup will top off your Megan Fox bad-girl vibe. Pick your look, have fun with it and go all out!

Rule #2: Pick a focal point. Once you have the desired “look” chosen, you have another decision to make: eyes or lips. It’s best to choose to focus on one of the two, yet many girls make the mistake of emphasizing both and wind up looking way too made up or even clownish: enter Christina Aguilera.

Unsure of which asset to emphasize? Go with what most people notice or compliment you on! Make sure to keep other areas of your face toned down and as neutral as possible, which will make your focus feature pop!

Rule #3: Prep, prime, and practice! For the days leading up to prom, pamper yourself pretty! Use an exfoliating scrub on face and body (for face we love this Seaweed Exfoliator from The Body Shop and indulge in a sugar scrub like Dirt Vanilla Sandalwood Sugar Scrub  from Coterie.com for baby smooth skin all over) this will help remove any dead skin cells and promote cell growth for fresh, glowing skin. Get eyebrows waxed at least a few days, if not a week before prom, to ensure you won’t have any redness or irritation on your big night. For silky smooth hair, use a smoothing and restorative hair mask (Neutrogena makes an amazing one, here) 2-3 days before, and try to wash your hair no less than 24 hours before prom night (slightly dirty hair is more manageable and easily styled). You should pre-plan your look a few weeks ahead of time, so you’ll know exactly what products and tools you’ll need. Take a few free hours the week of prom to do a practice run through of your whole look to ensure smooth sailing the day of.

Now a few DO’s and DON’Ts for the big day that are key to making sure your night and everyone along with it goes perfect:

DO wear confidence. It’s hands down the best accessory, and no amount of makeup could ever make you look as beautiful as confidence. When you feel beautiful, you look beautiful, so work it girl!

DON’T stress out. Prom is meant to be an unforgettable occasion, and wouldn’t you hate to remember it as a stressful time? Relax, everything is going to turn out great! Plus, stress can lead to breakouts (eek!), headaches, and anxiety; three things you definitely don’t want on prom night.

DO get your beauty sleep! Don’t let prep time take away from bedtime! Getting the right amount (7-9 hrs) of Z’s is crucial to looking and feeling your best.

DON’T worry about what others are wearing. Be yourself! Pick a look that you absolutely love, and don’t worry if you’re the only one rocking that look you’ll be an inspiration for others to embrace their own unique style!

DO pack a mini emergency kit. Foldable flats, concealer, and blotting papers are you friend.

DON’T bring a huge bag. This is a formal event so only little clutches will do. 

P.S. Don’t let this go-to guide for looking and feeling your best be limited for prom night, you can apply these tips and tricks to any big night out! We all know our hunger for glamour is never satisfied, so keep those special occasions coming and we’ll keep you updated with all the latest on getting gorgeous for less!

P.P.S Don’t forget to check back next week for our favorite prom hair and makeup trends for this year with tutorials on how to DIY!!

P.P.P.S The dess pictured is from JCP!! Pearl Georgina Chapman of Marchesa Organza Rosette Dress, $110.

celebrity trend: lauren conrad pink hair from paint
Beauty, Celebrity, DIY, Featured, Trendy Or Trashy?, Uncategorized

Celebrity Trend: Crazy Hair Colors! Would You Rock It?

Last week we posted about Khloe Kardashian Odom’s cray-cray hair part. She took to Twitter to show it off and now Lauren Conrad Instagrammed her pink locks. What’s going on with celebs social sharing their colorful tresses? We’re not mad at it, but we’re not sure about rocking the style ourselves.

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LC’s wasn’t on purpose. Her pretty blonde hue got splashed with paint at the festival of colors called Holi Festival.

As you may recall, Nicki Minaj made this colorful style popular a couple years back. Celebs clearly love their colors!

We don’t recommend using paint to snag the style, but we do recommend Pop of Color by Rita Hazen spray made for your hair ($18), aka the same one  Khloe Kardashian. It’s temporary, as cotton candy hair may not be something you’d like to commit to.

An even more fab and frugal find is Beyond The Zone Color Bombz Air Head Pink. It’s only around $6 and can be bought at Sally Beauty.

So would you do this do? Comment below!

[Lauren Conrad pic c/o MTVStyle.com]

 

Oscar Night Beauty
Beauty, Celebrity, Featured

Oscar Beauty: Our Top 5 Picks!

This year’s Academy Awards was all about updated classic beauty: glamorous waves and up-do’s accompanied by  classic makeup with a modern twist. Needless to say everyone looked gorg!

We’ve hand picked our top 5 favorite Oscar beauty moments for you to snag some beauty inspiration.

1. Jessica Chastain. I love this classic Hollywood glam look. A bold red lip, thick liner, and soft waves. This would hands down be my go-to look if I was ever lucky enough to strut the red carpet. Looks beautiful on everyone and never goes out of style!

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2. Jennifer Lawrence. I really can’t get enough of her! Her look was effortless and beautiful, with a chic up-do and sultry (yet subtle) smoky eye. Not only is this look Oscar-worthy, but it is perfect transitional style to wear to work and weekend.

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3. Charlize Theron. My personal favorite. With her new pixie ‘do paired with glowing makeup, Charlize  looks fresh faced and completely stunning (as always).

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4. Kelly Rowland. Completely KILLING it on the red carpet this season, am I right?! Kelly was a complete knockout –  with a chic (and easy do it yourself) topknot and a pink lip/smoky eye combo.

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5. Jennifer Aniston. I’m always inspired by Jen’s signature surfer girl, laid-back style. She proves that it doesn’t take loads of makeup and extravagant hair to look amazing. You can achieve this look with some mascara and liner, a touch of bronzer, and a pop of nude gloss.

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Now that you’ve seen our top picks, we’d love to hear your favorite Oscar beauty moments! Comment below to join in the convo!

For more of our beauty loves and lusts check out our Beauty boards on Pinterest!

Rihanna_Neon Nails
Beauty, Celebrity, Featured

Neon Now! How RiRi Rocks This Beauty Trend

As you may know, neon is hugely on trend right now and is not going anywhere anytime soon. While neon may sound intimidating, fear not!; there are multiple ways to rock this bright and bold look and who best to learn from than the always on trend Rihanna?

Neon Nails: Eye-popping nail colors are no longer reserved for summer! Keep your digits bright all year long with fun funky colors. You can even go a step further and add cute designs (like Rihanna’s smiley faces!) If you want to add just a bit of color, opt for a neutral nail and brightly colored tip. Get colorfully creative with Revlon Nail Art Neon. Continue Reading

Beauty, DIY

Easy Updo Ideas, as Seen on Stylish Celebs

By Mackenzie easy updo's

 

Ever have one of those days when you just don’t feel like going through the countless steps of your hair routine? With static hair thanks to our favorite winter fashions, there’s bound to be more of us in this boat than usual. The fix? Try an easy up-do! Whether you’re late, lazy, or just too busy, we’ve got quick styles and tips for looking pretty and pulled together in no time at all.

The Beyonce Braid: If hair is wet and you’re in a hurry, run a volumizing mousse through hair and fix into a low braid. Spritz with hairspray. Continue Reading

how to prevent frizzy hair
Beauty, Trend Bite

Trend Bite: How To Prevent Frizzy Hair

Frizzy hair? Not cute. Washing your hair every day? Not healthy, plus it’s annoying. Shower caps? Um, no. Shower caps allow humidity in and humidity causes frizz. As you can tell, this is the making of a major bad hair day. What’s a girl to do? Use a towel. It will block humidity and keep your locks looking lovely. Do keep in mind that towels are not water proof. I repeat. Towels are not water proof. Don’t stick your head directly under the shower and your hair with thank you.

 

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