Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Get the Look: Edgy Braids Worthy of Pinterest from the Marissa Webb Spring/Summer 2015 Runway

Edgy braid tutorials from the Marissa Webb Spring/Summer 2015 Runway

If you're like me, you drool over the intricate braids over on Pinterest. I try to follow some of the directions, though I fully admit that I'm only really able to follow my friend Christina's directions over on Hair Romance (and yes, I was totally name dropping there. I know Christina. She is super funny and sweet and yes, has the best Aussie accent ever.)

Anyways, I love that these braids have directions that are easy to follow, they used TRESemmé products to create them for the runway, and they're more edgy than many other braids out there. Not so Bohemian, these would be perfect for going out at night (New Year's Eve?) Both looks were created by TRESemmé Stylist Jeanie Syfu.

What You'll Need for Both Looks:
TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Mousse
TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Hair Spray
If you need added volume, they used extensions by Beauty Works Online
 as necessary.

Braided Pompadour Tutorial

Braided Pompadour:

1. Apply TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Mousse on damp hair and rough-dry ends for volume and texture. Finish blow-dry using a round brush to create fullness through the top of the head and the hairline.

2. Using the end of your comb, section off the center portion of the hair three-fourths of the way down and clip up.

3. Create a Dutch braid (in side out or reverse French braid) on both sides of the head using the loose hair, beginning at the temple and working your way to the nape of the neck. Braid the remaining lengths, leaving ends out, and fasten with a clear elastic.

4. Mist top section of hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Hair Spray and lightly brush along the part.

5. Begin French braid, leaving additional volume at the front and base. Gather hair along the part, working 90 degrees from the head, and finish braiding lengths of the hair leaving ends out. Fasten with clear elastic.

6. Gather all three braids and twist into a low bun, leaving ends loose.

7. Brush the completed French braid upward creating a wind blown effect and spray with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Hair Spray.

Five Strand Braid tutorial

Five-Strand Braid:
1. Prep damp hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Mousse and rough-dry the lengths with fingers for texture and lift. Finish blow-dry with a round brush at the hairline for a soft, airy perimeter of wisps.

2. Once hair is dry, create a deep side part on the right side of the head, then back-brush hair for extra volume and spray lightly with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Hair Spray.

3. Divide hair into five equal strands at the nape of the neck and begin weaving the farthest right section over and under each part, working your way to the left.

4. Take the furthest left section of hair and weave over and under each part, working your way to the right.

5. Repeat steps four and five until braid is complete, leaving ends loose and fasten with a clear elastic.

6. Loosen braid by gently pulling apart and leave airy wisps to frame the face. Mist finished look with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Hair Spray.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Erin Fetherston Spring 2015 Runway: Glowy, Pretty Makeup

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Erin Fetherston Spring 2015 Makeup

The makeup at Erin Fetherston's Spring 2015 Runway show was created by Lottie Stannard, Key Makeup Artist for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC), and was inspired by Kate Moss in the 1990's, and then updated. This is the bit where I admit that I do not not what that means. I think the makeup was mostly pretty neutral and pretty, and that it could mostly be applied with your fingertips, making it easy to replicate when you're in a rush!

Erin Fetherston Spring 2015 Runway: Glowy, Pretty Makeup

To create the look:
Cosmetic Colour Pencils in Feathered (white), Pennyroyal (mid-tone brown) and Tarred (black) were used to create the eye look. Pennyroyal was over the entire lid, Feathered was applied as an accent to the inner corner of the eye, while the eye was lined with Tarred. Dune Stained Gloss was patted over the lid to add a bit of shimmer.

The face was prepped with the OCC Tinted Moisturizer and imperfections were fixed with Skin: Conceal. Créme Colour Concentrate in Newt was applied to the cheeks as blush and Metallic Lip Tar in Pris was used as a highlighter.

The lips were prepped with Lip Tar Primer and then Lament Matte Lip Tar was applied.

The manicure was created by Gina Edwards for Kiss Nails, and it was a crisp white, classic oval shape nail with a thin gold stripe at the tip.

Photos: David Phelps for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Photos: Rocky Luten for Kiss Nails
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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Best At Home Peels

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The Best At Home Peels via

1. Boots No7 Advanced Renewal Anti-Aging Glycolic Peel Kit (Boots Gentle Glycolic Peel Review)

This is a bit more intense than the other peels shown here, but it is still gentle enough for my sensitive rosacea skin! After just one use, 86% of women found their skin felt smoother.

2. StriVectinLABS Weekly Glycolic Peel

This is a 2 step process, and it includes glycolic acid to exfoliate your skin and StriVectin's NIA114, their proprietary Niacinamide derivative. It's gentle enough to use 1-2x/week.

3. Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel

It says it is a peel, but really it feels more like a hydrating mask that just happens to leave you with super smooth skin. It also has Vitamin C to help fight aging!

4. Freeze 24-7 'Skin Smoothie' Retexturizing Glycolic Pads

Very easy to use, just wipe on. I can use them about once a week without any irritation.

5. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

This is a strange green goo, that feels a little like a scrub without enough grit. I like to use it in the shower, you just need to apply a light layer, wait about 30-60 seconds, then rinse off! It is gentle enough to use a few times a week.

6. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

These are super easy to use! Just wipe over your skin at night, and your skin is gently exfoliated. The glycolic and lactic acids are released slowly overnight, so there isn't any irritation, just smooth skin.

7. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula

This is an amped up version of the cult favorite Alpha Beta Peels. It has a ton of active ingredients to give you smoother and more even skin (Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Mandelic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark Extract, Retinol.... there's a huge list).

8. Ellen Lange Retexturizing Skin Peel Kit (review)

This is a 10% Glycolic Acid peel, and it comes with everything you'll need for 8 peels at home, which is a pretty great deal!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Reads

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is obsessed with the holiday beauty gifts at Nordstrom, and put together a Holiday Gift Guide Extravaganza to drool over!

Prime Beauty has the low down on the latest and greatest beauty subscription box--L'occiBox from L'Occitane! Take a look at what you can get for just $15, but hurry these boxes are available just once a season!

Phyrra has tried a ton of subscription boxes over the years. She shares her picks for the Best Subscription Boxes, as well as which ones to skip!

What would you think a makeup organizer brought to you by QUIRKY would be like? Check out Beauty Info Zone to see it and why Marcia is in love with it.

15 Minute Beauty is upping her makeup game with new brushes! Here are some of her favorite makeup blending brushes! Did your favorite brush make the list?

An epic pile of loot has landed at Rogue HQ recently - mostly in the form of incredibly adorable lip-product minis! The Painted Rogue needs your help wrangling the Ballet Monster away from it all...and wants to know what you'd like to see reviewed first, as she has a huge number for new brands to try out!

Sunny from Mostly Sunny has a feast for your eyes. See what nail polishes will have you wanting them all.

Find out why Pammy Blogs Beauty is falling head-over-heels for the super whimsy and pretty Winter/Holiday polish collection from KB Shimmer!

Perilously Pale shares with us some great face and hand products to help combat winter dryness.

Still looking for the perfect gift? polish insomniac has the perfect stocking stuffers and gifts under $25.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

This Week's Sales: December 12

I'm still online shopping (I probably always will be!), and I thought I'd share a few of my favorites from this week's sales! I've created a new sales category (link in the upper right next to the search bar), and you'll find links to my favorite stores, my gift guides and to all of my weekly sales picks there. I'm still figuring out if I'll do this every week and how I'l do it, in the meantime I'm having fun featuring some fashion stuff instead of only beauty! I used to have a blog that was all about shopping, and I admit that I've missed it!

All Saints Miya Coat
ASOS Co-ord Sweater In Structured Cable Knit
Chloé Alice Satchel
Barneys New York Crisscross Ankle-Strap Sandals
Old Navy Glittery Pointed-Toe Flats
Club Monaco Savana Trench
J Crew Factory Merino Charley Sweater
Dior 'Rouge Dior' Lipstick in Deauville
NARS 'Ita' Kabuki Brush

Read on for more sales!