I’ll be the first one to admit I’m feeling a little haggard these days, not enough beauty sleep, a few too many glasses of Malbec, and the constant run-around of my day to day routine have left me feeling less than my best. Does anyone else feel the pre-holiday stess of parties, fam time, and errr more holiday parties? In my dream world this is how I would prep for the long holiday hoorah coming up:
Loyly’s November Spruce Treatment:
I visited Loyly for the first time with Marjorie during the summertime for some pre-wedding beautifying and let me tell you, it is absolutely worth every penny. The facilities are just gorgeous, and the staff is both accommodating and super friendly. Pop in with your bestie, or go alone for some quality “me” time. For just $85 receive a 45-minute massage, up to two hours in the steam/sauna facility, a spruce aromatherapy foot soak, cleansing tea, and lemon spruce body salt. Click here to book now.
Portland Juice Press Cleanse Package:
Get rid of those nasty built up toxins (before you replace them with all that spiked eggnog) and feel better about slipping into your festive holiday best. Portland Juice Press will deliver 5 fresh-pressed juices and 1 hazelnut milk to your door, by 8AM. Cleanses range in price depending on length, anywhere from 3-6 days but start at $165 for 3 days. I love a good cleanse, and Portland Juice Press makes it easy to commit because their juices are just so darn good. More deets here.
Skin Treatments by Rebecca Boatzel at Red Magnolia Salon:
I recently got some waxing done by Rebecca and it was such a great experience. Not only did she pay attention the every little detail regarding my bushy brows, she gave me tons of great skincare advice about why I was having breakouts and even sent me home with some samples to try. I can’t wait to book my first facial with her! Affordable but thorough waxers are hard to come by, so if you aren’t in love with your current de-fuzzing method, definitely give Rebecca a try.
Shellac has been one of my fave nail treatments for a while now. The chip resistant, lightning fast-drying, and super shiny gel color lasts way longer (up to two full weeks) versus the standard mani, which I somehow manage to fuck up within mere minutes of leaving the salon. But is it bad for you? Anyone who has gotten Shellac knows the best part is being able to leave immediately upon popping your little mitts under the dryer. The problem is that the dryer uses UV Radiation (similar to what they use for those yucky tanning beds) for that speedy dry time. Although research is still pending, there have been a small number of reported cases linking nail dryers to skin cancer. Considering the number of things that are said to be cancer causing (Diet Coke, anybody?) will this stop my love for Shellac? The jury is out on this one.
Jewelie Randall’s last name means "Wolf’s Shield" (beat that), so in keeping with the old time tradition of apothecaries named after their owners, she brings us Wolf's Apothecary, a temporary source for locally concocted health and beauty products (Randall herself has 20 years of experience as a "city herbalist"), plus vintage and modern home goods, and jewelry. Appearing set to exist for just two short months in November and December at 902 SW Morrison Street, the list of products it is expected to carry is being meted out in updates on Facebook. Here's what we know so far:
The store will stock "soap, candles, jewelry, furniture, medicinals, candy, body care, haircare, skincare, leather, wood, ironwork, vintage housewares, etc." Oh man, I'm so listening. Confirmed vendors include Portland Black Lipstick Company, Heather Bell Jewelry, "raw organic local" honey (this one perhaps?), Gretchen Nation Collection, Molly Muriel, and From The Reliquary, with presumably more to come.
Neon Eyeliner: Is the cat eye your go-to morning makeup trick? Kick it up a notch by switching out your everyday black or brown with something bright and fun. I love to do a bright blue, electric green, or bold yellow. And you don’t have to spend a lot to try out something new; hit up your local Freddies, Walgreens, or whatevs to scope out the selection by Wet n Wild or other cheapies.
Vampy lips: It sounds pretty dramatic, but try a dark lip ranging from kinda bold to extra daring with hues varying from blackberry all the way to black. Keep the rest of your look neutral to avoid looking like an actual goth.
Hair Extensions: Call me crazy, but I’m super excited about clip-in extensions. Over the past couple of years affordable, natural looking options have become readily available. Look for some locally at Mid-K Beauty. Super long has never looked so hot.
Oh, waxing, that blissful half-hour during which I forcibly retrain myself from punching my aesthetician between the eyes (hey, I have sensitive follicles). It's a somewhat unnecessary evil, though, so you may as well put it to good use, as Urban Waxx (which, to be fair, has rendered me an almost entirely painless eyebrow treatment in the past) is planning to do with the torturous sounding 24-Hour Waxx-a-Thon, which is thankfully more of a trial for the waxers than the waxees, no doubt especially during those awkward 4:30 am appointments. But hey, it's for charity, so nut up and get some hair ripped out of your skin. For a good cause! On October 6 at 9 am until the 7th at 9 am, all proceeds from waxing appointments will go to benefit Friends of Trees and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (who you know are no strangers to the waxing wand). Sterling Coffee Roasters, Voodoo Doughnuts, Bridgeport Brewery, Red Hook & Caps and Corks, and Koi Fusion will be there to help everyone through the day. Walk-ins will be welcomed, but to be safe you can book your appointment here.
Technically, it's Fall, but the weather forecast has nothing but sunny skies for the next few days, which I will effectively use to pretend like it's still Summer. The fruit I always associate with Summer is the blueberry, preferably local. Not only are they tasty, they also contain powerful antioxidants that help fight off free radicals that can damage skin cells. While it is better to eat them to get all of their nutritional goodness (topical skin care products only address 20% of your skin on the surface while the other 80% of your skin is affected by what you eat and drink) it still is fun to add them to your skin care routine. So go out and pick up some local blueberries (I know they are still out there) and try out some of the following recipes, and you too will be in blissful denial that Summer is over.
Blueberry & Oatmeal Facial Mask
1 cup blueberries, 1 cup oatmeal, 2 tablespoons honey, 5-6 whole almonds
Puree all the ingredients in a blender until finely blended. Spread mixture over your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water then splash skin with cool water. This mask is great for dry skin. Source: Yahoo
Hydrating Blueberry Face Mask
1/4 cup fresh local blueberries (frozen berries may be substituted in a pinch), 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1 tablespoon olive oil, Juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoon sugar
Pulse the first four ingredients in a blender until smooth. Sprinkle in sugar and massage evenly over the face and leave on for ten minutes. Remove with a warm, damp cloth. This mask will make your face feel super moisturized and nourished. Source: Beauty Bets
Blueberry & Yogurt Face Mask
2/3 cup blueberries, 2/3 cup plain yogurt, 2/3 cup honey, 1 teaspoon oatmeal
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend thoroughly. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. Once dry remove with a warm cloth. This mask will make your skin glow! Source: Red Lip Gloss
Blueberry Aloe Eye Mask
Handful of Blueberries, 2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
In a small bowl mash a handful of cold blueberries. Then add aloe vera gel and dab mixture delicately under the eyes. Lie down and leave on for 20 minutes. Remove with lukewarm water. Your eyes will look refreshed and brighter. Source: Beautylish
All masks may be stored in the refrigerator for up to about a week tightly covered.
Here’s a little taste of her style:
VICE: Why write about drugs and beauty the way you do?
Cat Marnell: First of all, with beauty I knew I would get a response just by being myself because beauty is so square. Obviously, I could just write it straight and I could write that in my sleep. "The Lip Gloss Round Up!" It’s stupid. I just hated it. It’s so boring. “Master the Disheveled Pony Tail!” You don’t even really write them, you just get the quotes from the hair stylist and then you plug in a product. But when you write “Lipstick That Won’t Come Off on a Dick,” you get a response.
It’s no secret that nails are one of the hottest trends the past couple of seasons. From crazy DIY geometric shapes, neon colors, to claw like kitty nails, anything goes. Changing up your polish is fun, affordable, and such a statement. The top shades to turn to in the upcoming months are definitely black, charcoal grey, blood red, deep violets, and metallics. Check out a few of the looks I’m currently lusting over:
1. Inverted triangle design fresh from Lace Salon on my own mitts. You can try it at home by cutting out little triangle shapes with a piece of scotch tape.
2. A fresh take on black, try studding your nails. All you need is tiny studs or any kind of decal you fancy. Use a toothpick or tweezers to apply the stud, wait for them to dry and apply a clear top coat for a badass mani. Video tutorial here.
3. I’m crazy about metallic everything. The shinier the better, silver, gold, and gilver the gang is all here. Try butter LONDON’s Diamond Geezer lacquer for a sexy silver look.
4. Lana’s claw nails are super chic, and perfect for that pinup look. To truly get this look, you’ll have to get acrylics. I have totally asked for this exact look, and was very pleased with the results but went back to my natural nails after a couple months. Lots of upkeep is required, but girl if you can maintain this look, rock it!
5. I’ve been seeing this caviar nail look all over the fashion and beauty blogs, but have yet to try it. What do you guys think? Try it yourself with the CiatÉ Caviar Manicure from Sephora.
I'm not a huge camper (I'm very fond of human advances in hygiene), but I like to let my hair down and hippie it up at Pickathon once a year, "sleeping" with my neck cricked on a slant to the tunelessness of drunken improv wannabes playing to an early morning crowd of 0 on the Woods stage. Oh, good times.
Last summer, I stayed the whole weekend fully prepared to be stank, when I stumbled upon The Oasis, which completely robs you of the option of not showering at Pickathon. Sorry, stinkos. A traveling spa with hot showers, a sauna, and massage and acupuncture therapists, you'll recognize it by its towering gypsy banners and patchwork of oriental rungs. Assuming prices are the same as last year, six bucks will buy you a nice hot open-air shower with lavender Dr. Bronner's, and you can rent a towel for $3 if you need to. Personally, I think it only makes sense to spring for the $10 shower/suana combo, especially since the sauna is a converted airstream trailer, which is just cool. There's a cold shower behind it for ablutions, and an anteroom for cooling off and drinking water.
If you really want to do it up, go for the massage (or acupuncture, I guess. Not really my scene, so I can't vouch for it.). The pricing—again, going off of 2011 rates—is slightly under what's salon-standard, at $30/30 minutes and $55/hour. I went for a full hour last year, and if she is still around ask for Susanna Low-Beer—she is amazing, and I spent the rest of the afternoon completely blissed out with massage-pillow creases all over my face.
So yeah, you could be a dirty hippie at Pickathon this weekend, I guess, and maybe nobody would notice (they would), but if you tossed some of your beer budget at The Oasis instead, I have serious doubts that you'd regret it.
In case you have constructive things to do with your time and do not already know it, the creators of The Jersey Shore have a reality show about a lady who runs a celebrity-frequented LA nail salon called the Painted Nail. The key to its success appears to be the free booze:
Yes, it does look awful, but if we're honest with ourselves, I think most of us can admit that if we were super stoned and feeling waaayyy too lazy to change the channel, we'd watch it. Except for the "shizballs" part. I like to think I would be able to muster it to escape that, even under the weight of a million bong hits. Anyhow, the reason I'm telling you about these things (remember five minutes ago when you were blissfully ignorant of the show's existence? Pour some out for your formal self. You're on the other side of a certain line now, and you can never go back.), is because the show's star, Katie "I'm the Queen of Nails" Cazorla, is heading to Portland in a couple weeks (August 12-13) and giving free manicures to the public. FREE MANICURES. Now, obviously this might be a perfectly horrible, mobbed out, half-assed event, so ask yourself: How cheap am I? While you're thinking about it, I've got some inquiries out for the details. Don't you worry!
I recently started laser tattoo removal treatment at Oregon Aesthetics, and couldn’t be happier with the results. Good doctors and reputable clinics are very hard to come by. Hearing the horror stories of scarring, untrained practitioners, and tattoos looking worse after the treatment made me super skeptical, so it took me quite a while and lots of research before deciding on Oregon Aesthetics.
I went with them because of the laser they use: It’s called the ConBio Medlite C6, and it's the most advanced and effective model for tattoo removal. I can finally say goodbye to the tattoos I regret every time I glance at them. (Why is 18 the legal age for that shit?) Tattoo removal isn’t for everyone, especially here in Portland, where the ink is always a'flowin’. But if you’re interested in the treatment, I would highly recommend getting a consultation. I am on my second session; getting three tattoos removed (they are all about medium size) and can definitely see a significant difference.
The pain is no joke. People always ask me if it’s comparable to getting tatted, NO it’s way worse… it’s like clench-your-teeth-try-not-to-cry-the-entire-time pain. My parents get quite the kick out of this part, saying it’s my “penance” for getting them in the first place. In all actuality, the fact that I am sentenced to wearing flat shoes for about two weeks after the appointment (one of the tattoos is on my foot) is really the worst part.
Pricing varies depending on the size, color, how old your ink is, and where it is on your body. I’m looking at about seven more sessions, maybe less. Oregon Aesthetics allows you to pay per treatment, or purchase a package, which is a better deal. It’s not cheap, but this is one area you def don’t want to scrimp. For more info click here.
A fresh, glowing complexion is the best investment you can make. During the summer months it feels so nice to just go easy on makeup and let your natural beauty shine through. I’ve recently upped my daily skincare regimen and have seen mahj benefits from using just a few key products. The Clarisonic Mia 2 has single handedly changed my skin! It is definitely an investment, but totes worth it—my face has never felt cleaner. Keeping up with your SPF is also essential to preventing those pesky wrinkles later on (SPF 50 or higher!). And if you’re like me, you may go out occasionally and have a little too much fun. Upon returning home it seems absolutely impossible to make it to the bathroom and wash your mug. Enter makeup-cleansing wipes. Stash them on your bedside table to avoid your eyelashes being crusted together in the AM.
Summer is almost here, and that means farmer's markets, sun, and dehydration! Luckily a staple of these farmer's markets are locally grown cucumbers. Super hydrating, the cucumber has a water content of about 90% and is also packed with vitamin C and fiber, which means inside and out your body will love them on those hot summer days in salads and applied in various ways onto your skin. Here are a few ways to keep yourself cool and beautiful in the coming months:
Cucumber Astringent: Juice half a cucumber (either with a juicer or use a blender and strain away the solids.) Apply with a cotton ball. This will keep your skin shine free.
Cucumber Toner: Mix 1/4 cup fresh cucumber juice, 2 tablespoons witch hazel, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 tablespoon vodka (optional.) A fancier version of the recipe above, it provides the same effects and also helps to tighten pores and relieve mildly sunburned skin. Source: Natural Beauty at Home
Cucumber-Avocado Facial Mask: Place 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peeled cucumber, 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peeled avocado, 1 egg white, and 2 teaspoons powdered milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and apply to face and neck. Leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Splash cool water after that and gently pat dry. This mask nourishes, tightens pores, and helps slough off dead skin cells to reveal fresher skin. Source: care2.com
Straight Cucumber Mask: Grate a cucumber and apply to your face/skin. This is great for sunburns.
Cucumber Body Pizza: Yes, it is exactly what you think. Grab a friend and try this to ease that sunburn after a long day of PBR drinkin' and river floatin'.
The last DIY remedy is a variation of the tried and true cucumber-on-the-eyes thing that I invented not too long ago when I overindulged the night before:
Elizabeth's Hangover Helper: Start with a make-up free face (shame on you for not washing your face before you passed out!) Grab a big glass of coconut water and two cold slices of cucumber. Relax for about 15 minutes and try to remember/forget all the stupid shit you did the night before. After this, flip the cucumber slices over and rub all over your face, this will feel amazing and refreshing. Let the cucumber juice dry, then moisterize the hell out of your skin (or take a shower and then moisterize.) This little ritual will make you feel fresh (or a little less like garbage) and help replenish some of your body's water that you replaced with alcohol the night before.
From Gwyneth, Nicole Richie, to Beyonce, all the svelte celebs have been spotted with their trendy glass bottles full of colorful concoctions. Before you have to be bikini bod ready, you may want to try a juice cleanses to get rid of any bloat, and kick start your diet. Enter local juice company Pure Simple Juice, who offers cleanse packages for either 3 or 5 days. All of their juice is freshly squeezed and ready to pick up in the morning, or can be delivered for a small additional cost. My friend recently completed the 3 day cleanse, and she said the juices were super tasty, and that Pure even sends encouraging e-mails each morning of your cleanse!
The spring 2012 cleanse package includes:
Per Day, One 16-ounce bottle of each freshly pressed juice:
• + Carrot plus
• + Green juice
• + Green lemonade
• + Almond milk
• + Kombucha (fermented tea)
• + 1 quart Veggie Miso broth (bone broth optional)
• + Herbal tea
• + Handouts on what do before, during and after the cleanse
Get all the deets here, and happy juicing!
I had the opportunity to attend my first Portland RAW Artist showcase at Bassnova this past week. What drew me to the event was long time friend, makeup artist Abibat Durosimi also known as Tabiba Styles who was a featured artist at the event.
I wanted to catch up with Abibat to talk about her tour stint with Prince, her recently published work in a European E-Magazine, and her shoot for Solestruck’s Summer Lookbook among other things.
Just a little background: Abibat has more than 15 years in hair-styling and 7 years of makeup experience. She has had the opportunity of working with celebrity clientele (PRINCE, PEOPLE!) as well as assist in the art direction of high-end editorial shoots and runway productions. She has also been invited to be a key makeup artist at Portland’s own Fashion Week and yearly Bridal shows.
So the catching up did not happen right away as chaos was building backstage. In a tiny room where models and designers moved in and out, Abibat had to use Tim Gunn’s famous line “Make it Work!”. There was little room to finish hair and makeup for 10 models, so "make it work" was an understatement. This lady set up shop with her assistant Courtney and prepared for some intense work while beer and bodies swirled around her. It was truly amazing to see her focus and pose in such a crazy, confined and confusing situation.
What she produced was an illusion of effortless cosmic gypsy perfection! Inspired by the fashion designer she was paired up with [Tina Marie Fisher], Abibat had a solid concept as well as a natural creative flow that brought the overall vision together. It was a joy and pleasure to bear witness to her craft.
You have heard her name here and you will again as Abibat has her hands in some exciting up and coming projects that will showcase her raw natural talent as an artist here in Portland and beyond.
Long before Sephora deigned to put a store in Portland's retail core, Blush Beauty Bar was serving up the products and services we needed to keep our personal grooming where we wanted it, and now that they're in their expanded space they're better than ever. This weekend marks their eighth birthday, and they're celebrating that nice round number by giving out gifts with every purchase, $5 and $10 beauty bins, a raffle benefiting the food bank, and other special deals and discounts throughout the store from Friday through Sunday. So stop in to say "Happy birthday!" and take advantage of the excuse to spruce up your look for the sunny season.
I came upon the following product by accident, when Whole Foods had been out of my regular night cream for weeks. As I was pondering my options I came across the Wild Carrot Herbals section. I have been using (and loving) their eye cream for a while so I decided to give some of their other products a try. I grabbed the Vanilla Bean Skin Cream, opened it, and was immediately hit with the scent of vanilla frosting. I put some on my hand and it felt like I was smearing vanilla frosting onto myself. This may sound weird, but I thought it was awesome, so I bought it, and at $11.99 it was a steal compared to other night creams. I used it that night and when I woke up the next morning my skin was super soft and hydrated, and the scent still faintly lingered. I have been using it ever since and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
Needless to say I am a new devotee to Wild Carrot Herbals. Not just because their products are great, but because it is a local company based in Rickreall, OR (11 miles west of Salem) and they grow almost every ingredient that is in their products right on their own farm. The ingredients that are not grown by them are sourced organically whenever possible and are local or fair trade. They hand pour and label all of their small batch products and have done extensive testing on hundreds of their friends and family members instead of testing on animals.
Wild Carrot Herbal products are available at Whole Foods, New Seasons, various co-ops around Portland, and on their website here.
Flora is one of the best stores in downtown to wander through, with their charming jumble of jewelry, apothecary, and all sorts of eye-catching treasures that make great gifts and little pick me ups. This Friday, May 4, they're hosting a spring trunk show to highlight new jewelry from some of the store favorites: Amy Wing's "ballet inspired Blossom Collection," Amy Olson's "warm gems and hard metals," and Favor's "delicate" new summer collection. Also on hand will be the local Alima Pure cosmetics, dispensing advise on all things makeup. On the edible side, Higgins pastry chef Faith Dionne will be on hand with her Bees & Beans confections, plus champagne and tea will flow throughout the event, which runs from 5-8 pm.
Personally I think it's unbelievable that this is only now happening, but the FDA is finally going to begin monitoring all of the ingredients in beauty products. We all willingly slather various things onto ourselves everyday without really knowing exactly what is in them (unless you are a scientist/obsessive researcher who knows what every ingredient is and what it does or a barefoot hippie who makes everything herself) and some of these things are just downright unsafe and toxic. For a long time Europe has had a more progressive approach to monitoring beauty products than the U.S., with 1,200 ingredients banned there and only 10 here. While I do think people have the right to use whatever the hell they want on their skin, even if it is toxic, I do think consumers have the right to know exactly WHAT they are using and if there are side effects (like parabens, which are estrogen-mimicking preservatives that may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders.) Once all the information is available and easy to understand, then people can make informed decisions about what they want to put on their skin (just like they are free to smoke, drink, and eat junk food, all the while knowing the risks.)
This initiative will not take affect until 2013, so if you are dying to know exactly what is in your favorite products visit Skin Deep.
Ever wonder why Mediterranean women always look so damn great and healthy? One of their secrets, one that has been used for centuries, is olive oil. This kitchen staple is super healthy when consumed (it has a high content of monounsaturated fatty acids, which are good for keeping good cholesterol up and bad cholesterol down, and a high content of antioxidative substances) and it works wonders on skin by repairing damage and keeping it soft, smooth, and supple. Extra virgin olive oil is best as it is minimally processed and retains the most nutrients for the maximum effect. Try the following tips and you'll be as beautiful and glowing as the aforementioned Mediterranean women (without the tan of course. This is Portland after all.)
-Skin Moisturizer: Just rub it on, easy! (A little goes a long way, and it is best to use on damp skin as the oil will absorb more easily and won't leave skin greasy.)
-Exfoliator: Mix olive oil and sea salt together and use all over the body. Much cheaper than the stuff you buy at the store and works just as well. Add essential oils to make it smell nice.
-Make-up Remover: Add a little to a cotton ball and use as you would regular make-up remover. It removes facial make-up as well. (When used consistently olive oil can soften the skin around the eyes and smooth out wrinkles.)
-Hair: Apply to dry hair, concentrating mostly on the ends, wrap your hair in a hot, damp towel or a shower cap, and leave it on for at least half an hour. You could leave it on overnight as well, but make sure to put a towel on your pillow so you don't end up with an oily mess. Shampoo/condition as usual.
-Nails/Hands: Just rub a few drops on your cuticles and your nails will be moisturized and healthy. For really dry hands rub a generous amount all over hands, put on gloves, and wear overnight.
-Scars: Olive oil is great for minimizing the appearance of scars due to it's high vitamin E and K content. Just rub 1 tbsp. of olive oil on the scar for 5 minutes to loosen the scar tissue. Leave on for 10 minutes and wipe off. Mix 1 tsp. of olive oil and 1 tsp. of baking soda and rub on the scar (to exfoliate.) Rinse off. Do this everyday to speed the healing process.
Spring is here, the time of year for regrowth and renewal, and it’s time to get our bodies and skin looking fresh and healthy with the help of a little yellow fruit. While you may think lemons are just useful for lemonade and a garnish for your cocktail, they are actually super good for you. Consumed and used on the skin, lemon juice can do wonders for your health and appearance.
Drinking warm water and lemon juice each morning will give your body a jump start by re-hydrating you and flushing out toxins in your system. It will also restore your body’s PH balance if your body is overly acidic. Lemon juice is also great applied directly onto skin. It is a 100% natural and cheap alternative to expensive beauty products. Here are a couple of ways to use it:
-Dip a cotton ball into some lemon juice and apply to your face before going to bed. Wash off the next morning. After a few nights of this, your skin will be glowing as the citric acid helps to exfoliate the skin, clearing away dead, dull cells to reveal new ones.
-Slice a lemon in half and dip it in sugar. Scrub (gently!) all over body and face. This will have an even greater exfoliating effect than just using lemon juice alone. It should only be done once or twice a week on the face, however, since the skin there is more delicate and could become irritated.
And of course do not do either of these things after shaving or waxing or on/near an open wound, because it will sting like a mother!
As stated, lemons are also very useful in cocktails. I've recently been ordering vodka with lots of muddled lemon and a splash of soda water. This is a great alternative to the sugary juices that accompany most cocktails, and less sugar means less hangover—we all know hangovers are not pretty.
The ombré trend has been a staple among celebs, fashionistas, and stylestalkers for the past couple of seasons, but “chalking” is a fresh spin on the ombré obsession. I found this recipe for fun pastel pretty hair on my fave beauty blog the beauty department. All you need are soft pastels found at most art stores (locally I’d check Utrecht or Blick) but make sure they are indeed soft chalk pastels, not pastel oils because that would be a disaster! The brand I used is called Schmincke, and worked great, the beauty department recommends Senellier- either or will do. Last week while visiting home in Eastern Washington, I set out to the one art store in town and grabbed the prettiest seafoam green, and brightest cobalt blue I could find. My mother thought I was going to make some artwork, and was rather miffed when I explained I was going to put these colors in my mop. Alas, I set out on my experiment with high hopes because I’ve always wanted to take the plunge of really dying my hair a crazy color, but have never gone through with it. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to achieve your own ombré look:
The past few seasons one trend has remained on top: Nails! Ranging from claw-shaped mitts, neon colors, to pretty patterns, nails are an easy and affordable way to change up your look. Sometimes my hands are steady enough to attempt the DIY looks, but most of the time I take my crazy ideas to my trusted mani magic maker Kim at Lace Salon. I’ve scoured the web to find a few of my favorite emerging looks, and here’s what I came up with:
Meow Mani: Try your hand at this kitty cat mani, it looks like you need black, white, and neon green polish (a pen style might be easier to work with) and a toothpick.
Lilac and Gold half moon nails: Get step-by-step instructions here. All you need to complete this look are reinforcement stickers (like you’d put on your notebook paper) and lilac and gold polish, shown here are Essie’s Lilacism, and Opi’s Glitzerland shades.
Outer Space Nails: Get this far-out DIY style here. This look is a process to achieve but the results are totally worth it. For this look you’ll need your favorite dark blue or black polish for a base, a couple metallic shades, and a glittery polish to get that starry night effect.
The Beauty Department is one of my go-to beauty blogs, with in-depth how-tos on all the latest trends in makeup, hair, and nails. Hills alum Lauren Conrad is one of the co-founders along with her team of trusted beauty junkies, and this site chronicles what’s next in all things glam and girly. Their mani Monday posts are super cute, here’s a couple of my favorites.
Rarr! Find out how to get this cheetah print nail pattern here.
Polka dot party, click here for instructions on how to make your own nail dotting tool.
Spring is (hopefully) just around the corner, but until the rainy days subside, start feeling bright with Ka’Oir’s super fab lipsticks. Their products are not tested on animals, and I’ve yet to see a makeup company come up with such crazy colors! Wallflowers need not subscribe to this daring beauty trend, but if you have the guts, go for it. My favorite thing about makeup is at end of the day it just washes away, so have fun, be bold, and try one of these neon shades that are sure to stop traffic. I've got to get my hands on #Kaoirdoll blue, it's just too good to be true! Scope/shop Ka’Oir cosmetics here.
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