Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all are having a wonderful time with friends and family! This year me and the boy celebrated with my family and are currently working through some major food coma. In the midst of our couch lounging I thought I'd share a few of the much anticipated sales for Black Friday. I've never been one to brave the chaos, but I have been known to do a little damage with online shopping. One sale in particular I've been waiting all week for is at French Connection. I've always loved their modern silhouettes and have been especially drawn to their winter wear this season.Read More
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Winter beauty, often pictured through signature makeup looks of highlighted cheeks and a signature red lip. But, holiday beauty isn't just cosmetics! Having a polished and styled updo will keep you looking festive and fashion forward. This season I'll be keeping my locks styled in three different ways, each perfect for any holiday occasion!
Bardot & A Bow
What you’ll Need: Hairspray | Teaser (for Backcombing) | Curling Wand | Black Ribbon (via. Target) | Clear elastics
What would a holiday hair guide be without a classic up-do? This style is equal parts girly and timeless, and can be recreated on virtually any hair length. Start by creating a half-up half down style. Gather the hair on the “down” section and clip to the side. With the top portion of hair into divide two sections, one on the backside of the head and another framing the face. With the back section use a teaser or comb to backcomb hair. Once hair has a moderate amount of volume layering the front portion of hair over to this and secure with a clear elastic. Next cut a 1 ½ section of ribbon, and tie around the pony to create a bow. I like to cut the ribbon a little longer and have the tails of hang towards the ends of my hair.
What you’ll Need: Curling Wand | Hairspray | Headband ( via. Target)
If you’re feeling a bit more festive try incorporating a headband or accessory with a bit of sparkle. Headbands with elastic are a great base to create a variety of looks that don’t take much time. For this style I started by curling my the lower portion of my hair. Next, I brushed out the curls, careful not to overbrush into static. I sprayed with a light-hold hair spray and parted hair down the center. With a headband of your choice pull directly on top of head, like you would a hat.
Starting to one side of the head begin wrapping sections of hair over the elastic band in a curling fashion. Work around the entire head making sure the wrapped pieces are in a crown-like fashion. Once all hair has been wrapped, try loosening a few front sections to frame the face. This style is more about a ‘relaxed and carefree beauty than being too polished, so feel free to experiment!
Sleek & Polished
What you’ll Need: CHI Flatiron | Hairspray | Teaser (for Backcombing)
I first spotted this style on who other than Beyonce herself! I love the attitude and sleekness that this look brings, not to mention it's great for women looking for a fashion forward style! To recreate this on a more ‘wearable level’ I’ve focused more on sleekness and less on height, but you're free to do up or down as you please! The style is best started with 1 day unwashed hair, your strands will be much more manageable this way. To start section off a portion of hair starting slightly above your temples and rounding out towards the crown of your head.
Next, clip hair on top of the head for later styling. With the remaining hair framing your face, pull tautly back and secure with a clear elastic right under the previously sectioned hair. Make sure this hair is very tight and bumps or loose hairs have been secured. Release the top section of hair and divide, leave a front and back portion. With the front (closet to face) begin to backcomb or tease hair, creating volume all around your head. Repeat this step with the back portion of hair.
Using the same comb brush teased hair into a manageable volume. Hair should be able to stand on it own, if not repeat the teasing from the previous step. Finish style with a strong hold hair spray, making sure to smooth frizz or flyaways.
What updo style will you rock this holiday season?
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My third installment of your guide to gifting bring you major deals from ShopBop's annual buy more save more sale! Shopbop is one of my favorite online retailers for their constantly updated assortment of clothing, shoes, and accessories. It's also the perfect shopping destination for picking up unique fashion forward gifts. This year I'll be checking off my list and shopping for my wanderlust friends and family.Read More
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The holiday season brings an amusement of festivities, fabulous food, and plenty of celebrations. However, the holidays can also bring a harsh chill, leaving you and your skin in its dry and chapped path. The inevitable effects of the season can hit us hard if we don't properly prepare our skin and beauty routines. Aside from just switching to a thicker moisturizer, there are several skin-saving tips I use to create a consistent, healthy holiday glow.
During the winter months, I battle combination skin and those pesky dry spots. To combat this effect and keep my skin texture consistent, I like to incorporate a toner into my beauty prep. When applied to your T-zone, toners can help even out inconsistencies and create a better base for makeup application. This season, I'm treating my skin with Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic exfoliating toner. The solution is great for all skin types, and it really promotes a brighter and clearer complexion. To apply, I use a cotton round and tip toner to release a bit of product. As of late, I have been applying this in the morning before beginning my beauty routine.
After using the Pixi toner, I follow with a light-coverage BB cream by Pacifica. I actually came across this product when I purchased a larger gift set during a recent Target trip. Normally, I would use something with a bit more coverage, but this product really delivers a gorgeous natural finish. The product itself is very lightweight and feels more like a moisturizer than a BB cream. Another great thing about this product is that it uses shade-matching technology, so finding a shade isn’t a problem.
With these few products, I’ve been able to get a jump-start on winterizing my skin-care routine. After all, a healthy holiday glow begins with a clean complexion!
How are you combating winter’s chill with your beauty routine?
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