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24.09.13 Beauty, Nails

Beauty Spot: DIY Nail Art

Beauty Spot DIY Nail Art

If the recent spring fashion weeks and the Emmys red carpet taught us anything, it’s that nail art isn’t going anywhere.

At Sundays award show, stars like Zooey Deschanel, Kate Mara, Kelly Osbourne and Zosia Mamet all sported nail art–and from Zooey’s whimsical black and white checkered patterned nails to Kate’s subdued white and silver chevron print, nail art can be as bold or subtle as you want.

Check out these options for easy ways to create nail art at home.

Nail Art

Ciaté Very Colourfoil Manicure
Revlon Nail Art Expressionist
Essie Sleek Sticks
NYX Precious Pearls Nail Art Kit

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17.09.13 Beauty, Hair, Makeup, Nails

NYFW Beauty Recap

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After seven days of high fashion and stunning beauty, we’ve compiled a list of the spring beauty trends from New York Fashion Week that we think celebrities will be rocking on the red carpet soon.

Nails: The ‘Floating Moon’ Mani
Nail art isn’t going anywhere, but it is taking a minimalistic turn for spring. At Milly by Michelle, butterLONDON manicurist Katie Jane Hughes painted just the moon of the fingernails in the shade Cotton Buds and then filled in the rest of the nail with a nude shade.

ButterLONDON polish in Cotton Buds

Eyes: The Rose Gold Smokey Eye
If you don’t know that rose gold is all the rage, then you definitely haven’t been paying attention! And at Jason Wu, the shade was used to create a thoroughly modern smokey eye. Makeup artist Diane Kendal used the shimmery caramel colour from Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Pan Shadow & Liner Palette in Bronze Amour to lay a lovely bronze cat-eye shape base, and then applied rose gold coloured glitter over the top. This would be such a high impact look at the Academy Awards in March!

Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Pan Shadow & Liner Palette in Bronze Amour

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Lips: Vibrant violet
This past spring and summer, stars had lots of fun with bright pink and even orange lips, and next up, they’ll be experimenting with violet. At Prabal Gurung, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created an eye-catching violet lip by mixing M.A.C. Lipmix in white and burgundy for her own custom shade. Emma Rossum loves to play with colour, so I’d love to see her try this out first.

M.A.C. Lipmix in white and violet

Hair: Sleek Ponytails
It may not be a new trend, but the perfectly sleek ponytail, loved by supermodels and actresses alike, is going to be a huge trend this spring. The look was seen on the runways of designers such as Victoria Beckham, Altuzarra and Jason Wu. At Altuzarra, hairstylist Odile Gilbert began by making a center part and then blow-drying the hair with Kérastase Mousse Bouffante and sealing the ends with Kérastase Fibre Architecte. The hair was then pulled back into a low, sleek ponytail and finished with Kérastase Laque Dentelle.

Kérastase Mousse Bouffante
Kérastase Fibre Architecte
Kérastase Laque Dentelle

Credit: Go Runway, Luca Cannonieri & Greg Kessler/Kessler Studio

12.09.13 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Spot – Charlotte Tilbury Make-up Collection

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Charlotte Tilbury is one of the beauty industry’s experts, with over two decades of A-list experience having worked with top photographers including Mario Testino and Mert and Marcus; supermodels such as Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen; and magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, LOVE and V Magazine.

Her portfolio also includes high-profile fashion shows and campaigns such as Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Rachel Zoe and Missoni.

Sharing her expertise via her YouTube channel providing makeup tutorial videos, it was only a matter of time before a makeup line was the next step.

This month she launched her revolutionary new makeup collection, including signature products such as ‘Charlotte’s Magic Cream’; she has been mixing this cream for years and is well-known in the industry for its use backstage on models and celebrities alike.

You can also recreate her signature smoky-eye look with the much-hyped ‘Full Fat’ mascara.

What I love most about this collection – as someone who isn’t particularly au fait with makeup application – is that each product is packaged with expert tips for effortless application and transformative results.

You can buy the Charlotte Tilbury Make-up Collection from Net-A-Porter International and Selfridges.

04.09.13 Beauty, Makeup

Jason Wu for Lancôme

Jason Wu for Lancome

It was no surprise back in February when news broke that designer Jason Wu would be collaborating with Lancôme on a cosmetics line–after all, the designer has never shied away from bright colours and distinct beauty looks at his runway shows. And while it’s been a long wait to see what the color genius would offer, the wait is over, now that the Nordstrom-exclusive cosmetics line has debuted (timed to coincide with New York Fashion Week).

The 15-piece collection offers classic, feminine colours and several nods to Wu’s favorite accent colour–blue–in fact, the collection’s sole mascara is navy blue–playing perfectly to both Wu’s aesthetic and the current trend of coloured mascara.

The entire collection is packaged in another Wu-signature hue–gray, and features the Jason Wu logo and the Lancôme rose.

And more good news? Although this collection is limited edition, Wu has already created a second collection set to debut some time in 2014.

You can shop the Jason Wu for Lancôme collection exclusively at Nordstrom.com.

03.09.13 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Spot: Welcome Fall

Beauty Spot Fall

Whether you consider the start of September the first sign of fall, or whether it’s the American holiday of Labor Day, or even the start of New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, they’re all upon us–fall is here (even if the season hasn’t officially begun yet).

Here are some of the best fall collection shades that you should plan to work into your autumn beauty looks.

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Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain in Madame Batifole
Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Fake It Til You Make It
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Denim Ink
Chantecaille ‘Wild Horses’ Eyeshadow Palette

27.08.13 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Spot: Bright Eyes

Beauty Spot Eyes

GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment

There’s a reason everyone in Hollywood is obsessed with this three-minute eye treatment–it really works! Brighten dark circles, diminish puffiness and plump up wrinkles in less time than it takes to listen to your favorite song.

Butter London Wink Mascara in Indigo Punk

Plenty of women are afraid of coloured mascara, but it’s remarkably wearable and is a great way to add some pop to your normal makeup look.

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Tarte EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener
Rimming your waterline with a nude liner is one of the quickest ways to look awake and rested, and this eyeliner stays in place all day, so you can stay looking bright and beautiful from dusk til dawn.

Jane Iredale Eye Highlighter
Use this two-sided pencil in the inner corners of your eyes for an instant wake-up, or under your brow for an instant lift.

bareMinerals Remix Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in Wild Things
These true-to-colour shadows offer a wide variety of eye play: Get a modern smokey look by using all four shades, or get creative and line your top lids with the electric chartreuse and the lower lids with the aqua–edgy and fun.

Credit: Style.com

16.08.13 Beauty, Makeup

Hair Trend Alert: The Modern Beehive

Hair Trend Alert The Modern Beehive

A huge trend in the 60s, the beehive is a classic, albeit dated, updo.

But recently, several actresses (and their hairstylists!) have been experimenting with the classic look and updating it in various ways.

‘Scandal’ actress Darby Stanchfield made her ‘hive modern by finishing it into a low ponytail.

Minka Kelly interpreted the look by only pulling up half her hair, and leaving the rest down in gorgeous, loose waves.

Rachel McAdams kept her beehive the most authentic–a complete updo–but still kept things fresh by keeping some pieces around her face loose.

Lily Collins (and hairstylist Mara Roszak) perhaps got the most creative, by extending the volume that’s synonymous with the beehive look down the back of the head, finally tucking the length of the hair under, at the nape of the neck. The black headband breaking up the height at the crown also adds interest.

Of course the key to any kind of beehive style is volume, volume, volume, and the best way to get that is teasing. Use Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Teasing Dust to add the gritty, voluminous texture you want, and also protect the hair. Then use a teasing brush like the 100% Boar Bristle Brush from Wigo to backcomb your hair into your big, beautiful hive.

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