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Beauty/December 19, 2018

3 Organic Skincare Brands for That Perfect Glow

Caring for our skin daily is one of the easiest ways to ensure long-term health, confidence, and youthfulness. These natural skincare brands are dedicated to redefining beauty industry standards for products which are not only good for us, but also good for our planet. Check out our favorite natural and organic make-up brands.

Herbivore Botanicals

Natural & Organic Skincare | All-natural, nontoxic, paraben-free, sulfate-free, organic
Eco-Friendly | GMO-free soy wax, recyclable & reusable packaging, food grade
Ethical | Cruelty-free, made in small batches in USA
Our Pick | Pink Clay Soap Bar
Price Range | $16–$88

Herbivore Botanicals is a Seattle-based skincare line that uses cold-pressed and steam-distilled oils. Their products avoid fillers, instead utilizing globally-sourced natural ingredients such as French pink clay and Brazilian gemstones. Their beautiful package designs, captivating scents, and great textures encourage self-care and healthy indulgence.

Juice Beauty

Natural & Organic Skincare | All natural, 70% or more organic ingredients, sulfate-free, paraben-free, no artificial dyes
Eco-Friendly | USDA Organic, local sourcing, uses solar and wind power, recycled packaging
Ethical | Vegan, cruelty-free, gives back
Our Pick | Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer
Price Range | $12–$110

Juice Beauty has been changing the beauty industry since 2005 with their organic and natural clinically-validated skincare and vibrant plant-pigmented cosmetics. All of their products are vegan and cruelty-free, they utilize sustainable energy sources for production, and they’re USDA Certified organic so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin! We love their detailed ingredients list and the variety of products for different skin types available. 

100% PURE 

Natural & Organic Skincare | All-natural, toxin-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free
Eco-Friendly | Recyclable and reusable packaging
Ethical | Vegan, cruelty-free, made in USA
Our Pick | Blood Orange Cleansing Balm
Price Range | $6–$59

100% PURE‘s USDA-Certified Organic skin care is made with the highest quality, natural nutrients for your skin and daily enhances your own efforts, the natural skin care way. Their natural cleansers and masks detox and refresh skin, and their natural facial scrubs exfoliate and buff away bumps, flakes or dullness. Plus, they offer a full line of cosmetics and personal care products, so they’ll be your new favorite one-stop shop for all-natural products.

Beauty/November 19, 2018

What to Buy From Sephora’s Beauty Insider Holiday Sale 2018

Sephora’s annual Beauty Insider Holiday Sale slashes prices across skin care, makeup, hair productsfragrance, and more. Sephora’s yearly winter VIB sale is the opportunity to nab steep discounts is bigger than ever. There is certainly a lot to choose from, so let us help you narrow down the options. Scroll on for our top picks.

Pat McGrath Labs Holiday MatteTrance Lipstick, $38, sephora.com

It isn’t the holiday season until I pick out the one red lipstick I will wear for weeks on end. And this Pat McGrath one just feels so festive.

Nars Orgasm Infatuation Palette, $42, sephora.com

This year’s limited-edition collection comes at the perfect time because I just hit pan on my favorite Orgasm blush. But you know all about the legendary flush it gives, right? And that the Laguna bronzer gives the most gorgeous sun-kissed glow? My vanity—and my cheeks—are begging for this.

Givenchy Le Rouge, $40, sephora.com

The last thing I need in my life is another lipstick, especially another in the dark red color family. Still, tell me to walk away from this dark red shade and its pink-gold case, and I’ll hold a grudge against you forever.

Tatcha The Water Cream, $68, sephora.com

Moisturizer has historically been one of the skin care items I’m most reluctant to splurge on. Drugstore stuff works just fine, and I’d rather shell out for expensive serums that smell a little like sulphur. But when I tried Tatcha Water Cream, I realized in less than a week that I had to revise the usual budget. I like to use it at night and pile on a bit more than I think I need. The stuff goes on like a smoothie. Pores just drink it up.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $90, sephora.com

I adore Drunk Elephant, but the cost of it is crushing. The chance to get the glycolic night serum at a discount (any discount) is one I won’t pass up. Of all the DE products, the night serum is my favorite—my skin glows from it the next morning.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner, $22, sephora.com

It’s clear that pouty lips are having a moment. I don’t have the funds or the guts to get lip fillers, so I’m ready to commit to Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat, which I’ve had my eye on for nearly two years. Every cool girl in the game uses this liner to define their lips, and I’ve only heard rave reviews about the color, staying power, and most important, the ability to make your lips look fuller.

Dior Hydra Life Balancing Hydration 2 in 1 Sorbet Water, $42, sephora.com

I’m obsessed with this toner. It’s light, refreshing, and leaves my skin feeling unbelievably soft. I go through it faster in winter because the heat is on and dries out my skin, so I’ll be adding an extra to my top shelf.

Hair/October 17, 2018

The 5 Hairstyles You’ll See This Spring

There’s a cliché that summer is the best time to go blonde. While you can go lighter at any point throughout the year, there’s something about the warmer months that inspires women to make a change. There are plenty of other hair trends on the rise as well just in time for Spring. Are you ready?

Low Maintenance Bangs

Anthony Nader, Salon Owner and Creative Director at RAW Anthony Nader:
“Bangs are a game changer and it shows that you can still have a longer hair shape, but still have some shorter lengths framing your face. I find that most of my clients love longer bangs cause there cool and easy to style which is so important. Push them back, sweep them forward, you decide.”

Textured “Cool Girl” Bobs

Anthony Nader, Salon Owner and Creative Director at RAW Anthony Nader:
“Dua Lipa’s graphic “cool girl bob” is the perfect example of how you can wear this haircut and not look old. Keep the texture “undone” rather than restricted and poker straight. Dua’s bob is definitely on my radar—girls are already asking for this and it’s not even summer yet!

High Ponytails

Alex Fuchs, National Education Director at La Biosthetique Australia and Director at Fuchs Salon:
“The retro style high ponytail, as seen on Bella Hadid, is for sure making a comeback and alongside it the scrunchie—who would believe that? Reason for that is that we are seeing a lot of 90s influence also now back now in hair trends.”

Messy Bun

Alex Fuchs, National Education Director at La Biosthetique Australia and Director at Fuchs Salon:
“The big summer trend I predict is the messy bun, as we just saw on Megan Markle at Wimbledon. It’s a very soft look and is suitable for most face shapes. Everyone can do themselves—that’s why it’s ideal for summer.”

Super Long HairJoey Scandizzo, Co-Creative Director of ELEVEN Australia:
“Pulling off this look starts with the right haircut, for this extreme long hair look ask your hairstylist for a definitely line at the base. Next, it’s all down to what you do at home, because super long hair looks best when it’s healthy and well maintained. Make sure you add protein to your hair as well as moisture.”

Fashion/September 27, 2018

5 Trends to Wear This Fall

With Fall here, you’re probably ready to break out your favorite sweaters, jeans, and jackets. If your closet is in need of a style revamp, just look to the Fall fashion trends that designers, bloggers, and street style stars have already embraced. The best part? All of the season’s biggest trends are not only stylish and fashion-forward but super flattering and easy to pull off, too.

Mad For Plaid

This season’s checkered styles have been given a sleek modern upgrade. Look for plaid pieces with tailored finishes, pretty embellishments, and unexpected color combos to make the classic print seem fresh and brand-new.

Hint of Sparkle

Designers like Sally LaPointe want you to add a little sparkle to your Fall looks. Whether you rock a chunky sweater with a sequined skirt or layer a sparkly jacket over your favorite autumnal outfits, this trend is sure to make you stand out.

Logo Mania

Logomania was all over the Fall 2018 runways, and street style stars have already been spotted rocking their favorite brand’s signature symbols. Be sure to incorporate at least one logo-emblazoned piece into your rotation this fall.

Colorful Tights

This is probably the easiest Fall 2018 trend to wear, as you can incorporate bold hosiery into almost all your Fall looks.

Go Wild with Animal Prints

Animal prints are a perennial favorite, but Fall’s styles are wilder than ever. Ease into the trend with a sleek cheetah print blazer or skirt, and once you are comfortable, take a walk on the wild and start mixing and matching different animal prints.

Hair/August 20, 2018

The Best Hair Gels to Buy in 2018

Hair gel seems to be an integral part of our initiation into the world of grooming. When we first begin experimenting with a ‘hairstyle’ it seems the first product we turn to is a sickly, plastic-scented, gluey mess in lurid packaging. Those who dabble with gel quickly learn it can withstand wind, rain and a double header; hell, you could even sleep in it and hair wouldn’t budge. In the early days, gel abuse is common, but when you know how to apply it properly, it’s actually hard to beat.

What Is Hair Gel?

Hair gel is a styling product that typically has a clear, jelly-like consistency and is known for its shiny, wet look and elastic properties.

Who Does It Work For?

Gel helps those who struggle to restrain their natural hair texture. It smooths away curls and repels moisture, so it keeps frizz in check. Gel is also an essential ingredient for short to medium length slick back styles, sharp side partings and retro shapes such as a pompadour or rockabilly quiff.

How Should You Use Gel?

Who better to ask how to use gel than some of London’s top hair stylists? “I think gel had a bad reputation because it can make hair super crispy when it dries, and it can even cause hair breakage when you touch your hair if the hold is too strong,” says Davide Barbieri, session stylist with regular clients including Robbie Williams. “Modern gel formulations are nothing like their crunchy, flaky predecessors and are easy to remove,” he says.

“Always start with a small amount when using for the first time and apply evenly to damp hair before styling into the desired shape,” adds Joshua Gibson, session stylist at Sassoon, who’s worked on editorials for i-D and L’Uomo Vogue.

The Best Hair Gels

Sebastian Liquid Steel

When only the strongest hold will do, recruit this heavyweight. Joshua Gibson says, “Liquid Steel is one of my go-to gel products in my kit. It does what it says on the tin—it gives the strongest hold—and nothing will move a sleek look made using it except washing.” Be warned: this one dries super-fast so it’s for advanced gel users only.

Eco Styler Professional Styling Gel

Want a no-gel look with a strong gel hold? Lee Machin, session stylist, who creates show looks for Missoni and regularly works with actors such as Jamie Dornan and Douglas Booth, goes for Eco Styler Professional Styling Gel Krystal Clear. “This is my favorite gel. You can blow dry it in on wet hair to get volume and hold for quiffs and it will dry and look completely product free. I also love it for catwalk shows and for sleek wet looks and it won’t flake.” It’s also the best value for money.

Bumble & Bumble Bb.Gel

Want a natural look? Davide Barbieri favors the flexible hold of the Bb.gel from Bumble & Bumble when testing out new styles. “It doesn’t dry too quickly so you have more time to change the shape of the style,” he says. It also gives great natural-looking shine and firm hold once your style is set.

Nioxin Thickening Gel

Fair or fine hair? Gibson recommends Nioxin Thickening Gel. “It’s is great for lighter hair colour types like blondes, or where receding is an issue. It still has strong hold but isn’t concrete and brushes out easily.” The formula contains thickening polymer technology to form bonds between gaps in the hair to give it a denser looking appearance.

Fudge Hair Gum Extreme Hold Controlling Gel

Want the hold without the shine? Carmelo Guastella, Men’s Grooming Director at Gielly Green Four Seasons in London, recommends Fudge Hair Gum Controlling Gel. “It gives hair volume with strong hold and control, without going totally stiff, and the finish is matt. The other quality I like about this gel is that you are able to put your hands through your hair, breaking up the stiffness of the gel. And it leaves no residue or flakes.”

Davines Strong Hold Cream Gel

Tim Pateman, session stylist, uses Davines Strong Hold Cream Gel on fashion shoots and on clients at his salon, The Lion & The Fox. “This strong hold gel gives a great wet look, which is easily pliable when water is added to allow control before the style sets in place. If you like a tight barber look with a top that is going to stay where you want it to stay—use this.” It doesn’t flake and a little goes a long way. For best results always apply to wet hair.

Source: https://www.fashionbeans.com/article/best-hair-gels-men/

Fashion/July 18, 2018

Biggest Street Style Trends of 2018

This year, Ultra Violet has been named the official color of 2018, see-through bags and heels have become wardrobe staples, and dad sneakers are now acceptable to wear around town, being that they’re one of the hottest shoe trends of the moment. Here are four street style trends that you’re going to see everywhere in 2018.

Twinning with a Friend

No, twinning with a best friend is no longer solely reserved for kids. This season, we saw an array of street style stars wear matching outfits and it was adorable as heck.

PVC

This see-through trend is not only super interesting to look at, but it’s also highly wearable. You can ease into the PVC trend with a chic raincoat or a pair of clear heels.

Fanny Packs

An easy way to cinch in your waist? Fanny packs. We can’t get enough of these waist-bags because they allow us to go hands-free and they’re surprisingly functional.

Logo Mania

Logo mania is back with celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian rocking the trend. Kourtney is just one of the many A-listers who can’t get enough of Fendi’s iconic print. Can you blame ’em?

Source: https://www.popsugar.com/fashion/Street-Style-Trends-2018-44715183?stream_view=1#photo-44715232 

Beauty/June 24, 2018

5 Simple All-Natural Beauty Tips

Did you know that the beauty industry is a nearly $300 BILLION-dollar empire? And that the average woman spends about $15,00on just makeup in her lifetime! There are lots of simple ways to thank your body, feel more beautiful, and not have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Here are just 5. They are easy and they are all natural.

Banana and Egg Hair Treatment

Looking for a little more shine in your hair? Simply mix one egg and a mashed-up banana. Apply it as a thick paste to your hair and leave it on for 10 – 30 minutes. Wash it our doing your usual hair washing ritual (if you usually use a store-bought conditioner you’ll probably only need to condition the ends). And voila! Super simple, and all natural, beauty tip.

Moisturizing Nail Treatment

Soak your nails in olive oil for five minutes. And then sit back and admire your pretty hands. 

Simple Honey Face Mask

Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial and a super quick way to get soft, beautiful skin. Once a week use a tablespoon or so of raw honey (not the processed stuff parading as honey) and gently warm it by rubbing your fingertips together. Spread on your face. Leave on for 5 – 10 minutes and then use warm water to gently rinse it off and pat dry. Then bask in the glow of your honey-awesomeness. This raw honey is awesome, by the way.

Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo

For those who are using commercial shampoos: To help eliminate any build up in your hair, mix ¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Follow with your usual conditioner.

Elbow and Knee Exfoliate and Skin Brightener

Cut an orange in half and rub it on your elbows and knees. Helps soften those rough patches. And it smells good. (Rinse off the sticky mess when you are done.)

Beauty/May 23, 2018

Where to Buy Meghan Markle’s Wedding Make-Up Products

A complete rundown of every make-up product Meghan Markle wore on her royal wedding day and where to get your hands on it.

We knew Meghan Markle was going to look beautiful on her wedding day where she displayed her natural make-up look that showcased her freckles courtesy of make-up artist and Honest Beauty and Dior beauty ambassador, Daniel Martin.

Want to know how she got the look? We’ve rounded up the make-up products Meghan used on her big day so that you can recreate her bridal glow ASAP.

The Foundation

Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation (coming soon)

The Lip Balm

Dior Lip Glow in Coral Glow

The Lip Crayon

Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon in Sheer Chestnut Kiss 

The Contour Kit

Dior Backstage Contour Palette (available May 25, 2018)

The Blush

Honest Beauty Creme Blush in Truly Exciting

The Mascara

Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara

The Mascara No.2

Honest Beauty Truly Lush Mascara

The Eyeshadow

Dior Backstage Eye Palette in Warm Neutrals 001 (available May 25, 2018)

The Liquid Eyeliner

Dior Diorshow On Stage Liner in Matte Black

Beauty/March 19, 2018

6 Tips for Applying Makeup Like a Pro

Sweeping on mascara might seem intuitive, but there’s actually a lash-maximizing technique that when employed correctly can take your eyes from whatever to woah. Ditto brow pencil and even lipstick. Kimberly Soane, the director of artistry at Bobbi Brown, offers up 6 easy tips for every product in your kit.

Concealer

Never put concealer or foundation on your eyelids as a base, it will cause your eye makeup to crease.

Foundation

Use your fingers to apply your foundation if you want sheer coverage and a brush for medium to full coverage.

Powder

Always apply powder where you are shiniest first–usually your T-zone–with a very light dusting everywhere else.

Bronzer

You should put bronzer on your neck, face, and chest to even out your skin tone. Be sure to take a step back and make sure everything is the same color.

Blush

When applying blush, smile, then dust the apples of your cheeks, then sweep pigment towards the tops of ears, then down toward the jawline.

Eyebrows

Trace brow pencil or powder along the tops of brows for an instant facelift.

Fashion/February 19, 2018

5 Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Trends

The spring/summer 2018 fashion trends are nothing if not bright, bold and really quite beautiful. Shifting gears from the street’s athleisure boom, there’s a prettier, softer mood in the air, and girls who like to dress up will be thrilled. Keep reading to discover 5 S/S 18’s fashion trends, from colors to prints and key pieces to new details.

Sequins

To say sequins and sparkles will be a big deal next summer is an understatement. In every fashion capital, glitter prevailed, starting with Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs right through to Gucci, Dior and Chanel. Style yours with a sweatshirt to give them daytime longevity.

Pastels

Whether lilac, pink, lemon or duck egg blue, expect to see an array of fashion’s prettiest shades next season. But as Victoria Beckham said “delicacy can be strong”; saccharine these colors are not – consider tailoring in ice cream hues or wearing them in unexpected ways like at Celine.

Checks

It looks as if heritage checks are going nowhere for the season ahead. Balenciaga’s came via voluminous coats as seen here, while Victoria Beckham’s had a more traditional appeal. Anyone looking for floaty feminine styles should turn to Sonia Rykiel where they were bright and summer-ready. Burberry’s homage was perhaps the most overt—expect to see its check caps everywhere next season.

Bold Color

Next summer will be very bright indeed if the catwalks are anything to go by – least of all at Christopher Kane (pictured) and Roksanda Ilincic. From New York to Paris, the shows were awash with vibrant, bold shades to suit every coloring.

Ruffles

Ruffles added a feminine air yet again this season, with Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Valentino all incorporating them in their respective shows.